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West Side Story Is Returning to Movie Theaters This Summer, but There's a Catch

West Side Story premiered in 1961, but it will never, ever get old. Giving you another chance to see the original on the big screen, the movie musical will return to theaters for two days only on June 24 and 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. The exciting rerelease is a part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series by Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events. The West Side Story screenings will take place at more than 600 theaters nationwide, and you can score tickets in advance online through Fathom Events starting on Friday, April 20.

The Oscar-winning film takes inspiration from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and turns the Montague-Capulet battle into a feud between a white American gang, the Jets, and a Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, set in New York City in the '60s. During the special screenings this Summer, it'll be shown in its original widescreen aspect ratio,
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Milestone Movie Musical West Side Story Returns to Cinemas Two Days Only, June 24 & 27

One of the most beloved and captivating musicals in Hollywood history, 'West Side Story' will return to movie theaters for two days only this June as Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies expand the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, which brings legendary motion pictures back to cinemas across the country every month. Further enhancing this big-screen presentation, TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz will introduce the film and present post-show commentary.
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Steven Spielberg Takes on DC's Blackhawk Movie

Warner Bros. announced today that they are teaming up with director Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment company on an adaptation of the DC Comics title Blackhawk, following their successful collaboration on the box office hit Ready Player One. Spielberg has been set to produce Blackhawk with an eye to direct, marking the iconic filmmaker's first time making a movie centered on characters from the DC Comics. Here's what Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, had to say in a brief statement about the news.

"We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg's latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure. We can't wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing 'Blackhawk' to movie audiences worldwide."

The screenplay for Blackhawk is being written by David Koepp, which marks his seventh collaboration with Steven Spielberg. Koepp
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Steven Spielberg's Comic Book Movie 'Blackhawk': Here's What You Need to Know

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One has already earned more than $476 million at the box office worldwide. Naturally, many wondered about Spielberg's plans for the future, including a fifth installment of the Indiana Jones series and a big-screen version of the Broadway musical West Side Story. Now we've heard that the filmmaker is adding another project to his development slate: Blackhawk, based on a popular comic book series that was first published during the 1940s. Spielberg will be producing with an eye toward directing, per Variety. Warner Bros. will distribute the film worldwide. Here's what you need to know. What is the source material? The Blackhawk Squadron first appeared in the anthology Military Comics, published by Quality Comics, in August 1941...
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Steven Spielberg to direct DC film Blackhawk

As if the DC news couldn’t get more exciting with the announcement of Cathy Yan directing a Birds of Prey film comes news that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have attracted one of the biggest names in directing to their slate. Steven Spielberg, fresh off directing Ready Player One, has been announced to join DC to direct Blackhawk, a film about a group of fighter pilots within the DC universe.

Created in the 1941 in the comic of the same name, Blackhawk centers on a team of World War II fighter pilots who are led by a mysterious man known as Blackhawk and face down fantastical threats. It was a very popular title throughout the 1940s, outselling most comics save Superman. The team has gone through several changes, but it is always led by a leader named Blackhawk or Lady Blackhawk. Their popularity in comics wanes from time to time now,
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Steven Spielberg To Enter The DC Universe With ‘Blackhawk’

Steven Spielberg looks set to join the DC universe with Blackhawk, which is now in development over at Warner Bros. Spielberg, who has just made Ready Player One for the studio, will produce the action-adventure, but may also possibly direct.

The announcement was made late yesterday by Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Emmerich stated, “We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure. We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

Related: Ready Player One review

Blackhawk, the character, is described as follows:

Blackhawk is an ace pilot, fighting for the Allies with his fabled Blackhawk Squadron. One of the Quality Comics heroes, Blackhawk has been around since the war, and had several reboots and retcons since then.
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Steven Spielberg Heading To The DC Universe By Helming Blackhawk For Warner Bros. Pictures

On the heels of their successful collaboration on “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are again teaming with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the action adventure “Blackhawk,” with an eye to Spielberg directing the film.

Based on the classic DC property, the project will mark the filmmaker’s first feature centered around characters from DC. The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

In making the announcement, Emmerich stated, “We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure. We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg as a screenwriter on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,
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Steven Spielberg To Direct The Film Adaptation of DC Comics' Blackhawk!

In a surprise announcement, director Stephen Spielberg is looking to direct a feature film adaptation of the DC Comics property Blackhawk for Warner Bros. This bit of news came completely out of nowhere, but I love that he's going to be developing comic book movie and this is the perfect property for him to take on. He will be producing the film through his Amblin Entertainment, and it's being set up for him to direct.

Blackhawk was first introduced in 1941 by Quality Comics before the property was acquired by DC Comics in 1957. In the comics, Blackhawk was the leader of the Blackhawk Squadron, an elite group of pilots that fought in World War II.

