Combine a tendency to remake just about everything under the sun with an increased interest in musicals and “event” programming on TV, and we get this: a planned event version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Fox is setting up a two-hour special event Rocky Horror remake, potentially called The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event, with Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, This Is It) set to direct and choreograph. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
All Mariah Carey wants for Christmas… is for you to check out her new holiday movie. New Line is developing an untitled Yuletide project to star Carey and center on the power of music. Brett Ratner will produce through RatPac Entertainment. Get all the details on the upcoming Mariah Carey Christmas movie after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
UPDATE: TheWrap confirms John Singleton has left the Tupac Shakur biopic over “major creative differences.” Carl Franklin will replace Singleton in the director’s chair. Original story follows.
The long-gestating Tupac Shakur biopic has stalled yet again. Director John Singleton says it’s “on hold for right now,” because he just wants to make sure to “get it right.” Meanwhile, a rumor has cropped up that Singleton is being replaced by Carl Franklin. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the Tupac Shakur movie.
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Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Much in the same way Phil Connors relives February 2 over and over again, we may be able to relive Groundhog Day all over again in the not-too-distant future. A Groundhog Day musical is officially in the works, with plans to hit Broadway in 2017. Get all the latest on the Groundhog Day musical after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Ratings for last year’s Peter Pan Live! were disappointing enough that NBC felt the need to publicly blame stars Allison Williams and Christopher Walken. Nevertheless, the network is pressing onward with its now annual tradition of staging live televised musicals, with The Wiz as their next target.
Naturally, The Wiz live show will involve some high-profile stunt-casting. But at least this one feels genuinely intriguing: Cirque du Soleil is teaming with NBC for The Wiz live show, setting up Broadway run. Get all the details on The Wiz live show after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is going to be a musical. And when you’re making a musical, it never hurts to get some help from a Broadway superstar. Tony winner Audra McDonald has just signed on in a supporting role, joining Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens.
Her casting suggests the upcoming film will be taking some cues from the stage adaptation, which includes some numbers that weren’t in the movie. More on the Beauty and the Beast Audra McDonald casting after the jump. Read More »
Over the weekend, you might have seen some reports that Queen‘s manager said that Sacha Baron Cohen had returned to the Freddie Mercury biopic, and that he would not only star in the film, but that he would write, direct, and produce the movie. This was a huge surprise, since Brian May and the other surviving members of Queen had nixed the Cohen-starring version of the film quite a while ago.
And that’s the way it remains. Queen’s manager did say something about Sacha Baron Cohen returning to the film, but his statement was a joke — a joke that became news thanks to an incomplete transcription. Read More »
Anyone who has been following along with Bradley Cooper‘s career knew that he had higher ambitions than being one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. He has started to achieve that first goal. Then his work producing American Sniper led that film to being the highest-grossing studio film of 2014, and an awards contender as well. Now Cooper will direct his first film. The interesting detail is that, if the deal works out, it will be a project his American Sniper director Clint Eastwood had tried to make: a new version of A Star Is Born. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Love tales of talented young musicians and cranky old teachers, but found Whiplash a bit too intense for your liking? You might be the right audience for Boychoir, an upcoming indie drama starring Dustin Hoffman as a choir master who finds a promising preteen talent in Garrett Wareing.
Hoffman snaps things like “How dare you squander your talent?” but stops somewhere short of throwing heavy equipment at the kid’s head. And the kid gives as good as he gets, shooting back stuff like “Your clock is ticking too, old man.” Watch the Boychoir trailer after the jump. Read More »