The chairman of Sony’s board was feted at yesterday’s 10th anniversary edition in New York City alongside Norman Lear, Ted Turner, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Eric Farber, George Beasley and – posthumously – Don Cornelius and Andy Rooney. Our FishbowlNY colleague Jerry Barmash was able to grab a few minutes with Stringer, who recalled a great fringe benefit of helping orchestrate the successful CBS pursuit of David Letterman:
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On February 5, stand-up comic, actress and reality TV personality Suzanne Whang will open her one-woman show Cracked Open: Let Go & Let Gook at Beyond Baroque in Venice. As is customary with these sorts of things, she is trying to drum up some excitement and ticket sales with an advance press release that includes some heady praise:
Jim Vallely, co-executive producer and writer of Arrested Development: “This is the most powerful piece of theatre I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos: “Bold, funny, and committed on stage. Actually, she should probably just be committed.”
Tracy Newman, founding member of The Groundlings: “Here’s how funny, beautiful and smart Suzanne Whang is: She has cancer and I’m jealous of her.”
Ha ha. In a blog post yesterday, indieWIRE’s Hollywood movie maven Anne Thompson suggested that publicists hyping the Oscar-qualified Sally Kirkland live action short African Chelsea should have stayed away from the word “sure fire.”
The expression appears in both the press release headline and body-text, although it turns out the real culprit looks to be populist film critic Leo Quinones. On one of his “Film Freak” KFWB-AM broadcasts, it was he who first deemed the short to be “a sure fire Oscar nominee.”
FishbowlLA took the time to watch the six-minute drama, which is available for free at IMDB.com. And we’re here to tell you that the Oscar hype makes as much sense as calling a movie about a Hollywood exotic dancer African Chelsea.
Pioneering Latino stand-up Paul Rodriguez in is the middle of wrapping up a second weekend of LA performances of his first-ever one-man show, Just for the Record. He anchors the wide-ranging anecdotes around the idea that before he was hired by Verizon for those new TV ads, the company wanted to make sure he was psychologically sound by reviewing his personal history.
At one point in the show’s accompanying slide roll, a photo of Will Smith pops up, to which Rodriguez comments, “You forgot who your friends were – f*ck you!” Ouch. The two worked together on 1993′s Made in America and 2001′s Ali, after which the comic evidently got stung like a bee.
In a recent LA Times Op-Ed piece, conservative Andrew Klavan criticized the liberals who complained about Rush Limbaugh without ever having listened to his show. Klavan issued the “Limbaugh challenge”- to listen to the show an hour a day for several days. Four local liberals accepted the challenge- Marc Cooper of the USC Annenberg School for Communication, Laurie Ochoa of the LA Weekly, Norman Lear of People for the American Way, and civil rights attorney Constance L. Rice. Their response ran in the LAT Op-Ed page this past Sunday. From Marc Cooper:
I will grant Limbaugh one slim glimmer of genius. Unlike similar demagogues (I’m thinking of Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity), Limbaugh makes no claim to be a little-guy populist. Instead, he’s a perfect mouthpiece for the most elite portions of our society. He’s a virile defender of wealth, privilege and greed. The rather fabulous trick he pulls off is to attract millions of little-guy listeners and make them believe that their interests are somehow the same as those of the jillionaires Limbaugh idolizes and celebrates.
Don’t ask how we ended up with these people. Let’s just say security isn’t that tight.
First in the photo above is Al Franken. Yes, the soon-to-be Senator-Elect Al Franken.
We saw one woman’s boa catch on fire – so that’s the sign of a real party. We accosted Congressman Barney Frank who was a dismissive to us. Which from what we’ve heard is only surprising if one is from Los Angeles…ahem.
What’s The Hottest Thing In Hollywood? A octogenarian. Tina Daunt focuses her column today on Norman Lear, 81, who is inspiring the under-30 set to vote in record numbers. Daunt mentions a party he threw at the Beverly Hills Post Office last year. We feel pretty cool because we were there. They gave out Good magazine in the gift bags. U.S.A!
Leno Beat Letterman With One Hand Tied Behind His Back: Even without his writers, Jay Leno managed to best David Letterman and his full writing posse. Which just goes to prove that America really doesn’t know from funny.
Strike Aftermath To Affect Upfronts: Expect more of a bleary-eyed hey-we’re-still-here-isn’t-that-cool series of press conferences, rather than a big dog and pony show.
But, we guess, nobody gets a cool gig like hers without having to put in some time doing the expected tales of ostentatious wealth and envy-inducing real estate porn.
So we forgive her for this piece in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times Magazine which offers every last rich detail of the opulent estates of Ron Burkle, Rob Reiner, Norman Lear, Arianna Huffington, Bruce Cohen and Haim Saban.
Our favorite bit of dish comes in the Saban section:
A clear all-weather tent–lighted by chandeliers–is used as a central gathering spot behind the main house. But guests beware: The invitation should come with a Thomas Guide. You’ll find the exit after the watermill, the fountains and the topiary animals on the lawn.
She failed to mention whether the topiaries resembled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Vodka are foisting a new season of Iconoclasts on the world. We love these pairings, largely because they’re so easy to mock.
Robert Lloyd loves this because it’s pretentious worthy high-production value television, unlike everything else he’s forced to review.
Maureen Ryan likes the longer format of celebrity chit-chat.
Tonight, professional edgy guy Sean Penn chats with author Jon Krakauer about Penn’s movie based on Krakauer’s book. Synergy.
Alicia Keys and Ruby Dee are fine, if only because their names rhyme.
Mike Myers, who’s working on a movie about a self-help expert and Surprise! self-help expert Deepak Chopra.
Norman Lear and Howard Schultz–moguls.
Wynton Marsalis meets Iron Chef John Besh — wanna bet they talk about what it means to miss New Orleans?
And since this series is all about “the world’s most fascinating and controversial minds”, who better than:
Madeleine Albright and Ashley Judd. What’s the connection? They both color their hair? They both photograph taller than than they really are? We can only hope this will be as embarrassing as the Renee Zellweger and Christiane Amanpour session last season.
The SNL version with Bjork and Charles Barkley is priceless, but NBC, the spoilsports, have pulled their content from YouTube.