A Christmas Story Musical Live

Fox announced the casting of Maya Rudolph as Ralphie’s Mom in their live telecast of A Christmas Story this morning. In the afternoon, an A Christmas Story panel featuring Executive Producer Marc Platt and songwriters Ben Pasek and Justin Paul elaborated on the event. Pasek and Paul are writing new songs to add to their Broadway show, including a modern day Christmas song for a new prologue sequence.

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a christmas story live tv musical

There’s no place like TV for the holidays. At least, that’s where FOX wants you to spend your Christmas, according to the announcement of its latest live TV musical.

The network announced that Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) will be starring in a live performance of A Christmas Storythe 2012 Broadway musical based on the classic movie of the same name. And FOX is bringing in the big guns to help move A Christmas Story to the small screen: A Christmas Story Live will be produced by the songwriting and producing team behind La La Land.

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Bodied Trailer

This sounds like a big year for Eminem. Not only does the rapper have a new album that might hit shelves before the end of the year, but he produced an outstanding new HBO documentary series called The Defiant Ones that looked at the careers of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, which paved the way for the young man named Marshall Mathers to become one of the biggest rap sensations of all time. But that’s not all Eminem has going on this year.

Bodied is a new indie heading to the Toronto International Film Festival that is produced by Eminem and said to focus on the world of rap battling. But unlike the semi-autobiographical 8 Mile, this movie is a satirical look at rap battling instead of just being one part of the story about a young, aspiring Detroit rapper just trying to get by. The Bodied trailer has debuted online before the film plays at TIFF next month and you can watch it below. Read More »

Little Shop of Horrors

Greg Berlanti, the producer behind The CW’s DC superhero shows and Riverdale, is attached to direct a remake of the musical Little Shop of Horrors. Last week, That Hashtag Show reported that Josh Gad and Rebel Wilson were being considered for the roles of Seymour and Audrey. Today, after a reunion panel for his 2002-2006 show Everwood, Berlanti said they are not at the casting stage yet.

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nightmare before christmas sequel

What’s this? There are sequels everywhere, and now Tim Burton’s Gothic stop-motion animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas is getting one too.

Only it’s not a sequel meant for the cinemas. The Nightmare Before Christmas sequel is coming in the form of a comic book, nearly 25 years after the original first waltzed into theaters.

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Tom Whalen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Print

This year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but that doesn’t mean the 1971 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s classic book doesn’t deserve to be celebrated, and that’s exactly what Dark Hall Mansion is doing with their latest limited edition fine art print release.

Tom Whalen, one of our favorite artists, has created a stunning Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Facotry print for Dark Hall Mansion to release, and it even has three variants, two of which will make you feel like you’ve won a trip to Willy Wonka’s factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate. If you don’t believe me, check out the Tom Whalen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory print below and see how incredible this piece looks. Read More »

Mariah Carey TV Show

If you listened to the radio in the 1990s, you’ll probably remember how the music of Mariah Carey was totally inescapable. The pop diva experienced a staggering rise to fame and went on to become the biggest selling female recording artist in history, and after appearing on her own reality TV show on E! last year (entitled Mariah’s World), she’s now one step closer to being immortalized on the small screen in a different way: Starz is currently developing a new drama series based on Carey’s true life success story.
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Christopher Nolan La La Land

Unless it’s Steven Soderbergh publishing his exhaustive lists of all of the media he consumes in a given year, or someone like Quentin Tarantino dropping his always-eclectic annual list of favorite movies, we often don’t get much insight into what working filmmakers spend their free time watching. But thanks to a new interview, we know that Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan spent at least six hours watching Damien Chazelle‘s Hollywood throwback musical La La Land, because he says he saw the film three times in theaters.
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Lin Manuel Miranda to Score The Little Mermaid Remake With Alan Menken

Lin-Manuel Miranda continues his streak as Disney’s darling, first jumping on the House of Mouse’s ship to co-write the songs to 2016’s animated Polynesian-set adventure, Moana. He then was announced as the co-lead of Mary Poppins Returns, the new sequel with Emily Blunt to the musical classic that originally starred Julie Andrews.

Now, Miranda is signing on to score the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid with one of his idols, and the original composer of the 1989 animated classic, Alan Menken.

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Mary Poppins Returns motion poster

Emily Blunt – she’s the new Mary Poppins, ya’ll. If anyone could capture that character’s sense of joy and kindness, it’s Blunt. Director Rob Marshall and Disney hired a remarkable actress to play a remarkable character. During D23, footage was screened for an audience of Disney fanatics and the crowd liked what they saw of the film, especially Blunt. Our editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta said the footage was “lovely, delightful, full of fun, wonder, and magic.”

Below, you can see Blunt as Poppins in the Marry Poppins Returns motion poster.

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