More Time For Loft Parties: Looks like New Girl will be sticking around a bit longer — Fox has announced new finale dates for New Girl, The Mindy Project, Touch, and Kitchen Nightmares. The first two will say goodbye (for now) on May 14, the latter on May 10. Touch is still waiting for a renewal, but we wouldn't bet on it.
JT on The CW: The CW will air a new one-hour special, Target Presents the IHeartRadio Album Release Party with Justin Timberlake, featuring performances and interviews with the musical superstar, as well as an exclusive eight-minute world premiere of Timberlake’s new music video. The special will air on Tuesday, March 19, at 8 PM ET/PT with an encore of the airing on Friday, March 22 at 8 PM ET/PT. [The CW]
Abbie Cornish Would do Anything For Klondike: Limitless and Sucker Punch star Abbie Cornish has officially joined Discovery's first scripted mini-series, Klondike. Unfortunately for stoners, it's not about the delicious ice cream treat. Instead, Klondike will follow "the lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they undertake the next, gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs." Cornish will play the female lead, Belinda.
Mandy Moore Replaced by 30 Rock Staple: In today's... interesting... casting news, 30 Rock alum Kristen Schaal has replaced Mandy Moore as Louise in ABC’s pilot adaptation of the BBC comedy Pulling. She'll join Jenny Slate and June Diane Raphael as dysfunctional women dating in their 30's. It's not strange at all that Schaal, a respected and well-known comedienne, is joining these other two respected and well-known comediennes — it's strange that Mandy Moore was going to be there in the first place. Guess she'll have to find another walk to remember... [Deadline]
New Girl's Old Fling: Teen Wolf star Dylan O'Brien is set to guest star on an upcoming episode of New Girl. A flashback episode airing in late April will feature the stories of how each of the New Girl gang lost their virginity. In that episode, O'Brien will play Jess's prom date, a gorgeous, romantic, guitar-playing 18-year-old who promises a memorable "first time" for Jess, who wants to lose her virginity to someone special. [TV Guide]
Spader Lands Thrilling Role: James Spader just landed a role in the NBC thriller pilot The Blacklist. He will play Raymond “Red” Reddington, a former Army intelligence officer-turned-wanted criminal who turns himself in with the intention of giving up all his fellow accomplices. The catch? He wants to work with rookie FBI agent Liz Keen (Megan Boone), a woman with whom he seemingly has no connection. Red is said to reject the “spy” label, instead preferring to be thought of as a broker who arranges deals for criminals — for a price. [EW]
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Normally when a film about a historical figure finds its way into “awards watch” season you expect a certain level of intrigue from its content.So My Week With Marilyn should by all accounts deliver a little bite. Marilyn Monroe is a staple of American culture. We all know her face her voice her classic lines her wardrobe “malfunctions ” her tumultuous relationship history her power over men and of course that ugly little truth we like to brush under the carpet: the pill addiction that eventually cost her her life. This film purports to give us a look at the “real” Marilyn – the one the millions of representations of her haven’t already shown us. The problem is that by the time the film attempts to explore the darker corners of Monroe’s (Michelle Williams) existence we like our protagonist Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) are already under her spell. Just as we start to condemn her or look at her problems without the biased nostalgic eye most of us are afflicted with the film waves its magic Marilyn wand and quickly abolishes those less glamous notions. The result is a splendid yet decidely indecisive journey with a very complicated and often misunderstood woman
We meet plucky young Colin as he embarks on his first foray into feature films. It’s his dream and thanks to a connection to Sir Lawrence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) he’s got a shot at working on a film. But it’s not just any movie; it’s The Prince and Showgirl a marriage of American and English sensibilities starring Olivier and Monroe. When Colin arrives he’s just a third assistant director to Olivier – essentially a go-fer – and can do little but admire Marilyn without hope. He takes up with a wardrobe girl named Lucy (Emma Watson) and goes about his duties. Of course things don’t stay this simple. His newness lends itself to a bit more flexibility so when Olivier’s rigid practices clash with Marilyn’s laissez-faire style and the production begins to slow to a glacial pace Colin is a natural fit to become Marilyn’s willing ally. Their friendship grows as Olivier’s temper comes to a boiling point and the result makes Marilyn a film tinged with a choice number of harsh realities – but as soon as they rear their ugly heads Monroe’s ever-present spell casts itself over them.
Of course this isn’t so much a criticism of the film as it is criticism of the weight given to the content. My Week With Marilyn is beautifully shot allowing the nostalgic air of London and Monroe in the 50s to take the lead with a few contemporary flairs to help keep us along for the ride. Every detail is impeccable from the music to the settings to the dialog. There isn’t a single weak link in the cast. Redmayne displays all the youth and earnest vigor demanded by his young character. Though her character teeters between a layered enigma and the girl the entire world knows Williams handles each angle as easily as Marilyn handles the men around her. Supporting cast members Julia Ormond (as Vivien Leigh) Judi Dench (as Dame Sybil Thorndike) and Branagh put their wealth of experience to tremendous use. Lesser known actors like Dougray Scott and Dominic Cooper take on American accents with minimal issues and handle their supporting characters with ease – and Watson delivers her usual (but welcome) lovely precocious act.
There’s really nothing wrong with My Week With Marilyn. It’s lovely. It’s smart. It’s extremely well-crafted. It’s a good film. But it does little to excite a reaction beyond that. And when you’re dealing with someone we know as well as most of the world knows Marilyn I doubt I’m the only one who expect a little more…va va voom.