I'm not at press tour this time around, but other people are, and yesterday, they got to hear from Oprah Winfrey about her new network, OWN, which launched on New Year's Day. Her Q&A with the assembled critics was, to say the least, unusual, as you know if you followed any of the increasingly hilarious and desperate tweets that emerged from the room late yesterday as she was speaking. For more details, let's go to my pal, Alan Sepinwall.
Ted Williams, the melodious-voiced homeless man who became famous on the Internet, is now getting gigs right and left in that way that makes you really hope he's got a good head on his shoulders to weather what's happening. Just this morning, in the news, there are new deals with Kraft and MSNBC.
TNT is making a Dallas reboot, and in case you thought they might try to go ahead without at least trying to make a deal with Larry Hagman, rest assured: they are not.
Today in odd celebrity feuds: Cloris Leachman and Ed Asner.
And today in great stories of the BBC: The BBC cafeteria is raising prices, and the people who work there are in what is being described by one as — no kidding — a "genteel uproar." Don't ever change, BBC.
When I want the real story of what's going on in quality theater, I turn to former American Idol contestant (and Tony nominee!) Constantine Maroulis, who would like you to know that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is art. It's art, man. It's "the most poetic, provocative and beautiful piece of theater [he's] seen in a long f—-ing time." Well. That ought to silence the doubters.
Judd Apatow knows what he's up to next, according to a report from Variety: he's making a sort of a Knocked Up spin-off, with appearances from Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd as their characters Debbie and Pete.
If you were planning on coming up with a fake Twitter account that would fool people into believing you were someone famous, take heed: California has outlawed this practice, if you intend to harm or defraud or anything nefarious along those lines. Don't worry — Drunk Hulk is safe. He's not intimidating!
Jim Carrey is going on Inside The Actors Studio on Monday night, and EW has the story of why it took him so long.
And finally: if you've seen The Fighter (and it's good, so you should), I strongly recommend this terrific video that compares footage of the real fight depicted at the end of the movie with the movie version. Needless to say: spoilers.