Talk in Technicolor 06/11/13- Juggalos on TVA movie news article
Talk in Technicolor is your weekly round-up of the biggest news in tv and film, as well as a run down of what happened at the box office over the weekend and some suggestions about what new shows and films are worth checking out.
Leonardo DiCaprio Will Now Become Rasputin
Gets rare opportunity to die not once, but several times in same film
Leonardo DiCaprio will continue his new hobby of portraying charming villains with the title role in the upcoming Rasputin. Rasputin was pitched to Warner Bros. by Jason Hall, the relatively new screenwriter who is also behind the new Steven Spielberg production American Sniper, which has Bradley Cooper attached to the lead role. Since it was a blind pitch, there aren’t a lot of details on the project, other than the involvement of the hot production outfit Appian Way, which has a slew of much buzzed about projects on the way, including Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which coincidentally also stars DiCaprio, and Ben Affleck’s new film Live by Night. Rasputin is due for a great film, as the “mad monk” has yet to have a truly worthwhile portrayal of his life, though Christopher Lee’s 1966 Hammer film has its moments. Deadline claims DiCaprio was drawn to the project because of the details of Rasputin’s early life, so it stands to reason that this will likely be a more sympathetic, realistic depiction of the cult figure, and DiCaprio’s involvement will hopefully attract an equally high profile director.
American Idol Fires Everyone
Season 13 to Be Held In An Empty Warehouse
Season 12 of former cultural and rating juggernaut American Idol proved to be hilariously low, with it losing to Big Bang Theory most nights. The show’s dramatic fall from grace has lead to every judge leaving, as well as the firing of executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick. Clearly, the ratings decline is due to behind the scenes personnel, not at all due to the over abundance of singing competitions, the fall of the reality shows, or the lack of actual talent produced. The biggest rumors for the next season of Idol is that it will be an “all-star” season, with veteran competitors coming back to judge a fresh new batch of over-the-top singers and white guys with guitars. Five years ago, if you were to tell me that American Idol would fail because of fake nerds and spinning chairs, well...I probably would have agreed with you, because that is the most hilarious way for a show to lose ratings.
Gillian Jacobs & Chevy Chase Join Hot Tub Time Machine Sequel
So that's how they'll explain Community Season 4
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 already lost John Cusack, but gained Adam Scott and now it looks like their run on NBC sitcoms continues with Gillian Jacobs and Chevy Chase joining the cast. It’s probably a safe bet half of The State will be appearing too. I’m looking at you, Ken Marino and Ben Garant.
But in all seriousness, I’m really jazzed that Gillian Jacobs is going to be in this. She’s consistently great on Comedy Bang! Bang! and in general seems like a really endearing person. However, I can’t wait to hear stories about how Chevy Chase will probably slap someone on set because he thinks it’s funny.
- Andrew Tan
Insane Clown Posse TV Series to Air on Fuse
Pinnacle of Human Achievement Reached
Proving there is a god, Fuse is adapting Insane Clown Posse members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope’s web series Insane Clown Posse Theater to the small screen. Essentially the music video portion of Beavis and Butthead, ICPT will provide discussions and commentary about today’s most popular music videos, a sentence I can’t believe I’m typing in 2013. Faygo will flow, paint will be huffed, and tarps will be laid in order to prevent the spread of whatever sort of bacteria unknown to modern science that Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope use to infect regular human beings and thus create juggalos. I really hope Fuse will give them some music videos besides Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, because I’d love to see the duo’s response to the “Bubble Butt” video.
Danny McBride Now Doing an Animated Series About a Gay White Rapper for FXX
May or may not feature James Franco as Riff Raff
FXX has ordered its first original series and its an animated series about a gay white rapper version of Kenny Powers. I really didn’t want to like this one just from the schticky sounding concept, but man oh man the talent behind this makes me immediately on board. Carrying over from Eastbound & Down is Jody Hill and David Gordon Green along with Michael Pena. Rounding out the voice cast is Kathryn Hahn, Method Man and HANNIBAL BURESS. I really really hope Hannibal starts every line with “HEY [insert character name] [insert comedic type joke].”
But seriously, considering how smart John Landgraf is, I’m really excited for FXX despite the ridiculous name.
Eastbound and Down Will End with Its Next Season
Good thing there's that whole white gay rapper show to fall back on
HBO has now confirmed that the upcoming season of Eastbound and Down will be the last. Considering the end of the last season had Kenny Powers make a complete turn around and decide to abandon his own inflated sense of self worth, I think there’s a lot to explore with a final season. To be honest, I thought it was a foregone conclusion that Eastbound & Down was set to end after the next season, but now that we have official word I suppose we can stop demanding a fifth season of the show, although I’m sure that won’t stop twitter.
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Production Will Produce Rod Serling’s Last Screenplay as a Miniseries
Does it involve a mystery box? I bet it involves a mystery box.
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has acquired Rod Serling’s last, unproduced screenplay and is now developing it for Warner Bros. TV as an “event series.” Serling completed the screenplay shortly before his death 38 years ago, and while details on its plot are slim, it was reportedly one of Serling’s favorite works. Serling is of course best known for his series The Twilight Zone, which you may remember is getting yet another revisitation, this time from Bryan Singer for CBS. While it’s unclear what Serling’s screenplay focuses on, with Abrams’ production company behind it, chances are it will be not too dissimilar from the other television works Abrams has been associated with, like Alias, Lost and Fringe, all of which combined heady sci-fi with deep mysteries. Either way, it will certainly attract a lot of attention when it wraps up production.
