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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 »
‘Mob Wives’ Star Drita D’Avanzo Explains Why She Stood Up for Brittany
When Brittany and Marissa came to blows on Wednesday’s episode of “Mob Wives,” the rest of the cast seemed to fall behind Marissa. The only one in Brittany’s corner after the fight, excluding the always-neutral Big Ang, was Drita. “I felt like it was three-on-one, four-on-one, and I hate that,” Drita D’Avanzo said in an interview with TheWrap. “Even if I hate you, I’m going to find a way to stick up for you just because I feel it’s unfair.” Also read: 'Mob Wives' Star Drita D'Avanzo Talks Big Ang's Cancer Diagnosis: 'It »
- Reid Nakamura
Is Melissa McCarthy the best recurring 'SNL' host?
Melissa McCarthy is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. This puts me at ease. I think we can confirm that more than any other recurring host, the Spy star commits to ridiculous characters, crafts great moments, and brings a level of shameless audacity that no other performer can touch. The singular weirdness of her characters and their baffling universality is Look, here she is previewing this week's hosting gig by singing the famous Kanye West jam "Butterscotch Man." Perhaps her most famous sketch character was Arlene the Office Flirt, a ravenous bandit in a swivel chair who threw herself at Jason Sudeikis and made lewd comments about balloons. It is somehow grosser than I remembered. While "unsettling" is a key characteristic of many McCarthy renderings, it is particularly awesome to see her irk a wine-guzzling women's group with her grim weirdness. The line about yogurt is hilarious (as is the »
- Louis Virtel
How Donald Trump Merely Reflects Our Potty-Mouth Culture
The coarser, meaner, keener political discourse of the 2016 primary season– embodied by Donald Trump’s frequent use of profanity on the campaign trail– has had a long parallel presence in the popular culture. Trump’s antics in the current campaign spotlight the ways Trump may only be the symbol of an emerging frankness in both politics and pop culture, a candor we might have expected in the ongoing collision of new media and old. On Monday night at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., Republican frontrunner Trump repeated an audience member’s use of the word “pussy,” the well-known »
- Michael E. Ross
Film Review: ‘Radio Dreams’
Rarely leaving the claustrophobic offices of a San Francisco-based Persian specialty radio station, Iranian “Radio Dreams” is a witty, low-key exercise in deferred gratification, as the small staff wait with increasing anxiety for the day’s star turn: a scheduled appearance from Metallica. The U.S. heavy-metal act has been booked to jam with Afghanistan’s finest headbangers — but will Lars Ulrich and Co. show up? A Rotterdam Tiger win for writer-director Babak Jalali’s Jalali’s sophomore feature, which makes good on the promise of 2009’s “Frontier Blues,” may provide the necessary assist to help arthouse auds discover this quietly satisfying gem. Still, the pic’s phlegmatic air of unassuming good humor poses a marketing challenge: It can’t be presented as the kind of worthy prestige pic currently likeliest to attract attention in the Western market for Middle Eastern cinema.
It’s a big day for Pars Radio. »
- Catherine Bray
'House of Cards': Frank Underwood Puts Up the Fight of His Life in Season 4 Trailer
There's no reconciliation in the cards for the Underwoods. At least not yet. On Wednesday, Netflix released the first House of Cards season trailer containing actual new footage from the upcoming fourth season, and it's clear Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) are still very much on opposite sides in the show's return. "You have no idea what it means to have nothing. You don't value what we have achieved," Frank says in the pulse-pounding video. "I have had to fight for everything my entire life." So does that mean Frank is going to fight to
- Kate Stanhope
Watch: ‘House of Cards’ Season 4 Trailer Promises Big Underwood Drama
Those hoping for calmer waters in Frank and Claire Underwood’s relationship will be disappointed by Netflix’s “House of Cards” season four trailer, which shows the couple at odds — and teases a war between them like no other.
“You have no idea what it means to have nothing,” Kevin Spacey’s Frank says in a voiceover. “You don’t value what we have achieved. I have had to fight for everything my entire life.”
Along with their battle for power, the trailer also teases the addition of Ellen Burstyn to the cast, who can be seen briefly in the minute-long clip.
“I saw a future. Our future,” says Robin Wright’s Claire.
“We had a future until you started destroying it,” replies Frank.
