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The Classic Teen 90s Film Empire Records is Being Adapted into a Broadway Musical

The 1995 coming-of-age teen film Empire Records, might just be one of my favorite films of the 90s. I love that movie and it embodies so many things that I loved about that era. For those of you who are fans of the film as well, you might be interested in knowing that you might be able to celebrate Rex Manning Day on Broadway in the near future as the movie is being adapted into a Broadway musical.

You know what, it's not really that hard to imagine this story being adapted into a musical. It might actually work. It's being written by original Empire Records writer Carol Heikkinen and it's being produced by Bill Weiner. The music and lyrics will be written by Zoe Sarnak.

The original film, which was directed by Allan Moyle starred Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Anthony Lapaglia, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane, Ethan Embry and Johnny Whitworth.
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‘Empire Records’ to Become Broadway-Bound Musical – Just in Time for Rex Manning Day

Just in time for Rex Manning Day on Sunday, producer Bill Weiner announced plans to develop a stage musical based on the 1995 film “Empire Records.” Did you think we would all just fade away?

Original screenwriter Carol Heikkinen (“Center Stage”) will write the stage adaptation, with new music and lyrics by Zoe Sarnak, the 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant winner for her upcoming musical “Afterwords.” Other members of the creative team will be announced at a later date.

Director Allan Moyle’s teen comedy, which starred Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Anthony Lapaglia, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane, Ethan Embry and Johnny Whitworth, has developed a cult following over the years for its depiction of mid-’90s alt-rock fandom.

Also Read: '90s Flashback: 'Empire Records' Ethan Embry on Rex Manning Day and Playing Lily Tomlin's Son in New Netflix Series

The film was set at Empire Records, last of the independent small-town record stores, as its tight-knit teenage employees gear up for a promotional event for washed-up music star Rex Manning (Maxwell Caulfield).

Hearing that the shop may be sold to a big chain, slacker employee Lucas (Cochrane) places a big bet with a chunk of the store’s money, hoping to get a big return and save the store. When the plan fails, Empire Records falls into serious trouble, and the teens must find a way to fend off the encroaching Music Town overlords.

“The movie was really about a family that formed among these minimum-wage record clerks,” Heikkinen said in a statement. “There’s a lot of nostalgia now for those old record stores where you could go and talk to people who loved the same music you loved, and discover new bands. We hope the musical will capture the memory of what it was like to be young in a time before iTunes and Spotify — music is such an important part of the youth experience, and it’s what brings these characters together.”

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Sarnak added, “I first saw ‘Empire Records’ when my older sister brought it home on VHS…. Over the years, I watched it again and again because that cast — those characters — were my idea of the coolest misfits. Teenagers who loved music as much as I did, and still do.”

Weiner, who jump-started New Regency’s theatrical stage business and served as the studio’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel for 23 years, said: “I am beyond thrilled to bring this iconic film to the Broadway stage.”

Read original story ‘Empire Records’ to Become Broadway-Bound Musical – Just in Time for Rex Manning Day At TheWrap
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Tom Hardy Is 'Al Capone'

Sneak Peek actor Tom Hardy ("Mad Max: Fury Road") as iconic gangster 'Al Capone', from director Josh Trank's new feature, chronicling the life of the former Chicago mob boss, prior to his death:

The cast of "Fonzo" (aka "Cicero") also includes Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathrine Narducci and Linda Cardellini.

Hardy said he has been working closely with Warner Bros, "watching their gangster films — the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson...it’s interesting to get them, and a bit of 'Capone', into the bloodstream… The idea isn’t to remake those films but to get a flavour of them as we explore Capone’s career as a racketeer."

The "Cicero" screenplay was originally written by Walon Green, noted for writing director Sam Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actors previously playing Capone in film include Rod Steiger in "Al Capone" (1959), Neville Brand,
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Olivia Munn to Star in Justine Bateman’s Feature Directoral Debut “Violet”

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Justine Bateman has had great directorial success with her short works. “Five Minutes” debuted at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and is an official selection at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival. Now the actress-filmmaker is ready to make her first feature film, with actress Olivia Munn in the leading role.

