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Cher Joins ‘Mamma Mia!’ Sequel ‘Here We Go Again’

Cher Joins ‘Mamma Mia!’ Sequel ‘Here We Go Again’
Cher has joined Universal’s “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” The multi-hyphenate hinted at her appearance in the movie over the weekend in a tweet and Variety has confirmed that she has been cast in the film.

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Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017

Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski are returning, with Ol Parker writing and directing. The film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Lily James will play the role of Young Donna. Young versions of Rosie and Tanya will be portrayed by Alexa Davies and Jessica Keenan Wynn, respectively. Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine, while Young Bill is Josh Dylan and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner.

The movie began shooting in September in the U.K. and Croatia. Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original,
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My My, How Can We Resist These First Photos of Lily James in Costume on the Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! Set

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme – more photos from the set of the Mamma Mia sequel.

In the first images from the 2018 movie – titled Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! – Lily James embraced her role as the “Dancing Queen” while filming as young Donna in the United Kingdom.

For the scene, James sported a ’70s-style striped brown jumpsuit with knee-high gold boots as she clutched a microphone onstage and rode a bike alongside co-stars Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alexa Davies. The other women sported matching ensembles, all made from the same striped fabric.

James will appear as the matriarch last portrayed on
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‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ Casts Broadway Star Jessica Keenan Wynn

Broadway star Jessica Keenan Wynn has joined the cast of Universal’s sequel “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski are returning with Ol Parker writing and directing. Keenan Wynn will play the younger version of Baranksi’s character, Tanya. The film moves back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.

The movie begins shooting in September in locations including the U.K. and Croatia. Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will re-team for the sequel. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the stage musical.

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers. Universal’s Kristen Lowe and Lexi Barta will oversee production for the studio.

The original 2008 movie was a surprise blockbuster, grossing
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Lily James Joins ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel

Lily James Joins ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel
Lily James looks to have found her follow-up to “Baby Driver.”

The star has joined the cast of Universal’s “Mamma Mia” sequel, titled “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.”

Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried are returning with Ol Parker writing and directing. James will play “Young Donna.” The film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.

Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will re-team for the sequel. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the stage musical. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.

Universal’s Senior VP of production Kristen Lowe and Creative Executive Lexi Barta will oversee production for the studio.

James, who is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood, had been weighing a handful of big studio tentpoles over the
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It’s Already Panto Season in London + More Industry News

Welcome back to our weekly roundup of what’s going on in film, TV, and theatre! THEATREJust a few days into June and we’re already looking far ahead to panto season with the news that Al Murray will be starring in “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the New Wimbledon Theatre alongside Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe MBE as the Dame. At the London Palladium, the “first lady of musical theatre” and Radio 2 favourite Elaine Paige will star alongside Ashley Banjo and Diversity, Julian Clary, and Nigel Havers in “Dick Whittington”. From winter back to summer again, Abba-member-turned-theatre-producer Björn Ulvaeus has applied for planning permission to build a new temporary space in London for “Mamma Mia!” spin-off “Mamma Mia! The Party”. The immersive event opened in Stockholm last year, has a new story and characters, contains songs from the musical and Abba back catalogue, and will be set in
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“Mamma Mia!” Sequel Announced

Mamma Mia!”: Universal

Universal has realized it could never let go of “Mamma Mia!” Variety reports that a sequel for the 2008 musical hit is officially in the works. “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” will hit theaters July 20, 2018.

Plot details for the sequel haven’t been confirmed yet, but “Universal has been bouncing around ideas for years on how to proceed with the box office smash,” the source writes. One possible direction “could focus on Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan characters years before the original takes place.”

Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, the original “Mamma Mia!” takes place during the days before Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) wedding. Unbeknownst to her mother, Donna (Streep), Sophie has invited three of Donna’s exes to the ceremony (Brosnan, Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård) in the hopes of finding out which of them is her father. All of the musicals songs are Abba hits, such as “Take a Chance On Me,” “Our Last Summer,” and of course, “Mamma Mia.” Phyllida Lloyd directed from a script by Catherine Johnson.

