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Watch the new leggy lamp teaser for A Christmas Story Live! from Fox

Time to get your Red Ryder Range Model Carbine-Action Bb Gun primed and polished for Fox’s mega live event for Christmas! On December 17, Fox will air a live version of the family favorite 1983 film A Christmas Story — and the official teaser has just dropped. The setting of the original, based on Jean Shepherd’s 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, is small-town America in 1940, just ahead of the Christmas holidays. Fox’s three-hour live musical event will keep true to the period but it was revealed at the summer Television Critics Association press tour...read more
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Maya Rudolph to Star in Fox's Live Musical 'A Christmas Story’

Maya Rudolph to Star in Fox's Live Musical 'A Christmas Story’
Maya Rudolph is heading to Fox!

The Saturday Night Live alum will star in Fox’s live holiday musical production of A Christmas Story, Fox announced Tuesday during the Fox portion of the summer Television Critics Association press tour.

Related: 'Rent' and 'A Christmas Story' Live Musicals Coming to Fox

Rudolph will play the mother of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker. The 45-year-old actress is no stranger to singing. She was a backup singer for several years before SNL, performed with The Rentals and is in a Prince cover band with her friend, Gretchen Lieberum.

A Christmas Story: The Musical is based on the 1983 classic film, which was written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and the 1966 novel, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Shepherd. The musical takes place in 1940s Indiana and centers on a child named Ralphie, who wants a Red Ryder Bb Gun for Christmas.

Tony and Oscar
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‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Set at Fox

‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Set at Fox
A Christmas Story” will be the subject of the next live musical at Fox, Variety has learned.

The production, which will air this December, will be based on the Broadway musical version of the beloved film of the same name, about a Midwestern boy named Ralphie who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder Bb gun for Christmas. The film has achieved cult status since its release in 1983, with TBS annually airing a 24-hour marathon of the film during the holiday season.

Marc Platt, who previously collaborated with Fox on “Grease: Live,” will executive produce along with Adam Siegel, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary co-executive producing and writing. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Tony Award nominees for the musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” and lyricists of “La La Land’s” Academy Award-winning song, “City of Stars,” also scored “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” and will compose several new songs for the live television event. It
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‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Event from Marc Platt to Air on Fox This December

‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Event from Marc Platt to Air on Fox This December
Fox is joining the holiday season live musical derby, announcing plans to mount a live three-hour musical version of “A Christmas Story” this December.

A Christmas Story” will become Fox’s first musical event since last year’s “Grease: Live!,” which was executive produced by Marc Platt. Platt is once again on board for “A Christmas Story,” and the news comes just days after NBC announced that Platt would help mount “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” for the Peacock network next Easter.

Fox’s “A Christmas Story” will take elements from both the 1980s feature, which has become an annual TV staple, as well the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”

Read More: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Live TV Event Comes to NBC Next Easter

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who scored “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” and will compose several new songs for the Live television event,
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‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Event from Marc Platt to Air on Fox This December

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‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Event from Marc Platt to Air on Fox This December
Fox is joining the holiday season live musical derby, announcing plans to mount a live three-hour musical version of “A Christmas Story” this December.

A Christmas Story” will become Fox’s first musical event since last year’s “Grease: Live!,” which was executive produced by Marc Platt. Platt is once again on board for “A Christmas Story,” and the news comes just days after NBC announced that Platt would help mount “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” for the Peacock network next Easter.

Fox’s “A Christmas Story” will take elements from both the 1980s feature, which has become an annual TV staple, as well the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”

Read More: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Live TV Event Comes to NBC Next Easter

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who scored “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” and will compose several new songs for the Live television event,
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Hollywood’s New Leaders: Film

Richard Baker, 39

Exec VP, marketing and distribution, FilmNation Entertainment

Take one self-described nerd, mix marketing expertise gained at the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival and the Weinstein Co., and hire him at FilmNation to oversee marketing plus distribution on Benedict Cumberbatch starrer “The Imitation Game.” Result? A record $7 million purchase of “Imitation” by TWC at Berlin for the likely Oscar contender. Title aside, Baker is a jack of many trades, having shaped the studio’s brand and art-directed the “Imitation” reel that secured its purchase. He recalls his first boss, an “eccentric chain-smoking old-school theater manager” who “never hid her mistakes.” “It’s Ok to ask stupid questions,” he says. “But only once.”

Gillian Bohrer, 36

Exec VP production, Lionsgate

Bohrer has only had to interview once for a job. When she felt ready to move up in the world, her company evolved from Summit Entertainment (where she started 11 years ago) to Lionsgate.
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The Good Wife, Ep. 6.03, “Dear God”: Life’s too short to spend time in court

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The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 3: “Dear God

Written by Luke Schelhaas

Directed by Brooke Kennedy

Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS

Remember its early seasons, when The Good Wife was a smart, but often pretty formulaic legal procedural that delighted in exploring odd, archaic, or simply rare avenues of legal practice just for the sheer novel kick of it? Long stretches of “Dear God” feel like a throwback to that simpler, less ethically fraught time, albeit with a much heftier dose of series memory. The episode’s relatively breezy tone makes for a nice tonal break in what is shaping up to be a heavy season, but some of the attempts to keep the broader season-arc pieces moving in the other parts of the episode are markedly less successful.

