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'The Birds' remake gains momentum

22 December 2008 3:51 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The planned remake of Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic The Birds has gained momentum, according to the film's producers. Platinum Dunes' Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, who are producing the film alongside Transformers' Michael Bay, have revealed that a script for the reinvention is due within the next couple of weeks. "We're expecting a script in the next 2-3 weeks, but...it's not like Drew, Michael and I think that we're just going to c**p all over Alfred Hitchcock's movie," Fuller told Collider. "I mean, Alfred Hitchcock in a company-wide opinion is probably the greatest director of what we do and other things too. "And as someone, (more) »

- By Lara Martin

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Holiday Movie Junk: 'The Birds' Barbie

21 December 2008 9:32 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

We haven't yet featured a Holiday Movie Junk item specifically for girls, and so when Cinematical reader Peter H. pointed us in the direction of this fantastic little doll, we just had to write about it. Barbie has taken on more looks than Britney, Lindsay, Christina and Paris combined over the years, but this latest one -- inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds -- is easily one of the best I've ever seen.

Do you have a little girl at home who's into creepy Hitchcock flicks and likes to collect Barbie dolls? Something tells me those are a rare breed, but even if your little one isn't very familiar with The Hitch, the movie geek in you can still pick this sucker up -- if only to remind your children what good horror is supposed looks like (even though the website claims this is for the "adult collector"). From the »

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Will George Clooney Be Attacked by 'The Birds'?!

27 October 2008 7:03 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

First came Naomi Watts as a possible replacement for Tippi Hedren in that long-brewing remake of The Birds. Now a rumor straight from Metro.co.uk claims that George Clooney might play Mitch Bremner. It seems that the original Mitch, Rod Taylor, told the Daily Express: "I often cringe when I hear mention of remakes but I'll hold judgment, especially since I've been told Clooney's the favorite." To add to the displeasure, Tippi herself said: "Can't we find new stories, new things to do? Must you be so insecure that you have to take a film that's a classic and try to do it over?"

Good question, Ms. Hedren. I've been doubly anxious nauseous about the long-rumored The Birds remake ever since word hit that this incarnation might have the birds fighting back against our treatment of the environment. It just brings to mind Jaws: The Revenge mixed with the terrible Psycho remake. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Is George Clooney after 'The Birds?'

26 October 2008 1:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Actor George Clooney is being tipped to star in the proposed remake of the Alfred Hitchock classic movie The Birds. The original's star Rod Taylor has said that although he is wary of big screen remakes, he is more than happy for Clooney to play the part of Mitch Brenner in a new version.

"I often cringe when I hear mention of remakes but I'll hold judgement, especially since I've been told Clooney's the favourite," he told the Daily Express.

In the article, Tippie Hedren, who played Daphne Du Maurier in the horror wasn't so enthusiastic.

"Can't we find new stories, new things to do? Must you be so insecure that you have to take a film that's a classic and try to do it over?" She said. »

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Clooney tipped for 'Birds' remake

25 October 2008 4:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

George Clooney has been tipped to play the lead role in a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic The Birds. The original 1963 movie, which starred Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren, was based on a Daphne Du Maurier story about a small Californian town where birds suddenly start attacking people. Taylor has said that he is sceptical about movie remakes but would be happy to see Clooney take over his role as lawyer Mitch Brenner. "I often cringe when I hear mention (more) »

- By Michael Thornton

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George Clooney in Talks to Topline 'The Birds' Remake

24 October 2008 12:38 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

There's something fowl in the air, and it has to do with Universal Pictures' remake of The Birds. According to IMDb and various other sources such as the Metro UK, George Clooney is set to topline the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1963 adaptation of the a short story by Daphne Du Maurier. We checked with the producers who neither confirm or deny the story. Martin Campbell is attached to direct the film that is about increasingly vicious birds that terrorize a small town. Stiles White, Juliet Snowden and Leslie Dixson all collaborated on the screenplay for the film that's rumored to also star Naomi Watts. »

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Clooney Tipped To Star In The Birds

24 October 2008 5:09 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Birds star Rod Taylor was wary of a remake of the 1963 movie - until he learned George Clooney is favourite to take the lead role.

Clooney is tipped to play lawyer Mitch Brenner in a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror film.

And Taylor predicts Clooney will do a better job than any other actor.

He says, "I often cringe when I hear mention of remakes, but I'll hold judgement, especially since I've been told Clooney's the favourite." »

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The Birds Barbie!

20 September 2008 10:04 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Just when you didn’t think you could see any weirder stuff on this here site, we slap you upside the head with Barbie! But she’s not just any Barbie, oh now; she’s a Tippi Hedren Barbie from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds!

Entertainment Earth has The Birds Barbie up for pre-order now, and since we have an affiliate deal with Entertainment Earth and you guys love to support us while getting cool stuff, you should click here to get your Birds Barbie now!

