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Fired-up Ben Affleck clashes with Bill Maher over Islam


Ben Affleck’s publicity tour to promote Gone Girl took a detour on Friday night, when the outspoken liberal engaged in a heated debate with author Sam Harris and HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher over their criticism of Islam. “They’ll criticize Christians … but when you want to talk about the treatment of women and homosexuals and free-thinkers and public intellectuals in the muslim world, I would argue that liberals have failed us,” said Harris. “We have been sold this meme of Islamophobia, where criticism of the religion gets conflated with bigotry towards muslims as people. It’s intellectually ridiculous.”

Affleck, who frequently expressed impatience and outrage at Harris’ more measured explanations, was offended by the message. “[Your point of view] is gross, it’s racist,” the actor said. “It’s like saying, ‘Oh, you shifty Jew!’” READ FULL STORY

Bill Cosby to play New York Comedy Festival

Hey, New York—ready to laugh?

The 2014 New York Comedy Festival will be led by Bill Cosby, Variety reports, with the veteran comedian playing Carnegie Hall on November 8.

Running November 5-9, the festival will include Bill Maher, Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Carly Aquilino, and Chris D’Elia. Big names making their first appearance at the fest include Amy Schumer and Nick Offerman. Further talent will soon be announced.

Caroline Hirsch, founder of Carolines on Broadway, created the NYCF. Now in its 11th year, it’s produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with Comedy Central.

Amy Poehler honors Julia Louis-Dreyfus at TV Academy event: 'Movies are dumb, and TV is awesome'

Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler couldn’t have said it better in a room filled with TV executives and stars: “Movies are dumb, and TV is awesome. If we take away anything from the night, let’s all remember that TV is better than film and everybody knows it.”

Poehler was introducing Julia Louis-Dreyfus as one of six honorees inducted into the Television Academy’s 23rd Hall of Fame Tuesday night during a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.  Other inductees included David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, The Crazy Ones), former Tonight Show host Jay Leno, News Corp. executive chairman Rupert Murdoch (who was also celebrating his 83rd birthday), and ABC television executive Brian Stoddard. Ray Dolby, inventor, engineer and founder of Dolby Laboratories, was also inducted posthumously.

Dancing With the Stars co-host Tom Bergeron, who earlier Tuesday announced his plans to leave ABC’s staple  America’s Funniest Home Videos, hosted the TV industry event. EW was on the scene as well — check below for a selection of the night’s best moments and quotes:


Donald Trump sues Bill Maher over ape sex joke

Lesson of the day: Don’t joke that you’ll fork over some cash to Donald Trump — the Apprentice host may miss the humor and demand you pay up.

That’s exactly what’s happening to Bill Maher. During a guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last month, Maher quipped that Trump must be “the spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan” (Exhibit A: his orange hair). In a riff off of Trump’s own offer to give $5 million to the charity of Barack Obama’s choice if the President released his college paperwork, Maher said he would do the same for Trump if the real estate mogul supplied proof that he is not descended from an ape. READ FULL STORY

Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Aziz Ansari to appear at NY Comedy Festival

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Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Bill Maher, and Aziz Ansari are among the comedians who will bring laughs to this year’s New York Comedy Festival. The city’s most historic venues, including Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and the Apollo Theater, will be booming with laughter from Nov. 7-11.

Kevin Hart’s return to the festival will put him in a select group of comic legends — including Bob Hope, George Burns, and Eddie Izzard — to headline at Madison Square Garden. “I can’t even find the words to describe what I’m feeling right now!,” Hart said in a press release. “I’m honored to join a group of comedians that will go down in history because of their performances at The Garden! God is good!”

Adam Carolla, Patton Oswalt, Marlon and Shawn Wayans, Rob Delaney, Jim Gaffigan, Artie Lange and Brian Regan will complete the all-star line-up.

For ticket information, visit www.nycomedyfestival.com.

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Bill Maher defends Rush Limbaugh. Repeat: Bill Maher defends Rush Limbaugh.

Just so we’re all on the same page here and to avoid any confusion (though complete and utter bafflement is still acceptable): Yes, it’s that Bill Maher and that Rush Limbaugh we’re talking about. While some of his sponsors, late night talk-show hosts, and even the president have gone against Limbaugh in the wake of his controversial statements in which he called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” after she testified before Congress about government-funded contraception, the conservative talking head has found the unlikeliest supporter in this firestorm: Bill Maher. Again, that Bill Maher. READ FULL STORY

'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Bridesmaids,' 'Modern Family,' '30 Rock,' lead Comedy Awards nominations

The nominations for the second annual Comedy Awards were announced today. Television series Modern Family and 30 Rock and films Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love all lead the pack with five nominations apiece, while Louis C.K. also picked up five nods, three of which come from his FX series Louie.

Nominees for the awards were selected by the Comedy Awards Board of Directors, which include high-profile comedians like Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Carol Burnett, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin, according to Deadline. The Comedy Awards will be presented on April 28 in New York City and will air May 6 on Comedy Central. Choice nominees are below. The full list is available on the Awards’ official site. READ FULL STORY

Bill Maher pledges $1 million to Obama SuperPAC

Bill Maher’s contrarian politics have never disguised his leanings toward Democrats, but he’s now officially supporting President Obama in his reelection bid. The irreverent host of HBO’s political-comedy show, Real Time With Bill Maher, announced from the stage at last night’s Yahoo! comedy special in San Jose that he’d be donating $1 million to Obama’s SuperPac, Priorities USA Action. He tweeted afterwards, “Most important advice I ever got in show business, as true today as then: always bring ur wallet onstage.”

Watch the clip from last night’s event below: READ FULL STORY

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