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The Top 8 Broadway Musicals Made Into Movies

5/6/2014 7:00pm EDT
The Top 8  Broadway Musicals Made Into Movies
Some of the best movies ever made have surprisingly been based on movie musicals. Thirty-one Tony Award winning Best Musicals have been made into major motion pictures to date. Since “Chicago“ won the Best Picture Oscar in 2003, there's been over 10 Broadway musicals brought to the screen. A popular movie being turned into a Broadway musical did happen now and then to mixed results. Today with the changing climate, the movie musical is more popular then ever as people look to happier movies to release them from their mundane lives. Here are some of the best.

1. Grease (1978)

The musica...

Tyler Perry And Other Famous Movie Studio Fires

5/2/2012 4:50pm EDT
Tyler Perry
A fire last night at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta nearly threatened to put Madea out of commission. Luckily, the Atlanta police arrived in time to stop the blaze with only some damage to backlot facades - Perry can get back in his dress as soon he wants. However, this reminds us of other fires that damaged legendary Hollywood studios.

2008 saw Universal Studios' worst fire, taking 12 hours to put out and damaging many of the classic backlots (including Courthouse Square from Back to the Future) and the original King Kong ride. Reconstruction included the new King Kong 360 attraction and ...

Chris Klein Shrugs Off 'Horrible' 'Mamma Mia!' Audition

3/31/2012 12:00pm EDT
Chris Klein
Chris Klein feared he had upset a Hollywood executive after his self-confessed "dreadful" "Mamma Mia!" audition was leaked online.

The star was left red-faced after video footage of him singing off-key while trying for a role in the ABBA movie musical emerged on the internet in 2010.

The clip went viral and racked up millions of viewers - and Klein admits he was worried the leak was actually a former colleague's idea of revenge.

He recalls, "I thought to myself, 'Wow, did I p**s somebody off?' Or maybe it was too good of an opportunity to pass up...

"It's a horrible audition. And I took...

Amanda Seyfried To Bare All In Linda Lovelace Biopic

1/12/2012 9:33am EST
Amanda Seyfried
Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried is set to give lusty fans an eyeful in her Linda Lovelace biopic - the film's producer insists the actress will be stripping off for full-frontal nude scenes.

The pretty blonde signed on as the porn star who became an anti-porn activist last year, and movie executive Patrick Muldoon reveals Seyfried is taking some big risks with the saucy role.

He tells, "It's very risqué and there will be lots of nakedness in the movie, especially for Seyfried. It's a new thing for her."

However, the producer insists his star won't be remembered for baring ...

Taylor Swift Lands 'Les Miserables' Role Over Scarlett Johansson & Lea Michele?

1/4/2012 2:20pm EST
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift and Amanda Seyfried are in talks to complete the star-studded cast of director Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" movie adaptation.

The singer and the "Mamma Mia!" star are set to join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Helena Bonham Carter in the much-anticipated film musical, which is scheduled to start shooting this spring.

Theatre news website has confirmed that Swift is in negotiations to play Eponine and Seyfried is slated to play Cosette in the project.

The site previously reported that "Glee" star Lea ...

Meryl Streep Refused To Play Grotesque Witch Roles After Turning 40

12/13/2011 10:37am EST
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep feared her career was over when she turned 40 because she was convinced directors had no use for women past "childbearing age."

The icon won critical acclaim early in her career with starring roles in "Out of Africa," "Sophie's Choice," and "A Cry in the Dark" but Streep confesses she entered the 1990s concerned that film projects would be few and far between.

She tells the new issue of Vogue magazine, "I remember turning to my husband and saying, 'Well, what should we do? Because it's over.'"

Streep's fears were momentarily realized when she received three consecutive scrip...

Amanda Seyfried 'Really Excited' About Linda Lovelace Role

12/9/2011 8:20am EST
Amanda Seyfried
Actress Amanda Seyfried is apprehensive about playing porn legend Linda Lovelace in a new biopic, insisting it's "really hard and kind of terrifying" to tackle the tough role.

The Mamma Mia! star has replaced Kate Hudson as the adult actress-turned-anti-porn activist in the upcoming movie, opposite Peter Sarsgaard as Lovelace's husband Chuck Traynor.

Seyfried is "really excited" about the shoot, but admits she does have a few reservations.

She tells ABC News, "It's going to be really hard and kind of terrifying at the same time. I do have some liberties there but I am playing someone ...

Amanda Seyfried Named New Spokes Model For Cosmetics Company

12/2/2011 3:35pm EST
Amanda Seyfried
Actress Amanda Seyfried is returning to her modeling roots as the new spokes model for cosmetics company Cle de Peau Beaute.

