Richard Lester’s 1974 film The Three Musketeers is neither a comedy or a musical. But as we all know, that has never stopped the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. And so, when Raquel Welch won her first and only Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, it was for her performance as Constance de Bonacieux in the rousing action-adventure.
More comedic was Welch’s appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson leading up to that honor. Although her appearance March 5, 1974 was designed to primarily promote a March 8 CBS-TV special titled Really Raquel, she also talked briefly at one point about The Three Musketeers, which was released March 29.
At the time, The Tonight Show was still relatively new to the West Coast, having relocated from New York in 1972. Before Welch made her entrance as lead guest, Ed McMahon revealed to Johnny that he and the actress had been neighbors. “Weren’t you ever over there to borrow a cup of… anything?” Carson deadpanned, incredulous that he was unaware of this factoid and that Ed, after renting a home in the summer of 1972 from Sammy Davis Jr., had failed to spy Welch.
The actress looked every inch the movie star when she glided on to The Tonight Show stage wearing a low-cut knit dress and matching cardigan. “You’re a treat for these tired old eyes,” Carson began. He then picked up on Ed’s neighbor revelation, asking if her home was on the Star Maps of the day.
“Yes, I am on the map,” Welch replied. “It’s kind of nice because it’s very reassuring in a way to know these fans are so interested in film personalities that they would like to come. And even just look at your house and your shrubs. That sometimes is rather embarrassing.”
Remember, this is 1974, a time when a newfangled thing called “streaking” had just erupted on the national scene. That Koxville, Tenn. phenomenon was one of the topics of Johnny’s monologue that night, along with the price of a U.S. postage stamp having recently gone up to 10 cents.
“I’m sorry for that,” Carson added about the shrubs joke. “Any opening at all, I jump right in.”
“Uh oh,” Welch chuckled as the crowd reacted to the second remark. To which Carson interjected: “Now wait a minute. Now look… You folks are reading far more than I intended.”
During Welch’s charming, composed, articulate and dazzling two segments, there are several other funny Carson lines. “You looked smashing in that,” he noted about One Million Years B.C. “Boy, if you [meaning he] wanted to live a million years ago, that would have been the way to live.” And after Welch left, Carson mused to McMahon, almost in disbelief: “Just the average girl who lives next door.”
Everyone else on the show that night was also closely connected in real life. Second guest Glen Campbell had played Carson in a 1973 celebrity pro-am tennis tournament in La Costa, Calif.; third and final guest Mervyn LeRoy had sold his house in Beverly Hills to Joanne and Johnny; and band leader Doc Severinson had been the marshal in that year’s Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, an event that also featured Campbell.
Finally, to go along with Welch’s imminent first of two Globe nominations, there’s plenty of other HFPA shine that night. Campbell earned both of his nominations for the year 1969, losing out to Midnight Cowboy’s Jon Voight for Most Promising Newcomer – Male in True Grit and to Dan Dailey for Best Actor – Comedy or Musical. LeRoy meanwhile had accepted the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille honor for 1957 and lost out to Lawrence of Arabia’s David Lean for Best Director of 1962 honors. He was nominated for the Natalie Wood–Rosalind Russell biopic Gypsy.
Welch earned a second Golden Globe nomination for the 1987 NBC-TV film Right to Die.
Photos courtesy: screen grab, 20th Century Fox
Online today and in print Sunday: 16 opinion pieces by Los Angeles Times entertainment editors and writers that calibrate “Hollywood values vs. American values.”
We’re not really buying film critic Kenneth Turan’s argument that movies played a major role in the election of Donald Trump. Reality TV and social media led the way there. However, we were tickled by music critic Mark Swed’s admission that after initially rolling his eyes at the idea, he now thinks Sylvester Stallone might not have been the worst choice to head up the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Much of Swed’s article is a review of the 44th POTUS’ patronage of the arts:
President Obama had to pick his fights, and the NEA, it turned out, was never to be one of them. In 2009, another phony controversy occurred when the far-right website Breitbart News reported that a spokesperson for the Obama administration had reputedly tried to politically influence artists. That pales next to President Reagan personally phoning up theater critic Dan Sullivan at the Times in 1981 to ask that he prop up Reagan’s old Hollywood pal Buddy Ebsen, whose new musical was a flop.
Somewhat comically, given that history, the Ebsen musical was called Turn to the Right. The most chastening part of the Swed piece for us is when he compares the per-capita money spent on the arts by France’s government, vs. that amount in the U.S.: $575 to 45 cents.
Check out the full slate of L.A. Times pieces here.
