Official First Look at Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys”

Broadway fans are no doubt familiar with the classic musical, Jersey Boys. Clint Eastwood will be showing off his movie-musical directing chops in a film adaptation of the hit Broadway show. The Wrap has shared the first official trailer for the film!

In this new trailer, we get to see how Eastwood has broken the fourth wall by having actors direct address the camera. Of course, we also get an introduction to the story and journey that singer Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young) and The Four Seasons go through to become successful.

Jersey Boys also stars Christopher Walken, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Steve Monroe, Freya Tingley, Mike Doyle, and Katherine Narducci. Will you be seeing Jersey Boys when it hits theaters on June 20, 2014? Are you a fan of the original Broadway show? Sound off in the comments!

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Sources: The Wrap and IMDb

Movie Exclusive – First Official Teaser Trailer for “Annie” Remake

The first official teaser trailer for the Annie remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne has been released!

In this new teaser, we get to see some of the subtle changes that have been made to the story and the overall feel of the updated music. We also get our first look at some of the major dance numbers that will be featured throughout the film.

Originally the awaited movie musical was going to be released December 25, 2014. However, the release date was changed to an earlier date and it will now hit theaters on December 19, 2014.

What do you think of tis first official trailer? Do you like the updated feel of the classic musical? Are you looking forward to seeing the movie when it hits theaters? What do you think of the cast behind this Annie reboot?

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Movie Exclusive – Official New Still for “The Last Five Years” Released

Entertainment Weekly recently released a brand new still from the upcoming movie musical adaptation, The Last Five Years. This new still features Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan as their characters Cathy Hyatt and Jamie Wellerstein.

The story follows Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a novelist who is beginning to gain some success with his writing. This musical is extremely unique and complex as Jamie’s story is told in chronological order, starting when they first meet, but Cathy’s story is told in reverse, starting at the end of their marriage.

Behind the scenes during the filming of "The Last 5 Years"

The Last Five Years was written by Jason Robert Brown, has been performed off-Broadway, and has won several awards since it opened in 2001. Richard LaGravenese has been very involved with this adaptation as he is directing, screenwriting, and co-producing the project.

Currently, there is no official release date for the awaited film. However, production has finished and now they will be searching for distributors wanting to buy the film. Stay tuned for more updated information!

What do you think of this new still? Have you seen The Last Five Years performed on stage? Are you looking forward to this movie musical adaptation? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Exclusive – “Annie” Reboot Gets a Release Date Change

Those familiar with the musical theater and Broadway world know the classic story behind the hit musical Annie. Columbia Pictures has been working on a major motion picture reboot over the past few months with Will Gluck directing.

The release date for this anticipated movie musical was originally set for December 25, 2014. However, the release date was recently changed to a slightly earlier date and the movie will now be hitting theaters on December 19, 2014.

Annie has an amazing cast behind it including Jamie Foxx and Benjamin Stacks, which is the Daddy Warbucks character. The talented and young actress, Quvenzhané Wallis will be playing the title character of Annie. Plus, actresses Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne are also part of the cast as Miss Hannigan and Grace Farrell respectively.

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis on the set of "Annie"
Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis on the set of “Annie”

Are you excited to see this Annie reboot? What do you think of the cast behind this project? Be sure to check back in for more Annie exclusives as the film continues production!

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Movie Exclusive – First Look at Disney’s “Into the Woods”

Those familiar with the world of Broadway and musical theater are probably aware that the classic musical Into the Woods is getting adapted into a major motion picture. Well, Entertainment Weekly recently released an exclusive image, giving us our first official look at the film.

This exciting new image feature actress Meryl Streep as her character, The Witch. It also gives us a detailed look at the stylized world that is being formed by director Rob Marshall and his creative teams.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the story, Into the Woods follows a Baker and his wife, who are on a journey to try and find the witch to get her to lift a family curse she has cast on them. On their journey, they cross paths with several quirky fairytale characters, including Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood.

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Into the Woods also stars Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Billy Magnussen, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, and Daniel Huttlestone. Production officially started on the film this week in the UK, but it is not set to hit theaters until next Christmas. Be sure to check back in for more exclusives as production continues!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

First Look – Exclusive New Photos from “The Last Five Years”

Fans of Broadway and the musical theater world were no doubt excited to hear that actors Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan were cast in the movie adaptation of the musical, The Last Five Years. Kendrick and Jordan signed on to the project as the two leads, Cathy Hyatt and Jamie Wellerstein, back in early March. The Last Five Years was written by Jason Robert Brown, has been performed off-Broadway, and has won several awards since it opened in 2001.

This highly awaited film is under production and is currently filming in New York City. The first two photos from the set feature Kendrick and Jordan in what seems to be an emotional scene. Of course, based on the storyline outlined below, this musical seems like it would have many emotional moments.

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For those who may be unfamiliar with the musical,  the story follows Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a novelist who is beginning to gain some success with his writing. The story for this musical is quite unique as Jamie’s story is told in chronological order, starting when they first meet, but Cathy’s story is told in reverse, starting at the end of their marriage.

The Last Five Years also stars Nic Novicki, Natalie Kneep, Sherri Rene Scott, Laura Harrier, and Meg Carriero. Plus, Richard LaGravenese will be directing, writing, and co-producing with Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, and Janet Brenner for Lucky Monkey Pictures.

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What do you think of these first photos from the film? Are you a fan of Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan? Do you think they will work well together and do the characters justice? What do you think of the other cast members that have joined on to the project? Stay tuned for more news about The Last Five Years!

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Casting Rumor – Anna Kendrick Could Journey “Into the Woods” as Cinderella

Casting rumors circulating actress Anna Kendrick are stating she is in talks to play Ciinderella in the Disney adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Into the Woods. The actress revealed her vocal talents last year in Pitch Perfect and is currently working on an adaptation of another musical, The Last Five Years.

This project already has a great cast lined up with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski all in various stages of negotiations. Corden will be playing the Baker, Ullman will be playing Jack the Giant Killer’s mother, and Baranski will be playing Cinderella’s Stepmother.

Into the Woods is a very unique, interesting, and darkly comedic musical. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who are on a journey to try and find the witch to get her to lift a family curse she has cast on them. On their journey, they cross paths with several quirky fairytale characters, including Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood.

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Cinderella’s situation is a little different in this musical as she is already married to the Prince (Pine), but it turns out he is quite vain. However, she is still trying to find herself and her place in the world.

Rod Marshall will be directing Disney’s adaptation of this popular musical. Plus, John DeLuca is producing, James Lapine wrote the screenplay, and David Krane will be working on the music for the highly anticipated movie musical.

Will you be interested in seeing Into the Woods as a movie musical? Do you think Kendrick will be right for the role of Cinderella? Be sure to check in for more news about Into the Woods as production development and casting continues!

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, MovieFoneand IMDbPro