Back to the Future – The Musical

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I am trying to remain as calm as possible as I write this, but it looks like we are getting as close as we can to a new Back to the Future movie as humanly possible; a musical is being made to coincide the 30th anniversary of the first film. The original team behind the franchise, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, have stated that they are going to be behind this venture; which is to be released in London in 2015 and then move over onto Broadway after its initial run is over.

Alan Silvestri is going to be providing the music and lyrics for the musical, as he was the composer for the original films.

Basically, fans needn’t worry that this project isn’t in safe hands.

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“The Back to the Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years. We’re thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake. Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film’s composer Alan Silvestri composing the music, with lyrics by Glen Ballard who has also collaborated with Zemeckis before on many projects. With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy. We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining, and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.”

Jamie Lloyd, the director of the show has also shown his excitement for the show:

“I was five when I saw Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s landmark movie, Back to the Future, and I have been a huge fan ever since. I am thrilled to be directing and co-writing this exciting new musical based on their masterful film, which has become embedded in our popular culture. Rather than attempt to recreate such an iconic movie on stage, we have assembled a brilliant artistic team to discover a unique theatrical language to take audiences on a journey through time in a vibrant, unexpected way. The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience. Steven Spielberg once described the film as a musical and whilst we are incorporating some of the original, exhilarating score and songs, Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard’s witty, infectious and heartfelt new songs are the perfect springboard to tell this uplifting story anew.”

I for one am over the moon about this news, but I think I will be needing a DeLorean if I want any chance of getting hold of a ticket for this.

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“A Million Ways To Die In The West” Red Band Trailer

Here is the red band trailer (so we get swearing and dirty jokes!) for the latest movie from Seth MacFarlane. It is full of the usual crude humour that has become his calling card, with works such as Family Guy, American Dad and his last movie, Ted. A Million Ways To Die In The West certainly doesn’t look like it is going to be a change in style from any of them.

I just hope they haven’t put all of the jokes into this trailer, but when it comes to MacFarlane and crew you know you are in for some laughs!

Almighties Origins Review

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Out now from Sam Johnson and Mike Gagnon is the prequel to the hit comic from last month The Almighties.

Whilst the first issue threw us right into the action of the group, this 7 page prequel comic gives us a bit more insight into the lives of the characters before they were the team as we know them now. It may seem strange to have produced such a short comic to give so much information to the readers, but Johnson and Gagnon manage to do it with the same style, flair and humour found in the first issue.

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The highlights of the comic include a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to An American Werewolf in London in the origin story for Phineus Clayworth, fingers crossed you’ll know what I am talking about when you read the issue; and a rather brilliant use of The A-Team introduction.

It seems that both Johnson and Gagnon, who have both written stories for this issue, are having a great time and a lot of fun making this comic and it really shows! The pair are really a talent to look out for and I can’t wait to see the rest of their story.

Almighties Origins is available to Read or Download FREE at www.thealmighties.com

 

Heckler – Review

Heckler is a 2007 documentary from stand-up comedian and actor, Jamie Kennedy.

The premise starts off a simple one, in which a variety of comedians are asked about how they feel about hecklers during their shows. It is a problem that has always been around in the world of comedy but over recent years has gotten progressively worse. All in all, the general consensus from those interviewed is that hecklers are a complete pain in the behind and bring nothing to the show. There are a few that enjoy the idea of the heckler and want to show the audience that they are in charge and the show is still about them; not some drunken idiot that sits in the back and shouts out “You’re rubbish” over and over again until they hopefully get a laugh.

About a third of the way in the film shifts in its tone and purpose. Kennedy uses the documentary for his own gain and starts to address why people don’t like his movies; the main one being Son of the Mask. He invites online critics to meet with him and talk about why they didn’t like his movie. Some of the writers seem to attack him on a purely personal level and he takes great offence at this. They have moved past merely just reviewing the movie as a simple piece of cinema and bashing him for being ‘Jamie Kennedy’. The personal element the Kennedy brings to this part of the documentary shows that even though someone is in the spotlight, they still have to deal with everyday criticism’s about their work; but this time it is on a worldwide scale as anyone with access to the internet can now voice their opinion.

It feels rather strange writing a review about a movie about reviewers, but hey, we live in a crazy world!

Throughout this segment of the film, Kennedy manages to get the thoughts and opinions from various people in the film industry such as Rob ZombieEli RothCarrie Fisher and even George Lucas. This still doesn’t manage to detract away from Kennedy and his mission to find out why people don’t like movies. They merely act as a breathing space between his scenes. 

One of the highlights of the film is a segment in which director Uwe Boll invites some of online critics to come and actually fight him in a boxing ring. It is so absurd, but just goes to show that even though his movies have been slated again and again, he still has an immense about of passion for what he does.

Whilst the two halves of the movie may not gel together completely, it is clear to see that Kennedy has intended to use the idea of comedy heckler’s as a way of bridging the gap into online critics; who are actually referred to heckler’s in the movie. I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this movie and even though some may see it as a chance for actors and comics to have a rant about how people don’t understand their work and should just leave them alone so they carry on how they want to; it is nice for them to actually have a chance to voice their side of the argument.

Seth Rogen Shares First Picture From “Sausage Party”

Earlier this year Seth Rogen announced that he was going to be making a new animated movie, but much like his previous body of work it wasn’t going to be your usual run of the mill kids film. He states that the film is would be like “if ‘Shrek’ was R-rated, a very hard and aggressive R”.

Today he has shared the first picture from the making of movie on Twitter, with James Franco recording some of his dialogue.

The film has a predicted release date for 2015, but it is nice to see that a project like this is actually getting off the ground.

The plot is “about sausages in a supermarket that need to get back to their aisle before the fourth of July”, with co-writer Evan Goldberg adding; “they’re whole goal is to get purchased. And they get lost and they need to get back to they’re aisle before the Fourth of July start”