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Zac Efron Reveals Why The Greatest Showman Is Different From High School Musical

Zac Efron Reveals Why The Greatest Showman Is Different From High School Musical
Shout it—or sing it—from the rooftops: Zac Efron is back to working on musicals. Close to a decade after appearing in Hairspray and the final High School Musical movie, the Hollywood star is back singing and dancing on the big screen thanks to The Greatest Showman. And if you're curious, Zac couldn't be more excited. "It feels great. It feels good. This is a real neat one too. It's just different," he shared with E! News at the New York City premiere. "The movie is very powerful and has a lot to say. I think it's an important one for our generation so it's got a big voice and the potential for it to be heard for our generation is really massive." He...
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Zac Efron Admits His On-Screen Kiss with Zendaya in The Greatest Showman Was His 'Favorite'

Zac Efron Admits His On-Screen Kiss with Zendaya in The Greatest Showman Was His 'Favorite'
Zac Efron has had his fair share of on-screen kisses, but the one he shared with Zendaya on The Greatest Showman might just top his list.

The two stars play young performers drawn into P.T. Barnum’s world as he sets out to create the greatest circus ever made. Their characters, Philip Carlyle and Anne Wheeler, are also drawn to each other, but work commitments pose interference in their relationship.

When the actors were asked what it was like to lock lips on the film, Zendaya, 21, said every moment between the two characters was “incredibly special.”

“You’re into the moment!
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John Waters’ Favorite Movies of 2017 Include ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Wonderstruck’ and ‘The Strange Ones’

John Waters’ Favorite Movies of 2017 Include ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Wonderstruck’ and ‘The Strange Ones’
John Waters has been called the “Pope of Filth,” the “Sultan of Sleeze,” the “Prince of Puke,” and the “King of Bad Taste.” Naturally, who wouldn’t want to know his favorite films of the year? Known for pushing the envelope over the edge and back again with iconic films like “Cry Baby,” “Pink Flamingoes,” and “Hairspray,” the cult filmmaker is a devoted cinephile with a wide range of interests. Waters always has a few surprises on his yearly top ten list, and 2017 is no exception.

Topping the list is Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver,” a somewhat surprising choice for the fan of all things trashy and grotesque. Making a strong showing in third place is “The Strange Ones,” a psychological thriller and feature debut by Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein. Waters also liked Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” and Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel.”

Read More:John Waters Touts New Indie Theater
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Get in the Holiday Spirit With John Waters + More L.A. Events This Week

If you’re still crawling out of your tryptophan hangover and are just starting to get into the holiday spirit, check out these events and screenings designed to help you wind down while engaging with some infamous and groundbreaking folks in the entertainment industry. From cult heroes to probable-Oscar-nominees, L.A. is abuzz this week with glorious offerings for actors. Take advantage! Go in-depth with an Oscar contender.If you haven’t yet heard of Netflix’s newest exclusive film, “Mudbound,” you soon will—this dramatic piece dealing with post-war race issues in rural Mississippi is almost certainly going to make its mark at this year’s Oscars. See it and join its director Dee Rees for a Q&A following a screening on Dec. 4 at the Hammer Museum. Be sure to come prepared with questions for Rees about her filmmaking, and pick up tips from working with actors like
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‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Team Teases a Sexy and True Broadway Adaptation (Exclusive)

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Team Teases a Sexy and True Broadway Adaptation (Exclusive)
Pretty Woman is headed to Broadway -- and the cast and crew promise the musical adaptation will feature everything that fans love about the iconic 1990 romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

“I don't want to give away too much, but I think all the standards are there. I watched the film the other night for just a reference point and I was like, we got that; we got that. There are those moments that you have to have,” Steven Kazee teases to Et at Garry Marshall Theatre's First Annual Founders Gala. “What we're trying to do is tell the story in the same way to a new audience. We just want to try to be as true to the story as possible.”

The movie-turned-musical about a prostitute and a wealthy businessman who fall in love with each other is set to open on Broadway in the fall of 2018 following a five-week engagement at the Oriental
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La Pfeiffer and the Original Song Oscar Race

by Nathaniel R

Here's some rather surprising news: Michelle Pfeiffer sings the closing credits song of Murder on the Orient Express. The song is called "Never Forget" which we never in danger of doing for anything Pfeiffer. Though opinions vary about how well the goddess sings, we personally love it when she croons. Case in point: Grease 2 (1982), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Prince of Egypt (1998), and Hairspray (2007). Listen it's not her fault that her character in Up Close and Personal (1996) was supposed to be a bad singer or that "Miss Baltimore Crabs" is Hairspray's worst song!

"Never Forget" is written by two-time Oscar nominee Patrick Doyle, a regular on Kenneth Branagh films, who also composes the score. La Pfeiffer is, of course, not the sort who would deign to sing in front of the whole world on Oscar night so they will reassign the vocals if the song is nominated.
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Corbin Bleu To Host 2017 Looking Ahead Awards

The Actors Fund announced today that stage and screen star Corbin Bleu will host the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 5 at Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.

