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Tony Potts
Husband, Father, Brother, Son, Host, Writer, Producer. Co-Founder Dot N' Feather Media. Host/Correspondent Access Hollywood 1999-2011.

Entries by Tony Potts

The Kurt Cobain Movie You Need to See: "Soaked In Bleach"

(25) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 5:51 PM


I grew up in Seattle. I experienced the same rainy, dreary weather, sometimes for 20 to 30 days straight, that is often cited as the reason why our music became grunge music in the soggy, moss-covered environs of the Pacific Northwest....

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My Night at the Table of Shocking Critics' Choice Winner, Syfy's 'Face Off'

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 4:03 PM


I love an underdog.

In fact, I love everything about an underdog. From the wonderful journey of how they got here to how happy they are to just be in the room/arena/stadium with their highly-favored competition.

But you want...

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The Sudden Implosion of "Secret" May Reveal A Secret: Is Silicon Valley Out Of Touch Or Just Losing It's Touch?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 4:41 PM

As I read of Secret's biting the startup dust and the resulting fallout over the last few weeks, I just had to laugh. Not in a mocking way. And certainly not at all the money lost or at those who put all that capital, $35m-ish, into the company...

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To Galavant or Not to Galavant? The ABCs of One Actress' Journey to Your Screen

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 9:19 AM

Sometimes, Hollywood makes absolutely no sense. Actually, in all the years I've been in Hollywood, it rarely makes sense. However, the following would seem to make sense: a wonderfully talented actress leaves her hometown to "make it" in Hollywood, to land a coveted leading role. After all, that is the...

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Why I Like the Critics' Choice Television Awards Better Than the Oscars

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 8:52 AM


I know what you're thinking, "What? Are you nuts?" Well, just take it easy and hear me out. You see, I've been to roughly 10 Oscars, a dozen or so Golden Globe Awards, a ton of Emmys and numerous Grammys. So, I have...

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What Jon Stewart Can't Tell You About Stephen Colbert as Late Show Host

(65) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:54 PM

Is it just me or is there one huge elephant in the Stephen Colbert soon-to-be inhabited Late Show living room?

It's as if the elephant is hanging out in the corner of the room hoping to not be noticed, to not be found out.

The elephant is this: Can...

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DOCUMENTARY: How One Email Changed One Guy's Life... Forever

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:01 AM


I had a rather remarkable night here in the City of Angels. Better said, I saw a documentary about one guy's remarkable journey to find his birth parents. Notice I didn't say real parents. And neither did Dan Mathews during...

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Jimmy Fallon Now Faces Week Two and Beyond. Plus, What Happened During His Tonight Show Debut

(9) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 7:17 PM

Jimmy Fallon just finished the biggest week of his career as the new host of The Tonight Show and it went exceedingly well, save for one glaring problem. But more on that later. Now it's on to week two.

This is now the time where you'll hear many "experts"...

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The Day Jay Leno Scared the Hell Out of Me (and More from 'The Tonight Show' Hallways)

(10) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 10:19 PM

As I watched Jay Leno say goodbye on his final Tonight Show, I started thinking about all of my experiences with Jay, the stars on his show, the various wild animals roaming the halls and his incredible staff. You see, for a good part of my 12 years as host...

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TV: Please Don't Hate 'Em! These Are the People Responsible for What You See on TV

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 4:13 PM


Don't hate 'em! And I say that with love. I'm talking about the hundreds of television executives, producers and show buyers who I snapped in the picture above inside the massive lobby bar of Fountainbleu Miami Beach Hotel. You see, over the past...

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TV: In Defense of American Idol 2014 (Yes, I Said That)

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:59 AM

I know, me, sticking up for American Idol? Look, I've always called them as I see 'em and Idol was fast becoming a dinosaur. It seemed the show producers' old bag of tricks, mainly false controversy and laughable drama, which worked so well through the first six or seven seasons,...

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FILM: If You Live Within 30 Miles of These Movies, Go See Them!

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 7:50 PM

While the awards season is all abuzz about the Oscar nominations for best film...

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

I would like to...

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Lone Survivor: Why I'm Happy I Saw This Excellent Movie With a Real Audience and Tall Tough Guy

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 8:20 AM

I quite like Lone Survivor. Clearly, so do most of you. It appears you will make it the number one movie in the country when everything is counted Sunday night. And it's for good reason.

It's a fact-based movie taken from the pages of Navy Seal Marcus Luttrel's book, Lone...

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August: Osage County. Why Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Are Like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

(3) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 4:14 PM

I like August: Osage County. Quite a bit, actually. But there is one caveat. Nothing huge, but an important one.

The caveat is this. The movie is not a comedy. Some ads make it look like a comedy. Don't get me wrong. It's funny here and there. Funny as in...

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Champagne, the Golden Globe Awards and Idiot Shenanigans

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 2:00 AM

During my 20-plus years on television, I've witnessed my fair share of industry shenanigans, many I can't repeat. The movie ads touting Golden Globe Awards winners, even though the winners have yet to be handed out, fall under the "idiot shenanigan" category.

Look, I'm all for a good shenanigan....

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Government Shutdown: We Are Now an Idiocracy, Not a Democracy. But Wait? What About Tom Cruise?

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Sure, the governments of Italy and France have no room to talk about fiscal responsibility or how to run a government or the right to pop-off about another country's leader. But, when I was in those countries a couple of weeks ago, their officials and citizens were shaking their heads...

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What? The Lakers Have New Black Uniforms? Kobe In Rome, Lebron Follows Me To Rome And The Government Is Shutdown

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 12:06 PM

I fly back into the country yesterday only to find Kobe Bryant wearing a new BLACK Lakers uniform. When did this happen? Was I gone that long? Next your going to tell me the government is shut down even though those responsible are still getting paid or that Breaking Bad...

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Why Aaron Sorkin and The Newsroom Owe Me An Atta-Boy. Suits Anyone?

(4) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 12:09 PM

"She opens her mouth,
What comes out is a mystery,
Thought about
Not Understood,
She's achin' to be..."

Those lyrics are from an occasionally brilliant and often inebriated band called The Replacements in their song "Achin' To Be." Those lyrics and the song came melodically flowing...

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Why the Cannes Jewel Heist Is the Perfect Caper (and Very French!)

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 12:31 PM

I have been to the Cannes Film Festival many times. So, when I heard of the heist of jewels, worth $1.4-million, I nodded as if to say to myself, "I could easily see that happening."

First, Chopard is the company claiming the loss of the jewelry. So, considering the price...

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Cheeseburgers, Reese Witherspoon and Two Key Tips You Need to Know When Buying Your Next Home

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 9:11 AM

Man, I woke up the other day sweatin' from a dream that I was a tasty double-double, In N' Out cheeseburger on the run from Charles Barkley, who was in hot pursuit and lickin' his lips . I was drenched. I had just broken a fever and a whole bunch...

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