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Frozen Is Heading to Broadway and TV: All the Details
Frozen won't "Let It Go." Walt Disney Animation Studios' megahit—which earned $1.28 billion at the global box office after its 2013 release and spawned a short film, Frozen Fever, in 2015—is officially heading to Broadway. Disney Theatrical Group announced Tuesday that a musical adaptation will open in the spring of 2018 after a limited pre-Broadway engagement in the summer of 2017. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who wrote the film's original music and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Let It Go," will write the score for the live-action stage show. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in 2014 that Frozen would "be going to Broadway," following in the »
‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie Adds Michael De Luca, Scott Stuber as Producers
De Luca finalized a three-year first-look deal to produce movies for Universal Pictures last year and is producing the next two “Fifty Shades of Grey” films. Stuber and Clark operate through Bluegrass Films, based at Universal.
Variety reported in April 2014 that original series creator Glen Larson was on board to produce the “Battlestar Galactica” film at Universal with “Transcendence” writer Jack Paglen on board. Larson died later that year.
There have been four “Galactica” TV series (including the brief “Galactica 1980” and “Caprica”). The first, starring Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch, ran during the 1978-79 season and was centered on humans engaged in a lengthy war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons while searching for Earth.
In 2003, a reimagined »
- Dave McNary
Tommy Kelly, ‘Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ Actor, Dies at 90
Tommy Kelly, who played the title role in the 1938 movie version of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” has died. He was 90. Kelly passed away from congestive heart failure on Jan. 25, 2016, in Greensboro, North Carolina, his son announced on Tuesday. Along with starring in the film adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic adventure story, Kelly was predominantly known for his work as a child star and went on to appear in “Gone With the Wind,” “The Magnificent Yankee,” “Life Begins for Andy Hardy,” “Mug Town,” “He Walked By Night,” “Battleground” and “The West Point Story.” Also Read: Daniel Gerson, 'Big Hero 6' Screenwriter, »
- Debbie Emery
Courteney Cox’s Fox Comedy Lands Official Pilot Order
Fox has ordered a pilot for Courteney Cox’s comedy series “Charity Case,” Variety has learned.
The “Friends” alum is set to star in the potential series, in addition to serving as an exec producer.
“Charity Case” stars Cox as Hailey, a woman who inherits her late billionaire husband’s charity, but quickly finds that changing the world is far less glamorous than she had imagined.
The single-cam, half hour comedy hails from writer Robert Padnick who will exec produce with Cox and James Griffiths who is attached to direct. 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios will produce.
“Charity Case” was put into development at Fox at the start of pilot season in mid-January — way past the typical development cycle. With Cox’s star power, insiders told Variety the project was always said to land a pilot order and was put on the fast track to do so. Should the comedy go to series, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Taraji P. Henson to Play Math Genius in New Film ‘Hidden Figures’
The story centers on Johnson, a brilliant African-American mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history — the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return. The three women crossed all gender, race and professional lines while embarking on the mission.
Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission in 1962 and became the first American to orbit the Earth. »
- Dave McNary
Gilmore Girls: Milo Ventimiglia Officially Back as Jess for Netflix Revival
TVLine has confirmed that the actor has officially closed a deal to reprise his role as Rory’s on-again, 0ff-again beau for an unspecified number of episodes. (Netflix has greenlit four 90-minute installments.)
Jess appeared in 37 of the show’s 153 episodes, exiting for good at the end of Season 6.
Ventimiglia’s return, coupled with the previously announced comeback of Matt Czuchry’s Logan, seemingly sets the stage for »
Film Review: ‘My Friend From the Park’
The anxieties of a new mother are reflected in her uneasy relationship with a stroller-pushing acquaintance in “My Friend From the Park,” a deceptively simple and reflective feature from the Argentine polymath Ana Katz, who directed, co-stars and co-wrote. (She shared a Sundance special jury prize for screenwriting with her scripting partner, Ines Bortagaray.) More of a character study than the low-boil thriller it sometimes appears to be turning into, it’s the sort of film that improves significantly with post-viewing consideration, as one works one’s way back through it. Beyond festival audiences, the pic, released in Argentina last fall, has modest potential to score with arthouse crowds everywhere.
