Jane Fonda: “I am so disappointed with your prime minister”

“Don’t trust good lookin’ liberals.” That’s Jane Fonda’s advice, especially when it comes to Canada’s prime minister. The two-time Best Actress Oscar winner and activist was at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last July to promote “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” director Susan Lacy’s compelling look at the 80-year-old Hollywood legend. The documentary premieres… Read on



Jane Fonda, John Oliver highlight a two day TCA

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — You don’t have to stay the full two weeks-plus to get a lot out of the summer TCA press tour. A quick two days was good enough for me this July. Here’s how it went. First, it had been four summers since I had been on the summer tour. They’d built… Read on


Pacino goes deep in portrayal of HBO’s Paterno

Getting under somebody else’s skin is nothing new for Al Pacino. He did it in “Serpico,” and several times in HBO projects, including searing portrayals of Jack Kevorkian and Phil Spector. He plays another controversial and complex real life character this month on HBO and HBO Canada in Paterno. This is, of course, a movie about… Read on


REVIEW: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Here’s what really surprised me about The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. It’s too long. Judd Apatow’s new documentary about his close friend and mentor, the late, great comedian Garry Shandling, premieres over two nights Monday March 26 and Tuesday 27 on HBO and HBO Canada. Eat early and set a long evening aside if you… Read on



Witherspoon in “Smurfette” heaven on Big Little Lies

“For 25 years, I have been the only woman on set, so I had no other women to talk to,” Big Little Lies star Reese Witherspoon told reporters last month in Pasadena. Being the only woman on the set is a phenomenon known as “Smurfette Syndrome,” she added. That’s where there are “100 Smurts around, but… Read on


Jon Dore got his comedy chops by conquering “Everest”

“Bill,” said Jon Dore — right into the mic on my digital recorder so I would hear it many months later– “when you are listening to this back, put ‘The Story of Everest’ into  YouTube. It changes everything.” Dore, who is back Friday nights on HBO Canada with new episodes of Funny as Hell, was… Read on


Remembering Pearl Harbor on 75th anniversary

My mother, Margaret, turns 92 Wednesday. Her birthday is December 7 — as my dad and FDR used to say, “A day that will live in infamy.” Roosevelt, of course, was referring to another momentous and far less joyous occasion: the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The dawn raid that drew the United States… Read on


Silicon Valley pair back for more laughs

Sunday marks the 3rd season premiere of one of TV’s funniest comedies–Silicon Valley (10 p.m. ET, HBO and HBO Canada). Some other show comes back right before that, Game of Something or other. Veep is also returning, but as Hugh Hefner used to say, let’s stick with Silicon. I had fun interviewing leads Thomas Middleditch… Read on