Swayze in Audiobook: “I knew I had received a death sentence.”

September 28, 2009 by  
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Patrick SwayzeIn a very searing and revealing audiobook of his memoirs releasing soon, where he narrates along with his wife, he basically admits he knew he was dead when he heard “pancreatic cancer”.

He also admitted being very angry and bitter after hearing the diagnosis, realizing his time was short. “Why me?” he asked many times, feeling like he “wasn’t ready to go yet”.

The Dirty Dancing star died a few weeks ago now after a year long battle with cancer. He completed the A&E series The Beast as his last hurrah, often struggling to finish scenes and being in a lot of pain according to the producers.

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“Now, a lot of things go through your head when you get a death sentence handed to you, starting with: ‘Why me?’ It’s hard not to sink into bitterness … For me, that initial shock quickly turned into self-criticism and blame.”

The audiobook comes out Tuesday, and it sounds like a pretty intense read/listen. Rest in peace, Patrick.

Good and Bad News: The Jay Leno Show

September 22, 2009 by  
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0000060482_20090826183737It was a good week for Jay Leno, and in the long term, maybe not so good.

Blessed with lots of big stars, a well-timed Kanye West appearance, and the attention of a hungry press, his show had a strong opening week ratings wise despite blasts from many critics about the show’s less than inspired writing.

All five of the episodes finished among The Nielsen Co.’s 24 big preime time shows last week.

Now the Bad News: Monday’s Leno episode had 5.7 million viewers, about half to 65% off of last week’s numbers. Very bad news for Jay, especially in only the second week of its run.

The opening episode of “The Jay Leno Show” had 18.4 million viewers on Monday of last week, and the audience had dropped quickly to 7.6 million by Friday, which bodes poorly for its future, many would say. A few have even whispered that the show may be ditched in the next year or so if it doesn’t get better. Hopefully, we’ll see Jay rebound a bit, but so far, not so good.

DWTS to honor Patrick Swayze next week

September 16, 2009 by  
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patrickswayzeIt’s official: Dancing with the Stars will honor fallen actor Patrick Swayze, after his untimely death from cancer this week in a special segment on the show. This was confirmed by Access Hollywood.

“He was one of the few people to integrate dance with being an A-list actor,” DWTS Producer Conrad Green was quoted as saying to People magazine.

“He inspired many people and many of our pros to dance. We want to honor the great moments he’s brought to film by getting our dancers to do their interpretation to some music from his films.”

Swayze also apparently visited the set of the show when it first started out, Green recalls. “We have some very fond memories of [the late actor] coming to help us our when we were a tiny little show way back when,” Green said.

It’s a fitting ceremony for an actor who loved to dance, and loved to act as well. RIP Patrick Swayze.

Will It Work: Ellen on Idol?

September 11, 2009 by  
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ellenThe news came down this week: Ellen DeGeneres will be replacing Paula Abdul on American Idol.

Opinions around the web are pretty mixed, but we think it’ll be a good thing in the long run. She’ll bring a sense of fun and irreverence to a show that’s really needed it the last few years, and hopefully carry along her legion of fans to prop up its slightly sagging ratings too.

Plus, she can be a little crazy at moments, so she’ll give us our little dose of crazy we’re used to with Paula. No one can replace Paula, of course, but we’re of the opinion Ellen will acquit herself pretty well.

Ellen will appear as the fourth judge starting this coming season on Idol, with several guest judges appearing as well during the first few episodes.

HBO Pilot: Laura Dern to attempt a new comedy series

September 4, 2009 by  
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laura-dernStar Laura Dern and writer Mike White are teaming up to make a comedy pilot for HBO, whose track record has been nothing short of amazing, with True Blood and Hung striking ratings gold. Dern hasn’t acted much recently, but she did win a Golden Globe for Recount, an HBO movie.

The project is called Enlightened (tentative title) and will portray Dern as a self-destructive woman whose spiritual awakening leads her to try to lead a better life, according to the article in the Hollywood Reporter (usually reliable with news like this).

Production is to begin in early December, with episodes starting early next year more than likely. We’re looking forward to seeing what else HBO can come up with to wile away the nights.