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Vive la Indifference!

Nothing is so perplexing for an actor as playing to a room filled with reporters and critics whose eyes are glued - to their laptops.

What with all the blogging, twittering, e-mailing, Internet trawling and editor-messaging that goes on all day long at the tour, it's no wonder even the most seasoned actors sometimes leave a press-tour Q&A session with a death-where-is-thy-sting look about them.

But none has ever actually chastized the critics for their inattention.

Until now:

"This is so weird sitting on a white leather sofa, talking to loads of people while they all check their e-mails," snipped James Corden, co-creator of, and an actor in, the new BBC America comedy series "Gavin & Stacey."

"It is so amazing. There are people [in the audience] going
"Yeah! Oh, yeah!" There are a couple of people shopping. He's on YouTube!" Corden marveled.

"Some woman was on [her] Facebook., but you don't know. ... She's not even listening," he continued on his theme.

" She's just been poked by a friend of hers in Dallas -- amazing, really great. It's really weird."

"No, it's true," network President Garth Ancier laughed nervously.

"I don't even have a computer here," noted one critic in the crowd.

"I love that about you," Corden shot back.

By Michael Cavna  |  July 9, 2008; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2008  | Tags: transfer  
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