Liz (Julieta Zylberberg, in a movie-carrying performance), a writer who works in publishing, is consigned to a stretch of single-parenting while her husband (Daniel Hendler, seen in video chats) is in Chile shooting a documentary about a volcano. He has »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Film Review: ‘The Settlers’
Representing a remarkable feat of access and explication from the Romanian-born, Israeli-raised filmmaker Shimon Dotan, “The Settlers” traces the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and their growth through both individual action and, in this telling, the sometimes tacit encouragement of Israeli politicians. Dotan doesn’t do much to disguise his pessimistic perspective on one of the most fought-over areas on the globe, where he encounters a range of rationales for living on contested land (as well as some surprisingly unguarded interview subjects). Two heated questions from audience members at a festival Q&A hardly portend widespread controversy, but there’s no question that this documentary has the power to provoke strong reactions. Exposure at fests that regularly put a spotlight on the conflict is assured, but the pic is gripping enough that it could easily break out to wider arthouse auds.
In a sense, the film qualifies »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Daniel Radcliffe-Starrer ‘Jungle’ to Shoot in Australia
The film will shoot at least 50% on location in South East Queensland as well as the Village Roadshow Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Other locations have still to be determined. Production starts in April.
The news was announced Thursday by the state’s Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Scripted by Justin Monjo (“Rush,” “The Untold Story of Inxs”,) the screenplay is based on an internationally bestselling memoir of the same name by Yossi Ghinsberg. It tells the story of four travellers who set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest on a dream adventure which quickly turns into a nightmare.
- Patrick Frater
Berlin: Luna, Bichir Topline Canana’s ‘Black Minutes’ (Exclusive)
Academy Award-nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), Diego Luna (“Y Tu Mamá También”) and Sofia Espinosa (“Gloria”) will star in “The Black Minutes,” one of two new and high-profile titles brought onto Berlin’s market by Im Global/Canana’s joint sales venture Mundial.
Mexico/L.A.-based, and headed by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz, Canana also produces “The Black Minutes,” which weighs in as one of the big new players for the U.S. Latino audience, Mexico and beyond.
A modern-day film noir and tale of crime, corruption and cover-ups that brings a 20-year-old cold case crashing into the present day, “The Black Minutes” turns on a world weary cop and serial killer confronting past crimes that have tied them together for many years.
Adapting the same-titled novel by Martin Solares, “The »
- John Hopewell
Bernie Sanders Gets a Taste of Southern Hospitality From Stephen Colbert
It was north meets south on Wednesday when Brooklyn-born Bernie Sanders appeared on Stephen Colbert‘s “Late Show.” The late-night CBS host, who grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, showed off his best southern charms for the Democratic presidential candidate by offering him beer and boiled peanuts as a lesson on his home state before Sanders heads there to campaign for the South Carolina primary. “If you need the vote down there, you have to eat boiled peanuts,” Colbert told the Vermont senator. “Have you ever had a boiled peanut, Ok? The recipe is very simple.” Also Read: Donald Trump »
- Debbie Emery
'How to Be Single': Film Review
Much like its characters' romantic lives, How to Be Single is more enjoyable when it's being casual. Depicting the amorous misadventures of young and, in one case, not-so-young New Yorkers as they go looking for love in all the wrong places, this latest effort from the screenwriters of such films as He's Just Not That Into You, Valentine's Day and What Happens in Vegas inevitably trods familiar territory. And it frequently falls flat when it tries to invest its lightweight storyline with serious philosophizing. But it offers enough fresh, off-kilter humor to provide amusing comfort to those
- Frank Scheck
Film Review: ‘We Have the Flesh’
A brother and sister seek refuge with a filthy old man who coerces the siblings into incestuous sexual intercourse, and thereafter into cannibalizing a luckless soldier — a brief synopsis that barely hints at the intensity with which the Mexican shocker “We Have the Flesh” unleashes its joyously demented portrait of humanity. Serving as co-editor as well as writer and director, Emiliano Rocha Minter is very much the author of all the chaos wrought here, and his thoroughly arresting vision could squat quite comfortably alongside Hieronymus Bosch’s depiction of hell. Commercial prospects are understandably limited to iron-stomached auds, though the pic’s opaque narrative will deter straight-up gore-hounds.
To say that Rocha Minter hasn’t made the most polite of debut features is putting it mildly. To borrow a casual understatement from one of its characters: “This is not your average party.” Set almost entirely inside a derelict apartment, “We »
- Catherine Bray
Berlin: How Will Netflix and Amazon Affect the Market?