According to Variety, “Violet” will follow Munn as a film executive who lives according to an internal voice, which will be played by Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”). As she begins to question her own judgement, she realizes just how far astray this voice has led her. The film also features Anthony Lapaglia (“Without a Trace”) as her boss.

Bateman penned the script, and she will also be producing via her Section 5 banner. Filming is expected to begin sometime this spring.

Bateman earned two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nod for her portrayal of Mallory Keaton
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Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux and Anthony Lapaglia cast in Violet

Variety is reporting that Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) has been cast in the title role in Violet, the feature directorial debut of former Family Ties star Justine Bateman, where she will star alongside Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) and Anthony Lapaglia (Without a Trace).

According to the site, Violet sees Munn as “a rising film executive who lives according to the Voice (Theroux) in her head, until unexpectedly realizing the truth — it’s been lying about everything.” Lapaglia also portrays Violet’s boss, “who dilutes her confidence in a way similar to the Voice.

Director Bateman debuted her short Five Minutes at the Toronto Film Festival and has recently completed her second short film Push. She also received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her acting work in Family Ties back in 1986 and 1987.

Munn will next be seen in Shane Black’s The Predator, and also has roles in Ocean’s 8 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix,
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Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux Join Justine Bateman’s Drama ‘Violet’ (Exclusive)

Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux Join Justine Bateman’s Drama ‘Violet’ (Exclusive)
Olivia Munn has signed on for the title role of Justine Bateman’s feature film directorial debut “Violet” with Justin Theroux and Anthony Lapaglia.

Bateman is producing and directing from her own script. “Violet” follows a rising film executive who lives according to the Voice (Theroux) in her head, until unexpectedly realizing the truth — it’s been lying about everything. Lapaglia portrays her boss, who dilutes her confidence in a way similar to the Voice.

Bateman will produce under her Section 5 banner, along with Mark G. Mathis (“Precious”). Cassian Elwes (“Lee DanielsThe Butler”) is executive producing the project. Shooting is slated to begin in the spring in Los Angeles.

Munn’s credits include portraying the Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke character in “X-Men: Apocalypse” and in the upcoming “Dark Phoenix.” She’s also portraying a scientist in the upcoming “The Predator” and appearing in “Ocean’s 8.”

Bateman’s comedy short, “Five Minutes,
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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Stephanie Signman, Miranda Otto, Talitha Bateman, Anthony Lapaglia, Lulu Wilson, Grace Fulton, Philippa Coulthard, Tayler Buck | Written by Gary Dauberman | Directed by David F. Sandberg

Annabelle: Creation begins on an isolated patch of California somewhere in the 1950’s. The beginning shots walk us through a doll makers’ trade. Unsettling close-ups of paint cracked faces, some with dead eyes, some with no eyes at all. Wooden arms and legs dangle in and out of focus as the masters’ hand fits the pieces together. By the end, we’re introduced to Annabelle, the most hideous doll ever hand crafted. You’ve probably seen this opening creation scene play out before. Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play 2; it’s horror movie standard.

Quickly we’re introduced to the Mullins family. Samuel Mullins is a loving husband and father who makes a comfortable living with his dolls. His dolls are so popular,
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DVD Review – Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Annabelle: Creation, 2017.

Directed by David F. Sandberg.

Starring Anthony Lapaglia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Mark Bramhall, Brad Greenquist, and Lulu Wilson.

Synopsis:

Yet another prequel from The Conjuring universe detailing how the creepy Annabelle doll came to be.

Having now established that there is a ‘universe’ based around James Wan’s 2013 hit The Conjuring by making sequels and spinoffs about seemingly secondary characters and events mentioned in passing we end up here with Annabelle: Creation, not only the second prequel to The Conjuring but also the second prequel based around the creepy image of the Annabelle doll briefly seen in Wan’s original movie. Yes, it does seem that Warner Bros. are forcing this evil doll concept down our throats a bit but in their defence they do have a significantly creepier looking killer doll than Chucky and they aren’t about to let that particular cash cow
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Competition: Win ‘Annabelle: Creation’ on Blu-ray

Your favourite creepy doll is back when Annabelle: Creation arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download 4th December 2017.

