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Clint Eastwood Admits RNC Speech Wasn’t Vetted By Romney Campaign

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 10:53am PDT

“They vet most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’ ” the Oscar winner told the Carmel Pine Cone in a story published today. “I had three points I wanted to make. That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it,” Eastwood told the paper. The actor’s unscripted appearance as the surprise speaker on the closing night of GOP convention has attracted wide attention. Elements of Mitt Romney’s campaign have tried to distance themselves from Eastwood’s appearance, other celebs made fun of him at the DNC and even the Obama campaign took a poke at him on Twitter right after his speech. Eastwood’s mock interview with an empty chair standing in for Barack Obama was especially derided. Eastwood, who came out in support of Romney at an August 4 fundraiser, says it was spontaneous. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises … Read More »

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Obama To Eastwood: ‘This Seat’s Taken’

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 11:11pm PDT

Here’s an image from Twitter of President Obama’s tweeted response to Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention. During his speech Eastwood carried on a mock dialogue with an empty chair that represented the Democratic incumbent.

Related: Clint Eastwood Tells Republican Convention Hollywood Has Lots Of Conservatives

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UPDATE: Clint Eastwood Tells Republican Convention Hollywood Has Lots of Conservatives

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 7:21pm PDT

UPDATE, 7:21 PM:  “Save a little for Mitt,” joked Clint Eastwood to Republicans’ enthusiastic cheers to his primetime appearance onstage in Tampa, Florida before the Presidential nominee. Right off the bat, Eastwood tackled the notion that Hollywood supports Democrats not the GOP. “What’s a movie tradesman doing here? They’re all left-wingers out there. Left of Lenin,” the Oscar winner said. Eastwood then added, “that’s what people think, but that’s not really the case. There’s a lot of conservative people, moderate people in Hollywood but, by their very nature, conservative people play it close to the chest.” After noting the presence of fellow star Jon Voight among the GOP crowd and some brief remarks about the hope that he felt when President Barack Obama was first elected, Eastwood then did a mock interview to an empty chair that represented the incumbent. The star slammed Obama, making fun of his broken promise to close Guantanamo Bay, the idea of potentially trying terrorists in New York City, his environmental polices and the war in Afghanistan. Eastwood also took a swipe at some of the verbal gaffs of Vice President Joe Biden. “We all know Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party, kind of a grin with a body behind it,” he said to Republican roars. Voicing his strong support for Mitt Romney, Eastwood told the delegates, “we own this country.” He added that Romney needed to replace Obama … Read More »

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UPDATE: Is Sarah Palin’s Public Stance A Negotiating Tactic With Fox? – Report

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 5:17pm PDT

UPDATE, 5:17 PM Thursday:  Sarah Palin’s comments on Facebook about her Republican Convention speech being canceled may be part of an elaborate negotiating tactic, according to New York magazine. Palin’s contract is supposedly up in January, and Fox News is considering what kind of new deal they will sign, if they decide to keep Palin at all. At roughly $1 million a year, Palin is Fox’s highest-paid contributor, the magazine said. Additionally Fox execs have been underwhelmed by Palin’s ratings. And Palin hasn’t been happy when Fox hasn’t given her top billing. Sources cited by New York say things have been so touchy that all communications have been through her husband Todd Palin, currently one of the contestants on NBC’s reality series Stars Earn Stripes. Additionally, Palin’s Facebook commentary likely did not endear her to Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who values discipline and loyalty. For now though they appear to have made peace. Despite being suddenly removed from FNC’s rundown on Wednesday, Palin is now scheduled to  be on with Sean Hannity tonight.

