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June 25, 2005
Change of direction: The new movie version of "Hairspray," based on the stage musical, will no longer be directed by Jack O'Brien and Jerry Mitchell, the team who worked on the stage version. A delay in the shooting schedule created a conflict with O'Brien's theater commitments. A replacement has not been named, a New Line Cinema spokesman said.
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July 23, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Moviegoers were in gay spirits over the weekend as Adam Sandler's latest comedy, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," topped the box office, and the feel-good "Hairspray" scored a record launch for a musical. Though both films were aimed at general audiences, the gay market factored into their solid openings. "Chuck and Larry" stars Sandler and Kevin James as Brooklyn firefighters pretending to be gay for insurance purposes.
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March 6, 2004 | R. Kinsey Lowe
"Hairspray" is coming full circle. The hit Broadway musical that sprang from John Waters' 1988 movie will be reincarnated in a new film, New Line Cinema confirmed Friday. New Line does not have a starting date for production, but a representative for the company confirmed a Variety report that the project was targeted for release in 2006.
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July 20, 2007 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
At first blush, the idea of a movie musical based on the Broadway musical based on "Hairspray," the film by John Waters, seems beyond derivative -- it's practically inbred. So it comes as a surprise when the movie turns out to be as happy, healthy and attractive as it does.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Moviegoers were in gay spirits over the weekend as Adam Sandler's latest comedy, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," topped the box office, and the feel-good "Hairspray" scored a record launch for a musical. Though both films were aimed at general audiences, the gay market factored into their solid openings. "Chuck and Larry" stars Sandler and Kevin James as Brooklyn firefighters pretending to be gay for insurance purposes.
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July 14, 2007 | Gregg LaGambina, Special to The Times
Elijah Kelley is sitting in a swath of sunlight on a coffee shop patio in Los Angeles, and he's as surprised as anyone that he's even made it this far. That doesn't mean he has small dreams. "I want to be an entertainer," says the 20-year-old, who's getting his first big break in "Hairspray." "Frank Sinatra did it. Sammy Davis Jr. did it. I want to bring that back." In seeking to capture the spirit of his bygone heroes, he's not boastful; he's hopeful. And he can't stop smiling.
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February 25, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"Hairspray" (opening Friday at selected theaters) is a deliriously fast and funny satire of the '60s that marks John Waters' best shot yet at mainstream audiences. In the 15 years since Baltimore's maestro of poor taste made his notorious underground classic, "Pink Flamingos," he has wavered between morbidity and blandness in an attempt to move beyond his original success.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2007 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
At first blush, the idea of a movie musical based on the Broadway musical based on "Hairspray," the film by John Waters, seems beyond derivative -- it's practically inbred. So it comes as a surprise when the movie turns out to be as happy, healthy and attractive as it does.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2007 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
IT'S not unusual for a studio marketing chief to get the boot after a string of box-office failures. But only at New Line Cinema, the studio that often seems to be operating in an alternate universe from the rest of the movie business, could the head of marketing be fired after opening the studio's biggest hit in two years.
NEWS
March 20, 1988 | BETH ANN KRIER, Times Staff Writer
By most accounts, it started five years ago with the release of "The Big Chill"--the film that introduced a whole new generation to Vietnam Angst, free love and such '60s classics as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" way before those dancing raisins did. Other trend watchers point to New York fashion designer Stephen Sprouse's revival of neon-bright miniskirts in 1984 as a key influence.
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July 14, 2007 | Gregg LaGambina, Special to The Times
Elijah Kelley is sitting in a swath of sunlight on a coffee shop patio in Los Angeles, and he's as surprised as anyone that he's even made it this far. That doesn't mean he has small dreams. "I want to be an entertainer," says the 20-year-old, who's getting his first big break in "Hairspray." "Frank Sinatra did it. Sammy Davis Jr. did it. I want to bring that back." In seeking to capture the spirit of his bygone heroes, he's not boastful; he's hopeful. And he can't stop smiling.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2005
Change of direction: The new movie version of "Hairspray," based on the stage musical, will no longer be directed by Jack O'Brien and Jerry Mitchell, the team who worked on the stage version. A delay in the shooting schedule created a conflict with O'Brien's theater commitments. A replacement has not been named, a New Line Cinema spokesman said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2004 | R. Kinsey Lowe
"Hairspray" is coming full circle. The hit Broadway musical that sprang from John Waters' 1988 movie will be reincarnated in a new film, New Line Cinema confirmed Friday. New Line does not have a starting date for production, but a representative for the company confirmed a Variety report that the project was targeted for release in 2006.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"Hairspray" (opening Friday at selected theaters) is a deliriously fast and funny satire of the '60s that marks John Waters' best shot yet at mainstream audiences. In the 15 years since Baltimore's maestro of poor taste made his notorious underground classic, "Pink Flamingos," he has wavered between morbidity and blandness in an attempt to move beyond his original success.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2007 | Irene Lacher, Special to The Times
FOR a while after "Hairspray" opened on Broadway, composer Marc Shaiman and his co-lyricist and life partner, Scott Wittman, would sneak into an empty box at the Neil Simon Theatre as the show was revving up for its infectious finale. Night after night, they'd search for a crevice in the packed audience to hide in. Then they'd turn their back to the stage. Behind them, a few dancers would start to spin to their aptly titled song, "You Can't Stop the Beat."
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April 25, 2004 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
In 1988, when Divine showed up at the pop-cultural cocktail party, escorted by John Waters and the cast of "Hairspray" the movie, people were not quite sure what to do with her ... him ... her. Dubbing the film a "cult classic" made things a little easier -- cross-dressers and drag queens were traditional hallmarks of a "cult classic," along with zombies, incestuous relationships and ax murderers.
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