C-Span insistently stamped the hashtag “NerdProm” on their coverage of this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but the annual political roast looked more like Washington’s answer to the Golden Globes. By which I mean, there were several pointed jokes and untold gallons of booze. Conan O’Brien was the official comedy diplomat of the night — a return trip for the late-night host, who slung jokes in President Clinton’s direction back in 1995. But O’Brien was overshadowed by his opener: President Barack Obama, who took the opportunity to make several jabs at NBC, CNN, and even Taylor Swift. Read on for the best zingers by the former Tonight Show host and the Commander-in-Chief of these United States. READ FULL STORY
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Last night’s Glee struck a nerve with viewers loyal and otherwise. But how could it not?
The episode addressed one of the most sensitive issues of recent memory, as McKinley High School was put under high alert after gunshots were fired in the school. Naturally, one can assume that this is the show’s way of tackling a topical subject that four months ago rose to the top of public consciousness in wake of the stomach-churning tragedy in Newtown, Conn. that left 20 children and six faculty dead.
Glee has never shied away from tackling heavy topics. In fact, episodes usually have more than one topic du jour. (Last night’s school shooting hour also included a “catfishing” storyline.) In the past, students have dealt with everything from homophobia, bullies, eating disorders, domestic abuse, and teen sex. The latter, actually drew some negative attention from a parent group.
Tonight’s Colbert Report featured a suave, handsome icon beloved by millions for his political leadership and activism… as well as William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States.
Though the conversation between Clinton and Colbert — filmed at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University, an annual meeting for college students and youth organizations — was certainly entertaining, it was also fairly predictable. Clinton was chatty and charming as always, while Colbert kept struggling valiantly not to be taken in by his guest’s charisma.
Near the end of the talk, though, Colbert had an actual surprise for Clinton: He had taken the liberty of setting up a brand-new Twitter account for the former president, who generally steers clear of social media. And while most of the monikers Colbert tried to snag were already taken, “@PrezBillyJeff” just happened to be free. (Who woulda thunk it?) Clinton, ever the good sport, proceeded to dictate his first-ever tweet to Colbert from the stage; you’ll find that special message below. READ FULL STORY
Barack Obama may be America’s “first gay president” — but Bill Clinton is the (former) commander-in-chief GLAAD has chosen to honor at its Media Awards in Los Angeles this month. (The advocacy group’s New York Media Awards ceremony was held March 16 in Manhattan; its San Francisco awards are scheduled for May 11.)
Clinton will receive GLAAD’s inaugural Advocate for Change Award. The ex-president began advocating for marriage equality in 2011, worked against North Carolina’s proposed amendment to ban both marriage and civil unions for gay couples, and recently penned an op-ed urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act — a bill that Clinton himself originally signed in 1996.
“President Clinton’s support of the LGBT community and recognition that DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and should be struck down shows that the political landscape continues to change in favor of LGBT equality,” GLAAD strategic giving officer Wilson Cruz said in a statement. “Leaders and allies like President Clinton are critical to moving our march for equality forward.”
Here’s that sequel to Ace Ventura: Unlikely Gun Control Advocate we’ve all been waiting for!
Jim Carrey made waves last Monday with a Funny or Die video called “Cold Dead Hand,” which spoofed the pro-gun advocacy of the NRA and the late Charlton Heston. After Fox News’s talking heads spent the rest of the week raking the Golden Globe winner and his liberal ideas over the coals, Carrey shot back with a statement that called the network “a last resort for kinda-sorta-almost-journalists,” “a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams,” and perhaps most damningly of all, “a giant culture fart.” (And this from a guy who knows his farts.)
But in a new Huffington Post op-ed, Carrey trades name-calling for passionate arguments about why he feels gun control is so essential. “I disagree wholeheartedly with those who say that there are just too many guns out there to control and that more gun laws won’t make a difference,” he writes. “Change must start someplace.” He makes a point to note that he isn’t in favor of eliminating the right to bear arms, “though it is in the vested interests of those who profit by gun sales to make it seem so.” READ FULL STORY
Dear James Lipton: Please never stop asking your guests to answer questions in character, especially if they have a background in improv comedy. (And especially especially if they’re voice actors.)
The dignified host of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio asked guest Tina Fey to revive her famous Sarah Palin impression when she stopped by his show earlier this week. Thankfully, Fey obliged, slipping into her winky take on the ex-governor like it was a warm, comfy elk skin coat. What followed was a too-short sequence that allowed Fey to show off both her best-known impersonation and her quick thinking. When asked her opinion on gun control, for example, “Palin” said without skipping a beat that she believes “that if everybody had guns, there would be fewer guns in the stores.”
Watch on, you crazy mavericks:
It’s The Hunger Games: Forget About People From District 12 edition!
At CPAC over the weekend, the Tea Party Patriots debuted their new recruitment video – a fake movie trailer that looked vaguely familiar exactly like The Hunger Games (mixed with some 1984 and The Matrix for good measure). Calling themselves “a movement on fire,” the video shows viewers the great peril that awaits patriotic citizens if we don’t do something about entitlements, fast.
“Fifteen years ago, freedom died,” a Woman Who Is Not Jennifer Lawrence informs us. With the new Development Party in power, there is just one Orwellian message on the airways: “When WE provide for every need, then you are fully Developed.” Do you understand? Government assistance is bad. So one day, Man Who Is Not As Sexy as Liam Hemsworth refuses to pay his “contribution” and a rebellion straight out of Mockingjay begins.
The video includes plenty of Hunger Games call outs, such as a mockingjay-esque symbol for the rebellion. But their liberty-hating villain is no glowering President Snow; Chairman Troy Marcus has the look of a middling House majority whip, nothing more.
Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
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:
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.
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