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The Wicked story sure is popular

I am a big fan of the Wicked story. First a book, then a Broadway musical, the Wicked story covers the other side of The Wizard of Oz, told from the point of view of the Wicked Witch of the West (here named Elphaba). For those that have neither read the book nor seen the musical, I will clue you in on very crucial fact: Other than the very basic outlines of characters and plot, the two are vastly different. I’ve been rooting for the big screen version in production over at Universal seemingly forever now, but it looks like there is a new player in this particular game.

Mike Ausiello, at his brand spanking new website TVLine, reports that ABC is working on a Salma Hayek helmed mini-series adaptation of the book. Set to be eight hours, the plot would logically cover Elphie’s years in school, time as a political dissident, and whatever the last third of the book is about — seriously, I’ve read it twice, and I’m still not entirely sure what was going on. There is certainly enough story there for eight hours, but the question is obvious: Is there room enough in the pop culture landscape for both stories?

Well, on its own, the answer is probably not. But when you factor other Oz related projects currently in production, including one with Robert Downey Jr. attached that focuses on the Wizard’s story, the answer is no … definitely no … positively no … decidedly no (and there goes my musical reference of the post). There might be enough room for two of these stories, but I think more might be a stretch. And as much as I would easily pick the two Wicked properties, I doubt both would be viable projects.

So which (ha!) has the advantage? The TV production is being written by Erik Jendresen, who penned several of my favorite Band of Brothers installments, so that is definitely a plus. Plus, I have been begging for more “Event Television” for as long as I can remember, and a four-part mini-series would most certainly fit the bill; but, for those who’ve not seen the musical, it is — excuse the pun — magical. It is one of the best musicals I’ve ever seen on stage, and I’d love to have a version I can pop into ye ‘ole DVD player anytime I’d like. And, there exists the most no-brainer piece of casting ever for Elphaba (I’m looking at you, Lea Michele), and a bit of dream casting I’d love to see for Glinda (Kristen Bell has singing chops, too, boys and girls).



Squirrel Nut Zippers members take on Kristen Bell in “Burlesque”

Kristen Bell pouts and is mad most of the time, apparently she’s supposed to be an alcoholic. The best parts are early dance numbers with Juliana Hough and Kristen Bell – they’re energetic, sexy in a less-is-more way, and perform music more appropriate given the film’s title.



Steve Antin on Kristen Bell in Burlesque

Numbers like “Long John Blues” show that humorous, playful side of burlesque — and so does  Kristen Bell, who’s absolutely fearless in her performance, particularly in that scene.
So fearless. She really came full speed ahead at me, met with me and said, “I want to do this.” Kristen Bell is rare as an actress, because she’s the type of actor who jumps out of a plane without a parachute — from a totally fearless place, which is really refreshing and inspiring. She has complete faith and support in the filmmaking process and the director.


Kristen Bell shares her home with rescue dogs

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell shares her home with rescue dogs Shakey, Lola and Sadie, and has been an animal-lover and activist all of her life. The Veronica Mars actress recently launched a fund-raising campaign through Crowdrise.com (a social network for fund-raising created by actor Edward Norton) to help pets with special needs through the Humane Society.

Kristen has experience caring for pets with special needs. Sadie, rescued from the wreckage caused by Hurricane Katrina, required surgery to reroute her right ear canal through her neck. On her Crowdrise page, Kristen tells the story of how Sadie inspired her to turn her attention to special needs pets:

“I ended up on this Special Needs crusade about 5 years ago because of a beautiful ole girl named Sadie. Sadie melts my heart with every look, lick, and lovable breath she breathes. It’s a simple fact of life.

“The story goes like this: I was doing volunteer work in 2005 at the Helen Woodward Center (a California animal center) during a Halloween benefit, and they had just brought in 200 rescued dogs from Hurricane Katrina. The first dog I spotted (I mean really spotted) was Sadie. Oh, she was just this bundle of goodness…sweet…shy…affectionate…but clearly in need of extra special care.”



