P.T. Barnum didn’t always tell the truth, but he knew how to put on a dazzling show. That sense of spectacle is present in these new posters for The Greatest Showman , Fox’s original musical starring Hugh Jackman as the visionary circus founder and notorious hoaxster. The film tells the story of Barnum’s unlikely rise to fame in the late 1800s, with contemporary pop songs written by La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Michelle Williams co-stars as Barnum’s wife Charity, while Zac Efron , Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya play the star performers of the Barnum & Bailey circus. Check out Yahoo Entertainment’s debut of the new character posters in the slideshow above. The directorial debut of Australian VFX wizard Michael Gracey, The Greatest Showman is a passion project for Jackman, who spent years trying to get the big-budget film made . Notably, this is Jackman’s first film musical since 2012’s Les Misérables (for which he received an Oscar nomination) and Efron’s first foray into the genre since his High School Musical days. The Greatest Showman opens in theaters on Dec. 20.
If you had only one day to go ghost hunting in the capital of filmdom, you could do worse than to stake out Hollywood Boulevard. According to one source, a 1.5-mile stretch claims five reported ghostings — the highest concentration in Los Angeles County.
An offhand remark by Modine led to the creation of a scene for Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War film that Kubrick later cut and destroyed.
Filmmakers, animators, and cast members reunited to reminisce about the making of the film — and disclose some fascinating facts about a project they once nicknamed Bambi in the Jungle. Here are the highlights.
Warning: This story contains potential spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes. Let’s start by stating the obvious: War for the Planet of the Apes is not a direct prequel to the 1968 sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston. Instead, the new Apes, which arrives in theaters this weekend is, in the words of director Matt Reeves, “an answer” to the series of simian sci-fi films of the 1960s and ’70s.
The new 'Alien' movie doesn't have time for Predators. It's an origin story that renders the crossover Alien vs. Predator movies obsolete.
Wolverine continues to flex his considerable muscles at the box office, with Hugh Jackman’s X-Men swan song Logan already closing in on $300 million in global ticket sales in less than a week. As Marvel fans undoubtedly know, the film is very loosely based on Old Man Logan, an eight-issue 2008 miniseries by writer Mark Millar and artist Steven McNiven. The film distills the Old Man Logan story to its essence: Logan, long retired from crimefighting in a dystopian future bereft of fellow superheroes, embarks on a hazardous road trip with an old friend — a journey of self-discovery in which tragedy spurs a renewed sense of purpose.
Donald Trump has been playing the fame game for years. As Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, many people are shaking their heads, but his rise to fame is something he has carefully crafted over nearly four decades. The Queens, N.Y., native found early success working for his father’s real estate business in New York City, expanding it from the outer boroughs to Manhattan, where he bought up prized properties at the bottom of the New York market in the 1970s.
Demi Lovato isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She is no stranger to having something she says make headlines, but her recent comments to "Glamour" magazine seemed to cause more derision than usual. Why is there so much pushback of female celebs who speak their mind?
With the release of the latest round of Star Wars merchandise set for this year’s so-called “ Rogue Friday” (riffing on last year’s Force Friday) on Sept. 30, Yahoo Movies is looking back at movie merchandise through the years . In today’s fourth installment, writer Ethan Alter looks back on movie-related goods gone awry. __________________________ Ever since George Lucas’s foundational blockbuster Star Wars proved that the Force is strong with tie-in movie merchandise, audiences have been able to follow their favorite big-budget spectacles directly from the multiplex to the toy store. But not all blockbusters ? nor toy lines ? are created equal. While action figures modeled after such citizens of that far, far away galaxy as Han Solo, Amidala, Kylo Ren, and Jyn Erso are always guaranteed to fly off the shelves, some toys are destined to sit there gathering dust. Maybe the movies they were based on played to empty theaters, while everyone saw The Force Awakens for the gazillionth time. Or maybe, just maybe, the toys themselves desperately needed more time in the plastic incubator from whence they emerged. With spiffy new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toys arriving this week, we look back at some of the biggest merchandising misfires in contemporary movie history. And as you’ll see, even a mighty brand name like Star Wars can take a major toy-related tumble now and then.
With the release of the latest round of Star Wars merchandise set for this year’s so-called “ Rogue Friday” (riffing on last year’s Force Friday) on Sept. 30, Yahoo Movies is looking back at movie merchandise through the years. In today’s opening installment, we go deep on the greatest action-figure mishaps from some of Hollywood’s greatest films. Enjoy! __________________________ Ever since the release of 1977’s Star Wars , kids (and adults) have channeled their love of movies into playing with — and obsessively collecting — action figures based on their favorite big-screen adventurers. And today, many of those replicas are amazingly lifelike, as with those offered by Hot Toys , whose collection of movie-property figures boast astoundingly detailed and accurate facial sculptures and costumes, many using 3-D scans of the real actors. They’re proof that, when done properly, action figures can eerily resemble the iconic heroes and heroines upon which they’re based. But when done incorrectly? Well, that’s another story entirely. While companies like Hasbro, Mattel, McFarlane Toys, and Hot Toys have now set an incredibly high standard for such products, the industry’s history is littered with laughable disasters that fail so miserably at recreating actors and actress’ visages, they seem to have been made without any actual knowledge of their subjects. As our rundown makes clear, when movie action figures fail, they fail badly .
Every year, for maybe the past decade, someone comes out with a profile on Lindsay Lohan, asking the question: Can she finally make a comeback? Why is it so many other stars are able to bounce back from scandal and make the world love them again, but Lohan can’t?
Harley Quinn is having a moment. Daddy’s Li’l Monster has emerged as an indisputable breakout in the run-up to the August premiere of Suicide Squad, perhaps the summer’s most anticipated film. Played on screen by Margot Robbie, the character is a relatively recent edition to the DC Universe, first surfacing in a 1992 episode of the classic cartoon Batman: The Animated Series.
Editor’s note: The original version of this story ran on Oct. 26, 2015 to coincide with the release of the book Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History. By the time it became an instant classic upon its release in 1984, Ghostbusters had morphed through radically different iterations, featuring bonkers plot points and unrecognizable creatures.
Minka Kelly is currently starring in a real-life version of House Hunters. The TV star (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Almost Human, and, for a hot minute there, the Charlie’s Angels reboot) is in the market for a new Hollywood home, she tells Yahoo Celebrity while promoting real estate site Trulia’s new Best Neighborhoods in America campaign. “I don’t have any kids, but I know for resale value that’s very important, and Trulia makes that really easy to identify.
Time for everyone, even the famous, to break out the champagne and reflect on just how to make the next 12 months different. Without further ado, here are suggested goals for some of our favorite celebs.
Sophia Bush with Chicago and Law & Order franchise creator Dick Wolf (Getty Images) Chicago fans, you guys are awesome! When we posted our five suggestions for a fourth show to add to the NBC franchise of Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med, you not only made us feel all warm and fuzzy about our ideas, you shared your own damn good ones. So we want to return the favor. Below are the six best concepts we read in the comments, complete with fleshed out storylines and suggested casting.
Orange Is the New Black actress Taryn Manning has been busy with gigs. DJ Pauly D, who audiences met on Jersey Shore, has had residencies in Vegas and Atlantic City. Former The Hills stars Brody Jenner and Audrina Patridge have both headlined clubs.