4 items from 2013
Ted Cruz and Anthony Weiner don’t see eye to eye on much politically, and they’re at very different stages of their careers. Yet they had one thing in common Friday, as both ventured into the waters of latenight comedy: Cruz, the filibustering Texas senator, appearing on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno;” and Weiner, the disgraced congressman, failed New York mayoral candidate and ready-made punchline, dropping in on “Real Time With Bill Maher.”
Cruz might have become a darling of conservatives and a driving force in the recent government shutdown, but he seemed ill-equipped for Leno, and slightly taken aback by the latenight host’s questioning regarding the shutdown, the Gop emphasis on social issues (Leno has previously articulated a more accepting, libertarian view of gay marriage, for one) and the general vitriol in Washington.
In fact, Leno — who doesn’t really have to worry about losing the »
- Brian Lowry
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be making his first late-night appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (11:35 p.m. Et/Pt weeknights) when he visits on Friday, Nov. 8. The senator will take to the “Tonight Show” couch to discuss the recent government shut-down, the debt ceiling, the gridlock in Washington and the current state of the Republican Party. “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” is from Big Dog Productions in association with Universal Television. Debbie Vickers is the executive producer. »
- April Neale
As the subject of much recent late-night humor, outspoken anti-Obamacare Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is getting the opportunity to turn the tables on the genre. Cruz will make his first late-night appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Nov. 8, taking to the NBC show’s couch to discuss the recent government shutdown, the debt ceiling, the gridlock in Washington and the current state of the Republican Party, the network said. And, we expect, the Affordable Care Act. Also read: ‘Anchorman’ Ron Burgundy Returning to ‘Conan’ “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” is from Big Dog Productions in association with Universal Television. »
- Tony Maglio
Us in Progress initiative to showcase five features by independent Us filmmakers.
The Us in Progress initiative, hosted by the Champs Elysées Film Festival, will showcase five features by independent Us filmmakers over the coming two days to some 30 European buyers.
The picture was among six recipients last year of a $300,000 grant from the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Other projects in that selection included Fruitvale and Short Term 12.
Also screening on Thursday is New York director Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns about a teenager who runs »
4 items from 2013
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