April 17, 2014

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Walt Disney Studios Unveils Epic Adventure “Frozen”

HollywoodNews.com: Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in “Frozen,” a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”), “Frozen” features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Couples Retreat,” and the upcoming films “Hit & Run,” “Some Girls” and the Farrelly Brothers’ “Movie 43.” On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series “House of Lies” alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in “Heroes” and “Veronica Mars.” Broadway credits include “The Crucible” and “Tom Sawyer.”
Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked” (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent.” Film credits include “Enchanted” and the feature film “Rent.” She has appeared in a recurring role on TV’s “Glee” and recently released “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.
Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon,” which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“South Park”), and the musical “Avenue Q,” which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London’s West End. Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show “In Transit” is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh,” a stage version of “Finding Nemo” and a new musical called “Up Here.”
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Rock of Ages New Photos – Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough

HollywoodNews.com:Under the direction of Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”), New Line Cinema’s feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” comes to the big screen.
“Rock of Ages” tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more.

The movie musical stars Julianne Hough (“Burlesque”), with actor/singer Diego Boneta in his feature film debut, Russell Brand (“Arthur,” “Get Him to the Greek”), Oscar® nominee Paul Giamatti (“Cinderella Man”), Academy Award® winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”), Malin Akerman (“The Proposal”) and R&B queen Mary J. Blige, with Oscar® nominee Alec Baldwin (“The Cooler,” TV’s “30 Rock”), and Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Magnolia,” “Jerry Maguire”) as Stacee Jaxx.
Shankman directs “Rock of Ages” from a screenplay by Justin Theroux and Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb, based on D’Arienzo’s musical of the same name. The film is being produced by Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Grant and Jennifer Gibgot, with Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown, Hillary Butorac Weaver, Janet Billig Rich, Shankman and D’Arienzo serving as executive producers.
Rounding out the “Rock of Ages” creative team are director of photography Bojan Bazelli (“Hairspray”), production designer Jon Hutman (“It’s Complicated”), editor Emma E. Hickox (“A Walk To Remember”), Oscar®-nominated costume designer Rita Ryack (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Hairspray”), Grammy-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (“Dreamgirls,” “Nine”), and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance”). The original score is by executive music producer Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (TV’s “Glee”).
New Line Cinema presents, a Corner Store Entertainment production, in association with Material Pictures, in association with Offspring Entertainment, an Adam Shankman film, “Rock of Ages.” Opening in theaters and IMAX on June 15, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Ricky Martin poses for Broadway’s revival of “Evita” pic

HollywoodNews.com: You won’t be able to see Ricky Martin as Che in the upcoming Broadway revival of Evita until April 5, 2012 when the production is scheduled to open at The Marquis Theatre.
But previews will begin Monday, March 12, 2012 and tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 am via www.ticketmaster.com / 1-800-745-3000.

Starring with Martin is Olivier Award-winning Argentinean actress Elena Roger as Eva Perón and Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón. The trio posed in New York City for a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Frank Ockenfels.
Michael Grandage will direct the production and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford will choreograph.
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Bernadette Peters is back on Broadway in “Follies”

HollywoodNews.com: Any time the great Bernadette Peters is on Broadway it is cause for celebration.
The two-tine Tony winner appeared most recently in A Little Night Music and now she is back heading the cast of Follies which officially opens on Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Marquis Theatre.
Production shots have been released of Miss Peters in the role of Sally Durant Plummer and I had to share some with all of you.
Here’s the plot: When former members of the “Weismann Follies” reunite on the eve of their theater’s demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing of their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theater brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad.
The score features some of Stephen Sondheim’s best-known songs, including Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here, Too Many Mornings, Could I Leave You?, and Losing My Mind.
Follies originally opened on April 4, 1971 at the Winter Garden Theatre where it ran for 522 performances and received seven Tony Awards, including Best Original Score.
The current production with Miss Peters played a limited engagement at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater opening on May 7 and closing with sold-out houses on June 19, 2011.
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“True Blood” star Carrie Preston: “It Gets Better” video

HollywoodNews.com: Since 2008, Carrie Preston has portrayed Arlene Fowler on the HBO series True Blood.
The actress, who is married to Lost alum Michael Emerson, has made a really nice “It Gets Better” video for The Trevor Project that you should see – and share with anyone who might benefit from it.
In it, Carrie wisely encourages young people to seek out a “part of a community that’s humane, a part of a community that accepts people, a part of a community that loves people. And will love you for who you are.”

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“Weeds” star Hunter Parrish is broadway bound

HollywoodNews.com: He’s been playing Mary-Louise Parker’s son Silas Botwin on Showtime’s Weeds for seven seasons now but Hunter Parrish is proving to be an in-demand star of major musicals as well.
The young actor, who also played the son of Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in the romantic comedy It’s Complicated, is set to star as Jesus in the upcoming Broadway revival of the legendary rock musical Godspell.
In a statement, the actor said: “I am elated to be joining the Godspell family, and honored to be a part of bringing this thrilling classic back to Broadway. I knew after meeting with the creative team that I was going to be a part of something really exciting. I can’t wait to get started.”
He made his Broadway debut to critical acclaim two years ago as Melchior in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Spring Awakening.
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New Glee Photos: Lea Michele July 31, 2011

HollywoodNews.com: Lea Michele is approaching her final season on the hit television series “Glee”. As one of the show’s stars, she will be very missed. Enjoy her gallery!
Lea Michele Sarfati (born August 29, 1986), known professionally as Lea Michele, is an American actress and singer. Michele began working professionally as a child actress on Broadway in productions such as Ragtime and Les Misérables. She originated the role of Wendla in the musical Spring Awakening and currently plays Rachel Berry in the Fox television series Glee.

