Adam McKay‘s upcoming L.A. Lakers drama on HBO has cast some pivotal players in the series. Mike Epps (The Upshaws), Carina Conti (The Last Tycoon), Max E. Williams (Dreamland), and Mariama Diallo (Random Acts of Flyness) have all scored recurring roles on the show that will be based on Jeff Pearlman‘s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.
At the core of his book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this “divinely inspired” crime, Krakauer constructs a multilayered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, savage violence, polygamy, and unyielding faith. Along the way, he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest-growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.
Paramount+ hasn’t set a release date for The Offer, but we’ll be keeping an eye on this one, so stay tuned.
Steve Maryweather, AKA Agent Mary, was once the Golden Boy of the American Intelligence Agency (AIA), until he came out as gay. Unable to fire him, the Agency sent him off to West Hollywood, to disappear into obscurity. Instead, he assembled a misfit squad of LGBTQ+ geniuses. Joining forces with the expert mechanic Deb, master of drag and disguise Twink, and hacker Stat, together they’re Q-Force.Rugs Set
As a fan of the John Wick series and Bob Odenkirk, I was really looking forward to Nobody. But the film left me a little cold. While Odenkirk was great and made for a convincing action hero, the movie around him felt half-baked. As I wrote in my review:
Alan Menken: During the pandemic, there was this hundred-piece choir doing “The Bells of Notre Dame.” People are picking up on it. It’s the combination of the storytelling and how well the score is constructed that gets it to longevity. If something is good enough, it gets found.
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In the final film, the gargoyles that were almost voiced by Leno, Letterman, and Arsenio ended up with the voice talents of Charles Kimbrough, Jason Alexander, and Mary Wickes. But even that casting couldn’t gone differently. At one point, Cyndi Lauper and Sam McMurray were cast as two of the gargoyles and even recorded dialogue – but Roy Disney, who was Walt Disney Feature Animation Chairman at the time, was not a fan.