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Beyonce or Uzo Aduba May Play Glinda in NBC's 'The Wiz'

30 July 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

NBC has its sights set on some big names to fill out the already-impressive cast of its upcoming live staging of "The Wiz": According to several outlets, both Beyonce and Uzo Aduba are being considered for the part of Glinda the Good Witch.

E! reports that Beyonce has already been offered the role, though no deal has been finalized yet. According to Entertainment Weekly, producers have apparently approached the singer at least twice about the part, but the singer has passed both times; EW says that NBC may be prepping yet another offer for Queen Bey, though it's unclear if that's the offer E! is talking about.

But if Beyonce doesn't take it, there's another, equally-talented actress apparently waiting in the wings: "Orange Is the New Black" star Aduba, who has a Broadway background (she appeared in a 2011 revival of "Godspell"). According to E!, Aduba is producers' second pick for the part, »

- Katie Roberts

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Beyoncé in Talks to Join NBC's The Wiz! Find Out Which Oitnb Star Is Also on the Wishlist

29 July 2015 4:09 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Hold the phone!  NBC's production of The Wiz just potentially became more awesome than we could have ever dreamed, because Beyonce has been offered a major role.  Not only that, but it's the best, most perfect role imaginable for Queen Bey: Glinda the Good Witch! When the show debuted on Broadway in 1975, Glinda was played by Grammy-winning jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, while the legendary and Grammy-winning Lena Horne took on the part in the 1978 movie. With a history like that, Beyonce's 20 Grammy awards (and status as the most nominated woman in Grammy history) would fight right in.  This show was already going to be amazing, with both Mary J. Blige and Queen »

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Michael Jackson Wanted to Play This 'Star Wars' Character

25 July 2015 11:44 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It must have been hard for George Lucas to say no to Michael Jackson. The two were old friends after working on the iconic Disneyland 3D attraction Captain Eo way back in 1986, at the height of the pop star's popularity. But when George set out to return to his galaxy far, far away with 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, he made the mistake of letting Michael read the script early. There was one character the singer gravitated to. But George Lucas simply felt he was wrong for the role.

As it turns out, Michael Jackson really wanted to play Jar Jar Binks. A character that would go onto become possibly the most hated in the series of old and new films alike. Mostly known for his singing, Michael Jackson was also an actor. He took the lead in the short film Captain Eo, playing a starship »

- MovieWeb

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NBC Finds ‘Emerald City’s’ Dorothy in ‘True Detective’ Actress Adria Arjona

15 June 2015 5:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Adria Arjona has been cast as Dorothy in NBC’s upcoming Oz-inspired drama series “Emerald City,” Variety has confirmed.

Arjona is in demand, also enjoying a large arc in the second installment of HBO’s “True Detective,” premiering June 21.

Emerald City,” inspired by L. Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” tales, follows 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Arjona) and her K9 police dog who, after a tornado, are transported to another world far away — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. The re-imagined series puts a darker spin on the classic story where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.

The project was revived with a new exec producer, “Do No Harm” creator-exec producer David Schulner, after NBC passed on the show last season. Originally, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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NBC Sets Casting Call for ‘The Wiz Live!’s’ Dorothy

28 May 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dorothy is definitely not in Kansas anymore. In fact, she may be in New York City.

NBC has announced details for its casting call for the role of Dorothy for its upcoming production of “The Wiz Live!” Casting directors are seeking a young African-American woman between 18 and 27 years old. She “must have an extraordinary voice that can tell a story, as well as be mature with a youthful energy.”

The casting call is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 6 at Telsey + Co. at 311 W. 43rd St. on the 10th floor in Midtown Manhattan. Candidates need to be prepared to sing “Home,” “Ease on Down the Road” and “Be a Lion” from the original Broadway production of “The Wiz.”

The Wiz Live!” is adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum and will premiere December 3 on NBC. It is executive produced by Craig Zadan and »

- Reece Ristau

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Wanted: A Singing, Dancing Dorothy Gale

28 May 2015 8:19 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

NBC will hold an open casting call for the lead role of Dorothy Gale in the network's upcoming holiday special "The Wiz Live!" airing December 3rd.

Casting directors are looking for a young African-American woman between 18-27 years old with "an extraordinary voice that can tell a story, as well as be mature with a youthful energy".

Candidates need to be prepared to sing the songs "Home," "Ease on Down the Road" and "Be a Lion" from the original Broadway production of The Wiz which was inspired by L. Frank Baum's "Oz" novels. The call is set for June 6th from 10am-2pm at Telsey + Co in Manhattan. Sign-in begins at 9am.