Michele was born in the Bronx, New York City, the daughter of Edith Sarfati, a nurse, and Marc Sarfati, a delicatessen owner. Michele’s mother is Italian American and Roman Catholic, while her father is a Spanish Sephardic Jew. Michele grew up in New York City and Tenafly, New Jersey. She attended Rockland Country Day School for elementary school in New York and then Tenafly High School. Michele was home schooled one year while working in Toronto, Ontario on Ragtime. She attended Stagedoor Manor in the Catskills, a center for performing arts training. She was then later accepted to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but opted instead to continue working professionally on the stage.
To read more about Lea Michele go to wikipedia.org

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Sam Raimi’s “Oz, The Great and Powerful” begins production

By Adam Frazier
Hollywoodnews.com: Walt Disney Pictures’ fantastical adventure “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, started filming on Monday, July 25 at Raleigh Studios, the brand-new 200,000 square foot sound stage facility in Pontiac, Michigan.
“Oz: The Great and Powerful” imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz and features an impressive cast that includes Academy Award nominee James Franco (“127 Hours”) as the young wizard.
Joining Franco are Golden Globe nominee Mila Kunis as the witch Theodora (a before-she-was-evil version of the Wicked Witch of the West), Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz as Kunis’ sister Evanora and two-time Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams as Glinda, the Good Witch.
The prequel to Baum’s 1900 book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” goes something like this: Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, where fame and fortune are his for the taking.
The magician crosses paths with three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Oscar must decide who is truly good in Oz before a terrible evil overcomes the land.
The film will be produced by industry veteran Joe Roth (“Alice in Wonderland”), along with executive producers Grant Curtis (the “Spider-Man” trilogy) and Philip Steuer (“The Chronicles of Narnia” series). The screenplay was written by Mitchell Kapner, (“The Whole Nine Yards”) and David Lindsay-Abaire, who most recently wrote “Rabbit Hole.”
“Oz The Great and Powerful” will be released through Walt Disney Studios on March 8, 2013.
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Broadway’s “Book of Mormon” tops Drama Desk awards

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s smash hit “The Book of Mormon” continues to dominate Broadway, recently snagging five wins at the Drama Desk Awards.
The revival of “Anything Goes” also claimed five trophies, while “War Horse” and a revival of “The Normal Heart” topped the best play categories.
This continues a “Mormon” domination. The musical leads the current Tony nominations with 14. It led the Drama Desk noms with 12 on its way to 5 wins.
Harvey Fierstein hosted the ceremony, which was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Highlights from the show will air June 4 on Ovation.
Here’s a complete list of the Drama Desk winners:
Outstanding Play
Nick Stafford, War Horse
Outstanding Musical
The Book of Mormon
Outstanding Revival of a Play
The Normal Heart
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Anything Goes
Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf**ker With the Hat
Outstanding Actress in a Play
Frances McDormand, Good People
Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me if You Can
Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Outstanding Director of a Play
Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon
Outstanding Choreography
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Outstanding Music
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon
Outstanding Lyrics
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon
Outstanding Book of a Musical
Adam Mathias, See Rock City & Other Destinations
Outstanding Orchestrations
Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon
Outstanding Music in a Play
Wayne Barker, Peter and the Starcatcher
Outstanding Revue
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway
Outstanding Set Design
Derek McLane, Anything Goes
Outstanding Costume Design
Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical
Outstanding Lighting Design
David Lander, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Brian Ronan, Anything Goes
Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Acme Sound Partners and Cricket S. Myers, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Outstanding Solo Performance
John Leguizamo, Ghetto Klown
Unique Theatrical Experience
Sleep No More
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“Bridesmaids” bolstered by strong supporting cast

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: SNL alumni Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolp may be responsible for bringing in crowds to see “Bridesmaids”, but a strong supporting cast will make the movie a success. Minor characters played by Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) and Jill Clayburgh provide unexpected comic relief to the film, in addition to laughs commanded by the protagonist, Annie (played by Wiig).
The plot surrounds bride Lillian (Maya Rudolph) stuck in the middle between her childhood best friend, Annie, and new friend Helen (Rose Byrne) as they vie to play the Maid of Honor to her wedding despite the fact that Annie has been officially asked. Helen (successfully) attempts to sabotage Annie’s efforts to be Lillian’s “bestie”, taking advantage of Annie’s relative lack of success in business and in relationships to upstage her at every turn.
The plot is surprisingly non-linear, following Annie as she struggles to get her life back in order with the help (or not) of strange roommates, an eccentric mother, a new love interest and an ex who would rather be bed buddies than anything else.
Though other films have found their SNL creators packing most of the comedic punch, the ensemble cast (which also includes (Terry Crews (“White Chicks”), John Hamm (“Mad Men”) and the music group Wilson Phillips) comes together to create some great laughs.
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