An exciting, if bittersweet piece of news comes in the form of the release if Prince’s unfinished memoir, which, according to The Guardian, has finally received a release date. Random House has that the memoir, entitled The Beautiful Ones, will be released on 29th October. An epic volume, the memoir will span from Prince’s childhood to his final days. It will contain Prince’s incomplete manuscript, along with personal photos, scrapbooks, and lyrics. Prince originally announced the book in 2016, saying the starting point for the book was his first memory and continuing onwards from there. Prince managed to complete fifty handwritten pages before he died of a fatal overdose, just weeks after the announcement of the book.
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The book will include an introduction by New Yorker writer Dan Piepenbring, who was originally slated to collaborate with Prince on The Beautiful Ones. The book has been called a beautiful tribute to Prince’s life, touching on what made him so beloved to his fanbase and a cultural icon. The book will be deeply personal and will touch on everything it can in Prince’s long career/life.
If you are one of the few that think we don’t need another Cinderella adaptation, I hope this will convince you otherwise. Cuban-American singer, Camila Cabello, is preparing for her acting debut in Sony’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.
The Fifth Harmony alumna made her big break with her hit ‘Havana’, the hit song off her album Camila, which released in 2018. As her first single ‘Havana’ stole the charts and became the most streamed song by a female artist. As part of the cast, she will also be assisting in the music creation.
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Over the past many years, Cinderella retellings and adaptations have been popular in both literature and film. In 2017 we saw the release of My Fairy God Mother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson, which put a very modern spin on the classic. Cinder, a more popular release, written by Marissa Meyer, takes a more fantastical approach to the story. I know, what could be more of a fantasy than a fairy god mother and mice that turn into horses? Well, Cinderella is a robot. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella took the story back to its roots, minus Disney’s musical numbers, while Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella featured favorite artists Brandy and Whitney Houston.
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Of course, with a new adaptation comes the very important question: what will be different? This particular adaptation was thought up by late night show host, James Corden. You may know him from Carpool Karaoke, which Cabello appeared on in 2017. The story is said to be a modern take on the classic, but further plot details are being held tight.
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Working with Cabello and Corden on the project are Leo Pearlman and Kay Cannon. Pearlman has worked with Corden for years at Fulwell 73, but is more popular with his documentaries, such as The Class of ’92. Fans will know Cannon from her work on blockbusters like Pitch Perfect and Blockers. The line-up of comedic writers combined with Cabello’s tunes is sure to make it a box office hit. What we do know is that the project is on the fast-track to production, so we are hoping for more news soon.
The American punk rock band Green Day has been around for over thirty years, and they’ve done so much in their time. They’ve released twelve studio albums, written a broadway musical and have been involved in several charity projects. Now, they’re set to release their first ever book inspired by one of their most popular songs.
Being published by HarperCollins, Last of the American Girls is written collaboratively by all three members of Green Day and illustrated by cartoonist Frank Caruso. According to the publisher’s website, the book is described as a tribute to rebellious women who challenge social norms and empower other women.
“Celebrating true rebel girls—girls who push back, girls who use their voice, girls who say no—Last of the American Girls takes on both the establishment and the upwardly mobile, espousing an infectious spirit that has never been more relevant.”
Released as the last single for the band’s 2009 album 21st Century Breakdown, Last of the American Girls centers around a woman named Gloria, one of the main characters in the loose narrative surrounding the album, and talks about her nonconformist personality while also discussing the album’s larger themes about politics and religion. Songwriter and lead guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the song as a tribute to his wife.
Last of the American Girls goes on sale October 29th. You can watch the music video for the song here:
I hear you: What are the top 6 Game of Thrones Musical Parodies that have come out since the show’s premiere?
Well, we’ve come up with a list that’s sure to get your foot tapping. And the best part? These songs can be played anywhere. About to watch Game of Thrones and play Musical chairs? These songs will help you out. About to invite the Freys to a wedding? These songs will definitely help you out.
This song hurts me. Like, really hurts me. It rewinds time, bringing up memories when everything was sweet and I fell in love with “a certain HBO show”. Watching this show late at night with friends, I saw this darkly but strangely funny show with some of my favorite actors.
