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The billion-dollar franchise is back in action and moving forward on a new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. We.ll admit, the first film wasn.t too shabby, but between The Squeakquel and Chip-Wrecked the quality hasn.t quite been five stars. So why another film? Well, believe it or not, the franchise has already banked over $1 billion, and a new film is pretty much a guarantee for more money flow. While plot details have not been divulged, the title, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip sounds like the band is going on tour. The Hollywood Reporter announced the director that has signed on for the project. Walt Becker known for Van Wilder: Party Liaison, Wild Hogs, and the Disney film with John Travolta and Robin Williams, Old Dogs, has signed on to direct the fourth film. He.ll pair with screenwriters Adam Sztykiel (Due Date) and Randi Mayem Singer »
With Into the Woods in theaters Dec. 25, we know you’re getting into the movie musical mood. Thankfully, there’s plenty of song-and-dance goodness on Netflix to curb your Broadway appetite before then. From Grease to Rent, and even from-the-vault classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, your favorite streaming website has enough flicks to keep you singing for days. Even weeks. Below, we explore 10 movie musical adaptations currently at your disposal. Fill your queue with these gems; we guarantee an almost instantaneous boost in mood (well, for the most part).
[Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures]
The music-heavy film (almost every word is sung) explores the lives and struggles — including, duh, paying the rent— of a group of artists living in New York City’s East Village during the AIDS epidemic. Six original Broadway cast members, including Idina Menzel, reprise their roles for the movie.
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- Christopher Rosa
The expected: Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian ranked among the top Google searches of 2014. The unexpected: Quirky moments like Jared Leto's hug felt around the world and Queen Elizabeth's royal dip into social media were Googled again, and again … and again. If you were too busy searching under "chia seeds" or "Flappy Bird," below are some trending topics you may have missed over the past 12 months. "memes jared leto"Sure, the actor won an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, but the real star of 2014 was Jared Leto's Instagram. In July, the do-gooder posted a photo of himself hugging a tree. »
- Brooke Showell
Before this year, we couldn't pick most of these stars out of a lineup. Now, they're topping charts, starring in blockbuster films and marrying A-listers.
News: Why Blue Ivy Was the Breakout Star of 2014
1. Meghan Trainor: The 20-year-old singer/songwriter had everyone declaring "no treble" this summer with her catchy hit song "All About That Bass." Not only that, the pop star also landed two Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
2. Ariana Grande: Though she got a little buzz in 2013 thanks to her Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun connection, it wasn't until 2014 that Ariana Grande really blew up the music scene with her song "Problem." Since then, the petite »
For Kathy Bates, 2014 has been a momentous year.
After winning an Emmy for her role in American Horror Story: Coven, the actress' work during the FX hit's current season, Freak Show, recently earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie.
ETonline caught up with Bates to talk about her controversial Ahs Baltimore drawl ("I have to keep that accent warmed up"), the "fun" she had singing Courtney Love and her personal "struggle" to find purpose as an actress.
ETonline: After Ethel Darling’s reincarnation in the Nov. 10 episode, “Tupperware Party Massacre,” should we assume you’ll be around for the rest of the season?
Kathy Bates: I will be there! You will see me again since I’ve come back from the dead.
I found it amusing that you lost your head – as you did, too, during Coven – and now you’re in everyone else’s.
It’s the sixth acquisition for Saban, which launched in the spring and bought awards contender “The Homesman” as its first release.
“How to Make Love Like an Englishman” is directed by Tom Vaughan from Matthew Newman’s script. Brosnan plays a Cambridge University professor who’s forced to re-evaluate his life of hedonistic excess after he manages to get a graduate student, played by Alba, pregnant.
