Friday, March 29, 2013

Louis CK: Oh My God on HBO Saturday April 13, 2013 10PM

[via HBO press release]

A three-time Emmy®-winner and longtime HBO favorite takes the stage for his fourth stand-up comedy special on the network when LOUIS C.K.: OH MY GOD debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. Taped at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, the exclusive presentation features Louis C.K. in an all-new performance before a live audience.

In LOUIS C.K.: OH MY GOD, he discusses such topics as the food chain, animals, divorce, strange anecdotes, broken morality, murder and mortality.

One of the best-known stand-up comedians today, Louis C.K. won two Emmys® last year, for Writing for a Comedy Series for the FX series "Louie," and Writing for a Variety Special, for "Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre." He also won a Grammy last year for Best Comedy Album for "Hilarious." In 2008 his special "Chewed Up" was nominated for an Emmy®.

Louis CK: Oh My God HBO Special

His previous HBO credits include the hour-long 2007 stand-up special "Louis C.K.: Shameless," and two half-hour specials, a 1997 edition of "HBO Comedy Half-Hour" and 2005's "One Night Stand: Louis C.K." He also starred in and created the 2006 series "Lucky Louie," the network's first multi-camera comedy series.

LOUIS C.K.: OH MY GOD was written, directed and executive produced by Louis C.K.; executive produced by Dave Becky, M. Blair Breard and Mike Berkowitz.



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Larry King Now ~ Ryan Seacrest Interview

In A Lather Editor's Note: we thought Larry King had retired. we were missing him. Then to our surprise and delight discovered he's been back behind the mike since July 2012. The show is Larry King Now. Catch it on hulu.com YouTube and ora.tv

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Carlos Slim Helú Invests in New Digital TV Venture

New York, NY—March 12, 2012—Global media industry leaders today announced the creation of Ora.TV, a new digital television venture funded by América Móvil, the leading Latin American wireless service provider that is controlled by Carlos Slim Helú. The announcement marks the return to television of broadcast news legend Larry King, who joins Mr. Slim Helú as a co-founder of the network. Ora.TV will be led by Jon Housman, who until recently was the President of Digital Journalism for News Corporation.

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Ora.TV will create high-quality video programming for digital distribution via a variety of platforms, such that it is seamlessly available on phones, laptops, tablets, connected televisions, and other devices.

Unlike linear cable channels, from its inception Ora (which means "now" in Italian) will be an on-demand network, producing a wide range of stand-alone content that transcends traditional format distinctions. 

The company will produce shows that resemble traditional TV in terms of production quality and content but which will be available in a variety of formats, including short-form segments lasting as little as three minutes.

The group is already in talks with potential distribution and technology partners. In addition, Ora is in discussions with other on-air personalities to join King in creating a unique and compelling roster of talent and programming. Several shows are currently in development and will be announced in the coming months.


Carlos Slim Helú is considered one of the world's foremost business leaders with interests in finance, media, telecommunications and other fields. He owns stakes in many companies, including The New York Times, Saks, and is the main investor in Telefonos de Mexico, América Móvil and Grupo Financiero Inbursa. "Ora.TV represents a great opportunity," Carlos Slim Helú said. "The business model is sound and the team brings the talent and industry understanding that will help Ora stand out in digital television, a category which is primed for exponential growth."

Larry King is joining the network having concluded an illustrious 27-year career at CNN. At CNN, he established a reputation as the foremost interviewer of world leaders and the leading source for information on breaking news.

"I am thrilled to be working with Carlos and Jon to create Ora.TV, a bold new model for digital television," King commented. "The backing of Carlos, given his stellar track record in business, combined with Jon's track record of leadership and innovation, is a recipe for success."

"With the exponential burst in video consumption via internet-connected devices, this is an incredible moment to be launching a digital network and studio," according to Jon Housman, Ora.TV's CEO. "Moreover, to create a new network with Carlos Slim and Larry King, arguably two of the most accomplished individuals in the worlds of business and broadcast journalism, is an unprecedented opportunity."

Housman brings more than 15 years of experience in the digital media business to the position. Over the past seven years, he has held a variety of positions at News Corporation, across both its entertainment and news divisions, leading businesses, developing strategy, and directing investments. He was previously the publisher of the Wall Street Journal Europe before its acquisition by News Corporation.

"In addition to traditionally styled programs, we will produce shows in alternative formats and varying lengths so that viewers can find and get information and insights they really care about in ways designed to harness these new mobile and interactive platforms," Housman added. "This approach will allow us to thoughtfully address topics and ideas that might not be as well suited to traditional TV, Additionally, with Ora, we will also be able to incorporate content, social interactions, and technologies in ways that are difficult to pull off with linear platforms."

Housman also hailed the involvement of Larry King, a true TV pioneer.

"Larry King's access to and insight into top newsmakers is simply unparalleled. His experience, his relationships, and his fan base "including millions of Twitter followers" are outstanding assets to help launch a new kind of digital network." Ora.TV will be based in New York City and will be launching programming later this year. www.ora.tv

Ora TV Announces A Multi-Year Agreement to Bring "Larry King Now" Exclusively to Hulu And Hulu Plus

(July, 17, 2012) – Ora TV, the new digital TV network, announced today a multi-year, exclusive licensing and distribution agreement that provides Hulu with the rights to stream "Larry King Now," the brand new show by legendary talk show host Larry King. Today's premiere of "Larry King Now" marks Larry King's first news and entertainment show since he concluded an illustrious nearly three-decade career at CNN. Ora TV is backed by renowned investor Carlos Slim Helú.

