Friday, August 22, 2014



GRACE KELLY COLLECTION This star’s two most significant movies, “High Noon” (1952) and the Hitchcock masterpiece “Rear Window” (1954), are missing from this six-DVD box. But Kelly’s uncanny poise is on display in two other Hitchcock features, “Dial M for Murder” (1954) and “To Catch a Thief” (1955), which, featuring the future princess romping around the Côte d’Azur, feels weirdly prophetic. Also included: John Ford’s “Red Dust” remake, “Mogambo” (1953); “The Country Girl” (1954); “The Bridge at Toko-Ri” (1954); “High Society” (1956); and a new documentary portrait, “Princess Grace de Monaco: A Moment in Time.” (Warner Bros.) 

The New York Times

Monday, August 11, 2014


Barbra Streisand's first studio album of original material in three years, "Partners" features duets with
Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Babyface, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, and....Elvis Presley! No song list yet. This could be the sixth decade a Streisand album hits #1 on the Billboard charts.

Here's Barbra's Twitter Announcement:

Sunday, August 10, 2014


There still isn't a U.S.  release date for "Grace of Monaco," but we'll all be able to see it, at least on DVD. The casting is intriguing. Beyond Nicole Kidman as Grace and Tim Roth as Prince Rainier, we have Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes") as Rupert Allan, a writer turned publicist who was close to both Grace and Marilyn Monroe, Parker Posey as Grace's closest friend Madge Tivey-Faucon, Paz Vega as Maria Callas, Frank Langella as Father Francis Tucker, the Prince's adviser who accompanied him to America, where he proposed to Grace. Alfred Hitchcock and Aristotle Onassis are also portrayed in this film. C'mon, Weinstein Co., release it already!

Check out the film's IMDB listing:

Friday, August 1, 2014

Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace

U.S Release for 'Grace of Monaco' Near?

From Variety

After weeks of contract renegotiations, the Weinstein Co. is about to sign a new deal to retain the U.S. distribution rights of “Grace of Monaco,” Variety has learned.

Under the pact, reached with the film’s producers on Wednesday, the same day “Grace” is scheduled to premiere as the opening night film at Cannes, Harvey Weinstein has agreed to acquire the rights for $3 million —  which is $2 million less than he had originally intended to fork out under a previous contract. But there will be incentives built in based on box-office performance.
The version of the film screened in the United States will be Dahan’s cut. If any changes are made, they will be mutually approved by Weinstein and Dahan working together, according to the new contract. Even though “Grace of Monaco” doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet, it will likely open at the end of the summer or early fall.

The Nicole Kidman biopic about Grace Kelly has been long delayed and has been the subject of continuous off-screen drama. Weinstein and the filmmakers had initially discussed a November 2013 window, but subsequently set a mid-March launch for the sophisticated adult drama.
When Weinstein saw a rough cut of  director Olivier Dahan’s version last year, he thought the story was too dark. He wanted the film to emphasize the romantic backstory of how the beautiful actress became a princess — essentially capturing her life and relationship as more of a fairy tale.

“I like to collaborate,” Dahan said in an interview with Variety earlier this month. “From my point of view, the room was always wide open for (Weinstein), but I never really met him. I sent him different versions of the work in progress, but I never received any feedback.” The director spent nearly a year in editing, trying to find the right balance for the film’s many layers: glamour, romance, political intrigue and female empowerment.

Still, Weinstein pushed for the version of the movie that he envisioned, believing it would be far friendlier to U.S. audiences — not to mention Oscar voters.
“When Harvey created the idea of going for the Oscars, suddenly we were in a hurry and had a double rhythm,” said French producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam in an interview with Variety. “I guess that’s where the problems started.”

Tensions mounted when Dahan disagreed with Weinstein’s changes, and publicly aired his concerns, creating a standstill between the two sides.
Weinstein was then blindsided by an announcement in the spring that the film had landed a deal for the director’s version of the film to debut at Cannes. “Grace of Monaco” opens Wednesday, May 14 in France, and has summer release dates in more than 20 countries, including England, Greece, Spain and Australia.

In the spring, Kidman met with Harvey and TWC chief David Glasser and strongly expressed her desire for their company to support her movie in America, according to a knowledgeable source. Consequently, in recent weeks, Weinstein and the producers resumed discussions in hopes of resolving their differences and striking a new distribution deal. YRF Entertainment CEO Uday Chopra, who financed the film, played a key role last week in easing tensions between Weinstein and Dahan.

Weinstein will not be attending the Cannes premiere of “Grace” due to a prior commitment.
“My wife, Georgina, and I have been in Jordan visiting two Syrian refugee camps, Al Zaatari yesterday and Azraq today,” Weinstein said in an exclusive statement to Variety. “This was a long planned trip with the UNHCR and our friend Neil Gaiman to bring attention plight of refugees who have been forced to flee Syria and the incredible work of UNHCR.
“I’m wishing Olivier, Nicole, Pierre Ange and Uday and the ‘Grace of Monaco’ team all the best for the screening in Cannes tonight.”