WHEN THE OUTRAGEOUSLY DYSTOPIAN teen comedy “Heathers” came out, in 1989, it was a box-office failure, but its straight-faced camp and pitch-black plot—Veronica, the fourth wheel of a fierce high-school clique, falls in love with J.D., a mischievous, murderous rebel—have made it a widely adored cult classic. “Heathers” also kick-started the careers of Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Twenty-five years later, its issues of bully-related suicide, school shootings, and bomb threats are even more relevant, and the highly un-P.C. escapade takes on an even darker hue. Get ready for the return of fluffy bangs, shoulder pads, and vicious croquet matches, because the stage adaptation, “Heathers: The Musical,” directed by Andy Fickman, is in previews at New World Stages. It will be so very.
John Travolta and Salma Hayek are set to star in A Three Dog Life, based on the best-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas about a car accident that leaves her husband with no memory.
J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right) and Clark Peterson (Monster) are producing the film, which The Solution Entertainment is shopping to foreign buyers at the European Film Market. Nick Guthe, who is directing from his adapted script, also will produce.
CAA and WME Global are co-representing U.S. rights.
Hayek will play Abigail Thomas, while Travolta will play her husband. After the accident, he is forced to live in an isolated institution to control the side effects of his near-death accident. In order to be close to her husband, Abigail reinvents her life and moves from New York City to the small country town, with her new family of three dogs.
A Three Dog Life, published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, received numerous awards and recently resurfaced in popularity, reaching No. on The New York Times Bestseller list in September 2013.
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The producers of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, the new musical stage adaptation of Daniel Waters’ iconic 1989 dark comedy film, are pleased to announce the cast for the New York Premiere.
Previews begin on Saturday, March 15, and the show is set to open on Monday, March 31, 2014 – the 25th Anniversary of the film’s release – at New World Stages in New York City (340 West 50th Street). Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com / 1-800-447-7400.
“Talk about drooling much…that’s exactly what we did when we assembled this truly exciting, talented and fresh-faced company to play these iconic roles,” said director Andy Fickman. “If you are doing a musical based on Heathers, your cast can’t just be very – they have to be very very.”
Direct from the sold-out world premiere engagement at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles, HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is produced Off-Broadway by Bruce Bendell (Grace), Jamie Bendell (A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder), Scott Benson (Inappropriate: The Musical), Andy Cohen (Untraceable, Captain Ron), J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right, Bottle Shock, Dr. Zhivago Australian Tour), Amy Powers (Dr. Zhivago, The Game), Scott Prisand (Rock Of Ages, Legally Blonde, Grace) and Big Block Theatrical. Fickman, Murphy and O’Keefe are also producers. Denise Di Novi (the film Heathers; Crazy, Stupid Love) will executive produce.
J. Todd Harris discusses producing and uncovering new opportunities for independent producers.
From The New York Times:
“A musical adaptation of the film “Heathers,” the 1989 dark comedy about high school mean girls that added “what’s your damage?” and other memorable lines to the teen lexicon, will have an Off Broadway commercial run this spring, the producers announced on Tuesday.
The show has been developed over the last several years by the composer Laurence O’Keefe, the writer Kevin Murphy, and the production’s director, Andy Fickman. A concert presentation was held…”
Read the full article over at The New York Times Arts Beat Blog.
In support of the Napa Valley Film Fest, Studio System News puts the spotlight on festival board member J. Todd Harris:
The hot premiers and yacht parties of Cannes are long over, and the fall festivals have given us sneak peaks of awards season contenders like 12 Years a Slave,Gravity, and Philomena. If you weren’t able to walk the Croisette or jet to Toronto, you can check out unreleased films like Saving Mr. Banks and undiscovered gems by new filmmakers at the Napa Valley Film Festival this weekend.
The combo of wine tasting and movie watching is a winning one, and the festival, now in its third year, boasts “125 films. 300 filmmakers. 50 chefs. 150 wines.” The program includes films like August: Osage County and Philomena, alongside indie docs and narrative features, short films, and an artist-in-residence program. Joe Carnahan is this year’s jury president.
SSN spoke with festival board member J. Todd Harris about how the festival is growing, what he’s excited about this year, and the importance of studio support and corporate sponsors for any emerging film fest.
“The new Laurence O’Keefe-Kevin Murphy musical Heathers, based on the wickedly dark 1988 film comedy about a clique of deadly and domineering high school girls, will play a limited world-premiere engagement at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles this September.
Tony Award-nominated Legally Blonde composer O’Keefe collaborated with Emmy-winning Reefer Madness author Murphy on book, music and lyrics for the musical based on the film.
The stage musical is produced by Denise DiNovi, Andy Cohen, Amy Powers, J. Todd Harris, Bruce Bendell, Scott Prisand and Jamie Bendell, along with creators O’Keefe, Murphy and Fickman.”
Todd sits down with Tom Caswell of PFM during his visit to Drexel University in Philadelphia.
From The Triangle:
The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, welcomed Los Angeles-based film producer J. Todd Harris to the URBN Center Annex March 2 to host his one-day film seminar, “Producing the Independent Film.”
The goal of the seminar was to give students interested in pursuing a career in film an inside look at the intricacies of producing an independent film, from planning to post-production, and what it takes to succeed in Hollywood. Harris used his career as a producer to put the film industry into perspective to the audience of budding producers, directors and screenwriters.
Harris, who produced the Golden Globe Award winning film “The Kids Are All Right” starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, encouraged the audience to pursue film careers but made sure to discuss the reality of the high stakes and competition in the film industry.
“Studios have a different lens that they look at projects with, and it has changed a lot in the 20-plus years I’ve been in Hollywood,” Harris said.
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Despite the respectable number of studio pictures and TV series that have been shot in Chicago over the last few years, the local film industry has yet to generate much heat on the indie front.
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J. Todd Harris, CEO and founder of Branded Pictures Entertainment, has made or helped to get made 37 movies in the past 16 years. Even Woody Allen can’t keep pace with that.
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