J.K. Rowling Will Produce A Stage Play About Harry Potter’s Early Years

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in The Stage | 0 comments

As if a new set of spin-off movies wasn’t enough, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World will be resurrected once again… this time on stage. USA Today reports that Rowling is set to produce—but not write—a stage play for London’s West End that will focus on Harry Potter‘s early years before heading to Hogwarts. So if you’ve ever wanted to see what child abuse looks like up close, man are you in for a treat. According to USA Today, Rowling said she received a number of pitches for stage plays over the years, but this pitch, from TV producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender “was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage.” Just don’t go planning your trip to London quite yet. The show...

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Hugh Jackman Confirmed For Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPIE; Talks Barnum and Houdini

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in The Pictures, The Stage | 0 comments

Hugh Jackman has a slew of projects on his plate. And at the Zurich Film Festival, Screen International was able to get an update from Jackman, who was there to receive the Golden Icon Award. First, Jackman confirmed that he has joined the cast of Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi comedy Chappie, a film about a robot kidnapped by two gangsters who want to use him for their criminal endeavors. Jackman also discussed the status of two projects that have been in development for what seems like years. On The Greatest Showman on Earth, the P.T. Barnum biopic, Jackman had this to say: “I thought it would stay in active development, if I’m honest, because new musicals are very difficult but just recently it’s taken a real turn and there’s some real momentum so watch this space.” Certainly not an official release date, but...

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There’s A GLEE Stage Musical In The Works, Which Is Totally A Great Idea

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in The Stage, The Tube | 0 comments

Remember way back when Moulin Rouge! was a hit? The next logical step for that movie was to take it to the stage. One short German touring production later and that adaptation seems to be dead. Wel,l 21st Century Fox Television doesn’t seem to be content with 20th Century Fox’s failed stage musical experiment because now it appear that Glee could be coming to a stage near you. According to The Wrap, 21st Century Fox Television chairman and CEO Gary Newman revealed plans for the musical recently saying: “We launched a live stage business with a sold-out arena concert tour in 2011, and now a live stage musical is in the works.” Glee does have one thing Moulin Rouge! didn’t have, which is experience with live performances. Of course, Glee isn’t the show it was when the live concerts were going around the country....

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Sorkin Is Headed To Broadway And Hopefully He’ll Make It This Time

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in The Stage | 0 comments

Now that Aaron Sorkin has The Newsroom all sorted out, it looks like he’ll finally be able to make time for Broadway. Sorkin let it slip that he was headed back to Broadway when in jest a Vanity Fair reporter asked him about writing dance sequences into his script. Here’s what he told Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Blog regarding dance sequences in his scripts: Well, I’m going to be doing a Broadway musical, and there will be plenty of extended dance sequences. Unfortunately when he was asked which musical he would be writing, he only had this to say: I’m going to tell you . . . just when we’re allowed to announce it. You’ll be the first to know. I can’t say anything else about it, though. So Sorkin will finally make his big flashy Broadway musical debut? It’s about...

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Mary Jane Watson Cut from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Shailene Woodley Out – Big 6 Morning Report

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Big News, The Big 6, The Pictures, The Stage, The Tube | 0 comments

Shailene Woodley would have been an fantastic Mary Jane Watson. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Mary Jane was cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in order to streamline the story, which honestly isn’t something you hear everyday with any superhero movie. (“Pack it all in, boys,” is more common.) Unfortunately that means Woodley is out and the role will likely be recast for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which is already on the schedule for June 2016. (THR) Fifty Shades of Grey now has a director. Nowhere Boy‘s Sam Taylor-Johnson has been tapped to helm the mommie porn adaptation. (Badass Digest) Sometimes I can’t imagine life without Netflix. But then they go and do something like this: The streaming TV company has renewed one of the worst series you’ll ever see, Hemlock Grove, for a second season. (Deadline) Miss Saigon is returning to the West End...

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