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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cage in the park

Face/Off, perhaps the greatest achievement in cinematic history, is going live. Sort of. Cage in the Park, from Daily Show staff members Sebastian DiNatale and Zachary DiLanzo, is going to stage a live performance of the John Travolta/Nicolas Cage action classic, with a twist. The story will be transported to Ancient Rome, and the dialogue will be rewritten in iambic pentameter. What more do you need?

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prom movie

Ryan Murphy‘s big Netflix deal is attracting big talent. Murphy is going to direct and produce a Prom movie, adapted from the Tony-nominated stage musical, and he’s lined-up an impressive cast to pull it off. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, James Corden and Andrew Rannells will all have “key roles” in the Netflix film about fading Broadway stars trying to rehabilitate their careers.

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back to the future musical songs

Every single movie you loved as a kid or teen must now become a stage musical – it’s the law. Back to the Future is the latest title to get the musical treatment, headed to London in 2020. While you might have to wait a full year to see the musical, you won’t need a time machine to hear the music. “Put Your Mind to It”, the first of the officially released Back to the Future musical songs, can be heard below.

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almost famous musical premiere

Cameron Crowe‘s Almost Famous will jump from screen to stage this fall, as an Almost Famous musical heads to San Diego. Based on Crowe’s acclaimed 2000 film about a teen journalist on assignment with an up-and-coming rock band, the new musical will feature music by Tom Kitt, with lyrics by Kitt and Crowe. More on Almost Famous: The Musical below.

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The Notebook Broadway Musical

If you watched the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks‘ romance novel The Notebook and thought the story could use a little more song and dance, we have good news. The Notebook is in the process of becoming a Broadway musical with This Is Us supervising producer and playwright Bekah Brunstetter writing the book and folk pop singer and songwriter Ingrid Michaelson behind the music and lyrics. Find out more about The Notebook Broadway musical below. Read More »

Best Movies Streaming Right Now December 20

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

We’re in the holiday season, which means you probably have some days off coming up. I suppose in theory you might want to spend Christmas and beyond with your families. Or you could ignore all of that and stream some movies. That’s where Now Stream This comes in. I’ve put together an eclectic mix of titles that you can stream right now, including a few unexpected Christmas movies to keep your days merry and bright. You’ll find a film shot on an iPhone, Charlize Theron kicking ass, the Boss rocking out, stray cats, Charles Dickens, a killer Santa, and more.

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!

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nausicaa of the valley of the wind play

Hayao Miyazaki early on established himself as a master of his craft with his second feature and the inaugural Studio Ghibli film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. But while the 1984 anime classic helped establish the world-renowned animation studio, no one has dared to touch Miyazaki’s creation — until now.

Nausicaa of the Valley Wind play is now in the works with playwright and director G2, the figure behind the Resident Evil musical, adapting the Miyazaki masterpiece into a kabuki production. Yes, you read that right, kabuki.

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