A petite, wholesome screen star, Janet Gaynor hit it big just as silent films were coming to an end and continued as one of the screen's most popular stars of the 1930s. Gaynor got her start in films...
The Irreplaceable hitmaker will play rising singer Esther in the fourth re-imagining of the classic, following in the footsteps of Streisand, Judy Garland, and Janet Gaynor.
Beyonce admits the role will be especially poignant as she fell in love with Streisand's voice during screenings of the movie with her mother when she was a young girl.
She tells Reuters, "It's when I became a fan of Barbra Streisand's. And I then saw Judy Garland's version of A Star Is Born and I realised every 20 to 30 years a new star is born and a new talent represents that generation and era - so I didn't think that I would ever get the opportunity to be the star."
Despite her stellar previous success, Beyonce has hailed this movie role as "the biggest opportunity" of her life, and can't believe Eastwood chose her to front the film.
She adds, "I met with Clint and I was so nervous and I know that it is the biggest opportunity of my life. I will work as hard as I can. Because I can't wait. And I am so happy that he trusts me and I am in good hands and I am so fortunate."
The 1937 original, starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, has already been remade twice - with Judy Garland in 1954 and with Barbra Streisand in 1976 in the lead role of a rising artist who marries a fading star.
Russell Crowe confirmed last year (10) he was in talks to tackle the older, male role, while Beyonce, who reportedly quit the project, is still said to be attached to the picture, according to Deadline.com.
Studio bosses at Warner Bros. have now confirmed Eastwood will take charge of the fourth movie.
Previous rumors that Jermane and Randy Jackson had refused to attend the Jackson 5 reunion for the Michael Jackson: 30 Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years can now be dismissed. All five brothers from the eponymous Jackson 5 music group have confirmed their attendance at the event.
After feuding for the last month with the show's producer, David Gest, over the ticket prices, the guest list and the lineups for the all-star events, Jermaine agreed on Friday to perform at the September 7 and 10 shows, to be held at New York's Madison Square Garden.
"Having been accused of not wanting to be a part of my brother's 30th anniversary concert for publicity reasons is not right," Jermaine Jackson said in a statement Friday. "My concern was that our loyal fans were not invited nor able to attend because of excessive prices," he told SonicNet.com.
A combined total of 40,000 tickets for the September 7 and 10 Michael Jackson celebration concerts--priced $45 to $2,500 per ticket--sold out just five hours after going on sale on July 31, Launch. com reported.
"I place my family above all else and I would like to perform with my brothers in spite of all that has gone on. I'm sorry that loyalty to my fans and family has been perceived as betrayal," Jermaine added.
The Jackson brothers convened in Los Angeles on Friday to begin rehearsing for the shows.
A complete list of confirmed special guests goes as follows:
Friday, September 7: Marc Anthony; Ray Charles; Deborah Cox; Destiny's Child; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gilman; Whitney Houston; James Ingram; Quincy Jones & the Legends of Jazz including Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry & Cassandra Wilson; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; *NSYNC; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent & Rayvon; Britney Spears; Tamia; 3T; Usher.
Monday, September 10: Marc Anthony; Mary J. Blige; Deborah Cox; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; Gloria Gaynor; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil' Romeo; Ricky Martin; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98 Degrees; Jill Scott; Usher; Luther Vandross; Dionne Warwick.
In addition, stars from television, sports, movies, and the recording industry will honor Jackson during the concerts. Confirmed guests include: Marlon Brando; Elizabeth Taylor; Samuel L. Jackson; Willem Dafoe; William Shatner; Dr. Dre; Snoop Dogg; Yoko Ono; Sean Lennon; Jane Russell; Chris Tucker; Liam Neeson; Vanessa Redgrave; Franco Nero; Muhammad Ali; Kobe Bryant; Magic Johnson; Esther Williams; Gregory Peck; Jennifer Jones; Angie Dickinson; Master P; Robert Wagner; Jill St. John; Sir John Mills; Hayley Mills; Janet Leigh; Reggie Miller; Ann Miller; Jane Powell; Macaulay Culkin; Patricia Neal.
The third time was apparently not charming enough for Oliver Stone.
The filmmaker -- heretofore best known for blowing up stuff and shooting things in high-octane flicks like "Platoon," "JFK" and "Natural Born Killers" –- is looking to direct yet another version of the classic rags-to-riches/riches-to-rag Hollywood tale, "A Star Is Born," today's Hollywood Reporter says. So, what will make the fourth take on this romantic Tinseltown fable unique?
Well, um, take a look at the would-be star: Jamie Foxx.
Yes, the "In Living Color" comic, a relative no-name in the movies, is being talked up as the successor to Fredric March, James Mason and Kris Kristofferson -- the previous "Star Is Born" leading men. (All right, maybe the Kristofferson shoes won't be so hard to fill.)
Foxx is living his own "Star Is Born" story these days. The actor is said to be Stone's first choice to replace (get this) Will Smith in the new "Star" project. (Smith opted out of the film to make "Ali," that planned Muhammad Ali biopic.)
"A Star Is Born" would be the second time Stone has helped make Jamie Foxx a movie star. Last year, the director called on Foxx to replace wannabe actor Puff Daddy as the arrogant QB in Stone's "Any Given Sunday."
