<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Television News, Reviews, Programs, Shows, and Series Guides ]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/entertainment/television http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:40:08 -0700 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:40:08 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA["Ace of Cakes" Bakes the Obama Inauguration Cake]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 15:39:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/080409+Duff+Goldman.jpg

Baltimore celebrity baker Duff Goldman says the cake he's baking for President Barack Obama's inaugural ball is going to be more elegant than crazy, full of stars and stripes and a whole lot of glitter.

Goldman says the staff at his Charm City Cakes bakery, which had its extreme cakes featured in the Food Network show "Ace of Cakes," began Friday to decorate the details to put on the cake. They'll start baking the cake itself on Sunday, the day before the inauguration and the Commander in Chief's Ball where the cake will be served.

The finished product will stand 3 to 4 feet tall, drip with patriotic fondant bunting and sparkle with clusters of stars shooting out like fireworks.

"Glitter is going to be all over the place," Goldman said in a telephone interview.

On Saturday, four bakers were in the process of replicating in fondant and royal icing the presidential seal and the seals of the four military branches honored at the Commander in Chief's Ball. Goldman said they are focused on the details, such as making sure the eagle in the presidential seal faces the correct way and that the bird holds exactly six arrows in its talons. They also want to make sure they spell the Latin motto on the seal correctly: E pluribus unum.

"This is one you really want to spellcheck, big time," said Goldman, whose television show ran for 10 seasons before going off the air in 2011.

Goldman said the whole cake will take about 100 hours to complete. When finished, it is expected to weigh 50 pounds and serve several hundred people. Inside, guests will find Swiss buttercream frosting and layers of red velvet, lemon poppy seed, pineapple coconut, and pumpkin chocolate chip cake.

This isn't the only inauguration cake the bakery is making. Goldman says he is baking five other cakes for various inauguration events, including a 4-foot replica of the White House. Still, the Commander in Chief's Ball cake is special because the event at the Washington Convention Center is one of only two official parties the president will attend.

Goldman said he played it cool when the Presidential Inaugural Committee called about two weeks ago to ask him to make a cake.

"When you get off the phone you get to scream, 'We're making the inaugural cake,'" he said.

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<![CDATA['Office' Star John Krasinski Heads for the 'Promised Land' With Matt Damon]]> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:41:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/john-krasinski-promised-land.jpg

When John Krasinski moonlights from “The Office” he doesn’t mess around.

For the film “Promised Land,” Krasinski took on more than one side gig: not only does he act in it, he also concocted the story and screenplay with author Dave Eggers and co-star Matt Damon, and served as a producer.

Centered on the environmental effects of fracking, a controversial means of extracting natural gas, “Promised Land” represents Krasinski’s latest bid to expand his Hollywood horizons as the “The Office” ends its final season. Krasinski sat down recently to talk about his new film and what the future holds.

On the how the story’s setting inspired the issue at the core:

I had the idea for the script about two years ago, and my dad grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh in Natrona Heights, which was a steel mill town, and his dad worked three jobs, and they didn't have very much. And I remember when he was telling us, when I was a little kid – I was an ignorant eight-year-old – and I said, ‘So was your childhood awful?’ And he was like, ‘No, it was amazing. We had friends and family, and there was a sense of community and the faith that tomorrow would be a better day.’ And that really stuck with me my whole life, and I think the older I got, the more I realized that the country was moving away from that sort of pure ideal of community. So that's what the idea came from, and that's where I really started. So natural gas came in as an issue later on in the project once we had started coming up with these characters and this town and these groups of people that were going to interact, and it turned out to be the best backdrop for the story because it was basically just like high-stakes poker. There was so much potentially to gain and so much potentially to lose

On the reaction of the real people of Pennsylvania grappling with fracking’s pros and cons:

The really moving part was when we actually went to shoot in the town, they were so generous and so open to have us. But at the same time, people weren't against coming up and telling you how they really felt. And there were people who came up and said, ‘You shouldn't be making this movie. This is really good for us.’ And five minutes later, someone would come up and say, ‘Thank you for making this movie.’ We never expected it to be the movie that deals with this issue. Our whole thing was at the end to start a conversation, and whether it's fracking or something else, it's like these issues are something that have communities getting together and making decisions for themselves… is really the most important thing, especially this day and age.

On attempting to depict the residents of small town America without condescending or pandering:

I think sometimes the movies just show small town America as the people who just get bowled over by anyone who has an idea and in comes innovation and creators, and they just push these people aside. That's not the truth at all. These people are very dedicated to their opinions and very proud of where they're from. And that was the thing about getting there and first of all seeing how gorgeous it was. I mean it was beautiful…The truth is that you see what these people are fighting for. And when I say what they're fighting for, I don't mean either side of the issue. What I'm saying is that they are fighting for what everybody else is fighting for: their family, their friends, what they are from and where they're going. And it's a self-protective survival mode, and that's what's so admirable about these people really digging in on these issues. And it's happening all over the country.

On writing the screenplay with Matt Damon:

I met Matt when he was doing a movie with my wife [Emily Blunt], ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ and we became friendly right away – which was really nice because being from Boston, the guy from ‘Good Will Hunting’ is pretty much the mayor of some fictitious town. One day we were on a double date, and he said, ‘I'm actually thinking of directing. Is there anything you that have in the works that you'd be willing to share with me?’ I said ‘Yeah’ and I brought him this idea, and he jumped onto it right away. We were writing within a week or two, and it worked really, really well. He actually was shooting ‘We Bought a Zoo’ in California at the time, and I was shooting my show ‘The Office,’ so we were kind of moonlighting. We worked really well together. We worked really fast. We have similar sensibilities and similar sense of humors, but at the end of the day, I think we're eternal optimists, so we wanted the same thing. We wanted this to be an uplifting kind of Frank Capra, Kazan movie. Where we were headed was always the same, so getting there was a lot quicker.

