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Pepsi sank what must have been hundreds of thousands — maybe even millions — of dollars into a TV commercial, and then decided to hide it in plain sight.
The beverage giant paid Fox last year to weave its flagship beverage into a three-episode storyline in “Empire,” the network’s smash music biz drama in which the average 30-second spot costs more than $500,000.
As part of the deal, none other than Lee Daniels, the series’ co-creator, and writers from the show crafted a story arc in which one of the main characters, Jamal Lyon, works to win a Pepsi endorsement deal and the chance to do a Pepsi ad. That commercial surfaced in a distinctive ad break that contained only the Pepsi spot. It was as if the “Empire” episode in question never paused for a word from its sponsor.
“The 30-second spot is still very important to us and it will »
- Brian Steinberg
Hollywood film The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau has created mayhem at the Indian box office. Though the film continues to run in theatres raking in the moolah, we hear that Disney has already announced its sequel. Apart from The Jungle Book, Disney has announced sequels to multiple films including, Maleficent, A Wrinkle in Time, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Mary Poppins and even a spin off to the film 101 Dalmatians titled Cruella. While all the films have been announced, considering that they are still far off from going on floors, a couple of titles are likely to be dropped. As for the sequel to The Jungle Book, the film will see director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks returning for another trip into the wild. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Disney and Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book continues to do big business at the international box office, having recently sailed past $500 million worldwide. That’s something that hasn’t gone unnoticed at the House of Mouse, and we learned only a fortnight ago that Disney had laid the groundwork for a direct sequel.
Yes, Favreau himself may have cooled talks that a follow-up was in the works, but today brings word that the studio has already nailed down release dates for Jungle Book 2 and a handful of other in-development fairytale movies. First reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the likes of July 28, 2017, April 6, 2018, Aug. 3, 2018, Dec. 25, 2018 and Dec. 20, 2019 have all been claimed by Disney, though there’s no word yet on what specific film will tumble in to each vacant slot.
- Michael Briers
It’s fitting that the latest installment of Dancing With the Stars was the series’ annual Disney week, because some routines were absolute beauties, while others were complete beasts.
Tinkerbell dumped heaps of fairy dust on the usual suspects (Nyle Dimarco, Ginger Zee), leaving competitors like Doug Flutie to stumble about like hippos in search of their tutus. Still others, like an exuberant Kim Fields and a stately Von Miller, found their inner zip-a-dee-doo-dah and turned in performances that greatly improved upon previous weeks’ showings.
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Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff is blogging about her experience on the reality dance competition's 22nd season exclusively for People.com. Follow Smirnoff and her partner Doug Flutie on Twitter!I'm so glad it's Disney Week! Last week I was so glad Doug and I could honor his parents, but it was a very emotional rehearsal process and performance night. All of that really came to a head when our video package played right before our dance last Monday. I was worried Doug was going to lose it the moment he watched the package and saw his parents. »
- Karina Smirnoff
Now’s your chance to star in the classic musical “Mary Poppins” or the hilarious short film “Stanley’s Mom.” “Mary Poppins”Candlelight Pavilion is casting its production of the classic musical “Mary Poppins,” centered on the wondrous titular nanny. Auditions will be held April 18 and 19 in Claremont, Calif., for the ensemble roles, and the roles of Jane and Michael Banks. A rehearsal stipend and per-performance rate will be provided, and hopefuls should be prepared to dance for the audition! “The Hour”Several roles are being cast for the play “The Hour,” which follows a young woman named Cherise, who strongly believe something major is about to take place that is going to change everything in the world. Auditions will be held April 16 in NYC for lead and supporting roles (including Cherise), and rehearsals begin later in the month. Some pay will be provided. “Stanley’S Mom”Two roles (Stanley »
By Stephen Tronicek
From the producers who brought you the Tony-Award® winning Broadway hit “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” comes “Easter Mysteries,” an original, and wholly entertaining musical theater depiction of the Easter story for modern audiences.
Presented by Fathom Events and SimonSays Entertainment, “Easter Mysteries” will play in select U.S. cinemas for one night on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. local time, and features veteran Broadway actors and singers from the stages of “Les Misérables,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and more.
In addition to the feature content, a timely interfaith discussion between Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders on the essence and power of Passion plays will complete the event.
