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Manilow: the Movie

09.10.2009

Barry, put the Botox down. NOW!

Let's take a break from "serious" movie news and have a big hearty chuckle with Hollywood. Remember that Monopoly thing? And what about a motion-captured YELLOW  SUBMARINE? Let's not forget my favorite,  View-Master. Well to me that one ranks just as high on the side-split-o-meter.

Universal and Playtone liked what happened with MAMA MIA so much they wanna do it again, but this time with Barry Friggin Manilow! That's right folks, Tom Hanks' production shingle is championing a romantic comedy based on the "singer's" catalog, although they're having it closer in tone to LOVE ACTUALLY than that ABBA film where people burst into song for no reason. Which is kinda sad 'cause I don't think I can imagine something funnier than Pierce Brosnan suddenly doing the hustle while singing "Copacabana" in 3D on a giant IMAX screen. Shake that bloody booty, Bond!

The story would intersect a set of characters attending a Manilow show in Vegas, with "classic" songs like "Mandy" playing all throughout. The man himself is giving his full support to the project, and why not? Sweetest paycheck he'll have seen for these last 25 years...

Raise your hands if you're stuck with "Copacabana" or "Mandy" in your head because of me. You're welcome!

Extra Tidbit: Scary pic, that is. Can't decide if Manilow looks like Barbara Streisand or Barney the purple dino...
Source: Variety

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9:43PM on 09/10/2009
:( ..................no way?.....
:( ..................no way?.....
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7:11PM on 09/10/2009

Perfect Casting Advice

Seth Rogen as Manilow.
Seth Rogen as Manilow.
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3:34PM on 09/10/2009
i first thought the picture was of rod stewart
i first thought the picture was of rod stewart
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12:03PM on 09/10/2009
He kinda looks like Martin Short
He kinda looks like Martin Short
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11:18AM on 09/10/2009
Look at the size of his nose! Imagine that in 3D!!! I'm there.
Look at the size of his nose! Imagine that in 3D!!! I'm there.
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10:15AM on 09/10/2009

One assumes

That this is an adaption of the CBS TV movie Copacabana, or the 90's stage show of the same name, much like Mamma Mia was an adaption of the 90's stage show.
That this is an adaption of the CBS TV movie Copacabana, or the 90's stage show of the same name, much like Mamma Mia was an adaption of the 90's stage show.
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8:09AM on 09/10/2009

Even now..........

i think they are really missing the big picture here by being blind to the fact that a really really great and intense movie could be made out of rush's 2112 album - or even select songs from their library. "we are the priests!............." :)
i think they are really missing the big picture here by being blind to the fact that a really really great and intense movie could be made out of rush's 2112 album - or even select songs from their library. "we are the priests!............." :)
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6:54AM on 09/10/2009

Hmmm...

I was raised by a mother that had every BM album made, and I can sing every song. Either that makes me a BM fan who wants to get behind this idea or extremely gay. Or both ;)
I was raised by a mother that had every BM album made, and I can sing every song. Either that makes me a BM fan who wants to get behind this idea or extremely gay. Or both ;)
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10:04AM on 09/10/2009
it makes you an extremely gay fan who wants to get BM's behind.

HA! just kidding.
it makes you an extremely gay fan who wants to get BM's behind.

HA! just kidding.
4:10AM on 09/10/2009
They had my ten bucks at Manilow.
They had my ten bucks at Manilow.
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3:10AM on 09/10/2009

Barry! The Movie

Or just call it "Barry!".
But it has to have an exclamation mark.

At the copa...
Or just call it "Barry!".
But it has to have an exclamation mark.

At the copa...
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