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They’ve sang in the hills of Austria, flown over Neverland, eased on down the road to Oz and woken up in Baltimore. Now, NBC is ready to transport viewers to Sweet Apple, Ohio, for its next live musical.
In a conversation moderated by People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles Thursday, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed his network’s next live musical will be Bye Bye Birdie Live! starring Jennifer Lopez.
“To have a superstar like Jennifer Lopez starring in this classic show, which every high school in America has done, »
- Dave Quinn
Lopez will executive produce with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and her company Nuyorican Productions will produce with Universal Television. Harvey Fierstein will write the television adaptation, with the special slated to air in December, 2017.
The original Broadway production of “Bye Bye Birdie” won the Tony Award in 1961 for best musical. It starred Dick Van Dyke, who also won a Tony for best actor in a musical, as Albert Peterson, the manager of rock star Conrad Birdie, and Chita Rivera as Rosie Alvarez, Albert’s girlfriend and secretary. When Birdie is drafted into the Army, Albert and Rosie concoct a plan to have Birdie give “one last kiss” to a »
- Daniel Holloway
NBC’s 2017 live holiday musical presentation: Bye Bye Birdie, which will star Jennifer Lopez as Rosie. NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt just made the announcement at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. This will be NBC’s fifth consecutive live musical, following The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and the upcoming Hairspray. Lopez also will executive produce the live presentation, with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron… »
Friends From College, prepare to get quizzed in the face.
Per our sister site Deadline, the series — which stars Fred Savage (The Grinder), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) — follows Ethan and Lisa Turner, marrieds who move back to New York City and are reunited with college pal Max Adler. »
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 champion Alaska Thunderf— 5000 didn’t apologize when she snatched the crown from Roxxxy Andrews, Detox and Katya Zamolodchikova during the finale of the popular Logo series.
And in an exclusive sneak peek at this season’s reunion, the 31-year-old drag queen has a message for anyone who has any problems with how she handled the show’s controversial eliminations.
“If you want to say that I’m fake — if you want to say that I’m a snake — I have this to say,” Alaska declared, lifting up her skirt and reaching for something under her dress. »
- Dave Quinn
How has it already been 10 years since we were introduced to heartthrob Zac Efron?
Efron shot onto the Hollywood scene with his breakthrough performance in the global phenomenon High School Musical in 2006 and his career has been skyrocketing ever since. With his diverse career in film, he has proven himself to be a major triple threat with his incredible singing, dancing and acting.
Not to mention, it seems like the general consensus is that he’s pretty easy to look at as well.
- Garrett McCormick
The Late Bloomer is basked on author and E! News personality Ken Baker’s incredible life story and is directed by multi-hyphenate Kevin Pollak (Misery Loves Comedy, War Dogs, The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men) and stars Johnny Simmons (The Phenom, The Perks of Being a Wallfower), Maria Bello (Prisoners, A History of Violence), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect 1&2, Hairspray), Golden Globe and Emmy winner Jane Lynch (“Glee”, “Two and a Half Men”, Best in Show), Oscar and Golden Globe winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Up in the Air, Juno), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), Beck Bennett (“SNL”), and Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”).
Now you can win a The Late Bloomer poster signed by cast members J.K. Simmons, Brittany Snow, Johnny Simmons, Maria Bello, director Kevin Pollak and author Ken Baker. We Are Movie Geeks has this amazing prize package to give away. »
- Tom Stockman
Shout it from the rooftops: the Enchanted sequel is coming together in a major way! The 2007 original introduced Giselle, a textbook princess who finds herself thrust into the real world away from the singing birds of her home, the cartoon kingdom of Andalasia. The second film, titled Disenchanted, has been in the works since 2010, but now there's a script (written by David Stem and David Weiss), a director, and a tentative date to begin shooting. Here's everything we know so far; check back for more later! The Cast According to The Hollywood Reporter, star Amy Adams is "expected" to return. No word yet on James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey, or Susan Sarandon. The Plot The new film will be set a decade after the events of the original. Giselle, now questioning her "happily ever after," accidentally triggers a series of events that affect both the real world and the animated residents of Andalasia. »
- Maggie Pehanick
2007’s Enchanted was a critical and box-office hit, so it’s surprising that additional chapters in the fairy tale haven’t been churned out, especially since “happily ever after” isn’t a hard and fast rule anymore. And yet, nearly 10 years have passed since Amy Adams chirped her way into Patrick Dempsey’s and our hearts. A sequel was announced back in 2014, which was to be written by The Smurfs’ J. David Stem and David N. Weiss, though it’s languished in pre-production.
