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February 29 2008

Summer Glau is One of "30 Under 30". EW names her one of "the finest young stars in the Hollywood firmament". This is also the subject of the latest IMDB Poll (thanks, micro).

Another Tam sibling can also be found among them.
No argument here! Our River is one special gal.
The only thing I could hear when I read "the Hollywood Firmament" was the squeaky voice of wonderful Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain.

'People?! I ain't people! I am a 'shining shimmering star in the Hollywood firm-a-ment!' See? It says so, right there."
Good for Summah. :-) Now, if they would only add Mia Wasikowska. And lord, when did all these folks become the same age as my kids?!
Love that she's getting the respect, but when I click on a site that asks me to click thirty pages to view a list of thirty people I close it.
Bionic Woman was cancelled? How did I miss this?

Go Summer!! She is by far the best part of SCC!
Numfar PTB: oooh, now you've confused me. I must be being thick, but I thought the only other Tam sibling was Simon (Sean Maher), and I'm struggling to see how he could fit into a list of the "30 Under 30: The Actresses". But just to make sure I checked anyway and he definitely isn't in there. Neither were Skylar Soberge or Hunter Ansley Wryn. Then I did the smart thing and looked for the "30 Under 30: The Actors" list. But Sean Maher wasn't there either.

Dude! You're messing with my head! Could you explain, please? Otherwise it'll just bug me that I either didn't get your joke or missed something really obvious ...
Not Numfar PTB, but I think the key is to recall that you once caught a glimpse of the Tams at an earlier age.
Bionic Woman was cancelled? How did I miss this?

Maybe the news didn't get much play because no one cared. ;)
True, it really wasn't that good, although it was slowly getting better.
helcat: humphhh, you're all being very mysterious! ;-) But yes, I was aware that younger actors and actresses also played the Tams, hence my referring to Skylar Soberge and Hunter Ansley Wryn, who both played young River. Sadly I forgot to look for the actor who played young Simon. Huh. I had no idea that Zac Efron was young Simon until I just checked. I'm a bad browncoat. *hangs head in shame*

Oh, and Harmalicious I'm not sure I'd exactly say that Bionic Woman was getting better; but bits of it were good and bits were just silly. I thought Michelle Ryan was okay in the lead role, I thought Katee Sackhoff was awesome, and I thought the bit that was re-imagined, i.e. that the lead had it done against her will and was all traumatised by it, were fine. The trouble with the rest of it was that it was just so un-re-imagined. It really felt like I was watching something from the seventies only without any of the nostalgia.
The only thing I could hear when I read "the Hollywood Firmament" was the squeaky voice of wonderful Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain.

'People?! I ain't people! I am a 'shining shimmering star in the Hollywood firm-a-ment!' See? It says so, right there."

As James Marsters would say "RIGHT ON!". That is exactly what I thought when I read that. It's nice to see another singing in the rain fan in our midst :D
"Why, I'm smarter than...than....Calvin Coolidge! Put together!"
"yes yes yes!" "no no no!"

Be still my heart, Singin' in the Rain quotes on Whedonesque.
"If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, it makes us feel as though our hard work ain't been in vain for nothin'. Bless you all."

Yeah. I adore Lina.

Great to see Summer on the list. Although looking at some of their selections makes me wonder what these people are thinking. But I guess I have to give them credit for at least acknowledging Summer's talent. And Emily Blunt.
Ahhh, "Singin' in the Rain." I adore that movie. Simply one of the best comedies and best musicals ever.

If you haven't bought the 2-disc DVD, do yourself a favor and pick it up. If any DVD release ever deserved the label "special edition," this is it. Great audio commentary, a documentary on the movie itself, another one on the Arthur Freed unit at MGM that produced so many great musicals, clips from movies that inspired the film, clips from movies that its songs originally appeared in, original recording session audio including alternate takes, a complete scene with Debbie Reynolds singing an extended version of "You Are My Lucky Star" that was cut from the original film.... Really, it's just an incredible release.

(And I believe Lina pronounced it "firm-a-MINT"!)
"Moses supposes his toeses is roses, but Moses supposes erroneously. For Moses he knowses his toeses aren't roses, as Moses supposes his toeses to be."

Just for fun MaryQue, Lirazel, Dizzy, dulce-serenidad and QuoterGal: If you were recasting Singin in the Rain today, what Joss'verse stars would you put in which roles?

I could so see Nicky Brendon doing "Make 'em Laugh."
In case anyone is interested in other purty pics of Summer, my hubby just uploaded his shots of her from the T:SCC panel at Wondercon last weekend. Some are a little fuzzy from using a 40x zoom, but there are a few really good ones too.

Summer at Wondercon
You know, I could totally see SMG as Lina. It would go against type for her, but I bet she would do a bang-up job with the part. SMG has great comic timing that is rarely called for in her usual roles. The rest... hmmm, have to give it some thought.

Going to dig out my SitR DVD now. I can think of no better way to spend the afternoon than to watch that movie for the billionth time, heh.
I think the only person I could see as Don would be outside the whedonverse.....but I do agree that Nicky would be a great cosmo, lina lamont smg, ooooh! Morena as Kathy, ummm... Alexis denisof as the instructor in moses supposes... lol he's so old wesley to me.
I'd have to go with Emma Caulfield as Lina. She totally has the comedic chops for it. And definitely the brilliantly funny Mr. Tudyk as Cosmo. Either Morena or Amy Acker as Kathy, and I have no clue who would work for Don.
To stay (sorta) on topic, Summer herself could either re-do Cyd Charisse's dancing in the film, or re-create Rita Moreno's part as the silent film star Zelda Zanders.

I would love to see Jonathan Woodward play Cosmo Brown.

Oh, and you must catch the voice artists from Spongebob Squarepants re-dubbing some classic film scenes from the Annie Awards, with Patrick the Starfish voicing Lina.

Poignant. Unforgettable.
Brilliant thought on Jonathan Woodward, QG!
That? Is hi-larious! Thanks for the pointer to the Spongebob clip.

As for recasting with Whedonesque folks, hmmm, tough one. Alexis Denisof would have a lot of fun with the scenes where Don's ego is on display. But then I think of him doing the "Broadway Melody" sequence, particularly the more balletic parts of it -- and all I can see is the outtake from "Waiting in the Wings." Oh, no. No, no, no.
Sean Maher as Don?

Either Alan or Nicky would be great as Cosmo...Alan might be a bit better at the physicality of "Make 'em Laugh," though. (I just can't picture Nicky running up a wall & doing a backflip.)

Damn. Now I want to watch it again. That's my favorite scene of the movie, aside from the famous rain sequence.

Tony as the elocution instructor would be HYSTERICAL! QuoterGal's right w/Summer doing Cyd Charisse's bit.

BTW BrewBunny - great shots.
I guess Sean is the best bet for Don.

My little sister and I would watch the "Make 'Em Laugh" scene over and over when we were little, rewinding it again and again. It's one of my favorite moments in movie history.

Well, that and the "No, no, no!" "Yes, yes, yes!" bit. Perfection.
Thank you, ShadowQuest. I shall pass your compliment to the family photographer responsible for those pretties. :-)
I think she isn't on the IMDb poll:)? It's males only.

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