Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 by Angie Han
These “bits” pieces always tend to be a mixed bag, but this particular bag seems particularly varied — and stuffed. Whether you’re into showtunes, comic books, social networking, or the law, we’ve got a little something for everyone in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump:
- Glee releases a promo for its third season
- Showtime begins developing comic book adaptation The Damned
- ABC buys scripts from Friends with Benefits and Changing Lanes writers
Shall we get started?
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Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 by Angie Han
Glee may be getting a high-profile guest star next season. Anne Hathaway first expressed her desire to come on the show last fall, and show creator Ryan Murphy confirmed to press this past January that he planned to have the actress on the show, possibly in the role of Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) lesbian aunt. However, several months later, Hathaway’s still waiting for the call from Murphy, so she decided to call Murphy out on a recent interview. Hathaway recounted the story to Buzz Sugar:
Ryan Murphy goes, “Anne Hathaway! Come on Glee.” And I said, “Yes!” and he said “Fab, I’ll call you.” He went back to the press room and said, “Anne Hathaway is going to be on the show.” And I never heard from him again. Ryan Murphy, I’m calling you out: I want to be on Glee. I’ve got my songs picked out.
I’ve got my fingers crossed that at least one of those tunes is a rap song — I wouldn’t want her skills, as recently demonstrated on Conan, to go to waste. [Vulture]
After the jump, Fox grabs a drama by Fight Club writer Jim Uhls, and the kid who played Bobby Draper on Mad Men gets amusingly frank about his former TV mom.
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We’ve already seen photos of Andrew Garfield as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man and Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy in
Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man. Today we have the first looks at Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors a.k.a. The Lizard, and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben.
The first photo, snapped by college student J. Anthony Hall, shows Ifans and Garfield filming an outdoor scene. Not much is actually happening in the still, but it’s worth noting that Ifans is clearly wearing a bright green sock or covering over his right hand — presumably so it can be made to look missing or changed in post-production. (In the comics, Connors was a war surgeon who lost his arm in a blast. Upon returning to civilian life, he developed a serum from reptilian DNA and regenerated his arm. Then he became a full-on reptilian monster. Oops.)
The other images, from the Daily Mail, feature Sheen and Garfield standing outside in sunglasses. I’d guess that they aren’t in character in these pictures, but I can’t be sure. Scroll past the jump to see the full images. [Coming Soon via Obsessed with Film]
Also after the jump: possible bad news for Wonder Woman fans, possible good news for Pepper Potts fans, and an image from The Avengers set, and details on The Avengers‘ budget and locations.
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Miley Cyrus has one. So do the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber. Now those crazy kids from Fox’s hit musical TV show Glee are getting their own, live, 3D concert movie. 20th Century Fox will release Glee Live! 3D! in theaters on August 12 for a two-week limited engagement directed by Kevin Tancharoen, the man behind those Mortal Kombat shorts. The film will be shot during the upcoming Glee Live! In Concert! North American Tour that starts later this month and feature most of the show’s cast. Read more about it after the jump. Read More »
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Gallery 1988 has just revealed their final of the six awesome posters made for PaleyFest 2011. This one, for the hit Fox show Glee by Tom Whalen, rounds out a broad spectrum of shows that were graced with fantastic limited edition posters. And while Glee normally isn’t something we cover here on the site, as a poster collecting completest, anxiety would have set in if we only posted five of the six posters created for the series. All of these posters – including Eastbound and Down, Parks and Recreations and more -are on sale on the Gallery 1988 website. Currently, all except Glee are on there, as their panel isn’t until the 16th. See the full image and link to the rest of the posters after the break. Read More »
In honor of Valentine’s Day, TV Squad created a three minute supercut montage of both contemporary and classic television characters kissing. Hit the jump to watch the video.
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Earlier this month we published the list of the most pirated movies of 2010. Today we bring you the listing of the most pirated television series of 2010. The number one show seems pretty obvious to me… Any guesses? See the full list after the jump.
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It’s that time of year again, when all of the critics societies and film organizations name their top 10 movies of the year. The American Film Institute have released their lists of the top 10 films and television shows of 2010. As with most of the lists AFI releases, the films are not numbered in any order, but instead just a compilation of “winners.” Hit the jump to find out which movies and television shows were chosen.
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GLEE (SEASON 1)
A year—that’s all it took for my opinion on Glee to change from “yay” to “bleh”. Last time I wrote about the series, Fox had preemptively released a Vol. 1 DVD release/cash grab for the show, and at the time, my enthusiasm for Glee was at its peak. Then the show’s sugar high wore off, and left me with a repeat of tiring romances and routine sad-funny character subplots. The first half of the season—”The Road to Sectionals”, as it’s referred to on the DVD—had an upbeat yet insidious charm to it, and its cynical undertones (turned into deliciously hate-filled overtones by Jane Lynch) kept the otherwise cheerfully formulaic material feeling fresh. And after bringing many of the subplots to a satisfying close, it seemed like the show writers were planning to change up the story and character relationships just in the nick of time. Instead, they sought out frustrating ways to negate any progress that the story had made in order to unenthusiastically recycle subplots that had since grown bland. And perhaps this is just a result of my waning interest, but by the end of the season, the series’ much-needed edge had been lost as well. My (shameful) suggestion: stick to the Vol. 1 release, and wait out the rest of the season until you stop caring.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Extended episodes, a sing-along karaoke, behind-the-scenes of “The Power of Madonna” episode, Glee Makeovers, never-before-seen “Sue’s Corners” and a dance tutorial titled “Staying in Step with Glee.”
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Virginia Madsen is the latest recruit for Catherine Hardwicke‘s medieval thriller Red Riding Hood, which is shooting in Vancouver. The script by David Leslie Johnson sets a wildly altered version of the Little Red Riding Hood story in a medieval village beset by a werewolf. Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Shiloh Fernandez, Julie Christie and Gary Oldman round out the impressive cast. Madsen will play the mother of the lead character, played by Seyfried. [Variety]
After the break, Javier Bardem makes an unlikely musical guest star, and the indie drama Five Minarets in New York casts up. Read More »