Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
Watch Sesame Street brilliantly parody Les Miserables. It's called "Les Mousserables" and it's adorable. Watch it at Flavorwire.
Jay Z might be skipping the Kimye wedding. Gasp! Find out why and more details about the wedding (and prenup) at VH1 Celebrity.
Is there anything worse than Justin Bieber's deposition? See how he reacts to Selena Gomez being mentioned. Watch the tragedy unfold at Celebuzz.
Which is better: "Everything Is Awesome" or "Let It Go?" The hit songs from the best kids' movies out right now are incredibly ubiquitous and super catchy. Check out the comparison and cast your vote at Hollywood.com.
Indie rockers The Black Keys are hoping to hit a home run with their latest charitable effort - they have designed T-shirts and hoodies to raise money for their childhood baseball league in Akron, Ohio. All proceeds will go to the West Akron Baseball League and help the organisers purchase uniforms, upgrade equipment and minimise registration fees for young athletes.
Rockers The Black Keys have given young sportsmen and women in their Ohio hometown a big boost by selling T-shirts they've created to fans. The duo has posted the custom jersey for the West Akron Little League it sponsors online - and all proceeds from sales go directly to officials to help them fund the upkeep of fields and bleachers and upgrade equipment.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has turned down an offer from Liam Neeson for a personal tour of the Big Apple's largest stable as the actor fights a proposed ban on horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. The Taken star has become a leading advocate for carriage drivers, who he claims will be robbed of their livelihoods if a celebrity-backed campaign to outlaw the popular tourist activity is successful.
Neeson, who is good friends with one of the drivers, fellow Irishman Colm McKeever, insists allegations of horse mistreatment are unfounded and offered to take De Blasio and city council members to visit one of the stables themselves, but his offer has been snubbed.
The actor arrived at the stables on Sunday (09Mar14) to speak with press about De Blasio's decision to decline his invitation, and criticised the politician for not showing up.
Neeson said, "He should have manned up and come. I'm disappointed he's not here... These horses are well cared for. It's a connection with our past, it's a connection with our history.
"And it has to be said - the great white elephant in the room, four prime locations on the West Side of New York that realtors must be salivating to get their hands on."
De Blasio, who vowed to ban horse-drawn carriages as part of his election campaign last year (13), says, "I respect Liam Neeson a lot, I'm a big fan of his work. But the fact is, I put forward a plan and a vision and the people ratified it in an election and that's what matters most."
While the mayor is insistent he will not budge from his stance, he does reveal he will visit the stables soon.
De Blasio adds, "The reason I want to visit the stables and will do it when the schedule allows is because we want to work with the folks who operate those horse carriages and get them new opportunities in other types of related work... We want to make sure we're listening to their concerns as we do it, but I'm clear about where we need to go."
Neeson's pro-carriage campaign faces strong opposition from actors including Alec Baldwin, Pamela Anderson, Anjelica Huston and Glee star Lea Michele, who have all rallied against the use of horses for commercial purposes.
Hit British crime drama Broadchurch looks set to dominate the U.K.'s Royal Television Society Programme Awards after receiving four top nominations. The murder-mystery series, about a child's death in a small coastal town, is nominated in the Drama Serial category alongside zombie show In The Flesh and Elisabeth Moss' Top Of The Lake.
Broadchurch's female leads Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker will go up against each other for the Actor - Female award along with My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney, and the show's creator Chris Chibnall is up for a writing prize.
In the Actor - Male category, Idris Elba is nominated for his turn as a troubled cop in Luther alongside Stephen Dillane (The Tunnel) and Lennie James (Run).
Burton and Taylor, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West as Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, has received a nod in the Single Drama line-up, competing with Our Girl and The Challenger.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 18 March (14).
Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
The concept art from Guillermo del Toro-produced animated flick The Book of Life are unbelievably stunning. Apparently, it's a "Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story set during a Day-of-the-Dead celebration." Check out the gorgeous pictures at Flavorwire.
House of Cards or Scandal? Vh1 Celebrity asks the tough questions. See which Washington drama is right for you.
Kim Kardashian: "My daughter is not spoiled."Find out what else she said about North West at Celebuzz.