New episodes of “Larry King Now” will be available every Monday through Thursday in the early evenings, Eastern Standard Time on the free, ad-supported Hulu service, on the Hulu Plus subscription service, and at Ora.TV. The shows will be 30 minutes in length, and available to watch on-demand.

Merging the best of TV with the flexibility and interaction of the Internet, "Larry King Now" will feature Larry King’s trademark in-depth conversations with the world’s most fascinating voices in entertainment and politics as well as produced segments on a variety of topics. The show’s premiere week will feature comedic powerhouse Seth MacFarlane ("Ted", "Family Guy"), Meghan McCain, and Matthew McConaughey ("Magic Mike", "Killer Joe"). Political guests and global leaders will also feature prominently in future segments.

Hulu will be the only online video service to carry the new show. This is the first of several new shows that are expected to launch on Hulu as a result of this partnership with Ora TV. In addition to traditional television formats, Ora TV will produce shows in alternative formats and varying lengths for viewers to enjoy on mobile and interactive platforms. Additionally, "Larry King Now" will integrate content, social interactions and technologies in ways enabled by digital platforms.

Larry King remarked, "I have always been driven to innovate, from my time on radio, to the first call-in show on national television, to being an early adopter of online columns and Twitter. I am thrilled about our partnership with Hulu—I love being able to interact directly with audiences, and digital TV allows me to do this in new and powerful ways."

"Larry is one of the most followed personalities and influential voices in the world today, and we look forward to leveraging the power of Hulu’s platforms and the growing wave of video consumption and connectivity available through Internet-connected mobile devices and TVs," said Jon Housman, CEO of Ora TV. "'Larry King Now' will take advantage of the flexibility and freedom available with Hulu, while staying true to Larry’s unique brand of insightful and entertaining talk and discussion."

"'Larry King Now' is Larry King doing what he does best—talking with top newsmakers, world leaders and entertainers and exploring issues and current events as no other interviewer can," said Andy Forssell, SVP of content for Hulu. "We're excited for our partnership with Ora TV—and thrilled to bring fans a daily dose of fascinating interviews from a man whose characteristic charm and distinctive style has impacted pop culture so greatly."

At CNN, King established a reputation as the foremost interviewer of world leaders and entertainers and a leading source for exclusive news on the stories of the day. Viewed in more than 200 countries, King has interviewed every US President since Richard Nixon as well as hundreds of global heads of state and thousands of celebrities from all walks of life.


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About Ora TV:
Ora TV is a new digital television venture that creates high production level programming for digital distribution via a variety of platforms, seamlessly available on phones, laptops, tablets, connected televisions, and other devices. Ora (which means “now” in Italian) is an on-demand network producing a wide range of stand-alone content and differentiated shows which transcend traditional format distinctions. The company’s first show is Larry King Now, available on Hulu and Ora.tv, and additional shows are currently in development. The network is funded by América Móvil, the leading Latin American wireless service provider, with a majority interest held by noted global business leader Carlos Slim Helú.

About Hulu
Hulu is an online TV service whose mission is to help people find and enjoy the world's premium content when, where and how they want. As we pursue this mission, we aspire to create a service that users, advertisers and content owners unabashedly love. Hulu was founded in 2007 and is operated independently by a dedicated team. NBCUniversal, News Corporation, The Walt Disney Company, Providence Equity Partners, and the Hulu team share in the ownership of the company (www.hulu.com)

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Josh Hirschland
publicity@ora.tv

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

MTV’S 2013 “VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” LIVE FROM BROOKLYN'S BARCLAYS CENTER SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH

[via MTV Press Release]
MTV’S 2013 “VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” SET TO MAKE HISTORY AS THE FIRST MAJOR ANNUAL AWARD SHOW TO TAKE PLACE IN BROOKLYN LIVE FROM BARCLAYS CENTER ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH

03.25.13

MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is set to make history by bringing the 2013 “Video Music Awards” to Brooklyn, New York for the first time ever. Airing LIVE from Barclays Center on Sunday, August 25, this year’s “Video Music Awards” will mark the 30th anniversary of the show and become the first major annual award show to take place in the borough of Brooklyn.

“From a vibrant musical scene for up and coming artists to epic concerts by today's biggest stars and the triumphant return of pro sports to the borough after nearly 60 years, Brooklyn has re-emerged as a cultural capitol where music, sports and entertainment history is made every day,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “We can’t wait to help write the next chapter on August 25th, when one of the biggest nights in music happens in Brooklyn… for the very first time.”

“Brooklyn is home to icons like the Cyclone in Coney Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, and now it can lay claim to the MTV ‘Video Music Awards,’” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Bringing the VMAs to Brooklyn will mean hundreds of jobs as crews work on the production and provide a boost to our local economy as attendees stay in hotels, visit local eateries and experience all Brooklyn and our City have to offer.”

MTV's 2013 VMA's Brooklyn BarclaysCenter“MTV’s ‘Video Music Awards’ are the perfect culmination to an incredible inaugural year for Barclays Center,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center. “The VMAs are a symbol of pop culture and have created iconic moments worldwide in music and entertainment. Brooklyn has become an international brand and is the perfect setting for these moments. We can’t wait to share our stage with the world.”