Is that Peter Dinklage? He was the dude in Elf! I loved it when he beat Will Ferrell half to death.
Good times. But the song slowly, steadily, it pulls me forwards, making me relive the death of not just my favorite characters, but even characters I forgot I loved. Khal Drogo? Robert Baratheon? As the song says, “So many characters dropping off like flies / that’s when I was forced to realize/that the show would ruin my whole life forever.”
Then comes Ned Stark. Why is it always Ned Stark? Oh, I remember now…because of all us TV show watchers thought he was the main character! He was on the poster, as the song cleverly reminds me.
Oh, and guess what? This song is from July 2nd, 2013. You know what happened on June 2nd, 2013? The Red Wedding aired. At least these girls had an outlet for their grief. But that’s not the worst part.
The worst part is this song is from 2013, where the names of all the dead characters fit easily into the length of a song? Ah, those were the good old days.
Released April 16th, 2014, this mash up combines different musical styles as we travel through Westeros and they fit just like a glove.
What song does does Daenerys Targaryen parody? Well, she has blond hair, purple eyes, and THREE DRAGONS. Dragons breathe fire, and I’m afraid of burning alive. So what song goes with Daenerys Targaryen? Skillet’s song Monster. Yep, that fits.
What about House Lannister? Well, they’re lions and you know what lions do? They roar, like Katy Perry’s hit.
And then we get Jon Snow rapping, and we’re just about halfway through.
It’s been a long running meme that George R R Martin likes to watch you cry because he just killed off your favorite character.
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But at least he hasn’t sung about it.
Oh wait! Released March 12th, 2015, this video has George R R Martin doing his best Taylor Swift impression and it flies off the charts. With lyrics like “Sorry Sean Bean” and “I get off on killing everyone you love” I think we can cool it off with the “George R.R. Martin is lazy” joke because, let’s face it, as soon as he releases Winds of Winter, we’re going to be cry again.
This fabulous 7 minute song goes through all the major female characters in Game of Thrones, from Cersei joyfully describing the death of Robert Baratheon to Brienne of Tarth melancholy when talking about Renly death, you’ll have your foot tapping in no time.
Plus, who else wants to see Cersei actually being happy? Like, ‘I’m so happy I want to sing!’ kind of happy. If the next season doesn’t have Cersei singing, I’ll riot. Who’s with me?
Spoiler Alert. Remember when Jon was dead for a long time and your friends were debating if he was coming back. This parody is for you.
Twenty-five in and this became one of my favorites songs of 2019. Yes, I know this song came out on April 18th, 2016, but this only goes to highlight our love of Jon Snow. Remember when he died? You didn’t believe it for a second.
Released in a time when Jon Snow’s fate was up in the air, this song captures that denial. “I will not let him go/I will not let him go” she sings, and it pulls at my heart strings. Yes, I too refused to my cynical side take over and admit that “my favorite crow” was dead.
And now I feel vindicated that he’s alive, and you can too.
This is the best thing I’ve heard since I heard Queen for the first time.
Recapping the series up to Season 6, this song replaced key moments from the song such as “Mama, just killed a man/put a gun against his head/pulled my trigger now he’s dad” with “Your mama/she’s your aunt as well/which means your father is also your uncle” as well as singing the show’s highlights. Tywin on the toilet? Walder Frey sitting at the Red Wedding? Theon Greyjoy transforming into Reek? It’s all here, and they sing about it.
Plus “Scaramouch, Scaramouch” is replaced with “Drink the whine, drink the whine!”
It’s hilarious, and if you want a recap you’re not going to get much better. I mean, it’s Queen meets Game of Thrones for crying out loud.
🎶 Do you think I’d ever let you go? Do you think I’d ever set you free? 🎶
Apparently not, because “the sorry tale of Edward Hyde” is coming to theaters.
*Little girl squeals*
Not so fast, squealing little boy (and girls!). They aren’t simply filming the stage musical of Jekyll & Hyde, they are going to adapt it into a full fledged motion picture film (READ ALL ABOUT THE MAGIC HERE). In honor of that Godsend, we’re going to go through eleven of the oldest, strangest, and weirdest adaptions of the classic story!
