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[Watch] ‘Grease: Live’ executive producer Marc Platt celebrates 10 Emmy nominations as ‘icing on the cake’

26 August 2016 6:18 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

During our recent webcam chat (watch above), “Grease: Live” executive producer Marc Platt beamed as he talked about the 10 Emmy nominations for the landmark television event, calling them “the icing on the cake for what was, for all of us, a really memorable, terrific experience.” Platt, who produced the smash hit stage show “Wicked,” says he leapt at the opportunity to work […] »

- Zach Laws

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The Little Mermaid Live-Action Disney Movie: Here's What We Know

17 August 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

If you're a fan of The Little Mermaid, then your world is about to get a whole lot brighter. Disney is reviving the Hans Christian Andersen tale into a live-action feature, and it already sounds pretty magical. While the production company certainly has a lot of reboots in store, it isn't the only studio remaking the iconic fairy tale. Working Title is teaming up with Universal to put their own spin on the story with Chloë Grace Moretz as the main star. As more information trickles in, check out everything we already know about Disney's remake. It's a Musical After writing music for Disney's Moana, Lin-Manuel Miranda will lend his creative genius once more when he teams up with the animated film's original songwriter, Alan Menken. As if that weren't enough to get you excited, Miranda is also set to coproduce the movie alongside Marc Platt, who is currently working »

- Kelsie Gibson

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Disney's Live-Action Little Mermaid Teams Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken

16 August 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this year, Disney brought on Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to star in Mary Poppins Returns, alongside Emily Blunt. It seems the studio is doubling down with this actor-musician, bringing him aboard their remake of The Little Mermaid, where he will compose songs alongside Alan Menken. It isn't known if he will also act in this remake, but he is said to be involved in supervising the story and overseeing the writing of the script.

Deadline reports that Lin-Manuel Miranda will also produce this live-action remake with Marc Platt, who is currently prepping his long-awaited big screen adaptation of the Broadway sensation Wicked. This news comes just a few months after a report surfaced that the studio wasn't sure if they wanted to move forward with this new live-action project.

There is currently another live-action adaptation set at Universal Pictures, with Chloe Moretz to star as Ariel. Up and coming »

- MovieWeb

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Producer Marc Platt Sets First-Look Pact with 20th Century Fox TV

8 August 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Grease: Live” producer Marc Platt has set a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

The deal calls for the veteran film and stage producer to develop live-action events and scripted projects for the studio. Platt is coming off the success of “Grease: Live,” the live musical that aired on Fox in January.

Marc Platt is a powerhouse producer with an unparalleled track record of identifying and overseeing spectacular artists and marrying them with incredibly commercial ideas and properties,” said Fox Television Group chairmen-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “ ‘Grease: Live’ brought together some of the most inspired people from the worlds of theater, live events and television production, and Marc was quite literally the guiding hand of the show.”

Platt’s long list of credits includes the Broadway smash “Wicked” — which is being adapted as a film at long last for 2019 release — and “Bridge of Spies,” an Oscar nominee this year. His »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The Link Jar

22 July 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

NewsTalk How Cartoon Saloon became a major draw and how those Oscar nominations helped

Playbill Stephen Schwartz says Wicked (the movie) will have several new songs. Geez, it already has a ton of songs. I guess he wants that Oscar.

MTV Frankie & Johnny is Garry Marshall's best film

Variety Idris Elba responds to those endless Next James Bond rumors

Coming Soon Star Wars: Episode VIII (as yet untitled) wraps production. It's due in theaters in December 2017 as these things take time in Post-Production

The Playlist the teasers for all the new Marvel/Netflix TV series: Iron Fist, Defenders, Luke Cage

Towleroad an interview with the stars of Looking 

Comics Alliance Wonder Woman gets her own Us postage stamps for her 75th anniversary this year 

Av Club Brie Larson spoils Room for dumb people on Twitter 

The Retro Set looks back at Judy Garland in her final film I Could Go On Singing »


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"Wicked" Film Boasts Four New Songs

22 July 2016 3:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

At least four new songs will be added to the Stephen Daldry-directed 2019 film adaptation of the long-running Broadway blockbuster "Wicked".

The musical's composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz revealed the news at a Behind the Music panel at Comic-Con yesterday: "At least, as of now, there will be probably four new songs in the movie" he said, adding that one of them was cut from the original Broadway production.

Although Schwartz wouldn't name the old song, he's likely talking about the now near-legendary lost song "Making Good" which was reportedly the first song Schwartz wrote for the musical. Winnie Holzman is currently working on the film's script.

Source: Deadline »

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The ‘Wicked’ movie will get four brand new songs

21 July 2016 11:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It has been revealed that the movie version of the smash hit West End and Broadway musical of Wicked will contain four brand new songs not previously heard on the stage.

