Director Richard Linklater is having a pretty great year. He’s making his next movie just as his last one, Boyhood, is on its way to a possible Oscar or two. But despite a resume of absolutely amazing films (Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life) his most successful sometimes get forgotten. That’s the 2003 film School of Rock starring Jack Black and written by Mike White. The unique story of a slacker, posing as a substitute teacher, who turns private school kids into his own band, is a real crowd-pleaser and much different from the more introspective films Linklater is known for. It ended up grossing over $80 million, which is more than double his second most successful film.
Since its release, School of Rock has found a place in the hearts of its fans and a permanent spot on cable television. But now, it’s getting a new resurrection. In 2015, School of Rock is coming to Broadway with an absolutely amazing team. Read more about the School of Rock musical below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
Everyone remembers Patrick Stewart had one very big movie out this year, but he also had a much smaller one making the festival rounds. Directed by Stephen Belber, Match stars Stewart as a Juilliard ballet instructor forced to reflect upon his life when he’s interviewed by a married couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) with ulterior motives. Watch the Match trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Lionsgate has stretched out the Hunger Games film series about as far as it can go, even breaking up the final installment of Suzanne Collins‘ book trilogy into two movies. Even so, it’s set to end next year with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. So what’s a company to do when its billion-dollar movie franchise has run its course? Apparently, it looks to the stage.
The studio has announced plans to launch a Hunger Games “theatrical experience,” which will open doors in the U.K. in 2016. Get more details about the Hunger Games stage show after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
The original teaser for Into the Woods seemed almost afraid to let on that the film was a musical, but happily that’s not true of the full-length Into the Woods trailer. There’s plenty of singing to be found here — and lots more plot points as well. Finally, we know exactly why all of these different fairy tales come to cross paths, and a bit more about what happens when they do.
At the center of the story are the Baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), who want the witch (Meryl Streep) to lift a curse so they can have a child. She sends them on a journey to procure several ingredients: “the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold.” Watch the new Into the Woods trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
Any successful film franchise requires solid world-building. In the case of The Hunger Games, that world has a way of extending into ours, thanks to Lionsgate’s brilliant marketing campaign. Their latest effort for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a five-part web series called District Voices, featuring YouTube personalities like iJustine showcasing different aspects of life around Panem.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Lionsgate is forgoing more traditional advertising efforts, either. The studio has also released a new promo featuring new footage from Katniss’ plight. Hit the jump for the Hunger Games District Voices series and the new Hunger Games Mockingjay TV spot.
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Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of Frozen in just a few weeks, which means we’re also coming up on the one-year anniversary of Frozen diehards demanding more Frozen in any form they can get it. Disney, of course, has been happy to oblige. The animated adventure has already spawned a singalong, a making-of TV special, an ice show, and a Once Upon a Time plotline.
But one of the most highly anticipated Frozen follow-ups is the Frozen Broadway show, which hasn’t come together quite yet. Though Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of the Disney Theatrical Group, says he’s meeting with directors, he also stresses that it’s better to be good than fast. Hit the jump for the latest on the Frozen Broadway show.
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It used to be if you were a TV actor, you stayed on TV. Movies movies, stage stage. These days though, it’s all jumbled up. TV stars star in movies, movie stars go to TV and everyone performs on the stage. Live performance, for an actor, is the ultimate challenge and rush. It’s why you see actors like Denzel Washington, Scarlet Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch and so many others performing on Broadway or the West End.
The latest to make the transition is Gwen Stacy herself, Emma Stone. She’s about to star in Cabaret on Broadway, taking over for Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams. Below, get a first look at Stone in the iconic lead role of club singer Sally Bowles. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
HBO’s True Blood will end its run after the upcoming seventh season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve seen the last of Bon Temps. Like the bloodsuckers it portrays, True Blood could just come back in an altered form.
Composer Nathan Barr has revealed that there’s a True Blood musical in the works. While he cautions that “there’s no guarantees” about the project at this point, he has already gotten as far as pitching the show. Hit the jump for more details.
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Fresh off a Tony award for Best Actor in a Play, Bryan Cranston could be taking that stage role to the small screen. Steven Spielberg is reportedly in talks to acquire the rights to the Broadway play All the Way, which currently features Cranston playing President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, All the Way tells the story of how Johnson dealt with the tumultuous politics of 1964, which included the Vietnam war and the Civil Rights movement.
The hope is that if Spielberg gets the rights to the play, which just won a Tony Award for Best Play, Cranston would reprise the role on TV. Read More »