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'South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut' co-songwriter Marc Shaiman shares the stories behind every song

20 June 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

June 30 marks the 15th anniversary of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut—the movie adaptation of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s iconic irreverent TV series—and co-songwriter Marc Shaiman is quick to award quite the superlative to his work on the now beloved animated film.

“It’s just about the most important movie or creative experience that I’ve ever had,” said Shaiman, a respected voice in the theater and film worlds for his musical/lyrical contributions to Broadway hits like Hairspray, TV shows like Smash, and movie scores ranging the scope from Sister Act to Sleepless in Seattle. »

- Marc Snetiker

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Adam Shankman Offers Up A Preview of Trevor Live

13 June 2014 8:18 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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It’s summer in New York City so that means it must be time for Trevor Live!

The semi-annual event (the Los Angeles show is held every December) is this Monday at the Marriott Marquis in the heart of Time Square and, as usual, the night will be a mix of entertainment, fund-raising (via a silent auction) and the important message of continuing support for at risk Lgbtq youth. The Trevor Project is the nation’s leading provider of crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

At Monday’s event, honorees include Arianna Huffington, who will receive the  Trevor Hero Award, YouTube personality/advocate Tyler Oakley will receive the Trevor Youth Innovator Award. Goldman Sachs will also be honored with the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award  (to be accepted by Chief Information Officer Marty Chavez).

And then there’s the show itself, »

- Jim Halterman

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HBO Developing Texas Politics Drama From Lawrence Wright And Lauren Shuler Donner

6 June 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: HBO has put in development God Save Texas, a drama series project written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda And The Road To 9/11) and executive produced by X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner. It centers on an idealistic cowboy who, looking to save his ranch and marriage, tries to get elected to the Texas Legislature, where he becomes the target of the powerful energy lobby and learns how to survive in the crazy, brutal world of Texas politics. Wright, a native Texan and longtime observer of the political scene in Austin, is also a playwright. God Save Texas is based on his 2005 play Sonny’s Last Shot. Tony-winning veteran theater producer Margo Lion (Hairspray), who is working with Shuler Donner on adapting the Shuler Donner-produced feature The Secret Life Of Bees as a Broadway musical, gave her a copy of the play. Both felt Sonny’s »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'Hair' at the Hollywood Bowl: Kristen Bell, Amber Riley, Hunter Parrish lead cast

2 June 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The Hollywood Bowl’s yearly A-list musical production has cobbled together another star-packed cast for this year’s mounting of Hair, directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman.

Kristen Bell (Frozen) will lead the cast as Sheila, alongside Hunter Parrish (Weeds) as Claude, Amber Riley (Glee) as Dionne, Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee) as Jeanie, and Beverly D’Angelo (who starred in the 1979 film version of Hair) as Mom. Shankman’s Instagram announcement also includes Broadway vet Benjamin Walker, recording artist Mario, and 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs among the cast.

The entire production will play three performances on Aug. 1, 2, and 3 at the Hollywood Bowl. »

- Marc Snetiker

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New Adam Shankman Project In Development For HBO

27 May 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

HBO love a project with a bit of gravitas; a sense that they are shedding some light on something that needs to be in the spotlight. This could be women and their sex lives a la Sex and the City, modern day gay relationships which they portrayed in Looking or prohibition America as seen in Boardwalk Empire.  Their next project, titled Open City, looks set to follow in these footsteps and will focus on the turbulent gay rights revolution of 1960′s New York City. The drama will explore characters from all corners of Manhattan as they navigate the cultural revolutions and political turmoil of the era and the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub. 

We can hear the questions now; who’s Adam Shankman and why is he a big deal? Well here’s a potted history: »

- Victoria Bull

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Adam Shankman, David Kajganich Sell 1960s NYC Drama ‘Open City’ To HBO

27 May 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Following his March pact with HBO Films to direct and executive produce the Gypsy Rose Lee biopic Madame Rose, Rock of Ages and Hairspray helmer Adam Shankman has teamed with screenwriter David Kajganich (The Invasion) on a drama series project for HBO, which Kajganich will write and Shankman will direct. Set in the pre-Stonewall New York City of the late 1960s, Open City explores characters from disparate corners of Manhattan as they navigate the cultural revolutions and political turmoil of the era, including the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub. Ronnie Lorenzo, one of the original owners of the Stonewall Inn, the epicenter of the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked America’s gay rights movement, is aboard as a consulting producer. Kajganich and Shankman will exec produce Open City alongside Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment producing partner Jennifer Gibgot. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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HBO Developing 1960s Gay-Rights Drama From Adam Shankman

27 May 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

HBO is turning its lens on the 1960s cultural revolution. The premium cable network has picked up a script for Open City, from feature writer David Kajganich and executive producer/director Adam Shankman (Hairspray), The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Open City is set in the vibrant, turbulent John Lindsay-era New York of the late 1960s and explores characters from disparate corners of Manhattan as they navigate the cultural revolution and political turmoil of the era. The drama will also examine the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city's gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub. 

