13 items from 2015
The fantastic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang musical will hit the road again in 2016, and it has been confirmed this morning that the show will feature a new, all-star cast.
Caractacus Potts will be played by Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) from 10 February until 24 April, and he will return to the show from 5 October 2016. Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) will play Caractacus Potts from 4 May until 18 September 2016.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will also feature Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray) as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst until 24 April 2016, Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street) as Baroness Bomburst, and Andy Hockley (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Grandpa Potts.
- Paul Heath
Mrs Henderson Presents will star Tracie Bennett as Laura Henderson, Ian Bartholomew as Vivian Van Damm and Emma Williams as Maureen who all reprise the roles they played in Bath. Full casting will be announced shortly.
Based on the film Mrs Henderson Presents – original screenplay by Martin Sherman, the musical has a book and is directed by the multi-award winning Terry Johnson. Lyrics are by the Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe winning Don Black with music by Oscar nominated George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain, who both collaborated on the original film. It is choreographed by Andrew Wright, has set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Paul Wills and lighting design by Ben Ormerod. Wig, hair and make-up design is by Richard Mawbey, orchestrations are by »
- Paul Heath
Animal might want to stick to playing the drums, ’cause it doesn’t look like remembering lyrics is the guy’s forte. In a new video of from “The Muppets” YouTube channel, Floyd Pepper and Animal deliver (or attempt to deliver) a dramatic reading of “It’s a Small World.” (This video made possible by the 2004 Disney acquisition of the Muppets.) This might be the most tolerable rendition of the Disneyland earworm. (Trivia for you: The song was written by The Sherman Brothers, the same folks who gave us the music of “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”) Check out the video below: The video is among several videos being rolled out to promote the upcoming mockumentary-style “Muppets” TV show, which premieres on ABC on Sept. 22. »
- Emily Rome
Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. Each month the streaming service announces its new releases, it also has to give the bad news of the titles that will be taken off the service. This month - Aug. 1, to be exact - several great movies will no longer be available for your viewing pleasure. So you know what that means: get to bingeing! Movies Titanic Shooter Kiss the Girls Joe Dirt Fools Rush In Face/Off Driving Miss Daisy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Fifth Element Jiro Dreams of Sushi (expires Aug. 23) TV Series Family Ties (expires Aug. 15) »
Read More: 'The Hurt Locker,' 'Two Days, One Night' and More Coming to Netflix This August (Plus Indiewire's Picks) As we start anticipating the new titles hitting Netflix next month, it's also that time of the month when we must lament, "Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away." August finds the streaming platform getting rid of some of their most adventurous titles, including a handful of science fiction blockbusters and acclaimed documentaries. Check out all of the titles leaving Netflix in August below, plus Indiewire's personal picks on what to stream before it's too late. Synopsis provided by Netflix. Leaving 8/1 "Bad Girl Island" (2007) "Barbershop" (2002) "Beauty Shop" (2005) "Bulletproof" (1996) "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968) Indiewire Pick: "Face/Off" (1997)In John Woo's science fiction action hit, FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) goes under the knife to acquire the »
- Zack Sharf
So much for "Never let go": Mighty epic "Titanic" leaves Netflix streaming on August 1st.
Here's a complete list of the movies and TV shows that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list in August 2015. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, we've also got the list of what's new on Netflix in August 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)
Leaving August 1
"Bad Girl Island »
- Sharon Knolle
In the movies we’ve seen countless tales told through the eyes of (usually now grown-up) children all about the wild, wacky adventures they experienced with their unconventional, non-conformist parents or caregivers such as Mame, Gypsy, even the inventor pop of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But what if they were more than zany, and didn’t break into song. The father of this new autobiographical film is unlike the lovable eccentrics embraced in past films. He’s has a real diagnosed, clinical disorder. How would children really deal with that? This film’s title comes from the younger daughter’s interpretation of her beloved poppa’s condition. Instead of saying that he’s bi-polar or manic-depressive, she says that her daddy is an Infinitely Polar Bear.
This story’s focus is the unconventional Stuart family. Well, unconventional for the late sixties and early seventies. Cameron “Cam” Stuart (Mark Ruffalo) comes »
- Jim Batts
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, y'all -- Bad Boys 3 is still alive. About a year ago, we heard that Martin Lawrence was still interested in pursuing a third installment of the franchise, and David Guggenheim was working on a script. According to Deadline, that draft is now apparently being looked over by Joe Carnahan, who is in possible talks to write and/or direct the possible film. [caption id="attachment_282198" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Columbia Pictures[/caption] Surely part of the film's viability revolves around whether or not Will Smith will be able to return. Word is that the studio is looking to have everything in place for Bad Boys 3 soon enough that Smith might be able to slot it in after Suicide Squad. As for Carnahan, he would be taking the reins from the director of the first two films, Michael Bay. But Carnahan has cut his teeth both on well-received low-budget films such as The Grey, »
- Allison Keene
You may have heard the big news yesterday that Seinfeld will start streaming exclusively on Hulu in June. In the meantime, here are the movies and shows that are new on Hulu in May for your streaming enjoyment. Available May 1 Backstrom Season 1 Finale (Fox) Antitrust (2001) Barbershop (2002) Beauty Shop (2005) The Birdcage (1996) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) Death at a Funeral (2007) Bleach (English Dub) Season 22 (Adult Swim) No, You Shut Up! Seasons 1-3 (Fusion) Available May 2 Mistresses Season 2 Premiere (ABC) Auction Hunters Season 6 Premiere (Spike) Available May 4 The Last Man on Earth Season 1 Finale (Fox) Available May … Continue reading →
The post What’s new on Hulu: May 2015 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Three films in, and Jon Wright is very much a director whose output is worth keeping an eye on. His first full feature, Tormented, was an effective horror with some strong moments, but it was Grabbers where he really struck gold. It remains, along with Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, our favourite horror comedy of recent times. Wright has taken a different turn for his new movie, Robot Overlords, a sci-fi movie aimed at a family audience. And he spared us some time to natter about it...
Can you put into words how you're feeling, on the eve of your film's release?
Well, I'm a bit nervous about the release, as you would be. Hoping it goes well. And I'm reading all the press that people are writing, which I actually think is very interesting. »
After holding the party at a private residence in Beverly Hills for at least the last 15 years, the Society of Composers & Lyricists took their pre-Oscar champagne reception to West Hollywood’s cavernous La Boheme restaurant on Saturday, and the size of the turnout grew exponentially to fit the larger space.
Some of the usual suspects were there, including perennial bridesmaids Alexandre Desplat, whose score nominations for “The Imitation Game” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” give him eight in about as many years, and seven-time song nominee Diane Warren (“Grateful,” from “Beyond the Lights”), who tried, in vain, to avoid the word “awesome” in her remarks lest she plug her competition — Shawn Patterson of “Everything Is Awesome” fame (“The Lego Movie”).
But it was the Oscar rookies, many of them attending the Scl shindig for the first time, who far outnumbered the wily vets among the honorees. Patterson called a number »
- Steve Chagollan
Paddington is an instant family classic, and will likely defy the expectations of those expecting another live-action CGI hybrid such as Scooby Doo, The Smurfs or Yogi Bear. Director Paul King is able to take the story of a young Peruvian bear known worldwide, and turn it into a unique and charming experience unlike anything seen before. It truly is a special little film, and it will surely continue to find an audience well after it leaves theaters. Its the type of movie that is impossible to hate on any level.
The movie follows Paddington as he travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined, until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. »
13 items from 2015
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