The Looking Ahead Awards gala celebrates leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the Looking Ahead Program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service. Five awards will be presented including the Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness to the youth cast of NBC’s hit series “This Is Us.” The award is presented annually to the youth cast of a current TV show that is raising awareness about important societal issues though their roles. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAG-aftra to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Bushwick on Blu-ray – Stars Dave Bautista

Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) is set to release the action film Bushwick on DVD and on DVD/Bd combo on Oct. 24, 2017.

Written by Nick Damici (We Are What We Are, Stake Land) and Graham Reznick (Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear) and directed by the filmmaking team of Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (Cooties), Bushwick stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect franchise, Hairspray), Angelic Zambrana (Precious, Fighting) and Jeremie Harris (FX’s “Legion,” The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Pariah). Rlje will release Bushwick on Oct. 24, 2017 on DVD for an Srp of $29.96 and on DVD/Bd combo for an Srp of $34.97.

Now you can own Bushwick on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 2 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring Dave Bautista ? (mine is Blade Runner 2049!). It’s so easy!
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The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program Announces This Year’s Participants

Marianna Amelinckx is among this year’s emerging filmmakers: Through Her Lens

The five participants of this year’s Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program have been announced. Launched to provide industry support, funding, and other resources to new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films, the three-day mentorship initiative is now in its third year. This year’s crop of filmmakers includes Marianna Amelinckx, whose short film “Salta” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and 2016 Independent Spirit Award nominee Myna Joseph (“The Mend”).

The emerging filmmakers will “take part in master classes, one-on-one mentorship, and peer-to-peer sessions,” a press release details. “At the end of the program, each of the five filmmakers will pitch her project to a jury of industry experts. One filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce her short film, along with support of Tribeca Studios to make the project, and the four other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue the development of their films.”

The five talents will gather in New York City from October 17–19 for an intense, intimate program focusing primarily on “script-to-screen development, casting, finding collaborators, and working with music composers, costume designers, and producers.” They’ll be improving their pitching skills and meeting with prominent women in the industry. Each filmmaker will get the chance to work with writing mentors during the summer.

Master class advisors include “A United Kingdom” director Amma Asante, “Twilight” actor Dakota Fanning, and “Hidden Figures” producer Donna Gigliotti. “Queen of Katwe” helmer Mira Nair and Oscar-winning actor Rachel Weisz are among the jurors. Mentors include writer-executive producer Ilene Chaiken (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), writer Leslie Dixon (“Hairspray”), and producer Celine Rattray (“American Honey”), with writing mentors such as writer-director Robin Swicord (“The Jane Austen Book Club”) and producer Effie T. Brown (“Dear White People”).

“We’re thrilled to give such a talented new class of filmmakers the opportunity to participate in Through Her Lens,” said Amy Hobby, Executive Director of Tribeca Film Institute. “The program, and advancing the careers of female filmmakers in general, is an important part of our year-round work elevating diverse storytellers in order to advance racial, gender, and economic equity.”

Check out all of the filmmakers selected to participate, their projects, and their bios below.

Vuela — Marianne Amelinckx (Writer/Director). Venezuela could have been one of the richest countries in the modern world, but ineffective government policies and corruption have made the country one of the most dangerous places to live. Vuela (Fly) tells the story of a chance encounter between Luisa and Monica just before they take off to different countries and leave everything behind them, including the opportunity to get to know each other.

Marianne Amelinckx is a Venezuelan writer/director whose passion for storytelling led her to write and direct Salta, a very personal short film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Vuela is the second short film of the trilogy: Salta, Vuela, Corre. She is also currently working on 39 bedrooms, a personal blog that might turn into her first feature film.

Wingmen — Nicole Emanuele (Writer/Director). Sarah’s bachelorette party is all cigarettes and penis shots, until she and her best friend Marie get the call to report for active duty the next day. They’ve been training for years to be deployed by the U.S. Navy, so they’ve got this, right?

Nicole Emanuele’s short film Love, Gina (2017) played at Cinequest and Rooftop Film Festival and was featured on The Playlist. She produced Not Waving But Drowning (2012) with Adam Driver, Lilli Reinhart, Megan Guinan, and Vanessa Ray and is currently a development executive at YouTube Red overseeing series and films including Step Up: High Water and Doug Liman’s Impulse.

No Fault — Myna Joseph (Writer/Director). Following a near-fatal car accident, Lu wrestles with creeping invisibility as she approaches the second half of her life. On this long winter day, she finds her physical identity fractured, ignored, misunderstood, and judged — but with wry humor and stubborn resilience, she’s determined to be seen.

