Tag Archive: Broadway


Whew, another project for Anna Kendrick. Reports are that she’s joined “Into the Woods”, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. Obviously we know she has singing chops, which she showed off in “Pitch Perfect”. She’ll play Cinderella in the film that,(from Firstshowing.net): mashes-up classic fairy tales and revolves around a baker and his wife, to be played by James Corden and Emily Blunt. They attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront The Witch, played by Meryl Streep, who put the spell on them. Along their journey they meet classic characters including Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack and Little Red Riding Hood. In this version, Cinderella is married to a vain prince…”

The film also stars James Corden, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine and Meryl Streep. Rob Marshall (“Chicago”, “Nine”) is directing.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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George Lucas (“Star Wars”) and Steven Spielberg (“War of the Worlds”, “Lincoln”) spoke at USC talking about the movie industry. And what they said wasn’t very encouraging to movie fans like me. As more and more studios make expensive, $200 million+  dollar blockbusters instead of smaller films, Spielberg said there will be  “an implosion where three or four or maybe even half a dozen of these mega-budgeted movies are going to go crashing into the ground.”

Lucas said going to the movies will be like going to a Broadway show, along with Broadway like prices of $150 or maybe even more.

“Everything else is going to look more like cable television on TiVo,” Lucas said.

That would be bad. I’m already nearly priced out of going to the movies as it is.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, the creator of some of Broadway’s best musicals like “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats” could be teaming up with…Tenacious D? Yep. Webber could be working with Jack Black on a “School of Rock” musical. Which I suppose makes sense given the musical nature of the film, which was directed by Richard Linklater. Webber said they may need to write original songs because getting the rights to some of the songs used, including songs by Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Pink Floyd, could be costly.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Alejando González Iñárritu’s “Birdman” keeps looking better and better. The comedy follows an actor who was in a big budget superhero film who decides to join a Broadway short. The film already includes Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis and Naomi Watts. Now you can add Edward Norton (who was in last year’s best comedy by far, “Moonrise Kingdom)  to the mix as an egotistical actor who threatens to derail the whole production. This sounds so amazing right now.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Anchorman the musical?

Since news that “Anchorman 2” was coming, news has been light. Now, in a recent interview, director Adam McKay had this to share about the upcoming sequel starring Will Ferrell:

“We were going to do Anchorman 2 as a Broadway musical first, for like six months and then go shoot the movie. That was our initial idea,” McKay says, adding that there are going to be “whole song sequences” in the film. “My thing is, if the actors get freaked out, don’t sweat it, we can always re-record it later. And every time we’ve done it, we end up using the live track from the recording. We’ll probably do it the same way in this. … This one [for Anchorman 2 might have a little more movement in it, and the only problem with that is the actors get winded.” (From the Playlist)

In Ron Bergundy’s first adventure, the Afternoon Delight sequence was the only musical number. I’m a little surprised, but Ferrell and McKay did record a musical commentary for “Step Brothers”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Jon Favreau, who directed “Iron Man” , “Iron Man 2” and “Cowboys and Aliens” is at the top of the list to direct the big screen adaptation of “Jersey Boys”. The hit broadway show is playing worldwide and sold more than $1 billion in ticket sales. The show tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. and includes some of their most famous songs like “Sherry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”.

It’s an interesting direction for Favreau to choose. Never seen the show, but sounds like it could be really good.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.