I’m not sure if we have a term in the English language for something like the singularity, except it happens when Craigslist ads for reality shows based on better scripted programs become self-aware, but if we did, the world we lived in would be even sadder. (Presumably because that means this phenomenon happened enough to deserve its own entry in Webster’s.)
So just be glad that the Emmy-Award winning producers behind this new program about Brooklyn/downtown Manhattan hipsters 20-somethings who are trying to figure it all out can only have the one reference like this:
Fifty Shades of Grey
Did you think the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomena would just fade away now that Girls is back on? Sorry, no, your mother would rather read about Christian Grey and imagine herself as Anastasia Steele than think about the awkward sex you might be having with a bisexual right now. (Even though, hey, remember when Bret Easton Ellis floated Lena Dunham’s name as a possible candidate for the heroine in his adaptation of the book, which will now never see the light of day?)
Now a new theatrical parody, Doubleday’s hardcover printing of the E.L. James trilogy and casting speculation on the upcoming film, 2013 looks like it just might be another great day for vanilla BDSM sex!
Some people are willing to do anything to get on television: admit they are drug addicts, hoarders or horrible mothers/wives/girlfriends who drink almost as much Chardonnay as they throw in their co-stars’ faces. And you know what? God bless them. If not for Go-Go juice and the future of diabetes paraded around for America to laugh and love and inwardly hate themselves for allowing this spectacle to go on, how else would we get our entertainment?
But you have to wonder where the line is for some of these desperate reality show types, who, after all, can only hope to become famous for being not-famous (i.e. for playing “themselves,” not-famous people, on television, where they will become famous and have to keep up the façade that they are still leading a normal life even if they were on Jimmy Kimmel the night before, since otherwise the whole illusion would be shattered and they would have to go back to being actually not famous, as opposed to constructed “reality” of non-famousness).
Which is all a long way of saying: how desperate do you have to be to go on a casting call whose main requirement is being too tired and/or busy to have sex?
Arrested Development, the show that has lived in suspended animation for almost twice as long as it was actually on television, is coming back to life through a new Netflix season and a feature film. The rumors are true! And not only that, but you, average person who is not a film extra, now have an opportunity for a walk-on role in the show!
(Insert your favorite Arrested Development line here. Ex: “I just blue myself,” “But where did the lighter fluid come from?” “Gene Parmesan!” etc.)
Well, it’s no unicyclist requirement, but HBO’s “Atlantic City by way of Greenpoint” period drama, Boardwalk Empire, is currently casting for male background extras. Must be comfortable with a haircut and fake cigarettes.
It’s been a while since we heard about the purported biopic of the Gotti family being put together by… the Gotti family. The yet-to-shoot film, which held a press conference with stars Lindsay Lohan and John Travolta and director Nick Cassavetes just before director Nick Cassavetes quit the project, is now to be directed Read More
Avy Kaufman, one of New York’s top casting agents who’s cast movies from Brokeback Mountain to American Gangster to the upcoming Lincoln-assassination drama The Conspirator, had no idea who she’d cast as Sarah Palin in the upcoming HBO film Game Change. (Julianne Moore, it was announced, got the role; no other castings for Read More
Mad Men is still mired in renewal talks between network AMC and production company Lionsgate (show creator Matthew Weiner, pictured at right, has indicated it may never return), and fans are getting restless. So, too, actors! As delays run on indefinitely, it’s unclear to what degree the stars of the show should be seeking Read More
What’s Playing has a list of contenders for the Lois Lane part in Zack Snyder’s new Superman reboot, following the casting of Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel. Cavill’s casting was the subject of much speculation, with names like Jon Hamm and Joe Manganiello bandied about — and it looks like the female Read More