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Stiller and Waters Return for 'Hairspray'

18 September 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Seinfeld star Jerry Stiller has been added to the cast of movie remake Hairspray alongside director John Waters, who created the cult film. Stiller played Wilbur Turnblad in the original 1988 film, but will be recast as Mr. Pinky in the remake, which stars Christopher Walken and John Travolta as Turnblad parents Wilbur and Edna. Waters, who directed the original will also have a cameo in the film. Adam Shankman is directing the remake. Currently filming in Toronto, Canada, Hairspray is set to be released next summer. »

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Storyline Ent. signs with CAA

8 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Storyline Entertainment has signed with CAA. Zadan and Meron, who were executive producers on the Oscar-winning feature Chicago, are working on the film adaptation of the musical Hairspray as well as The Bucket List. On the TV side, their upcoming credits include ABC's adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun and the network's musical revival of Peter Pan. Among the company's TV credits, which have earned multiple Emmys and nominations, are ABC's Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows and The Music Man and Showtime's The Reagans. Storyline had been with WMA for more than a decade. »

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Storyline Ent. signs with CAA

8 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Storyline Entertainment has signed with CAA. Zadan and Meron, who were executive producers on the Oscar-winning feature Chicago, are working on the film adaptation of the musical Hairspray as well as The Bucket List. On the TV side, their upcoming credits include ABC's adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun and the network's musical revival of Peter Pan. Among the company's TV credits, which have earned multiple Emmys and nominations, are ABC's Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows and The Music Man and Showtime's The Reagans. Storyline had been with WMA for more than a decade. »

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'Hairspray' Says Goodbye to Baltimore

20 July 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The producers of much-anticipated movie musical Hairspray have upset film fans in Baltimore, Maryland by deciding to shoot the project in Canada. The original Hairspray movie and hit Broadway musical were set in Baltimore, where quirky film-maker John Waters, the creator of the concept film, hails from. It even features the song "Good Morning, Baltimore." But the new movie, starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Amanda Bynes, will turn its back on Maryland and take advantage of tax breaks and studio space in Toronto, Canada. Producer Craig Zadan says, "No offense to Baltimore is intended." Zadan tells newspaper the Baltimore Sun that he had hoped to shoot parts of Maryland for background shots in the film, but that was abandoned and now the US city will be rebuilt on a sound stage in Toronto. Waters, who is a consultant on the new movie, says, "Do I wish the film was shot in Baltimore? Yes. But I'm not going to go against the film because of that... They certainly didn't change the name of the song to Good Morning, Toronto." Meanwhile, blonde actress Brittany Snow has been added to the star-studded cast. Michelle Pfeiffer was also added earlier this week. »

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Pfeiffer Set To Sing in 'Hairspray'

18 July 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the cast of the forthcoming big screen version of Hairspray as villain Velma Von Tussel. The star joins John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Amanda Bynes and newcomer Nikki Blonsky, who'll play Tracy Turnblad. Pfeiffer will play the former Miss Baltimore Crabs beauty queen-turned-bitter Baltimore, Maryland TV station owner in the film based on the hit Broadway, New York City play. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are writing new songs for their Tony-Award-winning score, including a new tune for Pfeiffer. She last sang in the film The Fabulous Baker Boys, which earned her a Best Actress Academy Award nomination. Plans to shoot the film in Baltimore have been scrapped - it will now be shot entirely in Toronto, Canada starting in September. Director Adam Shankman says, "Not only do we have her singing, which she hasn't done in a long time, but she's been a delicious villain in roles like Catwoman. Velma is this amazing mess of contradictions. I'm going to dress and wig Michelle to death on this one!" »

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Unknown Teen Lands 'Hairspray' Lead

12 June 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Unknown teenager Nikki Blonsky has landed the role of a lifetime - as the chubby star of the Hairspray movie remake. The 17-year-old New Yorker will play hefty heroine Tracy Turnblad in the star-studded new film, in which John Travolta will play her mother. Billy Crystal and Queen Latifah have already signed on for the project, while teen queen Amanda Bynes will play Turnblad's best pal Penny Pingleton. Blonsky is well known in her native Great Neck, where she often performs the National Anthem at local sports meetings, but her biggest role to date is in the hometown musical Hair. The actress was discovered during a nationwide casting search to find an unknown to play Turnblad. She'll quit her job as an ice-cream store employee to play the part. Ricki Lake played Turnblad in the original 1988 Hairspray, directed by John Waters. »

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Performers set for Montreal comedy fest

2 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- Montreal's Just for Laughs comedy festival announced Tuesday that Craig Ferguson will serve as host at one of the event's galas, while solo acts by Margaret Cho and John Pinette (Hairspray) have been added to the lineup. In addition to his hosting duties, Ferguson will serve as a roving correspondent for CBS' The Late Late Show while in Montreal. Gala hosts announced earlier by the festival include Jason Alexander, John Cleese and Ed Byrne. Just for Laughs organizers also said that their upcoming 24th edition will focus on one-man shows, solo cabaret acts and other concert performances to entertain local Montreal audiences. »

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'Dallas' Movie To Star Lopez, Wilson and Travolta?

15 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Robert Luketic is reportedly finalizing key cast members for the big screen version of Dallas including, Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, John Travolta and Shirley MacLaine. The classic 1980's TV show chronicled the exploits of wealthy Texas Oil millionaires and their shady business dealings and dysfunctional personal lives. Travolta will star as JR Ewing, Lopez will play Sue Ellen Ewing, Wilson will star as Bobby Ewing, and MacLaine will play Miss Ellie Ewing. Negotiations with the actors are in the final stages and production of the film is likely to commence in October, after Travolta has finished his starring role in the big screen version of the Broadway hit Hairspray. »

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Travolta To Play a Housewife

5 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie star John Travolta is set to display his versatility by playing a housewife in the screen version of Hairspray - his first musical since 1978 film Grease. The 52-year-old actor is preparing to take on the role of Edna Turnblad, alongside Queen Latifah, who will reportedly play Motormouth Maybelle. Producer Michael Lynne says, "This is our dream cast for the film. Bringing Travolta back into a musical is so gratifying. They were our genuine first choices for the film." »

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Graff doing his time in 'Slammer'

13 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Helmer Todd Graff is in negotiations to direct the Sarah Jessica Parker starrer Slammer for Revolution Studios. Hairspray's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will compose the songs and score for the musical-comedy. Described as in the vein of Private Benjamin, the story centers on publicist Maggie Ray (Parker), who is framed for theft and shipped to Sing Sing Prison in New York. In an attempt to polish the prison's image, she produces an inmate-led musical that could save her career. Sara Goodman penned the script, based on a story by Tim Metcalfe and John Slotnick. »

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