Judging by the news that has come out over the last few days, three things are super-hot right now: remakes, Julian Assange and musicals.

On the musical front we’ve just seen Clint Eastwood sign to direct a new version of A Star is Born, and Bryan Singer is in the early stages of a possible Bob Fosse biopic for HBO. And now NBC has ordered a pilot for a one-hour musical drama called Smash, based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, who will exec produce. (I think the pic above is as close as he’ll get to jazz hands, though. Leave that to Bryan Singer and the Fosse film.) Read More »

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs very quickly turned me into a fan of directorial team Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The film pointed me towards their sharp and funny, if short-lived show Clone High, and has me anticipating the big-screen version of 21 Jump Street, which they’re set to direct in early spring 2011.

And now the duo is in talks to direct a musical for Disney. Specifically, Bob the Musical, about a man who can suddenly hear the songs within all of us. Lest that sound too sickly sweet, he’s none too happy about the deal. (At least at first.) Details after the break. Read More »

10 Things You Should Know About Hairspray 2

Over the past couple months, MTV has had a lot of coverage of the announced Hairspray sequel. I thought that since we haven’t reported on the film since the project’s earliest announcement, that now is a good time to bring together all the facts:

1. John Waters has written a crazy treatment for the sequel called Hairspray 2: White Lipstick.
2. Hairspray director/choreographer Adam Shankman and songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are also set to return
3. The story will look at Tracy’s entering the late ’60s era of music, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the British invasion. “We’re trying to track, in a comedic way, the historical elements,” Shankman told EW.
4. Tracy (Nikki Blonsky) is hated because she’s now famous but doesn’t lose weight.
5. Link (Zak Efron) gets a mop-top Beatles hairdo and tries to masquerade himself as a member of the British Invasion in an attempt to remain hip. The hair causes three pimples to spawn on his forehead, which he has “an ongoing dialogue” throughout half the movie. He also somehow accidentally experiments with acid. Shankman later said that Link’s drug storyline probably won’t make it into the final film.
6. Edna (John Travolta) gets hooked on diet pills, actually loses weight, but sees her husband (Christopher Walken) lusting after fat women. Shankman told MTV, “she finally breaks down and runs over to a snack table. Just within one number, she gets fat again; gaining 20 pounds at a time. [Her fat] pops out, and by the end of the song she’s completely at her old weight again.”
7. Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer) will likely not appear in the sequel due to the introduction of a new villain.
8. Someone gets drafted into war, but it isn’t Link.
9. New Line/Warner Bros has yet to official announce any actors/actresses for the sequel, but they have said that they hope to keep most of the original cast.
10. The film is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters in mid-July 2010.

When did actors and filmmakers start doing press tours for viral internet videos? When they are political of course. Prop 8: The Musical writer-director Marc Shaiman, and stars Jack Black and John C. Reilly, appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. You can watch the interview below.

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