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12:15 PM on 12.10.2014

See Annie early and free

THE SUN'LL COME OUT TOMORROW! BETCHA BOTTOM DOLLAR! Oh sorry, I suppose you came here not to sing along with me and instead to get your passes to see Annie, which is fine, I suppose. You sure you don't want to sing? It'll be ...

Matthew Razak


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1:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Listen to the first song revealed from Disney's Into the Woods

With Disney's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods hitting theaters soon, the jig is essentially up. It can't hide the fact it's a musical anymore, especially with recent promotional material finally showi...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 12.01.2014

Frozen 2 is a thing in the works

Did you think Disney was just going to let the incredible success of Frozen sit there and... well continue to be successful thanks to toys, television and marketing? No, that's not how they play. Idinia Menzel says that ...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 11.20.2014

First official trailer for Pitch Perfect 2

I once wrote an article on why making a sequel to Pitch Perfect, one of the most charming films of 2012, was a bad idea. The first is kind of dumb, Glee isn't the juggernaut it was a few years ago, but through all of that, I...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 11.10.2014

Newest Into the Woods trailer finally reveals it's a musical

It's not like Disney has been hiding the fact their latest big budget project, Into the Woods, is based off Stephen Sondheim's musical, but they're not shouting it from the rooftops either. With the first couple of trailers ...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 10.23.2014

First look at furry Johnny Depp in Into the Woods

As Into the Woods continues to look fantastic with a musical trailer, great outfits, and a bewitching Meryl Streep, here's the first thing that gives me pause. Basically any film that gives Johnny Depp free reign to act like ...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 09.02.2014

First trailer for sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby starring Jane Levy

Bang Bang Baby, has both the best premise and title. Starring Jane Levy (Evil Dead) as a teenager in the 60s who hopes to become a singer before a local chemical plant's waste stars mutating the inhabitants of the town. She ...

Nick Valdez



First trailer for Into the Woods photo
First trailer for Into the Woods
by Matthew Razak

Isn't it always the case. You put images up and then a trailer drops almost completely destroying the use of those images. Such is the case with Into the Woods, which has its first trailer here. It looks great, but why does it almost completely ignore the fact that it's a musical? The trailers for Annie did this too. Are studios afraid that people won't show up for musicals?

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11:00 AM on 07.31.2014

Best look at Into the Woods yet

It's hard not to be just a bit insanely excited about Disney's upcoming Into the Woods because it's fairy tales and every famous person every put into one movie. Then they sing! I mean what's not to be excited about. Jud...

Matthew Razak



Review: Begin Again photo
Review: Begin Again
by Matthew Razak

Director/Writer John Carney is establishing a little nitch for himself in the film industry. A modern take on the backstage musical except now the stage is the studio and the music is far less grandiose. With Once, his academy award winning film, he nailed the sort of real world drama musical and he returns to that new genre again with Begin Again except this time he has big name stars and an American budget.

Carney is clearly a talented and emotional musician and returning to this form allows him to flex those muscles once again. Can he have the same impact as he did on his debut feature film or does upping the ante in almost every department mean a bit of soul is lost? In a film about finding the soul of art and yourself it's a bit ironic what the answer to that question is. 

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6:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Trailer for Frank starring Michael Fassbender is goofy fun

Frank tells the story of a young musician named Jon who joins a group of eccentric musicians, lead by the enigmatic Frank, a man who makes music purely for the joy of creating ... and who wears a giant fake head all the time...

Liz Rugg





2:00 PM on 05.29.2014

Second 'Annie' trailer, starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jaime Foxx

Despite Cameron Diaz being consistently grating in her "modern" interpretation of Miss Hannigan, this second Annie trailer is more bearable than the first, and actually makes this remake look like a decent flick. T...

Isabelle Magliari

1:21 PM on 04.18.2014

First trailer for Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys is a pretty easy sell. A musical about the Four Seasons featuring all their greatest hits? Yea, people are going to come out to see that. It could, however, go horribly wrong as adaptations go if they decide...

Matthew Razak



First trailer for Annie, starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx photo
First trailer for Annie, starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx
by Nick Valdez

When I had first heard about the upcoming Annie remake, Jay Z was producing the score and it was being set up as a vehicle for Willow Smith. Now that it has evolved into a starring role for Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx (as Benjamin Stacks), I'm not really sure how to react. The music sounds about right (as the songs are directly translated with a mix of new age flair), Wallis is precocious, and the story has a changed a little bit. But watching Cameron Diaz fail to ham it up really bugs me. It's enough to turn me off the whole thing completely. 

Since my mom's the big expert on Annie (the Carol Burnett version is in her Top 3 altogether), I showed her this trailer. Here's what she thought: 

[laughs] I need to see it. It looks fun. But why do they have to mess with my movie? 

There we go. Annie hits theaters Christmas Day. 

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2:00 PM on 02.10.2014

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson returning for Pitch Perfect 2

I highly expected these two to return given how Pitch Perfect's unexpected blow up helped springboard Wilson's career (nabbing her the TV show, Super Fun Night) and Kendrick's single "Cups" made lots of music chart money, but...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 01.28.2014

Elizabeth Banks to direct Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect was a splendid surprise back when it released in 2012. It's funny (but not exactly brilliant), has cool women that do cool things, and the music's pretty fly ("Cups" ended being one of 2013's biggest singles). I...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 01.23.2014

Frozen's "Let It Go" sung in 25 different languages

No, I'm not sick at all of talking about how much I loved Disney's Frozen (put it on all three of my Top X of 2013 lists this year), so of course I'm using this time to gush again. Here we have a video of Idina Menzel's "Let...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 01.14.2014

A 'Groundhog Day' musical is happening

Yes, that's right. Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus, the producers behind Matilda the Musical, are teaming up once again to bring the classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day to the stage.  The original Groundhog Day t...

Isabelle Magliari



Nick's 10 Best Movie Music Moments of 2013 photo
Nick's 10 Best Movie Music Moments of 2013
by Nick Valdez

I'm a sucker for a good soundtrack. Your film could be the worst thing since sliced bread and I'd still love it if the songs were nice. But the best movies take their song choices (or original works) and use them in spectacularly interesting ways. This list is meant to celebrate the films of 2013 that made sweet musical love to our ear drums. 

Although I missed out on last year's big musical hit, Inside Llewyn Davis, I'm pretty content with my choices. While I'm sure the film might've knocked a list item or two off the list, this list is definite. I'm entirely confident that I'll defend every single choice until I get bored and do something else.

With that being said, let's get on with the Ten Best Movie Music Moments of 2013. 

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12:00 PM on 12.21.2013

Nick's Flixmas: The Nightmare Before Christmas

If you've ever stepped into a Hot Topic or talked to a thirteen year old during their "dark" phase, chances are you've heard of The Nightmare Before Christmas. How and why did it blow up the way it did? It's a great film...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 12.17.2013

See Inside Llewyn Davis early and free

This week is just jam packed with screenings for Oscar hopefuls. Today we've got passes for Inside Llewyn Davis, which we loved and also has awesome music. If you're up for a bit of cerebral Coen brothers action than grab the...

Matthew Razak



Frozen's best scene is now available online photo
Frozen's best scene is now available online
by Nick Valdez

At this rate, Frozen is shaping up to be my favorite movie of 2013. If the above clip of Elsa (Idina Menzel) singing the film's stand out single, "Let It Go," doesn't convince you, then I've failed as a person. Although I said in the review that you shouldn't let it be spoiled for you, there's still plenty else to look forward to. 

Go see Frozen already. 

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