June 30, 2011 |
Andrea Mitchell, now chief foreign-affairs correspondent for NBC News, walked into the Philadelphia City Hall newsroom in the 1960s on the first day of her first job as a reporter for KYW-AM. The only woman in the room. A minnow among barracudas. Except for Philadelphia Daily News reporter Bill Fidati. "He reached out and mentored me," Mitchell said in a Wednesday phone interview. "He really made it acceptable for many of the other veteran male reporters to accept a young, eager, but inexperienced woman.
June 14, 2011 |
FILMMAKER Eric Moyer is outraged that the Souderton Area School District rejected his request to shoot his film "School Spirits" in the closed former home of Souderton High School, from which Moyer graduated in 1991. The movie, which deals with ghosts in a shuttered high school, stars Mischa Barton ("The O.C. "); Christopher McDonald , whose credits include "Dirty Work" and "Happy Gilmore"; and Robert Romanus , remembered by a generation as Mike Damone in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
June 13, 2011 |
LOOKS LIKE A national tryout for NBC 10 anchor/reporter Aditi Roy , who will spend the summer in Los Angeles working for NBC News. She'll be there from June 27 to Sept. 5. If this story sounds familiar, it's because last year NBC 10's Kristen Welker also was tapped for the national stage, and spent a summer in Burbank, before being promoted full-time to NBC News. Although Roy's summer gig isn't being billed as a tryout, it certainly seems that way, and NBC News President Steve Capus is known to have a soft spot for NBC 10. The Warminster native and Temple grad spent several years at the station in the 1980s.
May 18, 2011 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - For more than a decade, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger managed to keep secret the fact that he had fathered a child with a member of his household staff, misleading not only his family but also millions of Californians who might not have elected him had they known. Battered by years of fiscal problems, Schwarzenegger's public approval rating had dipped to 23 percent when he left office in January. On his final day in office, he shortened the manslaughter sentence for the son of his political friend Fabian Nunez, angering his shrunken pool of supporters.
May 10, 2011
NBC News yesterday made it official: Ann Curry will replace the departing Meredith Vieira as co-anchor of the "Today" show. Curry, who's been the show's news anchor since 1997, has also anchored "Dateline NBC" and served as Brian Williams' primary backup on "The NBC Nightly News. " But she may spend as much time in the air as she does on it: She's reported from everywhere from Darfur, Sudan, to the South Pole. Last week, she was in Pakistan. Here's hoping five mornings a week at Rockefeller Center won't bore her silly.
April 23, 2011 |
Have you ever noticed, when it's time for TV to amp up its game for a special occasion, it usually chokes? Take, for example, series finales from Seinfeld to The Sopranos . Or the feeble way American Idol said goodbye to Simon Cowell last year after nine seasons. But 30 Rock did not disappoint Thursday night, coming up big with a crackling hour-long program to celebrate its 100th episode. There were barbs directed at everyone from Nate Berkus to John Stossel.
March 29, 2011
SO MUCH television, so little time: Do you buy TV shows on DVD for the episodes or the extras? Lionsgate seems to think "Mad Men" fans want to understand a lot more of the history behind the 1960s-set melodrama. And when I say a lot more, I'm talking a three-part documentary about "Divorce: Circa 1960s" that's included, along with the usual commentaries, in today's DVD/Blu-ray release of "Mad Men: Season 4. " A mix of professorial talking heads and clips from the series - along with some old movies - it's a mostly scholarly affair, one that reminds us that there was a time as recently as 1960 when just 16 percent of U.S. first marriages ended in divorce, if only because divorces were so hard to come by. Season 4 being the first in which Don Draper (Jon Hamm)
January 26, 2011 |
Ed Rendell is taking the Sarah Palin route out of politics: media stardom. NBC News says it has hired the former Pennsylvania governor as a political analyst. "Governor Rendell has never been afraid to share his thoughtful analysis on national and local issues," says NBC prez and local lad Steve Capus , an alum of William Tennent High School in Warminster. "[Rendell's] extensive experience serving the people of Pennsylvania gives him a unique perspective," adds Capus.
January 26, 2011 |
SCREEN LEGEND Ron Jeremy will host the Delilah's (100 Spring Garden St.) Wing Bowl after-party. The veteran porn performer known as the Hedgehog will also attend 610 WIP's Wing Bowl Feb. 4 at the Wells Fargo Center. There, Jeremy, whose own meat has been gobbled by thousands of women on film, will watch 20-some contestants chow down as many chicken wings as possible. Afterward at Delilah's he'll be joined by Berks County porn queen Gina Lynn and Hustler model Danni Kalifornia , both of whom dance at the after-party.
January 25, 2011 |
LOOKS LIKE Ed Rendell is being hired at NBC News, though in what capacity is not yet clear, sources say. Politico.com reported yesterday that Rendell was close to signing with MSNBC, for which he would become a "regular political contributor for the 2012 campaign cycle," according to Politico's David Catanese . We're told Rendell could be used on other NBC News broadcasts, too. An NBC News spokeswoman declined comment yesterday. "I'm doing it mostly because I want to continue to participate in the public dialogue and speeches and television are the best venues to do that," the former governor told Catanese.