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May 25 2018

NBC Reveals 'Hair' Will Be Its Next Live Musical, for 2019

NBC is ready to let the sunshine in with "Hair"! The network announced Broadway's 1968 anti-war classic will be its next live musical adaptation, after the recent success of "Jesus Christ Superstar Live."

"Hair" will air next spring 2019.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron share a joint statement:

"When we both, individually, saw Hair on Broadway, we were knocked out by how musical theater could be stretched into something so daring, immersive and audacious. Its recent Broadway revival showed how timeless the show is and that it's relevant to any era. Hair is filled with heartfelt emotion, joy and thrilling music and it really will be the new dawning of the Age of Aquarius."

Several "Hair" songs became top radio hits, including "Aquarius" and "Good Morning Starshine." (Guessing they will skip "Sodomy" -- and maybe the nude scene, although they could find a way to adapt that for network TV.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt also shared a statement:

"These songs are part of the vocabulary of popular music, and this rebellious story of young people protesting and standing up for what they believe in is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. This will be the perfect live event, and I'm looking forward to seeing Craig and Neil, along with our partners at MGM and the original creators, bring the audience to their feet as they experience these beloved songs and recognizable young characters."

Stay tuned for casting announcements. Milos Forman directed an adaptation of the musical in 1979, starring John Savage, Treat Williams, and Beverly D'Angelo.

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William Stout: More Than Just Dinosaurs

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William Stout has done it all.

Comic books. Movie posters. Fine art. Museum murals. Theme park design. Art books. Film production. Stout has mastered them all and then some. “I call it the pinball school of career planning,” he jokes. “I’ve just bounced all over the place.”

Despite the varied paths his career has taken over the past five decades, Stout remains best known as one of the premiere dinosaur artists of the 20th century. His first book on the subject, The Dinosaurs: A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era, partially inspired Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, and firmly established Stout as the go-to artist for all things prehistoric. Since then, he has published nearly a dozen books on the subject, including special editions specifically for children.

Stout credits King Kong, which he saw at age 3 during a 1952 rerelease, for his enduring love of dinosaurs. “I think that movie did damage on a genetic level,” he laughs. The Rite of Spring sequence in Disney’s 1940 animated feature Fantasia helped cement his interest, as did the art of Charles R. Knight, one of the first artists to attempt a realistic representation of dinosaurs. “If you look at any dinosaur book published between 1910 and 1940, it probably has Charles Knight’s illustrations in it,” Stout observes. “He visually defined dinosaurs for the rest of the world.”

A science/math major in high school, Stout set out to be a doctor. But a move to a new high school changed all that. He knew instinctually that the education he was getting was sub-par (Stout routinely was punished for spending time in the library rather than attending pep rallies), and he feared being left behind in college. Pondering a new career path, he changed his major to art. Stout received a perfect score on his SATs, but his parents were too poor to send him to college. The State of California came to his rescue with a full scholarship to any college or university in the nation. Stout chose the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), entering as an illustration major.

At the time, CalArts was considered one of the best arts schools in the world. Ravi Shankar headed the music department. Animation was taught by Disney’s fabled “Nine Old Men.” Edith Head held court on fashion design. As an illustration major, Stout’s primary instructor was Hal Kramer, the first president of the Society of Illustrators.

Stout was in his element, outpacing most of his fellow students. Very quickly, he started receiving professional art assignments, which he was allowed to turn in as homework. In 1968, Stout learned of a new fiction magazine called Coven 13, and had one of his illustrations accepted for the cover of the first issue. After a chat with the editor, Stout ended up doing the covers and all of the interior illustrations for the first four issues. Stout had found his calling, and he never looked back.

Design, of course, was an integral aspect of Stout’s education. Every instructor and every artistic inspiration, from comic book legends such as Carmine Infantino and Gil Kane, to revered illustrators such as J.C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell, taught him a little bit more. “Although stylistically Leyendecker wasn’t that big of an influence, design-wise I learned so much from the beautiful shapes he created for each piece that he did,” Stout says. “He was Norman Rockwell’s idol.”

In college, Stout received instruction on design from Bill Moore, a man so brilliant that Stout jokes he couldn’t understand a word he said. Stout learned much more from girlfriend Judy Goode, ex-wife of artist Joe Goode. Judy had previously been one of Moore’s prize students; Stout found her understanding of design much easier to comprehend.

