Wednesday, January 19, 2022

DANIEL RADCLIFFE to Play WEIRD AL YANKOVIC in ROKU Original Biopic

 


When Warner Bros. Pictures adapted J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books into film, they cast British child actor Daniel Radcliffe for the title role. The first film released in 2001, and the movie series lasted until 2011. In that decade, audiences and fans saw Radcliffe grow into a solid young star. He was also determined not to be remembered solely as The Boy Who Lived. He got plenty of attention when joining the cast of a theatrical revival for the play “Equus” which ran 2007-09 from West End to Broadway. Radcliffe continues to look for challenging roles. Who would have thought that it would include portraying America’s most famous parody singer-songwriter?

Variety tells us that Daniel Radcliffe has been cast to play Weird Al Yankovic in “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” a biopic original film to stream on Roku. Yankovic himself is co-writer for the movie’s story with director Eric Appel, for a production under Funny Or Die and Tango. This is the first original biopic being done for The Roku Channel, an exclusive streaming hub by the digital media player company which was expanded last year when Roku acquired the library of mobile streaming platform Quibi following its 2020 shutdown.

With reputations of being both the most famous boy wizard in film and a guy who got naked with a horse in stage theatre, Radcliffe’s acting credentials make him seem apparently qualified to take on the role of Weird Al. While Yankovic to the general public is a famed musical parodist (turning Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” to “Eat It” for instance), he also had a quirky private life, including multiple celebrity affairs. While appearing in many films, Weird Al’s sole starring/written movie had been 1989’s “UHF,” a box-office bomb and later cult classic. Yankovic claims in a statement that “Weird” on Roku falls 33 years after “UHF,” following his supposed pledge to space his motion picture productions in that period.

In any case, Weird Al Yankovic is happy that Daniel Radcliffe is playing him on “Weird,” claiming that this would overwrite the latter’s fame in “Harry Potter” and “Equus.” Roku Head of Original Scripted Programming Colin Davis is also positive with the prospects of the biopic, both in Yankovic writing his own life story and Radcliffe bringing it to life. This is sincerely the ultimate combination of talent, creativity, and friends, coming together to make something genuinely funny and we could not be prouder to call this film a Roku Original,” says Davis in interview.

“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” is expected to begin production in Los Angeles by February.

Image: New York Times

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

“PINOY BIG BROTHER: KUMUNITY SEASON 10” FINAL 5 Celebrity Housemates Revealed

 


It is interesting to observe the evolution of a television program on account of circumstances beyond control. ABS-CBN scored a coup in securing the local production rights for international reality show franchise “Big Brother.” Not even the pandemic and the shutdown of their TV station was enough to keep their most recent seasons going. To point out, “Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10” started last October, the second season produced in partnership with local video-share e-commerce social media network Kumu. The initial batch of celebrity housemates has since been whittled down from the initial number of 17, to just five.

As reported by The Manila Bulletin, the last remaining housemates of the celebrity phase of “Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10” have been declared as the Celebrity Final 5 this past Monday, December 27. They also represent a nice and broad regional spectrum of representation across the nation, in addition to their celebrity status. Without further ado, the latest PBB Celebrity Final 5: Batangas volleyball queen Alyssa Valdez, Siargao singer Anj Salvacion, CDO comedian Brenda Mage, Cavite viral vlogger Madam Inutz, and Palawan beauty queen Samantha Bernardo. From them, a Celebrity Top 2 will be chosen following a series of tasks given by Big Bro.

Placement in the Final 5 tasks will earn each remaining housemate an amount in Kumu diamonds to determine their ranking. The social media app will also enable viewers to choose their favorites, on top of the traditional PBB voting medium of text voting. Following the last two celebrity evictees recording artist KD Estrada and actress Alexa Ilacad, the only time the Final 5 will depart the Big Brother House regardless of outcome will be on the Big Night in the following year. They will be followed the entry of the first Adult-batch housemates into the House, six of whom were revealed also earlier this week.

Catch the remaining days of the Celebrity phase of “Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10” every 5PM weekdays (with 11:30PM replays), as well as 7PM weekends, only on the Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live, Jeepney TV, TFC and iWantTFC.

Image courtesy of KAMI.com.ph

LEGENDARY NFL COACH, COMMENTATOR, VIDEOGAME Icon JOHN MADDEN DEAD at 85

 


Not all people who become iconic faces and names in sports are players and athletes. Even the ones who support them can be immortalized themselves if they are the best at what they do. The easiest examples would be the coaches. In the 1950s John Madden, frustrated at injuries prematurely ending his professional football career, turned to coaching. From college football to the NFL, coaching the Oakland Raiders, he became a legend in his own right with a Super Bowl win (XI) to cement it. Madden went on to become a football commentator and even got a game franchise with his name on it. His legend was set by the time that he passed away.

Entertainment Weekly tells us that iconic football coach and sportscaster John Madden died Tuesday, December 28, at his home in Pleasanton, California. He was 85 years old. The sad new was appropriately broken by the National Football League (NFL) via a statement from Commissioner Roger Goodell, who extended condolences to Madden’s widow Virginia, sons Joseph and Michael, and their families. "Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football,” says Goodell. “There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today."

Madden was an example of a star sports athlete transitioning to become even better as a coach/trainer. While his player future was ended by a training camp injury with the Philadelphia Eagles, it did steer him into the more-remembered path that he took. His stint as Oakland Raiders head coach led the team to championship over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI of 1977. After retiring the following year he turned to color commentating in 1979, going from CBS to Fox, ABC and NBC in three decades before retiring from football involvement in 2009.

Another avenue where John Madden became a media giant was through videogames, where his name, image, endorsement and sports expertise were lent to the “Madden NFL” franchise by Electronic Arts. Although work on the initial game (for MS-DOS) began in 1984, Madden’s insistence on realism for gameplay mechanics pushed the debut of the franchise until 1988. His involvement in the game series, which spans multiple gaming platform generations, lasted until in 2009, but “Madden NFL” remains an ongoing and popular series. “Madden NFL ‘22” came out months ago in August.

No cause of death was given for Madden. Details for his memorial services will be provided at a future time.

Image courtesy of Variety