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'Glee's' Ryan Murphy confirms Britney Spears tribute and that he's in the running to direct 'Wicked'

Posted Jul 28, 2010 4:48 AM By  

"Glee" isn't necessarily the first show you would think of having a massive presence at Comic-Con, but the Fox ratings wonder returned to San Diego for the second year in a row packing the 3,000 seat plus Ballroom 20 while many fans were unable to get in.  As part of Comic-Con's increasingly broad directive to "celebrate the popular arts," "Glee" is one of those fanbases that crosses over quite well with the family friendly regulars.  Members of the cast and series creators Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Lorento met with the press before venturing into a raucous panel this past Sunday and the former duo were as candid as ever.

Murphy had mentioned the possibility of REM's classic "Losing My Religion" appearing in an upcoming religious-themed episode to another interviewer on the TV line, but then backtracked a bit when HitFix asked him to clarify. What Murphy did discuss, however, was the show's seemingly always positive relationship with the music industry and how Britney Spears will likely be the center of one of this year's two "themed" episodes.  The second special episode will occur after the Super Bowl, but the writer/director can't discuss it yet because all the music rights haven't cleared yet.  So, let the speculation continue...
 
In other news, word leaked recently that Murphy is one of four directors being considered to shepherd the massive theatrical hit "Wicked" to the big screen.  Murphy confirmed he's up for the gig, but he hasn't sat down to give his pitch to producer Marc Platt yet.

"I have not. I'm just a fan of it and thrilled of it to e considered," Murphy says. "I think it's one of those things where they have invited some people to come in and give them their take, but they are in absolutely no hurry to get that movie made because the show is such a huge success."



"Glee" returns to FOX on Sept. 21.

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    Josh (guest)
    So if he gets the Wicked job, I'm guessing it's pretty much a given that Lea Michele will be Elphaba?
    July 28, 2010 at 8:41AM EST
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      mandy
      umm, hopefully, he'd consider Idina if she'd entertain the idea. Considering she originated the role.
      August 11, 2010 at 11:02PM EST
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    Rev. Slappy
    They're following up the Superbowl with Glee? What a horrible idea.
    July 28, 2010 at 7:21PM EST
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    • A quote from EW:

      "Kimmel also took shots at the other networks, saying that Fox’s plan to air a special episode of Glee after the Super Bowl is an attempt to set a new record for the number of middle-aged American men saying simultaneously, “What the f— is this?”
      July 28, 2010 at 7:32PM EST

Miley Cyrus just got really honest about the hellscape that was 'Hannah Montana'

Posted Aug 14, 2015 1:18 PM By  

Miley Cyrus got "some body dysmorphia" from her "Hannah Montana" days. Are we surprised by this? (We aren't.)

"I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show," said Cyrus in a new interview with Marie Claire. "I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, Who the fuck am I?"

We should all be thankful that those soul-sucking days are over, not only for Miley's sake ("It was like Toddlers & Tiaras'," she went on) but for our own: who knew she was such an off-the-cuff, freewheeling spirit underneath those pounds and pounds of Disney pageant makeup?

A few other choice quotes from the interview:

On the nightmare that was "Hannah Montana," Part 2: "Every morning, I was getting coffee jammed down my throat to wake me up. I just had to keep going, be tough, be strong. Everything happened to me on that set."

On the nightmare that was "Hannah Montana," Part 3: "I would have anxiety attacks. I'd get hot flashes, feel like I was about to pass up or throw up. It would happen a lot before shows, and I'd have to cancel. Then the anxiety started coming from anxiety. I would be with my friends, thinking, I should be having so much fun. You get in this hole that seems like you're never going to be able to get out of."

On wanting to get it on with Joan Jett: "When [I] introduced Joan Jett into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I said, 'The reason I'm here tonight is because I want to fuck Joan,' everyone laughed because they thought it was a joke. It wasn't." (I believe you, Miley.)

On unrealistic beauty standards: "I'm probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak. But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world."

After you're finished pre-ordering your copy of Marie Claire's August issue (out August 18!), be sure to check out their damning expose on "The Coolest New Beauty Products to Have on Your Radar." ("From Louboutin lipsticks to micellar face wipes"). Marie Claire: fighting body dysmorphia one $300 bottle of Olaplex Hair Perfector at a time.

[via The Wrap]

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112 days until Star Wars: Official community manager scoffs at concept of 'gendered' armor

Posted Aug 28, 2015 12:59 PM By  

If there was one thing I thought we all agreed on when it comes to “Star Wars The Force Awakens,” it was that Gwendoline Christie is ROCKING her look as the mysterious Captain Phasma. What’s not to like about an imposing figure stalking through the halls of the First Order looking shiny and chrome?

Apparently for some, the lack of molded breasts on the armor is a sticking point. This complaint was in full effect yesterday when Star Wars put up this fantastic piece of artwork of Phasma on their Facebook page.

Almost immediately a dude was complaining that he can’t tell there’s a woman under all that metallic armor. Usually comments like this are left to the winds of the Internet, screaming into the abyss. But not this time. This time, Star Wars responded. And it was glorious.

Preach it, Star Wars community moderator. Preach.

Oh! And just a friendly reminder that boob plate armor would kill you.