“From hip-hop to hipsters, JAY Z to MGMT, Brooklyn musicians have a long history of dominating the ‘spotlight’ on MTV. Brooklyn is a cultural Mecca—the hippest, coolest place for young people across the country, and has played a crucial role in the careers of some of 2013’s biggest bands, like Fun and the Lumineers,” stated Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

“Now, it is only fitting that the first time Brooklyn will ever host a major awards show, we are welcoming the most exciting and talked about spectacle in the music industry: the ‘MTV Video Music Awards.’ What better venue than the newest, most beautiful, most state-of-the-art arena in the country, Barclays Center. Bravo to MTV on a decision that hits all the right notes and strikes all the right chords. I’m so thrilled that I’ll probably get ‘no sleep till Brooklyn’ hosts the VMAs!”

MTV Video Music Awards
Since the first “MTV Video Music Awards” aired in 1984, the VMAs instantly earned its reputation for delivering the most popular bands and artists to create the loudest, most influential and at times, the most controversial, annual live celebration of music in the world. No other award show has been responsible for creating more memorable or bigger musical moments in pop culture history than the MTV Video Music Awards. From Madonna, Michael Jackson, Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana to Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Kanye West, an appearance on the VMA stage can forever change the trajectory of an artist’s career in one single night.

The 2012 “MTV Video Music Awards,” broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, was the #1 telecast across all TV for the night of September 6, 2012 in P12-34, scoring a 5.3 P12-34 rating with 6.1 million total viewers. Across the Viacom networks (MTV, VH1, MTV2 and Logo) the simulcast of the premiere averaged 8.0 million total viewers. Encore presentations of the 2012 show on MTV earned a 2.4 P12-34 rating at 10:00 p.m., and a 1.2 P12-34 rating at 12:00 a.m., for a total rating of 8.9 for the evening.

At the time, the telecast was also the #1 social TV event of the year according to Trendrr. With more than 19 million mentions, the 2012 VMAs more than tripled the full-day social-media response of 2012’s record breaking telecast. In addition, MTV drove more online streams on this date than any other VMA show ever, and generated nearly a whopping 200 topics trended throughout the night, both in the U.S. and worldwide.

The 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than a half-billion households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world. The 2012 VMAs was one of MTV’s top performers in key markets across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers. Joanna Bomberg, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge are Co-Executive Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.

About MTV
MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV’s sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to http://www.mtvpress.com

About Barclays Center
Barclays Center opened on September 28, 2012, and is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM (http://www.aecom.com/architecture) and SHoP Architects (http://www.shoparc.com), Barclays Center has one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center offers approximately 17,732 seats for basketball, 14,500 seats for hockey and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.

Barclays Center is hosting an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, the Brooklyn Nets and soon the New York Islanders.

About the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; NYC Digital, which works to realize New York City’s potential as the world’s leading digital city; and NYC Media, the official TV, radio and online network of the City of New York. The agency’s mission is to streamline government communications by making information accessible, leveraging technology to aid in the transparency of government and by supporting relevant media and entertainment industries in New York City. Visit nyc.gov/mome to learn more.

About Den Of Thieves
Founded in 2007 by Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager to create, develop and produce original television, Den of Thieves has emerged as a force for ambitious event shows and uniquely stylized reality television series. Using their extensive experience working with talent, their credits cover a vast array of formats and include VH1’s “The T.O. Show,” Comedy Central's "Russell Brand in New York City", Bravo’s “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley,” as well as the MTV Video Music Awards, CMT Country Awards and the MTV Movie Awards.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

AMC's Mad Men Season 6, 2 Hour Premiere Sunday April 7th 9/8Central

[via press release from AMC]
AMC'S AWARD-WINNING DRAMA "MAD MEN" TO LAUNCH SIXTH SEASON WITH TWO-HOUR PREMIERE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Created and Executive Produced by Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) Winner Matthew Weiner

NEW YORK, NY - January 23, 2013 - AMC's critically acclaimed Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) Award-winning drama, "Mad Men," will return for its sixth season on Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 pm ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere written by creator and executive producer, Matthew Weiner and directed by executive producer, Scott Hornbacher. Following the premiere, on Sunday, April 14, "Mad Men" will return to its regular timeslot at 10pm ET/PT with an episode written by Jonathan Igla and Weiner, and directed by Jon Hamm.

"To be able to continue exploring the stories of these characters for a sixth season is an amazing opportunity," said Weiner. "We love mining this world and look forward to bringing the audience stories that we hope will continue to both surprise and entertain them."

"It is a calling card and a point of great pride for AMC to be the network home of 'Mad Men,' led by Matthew Weiner and his brilliant team," said Charlie Collier, President and General Manager, AMC. "We can't wait to share season six with the world and what better way to start than with a special two-hour premiere?"

AMC's Mad Men Season 6"The success of 'Mad Men' is built on the exceptional artistry and imagination of Matthew Weiner, the cast, and the entire writing and producing team," said Kevin Beggs, President, Lionsgate Television Group. "They continually strive to raise the bar and we look forward to bringing viewers another great season."

Created by Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) winner Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, "Mad Men" has three Golden Globe(R) Awards for Best Drama and made history in 2011 as the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy(R) for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years. "Mad Men" stars Golden Globe(R) winner Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Paré, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Robert Morse, Jay Ferguson, Chris Stanley, Ben Feldman and Kiernan Shipka.

Fans looking to catch up on "Mad Men" can watch the fifth season on AMC On Demand beginning February 11, with season five episodes rolling out each week up to the season six premiere. Viewers can also set their DVR every Sunday morning beginning at 6:00am ET/PT to catch up on past "Mad Men" episodes, including season five, which begins airing March 3, leading up to the season six premiere.

