<p>It's not every day that a doctor becomes a major television celebrity, best selling author, and political advisor, but Sanjay Gupta accomplished all of these and more. An accomplished neurosu...
Fall season premieres are still under way, but that hasn’t stopped TNT from looking forward to the next round of dates: winter premiere season!
TNT has announced its lineup, and along with four returning shows (Dallas, Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage, and Southland), the network will also premiere a brand new medical drama Monday Mornings from David E. Kelley and Dr. Sanjay Gupta starring Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Bamber, as well as a new unscripted series with unprecedented access to the Boston Police Department called Boston’s Finest from executive producer Donnie Wahlberg.
Check out when the new and returning series come back on your TV:
Nov. 27: Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage
Jan. 28: Dallas
Feb. 4: Monday Mornings
Feb. 13: Southland
Feb. 27: Boston’s Finest
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Our favorite shows feel perfect for their respective networks: The nude-friendly Game of Thrones is a tried-and-true HBO series, the tortoise-slow Mad Men fits AMC’s intelligent and patient viewers, and The Big Bang Theory never met a laugh track CBS didn’t like. But what if those series appeared on different networks? How would the show change? We’re exploring just that in our Network Swap series. Next up: What if Parks and Recreation aired on CNN?
Series: Parks and Recreation
TV Rating: TV-14 for the addressing of issues like government corruption and horse funerals, and for a highly inappropriate glorification of candy and waffles.
Logline: “Together, we can build a better Pawnee.”
Setting: Pawnee’s local television studio (providing Joan Callamezzo does not find out).
Demographic: The citizens of Pawnee, Indiana. And not even all of them — mostly just Mel, Lawrence, and Marcia Langman.
Pilot Plot: On the first episode of the series, Councilwoman Leslie Knope launches an in-depth investigation of the Pawnee-based Sweetums Candy Corporation’s excessive pollution, and the resultant effects on the city’s parks. She debates the issue at hand with costar Ron Swanson (who takes a staunch “anti-everything” position on the matter); field reporter Andrew M. Dwyer goes undercover as a Sweetums employee to get to the bottom of the issue, but gets sidetracked by a conveyer belt of candy bars. Special guest appearance by Jean-Ralphio Saperstein… despite countless attempts to have him removed from the studio.
Cast: Councilwoman Leslie B. Knope, Advocate for the Downfall of Government Ron Swanson, Swag Analyst Tom Haverford, “Numbers Man” Benjamin Wyatt
Breakout Star: Field Reporter/Undercover Investigator/House Bandleader Andrew M. Dwyer
Soundbite: “Counterpoint: No.” – Ron Swanson
Reason People Watch: To find out the latest, most pressing news… exclusively involving public parks in a midsize Indiana suburb.
What the Critics Say: “This is a show that you can watch on television.” – Perd Hapley
Emmy Odds: The awards always favor rival program, Eagleton Today.
Spin-Off Possibilities: Chris Traeger "MD" — Chris Traeger’s Sanjay Gupta-inspied health-oriented news series about the medical dangers of red meat, a sedentary lifestyle, and not smiling ALL THE TIME; April Ludgate 32° — the latest international news stories delivered, analyzed, and critiqued harshly for being stupid and uninteresting by Pawnee Community College graduate April R. Ludgate.
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A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
Last night, Justin Bieber appeared on The Tonight Show to force Jay Leno to try sushi, to explain his "pedestrian road rage," and to describe his romantic date with Selena Gomez in the middle of the Staples Center.
Jesse Eisenberg stopped by The Late Show to talk about how even though he's working with Woody Allen, his relationship with the director wasn't always so positive. He recalls, specifically, a cease and desist letter he got from Allen's lawyers when he was sixteen.
Heidi Klum paid a visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to show pictures of and talk about all the amazing Halloween costumes she has worn, including this year's "Bodies" exhibit costume.
