November 19th, 2003

Photo - leaves

blah, blah.

some things:

1) i did, in fact, manage to get to tesco's, and did, in fact, buy lots of shopping. £20.00's worth, in fact, which wasn't so good, especially since it included a rather copious amount of Things I Didn't Really Need, like raspberry sorbet...

2) i attempted to make mashed potatoes for the second time ever, and the first time was in about year 9 for food tech. the first attempt went decidedly wrong and ended up very lumpy and runny at the same time (don't ask.) anyway, i managed to make mashed potatoes, with minimum lumps, and i'm very proud of myself.

3) and! last night i made a chicken korma with actual chicken in it. okay, so it was a tinned sauce (and a very oddly-coloured, at that), but if you know how much i hated touching raw meat, you'd be proud of me, too...

4) katie will be pleased to know that i finally managed to watch thelma and louise on monday night, except i was probably too tired to appreciate it...

5) i am cursed with a horrible affliction. as far as i know, it's not contagious, but i thought i'd warn you anyway. yes, i have the dreaded Soap Addiction. see, after farscape finished, everything else had, too, save for season 5 of buffy (and i like how the beeb conveniently ended the current series of points of view just at the point that lots of people are going to have realised they've missed half of season 7 of buffy. sneaky buggers.), but i'd already seen that. so i had to fall back on something else once frasier finished (talking of which, i wish they'd hurry up with that, already...) and that something else was, regrettably, eastenders. but in my defence, it was all nautica's fault, and also the writers' for creating kat and alfie. it was entirely unfair, and i didn't stand a chance. when soaps do the Tortured Soul thing and do it suprisingly well, what else do you expect?

anyway, because of this, i ended up taping all four episodes last week. mainly because i missed three of them with lectures and work, and also because the omnibus makes my brain ache after the first hour. but also because it was a very the graduate style stopping-the-wedding thing and i had to know what happened. and it was very, very adorable.

as for keeping them on the video... i have no excuse other than: this is me, people!

so... yeah. i think i'm definitely incurable...

6) went to talk to carl about independent studies, since dave is still away, and he's convinced it's definitely An English Thing rather than A Creative Writing Thing, which i suspected anyway. it's just got aspects of creative writing because it's about a form of creative writing. duh. anyway, i need dave to come back, like, now, so i can talk to him about it. the original plan was that my analysis bit was going to be comparing/contrasting (who remembers that from GCSE?) two different buffyfics and possibly a fic from something else like 'scape or POTO, for a style comparison. but then i realised the entire thing is just, well, post-modernism, so i'm going to ask if i can do that for my analysis instead, that is, comparing post-modernism to fanfiction to see if i can back up the argument that it's a post-modern genre. (technically, i don't need to back it up. it is.)

so basically, it's all a mess at the moment. i'll just hand in my proposal and hope...

and now i have two and a half hours to kill before my lecture (bloody tutorials), so i suppose i should do some work or something...
Photo - leaves

well, it's sort of work...

in searching the guardian website for anything i can find on the phantom movie adaptation, i found this, from a while ago. like most things related to this movie, it provoked my brain to make hissing noises at me, and tell me to violently oppose everything hollywood does to anything...

Martine McCutcheon could soon land her second major musical role - playing opposite Antonio Banderas in the Phantom of the Opera. The ex-EastEnders actress is being "seriously" considered for the role which would thrust her into the big time.
According to People News, McCutcheon is keen to show off her highly-rated voice in what would be her first major Hollywood role, but faces stiff competition. Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman have also been rumoured to be up for the part of Christine.

A source is quoted saying: "Martine is keen to keep going with her singing; a musical film would fit the bill."

McCutcheon, 24, is currently starring in the West End musical My Fair Lady, but has been plagued with health problems since it opened a month ago and her understudy is still filling in for half the shows.

But, the Phantom's creator Lord Lloyd-Webber, who is heavily in the film, was fulsome in his praise for McCutcheon at her stage show's opening night. "She's a genuine star and there aren't a lot of them about," he said.


from may 4th, 2001

okay. first off, i do remember the rumours flying about martine mccutcheon, and i recall cringing about it... don't you think, though, that if they're having this much trouble casting something, it's a sign not to go ahead with it? the entire thing's like a portent of doom... i used to be at least slightly excited about this film, but as the casting decisions have gone on, i'm starting to dread it more and more...

anyway, back to the artcile: i will accept that martine mccutcheon was at least vaguely suited to the role of eliza (being, well, cockney), but christine? afraid not. no, no, no.

madonna: was very good as evita (despite lots of historical inaccuracies in general, but what can you expect) and would be frelling fantastic as norma desmond (well, maybe not fantastic. passable, at least, and better than barbra streisand, at any rate) but not as christine. she's about 25 years too old, for a start...

j-lo: you've got to be kidding me... the only way it would ever work would be if she was opposite antonio banderas. at least he's out. someone up there is listening.

nicole kidman: of the four listed, she's the only one i'd willingly see in the role, but i'm biased. the only trouble is, while she may have a good voice, she doesn't have the range or the power to play the part because she's not a trained singer; she's an actress who can sing; there's a difference. that, and she said after moulin rouge that she didn't want to pursue a singing career.

apparently, according to another article, kate winslet was also being considered, after lloyd webber heard her single for the last animated version of a christmas carol... and although there's no denying she was brilliant in quills, she is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a christine.

and there's the entire charlotte church saga, of course. wow, if she'd got the part i'd be going on a killing spree...

the apparently decided-upon cast is now listed at the internet movie database, and it seems that gerard butler is definitely going to be the phantom. the other names i don't remember (they're not Big Stars, as was originally anticipated, hence the casting arguments) except that simon callow is up to play andre, one of the managers - that should be interesting. miranda richardson's also mentioned, i think, as madame giry (actually, i can see that working) - so at least it's not going to be as hideous as it could have been.

but still. i'm dreading it. i'm dreading the screenplay (it already has one; it's called a libretto...), i'm dreading the directing (to be done by joel schumacher, who i will only remember as the man who ruined everything tim burton established with the batman films. ugh. batman and robin was horrible.), i'm dreading the cast, and i'm dreading the inevitable absence of songs.

i'm dreading it, but i'm curious as hell, and in all liklihood i'll end up seeing it. there's every possibility i'll enjoy it because it is, after all, phantom; but it'll be like chicago: i'll enjoy it, then i'll rip it apart.

but who knows - they might actually prove me wrong...

oy. i suppose i'd better look at some actual books...