Because some things you simply need to know. Here’s the day’s news in a quick digest form. Because we couldn’t find a cake big enough where we could put all this in icing on the top of it.
Everything is being turned into a musical these days. Some of which don’t even register a blip on the interest radar. However, Addams Family? It could either rock or suck, or perhaps worse, neither. However again, with Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia when they do a reading of the musical in August, consider us…hopeful against our better judgement. The show is expected for 2009/2010 and apparently, on the same subject, Catch Me If You Can the musical has Lane attached to play the Tom Hanks role. If they put Broderick in the DiCaprio role, I will give them a dollar. And so will fifty billion other people. P.S. To see one Addams Family musical performance, make sure you check this out if you haven’t already.
I was going to let you know about Oni Press and their deal to have print and web-based comics, called Men With Guns: Assassin and Ark, but I got completely sidetracked by the news that they’re remaking Beverly Hills 90210 for CW? For fuck’s sake.
The Cunard Line of cruises has partnered with the Royal Astronomical Society to bring RAS Fellows to the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and QE2. Not only can you hang out on a giant boat, but you can do so and check out stars with astrophysicists and astronomers who know their shit. Nice. This, of course, comes in the wake of a prior attempt to partner with the Royal Astrological Society, where voyages were disrupted by constant assurances by the fellows that “The stars say we’re doomed.” Madame Sosostris could not be reached for comment. For more info, here’s the website. For Cunard, not Sosostris.
Kate Mulgrew is joining the cast of Equus, which already has Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths. It’s at the Broadhurst Theater in previews on September 5th, starting its regular run September 25th. So now if you had a sick desire to see Harry Potter naked but you don’t want to admit it to anyone, you can just tell them you’re a Voyager fan. Wait, on second thought, there’s less stigma attached to the former.
Jack Klugman sued to get access to his contracts for Quincy, M.E.. And won. It’s very obvious NBC Universal didn’t watch the damn show, otherwise they would have known not to fuck with the Q-Man.
Lionsgate DVD releases for September 16th: Will & Grace Season 8 and Will & Grace: The Complete Series Collection. For you completists, bear in mind the Complete Series has an exclusive bonus disc with new commentaries on the pilot episode and certain personal favorite episodes and more. So bear that in mind. Oddly, Season 8 isn’t available for pre-order yet, but the Complete Series is. And for 30% off. Considering the list price is $250, 30% is nothing to sneeze at or on. Also, Class of 1999 and Woman Times Seven, the latter of which isn’t on Amazon yet.
Prince of Motor City is a “gothic family soap inspired by Hamlet that centers on Billy Hamilton (Warren Christie), a young Harvard philosophy professor forced to return to Detroit to take over the family’s auto company after his father’s death.” That seems intriguing enough, but it’s not Aidan Quinn’s involvement, nor Andie MacDowell’s, nor Piper Perabo’s that really drew my attention. It’s that Rutger Hauer is in the cast as a regular in the part of the ghost. Anyone who has the good taste to cast Rutger Hauer and thus cut Hauer checks on a regular basis is automatically our friend. And your friend as well. This is THE LAW.
Quantum of Solace‘s trailer will be online Monday the 30th and attached to Hancock in cinemas. The press releases tells us “The trailer will make its debut on AOL.com (domestic) and MSN.com (international) in an exclusive two-hour window Monday morning, 9:00am – 11:00am PDT.” It is expected to make its YouTube debut at 9:01am PDT.
A fourth Tuna show? Excellent! For those who don’t know Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas and Red, White and Tuna–they feature the denizens of Tuna, Texas–I forget the total number of characters, at least twenty–all played by two guys who dart on and off stage pulling off completely mental costume changes in the process. And it’s freaking hilarious.