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L.A. Now Casting: Join 'The Wizard of Oz' + More Classic Shows For Theatre Royale

Whether you’re beginning your career or continuing it, there’s a spot for you on stage in one of many classic shows! Theatre Royale is casting talent for its current season, which includes classic musicals such as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “White Christmas.” The company is seeking fresh, undiscovered talent as well as experienced, union actors to join and participate in future productions, including “Newsies,” “Hairspray,” “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Pippin,” “42nd Street,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” There will be auditions by appointment Feb. 2–3 in Temecula, CA. The season will rehearse and runs in the Temecula area. Actors will be paid $750–$2000, depending on roles. Come and meet those dancing feet by applying directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s Los Angeles audition listings!
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Adam Shankman reveals the Enchanted 2 script is nearly complete

While on a Television Critics Association panel for his forthcoming YouTube Step Up TV series, director of the sequel to Disney’s musical blockbuster Enchanted, Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Cheaper by the Dozen 2) revealed to /Film that the script is almost finished.

Shankman said “We are handing in a script in a couple weeks that I’m super happy with,” adding that they’ve “Then gotta get the music written.”

Titled Disenchanted, the sequel will once again feature Amy Adam’s as Giselle, the Disney princess transported from an animated magic kingdom to the real world.

On the plot, Shankman revealed “It’s about Giselle 10 years later going, ‘What is happily ever after?’” and that the basic make up of the film would be the same, adding “There’s a lot more songs this time than there were in the original, at least in the planning phase right now”.

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Enchanted sequel still active, script nearly done

Simon Brew Jan 16, 2018

Enchanted 2 is moving forward, with a script about to be handed in. No songs yet, though...

Progress has hardly been swift on the Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted, with a decade having now passed since the terrific original film. Still, the film received fresh impetus when Hairspray director Adam Shankman landed the job of directing. And in a new update, he’s confirmed that there’s been a few steps forward.

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“We are handing in a script in a couple weeks that I’m super happy with. Then gotta get the music written”, he told Slashfilm.

“There’s a lot more songs this time than there were in the original, at least in the planning phase right now. As for the animation, it’s
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Enchanted 2 Script Is Almost Done, Will Include More Songs

After more than a decade, it looks like Enchanted 2 is finally coming together. Disney has been working on this sequel, slowly but surely, for a very long time now and it was starting to feel like the kind of thing that may not ever actually happen. However, we have an encouraging update from the movie's director that makes it sound like Disney is getting serious about making Enchanted 2 happen.

Director Adam Shankman was recently at the TCA's promoting his YouTube Red series Step Up: High Water. He was at one point asked about Enchanted 2, which is officially titled Disenchanted. He revealed that the script is being turned in very soon and that the sequel is going to feature more songs than the original. Here's what he had to say about it.

"We are handing in a script in a couple weeks that I'm super happy with. Then gotta get the music written.
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Global Road sets TV deal with Offspring Entertainment

The television arm of the former Im Global has signed Adam Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment to a first-look TV deal.

Source: Offspring Entertainment

‘Step Up: High Water’

Global Road Entertainment has signed a first-look television deal with Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot’s Offspring Entertainment, the production company behind the Step Up franchise.

The first projects to be developed under the deal are an untitled comedy from actor-producers and social media stars Carlos and Alexa PenaVega and Wolfgang, the previously announced (under the title Coda) series about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that is currently being sold in the international marketplace.

Global Road is the new brand adopted last year by China’s Tang Media Partners after its acquisitions of Us operations Im Global and Open Road Films.

The Offspring projects join a Global Road scripted TV slate that already includes an adaptation for FX of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’sCradle, from Noah Hawley (creator of the TV version
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Adam Shankman & Jennifer Gibgot’s Offspring Shingle Inks Global Road TV Deal

Global Road Entertainment has inked a first-look TV deal with Offspring Entertainment, the production company run by Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot that’s ramping up its small-screen efforts. The first two projects under the pact are Wolfgang (formerly known as Coda), about the world’s first rock star Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and an untitled comedy with actor-producers Carlos and Alexa PenaVega. Offspring, whose credits on the film side include Hairspray, The Last Song
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Amanda Bynes Plans to Return to Acting in 2018

Some people might remember Amanda Bynes because of her appearances in both movies and TV shows throughout the late 1990s and the early 2000s. For example, there was She’s the Man in 2006, which was inspired by William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Furthermore, there was Hairspray in 2007, which saw Bynes starring alongside other well-known actors and actresses such as Michelle Pfeiffer, John Travolta, and Christopher Walken. Combined with a successful TV show on The WB called What I Like About You, it was no wonder that a lot of people were expecting great things from Bynes, particularly since she didn’t

Amanda Bynes Plans to Return to Acting in 2018
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Animation Films Hit a High Note Courtesy of ‘Coco,’ ‘Ferdinand’ and Mariah Carey

Animation Films Hit a High Note Courtesy of ‘Coco,’ ‘Ferdinand’ and Mariah Carey
With the heat that “Coco” has generated, “Remember Me” may look like the song to beat, as tunes from ‘toons go. But there are formidable contenders in the music categories from other animated films, too, as seen in the Golden Globe nominations for Nick Jonas’ and Mariah Carey’s songs from “Ferdinand” and “The Star,” respectively. In addition, veteran composers soundtrack the year’s illustrated standouts.

The Star,” from “The Star

Written by Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman, Thom Fennessey

Carey’s fans have long liked to call her “the queen of Christmas.” That’s all to say that her holiday bona fides were sufficient for the producers of the Nativity-themed “The Star” to come to her for a key power ballad that would play out over Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. She in turn called up Shaiman (“Hairspray”), who’d worked with her on two songs on her second Christmas album. For this new
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The Top Ten Musicals Of The 21st Century

In cinemas on Boxing Day is the musical extravaganze The Greatest Showman. The film stars Hugh Jackman alongside an all-star cast, including Michelle Williams, Zendaya, and Zac Efron. To celebrate the release, we take a look back at the top ten musicals of the last 17 years.

Chi-Raq (2015)

By no means a traditional musical and at the same time proof of just how much musicals have evolved. Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is an adaptation of Aristophanes’ Ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, which simultaneously manages to weave in a progressive commentary regarding domestic gun violence in the United States. Though set in the present day, what is most interesting about Chi-Raq is how faithfully it adapts its source material, maintaining the original Greek names, the inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson as the chorus, and dialogue that rhymes almost all the way throughout. Not since Baz Luhrman’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet has Classical theater been given a treatment like this,
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Enchanted at 10: revisiting the film with director Kevin Lima

Simon Brew Dec 18, 2017

With new exclusive behind the scenes pictures, director Kevin Lima takes us through Enchanted, as it hits its 10th birthday.

It’s been ten years since the terrific Enchanted arrived in UK cinemas, just under two months after it premiered at the London Film Festival. The film made a star of Amy Adams, brought back 2D animation from Disney to the big screen, and has a songbook that sits happily alongside the top end of Disney work. Plus, the film remains a flat out family treat.

“It has been a long time” Lima chuckled, apologising in advance if he couldn’t recall all the answers I was after. Turns out he didn’t do too badly. He spared me some time to look back over the film, the challenges of making it, and what happened next…

I’ve only just discovered that Enchanted actually had its premiere in the UK!
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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.”

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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

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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