Today The Hollywood Reporter announced that Aaron Sorkin’s confusingly uncanceled HBO drama The Newsroom will be featuring two new cast members in its second season. The show, which has suffered from mixed reviews and sinking ratings, made headlines midseason when Mr. Sorkin fired (almost) all his writers, and apparently replaced them with alt-comedy fans.
So get ready for Will McAvoy to butt heads with not only economist lady Olivia Munn, but also King of Queens* actor Patton Oswalt. And also Rosemary DeWitt.
The Webby Awards, which is in its 16th year of honoring the best of the web with five words allotted for winning speeches, announced their nominees today.
The websites and individuals honored are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, with the actual ceremony closing out New York’s Internet Week on May 21. Past hosts have included B.J. Novak and last year’s Lisa Kudrow, and this year marks a return to the standup scene as geek god Patton Oswalt takes the stage as the M.C.
Another triumphant performance by Charlize Theron informs and enhances the otherwise uneven Young Adult, an edgy and sometimes disappointing drama about contemporary neuroses with comic undertones from director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, the team responsible for the surprise 2007 hit Juno. It’s not in the same league as Mr. Reitman’s hugely superior Up in the Air, but Ms. Theron, a true beauty and one of the screen’s most exquisite actors, keeps the film airborne even when it seems dangerously earthbound. She’s a one-woman emergency rescue squad.
New York Comic Con
Today is the official start date of New York’s annual Comic Con, the sad stepbrother of San Diego’s way more famous nerd convention. Still, New York has its fair share of amazing graphic novel writers and artists (which was what Comic Con is all about, right?), and DC and Marvel have spent a good chunk of cash flying out some big name celebrities for panels as well.
If you head to movie theaters on this, the last weekend of August, be on the lookout for some film critics. Once again, the week’s major releases went unscreened for reviewers, meaning if A. O. Scott wants to see Halloween 2, he’ll have to wait in line just like everyone else. Welcome to Read More
Running time 85 minutes
Written and directed by Robert Siegel
Starring Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport
Here’s a little movie opening this weekend that might get overshadowed by some of the shlocky, studio-dump features coming our way at the end of August (we’re talking about you, The Final Destination and Halloween II), Read More
As we mentioned in this week’s spring pop music preview, the 2008 Plug Independent Music Awards, a sort of Grammys for the cool kids, were held at the West Side mega-venue Terminal 5 last night. And just in case you were wondering what an indie rock awards show is like, the Read More
Wednesday, June 23
@ Last year Patton Oswalt, the 35-year-old actor who plays schlubby, lovable nerd Spence Olchin on CBS’s schlubby, lovable sitcom, The King of Queens , went onstage at a Pittsburgh comedy club and told a few jokes about the Bush administration.
Suddenly, he wasn’t so lovable.
“I was chanted offstage,” Read More