July 31st, 2009
07:16 PM ET

A day of contrast at the Television Critics Association

You know it's the home stretch at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, when you have so many interviews that you have to schedule bathroom breaks and ditch lunch.

From my first interview with the ladies of Lifetime's show "Rita Rocks," (Tisha Campbell-Martin and Nicole Sullivan who by the way are FULLY pregnant and just weeks away from their due dates) to my non-stop laughfest with comedienne-actress MoNique, to the intensely serious talk with Edward Norton. I sat in the CNN suite of the Langham Hotel in Pasadena for nine hours through more than 15 interviews on Thursday.

Some of it goes in one ear and right out the other, but some of it really stays with you. Today MoNique and Edward Norton's words stuck with me. MoNique has always had that effect on me because she is REAL whether you like it or not. Real about Hollywood,  real about current news topics, VERY real about race in America and real about her beloved Larry King! Yes, I said Larry King. Before I could ask her a single question, she said she wanted to get a message across to Larry King. So, she looked into the camera and asked Larry to be a guest on her upcoming late night talk show on BET. She even gave out her digits so he could call her back and make it happen. She LOVES Larry King. She talked about her upcoming show, her critically acclaimed film "Precious," and thanked President Barack Obama for talking about racial profiling and having the professor and the cop over a beer. She could have gone on and on about ANY topic.

But the tone in the room changed when actor Edward Norton walked in to promote his new documentary "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama" which his company Classic 5 films produced. He was initially very quiet but once he relaxed a bit he talked, without taking a break at times, about how the directors got access to then presidential candidate Obama's inner circle to shoot hours of private meetings and behind the scenes footage for the documentary while Obama zigazagged the country campaigning. Norton says he doesn't think this is a puff piece like some, on the right side of the political landscape, might think try to label it. He says it's simply a history of one of the most important times in America.

Interesting documentary to say the least.


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