‘A Star is Born’ will make Oscar history if it wins 3 acting awards and Best Picture

‘A Star is Born’ will make Oscar history if it wins 3 acting awards and Best Picture
A Star is Born” is predicted to win three of the four acting awards and Best Picture at the Oscars. We expect that leads Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper as well as supporting player Sam Elliott will all take home Academy Awards. The casts of only two other films in the 90-year history of the Oscars have pulled off such a feat — “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) and “Network” (1976) — and neither of those films claimed the top prize.

A Streetcar Named Desire” won a second Best Actress Oscar for Vivien Leigh (she’d picked up her first in 1939 for “Gone With the Wind”) and the supporting acting awards for Kim Hunter and Karl Malden. However Marlon Brando, who was recreating his breakout stage role of Stanley Kowalski, lost the Best Actor race to Humphrey Bogart (“The African Queen”). And the film fell to the frothy MGM musical “An American in Paris.
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Universal-Working Title’s Feature Adaptation Of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats’ Rolls Cameras

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Universal-Working Title’s Feature Adaptation Of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats’ Rolls Cameras
Universal and Working Title’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats has started filming with the studios announcing the official parts to many of the castmembers who have already been announced, i.e. Taylor Swift who will play Bombalurina, James Corden as Bustopher Jones, and as many have surmised, Jennifer Hudson is Grizabella.

Also starring is Dame Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, Jason Derulo as Rum Tum Tugger, Idris Elba as Macavity, Sir Ian McKellen as Gus, Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots and Francesca Hayward as Victoria. Deadline exclusively broke many of the Cats castings.

Many have wondered how Cats will appear on screen, and the Tom Hooper-directed production is using a new technology to transform cast members into a vivid new vision of their characters.

Hooper adapted with Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), and is producing with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as Debra Hayward,
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Film News Roundup: Jodie Foster to Direct, Star in Remake of Icelandic Thriller

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Film News Roundup: Jodie Foster to Direct, Star in Remake of Icelandic Thriller
In today’s film news roundup, Jodie Foster is remaking Iceland’s “Woman at War,” the Art Directors Guild honors production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carre, “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” gets cast and Melissa Takal directs “New Year New You” for Hulu.

Project Announcement

Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of the thriller “Woman at War,” Iceland’s submission to the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

The Icelandic movie centers on a music teacher who’s escalating her sabotage against the local aluminum industry when she discovers that her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine. The script won the best script prize in the Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Foster plans to relocate the setting to the American West. It will be her fifth directorial gig following “Money Monster,
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Art Directors Guild Votes Production Designers Anthony Masters & Ben Carré Into Hall Of Fame

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Legendary production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carré, whose work appeared in some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild’s Hall of Fame at the organization’s 23rd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.

Masters, who died in 1990, was Oscar-nominated for 2001: A Space Odyssey. His other work in a career that spanned 45 years included Lawrence of Arabia, Dune, Papillon, Tai-Pan, The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Deep. His sons, Giles and Dominic, both followed in their father’s footsteps. Giles was the art director of such films as The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Women in Gold, while Dominic was the art director of Wonder Woman and Murder on the Orient Express.

Carré, who died in 1978, is best known for his design of the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz, the sets for The Jazz Singer,
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Robbie Fairchild to Play Munkustrap in ‘Cats’ Movie Adaptation (Exclusive)

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Robbie Fairchild has joined the cast of Universal Pictures and Working Title’s film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats,” in which he will play the character Munkustrap.

Based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot, the musical was one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history. It received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The ground-breaking production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for best musical. The Broadway production ran for 18 years and, in 1983, was the recipient of seven Tony Awards including best musical.

Tom Hooper will direct and also adapted the screenplay along with Lee Hall. Tony Award-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler will choreograph the dances for the film.

