Hats off to you, Glee. You finally realize that music alone does not make a show. Sure, there are programs like American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars, which have had...a following. But you know that it’s just a phase. You’re not falling for it. You’re taking the high road: STORY.
The creators behind this oddly popular Fox series have hired an additional six writers to join their staff of, virtually, three: the creators and executive producers, Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk.
Glee’s new staff will include Allison Adler (who will also serve as an executive producer), Marti Noxon (writer for Mad Men and Grey’s Anatomy), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer for Big Love and Marvel comics), Matt Hodgson (Eat Pray Love), Michael Hitchcock (a writer/actor you know, but you have no idea from where…think Arrested Development or anything by Christopher Guest), and Ross Maxwell (Running in Traffic).
The most fundamental change to the show will be the addition to a new freshman characters interacting with Glee club, allowing for various stories and relationships to develop between them. The producers have made past claims about beginning to "phase out" some of the older characters, as well, so perhaps this is a signal for a future shift?
In addition, showrunner Murphy expressed his desire to revert back to the style of Glee’s first season. In Season One, a major story arc involving Dianna Agron's character, Quinn, as a pregnant teen was the driving force. Plots branched off from this central storyline, involving the identity of the father and who might become the caretaker of Quinn’s child. It was a teenage soap opera riddled with improbabilities and character behavior that would in reality brand anyone criminally insane. But at least there was a story. The second season lacked this baseline, relying more on the singing of the cast as primary entertainment. There were smaller story arcs, a slew of “Be Yourself” messages, and a repeat of the whole “If we don’t win Nationals, then there’s no reason to live” motif, but nothing as founding as the first season’s pregnancy.
So, I reprise: way to go, Glee. You’re finally going to start valuing substance over style. Story over song. Pride over popularity. Respect over ratings… good luck.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Apparently there is no medium that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa can't work in. After making penning plays and writing for Marvel Comics, he began to work in television on HBO's Big Love in 2009 and 2010. Not long after that, he combined two of his interests by writing the book for a revival of It's a Bird, It's a Plane...It's Superman, for the Dallas Theater Center and most recently was tapped to re-work Broadway's plagued Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. But as of today, he's picked up two projects that will definitely take his career to the next level.
Deadline reports that he's been hired by MGM and Screen Gems to adapt Stephen King's Carrie for an upcoming adaptation. I say "adaptation" and not "remake" because the companies plan on making a film that skews closer to King's original text rather than an update of the classic 1976 Brian De Palma film. I'm a big fan of De Palma's work (especially the early stuff) and believe that there's no possible way for Carrie to be anymore shocking or terrifying than it was in the original film, so I'm a bit wary of this project and always will be even if Aguirre-Sacasa turns in the greatest screenplay ever. However, I'm sure that the scribe will work wonders on his next small screen gig...
The source also notes he's joining team Glee as a co-producer and writer. I actually couldn't be more ecstatic about this. I've watched Glee from day one and have seen its quality dwindle since the beginning. Personally, I put the blame on Ryan Murphy, who seems to rule the writing with an iron fist. Fresh blood is exactly what the program needs to shake things up a bit, and a guy who comes from a background as eclectic as Sacasa's could really turn the tone of the show around and make it edgy and exciting. That's what I hope, at least. As an openly gay man, I'd assume that he's going to focus his energies on the Kurt Hummel/Dave Karofsky storyline, but don't be surprised if you see a lot more pop culture references and comic book geeks showing up in William McKinley High School.
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark began previews last year (10), but its official launch has been delayed numerous times due to safety issues, accidents and stunt problems. Director Julie Taymor exited in March (11) and the show was recently shut down to allow a new creative team to revamp the production.
U2 stars Bono and The Edge, who created the score, also began working on new music for the show, while the story has been rejigged and many of the stunts changed.
The musical resumes previews on Thursday ahead of an official launch in June (11) and Bono has confirmed many of the show's issues have now been resolved.
He tells the New York Times, "What was great about Turn Off the Dark 1.0 was unusual and rare: magic, a pop-up Pop-Art opera with a bit of rock 'n' roll circus thrown in. What was not right about it was a catalogue of commonplace problems - story knots, bad sound and finally a failure to cohere, meaning that the whole was not greater than the sum of the parts, as wonderful as some of those parts were. If people can't follow the story, then the songs aren't going to get them out of the maze..."
The Edge adds, "We didn't want to rely on the spectacle of the show alone. For Bono and I, the crucial thing was to tell a story that moved people."
Actor Reeve Carney, who plays the superhero, insists the new script "jumps off the page at you", adding, "There's an energy in the company because of having a clear direction, knowing where we're headed and knowing that it's going to be to a greater place."
Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa adds to USA Today, "What we've done is bring iconic characters from the comic (series) forward more and flesh out their relationships."
The film, which stars the Batman Begins actor as bloodthirsty maniac Patrick Bateman, was based on the best-selling 1991 book by Bret Easton Ellis.
And now American Psycho is set to be brought to life once again - by Big Love writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who is collaborating on a Broadway musical with lyricist Duncan Sheik.
The production will include popular music from the 1980s, the era in which the story is set, according to Variety.com.
Actor Randy Quaid has dropped his $10 million lawsuit against the producers of Brokeback Mountain, insisting they have reached an agreement to pay him a bonus.
The star filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court in March, claiming he was underpaid for his supporting role in the film as rancher Joe Aguirre.
Quaid alleged Focus Features duped him into deferring his normal payment for the film by touting the production as an independent art-house film that couldn't afford to pay actors their normal rate.
However, a Focus Features spokesperson is adamant no settlement has been agreed with the actor.
According to Quaid's representatives, the agreement was unofficial and the actor has requested the bonus be split among the cast members.
The Focus Features spokesperson says, "The circumstances of him dropping the suit are as mysterious as the circumstances under which he filed his claim.
"Focus Features never negotiated, offered or agreed to any settlement agreement with Mr. Quaid or his attorneys, but we're happy to put this behind us, and do wish Mr. Quaid the best."
The Oscar-nominated film, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, has grossed nearly $160 million worldwide.
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Actor Randy Quaid is suing the producers of cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain for $10 million, claiming he was underpaid for his supporting role as rancher Joe Aguirre.
The 55-year-old star filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, alleging producers James Schamus and David Linde, through Focus Features and Del Mar Productions, persuaded him to drop his normal rates by misrepresenting the film as a low-budget film.
The Ang Lee movie, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two cowboys who fall in love while ranching, has taken an estimated $158 million at the international box office and secured a Best Director Oscar for Lee earlier this month.
The suit says, "Randy Quaid is an instantly recognizable household name and much-admired actor on the world's stage with a worldwide box office total of nearly $2 billion.
"Defendants were engaging in a 'movie laundering' scheme designed to obtain the services of talent... for a picture that, in reality, had studio backing and would be exploited using traditional studio marketing and distribution techniques."
Brokeback Mountain was made on an estimated budget of $14 million.
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