Oscars: Will Politics Change The Race?

Pete Hammond

Everyone knows that with all of the rampant campaigning going on, Hollywood’s Oscar season can get quite political, but this year it’s literally poliitics. And not as usual. An infusion of real politicians, and political issues, have been characterizing Read More »

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Pew: TV Falling As Political News Source

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 10:41am PST

Only 69% of adults turned to the tube first for election news last month, the lowest percentage in at least 20 years, according to the weekly surveys taken for the Pew Research Center’s News Interest Index. The latest figure is  down from 72% four years ago, 78% in 2004, and 86% in 2000. Broadcasters are seeing the biggest losses. Just 32% of adults cited local TV news as their primary source for election news, down from 40% four years ago. The national nightly newscasts were down to 26% from 32%. Cable news channels held relatively steady at 36%, down from 38%. As you might imagine, a lot of people now are turning to the Internet for their political news fix.  It passed newspapers to become the No. 2 source of election news, with 34% turning first to the Web vs 26% in the 2008 campaign and 13% in 2004. CNN.com ranked first for politics junkies on the Internet, followed by Yahoo News and Google News. Only 22% picked Read More »

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Will ABC’s Interview With Marianne Gingrich Affect The South Carolina GOP Primary?

By | Thursday January 19, 2012 @ 8:29am PST

It could – Newt Gingrich’s second wife made some sensational hypocrisy charges to ABC News’ Brian Ross in a report to be broadcast on Nightline tonight, just ahead of Saturday’s South Carolina primary. In her first interview since divorcing … Read More »

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PBS Talks Covering Presidential Races: TCA

By | Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 6:32pm PST

TCA: PBS Chief Paula Kerger Plays Defense Over Programming
TCA: PBS Unveils Premiere Dates, New Antiquing Competition

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

What’s a liberal political activist Hollywood producer to do when the sitting president is a Democrat and the big news is dueling Republican hopefuls? Deadline asked … Read More »

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CANNES: Fest Turns Political As Obama & Sarkozy Are Dissed In Official Films

By | Wednesday May 18, 2011 @ 6:43pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Cannes has never been a place to shy away from politics. It’s not enough that official competition entry Melancholia’s director Lars von Trier stirred things up Wednesday by singling out Hitler and Nazis for his admiration, forcing the festival to ask for an apology. The last couple of days have also seen presidential politics creep into the fest lineup in a very prominent way with eyebrow-raising equal-opportunity disses thrown at President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in two very different films screening in the official selection.

Before the Festival began May 11, we reported rampant rumors that Sarkozy might be attending the Cannes kickoff since his wife, Carla Bruni, was appearing in the opening-night film, Midnight In Paris. As it turned out, neither showed on the red carpet, but Wednesday Sarkozy finally made his debut in Cannes — sort of. The night’s main event, an out-of-competition premiere showing of The Conquest, launched the nationwide start of what can only be described as a French Primary Colors (a veiled story of Bill Clinton). Unlike that movie, this one, about Sarkozy’s rise to power, was not even thinly disguised, using real names and actors who look exactly like the real-life players.  Sarkozy cannot be very happy with this portrait, which paints him as a master manipulator who was dumped by his wife of 20 years and then participates in a charade to convince voters he is still happily married in order to get elected – even though the “future” First Lady has shacked up with another guy. It may be tres scandalous but it is also very entertaining, surprisingly one of the best times I have had in the Palais the entire festival. Read More »

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Fox News Suspends Contributors Newt Gingrich And Rick Santorum

By | Wednesday March 2, 2011 @ 3:08pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has suspending two of its paid contributors with presidential aspirations, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, for 60 days. If the two don’t declare by May 1 that they won’t be running for president, their contracts will be terminated. Remaining on payroll at Fox News are two other potential presidential … Read More »

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Obama-Hu State Dinner Guests: Bob Iger, Wendi Murdoch, Barbra Streisand, Jackie Chan, B.D. Wong

By | Thursday January 20, 2011 @ 12:54am PST

This is the third formal state dinner of the Obama administration and each time Hollywood has been invited. Last night’s was for Chinese President Hu Jintao and … Read More »

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Will Hollywood Film Secret Obama Novel?

