Monday, August 13, 2012

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The Movie Musical
There's been a whole lot of talk about the upcoming film versions of the hit Broadway musicals Les Misérables andRock of Ages, both set to open in movie theaters around the world this year. But now it seems that quite a few more film adaptations of stage musicals are headed to the big screen. 
First up, Into the Woods. It's one of Sondheim's most beloved musicals and up until now the only immortalized version is the live recording of the original Broadway cast, starring Bernadette Peters as the Witch. But Rob Marshall, the Academy Award-nominated director of the film versions of Chicago and Nine, has recently joined forces with Disney with a plan to adapt Into the Woods for the screen. The project will supposedly feature a script and new songs by original writers James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. Into the Woods is the story of what happens after "happily ever after" for beloved fairy tale characters including Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. 
Next, Jersey Boys. The 2006 Tony Award winning musical is also headed toward film-ville, as Tony winner and Academy Award nominee John Logan, screenwriter of Hugo, Gladiator, and The Aviator, among many others, has been tapped to write the script. Jersey Boys, which is currentlIny playing at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre, tells the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, using the group's hit songs. 
Finally, the weirdest one: Adam Shankman, director of the film versions of Hairspray and Rock of Ages and judge on So You Think You Can Dance, will join fellow producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher to produce and develop a remake of the 1963 musical Bye Bye Birdie for Columbia Pictures. Bye Bye Birdie was originally a Broadway musical that debuted in 1960. Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margret headlined a big screen version in 1963. Columbia has been developing an updated version for a number of years, with the story at one point re-imagining the title character as a hip-hop star. Step Up 2director John Chu was once attached as a writer, as was Tina Fey, but this current version doesn't have any writers attached yet.
So is this movie musical resurgence just a phase? Or is this the beginning of a major genre comeback, the magnitude of which hasn't been seen since the days of Fred and Ginger? Only time will tell! 

Here's a list of other musicals being adapted for the big screen (between 2013-2014)
A Star is Born (Director Clint Eastwood. Starring Tom Cruise and Beyonce)
Wicked (Director: Stephen Daldry)
Frank or Francis (Starring Steve Carrel, Nicolas Cage, and Jack Black)
Annie (Starring Willow Smith)
The Goree Girls (Starring Jennifer Aniston)
Gypsy (Starring Barbara Streisand)
Little Shop of Horrors (Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Spring Awakening (Starring Leah Michelle)
My Fair Lady (Carey Mulligan)
The Book of Mormon
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

First image of Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky's Noah     Click here to read the story.

Ron Howard's Rush Gets Release Date, Shares First Image 

Ron Howard’s busy filming Rush, a Formula-1 drama starring Chris Hemsworth as English racer James Hunt. The movie documents his heated rivalry with fellow driver Niki Lauda (Dabiel Bruhl). Perhaps thinking it might have an awards contender on its hands, Universal has set a Sept. 20, 2013 release date. Jump here to read more.

Meta Golding Cast as Enobaria in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Based on these constant casting updates from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, it seems that the second story in the trilogy has a much larger scope than the first. Every week or so a new actor or actress signs on for a trip to Panem, and we've got two more names to add to the ever-growing cast list.Meta Golding has taken the role of Enobaria, a previous Hunger Games winner from District 2 who became champion through brutal methods, and Variety reports that Patrick St. Esprit has taken the role of Romulus Thread, the Head Peacekeeper of District 12 who plans to uphold Capitol law amidst a rebellion. Click here for the rest of the story

Warner Bros Pursuing Ben Affleck to Direct a 'Justice League' Movie?

I knew we'd hear something about this sometime soon, but I didn't realize it would be this soon! And this kind of name! Variety is now reporting that Warner Bros has "approached" Ben Affleck to direct their in development Justice League movie, which got kicked into high gear after The Avengers broke box office records. Affleck went from actor to director a few years ago, and is currently finishing up Argo for Warner Bros, where he also made The Town, so they've worked with him quite a bit already. He's not signed on and is "the only candidate who's been sent Will Beall's Justice League script", but he's the first big name to land. Click here to read more about Ben. Jump here to learn more about the movie in general. 

Kevin Costner Will Become an Assassin and Also Mentor Jack Ryan

We recently learned that Thor director Kenneth Branagh has secured not only the director's chair for the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot/prequel, but also the role of the film's main villain. But who will mentor the young agent (played by Chris Pine) during his early days at the CIA? If you've read the headline, you likely know the answer: Deadline reports that hot off his performance in "Hatfields & McCoys," Kevin Costner will take the co-lead with Pine in the still-untitled tentpole for Paramount. But that's not all. Costner is also eyeing a lead as a dying assassin in Luc Besson's forthcoming action thriller Three Days to Kill. Read more here.

Jennifer Lawrence Heads to 'The Ends of the Earth' for Period Drama

Ever since her breakout performance in 2010's Winter's Bone, Jennifer Lawrence has been living the best kind of Hollywood dream. She earned an Oscar nomination for her work, and has been in the enviable position of balancing big budget tentpoles (The Hunger Games and X-Men franchises) with medium-sized dramas (the upcoming Silver Linings Playbook) and smaller independent films (Drake Doremus' Like Crazy). Now Lawrence is in talks to star in The Ends of the Earth, which is hailed as an epic love story based on true events, for The Weinstein Company. Will this be her next chance to snag the coveted award? Click here to read more.

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