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  • Maher: ‘Can You At This Point’ Be a Good Person and Support Trump?

    10/16/2016 1:36:31 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-14-2016 | Ian Hanchett
    Maher said, “The people of Idaho, Wyoming, Arkansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky, I know they’re Republican, mostly, but they’re human, right? These are human beings? What the f*ck does it take, in this country, to have being a human being supersede being a Republican?” After former Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE) stated that there are good people who are supporting Trump, Maher asked, “Can you at this point?” After Kerrey argued that you could, Maher stated, “I don’t get that.” He added, “If the basket fits. Well, if you’re deplorable — I mean, if you have deplorable beliefs, you’re deplorable.”
  • Did HBO’s new Westworld rip off Fallout 4 imagery?

    10/06/2016 9:52:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies ^ | 08/28/2016 | Moe Lane
    There’s a scene from the latest trailer that is remarkably evocative of how the Institute makes synths. Starts at 0:54....
  • John Oliver(HBO) to Trump - Drop Out, Tell America This Campaign Was a Stunt, Become A Legend

    08/23/2016 3:37:29 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 55 replies
    RCP ^ | 8-22-2016 | Ian Schwartz
    HBO's Last Week Tonight host John Oliver pitches a new idea to Donald Trump: Avoid losing to Hillary Clinton by dropping out of the race for president now. "I know you're watching," he said. "Because you watch everything that is said about you." “You’re either going to win or you’re going to lose, and I think both those scenarios end pretty badly for you,” Oliver told the GOP presidential nominee on his HBO series Sunday. “I would like to propose to you a third option and that is, drop out. Simply drop out and tell America this entire candidacy was...
  • Julian Assange finds Bill Maher’s name in his research and the two CLASH as accusations fly

    08/06/2016 5:08:36 PM PDT · by kevcol · 90 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | August 6, 2016 | Carmine Sabia
    <p>Assange, who remains holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, was asked by Maher why WikiLeaks released more than 20,000 emails from the DNC that show a bias towards Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, in order to "basically f**k with the one person who stands in the way of us being ruled by Donald Trump."</p>
  • ‘Sesame Street’ axes one, two, three favorite human characters

    07/28/2016 2:29:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    MSN NY Daily News ^ | July 28, 2016
    “Sesame Street” is brought to you today by the letters F-I-R-E-D. Three beloved human characters from the 45-year-old children’s show have been given the Sesame Sweep. Bob the music teacher, Gordon the science teacher and Luis the “Mr. Fix-It,” played by Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman and Emilio Delgado respectively, have all been axed. “They let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka — who is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us — and Chris Knowings, who is also young,” McGrath, 84, said at a Florida Supercon Q&A on July 2.
  • Ruling could make sharing passwords for subscription services a federal crime

    07/11/2016 11:12:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies ^ | 7-11-2016 |
    A new federal court ruling could make sharing your passwords for subscription services -- covering everything from Netflix to HBO GO -- a federal crime punishable by prison time, according to a judge who opposed the decision. The ruling, issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week, pertained to a trade-secrets case and found that certain instances of sharing passwords are prosecutable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) - legislation predominantly concerned with hacking. The case involved David Nosal, a headhunter who left his former company Korn/Ferry and then used the password of an employee to...
  • Michael Moore, Bill Maher Pledge to Stop Donald Trump

    05/14/2016 7:36:26 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 43 replies ^ | May 14, 2016
    Friday on HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher and liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore speculated on what it would take to stop presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump from defeating the eventual Democratic nominee and winning the White House in the general election this fall.
  • User Named ‘Racist McShootFace’ Hijacks Zimmerman Gun Auction, Hikes Up Price to $65 Million

    05/13/2016 11:43:31 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 55 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 13 May 2016 | Ken Meyer
    George Zimmerman‘s gun sale attempt isn’t going very well. After having to move his online auction to a new site once already, the bidding on the weapon that killed Trayvon Martin seems to have been taken over by trolls determined to remind Zimmerman of his infamy. Despite his not-guilty verdict for the death of Martin four years ago, Zimmerman is a pariah to many for his apparent non-regret for the incident, and a myriad of controversial statements from him since then. Zimmerman posted the gun to be sold on United Gun Group, but the auction seems to have been taken...
  • Maher Calls US Military 'Mass Murder Machine,' Extreme Muslims 'Teabaggers'

