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“Into the Woods” is everywhere these days — and not just at a movie theater near you.
With the Disney film version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1986 musical now in marketing overdrive for its Christmas release, you can catch stage productions of the show at the Wallis in L.A. (through this weekend), at the Roundabout Theater Company in New York (through March 22) and, this summer, at the Muny in St. Louis. Considering “Into the Woods” is an enduring favorite of theater fans, these productions don’t owe their existence solely to the film’s release — but theater programmers were almost certainly keeping one eye on the movie as season schedules fell into place.
“The movie definitely played a part in the timing,” said Muny artistic director Mike Isaacson. “‘Into the Woods’ was on my list to do; it was just a matter of when.”
The thinking goes that »
- Gordon Cox
Jack Black, Downton Abbey, and The Phantom of the Opera don’t necessarily go together, but that changes with the arrival of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical passion project on Broadway. School of Rock—The Musical, a stage adaptation based on the hit 2003 film starring Black as a wannabe rocker who forms a band at a prestigious prep school, will make its world premiere in New York at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre. Previews begin Nov. 2, 2015 in anticipation of a Dec. 6 opening. »
- Marc Snetiker
“Los Angeles, CA – Get ready, Freddy. Scream Factory is going to the opera! A Blu-ray release of The Phantom of the Opera, including several bonus features, has been announced for release on February 17, 2015.
Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Galaxy of Terror, Freddy vs. Jason) assumes the classic role of The Phantom in this shocking, nerve-jangling retelling of Gaston Leroux’s timeless tale of music, madness and murder.
An aspiring opera singer finds herself transported back to Victorian-era London – and into the arms of a reclusive, disfigured maestro determined to make her a star. The silver-throated Christine (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather) enjoys success through the arrangements of her new lover (Englund)… until she realizes that he has been committing unspeakably grisly murders in her honor and won’t stop until he’s completed his masterpiece… »
- Jonathan James
When Netflix adds, it must also delete.
While Netflix is adding a ton of movies and TV shows to its streaming library in January 2015, periodically, the streaming service has to do a little housecleaning. A number of titles are due to expire at the end of the year, which means the its the end for some '80s and '90s favorites ("Batman," Beverly Hills Cop," "Happy Gilmore," "Spaceballs"), a handful of Oscar winners ("Gladiator," "Braveheart," "Kramer vs. Kramer"), and a few modern classics ("The Usual Suspects," "Love Actually," "The Breakfast Club").
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Watch 'em while you can!
Netflix Titles Expiring on January 1, 2015
"12 Angry Men" (1957)
"A Mighty Heart" (2007)
"A River Runs Through It" (1992)
"Bad Boys" (1995)
"Beethoven's 2nd" (1993)
"Beverly Hills Cop" (1984)
"Big Trouble in Little China" (1986)
"Boyz n the Hood" (1991)
"Can't Buy Me Love" (1987)
- Tim Hayne
While a lot of horror fans tend to talk about Freddy nonstop when Robert Englund’s name comes up, a film and role that is sometimes overlooked and underrated, is the Dwight H. Little-helmed 1989 film, The Phantom Of The Opera. A gruesome and gory take on the 1910 Gaston Leroux novel, the film has always been a fun time and now thanks to the folks at Scream Factory, it’s getting now the Bluray treatment. Hitting shelves February 17th, The Phantom Of The Opera features a brand new commentary with director Dwight H. Little and the phantom himself, Robert Englund, but also includes a new ‘Making of” doc, packed with brand new interviews with tons of people involved with the film.
“Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Galaxy of Terror, Freddy vs. Jason) assumes the classic role of The Phantom in this shocking, nerve-jangling retelling of Gaston Leroux’s timeless tale of music, »
- Jerry Smith
There are over 20 filmed adaptations, re-imaginings and retellings of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera, but only one stars Robert Englund. From Dwight Little, the director of Halloween 4 and Murder at 1600, 1989’s The Phantom of the Opera was a poorly received, overtly horrific take on the classic tale, starring Freddy himself.…
The post Scream Factory Details Englund-starring Phantom of the Opera Blu appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
While you're making your way through the new movies streaming on Netflix in December, you may need to reprioritize that watching list. The service has just released the list of titles that will be expiring from streaming on Jan. 1, 2015, and there are some good ones in here, like Titanic, Love Actually, The Wedding Planner, and You've Got Mail. There's no telling when or if these movies might come back, so take a look at the list and figure out what you need to see now! 12 Angry Men (1957) A Mighty Heart (2007) A River Runs Through It (1992) Backdraft (1991) Bad Boys (1995) Batman (1989) Beethoven (1992) Beethoven's 2nd (1993) Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Boyz n the Hood (1991) Braveheart (1995) Can't Buy Me Love (1987) Carrie (1976) D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) Duck Soup (1933) Far and Away (1992) G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero; Seasons 1-2 (1983 and 1986) Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) Gladiator (2000) Good Burger (1997) Guess Who's Coming to Dinner »
"Moulin Rouge!" (2001), "Chicago" (2002), "The Phantom of the Opera" (2004), "Dreamgirls" (2006), "Enchanted" (2007), "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007), "Nine" (2009), "Les Misérables" (2012). Between them, 50 oscar nominations, only three of them recognized for Best Picture and only one of them taking the big prize. That's more or less the modern legacy Rob Marshall's "Into the Woods" is looking to enter into, a stage of relative reinvigoration for the musical film genre. Of course, then there are films like "Burlesque," "Hairspray," "Mamma Mia!" and "The Producers," which were stiffed by the Academy but were remembered in the HFPA's Best Picture — Comedy/Musical category at the Golden Globes. Not to mention others like "Fame," "Footloose," "Idlewild," "Rent" and "Rock of Ages," which weren't remembered at all come awards season (with "Jersey Boys" and maybe "Annie" likely to meet similar fates). All of that is to simply illustrate the ups and downs for these »
- Kristopher Tapley
Dinsey unveiled another piece of the Oscar season puzzle Saturday night with an innovative bi-coastal screening of their big holiday release, the musical adaptation of Into The Woods, which screened simultaneously in New York City and at Disney Studios in Burbank (where I saw it).
Post-screening, a satellite-transmitted Q&A featured director Rob Marshall, screenwriter James Lapine and key cast members. Full disclosure: I have been in love with this Stephen Sondheim masterpiece since even before it debuted on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987. Southern California native that I am, I trekked down to San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in 1986 for its pre-Broadway tryout and instantly fell in love.
It’s not only one of my favorite Sondheim musicals (in the top three to be sure with Company and West Side Story), but high among the greatest theatrical experiences I have ever had. I have seen the show in various incarnations several times since. »
- Pete Hammond
Though he’s best known for playing the man of your nightmares, prolific actor Robert Englund has played a plethora of memorable roles over his impressive career, including his turn as the titular villain in 1989’s The Phantom of the Opera. Scream Factory is bringing Dwight H. Little’s take of Gaston Leroux’s classic novel to Blu-ray, but it will now take a little longer than anticipated.
Initially set to be released on January 13th, Scream Factory’s Blu-ray of The Phantom of the Opera will now come out on February 17th. Extras will be announced next month. In the meantime, we have the official cover art and the delay announcement from Scream Factory:
“Slight delay for our upcoming release of The Phantom Of The Opera. Originally slated for 1/13, it will now move to 2/17. Our apologies for the extension but we are trying to make it the best possible »
- Derek Anderson
It's always a good time to revisit our favorite children's movies, whether you're introducing your kids to them for the first time or enjoying a Disney classic yet again. If kids' movies like "Dumbo" and "The Rescuers" aren't already in your library, they're available right now to stream on Netflix, along with a lot of newer movies that will appeal to your kids (and to the kid in you).
(Availability subject to change.)
1. "Anastasia" (1997) G
2. "Antz" (1998) PG
3. "Born Free" (1966) PG
A still-moving classic about the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, then »
- Sharon Knolle
Grandeur often rules the day in Best Production Design, which awards the men and women responsible for a movie's set design and construction. The category typically favors period pieces, though at least one fantasy title tends to find a home every year. It is rare for truly contemporary films to be nominated. However, the category is more open to fantasy and contemporary pieces than its cousin Best Costume Design. (Last year was the first year the costume designers had their own branch, but no easily discernible new trends could be observed in my opinion.) Recent years have also suggested openness to CGI-complemented work ("Life of Pi" and "Gravity" immediately jump to mind). On that note, it's worth mentioning that the Art Directors Guild has implemented a new rule somewhat under the radar for its precursor awards this season. According to the new provision, period films must now have the majority »
- Gerard Kennedy
We’ve known for some time that Universal is trying to breathe new life into its catalogue of classic movie monsters, with Dracula Untold introducing a new bloodsucker in the form of Luke Evans, and a new Mummy on the way that will find Alex Kurtzman (executive producer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) directing from a script by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange). Now, a new rumor has surfaced claiming that the studio wants Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski to write a new take on The Wolf Man, one of its most treasured monsters.
