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Cats Is Going From Musical to Movie and Has Already Sunk Its Claws Into an Awesome Cast

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Cats Is Going From Musical to Movie and Has Already Sunk Its Claws Into an Awesome Cast
One of the most successful musicals in Broadway and West End history is finally making an official go for the silver screen. After years of back-and-forth, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats is going from stage musical to feature film. The film began development in May 2016 when it was announced that The King's Speech director Tom Hooper would be at the helm of the Universal Pictures and Working Title Films adaptation.

Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall penned the Cats film screenplay, which will follow the same story as the musical, which was based on a book of children's poems by T.S. Eliot. The story focuses on a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice," deciding which cat will ascend to the "Heaviside Layer" and come back to a new life. The musical features some of the most well-known show tunes,
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Cats Is Going From Musical to Movie and Has Already Sunk Its Claws Into an Awesome Cast

One of the most successful musicals in Broadway and West End history is finally making an official go for the silver screen. After years of back-and-forth, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats is going from stage musical to feature film. The film began development in May 2016 when it was announced that The King's Speech director Tom Hooper would be at the helm of the Universal Pictures and Working Title Films adaptation.

Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall penned the Cats film screenplay, which will follow the same story as the musical, which was based on a book of children's poems by T.S. Eliot. The story focuses on a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice," deciding which cat will ascend to the "Heaviside Layer" and come back to a new life. The musical features some of the most well-known show tunes,
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Cats Movie Gets Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen and Jennifer Hudson

Cats Movie Gets Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen and Jennifer Hudson
The musical Cats is being turned into a movie and the project is heating up, as four new cast members have joined the adaptation. Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson and James Corden have all signed on to star in the movie musical, which has been in the works for several years now but appears to be moving toward production now with the addition of these cast members. This is a diverse group of talent, but one that proves Universal is trying to make this thing a hit.

Taylor Swift, though known best as a musician, is no stranger to acting. She appeared in The Giver, Valentine's Day and voiced a character in The Lorax. Something like Cats certainly will play to her strengths as a performer. As for Ian McKellen, he may be known best for his work as Magneto in the X-Men franchise and as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings,
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Netflix's New Releases Coming in June 2018

As the month of June begins, a number of new movies and fresh seasons of TV series will be added to Netflix.

Movies including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok, The Departed, Blue Jasmine, The King's Speech, Just Friends, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rumor Has It and Tarzan will all be added to the streaming service throughout the month. Season 14 of Grey’s Anatomy and season eight of Portlandia will also become available.

A number of Netflix originals will join the streaming service, including the films Set It Up, Sunday’s Illness and Alex Strangelove. New seasons of The Ranch, Glow, Marcella and ...
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‘Secret Garden’ With Colin Firth Sells to Global Road

‘Secret Garden’ With Colin Firth Sells to Global Road
Global Road Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to “The Secret Garden,” a big-screen adaptation of a much-loved children’s novel that inspired everything from Broadway musicals to television series.

The film stars Oscar winner Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) and Julie Walters (“Billy Elliott”). Marc Munden (“The Crimson Petal and the White”) directs from a script written by Jack Thorne (“National Treasure”).

Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and first published in 1911, “The Secret Garden” follows 10-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, who is sent from India to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald (Firth) and his strict housekeeper Mrs. Medlock (Walters) in an eerie mansion. The lonely girl defies her strict guardians, exploring the house and finding a hidden garden. Mary, local boy Dickon, sick cousin Colin and a stray dog bond in the mysterious garden and bond over a shared fantasy world.

“‘The Secret Garden’ is one of
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New ‘His Dark Materials’ Movie Coming From Tom Hooper, Starring ‘Logan’ Actress Dafne Keen

New ‘His Dark Materials’ Movie Coming From Tom Hooper, Starring ‘Logan’ Actress Dafne Keen
Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials series is getting the movie treatment, again.

The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper will helm a new adaptation of the YA fantasy series, and Logan breakout Dafne Keen will star. Also, rumor has it that Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined the cast as well.
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John Travolta and Fred Durst Team for True-Life Stalker Thriller Moose

John Travolta and Fred Durst Team for True-Life Stalker Thriller Moose
The strange and exciting news was delivered yesterday. Principal photography is now underway in Alabama on the new thriller Moose starring two-time Oscar nominee John Travolta with Limp Bizkit front man, Fred Durst directing for Ambi Media Group. Yes, you heard that right. Fred Durst and John Travolta are teaming up for a thriller.

Based on events from the life of Fred Durst, Moose was written by Durst with Dave Bekerman. John Travolta is playing the title character Moose, a rabid movie fan obsessed with his favorite celebrity action hero, Hunter Dunbar, played by Devon Sawa (Final Destination, Nikita). As Moose's obsession grows stronger, his fixation turns from stalking to ambition of destroying the star's life. The story was inspired by a real life fan who stalked Durst many years ago. Durst previously directed the feature films The Education of Charlie Banks and The Longshots.

