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Dodoboy.
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:16 PM
Veteran actor and film-maker casts R&B singer as female lead in musical version of classic Hollywood melodrama.
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Clint Eastwood is to direct Beyoncé Knowles in the latest remake of A Star Is Born, the classic Hollywood melodrama about a fading, drunken superstar who finds himself eclipsed by a younger model.

Eastwood is planning a musical version, mimicking the direction of the 1976 A Star Is Born, which cast Barbra Streisand alongside Kris Kristofferson and moved the story from the film industry to the music business. Deadline reports that studio Warner Bros had hoped to team Knowles with Will Smith, but this has not yet been confirmed. Robert Downey Jr and Mad Men's Jon Hamm are also rumoured to be under consideration, while Russell Crowe was reportedly in line for the role of the fading older star when news of the project broke last year.

A Star Is Born has already been remade twice. The original 1937 version starred Fredric March and Janet Gaynor as an ageing Hollywood actor and the bright young ingenue he takes under his wing. The film was remade in 1954 with James Mason and Judy Garland. Director Frank Pierson had wanted Elvis Presley for the 1976 version, but the singer reportedly turned down the role after being told he would not be given top billing, and it went to Kristofferson.

Eastwood will be taking on a musical for the first time as director, but the veteran actor and film-maker maintains an intense interest in music. His last film where appeared in front of the cameras, Gran Torino, featured Eastwood crooning over the end credits, and he composed scores for his recent films Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby and Changeling.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jan/21/clint-eastwood-beyonce-star-born
So SOOOO EXCITING!

Brooklyn90
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:38 PM
Not sure if I like Beyonce in the role.
No one can ever out due Judy :worship:

Dodoboy.
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:39 PM
Barbra was very good too!

Look at the names Bee joins :inlove:

LeRoy.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:41 PM
Love ya Bee but that sounds like a disaster....

delicatecutter
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:43 PM
I find it hard to believe Clint would want to tarnish his reputation like that. :o

Brooklyn90
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:07 PM
JUDY :hearts:

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Dodoboy.
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:21 PM
Tarnish his reputation? Are you SERIOUS? It's a Star is Born!!

volta
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:36 PM
tragic :o

Beyonce as an actress just doesn't do it ... You'd think that Clint would know better

delicatecutter
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:16 PM
tragic :o

Beyonce as an actress just doesn't do it ... You'd think that Clint would know better

This is what I meant. It was nothing against the material, although I am not familiar with it. Beyonce can't act.

Slutati
Jan 22nd, 2011, 12:04 AM
I see Beyonce's still trying with this acting thing. :lol: Gurl, daddy Knowles can't buy you them oscars. Give it a rest!

Sam L
Jan 22nd, 2011, 12:05 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

young_gunner913
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:42 AM
Oh Clint. Going from credible director to colossal failure. Have fun.

Barrie_Dude
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:25 AM
Tarnish his reputation? Are you SERIOUS? It's a Star is Born!!
Yes, of course, you are right. I am sure he meant seriously tarnish his reputation. Thank you

AnDrEi.b
Jan 22nd, 2011, 08:32 AM
:lol:

Dodoboy.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 09:09 AM
Bee as Etta James was amazing, she got rave reviews there. I'm sure she'll smash this too, although it's completely different :lol:

Viktymise
Jan 22nd, 2011, 10:21 AM
Beyoncé is such a desperate hoe. And her stans are even more desperate for thinking that something like this would be anything less than a big joke.

Barrie_Dude
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:02 PM
Bee as Etta James was amazing, she got rave reviews there. I'm sure she'll smash this too, although it's completely different :lol:
She is not fit to do Etta James' laundry! :rolleyes:

skanky~skanketta
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:27 PM
Beyonce is an undeniably good singer though the haters will try to claim otherwise. I don't care if she steals stuff from other artists and calls it her own. She can sing. On stage, she's an incredible performer. But as an actress, sorry. Epic fail. There was only one moment where she acted believably. Dreamgirls, when Curtis tells Deena that Deena her voice was unspectacular (or something along those lines). Beyonce's facial expression was so real, it was almost funny. But the rest of her performance in the movie (bar her singing) was awful. She wasn't Deena, she was Beyonce.

Barrie_Dude
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:06 PM
She is a talented singer and beautiful as well.

Kitten63
Jan 22nd, 2011, 07:35 PM
I see Beyonce's still trying with this acting thing. :lol: Gurl, daddy Knowles can't buy you them oscars. Give it a rest!

:lol:

Dodoboy.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 11:31 PM
Beyonce is an undeniably good singer though the haters will try to claim otherwise. I don't care if she steals stuff from other artists and calls it her own. She can sing. On stage, she's an incredible performer. But as an actress, sorry. Epic fail. There was only one moment where she acted believably. Dreamgirls, when Curtis tells Deena that Deena her voice was unspectacular (or something along those lines). Beyonce's facial expression was so real, it was almost funny. But the rest of her performance in the movie (bar her singing) was awful. She wasn't Deena, she was Beyonce.

