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Oscar champ Jennifer Hudson dishes show-stopping guest role on 'Empire' (Exclusive Video)

18 June 2015 8:04 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

“I fell in love with it instantly,” declares Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls") about watching the pilot of Fox's mega-hit “Empire” after series co-creator Lee Daniels asked her to considering doing a guest role. As she reveals during our recent webcam chat (watch below), “It was before the show had even started airing and I was like, I have to be a part of the show!” -Break- 'Empire' cast woo Emmy voters with performances and panel discussion Hudson plays gospel-singing music therapist Michelle White, who was introduced late in the first season and appeared in three episodes. Although it seems likely we’ll see much more of her next season, the specifics of her storyline remain very much up in the air. “I can’t wait to find out!” admits the actress. “I wonder what will happen with Michelle and Andre (Trai Byers) and in a way I feel as though. »

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Bill Condon interview: Mr Holmes, Beauty & The Beast

17 June 2015 9:59 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bill Condon chats to us about Sir Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Beauty & The Beast, and Mr Holmes...

We caught up with director Bill Condon recently to chat about his new film Mr Holmes, a fictional biopic of the famous Baker Street sleuth played by Sir Ian McKellen. Condon has a vast and wide-ranging career in the movies with titles like the outstanding Gods & Monsters and Kinsey sitting beside showstoppers like Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga.

Despite suffering from a bout of hay fever (your author was suffering too, dear reader), Bill was warm and friendly, and we bonded over our mutual love for the Disney animated film Beauty And The Beast (which he is currently directing a live action remake of).

How did Mr Holmes come about? Was this a project that you were keen to do?

Actually, Anne Carey, the producer, came to me with the script, based on »

- simonbrew

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Oz producer scores Us composer

8 June 2015 3:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Red Rock Pictures has secured award-winning Us composer Deborah Lurie for the feature While It Lasts, based on the New York Times best-selling novel by. Abbi Glines.

The third in a series of Sea Breeze books, While It Lasts is set in in the steamy coastal Alabama town of Sea Breeze, where an interconnected group of older teens hook up and break up. The protagonist is Cage York, who looked set for a free ride to college for baseball until a DUI. His coach orders him to spend the summer baling hay, where he meets uptight, snarky brunette Eva Brooks. Eva's long-time beau Josh has just been killed along with four other soldiers near Baghdad.

Red Rock Pictures' Gary O.Toole will produce and write the screenplay, Glines has agreed to serve as associate producer and Aussie actor Addam Bramich will co-produce. Bramich, whose credits include Blinder, The Slap and several short films, »

- Don Groves

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Alan Menken Talks Two New Songs From Disney’s Beauty And The Beast

5 June 2015 10:34 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Turns out, even in a tale as old as time, there’s still room for improvement. For Disney’s upcoming live-action retelling of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast, which will find Emma Watson taking on the role of Belle opposite Dan Stevens’ Beast and Luke Evans’ Gaston, eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (who won two of those statuettes for his work on the original) found himself enlisted to write three new tunes for the project, alongside Sir Tim Rice.

Speaking at the Lincoln Center recently (via Stitch Kingdom), Menken revealed that the Disney pic will feature the music from the animated classic, not the Broadway adaptation, and he also spoke at length about two of the three new songs:

“It’s the songs from the movie, we did not fit in any songs [from the Broadway show]. The song I would have fit in from the Broadway show is ‘If I Can’t Love Her, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Hadley Freeman interview: 80s movies, Eddie Murphy, Lucas

3 June 2015 3:50 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Heathers, John Hughes, Back To The Future, Nora Ephron, Coming To America and more, as we chat 80s movies with Hadley Freeman...

Hadley Freeman's latest book has harnessed her love of 80s movies, and gone into detail about just why they work so well. Entitled Life Moves Pretty Fast, you won't be surprised to hear that Ferris Bueller's Day Off features in there. But then so does Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Back To The Future and Eddie Murphy.

So what makes 80s movies so special? That seemed a logical place to start, as we caught up with Hadley for a chat...

Can I start by throwing a paraphrased movie quote at you? That line in The Truman Show about accepting the reality with which we're presented? At what point did you come to accept and realise that the movies of the 80s were so special to you? As you grew up with them, »

- simonbrew

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Oscar Winner Michael Minkler Named Chief Creative Officer of Mpmg (Exclusive)

1 June 2015 6:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Three-time Academy Award-winning sound mixer Michael Minkler has been named Chief Creative Officer of Moving Pictures Media Group. Minkler’s resume counts over 250 films across five decades. He’s received Oscars for “Blackhawk Down,” “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls.” He also assumes the title of Managing Director at Mpmg, which offers services in development, production and post-production, distribution and marketing for independent films. Minkler has previously collaborated with directors Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. Also Read: Major Hollywood Studios Sued by Musicians' Federation Over Soundtrack Recycling “Making films is the ultimate collaborative art form. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Fatima Robinson, Harvey Mason Jr & Stephen Oremus Board ‘The Wiz Live!’

