Harvey Weinstein Kicks Things Up At Radio City Music Hall
The genius of Harvey Weinstein’s New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall is that he and his sly collaborators — Diane Paulus (Pippin), Randy Weiner (Queen Of The Night) and Warren Carlyle (After Midnight) — have engineered 90 dazzling minutes of… Read
Broadcasters Will Fete Jerry Lewis At April NAB Confab
Comedian and philanthropist Jerry Lewis will receive the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award at next month’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. Lewis is slated to accept the award at the opening session on April 13. In addition to his decades-long work in the entertainment industry, Lewis, 89, was national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), hosting marathons that raised over $2 billion for patient care and research. Lewis no longer is… Read
Jon Stewart Unveils C-SPAN2 Show ‘Hatewatch’ (Just Kidding)
Addressing speculation last night about his post-Daily Show plans, Jon Stewart dismissed various scenarios (including “modeling” and rock-stardom) before unveiling the first segment from his new show on C-SPAN2, called HATEWATCH With Jon Stewart. In the segment, he took on anti-sex-trafficking bill currently stalled in the U.S. Senate as Republicans and Democrats bicker over a provision in the bill denying federal aid for abortion. Until the provision came to light, the… Read
‘Trainwreck’ In Progress: Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow At Hot SXSW Screening
A rowdy, sold-out crowd at South By Southwest warmly greeted Director Judd Apatow, who showed off his promising, still-in-progress comedy, Trainwreck, with his entertainingly foul-mouthed star and writer, Amy Schumer.
The audience reacted very strongly to the film, with big applause, and looks like it has a great shot at being a big success. The film itself is quite funny with lots of film and TV references.
It’s the first movie that Apatow has directed but not… Read
SXSW: Biodoc Director Admits She Clashed With Russell Brand, Who Skipped Premiere – Update
UPDATED, 7:40 PM: At tonight’s SXSW premiere of her documentary Brand: The Second Coming, director Ondi Timoner acknowledged that she and her subject clashed during the filmmaking process. “Once he gave me creative control, it was a tug of war. You know I like characters like this. And I like challenges.” The filmmaker added that she omitted some portions by his request for ethical reasons. Russell Brand had recruited her to finish this film, which others including Al… Read
Bruce Jenner Interview On ABC Moving Ahead, E! Reality Show Mulls Pause
E! may have hit the pause button on its Bruce Jenner reality series, but ABC News is looking to air its Diane Sawyer interview with the former Olympic star-turned-Kardashian patriarch late next month. Plans for that ABC News special have changed slightly, in light of Jenner’s recent car accident in which a person was killed and seven injured.
According to sources, that wreck in Malibu will be covered by ABC News when Sawyer interviews Jenner about his transition. Sawyer… Read
Larry David’s ‘Fish In The Dark’ Review: Jeremy Gerard Is Hooked
Shtick is to Larry David as location is to real estate: everything, everything and everything.
As I say in my video review above, David is making his first stage appearance since grade school. The acerbic comic genius behind Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld makes his Broadway debut as playwright and star of Fish in The Dark, a comedy about death, sex and who inherits Dad’s Rolex.
This Fish tale – which also stars Rita Wilson and Rosie Perez – struck me as a throwback to… Read
Apple Announcement Live Blog: HBO Now Service, $10K Watch, Superslim MacBook and More
We’re live-blogging the Apple event this morning, including the day’s biggest announcement (at least as far as Hollywood is concerned): the launch of HBO Now, a stand-alone service for $14.99 a month that won’t require a subscription from a Pay-TV provider. The service will debut in April on Apple TV, which has 25 million users, and on Apple’s App Store. Read more about that here.
Separately, Apple CEO Tim Cook and his colleagues rolled out sleek new MacBooks weighing… Read
‘Girls’ Lena Dunham Takes On Critics, Mum On ‘Scandal’ Role & Defends Sex Scenes – PaleyFest
"The pissed-off people are the loudest," said the Girls creator and star today of the reaction and criticism her HBO series has generated since its 2012 debut. “I do care deeply about politics and things that are happening the United States right now, particularly in regards to women and reproductive rights,” she added of her viewpoints on and off the show that have attracted so much attention in recent years. Dunham’s defiant statements drew big applause at the nearly… Read
Harrison Ford “OK” After L.A. Plane Crash, Says Son
UPDATE, 5:21 PM: Harrison Ford is “battered but OK” according to his son Ben. The younger Ford just sent out a tweet from the hospital with the Star Wars star. In a follow up Ben Ford said, “Thank you all for your thoughts and good vibes for my dad.” The Force is strong with this one.
At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.
— Chef Ben Ford (@ChefBenFord) March 6, 2015
Ford’s agency… Read
Christopher Plummer Praises Lady Gaga, ‘Sound Of Music’ And Cements New Hollywood Honor
EXCLUSIVE: After winning his first Oscar three years ago at age 82 for Beginners, another major Hollywood honor is coming Christopher Plummer’s way when he gets a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on March 27th in an event sponsored as part of the TCM Classic Movie Festival. The network is announcing details of the event today.
When I talked to Plummer last week on the phone from sunny Florida — where he was escaping the harsh weather at his… Read
William Shatner’s Twitter Storm Of A Leonard Nimoy Funeral Tribute
Unable to attend the funeral for long-time friend and fellow Star Trek luminary Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner has taken to with a stream of posts, many answering questions posed by fans about the two. Many of the posts and reposts are quite touching, and it’s set off quite the Twitter frenzy as fans respond, tweet and retweet.
Shatner also reposted a wonderful photo of a billboard, put up by a fan who said that it had made him choke up.
Shatner was on the East… Read