munchman: Why BARBARELLA Won’t Work

Yeah, BARBARELLA. Produced/Directed by Nicolas Refn. Starring Who Knows? No network specified yet.

Anyway:

  • It doesn’t star Jane Fonda
  • Hippies don’t watch TV
  • Jane Fonda probably doesn’t even watch TV
  • The director is a foreigner who isn’t Roger Vadim
  • Jane Fonda isn’t even Jane Fonda anymore anyway

There is, however, one way to save this show:

  • Add visual scrumptiousness, heaps of sex, and lots of P.R. about being faithful to the original comics conception. The TV audience doesn’t give a blind angel’s wings about any of that, but blissfully ignorant fandom will step in and add at least 1 undeserved season to its life

Oh, that’s Jane Fonda in the pic above. According to her autobiography, Vadim, who directed the original BARBARELLA and micro-managed Jane Fonda both as Barbarella and as, well, Jane Fonda, created huge self-doubt issues for her that she’s only now getting over. But that look he also created for her has to have been worth it. Ask any current reality show starlet. Go ahead.

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Two New Shows We’ll Watch

…until we realize that they aren’t giving us anything they promised.

Stick with us on this. It’s the only way you won’t be disappointed.

Tim Roth to Star in David Cronenberg’s ‘Knifeman’ Series

By Tim Kenneally

Tim Roth is about to explore the cutting edge of television programming.

“Lie to Me” star Roth has signed on to star in “Knifeman,” David Cronenberg’s maiden foray into television. Roth will play John Tattersall in the series, which chronicles “the trials and triumphs of a radical, self-educated surgeon” who goes to “extraordinary and unorthodox lengths … to uncover the secrets of the human body.”

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‘Barbarella’ Series in the Works From Nicolas Refn

By Tim Kenneally

“Barbarella” is coming to the small screen.

“Drive” director Nicolas Refn is working with Gaumont International Television on a TV series based on the Jean-Claude Forest comic-book character made famous by the 1968 Jane Fonda film of the same name.

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