As beloved and iconic as it is, let’s face the facts: the original film of Annie is looking a little crusty these days. Sure, it has its charms and it’s going to exist as long as someone pays to keep it in print, but it feels more like a curiosity. It’s no longer vital. So it’s easy to understand why the new version… Continue reading Movie Musicals That Deserve a Fancy New Reboot Like 'Annie'
Is Steven Spielberg really going to remake West Side Story? Who knows, but according to Deadline he’s interested in doing something with the 1961 classic, itself an adaptation of a stage production that retooled Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (itself a remake of Ovid’s Pyramus and Thisbe). Maybe he just wants to give the familiar story yet another update of some kind. Probably nothing will ever come of… Continue reading Which Movie Musicals Would You Like Remade by Your Favorite Directors?
Rediscover the magic of Fred Astaire in Second Chorus and Royal Wedding. Marvel at the incredible dance moves of Cyd Charisse and Jane Powell in Black Tights and Delightfully Dangerous. Relive the magic of jazz legends like Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, The Dorsey Brothers, Count Basie and Sarah Vaughn… Continue reading Musicals Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection
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Major disclaimer: Comic-Con messed me up… Continue reading Criterion Corner #8: The Musicals That Could Save The Genre
EASTER PARADE Strolling along 5th Avenue or bumming around as A Couple of Swells, Judy Garland and Fred Astaire lead a parade of music (17 Irving Berlin tunes and an Academy Award-winning adaptation score)… Continue reading TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: American Musicals (The Band Wagon / Meet Me in St. Louis / Singin' in the Rain / Easter Parade)