The midseason drama -- about the creation of a Broadway musical based on Marilyn Monroe's life -- has cast Thurman as a "famous and somewhat difficult movie star" who flirts with the idea of starring in the theater production. EW reports Thurman will appear in five episodes of the much-anticipated NBC series.
Thurman is best known for starring in Quentin Tarantino's big screen projects like the 'Kill Bill' franchise and 'Pulp Fiction,' which scored her an Oscar nomination, but she's not altogether new to TV. Her last small-screen cameo was in the 2008 TV movie 'A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa' and, before that, she won a Golden Globe for her work in 2002's 'Hysterical Blindness.'
Another week, another story from Hollywood about a beloved TV show being turned into a feature film. Last week it was 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' and this week it's ... 'I Dream of Jeannie.' Yes, yes, they've talked about this one before. But that was then and this is now and the Los Angeles Times reports that 'I Dream of Jeannie' is back on with Sheila Callaghan, one of the scribes on 'United States of Tara,' has been handed the assignment. That means whatever the writers from 'National Treasure' and 'Mulan' and 'Bend It Like Beckham' who've taken a swing at it in the past few years weren't able to make it work.
There is an essential problem with 'Jeannie,' as anyone who knows the shows realizes. How do you make the story of a love-crazed, subservient slave-like genie who lives in a bottle and calls her astronaut boyfriend master relevant. That's a tough nut to crack, but maybe casting the role of Jeannie would be a start.
In addition to all the 'New Moon' stuff, there's the latest on Aussie action man Sam Worthington, who has just signed on to star in 'The Last Days of American Crime.'
Siriano is excited to be featured in the movie, saying, "It is a dream to work with legends such as [director] Charles Shyer, Uma Thurman and [costume designer] Milena Canonero on a wonderful story filled with creative inspirations." One of the film's major scenes takes place at Paris Fashion week, and it will be Siriano's creations that the models will be wearing as they strut down the catwalk.
While having a collection in a movie-version of Paris fashion week isn't quite as prestigious as having a collection in real Paris fashion week, the young Siriano is off to a good start. After all, he could have been designing clothes for the Bratz movie, like a certain other Runway winner.
Uma Thurman is set to star alongside Paddy Considine and Jonathan Pryce in My Zinc Bed, an adaptation of David Hare's 2000 play expected to air on HBO sometime next year.
The movie focuses on an alcoholic, Considine, who has an affair with his boss' wife, played by Thurman. Hare is involved with the project, which is being directed by Anthony Page, who has directed for television several times, including the Masterpiece Theater miniseries Middlemarch.
Hare's other projects include the screenplay for The Hours, for which he received an Oscar nomination in 2003.
Thurman previously appeared on HBO in 2003's Hysterical Blindness.
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That's getting ahead of the game though. Before we could get to the Peter and Bill hijinks, there was the loosely relevant opening at the Quahog Marine Center. While it was a long way to go to get to the main plot, there were a lot of funny bits in that opening. Herbert at the fondle tank, Stewie's stripper line, and Seamus saving Peter from the octopus were all good bits. I especially liked the Wacky Wall Walker finish to that.
Knowing that Rainn Wilson is in the movie... is that reason enough for you to plop down $10?
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So what's the natural follow-up? Grey's Anatomy, y'all!
On Friday, Oprah will talk to the entire cast of Grey's about the hugely popular season finale and about the show in general, including show news. She'll also have Uma Thurman for something or other.
(By the way, Thursday's show is about 50 young people Oprah wants you to meet. But saying that was the follow-up to Auschwitz isn't nearly as absurdly funny as talking about Grey's. My blog post; I get to make up the rules.)
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Along with King Kong, Turner also bought the rights to air these movies in 2008:
- The Ice Harvest, starring Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack;
- Doom, starring The Rock;
- Two for the Money, starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey;
- Prime, starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman.