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“That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff”: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People

25 January 2015 9:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Quick…name a favorable film where the landscape is run by (or at least partially include) the demographic of little people as part of the instrumental storyline? C’mon…it should not be that difficult, okay? If you want to mention say Darby O’Gill and the Little People then that would fine. How about Bad Santa or Poltergeist for that matter?

In That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People we will take a look at some of the mini megastars that inhabited these movies and contributed their fair share of entertainment value to the on-screen proceedings. The debate as to whether some of these selected films featuring these pint-sized performers are considered positive, exploitative or dismissive are not up for discussion (although one of these considerations could apply in the minds of a few folks). Instead, we want to celebrate the inclusion of »

- Frank Ochieng

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Criterion Collection: My Winnipeg | Blu-ray Review

20 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

You certainly can and probably should go home again, at least according to the faux approximation of himself in the 2007 pseudo-documentary/experimental homage My Winnipeg from Canadian auteur Guy Maddin. However, donning nostalgic garb calls for drastic reinvention. A director who has built a painstaking filmography of films imitating silent and lost titles from annals of vintage cinematic eras, his name can both provoke and evoke the emotional state phonetically represented by his surname. But whether one embraces his style or not, there’s no one quite like him.

This year is off to a great start for Maddin, beginning first with his second title to grace the Criterion collection (his 2006 title Brand Upon the Brain! also holds this distinction) as well as the premiere at the Sundance Film Festival of his latest work, the operatic The Forbidden Room (which pays homage to the two-headed Roman god, Janus, looking forwards and backwards simultaneously, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Fairy Tales, Witches, and Oscars. An 87 Year History

18 January 2015 9:34 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Over on Twitter Alex posed an interesting question to me and I thought I'd share it with you. Is Meryl Streep the first actor to be Oscar-nominated for playing a witch, or anyone in a fairy tale for that matter? As far as I can tell the answer is "in the way that you mean, yes" and "I believe so."

Though no witches in the fairy tale or broom-riding sense have been nominated before Streep, technically a witch star turn has won an Oscar and another spell-caster has been nominated. The first would be Ruth Gordon's diabolical coven leaderbusybody in Rosemary's Baby which we discussed in worshipful detail here.  And Sir Ian McKellen was nominated for playing "Gandalf the Grey" who, being a sorcerer, is basically the male equivalent of a witch. Otherwise, no witches. The famous witches we think of when we think of the movies weren't actually nominated. »

- NATHANIEL R

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The Wiz — Not Music Man — Might Be NBC's Next Live Musical

16 January 2015 9:25 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Music Man might be about to ease on down the road — and right off NBC’s 2015 roster.

The Peacock net is now considering mounting a production of The Wiz — the funky, ’70s-era adaptation of The Wizard of Oz — as its next live musical event.

“Music Man is something we have optioned the rights to, and we’re looking very seriously at some casting options, but we’ve also optioned the rights to The Wiz,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt noted Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “That could be what we do instead.”

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NBC: Our next live musical is one of these two

16 January 2015 9:17 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

NBC's entertainment chairman revealed the network's next musical—sort of. Robert Greenblatt said 1957's The Music Man will be the network's live musical this year. Or it will be the 1975 The Wizard of Oz update The Wiz. One of those. NBC has optioned the rights to both and is considering casting options on Music Man. The network had a huge surprise hit with its first musical, The Sound of Music Live in 2013, then had a disappointment with December's Peter Pan Live. Which do you think the network should chose? »

- James Hibberd

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The 10 Worst Oscar Acting Snubs of the Last 10 Years

15 January 2015 10:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While it's not exactly the kind of consolation prize the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes, David Oyelowo, Rene Russo, Josh Brolin and Jessica Chastain wanted this morning, they have now entered into a different kind of Oscar history: The long-standing tradition of undeserved acting snubs. It is a club that is just as prestigious -- if not more so -- than the one made up nominees themselves, even if it comes without any sort of official celebration. Read More: The 10 Biggest Surprises of the 2015 Oscar Nominations Consider the company: Bette Davis for "Of Human Bondage" or Dennis Hopper for "Blue Velvet" or Judy Garland for "The Wizard of Oz" or Jimmy Stewart for "Vertigo." Or the following ten folks, who make up our obviously subjective list of the 10 worst acting Oscar snubs of the past 10 years. And we definitely encourage thoughtful use of the comments to offer your own picks for tragic Oscar misses. »

- Peter Knegt

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Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical – Cast Announcement

13 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Gurinder Chadha’s hit film Bend It Like Beckham is being readied for the West End stage and following a host of auditions and workshops, the cast for the highly anticipated stage version Bend It Like Beckham the Musical has been formally announced.

