Rumors have been swirling over the last two years that music-industry darling, Taylor Swift, was in talks to play icon Joni Mitchell in a biopic adaptation of the book Girls Like Us, which chronicles the impact of Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carly Simon. Unfortunately, or fortunately for Mitchell, the movie will never come into fruition as the Canadian singer-songwriter has put the ol’ kibosh on the project. According to Mitchell, “I squelched that. I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.’ It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes. There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books….assumptions, assumptions, assumptions.”No worries though, if biopics are your thing, then you can look forward to a slew of ones currently being made in similar fashion to the way that Marvel dishes superhero movies out to the public. Currently in the works are biopics on Guns ‘n’ Roses, Hank Williams, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, N.W.A., Elton John, and more.[via NME]
Robin De Jesús in The Boys in the Band (Photo: Joan Marcus) One year ago in 2018, Robin De Jesús was in the first week of previews for The Boys in the Band on Broadway. Now, he’s a newly-minted three-time Tony nominee for his work as the unforgettable Emory in the revival, which also earned a Best Revival of a Play nomination. “I’ve been really emotional for the last 36 hours,” De Jesús told Paul Wontorek during a recent interview on Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive. “I started initially as Viola Davis sobbing tears with my friends and then it became a Donna Murphy single tear throughout the day.” Related Shows De Jesús appeared alongside a star-studded out and proud gay cast that included Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Matt Bomer. “It was the most neurosis-inducing thing I’ve done,” De Jesús said. “It was very interesting being around that group of men, I wanted to see what their magic was. At the end of the day what makes them special is their work ethic. They’re hustlers.” While De Jesús is representing the show with the only acting nomination, he can’t help but acknowledge the group effort that went into its success. “There’s a word that keeps coming up and that word is pride,” he said. “Not only was there nine out gay men on stage together, but also the idea of the proud people I come from as a Puerto Rican man in my family, and the power and strength my ancestors had. To this day that word keeps coming back to me.”While the Joe Mantello-helmed production was a limited run last summer, the story is getting new life thanks to producers David Stone and Ryan Murphy in the form of a Netflix movie adaptation featuring the entire Broadway revival cast. “[Ryan Murphy] always said there would be a movie but my cynical behind was like, ‘Well, I’ll be replaced,'” De Jesús said. “But they followed through. They figured out everyone’s schedules and we’re shooting in July.” View Comments Robin De Jesús (Photos: Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) The Boys in the Band Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 11, 2018 Star Files Robin De Jesus Session ID: 2021-01-17:d85f97e841b07f79b7906e5a Player Element ID: vjs_video_3 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 29:59Loaded: 0.00%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -29:59 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_SRC_NOT_SUPPORTED Technical details : The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. The road to The Boys in the Band was a long one for De Jesús, who says that Mantello, Rachel Tucker and Laurie Metcalf are to thank for making it all happen. “When I did [the play] Domesticated at Lincoln Center I was only in one scene,” he said. “I had a lot of free time so on Sunday nights I would go do a 70-minute monologue down at The Duplex [Ben Rimalower’s Patti Issues]. [Co-star] Laurie [Metcalf] kept saying she wanted to come so I set up tickets for her for closing night. I had to walk through the audience I didn’t see who she brought, thank God, because when the house lights came up I saw Joe Mantello. If I knew, I would have wigged. Afterwards Joe was like, ‘I look forward to working with you’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, whatever.’ I got a random email from him when I was doing Homos, Or Everyone in America asking me to do a reading of The Boys in the Band and I had to turn it sown because I had rehearsals. They never ended up doing the reading and when we closed the show four months later he ended up asking me again and here we are.”Watch the full #LiveAtFive interview below!
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BALTIMORE — The Orioles swapped out reserve infielders Tuesday by selecting the contract of Ruben Tejada and designating Paul Janish for assignment prior to the series opener against Pittsburgh.Tejada, 27, was acquired from the New York Yankees organization in exchange for cash considerations Sunday and will now serve as the utility infielder with Ryan Flaherty still on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain and waiting to be cleared to begin throwing again in Sarasota. Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed hope that Janish would remain with the organization after clearing waivers.Famously known for having his leg broken by a controversial slide from Chase Utley in the 2015 National League Division Series, Tejada has spent time with the New York Mets, St. Louis, and San Francisco in his major league career. He had been playing at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees system to begin the 2017 season. Tejada batted just .167 in 78 plate appearances split between the Cardinals and the Giants last year.In seven major league seasons, the right-handed Tejada has batted .252 with 10 home runs, 153 runs batted in, and a .647 on-base plus slugging percentage in 2,263 career plate appearances. He has primarily played shortstop in his major league career, but he has also seen action at second base and third base.NOTES: Catcher Welington Castillo took batting practice early Tuesday afternoon as he continues to recover from a testicular injury sustained last week. He is eligible to be activated from the 10-day DL as early as Saturday, but it’s undetermined whether he will go on a minor-league rehab assignment or simply play in a sim game or two. … Manny Machado fell to third place among American League third basemen in the latest 2017 All-Star Game voting update. Minnesota’s Miguel Sano is now leading the way at the position while Jose Ramirez of Cleveland is second. Welington Castillo is second among AL catchers and Adam Jones ranks 12th among AL outfielders. … On Tuesday, the Orioles began a stretch of 20 straight games without a day off. They will not have another break until June 26.