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Modern Phantom Of The Opera Series To Bow At ABC

Musical television series have been a risky proposition for years, but the recent ratings success of projects like Fox’s Glee and ABC’s Nashville has certainly made network heads a little more bullish about ordering similar shows. Now, though, ABC is taking the exceptionally bold step on committing to an ambitious musical series that, if successful, will pave the way for even more small screen singing and dancing. Reteaming with Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, the network is eyeing a modern adaptation of Phantom of the Opera.

Similar to ABC’s Nashville, the “contemporary” adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s classic gothic novel will arrive as a drama with musical elements. Set in “the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business,” the hour long scripted series will include a script by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, 17 Again).

The last time that Phantom of the Opera, an often-adapted work,
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‘Phantom of the Opera’ Drama From Marc Cherry Headed to ABC

‘Phantom of the Opera’ Drama From Marc Cherry Headed to ABC
ABC is developing a contemporary take on “The Phantom of the Opera” shepherded by “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry.

The ABC Studios project is described as a drama with musical elements — it will be set in the modern-day music biz — but it is not a rendition of the Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner that has been a legit B.O. dynamo worldwide for nearly 30 years.

Cherry and his team are tapping the original 1909 novel by Gaston Leroux, which has been adapted many times by Hollywood, most famously in the 1925 Lon Chaney starrer. Plot involves a ghost who haunts an opera house and helps a budding singer before jealousy gets the better of him.

The ABC rendition is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music biz and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama “Nashville.”

Cherry is exec producing with Sabrina Wind
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The Oscars' youngest winners and nominees: Where are they now?

The Oscars' youngest winners and nominees: Where are they now?
There's just days to go before Ellen DeGeneres hosts the biggest event in the movie world's calendar - the 86th annual Academy Awards.

This year's nominees include newcomers Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi, who are recognised for their supporting breakthrough performances in 12 Years a Slave and Captain Phillips respectively.

Ahead of Sunday's (March 2) glittering ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, we reminisce upon other breakthrough roles from some of the youngest Oscar-nominated stars in history - and what they've gone on to do since - below:

Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon

Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history, picking up the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the tender age of 10 for her role as strong-willed tomboy Addie in Paper Moon (1973), in which she appeared opposite her father Ryan O'Neal.

The actress went on to appear in successful movies such as The Bad News Bears Nickelodeon with Burt Reynolds, and
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DiCaprio, Breslin and Foster: Breakthrough Oscars stars then and now

DiCaprio, Breslin and Foster: Breakthrough Oscars stars then and now
There's just days to go before Ellen DeGeneres hosts the biggest event in the movie world's calendar - the 86th annual Academy Awards.

This year's nominees include newcomers Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi, who are recognised for their supporting breakthrough performances in 12 Years a Slave and Captain Phillips respectively.

Ahead of Sunday's (March 2) glittering ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, we reminisce upon other breakthrough roles from some of the youngest Oscar-nominated stars in history - and what they've gone on to do since - below:

Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon

Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history, picking up the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the tender age of 10 for her role as strong-willed tomboy Addie in Paper Moon (1973), in which she appeared opposite her father Ryan O'Neal.

The actress went on to appear in successful movies such as The Bad News Bears Nickelodeon with Burt Reynolds, and
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Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, more: Forrest Gump stars then & now

Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, more: Forrest Gump stars then & now
Tom Hanks recently enjoyed a reunion with two of his Forrest Gump co-stars, Gary Sinise and Mykelti Williamson.

The actor posted a picture of himself with Sinise and Williamson, who played Lieutenant Dan and Bubba respectively in the 1994 movie, on his Twitter.

"Hadn't seen these old friends for too long," he tweeted along with the photo.

As the classic heartfelt movie approaches its 20th anniversary, we take a look back at what the main stars of the drama have gone on to accomplish since.

Tom Hanks

Hanks gave a heartbreaking and poignant Academy Award-winning performance as the endearing Forrest Gump in Robert Zemeckis's drama.

The 57-year-old actor reunited with the film's director for the critically acclaimed Cast Away in 2000 and again for 2004's animated The Polar Express.

