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The Devil Wears Prada musical is officially happening and we couldn’t be happier. Sir Elton John is set to pen the music for the production so there’s no doubt it will be as incredible as we hope.

According to producers, the stage adaption of the 2006 movie will debut in Chicago next summer before making an expected move to Broadway later in 2020.

The production will take place in Chicago’s James M Nederlander Theatre on July 14, 2020 and we’re already looking at flights.

The musical will be directed by Tony award winner Anna D Shapiro. Paul Rudnick will write the book for the musical.

There has been no word on the cast just yet, but we can’t help but wonder who will be able to match Meryl Streep’s performance as Miranda Priestly? 

We can only wish the iconic actress would return to the role that earned her an Oscar nomination.

Who would you like to see cast in The Devil Wears Prada musical?

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Do you remember watching The Devil Wears Prada for the first time? And the RAGE you felt towards Miranda?

She is a bad ass, for sure, but we cannot help but hate her – like any good villain. 

However, a new (deleted) clip has been revealed, and it will totally change the way you see the Editor-in-Chief. 

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The scene, which ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor, takes place at the ball that Andy attends instead of her boyfriend's birthday in order to help Miranda Priestly, by whispering key names and facts in her ear.

The moment in the film was fairly significant, and portrayed Miranda as a total mega-meanie. 

However, the deleted scene would have totally changed the way in which viewers saw Miranda, as an actual human, that is. 

In the short clip, just as Andy is about to leave the gala, Miranda’s drunken husband makes an unexpected entrance, shouting, “When do we eat?”

“Darling, there you are. It’s been a banner evening. Three people didn’t recognise me, one called me Mr. Priestly, and now the d*mn bartender won’t even serve me.” 

Anyway, he goes on to offend the chairperson of the event (yikes), but thankfully, Andy intervenes, saving the day. 

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Miranda desperately tries to distract her husband, and mouths 'thank you' to Andy, and we sort of welled up a little. 

What do you reckon? Does this change things?

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First things first, I learnt far more from the film industry’s female ‘villains’ than I did from the so-called ‘heroines’. The ‘villains’ are simply exaggerated versions of the women some of us are desperate to be, but don’t feel brave enough to cast off the mask.

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As far as Hollywood is concerned, there are only two types of women- it’s your typical scenario of the femme fatale, a deviant who utilises her wily powers of seduction, or the Virgin Mary.

The angel or the devil, the child-like heroine or the evil queen. It’s limited at best, but there’s something so fascinating about the ‘villains’, they are more anti-hero than purely evil. No hero is all good, and no villain is all bad.

Society has always been suspicious of powerful women, it demonises them to try and create a backlash, to attempt to convince us that their ambition is wrong. It also plays the insanity card WAY too often to disregard them.

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Think of all your classic Disney villains, most of them are childless. This creates the preconception immediately that they are somehow unnatural, they are barren and cold and ruthless.

Ursula, the Queen of Hearts, the White Witch, Miranda Priestley, Bellatrix Lestrange.

Anything and everything is done to use the audiences’ preconceived idea of the natural to focus your judgements on how inherently wrong it is for a woman to want more than the cards she has been dealt.

After all, the idea of a witch came about from fear of female sexuality in the 15th century, women who were single and childless were assumed to be evil.

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We are fixated on these women because they revel in being all the things that we are told we simply cannot be. They allow themselves to get angry, to take action, to get even.

Most of the time they are just portrayed as being obsessed with regaining their youth through whatever means necessary, they use their jealousy to punish young and beautiful female characters. They sneer, they cackle, they are impeccably dressed, and their red lipstick is ALWAYS on point.

Personally I think this is an insult to women everywhere, we are complicated beings and beauty isn’t the pinnacle of our world.

It’s the pinnacle of what our society expects us to be for success and happiness, but women deserve better stories than this. Evil comes in all shapes and sizes, motives can often have substance and a moral grey area.

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They define transgression, and cross the imaginary borders into the dark unknown where society has ostracised them. They more than likely live in a lair, with some kind of animal side-kick, and don some luxurious fur coat.

They also always do this while looking flawlessly evil, and are more than likely single. They are portrayed as being loners, as being unwanted, precisely for desiring more than what they are supposed to. The poor men who cross their path are either demolished, disgusted or destroyed.

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Let’s take a look at some of the film industry’s most fabulous villainesses, and we guarantee you that some higher knowledge will be dropped by these fierce females.

Miranda Priestley: Dropping the knowledge bombs left, right and centre.

