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Baum was a prolific writer who penned that famed book and its thirteen sequels. He also wrote over two dozen other books. The plan is to lock in a director Asap, while the script itself has been nominated for the Nicholls Fellowship award to be announced next month.
Nellie Bellflower, who produced the J.M. Barrie biopic "Finding Neverland," worked with Golden and Michael Mislove on developing the script. Bellflower, Mislove and Beau Flynn will produce the feature.
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- Garth Franklin
Jeremy Jordan is legging it from Boston, where he played the lead role today in the American Repertory Theatre matinee of Harvey Weinstein’s new musical Finding Neverland, to Toronto. He’s racing to be with co-star Anna Kendrick for the premiere of the Richard Lagravanese-directed The Last 5 Years, the film that The Weinstein Company just acquired to be distributed by RADiUS. Jordan plays Jm Barrie in the stage musical–Bryan Cranston was spotted in the audience today–which has broken Art box office records as it hones for Broadway. Weinstein was in Boston and is also traveling back to Toronto for the screening.
- Mike Fleming Jr
RADiUS is proud to announce one of the first major acquisitions of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, with North American rights to The Last 5 Years, Richard Lagravenese's (Behind the Candelabra) big screen adaptation of the 2002 Off-Broadway musical by Tony Award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown. Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (Smash) star in Lagravenese's highly anticipated film.
The Last 5 Years will celebrate its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 7th at 8:30Pm at the Ryerson Theater.
The film's two stars are no strangers to the musical community. Kendrick previously received a Tony Award nomination for High Society, and is well known for her wildly popular role in Pitch Perfect, the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2 and Into the Woods. She also had a top ten song on the Us Billboard Hot 100 with "Cups" which peaked at #6 on the chart. Tony nominated Jordan, »
Jessie J is recording a song for the Finding Neverland Broadway musical's concept album, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The track is called "Stronger," which producer Harvey Weinstein has dedicated to the people of Boston. Page Six first reported the news. The musical adaptation of the 2004 film follows Peter Pan playwright J. M. Barrie and the story of his friendship with a woman and four fatherless children who inspired his classic tale about the boy who refused to grow up. The Miramax film starred Johnny Depp as the author opposite Kate Winslet. It grossed $116 million worldwide and
- Ashley Lee
Someone needs to have a long talk with Amazon about trying to compete with Netflix and the like with their original programming. Very first step (once you have content) is to make it accessible and advertise it. Advertise it At Least on your own website where you have millions of shoppers. I'm a good case study. Ever since speaking with Dana Delany, a guest star here last month, I've been eager to see her new pilot that she and I talked about offline "Hand of God". I go to Amazon a lot and I've been wondering when advertisements would pop up for it and they never did. I had to search for it specificially and then once I was searching I had to instinctively know to click on a very small ad that said "Amazon Pilots" above the actual search results that showed me old attempts at original programming. They »
- NATHANIEL R
Update #2 Aug. 27: Riedel responds.
Update Friday morning: Motown The Musical announced its January, 2015 closing — paving the way, maybe, for Finding Neverland to be the next tenant at the Nederlander-owned Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The Riedel Watch: I promised occasional updates on reaction to some of my pal Michael Riedel’s more combustible columns (so many to choose from!), and on Wednesday he produced a doozy. Surveying two New York reviews of Finding Neverland, the Broadway-bound musical that opened last week at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Ma., Riedel complained that New York Times chief drama critic Ben Brantley and Deadline’s yours truly had “pulled our punches” in reviewing Harvey Weinstein’s show, suggesting with ever-unimpeachable taste that “if you’re going to review the baby in the cradle, strangle it.”
My own reaction is that Riedel kinda, »
- Jeremy Gerard
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Well, a few things, maybe.
It’s not at all hard to understand why Harvey Weinstein turned to Diane Paulus to overhaul Finding Neverland, the musical based on Miramax’s 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan creator J.M Barrie. Paulus brings a broad catholicity of taste to her work as artistic director of the non-profit American Repertory Theatre, and that wide-ranging sensibility has led to her own souped-up, physically dazzling revivals of Hair and Pippin, both of which moved to Broadway.