In Annabelle: Creation, several years after the tragic death of their young daughter, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shut-down orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

“A guaranteed scream-fest” MTV

“Genuinely scary” Heat

“Shiver inducing” SFX

Order today: po.st/AnnabelleCreation

To win a copy of Annabelle: Creation on Blu-ray, just answer the following question:

Annabelle: Creation stars Anthony Lapaglia as Samuel Mullins, but what was the name of his character in Empire Records? Was it:

a) Jack

b) Joe

c) John

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. You can also leave your answer on our Facebook page, just make sure to like us
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Riviera: Season Two Renewal for Julia Stiles Drama Series

Sky is headed back to the south of France. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the UK network has renewed Riviera for a second season.The drama, which aired its first season on Sundance Now in the U.S., stars Julia Stiles as Georgina, a newly married woman who discovers the criminal secrets behind her husband’s billionaire fortune. The cast also includes Lena Olin, Adrian Lester, Iwan Rheon, Anthony Lapaglia, and Phil Davis.Read More…
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The Nun First Look Footage Expands The Conjuring Universe

Following the release of Annabelle: Creation this year, it's safe to say The Conjuring cinematic universe is alive and well. New Line and Warner Bros. have been planning to expand the Conjuring franchise in a big way ever since The Conjuring 2 hit theaters. Next up is The Nun, which is set to arrive in theaters next year. Now, our first look at The Nun has arrived online, giving us the first behind-the-scenes footage from the movie, as well as a slightly better idea of what we can maybe expect from it.

The footage comes to us via a new featurette that has made its way online, detailing The Conjuring universe from the very beginning, while also looking ahead to the future. Though it isn't much footage, around the 3:55 mark of the video, we see a little clip from Annabelle: Creation that teases The Nun. In the clip. Anthony Lapaglia
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Annabelle: Creation and a Haunted House Film Ride: A Blu-ray Review

*full disclosure: a Blu-ray screener of this film was provided by Warner Bros. Director: David F. Sandberg. Writers: Gary Dauberman. Cast: Anthony Lapaglia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman and Talitha Eliana Bateman. Annabelle: Creation is latest film set in an expanding Conjuring film universe. This title is a prequel to the first Annabelle (2014) movie. Very much an origin story, Annabelle: Creation explores the curse of a very recognizable doll. The film was written by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote the first Annabelle. In this outing, six orphans find a new, haunted place to live. Isolated on an old farm, the six girls are harassed by either a Devil doll or very dark demon. The focus on this title is on developing creepy scenes. Very much like a haunted house ride put to film, Annabelle: Creation offers one well rehearsed scare after another. The film is also a popcorn flick,
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Review: "Innocent Blood" (1992) Directed By John Landis; Starring Anne Parillaud And Anthony Lagpaglia; Warner Archive Blu-ray

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By Fred Blosser

The Warner Archive Collection has released John Landis’ “Innocent Blood” (1992) in a new, remastered Blu-ray edition. The Blu-ray incorporates two minutes of footage that appeared in overseas prints but were not included in previous U.S. releases. The film opens with a montage of the Pittsburgh skyline after dark, scored with Jackie Wilson’s lush 1960 ballad, “Night.” French vampire Marie (Anne Parillaud, in a lengthy nude scene) sits alone in her hotel room, deliberating on where to find her next sanguinary meal. She opens a newspaper to an article about a local Mafia crew headed by Sal “The Shark” Macelli and smiles: “I thought -- what about Italian?” She allows herself to be picked up by one of Sal’s henchmen, Tony (Chazz Palminteri), whose CD player is loaded with Sinatra discs. Just as Tony thinks she’s going to have sex with him, she chomps into
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Sunshine review – basketball and racial tensions collide in standout Australian drama

Anthony Lapaglia’s school-of-hard-knocks coach brings star power to this superb new series set in outer-west Melbourne

Remember that movie or TV show with the jaded, world-weary, what-have-i-got-to-live-for coach who reluctantly agrees to mentor a team of ill-disciplined rascals? Remember how sport becomes a metaphor for life, and the determination, hard slog and gradual improvement of the kids inspires in this broken person a new raison d’être?

