Universal and Paramount are both celebrating their centennial anniversary in 2012, and like Paramount, Universal is debuting a new logo to mark the occasion. That logo will bow on March 2 in front of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and be on all Universal films going forward.

The studio is doing something much better than that, however. A press release announces that Universal will also restore thirteen classic films this year. The films are: All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds, Buck Privates, Dracula (1931), Dracula (Spanish, 1931), Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Out of Africa, Pillow Talk, Bride of Frankenstein, The Sting and To Kill a Mockingbird. Precise details of the restorations are yet to be revealed.

Many of those will hit Blu-ray, starting with To Kill a Mockingbird this month; Jaws and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial will follow, with 2012 finishing off with Blu-ray releases of Universal’s classic monster lineup and Alfred Hitchcock films. The full press release is below. Read More »

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But what about Daniel Radcliffe? The last time we heard about the new movie version of Erich Maria Remarque‘s WWI novel All Quiet on the Western Front, it was June 2010 and Daniel Radcliffe had been attached to play the lead role.

Fast-forward through more than a year to now, as Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, Peacemaker, Luck) has been announced to direct. This is the same project on which we previously reported, produced by Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson, who also wrote, and it still plans to shoot in 2012. But for now there is no mention of Mr. Radcliffe. Read More »

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Seems that World War I is the new World War II, at least as far as movies are concerned. After years of movies and TV that exploited the backdrop of WWII (some to very good effect) we’re now starting to see a few high-profile films that go back to the more gruesome trench warfare of the first worldwide conflict. There’ Steven Spielberg‘s War Horse, which shoots in the fall, and now Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in a new version of the classic novel All Quiet on the Western Front. Read More »

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