What’s Mitchum Huntzberger up to these days?

The ever-busy Gregg Henry (Mitchum Huntzberger in Gilmore Girls) has signed onto the upcoming Marvel comic movie, Guardians Of The Galaxy!

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If you’ve ever played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Gregg Henry is a brilliant move because he’s the very definition of eclectic.  He’s burned into my childhood memories as a baddie in Airwolf, but he’s been prolific for the last 35 years, appearing in such iconic TV shows as Remington Steele, Moonlighting, Magnum PI, Cagney & Lacey, LA Law, Walker Texas Ranger, Matlock, JAG, Chicago Hope, Murder She Wrote, CSI, Firefly, 24, ER, The Mentalist, Castle, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, Medium, Hung, Burn Notice, Bunheads and The Killing.  He’s a veritable national treasure.

His commanding presence in Gilmore Girls was delectable and perfect casting.  He barely needs to speak to get himself across.  Then in Bunheads he was barely recogniseable as the bar owner Rico – yet still perfectly cast!  Although of course in a Gilmore Girls crowd he’d get stoned because of Mitchum’s attempt to crush Rory’s journo dreams.  Yes, he did kind of redeem himself later on but that was series seven.

What was your favourite Gregg Henry role?  Any favourite Mitchum moments?  How about… What do you think happens to Mitchum after we last see him?  Gets embroiled in a phone-tapping scandal?  Has a secret tryst with Pennilyn Lott?

(I’m going to say…  he falls off his yacht in the Atlantic Ocean but wakes up on an island inhabited by a primitive tribe who make him their village idiot.  His frequent attempts to escape the island are inadvertently thwarted by a crime solving monkey he names Rory and there’s a will-they-won’t-they subplot with the chief’s daughter, who displays cannibalistic tendencies.)

Join The Gilmore Girls Movie Project

what's the worst that could happen?Have you come across the Gilmore Girls Movie Project?

c/o @GGmovieIt’s an online petition whose noble purpose is to demonstrate a collective desire to know what happened next, to those characters that made a family of sorts.  Indeed for many of us, these characters became part of our own family and history too: Taylor Doose the nutty uncle, Dean the moody cousin and Lorelai the best friend / mom / woman ever.  It would be fulfilling to bring Amy Sherman-Palladino back and gain some closure in a way the final season didn’t quite manage.

Check out their YouTube video for the cause and why not add your name to the list?  What’ve you got to lose?  With a current goal of a mere 500 signatures (180 to go), show some love…

Link to The Gilmore Girls Movie Project.

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Alexis Bledel is Favorite for 50 Shades Movie

alexis grey?Yes it’s pure speculation and likely she hasn’t even been asked, but Alexis Bledel is the bookie’s favourite to play the female lead in the upcoming movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.

The notoriously steamy novel by E.L. James revolves around the relationship between 27-year old bazillionaire Christian Grey and recent college graduate Anastasia Steele and if you haven’t read it yet, don’t expect anything until chapter 7.

Alexis’ odds at William Hill are 2/1, with Mila Kunis at 9/2 and Emma Watson at 6/1 (I wonder if they’d get the same odds in an actual foot-race).  Thing is, Alexis’ schedule seems to be filling up already with Fox picking up Us and Them (the US remake of britcom Gavin and Stacey), with Alexis playing Stacey.  Focus Features, the production company behind Lost In Translation and Brokeback Mountain, has set the 50 Shades release date as August 1st 2014.

For my two cents, I could see Alexis playing it – she has the effortless naivete and the acting chops to play an innocent ten years younger than she is – and of course there’s the in-built audience for her playing against type as Rory Gilmore – but I don’t know if it’s the best fit.  As the director of Nowhere Boy, an honest biopic that portrayed the young John Lennon as a charismatic and talented but troubled kid, I would trust Sam Taylor-Johnson to find the guts of the story.

However, I’d suspect a relative unknown to take the lead.  Nobody saw Jennifer Lawrence or Kristen Stewart coming before they were cast in The Hunger Games and Twilight.  Casting any big star would mean some of the more – uh – specific parts of the book would have to be left out.  The expectations of the movie would be ridiculously high and the movie would have to stand alone in its own right.  Anything less than that would tar everyone involved which would be a risk although perhaps in Hollywood, there’s always that risk.

What do you think?  Could she play it?  Should she play it?

Melissa McCarthy responds to ‘tractor’ attack

One of the most successful Gilmore Girls actors post-Gilmore is Melissa McCarthy, who embodied the effervescent chef, Sookie St. James. Currently doing the rounds for The Heat, in which she and Sandra Bullock play mismatched cop buddies, she most recently featured in The Identity Thief alongside Jason Bateman.

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Earlier this year, The New York Observer (the same weekly tabloid that launched Candace Bushnell’s column that became Sex And The City), published a review of The Identity Thief, distastefully targetting McCarthy as:

‘…a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.’

The critic also labelled her ‘tractor-sized’ and a ‘female hippo’.  The piece and its author received widespread online condemnation but McCarthy made no immediate public response.

