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The Pink Ladies have found their final two members. Fox announced today that Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen and You’re the Worst star Kether Donohue will join the cast of the network’s upcoming Grease: Live as iconic Pink Ladies Frenchy and Jan. Additionally, David Del Rio (Spare Parts, The Troop) will play Putzie. Jepsen, Donohue, and Del Rio join a star-studded cast that includes Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars, Rock of Ages) as Sandy, Aaron Tveit (Graceland, Les Miserables) as Danny, Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers, High School Musical) as Rizzo, Carlos PenaVega (Spare Parts, Big Time Rush) as Kenickie, and Keke Palmer (Scream Queens, Masters of Sex) as Marty. In addition to the three new cast members joining Grease: Live, Fox announced that Grammy Award-nominated singer Jessie J will open the live event with a performance of a brand-new version of “Grease (Is the »
- Chris King
In an interview ahead of Sunday’s 2-hour CSI series finale, franchise creator Anthony Zuiker told Deadline his next venture would be Broadway, and now we have details of the project. Zuiker is re-teaming with Tony-nominated producer Matthew Weaver (Rock Of Ages), with whom he worked with years ago on a Harlem Globetrotters movie script, to pen Soul Train The Musical. MediaWeaver Entertainment, who acquired the theatrical stage rights to the musical variety TV series Soul T… »
What, you didn't know Catherine Zeta-Jones covered "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"? Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones turns 46 today, but we should really be celebrating her for another reason: that time she did her damn best to make "Rock of Ages" fun with a cover of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." The year was 2012. We thought we were getting the Czj comeback we desperately deserved. But no. "Rock of Ages" was lame, and no one appreciated the "Chicago" actress' performance as an '80s-era, Tipper Gore-type objector to popular music. Below, you see why that is a crime. Happy birthday, Czj. "Fire and Ice" next, please. »
- Louis Virtel
Andy Samberg kicked off the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards with an uproarious 15-minute opening that boasted an all-star musical number and a monologue packed with hilarious "culturally relevant but not too edgy jokes."
Making his Emmy hosting debut, Samberg started things off with the musical number, in which he discovers how much good television he's missed out on. ("So many shows, and so little time, I'm just a normal man, how can I possibly keep up?") The star of Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine then locks himself in a "viewing bunker »
Hanks will be honored with the Trailblazer Award in recognition of his Oscar-winning performance in 1993’s “Philadelphia.” Outfest noted that it was the first major studio film to sympathetically portray characters with HIV/AIDS.
Cholodenko is receiving the Visionary Award, which recognizes artistic and creative contributions to Lgbt media visibility, for a body of work that includes “The Kids Are All Right.”
“More than two decades later, Tom Hanks’ performance as a gay man with AIDS in ‘Philadelphia’ stands as a landmark example of a risk well taken,” says Outfest Board Co-President and Legacy Awards Event Co-Chair Ari Karpel. “And his Oscar acceptance speech, in which he eloquently honored two gay men who were influential in his life, sent an essential message during a time of crisis.”
“When Lisa Cholodenko burst onto »
- Dave McNary
Tom Cruise currently is riding high. After tepid reactions to such recent outputs as Rock of Ages, Oblivion and Jack Reacher, the action star once again has a bona fide hit with Mission: Impossible . Rogue Nation. You might assume that Ed Zwick, the director preparing to shoot Cruise.s Jack Reacher 2, would be looking at Christopher McQuarrie.s action-packed sequel and figuring what elements he can copy. Actually, the opposite is happening. Zwick is doing press for his upcoming chess drama Pawn Sacrifice, and spoke to Collider about his plans for Jack Reacher 2, which he.ll begin filming later this year. Instead of borrowing from Mission: Impossible -- which made headlines by hanging Tom Cruise off the side of a moving airplane . Zwick explained how the Reacher movies have to be different, saying: It.s going to be very grounded. The emotions are grounded. The action is grounded. »
Collateral Beauty: Will Smith will star opposite Rooney Mara in Collateral Beauty. The drama revolves around an advertising executive who goes into an emotional nosedive after suffering a peronal tragedy, and the efforts by his fellow workers to raise his spirits. Smith replaces Hugh Jackman, who exited the lead role last month. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) will direct, based on a script by Allan Loeb (Rock of Ages). [Deadline] Patriots' Day: Peter Berg is in final negotiations to direct Patriots' Day, one of several competing projects that aim to tell the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. This version is based on an account by Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis; Mark Wahlberg is said to be "circling" the...
- Peter Martin
Whatever is in the script for "Collateral Beauty" penned by Allan Loeb ("The Dilemma," "Just Go With It," "Rock Of Ages," and "Here Comes The Boom"), it has attracted some big attention. Hugh Jackman was attached for a spell before he dropped out when his scheduling couldn't work, and then Johnny Depp was taking a peek for a moment. Now a big name has finally signed up to replace Jackman and star opposite Rooney Mara in the film. The usually quite picky Will Smith is putting his name down for the flick, reports Deadline. "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will helm the tale that follows a New York City ad executive who slips into depression following a tragedy and embarks on an unconventional method to get out of his funk. Read More: Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Talks “Me & Earl & The Dying Girl,” Brian Eno & The Movie Being Compared To ‘The. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In this week’s round-up of the global box-office scene:
• Superb Korean debut promises more international growth for Mission: Impossible
Tom Cruise’s box-office purchase has actually been on the wane this decade, with diminished openings and final grosses for his run of work from 2010’s Knight and Day through Rock of Ages and Jack Reacher, to two fairly strong sci-fi films in the shape of Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow. The $56m (£36m) Us debut for the Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is a tonic for the Cruiser then, reaffirming his A-list status in his fourth decade of stardom: his third-biggest debut behind 2006’s War of the Worlds ($64m) and 2000’s Mission: Impossible II ($57.8m).
