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Anthony Scaramucci Signs With Hollywood PR Firm — Report

UPDATE with photo of Bragman and Scaramucci: It looks like Anthony Scaramucci has his eyes on Hollywood. After his very short stint as the White House communications director, He immediately made headlines, was the subject of numerous memes and viral videos, and made a much-talked about appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The obvious next step would be to get some representation. The Mooch has reportedly signed with well-known Hollywood publicist Howard Bragm… Read


‘SNL’ Production Designer Eugene Lee On The Series’ “Unpresidented” Year

With NBC’s late-night fixture Saturday Night Live since its very first season in 1975, suffice it to say that production designer Eugene Lee has seen it all, going round and round that lofty Emmys carousel. Splitting his time between SNL and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Lee earned his 13th nomination this year for the former series. Election years at SNL are always lively and fun—Lee has worked through 11 of them—but as can be expected, the production designer… Read


Boston Rally “Officially Over”, Capping Day Of Cable News Attention

With Boston police warning rally-goers to “leave the sticks and stones at home,” the city grabbed the day’s cable news coverage for what was a largely peaceful, if uneasy, stand-off between the so-called Free Speech Rally and the vastly larger-in-number anti-racist counter-protesters at Boston Common. Despite some tense moments of riot-geared police swarming potential clashes – one such incident got simultaneous coverage on CNN, MSNBC and the Fox New Channel – the… Read


How ‘Fargo’ Season 3 Tackled The Donald Trump Era Of Alternative Facts – Emmys

The third season of FX's Fargo is bookended by one-on-one inquisitions. In Noah Hawley's Emmy-nominated first episode "The Law of Vacant Places"—which he directed—a man in 1988 East Berlin is getting the third degree from Colonel Horst Lagerfeld (Sylvester Groth) who firmly believes that the accused is Yuri Gurka, a 20-year old Ukraine murderer who recently strangled his girlfriend Helga to death. But the man in question says he's Jakob Ungerleider, a German citizen who… Read


Donald Trump Blows Off Kennedy Center Honors; Avoiding “Political Distraction”

If you had been hoping to see Norman Lear and Donald Trump face off at the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the former Celebrity Apprentice host just dashed your dreams and likely avoided a very uncomfortable confrontation of sorts. "The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," coldly announced the White House early in the AM today regarding the 40th Honors… Read


Steve Bannon On Exit: “I’ve Got My Hands Back On My Weapons”

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon, the lightning rod strategic adviser to President Donald Trump who either was dismissed from his White House post earlier today or exited on his own, has spoken out in an interview with the conservative-leaning The Weekly Standard. In an exit interview of sorts that certainly will serve as a blueprint of what to expect now that he is back as executive chairman of Breitbart News, Bannon said he’d continue to “focus on going after the establishment” but that… Read


Carl Icahn Steps Down As Donald Trump Adviser On Regulatory Reform

Carl Icahn, the subject of countless name-checks by Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, today joined a host of other business leaders who are jumping off of the MAGA train. The billionaire investor and veteran pot stirrer sent POTUS a letter saying he is leaving his unofficial presidential advisory post because he “did not want partisan bickering about my role to in any way cloud your administration.” Read the letter in full below. Soon after Icahn was named as Trump’s… Read


Steve Bannon Exits As Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist, Returns To Breitbart As “Populist Hero”

Steve Bannon

2ND UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take long. Hours after news broke that chief strategist is leaving the Trump administration, Breitbart announced that he is returning to the alt-right outlet as executive chairman — the post he held from 2012-16 before joining Donald Trump’s campaign. Breitbart.com’s headline on its Bannon story calls him a “populist hero.” "The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today," Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow said in the… Read


Another Presidential Council, This One Focused On The Arts, Quits On Donald Trump

Kal Penn

UPDATED with George C. Wolfe signing letter: All 17 citizen members of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities have resigned in the wake of President Donald Trump’s stance on the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, VA. The committee, which includes actor Kal Penn and former Sen. Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki, penned a joint letter informing the administration of their decision. At first the only member who didn’t sign the letter was playwright George C… Read


Conan O’Brien Offers To Help Jared Kushner Broker Middle East Solution, Announces Israel Road Trip

“Ladies and gentlemen, due to all the division and hatred in this country right now, I've decided to leave America for the relative peace, quiet and sanity of the Middle East,” Conan O’Brien announced on his TBS late-night show. “That's right, I'm going to Israel." Conan‘s latest road trip is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, which, the host noted, might coincide with Secretary of Everything Jared Kushner’s trip there “to broker a Middle East solution.” Because O’Brien… Read


Hollywood Responds To Confederate Statue Controversy; Johnny Cash Family “Sickened” By Neo-Nazi Fan

President Donald Trump might find Confederate statues “beautiful,” but Hollywood celebrities and Beltway pundits find nothing quite so charming about the Civil War signifiers. The fallout from last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville – prompted by the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue – has continued well into this week, with celebrities condemning Trump’s pro-statue stance. And in one of the most impassioned responses to the “hatred and bile” on display in… Read


Donald Trump Takes To Twitter To Champion “Beautiful” Confederate Statues

Donald Trump: it's about the statues. POTUS this morning came out in support of Confederate statues, tweeting about the beauty and history they contribute to our cities and parks. Not coincidentally, last weeks violence in Charlottesville, Virginia began when neo-Nazi and white-supremacist art lovers rallied to protest removal of the local Robert E. Lee statue, armed with semi-automatic weapons and mace and chanting “Jews will not replace us!” and “Blood and Soil!” Trump… Read