On Fancast: Today’s Highlights

by | June 4, 2008 at 3:02 PM | What We're Watching

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TELEVISION

1. Million Dollar Password Two average joe’s, two celebrities, and one Reeg complete the equation in this game show where words are worth a million bucks. Be on the lookout for a smooth-talking Neil Patrick Harris and an over-caffeinated (too much Dunkin?) Rachel Ray in this episode.

2. Late NIght With Conan O’Brien – Sex and the City co-star Kristin Davis talks Charlotte York, Ira Glass talks This American Life, and Mates of State do what they do: perform.

3. Swingtown: Sneak – Curious what it’s like to live the life of a 1970′s swinger? This video will give you some answers.

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Feature
Hollywood Shuffle – You Don’t Mess With The Zohan opens this weekend, which features Adam Sandler continuing his newfound mission in life – making broad comedies to draw dumb-comedy frat boy fans in to see movies that might actually help them let go of some stupid stereotypes. On Letterman last night, he jokingly claimed it worked with I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, resulting in California’s recent ruling to allow gay marriage, so maybe it’ll work with Zohan to try and help stop prejudice against Arabs and Jews. Robert Townsend did something groundbreaking along those lines back in 1987, when “liberal Hollywood” still would scarcely cast black men in anything other than pimps and criminals. As writer/director/producer/star of Hollywood Shuffle, Townsend created a wacky comedy about Bobby Taylor, a struggling young actor who dreams of playing action heroes and leading men, but he only ever gets to read for parts in which the central debate is whether or not he’s “black enough.” When he finally gets offered one of these roles, he has to decide whether or not to advance his career by swallowing the stereotype bullet and selling out, or to keep on struggling and hold on to his principles. It’s a morality tale in sketch comedy format.

Trailer
Burn After Reading – Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand are two dopey gym employees who come across a briefcase filled with sensitive “CIA shit” who then proceed to blackmail the owner, Osborne Cox (John Malkovich), to try and get a big-time payday, even though the secrets had been stolen by Cox’s ex-wife (Tilda Swinton), and her current beau and current CIA-man Harry (George Clooney) is called in to clean things up. You’ll see right away that this is going to be a vastly different dynamic between Clooney and Swinton than they had in Michael Clayton, and after Brad Pitt’s publicized fuddy-duddyness, it’s great to see him in a hilarious role like this. The man should do more comedy, not less.

DAILY SPOTLIGHT

Charlize Theron

BLOGS
1. Obit: Mel Ferrer: 1917-2008
2. Watching TV: Dimitri Diatchenko
3. Deep Soap: Troubled Teens

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