Tonight at 8pm EST, AMC is premiering Julia Roberts: An American Cinematheque Tribute, which is basically an awards show crossed with a roast crossed with an infomercial. And yet the reason I’m bothering to blog about it is, weirdly, that it’s a pretty entertaining hour of TV. All her celebrity friends–Tom Hanks, George Clooney, David Letterman, Natalie Portman, the list gets embarrassing after a while–show up in one form or another to toast her contributions to film. Mostly, this involves telling a funny anecdote and then introducing a clip reel. (See a sneak peek below.) And again, I know that sounds sort of dull, but there is just something so pleasant, so charming about Ms. Roberts at this stage of her career that I couldn’t help but grin the whole way through, even when they played that awful soundbite from Notting Hill (“I’m just a girl. Standing in front of a boy. Asking him to–” [insert vomit noise here]) not once but twice.
So, PopWatchers, check it out if you’re home and bored, and until then, let’s talk: What’s your opinion on the lady? Is she talented, smart, funny, warm, lovely, and deserving of all her success? Or would you prefer her to go away from you now and stay there, possibly in the same box where they’re keeping Meg Ryan? I think you can tell by the title of this post what I think, and I’ll tell ya what–it’s not just cause I like her hair. It’s because of what she says at the end of tonight’s special, once she finally gets on stage to accept her “award.” I’ll not spoil it, but it has to do with breast milk, and it took balls. And made me love her even more! Either it’s the holiday spirit taking over, or man have I lost my edge!
Anyway. Let’s do this in an orderly fashion. Please ring in with love/hate, favorite/least favorite movie, and why. Go!