ET Obsessions: 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' Hulu's 'Harlots,' 'Boss Baby' and GLAAD Media Awards
By Andi Rocco
Here at ET, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for
the week of March 27 to April 2, this is what we’re most excited about:
Why We’re Obsessed
With 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- The Musical'
It’s a childhood favorite that’s been transformed from book
to screen, and now the tale where sweet dreams come true hits the Broadway
stage. Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which
followsenigmatic candy manufacturer Willy
Wonka, will make its Broadway debut following a successful run in London. Two-time
Tony Award winner Christian Borle will take on the role famously originated by
Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka
and the Chocolate Factory. “There are certain things people are craving to
see, but we also want to surprise them,” Borle says of playing Wonka onstage.
Will he recreate Wilder’s famous onscreen entrance? That’s still to be
determined. “To make this endeavor worth doing, we have to do something new
with it,” he adds. The fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination will take
the stage of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York.
Previews for Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory start Tuesday, March 28.
Why We’re Obsessed
It’s 18th-century London, let
the bodices rip! Hulu’s new brothel drama Harlots is no costume
performance. Told from the female point of view, the series will explore the
world of two rival brothel owners, based on real historical characters. Actress
Samantha Morton will lead as madam Margaret Wells, facing the struggles of
reconciling her roles as mother and brothel owner and opposing madam Lydia
Quigley, who threatens Wells’ bordello, played by Lesley Manville. "It's a
show about economics as much as it is a show about sex work," Manville said at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour of the eight-part
We’re sure every parent to some degree can relate to the title, even questioning if their baby
is one, but DreamWorks Animation has taken it another step further with The Boss Baby, featuring the voice
talents of Alec Baldwin as an unusual onesie suit-wearing, corporate-minded --
you guessed it -- baby. Although this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the
concept of infants with not-so-infantile voices -- see Look Who’s Talking
and Family Guy -- what we do
get is a story addressing universal truths about family bonds. Jimmy
Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow also lend their voices as the parents.
Based on Diane Ackerman's book about Polish zookeepers Jan
and Antonina Zabinski, who sheltered over 300 Jewish refugees during World War
II, The Zookeeper's Wife is a true story of terror and heroism. Oscar
winner and executive producer Jessica Chastain stars as Antonina in the drama bringing
to life the untold story of the Warsaw Zoo, where both human and animal lives
were spared. “There's a healing power with animals and Antonina knew that,” Chastain
shared in an interview on Today. “What I loved about this
story is that it really showcases the good in humanity in a time of war.”
The Zookeeper’s Wife hits theaters on Friday, March 31.
Why We’re Obsessed
With the GLAAD Media Awards
GLAAD, the lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, will host its
annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles and only ET will be
backstage. So, be sure to watch for additional exclusive announcements this
week! Moonlight kicks off the film nominees
list, alongside I Am Cait for
Outstanding Reality Program and Lady Gaga, Frank Ocean and Sia for Outstanding Music
Artist. Comedian Cameron Esposito will host the ceremony with special guests
Victoria Justice, Harry Shum Jr., Tatiana Maslany and Tarell Alvin McCraney.