October 26th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
Not since 1995 has the Golden Globe Awards had a host. That's about to change. The producers have tapped Ricky Gervais for the 67th annual awards show, to be broadcast on NBC January 17th, 2010. The Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor/comedian may be best known for his work in the BBC's "The Office." In addition to executive producing the American version of the hit British show, Gervais recently co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the film "The Invention of Lying" with Jennifer Garner.
His brand of humor may be just what the ailing telecast needs.
NBC's Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming thinks "Ricky is certainly one of the funniest people on the planet and has provided some of the most hilarious and memorable awards show moments in recent memory." You may recall Gervais' Golden Globe acceptance speech that began with, "I'm from a little place called England - we used to run the world before you."
Gervais says he feels like hosting the Globes will offer him "an environment where I feel I can get free reign [sic] as a host."
We can't wait to see what that "free reign" looks like. What about you? Are you more likely to watch?
October 22nd, 2009
02:22 PM ET
When something like the David Letterman story breaks, one of the interesting "meta" aspects is the range of tones people take as they react. In revealing his affairs and the subsequent alleged extortion attempt, Letterman was typically wry and humorous, while TV talking heads, Letterman's supporters, and his opponents have ranged from sober (discussing sexual harassment in the workplace) to somewhat hysterical (Dave should be thrown off TV, castrated, etc.).
Now we have a look at an exchange that eschews the sex jokes in favor of more serious issues: a letter from Terry O'Neill, President of the National Organization for Women, to Rob Burnett, Letterman's longtime executive producer and President/CEO of his production company, Worldwide Pants, Inc. - as well as Burnett's reply to O'Neill. First, O'Neill's letter, which also went to CBS President/CEO Les Mooves:
Six days later, Burnett replied:
Wow. We found both letters to be impressive - what do you think?
October 22nd, 2009
10:49 AM ET
David Letterman's musical director, Paul Shaffer, hit Los Angeles Wednesday night as part of a tour to promote his new biography with the lengthy title "We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Showbiz Saga." He co-wrote the book with David Ritz. It details his days on Broadway, his "Saturday Night Live" stint and his 27 years working with Letterman.
It's tough to be out promoting your book when your boss is embroiled in a sex scandal. Inevitably there will be questions regarding the brouhaha, questions that go unanswered. Shaffer did say "I'm not allowed to even talk about that situation. It's like an ongoing legal proceeding and as such, you can't comment on it."
After 27 years on Letterman, you may think Shaffer has seen it all. Is there anybody he hasn't worked with throughout the years? Is there someone with whom he'd really like to collaborate? Yes, actually, and it may surprise you:
Editor's Note: Several commenters believe this quote was lifted from Adam Carolla's podcast. It came from an interview Paul conducted with CNN producer Anita Bennett.
October 21st, 2009
11:29 AM ET
I read with interest the latest salvo in the Carrie Prejean-Miss California USA tussle. The pageant officials are asking the ousted Prejean to pay back the $5200 they ostensibly "loaned" her to have her breasts augmented. Their demand for repayment followed Prejean's lawsuit claiming pageant officials violated her privacy when they told reporters her breasts were fake. Call it tit for tat.
If you pay any sort of attention to pageants, and I admit I don't, the before and after pictures of Prejean are markedly different. Let's just say her cups now runneth over. Did pageant officials invade her privacy or did they state the obvious? That's for a court to decide.
The court will also decide whether the 22-year-old Prejean will have to reimburse the pageant. The two sides don't agree on much at all these days, but according to court filings, the one thing both sides did see eye to eye on was the need for Prejean to "grow a pair" in order to be more competitive in the Miss USA pageant. Prejean was the first runner-up; you make the call.
What do you think? Should Prejean give back the money... or the merchandise?
October 20th, 2009
02:23 PM ET
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is sitting down with Oprah Winfrey. According to Harpo Productions, the two women have never crossed paths before, and this will be the first time they meet. The interview is set to air Monday, November 16th - one day before Palin's new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," goes on sale.
Palin, Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election, was a polarizing figure who was both applauded and mocked for her folksy style. Following her unsuccessful bid for VP, Palin stepped down from her post as governor of Alaska, which garnered her some criticism.
Is "Going Rogue: An American Life" on your reading list? Will you watch Oprah November 16th?
October 7th, 2009
09:13 PM ET
Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch, who recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his left salivary gland just got back from a trip to Dharamsala, India. He shared some of his experiences in a letter to fans.
Here's an excerpt:
What's nice is that Yauch's cancer was located early, was localized and according to doctors will not affect his vocal chords. It sounds like he's pursuing an East meets West course of treatment.
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