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‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ Director Darko Tresnjak Talks New ‘Anastasia’ Musical Based on Animated Fox Film >>

Director Darko Tresnjak ('A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder') will helming the all new Anastasia musical. The upcoming musical will be an all new beast based on but not beholden to the 1997 animated Fox film. The book for the musical will be written by Terrence McNally ('It’s Only A Play', 'Catch Me if You Can') with music by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Now, Tresnjak is opening up about the all new production, giving some details about the show’s casting and development.

Hateful Eight

Hateful Eight Review: Does This New Film Live Up To Expectations? >>

Quentin Tarantino is back with his new bloody, brutal, whodoneit, westernish film the Hateful Eight. There is no dispute that Tarantino is a master filmmaker, however, this is not his best written work. The film is a hodge podge of other films I have seen before, equipped with enough violence and racial epithets to make your head spin. I can admit Tarantino has handled violence and race pretty well in his previous films, but here I just left the theater somewhat unsatisfied and annoyed.


40 Hindu Leaders, Seers Try to Ban Bollywood Hit 'PK' After Viewing Film >>

Controversy around the hit Bollywood film "PK" does not seem to be dying anytime soon. A group of 40 Hindu religious leaders and seers have gathered to try to ban the film in India. In recent weeks, drama has been brewing after Hindu groups claimed the film offends their religion. Around 40 leaders and seers have gone to watch the controversial movie, claiming it is the first movie they have ever watched, to see what all the fuss is about. "People are opposing this movie, so we decided to watch the movie before making any statement," said Computer Baba, a city-based seer, adding that they did not want to make any statement and protest without watching the movie. But after viewing the film, the leaders had more to say about the film's portrayal of Hindu gods, many believing is was the movie's intention to mock the santan dharma. "All gods and goddess were depicted in very objectionable manner," said the Baba, adding that they will raise their voice against the movie and put pressure on the government to ban it.

Mica Levi

Mica Levi Conducts Live Orchestra in Screening of Jonathan Glazer Film 'Under the Skin,' Starring Scarlett Johansson >>

Mica Levi, the indie composer who hit it big with the score for the Jonathan Glazer film "Under the Skin" starring Scarlett Johansson, will team up with Wordless Music teams Spaceland Presents for the U.S. premiere of "Under the Skin Live": a full screening and live film score with orchestra. Levi, the score’s original composer, will conduct and lead the 25-piece orchestra, which comprises members of Los Angeles's pioneering ensemble, wild Up, and New York's Wordless Music Orchestra. Levi, 27, who recently won a European Film Award for best composer for the film, was working on her third album with her band, Michachu and the Shapes, when she got a call asking if she wanted to work with filmmaker Glazer on a new project. The project was a film he was directing called "Under the Skin."


Bollywood Film 'PK' Battles Religious Controversy with Hindus; Aamir Khan Criticized >>

The new Bollywood blockbuster "PK" is brewing some serious controversy after Hindu groups have come out saying the movie insults their religious sentiments. The film has earned more than $33 million in the 10 days since it opened and shows a funny and lovable alien who lands in India and loses contact with his spaceship, but discovers that Indians are superstitious about their gods and surround themselves with all kinds of swindling Hindu religious gurus. But on Monday, Dec. 29, angry groups burnt effigies of the film’s director and actor, tore and blackened movie posters and shattered the glass walls at the movie ticket counters. Calls to boycott the movie dominated social media groups this weekend. Popular yoga guru Baba Ramdev urged Hindus to boycott the movie and “organize themselves to protect their religion and culture just like Muslim and Christian groups do.” The Vishwa Hindu Parishad — or World Hindu Council — a Hindu nationalist group and an affiliate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political party, wrote to the country’s information and broadcasting ministry demanding that such movies be stopped and called for an overhaul of the censor board that cleared "PK."

Megan Fox

Megan Fox Expresses Interest in Playing Sailor Moon >>

Megan Fox has hit it big with box-office movies like "Transformers" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," but her next leading role may be a popular anime character: Sailor Moon. Their have been talks that Sailor Moon, which was created in the 1990s and spawned a series of manga and eventually an extremely popular anime series, may be turning into a live action movie in the near future. Sailor Moon was just revised in celebration of the 20-year anniversary, with a direct adaption of the original series but new styling to keep it fresh and interesting. This revamp has spurred a resurgence of the already-popular series and has led to talks of the live-action film in its future. Rumors flew when previous talks said that Geena Davis would be starring as Queen Beryl, and now Megan Fox has expressed interest in playing the lead role of Usagi Tsukino, Sailor Moon's civilian alter ego. According to Kpop Starz, Fox revealed that she would be excited to bring the project to the big screen as the lead role, though she expressed some concern about American interest.

Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic Portrays Maria Callas in 'Seven Deaths' - Roman Polanski to Direct >>

Performance artist, Marina Abramovic, will be filming a series of short films titled “Seven Deaths” where she will play the part of legendary opera singer Maria Callas. Roman Polanski will be directing the outing.


Life in Motion: Misty Copeland New Line Cinema Film Announced, Following Under Armour 'I Will What I Want' Ad >>

Under Armour’s 'I Will What I Want' advert with Misty Copeland could easily be the first teaser for forthcoming movie based on Copeland’s memoir 'Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.'

Robin Williams Remembered through Television and Film

Robin Williams Remembered Through Television and Film >>

It’s been a full day since we heard the bad news, and I’m still having trouble processing it. Robin Williams, dead of apparent suicide at 63. It just seems so wrong. He was my favorite actor; he was many people's favorite actor.

Why Elton John and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Will Work as an Animated Film >>

The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is to be turned into an animated film. This won't be the first before-the-cameras version of the popular show. In 1999 Donny Osmond, Joan Collins, Richard Attenborough and Maria Freidman starred in a small-screen treatment.

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