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"The Last Movie Star"

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the new 'Hollywood' drama, "The Last Movie Star" (aka "Dog Years") written and directed by Adam Rifkin, starring Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane, Nikki Blonsky and Chevy Chase, opening March 30, 2018:

" aging movie star (Reynolds) is forced to face the fact his 'glory days' are behind him..."

Cast also includes Kathleen Nolan, Al-Jaleel Knox, Shelley Waggener, Todd Vittum and Amy Hoerler.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Last Movie Star"...
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Burt Reynolds is 'The Last Movie Star' in Official Trailer for A24 Drama

"You are the only one stupid enough to show up..." Brutally honest line. A24 has debuted an official trailer for an indie drama titled The Last Movie Star, from writer/director Adam Rifkin. The film stars acting legend Burt Reynolds as acting legend Vic Edwards, an aging movie star who no longer has the same fame he once had. He's invited to a tiny, two-bit film festival in Nashville, and befriends his driver, who reminds him there's more to life than just being famous. The full cast includes Ariel Winter, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane, Nikki Blonsky, Kathleen Nolan, as well as Chevy Chase. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, but like most Tribeca films, we've never heard of it before now. I'd rather recommend watching The Hero with Sam Elliott instead, both pretty much have the same plot, though The Hero is actually quite good. Here's the first official
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Trailer for The Last Movie Star featuring Burt Reynolds and Chevy Chase

Ahead of its release next month, A24 films has released a new trailer for writer-director Adam Rifkin’s upcoming drama The Last Movie Star. Previously titled Dog Days, it made its world premiere last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, receiving positive reviews from critics. The film sees Burt Reynolds leading a cast that includes Chevy Chase, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane, Nikki Blonsky; watch it here…

Vic Edwards (Burt Reynolds) was the biggest star in Hollywood, a college football legend turned stunt double turned leading man. Now, in his eighties, he’s convinced by an old friend (Chevy Chase) to accept an invitation to receive a Lifetime Achievement award at a two-bit film festival in Nashville. The trip launches him on both a hilarious fish-out-of-water adventure and an unexpectedly poignant journey into his past.

The Last Movie Star is set for release on March 30th.

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The Top Ten Musicals Of The 21st Century

In cinemas on Boxing Day is the musical extravaganze The Greatest Showman. The film stars Hugh Jackman alongside an all-star cast, including Michelle Williams, Zendaya, and Zac Efron. To celebrate the release, we take a look back at the top ten musicals of the last 17 years.

Chi-Raq (2015)

By no means a traditional musical and at the same time proof of just how much musicals have evolved. Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is an adaptation of Aristophanes’ Ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, which simultaneously manages to weave in a progressive commentary regarding domestic gun violence in the United States. Though set in the present day, what is most interesting about Chi-Raq is how faithfully it adapts its source material, maintaining the original Greek names, the inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson as the chorus, and dialogue that rhymes almost all the way throughout. Not since Baz Luhrman’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet has Classical theater been given a treatment like this,
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Zac Efron Admits His On-Screen Kiss with Zendaya in The Greatest Showman Was His 'Favorite'

Zac Efron Admits His On-Screen Kiss with Zendaya in The Greatest Showman Was His 'Favorite'
Zac Efron has had his fair share of on-screen kisses, but the one he shared with Zendaya on The Greatest Showman might just top his list.

The two stars play young performers drawn into P.T. Barnum’s world as he sets out to create the greatest circus ever made. Their characters, Philip Carlyle and Anne Wheeler, are also drawn to each other, but work commitments pose interference in their relationship.

When the actors were asked what it was like to lock lips on the film, Zendaya, 21, said every moment between the two characters was “incredibly special.”

“You’re into the moment!
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Photo Coverage: Lisa Lampanelli and Friends Celebrate Stuffed!