1 June 2015 12:20 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC has rounded out its creative team for The Wiz Live!, which airs December 3. Fatima Robinson has signed on as choreographer, Grammy winner Harvey Mason Jr is set as music producer, and Tony and Grammy winner Stephen Oremus will serve as music director, orchestrator and music co-producer. Robinson choreographed the features Dreamgirls, Ali, Collateral, Miami Vice and Public Enemies. She also is one of the top performance producers for NBC's The Voice. Her TV work has… »

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Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright Sign on for HBO’s Clarence Thomas Movie ‘Confirmation’

29 May 2015 10:49 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

HBO’s upcoming movie “Confirmation,” about the contentious confirmation hearings of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, has added Jennifer Hudson, Greg Kinnear and Jeffrey Wright to its cast. The HBO films project has also added “The Americans” actress Alison Wright. “Dreamgirls” and “Smash” alum Hudson has signed on to portray Angela Wright, who had worked with Thomas at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and provided a statement in support of Thomas. Also Read: Wendell Pierce to Play Clarence Thomas Opposite Kerry Washington in HBO's 'Confirmation' Kinnear, meanwhile, will play Joe Biden, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee during the 1991 hearings on Thomas’ confirmation. »

- Tim Kenneally

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‘Orange’ Jailbird Danielle Brooks Heads To Broadway’s ‘Color Purple’

27 May 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Danielle Brooks, who plays tough-and-vulnerable “Taystee” Jefferson on Orange Is The New Black, will make her Broadway debut playing Sofia in the upcoming fall revival of The Color Purple headlined by Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Cynthia Erivo. The production is a transfer of director John Doyle’s (<a title="Kander & Ebb's 'The Visit' And D'Amour's 'Airline Highway' Send Broadway Into Tony Season On A Dark Note – Review"… »

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Time Machine: Pre-Incredible Hulk Ruffalo and Wife Looking Stylish Together on Red Carpet

7 May 2015 1:58 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »

- D. Zhea

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Ian McKellen is Sherlock Holmes in Second Mr. Holmes Trailer

6 May 2015 4:56 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming new Sherlock Holmes film, called "Mr Holmes," which stars Ian McKellen (X-Men) as the 93-year-old detective Holmes, as well as Laura Linney. Check out the trailer below. Plot: The story is set in 1947 and focuses on an aged (93 years old), retired Sherlock Holmes (McKellen) as he looks back on his life and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. The new movie is directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls) and will hit theaters on July 17th. Trailer: »

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Ian McKellen is ‘Mr. Holmes’ in new trailer

5 May 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The revisionist stories of Sherlock Holmes never seem to end, whether it’s Guy Ritchie turning Holmes into a fast-talking British thug or Benedict Cumberbatch turning him into a modern day hero. This latest version however from Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey) seems to take all that myth-making and bring the beloved character down to Earth.

Mr. Holmes stars Ian McKellen in the story of an aging Holmes returning to England after a long voyage and taking up an old, unsolved case. As he does, he hopes to write his own story and remove some of the legends that have been built up around him in the movies and in books. Here’s the official synopsis:

Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he »

- Brian Welk

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Beauty And The Beast Adds Ewan McGregor as Lumiere; Stanley Tucci as New Character [Updated]

21 April 2015 12:59 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to join the cast of Disney's live-action adaptation of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast. THR reports that McGregor will play Lumiere, the vivacious and charming maître d' who is transformed into a candelabra when the prince's castle is cursed. McGregor is another fine addition to the already excellent cast of Emma Watson as Belle, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, Dan Stevens as Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) is directing from a script written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and rewritten by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). [caption id="attachment_447527" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Disney[/caption] Lumiere performs the show-stopping number "Be Our Guest", and with Alan Menkin and Tim Rice composing new songs for the film, McGregor's talents should be put to good use. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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'Beauty and the Beast': Ian McKellen Reports from Table Read

15 April 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday, we got our first look at the cast of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. Josh Gad, who plays Le Fou, shared a selfie that included himself alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). Missing from the photo was Ian McKellen, who stars as the Beast's butler turned alarm clock Cogsworth. To make up for that, he has reported back from the set with an in-depth account of the first table read.