Of course you do, and of course you don’t. You do because this archetype is almost as familiar as the absentminded professor or the whisky priest. You don’t because you’ve witnessed so many incarnations of this character – from the stubby-clutching Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau and later Billy Bob Thornton) in Bad News Bears to the smug Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) in The Mighty Ducks – that they blur together as one big, whistle-blowing splotch in the memory.

Related: Wake in Fright
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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Crosses $300M Ww; Doll Pushes ‘Conjuring’ Universe To $1.2B

‘Annabelle: Creation’ Crosses $300M Ww; Doll Pushes ‘Conjuring’ Universe To $1.2B
Horror pics continue having their day at the box office as New Line/Warner Bros’ doll, Annabelle: Creation, has topped the $300M mark worldwide. The $301.5M global through Sunday breaks down to $101.9M domestic and $199.6M at the international box office. The modestly-budgeted ($15M) fourth pic in the lucrative Conjuring franchise sees that series now hit $1.2B global. When the Anthony Lapaglia/Miranda Otto prequel spinoff opened wide overseas in August, it surpassed…
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Annabelle: Creation Coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital This Halloween Season

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If you're looking to add a creepy doll film to your Halloween movie marathon, then you're in luck, because Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will released David F. Sandberg's Annabelle: Creation (read our review here) on Blu-ray and DVD on October 24th and digital platforms beginning October 20th, and we have a look at the special features list and cover art:

Press Release (via Screen-Connections.com): Burbank, CA, – Your favorite creepy doll is back when “Annabelle: Creation” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. From New Line Cinema comes “Annabelle: Creation,” with David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle,” which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who previously partnered on “The Conjuring” hit movies.

Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman,
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Annabelle: Creation Arrives on Blu-Ray Combo Pack This October

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The origin story for one of the creepiest dolls in horror film history will debut when Annabelle: Creation releases on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and Digital this October! Just in time for Halloween! Check out everything that comes with it!

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Annabelle: Creation

Arrives Onto Blu-RayCombo Pack, DVD And Digital From

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Own it early on Digital on October 20

Blu-ray debuts on October 24

Burbank, CA, September 28, 2017 – Your favorite creepy doll is back when “Annabelle: Creation” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. From New Line Cinema comes “Annabelle: Creation,” with David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle,” which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who previously partnered on “The Conjuring” hit movies.
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Julia Stiles on ‘Riviera’ and Joining Sundance Now’s Multi-Part Thriller Series

The 10-part thriller Riviera, available at Sundance Now (AMC Networks’ premium video streaming service), follows Georgina (Julia Stiles), a high-end art curator who’s newly married to billionaire Constantine Clios (Anthony Lapaglia) and living in the south of France when he’s killed in a yacht explosion. After his death, Georgina discovers that the man she thought she knew and the fortune that he maintained were tainted by dishonesty and criminal activity, and that Constantine’s ex-wife (Lena Olin) and three children (Dimitri Leonidas, Iwan Rheon and Roxane Duran) are more aware about his questionable dealings and …
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'Riviera': TV Review

There's nothing terribly wrong with a TV series that looks incredible but maybe doesn't end up exactly where hoped as far as story goes — look no further than The Night Manager, with its glossy allure and eye-popping, beautiful locations that played like a visual travelogue.

Of course, The Night Manager had Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston. That helps a lot.

Into this vein of glitz-soaked visuals comes Riviera, an acquisition from Sundance Now, the streaming arm of SundanceTV, from the U.K.'s Sky Vision, starring Julia Stiles as a very recent second wife to a billionaire (Anthony Lapaglia) who owns property...
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