- - Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Anderson Cooper to interview Winehouse family on new show

The mother, father, stepmother and boyfriend of Amy Winehouse will appear Monday on the premiere of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s new daytime show, “Anderson.”

According to the television show host’s Twitter account, Winehouse’s family will speak out for the first time since the singer’s sudden death in July.

“On @anderson sept 12. Amy Winehouse’s family — her dad, mom, stepmom, boyfriend — speak for the 1st time since her death,” Mr. Cooper tweeted Tuesday.

Mr. Cooper went on to tweet that he eagerly awaits the upcoming conversation.

“I’m really looking forward to speaking with Amy Winehouse’s family,” Mr. Cooper tweeted. “They’ve been through so much, and her talent was so great.”

Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment on July 23. The Grammy Award winner, who had highly publicized substance abuse problems and stints in rehab, reportedly had no illegal drugs in her system at the time of her death.

After Winehouse’s death, her mother, Janis, told the Sunday Mirror that it was “only a matter of time” before the musical sensation perished, given the 27-year-old’s lifestyle.

“She seemed out of it,” she told the Mirror. “But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me.”

Read more: dailycaller.com/2011/09/06/anderson-cooper-to-have-first-interview-with-amy-winehouses-family-since-singers-death/#ixzz1XHPrf7tz

Hollywood offers slate of political films for 2012

Hollywood now has at least three politically themed movies lined up for the 2012 election season, but political analysts say there’s little or no evidence they’ll have any impact on election results.

“I haven’t seen any evidence that any movies ever had an impact on a campaign,” said Tony Fratto, a former spokesman for President George W. Bush and now a partner at the consulting firm Hamilton Place Strategies. Aside from political audiences “inside the Beltway, New York and Los Angeles, there’s just not a lot of attention” paid to political movies, he said.

The movies include a drama about the killing of Osama bin Laden at the direction of President Obama, a comedy about Southern politicians and a biopic about Republican consultant Karl Rove.

“College Republicans” begins shooting in Texas in November. The movie “is about when Karl Rove and Lee Atwater first met, which is when Karl Rove ran for president of the College Republicans, and that’s when they sort of discovered dirty tricks. It’s interesting to see them take that journey together,” producer Maya Browne told the Wrap, a Web publication that covers the movie industry. In 2008, Ms. Browne produced a pro-Obama video titled “My name is Barack Obama.”

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis will play competing South Carolina politicians in the comedy “Southern Rivals,” which begins filming this fall. Mr. Ferrell told movie industry reporters in April that the movie will be out in time for the 2012 election season and will “have comments on the circumstances now in modern-day politics.”

Kathryn Bigelow is directing the drama about the bin Laden operation. In 2008, she won industry awards, including an Oscar, for directing “The Hurt Locker,” a movie about U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan charged with handling unexploded bombs. Ms. Bigelow’s movie is scheduled to open in October 2012.

In August, a White House spokesman dismissed as “ridiculous” suggestions that Ms. Bigelow is getting an extraordinary amount of aid from the White House in the making of the movie. Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, had urged an investigation into reports that the administration granted Ms. Bigelow “high-level access” for a movie about the killing of bin Laden.

Hollywood has tried to influence politics before, most notably with the 2004 movie “The Day After Tomorrow,” which was based on the perceived threat of climate change and hit theaters the May before President Bush’s election challenge by Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat. The movie was a financial hit.

“That may be the best example” of a political movie, Mr. Fratto said. It got a lot of attention from political advocates, he said, and “a lot of acclaim, wide distribution … [but] it certainly didn’t swing the attitude of the public in favor of climate change legislation.”

Read more: dailycaller.com/2011/09/06/hollywood-offers-non-cash-contributions-for-2012/#ixzz1XHNrN1ri

Nick Searcy of ‘Justified’ supports Cain’s 2012 bid

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has welcomed Nick Searcy, star of FX’s “Justified,” onto the Cain Train.

The 52-year-old actor, who has appeared in major motion pictures such as “The Last Song” and “The Ugly Truth,” made a video for Mr. Cain that features the actor on the set of a Western flick. Making use of his Southern accent and dressed as a cowboy, Mr. Searcy proceeds to speak to the camera about Mr. Cain’s qualifications.

“I’ve played a lot of tough guys in movies over the years, but you know what? Looking cool and saying lines that somebody else wrote for me doesn’t make me a real tough guy any more than looking cool and reading lines off the teleprompter that somebody else wrote makes a community organizer a real leader,” Mr. Searcy says.

The North Carolinian goes on to emphasize the realness of Mr. Cain, a former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

“But Herman Cain is a real leader. He’s accomplished real things in the real world. … Created real businesses that provided real jobs for real people. In 2012, let’s get real for a change, people. Take a real look at Herman Cain. I think you’ll like what you see. Kind of like when you watch one of my films,” Mr. Searcy says.

Mr. Searcy also says the time has come to address real issues.

“This upcoming election is too crucial for us to get distracted by silly things like line readings and empty phrases like hope and change,” he says.

“I stand with Herman Cain because Herman Cain stands with us,” Mr. Searcy says as Western music plays in the background.

Mr. Cain promoted the video Tuesday with the tweet “Honored to receive the endorsement of ‘Justified’ star Nick Searcy,” which links to the YouTube clip of Mr. Searcy.

Read more: dailycaller.com/2011/09/06/cast-away-actor-nick-searcy-jumps-on-herman-cain-train/#ixzz1XHQZJDL9

Compiled by Laura Donovan and Neil Monro © 2011 the Daily Caller.

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