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Bob Costas Co-Chairs The Dan Patrick Show

Post-Sochi, Bob Costas spent nearly two full hours this morning hanging out with Dan Patrick in the Man Cave. The NBC Sports colleagues began of course by revisiting the Winter Olympics eye mess, followed by a series of high-profile phone-in guests.

LupitaNyongo12YearsSlaveMatt Lauer reacted to Patrick’s joking revelation that DP had faked sickness in Sochi once it became obvious that Lauer and then Vieira were getting the prized opportunity to replace the sidelined Costas. Race car driver Jeff Gordon compared notes with Costas on some of the celebrities who live in their shared New York City high rise (Sting, Denzel Washington). And Chicago Sun-Times film critic Richard Roeper jumped in to talk Oscars.

Although Patrick hasn’t seen most of this year’s nominated movies, he ran through some confident predictions for the major categories. While Roeper agreed that Lupita Nyong’o will likely take Best Supporting Actress from Jennifer Lawrence, he wasn’t so sure about Patrick’s Best Picture lock. Roeper thinks Gravity may well pull off the “upset” over 12 Years a Slave.

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Newspaper Runs Buzzsaw Through Latest ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Selection

AdamLevinePeopleIs Houston Chronicle features Web editor Dana Guthrie more of an authority on sexy men than the editors at People magazine? We might need a The Voice-style reality TV show to properly answer that rhetorical, but in the meantime Guthrie – who bills herself on Twitter as a “lover of awesomeness” – has given it her best shot with “19 Men Who Are Sexier Than Adam Levine.”

One aspect that the brief intro to Guthrie’s slideshow fails to mention is the key role here played by the words, “No thanks.” FishbowlNY can only imagine how many times People has begged, pleaded and groveled at the foot of Ryan Gosling‘s reps.

The Canadian-born actor is the perennial name now that comes up each year as the individual who should have been S-chosen. There is also a vocal group that had been lobbying this year for upcoming Man of Sexy Steel Henry Caville.

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This Bud’s for All Those Who Hate Hollywood Product Placement

At one end of the Budweiser advertising spectrum are the millions spent each winter on fancy Super Bowl ads. At the other, evidently, is Denzel Washington’s new drama Flight.

Per a report by AP entertainment reporter Anthony McCartney, Anheuser-Busch never explicitly authorized the inclusion of the brand in the Paramount Pictures release. What’s more, the studio is likely well within its anti-product placement rights via a scene showing Captain Whip Whitaker enjoying one in the cockpit:

Trademark laws “don’t exist to give companies the right to control and censor movies and TV shows that might happen to include real-world items,” said Daniel Nazer, a resident fellow at Stanford Law School’s Fair Use Project. “It is the case that often filmmakers get paid by companies to include their products. I think that’s sort of led to a culture where they expect they’ll have control. That’s not a right the trademark law gives them.”

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Cover Battle: GQ or Complex

Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we have GQ versus Complex. GQ features Denzel Washington looking like the most perfect man in the world as always. We would pay top dollar just to stand next to him. We would also gladly die after doing that, because really, how can you top standing near Washington? You can’t.

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WATCH: Tony Scott DP/30 Interview

On this night of tragic Hollywood news, there’s no better way to remember the soft-spoken kinetic genius of Tony Scott than to watch a half-hour interview he gave to Movie City News’ David Poland at the end of last year of 2010.*

Poland is a great admirer of Unstoppable, the last film directed by Scott and the Northumberland, UK native’s fifth collaboration with Denzel Washington. At one point during this DP/30 conversation, Scott reveals that, “The most rewarding days of my life are when I’m doing the toughest performance scene, not an action scene, and I watch these guys [like Denzel] give it back. And it’s rewarding, it’s such a good feeling.” RIP.

*Correction – 08/22/12: The original headline for this item, “WATCH: Tony Scott December 2011 Interview”, has been amended. The interview was in fact recorded by Poland in the fall of 2010. FishbowlLA regrets the error.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
BREAKING: Director Tony Scott Jumps to His Death

Deadline’s Mike Fleming Takes Another Playboy Detour

Although Mike Fleming’s deadline.com duties keep him very busy, he still finds the time to continue one longstanding freelance tradition. The Playboy interview.

Beginning with Robert Downey Jr. in the 1990s, Fleming has contributed around two dozen centerpiece Q&As to the publication, chatting with everyone from Denzel Washington to Harrison Ford to Quentin Tarantino. For the June issue, the A-lister across the tape recorder is Tom Cruise. Towards the end of the conversation, Fleming asks Cruise what he learned from that whole Matt Lauer-Oprah Winfrey train wreck:

“When I go back and look at it, I find myself thinking, I don’t feel that way. I get how it came across, but I don’t feel that way, and I never have. Telling people how to live their lives? I saw how that came across and how pieces were edited.”

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Critic Lets Loose with Rip-Roaring (Nicolas) Cage Match

There’s a wonderful essay in the February 2011 issue of GQ Magazine by Tom Carson. Titled “National Treasure”, it tackles the amorphous legacy of actor Nicolas Cage. Or, as the sub-headline more aptly puts it: “As Drive Angry arrives in theaters, the question must be asked: Can anything explain the lunatic career of Nicolas Cage?”

