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Posts Tagged ‘William Hurt’

Gotham Magazine Sitting Pretty with David Muir Interview

Lucky? Genius? Both? That’s one way the question can be posed today about Gotham magazine‘s editorial powers-that-be.

Tomorrow, two days after David Muir was announced as Diane Sawyer‘s successor, the publication’s Summer Issue will arrive at newsstands with a long-lead Muir interview. Sawyer would have been well-timed in this context. But Muir, sub-headlined ‘Ratings Magnet’ and ‘What’s His Next Move?’ That’s out of the editorial-calendar park.

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For the print version of the article by Gotham regular contributor Patrick Pacheco, there’s a shot of Muir on the ABC rooftop in front of satellite dishes, full page-left, across from the headline/sub-headline pictured above. We assume that any perceived echoes of movie characters essayed by Gwyneth Paltrow and William Hurt are strictly coincidental.

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FishbowlLA Set Visit: SoCal Connected

The views from the fifth and sixth floors of KCET’s glass-encased offices at The Pointe in Burbank are spectacular, offering panoramic vistas of next-door neighbors NBC LA, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Forest Lawn in the southern distance and more. Another big difference from the station’s previous red-brick HQ on Sunset Boulevard is that employees are now ensconced in an open-cubicle set-up as sleek as that of a Madison Avenue ad agency.

But these are not the only reasons for the renewed sense of excitement at KCET. Thanks to the expansion of SoCal Connected to four nights a week, the addition of Madeleine Brand to the show’s talent ranks, a recent merger with San Francisco’s Link Media and the resulting imminent arrival of new chief strategy officer Paul Mason, this viewer-supported TV station is very clearly and boldly trying to re-invent the jettisoned PBS model.

SoCal Connected shoots two shows on Monday and another two on Wednesday, with a repeat broadcast Fridays. As FishbowlLA sat at the back of the control room yesterday watching the production of tonight’s November 29 broadcast, we were reminded of that scene in Broadcast News where William Hurt’s character shows nervous newbie Albert Brooks how to properly sit on a sports jacket. TV news is all about the smallest of details.

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CNN Congrats Pour In for New KNBC Co-Anchor Stephanie Elam

The announcement that temporary KNBC weekend anchor Robert Kovacik has been given the job permanently, together with new partner Stephanie Elam (pictured), is great for a couple of different reasons.

First off, Kovacik’s delivery is as smooth as silk; in Hollywood terms, he’s the west coast local equivalent of William Hurt‘s Broadcast News character. Secondly, not only is Elam a woman of color, but she comes to the weekend anchor desk by way of CNN, where she was a much loved business news correspondent.

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Pete Hamill story, ‘Yellow Handkerchief,’ Premieres In Hollywood With Stars Hovering

yellowhanderchief.jpgAn indie film that got plenty of attention in Sundance last year, “The Yellow Handkerchief,” had a Beverly Hills premiere at the WGA Theater last night with stars William Hurt, Maria Bello and producer Arthur Cohn in tow.

The film, a beautiful tone poemy love story etched by director Udayan Prasad, was a pleasant diversion from the normal shoot-em-ups in Hollywood, as producer Cohn lamented in his introduction.

He was right.

It doesn’t start off as anything but dreary. But Prasad’s slow-paced styling pays off with stellar performances from Hurt, Bello, Kristin Stewart (who is hot right now because of the phenomenal box office turn with her film “Twilight”) and newcomer Eddie Redmayne.

The unsung irony that, though based in Louisiana backwoods swamps, the story of three lonely drifters coming together comes from hard-core New York journalist Pete Hamill of all people.

Hamill didn’t attend the premiere, but we all were wondering what could possibly have inspired this piece.

Hurt dashed in and out quickly, but not before he could say hello. Ten months ago, Hurt made a surprise appearance at a screening of my film, “Running with Arnold.”

Sid Ganis, chairman of the Academy, was also in the audience.

Though it doesn’t have a domestic release date yet, producer Cohn said the piece should be opening in Japan in April.

Running With Arnold Gets Celebrity Endorsement. Kinda

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From the sounds of it, Running With Arnold the Dan Cox docu about Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been warmly received at its L.A. premiere. While reviewers think he went too far, audiences have complimented Cox, saying he knows a thing or two about point of view and story-telling.

But, apparently, he doesn’t know anything about star-gazing.

After Sunday night’s screening at the Laemmle 5, Cox approached a distinguished-looking gentleman and asked him if he’d like to stay for the director’s Q&A.

“So, are you in Hollywood?” Cox asked the man.

“Yes,” he replied.

“What do you do?” Cox said.

“I’m an actor.”

Isn’t everyone?” Cox quipped.

During the Q&A the man went on and on about how much he liked the film. That’s when Cox realized it: The man was William Hurt.

“He showed up out of the blue, paid $10, saw the film and was eagerly and intelligently discussing it, with no prompting whatsoever from me,” Cox tells FBLA. “Very cool.”

Cooler, still, is that Hurt wasn’t, er, hurt by the lack of recognition.

(Running With Arnold is screening all week at the Laemmle 5.)