Because reboots are basically the only thing Hollywood is doing right now, Fox has released this brief teaser trailer for their upcoming Grease: Live special. The live musical will air on Jan. 31, and appears to be pretty much just a straight-forward remake of the original, with a cast of minor TV/theater stars (Aaron Tveit—Gossip Girl, Graceland, Next to Normal—and Julianne Hough—Dancing with the Stars) and pop stars (Carly Rae Jepsen, Keke Palmer, Vanessa Hudgens). Discuss
Some of your favorite childhood TV shows are coming back. After announcing a plan to reboot and revisit classic series from their ‘90s catalogue, executives at Nickelodeon have outlined plans for a new Hey Arnold TV movie. According to Variety, the film “will feature a storyline that picks up where the original series ended and resolves unanswered plotlines–including the whereabouts of Arnold’s parents, long missing from the program. So far, no released date has been announced. Hopefully, this is one step closer to the comeback we’ve all been waiting for: A Doug reboot. Make it happen Nickelodeon. We want Doug Funnie back on TV. Discuss
Fans of Friday Night Lights may never get the movie they've always clamored for, but sometime next year, they will have the opportunity to see their favorite high school football TV drama in musical form. Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin, who created The Unauthorized O.C. Musical, this year, are staging an unauthorized musical production of FNL for one night only in LA sometime in the late spring or early summer. This week, the show creators revealed on Twitter that Scott Porter, who played Jason Street in the series, is graduating to the role of Coach Taylor for the stage production. Sing it out: Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. Discuss
Netflix is broadening its film horizons, scooping up two indie films to release sometime in 2016. The streaming service recently released its first original film, Beasts of No Nation which Netflix is in the process of campaigning for Oscar nominations. Girlfriend's Day, a noir comedy about a down-on-his-luck greeting card writer attempting to clear his name after he is framed for murder, will star Amber Tamblyn and Bob Odenkirk, who also co-wrote the film.
Netflix also nabbed another new indie thriller called Mercy, which was written and directed by Chris Sparling, the man behind the 2010 Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried and Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees. Because while they're nabbing Odenkirk's indie film, why not grab another one, right? These new films mark a calculated shift into indie films for Netflix which is a timely blessing for indie filmmakers who often have trouble finding places to run small-scale projects. And a timely blessing for us, as well. “Given our global scale, Netflix is uniquely positioned to allow these high-quality, niche titles to be viewed and enjoyed by the biggest possible audience around the world,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, told The Hollywood Reporter. Discuss
Late Show host Stephen Colbert is the latest TV personality to sound off on the controversy over whether or not America should allow in refugees fleeing violence in Syria, and in typical Colbert fashion, he used the Bible to underscore his point. Even if you don’t agree with his position on the issue, the take is worth listening to. Colbert pointed to the problematic suggestion that only Syrian Christians should be allowed into America, quoting the New Testament, while joking, “If you want to know if somebody’s a Christian just ask them to complete this sentence: ‘Jesus said I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you….’ And if they don’t say ‘welcomed me in’ then they are either a terrorist or they’re running for president.” You can watch the segment below. Discuss
If you and your BFFs are looking for a secret handshake, look no further. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Bieber have fashioned the best secret handshake since Lindsey Lohan and her butler in The Parent Trap. This has to be the modern-day interpretation of greeting one another with a holy kiss.