Barry Manilow Songs: The 'Love Actually'-Style Movie

September 10, 2009

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Haven't you always wanted a movie to take place at the Copacabana, with a woman named Mandy? No, of course not. No one has besides Barry Manilow. And also Michael Stipe et al:

Single Cell partners Sandy Stern and Michael Stipe and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman have joined forces to develop a romantic comedy that will exploit the song catalogue of iconic singer/songwriter Barry Manilow.

The project was hatched by Stern, who hooked Manilow with the idea making a character-driven romantic comedy with intersecting storylines involving Manilow fans who are all arriving in Las Vegas on a weekend where Manilow will headline Mandalay Bay, the largest venue on the Strip. His music will be heard through the movie. Manilow will also perform a song or two in the film.

Telling a romantic tale amidst Manilow's songs sounds easy; what I'd rather see is the tale of why someone would willing convert their head into a more-plastic Rod Stewart. Can we get Mickey Rourke on that?

Manilow's Movie Move [Variety]

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