Deadline reports that the musical’s composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz told a panel at Comic Con yesterday that “At least, as of now, there will be probably four new songs in the movie,” one of them which was cut from the original Broadway production.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’sunflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, »

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‘Wicked’ Movie Getting Four New Songs, Composer Says – Comic-Con

21 July 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

At least four Wicked new songs will be added to Stephen Daldry’s 2019 movie adaptation of the long-running Broadway blockbuster, the musical’s composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz said at a “Behind the Music” panel today at Comic-Con. “At least, as of now, there will be probably four new songs in the movie,” he told fans, before adding that one of the songs was cut from the original Broadway production. Although Schwartz wouldn’t name the old new song, musical theater geeks… »

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Amazon Prime Day Deals: 18 Great Films And Television Shows To Buy Right Now

12 July 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon Prime Day is here, and with it, a bevy of deals for your entertainment-loving heart. In order to plow through the massive list of deals being offered to Amazon Prime members — it is called Amazon Prime Day for a reason — we’ve narrowed down some of the many offerings for 18 tried and tested IndieWire favorites, spanning both film and television, available with some very special streaming deals today only. Take a look, and start saving now.

Edge of Tomorrow” ($0.99, 80% off)

In a summer full of lousy Hollywood fare, go back to 2014 and re-experience Doug Liman’s brilliant sci-fi romp. Written by master screenwriter Chris McQuarrie, “Edge of Tomorrow” pushes Tom Cruise to rock bottom and kills him off in the first 10 minutes. And then does it again, and again and a few dozen more times. Consider it a video game movie that doesn’t need video game source material to make it work, »

- Russell Goldman and Sarah Colvin

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Winnie Holzman: from My So-Called Life's teen years to Roadies

1 July 2016 11:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Having created one cult classic about the teenage experience – and she almost changed the course of HBO – will the showrunner do it again?

When Winnie Holzman was asked to create a television show from the perspective of a teenage girl, she was flummoxed. Raising an eight-year-old while writing for the groundbreaking series Thirtysomething, Holzman felt very far from the turbulence of adolescence. To research My So-Called Life, she spent time at a local high school and wrote a fictional diary in the mercurial voice of Angela Chase. The cult show, cancelled after just one season in the mid-1990s, launched the careers of Claire Danes and Jared Leto and remains one of the great pop culture portraits of teen experience – suffused with romanticism and longing, yet cringingly realistic. “No show on TV has ever come close to capturing as truly the lovely pain of teendom as well,” Joss Whedon has said. »

- Joy Press

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27 Actors Who Would Be Perfect For Parts in the Wicked Movie

22 June 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Broadway's hit musical Wicked is getting the big-screen treatment, and we can hardly contain our excitement. With Stephen Daldry set to direct and the show's original producers, Marc Platt and Universal, returning, we already have a good feeling about the remake. Even though we have to wait until 2019 for the movie's release, that hasn't stopped us from brainstorming a few cast ideas. While we would love to see Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reprise their roles as Elphaba and Glinda, there's also a whole slew of actors who would be perfect for the parts. Check out our top picks. »

- Kelsie Gibson

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Wicked movie set for release in December 2019

18 June 2016 5:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures has officially set a December 20th 2019 release date for its long-gestating adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical Wicked.

Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is set to direct the film, while stage show writer Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz will also reunite for the project.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the musical presents an alternative telling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, exploring the tale from the perspective of the two witches.

Wicked has grossed over $1 billion on Broadway and more than $4 billion around the world, so there’s sure to be plenty of interest in the movie adaptation, which will go head-to-head with one of Disney’s as-yet-unrevealed live-action fairy tale movies.


- Gary Collinson

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Witches Of "Wicked"

17 June 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Universal has confirmed that a "Wicked" movie, based on the Broadway musical has been greenlit by the studio for production, adapting author Gregory Maguire's novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West":

"...'Wicked' is a political, social, and ethical commentary on the nature of good and evil in the 'The Land of Oz', in the years leading to the arrival of 'Dorothy' from Kansas.

"The story centers on 'Elphaba', the misunderstood green-skinned girl who grows up to become the notorious 'Wicked Witch of the West..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Wicked"...


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The ‘Wicked’ movie gets a release date

16 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Wicked movie: Film version of stage classic heads to cinemas in December, 2019.

The Wicked movie will be based on the long-running Broadway and West End classic.

Wicked movie will head to cinemas in 2019.

It looks like the film version of the hit international musical Wicked has got a release date. The film, which will be directed by Billy Eilliot helmer Stephan Daldry, will head to cinemas on December 20th, 2019, just a few days after Star Wars Episode 9.

The original musical is based on L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz, though it is an alternative story of the witches of Oz, adapted from the book “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by writer Winnie Holzman. The music and lyrics were composed by Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (GodspellPippin), and both talents will work on the film version’s screenplay. »

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'Wicked' Film to Hit Theaters December 2019

16 June 2016 3:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

After years of development, the film adaptation of Broadway's long-running smash Wicked will officially hit theaters in December 2019. The musical premiered in San Francisco in 1998.

Director Stephen Daldry has been attached to the project for at least four years and will helm the film adaptation. Winnie Holzman, who wrote the musical's book, will co-write the script with lyricist-composer Stephen Schwartz.

