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If you tune in to "The Colbert Report" next week, do not be alarmed - the host (Stephen Colbert) has not lost his mind, gone off the deep end, or otherwise lost his marbles...he is merely indulging his greatest of loves, for All Things Tolkien. And really, who can blame him: The prequel (sort of) to the greatest movie trilogy in cinematic history ("Lord of the Rings") begins shortly, and Colbert will take a trip to the shire next week:
In major anticipation of the film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiast/super fan Stephen Colbert will host guest appearances from Sir Ian McKellan (Gandalf; 12/3), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins; 12/4), director Peter Jackson (12/5) and Andy Serkis (Gollum; 12/6) on “The Colbert Report” at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. “The Hobbit” hits theaters nationwide on Friday, December 14....
Led Zeppelin will be on "Late Show with David Letterman" this Monday - talking, not playing. Yeah, unusual. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant - it sounds silly to say "survivng members" but I suppose that's what they are, considering John Bonham died 32 (!) years ago - will be there to chat with another Kennedy Center honoree, one David Letterman...
Well this is nice: Larry DePrimo, the NYPD cop from Holbrook who spent $75 on a pair of shoes for a homeless man -- and who's become the Sully Sullenberger of shoe-givers -- was on the "Today" show a little while ago. And yes, he looks as decent as you imagine him to be.
Said DePrimo: "The two things that stuck out in my mind was how cold it was, and that this was the most polite gentleman I've ever met ..." Also on this interview was Jennifer Foster, the Phoenix tourist/shutterbug who said her dad was on the force in Phoenix for 32 years.
From New Jersey to West Virginia, MTV may have deftly located the next pod of bibulous, boobulous buffoons to entertain America's misbegotten youth. But really . . . let's not pass judgment just yet, shall we?
The gang of "Buckwild" could be Rhodes scholars for all we know. MTV announced a little while ago the successor to "Jersey Shore," ending mid-December — though strands of its DNA will be spun off (and have been already) into other shows — will be "Buckwild." And the assumption — a good one — is that the network wants something that will mirror the spirit of its predecessor.
The young people in the series are united by the deep pride they have for small-town American life, in which they find unique ways to create their own fun. From transforming a dump truck into a pool party to building a human sling shot, they live their lives loud and proud without restrictions. Beyond dating, friendship, and their love of mudding, the bond they share with family and friends is always at the core for this fun-loving group.
How fun loving? Take a look, y'all; show launches Jan. 3 at 10 . . .:
Jeff Zucker, newly minted chief of CNN's worldwide operations, addressed his role in a conference call Thursday morning, offering no specifics about future changes: "That's not fair to anybody," adding: "There are great folks here but more work to be done."
Indeed, that's called '"understatement." Zucker joins a flailing brand that remains one of the most lustrous...Read more »
Jeff Zucker, the former chief executive of NBCUniversal, has been named president of CNN Worldwide.
Phil Kent, chief of CNN parent company, Turner Broadcasting, made the announcement, saying in a statement that starting in January, he will assume oversight of two dozen CNN-branded networks and venues, including the most visible on U.S. television, the mother brand CNN.
Also in a statement, Zucker, a Miami native and 25-year veteran on NBC, said: “Outside of my family and the Miami Dolphins, there is nothing I am as passionate about as journalism. I spent the most rewarding years of my career as a journalist, and it’s where I look forward to spending many more. I am grateful to Phil Kent for this opportunity, and I’m excited to return to daily newsgathering and compelling storytelling in a place that values those above all else.”
The appointment — announced in the (web) pages of The New York Times Tuesday night — was expected of course, while Zucker had been a front-runner virtually from the minute he left his post as exec producer of Katie Couric's new syndicated show. His resume includes a long and successful run at NBC News, notably as exec producer of “Today” during the Couric era, but a checkered one as head of entertainment for the network, where he directed some major missteps, notably the installation of Jay Leno at 10.
There was a bit of a fuss Wednesday when Showtime announced that Lisa Edelstein -- Cuddy, of course, on “House" -- had booked an arc on “House of Lies” in January, but overlooked was the fact that she has something coming up on “Elementary” tonight . . . Yup, Cuddy is back in circulation, and we don't mean just voice work on “American Dad." (You go, girl. We miss you.)
Liz Lemon -- Tina Fey -- of "30 Rock” (yes, redundant information, but it does help with Google) is getting married tonight (more redundant information) and it's not to Jack Donaghy, Alec Baldwin's character (more redundancy, yup, Google, and Bing too), or to Jack McBrayer's Kenneth Parcells (altogether now) . . . but to Crisstopher Rick Chross, aka Criss Chross, and not to be confused with Kris Kross, the rappers, but to the Criss Chross played by James Marsden of the “X Men” franchise.
I wonder if I would get more hits on this post if I mentioned Kim Kardashian, who is not getting married to Criss or Liz, but still.
Anyway, I have a clip from tonight and it's very romantic.
File this post under - Interesting Theory if Proven True (Otherwise, Still Interesting): Did Brad Pitt agree to an extended two part interview which aired on “Good Morning America” this morning (second part tomorrow) as a way of sticking it to “Today?”
As you are no doubt aware, gossip sites gleefully reported a couple of months ago that Brangelina would avoid “Today” after the...Read more »
Dick Clark, who died in April at the age of 82, was many, many things -- but perhaps most notable among those to at least a younger generation, was his indelible association with New Year's Eve. In fact, a new year didn't quite feel like a new year without him . . . and so, to that end, ABC has set a two-hour New Year's Eve celebration in honor of the impresario . . . The details:
The New...Read more »