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12 items from 2009


Biggest Headline of '09: Remake Mayhem

18 December 2009 8:30 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Everything old was new again in the entertainment world in 2009! The Hollywood powers that be decided that the past was the richest mine of inspiration, as evidenced by the scads of remakes in movies and TV. The small screen has recycled '90s night soaps Melrose Place and 90210 to mixed results, while new ones were announced: look for a version of Charlie's Angels in the future. Some TV shows were mercifully declared dead in the water in the case of a Us version of UK show Absolutely Fabulous. In theaters, this year saw '70s and '80s flicks The Stepfather and Fame, but the list for planned movie remakes is long: Girls Just Want to Have Fun, The Neverending Story, Little Shop of Horrors, and Footloose are all in the works. To read more about 2009's year in remakes, just read more. Some aim to freshen up successful franchises, »

- BuzzSugar

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Toxic Birthday Suits

2 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Your cinematic birthdays for 12/02. If it's your big day, let us know.

Steven, Lucy and Warren

1894 Warren William, charming snake, pre-code movie star who was often paired with formidable actresses like Claudette Colbert (Imitation of Life, Cleopatra), Joan Blondell (Gold Diggers of 1933, Stage Struck) and Bette Davis (Three on a Match, Satan Met a Lady)

1914 Ray Walston, the Damn Yankees! devil had a lengthy career on screens small and large

1914 Adolph Green, musical giant of 'Comden & Green' fame. I can't even begin to choose a favorite song by that duo. Plus they wrote the screenplay to Singin' in the Rain!

1923 Maria Callas, La Divina. Fanny Ardant recently played her in Callas Forever. The next actress who'll have a go at her is Eva Mendes in Greek Fire

1925 Julie Harris was Oscar nominated for her film debut (The Member of the Wedding), co-starred with James Dean (East of Eden) and »

- NATHANIEL R

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Robert Pattinson Credits James Dean for Twilight's Edward (Videos)

26 October 2009 8:47 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

”Twilight” star Robert Pattinson says took inspiration from 1950s teen heartthrob James Dean for his role in 'Twilight'. The Improper noted the similarities in an article in August. Rob’s looks and career trajectory are very similar to two early film icons, Dean and Marlon Brando. The 23-year-old British actor, who plays vampire Edward Cullen in the hit movie franchise, says he owes his success to the Academy Award-nominated star of “Rebel Without a Cause.” Dean, a relative unknown, vaulted to fame in “East of Eden,” a film based on a novel by Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck. He played the troubled son of a farmer in a story loosely based on the Biblical tale of Cain and Abel. »

- kgirard@theimproper.com (Keith Girard)

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James Dean Sets A Tragic Precedent: Wake-Up Video

30 September 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

The image of a young male movie star dying before his time has happened so often that it has become a cliché. The landscape is littered with heartthrobs who have run headlong into tragedy and caused heartbreak for friends, family and fans. But the icon who originally set the tragic precedent was James Dean, who died in a car accident on this day in 1955. A great enthusiast of fast cars and races, Dean was test-driving a new Porsche Spyder on a California highway when college student Donald Turnupseed swerved into Dean's lane and collided with him head-on. Dean died of his injuries a few hours later, and was ironically stopped and ticketed for speeding only a few hours before his collision. Though he had only really completed three starring roles by the time he passed away, his entire filmography is considered classic canon: "Rebel Without a Cause," "East of Eden »

- Kyle Anderson

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Artist of the Week: Taken By Trees

7 September 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Album: East of Eden

For Fans Of: Cat Power, Peter Gabriel, Animal Collective

Victoria Bergsman, the former lead singer of The Concretes, is perhaps most widely known for her vocal contribution to Peter Bjorn and John's ubiquitous “Young Folks.” On East of Eden, the new album of her solo project Taken By Trees (out Sept. 8 via Rough Trade), she covers some other indie darlings, reworking Animal Collective's “My Girls” as “My Boys.” But in her version, lyrics like “I only want a proper house” take on new weight—Bergsman recorded the whole album in Pakistan, an overcrowded nation saddled with abject poverty. »

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Interview: Christopher Hampton On East Of Eden, The Seagull And Cheri

