Scheduled for a Fall Run in Washington DC
According to the NY Times, The 2004 Lindsay Lohan film Mean Girls will be turned into a musical, as has been rumored for a while now. The show is being written by Tina Fey, the film’s original screenwriter, her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, and Neil Benjamin, who wrote the music and lyrics for Legally Blonde. The musical will be produced by Lorne Michaels (SNL), who produced the movie, and Stuart Thompson, who produced the Broadway version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Casey Nicholaw, of Aladdin and The Book of Mormon, will direct the musical and the April developmental lab in NYC. Auditions for the developmental lab were held earlier this month. We’ll keep our ears open for casting news.
Aside from the fact that Tina Fey appears to be the only woman currently on the creative team, this musical has a stellar group of people working on it! We’re hoping that this makes it to Broadway! The musical will have its world premiere at the National Theater in Washington, DC in Fall 2017.
The foreshadowed Helios event is upon us. Or, the travelers’ solution to the event is, anyway. It turns out that the helios event that’s been mentioned a couple of times in previous episodes is an asteroid that will hit Earth in 18 months. It causes an apocalyptic level of disruption and natural disasters. 21st century scientists won’t detect the asteroid for 2 more months. By that time it will be too late to stop it, so the travelers have cooked up an elaborate scheme involving a cult of old people literally drinking the poisoned kool aid in Canada, a giant roof top laser, a stoned chief engineer, and a clueless antimatter scientist. What could possibly go wrong?
Almost everything, of course, or that would be the end of the series, as the characters helpfully point out, just in case you thought this might work. Because if this works, the timeline will be drastically altered, and most, if not all, of the travelers will never be born. Might be a reason to sabotage the plan, hmm? Or for warring factions to form amongst the future people, some of whom may have traveled back to our time to try to maintain the timeline as it was meant to be.
HBO will Debut the Film Saturday, January 7 at 8PM ET/7PM CT
TCM to Run Debbie Reynolds Movie Marathon Friday, January 27
HBO announced this morning that they will broadcast the Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds documentary film Bright Lights: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on Saturday, January 7, at 8:00 PM ET, instead of in March, as originally planned, in response to the deaths of both women this week. The documentary was filmed and completed in 2016, and has already been screened at the Cannes and New York Film Festivals.
HBO will air the 2010 documentary film of Carrie Fisher’s one-woman Broadway show Wishful Drinking Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 9 PM ET.
This episode is largely a bottle episode that turns out to be mostly filler. We do learn more about the traveler mythology though, and gain a little insight into the characters.
The episode starts with a family of four careening through a parking garage in the family car. Dad’s driving is out of control, but it wasn’t clear to me if he was attempting a murder-suicide, or if he was having a medical issue of some kind. The daughter in the back seat is screaming and flailing, begging her dad to stop. At the last second before he drives off the roof, he swerves to the side and hits the brakes. Three of the four family members are now travelers. The little girl was a misfire, as McLaren’s team tells the family when they greet the newly arrived travelers. From the sound of it, because she was moving so much, the director couldn’t get a stable lock on her and the transfer failed. The traveler who would have entered her body is dead, if I understood correctly. It’s a one way trip that fails a significant percentage of the time. In the early days, the failure rate was 30% or more. McLaren will take the little girl to stay with a relative, while rest of her team prepares for their mission.
As they drive away, Philip, Carly, Marcy, and Trevor discuss the high rate of misfires. Trevor seems to have firsthand knowledge of the first wave of transfers. This is the second hint we’ve had that Trevor is very old, even though he’s in a young body. In the episode Hall, when Rick Hall questioned letting a kid repair the damaged device, one of the team members told him that the “kid” was older than everyone in the room combined. There were several people in the room at the time.
HBO Will Also Show New Documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” in the First Half of 2017 [Updated]
In the wake of the tragic loss of both Carrie Fisher on December 27, and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, just one day later on December 28, HBO is changing its schedule to honor the two women. Both women were multi-talented performers with decades long careers. Their accomplishments are too long to list here, so I’ll just link to their Wiki pages and try not to start crying again. I grew up watching Debbie in Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, then enjoyed her later turn from spunky ingenue to crotchedy maternal type as she aged. I saw Star Wars: A New Hope as a teenager in theaters during its original run. Carrie was the same age as my sister. I cheered for her success as she broke out of her Princess Leia buns to avoid type-casting and become a bestselling author as well. In a culture where so many female artists are benched by the time they are 40, these two kept going long afterwards.
