Cats

Of the five longest-running musicals in Broadway history, one (The Lion King) was based on a film, and three others (The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Les Misérables) have had movies made of them. Now it may be Cats‘ time to shine on the silver screen.

Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed in a recent interview that Universal is working on a cinematic adaptation of the feline musical, and that we have the success of last year’s Les Mis to thank for it. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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The Princess Bride

Buttercup and Wesley’s epic romance took them from an idyllic farm to a castle, a torture chamber, the high seas, and the Fire Swamp. Now it’s also bringing them to the theater.

Disney Theatrical Productions is working on a stage adaptation of The Princess Bride, with Alan Horn shepherding for the studio. William Goldman, who wrote the 1973 novel on which Rob Reiner‘s 1987 film was based, will collaborate. Hit the jump for more details.

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Marvel Universe Live

Marvel already dominates comic book shelves, movie theaters, and now your TV sets. The only logical place to go after that is the stage. At New York Comic-Con this past weekend, Marvel announced they’re teaming with Feld Entertainment on Marvel Universe Live, designed to be an action-packed, live-action arena show that will start touring in July 2014. It will hit 85 cities over the next two years, telling a brand new original Marvel story featuring all your favorite superheroes and villains.

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Breaking Bad - Felina

One week after Walter White concluded his journey on Breaking Bad, people are still turning over that finale in their minds, and coming to very different conclusions.

On one side, we have the artistic director of the One World Symphony in New York City, who so liked the series that he plans to adapt it into an opera. On the other is filmmaker Oliver Stone, who complained that “Felina” was too violent. Hit the jump for more on these very different Breaking Bad reactions.

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Bryan Cranston Matt Smith

How do you follow up a years-long stint as one of modern television’s most iconic characters? For Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Doctor Who star Matt Smith, the answer lies on the stage.

Cranston is set to make his Broadway debut this winter with All the Way, a historical drama in which he plays former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson. Meanwhile, Smith has signed on for the British musical version of American Psycho, which launches in December. Hit the jump for more details on their new roles.

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Ali Frazier

Another impressive name has joined Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier for Ang Lee’s latest film. A few months back, we reported that the multiple Oscar winner is prepping a 3D film based around some of the classic boxing matches of the Sixties and Seventies. Very little was revealed beyond that. Now a screenwriter has been added, and he gave up a few more details.

Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated writer of The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Last King of Scotland and Rush, will write the film for Lee. Read his quotes below. Read More »

Into the Woods logo

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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August Osage County header

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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