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Why Stephen Colbert Is a Smart 'Late Show' Pick

Why Stephen Colbert Is a Smart 'Late Show' Pick
On the face of it, David Letterman and Stephen Colbert don't seem to have that much in common. Perpetually cranky and never much of a people person, Letterman grew up in the Midwest with dreams of getting into broadcasting or comedy, maybe as a standup. A vocal Catholic with an ebullient personality, Colbert was raised in the South, thinking that perhaps he'd become a dramatic actor until he realized that getting laughs was more fun. Letterman has made his name being his lovably ornery self. Colbert has made his playing
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What Does the Book Business Look Like on the Inside?

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Harold Evans, the publisher of Random House, calls me at The New Yorker, where I work. “I’d like to have a word with you,” he says. “Can we have coffee sometime, perhaps?” It is 1995, and Evans and I have met at parties given by his wife, who happens to be Tina Brown, who happens to be the editor of The New Yorker. “How about today?” “Let me check with my assistant,” ­Evans says. A minute or so later, he says, “Well, yes—can you come up right now?” The vowels, in his Beatles-esque accent, make the words sound a little like “coom oop.” At the elevator bank of The New Yorker, I run into Nancy Franklin, later to become the TV critic for the magazine. We call each other “Nosy,” for “Nosy Parker”—the British slang term for a snoop. “Where are you going at this time of day,
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'Two and a Half Men' co-creator apologizes for 'stupid' anti-woman joke

'Two and a Half Men' co-creator apologizes for 'stupid' anti-woman joke
Two and a Half Men co-creator Lee Aronsohn issued an apology via Twitter today for saying “we’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation” when describing this season’s female-driven comedies in a Hollywood trade.

“Yes, yes, it was a stupid joke,” tweeted Aronsohn, who was also quoted as saying “enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods” in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at this weekend’s Toronto Screenwriting Conference. His comments drew an angry response from women like Raising Hope star Martha Plimpton, who asked Aronsohn via Twitter if he was “f#*king kidding.
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'Arrested Development' Movie Confirmed

'It's true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie,' series star Jason Bateman tweeted over the weekend.

By Gil Kaufman

The "Arrested Development" cast

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The "Arrested Development" movie is finally happening. No, seriously. After years of rumors, denials, hedging, backtracking and wishful thinking, series co-creator and executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz confirmed over the weekend that not only are the seriously, hilariously, unapologetically dysfunctional Bluth clan headed to the multiplex, but they will get tuned up for their movie debut by making a short trip back to TV.

Speaking on Sunday at the New Yorker Festival, Hurwitz broke the news, with "Development" actor Jason Bateman confirming it a few hours later on his Twitter feed. "It's true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early '13. Very excited!"

According to The New York Times, when asked by
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‘Arrested Development’ Could Return If…

‘Arrested Development’ Could Return If…
Getty Nancy Franklin, Mitchell Hurwitz, Portia De Rossi and David Cross attend The 2011 New Yorker Festival: ‘Arrested Development’ Panel on October 2, 2011 in New York City.

Could “Arrested Development” return to TV after five years off the air? The cult show has long been the subject of rumors that it might make it back to TV or be turned into a movie, but so far the talk hasn’t become a reality. Recently creator Mitchell Hurwitz told the audience at The
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Morning Grind: 'Arrested Development' Movie Totally Definitely Absolutely Probably Going to Happen in 2013

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Zach Galifianakis wasn't the only comedy titan making news at the New Yorker Festival over the weekend. On Sunday, the cast of 'Arrested Development' and creator Mitch Hurwitz sat down with New Yorker television critic Nancy Franklin to discuss their beloved series, and when talk turned to the long-rumored feature film version, Hurwitz had an update. "We're 80 percent of the way to an answer," he said, before revealing that there are also plans to do a short-run television series to catch fans up on the lives of the Bluth clan during the last five years. All that needs to happen now is some studio cooperation and the usual cutting of red tape. Said star Jason Bateman: "There's business left to be done, but creatively we are all on board and have a very specific plan about how it would come out and what
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Showtime/Netflix in Talks for Ten Episode ‘Arrested Development’ Miniseries, Set-up For Big Screen Movie

Showtime/Netflix in Talks for Ten Episode ‘Arrested Development’ Miniseries, Set-up For Big Screen Movie
[1] Update: EW [2] has confirmed that Showtime and Netflix are in talks with producers about airing the miniseries. Keep holding out hope, Arrested Development fans. Five years after the series finale, creator Mitchell Hurwitz is still insisting that, yes, a movie based on the brilliant-but-cancelled sitcom is definitely in the works. And what's more, he's now hoping to do a nine- or ten-episode lead-in miniseries as well. Intriguing news indeed, but I don't think I'll be holding my breath. More details after the jump. During a New Yorker Festival event Sunday afternoon, the New York Times [3] reports, Hurwitz took the stage with cast members Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter for a panel about the show. Predictably, moderator Nancy Franklin inquired at one point about the status of the long-rumored film. Hurwitz' response: "We’re 80 percent of the way to an answer.
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'Arrested Development' cast to reunite at New Yorker Festival

