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  • Hillary Clinton spent $66 million just to air ads in September

    10/21/2016 12:59:06 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 20, 2016 | Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's September inundation of the airwaves cost her campaign $66 million, swamping rival Donald Trump's media presence. A new campaign finance report filed Thursday night showed that Clinton's campaign committee paid out nearly $66 million for media buys last month to the ad placement firm GMMB - twice as much it spent in August.
  • Bewildered cousin says accuser GUSHED over Trump for a decade, suddenly comes out with sex story

    10/18/2016 3:43:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | October 15, 2016 | Frieda Powers
    The cousin of one of the women who has accused Donald Trump of sexual assault questioned her story as an attempt to get back on television. Trump’s campaign released a statement on Friday from John Barry to rebut allegations by his cousin Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant who claimed Trump made unwanted sexual advances toward her. “I am completely shocked and bewildered by my cousin, Summer Zervos, and her press conference today,” Barry said in the statement. “Ever since she was on The Apprentice she has had nothing but glowing things to say about Mr. Trump. For almost a...
  • Trump campaign outspending Clinton on TV

    10/18/2016 1:21:37 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/18/2016 | Reid Wilson
    Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is finally spending more money than Hillary Clinton’s. Trump’s campaign will spend almost $11.7 million on television ads set to run in eleven states this week, topping Clinton’s spending on ads for the first time. The Clinton campaign is spending $10.5 million on advertising in seven states.
  • NFL ratings plunge could spell doom for traditional TV

    10/14/2016 7:34:50 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 104 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2016 | Drew Harwell and Rick Maese
    Football, America’s biggest prime-time powerhouse, has been thrust into a crisis this fall, with dwindling ratings sparking questions over whether it can remain a gold mine for television in an age when more Americans are abandoning traditional TV. Network executives have long used the National Football League’s live games as a last line of defense against the rapid growth of “cord-cutting” and on-demand viewing upending the industry. But now, the NFL is seeing its ratings tumble in the same way that the Olympics, awards shows and other live events have, falling more than 10 percent for the first five weeks...
  • Leaked Email Shows Clinton Foundation in Communication With Comedian John Oliver

    10/07/2016 5:05:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Information Liberation ^ | October 7, 2016 | Paul Joseph Watson
    A leaked email from the personal account of Capricia Penavic Marshall, who worked under Hillary Clinton at the State Department, shows that the Clinton Foundation was in contact with comedian John Oliver as far back as February 2015. The hacked email, which was unearthed by the DC Leaks outfit, suggests some level of collusion between the Clintons, HBO and the British television host. As presenter of the popular HBO show Last Week Tonight, Oliver has made a name for himself with a series of anti-Donald Trump monologues, including one that made global headlines when he revealed that the Trump family...
  • Agnes Nixon, creator of 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children,' dies at 93

    09/28/2016 4:51:49 PM PDT · by Borges · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/28/2016 | Valerie J. Nelson
    *** Although her characters were inevitably embroiled in melodrama, Nixon was repeatedly honored for elevating soaps during a television career that spanned more than 60 years. She pioneered socially relevant themes and dealt with them seriously, bringing attention to such once-taboo topics as racism, AIDS, lesbian relationships and teenage prostitution. In 1962, Nixon wrote a story line for “The Guiding Light” on CBS about a character who develops uterine cancer and has a life-saving hysterectomy. The network and show sponsor Proctor & Gamble agreed to the plot only if the words “cancer,” “uterus” and “hysterectomy” were not used.
  • ‘Magnum P.I.’ Sequel About His Daughter In Works At ABC

    09/23/2016 1:09:37 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 97 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 22, 2016 | Nellie Andreeva
    EXCLUSIVE: A famous 1980s title is eyeing a comeback. ABC has nabbed Magnum, a sequel to the classic series Magnum P.I. that starred Tom Selleck, with a script commitment plus substantial penalty. The project, from Leverage creator John Rogers and Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, will keep the fun, action-packed style of the original as it follows Magnum’s daughter, Lily “Tommy” Magnum, who returns to Hawaii to take up the mantle of her father’s PI firm. She and her tribe of friends mix tropical beaches with the seedy underbelly of international crime and modern espionage, even as she tries to unravel...
  • Presidential politics plays big role at Emmy Awards

