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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
The duo, who have produced the show for the last three years, have reached the end of a three-year agreement with the Academy.
ending 3 year deal producing #Oscars, its an honour to say "We'd like to thank The Academy" @TheAcademy @craigzadan pic.twitter.com/byNessAaoN
— Neil Meron (@neilmeron) March 26, 2015
In a post shared on Twitter last night (March 26), Meron confirmed the news of the pair's departure and added: "It's an honour to say, 'We'd like to thank The Academy'."
In a statement, Academy president Cheryl Boone-Isaacs said: "Craig and Neil have been wonderful creative partners over the last three years, contributing some of the most innovative and memorable Oscar moments.
"They are true showmen with enormous talent and expertise - we're looking forward to seeing the exciting projects they have in the works."
Zadan first sparked »
When it comes to appearing on Empire, there seems to be one common thread: Lee Daniels. The director, who helped creator Fox’s hit new series with writer/actor Danny Strong, comes from a critically acclaimed film background. Both Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) and Gabourey Sidibe (Becky Williams) earned Oscar recognition thanks to Daniels work behind the camera.
Daniels has worked with an impressive pool of actors, which includes everyone from Dame Helen Mirren to Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. While we’d never expect to see Mirren on the show -- though it would be delightful if she made a voice cameo like she did on Glee -- we do love the idea of Combs getting back into acting, Nicole Kidman returning to her camp days, or even Zac Efron revisiting the musical world that first made him a star.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Eve »
Well, this is slightly uncomfortable. John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson exchanged a candid moment on the red carpet at the 2015 Oscars on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre, where the evidence of their awkward encounter was, of course, caught on camera. While leaning in to give the blond beauty a kiss on the cheek, the 61-year-old star grabbed the new mom's tummy—she gave birth to a baby girl just over five months ago—and apparently, she wasn't feeling the gesture, as she proceeded to give the Hairspray star a hearty helping of side-eye. Dare we guess what's going through her mind?! Of course, the Grease actor and the »
This isn't the line-up for an upcoming pop concert, but rather for Sunday's Academy Awards.
Host Neil Patrick Harris will perform an original song by the Oscar-winning writers behind "Let It Go," the producers said. Called "Moving Pictures," the musical number will set a "subliminal theme" for the evening, Meron said.
"It really is celebratory about movies and yet it's kind of cheeky in a way," he said. "But yet it has a beautiful musical motif which... we integrate throughout the show as kind of a call-back theme."
Added Zadan: "We didn't want to do a musical number that could have been on the Tonys, or anywhere else for that matter. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
After years of solid work as a background player, Peter Dinklage finally broke into the mainstream with his terrific performance as conniving, charismatic Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and as the fifth season of that series approaches, it appears that Hollywood is finally seeing the actor as leading man material.
Paramount Pictures has recruited prolific helmer Adam Shankman to direct Dinklage in O’Lucky Day, an R-rated comedy in the vein of Bad Santa about a con man who poses as a real, live leprechaun. The project, which has been in the works for sometime, is described as being “deep in R-rated territory but wrapped around an emotional heart.”
O’Lucky Day certainly sounds like it could yield a fair share of laughs, though Shankman’s involvement isn’t exactly thrilling news. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Marvel have released a new photo from their upcoming "Daredevil" TV series which debuts on Netflix on April 10th. The shot shows blind lawyer Matt Murdock in a confessional at his father's old church.
My Dad, he used to come to this church...he was a fighter...lost more than he won...but he always got back up. pic.twitter.com/8KkDNSCwdk
— Daredevil (@Daredevil) February 12, 2015
Dan Kunka has been hired to pen the script for a live-action film adaptation of the classic 1980s video game "Space Invaders" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Kunka made the Black List when he converted the short spec "Yellowstone Falls" into a wolves vs. zombies movie. [Source: Deadline]
Philip Gelatt ("Europa Report") has been hired to adapt and direct a feature based on Laird Barron’s short story "30". The story follows two wildlife biologists, isolated on land once occupied by a cult, struggling to find »
- Garth Franklin
Deadline is reporting Adam Shankman (Rock Of Ages, Hairspray) is in talks to direct O'Lucky Day, a comedy about "a con man who may or may not be a real Leprechaun, but who certainly passes himself off as one" starring star Peter Dinklage. The tone of the film has been described as similar to Bad Santa, so hopefully that means the film will be getting an R-rating. We first learned about the movie back in October of 2013 when Dinklage joined the project, and the »
- Jesse Giroux
Back in the fall of 2013, we learned that "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage was going to star in an R-rated comedy where he played a man who tells people that he's a leprechaun. Now Deadline has word that the film is called O'Lucky Day, and Hairspray and Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman is in talks to get behind the camera. Some more details on the story have also surfaced as it's described as following a con man who may or may not be a real leprechaun, but at the very least, convinces people that he is one. However, with Shankman on board as director, I'm not entirely sure this will be R-rated comedy anymore. The original script came from Andrew Dodge, who wrote Bad Words for Jason Bateman's directorial debut, but it's been rewritten by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift (Freddy vs. Jason). That means there's still a »
- Ethan Anderton
Hot off her Grammys performance with pal Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga is set to perform at the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday. No word yet on what she'll be performing, but the producers of the 87th annual Academy Awards, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, expect quite a spectacle. "Lady Gaga is a once-in-a-lifetime artist whose musical evolution keeps growing. We are proud to have her perform on the Oscars for the very first time," they said in a statement. Gaga - who just picked up her sixth Grammy Sunday for best traditional pop vocal »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.”
Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year” (2014), “Interstellar” (2014), “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (2013) and “Jack Reacher” (2012). He will next be »
- Michelle McCue
Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller, David Oyelowo, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock and John Travolta will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar® nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.” Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year »
- Josh Abraham
We've seen a few selfies here and there, not to mention a few different hairstyles. But it's been almost two months since we've seen Amanda Bynes actually out in public…until now. The 28-year-old actress stepped out for a rare public appearance Saturday afternoon where she shopped in and around West Hollywood, Calif., with a female friend. Wearing ripped denim jeans, a white T-Shirt and a checkered jacket, the Hairspray and What a Girl Wants star looked healthy and relaxed as she texted on her cell phone. She completed her outfit with sunglasses and Nike shoes. The last time fans saw Bynes was last month when she posted a surprise selfie on Twitter with a totally different hair »
Rubber-faced characters and a seemingly ceaseless parade of repurposed pop ditties combine to make what might be the worst animated feature Disney has ever released
Well, now we know what a Las Vegas show designed for eight-year-olds would look like.
The advance marketing on producer George Lucas’ “Strange Magic” suggested a retread of the not-all-that-memorable 2013 cartoon “Epic.” And yes, this fairies-versus-bugs story does recall that earlier film, but “Magic” also ladles in unwieldy dollops of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Moulin Rouge!” and a particularly long and excruciating episode of “American Idol.”
See Video: Sing Along With the First Trailer »
- Alonso Duralde
“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a fairy tale—but not your average fairy tale. It’s a madcap musical with a princess who has sworn off love, a vulnerable villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious and big-hearted elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming.
“Strange Magic” welcomes an extraordinary roster of voice talent, including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”) as Bog King, Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March“) as feisty fairy Marianne, Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “Lee Daniels’The Butler”) as lovelorn elf Sunny, newcomer Meredith Anne Bull as Marianne’s lovesick sister Dawn, »
- Michelle McCue
See Also: Watch the trailer for Strange Magic here
Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Peter Stormare (Arrow) and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull. »
- Gary Collinson
Tell me about it, stud. Julianne Hough will be saying that iconic line when she tackles the role of Sandy in Fox's Grease: Live, which is set to air in January 2016. Joining the Dancing With the Stars judge is Vanessa Hudgens as iconic bad girl Rizzo. While they are currently the only cast members, casting is currently underway for the musical's other major roles, including Danny Zuko. And we've got a few ideas on which actors could possibly fill John Travolta's legendary T-Bird leather jacket... Justin Bieber: Oh, come on, you know you'd watch. All of America would watch. Zac Efron: Thanks to High School Musical and Hairspray, Efron is the first young actor's name most »
Playboy is hoping it can do for old porn what Time Warner’s Turner Classic Movies does for the best cinema of yesteryear.
The adult-entertainment company’s premium cable outlet, Playboy TV, will on Saturday night start a series called “Groundbreakers,” which will feature film director John Waters presenting and commenting upon some of the porn industry’s earliest commercial film successes.
“Porn classics are another extreme element of show business,” Waters said in an interview. Playboy reached out to him to host the series, and he was immediately interested, he said, having a strong interest in the history of cult cinema. “It’s an educational opportunity. You learn about the shows that you masturbated to for the first time.”
Others have tested the format. Showtime enlisted comedian Dave Attell to make fun of clips from old porn movies as part of “Dave’s Old Porn,” and he is often »
- Brian Steinberg
With less than a fortnight to go until its U.S. release, Disney has dropped a new ‘Creatures & Cast’ featurette for the Lucasfilm Animation fantasy Strange Magic, as well as a new TV spot. Check them out below after the official synopsis…
“Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.”
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Strange Magic
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm »
- Gary Collinson
Margaret Cho has found a new platform in which to spread her knowledge of sex. The comedian and actress is the co-host of TLC’s new late-night talk show, “All About Sex,” which premieres Saturday at 11 p.m.
“For me, this show is kind of like a sexy ‘The View,’ or ‘The Screw’ or it’s ‘Ho-Prah.’ That’s what I like to call it,” Cho told TheWrap.
The series, which will also feature “Chelsea Lately” favorite Heather McDonald and “Hairspray” actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, will “take on the latest headlines, break down the ‘behind closed doors’ conversations about sex and love, »
- Jethro Nededog
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