There’s perfect casting, and then there’s Idina Menzel being cast as Rachel Berry’s biological mother on Glee. The only way Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk could get a closer match would be to put Lea Michele in some digital wrinkles and shoot a split-screen take of her singing against herself (fast forward several years into the future when digitally aged Lea Michele comes forward to accuse Lea Michele of calling her “A pitchy old hag“). Idina played Rachel Berry’s biological mom, Shelby Corcoan, in several episodes. Now, looking back, Idina is admitting that she thinks she would have been better suited to play Rachel’s older sister instead.
Well, I guess terrorizing the streets of Los Angeles paid off because Deadline reports that Amazon Prime’s girl boss version of Cinderella starring Camila Cabello was watched by 1.1 million households in the U.S. over the Labor Day weekend. So clearly while some people had the day off from work, Satan was quite busy with his dark machinations.
James Corden truly hates the drivers of Los Angeles and answers, “Nope!”, to the question, “Haven’t the drivers of Los Angeles been through enough?!” Because he already terrorizes the streets of Los Angeles by unleashing yodeling famous people on them with Carpool Karaoke, and he struck again on Friday. James and his co-stars from future Razzie sweeper, Amazon’s Cinderella, busted out a flash mob in front of traffic stopped at a red light in West Hollywood. James (who plays a footman/mouse), Camila Cabello (Cinderella), Idina Menzel (Cinderella’s stepmother), Billy Porter (Cinderella’s fairy godparent), and others all got dressed up as their Cinderella characters to sing and shake their asses to Jennifer Lopez’s Let’s Get Loud in the middle of the street. Some drivers probably thought to themselves, “A flash mob? Did I just drive into 2005?” as others used every will in their being to resist the urge to hit that gas pedal hard and careen out of that mess.
Some Broadway news for the real queens out there: Tony Award-winner, Idina Menzel is going to put all that money she’s made from Frozen 2 into savings and head back to Broadway this fall. Maybe. I mean come on: you don’t do Broadway for the money when you’re earning Frozen 2-money–you do it for the art! Not that one is art and one isn’t but… one is Frozen 2…
Broadway Journal says that Idina is looking like the next choice to take on the role made famous by Barbra Streisand herself: Funny Girl. Quick! Someone check on Lea Michele!
Just when you finally got “Let It Go” unstuck out of your brain, Disney has dropped the first official trailer for Frozen 2. But don’t worry, there’s no “Let It Go” in this trailer. There is, however, plenty of ice, snow, and Elsa wearing what appears to be a tasteful mother-of-the-bride gown she found on sale at Macy’s. Meanwhile, Anna is in the same purple felt cardigan I had in the eight grade.
Back in July, Michael K had the unenviable task of breaking some hard news to us: Lifetime kicking us in our nostalgia nads by remaking Beaches. Well, we’re fast approaching the release of Beaches 2.0, so Lifetime released a trailer. Let’s just watch this thing and get it over with.
As you can see, the new version is going to have Idina Menzel in Bette Midler’s spot and Nia Long in Barbara Hershey’s. As you can hear, Idina is going to be caterwauling Bette’s 1988 hit “Wind Beneath My Wings” among other songs, both old and new.
I hopped off the Idina Menzel train head-first back during those unspeakable years when every child alive wanted to sing Frozen songs at me. She’s a great talent and she gave us one of my favorite John Travolta gaffes of all time so I won’t hate too hard. But that voice sends the wrong kind of chills up my spine and this trailer was tough.
Even tougher are the visuals. This trailer looks like an extended ad for a medium-fancy rehab facility that calls itself a “wellness retreat center.” Whatever it is, it’s definitely not the original. Remember how shitty and selfish CC was? And how Hillary would just sit and scowl all aloof in a corner? THAT was drama. This new trailer is just cuts of two women laughing and touching their foreheads together.
Click below if you’ve ever seen two suburban moms catching up at a Cracker Barrel and thought, “I wish this story would come to life.”