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TCM Offers Ultimate Studio Tour With 2013 Edition Of 31 Days Of Oscar; The Academy Awards February 24th

17 December 2012 12:59 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As the Academy celebrates 85 years of great films at the Oscars on February 24th, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to take movie fans on the ultimate studio tour with the 2013 edition of 31 Days Of Oscar®. Under the theme Oscar by Studio, the network will present a slate of more than 350 movies grouped according to the studios that produced or released them. And as always, every film presented during 31 Days Of Oscar is an Academy Award® nominee or winner, making this annual event one of the most anticipated on any movie lover’s calendar.

As part of the network’s month-long celebration, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has graciously provided the original Academy Awards® radio broadcasts from 1930-1952. Specially chosen clips from the radio archives will be featured throughout TCM’s 31 Days Of Oscar website.

Hollywood was built upon the studio system, which saw nearly ever aspect »

- Michelle McCue

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Beyonce to Debut Self-Directed Documentary

26 November 2012 10:19 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Beyonce will make her filmmaking debut in February with "an intimate, revealing" documentary about her music career and personal life. 

The multiple Grammy winner, entrepreneur and actress has assembled footage providing unprecedented access to her life as a superstar, wife and mother, as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses of her music performances. The feature-length documentary will premiere on HBO on February 16, 2013.

Related: Beyonce Shares Blue Ivy Moments

"HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity," Beyonce said in a statement after the cable network announced the film on Monday. "Some of my favorite shows are on HBO, so I am excited that my film will be part of its bold programming. This film was so personal to me, it had to have the right home."

The film promises extensive first-person footage -- some of it shot by Beyonce on her laptop -- in which she reflects on the realities of being a celebrity, the refuge »

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Blu Review: The Muppet Christmas Carol 20th Anniversary Edition

23 November 2012 9:15 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool is visited by the Muppets of Christmas past with the Muppet Christmas Carol 20th Anniverary Edition Blu-ray!

This review covers the 2-disc Blu-ray/Digital Copy edition.

The Set-up

The Charles Dickens classic is retold with Michael Caine as Scrooge and a group of felt-covered puppets known as - wait for it - Muppets! Also starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and assorted bears and chickens and things. And one wierdo named Gonzo.

Directed by: Brian Henson

The Delivery

It's hard to believe, but The Muppet Christmas Carol is 20 years old, and it gets a spiffy anniversary edition on Blu-ray. As the first Muppet movie after the death of Jim Henson, The Muppet Christmas Carol had a large legacy to live up to, and with son Brian Henson directing, the film manages to retain much of the charm of the original trilogy of Muppet films.

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- feeds@themoviepool.com (Victor Medina)

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Blu-ray Release: A Star is Born (1976)

9 November 2012 3:20 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013

Price: Blu-ray $27.98

Studio: Warner

Streisand and Kristofferson in A Star is Born.

The 1976 musical drama-romance film A Star Is Born starring Barbra Streisand (Little Fockers)  and Kris Kristofferson (Heaven’s Gate) is a remake of two earlier films—a 1937 drama starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March and a 1954 musical version with Judy Garland (Easter Parade) and James Mason (Bigger Than Life).

The ’76 version tell the story of a talented young singer, Esther Hoffman (Streisand) who enters the music business, and meets and falls in love with veteran talented rock star John Norman Howard (Kristofferson) only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline. As their relationship grows, her success only makes John’s downward spiral more apparent.

