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Conan & Max Weinberg reunite after nearly 5 years Weinberg, who was Conan O'Brien's bandleader from 1993 until Conan's "Tonight Show" ended in January 2010, made his first appearance on the "Conan" TBS show, helping fill in on drums. Neil Patrick Harris: “In a perfect world, in five years I’m Ed Sullivan” Harris talked about his variety show dreams with Charlie Rose: "Once a week I’d get to, like, show everyone amazing performances on Broadway, amazing magicians, this great restaurant that we went to — to be a bit of a tastemaker. I’d get to be P.T. Barnum.” Plus: Will Harris save variety — or bury it? This is how the “Game of Thrones” Iron Throne is supposed to look Martin has said the show got the Iron Throne wrong: "I said repeatedly the Iron Throne is huge. It towers over the room like a great beast. And it's ugly. »
- Norman Weiss
Gerard Butler, Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Jack O’Connell, Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Jean- Marc Vallée, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley to appear on the Hollywood Film Awards, November 14, 2014 on CBS The Hollywood Film Awards today announced the first group of A-list stars scheduled to appear at the live inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards, hosted by Queen Latifah, from the Hollywood Palladium Friday, November 14, 2014 (8:00-10:00 Pm, live Et/delayed Pt) on the CBS Television Network. Scheduled to appear are Gerard Butler, Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Jack O¹Connell, Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Jean-Marc Vallée, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 17 years, honoring some of the world¹s biggest stars. Additional stars attending will be announced soon. Over its 17 year history, the »
Neil Patrick Harris will take the reigns of a new variety series set for a 10- episode run on NBC in 2015, Vulture reports. It's a dream gig for the former How I Met Your Mother star and past host of the Tony and Emmy Awards, who turned down an offer from CBS to replace David Letterman on The Late Show for the weekly variety format. "I'm very keen on it being an Ed Sullivan kind of show," he told Rolling Stone. "Something that would be more events-driven, with a lot more acts, »
There are some who argue that George Lucas' "Star Wars" saga has entered the realm of modern mythology. And certainly, that it's a tale involving heroes, villains, The Force, and other archetypes, a convincing case could be made. According to the creator himself, his idea in making the toy-selling, sci-fi blockbuster series was to examine the very qualities of storytelling, and how stories are shared and passed down from generation to generation. In a chat in Chicago with Charlie Rose earlier this month, Lucas discussed why he set out to make "Star Wars," and central among his reasons was to explore "psychological motifs in mythology," in particular elements that resonated each time a story was told. “It’s about good and evil, but what makes a hero, what’s friendship, what’s the idea of sacrificing yourself for something larger?” Lucas said. “They’re all really basic things. You »
- Kevin Jagernauth
(Cbr) If you’ve been scratching your head for the past four decades trying to figure out what "Star Wars" is really all about, George Lucas sat down with Charlie Rose and opened up about that very subject. The creator of the 1977 game-changer and ridiculously influential cultural touchstone reveals that the real origin of "Star Wars" can be traced back to a long, long time ago — specifically to the days when myths and stories were spread orally throughout expanding cultures from one generation to the next. Lucas explains that these stories had the rules for the fledgling society encoded within them, which made it easy — and entertaining — to instill the values necessary for societal stability into the next generations. Lucas says he wanted to make a movie to test whether those same techniques could work on a modern audience. “It’s about good and evil, but heroes — what makes a hero, »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
Star Wars creator George Lucas did an interview with Charlie Rose earlier this month. During the discussion Lucas talked about the meaning and mythology behind the epic sci-fi fantasy film, and why he thinks that the message it carries is so universal. One things Lucas said was,
"What makes a hero, what's friendship, what's the idea of sacrificing yourself for something larger... They're all really basic things. So you say, well, you don't have to make a movie about that, it's very obvious, but it's actually not."
He gave some interesting insight on the franchise that a lot of fans love and cherish. This interview is definitely worth watching if you're a fan.
