Just as the kiddies are getting ready to go back to school, so are the actors to their fancy television show sets. Since standing outside the Sony lot all day trying to figure out who is going where and why would look come across as creepy, we figured out that a better way to compile the best bits from the casting world would be simply to round it all up for you. So here are some TV Tidbits! Easy on the digestive system and everything.
Abby Elliott Gets Sitcom-y: The SNL alum didn't wait long to nab her first gig after leaving the longstanding sketch show. Elliott will reportedly play a kooky character named Janeane on a multi-episode arc of How I Met Your Mother. “We’re thrilled to have the hilarious Abby Elliott joining us in an arc as Janeane, the craziest girl the HIMYM gang has ever encountered. And the strange, inexplicable phenomenon is: the crazier Janeane gets, the more attractive one of the gang finds her,” executive producer Craig Thomas explained to EW. “It doesn’t end well.” Uh-oh! Guess we can count her out of the Mother race then, huh? Seems like the gang at HIMYM likes to keep it all in the family, too, as Elliott's father (Chris Elliott) also has a recurring role on the series (as Alyson Hannigan's dad). [EW]
Franka Potente is an American Horror: Ryan Murphy and his shows are all the buzz these days: from Glee to The New Normal and American Horror Story. The latter has a new casting addition, with former Bourne actress Franka Potente joining the show as a "mysterious patient" in the asylum de Murph for two whole episodes. Sounds, well, par for the course with that one, really. [TVLine]
Two and a Half...Inches of Miley's Hair: Ha ha ha, hair jokes! Get it? Because Miley Cyrus just cut her hair AND she's joining the cast of CBS' Two and a Half Men for a two-episode long potential love affair for Angus T. Jones' character while he's on break from the army. Could the haircut be one of those weird, method acting choices? Buzz cuts! They're totally matchers! I think the bigger question here is whether or not Miley Cyrus has anything in common with Daniel Day Lewis (oh those kooky method actors) because wouldn't it just be amazing if they did? They could talk about method acting together while being totally method and can I squeeze the word method into this blurb on more time? Yes! Success is mine. I have a method for it. [TVLine]
ABC Family Gets Lost: Lost alum Tania Raymonde (aka Alex Rosseau to all you Losties) has joined the ABC Family gang to be the wrong-side-of-the-tracks, so-cool-so-edgy-so-topical street artist friend of character Bay on Switched at Birth. Street artist! Is she going to be like Banksy? Or Space Invader? Or perhaps she's more old-school (they could squeeze in a great PSA storyline about huffing this way) and do straight-up graffiti? Who knows, but apparently her character is going to ruffle some feathers. Ruffle away, Raymonde; ABC Family loves to ruffle. [TVGuide]
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UPDATE: There are several elements that are essential to any Bond film: Action, martinis, and of course, "Bond girls." Skyfall, the latest installment in the franchise, has already toyed with this formula by having Daniel Craig sip Heineken, but thankfully Bond will still have plenty of glamourous lady friends. Previously, Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe were cast in the film, and now a third leading lady has been added: Tonia Sotiropoulou.
The Greek actress broke the news on Facebook, writing, "Dear friends I officially announce I got a part in J. Bond new film!!! Turkey here I come! Thank u all for you love and support! This is officially the happiest day of my life bitches!!!!"
Sotiropoulou originally auditioned for Sévérine, but the role went to Marlohe. After auditioning again and meeting with director Sam Mendes yesterday, she finally landed the part. She told the Greek press that she's excited to be featured in a film that will play for audiences worldwide. "I feel very lucky and blessed, but basically, I am very grateful that this happened, for my family and my friends who believe in me and support trying to do," she said. "I will do the best, I am very proud because somehow it might be something that will advertise in Greece and I am happy about it."
More details have emerged about the smoldering actress. Here's what we know so far:
* Sotiropoulou says on Facebook that she knows English, French, Greek, Ancient Greek and Cypriot Greek.
* She once played the Virgin Mary.
