‘Aladdin’: Here’s the First Full Look at Will Smith’s Genie (Video)

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Disney unleashed a surprise in the middle of Sunday’s Grammy Awards: a TV spot for its upcoming live-action remake of “Aladdin” with the first full look at Will Smith’s genie.

“You really don’t know who I am?” Smith’s very blue genie tells Mena Massoud’s Aladdin at the end of the one-minute clip in a role first voiced by Robin Williams in the studio’s 1992 animated hit. “Genies, wishes, lamp — none of that ringing a bell?”

The new live-action “Aladdin” stars Massoud as a charming street rat who meets the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and a fast-talking Genie who may be the key to their future.

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Guy Ritchie directs from a script by John August and Ritchie.

The film also stars Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.

The film is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers.

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Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and two new songs written by Menken and “La La Land” songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The movie hits theaters May 24.

Watch the new footage below.

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‘Wicked’ Movie Musical Set for Holiday 2021 Release

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Universal Pictures has announced that the movie adaptation of the popular Broadway musical “Wicked” will be released in theatres on Dec. 22, 2021.

Stephen Daldry is directing the filmed version of the stage musical, which is being produced by Marc Platt, who is known for “La La Land,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Into the Woods.”

An untitled DreamWorks animated film that was originally scheduled for that date is now undated, and will receive a release date at a later time.

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Winnie Holzman (“My So-Called Life”), who adapted the book for the stage from the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, and three-time Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, are collaborating on the screenplay.

“Wicked” serves as a sort-of prequel to the 1939 MGM film “The Wizard of Oz” and is a retelling of the story. It tells of how Elphaba, a green-skinned girl, goes through life and relationships in school while befriending Glinda the Good Witch, all before she becomes the iconic Wicked Witch of the West and right up until Dorothy drops in.

The two roles were popularized in the original Broadway cast by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.

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In 2016, “Wicked’s” total Broadway revenue surpassed $1 billion, making it only the third Broadway show to ever pass that mark, joining “The Phantom of the Opera” and “The Lion King.” And in 2017, “Wicked” surpassed “The Phantom of the Opera” as Broadway’s second-highest grossing show behind “The Lion King.”

Universal originally had “Wicked” slated for a December 2019 release, but Universal filled that slot with another movie adaptation of a long-running stage musical, “Cats.”

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Stage Musical to Become Universal Film With Marc Platt Producing

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“Dear Evan Hansen,” the Tony-winning stage musical, is being adapted into a feature film. Universal has acquired the rights to develop the project for the screen, and Marc Pratt (“La La Land,” “Into the Woods”) will produce along with Adam Siegel, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Stephen Chbosky, the director of “Wonder” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” is also in early negotiations to direct “Dear Evan Hansen,” according to the individual. Steven Levenson, who wrote the original book for “Dear Evan Hansen,” will write the screenplay.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the music and lyrics for the stage production, sold the rights to Universal. Pasek and Paul won an Oscar for Best Original Song for “City of Stars” from “La La Land.” And they’re also expected to be executive producers on the film, along with Levenson.

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“Dear Evan Hansen” is the story of a high school senior with the titular name who has severe social anxiety and has trouble connecting with others and making friends. After the suicide of a classmate, Hansen gets caught in a lie that brings him closer to his classmate’s family.

The 2016 Broadway production was nominated for nine Tony awards and won six, including Best Musical and Best Score.

Platt has produced several musicals, including “La La Land” and “Into the Woods,” and is also the father of Ben Platt, who won the Tony award for his lead role in “Dear Evan Hansen” when it debuted on Broadway.

Levenson and Chbosky are repped by WME. Pasek, Paul and Levenson are repped by CAA.

Deadline was first to report.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Songwriters Discuss Pair Of Awards-Contending Tunes & The Artistic Crucible In Following Up A Classic

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Comprising one of contemporary Hollywood’s great songwriting duos—who brought music and lyrics to Broadway hit Hairspray, and collaborated on acclaimed NBC musical drama Smash, among many other projects—Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman faced …

Fox Buys ‘Saturday Night Special’ Police Soap From Robert Specland & Marc Platt

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Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Saturday Night Special, a police drama from Black List writer Robert Specland (Nyad), producer Marc Platt (La La Land, Fox’s Grease: Live!) and 20th Century Fox TV, where Platt’s Marc Platt …

Treat: NBC Sets ‘Wicked’ Halloween Concert With Hosts Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth

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Something wicked this way comes: NBC is airing a Halloween concert special timed to the 15th anniversary of hit Broadway musical “Wicked.” The show’s original Elphaba and Glinda, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, will host the broadcast-TV special.

