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Monday, September 14, 2009

Barry Manilow Romantic Comedy? Thanks, Michael Stipe


A romantic comedy based on the music of the man, the myth, the legend Barry Manilow is in the works. If Barry Manilow alone doesn't have enough pull, what does the combination of Manilow's music and Michael Stipe's production do for you?  Stipe's production company Single Cell, which he owns with Sandy Stern, is set to produce the film alongside Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

The movie will be based on the extensive song catalogue of Mr. Manilow. Not only will his music be featured throughout, but Manilow is reportedly slated to perform a song or two himself. The plot of the movie follows the stories of several of his fans as they travel to Las Vegas to see him perform.

Manilow's hits include "Mandy," "Copacabana" and "Weekend in New England." He is best known for his over-the-top love ballads and eccentric personal style. As far as romantic comedies go, one based on the love songs of Barry Manilow should, at the very least, be entertaining.

There is no news yet on when the movie will be completed or released.

-Kristen Callihan
currently listening to "Drive My Car" by The Beatles

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