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Posted Sunday 2/18/18 at 7:29AM EST
CNN to host a town hall on the Florida school shooting, invites President Trump to attend
Jake Tapper will moderate Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. E.T. CNN has invited Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, as well as Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson and Rep. Ted Deutch.
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 6:45AM EST
Jimmy Kimmel begs Trump to take action over Florida school shooting: "Children are being murdered"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is the only network late-night talk show in production this week due to the Winter Olympics, so it was left to Kimmel to use his platform to address the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Kimmel began Thursday's show with a traditional monologue, but he came back from break to address the shooting in a tearful monologue. In a message directed at President Trump, Kimmel said “no parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning... And here’s what you do to fix that. Tell your buddies in Congress, tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio—all the family men who care so much about their communities—that what we need are laws, real laws that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids. Go on TV and tell them to do that.”
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Bess Kalb -- who prefers not to be "defined by my current employer" -- has been quoting every GOP lawmaker's "thoughts and prayer" tweet and adding how much money they took from the NRA
- Jordan Klepper, who's Comedy Central show is off this week, posted a video to The Opposition's Twitter account denouncing the NRA
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:12PM EST
Riverdale star Camila Mendes: My sister attended the Parkland high school where yesterday's shooting happened
"#Parkland used to be my home, my sister attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas when I was in elementary school there," she tweeted. "It’s devastating that such a violent tragedy happened in a place that I’ve always considered safe, a place that I associate with such innocent, childhood memories."
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 2:17PM EST
Kelly Ripa delivers an impassioned speech on gun violence: "Offering thoughts and prayers are not enough anymore"
"People are gonna say, ‘Oh, you’re a talk show host, shut up,'" the Live! co-host said this morning in reaction to the mass high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. "In this moment, I am a mom of three kids that go to school and I had to talk my kids off a ledge this morning because they were afraid to go to school." Ripa added: "The fact that our country has such unparalleled mass shooter violence is staggering to me...So somebody needs to have a conversation that is larger than in this moment, and again, I just say it as a concerned citizen and parent and human being that something needs to change, there needs to be a bigger, better dialogue because we are failing in this area." ALSO: Megyn Kelly had a deeply pessimistic monologue about America's gun epidemic
Posted Wednesday 11/22/17 at 10:51PM EST
How The Punisher humanizes mass murder
“The show emphasizes his trauma to relieve him of agency for what he does,” says Dan Brooks. “Because his PTSD is beyond his control, he is free to kill a bunch of people, and we are free to enjoy it.”
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
The Punisher showrunner: “In terms of our depiction of violence, the show is pretty realistic”
“I sort of feel like that's the right thing,” says executive producer Steve Lightfoot. “I worry about a show where someone gets whacked on the head with something and there isn't a mark on them, and they jump right back up. What was important to me is that if you were going to show violence, you had to show the emotional cost of it as well. As much as Frank goes out and does these things, I don't think we're condoning it all of the time. There's a massive emotional cost to him. He's not a remotely happy guy. In terms of the debate politically, I'm not a politician, but I feel the show actually sort of offers a lot of facets of the debate and asks questions, and it's up to the people to decide what their answers are. It's not the show's place to preach, but we can offer up questions, and people can decide for themselves.”
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
Netflix releasing The Punisher so soon after the Texas Church Shooting doesn’t seem appropriate
The Marvel series starring Jon Bernthal “will debut this Friday,” says Alan Sepinwall, “less than two weeks after another mass shooting, this time at a Texas church where the gunman reportedly wore black tactical gear, like the Punisher, and a mask with a skull on it, like the emblem on the Punisher’s torso. Given the similarities — including the fact that the Punisher, aka Frank Castle, is an unstable man with an arsenal of automatic weapons he uses to vent his rage on the people he blames for his unhappiness — it’s surprising at first blush that Netflix didn’t push back the premiere some more.”
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 12:00AM EST
News anchor whose reporter girlfriend was shot and killed on live TV wins Virginia House seat
Chris Hurst and Alison Parker, colleagues at Roanoke’s WDBJ7, had just moved in together when her shooting death was broadcast on live television in August 2015. To honor her memory, Hurst resigned from his TV anchor job and ran against an NRA-endorsed incumbent on a gun control platform.
Posted Tuesday 11/07/17 at 10:17AM EST
Producer on Showtime's Active Shooter: America Under Fire has found his docuseries to be “too relevant”
Sunday’s Texas Church Shooting was the second mass shooting to take place since the eight-part docuseries premiered on Sept. 29 -- two days before the Las Vegas massacre. Already, producers have had to edit an episode devoted to the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting because, after what happened in Las Vegas, they could no longer call it the deadliest shooting in American history. "If there was ever a case of making a TV series that was perhaps too relevant, it might this one," says executive producer Aaron Saidman. ALSO: Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers had different approaches to expressing their outrage over the Texas Church Shooting.
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 4:12PM EST
Megyn Kelly chokes up over the Texas Church Shooting
“All of the victims are in our prayers this morning,” she said on Megyn Kelly Today this morning as she tried to hold back tears.
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 9:32AM EST
Chris Hardwick took some time during Talking Dead time to comment on the Texas Church Shooting
The AMC Walking Dead aftershow usually doesn’t tackle current events, but Hardwick felt he had to say something about Sunday’s shooting in which a gunmen killed 26 people. “On a very somber note, I just want to say that we are so deeply saddened by the horrific event that took place earlier today in Sutherland Springs, Texas,” Hardwick said . “It’s not okay. I can’t believe we live in a world where this keeps happening. And it’s heartbreaking.” He added that "we stand beside you, Texas. We love you, and you are very much in our hearts and in our thoughts right now."
Posted Wednesday 10/18/17 at 2:18PM EDT
House of Cards’ Maryland set shut down due to an active shooter
A mass shooting at a nearby office park has shut down production. Robin Wright is on set filming, but Kevin Spacey has the day off, producer Dana Brunetti tells The Wrap. UPDATE: Production has not been impacted.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 11:15PM EDT
Why American Horror Story: Cult should have kept the mass shooting scene intact
“The rejiggered sequence feels like an odd turn for American Horror Story,” says Jeffrey Bloomer. “Part of what has made the series’ new Cult season one of its most potent in years is its unfiltered, messy dive into the culture of the 2016 election, mashing up #MAGA hate crimes, the indoctrination of gay fascists, and the horrors of suburban Jill Stein liberals into a volatile and queasy mirror of our political moment. It works precisely because of how exploitative it is, pushing its familiar genre mechanizations on far-too-plausible events to underline the very real horror show our country has become.” ALSO: Here’s your first look at Lena Dunham on Cult.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 4:44AM EDT
American Horror Story: Cult opened Tuesday's episode with a toned-down version of mass shooting scene
Ryan Murphy never said he would eliminate the scene in wake of the Las Vegas tragedy. Instead, he said he re-edited the opening scene to make it less graphic, while FX put the original version on its on-demand channels.
Posted Monday 10/09/17 at 3:47PM EDT
American Horror Story: Cult's edited-out mass shooting scene will still be available on-demand
Ryan Murphy decided to cut out the opening scene of Tuesday's episode that showed a mass shooting out of respect to the victims of the Las Vegas tragedy. But FX says the scene, which was filmed two months ago, will be available with the on-demand version of the episode.