    09/19/2016 2:12:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    AP ^ | September 18, 2016 | David Bauder
    Since it often seems like the most entertaining limited series on television, there was little surprise that the presidential campaign made its presence felt at the Emmy Awards. Jokes and politicking took place onstage and off Sunday. Former Republican candidate Jeb Bush made an appearance in Jimmy Kimmel's opening comedy skit and Hillary Clinton tweeted congratulations to her impersonator, Kate McKinnon of "Saturday Night Live." [Snip] It wasn't much of a surprise to hear Trump didn't have many friends in Hollywood.
  • People Are Justifiably Infuriated With How Jimmy Fallon Handled Trump

    09/17/2016 12:17:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | September 16, 2016 | Maxwell Strachan, senior editor
    “The Tonight Show” host humanized a dangerous man on Thursday night. Jimmy Fallon had Donald Trump on “The Tonight Show” Thursday night, and all some people could talk about afterward was a head rub. Toward the end of the interview, Fallon asked the Republican presidential nominee if he could mess up his famous head of hair on live TV, leading to raucous applause and the sort of bite-sized video that both the creators and consumers of internet media eat up. Before the rub, Fallon did sneak in a few subtle quips, like asking Trump if he knew what a coin...
  • Vanity: Our favorite performances from the Gong Show

    09/17/2016 5:56:32 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 27 replies
    We at and the new England Alliance for liberty and Free markets noticed that there have been a lot of uploads of episodes and sketches from The Gong Show. YES! Everyone's favorite reality show from 1978 and 1977 from before anyone heard of Simon Cowell, before American Idol, before there was America's got Talent, there was THE GONG SHOW! Here now is our favorite sketches. The best we saved for last! 1. Billy and the Billetes 2. RICK CUTLER (MAMA WONT LET ME ON THE GONG SHOW) 3. Michael foster Rivera (MAGICIAN WITH THE PET CHICKEN) 4. FRED TYSON...
  • Actor Jon Polito, known for roles in Coen brother films ... dead at 65

    09/02/2016 9:06:17 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 2, 2016 | Nicole Bitette
    Full title: Actor Jon Polito, known for roles in Coen brother films 'The Big Lebowski' and 'Miller's Crossing,' dead at 65 Actor Jon Polito, who was best known for his roles in Coen brother films like "The Big Lebowski," "Miller's Crossing" and "Barton Fink," has died. He was 65.
  • ‘Dr. Drew’ show canceled days after host’s negative speculation about Hillary Clinton’s health

    08/26/2016 1:01:42 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 26, 2016 | Fred Barbash
    Drew Pinsky’s six-year-old HLN show, “Dr. Drew On Call,” has been canceled by CNN, effective Sept. 22. CNN Money, in its reporting of the announcement, connected it to a broader shakeup at HLN, including the end of Nancy Grace’s flamboyant show devoted to criminal court cases. But the decision came eight days after Pinsky’s comments on a radio show on Aug. 17 questioning the health and medical care of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president. After looking at bits and pieces of Clinton’s health-care records she made public in 2015, he said he was “gravely...
  • Founder Of Current TV: The Polls Be Damned, Trump Is Going to Win

    08/24/2016 7:02:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 23, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Well, is this just playful trolling, or an omen not being taken seriously on the Left? Michael Rosenblum, the founder of the left-leaning Current TV, which was sold off to Al-Jazeera, had quite the declaration on The Huffington Post: Donald Trump is going to be elected president of the United States. Granted, he didn’t necessarily say polls be damned, though he might as well since Rosenblum said that this race was lost eons ago when Swamp People, Pawn Stars, and the endless World War II programming came on the History Channel. He says the same for the programming on The...
  • Egypt’s state broadcaster orders eight female TV presenters to lose weight....

