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Being tapped to host the 36th Annual People's Choice Awards, Queen Latifah will give audience a treat with a musical number. The 39-year-old songstress, who has starred in two successful musicals "Chicago" and "Hairspray", has recently been reported to kick off the award show by leading an all-star musical number.
Details of which stars will join the star of "The Secret Life of Bees" on the stage as well as what songs will be featured are yet disclosed. However, executive producer Mark Burnett has promised that the award show itself will be packed with performances. "We have jam-packed this show with epic performances, surprises and huge show moments that will be sure to keep the audience glued to their seats," he said.
"The stars are coming out in droves to thank the millions of fans who showed their love and support by voting," Burnett continued. "And with exclusive sneak peeks »
Everything old was new again in the entertainment world in 2009! The Hollywood powers that be decided that the past was the richest mine of inspiration, as evidenced by the scads of remakes in movies and TV. The small screen has recycled '90s night soaps Melrose Place and 90210 to mixed results, while new ones were announced: look for a version of Charlie's Angels in the future. Some TV shows were mercifully declared dead in the water in the case of a Us version of UK show Absolutely Fabulous. In theaters, this year saw '70s and '80s flicks The Stepfather and Fame, but the list for planned movie remakes is long: Girls Just Want to Have Fun, The Neverending Story, Little Shop of Horrors, and Footloose are all in the works. To read more about 2009's year in remakes, just read more. Some aim to freshen up successful franchises, »
James Stern, Chairman and CEO of Endgame Entertainment, is a prolific producer who has made more than 20 feature films, 15 Broadway and off Broadway hits including "The Producers," "Stomp" and "Hairspray," and produced and directed documentary films. MakingOf CEO Christine Aylward talks with Stern about the factors that motivated him to get involved with the independent film "An Education." In the conversation Stern praises Nick Hornby's writing and calls him "one of my real heroes." He further details that as a father, the script stood out to him for it's ability to capture the main character's journey from innocence to knowledge.
Later in the conversation, Stern reflects on an early meeting he had with director Lone Scherfig and recalls an important point she made. He explains Scherfig was adamant that she didn't want this to be a period piece. She wanted it to »
Variety is reporting that director/choreographer Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, This is It) will now helm the big screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, In the Heights, after leaving the planned Footloose remake earlier this year. The musical covers three days in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, “where a bodega owner who inherited his grandfather’s lottery windfall plots his retirement to a Dominican Republic beach. As he bids farewell to his customers on the block, he becomes conflicted about leaving behind a group that has become family.” Lin-Manuel Miranda will reprise his starring role (he also wrote the lyrics and music) and Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the show, will be adapting the script to the screen.
Universal will be producing the film and I have to give them some credit for not deciding to replace Miranda with a big name star. The film »
- Ramses Flores
Lionsgate just released this new movie poster for the upcoming film “From Paris With Love” by director Pierre Morel (Taken) and starring John Travolta (Wild Hogs 2, Hairspray), Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Amber Rose Revah. Synopsis: John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers star in the spy thriller From Paris With Love for District B13’s helmer Pierre Morel and EuropaCorp. The Luc Besson/Adi Hasak-penned tale revolves around the entwining paths of an American spy and an embassy worker during a tumultuous time in Paris. - Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news and more from “From Paris With Love” starring John Travolta. »
- Brian Corder
Another indie film potentially lost in the mix. The first official trailer for The Vicious Kind has debuted over on YouTube (via SlashFilm). This stars a bittersweet Adam Scott (the male nurse from Knocked Up), a super sweet Brittany Snow (the hot blonde girl from Hairspray), and a freakin' sweet J.K. Simmons (who plays J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man). You probably haven't ever heard of this, but I suggest checking out the trailer, it doesn't look too bad. It seems kind of like an awkward mix of an indie drama and mumblecore comedy, but that could be a good thing. I think I'll check it out when I get the chance. What about you? Watch the trailer for Lee Toland Krieger's The Vicious Kind: You can also watch The Vicious Kind trailer in High Definition on YouTube The bitter Caleb Sinclaire (Adam Scott) tries to warn his brother »
- Alex Billington
Though I am loathe to spend a big paragraph merely explaining what I'm about to write about -- that's so Blogging with Training Wheels -- I make an exception.
