There’s something odd about the trailer for Can’t Stop The Music. Actually, scratch that, there’s a lot that’s odd. But, as a writer, I noticed something odd about how the narrator introduced the film. After proclaiming this to be “the musical extravaganza that launches the 80s,” he then introduces the movie by saying, “It’s Allan Carr’s Can’t Stop The Music.” Typically, that apostrophe-S, possessive descriptor is reserved for the film’s director (especially so when the director also writes the script).
But in this case, Carr was neither the director nor the writer, which got me wondering: what made this his film? What did the producer of Can’t Stop The Music get billing like that? Like I said: something odd. But after a little investigation into the making of one of Hollywood’s biggest flops, it makes complete sense. Here’s why…
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Note: We originally ran this review during the Sundance Film Festival. We’re republishing it today as the movie hits theaters this weekend.
When you come to the Sundance Film Festival, you can’t wait to fall in love with a movie. As a sucker for coming-of-age movies, I’m always looking for one that really makes me run the gamut of emotions, and if it also has a hellacious soundtrack, fantastic breakout performances, and a glamorous reference to Back to the Future, then that’s even better. That’s why Sing Street, from Once and Begin Again director John Carney, is marvelous, delightful and just plain great. Read my full Sing Street review after the jump. Read More »
With spring here and summer on the way, we’re starting to see some of the movies that hit the 2016 Sundance Film Festival make their way to theaters. If the suspense and blood in Jeremy Saulnier’s thriller Green Room isn’t your kind of thing, then you’ll probably want to take in something a little more lighthearted and fun. That would be Sing Street, a wonderful coming-of-age comedy set in Ireland back in the 1980s. And since it’s a movie from Once and Begin Again director John Carney, it’s full of some amazing original music.
The Weinstein Company doesn’t seem to be doing a great job of making audiences aware of its limited release next week. But we’re trying to change that by calling your attention to a new Sing Street TV spot, complete with a quote from our Sundance review. Plus, there’s a new music video highlighting an original song from Begin Again star and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. Check out both of the videos below. Read More »
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Kristen Bell is getting ready to record Frozen 2.
- A familiar face is returning for Kingsman 2.
- Don’t expect to see Space Jam 2 getting made soon.
- Jarhead 3 is a movie that actually exists, believe it or not.
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The animated musical Frozen was a massive runaway hit for Walt Disney Animation back in 2013, making a sequel to the movie a forgone conclusion. However, Disney dragged their feet a bit when it came to confirming plans for Frozen 2, and it wasn’t until just over a year ago that the project was officially announced. We still don’t have a release date for Frozen 2, but the good news is star Kristen Bell has revealed that production is slated to begin next month. Read More »
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I’m sure I was like many other children, watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and imagining what it would be like to visit this fictional candy wonderland. Well now news comes that Universal Studios will be building a real-life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as part of their Universal Orlando resort. And coincidentally, Warner Bros has announced that they will be launching a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical on Broadway in spring 2017. Learn details on both of these projects, after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
Andy Samberg‘s big-screen career has been, frankly, hit or miss, but the first red-band trailer for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping suggested this one would land firmly in the “win” column. The film sees Samberg and his Lonely Island buddies doing what they do best: sending up pop music in all its ridiculous glory. Directed by Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer and written by all three, Popstar centers on a singer/rapper called Conner4real who faces a long downhill slide when his sophomore album flops.
The new green-band trailer is worth watching even if you’re adult enough to have already seen the red-band one, as it’s packed with a ton of new gags and cameos. Check out the Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Danny Boyle is a very busy man. Just this week we heard was planning a return to television with Trust, a limited series for FX about the Getty family. And we know he’s still getting the pieces together for Trainspotting 2, which is expected to shoot later this year. But according to a new report, he’s also working on an adaptation of Miss Saigon, the classic stage musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Lonely Island is hitting the big screen this summer. Universal Pictures has released the first look at the awkwardly (and hilariously) titled Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, starring Andy Samberg as a singer-rapper named Conner4Real. Though he seems to be at the top of his game — thanks to the efforts of a 32-person entourage — his career takes a nosedive when his latest album flops. Humbled, he’s forced to reunite with his old boy band.
Fellow Lonely Islanders Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone co-directed, and star as Conner’s lyricist and DJ respectively. The film features murderer’s row of comedy stars including Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Tim Meadows, and Will Arnett, and it’s stuffed to the brim with celebrity cameos by the likes of Snoop Dogg (“Surprise, motherfucker!”), Simon Cowell, Carrie Underwood, Usher, and Adam Levine‘s hologram. Watch the Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping red-band trailer after the jump. Read More »