Behind the Scenes of Fox’s ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Remake: Tiny Tweaks, Toronto and Tim Curry

October 20, 2016 8:30am PT by Ashley Lee

Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan and Reeve Carney tell THR of taking on the 1975 cult classic and hitting their first midnight screenings.

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Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan and Reeve Carney tell THR of taking on the 1975 cult classic and hitting their first midnight screenings.

Tim Curry, who became a cult icon as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the original Rocky Horror Picture Show, plays the narrator in the Fox remake and doesn’t share any scenes with its singing, dancing actors. Still, the 70-year-old actor of the 1975 film, sidelined by a stroke in 2012, was often present on set to share his support for his onscreen successor, Laverne Cox, and the rest of the cast, including Adam Lambert, Christina Milian and Annaleigh Ashford.

“He would come to rehearsals when he himself wasn’t rehearsing, and just sit in the middle of the room and tell us industry stories and make us laugh,” Ryan McCartan, who plays Brad Majors, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Having him there as a godfather of the whole thing was such validation for us to advance confidently. His presence made a huge difference. He actually didn’t talk much about shooting the original, which I thought was very generous of him, to let this be its own experience.”

Victoria Justice, who plays the newly-engaged Janet Weiss, was surprised to meet Curry at an early rehearsal. “We were all sitting by the piano, warming up and doing scales with Tim Curry!” she recalls. “Laverne sang ‘Sweet Transvestite’ for him — she was so nervous, and afterward, he told her she did a great job. It was such an unexpected and beautiful moment.”

Throughout production, the cast did their best to be on set whenever Curry was, regardless of whether they were rehearsing or shooting themselves. “It’s so incredible to have his support on something that has been such a vehicle for himself and is part of his legacy,” says Reeve Carney, who plays Riff Raff. “Just spending time with him — he has such a gentle presence.”

The actors also hit a midnight showing of the 1975 film as a cast in Toronto — a familiar experience only for Justice, who attended her first one at 15 years old, as a mother-daughter outing with her best friends. “Dressing up was so much fun — I wore red lipstick and black fishnets and heels,” she tells THR. “The fans there, because I was a ‘virgin,’ wrote a big lipstick ‘V’ on my face and drew a phallic object on my other friend’s face! Their spirit was so exciting.”

Directed by Kenny Ortega, the remake employs the original script, but with tiny tweaks in its delivery. “In the original movie, it’s like Brad and Janet made it out of the castle by the skin of their teeth,” says McCartan. “But in our version, it’s almost like maybe Brad didn’t want to leave, maybe he wants to participate a little bit longer.”

The three actors are most excited for broadcast audiences to discover Ortega’s new choreography and William Ivey Long’s costumes. Altogether, “the general look is a bit shinier and glossier, like things you’d see in 2016, but still has the edge of the original,” said Carney. Echoed McCartan, “The budget is much bigger than what they had in the original, so production took advantage of that and made this thing beautiful.”

He added, “Rocky Horror never apologizes for itself — it never has and it never will, and we aren’t going to do that either.”

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again airs Thursday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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‘Caraoke Showdown’ Host on James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Knockoff Claims

August 04, 2016 6:47am PT by Ashley Lee

"I hope he's not upset about that," said Craig Robinson of the Spike TV show's similarities to the viral 'Late Late Show' segments. "I have nothing but respect for him."Craig Robinson, host of ‘Careoke Showdown’  Courtesy of Spike TV

“I hope he’s not upset about that,” said Craig Robinson of the Spike TV show’s similarities to the viral ‘Late Late Show’ segments. “I have nothing but respect for him.”

Craig Robinson is very aware of the comparisons between Caraoke Showdown and Carpool Karaoke.

“I always say, I drive around saying I’m not James Corden!” he laughed to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday night. He is set to host the former: a Spike TV game show that sees the Office alum picking up unsuspecting contestants and challenging them to karaoke-inspired challenges (with some surprises) for cash prizes. Described as Cash Cab meets karaoke, the 10-episode series will tape in L.A. and New York this summer for a 2017 premiere.