The play went on tour in Britain and ran for twenty years with Mansfield enthusiastically playing the role of Mr. Hyde until his death in 1907. The plot was already being reworked here, as the play gives Jekyll a love interest, Agnes, who is the daughter of Sir Danvers Carew, a man who Mr. Hyde will eventually murder. The play also ends with Mr. Hyde realizing he CANNOT transform back into Jekyll to escape the authorities, and committing suicide instead of an off-scene struggle between him and Dr. Jekyll. This play was adapted into a 1912 film of the same name that starred James Cruze, which is the earliest surviving Jekyll and Hyde film we still have copies of.
Add a marriage plot
Make the transformation scenes cool to get the audience talking about your adaption.
Eight years after the James Cruze film, we have the 1920 film starring John Barrymore. Again, it’s based on the Mansfield play with its love story, what with Jekyll having a fiancee called Millicent this time (not Emma) while also using the advent of film to have Hyde’s appearance become increasingly repulsive with each transformation.
When the film came out reviewers, like title characters in the film, were ‘split’. Variety said “as a medium for Mr. Barrymore…As the handsome young Dr. Jekyll his natural beauty of form and feature stand him in good stead and he offers a marvelous depiction of beastiality in the transformed personality of ‘Mr. Hyde'” but called the story “ridiculous”.
See how adding a cool transformations gets people talking?
Before I move on, I should mention how since its release the film has however been reassessed and holds a critical consensus of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes with a average rating of 7.75/10.
When making the 1931 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde film, Paramount changed the name of fiancée Muriel Carew despite the fact she doesn’t appear in the original novella but instead in the Thomas Russell Sullivan and Richard Mansfield play. They asked John Barry to play the role again, but he was under contract by MGMT, so they instead went with Frederic March. Taking into account the novella’s implication that Hyde, as embodying repressed evil, is a semi-evolved simian-like being, the film stuffed canine fangs and had Frederic March dress up as a monkey. He won an Academy Award. The film also pronounces Jekyll as JEE-kal (as in seek, get in it? Hyde and seek?) which was how Robert Louis Stevenson intended it to be pronounced. It was remade in 1941 starring Spencer Tracy and that film pronounced Jekyll as Jek-el (the way you’ve been pronouncing it for this whole article).
So, the marriage stays but the names change and you get awards for great makeup.
Here’s a refresher:
Add a marriage plot
Make the transformation scenes cool to get the audience talking about your adaption
Add in a good script, good production, a good director, good acting, and you get an award. Where can we go next?
In 1953, Boris Karloff of Frankenstein fame played Dr. Jekyll in Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. There is no fiancee here, but Jekyll is infatuated with a woman named Vicky who intends to marry another man called Bruce Adams. Costello also turns into a large mouse, there’s confusion about who is who, and ends with Abbott and Costello getting chased out of the office by a bunch of monsters.
No marriage plot
Boris Karloff as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde is cool
On Rotten Tomatoes, critic Steve Crum of Kansas City says “Bud and Lou meet another monster for infrequent laughs.
In 1971 came the British film, I, Monster. It stars Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing! Awesome. And it has a lot of Stevenson’s plot and dialogue and there’s no marriage plot and it has a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 7.75/10.
Let me say that again: Christopher Lee is Mr. Hyde. He was also Dracula in the 1958 Hammer film. And you know who played Van Helsing in that movie? Peter Cushing.
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Also Christopher Lee was up to play Grand Moff Tarkin in the first Star wars (or the fourth, depending on how you look at it), but he said no so Peter Cushing took the role. And that’s why Christopher Lee played Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones, the fifth or second Star wars.
For some strange reason Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde is now Dr. Charles Marlowe/Mr. Edward Blake but Peter Cushing is still called Utterson. Why? For some big reveal? Oh well. Dr. Charles Marlowe is a Freudian psychotherapist and honestly that with the whole ‘monster inside you’ concept.
No marriage plot
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing for the win!