Fairchild joins a star-studded cast that already includes Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen,
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Golden Globes Preview: Songs, Laughs Lead Way to Awards Gold

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Golden Globes Preview: Songs, Laughs Lead Way to Awards Gold
Seriousness is so overrated. In an apparent bid for gravitas, the year’s box-office busting, critic-charming musical, “A Star Is Born,” opted to compete in the Golden Globes drama category. That choice might have triggered a sense of inferiority in the jolly musical or comedy gang — but, no! The musical or comedy category is often the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s most interesting, and could boost such films as “Green Book” or “Mary Poppins Returns” or “Crazy Rich Asians” in the game of Oscar best picture thrones.

Recently, best picture winners “The Artist” (2011) and “Birdman” (2014) emerged from the musical or comedy grab bag (where the latter lost to Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”). In 2002, “Chicago” heralded the comeback of the movie musical. It won the category and went on to win six Oscars including best picture.

Sometimes, the winners of the two top Golden Globes categories go head-to-head at the Oscars.
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West End Hits ‘Funny Girl,’ ‘Red’ Coming to Theaters Thanks to Trafalgar Releasing

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Theater fans don’t need to book passage across the pond in order to see West End favorites.

On Wednesday, Trafalgar Releasing will begin rolling out its latest slate of hit London shows, all of which have been captured on film in an effort to broaden their audience. “Funny Girl,” the first of these filmed versions, will debut in theaters on Wednesday for a one-night only presentation. It will be followed by “Red,” an award-winning drama starring Alfred Molina as the painter Mark Rothko; the Tony and Olivier-winning production of “An American in Paris”; and “The King and I,” a performance at the London Palladium featuring Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara.

“We’re always looking to do a range of projects,” Trafalgar Releasing CEO Marc Allenby said. “We want to do big tentpole productions and also some smaller, more offbeat works.”

The company isn’t just releasing filmed plays
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Oscar Flashback: The 11 films that scored two of the Big Five, including ‘The Philadelphia Story,’ ‘La La Land’

Oscar Flashback: The 11 films that scored two of the Big Five, including ‘The Philadelphia Story,’ ‘La La Land’
This article marks Part 3 of the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories, including the following 11 films that scored a pair of prizes among the top races.

At the 4th Academy Awards ceremony, “Cimarron” (1931) made Oscar history as the first motion picture to ever score nominations in the Big Five categories. On the big night, the western took home the top prize in Best Picture, as well as the Oscar in Best Adapted Screenplay (Howard Estabrook). Not as successful were the picture’s director, Wesley Ruggles, topped by Norman Taurog (“Skippy”), and the leads,
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Bww Interview: Christopher Wheeldon Talks An American In Paris in Movie Theaters

Taped during the 2017 London engagement, the Christopher Wheeldon directed and choreographed Tony-winning musical An American In Paris comes to movie theaters in the United States on September 20 and 23. The live capture, distributed by Trafalgar Releasing, features the original Broadway stars in the critically acclaimed musical, which is inspired by the Oscar-winning 1951 MGM film of the same title. To get the scoop on the musical and the film, we chatted with Wheeldon about it.
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An American In Paris Comes to BroadwayHD

Arriving just in time for the 120th birthday of the legendary George Gershwin, BroadwayHD will debut the dazzling hit musical An American in Paris, featuring a live captured performance from London's Dominion Theatre in 2018. The filmed performance headlines original Broadway stars Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan and British Royal Ballet dancer Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin along with a company of 50 cast members including Haydn Oakley as Henri Baurel, Zoe Rainey as Milo Davenport, David Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg and Jane Asher as Madame Baurel.
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Remembering Aretha Franklin, Barbara Harris, Neil Simon and More Reel-Important People We Lost in August

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Andre Blay (1937-2018) - Producer. His movies include John Carpenter's They Live, Prince of Darkness and Village of the Damned as well as the 1988 remake of The Blob. He died on August 24. (Hometown Weekly) Silvano Campeggi (1923-2018) - Poster Designer. His iconic movie posters include those for Gone With the Wind, Gigi, Ben-Hur, Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris, West Side Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Exodus and Casablanca. He died on August 28. (La Repubblica) Mary Carlisle...
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Gene Kelly movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘An American in Paris,’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ ‘Anchors Aweigh’

