Ooh! Joel David Moore – of Bones – is directing a “semi-dystopian” adaptation of Timon of Athens! That story calls it a “modern day Gatsby,” which makes me realize I might not have any idea what Timon of Athens is about. Huh.
I know we all laugh at the “Romeo & Juliet sequel” concept, but I hear that the book Still Star-Crossed is actually quite good, so the show will be worth a look. Anyway, they’ve cast Clara Rugaard to play Juliet… in flashbacks, I assume?
I haven’t read The Swans of Fifth Avenue yet – it’s a novel about the friendship between Truman Capote and socialite Babe Paley (which, yes, THAT Paley – her husband was the founder of CBS) – but this limited series starring Bryce Dallas Howard could be great or terrible? As could most things, I suppose. But here I think a lot depends on who they get to play Capote; Philip Seymour Hoffman casts a long shadow.
In case you were worried, John Le Carre’s son says his dad likes the Night Manager TV series. Of course, said son is an EP of the series, so what else would he say? (Note: I have no reason to think Le Carre doesn’t genuinely like the show. The story just struck me as funny.)
The trailer for Will Smith’s football brain injury movie Concussion is out, and with it a minor uproar about the fact that Sony shaped the movie to avoid backlash/lawsuits/etc. (This was revealed in emails from the Sony hack.)
First, in case you, like me, missed it the first time around, here’s the GQ article on which the movie is partially based. (I didn’t read it when it was published because my brother was playing college football at the time, and I couldn’t bear to think about this stuff any more than I already was, which was a lot.) It’s fascinating and I totally get why people thought it would make a good movie, even if they weren’t trying to advance an anti-NFL agenda. So it really doesn’t surprise me that they tried to do it without angering the NFL too much. I get why people are upset about it – both from a “purity of art” perspective and a “they SHOULD be trying to take down the NFL” perspective – but we don’t live in a world in which major corporations don’t have to think about the ramifications of their actions and messaging. It’s just good business sense.
And on to the trailer!
It looks good! Aside from the actual football issues, two thoughts: 1. I get the timing for awards season, but, um, Christmassy? AND interesting to have it come out DURING football season. 2. I’m curious how the “Yay immigration!” part will play in the current political environment.
What did you think of last Friday’s Haven? My recap is now up at TheTelevixen.com. Aside from a particular point at which they made all the characters stupid to advance a plot point, I thought this was a solid episode, definitely one of the better of the season so far. I’m happy that Audrey, Duke, and Nathan all now seem to be on the same basic plane of existence, and I’m curious to see where a few of the threads introduced in this episode lead.
Happy Friday! Friday means we get a new episode of Haven tonight, and that means that if you need a refresher on what went down last week you should head over to TheTelevixen.com for my recap of “Nowhere Man.” Hint: I enjoyed parts of this episode but am still mostly frustrated by the season in general. What have you all been thinking of it?
Oops, apparently I forgot to post the link to my recap of the first part of Haven‘s “The Old Switcheroo” last week, so here, you can have both of them: part one and part two. Body swap episodes are never high on my list of favorite things, but these were done pretty well – some of the acting was amazing – and I’m hoping that the show is starting to get back on track now.
My recap of Haven‘s most recent episode, “Much Ado About Mara,” is now live at TheTelevixen.com. Except for a few great Duke/Nathan moments, I continue to be pretty frustrated with this season. What does everyone else think so far?