On where writing fits into his future after “The Office” ends:

I'm definitely going to cultivate it further. This was an incredible learning experience for me on every level, but I think, if I'm honest, the truth is it's a really big moment for me. This is a transition from the show that I think is meaning more to me than I think anybody knows. I think to have this show end is going to be such an incredibly emotional moment for me. Not only because of the show and the cast and the crew and that family aspect, but it's an era of my life that's going to be gone – and it is my twenties, basically. It's one of the most important decades of my life was spent with this show. And I owe it absolutely everything. No one would know my name if it wasn't for that show, and I wouldn't have any opportunity if it wasn't for this show, to sort of grow up and have that show support me. If someone asks me ‘What would you do if we gave you the keys?’ ‘This is the movie that I'd do if you gave me the keys.’ This is the kind of thing I've always been interested in. These are the characters that I've always been interested in watching or interested in playing, so I really want to do it more. And to have this team surrounding me – to write with Matt and to have Gus on board – it was so surreal and so inspiring, but also probably spoiled me because now I'm just like, ‘All I have to do is write some sort of document, then all of a sudden, Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant will sign on. How hard is this, folks?’ I don't know how the next ones are going to turn out, but also at home my wife was hugely supportive. And I'd always heard that story that the blank, white page is a scary thing. I'm like, ‘Come on – there are bigger things to be scared of.’ Then you sit down, and you realize, like, ‘Wow, that IS pretty scary.’ So she was the one who just kept saying ‘You can do it,’ and ‘Get up there and give it a couple more hours.’ And sure enough, it clicked, and I really, really loved it. So I'm going to give it a shot, and hopefully keep going as long as there's stories that I can tell well. And until then, I'll at least give it a shot.



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<![CDATA["The Voice" Crowns Cassadee Pope]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 05:42:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cassadee-pope.jpg

Cassadee Pope was named the Season 3 champion of "The Voice," after surviving more than three months of weekly scrutiny from packed houses, national television audiences and four certified music stars, as well as 63 other hopefuls.

"I feel amazing, thank you to everyone who voted for me, Blake… Seriously, it's been so fun," said Pope.



Pope beat out Terry McDermott and Nicholas David, who finished second and third, respectively, on the strength of Monday's soaring rendition of Fath Hill's "Cry."

Mentor Blake Shelton basked in the victory, while fellow judges Cee Lo Green, a tuxedoed Adam Levine and birthday girl Christina Aguilera could only applaud.



Along with the title of Season 3 champ, Pope will get $100,000 and a record contract with Universal Record Group. But no one walked away empty-handed, as all three were presented with the keys to a new KIA car earlier in the evening.

Judge Blake Shelton came into the night supporting two finalists, Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott, while Cee Lo Green was backing Nicholas David.



This marked Shelton's second win as a coach. Last year’s champ, Jermaine Paul, had also been a member of Team Blake, while Season 1 Champ Javier Colon had been mentored by Adam Levine.



Though all the finalists took the stage Tuesday night, the victor was determined by Monday's performances. Pope was the last finalist to sing, taking on Sheryl Crow’s “Steve McQueen,” with an assist from Shelton, before going solo on "Cry."

Before the coronation, however, was a night of live music from some of music's biggest stars, all four judges and one R&B legend.



Rihanna began the evening's entertainment with a performance of her twelfth No.1 hit, “Diamonds,” giving an atypically reserved delivery.

All the other finalists came back to sing: Amanda Brown, Trevin Hunte and Dez Duron teamed up with Nicholas David to sing the Boyz II Men classic “End of the Road,” in what was the best of the "bring-back" performances.

But the highlight of the evening had to be Motown great Smokey Robinson and Nicholas David doing a duet on Robinson's timeless 1979 hit, "Cruisin'." The Killers took a respite form their tour to sing "Here With Me," with a little help from Pope; Kelly Clarkson did "Catch My Breath" with an assist from McDermott and Pope.

McDermott did a duet with Peter Frampton of Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way"; Bruno Mars distinguished himself among the current crop of pop stars wih a soulful take on his new single, "When I Was Your Man"; and Avril Lavigne sang "I'm With You" with Pope.

For the final song of the evening, Shelton, Levine, Aguilera and Green set aside competitive differences long enough to do a version of Green Day's "Time of Your Life," with Levine playing acoustic guitar, as a montage of the four of them played out on screens at the back of the stage.

It was something of a goodbye, as this was the final show all four judges would do together, as Usher and Shakira will be replacing Aguilera and Green as judges for Season 4.







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<![CDATA[Miss Universe Contestants]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 08:11:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/miss+universe+11.JPG The 89 Miss Universe 2012 contestants showed off their dresses in the evening gown competition. The women will compete for the crown on Wednesday Dec. 19 at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pageant will be broadcast live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.]]> <![CDATA[Jenni Rivera Memorial Date Set]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:45:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jenni+Rivera.jpg

The family of Jenni Rivera announced that a private memorial service will be held for the recently deceased singer on Wednesday at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

The memorial - called a "Celestial Graduation" by her family - will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and be led by Minister Pedro Rivera Jr.

"We will celebrate the graduation into heaven, with honors, of our beloved mother, daughter and sister Jenni Rivera," the statement read. "We appreciate the privacy and discretion given to the family on the day she is laid to rest. The burial services will be privately held."