The Mamma Mia! star is fronting the Japanese make-up brand's winter advertising campaign and has donned their bright lipsticks and dramatic eye make-up for a series of beauty shots for Marie Claire magazine.

Cle de Peau Beaute bosses have hailed the blonde beauty as a perfect fit for the brand, calling her a "luminous presence."

A statement reads, "A true shining star, Amanda started modeling at age 11 before establishing herself in the performing arts, not onl...

Amanda Seyfried In Talks To Play Linda Lovelace

11/2/2011 9:23am EDT
Amanda Seyfried
Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried is in talks to replace Kate Hudson as adult actress-turned-anti-porn activist Linda Lovelace in a new biopic.

Hudson was reportedly forced to pull out of the project when she fell pregnant last year and now Seyfried is a favorite to take on the role, opposite Peter Sarsgaard as Lovelace's porn star husband Chuck Traynor, according to Variety.

Malin Akerman has replaced Lindsay Lohan in a rival Lovelace project, titled Inferno.

Dominic Cooper Lined Up For John Gotti Jr. Role?

7/28/2011 12:28pm EDT
Dominic Cooper
Rising star Dominic Cooper has reportedly seen off Johnny Depp, Jeremy Renner and James Franco to play John Gotti Jr. in the mobster biopic.

Gotti: Three Generations focuses on the story of notorious gangster John Gotti and his relationship with his son. John Travolta will play the senior mobster, with Al Pacino also starring in the movie.

New York Post gossip column Page Six reports director Barry Levinson wants Mamma Mia! star Cooper to take the coveted role of Gotti Jr. after being "blown away" by his screen test. The film's bosses are believed to have previously considered a host of...

Ryan Phillippe Breaks Up With Amanda Seyfried?

6/1/2011 11:28am EDT
Ryan Phillippe
Actor Ryan Phillippe is single again after splitting from his girlfriend Amanda Seyfried, according to a report.

Phillippe and the Mamma Mia! star, who first met at pal Kate Hudson's Halloween bash last year, have reportedly ended their seven-month romance.

A source tells Us Weekly, "It was mutual. They were never fully committed. They were always on and off... There's no bad blood. They're cool."

The duo's relationship first hit a rough patch in March when reports surfaced that Phillippe had fathered an unborn baby with his ex-girlfriend, model Alexis Knapp, who is due to give birth ...

Colin Firth: 'I'd Love To Play A Villain'

5/24/2011 3:31pm EDT
Colin Firth
Colin Firth is urging movie bosses to cast him in a villainous role as he is bored of playing nice guys onscreen.

The British actor has enjoyed a number of high-profile roles in recent years, with parts in Bridget Jones's Diary, Mamma Mia! and his Oscar-winning turn in The King's Speech, but he has yet to show off his "dark side" in his work.

Firth is now hoping movie bosses will start considering him for more than just the heroic roles as he is determined to play a nasty character.

He tells Britain's Evening Standard, "I'd love to play a villain - my dark side is as healthy as anyone...

Amanda Seyfried: 'I Was Just Exhausted, So Was My Mouth'

4/14/2011 8:35am EDT
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried hated kissing so many actors during her screen tests for Red Riding Hood because she "felt so dirty" afterwards.

The Mamma Mia! star had to pucker up during auditions for the two young male leads, which eventually went to Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons - but Seyfried didn't enjoy the experience.

She tells BBC's Newsbeat, "It's gross actually, I felt so dirty afterwards. I was required to make out with each of them - and you don't know what they're going to do. It was bizarre."

"I wanted to give each guy the best. I didn't want to give Shiloh more than I gave Max or any...

Amanda Seyfried Collects Dead Animals

4/11/2011 8:40am EDT
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried has a quirky hobby - she collects stuffed animals.

The "Mamma Mia!" star recently spent $2,750 on a dead foal to add to her taxidermy collection - and she wants more.

She told Britain's Radio 1, "I am (in to taxidermy). I got a foal. This is my second one. Like full animal, I have animal parts. I thought it was funny that it was 1,900 Euros. It's all art."

The actress stars in the upcoming film "Now" where people stop aging at 25. But there's a catch: you're genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. Justin Timberlake and Oli...

Amanda Seyfried Says It's 'Easy' To Fall In Love On A Movie Set

3/20/2011 3:48pm EDT
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried, who is currently rumored to be dating actor Ryan Phillippe ("Um, yeah. I've been 'seen' with him"), opened up in the new issue of ELLE magazine about botox, on-screen kisses and how easy it is to fall for a co-star on the set of a movie.

The Red Riding Hood star was recently told she needed to get botox, which upset her at first, but now she can sympathize a little with those types of comments.

She says, "I was like, Damn you! But we're in Hollywood. I'm on a huge screen. With these new digital cameras, you can see the peach fuzz on my face."

