11 items from 2013
HBO Films has cast Bette Midler to star in a movie that follows the career of camp icon Mae West, according to Deadline. The movie will follow West’s rise to stardom and her legal battles when she faced obscenity charges, using her autobiography Goodness Has Nothing to Do with It as a basis.
Unsurprisingly, NBC announced they are planning another live musical for next year. They’re looking for a family-friendly Broadway classic that has a few familiar songs. I’m curious to see what they pick since I don’t think anything else has quite the footprint The Sound of Music has. It’s appreciated as a musical theatre classic, an iconic film and fodder for the humor of Sing-a-Long screenings.
NBC has hired David Remnick, a New Yorker editor and former Washington Post Moscow bureau chief, to add commentary to its coverage of the Winter Olympics. »
- Lyle Masaki
One of the highlights of Saturday's uneven episode of SNL was the return of the beloved "Bill Brasky" sketch. However, not everyone was so happy to see it. Tim Meadows, who had appeared in four Brasky sketches previously, took to his Facebook page to say how hurt he was not to be invited back for it and that he'd never watch the show again. He put it this way, "I guess it just dawned on me that I mean Nothing to them ... I'm just being overly sensitive. It doesn't matter in the long run. I'm grateful for what they did for me. But everyone [sic] in a while as a fan and a alumni, it stings a little to not even be considered as someone they would like to come back around." However, after some time, some supportive comments from Laraine Newman and Chris Rock (ex-SNLers comment on each other's Facebooks! »
- Jesse David Fox
Any horror fan who grew up in the Eighties who's worth his or her salt has fond memories of the 1988 series "Monsters." For many years it played opposite "Tales from the Darkside" in syndication, and now, thanks to eOne, it's finally coming home.
The 9-disc set is available now for pre-order on Amazon and will be released next year on February 25th for an Msrp of $69.99.
The show featured performances from Lili Taylor, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier, John Saxon, Debbie Harry, Tony Shalhoub, Adrienne Barbeau, Gina Gershon, Ashley Laurence, Jerry Stiller, Mary Woronov, Darren McGavin, Laraine Newman, Frank Gorshin, and even Meat Loaf. Look for more as we get it including full specs and artwork.
Horror anthology series from the executive producer of Tales from the Darkside featuring, as the title suggests, monsters of all varieties and every shape and size – ranging from the gruesome and grotesque to weapon-wielding, »
- Uncle Creepy
Hey Gov. Mary Fallin, why do you hate the troops?
Could Bridegroom get an Oscar nomination?
The Founder Of Transgender Day Of Remembrance On Honoring Those We’ve Lost And Continuing To Fight For All.
Ed had this in Meme, but it needs to be seen again.
She's here! Stevie Nicks on the set of Coven! pic.twitter.com/ffCA2nQNbr
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) November 19, 2013
Here’s Katy Perry‘s “Unconditionally.” I think it has some same-sex pairings, but it’s quick.
Below you can see the latest Spoiler Alert, with talk of Scandal and Sons Of Anarchy
Bleeding Cool has details about the new gay member of Uncanny X-Men, who has a “mutant power of sympatico, »
While not as insane and jam packed as last week, the week of October 15th is still loaded with gems old & new that deserve a spot on your shelf. The remake of Maniac finally bows onto Blu-ray & DVD, which comes highly recommended since it’s one of the best 2013 has to offer. The HD love for John Carpenter continues with an upgrade for In The Mouth Of Madness, another one of the Horror Masters most underrated that ranks among his best and concludes his “Apocalypse Trilogy”. Check out what else this week has to offer below, with Fright At Home!