This is just flat out great writing. From the opening sentence referencing Xanax to the closing challenge of naming a truly boring Cage movie, Carson careens through the actor’s career at a gonzo pace in keeping with his manic subject’s on-screen demeanor. It’s tough to pick a favorite paragraph, as there are so many. But here’s one highlight:

Actors clutching a new Oscar acquire not only artistic clout but market value; the question is which bent they’ll indulge. Cage zeroed in on the second with a single-mindedness exceeded only by Denzel Washington‘s treatment of dumb thrillers as acting sinecures.

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Elle’s Women in Hollywood Roundtable

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Salon’s Rebecca Traister sits in on Elle’s Women in Hollywood round table discussion on the state of show biz, why there aren’t more women directors, and so on. The group wonders why women don’t go to opening weekends, forgetting that people watch movies lots of other ways than at the multiplex, not than any of them ever see films with the public. While distinguished and credible, the ten are sort of randomly chosen. At the table are:

Moderator/producer Lynda Obst (called one of Tinseltown’s great brains, which is a frightening thought)
Claims Kate Hudson has same power as Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon in getting girly movies green-lit. Because the audience is clamoring for more.

Writer/director Nora Ephron
Thinks Transformers had a great emotional theme, sucks up to Spielberg. Claims to meet only timid girls at film schools. Ever wonder if she still takes calls from Meg Ryan?

Writer/producer Laura Ziskin
Discussing the lack of female directors, drops a bomb,

Our children watched their mothers and said, “Oh, no thank you. I don’t want my life to be like that.”

Writer/director Callie Khouri
Claims she wanted to make a NASCAR movie. So she directed Ya-Ya Sisterhood instead? Just made indie movie with Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes and wonders why no studio wanted it. Then complains about the lack of wish fulfillment in Judd Apatow movies.

Writer/director Patty Jenkins
Liked Spiderman. Admits to concentrating on personal life after making Monster.

Producer Cathy Konrad
Has small child, married to business partner Jim Mangold, admits to scaling back work for family.

Writer/director/producer Kimberly Piece
Loves blowing things up, just made second film.

Writer/producer Andrea Berloff
Has little kid, wonders why more women aren’t in film biz. But she’s fairly new to the business, as World Trade Center was her first produced script.

Writer/producer Margaret Nagle
Breaks away from approved party line by believing babe/nerd hookup in Knocked Up.

Universal president of production Donna Langley (called “that rarest of Hollywood breeds, a female studio head”, as Amy Pascal, wasn’t in the room.)
Points out that despite Jodie Foster’s tiny cameo, lots of women went to see Inside Man starring Denzel Washington. See Queen Latifah, wish fulfillment above.

The discussion was held in August, so Jeff Robinov’s foot hadn’t entered his mouth yet.

These women don’t pay attention to the few women working as TV directors and that reality TV could be a training ground for women (who are usually credited as field producers). Michael Apted started in documentary, after all.

But there’s a big snob factor in features, and never underestimate the insularity of Hollywood. Directors who came from TV, like Dennie Gordon, Betty Thomas, and Mimi Leder, and those who go back and forth, like Nicole Holofcener tend to not get called for big tentpole pictures.

Nikki Finke picks out some high points, but think how lively the discussion could have been, had she sat at the table.

Elle hosts the 14th annual Women in Hollywood Tribute at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Oct. 15, when it will honor actresses Lauren Bacall, Scarlett Johansson, Diane Lane, Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Connelly, Amy Adams and director Julie Taymor.

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 24, 2007

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Resident Evil Reigns Supreme
Milla Jovovich and her Resident Evil franchise again took the top spot at the boxoffice over the weekend. The Sony horror pic Resident Evil: Extinction raked in an estimated $24 million while the Jessica Alba, Dane Cook romantic comedy Good Luck Chuck was only good enough for a second place finish with $14 million, reports Variety.

Washington, Scott Together Again
Variety is also reporting that Denzel Washington will reteam with longtime collaborator Tony Scott on a remake of The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 for Columbia Pictures. The studio’s Spider-Man 4 scribe David Koepp wrote the screenplay for the redo which will find Washington in a role originally played by Walter Matthau in the 1974 film.

Changes at MSNBC Confirmed
THR’s Paul Gough reports on some major changes inside MSNBC including news about Dan Abrams and Joe Scarborough. The latter, who replaced Don Imus with a morning show, will get to keep the job and continue hosting Morning Joe.

- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: August 17, 2007

stewart_8116.jpeg“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” jumps into the serious news fray a bit with a report next week from Iraq-based correspondent Rob Riggle, reports THR. Though Riggle and crew had contact with a USO-Multi National Corps comedy sketch tour, the story says the team was primarily with troops under “military protection.”

Variety‘s Michael Fleming writes about the end of agency-gate 2007 with veteran ICM agent Ed Limato taking his act – and his A-list Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Richard Gere and Steve Martin – along with him to rival agency WMA.

It was a topsy turvy day for MGM/UA with the studio losing financing deal with Goldman Sachs for MGM while gaining a $500 million fund with Merrill Lynch for specialty label UA. Obviously the Variety story was good news for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner who co-own the UA label following a bitter split with Paramount Pictures last year.

Scarlett Johansson proves in THR that she’s the workhorse of the starlet set, signing on to star in three new movies including the big-screen version of the “Sex and the City” cultural phenom, “He’s Just Not Into You.”

REVIEWS: THR takes on “High School Musical 2″ (calling it a soon-to-be smash) while Variety says “Superbad” is actually verygood, dubbing it another “ultra-raunchy and commercial sex comedy” from Judd Apatow.

– CHRIS GARDNER