Next month, the 11th Annual International Fringe Festival will take
over a ton of dingy theatre spaces to show over 200 plays, musicals and the like
in the sultry heat with little to no air conditioning. A few of the
needles in the haystack have already started drumming up that
“ohmygod-I-can’t-wait” buzz. Among them is “Williamsburg! The Musical,” a
brand spanking new pop/rock parody with apropo characters like a suicidal trust
fund baby, a disenchanted Chasidic Jew, and of course, Hipsters. Lots of
Hipsters. The writers even threw a song in there called ‘Craigslist
Hookup’ about that precious Missed Connections page. There will be a lot of crap
at the fest, but we’re thinking this one is gonna be one of the hotties. Check
for Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution in now online.
The film is described as “an erotic espionage thriller set in WWII-era
Shanghai.” Judging by the lack of dialog and the over use of orchestra, my keen
sense of observation tells me this movie has subtitles.
CBS’s search for their Bob Barker replacement has come to an end. It appears
Drew Carey will be filling his shoes as the new host of The Price is
Right. Carey will reportedly be earning a seven figure income teaching
mid-west Hollywood sightseers how to play giant children’s games such as
“Plinko” and guesstimate the price of Oreck vacumes.
In a recent article
in Variety, NBC states that once Conan O’Brian takes over The Tonight Show in
2009, they are prepared to do anything short of housing his car collection to
keep him at the peacock.
NBC has yet to present Leno with any alternatives, but among the options
being floated are a primetime strip or variety show that would air once or
multiple times a week, perhaps kicking off primetime at 8 p.m.; work on NBC
U’s cable properties and specifically USA Network, which the net is hoping to
build into the de-facto “fifth network”; Jay-on-demand through TiVo, cable, or
online; or, the “Bob Hope deal,” where Leno does what he wants — just about
anything but telling jokes at 11:35 pm.
Besides reading ‘Motor’ magazine and watching ‘Jay’s Garage’ online, I’m a
big fan of almost anything Leno. Assuming he does get the “Bob Hope” deal he’s
future work at NBC may finally just push the network above 4th place in the
ratings. On the flip side, an entire primetime series devoted to “Headlines” may
do just the opposite.
An 80’s style horror film that doesn’t look half bad; written and directed by
Superman Returns writer, Michael Dougherty. Its got Brian Cox, Leslie
Bibb, and Anna Paquin in it so at least worth $10.50.