- Dave McNary
The Gunman. Call it a prestige version of Taken. It even has the same director. The difference? In the place of Liam Neeson, The Gunman stars multiple Academy Award winner and very serious actor Sean Penn. Based on the first trailer, released today and presented for your viewing pleasure below, the story seems pretty similar. Penn plays a former killer whose past comes back to haunt him, leaving him with his back to the wall and a gun in his hand. Hard Cut to: he shoots his way out. Watch The Gunman trailer below: The hard sell for real nerds is director Pierre Morel. This guy has worked on some of the most electric and operatic action movies of the past decade. He was a cinematographer on the first two Transporter movies and Louis Leterrier’s Unleashed, he directed the French thriller District B13 and the first Taken film. He even gave us the radically insane hot »
- Neil Miller
(Jules: "Vincent! We happy?" Vincent: "Yeah, we happy.") My, my, how does time fly... It seems like yesterday that I walked into a Dutch theater and watched Pulp Fiction for the first time, the audience literally rolling over with laughter as John Travolta's Vincent Vega described his adventures in Amsterdam. And now we're all a full two decades older already. Distributor Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK Ltd. noticed the anniversary as well, and has re-released Pulp Fiction in a Deluxe Box edition. So... what's in the box? Trinkets, mostly, and of course the film itself, the disc of which features a fine transfer (albeit region B only) and is stacked with extras. But this article is, of course, about the packaging... Check out the gallery below,...
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Frozen may have come out last year, but if 2014 was any indication, we’re never going to let it go, let it goooooo. We’re never going to let that pun go either. Anyway, Frozen was 2014’s biggest selling DVD and best selling album on iTunes, became a two-time Oscar winner, and inspired everything from toys to theme park rides to wedding dresses.
Photos: Check out which Disney stars teamed up to sing “Let It Go”
1. Not content to just be one of the biggest movies in the U.S., Frozen goes global, with this video that features “Let It Go” being sung in 25 different languages.
2. 2013 may have had Frozen Sing-a-Longs, but 2014 had the Frozen Cabaret, the first time the cast of the movie — including Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Santino Fontana (Hans) — performed the movie »
Earlier this year, it was revealed that a sequel was in the early stages for the new Pierce Brosnan action thriller, The November Man. Remember it? Probably not: The November Man would go on to flop in the Us, grossing just $25m in the Us, and when it finally made it to British cinemas, it was released on just one screen (presumably to fill a contractual obligation somewhere along the line).
There's been no word yet on the fate of The November Man 2, but the outlook does not seem favourable. It wouldn't be the first time though that a sequel had been loudly mooted before even a first film was released, only to be quietly abandoned when something - usually related to box office takings - didn't go to plan. »
However, for one unlucky act, Santa Cowell Claus will be delivering a lump of coal rather than a record contract.
The X Factor: What did the judges say about semi-final week?
The X Factor: All the best reactions to Saturday's semi-final
This evening, we will find out the 2014 Final 3 and who is heading back home for a glum festive season.
Join us from 8pm when we'll be bringing you all the action live as it happens on ITV.
21:02That's all for tonight folks. I'm off to see if I can catch a lift home on Lauren's Battle Bus. There must be plenty of spare seats. »
Memes are the little moments that make the Internet shine. The moments when everyone on the Web comes together and decides which parts of pop culture deserve an extra bit of attention - usually in the form of a hashtag. This year, viral nuggets from Jared Leto, Leonardo DiCaprio, Solange Knowles and more found new life online, as they transformed from news stories into Twitter trends and Reddit gold. But memes aren't just for celebrities; they applaud the little guy too. In 2014, "Apparently Kid," "Hottie Thug" and the city of Sochi were all pulled from the murky depths of the »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Jules: “You know what they call a Quarter-Pounder with Cheese in Paris?”
1994. The year Justin Bieber and Harry Styles were born – luckily the world was not ready yet for those two (was it ever ready?) and instead, we had actual art like Pulp Fiction to lift us from the grave, like The Bride in Kill Bill Vol.2. Interestingly, much like The Bride Pulp Fiction had to fight through the suffocating dirt that went with making an independent film in the 90s. Before we delve further in to the humble beginnings of the iconic film, 1994 was the year Dumb And Dumber, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, Interview With The Vampire and Natural Born Killers were released. Not a bad year for film you could say, certainly for a young kid growing up then. I must admit, I wasn’t totally aware of Pulp Fiction at that time, but »
- Louise Tooth
The cast of Peter Pan Live! has been toiling away at rehearsals, getting every little part perfect, but according to one of the show's producers, viewers would prefer an unpolished performance.
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"Let's face it, people are going to tune in to hope that something goes wrong, because that's the excitement and the energy," said co-executive producer Craig Zadan.
Craig is executive producing the show with longtime collaborator Neil Meron. Together, their productions (which include the 86th and 85th Academy Awards, Chicago, Hairspray and Footloose) have earned 11 Emmys, six Oscars and two Tonys.