The screenplay for the film is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg on films such as Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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Steven Spielberg Developing First Superhero Film With D.C. Comics’ ‘Blackhawk’

Steven Spielberg Developing First Superhero Film With D.C. Comics’ ‘Blackhawk’
Steven Spielberg is finally ready to tackle the superhero genre, and he’s going to do so with D.C. Comics. Variety reports the director is setting up a “Blackhawk” adaptation at Warner Bros. with his Amblin Entertainment banner. Warner Bros. was behind Spielberg’s most recent tentpole feature, “Ready Player One,” which has made over $400 million worldwide since debuting in March.

“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, in an official statement. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

The character Blackhawk is the leader of an elite group of pilots fighting in World War II. The setting will allow Spielberg to craft a superhero tentpole as a war film,
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Steven Spielberg to Direct Film Adaptation of DC’s ‘Blackhawk’

Steven Spielberg to Direct Film Adaptation of DC’s ‘Blackhawk’
Steven Spielberg is finally taking on a superhero movie.

The prolific director and his Amblin Entertainment are teaming with Warner Bros. to produce action-adventure “Blackhawk,” with the intention of Spielberg directing.

Based on the classic comic-book property, the project will mark the filmmaker’s first feature centered on characters from the DC universe. Spielberg most recently directed “Ready Player One” for Warner Bros., which has so far grossed $476 million worldwide following its release late last month.

“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg as a screenwriter on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,
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Steven Spielberg Joins DC Universe With ‘Blackhawk’ Movie

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Steven Spielberg Joins DC Universe With ‘Blackhawk’ Movie
Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are again teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the action adventure “Blackhawk,” based on the DC Comics series of the same name.

Spielberg also has an eye on directing the movie, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said in a Tuesday announcement.

The move comes on the heels of “Ready Player One,” also a Spielberg-Amblin-Warner Bros. collaboration, and marks the filmmaker’s first feature centered on DC characters.

Blackhawk is the leader of a small team of ace pilots who fight tyranny and oppression — including Axis powers as well as various supervillains –while operating from a hidden base known only as “Blackhawk Island.” The comic book debuted in 1941 and features team members from around the world, with Blackhawk himself generally portrayed as a Polish freedom fighter.

Blackhawk was created by comics legends Chuck Cuidera, Bob Powell and Will Eisner for Quality Comics. The characters and concepts were sold to DC after Quality ceased publications in 1956.

“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure,” said Emmerich on Tuesday. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

Also Read: Cathy Yan in Early Talks to Direct Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Movie

The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “War of the Worlds” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Spielberg will produce the film along with Kristie Macosko Krieger, under the Amblin Entertainment banner, while Sue Kroll will executive produce, under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.

“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring ‘Ready Player One’ to the screen,” said Spielberg, adding, “They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on ‘Blackhawk.'”

Spielberg’s next two films are the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise and “West Side Story.”

“Blackhawk” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Steven Spielberg Set To Produce His First DC Film ‘Blackhawk’ With Eye On Directing

Steven Spielberg will produce his first DC title for Warner Bros., Blackhawk, with an eye on the three-time Oscar winning filmmaker directing under his Amblin banner. WB, Spielberg and Amblin recently teamed on the feature adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One which has amassed $476M at the worldwide box office. Spielberg's next two movies are the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise and West Side Story. Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby…
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Now Casting: Play a Diner Patron in Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ + 3 More Gigs

Don’t end your work week without chasing after one of the great gigs in today’s roundup. The Netflix series “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman, is looking for actors in Georgia to portray diner patrons. Plus, Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” is holding open casting calls in Orlando and New York City, a feature needs Tagalog-speaking leads, and a dramatic thriller needs a cello-playing actor and a body double. “Ozark”The Netflix series “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman, is now casting actors for background roles. Talent, aged 18–70, is sought to portray diner patrons. Wardrobe sizes do not exceed a size 14 dress for women and a 48 jacket for men. Women must have chin-length or longer hair in a natural color. Production will take place on April 16 in Morrow, Georgia. Pay is $72 for eight hours of work. Apply here! “West Side Story,” Open CALLThe upcoming Steven Spielberg adaptation of “West Side Story
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Kristen Alderson Joining Off Broadway's 'The Marvelous Wonderettes'

Producers/Directors Tom and Michael D'Angora are celebrating two years of "The Marvelous Wonderettes" by welcoming Emmy Award-winning soap star Kristen Alderson to the show. Beginning April 18th, Alderson will take over the role of Cindy Lou, the prettiest girl at Springfield High who knows she will be named Prom Queen and acts out against her best friend Betty Jean when things don’t go her way. Among the toe tapping hits Kristen will sing lead on are "Leader of the Pack," "Allegheny Moon," "Son of a Preacher Man," and "Maybe."

"I am beyond excited to be joining the extremely talented cast of 'The Marvelous Wonderettes,'" says Alderson. "I've always had a huge passion for theater and I'm so grateful that I get to be on stage again!"