    08/18/2016 12:26:17 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 24 replies
    National Post ^ | August 18, 2016 | Raf Sanchez, The Telegraph
    Egypt’s state-run television has suspended eight of its female presenters for being overweight — telling them they can return to the air only after they go on a diet. The move sparked outrage among women’s groups and members of parliament but state television authorities show no sign of backing down. The presenters were given a month to lose weight and told they will not be allowed back on screen until they have an “appropriate appearance,” according to the Youm7 newspaper. The decision was made by Safaa Hegazi, the female chief of Egypt’s ERTU public broadcaster. .... Khadija Khatab, one of...
  • Arthur Hiller, Director of ‘Love Story,’ Dies at 92

    08/17/2016 12:06:10 PM PDT · by Borges · 61 replies
    Variety ^ | 8/17/2016 | Carmel Dagan
    Canadian-born director Arthur Hiller, who spent more than a decade mostly working in television before a career in feature helming that included “Love Story,” “The Americanization of Emily” and comedy “Silver Streak,” died Wednesday. He was 92. “Love Story,” based on the bestseller by Erich Segal, was an enormous box office hit in 1970 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. Though many critics dismissed the movie as too sentimental, it is No. 9 on the AFI’s list of the most romantic films of all time. Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989-93...
  • Hulu is eliminating its free, ad-supported streaming service

    08/08/2016 3:28:45 PM PDT · by seastay · 41 replies
    The verge ^ | Augest 8, 2016
    There is an odd game of musical chairs happening in the world of streaming television. Hulu, the service co-owned by many of the major broadcasters, announced that it will be eliminating its free tier, moving to a subscription-only model. At the same time, Yahoo announced a new streaming service, "Yahoo View," which "features" Hulu, and will let viewers see the five most recent episodes of the big broadcast shows for free. So consumers will still have largely the same set of choices, just in different places, and paid for by a different set of corporate backers. Hulu is co-owned by...
  • Vanity - the Changing Times

    08/07/2016 8:06:17 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 10 replies
    8/7/16 | me
    This evening watching a Johnny Carson show from 1978 on Antenna television network. It was very interesting to note the following... On his show it was shown in the 'guide' that Caitlyn Jenner was a guest on the show along with Rock Hudson. After showing the name of Caitlyn, it then showed the following info: "As himself, Bruce Jenner". An entire industry of revisionists will be required if this 'fad' should began to take on legs. If it were not laughable, the concept would be mind boggling.
  • One America News Network (OANN) to broadcast 'Clinton Cash' SAT:2pmPT/5pmET,SUN:2pmPT/5pmET

    07/29/2016 1:59:41 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 11 replies ^ | July 29, 2016 | CivilWarBrewing
    Full title: 'One America News Network (OANN) to broadcast 'Clinton Cash' SAT:2pmPT/5pmET,SUN:2pmPT/5pmET'
  • The Games Bunkers Play (All in the Family Season 4 Episode 8)

    07/27/2016 9:04:22 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1973
    This is a normally very left wing show but every now and then they slipped up. This is one of those times. Mike is exposed as a narrow minded, condescending left wing bigot who is just as irrational and stubborn as Archie. This is real humor and it could not appear on TV today. Very, very funny for a conservative to watch this with someone who is a PC liberal. The Games Bunker's Play
  • Bill Cardille, Channel 11 icon and host of 'Chiller Theater', has died

    07/21/2016 11:39:28 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 40 replies
    WPXI ^ | July 21, 2016
    Bill Cardille, Channel 11 icon and host of 'Chiller Theater', has died Bill Cardille, the host of 'Chiller Theater', has died after a battle with cancer, according to a Facebook post by his daughter. Lori Cardille wrote, "Our dear father, William Cardille, peacefully passed away early this morning in his home, with his family, where he wanted to be. My sister Marea, was reading him some of the letters that you all wrote to him. It meant so much to him. I knew it would. From the bottom of our hearts, my sister Marea, my brother Billy and our beautiful...
  • Nickelodeon’s ‘Loud House’ to Feature Married Gay Couple

    07/18/2016 9:30:44 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 14 replies
    Variety ^ | July 19, 2016 | Arya Roshanian
    Nickelodeon is about to bring down the house — the “Loud House,” that is. The children’s TV network will introduce a bi-racial gay couple on the animated show “The Loud House.” The series, which centers around the life of Lincoln Loud and his ten sisters, will be the first Nickelodeon show in history to feature a married same-sex couple. The couple in question, voiced by Wayne Brady and Michael McDonald, will make their debut on the July 20 episode “Overnight Success.”
  • Path to 9/11

