Saturday, January 22, 2011

Once More, with Feeling...

Janet Gaynor and Frederic March.  Judy Garland and James Mason.  Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.  Now?  Beyonce Knowles and Mystery Leading Man #1.  Hollywood is remaking A Star is Born for the fourth time.  I can't really object to this because, honestly, while I've only seen the 1954 Garland musical (the most celebrated, obviously), I've always thought there was quite a bit of room for improvement.  The amazing thing about this version isn't Beyonce, it's that somehow Clint Eastwood has been roped into producing and directing the film himself.  Obviously, this ain't Eastwood's first rodeo, and in spite of casting a major mainstream pop star (guys, Dreamgirls wasn't really so great), there's a pretty significant chance that he could transform the most played-out rise and fall tale into serious gold.  

Either that or it'll be Paint Your Wagon.   

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