Netflix’s adaptation of the musical version of Matilda has finally found a young star to take on the lead role of a precocious young girl with advanced reading skills and telekinetic abilities who feels like she doesn’t belong in her family of idiotic gamblers and crooks. Relatively unknown 11-year old actress Alisha Weir has landed the role of Matilda, but there’s already been a change with the casting of one of the other key characters, with Emma Thompson taking the role of the nasty headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Read More »
Spamalot is not dead yet! In fact, it’s getting better now that it’s moved studios after two years of development over at 20th Century Fox. The feature film adaptation of the Monty Python musical has been acquired by Paramount Pictures, which has put the Spamalot movie back on track after the project was sidelined at Fox following the Disney acquisition.
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Netflix has the rights to 15 stories from Roald Dahl‘s extensive library of works, and one of the earliest out of the gate will actually be a new adaptation of Matilda. While producers are still figuring out who will play the titular role, one of the key characters has just been cast. Captain Marvel and No Time to Die star Lashana Lynch has landed the role of Matilda’s kind and encouraging teacher Miss Honey. Read More »
Illumination Entertainment’s Sing 2, the sequel to the company’s 2016 animated hit musical, has added a trio of one-named singers to its roster.
Halsey, Pharrell, and Bono have joined the Sing 2 cast, as have Bobby Cannavale (Master of None, Ant-Man), Letitia Wright (Black Panther, Mangrove), Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show, Man Seeking Woman), and Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Game Night).
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Walt Disney Animation officially announced their new animated musical during the big investors meeting today. The film is called Encanto, and it’s described a movie full of magical realism, focusing on a family in Colombia. Find out what we know about the movie below. Read More »
Even though the United States has made a lot of progress when it comes to giving members of the LGBTQ community the respect and equality they deserve, there are still plenty of places with small town mindsets who need a little push in the right direction. That’s exactly what happens in Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix movie The Prom when a teenage girl (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) wants to bring her girlfriend (Ariana DeBose) to the prom in her small Indiana town, but the PTA board votes against it.
Who will stand up to fight this injustice? It’s Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden), two Broadway stars reeling from a recent flop who are looking for a way to drum up some attention and give their careers a bit of a boost. With some help from their friends Angie (Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), they’re off to spark some publicity with a lot of singing and dancing. If there’s one thing that will convince Indiana folk to embrace the LGBTQ community, it’s the power of musicals, right? Read More »
Colin Hanks, Diane Guerrero, and hip-hop star Nelly are the latest to join the cast of Clear Lake, the upcoming biopic about the iconic 1950s musician Buddy Holly.
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It’s been a very rough year. We’re almost at the end, folks, but if you thought we were going to make it to 2021 without having to hear Meryl Streep rap, you were sorely mistaken. Streep is one of the cast members of The Prom, Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar‘s award-winning, Tony-nominated Broadway musical, and as is par for the course with most stage-to-screen adaptations, there’s a new original song not featured in the Broadway production. It’s called “Wear Your Crown,” and for the most part, it’s light, poppy stuff. And then, more than halfway through the tune, Streep comes in and starts rapping. It’s…something.
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Spike Lee is always pushing forward, always evolving, and always doing interesting things as a storyteller. He has been making movies for more than 35 years, and now he’s about to attempt something he has never tried before: directing a full-blown narrative movie musical. In the wake of Lee’s filmed version of David Byrne’s American Utopia, the next Spike Lee joint will be a musical about an unexpected topic: the invention of Viagra. Read More »
Following in the footsteps of Peter Pan, Grease, A Christmas Story, Hairspray, and The Sound of Music, another stage musical is coming to network television this holiday season. This time, it’s an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical!, inspired by the classic story How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Glee star Matthew Morrison in the title role. Read More »