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Oscar Diversity: Producer Calls for an African-American Studio (Guest Column)

9 February 2016 5:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marvin Peart, co-founder of Marro Media Co., is executive producer of the 2013 Weinstein Co. release “Escape from Planet Earth” and TV shows including “Mob Wives.” In a guest column for Variety, he calls for people of color in the entertainment business to join forces to create their own content and studios.

A color-free Academy Awards is indeed a strange anomaly, in an America more enriched every day by its people of color. But the problem is one that those less experienced in the art of filmmaking — and the art of the film business — might not recognize.

So I think we should put a magnifying glass on the larger problem — the offices of the studios where projects and budgets are approved.

Minority performers are being watched closely by fellow African-Americans and other communities of color for two reasons: first, they’re in a business they want to join; and second, they most resemble them physically. »

- Variety Staff

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Mission impossible by Anne-Katrin Titze

4 February 2016 6:59 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Remember director Atom Egoyan: "Wagner is sort of embedded into the actual score at one point." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The last time I went to the restaurant in the Regency Hotel on Park Avenue was to meet Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth for their film 20,000 Days On Earth and Nick Cave stopped by for a greeting. Atom Egoyan's terrifically paced thriller Remember, written by Benjamin August, starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau with Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven, Dean Norris and Jürgen Prochnow is structured in the spirit of a cumulative tale. We spoke about the residual idea of The Sound Of Music, North By Northwest and Slavoj Žižek, meeting Son Of Saul director László Nemes in Sarajevo, Christopher Nolan's Memento and Leviticus.

Christopher Plummer as Zev Gutman

Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's Still Alice stages an entrancing battle around the power of remembrance and how humans cope by covering up, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Fox's "Grease! Live" = The Best Live TV Musical Yet

2 February 2016 7:10 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

My name is Dancin' Dan and I Loved Grease! Live.

When Fox announced they were getting into the live musical game, with "America's Favorite Musical", Grease, there was reason to be skeptical. True, the home of American Idol seemed like a more natural fit for a live musical than NBC, but Grease is perhaps an even more iconic show than The Sound of Music, and we all know how that one turned out for NBC.

But then casting announcements kept rolling in, and they felt shockingly on point: Broadway heartthrob Aaron Tveit as bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold Danny Zuko. Dancing With the Stars alum Julianne Hough as eternal good girl Sandy Young. High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens as bad girl Rizzo, pop star and Broadway Cinderella Carly Rae Jepsen as air-headed beauty school dropout Frenchie, former child star Keke Palmer as sex-obsessed Marty.... could this actually work?

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- Denny

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What’s New on Hulu: February 2016

1 February 2016 3:59 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

At the beginning of (and during) every month, Hulu adds new movies and TV shows to its catalogue. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Hulu and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month. Go, greased lightnin’: Grease: Live After NBC had big ratings success (and moderate critical success) with its live performances of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and The Wiz, Fox decided to get in the musical game. Whether or not you watched it live, you’ll appreciate having the ability to fast-forward to the best (and worst) bits. Available February 1. Dangerously addictive: UnREAL (Season 1) Lifetime’s addictive send-up of reality TV came out of nowhere last summer to have one of the strongest debut seasons of any show in 2016. Starring »

- Jackson McHenry

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So, how did 'Grease Live' ratings stack up against the live musical competition?

1 February 2016 9:48 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fox's Grease Live was a pretty awesome spectacle, full of "how'd they do that?" moments that the NBC live musicals it sought to outdo could only dream of (or rather, not dream of, since I don't think a golf cart ride to a giant carnival set ever occurred to anyone on the NBC productions).  But did the ratings match the jaw-droppingness of the production?  Just about. Fox announced that Grease Live was the top-rated show last night by, like, a lot (it beat ABC, CBS, and NBC's combined ratings in adults 18-49). More importantly, I think, for Fox, Grease beat two of NBC's live musicals: it just edged out The Wiz in adults 18-49 and crushed Peter Pan (which, to be honest, isn't that difficult). And in "teens," Fox said, Grease beat Wiz, Peter Pan, and -- yes! -- The Sound of Music.  So, there you have it. All you »

- Sara Morrison

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‘Grease Live’: Fox Thrives In the Live Musical World

1 February 2016 9:43 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox took its big bow into the live TV musical space on Jan. 31 with “Grease: Live,” and it hit a home run.

The three-hour production drew the best ratings for a musical since NBC’s “Sound of Music Live” in December 2013. It won critical praise as well (Variety‘s Maureen Ryan called it “solidly and smartly crafted”), and exploded on social media, drawing nearly 1.4 million tweets.

Produced across two sound stages and the Warner Bros. backlot, which were home to 21 “Grease” sets, the three-hour broadcast was not an easy jive for Fox and Paramount TV. In comparison to NBC’s three hits, “Grease Live” was the biggest musical TV production yet, with its sprawling sets and live audience of 650 people.

