Actress Mayim Bialik has reunited with her Blossom co-stars Joey Lawrence, Jenna Von Oy and Michael Stoyanov, 19 years after the hit show went off-air. The castmates came together on Monday (16Jun14) to shoot new promotional material for the teen sitcom, which has been picked up for syndication by bosses at America's Hub Network.
The show, about a young girl adjusting to life with her brothers and father after her mother abandons the family, originally ran from 1991 to 1995. Bialik, who now stars in popular comedy The Big Bang Theory, shared a photo of the gang back together on Twitter.com and joked about their youthful appearances.
In the accompanying caption, she wrote, "#blossomreunion thanks to @HubTVNetwork in effect! Um... @joeylawrence @MikeStoyanov @JennavonOy. We still look like young whippersnappers..." Responding to the post, Lawrence tweeted, "So awesome being with u (sic) all again. Feels like no time has passed. Love you all".
When David Mamet's play Sexual Pervesity in Chicago was adapted into the 1986 movie About Last Night, the self-absorbed Chicago twenty-somethings were played by Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, and Elizabeth Perkins. In the 2014 remake, those parts are now being played by Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Kevin Hart, and Regina Hall and nothing about that seems unusual. It isn't that Mamet's play has changed much in the 40 years since he first wrote it, it's that some of the audience's preconceived notions of who can play what role have.Just as it happened with the reworked The Karate Kid that featured Jaden Smith in the title role made famous by Ralph Macchio, About Last Night takes a '80s story and adds some ethnic diversity to come up with something new. Well, there's a whole lot more movies from the '80s that are just sitting there waiting for just such a redo. Here are five stories that would work just as well in a more coloful version.
Molly Ringwald playing the forgotten girl on her birthday, in love with an older boy and tormented by geeks in the John Hughes classic. Everything about the story still works, including the Chicago suburban setting that was ultra-white in the '80s. Disney Channel stalwart Coco Jones is the right age to play the teenager in love, and Zoe Kravitz would make a fine addition as her attention-hogging older sister. So what if Jones and Kravitz don't look alike? Ringwald looked nothing like her onscreen family in the original. In the all-important older guy role, someone like 90210's Tristan Wilds could provide the smolder. The only real issue would be what to do with the original's exchange student, The Donger. That was a role so racially regrettable that it doesn't exactly have a place in today's world.
In Mike Nichols' film, Melanie Griffith played the secretary that secretly takes over for her out-of-commission boss (Sigourney Weaver), proves a capable business woman, and wins the affection of Harrison Ford. The Griffith character would have to be called an assistant now, but otherwise there isn't much about the story that needs to change. Use someone like Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) or Tika Sumpter (Ride Along) as the underling trying to get ahead, maybe Halle Berry or even Gabrielle Union as the obnoxious boss and Taye Diggs as the love interest, and update the setting from a generic New York investment bank to the entertainment idustry. What Hollywood assistant doesn't want to push the boss out of the way and take over?
Sure, people remember the soundtrack but how many people remember the story? A steel-worker by day who dances in a bar by night, all while dreaming of making it as a legitimate professional dancer, and is pursued by her rich boss. Back then she wasn't really a stripper, but now she would have to be and she'd be trying to break into something hipper than ballet. The role could also be played this time by someone that can legitimately dance, since Jennifer Beals, the original star, was famously replaced by a body double. Someone like That Awkward Feeling's Jessica Lucas would work, or else there's got to be a Janelle Monáe back-up dancer that's ready to break out.
Tiger Woods broke on the scene nearly 20 years ago, so a golf comedy set at a country club and featuring a diverse cast shouldn’t be any big deal. It's near sacrilege to many to consider remaking such a beloved classic, but a new version would be shooting for a whole new audience. After all, golfers of all colors are tired of reciting the same tired lines from the original. Start with Hart taking on the Rodney Dangerfield role of the rich guy that doesn't like the country club set. Imagine letting Hart riff on a bunch of rich people while dressed in ugly golf garb, throw in Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah as the wacky grounds keeper, and it just flows from there. You could have a who's who of comedy going... Godfrey, Chris Rock, Mike Epps, Katt Williams, Faizon Love… there would be a part for just about everyone. Heck, even Eddie Murphy might be convinced to do the Judge Smails role that Ted Knight made famous. That would be top notch.
