Sonja Sohn, Andre Royo, Felicia Pearson and Larry Gillard Jr. agreed to appear in the short film for comedy video website Funny or Die.
They are seen smiling and dancing on camera, and highlights of the clip include Royo's character Bubbles trying to quit drugs with the help of a group of singers, and a recreation of the show's famous scene where character D'Angelo Barksdale used chess pieces to explain the drug hierarchy in Baltimore, Maryland.
The programme, which ran on U.S. network HBO between 2002 and 2008, portrayed the inner workings of politics, police, the media and the drugs trade in Baltimore.
From the company that brought you such productions as the spirited Drunk History and the thought-provoking Between Two Ferns comes the latest masterpiece from Funny or Die: The Wire: The Musical. Based on the groundbreaking HBO series that your friend borrowed on DVD and never gave back, this way off, off, off-Broadway production (Baltimore, to be exact) is Sondheim meets the barrel of Omar's gun.
Whether you're already a fan of The Wire (in which case, you're in for a real treat as original cast members Michael K. Williams, Sonja Sohn, Andre Royo, Felicia Pearson, and Larry Gilliard, Jr. all reprise their roles from the drama) or know nothing of the complexities of the inner workings of decaying American cities, you're in for a real treat! With such toe-tapping numbers as "Omar's Coming," "Chess is a Metaphor For Drug Deals," and "I'm Just a Burner," this family-friendly musical is for theatergoers who loved Rent, but wanted some more depressing urban issues to sing about.
While the absence of the real Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West) is felt and the exclusion of singing extraordinaire Lance Reddick is downright baffling, this may just be Funny or Die's finest work yet. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You definitely won't see David Simon in the audience! Watch the preview for The Wire: The Musical here:
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The star, who played drug dealer and assassin Snoop in the hit TV series, was among a group of 38 suspects arrested during a sting operation carried out by police in Baltimore, Maryland in March (11).
Pearson initially denied counts of conspiring to sell heroin and aiding and abetting, but struck a deal with Baltimore authorities at the last minute.
Judge Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill approved the plea deal for a single charge of conspiracy to sell heroin in court on Monday (08Aug11) and gave Pearson the suspended sentence, with credit for time already served while she was awaiting trial.
The 31 year old insists she only agreed to the deal so she could put an end to her legal issues and now she's planning to relocate to Los Angeles - to move away from her troubled past.
She says, "I have things to do, I have to move on with my life. I'm moving to L.A. I'm out of here, man."
The star, who played drug dealer and assassin Snoop on the hit TV series, was among a group of 38 suspects arrested during a sting operation carried out by police in Baltimore, Maryland in March (11).
Pearson initially pleaded not guilty to counts of conspiring to sell heroin and aiding and abetting, but struck a deal with Baltimore authorities at the last minute in a bid to put an end to her legal troubles, according to the 31 year old's attorney, Benjamin C. Sutley.
He says, "More than anything she wanted to close this matter and move on... She learned a valuable lesson about how some loyalties you keep and others drag you down."
Sutley insists Pearson did not play a big part in the alleged drug ring and she is due to plead guilty to a misdemeanour conspiracy charge in court on Monday (08Aug11).
Her trial was expected to begin on Tuesday (09Aug11).
Pearson is no stranger to legal controversy - she was incarcerated for more than six years for killing a woman when she was just 14.
The star, who played drug dealer and assassin Snoop in the hit TV series, was arrested along with 37 other suspects during a raid by police in Baltimore, Maryland on an alleged drugs ring on 10 March (11).
Pearson, who was jailed for more than six years for killing a woman when she was just 14, was later released after being held on charges of conspiring to sell heroin, in addition to counts of aiding and abetting.
The actress appeared in court on Tuesday (17May11) for an arraignment at the Baltimore Circuit Court and denied any wrongdoing.
A trial has been set for 9 August (11).
The star, who played dealer and assassin Snoop in the TV series, was arrested along with 37 other suspects during a raid by police in Baltimore, Maryland on an alleged drugs ring on Thursday (10Mar11).
Pearson, who was jailed for more than six years for killing a woman when she was just 14, is being held without bail on charges of conspiring to sell heroin, in addition to counts of aiding and abetting.
The Wire creator David Simon spoke out in her defence last week (ends11Mar11) insisting her tough background is to blame for her legal woes.
And Pearson's rep also claims the star's troubled upbringing and notoriety led to her being targeted by police.
The rep says, "Felicia Pearson has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. In Felicia's case, she feels that she is being targeted not only because of her portrayal of the memorable character Snoop On HBO's critically acclaimed series The Wire but also because of where she is from in Baltimore.
