A live-action version of Disney animated classic Dumbo is in the works. Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger has been tapped to pen the script for the upcoming feature, which will introduce a family arc into the story, in addition to the original tale about a circus elephant with big ears who befriends a mouse and learns how to fly, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The original film was released in 1941 and won an Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.
This isn't the only live-action version of an animated film in the works by Disney executives - they are also developing a Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella remake.
Oscar-winning Brazilian movie Black Orpheus is heading to Broadway as a new musical. Playwright Lynn Nottage will pen the script for the stage show, which Lucky Guy's George C. Wolfe will direct.
The 1959 film, helmed by Frenchman Marcel Camus, was based on the Vinicius de Moraes play Orfeu de Conceicao, a modern adaptation of the Greek myth of poet and prophet Orpheus, who tried to bring his wife Eurydice back to life with the sound of his music.
Black Orpheus, which won the Best Foreign Language Film at the 1960 Academy Awards, helped to popularise the sound of bossa nova music thanks to a soundtrack by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa. Some of their songs will also be included in the stage musical.
A premiere date for Black Orpheus' Broadway debut has yet to be set.
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Maybe it’s the massive box office success of Transformers: Age of Extinction, but it seems like when studios look at Mark Wahlberg now, all they see is money. Universal even has a specific amount in mind: six million dollars. According to The Tracking Board, the studio is looking at Wahlberg to front a reboot of the 1970s television show The Six Million Dollar Man. Different versions of the project have been in the works for years now, with everyone from Jim Carrey and Todd Phillips to Leonardo DiCaprio and Bryan Singer attached at some point. However, now that Peter Berg is now on board to produce and possibly direct the film, it seems as if Universal is finally coming close to building their perfect reboot.
Though Wahlberg has starred in numerous summer blockbusters and action films, he’s yet to front a franchise of his own (coming in at the fourth installment of Transformers doesn't really count), and The Six Million Dollar Man would be the perfect vehicle for him. Despite being a reboot of a well-known property, it’s unlike most of the other franchises currently in theaters, which allows him to stand out from all of the other robot-punching and punching robot films in theaters. Thus far, Wahlberg has had a rather diverse career, moving easily between big-budget action films, smaller indies and serious Oscar contenders, so if he were going to attach himself to multiple films at once, he’d probably want something different than what he’s already done and what everyone else is currently doing.
Wahlberg’s most recent collaboration with Berg, Lone Survivor, offered him a similar chance to blend action and spectacle with a more serious, dramatic story, which bodes well for the potential of The Six Million Dollar Man. Granted, Berg’s record with blockbusters is somewhat spotty – in addition to the excellent Lone Survior, he’s also made the disastrous Battleship – but since his best projects tend to be the ones with significant weight to them, having an actor like Wahlberg, who has made his mark on both drama and action films on board should help point things in a more positive direction.
But Wahlberg isn’t just a great choice for Austin because of his ability to handle the heavier moments; he’s also carved out a niche in Hollywood as the tough guy next door, a normal, hardworking fella who just so happens to be able to beat people up. Before he was rebuilt into a bionic hero, Austin was a regular joe, a pilot and military man who just happened to have superhuman abilities. Wahlberg’s persona makes him an ideal fit for the role, especially since the character stays relatively down-to-earth even after he becomes a hero. And since his performance in Transformers has proven that he's able to give even the flattest roles some of his trademark charm, he should have no problem making Austin a likable, entertaining hero in addition to an admirable one.
Of course, all of this is dependent on Wahlberg being able to find time in his busy schedule in order to sign on to The Six Million Dollar Man in the first place. He's already got six films lined up for release in the next two years, including Ted 2 and The Gambler, and with Transformers dominating the box office, he's likely fielding offers for all kinds of franchises right now. Still, The Six Million Dollar Man does seem poised to offer him a bit more than the other blockbusters, reboots and robot movies set to take over theaters, and it seems like Wahlberg might be exactly what this particular franchise needs to get off the ground.
Hollywood actor Denzel Washington faced regular heckling from the audience while he was performing in A Raisin In The Sun on Broadway, according to his co-star Sophie Okonedo. The British actress, who won a Tony Award last month (14) for her turn in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's acclaimed play, starred opposite the Oscar winner during the run, and admits working with such a famous actor had its drawbacks.
Despite the serious nature of the drama, fans would yell out at Washington throughout the performance, and a kissing scene often prompted banter from the crowd.
Okonedo tells British newspaper The Guardian, "People would should out: 'Don't, Denzel!' or 'You can't treat her like that!' At one point, Denzel and I have a kiss on stage and a woman shouted out, from the gods, 'Forget her - I'm up here!'"
The drama, which also won Best Revival of a Play at the Tony Awards, closed last month (Jun14).
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Gary Oldman fears he missed out on an Oscar nomination for The Contender because rumours suggested he was unhappy with the 2000 film's final cut.
The British star played Shelly Runyon in the political drama and many were amazed when he was not named among the Academy Award nominees, but Oldman has a theory.
He tells Playboy magazine, "I just happened to mention that there was another cut of the film that I thought was superior... (but) I'm very proud of the film. "It had the whiff of a scandal, which I'm told may have cost me an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor."
