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RelatedNBC Picks The Wiz over Music Man as Next Live Musical, Sets December Airdate and Cirque du Soleil Twist
Queen Latifah, a Grammy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner (and two-time Emmy nominee), will portray the titular Wiz in the network’s next live production, which will air Thursday, Dec. 3.
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Follow the yellow brick road! Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have joined the cast of NBC’s revival of Broadway hit The Wiz, adapted from Frank L. Baum’s classic book The Wizard of Oz. Latifah, who appeared in Chicago and Hairspray, will play the Wiz, while Grammy winner Blige will take on the role of Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the live television production, set to air on Dec. 3. Sources tell Us Weekly that Beyonce is also in talks to play Glinda the [...] »
Read More: Bond/360 Acquires Birthing Documentary 'The Mama Sherpas' Ricki Lake, frequent star of John Waters' films -- most notably the original "Hairspray" -- and successful daytime talk show host, has gone through a major career shift since leaving her spot on television, refocusing her attention on producing documentaries about women's reproductive issues, including childbirth and birth control. Starting with her best friend Abby Epstein's "The Business of Being Born," Lake has used her name to bring attention to topics that mean something to her. After having her own experiences with alternative birthing options, Lake began her producing journey. Her latest project, executive producing Brigid Maher's "The Mama Sherpas," sees Lake working on a film that focuses on midwives and their involvement with births, both in private facilities and in hospital settings. Soon, Lake will being working on "Sweetening the Pill," a documentary »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Wop bam boom! Fox's upcoming Grease Live special has found its Danny Zuko in none other than Aaron Tveit. The celebrated stage and screen star, 31, will take on the role once famously played by John Travolta. Tveit brings acclaimed musical prowess to the production, with previous Broadway roles in Next to Normal, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, and Wicked. The New York native also sang on the big screen in 2012's Les Miserables, starring as Enjolras in the Oscar-winning cast of Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell [...] »
There are different ways shows move from screen to stage, but the Broadway adaptation of the musical within the show “Smash” is a singular event. “Bombshell,” the musical bio of Marilyn Monroe, first introduced in the hit NBC TV show starring Megan Hilty, featured music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”). After a one-night-only performance on June 8 received a positive response from fans, a fully realized Broadway production is set to include choreographer Joshua Bergasse (“On the Town,” “Gigi”). Also attached to the project are “Smash” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as Steven Spielberg, executive producer for the TV version. No word yet as to whether or not Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Jeremy Jordan, Anjelica Huston, or newly minted Tony winner Christian Borle (“Something Rotten”) will reprise their TV roles in the stage production. Inspired by this post? Check out our theater audition listings! »
Chicago – HollywoodChicago.com presents our video coverage of the pre-Broadway premiere of the new musical “On Your Feet!” from Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan on June 17, 2015 at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago.
We interview Oscar-winning “Birdman” writer Alexander Dinelaris, who wrote the “On Your Feet!” book and “The Bodyguard Musical,” about the Estefan’s new musical as well as about “Birdman”. We also interview “On Your Feet!” director Jerry Mitchell (Tony Award-winning director of “Kinky Boots” and “Hairspray”) and “On Your Feet!” choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Olivier Award-winning choreographer of “Jersey Boys” and “Memphis”). Enjoy our interview below!
Video interviews by: Adam Fendelman, HollywoodChicago.com
Video filmed and edited by: Jeff Doles, 238 Studios
“On Your Feet!” will open on Broadway on Nov. 5, 2015 with preview performances beginning on Oct. 5, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. Ana Villafañe makes her Broadway debut as Gloria Estefan opposite Josh Segarra as Emilio Estefan. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
At the end of May, writer and director John Waters gave a commencement speech to the Rhode Island School of Design's graduating class of 2015, and now we can all enjoy it. John Waters first became famous for what are revered as some of the dirtiest films of all time - like Pink Flamingos and the original Hairspray movie. Now, he's using his experiences and infamous style to give advice about the creative industry. Watch the speech in full above, snack on the best highlights below, and then dive into even more inspiring celebrity graduation speeches. "Hopefully, you have been taught never to fear rejection in the workplace. Remember, a 'no' is free. Ask for the world, and pay no mind if you're initially turned down." "A career in the arts is like a hitchhiking trip: all you need is one person to say, 'Get in,' and off you go. »
The show-within-the-show became the show on June 8, when the cast of NBC series “Smash” reunited to present a song-and-dance concert version of “Bombshell,” the musical whose road to Broadway was depicted in the TV series.
The one-night-only event at the Broadway’s Minskoff Theater (home to “The Lion King”) was presented as a fundraiser benefitting the Actors Fund. Looking to defer costs of the event, the Actors Fund raised more than $300,000 on Kickstarter from “Smash” fans panting to make “Bombshell” happen — and the goal had only been $50,000. “This is the largest theater Kickstarter in history,” noted Christian Borle, a cast member of the TV show (and one of the winners at the Tony Awards the previous night).
“Maybe if NBC had used Kickstarter instead of sponsors, we’d still be on the air right now,” cracked Debra Messing, Borle’s costar on the show.
Smashing! #BombshellBway pic.twitter.com/NflhIq »
- Gordon Cox
John Waters gave the commencement speech at Rhode Island School of Design, and offered a wealth of wisdom: from embracing failure, to the importance of letting your kids be weird
The vogue for stars dispensing wisdom to halls of college graduates continues: just last week we had Christopher Nolan explaining the end of Inception and telling kids to follow not their dreams, but their realities.
Now footage has been uploaded of John Waters giving his own speech, at Rhode Island School of Design, where the Pope of Trash – known for Hairspray, Cry Baby and other bits of delirious celluloid filth – offers an array of advice that is refreshingly specific, rather than filled with generic suggestions to, well, follow your dreams. Here are his best bits.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Apparently this was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has about as much in common with that as Burger King does with Macbeth. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Lucas gets a story credit and served as executive producer, but this has the whiff of a vanity project for cowriter and director Gary Rydstrom, making his feature debut. Yes, legendary sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who’s won seven Oscars in that field and has created some of the most memorable movie noises ever for films including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Minority Report, but who, the evidence of this movie suggests, has no business writing and directing a movie. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Brittany Snow hates her red hair in new movie Pitch Perfect 2. The 'Prom Night' actress had a difference of opinion over the choice of her hair color for the second installment of the 'Pitch Perfect' franchise. She told Yahoo Style:''i think my least favourite hair colour was the hair colour that I had in 'Pitch Perfect 2'. They really wanted me to be dark red and I wanted to be lighter like I was in the first movie, but they didn't want that. But I rocked some light red for a year, after it faded.'' The 'Hairspray' star has had so many styles and colour changes over the years that her personal hairdresser has kept a record. Snow added: ''I joke with my hair colourist. She keeps sheets of paper on every hair colour that I've had so she has records of it all. »
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
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