* She's performed standup comedy and children's theater.
* Her biggest role to date has been in a horror film called Berberian Sound Studio.
* In Greece, she appeared on a show called Golden Girls. Sotiropoulou will film her scenes later this month in Istanbul. Skyfall hits theaters on November 9, 2012. [MI6-HQ] More: Bond Flick Blasphemy: 5 Ways to Acceptably Integrate a Heineken into 'Skyfall' 'Bond' Girl Naomie Harris to Play Winnie Mandela in Biopic? First Official Image of Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Skyfall'
Tonia Sotiropoulou has been cast as a new Bond girl in upcoming film Skyfall and the actress will get to grips with Craig during one of the movie's most steamy scenes.
Sotiropoulou will begin filming in Istanbul, Turkey later this month (Mar12) and posted the news of her casting on her Facebook.com page.
She wrote: "Dear friends, I officially announce I got a part in J. (James) Bond new film!!! Turkey here I come! Thank u (you) all for your love and support! This is officially the happiest day of my life b**ches!!!!"
The thespian originally auditioned for the role of Severine in the film, but lost out to French actress Berenice Marlohe.
However, her stunning looks impressed producers so much, they invited Sotiropoulou to play a smaller role in the movie.
She told a Greek newspaper, "I feel very lucky and blessed, but basically, I am very grateful that this happened, for my family and my friends who believe in me."
A billionaire TV producer (Robert Mammone) has a great idea for a reality show that he wants to put on the Internet and his goal is to beat the 40 million Super Bowl audience. He has compiled a crack team of young hip and immoral tech geeks directed by Goldman (Rick Hoffman) and puts cameras throughout a remote island where former prisoners are going to kill each other while audiences watch after shelling out the pay-per-view fee. The location is done on a remote secret island and the death row prisoners are bought from prisons around the world with the promise that the survivor gets to walk free. Among the contestants are a rogue Aussie named McStarley (Vinnie Jones) a martial arts expert (Masa Yamaguchi) a husband-and-wife team (Manu Bennett and Dasi Ruz) a monstrous killer who doesn't do much more than grunt (Nathan Jones) and others known only as The Italian The German and other monikers quickly forgotten. Enter the sole American Jack Conrad (Steve Austin) who's in a South American prison for some obscure reason and is recognized on TV by his wife (Madeleine West) who tries to save him. However it looks like Conrad is pretty good at helping himself. Don't expect the acting to be much more evolved than what could be seen among the World Wrestling Entertainment superstars especially since many of them were plucked from the ring to star in this morality tale. But Austin (who had in a strong cameo in Adam Sandler's Longest Yard) proves he has a sense of humor as well as strength. Vinnie Jones is ridiculously over-the-top as the Aussie who's the hand-picked winner of this game shown setting up alliances Survivor style only to turn on them later. The supporting cast are refreshingly entertaining but one-note caricatures both in the contest and running the contest. It's obvious that they aren't going to be around long but the actors do milk their tiny roles for every bit of attention they can get. Rick Hoffman as the brilliant camera mastermind of the project is both whiny sniveling and mean-spirited so when he joins some of the rest of the crew and suddenly develops a backbone and a conscience he ends up stealing the movie with his acerbic humor. But it's the understated American hero Conrad who holds a mirror up to the people who like to watch this stuff. Director Scott Wiper who co-wrote this story has also acted in similar movies like this (A Better Way to Die). It’s obvious he knows what he’s doing with The Condemned and develops a sense of voyeuristic angst like those of us who can't keep our eyes off a train wreck. Like the darkly subversive Belgian film Man Bites Dog the camera crew remains safely distant and remote until the reality directly involves them. Then the crew wonders "What the hell are we doing?" while the audience might be thinking "What the hell are we watching?" Much like Series 7: The Contenders Rollerball and other movies which show a dark and bloody near future this kind of reality doesn't seem too far away and maybe proves that movies which provide this type of gladiator spectacle target a certain segment of the human population who need to blow off steam.