Rivera died when the private plane she was traveling on crashed in a mountainous region of Mexico on Dec. 9.

Born in Long Beach, Calif., to Mexican immigrant parents, Rivera sold more than 15 million albums worldwide throughout her career and was a household name in Mexico and to Spanish speaking communities throughout the United States.

The 43-year-old mother of five was one of the biggest stars of banda, a brass-based, percussive form of Spanish-language pop music invented in northern Mexico but played heavily throughout the American Southwest. Banda traditionally was the domain of men, and Rivera's emergence and eventual dominance in the genre was groundbreaking.

Rivera's fame was expanding prior to the crash, thanks to a stint on television as the star of her own reality series "I Love Jenni" on Telemundo's mun2 cable channel, and the recent announcement that she had signed to take the lead role in a sitcom for ABC.

The company that owns the luxury jet on which she was traveling is under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the agency seized two of its planes earlier this year as part of the ongoing probe.

The Rivera family requested that in lieu of flowers at the memorial, donations be made to the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation - the charity founded by the singer which offers support services to single mothers and victims of both domestic and sexual abuse.



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<![CDATA["The Voice" Soars]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 08:05:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt-the-voice-coaches-ah.jpg

 The first sign that "The Voice" was poised for its strongest season yet came early on, during the blind auditions.

Unlike the usual "American Idol" initial mix of the brilliant, the bad and the borderline psychotic, the four "Voice" coaches faced – or chose not to face – singers all seemingly worth a turn of the chair.

Three months later, “The Voice” is headed for a dramatic Season 3 finale, powered by some outstanding performers with a talent quotient reminiscent of the glory days of “Idol” – but with sounds all their own.

"The Voice" isn't ending without an "Idol"-style controversy. We're among those furious that Trevin Hunte, whose stunning performance of "And I am Telling You I am Not Going" proved the season highlight, got booted Dec. 11.

Still, his unfortunate departure highlights a depth of talent that can be seen ­– and heard – in the three remaining contenders: Nicholas David, who looks and sings like a latter-day Doobie Brother; Scottish rocker Terry McDermott, who looks like a Bay City Roller and sings like Rod Stewart; and Cassadee Pope, who looks like she might very well take the top prize and exit singing a happy tune.

McDermott and Pope are on Blake Shelton’s team, while David is a protégé of Cee Lo Green, leaving fellow coaches Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera out of the grand finale mix. But that’s just a subplot: While the coaches and their rivalries are a key part of the show, the primary emphasis of “The Voice” is where it belongs – on the contestants.
That’s probably the biggest difference between the NBC show and Fox’s “Idol,” which has suffered in recent years from panelist shufflings that too often overshadow the music. “The X Factor,” which is set for its own season finale on Fox this week, benefited from the additions of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato this season. But the bickering – particularly former “Idol” bad guy Simon Cowell vs. Lovato, and Cowell vs. L.A. Reid – detracts from strong performers like 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar, perhaps the best bet to earn the top prize, a $5 million recording contract.
Sure, the banter among the coaches on “The Voice” can get heated. But Shelton, Levine, Green and Aguilera frequently encourage and praise rival acts – a stark contrast from, say, Reid’s bitter criticism of Cowell’s favorite group of the moment, Fifth Harmony.
The novelty of “The Voice,” of course, could fade, and the show could be risking overexposure by producing 30 one or two-hour installments over 14 weeks. Next season, Usher and Shakira are set to spell Green and Aguilera for a cycle, potentially altering the so-far winning chemistry.
Season 4 is expected to arrive in the spring, when “Idol,” still the big daddy of the genre, is a couple of months into its 12th outing. The new judges lineup boasts Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, whose battling already is making publicity friendly headlines, as well as Keith Urban and holdover Randy Jackson.

In the end, success – at least for the contestants – should come down to whose voice soars highest. The two-night “Voice” finale on Monday and Tuesday seems worth a spin of the chair to face the music. In the meantime, check out a promo below:

 

 

Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former City Editor of the New York Daily News, where he started as a reporter in 1992. Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA["Homeland" Heads For A "Heartbreaking" Finale]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:55:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/morena-baccarin.jpg

Morena Baccarin has a promise for the second season finale of “Homeland”: “It’s a very big finish – would you expect anything less from us?”

Baccarin, who plays Jessica Brody, the long-suffering wife of returned Marine P.O.W., Congressman and still-conflicted potential terrorist Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), says the finale episode of the acclaimed Showtime series will be the ideal culmination of a second standout season.

“It’s really surprising, really, really big and very heartbreaking,” says the actress, who kept any further teases to herself but reflected on the season’s overall arc. “It was an incredibly fast-paced season in the beginning. Towards the middle, it found a little breathing room, and then at the end it gets cranked up again and it just left me dying to know what's going to happen in season three. I keep bugging the writers to tell me. I just want something.”

Although Jessica’s storyline might have seemed at bit backburnered at the outset of Season Two compared to the debut season, her plotline heated up considerably in the last two episodes [SPOILERS ahead if you’re behind on viewing]: in the midst of an increasingly strained relationship with her still loyalty-challenged husband, she resumed her physical relationship with Brody’s best friend Mike Faber (Diego Klattenhoff), her lover during Brody’s missing years in captivity, and as a result finally agreed with Brody that perhaps a definitive split would be for the best.

Baccarin says the producers gave her enough of an early heads up about Jessica’s eventual arc so she wouldn’t think she was being shuffled to the side. “They're very communicative about what they have coming up,” she says. “I think that they want us all to be happy, of course, but they have a lot of stories that they need to tell, so we always get little bits of information and know what's coming up a little bit throughout the season.”

