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Robert Redford Kills It in New York Times Magazine Short

NYTMagCoverFor this weekend’s movie issue, Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski teamed with a veritable who’s who of Hollywood to create 11 micro-shorts.

And since Robert Redford is the king this fall movie season of the minimal-dialogue game thanks to All is Lost, we couldn’t help but start with his “Making a Scene” short. You see, each actor is given just a short line (or two) of dialogue to deliver against majestic, orchestral backdrops provided by 14th Street Music.

We’re not going to spoil the surprise, but Redford gets an absolutely hilarious punchline from the tandem of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and nails it. Think of this Thanksgiving side dish as All is Cooked.

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Upcoming Documentary Will Offer a Big Hooray for Canadians in Hollywood

Once again this holiday season, they’re everywhere on the American pop culture firmament. Martin Short hosted SNL’s Christmas show; Seth Rogen is road-tripping on the big screen with Barbra Streisand; and Cirque du Soleil is winding down Iris at the Dolby Theatre.

To celebrate the contributions of these and many other south-of-the-border entertainment industry Canucks, the British Columbia duo of Ian Ferguson and Leslie Bland are preparing the 2013 book and documentary double whammy Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood. As they recently explained to a reporter for their Victoria hometown newspaper the Times-Colonist, the goal with the doc is to have fun:

In lieu of typical talking-heads footage, they plan to shoot conversations with stars engaged in activities, such as potential sequences in which Lost star Evangeline Lilly would point out Canadian stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. If he’s available, Short might speak while shooting pool, or Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek could chat while slapping pucks around.

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Who You Gonna Call for a Ghostbusters Script Read? How About Seth, Rainn and Jack

As per usual, Entertainment Weekly senior writer Anthony Breznican has the exclusive scoop on who will be participating in filmmaker Jason Reitman’s next “Live Read” event at LACMA. For a script indelibly stamped by Reitman’s dad Ivan.

Standing in on Thursday for the Ghostbusters trio of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis will be, respectively, Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Rainn Wilson. The only problem is that a lot of Murray’s best lines as Dr. Peter Venkman were not on the page, so Reitman had to combine the original script with a transcript of the finished film. Per Breznican’s report:

“While almost all of the dialogue in the original screenplay is echoed on screen, the Venkman character is completely improvised,” Reitman tells EW. “It’s as if Bill Murray was given a mumblecore-style essay about each scene and then permitted to say whatever he wanted as long as he got the point across.”

“He slimed me” is in the script, but not the follow-up line: “I feel so funky.”

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Judd Apatow’s Week Off to a Heck of a Start

Last night, Judd Apatow blew the lid off the artifice of the Hollywood Film Awards, cracking wise after an in-kind intro from friend and collaborator Seth Rogen. He was at the Beverly Hilton to accept the Hollywood Comedy Award.

Today, it was announced that Apatow will guest edit Vanity Fair’s first-ever Comedy Issue (January 2013). Makes you wonder what the writer-director has planned for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Via Twitter, Apatow revealed he was in the middle today of that very VF task with Sarah Silverman. From the vanityfair.com announcement:

“I proposed the idea of editing a comedy issue. I didn’t think Graydon Carter would say yes, and then I didn’t think it would be that much work. And then I found out I don’t get paid,” said Apatow. “I’m a gigantic fan of Vanity Fair and having the opportunity to collaborate on an issue that focuses on comedy has been fantastic.”

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Matt Weiner Revisits the Casting of Don Draper

Mad Men creator Matt Weiner was on Dennis Miller’s radio show today, basking in the after-glow of Sunday’s fifth season debut. The AMC series is Miller’s favorite program, and at one point the conversation drifted to the casting of Jon Hamm as Don Draper.

Weiner recalled that at the time of the pilot, the Hollywood trend was for anti-leading men protagonists such as Seth Rogen, and that Hamm was struggling to gain traction. When asked who he originally envisioned as Draper, Weiner told Miller he appropriately reached way back:

“When my casting director asked me who I wanted for the role, I was like, ‘Honestly, I’ve narrowed it down to two people – get me William Holden or James Garner…’ They’re like, ‘You can’t say that.’”

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‘Bad Lip Reading’ Makes For a Better Rick Perry Commercial

Rick Perry‘s “Strong” campaign ad has been re-dubbed by the good folks at Funny or Die. He’s now blathering on about Seth Rogen, fighting chickens, and pooing in space. Gross, but not as disgusting his anti-gay remarks in the original.

Latest ‘True North’ Column Could Unleash Moose in Canada

For several years now, Linda Massarella (pictured) has been keeping tabs on Canadians succeeding in LA via her weekly syndicated column, “True North.” The Sunday feature appears in several dozen major newspapers across Canada including the Toronto, Winnipeg, and Edmonton Sun‘s, and has an impressive combined readership of around three million.

After Massarella wrote this past Sunday about actress-writer Dina Morrone, whose play Moose on the Loose is currently enjoying a world premiere run at Theater West, something amazing happened. In fact, Massarella counts it as one of the best-ever responses to a “True North” column.

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For Your Consideration: Younger, Better-Looking Oscar Hosts

The analysis has begun with a vengeance as to a) why the Academy has chosen this morning as its latest Oscars telecast hosts the handsome young duo of James Franco (32) and Anne Hathaway (28), and b) whether or not this will help make the moribund program relevant again to younger audiences.

Here at FishbowlLA, we have our own take on this bold choice away from the usual stand-up comic, late night talk show host and Social Security nipping candidates. In no particular order:

- Given that the Oscar telecast usually feels like it lasts about 127 hours, and that watching it sometimes induces the feeling that you would rather gnaw off an arm than sit through till the end, Franco is imminently well qualified.

- Since many attending divas wear Prada, parking Hathaway on the red carpet beforehand for a couple of quick Q&A’s would seem like a perfect, synergistic way to get younger eyeballs to tune in. Especially if Meryl Streep happens to walk by.

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‘Conan’ Guest List Revealed, Via Annoying Puppets

Conan O’Brien‘s much anticipated TBS debut is coming up on November 8 and his first week’s worth of guests has finally been released. Since the announcement was made via the horribly unfunny puppets above, we’ll post the lineup for you–just in case you feel like drowning some small animals after the first 15 seconds.

  • Monday, Nov. 8 – First Guest Poll winner, Seth Rogen and musical guest Jack White
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and musical guest Soundgarden
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Jon Hamm, Charlyne Yi and musical guest Fistful of Mercy
  • Thursday, Nov. 11 – Michael Cera, Julie Bowen and comedian Jon Dore.
  • Conan’s very first guest will be decided by some kind of gimmicky online poll.

    Katherine Heigl Discusses Her Bad Reputation

    In an interview with KTLA’s Sam Rubin, Katherine Heigl addressed her image problems.

     

    The Sunday NY Times interview Rubin refers to outlines pretty plainly how Heigl screwed up her rep – by (gasp!) speaking her mind:

    When she told Vanity Fair that her 2007 movie “Knocked Up” was “a little bit sexist” — well, duh — the blowback was swift and severe, culminating with her co-star from that film, Seth Rogen, trashing her on Howard Stern’s radio show. Then Ms. Heigl complained about the quality of writing on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Again, duh: Shonda Rhimes, the creator of that show, had Ms. Heigl’s character, Izzie, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a deer.

    But Ms. Heigl was quickly branded a traitor. In a Hollywood twist, her publicist fired her.

    The moral of the story – Hollywood likes its blondes to just sit there and look pretty. You listening, ladies?

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