Let's get this straight -
Allure magazine from February 2010.

Her turns as a '60s singer in Dreamgirls and as a strung-out Etta James in Cadillac Records have earned her praise from critics; the latter portrayal even got a rave from Meryl Streep. "Meryl just said how much she loved the performance, and how raw it was," Beyonce cays, still incredulous. "I mean, anything from Meryl Streep is like..." She trails off. "I was surprised that she even saw the film."

Before I move on to critics, Meryl Streep >>>>

http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/23318547/review/24762047/cadillac_records

Beyoncé Knowles could have nabbed an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. That's how good she is playing it all sexy, sassy and druggy as Etta James, the R&B singer who found the soul in songs like "At Last." Too bad for Knowles that she's only part of Darnell Martin's rushed mess of a movie that jams the story of Chicago-based Chess Records into one incoherent package. Adrien Brody plays Leonard Chess, who started the company in the 1950s with his brother Phil (we hardly see him) to record great blues artists and pay them with Caddys. There's Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, Eamonn Walker's as Howlin' Wolf, and a lively Mos Def as Chuck Berry. It's all a blur, except for the music. That's workin

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2008/12/05/2008-12-05_cadillac_records_takes_a_greatesthits_ap.html

"Earning the respect she started to win with Dreamgirls, Knowles comes into her own as an actress playing James as an impossibly needy, extravagantly gifted, nearly always over-the-edge artist."

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/custom/today/bal-to.cadillac05dec05,0,4498183.story

Yet it's Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James who's the movie's revelation. Going in, that seemed unlikely. Knowles looks about as much like Etta James as I do, and when you add in the fact that she executive-produced the movie, the casting sounds suspiciously like a vanity exercise, as a bid for credibility or a chance to play dress-up.

Well, forget that. She's great.

First of all, she has a terrific voice, and this is a movie in which all the actors do their own vocals. She has a gifted singer's capacity for reaching deep into her own emotions with ease, so she hits every song out of the park. What's more, she's a real actress, who brings out James in all her complex shadings - the scalding anger, the pain, the self-hatred, the unwillingness to trust anybody and the helplessness to control her own turbulence.

Knowles gives us a James who is almost a monster, but Chess sees something inside her, the vulnerability she tries to hide, and when James realizes he sees it, the two establish an unspoken connection that's really the loveliest thing in the movie. The reward is a miraculous little scene that Martin films in an extended, extreme close-up, just Knowles' and Brody's faces as they talk. Just beautiful.

Brody and Knowles, meanwhile, have screen chemistry like you’ve hardly seen lately. Her depiction of James’ agonized private life and addiction and her performance of James’ legendary, sexual anthem “At Last” electrify the film.


As the tough yet troubled Etta James, Beyoncé Knowles (2006's "Dreamgirls") is also a standout, running away with all her scenes and showing giant strides in her climb toward becoming a legitimate actress. Knowles' onscreen performances of songs "At Last," "All I Could Do Is Cry," and "Once in a Lifetime" are such heart-rending powerhouses that, in the moment, the viewer is almost willing to forgive the film for being so uneven. Almost.

http://www.themovieboy.com/reviews/c/08_cadillacrecords.htm

His slot gets filled by Etta James, a torch rocker and junkie played by Beyoncé Knowles, who just about burns a hole in the screen with her sultry torment. As a woman who rocked the house but could get no satisfaction, Beyoncé does a Lady Sings the Blues in miniature. Now will someone give this lady a great lead role?

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20243936,00.html

Brody is too opaque to give the movie a real centre, but the music kicks up a storm, and the real revelation is Knowles, who burns a hole in the screen as sexy, drug-addled siren Etta — in a better film she’d be Oscar-nominated, no worries.

Verdict
Beyoncé proves her Dreamgirls turn was no fluke in this so-so Blues melodrama.
http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/ReviewComplete.asp?FID=135903


Beyonce Knowles, by the way, only appears in the second hour, but she delivers. Her acting has always been adequate, but here she reveals a talent and a passion that could really turn her into a major actress. And the covers of Etta James’ songs that she performs (“At Last,” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” “All I Could Do was Cry”) are terrific.
http://www.thecinemasource.com/movies/reviews/Cadillac-Records-review-3754-0.html



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Time to dispell this myth, Bee is an actress now.

doni1212
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:20 AM
I have no words. :o :o :o

delicatecutter
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:56 AM
I don't either. Miss Kingsley surely has better things to do with her time.

venus_rulez
Jan 23rd, 2011, 05:06 AM
I didn't think Beyonce was bad in Dreamgirls. Hell, she was better than "hand on hips and let me sing the line cause I can't act" Jennifer Hudson. I've got anutie's that could have acted just as well or better in that role as Effie.

