In case you forgot, our little local cable company Comcast now owns NBC Universal, the conglomerate responsible for what you see on television stations like NBC, USA and Bravo and in movies bearing the Universal brand (I’m still waiting for an apology for Oblivion). And on Thursday, the 2014 Golden Globe nominations were announced, with the Comcast-owned entities picking up eight nominations.
The winners will be announced at the star-studded January 12th ceremony, which will be broadcast on, yep, NBC. Below, the breakdown.
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In the January 2014 issue of Esquire U.K., 52-year-old Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney addresses accusations that he’s a closeted homosexual. It all started, he told the magazine, when he responded to a headline that read, “George Clooney is Gay-Gay-Gay.” His response? “I’m gay-gay, the third one’s pushing it.”
Fire was added to the speculation in 2011, when ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis told People that she and Clooney had a “father-daughter” relationship, saying that their relationship ended because of their “personal needs.” Hmmm …
In the Esquire interview, he said “[I'm] not going [to deny it], because that’s flat out insulting to the gay community.” The statement mirrored a similar one he gave to The Advocate last year:
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Philly Mag’s Dan McQuade expressed his hope on Monday that the new Rocky 50K run—which he inspired by mapping out the training montage run from Rocky II—would become an annual event.
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After nine years of waiting, there is finally a sequel to Anchorman. And if you’re excited, you’ll be doubly pumped for this combination bar crawl and exclusive midnight showing of Anchorman 2.
A $20 ticket gets you a beer at the Pub on Passyunk East, a beer at the Industry and a ticket to the midnight showing of the movie.
Local sales reps from Shawnee, Allagash and Brooklyn will be there as well.
The crawl starts at 7 p.m. at the POPE and progresses to the Industry . Get tickets at Good Dog, the Industry, the POPE or the 10th street location of Foodery to buy your ticket.
Listen to Mort Crim, Will Ferrell’s Inspiration for Anchorman, Recite the Film’s Iconic Lines [Philadelphia magazine]
And Now, a Song About Mort Crim, Ron Burgundy and Anchorman [Philadelphia magazine]
On Wednesday morning, I published an interview with Mort Crim, the former Philadelphia news anchor who inspired Will Ferrell to create Ron Burgundy and Anchorman. Crim was kind enough to humor me by reading Ron Burgundy lines from the original movie (the sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, opens on December 18th), which I included as audio clips with that interview. But the clips just didn’t seem to do it justice. So I wrote a song. Read more »
Mannequin is not a good movie.
You really only need to know the film’s plot to figure that out: A down-on-his-luck Philadelphian gets a job in a department store and falls in love with a mannequin that comes to life.
Even then, not much is done with that silly plot. “Mannequin is dead,” Roger Ebert wrote in his 1987 review. “The wake lasts 1 1/2 hours, and then we can leave the theater. Halfway through, I was ready for someone to lead us in reciting the rosary.” The Washington Post was blunt: “Mannequin is a movie made by, for and about dummies.” (“The PG-rated film “includes some sexual innuendoes and some undraped mannequins,” the New York Times helpfully informs parents.)
And so Mannequin, released in 1987 and filmed primarily in Wanamaker’s at 13th and Market, will never be considered one of the great movies of Philadelphia. It’s not an Oscar-winner like Philadelphia, a critical darling like Blow Out, a hilarious Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd comedy like Trading Places or a classic beloved around the world like Rocky. (Incidentally, Mannequin defeated Stallone’s Over the Top at the box office.)
That’s kind of a shame. Yes, it’s a terrible film, but the message of Mannequin is by far the greatest tribute to Philadelphia ever committed to celluloid.
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UPDATE: Listen to “Glass Case of Emotion,” my new song, with words by Will Ferrell, as read by Mort Crim.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, Anchorman 2 is coming out soon, and Will Ferrell has been making the (early) publicity rounds, including by anchoring a real live newscast as Ron Burgundy, his ridiculous character in the movies. The New York Times recently interviewed Ferrell about the origins of Ron Burgundy and Anchorman, and Ferrell pointed to Jessica Savitch’s co-anchor in Philadelphia, Mort Crim:
The inspiration for the original “Anchorman” came one evening more than a decade ago when Mr. Ferrell was watching a television documentary about Jessica Savitch, one of the first women to anchor news telecasts. He was struck by a former co-anchor of hers in Philadelphia, who delivered his reminiscences in a silky baritone. “He literally said the line: ‘You have to remember, back then I was a real male chauvinist pig. I was not nice to her.’ ”
I called the 78-year-old Crim at his home in Florida to see if Ferrell does the role justice. Read more »
Drop everything and watch Bridegroom right now.
The biggie on this month’s list of new films to appear on Netflix Instant is the much-much-recommended Bridegroom, an emotional documentary that tells the story of a gay couple whose time together was cut short by tragedy. It’s an eye-opening must-watch for anyone — gay or straight — but it will speak loudest to those LGBTers dealing with intolerant families. (Quick tip: View with a full box of Kleenex.)
Another tear-jerker, Any Day Now, starring the marvelous Alan Cumming, also made its way from DVD to instant streaming. For those who don’t mind waiting, I’ve also included a list of DVD-only rentals Behind the Candelabra and Petunia, and some that should be coming down the pipe any day now. Check below for more info and trailers.
This month’s newest films on Netflix Instant after the jump »
With the debut of American Hustle, there’s talk that Philly homeboy Bradley Cooper may be in the Oscar running a second year in a row, after last year’s Silver Linings Playbook. There’s also plenty of talk about his hair.
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If you missed the Philadelphia premiere of Battle of amFAR at this year’s QFest, you can catch it with the rest of the world tonight when it airs for the first time on HBO. Coming on the heels of World AIDS Day, the 40-minute documentary chronicles the mission of unlikely partners in crime Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim to create the nation’s first AIDS research foundation, amFAR. The ladies’ mission was to reveal the disease as a worldwide pandemic in the attempt to generate more funding for scientific research. The doc depicts their hard-fought journey and ultimate successes, and highlights the org’s continuing importance in today’s fight for a cure. Plus, a healthy dose of White Diamonds-era Liz only enhances the film as a mandatory watch for all LGBTers.
It airs tonight at 9 p.m. Check out the trailer below.
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