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Sundance 2016 Interview: Richard Bates Jr. and AnnaLynne McCord Talk Trash Fire

27 January 2016 10:23 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Writer/director Richard Bates Jr. and AnnaLynne McCord first came together several years ago to create Excision—the haunting tale of a young woman’s obsession with surgery that takes a tragic turn—which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The duo have returned to Park City this year for their latest collaboration, Trash Fire, which recently celebrated its debut as part of Sundance’s stellar Midnight selections.

Trash Fire follows Owen (Adrian Grenier), a troubled 20-something who wants to reconnect with his family—and his sister Pearl (McCord) in particular—after he learns some life-altering news from his longtime girlfriend (Angela Trimbur) and realizes he needs to atone for his past mistakes.

Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up with both Bates Jr. and McCord during the festival to hear more about their experiences collaborating together on this personal tale of redemption and dealing with your demons. Bates Jr. »

- Heather Wixson

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NBC’s Next Live Musical Will Be Hairspray

13 January 2016 10:29 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

NBC can't stop the beat, even if it wanted to: Fresh off the widespread acclaim for its version of The Wiz, the network announced at the TCA tour on Wednesday that its next prime-time theater event will be a live production of Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's musical adaptation of the 1988 John Waters film. Hairspray apparently triumphed over other ideas, like The Music Man, which producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron told THR would have been too dependent on perfect casting for Harold Hill, and A Few Good Men, which had complicated rights issues. In the end, the candy-colored '60s musical was a perfect choice to head off the inevitable online snark: You're gonna feel so bad about tweeting mean things about the nicest kids in town. »

- Nate Jones

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NBC Plans ‘Hairspray’ as 2016 Live Musical Presentation

13 January 2016 9:25 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has set its sights on “Hairspray” as its live musical production for 2016. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt broke the news Wednesday morning at his Television Critics Association press tour presentation in Pasadena, Calif.

Hairspray” will again by exec produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who also produced the 2007 movie musical rendition of the 1988 John Waters pic about integration of black and white hoofers on a Baltimore TV dance show in 1962. Zadan and Meron have shepherded NBC’s past three live musicals, scoring last month with the staging of “The Wiz Live.”

NBC has been sorting out the rights issues to the musical and 2007 movie with Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, which released the tuner starring Zac Efron, John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Greenblatt didn’t have many more details to share about the project. He expects producers to hold open auditions to search »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Melbourne Queer Film Fest previews its 2016 program

12 January 2016 6:27 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Summer of Sangaille.

The Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Mqff) has teased its 2016 line-up ahead of the complete program being announced in March.

Mqff Program Manager Spiro Economopoulos said, .I.m really excited in bringing you my first Mqff program and a sneak peek of the new strands we are introducing. I.m particularly thrilled by our music focus which is something that is close to my heart..

Mqff's new music strand .includes the Australian premiere of The Glamour and the Squalor, a documentary following the career of radio DJ and taste-maker Marco Collins, who introduced the world to grunge music and was instrumental in launching the careers of Nirvana, Beck, Pearl Jam and Weezer.

Another doc in the line-up is Chemsex, which looks at the devastating effect of the use of amphetamines amongst London.s gay community..

Chemsex explores the desires that lead these men into a hedonistic spiral »

- Staff Writer

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