8 items from 2014
Piers Morgan, the CNN primetime host whose efforts to provide the network with a new type of celebrity-interview show met with ratings headwinds, has officially left the cable news channel after declining a new two-year deal that would have made him the host of a sporadic interview series.
“I was offered a new 2-year deal by CNN boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview ‘specials,'” Morgan said via Twitter. “But after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it – and to try pastures new.”
Morgan began anchoring the network’s 9 p.m. slot in January 2011, replacing the durable “Larry King Live” with a celebrity-interview show that did not always hit the target with CNN viewers. The program, in which Morgan could be seen breaking away from conversations with perplexed guests like Gregg Allman to ask if they had inadvertently given him a scoop in their responses, proved to be »
- Brian Steinberg
Ever since Joss Whedon announced that one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes may not make it out of Avengers: Age of Ultron alive, fans have speculated that Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye would be the one to bite the dust. Out of the superhero team, Hawkeye’s been given the shortest shrift and the least amount of both screentime and character development, so killing him off wouldn’t really affect the larger McU that killing someone like Tony Stark or Captain America would.
Renner recently appeared on Larry King Live, and was asked point blank if he would die in Age of Ultron. His answer?
“No no. No, I don’t die. I think they want to keep [characters] around for a while.”
This jives well with Renner’s recent comments about Hawkeye possibility showing up in Captain America 3. Obviously, it could also be a case of misdirection, as the actor would »
- James Garcia
Piers Morgan does not take kindly to criticism—just ask Larry King! The 80-year-old journalist, who retired from Larry King Live in 2010 and now hosts Larry King Now on hulu, told Howard Stern on Wednesday he felt CNN made a "mistake" picking Morgan to replace him. "I thought it was a mistake, one, to hire a Britisher [sic] in prime time," he said, "and, two, I thought that he made himself too much part of the show." In other words? There was "too much 'I'" on the now-canceled show, King said. "It wasn't my kind of show," he clarified. "He was nice to me. I went on his show two or three times...He wasn't unfriendly to me. It just »
There's something more chilling about movies based on true events. Knowing that at least some version of what you're seeing on the screen actually happened in real life makes the movie more powerful. With the upcoming release of The Quiet Ones, we decided to reminisce about other movies based on horrific real life events.
The Quiet Ones is inspired by a true story of a university experiment done on a young girl that goes horribly, horribly wrong, so we focused on movies based on claims of supernatural true events.
There is a huge list of honorable mentions in this category. We could even break it down into sub-categories, like movies based on the antics of Ed Gein: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, Psycho and Deranged. True crime reenactments: In Cold Blood, Helter Skelter and Zodiac just to name a few of the best. Even real »
- Scott Hallam
Williams, 25, who stars as Marnie on HBO's hit Girls, has confirmed her engagement to entrepreneur Van Veen after three years of dating.
In true Williams style, she has yet to release a statement addressing the engagement. Williams has been very protective of her private life since she became a star when Girls premiered in 2012. In a recent interview with Larry King on Larry King Live, Williams was hesitant to even confirm she had a significant other. She did, however, reveal that her father, news anchor Brian Williams, likes her boyfriend “a lot.”
Williams also revealed her desire to be a mother “someday” during her chat with King, a sentiment she emphasized during a recent interview with Glamour.
“My goal is to create a career I can walk away from and become a mom. I’d love »
It's the end of the line for CNN's "Piers Morgan Live." The show, which succeeded "Larry King Live" when the newsman left the network hasn't been doing well in the ratings and host Piers Morgan confirms it's coming to an end.
"Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it," he tells the New York Times in an interview. "That's run its course and Jeff [Zucker] and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me." He says the show will "probably" end in March.
Morgan says at this point he'd rather be used for more event programming, like bigger marquee interviews for the network. Whether that happens remains to be seen.
There's no word on who will replace Morgan's time slot, »
Since his controversial casting as The Dark Knight in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman, we've heard a lot of people coming out in support of Ben Affleck as the latest incarnation of the Caped Crusader. However, it seems that not everyone in Hollywood is on board with Batfleck, with Robot Chicken creator and Dads star Seth Green voicing his concerns over the casting in an interview with Larry King Live.
"Modern mainstream is accepting of interpretations of these characters with more gravitas, you know. We’re past the time of Adam West’s kind of goofy interpretation of Batman," said Green (via Yahoo! Movies). "You gotta remember that at the core of that character, Batman’s a crazy person. Batman has no powers. Batman is a rich, screwed up kid whose parents were killed in front of him. If this movie is meant to be the idealistic alien, »
- Gary Collinson
London — CNN presenter Piers Morgan, who used to edit U.K. tabloid the Daily Mirror, has been interviewed under caution by British detectives investigating phone-hacking.
In a statement sent to the Guardian newspaper, Morgan said: “In early November I was asked to attend an interview by officers from Operation Weeting (which is investigating phone hacking) when I was next in the U.K.
“This was further to a full witness statement I had already freely provided. I attended that interview as requested on 6 December 2013.”
Scotland Yard confirmed that a 48-year-old journalist was interviewed on that date at a London police station by officers from Operation Golding, which is the strand of Operation Weeting investigating allegations of phone hacking at the Mirror.
Morgan said on Twitter Friday, “I have a confession to make with regard to this @guardian story… it’s 100% true.”
Morgan was editor of the Mirror from 1995 to 2004. In evidence to the Leveson inquiry, »
- Leo Barraclough
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