Tickets for “Easter Mysteries” can be purchased by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 300 movie theaters »
- Movie Geeks
Look for a review of Easter Mysteries here at We Are Movie Geeks next week.
From the producers who brought you the Tony-Award® winning Broadway hit “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” comes Easter Mysteries, an original, and wholly entertaining musical theater depiction of the Easter story for modern audiences. Presented by Fathom Events and SimonSays Entertainment, “Easter Mysteries” will play in select U.S. cinemas for one night on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. local time, and features veteran Broadway actors and singers from the stages of “Les Misérables,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and more. In addition to the feature content, a timely interfaith discussion between Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders on the essence and power of Passion plays will complete the event.
Tickets for “Easter Mysteries” can be purchased by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U. »
- Tom Stockman
There's a new world coming. Watch the first trailer for Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in theaters September 2016. 20th Century Fox has also released the poster for this fantasy adventure! Based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
From visionary director Tim Burton, Jake uncovers a secret refuge. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
Asa Butterfield stars as the 16-year-old Jake, a teen plagued by nightmares following a family tragedy. Taking the advice of his therapist, he sets off on »
The creation of any work of art is tricky. If everything meshes, it’s magic. But if one key element is off, it’s just an interesting experiment.
This week marks the 60th anniversary of “My Fair Lady,” which opened March 15, 1956, at Broadway’s Mark Hellinger. Theater lovers consider it one of the few perfect musicals, because every piece worked. And while nobody would question the talents of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Mary Martin, Cary Grant and Doris Day, it’s probably a good thing that they never became a part of “My Fair Lady,” though all of them were possibilities.
The “Oklahoma!” composers, Broadway star Martin, and Noel Coward flirted with the idea of the stage musical, but the deals never happened. In 1955, Variety reported that “Lady Liza,” a musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” was being targeted for a Broadway debut the following year. Alan Jay Lerner and »
- Tim Gray
Interested in voiceover, theater, film, or even wilderness-related gigs? Good news: we put the top casting notices all in one place. Check them out below! Beauty Brand Film VOICEOVERRavel Films is creating an internal-use-only film for a beauty brand, and a female voiceover artist is needed! One or two recording sessions will take place between March 23–31, and the artist will be compensated $300 per session. “What Would Teddy Do?”Ever dream of playing Teddy Roosevelt? The role is being cast for this new special in National Geographic’s “Explorer” series! The show will examine today’s political landscape through Roosevelt’s life and experiences. The paid gig will shoot during the week of April 18 in Lithuania. Olney Theatre Center 2016–17 SEASONOlney Theatre Center (located in Maryland) will be hosting auditions in New York City for their upcoming season. The theater will be casting Equity actors for the following productions: “Angels in America, »
Tim Burton may have had more misses than hits in the past decade, but there's no denying that he's a director that leaves his fingerprints on the his movies. Even if you hated Alice In Wonderland (which many did, with relish), there was no denying that it was a product of Tim Burton's direction. His creepy, gothic, and otherworldy imagery is something that's gone on to impact audiences worldwide and inspire countless other creatives. It's a style that's a great fit for certain projects, and when it comes to young adult novel adaptations, I can't think of a greater fit for him than Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar children.
"Weird kids: It’s something that I’ve dealt with and been interested in for a while,” director Tim Burton said when speaking about the film with Entertainment Weekly.
The book itself is something of a straightforward, fun story, accented with sort of a creepy, »
- Joseph Medina
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Tim Burton’s next fantasy adventure has been simmering away for a while now. Initially due for release today, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children has been pushed back until the far end of September, but despair not. Entertainment Weekly has dropped the first few images from the movie, giving us a decent glimpse at the leading cast.
Burton’s movie is based on the novel by Ransom Riggs – with a screenplay by Kick-Ass scribe Jane Goldman – and follows the story of a curious youngster named Jake. Asa Butterfield tackles the role, which takes him to a special orphanage that works as a portal of sorts. For children with special powers, they’re able to move into an alternate realm under the guardianship of Eva Green’s titular character.
In the accompanying interview, this is how Burton describes Green’s character: “She’s like a scary Mary Poppins, »
- Gem Seddon
Last week it was confirmed that Emily Blunt is to take on the title role in a sequel to the Disney classic Mary Poppins, and now Variety is reporting that Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) is also in talks about boarding the project.
