Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Could Parks and Recreation team do anything about the NRA's use of a Leslie Knope GIF?
Probably not, at least legally. As Slate points out, "it would be difficult to legally compel the NRA to take the tweet down" because there's no copyright infringement. The NRA's use of a Leslie Knope GIF is considered fair use.
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 2:24PM EST
Oprah took the high road in response to President Trump's tweet, as Ellen fired back in her defense
Before Oprah Winfrey came out as a guest on today's edition of Ellen, Ellen DeGeneres read Trump's tweet from Monday complaining about her being "very insecure" on 60 Minutes. “Oh no you didn’t,” Ellen said in response. “No, no, no, he’s gone too far. Oprah is my friend. And when you mess with Oprah, you mess with me.” Yet when Oprah did come out, she opted not to respond to the president. "I don't like giving negativity power," she said, "so I just thought, 'What?' What I actually really did was I went back and looked at the tape to see if there was any place that that could be true. Did I feel like it was slanted or biased? I went back and looked at every tape; I called the producers." ALSO: Oprah surprises Tiffany Haddish on Ellen, leaving her crying tears of joy.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 9:05PM EST
Netflix: "Rumors that the Duffer Bros are leaving Stranger Things after season 3 are false"
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Leslie Jones has become the "anti-announcer" of the Winter Olympics
The SNL star's tweets are being called the best thing about the Winter Olympics, and she has yet to even arrive in South Korea. The Huffington Post says Jones has "upped her game" this year, after her celebrated stint as a social-media commentator at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. "Ms. Jones has emerged as the Olympics’ anti-announcer, funny and often salty, especially when it comes to the fashion, which, at its best, can be daring, and, its worst, well, she has her views," says Laura M. Holson. Jones' Twitter commentary has become like a real-time version of E!'s Fashion Police. “She’s not a fashion expert, and she is not holding herself out to be,” says Melissa Rivers, former host of Fashion Police. “She takes all the haughtiness out of it.”
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
Viral "BBC Dad" returns to the BBC, sans gatecrashing kids
South Korea-based Professor Robert Kelly's cute kids didn't disrupt his interview with BBC over the weekend. Kelly returned to BBC 11 months after he went viral, to talk about the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Richard Roeper punished after admitting to buying fake Twitter followers
The Chicago Sun-Times film critic, best known for co-hosting At the Movies with Roger Ebert, “purchased about 50,000 followers on at least six separate occasions between July 2014 and July 2016,” according to the newspaper. As part of his punishment, Roeper will have to delete his Twitter and start accumulating followers from scratch on a new account -- but he'll still keep reviewing movies and TV shows.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 4:45PM EST
Piers Morgan responds after Trevor Noah characterizes him as an “unf*ckable Colin Firth”: “You're not as funny as Jon Stewart”
The British presenter tweeted at The Daily Show host: “Hi @Trevornoah - I agree I'm 'not as f***able as Colin Firth'. But you're not as funny as Jon Stewart. So we're kinda even.”
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Roger Ebert’s former partner Richard Roeper suspended after he was accused of buying Twitter followers
The Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, who was paired with Ebert on At the Movies from 2000 to 2008, was suspended from his newspaper Monday after he was named in a list of celebrities said to have bought fake Twitter followers in a New York Times investigative story.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
The Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood deletes his Twitter account after he was accused of buying fake Twitter followers
The reality star was one of several celebrities exposed in Saturday’s New York Times investigation into Devumi, a company that sells fake Twitter followers.
Posted Sunday 1/28/18 at 3:52AM EST
New York Times exposes TV stars who pay for fake Twitter followers
A Times investigation of Devumi, a company that sells fake Twitter followers en masse, found that it uses stolen social media identities, including those from minors, in its fake Twitter accounts. The Twitter accounts not only follow, but they’ll also retweet tweets — all in an effort to boost the perceived popularity of its clients. The TV stars The Times found to have bought fake Twitter followers in bulk, either directly or through an associate, include American Idol winner Clay Aiken, Scandal’s Katie Lowes, Sons of Anarchy alum Ryan Hurst, Lucifer’s D.B. Woodside, John Leguizamo, Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner, Real Housewives star Sonja Morgan and Lisa Rinna and Bachelor alum Melissa Rycroft. “Everyone does it,” says actress Deirdre Lovejoy, a Devumi customer who is best known for her role on The Wire.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
It’s time to drop the second screen
“Staring at your phone, tablet, or computer while a program plays on another screen is adding nothing to your viewing experience,” says Lea Palmieri. She adds: "There’s a reason we were all so obsessed with theorizing about Lost, or listening in on Tony Soprano’s therapy sessions: we largely watched these shows without the presence of a smart phone or tablet (The Sopranos premiered in 1999, and Lost in 2004). We weren’t browsing the IMDb pages of every actor or scrolling through their recent tweets. We let ourselves fall into those worlds, no matter how foreign a mysterious deserted island or suburban New Jersey seemed at the time. We weren’t aimlessly picking up cases of fomo from our 'friends' on Instagram or developing hives from seeing a news headline in our feeds: for that hour we belonged to those characters only.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Why was Shark Week trending on Twitter on Thursday?
Turns out Discovery Channel's Shark Week was part of a salacious detail in Mother Jones' story about the alleged affair between Donald Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump reportedly made her watch three hours of Shark Week with him.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel got in a Twitter fight with an aide to Paul Ryan
Kimmel sparred on Twitter with the House speaker’s press secretary, Doug Andres, telling him “shame on you for making CHIP a bargaining chip,” later adding: “Go to sleep Doug. It’s late and in the morning, you’ve got lives to ruin and a government to shut down.” When President Trump tweeted this morning that “CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!,” Kimmel tweeted: “The President is absolutely correct. Republicans can and should fund CHIP today with no strings attached.” ALSO: Kimmel imagines what a Trump porn video would look like.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
Spike TV’s Twitter account is spewing profanity, going “rogue” on the cable network's final day
“I gave my entire staff empty gift cards as parting gifts because f*ck them and their joy,” Spike TV’s Twitter account tweeted as part of a PR stunt. Spike TV transforms into Paramount TV on Thursday.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
How TV networks juggle live-tweeting, Twitter emojis and avoiding spoilers on trending topics
Networks encourage live-tweeting of their shows, but they also actively work to avoid spoilers -- for such shows as This Is Us and The Bachelor -- from ruining the viewing experience for Twitter users in other time zones. “Our digital strategy team watches all shows in advance and identifies storylines and key moments that we anticipate fans will respond to,” says Erin Weir, ABC’s senior vice president of marketing strategy,. “We then create content (memes, gifs, clips, etc.) tied to those moments so people can have assets to share and react to in real time. We also share content with our talent so that they can be an active part of the conversation. We will tease and promote on the platform, often counting down throughout the day to help drive excitement for tune in.”