For Clint Eastwood, It Was Almost ‘Go Ahead, Make My Play’

JERSEY BOYSDirecting the movie version of the big Broadway hit Jersey Boys represents a homecoming to the career Clint Eastwood almost had.

While he’s been a Hollywood fixture for six decades, winning four Academy Awards along the way, he revealed to us that instead of heading to Tinseltown to find his fame, he had strongly considered the Great White Way. (Click on the media bar hear Clint Eastwood)

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The Band Fun Inspired by Broadway Musicals?

118The music band Fun has found major success within the past year. Their song We are Young was a major hit last year, and was at the top of the music charts for four weeks. After that single, the band followed it up with another hit single, Some Nights. Their latest song, Carry On, is another huge hit.

Fans are loving these songs. Fun band member Jack Antonoff told us that they are heavily influenced by Broadway musicals such as Spring Awakening and Xanadu, which has inspired them not only with their songs, but when they perform in concert. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jack Antonoff)

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Jane Lynch ‘Annie’-mated In Her Enthusiasm For New Broadway Gig

124Jane Lynch is one of the most enjoyable people to watch on television. Her character on Glee, Coach Sue Sylvester, is always entertaining. Lynch may be taking some aspects of Coach Sue over to her next project.

According to The New York Times, starting May 16, 2013, Lynch will play the role of Miss Hannigan, the alcoholic caretaker of girls in the foster home, in the Broadway revival of “Annie.” The show is currently running on Broadway with Katie Finneran playing that role. Many will remember Carol Burnett, who played that role in the 1982 film (directed by Academy Award winning director John Huston).

Lynch, who has a family and a very busy work schedule, told us that in order for her to take on any projects other than Glee, it has to be a role that she has passion for.

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A Stellar Cast Brings ‘August: Osage County’ From Stage To Screen

august1Soon to be seen in the harrowing true-life drama THE IMPOSSIBLE as a husband trying desperately to reconnect with a family pulled apart by the effects of a devastating tsunami, actor EWAN McGREGOR has just wrapped his work on the highly anticipated film adaptation of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. A domestic comedy/drama that captivated audiences and critics on both coasts, the film is directed by JOHN WELLS from TRACY LETTS’ own adaptation of his play and boasts a stellar cast that includes MERYL STREEP, EWAN McGREGOR, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, JULIETTE LEWIS, ABIGAIL BRESLIN, JULIA ROBERTS, DERMOT MULRONEY, SAM SHEPARD, CHRIS COOPER, JULIANNE NICHOLSON and MARGO MARTINDALE. During our recent interview, McGREGOR seemed pleased with the filming of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and its faithfulness to the source material.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is in post-production and slated for release sometime next year
THE IMPOSSIBLE opens in theaters later this month

‘Les Miserables’ Director Tom Hooper Claims The Times Are Ripe For A Revolutionary Musical

les_miserablesWell, nothing says “holidays” quite like poverty, pestilence, civil war and oppression than the songs that celebrate them. Opening in theaters on Christmas day, LES MISERABLES is the big screen adaptation of the hugely successful stage musical based on VICTOR HUGO’S 1862 novel. Directed for the screen by TOM HOOPER, the cast includes HUGH JACKMAN, RUSSELL CROWE, ANNE HATHAWAY, EDDIE REDMAYNE, AMANDA SEYFRIED, SACHA BARON COHEN and HELENA BONHAM-CARTER. Despite what would seem to be the melancholy nature of the story, it is ultimately one of hope and survival, two virtues that have a place in today’s world. At a press conference to promote the film, director TOM HOOPER explained that now is the perfect time to release LES MIZ. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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LES MISERABLES opens in theaters 12/25