Donald Trump Dominates Oscars Until Best Picture Snafu Steals Spotlight
Given the degree to which President Donald Trump loomed over trophy-show season, it was inevitable talk would turn political at the Oscars, though a lot of Oscar-night political headline got ripped up in favor of breaking news when the Best Picture Academy Award accidentally was given to the wrong movie.
The politics started long before the actual ceremony, when celebrities were seen on red-carpet arrivals shows proudly sporting blue ribbons in support of the American… Read
Kimmel Tweets To Donald Trump During Oscars
“Were more than two hours into the show, and Donald Trump has not tweeted at us once. I’m starting to get worried about him,” Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel tells the Dolby audience and viewers at home.
Hold on a second,” he adds as he types into his smartphone.
Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017
Foreign Language Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi Slams “Inhumane” Trump Travel Ban, In Absentia
Among the winners so far tonight, the one who became the most public face of this year's intersection between politics and the Oscars was not at the Dolby to pick up his statue. Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman scooped the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, giving the respected Iranian director his second win in the category — albeit for a film that many feel may ultimately be remembered more for its cause célèbre status as a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s… Read
Last Week Not In Sweden: Bill O’Reilly To Address Nils Bildt Mystery; Twitter Doesn’t Wait
Forget what happened last night in Sweden. Today’s question is, who was that Swedish guy on The O’Reilly Factor last week?
Nils Bildt landed headlong into the fake news debate last Thursday, when he was identified during an interview on The O’Reilly Factor as a “Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor.” Except few in Sweden had ever heard of him, much less taken advice from him.
“He is not in any way a known quantity in Sweden and has never been part of the Swedish… Read
Asghar Farhadi Lauds “Powerful Movement” Against Trump Travel Ban At London ‘Salesman’ Premiere
As part of its #LondonIsOpen campaign, the British capital tonight transformed Trafalgar Square into a massive cinema to host the UK premiere of Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-nominated The Salesman. About 10,000 protesters turned up to the screening, The Guardian reports. Appearing via videolink from Tehran, the film’s Iranian helmer Farhadi said he was "extremely happy that the scattered reactions from people and art communities across the globe shown to the oppressive travel… Read
President Donald Trump Will Not Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner; Event Will Go On As Scheduled (Update)
Update The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner will go on as planned, Trump or no Trump. WHCA president Jeff Mason issued a statement, taking note of Donald Trump’s refusal to attend, while explaining that the dinner “will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy public spotlight.”
Here is the statement in full:
WHCA statement on 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner pic.twi… Read
Republican Congressman Darrell Issa’s ‘Real Time’ Surprise Call For Special Prosecutor Gains Traction
As Real Time With Bill Maher interviews go, last night’s top-of-show chat with Republican congressman Darrell Issa was low-key, even genial, but Issa’s call for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s involvement in last November’s presidential election has been reverberating ever since.
The Republican congressman from California surprised Maher by agreeing that President Donald Trump’s recently appointed attorney general Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from an… Read
‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Slams ‘Bait’-Taking Liberals & Huggy, Panda-Loving TV Journalists
Updated with New Rules video After praising recent instances of journalists like George Stephanopoulos and Chuck Todd standing their ground against White House falsehoods, Bill Maher didn’t stay nice for long.
Showing clips of network news segments on unicorns, hugs and pet goats, Maher’s New Rules segment of tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO excoriated the softies. Scott Pelley of CBS News got two swats, first for introducing a news item with “From time to time… Read
UTA Rally: “This Is Our Time To Resist,” Jodie Foster Tells Crowd; Asghar Farhadi Speaks Via Video – Watch
UPDATED with video montage and more quotes, 7:45 PM: “The rights of the press and artists and the right to seek a better life is what this country is about,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer told a crowd gathered in the heart of Beverly Hills as his agency hosted a rally at its headquarters. He also joked about getting a tweet from President Donald Trump that read, “UTA best company in the world. Rally so sad.”
Check out a video montage of the days events above.
Jodie Foster was… Read
Oscar-Nominated Foreign Language Directors Denounce “Climate Of Fanaticism”
As the Oscars loom on Sunday, the six nominated directors in the Best Foreign Language Film category have collectively released a statement expressing their “emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries.” The filmmakers include Denmark’s Martin Zandvliet, Sweden’s Hannes Holm, Iran’s Asghar Farhadi, Germany’s Maren Ade and Australia’s Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. Together, they say that… Read
Bloomberg Scrubs White House Correspondents’ Dinner Party As Donald Trump Vows To “Do Something” About Press
Add Bloomberg L.P. to the list of media outlets deciding to opt out of hosting parties at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Vanity Fair, which traditionally co-hosted the party at the French Ambassador’s residence, pulled out earlier this month.
Bloomberg joins a growing list of media outlets who don’t like this year’s dinner optics; The New Yorker said earlier this month it was scrubbing plans to host its party held at a hotel near the White… Read
White House Bars CNN, NYT, LAT, Politico From Briefing
UPDATED throughout with responses from various media outlets: Shortly after President Donald Trump vowed to “do something” about the “cunning” media who he’s called “the enemy” of the American people, CNN announced on air it, and other members of the press, had been barred from today’s White House briefing.
CNN reports The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Politico also were told they were not on the White House list for today’s off-camera briefing. The… Read