Words I never though I’d type running a horror website.

No worries. Like I said the other day, there’s no shame in owning a doll; in this case you can justify it because she's in the process of getting eaten alive by homicidal birds!

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Tippi Hendren to be honored at 'Birds' screening

11 September 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tippi Hendren will be honored at a 45th anniversary screening of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," to be held Sunday at the Edison Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Patricia Hitchock and Hendren's co-star Rod Taylor are scheduled to participate in the event, part of the Jules Verne Festival. »

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Dinard announces British film fest lineup

8 September 2008 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paris -- The 19th Dinard Festival of British Film will open with the 1999 movie "My Life So Far," as part of a tribute to director Hugh Hudson.

Hudson is due in the Brittany beach resort to introduce a retrospective of his films including the multiple Oscar-winning Olympic tale "Chariots of Fire" and the Tarzan adaptation "Greystoke." There also will be a retrospective on the films based on Daphne Du Maurier's work, including Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" and "The Birds" and Nicolas Roeg's "Don't Look Now."

Six independent British films will compete for Dinard's Golden Hitchcock Trophy. The Anglo-French jury this year is presided over by Gallic actor Lambert Wilson.

Other French premiere screenings scheduled include "The Duchess," directed by Saul Dibb and starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes; Steve McQueen's hard-hitting Bobby Sands prison drama, "Hunger"; and Terence Davies' poetic ode to Liverpool, "Of Time and the City. »

- By Charles Masters

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Brad Fuller Talks The Birds Remake

7 August 2008 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

At comic con we caught up with Brad Fuller and had a chance to talk to him about a bunch of his upcoming remakes. One of those remakes is The Birds which they are remaking from the Alfred Hitchcock classic. Obviously times have changed since that movie first came out and terrified movie goers so they are going to adapt it to suit a new generation of film goers and horror fans. Brad Fuller from Platinum Dunes told us they are working on a whole new take; We're working that out now but there's only so much that can happen. Birds attack. It's the explaining of why is it happening or if you exp »

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Trailers From Hell

21 July 2008 9:24 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

I’m not a great fan of microcinema; however, I’m not above spending an insomniatic hour or two trolling YouTube or fingerpopping to scopitones at Bedazzled TV, or even occasionally dipping into the Twitch Video Player.  I certainly enjoy the Twitch Trailer Park for each year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

And speaking of trailer parks, Trailers From Hell—the brainchild of film director Joe Dante, new media entrepreneur Jonas Hudson, graphic artist Charlie Largent and producer Elizabeth Stanley, born out of their mutual love of classic films of all types, but particularly horror and exploitation films—has been rocking my late night world of late.  With an impressive list of “Grindhouse Gurus” to guide the way, Trailers From Hell offers up vintage trailers with contemporary commentary.  Where else will you find Eli Roth enthusing over Alfred Hitchcock’s trailer for The Birds?  Or Jack Hill offering directorial insight into Foxy Brown? »

- Michael Guillen

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Hitchcock's 'The Birds' Inspires 'Virus Undead'

7 July 2008 1:20 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

More craziness from overseas as we discovered yet another foreign horror film that looks really effin cool. The movie is called Virus Undead and sold out of all five screenings at the Siff 08 (Shanghai Film Festival) this summer. Written and directed by Wolf Wolff, Undead is homage to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Inside you'll find a look at the first teaser trailer for the film, while over at the official website you'll find a bunch of stills, reviews and more info to get you psyched. The pic is set to make its European Premiere on the Fantasy Film Festival in August. »

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Barbie's Gone to The Birds

20 June 2008 10:04 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

How ironic that the first I hear about a new Barbie doll based on Tippi Hedren's character in the classic The Birds comes from gossip site Defamer of all places.

But who cares about the source? This Melanie Daniels doll rocks!

In honor of Hitchcock's film's 45th anniversary, "this incredible collector's doll features our heroine being attacked by a trio of fine feathered foes, just like in the movie." With online prices ranging from about $40-$45, The Birds Barbie is a definite must-have for every fan of the film. Take a look at these features:

Includes real fake birds! High-quality head looks scared and has awesome hair! The Birds is the first movie that ever really scared me as a kid, so you can be sure this Woman has already pre-ordered hers!

- Debi Moore

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Art Directors honor 'Country'

17 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

No Country for Old Men continued its winning streak Saturday night at the Art Directors Guild's 12th annual Awards for Excellence in Production Design as its production designer Jess Gonchor took home the honors for best contemporary film.

There Will Be Blood, production design by Jack Fisk, took the prize for period film, while The Golden Compass, production design by Dennis Gassner, scored in the fantasy film category.

Gonchor thanked the guild for acknowledging that "you just don't go into the desert and shoot something. It's so much more involved."