Principal photography is now underway
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Weinstein Company Is Filing for Bankruptcy After Sale Falls Through

Weinstein Company Is Filing for Bankruptcy After Sale Falls Through
Harvey Weinstein may have completely collapses his film studio The Weinstein Company with his sexual harassment charges. In a letter sent to potential buyers Ron Burkle and Maria Contreras-Sweet last night, The Weinstein Company announced its plans to file for bankruptcy after talks to sell the company for $500 million fell through. The company made it clear that they were in desperate need of operating cash to keep the business afloat, but it seems that Contreras-Sweet, Burkle and the Dallas-based private equity firm Lantern Asset Management weren't willing to provide interim funding to keep the business afloat until the deal closed. Here's an excerpt of the letter The Weinstein Company sent to the investors last night, after receiving the inadequate offer.

"We have believed in this Company and in the goals set forth by the Attorney General. Based on the events of the past week, however, we must conclude that your
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Take a Magical Ride in the Latest Look at Mary Poppins Returns

Disney has released a new image from Mary Poppins Returns, which showcases a ton of the new cast members having themselves what appears to be a very fun time. Disney has been a hit-making machine in recent years, the likes of which Hollywood has never seen. While doing a remake of the classic Mary Poppins would be downright blasphemous, they're doing the more acceptable but equally risky thing by releasing a sequel this Christmas. This new photo offers us a glimpse of what's in store.

The photo features some of the younger cast members from the sequel, alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda's character and Emily Blunt, who has the very difficult task of living up to Julie Andrews' legacy in Mary Poppins Returns. That said, this photo, and everything we've seen and heard for that matter, points to Blunt being perfect for the role. Her co-star Ben Whishaw seems to think so,
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Is Helena Bonham Carter The Crown's New Princess Margaret?

The Crown might have a new Princess Margaret. Helena Bonham Carter is reportedly near a deal to replace Vanessa Kirby in the royal role for season three. The Evening Standard first reported Bonham Carter's involvement in the Netflix series. Reps for Bonham Carter declined to comment Bonham Carter was nominated for two Oscars, including her work in The King's Speech where she played Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret's mother. Her other credits include the Harry Potter films, Ocean's 8, Fight Club and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. If the deal closes, Bonham Carter will join Olivia Colman as part of the new cast of Netflix's award-winning drama. Colman will take over...
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Why People Are Comparing Meghan Markle to This Famous Socialite

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Why People Are Comparing Meghan Markle to This Famous Socialite
As far as romances go, they don't get much more fairy-tale-like than this: Prince Harry, heir to the British throne, falls in love with American actress Meghan Markle and puts a ring on it. And while no one would ever likely describe Markle as "common," her nonroyal status does in fact make her the latest commoner to stake claim on Kensington Palace. But Markle is hardly the first woman to win the affections of a British prince (and she's not so much a "winner" as an accomplished actress, model, and humanitarian). If you paid attention in your high school British history class (or you saw the 2010 film The King's Speech), then you've likely heard the name Wallis Simpson. In 1931, the twice-divorced American socialite met Prince Edward, the Duke of Windsor. When he became king five years later, he refused to end their relationship despite opposition from outraged citizens expressing concern over Simpson's divorcee status.
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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill
Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet – and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940, when France and Belgium are a whisper away from surrendering to Hitler and Great Britain may be next. (How I'd love to see Oldman's take on the Fuhrer).

The British actor, 59, has played real people before, from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy) to Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK). But his Churchill is something different.
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Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi Join Swati Bhise’s ‘Swords and Scepters’

Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi Join Swati Bhise’s ‘Swords and Scepters’
Rupert Everett (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) and Derek Jacobi (“The King’s Speech”) have joined the cast of “Swords and Scepters,” the period drama about an Indian uprising against the British East India Company.

Nathaniel Parker (“Stardust”), Ben Lamb (“Divergent”) and Jodhi May (“Defiance”) will also star alongside Devika Bhise (“The Man Who Knew Infinity”) in the movie, which Shiva Sinindo Films is producing with Cayenne Pepper Productions.

Indian choreographer and Cayenne Pepper CEO Swati Bhise (“The Man Who Knew Infinity”) will direct. He co-wrote the script with Olivia Emden and Devika Bhise, who will also star in the leading role. Nagesh Bhonsle, Yatin Karyekar, Milind Gunaji, Arif Zakaria, and Ajinkya Deo will also appear.

The movie will follow the story of Rani Lakshmibai, the Queen of Jhansi, who led her army against the East India Company in the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny.

