March 15, 2007, 4:53 a.m. CST
by The hoff
then it'll probably take about 60 viewings for it to match the awesomeness that is Shaun of the Dead. Not that the fuzz is bad but SotD is so badass that there isn't even a scale for how tit-kickingly great it is.
March 15, 2007, 4:53 a.m. CST
Dude, I swear the John Waters movie came out not that long ago. Shit, that long ago? Really?
March 15, 2007, 5:08 a.m. CST
If there is a twisted Little SHop of Horrors atmosphere and they keep some of Water's subversive style. The cast isn't that bad, although Zac Efron seems to be the equivalent of this generations C. Thomas Howell mixed with David Cassidy. I've never seen or heard a single song from High School Musical but I can tell just from pictures it'll be impossible to make that kid look and act believably cool. it seems lately Travolta can do absolutely no right but maybe this'll remind me of his post Pulp Fiction period where he could do basically no wrong. And c'mon it's Walken married to a guy playing a fat woman.
March 15, 2007, 5:31 a.m. CST
I can see where Quint's coming from. My wife is a huge fan of the stage musical, and I bought her the soundtrack CD - and therefore subjected myself to hearing the songs over and over and over.. They're actually quite catchy, a lot of them aren't done in the over-the-top Broadway style.. and there's enough John Waters humor in the script that the cheesy plot doesn't make it entirely unwatchable. Oh, and the title of the song with the "blacker the berry..." chorus is "Run and Tell That!"
March 15, 2007, 5:38 a.m. CST
I get the feeling Hairspray is gonna go down very well with a broad audience - probably those people afriad to see Dreamgirls - and Travolta in drag will be a pop culture phenomenon for a few minutes, people exclaiming another comeback, his hitherto untapped comic genius and Golden Globe nominations galore...
March 15, 2007, 6:19 a.m. CST
Ok ummm.... why would people be scared to see Dreamgirls. It's a musical.
March 15, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST
Somebody fetch me my diet pills.
March 15, 2007, 7:34 a.m. CST
by Lost Prophet
She is dreadful. <p> I wish someone would remake Pink Flamingoes. Starring Michael Bay. That would be good- but they can't change the ending or substitute a prop.
March 15, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
And it's not hard to see why you liked the presentation, because it's quite a great musical, even by the standards of those who don't look forward to this kind of stuff. Marc Shaiman wrote the music, the script and lyrics are extremely funny and it's totally infectious. It's sort of an anti-musical.
March 15, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
And Zarles, they drop the "roach" storyline from the plot, sorry to tell ya.
March 15, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST
DO THE SCIENTOLOGISTS HAVE NO MERCY AT ALL?!
March 15, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST
by Franklin T Marmoset
Is this director the guy who choreographed the Buffy musical Once More With Feeling? I'm sure I recognise the name, but I'm not sure from where.<p>I'm not usually a musical kind of guy, but I do like me some John Waters so I might check this out.
March 15, 2007, 8:42 a.m. CST
I've seen both on stage, and while Grease made a great movie the staged version is pretty bad....so bad that the recent UK version actually added some tunes from the movie that weren't in the orginal broadway show. While I don't know how the movie will turn out, the braodway show was far more entertaining than just about anything else I've seen there in the past ten years, with the exception of The Producers. I think the music was written by the same guys that did the songs for the South Park movie....
March 15, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST
by Douche Baggins
Is it a requirement that Edna Turnblad be played by gay men?
March 15, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST
I forgot - Hollywood has had them exterminated.
March 15, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST
uh, you mean Trey Parker and Matt Stone?
March 15, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST
that is all.
March 15, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST
by uss cygnus
It is complete sacrilege that Harvey Fierstein did not reprise his Broadway role as Edna. I hope Christopher Walken and Spike Jonze can sneak into the editing suite and cut in "Weapon Of Choice" into this somehow...Travolta is a joke, otherwise, this movie could become quite the beloved musical, even on the level of a "Grease", if they pull it off right. I hope they do.
March 15, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST
Hairspray is good but the show kind of fizzels out after the first couple of songs. All the songs are good but only three or four are top notch songs. All Grease songs are great same with The Wedding Singer. You can not go wrong with The Wedding Singer musical it's top notch unlike the film it's based on.
March 15, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST
March 15, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST
"The filthiest people alive?" Well, you think you know someone filthier? Watch as Divine proves that not only is she the filthiest person in the world, she's also the filthiest actress in the world! What you are about to see is THE REAL THING!
March 15, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
And the roach storyline was dropped because the new version focuses far more on the race relations of Baltimore and the Corny Collins Show. And as far as "Grease" onstage goes, they've been putting in songs from the movie for about 15 years now. It's really quite awkward, making an already disjointed show even more haphazard.
March 15, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST
by Barry Egan
The Marc Shaiman songs in it are so good it seems nearly unfuckupable. However, I am curious to see how the handle the drag role. The original was an indie John Waters film and the drag queen Divine played the mother role. I think the audience of a Waters picture sort of expected her. They retained the drag element for the stage show and it worked there too, but that is live theater which requires more suspension of disbelief. Plus, the history of theater is loaded with men playing women. Now for this movie (which is going to be hyped as a mainstream family movie and not as an indie John Waters film) they have retained the drag element. How do they handle it? To me that is the crux that will decide whether or not the new movie works. That said, I think Travolta is inspired casting.
March 15, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
...who can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. I'm glad to see he's decided to do more performing; I've always thought he should have put himself in more of his stuff, and have always been a big fan of his nightclub act (now available on DVD!). As for this musical... well, if it were Desperate Living: The Musical, I'd be more excited.
March 15, 2007, 4:36 p.m. CST
by Barry Egan
I thought i had read that....
March 15, 2007, 6:37 p.m. CST
They are doing a musical version of Crybaby. It was supposed to premiere last month at the 5th avenue theatre in Seattle, but has been postponed to premiere next season in California instead, and then will make its way to Broadway. On Hairspray..its one of the most fun Broadway shows I have ever seen, and I defy anybody to see it without having multiple songs stuck in their head for days afterwards. Its going to be a fantastic film.
March 15, 2007, 9:08 p.m. CST
The footage Ive seen of this film... not to mention actually seeing the stage-show itself on broadway, has me itching to this this film - It should be awesome... But, personally, Im hanging out for a movie version of Wicked - I just hope that (if it gets done) it doesn't get fucked up the ass like RENT was when it was torn to pieces and made into a movie... Dreamgirls has hopefully raised the bar in regards to musical-films... RENT is such an amazing musical on stage, but was totally fucked up when it was brought to the screen - But it seems like Dreamgirls escaped that... Hopefully, Hairspray will be successful... and it will pave the way for Wicked...
March 16, 2007, 12:10 a.m. CST
C'mon, a singing asshole? What could be more entertaining?