Myna Joseph’s short film Man screened at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight, Sundance, SXSW, and New Directors/New Films Festival. She was nominated for a 2016 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for The Mend, which was also nominated for a Gotham Award. Myna attended the Sundance Directors’ and Screenwriters’ Labs with her feature Charlotte XVI and is a graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University’s M.F.A film program.

Suicide By Sunlight — Nikyatu Jusu (Writer/Director). Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is brought around her estranged twin daughters.

Nikyatu Jusu is an award-winning Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker. Her screenplay Free the Town participated in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop and was selected for both the 2013 Durban Film Mart and Film Independent’s Fast Track. Her short film, Flowers, won the HBO short film award and is her third film acquired by HBO.

Girl Wants Magic — written by Anna Zlokovic (Writer/Director). Manny, an outcast and bullied high schooler, finds her only friend in music. When her teacher, Mr. Hornby, is possessed by a violent, alien insect, Manny is forced to fight her biggest demon yet and discover her magic within.

Anna is an award-winning writer/director based in Los Angeles and an alumna of the USC Film & TV Production program. Her films and music videos have screened internationally at festivals including SXSW, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Fantasia Int’l Film Festival, and Oberhausen Int’l Film Festival. She is a founding member of the Aporkalypse filmmaking collective.

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TVLine Items: Chenoweth Is ABC's Fairy Godmother, Freakish Trailer and More

TVLine Items: Chenoweth Is ABC's Fairy Godmother, Freakish Trailer and More
Kristin Chenoweth is about to discover she’s The Real Fairy Godmother. (Where do we sign up to be one of her charges?)

The actress will star in the ABC single-camera comedy from her Hairspray Live! collaborators/executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, our sister site Deadline reports.

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In the project — which has received a put-pilot commitment from the network — Chenoweth plays a self-absorbed “real housewife” who learns that she’s descended from a secret order of fairy godmothers, and must use her magical abilities to help those in need.
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Cult of Chucky – FX Designer Tony Gardner Speaks! Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video and Images!

Tony Gardner is one of the most accomplished special effects designers in the biz. He has designed and created effects for Zombieland, 127 Hours, Smokin’ Aces, Hairspray, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, The Addams Family, Shallow Hal and many more. Not… Continue Reading →

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‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Heading To Broadway In 2018

Pretty Woman: The Musical is heading to New York’s Broadway in the latter half of 2018. The new musical, which will be based on the popular 1990 film that starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, will feature music and lyrics by rock legend Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, with a book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton.

Here’s the official blurb, which was released yesterday.

One of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time is coming to Broadway!

Pretty Woman: The Musical is the World Premiere stage production featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams (“Summer of ’69,” “Everything I Do”) and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton.

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Here's the Complete List of 2017's Exciting Emmy Winners

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The 2017 Emmy nominations hinted at some spectacular actors and shows taking home important awards, and now a few of them have already won big. Alexis Bledel had an exciting win for The Handmaid's Tale, and American Horror Story: Roanoke's superb makeup effects were also acknowledged at the Creative Arts Emmys a few days before the big event. At the Emmys on Sunday night, actors like John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Laura Dern, and more snagged trophies for their incredible talents. In fact, the night included a number of historic wins, like Donald Glover's win for outstanding directing in a comedy series (he's the first black person to do so) and Lena Waithe's win for outstanding writing for a comedy series (she's the first black woman to take home the award). Take a look at all the winners below! Outstanding Drama Series The Handmaid's Tale Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Elisabeth Moss,
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The ‘Sister Act’ Cast Reunites to Sing ‘I Will Follow Him,’ Stirring Up All of Your Latent ’90s Nostalgia — Watch

The ‘Sister Act’ Cast Reunites to Sing ‘I Will Follow Him,’ Stirring Up All of Your Latent ’90s Nostalgia — Watch
Older Millennials are typically hesitant to claim the much-maligned label, but slap some “Sister Act” on the TV and you’ll soon see who was born after 1982. One look at Whoopi Goldberg in that nun’s habit, and they won’t be able to stop from singing, “Oh Happy Day.” It’s been 25 years since the comedy first debuted, and Goldberg used her post on “The View” to reunite members of the original cast for a rousing version of “I Will Follow Him.”

Goldberg was joined by supporting players Kathy Najimy and Wendy Makkena, as well as Sheri Izzard, Darlene Koldenhoven, Beth Fowler (of “Orange is The New Black” renown), Andrea Robinson, and Prudence Holmes. The cast was backed up by a few extra choir members to round out the harmonies, which might not have been a bad idea judging from how some of their voices have aged. One thing
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Creative Arts Emmys: ‘Westworld,’ ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Nab Early Leads

Creative Arts Emmys: ‘Westworld,’ ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Nab Early Leads
Westworld,” “Stranger Things,” and “Saturday Night Live” emerged as the early leaders in this year’s Emmy race after the second night of the 69th Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday.

