Universal picks up rights to Sinatra catalogue; Report: Scorcese – Sinatra family clash over film..

Our previous post on the film here

Variety:

…Frank Sinatra Enterprises, a joint venture of Warner Music and the Sinatra estate, is expected to announce today UMG’s acquisition of 38 albums recorded by Sinatra for his own Reprise label, as well as 14 DVDs of performances. UMG has all rights outside North America to the works….

The Sinatra deal will include a re-release of his album “My Way” on its 40th anniversary. (Sinatra will also be the subject of the Twyla Tharp-choreographed “dance-ical” titled “Come Fly With Me,” set to premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater next month.)

Sinatra recorded more than 1,500 songs and sold some 150 million platters in his long career. Rhino, the Warner Music arm that co-owns Frank Sinatra Enterprises, paid $50 million for its half of the venture….

In other news, the film is reportedly stirring up passionate disagreements among the players, as well as lining up stars vying for the lead role:

…director Martin Scorsese has apparently incurred the wrath of Frank Sinatra‘s family, with his plans for a biopic that focuses on the late singer’s alleged Mafia links.

Scorsese’s project, with the working title Sinatra, is the first feature film devoted to the life of the singer whose career encompassed 1,400 musical recordings and dozens of film appearances. But Tina Sinatra, the singer’s 61-year-old daughter and keeper of her father’s flame, is said to be unhappy with the “dark direction” of the film’s script.

According to the New York Post, Tina Sinatra – who Universal Pictures appointed as the film’s executive producer as part of its two-year negotiations to secure the rights to Sinatra’s life story and music – wants a more positive version of her father’s story to be told.

Scorsese, the director of several gangster films such as GoodFellas and Casino, signed up to direct Sinatra in May. A source told the newspaper: “Marty wants it to be hard-hitting and showcase the violent, sexually charged, hard-drinking Frank, but Tina wants to show the softer side of her dad and let the focus be on the music.”…

If the choices are Clooney, DiCaprio and Depp, I vote Johnny!

If the choices are Clooney, DiCaprio and Depp, I vote Johnny!

DigitalSpy:

…Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney and Johnny Depp are allegedly being touted for the lead role in Martin Scorsese’s Sinatra.

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August 21, 2009. Tags: , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Film, Music, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

Film about Ole Blue Eyes in the works; Scorsese to direct


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Look at those eyes…

Nikke Finke Exclusive:

..He was an enigmatic legend, and it looks as if the picture that just came together will do that justice. I’ve just learned that Universal has acquired this project based on the life of Frank Sinatra from Mandalay Pictures. Phil Alden Robinson is writing the screenplay, and Marty Scorsese will direct as well as produce through his Sikelia Productions….

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May 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Film, Music, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

Happy Valentines Day!!!

2010 Updates: THR Livefeed has ‘Lost’ Valentines …

The Victorian Valentines are so beautiful, read more about the holiday here

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Cindy Adams dishes on traditional Valentine’s lore:

In Ancient Rome, St. Valentine performed marriages for the soldiers of Emperor Claudius, who’d banned the rite because he did not want emotional ties that could make his troops less bold in battle.

In the Middle Ages, folk of young ages drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentines might be. Those names were then pinned on their cuffs for a week. The forerunner of the phrase “wearing your heart on your sleeve.”

Wedding rings grew out of the custom of locking a bride in irons with the best man assigned to guard her prior to the ceremony.

Per the Times of London, every Valentine’s Day morning some unknown writes a note saying, “Are you there, Moriarty?” — addressed to Mr. Sherlock Holmes — and plops it through the letterbox of the Abbey National branch that now stands at 221B Baker Street. I don’t know why. They don’t even know why.

Old wives’ tale: Feb. 14 is the date centuries ago when migratory birds returned to England to mate.

More old wives’ tales: The first feathered friend a single maiden sees on Valentine’s Day will foretell her future mate. A bluebird is a sign he’ll be happy but poor. A crossbill means cranky and quarrelsome. Sparrow? The guy’s a farmer. Robin? He’s a sailor. Blackbird? A clergyman. And if she sees a woodpecker, the old broad will stay an old-broad spinster….

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February 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Film, Music. Comments off.

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