We don't want to be reductive here — we think the Hannah/Adam rise and fall is interesting, the Jessa relapse is emotional, and the desperation exhibited by both parties in the Marnie/Ray relationship is exemplary. But the greatest takeaway from this week's episode of Girls, and perhaps the season overall?
Adam's British accent.
True, this was not the first time this year that we heard Adam try his hand at a Londian affect in preparation for his role in a Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's play Major Barbara. But it was the first time we were treated to Adam's go at an energetic h-dropping salutation: "'ello!" he exclaimed midway through the episode, upon hearing a rapping at the chamber door of his mate Ray's flat. Or something.
Up until now, we thought we had Adam's vocal range pegged: vaguely Midwestern and '60s-era outer space cowboy musician. But his Shaw storyline has thrown us for a loop. Now all we want from Adam Driver (as opposed to Adam Sackler) is a series of British roles.
A Shakespeare AdaptationPreferably a comedy, since Driver's knack for the accent is wholly hilarious.
A Guy Ritchie Crime ThrillerBefore he was tarnishing Sherlock Holmes, Ritchie was making passable action-filled, comedic crime movies, like Snatch. Driver as a British street tough would be enchanting.
A Ricky Gervais SitcomAlthough Driver's accent is a bit more heightened and hyperbolic than Gervais' naturalistic style, the earnest twentysomething could play well against the oft smarmy Gervais.
A Mary Poppins RemakeSaving Mr. Banks proves that Disney is, to this day, infinitely proud of its bastardization of P.L. Travers' children's book. So why not give it another go, this time with Driver taking on Dick Van Dyke's all-smiles bastardization of the Cockney speak?
A Wallace & Gromit ShortThere's the winner.
But of course we shouldn't distract from Hannah, Jessa, Marnie, or Ray — each worked with particularly interesting material this week. Hannah quit her job in a, once again, Patti LuPone-inspired huff. Jessa got a job as the assistant to photography maven Mary Hartman2, one that could have been Marnie's were she not too vain and self-doubting to dare present herself in the confrontational light that the gifted artist wanted in her second-in-command. Marnie continued to exhibit her insecurities when she vied for the romantic affections of Desi, continuing to understand herself to be of value only when boys want to sleep with her. So she slept with Ray, who, like her, is just fragile and desperate enough to fall into the arms of the sort of person he considers "beneath" him. It's a wonderful relationship these two have brewing... especially now that Hannah knows about it (yes, she walked in on them, without regard, in the final moments of the episode).
All that is well and good. But Adam's accent is weller and better. Pip pip.
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Sam Mendes has become the frontrunner to direct Oz the Great and Powerful, Production Weekly said via Twitter yesterday.
Robert Downey Jr. is said to be circling the role of the Wizard. Playlist reports that details are scarce, but that the project is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz and is based on a script by Mitchell Kapner.
With Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli putting "Bond 23" on hold, Mendes is freed up from that project but Downey Jr. has an upcoming schedule that includes Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes 2 and most likely Joss Whedon's The Avengers early next year.
Last month, The Los Angeles Times reported that Joe Roth was developing a movie called Brick that delves into how the Wizard came to sit behind the curtain. That screenplay was drafted by Kapner, basing it on pieces from several other L. Frank Baum Oz books as well as his original ideas, said the LAT at the time.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who has not given a sit-down TV interview since 1997, had a one-on-one with Barbara Walters in an interview set to air Friday on 20/20. DiCaprio has two high-profile films coming out next month, including Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York and Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can--and shares the interview with Spielberg and his Catch Me co-star Tom Hanks. According to People.com, Walters asked DiCaprio what early stardom had taught him about success, to which the heartthrob replied, "Not much," then explained: "I think ultimately success is good. Failure not so good…" He griped to Walters about how the media sometimes portrays him and added, "But on that same token, I'm not going to sit here and say that I am not completely grateful and feel completely blessed for everything that's happened in my career." That's the spirit, Leo.