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Adam Shankman Sells 1960s Gay Rights Drama to HBO

27 May 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Following its recent adaptation of Larry Kramer’s AIDS-era play “The Normal Heart” for a TV movie, HBO has announced another period project centered around gay rights.

Adam Shankman (“Rock of Ages,” “Hairspray”) and Dave Kajganich (“A Bigger Splash,” “True Story”) have sold the project “Open City” (working title) to the premium cabler. Set in Lindsay-era New York of the late 1960s, the drama explores characters from disparate corners of Manhattan as they navigate the cultural revolutions and political turmoil of the era — including the unlikely alliance between the mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub.

Both men will executive produce, with Kajganich writing and Shankman directing the project. Jennifer Gibgot will executive produce through hers and Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment. They have enlisted the help of Ronnie Lorenzo, a former mobster and one of the original owners of the Stonewall Inn, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Box Office: ‘Neighbors’ Crosses $100 Million Domestically

23 May 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Raunchy frat comedy “Neighbors” graduated to the $100 million club on Friday.

The film has grossed an estimated $104.1 million domestically and another $60 million internationally. That represents a healthy return on investment for Universal Pictures, given that the Seth Rogen and Zac Efron film was produced for a mere $18 million.

With a worldwide haul of $164.1 million, “Neighbors” is now Rogen’s fourth-highest grossing live-action vehicle after “Superbad,” “The Green Hornet” and “Knocked Up” and the third biggest hit of Efron’s career, following “High School Musical 3″ and “Hairspray.”

It is the third Universal release to cross the $100 million barrier this year, along with “Lone Survivor” and “Ride Along.”

Comedies don’t tend to play as well abroad as they do domestically, but “Neighbors” has done respectable business overseas and will still pad its gross when it opens in such territories as Russia, Peru, Czech Republic and Slovakia later this month.

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- Brent Lang

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Universal Sets October 2016 Release Date for 'Monster High'

22 May 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Pictures has handed out an October 7, 2016 release date for Monster High, which we reported in November will be written by Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The adaptation based on Mattel's popular toy line will go up against Warner Bros.' Live by Night from star-direcor Ben Affleck. Here's the official description of Monster High from Universal.

"Surviving high school's tough enough when your parents aren't the most legendary monsters in history. Finding your real identity while figuring out what to do with your secret one is just part of what the teenagers who attend super-secret academy Monster High go through every day-and night. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (TV's Gossip Girl and The O.C., Endless Love) wrote the screenplay based on the hugely successful Mattel franchise. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hairspray, Chicago) will produce under their Storyline Entertainment banner, and Schwartz and Savage will produce for Fake Empire. »

- MovieWeb

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Universal Sets Release Dates for Untitled R-rated Comedy and Monster High; Fox’s Home and The Penguins Of Madagascar Swap Release Dates

22 May 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Here's a look at some recent release dates: A Universal R-Rated Comedy will be released on May 13, 2016. Universal Pictures’ Monster High will be released on October 7, 2016. Fox's supernatural thriller Home moves from November 26, 2014 to March 27, 2015. Fox's animated picture The Penguins of Madagascar takes the vacant November 26, 2014 slot, moving up from March 2015. Relativity's Untitled Armored Car Project will open on August 14, 2015. Hit the jump for more on each film. Universal's untitled R-rated comedy might just be a follow-up to this year's recently released Nicholas Stoller film Neighbors.  The film, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, has already earned over $150 million in its first two weeks, so I wouldn't be surprised if a sequel was in the works.  There's nothing official to suggest this is the case just yet, as it could simply be a new project they're not ready to announce just yet. Here's the official word on the Universal project, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Universal to Start the Academic Year at Monster High in Oct. 2016

22 May 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Universal Pictures has set an October 7, 2016 release date for Monster High, an adaptation of the popular Mattel franchise. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (TV’s "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C.," Endless Love) wrote the screenplay. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hairspray, Chicago) will produce under their Storyline Entertainment banner, and Schwartz and Savage will…

The post Universal to Start the Academic Year at Monster High in Oct. 2016 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Mirko

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CAA Signs Songwriting Duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

5 May 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the “Hairspray” composers whose musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is currently playing on the West End, have signed with CAA.

It’s the first time the pair have signed with a tenpercentary. Kraft-Engel Management will continue to rep Shaiman exclusively in film and TV and manage him in theater.

The duo scored a Tony, an Olivier and a Grammy for their songs to 2002 tuner “Hairspray,” which in 2007 was made into a hit film. The musical version of “Charlie,” produced by Warner Bros. Theater Venture, opened in London last year and seems likely to materialize on Broadway sometime in the coming seasons.

The two also penned the 2011 musical adaptation of  “Catch Me If You Can.”

For TV, the duo were songwriters and exec producers on NBC series “Smash,” and Shaiman nabbed an Emmy for co-writing Billy Crystal’s perfs for the Academy Awards. He’s »

- Gordon Cox

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CAA Signs Songwriting Duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

5 May 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the “Hairspray” composers whose musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is currently playing on the West End, have signed with CAA.