Oldman, who is considered by many one of today's best actors, has never won an Oscar, and he partly blames himself, adding, "What people don't realise is that you need to work at being a celebrity... You have to campaign. It's a whole other part of your career, and I wish I could have navigated it a bit better. I may have an Oscar now, had I (done so)."
Oscars bosses have launched a lawsuit over the sale of a gold statuette awarded to legendary art director Joseph C. Wright in the 1940s. Officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filed documents at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (01Jul14) against Wright's heirs and the owners of an auction house where the Oscar was allegedly sold.
It is claimed staff at Briarbrook Auctions sold the award in June (14) for $79,200 (£46,588), breaking a ban on selling an Oscar without first offering the Academy the chance to buy it back for $10 (£5.90).
Wright, who died in 1985, won two Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration in 1943 for his work on This Above All and My Gal Sal, but it is not known which of the awards is at the centre of the lawsuit.
Academy bosses are demanding more than $79,200 in damages and the right to buy the Oscar for $10.
Dustin Lance Black has paid tribute to Harvey Milk's speech writer Frank M. Robinson following his death at the age of 87. Robinson passed away on Monday (30Jun14) in San Francisco, California. No further details about his death have been released.
A noted sci-fi novelist and journalist, Robinson is best remembered for penning rousing speeches for Harvey Milk, the first openly gay candidate to be elected into office in the U.S.
The politician's story was told in 2008's Oscar-winning film Milk, starring by Sean Penn, and the movie's screenwriter Black has remembered the man who helped the gay activist speak to the masses.
In a post on his Facebook.com page, he writes, "This morning Frank M. Robinson left this world. He was Milk's speech writer, an acclaimed sci-fi author and was like a father to me. To say the earth feels made of quicksand lately makes it sound too solid. Frank, I'll miss your thunderous laughter, your protective love and your razor sharp writer's mind."
His death comes just weeks after Black lost his mother.
Robinson, who made a cameo appearance in the movie, will also be remembered for his books The Power, which was transformed for the big screen in 1968, and The Glass Inferno, which was combined with Richard Martin Stern's The Tower and adapted into 1974's The Towering Inferno starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman.
Japanese actor Ken Watanabe is set to make his Broadway debut in a revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's The King And I. The Inception star will team up with Broadway favourite Kelli O'Hara in the musical about the relationship between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher, who he enlists to tutor his wives and children.
The play will be directed by Bartlett Sher and will begin previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York in March, 2015.
The original stage show was adapted in 1951 from Margaret Landon's novel Anna and the King of Siam and featured Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence.
It won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress and Best Featured Actor and spawned a 1956 film, for which Brynner reprised his role as the king and won an Academy Award.
Liza Minnelli's publicist poked fun at Shia Labeouf's Broadway arrest over the weekend (28-29Jun14) by sending the actor a DVD copy of movie musical Cabaret. LaBeouf was unceremoniously ejected from the New York theatre hosting the revived stage production on Thursday night (26Jun14) after he was allegedly caught smoking.
The Transformers star reportedly yelled at theatre staff as they asked him to leave the premises, briefly disrupting the show and its leads Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams.
And Minnelli's publicist, Scott Gorenstein, didn't miss an opportunity to have a little fun at LaBeouf's expense, sending him a DVD copy of the singer/actress' film adaptation of Cabaret.
He says, "I figured he may want to find out how it ends."
Minnelli won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal as Sally Bowles in the 1972 release.
Beyonce was the toast of the 2014 BET Awards after scooping three top prizes and closing the show with a taped performance of Partition from her On The Run tour with husband Jay Z. The Crazy in Love hitmaker picked up Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, the FANdemonium Award, and Best Collaboration for Drunk in Love with her rapper partner.
Pharrell Williams kicked off the proceedings with his Miley Cyrus collaboration Come Get It Bae, but instead of performing with the Wrecking Ball hitmaker, he had a little help from reclusive rap superstar Missy Elliott. The pair then burst into a rendition of her 2003 hit Pass That Dutch.
The pair received a rapturous welcome from the crowd, and Williams went on to be named the winner in the Best Male R&B/ Pop Artist category and Video of the Year for Happy.
Drake saw off competition from Jay Z to win the Best Male Hip Hop Artist prize, while Nicki Minaj went home with the female equivalent. Best Group went to Young Money, Lil Wayne's collection of artists.
Oscar-winning drama 12 Years A Slave swept the board in the movie categories, being named Best Film, while its stars Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor won the top acting prizes.
Chris Brown surprised the crowd with a performance of his new track Loyal. He was joined by Lil Wayne and Tyga for his first high-profile post-prison show. Other performers to wow the crowd included T.I. and Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Lionel Richie, who performed a medley of hits after being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Although they couldn't be there in person, Beyonce and Jay Z closed the show with a pre-recorded performance from their collaborative tour.
Chris Rock acted as host. The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/ Pop Artist
Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk in Love
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Video Director of the Year
Best New Artist
Best Gospel Artist
12 Years a Slave
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Jhene Aiko - The Worst
Best International Act: Africa
Best International Act: UK
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