The season finale of "Homeland" will air Sunday Dec. 16 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.
 



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<![CDATA[Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Sparkle in Golden Globes Promo]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:56:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/tina+fey+amy+poehler+golden+globes+hosts.jpg

On the heels of Thursday morning's announcement of the nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, the hosts of the ceremony gave viewers a little taste of what to expect when they take the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 13.

The 40-second spot shows Tina Fey and Amy Poehler dressed to the nines in sparkling gowns and feigning faux Hollywood glamour accents. It's a performance that "will never get old!" exclaims Poehler. To the relief of both, it does.

Lucky for viewers, both were nominated in the best actress TV comedy category (Fey for "30 Rock" and Poehler for "Parks and Recreation"), which should offer up endless comedic fodder on the night. Especially after the winner is announced.

The Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be broadcast live on NBC Jan. 13.



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<![CDATA[Globe Noms: For the Love of History]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:56:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt-annehathaway.jpg

Steven Spielberg's civil-war set drama "Lincoln" led the way with seven nods when the Hollywood Foreign Press announced the Golden Globe Award nominations in Hollywood.

Proof once again that when it comes to getting attention at the Globes, the more historical your vehicle (real or imagined) the more love the Hollywood Foreign Press is likely to bestow.

A quick look back at films that have walked away winners at the Globes for best picture in either a drama or comedy/musical show a long history for works that imagine the past: "Amadeus" (1985), "Out of Africa" (1986), "The Last Emperor" (1988), "Driving Miss Daisy" (1990), "Schindler's List" (1994), "Titanic" (1998), "Shakespeare in Love" (1999), "Gladiator" (2001), "Chicago" (2003), "The Aviator" (2005) and "Dreamgirls" (2007).

It's only been in recent years that the HFPA has cast its eyes more consistently to current times, rewarding films such as "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The Social Network" (2011) and "The Descendants" (2011).

That streak looks to be threatened with "Lincoln's" seven nominations, among them best director for Spielberg, best drama, best screenplay and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. These follow in the wake of four earlier nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and a record-breaking 13 nominations for the Critics Choice Movie Awards.

"Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino's brutal revenge western, also received a large helping of award nomination love. The film, which scored Globe nominations for best drama, director, supporting actors (Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz) and screenplay, was completely shut out of the Screen Actors Guild nominations in favor of "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Miserables."

Full List of 2013 Golden Globe Nominees

History-based drama from a more modern age was acknowledged with the Ben Affleck-directed Iran hostage crisis thriller "Argo" muscling in with four nominations for best drama, director, supporting actor (Alan Arkin) and screenplay.

And in the comedy-musical category, "Les Miserables" is the heavy-weight contender to compete with "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Salmon Fishing in Yemen," "Silver Linings Playbook."

When it came to small screen fare, it was history-in-the-making that received the most attention. The Sarah Palin biopic "Game Change" racked up five nominations for best miniseries, actor (Woody Harrelson), actress (Julianne Moore), supporting actor (Ed Harris) and supporting actress (Sarah Paulson). Coming in second with four nods was the terrorist plot-based series "Homeland" up for best drama, actor (Damian Lewis), actress (Claire Danes) and supporting actor (Mandy Patinkin).

Another notable inclusion here was "Political Animals," the now canceled TV drama that revolved around a Hillary Clinton-esque Washington politician played by Sigourney Weaver that will compete for best miniseries and best actress (Weaver). The stiff upper lip of PBS darling "Downton Abbey" received three nominations: best drama, best actress (Michelle Dockery) and supporting actress (Maggie Smith, who also was named to the best actress comedy/musical category for "Quartet").

Offering up accolades in categories that cover drama, comedy and musicals on both big and small screens, it's no surprise the remaining list of nominees for the award ceremony set for Jan. 13 comprises a mixed bag of familiar names (Meryl Streep for "Hope Springs", Helen Mirren for "Hitchcock," Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep"), already celebrated titles ("Les Miserables," "Zero Dark Thirty"  with four nominations apiece) and few new, or left field inclusions ("Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Girls," the leading ladies of "Nashville").

"Yemen" - a gentle, comedy of manners from Britain - was a big surprise when it was announced it would compete in the best comedy/musical category as well as best acting for leads Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor. Released in March, the inclusion has turned the audience-appreciated yet oddly titled indie into the dark horse of the Globes.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Sparkle in Golden Globes Promo

New additions to this year's race are Connie Britton and Hayden Panetierre, who showed their singing chops on TV's "Nashville" to earn nominations for best actress and best supporting actress respectively. The love-it or loathe-it HBO series "Girls" scored two times for best series comedy and best actress (show creator and writer Lena Dunham). And Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," also from HBO, is up for best series drama and best actor Jeff Daniels.

Wes Anderson’s films have long been Oscar bait but ignored by the HFPA. "Moonrise Kingdom's" elevation to the best picture comedy/musical category is a pleasant surprise, though it was the only recognition it received with Anderson failing to score a berth in the best director category.

A small screen snub went to "Mad Men," left hanging with only one nomination going to Jon Hamm in the best actor drama category.

Following last years' Globe love-fest of raunchy comedy "Bridesmaids," rumors swirled that the potty-mouthed teddy bear buddy comedy "Ted," directed by Seth MacFarlane, would be up for acknowledgment. No such luck as the Mark Wahlberg vehicle was noticeably absent when the nominees were revealed.

Adding extra comedy fodder to their hosting duties is the race between Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") and Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), both named to the best actress TV comedy category. With former Globe winner Fey and former nominee Poehler both riding high on their current television success, the biggest winners on the night could end up being the viewers.

The Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be broadcast live on NBC Jan. 13.



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<![CDATA[Full List of 2013 Golden Globe Nominees]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:56:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/218*120/Golden+Globes+statues.jpg

The 2013 Golden Globe nominees were announced Thursday Dec. 13 in Los Angeles. Here's a full list of who and what could pick up an an award on Jan. 13.

Supporting Actor in a Television Series, Miniseries or Movie
Max Greenfield – “New Girl”
Ed Harris – “Game Change”
Danny Huston – “Magic City”
Mandy Patinkin – “Homeland”
Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”

Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Miniseries or Movie
Hayden Panettiere – “Nashville”
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife”
Sarah Paulson – “Game Change”
Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”

Leading Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis – “Homeland”

Leading Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Connie Britton – “Nashville”
Glenn Close – “Damages”
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery – “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”

Television Series, Drama
“Breaking Bad”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Downton Abbey”
“Homeland”
“The Newsroom”

Leading Actress in a Television Series, Comedy
Zooey Deschanel – “New Girl”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Lena Dunham – “Girls”
Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler – “Parks & Rec”

Leading Actor in a Television Series, Comedy
Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle – “House of Lies”
Louis C.K. – “Louie”
Matt LeBlanc – “Episodes”
Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”

Television Series, Comedy
“Big Bang Theory”
“Episodes”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Smash”

Leading Actor in a Television Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner – “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock”
Harrelson – “Game Change”
Toby Jones – “The Girl”
Clive Owen – “Hemingway & Gelhorn”

Leading Actress in a Television Miniseries or Movie
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gelhorn”
Jessica Lang, “American Horror Story”
Sienna Miller, “The Girl”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Television Miniseries or Movie
“Game Change”
“The Girl”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“The Hour”
“Political Animals”

Original Song from a Motion Picture
Keith Urban – “For You,” from “Act of Valor”
Jon Bon Jovi – “Not Running Anymore,” from “Stand Up Guys”
Taylor Swift – “Safe and Sound,” from “The Hunger Games”
Adele – “Skyfall,” from “Skyfall”
Hugh Jackman – “Suddenly,” from “Les Miserables”

Original Score from a Motion Picture
“Life of Pi”
“Argo”
“Anna Karenina”
“Cloud Atlas”
“Lincoln”

Motion Picture, Foreign
“Amour”
“A Royal Affair”
“The Untouchables”
“Kon-Tiki”
“Rust and Bone”

Motion Picture, Animated
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Wreck It Ralph”

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Leonard DiCaprio – “Django Unchained”
Phillip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams – “The Master”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman – “The Paperboy”

Leading Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Richard Gere – “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”

Leading Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark 30”
Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
Helen Mirren – “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
Rachel Weisz – “Deep Blue Sea”

Leading Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Jack Black – “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Ewan McGregor – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Bill Murray – “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Leading Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Judi Dench – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Maggie Smith – “Quartet”
Meryl Streep – “Hope Springs”

Motion Picture Screenplay
“Zero Dark 30”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Django Unchained”
“Argo”

Director of a Motion Picture
Ben Affleck – “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark 30”
Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”

Motion Picture, Drama
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”



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<![CDATA[Golden Globes 2013: The Nominees Are...]]> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:31:36 -0700 Best Picture, Drama
"Argo," "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty" (above), "Life of Pi," and "Django Unchained."]]>
Best Picture, Drama
"Argo," "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty" (above), "Life of Pi," and "Django Unchained."]]>
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See who's in the running for the 2013 Golden Globes on Jan. 13.

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<![CDATA[Music, Comedy Heavyweights Rock Sandy Benefit Concert]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 15:45:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sandy+Concert_03.jpg Bon Jovi, Jon Stewart and Adam Sandler were among the stars who took the stage to raise money for victims of the superstorm.

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<![CDATA[Martin Short's Big Night]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:03:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/201*120/martin+short+snl+jpg.jpg

The choice of Martin Short to host "Saturday Night Live" this weekend is about as surprising as his manic creation Ed Grimley missing an episode of "Wheel of Fortune."

Short hasn't hosted “SNL” in 16 years. And unlike other former cast members to return in recent seasons –Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon, to name two – he's not a major movie or TV star of the moment, despite his recurring role on "How I Met Your Mother."

But forgive us if we're as giddy as Grimley at a Pat Sajak fan convention. Tapping Short for the program's annual holiday show is a gift to his fans – and puts a much-deserved spotlight on an underrated comic talent who is far more than just the third of the “¡Three Amigos!"

Short commands a following that dates to his days on "SCTV" in the early 1980s. He gained wider exposure on "SNL," where in a single season – 1984-1985 – he made a memorable impact by playing a variety of oddballs, most somewhat annoying, but with an underlying sweetness (save for defensive defense lawyer Nathan Thurm).

Some of his best characters send-up show business and our obsession with it: Cigar-chomping old-school songwriter Irving Cohen (“Give me a ‘C’ – a bouncy ‘C!’”) and self-styled performing legend Jackie Rogers Jr. would have been right at home on the TV studio couch of Short’s post-“SNL” invention, the obese and obsequious celebrity interviewer Jiminy Glick.

