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Disney Rings ‘Hunchback’ Bell: David Henry Hwang To Script Live Action Musical, Alan Menken/Stephen Schwartz Writing Music

EXCLUSIVE: Tony-winning M. Butterfly playwright David Henry Hwang has been set by Disney to write Hunchback, a live-action musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz will write the music. Mandeville is producing along with Josh Gad. I had heard that Gad, a star of the Mandeville-produced blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, might play the lead character, but insiders at the studio said no casting is solid at this point. Hwang’s other work… Read


Skateboard Champ Tony Hawk Producing Broadway Musical Based On Nick Hornby Skater Novel ‘Slam’

Nick Hornby’s 2007 novel Slam – which includes pro skateboarder Tony Hawk as a character – is being developed as a Broadway musical, with Hawk along for the ride as a producer and skate choreographer. And he’s in good company: composer Mark Mothersbaugh will write the music and lyrics, with SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical‘s Kyle Jarrow handling the book. The project was announced today by producers Anita Greenspan and Hawk with executive producer Adam Zotovich. They’re… Read


Hulu Leapfrogs Netflix In Race For First Take On Fyre Festival

In a digital-age twist on the Hollywood phenomenon of competing movie projects (think Armageddon vs. Deep Impact or, more recently, Jungle Book vs. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle), Hulu has leapfrogged Netflix with its take on the infamous Fyre Festival. Hulu announced its project about the music fest’s epic 2017 meltdown, Fyre Fraud, last spring for release in 2019 but it never set a firm release date. Earlier today, knowing Netflix had set its own version, Fyre: The Greate… Read


Super Bowl LIII Halftime: Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi Officially Confirmed

Despite calls for an artist boycott and several acts reportedly shying away, Super Bowl LIII has finally nailed down performers for its halftime show. As rumored, rockers Maroon 5 will be joined by rapper Travis Scott and performer/producer Big Boi as the entertainment for the big game, set for Sunday, Feb. 3 in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. CBS will televise the game and halftime. Usually one of the most coveted showcases of the year, this year’s Super Bowl halftime… Read


Composer Justin Hurwitz On The “Excitement” & “Pressure” He Felt Entering New Space With ‘First Man’

Progressing to the upper echelon of film scoring with admirable speed, Justin Hurwitz had a predicament with First Man, setting out to craft music unlike any he'd composed before. Collaborating with director Damien Chazelle since his days at Harvard, Hurwitz had a whirlwind experience with his last project, the original musical La La Land, winning two Oscars, two Golden Globes, and a BAFTA Award, among other accolades. His score there marked only his third feature… Read

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Carole King Makes Surprise Appearance At ‘Beautiful’ 5th Anniversary Show

Carole King surprised the Broadway audience at last night’s fifth-anniversary performance of Beautiful, the musical about her journey through the music business, performing the title song that caps the show. The moment, which recreates King’s triumphant 1971 Carnegie Hall concert, brought audience members to their feet. (See video below.) After the finale, King joined the cast during the curtain call, appearing alongside Chilina Kennedy, who currently plays the lead role… Read


Brady Corbet Says 4-Year-Old Daughter’s School Lock-Down Drills Inspired ‘Vox Lux’ – The Contenders NY Video

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In Vox Lux, writer-director Brady Corbet drew from a jarring personal experience to create a film that comments broadly about the events that have come to define the 21st century. The film, which tells the story of a survivor of violent tragedy who becomes a star, was partly inspired by his 4-year-old undergoing a lock-down drill in preschool. Corbet appeared onstage at Deadline’s first The Contenders New York awards-season event to talk about confronting the issue of… Read


Composer Alexandre Desplat On The Booming Taiko Drums & Barking Saxophones Of ‘Isle Of Dogs’

When two-time Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat goes about his work, he spends a lot of time imagining, striving for a score and a sonic world unlike any heard before. With Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs—set in a dystopian near-future Japan, and following a boy in search of his dog on an island of refuse—this meant leaning into elements of the traditional Japanese sound, without relying on those two heavily. Building his principal melodies entirely around drums—Taiko… Read


How Bradley Cooper Became The Frontman For ‘A Star Is Born’ – The Contenders NY Video

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In a revealing interview at Deadline’s first The Contenders New York event, Bradley Cooper detailed his process in going from playing a tortured country rock singer for his American Sniper director Clint Eastwood to eventually directing the incarnation of a Hollywood classic. “I knew, deep down, I hadn't lived enough and wouldn't play that character," Cooper said when Eastwood approached him about A Star Is Born. Later, when Cooper and Eastwood watched Annie Lennox… Read


‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Crowned Queen Of Golden Globes With Best Picture Drama Win, Sets Stage For Oscars

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UPDATED with backstage comments: 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, the long-gestating musical biopic homage to the rock band Queen and its frontman Freddie Mercury, punched its ticket as a frontrunner in the Best Picture Oscar race by winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama on Sunday. One award earlier in the night, Rami Malek took the Best Actor – Drama prize for playing Mercury in the film, a passion project of producer Graham King that went through… Read


Lady Gaga’s Golden Globe-Winning “Shallow” Brought Depth To ‘A Star Is Born’

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Shallow,  the forlorn signature song from A Star is Born, won the Golden Globe tonight for the best original song in a 2018 film. The award went to the songwriting collective of Lady GagaMark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, and Anthony Rossomando. Performed in the film as a duet between Gaga and co-star/director Bradley CooperShallow ironically provided stirring depth to the music industry tale of A Star is Born. In the film, Cooper plays rocker Jackson Maine, a troubadour… Read


Christine McGuire Dies: Pop Singer, Radio & TV Star Of McGuire Sisters Was 92

Christine McGuire, whose pop hits propelled her and her singing sisters to many radio and television appearances, died Dec. 28 in Las Vegas, where she lived. She was 92 and her family confirmed the death, but did not provide a cause. Christine was the oldest of her singing sisters, Dorothy and Phyllis. They began singing in church in their hometown of Miamisburg, Ohio, but avoided secular music until their late teens, finally adding some pop tunes to their repertoire… Read