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NBC’s ‘Today’ To Air 18-Minute Musical Written By Kathie Lee Gifford

1 August 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Can Matt Lauer or Natalie Morales handle a Broadway-style solo?

In a move that appears to fill the appetite for live broadcasts of Broadway-like showstoppers, NBC’s “Today” intends to air an 18-minute-long musical penned by Kathie Lee Gifford, the co-host of the show’s fourth hour at 10 a.m. Gifford said the musical will use staff from “Today” and will feature Regis Philbin as a guest star. The show is expected to run sometime before the end of the year.

The title? “”Not Today and Tomorrow’s Not Looking Good Either.” Could it allude to the venerable NBC morning program’s struggle to take back the morning-show ratings crown from ABC’s “Good Morning America”?

There was no immediate word from NBC News, which oversees the program, as to whether the musical would air with or without commercial interruption and which members of the “Today” staff would take part. »

- Brian Steinberg

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Instant Debate: How to Make Indiana Jones 5 Work

9 July 2014 7:52 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Many of you may have heard by now, the rumors floating around about Robert Pattinson being considered to play Dr. Jones in some sort of new Indiana Jones reboot for Disney/Lucasfilm. While our own sources have raised some eyebrows at the idea, this got our staff to discussing how Disney should move forward with the Indiana Jones franchise, and potentially reboot it. Come inside to see our contributors’ thoughts on the subject and add in your own!

First, let’s talk about this rumor. Over the last couple months, a pair of names have been associated with a new take on Indiana Jones, to lead the franchise into a new generation. The first rumor pegged Bradley Cooper as a possibility, and the latest says that Robert Pattinson may be taking over. Neither of these have jived with previous rumors that Harrison Ford desperately wants to do another Indiana Jones film, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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NBC Chief Bob Greenblatt Shares in ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ Tony Haul, Sets ‘Unsinkable’ Revival

11 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Most legit producers dream of winning a Tony Award. Bob Greenblatt was on a plane flying into New York from Los Angeles when the moment came for him on Sunday.

It’s no secret that the NBC Entertainment chairman harbors an abiding love for musical theater. His first big creative risk after taking the helm of NBC in January 2011 was the Broadway-centric “Smash,” and even if that bet didn’t pay off in the long run, last year’s broadcast of “The Sound of Music Live” sure did.

Less well-known, however, is Greenblatt’s longstanding involvement with “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” which just collected four Tony Awards, including the top honor for new musical. The show’s eventful backstory encompasses a decade-long struggle to get to the stage as the tuner slowly accumulated a team of friends, supporters and eventually producers. Greenblatt, it turns out, was one of them. »

- Gordon Cox

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‘Jersey Boys’ Cast Talk Movie Musicals, Dream Casting Zac Efron

10 June 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Warner Bros. bigscreen adaptation of “Jersey Boys” hosted its New York premiere on Monday night just a few blocks north of the Broadway stage where the Tony-winning musical debuted in 2005. A pre-party at the Angelo Galasso House inside the Plaza Hotel included a crowd of theater groupies (Barbara Walters and Regis Philbin), stars (Alan Cumming and Reeve Carney) and other staples from the music world (Clive Davis).

Director Clint Eastwood, sporting a grizzly beard, introduced the film at the Paris Theatre, explaining he’d never seen the hit play about the Four Seasons until the project came to him. He then attended three different versions of the show. “I ended up here on Broadway seeing it,” Eastwood told the crowd. “You’ll see some of the original players. For the most part we tried to keep all the originals from different companies. It was a great privilege for me »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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18 context-free quotes from the Tony Awards red carpet

9 June 2014 3:52 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

What happens on the Tony Awards red carpet? Fans cheer, stars schmooze, and TV stars get closer to an Egot.

This year, Radio City Music Hall was packed with an array of celebs who showed up to demonstrate their love for the theater. EW hit the red carpet to ask some of the ceremony attendees about their current show, the show that gave them their biggest theater education, their big stars, their little selves…really, just anything having to do with the stage. Below, enjoy 18 quotes we heard about the wonderful world of theater.

Patricia Clarkson (The Elephant Man)

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- Marc Snetiker

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Tony Award Winners

9 June 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Did you watch the Tony Awards last night? The evening began with Hugh Jackman proving his physical fitness -- his knees get such a workout -- by hopping through his entire continuous shot production number, basically a tour of the backstage and upcoming performers in costume.

That led to a night of high energy but strange and touristy musical number choices like numbers from ancient top-selling shows (Les Miz and Wicked) rather than new ones that need the sales help and non-Broadway celebrities like Sting and Jennifer Hudson taking up a lot of room to sell shows that aren't even open. It'd be a bit like the Oscars going "how about Interstellar?" while giving prizes to Gravity back in March. 