Regardless of medium or platform, design plays an integral role in everything Stout creates. With comic books, for example, the composition of shapes, shading and perspective helps inform a story’s mood, while also leading the reader’s eye across the page. “As an example of what design can do,” Stout says, “parabolas pointing upward will give the reader an uplifting feeling. If you flip them upside down so they look like ‘U’s, that will give a feeling of darkness and depression.”

Movie posters, on the other hand, require a completely different approach to design because they must be able to attract the eye from a distance. Stout learned the tricks of effective movie poster design from Tony Seiniger, the head of Seiniger and Associates, one of California’s top movie poster production companies. “Tony was a master at improving the design of my work and showing me the importance of a readable silhouette,” Stout says. “He showed how to make my work read from a distance. If it was on a billboard or a movie poster you were driving past, it would read immediately and people would get it.” Over the years, Stout has created the posters for such films as Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards, George Lucas’s More American Graffiti, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, and many others.

But Stout’s work in motion pictures goes far beyond drawing posters. He has been involved in many of the biggest movies in recent years, doing everything from storyboards to creature designs to full–blown production design, overseeing a staff of more than 1,000 craftsmen. “Design is important to motion pictures because you need clarity,” Stout explains. “A film needs to be understood by the stupidest person in the theater—his ten bucks is just as valid as the genius he’s sitting next to. Storyboards really help in discovering how to tell the story clearly. I also use storyboards to design sets so we don’t end up building more than we need.”

And then there is painting, which Stout has done on both small and very large scale, the latter being murals for several museums of natural history around the U.S. On those kinds of large projects, Stout begins with a list of the animals the museum would like included then uses his own knowledge, which is extensive, to decide what other animals to include from the same time period. “I like to give a museum more than they were expecting,” Stout says.

A variety of design points go into determining the composition and mood of a painting, whether it’s for a book illustration or a museum mural. “One of the most important is setting,” Stout observes. “Right now I’m looking at a picture I painted of a Ticinosuchus, an early ancestor of the crocodile. It’s from Antarctica, but back when Antarctica was covered with warm swamps and jungles. So I painted this moist, misty, very lush setting to put this creature into.”

Perspective is also integral. “I let a problem dictate the solution,” Stout says. “If I’m painting a T. Rex and want to give an impression of size, I’ll paint it from a low angle. One of the great things about painting prehistoric animals, and animals in general, is I can show stuff that no photographer ever could. One of my favorite paintings of mine is a humpback whale. It’s a bisymmetrical composition, and the whale is breaching. It looks so majestic. A photographer could wait his whole life and never get that shot, but all I have to do is think it up and put it down on canvas.”

Editor’s Note: Stout landed a spot on the HOW 100: A listing of 100 of the most talented and influential creatives working today. The complete list will be published soon—stay tuned!

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17 Things You Never Knew About 'Return of the Jedi' on Its 35th Anniversary

It's been a mind-boggling 35 years since "Return of the Jedi" hit theaters and capped off the original Star Wars trilogy.

At the time, fans feared it might be the last they ever saw of Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of the gang. That didn't turn out to be the case, but this movie still holds a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fanatics the world over. And to celebrate this milestone, here are 16 interesting facts you might not know about this epic threequel.
1. George Lucas created several fake shooting scripts to guard against leaked spoilers. One of these scripts revealed Lando to be the person Yoda alluded to in "The Empire Strikes Back" when he said, "No, there is another."

2. Speaking of Yoda, the aged Jedi Master wasn't originally meant to be included in the film. Lucas added the Luke/Yoda reunion after speaking with a child psychologist and being told that younger viewers needed hard confirmation that Darth Vader is Luke's father in order to accept the twist.
3. Lucas clashed with writer Lawrence Kasdan over how to end "Return of the Jedi." The two considered scrapping the entire Endor sequence and instead setting the climax on Had Abbadon, a planet Lucas envisioned as the capital world of the Empire. The Special Edition re-release instead features a brief glimpse of Coruscant, a world that would become well-established in the Prequels.