    07/01/2016 6:58:27 AM PDT · by LS · 28 replies
    ABC | July 1, 2016 | Self
    Over the weekend I had the fortune of getting an embargoed copy of the 2006 television miniseries on ABC, "The Path to 9/11." After its only broadcast, ABC embargoed this---it was never released on DVD. It is easy to see why. Clinton's fingerprints were all over the failure to stop 9/11. Sandy Berger is portrayed as a completely gutless political hack. Richard Clark is depicted as knowledgable but completely in cover-your-@ss mode all the time. But even the good FBI agents, including John O'Neill, were so constrained by the "laws of evidence" they were utterly helpless. The CIA and the...
  • 'Romper Room' host Mary Ann King dies at 82

    06/18/2016 5:28:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 80 replies
    L A Times ^ | 06/18/2016
    King locally hosted “Romper Room” from 1966 to 1976. The program aired worldwide with different hosts in each locale. During the show, King played learning games with children and urged them to be “Do Bees” who behaved well, not “Don't Bees” who played in the street or failed to clean their plates. Each episode ended with King holding up a mirror-like frame and looking through it to name child viewers.
  • Conan O’Brien: No One Should Be ‘Allowed’ To Own A Semiautomatic Rifle

    06/14/2016 1:47:03 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 14, 2016 | Awr Hawkins
    During the June 13 monologue on Conan, host Conan O’Brien referenced the Orlando terror attack and said no one should be able to own “a semiautomatic rifle.” He described semiautomatic rifles as “weapons of war” that “have no place in civilian life.”
  • Obama most TV guest spots ever?

    06/09/2016 8:37:08 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 12 replies
    Me | 6/9/16 | Me
    Obama is extremely unseemly constantly on TV shows during his tenure. This jerk has to be the most-visiting president ever to TV spots while in office. Why doesn't this come up more?
  • 40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time

    06/05/2016 9:02:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 138 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | May 26, 2016 | Sam Adams, Sean T. Collins, David Fear, Noel Murray, Jenna Scherer, Scott Tobias
    It's odd to think that, once upon a time, a TV show set in space -- one that declared, in its opening narration, as the cosmos being the "final frontier" -- was considered the pop-cultural equivalent of an unwanted party-crasher. Yes, a concept like Star Trek was both of its time and clearly ahead of it; history has more than vindicated Gene Roddenberry's notion of boldly going where no man had gone before. But given the number of top-notch shows set in the far reaches of the galaxy and that used genre for pulpy and profound purposes over the last...
  • Snoop Dogg Is Right

    06/02/2016 3:28:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | June 2, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    My musical tastes do not include rap and hip-hop, but when Snoop Dogg comments on the "Roots" remake, saying he is tired of movies about slavery and would prefer a series "about the success that black folks are having," he is singing my song. The original "Roots" drew a phenomenal 130 million viewers when it aired on ABC in 1977. The remake, now playing on The History Channel, will probably draw far fewer viewers, just because it is on cable and most are familiar with the story-line. The filmmakers apparently are targeting a younger generation. While there is no question...
  • The Real O'neals: A real washout

    05/21/2016 10:41:01 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 16 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Hey everyone been taking a break for awhile and I wanted to talk about a new TV show that really isn't that new its been around for awhile and I only recently began to watch some of it at the behest of my Catholic friends. They asked me to write about it and give my take on it because this show is Anti-catholic and irreverent. Also the main character is a queer. The writer is New York Times columnist and comedian Dan Savage, an Irish ex-Catholic homosexual liberal. Savage's articles are generally crap. Attacks on Christians, particularly catholics, attacks on...
  • Meet the UC Berkeley Grad Who Created the Dothraki Language for 'Game of Thrones'

    05/17/2016 11:08:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/17 | Lisa Fernandez
    David Peterson has so far created 4,000 Dothraki words When the misogynistic, male Dothraki characters launch into curse-laden tirades on "Game of Thrones," viewers have a 35-year-old Southern California father and a University of California Berkeley graduate to thank for what they hear. David J. Peterson invented Dothraki, the language spoken by the crass race of nomadic horse warriors first described in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice," on which the HBO series is based. "It's a lot of fun," he said Tuesday, in his first, interactive Facetime Live interview. Especially coming up with the curse...
  • 'Once Upon a Time' Reveals Gay Storyline; Creators Say "Love Is Love"

    04/18/2016 10:11:02 AM PDT · by yoe · 57 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 17, 2016 | Alyse Whitney
    Once Upon a Time finally made good on its promise to include a gay storyline in season six, and it was an unexpected choice. Although Mulan (Jamie Chung) revealed her unrequited love for Princess Aurora (Sarah Bolger) in season three, she wasn’t the one in a new relationship in Sunday’s episode, “Ruby Slippers.” However, she did help make it happen.
  • Trayvon Martin Movie Coming to TV One

    04/17/2016 2:22:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    CocoaFab ^ | April 14, 2016 | Staff
    In the new movie, A Mother’s Worst Nightmare, TV One will explore the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. The network announced a new slate of 26 original movies at their Upfront presentation in New York City. Expectations for the movie will be high as the story explores one of America’s most controversial murders and trials. TV One says: A Mother’s Worst Nightmare is an urban true crime drama chronicling one of America’s most polarizing murder cases in recent history: the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American high school junior. The film centers on Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s...
  • TV Shows its Conservative Side on Abortion Issue

    04/15/2016 7:55:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Maybe the makers of "The Big Bang Theory" don't watch "Meet the Press." Hillary Clinton got into a bit of trouble earlier this month when she told "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd that "the unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights." Clinton was merely noting that some restrictions on abortions are permitted under the law. But the real kerfuffle was over the idea that a person can exist in America without any rights -- or that fetuses are people at all. The International Planned Parenthood Federation cautions activists to avoid the "p" word. It's not a person until it's born...
  • 'MADtv' Revived at The CW for Primetime Series

    04/11/2016 1:39:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | APRIL 11, 2016 | Kate Stanhope
    The new incarnation will feature new castmembers and returning faces who will serve as guest hosts. MADtv is making a comeback. The CW is reviving the former Fox late-night series for primetime, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The eight new episodes will feature new castmembers, as well as special appearances from returning cast members who will host the new hourlong installments. There is no premiere date for the new episodes, which will hail from Telepictures and executive producers David E. Salzman, Mark Teitelbaum and John Montgomery. “The MADtv franchise is as vibrant as ever, thanks largely to social and digital...
  • Stunning Video Reveals Why You Shouldn't Trust Anything You See On Television

    04/10/2016 7:53:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/9/16 | tyler durden
    In recent years, many have voiced increasing concerns with their ability to place trust in official data, and have faith in conventional narratives. And for good reason: just yesterday a University of Chicago finance professor, while being interviewed at the Ambrosetti Forum, said that it is all about preserving confidence and trust in a "rigged game": "if people are told enough by smart people on television that the economy has been fixed, and the market is a reflection of the fundamentals, then they’ll blindly support anything the Fed does." But while the saying "don't believe everything [or anything] you read"...
  • On ‘Jimmy Kimmel,’ the Talented Mr. Cruz

    03/31/2016 12:49:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | March 31, 2016 | Will Leitch
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  • Robert Horton, Handsome ‘Wagon Train’ Star Who Wanted More, Dies at 91

    03/18/2016 7:44:00 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 113 replies
    NYT ^ | 15 March 2016 | DANIEL E. SLOTNIK
    Robert Horton, a ruggedly handsome actor who found television stardom in 1957 as the scout Flint McCullough on “Wagon Train” but who resisted being typecast in westerns as he pursued a parallel career as a singer, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 91.Robert Horton, left, with Ward Bond in “Wagon Train” in 1958.
  • Dos Equis Says 'Adios' to 'Most Interesting Man' Pitchman