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Gene Kelly movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘An American in Paris,’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ ‘Anchors Aweigh’
All hail legendary song-and-dance man Gene Kelly on the 106th anniversary of his birth on August 23. In the history of American film, there were unarguably two great male dancers — Fred Astaire and Kelly. Astaire’s style was romantic and sophisticated, with long lines and elegant movement. Kelly’s style was more athletic — a guy’s guy, if you will — with a scrappy style that set him apart from other dancers of his era.

Kelly appeared to be able to do it all. He could dance, sing, and act in his films, ultimately choreographing and directing them as well. In the course of his nearly four decades on film, he starred in such classics as “An American in Paris” and “Anchors Aweigh,” as well as starring and co-directing the great musicals “On the Town” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”

For his work, Kelly earned two Golden Globe nominations — one for Best
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Gene Kelly movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Gene Kelly movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
All hail legendary song-and-dance man Gene Kelly on the 106th anniversary of his birth on August 23. In the history of American film, there were unarguably two great male dancers — Fred Astaire and Kelly. Astaire’s style was romantic and sophisticated, with long lines and elegant movement. Kelly’s style was more athletic — a guy’s guy, if you will — with a scrappy style that set him apart from other dancers of his era.

Kelly appeared to be able to do it all. He could dance, sing, and act in his films, ultimately choreographing and directing them as well. In the course of his nearly four decades on film, he starred in such classics as “An American in Paris” and “Anchors Aweigh,” as well as starring and co-directing the great musicals “On the Town” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”

For his work, Kelly earned two Golden Globe nominations — one for Best
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Now Casting: Male Cadets Wanted for FX Adaptation of Comic Book Series ‘Y’ + 3 More Gigs

Help girls run the world with one of the great gigs in today’s roundup. The upcoming FX pilot “Y,” based on the “Y: The Last Man” comic book series, is seeking male actors to play military cadets. Plus, an outgoing actor is wanted for a major hotel chain ad, dance in an upcoming production of “An American in Paris,” or make beautiful music in a series of commercials for Reddi-Wip. “Y” Grant Wilfley Casting is now seeking background actors for the upcoming FX pilot “Y,” based on the “Y: The Last Man” comic book series. Male talent, aged 18–25, with crew cuts (or who are willing to have their hair cut) is wanted to portray cadets. Production will take place on Sept. 10 in New York City. Pay is $143 for 10 hours of work for nonunion actors and the SAG Background rate for union actors. Apply here! Major Hotel Chain Ad (Re-release
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‘Hamilton’ Filmed Performance With Lin-Manuel Miranda Could Hit Big Screen: Report

A week after Netflix announced it will film Bruce Springsteen’s hotter-than-hot one-man Broadway show for streaming in December, a similar – but big-screen – plan reportedly is in the works for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.

The Wall Street Journal reports today that unnamed Hollywood studios are bidding for the rights to a filmed performance of Hamilton from 2016 – when Miranda still headed the cast in the title role. The worldwide theatrical rights, WSJ reports, could sell for more than $50 million.

The WSJ cites two unnamed people with knowledge of the deal. According to the article, representatives for the production recently screened the recording for interested buyers.

Among the interested studios, according to the WSJ, are Warner Bros and Twentieth Century Fox. The potential buyers are being asked not to play or stream Hamilton until 2020 or 2021.

A spokesperson for Hamilton told Deadline that neither the production nor Miranda would have “any comment on this at this time.
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There's a Michael Jackson Musical Coming to Broadway

I know we don't post a lot of Broadway musical stuff on the site, but Micheal Jackson is getting his own Broadway musical and as a fan, that's pretty rad!