I never have any time to write anymore which saddens me. I'm behind on reviews, interviews, articles, podcasts (very soon!): Part of this is my fault (procrastination, writer's block, fatigue), part of this is Hollywood's fault (They've never heard of the Gregorian calendar I don't think). Over at Nick's Flick Picks, my dear friend has been sharing his filmgoing diaries from the past decade and though nothing I type here will be its equal, my cameos in those memoirs convinced me that merely narrating my moviegoing adventures without editing might actually be the only way I'll be able to trick myself into confronting a collossal task: Getting through the Christmas glut and living to write about it.
I've been spending my time shuffling between shopping, »
- NATHANIEL R
Zac Efron may be dropping out of "Footloose" to avoid stereotype-casting, but his "Hairspray" co-star, Nikki Blonsky, is crossing fingers that he will be back for "Hairspray 2: White Lipstick". Asked by PopEater whether Efron will return as Link Larkin, the 21-year-old responded, "Where would Tracy be without Link?"
The Tracy Turnblad depicter went on to say that she hopes he will do another Link portrayal, before adding, "He is the only Link in my heart." Pressed further on the romance between Tracy and Link in the sequel, she admitted that she has no idea, but added, "I can only imagine they would still be together. Tracy and Link are the 'Hairspray' couple."
Long before "Hairspray 2" got its working title, director Adam Shankman has mentioned that Zac Efron's Link will be bringing out his inner Austin Powers. To Entertainment Weekly, the filmmaker behind "Bedtime Stories" elaborated that the »
A programming enquiry on Twitter by a producer of the 2010 Academy Awards has provoked a barrage of razzle dazzle requests, followed by an appalled backlash
Last year's Oscars saw viewing figures on the rise thanks to the presence
of all-singing, all-dancing host Hugh Jackman and sequences involving the stars of High School Musical and Mamma Mia! This year it looks like March's 82nd Annual Academy Awards may be set for even more razzle dazzle, after producer Adam Shankman took to Twitter to invite suggestions from his 48,000 or so followers.
Their response: give us more High School Musical, appearances by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart (stars of the hugely popular Twilight franchise), and dance routines from regulars on Us reality show So You Think You Can Dance, on which Shankman is a judge. According to Hollywood Reporter, the exchange has rather put the wind up those who made the decision to »
- Ben Child
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association throws their Golden Globes Young Hollywood party, all of young Hollywood shows up.
Nobu will also be packed Tuesday with the likes of LiLo, Heroes" Masi Oka , Adam Rodriguez, Alexander Skarsgard, Alison Brie, Anna Kendrick, Ashley Tisdale, Brittany Snow, Chelsea Handler (wait...) Emilie de Ravin, Gabrielle Union, Jenna Fischer, Jessica Capshaw, Jordana Brewster, Julia Jones, Katee Sackhoff, Katerina Graham, Kayla Ewell, Paula Patton, Robin Thicke, Ryan Eggold, Rutina Wesley, Sarah Jane Morris, Shannyn Sossoman, Shenae Grimes, Tyrese Gibson and, whew ....Whitney Cummings
The Dish Rag will be there on the red carpet arrivals line -- if only to find out who half these young stars are -- and we'll go inside the party for the announcement of the 2010 Miss Golden Globes.
Our friends over at Horror Society are bringing yet another event to Chicago's Portage Theatre, when their Holiday Of Horrors Film Festival arrives on December 12th. Director Lewis Jackson will be in-attendance to present his 1980 classic Christmas Evil (aka You Better Watch Out!), and they'll be screening Silent Night, Deadly Night, New Years Evil, and Black Santa's Revenge. Not enough for you? How about vendors, booze, prizes, and an opportunity to get your picture taken with Satan Santa himself?
