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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM

‘Downton Abbey’ meets ‘Gypsy’

I’m back — how have you all been? I have Broadway musicals on my mind, because I was just in New York and saw a few shows. (“Porgy and Bess,” which was beautifully sung and very good; and Alan Rickman in the play “Seminar” — such a treat to hear his voice, unamplified, in a historic theater!) And here’s the big movie-musical news of the day (well, yesterday, but better late than never): Julian Fellowes, author/creator of “Downton Abbey,” has been signed to write the screenplay for the new movie version of “Gypsy,” starring Barbra Streisand as Mama Rose. Fellowes is no stranger to movies (he won an Oscar for his “Gosford Park” screenplay) or to musicals (he adapted the currently-on-Broadway version of “Mary Poppins”). Potentially interesting? Do you think, as many do, that Streisand (who turns 70 next month) is too old for the part? And do you have an odd feeling, as I do (based on nothing but a hunch), that Anne Hathaway will end up as Gypsy?

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