Hanks has since appeared in a long list of successful movies including Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile and The Da Vinci Code,
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'Angels Sing' review: Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton can't save off-key holiday musical

  • Pop2it
An all-star cast of singers become actors for "Angels Sing," a wan little holiday film that manages to show a little heart once it finally gets going.

Harry Connick Jr. stars as an Austin, Texas, history professor who doesn't put much stock in Christmas. Michael is always angling to dodge doing both Thanksgiving and Christmas with his parents (Kris Kristofferson, Fionnula Flanagan) for reasons he's reluctant to tell his granny-loving son (Chandler Canterbury). His wife (Connie Britton) is understanding. 

Eventually, the kid finds out -- dad lost a brother over the holidays, years ago. Kind of ruined the day for him.

But Michael's ongoing house-hunting throws him in the path of this chuckling old man (Willie Nelson) with a McMansion for sale.

"How much, Mr. ... uuhhhh?"

"Call me 'Nick.'" 

They seal the deal and Michael finds himself with the showplace of Live Oak Lane, one of those Christmas-crazed corners
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Open Wide for Nothing Left to Fear's New UK Poster

News on the upcoming UK release of Slash-produced shocker Nothing Left to Fear is coming thick and fast right now so to follow up our recent look at the UK trailer for the flick, we also now have the UK poster for you in all its stretchy-mouthed glory.

From the Press Release:

The terrifying debut release from Slasher Films, Nothing Left to Fear is directed by Gore Verbinski protege Anthony Leonardi III. It stars Anne Heche ("Hung," "Everwood," Volcano), Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place," Secondhand Lions) and Clancy Brown (Shawshank Redemption, "Carnivale," Starship Troopers), coupled with a musical score composed by Nicholas O'Toole and Slash.

When opportunity knocks, a young down-on-their-luck family pack up their home and move halfway across the country to re-root themselves into an idyllic little town filled with hopes of a better life. What awaits them, however, is a tale of betrayal and evil
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Exclusive: The First Look at Nothing Left To Fear with a New Poster and Trailer

  • HeyUGuys
Coming to DVD, Video on Demand and Download February 2014, we’ve got the brand new first look at Nothing Left To Fear which comes from Gore Verbinski’s protégé Anthony Leonardi III.

If you can’t wait until February, fear not as you’ll be able to see the movie first at the Film4 Frightfest All Nighter from October 26th. We’ve got the first look at the trailer and UK poster which can be seen below. Have a watch and let us know what you think in the comments below.

The terrifying debut release from Slasher Films Production; Nothing Left To Fear is directed by Gore Verbinski’s protege Anthony Leonardi III. Starring Anne Heche (Hung, Everwood, Volcano), Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place, Secondhand Lions) and Clancy Brown (Shawshank Redemption, Highlander, Starship Troopers). Coupled with a musical score composed by Nicholas O’Toole and Slash.

When opportunity knocks,
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New UK Trailer Shows Us There's Nothing Left to Fear

Produced by rock legend Slash, Anthony Leonardi III's demonic ditty Nothing Left to Fear is set to unleash the scares on UK DVD and digital distribution in February 2014. Ahead of the release, we have a brand new UK trailer to whet your appetite... for destruction. Ahem.

From the Press Release:

The terrifying debut release from Slasher Films Production, Nothing Left to Fear is directed by Gore Verbinski's protege Anthony Leonardi III. Starring Anne Heche ("Hung," "Everwood," Volcano), Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place," Secondhand Lions) and Clancy Brown (Shawshank Redemption, "Carnivale," Starship Troopers), coupled with a musical score composed by Nicholas O'Toole and Slash.

When opportunity knocks, a young down-on-their-luck family packs up their home and moves halfway across the country to re-root themselves into an idyllic little town filled with hopes of a better life. What awaits them however is a tale of betrayal and evil beyond any of their worst nightmares.
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20 interesting films from one-time movie megastars

  • Den of Geek
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16

We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...

There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.

