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Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp? Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | August 25, 2013 | Comments ()


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5. Alec Baldwin’s Second Daughter Was Born.

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Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria announced the birth of Carmen Gabriela, who arrived Friday, August 23rd. The “30 Rock” actor has said he has visions of himself being Mr. Mom and hopes his younger child will have no idea he was an actor. “I have one dream in my life and that is that this daughter I’m having — she comes to me about seven or eight years from now, she has a friend, and she’s at her house and she says, ‘Daddy, Susie’s mom says you used to be on TV. Daddy, is that true?’ She has no knowledge of me as a public person. That would be heaven for me,” he said. “I’d love to [quit acting] if I could, yeah. That would be the greatest thing in the world.” Big sister, Ireland welcomed the new baby her own way.

My hope for little Carmen is that she never gets called a farm animal by her father…

4. Danny Boyle Signed on to Direct a Television Pilot.


Boyle will direct the first episode of “Babylon,” a new police drama/comedy from Four Lions writers, Sam Bain (“Peep Show”) and Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop). The director has also announced he’s working on Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting sequel, Porno.

3. Stephen Moyer Sunk His Teeth into NBC’s “The Sound of Music.”


Unlike the Batfleck bullshit, this particular abomination—NBC’s upcoming live holiday production of “The Sound of Music”—is to be reviled not only because of its stars (Moyer as Captain Von Trapp; Carrie Underwood as Maria). Rather, its very existence is an affront to humanity. Stay away from The Sound of Music. I don’t care about Moyer’s musical theater background. I don’t care if Underwood has long, shiny blond hair, perfect teeth, sings like a bird and has Grammys flying out of her magical hooha. Julie Andrews. Christopher Plummer. That is all. DO YOU HEAR ME NBC?

2. BBC1 Set up Dustin Hoffman to Romance Judi Dench.


The pair will bring Roald Dahl’s charming Esio Trot to the small screen. The classic children’s book tells the story of a shy man’s attempts to win his neighbor’s heart. Hoffman will play Mr. Hoppy to Dench’s Ms. Silver; Dearbhla Walsh (“Borgia, The Tudors, Little Dorrit”) will direct the Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Pirate Radio)—Paul Mayhew-Archer (“The Vicar of Dibley”) adaptation…no word yet how many tortoises will star.

1. New Thor: The Dark World Photos and a Featurette Hit the Webosphere.
















New Featurette:

Thankfully, I can distract myself from other fiascos with these pretty, pretty pics and random thoughts of Thor accidentally dropping Jane while flying (please?).

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  • dizzylucy

    I'm going to pretend all the SoM stuff isn't happening, and instead question why, if Alec Baldwin wants to quit acting, he doesn't just do so already? I doubt he needs to worry about making ends meet.

  • DataAngel

    "Boyle will direct the first episode of “Babylon,” a new police drama/comedy from Four Lions writers, Sam Bain (“Peep Show”) and Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop). The director has also announced he’s working on Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting sequel, Porno."

    Wait. Seriously? Wait? Seriously?! Seriously. For real? Like, yes? Because. Yes.

    I'll be in me bunk.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Eh. I've said it before - it's a made for TV version of a musical. It's a blip. I am not concerned. Where were your freakouts when someone tried to top Robert Preston's Harold Hlil?

  • $27019454

    Yet again I agree with Sara Tonin.

  • e jerry powell

    Robert Preston is un-toppable.

    Well, in the theater, anyway... ;-)

    Matthew Broderick couldn't do it. Dick Van Dyke couldn't do it in 29 performances. Craig Bierko couldn't do it in a little more than a year on Broadway.

    Robert Preston was Harold Hill from 1957 until it was time to go make the movie. THEY CLOSED THE SHOW when it was time to go make the movie, in fact. Eddie Albert was an aberration during the run.

  • e jerry powell

    For the record, Miss Cindy, Julie Andrews got the film version of The Sound of Music after having been passed over in favor of Audrey Hepburn for the film version of My Fair Lady; Andrews freaking created Eliza Doolittle in London and on Broadway, but to 1964 Andrews only had two film credits, The Americanization of Emily and Mary Poppins and did all her own singing, whereas Hepburn had been a proven screen property since 1953 (Roman Holiday, followed by Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Children's Hour), despite having to rely on Marni Nixon -- but hey, so did Deborah Kerr for King and I in 1956, as well as Natalie Wood for West Side Story in 1961. So it was a make-good for actually being talented if not the biggest box-office draw the year before.

