GQ has an excellent profile on writer/producer/director/King of Hollywood Comedy Judd Apatow out today. In it, Judd Apatow discusses his ambitions to branch out and write a play about the criminal justice system:
"I have a great idea. Maybe like the best idea I've ever had," [Apatow] says. "It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience."
When he reveals the idea, off the record, I can see what he means. The subject matter (all he'll let me say about it is "It's about victims of the criminal-justice system and the challenges they face") is unlike anything he's tackled before. [...]
Just in time for the election this fall, Lewis Black is bringing his latest one-man show, Running on Empty, to Broadway. It'll run at the Richard Rodgers Theater from October 9th to the 14th. His last show, Black on Broadway, was also broadcast as a special on HBO, so there's a good chance that this one will as well. As for his reasoning, here's what Black had to say about the new show:
Why Broadway? It’s close to my apartment, just blocks away, and frankly I’m too tired to go anywhere else. These guys are exhausting me. Democrats. Republicans. The Tea Party. Just shut up. Enough is enough. [...]
Russell Brand will don the stage actor's powdered wig for a few performances of What About Dick?, a play by Eric Idle, in LA this April. The rest of the British cast is pretty fantastic too: Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Sophie Winkleman, Tracey Ullman, Tim Curry, and Billy Connolly – plus Idle as the play's narrator. It's a "farcical romp" set in the early 1900s, which means there will surely be endless, interminable, unceasing naughty plays on the word "dick." You'd be an absolute fool to not attend this show if you have the chance.
Book of Mormon, the perpetually sold out Tony Award hoarder from Matt Parker and Trey Stone, is getting the national tour treatment earlier than expected; it's heading to Denver next August, not in December as earlier reported. It's still a long way off, but at this point it's almost as long as you'd have to wait to buy tickets to the original on Broadway, so I guess you've gotta take what you can get.
Tickets for The Book of Mormon are both expensive and difficult to come by, with the Broadway show sold out well into the summer already. But it sounds like it'll get much easier to see Trey Parker and Matt Stone's super-popular musical, at least on a long enough timeline, as they've been discussing adapting it into a movie with producer Scott Rudin.
No concrete plans are set up yet, and no studio is attached, but all involved say it'll happen sooner or later. Getting the cash to make it shouldn't be tough, according to Parker: “We’ve learned in our careers that as long as something is successful, they [...]