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Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
John Oliver and James Van Der Beek spoof podcasts with "Talkin' Tehran"
"If you didn't think that James Van Der Beek was an expert in Iranian history, you need to expand your expectations of what people are capable of," said the Last Week Tonight host in a segment devoted to diplomacy with Iran.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Peabody Awards honor The Handmaid's Tale, Insecure and American Vandal
This year's Peabody winners also include Better Call Saul, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Saturday Night Live and Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Russell Crowe was touched by John Oliver's "wonderful random act of kindness" in buying his leather jockstrap
The actor tweeted in response to Sunday's Last Week Tonight sketch about donating content from his divorce auction to a Blockbuster store: "I think this is such a wonderful random act of kindness that I am planning now on how to best use the @iamjohnoliver money he spent on groin protectors and such. Given his often shown genuine love for Australians and Australia, it’s got to be something special ."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Blockbuster store manager in Alaska can't wait for John Oliver to send Russell Crowe's leather jockstrap
Kevin Daymude woke up to more than 50 messages on his phone this morning. He had no idea that Oliver was doing a Last Week Tonight stunt in which he promised to donate Crowe's memorabilia to one of the last three remaining Blockbuster Videos in Alaska.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
John Oliver spent $7,000 for Russell Crowe's jockstrap
Last Week Tonight will donate the jockstrap, won at the movie star's divorce auction, to one of the last remaining Blockbuster video stores.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
John Oliver opens a mobile crisis pregnancy center with the help of Rachel Dratch
The "Vanned Parenthood" crisis pregnancy center was part of Oliver's story on crisis pregnancy centers that are really anti-abortion.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
Sinclair Broadcasting fires back at “misleading, often defamatory stories”
Sinclair senior vice president Scott Livingston responded to the uproar surrounding Deadspin's viral video of anchors throughout the country reading the same anti-news script, accusing journalists of "aggregating often-flawed-reporting-content published by other media outlets, without fact checking it—or calling us to confirm any of it. By contrast, we have hundreds and hundreds of journalists in Sinclair, who go into the field each day, conduct their own original interviews –face-to-face—and create truly original content for our their local audiences.”
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:51AM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel slams Sinclair Broadcasting Group -- owner of numerous ABC affiliates -- for forcing local anchors to bash the media
Kimmel tweeted out a link to a viral Deadspin video that showed Sinclair's local anchors eerily reading the same media-bashing script that seemed to echo President Trump's war on "fake news." Sinclair owns at least 33 ABC affiliates and is the largest owner of U.S. TV stations. Stephen Colbert also tweeted out the video over the weekend. Colbert's Late Show is broadcast on at least 27 CBS affiliates owned by Sinclair. According to CNN's Brian Stelter, the local news stations have no choice but to run the anti-media talking points about "fake stories" and "personal bias" plaguing the media. John Oliver also addressed the viral video on Last Week Tonight, saying the anchors looked like "members of a brainwashed cult."
- President Trump defended Sinclair in a Monday morning tweet: "So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke."
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:51AM EDT
Mike Pence family tops John Oliver on The New York Times bestseller list
Last Week Tonight's Marlon Bundo book ranked sixth on The Times' list of Childrens' Picture Books bestsellers, while the Pence family's Marlon Bundo book placed fifth.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Will & Grace co-creator donates a copy of John Oliver's Marlon Bundo book to every elementary school in Indiana
"I would like to donate this copy of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo to your library," Max Mutchnick wrote in a letter accompanying each book that is being donated to all 1,121 Indiana elementary schools in Vice President Mike Pence's home state. "After hearing about the book, I brought it home and read it to my twin daughters. It's a poignant story about how love and community can rise above intolerance."
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 2:46PM EDT
Mike Pence family book publisher says "kudos" to John Oliver
One week ago, Regnery Publishing called Oliver's Marlon Bundo book "unfortunate." But all the publicity has benefitted both Bundo books, with the Pence family book on its third printing totaling more than 100,000 copies. “All of us at Regnery are thrilled with the success of Karen and Charlotte Pence’s ‘Bundo’ book!” says Regnery publisher Marji Ross, in a statement. “Kudos to Oliver and Chronicle for the success they are enjoying, but that doesn’t make us any less excited over how well our book is doing. There’s plenty to go around for everyone and, like Charlotte said, we can all be happy the proceeds are going to a good cause.”
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
John Oliver's Mike Pence-trolling book about a gay rabbit is actually pretty lame
The Last Week Tonight host's stunt doesn't make sense, says Benjamin Frisch of Oliver's Marlon Bundo book. "What about this children’s book makes it ripe for a gay parody?" he says, adding that "the primary reason is because gay stuff is the way we troll Mike Pence now. It’s predictable, it’s lazy, and the joke is starting to sour." Despite Oliver's "fluffy victory lap" on Ellen and Seth Meyers this week, Frisch says the book actually fails at skewering Mike Pence -- in fact, the family has turned it into positive press for themselves. "The story of the book is rote and uninteresting, because it’s not a book about a story," says Frisch. "It’s a story about a book: about how heroic comedy liberals served a truly legendary dunk—your rabbit is gay, dude!—in order to remind us that Mike Pence is annoyed by gay people. As if we gay people needed reminding... If our only recourse against bigotry is using gayness as a Styrofoam cudgel to knock down a Pence-shaped piñata, perhaps we need to revisit our tactics."
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Mike Pence's daughter is okay with John Oliver's book trolling her dad -- she even bought a copy
"I have bought his book," says Charlotte Pence, the author of Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, which was illustrated by her mom Karen Pence. "He’s giving proceeds of the book to charity, and we’re also giving proceeds of our book to charity, so I really think that we can all get behind it," she says. ALSO: TV writer Nell Scovell roasts Oliver for grilling Dustin Hoffman upon his return to the 92nd Street Y, where he interviewed Scovell about her new book.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 3:15PM EDT
John Oliver tells Ellen his gay bunny children's book has already sold out
"They're doing a reprint, so you can still buy it," Oliver said on Tuesday's Ellen show. "You can buy the second printing, so it'll take a few weeks." Ellen DeGeneres said she was really thrilled for Oliver's Mike Pence-trolling book, which will have its proceeds go to Trevor Project and AIDS United. ALSO: Ellen makes Winter Olympians Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue prove they're not a couple.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 5:26PM EDT
Publisher takes exception to John Oliver mocking Mike Pence's new children's book
“It’s unfortunate that anyone would feel the need to ridicule an educational children’s book and turn it into something controversial and partisan," the publisher of the book by vice president and his family about their pet rabbit said in response to Oliver creating his own children's book based on a gay bunny. ALSO: Oliver's book is No. 1 on Amazon, outselling Pence's book.