Inspired by the classic movie A Christmas Story and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway hit A Christmas Story: The Musical, FOX has announced that its next live musical event will be A Christmas Story – produced by Marc Platt featuring Emmy Award-nominee May Rudolph as the mother of 9-year old Ralphie Parker.
Surly Squirrel returns this summer in a sequel that’s really unnecessary. The (unjustly) much maligned – first film had a manic Tex Avery-like energy and the audience I saw it with was thoroughly engaged throughout.
Even with key players – Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph – back for the sequel, it seems just as odd as the original, so I’m hoping it will also be unexpected fun.
The first trailer isn’t terrible. Check it our after the break. The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature opens on August 18th.
The world could have used a great CG reimagining of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. What a shame this isn’t it.
Still there are some good moments to be had from Strange Magic – Alan Cumming rocking out as the Bog King and Evan Rachel Ward flittering through several musical styles as Princess Marianne of the Fairy Kingdom come to mind.
Inherent Vice is a twisty mystery that fuses old school PI movies with the psychedelia of the late sixties and early seventies. The point of fusion is the lead character, Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello, a private eye who always – at a minimum – half baked (and usually full on stoned) but somehow manages to be more on the ball than anyone else.
Touchstone’s Strange Magic tells a fantasy tale through the use of hit songs from the past six decades. The character and set design remind of legendary artist Bran Froud and the result is, to say the least, unique.
Stange Magic opens on January 23, 2015. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Strange Magic – a ‘madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will be the company’s first theatrical release since the company was acquired by Disney.
Strange Magic stars an amazing voice cast – Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Chenowith, Maya Rudolph and Peter Stormare among them – and will be released through Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015. For details, follow the jump.
It was only a matter of time before Disney tackled an animated Marvel movie. Picking an extremely obscure title allowed the company to set up a unique world and introduce a group of genuinely fun characters.
Loss leads to superheroic adventure in Disney’s Big Hero 6. It is one of the best films of the year – in any genre.
Maya Rudolph, who is certainly one of the funniest women on the planet, is returning to NBC with The Maya Rudolph Show – a classic variety show-type special. Her guests will include: Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars”), Fred Armisen (“Portlandia,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers”), Chris Parnell (“Archer”), Craig Robinson (“Mr. Robinson”) and Sean Hayes (“Hollywood Game Night”). Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Janelle Monae will be the musical guest. R&B artist/producer Raphael Saadig will be the show’s bandleader.
The Maya Rudolph Show will air Monday, May 19th (10/9C). For more, check out the press release following the jump.