ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012
People & Places
But the new film, which will premier
Film on March 10, focuses on the rise of Palin
as McCain’s 2008 Republican Party run-
“We felt that story of Sarah Palin is
truly one of the great American political
Hanks picks Yahoo stories of our time,” writer Danny Strong
told television reporters on Friday.
Moore said that she spent hours work-
‘Ecosystem ing with a vocal coach to master Palin’s
“idiosyncratic way of speaking” as well as
reading Palin’s book and watching her TV
reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”
is changing’ “It’s a daunting task to play somebody
who’s not only a living figure but also
hugely well known. So for me, the most
LAS VEGAS, Jan 14, (RTRS): important thing was accuracy. We’re all
Why did Tom Hanks choose to very familiar with her and those iconic
partner with Yahoo for his next cre- moments four years ago,” said Moore,
ative venture, “Electric City”? who starred in movie drama “The Hours”
It appears the Hollywood icon and “The Kids Are Alright”.
has tired of the industry’s lack of Strong said he was given interviews
creative flexi- with everyone he wrote into the film.
bility and its Except for Palin. Instead, he used the for-
limits on sto- mer Alaska governor’s own book “Going
rytelling — Rogue” as one of his main sources.
not to mention “Her (Palin’s) situation was an extraor-
the diminish- dinary one. She was someone who was
ing profit mar- involved in state politics and suddenly
gins. thrust into international politics, and clear-
“We can tell ly wasn’t prepared,” said Moore. (RTRS)
this story as ❑ ❑ ❑
long as we THOUSAND OAKS, California:
keep it alive Heather Locklear was released Friday
Hanks and fresh from a hospital after she was treated in the
online. We intensive care unit for an unknown ail-
can’t exhaust the theme,” Hanks ment.
said during a private event at Las She was discharged in the afternoon,
Vegas’ Bellagio Hotel as part of the Los Robles Hospital spokeswoman Kris
Consumer Electronics Show. Carraway-Bowman told The Associated
“We’re trying to make ambigu- Press. The 50-year-old “Melrose Place”
ous attractive. Ambiguity is anathe- actress was hospitalized Thursday.
ma to them,” Hanks said in refer- The hospital in the Los Angeles suburb
ence to Hollywood marketing of Thousand Oaks said earlier in the day
types. that Locklear was medically stable and
being cared for one-on-one in the ICU.
This is not to say that Hanks is Paramedics transported her from her home
done making movies, or that he dis- in Westlake Village, 35 miles northwest
likes Hollywood. He vowed to keep of Los Angeles.
bringing in those paychecks once or Locklear has been hospitalized several
twice a year, making movies that times over the years. In 2009, she pleaded
expose the viewer to the “unexpect- no contest to reckless driving after being
ed.” arrested on suspicion of driving under the
Top influence of prescription medication.
Locklear also starred in such TV series
However, the Hollywood star as “Dynasty” and “T.J. Hooker.”
also said that while feature films Her engagement to “Melrose Place” co-
are “supposedly the top of the pyra- star Jack Wagner recently ended. She
mid,” the ecosystem is changing. was previously married to Bon Jovi gui-
The process of film production is tarist Richie Sambora, and they have a
“sloppy,” he said, making them daughter together. (AP)
“more expensive than ever” and ❑ ❑ ❑
fewer people — at least in America
— are watching them. NEW YORK: Richard Threlkeld, a far-
ranging and award-winning correspondent
By contrast, his production com- who worked for both CBS and ABC News
pany, Playtone, along with Reliance during a long career, has been killed in a
Entertainment, has already made 90 car crash on New York’s Long Island.
minutes of “Electric City” for just The 74-year-old Threlkeld died Friday
$2.5 million. morning in Amagansett, New York, when
The show, which is animated and his car collided with a propane tanker. He
features the voices of Hanks, was pronounced dead at Southampton
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chris Parnell Hospital, according to the East Hampton,
and others, will air in 4-6 minute New York, Police Department. He lived in
segments. It can also be viewed nearby East Hampton.
contiguously. The driver of the tanker was not
Erin McPhereson, Yahoo’s VP injured, said police, who are investigating
and Head of Video Programming the accident.