News of Guzikowski’s involvement was embedded in a Deadline report on Universal’s plans for new Fast & Furious movies earlier today. Nothing else has yet come out about The Wolf Man, but the report indicates that the studio is doing its best to expedite the resurgence of its Universal Monsters franchise. Guzikowski, whose work on Prisoners was roundly »
- Isaac Feldberg
Who could have predicted that Phantom of the Opera would suddenly enjoy a spike in popularity this fall? First, we heard that Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry was working on a sexy, musical spin set in the “cutthroat world of the modern-day music business” for ABC, which has been looking for a musical drama to pair with Nashville. And now, an immediately much more interesting project, based more on Gaston Leroux’s novel than the Andrew Lloyd Webber play, has emerged, with French auteur Jean-Pierre Jeunet at the helm.
Jeunet, the director behind such instant classics as Delicatessen, Amelie and City of Lost Children, will develop a Phantom of the Opera series for Endemol Studios, Variety reports. Producer Tony Krantz (NBC’s Dracula, Mulholland Drive), who recently sold his WWII drama spec script Saboteurs to eOne Television, is providing the script.
Krantz’s script is set in 1919 and features “a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("City of Lost Children," "Alien Resurrection") is teaming with "Mulholland Drive" and "24" producer Tony Krantz on Endemol Studios' TV series adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1909 novel "The Phantom Of The Opera".
Krantz' script is set in 1919 and re-imagines the 'phantom' as a British World War I fighter pilot who suffered catastrophic burns across most of his body. Jeunet calls it an "imaginative version" and plans to use the time period of "great social change" as a key element of the story.
Endemol's series is not to be confused with a similar adaptation of Leroux’s novel that the U.S. TV network ABC is developing with "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry. That series is set in contemporary times and will deal much more with today's cutthroat music industry world.
No word yet on which networks may carry Jeunet's show.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
If you enjoy seeing new twists on vintage horror villains, then you might be adding a few more TV shows to your DVR in the future. A little over a week ago, Fox revealed they are moving forward on a Frankenstein TV series pilot, while ABC unveiled their plans for a TV series adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. Now a third show has entered the mix, as Endemol Studios has their own version of the Phantom in the works.
According to Deadline, Tony Krantz is writing a TV drama series adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s classic 1909 novel, The Phantom of the Opera, that will be directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) and produced by Endemol Studios. No casting details have been revealed at this time. Here’s the show’s synopsis, via Deadline:
“Described as a drama brimming with tortured love affairs, sex, murder and mystery among the international »
- Derek Anderson
Add another filmmaker making the exodus to the small screen. "Amelie" director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is headed to television to helm "The Phantom Of The Opera," but this version won't be the story you know from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway smash. Penned by Tony Krantz (the producer behind "24" and "Felicity," among others), this new take is "a drama brimming with tortured love affairs, sex, murder and mystery among the international jet set at the dawn of the Jazz Age, the Phantom Of The Opera series is set in 1919 against a backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference. The story centers on a British World War I fighter pilot with burns covering half of his body. He finds himself at the center of a string of murders that threatens to embroil the city’s gathered world leaders. The 'Opera' in this re-imagining is an opera house that is home to the hottest »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Toward the end of October we learned that ABC is working on a “contemporary reimagining” of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera novel set in the world of the modern-day music business, and now comes word that a second… Continue Reading →
The post Second Phantom of the Opera TV Series in the Works appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
A few weeks ago, we reported that ABC was in development on a modern-day musical adaptation of Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera," but now it seems a rival series is coming to steal its thunder as prolific producer Tony Krantz ("24," "Dracula") and acclaimed Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet prepare to shift the story from a 19th century opera house to an early 20th century jazz club.
This new "Phantom of the Opera" will involve a lot of sex, murder and mystery in 1919 against a backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference.
- Ryan Turek
A few weeks ago, we reported that ABC was in development on a modern-day musical adaptation of Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera," but now it seems a rival series is coming to steal its thunder as prolific producer Tony Krantz ("24," "Dracula") and acclaimed Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet prepare to shift the story from a 19th century opera house to an early 20th century jazz club. »
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