Jersey Boys trailer

Though Clint Eastwood is one of our finest and most prolific directors, his decision to adapt a Tony award-winning, worldwide smash hit musical always felt odd. A macho, old-school actor/filmmaker making an upbeat rags-to-riches movie filled with popular songs? Not the obvious move. Well, the first Jersey Boys trailer is finally out and things now seem much clearer.

In this short look at the film, which opens June 20, we finally get an idea of Eastwood’s version of the musical version of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the group that went from the street corners of New Jersey to one of the biggest musical acts in history. Check out the Jersey Boys trailer below. Read More »

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The first image from Clint Eastwood‘s adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys is now online. It doesn’t feature any stars, however, just the four members of the Four Seasons at the heart of the show, played by John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza and Michael Lomenda. What’s interesting about the image is it looks almost like a carbon copy of the Broadway show. Is Eastwood doing a more theatrical film adaptation, ala Chicago? Or will it be more realistic, like Les Miserables? We’ll discuss below. Read More »

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Briefly: Warner Bros. has just given release dates to two upcoming Oscar hopefuls. Clint Eastwood‘s musical adaptation of the hit Broadway show, Jersey Boys, will be released next summer, on June 20, 2014.

Ben Affleck‘s follow-up to Argo, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, will be released December 25, 2015. That means he’ll shoot it after playing Batman in Batman vs. Superman, which has a release date set for five months prior to the new Live By Night date. You can read more about the projects at those links.

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Having grossed over a billion dollars across the globe as a musical, one might think the title Jersey Boys alone is enough to sell a film adaptation. That’s likely part of why director Clint Eastwood is casting the lead roles of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with performers from the various stage productions.

But this is Hollywood and stars make a movie, so Eastwood will be filling out the supporting roles with bigger names. First up, Christopher Walken will join the cast as mobster Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo, who helps the singers keep their career straight early on.

As for those leads, Deadline – who broke the Walken news – say they’re gone to Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda.

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Though the odd stage actor may make it into a movie musical here and there (e.g., Samantha Barks in Les Misérables), for the most part film versions of stage musicals tend to feature a correspondingly cinematic cast (e.g., everyone else in Les Misérables). But Clint Eastwood apparently wants to buck that trend.

According to a new report, the director is eyeing theater stars for his big-screen adaptation of Jersey Boys. Specifically, he’s looking at the actors from the various productions of Jersey Boys from around the world. A-listers looking for their next bit of Oscar bait are gonna be so disappointed. More on Eastwood’s idea, including potential advantages and drawbacks, after he jump.

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The musical has struggled to find new life over the past decade. Glee and similar TV shows may find success, and the occasional film, such as Chicago or Les Miserables, rises to prominence, but for the most part the musical remains a tough sell. Just look at the recent Oscar attempt to highlight great musicals of the last decade, which cast a spotlight on a bare handful of films.

Clint Eastwood, who once played an unlikely part in the comedy western musical Paint Your Wagon, and is known for composing the music for many of his films, has been trying to mount a new musical version of A Star is Born. That had momentum when Beyonce was attached, but stalled out when the singer exited the project.

Now Eastwood is reportedly turning to another musical: the big-screen version of Jersey Boys. The film would adapt the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about the rise to fame of the classic group Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons. Jon Favreau was developing the film, but it was put into turnaround by Warner Bros. last year. Ironically, if Eastwood signs on, Warners, which houses his production company, may be back on board.

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Much as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had a difficult road to the top, so too is the film adaptation of their Broadway musical Jersey Boys facing a tough trek to the screen. Purchased by GK Films for a hefty sum in 2010, Jersey Boys soon had director Jon Favreau prepping the John Logan-penned film at Warner Bros. He’s been casting and even had some familiar faces potentially lined up for key roles. However, it seems the studio has decided the budget and international appeal aren’t quite to its liking. The project, which was at Sony before landing at Warners, is now being shopped to other studios.

After the jump, read more about the story, this unfortunate turn of events and the actors that were reportedly being eyed for key roles.  Read More »

Director Jon Favreau is looking for unknowns to star in his upcoming adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys. Over the next two weekends, in Philadelphia and New York, he’s looking for male singers to audition for the four lead roles of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the legendary music group at the center of this classic rags to riches story. This means that if you live on the East Coast, are male and can sing, you may just become a superstar.

The site also mentions the film will begin shooting in New York in January 2013. Read more about each role after the jump. Read More »

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