Guess what else we are not done remaking: Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic suspense novel Rebecca. Variety reported on Wednesday that Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name, The Social Network) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) have signed on to star in Netflix and Working Title’s film adaptation of Rebecca. Entertainment Weekly reported that Jane Goldman (Kingsman) is writing the script and Ben Wheatley (High Rise) is directing. It will be hard to follow Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in Hitchcock’s 1940 film adaption. The book itself is so good it will make you fear marriage, parties in your honor, and living on large estates, for the rest of your life (in my case more of a chicken-egg situation). The story follows Maxim de Winter and his second wife (the roles in which Hammer and James have been cast), who is quickly victimized by insecurities she will never live up to the passion and beauty of the first, Rebecca. Then there is Mrs. Danvers, a caretaker … [Read more...] about Armie Hammer and Lily James to Star in Netflix Adaptation of
Good luck finding a better internet video today. You may recognize actor/impressionist Julia Finkelstein for her previous popular video impersonations of Ariana Grande, in which she showed off her uncannily subdued impression of the pop star (baby voice: yeah). The most recent one dropped in October, a few days after Ariana’s split from Pete Davidson. Well, Finkelstein has truly outdone herself this time with a one-take, 6-minute parody of Vogue’s 73 Questions video series. Finkelstein’s Ariana is so chill she seems minutes away from a coma, acutely aware of her own adorability, mush-mouthed when in song, and at times, oddly earnest. Some of her answers to the inane questions in this video aren’t even jokes—they just seem to be legitimately what Finkelstein thinks grounded pop queen Ariana would say. It’s sweet? This is one of those impersonations like Maya Rudolph’s Whitney Houston that is destined to intertwine with the image of its source in … [Read more...] about Julia Finkelstein’s
Hugh Jackman said WHAT?! No really, the following actual quote reads like an entry in the ongoing THEY SAID WHAT?! series of posts on Jezebel’s fellow GMG network site ClickHole, which invents absurd quotes attributed to celebrities: “Embarrassingly, I didn’t know what a wolverine was, I’d never heard of such an animal. I presumed it was a made up name for the comic book. I’d never read an X-Men comic, I’d never seen a wolverine. We don’t have them in our zoos.” That’s Hugh Jackman on the importance of getting an education. Actually, it’s something he said regarding his X-Men character on Monday night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Well, at least now he knows. Jackman also paid tribute to Stan Lee, the man behind many Marvel franchises, including X-Men, who died Monday. (Not for nothing, but Lee was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by multiple sources in multiple instances earlier this year, … [Read more...] about Wolverines (the Animal) to Wolverine (the Superhero): Call Us by Your Name!
“Least this song is a smash,” sings Ariana Grande at the end of the third verse in “thank u, next,” and what do you know, she was right. The song debuts at No. 1 on the latest Billboard Hot 100, notching Grande her first ever No. 1 on the pop chart (her previous peak was No. 2 with 2014's “Problem”). Billboard reports that during its first eligible week, the song streamed some 55.5 million times in the U.S., sold 81,000 downloads, and had a radio audience of 11.3 million. The song was bound to grab attention as it was her first direct public statement on her breakup with Pete Davidson but it’s so ingeniously crafted (those hooks! that melodic serenity! that knocking bass! her grace!) so as to keep people wanting to hear it. It functions as much as tool to control Grande’s narrative as a pop song, and it is as specific (naming some but not all of Grande’s exes) as it is universal (almost everyone has broken up and summoned the will … [Read more...] about Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ Rockets to Where It Belongs: Number 1, Baby
Actress Ruth Wilson, whom you might recognize from The Affair or the version of Jane Eyre costarring Maggie Smith’s son, is taking on an interesting new role for a new BBC drama: She’s playing her own grandmother, who discovered upon her husband’s death that he was in fact a spy and a bigamist. Wilson will star as Alison Wilson in Mrs. Wilson, based on her grandmother’s memoirs, Deadline reports, summarizing the plot like so: The drama follows Alison Wilson (Ruth Wilson), who thinks she is happily married until her husband, popular spy novelist Alec Wilson, played by Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), dies and a woman turns up on the doorstep claiming to be Alec’s wife. Alison is determined to prove the validity of her own marriage – and Alec’s love for her – but is instead led into a world of disturbing secrets. Playing the husband: Iain Glen, aka Jorah Mormont, aka I mean I can kinda see getting drawn into some complex drama for the dude … [Read more...] about Ruth Wilson Will Play Her Own Grandma in This New BBC Period Drama