[H/T: Thibaut Claudel]

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Wes Craven's teenage dream: Why 'Elm Street's' Nancy is the greatest final girl of all

Posted Sep 1, 2015 9:25 PM By  

The so-called "final girl" (a term coined by Carol J. Clover in her oft-referenced 1992 book "Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film") is a trope that's given us an endless supply of forgettable characters, but "A Nightmare on Elm Street's" Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) isn't one of them. Unlike the majority of '80s slasher heroines, Nancy is depicted as strong, capable, smart and thoughtful, and it's all thanks to the great Wes Craven, one of the few older (almost universally white and male) filmmakers to treat his teenage characters with respect.

I can't stress this enough: Nancy is the absolute best "final girl" of the early slasher cycle. Langenkamp certainly deserves her share of the credit (she played her, after all) but young, up-and-coming actors are ultimately at the mercy of the material they're given, and Langenkamp was blessed to play a character who sprang from the mind of a filmmaker as focused on crafting interesting victims as he was memorable killers.

As a writer/director of films that almost always centered on (and were designed to appeal to) young people, Craven was a rare and welcome phenomenon: a filmmaker who never condescended to his characters or his audience. He didn't boil teenagers down to a set of surface attributes but recognized them as thinking, intelligent human beings with valid opinions, complex inner lives and profound ways of looking at the world.

"I think it's important to listen to kids...just learn from them," said Craven in a 2014 interview with fellow director Mick Garris. "And keep your ideas young, and just, you have to work at -- not staying young -- I mean, you're gonna get old...but young in the sense of continually reappraising your ideas of what's what, and staying open to the world as it develops. ...I've never tried to learn the lingo of kids or anything like that. But I've tried to stay open to the world as much as I can, and I think that makes a difference."

While Langenkamp adheres to the "final girl" tradition by not being a bombshell (both Jamie Lee Curtis and Adrienne King in "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" set the template for the naturally pretty-but-not-beautiful, virginal survivor), Craven's stated reason for casting her is very telling of the way he saw his teenage characters: as whole people rather than idealized "Hollywood" archetypes.

”She did not look like your typical Hollywood ingenue,” he recalled in a 2011 interview with Entertainment Weekly. ”She had a great strength and honesty to her face."

Later in the piece, he chalks up Langenkamp's decidedly non-A-list post-"Nightmare" career in part to the fact that she didn't live up to the Tinseltown "ingenue" ideal: "I liked that Heather had a natural beauty. But Hollywood always thinks everybody has to look strikingly beautiful in a certain mold. Everything just perfect, perfect.”

Craven started out as an academic, and that background is apparent in the way he approached the material in "Elm Street," which, unlike most "Dead Teenager" movies, is a film of real thematic value. It was not made to flatly depict the senseless slaughter of nubile victims for entertainment; rather, it deals with violence in a mature and nuanced way. It tackles heady concepts: the cycle of revenge, the nature of reality, the necessary rebellion against parental authority, how adults are often no wiser (and often less wise) than the children they're raising, and Nancy functions as the moral center of the story; not as some vacuous arbiter of conventional wisdom but as an active protagonist who openly rebels against the skewed moral compass of her parents' generation. She is more action-movie heroine than screaming victim, and smart about the methods she employs to defeat the scarred dream-killer who haunts her.

Nancy is not perfect, and that is a part of her appeal. But she is also in many ways aspirational, possessing a potent combination of smarts, determination and courage -- all attributes that any real-life teenager would do well to emulate. I always go back to the dream sequence in the school basement where, cornered by Freddy, Nancy throws her arm against a scalding-hot pipe to wake herself up. It's a small but important narrative decision that points to Craven's respect for his central character -- a young woman who exercises control over her own destiny. This is no more apparent than in Nancy's final encounter with Freddy, when she turns her back on the supernatural killer and informs him, plainly: "You're nothing. You're shit."

This denouement represents perhaps the most important aspect of Nancy as a character, and it goes beyond gender. After employing all manner of traditionally violent methods to vanquish the killer, she ultimately defeats him (at least until the studio's tacked-on ending) with the power of her mind. In doing so, she rebels against the cycle of violence itself, which is key to Craven's vision. "Elm Street" is counterintuitive as violent popcorn entertainment in that it is actually a reaction against violence (as was Craven's 1972 debut "The Last House on the Left"), and Nancy demonstrates that to be "bad-ass" doesn't mean adhering to the dominant framework of toxic male aggression but rather rising above it. That is perhaps her most important legacy, and a wonderful reflection on the man who created her.

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Hello Sweetie: River Song returns to ‘Doctor Who’ this Christmas

Posted Sep 2, 2015 9:48 AM By  

It is 113 days until Christmas, but for “Doctor Who” fans it might as well be today. The BBC has announced Alex Kingston returns as Professor River Song in the 2015 Christmas special. River will meet the latest incarnation of her husband for the first time as the TARDIS awaits a new holiday adventure, Parked on a snowy village street at an unspecified time in the future.

For her part, Kingston was uncertain her character would ever appear on the show again, but jumped at the chance to return:

“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humor and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read-through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September?, why not!”

As the Doctor and River’s relationship is complicated due to timey-wimey stuff, fans had wondered if her triumphant return was in the cards. After all, the Doctor’s first meeting with his future wife was her last meeting with a beloved husband. Later episodes have River talking about being starstruck by “her” Doctor and sucked into the glamorous life of time-travel. While that could be Matt Smith’s incarnation — as it was the first time River met him — there’s definitely enough wiggle room in the timeline for Capaldi.

The Christmas episode begins filming this week. Written by showrunner Stephen Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, The has a long history directing episode of “Doctor Who,” including the episodes “Listen” and “The Power of Three.”

 

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