    04/23/2016 12:04:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | April 23, 2016 | Brad Wilmouth
    On his Real Time show on Friday, HBO comedian Bill Maher referred to the U.S. military as a "mass murder machine" as he recalled that the reason he likes Bernie Sanders so much is because the Vermont socialist is the only presidential candidate who would argue against building a bigger military. A bit earlier, as he discussed with the New Yorker's Lawrence Wright the possibility of Saudi government officials being linked to the 9/11 attacks, Maher also made a crass reference to Tea Party conservatives -- whom he has mocked in the past as "teabaggers" -- by referring to Muslim...
  • Anita Hill: the Left’s Modern Alger Hiss

    04/22/2016 7:24:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | April 22, 2016 | Mark Paoletta
    On Saturday night, HBO debuted its account of the 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings. While it was billed as “meticulously researched” by the leftist screenwriters and Hollywood executives behind the film, Confirmation rewrites history to advance the myth that Anita Hill was a victim of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas. The fictional “docudrama” that twists and omits key facts, and in some cases, outright makes things up, is yet another attempt by the left to establish through persistence what could not be established through evidence. At the end of Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearings, polling done by Pew and others showed that...
  • 'Confirmation' -- HBO's High-Tech Lynching

    04/19/2016 3:51:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | April 19, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    The left is masterful at rewriting history. Witness HBO's TV movie "Confirmation," which aired Saturday, about Anita Hill's accusations of sexual harassment 25 years ago, which almost derailed Clarence Thomas from becoming a Supreme Court justice. The drama's makers claim that they didn't take sides in depicting Thomas' Senate confirmation hearings, even as a trailer punctuates close-ups of actress Kerry Washington, who played Hill, with stentorian capital letters: "It only takes one voice ... to change history." Another trailer proclaims, "One woman made a choice ... to take a stand." Apparently, because HBO didn't expressly label Thomas as guilty, producers...
  • 3 Major Problems With ‘Confirmation,’ HBO’s Anita Hill History Rewrite

    04/18/2016 1:43:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/18/2016 | Mollie Hemingway
    Some of us are old enough to remember the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation battle. We were shocked when reports first surfaced that Thomas, a well-regarded former chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was being accused of sexual harassment. But then we heard his accuser’s ever-changing and uncorroborated testimony, and we compared it with the testimony of a dozen close female colleagues who effusively praised Thomas as a boss known for how well he treated the women around him. We learned that his accuser Anita Hill’s testimony was contradicted by data and evidence. Thomas won his confirmation battle....
  • HBO's Fetish for Mapplethorpe

    04/08/2016 5:30:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | April 8, 2016 | Brent Bozell
    HBO shocked the world on April 4 by unveiling a 100-minute documentary honoring the legacy and legislative career of Sen. Jesse Helms. Kidding -- delayed April fool. It did, though, feature Senator Helms as a villain in a 100-minute documentary honoring the life and art of Robert Mapplethorpe, the infamous anti-Christian, penis-obsessed purveyor of sadomasochistic black-and-white photography. This defines the ideological and anti-religious sensibilities of HBO: It celebrates those who upset Christian conservatives (and conservative Christians) most. The idea that this perverted sex maniac is a significant historical figure is laughable -- you can't watch the parade of penis pictures...
  • Maher: Dem Position On Immigration Has Morphed Into "You Get Across That River, You're Here To Stay"

    03/19/2016 6:35:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 19, 2016 | Ian Schwartz
    Bill Maher said after watching the recent Democratic primary debate co-hosted by Univision he realize there was a "real change" in the Democratic party's position on illegal immigration. It used to be comprehensive immigration reform, Maher said, now it's "you get across that river, you're here to stay." "Did you see the Democratic debate on Univision about a week ago?" Maher asked on Friday's edition of his HBO show Real Time. "Because there has been a real change with the Democrats, too. Mission Creep, I would call it. I understand their position was comprehensive immigration reform. Now, in front of...
  • (Rome HBO Series) Octavian - The True Story

    03/13/2016 8:25:03 PM PDT · by Read Write Repeat · 29 replies
    If you're a fan of HBO's series "Rome," here's the producers and actors revealing Octavian's true storyline. It's HBO, so the mature warning should be obvious.
  • Maher Fantasizes About Trump Dying on Stage, Jokes About Cheney Dying

