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The first cast photos of Fox’s Grease: Live have arrived, and they’re pretty electrifying! The three newly released images give us our first glimpse at Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars, Rock of Ages), Aaron Tveit (Graceland, Les Miserables), and Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers, High School Musical) all in costume as Sandy, Danny, and Rizzo, respectively. Although Hugh, Tveit, and Hudgens are the only ones featured in the photos below, they are just three members ofr Grease: Live‘s incredibly talented cast. Other performers that will be a part of the live musical production on Fox include Carlos PenaVega (Spare Parts, Big Time Rush) as Kenickie, Keke Palmer (Scream Queens, Masters of Sex) as Marty, Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy, Kether Donohue (You’re the Worst) as Jan, and David Del Rio (Spare Parts, The Troop) as Putzie. In addition to those in the main cast, Grammy Award-nominated »
- Chris King
Despite its title, the Nov. 9 “Make Believe On Broadway” gala at the St. James Theatre in New York City helped raise awareness for a cause that is anything but make believe. Honoring Tony Award winner Alan Cumming and Morgan Stanley Clo Eric Grossman, the 15th annual event was presented by Only Make Believe, an organization that brings interactive theater to chronically ill children in need. The non-profit was founded by Dena Hammerstein (pictured above with Cumming) and has served over 35,000 children since 1999, sending working performers to over 55 hospitals and care facilities in NYC and Washington, D.C. Among the evening’s musical acts were Leslie Odom, Jr. (“Hamilton”), the Mark Stuart Dance Company, beatboxer Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan, The Skivvies, Brad Oscar (“Something Rotten!”), The Co-Werkers, Rob McClure (“Chaplin”), and Tony winner Lena Hall (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”). Also in attendance were Geneva Carr (“Hand to God”), Constantine Maroulis (“Rock of Ages »
Halston Sage (“Neighbors”), Logan Miller (“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”), Kian Lawley (“Shovel Buddies”), Diego Boneta (“Rock of Ages”) and Elena Kampouris (“Men, Women & Children”) will join Zoey Deutch in Awesomeness Films’ upcoming feature “Before I Fall,” it was announced Tuesday. Ry Russo-Young (“Nobody Walks”) will direct the film, which is based on Lauren Oliver’s bestselling novel of the same name. “Before I Fall” follows Samantha Kingston (Deutch), a high school senior who has it all — the crush-worthy boyfriend, amazing best friends and gorgeous looks. February 12 is just another charmed day in Sam’s life until she is. »
- Jeff Sneider
Knock, knock! Who's there? Eli Roth's new thriller Knock Knock will arrive on Blu-ray, Digital, and DVD on December 8th. Also: the parody video Paranormal Activity: The Tiger Mom Dimension, premiere details for All Through the House, Chatter screening info, crowdfunding information on The Sluagh, and a teaser from the short film, Hades.
Knock Knock: Press Release: "Santa Monica, CA (October 12, 2015) - One of the hottest tickets at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Knock Knock, from co-writer/director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel), arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on December 8 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available On Demand. Knock Knock stars Keanu Reeves (John Wick) as a man whose good intentions lead to deadly consequences when he helps two strangers who ask for his assistance. Lorenza Izzo (The Green Inferno) and Ana de Armas (TV's "El Internado") are »
- Tamika Jones
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… »
TV procedural maven Zuiker, who wrote the two-hour series finale that wrapped up the 15-year run of the original “CSI” on Sunday, may not seem an obvious match for the “Soul Train” property. But Zuiker wears his love for soul music on his sleeve, and earlier this year demonstrated his enthusiasm in a closed industry presentation in New York, where he energetically pitched his take on the musical in a black velour track suit and gold high-tops.
“My parents would play soul music all night long,” Zuiker, who was raised in Las Vegas, said in a recent interview. “In the showroom at the Riviera Hotel where my mother worked, they had Bill Withers, the 5th Dimension. I grew up listening to this music.”
Zuiker was tapped for »
- Gordon Cox
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
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