There was an interview recently on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that did more damage to the GOP party than the entire shutdown. What happened? A Republican precinct chairman in North Carolina was interviewed on the show and said some really dumb, racist things. You could tell they were going to be in that vein when he said, "My best friend is black." Yup, that practically set up a neon sign. After the show aired, he then resigned his position.
Yes, I know it wasn't Ted Cruz doing something like that, but it did wind up being a bloody nose for the GOP, however small it may be. They probably don't even care, given that Congress has approval ratings lower than contracting ebola. Yes, I'm sure that many people would rather bleed from every orifice than trust politicians implicitly.
The thing is, when it comes to media, journalism has been king for many, many years. People would trust what was read in the newspapers and many news anchors were held in such high esteem that they might as well have been nominated for sainthood: Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, Diane Sawyer...the list goes on. But now the media is being viewed through a prism of mistrust. It seems like more people are listening to Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central than someone like Piers Morgan on CNN or anybody on FOX News.
What helps Stewart and Colbert (well, Stewart more, since Colbert is a persona) is they can take an irreverent view on it that is still surrounded by truth and can expose the hypocrisy of what goes on in the government. Maybe the media got too high up on its pedestal and began thinking it could tell people what it wanted to behind its own agenda, even under the pretense of fair reporting. The Comedy Central duo tend to get under the hood and shine their light on what goes on there. Maybe they could call themselves "America's Auto Mechanics."
So maybe people should hope that Stewart gets many more politicians to appear on his show to show what they really stand for instead of having it sanitized on the news. Maybe in a couple of decades from now, we'll look at Stewart like we looked at the other anchors. And that's no laughing matter.
September 13, 2008 9:00pm EST
It was this time last year that Kathy Griffin was making headlines for dissing Jesus on stage at the Creative Arts Emmys. The carrot-topped comedienne found herself in hot water for off color remarks like, "a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus…This award is my god now!"
But that was last year – this year Griffin’s My Life on the D List earned her a second Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program and the queen of comedy learned her lesson. Still the most brash of all the speeches, a mild “here we are again f*ckers” and “I love this Emmy, I would make love to it if I could” was the extent of it.
Afterward, Griffin admitted, “I’m trying not to get fired between now and next Sunday, because I can’t believe they are allowing me to present at the fancy schmancies (Primetime Emmys)…I didn’t want to get that call like I did last year on Monday. I [was] thinking it was a riot and then I [got] the call saying; ‘You can’t come.’ I’ve got the dress and everything. I’m presenting with the Don Rickles. I didn’t want to fuck that up.”
Griffin wasn’t the only funny woman to take the stage this year at the ceremony celebrating guest roles, reality shows and television’s top talent behind-the-scenes. Sarah Silverman took home a golden statue for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for her mega-hit “I’m F*cking Matt Damon” from her ex’s Jimmy Kimmel Live show. Silverman ended her acceptance speech by recognizing Kimmel “who broke my heart – I mean [for whom] will always have a place in my heart.”
When Glynn Turman came to visit us backstage after winning Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role on In Treatment he confessed, “My wife said that I could not weld this on the hood of my car. That would be tacky she said, so I’m looking to the mantel.”
While Turman’s win was his first, the same can’t be said for Tim Conway. The veteran actor started receiving nominations in the 1960s for McHale's Navy, The Carol Burnett Show and even Coach. This year he took home another, this time for his unforgettable guest role as Bucky Bright on 30 Rock.
“I should [be back next season],” Conway says. “I did a wonderful job and brought this [award] to them, but I don’t know. They are so stuffy [laughs]. No, I had a wonderful time working with Jack [McBrayer] and Tina [Fey] and Alec [Baldwin].”
Other notable winners included Cynthia Nixon for her guest spot on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Kathryn Joosten for her role as Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives.
For a chance to watch the whole show, hosted by How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke, tune into E! next Saturday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.