Miley Cyrus Is The New Veronica Mars?

Say it ain’t so!

Miley Cyrus Is The New Veronica Mars

Submitted by Brendon Connelly on November 4, 2010 – 4:13 am

When I say the words “Miley Cyrus” what comes to mind?

Right. Exactly. She doesn’t quite leave the impression of a sharp and savvy private eye, does she? But then again, I suppose, neither did Kristen Bell, once upon a time.

Ms. Cyrus has been tapped to star in So Undercover as “a tough, street-smart private investigator hired by the FBI to go undercover in the one place they’re unable to infiltrate – and a world she knows nothing about… a college sorority.”

If you’ve seen much of Bell’s TV show Veronica Mars you’ll see where the comparison comes in, particularly if you’ve seen what little there was of season 4, a short mini-episode made as proof of concept, and featuring Mars working for the FBI undercover at a high school. I hope you have seen it – it’s fantastic, just like seasons 1, 2 and 3.

So Undercover has been scripted by Allan Loeb and Steven Pearl and will be directed by When In Vegas perpetrator Tom Vaughan. Here’s a rather improbable statement from Mr. Pearl:

When Allan and I wrote this script, we didn’t dare try to believe we’d be lucky enough to land a talent like Miley. There really is no one who can play this role like she can. Coupled with Tom Vaughan’s smart, comedic vision, we’re convinced we have all the pieces for a great movie.

I miss you now more than ever, Veronica.


Who would you like to see cast in the new Charlie’s Angels series?

Drew Barrymore, one of Charlie‘s Angels second generation angels, sits behind the camera, producing television’s third version of the 70’s series. The new show will start production in January 2011, will film in Miami and the pilot episode will premiere on ABC.

Many people have speculated that Gossip Girl star, Blake Lively, and former Transformers damsel, Megan Fox, are in high consideration to star in the series. This raises the question, if Blake and Megan are cast, what actress should be brought in for the third angel?

Blake Lively’s schedule for Gossip Girl might interfere with her being considered for a part in Charlie’s Angels. Lively might be considering more movie roles than television since the success of The Town. Fox may be up for the part since her movie career has been on the low since quiting Transformers and Jennifer’s Body and Jonah Hex failed.

Some say Miley Cyrus could easily fill the role since her long running tween series on Disney, Hannah Montana, is coming to an end later this year. TV Squad created their own Charlie’s Angels dream cast and had Gabrielle Union as Kate, Kristen Bell as Abby, America Ferrera as Marisa, Kelsey Grammer as Charlie, and, James Wolk as Bosley. Who would you like to see cast in the new Charlie’s Angels series?


10 Sections of Russell Brand’s ‘Booky Wook 2′ Katy Perry Will Want to Skip

Russell Brand and Katy Perry honeymoon in the Maldives, leaving their wedding by private jet.As you probably already know, Katy Perry and Russell Brand’s wedding — a six-day affair in India — was this weekend.

The happy couple is now honeymooning in the Maldives — that’s a blurry them heading toward their private jet, at left.

Like most people we know, they’re going to want a little beach reading, and, conveniently enough, Russell Brand’s “Booky Wook 2” is now out.

The sequel to the inaugural Lemondrop celebrity memoir book club selection, BW2 reaches Mötley Crüe’s “The Dirt” levels of raunch. Because we truly care, we’re giving dear Katy Perry a heads-up on what pages to skip and, for you, a map to where the “good stuff” lies.

Page 110: Beware Russell’s BFFs
It seems that Russell and best bud Matt Morgan shared more than a radio show — they shared women. While Brand insists that “our threesomes were all conducted in a manly bonding way, like a fishing trip — but a fishing trip where two pals simultaneously have sex with their catch.” Perry might blanch at the term that Brand gives these encounters: spit-roasting.

