The Movie: Little Shop of Horrors
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) has a passion for weird plants and his co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene), the former of which gets him in trouble when he discovers an unusual plant during a total eclipse. Naming it Audrey II, the strange plant attracts business for their struggling plant store and earns him Audrey’s affection, until Seymour realizes that the plant craves human blood and eventually, flesh.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: I’d only heard ever heard of Little Shop of Horrors as the odd prologue to future Disney Legends Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s careers as beloved composers and lyricists for films like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. It was always a little funny to me that Menken and Ashman got their start in this offbeat Off-Broadway musical based on a 1960s B-movie about a man-eating plant. It was slightly funnier to me that the 1986 Frank Oz movie adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors was stocked full of recognizable comedy actors and led by Rick Moranis, whom I’d never thought of as someone with real Broadway-level pipes. But I decided to finally check it out and was pleasantly surprised by not only Moranis’ pipes, but by how sweet and weirdly wholesome this campy musical about a carnivorous plant is.
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Today in wild casting news no one saw coming: Chris Evans is joining the cast of the Little Shop of Horrors remake. But the former Captain America isn’t being courted to play lead loser Seymour. Instead, the film wants Evans to play sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello, a role made famous by Steve Martin in the 1986 Frank Oz-directed Little Shop of Horrors. Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton are also being sought after as the leads, while Billy Porter is signed to voice man-eating plant Audrey II.
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Billy Porter is fresh off an historic Emmy win last month, when he became the first openly gay black man to take home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on the FX series Pose. Now he’s poised to make a leap to the big screen in Warner Bros. planned Little Shop of Horrors remake. Find out all the details below. Read More »
Frank Oz‘s 1986 musical cult classic Little Shop of Horrors will be returning to movie theaters for a limited time event, as Fathom Events is hosting Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut, which includes a 23-minute ending cut from the film due to test audience reactions. Find out when you can see the Little Shop of Horrors original ending on the big screen.
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Posted on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 by Fred Topel
Greg Berlanti, the producer behind The CW’s DC superhero shows and Riverdale, is attached to direct a remake of the musical Little Shop of Horrors. Last week, That Hashtag Show reported that Josh Gad and Rebel Wilson were being considered for the roles of Seymour and Audrey. Today, after a reunion panel for his 2002-2006 show Everwood, Berlanti said they are not at the casting stage yet.
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(This post contains major spoilers from Colossal.)
Nacho Vigalondo’s new film Colossal begins with a novel high concept: what if a kaiju-style monster attacking innocent civilians was the manifestation of a random, unknowing stranger thousands of miles away? Anne Hathaway portrays that random stranger, whose growing awareness that her drunken exploits are inadvertently causing mayhem in South Korea causes a change in her lifestyle. But as the film progresses, Vigalondo reveals the wild card up his sleeve: this is less a monster movie and more a character study about the so-called “nice guy” in town (Jason Sudeikis) becoming unable and confronting the failure of his hapless dreams and choosing to wreak havoc instead. In this way, Colossal is a modern, dark flip-side to another monster-movie pastiche, the musical adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Greg Berlanti is currently busy masterminding The CW’s thriving DC superhero universe, but like all his superheroes, he’s got another gig on the side that’s got nothing to do with superhero-ing. He’s just been set to direct the remake of Little Shop of Horrors, Frank Oz‘s 1986 musical about a plant that eats people. Read More »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is filled with practical effects, costumed creatures and puppets. Some of the practical effects are so good that you probably believe they were created inside the computer. After the jump, you can read an excerpt from my conversation with Neal Scanlan — creature & droid effects creative supervisor, creature shop concept designer, creature shop head — and SFX supervisor Chris Corbould. (The full interview will be posted in February). In the excerpt, Scanlan and Corbould reveal some of the invisible practical effects of The Force Awakens and more.
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Few artists in the poster world are as in demand as Ken Taylor. The Australian artist is not only one of the most popular names on the Mondo roster, he does posters for many of the biggest bands touring today. Taylor’s gorgeous, realistic, striking style has made instant collectibles of posters for Halloween, Alice in Wonderland, Man of Steel, Jurassic Park, and Breaking Bad. Now he’s tackling even more.
Though Taylor had a paired show at Mondo last year, and triple at Phone Booth the year before that, on May 30, he’s soon having his first solo show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. The show, simply called The Art of Ken Taylor, will feature posters for lots of recognizable films, many of which Mondo has never tackled before.
To whet your whistle, we’re excited to exclusively debut Taylor’s poster for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Children of Men and also a take on Frank Oz‘s musical, Little Shop of Horrors. Read more about the solo Ken Taylor Mondo show below. Read More »
The internet just keeps giving with respect to new looks at old films, and this week has seen the arrival of test effects footage for William Friedkin‘s horror classic The Exorcist, and also some footage from an alternate ending for Frank Oz‘s 1986 version of Little Shop of Horrors, in which the singing and man-eating plant Audrey chomps down on the film’s lead characters. Check out both below. Read More »