News From the Lake for March 18th, 2015

News News in a nutshell: Another classic film star receives a biopic and what’s new on DVD and Blu-ray.

steve mcqueen

We’ve heard about biopics for Dalton Trumbo, Montgomery Clift and Anna May Wong, so it was only a matter of time before Hollywood turned towards looking at the King of Cool himself, Steve McQueen. Deadline is now reporting that financing for the picture has been secured – via Lake Forest Entertainment and The Exchange – and now Hollywood A-listers are circling to direct and play the titular character for the project, known as McQueen. Awhile back it was said that director James Gray and Jeremy Renner (who previously worked together on The Immigrant) were hoping to team up for this, but Deadline reports that Channing Tatum and Ryan Gosling have expressed interest. (Shouldn’t Gosling be busy with that Busby Berkeley biopic he was cast in?) McQueen will be based, in part, on the 2010 biography on McQueen’s life by Marshall Terrill. I haven’t read this particular bio on McQueen, any good? Who do you see taking on the role of Steve McQueen – big shoes to fill.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

Warner Bros.: Warner Bros. has been on a roll with their Blu-ray box sets. Now that their Musicals¬†Blu-ray set is available, they’re turning their eyes to the “Golden Year” of cinema, 1939. The Golden Year Blu-ray collection contains four¬†iconic titles – Dark Victory, Dodge City, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Ninotchka – released during the year of 1939, all on Blu-ray for the first time (Gone With the Wind is included as a fifth film but was already released on Blu). A sixth disc will contain a documentary, “1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year,” narrated by Kenneth Branagh. If you aren’t interested in all five, the four new Blu-rays will be released individually. The set and Blu-rays hit shelves June 9th.

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