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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Shake and Shimmy It With All of Your Might

Well on its way to becoming the movie musical of its generation, Hairspray will go where no other movie in its original run has gone before: starting this Friday, special edition "sing-a-long" prints will begin screening in select cities.

Not only is this a perfect excuse to see the movie again, this is an excellent way for New Line to keep the movie in the public eye ... and ears. Stars Nikki Blonsky and Elijah Kelly will kick off the special showings with a launch event in New York City August 1.

In related news, the Hairspray soundtrack is currently #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and is the #1 album on iTunes. Over on the singles chart, "You Can't Stop the Beat" is #88 on Billboard's Top 100.

Also on sale is the official Hairspray "companion book", filled with never-before-seen pictures and removable goodies like "Corny Collins Council" trading cards and "Har-D-Har Hut" stickers. The book would make a perfect gift for anyone, like, say, your favorite blogger ...

And for a way-cool three-way comparison between the original movie, the stage musical and the movie musical, head on over to

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  1. I just received the companion book to Hairspray in the mail today from Amazon. If you loved the movie, then this is definitely a MUST have - goes into great detail about the making of the movie and has tons of wonderful photographs as well.

  2. Awesome, it is jumping to the top of my wish list now. Thanks for letting me know how great it is!

  3. You're quite welcome!

    I've seen Hairspray twice now and still can't stop smiling! In fact, I'm listening to the soundtrack right now. What a nice way to top off the summer.

    This has got to be one of my all-time favorite movie musicals. I'm eagerly awaiting the DVD...I'm assuming it will be released in time for the holiday season.

    I'm thrilled that the movie is doing so well at the box office. I really hope that the awards folks - especially the Golden Globes - recognize Hairspray with several nominations - because it is certainly well-deserved!

    Sorry to gush, but I feel so strongly about this movie that I had to something. ;-)

  4. Fully agree with you on all counts.

    I've heard that the DVD will be out in November or December. It will also be available in Hi-Def, New Line's first.

    And no need to apologize to me for gushing about this movie, just look at all the coverage I have given it here!

  5. Thanks for the info about the DVD release. I'm really enjoying reading your posts and I'm glad I found your blog.

    Also, I don't know if you have heard this news already, but the Hollywood Film Festival announced recently that it'll honor the Hairspray cast with it's "Hollywood Ensemble Acting of the Year Award -- Musical/Comedy."

    You can read more about it here -

  6. I did hear about the award, which is great even though I don't think I've ever heard of the "Hollywood Film Festival" before. Oh well, an award is an award!

    I will be covering the DVD when it comes out, hopefully it will have a nice set of extras (and not just on the hi-def one).

    And glad to hear you enjoy the blog, that is always nice to hear!