A friend looks back on the life and legacy of Nora Ephron, novelist, playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and movie director.
From Oprah to Piers Morgan, the world loves a good talk show. And if the multiple seasons of Celebrity Apprentice have taught us anything, audiences also love reality TV shows featuring pseudo celebrities. Yesterday, a program premiered that’s a tiny bit of both. Entitled "The World Today," the new talk show is hosted by Julian Assange, the man most famous for founding WikiLeaks. Alessandra Stanley, television critic for The New York Times, watched the first episode of "The World Today." She shares her thoughts on whether Assange might be the next Ellen, or just another candidate for Celebrity Big Brother.
While the nation was riveted by the story of the boy who may have drifted away in his father's homemade flying machine, Alessandra Stanley, TV critic for our partner The New York Times, was a little suspicious. After all, this was the family that had appeared on the reality show "Wife Swap," and was already known for pretty eccentric behavior. Her suspicions may have been strengthened when the family appeared on CNN and the boy, Falcon Heene, of Fort Collins, Colo., said they "did this for a show." Was the Heene family pulling a publicity stunt? Or was their genuine concern for their son's safety overshadowed because the Heenes have a long history of camera-seeking?
Here's the Heene family's response to CNN reporters' questioning the validity of their claims:
Across the nation yesterday fans stopped mid-workday to bid farewell to Michael Jackson. In a funeral fit for a King of Pop, the Jackson family was joined by celebrities, lifelong friends, and orators, with Jackson's golden coffin on the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Thousands of fans were there; millions more watched on television and the internet. Joining us to talk about it is Alessandra Stanley, a New York Times television critic.