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‘Pretty Woman’ Broadway Cast Recalls Performing for Julia Roberts

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‘Pretty Woman’ Broadway Cast Recalls Performing for Julia Roberts
Samantha Barks didn’t watch Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s iconic “Pretty Woman” in preparation for her starring role in the new Broadway musical adaptation of the 1990 film.

“It’s so hard to watch it because it’s such a beautiful, iconic performance,” Barks, who plays Vivian Ward, the hooker with a heart of gold, told Variety on Thursday at the musical’s opening night. “You can’t do your own thing for a minute and breathe. We’re lucky we have so many songs to sing, which adds new layers to the character.”

Though Roberts didn’t attend opening night at the Nederlander Theatre, she came to a performance while the show was running previews. The part of Vivian Ward launched Roberts into superstardom, so naturally, Barks said it was “petrifying” performing for her.

“Luckily, I didn’t know she was in the audience,” Barks recalled. “They made a speech [after the performance] like,
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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Reunite for Grease 40th Anniversary

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Reunite for Grease 40th Anniversary
Grease stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have reunited to celebrate the anniversary of the movie musical, which released 40 years ago. The two former co-stars posed for some pictures together Wednesday night after the screening of Grease, along with a few other actors from the 1978 hit movie.

The screening was held last night by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group best known for hosting the Oscars every year. The Academy regularly holds anniversary screenings of some of the most iconic movies Hollywood has put out. Last month, they hosted screenings of both Grease and Hairspray, and will be hosting the 25th Anniversary screening of The Joy Luck Club next Wednesday.

The stars at attendance for the 40th Anniversary Grease screening last night were John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Didi Conn (Frenchie), Barry Peral (Doody), and director Randal Kleiser. It was great to see a good portion of
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Taraji P. Henson gets into mens heads in trailer for What Men Want

The debut Us trailer for the gender-swapped remake of Mel Gibson’s What Women Want, What Men Want has been released by Paramount Pictures.

Taraji P. Henson plays a successful sports agent who is constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. One day, she suddenly gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts and uses that power to outsmart her colleagues and try to sign the next basketball superstar.

Her actions soon put her relationships with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.

Directed by Hairspray’s Adam Shankman, Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske and Erykah Badu.

Also in trailers – It’s shark-bait time in teaser trailer for sequel 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter

The film is due for a Us release in January 2019

What Men Want Synopsis
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Tajiri P. Henson Can Read Men's Minds in Trailer For What Men Want

The first trailer for Tajiri P. Henson's What Men Want has arrived, and all I can say is I hope this gender-bent reboot is better than the original which starred Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world… until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.

What Men Want also stars Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson,
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First Look at Taraji P. Henson in 'What Men Want'

First Look at Taraji P. Henson in 'What Men Want'
Taraji P. Henson shows off her funny side in the first trailer for comedy 'What Men Want.'

The movie is a gender-reversed take on the 2000 hit 'What Women Want,' which starred Mel Gibson and centered on a chauvinistic executive who gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

In the upcoming movie, Henson plays a successful sports agent who is passed up for a well-deserved promotion and questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man's world.

After taking a "magic potion," she gains the ability to hear men's thoughts and uses her newfound power to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar. But the lengths to which she resorts puts her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.

Henson is perhaps best known for her Golden Globe-winning performance as Cookie Lyon in FOX drama "Empire" and starred in 2016 box-office hit 'Hidden Figures.'

Directed by Adam Shankman ('Hairspray'), the cast also includes Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske, and Erykah Badu.

'What Men Want' is set for release in U.S. theaters on Jan. 11, 2019.

Watch the trailer here.

What Men Want Trailer Puts a Gender-Spin on Mel Gibson's Classic

What Men Want Trailer Puts a Gender-Spin on Mel Gibson's Classic
First Ghostbusters. Then Ocean's 8. Now, we get What Men Want, a remake of the Mel Gibson comedy classic What Women Want, which puts a gender-swapped spin on the idea. Taraji P. Henson takes over the lead role, and if we're to believe the first trailer, it will be hilarious.

Paramount Pictures obviously knows what men want. They want a romantic comedy headed-up by Taraji P. Henson. Girls Trip producers Will Packer and James Lopez are behind this upcoming winter release, and they had a big hit on their hands with that previous comedy. So they obviously know what men want too. Do we have to say it any louder? They want more Taraji P. Henson!

