17 items from 2013
Less than a month after announcing the end of his 2-year-old weekly PBS program Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers pulled a “not so fast” today. Here’s his announcement that includes a January 10 return date: It’s been only three weeks since I announced that Moyers & Company would end, as originally planned, on January 3. It was time, I said, to turn the corner after all the years of meeting the deadlines and demands so integral to producing television. An hour broadcast every week — virtually handcrafted from many different parts — has been exciting and satisfying, even joyful to produce, but at this age and stage I was prepared to leave the field to the next generation. What I could not anticipate was the response of our viewers…We received thousands of well-written and heartfelt messages. The outpouring is unmistakably about the importance of public broadcasting and the value many people place on »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Usually, one is well advised to be wary of TV’s micro portraits devised to illustrate macro trends. Yet “Two American Families” is such a potent treatise on the U.S.’ struggling middle class — as captured through Milwaukee families, chronicled over more than two decades — it works on both levels. Correspondent Bill Moyers represents the unapologetic liberalism that often causes conservatives to howl about PBS, and make no mistake, this 90-minute “Frontline” presentation is a powerful advocacy piece. But it’s told in such a restrained, methodical way that aside from those committed to partisan scorekeeping, it demands to be seen and discussed.
The producers first introduced these two families — the Neumanns, white; the Stanleys, African-American, each barely clinging to the American dream — in 1991, and this special marks their progress as measured over roughly two-year intervals until 2000. It then returns a dozen years later to check back with them, puttying »
- Brian Lowry
The couple, who met in 2006, were engaged in January of this year.
- Leon David
George Lucas has written the sequel to his love life. On Saturday, the 69-year-old "Star Wars" writer/director wed 44-year-old Mellody Hobson, his second wife. The affair at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif. was intimate but star-studded. According to The Huffington Post, journalist Bill Moyers officiated the ceremony, Arianna Huffington was in attendance and Francis Ford Coppola read a Maya Angelou poem. Van Morrison played at the reception and Lucas' longtime friend and production partner Steven Spielberg gave the toast, joking that "The Force" finally had a name: Mellody. Also read: Daytime Emmy Awards »
- Tony Maglio
They exchanged vows at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago.
After the wedding, Jackson took to Twitter and posted: "Let's give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his bride Melody on this their wedding day!! Congrats!."
Even Howard congratulated the newlyweds on his Twitter page.
- Arun Pandit
The Force is strong with these two. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas married his longtime girlfriend, ABC News contributor and Dream Works Animation chairwoman Mellody Hobson, Saturday night (June 22), People reports.
The ceremony took place in Marin County, Cal. at Skywalker Ranch, his home. Those in attendance shared the joyful news after the nuptials.
"Let's give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his bride," Samuel L. Jackson tweeted. Ron Howard said the wedding was "a joy to behold," adding that the service, presented by Bill Moyers, was "beautiful, nothing short of profound."
While its not our usual type of news story, we’re just wishing the man who defined generations a huge congratulations! The Star Wars creator got married on Saturday at Skywalker Ranch. Journalist Bill Moyers officiated and according to Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post a number married couples in attendance, were so moved by what Moyers delivered that they felt they’d renewed their Own vows. Obviously a few celebs turned up as well with Steven Spielberg doing the toast and our own Van Morrison flew in to belt out some tunes! Whether or not it ended up like a certain writers wedding night, keeled over a toilet, puking Jack Daniels, we’re not sure. Probably unlikely. In all seriousness though, Congrats to George and his new wife, Mellody. They do look so happy together and George looks like he dropped some serious weight as well! Congrats…I know you’ll read this. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
The visionary "Star Wars" filmmaker wed the Ariel Investments president before an intimate gathering at Skywalker Ranch, in Marin County, California, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.
The ceremony was officiated by journalist Bill Moyers, who famously interviewed the writer Joseph Campbell at Skywalker Ranch for a landmark documentary series in 1988, and Lucas' daughters, Katie and Amanda, served as bridesmaids. According to Arianna Huffington, who was in attendance, Moyers spoke so movingly that several married couples said afterward that they felt they'd renewed their own vows.
"It only takes one person to have met the love of your life," Moyers, who was a Baptist minister before launching his illustrious career in journalism, told the bride and groom. Moyers went on to quote the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi: "When I heard my first love story, I was thinking of you. »
- Mike Hogan
Michael Winship is running unopposed for a fourth two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America East.