New cast member Joel Kinnaman also appears in the trailer, and looks like he could be a rival for Frank, who already has enough on his plate. »
- Alex Stedman
‘Broad City’ Season 3 Trailer: The BFFs Are Back (Video)
The BFFs are back in the new “Broad City” trailer. Abbi Glazer and Ilana Jacobson are up to their typical antics in the new preview of Season 3. Among the highlights are the duo discussing a gynecologist/bikini waxer combo as a woman falls down the stairs, Ilana wearing pet clothes to work, and freaking out over Blake Griffin. The new preview also features cameos by Susie Essman, Cynthia Nixon and Tony Danza. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is also set to make an appearance this season. Also read: 'Inside Amy Schumer,' 'Broad City' Renewed by Comedy Central In addition to Glazer and Jacobson, »
- Reid Nakamura
‘House of Cards’ Season 4 Trailer Teases Underwoods at War (Video)
The Underwoods are going to be at odds big time, based on the first trailer for Season 4 of Netflix’s “House of Cards.” The new trailer also teases that Ellen Burstyn has joined Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright for the fourth season of Beau Willimon‘s political drama, which premieres on March 4. The extended trailer is a trove of imagery that clears up a few immediate questions: First Lady Claire Underwood (Wright) has not fully absconded her post. It appears the wily Mrs. Underwood has taken residence in a house that suspiciously resembles where she and Frank (Spacey) started their »
- Linda Ge and Matt Donnelly
Chaz Bono Joins ‘Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets’ (Exclusive)
Most recently, Bono appeared as a guest star on “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” and completed his show “Being Chaz” in 2012. Gathegi was a guest star on nine episodes of “The Blacklist” and two episodes of “Into the Badlands,” and Mears previously appeared on “Sleepy Hollow” as a guest star.
“Gods and Secrets” marks producer Adi Shankar’s directorial debut alongside co-director and longtime creative collaborator Stewart Yost. The film explores the darker ramifications of a world with superheroes, aiming to put a new spin on the iconic superhero genre to surprise longtime comic fans.
Shawn Deloache, who also wrote “New Adventures of Peter and Wendy, »
- Margaret Lenker
‘Witch Hunter,’ ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Snow White’ Take Top Three Spots on Home Video Charts
Three new releases captured the three top spots on the national home video sales charts the week ending Feb. 7, although one is a nearly 80-year-old film that has just been reissued on Blu-ray Disc after a nearly five-year moratorium.
The top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks sales of all new disc releases, Blu-ray and DVD combined, went to Lionsgate’s “The Last Witch Hunter,” an action-adventure fantasy that stars Vin Diesel as, well, the last witch hunter, who after being cursed with immortality away from his loved ones has spent the last few centuries hunting and killing rogue witches. A theatrical underperformer, the film earned just $27.4 million in theaters, against a budget estimated at $90 million.
The No. 1 spot on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray chart, not surprisingly, went to 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the first of the Walt Disney Co.’s animated classics. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Should you tell a woman she's sexy online?
The online comment community and social media have raised all kinds of questions about the new social norms. Here, Miri Jedeikin, Alicia Malone, and Roth Cornet answer a viewer who wonders if it's appropriate to both appreciate their work and mention their sexual appeal. Take a look in the player above and the full show below where we chat about the Leslie Mann/Dakota Johnson interview that went viral and more! Miri: @MiriTheJedi Roth: @RothCornet Alicia: @AliciaMalone »
- Roth Cornet
‘A War’ Director Talks Shooting Combat on Battlefield and in Courtroom
Tobias Lindholm, writer-director of “A War,” the Danish nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, refused to make an antiwar film about Afghanistan. “The conversation has been trapped in whether you’re for or against the war,” said Lindholm told TheWrap awards editor Steve Pond Tuesday at Los Angeles’ Ipic Theater for TheWrap’s Screening Series. “We don’t need to be screaming at each other about some political opinion, we have to confront what we’re part of and learn from that.” To lend realism to his fictional war-crime story, Lindholm spent a year interviewing a dozen Danish veterans of the Afghan war, »
- Tim Appelo
‘Shadowhunter’ Author Cassandra Clare Slapped With Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
The “Shadowhunter” book series has been a big success for Cassandra Clare — and according to a new lawsuit, it’s also a big ripoff of someone else’s work. Best-selling author Clare (pictured above) is being sued by fellow best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon, who claims that Clare’s “Shadowhunter” book series infringes on her own “Dark-Hunter” series of books. “Defendant Clare, in writing ‘The Mortal Instruments’ and the ‘Shadowhunters’ series, knowingly and willfully copies the “Dark-Hunter” series and original elements therein to create a work or works substantially similar to and derivative of the ‘Dark-Hunter Series,'” the suit, filed Feb. »
- Tim Kenneally
Ratings: Jimmy Fallon Caps Dominant Second Year on NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’
Others in the late-night arena make ratings noise now and then, but no one has been able to match the consistency and dominance of Jimmy Fallon, who has completed two triumphant years as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”
Since bowing in February 2014, Fallon, who will celebrate his “Tonight Show” anniversary with a primetime special on Sunday and a week of episodes originating from Los Angeles next week, has delivered the program’s top two-rated seasons in the last six years in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
While CBS has improved its late-night ratings fortunes over the last five months with new “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, Fallon hasn’t missed a beat. In fact, his 18-49 average through five weeks of 2016 (1.01 rating in Nielsen’s “most current” averages) is the same as a year ago when the lower-rated David Letterman fronted the “Late Show” franchise.
In the »
- Rick Kissell
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