Hocus Pocus

With 1990’s nostalgia hitting full swing, Disney isn’t yet ready to greenlight that Hocus Pocus sequel that has been rumored for some time or even a Broadway Hocus Pocus musical (despite the formation of fangroups and even dreamcasting in Playbill), but they are ready to bring Winifred, Mary and Sarah together for a new Halloween stage show in DisneyWorld. Hit the jump to learn more about the Hocus Pocus stage show and see a first piece of concept art.

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Once you’ve seen a movie a few times, the main story just isn’t as exciting. Your eyes begin to wander around the frame seeking other details. You might find surprises the filmmaker put in there on purpose, or happy accidents, but either way, the best movies always find ways to reward a viewer over and over again.

A movie that definitely fits that description is the first Pitch Perfect. It’s an immensely entertaining and rewarding film that gets better with every single rewatch. Want to know why Pitch Perfect 2 just made $70 million at the box office opening weekend? It’s because fans watched the first film so many times, they were dying for something new from the characters.

Since its release, I’ve watched Pitch Perfect dozens of times and have gotten to a point where the big moments aren’t my favorites. Instead, I’ve become semi-obsessed with some smaller moments. Forty-five of them, to be exact. Some of these are tiny nuances in a performance, weird line deliveries, or an odd piece of production design. Others are funny lines, random asides, touching moments, or scenes that I look at in a different way than most people. Either way, add this odd collection of randomness with the obvious stuff, like the music, and you’ve got a fantastic movie that made a really great sequel.

Below, read along with what I feel are the most random, funny, under-appreciated and best Pitch Perfect moments.

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Jem the movie trailer

A few months ago, the notion of a live action Jem movie seemed like a joke. But now here we are, in possession of actual moving proof that it is happening. The first Jem and the Holograms trailer is now online, along with the first poster.

Jon Chu directed the adaptation of the rock and roll cartoon, starring Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Juliette Lewis, Ryan Guzman and Molly Ringwald. It opens October 23. Check out the Jem the Movie trailer below. Read More »

Jem and the Holograms (5)

That icon of flashy ’80s fashion, Jerrica Benton a.k.a. Jem, is back in 2015 with a truly outrageous new look. As revealed in the latest Jem and the Holograms images, that involves studded leather, white fringe, lots of glitter, and… okay, on second thought, maybe Jem hasn’t really changed that much.

Aubrey Peeples plays the titular pop star, who struggles to stay true to herself as her music career blows up. Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, and Aurora Perrineau play her bandmates and BFFs. Jon M. Chu directed and Jason Blum executive produced. See the new Jem and the Holograms pics after the jump.  Read More »

London Road trailer

Here’s the first trailer for an unusual film musical. London Road is an adaptation of the stage musical that used real interviews with Ipswich townspeople as the basis for songs telling the story of community reaction to the actions Steve Wright, known as the Suffolk Strangler, who murdered five prostitutes in 2006. In other words, this is really heavy stuff, but told in a way that initially seems to contradict the weighty material.

Directed by Rufus Norris (Broken), the film features the acclaimed original stage cast, adds Olivia Colman, and also counts Tom Hardy amongst its roster. (Hardy only has one number in the film, so you won’t see him much in this marketing.) Check out the terrific London Road trailer below. Read More »

Rock of Ages

Tom Cruise could follow up his string of action movies with something completely different. The A-lister is reportedly circling the title role in Bob the Musical, a Disney comedy about a guy whose life turns into a musical after he receives a blow to his head. Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is being courted to direct. More about the possible Tom Cruise Bob the Musical deal after the jump.

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Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

New details have emerged on the new film from Joel and Ethan CoenHail, Caesar!, thanks to two men who work with the brothers almost as often as the brothers work with each other. Composer Carter Burwell and sound mixer Skip Lievsay reveal that the Hollywood-set film has quite a lot of musical comedy in it, though it isn’t a musical comedy per se.

Find out just what they mean by that by reading the Hail Caesar musical comedy comments after the jump.  Read More »

La La Land cast

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have teamed for a film twice before. One was Crazy Stupid Love, and that worked out alright. The second movie was Gangster Squad (above), and the less said about it, the better. But that film’s problems weren’t related to the casting, and we’d be happy to see them work together again. Now they’re looking at La La Land, the musical that Whiplash director Damien Chazelle is assembling as his follow-up to the conservatory nightmare that blew minds in 2014. Read More »

Love and Mercy trailer

The story of Brian Wilson and his work with the Beach Boys has been elevated to American musical mythology. The songs by Wilson and his brothers and bandmates had a dramatic and sunny effect on pop music just as Wilson’s own life was fraught with instability. Love and Mercy dramatizes his story, not for the first time, but in perhaps the most complete way to date — by splitting him in two. In the Love and Mercy trailer you’ll see John Cusack as Brian Wilson… and Paul Dano as Brian Wilson, with Cusack playing the troubled songwriter in later years, and Dano playing him at his peak. Read More »