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"Matilda" and the Brain-Melting Trend of Movie-Musical-Movies

It's the second announcement this month of a movie based on a musical based on a movie.

Sony and Netflix announced on Tuesday that they will be partnering to produce a new Matilda movie based on the Broadway musical.

If you're feeling confused right now—thinking that you've already seen a Matilda movie based on the Roald Dahl novel, breathe easily with the knowledge that you are not hallucinating a memory of Danny DeVito with bleached blonde hair. It happened. Just as Nelson Mandela survived prison and you grew up reading the Berenstain Bears, you really did watch Miss Trunchbull swing a little girl around by her pigtails in 1996. And this new movie is not attempting to replace the special joy of seeing an eight-year-old Mara Wilson gain magic telekinetic powers and use them to assault authority figures. Nothing can take that away from you, and this new movie isn't even an attempt. It's not a reboot or an update. No, this movie is an adaptation of the Broadway musical that was adapted from the 1996 movie that was based on the 1988 novel.

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If that sounds like an absurd telephone game of mounting degrees of removal and adaptation, you are clearly just out of touch. This is the latest trend in filmmaking. Last week it was announced that the Broadway musical version of Mean Girls, based on the 2004 movie Mean Girls, is also being adapted into a musical movie that will presumably be called Mean Girls.

When the 2005 film The Producers pioneered the daring approach of making a musical movie based on a live musical that was itself based on a 1967 Mel Brooks film about making a musical, the resounding response was that they had gone too far even for a franchise that was so intentionally self-referential and absurd. The movie bombed despite its all-star cast. But clearly they were just ahead of their time. MTV made a hesitant foray into the same arena when they aired a recording of the Legally Blonde musical based on the 2001 movie, but that was just bringing the existing stage version to a wider audience.

Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in The Producers

But at long last it appears that the era of movie-musical-movies has finally arrived. In other words, the end times are upon us. If you've managed to read this entire article without getting a nose bleed, you are the chosen one. Let the chorus of angels sing your praises while performing elaborately choreographed dance routines.

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Lindsay Lohan

All you need to know.

Full Name: Lindsay Dee Lohan

Date of Birth: July 2, 1986

Born: New York City, NY

Occupation: Actress, singer, designer, business owner

Status: Single

Children: 0

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She's a former child star who's still making headlines. Perhaps not always for the best reasons, but Lindsay Lohan never fails to keep us interested, intrigued, and amazed. Whether she's acting or acting out, Lohan always makes for titillating tabloid news, the gift that keeps on giving for gossip columns. She has been praised for her work but panned for her behavior. Here's more about the Mean Girls star and why she's endlessly entertaining.

Early Start

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Fans got to first know Lohan when she won us over as the young star of The Parent Trap. Her adorable looks and natural talent were made for the movies. She was signed as a Ford Model too, breaking into the biz from multiple angles. Before long, Lohan was a full-fledged movie star with films including Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, and Herbie: Fully Loaded, getting rave reviews and earning her a spot on the A-list as the "it girl" of the decade. She began to record music too. Fame was her fortune and the New Yorker was a Hollywood heavyweight.

Clothing and Clubbing

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As a famous face and sometimes model, Lohan was booked to pose for some high-end designers like Jill Stuart and Miu Miu. Her natural beauty and popularity were the perfect mix for eye-catching ads to sell chic clothing. Soon Lohan created her own fashion brand, 6126, which started with something as simple as leggings, eventually growing into an elaborate line. Ever the entrepreneur, fast forward to today and Lohan's opening clubs in Greece. With a resume like hers, trying to wonder what Lohan will do next is a roll of the dice. But she's never hesitant to take a chance and follow her gut.

Lohan's Looks

Over the years, Lohan has changed her look, be it to follow trends or go out on a limb. Here are some of her most interesting and attractive fashion moments.


Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.


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