"YOU THINK I'm a hero? I'm not a hero. And if you're smart, that will scare you." That's Tom Cruise. No, no. It's not what you think. It has nothing to do with Katie Holmes. Those words are spoken by Tom in the excellent first trailer for "Jack Reacher."
The movie, based on the character created by author Lee Child, had its share of controversy when Cruise was cast. (Mostly that he wasn't tall enough, didn't have the right build or the required alone-on-the-road toughness.) Tom looks tall enough in the trailer, and he certainly talks tough enough. We'll see by December, when the movie is released, if we're all still talking about Tom's split from Ms. Holmes. No, we won't be, actually.
By December we'll have the same, or a new, president. I think that will focus most of our attention, especially if the race is going to be the neck-and-neck medieval battle everybody expects.
Well, soon there will be a Broadway musical version of "Rebecca" and one only wonders what took this tale so long to morph into a musical? I mean, if they can make a musical out of "Les Miserables," or "Sunset Blvd"..."Rebecca" seems almost cheery in comparison.
The show, with book and lyrics by Michael Kunze and music by Sylvester Levay, will be directed by Michael Blakemore ("Kiss Me Kate," "City of Angels," "Noises Off") and Francesca Zambello ("The Little Mermaid"). Graciela Daniele provides the musical staging. "Rebecca," which ran for three years in Vienna, stars Ryan Silverman as Max and Jill Paice as "I." (Still no name!) Theater mavens will recall that Miss Paice appeared in Trevor Nunn's London musical version of "Gone With the Wind." Miss Paice has guts. I wonder which task is more daunting, playing fiery Scarlett O' Hara or the nondescript "I."
And but of course, there is the wicked Mrs. Danvers, who torments the new mistress of Manderley. She will be played by Karen Mason. What ominous, obsessive musical numbers have been dreamed up for "Danny," as Rebecca always referred to her overly-devoted ladies maid? Previews of "Rebecca" begin October 30. The show will open on November 18, at the Broadhurst Theater.
Seven seasons is just about the right time for any series, dramatic or comedy to fold its tent. I'm glad "The Closer" is going out while it's still looking so good. Too many of them hang on a season or two (or three!) too long.
Well, the funny thing is, most everybody who wrote in said things to the effect of "Uh, the writing was probably on the menu!" But, hundreds of people did comment, and each hit, positive or negative, is good for business.
Mr. Levin knows his business. He knows TMZ fans will always come back, no matter what they say! Let's face it. TMZ is right on top of the news. (Years ago it used to be said, "If the National Enquirer says you're dying, make funeral plans!" Now, substitute TMZ in that sentence.) I saw the photo, and despite the breakup, it does look like they're perusing the menu. I hope Katie enjoyed what Tom ordered for her.