But now it looks like someone’s said the magic words to reinvigorate the project, as Empire Magazine reports that Rock Of Ages director Adam Shankman will helm the Enchanted follow-up. Shankman’s filmography includes 2007’s Hairspray, as well as such contemporary fairy tales as The Wedding Planner (there’s a coveted shoe involved in their meet-cute), Bringing Down The House (in which ...
- Danette Chavez
Ten years after the musical hit, filming is expected to start on Disenchanted, a follow-up focusing on marital disillusion
Disenchanted, a belated sequel to Disney’s 2007 hit, Enchanted, is set to start shooting next summer. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hairspray director Adam Shankman is in talks to direct the follow-up, which featured Amy Adams as an animated princess accidentally transported to contemporary Manhattan.
James Marsden co-starred as her prince charming, who follows her down the wormhole, while Patrick Dempsey played a New Yorker who falls for Adams despite being engaged to Idina Menzel. Susan Sarandon was an evil queen.
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- Catherine Shoard
There has been talk of a sequel to the classic 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins for years – not least because that original film is loosely based upon a series of books by P.L. Travers, and there is much more to be mined from that source material. It will not be until December 25th 2018 that it finally arrives on cinema screens, however, as Mary Poppins Returns.
The musical will be directed by Rob Marshall (Into The Woods), from a script by David Magee (Life Of Pi), with original music by Scott Wittman (Hairspray). Set two decades after the events of the first film, Mary Poppins Returns takes place in depression-era London, with siblings Jane and Michael Banks (young children in the first film) struggling in their adult lives – and needing the help of their one-time magical nanny. Emily Blunt stars as Mary Poppins, with Meryl Streep appearing as her cousin, and Lin Manuel-Miranda playing streetlamp lighter, »
- Sarah Myles
It’s been over two years since the last major update regarding the status of Enchanted 2, the potential sequel to 2007’s Amy Adams-led fantasy musical Enchanted, but reportedly the project is far from dead. According to a recent report from THR, after being in development for years, Disney is finally taking big steps forward with the sequel and moving fast.
Adam Shankman, whose work on such films as Hairspray and Rock of Ages makes him no stranger to characters spontaneously breaking out into song and dance, is in negotiations to direct the sequel. Additionally, the film’s official title is now Disenchanted and will likely feature the return of Adams as Princess Giselle.
Whether or not other cast members, including Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Timothy Spall, will reprise their roles from the original is still unknown, but it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise if »
- Justin Cook
Jackie Kennedy has been a favorite role for actresses the past half-century. Click on to see who’s donned the pink suit and pillbox hat to play one of America’s most famous First Ladies. The real Jackie Kennedy (1929-1994) was born Jacqueline Bouvier and married the future President Kennedy in 1953, 10 years before he was assassinated in Dallas. Divine “Eat Your Makeup” (1968) Yes, the drag queen later famous for John Waters movies such as “Hairspray” impersonated Jackie in this tasteless reenactment of the JFK assassination, from Waters’ first 16 mm short. Jacqueline Bisset “The Greek Tycoon” (1978) This drama was loosely based on the former. »
- Scott Collins
It looks like Disney will indeed give us another movie poking fun at itself all the while celebrating its animated films à la the sly parody of The Princess Bride. Things are finally moving forward on the sequel to 2007’s Enchanted. Adam Shankman is in negotiations to direct the sequel, called Disenchanted, and Amy Adams is expected to return, The Hollywood Reporter posted today. Disney hopes to start production in summer 2017. I’m disappointed to see Anne Fletcher and her comedy chops apparently off the project (Fletcher, who helmed Ryan Reynolds/Sandra Bullock rom-com The Proposal, was previously attached to direct the Enchanted sequel when it was in development back in 2010). But if Shankman delivers a movie that’s as fun and packed with dazzling musical numbers as his Hairspray, then we should be in for a solid sequel. His other credits include the Rock of Ages movie, A Walk to Remember, »
- Emily Rome
It’s almost been a decade since Amy Adams hit the screen in the Disney animated/live-action hybrid film Enchanted. The movie told the story of an animated princess who finds herself in the very real New York City, where cynicism is in full effect and at odds with her own naive sensibilities. While the film on paper has the potential to be quite the cheese-fest, it ended up being a surprise hit with both fans and critics.