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli's new play, Stuffed, officially opens Off-Broadway this fall in a new production at the Westside Theatre Downstairs, 407 West 43rd Street, following a limited NYC run last fall at Wp Theater. Following the departure of Nikki Blonsky from the cast, opening night, originally scheduled for October 19, will now officially take place on October 31, 2017 at the Westside Theatre Downstairs, 407 West 43rd Street. The company gathered last night to celebrate the special occasion.
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Rob Kardashian Blasts Blac Chyna On Instagram, Posts Her Nude Selfies Alongside Bombshell Allegations (Warning: Nsfw)

The Rob Kardashian-Blac Chyna saga has taken another turn. Just days after the on-again/off-again couple were spotted together at Disneyland, Kardashian took to Instagram Wednesday to blast his baby mama for allegedly two-timing him — and sending him the evidence. Related: ‘Hairspray’ Star Nikki Blonsky Answers Fans Questions In Revealing Instagram Live Later, Kardashian took things to […]
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‘Hairspray’ Star Nikki Blonsky Answers Fans Questions In Revealing Instagram Live

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Nikki Blonsky, the star of the 2007 version of “Hairspray” and the short-lived TV series “Huge” took part in a very telling Instagram live on Monday. Blonsky’s Instagram fans and followers asked her questions about what she’s been up to, her former co-stars, Donald Trump and everything else in between. Related: Rumer Willis Announces Six Month […]
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Netflix Buys Drake Doremus’ ‘Newness,’ Gravitas Picks Up ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Netflix has acquired the worldwide Svod rights to Drake Doremus’ “Newness,” Deadline reports. The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa as a couple in contemporary Los Angeles navigating the world of online dating and social media–driven hookup culture. The film was a last-minute addition to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and co-stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Courtney Eaton, Danny Huston and Courtney Eaton. Netflix acquired the rights in a reported seven-figure deal.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired writer-director Angus MacLachlan’s second feature film, “Abundant Acreage Available.” The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award in the U.S. Narrative Competition. The film focuses on siblings Tracy (Amy Ryan) and Jesse
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A24, DirecTV Acquire Burt Reynolds Tribeca Pic ‘Dog Years’

A24, DirecTV Acquire Burt Reynolds Tribeca Pic ‘Dog Years’
Exclusive: A24 and DirecTV have acquired the North American distribution rights to Dog Years, the Adam Rifkin-directed film that stars Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Chevy Chase, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane, and Nikki Blonsky. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Reynolds drew plaudits for his performance as an aging movie star who travels to an upstart film festival in Nashville to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award. That launches him on a fish-out-of-water…
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Burt Reynolds, 81, Makes Rare Public Appearance While Promoting New Film

Burt Reynolds, 81, Makes Rare Public Appearance While Promoting New Film
Burt Reynolds made a rare public appearance on Saturday when he attended the premiere of his new film, Dog Years, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

The 81-year-old actor struggled to walk when he worked the red carpet, at one point needing to be given a chair while being interviewed by a group of reporters and taking photos with the cast.

Reynolds was joined on the carpet by his Dog Years costar Chevy Chase, whose shirt was for some reason drenched in water, and Robert De Niro, who started the film festival.

“Great to see Mr. De Niro,
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'Hairspray Live!': What Was Different From the 2007 Movie Musical?

Hairspray Live! was quite the exciting TV event for those who really love Hairspray, no matter if we're talking about the 1988 movie, the Broadway play or the 2007 big-screen remake (or all three).

But with the Adam Shankman-directed film — starring Zac Efron, John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky and others — being the reprise of most recent memory, it's hard not to compare the movie musical version to NBC's live-action special. So we did.

Check out the differences we noticed between the 2007 movie musical and Hairspray Live! below.

Noreen and Doreen Are Missing

Perhaps one of the smaller details that only mega Hairspray movie fans will notice (Noreen and Doreen weren't in...
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Whatever Happened to Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky?

Whatever Happened to Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky?
As you watch NBC's Hairspray Live! tonight, you may wonder, what happened to Nikki Blonsky? One minute the 28-year-old actress was playing Tracy Turnblad and dancing with Zac Efron and John Travolta in the 2007 musical film Hairspray, which marked her first onscreen acting role. Then you may have watched her as one of the leading stars of the short-lived ABC Family series Huge. In 2011, E! News learned Blonsky worked for a brief period at a shoe store in New York City and was later hired as a cosmetologist at a hair salon in her hometown of Great Neck on Long Island, New York. And now Blonsky is back on a movie set. Over the past few years, she...
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Ricki Lake and Marissa Jaret Winokur’s Hairspray Live Cameos Revealed

Ricki Lake and Marissa Jaret Winokur’s Hairspray Live Cameos Revealed
With a week to go until NBC’s highly-anticipated Hairspray Live!, new details are emerging about the star-studded musical — including what roles Hairspray alums Ricki Lake and Marissa Jaret Winokur will have in the production.

The ladies — who originated the role of Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 John Waters film and in the 2002 Broadway show, respectively — first revealed to People earlier this month that they’ll cameo in NBC’s live musical.

