Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
The Barden Bellas have found a new leader. Trish Sie has just been confirmed to direct Pitch Perfect 3, three months after Elizabeth Banks, who’d directed Pitch Perfect 2, stepped down from the helming gig. Sie’s last feature was 2014’s Step Up: All In, but she might be even better known for her amazing music videos with OK Go including “Here It Goes Again” and “Upside Down & Inside Out.” Read More »
Last night, Damien Chazelle‘s musical romance La La Land premiered at the Venice Film Festival on the other side of the world. The film is one of my most anticipated films of the year, so I couldn’t be happier to hear all the positive buzz coming from the premiere.
The first La La Land reviews reaffirm what we’ve observed from the trailers, calling the film a loyal homage to classic movie musicals, shot magnificently, and acted superbly by stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone with some astounding original music. However, for all the praise that calls the film audacious, exciting and passionate, some reviews also point out that the film has difficulty balancing the fantastical nature of the musical style with the raw, emotional drama that comes between musical numbers, making the film a little uneven.
Read some the early La La Land reviews have to say after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- The director of The Blair Witch Project praises Blair Witch.
- John Boyega teases Pacific Rim 2.
- Stephen Lang promises that the Avatar sequels are still coming.
- Duncan Jones would still be down for a Warcraft 2.
- Zombieland 2 is being written. Again.
- Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt has earned an important seal of approval.
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back reveals a new poster.
- Michael Bay shows off a big stunt on Transformers: The Last Knight.
- Super Troopers 2 will wrap filming in September.
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Even though the hype surrounding Frozen has died down since it was released late in 2013, that doesn’t mean the love isn’t still there for Disney’s popular musical from Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Plus, the hype will return once Frozen 2 gets into full swing. We just heard the cast is waiting for the script to be finalized before they start recording sometime this year. In the meantime, there are also some LEGO Frozen animated shorts on the way. But if you need your Frozen fix now, we’ve got something cool for you.
Cyclops Print Works has collaborated with artist Brittney Lee to create two different Frozen prints featuring Anna and Elsa. What’s cool about these particular prints is that Brittney Lee was also a visual development artist on Frozen, having designed all of Anna’s dresses and hairstyles, not to mention Elsa’s signature braid, shoes and parts of her dress. So these two Frozen prints come straight from one of the artists who made these characters look stunning on the big screen. Check them out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
The first trailer for Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land treated us to the musical stylings of Ryan Gosling, as he sang the poignant ballad “City of Stars.” The new one puts Emma Stone in the spotlight, as she performs the equally wistful “Audition.”
Stone and Gosling play a couple of striving artists — she an actress, he a musician — who meet and fall for each other in Los Angeles. Though the film is set in the present day, there’s an unmistakably old-fashioned feel to it, from the colorful sets to the fanciful dance sequences. The very idea of releasing a classic movie musical in 2016 may seem kind of nuts, but just as Stone sings, “Here’s to the ones that dream, foolish as they may seem.” Watch the latest La La Land trailer below. Read More »
If the Alamo Drafthouse’s upcoming celebration of Tim Burton next month, appropriately called Septemburton, wasn’t enough gothic circus fun for you folks, then we have some good news. Beetlejuice will be getting the musical treatment on Broadway.
Find out what we know about the Beetlejuice musical after the jump. Read More »
If you didn’t see Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping this summer, you’re part of the problem. Universal Pictures gave us this glorious, original comedy chock full of outstanding new songs from The Lonely Island, a barrage of incredible cameos, and some of the biggest laughs of the year. And how did audiences respond? Well, they didn’t, because the movie didn’t even hit $10 million in its theatrical run. But next month, you can make up for it when the movie hits home video.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 13, and it will hit VOD a couple weeks earlier on August 30. To help promote the arrival of the movie, a Popstar deleted scene has made its away online featuring an entire song that didn’t make the final cut of the movie (though you could have listened to it on the soundtrack). But beware that this scene is NSFW due to language, because the song is called “Fuck Off,” and they repeat that phrase more than a few times throughout. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Now that he’s no longer starring in Broadway’s Hamilton several days a week, Lin-Manuel Miranda is free to do whatever he wants… and what he wants to do, apparently, is become BFFs with Disney. Not only did he help compose music for last winter’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and this fall’s Moana, he’s set to co-star in the studio’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. And now he’s set to reunite with the Mouse House yet again for The Little Mermaid, a live-action remake of the 1989 animated classic. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Last week brought the excellent news that the Flash / Supergirl musical crossover episode that fans have been hoping for would actually, finally become a reality in the upcoming TV season. Naturally, the next question on everyone’s minds was who would be responsible for bringing this spectacularly weird, endearingly geeky event to life. Well, according to a new rumor, the CW DC shows have booked none other than Joss Whedon to direct. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Among the many big announcements at The CW TCA panel, today was a Flash/Supergirl crossover will be a musical featuring former Glee co-stars Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin. Find out more about the Flash Supergirl musical crossover episode, after the jump.
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