LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It was a disastrous attack that played out live on television 10 years ago, riveting a horrified nation for days.
But the thought-provoking films and TV shows that followed, depicting the fiery attacks of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath, have mostly been shunned by American audiences who favored escapist movies and almost-reality TV while wars raged in Iraq and Afghanistan in the decade that followed.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The family of Amy Winehouse will give their first major television interview since the British singer’s death in June to American journalist Anderson Cooper for the September 12 launch of his new TV program.
Cooper, who launches his own syndicated daytime talk show next week, said in a Twitter message on Tuesday that he would be speaking with Winehouse’s father Mitch, her mother, stepmother and boyfriend for the launch of “Anderson.”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The tragedy-marred “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reality show went ahead with a ‘life must go on’ attitude Monday night, but the newly-edited version left an uncomfortable taste in the mouth of many TV viewers and critics.
Los Angeles Times TV writer Mary McNamara said the second season of the Bravo show — shot months ago — should have been scrapped after the suicide last month of Russell Taylor, the estranged and reportedly deeply indebted husband of cast member Taylor Armstrong.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lucas Brody was just 10 years-old when he watched the Twin Towers fall to the ground one block from his New York home on September 11, 2001; Caitlin Langone was 12 when her police officer dad died that day trying to rescue people from the scene.
Millions of other children in the United States were not born in 2001, or were too young to remember — still less comprehend — the traumatic events of September11.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The organizers of a controversial Michael Jackson Tribute concert said on Tuesday they were going ahead with the event, but they offered disgruntled fans the chance to air their concerns in a global conference call.
“We are 100 percent going ahead. We will continue to announce names for the line-up. We are moving forward and now we will try to address issues that have been raised by fans,” Juliette Harris, a spokeswoman for Global Events Live told Reuters.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Basically, it’s ‘Mad Men’, with boobs,” quipped Joel McHale.
The actor and comedian was joking recently about the upcoming drama series “The Playboy Club”. But McHale could just as easily have been referring to much of the new fall season on U.S. television, as writers revisit the Swinging Sixties (and even the Seventies) in search of 21st century hits.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A group of 35 Michael Jackson fan clubs have joined forces to lobby for the cancellation of a Michael Jackson tribute concert, saying the October event is “doomed to fail”.
In an open letter to organizers Global Live Events, the fan clubs representing thousands of die-hard Jackson followers in Europe, Australia, China and Russia, said they had multiple concerns with the October8 event in Wales.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The estranged husband of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Taylor Armstrong has been found dead in what police on Tuesday said appeared to be a suicide.
Venture capitalist Russell Armstrong was found dead on Monday evening at a house on Los Angeles’ famous Mulholland Drive, a Los Angeles police spokesman said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If you thought BBC America was all about time-traveling doctors and men behaving badly in cars, get ready to adjust your TV set.
The cable network that introduced Americans to colorful British talent like Ricky Gervais, chef Gordon Ramsay and the car series “Top Gear” is making a big push into original programing in a bid to better compete with fast-growing U.S. channels.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Gloria Steinem may no longer be making the kind of national headlines she drew in the 1970s during the heady days of the women’s rights movement.
But she is hoping that a TV documentary about her 40 years on the frontlines of feminism will inspire a new generation to continue the fight because, she says, there is still plenty of work to be done.