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'Mitt': 10 Things we learned about Mitt Romney from Netflix documentary

Politics aside, Mitt Romney is a pretty remarkable guy. It takes a lot for anyone to run for president of the United States even once, but the former Massachusetts governor tried twice, and now both of those campaigns are the subject of the new Netflix documentary appropriately titled Mitt. 

There are many things we already knew about the Republican nominee and his large Mormon family, but the doc takes the viewer behind the scenes of some of the most critical and personal moments in both of Romney’s runs. From every high and low and “47 percent” comment, we see more behind his signature smile and coiffed hair. The film isn’t really political at all, choosing instead to focus on the pressures of a high-profile man in the most intense time of his life. Here are 10 things we learned from the film:
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Mitt Romney accepts apology from MSNBC host who joked about his black grandson -- VIDEO

January’s first few weeks are the perfect time to let go of past slights and look forward to a bright new beginning. See, for example, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who said on the latest edition of Fox News Sunday that he had accepted an apology from Melissa Harris-Perry — the MSNBC host who poked fun at Romney’s adopted grandchild Kieran, who happens to be black.

Harris-Perry, who hosts an eponymous weekend news and opinion show on the liberal-leaning network, made the off-color joke last year — that is, a little over a week ago, on Dec. 29. During a segment titled “What’s So Funny About 2013,” Harris-Perry featured the Romney family’s Christmas card — which pictures the clan’s patriarch holding both Kieran and another grandchild.

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Man behind '47 percent' video speaks: '[Romney] doubled-down on it' -- VIDEO

America, meet Scott Prouty.

The man behind the infamous “47 percent” video, which showed Mitt Romney describing Americans who rely on government as “victims,” sat down with MSNBC host Ed Schultz last night to talk about the impact his surreptitious recording had on the election. For his part, Prouty doesn’t come off as a crazy ideologue or fame-stalker, even if his original pitch — “I felt it was a civic duty” — is complicated by his political leanings. It’s no surprise that Prouty voted for President Obama and is proud to have done so, even if he’s a “registered” independent, and it is interesting that he had no interaction with the campaign (at least to the conspiracy theorists out there, who see machinations in every movement of the news cycle).

Other tidbits: Prouty thinks the video “showed who [Romney] was as a person” and that the footage helped push the polls toward Obama. The most telling detail of the interview is in the timing. This is Prouty’s first on-camera talk since coming forward. Why now? “You know, Romney came out again on Fox News and did an interview just recently and I now that he’s going to be [at] the CPAC Convention.”

Put another way: Romney should avoid most bartenders, especially if they’re wearing checkered blue ties.

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Mitt Romney's '47 Percent' filmmaker breaks his silence tonight -- VIDEO

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Just in time to truly capitalize on the scorching-hot pop culture phenom that is Mitt Romney, the guy who filmed the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign-changing “47 Percent” video is finally coming clean tonight.

We won’t know the filmmaker’s name until this evening’s edition of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, which will feature an exclusive interview with 2012′s very own Deep Throat. Still, a few facts about the guy are out there already: He worked as a bartender at Romney’s now-infamous May 2012 fundraiser, he previously worked at a Clinton fundraiser, and the contrast between those two events partially inspired him to make the video in the first place.

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Best of 2012: The real-world feuds

Here’s a list of 2012’s most memorable ongoing conflicts from the real world. READ FULL STORY

Mr. Burns of 'The Simpsons' talks fiscal cliff, immigration -- Watch now

Don’t let pundits fool you with their lies about the so-called “fiscal cliff” – Mr. Burns knows the truth.

The nefarious businessman of The Simpsons stars in a new video in which he debunks the myths surrounding the ominous specter of America’s financial collapse. He also explains his “progressive” immigration policy and endears himself to the Irish. Because who’s more qualified to give you the news than a fictional animated villain?
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EW's Entertainers of the Year: Joss Whedon on how 'The Avengers' exposed his angry inner Hulk

There are good years, and then there are great years, and then there are the kinds of years that Joss Whedon had in 2012. In May, Lionsgate released Cabin In The Woods, the long-delayed, widely acclaimed po-mo horror flick, co-written and produced by the cult pop auteur. (Drew Goddard co-wrote and directed the film.) In July, Whedon attended Comic-Con and celebrated the tenth anniversary of his gone-too-soon TV series Firefly at one of the most emotional panels the annual fan-fest has ever seen. In September, Whedon went to the Toronto International Film Festival and premiered Much Ado About Nothing, a micro-budget, literally homemade adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy. ”That was an incredible experience,” recalls Nathan Fillion, who stars in the film (set for release next summer). “The man got three standing ovations before he got on stage. That’s just indicative of the kind of fandom that Joss creates. I have never seen anything like it.” In October, The CW aired – for the first time on television – Whedon’s 2008 Emmy-winning online opus Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Shortly before Halloween, the man who created Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Dollhouse took to the Web to say a few words about the defining issue of the 2012 presidential campaign – a zombie apocalypse – via a very funny, very personal, very partisan video viewed by over 7 million people.

Oh, and there was Marvel’s The Avengers. Whedon wrote and directed that, too. Grossed $1.5 billion worldwide. Maybe you saw it.

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Jason Sudeikis talks about playing Mitt Romney on 'Daily Show' -- VIDEO

Jason Sudeikis, a.k.a. Vice President Joe Biden and presidential contender Mitt Romney, may be a master impressionist on Saturday Night Live, but the comedian is more concerned with showing the humanity in the politicians he plays than simply imitating their quirks.

Sudeikis stopped by The Daily Show last night and discussed the fine art of playing politicians. “You sort of get to see the human side of these people who you don’t normally get to see,” he said, citing a skit from last season in which he played Biden, who was jealous that President Barack Obama got all the credit for supporting gay marriage only after the vice-president voiced his stance, and a skit from last week’s episode in which he played Romney, who only had his family to turn to after losing the election. “The guy’s more human than we ever give him credit for,” he said about Romney.

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'Clueless' star Stacey Dash explains why she supported Mitt Romney

TMZ calls the 1,344-word pro-Romney missive Stacey Dash sent them earlier this week a “rant,” which isn’t totally fair. The letter is coherent, if rambling — and while Dash’s reasoning sometimes seems convoluted, she’s expressing thoughts that might be familiar to anyone who’s ever felt their political views shifting with age.

The actress apparently wrote most of her letter on Tuesday, 10 hours before the election’s results were revealed. She starts out by disclosing that she voted for Barack Obama in 2008:

I hadn’t known anything about him until he earned the Democratic nomination. He’s brilliant, understated, ethical, a great husband and father. President Obama will always be remembered as one of the greatest leaders this United States of America has ever known.

And the moderate Republican is still a fan of the president, praising him for achievements like “repairing the infrastructure of our highways, bridges and train rails” and the Claims Resettlement Act of 2010. The truth is, Dash doesn’t hate Obama — she just likes Romney better. “My vote for Romney isn’t a vote against Obama,” she writes, bolding her words for emphasis. “That’s not how full participants in the democratic process operate. We vote for candidates and we vote for issues.” READ FULL STORY

Obama's victory speech and Romney's concession speech -- Watch them here

Soon after the major networks declared that President Obama was re-elected to a second term, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spoke to his supporters in Boston and gave a short but well-received and gracious concession speech. President Obama followed with a powerful victory speech in front of crowds in Chicago. Watch both speeches below. READ FULL STORY

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