Step forward if you’re going to be on the second season of The Real Housewives of Miami. Not so fast, Larsa Pippen! In a surprisingly mercenary move yesterday, Bravo cut two of the Miami Housewives from its roster. Though Marysol Patton, Lea Black, and Adriana De Moura survived the cuts, Pippen will be joined in the reality half-off bin with Cristy Rice. (Housewife Alexia Echevarria will be returning, but in a limited capacity, says a Bravo rep.) Though Bravo has yet to comment on why these two ladies hit the cutting room floor, Housewives history has proven one thing: You either go big (personality) or go home. READ FULL STORY
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During last night’s season premiere of The Voice, Christina thought that one of the auditioning singers looked a little familiar. Turns out, Tony Lucca, who sang Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble,” worked with her on The Mickey Mouse Club. (See his audition embedded after the jump.) But judging by all the Tony Lucca love in the comments section of our recap, many of you readers already knew who he was, and Disney had nothing to do with it.
“The minute I saw Tony Lucca, I screamed like a little girl!” wrote one longtime fan of the singer. “He already has a pretty strong fanbase and some moderate success, but I hope this show provides a boost for his career and gives him the recognition he deserves.” READ FULL STORY
Honeymoon in Vegas, a new musical based on the 1992 film starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker, will open on Broadway in the spring of 2013, following a limited “pre-nuptial” engagement this Nov. in Toronto.
Tony Danza (Taxi, Who’s the Boss?) will star as Tommy Korman, a wealthy Vegas wise guy (played in the film by James Caan) who tries to break up the whirlwind Sin City wedding of a commitment-phobe and his fiancee, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Korman’s late wife.
Danza first appeared on Broadway in 1998 in A View from the Bridge before starring alongside Kevin Spacey in The Iceman Cometh and headlining as Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks’ hit musical The Producers (on Broadway and in Las Vegas).
Honeymoon in Vegas will feature music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (13), a book by Andrew Bergman (who directed and wrote the original film), choreography by Denis Jones (Legally Blonde), and direction by Gary Griffin (The Color Purple).
Additional cast and creative team members will be announced shortly.
As Glee and How I Met Your Mother have handily demonstrated, a Britney Spears cameo is kind of a big deal. Modern Family producers, who are now facing down the barrel of an online fan campaign, would be smart to consider the pop star for a role.
It all started yesterday when Spears tweeted, “I know everybody is excited about the Super Bowl, but I personally can’t wait to see the next episode of Modern Family! Funniest show on TV.” Almost immediately, desirable Family star Sofia Vergara retweeted the post, then Spears’ manager followed up two hours later, asking the fans, “@BritneySpears on Modern Family? What do you guys think?” READ FULL STORY
That’s so… Broadway?
Raven-Symoné is set to star in Sister Act, the musical adaptation of the hit 1992 movie that opened on Broadway in April 2011, EW has confirmed with a manager for the actress.
She will take over the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier, the lounge singer-turned-nun made famous on film by Whoopi Goldberg. On stage, she replaces Patina Miller, who played the role in the West End production in 2009 and again on Broadway in 2011 (earning a Tony Award nomination).
Primarily known for her television roles on The Cosby Show, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and That’s So Raven, she steps into her first starring role on Broadway. She last appeared on Broadway with the Boys Choir of Harlem when she was five.
According to Deadline, she will reportedly start rehearsals at the end of February and begin performances at the end of March for a minimum of six months.
A rep for Sister Act declined to comment on any casting for the show.
Fans of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, rejoice! A rep for Andrew Rannells has confirmed the Tony-nominated actor has signed on to star in Ryan Murphy’s untitled NBC comedy pilot about a gay couple and their surrogate mother. (I “Believe” that this will turn out to be a good choice!) It’s exciting news for any theater lover, but, of course, Rannells isn’t the first stage vet to make the leap onto the small screen. In fact, 2012 is shaping up to be a very Broadway-friendly year for television: Not only will we soon see Broadway staple Megan Hilty — and fellow thesps Christian Borle, Brian d’Arcy James and Will Chase — star on NBC’s Smash, but news came earlier this week that Glee has cast stage vet Brian Stokes Mitchell as one of Rachel’s gay dads.