Beat
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:18 AM
please, not another pointless remake :sobbing:

Dodoboy.
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:43 PM
I didn't think Beyonce was bad in Dreamgirls. Hell, she was better than "hand on hips and let me sing the line cause I can't act" Jennifer Hudson. I've got anutie's that could have acted just as well or better in that role as Effie.

You said it! Most lead actresses on UPN were on par with this performance, but you know. It wasn't BAD though mind you!

Optima
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:51 PM
lol, wasn't the exact same film made a couple of years ago?

Barrie_Dude
Jan 23rd, 2011, 06:50 PM
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young_gunner913
Jan 23rd, 2011, 09:57 PM
You said it! Most lead actresses on UPN were on par with this performance, but you know. It wasn't BAD though mind you!

Most UPN actresses looked like Oscar winners compared to Beyonce in "Obsessed". :tape:

skanky~skanketta
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:00 AM
Let's get this straight -


Before I move on to critics, Meryl Streep >>>>


















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Time to dispell this myth, Bee is an actress now.
You wouldn't be hard-pressed to find just as many bad reviews.

Dodoboy.
Jan 24th, 2011, 06:51 AM
For Dreamgirls and Cadillac Records, you would. Obssesed, Pink Panther and co - no you wouldn't.

Gdsimmons
Jan 24th, 2011, 08:03 PM
Beyonce still trying this acting thing I see. Nothing against Beyonce , I think she is an amazing entertainer and I damn fine woman, but an actress she is not

propi
Jan 24th, 2011, 09:18 PM
Ugh, where's the financial crisis when you need it??? :scared::help:

PlayByPlay
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:27 AM
uh ohhh here we go again.:lol: Of all the talented actresses out there.:eek:

Dodoboy.
May 11th, 2011, 10:03 PM
http://www.billboard.com/photos/stylus//1100089-beyonce-cover-617.jpg

Beyoncé: The Billboard Music Awards Q&A
Our Millennium Award Recepient Discusses Her Unprecedented Career and Anticipated New Album
by Ray Rogers


Your film career recently took an interesting turn. You've gone from "Dreamgirls" to "Cadillac Records" to "Obsessed," and now you're working with Clint Eastwood on the latest remake of "A Star is Born."

It's a dream come true; I'm still in shock that it's really going to happen. Clint Eastwood is clearly the absolute best, and I'm so honored and humbled. I was in no rush to do another movie unless it was the right film, and I didn't even want to touch "A Star is Born" unless it was with him. I actually learned that this project was in existence, and kind of claimed it. I want to get to work right now!

"A Star is Born" is an appropriate choice, as it follows the rise of a female singer to stardom. What have been your milestones on the way up?

I would say when Destiny's Child worked with Wyclef Jean on "No, No, No Part 2" - we were so young and green and in awe of everything, and couldn't wait to sing for him. And winning our Grammy for "Say My Name" was incredible. I remember hearing the song on the radio for the first time: I felt like "Wow, this sounds like a classic - something that will be around forever." Those melodies and that fast, staccato way of singing created a new style; it inspired a whole movement in R&B. Being part of that was amazing.



Link: http://www.billboard.com/#/features/beyonce-q-a-the-billboard-music-awards-millennium-1005176882.story

CONFIRMED!

Roookie
May 12th, 2011, 04:21 AM
Clint, please don't :facepalm:

Tennisation
May 12th, 2011, 04:24 AM
Not everything Clint touches is golden ya know, does "Hereafter" ring a bell?

King Halep
May 12th, 2011, 06:50 AM
Clint singing in Paint Your Wagon :help:

Londoner
May 12th, 2011, 09:56 PM
tragic :o

Beyonce as an actress just doesn't do it ... You'd think that Clint would know better

You don't have to be an actress to do this role. It's been done a million times and it's a hackneyed story. You just have to sing well and look pained now and then.

Streisand's version was awful and looks horrendously dated and laughable now. Garland just played herself. I can't see why Beyonce or anyone else couldn't do this.

Londoner
May 12th, 2011, 09:59 PM
JUDY :hearts:

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I think Garland is one of the greatest entertainers ever, but these are the best bits of what I found to be a very overwrought movie. And a very long one too!

Bismarck.
May 12th, 2011, 10:00 PM
You don't have to be an actress to do this role. It's been done a million times and it's a hackneyed story. You just have to sing well and look pained now and then.

Streisand's version was awful and looks horrendously dated and laughable now. Garland just played herself. I can't see why Beyonce or anyone else couldn't do this.

:lol: I agree. I don't exactly see how this role is going to strain Beyonce's "acting talent".

I suppose it's fortunate that she has secured this role given that her album's going to flop. :oh: What timing, eh?

Boschco
May 13th, 2011, 11:25 AM
remake... offcourse... tja!