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June 23, 2010

What Will Be The Next Movie Based On A Musical Based on a Movie?

Footloose  When Hollywood produced the movie version of the musical version of the Mel Brooks classic The Producers (a movie about a failed Broadway musical, to make things even more meta), it sounded to me like something from The Onion reflecting on the lack of original ideas in recent years, both on stage and on film. But it was for real, and was then followed by the film adaptation of the musical adaptation of the John Waters film Hairspray. And now Hollywood is doing it again, with Footloose, slated for a 2011 release. With no end in sight to the phenomenon, I have to wonder—what will be the next blockbuster film adaptation of a musical ripped off from Hollywood?

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June 14, 2010

Win Vs. Fail: The Tony Awards

Tonyaward  So the 2010 Tonys are come and gone, and there were SERIOUS Win/Fail moments. Let's go through the show and see what brought the noise, and what just brought the funk. (That was a terrible joke, I apologize.)

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June 01, 2010

Lee DeWyze Loves Him Some Marilyn Manson

Lee-dewyze-american-idol-marilyn-manson-bj-nowak Is Lee DeWyze, latest American Idol winner, going to the dark side?

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May 11, 2010

Julie Taymor's Film Version of The Tempest Sounds Amazing

Helen-mirrin-the-tempest Film/theatre/literature/feminism nerds rejoice! Julie Taymor is adapting William Shakespeare's The Tempest for the screen.

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May 10, 2010

RIP Lena Horne

Lena-horne Singer and actress Lena Horne passed away last night in a New York hospital. She was 92.

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April 22, 2010

Michael Jackson Inspired Cirque du Soliel Show, Joe Jackson Takes A Pass

Joe-Jackson Cirque du Soliel has signed a deal to take Michael Jackson's songs and dance moves, freak them up a bit, and turn the whole she-bang into a travelling circus and Las Vegas show. 

Joe Jackson, as usual, frowned his grumpy old man face and said "I won't see it."

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April 21, 2010

Alan Cumming Ditches Spider-Man

Alan Cumming Not in Spider-Man musical smiling with beard No matter what else may be true abut Marvel Comics, this one hard truth seems to be rock solid: The Spider-Man musical is so consumed by back and forth, up and down, trouble that no amount of witty puns will ever free it of its tangled web. See what I did there? I know that you did. Recently, Alan Cumming has been forced to bow out of the production.

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April 01, 2010

Ryan Murphy and The Cast Of 'Glee' Tell All In This Week's 'Rolling Stone'

Glee Gone Wild  This week's Rolling Stone features interviews with Ryan Murphy and the cast of Glee, revealing that, just like the show itself, darkness lurks underneath their squeaky clean exteriors. Full cover photo and select quotes follow the jump:

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March 18, 2010

Axl Rose Pelted With Water Bottle During Concert: I Think That's Great

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During a show in San Paolo, Brazil, one lucky fan was given the opportunity to not only throw something at, but actually hit Axl Rose in the midsection with a water bottle while he was perf... perf... making noise with his face. I thought it a proportionate response to what can only be considered a vicious attack on the senses. Don't get me wrong, I love Guns N' Roses. It's just that... Axl Rose is not Guns N' Roses. He's Rose. And Rose sucks.

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March 17, 2010

Blazing Saddles Coming to Broadway

Blazing_saddles  So...this is just what Mel Brooks *does* now, I guess. After the roaring success of The Producers and the not-so-much of Young Frankenstein, Brooks has confirmed his plans to give Blazing Saddles the musical treatment. Where all da slumming American Idol rejects at?

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