9 items from 2009
With Christians around the world gathering to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it's a fitting time to look back at those actors who've portrayed him on the big screen.
Whether playing the actual Son of God or merely his analogue, the eight performers in Our Favorite Movie Messiahs made us believe.
Link | Posted 12/14/2009 by reelz
The Matrix | The Last Temptation of Christ | The Big Lebowski | The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | Tron | Jesus Christ Superstar | Terminator 2: Judgment Day | The Greatest Story Ever Told »
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Out actress Heather Matarazzo has signed on to play one of the most interesting characters she's likely to ever play — and she's played some odd ones. Heather will be starring as "a trailer-trash gal who loves singing and gets cast in a local production of Jesus Christ Superstar" who is likened to Jessica Simpson.
Yes, it sounds incredibly awesome.
Shooting starts this month and PrideSource.com reports that production hopes to be wrapped in time to get Magnus! in next year's Lgbt film festivals. Sounds good to me!
In the meantime, the just-turned 27-year-old actress is keeping busy as an ambassador for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which just held its annual Emery Awards last night. Heather attended with her fiancée, Caroline Murphy.
And, of course, there's the return »
- Trish Bendix
With the recent success of big screen musicals like Mamma Mia! and Disney's youth-oriented High School Musical series, it makes sense that Universal would be looking to assemble another musical that meets somewhere in the middle. And hey, if they can get all the religious groups on board at the same time, well then it doesn't get much better than that! Word on the street is that they are actively developing a remake of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar with producer Marc Platt (Wanted, Nine, Legally Blonde). They've now got a director in their sights as well: 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Biz Blog , Webb is interested in the project, and based on his music video background the studio is hoping that he can produce "a modern, hipstery take" on the original. Ugh... the thought »
In the Universal Pictures-centric Wrap Up this week:
There are some Funny People at the top of the box office; Ron Howard puts together the pieces of Robert Ludlum’s Parsifal Mosaic; Judd Apatow’s films are now Universal; Charlize Theron is Florence of Arabia; Jesus Christ Superstar has been 2000 years in the making and there’ll be some action on The Lords Day (not a religious film!).
With a reported $70 million budget, the film will need strong legs and good international sales to see any sort of profitability. The films serious subject matter (cancer) and long running time (2 ½ hours) are some of the main reasons cited for the lack-lustre opening.
Showing that no concept is too crazy to be popular, G-Force »
- Niall Browne
Universal Pictures is currently in talks with "500 Days of Summer" director Marc Webb to helm the studio's upcoming "Jesus Christ Superstar" remake. Universal and producer Marc Platt are in active development on the project. The original 1973 film is based on Tim Rice's Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera that appeared on Broadway one year prior and became a media sensation for its quality and controversy. It tells the story of the final six days in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot. "500 Days of Summer" is Webb's first feature film, but contains bits of a musical. In one scene, Joseph Gordon-Levitt dances down the streets of downtown Los Angeles to Hall and Oates' "You Make My Dreams" as a group forms to dance around him. »
Jumping on the musical bandwagon what was Mama Mia!, High School Musical and Steven Soderbergh's musical Cleo, Andrew Lloyd Webber has flicked through his back-catalogue and decided that Jesus Christ Superstar is due for a do-over.Lined up for the job of taking the helm, is none other than man of the moment (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb. Giving the '70s classic a new lease of life, and possibly a brand new haircut, the rock opera should bring a whole new demographic to the cinema.So who will be watching Jesus Christ Superstar the re-boot? and who should play the holy man himself? Answers on a postcard please. »
Last year, Mama Mia! did well for Universal, so according to the RiskyBiz Blog the studio is looking to find musical harmony again with a revamp of Jesus Christ Superstar. They're talking to the director who has recently made a splash with (500) Days of Summer, Marc Webb. The blog speculates on "a modern, hipstery take," which makes me shudder. (Let me guess: it'll shoot at McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn.) But I have relatively little familiarity with either the original Broadway show or the film (Andrew Lloyd Webber and I don't really suit one another) so I can't speculate as to whether that's a good idea or a terrible one. In 1972 the Tim Rice / Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway show generated a smash soundtrack album, and Norman Jewison's film followed the year after. Both versions are products of the '70s, with hippie influences and, more important, an open-minded »
- Russ Fischer
Universal Pictures apparently wants to follow the enormous success of their Abba musical Mamma Mia! by reviving Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's early hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar with (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb at the helm, this according to the Risky Biz Blog . The original musical, which typified the music and lifestyles of the early '70s, first hit the big screen in 1973 in a well-known adaptation by director Norman Jewison, which Universal and producer Marc Platt are now in active development to remake and presumably update for modern audiences. (Besides his successful debut, Webb spent many years directing music videos for the likes of Green Day and others.) You can read Steven Zeitchek's full assessment of this interesting development over »
Universal Pictures is currently in talks with 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb to helm the studio's upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar remake, reports the Risky Biz Blog. Universal and producer Marc Platt are in active development on the project.
The controversial but acclaimed musical — based on Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's heavily stylized rock opera that arrived on Broadway one year prior — hit theaters in 1973, and typified the music and pop culture of the early '70s. Under the helm of legendary director Norman Jewison, it told the story of the final six days in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot.
500 Days of Summer is Webb's first feature film, but contains bits of a musical. In one scene, Joseph Gordon-Levitt dances down the streets of downtown Los Angeles to Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams" as a group forms to dance around him. »
9 items from 2009
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