Wicked is based off Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which reworks the classic Wizard of Oz to tell »

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Universal’s Wicked Will Finally Take Flight In 2019

16 June 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been a long time coming, but Universal has finally zeroed in on a release date for its movie adaptation of Wicked – December 20, 2019.

Stephen Daldry remains attached to helm The Wizard of Oz prequel, which has enjoyed a long and successful run on stage. Producer Marc Platt, who oversaw production on the boards, will reunite with scribe Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz on the feature film.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, it’s still early, early days, meaning it’ll be some time yet before Universal begins its casting spree in search of Elphaba and Glinda, who go on to become the embodiments of good and evil in the mystical land of Oz.

Wicked is now due to take flight on December 20, 2019. Other than an as-yet-untitled Disney movie – one thought to be a live-action fairytale – Universal’s long-in-development musical holds the pre-holiday window on its lonesome. That is, until a Star Wars movie stakes out the late-2019 corridor.

With Universal finally making some tangible process on the musical adaptation, tell us, who would you like to see clinch the role of Elphaba and/or Glinda? Let us know your early predictions in the comments below. »

- Michael Briers

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Wicked Movie Gets Christmas 2019 Release Date

16 June 2016 1:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After languishing in development for several years, Universal Pictures is finally moving forward with their adaptation of the Broadway sensation Wicked. The studio announced today that this long-awaited project has been given a December 20, 2019 release date. As of now, the movie's only direct competition is an untitled live action fairy tale project from Disney.

Deadline reports that producers Marc Platt and Universal Pictures had initially developed this story as a movie, before changing directions and crafting it as a stage show. The play opened in 2003, and quickly recouped its $14 million budget in 2004, en route to becoming one of the biggest Broadway musicals of all time. The production has grossed more than $1 billion on Broadway, and over $4 billion worldwide.

The play featured an original cast that included Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Joel Grey. Based on Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the play retells L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz from the perspective of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, while offering untold stories of other Oz characters such as Glinda the Good Witch, Prince Fieryo and the Wizard of Oz himself.

Universal first started developing the movie adaptation in 2010, with Marc Platt returning to produce. At the time, coveted filmmakers such as J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, Rob Marshall and Ryan Murphy were being sought to direct, but in 2012, Stephen Daldry signed on to direct, and he has been attached ever since. The filmmaker will work from a script by Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the story, music and lyrics for the play.

Back in 2014, Stephen Schwartz insisted that the movie adaptation was still coming together, and last year, Marc Platt teased that the Wicked movie was being eyed for a 2016 release date. Since we still have more than three years before this long-awaited stage adaptation hits theaters, it remains to be seen when casting will get under way. While we wait for more details, take a look at Universal Pictures' tweet, announcing the release date.

The musical phenomenon Wicked comes to the big screen. In theaters 12.20.19.

Universal Pictures (@UniversalPics) June 16, 2016


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The Wicked Movie Is Finally Happening, With a Theatrical Release Date and Everything

16 June 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We bet a few Broadway fans are defying gravity right about now. Wicked, the hit musical seen by nearly 50 million fans worldwide, is finally headed to the big screen after years of anticipation. You only have to wait a few more years... Universal Pictures announced today that the feature-film adaptation of the Tony-winning stage production will be in theaters Dec. 20, 2019. Surely timed to make a splash during the holiday season, the story tells the real story about the Wicked Witch of the West—the green-tinged Elphaba—and good witch Galinda in the land of Oz before Dorothy's arrival. Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry will direct the film, which is being produced by Marc Platt, »

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Mark your calendar: the ‘Wicked’ movie just got a release date

16 June 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Wicked will finally be on the big screen, 16 years after opening on Broadway. The movie musical adaptation of Elphaba’s story will be our Christmas gift when Universal StudiosWicked musical hits theaters on December 20, 2019. The studio revealed the film’s release date today. Producer Marc Platt (Into the Woods, Wanted) had previously said a 2016 release date was a “loose goal.” Platt and Universal (the company’s Stage Productions arm) were also behind the hit Broadway show retelling the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Since opening in 2003, it’s become the 10th longest-running Broadway show and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning three. Stephen Daldry, known both for his Oscar-winning (The Hours) and Tony-winning (Billy Elliot) work, is set to direct the film. No word on casting yet. Also no word on whether we’ll ever see a non-musical screen adaptation more directly adapted from Gregory Maguire’s Wicked novel. Salma Hayek was previously developing a mini-series based on the 1995 book. »

- Emily Rome

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‘Wicked’ Movie Gets 2019 Release Date

16 June 2016 10:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The long-awaited “Wicked” movie adaptation will be released on Dec. 20, 2019.

Stephen Daldry is directing the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical for Universal.

The Tony Award-winning stage musical was adapted from Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel by book writer Winnie Holzman and Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who are also collaborating on the screenplay adaptation.

Wicked” is produced on Broadway by Platt, Universal Stage Productions, the Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

The original Broadway production about the untold story of the Witches of Oz starred Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.

More to come.


- Maane Khatchatourian

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