This Weekend: Steve Carell Wrestles Demons; Jim Carrey Fights Stupidity

In theaters: From a grim drama to some defiantly dumb comedy, we’ve got you covered. At home: Jack Webb gets jazzy; Muhammad Ali plucks our heartstrings. Foxcatcher The true story of two Olympic-wrestler brothers (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) who settled into a tragic relationship with a wealthy benefactor (Steve Carell, barely recognizable behind that understated performance and prosthetic nose) should have been a perfect match for director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote). But his two-and-a-half-hour telling drags like a grappler stalling …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Those stories were wrong: Jack Nicholson isn’t retiring after all … at least not from the movies. (Learn more at Vanity Fair) 2. The Saiga, an endangered species of antelope that looks like something out of the bar scene in Star Wars, is making a comeback. (Learn more at National Geographic) 3. More than 90 percent of Americans routinely throw out perfectly good food because they think it’s no longer safe to eat. (Learn more …

Jeff Daniels: Emmy Goes With AARP Award

Jeff Daniels, who won Outstanding Lead actor in a Drama Series Sunday night for his performance in HBO’s The Newsroom, will indeed be placing his new Emmy statue next to AARP’s Movies for Grownups Award, which he won for the 2005 movie The Squid and the Whale. The genial TV and movie actor, who lives with wife Kathleen in Chelsea, Mich., had some fun in the backstage media room after his win, playing off his onstage acceptance speech in which he …

Good TV This Week: ‘The Newsroom’s’ Mixed Reactions

After viewing the pilot and several subsequent episodes, I found Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” to be full of brilliance — inspiring, funny and wonderfully acted.  But the show,  premiering tonight (6/24) on HBO, has taken a critical drubbing from coast to coast, accused of such ills as being “intellectually self-serving” (Time) and “crammed with incessant gibber-jabber” (The Washington Post).   Well. I liked that Sorkin got on his soap box when he wrote “The Newsroom.”  When a gifted writer with something …