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Posted Monday 12/17/18 at 9:24PM EST
Dan Crenshaw sticks up for SNL after Trump's latest attack
The incoming Republican U.S. representative tweeted in response to President Trump's latest diss at Saturday Night Live, in which he suggested that its mocking the president "can't be legal?" for a broadcaster. Crenshaw, who appeared on SNL last month, tweeted: "Yes, the media deliberately misleads and spins. It’s legal, and it needs to remain legal. The 1st Amendment is the backbone of American exceptionalism." ALSO: Debating SNL's Weezer sketch.
Posted Monday 12/17/18 at 1:35PM EST
SNL's final episode of 2018 mostly avoided Trump, but that didn't stop the president from lashing out at it as a "Democratic spin machine"
Source: The Washington Post
Aside from the It's a Wonderful Life cold open, last week's episode seemed entirely Trump-free. "For anyone who feels Saturday Night Live spends too much time each week trying its hands at political satire, particularly by skewering the Trump administration, Saturday’s episode might feel like a Christmas miracle," says Travis M. Andrews. "The show took a giant step away from politics in its final episode of 2018. Replacing the biting social commentary was an hour of oddball sketches and surreal humor." Yet Trump expressed frustration again with SNL, tweeting: "A REAL scandal is the one-sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?"
- Pete Davidson reportedly woudn't allow Ariana Grande to visit him at SNL on Saturday following his alarming Instagram post
- SNL had no comment on Trump's latest outburst against the show
- CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota defends SNL against the president: "Do not mess with our comedy!"
- Weezer's Rivers Cuomo was "actually crying" watching the SNL sketch about his band
Posted Sunday 12/16/18 at 3:05AM EST
SNL's Oscars host audition sketch lets Kate McKinnon's Ellen DeGeneres take a shot at Kevin Hart
Source: The Daily Beast
The Oscars audition sketch featured impressions of everybody from Hannah Gadsby to Sarah Silverman and Michelle Wolf. McKinnon as Ellen appeared for the last audition. "Hey, I’ll host the Oscars, sure,” she said. “I’ve never done anything controversial in my life, except for being gay. But people like that now, except for the guy who was supposed to host.” As The Daily Beast notes, "it was a big change from last week's show," when Michael Che defended Hart on "Weekend Update."
Posted Friday 12/14/18 at 1:29PM EST
Mika Brzezinski apologizes on MSNBC for homophobic slur
The Morning Joe co-host's suggestion on Wednesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a "wannabe dictator’s butt boy" caught the attention of President Trump, who tweeted Thursday that a conservative using that "horrible" term "would be banned permanently from television" while "she will probably be given a pass."
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Robert De Niro's "disaster" of a cameo encapsulates SNL's Trump era bad decisions
As legendary of an actor as De Niro is, he just isn't good at live sketch comedy. Yet Saturday Night Live keeps bringing him out to play Robert Mueller. "About three minutes into this week’s Saturday Night Live cold open, all of the bad decisions the show has made during the Trump presidency slowly swung into perfect, awful alignment," says Matthew Dessum. "Watch in horror as a once-in-a-lifetime harmonic convergence between the show’s love of celebrity cameos, their weakness for reassuring their audience that everything will be okay, and their apparently difficult-to-read cue cards unleashes gravitational forces that tear the cold open to pieces." Dessum adds: "Whatever was going on with Robert De Niro is a disaster. He rarely makes eye contact with (Alex) Moffat, staring instead at what must be the cue cards, he delivers jokes like he’s reading them for the first time, and at one point it seems like he either skipped some lines or a last-minute edit rendered the dialogue nonsensical, because he answers, 'That depends on how much you want to visit your family,' in answer to a question no one asked...The result is hard to watch, but weirdly, it ends up being more honest than the sketch would have been if they’d executed it flawlessly."
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 3:19PM EST
Chris Noth admits he based his Doctor Who villain character on Donald Trump
Source: The Daily Mirror
“I played a character based loosely on him," Noth tells The Mirror. "It was actually the idea of Trump without being Trump.”