Three Men and a Baby
Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg were three well-off bachelors sharing a fabulous midtown Manhattan apartment that have their lives interrupted by a baby being dropped off at their doorstep. The idea of guys taking care of babies continues to be played for laughs, most recently in the sitcom Guys with Kids. What has been missing since Three Men is the angle of the guys being rich, Type A personalities. Take Jesse L. Martin, Tyler Perry and Damon Wayans Jr., move the setting to Hollywood, make them all successful and sharing a Charlie Sheen-type playpen, and then let a baby screw up their lives. It's comedy gold.
Seth MacFarlane: writer, director, producer, Oscars host, and now, novelist. The Family Guy creator announced that he has written a novel based on the screenplay for his upcoming film, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and will release it in March, two months before the film hits theaters in May. The book will tell the story of Albert Stark, a sheep farmer who spends most of his time attempting to avoid the overwhelming dangers that fill the wild west in order to survive, until his girlfriend leaves him, and "Albert decides to fight back—even though he can’t shoot, ride, or throw a punch. Fortunately, he teams up with a beautiful gunslinger who’s tough enough for the both of them. Unfortunately, she’s married to the biggest, meanest, most jealous badass on the frontier. Turns out Albert has just discovered a million and one ways to die in the West."
Turning the film into a novel is an unusual choice, since MacFarlane's comedic style tends to rely on rapid-fire jokes and visual gags that may be difficult for him to translate from the screen into print. Since he wrote the novelization himself, it's very likely that those jokes will have made it into the book, but the story will need to have a little bit of depth or character development in order to work properly as a novel. However, turning the film into a novel could be a good sign, as it can be taken as an indication that the film has a lot more to it than just an endless stream of jokes. There's been no indication thus far that MacFarlane has added material for the novel, which means we all might need to get excited about A Million Ways to Die in the West.
But as weird as it might seem to read a novel from the same guy who wrote Family Guy or Ted, A Million Ways to Die in the West is not the strangest or most surprising film novelization out there. We've rounded up 12 of the weirdest ones, and ranked them in order of insanity. Looks like MacFarlane has a lot to live up to with this project.
12. Pretty In Pink If you've ever watched the classic 1986 film and wished that Andie had chosen her dorky, loyal best friend Duckie over rich kid Blaine at the end, we may have the perfect solution for you. The novelization of the film sticks with the original ending, and allows Duckie to live the dream of every awkward, poorly-dressed high school guy and win the girl of his dreams away from the obnoxious kid with good hair and a nice car. The downside, though, is that unlike the screenplay, it isn't written by John Hughes, which means it likely lacks some of the wit and heart that characterizes his film. But that's a small price to pay to watch the nerd emerge victorious.
11. Kazaam Remember when Shaquille O'Neal decided to try his hand at acting in the late 1990s, and the world was gifted with Kazaam? Well, it should come as no surprise to you, then, that movie executives realized that school children all across the country would buy anything with O'Neal's face on it, and churned out a novelization of the film in order to sell it at book fairs. Unlike most film novelizations, there are no significant changes or additions to the book, probably because there is very little that can be done to that script in order to make it worth reading, but that didn't stop it from flying off the shelves of every elementary school library around.
10. Great Expectations Long before he stranded Sandra Bullock in space, Alfonso Cuaron directed an adaptation of Great Expectations starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. Then, someone adapted that adaptation into a novel that is even more "loosely" based on the Dickens classic. Although both the film and the novel make a lot of interesting and strange changes in order to modernize the story, the most inexplicable decision comes from author Deborah Chiel, who changed the name of the protagonist to Johnny from Fin (itself a change from the original name, Pip.) Dickens likely turned over in his grave when this hit bookshelves.
9. Crossroads The 2002 film Crossroads was notable not for its script, acting or cinematography but simply for the fact that it was the acting debut of pop princess Britney Spears. Which makes it even more surprising that someone would turn the film into a novel, as it then loses the one thing that made it worth talking about. Sure, Spears' face is on the cover, but the only reason to see the film was to watch her attempt to transition into a film career, and then sing along every time one of her songs played on the soundtrack. The book even takes away the joy that comes with watching Dan Akyroyd act in a Britney Spears film. It's all plot and no fun.
8. The Cabin in the Woods Co-written by Joss Whedon, this 2012 film was designed as a way to "revitalize the slasher film," and featured a surprise twist that thrilled fans and critics alike. But in case you're uncomfortable with too much gore, or you just never got to catch the film in theaters, there's a novelization of the film available so that you can still talk about the film without having to watch people get decapitated. It's the best of both worlds!
