The new "Mildred Pierce"

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  1. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    Trailer here.

    I'm not flipping out over this one the way I do with some remakes. When a film is adapted from a book, I often feel there can legitimately be multiple film versions that interpret it in different ways. (Okay, I'm a hair-splitter.)

    That said, it looks to me like this one isn't going to be nearly as good as the Joan Crawford version. JMHO. Veda doesn't seem as snarky or as evil, and no Eve Arden, and no Jack Carson . . . and no shoulder pads! :drama:
  2. Rex

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    Sacrilege. It was a great flick, although I found Crawford underwhelming in the original - Ann Blyth, Eve Arden and Zachary Scott stole that movie from her. But I lurve Kate Winslet, so I will try to keep an open mind. I think she'll be better than Joan.
  3. peibeck

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    Actually I think Rachel Evan Woods is quite an amazing young actress, I think she will make a great Veda.

    I hate that mustache on Guy Pearce though. :scream:

    The costumes look fab! :swoon:
  4. orbitz

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    I don't think the original MP is considered a "classic" among film critics. It probably feel very dated if I was to watch it now. I'm sure Kate will bring extra dimensions to the role that wasn't required of Crawford back then.
  5. LuckyCharm

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    I agree about Evan Rachel Wood. She is stunningly awesome. I'll pretty much watch anything she is in, just because she's in it, and she's one of very few actors I can say that about. Kate Winslet is a nice bonus. I've seen the original a couple of times but it's not a film that I'm particularly attached to, so I don't have much problem with a remake, especially since this looks like a high quality effort.
  6. Squibble

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    Looking for a classic version of the story? Looking for extra dimensions? Try this and this!

    :watch:
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  7. Buzz

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    I am off to find the book! :D
  8. immoimeme

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    This new version doesn't look to be any better than the book.
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    So the message I'm getting is: You wanna play Mildred Pierce? You'd better have the fiercest eyebrows in the business. :p
  10. PEKINGMOO

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    Can they please cast Faye Dunaway? that I would see....
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  13. Louise

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    I love Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce and thoroughly believe she deserved her Oscar. This was the film that would either keep her in Hollywood or drive her out. So much was riding on it. The camp value was high, Veda was perfectly cast, and I think it still holds up (I rented it a few months ago).
    Not crazy about Kate Winslet in this. I just don't think they need to mess with this classic. Sort of like when they remade The Women. Just don't.
  14. Wyliefan

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    The Women remake looked absolutely horrific, and I wouldn't touch it with the proverbial ten-foot pole. I understand how you feel about having your favorites remade, but at least it looks like they put a little more effort into this remake than they did into The Women.
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    Can you imagine remaking Now Voyager, with all the plastic surgery options available today? You could cast Rosie O'Donnell and Gwyneth Paltry for the same role pre and post "mountain retreat".

    Yes I do know it's Paltrow, and what did she call that poor child, kumquat, nashi-pear, dangle berry? Poor poor thing
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  16. Rex

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    I'd put a fatwa out on anyone who thought that they could remake Now, Voyager....
  17. Wyliefan

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    You just couldn't. Never mind Bette Davis and Charles Boyer, you couldn't remake it without Claude Rains!!
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    Charles Boyer? Don't you mean Paul Henreid?
  19. Wyliefan

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    Sorry, yes, Paul Henreid.
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    I really don't mind this as I found the original Mildred Pierce to be underwhelming. Happy Joan got her Oscar and Hollywood comeback and all, but it's not as if the original film was anywhere near a classic. However, the remake of The Women was just sacrilege on every level.
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    So, I'm getting excited since the premiere only a couple of weeks away now (3/27.) I watched part of the making of special the other night and it looks great. This will be a nice pick-me-up from the end of the skating season blues (assuming Worlds takes place as scheduled.) And I'm sure everyone is excited that none other than Sumi Jo did the singing for Veda!;)
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    These are my sentiments as well. I can see the remake being much better.
  25. manleywoman

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    I had to cancel my HBO earlier this year, so sadly I'll have to wait for DVD. :(
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    Billboards up for it all over LA, so it is getting some push, but the ads on the side of the buses seem to be for The Borgias.
  27. LuckyCharm

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    Starts tonight, 8 CST.
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    Too bad I don't have HBO. I am sure it will be online within a day or so, just have to do some searching. Maybe Netflix will have it fairly quickly after its run is over.
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    The HBO film has been getting mixed reviews. I'm interested to hear what you guys think of it :)
  30. rfisher

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    so far, boring is what comes to mind. I don't think I'll watch the 2nd half.
  31. gingercrush

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    Hmm I've been meaning to actually post in this thread for a while. I'm looking forward to this when it eventually comes to New Zealand (well I'm presuming we'll get it here).

    I just can't believe some people in this thread don't believe the Joan Crawford version is a classic. In my mind it's an absolute classic. Forget the story itself though I think they did an amazing job on it. The noir characteristics are what makes it a classic. In my opinion its one of the most defining noir films.
  32. Rex

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    I don't have HBO, so I am missing it.
    Time said that Winslet's performance was far better than Crawford's. I could believe that - I thought Joan was actually much, much better in Humoresque.
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    I watched it last night, and so far I am bouncing between bored, and wanting to smack Veda upside the head. Overall it's ok, but it's moving very slow.
  34. LuckyCharm

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    I didn't get to sit down and watch it last night. It was mostly playing in the background while I dealt with multiple household disasters. What I saw I wouldn't call boring, but definitely slow-paced. I think it will get much more intense in the next installment when Veda will be older and raising even more hell. I thought Winslet was fantastic (but I always do.)
  35. Wyliefan

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    Coincidentally (or not?), TCM ran the original this weekend. :) I agree with gingercrush that it's a classic. It may not slavishly follow the book -- or even closely follow the book -- but the story keeps you watching and I think the performances hold up very well. Maybe not Zachary Scott's -- he reminds me of a line from MST3K: "Hi, I'm Bob Evil!" -- but Crawford's, Carson's, Arden's, and Blyth's do.

    And it's not like James M. Cain was one of the great masters of literature anyway . . . :shuffle:

    Still, I do want to check out the new one when I can.
  36. olympic

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    Watched it.

    Thought it was probably truer to the novel. I guess the fact that it is a mini-series means that it will delve more into the complications of the characters than the movie could.
  37. screech

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    I enjoyed it.

    It's not exciting - much more character based than exciting, but I found myself sucked in. And Kate Winslet is doing a great job, especially since she's in every single scene.

    I'm excited for the later episodes to see what Evan Rachel Wood does with Veda. I've heard good things about her performance.

    And I think it'll be safe to say that Kate will get the Emmy this year. That will leave her with just a Tony in order to become one of the 11 EGOT holders... (yes, she has a Grammy)
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    What's funny is that Kate won a Grammy FIRST. LOL! You would think that would be the last and hardest award for her to get. I think she will win many more Oscars. I think she has the Emmy absolutely locked up. If she ever wants a Tony she will get it, she has the talent, for sure.
  39. Rex

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    I wonder what made Winslet decide to do a cable miniseries.
  40. rfisher

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    Because those HBO miniseries almost always win awards and HBO pays :bribe: to the actors.