AfterElton Briefs: Darren Debuts, Remaking “Carrie,” and Hugh Jackman is “Houdini”

  • Darren Criss made his debut in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and above you can see him at the after party with co-star Christopher J. Hanke. If you’re wondering about the dirty looks, I think Darren just realized that Christopher played the rat bastard waiter who tried to break up Kevin and Scotty on Brothers & Sisters. Interloper!
  • I give up. Yesterday I was intrigued at the prospect of Tilda Swinton remaking Auntie Mame, and now I’m being punished for letting up on my remake hatred. Planes are underway for a new version of Carrie. On the plus side, Kimberly Pierce is being eyed as director, but still, didn’t the musical and deadly dull TV remake teach anyone anything?
  • Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Christopher Walken are in talks to star in Freezing People Is Easy, about the man who tried to pioneer cryogenics. Surprisingly, it’s not a Walt Disney picture.
  • In ratings news, Work It! had a mediocre, but not entirely disastrous debut.
  • Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway in the title role of Houdini, written by Aaron Sorkin with music by Stephen Schwartz.
  • The new cast of Celebrity Apprentice has been finalized, and Arsenio Hall, Clay Aiken, Adam Carolla, Lou Ferrigno, Penn Jillette, Dee Snider, George Takei, Michael Andretti, Paul Teutul Sr., Cheryl Tiegs, Debbie Gibson, Tia Carrere, Victoria Gotti, Lisa Lampanelli, Dayana Mendoza, Aubrey O’Day, Patricia Velásquez, and Teresa Giudice will be working for a Bag Of Dessicated Orange Meat And Hair.
  • The healing powers of getting laid.

  • The Life With Archie that features the wedding of Kevin Keller is on sale today, and Comics Worth Reading has some preview panels. (h/t JusticeGH)
  • She’s gone where the goblins go.

  • Here’s a happier pic of Darren after his debut. We wish him all the best on Broadway!

  • Below you can see the cast of a famous TV show. Can you name it?

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