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Jose here. Last week as I sat in the audience for Side Show on Broadway, I was suddenly struck by the fact that beyond the show’s obvious brilliance and many charms, I was also witnessing the apotheosis of Bill Condon as a true auteur of screen and stage. Now bear with me as I make my points...
Condon is perhaps best known for his work as a screenwriter, his adaptation of Chicago having earned him an Academy Award nomination, and his meticulous work in Gods and Monsters having won him an Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay of 1998. Some of his other notable projects have included writing and directing Kinsey, Dreamgirls and also the last two installments of The Twilight Saga. If you take all of his important works and analyze them, it’s clear that in bringing Side Show back to Broadway, he has finally found the one »
Extended editions of the first three Twilight films will be released on Blu-ray and DVD next month.
A triple feature release of Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse will be released on January 13, and will feature deleted scenes that didn't make the original cut.
The two-part Breaking Dawn finale is not included in the release, with a separate release expected at some point in the future.
Twilight star Kristen Stewart recently confirmed that she plans to take a break from acting after working solidly for two years.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate will bring back Twilight in the form of five short films that will be shown exclusively on Facebook.
Watch a trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse below: »
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The musical that poignantly poses the question “Who will love me as I am?” got its answer last night: Very few.
Side Show, the $8 million reboot of a 1997 flop about freak-show legends Daisy and Violet Hilton, helmed in his Broadway debut by Dreamgirls and Gods And Monsters director Bill Condon, will fold after the Sunday, January 4 matinee, the producers announced this morning. The original production also closed on January 4 — 1998, after 91 performances, a record the new version will not match. After successful tryouts at the La Jolla Playhouse in California and the Kennedy Center last summer, the heavily revised show opened November 16 at the Jujamcyn-owned St. James Theatre to several glowing reviews, including a rave from the New York Times’ Charles Isherwood:
“Being a freak is virtually the new normal, »
- Jeremy Gerard
You hear that? That's the sound of millions of Twilight fans collectively freaking out. Lionsgate just announced that they will be releasing an epic extended editions triple feature on Blu-ray and DVD January 13th, 2015, giving fans the opportunity to relieve their favorite moments and discover some new ones in the all-new extended editions. Hit the jump to find out what to expect from the new triple feature edition. The collection will include the definitive editions of Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. All three films have been re-edited to include deleted scenes, bringing the fans all-new extended versions of the film. It's kind of a bummer that the Breaking Dawn films aren't included in this edition, because they're obviously planning to have fans buy more later. Not to mention the Breaking Dawn supercut director Bill Condon told Steve about at Tiff. But honestly if a Breaking Dawn Part 2 extended edition arrives I'll be all over it. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Opening in theaters November 4, 2016, the film will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The screenplay is from Jon Spaihts.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”
Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Portrait
In October, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.
- Michelle McCue
. Pete Hammond saw "Into the Woods" Saturday and called it "the most dazzling movie musical since 'Chicago.' 'Chicago' had the benefit of a great and smart screenplay by Bill Condon, who was nominated for an Oscar." As he notes, "despite the inherent stage-bound theatricality of the setting, Rob Marshall, James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim have been smart enough to realize the difference between what worked on a stage and what will work on film." Deadline »
Dinsey unveiled another piece of the Oscar season puzzle Saturday night with an innovative bi-coastal screening of their big holiday release, the musical adaptation of Into The Woods, which screened simultaneously in New York City and at Disney Studios in Burbank (where I saw it).
Post-screening, a satellite-transmitted Q&A featured director Rob Marshall, screenwriter James Lapine and key cast members. Full disclosure: I have been in love with this Stephen Sondheim masterpiece since even before it debuted on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987. Southern California native that I am, I trekked down to San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in 1986 for its pre-Broadway tryout and instantly fell in love.
It’s not only one of my favorite Sondheim musicals (in the top three to be sure with Company and West Side Story), but high among the greatest theatrical experiences I have ever had. I have seen the show in various incarnations several times since. »
- Pete Hammond
Step right up and see the greatest wonders of the world! Like a man with iron claws growing out of his hands! Or a multi-talented Australian actor who can sing, dance and kick your ass!
Hugh Jackman is about to become The Greatest Showman on Earth by starring as P.T. Barnum in a new, original musical directed by commercial director Michael Gracey and written by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls). Jackman will star as the man who invented the three-ring circus, documenting Barnum’s rise in show business.