Based on the Vogue editor-in-chief Anne Wintour, Meryl Streep perfectly embodied the uberboss who terrorised interns day and night, who could make anyone cry over a cerulean blue sweater, and whose soft spoken voice could tear you down brick by brick and leave your self-esteem in tatters.

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A simple “that’s all” and her classic arched eyebrow is all that’s ever needed to destroy everything you thought you knew.

Impossible to please, manipulative, and yet every intern who was unlucky enough to cross her path ended up with the thickest skin imaginable, and this later became their best asset in the cut-throat fashion industry.

A top female executive’s main priority is to teach those who come after her to be the best, because most of the time mediocre men can reach heights that only exceptional women get the opportunity to jump for.

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Miranda also epitomises the female sacrifice, and society’s obsession with rating women’s worth by their appearances.

The second she has seemingly lost her youth, they replace her with a younger model who is not even close to being as qualified as her.

It’s the only time we ever see a crack in her ice-cold persona, and the audience is given a glimpse into her life, which has revolved around a fashion publication. Her marriage, her family, her career; the impossible juggling balance that every woman is expected to do, like walking tightrope in a circus.

Miranda is fierce as hell, serves blunt reality checks to everyone in sight, and never wastes her time with pretending to be the glowing subservient heroine.

She shows the industry how good she is at her job, without the façade of aiming to please.

Second, is of course, Regina George. The woman who has everyone feeling victimised, second guessing their wardrobe choices and cutting holes in their t-shirts.

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Regina is the constant reminder that appearances and perception go hand-in-hand.

Image is often pivotal to society’s understanding of women, but some of the most famous female characters have twisted this in their favour.

Regina George is queen of the put-downs, every girls wants to be her and every guy wants to get with her. Her power is the shallow angle of popularity, and she uses it to perfection.

Amy Dunne from Gone Girl is another classic example of a beautiful woman using her perceived image to manipulate those around her.

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If you’ve seen the boxcutter scene from the film, you’ll have realised just how evil Amy really is, and how intelligent.

She is easily one of the most dedicated villainesses you’ll see on screen, committing to her plot so much that she writes an entire fake diary to frame her husband of her murder, and writhes around in bucketfuls of blood. Bit much?

Evil in many ways for these characters is constrained by their womanhood; their identity is that of a jealous wife, a vengeful mother, or a scorned partner whose husband has been having an illicit affair.

These stereotypical gender notions limit their depth and complexity which is given to nearly every male villain, they are expected to fit a single mould and heavily penalised if they don’t. These villains push the boundaries, and don’t care about likeability, a rebellious act in today’s world.

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Some of the scariest female villains are those that inflict evil on other women, after all, gals need to stick together. Of the many lessons we can learn from a decent villainess, it’s that women are not the fragile creatures in need of protection that many heroines are conveyed to be.

The most badass female villains twist cultural norms of femininity into something else entirely. We need some more Dark Ladies to get the ideal balance, to show realistic, three-dimensional female characters on screen and on paper.

Power makes poison, but every villainess is a heroine in her own mind.

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It has been over a decade since the classic fashion film, The Devil Wears Prada hit our screens, and one particular lip-synch video is going viral. 

Depicting one of the film's most iconic scenes, the one in which Miranda Priestly reads Andy Sachs for absolute filth over her dismissal of two 'identical' belts while wearing that cerulean sweater, Meryl fan Bowen Yang is taking the internet by storm. 

The video, which now has over 1.6 million views, has been shared all over social media.  

Bowen has been highly praised for his depiction of Meryl's performance. 

Every thing from the inhalations to the head tilts is completely perfect, and highlights the subtlety of the art of acting. 

In the wake of the videos success, a very humble Bowen took to Twitter to express that he doesn't feel his portrayal is perfect. 

 'I'm probably being too expressive in the vid,' he tweeted. 

We have to disagree Bowen, you did the role such justice. 

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Ladies, this is literally the most exciting news we have EVER gotten… and we could genuinely pass out! 

The Devil Wears Prada is aiming for Broadway, as a musical production. 

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That's right lovelies, Miranda Preistly is warming up her vocal chords… for a performance to end all performances. 

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Elton John and the playwright Paul Rudnick signed on to write a musical adaptation of the film yesterday, and we are so grateful. 

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Having Elton John on the project is reassuring, due to the fact that he has extensive Broadway experience (The Lion King YES PLEASE!)

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The Devil Wears Prada musical will be adapted from the 2003 novel, and the 2006 movie, that starred Meryl Streep (total Queen) and Anne Hathaway. 