Adam Shankman directs What Men Want. He's perhaps best known for reviving John Waters' cult classic Hairspray as a big screen musical. The original What Women Want was one of Mel Gibson's last great films.
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Taraji P. Henson in First Trailer for Adam Shankman's 'What Men Want'

"I'm so sick of this boys club!" Paramount Pictures has debuted the first full trailer for a funky workplace comedy titled What Men Want, starring the Oscar-nominated Taraji P. Henson as a successful sports agent. The movie is the latest directed by Adam Shankman and comes from a story written by Nancy Meyers. The movie features a twist where she suddenly gains the ability to hear men's thoughts, which gives her an edge on signing the next basketball superstar. The cast includes Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Tracy Morgan. I will say this actually looks quite funny despite being very cheesy, but I'm down to give it a shot. Here's the first official trailer for Adam Shankman's What Men Want, direct from Paramount's YouTube: Ali (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly ...
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‘What Men Want’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson Can Hear All Of Your Misogynistic Thoughts

‘What Men Want’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson Can Hear All Of Your Misogynistic Thoughts
Taraji P. Henson and director Adam Shankman are flipping the script on Mel Gibson and Nancy Meyer’s 2000 romantic-comedy “What Women Want” with Paramount’s 2019 comedy “What Men Want.” The film stars Henson as a sports agent who is gifted with the power of hearing her male co-worker’s thoughts, which gives her an unexpected professional edge but a personal life crisis. The supporting cast includes Max Greenfield, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tracy Morgan, and Aldis Hodge.

What Men Want” is Shankman’s first directorial effort since 2012’s “Rock of Ages.” The director is also known for “Bringing Down the House” and “Hairspray.” The movie will kickoff a busy 2019 for Henson, including her role in the drama “The Best of Enemies.” The actress starred in “Proud Mary” and “Acrimony” this year and has a voice role in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” in theaters November 21.

Paramount Pictures will open “What Men Want
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Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival 2018 Lineup Includes Satan’S Slaves and The Witch In The Window

The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (Puff) and its array of indie movies, including Satan's Slaves, The Witch in the Window, Butterfly Kisses, The Queen of Hollywood Blvd., and Luciferina, will descend onto film fans in the Philadelphia area starting on September 5th. Continue reading for the full lineup, because there are some fascinating films being showcased:

Press Release: The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival is once again ready to unleash the finest independent genre cinema upon the City of Brotherly Love. Returning to the Proscenium Theater at the Drake in Center City Philadelphia from Wednesday, September 5 to Sunday, September 9, Puff is back for its third annual edition, with an extended feature program, special presentations, and much more.

In the 2018 edition of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival, genre fans will have the opportunity to check out eleven feature films — the biggest lineup in Puff history — as well as four short film programs.
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‘Hairspray’ 30th Anniversary: Divine Was a Pothead, and 9 Other Things You Didn’t Know About the John Waters Classic

‘Hairspray’ 30th Anniversary: Divine Was a Pothead, and 9 Other Things You Didn’t Know About the John Waters Classic
Hairspray” is John Waters’ most commercially successful film — the 1988 dancing comedy spawned a hit Broadway musical, a movie and TV movie of that musical, plus multiple sequel and TV show offers that never saw the light of day. “‘Hairspray’ is the gift that never stops giving,” Waters told an adoring crowd at New York’s IFC Center this past weekend, the theater where “Hairspray” first opened thirty years ago. It was called The Waverly Theater back then, and Waters, looking dapper in a purple pinstriped suit, recalled that night as one of the last times he saw his friend and muse Divine before his death.

“We got out of the limousine and there was a huge crowd that went crazy when Divine jumped out, and it was such an exciting night,” Waters said. “I only saw Divine alive one more time after that night, so it was a great, great night to remember.
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Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On Dave at Arena Stage; Updating Live!

Dave, new musical, is now on stage at Arena Stage. By three-time Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan Annie, Hairspray, The Producers, two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin Mean Girls, Legally Blonde and Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt Next to Normal, IfThen, Dave is inspired by the Academy Award-nominated American political comedy film. The world-premiere engagement is produced by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, The Donners' Company and Larger Than Life. Under the direction of Tony Award nominee Tina Landau, and with choreography by Tony Award nominee Sam Pinkleton and music direction by Rob Berman, Dave runs July 13-August 19, 2018 in the Kreeger Theater.
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Whatever Happened to Nikki Blonsky after Hairspray Live?

If there’s anything to be said about Nikki Blonsky following her film debut in Hairspray it’s this: she still talks about it. She’s been in several movies and TV shows since and she’s continued to keep at least a moderate amount of her popularity from the film, but after ten years you can imagine that people are starting to get a little tired of hearing about it. For the most part it seems that she’s trying her best to keep her career going but really, the constant tweets and the fact that she has to bring up that she was

Whatever Happened to Nikki Blonsky after Hairspray Live?
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Photo Flash: Drew Gehling, Mamie Parris, Tina Landau and More Celebrate Opening Night of Dave at Arena Stage

Arena Stage presents the world premiere of the new musicalDave. By three-time Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan Annie, Hairspray, The Producers, two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin Mean Girls, Legally Blonde and Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt Next to Normal, IfThen, Dave is inspired by the Academy Award-nominated American political comedy film. The show celebrated its opening night this week, check out the stars celebrating below
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‘Hamilton’ Filmed Performance With Lin-Manuel Miranda Could Hit Big Screen: Report

A week after Netflix announced it will film Bruce Springsteen’s hotter-than-hot one-man Broadway show for streaming in December, a similar – but big-screen – plan reportedly is in the works for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.

