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Mitt Romney Slow Jams The News On ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’: Video

By | Saturday January 25, 2014 @ 9:50am PST

Mitt Romney was game for some self-deprecating self-promotion last night when he hit the late night stage to slow jam the news with Jimmy Fallon. Romney’s on the campaign trail for Mitt, the new Netflix docu tracking his two bids for Presidency. The film premiered in Salt Lake City as part of the Sundance Film Festival last week, where the Republican former Massachusetts governor dropped in unannounced and spoke with Deadline’s Dominic Patten. Netflix releases Mitt on January 24. Watch Romney get down with Fallon and The Roots:

Related: Romney On How He Liked ‘Mitt’ Docu – “Enjoy Is The Wrong Word”

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Sundance: Romney On How He Liked ‘Mitt’ Docu – “Enjoy Is The Wrong Word”

By | Saturday January 18, 2014 @ 4:55pm PST

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608Proving there always is a second or third act in American life, former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney just might have a new career as a movie critic – especially when it comes to SLC Gala Reception Presented By Zions - 2014 Sundance Film Festivalfilms about him. “Enjoy is the wrong word,” Romney told me today at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City after I asked him what it was like watching the fly-on-the-wall Netflix docu Mitt about his two runs for the White House. “I’d say I re-lived the campaigns through the film,” he added with a laugh, “but parts of it were very funny and very revealing and I liked it.” Saturday marked the second day of the Romney docu’s tour of Utah. The Greg Whitely-directed film had its world wremiere in Salt Lake City last night, with the former Massachusetts Governor and his wife Ann surprising the filmmaker and others by showing up unexpectedly. The Romneys were greeted by cheers in Salt Lake and stayed for the entire pic. Today the film played in Park City.  Mitt will debut on Netflix on January 24. Related: Sundance: Romney A Big Hit At ‘Mitt’ Premiere In Salt Lake City Read More »

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Sundance: Romney Big Hit At ‘Mitt’ Premiere In Salt Lake City

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 5:19pm PST

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, but he ruled the Sundance Film Festival tonight. In a scene you wouldn’t expect to see at the Robert Redford-founded fest, the Republican and head of the Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committee showed "Mitt" Premiere - 2014 Sundance Film Festivalup unannounced at the premiere screening of Mitt in the Utah capital. The lobby of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Centre filled with cheers and applause as the former Massachusetts governor, his wife Ann and several of their children arrived. “I invited him, but I didn’t know if he was going to come,” director Greg Whiteley told me this evening. He added that Romney had not yet seen the film, so the helmer doesn’t know if he’ll like it. (UPDATE: Just before the screening began, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert praised Sundance and Redford for their contributions to the state and then introduced Romney in the audience, saying, “We all wished the election had ended differently.” The room of 250-plus attendees rose in a standing ovation while the Romneys waived from their seats.)

Related: Hot Trailer: Netflix Docu ‘Mitt’

In stark contrast to the often-stiff Romney on the campaign trail in 2008 and 2012, the compellingly up-close and intimate documentary chronicles the much more live-wire and warmer man during his two runs for the White House. The film plays the festival in both Salt Lake and Park City before debuting on Netflix on January 24. The streaming service acquired theatrical and TV rights to the 92-minute pic by director and Sundance vet Whiteley on December 9, the same day Mitt was announced as a Documentary Premiere at this year’s festival. Able to get access after approaching the Romney family directly, Whiteley — who previously helmed New York Doll and Resolved – followed the candidate and those close to him from Christmas Eve 2006 in Park City to Election Night 2012. Read More »

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UPDATE: Will MSNBC’s Host Apology Streak End As Mitt Romney Accepts Latest Mea Culpa?