Though what exactly they’d being doing in the show was kept hush hush at the time, Harvey Fierstein — who plays Tracy’s mom Edna Turnblad — finally spilled the
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Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Maddie Baillio: The Women of Hairspray Talk Being Plus-Size in Hollywood

Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Maddie Baillio: The Women of Hairspray Talk Being Plus-Size in Hollywood
Ricki Lake didn’t grow up thinking she would ever play an ingenue.

“I remember telling my mom I wanted to be in Annie, and she told me, ‘You’re not the starving orphan type,’ ” the actress says in the current issue of People.

But at 18 years old, Lake won the starring role of plus-size optimist Tracy Turnblad in John Waters’s 1988 hit film Hairspray.

The part made Lake, 48, a star, but she had no idea her Tracy would inspire the young Marissa Jaret Winokur, who would go on to win a Tony for playing the character in the 2002 Broadway musical based on the film.
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Happy Birthday Zac Efron: Our Top 5 Favourite Roles

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Happy Birthday Zac Efron: Our Top 5 Favourite RolesHappy Birthday Zac Efron: Our Top 5 Favourite RolesGarrett McCormick10/18/2016 8:00:00 Am

How has it already been 10 years since we were introduced to heartthrob Zac Efron?

Efron shot onto the Hollywood scene with his breakthrough performance in the global phenomenon High School Musical in 2006 and his career has been skyrocketing ever since. With his diverse career in film, he has proven himself to be a major triple threat with his incredible singing, dancing and acting.

Not to mention, it seems like the general consensus is that he’s pretty easy to look at as well.

To celebrate Zac Efron’s 29th birthday, here is a look at some of his most outstanding roles throughout the years. Hairspray

An adaption to the Broadway play, Hairspray is a high energy musical set in the 1960s where Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) lands a role
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Hairspray Live: Meet the Newcomer Cast as Tracy Turnblad in NBC Musical

Hairspray Live: Meet the Newcomer Cast as Tracy Turnblad in NBC Musical
Newcomer Maddie Baillio will soon be singing “Good Morning Baltimore.”

The Today show on Tuesday announced that the up-and-coming singer/actress has been cast as Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live!, following an open casting call in April.

Watch Baillio’s reaction to the good news:

Baillio joins an all-star ensemble including Harvey Fierstein (reprising his Tony-winning role as Edna Turnblad), Jennifer Hudson (as Motormouth Maybelle), Martin Short (as Wilbur Turnblad) and Derek Hough (as Corny Collins). Grease: Live‘s Alex Rudzinski is set to direct, while Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Wiz Live!) are on board as executive producers.
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Posterized: Melissa McCarthy, Unlikely Superstar

Though Melissa McCarthy's star went supernova just five years ago in a role so popular that she won both an Oscar nomination and an Emmy statue (Bridesmaids... oh please, you know the Emmy wasn't actually for Mike and Molly!) she's wasted approximately zero days since in cementing her unlikely place as a box office titan with star vehicles emerging annually since. Right now that means her new capitalist diva comedy The Boss and if it isn't Spy (2015) or The Heat (2013) level funny (sorry... but few things are) it's not bad. It sure as hell runs rings around Identity Thief (2013) and Tammy (2014) so it's firmly middle of the pack, if you ask me. (It's weird that the reviews so far are the worst of any of her solo vehicles.)

We call her place as a truly bankable actress 'unlikely' because it's just that. Guess how long it's been since audiences
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NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’ Musical Set for December Debut, Original Creative Team on Board for TV Special

NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’ Musical Set for December Debut, Original Creative Team on Board for TV Special
NBC’s latest live musical “Hairspray Live” will premiere on Wednesday, Dec. 7, the network announced today.

Much of the original stage production’s creative team will return for NBC’s live televised special.

Along with previously announced exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Kenny Leon, who most recently directed “The Wiz Live” for the network, has been tapped to direct. Original “Hairspray” choreographer Jerry Mitchell is on board to choreograph, and Harvey Fierstein, who played the role of Edna in the stage musical, will write the script adaptation. Original “Hairspray” songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are also back for NBC’s next TV musical.

Hairspray Live” marks the fourth television musical event for NBC, coming after this past December’s “The Wiz Live,” which followed the net’s first special “Sound of Music Live” in 2013 and then “Peter Pan Live” in 2014. Fox recently got into the game with “Grease Live” this January.
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