    03/12/2016 10:03:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | March 12, 2016 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Friday's Real Time on HBO, host Bill Maher joked about having a fantasy that an apparently unstoppable Donald Trump will unexpectedly drop dead on stage, and, moments later, joked about the possibility that discussing former Vice President Dick Cheney on his show might result in his death as he recalled the coincidental passing of Antonin Scalia and Nancy Reagan right after Maher had mentioned them on the air. Maher Fantasizes Trump Dying on Stage, Jokes About Cheney DyingThe HBO comedian set up his Trump death fantasy by recalling that people often ask him if the GOP candidate could really...
  • See Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in the first trailer for HBO's Confirmation

    02/13/2016 12:31:11 PM PST · by JPX2011 · 19 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | February 12, 2016 | Tim Stack
    On Friday, Kerry Washington revealed via her Twitter account the trailer for her April 11th HBO film Confirmation. Washington plays Anita Hill, who famously accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, played in the film by Wendell Pierce, of sexual harassment. Confirmation also features Jeffrey Wright, Greg Kinnear, and Jennifer Hudson.
  • MSNBC Host Tees Off on Feminists Who Support Hillary Clinton but Not Monica Lewinsky

    02/08/2016 8:43:12 AM PST · by McGruff · 43 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 8, 2015 | Mike Opelka
    Recent controversial statements from feminist icon Gloria Steinem and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright sparked MSNBC's Joe Scarborough to unleash a rant against feminists who did not stand up for people like Monica Lewinsky. The "Morning Joe" panel was discussing a recent statement Steinem made on Bill Maher's HBO show (and her subsequent apology posted on Facebook) about young women who follow Bernie Sanders and Albright's warning of a "special place in hell" for women who do not help other women. Scarborough began his rant with the question, "Where were these women in 1998 when a young 22-yr-old intern...
  • Bill Maher: I Wish Liberals Would Have Same Intolerance For Muslims That They Do For Christians

    01/31/2016 11:11:50 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 30, 2016 | unattributed
    On the Friday broadcast of his HBO show Real Time, Bill Maher told liberals see the world the way they want it rather than the way it is when it comes to the threat of Islam and Islamic terror. Maher, a religious critic, told his fellow liberals he wishes they would have the same "intolerance" for Muslim-related terror around the world that they do for Christians and Christian fundamentalists at home. Maher brought up the decision by the Italians to cover up nude statues during a state visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "This is the horribleness of what's going...
  • Rape-Hoaxer Lena Dunham Supports White Bill Clinton, Blasts Black Bill Cosby

    12/31/2015 9:21:40 PM PST · by bryan999 · 26 replies
    Almost a dozen women have accused Bill Clinton of everything from outright rape to groping to harassment to characters assassination. Nevertheless rape-hoaxer Lena Dunham vigorously supports making Bill Clinton America’s first First Gentleman and making his chief-enabler, Hillary Clinton, the next president of the United States. If Dunahm’s standards on the issue of victimizing women are this low, why then is she publicly calling for Bill Cosby’s head?
  • Rape-Hoaxer Lena Dunham Touts Campaign Fashion While Stumping for Hillary

    01/13/2016 7:30:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Big Hollywood (Breitbart) ^ | January 12, 2016 | Kipp Jones
    While most of her peers in Hollywood were preparing for the 73rd Golden Globes, Lena Dunham spent the weekend stumping for Hillary Clinton and transforming herself into a walking billboard on the campaign trail in Iowa and New Hampshire. After failing to receive any Golden Globe nominations this year, Dunham was given a consolation gift – a personal ride along and the reins to Clinton’s official Instagram account. The Girls creator, who is one of Clinton’s most passionate supporters, shared images of her weekend with the Democratic presidential frontrunner on Instagram on both Clinton’s account and her own. In her...
  • Lena Dunham Privately Doubted Hillary Clinton for Discrediting Rape Accusers

    01/20/2016 7:21:36 PM PST · by presidio9 · 42 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 20, 2016 | Morgan Chalfant
    Actress Lena Dunham, who has been aggressively campaigning for Hillary Clinton, privately doubted the Democratic presidential candidate for discrediting women who made sexual assault allegations against her husband, former President Bill Clinton, according to a report Wednesday. Dunham, a fierce advocate for Planned Parenthood and other liberal causes, reportedly made the comments at a dinner party on New York’s Upper East Side months ago. The New York Times reported: She told the guests, at the Park Avenue apartment of Richard Plepler, the chief executive of HBO, that she was disturbed by how, in the 1990s, the Clintons and their allies...
  • Millenial feminst icon Lena Dunham ‘Disturbed’ By Clintons’ Attacks On Women