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- Phil Hoad
Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
One of my favorite books, and favorite movies of the decade, is Moneyball. Telling the story of how A’s General Manager Billy Beane and his front office used statistical analytics – called Sabermetrics – to put together a winning team off a low budget and undervalued players. I’ve always enjoyed that side of Baseball, how integral we evaluate statistics is to the sport, so I thought it was high time I brought it to how we evaluate movies. Given that film is a subjective medium, the only real hard statistic we have to evaluate is box office returns. So, each week I will be taking a look at the weekend numbers and seeing what Baseball statistics have to say about them.
Here are the »
- Dylan Griffin
Collateral Beauty: Will Smith will star opposite Rooney Mara in Collateral Beauty. The drama revolves around an advertising executive who goes into an emotional nosedive after suffering a personal tragedy, and the efforts by his fellow workers to raise his spirits. Smith replaces Hugh Jackman, who exited the lead role last month. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) will direct, based on a script by Allan Loeb (Rock of Ages). [Deadline] Patriots' Day:...
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A couple years ago, my friend and I came up with the germ of an idea for a movie plot, centered on a man who -- after a near-fatal accident -- began to see life as one big giant musical and corresponded to this discovery accordingly, even when his perplexed local citizens couldn't understand his actions or point-of-view. Little did we know, though, a similar-minded movie was already in the works at Disney called Bob: The Musical. The in-the-works production focuses on an everyman who -- upon getting a nasty blow to the noggin -- starts to instantly hear the songs inside everyone's hearts as his life is turned into a musical. Mild jealously aside, I'm very curious to see what is cooked up here if it actually comes into fruition, which is looking more-and-more likely. Earlier this year, Tom Cruise joined the film to play the titular character, with »
- Will Ashton
Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy Bob the Musical, in which The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius may direct Tom Cruise, will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, The Hollywood Reporter revealed last night. Additionally, Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets has been enlisted to write songs for the pic.
Bob the Musical centers on a regular guy who suffers a head injury after which he is able to hear the heart songs of everyone around him – much to his confusion and dismay. It’s been in development for more than a decade but recently got a shot in the arm when Hazanavicius, searching for a mainstream project to tackle in the wake of 2011 Best Picture winner The Artist, got involved.
As for Cruise, he’s still circling the lead role but has not signed on yet. The actor has flourished in musical »
- Isaac Feldberg
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On Monday’s Tonight Show, the Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation star put his Rock of Ages training to good use, performing both a contemporary smash (The Weekend’s “Can’t Feel My Face”) and an old classic (Meatloaf’s “Paradise By the Dashboard Light”).
Press Play above to see how Cruise fared against Fallon’s one-two nostalgia punch of “Undercover of the Night »
Tom Cruise stopped by "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and jumped through the Lip-Sync Battle hoop. The "Risky Business," "Cocktail," "Top Gun" and -- yes -- "Rock of Ages" star tackled some very familiar tunes, including a face-touchy version of The Weeknd's "I Can't Feel My Face." In conclusion, Tom Cruise brings back that loving feeling. Mission: possible. And if you're still a doubter, you're like this girl: »
- Katie Hasty
The Film Society of Lincoln Centre have announced today that Don Cheadle's directorial debut "Miles Ahead," a biopic of legendary musician Miles Davis (played by Cheadle), will make its World Premiere as the Closing Night selection of the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival. Emayatzy Corinealdi and Ewan McGregor also star in the film, and the festival runs September 25th to October 11th. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Hedwig & The Angry Inch composer/lyricist Stephen Trask and Rock Of Ages author Chris D'Arienzo have signed on for the Broadway musical adaption of Arnon Milchan's The King Of Comedy for New Regency. The 1982 movie, directed by Martin Scorsese and produced by New Regency, starred Jerry Lewis as a talk show host who is kidnapped by a desperate comedian stalker (Robert De Niro) who wants his own fame. "We are very excited to have Stephen and Chris on board to bring this… »
Although Donald Trump might not have the long flowing hair required to be a rock star, he is set to share the stage with and introduce '80s hair metal band Def Leppard on Aug. 15 at the Iowa State Fair. But not if guitar player Vivian Campbell has anything to say about it! The axe-shredder isn't pouring any sugar on a brutally honest Facebook post directed at the presidential hopeful, "I really, really, really hope that there's no truth to this rumour. Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if we were, I for one wouldn't be associating my name with this clown." The "Rock of Ages" guitarist isn't the first musician to slam the »
Regular readers of the site will know that earlier this year we ran a series looking at the classic films of Keanu Reeves. This was to co-inside with the release of the fantastic John Wick; now we turn our attention to another big name from the nineties, Tom Cruise. Each week from now until the release of the highly anticipated fifth Mission Impossible film, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the films that we feel are his classics.
Tom Cruise has had an extensive and wide-ranging career. Granted, he is most closely associated with films like last week’s subject Top Gun and the aforementioned Mission Impossible franchise, but he’s done much more than that. Some of his earlier years had him star in Ridley Scott’s Legend as well as the romantic period film Far and Away, one of the three films »
- Kat Smith
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