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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 12 Nov 2010 8:14 AM

Today in the roundup: Tina Fey on the Twain Prize, Marty Bowen’s rise, a hot talent at WaterTower and Maya Angelou comes to town.


TWAIN, MEET TINA: On Sunday, Tina Fey will be presented with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in a special airing at 8 p.m. on KERA (Channel 13).  And Cappy McGarr of Dallas is the executive producer of the show. Previous winners include George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and last year’s recipient, Bill Cosby.  Fey is only the third woman to be honored (after Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin) and definitely worthy. Funniest woman ever? I’ll vote yes. So what is it that she finds funny? Watch the video to find out.

FROM FORT WORTH TO HOLLYWOOD: If you want to break into Hollywood as a big time producer, getting hooked up with a mega franchise is a good way to go. That’s what Fort Worth native Marty Bowen did when his company, Temple Hill Entertainment, helped facilitate the making of the Twilight movies. $2 billion in grosses later, Bowen’s name is solidified among the producing elite. So what’s his secret? “It always cracks me up when people ask me why I think I’ve had success,” Bowen tells dfw.com. “It’s as if people think I happen to know a secret that they don’t know. The simple truth is, I would say that at least 90 percent of my days end in failure. You have to be OK with that. You have to be OK to move forward despite that feeling of rejection and disappointment.” Bowen will be interviewed by Fort Worth Star Telegram film critic Christopher Kelly on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Lone Star International Film Festival.

CATCH A RISING STAR: WaterTower Theatre’s current production is Circle Mirror Transformation, about five people taking an acting class in rural Vermont. It’s one of Annie Baker’s “Shirley, Vt. Plays,” which includes Body Awareness and The Aliens. Never heard of Shirley, Vt.? That’s OK – it’s a fictional town. But if you’ve never heard of Annie Baker, she’s very much real and, at just 29, on the rise. In a profile this week, The New York Times says, “Ms. Baker, who grew up in Amherst, Mass., is the aural equivalent of a good photo-realist painter, someone who makes us see the quotidian in such heightened detail that it looks almost shockingly new.” Catch Circle Mirror Transformation through Nov. 21.

ANGELOU HEADS 2011 NASHER SERIES: The Nasher Sculpture Center announced that Maya Angelou, Kevin Bacon, Spike Lee and Bernadette Peters will all come to Dallas in 2011 to take part in the Nasher Salon Lecture Series. More details at dallasnews.com.