RANDALL KING / MOVIES
In the movie The Hangover, a baby was used as a comedy prop at the hands of Zach Galifianakis's weird, anti-social Alan. In The Campaign, a baby is accidentally punched in the head in a dust-up between rival candidates Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell. So maybe parents considering putting their baby in movies might want to reconsider... if Galifianakis is in the cast.
BRAD OSWALD / TV
Mad about Sheen? Furious you can't see him?
For that certain segment of the TV-watching public who thought they weren't "Winning!" because they hadn't seen Charlie Sheen's new sitcom, the wait is finally over. Anger Management, which airs on U.S. cable's FX network but has yet to appear in Canada, gets is first sneak-peek showing this Sunday on CTV, right after the London Olympics' closing ceremonies. The show's official première date is Sept. 11 on CTV.
MORLEY WALKER / MAGAZINES
A smart record company, mind you
IT'S the highbrow magazine journalist's equivalent of a cock fight, and rock god Bruce Springsteen is caught in the middle. In the newly released Aug. 23 issue of The New Republic, literary editor Leon Wieseltier mocks The New Yorker editor David Remnick's recent 75,000-word profile of The Boss. "The official legend," Wieseltier writes, "is left undisturbed. It could have been written by the record company."
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
Stars coming out
GEORGE Clooney is co-producing the film version of the darkly comic play August: Osage County and is assembling an A-list cast headed by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts that also includes Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin and Margo Martindale. Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about family dysfunction staged at the RMTC Warehouse was the best production of the past Winnipeg theatre season, so there will be plenty of interest in the big-screen adaptation set to begin shooting in Oklahoma next month for a potential 2013 release.
JILL WILSON / TV
The role of a lifetime
THE trend of actors playing themselves is generally a welcome one, especially when they poke fun at their personas (hello, Rick Springfield on Californication), but perhaps no one has done it with as much relish and skill as Matt LeBlanc on the Showtime comedy series Episodes. The former Friend plays "himself" with a combination of narcissism, bravado, delusion and pathos that's both eye-opening and hilarious. Episodes airs on Monday nights on Movie Central.