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Brandon Boyd, Grammy®-nominated lead vocalist of rock band Incubus, is confirmed for the role of Judas Iscariot, Grammy®-nominated singer and former *Nsync member, Jc Chasez will play Pontius Pilate, Grammy® Award-winner and former member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, will take the female lead as Mary Magdalene, English frontman of Public Image Ltd (PiL) and Sex Pistols member, John (Rotten) Lydon will play King Herod, and introducing British actor and singer, Ben Forster, who won the UK’s ITV Superstar competition in 2012, and played the lead role in the UK and Australian arena tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, who will reprise his role as Jesus.
That’s … interesting.
It might not be an 'Nsync reunion tour, but we're getting closer! One former member of the boy band - Jc Chasez - is hitting the road this summer in the North American arena tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar. Chasez will play Pontius Pilate in the resurrected '70s rock musical, along with Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams as Mary Magdalene, former Sex Pistol "Johnny Rotten" Lydon as King Herod, Incubus's Brandon Boyd as Judas, and Ben Foster, winner of the U.K.'s Superstar competition, as Jesus. "I'm looking forward to the experience, »
- Maggie Parker
The 1970s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon.
It will star punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and Jc Chasez of `N Sync as Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U. »
- Associated Press
Jesus Christ Superstar is hitting the road. The new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera is kicking off a 50-city, North American arena tour on June 9 in New Orleans, starring Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams and N'Sync alum Jc Chasez. Photos: Inside Brandon Boyd's Creative Mind of Visual Works Boyd and Williams, who play Judas Iscariot and Mary Magdalene, took to the Good Morning America stage on Friday to make the announcement. Chasez will play Pontius Pilate, with The Sex Pistols' John Lydon as King Herod. Ben Forster will reprise the lead role of Jesus, which he played in last year's
- Ashley Lee, David Rooney
Part 2 of this list gets a bit more foreign. In fact, this may be the first full list that has more foreign-language films than English-language ones. Maybe English-speaking audiences aren’t as willing to watch religious films. Maybe films associated with religion come off as preachy or accusatory. Or maybe (most of) the films on this list have done it so well already that it doesn’t need to be done again.
courtesy of criterion.com
40. Marketa Lazarová (1967)
Directed by František Vláčil
The film often credited as being the best to come out of the Czech Republic, Marketa Lazarová was based on the novel by Vladislav Vančura and is an early, biting narrative about the chasm of difference between paganism and its shift into Christianity in the Middle Ages, as the daughter of a lord is kidnapped and becomes the mistress of one of her kidnappers, a robber knight. It »
- Joshua Gaul
Tony-nominated actor Norm Lewis (2012's The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) will become the first black actor to grace the stage on May 12 in New York as Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera. Mr. Lewis said that the Phantom character has been a long time "dream role," adding, "First, I love the show. Second, to set a precedent." Lewis is joined onstage by Sierra Bogges, who has performed the role of Christine Daae in the Las Vegas "Phantom" production, and in London and New York for the show's 25th anniversary. The show's producer Cameron Mackintosh said in an official statement that since having worked with Norm Lewis since the 90's, he »
- Vanessa Martinez
Norm Lewis has been tapped to be the next Phantom in the megahit The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, a move that makes him the first African-American to slip behind the famous mask on the Great White Way.
Producers said Thursday the Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and rich voice to Porgy in the recent Porgy and Bess revival, will make his debut opposite Sierra Boggess, who returns as Christine, beginning May 12.
Lewis played John in Broadway’s Miss Saigon, Javert in Les Miserables on Broadway in 2006, and was in the shows Side Show, The Little Mermaid, »
- Associated Press
Chancellor George Osborne hands lifeline to Britain's regional and West End theatres after lobbying by leading producers
West End and regional playhouses are to benefit from similar tax breaks to those that have revived Britain's film industry, with credits that could be worth £15m a year to theatres.
The Chancellor wants to encourage more touring productions such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, all of which have visited or originated in regional theatres.
The video games industry, which had been hoping for similar treatment, has been left waiting again as the European Commission ponders whether to allow games studios to claim credits. A decision had originally been expected in April 2013.
However, film is braced for another bumper year after George Osborne decided to make the existing credits more generous.
The incentives have already succeeded in attracting television series Game of Thrones and 24 to Britain, »
- Juliette Garside
I'm watching Billy Elliot the Musical in a state of shock. Forget the movie – this is incendiary drama, militant to its core. Not only does it open with Labour MP Herbert Morrison's paean to the newly nationalised mines and common ownership ("Now I want you men of the pits to come through ... The great experiment of socialism in a democracy depends on you"), it also pre-empts the passing of Margaret Thatcher with a feelgood singalong: "We all sing together in one breath/ Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher/ We all celebrate today/ 'Cause it's one day closer to your death."
The astonishing thing is that the musical, with tunes provided by the not notably radical Elton John, has been a worldwide success, »
- Simon Hattenstone
Alan Davies is back from his skiing holiday in Sochi and is Jonathan Creek (BBC1) again. It's been a while. There has been the odd one-off special, but the last time there was a series was a decade ago. That's practically a Great Hiatus.
