Laurent Durieux Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Print

Earlier this month, we got the sad news that comedy icon Gene Wilder had passed away. Since then, there have been honorary screenings around the country of movies such as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Now you can remember Gene Wilder with some gorgeous new artwork as well.

Laurent Durieux is one of our favorite pop culture artists, having just recently delivered a fantastic print for Raiders of the Lost Ark, and now he’s giving Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory his artistic touch with a gorgeous new print going on sale Friday. Check out the Laurent Durieux Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory print after the jump. Read More »

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Angela Lansbury Sings Beauty and the Beast Live

Sadly we don’t get to see the  new live-action take on Beauty and the Beast until March 17, 2017. But it just so happens that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the animated adaptation of the classic tale, and in honor of that milestone, Disney just released a special edition Blu-ray with a special sneak peek of the new version starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the title couple. You can watch that featurette right here, but today we have a special treat calling back to the original animated classic.

A special 25th anniversary screening of Beauty and the Beast was just held at New York City’s Lincoln Center, and following the film, Angela Lansbury (who voiced Mrs. Potts) sang her rendition of the film’s beautiful theme song with composer Alan Menken accompanying her on the piano. At 90 years old, Lansbury proves that she still has impeccable singing chops, and she even added a lovely little tag at the end of the song as well.

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Cameron Crowe’s ‘Roadies’ Cancelled at Showtime

Roadies cancelled

Roadies has reached the end of its road. Showtime has officially cancelled the Cameron Crowe-created dramedy, which starred Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino as crew members for a touring band. In an official statement, Crowe thanked Showtime and executive producer J.J. Abrams for the “life-changing experience” of making the show.  Read More »

Trolls trailer

At Comic-Con, DreamWorks showed 15 minutes from their upcoming animated film Trolls. Based on the toys from the ’90s, it looked like co-directors Mike Mitchell (Sky High) and Walter Dohn‘s (SpongeBob SquarePants) were aiming higher than most movies based on toys. For starters, its soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake, who recorded his first single for the film since 2013. Some of the music choices added personality to the animation, but one sequence played to Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood,” as unsubtle as that sounds, made Trolls look more charming than we may have expected before Comic-Con.

Below, watch the new Trolls trailer.

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‘Groundhog Day’ Musical Coming to Broadway in 2017

Groundhog Day

Update: It’s official: the Groundhog Day musical will open on Broadway at the August Wilson Theater on April 17th 2017, with a start date for previews announced. Casting has also not been announced but Variety expects Andy Karl to reprise the Bill Murray role which has earned him raves in the UK.

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La La Land Review

“They don’t make ’em like this anymore” is a frequent lament when it comes to movies, but it couldn’t be truer in the case of La La Land, an unabashedly old-fashioned musical directed by Whiplash‘s Damien Chazelle. Set in contemporary Los Angeles — with just enough modern-day flourishes to remind you that this is a movie made and set in the 2010s, not the 1950s — La La Land follows a struggling pianist and an aspiring actress who fall in love but find their separate dreams threatening to pull them apart. It’s a story as old as Hollywood and jazz, and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone feel like a pairing for the ages.

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Sing Review

Since Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has established itself as a go-to source for sturdy family entertainment. Their films may not reach the artistic heights of Pixar or Disney, but you can generally count on them to be perfectly pleasant and inoffensive, able to entertain the kids without annoying the parents.

Sing is Illumination’s first musical, but otherwise it’s cut from the same cloth as the company’s other films. While not especially deep, the combination of a star-studded cast and an equally star-studded music catalogue make for a fun time. It’s light and sweet and pretty as cotton candy, and it dissolves from memory just as quickly.  Read More »

Rebecca Ferguson in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

The Greatest Showman is collecting a pretty great cast. Hugh Jackman has been set to lead the P.T. Barnum musical biopic for several years already, and in recent months the project has really started to pick up steam with Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya all coming aboard as well. Now the latest addition is Rebecca Ferguson, the Swedish actress who stole scenes last year in Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationRead More »

Moulin Rouge Stage Musical

Hot on the heels of news that Tim Burton’s horror comedy Beetlejuice would be turned into a Broadway musical, another major motion picture will be getting the stage treatment. However, unlike Beetlejuice and many other movies to be turned into musicals in recent years, this particular Best Picture nominated film was a musical to begin with.

Moulin Rouge! is Baz Luhrmann‘s magnificent musical that blends original music with an eclectic mix of chart-topping pop and rock tues repurposed for a vibrant, wild, Bohemian romance. It’s easily one of the best musicals to grace the big screen in the 21st century, and now it’s heading to the stage. Read More »