Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: The January Sale!
Try 3 issues of Empire magazine for just £1
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Jason Flemyng Plans Reign Of Blood
He's making his directorial debut with a vampire action film
Exclusive New Stills From Entourage
Ari Gold and the gang rug it out
Latest Insurgent Poster Online
Tris channels Trinity for a fresh image
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy And More In Talks For Ghostbusters
SNL players Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones working out deals
Chris Pratt Wanted As New Indiana Jones
Disney's got early plans...
Danny Boyle Locks In His Steve Jobs Cast
Katherine Waterston and more set as production boots up
Liam Hemsworth Offered The Lead In The Independence Day Sequel
He may fight the aliens in ID Forever
First Poster For Ted 2
Grin and bare it
Morten Tyldum Taking On Passengers
Imitation Game director set for sci-fi romance
Colin Firth Aboard World Yacht Race Drama
The Theory Of Everything director James Marsh will hoist the sails
Frank Grillo Haunted By Stephanie
He'll star in Akiva Goldsman's horror thriller
Slight Update On The Last Of Us Movie
Screenwriter Neil Druckmann checks in
Octavia Spencer Joins Seacole
Playing Jamaica's Florence Nightingale in biopic
The Huntsman Suffers A Dearth Of Dwarves
Snow White sequel dispenses with the diminutive
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
17 December 2014
Tom Hanks Squares The Circle
Adapting Dave Eggers' novel
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Captain Phillips (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Cloud Atlas (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Larry Crowne (2011)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

It's Barry Manilow: The Movie!
Produced by Tom Hanks & MIchael Stipe?!?

10 September 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Are you ready for Barry Manilow: The Movie?

Let’s rephrase: is anybody ready for Barry Manilow: The Movie? Well, states of readiness are irrelevant at this point, for it’s happening. It’s actually happening.

Single Cell, the production company co-owned by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and Playtone, Tom Hanks’ company, have announced a deal to make a movie which will not only showcase the back catalogue of the MORiest man in music, but will feature the man himself in a cameo.

It seems demented, but the 66 year-old Manilow is still a huge artist, who’s produced plenty of silent-S hits – songs like Can’t Smile Without You (used so brilliantly by Guillermo del Toro in Hellboy II), Could It Be Magic, I Write The Songs and Fuck Tha Police. His nose for a tune has led to millions of units sold, and he’s been selling out at the Las Vegas Hilton since 2005.

So it’s clear that Universal is hoping that they have another Mamma Mia! on their hands. Not that the movie – which is currently untitled, but should be called Manilow! – will follow the format of the Abba money-maker. Instead, it will be a romantic comedy closer in spirit and tone to, gulp, Love Actually, in that it will follow a diverse group of Manilow fans who arrive in Las Vegas to hear their idol headline at the Mandalay Bay hotel. Along the way, they meet, fall in and out of love etc. while the songs of Manilow, who will also cameo, propel the soundtrack.

We’re still astonished by the producing presence of Hanks, who will oversee with Gary Goetzman, and, even more incredibly, Stipe. After all, Manilow doesn’t seem to have had a great influence on R.E.M.’s music (although Airportman, from Up, shares the same giddy joie de vivre of Copacabana (At The Copa)).

However, it’s Stipe’s producing partner, Sandy Stern, who actually came up with the idea and lured Manilow on board, thus absolving Stipey of direct responsibility. And hey, we wish them all well – for this goofy rom-com, featuring everything including the kitsch-en sink, sounds like it could be hugely entertaining… especially if we turn our irony chips up to 11.
 


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Ne-Yo Set For Battle: Los Angeles
Rapper Joins Eckhart for sci-fi war film
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

If Baz himself can't cameo how about Adrien Brody in a blondish wig? More

Posted by Jo Wareham at 15:12 on 10 September 2009 | Report This Post

With Hanks on board this might not be half bad. That Thing You Do! wasn't exactly shit. More

Posted by UTB at 14:15 on 10 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
I nose this will be shit. Probably. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 10:22 on 10 September 2009 | Report This Post

What. The Fuck. I almost had to check that today isn't some sort of alternative April Fool's Day, this is just too weird. And Tom Hanks?!? Jesus. . . More

Posted by Anduril666 at 10:03 on 10 September 2009 | Report This Post

That shouldn't be a problem. My irony chip is permanently turned up to 11. Incidentally, Road House is the greatest movie ever made. Only I'm not being ironic. More

Posted by mebbetheywasinjuns at 10:01 on 10 September 2009 | Report This Post

Well my nan will be happy. More

Posted by AstroZombie at 09:18 on 10 September 2009 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The X-Men TV Series: 10 Possible Plotlines
Mutants on a budget? We suggest some ideas for Fox’s new franchise extension

10 Kid-Friendly Marvel Comics That Could Be The Next Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios have a lot to play with elsewhere in the Marvelverse

20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Jessica Chastain Takes The IMDbunker
The Most Violent Year star takes our most random quiz

Five Impressive Oscar Isaac Roles You Didn't Realise Were Oscar Isaac
Welcome to Oscar season...

Fables: A Primer
An introduction to Bill Willingham’s wonderfully dark fairy-tale world

12 Hitchcock Remakes Ranked From Best To Worst
Lifeboat in space, anyone?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)