Saturday, June 15, 2024

Michael J. Fox Gets Standing Ovation at Emmy Awards


The one standing ovation in the Nokia Theater last night was spontaneous–and it was for Michael J. Fox. Anyone who knows anyone with Parkinson’s Disease (and everyone does) knows just a little of what Fox has suffered and conquered in the last fifteen years–and at a young age, far earlier than most. That he’s persevered and worked through brain surgeries and endless obstacles, and has done good work, is simply amazing.

LEAH SYDNEY reports that at the HBO gala–which was really a blockbuster built on the back of the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood- Fox arrived with wife Tracy Pollan and son Sam, accepting congrats for his win as a special guest star on “The Good Wife.”

Meanwhile, Ricky Gervais washead over heels, telling Mel Brooks that he’s his hero. Even Nicole Kidman came over to Mel Brooks and told him what a fan she was.

LEAH reports: “Nicole told me that, “I didn’t expect to win. I came to support the movie.”  Keith Urban told me that , “I’m excited about American Idol.  I literally just met Nigel Lythgoe last week in New York.  I’m looking forward to spending more time in Los Angeles.”

This event garnered the most celebrities, from the whole “Game Change” crowd, including Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Jay Roach and Susanna Hoffs, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Davies, James Gandolfini, Claire Danes, Sofia Vergara, Julianna Marguiles, Chuck Lorre and more.”

And Keith Urban is already getting accolades from Fox on “American Idol.” With all the hoopla surrounding Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, look for Keith to be the sea of tranquility when Idol re-starts on the air. So says Mike Darnell, the genius behind all the reality programming on Fox. He says Keith is already proving to be a success as he meets the potential candidates.

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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