4. Another option considered was to set the climactic battle on Kashyyk, teaming Chewbacca with his fellow Wookiees instead of Ewoks.5. The costume designers tried -- and failed -- to design Ewok masks that featured blinking eyes. Lucas later digitally added blinking eyes for the 2011 Blu-ray release.
6. The word "Ewok" is never actually spoken in the film. Also not spoken in the film? Palpatine. The big bad is never referred to by his actual name, just "The Emperor."7. Originally, Luke's lightsaber blade was colored blue in the film, and appeared that way in early footage and on the "Revenge of the Jedi" teaser poster. Lucas changed the color to green in order to make it clearer that Luke had built a new saber and not recovered the one he lost in Cloud City.8. Lando's co-pilot, Nien Nunb, isn't speaking alien gibberish, but an actual Kenyan dialect known as Haya. His lines were dubbed by a Kenyan student named Kipsang Rotich.9. "Return of the Jedi" is the only Star Wars movie in which Darth Vader appears but doesn't Force-choke another character.

10. There actually was a scene of Vader choking an Imperial officer outside Palpatine's throne room, but Lucas deemed it unnecessary.
11. When filming his Endor scenes at the Redwood National Forest in California, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew had to be escorted by crew members so locals wouldn't mistake him for Bigfoot.

12. Death Star administrator Moff Jerjerrod originally had a more significant role in the story. An earlier draft depicted Jerjerrod as Palpatine's right-hand man, helping his master scheme to turn Luke against Vader and eventually being killed by Vader in retaliation.
13. Han Solo's fate at the end of "Empire Strikes Back" was left ambiguous in case Harrison Ford elected not to return for the sequel. Ford also campaigned for Lucas to kill off his character in "Return of the Jedi," though he wound up having to wait until 2015's "Force Awakens" to get his wish.
14. Four different actors were required to bring Vader to life in this sequel. David Prowse and Bob Anderson both wore the suit at different points, while James Earl Jones provided Vader's voice and Sebastian Shaw portrayed the unmasked Anakin Skywalker. And that's not even counting Hayden Christensen's cameo in the Blu-ray version.

15. Ian McDiarmid had to rotate his throne by using his feet because the actual mechanism never worked properly during filming.
16. Lucas has admitted to regretting Boba Fett's infamous death scene after learning just how popular the bounty hunter had become with fans. Lucas even considered adding a scene on the 2004 DVD release that would have shown Fett escaping from the Sarlacc.17. When it came time to expand the musical sequence in Jabba's palace, actress Femi Taylor was called on to reprise the role of Twi'lek dancer, Oola. She was the only Original Trilogy actor to return for the Special Editions.

Jeff Roth’s Archival Pick: Mr. Arthur Millspaugh

This is another in a mini-series of archival selections from Jeff Roth, a remarkable archivist, who has not only helped with some of my projects but runs the New York Times morgue, where folders filled with clips and photographs are buried. I’ve asked him to chose five (or more) of this favorite images and tell use why. Today:

“We’re building a “Foreign Relations between the U.S. and Iran” timeline. Unfortunately,  it starts where every one of them starts, in 1953, when the C.I.A. (and others) depose Mossadegh and the Shah returns.It’s a  silly date, we had a relationship for a century before 1953. I head down to our library, look at the “Iran” shelf and spend maybe three minutes thumbing through, “American Interests and Policies in the Middle East, 1900-39.” Quicker than Google I find it, “The Millspaugh Mission, 1926.”   The Shah’s Father, Reza, asks Mr. Arthur Millspaugh, American banker, to help fix the Persian Treasury. Back then, we were the good guys to the Persians, unlike the French, Russians and Brits looking for “warm water ports” and petrol.We check the card catalog, pull the picture that last ran in 1926, scan it and eighty-six years later we run Mr. Millspaugh’s portrait and details of his mission in our web- timeline,  Card catalogs, clippings, books and photographs, the old way for the new.”

Arthur Chester Millspaugh, foreign trade advisor for the state department, who has been engaged by the Persian government to reorganize its financial affairs. It is understood that he has made a five-year contract, and will assume his duties in September. Mr. Millspaugh is a native of Michigan and former instructor in political science at John Hopkins University, Baltimore. He entered the State Department in 1918. Morgue folder#: 10-690. Date: 7/19/1925 NYTCREDIT: Harris & Ewing

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We’ve Still Got Four Freedoms (Maybe More)

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Norman Rockwell’s pictorial interpretation of FDR’s “Four Freedoms,” printed in four successive issues of the Saturday Evening Post in 1943, instantly hit home. Employing the painter’s own very ordinary Vermont neighbors as subjects, the folksy illustrations packed more emotional wallop than President Roosevelt’s grand January 1941 speech two years earlier (pictured below) that outlined America’s four basic human freedoms at the start of World War II: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

The paintings were a phenomenal success. After their publication, the Post received 25,000 requests for reprints. In May 1943, representatives from the Post and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a joint campaign to sell war bonds and stamps. They would send the Four Freedoms paintings along with 1,000 original cartoons and paintings by other illustrators and original manuscripts from The Saturday Evening Post on a national tour.

