The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: The Mormons score big on Broadway, Liev Schreiber gets his own show, and Charlize Theron swears a lot.
After only eight months on the Great White Way, Trey Parker and Matt Stone's bawdy Broadway bow The Book of Mormon has recouped its initial investment, meaning it's all sweet-ass profits from here on out. The smash-hit show, which actually kinda pokes more fun at the plight of impoverished, disease-ridden Africa than it does at the people who believe in the inherent magic of Upstate New York, has been sold out for months and is showing little signs of slowing. The current advance sits at $39 million, which is a lotta scratch. The South Park guys seem like nice dudes, and the show's cast is young and fresh and fun, so we're happy for them and everything, but we're still a little disappointed that the show didn't have as many teeth as it could have. Sure in the end nice goes over best in a Broadway musical, but there's a lot to make fun of in the great, weird, swirling world of Mormonism, and the show really only "goes there" in one measly old song. (It's a great song, but still.) Anyway. Congrats to everyone. Yay for money! Please send some to Africa. You owe them. [Playbill]
Liev Schreiber has been cast as the lead in a new Showtime pilot called Ray Donovan, about a guy named Miltmort Finglehaven. No, just kidding, the show is about a guy named Ray Donovan, who is a "fixer" for the wealthy elites of Los Angeles. Meaning he solves all their secret problems, whether it be sex problems or murder problems or, who knows, sinister animal problems. All kinds of problems basically. Think Michael Clayton (about a lawyer named
Furgman Dibbletree Michael Clayton) but a little more splashy. It's always nice to hear that the terrific Schreiber is getting work, but we don't love the idea of him on yet another Showtime show about smooth-operatin' jerks. Between Californication and the upcoming Hou$e of Lie$ (what? that's how they spell it on the promos), we've probably had enough of those. [Deadline]