London Road trailer

Here’s the first trailer for an unusual film musical. London Road is an adaptation of the stage musical that used real interviews with Ipswich townspeople as the basis for songs telling the story of community reaction to the actions Steve Wright, known as the Suffolk Strangler, who murdered five prostitutes in 2006. In other words, this is really heavy stuff, but told in a way that initially seems to contradict the weighty material.

Directed by Rufus Norris (Broken), the film features the acclaimed original stage cast, adds Olivia Colman, and also counts Tom Hardy amongst its roster. (Hardy only has one number in the film, so you won’t see him much in this marketing.) Check out the terrific London Road trailer below. Read More »


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Tom Cruise could follow up his string of action movies with something completely different. The A-lister is reportedly circling the title role in Bob the Musical, a Disney comedy about a guy whose life turns into a musical after he receives a blow to his head. Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is being courted to direct. More about the possible Tom Cruise Bob the Musical deal after the jump.

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Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

New details have emerged on the new film from Joel and Ethan CoenHail, Caesar!, thanks to two men who work with the brothers almost as often as the brothers work with each other. Composer Carter Burwell and sound mixer Skip Lievsay reveal that the Hollywood-set film has quite a lot of musical comedy in it, though it isn’t a musical comedy per se.

Find out just what they mean by that by reading the Hail Caesar musical comedy comments after the jump.  Read More »

La La Land cast

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have teamed for a film twice before. One was Crazy Stupid Love, and that worked out alright. The second movie was Gangster Squad (above), and the less said about it, the better. But that film’s problems weren’t related to the casting, and we’d be happy to see them work together again. Now they’re looking at La La Land, the musical that Whiplash director Damien Chazelle is assembling as his follow-up to the conservatory nightmare that blew minds in 2014. Read More »

Love and Mercy trailer

The story of Brian Wilson and his work with the Beach Boys has been elevated to American musical mythology. The songs by Wilson and his brothers and bandmates had a dramatic and sunny effect on pop music just as Wilson’s own life was fraught with instability. Love and Mercy dramatizes his story, not for the first time, but in perhaps the most complete way to date — by splitting him in two. In the Love and Mercy trailer you’ll see John Cusack as Brian Wilson… and Paul Dano as Brian Wilson, with Cusack playing the troubled songwriter in later years, and Dano playing him at his peak. Read More »

Rebel Wilson in Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect 2 hasn’t even hit theaters, but the Barden Bellas are already preparing for their next show. Or at least one of them is. Rebel Wilson, who plays Fat Amy, has confirmed that a Pitch Perfect 3 is coming, and that she is set to star. More on Pitch Perfect 3 after the jump.  Read More »

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Rocky Horror remake

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 »

Mariah Carey Christmas

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 »


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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