50 Cent To Produce a Boxing Documentary
Different From the Boxing Montage in the ‘In Da Club’ Video
Rapper 50 Cent’s Cheetah Vision Films (really) has joined with BK Blu Productions (really) to present the Synthetic Creatures Production (is every name for a production company used already?) a documentary on late boxer Johnny Tapia, which will debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Titled Tapia, the doc follows the troubled life of the champion boxer leading up to his death last year at 45. 50 Cent has yet to produce a documentary, but has experience in boxing promotions as well as producing action movies, including the upcoming The Frozen Ground, which stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and 50 Cent, and is poised to win every single Academy Award. Tapia premiers June 15th.
Veronica Mars Movie Continues to Expand Its Cast
Dylan Garsee continues to deny existence of third season
The Kickstarted Veronica Mars film seems to be well on its way towards being a real thing, as showrunner Rob Thomas and company have confirmed several more additions to the cast. Over the past week, Chris Lowell (“Piz” Piznarski) and Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel) have joined up alongside the previous announcements of Jason Dohring and, of course, Kristen Bell. The film has already built up a huge buzz thanks to its record breaking Kickstarter, which met its $2 million goal in just 10 short hours and ultimately netted $5.7 million from nearly 100,000 backers. That’s all great news for Thomas and crew, who easily proved that there is a massive audience out there for Veronica Mars and may have in the process paved the way for other, similar projects. I’m personally keeping my fingers crossed for a Freaks & Geeks sequel. MAKE IT HAPPEN INTERNET.
By the Numbers
In case you were unaware, more or less everyone hated that stupid looking Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn Google commercial movie, The Internship. This marks the second week in a row in which a studio “sure bet” hasn’t quite performed as expected, with the Will Smith vehicle After Earth occupying that space previously (and now it has dropped almost entirely out of the top 10), though it had M. Night Shyamalan to blame, at least. Somehow, the lukewarmly received The Purge took the top spot this week, setting a record for biggest box office open for a hard R film in the process. Last week’s suggested film Much Ado About Nothing performed extremely well for a relatively low budget indie film, and that performance more or less guarantees that when it arrives in more theatres it will continue to rake in profits, hopefully making it into the actual top 10 by that point (it’s currently at 24). And of course, Fast and Furious 6 and Now You See Me continue to do well, with FF6 dropping slightly to number two while Now You See Me holds the line at position three. In the case of FF6, if it continues on course, it will almost certainly unseat Oz, the Great and Powerful for second place to Iron Man 3’s dominance of the box office this year.
1. The Purge $34,058,360
2. Fast and Furious 6 $19,626,885
3. Now You See Me $19,040,895
4. The Internship $17,325,307
5. Epic $11,876,003
6. Star Trek Into Darkness $11,425,755
7. After Earth $10,712,240
8. The Hangover Part III $7,343,414
9. Iron Man 3 $5,753,661
10. The Great Gatsby $4,222,409
Recommended film for the week:
Look I feel weird about promoting a movie that has a huge budget for advertising and clearly doesn’t need any help, but I’ve been pretty jazzed for this one since it was called Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse. It’s also interesting to note that this is one of the movies Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have made without Judd Apatow anywhere on it. It’s almost like watching children I didn’t raise step out of the shadows of a parent I never met. But I’m always a sucker for movies about people who make movies. That said, the early reviews make me think it’ll at least be better than The Guilt Trip. And with that I’ve completed three Danny McBride articles without mentioning him once, or as I like to call it a Triple Secret Danny (DJELJOSEVIC, YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT).
Recommended Show for the Week:
Over the weekend, I attended a festival celebrating all things television, so it’s a little unsettling to think that the best thing I took away from it was a webseries. Husbands is a quick 44 minute, two season web series from veteran TV writer Jane Espenson and up-and-coming writer/producer/actor Brad Bell that follows a newlywed gay couple and their struggles with coming to terms with married life. It shows gay people as gay people, not caricatures like in The New Normal and Modern Family. Cheeks (Brad Bell) is loud, offensive, and effeminate, but it comes across as real and so obviously written by a gay man (whereas Modern Family is very clearly written by straight people). It’s a breath of fresh air in LGBT media, and it’s such a short time investment that you really should watch it.
Dylan Garsee is a freelance writer/bingo enthusiast currently living in Austin, TX. He is studying sociology, and when he's not winning trivia nights at pork-themed restaurants, writing a collection of essays on the gay perspective in geek culture. An avid record collector, Dylan can mostly be seen at Waterloo Records, holding that one God Speed You! Black Emperor record he can't afford and crying. You can follow him on twitter @garseed.
Nick Hanover got his degree from Disneyland, but he's the last of the secret agents and he's your man. Which is to say you can find his particular style of espionage here at Comics Bulletin, where he reigns as the co-managing editor, or at Panel Panopticon, which he started as a joke and now takes semi-seriously. Or if you feel particularly adventurous, you can always witness his odd rants about his potentially psychopathic roommate on twitter @Nick_Hanover and explore the world of his musical alter ego at Fitness and Pontypool.
Andrew Tan spends his days working on a bunch of different stuff he can't really explain here. Before that, he majored in Journalism at the University of Florida, where he worked for a few newspapers. He loves comics (obviously), sad music, duck confit and San Francisco. He also has a sentence published in McSweeney's that he is proud of. He was also mocked in Gawker for said sentence, which brings him roughly the same level of pride.
Andrew is one of the many people on the internet vying for the moniker of Tandrew. Some are him, some are not. You can find him on Twitter at @TandrewTan.