The story of how these posters influenced and raised the American spirit is smartly analyzed in Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms by Stephanie Haboush Plunkett and James Kimble, the catalog for the first comprehensive traveling exhibition devoted to the history and legacy of Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of FDR’s Four Freedoms.


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'Bond 25' Director, Shooting Date Confirmed

James Bond has found a new home, and a new director.

"Bond 25" has finally confirmed Danny Boyle for director, with Universal Pictures set to distribute the 2019 release internationally, reports Deadline. The film starts shooting December 3, 2018.

MGM, through its distribution deal with Annapurna, will handle domestic distribution for the hotly-anticipated sequel. Daniel Craig's next Bond film -- rumored to be his last -- will be the first 007 adventure since "Die Another Day" 16 years ago to kick off with the MGM logo. (Craig's four previous Bond adventures were released by Sony.)

Boyle was one of several directors in the running in recent months, and he has been the obvious frontrunner leading up to tonight's confirmation. So how did he get the job?

"MGM and Danjaq weighed several directors," according to Deadline, "but then Boyle had his great idea and said he would direct, only if his concept was the one they went with." He had his "Trainspotting" partner, John Hodge, write a script that seems to have pleased everybody.

Several studios (minus Disney) have been chasing down the rights to distribute the next entry in the lucrative franchise since Sony's deal expired with 2015's "Spectre." Paramount, Warner Bros., and even Sony were jockeying for the gig, but Universal ultimately won out.

As Deadline reports: "While the distribution fee is expected to be on the modest side, landing the James Bond franchise is an enormous 'get' for Universal and [parent company] Comcast. It is among the biggest global franchises and comes at a time when those are more prized than ever, and when scale is everything. It is also important because international is where 007 traditionally earns most of its grosses."

Long-standing Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement: "We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond, in the 25th installment of the franchise. We will begin shooting 'Bond 25' at Pinewood Studios in December, with our partners at MGM, and [are] thrilled that Universal will be our international distributor."

Story details are (pun so intended) for your eyes only, but fans will see for themselves when the untitled Bond movie hits U.S. theaters November 8, 2019.

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Star Wars Spinoff About Boba Fett Is in Development With James Mangold

Lucasfilm and Disney are hard at work on multiple Star Wars project, and the latest to join the list is yet another spinoff.

The new film in the works centers on Boba Fett, THR reports. The bounty hunter -- a clone of Jango Fett -- was first introduced in the original trilogy. In "Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back" and "Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi," he worked under Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt. The character later was part of "Episode II -- Attack of the Clones," the TV series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," as well as numerous comic books, video games, and more.

Lucasfilm and Disney have tapped "Logan" director James Mangold to both write and direct the standalone movie. He has a number of high-profile films on his resume, including "Walk the Line" and "Girl, Interrupted." The Boba Fett project would, of course, be another.

The cloned bounty hunter is in good company when it comes to Star Wars universe characters set to be featured in their own film. Han Solo's smuggling days are the focus of the forthcoming "Solo: A Star Wars Story," and there is an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie currently in development.

[via: THR]


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May 24 2018

'Parks and Recreation' Cast Would Do a Revival, Says Amy Poehler

If you've been missing Pawnee, Indiana, since "Parks and Recreation" ended three years ago, take comfort in knowing that we might get to go back someday.

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman were guests during the May 24 episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres" show, and they got our hopes up, big time. When host DeGeneres brought up the idea of a "Parks and Rec" revival, Poehler barely let her get the question out before answering in the affirmative, saying, "Anytime."

"I'll speak for everybody and say we would all do it," the comedian said. "I think we'd all do it someday. ... It would be amazing."

For his part, Offerman was a little less effusive, but then again, he doesn't necessarily seem like the most demonstrative guy. He did say that Poehler is "the boss," seemingly indicating that he'd follow her lead. He also tossed out the idea of Beyoncé joining as the mayor; that was probably a joke, but why not start with a big wish list and see what can happen?

Watch them discuss a revival below, starting around 2:20.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airs weekdays.

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