In the case of “Dear God,” the odd legal avenue of the week is arbitrary Christian arbitration, wherein an
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The Power of Cage Compels You to Gaze Upon the New Trailer and Poster for the Left Behind Remake

We may not be living in the End Times, but we are certainly living in strange times. Nicolas Cage starring in a remake of a Kirk Cameron movie? The power of Cage compels you to feast your eyes upon the official trailer and new poster for the Rapture reboot Left Behind.

A while back we got to see the first footage from the remake of Left Behind featuring Cage uttering something along the lines of "If my wife had to leave me for another man, it might as well be Jesus." Keep in mind the film is not meant to be a comedy.

No. This Left Behind is from the same people responsible for the Kirk Cameron series, but this time they're aiming for more secular viewers by making the film a bit less preachy and a bit more disaster-y. One look at the trailer, and yes, indeed, "disaster" comes to mind.
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Watch the Zippy Early Shorts of Jason Reitman: ‘In God We Trust,’ ‘Gulp’ and ‘Consent’

This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. It is perhaps a bit odd to celebrate the early work of Jason Reitman on the opening weekend of his first critical failure. Labor Day is not only the Canadian director’s first “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s also his first feature to even drop below 80%. Frankly, given the way the film has been kicked about the calendar since its Toronto International Film Festival debut, it seems as if the various people involved would prefer that we not talk about it at all. And so we won’t! (I haven’t seen it yet, anyway.) Instead let’s take a look back at Reitman’s early shorts and program a half-hour film festival brimming with nostalgia for the early 2000s. He directed six of these before his first feature
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Our Holiday Favorites: 'A Christmas Story'

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Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise

I suspect that when most folks are asked what movie is most firmly ingrained in their lives, many would list The Princess Bride, The Godfather or even Scarface. For me it's my holiday favorite that I can watch the year round -- A Christmas Story. I never asked Santa for an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle like Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), but I did want a pink bunny suit -- even if it would mean that I would look like a "deranged Easter Bunny" in the words of Old Man Parker (Darren McGavin).

One of my little idiosyncrasies is throwing movie quotes into everyday conversation, and this film adaptation of the satirical recollection by late humorist and radio personality
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Meek Mill’s Heartbroken Tweets About Lil Snupe’s Alleged Murder

No one is more devastated about the death of aspiring rapper Lil Snupe than his mentor Meek Mill. Read his sad tweets here.

Lil Snupe may be gone, but he will not be forgotten. Rap star Meek Mill was mentoring the up-and-coming artist until the 18-year-old rapper was tragically shot and killed on June 20, and he has been tweeting his remorse at the loss of his protege.

Meek Mill Tweets About Lil Snupe’s Death

Meek found out about Snupe’s sad death on June 20, and has been tweeting a lot since he learned that his talented protege was allegedly murdered.

He wrote a series of tweets:

Dey killed my lil ni**a Snupe! Wtf

#riplilsnupe

Out Louisiana talking 2 my ni**a @moneybagzbadazz about Lil Snupe!

That’s why we don’t play wit people…. We gotta make it back home! #riplilsnupe

#riplilsnupe sh*t feel like a bad dream!
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Trio of Tribeca Documentaries

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In God We Trust

What makes a hero? In God We Trust, a documentary profiling native New Yorker Eleanor Squillari, reminds us that heroism takes many forms. Squillari was personal secretary to the now-notorious Bernard Madoff for 25 years; since Madoff's 2008 arrest, she has distinguished herself as a hero for sure.

Squillari's job as she knew it had its aggravations, as most will (for example, she was constantly "on call") -- but it provided, so she believed, a close group of coworkers and an honest living. When Madoff's lies were exposed, she was personally devastated and found her prospects in jeopardy; try getting another job when you have to tell people you worked with Bernie Madoff for 25 years. She lost her livelihood and a lot of her faith in people, and in the film she's in the process of losing her house.

To regain a sense of control amid the betrayal,
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75,000 Watt Prophet

  • CultureCatch
He was Howard Stern's crazy grandfather, Don Imus's hip cousin, and Wolfman Jack's uber role model. He was the first reporter to hang out with the Beatles when mere mortals weren't allowed within a mile of them, Charles Mingus dug him so much that they improvised a talking/jam together the likes of which has never been equaled in jazz, and he had such a quibble with movie Dr. Strangelove that Stanley Kubrick's mother -- his Mother -- demanded that Stanley go talk to him about it (and after that Kubrick became his friend and begged him to be the voice of Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he turned down). Shel Silverstein, the hippest kid-poet this side of Alice, looked up to him like a guru. Andy Kaufman called him a true comic genius. And, oh, along the way he authored a collection of
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Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Line-Up Announced

  • HeyUGuys
Yesterday the Tribeca Film Festival announced their feature film selections for their Spotlight and Midnight sections which include 21 narrative and 12 documentary projects.