Natalie Dew will play football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe. The three young leads will be supported by some familiar faces, including comedian Ronni Ancona who plays Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony.

Preeya Kalidas who appeared in the original film as one of the cousins, will take on the role of Pinky, Jess’ sister and Tony Jayawardena andNatasha Jayetileke take on the all important roles of her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.

Jess needs extra time. She is facing »

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A Wicked Movie Could Happen By 2016

10 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

For those of you who aren't familiar, Wicked is the Broadway musical that tells a prequel story of The Wizard of Oz. I've seen the musical twice already with stars Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, and it’s a really great production. You should check it out if you ever get a chance. Of course, now it looks like everyone might get that chance in 2016. According to Into the Woods producer Marc Platt, it could be adapted for the big screen by that time.

Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott, The Reader) is attached to direct the adaptation, which is currently being written by Winnie Holzman. While talking to Film Divider, Platt offered the following update:

“He’s [Daldry] been on for a year or two. But it’s in process. 2016 is the goal, but I don’t know whether we’ll make that goal or not. We will make the movie, but like I said, »

- Joey Paur

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Producer Marc Platt Hopes to Release the Wicked Movie in 2016; Confirms Stephen Daldry Attached to Direct

8 January 2015 9:49 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While talking to producer Marc Platt for his latest release, Into the Woods, he told me that the Wicked movie is in development and that “when it’s ready and I feel like everything is great, then the movie will proceed.”  We still don’t know for sure exactly when that’s going to happen, but Platt did just reveal a target release date - 2016. In case you haven’t read the book or seen the Broadway musical, both of which I highly recommend, Wicked is “the untold story of the witches of Oz.”  Well before the events of The Wizard of Oz, there was no Wicked Witch of the West.  She was just Elphaba, a young student dreaming of working alongside The Wizard.  Hit the jump for more on Platt’s plans for the Wicked movie. When Film Divider asked Platt if Wicked was heading towards a 2016 release, he told the outlet: “Yes. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Could Into the Woods director Rob Marshall be making the Wicked movie?

8 January 2015 1:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Into the Woods director Rob Marshall has revealed that he has had discussions about overseeing the Wicked movie.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, whose previous screen musicals also include Chicago and Nine, told Digital Spy that he has talked to Into the Woods producer Marc Platt (who is also shepherding the Wicked film) about bringing the story of Elphaba and Glinda to the big screen.

The Wicked stage show, based on music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and the book by Winnie Holzman, is an alternate take on the classic film The Wizard of Oz and L Frank Baum's stories.

Wicked review: New London cast makes for a magical experience

Idina Menzel: 'I'd love to be a part of Wicked movie'

The stage show premiered in 2003 and is still running at Broadway's George Gershwin Theatre and London West End's Apollo Theatre. Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth originated the roles of Elphaba and Glinda respectively. »

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The Definitive Best Picture Losers

1 January 2015 12:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

#10. Chinatown (1974)

Lost to: The Godfather Part II

Well, no one will argue that it should have won, but still. Roman Polanski’s film made a true leading man out of Jack Nicholson. It grabbed eleven nominations, only taking home one. That being said, that one was for Original Screenplay, written by Robert Towne, which may be the greatest even written. Entire courses could be taught on this screenplay alone and Polanski and his actors delivered a perfect translation of it to the screen. Also starring Faye Dunaway and the great John Huston, the story of power and corruption still stands as one of the greatest films of the 1970′s (or any decade for that matter). It’s just a shame it ran into the greatest movie sequel of all time.

#9. Cabaret (1972)

Lost to: The Godfather

Seems weird, doesn’t it? Well, the Liza Minnelli vehicle is on this list for »

- Joshua Gaul

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