Are the creators of History Channel’s The Bible trying to tell us something? Here’s a photo of actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan in “Hope,” one of two episodes that aired last night:
Tag: Politics as Entertainment (11-20 of 819)
Surprise! No one will be shocked to learn that many didn’t like First Lady Michelle Obama’s satellite appearance at the Oscars last night. Obama, surrounded by military members, helped Jack Nicholson announce that Argo had won Best Picture. Nicholson remarked afterwards, “Well, nobody is going to mess around with that, are they?”
False. In no time at all, there were hateful tweets about the appearance and anger at conflating politics with Hollywood celebrity. The Washington Post wrote: “It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation. Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election). I’m sure the left will holler that once again conservatives are being grouchy and have it in for the Obamas.”
But while viewers are entitled to their opinions about the appearance, the oft-reported statement that it was the first time a First Lady (or even a President) had been part of the Oscars is wrong. In 2002, Laura Bush was part of a pre-taped segment, “What Do Movies Mean To You?” President Roosevelt spoke by radio at the Oscars in 1941, and Ronald Reagan (a former actor) taped an Oscar greeting as well during his Presidency. And, while not quite the same thing, former President Bill Clinton showed up in person to present Lincoln at the Golden Globes this year.
The real surprise coming out of the White House is that announcing the Best Picture winner at the Oscars was only the second coolest thing Michelle Obama did this weekend. Number one? “Mom dancing” with an in-drag Jimmy Fallon.
Beasts of the Southern Wild may be a small movie, but it’s got a big fan in the White House.
On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the film to about 80 middle- and high-school students from the District of Columbia and New Orleans in town for a Black History Month workshop.
At the White House, the students got to see the film, and then have a Q&A with director Benh Zeitlin and actors Dwight Henry and nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis. The chat was moderated by Michelle Obama, according to The Washington Post.
The First Lady spoke personally about her love of the film: “It’s rare these days to find a movie that can so completely and utterly captivate such a broad audience and that was one of the things that struck me about this movie,” she said. “It managed to be beautiful, joyful and devastatingly honest.” READ FULL STORY »
“They torture the sh– out of people in this movie, don’t they? Everyone is chained to something.”
That’s how the man who actually shot and killed Osama bin Laden reacted when he saw Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Picture-nominated film about the search for al Qaeda’s founder. The shooter is the subject of a lengthy new profile in Esquire that explores how he’s adjusting to civilian life after leaving SEAL Team 6 — despite receiving no pension, healthcare, or extra protection for his family from the U.S. government or the military.
The whole thing, obviously, is worth reading. But naturally, we were most interested in what the shooter had to say about the “little stuff” Zero Dark Thirty got wrong — including:
The Boy Scouts of America has decided to postpone its decision about reconsidering its ban on gay members for three months … and Ellen DeGeneres has a thing or two to say about it.
In her monologue, DeGeneres discussed the situation with her usual flair. As she put it, “They won’t let their members be gay, or openly gay anyway, but they’re letting them wear neckerchiefs and green short shorts?” READ FULL STORY »
When your movie career is over, and your attempt at a TV career ends after one season, the only thing left is to try politics. F. Scott Fitzgerald said that, maybe, and Double Jeopardy/Missing star Ashley Judd is following the roadmap by strongly hinting that she’s considering a Senate run.
Well, she’s already received her first negative political ad. American Crossroads has just released a commercial positively dripping with sarcasm, which uses footage of Judd to describe her as “an Obama-following Radical Hollywood Liberal.” (American Crossroads is the Super PAC founded by Karl Rove which spent some millions in support of Mitt Romney, which — to be fair — was definitely a better waste of money than Twisted.) Watch the ad: READ FULL STORY »
Netflix’s new political thriller House of Cards is designed for binge-viewing, which makes it great for consumers who enjoy watching TV at their own pace — and less great for writers accustomed to dissecting shows hour by hour and week by week. By now, some of you have likely watched House‘s whole 13-episode first season already; others are halfway done, or a few episodes in, or waiting to blow through the entire thing in one marathon viewing session. So what’s a recapper to do?
Since Ken Tucker already covered the first two episodes of the series in his initial review, we’re going to dive right in and discuss its next two installments here. (We’ll tackle 5 and 6 next Wednesday.) If nothing else, this pair of episodes does seem a good place to pause and take stock of the series thus far — especially given the second hour’s doozy of an ending. This should go without saying, but just to be safe: spoilers follow, y’all.
In Ted Nugentland, President Obama is “an evil, dangerous man who hates America and hates freedom” — and so is Piers Morgan, the CNN host who’s become an object of conservative ire since he began his gun control crusade in December. So when Morgan interviewed Nugent yesterday — at a gun store, naturally — sparks flew pretty much immediately.
Nugent accused the Brit of having an unreasonable vendetta against guns. When Morgan tried to say that he cares about “all deaths,” Nugent laid into him even more: “I don’t think you do. I think you’re obsessed with guns. Ninety-nine percent of the gun owners of America are wonderful people that you are hanging around with here today, perfectly safe, perfectly harmless, wonderful, loving, giving, caring, generous people. Would you leave us the hell alone?!”
Watch out, Cory Booker: Another government bigshot is making a play for the title of New Jersey’s most likeable politician.
For months, Governor Chris Christie has been one of David Letterman’s favorite targets. (Insert joke about a target that’s easy to hit here.) And though Christie isn’t always willing to entertain discussion of that weighty topic — see how he shot down Barbara Walters during her “Most Fascinating People” special last year — he was more than a good sport about it yesterday, casually pulling out a doughnut as soon as he sat down with Dave. His explanation? “I didn’t know this was gonna be this long.”
Christie’s geniality continued as he assured Dave that he doesn’t mind fat jokes, as long as they’re funny. He then recited a few of his favorite Letterman digs at his own expense as the host looked on, chuckling in a mixture of amusement and embarrassment. It’s sort of like those “celebrities read mean tweets about themselves” videos on Jimmy Kimmel, except much more intense (and with free doughnuts!). Grab a pastry and watch for yourself below:
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