23 June 2009 11:39 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Christopher Hampton could be considered the king of adaptations, having brought the words of writers as varied as Graham Greene, Ian McEwan, and now Colette to the screen. He won an Oscar last time he wrote a screenplay for director Stephen Frears, 1988's Dangerous Liaisons, and now he's working with Frears again on Cheri. At last weekend's press junket for the movie, we asked Hampton about his process of translating a book as sexy and specific as Colette's Cheri, which tells the story of an affair between an aging courtesan and her friend's young son in glamorous turn-of-the-century Paris. I'll bring you our roundtable talk with Hampton, but first he talked about a few of his upcoming projects, including a new screenplay of John Steinbeck's East of Eden for director Tom Hooper, and plans to bring last fall's New York stage version of The Seagull-- starring Kristin Scott Thomas, »

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Brian Grazer To Produce Remake Of "East Of Eden"; Tom Hooper To Direct

19 January 2009 9:59 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Producer Brian Grazer will bring a remake of John Steinbeck's classic novel East of Eden the screen. Tom Hooper, riding high from the accolades he won for HBO's John Adams series, will direct. The Steinbeck tale told of a troubled California family and the film version, directed by Elia Kazan, starred James Dean. Grazer has been trying to do the remake since 2004, when Ron Howard was slated to direct. For more click here. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Movie Production Update: January 16, 2009

16 January 2009 1:26 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This week we have the second installment of the weekly Production Update as I bring you all the latest films and casting announcements out of the trade papers as well as a couple of websites around the Net. I am previewing 22 film titles this week and a few of them are already in the database and linked where that is the case. One story, however, I am held from posting until today comes from Variety in which Anne Thompson does a little Twilight franchise rumor passing as she gives the following update on the potential directors for the third film in the franchise, Eclipse: Don't believe everything you hear about Twilight and its sequels. Things are heating up already on the third installment, Eclipse. They haven't even started the second one yet, New Moon. When you've got a robust franchise, filmmakers are eager to get on board. Word is, »

- Brad Brevet

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East Of Eden Remake Moves Forward

14 January 2009 10:02 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There's already been a movie version of John Steinbeck's classic novel East of Eden, and it was directed by no less than Elia Kazan, but that isn't stopping Hollywood from giving it another go. Ron Howard had originally been tapped to film another version of the story, an update on the Cain and Abel rivalry in the Bible, but now Tom Hooper will be taking over. Hooper was recently nominated for an Emmy for directing the miniseries John Adams, and won the award in 2005 for the miniseries Elizabeth I. Variety reports he'll be joined on the project by screenwriter Christopher Hampton, who recently wrote Atonement, and won an Oscar for Dangerous Liaisons in 1989. Ok, fine, they're definitely assembling some talented folks for this one, which should make at least some Steinbeck fans feel relieved. But when you're up against an original film that starred James Dean in his first »

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East Of Eden Headed Back To The Screen

13 January 2009 11:22 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Whatever you do, just don't call it a remake. A new adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden is underway, and director Tom Hooper and screenwriter Christopher Hampton have just signed up to put it into production later this year.The book, originally published in 1952, is a retelling of the Cain and Abel story set just prior to World War I, as two brothers in California's Salinas Valley clash as they compete for their father's affections.The book was originally adapted for the screen in 1955, with Elia Kazan directing and James Dean starring - but the stories announcing this new film have gone out of their way to avoid mentioning the existence of that film. This new project apparently owes more to the fact that Oprah featured the book on her all-powerful Book Club in 2004, sending it straight back to the top of the bestseller lists and prompting Ron Howard »

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Eden Gets Director

13 January 2009 7:34 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

East Of Eden is being remade. The 1955 James Dean/Elia Kazan classic based on John Steinbeck's literary powerhouse is quite simply, a perfect film. So naturally I'm thrilled that the shiny folks in Tinseltown have decided to do it all over again. If anyone can improve on perfection, it's Hollywood, r-r-right? Alas, I'm just a chubby kid with a laptop, and if I tell a producer to leave this one alone, something tells me they won't listen. Especially when it's uber-producer Brian Grazer, »

- Daniel Barna

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Hampton and Hooper Head East Of Eden -- Adapting John Steinbeck's adaptation of Cain and Abel

13 January 2009 | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Director Tom Hooper (the excellent "John Adams") and screenwriter Christopher Hampton (the atrocious "Atonement") are adapting John Steinbeck's classic novel, "East of Eden". John Steinbeck adapted it from the story of Cain and Abel which is great because it means you don't have to pay for the rights. The downside is if God wants to sue you, he doesn't need courts to get his money back. He'll just send his son Jesus to take a hit out on you. Yes, this is how Jews think Christianity works. The involvement of Hooper would make me excited about this flick but his involvement is completely negated by Hampton who I feel is the one most responsible for why the adaptation of "Atonement" is such a worthless pile. We'll probably see how it turns out in 2010 since the studio would like to get "East of Eden" into production later this year. »

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