It’s been nearly a decade since Short’s “Primetime Glick” exited Comedy Central, and even longer since his various attempts at legitimate talk show hosting success petered out. Still, Short’s long been a favorite talk show guest, thanks to his high energy, penchant for breaking into song and rubber-faced imitations (he does old-style Jerry Lewis better than Jerry Lewis). He’s earned many friends in show business, including fellow "Amigo" Steve Martin, who gave him scene-stealing moments in the "Father of the Bride" movies.
Those of us lucky enough to have seen Short’s 2006 Broadway review, "Fame Becomes Me," know he’s even funnier in person than on TV or in movies. The title of the show poked fun at the brand of show-biz smarminess he’s long parodied, and offered a self-deprecating knock at his own lack of superstardom. So we’re guessing Short has to be amused that his “SNL” musical guest – Paul McCartney – is one of the biggest stars in pop culture history.

As Short prepares for his return to Studio 8H, check out some funny promos below:

 

 

Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former City Editor of the New York Daily News, where he started as a reporter in 1992. Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Globes: 20 Years of Winning Movie Actresses]]> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:11:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/golden_globes.jpg From Emma Thompson to Michelle Williams, take a look back at the last two decades of Golden Globe-winning movie actresses.

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<![CDATA[Globes: 20 Years of Winning TV Actresses]]> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 15:09:41 -0700 Claire Danes (above) of "Homeland" was named Best Actress in a Drama, and Laura Dern of "Enlightened" was named Best Actress in a Comedy. ]]> Claire Danes (above) of "Homeland" was named Best Actress in a Drama, and Laura Dern of "Enlightened" was named Best Actress in a Comedy. ]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*232/137119023_10.jpg Two decades of TV legends.

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<![CDATA[2013 SAG Nominations: Full List]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:10:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Les+Mis+-+Artwork.jpg.jpg

Historical dramas "Lincoln" and "Les Miserables" and modern dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook" lead the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations with four each.

The list of films in contention for the awards were announced early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," the film adaptation of the Victor Hugo stage musical "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook" were all nominated for best ensemble cast along with the Ben Affleck-directed Iran-hostage thriller "Argo" and ex-pat British comedy "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Historical dramas also held sway when it came to primetime television nods for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series with the prohibition-era set "Boardwalk Empire" facing off against the stiff upper lip of PBS darling "Downton Abbey" and "Mad Men."  "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" round out the category. 

The list lands just a day prior to the announcement of the nominations for the Golden Globes, and ramps up anticipation for a busy awards season that culminates with the Academy Awards in February.

The full list of SAG Award nominations are as follows:


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

BRADLEY COOPER / Pat - “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK”
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln - "LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)
JOHN HAWKES / Mark - "THE SESSIONS" (Fox Searchlight)
HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean - "LES MISÉRABLES" (Universal Pictures)
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Whip Whitaker - "FLIGHT" (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Maya - "ZERO DARK THIRTY” (Columbia Pictures)
MARION COTILLARD / Stephanie - “RUST AND BONE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany - “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)
HELEN MIRREN / Alma Reville - “HITCHCOCK” (Fox Searchlight)
NAOMI WATTS / Maria - “THE IMPOSSIBLE” (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel - “ARGO” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
JAVIER BARDEM / Silva - "SKYFALL" (Columbia Pictures)
ROBERT DE NIRO / Pat, Sr. - "SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK" (The Weinstein Company)
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN / Lancaster Dodd - “THE MASTER” (The Weinstein Company)
TOMMY LEE JONES / Thaddeus Stevens - “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
SALLY FIELD / Mary Todd Lincoln - "LINCOLN" (Touchstone Pictures)
ANNE HATHAWAY / Fantine - “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures)
HELEN HUNT / Cheryl - “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Charlotte Bless - "THE PAPERBOY” (Millennium Entertainment)
MAGGIE SMITH / Muriel Donnelly - “THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL” (Fox Searchlight)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
ARGO, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, LES MISÉRABLES, LINCOLN, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
KEVIN COSTNER / “Devil Anse” Hatfield - “HATFIELDS & McCOYS” (History)
WOODY HARRELSON / Steve Schmidt - “GAME CHANGE” (HBO)
ED HARRIS / John McCain - “GAME CHANGE” (HBO)
CLIVE OWEN / Ernest Hemingway - “HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN“ (HBO)
BILL PAXTON / Randall McCoy - “HATFIELDS & McCOYS” (History)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
NICOLE KIDMAN / Martha Gellhorn - “HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN” (HBO)
JULIANNE MOORE / Sarah Palin - “GAME CHANGE” (HBO)
CHARLOTTE RAMPLING / Eva Delectorskaya - “RESTLESS” (Sundance Channel)
SIGOURNEY WEAVER / Elaine Barrish Hammond - “POLITICAL ANIMALS” (USA)
ALFRE WOODARD / Ouiser - “STEEL MAGNOLIAS” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson - “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White - “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)
JEFF DANIELS / Will McAvoy - “THE NEWSROOM” (HBO)
JON HAMM / Don Draper - “MAD MEN” (AMC)
DAMIAN LEWIS / Nicholas Brody - “HOMELAND” (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison - “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley - “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)
JESSICA LANGE / Sister Jude - “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM” (FX)
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick - “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham - “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - “30 ROCK” (NBC)
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy - “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
LOUIS C.K. / Louie - “LOUIE” (FX)
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper - “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker - “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton - “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - “30 ROCK” (NBC)
AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope - “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett - “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky - “HOT IN CLEVELAND” (TV Land)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE, BREAKING BAD, DOWNTON ABBEY, HOMELAND, MAD MEN

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 ROCK, THE BIG BANG THEORY, GLEE, MODERN FAMILY, NURSE JACKIE, THE OFFICE

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Screen Actors Guild 49th Annual Life Achievement Award
DICK VAN DYKE

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<![CDATA[Stewart Dishes Rap Advice to Michigan Union Protesters]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 05:06:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/StewartRap.jpg

Author, comedian, award-winning television host, and … rapper?