It’s the first time the pair have signed with a tenpercentary. Kraft-Engel Management will continue to rep Shaiman exclusively in film and TV and manage him in theater.

The duo scored a Tony, an Olivier and a Grammy for their songs to 2002 tuner “Hairspray,” which in 2007 was made into a hit film. The musical version of “Charlie,” produced by Warner Bros. Theater Venture, opened in London last year and seems likely to materialize on Broadway sometime in the coming seasons.

The two also penned the 2011 musical adaptation of  “Catch Me If You Can.”

For TV, the duo were songwriters and exec producers on NBC series “Smash,” and Shaiman nabbed an Emmy for co-writing Billy Crystal’s perfs for the Academy Awards. He’s »

- Gordon Cox

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Award-winning Songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman Sign With CAA

5 May 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Award-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have signed with CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The duo won Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards for writing the score for the Broadway musical Hairspray, whose 2007 film adaptation broke opening weekend box office records and became the all-time sixth-highest-grossing musical film in the U.S. Shaiman and Wittman also received Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations as in-house songwriters and executive producers of NBC’s Smash. Together, they also composed the Tony-nominated musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can as well as the West End

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- Rebecca Sun

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6 movie stars on the summer movie hot seat in May

1 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This summer, we're going to be taking a look at the summer movie season from a number of different angles. Kristopher Tapley put up a great piece yesterday about his favorite summer movie summer, back in 1989, and you can expect three more of those. We also just posted a gallery of people we think have a chance at being breakout stars by the time September rolls around. But each month, we're also going to be taking a look at people who are at a crossroads, people who are having defining moments, people who are either on the wane or on the rise, and we're going to spotlight them. We're going to look at the stakes for them this summer, and how this could change things for them. May is kicking off the summer movie season this year with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which brings us to our first star… Emma Stone »

- Drew McWeeny

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James Marsden on 'Walk of Shame' and Superhero Movie Flaws

1 May 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

James Marsden has known Elizabeth Banks since 2005 when they costarred in the indie film "Heights" about five interconnected New Yorkers deciding their destinies before sunrise. The actors' new collaboration "Walk of Shame"  -- in theaters May 2 -- is much broader and funnier in tone, but the premise contains similarities. In it, Banks plays a newswoman who saves a horrible day by enjoying a one-night stand with a handsome mensch (Marsden) and spends the remaining wee hours stumbling on foot to audition for the job of her dreams (and destiny). Marsden, of course, is as winsome and fun as he was on "30 Rock" as Liz Lemon's husband Criss Chros. For a man who has played both JFK and an "Anchorman 2" villain, he seems pretty at home playing down-to-Earth characters like Banks' hookup. We caught up with Marsden to discuss his acting history with Elizabeth Banks, prepping for the role of JFK in "The Butler, »

- Louis Virtel

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‘The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever’ Set for Movie (Exclusive)

30 April 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Line is going on “The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever,” buying the movie rights to Clare Benson’s tale of a three-week date and titling the project “No Baggage.”

“Jeff and I traveled to eight countries in 21 days without changing clothes,” Benson wrote in her article for Salon.com. “It sure beat meeting for coffee.”

Benson, a writer based in Houston, said the journey went well despite the lack of belongings.

“On the surface, we appeared to be sure candidates for ‘World’s Most Unlikely Pair,’” she wrote. “He’s a wildly energetic university professor who is always on the move. I’m a reclusive writer who spends hours identifying new constellations in the ceiling paint.”

The duo made no plans in advance, Benson noted.

“With no stuff, moving to the next destination was as simple as getting out of bed and pointing to a dot on the map,” she said. »

- Dave McNary

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11 Memorable Tony Award Performances

29 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

With the 2014 Tony Nominations announced this morning, we’ve got Tony fever! In anticipation of the performances coming to us June 8 at the 68th Annual Tony Awards, we look back at some of the very best performances in Tony history! “Evita,” Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, and Company (1980)LuPone became a star as Eva Perón in the classic “Evita,” and this epic performance of "A New Argentina" can still elicit chills—and serves as proof that she deserved the Tony she took home later that night. “Gypsy,” Bernadette Peters (2003)Peters was already a legend when she represented the revival of “Gypsy” at the 2003 Tony Awards. Singing “Rose’s Turn” as if it were her own personal credo, Peters showed the Broadway world that, depsite the ill health that plagued her early in the show's run, she could still power through. Though she was nominated, Peters lost the best actress in a »

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'Grease': Who's the one that you want to play Danny and Sandy?

28 April 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Who’s the one that you want?

Fox announced Monday that NBC isn’t the only studio that can bring musicals to the small screen: They’ll air a live, three-hour version of Grease sometime next year. If three makes a trend, I couldn’t be happier that musicals-on-tv are officially, finally back.

Now, there are a lot of considerations for a Grease adaptation. First of all: Will Fox stick solely with the Broadway version of the show (à la NBC’s decision for Sound of Music), which differentiates a fair amount from the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John iconic movie? »

- Erin Strecker

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