A “Star” is reborn
A new version of “A Star Is Born,” starring Beyonce and directed by Clint Eastwood, fizzled a few years ago. But now the remake seems to have been revived, Deadline reports, with Eastwood’s “American Sniper” star, Bradley Cooper, set to co-star and make his directorial debut. And Cooper hopes to lure Beyonce right back to the project. This would be the fourth incarnation of the drama about a promising star whose lover’s career lurches downhill. The others: Janet Gaynor and Frederick March in 1937, Judy Garland (singing “The Man That Got Away”) and James Mason in 1954, Barbra Streisand (“Evergreen”) and Kris Kristofferson in 1976. C’mon, Queen Bey, you’re irreplaceable. Do it!
When fantasy worlds collide: Matt Smith, a former “Doctor Who,” is the favorite to star as magizoologist Newt Scamander in the “Harry Potter” spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” reports the British Sun. Scamander, as Potter fans all know, wrote one of the Hogwarts textbooks. But before that, he was a wizard working in 1920s New York. “Potter” creator J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay. Filming should start this summer in London. Meanwhile, look for Smith in July’s “Terminator Genisys.”
Joe and Anthony Russo proved they could handle a superhero or two with last year’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” beloved by critics and audiences alike. No surprise that Marvel granted them the honor of directing the threequel, “Captain America: Civil War,” due in theaters next spring. And now Badass Digest reports that the brothers closed the deal to take on a bigger chunk of the Marvel universe: the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War,” shooting back-to-back for release in 2018 and 2019. The movies follow angry titan Thanos (Josh Brolin, who snarled, briefly, in “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as he takes on the good guys in his pursuit of infinity stones. But before all of that, director Joss Whedon bids farewell to Marvel with “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” opening May 1.
Do you speak Klingon?
Idris Elba is in talks to play the villain in “Star Trek 3,” reports Variety. Rumor has it he’ll get to wear a whole bunch of makeup and become a warmongering Klingon. We do know that Justin Lin is directing, and the whole Enterprise crew of stars will climb aboard again. The sequel is due in July 2016.
A Symphony of films
If you love movies and live music, the Kansas City Symphony is giving you a chance to get plenty of both. The Screenland at the Symphony series is packing in selections this spring and beyond at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall:
▪ “Singin’ in the Rain” April 10-12
▪ Disney’s animated “Fantasia” May 15-17
▪ “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” starring John Barrymore and the Kauffman Center’s Casavant organ, Oct. 29
▪ “Star Trek,” the reboot starring Chris Pine, June 9-10, 2016.
In addition, the Symphony is planning concerts showcasing great movie music, including “Star Wars” composer John Williams (Jan. 22-23), Pixar (April 15-17, 2016) and “Harry Potter” (April 24, 2016).
Get details and tickets at kcsymphony.org or by calling 816-471-0400.
| Sharon Hoffmann, email@example.com