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“He’s one of the more fascinating characters I’ve seen in the DC universe,” the CW actor tells TheWrap
Sonic supervillain Pied Piper finally makes his debut Tuesday on The CW’s “The Flash.” The actor is thrilled to be playing Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) brilliant adversary in at least two episodes of the freshman series, but if the network asked him to he’d be more than willing to star on a spin-off of his very own.
“I’m definitely open to a Pied Piper spin-off. He’s one of the more fascinating characters I’ve seen »
- Travis Reilly
The Flash is about to meet one of Harrison Wells’ prodigal sons: the super-intelligent Hartley Rathaway, aka the Pied Piper!
On tonight’s all-new episode, titled “The Sound and the Fury,” Hartley (played by Smash’s Andy Mientus) returns to Central City to seek revenge on his former mentor (Tom Cavanagh) after being affected by the particle accelerator explosion. A manipulator of sound waves, he just may be Dr. Wells and Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) toughest match yet.
Translating the Pied Piper from comic form to the small screen could have been a Herculean task, but emphasis on realism helped hone in on the character’s true essence.
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“Like many of the comic book characters, they sometimes are a little bit silly. The Pied Piper [in the comics] dressed a little flamboyantly and he would play his pan flute to warp people’s minds. We wanted »
The all-star cast for Fox’s Scream Queens continues to grow, and it’s not done adding big names. Singer-songwriter and actor Nick Jonas has signed on for the first season of the comedy-horror anthology series in a recurring role. No specific details about Jonas’s Scream Queens role have been revealed yet. He joins an already stacked cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Emma Roberts (American Horror Story: Freak Show), Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike), Lea Michele (Glee), Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland), and Keke Palmer (Masters of Sex), who will all be taking on starring roles in the show’s first season. Meanwhile, Grammy-nominated pop star and actress Ariana Grande will, like Jonas, appear on the series in a recurring role. Jonas’s past TV credits include his starring role in DirecTV’s Mma drama Kingdom and guest appearances on Hawaii Five-0 »
- Chris King
Tonight on The Flash (The CW, 8/7c) — though under not the best of circumstances — Barry & Co. get a first look at Dr. Wells’ home, and we’ve got a sneak peek of that “sick” (as one visitor puts it) reveal.
In the episode “The Sound and the Fury,” Wells’ former protégée, Hartley Rathaway (played by Smash alum Andrew Mientus), returns to seek revenge on his mentor after being affected by the particle accelerator explosion. Now able to manipulate sound waves and ultimately dubbed “The Pied Piper,” Rathaway does a number on Wells’ home, as seen in the clip above.
Nick Jonas has a right to be hellish, and he’s about to put it to good use.
Details about Jonas’ recurring character aren’t currently available, but he joins a cast that already includes Glee darling Lea Michele, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello and Ahs vet Emma Roberts, to name a few.
Scream Queens‘ 15-episode first season, set to debut this fall, revolves around a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders. »
ABC has picked up five drama pilots, kicking off its 2015-16 season: “Of Kings and Prophets,” “Quantico,” “L.A. Crime,” “Runner” and “Mix.”
“Of Kings and Prophets” hails from “Exodus: Gods and Kings” writers Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Described as an “epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal,” the series will be told from three perspectives — a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd. The pilot from ABC Studios will be exec produced by Iranian-American author Reza Aslan, Jason Reed and Mahyad Tousi.
Also from ABC Studios is “Quantico,” which follows a young group of FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia. As the series unfolds, jumping from present-day to flashbacks, the hidden pasts of each member of the group will be uncovered, revealing that one of the recruits is a sleeper terrorist who’s responsible for one of the greatest »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
If you've ever felt stuck in a small town, Anna Kendrick has just the song for you! In the upcoming musical film The Last Five Years, Anna plays a struggling actress who falls in and out of love with her novelist beau, played by Smash's Jeremy Jordan. Her journey begins when she leaves Ohio for New York—something she sings about in "I Can Do Better Than That." The Last Five Years is a movie adaption of Jason Robert Brown's Broadway play, and in this particular number (featured in the stage and screen versions), Anna sings about her high school friend's unplanned pregnancy and the shotgun wedding that followed. This knocked-up pal and her accidental baby daddy "got a little »
Kid Cudi has wrapped filming on his latest acting project Vincent-n-Roxxy.
Just wrapped a movie w this special one :) pic.twitter.com/NsMqmrliW1
— Scott Mescudi (@KidCudi) January 17, 2015
"Just wrapped a movie [with] this special one :)," Cudi wrote, alongside a photo of the rapper and Kravitz.
Vincent-n-Roxxy stars Kravitz and Hirsch as the titled lovers who escape from their town and go on the run, before realising that trouble is following them.