Guess she can't have her cake and eat it, too. Madonna borrowed money from strangers in a London restaurant to buy a piece of cake for her son, Reuters reports. Madonna was in the restaurant with her husband, Guy Ritchie, their son Rocco and her daughter Lourdes when she told two sisters that she had forgotten her purse. The women did not recognize the singer but gave her a two-pound coin to help cover the tab. Reps for Madonna said the sisters would be sent CDs and a check to cover the loan.
Danny Glover has started a three-day visit to Trinidad to film an upcoming TV program on HIV-AIDS and children, a U.N. spokeswoman told The Associated Press. The 55-year-old actor will host the first of 10 episodes of the Hot Spot series, slated to begin airing in January on the Showtime cable network.
The live-action/computer-animated feature version of Garfield has sunk its claws into a director. Peter Hewitt, who most recently directed the children's pic Thunderpants, will helm the project, with scribes Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow penning the screen adaptation, Variety reports.
The Jodie Foster-helmed Flora Plum is being dusted off after being shelved two years ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Set in the 1930's, the film revolves around a circus "freak" who takes pity on a penniless waif and sets her on the course to stardom, but finds himself falling in love with her. Ewan McGregor, Meryl Streep and Claire Danes will star in the project, with production set to begin in either fall 2003 or January 2004.
Speaking of Leo, DiCaprio will star in The Good Shepherd, Robert De Niro's second turn as director, Variety reports. The film, written by Forrest Gump scribe Eric Roth, charts the history of the CIA through the Cold War. DiCaprio will play James Wilson, a character modeled in part on former CIA counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton.
Primetime reality romance has proven more attractive to audiences than ladies in scanty panties. The AP reports ABC's The Bachelor trounced CBS's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in the ratings last night as some 26 million viewers tuned in to find out which lucky lady Aaron picked in the two-hour Bachelor finale, versus an unexpectedly low 10.5 million for the lingerie show--which came in third even behind The West Wing. No doubt NOW is happy to hear it.
MTV is planning a Snoop Dogg variety show. According to the AP, the pilot for Snoop's half-hour program, title Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, will mix sketch comedy with music and man-on-the-street bits. The show is scheduled to air Monday at 10:30 p.m. EST.
Bill Maher has found a new home on cable. AP reports that starting Feb. 21, Maher will host a yet-to-be-titled late-night talk show on HBO airing once a week for 20 episodes. Maher's last show, Politically Incorrect, ran on ABC from 1997 until it was canceled last May.
After a long struggle to complete the editing on Swept Away, a remake of Lina Wertmuller's 1974 film starring wife Madonna, Guy Ritchie is going back to doing what he does best--the gangster flick. Between warding off rumors of Swept Away being threatened with straight-to-video purgatory and helming his crusader epic The Siege of Malta, the director has managed to squeeze a new film into his schedule. According to Productionweekly.com, Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn have signed on to take JJ Connolly's novel Layer Cake to the big screen. The story is about a young man's attempt to disengage himself from London's gangster underworld, but a last job threatens to spoil his plans. The book is riddled with the same type of rhyming slang used in Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, so expect plenty of subtitles. Swept Away is scheduled for release Oct. 11.
His own record label, a clothing line, two restaurants. If you thought Sean "P. Diddy" Combs had it all, think again. According to The Associated Press, the hip-hop entrepreneur has expanded into the polling business with his own market research company. Blue Mindset, a division of Combs' company Blue Flame Marketing and Advertising, will release a national survey each week on a different topic. Combs' enterprises do an estimated $300 million in annual business.
Steve-O, a regular on MTV's Jackass, turned himself in to police after returning to Louisiana, where he faced charges of obscenity and of staging a stunt that injured a teenager in a nightclub, the AP reports. Steve-O, whose real name is Stephen Glover, allegedly exposed himself on a stage in Houma, La., last month and took part in a stunt in which a bouncer slammed a 19-year-old on his head, knocking him unconscious. Glover, 28, was booked on counts of obscenity and accessory to second-degree battery, but was later released on bail.
