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Renee Flemming, Whoopi Goldberg, Christiane Amanpour and More to Appear at Paley Center's Sept-Oct 2012 Events

September and October 2012 programming at the Paley Center includes Craig Ferguson, Renée Fleming, Judith Jamison, Robert MacNeil, Dick Cavett, Judy Collins, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Carole Simpson, Christiane Amanpour and more! Details below.

THIRTEEN at 50: Renée Fleming, Judith Jamison, Robert MacNeil, Dick Cavett
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
6:00 pm ET
New York

Renée Fleming
Judith Jamison
Robert MacNeil
Moderator: Dick Cavett
Special appearance by Judy Collins

For a half century THIRTEEN has set the gold standard of illuminating and inspiring television in New York. This evening the Paley Center will celebrate this rich legacy, screening highlights from a new documentary about THIRTEEN’s history and hosting a discussion with some of the most distinguished personalities associated with the station. After the preview, which will feature rare clips from the sixties and seventies, the panelists will discuss how THIRTEEN has pioneered all types of cultural and public affairs programming.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
Thursday, September 20, 2012
6:00 pm ET
New York

Andrea Romano, Dialogue/Casting Director
David Selby, "Commissioner Gordon"

Frank Miller’s landmark graphic novel about fear, hope, and redemption is celebrated with proper measures of haunting visuals and intense action in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, the next entry in the series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Fanboy demigod Peter Weller (RoboCop) leads a stellar voice cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Joining Weller behind the microphone is David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, three-time DCU veteran Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper.

In the bleak and ominous future of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, it has been a decade since Bruce Wayne Hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Wayne pacifies his frustration with race cars and liquor—but the bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as the Mutants. The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting—simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City.

Presented with Warner Home Video

Sonny Fox: Forty Years in Television: A Conversation with Whoopi Goldberg
Monday, September 24, 2012
6:30 pm ET
New York

Sonny Fox
Whoopi Goldberg

The legendary career of Sonny Fox, the beloved host of Wonderama, spans the history of television. He will discuss his extraordinary life in media as performer, executive, and consultant to the state department with one of his biggest fans, Whoopi Goldberg. Whoopi has stated: “Two things I had to do on Sunday, go to church and watch Sonny Fox.” During his tenure on Wonderama, Sonny was called the foster father of five million children, charming everyone in the tri-state area. The ever-youthful Sonny will screen highlights from his career, which also included hosting the CBS series Let’s Take a Trip and The $64,000 Challenge, as well as sign copies of his new book, But You Made the Front Page!: Wonderama, Wars, and a Whole Bunch of Life. Several surprise guests will also drop in to tribute Sonny.

Inside Presidential Debates: Why They Matter & What Is at Stake
Hosted by The Paley Center for Media and the duPont-Columbia Awards

Barbara Walters
Carole Simpson

Political debates are unscripted television at its best. This evening will explore the risks and rewards for candidates as well as issues the networks and moderators face before the 2012 debates begin the following week on October 3.

The evening will commence with a conversation featuring Barbara Walters and Carole Simpson, the first women to moderate presidential debates. The panel with its diverse perspectives will then take the audience behind-the-scenes of these pivotal live televised events, examining the challenges that networks have in airing these high-stakes contests. The panel will also explore how having new formats, like town meetings, and new technology, such as social media, impacted the process. And the seminal question will be asked: Are the debates still the best way to inform the electorate about where candidates stand on issues?

She's Making News: Christiane Amanpour
Friday, September 28, 2012
1:00 pm ET
New York

Christiane Amanpour
Moderator: Pat Mitchell, President/CEO, The Paley Center for Media

Christiane Amanpour may be the most recognized international correspondent in the world today. She has put a human face on such crises as the tragedy in Bosnia, both wars in Iraq, and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She will discuss her career living on the front line, as well as her current positions as CNN’s chief international correspondent and global affairs anchor for ABC News.

An Evening with Craig Ferguson
Thursday, October 4, 2012
6:30 pm ET
New York

Craig Ferguson
Moderator: Dave Itzkoff, Reporter, The New York Times

The self-deprecatingly hilarious host of CBS’s The Late Late Show makes his first visit to the Paley Center in New York for a conversation about his “improbable journey” from Scotland to the promised land of Hollywood. We’re of course hoping Craig brings along his robot sidekick Geoff Peterson and our favorite twofold horse, Secretariat. Moderated by The New York Times's Dave Itzkoff.

Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi

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