Archive for January 2011
GLEE AND MADONNA ON TOUR: NOT LIKELY
Despite rumors that had some fans of “Glee” buzzing with, well, glee, rumors of a tour headlined by Madonna and featuring some New Directions members appear to be unfounded. The News of the World originally reported that the Material Girl was considering Lea Michele, Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison as prospective tourmates. “Madonna wants to break records and make her career bigger than ever,” a source told metro.co.uk. “And because the ‘Glee’ episode featuring her music was such a hit, there are plans for the cast to appear.” Representatives for Madonna told MTV that the rumor is untrue. Would you have wanted to see Madonna share the stage with the cast of “Glee”?
BONES SPIN-OFF STAR SELECTED
“Bones” fans are about to discover the Locator. Actor Geoff Stults has been cast as Walter Sherman – a former military police officer who can find anything – in the new series based on Richard Greener’s “The Locator” book series, according to TVLine.com. The character will reportedly be introduced in an upcoming episode of “Bones” and is rumored to be an old acquaintance of Seeley Booth, though not necessarily a friendly one. The series will also feature Michael Clarke Duncan as Sherman’s partner, Leo. Will you be watching The Locator?
KLAUS IS (ALMOST) CAST
British actor Joseph Morgan is thisclose to signing a deal to bring the legendary vampire Klaus to “The Vampire Diaries,” according to TVLine’s Michael Ausiello. The 30-year-old Morgan has primarily appeared in British film and television, but American audiences have seen him in Oliver Stone’s Alexander and Russell Crowe’s Master and Commander. Do you think Morgan will be a good choice, or would you rather see fellow Brit Piers Morgan play a vampire?
MAD MEN CREATOR WITHOUT CONTRACT
Fans were thrilled to hear that AMC renewed “Mad Men,” but the critically acclaimed series may be returning without the creative force behind it. “Mad Men” creator Matthew Wiener has yet to sign a contract to return for the fifth season, according to a Jan. 23 report by Entertainment Weekly. While Wiener told the magazine he is not looking for a new job, he and the studio that produces the series, Lionsgate, are both still negotiating with AMC.
“I’m dying to go back to work,” Weiner told Entertainment Weekly. “But the truth is I don’t even know what [AMC and Lionsgate’s] plans are. We have not started writing. I am not back at work. My contract expired. They are fighting over a very lucrative property, and who is going to pay for it to get made; it’s one of the biggest perils of success — everyone wants a piece of it now and they are fighting over who is gonna get the biggest chunk.”
TRUE GRIT GETS 10
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for this year’s Oscars, Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit tallied 10 nods – second only to the dozen nominations for The King’s Speech (which, we’re told, is severely lacking in gunfights, rattlesnakes and cowboys.) In addition to a nomination in the Best Picture category, True Grit also saw Jeff Bridges (Rooster Cogburn) nominated in the best actor category, Hailee Steinfeld in the best supporting actress category, as well as nominations for cinematography, art direction, costume design, sound editing and sound mixing. The Coen Brothers were also nominated for directing and writing (adapted screenplay). Fun fact: If Jeff Bridges wins, it will be the first time two actors have won an Academy Award for their portrayal of the same character since Robert DeNiro won for playing Vito Corleone in 1974’s The Godfather, Part II. John Wayne won the award for playing Rooster Cogburn in 1969’s True Grit and Marlon Brando won for his portrayal of Vito Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather.