As part of Deadline’s runup to the Oscars, they’ve been interviewing the nominees. When they sat down with Beginners Christopher Plummer, they talked about his choice of roles, and how he enjoyed making this film, his first gay role. “I found it a touching little film, and funny, and I had the most wonderful fun making it. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed making a film so much as this. Maybe I should always play gay people.”
In Germany, a 15-year-old girl discovered her parents were swingers after finding a video of them at a club on the TV channel’s RTL website. The parents sued, because while they were willingly interviewed for the piece, they were told their faces would be blurred, which the network forgot. In one of the most stunning examples of the differences between the American and German legal systems, the judge ruled the whole thing an honest mistake on the network’s part.
The Colbert Report will resume their normal taping schedule Monday after abruptly canceling two shows, the first time the program has ever missed a taping. No statement has been given for the interruption, but some outlets are reporting that Colbert’s mother fell ill.
I’ve sat back fascinated as the New York media tripped over themselves with puns about Jeremy Lin’s rise to basketball stardom. I thought half of them were racist from the start, but ESPN joined the game and promptly tripped over their laces in two separate occasions, using “Chink in the Armor” on the web and Max Bretos also used the phrase on the air. Bretos has apologized, and the web employee has been terminated.
For reasons that escape me, Lindsay Lohan is hosting Saturday Night Live March 3rd, with musical guest Jack Black.
The box office had a solid weekend, with Safe House set to win the weekend, followed by The Vow, with Journey 2 and Ghost Rider 2 battling it out for third place, but all films over $20 million each.
After 60 years, scientists have determined that not only did Alan Turing’s work help end WWII, his biology theory of why tigers had stripes turns out to be true as well. Imagine what he could have done for the world had he not been driven to suicide after his prosecution for homosexual acts.
Tennessee Williams’ final play, In Masks Outrageous and Austere, was never performed before, despite multiple efforts since the playwright’s death. Now director David Schweizer has used computer techniques to edit the manuscript down to what he feels was Williams’ voice, and is approaching several top-name actresses about mounting a production beginning April 5th. Names reportedly in the mix include Meryl Streep, Anjelica Houston, Kathleen Turner and Helen Mirren.
I know there are a ton of Doctor Who fans here, and many of you tell me you love Community. So somewhere there has to be an intersection of you that will be excited that there’s going to be an Inspector Spacetime webseries comprised of six episodes.
At the Writers Guild Awards, Modern Family picked up trophies for Comedic Episode and Comedy Series, while Cinema Verite grabbed the award for Longform Original. Steve Levitan of Modern Family joked that people were sick of the show winning, and asked if they could direct the backlash elsewhere.
Are you ready for Angry Birds: Space?
I’d missed the fact that Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell broke up an argument in a lounge at the Seattle Airport after a man in a business suit “called another man a queer when he overheard him make a pro-Obama statement.” Cornell was in town for an Obama fundraiser, and jumped into the argument saying “You deliberately called him a queer to make him feel uncomfortable in front of a lot of people.” Security removed the man in the business suit. I’d like to argue that the guy in the suit didn’t call the other man “queer” to make him uncomfortable, he called him “queer” because he’s a homophobic, immature asshat.