"Mad Men" is produced by Lionsgate in association with AMC. Joining Weiner are executive producers Scott Hornbacher, André & Maria Jacquemetton and Janet Leahy; supervising producer Semi Chellas; producers Jon Hamm, Erin Levy and Blake McCormick; consulting producers Lisa Albert and Mike Saltzman; and co-producers Marcy Patterson, Tom Smuts, Josh Weltman and Bob Levinson. Christopher Manley, ASC is director of photography. Emmy(R) Award winner Dan Bishop is production designer and Emmy(R) Award winner Janie Bryant is costume designer. Tom Wilson, Chris Figler and Christopher Gay are editors.

About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe(R) Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC's original stories include "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," and "Hell on Wheels." AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC's Can't Get Enough and AMC's Crazy About. Available in more than 98 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of primetime cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming and an array of channel assets.

Lionsgate currently has 23 shows on 16 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning "Mad Men," "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie," the new comedy "Anger Management," the network series "Nashville," the syndication successes "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," its spinoff "Meet the Browns," "For Better Or Worse," "The Wendy Williams Show," "Are We There Yet?" and the upcoming "Orange Is The New Black," an original series for Netflix. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.




Tuesday, March 19, 2013

CBS' Young & The Restless Celebrates It's 40th Anniversary

CBS Press Release 3~19~2013

THE #1 DAYTIME DRAMA, CBS’s "THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS" CELEBRATES 40 YEARS ON THE AIR

Victor and Nikki Newman’s Fourth Wedding Could Turn Out To Be Killer

The Stars Reach Out Across CBS Daytime to Celebrate #1 Big Family

The Winner of “The Young and the Restless” 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes is Announced

Click here for Y&R 40th Anniversary website

Click here to see Y&R's "Killer Wedding" preview

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Daytime’s #1 Drama, will celebrate 40 years on the air on March 26, 2013. Set in the Midwestern town of Genoa City, Wis., THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS originally premiered in 1973 as a half-hour drama, but was extended to an hour in 1980. The late William J. Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell, co-created the iconic series; he was head writer and senior executive producer.

Forty years later, the show is leading up to a suspense-filled “killer” wedding between super-couple Victor and Nikki Newman (Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott). This must-see event will be the couple’s fourth trip down the aisle during the history of the show.

CBS' Young & The Restless Celebrates 40th AnniversaryTo highlight this milestone anniversary, Y&R cast members representing all four decades of the show are reaching out across CBS Daytime to celebrate: Scott, along with seven of her co-stars (Peter Bergman, Melissa Claire Egan, Amelia Heinle, Joshua Morrow, Michael Muhney, Michelle Stafford and Kristoff St. John), will appear on CBS’s THE TALK on Monday, March 25. They will chat with the co-hosts and honor the show’s anniversary.

In addition, longest-running cast member Jeanne Cooper and hot newcomers Lamon Archey, Marco Dapper, Ignacio Serricchio and Redaric Williams will appear on CBS’s THE PRICE IS RIGHT to model for the day and present Y&R 40th anniversary-themed showcases on Tuesday, March 26.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL will get into the action as well by honoring THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS on Tuesday, March 26 with a special deal involving Y&R trivia.

CBS primetime stars including Michael Chiklis, Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Michael Emerson, Billy Gardell, Taraji P. Henson, David Spade, Michael Weatherly and Y&R alum Shemar Moore offer their congratulations in promos airing on the Network and available online.

And finally, CBS.com is launching the Y&R Monte Carlo Watch & Go Sweepstakes beginning April 1, in which one lucky fan and a guest will win a trip to the Monte Carlo Television Festival in June. The winners will attend, among many other highlights, a star-studded exclusive Y&R 40th Gala Party and an intimate afternoon tea with members of the cast.

A previous contest, the 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes, was won by Stacey Cifelli of Arlington, Texas. Cifelli and a guest will join the cast of Y&R on set on March 26 to celebrate the anniversary.

“A series airing for 40 years is an incredible feat, but one that has been #1 for the past 24 years as well? That is absolutely remarkable,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, Daytime, CBS. “It is a testament to the talent and hard work of our cast, crew and production staff and the loyalty of our viewers. Congratulations to all on this phenomenal achievement and for continuing to put out compelling, inspiring episodes of television week after week.”

“It is an honor to serve as Executive Producer of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as we cross this remarkable milestone,” said Jill Farren Phelps, Executive Producer. “We greatly appreciate the continued support and enthusiasm from our audience and are excited to say that our best years are ahead of us. Stay tuned!”

“For 40 years, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has delivered solid storytelling, engaging characters and top production values to loyal viewers and we’re proud to be celebrating this significant milestone,” said Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television. “We congratulate everyone who has contributed to this substantial achievement.”

