Though Clint Eastwood is one of our finest and most prolific directors, his decision to adapt a Tony award-winning, worldwide smash hit musical always felt odd. A macho, old-school actor/filmmaker making an upbeat rags-to-riches movie filled with popular songs? Not the obvious move. Well, the first Jersey Boys trailer is finally out and things now seem much clearer.
In this short look at the film, which opens June 20, we finally get an idea of Eastwood’s version of the musical version of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the group that went from the street corners of New Jersey to one of the biggest musical acts in history. Check out the Jersey Boys trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Plucky orphan Annie made her Broadway debut over thirty years ago, and started out as a comic book strip character fifty years before that. But Sony’s Annie makes her young and new again, by transporting the action to modern-day New York City.
Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) plays Annie herself, who’s under the not-so-caring care of Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). Her boundless optimism pays off when she crosses paths with Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a billionaire running for political office. Watch the new Annie international trailer after the jump.
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A group of young Swedish girls keeps punk alive in Lukas Moodysson‘s film We Are the Best! The story follows a couple of marginalized girls who deal with their social outcast status by starting a band. And while they’re pretty insistent that they are, indeed, the best, it looks like the band might mean a lot more to them than it does to anyone else. But that’s OK — that’s what punk rock is all about. Go your own way, forge your own identity, to hell with everyone else. The first We Are the Best! trailer is a lot of fun; watch it below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Over a decade after he made his feature film debut in Black Hawk Down, Tom Hardy is preparing to work with Ridley Scott again. This time, they’ll be joining forces for a BBC One drama called Taboo, created by Hardy’s Locke director Steven Knight.
Meanwhile, Hardy has also booked another, very different kind of role. He’ll be showing off his pipes in London Road, a musical about the 2006 Ipswich serial murders. Hit the jump for more details on both of Hardy’s new gigs.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
As cinematic classics Heathers and Rocky try their luck on the stage, two beloved stage musicals are eyeing a leap to the big screen. The long-awaited Wicked adaptation is reportedly “gearing up,” while Spring Awakening aims to get going later this year with McG at the helm. (Nope, not an April Fool’s joke.) Hit the jump for the latest updates on these movie musicals.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past star Hugh Jackman made an appearance on BBC Radio 1‘s The Matt Edmondson Show over the weekend and was talked into performing a song from Wolverine: The Musical. The crew of the Edmondson Show wrote up the funny lyrics for the Australian actor to sing. Wolverine The Musical is a spoof/parody of the song “Who Am I from Les Miserables. The song has lines like: “Who am I? Am I a superhero with some claws? Or just an actor searching for applause?” Watch Hugh Jackman perform Wolverine The Musical after the jump.
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Jon M. Chu has made or been linked to multiple ’80s cartoon revivals. There’s his G.I. Joe film, and then the Masters of the Universe movie he was attached to direct at one point. Now Chu, along with producers Jason Blum and Scooter Braun and Hasbro, has announced an intention to make a live-action Jem and the Holograms movie.
The original cartoon (and the toy line it promoted) was about of Jerrica Benton and her rock and roll alter-ego, Jem, who fronted a band called The Holograms. Based on Chu’s announcement of the project, the aim will be to keep some of the core idea while updating it for a modern telling. And the director and his producers are looking to recruit fan input for the project. Read More »
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Mercury, the planned film biopic of the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, has hit another snag. Despite having the full backing of the three surviving members of the band, the film has taken a lot of time to get to the screen. Or perhaps the long road has been precisely because of the involvement of Queen, as it seems the band wants a version of the movie that is different from what others want.
So while Dexter Fletcher was hired last year to direct, with Ben Whishaw attached to play Mercury, the film is now in need of a new director as Fletcher has parted ways with the production. Read More »