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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 7, 2011 at 12:21 PM

“Rock of Ages,” and other movie-musical news

I don’t know much about the Broadway show “Rock of Ages” (anybody seen it?), but now that I hear that Alec Baldwin will be in the movie version — alongside Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough and Mary J. Blige — I’m a little more interested. Baldwin’s slyly purring Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock” is a source of constant joy for me; I find myself smoothly murmuring “Well played” far too frequently.
This got me wondering about other upcoming movie-musical projects. The Emma Thompson-scripted remake “My Fair Lady,” despite speculation last month that Colin Firth might be considering the Rex Harrison role, seems to be bogged down in legal issues at the moment, and might begin shooting in May of next year. (That’s an eternity in movie language, so who knows what might happen.) Rumors had floated in recent months that Ryan Murphy, of “Glee,” might direct a remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” but that seems to be off as Murphy’s likely next making a remake of the musical “Annie,” to star Willow Smith. There’s been pretty much zero news about the “Damn Yankees” movie remake, supposedly starring Jake Gyllenhaal, since Todd Graff was announced to direct a year ago. This leaves us, alas, with one lonely musical definitely opening this year: “Footloose,” coming in October. Am I the only one who’s missing a little song and dance?

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