Whomever is cast will join Stephanie Mills, the original Dorothy from the multi-Tony-winning 1975 stage production. Mills will play Auntie Em in the NBC special.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Cannes Review: Documentary 'By Sidney Lumet' Is A Rewarding, Wide-Ranging, Conversation With A Master

18 May 2015 6:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

His films don't necessarily have the hip reputations of some of his contemporaries, he wasn't as precious about the work as some other auteurs, and he never won a Best Director Oscar (though he received an honorary one in 2005). But there can be no question that Sidney Lumet was one of American cinema's finest filmmakers, as anyone who has read his seminal book "Making Movies," or just seen one of his many great films, can attest. Over a 50-year career, and almost as many movies (here's our retrospective of his work), Lumet undeniably made some duff films ("The Wiz," "A Price Above Rubies" and "Gloria"), but for every questionable picture, there were two solid classics. Read More: Watch: Sidney Lumet's 1955 Rejected TV Pilot 'The Challenge' Starting with his 1957 debut "12 Angry Men," and ending with the brutal, powerful "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead," with works like "Fail-Safe, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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'Wizard of Oz' TV Show 'Emerald City' Gets Series Order on NBC

15 April 2015 6:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Emerald City, a show set within the world of L. Frank Baum's classic tale The Wizard of Oz. The project initially moved forward as a pilot last season, from writers Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman, although the network didn't pick up the series. The project was reworked by Do No Harm series creator David Schulner, resulting in the dramatic reversal of a straight-to-series order.

Emerald City follows the exploits of 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog who are swept up by a tornado and taken to a mystical land far away, full of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. The show is said to put a much darker spin on the original Wizard of Oz tale, showcasing the transformation of a young girl into a "headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands, »

- MovieWeb

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NBC Revives ‘Emerald City’ Drama with 10-Episode Order

15 April 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC is bringing back “Emerald City,” inspired by L. Frank Baum’s enduring “Wizard of Oz” tales, after passing on the project last season.

The net handed a straight-to-series 10-episode order to the drama, which will be exec produced by “Do No Harm” creator-exec producer David Schulner.

Previously, Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman were developing the ambitious fantasy vehicle.

Emerald City” follows 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog who, after a tornado, are transported to another world far away — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy.

The series is a darker spin on “Oz” where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.

Emerald City” isn’t the only “Oz”-inspired project heading down the yellow brick road at NBC. The Peacock »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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NBC Sets The Wiz as Next Live Musical; Broadway Revival to Follow

30 March 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

NBC has settled on the source material for its next live musical staging, and it may come as a bit of a surprise. THR reports that the network has set The Wiz as its next live television event, but this adaptation will differ from NBC’s Peter Pan and The Sound of Music in one significant way: it has Cirque du Solei onboard. The Wiz Live will be a co-production between NBC and Cirque du Solei under the latter’s new theatrical banner and will air on December 3rd, followed by a fully fledged Broadway revival of the Wizard of Oz update during the 2016-17 season. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will once again return as executive producers with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon staging both the television production and the Broadway revival. If that wasn’t enough, Harvey Fierstein is contributing new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. »

- Adam Chitwood

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NBC Teams With Cirque du Soleil for 'The Wiz' Live Musical, Broadway Revival

30 March 2015 2:58 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

NBC has revealed that The Wiz will be the network's third annual live-musical event. The latest adaptation of the 1974 Broadway show, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz with an all-black cast and a Quincy Jones-produced soundtrack, will be co-produced by Cirque du Soleil's theatrical division. After the musical airs live on NBC on December 3rd, the new Wiz will then "Ease on Down the Road" to Broadway with a revival scheduled for the 2016/'17 season, Variety writes.

At the Television Critics Association panel in January, NBC Entertainment chairman »

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NBC Has Officially Picked The Wiz As Its Next Live Musical

30 March 2015 2:10 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Once again, we're getting a live musical from NBC. After the ratings success of The Sound of Music and the more moderate success of Peter Pan, NBC has announced that it's going with The Wiz as its next live musical. The show, an adaptation of the 1978 all-black version of The Wizard of Oz that starred Michael Jackson, will air December 3. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, newly Oscars-freed, will return to executive produce. But this time around, we're getting more than just the NBC broadcast. The network has also teamed up with Cirque du Soleil to bring the show to Broadway next year. So now that the news is official, time to begin the campaign to get Jussie Smollett cast! »

- Dee Lockett

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'The Wiz': NBC's Next Live Musical

30 March 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Time to "ease on down the road" with NBC's next live musical event!

The cast of ‘The Wiz’ (L-r Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Diana Ross and Ted Ross) pose for a publicity shot in 1978 (Getty)

The network has selected "The Wiz" for its next musical, following in the footsteps of "The Sound of Music Live!" starring Carrie Underwood and "Peter Pan Live!" with Allison Williams.

The new version of the popular stage musical will be co-produced by Cirque du Soleil and will then hit Broadway as a revival in 2016.

Watch: Allison Williams’ Favorite ‘Peter Pan ...

Copyright 2015 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

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- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (Access Hollywood)

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The Wiz Will Be NBC's Next Live Musical Event!

