Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Fred Topel
After the enormous success of Grease Live, Fox is putting on another musical this year. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not live, but it has a twist. The new remake of the 1975 film includes an audience who participates in the show, like performance groups have done at midnight shows of Rocky Horror for 40 years.
Fox presented a Rocky Horror panel to the Television Critics Association this summer that included director Kenny Ortega, cast members including Tim Curry himself, and producer Lou Adler. At the Fox TCA party that evening we got to speak with Adler about the history of Rocky Horror leading up to the new version. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Keanu Reeves shows off his John Wick: Chapter 2 weapon skills.
- Tom Cruise teases an insane stunt for Mission: Impossible 6.
- Pitch Perfect 3 brings back Anna Camp.
- Paddington 2 recruits Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson into the cast.
- John Boyega is set to begin filming Pacific Rim 2 soon.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda teases Mary Poppins Returns.
- George Takei critiques the new Star Trek movies.
- And more!
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A movie based on Green Day’s concept album, American Idiot, has been discussed for many years now. The band’s hit 2004 album was first adapted into a musical. The Broadway production, which Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong appeared in for about three months (playing St. Jimmy), won two Tony Awards and performed exceptionally well when Armstrong played the character. According to the frontman, he’ll reprise the role again soon, because HBO has greenlighted an American Idiot movie.
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In today’s edition of sequel bits:
- A Back to the Future comic creates an origin story for Needles.
- Dwayne Jonson posted a video from the set of Jumanji.
- Alex Garland wanted Judge Death in Dredd.
- IP Man 4 has been announced.
- And more.
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With four feature films and a TV series under his belt, Lee Daniels has created a rather successful career as a director, writer, and producer. But has he achieved enough and lived a compelling enough life to merit an autobiographical musical? The filmmaker seems to think so because he’s currently in talks to make the project happen.
Find out about the Lee Daniels musical biopic after the jump. Read More »
When it was announced that Chicago director Rob Marshall would be helming a reboot of Mary Poppins, I wasn’t interested. Don’t get me wrong; I like the original Walt Disney adaptation quite a bit, but for me what makes the film is the music by the Sherman Brothers. And I was very skeptical that they would be able to recapture that magic, even with the pitch perfect casting of Emily Blunt as the titular hero.
But when it was revealed that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda would be co-starring in a role similar to the one Dick Van Dyke played in the original, I finally got invested. If Lin-Manuel Miranda would be providing his songwriting skills for this Mary Poppins sequel, it could end up being something special.
And now Miranda is finally talking about the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns, giving us a little tease as to what we might expect. Hit the just to learn some new Mary Poppins Returns details.
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Justin Timberlake is one of the best singers and songwriters working in the music industry today. While he started off as just another breakout pop star, his music in recent years has begun to throw back to a different era with a contemporary edge. He doesn’t just deliver the shorter three-minute, radio-friendly songs, but extended indulgences with amazing instrumentals.
Now you can see what it’s like to witness Justin Timberlake in concert with a new documentary coming to Netflix next month. While that might not sound very special to you, this particular documentary, called Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids, is directed by Silence of the Lambs helmer Jonathan Demme.
Watch the Justin Timberlake documentary trailer after the jump. Read More »
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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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.
Watch as Angela Lansbury sings Beauty and the Beast live after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »