Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Patricia Arquette: “Medium” Cancelled, But She Wins A Cool Award


Patricia Arquette is so cool: she won a Humanitarian award last night from Matt Damon’s very impressive OneXOne charity. She’s been going back and forth to Haiti for months helping to provide the people with sanitation and drinking water. It’s not glamorous.

And then: she confirmed that “Medium,” her six year TV series, has been canceled. Since she played a psychic on the show, couldn’t she have predicted that?

“I did! I said at the beginning of this season, we’re doing 13. Save your money!” CBS ends the series in December. It had a valiant run, and Arquette, who is a delight, won many awards. She’ll head back to movies now. I predict this woman will see an Oscar nomination from an indie film in the next two to three years. She is very good.

Indeed, Arquette reminded me that for nine years–9, yes–she’s been shooting a Richard Linklater movie called “Boyhood.” They still have three more years to go before it’s done. Ethan Hawke co-stars as her husband. The movie will track the real time years semi-documentary style of a “real” family.

Meanwhile, Patricia’s brother, David, stopped by to give her support at Capitale, where OneXOne was taking place. He had his own event. There was no discussion of his marital situation. Matt Damon accepted congrats on the birth of his fourth daughter last week. Collective Soul entertained with hits like “Shine” and “The World I Know.” And nine year old pianist/comedian Ethan Bortnick was a disarming addition to the night.

And while OneXOne does amazing work, the real star of the night was Somali-born singer-songwriter K’Naan. Do you know this guy? He is utterly amazing, and should be nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy’s. On James Diener’s label, K’Naan scored a hit this summer singing “Wave the Flag” as the theme of the World Cup. But another song, “Fatima,” is one of the most stunning pieces I’ve ever heard.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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