In the all-new "Star Is Born," Foxx would play a falling-star guy who falls in love with a rising-star girl. So, the next question mark in this curious project is: Who'll play opposite Foxx? According to the Reporter, candidates for the leading-lady slot include singers Lauryn Hill and Mariah Carey.
This new, hip-hop duet would tread a few footsteps over their old-fashioned predecessors. The first "Star," released in 1937, starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. George Cukor helmed a second (musical) version for Warner Bros. in 1954, with Judy Garland and James Mason. The latest remake, in 1976, featured Barbara Streisand and the aforementioned Mr. Kristofferson.
A source tells the Reporter that the latest film hopes to capitalize on Warner Bros.' music catalog. A diva all-star affair with tunes by Garland, Streisand and Mariah Carey? For pop aficionados everywhere, it's reason enough for a remake. Even a weird one.
FOR RICHER OR ROBBERS: Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito could be swapping goods in the MGM caper comedy "What's the Worst that Could Happen." The Hollywood Reporter says that Lawrence has climbed aboard, and DeVito's in negotiations to star in the film, about a billionaire (DeVito) who swipes a good-luck ring from a con (Lawrence). The production's set to roll 'em in June.
HURRYING TO 'RUSH': Chris Penn's stuck in traffic again with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Variety reports that the heavy from "Rush Hour" has signed up for another installment opposite the dynamic duo. "Rush Hour 2" starts production in the fall.
SEEING 'SPOT': After fending off masked serial killers, "Scream" vet David Arquette is ready for the dog pound. Variety reports that the actor's nabbed the lead role in the Warner comedy "See Spot Run," set to shoot this June. Arquette comes to the project after potential star Martin Lawrence decided not to go postal. Instead, Arquette will play a postman who takes in a stray dog -- make that a stray dog trained to fight crime. Ah, comedy.
Last film for nearly two decades, "The Young in Heart"
Acted on TV in such anthology drama shows as "Lux Video Theater" and "Chrysler Medallion Theater"; also filmed a pilot in the later 50s for "The Janet Gaynor Show"
One-shot return to films in "Bernardine"
Raised in Pennsylvania and Maryland
Exhibited paintings in New York
After parents' divorce, moved to Chicago with mother and older sister
First film with Charles Farrell, "Seventh Heaven"
When mother remarried, relocated to San Francisco
Began screen acting career; appeared in such films as "The Midnight Kiss", "The Blue Eagle", "The Shamrock Handicap" and "The Johnstown Flood", often paired with Pee Wee Holmes and Ben Corbett or Edmund Cobb
Severely injured in a car accident; broke 11 ribs, her pelvis and collarbone; reportedly never fully recovered
Last film with Farrell, "Change of Heart"
Screen debut as an extra in "All Wet"
A petite, wholesome screen star, Janet Gaynor hit it big just as silent films were coming to an end and continued as one of the screen's most popular stars of the 1930s. Gaynor got her start in films through her sister, a secretary for Hal Roach. In 1925-26, she appeared in a number of shorts (including several Glenn Tryon Westerns) and as an extra in features. Her first break was a supporting role in "The Johnstown Flood" (1926), which began her long association with Fox.
Gaynor appeared in such films as "The Midnight Kiss" and "The Return of Peter Grimm" (both 1926), before becoming a full-fledged star as a street urchin in "Seventh Heaven" and a threatened farm wife in "Sunrise" (both 1927). She won the Best Actress award at the first Oscar ceremony, on May 16, 1929, for her combined work on those films and "Street Angel" (1928). She finished out the silent era with "Four Devils", "Christina" and "Lucky Star" (all 1929).
When talking films became popular, Gaynor rode the crest with the musical "Sunny Side Up" (1929). With her round, girlish face and cartoon-character voice, Gaynor remained one of Hollywood's biggest stars of the early Depression years, placing near the top of an annual exhibitors' poll of top ten box-office stars for several years in a row until 1935. Gaynor made an especially popular romantic team with the similarly gentle-mannered Charles Farrell in a dozen films, including the delightful musical "Sunny Side Up", the improbable but magically romantic "Lucky Star" (both 1929), the unusual Gershwin tunefest "Delicious" (1931), and lesser but enjoyable films like "Tess of the Storm Country" (1932) and "Change of Heart" (1934).
Gaynor also did well in vehicles without Farrell, including "State Fair" (1933) and the unjustly neglected "One More Spring" (1935). Perhaps Gaynor's best-remembered starring vehicle is the first screen version of "A Star Is Born" (1937), in which she teamed with Fredric March in the classic story of two married film stars, one on the way up and the other on the way down. She retired from the screen after making the highly enjoyable "The Young in Heart" (1938) but returned to films once more to play the mother in "Bernardine" (1957). Gaynor's second husband (1939-59) was famed MGM costume designer Gilbert Adrian. In 1982, she and her longtime close friend Mary Martin were in an auto accident in San Francisco; Martin's manager was killed and Gaynor never fully recovered from her injuries. She died two years later.
divorced from Gainor's father in 1914; remarried in 1922
divorced Gaynor's mother in 1914; was an amateur singer
born in 1902
Married from 1964 until her death 1984
married Gaynor's mother in 1922
Jesse Lydell Peck
Hollywood Secretarial School
Polytechnic High School
As a child, she was known to her family as Lolly.
Gaynor appeared on the annual motion picture exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars a number of times after its formation. She made one such list in 1931, placed second on the "Motion Picture Annual"'s list in 1932 and third in both 1933 and 1934.