When a 2012 tryout in Leicester, England under the leadership of Rob Ashford was met with yawns, Weinstein sent Finding Neverland back to the drawing board. In addition to hiring Paulus, he replaced Allan Knee (who wrote The Man Who Was Peter Pan, the basis for the film) with James Graham as book writer. U.K. pop-music specialists Gary Barlow »
- Jeremy Gerard
Is your child having a hard time breaking into the movie business? Want to do good while making sure your child has a chance to do well? Until earlier today, there was at least one option out there for even the most hapless of job seekers, albeit with parents possessed of thick wallets: The Weinstein Company has auctioned off an unpaid internship to raise money for the Boston theater where a beloved project is playing.
The auction for the three-month unpaid internship, in either New York or Los Angeles, closed today, three weeks after its July 24 start. A CharityBuzz spokesperson said seven bidders made 13 bids for the internship, but she would not release information about the winning bid (it’s non-transferrable, by the way) or how much was raised until the beneficiary had signed off. Perhaps 10 minutes before the bidding closed, the highest offer stood at $26,000.
The spokesperson said this »
- David Bloom
The New York Times reports that Finding Neverland, a new musical based on the 2004 film starring Johnny Depp, is coming to Broadway in March. The musical will follow the life of struggling playwright J.M. Barrie, who befriends widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her four children on his way to writing Peter Pan.
- Jackson McHenry
Poznan, Poland—Jan Kaczmarek is ready to get back to his first love. The composer, who took home the Oscar in 2004/ for scoring “Finding Neverland,” shifted his focus for the last several years to creating Transatlantyk here in Poznan, in his native Poland. In its fourth year, the week-long “festival of ideas” continues to draw top composers and filmmakers and other creative talents who join together for screenings, thoughtful discussions, concerts and much more. Kaczmarek has managed to squeeze in the occasional film score, such as this year’s German film, “Inbetween Worlds,” but it’s been a while since he has scored a Hollywood film, such as 2002’s “”Unfaithful.” or “2007’s “The Visitor,” or 2009’s “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.” Most recently, he wrote an opera commissioned by Poland's Jagiellonian University that premiered in front of 14,000. His first step is to get back to Los Angeles —he splits his »
- Melinda Newman
The Finding Neverland musical will open on Broadway next year.
Rick Miramontez, a spokesperson for the show's producer Harvey Weinstein, confirmed the transfer on Wednesday (August 13).
Miramontez added that the show will run at a theatre owned by the Nederlander Organisation but refused to specify which one at this stage.
The Broadway production will follow a tryout production of the musical, which is currently running in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Finding Neverland follows Jm Barrie in the early 20th century as he struggles to find success as a playwright, before meeting a family that inspires him to write Peter Pan.
We're getting even more Peter Pan! The New York Times reports that Finding Neverland, a musical based on the 2004 film about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie (played by Johnny Depp), will open for the first time on Broadway this March. The high-profile musical marks Harvey Weinstein's first time as lead producer on a theatrical project, and it has been in the works for some time: After a tryout production drew mixed reviews back in 2012, Weinstein scrapped an earlier version of the script and hired a new team, helmed by Tony-winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), to rework it. This is the first time a firm Broadway date has been announced, although many were predicting it after Jennifer Hudson performed a song from the production at this year's Tony Awards.The cast for the Broadway production remains Tba, although a tryout production starring musical theater vets Laura Michelle Kelly and »
- Anna Silman
Finding Neverland is officially soaring into Broadway. The musical adaptation of the 2004 film following Peter Pan playwright J. M. Barrie will begin performances on the Great White Way in March, according to a New York Times report. A run of the production opens Wednesday night at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. The production is the first major theater project spearheaded by Harvey Weinstein. Nyt notes that Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for Weinstein, said Neverland will be housed on Broadway by a theater owned by the Nederlander Organization. Finding Neverland traces the story of Barrie's friendship with a
- Ashley Lee
Big news today: We’re excited to announce Amazon Studios’ third pilot season, beginning August 28th and featuring three half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and two hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria. For one month, it will be up to you to watch, rate and comment – ultimately helping us decide which of them get the greenlight.
