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Friday September 14th, 2012

TV Rewind: Obama And Romney’s Late Night Rounds, ‘Today’ Troubles, ‘X Factor’ Ratings Sink

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements, and gossip!

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• President Barack Obama will take a seat on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday, Sept. 18. It will be his second time on the show since being elected in 2008. The same day, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will appear on ABC’s Live! with Kelly and Michael.

• NBC’s Today show is coming under fire — again. After being the only major network to not cover a moment of silence for 9/11 victims at Ground Zero (and instead airing an interview with Kris Jenner), the network defended its decision. It did, however, send a memo to network affiliates, apologizing for viewer complaints many have received.

• Despite the much-hyped additions of singers Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, the season premiere ratings of Fox’s The X Factor decreased 23 percent from last season’s premiere.

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Friday October 29th, 2010


  • Movie Line: Mike Ryan reacted to the news that “Saturday Night Live” will be hosted by best actress hopeful Anne Hathaway (“Love and Other Drugs”) on November 20 and best actor hopeful Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”) on December 18 by asking, “Can the added buzz from hosting ‘SNL’ actually help the chances of a win or even a nomination?” Seeking the answer, he “dug back through 35 years of Oscar nominees and ‘SNL’ hosts to see how often a nominee or winner hosted that same year,” and found that “27 future Oscar nominees have hosted [‘SNL’] during the same season that they were nominated or won. (Nine more… hosted during the season, but after the ceremony — call those a victory lap.) Of that 27, seven have gone on to win the award he or she was nominated for — most recently Forest Whitaker.”
  • OscarWatch: Dave Karger reports that Disney has released this awards season’s first “For Your Consideration” trade ad, suggesting that voters consider nominating “Alice in Wonderland” for best picture and in 16 other categories, including best director (Tim Burton), best actor (Johnny Depp), and best supporting actress (Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway). Karger adds, “I’m told the studio’s major goal is a nomination in the best picture (comedy or musical) category at the Golden Globes… though the eye-popping film could end up factoring into some of the Academy’s technical races.”
  • The Odds: Steve Pond shares the story behind one of the year’s most “imaginative and bracing film scores,” the one composed by Nine Inch Nails’s frontman Trent Reznor and producer Atticus Ross for “The Social Network.” Pond, a former music critic, writes that their effort captivates audiences with “piano-rooted, synthesizer-drenched work that is by turns plaintive and assaultive, and always adventurous and unconventional,” which was unlike anything on which the two had previously collaborated. He also reports that Reznor, upon being offered the job, initially said yes; then said no; then felt bad, so he called to apologize for saying no; and, at that point, learned that the job was still available and took it.
  • Hollywood-Elsewhere: Jeff Wells issues a mea culpa regarding Roger Michell’s “Morning Glory,” the awards prospects of which he previously disparaged after finding its one-sheet to be lacking, now that he has actually seeing the film. He says it’s “much better than what Paramount’s marketing has so far indicated,” describing it as “a notch or two above [screenwriter Aline Brosh] McKenna’s ‘The Devil Wears Prada’” (referring to McKenna’s hit rom-com from 2006) and “close to ‘Broadcast News’-level” (referring to the classic 1987 comedy about people who work in television), while adding that it features “Harrison Ford’s best performance in years” — one that he feels even “has a shot at best supporting actor recognition.”
  • YouTube: There’s nothing quite like a Stephen Holt interview, as demonstrated by this one with best supporting actor hopeful Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”), which was apparently conducted during September’s Toronto International Film Festival but was only posted online yesterday. Rush’s face is priceless throughout, not least after he says he’s been going through a “king period,” having appeared in both a play (“Exit the King“) and now a film with “king” in the title,” to which Holt responds, “I’m in my queen period, but it’s lasted an awful long time!”
  • RogerEbert.com: Roger Ebert gives three out of four stars to the third and final installment of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy,” “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” Ebert makes a point of praising the performance of Noomi Rapace, who has portrayed Lisbeth Salander all three films, and calls the character a “transfixing heroine… formidably smart and deeply wounded… [and] too good a character to suspend after three films.” He adds, “My guess is there must be sequels [still to come, even if Larsson is found not to have written any himself].”
  • Vancouver Sun: Kat Angus and Leah Collins celebrate the aforementioned “tattooed and pierced rebel girl” Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) as “easily one of the most compelling female characters of the past several years,” noting that “society may brand the Gothically inclined as misfits, but when it comes to movies, audiences just can’t get enough.” To prove their point, they share a gallery of “10 other movie Goths who have already won their hearts.” Among them: Allison (Ally Sheedy) in “The Breakfast Club” (1985), Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp) in “Edward Scissorhands” (1990), Lydia Deetz (Winona Ryder) in “Beetle Juice” (1988), and Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) in “The Addams Family” (1991).
  • FSLC: The Film Society of Lincoln Center will pay tribute to legendary dancer/choreographer/filmmaker Stanley Donen, who is now 86, by screening a number of his most memorable works — including “On the Town” (1949), “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), and “It’s Always Fair Weather” (1955), which he co-directed with Gene Kelly, and “Funny Face” (1957), “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954), “Charade” (1963), “Arabesque” (1966), and “Two for the Road” (1967), which he independently directed — from November 3-10. On the first evening of the series, Donen will participate in a Q&A that is to be moderated by none other than director Mike Nichols.

