‘Jaws’ and John Williams’ iconic music are getting the live concert screening treatment

‘Jaws’ and John Williams’ iconic music are getting the live concert screening treatment

Duh-dun, Duh-dun, Duh-dun, duh-dunduh-dunduh-dunduh-dun…

Get ready for that terror-inducing sound to fill your local concert hall, along with Bruce on the big screen.

Film Concerts Live! has been producing events with a live orchestra performance synced to blockbuster films, and today they announced they’re adding the first-ever blockbuster to their line-up. Jaws is getting the live concert screening treatment.

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The 'Clue' movie is getting a stage version from original writer-director Jonathan Lynn

The 'Clue' movie is getting a stage version from original writer-director Jonathan Lynn
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Believe it or not, the classic Hasbro board game Clue was previously the subject of a stage adaptation in the mid 1990s with Clue The Musical, an interactive Off-Broadway production that closed after 29 performances and 17 previews. It was, um...not beloved, with New York Daily News critic Fintan O'Toole quipping in his review: "Making a musical from a board game is the kind of bizarre task that only a genius or a fool would undertake. And there is no sign of genius here." Fintan O'Toole, in print, with a poison pen.

So what makes this latest stab/whack/shot at a stage version of Clue different? For one thing, it's based directly on the cult 1985 movie adaptation of the same name that starred Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Lesley Ann Warren. For another, it was penned by that film's writer-director Jonathan Lynn. Lastly, it is not a musical, so if you hate musicals: you're in luck!

Per Variety, the play is being "developed with an eye toward the theatrical licensing market for regional and amateur troupes" and is not currently being targeted for Broadway. It's slated to bow in May 2017 at Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Playhouse, to be followed by a North American tour. A U.K. tour is also reportedly being planned.

It's been a good year for Clue movie fans. In addition to the play, a remake of the film was announced back in August.

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WHOA. ‘Fantastic Beasts’ character posters make another wizarding world connection

I just got chills.
WHOA. ‘Fantastic Beasts’ character posters make another wizarding world connection
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Newly released character posters for Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them reveal some very interesting facts about the new witches, wizards, and muggles but they also provide lots of fodder for fan theories.

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George Takei is not backing down on this gay Sulu thing

George Takei is not backing down on this gay Sulu thing
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George Takei was famously not a fan of the decision to make Sulu gay in Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond -- and having now seen the film, he can confirm that his opinion remains the same.

"They talked about Sulu becoming gay, but it was such a tentative thing," Takei told Digital Spy of the scene where Sulu is revealed to have a male partner and child. "Shakespeare said it: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

"Sulu comes back, picks up the little girl and hugs her, and then puts his arm around a guy and they walk off… not even a kiss. Just hugging the baby and arm around the guy... and it's over."

Back in July, Takei told The Hollywood Reporter that changing Sulu's sexuality for the third film in the rebooted film series was a betrayal of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's original vision for the character, stating: "Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s [Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry] creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate."

Takei later clarified his comments in a Facebook post, but did not back down from his original statement. Producer J.J. Abrams and star/co-writer Simon Pegg subsequently made it clear that they respectfully disagreed with Takei's stance on the matter.

In the Digital Spy interview, Takei went on to ponder how Roddenberry would have tackled a gay Star Trek storyline, insisting that the late writer's take would have been far more "imaginative": 

"He would've created a gay character who has his own history in this kind of society and explored what kind of issues he would have to deal with, and how he would've expressed himself, and how society would've dealt with him. All those potentials are there – and yet…"

Takei is obviously completely justified in feeling the way that he does, and I think he's probably right that Roddenberry would have found a more creative way to tackle gay issues in the franchise had that been allowed when he was steering the ship. But making Sulu gay in Star Trek Beyond was I think a sincere stab at diversity, and Lin, Abrams and the film's writers deserve some credit for that.

[h/t Vulture]

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'Ant-Man and the Wasp' will serve as Hope's origin story

But maybe the one after that?
'Ant-Man and the Wasp' will serve as Hope's origin story
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Considering Janet Van Dyne was a founding member of the Avengers, lots of Marvel fans wondered why it took them so long to bring the character to the big screen. Well, it looks like they'll be making up for lost time in Ant-Man and the Wasp and the upcoming fourth Avengers film by giving Evangeline Lilly's Hope a lot to do.

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You won’t believe who’s directing Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’ prequel

You won’t believe who’s directing Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’ prequel

Another day. Another update on Disney’s dozen or so remakes/reboots/reimaginings/rewhatevers of their animated classics. But today’s update is one that’s certainly on the unexpected side.

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Matt Damon says he was ‘wounded’ by the reaction to ‘The Great Wall’

We can always do better.
Matt Damon says he was ‘wounded’ by the reaction to ‘The Great Wall’
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Director Zhang Yimou's fantasy film The Great Wall caused a bit of controversy when the first promos featuring Matt Damon were released. Speaking with press at New York Comic Con this past weekend, the actor addressed the concerns over his casting.

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'John Wick 2' takes place only a week after the first film

Don't think about the dog. Don't think about the dog. Don't think about the dog.
'John Wick 2' takes place only a week after the first film
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Lionsgate is set to release John Wick: Chapter 2 on Feb. 10, 2017 and director Chad Stahelski, Keanu Reeves, Common, Ian McShane, screenwriter Derek Kolstad, and producer Basil Iwanyk attended New York Comic Con to give fans a first look. (The studio also revealed the first Power Rangers trailer there.)

The sequel also stars Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Riccardo Scamarcio, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, Franco Nero, and John Leguizamo. Here's the new poster, putting John in the middle of all the action as usual.

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T’Challa's confidant and rival have been cast for 'Black Panther'

What will you become?
T’Challa's confidant and rival have been cast for 'Black Panther'
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Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker is the latest to crossover from Star Wars to Marvel. He's joined the cast of Ryan Coogler's Black Panther as have Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba officially.

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After 10,000 years, we’ve got our first ‘Power Rangers’ trailer

Go! Go!
After 10,000 years, we’ve got our first ‘Power Rangers’ trailer
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Zack (Ludi Lin), Trini (Becky G.), Jason (Dacre Montgomery), Kimberly (Naomi Scott) and Billy (RJ Cyler) are "weirdos and criminals" in director Dean Israelite's Power Rangers. And we've finally got our first trailer!

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