“There is something for everyone in this season,” says Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. The glamorous life of modern day expats in Paris. The hijinks of a summer job at a country club in 1980s New Jersey. The visions of a vigilante judge who appears to be channeling God. The complexities of marriage and friendship among a circle of friends in suburban Chicago. And the mysteries behind a psycho-physiological illness spreading through a small town in Texas.
You can help choose which of these stories should get “picked up” to become shows. »
You have to be a pretty brave guy to battle a headless horsemen, or a bike gang, or Nazi Germany and the crazy crowds at Comic-Con. But on Friday afternoon at EW’s Brave New Warriors panel, hosted by our very own Darren Franich, actors Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Jon Bernthal (Fury), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) and Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) showed how tough it can be to be the tough guy in the spotlight. Here are the highlights:
• Highmore, Mison, and Thwaites are all playing characters with a storied history already documented in previous movies, »
- Jake Perlman
Hitchhikers beware: Norman Bates and his mother Norma Louise are leaving White Pine Bay, Oregon, and hitting the road for a brief vacation in San Diego. The Sdcc Bates Motel panel, returning for its second year at the convention, has just been announced, and it will include the lead actors from A&E’s Bates Motel, which was recently greenlit for a third season.
Taking place in Room 6A on Friday, July 25th from 3:30pm – 4:30pm, the Bates Motel panel will feature Emmy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Academy Award nominee for Up in the Air, The Departed), Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland), Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones) and Nestor Carbonell (Lost, The Dark Knight Rises) as they join key figures from behind the camera, executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (NBC’s Friday Night Lights), as they engage in a “thought provoking panel discussion” about the show. »
- Derek Anderson
Musical-theater rehab may be the theme of Broadway’s upcoming season, as The First Wives Club becomes the second show in recent weeks to emerge from turnaround following an abortive tryout (as was the case with the revised, rewritten and re-scored Finding Neverland, which is about to begin its second out-of-town run, this time at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Ma). Executive producer Elizabeth Williams and producers Jonas Neilson and Paul Lambert announced this morning that a revamped version of The First Wives Club, with a new book and a new director, will open at Chicago’s Oriental Theater next spring, aiming for a […] »
I’m told by a company insider that Roger Bart, a Tony winner and star of Broadway’s The Producers and Young Frankenstein, has departed Finding Neverland, the Broadway-bound, Diane Paulus-staged show based on the 2004 Miramax film starring Johnny Depp. The film about Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family that became the Darlings of his books about the ageless boy, the fairy Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and his gang of pirates aboard the Jolly Roger. The musical is slated to begin performances July 23 at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, following a U.K. tryout […] »
Jennifer Hudson: "American Idol" standout, Academy Award winner, Grammy winner, and now a Tonys juggernaut. Though Hudson won't be a part of the cast of "Finding Neverland," the new musical at Harvard's American Repertory Theatre, she sang its biggest tune at Sunday night's Tonys ceremony. "Neverland" gives you everything you want from Jennifer Hudson, namely passion and pure power. How likely is it that we'll see Jennifer Hudson on Broadway in the next two years? Totally inevitable or just incredibly inevitable? »
- Louis Virtel
There’s plenty of Tony Awards coverage to go around—you can peruse through EW’s list of the best and worst moments, or re-live Sunday’s ceremony through our live blog—but, let’s be real. Everyone just wants to see the performances.
Worry no more. Here are all of this year’s musical performances from the 68th Tony Awards.
Hugh Jackman opens the show
Aladdin (James Monroe Iglehart)
If/Then (Idina Menzel)
- Marc Snetiker
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