MDP Worldwide has greenlighted 26-year-old filmmaker Greg Marcks' 11:14, a story of seemingly unrelated incidents recounted in reverse chronology, all converging in a car accident that occurs at that time, Variety reports. The ensemble cast boasts Hilary Swank, Colin Hanks and Rachael Leigh Cook, with Patrick Swayze and Barbara Hershey in final negotiations to star. Swank was so impressed by the script that she agreed to serve as an executive producer on the project.
Former James Bond star Timothy Dalton has signed on to play Brendan Fraser's father in Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Variety reports. The film, which blends live action with animation, also stars Jenna Elfman and Heather Locklear.
USA Cable Entertainment is developing a remake of the 1976 series The Bionic Woman. In the original series--a spin-off of The Six Million Dollar Man--Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) gets bionically reconstructed after a near-fatal skydiving accident, leaving her with superhuman powers. Sommers, you may recall, was the one-time fiancée of Steve Austin (played by Lee Majors). No word on whether the series will include her bionic German shepherd, Max.
Friends star Lisa Kudrow said in an interview for the season premiere of Oxygen's Conversations From The Edge with Carrie Fisher that she did not know if the upcoming ninth season would actually be the final season of the show. "You look around and you see that a lot of reasons shows finish is [that] the ratings are really bad. We were No. 1 for the first time ever in our eighth season."
Fans of the late legend Elvis Presley gathered Thursday to pay tribute on the 25th anniversary of his death, with thousands lighting candles in the nightlong procession past his grave, Reuters reports. The street in front of Presley's Graceland mansion was closed to traffic, with an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 fans assembled. Presley, who died Aug. 15, 1977 at the age of 42, is buried next to the mansion's swimming pool, along with his parents and paternal grandmother.
Shape magazine's August issue reveals the most popular fitness role model in the 2002 Reader's Choice Awards, and it's not Britney Spears. According to Shape readers, Madonna still reigns supreme--at least when it comes to fitness. Shape Editor in Chief Barbara Harris said staffers were not surprised that the 43-year-old star topped this year's list. "She's a great example of today's fit woman because she has a clear sense of herself and she continues to find ways to incorporate working out and staying centered into her busy lifestyle," Harris said. Rounding out this year's favorite fitness role models are Gabrielle Reese, Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie.
Actor Robert Wagner, who starred in the popular TV series Switch, It Takes a Thief and Hart to Hart, gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame today. Wagner, who was twice married to actress Natalie Wood, reprises his role as Number Two in the second Austin Powers sequel Austin Powers in Goldmember, which opens July 26.
Actress Michelle Johnson filed for a divorce from Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Williams Monday. The actress starred in the 1984 film Blame It on Rio and also appeared in the 2000 football film The Replacements. The two were married Jan. 15, 1999.
Director Sam Raimi is not going mainstream following the monster success of the live-action hit Spider-Man. According to Variety, Raimi will helm 30 Days of Night, based on a comic book series about vampires who invade a small Alaskan town near the Arctic Circle that spends nearly a month in darkness. Raimi will also produce the project with Rob Tapert.
Funnymen Jim Carrey and Garry Shandling will lend their voices to DreamWorks' animated feature Over the Hedge, based on a popular comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis. Carrey will voice the mischievous raccoon R.J., while Shandling will voice the sensitive turtle Verne, Variety reports. The film, targeted for 2005, will be directed by Antz's Tim Johnson.
Jack Black will play a musician who becomes a substitute teacher in a snooty private school in Paramount Picture's School of Rock, slated for release next summer, Variety reports. The comedy will reteam Black with Orange County producer Scott Rudin and scribe Mike White. No director is attached to the project yet.