As the first major film market of 2016 kicks off Feb. 11 in Berlin, buyers are anxiously watching Netflix and Amazon to see what their next moves will be. Will Berlin see a continuation of the Sundance spending spree? And what will that mean for the traditional international film business, one built around theatrical releases and the middlemen of sales companies that sell movie projects country by country around the world? “Will they be a disruptive force, with producers bypassing sales agents to work directly with [Netflix and Amazon], or will they work with the traditional film players?” asks European
- Scott Roxborough, Rebecca Ford
Berlin: Download THR's Day 1 Daily
The Hollywood Reporter released its first Berlin Film Festival daily issue as the festival kicked off on Thursday, Feb. 11. The issue features a look at how Amazon and Netflix could affect the market, an interview with FilmNation's Ben Browning and Aaron Ryder, and casting news including a new project for Daniel Radcliffe. The Streaming Effect Amazon and Netflix had strong performances at Sundance just weeks ago, forking over plenty of cash for high-profile projects. Buyers and foreign sales agents weigh in on what the deep-pocketed companies could do in Berlin. McDonald's in Movies Ben Browning and Aaron Ryder
- THR Staff
‘How to Be Single’ Review: Dakota Johnson Rom-Com Offers Too Few Surprises
I don’t want to oversell “How to Be Single” — it’s a romantic comedy that’s only intermittently funny, cobbling together more storylines and characters that it can bother to keep track of. At the same time, however, it’s a movie that at least occasionally bothers to zag instead of zig, avoiding the sort of pitfalls we’ve come to expect in films about unmarried young ladies on the prowl in the big city. It’s based on a novel by Liz Tuccillo, and despite the rom-com clichés that the screenwriters have on their collective résumés — Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein collaborated. »
- Alonso Duralde
Film Review: ‘How to Be Single’
Early in “How to Be Single,” workaholic Manhattan doctor Meg (Leslie Mann) tells her regretfully single sister, Alice (Dakota Johnson), to stop watching “Sex and the City” — a wink-wink inside joke not only because they’re starring in an adaptation of the first novel by that show’s writer and story editor, Liz Tuccillo, but also because in every respect, Christian Ditter’s film plays like a condensed, slapdash version of that HBO hit. Following four women — three of whom know each other, one of whom is wholly unrelated — as they attempt to navigate relationships, careers and one-night stands, this awkward hybrid of romantic comedy and ribald girls-just-wanna-have-fun romp is so scattershot that it never earns any of its eventual heartstring tugging. Though facing little in the way of female-centric theatrical competition, its thin plotting and general dearth of laughs will likely inspire only unflattering comparisons to the escapades of Carrie Bradshaw and company. »
- Nick Schager
Facebook Board Member Marc Andreessen Apologizes for Offensive Colonialism in India Remarks
Facebook distanced itself from board member Marc Andreessen after he sparked a Twitter storm by posting offensive remarks about colonialism in India, and now the venture capitalist has apologized for his controversial comments. “I apologize for any offense caused by my earlier tweet about Indian history and politics. I admire India and the Indian people enormously,” he wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “India is an amazing country with amazing people. Indian companies and people have had profoundly positive effect on the Internet and world!” Andreessen added, before vowing to withdraw from any future discussions of their economy. Also Read: Facebook Reveals 3 Biggest Super Bowl. »
- Debbie Emery
Oscar mystery: Anne Thompson & Tom O'Neil on the crazy Best Picture race (video & podcast)'
"It's so fun!" says Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood/ Indiewire) about this year's Oscar derby as we delight in the suspense looming over the Best Picture race. In our video chat, we admit that it's a three-way toss-up between "Spotlight," "The Big Short" and "The Revenant." -Break- What'll win? When pressed for her view as a pundit, Anne picks "Spotlight" because of the buzz she's noted while attending such industry events as the Oscar nominees' luncheon, the DGA fete and the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Join the live Oscar discussion going on right now in our famous forums "You go from one room to another and you detect warmth for 'Spotlight,'" she says. "I don't know how else to explain it. That is my instinct. It's a gut feeling that that's the one with the most emotion attached. "I just don't feel it for 'The ...' »
Watch Intense New 'House of Cards' Promo
The couple aren't looking so happily ever after in the minute-long clip.
"You have no idea what it means to have nothing," Kevin Spacey's character Frank spits rather venomously in a voiceover. "You don't value what we have achieved. I have had to fight for everything my entire life."
The tension in his voice is mirrored by »
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