anna and the apocalypse review

As a Scottish zombie Christmas musical comedy, Anna and the Apocalypse sounds like a joke. And for a little while, it feels like one.

Conceived as a High School Musical riff where the shambling undead arrive to wreak havoc on a more trivial teen movie, director John McPhail‘s film leans hard into comedy and irony in its first act. But like the 21st century’s greatest horror comedy (Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead), the film finds its voice and its soul when it drops the wink and becomes a fully realized musical horror movie with actual stakes…and the nerve to literally tear its lovable cast to pieces.

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Pitch Perfect 3 trailer

The marketing for Pitch Perfect 3 is referring to this as “last call,” so there’s a chance that this truly is the final time audiences will be able to hang out with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, and the rest of the Bellas. And while this new trailer for the sequel promises a film that’s just as enjoyable as the first two, it might actually be a good idea for this franchise to go out on top after the curtain falls here, because it seems like it’s reached its natural conclusion.
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Matthew Broderick A Christmas Story

Hopefully, when you read this A Christmas Story Live casting news, you won’t want to shoot your eye out. Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Election, Glory) has been hired to play the adult version of Ralphie Parker, the young protagonist of the 1983 holiday movie and the subsequent Broadway musical. Like in those productions, Broderick will provide the narration for Fox’s live TV take on the Christmas tale.
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anna and the apocalypse trailer

Zombies and comedies go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Christmas and musicals go together like peppermint and, well, chocolate. But what happens when you take all of those seemingly disparate elements and cram them together into a single movie? You get the new zombie comedy Christmas musical Anna and the Apocalypse, which features characters singing and dancing their way through an undead uprising during the holiday season.

Yes, movie is real. And yes, you can watch the Anna and the Apocalypse trailer right now.

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Willy Wonka Live in Concert

Almost a year ago, we heard that Warner Bros. was developing a new movie based on the early adventures of Willy Wonka, the enigmatic chocolatier immortalized in the pages of Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and memorably brought to life by the late Gene Wilder in a 1971 movie adaptation. But while movement on that project has been quiet, there’s another new Willy Wonka coming to town.

This November, Full House star John Stamos will star as Willy Wonka live in concert at the Hollywood Bowl, alongside Weird Al Yankovic as the Oompa Loompas (?!) and Stranger Things and It star Finn Wolfhard as Charlie Bucket.
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spike jonze live dance film

Spike Jonze is a multi-talented writer, director, and now, a dance show producer.

The award-winning director behind such fare as Her and Being John Malkovich tried his hand at creating a “live dance film” for the first time, on the set of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. And the result is a short film as abstract and eccentric as you’d expect, grounded by charming performances from Mia Wasikowska and Lakeith Stanfield

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Damien Chazelle

The Academy Award-winning director behind La La Land and WhiplashDamien Chazelle, is joining forces with Netflix and screenwriter Jack Thorne (Star Wars: Episode IX) for a musical called The Eddy. Chazelle will direct two of the eight episodes, which are all set in Paris, France. After how lavish and dreamy Chazelle made Los Angeles look in La La Land, I can’t wait to see what he does with Paris.

Below, learn more about the Damien Chazelle Netflix musical series.

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Groundhog Day Broadway Musical Review

The Groundhog Day musical is a joyful experience about one huge jerk. As Bill Murray’s take on the same character does in the Harold Ramis film classic, Phil eventually learns his lessons, but this stage adaptation from director Matthew Warchus, playwright Danny Rubin, and composer Tim Minchin turn his cantankerousness up a couple of notches before he does. The Phil in the Groundhog Day Musical isn’t the same Phil from the movie. The show has the same character, attitude, and spirit, but Rubin and Minchin have made that familiar story and day feel fresh and new. But it also doesn’t forget the heart and laughs from the Harold Ramis classic, either.

Below, check out our Groundhog Day Musical review.

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frozen broadway costumes

The snow glowed white on Buell Theatre’s stage Thursday night as the Frozen musical adaptation made its world premiere in a week-long preview in Denver, Colorado before heading to Broadway in February.

Early reactions to the sold-out premiere are rolling out, and it sounds like Disney Theatrical Productions have built themselves another hit. We’ve compiled some of the Frozen on Broadway early buzz below.

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Frozen Broadway Show First Look

Update: The Frozen Broadway musical released an official first look at the actors who play Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Hans in costume. Our original story continues below.

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Do you like your wallet? Well, that’s too bad, because it’s time to let it go.

The days are counting down until the musical adaptation of Frozen premieres on Broadway in February, and we’ve gotten our first look at the elaborate stage production — as well as a first look at the skyrocketing prices as tickets went on sale this week.

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