It seems like every beloved romantic-comedy from the last two decades is getting the Broadway treatment, and it looks like it’s Pretty Woman‘s time for a makeover.
Pretty Woman: The Musical is about to be the kind of musical you’d like to meet with Les Miserables‘ Samantha Barks taking on the role of the prostitute with a heart of gold originated by Julia Roberts and Once musical lead Steve Kazee stepping into Richard Gere’s shiny shoes. Bryan Adams is writing the music, and Jerry Mitchell — the writer/director of Kinky Boots, appropriately — will write and direct.
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(Welcome to What Women Watch, a series exploring what modern women are watching, and loving, on the big and small screens. In this edition, we examine the work of the late Garry Marshall and the fingerprints he’s forever left on the romantic comedy.)
“I don’t like to call them chick flicks.”
It has been one year since we lost Garry Marshall and the world has felt a little darker for it. Marshall is one of those filmmakers that has felt more like a comforting friend – Pretty Woman was my late grandmother’s favorite movie and I have probably seen it more times than Cinderella. It’s still my favorite fairytale. When my husband leaves (and since he’s in the military, that is quite often), it is the first movie I watch. During the stressful times when he is gone, I also find myself watching Marshall’s other films, like Runaway Bride or Valentine’s Day, not because they are masterpieces of American cinema, but because, while the other half of the bed is cold, those movies keep me warm.
That may sound hokey, but I mean that with all sincerity. While the world is ready to cringe at anything that feels too…well anything just feels, Garry Marshall offered sincerity in spades. He never shied away from it, his films were heartwarming for the sake of being heartwarming and for that I am forever thankful.
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There aren’t too many talents consistently working in Hollywood today who have been around for over 50 years, but Garry Marshall was one of them. As the creator of classic TV shows like Happy Days and director of influential romantic comedies such as Pretty Woman, Marshall is an important part of entertainment history. But today, his contributions to film and television have come to an end as Garry Marshall has died at age 81.
We remember Garry Marshall’s long and decorated career below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Rumors of a Princess Diaries 3 have been floating around for some time now, but in recent weeks they’ve grown ever-so-slightly more concrete. Garry Marshall, who directed both The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, confirms he’s actually had a meeting with stars Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews — though he stops short of announcing the project outright, maybe because, according to him, Disney likes to do that stuff itself. Read More »
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It’s almost time for another holiday centric comedy from director Garry Marshall. However, this time the cast of Mother’s Day doesn’t seem quite as packed to the gills with celebrities as its predecessors Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve. Instead, it’s Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Britt Robertson, Sarah Chalke, Shay Mitchell, Jon Lovitz, Aasif Mandvi, Timothy Olyphant and Margo Martindale starring in the movie, which follows multiple interconnected storylines.
Now a new trailer introduces some characters we haven’t met before, including Mitchell (who debuted the trailer across her social media channels) as Olyphant’s new girlfriend — which doesn’t really sit well with his ex-wife, played by Aniston. Watch the new Mother’s Day trailer with your mom or significant other after the jump. Read More »
It’s been 14 years since Anne Hathaway returned as Crown Princess of Genovia, Amelia “Mia” Thermopolis, in The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement. Since then, the actress has won an Oscar for her turn in Les Misérables, and she’s taken some pretty big roles in films such as The Devil Wears Prada, The Dark Knight Rises, Alice in Wonderland and more. But it sounds like she may be heading back to Disney princess territory again.
Director Garry Marshall says he and Anne Hathaway have talked about getting back together for The Princess Diaries 3. Find out what the filmmaker had to say about the sequel after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Apparently at some point in the past decade, Garry Marshall decided he could not rest until he’d turned every major holiday into a middling ensemble romcom. Having already put out Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, he’s now turned his attention to Mother’s Day. This one stars Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis as a loosely interconnected group of people with all kinds of mommy issues. Watch the first Mother’s Day trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
After a few years’ hiatus, Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve director Garry Marshall is resuming his quest to turn every holiday on the calendar into a middling ensemble comedy. The next one on his list is Mother’s Day, and he’s already attracted quite the high-profile cast including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis.
More details on the Mothers Day Garry Marshall deal after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
A new poster and trailer have dropped for New Year’s Eve, Garry Marshall‘s follow-up to his commercial hit Valentine’s Day. The film appears to be essentially just Valentine’s Day with warmer clothing and some casting changes. Once again, Marshall brings together lots of big-name celebs for a collection of interlinked love stories that revolve around the holiday name-checked in the title.
This time around, the stars are Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Hector Elizondo, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Til Schweiger, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vergara, Alyssa Milano, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ice Cube, Seth Meyers, John Stamos, Jon Bon Jovi, John Lithgow, Ludacris, and Ryan Seacrest, who all converge in or around Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Watch the trailer and check out the poster after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 by Angie Han
The first trailer has dropped for New Year’s Eve, Garry Marshall‘s not-quite-sequel to his 2010 hit Valentine’s Day. If you’ve ever seen Valentine’s Day, you probably know what to expect: big-name celebrities, a bunch of disparate storylines, and people crowing about how goddamn magical the holiday in question is.
This time around, many mini-plotlines converge in New York City on the titular holiday, and the cast consists of Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Hector Elizondo, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Til Schweiger, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vergara, Alyssa Milano, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Abigail Breslin, Ice Cube, Seth Meyers, John Stamos, Jon Bon Jovi, John Lithgow, Ludacris, and Ryan Seacrest. (Just in case you didn’t notice that that’s a lot of famous people, the trailer includes a shot of Heigl’s character exclaiming, “There’s going to be more celebrities here than rehab!”) Watch the trailer after the jump.
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