Smash: Season 1, Episode 11

The Movie Star (16 Apr. 2012)

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Rebecca Duvall has finally made it to rehearsals. Many in the company are in awe of working on a project with such a big star. But Rebecca turns out to be less than the perfect leading lady... See full summary »


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Rebecca Duvall has finally made it to rehearsals. Many in the company are in awe of working on a project with such a big star. But Rebecca turns out to be less than the perfect leading lady for this project: she isn't a strong singer, and her many demands include having more book and less song in the production. The creative team have to decide how to deal with Rebecca, which may work to Ivy's benefit. Ivy is hoping that Rebecca crashes and burns so that she can work her way back into the lead role. This situation brings her together with Karen in an interesting meeting point. Meanwhile, some relationships are flourishing while others are floundering. Karen and Dev seem to be drifting apart as Dev deals with not getting the press secretary job, which he has yet to tell Karen. He seems to feel more comfortable talking to R.J. about his problems. With a little help from Julia, Tom and Sam embark on the start of their relationship. It ends up being a little different than what Tom had ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Musical






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References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »


Let Me Be Your Star
Music and Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Performed by Uma Thurman
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This 1.11 is **** All the Way
17 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Uma Thurman character immediately proves that she has no voice for the part of Marilyn whatsoever. To compensate for this, she begins to make demands on the company. Mainly, she wants the script to be written which will be more dramatic so that she can do less singing. By the end of the episode, her voice seemed better so we'll see. Nonetheless, she is appearing to be quite an irritating character.

It finally dawned on me who Anjelica Huston looks like in this series. She looks like a younger version of Dame Judith Anderson, and with that Egyptian style lady-like hairdo, she would have fit right in with Anderson in 1956's "The Ten Commandments."

We see how our lyricist's son is being adversely affected by his mother's affair when his school work begins to suffer.

Ivy and Karen seem to be drawn into a relationship to combat the Thurman character.

You know that Derrick knows that a mistake has been made in the casting of Thurman as Marilyn in "Bombshell." It will probably take a bombshell to get her out of the production.

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