The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity.
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First Date - The Musical: A Hilarious & Charming Look at Modern Day Romance [Review - ★★★★]

Set in a cozy Manhattan bar, this must see show about the highs and lows of blind dating features an extraordinarily talented cast, hilarious book, and music that exemplifies the magic of Broadway. There have been many theatrical love letters about New York, but this feels the first love letter from the city itself. First Date is a beacon of hope to the twenty something's fairing the treacherous dating world in the world's smallest big city. This charming story is brought to the stage by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl) and highlighted by delectable music and witty lyrics crafted by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions). Winsberg, Zachary, and Weiner took many of their own dating experiences and applied them directly to the production, giving us an unabashed look at the early...
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[Exclusives] Mashup: Old People Kicking Ass

  • NextMovie
You young whipper-snappers better behave, cause these old people are going to make you wish you got off their lawns when they told you to. Edited by Avaryl Halley.

 

Movies Included (Click to Buy):

Almost Heroes | Ace Ventura Pet Detective | Gran Torino | Caddyshack | Hot Fuzz | The Way of the Gun | Snatch | The Blues Brothers | Stardust | The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! | The Goonies | Red | Get Smart | Every Which Way But Loose | Airplane | Kill Bill 2 | Secondhand Lions | Goldfinger | Kung Fu Hustle | Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot | Zombieland | The Mist | Troll 2 | The Karate Kid | Dead Alive | The Rock | Bubba Ho-Tep | Open Range | Passage to Zarahemla
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The 12 Creepiest Uncles In Movie History

  • Moviefone
In the new thriller "Stoker" (in theaters Friday), a girl (Mia Wasikowska) whose recently lost her father suspects the motives of the uncle she never knew she had. Matthew Goode plays the enigmatic "Uncle Charlie," surely a nod to the main character in Alfred Hitchcock's film "Shadow of a Doubt," in which a small-town girl discovers her beloved uncle is really a serial killer. We doubt that's this Charlie's secret but it's often true in films that you simply cannot trust your uncle. Take Hamlet's wicked uncle, Claudius, whose dastardly plan has inspired more than one cinematic villain's plot to seize power. Of course, Shakespeare also drew from real life, since murderous uncles and young heirs unfortunately go hand in hand. And then there are those uncles who get away with a different kind of murder, whether it's neglect or outright abuse. Here are 12 of the creepiest, no-good movie uncles we could find.
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‘Sassy Pants’ Trailer and Poster Featuring Haley Joel Osment

  • The Film Stage
Remember Haley Joel Osment, the adorable/creepy kid from The Sixth Sense and Pay It Forward? He’s making a comeback in Sassy Pants and trying his darndest to make a new impression on a public that hasn’t seen him in a feature film since 2003 when he starred Secondhand Lions.

In the new independent comedy, he plays Chip, a young, hard-partying gay man who forms a relationship with his much older boyfriend’s naïve daughter. The bold career move reminds me of Macaulay Culkin, another former child star who tried to make the difficult transition into adult stardom by reemerging in edgy projects like Party Monster and the religious comedy Saved!. While it didn’t exactly work for Culkin, hopefully Osment’s makes a much more successful re-introduction on Jan. 28, the day when Sassy Pants premieres at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Coley Sohn,
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'Sassy Pants' Trailer: Haley Joel Osment Grows Up (Video)

  • Moviefone
It has been 13 (gasp!) years since Haley Joel Osment saw ghosts in "The Sixth Sense," and he's proving he's all grown-up in the trailer for "Sassy Pants." Osment resurfaces in this indie as the boyfriend of Diedrich Bader, whose estranged daughter (Ashley Rickards of "Awkward" fame) seeks him out to get away from her overbearing, home-schooling mother. Osment doesn't seem to be the sassy-seated title character (sorry, fans of Sassy Gay Friend), but he does rock some very short cut-offs. And the potential for advice to the clueless heroine is huge. The film marks the debut of writer-director Coley Sohn and will have its world premiere Jan. 28 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Osment, whose last major film was 2003's "Secondhand Lions," will also star in the upcoming thriller "Wake the Dead," based on the Steve Niles graphic novel of the same name. He'll play a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein,
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Haley Joel Osment's All Grown Up And In Daisy Dukes in Sassy Pants Trailer

