Pete Holmes himself summed it up best mid-show Monday night: “Whatever I say is the show. Isn’t that weird?” He’s in his second week of attempting to define The Pete Holmes Show. TBS states on their website that it “will showcase the comedian’s incredible skillset, combining sketches, short films, live comedy, field pieces and in-studio guest interviews into a fast-paced half hour.” Holmes has mostly been successful following this format, even if it feels like a complete mess sometimes.
This ambitious way of outlining the show suggests that Holmes’ hodgepodge is not entirely his fault. Attempting to innovate the late night model and prove himself as host, Holmes is faced with the challenge of doing all this in half the time of a traditional talk show. This makes the “fast-paced” show feel rushed. Holmes can only establish himself and his show 30 minutes at a time, which is possible but still a challenge.
Holmes seems to be embracing the freedoms of unconventionalism, crafting clever stand-up comedy consistently in the place of a topical monologue. This has also allowed for a variety of sketches, studio pieces, and field pieces in just two weeks of existence. From highlighting hotel hypocrisy in the absurd “Wash My Damn Towels” to the brave but uncomfortable “Profound/Profane” with Deepak Chopra, Holmes is covering a lot of ground in a little time.
It becomes more apparent every show that Holmes needs to use his time wisely. The “Fallen Sketches” piece pokes fun at sketches that did not make the air. Joking about cut material as opposed to showcasing actual material seemed like a misuse of minutes, at least this early on. The piece humorously implied a vault of material. We want to see the strongest sketches in there, not an homage to what wasn't enough.
The show is indeed whatever Holmes says it is, though it’s early in the game but he’s not there yet. Early ratings are not as encouraging as people’s reaction to Holmes himself, but he is a great host even if his show is striving to be consistent. His comfort and enthusiasm quell his missteps. Tuesday’s show proved this, as Holmes subjected himself the a roast from comedian Anthony Jeselnik. When Holmes says his problem is that the audience is too nice to him, Jeselnik bites back “I think it’s cool that you think you only have one problem on the show.” He then hilariously tells Holmes he looks like “the CEO of a pumpkin patch.” It’s important for Holmes to be funny, but he understands that it’s more important to give guests room to throw punches and generate laughs. A great host can build a great show in time, and hopefully Holmes will have enough of it.
Tom Cruise grew incensed during a court deposition to fight magazine allegations he's a bad dad after defence lawyers compared the actor to his own absent father. The Mission: Impossible star has launched a $50 million (£33 million) defamation case against publishers at In Touch and Life & Style after taking issue with articles published in 2012 suggesting he had abandoned his daughter Suri following his split from Katie Holmes.
He was quizzed about the allegations in September (13), when lawyers for the magazines asked if there were any parenting similarities between him and his dad, Thomas Cruise Mapother III, who split from the actor's mother, Mary, in 1974, when the future movie star was 12.
According to court papers, the 51 year old bristled at the question and fired back, "Absolutely none. My father didn't pay money, he didn't call... Even the fact that you would suggest that I was being like my father, it's the same thing my father did, and suggesting that that's something that I'm doing in terms of abandoning my children, I find that greatly offensive... My parents were divorced and I didn't see him."
During the hearing, Cruise defended himself against reports he went more than 100 days without seeing young Suri, now seven, following his shock summer 2012 separation from Holmes, stating, "When a divorce occurs, things change... now you have to ask for permission and organise schedules to make things happen... It's not an ideal situation...
"Certainly what doesn't change is the love that I have for my daughter, the fact that I didn't abandon her emotionally, physically or otherwise."
He also told lawyers that his devotion to Scientology was "one of" the reasons behind his divorce, although he later reportedly asked to change his statement, insisting, "Katie has never told me that this was a reason for our divorce."
The defamation case is due to begin in a New York City court next week (begs11Nov13).
Tom Cruise told lawyers probing his defamation lawsuit against two U.S. magazines that his devotion to Scientology was "one of" the reasons behind his split from Katie Holmes. The Top Gun star is suing bosses of In Touch and Life & Style magazines over reports alleging he "abandoned" the couple's daughter Suri following their split last year (12).
