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Thursday, October 25, 2007


Adventures In Casting: Wait A Minute, Revolutionary France Had Asian Women?


- Did Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) really get his ass fired from the movie adaptation of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones? That's what Page Six is saying, after the actor "left" the movie the day before the cameras were to roll, due to "creative differences" with director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings). "Peter couldn't stand Ryan," a source meows. "Ryan cut his own hair, and was fighting with wardrobe. He was so demanding." Jackson is banking on less-divarific behavior from replacement Mark Wahlberg, who stepped in immediately and started work on Monday.

- Looks like the Justice League may have found its Superman. The latest unsunstantiated buzz (and there's a lot of it going around) is that British thesp Rupert Evans will play the Man of Steel. Most recently seen onstage in Kiss of the Spider Woman at London's Donmar Warehouse, we have only one thing to say: mmmmm, pretty.

- This week's Someone Please Kill Me Award goes to The New Pretender. And if it doesn't make you want to stab your eyes out with a fork, nothing will: Kevin Costner will play "John James, a single father who moves to a farm with his two kids after a painful divorce. Soon, his daughter (Ivana Baquero) starts behaving ominously, and Dad begins to suspect that the burial mound in a nearby field might have something to do with it." That's right, kids...the MOUND made me do it. A supernatural horror flick about A PILE OF DIRT. (Insert your own Field of Dreams joke here.)

- Love that Scorsese and DiCaprio are making another movie together. After Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, 2008's The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, and now the Dennis Lehane-penned Shutter Island, they are rapidly becoming of the first great actor-director duo of the 21st century, following in the footsteps of Brandon and Kazan, Herzog and Kinski, and Burton and Depp.


- After a year of experiments in multicultural casting, Les Miserables is slowly returning to pasty Caucasians. Asian-American Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) has been playing Fantine recently, following in the footsteps of Latina Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent) before her. But as of October 23rd, Judy Kuhn -- Broadway's original Cosette -- will dream the dream of time gone by. And after that? Mo'Nique! (Just kidding.)

- Roger Bart is currently missing performances of Young Frankenstein, due to a back ailment. He's expected back shortly...which is good, if you've mortgaged your house to buy tickets for this week.

- Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) will bring his one-man show Thurgood, about the late Supreme Court justice, to Broadway's Booth Theatre next March. My guess is: no singing, no dancing, and lots of legal jargon about civil rights. (It's a surefire crowdpleaser!) I guess this means that the musical [Title of Show], which had been tipped for a transfer to the Booth by the industry rumor mill, isn't happening. I guess it also means that Laurence Fishburne isn't dead. Coulda fooled me.

- Another solo play, Occupant by Edward Albee, has found its leading lady for the 2008 run at Signature Theatre Company. Her name: Mercedes Ruehl. If you're under the age of 30 and don't know who she is...well, she used to be an actress.

- Logan Marshall-Green (The O.C.) has dropped out of the Off-Broadway premiere of Rag and Bone at Rattlestick Theatre, citing the old saw "scheduling conflicts." In his place: Matthew Stadelmann, known to theatregoers for his work in the plays of Adam Rapp, and to TV fans for his recurring stint on Ed a few years back. Marshall-Green is that rare thing, a pretty boy who can actually act. With Stadelmann, they'll have to settle for acting. (Oooo, I'm terrible, aren't I Muriel?)

- The nightmare is upon us: George Wendt (Taxi) is now playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Hide the children, it is the end of days...

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Blogger Paul said...

i really need to start cataloguing the ins and outs of london theatre... ps thoughts on rent remixed coming soon!

10/25/07, 2:50 AM  
Blogger PoliVamp said...

Thanks for keeping this feature, it's one of my favorites.

10/25/07, 4:14 AM  
Blogger qta said...

Mo'Nique in Les Miz... I will be crying and doubled over with laughter all day with that one.

10/25/07, 7:31 AM  
Blogger vance said...

we asians infiltrate EVERYWHERE. (I mean, who else is going to open the chinese restaurant around town? or do your taxes?)

10/25/07, 11:04 AM  
Blogger T$ said...

I second your love of the Scorsese-DiCaprio combo...Scorsese has really brought out the man in DiCaprio.

10/25/07, 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's Red and Black, but White all over?

The cast of Les Miz.

10/25/07, 12:27 PM  

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