Their production of The Sound of Music Live, starring Carrie Underwood, reeled in 18.5 million viewers for NBC last year, which has expectations high for their Peter Pan production, starring Allison Williams.
"[Allison] is fearless when it comes to doing this live presentation," said Neil. "There are literally no safety nets, and that's the joy, the thrill »
With 2014 coming to an end, it's high time to relive all of the Gif-able moments from the past year that we couldn't help watching over (and over) again. From award show moments like John Travolta's infamous "Adele Dazeem" flub to Jennifer Lawrence's adorable antics on the red carpet, this year is definitely one that is best relived through GIFs. Keep reading for the best Gif moments in the entertainment world, and, if you want to relive more pop culture moments, be sure to check out our dictionary of the hottest new phrases for 2014! Source: Getty / Frederick M. Brown »
We all enjoy speculating about future movies, but can this distract from the films already out now, James wonders...
When World War Z broke out in 2013, it all happened very fast. Brad Pitt and his family were just driving along, slowly inching their way through a traffic jam in the Philadelphia streets and suddenly - zoompf! The zombie apocalypse just came out of nowhere.
Rabid rakshasas started ripping all vestiges of modern western civilisation to shreds, attacking people who were simply going about their regular daily business. From there the whole planet is revealed to be falling to hell, Brad Pitt and fellow survivors of the viral uprising engaged in continent-crossing combat to repel the bloodthirsty hordes and find a cure for the contagion.
For Pitt's character, though, the turning point was that moment of realisation back in the Philly gridlock, back in the driving seat of his family's SUV. »
In honor of the publication of “The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 2,” we asked theater historian (and one of Backstage’s future power players of Broadway) Jennifer Ashley Tepper to share some of the stories she learned from her extensive interviews. Here are six facts about the famed, 101-year-old Shubert Theatre on West 44th Street, currently home to “Matilda.” Time CapsulesHeather Tepe played Baby June in “Gypsy” at the Shubert in 2003. She and the other young kids from “Gypsy” made a time capsule and buried it under the carpeting in one of the Shubert’s rooms. Now in her 20s, Heather is a swing in “Matilda,” and dug up the time capsule on the first day of tech in 2013. Stars Are BornIn the 1970s, John Travolta owned the Shubert stage in “Over Here!,” right before he was whisked off to Hollywood. Mae West played her largest role on Broadway at »
HBO, no stranger to courting controversy with its ever-broadening documentary slate, commissioned Gibney's adaptation of Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief" just after the nonfiction book was published in January 2013. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gibney is now "putting the finishing touches on a film that tackles the Church of Scientology and its Tinseltown tentacles." The book analyzes the history of L. Ron Hubbard, and of Tom Cruise and John Travolta's various, and wildly public, relationships, among others. Wright gained notoriety in 2011 when he profiled screenwriter/director Paul Haggis—who broke from the Church in 2009 in the wake of its startling pronouncements about Prop 8—in The New Yorker. In anticipation of the Church's legal retaliation, HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins told THR that roughly 160 lawyers are looking at the film, which could land at the Sundance Film Festival in »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Two years ago, on the eve of his eagerly awaited Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, I sat down with Mike Nichols to look back on his remarkable career. During those two-plus hours together at the Mark Hotel in Manhattan, the legendary director, then 80, reminisced about a life of highs and lows that began as a bright-eyed young boy who fled Nazi Germany for America. "I remember everything about getting on the boat in Germany in 1939," Nichols said. "I was 7, my brother was 3, and my father was already in New York setting up his practice as a doctor. German Jews couldn't leave the country, »
- Chris Nashawaty
In one of his final interviews, Mike Nichols said he considered “Angels in America”–the sprawling 2003 HBO mini-series adapted from the Tony Kushner play about the AIDs crisis—-as the crowning achievement of his career.
Nichols, the director of classic films “The Graduate,” “Working Girl” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” died at 83. He spoke to me in November 2013 by phone for a profile I was working on Emma Thompson, who appeared in three of his films.
Remembrances of Nichols pored in from across the entertainment industry on Thursday, with many hailing him as a beloved visionary. But Nichols admitted that he did manage to make an enemy out of Bill Clinton after 1998’s “Primary Colors,” a political comedy starring »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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