    01/20/2016 9:01:57 PM PST · by SteveSCH · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/20/2016 | KAITLAN COLLINS
    Lena Dunham expressed doubt over campaigning for Hillary Clinton after she found out how the family handled Bill Clinton's sex scandals a report published Wednesday claims. According to the New York Times Dunham told her dinner guests a few months ago that she was disturbed to learn that the Clintons attempted to discredit the women who accused Bill of sexual assault. "She told the guests, at the Park Avenue apartment of Richard Plepler, the chief executive of HBO, that she was disturbed by how, in the 1990s, the Clintons and their allies discredited women who said they had had sexual...
  • ’90s Scandals Threaten to Erode Hillary Clinton’s Strength With Women

    01/21/2016 3:22:28 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 11 replies ^ | January 20
    This month, Lena Dunham, wearing a red, white and blue sweater dress with the word "Hillary" emblazoned across the chest, told voters how Hillary Clinton had overcome sexism in her political career. "The way she has been treated is just more evidence of the fact that our country has so much hatred toward successful women," Ms. Dunham, the creator and star of the HBO series "Girls," said at a Clinton campaign event in Manchester, N.H. But at an Upper East Side dinner party a few months back, Ms. Dunham expressed more conflicted feelings. She told the guests at the Park...
  • Bill Maher: We Must Stop ‘Evil’ Ted Cruz Before It’s Too Late

    01/14/2016 5:50:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 14, 2016 | Marlow Stern, entertainment editor and writer
    The host of HBO's Real Time, which returns Friday, on why he's scared of Cruz, and the 'underage hookers' scandal that could sink Hillary Clinton's campaign. For the past month and change, there's been a void in the political commentary arena--and political incorrectness, in general. Yes, Bill Maher was on vacation. But the acerbic satirist seems recharged and ready to dive headfirst into election season--which he'll do by kicking off the return of his late-night series Real Time with Bill Maher with a big campaign of his own. You'll have to tune in to HBO Friday night to see exactly...
  • HBO pulling plug on hit comedy 'Girls'

    01/06/2016 3:56:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2016 3:41 PM EST
    HBO says it will pull the plug on its hit comedy "Girls" after a sixth and final season next year. The series about a group of young women in their 20s made creator and actress Lena Dunham a star, and was also a feather in the cap of veteran comic producer Judd Apatow. ...
  • Game of Thrones to tone down sexual violence in series six after viewers' anger over [tr]

    12/21/2015 12:31:22 PM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 21, 2015 | Stephanie Linning
    Game of Thrones will change the way sexual violence is depicted on screen following a barrage of complaints about a controversial rape scene last season. Critics and viewers were outraged after Sansa Stark, played by 19-year-old English actress Sophie Turner, was raped by Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) on their wedding night. The scene, which aired in May, was part of a story arc which did not appear in the novels. It was criticized for being gratuitous, played for shock value and serving no narrative purpose. But, speaking at an event at Fox Studios Australia, director Jeremy Podeswa, who directed the...
  • MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Tells Bill Maher: We “Nailed” Trump

    09/19/2015 10:13:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 72 replies
    YahooNews ^ | September 19, 2015 | Greg Evans
    MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Tells Bill Maher: We “Nailed” Trump Greg Evans September 19, 2015 Could this be the end of the Summer of Trump? Both MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and HBO’s Bill Maher wouldn’t be surprised. “We nailed him,” Matthews said last night on Real Time With Bill Maher, crowing about MSNBC’s playing – and replaying – Donald Trump’s non-response response to a supporter’s ludicrous birther assertions and Islamophobic aspersions. During Real Time‘s mostly-Trump discussion Friday, Maher recalled how just days before he’d teased Hardball host Matthews about MSNBC’s Trump obsession, “and you said that’s because you want to be there...
  • Rupert Murdoch just bought National Geographic [media up in arms]