“That back-and-forth I think is something that is really useful for a show like ‘Grease’ — but the reality is, we have audiences in different places,” director Thomas Kail told Variety »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Grease: Live Soars in the Ratings, Beating NBC’s Past Two Musicals

1 February 2016 9:24 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The ratings for Grease: Live are in, and Fox execs could be forgiven for busting out the hand jive this morning. Sunday’s spectacular small-screen reinvention of the 1978 movie (which itself was based on the Broadway musical) averaged a systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic 12.2 million same-day viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen data. More impressive, the three-hour telecast was easily the one Fox’s desired demographic wanted, averaging a 4.3 rating among adults under 50 (and a massive 5.6 rating with women under 50). In addition to dominating everything else on TV Sunday — beating ABC, CBS, and NBC combined by nearly 50 percent in the key demo — Grease: Live outranked both of NBC’s past two live musicals (The Wiz and Peter Pan) among both viewers and adults under 50, and came very close to matching the demo results for the Peacock’s first modern musical, The Sound of Music (4.6 rating). More »

- Josef Adalian

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Since Grease Was So Good, 7 More Movies We Want to See as Live TV Musicals

1 February 2016 8:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

While we're still recovering from the flawless masterpiece that was last night's Grease: Live - seems like Twitter is overwhelmed, too - we can't help but dream up suggestions for the next batch of live TV adaptations. We're that excited. So, what can we expect from future productions? Well, based on NBC's prior picks of The Sound of Music, The Wiz and Peter Pan, perhaps some more family-friendly classics we've been guilty of watching over and over again. Add in a dash of Fox's slightly more risqué Grease and suddenly the possibilities are endless. Maybe something like ... The Breakfast ClubSince it worked with Grease: Live, »

- Grace Gavilanes, @gracegavilanes

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Since Grease Was So Good, 7 More Movies We Want to See as Live TV Musicals

1 February 2016 8:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

While we're still recovering from the flawless masterpiece that was last night's Grease: Live - seems like Twitter is overwhelmed, too - we can't help but dream up suggestions for the next batch of live TV adaptations. We're that excited. So, what can we expect from future productions? Well, based on NBC's prior picks of The Sound of Music, The Wiz and Peter Pan, perhaps some more family-friendly classics we've been guilty of watching over and over again. Add in a dash of Fox's slightly more risqué Grease and suddenly the possibilities are endless. Maybe something like ... The Breakfast ClubSince it worked with Grease: Live, »

- Grace Gavilanes, @gracegavilanes

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Grease: Live Is the First TV Musical to Feel Like Actual Theater

1 February 2016 8:20 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If theater is a hot medium, musical theater burns, making it a particularly bad match for the coolness of television. The three recent live musicals on NBC (The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz) have been more or less successful — usually less — on their own terms but in no case came close to convincing a theatergoer of the worth of the attempted temperature translation. The cold silence of the studio, the absence of human connection, and especially the phenomenon of actors belting to an unblinking lens all contributed to their eerie, dead affect, even when those actors were excellent and the material fine. The resounding success of last night’s live production of the 1971 musical Grease on Fox was therefore a huge surprise, and a relief, even if it was the result of just a few relatively sensible innovations on the part of its producers and its »

- Jesse Green

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Grease: Live Ratings Are Bigger Than Danny Zuko's Hair

1 February 2016 8:08 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Grease is the word…for delivering huge ratings that is. Fox's ambitious live musical event, appropriately titled Grease: Live, brought in 12.2 million viewers and a 4.3 same-day rating in the 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary ratings. That's bigger than Danny Zuko's hair and Sandy's at the end of the musical—combined! The ratings could change when finals are released and will likely increase when DVR playback is factored in. NBC's latest live musical, The Wiz, initially had 11.5 million viewers and a 3.4 rating. The first live NBC musical, The Sound of Music, had a 4.6 rating and 18.6 million viewers and the following year Peter Pan averaged 9.2 million viewers and a 2.4 »

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'Grease: Live': 10 Memorable Performances From Fox's Live Musical Broadcast

31 January 2016 8:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Following in the footsteps of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz, Fox got into the live musical broadcast game Sunday with Grease: Live! Not only a first for Fox, this was also the first live musical broadcast (of the 21st century batch) to be filmed in front of a live studio audience. Starring Dancing With the Stars coach Julianne Hough as Sandy, High School Musical vet Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Hot 100-topping singer Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy, Broadway champ Aaron Tveit as Danny, Big Time Rush's Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie, Scream Queens' Keke Palmer as Marty and a whole

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- Erin Strecker, Billboard, Joe Lynch, Billboard

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‘Grease: Live’ Review: Fox Musical Was Smooth as Greased Lightning

31 January 2016 7:15 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With live events being all the rage on broadcast television these days, it was only a matter of time before someone attempted to top NBC’s one-stage theatrical productions (“Peter Pan,” “The Sound of Music”). And so on Sunday night, weeks after NBC finally figured out that the third time’s a charm with “The Wiz Live,” Fox took over the reins with “Grease: Live,” two sound stages and an outdoor set at the mercy of El Nino. From the opening, it was clear the game had indeed been changed from the live format audiences are used to. That anything-can-happen excitement was apparent. »

- Amber Dowling

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Grease: Live – watch it with us - as it happened

31 January 2016 7:03 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

We’ve got chills, and they’re multiplyin’ ... probably because the TV musical Grease: Live is on and we’re live-blogging it. Please join us on the couch for some hand-jiving, bomber jackets and those famous tunes

3.03am GMT

What a triumph. After three years of watching NBC do summer stock on national television, Fox swooped in and stole the live musical format right out from underneath them.