Heading into the Primetime Emmys on Sept. 17, the three shows are tied with five total wins each. “SNL’s” trophies include guest actor in a comedy series for Dave Chappelle, who hosted the show on Nov. 12 immediately after the presidential election, and guest actress in a comedy series for Melissa McCarthy, who repeatedly portrayed former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The long-running NBC sketch series was up for 22 Emmys this year, tied for the most-nominated series with HBO’s “Westworld.”

For “Westworld,” the series’ five wins included special visual effects and makeup for a single-camera series (non-prosthetic). “Stranger Things” went into this year’s Emmys with 19 total nominations. Its prizes thus far include main title design and original main title theme music. However
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Oscars: David Rubin Returning to Produce Governors Awards

David Rubin will return to produce the ninth annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Academy president John Bailey made the announcement on Friday. Honorary awards will be presented to writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman, actor Donald Sutherland, and director Agnès Varda at the Nov. 11 ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

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“David’s continuing and passionate commitment to the Governors Awards assure us that the evening will be a memorable tribute to this year’s four distinguished filmmakers,” Bailey said.

Rubin has casting credits on more than 100 films and TV programs, including “Trumbo,” “Wild,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Hairspray,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Men in Black,” “Romeo + Juliet,” “The English Patient,” “Get Shorty,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” He has received six Emmy nominations, most
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Why Michelle Pfeiffer 'Disappeared' from the Spotlight — and Why She's Back (Looking Incredible!) at 59

Why Michelle Pfeiffer 'Disappeared' from the Spotlight — and Why She's Back (Looking Incredible!) at 59
Michelle Pfeiffer, we missed you!

Nearly stealing the show in a slinky, sequined Michael Kors Collection gown at the Venice Film Festival premiere of mother!, the 59-year-old actress is decidedly back in action this year — and reminding everyone why she’s one of Hollywood’s most successful (and sexiest) stars of all time.

In Darren Aronofsky‘s creepy thriller mother!, one of several new roles for Pfeiffer, she plays a visitor who interrupts Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem‘s seemingly idyllic life. Pfeiffer plays a pivotal part — a position she hasn’t been in since taking a break from Hollywood
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Kids Now Casting: Play a Lead in ‘Hairspray Jr.’

Welcome to the ‘60s—time to get yourself a brand new start in an upcoming production of “Hairspray Jr.”! Casting is currently underway for principal roles in the junior version of the award-winning musical by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman about larger-than-life Tracy Turnblad as she fulfills her dream of dancing on “The Corny Collins Show” and becomes an overnight celebrity campaigning for the show's integration. Male and female talent, aged 11–17, are needed to fill the lead roles of Seaweed J. Stubb, Link Larkin, and Motormouth Maybelle. Actors should have great voices and a strong stage presence. Weekly rehearsals will begin in September through January 2018 at Westlake School for the Performing Arts in Daly City, California. Final performances will take place the weekend of Jan. 26–28, 2018. Pay is $250 for the production, payable upon completion of the contract. Keep the beat going and apply direct at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s kids auditions!
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Thomas Meehan, Writer of ‘Annie,’ ‘Hairspray’ and ‘The Producers,’ Dies at 88

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Thomas Meehan, Writer of ‘Annie,’ ‘Hairspray’ and ‘The Producers,’ Dies at 88
Thomas Meehan, the Tony Award-winning writer of “Annie,” “Hairspray” and “The Producers,” has died at the age of 88. Meehan’s collaborator Martin Charnin confirmed the news to Playbill on Tuesday. “It’s a great loss. It’s incalculable. I have a huge hole in my heart right now,” he said. Meehan holds the distinction of being the only writer to have written three Broadway shows that ran for more than 2,000 performances. He earned Tonys for all three of those works, “Annie” in 1977, “The Producers” in 2001 and “Hairspray” in 2002. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) His other credits include “Young Frankenstein,
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NYC What’s Casting: ‘Hairspray’ Will Hold Equity Chorus Calls + By-Appointment Auditions in NYC

Good morning, Baltimore! An upcoming production of “Hairspray,” the Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman musical, will run for a limited engagement in Jupiter, Florida, but you can audition right in New York City. With Bob Cline at the casting helm, the team will hold Equity Chorus Calls on Sept. 5 at Pearl Studios in Midtown, on the search for “teenage looking dancers-singers to play ensemble parts throughout the show.” All auditioners should be prepared to dance first in either jazz shoes or sneakers, as well as sing a selection that’s in the style of the show (songs from the show are also welcome). Talent should also bring a picture and résumé. Watch: Have a Motown-Era Audition Coming Up? Here’s What You Need to Know By-appointment auditions will be held concurrently for several principal roles including Link Larkin, Amber Von Tussel, and the lead Tracy Turnblad, a role that won
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