    09/10/2015 11:38:18 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    Salon ^ | September 10, 2015 | Jack Mirkinson
    Rupert Murdoch just bought National Geographic. Here’s the problem everybody should be talking about. The media was up in arms yesterday at news of Murdoch's high-profile acquisition. Here's what you should know. The news that National Geographic has now been placed in the hands of Rupert Murdoch prompted a predictable outcry, roughly akin to what happens in the movies when the clearly evil tycoon takes the orphans away. A bastion of popular science is now controlled by a very prominent climate change denier who, despite his company’s assurances of editorial integrity, has spent decades interfering with the independence of his...
  • Hypocrites Line Up on Sesame Street

    08/21/2015 3:09:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/21/15 | L Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham
    The churning of market forces in television are once again forcing the question of why Americans are spending hundreds of millions of tax dollars a year on public broadcasting. On August 13, HBO announced it was buying all-new episodes of the iconic PBS show "Sesame Street," delaying their debut on PBS for nine months. Decades of liberal mockery of Republicans for wanting to "kill Big Bird" just collapsed in an ugly pile. The show that was supposedly dedicated to poor kids in "underserved" communities was just sold to the highest-bidding paywall in Yuppie Land. Before that they were negotiating with...
  • Sesame Street Moving From PBS to HBO [Big Bird Still Alive!]

    08/14/2015 2:18:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    InvestorPlace ^ | 08/14/2015 | By William White
    Sesame Street will be showing up on HBO first for the next five years. HBO will be financially backing Sesame Street for the next five seasons. The next season will see the show’s episodes reduced from one hour to a half-hour. The number of episodes in a season will increase from 18 to 35 as part of the deal, reports NBC News. Sesame Street fans that still look to watch the show on PBS can, but they’ll have to wait nine months after the episodes air on HBO for them to reach the network. Until then, PBS will be airing...
  • ‘Sesame Street’ to Air First on HBO for Next 5 Seasons

    08/13/2015 9:31:39 AM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/13/2005 | Emily Steel
    The letters of the day on “Sesame Street” are H, B and O. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind the children’s television program, has struck a deal with HBO, the premium cable network, that will bring the next five seasons of “Sesame Street” to HBO and its streaming outlets starting this fall. The partnership will allow Sesame Workshop to significantly increase its production of “Sesame Street” episodes and other new programming. The group will produce 35 new “Sesame Street” episodes a year, up from the 18 it produces now. Sesame Workshop also will create a spinoff series based on the...
  • 5 Places Black People Can Move to When They’ve Had Enough of America

    07/28/2015 12:15:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Root ^ | July 14, 2015 | Tomika Anderson
    Chris Rock summed up the black experience in the United States kind of perfectly during his HBO special Never Scared more than a decade ago: “If you’re black, you got to look at America a little bit different,” he joked, stone-faced. “You got to look at America like the uncle who paid for you to go to college but who molested you.” Since then, that “generous” uncle has moved from molesting to killing, with the list of victims growing by the day: the Charleston 9. Freddie Gray. Michael Brown. Rekia Boyd. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. John Crawford III. Yuvette Henderson....
  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • Study Proves Koch-Addicted Media Are Big Fat Liars About Outside Money In Politics

    07/13/2015 9:26:23 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    b ^ | 07/13/2015 | John Nolte
    As we all remember, the media completely freaked out after the Supreme Court decided Citizens United in favor of free speech. Taking aim primarily at the right-leaning Koch Brothers, the media posed as defenders of democracy against the corrupting influence of outside money in politics. As usual, the facts prove that the media are big fat liars. Although legions of left-wing corporations like NBC News, Politico, MSNBC, CNN, CBS News, ABC News, The Washington Post, LA Times, NPR, PBS, Univision, Comedy Central, MTV, HBO, and ESPN spend billions of dollars pushing a political agenda 24/7, the left-wing media want a...
  • Wendell Pierce Set as Clarence Thomas in HBO's 'Confirmation' (Exclusive)

    07/08/2015 7:26:54 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 32 replies
    The 'Treme' and 'Odd Couple' actor will star opposite 'Scandal's' Kerry Washington in the TV movie. HBO has found its Clarence Thomas. Treme and The Odd Couple's Wendell Pierce has been tapped to play the Supreme Court justice in Confirmation, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Confirmation, from HBO Films, details the explosive 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings (at which Anita Hill testified), that brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way people think about sexual harassment, victims' rights and modern-day race relations...
  • Ann Coulter Thinks Donald Trump Is GOP’s Best Bet, Maher Panel Erupts