The R-rated movie won five Golden Globes, including Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song (“Evergreen,” written by »

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Kino Releases 5-Film David O. Selznick Collection on Blu-ray & DVD

9 November 2012 11:22 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Kino Classics will release the "David O. Selznick Collection" for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13. The collection focuses on the golden-age mogul's earlier productions and includes the Freddie Bartholomew classic "Little Lord Fauntleroy," the original 1937 version of "A Star is Born" starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March, and William Wellman's "Nothing Sacred." Also part of the set are King Vidor's spicy South Seas adventure "Bird of Paradise," starring Dolores Del Rio and Joel McCrea, and Frank Borzage's 1932 version of "Farewell to Arms." "Nothing Sacred" and "A Star is Born" are both lavish Technicolor productions, preceding Selznick's most famous high-watt color production in 1939, "Gone with the Wind." The Kino collection's titles range from 1932 to 1937, which straddles the period between Selznick's work at both MGM and Rko, and his »

- Beth Hanna

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Locarno Film Festival to Show Complete George Cukor Retrospective at 2013 Fest

5 November 2012 6:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

My Fair Lady” director George Cukor has been selected as the subject of the Locarno International Film Festival’s 2013 retrospective. In addition, fest organizers have solidified the selection committee for the 66th annual Locarno event, which runs August 7-17 next year. Organized in collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse and the National Film Museum in Turin, the Cukor retrospective will showcase all of the Oscar-winning director’s works over the 11 days of the festival. Among his films are “Camille,” “A Star Is Born,” “Heller in Pink Tights,” “The Blue Bird,” “The Philadelphia Story” and “Adam’s Rib.” Several panel discussions on Cukor’s work will take place, and the festival audience will have the opportunity attend a round-table chaired by Locarno curator Roberto Turigliatto. “For some years now the Festival has undertaken a re-reading of »

- Jay A. Fernandez

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Movies About Movies and Why ‘Argo’ is a Surprise Hit

27 October 2012 3:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As far as I can tell, regular folk don’t care for movies about movies or films about filmmaking. They used to, back when Hollywood was a more glamourous and idolized place for Americans. Classics like Sunset Boulevard, Singin’ in the Rain, The Bad and the Beautiful and the 1954 version of A Star is Born were among the top-grossing releases of their time. But 60 years later, it seems the only people really interested in stories of Hollywood, actors, directors, screenwriters, et al. are people involved with the film industry — the self-indulgence being one step below all the awards nonsense — and movie geeks, including film critics and fans. If you’re reading Film School Rejects, you’re not one of the aforementioned “regular folk,” and you probably get more of a kick out of stuff like Living in Oblivion, Ed Wood, Get Shorty, State and Main, The Hard Way, The Last Tycoon, The Stunt Man »

- Christopher Campbell

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Casting Net: Christoph Waltz will play Gorbachev to Michael Douglas's Reagan. Plus: Jim Carrey, Mike Epps, Jai Courtney

15 October 2012 7:12 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Christoph Waltz better get used to people wanting to touch his head: The Oscar winner has signed up to play former Soviet Union chairman Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, about the historic 1986 nuclear arms summit between Gorbachev and President Ronald Reagan (Michael Douglas). Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is directing from a script by Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane). [Deadline]

Jim Carrey is in talks to headline Loomis Fargo, a comedy about the real-life robbery of $17.3 million from a Loomis Fargo armed truck. Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will direct, with Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn (MacGruber, Baby Mama) producing. »

- Adam B. Vary

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Beyonce: New Evidence She’s Pregnant

15 October 2012 3:11 PM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Not only did Beyonce drop out of the upcoming film 'A Star Is Born,' but now new evidence confirms that she has a baby on the way! Click to find out the Exclusive details! We've heard that Beyonce is pregnant with a second child, and now we have more proof that Blue Ivy has a little brother or sister on the way! HollywoodLife.com spoke Exclusively to a source at Jay-z's 40/40 Club who confirmed that Beyonce, 31, has stayed away from liquor in recent weeks! "Beyonce hasn't had anything to drink the last few times she was in here," our source said. "I wouldn't be surprised if she had a baby on the way!" Another clue? Beyonce recently dropped out of the high-profile remake of A Star Is Born, our sister site Variety reported. Beyonce spoke to ABC News about her excitement revealing her first pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards. »

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Casting Net: Ewan McGregor to star in heist thriller 'Son of a Gun.' Plus: Penelope Cruz, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Schwartzman, James Franco