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is the only daytime drama to receive 119 Daytime Emmy Awards, and has received a total of 412 nominations. The show has been awarded the Emmy for "Outstanding Daytime Drama" seven times. There have also been three Lifetime Achievement awards associated with the show: William J. Bell (1992), Jeanne Cooper (2004), and Lee Phillip Bell (2007), which are not included in any of the above numbers. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS was the winner of the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Daytime Drama in 1992 and 1993, and winner of the 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Daytime Drama.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS remains as topical and revolutionary as it has been through 40 years and 10,122 episodes (as of March 26, 2013), entertaining as well as educating its audience daily on a variety of topics, which have included alcoholism, smoking, breast cancer awareness, sexual harassment, date rape, illiteracy, HIV drug testing, domestic violence, drug addiction, Internet predators and foster care.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has been the #1-rated daytime drama for more than 24 years. The show is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon,PT) on the CBS Television Network and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

On the Web: http://www.cbs.com/daytime/the_young_and_the_restless/

Photos are available at www.cbspressexpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheYoungandtheRestless

Twitter: https://twitter.com/YandR_CBS

CBS Daytime Twitter: https://twitter.com/CBSDaytime

CBS Twitter: https://twitter.com/CBSTweet


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Press Contacts:

Cindy Marshall (CBS) 818-655-1586 cindy.marshall@cbs.com

Elise Bromberg (Y&R) 323-575-4261 elise.bromberg@tvc.cbs.com


Photo Contact:

Kathleen Tanji (CBS) 818-655-1543 kathleen.tanji@cbs.com

Heather Wines (CBS) 212-975-1079 hwines@cbs.com

HBO Films: Phil Spector, Premieres Sunday 3~24~2013 9:00PM

[via press release from HBO] AL PACINO AND HELEN MIRREN STAR IN HBO FILMS' "PHIL SPECTOR," WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DAVID MAMET, DEBUTING MARCH 24; JEFFREY TAMBOR AND CHIWETEL EJIOFOR ALSO STAR

HBO Films Presents A Levinson/Fontana Production; Barry Levinson And David Mamet Executive Produce; Produced By Michael Hausman

Academy Award(R) winners Al Pacino (HBO's "You Don't Know Jack"; "Scent of a Woman") and Helen Mirren (HBO's "Elizabeth I"; "The Queen") star in HBO Films' PHIL SPECTOR. Written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oscar(R)-nominated playwright David Mamet ("Glengarry Glen Ross," "Wag the Dog"), the film is Mamet's exploration of the client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector (Pacino) and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Mirren), who represented Spector during his first trial for murder.

Debuting SUNDAY, MARCH 24 (9:00-10:35 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, PHIL SPECTOR is executive produced by Academy Award(R) winner Barry Levinson (HBO's "You Don't Know Jack"; "Rain Man") and David Mamet and produced by Emmy(R) winner Michael Hausman (HBO's "Recount"). An HBO Films presentation of a Levinson/Fontana Production, the film also stars Emmy(R) nominee Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development") as Bruce Cutler, the original lead defense attorney on the Spector team, and Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Kinky Boots," HBO's "Tsunami: The Aftermath") as a mock prosecutor.

Other HBO playdates: March 24 (3:40 a.m.), 27 (2:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.) and 30 (4:15 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), and April 4 (12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.), 7 (8:15 a.m., 3:00 p.m.), 10 (11:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.), 13 (12:30 p.m.), 15 (4:30 p.m.), 21 (11:30 a.m.), 22 (12:10 a.m.) and 25 (6:15 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: March 26 (9:00 a.m., 8:30 p.m.), and April 1 (12:20 a.m.), 17 (9:00 a.m., 10:00 p.m.) and 27 (4:15 p.m.)





ABOUT THE STORY

In the hands of celebrated playwright, screenwriter, author, director and producer David Mamet, PHIL SPECTOR is a mythological story, and he approaches it as such, rather than as a news story. Mamet begins his film with the card, "This is a work of fiction. It's not 'based on a true story.' It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome."

Mamet chose to frame the story through the perspective of the Linda Kenney Baden character, beginning and ending the film with her involvement in the case. Her character's journey is summarized by the question "How do I defend a guy the public does not approve of?" As Mamet explains, "The story is her coming to grips with the notion of what is reasonable doubt, and what is prejudice."

Al Pacino says, "This is the first trial of Phil Spector - when he is first accused of this heinous crime. It's all new to him in terms of the media - their reaction to it - and his introduction to Linda, who is played by Helen Mirren. And it's their relationship, in the course of their preparation for the trial."

Helen Mirren comments, "David sees this story in a more mythological way than as a documentary or docudrama. It's certainly not a docudrama. We are not saying, 'This is what happened, and this is what didn't happen.' We are not saying that. It's a mythological story more than anything. I think whenever you have as extreme a personality as Phil Spector was with the kind of history that he had, he is already vilified. He is made into a monster before any trial begins, so I think that was very much the case with Phil Spector, and it does happen in other cases."

Executive producer Barry Levinson adds, "Here is what the Phil Spector story is not about. It is not an investigation into whether he did or didn't commit the murder. It is not about a trial and how it proceeded and what went on. It's not that type of a film. In a sense, it's really like a two-character piece: Helen Mirren is the defense attorney, and Al Pacino plays Spector. It's the dynamic of those two people. And this woman, who is trying to put the information together, trying to proceed to trial with a guy who at times is half bouncing off walls. That's really where the dynamic of the piece lives."

Defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden serves as a consultant on the film. While many specifics of the trial remain bound by attorney-client privilege, she was able to review the themes that the filmmakers explored. Says Kenney Baden, "David Mamet has brought a unique perspective to this case, and it's been fascinating to watch the process. Al Pacino and Helen Mirren give such amazing performances."

Mamet says, "Like any dramatist, you're just basically a thief, and you take things that you've thought, and things that you've heard, and things that you've seen, and try to apply some structure to them, so that what you're doing is kind of like a psychiatrist - you take these dreams which are seemingly random, and re-order them so that they make dramatic sense."

