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If you google Howard Stern you will find thousands of articles on how Stern bashed Jay Leno on the CBS Early Show. Why the venom? Though Stern does not say it in the interview, here is the story in a nutshell: Jay Leno hired “Stuttering John Melendez” as an announcer for ‘The Tonight Show’ after Edd Hall left. Melendez was working for Stern at the time, and Stern felt that Leno was shady, by not calling Stern first to give him the head’s up. Melendez has since been moved from the announcer position to a behind the scenes writer, which Stern kindly refers to as a “demotion.” Stern also claims that Leno stole many of his comedy bits from his show. Watch him bash Leno below.
Remember all that talk in my earlier post about how it is lazy of Hollywood to adapt movies from television shows? I take it all back! Who in their right mind would be against this idea? It’s the Smurfs!! Neil Patrick Harris will play the lead in the film, and Johnathan Winters will play Pappa Smurf. The film will be a live action/CGI hybrid.
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, will star alongside Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard in Woody Allen’s new project. The film will begin production over the summer in France. This news somewhat confuses me. First of all, I am not a huge Carla Bruni fan. Partly because of all the many controversies I have read about her (you can look those up), and partly because I am jealous of her for being married to Nicolas Sarkozy, a man on my sexiest Presidents of all time list. If she takes Bill Clinton, I will boycott the film. This is not surprising though, as Bruni has been trying to launch a career in the entertainment industry for some time now. Watch a clip of her singing below. I have to admit, I enjoy her voice.
Comedy Central and HULU were unable to agree on a price, and the shows are therefore being pulled from HULU. The actual numbers involved in the negotiation are unclear, but it is speculated that, in addition to receiving a portion of the ad revenue, Comedy Central wanted an upfront payment. This is a huge blow to HULU, as ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report’ are two of the most watched shows on the site. Fear not, though. The shows will still be available on the Comedy Central site.
This might be the worst idea ever! Does Hollywood have any original ideas left or are they just lazy? Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of the original television show will serve as Executive Producer. Let’s hope this will at least be cheap to make. The good news is that Schwartz is rumored to be courting Michael Cera to play Gilligan, which could be pretty funny. I’m still against this on principle though.I have posted a picture from a made for television ‘Gilligan’s Island’ movie as evidence that this story has been recycled one too many times.
Paramount bought the rights to a John Hughes script that was never made into a film. It is entitled ‘Grisby’s Go Broke,’ and it is about a family that is forced to move after losing their money to bad investments. Though the script may ultimately be rewritten, it will still be Hughes’ story. It is unclear from the story whether this script was sold by John Hughes while he was alive and it was just never made, or if it was pulled from his personal files after his death. I will update when I find out more details. This story does make me happy though, as Hughes is one of my favorite directors of all time. I must have watched ‘Pretty in Pink’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’ over a thousand times each.
As the World Turns debuted in 1956, and it will end its run in September of this year. Julianne Moore got her start on the show in 1985, and she will make an appearance to pay her respects. I think that George Clooney set a precedent for this when he returned to ER before it went off the air. It’s sad that soap operas are getting canceled, but with so many women working now, it is hard to get valuable numbers. See a clip of Julianne Moore on ASWT below. She won a daytime Emmy for her role on the show.