Posted on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Earlier this week we heard Universal Pictures had delayed Pitch Perfect 3 by five months, moving it from summer 2017 to Christmas. Now it appears some of that extra time will go toward finding a new director. Elizabeth Banks is no longer set to helm Pitch Perfect 3, although she will continue to serve as a producer as she did on the first two films. Read More »
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Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius and this is a case where that word deserves to be taken very literally. In fact, the writer and star of Broadway’s Hamilton may very well be the entertainer of 2016. If you look beyond his brilliant hip-hop musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton that has been nominated for 16 Tony Awards and has already won a Grammy and the Pulitzer Prize, you’ll note that he also contributed songs and music to Disney’s upcoming animated film Moana and was recently cast as the male lead alongside Emily Blunt in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. Yeah, he’s having a good year.
And that year is already getting busier. Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights, is finally getting ready to go before cameras. But don’t get you hopes up for a Hamilton movie anytime soon.
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Even though Saturday Night Live is done until the new television season starts in the fall, this week we’re getting a big dose of comedy from some of the sketch show’s veteran performers and writers. The Lonely Island is bringing their music industry mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping to theaters on June 3, and Universal Pictures is putting out everything they can to spread awareness.
Following the music video for “The Finest Girl” that was released during the season finale of Saturday Night Live, a new video featuring Andy Samberg as faux rapper Conner4Real has the artist doing a little freestyle song about just how weird he is. The weird things he does include using a banana as a phone and taking the middle seat on a plane. Watch the new Popstar music video after the jump. Read More »
In news that will only surprise people who have been living under the sea for the past six years or so, Disney is reportedly mulling over the possibility of making a live action take on The Little Mermaid. This news comes hot on the heels of the teaser trailer for their live action take on Beauty and the Beast breaking one-day viewing records, which comes hot of the heels of every other live action adaptation of one of their animated classics making all of the money in the world. This was going to happen. This is one of the areas where the studio’s accountants and creative-types will actually be able to find common ground.
However, they’ll need to work fast, because Universal already has their own live action take on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale in the works.
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Illumination Entertainment has a couple of new animated movies hitting theaters this year. The first is the animal adventure The Secret Life of Pets, arriving this summer. But just before Christmas, Illumination will get musical with Sing. In what is basically Zootopia meets American Idol, one koala (Matthew McConaughey) decides to put on a huge singing competition to save his theater, and some average animals with incredible pipes look at it as their opportunity for a better life. Of course, it’s all fueled by an endless array of popular songs from yesterday and today.
Watch the new Sing trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Not too long ago, a couple tracks from the soundtrack of this summer’s mockumentary comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping debuted online, showcasing the latest tunes crafted by The Lonely Island. The rap trio formed by Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone got their start on Saturday Night Live with signature tracks like “Lazy Sunday” and “I’m On a Boat.” For the season finale this past weekend, they brought their rhymes back to SNL in a new music video for yet another track from Popstar. With subject matter that tackles sex and Osama Bin Laden, it’s the most ridiculous one yet.
Watch The Lonely Island Popstar music video after the jump. Read More »
Disney has been raking in box office dollars with The Jungle Book this year, and they’re bound to have the same kind of success when their live-action retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast arrives next spring.
Harry Potter franchise star Emma Watson stars in the movie as Belle while Dan Stevens takes the role of the prince turned into a beast and the first Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer has just arrived. It doesn’t really show much as far as footage from the film is concerned, but it does show some of the beautiful settings. Watch it below. Read More »
Director Mark Romanek has only been at the helm of a handful of feature films, including One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go. But he’s had quite the lucrative career directing music videos for the likes of Taylor Swift, Madonna, Weezer and even Michael Jackson. Now he’s back behind the camera for a new music video from Justin Timberlake, and it just so happens to be for one of the many tracks that will be coming thanks to his starring role in DreamWorks Animation’s new animated musical comedy Trolls.
Watch the new Justin Timberlake music video after the jump. Read More »
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is perhaps the biggest cult classic of all time. Even 41 years after its initial release, the campy, musical horror from director Jim Sharman still plays in theaters around the country every single week, with people dressing and cross-dressing up in their best leather and lingerie attire to act out the film with fellow Frank-N-Fans.
Now FOX will be bringing The Rocky Horror Picture Show to television as one of their event musicals in the vein of Grease Live! However, this one won’t be a live broadcast, but merely a TV movie version of the musical about a newly engaged couple who have a breakdown in the middle of nowhere and find themselves looking for help at the the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The role of the transvestite doctor was played perfectly by Tim Curry in the original film, but the new version will be played by Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox, and we have a first look at her decked out in leather after the jump. Read More »