PREVIOUSLY, 4:44PM Wednesday: Sarah Palin took to Facebook today to complain about Fox News removing her as a talking head for the network’s GOP convention coverage. Fox News tells Deadline there’s no conspiracy theory. ”Our plans changed based on the fact that the RNC condensed the schedule of speeches from four nights to three. We look forward to having Governor … Read More »

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Fox News Dominates Republican Convention Coverage, Tops Networks, CNN & MSNBC Again

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 11:30am PDT

For the second night in a row, Fox News Channel’s GOP Convention coverage beat not just its cable rivals but the main networks as well. During the 10 -11 PM EDT hour, as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and then Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke to the delegates, Fox News pulled in 7.70 million viewers in total. It had 2.06 million in the key 25-54 demo. In fact, FNC rose 12% in total viewers and 23% among the 35-54 demo Wednesday night during the 10 -11 PM EDT hour when ABC, NBC and CBS were broadcasting the convention live from Tampa. Florida. FNC peaked Wednesday during Rep. Ryan’s acceptance speech. From 10:45 – 11 PM EDT, the network had 8.2 million viewers, 2.3 million of them in 25-54 demo. In contrast, NBC, who won the night among the main networkswith its 10-11:05 PM EDT coverage, had 4.14 million viewers total and 1.49 million in the demo. The other two main networks, whose coverage ran from 10 – 11:07 PM EDT, were far behind. ABC had 2.85 million total viewers and 993,694 in the 25-54. CBS had 2.55 million total viewers and 402,370 in the demo. Fellow cable news channels MSNBC and CNN lagged behind with 1.44 million total viewers and 1.34 million total viewers respectively. CNN had 451,370 in the 25-54 demo, while MSNBC had 402,044. In overall 8 – 11 PM EDT primetime … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Wednesday Republican Convention Coverage, ‘Big Brother’ Hits A High, ‘SYTYCD’ & ‘America’s Got Talent’ Up

Republicans and reality dominated television last night. Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan was the star speaker at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday and, as they had on Tuesday, ABC, NBC and CBS all aired an hour of the convention live from Tampa, Florida.  NBC won the ratings vote, with a 1.3/4. For the second night in a row, the network also pulled in the most total viewers to its convention coverage with 4.517 million watching. The coverage that both NBC and CBS, who got a 0.6/2 rating and 2.840 million total viewers, had last night could not be compared to that they gave the GOP convention on the comparative night back in 2008 because that coverage ran without commercials and was sustained by Nielsen. With a 0.7/2 rating and 2.602 million viewers total, ABC, who did run commercials four years ago, saw its coverage free fall 61% from the comparative September 3 night at the 2008 GOP Convention.  NBC won the night among Adults 18-49 and, with 6.485 million watching, total viewers. With the live convention coverage, as well as local football pre-emptions in some markets on ABC, CBS and NBC and weather coverage down in the Gulf Coast area, Tuesday’s Fast Affiliate Ratings are likely to change later today.

On CBS, Big Brother (2.3/7) was up 10% from last week. With 6.71 million total viewers, the multi-night reality series hit a Wednesday night viewer high … Read More »

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Clint Eastwood To Speak At Republican Convention on Thursday: Fox News

By | Wednesday August 29, 2012 @ 1:45pm PDT

Clint Eastwood will be speaking at the Republican Convention in Tampa on Thursday according to Fox News. The network’s website is reporting that a GOP source confirmed “that Eastwood is indeed the mystery speaker”. Thursday night’s line-up has a “To Be Announced” speaker scheduled ahead of Senator Marco Rubio and GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney himself. Eastwood’s name was floated earlier this week as the speaker along with former VP nominee Sarah Palin, Donald Trump and even a hologram of former President Ronald Reagan. No stranger to politics, Eastwood served as the Mayor of Carmel, California from 1986 to 1988. He supported John McCain in 2008 and endorsed Mitt Romney earlier this month at a Sun Valley fundraiser. “Now more than ever do we need Mitt Romney, I’m going to be voting for him,” the Oscar winner said as the GOP nominee stood next to him on August 4. If Eastwood is really heading to Tampa to speak Thursday evening, he’s going to have to get going soon. Deadline has learned that as of Wednesday afternoon, the actor/director was still at his home in Carmel. Eastwood’s latest film, Trouble With The Curve comes out on September 21, 2012.

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