  • $27019454

    Also, Marni Nixon played Sister Sophia in the Julie Andrews version of Sound of Music. I have a book on the making of SoM and in it, Nixon says she was worried about Andrews throwing her the side-eye about her acting as voice stand-in for Audrey Hepburn, but she says Andrews was a got damn class act all the way, even helping Nixon with her lines, and staging (Nixon was rehearsing for My Fair Lady on Broadway during the filming for SoM).

  • e jerry powell


    Both of them.

  • e jerry powell


    I am trying so diligently to hate you right now, and you going out in the sunshine looking like a hot daddy who should lay off the arms at the gym and work in more crunches is NOT HELPING. In fact, the at-the-time-pregnant wife is making it even more difficult.


  • googergieger

    So like nothing happened this week?

  • BendinIntheWind

    I thought Dame Judy was retiring due to degenerating eyesight? Am I thinking of someone else? Oh well, more Judy - hooray!

  • BWeaves

    No, I heard that, too. But Dustin is soooo cute, I bet she couldn't resist.

  • PDamian

    Judi Dench! Mah boo!

  • Rather, its very existence is an affront to humanity.

    You're goddamn fucking right it is.

    Affleck? That's some silly thing about a comic book superhero. That's small fry.

    This? This is fucking offensive to me. I feel insulted and dirty that that shit exists. Just complete and utter fury.

    It's only made slightly better by Stellan Skarsgard in shorts, and Thor's arms (because holy crap) . But only a little bit.

  • e jerry powell

    At the same time, it's been at least two generations since there's been live theater on commercial networks. A mixed blessing at best, then.

    ETA: Okay. I forgot.

    On Golden Pond. Julie Andrews. Christopher Plummer. CBS, 2001.

    I'm losing points on my Q card, I just know it.

  • Apparently Alec Baldwin went and married the Goddess of Comedy, which would explain why '30 Rock' was as funny as it was.

  • Misomaniac

    I'm all for Thor/Jane. Anything that leaves Sif alone and with self-esteem issues.

    Now, when does the Bifrost get rebuilt?

  • BlackRabbit

    When I first looked at that photo, I though it was a GoT pic that got lost. Not that that's a bad thing.

  • foolsage

    Ergh. The 12th of the Thor pictures bugs the crap out of me. Sloppy, sloppy work. Seriously.

    Look closely. There's the happy (?) couple on the right side, in front of a nice painting of Asgard.

    Look at the line the sun makes in the water, straight down the middle of the picture and a tiny bit to the left. Now look at the shadow from the couple, heading sharply off to the right side.

    There is no fucking way those optics make any sense at all. There's one painted light source for the background picture, and one (or more) real light source(s) for the actual set in the foreground, and the light sources are in wildly different places. This violates the most basic rule of matte use: match the fucking background to the fucking foreground.

  • Ben

    I'm pretty sure that's concept art not an actual shot from the movie. The entire thing looks painted not just the matte background. Also the general quality of it looks like a speed painting rather then a propper matte painting.

  • foolsage

    Someone was paid to produce that art, and someone chose to use it to advertise the movie. Whether it's all painted, or only part of it is, the problem remains: the light sources don't match at all, and the result looks amateurish.

  • Finance_Nerd

    I feel that way about a lot of combat scenes in movies. I was an infantry soldier in the army and they often get the tactics wrong, have machine guns fire ridiculous amounts of rounds w/out magazine changes (not to mention that the brass can burn the shit out of you) and throw fragment grenades that have huge explosions. Hey producers - pay the extra few thousand out of your multimillion dollar budget for a military adviser.

  • chanohack

    ... and a "nuclear" "reactor" "radiation" advisor, please, for the love...

  • foolsage

    I work in nuclear medicine, and have a special place in my heart for people who say "nukular".

  • Salieri2

    This is for that place.

  • I like you.

  • stella

    God Chris Hemsworth is hot. Thats all.

