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Time to put on a happy face, because we already know what NBC's live musical will be in 2017! NBC president Bob Greenblatt just revealed that the network will be taking on Bye Bye Birdie in December of next year, with Jennifer Lopez set to both executive produce and star as Rosie Alvarez. The role was originated by Chita Rivera in the show's first run on Broadway, and has also been played by Janet Leigh and Vanessa Williams in the two film versions of the musical. Bye Bye Birdie was inspired by Elvis Presley, and tells the tale of a pop star, his manager Albert, and Albert's girlfriend Rosie as they plan a contest to find the girl who gets to kiss the pop star before he »
They’ve sang in the hills of Austria, flown over Neverland, eased on down the road to Oz and woken up in Baltimore. Now, NBC is ready to transport viewers to Sweet Apple, Ohio, for its next live musical.
In a conversation moderated by People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles Thursday, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed his network’s next live musical will be Bye Bye Birdie Live! starring Jennifer Lopez.
“To have a superstar like Jennifer Lopez starring in this classic show, which every high school in America has done, »
- Dave Quinn
Every Halloween, Robert George Pickett rises from the grave. (Figuratively.)
The song that made Pickett famous (three times over), “Monster Mash,” spikes to 40 times its regular view and search volume on YouTube every Halloween, and with good reason. It is a uniquely ripe piece of American cheese, a novelty hit that stands among the best of a decade packed with them, and Pickett’s life — and dogged attempts to keep grabbing the brass ring he glimpsed with the song — represent a uniquely American story.
Pickett was in born in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1938, right in the middle of Universal Studios’ reign atop the horror movie industry. »
It’s been a relatively quiet year for Tom Hardy, at least compared to a rather flurried 2015 that saw the English-born actor earn his first Oscar nomination for his performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant and swing across countless screens in George Miller’s critical and financial behemoth Mad Max: Fury Road. Now, it looks as if Hardy will be anything but idle in 2017.
With shooting complete on Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic Dunkirk, set for a July 21, 2017 release, Deadline is now reporting that Hardy has come aboard Studiocanal’s Ernest Shackleton biopic to play the man himself. Shackleton, a polar explorer, led three British expeditions to the Antarctic between 1901 and 1917. With the third expedition nearly costing Shackleton and his crew their lives when their ship, the Endurance, was decimated by ice floes. Shackleton led his comrades to safety through brutal, sub-zero conditions, further cementing his status as a heroic figure. »
- The Film Stage
Paramount Pictures has acquired the Peter Guralnick book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll for a new movie adaptation that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in and produce. The actor will produce with his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran. Paramount is currently seeking a screenwriter to adapt the project.
Deadline reports that the studio will move quickly to find a writer and a director for this project, which is the second novel adaptation Paramount has acquired for the actor this week, who recently signed a first-look deal with the studio. We reported last week that the studio picked up the rights to the book Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, And A Mother's Quest; A True Story Of The Jim Crow South, which is based on the true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and put on display as circus freaks in the 1800s. »
Tony Sokol Oct 25, 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio is set to produce and star in a movie about the legendary rock and roll producer Sam Phillips, who ran a little recording studio in Memphis called Sun Studio. That studio caught the earliest blends of rhythm and blues and country music that artists like Ike Turner, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis were cooking. It was also the studio where a young Elvis Presley plunked down some cash to record a song for his mother’s birthday.
Variety is reporting today that Paramount Pictures has snapped up the rights to Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll, with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to both star in and produce the film through his Appian Way banner.
Written by Peter Guralnick, the novel tells the story of the titular business man and record executive, a “visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records.” Back in the 1950s, Phillips had a huge impact on music, helping to launch the careers of legends like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. In addition to all that, he also “advocated racial equality and helped break down racial barriers in the industry.”
Quite an interesting man then, and DiCaprio likely has a meaty role cut out for him here. A writer is still needed to pen the script, which means the project is quite a ways away, but we’re definitely »
- Mark Cassidy
Hot on the heels of the news that Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way has picked up the rights to Captain Planet and Truevine comes word that the production company has now acquired Peter Guralnick’s book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll, with DiCaprio set to portray the legendary music producer.
The man behind the Memphis-based Sun Studio, Phillips’ was influential in the careers of artists such as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. DiCaprio, Guralnick and Appian Way’s Jennifer Davisson will produce the biopic, while Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is also on board following his work as executive producer on HBO’s Vinyl.
Deadline reports that DiCaprio is currently weighing his options for his next acting role following his Oscar win for The Revenant, and that alongside Truevine and the Sam Phillips biopic, he may also reunite with »
- Gary Collinson
Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to produce and star in an upcoming, still-untitled biopic about Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, the rock pioneer who produced landmark records by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and many more.
Mick Jagger will also serve as a producer on the Paramount Pictures film, based on the Peter Guralnick's book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll. According to Deadline, Jagger will hold a similar role in helping to foster the Phillips story to the silver screen as the Rolling Stones »
Leonardo DiCaprio’s next role will take him to the birth of rock ’n’ roll. Deadline reports that the “Revenant” Oscar winner is set to star in the film about music producer Sam Phillips, known for launching the career of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Based on Peter Guralnick’s 2015 biography “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll,” the Paramount project will chronicle the life of the disc-jockey-turned-producer who founded the Memphis-based Sun Studio and became an integral part in the emergence and development of rock and roll and rockabilly in the 1950s. No writer or director is attached at this moment.