Sherlock Holmes gets a big nod in this one. The son of a friend of the Creeks (who becomes Jonathan's not entirely welcome work-experience boy) fancies himself as a bit of a sleuth and adopts Holmes's powers of deduction. For example, he knows that Jonathan and new missus Polly (Sarah Alexander) have recently returned from Reykjavik, by their scars and their watches and what he can see in Polly's bag. Thing is, he couldn't be more wrong. They haven't been anywhere near Iceland. He's alway wrong: it's very funny, the best joke here. »
- Sam Wollaston
Which A-list celebrities were dancing, drinking and making merry after the Baftas? Er, none. At least, none that wanted to talk to the Guardian …
• The afterparties – in pictures
War journalists. Investigative journalists. Undercover journalists. There are many kinds of journalism that require a mix of flinty determination, brilliant diplomacy and a toughened soul. But there is no form of journalism that requires these skills to be deployed to such a superhuman extent as entertainment journalism. When I was living in New York, I met a journalist from the New York Times who had recently been embedded with troops in Afghanistan.
"I'm flying back out there next month. Have you got any upcoming jobs?" he asked.
"I'm going to La to cover the Oscar parties," I replied.
"Yikes," he said, eyebrows gently lifted out of concern. "Good luck."
On Sunday night, my editors put my highly varied talents to use by »
- Hadley Freeman
Elton John’s production company Rocket Pictures have announced that they’ve purchased the rights to the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with plans to turn it into an animation.
Originally written for school productions, the popularity of the musical soared, leading to a West End and Broadway stage show. Elton will executive produce alongside his partner David Furnish and company CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw. Joseph will be the follow-up to the 2011 animated comedy Gnomeo And Juliet, which starred the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.
Although I’ve never seen Joseph, I know that Gnomeo And Juliet was popular with children and adults alike, especially as it was based on a story everyone recognises. Another attempt at an animated adaptation obviously fits the saying ‘if it isn’t broken, why fix it’ – but will it be as successful as the original? »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Village Voice is Frozen the first Disney movie about girls rather than for them?
The New Yorker asks Richard Brody, film critic, to explain himself. Cute video but omg his desk is cramped
The Dissolve has a piece about the toxicity of twitter and its effects on intrafeminist battles. Really interesting and ties into what's been going on with the Dylan Farrow letter I think
Vf George Clooney's advice for posing on the cover of Vanity Fair
- NATHANIEL R
Elton John and his Rocket Pictures are looking to produce an animated big screen adaptation of the classic musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. They've already acquired the rights to the musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Producer Steve Hamilton Shaw had this to say in a statement,
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived. We are excited about the huge potential of a contemporary animated version, and we're thrilled to bring this to the big screen in partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice."
I was never a big fan of this musical, but if done properly I can see it being a very successful animated movie. After all, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the most performed musical in history, and almost everyone is familiar with it.
The story is based on »
- Joey Paur
Elton John is making further inroads into the field of animation. The singer has acquired film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the blockbuster stage musical that enjoyed lucrative runs on London's West End and later Broadway in the '70s and '80s. John is planning to adapt the show into an animated feature; a live-action version starring Donny Osmond was released straight-to-video in 1999. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat "is based on the story of Joseph and his "coat of many colors" from the Old Testament. Rocket Pictures previously enjoyed success in »
- HitFix Staff
Based on the Joseph story in the Book of Genesis, the musical has been both a critical and commercial success over the past three decades after humble beginnings as a pop cantata penned for schools.
John will executive produce with Rice and Webber, but no writer or director is yet.
Source: Av Club »
- Garth Franklin
A crash of drums, a flash of light. Now, Joseph’s coat will be in our sights, thanks to Elton John. Today, John’s production company, Rocket Pictures, picked up the rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s beloved musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, hoping to turn it into an animated musical. John will executive produce the film alongside Rice (John’s partner in writing Broadway musicals) and David Furnish (John’s actual partner).
For those unfamiliar with the tale from the end of the Book of Genesis or Webber and Rice’s lavish musical, Joseph tells the story of forefather Jacob’s favourite son, who received from his father a dazzling multi-coloured coat. After his jealous brothers sell him into slavery, Joseph finds redemption as a Pharoah’s assistant, due to his ability to interpret dreams.
The story of Joseph and his coat of many »
- Jordan Adler
With Tom Hardy poised to play Elton John in a biopic called Rocketman, the singer is already back in the big screen spotlight, but he's also looking to bring music to life on film in a story that doesn't focus on himself. THR has word that John and his Rocket Pictures banner have just picked up the rights to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, one of the most revered Broadway productions from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. John hopes to turn the long-running, insanely popular musical into a contemporary animated family feature film with both Webber and Rice executive producing. Read on! Rice previously worked with Elton John on some of the music for The Lion King, which won more than a few awards. Rocket Pictures will have Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish producing the story about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. The »
- Ethan Anderton
The singer is planning to adapt the play into an animated feature-length musical.
Shaw said: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived.
Looking to build on the success of Gnomeo & Juliet (and its developing, Sherlock-spoofing sequel), Elton John’s Rocket Pictures has made a deal for more music-fuelled animation, scoring the rights to Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber stage version of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.The musical, which was spawned from the Joseph story in the Book of Genesis, was originally first intended as a production for schools. While it is still performed many times a year by kids around the world – it’s the most performed musical in history, trivia fans – the Broadway, London and other touring professional stage versions are what have made it a massive hit, hoovering up awards and running consistently on tour in the UK for 30 years. So you can sort of see why Rocket Pictures might think this has some name recognition.The story sees Joseph sold into slavery by his brothers, jealous »
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