Hugh Jackman also rapped with LL Cool Jr via the famously chatty opening number of "The Music Man" Hugh Jackman has now spent 14 years of his career playing Wolverine and »

- NATHANIEL R

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Tony Awards performance: Hugh Jackman, LL Cool J, T.I. rap 'The Music Man' (Video)

8 June 2014 10:22 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

On paper, having Tony Awards host Hugh Jackman rip out a rap just doesn't sound like a good idea. Sure, he can carry a show tune but you just don't think of "Wolverine" getting jiggy. And to make matters even more dubious, he was to be joined in this musical merriment by LL Cool J and T.I. But it turns out that it kind of worked. -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums Questlove took "Rock Island," the opening patter song from the 1957 Best Musical champ "The Music Man," and laid a new track down. Jackman started off using the original rhythm devised by composer Meredith Willson before declaring that it was time to take this Broadway classic into the 21st century.  To see how Hugh and the others fared, take a look at the video version below.  Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, »

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Tony Awards performance: Hugh Jackman, LL Cool J, T.I. rap 'The Music Man'

8 June 2014 10:22 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

On paper, having Tony Awards host Hugh Jackman rip out a rap just doesn't sound like a good idea. Sure, he can carry a show tune but you just don't think of "Wolverine" getting jiggy. And to make matters even more dubious, he was to be joined in this musical merriment by LL Cool J and T.I. But it turns out that it kind of worked. -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums Questlove took "Rock Island," the opening patter song from the 1957 Best Musical champ "The Music Man," and laid a new track down. Jackman started off using the original rhythm devised by composer Meredith Willson before declaring that it was time to take this Broadway classic into the 21st century.  To see how Hugh and the others fared, take a look at the video version below.  Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, »

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Hugh Jackman, LL Cool J And T.I. Rap ‘The Music Man’ (Video)

8 June 2014 8:35 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tony Awards host Hugh Jackman labored to demonstrate Sunday that a 1957 tune from “The Music Man” was one of the first rap songs. He enlisted LL Cool J and T.I. to help him. LL was being a team player: His “NCIS: Los Angeles” airs on CBS, which aired the Tonys. It was unclear why T.I. played along. “Broadway composer Meredith Willson, he might have actually created one of the very first rap songs ever in 1957,” Jackman opined. Also read: Brad Paisley-ll Cool J's ‘Accidental Racist’ Collaboration Gets Collective Thumbs-Down From Twitter And so began a performance of “Rock Island” destined to. »

- James Crugnale

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Watch LL Cool J, T.I., and Hugh Jackman Awkwardly Rap The Music Man at the Tonys

8 June 2014 7:43 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Well, that happened! A few hours into the Tony Awards, host Hugh Jackman started talking about being in a childhood production of The Music Man and did a few lines from the show's rhythmic opening number, "Rock Island." He talked about how the song was a predecessor to rap, and then, out of nowhere, brought in LL Cool J and T.I. to join him in actually doing the song as a rap. It was strange, awkward, and ... in its own way, kind of amazing! Watch the full performance below (and stick around for Hugh's post-song banter, which is really awkward). »

- Abraham Riesman

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Hugh Jackman Hippity-Hops Through CBS’s Ruthlessly Upbeat All-Star Tony Show

8 June 2014 2:13 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

About midway through CBS’s live telecast of the 68th Tony Awards on Sunday night, host Hugh Jackman told the audience at Radio City Music Hall that the first show he’d ever been cast in was Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. To prepare, in fact, he’d learned all eight parts to Rock Island,’ the opening number of that signature piece of syncopated Americana, and to prove it, he performed a minute or so, sprecht-singing all eight parts. The first words  are: Cash for the merchandise/Cash for the buttonhooks, which sounds like the beginning of an ode to Broadway, 2014. Then he ushered out LL Cool J and Ti, and all three of them rapped “Rock Island,” which sounded a lot like Sesame Street, 1995. It was funny and toothless. Much the same can be said for the most breathlessly upbeat Tony broadcast in memory. Almost nothing memorable happened »

- Jeremy Gerard

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Summer Movies Flashback 1984: Indiana Jones, Gremlins and Ghostbusters

2 June 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1984. I turned 14 on May 26, 1984, just as the summer movie season was getting started. These days, the summer movie season seems to begin in mid-March, and I think it's because studios want real estate that they can own. And it feels like the appetite for event films is something the audience has year-round now, so if you're able to make something that excites the audience, why not find a place for it where it's not going head to head with all the other giant event films of the year? For the purposes of this piece, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Forget Donny & Marie. Maya Rudolph, NBC Bid To Revive TV’s Variety Show

17 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Maya Rudolph has proven time and again that she can sing and make people laugh out loud. Now the question is whether she can breathe new life into a TV staple once thought part of the cultural flotsam of the 1970s.

She will appear on NBC Monday in “The Maya Rudolph Show,” a 10 p.m. special the Peacock bills as a means of “revisiting the classic variety show format.” No less than “Saturday Night Live” impresario Lorne Michaels is the executive producer. Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, and Fred Armisen are among the guests. Janelle Monae will sing. There’s even a bandleader – retro-soul artist Raphael Saadiq.

