San Diego Anchor Has Role in Nightcrawler

The movie Nightcrawler officially opens tonight and San Diego movie goers will see a familiar face. 

KUSI anchor Lisa Remillard didn't know if she would be left on the cutting room floor, but she ended up making the movie's final cut.  

“I thought for sure they would cut my scene,” Remillard laughs. “Even though they were so nice, I had no hope that they were going to keep me in the movie.”

Remillard is just one of the many news reporters cast to play themselves in Nightcrawler, the fictional story of a dangerous drifter, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who becomes an overnight sensation as a blood-thirsty TV news cameraman.

Remillard started as weekend anchor of KUSI’s Good Morning, San Diego in March 2014. She was working in Vegas before landing the job in San Diego and took a year off to look after her ailing father, who succumbed to cancer last month. “I spent a lot of time at home with him — which was great — and auditioned to play reporter roles in various movies and TV shows, because obviously I am not an actress.”

When the Nightcrawler audition came up, she was originally chosen to play one of the anchors in the studio. “When it came down to it,” she says, “they needed another actress for that role.” She had the look they were going for, “and that’s how it happened. I auditioned and got it!”

Her bit was filmed in November 2013. “When I walked on set, [writer-director Tony Gilroy] came right over to me,” Remillard recalls. “He not only knew my first and last name, he knew how to say it properly — which rarely anybody does. He had seen my work and expressed his trust by asking me to tell him how the scene should look. He even let me write my own dialogue.”

H/T San Diego Reader

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Missing the Days When Anchors Just Reported the News

When voters head to the polls on Tuesday, many will be voting on propositions. In Phoenix, On  voters will decide on Prop 487.

Prop 487 is a measure to reform the city's pension system and end pension spiking. Pension spiking is the practice of employees inflating their compensation in the years immediately before retirement, it gives them larger pensions that they otherwise would not be entitled to.

This has become one of the nastiest proposition battles in the city's history and people are firmly on both sides of the issue. 

Station insiders claim that KSAZ Anchor John Hook has turned into an advocate for the "Yes on 487" campaign.

"He has picked a fight with the Police and firefighters union because of his personal views -- and doing so using the station name. It is affecting the station image and how reporters are being treated when they are out on the streets covering fire and police," said one station source.

Hook has taken to his Facebook page with what clearly appears to be his own political agenda:

10 hours later, Hook posted this to his FB page:

Hook using the line "as a Journalist" in his post. I miss the days when "as a journalist" you just reported both sides of the issue and let the people decide. 

It would seem to us, that KSAZ seems to be letting this happen without reigning in their main Anchor. Kind of sad actually.

Just saying.... 

Pushed Out in Knoxville

Longtime news Anchor Gene Patterson is getting shown the door at WATE in Knoxville.  

Patterson has been with the station since 2001 and previously worked at WBIR, Channel 10, in the 1990s.

Contacted Thursday, Patterson said that he was surprised at the decision not to keep him at the station, but “it’s just part of the business.”

“Life is full of changes and this is just another one,” said Patterson.

Patterson said he hopes to find another opportunity in the area.

On Thursday, WATE general manager Dean Littleton praised Patterson.

“Gene is a great journalist and I’ll miss working with him,” said Littleton.

Ok course he won't miss him enough to keep him on the payroll.

Patterson signs off in December. 



Sacked Anchor Has Back Up Plan

Former KSNV (Las Vegas) Anchor/Reporter McKenzie Warren has a plan 'B' in the works after getting sacked at the station.

Warren is headed to law school.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Warren appeared to be on a fast track after joining the NBC affiliate three years ago. She soon was spending five months in Carson City as the only full-time Las Vegas TV reporter covering the 2013 Legislature.

Warren’s rise continued when the former two-time NBC Nightly News intern was added to the anchor team for the 3 p.m. newscast. 

Then last January, in a shocker, Warren was let go, reportedly after falling out of favor with former station owner Jim Rogers.

Sources say Warren hopes to continue her TV career but saw law school background as a strategic career move.

Smart woman. 

Bad Business for Fox Business Anchor

Well that is an interesting excuse....

Fox Business Anchor Stuart Varney, has been slammed with a divorce complaint by his longtime wife Deborah.

Varney's wife claims that he has been living a double life while squandering “hundreds of thousands of dollars” on a mistress.

“When I was with you, I did not think about her, and when I was with her, I did not think about you,” the complaint, filed in Bergen County on Wednesday, alleges Stuart told Deborah when confronted about the nine-year affair with Jennifer F. Shibley, 65, of Orlando.

Varney insisted that he “was not in love” with Shibley, but cheated because he “could do it,” the suit alleges.


H/T NY Post