After the cut, trailers for both films, and a 2011 Oprah interview with Carrie and Debbie.
Amelie Ends It’s LA Run on January 15; Starts Previews on Broadway March 9, 2017
The production has released highlight footage from Amelie ahead of its move to Broadway. It will open officially on April 3, 2017 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Tickets are already on sale.
The musical is based on the French film Amelie.
Click through to watch the highlights video.
Starring Idina Menzel and Nia Long as CC and Hilary
The Lifetime TV network has released a new trailer for their contemporary remake of the classic 1988 Bette Midler film Beaches. The film will premiere on January 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET.
Beaches, according to production notes, “follows the serendipitous meeting of two young girls on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC (Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles until she is discovered by a director who gives her her first big shot. Hillary (Long) is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship—even with its ups and downs—sustains them for decades.”
Emmy Award nominee Allison Anders directed the reboot. Gabriella Pizzolo (Fun Home, Young Alison) and Grace Capeless star as young CC and Hilary. Jodi Capeless, Sanai Victoria and Antonio Cupo are also featured. The stars have recorded new versions of Wind Beneath My Wings and The Glory of Love, both songs fans of the original movie will remember. Beaches will include several other songs recorded for the movie as well.
Click through to watch the new extended trailer.
We open on McLaren and his FBI partner, Forbes, on a stake out, watching a deal being made for some kind of tech between two groups of men, out of the trunks of their cars. The deal goes bad, shots are fired, and the FBI moves in. One of the injured men gives McLaren a traveler message as he’s dying. There’s another team in need of support.
When McLaren arrives at the coordinates, he discovers it’s one of the groups who was at the shoot out. Two of them have been seriously wounded. Marcy and Carly are on their way to help. It turns out the deal was between two teams of travelers, but the second team, a group of Russians, had gone rogue, and tried to steal the tech. McLaren questions why travelers would betray the mission that way. The more experienced team replies with a condescending, “You must be new.”
Marcy and David set off for the doctor visit Marcy agreed to in the last episode, but when Marcy realizes that she’s already had an MRI, she backs out. David is still confused by the changes in her. Later in the episode, Marcy asks Philip to hack into the hospital’s records and retrieve her MRI. We don’t see the results in this episode.
Philip is back to using heroin, ostensibly just enough to keep him functional as he weans himself off the addiction. It ends up being too tempting to also use it to deal with his guilt over the deaths they aren’t allowed to prevent, though, and he increases his use. As the team historian he’s memorized the death dates of hundreds of host candidates, and every death weighs on him. Marcy notices his condition and calls him out on it, but he’s out of control.
Philip goes to Stephen’s funeral. He’s overwhelmed with guilt for not saving original Philip’s best friend. Traveler Philip is a sensitive soul. He gives his condolences to Stephen’s parents, but they blame him for their son’s death. He has Ray, his lawyer, make more winning bets, then distribute the money to Stephen’s parents, and Gower’s family (the cop he watched die of a heart attack in the pilot). He also begins calling in anonymous tips based on his memorized knowledge, to prevent a few more deaths. The FBI tracks the IP that the tips are coming from, but McLaren intervenes in time to stop the FBI from finding Philip.
We start where we left off in No Truer Words, with Evie confronting Xavier with an X about the hidden past that Timothy dug up while researching his article. This deep, dark past consists of changing his name from Hamish Stegner, Jr to the much cooler Xavier Holiday (wouldn’t you?), and having been arrested 8 times in 5 months for trespassing, public nudity, and disorderly conduct. Xavier explains his crimes away as normal youthful rebellion where he comes from. Honestly, it was not that unusual where I come from, either. He didn’t commit any violent crimes, it was a long time ago, and they haven’t been dating that long. I’m not sure he owed Evie every single detail he might have forgotten to mention yet. One of their first dates was helping a cousin (that Xavier had just broken out of prison) to flee the country, so I’m not sure why him having a bit of a history himself would be such a shock. Seems more like an excuse for cold feet to me.
Eventually, Evie realizes that Xavier’s arrests all happened right after his mom’s death, and he changed his name because of his issues with his father. She points out that Xavier avoids his own issues, while making everyone else confront theirs. Evie breaks up with him until he can live an honest life, be his whole self, and deal with his shit, since he lied about his debt and other things too.
Xavier is floored that Evie broke up with him. He has a hard time with consequences. But he did listen to Evie, and considers what she said. He decides to go through with it and calls his dad.