empire records musical

You might soon be celebrating Rex Manning Day on Broadway. Empire Records, the cult comedy that some people really love, is being developed as a musical with hopes of a Broadway run in 2020. There’s only one question: will GWAR recreate their cameo for Broadway?

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A Good Marriage trailer

A Good Marriage is based on Stephen King‘s novella from the Full Dark, No Stars collection, and it’s the first King screenplay to hit the big screen in a long time. The film stars Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly, and Stephen Lang in a story about a woman who discovers that her perfect, loving husband is in fact a serial killer. Nice concept, but this first A Good Marriage trailer shows that it might falter in the execution. Check it out below. Read More »

David Brent is coming back, as is Whose Line It Anyway? Also after the jump:

  • Lee Pace, Angela Kinsey, Michael Ealy and more book pilots
  • Entourage‘s Rhys Chorio will drop by Dexter next season
  • Ron Livingston and Brian Geraghty join Boardwalk Empire
  • FX’s Archer and Syfy’s Lost Girl get renewals
  • Goodwin Games, Louis CK‘s new special get premiere dates
  • The CW cancels 90210 and moves Cult to Fridays
  • AMC confirms Scott Gimple as the new Walking Dead showrunner
  • Dylan McDermott drops a hint about American Horror Story
  • Most PaleyFest 2013 panels will stream live online
  • Netflix announces the Flixies awards

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Lots of good news on the TV front broke over the weekend so, after the jump, read about the following:

  • Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange are coming back for American Horror Story season 2 along with Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe.
  • Creator Ryan Murphy offers hints about the show’s return and a surprising twist with the casting.
  • Check out the teaser art for the second season of AMC’s The Killing.
  • A new trailer for Game of Thrones season two has been released.
  • Animated promos for NBC’s Community come online this week
  • Well-known actors like Dennis Quaid, Cary Elwes, Mira Sorvino and many others are heading to TV.

Quentin Tarantino continues to fill his upcoming film, Django Unchained, with a sprinkling of his regulars and a great many excellent actors you’d never expect to play in his universe.

For example he’s just cast the RZA, who scored both Kill Bill films for Tarantino, in a small role as a mean slave named Thaddeus. That makes sense. Making less sense, but equally awesome, are the additions of Misty Upham (who held her own against eventual Oscar-winner Melissa Leo in Frozen River) as a bar owner named Minnie and Without a Trace‘s Anthony LaPaglia as an evil Australian who buys slaves to fight. Both of those actors haven’t worked with Tarantino before so they, along with the likes of Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gerald McRaney and M.C. Gainey, go to show how boisterous, and meticulous, the director is casting every single role in his anti-slavery “Southern.” There’s more after the jump. Read More »

Good things keep coming for the stars of Animal Kingdom, as Jacki Weaver lands a role in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook. Weaver will play Bradley Cooper‘s mother in the film, based on Matthew Quick‘s novel about a former high school teacher (Cooper) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution into the care of his mother. Upon his release, the protagonist initially tries to win back his ex-wife but eventually falls into a romance with an eccentric young widow (Jennifer Lawrence).

Also signed on for the project is Robert De Niro in an unnamed part. Chris Tucker was said to be in talks for the part of Cooper’s pal from the institution, but the latest reports don’t mention him, so I’m guessing he’s out. The Silver Linings Playbook is set to begin shooting this fall. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Paul Bettany and Brian Cox team up for a film adapted from a BAFTA-nominated BBC series, and True Blood star Sam Trammell helps Virginia Madsen cope with her troubles.

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A new trailer has been released for Happy Feet Two, the sequel to 2006’s dancing-CGI-penguin hit. Featuring the vocal talents of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, and many others, Happy Feet Two tells the theoretically adorable tale of a young penguin who just wants to fly. The film is directed by George Miller, whose previous work includes the Mad Max movies, Lorenzo’s Oil, and the two Babe films. Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: Anthony LaPaglia is producing and appearing in a film version of Arthur Miller‘s 1955 play A View From A Bridge, which landed him a Tony in 1998. The production has assembled a strong cast: Vera Farmiga and Mia Wasikowska are the new additions, rounding out the previously cast trio of Mr. LaPaglia, Sebastian Stan and Sam Niell. Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness) wrote and Robert Connolly will direct.

The story is set in 1950’s Brooklyn, and LaPaglia will play Eddie, with Ms. Farmiga as his wife Beatrice, and Ms. Wasikowska as their young niece Catherine, whom they raised. And then, “when the arrival of Beatrice’s cousins from Italy enchants young Catherine, Eddie is consumed by jealousy and obsession that ultimately ends in tragedy.”

FYI, this is the second time Anthony LaPaglia has tried to get this production going; the first was in 2005 with Barry Levinson directing and Scarlett Johansson and Frances McDormand in roles. This time it looks like it’s going to happen, though. Shooting is planned for June. [Variety]