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Posted Saturday 10/20/18 at 2:43AM EDT
Republican operatives have spent a small fortune pitting Oprah vs. Trump in Facebook ads
“Trump or Oprah?” asks the ads from the National Republican Congressional Committee that has received more than 1 million views. “Who would you vote for in the 2020 Election? President Trump or Oprah Winfrey. VOTE NOW.” The Republican group has spent $272,000 on the Facebook ads. According to Slate, "the purpose of the Oprah ad appears to be to help grow the PAC’s lists of voters—the same as lots of its ads on Facebook."
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:36AM EDT
Stephen Colbert explains why he wants President Trump to run for reelection in 2020
Source: The Daily Beast
When MSNBC's Joe Scarborough predicted that Trump will drop out of the 2020 presidential race, the Late Show host explained in a serious tone that he'd rather have Trump running for a second term. “I’ll tell you why I don’t want it to happen, because I think it’s important that the voters of America have an opportunity to say, ‘Oops, my bad, we made a mistake there’ and correct themselves," Colbert said. "And if Donald Trump doesn’t run, he takes away that corrective action of history and therefore his presidency is whole and unjudged, if he just doesn’t run again.”
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
George R.R. Martin: President Trump still reminds me of Joffrey from Game of Thrones
Source: The New York Times
In a New York Times Q&A, Martin was asked if the president reminded him of Hodor because he endlessly repeats his own name. "Well, that’s amusing," Martin responded. "But I think even during the campaign I said that Trump reminded me most of Joffrey. They have the same level of emotional maturity. And Joffrey likes to remind everyone that he’s king. And he thinks that gives him the ability to do anything. And we’re not an absolute monarchy, like Westeros is. We’re a constitutional republic. And yet, Trump doesn’t seem to know what that means. He thinks the presidency gives him the power to do anything. And so, yeah, Joffrey is Trump." ALSO: Martin's favorite current TV comedy is The Big Bang Theory.
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
SNL's President Trump-Kanye West cold open was essentially done before
Source: The Atlantic
Back in January 2016, when Darrell Hammond was Saturday Night Live's Trump, Tina Fey appeared as Sarah Palin giving a speech while Hammond's Trump delivered an inner monologue to the camera. SNL essentially repeated the sketch with its spoof of West's visit last week to the Oval Office. "Though the sketch drew some facile comparisons between West and Trump’s ways of thinking, it ended up making Trump seem extremely self-aware, a tough satirical point to land," says David Sims. "The jokes also leaned on lazy, stigmatizing punchlines about mental illness. Combined with last week’s portrayal of the Senate as pumped-up and triumphant, so far SNL hasn’t done much to actually skewer the people in charge of the country. Indeed, the program could learn a few lessons from (host Seth) Meyers, whose talk show Late Night delivers incisive, witty commentary on the administration almost every night with its 'Closer Look' segment."
- SNL failed to make Kanye West's Oval Office remarks weirder than they already were
- Jonah Hill will join the Five-Timers Club when he hosts SNL on Nov. 3 with musical guest Maggie Rogers
- SNL ratings rebound with host Seth Meyers
- Alec Baldwin made fun of his "black people love me" comments in his Trump cold open
- Kenan Thompson revived his Bill Cosby impression for a prison-set sketch
- Twitter was upset that Bill Hader's Stefon didn't reunite with Meyers
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
President Trump's 60 Minutes interview tantamount to one of his rallies
Lesley Stahl's sitdown that aired Sunday "allowed him to bulldoze his chief enemy, the media, while airing his own points at ceaseless length," says Daniel D'Addario. "The lesson the media has evidently not learned yet is not to be sitting right there when he does it." The 60 Minutes Trump interview was a big get for a president who usually avoids mainstream media while giving interviews to Fox News. But Stahl tried to cover so many aspects of his presidency that she didn't have time for many follow-ups. "And when follow-up questions did happen, they seemed to fall into the interview’s second trap: Trying to crack the code of Donald Trump, human being," says D'Addario. He adds: "By pushing through questions and by capitalizing on an interview approach seeking to synthesize his entire presidency into two segments of television, Trump effectively converted 60 Minutes into a short rally."
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Melania Trump "seemed to shrink" on 20/20 in her first sitdown since becoming first lady
"Something about Melania Trump keeps people hopeful — insistently so, despite so much contrary evidence — that there’s a bigger story at work," says Daniel D'Addario. "In her first interview as First Lady... the wife of America’s reigning celebrity-in-chief seemed to shrink," he adds. "Her real cause was not historical preservation or childhood literacy (or, certainly, the Be Best movement) but a defense of her husband premised on the idea that he has her unconditional support. The most pronounced traits to have emerged through the hourlong interview were one quality Melania shares with her husband — a refusal to brook deep contemplation — and one she does not. Married to an endlessly prolix speaker, the First Lady has painfully little to say, or at least little that she is willing to say. A figure about who so much ink has been spilled emerged on 20/20 as someone who refused to reward our attentions with anything but a steady party line."