Unfortunately, neither Lloyd or Johnson are involved in the sequel. Ol Parker, the writer-director of “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” films, will be helming “Here We Go Again!” It’s possible that neither Lloyd nor Johnson were interested in the project, but we still wish Universal had hired a female writing-directing team for the film. The original “Mamma Mia!” raked in about $610 million globally on a budget of $52 million, so the “movies directed by women aren’t profitable” line definitely isn’t applicable here. It begs the question: What is the excuse for excluding women behind the scenes this time?

While we don’t know much about the plot of “Here We Go Again!” Variety confirms that Abba songs feature prominently in the sequel. Songs not featured in the original will be included, as will “some reprised favorites.” The original’s producers, Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone Pictures’ Gary Goetzman, are attached to the sequel, and Abba members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus will again serve as EPs.

Mamma Mia!” Sequel Announced was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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“You can dance, You can jive” Mamma Mia sequel is coming to make you have the time of your life!

Author: Zehra Phelan

Oh, Mamma Mia!!!!!! The Abba-based musical Mamma Mia is all set for a return to our big screens next year as Universal Pictures announced a sequel to the 2008 romantic comedy which saw the legendary Meryl Streep dance and sings her way around on Greek soil whilst secretly lusting after an old flame.

Related: Meryl Streep interview on Into the Woods.

The Mamma Mia sequel is scheduled for a July 2018 release, a release which marks the ten year anniversary since Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skasgard, Dominic Cooper and Julia Waters came together in an ensemble cast in a story which saw an independent hotelier, Donna (Streep) in the Greek islands prepare for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile, Sophie, the spirited bride, had a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope
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Mamma Mia 2: Cher set to appear in first on-screen role since 2010

Simon Brew Kirsten Howard Oct 17, 2017

Mamma Mia! 2 will be blessed with an appearance from Cher, the singer has confirmed...

Mamma Mia! 2 news may not seem like a big deal to some, but when you factor in the first film's $600m worldwide box office and its status as one of Amazon UK’s biggest selling DVDs of all time, it's likely to be pretty important to fans eager for another slice of the musical romance.

Surprising news came yesterday when the one and only Cher revealed that she's nabbed a part in the sequel over on her Twitter account. The legendary singer hasn't appeared on screen since 2010's Burleseque, with Christina Aguilera.

Well%u2026IM In Momma MIA2 %uD83C%uDF82

— Cher (@cher) October 16, 2017

Right now, we don't know who she'll be playing. We'll just have to wait and see!

More as we have it.

Mamma Mia! 2 cast

The last pieces
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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! coming July 2018

Universal plans to celebrates the 10th anniversary of the filmed adaptation of the play Mamma Mia! with a follow-up, titled Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, which will open on July 20, 2018. The original cast of the 2008 film is expected to return.

Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will write and direct the sequel. Joining him are the original film’s producers Judy Craymer and Goetzman. Craymer not only worked on the original film, but created and produced the hit Broadway play. Also returning are lyrical and music supervisors Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeu, acting as executive producers as well.

Mamma Mia! is known for featuring many songs by the famous band Abba and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will continue that by featuring Abba songs not used in the original as well as some returning classics.

The original film starred Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried,
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‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel Gets Release Date, Director at Universal

‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel Gets Release Date, Director at Universal
Universal is officially moving along on a sequel to the 2008 hit “Mamma Mia,” with “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” scribe Ol Parker writing and directing the new movie. The studio also dated the film, titled “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!,” for July 20, 2018.

Playtone Pictures, which produced the first pic, is back on for the sequel.

Universal has been bouncing around ideas for years on how to proceed with the box office smash. Sources say that one angle could focus on Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan characters years before the original takes place. The first film is based on the iconic musical about a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular ’70s group Abba.

The sequel will feature Abba songs not featured in the 2008 movie, “along with some reprised favorites,” according to the studio’s announcement. Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman,
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We Need To Talk About The Word “Remake”

If we’re going to use it as an insult, let’s define our terms.

