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Denzel Washington: I’ll Be the Backup ‘This is CNN’ Guy

Denzel Washington was on CNN’s “New Day” this morning, promoting his new movie “2 Guns” and an upcoming return to Broadway in “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Washington also talked about his role in “Fences”, which was originally played by James Earl Jones. He then does his best “This is CNN” voice-over, also originated by Jones, saying he’ll be the “backup guy,” for the iconic tagline.

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Morgan Spurlock, CNN’s New ‘Inside Man,’ In His Element

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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has been busy the last few months, weaving between tales of immigrants, marijuana growers and–yes–John Stamos and English boy band One Direction. At any given moment his production office is buzzing with people juggling TV shows, films and web series.

Spurlock says he is “platform agnostic,” though he acknowledges that each platform has its own advantages and disadvantages.

“The beauty of television is deadlines, you could fuck with a movie forever,” Spurlock says, reclining in a leather chair in his New York City office. “Having deadlines forces you to make choices, and being in a position where you have to make a choice and make it now, is fantastic. With movies—Picasso once said about paintings, you never finish paintings, you merely abandon them—and that is what happens with movies, with documentary films you abandon them at some point, because you can’t work on them forever.”

Spurlock’s new CNN series, “Inside Man,” debuts Sunday at 10 PM, and all but one episode has been delivered to the channel. His production crew is hard at work on a film (in 3D) about One Direction called “This Is Us,” which will be released August 30th. They are also staffing up for a web series starring Stamos.

“For season two we will do ‘Inside Man’ in 3D!” Spurlock quips.

“Inside Man” came to fruition fairly quickly. Spurlock had been meeting with CNN for some time, including with former managing editor Mark Whitaker, but it was during a meeting with CNN development senior VP Vinnie Malhotra that the show came to life.

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CNN Goes All-Out With Homegrown Talent For ‘New Day’ Debut

CNN’s new morning show “New Day” debuted this morning, and there were plenty of familiar faces (and voices).

Christiane Amanpour and John King filed reports, and Nancy Grace–who was for a long time a regular on ABC’s “Good Morning America–delivered some legal analysis. Actor James Earl Jones, who voices the “This is CNN” slogan, also welcomed viewers to the new program by saying “This is ‘New Day,’ with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.”

Insiders tell us they cannot remember King or Amanpour appearing on the CNN morning show in recent years, at least on any regular basis, but that the new mandate is that the day now starts at 6 AM at CNN, and you can expect to see the network’s biggest guns, including Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper and Rachel Nichols all appearing regularly.

In other words, CNN is making sure all hands are on deck to make sure the show is a success. CNN president Jeff Zucker described what he was looking for in a morning show last month:

Read more Analyst Suggests Another Brett Favre Comeback

You know it’s officially summer when the Brett Favre rumors begin. analyst Gil Brandt said in a chat Tuesday that the 41-year-old quarterback could be interested in returning … again.

“I do think Favre would be interested in talking to a team about returning. But I don’t see a team out there right now that would bring him back as a starter,” the former VP of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys said.

Say it ain’t so, Brett.




Deadspin Undergoes A Drastic Redesign

No, you weren’t hung over when you went to Deadspin this morning.

The website rolled out a drastic redesign on Monday. So drastic that editor A.J. Daulerio wrote a how-to guide for the new look and feel.

For the folks who are left scratching their head at the redesign, Daulerio is asking that you remain patient:

“This is a huge undertaking and will eventually make the site better and more readable. Trust me. I know some of you will hate it and never come Read more