Jon Stewart can now add “rapping” to his list of showmanship talents, which he demonstrated on Wednesday’s episode during a discussion of Michigan’s new "right-to-work" law.

Stewart weighed in after Michigan Tuesday became the 24th state banning requirements that non-union workers pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.

Demonstrators swarmed the Michigan state Capitol building on Tuesday to chant in rhyme in protest of the bill, which prompted Stewart to dish out some words of advice.

“You gotta come up with better rhymes than ‘busting disgusting.’ If you want to win the climactic rap battle, you gotta put some effort into it, ” Stewart said, and proceeded to demonstrate just that.

The late-night comedy host, outfitted in a black beanie, launched into a parody of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” replete with the aggressive hand gestures.

To see Stewart bust out his rapping chops, check out the clip below, courtesy of Comedy Central:
 

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<![CDATA["Futurama" Hits Blu-Ray]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:45:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/futurama+still.jpg

When “Futurama’s” Professor Farnsworth announces “Good news, everyone!” what follows is usually not as genuinely exciting as what the immediate future holds for fans of the cult favorite sci-fi skewering animated series, which first debuted on Fox in 1999 and is currently enjoying a successful second life on Comedy Central.

Not only is the show’s seventh season now available for the holidays (if Robot Santa doesn’t deem you too naughty to live), another 13 episodes are currently in production and slated to air next summer.

Producer David X. Cohen, who co-created the series with “The Simpsons” visionary Matt Groening, looks back at the current collection of episodes – which includes one of the series’ most off-kilter (and hilarious) efforts – provides a glimpse into PlaneT Express’ future adventures.

Creatively, what made you happy about the most recent season?

The craziest thing is the 13th and final episode on this DVD that is called ‘Naturama.’ And as a former science guy myself, it was a challenge to do an episode which was more science-based rather than science fiction-based. This is one of our triple-decker episodes where we do three mini-stories, and the characters are re‑imagined as animals living in the wild in each one of these three things.

We tried as much as we could to keep it very scientifically accurate: we have an episode about the last Pinta Island Tortoise, which is this giant tortoise in the Galapagos represented by Professor Farnsworth in our episode. It was really kind of creepy because we showed his life in the wild trying to find a mate in the Galapagos, and like a week before it came on the air, the real last of its kind tortoise had just died, which became world-wide news.

Was there another one that kind of stood out for you that was just an extra bit of fun?

The very first episode, “The Bots and the Bees” – “Bender has a kid” is the basic idea of the episode, and right away when you hear it, you're like, “Uh-oh – it's going to be where he's going to jump-the-shark territory when they're adding a kid to the show.” And we wanted to fight that right away. It's got a lot more pointed jokes, violent jokes, Bender mistreating his kid badly – and after all was said and done, it ended up actually being very touching, which I wasn’t expecting.

How much involvement does Matt Groening have at this point?

The nice thing about it for him is our offices are literally about a hundred yards from “The Simpsons'”offices here at Fox. As he likes to say, he can tell the folks at “Futurama” that he's at “The Simpsons,” and then he can tell people at “The Simpsons” that he's at “Futurama,” and then go to the beach. But in reality, he wanders back and forth. So he’s not here every minute, obviously, between two shows in the air, and he was still doing his comic strip even until this year, but he is here quite a bit.

And you still have more new shows coming up next summer. What can you tease, as far as some storylines or characters that are going to get some attention?

I'll tell you a little bit about next summer's three-parter: we've established this pattern where we make one of these specials per summer now. So next summer's three-parter is probably the writing staff's favorite of the group coming out for 2013. It's called “Saturday Morning Fun Pit.” And this one you will see “Futurama” re‑imagined as three different morning cartoons like, as I call them, Crap-tastic morning cartoons in the 70s and 80s. I can give you the name of the segments, and that will give you a hint of what you're in for: The first one is called “Bendy Boo and the Mystery Crew.” The second one is called “Purpleberry Pond,” and the third one is called G.I. Zapp”

As a connoisseur of so much science fiction as fodder for "Futurama" episodes, is there an homage or a trope that you haven't been able to crack yet?

There were some definitely, lying, untouched when the first run ended. When the DVD movies came out, we had these big areas that we had not done. For example, “Lord of the Rings”-type fantasy, which we did one of the DVDs about. And even really monster movies, which is sort of a section of “The Beast With a Billion Backs.” So at that point in “Futurama’s” history I would definitely say yes, there are big areas that we haven't trod upon. It's a little harder for me to think of obvious candidates now.

I'm guessing you're probably keeping your eye on the current stuff to see what you can tweak.

I read a lot of science fiction – well, I listen to it in my car on audio books. But I can't think of any huge areas. There was one other big area that we did not do until last year. That is an alternate history genre which we finally last year did this one where they messed up history, and the British had control of the United States in the year 3000.

“Futurama” has some of the best tie-in merchandise ever. Do you have a favorite?

I do have a favorite! There's a new thing out which I would never have believed would come into existence: It is the vinyl Hypnotoad. It's relatively new. It just came out. It came out one month ago. It's really beautiful. It has lenticular eyes. It vibrates when you tilt it back and forth. It's like lovingly sculpted, and it’s got its pet collar on. So if you had told me ten years ago, this side character, Hypnotoad – we had just created it, never said one word. It's still never said an actual word on “Futurama” – there was to be a toy of Hypnotoad. I definitely would have called you a horrible liar. Not so – It exists! That's stranger-than-fiction in the “Futurama” merchandise realm, so go out and get your Hypnotoad!



