In a feature Entertainment Weekly interview-story, the cast and crew of Smash revealed MANY interesting season 2 details, including those about the two new original musicals to be introduced, and just who will be playing Marilyn in Bombshell. Smash stars Megan Hilty, Jennifer Hudson, and Katherine McPhee also graced the front cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly.

Entertainment Weekly‘s 11 page spread featured new season 2 info on the new plot points and characters smashing their way onto the NBC musical-drama this February.

The musical Hudson’s character Veronica Moore will star in is called Beautiful and will feature “an Etta James-style singer in the 1960’s.” However, the musical had to change directions from its original plot surrounding “the first African-American supermodel” once showrunners decided to take Hudson’s character on a different arc.

The original song for Beautiful that was already shot and produced, titled “Take a Picture…It Lasts Longer” was cut from the season 2 premiere. Executive producer Josh Safran said “We all realized that maybe that [original] introductory number did not service Veronica Moore’s arc as well as this.” But “Take a Picture…It Lasts Longer” may still show up. “We went back and retrofitted a musical that closely mirrored Ronnie’s emotional landscape with her mother,” said Safran. In the mean time, Hudson will perform a tune called “Mamma Makes Three” in the premiere.

When asked about her role on Smash, Hudson said that “I found this role kind of intimidating, like, ‘Oh my God, I have to sing, act, dance, perform all at once.’ But I just loved what this show was about.” She will also be performing an original song “I Can’t Let Go” at the end of the season 2 premiere episode.

The show that will directly compete with Bombshell is called Hit List. It was described as being a Rent-esque production, “spearheaded by a bad-boy composer named Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan).” This show gave Smash the ability to cast younger actors, who have the potential to be more top-40 friendly. Executive producer Craig Zadan claimed “It’s a much sexier show, a much younger show, a much cooler show.”

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With all of the changes in season 2, everything felt brand new on the set.

“It’s a different energy, which is kind of nice because at the beginning you feel like you’re a little bit of an outsider looking in,” Newsies star Jordan said. “I compared it to being a replacement on a Broadway show, which is always weird at first.”

The last batch of news the cast offered was a set of bombshells on its own. Katherine McPhee (Karen) criptically said that “The part of Marilyn is sort of up in the air again because Karen makes a bold choice to do something entirely different.” But just what could that bold choice be? And could it relate to this on-set spoiler we covered about a potential dream sequence? Lastly, Debra Messing confirmed that her character, Julia, won’t have any scenes with her Will and Grace co-star, Sean Hayes.

The cast and crew commented on the changes in season 2, and what simply didn’t work in season 1. Steven Spielberg, another executive producer, recalled hiring Smash’s new showrunner. “Safran pitched his point of view, and it was unanimous with everyone in the room that he had an authentic understanding of theatre and drama and comedy.” Commenting on the show’s past mistakes, executive producer Craig Zadan said “When we went to the personal stories, the show bogged down. And the show went from being incredibly special to kind of ordinary.”

On a lighter note, McPhee lamented about the first season’s infamous Bollywood number “A Thousand and One Nights.”

“People will criticize the Bollywood number, but in all honesty you don’t really know while you’re filming,” she said. “You think, ‘Well, on the page this could work.’ There’s a lot of things you think are going to work beautifully, and they don’t.”

 

What are you looking forward to in season 2?

Smash returns on NBC on Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. EST for a two-hour premiere, and will continue to air at a 10 p.m. EST slot. For the entire article, check out the latest EW issue, on stands this week.

Photos: Entertainment Weekly

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21