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Disney to develop 'The Princess Bride' stage adaptation

While the Broadway-bound Aladdin is going through a whole new world of previews up in Toronto, Disney has found its next theatrical endeavor: the 1987 adventure comedy The Princess Bride.

Disney Theatrical Productions announced Monday that William Goldman’s 1973 novel and subsequent 1987 film adaptation would be the next in line for development by Disney’s stage arm. Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn (who worked closely on the film) shepherded the deal, which allows the piece to enter the arduous process of development for the stage.

The Princess Bride is a cult-favorite fairy tale rom-com about the love story between a country girl and a farm boy (or is he a pirate?), as told by a grandfather to his sick grandson. The original film starred Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Fred Savage, Robin Wright, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Andre the Giant.

Interestingly enough, Disney did not announce what form the Princess Bride stage production will take — as of this writing, it’s not necessarily a play but not necessarily a musical, either. (A previously attempted musical version from The Light in the Piazza composer Adam Guettel fizzled out in 2007.) It’s up in the air who the creative team will be or what the timetable for the project will entail. Hopefully, we’ll see this beloved classic translated to the stage in time for the 2023 Tony Awards!

Stephen Colbert marries couple on air, with some celeb help -- VIDEO

You know what? Maybe this government shutdown thing isn’t so bad after all.

First, a Top Chef starts giving all government workers (except Congress) free pizza. Then, after national monument closures wrecked dozens of couples’ wedding plans, a beloved TV personality decides to mend one of those couples’ broken dreams in the most delightful way possible.

Turns out that Stephen Colbert — the real guy, not just his TV alter ego — has been an ordained minister since 2011. And on last night’s Colbert Report, he used his magic nuptial powers to unite regular folk Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le in holy matrimony.

Of course, before the wedding itself, Colbert couldn’t resist hosting quickie bachelor and bachelorette parties on air, complete with shots and strippers. (You won’t believe who he hired to dance for the bridesmaids… or who Colbert found to be Mike’s best man.)

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Fall TV Wish List: What we want from 'Homeland' this coming season

Here at EW, Fall TV Wish List is a new weekly series in which our TV critics Melissa Maerz and Jeff Jensen weigh in on what they hope the coming season will bring for some of their favorite shows. Today: Showtime’s Homeland, which premieres its third season on Sept. 29.

WHERE WE LEFT OFF
“Maybe all this will end in tears,” Brody (Damian Lewis) predicted during the season 2 finale. And that’s pretty much what happened. (Then again, it’s pretty much what always happens: Just watch the Claire Danes Cry Face Supercut.) After Quinn (Rupert Friend) declined to kill Brody, Brody’s car exploded right next to the memorial for Bill Walden (Jamey Sheridan), killing Estes (David Harewood) and much of the C.I.A. The followers of the late Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) leaked Brody’s old confession tape to the national news, implicating him (falsely) in the bombing, while also cluing in Jessica (Morena Baccarin) about her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s past. And Carrie (Claire Danes) made her big, romantic, “I’ve decided I want to be with you” speech to Brody, only to have their celebratory snogging interrupted by a massive boom! and a run for the Canadian border, where she and her terrorist boyfriend parted ways. (“Goodbye, love!”) The good news? At some point, Saul (Mandy Patinkin) actually smiled — ostensibly because Carrie survived the explosion, but maybe also because Patinkin knew that he’d earned that Emmy nod. The bad news? Now Brody will never get to be Carrie’s cabin boy.

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by SnorkJuice:

“Hey man, I don’t know much about soccer, but I think you just traded Mandy Patinkin for a town in California.”

–Pete (Nick Zano), after Dave (Zachary Knighton) mentioned a fantasy soccer trade involving Inigo Montoya and Rancho Cucamonga, on Happy Endings

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Tuesday, Dec. 18 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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Holla! The greatest Mandy Patinkin interview you will ever see -- VIDEO

If there is one takeaway here, it’s that Mandy Patinkin is not Saul Berenson.

The actor swung by Good Day NY on Wednesday to discuss the Homeland finale airing on Sunday, but then something even more exciting than terrorists working with the CIA happened: anchor Dave Price had to slip away mid-interview because his wife was having a baby…and that was simply the greatest, most overwhelming news Patinkin had ever heard.

Just a sampling of his exclamations:  “Oh my God, how thrilling!” “Oh my God, that’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever had happen!” “To hell with me, let’s cut away to the hospital!” “This is the most exciting show I’ve ever been on, a baby is being born!”

The co-anchor tried to turn the interview back to getting some Homeland intel, but Patinkin was not having it at all and just had more questions: Boy or girl? Was this his first child? He also seemed overwhelmed and concerned about how viewers would find out if the baby was OK. The whole thing was incredibly endearing and makes me more concerned than ever about Saul’s finale fate. I need Patinkin on my television.

Watch his escalating excitement below (whenever you think it’s over, a new wave of joy hits!): READ FULL STORY

Paul Rudd, Nick Jonas, Tyler Perry among Tony Awards presenters

For what’s already shaping up to be one of the most celebrity-driven Tony Awards telecasts ever (Neil Patrick Harris! James Earl Jones! John Lithgow! Others!), the American Theatre Wing has just announced its first batch of presenters that will appear on the June 10 ceremony to dole out Broadway’s most prestigious honorifics.

The list does a surprisingly good job of spanning stage and screen (both small and silver), including names like Nick Jonas, Amanda Seyfried, Tyler Perry, Jessica Chastain, Jim Parsons, Paul Rudd, Ellen Barkin, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Candice Bergen, Christopher Plummer, James Marsden, Mandy Patinkin, Sheryl Crow, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

More celebrity presenters are expected to be announced in the coming week, as well as a full list of the scheduled performances from this year’s crop of musicals. The Tony Awards air on Sunday, June 10 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

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