7. Mortal Kombat If there's one thing that old-school video games lacked, it's a strong sense of plot and character development. Jeff Rovin has remedied that by turning the video game Mortal Kombat into a novel, although he cut out most of the fighting in favor of backstory and long explanations of how the character came to be the super-powered fighting machines that they are. Which is cool if you're a hard-core fan, but let's be real, here: the only reason anyone was interested in Mortal Kombat was the fighting. Without that, what's the point?
6. John Carter John Carter is the story of a Civil War captain who gets transported to Mars after he dies, and leads a Martian army to save the princess. With it's mix of sci-fi and action, it makes sense that movie executives would want to turn the film into a novel; what doesn't make sense, though, is why they would choose to publish it alongside A Princess of Mars, the original Edgar Rice Burroughs story that it is based on, especially when the film famously failed to live up to its source material. You would think that the last thing they would want to do is draw attention to the ways the stories differed.
5. Paradise AlleyThis is a novelization of a film that was written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, adapted by Stallone himself, which makes it worthy of this list. You can actually own a book authored by the guy who played Rocky Balboa. What a time to be alive.
4. Spaceballs For some reason, Mel Brooks seem to think that his film Spaceballs would make an excellent children's book - which is not a thought that anyone who has ever seen Spaceballs shares. However, Brooks ignored everyone else, and the novelization was published, and sold to students in elementary schools across the country through Scholastic Book catalogs and school book fairs. Of course, they made sure to edit the content down to a more child-friendly nature, but anyone who's buying a Sapceballs book is probably not a child.
3. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls Everything that makes Ace Ventura work as a film is everything that makes it fail as a novel. The humor relies so heavily on Jim Carrey's physicality and line delivery, that without the visual element, all that's left are descriptions of the weird gags that take place in the film, which isn't fun or funny for anybody who reads these.
2. The Cat in the Hat No, we didn't make a mistake. Someone actually thought it was a good idea to turn the Mike Myers film into a novel, despite the fact that there is a book that already exists that is better written and more fun to read than the movie itself. When it comes to a showdown between the original Cat in the Hat and any kind of pale imitation, Dr. Suess will always walk away the winner. There's a reason it's become a classic, and it has nothing to do with Myers.
1. Howard the Duck Nobody who has ever watched Howard the Duck has wished that the story lasted longer. Nobody. But the strangest thing about this novelization isn't the fact that it exists in the first place, but the fact that it is widely regarded to be better than its source material, and even adds extra layers of depth and humor to the characters and story that appears onscreen. That's right: Howard the Duck has hidden layers. Who'd have known?
Legendary novelist C.s. Lewis has been honoured with a memorial stone in Poets' Corner at London's Westminster Abbey. The writer, best-known for creating The Chronicles of Narnia, was remembered in a ceremony at the cathedral on Friday (22Nov13), exactly 50 years after his death at the age of 64.
A memorial honouring Lewis was placed in a section of the building known as Poets' Corner, where literary figures such as Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell and Ted Hughes have floor stones.
Several hundred people, including family, friends and former students of Lewis, turned out for the event.
Lewis' death on 22 November, 1963 received minimal media attention because it happened on the same day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
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Among his supporters, The Fifth Estate's Benedict Cumberbatch can count most of the Internet. So when the Sherlock star hopped onto Reddit to answer fan questions, the response was massive. Despite taking on some intense, dramatic roles, Cumberbatch doesn't seem to take himself too seriously. And, because he's English, he is unfailingly polite — even online. Read on for the highlights from his "Ask Me Anything" session and head over to Reddit to see the entire exchange.
On his "weirdest" fan encounter:"Ted Danson at a pre-Oscar party screaming across a floor of people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ray Liotta, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, et al while pushing past them and knocking their drinks. 'Oh My God! Oh My God! It's f**king Sherlock Holmes!'"
On fame:"When it happens to you, it doesn't matter what age or how, it is a very steep learning curve. The important thing to realize in all of it is that life is short, to protect the ones you love, and not expose yourself to too much abuse or narcissistic reflection gazing and move on. If fame affords me the type of ability to do the kind of work I'm being offered, who am I to complain about the downsides. It's all relative. And this are obviously very high class problems. The way privacy becomes an every shrinking island is inevitable but also manageable and it doesn't necessary have to get that way..."
On his favorite pranks, either as protagonist or target:"Neutron cream. Come on, people!PS. Anytime you're in a restaurant with a group of friends and one of them goes to the restroom or bathroom, tell the waiter that it's that person's birthday. Not only is it fun to embarrass the hell out of the poor victim, but you get free cake in the bargain."