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The producers have not announced a timeline for the project, but said it was being developed for Broadway.

We CANNOT cope! 

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Today marks The Devil Wears Prada’s 10th birthday and as much as that makes us feel crazy old, it does give us the perfect excuse to relive the movie’s best bits.

From Miranda's cutting looks to Emily's epic one liners, we've compiled 15 of the most relatable moments from the film that made every girl want to work in fashion.

Ladies, how many of these sound familiar?

1. When your friend says they're on a diet.

2. When you've let yourself down.

3. As soon as anyone rejects your invite.

4. Every time we've to wait in line for coffee.

5. When word the boss is coming hits the office.

6. When you're wearing a new outfit no one will notice you sneeze. 

7. What is it about answering the phone that turns our brains to mush?

8. What you hear in your mind before making a suggestion at work.

9. You can't say that!

10. When your boyfriend talks about FIFA.

11. "I'm sexy and I know it."

12. Every little helps?

13. When you're trying to get the crew to go out but they're having none of you.

14. When you get a flashback from the night before.

15. Squad on fleek.

 

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Does anyone remember when Emily Blunt and Michael Bublé were an item?

Well back in 2008 they were, and had been for three years. Emily, 32, has been doing the rounds of late to promote her new film Sicario. She sat down with DJ Howard Stern when he asked her about what really prompted the breakup between the pair.

Now married to John Krasinski, Emily apparently found it very difficult to talk about her past relationship saying: “I don’t know. It’s complicated.”

The host had asked Emily about Michael’s alleged cheating.

While Emily maintains that they “had a great time” together and she still loves his family, the cheating rumours were apparently off-limits.

“I never want to talk about it. I can’t do it,” she added.

Emily and John have been married since 2010 and have a one year old daughter, Hazel. Michael’s wife is pregnant with the couple’s second child. The couple also have a two-year old son together, Noah.

Aside from discussing her ex-boyfriends, Emily also brought back some memories from her time working on The Devil Wears Prada.

She revealed that one of her most popular lines from the film was actually inspired by a frustrated mom in the supermarket.

“I saw a mother speaking to her child in a supermarket when we were shooting that film.

She yelled at her kid and she kind of opened and closed her hand and she goes, 'Yeah, I’m hearing this, and I want to hear this.”

The actress added that it is a line that fans will still often quote back to her now, more than 10 years since the film was first released. We’re not surprised, it was a pretty amazing moment.

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There has been an awful lot made of working with the fashion industry’s most influential woman. The Devil Wears Prada for one, and countless articles have been written which seek to outline exactly what it takes to land every fashion girl’s dream job at Vogue.

One writer even offered up her real-life interview with the legendary editor Anna Wintour as evidence that it can be done. Granted, it may be a little trickier than you might wish, but it can be done. Amy Odell noted that Anna is actually "shy" rather than frosty.

The walk from the door of the office to her desk though, can be just as cringe as you imagine: "Just long enough for her to stare you down, judge your outfit and make you feel embarrassed about being in her presence."

You just have to make sure you are wearing the right label and the right season firstly, because Anna knows these things, obviously.

There a few other things she has mentioned over the years regarding what she looks for in her favourite employees…

 

1) Have an opinion

"I look for strong people. I don't like people who will say yes to everything I bring up. I want people who can argue and disagree and have a point of view."

2) Ambition

"I'm very good at delegating – people work much better when they have a real sense of responsibility."

3) Enjoy a good show

"I really think you have to go out and see things – screenings, theatre, exhibitions."

4) Embrace colour

Also, unlike many others in the fashion industry Anna does not appreciate all-black everything. She has famously said in the past "[I'd never wear] head-to-toe-black."

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We're delighted! Actor Stanley Tucci and wife Felicity Blunt are expecting a child together!

Stanley revealed the news in an interview yesterday. "I'm very excited to be a dad. It's incredible," said the 53-year-old. 

The Hunger Games star met Felicity, sister of actress Emily Blunt, in 2006 during the filming of The Devil Wears Prada. They married during a secret ceremony in 2012 and this is their first child together.

Stanley said he thinks Felicity will be a "great" mother and admitted he has no preference for a girl or a boy. "I'm most excited to have a baby with Felicity and for the baby to be healthy… The sex is of no concern to me… The sex of the baby, that is." Cheeky!

Baby Tucci won't be short of a playmate anyway – Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski welcomed their daughter Hazel back in February. 

And as for babysitters, Stanley already has three older children and two stepchildren with his late wife Kathryn who sadly died of breast cancer in 2009.

Congrats Stanley and Felicity!

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