16 items from 2009
Glee makes a very early leap to DVD today, cranking out its first release before it even finishes the season. The "Road to Sectionals" package has the first 13 episodes, plus special features like director commentary and audition reels, yada yada. I have resigned myself to the fact that Glee won't be back until April, but I need more than DVD bonus features to carry me through. What's a Gleek gotta do to get some webisodes between now and then? (The show didn't immediately respond to our queries about possible webisode plans.) If there were ever a show whose fans slavishly »
- Margaret Lyons
Tobey Maguire denied he was to slip on the furry feet earlier this week. But Bilbo Baggins aside, which other characters need shoehorning into Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro's film? And who should play them?
Just about every diminutive actor in Hollywood (and beyond) has been mentioned in connection with the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo Del Toro and Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit. Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe was the first to rule himself out of the running - and thank goodness. This week Spider-Man's Tobey Maguire has made it clear he's not been approached for the role, despite persistent rumours.
"I have not met with del Toro. We don't have any near future plans," Maguire told the Hollywood Reporter. "I don't know if something got misconstrued or miscommunicated but the source was not accurate at all.
- Ben Child
A spirited actress, who dead from a head injury on 18 March at the age of 45, remembered by the actor who was her long-term friend
Natasha Richardson was her own unique life force. She possessed a high-wire vitality that took you in its arms, shook you, seduced you and cajoled you into living life without regrets. Friendship was an anchor for her. She thrived on bringing friends together. She created occasions full of affection and joy, moments of celebration that sometimes felt like a magical dance. She mixed lethal cocktails (she loved lychee martinis), cooked extraordinary food, was a spontaneously good nurse, laughed and delighted in stories and anecdotes, and had a mischievous ear for a good scandal. She loved to play music and would impatiently search her iPod for exactly the right track for the moment. And she loved to dance. And she loved to watch a movie with friends. »
Zac Efron has revealed that he does not want to be thought of as a predictable actor. The star told Parade that he was initially nervous about taking on a straight acting role in Me And Orson Welles. Efron said: "I had never done anything like this before. I was still reeling from everything that had happened to me, all the attention I was suddenly getting from High School Musical. "I thought, 'Maybe this time I've bitten off more than I can chew because I'm not singing and dancing. It's all about acting'. "I knew people wouldn't see it as a predictable next move in my career, but I'd like to be known for more than predictability." (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
This sickly sweet romp through yet another American high school comes up trumps on its dazzling musical numbers
I am full of glee. Is this a good thing? This week, the New York Times ran a story on how an hour-long comedy on the Fox TV network "has become a cult favourite among the theatre community in New York." Most days, I like to imagine myself as part of that community, so this morning I settled in to watch all nine episodes of Glee. The aggregate effect of this is like gorging on fistfuls of marshmallows or Turkish delight: sweet, sickly and not entirely satisfying.
Set in the brutish environs of a midwestern American high school, Glee centres on the jocks, cheerleaders and musical-theatre geeks who constitute the Glee Club, an extracurricular society devoted to singing popular songs. Led by Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), a charismatic Spanish teacher with »
- Alexis Soloski
Glee (TV) fans now have something else to be gleeful about: not only is the show going great and already picked up for a full season, but Glee: The Music, Volume 1 is out now, and in 17 songs spread across a full hour it captures everything that's fun and offbeat and daring about the hit Fox ensemble show that follows the highs, lows, loves, and trials and tribulations of a high school glee club (and those affected by it, including faculty members, the cheerleading squad, and the football team). On the show, the pop hits and show tunes are usually employed to express a particular character's feelings -- or those of the group collectively -- at a given moment, but the numbers also, for the most part, hold up on their own, separate from the series. Fans know that the songs are as ecclectic as the characters. Other than a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Spelling)
MattCanada here with another week of homo classics. Since I started writing this weekly column about a month ago, I have focused on films which have not been Oscar contenders and not featured the actresses which Nathaniel, me, and all the readers of this website respect (read: worship in a cult-like fashion). So on to Cabaret!
Liza Minnelli's Oscar winning role as Sally Bowles may well be the gayest Oscar win of all time. Now I am not a big Liza fan, actually I actively dislike her in anything else, but in Cabaret she gives one of the most amazing performances in the history of cinema in the greatest movie musical of all time. Not to be hyperbolic or anything, but Liza's Sally and Cabaret are earth shatteringly good. Liza is hardly the only reason to love Cabaret. You can get almost as much pleasure out of Joel Grey and Marisa Berenson's performances, »
Happy November everybody! Shake off that Halloween hangover because we’ve got some awesome new albums due out this month.
But first, as you may have heard, Adam Lambert debuted his new single, "For Your Entertainment," on Ryan Seacrest's radio show this past Friday. If you haven’t heard it yet, check it out on his official site here.
Now I may be a little biased since I voted for him a gabazillion times when he was on American Idol, but I absolutely love this song. I mean it’s actually good, right? Maybe now we can forget about the “Time for Miracles” debacle and actually look forward to the album again.
