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New Mary Poppins Musical In The Works

In: Donovan, Movies

The great Walt Disney reboot revolution continues, but this time it’s not an animated favorite that’s getting the treatment. Rather, it’s a beloved musical.

The studio is reportedly developing a new Mary Poppins musical. Instead of remaking the classic, Entertainment Weekly insiders reveal the new “film will take place in Depression-era London, some 20 years after Disney’s classic Mary Poppins, and will draw from existing Poppins tales in the rest of author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series.”

Rob Marshall, who’s adapted Broadway musicals like Chicago and Into The Woods for the big screen, has been tapped to produce the project along with John DeLuca and Marc Platt.

Would you watch a new Mary Poppins musical? Who do you think should play the part famously portrayed by Julie Andrews in the 1964 classic? Weigh in below.

Jake Gyllenhaal & Chris Pine To Star In Musical?

In: Donovan, Movies

The Brokeback Mountain and Star Trek Into Darkness actors aren’t the first two actors to come to mind when one mentions musicals, but that could all very well change soon. The Hollywood Reporter reports that both Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine are in negotiations with Walt Disney to star in an upcoming big screen musical. If both jump on board, it will mark the first time both will appear on-screen in singing roles.

Reportedly, they’ve already presented their vocal talents to Rob Marshall. The Chicago director is taking another Broadway musical and adapting it for the big screen. Find out which one below, along with what two huge stars are already attached to the project.

find out the project after the jump

SYTYCD Season 8: Top 8 Eliminations

In: Dan, TV Shows

So right out of the gate I am desperately excited to see what guest judge, Lady Gaga, will be wearing tonight and how her critics from Wednesday night’s performance show will shape the fates of the remaining eight dancers in So You Think You Can Dance. Apparently Gaga is performing in the results episode as well! HECK YEAH!

The final eight contestants opened the night in typical fashion, with a group routine performed to The Circus Sets Up from the Water for Elephants soundtrack. I absolutely love this instrumental tune, and the dance was gorgeous. The costumes and styling of each performer were stunning and incredibly true to the movie-adaptation of the novel. This piece had an incredible Cirque du Soleil clown vibe, and I didn’t want it to end. It was beautifully peaceful, and it brought Cat Deeley to tears. Surprizingly, this was a Tyce Diorio number and I’ll admit, this piece definitely redeemed his abilities as a choreographer in my eyes.

Find out who went home after the jump…

SYTYCD Season 8: Top 8 Performances

In: Dan, TV Shows

Dear Skeletor, why on earth do we still need to have a two-hour performance episode when we’re down to the top eight dancers?! I understand that each performer is dancing with an all star, but seriously, cut out the nonsense filler and give us the content we REALLY want to see – DANCING!

Holy SHIT I forgot LADY GAGA was a guest judge this week! YES! YES! YES!!! I will actually be listening to the commentary this week, just to see what she has to say about the different dancers and routines. That is, unless it ends up being incoherent nonsense and then I’ll just start fast-forwarding again! Did you see Gaga’s outfit?! It was AMAZEBALLS to the MAX! OH MY GOD I LOVE HER SO MUCH!! Mary Murphy, Skeletor and the second guest judge joined her for the week, the pumpkin, Rob Marshall. Did you see his spray tan?! Tonight is going to be amazing.

Watch the performances after the jump…

Four Major Directors Lobby To Direct “Wicked”

In: Donovan, Movies

The movie adaptation of Wicked looks like it’s picking up steam and some of Hollywood’s big-time directors are reportedly vying to become the film’s storytelling wizard. Producer Marc Platt, composer Stephen Schwart and bookwriter Winnie Holzman have meet with prospective directors who have thrown their metaphorical hats in the ring. reports that Rob Marshall (Chicago), Ryan Murphy (Glee), JJ Abrams (Star Trek) and James Mangold (Walk the Line) have expressed interest in helming the project. Out of the four, Rob Marshall seems the obvious choice, but I’m rooting for J.J. Abrams to score the gig.

Wicked is the untold story of the witches of the land of Oz before Dorothy and Toto dropped in. The show tells the “true” story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch at magic school. The two form an unlikely friendship and change the landscape of Oz forever. The musical has won 26 major awards consisting of Grammys and Tony Awards. It premiered on Broadway on October 30, 2003 and has continued to play sold out shows at the Gershwin Theater ever since. Brian and I were fortunate enough to watch the West End production of the musical during our trip to London a couple years back. Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth originated the roles and provided spectacular vocals to the musical numbers.

check out the potential candidate’s credits after the jump

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