I recently took my fam to go see that the Las Vegas show Michael Jackson One and that thing just blew my mind! If you're ever in Vegas and you're a Micheal Jackson fan, you have to see it!

The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage announced that they are developing a new stage musical that will be inspired by the life of Michael Jackson. The show doesn't have a title yet, but it's expected to arrive on Broadway in 2020.

The show will boast a book by Lynn Nottage, a two time Pulitzer Prize winner known for “Sweat” and “Ruined,” two gritty dramas that grapple with subjects such as war and rust belt privation, both of which seem pretty
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Michael Jackson Musical Slated For Broadway Run In 2020

Michael Jackson Musical Slated For Broadway Run In 2020
The Michael Jackson estate and Columbia Stage are developing a musical based on the King of Pop’s catalog, adding one more jukebox show to the Broadway boards.

Lynn Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize winner for her plays Ruined and Sweat, will write the show’s book. The choreography and direction will be handled by Christopher Wheeldon, a Tony Award winner for An American in Paris.

The project adds to a growing roster of jukebox musicals hitting Broadway of late. The past season brought shows built on the music of Jimmy Buffett and Donna Summer. Upcoming are shows based on the Go-Gos and Cher. Possible Broadway entries are in the offing for the Temptations, Tina Turner and Alanis Morrissette. A Bob Dylan-based show has an Off-Broadway run set for the fall.

The success of jukebox shows such as Jersey Boys (based on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons), Mamma Mia
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Michael Jackson Musical Coming to Broadway in 2020

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Michael Jackson Musical Coming to Broadway in 2020
The King of Pop is hitting the Great White Way.

The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage announced Tuesday that they are developing a new stage musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson. The as yet untitled show is expected to arrive on Broadway in 2020, though the backers did not announce what theater they plan to book for the run.

The show will boast a book by Lynn Nottage, a two time Pulitzer Prize winner known for “Sweat” and “Ruined,” two gritty dramas that grapple with subjects such as war and rust belt privation, both of which seem pretty far removed from the life of the Gloved One. The score will draw on Jackson’s catalogue — a list of pop favorites that includes “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Beat It,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Tony Award winner and contemporary ballet superstar Christopher Wheeldon (“An American in Paris
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Obi-Wan's Lightsaber and Han Solo's Blaster Go Up for Auction

In just a few weeks, LucasFilm will unveil Solo, but for fans with a lot of spare cash lying around, you can take home a few pieces of Star Wars history with two upcoming auctions. Profiles In History will hold their Icons & Legends of Hollywood auction in Los Angeles from June 5-8, where one of the most prized items is the lightsaber used on screen by Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) in Star Wars: A New Hope. A few weeks later, Julien's Auctions will be auctioning off Harrison Ford's screen-used Han Solo blaster from Return of the Jedi, on Saturday, June 23 in Las Vegas.

One thing is for certain, these items will not come cheap. The Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber is expected to sell between $150,000 and $250,000. Other big-ticket items from the Profiles in History auction is the Harley-Davidson motorcycle ridden by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which
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Could ‘Love Never Dies’ Live Again on Broadway?

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Could ‘Love Never Dies’ Live Again on Broadway?
Like the Phantom of the Opera — and “The Phantom of the Opera” — “Love Never Dies” isn’t dead yet.

The musical, mega-composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to his record-breaking smash “Phantom of the Opera,” is showing signs of life on the road in the U.S., where the title is turning heads at the box office after a dispiritingly brief premiere engagement on the West End eight years ago.

“We’ve got eight shows on the road right now, and ‘Love Never Dies’ is outselling them all,” said Randy Buck, CEO of Troika Entertainment, the touring musical producer with road versions of “An American in Paris” and “On Your Feet!” among its stable. “Love” is doing so well, in fact, that Buck cops to bigger dreams for the show.

Broadway is certainly a possibility,” he said. “We are looking at that for early next year. I think we would come in,
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