    06/20/2015 4:30:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 20, 2015 | Andrew Husband
    From immigration and the “Latino registration machine” to the GOP’s apparent inability to recognize the racial aspects of the Charleston church shooting, Real Time host Bill Maher had a field day with his panelists on Friday night’s show. Yet it’s the “Overtime” segment’s extra nuggets that made for some of the most WTF-worthy viewing, especially for this reaction from MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Of all the possible conversation topics, what could have triggered such a reaction from Reid? Oh nothing, really — just guest Ann Coulter‘s funny-but-serious answer to Maher’s question about “which Republican candidate has the best chance of winning...
  • 'Game of Thrones' ends season five with death and horror in 'Mothers Mercy'

    06/15/2015 11:03:21 AM PDT · by Marcus · 53 replies
    Houston TV Examiner ^ | June 15, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    One has to hand it to the now concluded fifth season of “Game of Thrones.” The season has not stinted on the carnage and the horror. From the rape of Sansa to the ritual barbecuing of Stannis’ little girl, life in Westeros and environs has proven to be very grim indeed, for the highest to the lowest. The atrocities in the final episode “Mother’s Mercy,” which aired Sunday, will set a high bar for season six, no question.
  • HBO, MTV, And A Host Of Celebrities To Join Bloomberg For Anti-Gun Event

    05/29/2015 9:00:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies ^ | May 29, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On June 2 HBO, MTV, and a host of celebrities will be joining Michael Bloomberg and other pro-gun control groups to watch participating mayors proclaim “Gun Violence Awareness Day” in their cities. Those participating will “wear orange” and MTV will “change its on-air logo — as well as several of its social media avatars — to orange in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day.” According to PRNewsWire, participating celebrities–aka, “cultural influencers”–include: Julianne Moore, Russell Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Aasif Mandvi,Alyssa Milano, Padma Lakshmi, John Hodgman, Amanda Peet, Perez Hilton, Melissa Joan Hart, Tiffani Thiessen, Tunde Adebimpe...
  • Nevada’s Bunny Ranch brothel seeking paid ‘quality’ control testers

    05/25/2015 4:34:36 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 58 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/31/15 | Nina Golgowski
    Think you know great sex? Nevada's famed Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel is on the prowl for official "quality" control testers who not only get paid to have sex with their prostitutes but to then evaluate their performance. "I'm looking for someone who's fun, has some personality and wants to have a good time," Dennis Hof, whose seven brothels make up 40% of North America's legal bordellos and starred in the hit HBO series "Cathouse," told the Daily News.
  • Senator (McCaskill - MO) leads boycott of Game of Thrones over shocking rape scene of Sansa [tr]

    05/20/2015 6:47:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 20, 2015 | Staff
    Pressure is growing for a boycott of Game of Thrones after a popular character, Sansa Stark, was raped in the latest episode. However, the actress who plays the role, Sophie Turner, has defended the scene – which does not appear in the books – saying she ‘kinda loved’ filming it. The demand for a boycott has been led by US Senator Claire McCaskill, who tweeted her distaste with the show.
  • About that rape scene in 'Game of Thrones'

    05/20/2015 6:08:29 AM PDT · by Marcus · 66 replies
    Houston TV Examiner ^ | May 19, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    “Game of Thrones” rarely fails to shock, filled as it is with atrocity porn. However, the brutal rape of Sansa Stark at the hands of the psychotic Ramsey Bolton at the end of Sunday’s episode seems to have crossed the line for many people. It is not like people haven’t been raped and worse before. Remember the Red Wedding, the beheading of Eddard Stark, and the castration and torture of Theon Greyjoy. But, Sansa is an innocent girl, though she has been getting progressively less naïve as the series has proceeded.
  • Nearly Half Of 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Has Leaked Online

    04/12/2015 3:39:53 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 33 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 11, 2015 | staff
    Bad news today for HBO, which is attempting to marry the recent debut of their HBO Now streaming service with season 5 of Game of Thrones. As of last night, the first four episodes of the new season, nearly half of the ten total episodes, have been leaked online to various torrent sites. After appearing online yesterday afternoon, the episodes have already been downloaded almost 800,000 times, and that figure will likely blow past a million downloalds by the season 5 premier tonight.
  • John Travolta breaks silence on ‘Going Clear’: 'Stop picking on Scientology!'