30 March 2015 1:34 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

After having success with The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, NBC is moving ahead with another live musical event: The Wiz. The network will rework the 1975 Broadway hit that was inspired by L. Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Even more exciting? Cirque du Soleil will be involved this time. The live performance is scheduled for Dec. 3, and there are plans to bring the show to Broadway in 2016. Diana Ross and Michael Jackson starred in the Oscar-nominated movie version, which came out in 1978 and featured an entirely African-American cast. In case you're not familiar, here's the trailer! »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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NBC Picks The Wiz over Music Man as Next Live Musical, Sets December Airdate and Cirque du Soleil Twist

30 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

NBC’s next live musical event will come with a literal twist (or, more likely, dozens of ‘em).

The network announced on Monday that executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — the men behind NBC’s live versions of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan — will mount a live production of The Wiz in partnership with Cirque du Soleil on Dec. 3. Cirque’s new stage theatrical division will then present The Wiz as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season.

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NBC Reveals ‘The Wiz’ as Next Live TV Musical Special

30 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC will ease on down the road for its next live musical television event: “The Wiz” will take centerstage Dec. 3, the net announced Monday.

The Wiz” marks NBC’s third such production, following the success of “The Sound of Music Live!,” starring Carrie Underwood, and “Peter Pan Live!,” in which Allison Williams played the title character.

The Wiz” will be co-produced by Cirque du Soleil’s new stage theatrical division. After the television event, the musical will make its Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season, also presented by Cirque du Soleil.

Casting for both projects has yet to be announced.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who exec produced NBC’s “Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” return as exec producers. Kenny Leon directs both the TV production and the Broadway revival, along with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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NBC Sets 'The Wiz' as Next Live Musical, Featuring Cirque du Soleil

30 March 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

NBC is set to ease on down the road with its next live musical, with the network announcing Monday that it will stage an adaptation of "The Wiz" in December -- with a special assist.

NBC revealed that "The Wiz" will once again be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the duo behind the network's previous live efforts, "Sound of Music Live!" and "Peter Pan Live!," and the past three Oscars telecasts). But this year, the network is pulling out all the stops for the broadcast, which will also feature a collaboration with acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil.

And the ambitious plans don't stop there: After the live staging airs on NBC in December, the show will then move to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season. Tony winner and Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein ("Mrs. Doubtfire," "La Cage aux Folles," "Hairspray") will work on adapting the show's original book by William F. Brown, »

- Katie Roberts

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Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies

21 February 2015 10:38 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Ah, the sweet sound of success! Even more relevant in this movie article is the sweet movement of success. Thus, Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies will highlight some of the top-notch dance steps where moving your feet to the music is essential. Now this does not have to necessary be exclusive to musical-oriented films or dance-related flicks but hey…it could not hurt either, right?

Nevertheless folks, how about we take a free-wheeling look at some of the selections that were memorable (some more than others) spotlighted here in Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies were your finger-snapping, feet-stomping urges overcome you. Perhaps you have your brand of acceptable dance moments not included in this group? Well, let your thoughts be known if you feel compelled to do so. In the meantime, sit back and check out some of »

- Frank Ochieng

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The 10 Most Wtf-Worthy Moments From 'The Boy Next Door'

25 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week Jennifer Lopez stars in "The Boy Next Door," a suburban psychosexual thriller where Lopez plays a recently separated teacher who has an affair with the (legally of-age) boy next door (Ryan Guzman), only to find her on the receiving end of brutal harassment and some profane graffiti (among other things). This is a movie that is so bad that it eclipse its own awfulness and becomes kind of good again. If I had seen it on opening night, in a packed theater full of screaming, susceptible fans, then I probably would have had the time of my life with it. Instead, I was in a stuffy midtown screening room and while there were certainly jolts of approval from the everyday folks the studio sneaked in, it was hard not to snicker in derision every chance we could.

If you're not going to see "Boy Next Door," or maybe »

- Drew Taylor

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The Boy Next Door Review

22 January 2015 9:45 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Let’s get one thing out of the way now – The Boy Next Door is ludicrous, cheese-coated trash that requires at least one jumbo tub of popcorn and a soda bigger than your head to accompany this cut-and-dry ridiculousness. But they say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Admittedly, Rob Coen’s erotic schlock is no such American classic, but if it were a sweet treat, it’d be the most shockingly deceptive, twisted, rot-your-teeth-it’s-so-sugary Willy Wonka concoction that could only be met with shouts of “What In The Actual F@Ck?!” Actor Ryan Guzman does not ask to be taken seriously, writer Barbara Curry does not care that her story could be the zany offspring of a much more dimwitted Adam Wingard flick, and Jennifer Lopez will Not show her bare chest – she’ll just let Guzman aggressively kneed her breasticles like two mounds »

- Matt Donato

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