Unfortunately, though I can’t be the only one excitedly crossing my fingers for Smash, star power in the theatre doesn’t always translate onto TV. Rannells, Hilty, and Mitchell join a long list of stage veterans who have made the transition to television – or at least attempted it. Save for a few cases of extravagant luck, often the most celebrated stage performers wind up in thankless roles in the ensembles of failed sitcoms or in bodybags on Law & Order. But how did some of Broadway’s more notable stars manage a switch to the small screen? Here’s a rundown of some who forged a path from the Great White Way to TV land – and how they fared:
Name: Matthew Morrison
Broadway experience: Before his curly hair was a Sue Sylvester punchline, it was pomaded into oblivion when Morrison originated the role of heartthrob Link Larkin in Hairspray. READ FULL STORY
There’s something different about Emma Stone. Maybe it’s her smoky voice, which your dad will say reminds him of Lauren Bacall. Maybe it’s her freckled skin and green eyes that remind you (okay, me) of that girl from French class with the great laugh. You’d really like to make Emma Stone laugh, wouldn’t you?
After a year in which she starred in the highest-grossing non-superhero/sequel/animated film, The Help, Stone is poised to enjoy an even greater 2012, starring as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man and re-teaming with her Crazy, Stupid, Love beau, Ryan Gosling, in the 1950’s L.A. noir, The Gangster Squad. And as Deadline initially reported today, she’ll soon jump back into comedy with Little White Corvette, playing a wild child who tries to unload the drugs she and her brother find in their dead father’s old car.
Some actresses’ beauty has almost a porcelain fragility to it — it separates them from us mere mortals — but Stone’s allure has a realness that makes you think she’d be a hoot on a cross-country roadtrip (zombies, or no zombies). READ FULL STORY
There’s an episode from the sixth season of Sex and the City in which the ladies debate whether Miranda had “won” her breakup with Steve since she was dating the too-good-too-be-true Dr. Robert Leeds at the time. (For the record, they declared Miranda the “winner,” in which the prize was an eventual marriage to Steve — who cheated on her in the first movie — and enduring the all-around terribleness of the second movie.) So let’s imagine a scenario in which fellow single, sexy fortysomething Demi Moore is sitting around with her gal pals (the cast of Now and Then, natch) discussing whether she bested soon-to-be-ex-husband Ashton Kutcher.
While her former flame may have the TV ratings behemoth Two and a Half Men on his side, it’s safe to say that since their split, she’s “winning” the breakup so far. READ FULL STORY
In the mythology of the O.K. Corral, the hero is typically the straightlaced Wyatt Earp and the scene-stealing sidekick his sauced but steady-handed gunslinger, Doc Holliday. Henry Fonda had Victor Mature, Burt Lancaster had Kirk Douglas, and Kurt Russell had Val Kilmer. Rarely has Doc gotten the star treatment — though 1971’s Doc, with Stacy Keach and Faye Dunaway, came the closest to doing him justice. EW can now confirm that HBO is working with Akiva Goldsman on a new series about the 19th-century’s most famous failed dentist. As Deadline initially reported, Ron Howard is attached to direct, and Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Accepted) are writing, inspired by the recent biography from Mary Doria Russell, also entitled Doc. READ FULL STORY
Want to know how big a hit Bridesmaids was? Read that headline again. Kristen Wiig will co-star with Robert De Niro in the drama The Comedian, to be directed by Sean Penn. According to a synopsis by FilmNation, which will handle international sales, De Niro will play Jackie Burke, a comic who once had a beloved TV character but is now past his prime and trying to revive his career. “After being sentenced to community service for hitting an audience member in the head with his microphone, Jackie meets Harmony (Wiig), a dazzling and defiant redhead who turns his life sideways.” Cameras are expected to roll in Spring 2012, presumably after Wiig wraps the current season of Saturday Night Live.
What do you think? It’s strange, but in an interesting way (as opposed to a “how did De Niro end up in New Year’s Eve?” way). I can picture Wiig as a woman who likes to poke at De Niro and shake him up, but this being a drama, it also sounds like she’ll get to stretch. Are you hoping this will be a great story for what she did on her summer vacation from SNL and she’ll return next fall, or do you think this is a sign that she’s risen above the show and should only return to host SNL to coincide with the movie’s release? (Either way, I hope De Niro hits SNL and they play Password.)
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