Due out November 3rd, Morrissey’s latest album, Swords, is a compilation album featuring the B-side tracks of his hit singles from the last five years. Now if you’re thinking that an album full of secondhand »
We have even More Glee news to deliver, PopWatchers: Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) will reprise her role as the boozy glee alum April Rhodes for at least one episode in 2010. (Listen to her sing "Maybe This Time" in the window below.) Plus, Glee has gotten the stamp of approval of one of Hollywood's biggest stars: Julia Roberts. Co-creator Ryan Murphy, who is currently filming Eat, Pray, Love with Roberts in Bali, tells EW, "We’re on location here and she’s watched episodes and has quite enjoyed them." I could totally see Roberts being a major Gleek. And finally, »
- Tim Stack
Whew, glad I got that off of my chest. But, honestly, I do not understand why Kristin isn’t gainfully employed right now. The tiny powerhouse never fails to entertain and amaze. If you saw her Emmy acceptance speech and your heart didn’t melt, well, check for a pulse. Plus she made it abundantly clear in her Emmy speech that she was 1) unemployed and 2) would like to work on Mad Men, The Office or 24. Wake up, people. Don’t make her beg.
Well, if there is any television justice her performance this week on Glee will finally make the phones ring. As washed-up, boozed-up former Glee Club star April Rhodes, Kristin was magnificent. Sublime. Heartbreaking. But don’t »
- dorothy snarker
I think last night may have been the best serving of Glee yet! We not only had fantastic guest appearances by recent Emmy-winner Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) but also four friggin' fantastic musical numbers. We'll return to a standard recap next week, but today we thought it would be more fun to embed all four of "The Rhodes Not Taken"'s performances so Gleeks (a.k.a. we) could have one spot to watch all the greatness. Personally, nothing for me can compete with "Somebody to Love." That brought down the house and gave me chills. But I'm also kinda »
- Tim Stack
Quinn is still pregnant, and her morning sickness is getting in the way of rehearsal; she's a poor replacement for Rachel. Terri is still not pregnant, but eating for more than 2. Will spilled the beans on Finn and Quinn’s issues to Emma, who tries her best to help Finn by encouraging him to get Rachel back and increase his chances of getting a music scholarship, since football seems less likely.
Rachel was serious about leaving, and Glee continues with her. She’s definitely missed. Or, rather, her phenomenal voice is. Finn puts the charm on Rachel by taking the non-obvious route of suggesting they run lines together for the play. He feels dirty for it; deceit doesn’t seem to suit him. Rachel, meanwhile, is starting to cave under horrible pressure from Sandy, who’s determined to chase her out of the play and take the lead for himself. »
Glee is one of the new shows this season that seems to keep turning heads on a consistent basis. The fact that it’s a musical show, and still able to incorporate comedy, romance, and a bit of an After School Special feel to it while still remaining popular each week in very impressive.
Tonight’s episode is entitled “The Rhodes Not Taken” in which special guest star Kristin Chenoweth plays April Rhodes, an old classmate of Will’s. Kristen is known on Broadway for her work in such performances as Wicked, and known in the TV community for her supporting role on ABC’s Pushing Daisies.
The show’s music has been doing exponentially better each week in sales. From a Fox Press release:
- Matt Raub
As previously reported, a Glee soundtrack will be released on November 3.
The CD will feature various songs performed by Lea Michele and company on the first season of this unique, hilarious Fox show. (Remember: you can purchase "Don't Stop Believing" through TV Fanatic" right now!)
Here's a look at the singles that will be available on the album, which also serve as quasi Glee spoilers because it means these songs will be performed at some point over the next couple months....
“Don’t Stop Believin’” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” “Gold Digger” “Take a Bow” “Bust Your Windows” “Taking Chances” “Alone” “Maybe This Time” “Somebody to Love” “Hate On Me” “No Air” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” “Keep Holding On” “Bust a Move” “Sweet Caroline” “Dancing with Myself” “Defying Gravity” »
- email@example.com (M.L. House)
The family of actress Natasha Richardson (The White Countess) officially released the news earlier today. She was declared dead today at the age of 45. What seemed like a minor skiing accident on a practice trail in Quebec (she reportedly walked away from the fall, laughing) quickly morphed into a life ending tragedy. Head trauma and brain injuries are mysterious things and difficult to predict (here's an article with a neurologist theorizing on the matter).
This is a loss to everyone who enjoyed her work and of course especially tragic for her family, one of the most important film and stage families of the past century. Natasha's father, Oscar winning director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) passed away in 1991 but her mother, the legendary Vanessa Redgrave is still vital and working. Natasha performed with Vanessa just two months ago here in New York City as mother in daughter in Stephen Sondheim's classic A Little Night Music. »
- NATHANIEL R
Natasha Richardson leaves behind a legacy of performances from film and television dating back a quarter of a century. However, it was on the stage that this star truly shone. And Broadway will pay the ultimate tribute to Richardson tonight when the lights of all the theaters along the rialto are dimmed for one minute at curtain time.
For her 1986 stage debut opposite her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, in Chekov 's "The Seagull," Natasha Richardson won the London Drama Critics' Circle award as most promising newcomer at age 23. And for her 1993 Broadway debut in the third rialto revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie," she won the equivalent award from Theatre World.
Natasha Richardson was the first actress to be nominated for a Drama Desk award for playing that title role. She lost that race to Jane Alexander for "The Sisters Rosensweig." And like Liv Ullmann, star of the second revival of »
16 items from 2009
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