Grapevine—Dolly Parton, Dr. Seuss Goes 3-D, and WW II on the History Channel

July 31, 2009 Updated: October 8, 2018
Dolly Parton. (Will Ragozzino/Getty Images)
Dolly Parton. (Will Ragozzino/Getty Images)

Dolly Parton’s Musical Closing

The Broadway adaptation of “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton’s 1980 film, will close on September 6. The production, which stars Allison Janney, received mixed reviews and has struggled at the box office. Producers are optimistic about the prospect of the show’s national tour, which will launch next fall in Nashville.

Ambitious Projects Abound for The History Channel

The History Channel will premiere “WWII in HD” this fall, as the first of a number of attention-grabbing projects in the pipeline for the cable network. The 10-part series will feature big name narrators, such as Gary Sinise, Ron Livingston, and LL Cool J who will walk the audience through original footage that has been improved with high-definition technology. Later this year, “The People Speak,” a project spearheaded by Matt Damon, will air. The documentary is based on Howard Zinn’s writings and features a star-studded cast including Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Danny Glover, Randy Newman, Marisa Tomei, Eddie Vedder, and many more. In the spring, the channel will debut “America: The Story of US,” which promises to depict the full history of America from the time of the pilgrims to the present day.

The Lorax to Hit The Big Screen

 

The Dr. Seuss classic, “The Lorax” – an environmentally friendly tale – will be coming to the big screen in March 2012 as a 3-D CG animated feature. The film will be produced by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment and directed by Chris Renaud, Cinco Paul, and Ken Daurio.

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