Finally, The Office's Mindy Kaling showed up on The Daily Show to discuss with Jon Stewart the wonder that is Sanjay Gupta, and how Kaling's parents thinks Stewart is a troublemaker.
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Filmmaker Michael Moore has ended his feud with CNN after the news network admitted making mistakes in their coverage of his latest movie Sicko.
Moore launched into an 11-minute rant on CNN show The Situation Room after host Wolf Blitzer and chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta highlighted allegedly false information in his documentary.
After the director vowed to CNN to "become your worst nightmare," the network released a statement, answering his accusations and admitting to making two mistakes.
During Gupta's on-air report, he said Moore had inaccurately claimed Cuba spends $25 per person on healthcare. However, they have now admitted that his movie estimates Cuba's spending at $251 per person. CNN said a transcription error had lead to this mistake.
In CNN's statement, a spokesman said, "It's ironic that someone who has made a career out of holding powerful interests accountable is so sensitive to having his own work held up to the light by impartial journalists, as we did in our examination of Sicko."
Following CNN's statement, Moore is now willing to forget the fight and move on.
He says, "I trust the intelligence of the American people. I don't think there's a whole lot more to do with this other than I and others are going to be a lot more skeptical with what I see on CNN.
"In the report they say that I fudged the facts and they didn't find a single fact that I fudged."
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Filmmaker Michael Moore launched into an 11-minute rant on TV on Monday, during which he blasted the media for misrepresenting his new healthcare documentary Sicko.
The controversial director was appearing on CNN show The Situation Room when he blasted both the network and host Wolf Blitzer for having a "poor track record" as journalists.
Moore had been invited onto the program to counter a report made by CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, which pointed out alleged false information and statistics in Sicko, which takes aim at the healthcare system.
Moore blasted, "That report was so biased, I can't imagine which pharmaceutical company ad is coming up right after our break.
"All the statistics show that we have far worse healthcare than these other industrialized countries. We're the only ones that don't have it free and universal."
Moore also accused the network of covering up the truth about the American healthcare system and the country's military involvement in Iraq.
He said, "You're the ones who are fudging the facts. You've fudged the facts to the American people now for I don't know how long about this issue, about the war.
"And I'm just curious, when are you gonna just stand there and apologize to the American people for not bringing the truth to them that isn't sponsored by some major corporation?"
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<p>It's not every day that a doctor becomes a major television celebrity, best selling author, and political advisor, but Sanjay Gupta accomplished all of these and more. An accomplished neurosurgeon, Gupta even made <i>People</i> magazine's sexiest men alive list, a great height few in medicine get to achieve. Sanjay Gupta was born on October 23, 1969 in India. His family moved to Michigan so his father could work as an engineer for Ford Motors. Pursuing a career in medicine, Gupta received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Gupta finished his residency in 2000 with the University of Michigan Health System, and became associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University. Gupta's specialty was spine trauma operations guided by 3-D imaging, and he made the news for saving a 12-year-old girl's life after a Haitian earthquake, as well as for performing emergency surgery during the Iraq war. Eventually Gupta became a commentator for CNN, where he was chief medical correspondent. He also appeared regularly on "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" (CBS 2006-2011) and "60 Minutes" (CBS 1968- ). As a writer, Gupta had a regular column in <i>Time</i> magazine, and wrote several best-selling books, including the novel <i>Monday Mornings</i>, (2012), which went into development as a TV show with producer David E. Kelley. As a well-known figure in popular culture, Gupta made <i>People</i>'s sexiest men list in 2003, and he also endured several controversies. He tangled with filmmaker Michael Moore, criticizing his documentary "Sicko" (2007) on CNN. He made news for reversing his stance on medical marijuana, coming out in favor of it in 2013. Gupta worked as an advisor to Hillary Clinton and was offered the post of Surgeon General for the Obama administration, but declined the position. He became enough of a pop culture fixture that he appeared on an episode of "30 Rock" (NBC 2006-2013) and in Steven Soderbergh's thriller "Contagion" (2011) as himself.</p>