12 October 2012 6:54 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Ewan McGregor is set to star in the Australian heist thriller Son of a Gun, playing Australia’s public enemy no. 1, who takes on a protege. Up-and-coming director Julius Avery is helming the project from his own original screenplay. The movie is being touted as a cross between gritty Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom and Michael Mann’s bank robbery opus Heat. McGregor has already been reaping critical accolades for his role as a father and husband in the upcoming tsunami drama The Impossible with Naomi Watts. [THR]

Penelope Cruz is in talks to star in a film titled Gucci, about »

- Solvej Schou

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Beyonce Backs Out of Clint Eastwood's 'A Star is Born'

10 October 2012 12:59 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Beyonce Knowles will not be putting her own Sasha Fierce-like spin on "A Star is Born," the singer told TheWrap Wednesday. The oft-remade story was to be given a fresh sprucing up courtesy of director Clint Eastwood with Knowles taking over the showy role of a star on the rise that has been previously played by Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland. However, in a statement, Knowles blamed a jam-packed calendar for forcing her to abandon the project. Also read: Beyonce, Jay-z Host New York Fund-Raiser for Obama "I was looking forward to the »

- Brent Lang

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Movie News: 'Jurassic Park IV' Rejected Concept Art; Beyonce Leaves 'A Star Is Born;' Watch Pixar’s 'Partysaurus Rex'

10 October 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Jurassic Park IV: Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, the writers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, have been hired to write the latest version of Jurassic Park IV, but an earlier version of the script inspired some very striking concept art. In that version, penned by William Monahan and John Sayles, and based on a story by Steven Spielberg, a new breed of dinosaurs are created, and they look very different than what we’ve seen before. [Reddit via The Film Stage] Here's some more art: A Star Is Born: Beyonce Knowles sounded like a great choice to take on a new version of a character previously played by Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and Janet Gaynor, but she has dropped out of A Star Is Born with sources citing her “packed” schedule. The start date...

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Movie News: ‘Jurassic Park IV’ Rejected Concept Art; Beyonce Leaves ‘A Star is Born’; Watch Pixar’s ‘Partysaurus Rex’

10 October 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Jurassic Park IV: Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, the writers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, have been hired to write the latest version of Jurassic Park IV, but an earlier version of the script inspired some very striking concept art. In that version, penned by William Monahan and John Sayles, and based on a story by Steven Spielberg, a new breed of dinosaurs are created, and they look very different than what we’ve seen before. [Reddit via The Film Stage] Here's some more art: A Star is Born: Beyonce Knowles sounded like a great choice to take on a new version of a character previously played by Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, and Janet Gaynor, but she has dropped out of A Star is Born, with sources citing her “packed” schedule. The start...

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Beyoncé fails to make Clint Eastwood's day after quitting A Star is Born again

10 October 2012 8:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Esperanza Spalding speculation grows after delay in announcing start date prompts R&B singer to walk away for a second time

Beyoncé Knowles has quit Clint Eastwood's forthcoming remake of A Star is Born for the second time, leaving the long-gestating project in turmoil, Variety reports.

The singer and actor is believed to have walked away due to delays in announcing a start date for the film, a musical take on the popular story previously made three times by Hollywood. A Star is Born still does not have a male lead, despite a three year search during which Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey Jr, Eminem, Christian Bale, Jon Hamm and Bradley Cooper have all reportedly come under consideration.

Knowles has left the project over delays before, but came back on board when Eastwood was announced as director in January last year. »

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Beyonce Flakes Out On Eastwood’s ‘A Star is Born’

10 October 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Clint Eastwood’s next project A Star Is Born has hit many obstacles and production hasn’t even started yet. Initially the film was delayed because the star of the movie Beyonce decided to go and have a baby. Now, her schedule is so packed with various projects that she can’t commit to being the lead of the film anymore.