Page 115: The magic of the MILF
Actually, Katy might just want to skip all of Chapter 9, which is charmingly titled “Human Yoghurt.” But page 115 describes Russell’s affair with a lactating mother in which he, yes, drank her breast milk. But don’t you judge him, dear reader! “It was delicious — more savoury than traditional moo-cow milk — which before you condemn me is in itself a bloody odd thing to drink, and certainly the sexual element meant it was the snack you could eat between meals without ruining your sexual appetite.”

Page 145: Admitting you are a jerk doesn’t make it OK
While filming “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” Brand brought a female friend to the shoot in Hawaii. As he flirted with co-star Kristen Bell, Brand thought he had a chance with her and sent the gal pal packing. “I didn’t tell her why, likely I contrived some daft argument about a comb.” Of course, Bell ultimately had a boyfriend.

Page 175: When a threesome just won’t work
Apparently when you spend so much time with groupies, you can forget that you have one stashed in your hotel room as you simultaneously seduce one at the gig. There’s what Brand calls “the obvious solution of a threesome,” but what about when that’s not a possibility. Apparently the answer is to go to the hotel room, make up an excuse, grab your passport and book a room in another hotel. Katy might want to watch out for this move in the Maldives.

Page 182: The angelic description of the ex-girlfriend

Of course your guy is going to have a past, and you know that there were others, but that still doesn’t mean that you want to read that “Teresa Palmer is pretty … So beautiful that it seems like no one should be allowed to have sex with her; that her hymen should remain for alien archaeologists to peruse in the year 5000, when maybe they can quantify such beauty.”
(See also: the entire first chapter, which is an ode to Kate Moss.)

Page 200: Getting two women to agree to a threesome

This section, naturally, mentions Perry’s hit “I Kissed a Girl.” Brand gives readers a four-step process in getting a threesome going: 1) “Seduce one woman”; 2) “Make that woman feel beautiful and empowered and give her a lovely old-fashioned orgasm”; 3) “Ask if she’s ever kissed a girl before and, indeed, if she liked it”; and 4) “Call a woman with whom you’re already undertaken this process; unless your partner already has a girl that she’d like to involve.”

Kate Perry and Russell Brand Get Married: What She Shouldn't Read from Russell's Booky Wook 2Page 233: Awkward use of a gift from your musical idol
If you’re familiar with Russell Brand, you know that he loves Morrissey and the Smiths. Once he got the chance to interview his idol, and they struck up a friendship. Moz sent a fruit basket, from which “the grapes formed a glorious centrepiece in an orgy I was involved with that day, inspiring the unforgettable line, ‘I can’t believe I’ve had a Morrissey grape in my ass!'”

Page 268: The hang-up about Helen Mirren
We all know she’s a total babe, but Brand’s fantasy of Helen Mirren bathing him kinda squicks us out, especially when “Dame Helen would be vigorously setting about my prize-winning privates” and would end with “[tumbling] into a bubbly wonderland, all squeals and half-hearted admonishments, till thighs part and eyes roll.” That ain’t no way to treat a lady, let alone a Dame.

Page 274: The bacchanalian book tour
Is this a book tour, or backstage at a 1987 Bon Jovi show? With the help of his bodyguard, Brand would pick out girls via signals: “I am not proud of the morality employed during this indulgence, but one has to marvel at the efficiency … it was all the same: wristbands issued, rooms filled with women in their dozens, day after day.”

Pages 297–298: Worst threesome ever

In case you couldn’t tell, Brand really likes threesomes. After another incident of one too many women coming ’round, he starts out on steps one and two of getting a threesome going with the first woman and thinks that the other lady has slipped into the room and is, er, stimulating his backside. Unfortunately, the first woman suddenly shrieks, “NOBU! GET DOWN!” and we learn that, “I turned my head to see that my bottom was being licked by a bulldog.” This incident helps to bring Brand on the path to settling down with Katy Perry.

While Katy might want to skip these 10 sections, there are two important ones she should read. First is the dedication, which is to her and notes that this is his past and she is his future. And then, on page 82, are the words that any woman feels relief at reading: “[Courtney Love] gets a right drubbing in the papers, but she’s brilliant. We never had sex, because we became mates.”