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Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay on the 'Anchorman' musical that almost was

To millions of Anchorman fans around the world, the news that Will Ferrell’s blow-dried, self-mythologizing, jazz-flute-playing newsman Ron Burgundy is coming back to the big screen in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a veritable ticket to Pleasure Town. But if things had taken a slightly different turn along the way, we might now be talking about the Anchorman Broadway musical instead of the movie sequel. And no, that’s not a joke.

Ferrell and his frequent collaborator Adam McKay, who directed the original Anchorman in 2004, first started kicking around the idea of a sequel around 2008. But despite the movie’s growing cult status, the prospects looked iffy at best. With the original movie having grossed an unspectacular $84 million, Paramount Pictures wasn’t in a hurry to make a follow-up. Then in 2009, following Ferrell’s successful run as President George W. Bush in the Broadway show You’re Welcome America, McKay had one of those so-crazy-it-just-might-work ideas: What if they did the second Anchorman as a Broadway musical?
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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' to open Oscars Outdoors screening series; See full lineup

It’s much ado about movies at Oscars Outdoors this summer.

The screening series launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year is returning to Los Angeles this summer, along with some New York screenings in partnership with Rooftop Films Summer Series.

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Two princes kneel before you: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine in talks to join 'Into the Woods'

The latest stars to be subjected to “yes, but can they sing?” scrutiny: Heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine, potentially. EW has confirmed that Gyllenhaal is in talks to join Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods, the 1987 Stephen Sondheim musical about interwoven fairy tales. Deadline writes that Pine, too, is in talks for the film, though his rep would not confirm the news.

The actors are up for the roles of Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince. There’s no word yet on which would be playing which. (Cinderella’s Prince is the bigger part, though.)

If their deals go through, Gyllenhaal and Pine will join a cast that already includes Meryl Streep (The Witch), Gavin & Stacey‘s James Corden (The Baker), and Johnny Depp (The Wolf, a role traditionally played by the same actor as Cinderella’s Prince in stage productions). A screenplay reading last October featured actors including Anna Kendrick (Cinderella) and Allison Janney (Jack’s Mother), though there’s no word yet on whether any of those actors will be cast in the film.

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Oscars: 'Chicago' cast to reunite as Academy Award presenters

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The producers of the Oscars telecast have announced the music-heavy Feb. 24 show will feature a reunion of the cast of Chicago. Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who won a supporting actress award for her role in the film) will attend the event as presenters.

It’s no surprise that Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were able to pull the strings necessary to get them all together again — they served as executive producers of the movie musical, which won Best Picture in 2003. READ FULL STORY

'Easy A' director Will Gluck in talks to helm 'Annie' remake with music by Jay-Z

Will Gluck , writer-director of Easy A and Friends with Benefits, is in negotiations to helm Sony’s film adaptation of 1977 Broadway musical Annie, EW has confirmed. The project will be Gluck’s fourth movie for the studio. He is also expected to revise the screenplay for the new film version of Annie, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).

“At the helm of Annie, [Gluck] will bring to this film all the charm of the original Broadway production while also appealing to a new generation,” Doug Belgrad, president of Sony’s Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio, said in a release.
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Barbra Streisand to perform at Oscars

Hello, gorgeous.

Though Barbra Streisand has won two Academy Awards, she’s only performed at the ceremony once — nearly four decades ago. But today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed that Streisand will sing at this year’s Oscars telecast on Sunday, Feb. 24. “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”

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Producers prep big-screen 'Jekyll & Hyde': 'It's long overdue'

If things go according to plan, Dr. Jekyll will be undergoing one more transformation: to the silver screen.

EW has confirmed that the producers behind Jekyll & Hyde (the musical) are planning a big-screen adaptation, with a hopeful eye toward a 2014 release.

“I think it’s long overdue, a musical version if it,” said Rick Nicita, one of the show’s producers, alongside Phoenix Pictures CEO Mike Medavoy.

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'Les Miserables': Enjolras actor Aaron Tveit on filming 'Red and Black' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Before every great battle there is a rallying of the troops, a rousing speech. In Les Misérables that speech is “Red and Black,” sung by the students-turned-revolutionaries on the eve of the Paris Uprising of 1832.

The musical number centers on the revolutionaries’ leader, Enjolras, as he reminds his friends what they are fighting for. In the film adaptation of the beloved musical, set to hit theaters tomorrow, stage and film actor Aaron Tveit plays Enjolras. Les Mis is Tveit’s first movie musical, but he came to the project with many Broadway productions under his belt, including Hairspray, Wicked and Catch Me If You Can.

Check out an exclusive clip from “Red and Black” below, then read on for Tveit’s memories from shooting the musical number.

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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): How the music in 'Pitch Perfect' became aca-awesome

This fall, the music of Pitch Perfect joined a crowded field of soundtracks that cover well-loved songs, but even with shows like Glee, Smash, American Idol and The Voice hitting the scene well before it, the movie that put the spotlight on collegiate a cappella made its mark. EW talked to director Jason Moore and music supervisors Julianne Jordan and Julia Michels about getting together the music for the film about an all-girls a cappella group determined to achieve national music competition glory. For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.

Song selection

Jordan and Michels had a major challenge ahead of them when they signed on to Pitch Perfect: working with a script in which the songs were all placeholders and not a sure deal, they had to choose and secure rights to what ended up being about 40 songs for the film. Michels calls the endeavor “a very big, tedious and fun process.” The requirements for each song: “It had to work right in the scene and tell the story, it had to translate to the actors on-camera, and it had to sound good a cappella,” she says. READ FULL STORY

'The Aristocats' on Blu-ray: Songwriter Richard Sherman reflects on the Disney classic and working with Walt

Aristocats

Before The Princess and the Frog dazzled a generation of Justin Bieber- and Miley Cyrus-loving kids with New Orleans jazz, Disney’s The Aristocats introduced kids of the 1970s to jazz of the circa 1910 French variety.

Tuesday Disney released The Aristocats on Blu-ray, and to commemorate the release, EW chatted with Richard Sherman, who wrote some of the film’s music along with his late brother, Robert Sherman. (In the photo below, that’s Richard on the left, Robert on the right.) The duo composed two songs for the 1970 film about a collection of musically gifted cats: the title song and “Scales and Arpeggios,” along with deleted song “Pourquoi?” sung by Hermione Baddeley as Madame Bonfamille, and its reprise, “She Never Felt Alone,” sung by Robie Lester as Duchess.

Sherman appears in a special feature about those deleted songs on the Blu-ray release, which edited together storyboards from the planned scenes with original recordings of the songs.

“It was a big kick seeing those storyboards again after 40 years and telling the story of how it was supposed to have started,” Sherman said.

The Sherman Brothers’ long career with Disney also included such hits as The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins (they invented the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”), as well as music for many of the theme park rides in Disneyworld, Disneyland and Epcot.

Sherman talked with EW about his work for The Aristocats, which singer brought his songs to a level he never expected and what’s next in the legacy of Disney animated musicals – a format that the House of Mouse departed from for 12 years between Mulan and The Princess and the Frog. READ FULL STORY

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