- Joey Paur
There's no doubt that Gone Girl is a hit, and it's undoubtedly of the most successful films David Fincher has ever directed, and it's likely reached audiences that otherwise might not seek out the filmmaker's work. And if you're like me, then you're hungry to hear Fincher, writer Gillian Flynn and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike talk about the film itself. They all showed up for a chat on "Charlie Rose" and the result is a solid 36-minute discussion about the making of the film, whether the characters were likable, and of course, the film's commentary on marriage and the insane world of media. It's definitely worth a watch. Here's the chat with the cast and filmmakers of Gone Girl on "Charlie Rose" from Hulu (via Film Stage): Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher (of Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
- Ethan Anderton
James Cameron doesn't do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. No, James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is James Cameron, and although the Avatar director finds himself prepping for simultaneous production on three sequels to his Pandora-set box office juggernaut, he took a quick second to step away from that world to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Terminator, which turned into a critical and box office success, launching his career and allowing him to continually raise the bar the way we know him to do. As with pretty much all popular franchises, save for Back to the Future, The Terminator is being rebooted, and with that comes speculation as to how franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger will fit into the new movie given he's not exactly a spring chicken anymore. Although Cameron isn't actively involved in the production of Terminator: Genisys, he explained to Deadline »
- Jordan Benesh
Rarely do I read a news story and audibly laugh at the ridiculous nature of it. George Lucas, the man who has exploited his Star Wars franchise (which I am not a fan of... even the first three) for decades, believes it is the studios and the corporations who are the root of the creative problems in Hollywood. In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas expressed his distaste with the corporate structure: The studios change everything all the time. And, unfortunately, they don't have any imagination and they don't have any talent. The reason I find this funny is it is coming from a man who willingly went back to change his films (in order to sell extra editions of them). Take into account the amount of licensed property from the series and, of course, the unnecessary, creature-filled prequels, and hearing that studios are to blame from this man is rather humorous. »
- Mike Shutt
Star Wars: Episode VII represents the first film in George Lucas' iconic saga to be financed and created by a major studio. Prior to this film, the six preceding movies were basically the world's biggest independent films with Lucas funding their creation and 20th Century Fox handling distribution. Now that Lucas is out of the movie-making business, he has no problem sharing some harsh words regarding how he sees the current state of the industry. Sitting down with Charlie Rose during an »
- Alex Maidy
For a guy who has made millions upon millions of dollars thanks to the support of Hollywood studios, the constant axe George Lucas has to grind with the system is a bit baffling. Last year, he and pal Steven Spielberg warned that an "implosion" was on the horizon, and raised concerned that their epics "Lincoln" and "Red Tails" had trouble getting made on the studio dime. Meanwhile, Lucas has also warned film students about being lured by the magic and endless possibilities of digital technology, while urging them to stay focused on "the art of the movies." And according to Lucas—the guy who found homes and financing for mega-franchises "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" at 20th Century Fox and Paramount—the big studios are basically the worst. "...the problem has always been the studios,” Lucas told Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning." "Although the beginning of the studios, the entrepreneurs who. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas thinks the biggest problem in the movie business today is the corporations that are running it. “You're selling creativity. Raw creativity from talented people. Now, the problem has always been the studios,” Lucas told CBS anchor Charlie Rose during an interview at Chicago Ideas Week. ”Although the beginning of the studios, the entrepreneurs who ran the studios were sort of creative guys. They would just take books and turn them into movies and do things like that. Suddenly all these corporations were coming in. They didn't know anything about the movie business.” Also read: In »
- Greg Gilman
Queen Latifah has been chosen to host the Hollywood Film Awards.
The annual ceremony will air live for the very first time on CBS from the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, November 14.
CBS announced Latifah as host by referring to her as a "triple threat" because she can sing, dance and act.
"I'm honoured to be a part of such a legendary award show," Latifah added. "The Hollywood Film Awards have been a staple in the awards season for years, and I'm excited to be the first host to bring them to television."
The Hollywood Film Awards honour achievement in filmmaking and film acting. Producer Carlos de Abreu organised the first ceremony in 1997.