  • e jerry powell

    He's a'ight, but Alec Baldwin's picture is higher up in the article.

  • Salieri2

    I upvoted that as a guest and then signed in just so I could upvote it again.

  • HJ


  • bonnie

    You would not believe the screams of rage emanating from my house. The Sound of Music is my FAVORITE movie OF ALL TIME. I cannot believe NBC has stooped this low. I will not. Until Stephen Moyer mutters, "Mahriuh! Youh ah mahn!" [shudder]

  • mswas

    I can't believe no one's upset about Carrie Underwood!!

  • She's a wooden plank! Her casting is much more upsetting than Moyer's. Stop trying to make former American Idol contestants into television actors, NBC!

  • bonnie

    My shock over Biiiiiill temporarily rendered me unable to picture Carrie Underwood singing "The Sound of Music." And now, I'm pretty sure a rage blackout is in order.

  • e jerry powell

    If The Sound of Music can survive long national tours by Marie Osmond and Barry "Greg Brady: Equity Scab" Williams, it can survive anything.

  • mswas

    If Harvey Fierstein plays Mother Superior, I'm in.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    Now I can't stop thinking about the time when I saw him play Tevye onstage. Fiddler on the Roof is my all-time favourite musical, and that one performance ruined the entire show for me.

  • e jerry powell

    And not Rosie O'Donnell as Golde?

  • Mitchell Hundred

    That was not an entirely terrible choice. Like Fierstein, she cannot sing or act for shit. But unlike Fierstein, her personality does at least somewhat mesh with the character she's playing. There isn't a million-mile gap between 'big Irish lesbian' and 'overbearing Jewish mother', so it did make a bizarre kind of sense (which, as we all know, is the best kind).

    Also, a lot of stuff looks not terrible when compared side by side with Harvey Fierstein's Tevye.

  • e jerry powell

    And again:

    What is it you can't face Maria?

    Except this time EXTRA CAMPY.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Also: I would like to register my disappointment at the lack of Dead Or Alive realness in Loki's hair. COME ON.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    SPOILER: Thor 2 will still not have enough Darcy for my taste.

  • MelBivDevoe

    Nice gams, Stellan Skarsgard!

  • MC

    Is it just me, or is Thor's "hammer" bigger?

  • It's not the size of the hammer, it's how far you can throw it.

  • e jerry powell


  • Eve

    Once a Broadway musical is made into a movie it's supposed dissappear? Never to be performed again? Because you, queen nobody, says so? LOL

  • $27019454

    Right. I love the SoM as much (ok, more) as anybody, but I say Go ahead and remake whatever you want to. Make it Extra-Crappy. Why would I even care? I don't care. I'll never see it. What are we all afraid of -- that young folk will see it and think it's the real thing? So what? Yeah, it'll be wretched. Of course it will (and I love Bill/Stephen Moyer). You couldn't pay me to see it. But why would I even care that they are remaking it. It has nothing to do with me and will not affect my life one bit. Entertainment exists for YOUR/OUR/MY entertainment. If I don't find it entertaining, I don't expose myself to it. Moving on: Nothing to see here.

    Me me me. Me . Mememememe.

  • stella

    I think its more the replacing of Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer with Stephan Moyer and Carrie Underwood thats upsetting people.

  • e jerry powell

    I mean, seriously.

    Mary Martin. Theodore Bikel.

    Larry Hagman's mother gets credit for NOTHING anymore. Not Peter Pan, not South Pacific...

    The woman was a theatrical legend, and people want to pretend she never existed.

  • BWeaves

    Hi Eve. I happen to agree with you. I'm a fan of the original cast of the Broadway play. I have the LP which says proudly on its cover, "This is a new Stereophonic recording. We guarantee it will not become obsolete in the future." About 20 years ago I bought the DVD of the same album. The cover is exactly the same, with Mary Martin and her guitar, except the guarantee is missing. Hum.

    As much as I love Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, I see no reason why someone can't remake it for a live oncer. Yeah, it's not going to replace the movie, but so what?

    P.S. You might want to drop the abbreviations around these woods. They're sticklers for grammar.

