November 16, 2013 |
Alec Baldwin says his suspended MSNBC show is in serious jeopardy -- and for that, he's blaming mainly the "tabloid media. " "Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now," the former "30 Rock" star wrote in a blog post Saturday, criticizing journalists for baiting and harassing him with tactics that "should be illegal. " Baldwin's talk show "Up Late" was suspended for two weeks Friday after TMZ published video of the combative actor climbing out of a car and berating a photographer wi th a crude gay slur -- just months after he had been excoriated for calling another journalist "a toxic little queen.
November 15, 2013 |
Even with his stalker sentenced to seven months behind bars, Alec Baldwin can't shake his tail: the throngs of media and paparazzi that seem to dog his every step. And paparazzi plus Alec Baldwin means unhappy Alec Baldwin. And unhappy Alec means headlines about Alec being unhappy. Which make him more unhappy. You get the picture. In the middle of all this attention came allegations that the actor had directed another anti-gay slur at a photographer when Mr. "30 Rock" used an f-word - he said it was "fathead" - combined with a dirty word as he walked away from the pap. The Thursday incident was caught on video, of course, and Baldwin was taught a lesson shortly after about the other word he used.
November 12, 2013 |
Alec Baldwin can't even testify in peace. After arriving at court Tuesday amid the typical swarm of photographers and other members of the media, the former "30 Rock" actor was heckled on the stand by the woman he has accused of stalking him, Genevieve Sabourin. Sabourin, a French Canadian aspiring actress, repeatedly shouted out commentary while Baldwin testified, according to the New York Daily News and New York Post . Finally, after being threatened by the judge with contempt of court, she was hustled out of court by her attorneys.
November 11, 2013 |
Alec Baldwin is discovering that this talk-show hosting thing is kind of hard. The former "30 Rock" star and outspoken liberal activist has seen his new MSNBC talk "Up Late" start slow in the ratings last month -- and slump further since. On Friday, he skidded to fewer than 400,000 total viewers, losing more than two-fifths of his premiere week audience, according to Nielsen. In the core demographic of adults ages 25 to 54, barely 100,000 people tuned in -- a new low. FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 Perhaps Baldwin should forget trying to be part of the news media and return to battling the media . He seems to enjoy more success there.
October 28, 2013 |
Airing Monday night on HBO, "Seduced and Abandoned" is a meta-documentary in which actor Alec Baldwin and his filmmaker pal James Toback take a look at the arbitrary deal-making process behind today's movie business. Toback and Baldwin roamed the Cannes Film Festival last year, documenting the arduous -- and crushing -- prices of getting a film financed and made. The likes of Roman Polanksi, Martin Scorcese, Ryan Gosling and others offer their commentary and reservations about the industry as Tobak, who directs and stars, and Baldwin, who stars, try to pitch a movie they dub "Last Tango in Tikrit," an Iraq War-set romance with much "exploratory sex. " Baldwin, whose movie career has mostly given way to TV, spoke with Show Tracker about the film last week just before taping the next installment of his new MSNBC talk show, which also got some talk time.
October 14, 2013 |
Some may wonder why Alec Baldwin is doing a talk show. Others may be puzzled why it's apparently set in a steakhouse. At any rate, "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" premiered at 10 p.m. Friday with about 654,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen. (Yes, evidently 10 p.m. qualifies as "up late" for MSNBC's audience.) That performance wasn't too bad for a Friday night, but it was nowhere near the 1.5 million that showed up for Sean Hannity's program on Fox News Channel. However, building a talk show following takes time. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments The critics weren't in a forgiving mood.
September 6, 2013 |
What, Alec Baldwin host a talk show? The former "30 Rock" star is far too shy and retiring, right? MSNBC confirmed on Thursday that the 55-year-old actor and espouser of liberal causes will get his own weekly talk show, which some experts say is a trial run for a possible political career. But how could such a wallflower serve as a credible talk host? Baldwin seems far too mild to succeed in the rough-and-tumble of cable news, or so a skeptic might say. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times We here at Showtracker have scoured Baldwin's past, however, and discovered that in fact there is some evidence that he could bring some little-known skills to his latest gig. Maybe he's not the next Oprah, but he could definitely surprise us all. To wit: 1. He's a relationship expert.
September 5, 2013 |
Alec Baldwin has already demonstrated his interviewing ability on public radio and now he's taking it back to TV with a new weekly talk show on MSNBC. Baldwin will host "Up Late w/ Alec Baldwin" on Friday nights on the cable news channel starting in October, the network announced Thursday. The show is expected to cover culture and current events, much the same way Baldwin has covered those topics in his radio show and podcast, "Here's the Thing," which has aired on public radio in New York since 2011.
August 24, 2013 |
Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, welcomed a baby daughter Friday in New York, she announced on Twitter. "We are overjoyed to announce the birth of our daughter Carmen Gabriela. She is absolutely perfect," Hilaria wrote Friday evening. She followed up Saturday with thanks "for all the sweet congratulations and wishes! We are so happy with our little Carmen. " The due date was toward the end of this month, though the yoga instructor's big baby bump had some speculating the little girl would arrive a bit early, the New York Post reported.
August 9, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting too excited about preseason football. The Skinny: The Redskins won their first preseason game Thursday night but I won't read too much into that. Still, it beats losing! Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office and the latest (which isn't much) on the Time Warner Cable-CBS fight. Have a good weekend and stay out of trouble. If you are getting into trouble, call me because I get pretty bored these days and could use the excitement.