CBS's coverage of the event will include a red carpet preview at 7.30pm Et and a one-hour post-show »
Charlie Rose is one of the few television personalities in the Us that consistently does long-form interviews for artists and entertainment figures. When someone shows up on Rose’s show, you can reliably expect an in-depth conversation that will offer ideas that go much deeper than sound byte level. So having the cast and creators of […]
- Russ Fischer
"It sucked... It just was -- awful," Michael Keaton says of Batman Forever in the following "CBS Sunday Morning" interview piece, which largely asks "Where has Michael Keaton beenc" It's a good little piece as we learn Keaton turned down a reported $15 million to play Batman a third time. The role would eventually go to Val Kilmer and while the question of where has Keaton been floats in the air... Well, since Batman Returns he's made The Paper, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, starred in White Noise, voiced characters in Pixar's Cars and Toy Story 3 and was an excellent contribution to The Other Guys. Granted, none of those roles stacks up to his new film, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which I had the pleasure of seeing just this morning and while I'll have my review for you on Monday, let me just say the hype around this one is for real, »
- Brad Brevet
Hollywood royalty, make way for the queen. Queen Latifah was named host of November's Hollywood Film Awards on Friday. The show, live on the east coast from the Hollywood Palladium, is set to air on CBS on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. See photos: Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos) Next month's broadcast will mark the first time that the show comes to TV. A red carpet show will begin a half-hour before the awards portion, a post-show — hosted by Charlie Rose, Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King – will run for an hour after the last honoree leaves the stage. Also read: The Hollywood Film Awards. »
- Tony Maglio
Films from notables Nick Cave, Kevin Smith and Terry Gilliam, and another featuring Downton Abbey vet Dan Stevens are helping fill this weekend’s box office, despite studio blockbuster debuts for The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You.
In all, 14 specialty films are debuting this weekend, at the front edge of awards season and the time of year when “serious” films hit the screens left and right. We have The Guest, with Stevens; The Zero Theorem by Gilliam; Smith’s Tusk; Tracks, the latest from the producers of The King’s Speech; and Cave’s doc 20,000 Days On Earth.
And, like a TV informercial, there’s more: the doc Pump, boundary-jumper Stop The Pounding Heart; and Swim Little Fish Swim. Just to fill out the marquees, we also have Tribeca-winning doc Keep On Keepin’ On; Flamenco, Flamenco; Hector And The Search For Happiness; Iceman; Hollidaysburg; and Not Cool. »
- Brian Brooks
“I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action," Joan Rivers wrote in her 2012 book "I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me." Well, she certainly got her wish. The legendary comic was laid to rest on Sunday in New York City with hundreds of guests in attendance, including such famous friends as Rosie O'Donnell, Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick, David Letterman, Howard Stern, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters (photos below). Stern gave the eulogy at Manhattan's Temple Emanu-El while Hugh Jackman, Broadway star Audra McDonald and the New York City Gay Men's Chorus performed for the mourners, the latter putting forth renditions of such standards as “What a Wonderful World,” “There Is Nothing Like a Dame” and “Big Spender," according to the New York Times. Those who spoke at the memorial included Rivers' daughter Melissa Rivers, TV reporter »
- Chris Eggertsen
The videos are shocking, repulsive and horrifying. Yet they would likely attract tens of thousands of viewers who have few qualms about watching appalling content. As a broadcaster, do you put them on the air or hold back?
Many TV-news outlets are grappling with that issue this week as they judge whether or not to unspool elements from a video depicting the beheading of journalist Steven Solotoff by Islamic militants. The video, the second of its kind in recent days (a previous one showed the beheading of another journalist, James Foley) would give news programs a chance to show with gut-wrenching detail the acts of a terrorism organization that are certain to affect foreign-policy decisions. At the same time, they risk becoming propaganda outlets for the perpetrators, a group known as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or Isis.
“The temptation is always to put it out there. That »
- Brian Steinberg
Proving once and for all that listening to movie critics is good for your health, a scientific study conducted by reputed scientists and reputable science-place Cornell University has concluded that watching a Michael Bay movie inspires bad eating habits.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab conducted an experiment with 94 college students. A third of the group had to watch 20 minutes of The Island, a 2005 Puma infomercial directed by “Got Milk” auteur Michael Bay. Another third of the group watched the same 20 minutes, but without the sound on. The third and luckiest group watched 20 minutes of Charlie Rose, »
- Darren Franich
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