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x1982ND UPDATE, 8:20 AM: Will cable news programs steer clear of comedy after MSNBC‘s botched Melissa Harris-Perry end-of-year show left her tearily apologizing for the show’s gags targeting Mitt Romney‘s adopted black grandson, and Fox News Channel devoting yet more airtime to MSNBC’s show host foot-in-mouth epidemic? Most recently, Romney was a guest on Fox News MelissaHarris-Perrythis past Sunday, in the course of which, during a segment known as “Romney Reacts To MSNBC For Mocking Family Photo”, he told Chris Wallace, “I recognize that people make mistakes and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it. That’s all you can ask for. I am going to move on from that. I am sure they want to move on from it. Look, I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself and they’ve apologized for this and, you know, I think we can go on from there.”

The reference was to MSNBC show Melissa Harris-Perry‘s second annual “Look Back In Laughter” telecast, which was supposed to “look back on some of the political absurdity of 2013.” In that episode, a panel of comics was charged with concocting captions to political photos from 2013. Harris-Perry and her producers thought the Romney family Christmas photo — large, white family with tiny black baby on Mitt’s lap — was on topic. One of Harris-Perry’s comedy panelists began to sing snatches of the Sesame Street tune “One Of These Things is Not Like The Others” and Harris-Perry tried her hand at comedy by riffing about her hopes for a marriage between the baby boy named Kieran, and North West — Kanye’s daughter with Kim Kardashian. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Netflix Docu ‘Mitt’

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 4:47pm PST

Minutes after the Sundance Film Festival announced last week that it would have the documentary’s world premiere, Netflix said it had picked it up. Director Greg Whiteley had intimate access to Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign for the GOP presidential nomination from 2006 through his Election Night defeat. Mitt arrives January 24 on Netflix, a week after its unveiling as a Sundance gala in Salt Lake City, where Romney has roots and led the Olympic Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Games. Check out the trailer:

Related: Hot Trailer: Netflix Docu ‘The Square’

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Netflix To Debut Romney Presidential Campaign Documentary ‘Mitt’ In January 2014 Following Sundance Premiere

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 1:05pm PST

Mitt Netflix documentaryNetflix has acquired the just-announced Sundance 2014 documentary Mitt, which follows Republican nominee Mitt Romney through the beginnings of his presidential aspirations in 2006 to his defeat to Barack Obama on Election Night 2012. [See today's Sundance line-up announcement here.] The film from director Greg Whiteley (New York Doll, Resolved) spans seven years as Whiteley gains intimate access to the former Massachusetts governor and his family on and off the campaign trail through Romney’s quest for the White House. “It feels like a full circle moment to premiere this movie at Sundance,” said Whiteley. “I first met and filmed the Romney family in Park City in 2006 as they gathered to discuss whether Mitt should run for President. Over the next seven years I couldn’t believe I was filming inside rooms and situations I had no business being in.” Mitt is exec produced by Undefeated and King of Kong helmer Seth Gordon and will premiere January 17 during the 2014 Sundance Film Festivalas a gala in Salt Lake City, where Romney has roots and once led the Salt Lake Olympics Games Organizing Committee. Read More »

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Sundance 2014: William H. Macy- Helmed ‘Rudderless’ Gets Closing-Night Slot; Roger Ebert Docu & ‘The Raid 2′ Among Premiere Selections

sundance 2014The Sundance Film Festival today unveiled its Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections for the 30th anniversary gathering in Park City next month. Among the selections in the out-of-RUDDERLESS_still2_BenKweller_BillyCrudup_AntonYelchin__byJRCooke_2013-12...competition sections is the William H. Macy-directed musical drama Rudderless, which will be the fest’s closing night film. The rock and roll themed pic is the Shameless star’s feature directorial debut and stars him as well as Selena Gomez Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Anton Yelchin, and Laurence Fishburne, Rudderless will play at 6:30PM on the night of January 24th in the Eccles at the upcoming Sundance, which runs January 16-26.