  • Ruthie O

    You're wrong. You are just so wrong. This isn't about The Sound of Music being a Broadway musical first. It's about it being classic cinema, a movie so perfect, so touching, so iconic, so universally beloved, that no remake could top it. Generations of kids still watch it on repeat; its power resonates past time and nationality.

    Would you be okay if Wizard of Oz was being remade with Katherine McPhee as Dorothy and Zac Efron as scarecrow? Or ET remade with the kid who plays Manny on Modern Family? Or It's a Wonderful Life remade with Ryan Reynolds? All those are classics, and more than that, untouchable cinema that can survive the test of time. If any of those horrifying hypotheticals sent shivers down your spine, then you can understand how devotees of The Sound of Music feel. And if those awful scenarios didn't, then you really should go now. Bye bye.

  • e jerry powell

    Hmmm. I would have to go off on Katharine McPhee like Jack Nicholson went off on Jerry Hall.

  • e jerry powell

    You're just giving producers more bad ideas now, you know?

    And the songs that got cut from the film version of SOM are still worth hearing, even if most people haven't.

  • Ruthie O

    Yeah, I may have swung too far in the crazy direction in all my rage. If any of these ideas are made into movies, I'll give you my home address so you can direct the angry mob I would so rightly deserve.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Or ET remade with the kid who plays Manny on Modern Family?

    If this happens, I will personally hunt you down like a rabid dog and murderize you.

  • Ruthie O

    Don't worry. If some producer is reading this thread and I somehow inspired that remake into existence, I would off myself far before you could get to me.

  • e jerry powell

    As well you should.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Thank you for offering to do the right thing.

  • Jerce

    You know, since the first time I saw The Sound Of Music at about age seven, I have hated the shit out of that saccharine stupid movie.
    As you have probably guessed, sometimes I feel very alone.

  • Ruthie O

    I get it. We all have one or two universally beloved classic that we just don't love or even like. I hate Scarface, and man, EVERYBODY loves that movie in their college years. But not me!

    Fortunately, there is a cure for such loneliness. Just close your eyes and think of raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, some warm woolen mittens, and brown paper packages tied up with strings. I hear this works like a charm.

  • chanohack

    My aunt recently saw this on a BIG SCREEN, and apparently it was completely awesome and different-- why not just re-release that shit instead of remaking it? She said it was a whole new experience. She also took my cousin, who is five, to introduce him to nuns and nazis. At the part where they're hiding in the abbey, and the tiny one asks if they should sing about their favorite things, and then Rolf comes in wearing his uniform and literally blows the whistle on them, my cousin asked why the fireman didn't want them to sing.

    Also he's really small and was not heavy enough to hold the theater seat down so it kept folding up on him and he got really mad and was a tiny mad person.

  • e jerry powell

    What is it you can't face Maria?


  • XiuFetish

    Makes me cackle every. damn. time.

  • Jerce

    I hate Scarface too. And Pretty Woman. Steel Magnolias, mawkish manipulative garbage. Raging Bull was irritating and boring.

    Yeah, lonely.

  • kirbyjay

    Dirty Dancing
    Patrick Swayze

  • Yeah, you're just an asshole. You deserve Carrie fucking Underwood crammed down your asshole face.

  • stardust

    Hi there! You must be new. This is the place for blanket snarky assertions about our collectively treasured or reviled bits of pop culture.

    Also, no LOL allowed. I don't make the rules, I just bitchily mention them.

  • Zirza

    "Once a Broadway musical is made into a movie it's supposed dissappear?"

    Hey, I'm all for remakes (not really) but NOBODY is going to beat snarky-hot Plummer in The Sound of Music. Not even Stephen Moyer.

  • ironjohn

    Amen. It doesn't work this time Cindy Davis. Try the snark tactic somewhere else.

  • NiceTryNewbie

    "Try the snark tactic elsewhere"? Do you know where you are? Bitch, this place was BUILT on snark.

  • $27019454

    Yes indeed. And I'd say Eve (above) has the snark thing down pat. Her opinion just does not line up with yours. But she brought the snark. Righteously so. Nice job, Eve.

  • ironjohn

    There's a diff between snark and and just dismissive.
    Billith FOREVER + edelweiss

  • Even Stevens


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