It has been some time since we've seen Haley Joel Osment. The Sixth Sense star practically went into hiding after 2003's Secondhand Lions, saving us all from watching his awkward stage unfold across the big screen like so many child stars before him. (Thank you, Haley.) Instead, Osment smartly sidestepped the spotlight, went to college, and took to voice acting, making only the occasional film appearance in a couple of movies you've likely never heard of. But now he's back and all grown up in the trailer for writer-director Coley Sohn's debut feature Sassy Pants. Based on the Sohn's award-winning comedic short "Boutenniere," Sassy Pants centers on the coming-of-age tale of Bethany Pruitt (Awkward star Ashley Rickards), a home-schooled teen who is desperately seeking freedom from the overbearing parenting of her sweet but smothering single-mom (Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn). So, she runs off to live with her absentee
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Haley Joel Osment is Grown Up and Gay in Trailer for 'Sassy Pants'

Though he hasn't done much in the vein of acting in nearly a decade (his last high profile film was Secondhand Lions in 2003), it looks like Haley Joel Osment is on the verge of a grown-up comeback. We've previously heard that Osment was looking to return to the big screen a couple other projects, but it looks like we might see his return in a film called Sassy Pants. In the film about a teenage girl (Ashley Rickards) with a gay dad (Diedrich Bader) and overbearing mom, who is trying to get a job and go away to college, Osment plays the father's young boyfriend Chip Hardy sporting cut-off jean shorts. Watch below! Here's the trailer for Coley Sohn's quirky comedy Sassy Pants courtesy of THR: Coley Sohn wrote and directed Sassy Pants which marks the return of child star Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) to the big
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Fantastic Fest 2011 Second Wave Of Films Announced

Fantastic Fest is an annual film festival in Austin, Texas, founded in 2005 by Tim League of Alamo Drafthouse, Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News, Paul Alvarado-Dykstra, and Tim McCanlies, writer of The Iron Giant and Secondhand Lions. The festival which focuses on genre films such as horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, Asian, and cult takes place in September at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, filling three screens for eight days and hosting many writers, directors and actors, both well established and unknown. We’ve already posted the first wave of films which was pretty impressive. Now the fest has announced the second wave which includes Ahn Sang-hoon’s Blind, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and aume Balaguero’s Sleep Tight. See the press release below.

Austin, TX–Thursday, August 18th, 2011– Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the second wave of programming for the seventh edition of Fantastic Fest,
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Haley Joel Osment sees more dead people: So where has he been, anyway?

  • Pop2it
Everyone's favorite creepy kid, "The Sixth Sense" star Haley Joel Osment, is back, and this time, he's a creepy grown up! Osment, now 23 (yes, you're old), has signed on to star in "Wake the Dead," an adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" based on a series of graphic novels by Steven Niles.

CNN reports that Osment, who has grown up to vaguely resemble Dawson Leery, will play "Victor Franklin, a college student morbidly experimenting with the limits of human death." Sounds gruesome.

But where has our favorite I-see-dead-people kid been since we last saw him in films like "Pay It Forward" and "Secondhand Lions"? He's been growing up.

Osment made the news in 2006 when he was charged with a DUI when he flipped his car and had to be rushed to the hospital for a shoulder injury and a broken rib. Just 18, with a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit for the 21+ crowd,
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Haley Joel Osment Is Back - And In a Comic Book Movie!

Yes, it's been eight long years since we've had the pleasure of seeing Haley on film. I've been counting the days. Watching his last film, 2003′s Secondhand Lions over and over again, but it just wasn't enough to satisfy my Haley fix. And now, with this good news, I'm sated. Mr. Robert Pattinson better watch out, there is a new heart throb in town and his name is Haley. Variety reports Osment will star in Wake the Dead, an adaptation of 30 Days of Night author Stephen Niles‘s graphic novel that takes the Frankenstein story and sets it in the present day. Osment will play a college student named Victor Franklin who, in his studies, experiments with reversing death. Wake the Dead is being produces through the guitarist Slash‘s horror banner, Slasher Films. Jay Russell (Ladder 49) is set to direct. Says Slasher Films producer Rob Eric of Osment’s casting,
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