Fright At Home: October 15th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases
Blu-ray / Criterion
At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Children of Paradise‘s Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance—at a horrifying price. »
- Justin Edwards
A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Probably no institution has shaped the contours of modern American comedy more than a vest-pocket theater housed in a former massage parlor on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Founded in 1974 as an outgrowth of an acting class taught by Gary Austin, a veteran of San Francisco's The Committee improv troupe, the Groundlings Theatre has launched hundreds of careers in TV and the movies. Since the casting of Larraine Newman in 1975, Groundlings alumni have profoundly influenced the direction of Saturday Night
- Michael Walker
by Brett White
If you read into what "Amazing Spider-Man 2" producer Avi Arad had to say about next summer's Spidey film, it seems guaranteed that the wall-crawler will eventually get some super hero help on the big screen.
"I'd rather not answer that at this point," producer Avi Arad told Den of Geek when asked if Spider-Man was destined to fly solo in the series. "This is what the word 'spoiler' means... We want to always leave the audience with a couple of surprises." Director Marc Webb has already said that "Amazing Spider-Man 4" could feature any number of Spider-Friends, so introducing them in "Asm 2" would make sense. Plus, Spider-Man is known for having best buds; he headlined the "Marvel Team-Up" comic book for thirteen years and had a cartoon called "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends." It's a shame the hero's swung solo in every one of his movies.
With that in mind, »
- Splash Page Team
Directed by Dave Wilson
Aired on October 11, 1975 on NBC
Possibly (and very arguably) the most influential television show of all time, Saturday Night Live (SNL for short) is American comedy (albeit with a bit of Canadian help) exemplified: irreverent, absurdist, made for short attention spans, and continually being both panned and lauded by critics. Whether you still lock your door in fear of Land Shark, turned the show off in 1980 and never looked back, or are in need more cowbell, you know the magic that is SNL. Like a boy band or Santa Claus, we each have our favorites and picture a certain cast as the “real” SNL. For example, there are people who swear by the »
- Diana Drumm
What would the characters of "Girls" look like in 40 years?
That's the premise of "Girls Season 38," a video parody written and directed by Gail Lerner. Hannah, played by "SNL" alum Laraine Newman, is still broke, living with Marnie and looking for something to write about. "Am I too old to be wearing rompers and eating street lobster and compulsively hooking up with random guys?" she asks.
In the clip we see that little has changed over the last four decades -- Marnie is still pining over Charlie, Jessa seems completely unfazed by everything (including her serious health issues) and Shoshanna is obsessing over the smallest details of her new relationship.
Newman, who shared the video in a blog for the Huffington Post this week, described herself as a huge fan of the show and Lena Dunham. She revealed that she channeled her inner Lena when approaching this project: "I am »
- Nina Bahadur
Wuh-oh. Looks like a few of our favorite could-be-homosexuals tripped in their character shoes this week.
The catalog of Lennon and McCartney provides ample opportunity for Idol singers to prove they can do artistic things like warble the lyrics to "Come Together" with a straight face or care about the plight of Father McKenzie. Please! Paul Jolley don't have time for that! He's too busy "woodshedding" with my boy Devin, hopefully.
How did the kids do this week? Let's rank the rubber-souled scamps from #9 to #1.
Well, my prophecy is coming true: The worse Lazaro does, the more gorgeous he gets. And this week he was absolutely terrible/stunning! Wearing a primary yellow blazer that Samantha Jones might bring to a business-casual orgy, Lazaro took to the stage with those trembling, all-too-wet pupils and basically murmur-whispered "In My Life" in a funereal drone. That might be »
RuPaul's Drag Race is a competition based on the unbeatable criteria of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent, but a quick glance at the show's contestant history proves that deadly good looks may be a part of the package. And sometimes the package is part of the deadliness. Ow-ow! Cue the chicken laugh, Detox.
In a toast to the sexy dudes behind the mascara and sequins, let us count down the ten hottest men in the history of RuPaul's Drag Race. Bifocals ready, because the library of sexiness is new open.
(Disclaimer: Consider this list an indirect tribute to the gorgeous -- meaning in and out of drag -- Sahara Davenport. She's not with us anymore, but part of her eternal legend is her unbelievable beauty. She's the unranked champ here.)
The comeback queen of season three (who was eliminated in the first episode of »
11 items from 2013
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