Today in show business news: Disney raises its park fares to almost $400 per day for a family of four, Showtime finds a leading man, and The Killing holds steady.
If you've got little ones constantly pulling on your pant legs, tearfully begging you to take them to Disney World, or if you're one of those whimsical adults who loves going to children's theme parks, I'm afraid I have some bad news for you. It will now cost any person over the age of ten $92 for a day pass to Disneyland, plus $16 in parking fees, and a whopping $95 for Disney World. So if your kid's in fourth grade, that'll be nearly a hundred bucks to take them on the Dumbo ride. Or to wait in line at Splash Mountain. To pay twenty bucks for a soda and a damn churro. It's an expensive place, is what I'm saying. That's nearly $400 for a family of four to spend a single day at Disney World, forget hotels and flights and food and whatever souvenir you're hoodwinked into buying. So, I dunno. Maybe just put on the Aladdin DVD and call it a day. They can go to Disney when they're older and can pay for themselves. Or maybe they just won't go at all. I mean by the time they grow up it'll be like $200. Who's got that kinda money to ride the Thunder Mountain Railroad? [Deadline]
Dominic West, of The Wire fame but also of course Mona Lisa Smile, has been cast as the lead on a new Showtime pilot. The show is called The Affair and is about "two marriages, the affair that disrupts them and the fallout that ensues." West will play a stable family man who meets another woman and falls in love. Ohh so wait, was it inspired by this maybe? That would be fascinating. The show is from the creators of In Treatment, so it will likely be a very serious affair, but I wouldn't mind a little scandal and tawdriness. Not that that story is necessarily so tawdry, but this is Showtime. They could tawd it up, couldn't they? Tawd, Showtime. Tawd! [The Hollywood Reporter]
The return of AMC's once-dead mystery series The Killing proved that people still care about the old girl. The show's third season debuted last night to 1.8 million people, the same number of people that tuned into the season two premiere. Was it the same exact people? A new crowd eager to watch this show all about Seattle mayoral politics they've been hearing so much about? (They'd have been disappointed last night, then.) There's really no way of knowing, but it's likely that AMC is happy with the number. Of course they'll have to wait and see if people stay with the season, but I for one found the new mystery interesting, and grim, enough to want to see it through to its end. But then maybe that's it. How many rain-soaked murders can we really be subjected to? Let's stick with the two cases and then, I dunno, put Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman in a romantic comedy together. Y'know, really capitalize on their banter abilities. And make it somewhere sunny. Think about it, AMC. [Deadline]
Here's a trailer for the indie drama Short Term 12, staring United States of Tara's Brie Larson and The Newsroom's John Gallagher Jr. as foster care supervisors. Plus there's the girl from Justified and Rami Malek, who is cute in a sort of strange and mysterious way. The film was a hit at SXSW, so it's certainly got a particular kind of indie cred. I'm curious to see Brie Larson as a leading lady/serious actress type, and it's interesting that Gallagher is beginning his movie career. So, all around, plenty to see here.