The film industry seems to have no shortage of words that either serve as synonyms or subsets of “adaptation,” most of which are brought to you by the letter “R”: reboot, reimagining, rendition, redo, revival, retelling, recreation, reanimation (and looking to the other 25 letters in the alphabet, version, homage, makeover, update). One, however, is not treated quite like the others, and that word is “remake.” When filmmakers bring it up by choice, it usually seems to be to explain why their films should not be thought of by that term, thank you very much.

Perhaps you know exactly what I’m talking about. Or perhaps you think I’m reading far too much into things. After going through over 500 pages of research on remakes and adaptations, I myself thought the latter just as possible as the former.

So
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‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Trailer: Can Kevin Garvey Save Us?

‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Trailer: Can Kevin Garvey Save Us?
A great flood is approaching. The end may be near. Cue Abba’s “Sos,” and then witness Agnetha Fältskog’s beautiful voice singing over all sorts of chaos in a trailer fitting for the final season of The Leftovers. All the dark laughs and trials and tribulations aren’t over yet for the characters on Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta‘s HBO drama. Based on […]

The post ‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Trailer: Can Kevin Garvey Save Us? appeared first on /Film.
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'Ove' director to shoot Ted Gärdestad story

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'Ove' director to shoot Ted Gärdestad story
Hannes Holm, the director of Sweden’s Oscar submission, will direct the story of Swedish pop star Ted Gärdestad.

Hannes Holm, the director of huge box-office hit and Sweden’s Oscar submission A Man Called Ove, will next tell the story of Swedish pop star Ted Gärdestad.

His next film, Ted-Show Me Love is produced by Cecilia Forsberg-Becker and Lena Rehnberg for Stockholm-based Stella Nova Film. Peter Birro (Waltz for Monica) writes the script.

Adam Pålsson (Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves) will play the singer/songwriter; he reunites with Holm after also appearing in his 2010’s Behind Blue Skies. The role of his brother and songwriting partner Kenneth is still being cast.

“He started a music career and Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus produced him before they started Abba,” the director explains of the musical wunderkind who could play multiple instruments. He became a huge star in the 1970s and suffered from schizophrenia
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Calling All Dancing Queens: Abba Plans to Reunite — but There’s a Catch

Calling All Dancing Queens: Abba Plans to Reunite — but There’s a Catch
Abba fans: dust off your platforms and prepare to step into a time machine.

Nearly 35 years after their last major show, Agnetha Fältskog, 66, Björn Ulvaeus, 71, Benny Andersson, 69, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 70, are reuniting for a live “entertainment experience.”

There are few details about the performance, but the new show aims to blend virtual reality and artificial intelligence in an entirely new way to enable Abba fans of all ages to interact with the band’s unique disco sound.

“We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic,
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Toronto unveils City To City, World Cinema, Masters line-ups

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Nigerian metropolis Lagos is the focus of the eighth City To City showcase at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) as top brass anoint two international Rising Stars.

Tiff’s latest line-up announcement also featured extra selections in Galas and Special Presentations, among them Walter Hill’s (Re)Assignment, Philippe Falardeau’s The Bleeder, David Leveaux’ The Exception (pictured), Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake and Terry George’s drama The Promise.

A vibrant crop of Contemporary World Cinema entries includes Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius, Danis Tanović’s Death In Sarajevo, Marie Noëlle’s Marie Curie, The Courage Of Knowledge and Akin Omotoso’s Vaya.

Hirokazu Kore-eda brings After The Storm to the Masters showcase, alongside Marco Bellocchio’s Sweet Dreams, Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta, Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation, Gianfranco Rosi’s Berlin Golden Bear winner Fire At Sea and Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Once Again.

Rounding out the
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Toronto unveils line-ups for City To City, Contemporary World Cinema, Masters

  • ScreenDaily
Nigerian capital Lagos is the focus of the eighth City To City showcase at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) as top brass anoint two international Rising Stars.