According to the site, Miranda would play Jack, “a lamplighter resembling the character of Bert, famously played by Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 classic.”
The film is being directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) from a script by David Magee (Finding Neverland) and will take place in Depression-era London some twenty years after the original movie, incorporating storylines from P.L. Travers’ books.
- Gary Collinson
The news of a Rob Marshall rehashing of Mary Poppins was met here with both patient fear and complete revulsion. Emily Blunt is our new Mary, which will please some of us at least. However, here's a bit of casting news worthy of outright cheers: Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is joining the film.
Miranda will be filling the massive shoes of Dick Van Dyke in a new character that will still be reminiscent of Dyke's Bert. That is quite an undertaking that the multi-hyphenate star and his unflappable charisma are fully equipped to take on. Even if his Hamilton success is truly unprecedented, kudos to Disney for signing over a significant role to an actual Broadway star. He's gotten close to a musical adaptation before, with Universal getting thisclose to filming his first musical In the Heights with Miranda intact.
It's worth noting that here's another step Disney is taking »
- Chris Feil
Mary Poppins: Broadway star and musical composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) is in talks to star with Emily Blunt in the sequel to Mary Poppins. He would portray Jack, described as "a lamplighter resembling the character of Bert, famously played by Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 classic." Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) will direct. Miranda, who composed the music for the cantina scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is expected to help develop new songs as well. [Variety] Scary Stories: Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak, above) will not be directing Pacific Rim 2, but another of his projects is moving forward. Dan and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie) have been hired to write a new version of the screenplay for Scary Stories, an adaptation of Alvin Schwartz's...
- Peter Martin
Mary Poppins: Broadway star and musical composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) is in talks to star with Emily Blunt in the sequel to Mary Poppins. He would portray Jack, described as "a lamplighter resembling the character of Bert, famously played by Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 classic." Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) will direct. Miranda, who composed the music for the cantina scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is expected to help develop new songs as well. [Variety] ...
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Lin Manuel Miranda is possibly the most beloved man in all of the world right now. Not only is he incredibly talented, but he has a very addictive and positive personality. And the fact that he created and stars in Hamilton, a Broadway play receiving nothing but praise, does nothing but help him thrive. So, it was bound to happen that he'd get an impressive gig alongside fellow actors in a big Hollywood film.
This time around he gets to star alongside Emily Blunt in a Mary Poppins sequel. He will play a character known as "Jack", who was originally known in 1964 as Bert, and was played by Dick Van Dyke. But the hype train doesn't stop there for Miranda, as he'll also get to help with the music for Poppins.
All-in-all, if you're a fan of the actor, you're probably just as happy as he is that he's making »
- Nicholas Williams
When you're talking about Hollywood songwriting history, Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman are as close to royalty as you get. Just walking through any Disney park on the planet, you are surrounded almost continuously by their music, whether it's the omnipresent "It's A Small World" or the fiendishly infectious "The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room" or the songs from the various films they contributed to like "I Wanna Be Like You" or "Trust In Me" from The Jungle Book. By far, though, their most lasting and memorable contributions to the Disney legacy came with their work on Mary Poppins. "Feed The Birds." "Chim Chim Cher-ee." "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." "A Spoonful Of Sugar." "Jolly Holiday." "I Love To Laugh." "Stay Awake." Even some of the lesser-known tracks like "Sister Suffragette" or "The Life I Lead" or "The Perfect Nanny" are just perfect. And as I wrote in my Film Nerd 2.0 piece on Mary Poppins, »
- Drew McWeeny
Join Oli and Luke in this week’s Flickering Myth Podcast for…
Scooperhero News – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is now only a month away, so it’s about time for the official movie duration…but probably not for details on a different cut for the eventual Blu-ray release. Also, Justice League starts production, and Anthony Mackie might have let slip a big cameo for Captain America: Civil War.
Everything Else – so Pacific Rim 2 is happening again, Luke really, really, really wants a Nintendo All-Stars movie, Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins (before she was even cast in the role), Chucky 7 is seemingly confirmed, Blade Runner 2 now has a release date and, oh, yeah, the small matter of the »
- Oli Davis
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