8 items from 2012
By Hannah Soo Park
We've got our eye on another fairytale remake, with today's news that Cate Blanchett may be lending her signature ice-cold gaze to the part of Cinderella's evil stepmother in Disney's upcoming untitled project. According to The Wrap, the "Hobbit" star is the first in talks to join Mark Romanek's live-action rendition on the classic tale.
Before you roll your eyes at the thought of yet another take on happily ever after, consider the plot, which follows a doomed politically arranged marriage plot involving a prince and, of course, Cinderella. With Blanchett and Romanek on board, we're thinking this one won't involve pumpkin carriages and talking mice.
With that said, this won't be the first twist added to the preexisting cookie-cutter storyline—from the Muppets to gender role reversals, we break down some of the most unexpected and wacky twists we've seen in Cinderella's movie past. »
- MTV Movies Team
After winning nine Tony Awards during its first year on Broadway, the principle cast of The Book of Mormon has signed on for another year.
The production, which kicked off in previews in February 2012, will continue through 2013 with Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Nikki M. James, Rory O’Malley, Michael Potts, alongside Lewis Cleale and Brian Tyree Henry.
The Book of Mormon: Wrongfully offensive and overwhelmingly hilarious.
The cast shared the following statements in regards to continuing the show. Both Gad and Rannells opted for more humorous remarks.
Josh Gad, who stars as Elder Cunningham, stated, “It’s unfortunate for my knees, but I feel like it is unfair to let my costars »
- Bags Hooper
Five minutes after the curtain falls on "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," the audience should still be cheering. Their hands should hurt from clapping, their voices raspy from shouting "Bravo!"
The revival, the seventh on Broadway, indeed gets some of the audience to their feet for a fast and genuinely happy ovation, and I was among those who wanted to show the cast how great they were. But it's not one of those sustained celebrations of theater. It is not what this genuinely important and magnificent piece of work deserves.
That has nothing to do with anyone on stage because each actor is wonderful. The production never quite catches fire the way it should. Songs feel rushed and too much is explained even for newcomers to the show.
It should be one of those magical nights at the theater because this is a musical for the ages. George Gershwin, the composer, »
Kevin Whately has revealed that Lewis could soon come to an end. The Inspector Morse spinoff - which also stars Laurence Fox - has aired on ITV1 since 2006. Whately told the Radio Times: "[It won't last] a lot longer. I'm now police retirement age this year, so the time is coming quite soon, I think." He added: "You can definitely expect one more [series] next year, then after that, we'll see." Whately - who has played Robert 'Robbie' Lewis since 1987 - admitted that he originally planned to stick with the role for just a few years. "After three years, I thought 'I've done enough of this now, I better leave it and go on to something else'," he explained. "I said I wasn't going to do anymore, and luckily they persuaded me. 26 years (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
The broadcast and major cable networks have nearly two dozen brand-new shows (hopefully) heating up primetime this winter. To help you sort through it all, TVLine, as we did in the fall, is presenting a few First Impressions. Next on our list is.…
The Show | NBC’s The Firm (two-hour pilot airs Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9/8c; time slot premiere is Thursday, Jan. 12 at 10/9)
The Competition | On Thursdays, it will face CBS’ The Mentalist, ABC’s Private Practice, FX’s Archer (returning Jan. 19) and, I suppose, that MTV show about buffoons from Jersey.
- Matt Webb Mitovich
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The guild nominations that continue to shore up the Oscar race transition from the Producers to the Writers, as the WGA reveals its selections for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards.
“Bridesmaids” continues to build up considerable good will, earning yet another significant nomination in the Original Screenplay category.
Other films that received a significant boost in their Oscar campaigns were “Young Adult” (written by Diablo Cody), “Win Win” (written by Tom McCarthy) and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (written by Steven Zaillian).
Surprises were in short surprise, primarily because the continued inclusion of “Bridesmaids” is now expected, and no longer shocking. The shock, at this point, would be seeing “Bridesmaids” left out on Oscar morning. »
- Sean O'Connell
Treasure Island sparkled with promise but I was short-changed by the dud ending
Long John Silver's parrot was green, right? Or is that just in my head? No, here it is: "Silver's green parrot, Captain Flint". He was green in Robert Louis Stevenson's head as well. So why, in Treasure Island (Sky1), is he red? And a little bit yellow, and a little bit blue, but mostly red.
What does it matter, the colour of a parrot? Well, possibly it doesn't – perhaps there were no green birds available, or they couldn't act so well; you could even argue that it would be racist to insist on a green one. But it's also symptomatic of Sky's adaptation. It's lavish, colourful, ambitious and very expensive. It looks fabulous, and swashbuckles along nicely. There are big stars wherever you look – Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood, Philip Glenister and Rupert Penry-Jones. Donald Sutherland plays Captain Flint, »
- Sam Wollaston
It's early morning at a ghostly disused Raf base, and I have just been transported back to the 1960s. A woman struts past me in a green mini-dress, hair backcombed into a beehive. A vintage blue and cream bus sits in a car park. A man in a serge suit and a beige mackintosh sits on a folding chair, smoking a cigarette. Through all this strolls a tall, loose-limbed young man with piercing blue eyes and a strangely familiar expression.
The expression – avuncular yet determined, confused yet confident – is familiar because it's the default expression of Inspector Morse, the opera-loving solver of shire-based crimes. But Morse has not come back from the dead: the loose-limbed young man is actor Shaun Evans, »
- Laura Barnett
8 items from 2012
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