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Vacation TV Spin-Off The Griswolds Is Coming to HBO Max

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Clark Griswold and family are heading to the small screen, as WarnerMedia has put into development a comedy series for HBO Max called The Griswolds. Johnny Galecki, who played Rusty Griswold in Christmas Vacation, is executive producing The Griswolds with The Middle scribe Tim Hobert writing the series. As it sounds, the half-hour single camera sitcom is based on National Lampoon's Vacation movies, following the day to day lives of the Griswolds when they come home to the Chicago suburbs after their shenanigan-filled vacations.

There have been five official Vacation movies developed by National Lampoon at this point, with each installment featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in the roles of Clark and Ellen Griswold. Randy Quaid and Miriam Flynn both show up often in the movie series as well as their friends and neighbors, Eddie and Catherine Johnson. There is also Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure, which
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East West Players Asian-Led Production Of ‘Mamma Mia!’ Puts Inclusive Casting Center Stage

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Everybody loves Abba — and that includes every race, gender, religion and every kind of person under the sun. That said, it’s no wonder that Mamma Mia!, a Broadway show that turned into Universal movie musical and a sequel that garnered box office success and acclaim among the masses. As the nation’s longest-running professional theater of color producing Asian American artistic work., the Los Angeles-based theater group East West Players (Ewp) saw an opportunity to not only put on a production of the popular jukebox musical for their 53rd anniversary season but to switch things up with a majority Asian cast.

In a time when Hollywood sees a craving and demand for inclusive casting, East West Players answered the call to action by doing something that many would be considered bold: cast a musical that traditionally stars white actors with non-white actors. In other words, East West Players Hamilton‘d Mamma Mia!
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How ‘Mamma Mia!’ Has Remained a Money-Maker for 20 Years

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“Mamma Mia!” is still going strong 20 years after its April 6, 1999, debut at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. The longevity is a testament to the band Abba and to the persistence of producer Judy Craymer, director Phyllida Lloyd and writer Catherine Johnson. The stage musical opened with low expectations; in 1983, another tribute to the Swedish quartet, named “Abbacadabra,” closed eight weeks after its debut. Plus, “Mamma Mia!” had been in workshops for 18 months, with Johnson the third writer on the project (she did seven drafts). Eight months after the debut, Variety reported that the show was “a financial gusher,” making back its £3 million ($4.8 million) cost in 27 weeks, and boasting an advance of nearly $13 million. The stage musical has earned an estimated $2 billion, and that’s not counting income from the two films. When it opened, Lloyd said: “We hope to create pure pleasure. We’re not splitting the atom.”

That sense
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Meryl Streep Doesn’t Do Sequels: Why the Creator of ‘Mamma Mia!’ Spent a Decade Figuring Out How to Make a Second Film

Before it was a globally successful movie franchise, “Mamma Mia!” was just one woman’s passion project. British theater impresario Judy Craymer first imagined “Mamma Mia!” in the ’80s, eventually spending years trying to persuade former Abba members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus to let her make something out of their deep songbook. Her efforts finally yielded the eighth longest-running Broadway show in history, a 2008 movie that over half a billion dollars worldwide, and now a sequel — “Mamma Mia: Here We Again” — poised to keep the franchise alive.

“I definitely never had a business plan,” Craymer said, reflecting on the 20 years of progress. “I’ve always taken it one day at a time.” The challenge started anew after the first “Mamma Mia!” movie took off, and talk about turning the film into a franchise kicked up. As early as the fall of 2008, just months after the first film’s release,
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Judy Craymer Rides High On ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Success And Explains How Meryl Streep Did Surrender

The cynics are defeated; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again has won the war. On track for a near-$40m opening weekend, critics couldn’t escape if they wanted to, and audiences have promised to love Abba jukebox musicals forevermore.

