Culture Round-Up: January 6–10
Everything you might’ve missed this week in the entertainment world, from the winners at the 77th Golden Globes to a Broadway-bound 90s sitcom
The first week of 2020 was chock-full of surprises, from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fateful Instagram post, announcing that they would be stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family, to Disney’s statement that production of the Lizzie McGuire reboot has been put on hiatus. It’s only been ten days. Below, a round-up of entertainment news you might’ve missed this week.
The Nanny is going to be a musical
The flashy girl from Flushing is Broadway-bound! This is incredibly lovely news to me, as someone who lives and breathes Nanny. A few years ago, there had been rumors of a reboot possibly starring Cardi B, though that’s never materialized into anything. This week, Fran Drescher announced that The Nanny was to become a musical, with Rachel Bloom of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend penning the music and lyrics. It’s currently in development, with the musical’s book to be written by Drescher herself. Nobody has been cast yet, “but we feel confident we will find a fabulous actress who is funny, charming and has a great voice,” said Drescher. Can you say “plotzing”?!
Production of the Lizzie McGuire reboot has been shut down
Meghan and Harry aren’t the only ones stepping down this week, it seems: Production of the highly-anticipated Lizzie McGuire reboot set to premiere on Disney+ has been put on hiatus because the show’s creator, Terri Minsky, has stepped down from her role as showrunner. “After filming two episodes,” a Disney spokesperson said, “we concluded that we need to move in a different creative direction and are putting a new lens on the show.” Guess we won’t be seeing grown-up Lizzie anytime soon.
The trailer for Mrs. America
Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, and Meryl Streep aren’t the only movie stars to crossover to television—say hello to Cate Blanchett, the star of Mrs. America, an upcoming FX show about Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative who fought against the women’s lib movement to halt passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Uzo Aduba, Margo Martindale, Sarah Paulson, Rose Byrne, Tracey Ullman, Elizabeth Banks, John Slattery star alongside Blanchett.
The final trailer for Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) premieres in February, and yesterday, the final trailer for it was released. Birds of Prey follows Harley Quinn after her breakup with Joker, and fights for good, however chaotic, alongside Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Rosie Perez, respectively.
Timothée Chalamet will be portraying Bob Dylan in a biopic
Timothée Chalamet of Little Women and Lady Bird fame is the latest in a long line of actors—including Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Cate Blanchett—who have taken, or will be taking, on the role of musician Bob Dylan. Chalamet will be portraying him in a biopic, tentatively titled Going Electric, directed by Ford v. Ferrari’s James Mangold. Chalamet, who does not know how to play guitar, is in the process of taking lessons.
Golden Globes: The predictable and the surprising
We’ve laid out the highlights, highs, and lows of the 77th Golden Globes, and yet some things are still worth mentioning again: Awkwafina’s win for The Farewell, Kate McKinnon’s emotional speech, and Tom Hanks’ presence, among others. Awards season has arrived, and stay tuned—Oscar nominations come out on January 13.
BAFTA nominations come out
The BAFTAs, sometimes referred to as the British Oscars, came out with their nominations early this week, with a surprisingly large percentage of it going to white actors, despite marvelous acting turns from actresses of color, such as Jennifer Lopez and Awkwafina. Margot Robbie notably received two Supporting Actress nominations—one for Bombshell and another for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood—and Scarlett Johansson received two acting nods as well: One for Lead (Marriage Story) and another for Supporting (Jojo Rabbit).
Selena Gomez releases her second album, Rare
Selena Gomez’s newest album, Rare, is out! It’s been five years since her first full-length album, Revival, and now she’s back with thirteen tracks including her hit single, “Lose You To Love Me.” Stream Rare wherever you get your music.
Lead photos from @officialfrandrescher @disneyplus and YouTube