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Roger Ebert & Gene SiskelAmong other premiering films announced today for next month’s Sundance is a documentary about one of the festival’s biggest supporters Roger Ebert. The Steve James-directed film about the Pulitzer Prize winning critic, who passed away on April 4 this year, will see the writer’s wife Chaz Ebert in attendance. This coming Sundance also sees the festival’s first Fellowship for Film Criticism inspired by Ebert. The 2014 festival will see the return of directors Michael Winterbottom, Gregg Araki and Lynn Shelton, who had her Your Sister’s Sister follow-up Touchy Feely in the 2013 festival, with new films. The Indonesian action pic The Raid Read More »

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Election 2012 TV Coverage: Who’s Doing What

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 3:36pm PST

The broadcast and cable networks will be going all out for coverage of the 2012 presidential election, which now kicks off less than 24 hours from now. Most results shows will ramp up  between 6-7 PM ET on Election Day and all seem to be planning for a long night in the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Here’s a rundown of plans:


ABC: “ABC News Your Voice, Your Vote – Election Night Coverage” will originate live from Times Square, with real-time results appearing on Times Square screens. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will host beginning with a special edition of “World News with Diane Sawyer” at 6:30 PM ET  and continuing until at least 2 AM. A special edition of Nightline will air at 2:35 AM ET. Team: Jake Tapper, David Muir, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Jonathan Karl, Ron Brownstein and Cokie Roberts, Josh Elliott, Amy Robach, Cecilia Vega, Sharyn Alfonsi, David Wright, Ron Claiborne, Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, Deborah Roberts, David Kerley, George Will, Matthew Dowd, Donna Brazile, Nicolle Wallace, Pierre Thomas, Gary Langer, Martha Raddatz, Brian Ross, Richard Besser, Bianna Golodryga

CBS: Scott Pelley will lead seven hours of division-wide, multi-platform original reporting from 7 PM-2 AM ET. The  team will use eight studios and three state-of-the-art control rooms. CBS Radio News will deliver at least six hours of live anchored coverage, updates, special reports and online feeds of the results. Team: Bob Schieffer, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson, Byron Pitts, Anthony Mason, Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes, Dean Reynolds, Anna Werner, Elaine Quijano, Wyatt Andrews

Fox: Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor live coverage beginning at 7 PM ET. Team: Ed Rollins, Mary Anne Marsh, A.B. Stoddard, Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer, Carl Cameron, Ed Henry, Alicia Acuna, Shannon Bream, Steve Brown, Mike Emanuel, Steve Harrigan, Molly Line, Doug McKelway, Dan Springer, Eric Shawn

NBC: “Decision 2012” begins at 7 PM ET, with Rockefeller Plaza transformed into a TV studio as well as an Oval Office and White House Briefing Room set. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams will host from “Democracy Square”. Team: David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Peter Williams, Andrea Mitchell, Tamron Hall, Lester Holt,Tom Brokaw, Peter Hart, Bill McIntuff, Kristen Walker, Peter Alexander

PBS: “PBS NewsHour” will provide multi-platform coverage beginning at 8 AM ET online, continuing through its regular broadcast until at least midnight. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will co-anchor. Team: Mark Shields, David Brooks, Jeffrey Brown, Christina Bellantoni, Stuart Rothenberg, Hari Sreenivasan, Michael Beschloss, Richard Norton Smith, Ray Suarez, Margaret Warner

Related: Networks, AP Revamp Election Exit Polls: Fewer In-Person, More Phone Surveys Read More »

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Rupert Murdoch Tweets: “Probably Not Enough” Chances For Mitt Romney

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 2:51pm PST

The News Corp CEO, a vigorous supporter of the GOP presidential candidate, seems resigned to the prospect that his guy will lose. “Everybody searching for any scrap of news about election tomorrow,” he just tweeted. While there are “plenty of straws to grasp for Romney, probably not enough.” That’s a shift from yesterday when he tweeted: “Seems slight edge to [President] Obama, but Romney seeing small late surge. Many state polls look unreliable.” He also wrote that there’s “Contradictory evidence from all over. Impossible for any sensible person to make confident prediction.” On Saturday the exec whose company includes the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and Fox News lamented that “Monolithic media will spend next three days pushing Obama, but final outcome far from certain. Early voting patterns look very different.” He also observed: “Just look at European welfare state and broken countries. Some want US to follow, others not. Why can’t we debate civilly?”