Previously on FishbowlNY
Daily Mail Drops Sylvester Stallone Bombshell
Section illustration by Edel Rodriguez, courtesy and with permission of: L.A. Times
First this past week came W magazine’s ‘Best Performances’ movie issue. The Ruth Negga–Natalie Portman cover below, one of six conceived by editor at large Lynn Hirschberg with help from digital features director Erik Maza, is the most memorable.
Then it was time for the magazine to celebrate its awards season special issue Jan. 5 at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, at a penthouse bash sponsored by Audi and Moët. Blow-ups of the covers adorned the walls. From Maza’s party summary, in which he segues from a moment with Evan Rachel Wood to:
Shortly thereafter, there was a ripple in the room’s magnetic energy. Barbra Streisand was in our midst.
It takes a lot to impress a crowd this unflappable and weary of celebrity, but if anyone can manage it, it’s Yentl herself. Even grown men like Chris Pine were giddy and ran over to get a selfie for the record books.
Streisand, as it so happens, is the same age as the HFPA honors. On Sunday, when those 74th Annual Golden Globes roll around, it will be time for Maza and W co. to take measure of the ceremony. Will anything top his favorite personal moment? Unlikely.
— erik maza (@erikmaza) January 7, 2017
Imagine how long the acceptance speeches could be at this Sunday’s 74th Annual Golden Globes if just six total categories were presented. A pipe dream, to be sure. But one that if you pipe your way back to the annals of January 1944 and the very first Golden Globes, becomes a magical reality.
What’s more, two of the six awards presented were for performances by Supporting Actors in “Any Picture.” That’s right. Comedy, musical, drama, horror… It didn’t matter. As it so happens, both winners played characters with no last names. Just Pablo and Pilar (Akim Takiroff, Katina Paxinou), from the adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bells Toll.
Another way to frame this coming Sunday’s modest beginning point is to quantify it in the form of personality launched into the world the same month. Three Miss Golden Globes this weekend is cute, but if you really want to talk HFPA mascot, consider L’Osservatore Romano gossip columnist Father Guido Sarducci.
The creation of Don Novello, born Jan. 1, 1944, is most definitely one part Hollywood journalist and two parts foreign. In perhaps his most famous routine (below), he hilariously explains how to quickly make it seem like you took a foreign language in college. And the name of his Ohio birthplace, as Wes Anderson would most certainly agree, sounds entirely (in the best possible way) like the first name of an HFPA member: Ashtabula.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Grand HFPA Membership List
The stars of Hidden Figures—Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe—cover the latest issue of Essence.
Hidden Figures tells the story of the three black women who served as the brains behind one of NASA’s biggest missions ever.
Henson told Essence that it was personally important to tell the Hidden Figures tale.
“When I was growing up, people told me out of their mouths math and science are for boys,” she explained. “I was told that over and over. Like, no one showed me how to fall in love with numbers. If I had a teacher like Mrs. Johnson, who knows, I might be on the moon…”
The February issue of Essence hits newsstands January 13.
Hearst has acquired a majority interest in Litton Entertainment, a TV production company.
Litton produces both scripted and unscripted programming, focusing on family entertainment. Dave Morgan is the company’s founder, president and CEO. The deal with Hearst is expected to close Feb. 1.
“We’ve known Dave since the early days of his career with Hearst and have admired the first-class brand of Litton Entertainment that he and his team have built over the years,” said Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb, in a statement. “Providing quality, family-friendly programming to viewers is an important tenet of Hearst Television and adding Litton’s assets and expertise to our company through this partnership will be a terrific complement to our business.”
The Atlantic’s January/February issue—featuring the fantastic cover story My President Was Black, by Ta-Nehisi Coats—was so good, it’s getting a second run.
Atlantic Media is reprinting an additional 40,000 copies of the issue due to high single copy sales and record subscriptions.
The Jan/Feb issue is currently on pace to be The Atlantic’s best-selling issue at Barnes & Noble. In December, The Atlantic doubled the record-number of subscribers it added in November.
Vox Media will livestream an interview with President Obama today at 11 a.m. ET. The session will focus on the Affordable Care Act — how it was successful, what the GOP has to do to repeal it, and more.
The interview will be led by Vox co-founder and editor in chief Ezra Klein and senior correspondent Sarah Kliff.
Who’s ready for some more Meredith-Time Inc. deal rumors?? One day after Meredith CFO Joe Ceryanec opened up about potential moves, Bloomberg reports that Meredith has indeed contacted Time Inc. about rekindling their 2013 romance.
As you’ll recall, Meredith and Time Inc. almost merged four years ago. The talks eventually fell apart when we poked fun at Meredith’s home state of Iowa. Or… they’re was some friction about the fate of several Time Inc. brands, including Time, Fortune, Money and Sports Illustrated.
