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Leno’s Back at Late Night Line-Up: American Heroes and Zeros

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NBC’s revival of their prime time line-up, er Jay Leno moving back to late night, starts next week. His guests include athletes who won gold at the Olympics like Apolo Ohno, Lindsay Vonn and Shaun White and others who are just famous for being trashy and on TV like the Jersey Shore kids, Kim Kardashian and Sarah Palin.

From NYT:

Monday, March 1 – Guests include Jamie Foxx, the Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and a musical performance by Brad Paisley

Tuesday, March 2 – Guests include Sarah Palin, the Olympic snowboarder Shaun White

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Gary Cole to Join ‘Entourage’ As A Friend fo Ari’s — Who Knew He Had Any Friends

Gary Cole, the phenomenal Chicago-bred actor who has turned heads with roles in “The Brady Bunch — the Movie” and “Dodgeball,” will make his small screen transition with a recurring role on the hit HBO show “Entourage,” the Hollywood Reporter sayscole.jpg.

Cole will play a dear friend of sleazy agent Ari Gold, who is actually based on a real-life Endeavor agent/partner Ari Emanual. Whaddya know, they’re both named Ari.

Cole is set to join “Entourage” as a regular next season, playing Hollywood agent Andrew Klein, Ari’s (Jeremy Piven) oldest Hollywood friend from their early days in the business.

Cole is introducing the character this season in a three-episode arc slated to air in November.

“Entourage,” which is halfway though its fifth season, recently was picked up for a sixth season to begin production in early 2009 for a summer launch.

Cole, repped by ICM and Envoy Entertainment, recently co-starred in the Judd Apatow-produced “Pineapple Express” and on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” He next appears in “The Joneses” and in November will join the cast of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of “August: Osage County” at London’s National Theatre.

Comic Con: The Fans

comiccon01.gifComic Con is seriously crowded. It’s maddening. But there were no fights that we saw or heard about. No shootings. No stabbings. Under that amount of stress and heat, the fans were generally happy and eager to be a part of it all.

Here are a couple of our favorite fan questions/things said to celebrities:

To Judd Apatow from a fan, “Thank you for adding me on myspace.”

Also to Apatow from a fan, “I have a gift for you.” Apatow’s response, “Is this the last thing I hear before I’m shot dead?”

To Seth Rogen, “My twin sister thinks you’re like really hot.”

Also to Rogen,” You look a lot like my friend’s boyfriend.”

We also learned that Rhona Mitra was the original model for Tomb Raider and that Rogen co-wrote an upcoming Simpsons episode.

If these people were ever into anything important — they’d be dangerous.

Pineapple Express – The Panel

comiccon01.gif The Pineapple Express panel was moderated by producer Judd Apatow. On the panel was director David Gordon Green, writer Evan Goldberg and cast members Amber Heard, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen and James Franco.

“Can we combine a weed movie with a Jerry Bruckheimer action movie?” Was the rhetorical question offered by Apatow.

The crowd was shown some clips of the movie and let in on the fact that a lot of the dialog was improv. Seth Rogen was totally on the whole panel. A fan asked about the script to the movie being leaked early on the internet.

“If you want to read it – you’re an idiot. Because you can watch it – its a movie.” Said Rogen.

The thing that struck us was that the panel was very much like all Apatow movies: Seth Rogen was funny, he talked about his balls a lot and the gorgeous blond female stock character was a one dimensional prop. There’s your synopsis.

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The Pineapple Express Panel – Questions

comiccon01.gif We were at the Pineapple Express cast panel moderated by Judd Apatow.

During the fan question part, comedians Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel got up and asked a ‘question’. Mainly it was yet another opportunity to talk about their sweating butts. Which they both did. Eagerly. Repeating each other’s joke. They could have been an Apatow plant. Was it Seth Rogen‘s dialog?

And fucking George Carlin is dead.

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The Visionary Filmmakers’ Panel

comiccon01.gif We were able to get into Entertainment Weekly‘s panel featuring Kevin Smith, Judd Apatow, Zack Snyder and Frank Miller. We noted that all four directors were wearing black shirts…we think anyway…we were very far away.

When asked how he made comedies, Apatow responded,”It’s not always about getting laughs. Sometimes it’s like how much penis you can show and not clear out a room.”

To this Smith nodded thoughtfully.
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Smith was the one to really dominate the panel. Answering some of this critics he said,”[They say] his stuff is all masterbatory, he only does it for himself. Well, fuck yeah!” The crowd applauded. Smith continued,”Or it’s like ‘He’s catering to the fan base.’ Why not? They’re the ones that go see the movies.” More applause.

Then all four panelists admitted to checking their google alerts. Except for Miller, who let Smith riff and stayed taciturn.

Then to Snyder, Smith said,”The whole reason we ever had a Comic Con was that someone would make a Watchmen movie. I feel like after I see that I can die!” Which drew more huge applause.

Either riffing or pandering Smith continued to draw applause from the nerd herd. “Geek culture is here to stay.” He declared.

Publicist Awards Honor Apatow, Roth, Ford and Other Publicity-Friendlies

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The ICG Publicist Awards were handed out, and let’s just get the big news out of the way–Nikke Finke did not win the journalist of the year award, as it went to USA Today correspondent Susan Wloszczyna, who’s not quite the lightning rod that Finke is. But she’s not breaking anything as big, either. But who wants to be known as the BFF of publicists?

Harrison Ford won a lifetime achievement award, which is hilarious, as most journalists think he’s a difficult interview. Judd Apatow and Warner Bros. Television president Peter Roth are showmen of the year, and Apatow could win that title, over and over again, saying

It’s an honor to be up here and to be honored as publicity whore of the year and you’re all my pimps.

Parse that sentence and pick out the joke.

ICG Publicist Award Nominees Announced–Variety Admits Boredom With Lists

The ICG Publicist Guild announced its annual awards nominees.


The Press Award
, which honors outstanding journalists who cover the entertainment industry: Nikki Finke (L.A. Weekly/Deadline Hollywood Daily), Bill Keveney (USA Today), Scott Mantz (“Access Hollywood”), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Anne Thompson (Daily Variety) and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today).

(Thompson’s readers weigh in.)

The Les Mason Award, the highest honor paid a publicist for lifetime achievement: Tony Angellotti, Claudia Gray, Mary Hunter, Pat Kingsley, Stan Rosenfield and Deborah Wuliger.

Judd Apatow will be honored with the motion picture showmanship award and Peter Roth, president of Warner Bros. Television, will be named 2008 television showman of the year.

The Guild will bestow the awards at 45th annual Publicists Awards luncheon on February 5th.

And at Variety, in a burst of candor, Byron Perry admits to the tedium of writing about nominations:

Noms were also announced for the Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showman Awards for Television and Motion Picture, which honors union publicists for achievements in publicity and promotion during the previous calendar year. I could add those noms here but I thought this was getting long

Judd Apatow And Hard-Core Porn

The Announcement with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay & Judd Apatow on FunnyOrDie.com

You’ll either find this announcement that Judd Apatow is joining FunnyOrDie.com hilarious, or you won’t. We fall into the former camp. Enjoy.

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.

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