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Josh Hartnett wants to be Tom Cruise
July 2nd, 2008 under Stage. [ Comments: none ]

Not only does Josh Hartnett want to be Tom Cruise, he is Tom Cruise. Well he will be playing Tom Cruise’s role in the West End stage version of Rain Man starting next month according to What’s on Stage.

Hollywood pin-up Josh Hartnett is best known for films such as Pearl Harbour, Black Hawk Down and The Virgin Suicides. Commenting on Rain Man, which marks his professional stage debut, Hartnett said: “It has always been my intent to work on the London stage. While I’ve had many opportunities, it was only when I read the complex and charismatic character of Charlie Babbitt that I knew the time was right. I feel very fortunate to make my London bow … Can’t wait to live and work in London, a city I adore!”

Josh Hartnett a Hollywood pin-up? I don’t know how Rain Man will translate on the stage, but with Josh Hartnett as the lead I don’t think very well. I think he would be better suited playing the role of Raymond aka Rain Man.
Saying something positive, at least it is not a musical version of Rain Man.


Joan Collins and Linda Evans still fighting like it’s Dynasty
May 13th, 2007 under Stage. [ Comments: none ]

(photo from Playbill
Joan Collins and Linda Evans said that their hatred portrayed in Dynasty was just for TV when they started working on Legends, but now that the show is over seems like the hatred was for real. Collins said that when the were fighting on stage that Evans went overboard and actually injured her according to Page Six. Collins' people told the paper, "Joan ended the tour with a sprained knee, a scar on her hand and almost choked to death. Evans kicked Joan's hand so hard that she now has a permanent scar and cannot wear a ring on her right hand. And she spent five weeks in therapy when Evans took it too far and allegedly pushed her off the stage." Meanwhile Evans people had this to say,  "Joan Collins is the biggest [bleeping] sack of [bleep]. She's the single most unprofessional actress working in Hollywood Linda Evans hurting somebody? I find it unbelievable." The producer of the show sided with Evans and said that Collins side of the story is "absolutely untrue Evans pushed Collins off stage. During one scene, Collins had to shove Evans onto a couch and Evans' "foot came up and touched Joan's hand . . Joan then refused to do [it] . . . She was afraid of it. So we had her push Linda with the end of a mop," he said. But Sprecher said he was unaware of Collins' injury or need for therapy." And Joan being Joan responded by saying this, "I'm surprised they are saying this. It was an unpleasant experience which is now over and the people you refer to are thankfully out of my life." I guess we won't see these two working together anytime soon. 

Rosie O’Donnell has some dining suggestions for Donald Trump
April 24th, 2007 under Donald Trump, Elizabeth Taylor, Stage, The View. [ Comments: none ]

(photo from Gabby Babble) 
Rosie O'Donnell was speaking at the Matrix Awards yesterday when she grabbed her crotch and told Donald Trump to "Eat Me!" according to Page Six. She is just so classy. I just wish the two of them would get over the feud because it is beyond sad at this point. I mean since they started fighting we found out who is the father of Dannielynn. What will make these two grow up already because now they both are going below the belt…literally.

Grease car falls off Dutch stage
February 26th, 2007 under Stage. [ Comments: none ]

Dutch theatregoers were shocked on Sunday night when a would-be John Travolta and his Olivia Newton-John lookalike counterpart were injured as their car plunged into the orchestra pit during a performance of the musical Grease. Jim Bakkum was concussed and Bettina Holwerda may have broken her arm, the director of the Almere City Theatre Peter Swinkels told Dutch television. "Jim was driving. … She (Bettina) was able to jump off before it went over the edge, and Jim went down with the car," Swinkels told RTL Nieuws. The car landed in an empty part of the pit, and no musicians were injured. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment in Almere, 15 kilometres east of Amsterdam. The car, dubbed "Greased Lighting" during a song in the play, was made up of the chassis of a classic red-and-white convertible and the engine of a golf cart. The incident took place during a scene where the characters made famous by Travolta and Newton-John in the movie version – Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson – go to a drive-in movie in the car.

AAP (story) and RTL Neiuwes (photo)

That had to be scary. I was watching Grease, You're the One That I Want when I read this and I almost feel that show is going in the same direction as the car.. 


Mamma Mia no! They are taking a chance on a movie of the show.
January 10th, 2007 under Stage. [ Comments: none ]

"Mamma Mia!" — an adaptation of the popular ABBA stage musical — is coming to the big screen with a little help from Tom Hanks. The story follows a bride-to-be — raised on a Greek island by a formerly rebellious mom who never disclosed the identity of her father — who locates three men who might be her father and invites them to her wedding. The musical features 22 ABBA songs, including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All." Since opening in London in 1999, the show has grossed more than $1 billion with productions running around the globe. Theater veteran Phyllida Lloyd is in negotiations to make her feature directing debut on the film, which Hanks’ Playtone production company will develop for Universal Pictures. ABBA members and songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus will serve as executive producers, along with Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson.


I love the play, but I don’t think it will translate well on to the big screen. Please I implore of Hollywood to stop turning every sucessful Broadway Musical into a movie.


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