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Why Celebrate ‘Terrible’ Pt Barnum at All in ‘The Greatest Showman’? (Guest Blog)

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Why Celebrate ‘Terrible’ Pt Barnum at All in ‘The Greatest Showman’? (Guest Blog)
P.T. Barnum built a career out of telling people what they wanted to hear, and he’s commonly credited with having boasted that there’s a sucker born every minute. But beneath his carefully constructed gregarious façade, he was a truly terrible human being. “The Greatest Showman” tells a highly sanitized version of Barnum’s days of duping the public and his contemptible exploitation of anyone he could use to make a buck. He not only launched what would become a century and a half of cruelty to animals in circuses but also began his career by exploiting African-Americans and people with disabilities.
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The True Story of Pt Barnum, aka the Greatest Showman

Phineas Taylor "Pt" Barnum has captured the imagination of millions for over a century. Dubbed the "the Greatest Showman," which also happens to be the title of a new movie about him, out this month, Barnum would become part of the widely successful Barnum and Bailey Circus that traveled the globe until this year. This latest biopic about Barnum, starring Hugh Jackmam, isn't the first, either; however, it might be the flashiest. Previous adaptations about the colorful circus promoter included The Mighty Barnum from 1934, The Greatest Show on Earth, made in 1952, and Barnum from 1986, among others. Barnum was born on July 5, 1810, in Bethel, Ct. He helped to launch the careers of many famous circus acts such as Chang and Eng, General Tom Thumb, and Nora Hildebrandt, the first professional tattooed lady, among others. Barnum was a natural at selling products and was already peddling candy and alcohol at age 12. Despite
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Watch Hugh Jackman Sing and Dance in a Live TV Spot For The Greatest Showman

During Fox's A Christmas Story: Live event this weekend, the studio had an interesting and cool treat for musical fans. During the show, there was a TV spot for Hugh Jackman's upcoming film The Greatest Showman and what was so cool about that was the fact that the whole thing was done live! 

The spot is a little awkward to watch at first, but the more it goes, the better it gets, and it turned out really well. The spot also included Zendaya, Zac Efron, and Keala Settle all performing live. This is a group of incredibly talented individuals. 

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The film was directed by Michael Gracey and also has and
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Watch Hugh Jackman Make History with Live Greatest Showman Trailer

Watch Hugh Jackman Make History with Live Greatest Showman Trailer
It was announced last week that during Fox's telecast of the three-hour live musical event A Christmas Story, the network would make history by airing the first ever live TV commercial for the upcoming movie The Greatest Showman. With a performance that surely would have made P.T. Barnum himself proud Hugh Jackman (P.T. Barnum) was joined by Zac Efron (Philip Carlyle), Zendaya (Anne Wheeler) and Keala Settle (Lettie Lutz) for the two and a half minute live trailer where they performed the new song "Come Alive." The live commercial was filmed at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, just across from where the live musical was being filmed.

Directed by The Greatest Showman feature film director Michael Gracey, along with Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock director Beth McCarthy-Miller, the live trailer features a 360-degree shoot with more than 150 dancers. Given that this live commercial went off without a hitch,
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Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies, From ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical

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Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies, From ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical
Christmas movies suggest family-friendly, heartwarming tales, designed for peak holiday family moviegoing. And then there’s the other kind — the late-breaking, high-profile, A-list titles designed to hit the box office and Oscar voters’ consciousness. Some of these launched at prestige fall film festivals (“Downsizing,” “Molly’s Game,” “Hostiles,” “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”); others are bonafide awards contenders (Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”); and some, like Hugh Jackman vanity musical “The Greatest Showman,” will soon skid into either bad reviews or audience reaction, or both.

Herewith, a ranking of the Christmas movies in order of their likely Oscar prospects.

The Post” (Fox, December 22)

Metascore: 82.

Strengths: Steven Spielberg’s riveting paean to newspaper journalism and freedom of the press couldn’t be more timely. Early reviews are strong for this true story about The Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers,
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‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’

In a television first, The Greatest Showman aired a live movie trailer during Fox’s telecast of A Christmas Story Live. The live two and a half minute commercial for Michael Gracey’s movie musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum featured the film’s stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Keala Settle performing the high-energy number “Come Alive” alongside an army of 150 dancers on the stages at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank. The spot also streamed live…
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Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya Wow in Live Commercial for 'The Greatest Showman' -- Watch!

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya Wow in Live Commercial for 'The Greatest Showman' -- Watch!
The cast of The Greatest Showman certainly lives up to the movie's name!

In a live commercial that aired during Fox's musical A Christmas Story Live!on Sunday night, star HughJackman was joined by Zac Efron, Zendaya, and an enormous cast to perform the song "Come Alive" from the upcoming film.

Beginning with a few kids leaving the Christmas Story set and following Jackman -- in his P.T. Barnum ringmaster costume -- towards the back lot containing a large historical set, the performance kicked off with Jackman singing a quieter verse, before going big and tossing his cane to another performer.