Time Inc.’s board is expected to meet at the end of the month to discuss any potential moves, which means this is far from over. Buckle up, everyone!
Univision Communications is shuffling its brands. According to WWD, its Fusion brand is getting rolled into the Gizmodo Media Group (GMG)—which includes Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker and Kotaku.
Those still with Fusion (after the layoffs in November) will move from the site’s SoHo offices to GMG’s Flatiron offices. Staffers for The Root are also moving to GMG’s headquarters.
“The beauty of Fusion is that it has a perfect name for what we are trying to do,” GMG CEO Raju Narisetti told WWD. “Also, the brand is not fully formed in anybody’s mind. And that actually gives me the opportunity to do a lot with it.”
Per a report in The Daily Breeze, Casey J. Warren, the godson and employee of 61-year-old Michael Justice, was supposed to accompany the freelance photojournalist Wednesday on a 4:30 p.m. flying excursion over the Port of Los Angeles. The bodies of Justice and pilot Christopher Reed were recovered Thursday:
Warren, who worked with Justice on corporate freelance work, said Thursday he was not able to go as only a two-seat Robinson R22 helicopter was available.
“I was supposed to go up with him,” Warren wrote in a message to a reporter. “But the larger R44 helicopter was booked. We’re all heartbroken right now.”
Warren worked with Justice Wednesday morning, photographing crane extensions at the Port’s APM terminal and then lunching with his godfather at San Pedro restaurant the Sandwich Saloon. Justice’s focus Wednesday afternoon was the rare sight of three simultaneously departing cruise ships, part of ongoing recent work for the Port of Los Angeles.
The photographer’s website is full of spectacular shots of the harbor area. Justice’s earlier editorial clients included both Newsweek and Time, for whom he did respective covers in 1993 and 1995. He and Warren were due to go to Cuba in February for a separate photo-shoot excursion. RIP.
Logo via: michaeljusticephoto.com
Drudge Report referral stats never cease to amaze.
According to some new numbers compiled by Intermarkets and SimilarWeb, the site was responsible between September 2015 and August 2016 for around 53 million desktop-user Associated Press page views. Or, according to this report, 37% of that overall type of traffic for ap.org during the period.
That’s the highest such percentage in the list of Top 15 most referred-to websites. The Hill is next with 22%, followed by CBS Local with 19%.
What about mobile traffic? It’s not included here, but that is less of a liability than usual. Intermarkets works mainly with advertisers on the desktop format, and here, they have their ideal subject. Unlike most of today’s news websites, around 75% of Drudge Report’s visitors still come in via desktop computer. Also, a gigantic 94.75% of the overall traffic is generated from within the U.S.
Another way to slice and dice this Top 15 is obviously raw total page views. From that side of the equation, it’s no contest. The Daily Mail sits at the top of the Intermarkets-SimilarWeb list with 159,000,000 page views, outdistancing The New York Times by an even 50 million.
In terms of other the New York dailies, Drudge here favored the one fashioned by Rupert Murdoch over the one owned by Mort Zuckerman. Only the Post appears in the Top 15, with 39 million page views.
To view the current Intermarkets page for The Drudge Report, go here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Drudge Report Meets Usain Bolt
The five stories highlighted in today’s inaugural weekly Good News dispatch from The Week were culled from Good Morning America, ABC Action News, Johnson City Press, Associated Press and the Idaho Statesman.
Our favorite is the item about a Tennessee woman whose charitable actions were revealed, appropriately enough, this past Dec. 25:
An animal lover throughout her life, Glenda Taylor DeLawder bequeathed her entire estate worth $1.2 million to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter in Tennessee. When announcing the “tremendous” donation on Christmas Day, Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey said it was one of the largest private gifts ever given to the county. The shelter will use $540,000 to expand the dog and cat holding areas, giving them more space to play while their pens are cleaned, and to purchase a new van to take dogs and cats to be spayed and neutered. “Carter County and the shelter are truly blessed and honored,” Humphrey said.
The Good News Newsletter is the sixth free newsletter offered by The Week, joining a group that includes The Week’s Best Photojournalism and Today’s Top Cartoons. The newsletter content is also duplicated at the website end.
“The newsletter is largely a collaborative effort, but Catherine Garcia, who is based in California, is spearheading it,” theweek.com editor in chief Ben Frumin tells FishbowlNY. “Some of the items will come from the “It Wasn’t All Bad” feature in our magazine (in the case of today’s newsletter, that’s true of 1 of the 5 items), with Catherine largely writing the rest, though other staffers may pitch in here and there. I edited the initial newsletter.”
