By Nathaniel Grey
If you live or work in Hollywood, you are virtually two degrees of separation from a film production. While the Andy Hardy let's-put-on-a-show-in-the-barn dream continues, not every idea is worthy of a cinematic rendition. Last Monday's kick-off party for Doug Spearman's film Hot Guys with Guns showed the contrary.
Surrounded by friends who just happen to be among the brightest and freshest talent in L.A., Doug presented script segment readings by his cast. What began as a verbal introduction to the screenplay became a nostalgic moment of vintage radio and live theater as the actors captured an audience who didn't want to be let go. Yet sudden release came as Doug interrupted "and that's all you get" for now. An annoying but anticipation-fueled promise of more to come when Hot Guys with Guns begins filming next week. In addition to newcomers Marc Anthony Samuel and Brian McArdle as an adorable couple trying to solve a crime, the cast of this very funny and charming project include One Life to Live's Kamar de Los Reyes, Heroes vet Alan Blumenfeld, Treme's Jay Huguley and Doug's former Noah's Arc costars Ben Patterson and Darryl Stephens. With talent like that, who says the word blockbuster can't be used for an independent film.
The traditional Hollywood movie premiere moves a few miles west when Micky's hosts the premiere of new web series Child of the '70s on Oct. 24. The series follows a guy whose life is in shambles until he becomes a personal assistant to his favorite '70s-era TV star. Avoiding potential criticism for being cliché, they do not meet because they have the same parole officer. While I can't speak to the writing skills of those behind the project, its cast alone should perk interest. Child of the '70s features Bearcity's Sebastian La Cause, Sordid Lives: The Series vet Ann Walker, Oz alum Steve Wishnoff, Saturday Night Fever star Donna Pescow and Deadwood's Geri Jewell.
It's a good thing that Paul Schrader's next movie The Canyons isn't scheduled for release until next year. Lindsay Lohan's failure to show up for post-production work, while not surprising, has been a frustration to the filmmaker. The modern noir thriller is set in Los Angeles and stars Lohan, straight porn star James Deen and Warehouse 13 vet Noland Gerard Funk.
Double-check your DVR settings. Just because you've scheduled to record Project Runway doesn't mean you'll get new episodes starting Oct. 25. That's because it's called Project Runway All-Stars. Believe me—been there, done that and fell off the catwalk. Your machine may heat up from overuse that night, as Will & Grace vet Sean Hayes guests on NBC's Up All Night and Glee star Jane Lynch appears on Jay Leno.
NBC unveils its revamp of The Munsters on Oct. 26. Titled Mockingbird Lane, it's had some disagreements between those behind it's development and the network as to its creative direction. Written by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and directed by X-Men vet Bryan Singer, this version relies less on a monster makeup focus as it does special effects. Characters materialize out of smoke, and Herman doesn't have the Frankenstein flat-top. The cast features Eddie Izzard as grandpa, Jerry O'Connell as a stitched-together, reanimated Herman, Portia de Rossi as Lilly, plus guest appearances by Sordid Lives' Beth Grant, Glee vet Cheyenne Jackson and a cameo by original series star Butch Patrick.
The Oct. 31 episode of the new CW series Arrow features Torchwood vet John Barrowman's debut as a sinister recurring character. Barrowman is adding writer to his résumé with the Oct. 30 American release of Hollow Earth, a children's novel he co-wrote with sister Carole E. Barrowman. The UK success of the book convinced a telly production company called The Foundation to purchase development rights for a planned TV series. The story features 12-year-old twins—a brother and sister—who have the ability to enter paintings and experience new worlds. Well at least they're not finding lions and satyrs in the back of a wardrobe, 'cause then there would be lawsuits. The sequel to Hollow Earth, The Bone Quill, will be published in February.