Alderson is best known for her Emmy Award winning fifteen-year portrayal of Starr Manning on the ABC daytime dramas One Life to Live and General Hospital.
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Spielberg Still Really Wants to Make Stephen King's The Talisman

Spielberg Still Really Wants to Make Stephen King's The Talisman
Steven Spielberg has never collaborated with Stephen King. They've come close, but it's never actually happened. However, Spielberg has held the rights to The Talisman for more than three decades and he's totally committed to getting it made for the big screen in the near future. Perhaps not as a director, since his plate is rather full right now, but Spielberg has the desire to see this happen. Fortunately for him, the timing is probably perfect.

Stephen King says, "Several times he came very close to making it, and there were a lot of discussions about that." It, unfortunately, never came to pass. In 2006, it was nearly adapted as a six-part series for TNT, but those plans were eventually scrapped. Now, as Steven Spielberg has been making the press rounds for his latest movie, Ready Player One, he sounds truly ready to finally make The Talisman into a movie. Here's
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Steven Spielberg’s Open To Having A Female Indiana Jones

Lucasfilm may be focused on the resurgent Star Wars franchise, but the Disney subsidiary is also looking to revive another blockbuster property, Indiana Jones. Following the divisive release of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the future of Steven Spielberg’s whip-wielding hero was uncertain, but that all changed earlier this year.

Ready Player One took the top spot at the box office this long weekend, meaning Spielberg is officially off the clock. The two-time Academy Award winner for Best Director won’t have much downtime, though, seeing as he’ll be spending the better part of 2018 locked in pre-production for Indiana Jones 5.

Spielberg confirmed the fifth instalment in the series as his next project a couple of months back, before letting it slip that the film will enter production in 2019 just two weeks ago. However, Indiana Jones 5 wasn’t always the sure thing it now appears to be, mostly because
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Indiana Jones 5 Is Harrison Ford's Last, But Franchise Will Continue

Indiana Jones 5 Is Harrison Ford's Last, But Franchise Will Continue
All good things must eventually end, and it's about time for Harrison Ford to hang up his whip and fedora, but not before filming Indiana Jones 5. According to director Steven Spielberg, the upcoming fifth installment of the franchise will be Ford's last as the cinematic icon. But that doesn't mean the franchise is going to end, as Spielberg also promises that Indiana Jones will continue on without the actor in the future.

Steven Spielberg has been making the rounds promoting his latest movie, Ready Player One, which marks a return to the world of blockbuster filmmaking for the director. He's heading back to that world next year as well when he begins filming Indiana Jones 5, which has been in the works for quite some time but is finally, actually happening. While it may not come as a huge surprise, Spielberg said in a recent interview that he thinks this is
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The Moulin Rouge! Musical Has Cast Its Satine and Christian - Prepare to Fall in Love

Come what may, we're probably going to be obsessed with the upcoming musical adaptation of Musical Rouge! - but it doesn't hurt that it officially has a stellar cast. The news originally broke in 2016 that Baz Luhrmann's beloved 2001 film starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor was getting the stage treatment. Now, it's been revealed that Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo have been cast as Christian and Satine, respectively.

You might recognize Tveit as Gossip Girl's Tripp van der Bilt, but he's also an established theater actor who's appeared in Wicked, Rent, and Catch Me If You Can. He also portrayed Enjolras in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables. Olivo has previously appeared in In the Heights, Hair, and the Chicago production of Hamilton. In 2009, she even won a Tony Award for her portrayal Anita in West Side Story. In other words? They're the perfect choice to portray the passionate,
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"West Side Story" Casting Call

Director Steven Spielberg ("Ready Player One") continues looking for lead actors to star in his musical reboot of the 1961 gang warfare musical drama "West Side Story" that will start shooting after Spielberg completes "Indiana Jones 5" starring Harrison Ford in 2019:

Casting is seeking actors to play the musical's four leading roles: 'Maria' (18-20), 'Tony' (18-23), 'Bernardo' (20-24) and 'Anita' (20-24 years). All four actors must be able to sing. Maria, Anita and Bernardo must speak Spanish. Dancing experience is a plus.

The 1961 musical drama "West Side Story" starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, adapted the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, inspired by William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet". The film won 10 Academy Awards, including 'Best Picture'.

"...set in the 'Upper West Side' neighborhood of New York City in the mid 1950's, the musical explores the
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The Week in Movie News: Spielberg's Busy 2019 Workload, Tessa Thompson Joined 'Men in Black' Spin-Off and More

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Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   Big News Steven Spielberg will shoot Indiana Jones 5 and West Side Story next year: We talked to Steven Spielberg recently about Ready Player One's use of Star Wars plus his plans to make both the next Indiana Jones installment and his West Side Story remake back to back in 2019.  here.   Great News Tessa Thompson will star in the new Men in Black: The Men in Black spin-off will be a Thor: Ragnarok reunion, as Tessa Thompson increases her stardom with a lead role opposite Chris Hemsworth. here.   Wonderful News Amy Poehler is making her feature directorial debut: Speaking of reunions, Amy...
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