Laverne Cox has signed to star in a remake of the The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic flick that’s still shown in midnight screenings throughout the English-speaking world. A twisted homage to B-grade sci-fi and horror films, Rocky Horror is the longest running movie in history.
Cox, best known for her role as Sophia Burset on Orange Is the New Black, will take on the lead role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, self-described in song as a “sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania.” Actor Tim Curry originated the role, and the film also brought a young Susan Sarandon to fame.
According to the Hollywood rumor mill, the lead role in the new production was first offered to Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert.
Emmy-nominated for her work in OITNB, Cox recently co-starred in Lily Tomlin’s feature film Grandma. She’s also guest starred in a number of TV series, including Law & Order, The Mindy Project and Bored to Death. She produced and starred in the VH1 series TRANSform Me.
Cox is also a widely respected and much-honored activist for LGBT rights activist. Among her laurels is an award from GLAAD. She appeared on the June 14, 2014 cover of Time magazine.
Fox 21 Television Studios is co-producing the Rocky Horror reboot, and Lou Adler, who produced the original, is one of the executive producers. The show will air on Fox as a two-hour special next fall.
What’s for lunch, cravers? Time magazine says White Castle’s small, square sliders are “the most influential burger of all time.”
The “now-iconic square patty” that debuted in 1921 in Wichita, Kan., was the first burger to spawn a fast-food empire, says Time.
The magazine story puts the White Castle “what you crave” burger at the top of the list of the 17 most influential burgers of all time, beating out burgers from McDonald’s and In-N-Out.
White Castle vice president Jamie Richardson tells The Columbus Dispatch that “slider” has been a term of endearment for the delectable little burgers since the 1950s.
White Castle has been based in Columbus since 1934.
The Time list:
Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, saying the Catholic Church’s new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
The pope beat out NSA leaker Edward Snowden for the distinction, which the newsmagazine has been giving each year since 1927.
The former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected in March as the first pope from Latin America and the first Jesuit. Since taking over at the Vatican, he has urged the Catholic Church not to be obsessed with “small-minded rules” and to emphasize compassion over condemnation in dealing with touchy topics like abortion, gays and contraception.
He has denounced the world’s “idolatry of money” and the “global scandal” that nearly 1 billion people today go hungry, and has charmed the masses with his simple style and wry sense of humor. His appearances draw tens of thousands of people and his (at)Pontifex Twitter account recently topped 10 million followers.
“He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world’s largest institutions in an extraordinary way,” said Nancy Gibbs, the magazine’s managing editor.
The Vatican said the honor wasn’t surprising given the resonance in the general public that Francis has had, but it nevertheless said the choice was a “positive” recognition of spiritual values in the international media.
“The Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honors,” said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi. “But if the choice of Person of Year helps spread the message of the Gospel – a message of God’s love for everyone – he will certainly be happy about that.”
It was the third time a Catholic pope had been Time’s selection. John Paul II was selected in 1994 and John XXIII was chosen in 1962.
In Argentina, Padre Toto, one of the many “slum priests” the pope supported for years as archbishop of Buenos Aires, praised Time magazine’s selection.
“I think the recognition of Time magazine is good news, because Pope Francis embodies one of the values of a church that’s more missionary, closer to the people, more austere, more in keeping with the gospel,” Toto said. “He had the genius of knowing how to express this sense of the church and hopefully his way of being will catch on with other political leaders, business executives, sports figures. His leadership is inspiring.”
Besides Snowden, Time had narrowed its finalists down to gay rights activist Edith Windsor, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Syrian President Bashar Assad.
President Barack Obama was Time’s selection for 2012.
Time editors make the selection. The magazine polled readers for their choice, and the winner was Egyptian General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who didn’t even make the top 10 of Time’s final list.
Time magazine on Dec. 9 announced the top 10 finalists for its person of the year for 2013. The person of the year, as chosen by editors will be announced early on Dec. 11.
Edith Windsor, with the help of her attorneys and the American Civil Liberties Union, made the list. She is the widow who took her fight for marriage equality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court this year and won, securing for same-sex couples in the United States marriage benefits at the federal level.
The victory also gave momentum to the campaign to dismantle anti-gay marriage laws across the country, including in the conservative South and Southwest.
The finalists include, in alphabetical order:
• Bashar Assad, President of Syria
• Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
• Ted Cruz, Texas Senator
• Miley Cyrus, Singer
• Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church
• Barack Obama, President of the United States
• Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran
• Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
• Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker
• Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist
TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs announced the group on the TODAY show Monday morning.
Time also has collected votes for readers’ Person of the Year.