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

For the New York City-based production, Mamet assembled a gifted team, including Emmy(R)-nominated director of photography Juan Ruiz Anchia, ASC ("American Horror Story"), Oscar(R)-winning production designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein ("Amadeus"), Emmy(R)-nominated editor Barbara Tulliver, A.C.E. (HBO's "Too Big to Fail"), Emmy(R)-nominated composer Marcelo Zarvos (HBO's "Too Big to Fail") and Emmy(R)-nominated costume designer Debra McGuire ("Friends").

Mamet worked closely with production designer Von Brandenstein to imagine Spector's fortress-like manor in the hills east of Los Angeles, juxtaposing a Jean Cocteau-like fantasy world with the very real world of the courtroom. Mamet says, "I thought, well, if basically, the story is 'Beauty and the Beast,' where Helen Mirren is the beauty and Phil Spector is the beast, how does someone decorate his mansion who has got all the money in the world and hasn't left the mansion for 30 years?"

Von Brandenstein explains, "Like many talented people, he has his tremendous enthusiasms that were part of his life for a time and then faded away. But the props remained. So his home reflects that mindset. He collected trophies intensively. He collects - due to a great interest in T.E. Lawrence and his writings - painting, artifacts, furniture of the desert."

Mamet adds, "Each room should be a different fantasy. So, we have one room that's a Lawrence of Arabia fantasy, one room, it's the Oxford University Boat House, 1890. One room is a carnival tent. One room is a Lincoln Room with nothing but Lincoln memorabilia. And as Helen goes in to her first meeting, she goes through a maze, in effect, all these different tests. Like, rooms with painted doors, and rooms with flickering lights, to lead her deeper and deeper into the cave of the Minotaur."

Costume designer Debra McGuire was inspired by the palette of the production design in the creation of the wardrobe for Al Pacino. She explains, "The mansion was very important to me, because the tones for that needed to inform me of what tonally I needed to do with Phil's character. And really without understanding sort of the depth of those colors and burgundies and the darkness, I don't know that I would have been able to really imagine what I was doing."

McGuire adds, "Phil's character has about seven or eight changes. And then, in addition to that, are his interviews, and then the flashbacks. We had to get the eras - the '60s, the '70s, the '80s looks - nailed so that we could really express exactly from the photographs where they were."

Another key element of the creation of Al Pacino's character was Phil Spector's collection of wigs. Mamet says, "Every time Al shows up, he's got a different wig." Pacino's hair stylist Cydney Cornell and wig maker Renate Leuschner created the many different wigs and hair styles featured in the film.

For more on the film, visit facebook.com/HBO and twitter.com @HBO #PhilSpector.








Thursday, March 07, 2013

Return of NBC's Grimm S2EP13 Face-Off Friday 3~8~2013 9PM

NBC Press Release: GRIMM (NBC) Returns Friday, March 8 2013 "GRIMM" "FACE OFF"

03/08/2013 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Friday) : NICK MUST FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF LEARNING THE TRUTH ABOUT JULIETTE -- After Nick (David Giuntoli) learns about Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) and Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz), he must deal with the consequences. 

Things get even more complicated when Nick is called to investigate his own crime. Meanwhile, the search for the key intensifies as Captain Renard finds Nick's trailer and makes a surprising alliance. 

With Rosalee's (Bree Turner) help, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) informs Nick that they might be able to stop what's going on with Renard and Juliette before it goes too far. Elsewhere, Wu (Reggie Lee) responds to a bizarre shooting at Nick and Juliette's house. Claire Coffee also stars.

BROADCAST HISTORY:
10/28/11 - ???
STATUS:
returning this spring (yet to premiere)
NBC's Grimm Season 2

TIME SLOT:
fridays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
2 (22 episodes)



DESCRIPTION:
(from NBC's press release, May 2012) Production for season two of NBC's fairy tale procedural drama GRIMM commences on Wednesday, May 30 in Portland. 

GRIMM stars Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell and Bitsie Tulloch will join Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber on May 29 to kick off production and celebrate another season of shooting in the northwest.

Also in attendance will be state legislators, members of the Governor's Office of Film and Television Board, NBC and Comcast officials as well as Oregon business owners who have benefited from the impact of local production. Beginning Monday, May 28, NBC will run encore episodes of GRIMM every week at 10:00pm. Season two of GRIMM will premiere in August.

PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bitsie Tulloch as Juliette Silverton
· Bree Turner
· David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt
· Reggie Lee as Sgt. Wu
· Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin
· Sasha Roiz as Captain Renard
· Silas Weir Mitchell as Eddy Munroe
CREW INFORMATION:
· David Greenwalt as CRTR/EP
· Jim Kouf as CRTR/EP
· Marc Buckland as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Sean Hayes as EP
· Todd Milliner as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Hazy Mills Productions
· Universal Television

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Fashion Star NBC’s Reality Competition Series Launches 2nd Season Friday 3~8~2013 8/7C

NBC Press Release:
NBC’s reality competition series “Fashion Star” launches its second season this spring featuring celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos and fashion journalist and expert Louise Roe as host. Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue return to the show, with specialty fashion retailer Express joining as the third buyer this season. “Fashion Star” will give 13 eager young designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize of launching their original collections in three of the nation’s largest fashion retailers.

Each week, the contestants are given a challenge to design clothing with a certain look, feel and function. Working with their designated team, the mentors offer insight and advice to contestants as they design their creations, shop for materials and oversee the production of their garments. The culmination of their efforts comes with an exhilarating fashion show during which they display their work to the three buyers: Caprice Willard of Macy’s, Terron E. Schaefer of Saks Fifth Avenue and Erika DeSalvatore of Express.