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 1:39PM EDT
President Trump submits to his first 60 Minutes interview since taking office
Lesley Stahl sat down with the president on Thursday for an interview that will air on Sunday, according to CNN's Brian Stelter. "Per one of the sources, crews were seen on Thursday taking gear into the White House, where aides were buzzing about the interview," reports Stelter.
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 1:39PM EDT
"A Scary Time (for Boys)" singer Lynzi Lab performs her viral song on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Texas State University dance teacher, who racked up more than 11 million views with her song on Monday responding to President Trump saying it’s a “very scary time for young men in America," was invited to perform her song with a group of women of all ages, including young girls.
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Kanye West's Oval Office meeting with President Trump gave late-night hosts a lot of material
Source: Rolling Stone
“I kind of feel like everyday I say, ‘Today was the craziest day…’ This was something special,” said Jimmy Kimmel, who added: “That’s the President of the United States sitting quietly while an irrational madman rants and raves at him. Now he knows how we feel every morning when we wake up to him.”
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Some White House officials are worried that Fox News is no longer fully covering President Trump's rallies
Last week, Fox News only showed clips and highlights of Trump's three rallies. Trump's rally last night wasn't shown live anywhere, not even on C-SPAN. As Politico reports, "Fox still provides livestreams of the campaign events online, but during a crucial period, with the midterms less than a month away, some in the White House are worried that the president is losing a prime-time megaphone to his base...The loss of national coverage is equally, if not more, concerning to the candidates on whose behalf Trump is traveling the country."
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Kanye West holds an impromptu press conference while speaking with President Trump in the Oval Office
In what some are saying may be preview of this week's SNL cold open, cable news captured the bizarre spectacle of Kanye West meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office. Following a marathon speech while sitting across from Trump, West was asked questions from the media about his past comments denouncing former President George W. Bush. West ended his visit by giving President Trump a hug. "I love this guy right here," West said.
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
The Conners executive producer: "We’re not doing any more of the Trump stuff"
Executive producer Bruce Rasmussen wouldn't reveal how Roseanne Conner's character will be written out of the series. "We wanted to honor that character. People can have their opinions after that," he says. As for how political The Conners will be compared to the Roseanne revival, Rasmussen adds: "We are living in a time where people are very anxious and can’t afford to go to the doctor and all that other stuff. So we’re writing in the same way we wrote last year about the economic things. If some of those feel political, they’re political, but we’re not doing any more of the Trump stuff. It’s more about working-class people and how they live their lives. If that comes off as political in spots then that’s how people will perceive it."
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 4:00PM EDT
Taran Killam: Lorne Michaels essentially told SNL writers to go easy on Trump, says the show became a “competitive, exhausting environment" after Seth Meyers' departure
The Single Parents star says in fall 2015 -- in the months before Donald Trump hosted -- Michaels urged the Saturday Night Live writers to make him likable in parodying the then-presidential candidate. “Lorne was being so specific about what we could and couldn’t say about him, and he was dictating a lot of the settings,” Killam says on Matt Gourley's I Was There Too podcast, according to Vulture. Killam adds: “When Seth Meyers left the show, the dynamic changed quite a bit. He was the last person there who I witnessed really collaborate with Lorne, as opposed to just kind of do what Lorne says." Killam adds that SNL after Meyers had more pretaped sketches and the general vibe of the show was “less of a happy place to be” and more of a “competitive, exhausting environment.”
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Alec Baldwin criticized for saying "ever since I played Trump, black people love me"
"I don’t know how to say this and I don’t want to get it wrong either, because everything is a minefield of bombs going off, but...ever since I played Trump, black people love me," Baldwin says of his Saturday Night Live role in a The Hollywood Reporter cover story profile. "They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy. I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump. I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks.''" His comments were met with skepticism on Twitter, with one person saying: "the only black person Alec Baldwin has in his contacts is Tracy Morgan and even they haven’t spoken since 30 Rock ended." ALSO: The Alec Baldwin Show reveals its guest list, starting with Robert De Niro and Taraji P. Henson on Sunday's premiere.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Watch Tom Arnold and Dean Cain get in a heated argument
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The former Lois & Clark star was upset with Arnold for tweeting last month that he was "another @realDonaldTrump loving fake Christian coward which makes Dean Cain anti-LGBTQ & racist. #complicit.” Cain tweeted in response: "Tom, you're a cowardly, slanderous weasel." The Two found themselves this morning in Larry King's studio. “I’ve always supported gay rights … Let me finish for a second. You’re giving me guilt by association,” Cain told Arnold. The two ended their argument by hugging it out.