    03/12/2016 5:48:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    Orange County Register ^ | March 9, 2016
    By Staff Published Saturday, March 12, 2016 A Moroccan man who believed he had buried his wife who was killed in a road accident two years ago is shocked to learn that she has appeared on a television programme, according to media reports. He had buried his wife in 2014 after doctors in Casablanca informed she had succumbed to her injuries. But recently his friends spotted her on a TV programme, which helps reunite ‘lost’ families, where she was allegedly appealing to help find her husband, reported a news website. She reportedly gave his name and address and claimed that...
  • Sex, gays and witches banned from Chinese television

    03/07/2016 5:03:10 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    SBS News ^ | 3-7-2016
    The Chinese government has clamped down on the country's entertainment industry, banning depictions of sex, homosexuality, witchcraft and one night stands from television programs. The South China Morning Post reported the crack down on online and television shows was part of the new General Principle of Television Drama Production Content, which was released in December. Also banned are programs showing extra-marital affairs, the use of drugs or alcohol, teenage relationships, fighting, smoking and programs that promote superstitions, like witchcraft. Among the popular programs pulled was an online series called Addiction (also known as Heroin), which depicts gay love, and Go Princess Go,...
  • Dos Equis 'Most Interesting Man' Actor Locked in Legal Battle With Ex-Manager

    02/23/2016 6:12:45 PM PST · by Elderberry · 45 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/23/2016
    He plays the "most interesting man in the world" in commercials and now Jonathan Goldsmith -- the face of Dos Equis Beer -- is locked in a most interesting legal battle. Goldsmith's former talent agency is suing the star for breach of contract, claiming they're owed 10 percent of what Goldsmith will have earned from late 2014 through 2016, which it says is some two million dollars. Goldsmith is now counter-suing, claiming his manager disclosed the terms of a 2012 confidential agreement and "jeopardized his future as the spokesman for Dos Equis beer." In court documents filed last October in...
  • Damning study finds a 'whitewashed' Hollywood

    02/22/2016 5:59:28 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 22, 2016 | JAKE COYLE
    In one of the most exhaustive and damning reports on diversity in Hollywood, a new study finds that the films and television produced by major media companies are "whitewashed," and that an "epidemic of invisibility" runs top to bottom through the industry for women, minorities and LGBT people.
  • Why Amy Schumer Is So Popular

    02/16/2016 8:09:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Captain Capitalism ^ | February 15, 2016 | Captain Capitalism
    It was 2013 and I was road tripping out in the American south west. I was lucky enough to get a car with Sirius satellite radio which meant even in the most remote locales of the country I was able to listen to pretty much whatever I wanted. So there I was, in Canyonlands National Park, far far away from the only civilization in Moab, when a hilarious comedian by the name of Amy Schumer came on the air. She was funny. She was hilarious. She made my trip all that much enjoyable. And I took a note in my...
  • Fridays - Michael Richards in The Mad Chiropractor Sketch (1980)

    02/08/2016 5:11:36 PM PST · by DemforBush · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    A pre-Seinfeld Michael Richards and Mark Blankfield star in this infamous Friday's skit about a maniacal chiropractor with some very unusual therapy techniques.
  • PREDICTION VALIDATED: Trump Poll Numbers May Be Vastly Inflated Due to Name Recognition

    02/08/2016 12:23:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Director Blue ^ | February 7, 2016 | Malcolm X. Cromwell
    Two-and-one-half months before last week's Iowa Caucus, columnist S.A. Miller of The Washington Times noted what could be called "The Trump Effect" on poll numbers with an article entitled "Donald Trump seen unlikely to win in Iowa despite poll numbers": Laura Kamienski, a Republican Party caucus precinct representative for Hiawatha District in Cedar Rapids ... said she expects a surprise in the caucus this cycle similar to former Sen. Rick Santorum's unexpected win in 2012. Mr. Santorum is back in the 2016 Republican race but is polling near the bottom of the crowded field in Iowa and nationally. ...Pollsters defended...
  • SNL Mocks Ted Cruz's 5-Year-Old Daughter

    02/07/2016 5:30:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 7, 2016 | Daniel Halper
    Saturday Night Live did not just take aim at Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The NBC comedy show also mocked his daughter, Catherine. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) In last night's cold open skit last night, an actor playing Cruz said, "First, my family, I would be nothing without the love and support of my incredible family like my daughter Catherine here." "Come here, sweetie," says the fake Cruz. "How about a hug for daddy?" "No," says the actress, clearly much older than the real life Catherine Cruz. "Come on, now, give daddy a hug for the camera?" "No." "Come here, sweetie. How about...
  • The mother from the classic Prince pasta commercial has died