A Star Is Born is a remake of the 1954 film with the same title starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and tells the story of a movie star finding himself at the end of his career. He then meets a young woman who he turns into a star, but a conflict arises as she continues towards the top and he falls further behind in his fame. Beyonce dropping out from the film is not the only casting problem Eastwood is facing; he has yet to cast a male lead. »

- Isra Alkassi

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Beyonce Exits A Star Is Born Remake

10 October 2012 5:32 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

It is not pleasant for me to say these things, but Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born has hit yet another problem with a female lead as Beyonce Knowles has dropped out of the long-gestating remake for the second time.

As you may remember, the movie had been pushed back after Beyonce announced pregnancy last year. This time she didn’t reveal the reason, she just confirmed that she will no longer be starring in the latest remake of A Star Is Born:

For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together.

E! Online smartly commented:

Not that anyone’s blaming the great chair talk of 2012 for Beyoncé’s exit or anything. Jay-z and Beyoncé throw fundraiser for President Barack Obama at 40/40 Club.’

However, the »

- Nick Martin

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Casting Net: Ben Affleck coming into 'Focus.' Plus: Beyonce leaves 'A Star is Born'

9 October 2012 7:10 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Ben Affleck is in preliminary negotiations to star in Focus, about a con man who becomes romantically involved with a rookie female scam artist. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love) are writing and directing. [Deadline]

• Not so much a casting “net” as a casting “release” item: Beyoncé has bowed out of Clint Eastwood’s long-gestating remake of A Star is Born due to scheduling difficulties and the lack of a male star. About an up-and-comer who falls for a dimming male star, the film was put on hold after Beyoncé became pregnant. Will Fetters had penned the latest version of the script. »

- Adam B. Vary

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Beyonce Knowles Exits A Star Is Born Remake; Clint Eastwood Now Eyeing Esperanza Spalding for Lead

9 October 2012 4:49 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Director Clint Eastwood’s remake of A Star Is Born has hit yet another snag.  Production was initially pushed back when star Beyonce Knowles became pregnant, and then Eastwood was having trouble casting his male lead.  The director approached a number of top shelf talent including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper, but failed to land a commitment.  Now Eastwood has lost his female lead, as Knowles has dropped out of the project altogether due to scheduling issues. Hit the jump for more details including who Eastwood is eyeing for Knowles’ replacement. For those unfamiliar with A Star Is Born, the story concerns a movie star whose career is on the decline.  He helps a young showgirl ascend to stardom but tensions grow between them as her star rises while he descends further into obscurity.  The 1954 version starring Judy Garland and James Mason picked up six Oscar nominations. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Beyonce Leaves Clint Eastwood's A Star is Born

9 October 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The last official update on the status of Warner Bros.' Clint Eastwood-directed remake of A Star is Born came during the press conference for Trouble with the Curve when Eastwood himself told ComingSoon.net, "[That's] a project that we're going to do down the line. It's six months away." Today, Variety updates that Beyonce, previously attached to play the female lead, has dropped out of the project and that the search is on for a her replacement as well as for a male star to headline. Eastwood's version will mark the fourth big-screen iteration of the film. William A. Wellman directed the 1937 original with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. The 1954 George Cukor film is probably the best known, starring Judy Garland and James Mason. 1976 saw Frank Pierson tackle »

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Beyonce is No Longer a Star

9 October 2012 1:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Update: Beyonce dropped out of A Star is Born, the story about a starlet's rise in Hollywood while her movie star husband's career falls. Variety reports the singer abandoned the project for scheduling issues. It is worth noting, however, that A Star is Born director Clint Eastwood advocated for the election of presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the Republican National Convention while Beyonce and her husband Jay-z held a re-election fundraiser for President Obama. "Politics" usually take down or disrupt projects in entertainment, but usually those politics are not of the D.C. variety. Of course, there is no evidence that this difference of political opinion had anything to do with the superstar leaving the movie - it's just an interesting aspect. 

Eastwood reportedly is interested in jazz musician Esperanza Spaulding taking over the lead female role (she's the woman who beat out Justin Bieber for the New Artist Grammy). However, »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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