“A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway” will air on Monday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and feature songs from the stage-blockbuster’s soundtrack. The format is not to be confused with NBC’s annual live-musical TV presentations or the recent Emmy winner “Jesus Christ Superstar,” in which the performers also acted out the play.

“This televised concert featuring songs from the blockbuster musical hit ‘Wicked’ will showcase a cavalcade of special guest stars to help celebrate the music and the magic of the show that tells the story of what happened in Oz before Dorothy dropped in,” per NBC.

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That “cavalcade” (good word, NBC publicists!) includes Ariana Grande, Pentatonix and the current Broadway company of “Wicked,” among others still to be announced.

“‘Wicked’ is a blockbuster musical playing all over the world and still selling out night after night after 15 years on Broadway, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Emmy and Tony-winning producer Marc Platt and the entire ‘Wicked’ team to celebrate the enduring success of this show,” said Doug Vaughan, executive vice president, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. “We’re especially excited to have Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunited along with big guest stars in front of an audience – in costume hopefully – to help us celebrate the Halloween season.”

The show will tape at New York’s Marquis Theater and be produced by the original “Wicked” team, including Marc Platt. Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment will also produce. Weiss is director.

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Again, “A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway” will air on Monday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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Reese Witherspoon, MGM Bringing The Gang Back For ‘Legally Blonde 3’

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EXCLUSIVE: MGM is near a deal with Reese Witherspoon to reprise her role as the precocious, idealistic Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3, and they’ve brought back most of the creative team from the first film.
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‘The Prince And The Dressmaker’ Feature Rights Acquired By Universal & Marc Platt

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and Marc Platt have snapped up feature rights to The Prince and the Dressmaker, a graphic novel from Jen Wang which has crossover YA elements in it and in more ways than one. The story is a sweet one, it is about the friendship between a seamstress named Frances and a Prince named Sebastian, whose parents are looking for a bride for him. We were told this was a competitive bidding situation.
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Lionsgate to Develop World War II Story ‘How the Girl Guides Won the War’

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Lionsgate is developing British World War II book “How the Girl Guides Won the War” with “La La Land” producer Marc Platt on board. The studio is also in talk with Walden Media to come on as a producer. It also hired “Everything, Everything” screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe to adapt the script from Janie Hampton’s […]

Lionsgate Options ‘Girls Guides’ Book For Producer Marc Platt & Walden Media; Writer Hired To Adapt

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EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has optioned the rights to the book How the Girl Guides Won the War for producer Marc Platt which the company is negotiating with now with Walden Media. The project is not yet titled. J. Mills Goodloe has already been brought aboard to pen a feature adaptation. Goodloe has a very good track record as a writer with such projects as Everything, Everything, The Mountain Between Us and Age of Adaline.
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John Legend to Play Jesus in NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’

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Good God: John Legend is set to play Jesus in NBC’s upcoming live TV musical adaptation of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live.” The R&B star will join Alice Cooper — the production’s previously announced King Herod — in the Easter Sunday rock opera.

“We’re all overjoyed to have world-class musical artist and producer John Legend starring as Jesus,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment. “This score demands a singer with an amazing range and an actor with great depth, and there isn’t anyone better to bring this story to a new audience. His casting is also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a new way.”

“John Legend is a superstar,” added Tim Rice, the lyricist of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “As a performer, his voice is infectious and effortless. As an actor, he is believable and honest. I’m thrilled he will be able to share his portrayal of Jesus with the world.”

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“I’m thrilled to join the cast of this production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,’” Legend said. “It’s such a powerful, meaningful musical and I’m humbled to be part of this performance. We’ve already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I’m certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice.”

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!” will be executive produced by Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius. David Leveaux is set to direct the show, which will open in front of a large audience at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

The companies behind those credits are Universal Television, The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions and Zadan/Meron Productions.

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‘Greatest Showman’ Cast to Perform Live Trailer During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story’ Musical

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Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya are all participating in a one-of-a-kind marketing experiment from 20th Century Fox, staging a live trailer for their new musical “The Greatest Showman.”

The stars will perform a two-and-a-half minute music spectacle in support of the film, during Fox’s live staging of the musical “A Christmas Story Live” this Sunday. Newcomer Keale Settle, who plays the bearded lady in the film about P.T. Barnum, will join them for the stunt.

“As we continue to drive innovation in both our programming and ad products, we are thrilled to be working in partnership with our sister film studio in this exciting live holiday event,” said Suzanne Sullivan, Executive Vice President of Entertainment Ad Sales for Fox Networks Group.

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“We can’t wait to watch as Hugh, Zac, Zendaya and Keala make history and unwrap the first-ever live theatrical commercial on FOX’s air.”

