Fans of Friday Night Lights may never get the movie they've always clamored for, but sometime next year, they will have the opportunity to see their favorite high school football TV drama in musical form. Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin, who created The Unauthorized O.C. Musical, this year, are staging an unauthorized musical production of FNL for one night only in LA sometime in the late spring or early summer. This week, the show creators revealed on Twitter that Scott Porter, who played Jason Street in the series, is graduating to the role of Coach Taylor for the stage production. Sing it out: Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. Discuss
Netflix is broadening its film horizons, scooping up two indie films to release sometime in 2016. The streaming service recently released its first original film, Beasts of No Nation which Netflix is in the process of campaigning for Oscar nominations. Girlfriend's Day, a noir comedy about a down-on-his-luck greeting card writer attempting to clear his name after he is framed for murder, will star Amber Tamblyn and Bob Odenkirk, who also co-wrote the film.
Netflix also nabbed another new indie thriller called Mercy, which was written and directed by Chris Sparling, the man behind the 2010 Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried and Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees. Because while they're nabbing Odenkirk's indie film, why not grab another one, right? These new films mark a calculated shift into indie films for Netflix which is a timely blessing for indie filmmakers who often have trouble finding places to run small-scale projects. And a timely blessing for us, as well. “Given our global scale, Netflix is uniquely positioned to allow these high-quality, niche titles to be viewed and enjoyed by the biggest possible audience around the world,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, told The Hollywood Reporter. Discuss
Late Show host Stephen Colbert is the latest TV personality to sound off on the controversy over whether or not America should allow in refugees fleeing violence in Syria, and in typical Colbert fashion, he used the Bible to underscore his point. Even if you don’t agree with his position on the issue, the take is worth listening to. Colbert pointed to the problematic suggestion that only Syrian Christians should be allowed into America, quoting the New Testament, while joking, “If you want to know if somebody’s a Christian just ask them to complete this sentence: ‘Jesus said I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you….’ And if they don’t say ‘welcomed me in’ then they are either a terrorist or they’re running for president.” You can watch the segment below. Discuss
If you and your BFFs are looking for a secret handshake, look no further. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Bieber have fashioned the best secret handshake since Lindsey Lohan and her butler in The Parent Trap. This has to be the modern-day interpretation of greeting one another with a holy kiss.
Because all good things must come to an end, E! is canceling The Soup after a successful 12-year run. The show's host, Joel McHale, relaunched The Soup back in 2004 after it first debuted as Talk Soup with Greg Kinnear in 1991. Since then, it has provided countless hours of laughs and mercilessly made fun of reality shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The last episode will air December 18. Discuss
If you're an avid Downton Abbey viewer and pay scary close attention to details, you may have noticed that the Crawleys are never shown sitting down to the dinner table. Well, it turns out that's not by accident. The beloved lord and ladies of the Abbey are always show part-way through a meal to avoid seeing them say grace. According to The Telegraph the show's executives won't allow prayers or any religious themes to be shown. Christianity would have been an important aspect of life in the 1920s, but despite many attempts by historical advisor Alastair Bruce to incorporate religion into the show, execs have steered clear of any religious references or symbols. Bruce told The Telegraph:
“In essence, you hardly ever see a table that isn’t already sat at. We never see the beginning of a luncheon or a dinner, because no one was ever allowed to see a grace being said, and I would never allow them to sit down without having said grace. I think that the view was that we’d leave religion out of it, and it would’ve taken extra time, too. I suggested a Latin grace, but they decided that was too far, and no one would’ve known what was going on.”
Didn't our grandmothers always warn us that if you don't say grace before dinner, you'll choke on your food? It's amazing more characters don't experience more airway blockage at the Downton banquets. Discuss