At the time of their divorce, rumours suggested that his close involvement with the Church of Scientology was a factor in the break-up, and now it has emerged Cruise admitted Holmes cited the religion as one of her reasons for wanting to end the marriage.
Documents from the case show that during a court questioning in September (13), Cruise was pressed to confirm or deny the rumours by lawyers representing the magazines.
Asked if Holmes had "indicated" that one reason for their split was "to protect Suri from Scientology", he replied, "Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes."
However, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Cruise later asked to change his statement, insisting, "Katie has never told me that this was a reason for our divorce."
During the hearing, Cruise also defended himself against allegations he did not see Suri, now seven, for more than 100 days after splitting from Holmes, saying, "When a divorce occurs, things change... now you have to ask for permission and organise schedules to make things happen... It's not an ideal situation... Things change. And certainly what doesn't change is the love that I have for my daughter, the fact that I didn't abandon her emotionally, physically or otherwise."
The defamation case is due to begin at a court in New York City next week (beg11Nov13).
Cruise and former Dawson's Creek star Holmes split last year (12) after five years of marriage.
Actress Lucy Liu is set to take on double duty on three upcoming TV episodes of her hit detective series Elementary by stepping behind the camera to direct. The star, who portrays a female version of Dr. Watson opposite Jonny Lee Miller as a modern day Sherlock Holmes, made her directorial debut in 2011 with short film Meena.
Tom Cruise has filed papers in his $50 million (GBP33 million) lawsuit against the publishers of U.S. tabloids In Touch and Life & Style over the magazines' 2012 suggestions he's a bad dad. Opening up about his divorce from Katie Holmes for the first time, the movie star has defended himself against cover stories that led readers to believe he had abandoned his daughter Suri following the couple's split last summer (12).
In the documents obtained by TMZ.com, he states, "I have in no way cut Suri out of my life - whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise... Even during the times when I was working overseas and was not able to see Suri in person, we were (and continue to be) extremely close."
And firing back at an In Touch headline, which read 'Abandoned by Daddy', he adds, "As my numerous emails with Suri's mother during this time period demonstrate, I was a constant presence in Suri's life."
He concludes, "While I'm sure my daughter misses me when I am not with her (as I miss her), she is a very happy child, and we have a wonderful relationship and cheerful phone calls."
"I couldn't believe it was happening to me. I still can't believe I shot in South Africa and shot all my scenes with Jeff Bridges. It was unreal." Country star Taylor Swift is still pinching herself after shooting forthcoming movie The Giver with Oscar winner Jeff Bridges. Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes also appear in the film.
After an unconventional debut on Monday, Pete Holmes is finding his footing with his new TBS talk show. His approach has been enjoyably unconventional, opting to offer a more personal, short-form version of late night TV. The Pete Holmes Show is not yet seamless, but it is carving out a place for itself.
Tuesday night Holmes had his strongest opening monologue. The choice to veer away from a traditional approach is an effective way to ingratiate himself with new viewers. It's important for the audience to learn about Holmes without him trying to be Conan. He has a non-controversial yet confrontational approach to criticizing carnivals for being a "community of drifters." He's affably aggressive, a combination not seen enough in comedy. The downside to his personalized approach is that like all stand-up comedy, it won't always kill.
Sticking to his hyper-casual podcast approach to interviews, Holmes hit his stride with his guests mid-week. The interviews, though each very different in content, showcase Holmes' ability to have infectious fun with whatever he's doing. "Gabbing like gals" with Allison Williams features her and Holmes sitting in pajamas eating cereal. The Girls actress admits to being a fan of Holmes' You Made It Weird podcast, and the interview explodes with chemistry. If it went on any longer, my TV would've exploded.