Photo: “SNL” host Ellen Page (who was a recent Oscar nominee for “Juno“) and cast member Andy Samberg (portraying Diablo Cody, the screenwriter of the film) during the opening segment of the show’s March 1, 2008 episode. Credit: NBC.

Monday September 20th, 2010


  • “Oprah”: Oprah Winfrey chats with Oscar winning director Davis Guggenheim about his new documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” which focuses on the nation’s broken education system. (The film and its subject matter will also be featured on the cover of this week’s Time.)
  • Movie City News: Noah Forrest questions director Oliver Stone’s motives for making “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” arguing that Stone seems to have adopted Gordon Gekko’s mantra by “making a blatantly greedy move… revisiting characters that did not need to be revisited.”
  • New York Post: Reed Tucker wonders whether director Woody Allen is “box office poison” in light of the fact that recent ads for his new film “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” — just like his last, “Whatever Works” — neglect to even mention his name.
  • Gold Derby: Tom O’Neil sits down with “Another Year” director Mike Leigh, who says he expects to lose to Americans at the Oscars but resents the fact that BAFTA, which presents the British-version of the Academy Awards, “genuflects to Hollywood.”
  • Deadline Hollywood: Nikki Finke posts the opening trailer for Oscar winning director Ron Howard’s next film “The Dilemma,” which — despite to its serious-sounding title — is just about as far from his usual awards fare as possible: a couples comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, and Winona Ryder.
  • The Odds: Josh Dickey reports that director Joshua Newton, who recently sued Variety after they eviscerated his recent film “Iron Cross” on the same day that he took out $400,000 worth of ads in the paper, will receive the Visionary Filmmaker Award from the Boston Film Festival later today.
  • Hollywood-Elsewhere: Jeff Wells and Award Daily’s Sasha Stone have decided to team up for a weekly podcast called “Oscar Poker with Jeff & Sasha,” which Jeff hopes will be a “flashier” version of Kris Tapley and Annie Thompson’s “Oscar Talk” chatfests.

Photo: A scene from “Waiting for ‘Superman’.” Credit: Paramount.

Wednesday September 15th, 2010


Darren Aronofsky‘s “Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight, 12/1, trailer), which premiered on Monday night at Roy Thomson Hall as part of the Toronto International Film Festival, is a very good film that displays flashes of greatness, most of which are provided by Natalie Portman in what may be the first truly great role that she’s been given to play during her 16 year career.

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