Back in 2010, Disney started developing a sequel to the film, and Anne Fletcher, director of such films as The Proposal and Step Up was even attached to take the lead on the film. It’s seven years later, and nothing has materialized. Like many films in Hollywood, it seems to have wallowed in development hell.
But a new report from THR indicates that the film’s sequel, Disenchanted, has starting to gain momentum once again. »
- Joseph Medina
Nearly nine years after it first hit theaters, Disney's follow-up to Enchanted, titled Disenchaned, has finally found its director. Hairspray and Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman is in talks to direct the Enchanted sequel, which the studio has been developing since 2010. Original Enchaned star Amy Adams is expected to reprise her role as princess Giselle. Although it isn't known if James Marsden or any of the other original cast members will be back for Enchanted 2.
The original Enchanted centered on Amy Adams' Giselle, who is set to marry her Prince Charming (James Marsden) before she is taken from her animated fantasy world and thrust into our real world in New York City. There she meets a lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) who is about to marry a woman (Idina Menzel) who is completely wrong for him. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Disenchanted will take place 10 years after the original movie, »
Adam Shankman, who directed 2007’s musical comedy “Hairspray,” is in talks to helm Disney’s “Enchanted” sequel, TheWrap has learned. Currently titled “Enchanted 2,” the followup to the 2007 musical fantasy film is expected to see the return of Amy Adams in her leading role as Princess Giselle. Disney plans to start production before next summer, according to sources close to the project. Also Read: Emily Mortimer Cast in Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns' Both Adams and original cast mate James Marsden (now on HBO’s “Westworld”) have expressed their desire to return to an “Enchanted” sequel. “I don’t understand why they never did it, »
- Meriah Doty
Disney has been developing the sequel for several years. Adams said earlier this year that she was enthusiastic about the project.
“They’ve been talking about it for a while, so I really embrace and look forward to what they do and hope to be involved,” she said in April.
The story is set ten years after “Enchanted,” with Adams’ Giselle character questioning her happily ever after, and accidentally triggering events that make everyone’s lives turn upside-down in both the real world and in the animated kingdom of Andalasia.
Kevin Lima directed the original movie in which Giselle was magically moved from her animated world into the live-action world of New York City. The film, which also starred James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and Susan Sarandon, was a »
- Dave McNary
Adam Shankman, the helmer behind the musical Hairspray, is in negotiations to direct Disenchanted, the follow-up to Disney’s musically inclined 2007 fantasy Enchanted that starred Amy Adams. Adams is expected to return for the sequel, which Disney is hoping to get before cameras in summer 2017, several sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Kevin Lima directed the original movie, which tackled the idea of a prototypical Disney princess thrust into the real world, with songs and true love following. Adams starred as Giselle, who is due to marry her Prince Charming (James Marsden) when she is plucked from her
- Borys Kit
Casting director and producer David Rubin will produce the 8th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced on Tuesday. With more than 100 film and television credits, Rubin has cast such features as “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Hairspray,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Men in Black,” “Romeo + Juliet,” “The English Patient” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” He has received five Emmy nominations and won an Emmy for the television movie “Game Change.” In addition, Rubin spent six years developing and producing films with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella »
- Joe Otterson
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