Holmes had a number of successful sketches fitting for late night. The most enjoyable was the desk piece 'Sexy Costumes for Men.' The simple yet silly bit felt like a throwback to early Conan, while staying true to Holmes' voice. Instead of a one-note visual joke about scantily-clad males, he explores what's truly sexy. With the Confident Zombie, There-Wolf, And Mummy Who Always Replaces the Toilet Paper Roll, we are reminded what women are attracted to: most hilariously, a wolf who is always there for her.
Airing The Internet
The biggest issue of The Pete Holmes Show came at the beginning and end of the week. While the first episode recycled podcast premises, Thursday's episode aired two sketches that had been available online days prior to the episode. In fact, 'Batman Vs. Superman' has been on YouTube for 2 weeks already. Seeing that and 'Pete Holmes Stalked' air after originally viewing them as internet promos dilutes the sense of urgency to tune in. This leaves the audience shortchanged, even when the sketches are very funny.
On Wednesday Holmes joked about his new need to say "no one tells me what to do!" As he finds his voice this first week, Holmes is staying true to this mantra. We're still learning who he his, but it's refreshing that Holmes is resisting the pressure to try anyone else on. For this reason alone, it's exciting and entertaining to watch The Pete Holmes Show take shape.
The Pete Holmes Show airs on TBS Monday-Thursday at 12 AM ET.
Rocker Courtney Love has launched legal action against her former lawyer, accusing the attorney of wrecking her relationship with daughter Frances Bean Cobain. The Hole frontwoman is suing Rhonda Holmes, who she hired in 2008 to try to track down millions of dollars missing from her late husband Kurt Cobain's estate.
Love claims the lawyer made false statements about her to Frances in a 2009 letter, in which she is alleged to have written about a "very scary conspiracy" against the teen - the heir of the Nirvana star's fortune.
Love alleges that the note was a breach of client confidentiality, and insists it has driven a wedge between mother and daughter.
The singer is seeking damages for legal malpractice and emotional distress.
Holmes has already filed suit against the star for allegedly defaming her in tweets and press interviews. Her own legal team claims the letter in question was actually penned by Love.
A trial is due to take place in early 2014.
George Clooney has asked his longtime publicist Stan Rosenfield to clear up reports about his love life, insisting all the romance rumours after his split from Stacy Keibler are false. Rosenfield rarely responds to questions about his client's personal life, but he has made an exception in an effort to end the speculation about who Clooney is dating following gossip linking him to Tom Cruise's ex-wife Katie Holmes, barrister Amal Alamuddin and former flame Monika Jakisic.
The top publicist tells People.com, "George wants this Monika c**p to stop. He wants Katie to get a break, and he wants Amal to be able to prosecute cases without being hassled because she had one dinner with George and four others.
"I even asked George if these (rumours) were true and he said he never comments on his private life, but in the interest of stopping the harassment of all three of these women, he felt he should."
A source close to Clooney tells the website, "George is not dating, nor has he dated Monika in several years, nor is he dating Katie Holmes - he simply hugged her at a premiere. Nor is he the new boyfriend of Amal, who he is working with on a (surveillance) satellite program over Syria."
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been linked to a dark family mystery worthy of an episode of his hit drama Sherlock after researchers at a British genealogy website discovered one of his ancestors was tried for murder at the age of 14. The star's great-great maternal uncle Henry Ventham was accused of killing his friend Frederick Betteridge following an alleged argument in the early 1890s, and his trial became known in Hampshire, England as The Romsey Stabbing Case.
The facts of the drama have been unearthed by experts at family history website findmypast.co.uk, who traced the history of the case from the pages of local newspaper the Hampshire Advertiser.
Ventham and an eye witness claimed Betteridge suddenly charged at the accused and fell on a knife he was carrying while blackberry picking. A jury accepted that account and Ventham was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter, reports the Daily Mail.
And it appears The Romsey Stabbing Case is not the only part of Cumberbatch's past he'd like to forget about - according to the website researchers, his fifth great-grandfather, Abraham Cumberbatch, was a slave owner who ran a sugar plantation in Barbados.