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Hollywood For Obama & Romney: Star Surrogates Out On Final Campaign Day

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 10:13am PST

Hollywood has been one of Barack Obama’s biggest supporters during this Presidential campaign, and with less than 24 hours until polls open, the town is out today knocking on doors, hitting the stage and picking up the phone for the incumbent. Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, longtime  supporter Eva Longoria, Parks And Recreation‘s Rashida Jones and Natalie Portman are just a few of the 181 surrogates on the trail today, according to a list released by the Obama campaign (see the full list below). Mitt Romney has star support on the final day of the campaign too: American Bible Challenge host and comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Fight Club’s Meat Loaf, Kid Rock and the Oak Ridge Boys will be performing at Republican rallies today. Read More »

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Chuck Lorre Slams Mitt Romney & ‘The Bachelor’ In Self-Censored Vanity Card

By | Friday November 2, 2012 @ 11:37am PDT

Chuck Lorre had some harsh words in his latest vanity card about Mitt Romney’s ability to relate to most Americans and “idiotic game shows like The Bachelor.” But he chose to address those topics and more last night online – not on CBS. “I’ve decided to save everybody a lot of unhappiness and not submit this week’s vanity card to the CBS censors (I know when I’ve crossed the line with these things and don’t need a bunch of corporate lawyers getting their cotton blend panties in a bunch). Accordingly, I’ve banished the offending card to that dark place where all my offending cards go — the internet,” wrote The Big Bang Theory executive producer in the card that popped up for a second at the end of last night’s show. Here’s what Lorre wrote online:

What does it say about us when we are simultaneously pro-life and pro AK-47′s? What does it say about us when God’s will would allow a rapist to ask for shared custody and child support payments? What does it say about us when a black guy’s in charge and we say things like “it’s time to take America back”? What does it say about us when we think the institution of marriage is threatened by gay people who love each other, but not by idiotic game shows like “The Bachelor”? What does

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Mr. Burns Endorses Mitt Romney: Video

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 7:59pm PDT

Fox and The Simpsons has posted Montgomery Burns’ endorsement of Republican Presidential nominee Mitt (or “Meat” as Burns calls him) Romney.

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Clint Eastwood Tells Fox News About Plight Of Hollywood Conservatives: Video

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 4:49pm PDT

Clint Eastwood told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity today that conservatives in Hollywood are afraid to reveal their political beliefs. “There is a group of people in Hollywood that are conservative, but by the nature of the word itself, they’re just reticent to speak out. And they’re reticent because they feel that they’ll maybe lose work, or they’ll be chastised in some way for having political views,” he said. The interview with the Oscar winner will play on  Hannity tonight at 9 PM ET. (Check out a sneak peek below). A public supporter of Mitt Romney, Eastwood made similar statements about conservatives in Hollywood during his surprise speech on the closing night of the Republican National Convention in August. Calling himself “crazy,” the actor responded afterward to the criticism he received and the distraction it caused the GOP nominee by saying his speech was never vetted. Eastwood has since appeared in a pro-Romney ad.

Related: Clint Eastwood’s RNC Speech “A Great Thrill” Mitt Romney Says Read More »

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Joss Whedon “Endorses” Mitt Romney?

By | Sunday October 28, 2012 @ 3:59pm PDT

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Comcast Puts Lobbyist Kyle McSlarrow In Charge Of Mountain Region Operations