Are you prepared for Zombeavers? Yes, it's a thing. Read the gory details at Hollywood.com.
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has spoken out in the aftermath of her SodaStream controversy to urge fans not to hold her up as a "role model". The Avengers star faced heavy criticism last month (Jan14) over her decision to promote the Israel-based drinkmaker, which has factories in the contested West Bank region.
She subsequently stepped down from her role as an ambassador for Oxfam, as the organisation's pledge to oppose "all trade from Israeli settlements" clashed with her new endorsement deal.
Johansson has now admitted she hates the pressure of public life and doesn't want fans to see her as a role mode, telling America's Dazed magazine, "I don't see myself as being a role model; I never wanted to step into those shoes. I don't profess to know more or less than anybody else. If that's a by-product of whatever image is projected on to me I don't feel responsible as an artist to give anyone that message. It's not my jam.... How could I wake up every day and be a normal person if I was completely aware that my image was being manipulated on a global platform. How could I sleep?
"You have to have peace of mind. You've got to be able to protect those things. How else could you exist? You'd go crazy, anybody would go crazy."
This week's episode of Lost Girl can be summed in two bizarre sentences:
Lauren helps Bo use a Kabbalah bracelet to hack into Dyson’s memories. They have to find a pair of Tom’s shoes that give you Wolverine claws.
No joke! That’s what happened. Luckily, as with most flashback episodes, it gives major origin and character development. Plus, Dyson hasn’t had as much screen time these past few weeks.
Last episode, Dyson was detained by the Una Mens. It seems like it was because he and Bo were sleeping together. The real reason is he allegedly murdered a bunch of humans and Fae. As stated earlier, Bo and Lauren try to find his alibi by entering his memories. But memory travel requires The Red String of Fate which bears a striking resemblance to Madonna’s favorite accessory. This episode brings back the hilarious Dark Fae oracle, Cassie (Vanessa Matsui). She was amazing in the episode “Dead Lucky” as a lollipop-sucking, twerking super Fae. And she did it before Miley.
In Dyson’s memories, Bo literally enters Dyson by reliving his experiences in his body. This opens up a world of double entendre. They go to 1899 France, which bears a striking resemblance to the Old West. Apparently, because Bo is merging with Dyson, their memories blur together and the cast play different roles in his past. Kenzi is a French bar maid, Vex is a bumbling French prince, and Trick is… Trick. Lauren is Dyson’s wood Fae love interest the creatively named Flora Bloom. Zoie Palmer showcases an amazing singing voice and some French vocal styling.
This episode has a lot of bizarre throuple vibes. Lauren and Dyson have seemed to embrace each other as family. Bo has sex with her version Lauren while in Dyson’s body. It makes for a metaphysical three-way. It seems like the writers are just guiding everyone towards television’s first polyamorous relationship. That scratching sound is One Million Moms trying to figure out how to sign a petition on America Online.
The plot of the episode is pretty formulaic. As expected, Bo gets stuck and Lauren saves her. In an interesting twist, Bo rescues Dyson and Kenzi. What’s really juicy is this episode fills in a lot of Dyson and Trick history. We’ve only seen Dyson as the loyal werewolf soldier who gets separated from his pack. He spent the rest of his time as a con-man and a philanderer. Trick even gets his nickname from Dyson sarcastically shrinking the name Fitzpatrick McCorrigan. It’s also revealed that Dyson helped Trick form the Fae community we know and love.
The episode ends with some pretty major questions. The Wander is still being referenced but no one can really place how or why they know his name. The Una Mens are super untrustworthy and are responsible for crimes Dyson was tried for. In their hunt for the Helskór, which are a pair of Tom’s shoes that turn you into a killing machine... unless you’re a worthy warrior. Bo and Kenzi point out that Trick has been shockingly unhelpful in The Wanderer and Una Mens drama. Could this be a clue? Here’s hoping the Wanderer isn’t Trick. Because that would mean that he slept with his daughter so Bo could be his all-powerful mate. Also, the Big Bad question remains: is it the Una Mens or The Wanderer?