Deadline reports that the film is being pushed into the fast track by Fox thanks to Jackman’s involvement, and that this is the first real original musical Hollywood has produced since 2001′s Moulin Rouge!
Jackman of course recently starred in Les Miserables, although he didn’t get to do much dancing there, and while there’s no shortage of movie musicals from Into the Woods, »
- Brian Welk
We all know that Wolverine loves to sing and dance when he's not busy hogging all the spotlight in the X-Men movies, and now there's word that his next opportunity to prance around with a magical tune or two is coming together. While it's taken some time to get all of the pieces in place, Hugh Jackman's turn as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman on Earth looks to be heading into production next summer.
The film will tell the tale of how legendary promoter Barnum, essentially, invented show business with his three-ring circus. The film will be the first movie musical not adapted from a stage show since 2001's Moulin Rouge. It'll feature original songs by Justin Paul, Benj Pasek, Bonnie McKee, Jake Shear and Brian Lapin, work off of a script from Bill Condon, Jenny Bicks and Jordan Roberts, and be directed by Michael Gracie.
There's certainly »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Rare: Movie musicals. Very rare: Original movie musicals. Basically non-existent: Original, live-action movie musicals. What was once the bread and butter of Hollywood’s studio system is basically the ambler-encased mosquito in "Jurassic Park." If anyone could revive that dino DNA into a brand new behemoth, it’s Hugh Jackman. He’ll do just that next summer, when he begins shooting the long-gestating "Greatest Showman on Earth." Attached to the project since 2009, "The Greatest Showman on Earth" will star Jackman as P.T. Barnum, in a story loosely based on the circus pioneer’s life story. The film is touted as a full-fledged musical, with a song-and-dance score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the twenty-something duo behind TV’s "Smash" and Broadway’s recent "A Christmas Story: The Musical." Bill Condon and Jenny Bicks and Jordan Roberts ("The Big C") worked on previous drafts of the script, but Jonathan Tropper »
- Matt Patches
Deadline reports that the studio is going through the budgeting process and is expected to start making deals with talent ahead of a shoot in New York next year.
Jackman stars as master showman Pt Barnum in the project which is said to be the first original, fully-fledged, live-action movie musical (with original songs) made by a studio since 1992 (Moulin Rouge, Once, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Muppets, Enchanted, etc. apparently don't count). The story deals with Barnum's invention of show business and ultimately the three-ring circus.
Jackman is currently drawing rave reviews for his performance »
- Garth Franklin
Despite what seemed like weeks of buzz about its radical transformations, the revival of Side Show that opened on Broadway tonight is not as meaningfully different from the 1997 original as its current creatives would like to think. Now as then, the cult musical about the conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton is itself conjoined. (There’s no avoiding the Siamese imagery; many of the songs, and even the title, play on the theme.) The story of the Hiltons’ rise from circus freaks to vaudeville stars in the early 1930s, with all the requisite references to cultural voyeurism and its human costs, is fused to an intimate story of emotional accommodation between sisters as unalike as sisters can be. The problem with Side Show is that these stories can’t be separated, and only one can thrive.For me, it’s the intimate story that deserves precedence; it’s far better told. »
- Jesse Green
A major studio has not produced an original live-action movie musical since 1992's Newsies, starring little kid Christian Bale. I am talking wholly original, here. Moulin Rouge! in 2001 counts in that it was original story, but it only featured one and a half original songs. Therefore, it does not fit the criteria. Well, Fox is taking a chance on The Greatest Showman on Earth centered on P.T. Barnum, legendary co-creator of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Hugh Jackman, who is now getting pretty good reviews on Broadway in Jez Butterworth's The River (though, the play itself is being met with a bit harsher criticism), is set to play Barnum in the film, which plans to start production in New York next summer. Bill Condon penned the latest draft of the screenplay. Michael Gracey, a former animator who has lined up a few projects to direct but has not started them yet, »
- Mike Shutt
While the commercially disastrous 1997 Broadway run of Side Show generated a substantial cult following, the big surprise for those of us coming to it fresh is that its exotic subject matter — real-life conjoined twin sisters who became fixtures on the 1930s vaudeville circuit — adheres so naturally to the central theme that drives countless contemporary musicals. That would be the hunger of the outsider to be loved in a world of crushing conformity, encapsulated here in the Act I closing number, "Who Will Love Me As I Am?" Bill Condon's fabulous "revisal" maximizes the material's strengths and minimizes
- David Rooney
