Smash Revival

In the next couple years, Steven Spielberg is hoping to get a remake of the classic musical West Wide Story off the ground. But let’s not forget that the filmmaker already dabbled in the Broadway world as an executive producer on the musical drama series Smash, a series that far too many people slept on, resulting in the show only getting only two seasons. Thankfully, it looks like Smash might have a new lease on life, albeit in a different medium.

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt recently discussed the short-lived musical series, and he talked about how he keeps hearing how much people love Smash, even more than he did when the series was still airing between 2012 and 2013. In fact, it might be the impetus for a Smash revival, not on TV, but on stage. Read More »

Baby Driver Volume 2

Baby Driver, the musical that substituted car cashes for dance numbers, is about to unleash a whole new set of songs for your listening pleasure. Director Edgar Wright has announced Baby Driver Volume 2: The Score for a Score, featuring more songs, exclusive tracks, remixes, and more.

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Beauty and the Beast Live Concert

Disney’s live-action adaptation of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast was a huge hit last year, but it didn’t satisfy all the fans out there. Some were particularly disappointed with the obviously enhanced vocal work of Harry Potter franchise star Emma Watson when singing as the charming, sharp, bookworm villager Belle. But they might be more satisfied with the latest casting of Belle in an upcoming Beauty and the Beast live concert production coming to The Hollywood Bowl this spring.

Following previous live concert renditions of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the Beauty and the Beast live concert features an all-star cast that will be led by (500) Days of Summer and New Girl star Zooey Deschanel. And if that wasn’t intriguing enough, the rest of the cast features an interesting assembly of talent as well. Read More »

Aladdin songs

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won an Oscar last year for writing La La Land‘s “City of Stars,” and they were nominated at last night’s Academy Awards ceremony for their work on The Greatest Showman soundtrack. Though they went home empty-handed last night, losing to Coco‘s Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Pasek and Paul revealed one heck of a consolation prize: they’ve written two brand new songs for Guy Ritchie‘s upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin. Find out about the two Aladdin songs below. Read More »

The Lonely Island Oscars Song

As expected, the 90th Academy Awards went long last night, even with Jimmy Kimmel offering a sweet jetski to the Oscar winner who gave the shortest acceptance speech. But the ceremony was almost a little bit longer thanks to The Lonely Island, and it would have been worth the extra time.

The Lonely Island, the Saturday Night Live hip-hop trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer, and Jorma Taccone, was asked to write a song for this year’s Oscars ceremony. However, the song that they came up with about the films that weren’t nominated for Oscars ended up being “financially and logistically impossible” to shoot for the ceremony.

Thankfully, we can imagine what it might have been like thanks to the storyboard video and demo they recorded. So check out this abandoned The Lonely Island Oscars song featuring Thor, Wonder Woman, The Snowman, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, and more. Read More »

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mary poppins returns trailer

Disney dropped the highly-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns trailer during the Academy Awards, and the result is…kind of ominous? This may not be the best way to sell your big musical sequel, but it’s certainly attention-grabbing. Watch the Mary Poppins Returns trailer below.

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frozen musical new song

You won’t be able to let go of this new tune from the highly anticipated Frozen musical.

The stage adaptation of the insanely popular Disney animated movie will debut on Broadway this spring, but you’ll get to hear one of its 12 new original songs right now.

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The Lion King Beyonce

Disney’s The Lion King has one of the best musical soundtracks of any of their animated films. All of the songs were written by Broadway legend Tim Rice and classic rock icon Elton John, with the latter performing three of the signature songs for the soundtrack. However, when it comes to The Lion King remake soundtrack, Elton John is going to let one of Disney’s chart-topping cast members belt out a tune for the end credits.

Elton John recently revealed that The Lion King remake soundtrack will feature a new end credits song, and the plan is for cast member Beyoncé to sing the track. Plus, he also confirmed which songs from the original film will be featured in the new version. Find out what he had to say about The Lion King Beyonce song and more below. Read More »

blue sky studios first female director

It’s no secret that there’s a dearth of women in the animation industry. In Disney’s nearly 100-year history, only one film has been directed by a woman. With the 19 films that Pixar has released since 1995, only Brave had a female director — who was fired midway through production.

Blue Sky Studios‘ newest film will do its part to level the playing field. For the animation studio’s 15th feature film, Blue Sky Studios has hired its first female director, Karen Disher. And it’s not the only first for the studio: Disher will helm Blue Sky’s first feature-length musical.

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Predator release date

20th Century Fox has shuffled around some release dates, so break out your calendars.

Shane Black‘s The Predator, previously set for August, is now set for September. Robert Rodriguez‘s Alita: Battle Angel, once expected to arrive in July, has been pushed to December. Kenneth Branagh‘s Murder on the Orient Express follow-up Death on the Nile will now open in November 2019.

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