a christmas story live musical cast

It’s nearly the holidays, so you know what that means: the live TV musical craze will be back in full swing.

And the next movie to get the musical telecast treatment is none other than A Christmas Story, which will air on Fox following the network’s success with Grease: LiveThe Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The PassionA Christmas Story: Live! had already cast Matthew Broderick as adult Ralphie/the narrator, Andy Walken as young Ralphie, and Maya Rudolph as Mother Parker, but the live telecast has just added two more comedy stalwarts to the program: Jane Krakowski and Chris Diamantopoulos.

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Matthew Broderick A Christmas Story

Hopefully, when you read this A Christmas Story Live casting news, you won’t want to shoot your eye out. Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Election, Glory) has been hired to play the adult version of Ralphie Parker, the young protagonist of the 1983 holiday movie and the subsequent Broadway musical. Like in those productions, Broderick will provide the narration for Fox’s live TV take on the Christmas tale.
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a christmas story live tv musical

There’s no place like TV for the holidays. At least, that’s where FOX wants you to spend your Christmas, according to the announcement of its latest live TV musical.

The network announced that Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) will be starring in a live performance of A Christmas Storythe 2012 Broadway musical based on the classic movie of the same name. And FOX is bringing in the big guns to help move A Christmas Story to the small screen: A Christmas Story Live will be produced by the songwriting and producing team behind La La Land.

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A Christmas Story Musical Live

The trend of live broadcast musical productions on network television will continue in the coming year with three new projects announced at the competing networks of NBC and FOX. The two have been going back and forth with musical productions in recent years with NBC tackling the likes of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray and FOX taking on Grease and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The latter has some catching up to do, which is probably why they’ve announced two upcoming musical adaptations while NBC has just announced one.

Over at FOX, they’ll be tackling A Christmas Story, which has already been turned into a Tony-winning musical on stage, and the famous Broadway musical RENT. Meanwhile, NBC will take on a much older musical in the form of Jesus Christ Superstar. Find out more details on each after the jump. Read More »

/Answers: Our Favorite Movie and TV Parents

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition, tying in with this weekend’s Snatched and last weekend’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, asks “Who are your favorite film or television parents?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.

If you’d like to share your favorite mothers and fathers from the movies of TV, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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A Christmas Story House

A Christmas Story is a holiday classic that provides an accurate portrayal of a dysfunctional but touching family Christmas as it happens in 1940 Indiana. Now you can come close to have that holiday experience yourself in the exact same house that Ralphie and the entire Parker family spent the holidays.

A Christmas Story’s House & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio will offer fans the chance to rent the real house from the movie for an awesome overnight stay. The rates vary depending on when you want to stay at the house, with the most expensive rates obviously being closer to the Yuletide holiday, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Get the rates and find out more details about how you can rent A Christmas Story house below. Read More »

most evil movie santas

This Friday sees the release of Krampus, the second holiday-flavored horror movie from Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty. This film is part of a long cinematic tradition: Santa Claus isn’t what you think he is. That jolly, playful fellow who comes bearing toys for all the good little girls and boys? He’s not here now. Instead, how about a figure who has come bearing punishment for all of the bad children? And, you know, anyone else who gets in his way.

There have been a number of films about “evil” Santas over the years, ranging from versions who are just big jerks to guys who will split your head open with an axe. To celebrate this tradition, this rich, cinematic tapestry of red-suited, white-bearded menace, let’s take a quick tour through some of the more bizarre, brutal, and coal-hearted depictions of St. Nicholas.

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VOTD: The Significance & Importance of Movie Props

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While there are certain movie props such as a lightsaber, a time machine or a briefcase that have become iconic pieces of cinema, it’s easy to forget that movie props are everywhere when we’re looking at any single frame of a motion picture. Sometimes a movie prop is so important that it’s in the title of the film and the driving force of the entire story, as with The Maltese Falcon or Raiders of the Lost Ark, and other times they just add to the authenticity of any given scene.

A new video essay takes a look at the importance of movie props on film, whether they’re big or small, subtle or in your face and how they enhance the characters, story or setting of films across the board. Watch! Read More »

/Film’s 20 Favorite Holiday Movies of All Time

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This Christmas, the collective entity of /Film pooled their efforts together to present this gift. Earlier this week, I polled all our writers and editors for their top ten holiday films of all time. I then gave each film on each list a 1 to 10 ranking. 10 points for first place, 1 point for 10th place, and added up the results. What were the results? Pretty predictable, if you ask me, but fun nevertheless.

Still, there were plenty of great movies on the list and weird subplots to explore. For example, only two of us put the same film number one, and it just so happens to be our overall top pick. However, another writer hasn’t even seen that movie. (Until late last night, as it turns out.) Which film is it? And what did it beat out? You’ll have to click below to read /Film’s 20 Favorite Holiday movies of all time. Read More »

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Our 25 Favorite Gifts in Movie History

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Whether you’re giving or receiving, there are few things better than a gift. It feels great to get one, it feels wonderful to give one, it’s just a nice thing. Gifts in movies are kind of the same. They represent a bond between characters that can be layered with meaning. The person getting the gift can be either appreciative or disappointed, the person giving it either sincere or malicious. There’s just so many ways you can go with it.

Being as it’s the holiday season, we decided to pick out our favorite gifts in movie history. Not necessarily the best ever, just our favorites. That means not all of these are “good” gifts. Some, in fact, are awful. But it’s the act of giving them, whether in the context of an overall film or series, that makes them awesome and memorable. So, below, we count down our 25 favorite gifts in movie history. Read More »