Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Of all the Disney live-action fairy tale adaptations due out in the next several years, Rob Marshall‘s Into the Woods may be the biggest. The kitchen-sink musical features some of the most iconic characters of all time, from Cinderella to the Big Bad Wolf, and has huge, stellar cast to match.
The first still from the movie features arguably its starriest star of all, Meryl Streep. The normally lovely actress has clearly undergone several hours of makeup and an attitude adjustment for her role as the witch whose actions set the plot in motion, and it’s almost tough to recognize her here. Check out the image after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Fall brings no shortage of star-studded prestige pics, but even in that crowd August: Osage County stands out. The John Wells-directed film stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and Benedict Cumberbatch and Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper and Abigail Breslin (plus half a dozen others) which means we’re all but guaranteed to see it making waves during awards season.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County chronicles a family gathering in the Midwest. So the setup is fairly simple, but as anyone who’s ever suffered through an extended family trip can attest, it’s ripe for hilarity and emotion. A new trailer has been released by The Weinstein Co., and you can check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Broadway is about to get a dose of French whimsy. Jean-Pierre Jeunet‘s 2001 romantic comedy Amélie is coming to the stage, as revealed by composer Dan Messé (of the Brooklyn-based folk group Hem). Playwright Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss) and co-lyricist Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys) are also working on the project.
While the film featured a memorable score by Yann Tiersen, Messé says the play will feature new music with a different sound. “I don’t think I’m even going to use accordion in my score,” he explained. Hit the jump for more details on the show.
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Posted on Friday, July 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
These days, teen romances are as likely as not to involve vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, and/or hellish dystopian landscapes. At their heart, though, so many of them are about forbidden love of one kind or another. In other words, they’re essentially Romeo & Juliet with supernatural bells and whistles.
Now along comes the original Romeo & Juliet to (hopefully) show us all how it’s done. Carlo Carlei‘s apparently faithful adaptation stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth as the iconic star-crossed lovers. Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Ed Westwick, Stellan Skarsgard, and Kodi Smit-McPhee also star. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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“If you’re a writer tonight, you might want to hide your knives,” said Jason Reitman at Tuesday night’s special summer live read. “This script is so good you’ll never want to write again. You f***er, Vince.”
The script Reitman was referring to, the script that could get the writer/director to come back and do a live read in July when he’s not scheduled to come back until October, was the pilot of AMC’s Breaking Bad. The “Vince” is creator Vince Gilligan. And as fantastic the first episode of Breaking Bad is to watch, to hear it read reveals another level of brilliance. If you were to travel back in time, sit down with Gilligan in 2007 and ask him to describe what happens in the show over a few beers, that’s what his writing sounds like. It’s perfectly, brilliantly descriptive with a language that’s filled with vulgarity and humor. It has a conversational, culturally current tone that pops off the page.
The latest live read at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, presented by Film Independent, revealed not only this fantastic writing, but some fun interpretations by great actors, appearances by the original actors, deleted scenes and more. Read about it below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Mouse House has had great success turning their big-screen hits into Broadway smashes in the past, with shows like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tarzan, Mary Poppins, and The Little Mermaid. Now Kermit and Miss Piggy could be headed to the Great White Way as well.
Disney Theatrical Productions is quietly exploring the possibility of a stage production centered around the Muppets, and has gone as far as staging a 15-minute presentation at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City. The trial was intended to test whether the puppets and puppeteers would be up for the unique challenges of a stage show — and apparently, the company was pleased with the results. More details after the jump.
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Adapting movies into Broadway musicals is a long-standing business model. In recent years Disney has found incredible success with various translations; Mel Brooks pulled it off; even John Waters took a shot. Plus, many music-based movie and childrens’ films has made it to Broadway: Sister Act, Shrek, Bring it On, Legally Blonde, the list goes on and on.
The latest film getting its chance on the Great White Way is probably the most unlikely of the bunch: Sylvester Stallone‘s Oscar-winning underdog story, Rocky. The show debuted in Germany last year and is coming to Broadway in February 2014. A video showing footage from the show and featuring interviews with producer Stallone, director Alex Timbers (The Pee-Wee Herman Show) and others is now online. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Aaron Sorkin‘s new career as a librettist has been cancelled, or at least postponed. The in-demand writer has backed out of Houdini, the Broadway musical production that has Hugh Jackman attached to star as the world-famous magician. (Cue the escape artist jokes.) Jackman, composer Steven Schwartz (Wicked), director Jack O’Brien (Hairspray), and producers Scott Sanders and David Rockwell remain on board. Keep reading after the jump.
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