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The good news? Mary J. Blige is going to completely own the stage as Evillene performing "No Bad News" when The Wiz Live! comes to NBC. In this first footage of the R&B diva as she inhabits the role of the Wicked Witch, exclusive to E! News, Mary proves that she won't be an easy foe for Dorothy and her pals to defeat as they ease on down the road. And they better come prepared to saaaang because Evillene's got some pipes on her. Pipes and a serious aversion to water, that is. In the live holiday event, airing Thursday, Dec. 3, Mary is joined by newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy, David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, Ne-Yo as the Tin Man, Elijah Kelley (Hairspray) as the Scarecrow, Queen Latifah »
13 years ago today, Eminem began what remains his longest stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 when “Lose Yourself” reached No. 1. The rap hit held onto the top spot for 12 weeks. Written during breaks on set while filming “8 Mile,” the song loosely follows the storyline of the leading character’s struggle to break from poverty and launch a rap career. Eminem created an intense and memorable sound for the song with a moody electric guitar riff and his trademark tinkling piano punctuating hip-hop beats. Its stay atop the chart began a day after the theatrical release of “8 Mile.” The track was the first rap song to ever win an Oscar for Best Original Song, beating fellow nominees U2 and Paul Simon. Other notable November 9 happenings in pop culture history: • 1961: Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ famed manager, first saw a performance by the group that would become the Fab Four (though with Pete Best »
- Emily Rome
They're ready to ease on down the road! NBC is busy prepping its latest live holiday musical event, The Wiz, and now we have our first glimpse at the all-star cast in character as Dorothy and her three Yellow Brick Road traveling companions—and Toto's there too! Check the just-released key art to see 18-year-old newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy, the Kansas farm girl who lands in the land of Oz after a disastrous tornado, David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, Ne-Yo (yes, that Ne-Yo!) as the Tin Man, Elijah Kelley (Hairspray) as the Scarecrow and an adorable puppy as the little dog. The Wiz Live! is a revival of the '70s musical (that eventually became a movie with an all-star cast) that tells »
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Cyndi, had you ever had ambitions to write for Broadway? How did this all come about?
Cyndi Lauper: Never. I got a phone call from my buddy over here [indicates to Harvey Fierstein]. I had wanted to do this story. You know how one thing leads to another – I did an album and I chose all these old songs from when I was growing up. Where I grew up was very influential for the rest of my life because of the people, and it was one of those places with the backyards with the gates where you could just look down there and see everybody else in the backyard. There was a lot of people who were characters. I had gone to see Harvey to help me write it, and have him actually write it and he was doing Hairspray. I remember because he said:
“I gotta eat pasta, I »
- Paul Heath
“Pitch Perfect 2 is a sweet, funny bit of fluff that never hits a sour note!” said Jim Batts in his review for one of the best movies of 2015.
The high-spirited sequel to the movie that sparked a worldwide phenomenon is coming to Digital HD on September 1st and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand September 22 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Pitch Perfect 2 is packed with more original musical arrangements, memorable one-liners and offbeat romance as the original’s most beloved characters fight to regain their former glory on a worldwide stage facing off against the toughest competition on the planet. Hysterical behind-the-scenes bonus features, never-before-seen deleted footage, all-new musical performances and a hilarious gag reel make Pitch Perfect 2 a must own on Blu-ray™ and DVD. »
- Movie Geeks
Blunt is said to be the frontrunner for the role at Disney, although it is unclear whether she has yet been formally approached by the studio.
- Tom Beasley
Disney’s remake pledges a return to the source: Pl Travers’ stories. Travers hated the 1964 movie, but it was more faithful to her books than she realised
When I was growing up, I had access to two VHS videos. One was The Snowman, the classic adaption of the Raymond Briggs cartoon, and the other was Mary Poppins. (I’m talking about the mid-1980s, when this represented an extraordinary range of options on top of Britain’s four terrestrial TV channels.) As a result, I watched Poppins probably 3,000 times; I know it from the first spit-spot to the umbrella’s final squawk. It is thanks to this movie that I still misuse the word “amortize” and, in times of stress, can be unaccountably soothed by the phrase “Shipyards, the mercantile”.