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 7:52am PDT

This is a surprise. Kyle McSlarrow, a longtime political operative in Washington, will relocate to Salt Lake City to serve as a Regional VP overseeing Comcast‘s cable operations in Utah and Arizona. He’ll report to Steve White, President of Comcast Cable’s West Division. “We’re delighted Kyle will now be turning all of his attention to our business operations which has been a goal of his since he came to Comcast,” says company EVP David Cohen. Maybe so, but it sure wasn’t evident from McSlarrow’s DC activities. He joined Comcast in April 2011 with the fancy title of President, Comcast/NBC Universal, Washington, D.C., where he reported to Cohen and oversaw public policy matters. That followed six years as CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, making him the industry’s top lobbyist. Lately he’s been an informal adviser to Mitt Romney on energy and telecommunications issues — giving rise to speculation that he’d be in line for an FCC appointment if the GOP presidential candidate wins. Previously, McSlarrow had been Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Energy Department, VP of Political and Government Affairs for, National Chairman for the Quayle 2000 Presidential Campaign, Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell and Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel for Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott. Read More »

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Clint Eastwood In New Pro-Romney Ad

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 7:31am PDT

Clint Eastwood Mitt Romney AdAccording to Politico, the new TV ad was taped at the 82-year-old iconic filmmaker’s California home. Released today and aimed at battleground states, it’s for superPAC American Crossroads on behalf of Mitt Romney. It features both Clint Eastwood‘s narration as well as a cameo in which he speaks directly to the camera. No empty chair is involved:

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Obama’s “Bayonets” Zingers Generated Debate’s “Most-Watched” Moments

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 3:10pm PDT

President Obama‘s response to GOP challenger Mitt Romney‘s charge that the U.S. Navy has fewer ships than it had in 1916 was a hit on all the major news channels last night — except for Fox News. Obama’s retort was the most-watched moment across all networks based on anonymous data from DVR users (who have the ability to jump back and re-watch programming), TiVo says. On ABC and MSNBC, the No. 1 moment came at 9:43:50 PM ET, when Obama answered the criticism about ships saying that “we also have fewer horses and bayonets” due to the changing nature of warfare. His comment a few seconds later that “we have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them” led at NBC and was No. 2 on CNN. And at CBS the big moment came less than a minute later, when the president said his campaign checked Romney’s website to look at the details of the economic plan “and it still doesn’t work.” Obama’s jabs didn’t make it to the top of the most-watched moments on Fox News, TiVo says.

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UPDATE: 59.2M Watch Final Presidential Debate; NBC Wins Coverage Battle

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 2:49pm PDT

UPDATE, 2:49 PM: The third Presidential debate of 2012 pulled in 2.7 million more viewers last night than watched the third debate between Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008. Pulling in 59.2 million total viewers, last night’s debate was down 10% from the 65.6 million viewers who watched the second meeting between Obama and Mitt Romney on October 16 and down 12% from the 67.2 million who watched their first debate October 3. NBC led the night Monday with 12.39 million viewers (5.84 million in the adults 25-54 demo) watching the third face-off between President Obama and Romney. ABC came in second with 11.73 million viewers. Fox News Channel was third with almost 11.5 million viewers, an all-time viewership high for the 16-year-old news network. CBS was fourth with 8.43 million viewers overall. ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Current TV and CNBC all aired the 9-10:30 PM ET debate live last night. Telemundo played it on tape delay. Fox did not broadcast the debate, instead airing Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, which drew 8.1 million viewers. ESPN aired Monday Night Football to 10.7 million viewers. Both sports events were beaten in viewership by NBC, ABC and Fox News’s debate coverage.

Obama’s “Bayonets” Zingers Generated Debate’s “Most-Watched” Moments
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Presidential Debate #3: Your Thoughts?

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 7:29pm PDT

Obama Romney Debate
Congrats to Bob Schieffer for demonstrating that some newsmen have balls as big as the newswomen by holding both sides in check. Now can we talk about how ‘horses and bayonets’ is trending #3 worldwide? If nothing else, these debates keep providing new catchphrases for the late-night monologues. Meanwhile, I can tell Obama won because 1) the CNN focus group gave him better scores, and 2) conservative talker Laura Ingraham tweeted, “Romney using kid gloves ag Obama tonight–WHY?!” Oh, and my favorite comment directly connecting this debate to the movies comes from @AlbertBrooks: “If Romney sweats anymore I get a royalty.” Now it’s your turn to comment.

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