CNN Hires “Silly, Craven” Conservatives, Podcaster Jon Lovett Says…On CNN
Podcaster and former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett was having a perfectly pleasant conversation with CNN’s Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources this morning – even after saying cable news speaks in a “dead language” – until the subject turned to the network’s political panels.
Without naming CNN’s resident Trump supporters Jeffrey Lord or Kayleigh McEnany – but, no worries, Stelter did – Lovett said CNN recruits “campaign rejects” and “silly, craven people” to represent… Read
Jazz Doc ‘I Called Him Morgan’ Hits Solid Note; ‘Wilson’ Walks Slow – Specialty B.O.
The first weekend of spring was mostly a chill at the Specialty box office, with only some new and holdovers films getting decent numbers Friday to Sunday. Even some stalwarts were showing signs of fatigue. Newcomer I Called Him Morgan from Submarine Deluxe and FilmRise had the best per theater average from its single New York location, grossing $14K. FIP bowed India's Phillauri in 74 North American theaters Friday, grossing an estimated $265K, while Searchlight's Wilson… Read
The President Trumpets Jeanine Pirro: Is Paul Ryan Just Collateral Damage?
Coincidence? You’re Fired-By-Proxy? Collateral damage? The Sunday morning Beltway programs parsed the motivations and fall out of Judge Jeanine Pirro’s televised demand for the resignation of house speaker Paul Ryan – a Saturday night performance handed a world-wide promo earlier in the day by President Donald Trump himself.
“Watch @JudgeJeanine on @FoxNews tonight at 9:00 P.M.,” Trump tweeted yesterday morning, offering no clues about what his old pal Pirro might be… Read
‘Westworld’ Team On The Series’ Super-Engaged Fan Base, Music Hints & Being Part Of The Solution – PaleyFest
As the 34th annual Paleyfest winds toward its conclusion, The Paley Center for Media has saved some of the best panels for last, with an evening session Saturday for hit HBO series Westworld. Based on the 1973 film directed by Michael Crichton, the sci-fi series has embraced the mysteries at its core, dropping clues for viewers as to the future of the Westworld amusement park and its androids coming to self-awareness, and generating record ratings and serious fan… Read
Dan Aykroyd, Griffin Dunne Remember Carrie & Debbie, “Beloved Showboats”
Dan Aykroyd, one of the speakers honoring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds during the public memorial for the famed mother-daughter pair, was describing his friend Carrie but could just as easily been speaking of Debbie with these two words: beloved showboat.
The former Saturday Night Live funnyman recalled a long-ago moment when he saved Fisher’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver. She was choking on a brussels sprout, he said before lamenting, only half jokingly… Read
Donald Trump’s Presidency Is Right On Time For Another WGA Strike
Since the first writers' strike of 1960, there have been 12 U.S. presidents – five Democrats and seven Republicans, and yet all six WGA strikes occurred during Republican administrations. And if the guild launches its seventh strike in May, as threatened, it will once again be under a Republican administration.
There weren't any WGA strikes during the presidencies of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon Johnson or John F. Kennedy. But there was one during the… Read
Watch Public Memorial For Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher Livestreamed Here – Update
UPDATE The livestreamed memorial service has closed.
UPDATE with livestream, below Fans of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher can say goodbye today, with a public memorial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park set to be livestreamed and featuring the music of James Blunt and Star Wars composer John Williams.
Organized by Todd Fisher (Reynolds’ son, Fisher’s brother), the memorial will take place in the cemetery’s 1,200-seat Hall of Liberty theater, with overflow crowds offered… Read
Richard A. Roth Dies: ‘Summer Of ’42’ Producer Was 76
Richard A. Roth, producer of the romantic coming-of-age melodrama Summer of ’42, died March 17 at his home in New York City. He was 76.
His death was announced by his family.
He was a producer of 1975’s Gene Wilder-directed The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother.
According to his family, Roth had graduated from Stanford University Law School and was working for a small literary agency when he read the Summer of ’42 screenplay from a slush pile. He borrowed… Read
‘Justice League’ Official Trailer Is Here, Minus A Red Cape
After two days of teasing, the official Justice League trailer is here. “We have to be ready,” says a voice that sounds very much like Batman: “You, me and the others. There’s an attack coming, from far away.”
“Not coming, Bruce,” says Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. “It’s already here.”
Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne kicks off the action here, riding horseback along a snowy plain, on a mission to gather the rest of the superhero gang. So we then witness a gathering of the tribe… Read
Conservative PAC TV Spots Prematurely Thank GOP For Defeating Obamacare
Last night, back-patting commercials bought by the right-leaning American Action Network PAC went off as planned, even though Trumpcare didn’t.
In a batch of local-market commercials running during CBS’s March Madness games, the PAC ads boasted, “Republicans are keeping their promises, with a new plan for better health care, more choices and lower costs.” Doctors, the ads continued, would be back in charge.
The spots ended with tailored conclusions thanking local… Read
Bill Maher Gets No Smiles From Tyranny Expert: “I’m Not Going To Laugh At Any Of That”
UPDATE with video, below Bill Maher couldn’t get so much as a chuckle out of his history professor guest tonight when the subject turned to dictators. Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The 20th Century sat stonefaced as Maher read off a list of things about Donald Trump that remind him of Third World dictators.
"Yeah, right, so I'm not going to laugh at any of that,” Snyder said on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, “because in your world it's Third… Read
Hollywood Gloats, Jokes & Otherwise Reacts To Trumpcare Failure
Carl Reiner says he got bumped by it, Drew Carey says it’s the makings of a worst day ever, and Rosie Perez says now, now everyone, don’t gloat: Hollywood watched the implosion of Trumpcare today and weighed in.
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 24, 2017
Was thinking that after today there must be a bit of Trump at 70 that wishes he was just playing golf… but then I remembered he kinda is.
— Paul Bettany (@Paul_Bettany) March 24… Read