Tiff’s latest line-up announcement also featured extra selections in Galas and Special Presentations, among them Walter Hill’s (Re)Assignment, Philippe Falardeau’s The Bleeder, David Leveaux’ The Exception (pictured), Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake and Terry George’s drama The Promise.

A vibrant crop of Contemporary World Cinema entries includes Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius, Danis Tanović’s Death In Sarajevo, Marie Noëlle’s Marie Curie, The Courage Of Knowledge and Akin Omotoso’s Vaya.

Hirokazu Kore-eda brings After The Storm to the Masters showcase, alongside Marco Bellocchio’s Sweet Dreams, Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta, Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation, Gianfranco Rosi’s Berlin Golden Bear winner Fire At Sea and Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Once Again.

Rounding out the
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Abba Reunites, Not to Sing or Ambush Anyone With a Daughter, Just to Hang Out in a Greek Restaurant in Stockholm

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Abba Reunites, Not to Sing or Ambush Anyone With a Daughter, Just to Hang Out in a Greek Restaurant in Stockholm
The members of the legendary Swedish pop group Abba, who have teased fans with talk of a reunion for years, have finally, truly done it — if by "it" you mean appearing together at the opening of a Mamma Mia!-themed entertainment venture in Stockholm. Group members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (see where "Abba" comes from?) appeared together for the first time since 2008 to celebrate the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party, a Greek tavern-themed venue where there will be performances of Mamma Mia!, the broadway show and now feature film with Meryl Streep. The Guardian reports that the group, originally composed of two couples which both divorced shortly before the group split up in 1982, declined to take a photo together on the red carpet, but did pose for individual pictures. According to The Independent, fans paid 1,340 kronor (roughly £110 or $155) to attend the event, which is
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Abba Reunite at New 'Mamma Mia' Inspired Restaurant in Stockholm

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Abba Reunite at New 'Mamma Mia' Inspired Restaurant in Stockholm
For the first time in eight years, Abba reunited Wednesday at the launch of Björn Ulvaeus' new restaurant. Ulvaeus, 70, was joined by Benny Andersson, 69, Agnetha Fältskog, 65, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 70, to celebrate the opening of his new eatery, "Mama Mia! The party" in Stockholm. But while the three gathered to support their former band mate as he debuted his Grecian style restaurant inspired by the film and stage musical Mamma Mia! they denied any speculation that they would ever grace the stage together again, USA Today reports. "I don't think so," Andersson said. Still, Abba lovers can enjoy the band's music,
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Abba Reunite at New 'Mamma Mia' Inspired Restaurant in Stockholm

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Abba Reunite at New 'Mamma Mia' Inspired Restaurant in Stockholm
For the first time in eight years, Abba reunited Wednesday at the launch of Björn Ulvaeus' new restaurant. Ulvaeus, 70, was joined by Benny Andersson, 69, Agnetha Fältskog, 65, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 70, to celebrate the opening of his new eatery, "Mama Mia! The party" in Stockholm. But while the three gathered to support their former band mate as he debuted his Grecian style restaurant inspired by the film and stage musical Mamma Mia! they denied any speculation that they would ever grace the stage together again, USA Today reports. "I don't think so," Andersson said. Still, Abba lovers can enjoy the band's music,
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Priyanka Chopra Sings John Lennon’s Imagine for Unicef

During a musical event at the United Nations General Assembly today, Unicef unveiled the #Imagine project as part of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The #Imagine project brings together artist Yoko Ono, renowned music producer and DJ David Guetta, Unicef Ambassadors – including Katy Perry, Angélique Kidjo, Daniela Mercury, Priyanka Chopra, Sunidhi Chauhan, Yuna Kim – and a host of other high profile supporters with the aim of creating a unique moment in music history that will highlight the tremendous challenges children face the world over.

Priyanka says, “An exciting aspect of my 8 year association with Unicef has not only been the ability to make a tangible difference to the lives of so many young people, but also to use various innovations to create avenues to connect with a wider audience. The Imagine Project is one such innovation and I am honored to
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