“It’s an incredible story about a woman who fought for what she believed in,” Bhise
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Harvey Weinstein: Academy Calls Emergency Meeting Amid Allegations

Harvey Weinstein: Academy Calls Emergency Meeting Amid Allegations
Update: The Academy announced Saturday that they would "immediately expel" Harvey Weinstein, adding that a vote by the 54-member board of governors was "well in excess of the required two-thirds majority," The New York Times reported. The move is a break in tradition for the Academy, which didn't take similar action in the aftermath of scandals involving Academy members like Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby.

"We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message
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Colin Firth Gets Better With Age, and Here's the Proof

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Colin Firth Gets Better With Age, and Here's the Proof
For three decades, Colin Firth has been wowing us on stage and screen. With a résumé that spans everything from period dramas to action films, he's proven that there is nothing he can't do (including tackling Abba songs in Mamma Mia). For his role in The King's Speech, he became the worthy recipient of an Oscar for best actor (to add to his trio of SAG Awards, his two BAFTA awards, and his Golden Globe). Not many men have played two Mr Darcy's quite so memorably, and Mr Firth definitely knows how to turn on the charm when it comes to his many outings as a romantic lead. Right now, he's on cinema screens as the impossibly dapper Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and he's never looked better. Don't believe us? Take a look back at his celebrity evolution, including some very memorable roles and red carpet appearances.
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Otd: Yul Marries, Macy Screams, Fellini Premieres

on this day in showbiz-related history...

1944 Yul Brynner marries his first wife, actress Virginia Gilmore, in Los Angeles. They're both in their mid 20s. She's already made 15 movies but he's just starting out with two Broadway shows under his belt. Their marriage will last 16 years and they will have one child together. Rock Brynner (their son) will go on to write a book about his dad and their family history.

1954 Federico Fellini's La Strada premieres at the Venice Film Festival and goes on to win the Best Foreign Film Oscar. Fellini will go on to completely own that category, winning thrice more with The Nights of Cabiria (1957), 8½ (1963), and Amarcord (1974)

Macy Gray, The King's Speech, and more after the jump...
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Churchill review

Brian Cox gives an excellent performance as Winston Churchill in Churchill. He's the best thing about it...

One of the earliest and most foreboding images in Churchill comes as a put-upon Prime Minister stands by the sea. As the tides gently roll in, his famous Homburg hat blows into the water and when he bends down to retrieve it, the tide appears to him to be reddened with blood. Regrettably, it's the first and last cinematic beat in a film that puts its lead character's inner turmoil upfront.

It's June 1944, and Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) cuts a less impressive figure than he did when he was inspiring the people of Britain as they came under attack from Nazi forces years earlier. In fact, he finds himself listing in the margins of an Allied high command led by Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) as they plan Operation Overlord and the Dunkirk landings.
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Netflix's Shimmer Lake Trailer Unravels a Backwards Mystery

Netflix's Shimmer Lake Trailer Unravels a Backwards Mystery
With just a few weeks until it debuts on the streaming service, Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming indie Shimmer Lake, which is slated to arrive June 9. This dark comedy is set during the aftermath of a bank robbery in a small town, but nothing is as it seems, including the actual format of the movie itself. While we can't exactly tell from the trailer, this movie is told in reverse time.

Netflix debuted the trailer for this darkly comic crime thriller on YouTube today, which follows a local sheriff named Zeke Sikes (Benjamin Walker) hunting three bank robbery suspects, one of whom is his brother Andy (Rainn Wilson). From the trailer's opening moments, we can tell that Zeke is a straight shooter, so to speak, telling his young niece Sally (Isabel Dove) that everyone in town thinks they can do whatever they want with no repercussions.
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J.J. Abrams' Overlord Cast Announced, Is It Cloverfield 4?

J.J. Abrams' Overlord Cast Announced, Is It Cloverfield 4?
Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot jointly announced today the complete cast for Overlord, from Director Julius Avery (Son of a Gun). We reported in March that Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell have come aboard to star in the film, with rumors already starting that this film could actually be Cloverfield 4. While the studio hasn't confirmed Overlord's connection to the Cloverfield franchise, the assembled cast is most certainly impressive and diverse.

Joining the previously announced casting of Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell, Overlord will also star Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), Dominic Applewhite (The King's Speech), Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones), Iain de Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), John Magaro (The Big Short), Mathilde Ollivier (The Misfortunes of Francois Jane) and Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo). The Bad Robot production is produced by J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber, and written by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant). The Paramount Pictures
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Mary Poppins Returns Photos Take Emily Blunt on a Magical Bike Ride

Mary Poppins Returns Photos Take Emily Blunt on a Magical Bike Ride
Back in February, production began on Disney's long-awaited Mary Poppins Returns, which has been filming at Shepperton Studios in London. The production has also been filming on location in various areas of London, and over the weekend, new Mary Poppins Returns set photos surfaced, featuring both Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda embarking on a late-night bike ride through the city near Buckingham Palace, and it seems they're joined by a number of young bike riders as well. No details were given for this scene in question, or when it takes place in this story.

Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in Pl Travers' additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane.
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