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The Today Show has apologized for a segment about the imposter sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial. While discussing the incident, a producer appeared miming his own fake sign language but was quickly shut down by hosts Natalie Morales and Al Roker.
Guy Pearce. Sigh.
Julie Chen threw some shade in the direction of The View during an interview with Howard Stern and a follow-up interview with Extra. “The show has lost its way is my feeling because they don’t really talk about politics anymore and when they do, no one is really trying to hear what Jenny (McCarthy) is saying.” Every time I’ve tried to watch The View this season, the show has just been a mess. The compelling moments happen by accident.
Revenge has »
- Lyle Masaki
On tomorrow’s episode of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "Katie," airing Thursday, December 12, it’s a “Katie” exclusive with “Murphy Brown” stars Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud, along with creator Diane English. The all-star cast reunite to share behind-the-scenes stories and favorite memories in celebration for the show’s 25th Anniversary. Find out what happened at Candice Bergen’s audition and who was originally considered for the role of Murphy. Casting Candice Bergen as Murphy Candice Bergen on Dan Quayle Comments Casting Candice Bergen as Murphy Candice Bergen on Dan Quayle Comments »
- April Neale
Before HBO’s “The Newsroom,” CBS’s “Murphy Brown” was giving viewers its version of broadcast news. Twenty-five years later, the cast of the hit CBS comedy are reuniting on TV once again with another famous newswoman Katie Couric. On Thursday, Dec. 12, Bergen, Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud, along with show creator Diane English, will appear on syndicated daytime talker “Katie.” Also read: Read Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s Katie Couric Announcement They’ll share behind-the-scenes stories, their most important episodes and the show’s lasting impact on pop culture. Couric’s on-air reunion follows a »
- Jethro Nededog
The Murphy Brown crew is reporting for duty once more.
Katie Couric’s daytime talker Katie will stage a reunion for the cast of the beloved sitcom on Dec. 12, bringing together Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud, as well as creator Diane English, to celebrate Brown‘s 25th anniversary.
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• Sarah Palin is joining the Sportsman Channel as host of Amazing America With Sarah Palin. Bowing in April 2014, the series is described as “an anthology of stories that explore some of the most original, interesting — and sometimes inspiring — people, »
- Megan Masters
On Nov. 14. 1988, viewers met a different kind of television reporter ... snarky, edgy and just out of Betty Ford Center rehab.
The sitcom "Murphy Brown," now exactly 25 years old, earned title star Candice Bergen five Emmy Awards over its decade-long CBS run. The show will make a weeknight comeback when the premium-cable channel Encore Love is converted into Encore Classic on Monday, Dec. 2, and Bergen couldn't be more pleased about it.
"Finally!" she tells Zap2it. "I have no idea why it's taken so long. I was always told it was because the music rights were so expensive, because every episode opened with a Motown song. I'm thrilled it's going back on -- and without commercials, which is lovely. I barely watched the show in its last five years, so I haven't seen it in a long time."
Famously raising the ire of then-Vice President Dan Quayle over Murphy's single parenthood, »
Perhaps the darkest film for the Disney 53, and certainly of the Renaissance period, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame was the first to focus on a major religion, and led to some controversy during production, mostly due to the heavy subject matter. There were many issues that caused friction between the creative team and the studio, notably the character of Frollo, his profession and motivation.
Like many/most of Disney’s adaptations, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame is considerably lighter, and somewhat happier than Victor Hugo’s original novel, but its themes of religion, racism, moral and social commentary and the rights of all peoples to exist in peace remain firmly in place.
Synopsis: Paris, the fifteenth century; the kindly, deformed Quasimodo lives a lonely existence within the belltower of Notre Dame cathedral. His only living companions are a trio of stone Grotesques (not Gargoyles, »
- Rob Burch
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996.
At the urging of his gargoyle pals, Quasimodo leave the solitary safety of his tower, venturing out to find his first true friend, the gypsy beauty Esmeralda. The most unlikely of heroes, Quasi fights to save the people and the city he loved and, in turn, helps us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear.
Among a line of hits for Disney in the 1990s - including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan - The Hunchback of Notre Dame is little remembered, but it’s one of the more striking and entertaining, and deftly engages with themes of religious prejudice and state power, »
- Flickering Myth
By the time Disney released The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the famed animated movie house was on the tail end of its 90's renaissance period, releasing hit after hit and reaffirming itself as the one true animation powerhouse of its day. While The Hunchback of Notre Dame is quite serviceable, with some compelling animation and a rousing song or two, it is terribly uneven and feels like the beginning of the end of that era of Disney animated films.
The story, based off of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel of the same name, follows Quasimodo (Tom Hulce), a deformed young man that was orphaned just after birth and taken in by the deplorable Minister of Justice, Frollo (Tony Jay). Quasimodo has been forced to live out his years in the solitude of the grand Notre Dame cathedral, believing himself to be a monster that the public would ridicule on sight, thanks to Frollo's misleading ways. »
Today's Contenders: NewsRadio (1995–1999) vs. Murphy Brown (1988–1998) Sure, these two nineties comedies are similar in the most obvious way: They both have similar settings (NewsRadio at an Am news station, Murphy Brown a network TV news show), but they have similarities even beyond that. Both feature a tight ensemble cast, both were filmed in front of a studio audience (in a time before single-camera comedies became an obsession), and some of each show’s characters have a lot in common with the other’s. And while the tones of the shows aren't the same — NewsRadio ran with irreverence and craziness more than Murphy Brown did — they're more alike than many fans might think at first glance.The Deep-Voiced, Confident Anchor: Both NewsRadio's Bill McNeal (Phil Hartman, still deeply missed) and Murphy Brown's Jim Dial (Charles Kimbrough) seem to be graduates of Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasters' School, commanding a strong »
- Bob Sassone
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