Jennifer Lawrence made the talk-show rounds this week, promoting The Hunger Games. She was on Letterman and Fallon and … I like this chick. She isn’t “starlet charming” or “sexpot charming,” just salt-of-the-earth, self-deprecating charming. We’ll see if it lasts.
Best Hollywood News This Week:
No, it’s not the premiere of The Hunger Games. It’s the announcement by Disney that it expects to lose $200 million on the epic bomb, John Carter. Could this mean that Hollywood will finally stop churning out special-effects-laden, comic-book/superhero crap aimed at teenagers? I’m not going to hold my breath.
Ten Free TV Shows I Go Out of My Way to Watch:
- Pawn Stars (above) — addictive and as American as apple pie
- Downton Abbey — soap opera, sure, but very sumptuous soap opera
- The Rachel Maddow Show — for one side of the story
- The O’Reilly Factor — for the other side of the story
- Survivor — still the best reality TV
- Mystery on PBS — nobody does this kind of thing better than the British
- Louie — original, real, and frequently funny
- The Killing (below) — news reports indicate that the producers intend to make fans wait yet another season to resolve the show’s mystery. I might not wait that long.
- TCM — OK, so this isn’t technically a “show,” but sometimes you just can’t beat an old movie.
- Apparently there are only nine shows that I go out of my way to watch.
Quote of the Week: “I didn’t know what she was going to do, and then the bear bit me in my butt.” — Florida resident Terri Gurley, who encountered a 300-pound black bear at her apartment complex.
President Obama is a fan of the Showtime series Homeland. It is a good show. However …
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