and Originals, told TheWrap they Threlkeld spent more than 25 years at
have locked up three to four spon- CBS News before retiring in 1998. He
sors, and that Tuesday’s event was a reporter, anchor and bureau chief
should help lure more since adver- who covered the Arabian Gulf War and
tisers were the primary target. the Vietnam War, the Patty Hearst kid-
napping and trial, the assassination of
This show, inspired by an anec- Robert F. Kennedy, and the execution of
dote about the Soviet Union’s dra- Gary Gilmore.
conian control over resources and He was one of the last journalists evac-
communication, remains a risk for uated from Phnom Penh and Saigon
Hanks — not to his credibility, but when those cities fell to the Communists
in the sense that he is embracing a in 1975.
new platform with a newcomer to CBS News correspondent Bob Simon
scripted programming. While was with him when Saigon fell.
Hanks has won almost every major Threlkeld covered the presidential cam-
acting award out there, this is paigns of candidates ranging from Barry
Yahoo’s initial foray into scripted Goldwater and Lyndon Johnson in the
programming. 1960s to Bill Clinton in the 1990s. He
worked alongside Lesley Stahl as co-
Comedy anchor of “The CBS Morning News”
Yahoo has been building up its from 1977-79, and reported for “CBS
original programming online with a Sunday Morning” from its inception in
new comedy channel and a slate of 1979, as well as for “The CBS Evening
women’s programming. News With Dan Rather.” (AP)
“I don’t think anyone has been ❑ ❑ ❑
able to crack that nut really well,” LOS ANGELES: Lady Gaga has been up
McPhereson said in reference to front about her admiration for Madonna.
online scripted programming. “It’s But does Madonna share the love?
a challenging model.” In this Jan 6, 2012 file photo, actor David Duchovny poses for a portrait in New York. Duchovny stars in the Showtime comedy series ‘Californication.’ (AP) The “Material Girl” sounded lukewarm
She promised a “robust market- in US interviews released on Friday, call-
ing campaign” both on and off ing her influence on Gaga’s music “inter-
Yahoo, including TV spots. She esting” and “amusing.” Sometimes.
also saw opportunities to link a
show that touches on topics like
Actor’s roundabout way into showbiz “I certainly think she references me a
lot in her work. And sometimes I think it’s
social unrest and green energy to amusing and flattering and well done,”
Duchovny takes off late
ongoing news. Madonna, 53, told ABC News in a televi-
Hanks, aware of Yahoo’s relative sion interview.
inexperience , and somewhat out of “There’s a lot of ways to look at it. I
place at a scene like CES, took can’t really be annoyed by it...because
obviously, I’ve influenced her,” the pop
every shot he could at Yahoo — star told ABC.
playfully, of course. NEW YORK, Jan 14, (AP): David “Twin Peaks,” ‘’Red Shoe Diaries” Files” episodes, they remind him of
Duchovny has starred in two hit TV and, of course, “The X-Files,” which home movies. The comparisons between the two
After Ross Levinson, Yahoo’s divas, both known for combining
EVP of the Americas and the shows, “The X-Files” and made him a star and a sex symbol. “I’ll remember the day, you know provocative stunts with catchy dance-pop
night’s emcee, opened by describ- “Californication,” and yet the thought “I was kind of blissfully overconfi- I’ll remember the lunch, I’ll remem- hits, came to a head when Gaga released
ing Yahoo’s 700 million unique vis- of going into showbiz never occurred dent at first and I don’t say that as a ber the weather ... and, as I said, I will her “Born This Way” single last February.
itors a month, Hanks joked about its to him when he was growing up. joke,” he said. “I knew I thought I was laugh at how bad I am or stuff like The song was instantly likened to
20,000 cafes in Latin America. “I never even had the wayward good. Not great. Not in a conceited or that. It used to come on and I’d say to Madonna’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself”.