It won. So much so that you read this whole article asking yourself “Why is he calling Dr. Marlowe Dr. Jekyll? Dr. Jekyll? That’s a stupid name! And Mr. Hyde? That’s not scary! Now Mr. Blake, he’s scary!”
Of course there’s a “Dr. Jekyll meets Sherlock Holmes.” It’s a 1979 novel by Loren D. Estleman titled Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmesand is a ‘retelling’ of Stevenson’s story. See, Utterson hired Sherlock Holmes to figure out what the heck was going on. It’s basically a behind-the-scenes story that takes place concurrently with the original.
Of course, Sherlock figures out that Dr. Jekyll is Mr. Hyde and confronts him, but upon realizing Mr. Hyde will never die uses his brilliant intellect to find the best solution…and mercy kills Jekyll.
In the last chapter Holmes meets with…Robert Louis Stevenson! He must be having a weird time, flashbacking to the Chantrelle trial, but the novel leaves that out and the fact that no newspaper apparently ever reported on the Hyde case. Strange, you’d think a half ape-scientist would get headlines, but whatever. It’s a story, and it ends with Stevenson promising to leave Holmes out of his novella so no one ever learns he killed Jekyll because that would be messy.
Kirkus summed this story up with this: “Unfortunately, though Estleman does a better, deadpan job of recreating Conan Doyle’s Watson style than many, he forgets that, without mystery, there is no Holmes–and here, we know all along what Sherlock is trying to deduce.”
In 1989, a low budget horror film adaptation of the novella called Edge of Sanitycame out staring Anthony Perkins of Psycho fame stared as Jekyll and, wait for it, Mr. Jack “The Ripper” Hyde. It has no marriage plot, but again here’s perfect casting. What’s gonna happen?
TV Guide said the film “obviously isn’t meant to be taken seriously, despite its expensive production values and surrealistic photography—both surprisingly good. But the rest of EDGE OF SANITY (shot mostly in Budapest with some English exteriors) doesn’t measure up to its technical proficiency”. Good production values and photography only grants you one star, and thus Edge of Sanity got 1 out of 4 stars.
And that was one of the better reviews. “Tasteless, pointless, and unpleasant,” were what Leonard Martin, film credit, film historian, creator of the Walt Disney Treasures, called the film in his book Leonard Maltin’s 2010 Movie Guide.
The ‘who is Mr. Hyde?’ mystery doesn’t work. The audience knows who it is, so just show us Jekyll transforming into Hyde
It follows Hester Lane, a reporter from Canada, who discovers she’s Jekyll’s heir around the time someone continues with Jekyll’s experiments. Kirkus described the novel as having its “virtues come largely in looking at Victorian morals and the works of the Salvation Army, with the horror lightly handled,” which is interesting consider Jekyll’s butler Poole and Mr. Utterson given closure in the form of a bludgeoning.
Sequels are weird when your titular character is dead, just ask The Saw movies.
Gracing the stage came the musical adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde. Conceived by Frank Wildhorn and Steven Cuden, the musical actually premiered in Houston, Texas in 1990 at the Alley Theatre. It did okay.
Kidding! Playbill.com notes that “box office records were broken, and a recording based on the staging was released. The show’s big hits, ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘This is the Moment,’ were heard on that recording (which has sold more than 150,000 copies).
This remarkable success blasted the musical onto a national tour throughout a national tour of the United States before gracing Broadway in 1997.
A marriage plot
Music that adds insight into Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde’s character
The story throws its own spin on a classic tale that allows it to sing through the ages.
It’s called The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and boy is it strange. Dread Central said in their review that, “while this latest variation of the Jekyll story isn’t likely to win over any enthusiasts of the book, it will probably satisfy the undiscerning fan looking for some blood and a few unintentional laughs.”
‘Why?’ I hear you asked.
With no marriage plot, the original plot with retained with a few changed. The first change is the film is set in modern times instead of Victorian England. Okay, at least it’s new.
In an effort to update the character, a character is made into a female and her profession is changed. Her name? Detective Karen Utterson.
Since I can’t ask the patrons at the thirty theaters in Louisiana and Virginia that showed this independent film studio’s debut feature, I have to assume they loved it as much as I did.