“Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda To Bring “The Great Space Coaster” To The Big Screen

The Great Space CoasterNew York—Looking to capitalize on the incredible success of his Broadway smash musical, “Hamilton,” Paramount Pictures confirmed yesterday that Lin-Manuel Miranda has signed on to write, direct and star in a big-screen adaptation/reboot of the classic 1980’s syndicated children’s television program, “The Great Space Coaster.”

Miranda will be working with puppeteer John Tartaglia, who starred on Broadway in “Avenue Q” from 2003 until 2005. The film will combine live action, puppetry and CGI, according to Paramount.

“This will be a bold, innovative, daring film, bringing the joy and camaraderie shown on television in the early ’80s to today’s generation,” a spokesman for Paramount said. “We are very, very excited to work with both John and Lin-Manuel, as well as the rest of the amazing cast to bring these amazing characters to the big screen.”

Also confirmed to be in the cast are Gary Oldman as Gary Gnu, Betty White as the voice of Knock Knock the Woodpecker, Andy Serkis as Goriddle Gorilla and Denzel Washington as the rose-loving elephant, Edison.

Lin-Manuel will play the role of the evil ringmaster M.T. Promises, whose sole mission in life is to recapture the clown Baxter, who drives the Great Space Coaster, and take him back to the circus. Baxter will be played by Keenan Thompson.

Rounding out the cast of the film are Kira Kosarin as Francine, Michael B. Jordan as Danny and Joey Bragg as Roy, the teenage band members spirited away from Earth by Baxter.

Running on first run syndication from 1981 through 1986, “The Great Space Coaster” was a children’s educational television program that centered around a great space coaster that flew kids to an asteroid in space, where they encountered a wide array of colorful, puppet-like characters and sang in a band. Oddly enough, neither Sid nor Marty Krofft had any involvement in the show.

“The General Population Feeds Me With Perspectives, Emotions, And Appreciation For Being:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress Tracey Birdsall

Tracey Birdsall

Tracey Birdsall plays the role of a character suspected of being the adult film star Jenna Jameson in the film Who’s Jenna Jameson.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress Tracey Birdsall. Tracey took the time to speak with us about the differences between working on a feature film and a soap opera, who and what inspires her and the social media “spat” between Jenna Jameson and the producers of Tracey’s latest film, “Who’s Jenna Jameson.” Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Tracey Birdsall: 

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

Tracey Birdsall: I was (and am) a huge fan of comedic actresses growing up. My favorite would have been Lucille Ball, followed by Goldie Hawn.

TDQ: What made you want to work in show business?

TB: I first set foot on a stage at the age of 5 doing a singing and tap dancing number to “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Baby” and it was the most exhilarating moment ever. That was it.

Jenna Jameson

We found this image of adult film star Jenna Jameson after an extensive internet search. We must say, the resemblance is uncanny. More so before the censors made their adjustments.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

TB: Do something every day to move your career forward. Mark Sikes, the casting director told me that in passing one day. I tried it for 30 days and never stopped. That was many years ago.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

TB: Don’t ever say no. You have to be very selective.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

TB: Humans influence me. Although I have my mentors and my favorite actors and actresses, I’m most inspired by humans everywhere – all types. The general population feeds me with perspectives, emotions, and appreciation for being. Our environment is our fuel if we enjoy living as other people when we film more so than just acting what’s on the page. If you’re not living it, then you’re really missing out.

TDQ: Tell us about your latest project, “Who’s Jenna Jameson?”

TB: In Who’s Jenna Jameson? I play a lawyer who is a virtual doppelganger for the famous porn star. It’s a big comedy so the jokes are endless and unrelenting! It’s the twists in this movie that make it really incredible… did I say enough?! Continue reading