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<![CDATA[Cher On Meeting David Geffen]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:56:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cher2.jpg Cher chats at the premiere of "Inventing David Geffen" about the first time she met David. What was her first impression of him? Plus, how has their friendship blossomed over the years?

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<![CDATA[Going for Golden Globes Gold]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:56:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/golden_globe.jpg

Actors Ed Helms, Megan Fox and Jessica Alba will join the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Thursday morning to announce its Golden Globe nominations, and this year's likely list of movie winners is rich with historical dramas.

"Zero Dark Thirty," the new film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, has been dominating the early awards season, having racked up a few Best Picture nods, as well as honors for director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal and star Jessica Chastain. "The Hurt Locker," Bigelow's and Boal's previous collaboration, earned them Globe nominations—this new film should improve on that success, with an additional nod for Chastain, and possibly co-star Jason Clarke.

Other dramas expected to be in the mix will be Ben Affleck's "Argo," about the rescue of six Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis; Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," with a typically brilliant turn by Daniel Day-Lewis; "Skyfall," among the best 007 films ever made; writer-director Quentin Tarantino's slave-revenge epic "Django Unchained"; and director Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," the lushest, most visually ambitious film of the year.

"Les Mis," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" lead 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations

The Globes also recognize film comedies, too, and this year had lots of inventive ones likely to be included when the nominations happen at 8 a.m. ET Thursday on NBC.

Writer-director Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" is a sweet and sentimental look at young love, and featured a great cast. "21 Jump Street" and "Ted" caught everyone by surprise and are good candidates.

"Pitch Perfect," starring Anna Kendrick as a reluctant a capella singer, has already made one top 10 list; the silver-haired rom-com "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is right in the Globes' wheelhouse with its British pedigree and aging stars; and "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro is the thinking person's feel-good comedy of 2012.

Unfortunately, much of the Golden Globe success they enjoy will be mostly limited to the nominations, as there's an 800-pound gorilla looming: "Les Miserables." Comedy films are lumped together with Musicals, and the Hollywood Foreign Press is a sucker for a musical, naming one best picture five times in the last 11 years.

And "Les Mis" has it all, with a director (Tom Hooper) and five cast members (Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham-Carter and Sacha Baron-Cohen) who've previously been nominated for Globes, as well as a new song from Claude-Michel Schonberg, the film will likely be nominated in at least six categories, and possibly seven if they decide to put Anne Hathaway up as a lead actress.

The frontrunners among the TV dramas are mostly seasoned veterans—"Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones"—or reigning champions, like "Homeland," but there's one noticeable, and controversial, newcomer.

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," made a splash last season. Its rapid-fire dialog, strident lefty politics and dubious portrayal of women had people talking from the first episode to the last. The HFPA has nominated Sorkin's film work five times in the past, and "The West Wing," which he created, was nominated 20 times. For all the show's problems, star Jeff Daniels has been excellent, making even the weakest episodes somewhat compelling, and should find his name called.

There also is a new wrinkle in the TV categories:  "Downton Abbey." The PBS drama had previously run as a miniseries, but now confesses it is a full-fledged series. With "Downton" out of the miniseries field, it clears the way for the A&E western "The Hatfield & McCoys" and HBO's "Game Change," about John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin for his running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

On the comedy side of the aisle, two other shows from HBO's Sunday night lineup are the most likely to get some love Thursday morning. "Girls" and its creator, Lena Dunham, were among the most controversial figures on the television landscape, with legions of people watching the show just to hate it and others watching it to love it. "Girls" and its creator have ridden a roller coaster of backlash and backlash against the backlash, but it's a great show and is sure to be nominated.

And then there's "Veep," starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the ceaselessly put-upon vice president. JLD has already won the Emmy for this role, and the HFPA has nominated her three times in the past, so she's apt to get another nod.

If you're looking for the HFPA to recognize a dark horse or sentimental favorite, Larry Hagman, who passed away Nov. 23, could get the nod for reprising his role as oil tycoon J.R. Ewing in TNT's reboot of "Dallas." The HFPA nominated Hagman for the role four times when the show originally aired in the '80s.

The Golden Globes nominations will air at 8 a.m. ET Thursday on NBC. The awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be broadcast on NBC Jan. 13.



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<![CDATA[Colbert Presses On with Bid for S.C. Senate Seat]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:09:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Colbert2.jpg

Political satirist and South Carolina native Stephen Colbert picked up where he left off last week by pushing forward with his bid for the Senate seat opened up by Jim DeMint's retirement.

"I am the clear first choice here, folks," Colbert said. "Of the possible replacements, I topped South Carolina voters wish lists with 20 percent supporting me ... that's like half."

To prove his point, the Senate hopeful showed a melange of political analysts and television personalities touting their support for Colbert, with one stating he would "want to put [his] vote in for Stephen right now," and another calling the Charleston-bred host "an absolute rockstar." 

"So nation, do not give up on fight," Colbert stressed.

The late-night host urged viewers to continue tweeting Gov. Nikki Haley on why he would make the ideal senator using the hashtag #SpottedSalamander, poking fun at Haley's April appearance on Colbert's show when she didn't know the official state amphibian.

Ever the diplomat, Colbert offered Haley another way to settle the matter of the Senate seat.

"You can end this by coming on my show and telling me your decision in person," Colbert reasoned. "Or we can meet somewhere more convenient. Like my Senate chambers."

To see more of Colbert's bid for the South Carolina Senate seat, check out the clip below, courtesy of Comedy Central:

 

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