I was, therefore, interested to read this week of a new Poppins movie in the works, to be directed by »
- Emma Brockes
Mary Poppins: Disney is developing a new version of Mary Poppins. Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) will direct; the story will take place some 20 years after the events depicted in the 1964 family musical and will draw from the same source, a series of books by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) will compose new songs; David Magee (Finding Neverland) will write the screenplay. The making of the 1964 movie, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, was the subject of 2013's Saving Mr. Banks. [EW.com] Doctor Strange: Rachel McAdams was first rumored for the female lead in Doctor Strange back in July, and now the actress says that she will indeed join what she described as a "kind of psychedelic Marvel comic" movie, though she did not...
- Peter Martin
Mary Poppins: Disney is developing a new version of Mary Poppins. Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) will direct; the story will take place some 20 years after the events depicted in the 1964 family musical and will draw from the same source, a series of books by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) will compose new songs; David Magee (Finding Neverland) will write the screenplay. The making of the 1964 movie, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, was the subject of 2013's...
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Walt Disney Pictures is teaming up with filmmaker Rob Marshall to develop a sequel to the studio's beloved 1964 classic Mary Poppins. Variety confirms that the story will be set 20 years after the film, using plot lines from author P.L. Travers' eight literary sequels, including the first follow-up Mary Poppins Comes Back. No specifics were given for the story, except that this sequel will follow the title character's furthering adventures with the Banks family.
The original Mary Poppins starred Julie Andrews as the title character, alongside Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley and Reta Shaw. Author P.L. Travers wrote eight Mary Poppins books, but it isn't known if this theatrical follow-up will be adapted from a specific story within those books, or if it will be an amalgam of those stories. P.L. Travers' literary sequels include Mary Poppins Comes Back (1935), Mary Poppins Opens the Door (1943), Mary Poppins »
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The film will retain its London setting and will take place 20 years after the events of the classic 1964 musical, utilising stories from Pl Travers’ original series of children’s books.
Hopefully, a spoonful of Disney will help the remake go down.
- Tom Beasley
After the giant success of “Alice In Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella,” Disney are preparing to reboot everything—“Beauty & The Beast” and “The Jungle Book” are well into production, and everything from “Dumbo” and “Aladdin” are in the works to some degree or other. So it was only a matter of time before they got around to “Mary Poppins.” Read More: Disney Cracks The Whip, Nabs Rights To Future 'Indiana Jones' Films EW report that Disney are developing a new story featuring the magical nanny created by P.L. Travers, with “Chicago” and “Into The Woods” helmer Rob Marshall set to direct, and his producers on the latter project, John DeLuca and Marc Platt, backing him. “Life Of Pi” writer David Magee will pen the script, and “Hairspray”’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will write songs for the project, which would be set in London in the 1930s, and pick up »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Practically perfect! More than 50 years after Julie Andrews gave fans a spoonful of sugar as the world’s most beloved nanny, Mary Poppins, Disney is reprising the iconic role in a new original live-action musical film, Entertainment Weekly reports. The film will be set 20 years after the original story’s Depression-era London, and will use some of author P.L. Travers’ original children’s books for the storyline. Into the Woods director Rob Marshall will spearhead the project with songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash) composing original [...] »
"Mary Poppins" is coming back to the big screen: Disney is working on a new, original musical starring its classic magical nanny.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the film is already moving through the development stages, with director Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Into the Woods") at the helm. Marshall will re-team with his "Into the Woods" producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt for the project, which is set to be a new musical adventure featuring the Poppins character -- and not a direct sequel to the famous 1964 version.
