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Saturday, May 03, 2021

Another example of the incestuous ideamill that makes up Hollywood:

- “The Return of Jezebel James” was a recent sitcom on FOX about a straitlaced professional woman (Parker Posey) who wants a baby, but can’t conceive on her own. So she enlists a surrogate mother (Lauren Ambrose), who happens to be a scatter-shot, roughneck polar opposite. Odd-couple wackiness ensues!

- Baby Mama is a current major motion picture release about a straitlaced professional woman (Tina Fey) who wants a baby, but can’t conceive on her own. So she enlists a surrogate mother (Amy Poehler), who happens to be a scatter-shot, roughneck polar opposite. Odd-couple wackiness ensues!

Yep, same difference. The only serious divergence I can see is that the sitcom’s characters were sisters, while the movie’s characters were brought-together strangers. Otherwise, this was cross-pollination.

The end results: “Jezebel James” was a flop, lasting only three episodes on TV, while Baby Mama debuted at No. 1 at last week’s box office (although a relatively weak one, banking only $17.4 million).

There may be something behind the principal actors’ displacement into different media: Posey and Ambrose are accomplished indie-movie stars, while Fey and Poehler are best known from “Saturday Night Live”. The SNL connection likely had a lot to do with the movie’s success, as the duo there was basically carrying over their “Weekend Update” chemistry to a big-screen milieu.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/03/2021 07:08:25 PM
Category: Celebrity, Comedy, Movies, TV
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For anyone who was wondering what prompted new New York governor David Paterson to go on a confessional spree shortly after inauguration, he now claims that elements within the state police were zeroing in and would have outed him anyway.

Paterson first disclosed to the Daily News in March that both he and his wife, Michelle, had affairs during a troubled point in their marriage several years ago. The day after he was sworn in, the couple fielded questions at a tense press conference at the state Capitol.

“That feeding frenzy was getting closer and closer to my family,” Paterson said Friday, adding he had heard “wild rumors” about himself - including that he fathered his 23-year-old nephew.

“So what we decided to do was you get yourself before they get you,” said Paterson, who has also since disclosed that he smoked pot and used cocaine in his youth.

This is pretty much what I suspected, although I didn’t know specifically who was getting ready to hit Paterson — I would have guessed it would have been some investigative reporter or somesuch. But the flood of admissions were clearly a preemptive move.

What I’ve argued is that Paterson made his disclosures at the only good time possible. He couldn’t have done so before he was sworn in, because that would have jeopardized his ascension to the Governor’s mansion. And had he waited until later, not only would he have risked someone else beating him to the punch, but he also would have gotten considerably more flak; the positive energy he was getting from not being Eliot Spitzer served as enough of a shield to deflect serious fallout.

Simply put, there was no other time when he could have done it, and gotten gain out of it. It was actually a very shrewd public relations strategy: Taking advantage of a window of optimal goodwill.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/03/2021 06:30:49 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Politics
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