As if “A Christmas Story” wasn’t heavy enough lifting, the “Showman” crew will take up a stage adjacent to the TV special, which stars Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick and Jane Krakowski on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA.

Warner Horizon Unscripted and Alternative Television are producing “Christmas Story.”

Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land,” “Wicked”) and Adam Siegel (“Grease: Live”) executive produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (“Grease: Live,” “Anything but Love,” “Ira & Abby”) serve as co-executive producers.

“Showman” also counts Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson in its ensemble. It opens nationwide on Dec. 20.

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Jane Krakowski and Chris Diamantopoulos Join Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live!’

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Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!” has cast Jane Krakowski and Chris Diamantopoulos in featured roles.

The Tony-winning “30 Rock” alum joins the live TV musical as Ralphie’s teacher, Miss Shields, while the “Silicon Valley” actor will play the kid’s dad. The two join previously announced cast members Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick and newcomer Andy Walken as the young hero.

Rudolph is Ralphie’s mom, Broderick plays the narrator — adult Ralphie — and Walken will be the 9-year-old holding out hope for a Red Ryder BB gun.

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From Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, “A Christmas Story Live!” is inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”

The television adaptation will be filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

“A Christmas Story Live!” will be produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary serving as co-executive producers and writers. Scott Ellis is an executive producer and will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction. Alex Rudzinski is an executive producer and will serve as the live television director.

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Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who composed the original score to “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” will compose several new songs for the live television event.

They shared an Oscar this year for their lyrics to the “La La Land” song “City of Stars.”

“A Christmas Story Live!” airs Sunday, December 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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Broadway’s ‘War Paint’ Will Shutter Earlier Than Planned

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Fox Developing ‘Shine’ Dance Drama From Marc Platt & ‘Step Up’s Duane Adler

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Fox Buys ‘Adam & Eva’ Drama Based On Dutch Format From Marc Platt, Steven Levenson & Scripted World

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Fox’s Live ‘Rent’ Gets 2019 Premiere Date

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Fox’s live production of the Tony-winning musical “Rent” will air on Sunday, January 27, 2019, the network announced Monday.

“Rent” is a three-hour production and does not currently have a director or cast attached. Fox announced in May that “Rent” was on the way, but there was not yet a planned premiere date at that time.

The project is executive produced by Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land”), Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson. Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine are also executive producing.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical from the late writer/composer Jonathan Larson celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Last month, Fox Television Group CEO and co-chairman Dana Walden told reporters that the company was still “genuinely excited” about its version of “Rent” despite the delays.

Live musicals remain trendy despite inherent challenges. ABC’s “Little Mermaid Live” and NBC’s “Bye Bye Birdie” have both seen their launches postponed recently.

“Rent” airs at 7:00 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, on Fox.

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‘A Christmas Story’: Maya Rudolph To Star In Fox Live Musical, Which Gets Premiere Date – TCA

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Fox has cast Maya Rudolph as the female lead of its newest live musical event, A Christmas Story, which will air Dec. 17.
Saturday Night Live alum who also showed her song-and-dance chops on a short-lived NBC variety show, Rudolph will star as the mother of nine-year old protagonist Ralphie Parker.
Fox saw a ratings dip in 2016 with its Tyler Perry Passion musical, compared with the strong numbers it got from Grease: Live in 2015. Platt is also producing a live version o

Voltage, Prime Universe Acquire Brian Edward Hill Horror Spec Script

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Voltage Pictures and Prime Universe Films are teaming up to produce Brian Edward Hill’s untitled supernatural horror/thriller spec which was picked up in a pre-emptive bid.

The story remains under wraps, but is described as a supernatural “Se7en” with a female lead. Voltage Pictures will be financing the film.

Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Ara Keshishian are set to produce along with Prime Universe’s Adrian Askarieh. Giulio Marantonio is also on board to produce.


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Voltage and Prime Universe will be going out to directors imminently and are aiming to cast the lead with a significant name.

Hill is a writer/creator who has been continuously working in Film, Television and Comics. He has written such titles as “Romulus,” “Postal,” “NetherWorld,” and “7 Days in Hell” for Image/Top Cow Comics. “Postal” was acquired by HULU and is currently in development with producer Matt Tolmach and Legendary TV. This past season, Bryan wrote on the hit Starz series”Ash vs Evil Dead.” He previously sold “Gone” with producer Marc Platt to Universal Studios, and wrote”The Russian Specialist” for Nu Image/Millennium Films.

Hill is represented by ICM, Heroes and Villains Entertainment and attorney Jeff Hynick.

Deadline first reported the news.

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