    04/07/2015 1:47:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/07/2015 | By Derrick Bryson Taylor
    In the wake of the explosive HBO documentary “Going Clear,” John Travolta has come to Scientology’s defense. The 61-year-old made it clear he has no plans to see the doc, which alleges the church has physically abused and blackmailed some of its members, among other questionable acts. “No I haven’t and I don’t really care to,” Travolta told the Tampa Bay Times when asked if he’ll see the film. He’s been a member of the church for more than 40 years and claims his experiences have been nothing but amazing. “I haven’t experienced anything that the hearsay has (claimed), so...
  • HBO blows lid off of Scientology; Cruise, Travolta should stay off Twitter for a while!

    03/30/2015 8:38:19 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 76 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3/30/15 | Steve Berman
    HBO caused a major stir on social media with Sunday night’s broadcast of “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” a blistering documentary about the Church of Scientology and its celebrity devotees. People Magazine published a teaser for the film Sunday, which was first screened in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Sensational in content but not in tone, Going Clear has been making headlines since its first screening at Sundance in January. It has also upset that secretive, combative and often embattled Church, which in a lengthy statement attacked the film as “insidious religious persecution by bullies toting...
  • Snoop Dogg: Ronald Reagan to Blame For L.A. Gang Violence (SXSW Keynote speech)

    03/23/2015 11:48:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03.20.15 | Ryan Bort
    ...The Doggfather’s latest venture, it was announced for the first time, will be an HBO show he is developing with Menace II Society director Allen Hughes and Boondocks writer Rodney Barnes about life on the West Coast during the ‘80s, when gang violence first began to dominate the region’s inner cities, particularly in Snoop’s home of East L.A. “Early in the ‘70s and toward the latter part of the ‘70s everything was beautiful because we had ways to have fun and communicate, and those who were underprivileged, the low economic side of life, the government would provide for us, which...
  • Cable execs say Netflix is killing TV ratings

    03/11/2015 10:37:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 137 replies
    Fortune ^ | 03/11/2015 | Benjamin Snyder
    Viewership was down in the third and fourth quartersIt might be time for cable to start worrying about online streaming. The Wall Street Journal reported that a drop in TV ratings and viewership can be chalked up to subscription-based streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.People familiar with the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau told the newspaper that as much as 40% of TV-rating declines in the third and fourth quarters were attributable to streaming services. The news comes as TV viewing has declined by an estimated 10% from a year previously in the third quarter, and by 9% for the...
  • Bill Maher’s Astonishing Economic Illiteracy

    02/06/2015 1:42:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 6, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Back in 2013, I actually wrote something vaguely nice about HBO’s Bill Maher. Or at least I expressed approval for a point he made about the limits of class-warfare taxation.It’s now time to compensate for that action.Check out this interview. It’s about Obama’s new tax-and-spend budget, but pay particular attention at the 5:15 mark of the video and you’ll hear Maher asserting that “socialism” deserves the credit for the development of a thriving middle class in America. Dan Mitchell Debunks Bill Maher's Historical Illiteracy, Rejects Obama StatismWow. Maher’s comments are astonishingly illiterate.As I remarked in the interview, the United States...
  • Bill Maher: Obama 'perhaps the worst' on press freedom

    02/01/2015 2:24:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/31/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Bill Maher is throwing some shade on President Obama's credentials as a supposed champion of freedom of the press. The host of HBO's "Real Time" sat down Friday to discuss media coverage of secret government work with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, one of the journalists centrally involved in bringing revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to light. "I don't understand why he is perhaps the worst president we've had on clamping down on the press," Maher said. "He's used the Espionage Act more than any other president, right?" Maher added. Other members of the media have blasted...
  • Joaquin Castro lands funds, rhetorical punches in L.A.

    01/31/2015 10:20:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 31, 2015 | Brian Chasnoff
    LOS ANGELES — Backstage on Friday night at CBS Studio Center, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro was about 30 minutes from appearing live on the edgy HBO comedy show “Real Time with Bill Maher.” He was cramming for his spot on the show’s panel, reviewing topics with Scott Carter, the show’s executive producer. Castro should expect to talk about the Koch brothers, Mitt Romney, Saudi Arabia. Carter peppered the congressman with questions. Castro, 40, offered one-sentence answers. “Do not feel like you have to be concise for us,” Carter said. “If anything, be expansive.” Another topic Maher might cover: The Iowa...