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Thursday, November 22, 2007


Adventures In Casting: Laura Linney Officially Elected Goddess of the ModFab Universe

It's Thanksgiving, and I don't have it in me to write a long, storied post that only the few of you bored enough to check the internet between servings of turkey will read. So let me break the week's news down for you in a thumbs up/thumbs down style:


- Terrence Howard on Broadway. The Hustle and Flow Oscar nominee has taken over the lead spot in that African-American revival of Tennesse Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof that's been kicking around. Expect it as early as February...but the other swirling cast names (including Phylicia Rashad, Giancarlo Esposito and James Earl Jones) aren't as certain as the producers would like you to believe.
- Laura Linney on Broadway, too...and in a perfect role. The oft-nominated actress, beloved by ModFab as much as The Film Experience loves Pfeiffer, has been cast in the Roundabout's revival of La Liaisons Dangereuses as the scheming Marquise de Merteuil. As anyone who saw Glenn Close tear it up in the 1998 film adaptation (or Linsday Duncan in the 1986 Broadway premiere), it's a great, villainous part for a talented actress. Linney automatically moves to the front of the Best Actress race, in my opinion, along with Deanna Dunagan for August: Osage County.
- The BBC and Shakespeare...perfect together. Over the next 12 years, the British mega-channel will film all 37 of the Bard's plays, produced (and a few directed by) Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty). Already in discussions to take part in the enormous project: Kate Winslet (Finding Neverland), who is married to Mendes, Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal), Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters), Jude Law (Sleuth), Helen Mirren (The Queen), and James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland).
- Don't kill us TV hatahs, but we LOVE the rumor about Friday Night Lights stud Scott Porter (who once upon a time was the leader of the Altar Boyz Off-Broadway) might actually play Superman in the Justice League movie. We love us some Scott. Mmmmm. He's dreammmmy.
- Is this the new Bond villain? Any Bond news is good news to us.


- Catherine Zeta-Jones leaving the movie version of Nine. Supposedly director Rob Marshall wouldn't beef up her part, and she split. What a shame.
- Naomi Watts, joining Tom Hanks in the completely unnecessary prequel to The Da Vinci Code, called subtly enough Angels and Demons. I know the first book was a cheap sensation, but is anyone, anywhere pining for another installment? And didn't we learn anything from the relentless sequelization of The Silence of the Lambs? The law of diminishing returns is real, people, and with Da Vinci, there wasn't a whole lot to start with.
- I realize most people love Frank Langella (Dracula), but he just irritates the fuck out of me. His style is too hammy, his acting too large, his demeanor too snotty. Here's a first photo of him in the film adaptation of his Broadway hit from last season, Frost/Nixon. He plays Nixon. A lot. Directed by Ron Howard. I'll say no more.

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Blogger par3182 said...

save me a seat at les liaisons dangereuses; if there's someone who can finally get me back to nyc it's the lovely laura linney (i love her)

11/22/07, 1:44 AM  
Blogger Vance said...

Well, The Da Vinci Code (a fun beach read) movie sucked cause of Ron Howard... and look! Now he's going to ruin Frost/Nixon as well!

Scott Porter may be Superman? Damn! Now I actually care about this Justice League movie!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you! Thursday for us.

11/22/07, 8:03 AM  
Blogger J.D. said...

BBC + Shakespeare + that possible extended cast list = PERFECT.

And Angels and Demons is NOT a prequel to The Da Vinci Code. It was published three years before, so TDVC is actually a sequel. It sucks no one knows that. :P

But yeah... Naomi, Naomi, Naomi. [sigh] Was it the post-birth medication?

11/22/07, 1:32 PM  
Anonymous will g said...

Two of the movies you're bitching about, Nine and Angels and Demons, are two that are currently delayed and in danger due to the write's strike, so there's your silver lining. And kudos for your Linney fandom. She's my fave too. I think she'll probably go the route of Bening in the film Valmont -- deceptvely cheery -- rather than venomous like Close.

11/23/07, 8:20 AM  
Blogger ModFab said...

For everyone who's been sending me emails correcting my suggestion that ANGELS AND DEMONS was a prequel to DA VINCI CODE, you may now stop. I am completely schooled. One is not related to the other, other than the poor grammatic construction and mind-numbing plot points. Got it.

11/23/07, 7:06 PM  
Anonymous will g said...

It's GRAMMMATICAL construction, Just thought I'd be obnoxious.

11/23/07, 8:36 PM  
Blogger ModFab said...

Three M's? Obnoxious? You, Will? It never crossed my mind more than twice.

11/23/07, 8:52 PM  
Anonymous will g said...

Oh.My God.

11/23/07, 10:17 PM  

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