P.J. Hogan's Peter Pan follows J.M. Barrie's story almost to the letter. A girl on the brink of womanhood Wendy Darling (newcomer Rachel Hurd-Wood) loves telling her brothers John (Harry Newell) and Michael (Freddie Popplewell) stories of dastardly pirates as they sit in their nursery under the watchful eye of their St. Bernard Nana. Her 19th-century Londoner parents however believe the time has come for the young girl to grow up especially her father. Then a cheeky wild-haired boy named Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter) flies through the nursery window one night with his trusted yet jealousy-prone fairy Tinkerbell (Ludivine Sagnier) telling Wendy he can take her to a place full of adventure where no one ever has to grow up. She readily accepts the offer and with a few happy thoughts some fairy dust and her two brothers in tow she flies off to Neverland. (Not the ranch…the real place.) Once there Wendy encounters mermaids Indians and the Lost Boys (who refer to her as "mother") and gets the whole pirate experience in Peter's ongoing feud with arch-nemesis Captain Hook (Jason Isaacs). But Wendy soon becomes conflicted because on the one hand she likes hangin' with hottie Peter but on the other she misses her mother. She decides it's probably best to go back and grow up but in her hurry to leave she ends up in Hook's clutches. A rescue ensues. Swords clash ticking crocodiles are fed and fairies are saved as our clever fly boy zooms Wendy and company back to London on a giant pirate ship. But does he stay and grow up himself? Hell no he's a Toys 'R Us kid forever!
All the kid actors in Peter Pan are highly watchable and appealing with angelic faces peaches-and-cream complexions and pouty cherry lips. This is the first time Peter is being played by a real-life boy a fact much hyped by the filmmakers and 12-year-old Sumpter (Frailty) does his best to live up to the expectations. (He's soon to be swoon-worthy material for sure.) He's got a mischievous gleam in his eye and a great sly smile but he really lights up when he's looking into Wendy's adorable face. Hurd-Wood the first-time actress who plays the spirited girl earned her role after a long and involved casting process it's well deserved; she fits the typical English-girl profile perfectly and gets the hang of her craft quickly infusing the character with a natural cheerful energy. It's also refreshing to see the young actors play up Wendy and Peter's feelings of first love which prior films always hinted at but never fully realized. Isaacs in a dual role as the firm-but-loving Mr. Darling and the frightening comical lonely charming needy reprehensible Captain Hook draws on his experience at playing exquisitely awful baddies (The Patriot Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and really sinks his claws into Hook. In a stand out supporting role French actress Sagnier (Swimming Pool) is really fantastic as the vivacious non-speaking Tinkerbell portraying the fairy's conflicted emotions with a silent-film over-the-top technique.
Director/writer P.J. Hogan (My Best Friend's Wedding) and his team try to distinguish their film from the other Peter Pans of the world by using all the technical and special effects wizardry at their disposal. Hogan says his Peter Pan is the way its author Barrie intended to be when he wrote it as a play over a 100 years ago--full of fantasy and wonder. In a way he's right and production designer Roger Ford and visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar take his vision and run with it giving audiences a very lush Neverland with waterfalls fluffy pink clouds crystal-blue waters and a gorgeous fairy world. But despite the bells and whistles there really isn't anything original and different in this Pan. Even its look at the dark side of Neverland has been done in Steven Spielberg's 1991 semi-sequel Hook which showed the dangers of Neverland. In this version lives really are at stake and the pirates are not cute and fun. Even the mermaids are mysterious and malevolent with scary faces and murderous intentions a far cry from the beautiful if somewhat mean-spirited creatures of the 1953 classic Disney animated adaptation another inescapable influence on the audience. When the crocodile draws near for example tick-tocking away the croc's signature tune from the Disney film comes immediately to mind. People may love those Disney films for those cutesy catchy songs but Peter Pan really is a good story. Heck it's a great story. But it's just been done.