From Brian Williams on NBC to Shep Smith on Fox, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central to Katie Couric on ABC, EW took in every corner of the election coverage on Tuesday night (and early Wednesday morning). Here are the highlights! READ FULL STORY »
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Celebrities from both sides of the aisle agreed on one thing this election: Twitter was their site of choice to express their political beliefs, enthusiasm for the election and excitement or disappointment about the results. Donald Trump started out a long tirade of tweets with a call for revolution, but that particular tweet was deleted. He continued his rant with quotes from George Washington and slams on the electoral college system. But other reactions were more supportive of the President, from Andy Cohen’s “mazel” to the “most retweeted tweet ever” from Obama himself, below a selection of tweets after the networks announced the re-election of President Obama.
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Apologies for the quality of the above screengrab. It’s a screenshot of NBC’s electoral map on the iconic ice rink at Rockefeller Plaza — or, as NBC has been calling it on election night, Democracy Plaza. When each state breaks for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, a crew brings out a color coded overlay of the state and installs it on the ice. NBC anchor Brian Williams calls this crew “Ice Team Zebra.” Journalism, y’all!
In fact, several networks have unfurled a high concept gimmick to illustrate the evening’s ongoing results. NBC has also placed two window washer carts on the facade of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, one each measuring Obama and Romney’s electoral college votes. CNN, meanwhile, is representing the electoral college via lights at the top of the Empire State Building, as well as “ballot cams” at polling places throughout the country. ABC, meanwhile, has given veteran journalist and current daytime talk show host Katie Couric the job of social media expert, so she’s basically ABC News’ Ryan Seacrest. The more staid CBS News has taken to saying a state is “leaning” or “likely” for a presidential candidate before calling for him outright. And pretty much everyone has some kind of giant Minority Report-style touchscreen map.
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CNN definitely coordinated its “true blue state” shade with the exact color of Anderson Cooper’s icy hot eyes, right? RIGHT?
Who says EW.com’s Hidden Gems franchise needs to be limited to Dancing With the Stars coverage? Usually me, but I’m feeling democratic today. I’ll be compiling fun screenshots of election coverage throughout the night, so go ahead and send in the screen gems — noteworthy quirks that are not necessarily the main focus of the telecast — you notice yourselves. READ FULL STORY »
From the beginning, Steven Spielberg was determined to steer his Abraham Lincoln movie clear of contemporary politics. He specifically requested a post Election Day release date so as not to be engulfed in the push and pull of the heated presidential race. “Lincoln today is beyond partisan politics,” Spielberg said recently. Indeed, the 16th president was the first Republican president, yet he’s frequently claimed by modern Democrats, as well, who view Lincoln’s freeing the slaves and the passing of the 13th Amendment as an essential part of the ongoing struggle for human rights and an essential milestone in a march that can be traced through women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, and today’s debate over gay rights.
When Lincoln opens in select theaters on Friday (it opens nationally the following weekend), three days after American selects its next president, Spielberg hopes that it might contribute “some kind of soothing or even healing effect.” (“With malice towards none…” Lincoln famously said during his conciliatory second inaugural speech.) But Spielberg was wise to demand a post-election release, because the film will be inevitably interpreted through our modern political lens. READ FULL STORY »
Love politics, but hate having to wade through piles of boring text to get the information you crave? The Guardian has the solution: a virtual graphic novel that perfectly summarizes the 2012 presidential election.
This piece has everything — a timeline of events stretching back to the 2008 Republican primaries, cartoons that expertly convey Obama’s weariness, Romney’s determination, and Rick Santorum’s innate goofiness, and nifty little animations that are activated by a simple downward scroll. Perhaps the best part: “Texts from Hillary” makes an appearance. Really, just stop reading this and scroll through the whole thing.
Leave it to the American wing of a British company to come up with the coolest thing we’ve seen this election cycle. Is it too late to lobby for the U.S. to rejoin the U.K.?
Merry Election Day! If your polling place is like mine, it took just eight minutes or so to participate in the democratic process this morning. If you live in Staten Island, New Jersey, Fairfax, Va., or any number of other places, voting might be a little more difficult. But no matter how long your wait or how bitter the cold, it’s important to cast a ballot — because if you don’t, you’ll be disappointing the dozens of celebrities who appeared in political PSAs this year. And do you really want to be responsible for making Selena Gomez and Jonah Hill cry?
Now that the day of reckoning has finally come, politically-minded celebs are out in full force urging normals to vote. They’re also putting their millions where their mouths are, voting themselves and then bragging about doing so on Twitter. (Unless, of course, they’re underage.) And then there are those who are treating the whole thing like a joke — just what we’d expect from Comedy Central’s best and brightest. Here are a few of our favorite Election Day tweets from boldfaced names:
Stereotypes being what they are, when a Pulitzer-Prize winning and Oscar- and Tony-nominated writer tackles American electoral politics with his sharp pen, you typically expect to read an essay espousing liberal virtue. Not so with David Mamet. In an op-ed titled “A note to a stiff-necked people” that was recently published in the Los Angeles-based Jewish Journal, the writer of Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, and The Verdict took fellow Jews to task for supporting Barack Obama. In a series of questions directed at the reliably liberal demographic, Mamet asks if Jewish-Americans are prepared to explain to their children how Obama’s policies will adversely impact them in the future: “Will you explain that whatever their personal beliefs, tax-funded institutions will require them to imbibe and repeat the slogans of the left, and that, should they differ, they cannot have a career in education, medicine, or television unless they keep their mouths shut?”
In the end, he reminds readers that despite what they’ve said to liberal-leaning friends about the presidential race — or felt compelled to say — our secret ballot allows us all to vote our conscience without retribution: “Should you, on reflection, vote in secret for a candidate you would not endorse in public, you will not be alone.” READ FULL STORY »
Whether you agree or disagree with what he’s saying, the way Clint Eastwood speaks in his Romney Super PAC ad is impressively straightforward and effective. But when the Oscar winner goes off book — as in his famous appearance at the Republican National Convention this summer — he doesn’t sound quite so concise.
Case in point: Eastwood’s rambling appearance on Hannity last night, in which the Republican celeb reiterated his support for Governor Romney and his disapproval of President Obama. While Sean Hannity had no trouble articulating his own views — “I tried to warn people about who I thought Barack Obama was” in 2007 and 2008, he said — Eastwood’s responses to the host’s questions were rather muddled. For example, here’s the multi-hyphenate’s response when asked why he thinks Obama’s supporters have an emotional attachment to the president: “Well, I just think it’s important — there is — the American people deserve — they deserve the best. And they – ’cause they are the best. And I’ve been lucky in my career to have their support, and I know a lot of other people have too in other lines of work.”
Not all of Eastwood’s appearance was that bad; he sounded confident and intelligible when praising Romney and Paul Ryan’s bona fides. Still, the following clip is a little tough to watch for anyone who’d rather remember the star in his Dirty Harry glory days.
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