Last year, we told you that Warner Bros. was interested in making a new film adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical "Gypsy." Barbra Streisand was attached, which is a good thing because the Oscar-winning actress has not made a musical since 1983's "Yentl." Joel Silver, the uber-producer who gave us the very macho franchises such as "Lethal Weapon," "The Matrix," "Die Hard," and "Sherlock Holmes" is embracing his inner musical geek to co-produce the movie with Streisand. (See Barbra Streisand in Talks to Play Mama Rose in New "Gypsy" Movie Adaptation!)
Warner's involvement was fitting since they created the 1962 movie adaptation starring Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood. But now, we heard Warner stepped out and Universal Pictures is stepping in and they brought a scriptwriter to adapt the musical!
Streisand and Silver are still very much in the picture, and helping them is Julianne Fellowes who will adapt the Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents' Tony Award-winning musical for the big screen. Fellowes won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for "Gosford Park," and he recently received an Emmy and Golden Globe for writing and creating the beloved PBS series "Downton Abbey." Fellowes also adapted the script for Disney's stage production of "Mary Poppins."
Based on the memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee, the musical and the original film explored the relationship between Gypsy Rose (Wood), a burlesque dancer, and her mom, Rose Hovick, a quintessential stage mother played to the hilt by Russell in the movie version, and Ethel Merman on Broadway.
Streisand would be playing the stage momma! You'll be swell, you'll be great Babs!
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All Hail Canada!
Our neighbors get it! "Bully," the all-important Lee Hirsch documentary about our bullying crisis here in the U.S., received the dreaded R rating from the MPAA which created a fight to get its classification changed to PG-13 so younger kids can watch the movie. After all, this film is all about them -- their struggles, their hopes.
But in Canada, their censors gave the Weinstein Company film a PG-rating. Hurray! So Canadian kids will be able to see "Bully" and hopefully, be able to change our world and fight our bullying crisis. Let's all convert them, one bully at a time.
"Bully" opens in the U.S. on March 30.
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Will the odds be ever in "Hunger Games'" favor?
British censors have demanded seven seconds of cuts from the movie according to The Hollywood Reporter. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, the bloody footage must be cut in order for the film to receive a PG-13 equivalent rating known in the UK as a 12A rating.
When the film is released on March 23rd, "Hunger Games" will arrive with the advice tag of “Contains intense threat, moderate violence and occasional gory moments.”
Those gory moments are what the British censors want deleted or else!
Here in the good, old USA, "Hunger Games" received a PG-13 rating for “intense violent thematic material and disturbing images – all involving teens.”
So "Hunger Games" will be bloody -- the world will be watching!
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It's very gloomy at the House of Mouse. Their $250 million plus project, "John Carter," failed to reach box-office Nirvana and one executive even suggested that this could be the biggest Hollywood flop since Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" in 1980.
Starring Taylor Kitsch and directed by Andrew Stanton ("Wall-E," "Finding Nemo"), I enjoyed "John Carter," it was not a great sci-fi flick but it was a good popcorn movie that its targeted audience would eat up. ("John Carter" movie review)
Well, I was wrong. Its targeted audience pretty much ignored the film given its domestic box-office take last weekend of $30.2 million. "John Carter" did better overseas with 55 markets reporting $70.6 million box-office total. Combined, "John Carter's" revenues were still a far cry from its over-bloated budget.
But its curious how Disney over-spends and under-performs. It has happened before in 2011 with "Mars Needs Moms," and in 2010 with the double-floppy of "The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."
So just how much with Disney lose with "John Carter?" Read the complete article right here and weep for the House of Mouse.
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"John Carter" was virtually ignored!
This past weekend at the box-office, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" continued to shine while the out-of-this-world adventure, "John Carter," failed to match expectations or its reported $250 million budget!
The Walt Disney extravaganza from director Andrew Stanton ("Wall-E," "Finding Nemo") only managed $30.6 million at the box-office, landing at No. 2. ("John Carter" movie review right here, and enter to win "John Carter" prizes right here)
Taylor Kitsch and company could not match the excitement surrounding Universal's "The Lorax" featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, and Danny Devito.
Based on Dr. Seuss' beloved classic, "The Lorax" maintained its No. 1 position for the second week in a row with $39.1 million. So far, the animated film about the beauty of our environment has made $122 million. ("Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" movie review right here)
And who knew that a found footage film about a wild party would be a hit? The Warner Bros. teen comedy "Project X" continued to party rock at the box-office finishing at No. 3 with $11.6 million and raising its domestic total to $40.1 million.
At No. 4 was the Elizabeth Olsen thriller, "Silent House," which debuted at 7.01 million. But the Eddie Murphy craptacular flick, "A Thousand Words," flopped at No. 6 with $6.4 million. This was finished in 2008 and Paramount kept it in their closet until now. They should have kept in the closet until all leaves from all the trees fell. Why would Murphy return to the loving arms of his "Norbit" and "Meet Dave" director Brian Robbins?
The best box-office news this past weekend was that revenues were up 8.7 percent from the same weekend last year according to Hollywood.com.
And to help soothe the pain of "John Carter's" under-performance, Walt Disney Pictures revealed that "John Carter" opened well in 55 markets internationally, making $70.6 million with a worldwide total of $101.2 million. Good, but still far from its gargantuan budget!
Here are the top ten movies for weekend of March 9th:
1. “Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax,” $39.1 million
2. “John Carter,” $30.6 million
3. “Project X,” $11.6 million
4. “Silent House,” $7.01 million
5. “Act of Valor,” $7 million
6. “A Thousand Words,” $6.4 million
7. “Safe House,” $5 million
8. “The Vow,” $4 million
9. “This Means War,” $3.8 million
10. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” $3.7 million
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