Spare Bites: Don Jon Trailer, Glenne Headly, Andy Roddick & More

DonJonSome thoughts on happenings from around the web today…

THE TRAILER for the film Don Jon, written, directed and starring the incredibly charming Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was released online yesterday. (You can view it here.) The movie, about a young man obsessed with porn, got rave reviews at Sundance earlier this year, and the trailer looks funny, if a bit all over the place. The movie also stars Scarlett Johannson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza, but I’m most excited to see Glenne Headly as Gordon-Levitt’s mother. I am obsessed with her performance, opposite Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, in the 80’s film Mortal Thoughts. I watched it again a couple of years ago — it holds up.

MORE THAN 50 television series declined in double digits in the ratings this year according to a wonderfully visual chart posted on Vulture today. As ratings guru Josef Adalian points out, the season that ended last night will “likely be remembered as one of the worst years ever in the history of network TV.” Ouch. Supernatural had the biggest gain compared to last season in the 18-49 demographic, with Touch being the biggest loser. Personally, I loved seeing the growth for Parenthood (8%), and am hoping next season’s Thursday timeslot portends even more good things for the Braverman family.

ANDY RODDICK, my favorite (now retired) American tennis player, will be the new co-host of Fox Sports Live, according to Sports Illustrated. The show, a three-hour news, opinion and highlight program that will air nightly between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. on the Fox Sports Channel beginning August 17, is meant to be a competitor to ESPN’s popular SportsCenter. Roddick is a charming, articulate guy, and a big sports fan, not to mention totally adorable, so I wish him well in this endeavor.

APPARENTLY Steven Soderbergh’s “retirement” only applies to feature films. As Deadline reports, the director is in talks with Cinemax to produce and direct The Knick, a 10-episode series starring Clive Owen. According to the report, the series will center around “the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff at Knickerbocker Hospital, who are pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.” Soderbergh can call himself “retired” or whatever he wants; if Behind the Candelabra is half as good as critics are saying it is, I just hope he keeps directing somewhere. Cinemax seems like as good a place as any!

Did you read anything interesting online today? Let me know!

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