Clooney's wet pants scheme; Jackman in 'Les Miz' film

August 27th, 2011
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Some startling stuff and casting gems on the net — and email:

By George, you’re wet!
Most folks would love to meet actor George Clooney, but are they willing to walk away with wet pants?
Heed the warning from actor Ryan Gosling, co-starring with Clooney in “The Ides of March.” He was embarrassed to learn that the crotchof his pants got soaking wet after chatting with Clooney.
No, it wasn’t a bladder problem. It was a practical joke by Clooney. “He will come up to you and tell you something serious, and then you walk away and you realize your pants are wet,” said Gosling.
Here’s the m.o., according to Gosling. Clooney gets the rapt attention of whomever he wants to wet; the conversation may become intense and when you least expect it, Clooney apparently sprays the “victim” downthere with a water bottle.
This kind of child play also is a kick for actor Johnny Depp, whose prank is to sound off a fart machine to cause embarrassment, and, er, fun. He did this with his “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” co-star, Penelope Cruz.
Sounds like the kind of giddy nonsense Ashton Kutcher subscribed to on TV’s “Punk’d.” Would you put up with a wet crotch to meet Clooney? ...

Broadway-bound
“Evita,” the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical that was a bit on Broadway (Patti Lupne was Eva Peron) and in film (but Madonna got the widescreen exposure), will return to the Great White Way in the spring of 2012.
The revival cast: Ricky Martin as Che Guevera, Elene Roger as Eva Peron and Michael Cerveris as Juan Peron.
Time to start singing “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.” But would you go see this reincarnation on stage? ...

Jackman in new ‘Les Miz’ film
While there has been a big-screen adaptation of “Les Miserables,” it was based on the Victor Hugo novel, not the more popular Broadway-with-music mega-hit produced by Cameron Macintosh. Oscar-winning Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) will director.
Well, the new screen spectacle is in pre-production, with Hugh Jackson cast as Jean Valean, the protaganist, who will sing “Bring Him Home” and more from the score of Alan Boubil and Claude-Michel Schonberg (with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer).
Casting for other principals is not yet complete but there’s a lot of courting going around for Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, Geoffrey Rush for Thenardier, Helen Bonham Carter for Madame Thenardier, Amy Adams and Rebecca Hall for Fantine, and Hayden Panettiere, Miranda Cosgrove, Lucy Hale and Emma Watson for the roles of Eponine and Cosette. ...
Are these worthy contenders for one of the world's most popular musicals?

Golden oldies
“Greatest Hits by Heart” and James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James” are among the collectible oldies to be reissued Sept. 6 ... on a 24 karat gold disc.
This pair of golden oldies join a growing list of numbered collectibles on Audio Fidelity. The hall of famers include Stevie Wonder, Carly Simon, Simon and Garfunkel, Billy Joel, The Doobie Brothers and many more.
To buy, go to amazon.com or audiofidelity.net/24k gold. But would these 24k discs add value to the music? ...

Chinatown closures
Street closures can be a nuisance for residents, merchants and commuters, and the downtown Chinatown community will discuss some of the non-construction street closures in the Chinatown grid, at 3:30 p.m. Monday (Aug. 29) at the Hawaii Theatre.
“Recently, there have been questions from residents and merchants in our neighborhood regarding non-construction street closures (in the area),” said Burton White, general manager of the Hawaii Theatre and vice-chair of the Downtown Neighborhood Board. “Concerts include noise, notification of adjacent landowners and merchants, policies, guidelines and procedures,” he said.
Residents, merchants and government representations are invited to huddle and discuss and resolve the issue and help shape a balance of closures. ...
Do you support, or are you critical, of Chinatown street closures?

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