Baby Driver trailer

The best thing about Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver is that it feels familiar and unique at the same time, a thorough blend of the old and the new. On one hand, it’s constructed out of the building blocks seen in classic crime, heist and car chase movies – it feels like an old friend. But on the other, it energizes those familiar pieces with a style and delivery that is unlike anything else hitting theaters this year – no one breaks into song, but this is pretty much a musical.

I don’t think a trailer can properly sell what makes this one special and why you should go out of your way to see it this summer, but new Baby Driver trailer is here for you to watch anyway.

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Jagged Little Pill musical

Alanis Morissette‘s Jagged Little Pill, which has sold over 15 million copies in the U.S. since 1995, is being adapted for the stage. In 2018, the musical from Tony-winning director Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland) and Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody (Young Adult) will premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Below, learn more about the Jagged Little Pill Musical.

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‘The King of Kong’ Musical in the Works

the king of kong musical

We’re still waiting on New Line’s remake of The King of Kong: A Fistful of QuartersSeth Gordon‘s excellent 2007 doc about Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell competing over the world record for Donkey Kong. Gordon, who went on to direct Horrible Bosses and Baywatch, has been wanting to dramatize their rivalry in a feature film for years now – but that’ll have to wait until he’s done adapting the doc for the stage.

Below, learn more about the King of Kong musical.

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Beauty and the Beast Deleted Scene

Though the remake of Beauty and the Beast was pretty loyal to the animated adaptation that Disney brought to the big screen in 1991, it also added some details to the story, including a few original songs. You’ll be able to see even more of the movie when Beauty and the Beast arrives on home video, and director Bill Condon has revealed one of those extras today.

One of the new musical sequences in Beauty and the Beast is a flashback that reveals more of the Beast’s past as a young prince. It unfurls with the new song “Days in the Sun”, but the original version went a little differently before it had to be changed in the final cut. Watch the Beauty and the Beast deleted scene below. Read More »

Cars 3 - Final Image

In today’s edition of sequel bits:

  • Mark your calendars for a sequel to Mamma Mia!
  • Watch a moody Cars 3 TV spot.
  • Johnny English is getting another sequel.
  • Info on Dan Conner’s (John Goodman) return to Roseanne.
  • And more!

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The Greatest Showman photos

Hugh Jackman showed the world he was a true song and dance man when he hosted the Oscars back in 2009, and not long after that performance, 20th Century Fox gave the greenlight to the actor’s passion project: a biopic called The Greatest Showman about famous huckster and circus magnate P.T. Barnum. Commercial director Michael Gracey was hired to direct, but he had one suggestion for the project, which was originally pitched as a straightforward biopic: “I said, ‘If you’re going to call it The Greatest Showman, you should play to your strengths and we should make it a musical.’ That ridiculous remark cost me seven years of my life.”

It’s safe to say Jackman has been a little busy during that time, but the movie is finally set to come out later this year, and EW has given us our first look at it with a batch of new images. Check out the first The Greatest Showman photos below.

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king kong musical

In 1933’s King Kong, the great ape of Skull Island is taken from his home and put on Broadway by film director Carl Denham, a stage performance that ultimately ends in disaster and destruction. Kong escapes and wreaks havoc across New York City, eventually climbing the Empire State Building and falling to his death.

Now, “the eighth wonder of the world” is returning to the New York stage. But instead of running and screaming, there will be singing and dancing. Yes, a King Kong musical is set to make its Broadway debut in 2018.

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Beauty and the Beast Home Video

Disney’s remake of Beauty and the Beast has already taken the world by storm with a global box office total that currently sits at over $1.2 billion (its domestic total alone is getting close to $500 million). The movie is still in theaters right now, but soon it will be available to bring home for fans to watch over and over again.

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that Beauty and the Beast will arrive on home video in June, and it will be coming with a slew of special features, including deleted scenes, a video of the table read with the cast, and a close look behind the scenes at how they turned the animated classic into a new, live-action favorite.

Find out the Beauty and the Beast home video release date and get a list of all the special features after the jump. Read More »

A Christmas Story Musical Live

The trend of live broadcast musical productions on network television will continue in the coming year with three new projects announced at the competing networks of NBC and FOX. The two have been going back and forth with musical productions in recent years with NBC tackling the likes of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray and FOX taking on Grease and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The latter has some catching up to do, which is probably why they’ve announced two upcoming musical adaptations while NBC has just announced one.

Over at FOX, they’ll be tackling A Christmas Story, which has already been turned into a Tony-winning musical on stage, and the famous Broadway musical RENT. Meanwhile, NBC will take on a much older musical in the form of Jesus Christ Superstar. Find out more details on each after the jump. Read More »

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Baby Driver Featurette

It’s been four years since we’ve gotten a new movie from director Edgar Wright, and that’s just too long. Thankfully, TriStar Pictures will whet the appetites of those who loved movies such as Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, because Wright’s latest film is getting a prime summer release after getting rave reviews at the SXSW Film Festival back in March.

Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) takes the lead in Baby Driver as a young, orphaned kid whose hearing is left impaired from the car accident that killed his parents. The only way for him to effectively get through any situation is to have his trusty iPod playing music to give his life a soundtrack for him to move along with. It’s also what makes him the best getaway drive in town. A new Baby Driver featurette tells us everything we need to know about the character, and even gives us some insight into his makeshift father figure, a crime boss played by Kevin Spacey. Read More »