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Musicals have been tap dancing their way into moviegoers' hearts since the invention of cinema sound itself. From Oliver! to Singin' in the Rain, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' picks of the 10 best
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Historically, the British musical has been intertwined with British music, drawing on music hall in the 1940s and the pop charts in the 50s – low-budget films of provincial interest and nothing to trouble the bosses at MGM. In the late 60s, however, the genre enjoyed a brief, high-profile heyday, and between Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence (1967) and Richard Attenborough's star-studded Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) came the biggest of them all: Oliver! (1968), Carol Reed's adaptation of Lionel Bart's 1960 stage hit and the recipient of six Academy awards. »
Foreign buyers showed great interest in the stories of music's superstar personalities; says one analyst, "These projects have a built-in global audience in music fans."This story first appeared in the Nov. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Producers at the American Film Market have been raiding their record collections. As serious drama becomes harder to package and sell globally, music biopics are enticing foreign buyers.
A sampling at AFM included Don Cheadle's Kill the Trumpet Player, about legendary jazz maestro Miles Davis, which Im Global is selling; Good Universe's Elton John story Rocketman with Tom Hardy; Foresight's Spinning Gold, with Justin Timberlake as music producer Neil Bogart; Arrow Entertainment's Sexual Healing, starring Jesse L. Martin as Marvin Gaye; John Cusack playing Beach Boy Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, from sales group Lionsgate; and biopics on Janis Joplin (from Im Global), Keith Moon (Exclusive Media), and Tupac Shakur (Morgan Creek »
- Scott Roxborough
Billboard report that Exclusive Media and Da Vinci Media have acquired the rights to a Keith Moon biopic. This will follow in the recent trend of music biopics with Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts all the subject of recent or upcoming films.
The Who lead singer Roger Daltrey is believed to be collaborating with the filmmakers and although there is no word on a title, a writer or a director, it is aiming for a 2015 release.
In a statement made by Daltrey, he revealed "The Keith Moon project is one close to my heart so I am excited to reinvigorate it and grateful to Wendy, Toby and Da Vinci for their enthusiastic support."
- Gary Collinson
A biopic telling the story of Keith Moon, the Who's notoriously misbehaved drummer who died of an overdose in 1978, is now under production. The group's frontman, Roger Daltrey, has given the project his support, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Daltrey, who recently confirmed that the Who would be embarking on their "last big tour" in 2015, has been collaborating with the CEO of the untitled Moon film's production company, Da Vinci Media Ventures. The movie will reportedly cover the drummer's wild side. Known »
A film based on the life of Keith Moon is currently in the works.
The untitled project on the late drummer of The Who will be the first project developed under a new collaboration by Exclusive Media and Da Vinci Media Ventures.
Moon was key to The Who's popularity in their early years, before his sudden death in 1978.
A screenwriter has yet to be hired to write the script for the project, and it is expected to be filmed in Europe.
"The Keith Moon project is one close to my heart so I am excited to reinvigorate it," Daltrey said in a statement.
Da Vinci's Wendy Rutland added: "I am a massive Who fan and consider Keith Moon to be the greatest rock drummer of all time. »
Exclusive Media has partnered on Untitled Keith Moon biopic under an expanded relationship with Da Vinci Media Ventures and has also extended its Middle East output deal with Front Row by four years.
The arrangement with New York’s Da Vinci Media Ventures, led by UK-based entrepreneur Toby Moores and Hollywood executive Wendy Rutland, covers a multi-film development and financing deal.
Exclusive, Moores and Rutland announced in Cannes a rolling four-film equity deal under which Moores/Da Vinci took an equity stake in select Exclusive Media titles.
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A biopic on Keith Moon, iconic drummer for The Who, has received a boost via a development-financing deal between Exclusive Media and Da Vinci Media Ventures, led by Toby Moores and Wendy Rutland.
The Moon project is the first film to be developed under the new alliance, launched at the American Film Market.
Moon was a key ingredient in The Who’s success before he died in 1978 following a career that was marked by innovative drumming and repeat destruction of his drum kit and hotel rooms. A screenwriter is being commissioned to kick start the development of the project, anticipated to be a European-based co-production.
Exclusive Media, Moores and Rutland had announced a four-picture equity deal at Cannes. »
- Dave McNary
A still-untitled biopic of legendary The Who drummer Keith Moon will be the first project to be developed under a new slate development and financing agreement announced today by Exclusive Media and Da Vinci Media Ventures. The new agreement between Exclusive and the New York based Da Vinci Media Ventures, the management company to the Da Vinci funds led by Wendy Rutland and U.K. tech guru Toby Moores, extends the rolling 4-picture equity deal the two firms inked in Cannes this year. Photos: Top 10: Indies at the Box Office The Who frontman Roger Daltrey has been
- Scott Roxborough
With the words, "I never play over twenty-eight," Mae West supposedly ruled herself out of consideration for the role of Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd. It's hard to work out why she was considered, since she had no associating with silent cinema, but perhaps at that stage the character was pre-Code rather than pre-sound. At any rate, Gloria Swanson took the role and enjoyed a renaissance, in the process obscuring the fact that she had enjoyed some brief success in early talkies (including one co-written by Wilder).
Maybe West just seemed like someone who wouldn't be shy about playing love scenes with a younger man. Much, much younger. She got her chance to prove this in Myra Breckinridge (1970), at the age of at least seventy-six. It's a moronic adaptation of Gore Vidal, directed by a British actor whose big idea was to make the whole thing a dream sequence. »
- David Cairns
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