The blossoming young star al...

Ryan Phillipe's Mom Still Grills Him About His Love Life

3/11/2011 5:30pm EST
Ryan Phillippe
Actor Ryan Phillippe dreads having his love life splashed across the tabloids, because he faces tough questioning from his sick mother whenever she reads a new rumor.

The Cruel Intentions star has been linked to Amanda Seyfried in recent months and he admits his mom Susan is always quizzing him for information about the gossip - even when she's ill.

He tells Ellen DeGeneres, "My mother, who recently had surgery, she's not in the best of health. She's recovering. She spends all day in front of the computer. Every other day or so, I'll see her name come up on the (phone) caller ID and pre...

Amanda Seyfried Rocks A Purple Mini Dress At The 'Red Riding Hood' Premiere

3/8/2011 12:00pm EST
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried showed off her legs in a purple mini dress at the "Red Riding Hood" Los Angeles Premiere yesterday.

Seyfried stars in the dark retelling of the classic "Little Red Riding Hood" fable, set in a medieval village where a werewolf has been terrorizing the citizens.

The actress has revealed she will not appear in a "Mamma Mia!" sequel because film bosses would struggle to put together a new installment.

She recently told Britain's Marie Claire magazine, "F**k no! That's never gonna happen. Like, what would they do? What would they write about? How would they get all the actors...

Amanda Seyfried Says 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel Will Never Happen

3/3/2011 1:58pm EST
Amanda Seyfried is adamant a Mamma Mia! sequel will never make it to the big screen because script writers have nowhere to take the story.

The ABBA stage show became a box office phenomenon when it was transformed into a 2008 film, overtaking Grease as the world's top-earning movie musical after pulling in a mammoth $600 million in global ticket sales.

Following the film's success, Seyfried admitted she spread rumors of a sequel around Hollywood because she was desperate to return to her role as love struck Sophie.

But now the actress has conceded she will never play the part again - ...

Amanda Seyfried: 'I'm Most Comfortable in my Birthday Suit'

2/21/2011 10:49pm EST
Amanda Seyfried
Actress Amanda Seyfried stunned Justin Timberlake when he interviewed her over the phone for an upcoming magazine article after revealing she was conducting the chat in the nude.

The Mamma Mia! star befriended Timberlake while they were shooting upcoming sci-fi film Now last year and editors at Interview decided the singer/actor would be the perfect person to quiz Seyfried about her new movie Red Riding Hood.

But the 25-year-old actress had a surprise in store for the pop hunk towards the end of the conversation when she suddenly confessed she was completely naked.

She tells Timberlake, ...

Amanda Seyfried & Ryan Phillippe Still Together?

2/19/2011 4:00pm EST
Amanda Seyfried
"Mamma Mia!" star Amanda Seyfried has spoken out to deny reports she and boyfriend Ryan Phillippe have split.

Sources told a number of media groups the couple had split, but the actress has urged fans not to believe everything they read.

She tells, "What you read is false."

The couple has been at the center of gossip this week following reports suggesting Phillippe was snubbed by Rihanna as he attempted to chat her up at a party on February 12.

Asked for her opinion on the story, Seyfried said, "That is so f**king not true!"

Ryan Phillippe & Amanda Seyfried Break Up

2/18/2011 8:31am EST
Ryan Phillippe
Amanda Seyfried and Ryan Phillippe have split just a day after the actress faced the media and defended the actor over reports he was snubbed by Rihanna at a party.

Reports suggested Phillippe tried to chat Rihanna up at a bash earlier this month, and she turned down his advances. Seyfried quickly dismissed the story as false, saying, "That Rihanna story is not true. That is so f***ing not true!"

Now, a source tells the couple has split after three months.

The insider says, "They are not dating anymore, and it's not a big deal for either of them."

The "Mamma Mia!" actress...

Dominic Cooper To Replace Joaquin Phoenix In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'?

2/11/2011 9:22am EST
Dominic Cooper
Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper is in talks to replace Joaquin Phoenix in quirky new movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Bosses at 20th Century Fox are in final negotiations with the English actor to play opposite Benjamin Walker in the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith cult novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Walker landed the coveted role of President Abraham Lincoln last month.

Cooper will reportedly play Henry Sturges, who mentors and trains Lincoln in the ways of vampire hunting.

The Hurt Locker star Anthony Mackie is also rumored to be in talks to join the cast.

First Look: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

2/8/2011 12:06pm EST
Meryl Streep - Photo Credits: Pathe
The first photo of Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher was released Tuesday and shows yet again what a protean performer the two-time Oscar winner is.

The Iron Lady, the upcoming biopic of the former British prime minister, began filming at the end of January. It's billed as ...