    02/04/2016 7:07:39 PM PST · by massmike · 46 replies ^ | 02/04/2016 | Brian Burns
    <p>Mary Fiumara, the woman who shouted “Anthony! Anthony!” in an iconic Prince pasta commercial, died on February 2 at 88 years old. Fiumara’s son confirmed Fiumara’s passing to The Boston Globe .</p> <p>Anthony Martignetti—Fiumara’s son in the commercial—was 12 years old when he starred in the “Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day” commercial alongside Fiumara, according to the Globe . In the 1969 advertisement, Martignetti is seen running home for a pasta dinner after Fiumara shouts his name from a Powers Court apartment window. According to Martignetti, even before the commercial gave Fiumara TV recognition, Fiumara was a “legend” of the neighborhood.</p>
  • Starship Enterprise will be restored to its 1967 glory: Smithsonian to rebuild 11ft model

    02/01/2016 5:55:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 110 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/01/16 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Starship Enterprise will be restored to its 1967 glory: Smithsonian to rebuild 11ft model used in original Star Trek TV show It has been 50 years since the original model of the Starship Enterprise made its final imaginary voyage. Today, the 11ft-long model lies in pieces at the Smithsonian Museum in Virginia with a damaged secondary hull and nacelles. Trekkies the world over have been urging model makers to save this iconic ship. Now the Smithsonian says it will attempt to do just that, but restoring it to its appearance in 1967, during the filming of the episode 'The Trouble...
  • 'Celebrity Apprentice' adds Warren Buffett, Boy George

    01/28/2016 11:35:57 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 28, 2016
    When Arnold Schwarzenegger succeeds Trump in the boardroom, the show gains impressive advisers. The most impressive would be billionaire Warren Buffett, one of the world's most-respected businessmen. The show also adds Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO; TV host and businesswoman Tyra Banks; and actress-entrepreneur Jessica Alba. Schwarzenegger will follow the Trump model and put a relative in an advisory role: His nephew, entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, joins the show.
  • Did Anybody Else Watch Those DEVILS at 240Sweet on The Profit?

    01/26/2016 11:06:33 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    Self | January 27, 2016 | PJ-Comix
    Anybody else out there see the latest episode of "The Profit?" Tonight's business was 240Sweet a gourmet marshmallow company and both owners were slime but owner Sam in particular was a complete MONSTER. Easily the WORST person ever on "The Profit" and possibly the WORST real life person even in the history of TV. At the end it was like her inner devil came out. It was the one show that needed an exorcist even more than Marcus Lemonis.
  • China's on-off relationship with The Simpsons

    01/25/2016 10:51:11 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    bbc ^ | 1-26-2016 | Helier Cheung
    The most controversial episode, as far as China is concerned, is one in season 16, where the Simpsons fly to China to help a relative adopt a baby. This involves the family passing through Tiananmen Square, where they see signs saying: "On this site, in 1989, nothing happened", and later encounter a tank - both references to the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. Homer also makes fun of Mao Zedong's embalmed body - whom he likens to "a little angel who killed 50 million people" and poses as a Buddha to enter an orphanage. China's authorities were also unlikely to be amused...
  • Noreen Corcoran, the Adopted Niece on TV's 'Bachelor Father,' Dies at 72

    01/16/2016 5:48:13 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 16, 2016 | Mike Barnes
    America watched her grow up on the series, which aired from 1957-62. From a family of young actors, she was recommended by Ronald Reagan for the role. Noreen Corcoran, who starred as the teenager adopted by her uncle (John Forsythe) on the 1950s-'60s sitcom Bachelor Father, has died. She was 72. Corcoran died Friday of cardiopulmonary disease at Valley Presbyterian in Van Nuys, her niece, author Mell Corcoran, told The Hollywood Reporter. The actress' younger brother, Kevin Corcoran, who appeared in the 1957 film Old Yeller and played Moochie on several Disney TV shows, died in October.