Abc Selects Its Late-night Star To Host Emmys
The major television networks, which take turns each year presenting the Emmy awards, now appear to be selecting their late-night personalities to host them -- giving each one the opportunity for primetime exposure. On Monday ABC said that Jimmy Fallon, whose midnight talk show continues to improve in the ratings -- it hit a five-year high in February -- will host this year's telecast on Sept. 23. "I hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars," Kimmel joked in a line that sounds very funny -- Murphy pulled out as host when Bret Ratner, the producer who hired him, was forced out -- but makes little sense. But sounding funny may be the name of the game for an Oscar host. It was also announced that Don Mischer will exec produce the awards show for the 12th time.
BULLY GOING OUT UNRATEDHarvey Weinstein is making good on his threat to release his documentary Bully next weekend in New York and Los Angeles without a rating, after the decision by the Motion Picture Association of America's ratings board to slap it with an R-rating because of the repeated use of the f-word. Ads for the film appearing in Sunday newspapers stated that "This Film Is Currently Unrated" and displayed the word "Bully" as if it were painted on a wall with such words as "pansy," "dork," "fairy, "nerd," "wonk," and "loser" scratched into the lettering and with the international symbol for "stop" stamped over it. The question now is whether theater owners will agree to allow teenagers to see it without their being accompanied by parents (or without their parents' consent). In a statement, Stephen Bruno, The Weinstein Company's marketing chief, said, "The kids and families in this film are true heroes, and we believe theater owners everywhere will step up and do what's right for the benefit of all of the children out there who have been bullied or may have otherwise been bullies themselves." TWC reportedly is still considering the option of bleeping the offending language so that it can go out in wide release with a PG-13 rating.