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"It's even weirder now than it ever was," John Waters says, reflecting on his newly restored, resplendently profane Multiple Maniacs. "When I was watching it again recently, I was thinking, 'No wonder my parents were uptight.' But I'm proud of it."
The Pope of Trash's 1970 feature stars his greatest muse, the raunchy drag queen Divine, as the ringleader of a homicidal sideshow called the Cavalcade of Perversion that sets up camp in — of course — Baltimore. Vulgarity ensues. The poster for the theatrical re-release, restored from film the director had kept in his closet, »
Director of upcoming documentary Embrace, Taryn Brumfitt, will be in Q&A at preview screenings of the film across Australia later this month. When Brumfitt, founder of the Body Image Movement, posted an unconventional before-and-after photograph in 2013, it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked a media frenzy. In Embrace Brumfitt continues her crusade, exploring the global issue of body loathing.
She travels the world to interview a range of women about their attitudes to their bodies, including: Mia Freedman, the youngest ever editor of the Australian edition of Cosmopolitan; Adelaide researcher Professor Marika Tiggemann; UK talk show host/photographer Amanda de Cadenet; American media personality Ricki Lake; body image blogger Jess Baker (a.k.a. The Militant Baker); and motivational speaker Turia Pitt. Embrace will be released nationally on 4 August by Transmission Films.
Sunday 17 July — Adelaide Palace Nova — 4pm Monday 18 July — Palace Norton Street, »
- Staff Writer
The cast includes Ricki Lake, Greta Lee (“Girls”), Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”), Nelson Franklin (“Veep”), Reeve Carney (“Penny Dreadful”), Jessica Parker Kennedy (“Black Sails”) and James Ransone (“Tangerine”). Plot details are under wraps.
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“Gemini” is Katz’s fifth feature as a writer-director. He previously co-wrote and co-directed “Land Ho!” with Martha Stephens, which premiered at Sundance 2014, was released by Sony Pictures Classics and won the 2015 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. Katz also directed “Cold Weather,” “Quiet City” and “Dance Party, USA.”
- Dave McNary
Produced by Dr. Phil and Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions, the chatfest — set to premiere this summer, per our sister site Deadline — will feature the occasional actress (Selfie, Black-ish) pulling from her cell phone contacts to interview her famous friends about everything from race and relationships to pop culture and parenting.
Because c’mon, really — what mom doesn’t see a little bit of herself in Wiz Khalifa’s ex?
Rose — as well as her partner, »
Derek Hough is following — and, of course, dancing — in his sister’s footsteps.
Just three months after Julianne Hough blew audiences away as Grease: Live‘s Sandy, NBC has announced that her brother is joining its upcoming live production of Hairspray as TV host Corny Collins. (Fun fact: One of Hough’s Dancing With the Stars partners was Ricki Lake, who starred in John Waters’ original 1988 film!)
NBC’s latest live musical “Hairspray Live” will premiere on Wednesday, Dec. 7, the network announced today.
Much of the original stage production’s creative team will return for NBC’s live televised special.
Along with previously announced exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Kenny Leon, who most recently directed “The Wiz Live” for the network, has been tapped to direct. Original “Hairspray” choreographer Jerry Mitchell is on board to choreograph, and Harvey Fierstein, who played the role of Edna in the stage musical, will write the script adaptation. Original “Hairspray” songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are also back for NBC’s next TV musical.
“Hairspray Live” marks the fourth television musical event for NBC, coming after this past December’s “The Wiz Live,” which followed the net’s first special “Sound of Music Live” in 2013 and then “Peter Pan Live” in 2014. Fox recently got into the game with “Grease Live” this January. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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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