New Line Cinema
Release Date: July 20, 2007
Official Web SIte and Movie Trailer: http://www.hairspraymovie.com/
Director: Adam Shankman
Starring: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, and Queen Latifah
Description: John Travolta stars as “Edna Turnblad” in New Line Cinema’s musical, HAIRSPRAY.
Sixteen years after the release of the original film, New Line Cinema is bringing a feature film adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway production Hairspray to life.
Featuring new and original material based on John Waters’ 1988 cult classic about star-struck teenagers on a local Baltimore dance show, the comedy features a remarkable collection of talent including John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, Allison Janney, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago), and director Adam Shankman (Bringing Down The House).
The new screenplay for Hairspray was written by Leslie Dixon (Freaky Friday, Outrageous Fortune). Hairspray is scheduled for a July 20th, 2007 release.
NEW LINE CINEMA’S THE GOLDEN COMPASS, HAIRSPRAY EARN CRITICS CHOICE AWARD NOMINATIONS INCLUDING FAMILY FILM
LOS ANGELES (December 11, 2007) New Line Cinema’s musical comedy Hairspray and fantasy adventure The Golden Compass both received multiple nominations for the 13th Annual Critics Choice Awards this morning from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), including in the Family Film (Live Action) category.
Besides its nomination for Family Film, Hairspray was nominated for four additional awards: Acting Ensemble, Comedy Movie, Young Actress (Nikki Blonsky), and Song (“Come So Far” Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley). Recently, the Hairspray soundtrack earned a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack Recording.
The BFCA includes 200 television, radio and online critics. The 13th Annual Critics Choice Awards is held Jan. 7, 2008 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
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Hairspray (Full-Screen Edition) (2007)
Starring: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer Director: Adam Shankman
Amazon.com: It's rare that a movie captures the intensity and excitement of a live Broadway musical production while appealing to a broader movie-going audience, but the 2007 Hairspray is an energetic, powerfully moving film that does just that. A remake of the 1988 musical film Hairspray, the new Hairspray is a film adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical and features more likeable characters than the original film and an incredible energy that stems from a great cast, fabulous new music, and the influence of musical producer Craig Zadan. What remains constant throughout all three versions of Hairspray is the story's thought-provoking exploration of prejudice and racism.
Set in Baltimore in 1962, the film opens with chubby girl Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) singing her heart out in a rendition of "Good Morning Baltimore" that, while admittedly a bit too long, sets the farcical tone for the film. Viewers quickly become immersed in Tracy's teenage world of popular television dance shows, big hair, the stigma of being different, and the first hesitant steps toward racial integration within a segregated world. The Corny Collins (James Marsden) television dance show is a teenage obsession in Tracy's world and Link Larkin (Zac Efron) is every girl's dream partner, so when a call for auditions goes out, Tracy skips school to try out, but is rejected by station manager Velma von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer) because of her large size and the threat of competition for Velma's own daughter Amber (Brittany Snow). Perseverance and the support of her friend Penny (Amanda Bynes), father Wilbur (Christopher Walken), and negro dancer Seaweed (Elijah Kelley) lead Tracy to the spotlight and the chance of a lifetime, but more and more Tracy discovers that fairness and equality for those who are different does not come without a fight and that sacrifices must be made to effect change.
While the message is serious, Hairspray is first and foremost a comedy with stellar performances by John Travolta as Edna Turnblad (who ever imagined Saturday Night Fever's iconic star would appear onscreen as a woman?), Christopher Walken, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Part of what makes Hairspray so powerful is the exceptional music composed by Marc Shaiman, including songs newly composed for the movie like "Ladies' Choice," "The New Girl in Town," and "Come So Far," and the awesome vocal talents of Queen Latifah (Motormouth Maybelle) and a cast of heretofore musically-unknown actors like Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, and Brittany Snow who really can sing. Notable trivia includes Jerry Stiller's appearance in both versions of the film (as Wilbur in the 1988 film and as Mr. Pinky in this 2007 rendition), and a cameo appearance by 1988 director and screenplay writer John Waters. Hairspray is one of the best films of the year--it's powerfully moving entertainment that leaves you energized and motivated to fight for what you believe in. --Tami Horiuchi
It's 1962 and change is in the air in Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad, a girl with big hair and big dreams, has only one passion in life - to dance on "The Corny Collins Show." When her chance arrives, she grooves her way into instant stardom and the eyes of teen-dream Link Larkin (Zac Efron). But with the program's scheming stage manager (Michelle Pfeiffer) against her, trend-setting Tracy will need the help of her best friend Penny (Amanda Bynes), her bighearted mother (John Travolta) and sassy co-host Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah) to show the world that all it takes to make a dream come true is a toe-tappin' beat and a little Hairspray!
• Actors: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron
• Directors: Adam Shankman
• Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
• Language: English
• Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only
• Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
• Number of discs: 1
• Studio: New Line Home Video
• DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
• Run Time: 117 minutes
Starring: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown Director: John Waters
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John Waters made his bid for PG respectability with this enjoyably trashy comedy about the racial integration of a teen dance show on Baltimore television in the early '60s. Waters, as always, makes a virtue of junk culture and the powerful emotional forces it can represent as kids vie to get on the show. Meanwhile, a parade of former stars (Pia Zadora, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono) and pseudostars (Divine, Ricki Lake) cross the screen, playing freakish characters absorbed by thoughts of fame. (Waters himself turns up as a weirdo psychiatrist.) This transitional film for Waters is rough going at times and not as interesting or funny as his later features Cry-Baby and Serial Mom, but it's worth a look. --Tom Keogh
• tudio: New Line Home Video
• DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
• Run Time: 92 minutes