'Arrested Development' cast to reunite at New Yorker Festival
The cast of Arrested Development will reunite for a panel discussion at the New Yorker Festival next month. Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi and David Cross have all signed on for the festival's 'A Bluth Family Reunion'. Fellow Arrested Development stars Jeffrey Tambor, Alia Shawkat, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale and the show's creator Mitchell Hurwitz will also appear on the panel. New Yorker television critic Nancy Franklin will serve as a moderator for 'A Bluth Family Reunion', which will be held on October 2 at New York City's Sir (more)
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'Arrested Development' Cast Reuniting for The New Yorker Festival

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'Arrested Development' Cast Reuniting for The New Yorker Festival
Even if the dream of an "Arrested Development" remains a dream, the cast of the beloved Fox sitcom will reunite next month for a panel at The New Yorker Festival in New York City. The just-announced event, "A Bluth Family Reunion," will include Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter and series creator Mitchell Hurwitz, and will be moderated by The New Yorker television critic Nancy Franklin. Read more: Will Arnett, Jason Bateman Launch Online Talk Show Set in Denny’s Tickets
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Tom Wilkinson: down with the big boys

Tom Wilkinson was in his mid-40s when he decided being a respected theatre actor wasn't enough. He tells Stephen Moss about cracking Hollywood, playing Joe Kennedy – and the two women who inspired him

Tom Wilkinson is a most unlikely Hollywood star. For a start, this interview is taking place not at the glitzy Dorchester hotel – time-honoured home of the film junket – but at his unassuming house in north London. Though he hates giving interviews and is being forced to miss his beloved Friends on TV, he is too polite to ask me to leave, and I hang around in his living room for two hours asking ever more incoherent questions. As if this wasn't enough, he then drives me a couple of miles to the station. Now ask yourself: would Tom Cruise do that?

But that's the point. The tall, angular, intense, somewhat intimidating Wilkinson doesn't want to be like Tom Cruise,
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Tom Wilkinson: down with the big boys

Tom Wilkinson was in his mid-40s when he decided being a respected theatre actor wasn't enough. He tells Stephen Moss about cracking Hollywood, playing Joe Kennedy – and the two women who inspired him

Tom Wilkinson is a most unlikely Hollywood star. For a start, this interview is taking place not at the glitzy Dorchester hotel – time-honoured home of the film junket – but at his unassuming house in north London. Though he hates giving interviews and is being forced to miss his beloved Friends on TV, he is too polite to ask me to leave, and I hang around in his living room for two hours asking ever more incoherent questions. As if this wasn't enough, he then drives me a couple of miles to the station. Now ask yourself: would Tom Cruise do that?

But that's the point. The tall, angular, intense, somewhat intimidating Wilkinson doesn't want to be like Tom Cruise,
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Oprah's a Hypocrite, and Her New Network Proves It

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Oprah Winfrey has always been a sort of contradiction: A person who touts “the betterment of the species,” yet frequently features guests like, well, Jenny McCarthy; a person who is interested in “spirituality and personal growth,” yet connects with her audience through very, very expensive gifts. Never has this inconsistency been more apparent than on her new Own network, writes Nancy Franklin in the New Yorker. The channel is supposed to be about that familiar Oprah catchphrase “living your best life,” but all it offers is “an overabundance of highly directed, highly edited, highly scripted ‘unscripted’ programming.” In a recent...
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Billie Piper's Belle de Jour adaptation hopes for big-screen booking

Star confirms rumours of film spin-off for TV series about a high-earning prostitute Secret Diary of a Call Girl

The actor Billie Piper this week confirmed rumours that work was under way on a film spin-off for the TV series in which she stars as a high-earning prostitute juggling a complicated private and professional life. "I'm not sure it has legs past four seasons so we're trying to develop a movie," she told the Sun.

The show's fourth series is currently in production for ITV2, and previous seasons have been a surprise hit in the Us, where it was broadcast on the Showtime network. To date, the show has been screened in 27 territories, including Slovenia and the Middle East.

The show's stylistic similarities to Sex and the City, whose spin-off film sequel is currently enjoying its second week at the top of the UK charts, have been noted, with Nancy Franklin
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Why America preferred to forget about the Pacific war – until now

A Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks TV series about the second world war's brutal Pacific campaign begins tomorrow – a story surprisingly little told because, for years, the public has preferred to turn away from its dark undertone of racism and savagery

When Tom Hanks was making Saving Private Ryan, the writer Nora Ephron sent him a book that weighs in at almost 2,000 pages: the Library of America's Reporting World War II. It was a thoughtful gift, appropriate to his then role as an infantry captain on D-Day. But when Hanks began dipping into the collection, he remarked earlier this month, what gripped him the most was not the war in Europe but the other great Us campaign of the second world war – the battle for the Pacific.

There was an irony in his interest. Hanks is the son of a naval mechanic who served in the Pacific, but when he first picked up the book,
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Romano's new sitcom wins critics' praise

Romano's new sitcom wins critics' praise
Ray Romano's new sitcom Men Of A Certain Age has been praised by Us critics and viewers. The comedy star, who finished filming Everybody Loves Raymond in 2005, has won over viewers in his new series about three best friends in their 40s who are struggling to accept that they are middle-aged. The New Yorker's critic Nancy Franklin wrote: "[It is] surprisingly good... especially if, like me, you were put off by the character that Romano played in his long-running (more)
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