LIAM NEESON takes the plunge into contemporary action/adventure when TAKEN opens in theaters this week-end. NEESON plays a former secret agent forced back in to action when his estranged daughter (KATIE CASSIDY) is kidnapped for service in the underground sex slave trade. WOW! That hurt just to type…but the fact is, the film is pretty good. We spoke with NEESON recently and he talked about his own knowledge of the film’s story line. Listen in below:
In her latest film, PUSH, fifteen year old DAKOTA FANNING is not the same little girl we remember from I AM SAM. All grown up and projecting a decidedly different image, FANNING talked to us recently about growing up on film and in the public eye. Listen in below:
The 45-minute film takes an intimate look at HAGGARD’S fumbling attempts to right his life and becomes a bit more relevant in light of last weeks accusations by a former parishioner that HAGGARD performed a sex act in front of him while he was still a pastor.
We attended the recent TCA press conference when HAGGARD was asked, point blank, if he considers himself “gay, straight or bi” and gave this confounding answer while his wife sat next to him looking on. Listen in below:
THE TRIALS OF TED HAGGARD airs tomorrow night on HBO.
QUOTABLES FROM NBC’S ‘LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN’ January 19 – January 23
“It’s 12:35 am — so that means that in less than 12 hours Barack Obama will be sworn in as the next President. If I were you I wouldn’t cheer - you’d be surprised how much President Bush can screw up in 12 hours.”
“The festivities have already begun- Yesterday in Washington, Barack Obama was on hand for performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, and John Mellencamp. So it really is a new era for African-Americans.”
“Some people are angry that the festivities for Barack Obama’s Inauguration will cost 170 million dollars. After hearing about it, Oprah said, “Don’t worry, this one’s on me.”"
“Earlier tonight, Barack Obama hosted a dinner honoring John McCain. You can tell the dinner was to honor John McCain because it was over by 4 pm.”
“At Washington’s Union Station, IKEA has built a replica of the Oval Office where all the furnishings have been replaced with IKEA furniture. Experts say it finally answers the question: “What if the President was a 28-year-old divorced guy?”"
“Earlier today, an illustrator from the “Washington Post” made a sketch of what Barack Obama might look like after the stress of 8 years as President. Unfortunately for Obama, he’s going to look a lot like Grady from “Sanford & Son”.”
“Today was President Bush’s last full day in office and he called the leaders of Denmark, Italy, Russia, and South Korea to say thank you. His exact words were “Thank you for being one of the last 4 countries that will still take my call.”"
“Several groups who support the legalization of marijuana say they plan to come to Barack Obama’s inauguration to protest harsh marijuana laws. The marijuana supporters are expected to arrive in Washington sometime in late February.”
“A lot of big celebrities are attending the inauguration, including Star Jones - It was reported today that Star Jones has a new boyfriend who’s a chef. Call me a romantic, but I think this one has a chance.”
“Whole country was riveted by Barack Obama’s inauguration, two-million people attended; I don’t think America’s this excited since they’ve been able to put cheese in Pizza Crust.”
“Some people along Barack Obama’s inaugural parade route got bored waiting for it to start – so they started doing the Electric Slide. Apparently, the best way to celebrate our first black President is to do the whitest dance imaginable.”
“All the living ex-presidents attended the swearing-in ceremony, but Bill Clinton got the biggest response from the crowd. Apparently thousands of women yelled, “That’s him officer.”"
“When Barack Obama took his oath of office, both he – and Chief Justice Roberts – stumbled on some of the words. And so, as set forth in the Constitution, they were forced to make out for 5 seconds.”
“It was very cold today in Washington. In fact, with the wind chill, President Bush’s approval rating reached minus 13.”
“During NBC’s coverage, Brian Williams said that the Inauguration is like the Super Bowl. The only difference is that the New York Jets had a chance to go to the inauguration.”
“Officials at the White House say that President Bush completed his last bit of official business in the Oval Office at 6 am this morning. Bush says it should take Obama weeks to find where he hid the dead fish.”
“Because it’s so hard to get around in Washington, many high profile reporters had to sleep over last night in their newsrooms. In fact there was an adorable moment around 3 am when Larry King spooned Wolf Blitzer.”
“Pepsi promoted themselves during the inauguration by handing out scarves and hats that say “Hope” on them. Actually, they say “hope” on one side – and “Coke sucks” on the other.”
“People who went to elementary school with Barack Obama say that they remember him as a chubby boy named Barry. And even as we speak, those people’s tax returns are being audited.”
“Star Jones is in Washington for the festivities, and she says that at the inauguration, “she was filled with joy.” Technically, she was filled with “almond joy.”"
