- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 13, 2005

Golden weekend

The Oscar season unofficially kicks off this weekend thanks to a fellow awards show.

The 62nd annual Golden Globes Award ceremony, to be broadcast live at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC, keeps growing in power, in part because it sets the table for the Oscar nominations, which follow later in the month.

This year’s ceremony will feature Robin Williams picking up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille award for his body of work and Kathryn Eastwood, daughter of Clint, serving as Miss Golden Globes 2005. Her papa could pick up a Globe or two himself thanks to his nearly universally praised “Million Dollar Baby.”

The buddy dramedy “Sideways” earned seven Globe nominations this year, the most of any picture. And Jamie Foxx alone scored three, although he stands the best chance at winning for his remarkably accurate portrayal of Ray Charles in the biopic “Ray.”

The Bushes speak

President George W. Bush and Laura Bush open up to ABC’s Barbara Walters tonight in their first joint interview since the November election. This evening’s “20/20” also marks the president’s first in-depth TV interview since winning a second term.

ABC’s “20/20” airs at 10 p.m.

‘Zero’ hour

Not all midseason replacement series are built the same.

Peek under the hood of “Jonny Zero,” the new street drama from Fox, and you’ll see parts designed by the creators behind “ER” and “The West Wing.” That engineering helps explain the show’s gritty feel and performance.

“Jonny Zero,” debuting at 8 tonight on Fox, casts a hulking actor named Franky G as a just-released convict desperately trying to go legit. It isn’t easy. He has a new roommate (an actor who goes by the name GQ) whose apartment teems with stolen goods, and his former partners in crime are looking for him.

Yeah, we’ve seen these story parts before, but the show’s throbbing camera work and raw performances make it feel new.

Bond, marathon Bond

Encore invites former James Bond actor Roger Moore to introduce 72 hours of his famed character’s exploits.

The 72 Hour James Bond Marathon, starting at 8 tonight, packs in 17 Bond films uncut and commercial free.

Mr. Moore starred in seven 007 features over a 13-year span.

The marathon kicks off with 1963’s “Dr. No” and wraps with 1989’s “License to Kill.”

The network begins a separate run of Bond films later this month. Beginning Jan. 22, Encore will broadcast a different 007 feature at noon every Saturday.

Vassar’s ‘Star’ turn

LeAnn Rimes is getting some company for the upcoming “Nashville Star” season.

Country singer/songwriter Phil Vassar will join the young singer for the USA Network show, Associated Press reports.

The country talent show’s third season begins March 1.

Mr. Vassar has more than half a dozen Top 10 hits, including his breakout single “Just Another Day in Paradise.” His most recent is “In a Real Love,” which spent two weeks at No. 1 last fall.

The reality talent show pits country music singing hopefuls against each other in an “American Idol”-style competition. The winner will receive a recording contract from Universal South Records, part of the Universal Music Group.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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