- Liz Calvario
Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights to the biography “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to produce and star in the pic.
Jennifer Davisson will produce with DiCaprio through their Appian Way banner.
The studio is currently looking to attach a writer to the project. Sources also indicate this likely isn’t going to be DiCaprio’s next project; he’s still on the lookout for his next role after winning the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in “The Revenant.”
Paramount has been busy this week finding material for DiCaprio, who recently »
- Justin Kroll
The Oscar winner is also set to produce the adaptation of Peter Guralnick’s book Sam Phillips: the Man Who Invented Rock’n’Roll
Paramount Pictures has acquired rights to adapt Peter Guralnick’s book Sam Phillips: the Man Who Invented Rock’n’Roll, and has enlisted DiCaprio to co-develop it as a star vehicle for himself, according to Deadline.
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- Nigel M Smith
Paramount Pictures has acquired the book “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll” for an adaptation to star Leonardo DiCaprio, TheWrap has learned. The film will be developed by Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. The book, written by Peter Guralnick (“Last Train to Memphis”), tells the story of Phillips and the music that he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, introducing a sound that had never been heard before. Also Read: Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Signs 3-Year Deal »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Okay, prepare yourself for a terrible lede: after going into the cold for “The Revenant,” it looks like Leonardo DiCaprio is ready for a little bit of sun….Sun Records, that is (sorry, it’s Friday, I’m tired). The actor is going to get a little bit rock ‘n roll in an upcoming biopic.
Paramount Pictures has snapped up the rights to Peter Guralnick‘s acclaimed book “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll.” As the title makes clear, it’s about the man who founded Sun Records, and put hugely influential artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, and many, many more to wax.
Continue reading Leonardo DiCaprio Goes Rock ‘N Roll, Will Play Sun Records Founder Sam Phillips at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired the Peter Guralnick book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll. The film will be developed by Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson for DiCaprio to play the title character, the pioneering music producer who from the tiny Memphis-based Sun Studio helped make stars of artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, a force for integration in… »
It’s barely been a year since Cmt, long the television home of country music, and more recently a breeding ground of all manner of reality shows, decided to move forcefully into scripted entertainment. The network is plotting the second season of the Billy Ray Cyrus-starring “Still the King,” preparing to bow its eight-hour miniseries on the famous meeting of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis, dubbed “Million Dollar Quartet,” and also overseeing a thriving sideline in documentary production.
But suffice to say, the network could hardly have hoped for a more appropriate existing show to help broadcast its commitment to scripted TV than ABC’s “Nashville,” whose fifth season will debut on Cmt next January.
“Our love of ‘Nashville’ probably even predates our full-on commitment to scripted,” Cmt president Brian Philips says. “It’s as if the two ideas met at the most convenient time.”
- Andrew Barker
Chuck Berry, cited by a wide swath of artists as the definitive influence on American rock ‘n’Â roll, turned 90 on Tuesday.
He’s celebrating in part by announcing a new album, titled Chuck, that will see releaseÂ in 2017. Comprised mostly of originals, it’s Berry’s first album in 38 years. RecordedÂ primarily in his nativeÂ St. Louis, Missouri, the album features hisÂ longtime backing group that includes sonÂ Charles Berry Jr. (guitar), daughter Ingrid Berry (harmonica) and his bassist of forty years, Jimmy Marsala. The group has accompanied Berry for over two decades’ worth of residency shows (some 200 performances) at St. »
Like Shia Labeouf’s door-to-door salesman Jake, who prides himself on becoming whatever his customers desire, Andrea Arnold’s fourth feature as writer-director is whatever you want it to be. For some, this story of a teenage Texas girl finding her feet among a travelling group of magazine sellers will be a timeless coming-of-age tale, a young woman’s search for a room (or trailer) of her own. To others, it’ll be a modern-day Easy Rider, a post-Larry Clark/Gus van Sant youthsploitation adventure in which “we explore America, we party – it’s cool”. Detractors may see little more than an overlong pop-video indulgence in which on-the-road outsiders sing along to a celluloid jukebox soundtrack. For me, however, this is Arnold’s best work »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Sometimes, dead celebrities make a lot more money than living celebrities. That may sound a bit insensitive, but insensitive or not, it is a matter of fact however gruesome sounding it may be. Just because an artist or famous person passes away, doesn't mean fans don't still want their music, art or products with their name and/or face on it.
Forbes recently released their official list of the highest-paid dead celebrities for 2016 and one came out miles ahead of the rest. Michael Jackson, often known as The King of Pop made a staggering $825 million this year, despite the fact that he is no longer alive. That figure is before taxes, but the number is no less impressive. A large majority of that figure came from the sale of the Sony/Atv music catalog he purchased in 1985, which he bought for $47.5 million at the time. In March, the library was sold for $750 million. »
"This was just living life, and going on a road trip," says American Honey star Riley Keough about making director Andrea Arnold's heady coming-of-age drama about a group of disenfranchised kids who wander the country selling magazine subscriptions, making little money but partying a lot. Keough (Elvis Presley's oldest grandchild) plays the manager of the group, which includes Shia Labeouf as the main love interest who invites troubled teen Star (Sasha Lane, in her first, and...
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