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Streisand/Hooper Gypsy Movie Remake is Dead, and Sondheim Killed It

Blame Stephen Sondheim. For those of you who missed the news, Barbra Streisand's planned remake of the musical Gypsy has bit the dust, at least for now. And it reportedly had Oscar-winning The King's Speech director Tom Hooper attached.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2011 6:25 AM
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Unstaged's 2011 Music Series Kicks off with David Lynch directing Duran, Duran

Unstaged, the music series in its second year, announces the iconic pairing of director David Lynch and Duran Duran. The first installment of Unstaged 2011 will feature a Duran Duran performance in conjunction with the release of their 13th studio album and first official tour since 2008. On March 23, Los Angeles's Mayan Theatre will house the event, which will also live-stream on YouTube at 10 pm. Their album, ALL YOU NEED IS NOW goes out March 22.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2011 1:43 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Opens with Crowe's The Union, Elton John and Leon Russell's Musical Collaboration

Tribeca 2011: Opens with Crowe's The Union, Elton John and Leon Russell's Musical Collaboration
The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival will open on April 20 with the world premiere of Cameron Crowe's The Union, about the musical collaboration of Leon Russell and Elton John, who will perform after the outdoor screening at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza. The Union began shooting in 2009, following John's writing and recording of his collaborative album with Russell, the man who was his idol early in his career. T-Bone Burnett produced the film. The festival, in its tenth year, runs through May 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2011 7:28 AM
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Oscar Watch: Hathaway and Franco Do Evita, Grease, Franco Mangles Burlesque

Oscar Watch: Hathaway and Franco Do Evita, Grease, Franco Mangles Burlesque
The Academy continues to leak juicy tidbits of what may or may not be cut out of the final Oscarcast. Herewith, two musical numbers from Anne Hathaway and James Franco, doing Evita and Grease (below). The photo of the Oscar writers room (below) was posted on Twitter by @JamesFranco. So was this disturbing rehearsal of "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from Burlesque. Let's agree that Franco is no candidate for American Idol.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2011 8:44 AM
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Development Watch: Kunis/Franco in Oz, DiCaprio/Scorsese's Wolf, Firth's Fair Lady (UPDATED)

- UPDATE 5/18: Michelle Williams will play Glinda, The Good Witch in Oz, The Great and Powerful.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 18, 2011 7:05 AM
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Oscar Noms Boost Soundtrack Sales of Inception and The Social Network

Oscar Noms Boost Soundtrack Sales of Inception and The Social Network
The heyday of the movie soundtrack--once a powerful marketing tool for the studios--has waned. But Oscar nominations can boost a soundtrack into big sales, reports Anthony D'Alessandro: When it comes to recent soundtracks and film scores, consumers have been powering down their stereos.  Over the last four years, SoundScan sales for the genre fell from 27.2 million in 2006 to 16.4 million last year -- a 40% drop.   What was once a dependable ancillary for a film’s theatrical launch is now seen as a business gamble; record companies can no longer depend on the wallets of single males.  Aside from burgeoning digital downloads and piracy, the major studio music executives also gripe that there’s a disconnect between radio listeners and movie crowds.  Rap dominates the Top 40, leaving no room for a pic’s adult-contempo "love theme." MTV limits soundtrack music vids to a small percentage of film footage-- so that it doesn't play like a second trailer.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 18, 2011 6:18 AM
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Box Office Surges on Sandler vs. Bieber Weekend Duel

Just Go With It's established comedy stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston dueled teen music phenom Justin Bieber's 3-D concert doc Never Say Never at the surging weekend box office, which had been in the doldrums compared to last year's Avatar-fueled winter frame. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 13, 2011 5:15 AM
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Oscar Night Song Performers: Paltrow, Menken, Moore, Newman, Rahman

Oscar Night Song Performers: Paltrow, Menken, Moore, Newman, Rahman
The original song performers at the 83rd Academy Awards include Gwyneth Paltrow, Zachary Levi, Alan Menken, Mandy Moore, Randy Newman, A.R. Rahman and Florence + The Machine's Florence Welch. Paltrow will sing "Coming Home" from Country Strong, A. R Rahman and Welch will perform "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, Menken will join Moore and Levi to perform "I See the Light" from Tangled and Newman will perform Toy Story 3's "We Belong Together."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 4, 2011 7:29 AM
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Trailer Music Live's Multi-Media Orchestra Performances in NYC and Moscow

The calling card of movies --the trailer--inspired Trailer Music Live, a multi-media concert experience featuring movie footage accompanied by live orchestral performances from over 100 musicians and singers, which is not used in the films themselves and does not appear on movie soundtracks. Here, they get reborn.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 1, 2011 7:45 AM
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Production Watch, Part 2: De Palma's Passion, Untouchables; Jay-Z & Willow Smith's Annie Confirmed

- Brian De Palma is stepping out to direct a remake of France's 2010 psychodrama Crime d'amour (Love Crime), with the title Passion. "Not since Dressed to Kill have I had a chance to combine eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder into one spellbinding cinematic experience," De Palma told Variety. Set in the UK, the France-Germany-UK-Spain co-production is in the works at Paris-based SBS Productions (they also have Polanski's Gods of Carnage in the works with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly). Productions like this are moving away from U.S. financing due to the limitations of the U.S. market, according to SBS's Ben Said: "Movies of this kind are very difficult to make today in the U.S. because the U.S. doesn't have co-productions and the studios are not interested in making them." The original Love Crime starred Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier as feuding exes - one of whom ends up murdered by the other. De Palma's cast is expected to be announced by the start of Cannes this May.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 27, 2011 11:39 AM
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