Watch a trailer for Need for Speed below: »
Thank heaven for not-so-little girls. A revival of the Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe musical Gigi, starring Disney-minted and Spring Breakers starlet Vanessa Hudgens, has booked the Neil Simon Theatre and will begin previews on March 19, with an official opening on April 8. The theater became available when the producers of The Last Ship announced that the Sting musical would trim its sails as of January 24.
The revival of the musical by the team behind My Fair Lady and Camelot will begin its out-of-town tryout this weekend at the Kennedy Center in Washington, where it runs through February 12. The show, based on the novel by Collette about a young Parisian girl who is being groomed for life as a courtesan, will feature a new book (Lerner wrote the original) by UK writer Heidi Thomas.
- Jeremy Gerard
History will be made at night when Smash‘s lead actresses reunite for a live staging of the defunct NBC series’ central musical.
The performance will include all 22 songs from the Marilyn Monroe biographical musical at the center of the Peacock Net drama.
The performance has been moved up a week to June 8, and tickets go on sale soon; check Actorsfund.org for updates.
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We're going to be fading in on some of our favorite girls with a hunger for fame when Smash's Bombshell hits the stage for one night only. According to Zap2It, Katharine McPhee, who currently stars in the CBS drama Scorpion, says she will hit the stage with several of her co-stars from the short-lived (yet beloved) NBC musical series this June as part of a fundraiser. "It's so, cool. I'm going to be there—me and Megan—everyone—Debra, Anjelica," McPhee tells Zap2It. "It's going to be so fun. That was such a great, really fun—another really special job." The Megan, Debra and Anjelica she's referring to are of course Megan Hilty, Debra Messing and »
Call Karen and Jack! Former costars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack are planning a Will & Grace reunion. The two actors will appear on television together for the first time since Will & Grace aired its series finale in May 2006. McCormack, 51, is set to appear in an upcoming episode of the NBC dramedy The Mysteries of Laura, which is led by Messing. The Smash actress, 46, stars as Detective Laura Diamond in the new series. Her character is a homicide detective with the NYPD who faces [...] »
Who says you shouldn't date your co-workers? Certainly not Katharine McPhee! The singer-actress appeared to be mixing business with pleasure Thursday when she stole a kiss from Scorpion co-star Elyes Gabel in between takes on set in L.A. Cute, yes, but possibly a little complicated... Reason being? McPhee, 31, is still in the midst of divorcing Nick Cokas. The former American Idol contestant filed for divorce last May after six months of marriage. She and Cokas were already separated prior to her filing—but the exact date of that separation has been disputed amongst them. Reason being? In October 2013, photos surfaced of McPhee kissing her married Smash director Michael Morris (who has three »
Debra Messing has had mixed success on NBC. Will & Grace ran for years while Smash was a ratings disappointment for most of its short run. How will The Mysteries of Laura perform? Will it be renewed for a second season or will it be cancelled quickly? Stay tuned.
The Mysteries of Laura revolves around a brilliant-but-harried NYPD homicide detective (Messing) who must also juggle her home life, including raising her young twin boys and trying to divorce her husband. The rest of the cast includes Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar, Max Jenkins, Vincent Reina, and Charlie Reina.
We’re still about two weeks away from the return of The Flash, but during the show’s brief winter hiatus, we’ve been given a lot to look forward to including the casting of Spartacus himself as an iconic villain and now this new promo for upcoming episodes. And this trailer for The Flash not only provides us with new footage of the dynamically evil duo of Captain Cold and Heat Wave (Prison Break alums Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell) but also gives us our first look at another foe that Barry will be dealing with this season: Hartley Rathaway a.k.a. Pied Piper (played by Broadway actor and Smash vet Andy Mientus). In addition to gifting us with a look at these villains, The Flash promo also shows us Caitlin stitching up Barry again (“Guess I’m faster than a speeding bullet,” he says to her disapproving and worried face), and Dr. »
- Chris King
A new promo for the back half of The Flash‘s freshman run is either way cool or kinda hot — depending on how you look at it.
The teaser for the CW hit’s Tuesday, Jan. 20 return features Wentworth Miller’s encore as Captain Cold, the arrival of his frenemy Heat Wave (played by Miller’s Prison Break bro, Dominic Purcell) and a first look at the Pied Piper (Smash‘s Andy Mientus).
All told, it leaves Cisco with more nicknames than he knows what to do with! Check it out.
Megan Hilty is tweeting mad about all the haters out there who are criticizing Idina Menzel's New Year's Eve performance of "Let It Go." The former Smash star took to Twitter today to put Menzel's critics on blast after many people online joked about the Frozen singer botching a high note during her Times Square gig. "I'm really disappointed & frankly pissed off at the s--tty comments made by people in our industry over Miss Menzels Nye performance and how she chose to gracefully deal with such unwarranted backlash by people who have considerably less than 75% of her talent or success," Hilty wrote today. "the best dancers fall and the best singers crack. At least they're »
17 items from 2015
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