Beyonce, Streisand, and Willow Smith Bring Back The Movie Musical

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Last year, Burlesque was the only musical to hit the screen (unlike you count Camp Rock 2 and Scott Pilgrim), but somehow that was enough to make the genre catch fire again.

No fewer than three major divas are going ahead with large-scale movie musicals.

And interestingly, every one of them is a remake of a past movie musical.

Nostalgia is totally what it used to be!

Beyonce is doing her version of A Star Is Born, which was already done brilliantly with Judy Garland and woefully with Barbra Streisand.

And speaking of Babs, she's announced that she's definitely going to make her movie of Gypsy, playing the title stripper's mother (though this time, she's not toying with Garland's memory, but with that of the last screen Mama Rose, the brassy Rosalind Russell).

And pint-sized pixie Willow Smith, as I've told you, is going to star in a re-do of Annie, as sure as I'm squealing "Leapin' lizards!"

On the one hand, these ideas point to a complete lack of inspiration in remake-crazed, concept-recycling Hollywood, which is always scraping the nostalgia bin for any workable vehicle.

On the other hand, I happen to be living for all three films!

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@JoeWatchesTV
@JoeWatchesTV

How are the producers of this Annie going to explain how a little African-American girl in the 30s got adopted by a balding white guy? It's 1930 after all.

And btw, Beyonce does not have the acting chops for A Star is Born. You know who might? Jennifer Hudson. You know who definitely does? Jenifer Lewis, who sadly just doesn't have the box office power to even get a meeting on this.

Katz
Katz

I'll take "Born in a Trunk" over "Evergreen" anytime.

Movielover
Movielover

Maybe I should watch that Babs movie again, I don't recall it being that bad...but maybe I just liked the music. Wasn't Evergreen by Babs from that movie? I don't think it was in Judy's. Of course Judy's Star is Born is the best, so stylish with Judy and wonderful James Mason. I read that James always wears (wore?) a fake shoulders, chest, girdleish thing. Not that handsome, but with a beautiful voice. Like Kelsey Grammer!

Guest
Guest

Barbara's version was about singers; Judy's was about actors.

JamesMason
JamesMason

I will never forget becoming violently nauseous after seeing the cover for the first time of the A Star Is Born album with nude Barbra And Kris entwined like two boa constrictors -- as a matter of fact, just thinking about it now years later I'm about to blow my morning granola.

Delphyne
Delphyne

Of the three, I'm looking forward too Beyonce's Star is Born. After Barbra's, how bad can it be?

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