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Disney fans were in for a massive smile-inducing and tear-jerking event at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on Friday when a 71-piece orchestra and talented vocal line-up performed the music of The Little Mermaid live to picture at a concert screening. Among the cast taking on the roles in the beloved 1989 animated film were Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Rebel Wilson as Ursula, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, Darren Criss as Prince Eric, and John Stamos as Chef Louis. In a post-Merida, post-Elsa world, Ariel’s tale of longing to leave her father’s home and adventure into another world still resonates with audiences. The ever-catchiness of the music does too. That was evident as the power of nostalgia and the promise of a solid cast packed the Hollywood Bowl at Friday night’s show. The 17,000-seat venue had sold out within three hours, and two more shows were added (for Saturday and Monday) to meet demand. »
- Emily Rome
Teen Mom 2 There's more heartbreak coming up on Teen Mom 2. In a sneak peek at next week's episode released by MTV, Leah Messer finds out that custodial responsibility of her twins, Aleeah and Aliannah, 6, has been flipped to her ex-husband Corey Simms. (Simms, meanwhile, found out he had won on this week's episode.)In the scene, Messer, 23, sits down with her lawyer Lyne Ranson, who puts a copy of the judge's order in front of her. "I wanted to go over the order that we got with you," Ranson says gently. "There are certain things about it that »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Regular readers of Den Of Geek will well know that we're sizeable fans of the comedy Bill. It's available on DVD now, and we can't recommend it highly enough.
What wasn't so well known at the time of its release was that Bill went through a distributor change last year, which at one stage looked like it might derail a wide cinema release, and thus keep the movie away from many people's eyeballs. We thus spoke to director Richard Bracewell about the film, and the behind the scenes story of just what was going on...
Can we dig into the untold story underpinning Bill? In particular, the problems that most didn't see, about simply getting the film released? Can you take us through what happened? Because we »
While most of us were spending our Monday mornings shoveling the remnants of Storm Jonas off our driveways, Kitty Spencer was ringing in the new week in a decidedly more glamorous fashion. Princess Diana's niece and the eldest of the three Spencer sisters, 25, gave Dior a dash of royalty today when she attended the fashion house's spring-summer 2016 haute couture show in Paris. And of course, she didn't just have any average day at the couture shows - from hours before the show to long after the models made their final loop around the runway, Kitty's day out at Paris »
- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_
Todd Solondz has taken on pedophiles, teen bullies, rapists and all manner of deviants.
But nothing in his previous work will prepare audiences for his latest protagonist — an adorable dachshund. In “Wiener-Dog,” the “Happiness” filmmaker follows the titular pooch as it is passed around from one dysfunctional owner to another. This being a Solondz movie, there’s plenty of dark gags, from explosive doggy diarrhea to an automobile-induced trip to the pet cemetery, that are certain to make the comedy one of the most divisive films to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
It’s the first film Solondz has had at the Park City, Utah, gathering since “Welcome to the Dollhouse” premiered to great acclaim in 1995. In a fitting bit of symmetry, “Wiener-Dog” checks in with that film’s teenage protagonist Dawn Wiener, now living an unfulfilled life as a veterinary assistant. There’s a casting switch though. »
- Brent Lang
Actress and recording artist Victoria Justice (Victorious) and Ryan McCarten (Liv & Maddie, Heathers the Musical) have been cast as "Janet Weiss" and "Brad Majors" in The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event, which is set to shoot this winter and air Fall 2016 on Fox. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event follows sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice) and Brad (Ryan McCarten), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter's (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-n-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist, is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of "Rocky Horror" - a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank's desires.
Actor and singer Staz Nair will star in the title role. Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark) has been cast as "Riff Raff," one of Dr. Frank-n-Furter's loyal servants. Reeve Carney originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the smash Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, »
Dr. Frank-n-Furter just got some company in Fox's upcoming two-hour reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was revealed in October that Laverne Cox will play the role immortalized by Tim Curry, and now it's been announced that Victoria Justice (pictured above, right) and Ryan McCartan will portray Janet and Brad, respectively, with Penny Dreadful's Reeve Carney (shown above, left) cast as Riff Raff, and Staz Nair signed on to play Rocky Horror:
Press Release: Actress and recording artist Victoria Justice (“Victorious”) and Ryan McCartan (“Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”) have been cast as “Janet Weiss” and “Brad Majors” in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is set to shoot this winter and air Fall 2016 on Fox.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-n-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist, »
- Derek Anderson
7 items from 2016
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