That’s how Rachel McAdams, playing morning-everything-TV show producer Becky Fuller, portrays combining news and entertainment in the cute new movie “Morning Glory,” which we saw tonight. McAdams is like a buzz saw in the lead role, with an always terrific Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton as backup.
Being a journalist and a serious person who loves to laugh, I tried not to mire myself in real news shot to hell while stupid “entertainment” garners more attention. But hey, consider who could actually be the 2012 Republican nominee for president. There I go.
I did laugh a lot during the movie, honest. There’s a wacky weatherman who goes from blabbing about hurricanes in front of a map of the United States, to parachuting out of a plane yelling “fuuuuuuck” as he plummets to the ground.
OK, no surprise that when Becky lambastes grouchy former Dan Rather-type newsman Harrison Ford, telling him that the war between news and entertainment has been going on for a long time “and you lost,” I cringed.
It was date night. Dan and I hadn’t found an acceptable movie to see in quite awhile. I can’t wait to see the new Harry Potter movie and “Fair Game.” Fun, you might ask, isn’t that about the Valerie Plame CIA debacle when Bush was in the White House (oops, I almost said Nixon. Oh well, nearly one and the same except megalomaniac Nixon seemed to enjoy thinking).
I don’t like dumb movies with boy jokes about poop. Like most people, I tend to laugh when people fall down. (Why is that, anyway?) Some of my favorite movies — way before I was a journalist — have been about reporters and newspapers: “Broadcast News,” “Network” and “All the President’s Men.”
Is it a cop-out to say that bran muffins with a side of blueberries and yogurt are yummy, and even if I hardly ever eat them, so are donuts and coffee?