SuccuBest Lines of the Episode
"Latin is a dead language!" –Kenzi in response to a monk dying
"Heartwarming. What’s next? Soy candles and a little Tegan and Sarah?" –Cassie the Oracle
"Imminent death, hair-frizzing humidity... yeah, what a snoozefest." –Kenzi
"It stinks here! Dear Period France. Wash!" –Cassie
"I always thought I’d go motel poolside. A twizzler in one hand and Liam Neeson in the other." –Kenzi’s ideal death
Television could use some more Stephen King. The best-selling author's work is already the basis for Under the Dome, which is back in production on its second season. Presently, Universal is shopping a pilot from his short-story Ayana, about a blind girl that can seemingly perform miracles. While King's material has been used as film fodder for nearly 40 years (starting with the original Carrie all the way back in 1976), his work has largely been underutilized on TV, mostly popping up now and then in miniseries form. Given the output from the prolific writer over the years, however, there's plenty more of King's stories that would work as an actual series. Here are five that are just screaming for a spot on someone's schedule.
The Dark Tower
For years, people have been trying to develop movies based on King's bleak Dark Tower series, which follows a mysterious gunslinger named Roland on a quest through an odd world that's part Old West and part sci-fi. Instead of trying to give the story the same treatment as J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of The Rings books, the guide should be George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, which has thrived on cable. At one point, Warner Bros. considered doing both a movie and TV show (for sister company HBO) from the books, but ultimately passed. With a complex story that has its own mythology and language spread over eight books and multiple side stories, The Dark Tower could run on HBO or Showtime for a long time.
The novel, about an Ohio town terrorized by gun-toting thugs that are taking direction from a possessed autistic boy, built an impressive group of subsidiary characters not unlike Under the Dome. The Regulators was a companion piece to King's Desperation, which was already made into a TV movie. Following the strange happenings in a Midwestern town, which already has a built-in parallel universe thanks to the books, the story could provide plenty of material for a number of seasons.
The Running Man
Yes, it already got the big screen treatment starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, but there's a whole lot about the novel's set-up that could be mined for a series. The story, set in a not-too-distant dystopian America, is about a gameshow where contestants are given a head start to go anywhere in the world before they are hunted down and killed on television. Run for 30 days without being killed and you win. Taking elements from reality shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race that audiences have become accustomed to, and elevating them to a strange extreme, would make for some exciting (and darkly funny) serialized viewing.
The Ten O'Clock People
In King's short story, a smoker trying to quit can suddenly see through the disguises of any number of people, including the Vice President, and discovers that they're really monsters. The smoking angle wouldn't work any more, but it's an easy fix to come up with another explanation of why certain people can see through the disguises. Having a resistance group trying to convince people that there are monsters among us would make for a nice mythology story in the same vein of Lost or Fringe.
The story of a teenager manipulated into killing by his neighbor, who turns out to be a Nazi war criminal, was already the basis of a movie with Ian McKellen and Brad Renfro. Change the older character from a Nazi to a terrorist living a hidden life in a California suburb, however, and you could have a show that is a combination of Breaking Bad and The Americans. Who wouldn't want to see Walter White as a terrorist?
Yes, you did indeed read that right: Fox is working on a movie adaptation of the 1970s children’s book series Choose Your Own Adventure. However, other than the production studio and the director — Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed 2013’s We’re the Millers — not much is known about this film adaptation.
There are many ways a Choose Your Own Adventure movie could go. Multiple versions of the film could be shot and sent out to theaters — similar to the way Clue had three different endings. Or the Choose Your Own Adventure film could follow in the footsteps of the Jack Black Goosbumps movie: instead of sticking to the plot of one of the books, it could focus on the creator, Edward Packard. Or a Jumanji type movie where Packard’s creations come to life could be really cool if done well.
What we’d like to see from a Choose Your Own Adventure movie is an element of interactivity, since that was the whole point of the series. Sure, you mostly ended up dying a horrible death in a deep, dark cave or at the hands of some terrible aliens, but the fun part was that you got to make your own choices. Of course, interactivity will be hard to pull off in a theatrical release and would work better on a gaming system.
Although a Choose Your Own Adventure film could be really awesome and nostalgic — especially since so many people grew up with the books — it will take the right team. Hopefully with Thurber as director, they’ll be able to make something really cool, rather than a movie trying to cash in on our nostalgia.