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST
At George H.W. Bush's funeral, politics was put aside for respect and human emotion
Source: Los Angeles Times
"The memorial of 41st president George H.W. Bush on Wednesday elicited myriad interpretations from a media and public searching for deeper meaning rooted in less turbulent times," says Lorraine Ali. "The national longing for order and decisive leadership was as much a part of the funeral as the long motorcade accompanying the presidential hearse through the streets of the capital, or the Washington National Cathedral choir that sang hymns during the service bathed in the light of the church’s stained-glass windows. No matter one’s political leanings or their feelings toward either Bush presidency, the service’s mix of centuries-old White House tradition, religious ritual and a son’s raw grief over his father’s death momentarily suspended the acrimony we’ve all come to expect from anything out of Washington and replaced it with a show of mutual respect for a family who’d lost their patriarch." ALSO: Five most memorable moments, including Obama's first encounter with Trump since Inauguration Day.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
SNL's homophobic Trump-Putin jokes need to stop
Source: The Daily Beast
"What is the joke here?" Kevin Fallon says of Saturday Night Live frequently portraying President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as lovers. "Is it the insinuation that all villains are gay? (Which is irresponsible and offensive.) Is it that assigning the Trump-Putin dealings sexual innuendo somehow makes the maniacal seem more palatable through the implied lunacy of a gay relationship? (Which is irresponsible and offensive) Is it the idea that outing a powerful political leader is the greatest way to bring him shame? (Which is irresponsible and offensive.) Is it that suggesting that Trump is somehow demeaning himself by submitting to gay sexual acts is the most effective way to mock how beholden he is to Putin’s control? (Which is irresponsible and offensive.) Or is it that there is nothing worse we can think of to say about a “masculine” straight man than that he fucks other dudes? (Which is… yep, irresponsible and offensive.)"
Posted Friday 11/30/18 at 1:25PM EST
Murphy Brown creator: How Trump inspired this week's "Beat the Press" episode
"It was something that we planned to do from the beginning when we first went into the writers’ room in May because of the angry rhetoric that was being directed toward the press, which I found shocking,” says Diane English of last night's episode, featuring real footage of a Trump rally, which was in response to the president's hostility to the media. “Then it escalated from there as we saw journalists get body-slammed by a politician and we saw the president, at his rallies, encouraging all of this vitriol against the press and CNN in particular — and even very recently saying that he would admire somebody that would body-slam a journalist.”
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 7:15PM EST
CNN to air Presidents Under Fire: The History of Impeachment special on Sunday
Fareed Zakaria will host the Dec. 2 special that CNN says "will trace the history of why and how Article II, Section IV of the U.S. Constitution has been used, and will explore why constitutional historians feel America’s democracy may not be strong enough to withstand an exercise of this extraordinary check on presidential powers."
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 1:08PM EST
Stephen Colbert is "suing" President Trump for stealing a Colbert Report joke
The president's recent interview with The Washington Post contains a quote that appears to rip off a classic bit Colbert used on the premiere of The Colbert Report and in his notorious 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner appearance.
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
Donald Trump says he won't return to The Apprentice after his presidency, blames Arnold Schwarzenegger for killing the franchise
Source: New York Post
“No. No. Arnold put that out of business," President Trump said in a new interview with the New York Post when asked about his NBC reality show. The president was thinking about The Apprentice when explaining why he doesn't think he'll win the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in North Korea. “Well, they’ll never give it to me," he said. "We should have gotten the Emmy for The Apprentice, you know? I had the No. 1 show, The Apprentice. Arnold Schwarzenegger blew it. Big movie star. It was dead in two nights. I had it for 14 seasons.”
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1:14PM EST
Jimmy Fallon mocks Trump with Elvis impersonation
The Tonight Show host performed "Jailhouse Rock" after the president, during a visit to Elvis Presley's birthplace of Tupelo, Mississippi this week, said he looked like the King of Rock and Roll growing up. ALSO: Fallon surprises a family hit by two hurricanes with a free home renovation.
Posted Tuesday 11/27/18 at 6:33PM EST
CNN adds a "Facts First" graphic during White House press briefing to counter Sarah Huckabee Sanders on climate change
The White House press secretary held her first press briefing since the Jim Acosta controversy. While she was answering a question on climate change, CNN put a "Facts First" graphic on the left side of the screen to counter her answer in real time.
Posted Tuesday 11/27/18 at 1:19PM EST
Fox & Friends reportedly allowed Trump's former EPA chief to dictate interviews
Source: The Daily Beast
Emails revealed in a Freedom of Information Act from the Sierra Club and shared with The Daily Beast found that former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's team "chose the topics for interviews, and knew the questions in advance." In one instance, Pruitt’s team even approved part of the show’s script, The Daily Beast reports. Asked about The Daily Beast story, Fox News said it does not condone script approval. "This is not standard practice whatsoever and the matter is being addressed internally with those involved," a Fox News spokesperson said.