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The more I learn about Hollywood studio execs, the less I would like to know. Nothing is sacred anymore. Hollywood has already remade a few of Alfred Hitchock classics and now comes word they are going ahead with a remake of the Cary Grant/Grace Kelly classic To Catch a Thief. And it’s being re-tooled by the screenwriter of Good Luck Chuck no less! Are those the muffled sounds of screams I hear?!

Way back in 2004, Paramount was hot on the trail of remaking the 1955 release that starred Cary Grant as an American expat on the French Riviera who falls for a wealthy American, played by Grace Kelly, as a rash of jewel thefts breaks out. At that time, the studio wanted Todd Komarnicki (Perfect Stranger) to rewrite the project that would leave most of the original story intact - a reformed jewel thief scrambles to clear his reputation while being framed for a series of elaborate robberies from the super-rich- but change the setting to Miami, a former hot spot location for movie shoots.

Thank God for small miracles that the project stalled and sat on the shelf. That is until someone decided to dust off the idea again. Speaking with Moviehole, screenwriter Josh Stolberg (who also wrote Piranha 3D) updated the status of this remake:

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07 March 2011 @ 10:27 am



The actress has frequently been compared to the legendary Hollywood beauty but she's determined never to step into her shoes for a film role, because Kelly is too well known to movie fans.

Jones tells Britain's The Times, "I've been offered a couple of TV movies playing Grace Kelly and there was no way I would touch them with a seven foot pole. It would be career suicide. No one would watch them and come away saying anything other than, 'She's so not Grace Kelly.'

"Cate Blanchett got it right as Katharine Hepburn, but generally it doesn't matter how much you look like that person or how good an actor you are, it's impossible."

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Thank God. This is a wise choice, Jan.
 
 
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Saw this article from Clothes on Film and had to post for discussion. Apparently, they will be doing more TCAT articles as well...

(P.S. This is a long article!)

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#1: Blue Chiffon


As spoilt yet charming Frances Stevens, Grace Kelly wears a total of ten separate costumes in Alfred Hitchcock’s lavish romantic caper To Catch a Thief (1954).

All outfits were designed by easily the most famous costume designer who ever lived, Edith Head. Typical for Head, Frances’ outfits are a mix of steady, daring and occasionally bizarre, including a pale yellow one-piece swimsuit with ‘cats eye’ sunglasses, an unflattering blue tunic trouser suit and wild 18th century gold lamé gown with piled up sausage curls wig.

For our coverage, three of the more interesting ensembles have been chosen, each reflecting a facet of Frances’ personality and in some way informing the narrative. Number one is an ice blue chiffon gown worn for her first face-to-face encounter with apparently retired cat burglar John ‘The Cat’ Robie, played by then fifty year old and judiciously tanned Cary Grant.

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I have so many random comments, I will just reply them to the original post!
 
 
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13 January 2011 @ 05:42 pm
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Since the Award season is coming up one question came to my mind, which has been a subject of controversy ever since: her Oscar win.

 
I am sure all of you know the story of Grace Kelly winning the Oscar with just six votes separating her from Judy Garland who was also nominated.
In 1955 most thought Judy Garland in  A Star Is Born, not Grace, would win. Even Grace thought so and said: 

"I really thought Judy would win it."
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Do you think Grace´s Oscar was deserved?

Yes, absolutely
5(45.5%)
No. Judy was the clear winner
5(45.5%)
I´m not sure
1(9.1%)
 
 
 
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08 December 2010 @ 03:39 pm
30. Something you’d say to Grace Kelly if you had the chance



I would tell her that she continues to be an inspiration for many and that she is remembered as being a “decent human being – and a caring one." In her last interview, she was quoted as saying this when asked how she wants to be remembered.