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.
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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 »
Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
At Comic-Con, DreamWorks showed 15 minutes from their upcoming animated film Trolls. Based on the toys from the ’90s, it looked like co-directors Mike Mitchell (Sky High) and Walter Dohn‘s (SpongeBob SquarePants) were aiming higher than most movies based on toys. For starters, its soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake, who recorded his first single for the film since 2013. Some of the music choices added personality to the animation, but one sequence played to Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood,” as unsubtle as that sounds, made Trolls look more charming than we may have expected before Comic-Con.
Below, watch the new Trolls trailer.
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Update: It’s official: the Groundhog Day musical will open on Broadway at the August Wilson Theater on April 17th 2017, with a start date for previews announced. Casting has also not been announced but Variety expects Andy Karl to reprise the Bill Murray role which has earned him raves in the UK.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
“They don’t make ’em like this anymore” is a frequent lament when it comes to movies, but it couldn’t be truer in the case of La La Land, an unabashedly old-fashioned musical directed by Whiplash‘s Damien Chazelle. Set in contemporary Los Angeles — with just enough modern-day flourishes to remind you that this is a movie made and set in the 2010s, not the 1950s — La La Land follows a struggling pianist and an aspiring actress who fall in love but find their separate dreams threatening to pull them apart. It’s a story as old as Hollywood and jazz, and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone feel like a pairing for the ages.
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Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Since Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has established itself as a go-to source for sturdy family entertainment. Their films may not reach the artistic heights of Pixar or Disney, but you can generally count on them to be perfectly pleasant and inoffensive, able to entertain the kids without annoying the parents.
Sing is Illumination’s first musical, but otherwise it’s cut from the same cloth as the company’s other films. While not especially deep, the combination of a star-studded cast and an equally star-studded music catalogue make for a fun time. It’s light and sweet and pretty as cotton candy, and it dissolves from memory just as quickly. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Greatest Showman is collecting a pretty great cast. Hugh Jackman has been set to lead the P.T. Barnum musical biopic for several years already, and in recent months the project has really started to pick up steam with Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya all coming aboard as well. Now the latest addition is Rebecca Ferguson, the Swedish actress who stole scenes last year in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Read More »
Hot on the heels of news that Tim Burton’s horror comedy Beetlejuice would be turned into a Broadway musical, another major motion picture will be getting the stage treatment. However, unlike Beetlejuice and many other movies to be turned into musicals in recent years, this particular Best Picture nominated film was a musical to begin with.
Moulin Rouge! is Baz Luhrmann‘s magnificent musical that blends original music with an eclectic mix of chart-topping pop and rock tues repurposed for a vibrant, wild, Bohemian romance. It’s easily one of the best musicals to grace the big screen in the 21st century, and now it’s heading to the stage. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.
The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.
We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”
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Earlier this week we found out the sad news that comedy legend Gene Wilder had passed away at 83 years old due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Fellow actors, comedians, filmmakers and fans have been paying tribute to Gene Wilder all over the web, and now movie theaters are offering the chance to celebrate the man’s life by enjoying two of his most iconic roles on the big screen again.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles will both return to select AMC Theatres locations for this weekend only. Since neither of these titles are readily available on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime for free, this might be your best way to experience the classic films and enjoy them with fellow comedy lovers and Gene Wilder fans.
Get the full list of locations where you can see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles in theaters after the jump. Read More »