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Thursday, November 29, 2007


Adventures In Casting: Russell Crowe Totally Skanks On Brad Pitt's Leftovers


- The stage musical adaptation of 9 To 5, with its brand-new score by none other than Dolly Parton, will begin its trek to Broadway on September 21, 2008 in a pre-NYC tryout in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theater. And what a trio of secretaries it has: Emmy winner Allison Janney (The West Wing) will do her best Lily Tomlin impersonation, while Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (The Pirate Queen) and Megan Hilty (Wicked) will do the same for Jane Fonda and Dolly, respectively. And who will step into Dabney Coleman's shoes as the boss? Marc Kudisch, who reteams with his Assassins director Joe Mantello for the piece. Can the 2009 Tony race get underway this early...with Dolly and Elton John duking it out for Best Score?

- Next spring's Broadway run of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls has announced its cast, and it's veritably dripping with talent juice: Marisa Tomei (In The Bedroom), Martha Plimpton (The Coast of Utopia), Mary Catherine Garrison (Moonlight Mile) and New York's most underrated actress, Elizabeth Marvel (Hedda Gabler). That Best Actress race for the Tony just keeps getting tighter and tighter...

- If you are a believer that George Bush should be impeached and removed from office (like me), you'll want to check out A Question of Impeachment, the Culture Project's December series of celebrities, artists, politicos and activists who are exploring the case for (and against) onstage. My favorite of the upcoming events is on December 9th, when the Redgraves -- that's Vanessa, Lynn, Corin, and Jemma Redgrave -- will read selections of Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak, a collection written by those held in the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Check out the entire series here.

- There are four words that, according to tradition, must never be uttered in a theatre, lest terrible misfortune come to those who speak it. Four words that strike fear in the hearts of actors and audiences everywhere. What are those fearsome, terrible words? Here it is: Jessica Alba on Broadway. Quick, hide the children, she's coming! And in a Mamet play! Run for your lives!

- For those who love supporting players or character actors, two great pieces of news: Danny Burstein (The Drowsy Chaperone) will play Luther Billis in the South Pacific revival, while John Cullum (Urinetown) will star Off-Broadway in Keen Company's The Conscientious Objector. Both of these veterans should be worldwide stars in their own right...as it is, you've got two shots this spring to enjoy their genius.

- If you're in Seattle for any reason next week, you should know this up front: Sanjaya Malakar is in a play, and he's singing. Consider this your official warning to stay out of Seattle.


- Jake Gyllenhaal as iconic Jets quarterback Joe Namath. Well...okay. Finally, at least, we'll have an answer to the long-lingering question: can Jakey butch it up convincingly? Not that we didn't buy that whole gay cowboy thing. But seriously.

- The writers' strike claims another victim -- Brad Pitt (Jesse James) has pulled out of State of Play, due to problems with getting re-writes together. The murder whodunit, to be directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (Narc), still has (for the moment) the rest of its cast together, including Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn. And producers are already recruiting a possible replacement: Russell Crowe.

- Lenny Kravitz has decided to begin an acting career. We here at ModFab wish him well, and hope that he'll only take parts that require him to go without pants.

- Christian Bale (Batman Begins) is rumored to be a part of Terminator 4. Because what the world needs is for one of its greatest actors to start slummingin pointless sci-fi sequels made merely for the profit participants' bank accounts. I get that Bale dances between small projects and large ones, but this doesn't seem to be up to his normally high standards. Or maybe I'm wrong...maybe Terminator 4 will be the Citizen Kane of apocalyptic robot movies. But color me skeptical.

- Hasselhoff. Knight Rider. Part deux. Live the fantasy.

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Blogger T$ said...

can't wait for 9 to 5...

11/29/07, 9:44 AM  
Anonymous will g said...

Your wondering if Jake can butch it up makes me shudder at the thought that you may have missed Jarhead. Say what you will, but the testosterone was palpable. ACTING!

11/29/07, 3:52 PM  
Blogger ModFab said...

Well, there was testosterone everywhere in JARHEAD...just not in the delicate performance of our beloved Jakey, who always seems like the uncool kid at the frat party in male-heavy films like that.

I should be clear -- I don't think effeminacy is a bad thing. I love sissies, I love snap queens, and I love cute, cuddly gay icons who don't have to beat us over the head with their masculinity. I just think an iconic football quarterback might be a stretch for the man who went on Saturday Night Live last year and impersonated Jennifer Holliday in full drag. Just sayin. ;-)

11/29/07, 7:59 PM  
Anonymous will g said...

Didn't Joe Namath fanously wear women's stockings in some commercial? Sounds like more typecasting...

11/29/07, 10:09 PM  

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