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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.”
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- 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
Let's talk about sex! No, really. Broadway vet and actress Marissa Jaret Winokur stars in the upcoming TLC series All About Sex, where she and other comediennes give the low-down on (you guessed it!) their bedroom experiences. Winokur recently dished to Us Weekly about the show, and what viewers can expect. "There's never been anything like this on TV and that's the truth," Winokur, 41, told Us. "It's not a talk show, it's a conversation about sex." The Hairspray star will be joined by funny ladies like Margaret [...] »
Remember when Dr. Ruth and Dr. Sue Johansen made talking about what happens in the bedroom (and sometimes other places … and the stuff we need to know to make it all go well) matter-of-fact, must-see TV? TLC is bringing sex-talk television back to TV with its new late-night talk show, All About Sex, airing Saturdays at 11pm Et/Pt, beginning Jan. 10. Starring actresses Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva) and Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray, Melissa & Joey), sex therapist Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry and Chelsea Lately’s Heather McDonald, each half-hour episode features a loose format that will encompass everything from viewer call-ins to … Continue reading →
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- Lori Acken
It looks like Crime is bringing John Travolta back to television. The Pulp Fiction star is joining the cast of Ryan Murphy’s new FX series American Crime Story as defense attorney Robert Shapiro. Although Travolta has made guest appearances on shows such as Kirstie over the years, playing Shapiro in American Crime Story will be his first major, series regular role on television in almost four decades, since he left Welcome Back, Kotter in 1979. In recent years, Travolta has starred in films such as Savages, Hairspray and Wild Hogs. In addition to being one of the leads on American Crime Story, he will also serve as a producer on the 10-episode series. Starring alongside Travolta in American Crime Story, entitled The People V. Oj Simpson, will be Sarah Paulson (a veteran of Murphy’s American Horror Story) and Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire). Paulson will play prosecutor Marcia Clark, »
- Chris King
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