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Some of my best friends are remakes.

To say that you're anti-remakes is to film writing as opening and closing your mouth is to being a fish. Every day, somewhere in the world, someone writes a diatribe about the evils of remakes; right now over at the Guardian, there're two. The former's a generic complaint about how Hollywood ruins foreign films with remakes, the latter a peculiarly venomous attack on Breck Eisner, who has the temerity to want to do three remakes in a row (this Friday's "The Crazies" leading...

"A Star Is Born," again.

There are some properties destined to be eternally refilmed: certain Shakespeare plays, Jane Austen, Dickens, and so on. Then there are the less likely and yet equally persistent sources. One, oddly, is "A Star Is Born," currently due for its fifth incarnation. The archetypal tale of a alcoholic star on his way down and the ingenue he elevates who eclipses him is due, once more, this time with Russell Crowe and Beyoncé. Guess who's who. "A Star Is Born" originated as 1932's...