The sets and staging were absolutely the best part of the show, proving that a live musical could look as much like a movie as it could just a regular Broadway musical. All of that credit goes to director Mark Plait.

2.55am GMT

So it concludes with the whole cast driving off the set in golf carts and into a fairground, where they continue to perform We Go Together. It’s delightful.

2.54am GMT

This is just how we wanted Grease: Live to end. »

- Alex Needham and Brian Moylan

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Grease: Live: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Cast

31 January 2016 8:13 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Tonight you will be able to take a trip back to the 1950’s. Back to a time of malt shops and bobby socks. Fox will be hosting a live event of Grease starring some of the most up and coming singers and dancers including Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne HoughGrease: Live will be following in the footsteps of other live events that have taken place in TV land over the last several years including The Sound of Music and Peter Pan. The show will include songs from the 1971 musical that were not included in the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Here are five fun facts

Grease: Live: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Cast »

- Tim Gerstenberger

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'Grease Live!' was... fantastic?

30 January 2016 11:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Eerie question: What do The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live!, and Grease Live! have in common? Eerier answer: They are all good. Seriously. They're glitzy live productions with some tepid acting (particularly in the case of The Sound of Music), but you tend to forgive their awkward moments because the live gimmick is, above all else, cute. It's like watching expensive, well-rehearsed high school theater. And that's a good thing. And it makes you miss high school theater. Fox's Grease Live!, which aired live on the East Coast on Sunday night, added nothing to what we already know of the classic 1978 movie musical (aside from a limp new ballad chirped by a pleasant-enough Carly Rae Jepsen), but it had all the infectiousness and emoji-big smiles you need from three hours of live musical entertainment. No one was begging for Grease to be stretched to the »

- Louis Virtel

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Coca-Cola Hopes To Cut Through Fox’s Live ‘Grease’ With Ad Play

29 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Danny Zuko and Sandy get thirsty during Fox’s live January 31 telecast of the musical “Grease,” chances are they will drink Coca-Cola – because that’s the company taking part in a big ad deal to support the program.

Coca-Cola signs and trademarks will appear in various places during Fox’s broadcast of the program. A vending machine with Coke insignia will appear in the opening of the play, while signs festooned with Coke trademarks will show up in a diner scene, during which the characters will consume beverages made by the Atlanta soda giant. All the logos and marks will be appropriate to “Grease’s 1950s milieu, with designs that are decidedly retro.

“Together, Fox, Paramount Television and Coca-Cola will entertain and refresh millions in this weekend’s live performance as music, fashion and pop-culture collide,” said Katie Miller, vice president of connections, Coca-Cola North America, in a statement. »

- Brian Steinberg

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6 Movies for a Valentine's Family Date Night

28 January 2016 11:37 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Each year, my husband and I try to plan our Valentine’s Day to include our kids for at least part of the time. We think it’s important that they know they are our valentines too - and the makings of a family date night are always a welcome change of pace. Below are a few movies that can genuinely be enjoyed by movie viewers of all ages. The Sound of Music Rated G Julie Andrews plays the governess who falls for a widower with six talented kids and turns them into the...

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Hawaii

26 January 2016 10:26 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow and Richard Harris bring James Michener's true saga to life -- but it's the story of the destruction of paradise. A huge success just the same, producer Walter Mirisch's film testifies to the skill with which he brought together big talent for a show that doesn't compromise with a happy-happy historical revision. Hawaii Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 161 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman, Carroll O'Connor, Jocelyne Lagarde, Manu Tupou, Ted Nobriga, Elizabeth Logue. Cinematography Russell Harlan Production Designer Cary Odell Art Direction James W. Sullivan Film Editor Stuart Gilmore Original Music Elmer Bernstein Written by Dalton Trumbo, Daniel Taradash from the novel by James Michener Produced by Walter Mirisch Directed by George Roy Hill

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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- Glenn Erickson

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Brad Pitt and Plan B Entertainment on the Verge of History

26 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The Big Short, which won the PGA Awards’ best picture prize over the weekend, may earn Plan B Entertainment founder, and the film’s star, Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner their second best picture Oscars in just three years. The trio collaborated on 2014’s best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, and Plan B also produced last year’s best picture nominee, Selma, earning Kleiner and Gardner Oscar noms, as well.

Founded in 2001 by Pitt alongside then-wife Jennifer Aniston and Brad Grey, Plan B has become one of the most successful production companies in Hollywood today, and nominations have been stacking up for its members. After Aniston and Pitt’s divorce in 2006, and Grey’s departure to Paramount, Pitt became the sole owner of the company and enlisted Gardner to be his president. Both Gardner and Pitt also earned best picture nominations »

- Patrick Shanley

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