It's been over five years since we've heard anything on the development of the musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, the story of the famous three-ring circus creator P.T. Barnum. Last we heard, Hugh Jackman was slated to star in the film, and now Deadline reports the project is finally coming together with a plan to start shooting next summer in New York. This will be the first live-action, original big screen studio musical since The Goonies (though some argue you could count Moulin Rouge), and the most recent script comes from Bill Condon, writer and director of Dreamgirls. But who is directing? Michael Gracie, known for commercials full of dancing and a giant flash mob put together by Oprah Winfrey and the Black Eyed Peas (watch it here), will make his feature directorial debut on the film that has original songs by Justin Paul & Benz Pasek (of the Tony-nominated »
- Ethan Anderton
Hugh Jackman is an amazing performer, and he deserves a movie musical worthy of his talents. I get a little more disappointed every time I think about Les Miserables, but a more exciting opportunity may have arrived with The Greatest Showman on Earth. We last reported on the film back in October 2013 when Bill Condon came on to rewrite the script, which centers on legendary showman and swindler P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and his infatuation with opera singer Jenny Lind a.k.a "The Swedish Nightingale." The film is now moving closer to shooting, and there's just one big oddity about the whole thing: The Greatest Showman on Earth isn't based on anything. It's not an adaptation of a stage musical. It's an original, and we haven't gotten an original live-action movie musical in a very long time. That could be about to change. Hit the jump for more. According to Deadline, »
- Matt Goldberg
Hugh Jackman can sing, but on the big screen he hasn't really had the chance to show off his pipes. But that's not for lack of trying. Since at least 2009, he's been trying to mount the P.T. Barnum musical "The Greatest Showman On Earth," and though it has moved in fits and starts, now it looks like it's finally happening. Deadline reports that the film—the first original Hollywood musical since "Newsies"—will finally start shooting next summer in New York City. The Fox production (the studio likely thanking Jackman for his 'X-Men' efforts by getting this one going) has commercial director Michael Gracey lined up to get behind the camera, with a script from Bill Condon ("Gods And Monsters," "Chicago"), and songs by the Tony-nominated Justin Paul & Benz Pasek, Bonnie McKee, Jake Shear, and Brian Lapin. Basically, it's all top shelf talent. As for the story, it was previously »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Five years after actor Hugh Jackman was first attached to star as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman on Earth, 20th Century Fox is finally moving forward on the project, which is eyeing a summer production start.
The project will be the first original live action movie musical since Disney's Newsies debuted 22 years ago in 1992. Director Michael Gracey signed on to direct back in August 2011, with Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate) providing the most recent draft of the screenplay. Other writers have worked on the script over the years, including Jenny Bicks (Never Been Kissed) and Jordan Roberts (Big Hero 6).
The story follows P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) as he literally invents show business and the three-ring circus. The showman had a penchant for pulling elaborate hoaxes on the gullible public before the three-ring circus took off. Earlier reports revealed that the story will also follow Barnum's infatuation with Swedish singer Jenny Lind, »
With Captain America: Civil War—the third entry in the star-spangled series—set to begin shooting next spring, the cast is taking a more clearly defined shape. In recent weeks, it was revealed that the film will include Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther and today Marvel announced that Daniel Brühl has joined the growing cast.
Marvel has yet to officially announce what role Daniel Brühl will tackle in Captain America: Civil War, but there has been speculation that he will play a key villain. Brühl is perhaps best known for playing Fredrick Zoller in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Niki Lauda in Ron Howard’s Rush, and Daniel Berg in Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate.
- Derek Anderson
The Imitation Game, 2014.
Directed by Morten Tylbum.
English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
In 2015, the bid for Benedict Cumberbatch’s inevitable Oscar starts again. Last year’s The Fifth Estate (Bill Condon’s ham-fisted Julian Assange biopic) was horrible filmmaking, but it featured a great performance by Cumberbatch, who was tipped for an Academy Award nomination long before we discovered the film was an unsalvageable turd. It was, like The Imitation Game, an on-paper awards darling, with a hot young thing starring as a difficult real-life figure prone to Oscar-worthy moments of profound inspiration and Oscar reel-ready instances of unnecessary yelling. The Imitation Game, the tale of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing, is similarly crafted with awards consideration in mind, and is guaranteed an invite to the 2015 Academy Awards. »
- Gary Collinson
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