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Philadelphia Daily News Howard Gensler column

October 16, 2013


Oct. 16--UPPER DARBY'S Tina Fey and somewhere-outside-of-our-region's Amy Poehler have signed on as hosts for the Golden Globes for the next two years.

NBC, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and producers of the Globes announced the unusual two-year commitment yesterday, as Ricky Gervais sighed with relief. Next year's Golden Globes will be held in Beverly Hills on Jan. 12.

Allen Shapiro, CEO of Dick Clark Productions, said the longtime BFFs and former "Saturday Night Live" colleagues have "a truly unique chemistry, making them one of the most talented and captivating pairings of all time."

And they're funny.

And not nasty.

"We want to assure you that we have no intention of being edgy or offensive tonight," Poehler said during this year's show. "Because, as Ricky learned the hard way, when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host this show two more times!"

--In somewhat related news, the Golden Globes' 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award winner, Woody Allen, has a name for his next movie:

"Magic in the Moonlight."

It's a period piece set in the south of France, and stars Emma Stone in the Diane Keaton/Mia Farrow role.

Also in the large cast are Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen, Catherine McCormack and other suitably quirky performers.

Allen's on a bit of a box-office roll, with "Blue Jasmine" having so far grossed more than $50 million worldwide. His previous two films, "To Rome with Love" (more than $73 million) and "Midnight in Paris" (more than $150 million) are among the biggest hits of his long career.

"Magic in the Moonlight" is expected to be released in 2014.

--And in news somewhat related to that, Ronan Farrow, Woody's "son" with Mia, who may actually be Frank Sinatra's son with Mia, is writing a book to be distributed by Penguin Press: Pandora's Box: How American Military Aid Creates America's Enemies, scheduled to be released in 2015. Penguin is billing Pandora's Box as a "hard-hitting investigation" of a "surprising dark side" of U.S. foreign policy.

Given how America has backed the Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussein, the Afghani mujahideen and other groups we later ended up fighting against, we're not sure how "surprising" it is.


--One of the musicals at the heart of the canceled TV show "Smash" will get another life.

The Manhattan nightclub 54 Below said yesterday that it will present two world-premiere concert performances of "Hit List" on Dec. 9 featuring some of the stars from the series, including Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez.

Both shows sold out in an hour at the 150-seat club, so everyone who watched "Smash" was able to get in.

On the second season of the big-budget NBC musical, "Hit List" was a gritty, low-tech off-Broadway show that became a theater-community darling and later competed with "Bombshell," the glitzy Broadway-bound musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe.

"Hit List" songs were written by Drew Gasparini; Joe Iconis; Andrew McMahon; Friends Central alum Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman; and Lucie Silvas.

--Moviegoers in Dubai saw the screen turn black as frazzled officials broke up a showing of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest actioner, "Escape Plan" (opening here Friday), after a character was heard cursing in Arabic.

Authorities quickly censored the profane words out of the movie, and the revised version was back in theaters within hours.

The movie features Stallone and Schwarzenegger trying to escape from a futuristic, fortified prison.

Before movies debut in many Mideast theaters, Arab governments around the region censor them for content, often cutting out sexual scenes and kissing, as well as comments deemed blasphemous. reports that Britney Spears' new album, due Dec. 3, will be called "Britney Jean."

"It's a personal album, and all my family, they all call me Britney Jean. It's like a term of endearment, and I just wanted to share that with my fans," Britney told London's Capital FM.

Because Britney's music is always so personal.

--Us Weekly reports that Christie's auctioned off Kim Kardashian's 20-carat diamond engagement ring at the request of her ex-husband, Kris Humphries, and an unidentified bidder coughed up $620,000 to win the pricey bauble.

--Thanks to a donation from theater trustee Ronald O. Perelman, Washington, D.C.'s Ford's Theatre will reopen and resume performances today.

The theater has been closed because of the government shutdown.

Oh, if only the government had been shut down on April 15, 1865.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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