Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Roger Ebert appears on Oprah; ABC 20-20 aires "Before They Were Famous" as a pre-Oscar show


On Tuesday, March 2, Oprah Winfrey hosted a visit by Roger Ebert, recovered from facial and jaw surgery following tyroid cancer. Ebert demonstrated talking through his computer, which can now simulate his own voice. His wife was present. The show demonstrated a typical day where they view about three movies. On that particular day he was viewing “The Ghost Writer”. The show also demonstrated that he ate alone and had to be tube fed due to the loss of his jaw.

On Tuesday ABC 20-20 also aired a one hour documentary “Before They Were Famous” The preview video is here. The show included a tape of an awkward moment for Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) as a cheerleader before she graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington VA in 1982 (I graduated from there in 1961). Later it showed Matt Damon (“Invictus”, “The Informant” and the menacing thriller about a pandemic, “The Contagion,” coming in 2011) as a teen dancing and acting as he came of age in Massachusetts. The show presented a black-and-white excerpt with a young Jeff Bridges from "The Last Picture Show" (1971) as well as the recent hit "Crazy Heart". At the end of the show the host challenged the audience, that anyone could be on next year’s show after coming out with next year’s unknown film to get an academy award nomination! I take the challenge (“Do Ask Do Tell” anyone?)

Oprah Winfrey will host a pre-oscar special on ABC March 3 at 10 PM EST. The link for the special preview is here.

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