On any effect co-star Martin Freeman may have had on his level of sassiness:"Well of course Martin will be furious unless I say I owe it all to him. And believe me, his wrath is more fearsome than any dragons."
On the difficulty of keeping Sherlock set secrets:"I cry myself to sleep at night. And then wake up laughing."
On his "comfort" movies:"Ghostbusters. Loads of John Hughes classics. Annie Hall. Annnnnd 2001: A Space Odyssey!"
On what makes a good interview:"I often feel in interviews people should ask about the culture and people that I engage with as an audience rather than the same bio or personal life details. Rough with the very, very smooth, these are high class problems. The best interviews evolve like conversation. They're not led by journalists that are seeking to thrill their editor with predictable copy and questions that are basically answers."
On whether he, Matt Smith, and Tom Hiddleston have "cheekbone polishing parties":"We like nothing better than buffing our Zygoma. And imagining a horny time traveling long overcoat purple scarf wearing super sleuth nordic legend f**k fantasy. Get to work on that, internet."
Acclaimed theatre director and producer Patrick Garland has died following a long illness. He was 78. The Brit passed away at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex, England, on Saturday (20Apr13) with his actress wife Alexandra Bastedo at his bedside.
Garland began his career as an actor, but began directing after joining the BBC and went on to work with stars including Rex Harrison on a Broadway revival of My Fair Lady.
He is the only director to have had four plays simultaneously running in London's famed West End theatre district, and scooped a Golden Globe for his 1971 film The Snow Goose.
Garland was also a prolific poet who published several books, and founded the Poetry International foundation with Ted Hughes.
Bastedo, who married Garland back in 1980, has led the tributes to her late husband.
She says, "Patrick had been ill for a long time but bore all of his troubles with great fortitude. He was a wonderful man, brilliant with people of all types, and life will never be the same."
A private funeral and memorial service are to be held at Britain's Chichester Cathedral at a later date.
There's a scene towards the latter part of Judd Apatow's mercilessly long This Is 40 that makes having endured the needlessly self-indulgent worthwhile. When Paul Rudd's emotionally crumbling Pete makes a great escape from his house via his bike, there's an urgency, an actual gut punch of feeling that had been missing from the film until that point. That's because, at that very moment, Fiona Apple's knock-down, drag-out song "Dull Tool" kicks in.
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While the movie actually has an incredibly well-rounded soundtrack, it's Apple's "Dull Tool" that stands out among the bunch. Not only was it the perfect song for that moment (the track's pacing matches Rudd's frantic pedaling and her brilliantly cutting lyrics are exactly what you'd want to listen to after having a fight with your significant other) but it was one of the most perfect songs to be featured in a film in 2012. So why in the hell isn't it nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song? Doesn't the Academy realize what a spectacular acceptance speech Apple would make?
Is it because she says "f**k" so much in it and that would make for a live performance nightmare, considering they are thankfully, doing them again after last year's ridiculous hiatus? Or because the Academy has a history of inexplicably snubbing some seriously great music? (Don't even get me started on the unforgivable omissions of The Beasts of the Southern Wild in the Best Original Score category). Probably a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B?
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Sure, Adele's Skyfall theme "Skyfall" is a shoo-in (and rightly so), but Apple's raw "Dull Tool" from This is 40 being slighted by the forgettable "Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi or the silly "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted is a misstep and a missed opportunity. (As was leaving out Matthew McConaughey's inspired "Ladies of Tampa" from Magic Mike, but I digress.) Listen to the song here and decide for yourself:
Of course, Apple's "Dull Tool" is hardly the first song in Oscar history to be foolishly overlooked by the Academy. Here's some other tunes that were not only perfect for the movies they were in, but damn great songs on their own.
"Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees from Saturday Night Fever: One of the most iconic movie songs during one of the most iconic movie scenes? Even more baffling, the disco classic won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score.
"Theme from New York, New York" by Kander and Ebb for New York, New York: Is there a song more synonymous with that Martin Scorsese film, let alone the city of New York itself? Originally written for and performed by Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra's version is a music staple.
"Kiss From a Rose" by Seal from Batman Forever: Yes, Seal's ballad was released as a single before it became the "love theme" to Batman Forever, but songs released before becoming a soundtrack theme have won before. (See: "Falling Slowly" from Once). Plus, this was one of the best songs of the 90s and remains a karaoke staple and pop culture fixation to this day.
"Don't You (Forget About Me) is as timeless as The Breakfast Club itself (see: the homage in Pitch Perfect) and much like the musical symmetry in Saturday Night Fever, the song, which is great on its own, is forever associated with the opening and closing credits of the John Hughes classic.
Honorable mentions: "I Believe I Can Fly" from Space Jam, "Diamonds Are Forever" from Diamonds Are Forever, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" from St. Elmo's Fire, and "Goodbye Horses" from Silence of the Lambs and Married to the Mob.
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Carol Orchard was married to the famed writer from 1970 until his death in 1998 and she now plans to document their time together by putting pen to paper for a new memoir.
She says, "(I want to write this book) while I have full recall and no false memory... I had a wonderful 28 years with Ted and I hope to record them for posterity... The people who (previously) wrote about Ted were not flies on the wall, even if they write as if they were. Nobody really knows what goes on between two people."
Hughes was played onscreen by Daniel Craig in 2003 movie Sylvia, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow as his first wife, American poet Sylvia Plath, who committed suicide in 1963.
There's an allure to imperfection. With his latest drama Lawless director John Hillcoat taps directly into the side of human nature that draws us to it. Hillcoat finds it in Prohibition history a time when the regulations of alcohol consumption were subverted by most of the population; He finds it in the rural landscapes of Virginia: dingy raw and mesmerizing. And most importantly he finds it in his main character Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf) the scrappy third brother of a moonshining family who is desperate to prove his worth. Jack forcefully injects himself into the family business only to discover there's an underbelly to the underbelly. Lawless is a beautiful film that's violent as hell striking in a way only unfiltered Americana could be.
Acting as the driver for his two outlaw brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke) isn't enough for Jack. He's enticed by the power of the gangster figure and entranced by what moonshine money can buy. So like any fledgling entrepreneur Jack takes matters into his own hands. Recruiting crippled family friend/distillery mastermind Cricket (Dane DeHaan) the young whippersnapper sets out to brew his own batch sell it to top dog Floyd Banner and make the family rich. The plan works — but it puts the Bondurant boys in over their heads with a new threat: the corrupt law enforcers of Chicago.
Unlike many stories of crime life Lawless isn't about escalation. The movie drifts back and forth leisurely popping in moments like the beats of a great TV episode. One second the Bondurants could be talking shop with their female shopkeep Maggie Beauford (Jessica Chastain). The next Forrest is beating the bloody pulp out of a cop blackmailing their operation. The plot isn't thick; Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave preferring to bask in the landscapes the quiet moments the haunting terror that comes with a life on the other side of the tracks. A feature film doesn't offer enough time for Lawless to build — it recalls cinema-level TV currently playing on outlets like HBO and AMC that have truly spoiled us — but what the duo accomplish is engrossing.
Accompanying the glowing visuals and Cave's knockout workout on the music side (a toe-tapping mix of spirituals bluegrass and the writer/musician's spine-tingling violin) are muted performances from some of Hollywood's rising stars. Despite LaBeouf's off-screen antics he lights up Lawless and nails the in-deep whippersnapper. His playful relationship with a local religious girl (Mia Wasikowska) solidifies him as a leading man but like everything in the movie you want more. Tom Hardy is one of the few performers who can "uurrr" and "mmmnerm" his way through a scene and come out on top. His greatest sparring partner isn't a hulking thug but Chastain who brings out the heart of the impenetrable beast. The real gem of Lawless is Guy Pearce as the Bondurant trio's biggest threat. Shaved eyebrows pristine city clothes and a temper like a rabid wolverine Pearce's Charlie Rakes is the most frightening villain of 2012. He viciously chews up every moment he's on screen. That's even before he starts drawing blood.
Lawless is the perfect movie for the late August haze — not quite the Oscary prestige picture or the summertime shoot-'em-up. It's drama that has its moonshine and swigs it too. Just don't drink too much.
The 37 year old got his big break in 2005 when he landed the role of Ted Mosby on the hit U.S. sitcom, and has branched out from the show as a director with his acclaimed Happythankyoumoreplease in 2010.
Now he is set to put his life down on paper, and hopes his tome will be eye-opening for fans.
A statement from Amazon.com, the book's publishers, reads, "The story of one man’s unlikely spiritual awakening - this is Eat, Pray, Love for those who would rather be reading (publishing house) McSweeney’s. Josh Radnor grew up in Ohio. He was driven to school in a big yellow bus. He watched The Cosby Show and John Hughes movies. He also went on to become a successful actor in Hollywood. How then, in 2007, did he end up drinking an indigenous plant medicine called ayahuasca with a shaman in Brazil?"
The book will be released in April (12).