Wednesday, September 2, 2009

MD News Desk: Marvel! Glee! Mamma Mia!

Keep up to date with all the latest from the entertainment world with the MD News Desk:

Glee:
- Gleeks unite! While we wait for the much-anticipated second episode of the fab new musical comedy series Glee next Wednesday, Fox will air special repeats of the pilot twice this week. First, tonight's broadcast will be a "director's cut" including deleted scenes, while Friday's showing will offer scrolling Twitter commentary from the cast at the bottom of the screen.
- In the meantime, here's a preview of an upcoming episode, featuring a rapping Matthew Morrison.
- And the first of at least two Glee soundtrack albums will be released November 3. Click hereto pre-order from Amazon.com.

Coming to TV:
- The L Word to return to Showtime ... as a reality series?
- MTV planning a Teen Wolf series.

Coming Soon:
- The big news this week: Disney buys Marvel. Variety has a good overview on how this will (and will not) effect Marvel's film and theme park properties for the foreseeable future ...
- Such as Fox's planned reboot of the Fantastic Four (let's hope they keep Chris Evans and boot Jessica Alba) and Paramount's scheduled The Avengers, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man 2 and 3.
- Meanwhile, in more superhero movie news: DC Comics' Deadman to rise from the grave onscreen, while The Green Hornet gets pushed back to Christmas 2010.
- Remake This: Rebecca De Mornay cast in Mother's Day update, while Paul W.S. Anderson will helm a 3-D Three Musketeers.
- Sequel Watch: Halloween 3-D and Rambo 5 (not in 3-D ... at least yet).

From Screen to Stage:
- And speaking of Marvel, it may not be the end for the troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark after all.
- The Los Angeles run of Mary Poppins extends a month.
- The national tour of The Color Purple, starring Fantasia Barrino, launches in Chicago.
- Master parodist Gerard Alessandrini discusses the past and possible future of Forbidden Broadway.
- The Dreamgirls tour wants you to "Listen" to Deena ... and Effie.
- Naked Boys Singing goes to West Hollywood.
- Sold out: Streep Tease: An Evening of Meryl Streep Monologues Performed by an All-Male Company.

Out in Film:
- AfterElton.com offers an extensive and informative interview with Nicholas Rodriguez, a.k.a. One Life to Live's newest gay character Nick.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Tom Lenk joins Rock of Ages.
- Neil Patrick Harris talks Emmys and American Idol.
- Tony Kushner's epic Angels in America saga to be revived Off-Broadway next season.
- Mois├ęs Kaufman's new epilogue to The Laramie Project, about the murder of Matthew Shepard, will be presented in a "historic and unprecedented" premiere concurrently at theatres around the world.
- As Avenue Q winds down to its Broadway closing September 13, Playbill.com interviews its Tony Award winning librettist Jeff Whitty (who is not only working on the Tales of the City musical, but one based on ... Bring It On!), while their Seth Rudetsky chats with the ladies of the final cast.
- The Advocate chats with Giuliana & Bill's "gay husband" Matt Jacobi.

Women We Love:
- Star Trek: Voyager's Kate Mulgrew has joined the cast of this fall's new NBC hospital drama series Mercy.
- DRG Records will release the six-disc "The Essential Barbara Cook Collection" October 14. Click hereto pre-order from Amazon.com.
- Estelle Parsons leads the touring cast of August: Osage County.
- Angela Lansbury to host a memorial for her Mame co-star Beatrice Arthur in NYC.

Ride the Movies:
- Behold: Fantasmic's new Maleficent Dragon at Disneyland.


Awards Watch:
- The Academy has announced that it will be using the preferential voting system to determine which of the 10 contenders for its Best Picture award will receive the 2009 Oscar.
- The Bold and the Beautiful (and their grizzly bear) was the big winner at this year's Daytime Emmy Awards.
- Robin Williams and all four Golden Girls are among those to be named Disney Legends at the D23 Expo next week.

Videodrone:
- Watch This: Serial Mamma Mia!

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