“What we found and what I feel emboldened us is there was no shortfall of people that wanted to put their hand up to what I’d describe as ‘play with Maya,’” said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and latenight programming at NBC Entertainment. »

- Brian Steinberg

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NBC's 'The Music Man Live': Let's cast it!

13 May 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Dammit, NBC — why’d you have to announce an upcoming live version of The Music Man that likely won’t premiere until 2015? How are we supposed to get excited for Peter Pan Live when we know that this is on the horizon?

No disrespect to the Lost Boys, but Meredith Willson’s 1957 classic is a much better show than the 1954 stage version of Pan. (So long as Mary Martin isn’t involved, anyway.) The songs are catchier, the book is wittier, the production numbers are more fun — and there’s much less chance of high-wire mishaps, which actually might make »

- Hillary Busis

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The Music Man Live Musical Event in the Works From NBC

13 May 2014 9:12 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

NBC is banking on Broadway. The peacock network announced this week that it has plans to develop the classic stage show The Music Man for a live musical event.  The move comes after NBC saw major success with its live airing of The Sound of Music, starring American Idol alum Carrie Underwood. The December 2013 production aired to an audience of 22 million viewers, reaching levels last seen in the early 2000s.  The network already publicized plans for an adaptation of Peter Pan, set to air this coming [...] »

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NBC plans live version of 'The Music Man'

12 May 2014 1:57 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

NBC says it’s planning to air a live production of The Music Man.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Monday the network has acquired rights for a TV version of the 1957 Meredith Willson musical.

The network had success with a live production of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood, and is following that with a live version of Peter Pan in December.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers for The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, did a 2003 TV version of The Music Man with Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.

Greenblatt did not say if Zadan and »

- Associated Press

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Briefs: “Glee” Gets Benched For Fall, A Conchita Update, And The Weather Channel Picks The Wrong Fight

12 May 2014 1:36 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Jason Biggs (above), who is 36, Emily VanCamp is 28, Catherine Tate is 46, Kim Fields is 45, and Billy Squire is 64. Here is his career-killing moment.

NBC has set The Music Man as the their next live production following Peter Pan.

The Real Hedwig’ Speaks: The Show’s Creators Respond!

Fox has released their primetime schedule for the fall, and Glee isn’t on it! The show won’t be back til midseason, which makes a lot of people wonder if it the final season will have a full 22-episode order, or be cut down to 13.

The Weather Channel picked the wrong Fort Worth council member to take a shot at on Twitter. I’m just glad to be reminded of Joel Burns again.

John Oliver on Eurovision. “Between Conchita and Michael Sam, did it feel like the world became a better place this weekend?”

And here is Conchita returning home. »

- snicks

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Neighbors Beat Spider-Man 2 at the Box Office

12 May 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The comedy defeated the superhero drama pretty dramatically - Rotten Tomatoes NBC is now doing a live version of The Music Man - The Hollywood Reporter The best quotes from this week's Game of Thrones - BuddyTV If Quentin Tarantino directed Star Wars - HuffPost Entertainment 5 Jurassic Park plot holes - Cracked Get a peek at the new Batmobile! - Moviefone Watch the preview for the Tvd season finale - The Vampire Diaries Swoon to this romantic Disney playlist - Popsugar Love & Sex »

- Shannon Vestal

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NBC Adds 'The Music Man' to Its Roster of Live TV Musicals

12 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Looks like the peacock has song and dance fever: NBC will stage a live adaptation of "The Music Man" in 2015.

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement Monday during the network's upfronts presentation, confirming the latest in what will most likely be an open-ended series of live musical broadcasts. "The Music Man" is the third such production for NBC, following last year's ratings hit "The Sound of Music," and the upcoming staging of "Peter Pan."

"The Music Man," a Tony award-winning 1957 musical, follows Harold Hill, a con man who poses as a band leader, selling instruments and uniforms to naive members of a small town. The townsfolk get swept up with excitement, thinking Hill will teach them how to play.

The stage version of the show was a hit, and spawned a popular film version in 1962, starring Shirley Jones and Robert Preston. Following a successful Broadway revival in 2000, a 2003 film adaptation aired on ABC, »

- Katie Roberts

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NBC Adds 'The Music Man' to Its Roster of Live TV Musicals

12 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Looks like the peacock has song and dance fever: NBC will stage a live adaptation of "The Music Man" in 2015.

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement Monday during the network's upfronts presentation, confirming the latest in what will most likely be an open-ended series of live musical broadcasts. "The Music Man" is the third such production for NBC, following last year's ratings hit "The Sound of Music," and the upcoming staging of "Peter Pan."

"The Music Man," a Tony award-winning 1957 musical, follows Harold Hill, a con man who poses as a band leader, selling instruments and uniforms to naive members of a small town. The townsfolk get swept up with excitement, thinking Hill will teach them how to play.

The stage version of the show was a hit, and spawned a popular film version in 1962, starring Shirley Jones and Robert Preston. Following a successful Broadway revival in 2000, a 2003 film adaptation aired on ABC, »

- Katie Roberts

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