As soon as Jackman finished his verse, the camera swung to Efron, with an unexpected mustache, and Zendaya, wearing her character's pink wig, dancing and singing on the steps of a building.

Keala Settle, who plays the Bearded Lady in the film, joined the rest of the cast next as the camera revealed just how many dancers
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Zendaya, Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman Join James Corden for Tense 'Crosswalk The Musical'

Zendaya, Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman Join James Corden for Tense 'Crosswalk The Musical'
The very amenable cast of the P.T. Barnum musical drama The Greatest Showman graciously agreed to participate in the latest edition of "Crosswalk: The Musical" with James Corden on Thursday night (Dec. 14). But suffice it to say that Zendaya, Zac Efron and Barnum himself, Hugh Jackman, weren't too pleased with the Late Late Show host's diva-like displays as they tried to dodge traffic while singing show tunes on New York's streets.

Jackman, a song-and-dance man with a bit of experience on the Great White Way, was more than willing to share some of his ideas with Corden, who inexplicably kept referring to the actor as...
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Zendaya, Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman Join James Corden for Tense 'Crosswalk The Musical'

The very amenable cast of the P.T. Barnum musical drama The Greatest Showman graciously agreed to participate in the latest edition of "Crosswalk: The Musical" with James Corden on Thursday night (Dec. 14). But suffice it to say that Zendaya, Zac Efron and Barnum himself, Hugh Jackman, weren't too pleased with the Late Late Show host's diva-like displays as they tried to dodge traffic while singing show tunes on New York's streets.

Jackman, a song-and-dance man with a bit of experience on the Great White Way, was more than willing to share some of his ideas with Corden, who inexplicably kept referring to the actor as...
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Win ‘The Greatest Showman’ Movie Merchandise

To celebrate the upcoming release of 20th Century Fox’s The Greatest Showman we have three awesome movie merchandise packs to give away.

The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The Greatest Showman is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs and lyrics by Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) and starring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Zac Efron, Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.

To be in with a chance of wining one of the three movie merchandise packs, all you have
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Hugh Jackman has a very interesting story behind his initial pitch for The Greatest Showman, and it involves some blood

Let it never be said that Hugh Jackman is not a slave to his craft. Sure, a die-hard method actor like Christian Bale drops, and gains weight more often than Ant-Man, but his dedication pales in comparison to the story below.

See, Hugh Jackman has wanted to get The Greatest Showman — a film that tells the story of iconic showman P.T. Barnum — made for seven years, and he wasn’t going to let a little thing like cancer stand in his way. Recently, appearing as a guest on The Today Show, the Logan actor recalls the time that he was pitching The Greatest Showman:

“I had a skin cancer and [the doctor] said, ‘You gotta get it out.’ I said, ‘Can we wait until like after the performance?’ He goes, ‘No, it’s cancer.’ So, he put 80 stitches in my nose and everything was fine. And I thought, I’ll turn
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TVLine Items: Jackman's Christmas Song, Live Lip Sync Battle and More

TVLine Items: Jackman's Christmas Song, Live Lip Sync Battle and More
What’s almost as good as an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle? A Hugh Jackman song-and-dance break in Fox’s A Christmas Story Live.

The X-Men actor, who’s currently starring in the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman, will perform “Come Alive” from the movie during a commercial break in Fox’s live musical, which airs Sunday at 8/7c.

Per our sister site Variety, he’ll be joined by Greatest Showman castmates Zac Efron (High School Musical), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover) and Keala Settle (The Big C), as well as 150 dancers. Benj Pasek and
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‘Greatest Showman’ Cast to Perform Live Trailer During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story’ Musical

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‘Greatest Showman’ Cast to Perform Live Trailer During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story’ Musical
Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya are all participating in a one-of-a-kind marketing experiment from 20th Century Fox, staging a live trailer for their new musical “The Greatest Showman.” The stars will perform a two-and-a-half minute music spectacle in support of the film, during Fox’s live staging of the musical “A Christmas Story Live” this Sunday. Newcomer Keale Settle, who plays the bearded lady in the film about P.T. Barnum, will join them for the stunt. “As we continue to drive innovation in both our programming and ad products, we are thrilled to be working in partnership with our sister film studio.
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Hugh Jackman to Perform ‘Greatest Showman’ Song Live During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live’ Telecast

Hugh Jackman to Perform ‘Greatest Showman’ Song Live During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live’ Telecast
Hugh Jackman will perform a song from 20th Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” live as part of a commercial spot to run Sunday during Fox’s presentation of the musical “A Christmas Story Live.”

Jackman and co-stars Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle will perform “Come Alive” from the P.T. Barnum biopic during a commercial break in the three-hour telecast of “A Christmas Story Live.” The tune was penned by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also wrote the score and songs for “Christmas Story.”

