Based on the music of Abba, the long running hit show Mamma Mia is in the middle of it’s farewell tour. The tour stops at Baltimore’s France-Merrick Hippodrome Theater this weekend for a very limited engagement. I caught up with one of the stars of the current production – Lizzie Markson. She plays the Sophie a young woman who is about to get married. Ahead of her wedding she wants to find out who her real father is. She invites the 3 candidates to her wedding and music and hi-jinks ensue. Really it’s just an excuse to wear funky 70’s outfits and sing Abba. Nothing wrong with that. Mamma Mia is at the Hippodrome, January 13 – 15th. Check out the official tour site for a stop near you.
Burkely Duffield has one of those everyman faces. The 24-year-old Canadian actor has started to string himself an impressive list of credits that include appearances in Minority Report The TV Series, Warcraft: The Beginning, The Tomorrow People and Supernatural. He’s now getting his big break heading up Freeform’s Sci-Fi series Beyond. If Stranger Things and Kyle XY had a baby it’d be Beyond. Beyond’s has a special 2-hr premiere Monday, January 2, 2016. The entire series is also going to be streaming on Freeform’s App after the special premiere. I’m not clear on if it’s going to be all 10 eps or will just be weekly.
Like all musical theater lovers I’ve been obsessed with Hamilton this year. Primarily because I was offered a chance to see the show during the press previews and I didn’t go because I was too lazy to see it. Now that it’s a worldwide phenom, the press people tell me to go away, whenever I ask for a ticket. I did manage to see it, by chance. I told Director Thomas Kail my Hamilton story and he got a laugh out of it.
Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel was in DC to receive the National Archive Foundation’s Record of the Year Award. We talked a bit about television and his mother’s love of The Fosters (a show I used to be obsessed with), making Broadway more accessible to everyone, politics and there’s a short clip of his Q and A at the end! Also receiving the award was Thomas Kail (Hamilton Director) and Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow. Also on hand were Hamilton Director Thomas Kail and Hamilton Author Ron Chernow.
As some one who started reading comics more than six decades ago and quickly got into science fiction, horror, and mystery movies and TV shows, I find today’s pop culture to be something I could never have even dreamed about even fifteen years ago.
Greg Grunberg, creator of AMC’s Geeking Out (and co-host with the always unfiltered Kevin Smith) is a man after my own heart – and Geeking Out seems to be a dream come true for him. Follow the jump for his take on what the show is all about.
I first met Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens Director Anthony C. Ferrante at a SyFy channel event a few years ago. I didn’t know who he was, but Sharknado was the talk of Comic-Con that year. Everywhere I went people made jokes about it, even a lot of the celebrities that I talked to. The first film touched a cultural nerve, now 4 years later and the franchise is still going strong. The movie debuts on SyFy Channel this week (Sunday, July 31st)
Brad, oh Brad! In the last few years the 70s cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show has made a big comeback. First there was an episode of Cold Case dedicated to it, then Glee did an entire episode centered around it and this fall Fox television is doing a live production of it – similar to how they did the hugely successful Grease Live. RHP fans know who Barry Bostwick is. Dammit, Janet, I love youuuuuuu….
Barry has appeared in numerous productions since RHP and now he’s taking on the Internet with the new Internet Comedy Skirtchasers which is written and directed by Married With Children’s Amanda Bearse. The family comedy is about fathers and daughters finding common ground. We talk a lot about Skirtchasers, how the Internet is changing the script and of course Rocky Horror! I forgot to ask him about making out with Tim Curry. Gah. You can find Skirtchasers here.
Earlier this week I had a chance to participate in an intimate conference call (only 4 others) with Veronica Falcon of USA Network’s latest series Queen of the South. In the series Veronica plays Camila Vargas, a ruthless Mexican cartel lord. Veronica is a well known Mexican actress, but this is her first big American role. QOS debuted on USA Network last week and airs Thursday nights. Check your local time.
James Cameron fans and fans of Avatar, if you want to get a glimpse at what the legendary director is cooking up for the next series of films, look no further than Cirque du Soleil’s new stadium show Toruk. It’s inspired from Avatar and is a prequel tale of sorts, set a thousand years before the events of the film. I spent the last few days hanging out with the folks from Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk. This is the first of several stories. I caught up with one of the stars of the production Daniel Crispin.
They are at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena for a very quick hit – June 9th – 12th. Check out the official website to find out when it’s coming to your town.
Bitten (Syfy, Mondays, 11/10C) begins its final season this week and series stars Laura Vandervoort, Grek Bryk and Greyston Holt and Executive Producer J.B. Sugar took a bit of time to chat with a group of bloggers/journalists about it.
In a few cases, the simplest questions sparked the most interesting answers as the four talked about what’s ahead and reminisced about their time on the series. Occasionally, because there were so many participants, the transcriber lost track of which voice belonged to which actor, so there are a few comments ascribed to ‘Male.’
Following the WGN America’s success with “Salem” and “Manhattan,” the burgeoning cable net dives into the rugged and mysterious Appalachian story of the Farrell clan, a family of renegades who’ve been in the hills of Kentucky since before anyone can remember.
We caught up with Producers Peter Mattei & Peter Tolan and some folks from the large ensemble: Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy,) David Morse (Treme, and a boatload of my fav movies including Long Kiss Goodnight – “If you let me go, I’ll leave the use of your legs”), Gillian Alexy (Royal Pains) and more. Outsiders premieres January 26th on WGN America.
If you are looking for a something different to watch on television, check out WGN America’s latest – Outsiders which debuts tonight (Tuesday). A struggle of power and control set in the rugged hills of Appalachia, “Outsiders” explores the epic battle between the Farrell Clan, a tight-knit family of renegades who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for over two hundred years, and their fight to defend their way of life from the town below and anyone who would dare to challenge them.