The Greatest Showman Honest Trailer

Though The Greatest Showman didn’t have a huge opening weekend or break any major box office records, you might be surprised to learn that the film raked in nearly $173 million at the domestic box office, putting it in the lower end of the top 20 highest performing movies of 2017. On top of that it raked in another $247.3 million internationally. But Honest Trailers doesn’t care about all that.

Now that The Greatest Showman is available on home video, it’s time to really dig into this circus musical for what it is: a fabricated celebration of a man who was a total prick who owned a slave, abused animals, and exploited people for his own financial gain. Yes, this is the hero of this movie that people kept coming back to theaters to see so much that it even had a sing-a-long version released in theaters. Read More »

New Blu-ray Releases Phantom Thread

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

What physical media awaits you this week? Why, it’s one of the best films of last year – Phantom Thread! Also: a musical featuring Hugh Jackman and CGI elephants; a Ridley Scott thriller more known for its reshoots than its story; the supposedly last entry in a horror franchise; and two very different indie films.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week.

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empire records musical

You might soon be celebrating Rex Manning Day on Broadway. Empire Records, the cult comedy that some people really love, is being developed as a musical with hopes of a Broadway run in 2020. There’s only one question: will GWAR recreate their cameo for Broadway?

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anna and the apocalypse release date

Finally, the Christmas-themed zombie musical you’ve been waiting for has a release date. Anna and the Apocalypse will sing and dance its way into theaters this December.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Movies

Over the course of their careers, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote hundreds of songs. They created Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music — and in the process, they revolutionized musicals as we knew them.

In the new book Something Wonderful, Todd S. Purdum examines the pair’s prolific work on the stage, following them from their separate early careers through their partnership and death. But he also looks behind the scenes at the movie adaptations of their work, which employed daring new technology and shattered box office records. They also, arguably, contributed to the demise of the film musical in the 1960s. And it all began with a less than auspicious introduction to Hollywood.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

NBC executives likely breathed a sigh of relief when the ratings for Jesus Christ Superstar posted. The network’s latest live musical event attracted 9.6 million viewers, giving NBC its most-watched Easter Sunday in 12 years. Jesus Christ Superstar also got some nice notices in the press, earning praise for its cast and stark staging on a graffitied warehouse set. It’s just the good news that NBC, and live musicals as a whole, need. Because the last few efforts have been a decidedly mixed bag.

Ever since NBC revived the live TV musical format, it’s been working to get the genre down to a science, and it’s not alone. Competing networks have also gotten in on the act. Fox has been airing its own musicals since 2016, and will debut a live version of Rent in 2019. But dwindling ratings have scared some off the scent. NBC’s next venture, Bye Bye Birdie, has been postponed repeatedly, while ABC has shelved its Little Mermaid indefinitely. If live musicals are to continue, the networks will need to pump out more critical and commercial hits — and luckily, the previous specials offer some clues.

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The 10 Best Stage Musicals Based on Movies

The majority of new Broadway productions seem to owe a lot to Hollywood. Much like popular theme park rides or film franchises these days, familiar IPs are where the money is at, and Broadway is no different. So when looking at the big sellers on The Great White Way are, we have to ask a big question about film-to-stage adaptations – do all movie-to-musical adaptations work, and which ones truly become greater than their silver screen counterpart?

Well, with the Broadway opening of Frozen and Mean Girls this season (and with Beetlejuice on the horizon), it seems only fitting to have a list that shows off the brightest stars of the movie-to-musical world. So grab your best outfit, don’t forget your tickets, and make sure to unwrap your candy in advance. The curtain on this article is about to go up!

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now End of March

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Looking for something to stream? You’re in luck! I just happened to compile a list of 10 great movies you can stream right now! Here you’ll find one of 2017’s most underrated films; an early Martin Scorsese classic; a unique coming-of-age drama; a melancholy musical; two vastly different documentaries; one of Spike Lee’s most commercial (yet still excellent) films; a German action-horror film; and one nasty slasher movie.

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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beetlejuice musical

Your millennium has just been made.

The long-awaited Beetlejuice musical has just set its pre-Broadway premiere in Washington, D.C. And it’s just in time for Halloween.

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Is Frozen The Musical a Disney stage adaptation that you should let go? Or will you melt with love for it? The consensus seems to be divided in Frozen The Musical early buzz.

The musical, which made its Broadway debut on March 22, 2018 after a brief preview run in Denver last year, was one of the most hotly anticipated musicals of the year. Based on the massively successful 2013 movie that dominated Disney merchandise for years, Frozen The Musical looked like it could do no wrong. The book is written by Frozen writer-director Jennifer Lee with music by Oscar-winning duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who penned 12 new songs for the production. But does that help Frozen The Musical sing with critics?

Below, see what critics are saying about Frozen The Musical.

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