As reported recently in NPR’s Deceptive Cadence, an 11 year old violinist named Dylan Hamme got to meet and play a duet with his music idol, Joshua Bell, on live national television no less. It seems he was busking on 5th Avenue near Rockefeller Center and was asked in to the NBC studio of the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.
Film Review: Morning Glory
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Action star Harrison Ford finds himself in a woman’s film, and he doesnâ€™t like it. His character in Morning Glory is Mike Pomeroy, a legendary TV network news anchor. Heâ€™s been fired and finds himself on a morning entertainment show called â€œDaybreak.â€ Pomeroy is a multi-award winning journalist who, after his firing, is still under contract at the â€œDaybreakâ€ network, which is a program at the bottom, waaaaay at the bottom among network morning shows.
He refuses to do â€œfluffâ€, which is what the show really is about. New producer Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is struggling to build ratings before the show is canceled and they are all out of work. Apparently this show doesnâ€™t do any hard news segments (as the real morning shows do). But Pomeroy, no matter whether he is right or at least partly right, is a total ass–arrogant and a snob.
Add Diane Keaton as the other anchor, a longtime morning show personality to the mix. She and Pomeroy simply donâ€™t get along. They are from different worlds. Itâ€™s just one clash after another.
Joyce: While I personally donâ€™t agree with the premise that morning shows should be strictly entertainment, it is with Beckyâ€™s hard work and creativity that she produces higher ratings with just that kind of show.
Rico: Ford plays his role pretty much one note, as is his delivery. Poor McAdams is trying to make it work, but is paid little attention. Sadly, itâ€™s not very funny. More like embarrassing for all. It might be an interesting premise, but the acting and personalities just donâ€™t mesh.
Joyce: Well, Rico, here you and I very much disagree. Keaton is fine and funny and Ford is excellent as the mean and unhappy legend. It must have been a relief to play something other than a hero and he didnâ€™t even have to do stunts. I thought it was good casting giving him a new opportunity and he lived up to it.