This year’s choices bring us films featuring a bevy of top Hollywood talent including Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti, John Cusack,, Gemma Arterton and Zoe Kazan.

In a press release that accompanied the roster, Genna Terranova, Director of Programming for the festival said: “The documentary films in the Spotlight section this year highlight several famous individuals (including one very cute cat) who use their wit and bold personas to make us think and laugh. A mix of established filmmakers and rising talent top off the rest of the section with features exploring some fresh takes on unconventional relationships.”

The festival will feature the world premieres of several highly-anticipated film projects from indie mainstays like Neil Labute and Richard Linklater, as well as new projects from veteran directors like
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Tribeca Film Festival announces new Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green films for line-up

Tribeca Film Festival announces new Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green films for line-up
The Tribeca Film Festival announced the second half of its movie slate today with a lineup that includes Emma Roberts in Adult World, Zac Efron in racing-cum-farming drama At Any Price, and Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight. The releases are in the following categories, which make up the second half of the festival’s feature list: Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings, and Storyscapes, a new category this year to recognize work in transmedia — films the incorporate web-based and cross-platform elements.

The Spotlight selection — 33 films: 21 narratives and 12 documentaries — stands out for its range of titles, including premieres from indie darlings (Junebug director Phil Morrison,
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'Arrested Development' Rewatch: Season 1, episode 7 - 'In God We Trust'

Welcome to the "Arrested Development" Rewatch. Leading up to the release of Season 4, Zap2it will be taking a look back at the 53 episodes that made the show one of our most beloved TV comedies. We continue with episode 7 of Season 1, "In God We Trust," which first aired Nov. , 2003. Watch the first three seasons of "Arrested Development" on Netflix.

Plot: At the center of "In God We Trust" is the Bluths' participation in the annual Orange County "living masterpieces" pageant. George Sr. and Buster traditionally appear as God and Adam, respectively in Michaelangelo's "The Creation of Adam." But of course this is complicated by George being in jail.

Also, Buster wants out, mostly because he is now dating Lucille Austero and doesn't want anyone to know.

In other plots, Michael and Lindsay get close except for when Lucille purposely breaks them up so as not to present a united front against her.
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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Marty Feldman's Televangelist Satire 'In God We Trust'

Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Marty Feldman's Televangelist Satire 'In God We Trust'
Marty Feldman Week! continues at Trailers from Hell with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing Feldman's "In God We Trust," a satire of televangelists that met with critical derision and terminated his five-year studio contract. Subtitled "Gimme that Prime Time Religion," this was Marty Feldman's reward for the boxoffice success of his previous directorial effort. Finally free of studio interference, he chose to make a trenchant satire of televangelists and religion, only to see it savaged critically and his five-picture studio deal terminated. Seldom revived or televised, it's a ripe candidate for rediscovery.
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"The Good Wife" recap: The most dangerous liar of them all (Ep. 4.6)

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This episode starts with what Ben and Jerry’s would term a cluster-fluff of Lockhart Gardner-ness: sassy drum beats pound in the background while we enter the lawfirm waiting room, where we first scan over a fine looking lady in military uniform. Don’t mind if I do.

Knees.

Across from her is, of course, Dick Husband. He chats with Lady in Uniform, played by Linda Emond, who has been in many things, including The Good Wife in previous seasons, but for whatever reason I remember her best as Headmistress Queller in Gossip Girl. By the way, has something lesbian happened on that show yet, or what? Anyway, we learn that Awful Husband has been in Afghanistan, which seems legit, and maybe that’s where he was all this time--did we know this? Or was he in jail? Is this thrown in to
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Forest Whitaker Set for Desmond Tutu Biopic from Roland Joffe; Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Zegers Part of ‘The Colony’

  • The Film Stage
His considerable and proven talents notwithstanding, the post-Last King of Scotland phase of Forest Whitaker‘s career has been rough, to put it in layman’s terms. The past four years have seen him take on Vantage Point, Repo Men, Our Family Wedding, Powder Blue, and Street Kings, all either complete failures or reported as such — and, perhaps even worse, containing performances that are entirely forgotten. And a Criminal Minds spin-off? Really? Whatever needs to pay the bills, I guess, but this guy’s got on Oscar; CBS dramas should be a last resort.

ScreenDaily is here to make matters a little less dire, telling us that he’ll be pairing with director Roland Joffe on The Archbishop and the Antichrist, a prison-set, slightly fictional story revolving around South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In the film — which Joffe himself adapted from Michael Ashton‘s play — the beloved activist has “a
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Forest Whitaker To Play Desmond Tutu

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Forest Whitaker is set to play Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Roland Joffe's South African prison movie at Lightmotive which currently has the working title of "The Archbishop And The Antichrist" says Screen Daily.

Based on the play by Michael Ashton, the story imagines a meeting between the real Tutu and a boorish white South African mass murderer called Piet Blomfeld.

Joffe ("The Mission," "The Killing Fields") has adapted the play himself. The helmer is currently in post-production on his $30+ million part colonial India-set "Singularity" and is also prepping the thriller "In God We Trust".
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