The Wall Street Journal reports today that unnamed Hollywood studios are bidding for the rights to a filmed performance of Hamilton from 2016 – when Miranda still headed the cast in the title role. The worldwide theatrical rights, WSJ reports, could sell for more than $50 million.

The WSJ cites two unnamed people with knowledge of the deal. According to the article, representatives for the production recently screened the recording for interested buyers.

Among the interested studios, according to the WSJ, are Warner Bros and Twentieth Century Fox. The potential buyers are being asked not to play or stream Hamilton until 2020 or 2021.

A spokesperson for Hamilton told Deadline that neither the production nor Miranda would have “any comment on this at this time.
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Hair Live! Gets May Airdate at NBC

Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen Hair will make its way to your TV next spring.

NBC’s next musical production, Hair Live!, will air Sunday, May 19, 2019, TVLine has learned exclusively. The Peacock Net’s staging will also feature a live audience.

Alex Rudzinski, who has previously helmed NBC’s live versions of Hairspray and Jesus Christ Superstar (and won an Emmy for his work on Fox’s Grease: Live), is on board to co-direct Hair. He will work alongside Diane Paulus, who directed the Tony-winning Broadway revival of the musical in 2009.

As previously reported, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — both
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Oscars 2019: Walt Disney Studios hoping to make magic with ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘Black Panther’

Last year, Walt Disney Studios reaped a pair of Oscar bids for the the smash hit live-action version of one of its most lauded cartoons, the 1991 Best Picture nominee “Beauty and the Beast.” This year, it has both the long-awaited sequel to “Mary Poppins” and the most successful entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther.”

In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Emily Blunt takes on the role that won Julie Andrews an Oscar more than half a century ago. In this follow-up, Poppins’ original charges, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer), are now grown up. Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), live in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. Dick Van Dyke, who was both chimney sweep Bert and bank president Mr. Dawes Sr. in the original film, returns to play Dawes, Jr. in this version with Oscar winner Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) in
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Watch nurse Christina Wells bring Simon Cowell to tears on ‘America’s Got Talent’ with ‘Never Enough’ from ‘The Greatest Showman’

Christina Wells first appeared on “America’s Got Talent” on the June 5 audition episode. Even before she sang, this softly spoken 40-year-old had won over the panel with her touching story. She had tried to make it as a singer but her confidence was shaken by repeated rejections. She decided to become a nurse but soon realized that her love of music was too strong to resist. This single mother hopes to be an inspiration to her sons and is proud of the fact that she has overcome her insecurities and is pursuing her dream.

Wells went on to get yes votes from all four judges for her scorching rendition of the showstopper “I Know Where I’ve Been” performed by Queen Latifah in the movie “Hairspray.” She returns on the first judge cuts episode on July 17 to try and win a place in the quarter-finals. She is one of
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Tony Nominee Brad Oscar Leads Hairspray at Starlight Theatre

Starlight Theatre has announced that Broadway star and two-time Tony nominee Brad Oscar will lead the cast of the musical comedy phenomenon Hairspray, playing Starlight Theatre July 27-Aug. 2, as part of the 2018 Shawnee Mission Health Broadway Series. Hairspray's director, principal and ensemble cast will also include a number of performers with Kansas City roots, many of whom are making their return to the Starlight Theatre stage
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Don't Recognize Ant-Man's Original Wasp? Talk to the Hand

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While it can already feel like all of your favorite actors have found their way into the McU in one way or another, Marvel continues to find ways to add new A-list talent to their ever expanding universe. The latest to join their ranks is Michelle Pfeiffer in Ant-Man and the Wasp as the original Wasp who has been lost to the Quantum Realm.

Pfeiffer first appeared in various television shows in the early 1980s, such as Delta House, B.A.D. Cats, and Fantasy Island. She had a breakout role in 1982's cult hit Grease 2, but it was really her part in 1983's Scarface (below) that put her on Hollywood's A-list.

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She would go on to be nominated for Academy Awards for 1988's Dangerous Liaisons, 1989's The Fabulous Baker Boys, and 1992's Love Field. That same year, she
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 27 poll results: Tony winner John Lloyd Young, ‘N Sync star Jc Chasez should compete

‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 27 poll results: Tony winner John Lloyd Young, ‘N Sync star Jc Chasez should compete
Attention casting directors for “Dancing with the Stars”! The results are in from our recent poll: these are the male celebrities audiences would most like to see in the upcoming 27th season from the suggestions we made.

Broadway actor John Lloyd Young was our readers’ top choice with 38% of the vote. After conquering the Great White Way in 2006 with his Tony Award winning breakout role as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” he brought his skills to the small screen with guest appearances on “Glee” in 2009 and “Vegas” in 2013. Then Young was cast by Clint Eastwood to reprise his Broadway role in the 2014 film adaptation of “Jersey Boys.” Another Tony winner, Marissa Jaret Winokur, almost managed to make it to the finals in the sixth season in 2008 (she finished fourth), we’d love to see what another Broadway star could do in the ballroom.

Jc Chasez came in second with 28%. Two
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