In the show’s most ambitious and dramatic twist, the buyers make on-the-spot decisions to purchase and carry the designs exclusively in their stores – pledging thousands of dollars in orders and often going head-to-head to bid on an item. Those designs become available immediately after the broadcast both online and in select stores the next day. What viewers see on TV that night will be on the streets and in stores in the blink of an eye -- and with just a single trip down the runway, "Fashion Star" can change the lives and fortunes of these aspiring designers forever. Each week, one of the designers is eliminated.

NBC Fashion StarFrom New York and Los Angeles to Dallas and Austin, the designers featured on the show include a talented and inspired group of young professionals, many of whom have held jobs with major design houses and come to the competition having sold their own lines into major retail outlets.

Fashion is a highly competitive and fluid business, however; and the contestants will be challenged to take their “brand” to the next level. 

All the contestants will be put to the test to see how they react in a variety of real-world scenarios to determine who has the vision and desire to build a fashion empire and achieve his or her dream.

In the end, one designer will successfully combine fashion and business to become the next "Fashion Star" and will receive the prize of a lifetime –$3,000,000 in orders for capsule collections in Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Express stores.

"Fashion Star" recently won Best Branded Format at the FRAPA Format Awards at MIPCOM. The series was nominated for a precedent-setting three awards at the annual convention including Best Competition Reality Format, Best Brand-Driven Format and Best Multi-Platform Format. "Fashion Star" also took home Best Social Commerce or Marketing Program at the 2012 Social TV Awards.

The "Fashion Star" format was developed by Ben Silverman of Electus (NBC's "The Biggest Loser," "The Office," and "The Tudors") and Rick Ringbakk of Emmy Award-winning 5x5 Media ("Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution"), and E.J. Johnston and James Deutch of EJD Productions.

The show is executive-produced by Elle Macpherson, Ben Silverman of Electus, Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth of The Magical Elves, Rick Ringbakk of 5x5 Media, and EJ Johnston and James Deutch of EJD Productions. Electus International will retain all international distribution rights.

For embeddable clips and full episodes from "Fashion Star," please visit NBC.com's official show site: http://www.nbc.com/fashion-star/.

Please follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @NBCFashionStar.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Vikings New History Channel Scripted Drama Premieres Sunday 3~3~2013 10PM ET

History Channel Press Release: History's New Scripted Series "Vikings" Premieres March 3 at 10 p.m.

Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick and George Blagden co-star in the project.

They Were the Fiercest Warriors of All Time...Now The Untold Legendary World of the Mighty Norsemen Comes Alive in HISTORY(R)'s New Scripted Series VIKINGS Premiering Sunday, March 3 at 10 p.m. Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick and George Blagden to Star. Created and Written by Michael Hirst.

The word "Viking" has been synonymous with brutality, terror, and mystery ever since the first Norse warriors appeared along the coasts of England and France at the end of the eighth century. Their notoriety for barbarianism without pity was an important part of the mythology that grew up around them. And while Vikings are still characterized as such in popular culture, the reality is much more complex, visceral, and powerful than their reputation suggests.

The extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors are told in VIKINGS, a new nine-part scripted series premiering Sunday, March 3 at 10 p.m. (ET) on HISTORY(R). The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers - not from an outsider's view, but, through the eyes of Viking society.




While VIKINGS is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed - for these were extreme times - it is a family saga at heart. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel, The Beast, Baytown Outlaws), a curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. A young farmer and family man, Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment, Usual Suspects, Millers Crossing), who continues to send his Vikings raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves.

VIKINGS will chart Ragnar's ambitions to discover civilizations across the great ocean to the west as well as his inevitable conflicts along the way. With the help of his jester friend Floki, (Gustaf Skarsgard, The Way Back), they build a new generation of boats - faster, sleeker and more beautifully crafted than anything else on the sea.

The series will also delve into how the Vikings - the last pagans - worshipped ancient gods like Odin, Thor, Freya and Loki. Ragnar claims to be a direct descendant of the Norse god Odin, who, as well as being the god of warriors slain in battle, is also the god of curiosity.

Joining Fimmel, Byrne and Skarsgard are Katheryn Winnick (Bones, Love and Other Drugs, The Black Marks) as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar's wife; Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee, Heroes, Nip/Tuck, Friday Night Lights) as Siggy, Earl Haraldson's beautiful wife; George Blagden (Les Miserables, Wrath of the Titans) as Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England and Clive Standen (Camelot, Robin Hood) as Rollo, Ragnar's impulsive, wild, care-free brother.

Created and written by Michael Hirst - one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors), Michael serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O'Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn (The Tudors; The Borgias) and Sheila Hockin (The Tudors; The Borgias). Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are the Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.

VIKINGS is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY will broadcast domestically in the U.S. MGM Television will bring VIKINGS to the global audience, serving as the international distributor outside of Ireland, Canada and the U.S. VIKINGS is produced in association with Shaw Media, and the series will air on HISTORY in Canada.