She only recently responded in an interview with the New York Times, recalling her initial reaction as ‘Really?’-  and then ‘Why would someone O.K. that?’

She continued:

‘I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.’

And reflected that had this happened when she was 20, it would have crushed her and that now, as a mother of two daughters in our current environment of distorted notions of what people should look like, she considered how such comments especially affect young girls who haven’t yet found confidence in themselves.

‘That makes it more true.  It means you don’t actually look good enough.’

When it came to Sookie St James, size never occurred to me as an issue.  It was her personality and talent that, along with all the Gilmore Girls characters, make them seem larger than life.   As an actor, when I see Melissa on billboards and at the movies, I can’t help thinking, with a hint of pride, ‘I knew her when…’.  Her success seems obvious now, her comic timing and the gusto with which she plasters herself onto these characters are at once daring and endearing.  In later years, I can equally see her excelling at quieter, thoughtful parts with aplomb, playing the old lady she always thought she would.

What did you think of Melissa McCarthy’s recent movies and recognition?  Is she funny just because she’s big?  Can anything be done about the issue so many young girls have with their body image?

The Last Four Words of the Gilmore Girls Movie

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Part of the Gilmore Girls mythos is that the show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has the last four words rattling around in her head.  Words that she would have written, had the studio kept her for the final series or asked her to write the final episode.

ASP: When the negotiations [for the final season] got so crazy we thought, Maybe we’re high? Maybe they don’t want it for the next couple of years. But by not having control of that, it shifts the focus of what my last words would have been. I was also holding on to it for a long time because I was thinking if we did do a movie, I would be able to use it there. I don’t think that’s ever going to happen so, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll eventually say the four words. I feel like now I’ll let people down because it’s been so built up. “Really? That’s what we waited all these twelve years for? Well, thanks so much.”

Quote from a terrific interview at Vulture.

Since that quote, we’ve had the Veronica Mars kickstarter and the subsequent outpouring of Gilmore love in response.  We’re also going through this weird Bunheads hiatus and I can’t see ASP twiddling her thumbs waiting for inspiration. Somewhere out there, I’m thinking ideas are knitting together. JK Rowling wrote the final chapter of the seventh Harry Potter book long before the first was even typed up. Gah, it’s such a tease! I can’t help thinking that if you know the destination, you’ve got some idea about the journey.

What do you think those final four words might be?  And who says them?  Get your thinking hats on and browse these last lines of Gilmores past for inspiration:

Series 5:

Lorelai: Luke will you marry me?
Luke: … What?

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Series 4:

Rory: I hate you for ruining this for me!
[Rory runs out of the house and calls Dean’s mobile phone. His wife answers.]
Lindsay: Hello? Hello? Hello?

s04e22 Raincoats And Recipes

Series 2: Lorelai and Rory at Sookie and Jackson’s wedding.  Both have been knocked askew, Rory from kissing Jess and Lorelai from Christopher’s news that Sherry is pregnant and his immediate departure.

Rory: I think I’m going to Washington.
Lorelai: Oh… Okay.

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Series 3: Rory’s graduated from Chilton and they’re about to leave the building for the last time.

Lorelai: It’s not so scary any more.
Rory: No. No, it’s not.

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My guess?

Lorelai (to Luke): It’s never too late.

or maybe

Kirk: Help? Help somebody please?

Alexis Bledel in Violet & Daisy at US theaters on Friday!

Arrietty and RoryReleased in the US on Friday is Violet and Daisy, starring Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore) as Violet.  Taking her Sin City role a step further, she and Saoirse Ronan play a pair of teenage assassins taking on New York criminals.  They take on a job targeting a mysterious loner (James Gandolfini) who leads them into some twisty-turny plot.

Written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher (Academy Award winning screenwriter for Precious) comes:

“a mesmerizing hybrid of New York City crime fable and existential coming-of-age drama. In VIOLET & DAISY teenage kicks match wits with adult-world turmoil, placing three wounded souls into a line of fire none expected – themselves.”

http://violetanddaisyfilm.com/

Check out the trailer here.

I couldn’t stop wondering how old Alexis is supposed to be (the pat-a-cake scene made me cringe) and her grip on those guns looks a little precarious but the movie looks like fun.  Made in 2011, it’s encouraging that it has a theatrical release.

Will you be seeing it?  If you’ve already seen it, I’d love to know what you thought.

Our little Rory’s all growed up!

Parenthood season 5

In April, it was confirmed that Parenthood will receive a fifth (not the last I hope) season.

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The season will include a full season with 22 episodes and I’m very happy about this.
I hope season five offers us something special. Which I really think it’s going to do then Parenthood never usually disappoint me.
What do you hope that the season will offer?

Sarah’s love life in season five?

She asked who she thinks Sarah should end up with, Graham laughed and said, “Well, we don’t have either of them for next season, so I might have to go back to Billy Baldwin.”

So it seems like Ray Romano and Jason Ritter will not take part in Season 5.
Will Sarah get a new love interest? Possibly? Yes, probably. What do you think?