"Felicia has overcome numerous hardships in her lifetime. She does not expect these hardships to be used as an excuse for illegal activities. She has never stopped working on self improvement. Felicia has made strong statements against drugs and violence of any kind. She is focused on living a positive lifestyle encouraging youth and formerly incarcerated women to make positive choices for themselves.
"Felicia... wants her friends and fans to know that she is keeping her head up, shoulders back and that she is prepared to fight these new charges against her."
The star, who played narcotics dealer Snoop in the hit TV series, was arrested along with 37 other suspects during a raid by police in Baltimore, Maryland on an alleged drug ring.
During a hearing on Friday (11Mar11), a Baltimore Circuit Court judge ordered she be held without bail on charges of conspiring to sell heroin, in addition to counts of aiding and abetting.
Pearson is one of 22 suspects facing state charges following the raid.
The news comes hours after The Wire creator David Simon spoke out in defence of the former castmember, insisting her tough background was to blame for her legal woes.
The star, who played narcotics dealer Snoop in the hit TV series, was detained by cops in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday (10Mar11) along with 30 other suspects, as officers swooped on an alleged drug ring.
Former police reporter Simon, who created and wrote the popular show, has now spoken out about Pearson's arrest, insisting her tough background is to blame for her problems.
He says in a statement, "Felicia's entitled to the presumption of innocence... I'm certainly sad at the news today. This young lady has, from her earliest moments, had one of the hardest lives imaginable. And whatever good fortune came from her role in The Wire seems, in retrospect, limited to that project. She worked hard as an actor and was entirely professional, but the entertainment industry as a whole does not offer a great many roles for those who can portray people from the other America...
"Both our Constitution and our common law guarantee that we will be judged by our peers. But in truth, there are now two Americas, politically and economically distinct. I, for one, do not qualify as a peer to Felicia Pearson. The opportunities and experiences of her life do not correspond in any way with my own, and her America is different from my own. I am therefore ill-equipped to be her judge in this matter."
The actress, who played narcotics dealer Snoop in the hit TV series, was held on a state warrant by officials in Baltimore, Maryland along with more than 30 other suspects.
The series of co-ordinated raids was aimed at busting an enormous heroin and marijuana ring, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Omar Comin’! (To NYC)
Are you a fan of The Wire and paintball? If so, Saturday is your lucky day. And you have a strange range of interests. But if you live in the NYC area and have $750 to spare, you can officially play a game of paintball with the cast of the Wire, courtesy of Jamie Hector. Hector, who played drug kingpin Marlo Stanfield, is throwing the fundraiser for his non-profit organization, Moving Mountains. He can call it a "friendly" game of paintball as much as he wants, but I'm still a worried that someone's going to end up shot in the head and left in the vacants.
Former cast-mates Michael K. Williams (Omar), Sonia Sohn (Kima), Felicia Pearson (Snoop), and Anwar Glover (Slim Charles) are also making appearances at the fundraiser. The announcement is vague, but I doubt that the actors will actually take part in the paintball. Which is a shame, since it would be great to see the Marlo-Omar showdown that never was, even in paintball form. But inevitably someone would take a headshot at Michael K. Williams, and we’re still really not okay with that.
For more information, check out the Moving Mountains Website. And because we'll take any excuse to run this clip:
Today In Girly Stereotypes: Standing On Chairs And Screaming
In this clip from Extras, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolf were promoting the upcoming Grown Ups when disaster struck. A snake decided to take matters into its own hands and rid the world of the cinematic disaster-in-the-making by viciously attacking the three actresses. Or at least that must be what’s happening off-screen, otherwise Maria Bello and Salma Hayek’s screaming freak-out is a completely over the top and uncalled-for. I have a newfound respect for Maya Rudolf though, who stayed calm and collected despite the shrieking banshees clinging to her head.
Mr. T Pities The Fool Who Goes To See The New A-Team Movie
Mr. T may be a bad-ass dude, but he spoke out today against the new A-Team movie for being too “graphic.” T, who played B.A. Baracas in the original 70’s TV show, told reporters that the franchised had changed a lot since its family-friendly heyday. "People die in the film and there's plenty of sex, but when we did it no one got hurt and it was all played for fun and family entertainment. These seem to be elements nobody is interested in anymore” he continued.
The new A-Team is pretty tame by today’s action standards, getting away with a PG-13 rating, but it’s easy to see what Mr. T is talking about. I don’t have a problem with violence in films, but with movies like this it becomes a crutch for the film to lean on. Instead of developing a worthwhile story or interesting characters, they can always just throw in another slightly different fight scene. Kids can definitely handle seeing fake violence, and most of the time they even like it, but there’s other things that movies can show them too.
Sources: Warming Glow, The AV Club, Cinema Blend