Cats Featurette

Universal’s adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical Cats is coming to theaters in December. Much like a real cat throwing up on your carpet, there’s nothing you can do to stop it. The first glimpse behind the scenes and the much buzzed about trailer have already fueled plenty of nightmares featuring an all-star cast covered by digital fur technology, but in case you needed more inspiration for some horror story you’re writing, there’s a new Cats featurette for you to feast on. Read More »

Merrily We Roll Along movie

It took Richard Linklater 12 years to make Boyhood, and now he wants to up his game. The filmmaker is said to be putting together a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along that will take 20 years to complete. Linklater has lined up Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein to star in the story of a Broadway composer who abandons his theatre career to make movies in Hollywood. Linklater’s 20-year production is no doubt a bold idea, but one wonders what type of dystopian hellscape we’ll all be living in 20 years from now, and whether or not we’ll be in the mood to go see a Richard Linklater musical then.

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western stars trailer

Since being a music legend and a recent Broadway star isn’t enough for Bruce Springsteen, the Boss is also going to go ahead and add film directing to his resume. Springsteen’s latest album, the melancholy Western Stars, now has a film to go along with it – a film Springsteen co-directed. Western Stars will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, and Warner Bros. pictures just snapped up the rights. Check out the first Western Stars trailer below.

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eurovision cast

Demi Lovato has the X-Factor to join the Eurovision cast. The pop singer is joining the cast of Will Ferrell‘s Netflix comedy inspired by the real-life global singing competition that captivates all of Europe and baffles most of America. Lovato has been cast as an Icelandic singer with an “angelic” voice.

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Popstar Steelbook Release

Universal Pictures released Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping in June of 2016, and the movie was completely overshadowed by the rest of blockbuster season. Despite being raucously hilarious, the movie bombed hard with a total domestic box office total of just $9.6 million. But in the three years since then, it’s become a cult favorite – so much that the soundtrack finally got an outstanding vinyl release from Mondo, and now Shout Factory is giving us the Popstar Steelbook Blu-ray release we deserve. Read More »

the little mermaid live

The next live musical set to make a splash on ABC is The Little Mermaid. Hot off the heels of the announcement of a newly diverse lead for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, ABC is making an inspired casting choice for Ariel in this version, which was postponed from its original air date in October 2017. Moana star Auli’i Cravalho will lead the live musical event special, while Queen Latifah will play Ursula, and Grammy-winning musician Shaggy will play Sebastian. So now we finally know, how far she’ll go.

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cats trailer

Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Ian McKellen, and Judi Dench are all playing cats in Cats, the movie adaptation of the Broadway sensation Cats, which is about cats. While the stage production employs furry costumes for its feline characters, this new film from Tom Hooper uses digital enhancements to turn its actors into kitties. You can decide for yourself if this is a good or bad idea by watching the first Cats trailer below.

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it's a wonderful life musical

If you’ve ever watched Frank Capra’s classic It’s a Wonderful Life and thought, “Ya know what this story needs? Songs by Paul McCartney!”, today is your lucky day. McCartney is set to write the music and lyrics for an upcoming stage musical adaptation of the film that starred Jimmy Stewart as a banker ready to ruin everyone’s Christmas by throwing himself off a bridge.

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cats featurette

Cats is going to be big. It will either be a big stage-to-screen musical beloved by audiences, or the type of strange train-wreck that we can’t look away from. In either case, I’m excited. The film brings the hit Broadway musical to life in a whole new way, featuring a cast that includes James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, and Rebel Wilson as digitally-enhanced cats. We’ll have to wait until Friday to see actual film footage, but a new Cats featurette goes behind-the-scenes to showcase how weird this is going to be.

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The Lion King Beyonce music video Spirit

Whatever your feelings about the upcoming The Lion King remake, it’s hard to resist the star-studded cast behind the film’s soundtrack. Even harder to resist is the pull of Beyoncé, who is performing a highly-anticipated original song in the film and releasing an entire The Lion King-inspired album featuring collaborations from hitmakers like Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z.

Watch The Lion King Beyoncé music video for “Spirit” below, which is included in the artist’s upcoming album, The Lion King: The Gift.

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