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Amanda Seyfried And Ryan Phillippe Go Public With Romance

1/7/2011 2:23pm EST
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried and Ryan Phillippe have lifted the lid off their secret romance after putting on their first public display of affection on the set of the actress' new movie Now.

Seyfried, who previously dated her Mamma Mia! co-star Dominic Cooper, was first linked to Reese Witherspoon's ex-husband in October after they met at Kate Hudson's Halloween party.

They were caught Christmas shopping together in Hollywood before the holidays and now the new couple has been snapped in a loving embracing during a break on the Los Angeles set of the upcoming sci-fi film.

The photo, taken earlier ...

Rupert Everett Slams Jennifer Aniston's Career & Her 'Tasteless Romcom' Roles

12/29/2010 6:00pm EST
Rupert Everett Jennifer Aniston
Outspoken actor Rupert Everett is making quick enemies of Jennifer Aniston and fellow Brit Colin Firth, branding her career choices "tasteless" and his performance in movie musical "Mamma Mia!" "career suicide."

In a BBC radio rant, the actor admits he can't understand why the two A-listers still have careers in the film industry after consistent film flops - and he used Aniston's turn in box office bombs "The Switch," "The Bounty Hunter" and "Love Happens" as a prime example.

He says, "If you look and analyze the careers of many, many stars, you'll find that they're mostly sustained by...

Colin Firth: 'I'm Dying To Be A Transvestite'

12/28/2010 11:35am EST
Colin Firth
Colin Firth is eager to shed his serious movie image - he'd love to play "a transvestite or a stripper" on the big screen.

The British actor shot to fame in a 1990s TV adaption of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice and has since gone on to play stoic roles in films like Girl with a Pearl Earring and first-time director Tom Ford's acclaimed 2009 movie A Single Man.

Firth is tipped for Oscar glory next year with his portrayal of stuttering monarch King George VI in new royal drama The King's Speech - but the actor admits he'd like to take on a very different role next.

He says, "I'm dying ...

Amanda Seyfried Dressed As A Dog For Kate Hudson's Party & Left As A Dog With Ryan Phillippe

11/2/2010 9:30am EDT
Amanda Seyfried
Actress Amanda Seyfried appears to have moved on from her "Mamma Mia!" boyfriend Dominic Cooper - she's reportedly dating Reese Witherspoon's ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.

Seyfried was spotted leaving Phillippe's Hollywood home on Sunday after the couple attended Kate Hudson's Halloween party on Saturday night, and she wasn't exactly trying to hide to fact she had a new man when snappers asked her if she was dating Phillippe.

She told, "You never know!"

Amanda did make a futile attempt to hide from paparazzi after the party though, as she ducked from photographers in Ryan's ca...

ELLE Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With Some Of Hollywood's Hottest 25-Year-Olds

9/9/2010 2:31pm EDT
ELLE October 2010
The October 2010 issue of ELLE magazine is the publication's 25th Anniversary, and to share the celebration they've featured 25 different women under 25, including Megan Fox, Lauren Conrad, Gabourey Sidibe and Amanda Seyfried - all four of whom have their own cover for the issue.

Sound bites:

Lauren Conrad:
Best part of being in her twenties: "It's your time to be selfish; you still have freedom."
Where she thought she'd be now: "I was never that girl who just wanted babies. I wanted a career before all of that."

Amanda Seyfried:
What are the best and worst things about turning 25? "The ...

Meryl Streep Sang ABBA Tunes At Emily Blunt's Wedding

7/30/2010 8:13pm EDT
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep joined in the celebrations at Emily Blunt's recent wedding by teaming up with the bride and groom's moms to sing ABBA songs.

Blunt tied the knot with actor John Krasinski in a lavish ceremony earlier this month in the grounds of George Clooney's Lake Como villa in Italy.

Clooney, who directed Krasinski in "Leatherheads," hosted the reception, which the happy couple shared with stars including Matt Damon, Bill Nighy and Blunt's "The Devil Wears Prada" co-star Streep.

And Streep wasn't afraid to let loose at the party on a cruise around Lake Como, bonding with both Blunt and K...

Emma Bunton Says No 'Spice World' Sequel Planned

7/26/2010 8:54am EDT
Emma Bunton
Former Spice Girls star Emma Bunton has dismissed reports the group is reuniting for a sequel to their "Spice World" movie, insisting her comments about an upcoming project were taken out of context.

According to tabloid reports last week, the artist formerly known as Baby Spice appeared to be promoting a new film musical based on her girl group's hits, but she has taken to Twitter to set the record straight.

She insists there is no movie musical planned, and she was talking about the group's stage musical with "Mamma Mia!" producer Judy Craymer.

Bunton writes, "Guys I'm sorry but I DID ...