About HISTORY(R)

HISTORY(R) is the leading destination for factual entertainment, including award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The network's all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hits including American Pickers(R), American Restoration(TM), Ax Men(TM), Ice Road Truckers(R), Pawn Stars(R), Swamp People(R) and Top Shot(R) as well as epic mini-series and specials such as the Emmy(R) Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us, and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY's Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com



Red Widow New Drama 2 HR Premiere 3~3~2013 on ABC 9PM ET

Friday, March 01, 2013 ABC Television Network PRESS RELEASE - ENTERTAINMENT - LIVE TWITTER CHAT WITH CAST OF RED WIDOW DURING SUNDAY'S SERIES PREMIERE (3/3)

LIVE TWITTER CHAT WITH THE CAST OF ABC'S NEW DRAMA "RED WIDOW" DURING THE TWO-HOUR SERIES PREMIERE, SUNDAY, MARCH 3

Viewers of ABC's newest drama, "Red Widow," will be able to submit questions and receive real-time responses on Twitter from the cast during the east and west coast broadcasts of the two-hour premiere, SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (9:00-11:00 ET/PT). Use hashtag #AskRedWidow to join the conversation.

Sunday, March 3, 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET
Lee Tergesen, "Mike Tomlin," @leelo65
Luke Goss, "Luther," @LukeGoss
Sterling Beaumon, "Gabriel Walraven," @SterlingBeau
Clifton Collins, Jr., "FBI Agent Ramos," @ccollinsjr

Sunday, March 3, 9:00-11:00 p.m., PT
Melissa Rosenberg, Executive Producer, @tallgirlmel

Official Show Handle: @RedWidowABC
Official Show Hashtag: #RedWidow
Official Show Facebook: www.facebook.com/RedWidowABC
Official ABC Publicity Handle: @ABC_Publicity
Official ABC Hashtag: #ABC

From the screenwriter of the "Twilight Saga" films and the hit series "Dexter," Melissa Rosenberg, comes the gripping and danger-filled, new family drama series, "Red Widow," about a mother who will stop at nothing to protect her family following the brutal murder of her husband.


"Red Widow" stars Radha Mitchell as Marta Walraven, Sterling Beaumon as Gabriel Walraven, Clifton Collins Jr. as FBI Agent James Ramos, Luke Goss as Luther, Suleka Mathew as Dina Tomlin, Erin Moriarty as Natalie Walraven, Jaime Ray Newman as Kat Castillo, Jakob Salvati as Boris Walraven, Lee Tergesen as Mike Tomlin, Wil Traval as Irwin Petrov, with Rade Serbedzija as Andrei Petrov and Goran Visnjic as Nicholae Schiller.


Marsha Smith, marsha.l.smith@abc.com Amber Gereghty, amber.k.gereghty@abc.com Sylvia Huber (818) 460-6689; sylvia.huber@abc.com

Argo Wins Best Picture At 85th Annual Academy Awards

As previous visitors to In A Lather know, i have an Oscars® tradition of being a de facto good luck charm for the best picture winner. my habit is to only see one best picture contender, but this year courtesy of KredDolby Laboratories i saw two of the nominees for best picture: Lincoln, and Argo. i enjoyed both immensely but i was more inclined toward Lincoln for the win. my pick was incorrect, but my good luck charm status remains intact, and i'm happy Argo won. Ben Affleck, you had me at the vintage Warner Brothers icon on the opening credits.

i am a native of washington dc and Affleck did my hometown proud in his cinematographic choices. Chris Terrio's academy award winning adapted screenplay captures the rhythm and nuance of the language of the beltway perfectly. When the action shifts to Los Angeles the two previous appraisals of cinematography and script continue to hold true. Prior to Argo winning best picture Mr. Affleck discussed his choices and the reasons for them to give the film a specific look and sound [see the video below Argo Declassified]. Goal achieved.

Argo, based on the true story of six American Embassy workers who were given refuge by the Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor at his private residence in Iran during the hostage crisis. CIA operative Tony Mendez devises a plan to get them out. 


With an assist from friends in Hollywood---legendary make-up artist John Chambers [1968's Planet Of The Apes], and his colleague, a revered executive producer with a solid reputation and a knack for getting the impossible done, and the utilization of movie industry trade papers The Hollywood Reporter and show business bible Variety, they concoct an implausible idea and make it plausible: a fake movie that requires a real trip to Tehran for a location shoot. Of course the real reason for the trip is to rescue the six American Embassy workers.


Some criticisms of Argo have been that it is not 100% factual. To those who share that opinion, my response is that while the film's subject matter is based on a true story, this is not a documentary. Besides which, despite it not being a documentary, to my view, given the occurrences of the time it is an accurate depiction. One of many moments that attest to that accuracy is the re-creation of a chilling scene that aired on all the network news channels [SPOILER ALERT!] of a man who had been murdered---he was hung on a crane on a main road---left as a threat/warning to others.[END SPOILER ALERT]

That said i do have one negative but it does not detract from my recommending seeing Argo. That negative is there is no reference to President elect Ronald Reagan. During President Carter's term 52 hostages were in captivity for 444 days. Upon the swearing in of Carter's successor, Ronald Reagan, those hostages were released. At the time the widely held belief was that had Carter been re-elected the hostages would not have been released. Whether or not that belief was shared by the makers of Argo i don't know, but i think the film has a hole in it's story for having no mention of Reagan as a part of the real drama.

Never the less, Argo is intense, suspenseful, funny, exciting, inspiring, exhilarating, and proves the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Argo, in theaters now and on DVD and BlueRay.

'Argo'
( Warner Bros. )
NOMINATIONS:
WINNER Best picture: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, producers
Actor in a supporting role: Alan Arkin
WINNER Film editing: William Goldenberg
Music (original score): Alexandre Desplat
Sound editing: Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Sound mixing: John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
WINNER Writing (adapted screenplay): Chris Terrio



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