December 12, 2009 | Tickets are $10 (get yours here) | Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Il 60641
Released in 1980 and once again we have an unstable main character who puts on the red suit and beard and gives the naughty what they deserve-and we’re not talking about lumps of coal. Arguably the best of the “Christmas Killer” movies, Christmas Evil should not be missed. This rare screening features a 35mm print from »
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that the 2010 Miss Golden Globe will be introduced at the second annual Golden Globes Party Saluting Young Hollywood, which will take place at Nobu on Tuesday evening, December 8. Among those who attended last year’s party were 2009 Miss Golden Globe Rumer Willis and Twilight cast members Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and Christian Serratos. Also present were Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Brittany Snow (Hairspray), Cote de Pablo (NCIS), Hill Harper (CSI: New York), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious), Kelly Osbourne (The Town That Boars Me), Kerry Washington (Lakeview Terrace), Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Michael Vartan (Monster-in-Law), Rex Lee (Entourage), and Taraji P. Henson (The [...] »
- Anna Robinson
Is it any surprise that rumors were recently flying about Miley Cyrus starring in the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway hair-band musical Rock of Ages? She's not only seen the show, but she reportedly loved it so much, she visited with the stars backstage. Not long after, the cast performed at her '80s-themed 17th birthday party in NYC. And the movie's director is none other than... ...Hairspray director Adam Shankman, who happens to be a producer of Ms. Miley's upcoming flick, The Last Song. But Miley and Rock ain't happening, people. At least not right now. "It's way too soon," Shankman told me at yesterday's Dizzy Feet Foundation event about »
Between his roles in the Broadway musical adaptation "Hairspray," two seasons on the WB series "Summerland" and the unholy Disney Channel trilogy "High School Musical," blue-eyed, pert-nosed actor and singer Zac Efron's become a heartthrob to young girls en masse. Now just 22 years old, he's begun to diversify in his career pickings, following up this past spring's studio comedy "17 Again" with the Richard Linklater-directed period indie "Me and Orson Welles."
Based on Robert Kaplow's novel, the film stars Efron as Richard Samuels, an ambitious teen actor who weasels his way into a 1937 Broadway production of "Julius Caesar," directed by a megalomaniacal, temperamental genius: yes, one mister Orson Welles (rivetingly played by Christian McKay). As Richard becomes smitten with a tough-minded production assistant (Claire Danes), he learns that both love and success have their complications, but at least he gets to sing. By phone, Efron spoke with me about him and Orson Welles, »
- Aaron Hillis
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Micky Dolenz, child television actor and star of a 1960s sit-com about a fictional band called, “The Monkees,” is heading to London’s West End, where he will appear in the hit musical Hairspray, TheImproper has learned. The musical has had a hugely successful three-year run at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Dolenz will take the part of Wilbur Turnblad, the father of Tracy Turnblad. In the hit 2007 movie version of John Waters' hit, Wilbur, a genial joke-store owner was played by Christopher Walken, Tracy was played by Nikki Blonsky and mother Edna was played by John Travolta. »
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First-time Academy Awards co-producer Shankman has named composer/arranger Shaiman as the music director for the 82nd Oscars in March.
Shaiman has never won an Oscar but he has been nominated five times in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories - for 1994's A Wink and a Smile from Sleepless in Seattle, and Blame Canada from South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut 10 years later.
He also won an Emmy Award for the songs he co-wrote for Billy Crystal's stint as host of the the 64th Academy Awards in 1992, and again in 1991 and 2004. »
By Wrap Staff
“With Marc on board, we are sure to have some great musical and, hopefully, hysterical moments,” Mechanic said in a statement.
“Marc was my inspiration and musical partner on ‘Hairspray’ and he has been responsible for some of the most memorable moments in Oscar history, like Will Ferr »
- Brent Lang
It’s no surprise, given that composer Marc Shaiman worked with co-producer Adam Shankman on the musical Hairspray, that he will do the music director honors for the 82nd Academy Awards. Shankman cited Will Ferrell and Jack Black’s comedy numbers as examples of the hilarity that he hopes Shaiman will bring to the occasion: “He’s a genius! And he’d be the first to tell you!” “With Marc on board, we are sure to have some great musical and, hopefully, hysterical moments,” said producer Bill Mechanic. Shaiman has five Oscar nominations under his belt, for original score (The American President, The First Wives Club and Patch Adams) and … »
Me And Orson Welles director Richard Linklater has praised Zac Efron for being a "real leading man". The High School Musical actor stars alongside Christian McKay and Claire Danes in the upcoming period drama, based on one young man's experience with the legendary theatre star. Speaking to Digital Spy at the film's UK premiere, Linklater said: "Zac was the first guy I sat down with [for the role of Richard Samuels]. "I'd only seen him in one movie - Hairspray - and I just (more) »
- By Lara Martin
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