The new Poppins film will take place in Depression-era London, some 20 years after Disney's classic Mary Poppins, and will draw from existing Poppins tales in the rest of author P.L. Travers' 1934-1988 children's book series. The practically perfect 1964 screen adaptation starring Julie Andrews pulled its story primarily from the first installment in Travers' eight-book series; the new project (which is decidedly »
- Katie Roberts
John Waters (of Pink Flamingos and Hairspray fame) was last in town October of 2008 to perform his This Filthy World one-man show at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries. We Are Movie Geeks is thrilled to report that the ‘Prince of Puke’ will be returning to the Sheldon to perform an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one man show, A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier, on December 3rd beginning at 8pm. Waters pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor, effectively “putting the X in Xmas,” developing a show for the open minded and slightly left-of-center audience.
The cult classic, Baltimore-born filmmaker began his Hollywood success with now Broadway classic, Hairspray, in 1988. Claiming his playful nicknames “Pope of Trash” and “Prince of Puke,” he maintains his image through his filmmaking and his personal presentation. Regarded as a shocking entertainer, John Waters carefully chooses his »
- Tom Stockman
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
To celebrate the UK release of The Forger, available digitally 31st August and on DVD and Blu-ray from 7th September 2015 we have 3 x DVDs to give away courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.
The world’s best art forger (John Travolta – Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull of an impossible heist – he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice.
He enlists the help of his father (Christopher Plummer – A Beautiful Mind, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and son (Tye Sheridan – Mud, The Tree of Life) and together they plan the heist of their lives!
To be »
- Laura Holmes
The Wiz‘s Dorothy now has all the travel companions she needs to ease on down the road.
R&B singer Ne-Yo and Elijah Kelley (Hairspray) will play the Tin Man and Scarecrow, respectively, in NBC’s live production of the musical, network president Bob Greenblatt announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
Additionally, Grammy-winning musician Common will fill the non-singing, comedic role of the gatekeeper to Oz.
NBC is rounding out the cast of “The Wiz Live!” with recording artists Common and Ne-Yo, and “Hairspray” star Elijah Kelley, the network announced Thursday at its Television Critics Assn. summer press tour presentation.
Kelley will play the Scarecrow, the first of the three friends to meet Dorothy (Shanice Williams). He’s always dreamed of having brains, never realizing that he’s the smartest of them all. The role marks a reunion between Kelley and his “Hairspray” co-star Queen Latifah. It will be the actor’s second collaboration with “Wiz” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also served as EPs on “Hairspray.”
Oscar and Grammy winner Common will play the Bouncer, the »
- Laura Prudom
Common, Ne-Yo and “Hairspray” co-star Elijah Kelley have joined NBC’s highly anticipated holiday production of “The Wiz Live!,” set for Thursday, Dec. 3. Common will play the Bouncer, the gatekeeper of the entrance to Emerald City who is out to get what he can from Dorothy and her three friends. Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, who was once a flesh-and-blood woodsman but a spell put on him by the Wicked Witch causes him to lose his limbs and heart. He learns that he’s never lost the ability to feel. And Kelley will play the Scarecrow, the first of the three friends to meet Dorothy and who has always dreamed of having brains, but never realizing that he’s the smartest of them all. The trio »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Common, Ne-Yo and “Hairspray” co-star Elijah Kelley have joined NBC’s highly anticipated holiday production of “The Wiz Live!,” set for Thursday, Dec. 3. Common will play the Bouncer, the gatekeeper of the entrance to Emerald City who is out to get what he can from Dorothy and her three friends. Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, who was once a flesh-and-blood woodsman but a spell put on him by the Wicked Witch causes him to lose his limbs and heart. He learns that he’s never lost the ability to feel. And Kelley will play the Scarecrow, the first of the three friends to meet Dorothy and who has always dreamed of having brains, but never realizing that he’s the smartest of them all. The trio join the previously cast: - Queen Latifah stars as the Wiz, the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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