Mike Fleming

Simon & Schuster today is about to market the heck out of O, its anonymously written and self-proclaimed provocative novel about Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. That’s right — the campaign that hasn’t happened yet. Supposedly, it’s penned by … Read More »

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Spielberg “House Whisperer” For Democrats?

By | Wednesday December 22, 2010 @ 5:59pm PST
Mike Fleming

I have a response to that Washington Post report claiming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s transition to minority leader is being aided behind the scenes by Steven Spielberg. The paper makes it sounds as though Spielberg will become a veritable House Whisperer, … Read More »

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MSNBC Suspends Keith Olbermann Indefinitely Over Campaign Contributions

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay after it was revealed that he made three campaign contributions to Democratic candidates. Politico reports that the Countdown host donated $2,400 each to Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and to … Read More »

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Michael Moore Calls On Democrats To Run Tom Hanks And Oprah As Candidates And Use Hollywood To Help Fashion A Message

Michael Moore today called for Democrats to run “beloved… smart… good” Hollywood stars like Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey as candidates and for the Obama administration to use Hollywood to “help fashion” its message. In an MSNBC interview with host … Read More »

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Video Highlights From Stewart’s & Colbert’s Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear

Nellie Andreeva

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear drew tens of thousands to the National Mall in Washington DC yesterday and hundreds of thousands to the event’s live broadcasts on TV and online. Among the highlights: Colbert’s big entrance from his “fear bunker” via a capsule like the one used in the Chilean miners’ rescue, Stewart’s closing Moment of Sincerity, which produced the most sound bites from the event such as “We live now in hard times, not end times” and “If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.” Sandwiched between them were bits that, as Stewart self-deprecatingly said “some would classify as comedy” that mixed comedy, silliness and some poignant moments. Here are some of the most memorable skits:

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

Jon and Stephen – Stephen’s Fearful Entrance


Rally to Restore Sainty and/or Fear
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

Jon Stewart – Moment of Sincerity


Rally to Restore Sainty and/or Fear
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report

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Joy Behar Has Another Outburst On ‘View’

Nellie Andreeva

The View outspoken co-host Joy Behar who recently walked out in the middle of a Bill O’Reilly interview over disagreement with him on the subject of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, today took on a racially-charged ad by Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle. Behar called Angle a moron, … Read More »

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Hollywood Fundraiser For Rahm Emanuel

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that five well-known Hollywood Democrats — David Geffen, Bob Iger, Peter Chernin, Haim Saban, and Ari Emanuel — are hosting a November 4th fundraiser for Ari’s brother Rahm Emanuel in his bid to become Chicago’s next … Read More »

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He’s Doing What?! Barack Obama To Appear On Discovery Channel’s ‘Mythbusters’

By | Monday October 18, 2010 @ 3:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With the economy still sputtering, his approval ratings slipping and the mid-term elections looming, President Barack Obama certainly has enough on his plate. But he surprisingly found time to appear on the December 8 episode of Discovery Channel’s series Mythbusters. In the episode, Archimedes Solar Ray, Obama challenges hosts Adam Savage … Read More »

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Rupert Murdoch Donations Raise Eyebrows

By | Thursday October 14, 2010 @ 6:40am PDT

Foreign & Colonial, a British fund manager which controls shares in News Corp, is unhappy with Rupert Murdoch for allegedly using company funds to support the Republican Party. It will vote against the re-election of audit committee chairman Sir Rod … Read More »

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VIDEO: News Corp’s $1M Donation To GOP

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
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Aaron Sorkin Options Aide’s Tell-All Book About John Edwards And Will Direct Biopic

By and | Thursday July 15, 2010 @ 6:33pm PDT

edwards bookWest Wing creator and An American President scribe Aaron Sorkin will make his feature directorial debut on a drama that chronicles the scandalous implosion of Senator John Edwards’ 2008 run to be the Democratic presidential candidate. It ended shockingly when … Read More »

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Oprah Winfrey Eyed For U.S. Senate Seat

By | Monday June 28, 2010 @ 10:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rod Blagojevich was considering appointing Oprah Winfrey to the Illinois Senate seat to replace Barack Obama, according to a wiretap played today at the former Illinois governor’s corruption trial. Per news reports, on the tape recorded on Dec. 2 Blagojevich and his former chief of staff John Harris go over … Read More »

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