Errol Morris Loves Directing Ads; Justified's Graham Yost
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Then he lets us in on his secret love of directing commercials. Plus, Graham Yost, showrunner of the FX series Justified on Timothy Olyphant, production incentives, and the challenge of making California look like Kentucky.
Hollywood News BanterKim Masters and John Horn discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.
- Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman as Late Show host. But will he keep his coveted 18-49 demographic after going to CBS? His psudo-right-wing pundit will be left behind as he goes under his adopted name (same name but upscale instead of Cole-Bert). But will the younger people "get him" when he leaves his irreverant comedy Central characters behind?
- The Senate Judiciary Committee held the first public hearing on Comcast Corps proposed $45.2 billion deal for Time Warner Cable Inc. on Wednesday. There are still many regulatory and financial concerns about merging the Number 1 and Number 2 cable companies. The company is selling it as local cable issue, downplaying the impact of having 30% of nations TV homes and 17 of the top 20 TV markets, with control of over 40% of all of the countries broadband services. Those who oppose the deal are facing having to work with COMCAST after a merger-aquisition is approved.
- NBC is 'crowd sourcing comedy' with their new NBC Comedy Playground initiative. They've roped in big comedy stars to help judge, but will it work? NBC is going to the public to "crowd source comedy", a shot in the dark in creating a grassroots initiative to lure show ideas from aspiring comedy writers in the US. But how will those who create it be compensated and treated. Or is is a simple publicity road show?
Errol Morris (2:36PM)
Filmmaker Errol Morris discusses his famed interview device, the interrotron, which allows the subjects of his films to maintain eye contact both with the camera and him during the interviews. He used it to great effect for the Oscar-winning Fog of War and his new movie, The Unknown Known. When Morris isn't deep in the midst of a film he can be found directing commercials. He boast a thousand ads directed, and his dirty little secret is...he loves it. Plus, what does he think of Twitter?