Beauty and the Beast will begin shooting in London very soon under the direction of Bill Condon, best known for musicals Chicago and Dreamgirls. Also participating in the cast read were Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette), though they were not pictured. The only primary character from the animated version that hasn't been cast yet is Lumiere, voiced by Jerry Orbach in the 1991 movie.

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- MovieWeb

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Dan Stevens shares Beauty and the Beast cast selfie

15 April 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Pre-production on Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast has begun and the Beast himself, Dan Stevens has given us our first look at the cast.

The actor posted a partial cast selfie to Instagram earlier today (on what also happens to be star Emma Watson’s 25th birthday) and the movie already looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Stevens has rounded up co-stars Josh Gad (Le Fou), Luke Evans (Gaston), Kevin Kline (Maurice), and Emma Watson (Belle) for their group shot.

The only cast members missing are Emma Thompson who stars as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw who is playing Plumette, and Audra McDonald as the wardrobe Madame de la Grande Bouche.  Rumours have been swirling that Oscar winner Jean Dujardin has been eyed for the role of Lumiere and we have to admit, that would pretty much be perfect casting.  It was just confirmed »

- Rachel West

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Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Cast Share Selfie Photo

14 April 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney's live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is quickly putting its cast together, with production slated to begin next month at Shepperton Studios in London. Earlier today, star Josh Gad, (Le Fou) shared a photo on his Instagram page, where he is pictured alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). While it isn't exactly know where this photo was taken, Josh Gad added the caption, "Can't wait for you to be our guest," which is obviously a nod to the famous "Be Our Guest" song from the original 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast.

Other cast members who aren't pictured include Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette). It isn't known how many roles have yet to be filled, but one of the primary characters from the animated version that hasn't been cast is Lumiere, »

- MovieWeb

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Jennifer Hudson Does "Carpool Karaoke" James Corden at Fast Food Drive-Thru

14 April 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Can we get Jennifer Hudson on our next long car ride?!  The soulful singer joined "The Late Late Show" host, James Corden, on his recurring segment, "Carpool Karaoke", Monday night -- and the two sang along to some of the star's best hits! The 33-year-old hopped into CBS host's SUV and, after some bickering, the two began to jam out to the Oscar winner's latest single "Trouble" with Iggy Azalea. The host even impressed Jennifer with his rapping skills!  "I absolutely love this tune, it's such a good song. It really is," he gushed, before breaking into the Aussie Mc's verse. Corden wasn't alone in song, the "Dreamgirls" star showed of her killer singing voice as she belted the lyrics with him.   Corden then decided to make a pit stop and insisted on going through the drive-thru of Astro Burger. To make things even more interesting, Jennifer sang his order through the speaker, »

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw joins cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

14 April 2015 12:36 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

More casting news from Walt Disney Pictures’ upcoming live-action remake of the classic animation Beauty and the Beast, with the studio adding another award-winning actress into the mix.

Variety is reporting that Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Jupiter Ascending) has joined the ever-expanding cast and will play Plumette, the feather duster from the original film.

Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, with Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston, Josh Gad (Frozen) as Lefou, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline (Last Vegas) as Belle’s father Maurice, Audra McDonald (Private Practice) as Garderobe and most recently Ian McKellen (X-Men: Days of Future Past) joined the line-up as Cogsworth.

The new version starts production in May at London’s Shepperton Studios, and will combine live-action and CGI to tell the story, with eight-tine Oscar-winner Alan Menken returning to »

- Scott J. Davis

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Is The Newest Addition To Beauty And The Beast

13 April 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Casting is in full swing for Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle – no relation) today becoming the latest addition to the all-star cast that’s led by Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans. The actress, who scored Oscar buzz for her role in last year’s Beyond the Lights, will take on the supporting part of Plumette the feather duster.

Mbatha-Raw joins a cast that already boasts Watson as Belle, Stevens as the Beast, Evans as Gaston, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth the clock, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts the teapot, Josh Gad as LeFou, Kevin Kline as Maurice and Audra MacDonald as Garderobe. Interestingly, her character has undergone a name change in this take – previous adaptations have featured flirty feather dusters with the names Babette and Fifi.

Bill Condon (DreamgirlsThe Fifth Estate) will direct the film, which was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Ian McKellen is Cogsworth in Disney's Live-Action Beauty and the Beast

12 April 2015 4:07 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Ian McKellen (X-Men, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) has joined the cast of Disney's upcoming live-action "Beauty and the Beast" movie. He's set to play the clock Cogsworth. The rest of the cast includes Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. Josh Gad has been rumored to play Le Fou, but Disney has yet to confirm the casting. "Beauty and the Beast" will be directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and is set to begin filming in May. It's set to hit theaters on March 17th, 2017. »

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