It’s another remarkable achievement for Littlestar chief Judy Craymer, who produced both films in the expanding Mamma Mia! Cinematic Universe (with Gary Goetzman) and has been the architect of bringing Abba’s music to the stage and screen for more than 20 years. She had spent a decade convincing Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus to trust her with the rights to Abba’s songs before Mamma Mia! debuted on the London stage in 1999. When I went to see the show on stage earlier this month, it was clear that interest hasn’t abated in the 19 years that have followed.

Still, mounting a sequel to the 2008 feature film couldn’t have been easy.
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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Sings $37M+; ‘Equalizer 2’ Targets $33M+: Saturday Update

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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Sings $37M+; ‘Equalizer 2’ Targets $33M+: Saturday Update
It’s still a great weekend at the box office here, with both Universal’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Sony’s Equalizer 2 both over-performing besting their tracking, especially the latter.

The Ol Parker-directed original ABBA musical is looking at an estimated No. 1 win, with $37.3M while the Denzel Washington sequel scored $13.4M yesterday (including Thursday’s $3.1M), with an amazing $33.7M three-day.

One of the reasons why we’re seeing Mamma Mia 2 lower than the $40M+ figure we were spotting yesterday is because sometimes it’s hard for box office analysts to project off advance ticket sales, which in this pic’s case is fueled by the female demo. When are they exactly going to the movies? One thing is for sure, and that’s this bubble gum musical will have long legs this summer into the fall. The
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Movie Review – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, 2018

Written and Directed by Ol Parker

Starring Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Alexa Davies, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Cher, and Meryl Streep

Synopsis:

In this sequel to Mamma Mia!, Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant herself.

Full disclosure: I have never actually seen the original Mamma Mia! and also have no knowledge of the Catherine Johnson musical it is based on, which itself is a story initially considered by Judy Craymer. Really, the only thing I knew coming into the sequel were the basics of the plot and the songs featured from Abba. However, the part of me that came into this lively, upbeat, romantic fantasy musical expecting to completely loathe it for its extreme dissonance from reality actually came only surprised and satisfied to a degree.
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Movie Review

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Ol Parker Screenwriter: Ol Parker, Richard Curtis from a story by Ol Parker, Richard Curtis, Catherine Johnson Cast: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Dominic Cooper, Cher, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Stellan Skarsgård Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, […]

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'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' revs up for global launch

'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' revs up for global launch
World premiere took place in London on Sunday night.

Universal top brass are preparing for the global launch of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again this week, exactly 10 years after Mamma Mia! took off en route to a $609.8m final global tally.

The musical sequel, based like the original on Abba songs, ventures into 41 territories this week, day-and-date with Friday’s [July 20] North American bow in approximately 3,200 theatres.

The UK, Australia, Germany, Spain and Abba’s home country Sweden are expected to be among the highlights in the first wave as the family tentpole rolls out through September.

The 2008 original opened
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Press Conference – Cher, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Andy Garcia & many more on the Abba musical sequel

There was something in the air that night… or certainly today, when the huge assembly of cast members of Mamma Mia 2 (subtitled: Here We Go Again) gave not one, but Two press conferences to talk about the much anticipated new musical.

It was ten years ago when the greatest Abba songs gave Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and an all star cast the greatest movie musical of all time. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the Abba-inspired sequel complete with Dancing Queens and Kings aplenty including Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper returning as the star-crossed warblers, along with Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie. Newcomers including Jeremy Irvine, Lily James and only flipping living legend herself – Cher!

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Joining the cast for two UK press conferences were Andy Garcia,
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Cher Arrives in Mamma Mia 2 Extended Sneak Peek

Universal Pictures released a brand new 60-second TV spot for Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, during the Grammy Awards telecast last night. This video features new footage of Cher as Ruby Sheridan, the mother of Meryl Streep's Donna and grandmother of Amanda Seyfried's Sophie. Cher is seen belting out the Abba hit song "Fernando" while also offering her thanks when Tanya (Christine Baranski) toasts to "the woman of this, and every hour," unaware that Donna was referring to Sophie.

Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again. Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of Abba. With the film's original cast returning and new additions including Lily James as the young Donna and Cher as her mother,
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New Mamma Mia Here We Go Again welcomes Cher into the family

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Author: Zehra Phelan

A brand new trailer and poster have arrived for the musical comedy return of Mamma Mia Here We Go Again which surprisingly welcomes Cher to the family.

Related: First Mamma Mia Here We Go Again trailer and images

Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie is Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.

Joining the cast are Lily James as a Young Donna. Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful). Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young
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Here’s Another New Trailer & Poster For ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’

Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, the musical sequel hitting cinemas later in the year.

Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of Abba. With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open in UK cinemas on 20th July 2018.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, producers of the original film. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the worldwide smash-hit stage musical.

Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus return to
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Mamma Mia 2 Trailer: Here We Go Again

The first trailer for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again has arrived online. In Hollywood, it seems like it's never too late to do a sequel and that's certainly the case with Mamma Mi! right now. The original was a massive hit and it's honestly surprising a sequel wasn't made earlier. But Universal Pictures has just released the trailer for Mamma Mia 2 online, giving us our first real look at the sequel, which arrives in theaters next summer.

Ten years after Mamma Mia! brought in $609 million worldwide, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of Abba. With the film's original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella). This is easily her biggest role sing starring in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver earlier this year. The musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018, putting it right
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Trailer Watch: Lily James Plays a Young Meryl Streep in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”

It’s time to head back to Kalokairi, and all the singing, dancing, and stunning scenery that made audiences fall in love with the Greek island in “Mamma Mia!” A trailer for the 2008 film’s sequel has dropped, and it sees Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) returning to the island she planned to get married on. This time around, she’s pregnant.

While Sophie originally sought to discover the identity of her father, the first film concluded with her getting three dads after it was mutually decided not to pursue a paternity test. Sadly, Sophie is returning to Kalokairi and preparing for motherhood without her own mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), by her side in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” Donna has died sometime between the events of the first film and this one.

“I’m pregnant but I don’t know how to do it by myself,
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Watch Cher In First Trailer For Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of Abba.

With the film’s original cast returning, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski as well as new additions including Cher, Andy Garcia and Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, producers of the original film. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the worldwide smash-hit stage musical.

Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson,
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Watch The First Trailer For ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’

Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world comes Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. The film invites us to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of Abba. With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open in UK cinemas on 20th July 2018.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, producers of the original film. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the worldwide smash-hit stage musical.

Ol Parker, the writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Phyllida Lloyd,
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again first Trailer, images and it’s a wrap video

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Author: Zehra Phelan

We can’t quite believe it’s been ten years since Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan and Christine Baranski hit our screens in the Abba tribute movie, Mamma Mia! The success of the original and a need for nostalgia has meant we will again return to the Greek Island of Kalokairi in 2018 with an all-new, all singing and dancing sequel.

In the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the story will jump back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Returning cast members include Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry, with a
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Cher Joins Mamma Mia 2

The Universal Pictures sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again has been filming since late August, but it's never too late to add an iconic new cast member. A report reveals that showbiz icon Cher has joined the cast, although no details about her character have been revealed. The actress/singer hinted about starring in the Mamma Mia sequel in a cryptic tweet over the weekend, and now her casting has been confirmed.

Unfortunately, no details were given about the character Cher will be playing, but this this will mark her first live-action movie role in seven years, since 2010's Burlesque, where she starred alongside Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell and Alan Cumming. She also provided the voice of Janet the Lioness in the 2011 Kevin James comedy Zookeeper, and, most recently, voiced a character called Chercophonie on the Netflix animated TV series Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh. Regardless of who she's playing,
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Mamma Mia 2 Begins Shooting, Lily James Joins Cast

It's happening again! Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of Abba. With the film's original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, producers of the original film. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the worldwide smash-hit stage musical.

Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker. Benny Andersson and Bj&#246rn Ulvaeus return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.
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