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Rectify Star Playfully Points to Pair of Drunken Moments

FishbowlLA recently had the pleasure of sitting down for lunch at the Beverly Hilton with Aden Young and two other stars of Rectify, the Sundance Channel’s first original scripted TV series. Young plays the part of Daniel Holden (pictured), a Death Row inmate released back into a small Georgia town because of newly discovered DNA evidence after 19 years of solitary confinement.

The conversation with Young was especially memorable, as the Canadian-born, Australia-raised performer shared a couple of key drunken memories. The first recollection relates to how he was set on the path to acting; the second connects indirectly to a pivotal moment for his Rectify character.

“I was working as a theater stage manager and one of the actors turned up drunk or something,” Young recalls. “We had a bit of an argument about letting the kids down – it was a pantomime – and he said, ‘Well, you try doing this. It’s very difficult.’”

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Hollywood’s Favorite Diner Gets Another Web Shout Out

In the summer of 2010, LA freelance video editor Matthew Freund put together a mash-up of the many different film and TV scenes shot at downtown LA’s Quality Cafe. The piece got some nice pick-up at Gawker, Huffington Post and elsewhere, educating a legion of readers about just how ubiquitous this shooting location had become.


A cracked.com contributor decided it was time for a refresher this past Friday and judging by the millions of page views registered for “6 Places You’ll Recognize from the Background of Every Movie,” it was a good call. The West 7th Street establishment once doubled as both a diner and shooting location, but in recent years it has been used exclusively for filming. It ranks sixth on the Cracked countdown of all-purpose filming locales, followed by Vasquez Rocks and more.

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Reflections of TV Pioneer Joan Ganz Cooney as WNET Prepares for 50th Anniversary

Joan Ganz Cooney may not be a household name. But Joan Ganz Cooney revolutionized viewing habits from toddlers to teens. Cooney is co-founder of the Children’s Television Workshop, a mainstay on Channel 13 since its launch in 1969. It is a perfect inclusion to FishbowlNY’s special series of interviews and posts dedicated to WNET’s 50th anniversary.

The CTW was producing programming solely for public television. Like national syndication today, it was made available for public TV stations across the country. The first show that Cooney and her CTW employees created was Sesame Street.

While each station made the decision when to air Sesame Street, Cooney had strong views for the start time.

“I didn’t want it in competition with Captain Kangaroo [8 a.m. on CBS], the only other quality children’s show at the time,” Cooney says.

To avoid the “Captain’s wrath,” CTW was encouraging PBS stations to air Sesame Street at either 7 a.m. or 9 a.m.

WNDT, (the original call letters of WNET), was not as accommodating. In a rarely remembered tibdit, Sesame Street actually had its debut on WPIX/Channel 11.

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A Master of Morgan Freeman Haiku

We told you recently about Tom Kane, a Caucasian master of the Morgan Freeman impression. Now, here is wonderful evidence of another – Jim Meskimen.

The following video, uploaded to YouTube over the weekend, features Meskimen delivering a bunch of haikus in his best Shawshank/Penguins M.O. The footage was filmed at the Acting Center LA, located on Hollywood Blvd. just west of Western Ave.

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Actor Exploits Morgan Freeman Celebrity Voice-Over Loophole

At one end of Tom Kane’s voice-over actor resume, there are credits like announcing the 78th Annual Academy Awards. At the other, as revealed in today’s LA Times piece by Joe Flint, is some very strange subbing for an actor who was a presenter at that very ceremony:

Kane has found work imitating celebrity voices so ad agencies can use his impersonation to sell clients on the idea of using the real actor for a commercial. “I’ve actually gotten Morgan Freeman a number of jobs,” he said.

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Morgan Freeman to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

Morgan Freeman will be honored with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globe ceremony. The DeMille Award is given to “talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” Robert De Niro won the award last year. Past winners include Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, James Stewart and Anthony Hopkins.

Winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Ass. board of directors, composed of foreign journalists who cover Hollywood. Freeman has been nominated for five Oscars, picking up the win for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for his role in Million Dollar Baby.

Oprah, Morgan Freeman and Mythbusters: Discovery Woos Advertisers and Media Buyers at Upfront Soiree

Yesterday evening Discovery Communications held its annual upfront presentation, wooing advertisers and media buyers, while previewing upcoming programming and networks.

With a suite of channels that includes Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, there was plenty of ground to cover.

Luckily, they had Oprah there to sell it.

Yes, talk show queen turned media mogul Oprah Winfrey herself was in attendance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and revealed the 2011/2012 OWN programming slate on stage.

She was joined by Rosie O’Donnell, who will be making her return to daytime with a talk show on OWN later this year. O’Donnell performed a song and dance routine with a troupe of male dancers.

Discovery had other big names in attendance, inducing actor Morgan Freeman, who hosts and produces the program “Through the Wormhole” on Science, and magicians Penn & Teller, who have a new show “Penn & teller’s Secrets of the Universe” on Discovery later this year. Billy Ray Cyrus also unveiled his new show for TLC, “Homecoming,” which reunites military men and women with their families, while SNL’s Andy Samberg told some jokes in advance of his gig as “Chief Shark Officer” during 2011′s Shark Week.

FishbowlNY also spotted:

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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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‘Oscar Nominated for Best Picture’ Means Just a Little Less This Morning Than Before

We know Hollywood is the place for dreamers and the high aspirational. But ten nominations for best picture seems greedy and self-congratulatory. “There’s just so much WONDERFUL, QUALITY work we just couldn’t chose.”

As we’ve seen with politics, twice the candidates doesn’t make them better choices. Just more.

The complete list of the noms:

Best picture

“Avatar”
“The Blind Side”
“District 9″
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“A Serious Man”
“Up”
“Up in the Air”

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The RNC, the Magic Negro and the LA Times

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In March, David Ehrenstein penned a piece in the LA Times titled “Obama the ‘Magic Negro’”. The term ‘Magic Negro’ comes from film criticism about the stock character commonly played by say Morgan Freeman. Wikipedia explains the phrase as ‘a supporting, often mystical stock character in fiction who, by use of special insight or powers, helps the white protagonist get out of trouble.’

It’s like the hooker with a heart of gold or the nun with no heart at all. A movie cliche. Like when someone coughs – they’re dying. Or a woman throws up – she’s pregnant.

Anyway, Ehrenstein’s piece was not about Barack Obama, it was about the image of the Magic Negro and what the public has projected on to him.

Enter, right-wing ‘knowhard’ Rush Limbaugh and ‘satirist’ Paul Shanklin. Shanklin wrote a spoof to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon”. Titled,”Barack the Magic Negro.” With the lyrics sang by an Al Sharpton impersonator,”Barack the magic negro lives in DC. The LA Times they called him that because he’s not authentic like me. The guy from the LA paper said he made guilty whites feel good…” and “Don’t vote the Magic Negro in…”

So, who cares? No one. But then Chip Saltsman, former Mike Huckabee campaign staffer (snicker) wants to be RNC chair, so what better to send out to all his associates for Christmas than a copy of “Barack the Magic Negro”.

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