“The party’s over – millions of people trying to leave Washington - So many people are trying to leave Washington, D.C., today that all the Amtrak trains are sold out. Apparently, Barack Obama can work miracles.”
“This morning, Barack Obama entered the Oval Office for the first time as President and he spent 10 minutes alone. Which shows you how things have changed, when President Bush spent 10 minutes alone in the Oval Office it was called a “Time Out”.”
“Yesterday in San Francisco, someone replaced all the street signs on “Bush” Street with signs that say “Obama” Street. Locals say that it doesn’t really matter because every street in San Francisco goes both ways.”
“As one of his first official acts as President, Barack Obama had an emergency meeting with his top economic advisors. Apparently it didn’t go well because after the meeting Obama sold North & South Dakota.”
“President Bush is back home - Yesterday when President Bush returned to Texas people who were there to greet him were holding up signs that said, “You Made Us So Proud.” Afterwards the people admitted that the store was out of “You Totally Embarrassed Us Signs”.”
“Yesterday at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony he was sworn in on an old bible used by Abraham Lincoln. The surprising part is Lincoln checked the bible out of a library and there are $73,000 in late fees.”
“Today was Joe Biden’s first full day as Vice President. Advisors say Biden spent most of the day watering his hair.”
“Yesterday, vendors along the parade route were selling binoculars that they called “Barackulars.” Even worse, the Sham Wow guy was selling “Sham Wow-bamas.”"
“Warner Brothers announced that it is outsourcing several hundred jobs to India. Which explains why in the next Batman movie, the Batmobile is a bus with 400 people hanging off the side.”
“In North Carolina, Celine Dion had to postpone a concert after the governor declared a state of emergency. Apparently the emergency was that Celine Dion was about to perform a concert.”
“In a recent interview, Paula Abdul said she’s like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Then Abdul admitted she woke up that morning in her fireplace.”
“Today, President Obama signed the order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. And, in the spirit of ending torture, Obama also ended the New Kids on the Block tour.”
“Earlier today, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all appeared together at a press conference. There was an awkward moment – when both men realized they were wearing the same suit… as Hillary.”
“President Obama’s Chief of Staff has ordered federal agencies to freeze funding on a lot of projects that President Bush tried to push through in his final days. So for now – The National Scooby Doo Museum remains a distant dream.”
“Shortly after his inauguration Barack Obama spoke on the phone to the leader of the Palestinians and the leader of the Israelis. Both men started their call by asking Obama: “Hey, what was the deal with Aretha Franklin’s hat?”
“The New York Jets’ new coach Rex Ryan says that the Jets will go to the SuperBowl soon. Ryan says he’s sure the Jets are going to the SuperBowl, but he’s not sure where their seats will be.”
“In a recent interview, Larry King said that he was thrilled to see the first African-American become president. King says it’s almost as exciting as when he saw the first fish evolve into a lizard.”
“Speaking of evolution - This week, members of the Texas Public School Board are debating how evolution should be treated in science class. For instance – should they call it “the theory of evolution” – or should they call it “the lie that makes God cry”?”
“Two big entertainment stories today - the Oscar nominations came out and the stars of “Sex and the City” finally agreed to do a 2nd movie. In other words, it’s a great day to be gay.”
“Experts just announced it was a flock of geese that caused that plane to land in the Hudson River last week. Not only that, the experts say that it was a Flock of Seagulls that caused the ’80’s to suck.”
“Paula Abdul has begun selling a line of women’s handbags on the Home Shopping Network. That’s right ladies – with the new Paula Abdul handbag – you’ll never misplace your flask or pills again.”
“A restaurant in Denver is having a contest to see who can eat a seven-pound burrito. Right now, the smart money is on a guy named “Diarrhea Joe.”"
We recently sat down with STEVE MARTIN to talk about his return to the role of bumbling French police inspector Jacques Clouseau in THE PINK PANTHER 2 and the subject of MARTIN’S autobiography (BORN STANDING UP: A COMIC’S LIFE) came up. Apparently, writing the book was quite an eye opener for him. Listen in below:
In the upcoming romantic comedy, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, DREW BARRYMORE has a scene in which she complains that romance and dating have gone high-tech and nobody meets face-to-face anymore. We spoke with BARRYMORE at a recent press conference where she talked about that scene and her participation in it. Listen in below:
KEVIN JAMES (KING OF QUEENS) has struck box-office gold with PAUL BLART: MALL COP. Number one for two weeks in a row, MALL COP is the little movie that could. We spoke with JAMES shortly before the film opened and he talked about how it was hitting with family audiences. Listen in below: