Here's the statement from WJW news director Andy Fishman:
Kristi Capel will not be anchoring “Fox 8 News in the Morning” for the remainder of the week.
Kristi regrets her actions and realizes the impact of her mistake and the hurt she has caused.
On Tuesday afternoon, Kristi met with a group of African-American Clergy from Northeast Ohio to begin the process of reflecting on the gravity of this incident. In her on-air apology, Kristi vowed to learn from this experience and has begun that process with help from clergy, friends, family and co-workers.To read more or comment...
The official word: Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce the home entertainment release of THE IMITATION GAME, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, with Charles Dance, and Mark Strong; written by Graham Moore and directed by Morten Tyldum. Heralded as one of the top films of the year in nearly every major publication, the independently produced film has gone on to gross more than 150 million dollars worldwide, and received eight Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, five Golden Globe® nominations, nine BAFTA nominations, and three Screen Actors Guild nominations. It won the Academy Award® for Adapted Screenplay, was named one of the Best Films of the Year by AFI, received the USC Libraries Scripter Award and was awarded Best Adapted Screenplay by the WGA. It will be available for digital download on March 20th before heading to DVD and Blu-Ray ™ with Digital HD on March 31, 2015.
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of “gross indecency” – an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality. Little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, THE IMITATION GAME is the story of a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.
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The official word: Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will premiere exclusively in all of its territories the new feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, starring Paul Reubens as the beloved fun-loving hero of TV, stage and film, Pee-wee Herman.
Judd Apatow (Anchorman, Bridesmaids) and Reubens, who worked together to bring the project to fruition, will produce the film. Reubens and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Arrested Development) wrote the film. John Lee (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer) makes his feature film directorial debut with production beginning in early 2015.
In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.
“We didn’t hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-wee’s Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman.”To read more or comment...
The network even sent out a teaser promoting that it will run a clip promoting the movie. It's not the first time that a movie clip has been used to get people into a show, but it still amuses me that a promo is itself promo-worthy. This should tell you how much some people, including me, are eager for "Furious 7." The official word:
USA Network announced that, in collaboration with Universal Pictures, it will broadcast an exclusive clip, introduced by Vin Diesel, from the upcoming action-thriller, “Furious 7,” during the premiere of the much-anticipated event series DIG on March 5 at 10/9 c. Additionally, leading into the series premiere, USA will air a special broadcast of “Fast Five.”To read more or comment...
Here's the official word. There's also an expected 12th "surprise" contestant, probably from "The Bachelor." The announcement:
The 10th anniversary celebrity cast of “Dancing with the Stars” is strapping on their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. This 20th season’s lineup of celebrity dancers includes a television icon, a party rocker, a football star and a Shark, to name a few. The reigning Mirrorball champion, Witney Carson, will be partnered with a surprise celebrity to be announced at a later date, completing the cast of twelve celebrity dance couples.
This season of “Dancing with the Stars” will be filled with surprises as we celebrate the last 10 years. The show will bring back fan favorite theme nights including Disney and Latin night and also introduce new themes, including Spring Break Night. Viewers will also have more access to the show than ever before with #DWTSAllAccess offering viewers a behind the scenes look with six live stream videos from key positions in the ballroom. Additionally, viewers will have access to the DWTS rehearsal studio like never before, with live streaming videos available throughout the week on ABC.com.
As announced this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the celebrities with their professional partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:To read more or comment...
UPDATE: On the WJW morning show today, Capel apologized on the air for being insensitive and again said she had not known the meaning of the word she used. She said she will learn from the experience. Even more important, her co-anchor, Wayne Dawson, extensively defended Capel, making clear he did not think she was racist and that she had made a mistake the way anchors sometimes do. He called her "a good girl" and maintained that Capel is "still my partner" on the air.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Reactions to this issue have been mixed. One reader left a long voicemail arguing that Capel is a good Christian and I should apologize for the story I had in today's Beacon Journal. I have never said Capel was not a nice person. Nor, unlike other readers, have I called for her firing. From the beginning I have thought that she made a foolish mistake. And I thought both her apology and Wayne Dawson's comments this morning should be enough for now.
From previous versions:
The WJW morning host, talking about Lady Gaga, used the word "jigaboo," a nasty term for African-Americans. You can see the context in the clip above; note particularly how Wayne Dawson almost chokes when she says it. [UPDATE: The clip I originally posted has been taken down by its user, presumably at WJW's request. I have substituted another copy that was still up a few minutes ago. UPDATED: WJW's owner, Tribune, has also had the substituted clip taken off YouTube. I replaced that with yet another YouTube version of the clip, but will be done if this one is removed. ANOTHER UPDATE: The latest clip was also taken down, so we've removed the link from here.]To read more or comment...
Who will win?
Pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels is tuning in tonight for the Oscars broadcast and will tweet his reactions live. Follow along with him on Twitter.To read more or comment...
Among the changes are the declaration that comedies are 30 minutes and dramas are an hour long; that there are two kinds of variety shows, talk and sketch, so "The Tonight Show" will no longer compete against "SNL" (even if "Tonight" is heavily sketch-driven), that you can't be a guest actor if you're in more than half of a season's shows, and that you can't just declare yourself a miniseries to have an easier road to an Emmy win. As I said last year when the nominations were announced:
Why are Natasha Lyonne and the amazing Uzo Aduba [and Laverne Cox] "guest" actresses on "Orange Is the New Black" when they are key to the show (and don't tell it's because they get paid or billed as guests)? Why, for that matter, is "OITNB" in the comedy category? If "True Detective" is not a minsieries, why is "American Horror Story" one?
The Emmys let shows decide what they are, and what actors' status is, which sometimes makes the path to a win easier ("AHS" as a miniseries dodges the tougher best-drama category) but can also create some challenges.
In theory, the changes remedy some of these problems. But there are loopholes, such as an appeals process that could still lead to shows bending the basic rules.
Here's the announcement:To read more or comment...
A showing of "Finding the Gold Within" at 7 p.m. March 20 in the main Akron-Summit County Public Library. A reception will be in the library lobby at 6 p.m.
"1971" is at 2:15 p.m., "Royal Hangover" at 4, "Traficant" at 6:20 and "Creeping Garden" at 8:30.To read more or comment...