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May 20, 2013
Is there a link between the set of scandals and sorta scandals hitting the Obama Administration right now and what’s happening with the ratings for MSNBC, the progressive-aligned all-news channel that is seeing its numbers hit a seven-year low?
We also have several other videos and other coverage of the Correspondents Dinner, the so-called Nerd Prom that brings together heavy hitters in Washington circles with celebs from Hollywood and New York who like to hob-nob with them. See it all on Deadline.
George Clooney and Charlize Theron didn’t make it this year’s correspondents dinner, and president who’s likely to be somber post-Boston bombings and a host in Conan O’Brien who was less than scintillating in his first such run may suggest a less than overwhelming night, Deadline reports.
Nonetheless, we’ll carry on, with some bolstering in our coverage from the fine folks over at Politico.com. With Dominic Patten and Nikki Finke manning the horn, we’ll do our best to ensure you have a good time.
The seemingly ceaseless concerns about runaway production in Hollywood (the metaphysical home of the entertainment business) got a little bit of good news today. Eric Garcetti, the councilman who represents Hollywood (the physical place) and is running for Los Angeles mayor, pushed through a waiver of city fees for TV pilots filmed in the city.
No idea if the savings will make much difference in runaway production, but it suggests city officials are listening to Hollywood (both places) concerns at least a little bit.
"You’re talking about an institution that has lower approval ratings than head lice and cockroaches in the American public, so I think anything they can do to, in some cases, avoid the issues that they’re voted in to do, they’ll do."
Screenwriter Mark Boal, talking about Congressional critics of his most recent Oscar-nominated effort “Zero Dark Thirty.” Boal spoke to Deadline’s Jen Yamato at the Writers Guild West panel of nominated screenwriters.
Boal and other panelists had lots to say, here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/02/wga-awards-nominees-panel-mark-boal-zero-dark-thirty-david-o-russell/
What do you think? Does he have a point about the Senators criticizing the movie to score political points in Washington?
"…every mass shooting is done by guys who live with their mother. So I believe you should need to have a mortgage to buy a gun. A mortgage is a real background check. Even if you go to jail for 30 years, you’ve still got to pay your fucking mortgage."
That’s Chris Rock talking about his approach to gun control, as part of his appearance at the TV Critics Association meetings to tout Kemau Bell’s “Totally Biased” late-night show, which he exec produces.
With political controversy swirling in Washington around the torture scene in “Zero Dark Thirty,” star Jessica Chastain gets a good-natured grilling on the film’s authenticity from David Letterman (considerably more good-natured than she might get from the senators concerned the film suggests that torture of Al-Qaeda suspects may have led to discovery of crucial information in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden).
Every six months or so, the Television Critics Association gathers to hear from the people behind the upcoming TV season’s biggest shows. And every six months or so, we can count on a few verbal bombs getting tossed in the TCA news conferences. Today’s biggest one (from one of several stories our writers filed today from the gathering):
Erik Jendresen, the writer and exec. producer of the “Killing Lincoln” TV adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book, called assassin John Wilkes Booth “a poster child for the Tea Party” in terms of the similar rhetoric and concerns voiced then and now about perceptions of an imperial presidency.
Read more about Jendresen’s comments here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/killing-lincoln-writer-says-john-wilkes-booth-poster-child-for-tea-party/
And visit Deadline.com for all the other coverage of the TCAs today and going forward.
Will he or won’t he? Ben Affleck, riding high on all the attention for his work as director and star of “Argo,” sits down with Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” to talk politics, his admirable Eastern Congo Initiative and, lo and behold, is asked whether he’ll run for Senate.