Though the premise is somewhat similar to Corden’s viral Carpool Karaoke segments on The Late Late Show — which have featured Adele, Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Michelle Obama, and is getting its own series edition on Apple Music — Robinson pointed out that his series lends the mic to “regular people on a game show, not great singers [on a late-night show].”

Still, the two are similar enough. “I hope he’s not upset about that,” Robinson told THR at a War Dogs premiere in New York City. “He’s a great host — I’ve been on his show and we did a duet, and it was right up my alley. He gets it. I have nothing but respect for him.”

So what does Robinson think of Corden’s Carpool Karaoke? At first, he said he’d seen a few and called them “brilliant,” but then he backtracked. “I lied when I said I’ve watched it — I’ve just seen pictures of him driving and smiling, and I know he can sing his ass off. I haven’t seen them. It’ll just come across my Facebook page, and I’ll check it out for a bit.”

Watch Robinson and Corden’s Late Late Show duet below.

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‘The View’: Joy Behar Returns, Candace Cameron Bure and Paula Faris Debut in Season 19 Premiere

September 08, 2015 8:22am PT by Ashley Lee

Goldberg joked of the series' faceless mug logo, "Where are the pictures of the faces? We used to have pictures of the faces because people stuck around," while Behar added, "This [design] is in case they want to get rid of any of us!"Joy Behar  

Goldberg joked of the series’ faceless mug logo, “Where are the pictures of the faces? We used to have pictures of the faces because people stuck around,” while Behar added, “This [design] is in case they want to get rid of any of us!”

The View returned rebooted (again) on Tuesday morning for its season 19 premiere with a panel featuring mainstay Whoopi Goldberg and last season’s addition Raven-Symone welcoming returning co-host Joy Behar and newcomers Michelle Collins, Paula Faris and Candace Cameron Bure.

The episode kicked off with a clip featuring Scandal star Tony Goldwyn, prepping Behar over the phone for the premiere. “In the words of Donald Trump, it’s gonna be tremendous, it’s gonna be huge,” she said with a smile.

After an introduction from Goldberg and lengthy applause from the audience, Behar laughed of the morning show’s early call time, “I’m happy to be back, but when I saw my husband sleeping this morning when I was getting dressed to come here, I said, ‘What did I do?! What did I do?!’ “

The panel poked fun at their oft-rotating personalities, as Goldberg jokingly complained about the series’ new mug design of just the logo and the show’s hashtag and Twitter handle. “Where are the pictures of the faces? We used to have pictures of the faces because people stuck around. Come on,” she said, alluding to last season’s exiting panelists Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace. Behar then added, “This [design] is in case they want to get rid of any of us!”

The “Hot Topics” segment featured a discussion on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was arrested and jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs. During the late-morning debate, Faris apparently misquoted Goldberg after the commercial break, and Behar said “Let me finish” to an interrupting Symone. Though Collins dug at Davis’ physical appearance (“[Married] four times? Have you seen the lady?! I’m serious, she’s a monster!”), as she did during her previous guest-host appearances, she also offered much-needed comedic relief: “My dream is that she stays in jail long enough to get gay-married herself.”

Bure was introduced nearly halfway into the episode, noting that she won’t be appearing daily until she finishes shooting the Netflix reboot series Fuller House in November. “I’m happy when I will be here, I’ll miss you all desperately because this is like new friendships, this is new fun for me, and I’m happy to be a part of this team,” she said before the panel dished on their Netflix binge-watching preferences. They also poked fun at Sarah Palin for her recent comment on how people in the U.S. should “speak American.”

The series premiere – which included Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sleeping With Other People stars Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie as guests – wasn’t without its technical snafus. Goldberg noted at one point that she appeared blue on a nearby monitor. “Good god, I’m a black woman!” she shouted.

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