'Boardwalk Empire' and Broadway stars bring us into Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

'Boardwalk Empire' and Broadway stars bring us into Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

Plus: What new scenes were added?

NEW YORK - John Lloyd Young won a Tony Award for bringing Frankie Valli to Broadway in the hit musical "Jersey Boys," but he knew trying to land a role in Clint movie adaptation wouldn't be easy. That being said, he didn't flinch when he was asked to audition.

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<p>Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo</p>

Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo

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Oprah Winfrey-produced 'Selma' moves to Christmas just in time for the Oscar game

Paramount has another player for the upcoming circuit

I had been sitting back wondering whether Ava DuVernay's "Selma" would be ready in time for this year's upcoming awards season. Paramount already has a couple of things to play with, from Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" to Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." Well, add another, as DuVernay's film has just been slated for a Christmas Day limited release.

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<p>&quot;Inside Out&quot;</p>

"Inside Out"

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Pixar's 'Inside Out' has strong personal and emotional origins for director Pete Docter

Footage and story details of the 2015 film were unveiled a year out from release

LOS ANGELES — For the first time in nearly a decade, Pixar Animation Studios is taking the year off. The Emeryville-Calif.-based company will not be releasing a film in 2014, and it also finds itself in an interesting position, striving to maintain its identity as a haven for bold original visions while at the same time seeing some of its biggest successes inevitably move into franchise and sequel terrain. Wednesday night representatives of the studio took over a theater in West Hollywood's Directors Guild of America (DGA) headquarters to present materials from one such original vision from "Monsters, Inc." and "Up" director Pete Docter: "Inside Out."

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'Dear White People' teaser trailer doesn't want your stereotypes
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'Dear White People' teaser trailer doesn't want your stereotypes

Never think of 'Gremlins' the same

As "Dear White People" heads to theaters on Oct. 17, remember: this isn't "The Help," "The Butler," or any of the other films where a white person leads black people in the charge, or one where Tyler Perry wears a dress.

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Top 10 performances in Roman Polanski films

Top 10 performances in Roman Polanski films

With 'Venus in Fur' on the way, which actors most excelled under his direction?

Tomorrow, more than a year after its Cannes Competition premiere, Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur" finally opens in US theaters. It's the 20th narrative feature of a career that now spans six decades, so a list themed around the Oscar-winning director's work seemed in order. Given that "Venus in Fur" -- Polanski's third film, after "Death and the Maiden" and "Carnage," to replicate the scale and pace of an intimate stage production -- is based so explicitly around notions of performance, and the push-pull relationship between actor and director, a selection of his most successful actorly collaborations seemed the obvious way to go.

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<p>Meryl Streep in &quot;Into the Woods&quot;</p>

Meryl Streep in "Into the Woods"

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Stephen Sondheim reveals conservative changes to Disney's 'Into the Woods'

He also says an original song has been added to the adaptation

The folks over at Disney have to be tearing their collective hair out this morning. It seems that "Into the Woods" composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has spilled the beans on the studio's upcoming filmic adaptation of the musical (directed by Rob Marshall and starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick, among others) and revealed that some conservative changes have been made.

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'Jersey Boys' stars marvel at Clint Eastwood's advice and their chance at big screen stardom

'Jersey Boys' stars marvel at Clint Eastwood's advice and their chance at big screen stardom

Rare opportunity for the stage veterans

NEW YORK - It goes without saying that Broadway actors are rarely able to reprise their roles in the movie versions of stage musicals they've starred in.  For every Anthony Rapp in "Rent," Rita Moreno in "West Side Story" or Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in "The Producers" there are countless other films that didn't even consider actors who played the same role on the stage.  Usually it's just too risky for Hollywood execs to fund a musical without some old fashioned movie starpower on board (it's still considered a risky proposition).   Don't tell that to Clint Eastwood, however.

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Jared Leto at the 2014 Academy Awards.
Jared Leto at the 2014 Academy Awards.
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Jared Leto claims 'Brilliance' by replacing Will Smith (UPDATED)

The Oscar winner will star opposite Noomi Rapace in the high-concept thriller

UPDATE (6/20): Not so fast. According Nikki Finke, Leto has turned down the project after all. Still, nice work in getting offered the gig. Noomi Rapace remains attached; the search for a male lead continues.

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"Jersey Boys"
"Jersey Boys"
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Review: Clint Eastwood can't feel the beat in drab, low-energy 'Jersey Boys'

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The veteran director is an awkward fit for the Tony-winning stage hit

If Hollywood blockbusters are currently crippled by fear of the unknown, Broadway musicals – an ever-increasing number of them based on Hollywood blockbusters – are hardly less guilty. The jukebox musical is, if you will, the Great White Way's superhero reboot: their safest gambit, removing the greatest variable in a genre that has, after all, always been reliant on existing story material. Who needs composers when perfectly good popular discographies are there for the taking? “Jersey Boys” was a swift hit when it opened on Broadway in 2005; credit zesty staging or a tidily structured book if you will, but it's a show that owes its pull to one of the most buoyant American songbooks in Top 40 history.

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'Crouching Tiger,' 'Howards End,' 'Talk to Her': the best of Sony Pictures Classics
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'Crouching Tiger,' 'Howards End,' 'Talk to Her': the best of Sony Pictures Classics

With the company's honchos set to be feted at LAFF, we count off their greatest

Sony Pictures Classics honchos Michael Barker and Tom Bernard have been feted up one side and down the other lately. The duo celebrated 20 years of SPC in 2012 and have received awards from the Museum of the Moving Image and the Gotham Awards as of late. Tonight they will receive the Los Angeles Film Festival's Spirit of Independence Award as the love keeps pouring in.

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