Five incumbents are seeking freelance seats on the council — Bonnie Datt, Henry Bean, Bernardo Ruiz, Susan Kim and Courtney Simon. Seven other candidates are running: Zhubin Parang, David Atkins, Robert Levi, Michael Lannan, Amy Sohn, Norman Steinberg and George Strayton.
Three incumbents are seeking the three open staff seats: Duane Tollison, Phil Pilato and Sue Brown McCann. Jeff Christman and Matt Nelko are also running.
The WGA East, which reps about 4,000 writers, will hold its annual membership meeting and election on Sept. 19. The New York-based »
- Dave McNary
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson said "I do" Saturday with what we can only assume was an out-of-this-world wedding. Yes, the Star Wars creator and his longtime love got married at Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif., at, the filmmaker's rep confirmed to People. Samuel L. Jackson, who played Jedi Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels, was excited about the nuptials. "Let's give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his Bride Melodie on This their Wedding Day!!" he tweeted. "Congrats!!!!!!" Ron Howard was also happy for the newlyweds, tweeting, "George Lucas Melody Hobson wedding was joy to behold Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of »
May the Force of wedded bliss be with them. Star Wars creator George Lucas received some earthly love from his Hollywood pals this weekend after tying the knot with fiancée Mellody Hobson on Saturday night, a source confirms to People. Friends at the wedding - which took place in Marin County, Calif., where Lucas's Skywalker Ranch is located - also shared the happy news via Twitter. "Let's give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his bride Melodie on this, their wedding day," Tweeted Samuel L. Jackson, while Ron Howard Tweeted that their ceremony "was a joy to behold. »
- Andrea Billups
Let's give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his Bride Melodie on This their Wedding Day!! Congrats!!!!!!
- Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) June 22, 2013
- Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 24, 2013
Lucas, 69, and Hobson, 44, have been dating since 2006 and got engaged in January of this year. Along with her role at DreamWorks, Hobson also heads investment management firm Ariel Investments, and is a money and personal finance contributor to ABC News.
Congrats, and may the force always be with you both! »
- Dana Taddeo
George Lucas is a newlywed. The Star Wars mastermind wed his longtime girlfriend, Mellody Hobson, at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County on Saturday afternoon. Former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley, a longtime friend of Hobson's, gave away the bride. Lucas' son Jett served as best man, while Lucas' daughters Amanda and Katie served as bridesmaids, according to a spokesperson for the director. Ron Howard, who was among the close family and friends who attended, tweeted Sunday night: "George Lucas Melody [sic] Hobson wedding was joy to behold Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr&Mrs Lucas." Photos:
- THR Staff
The L.A. Film Festival is now in full swing, kicking off last night, and continuing our week of exclusives from films playing the fest, we've got cut from score to the Documentary Competition title "American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs." Directed by Grace Lee (no relation, but they met on the helmer's earlier project "The Grace Lee Story" about the many people who share that name), the film chronciles Boggs' lifetime spent battling for labor and civil rights, while getting involved in Black Power, feminist, Asian American and environmental justice movements and much more. But her role in the African-American movement is one of the most unlikely and powerful, with folks like Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Danny Glover and more all speaking to her importance. It sounds like a fascinating doc, and helping to texture the film is award-winning composer Vivek Maddala's score. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ben Affleck's acclaimed CIA thriller Argo picked up another award last night as screenwriter Chris Terrio was honoured by the Writer's Guild of America at this year's WGA Awards with Best Adapted Screenplay, while Mark Boal received Best Original Screenplay for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Malik Bendejelloul collected Best Documentary Screenplay for Searching for Sugar Man.
Shifting to the small screen and there was awards success for Breaking Bad (Best Drama Series), Louie (Best Comedy Series) and Girls (Best New Series), along with Mad Men (Episodic Drama), Modern Family (Episodic Comedy), Hatfields & McCoys (Long Form - Original), Game Change (Long Form - Adapted) and The Simpsons (Animation).
Here is the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in bold:
- Flickering Myth
Terrio’s competition included Tony Kushner’s Lincoln, David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, David Magee’s Life of Pi and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. All but Chbosky are also up for the Oscar next weekend, with Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin taking that slot.
- Anthony Breznican
As we enter the home stretch to the Academy Awards, writers were celebrated Sunday. The 2012 Writers Guild Awards honored the best writing in film, television, radio, new media, and video games. "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo" took home the original and adapted screenplay awards, respectively. While "Breaking Bad," and "Louie" took home awards for best drama and comedy series.
Here is the full winners list:
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17 items from 2013
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