The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer tells Sci Fi Wire that he's willing to continue the show after next year, even if star Sarah Michelle Gellar decides not to renew her contract, which expires at the end of year seven. "I'm game for almost anything," Joss Whedon said when asked if the show would go on without Gellar. "It's an incredibly strong ensemble. It's a very strong mythos. It's a huge universe we've created and an incredible cast of actors. So there are definitely opportunities for different kinds of shows."
CNN has signed a deal with Jon Stewart to produce a half-hour comedy show through CNN International, The Associated Press reports. Stewart, who hosts The Daily Show joked with reporters, "CNN has bought the show. I really don't know why. I'm not sure they realize we're actually making fun of them."
On Sept. 24 Miramax Films will release a two-disc DVD set of the Beatles' A Hard Days Night. According to Variety, the DVD will have six hours of bonus features, including most of the 30 interviews conducted by Beatles historian Martin Lewis, producer of Give Me Everything! A Companion Anthology to the Beatles.
Harry Potter fans have seen the movie, but they'll have to wait at least another six years before the wizard brings his magic to the stage.
A spokeswoman for author J.K. Rowling's agent Christopher Little told Reuters on Thursday that there were regular inquiries from all over the world about the stage rights but they were all met with a polite but firm refusal. "The dramatization rights are not yet licensed and are subject to a contractual holdback until 2007,'' she said. Rowling has written four novels about the boy wizard and plans to write another three in the near future. The Potter books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, topping adult bestseller lists.
Actor Gregory Peck, the honorary chairman of The Literary Odyssey Dinners, has helped raise $350,000 to teach adults to read, the Associated Press reports. The dinners, which cost $300 to $2,500 per plate, took place Nov. 3 in Santa Barbara and Nov. 5 in Los Angeles County. Philanthropist Eli Broad, who was in attendance, donated $200,000 of the money to adult literacy programs through the Los Angeles Public Library and its 67 branches. The program is run by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, a nonprofit fund-raising group run by 250 women.
Singer Van Morrison has won an apology from the Irish tabloid newspaper, Independent Star, over an allegation he had an affair with American singer Linda Gail Lewis, BBCNews.com reports. Morrison also received an undisclosed sum in damages from the tabloid. "The terms of the settlement were agreed between the parties, but an apology from the publisher was read out in court,'' a spokeswoman for the High Court in Belfast told BBCNews.com on Thursday.
The Irish rock band U2's album, The Joshua Tree, is the greatest album of all time, according to more than 250,000 of the fans who voted via phone, e-mail and on the Internet on the VH1 Web site over a period of 9 months. Michael Jackson's Thriller followed at No. 2 and Oasis' What's the Story Morning Glory captured in third place. The Beatles' Revolver album came in at No. 8. Other artists in the top 10 include Meat Loaf, Nirvana, Radiohead and Stevie Wonder. VH1's 100 Greatest Album chart will be broadcast on Nov. 24 on the cable music channel.
Madonna doesn't always have the final say on her wardbrobe. The singer says she often asks her hubby, Guy Ritchie, if he thinks her outfits are too skimpy. "He doesn't like it when I wear see-through shirts. Because he doesn't want anyone to see my raspberries,'' Madonna, 43, said in an interview on British Broadcasting Corp. radio. "He doesn't want me to dress like an old slapper.'' So does Madonna always wear what hubby wants her to wear? " Sometimes," she says. She insists that she should be allowed to dress the way she wants, but "I have to pick and choose my battles.''
Former "Baby Spice" singer Emma Bunton told the British pop magazine Smash Hits that the four members of the Spice Girls have been discussing going on the road together next year. ``We've talked about touring again and it's something we'd really like to do but we have to give each other space to do our solo stuff,'' Bunton told the magazine. ``It'll probably be at least another year before it happens. It'll be an amazing show, with solo stuff, Spice stuff, a really good show.''