12 items from 2016
The musical's composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz revealed the news at a Behind the Music panel at Comic-Con yesterday: "At least, as of now, there will be probably four new songs in the movie" he said, adding that one of them was cut from the original Broadway production.
Although Schwartz wouldn't name the old song, he's likely talking about the now near-legendary lost song "Making Good" which was reportedly the first song Schwartz wrote for the musical. Winnie Holzman is currently working on the film's script.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
At least four Wicked new songs will be added to Stephen Daldry’s 2019 movie adaptation of the long-running Broadway blockbuster, the musical’s composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz said at a “Behind the Music” panel today at Comic-Con. “At least, as of now, there will be probably four new songs in the movie,” he told fans, before adding that one of the songs was cut from the original Broadway production. Although Schwartz wouldn’t name the old new song, musical theater geeks… »
Harmonix dropped an interesting tidbit of news for Rock Band 4 at E3 last month with the announcement of Rock Band Rivals, the first full-fledged expansion pack for the latest in their iconic rhythm game series. Unfortunately, they didn’t provide details beyond pricing and a revamped guitar controller, with employees later saying they’d ultimately chosen to pull back the curtain after a little more development time.
This is exactly what happened last week, when Harmonix provided me and several others with a presentation in New York City, giving us some hands-on time with Rock Band Rivals. Based on what I saw and played, Rivals looks to give the presentation of the series a real shot in the arm with one of its two new primary modes, and should also increase the game’s longevity with the other one.
The presentation was headed by Harmonix’s Daniel Sussman, who served »
- John Fleury
Jill Holmes is stepping down from her role as senior vice president of West Coast development and production for VH1. She has signed a multi-year first-look production deal with the network. Her departure was announced Monday in a memo to staff from VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy.
Holmes is a 17-year veteran of VH1, having joined the cable channel in 1998 as vice president of series production. Among the series she helped create for VH1 are “Behind the Music,” “T.I. and Tiny,” “Dating Naked,” “Basketball Wives,” “Flavor of Love,” “Rock of Love” and “I Love New York.”
Holmes’ departure comes nearly three weeks after McCarthy was promoted to president of VH1 and Logo.
Read the memo from McCarthy below:
I have some news to share about our good friend and one of our senior leaders here at VH1, Jill Holmes. After nearly 20 years as an integral part of the VH1 family, Jill »
- Daniel Holloway
Jill Holmes, Head of West Coast Development and Production for VH1, is leaving the network’s executive ranks after almost 18 years. She will depart her post in August, staying in the VH1 fold with a multi-year first-look deal. During her tenure, Holmes — who first joined VH1 as VP Series Production in late 1998 — has been involved in the development and production of such signature VH1 shows as Behind the Music, Flavor of Love and its offshoots, T.I. and Tiny, Dating Naked… »
By way of musical mockumentary, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping delivers hilarity, stupidity, and a whole lot of other expected “-ity’s.” This is textbook SNL-alumn scripting. Direct parallels are drawn to Jon M. Chu’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, The Lonely Island drops some raunchy new material, and celebrity cameos fight for top-billing. We’re talking about a movie that – in one moment – captures a fish-costume-wearing Justin Timberlake shredding guitar riffs while Tim Meadows plays saxophone and Michael Bolton backs up Andy Samberg (who is rapping about his silly thoughts). Take that comment for Exactly what it is, and prepare for The Lonely Island’s latest bit of glorious absurdity.
Andy Samberg stars as Connor4Real, a pop sensation who found tremendous solo success after his original band, the Style Boyz, parted ways. With bandmate Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer) gone, Connor and his DJ, Owen (Jorma Taccone), tear »
- Matt Donato
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
"The Good Wife" (Sunday on CBS at 9 p.m.)
This is it. The end of an era. After seven seasons of heartbreak (she'll always love you, Will!), headaches, incredibly sharp writing, and powerful performances from Julianna Margulies down to the many amazing guest stars, Alicia Florrick's story is coming to an end on May 8. The series finale, appropriately titled "End," was written by showrunners Robert and Michelle King, and directed by Robert King. Margulies told Entertainment Weekly the finale will be "satisfying, uplifting and sad." The showrunners have Not shot down that Josh Charles return rumor, so here's hoping for some kind of flashback/vision/cameo/thing. Also, here's hoping for more of this, from Alicia and Jason:
- Gina Carbone
“Miss Sharon Jones?” Though the actual title for the soul singer’s soul-bearing docu-portrait ends with an emphatic, life-affirming exclamation point, audiences could be forgiven for phrasing it as a question instead: Just who is this tiny musical dynamo, who finds the energy not only to thrash and shimmy like a pint-sized Tina Turner on-stage but also to battle it out with pancreatic cancer behind the scenes — and more importantly, why haven’t we heard of her before?
For those who know Jones’ work as the just-shy-of-five-foot frontwoman for Brooklyn-based funk ensemble the Dap-Kings, director Barbara Kopple’s latest femme-powerment film anthem will be a delight. And for the many who don’t, the discovery proves an even greater pleasure, offering an intimate glimpse at the fighting spirit that defines one of America’s great unsung rhythm artists.
Actually, “diva” is the term Jones seems to get most, though the »
- Peter Debruge
VH1 has signed radio and TV news veteran Sway Calloway as an on-air personality and producer. He will appear in VH1’s tentpole events, executive produce specials for the network and bring new programming ideas to the channel. Sway’s first partnership with VH1 will be on the new series “Behind The…,” an expansion of the renowned VH1 “Behind The Music” franchise that will explore all facets of pop culture and its intersection with current cultural and political issues. Calloway will host and serve as executive producer of the "Behind The…” series. "Sway is a true icon who is a triple threat as a personality, producer and actor,” said Chris »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Melissa McCarthy returned for her fourth time as host at Saturday Night Live, and deservedly so: She's one of a handful of people that essentially has an open invite to come on whenever she feels like it, with a skill set perfectly equipped to engage with the cast and also put entire sketches on her back when the need arises.
So it was interesting, in a bad way, to see her more or less recede to the background in last night's installment. It's not that McCarthy did a bad job, »
Nearly seven years after Michael Jackson’s premature passing, the world has probably gleaned as much as it ever will about the personal, physical and sexual curiosities of the posthumously reigning King of Pop; his enduringly influential artistry, however, remains ripe for renewed appreciation and appraisal. Leading the charge on this front is Spike Lee, who brings evidently profound personal affection and diligent research instincts to the inelegantly but self-explanatorily titled “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off to Wall.” Corraling a wealth of talking heads — ranging from family members to essential collaborators to Rosie Perez — to examine Jackson’s transition from preternatural boy-band member to supernatural solo star, this bouncily entertaining doc may boast only a notch more formal ambition than a very well-assembled “Behind the Music” special, but is no less essential than Lee’s first Mj opus, the excellent “Bad 25.”
Like “Bad 25,” Lee’s »
- Guy Lodge
The forthcoming intense love story from Eros International Sanam Teri Kasam, has already received praises for its music. The film has been directed by the talented duo of Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao and has debutants Harshvardhan Rane and Mawra Hocane in the lead roles. The films music has been composed by the multi-talented Himesh Reshammiya. Himesh’s last successful album was the super hit music of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. The music of Prdp was naturally very traditional, and his music in Sanam Teri Kasam is romantic and modern which is almost the complete opposite, thus showcasing his versatility as a Music Director. Two songs from the album have already released which are the title track and ‘Kheench Meri Photo’. Eros Now have recently released a video with the films directors, actors and singers Palak Muchhal and Ankit Tiwari, who talk about how the beautiful title track came together. »
- Jem Raj
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