“We have about 116,000 unique newsletter subscribersm” he adds. “We sent this to all 116,000. The results have been fantastic. A thousand people signed up within 13 minutes, and 3,500 within an hour. That 3,500 was out of about 9,000 people that had opened it within an hour; that is an extraordinarily good conversion rate. I’ve also gotten a bunch of positive feedback from readers.”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
A Bad Year for Good-News Sites
Continuing a tradition begun in 2014, website Gossip Cop has summarized its previous-year activities in the form of a Top Ten list of most “busted” media outlets. These are, according to the Dan Abrams co-founded operation, the outlets found last year to be most often publishing incorrect celebrity news.
Dylan Howard, chief content officer of American Media, Inc., isn’t too concerned, despite the fact that four AMI publications – the National Enquirer, Radar, OK! And Star – occupy the top four 2016 Gossip Cop spots.
“We embrace this honor,” Howard tells FishbowlNY, “because it means that we are breaking the stories you will read nowhere else. It proves we’re the only ones with the guts to tell it like it is.”
“Gossip Cop and its pathetic band of “Keystone Cops” are the real fake news,” he insists. “Taking a publicist at their word unchallenged and on their empty merits is NOT journalism. It is pandering to the Hollywood elite and downright objectionable to anyone who calls themselves a real reporter. It’s the state-run media of Hollywood sycophants—simply a mouthpiece for those who are paid to protect the reputations of celebrities, and a site profiteering off whatever a publicist asks them to do.”
“Take, for example, the following instances,” Howard adds. “The “Mall Cops” insisted Sandra Bullock had NOT adopted daughter Laila after we exclusively broke the story. Screamed one writer, at the time: ‘Clearly, the outlet still has no idea what’s going on with Bullock’s personal life.’ Proving their inherent bias, the site failed to correct ts error. Ben Affleck was NOT divorcing Jennifer Garner. True. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were NOT splitting. True. Mariah Carey’s engagement to James Packer was NOT over. True. Lamar Odom DID NOT write a suicide note. We published the actual document.”
“These same Mall Cops shamelessly accepted Charlie Sheen’s protest of innocence that he NEVER put victim’s lives at risk through unprotected sex. It was The Enquirer that got the audiotape that proved he’d lied. They also said Caitlyn Jenner did NOT get a boob job. I think Caitlyn would suggest otherwise.”
“These are just a few of the many examples,” Howard concludes. “Those who protest the loudest are not always the ones telling the bold truth.”
It’s also worth noting that the sum total of AMI stories busted by Gossip Cop in 2016 (1308) represents around the total annual print and digital outputs of the four publications. Once the other AMI properties are added in, Howard tells us the grand total of stories published last year was around 46,730.
President-elect Donald Trump is set to meet with Condé Nast’s top editors—including Anna Wintour and Graydon Carter—Friday at Condé’s headquarters.
No word on what the meeting will be about, but Politico reports that “All of [Condé’s] editorial leadership is attending the off-the-record meeting.”
Here’s what we imagine will happen during this polite tea party: Trump will be asked several softball questions, he’ll tell Condé staffers exactly what they want to hear, and absolutely nothing will be gained on either side. Good stuff, everyone!
Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. In the first round of 2017, we have The New York Times Magazine taking on Glamour.
NYT Mag featured an illustration on hacking, but we thought it really summed up the entire experience of the Internet quite well too.
Glamour, meanwhile, has the cast of Girls on its latest cover. Those boots don’t seem at all comfortable.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment or do both.
Conde Nast Entertainment (CNE), Vanity Fair and Cheddar have joined forces to launch a new, live half-hour series called VF Hive on Cheddar.
The weekly series—featuring VF writers and editors talking business, politics and tech—will be broadcast from Cheddar’s studios on the stock exchange floor.
The show debuts February 19 at noon. Subsequent episodes will air every Thursday on VF’s and Cheddar’s Facebook Live pages, Cheddar’s network (on Sling TV, Amazon and more) and Condé Nast’s digital network.
“The Hive animates the worlds of Washington, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley—not to mention the egos that drive them—on a daily, even hourly, basis,” said VF editor Graydon Carter, in a statement. “And now I’m delighted to see this formula applied in the form of a weekly show on Cheddar, itself a terrific representation of how people are consuming media more voraciously than ever.”
Two days after Wired named Nicholas Thompson its new editor in chief, one of the magazine’s overseas counterparts—Wired U.K.—has a new editor as well.
Greg Williams, most recently Wired U.K.’s executive editor, has been named editor in chief. Williams had served as the title’s exec editor for the past seven years.
Prior to joining Wired U.K., Williams served as Details’ executive editor for three years.