ADG chairman Tom Walsh kicked off the evening with a congratulatory toast to legendary art director Robert Boyle, whose credits include North by Northwest and The Birds, and who is to receive an honorary Academy Award at the upcoming Oscars. Walsh also congratulated the evening's nominees, noting that an art director's job is "translating the writer's word and the director's vision."

Hosted by Harry Shearer, the awards took place at the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom.

"I want to thank the Golden Globes people for leaving their set. Eventually it was going to be used, and here we are," quipped Shearer to hearty laughter, referencing the table centerpieces and the scenic design created for the ADG ceremony by John Janavs. »

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Actress Suzanne Pleshette Dies at 70

21 January 2008 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Suzanne Pleshette, who started out in films such as The Birds but became a television star playing Bob Newhart's wife on The Bob Newhart Show, died Saturday night of respiratory failure at her home in Los Angeles; she was 70. Pleshette had been battling lung cancer since 2006, when she underwent chemotherapy and had part of one lung removed. A fresh-faced beauty with a distinctive, husky voice, Pleshette worked mostly onstage in the 50s, with one of her most notable roles as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, replacing original star Anne Bancroft. She made her film debut opposite Jerry Lewis in The Geisha Boy and worked steadily in television as she launched her film career. Her most notable screen role was in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, where she played a local schoolteacher who befriends out-of-town socialite Tippi Hedren and helps protect the children of the town during one of the film's terrifying bird attacks. In 1964, she married screen heartthrob Troy Donahue, her co-star in the romantic drama Rome Adventure, though the marriage lasted less than a year, and in 1968 married Texas oilman Tommy Gallagher.

Despite a prolific career in film and television, Pleshette gained her fame playing Emily Hartley, the down-to-earth wife of psychiatrist Bob Hartley (Bob Newhart) on the 70's sitcom The Bob Newhart Show, which ran for six years and earned her two Emmy nominations. Pleshette was so well-known as the small-screen wife of Newhart that she reprised her role in an unexpected cameo in the series finale of Newhart's second major sitcom, Newhart. The episode, where Newhart awakens in the bedroom set of his old show with Pleshette by his side (as they often ended episodes of their old show, trading dry banter) is considered one of the most clever, and surprising, series finales in television history. Pleshette continued working in television through the rest of her career, earning another Emmy nomination for playing Leona Helmsley in Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean, and made appearances in sitcoms Good Morning Miami, 8 Simple Rules... and Will & Grace (where she played the mother of Megan Mullally's character, Karen Walker). Pleshette also provided the voices of Yubaba and Zeniba in the English language version of Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning animated film Spirited Away. In 2001, after the death of her second husband, Pleshette married actor Tom Poston, whom she had met 40 years ago and who had co-starred in Newhart; they remained married until his death last year. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff »

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Actress Suzanne Pleshette Dies at 70

18 January 2008 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Suzanne Pleshette, who started out in films such as The Birds but became a television star playing Bob Newhart's wife on The Bob Newhart Show, died Saturday night of respiratory failure at her home in Los Angeles; she was 70. Pleshette had been battling lung cancer since 2006, when she underwent chemotherapy and had part of one lung removed. A fresh-faced beauty with a distinctive, husky voice, Pleshette worked mostly onstage in the 50s, with one of her most notable roles as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, replacing original star Anne Bancroft. She made her film debut opposite Jerry Lewis in The Geisha Boy and worked steadily in television as she launched her film career. Her most notable screen role was in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, where she played a local schoolteacher who befriends out-of-town socialite Tippi Hedren and helps protect the children of the town during one of the film's terrifying bird attacks. In 1964, she married screen heartthrob Troy Donahue, her co-star in the romantic drama Rome Adventure, though the marriage lasted less than a year, and in 1968 married Texas oilman Tommy Gallagher.

Despite a prolific career in film and television, Pleshette gained her fame playing Emily Hartley, the down-to-earth wife of psychiatrist Bob Hartley (Bob Newhart) on the 70's sitcom The Bob Newhart Show, which ran for six years and earned her two Emmy nominations. Pleshette was so well-known as the small-screen wife of Newhart that she reprised her role in an unexpected cameo in the series finale of Newhart's second major sitcom, Newhart. The episode, where Newhart awakens in the bedroom set of his old show with Pleshette by his side (as they often ended episodes of their old show, trading dry banter) is considered one of the most clever, and surprising, series finales in television history. Pleshette continued working in television through the rest of her career, earning another Emmy nomination for playing Leona Helmsley in Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean, and made appearances in sitcoms Good Morning Miami, 8 Simple Rules... and Will & Grace (where she played the mother of Megan Mullally's character, Karen Walker). Pleshette also provided the voices of Yubaba and Zeniba in the English language version of Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning animated film Spirited Away. In 2001, after the death of her second husband, Pleshette married actor Tom Poston, whom she had met 40 years ago and who had co-starred in Newhart; they remained married until his death last year. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff »

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