The two-and-a-half minute spot will feature elaborate staging with 150 dancers, and will be directed by “Showman” helmer Michael Gracey along with live TV vet Beth McCarthy-Miller. “Christmas Story” will originate from a soundstage on the Warner Bros. lot. Jackman and Co. will perform from an adjacent soundstage. “Showman” opens Dec. 20.

“We are creating what we expect will be a memorable performance providing energy and excitement to viewers that drives them to
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to Dominant Social Media Buzz

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to Dominant Social Media Buzz
Disney-Luscasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated social media buzz last week in the wake of the Dec. 9 world premiere and announcing its dedication to the late Carrie Fisher, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

“The Last Jedi,” which opens Dec. 15, generated 368,000 new conversations last week to bring its total to 4.75 million. Tracking has shown the tentpole’s opening weekend could be in the $200 million range at the domestic box office — which would be the fourth-largest of all time after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.”

Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off. It stars returning cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis. The new cast members include Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio del Toro. It’s the final film role for Fisher, who died last
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Golden Globes 2018 Film Surprises and Snubs: ‘The Greatest Showman’ Lands 3, But ‘The Big Sick’ Is Shut Out

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Golden Globes 2018 Film Surprises and Snubs: ‘The Greatest Showman’ Lands 3, But ‘The Big Sick’ Is Shut Out
Fox Searchlight had a lovely Golden Globes nominations morning, notching 15 nominations as Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” continued its Critics Choice surge with seven nominations, followed by Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with six. The other expected drama nominations were Fox’s Steven Spielberg journalism valentine “The Post” (six), Sony Pictures Classics gay love story “Call Me By Your Name” (three), and Warner Bros.Christopher Nolan war movie “Dunkirk” (three).

Finally, Working Title/Focus Features’ other World War II drama, “Darkest Hour,” seems to be strictly a Gary Oldman Drama Actor play, while Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” landed nods for Daniel Day-Lewis and Johnny Greenwood for Score. Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (A24) posted strong results on the Comedy side (four), but no director nod. In fact, the Globes gave all five director slots to men.

The typically idiosyncratic — and senior — Hollywood
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Golden Globes Music Nominees Include Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

Golden Globes Music Nominees Include Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood
The two music categories in the Golden Globe nominations announced Monday morning include songs by Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Nick Jonas, Miguel with Natalie Lafourcade and Keala Settle and scores by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood as well as frequent nominees Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Music nominations appear below and the full Golden Globes nominations can be seen here.

Hugh Jackman also scored a best actor in a musical or comedy nod for his singing and dancing work as circus impresario P.T. Barnum in “The Greatest Showman.”

Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the big winners as nominations for the 75th installment of the annual awards.

“Three Billboards,” a revenge drama, “The Post,” a dramatic re-telling of the Pentagon Papers saga, and “The Shape of Water,” a sci-fi romance, earned best film
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Golden Globes Nominations: ‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Score Big

Golden Globes Nominations: ‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Score Big
Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the big winners as nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards were unveiled in the wee hours on Monday morning.

“Three Billboards,” a revenge drama, “The Post,” a dramatic re-telling of the Pentagon Papers saga, and “The Shape of Water,” an offbeat story about the romance between a mute cleaning lady and a fish-like creature, earned best film and director nods, in addition to picking up nominations for the performances of several of its actors. “The Shape of Water” nabbed a leading seven nominations, while “Three Billboards” and “The Post” picked up six apiece. The other best drama nominees were Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Luca Guadagnino’s lyrical romance “Call Me by Your Name.”

Unlike other awards shows, the Globes separates its film honors into best drama and best
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Listen to The Greatest Showman soundtrack online

Here at Flickering Myth HQ we’ve been lucky enough to see The Greatest Showman, and whilst you’ll have to wait until December 20th for our review to drop, Atlantic Records have released the entire soundtrack for your streaming pleasure.

It’s recommended that you save the playlist for until you’ve actually seen the film, as it’s always best to consume things fresh, but you’re going to be singing, humming and tapping your feet to these songs well into 2018.

Below you’ll find the signature number, This Is Me, but you can listen to the entire soundtrack here.

The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose
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New 'The Greatest Showman' Featurettes Take Us Behind-the-Scenes

"We're always attracted to a story that's aspirational." 20th Century Fox has debuted a series of behind-the-scenes featurettes for The Greatest Showman, the exciting new musical hitting theaters this holiday season. It tells the story of showman P.T. Barnum, the original creator of the vaudeville show known as the circus. Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, with original songs from the Oscar-winning lyricists of La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. The huge ensemble cast also includes Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Sparks, and Zendaya. These featurette videos include a look at the original planning and production, filming, and the process of actually creating and delivering a big screen musical. Even if you're not that excited for The Greatest Showman, it's still cool to get a look at how they made this. Here's the behind-the-scenes videos for Michael Gracey's The Greatest Showman, from Fox's YouTube: You can
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