Documentary ‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Spotlights Origins Of Iconic Musical

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles spotlights the making of Fiddler On The Roof, one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. “Matchmaker” and “If I Were A Rich Man” were just two of the songs featured in the musical, and in 1971 its film adaptation became the highest grossing film of the year.

The original production of Fiddler On The Roof won several Tonys, including for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Actor (Zero Mostel). John Williams received an Oscar for his score of the 1971 feature (Oswald Morris also received an Academy Award for Best Cinematography).

Original cast member Austin Pendleton, Joel Grey, Chaim Topol, Harvey Fierstein, lyricist Sheldon Hanick, director Norman Jewison, and producer Hal Prince are just some of the interviewees featured in the documentary.

Directed by Max Lewkowicz (Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro), Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles hits theaters August 23 via Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles hits theaters August 23.

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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Star Tiffany Haddish Discusses Bond With ‘Keanu’ Vet Catatonic

Tiffany Haddish has seen her star rise to another in just a couple of years thanks to her scene stealing work in Girls Trip and the gone too soon The Carmichael Show. Haddish, who also stars with Tracy Morgan on the series The Last O.G., voices the role of the brave and spirited shih tzu Daisy in The Secret Life of Pets 2. To date, the feature has made over $108 million worldwide.

In real life Haddish is the owner of two dogs and a cat. The feline’s journey with Haddish is an interesting one, as Catatonic is actually one of the kittens featured in the comedy Keanu!

Click on the media bar to hear Haddish talk about how she got Catatonic to get along with her canines.

Co-starring Patton Oswalt and Harrison Ford, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is now playing nationwide.

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Buster Keaton Classics ‘Sherlock Jr.’ And ‘The Navigator’ Land July Release On Blu-Ray

Buster Keaton’s landmark career gets further exploration from Cohen Film Collection with the July 9 release of Sherlock Jr. and The Navigator on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital.

The two films, featured in The Buster Keaton Collection Volume 2, underwent a 4K restoration and contain modern orchestra scores by Timothy Brock and Robert Israel. Cohen Film Collection’s Volume 1 release, which featured The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr., came out in May.

Both Sherlock Jr. and The Navigator were selected for preservation in the National Film Registry due to their cultural, historical, and “aesthetically significant” contributions to cinema.

The Blu-ray and DVD versions of the disc include the featurettes “Buster Keaton: The Great Stone Face,” “Buster Keaton: The Comedian,” and trailers for both movies.

 

 

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How Taron Egerton Put The Rock Into ‘Rocketman’

By design, Rocketman isn’t your ordinary biopic. The retelling of Elton John’s early rise to fame takes a few liberties with the tales, the timelines, and the tunes as it turns his life story into a Mamma Mia-style musical. Playing the role of Elton John, Taron Egerton did his own singing. No pressure there, right? Especially considering that the rock star himself was one of the film’s producers. Egerton, though, told us he embraced the challenge, and that having John on his team actually helped as they crafted new versions of some of his greatest hits. (Click on the media bar below to hear Taron Egerton)

 

Rocketman is playing now in theaters.

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‘Aladdin’s’ Genie, Will Smith, Wishes Young People Would Learn Love Lessons From The Movie

Sure, the star of the movie may be a big blue genie, but at the heart of Aladdin is an old-fashioned love story between a princess and a “street rat.” Will Smith, who stars as the aforementioned Genie, is a big fan of the movie’s romance, and he thinks today’s “swipe right” generation could learn a thing or two from Jasmine and Aladdin. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)

Aladdin is playing now in theaters.

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Marc Maron Embarks On Priceless Antique Journey In ‘Sword of Trust’ Trailer

Podcast enthusiasts know Marc Maron for his seminal work on WTF with Marc Maron, and Netflix users probably known him for GLOW. The 55-year-old’s popularity is at an all-time high, and on the cinema side the improv-based feature Sword of Trust also looks to be a keeper.

The project, which reteams him with director Lynn Shelton (she’s directed several GLOW episodes), centers on a pawnshop owner (Maron) who discovers an antique, Civil War era sword owned by a woman named Cynthia (Jillian Bell) is actually a hot ticket on the black market. Michaela Watkins and Jon Bass round out the ensemble. Check out the the funny trailer below and tell us what you think!

Sword of Trust hits New York July 12 and the following week it comes out On Demand and in Los Angeles.

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