Perhaps the best jab of all came thought. It never even entered even cocky way, but in a way like, ‘Yes, I (wife) Tea (Leoni), ‘Can you just see “When I heard it on the radio, said that
towards the end, after Levinson the furthest reaches of my imagina- can do this.’ You need in a way to how bad I am?’ and she’d never agree sounds very familiar,” Madonna said.
acknowledged new Yahoo CEO tion. ... I never thought about the believe sometimes.” but it’s kind of funny embarrassing. Asked if that felt annoying, Madonna
Scott Thompson, who was in atten- actors on television or film like what Acting Like home movies.” responded, “It felt reductive.”
dance. kind of life they had,” he said in a “Californication” is now in its fifth Pressed by ABC interviewer Cynthia
recent interview. Duchovny credits “The X-Files” season on Showtime. McFadden whether that was a good or
For Hanks’ sake, Thompson bet- with helping him with acting. bad thing, Madonna replied “look it up”.
ter know a little, or be a fast learn- Duchovny, 51, said he didn’t begin Duchovny plays Hank Moody, a
acting until his late twenties. “Every day I had to go to work sharp-tongued writer who consistent- (RTRS)
Actress Nicole Kidman poses for a “I wanted to write plays. I was at and every day for 14 hours year after ly finds himself embroiled in outra- ❑ ❑ ❑
Also: portrait while promoting the new Yale graduate school at the time for year after year I don’t know if I geous and often sexual situations. LOS ANGELES: Ever wondered whether
BERLIN: Pistol dueling in print and HBO film ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’ at English literature not for acting. ... I would’ve made it to this point if I He says it’s not easy to pull off the single life in New York is really like “Sex
energetic postings of “applause” the Television Critics Association liked the idea of collaboration and I would’ve just gone from movie to show’s quick-witted dialogue. and the City?”
accompanied the Facebook premier Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, thought if I’m gonna write plays I movie to movie like a three-month “Sometimes the better the writing, “Girls,” written, directed and starring
of Theodor Fontane’s “Effi California, on Jan 13. (AP) should learn something about speak- stint here and a three-month stint the harder it is to play because you Lena Dunham, is a bittersweet homage
Briest,” which organizers said was ing the lines that I might try to write. there. It was very good for me and really want to service it,” he said. to HBO’s influential hit TV series “Sex
the first live staging of a play on the It might help me as a writer to actual- my particular sense of myself or my “It’s hard to be that quick and articu- and the City”.
social networking site. Variety ly know it from that side,” he said. craft to have to go in every day and late in life. You’ve got to try to make It follows the lives of four young col-
Fontane’s classic work, first pub- “So that’s pretty much how it started.” do it.” it seem discovered, you know, not lege graduates trying to find jobs and love
lished as a serial novel in 1894, was His career took off with roles on Now when he looks back at old “X- rehearsed.” in a big city but who find it’s not quite the
specially adapted to be performed on PASADENA, California: Nicole fairytale life enjoyed by Carrie, Samantha,
the Maxim Gorki Theatre’s “online Kidman and Clive Owen play writers Miranda and Charlotte in the freewheeling
Facebook stage” on Monday. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest 1990s.
The play used status updates, “This is about girls who aren’t from
Hemingway in a new HBO film, but New York, but they grew up watching
photo uploads and wall postings they’d prefer to keep their own lives off- “Hemingway & Gellhorn” is set to air ing up for the 2012 presidential elections, ‘Sex and the City’ and thought they were
from characters to relate protago- screen. in May. It’s about the passionate, short- but HBO is revisiting the drama of the going to live the dream, and now that
nist Effi Briest’s descent into disre- At a news conference Friday promoting lived relationship of Gellhorn, a daring 2008 race to the White House in a TV they’ve arrived, it’s something decidedly
pute. “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” Kidman said war correspondent, and the great novelist. film about Sarah Palin and John different,” Dunham told television critics
“We were really pleased to try she likes her privacy and protects it “quite Kidman says she enjoys portraying McCain. on Friday.
something new and innovative, and diligently.” She and husband Keith inspirational women “who defy the odds “Game Change,” starring Julianne Dunham, 25, first made an impact in
have learned a lot about how we Urban live in Nashville, Tennessee, with and that burn bright,” as Gellhorn did. Moore as Palin and Ed Harris as 2010 with her debut independent film,
can use the Internet for our produc- their two daughters. (AP) McCain, is based on the 2010 book by “Tiny Furniture,” which she wrote, direct-
tions,” a spokeswoman for the the- Kidman’s British co-star shares her
❑ ❑ ❑ John Heilemann and Mark Halperin ed and starred in as a young graduate
atre told Reuters. viewpoint. Of a Clive Owen biopic, he that documented the behind-the-scenes struggling to adapt after returning home to
said, “I wouldn’t want to see it.” LOS ANGELES: Americans may be gear- Moore Palin action of the presidential campaign four New York City after college. (RTRS)