A trailer for an upcoming family drama/horror/thriller has us pretty darn excited. Elsewhere in showbiz news: Honey Boo Boo ain't goin' anywhere, Christopher Guest assembles his own version of the Avengers, and Justin Timberlake stretches his acting muscle some more.
A first trailer has been released for Oldboy director Chan-wook Park's American film debut, Stoker, and it looks good. Nicole Kidman plays a mean mama, Mia Wasikowska plays her potentially mean daughter, and Matthew Goode (where ya been, buddy??) plays a seriously mean uncle. What we see in the trailer is visually arresting, the acting looks sharp and scary, and there seems to be an almost supernatural horror to the the thing that shocks and intrigues. Basically we can't wait until March 2013 for this crazy thing to come out. Why aren't they releasing this in time for all the big awards?? The spring is a dead zone, people. What are you thinking? Well, whatever, we don't really care what they're thinking because we're just too excited to see this damn thing. Oh, and Wentworth Miller, from Prison Break, wrote the script. So that just adds to the exciting weirdness!
Don't worry, TLC has ordered more episodes of its reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, about a family of savvy geniuses, including three holiday specials for Halloween (Honey Boooooo Boooooo!), Christmas (Ho-ho-honey Boo Boo), and Thanksgiving (Sweet Christ, It's Food Time). So that ought to satisfy all of you, right? There will be more regular episodes and then these specials. That's a lot of Honey Boo Boo. If you want more Honey Boo Boo than that, then I think you might have a Honey Boo Boo problem and need to go to the Honey Boo-Hoo, which is what the family calls therapy, because that's where you cry. [Deadline]
Oh man, when Christopher Guest gets the band back together, he really gets the band back together. The Waiting for Guffman/Best In Show genius is doing a new mockumentary show for HBO and he's just signed up his regular players Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., and Fred "Willie-Whackin'" Willard for recurring roles. That's marvelous! He still hasn't gotten the whole crew back together, he still desperately needs at least Catherine O'Hara and Parker Posey, but this is a good start. It's a great start. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Ugh. On October 24th, Joe's Pub at The Public Theater will unveil a one-night show called Perfectly Marvelous: The Songs of 'Cabaret' with Anne Hathaway and Friends. So yeah. Anne Hathaway is going to be singing songs from Cabaret at Joe's Pub in less than a month's time. Well, look, OK, it's a fundraiser for the theater, which is always a good thing, but still. Anne Hathaway? Anyone but Anne Hathaway. Maggie Gyllenhaal sings! She's pretty insufferable too, but she's not Anne Hathaway. Or what about, I don't know, Gwyneth Paltrow. Sure, sure she's an utter nightmare, but she's not Anne Hathaway? Gah, why do all the famous actresses who also sing have to be such horrors? Oh, wait, right, of course, because they are famous actresses who sing. That's all it is. Sigh. [Playbill]
Speaking of nightmares, Justin Timberlake has been cast in a new movie in which he will play, get this, a New York Magazine food critic. Ha. Haha. Hahahaha. Christ on an artisanal cracker that is pretty ludicrous. The guy who directed Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is directing the thing, called The Last Drop, so it ought to be nice and twee. And get this: "Timberlake would play a charming alcoholic who works as a restaurant critic for New York Magazine. When he falls for a young woman, he realizes he must overcome his self-destructive addiction in order to have a real chance with her." Ohhh sweet misty morning. Look, Justin. You're funny on Saturday Night Live. And there was a moment or two in Alpha Dog where it was like, "Aight, I could see it for him." But everything since? Not so much. The acting thing, it's not... It's not really you, y'know? It's just not you. I say to you "Elvis Presley" and what do you think first? Do you think "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Hound Dog" or do you think Flaming Star? That's what I thought. Get back to the music, dude. Make a cameo once in a while, host SNL for a few laughs, but stick to the music. That's your thing. That's your legacy. Playing a New York Magazine food critic in a movie is not. [Variety]
Mindy Kaling's big leading lady debut The Mindy Project didn't open quite as well as Fox would have hoped, premiering last night with 4.7 million viewers and a 2.4 rating. Compare that to second season return of New Girl, which got 5.3 million and a 2.7, and that's not very grand for a big series premiere. But still, it could be a lost worse, and it beat its time-slot competitor The New Normal (5.2 million, 2.0), so that's good. Another of Fox's new comedies, the too perky Ben and Kate, opened soft, with a limp 4.2 million and a 2.0. Still, all of these shows have a little time to find their footing, so nobody panic. Meanwhile, I need you to watch another Fox show, The Mob Doctor, because I weirdly like it and it's going to get canceled if people don't watch it, which no one is, so please watch it, if not for yourselves, for a stranger on the internet. Please? [Entertainment Weekly]