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. …
Proving 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 films 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
Mitt 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 up 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.)
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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.
2ND 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 this 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.
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. …
Netflix To Debut Romney Presidential Campaign Documentary ‘Mitt’ In January 2014 Following Sundance Premiere
Netflix 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.
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
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.
Fox and The Simpsons has posted Montgomery Burns’ endorsement of Republican Presidential nominee Mitt (or “Meat” as Burns calls him) Romney.
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.
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 Grassroots.com, 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.
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.