After a week off, welcome back to The Buzz! Buckle up, there’s a lot going on this week!
Here are the highlights:
- Jen and Ben – MARRIED!
- ‘Who’s the Boss’ Reboot News
- A Harry Styles College Course?
- Steven Spielberg has Completed on a New Project
- Selma Blair and Where She Hopes Vivian Kensington Will Go
- New Powerpuff Girls Installment
- Mike Tyson is Headed to Hulu!
- Amanda Seyfried Reveals she Auditioned for a Huge Role
- Some Changes are Headed to Broadway
- San Diego Comic Con is this Weekend and There’s So Many Exciting Things Coming!
First up are Jen and Ben – they’ve officially tied the knot! After about two decades, the two have finally gotten married and are living their second chance romance. They got married this past weekend in Vegas, and it was a very small ceremony.
If you haven’t seen photos, here are some posted on TMZ.
Next up, there’s an update on the ‘Who’s the Boss’ reboot! Back in 2020, it was announced that a reboot was coming, and Alyssa Milano recently confirmed again that it’s in the works.
She said there isn’t much yet to tell about the show, but both she and Tony Daza, who played her father on the original series, are set to reprise their roles.
What we do know so far is that the reboot is set to take place 30 years after the original series and it will focus on Milano’s character, Sam, and her journey as a single mother. The series will also tackle the different parenting styles between her and her father. As with the original series, the show will keep the father-daughter duo on the forefront.
Milano is especially excited because she originated the role when she was only 12 years old, and now she’s taking the role and the character full circle.
We don’t have a release date or network for the show yet, but we at least have confirmation that the series is still in the works, and whenever we get more updates, I’ll share them with you.
Moving on, Harry Styles, who’s been climbing up the ranks over the last twelve years, is heading to a university classroom next spring.
A course on Harry Styles called “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture” is going to be taught at the Honors College at Texas State University! Now I don’t know about you, but I’m wishing I was still in college so I could take this course.
Here’s a Tweet the professor posted, introducing the class.
The course is to place a focus on Harry and popular European culture to understand the culture and development of the modern celebrity. It will study things like gender, sexuality, race, class, nation and globalism, median fashion fan culture, internet culture, and consumerism, in addition to Harry’s solo albums, the films he’s been in, and explore the albums that his former band, One Direction, released.
The professor for the course is excited to teach a fun history class and cover a period of time the students that are taking the class have lived through. He says he wants to touch on contemporary issues and thinks it will be possible by studying someone like Harry Styles.
He’s also hoping Harry will make an appearance in the class – whether it’s on Zoom or an actual in-person visit, it doesn’t seem the professor has too too much of a preference, he just would love for Harry to make an appearance. So, I say again: I WISH I could be in that class.
For some more information, see this article.
But, in other news, Steven Spielberg has taken a new step in his career and has directed his first music video (using just his smartphone)!
The video was for “Cannibal”, the debut solo track from Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of Mumford and Sons. It’s surprising that he’s never directed a music video before, and it’s extremely exciting to see where this will take his career next.
Here’s a behind the scenes look at the making of the video:
Next up, we’ve got Selma Blair speaking out about the newest Legally Blonde movie, currently in the works by Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor. She’s made it abundantly clear that she would love to be part of this new movie, or at least make a cameo.
She was sure to note how being part of the first Legally Blonde movie was a highlight of her career and she would love to keep that legacy going.
We don’t know too much about the plot of the movie yet, so it’s entirely possible this dream could come true for Blair.
Upon its release, Legally Blonde was, and still remains, wildly popular, as have the Power Puff Girls. As such, the Powerpuff Girls are getting a reboot of their own.
Craig McCracken, the original series creator, is back to bring a new series to the screen. I can’t find plot details yet, but it is confirmed McCracken has a series in the works, and the CW is also planning for a Powerpuff Girls live action series as well.
A recent trend in movies and series is biopics, and Mike Tyson is no exception. A new series called Mike is set to premiere at the end of August on Hulu and will be following the ups and downs of his career and personal life.
It should be a great series, especially if you enjoy miniseries, because it’s only set to be eight episodes total.
Something else that stuck out to me this week was when Amanda Seyfried announced that she had auditioned for the role of Glinda in the upcoming live action film based off Wicked the Musical. The role ultimately went to Ariana Grande, but Seyfried opened up about how hard she tried to land this role and how much she wanted it because it had been a long held dream of hers.
At the time of the auditions, she had been filming The Dropout, the miniseries following Elizbaeth Holmes and her deception in her biotech company Theranos, and on the weekends, Seyfried was dedicating her time to auditions for the musical.
Personally, I would have LOVED to see Seyfried in this role. I’ve been following the casting process for this movie for years – yes, actually years! – and I would have been so happy seeing Seyfried play Glinda. She’s an amazing actress and singer (if you haven’t seen Mamma Mia or Les Mis, take some time this weekend to check them out), so this would have been a dream to see her play the iconic role of Glinda the Good Witch.
Casting is being kept under wraps, so far we only know who’s playing Glinda and Elphaba, and the release date of the movie has been pushed back and back throughout the years. As of right now, Part I is set to be released in December of 2024, and the second part, the following Christmas.
Speaking of musicals, some changes are headed Broadway. Billy Crystal’s Mr. Saturday Night is closing on September 4th, and it’s not the only show closing.
The Minutes starring Jessie Mueller is closing this weekend, Company is closing at the end of July, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dubass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical are closing on August 14th, Dear Evan Hansen is closing on September 18th, and Come From Away is closing on October 2nd.
While it’s sad to see so many great shows closing, hopefully it’s opening doors for other incredible shows to take their place, and hopefully these shows that are closing will be able to start or continue on with national tours as well.
And lastly, it’s officially one of The Most exciting weekends of the year: San Diego Comic Con Weekend! To make it even more special, this is the first year since the Pandemic that SDCC is in person.
Whether you like comics or not, there’s something for everybody at SDCC! Right now, we’re only a day into this long awaited weekend and we’ve already gotten so many exciting teasers and trailers for upcoming releases.
Vampire Academy, a popular young adult book series by Richelle Mead, is in development for a series on Peacock. The series is being developed by Julie Plec – known for her work in The Vampire Diaries universe, Roswell: New Mexico, Dawson’s Creek, and Containment – and Marguerite MacIntyre – known for her acting on shows like The Vampire Diaries, Bones, and Little Fires Everywhere, and as a producer in The Vampire Diaries universe and Containment.
Yesterday at Comic Con, we got our first look at promotional photos and a teaser trailer, which you can see below. The series will begin streaming on September 15th.
We also got a first look at the new Teen Wolf movie yesterday.
Jeff Davis developed the MTV drama, which was loosely based off the 1985 film Teen Wolf. The show aired for 6 years, disappointing fans when it ended, but fear not: you’ll get more of your Teen Wolf fix in this new film on Paramount+ (and even see some familiar faces you didn’t think you’d be able to see again), and the film is laying the foundation for a new Teen Wolf spin off.
Below is the trailer for the film that was released yesterday.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was named yesterday as an executive producer on the Teen Wolf spin off, called Wolf Pack, and announced she is going to be starring in it as well.
For the last two years, SDCC has been completely virtual, but this year, there’s no live feed to stream the entire event. If you’re interested in keeping up with a particular franchise, follow their social media platforms, because chances are, someone is going to be streaming content and they can probably point you in the right direction.
To see the full schedule for this weekend’s convention, follow this link – I’m sure you’ll be surprised by all of the people and franchises that are attending, there’s more than you think!
Thanks for sticking with me for the week’s edition of The Buzz and come back here next week for another recap!