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How the Public Obsession with Political Sex Scandals Led to Sundance Thriller 'Zipper'

7 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

I admit, I am fascinated by political sex scandals. "Zipper' began with my curiosity and empathy for the political leader whose career has just been destroyed in an instant because of seeing escorts, or a mistress, or a young page-- each time one of these scandals breaks it seems to shock the public. There is a public obsession with "zipper problems" (a slang term coined under President Clinton) – with new scandals surfacing practically every month -- and the question at the center of it is one of character: What was he thinking? How could he have taken the risk? But what if, before people could judge, they could see inside the man, see the humanity, see what it feels like to be him? Why do we put our political leaders on a pedestal only to tear them down? It is one political issue that everyone seems to have an opinion about, »

- Mora Stephens

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Reveals the One Showbiz Gig He’s Terrible at and 6 Other Emmy Nominee Questions

24 August 2015 4:04 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Neil deGrasse Tyson is nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, but the astrophysicist is more concerned about producing high-quality science content. “The awards are nice but I don’t see them as the measure,” Tyson told TheWrap. “They’re a measure, and sometimes not even the best measure.” Tyson said he instead concerns himself with creating content that will increase science literacy in our culture. “We live in the twenty-first century and your fluency in science–science literacy in general–is going to be very important in the future that you choose, particularly if you live in an elected democracy, »

- Joe Otterson

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'Nobody Knows Anything' as 'The Sopranos' season 1 heads into great home stretch

19 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to the latest installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the eleventh episode, “Nobody Knows Anything," coming up just as soon it's 1954 inside this house... "This is our friend we're talking about here." -Tony After "A Hit Is A Hit" put most of the bigger season 1 stories on pause, "Nobody Knows Anything" presses play on one of the »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Stephen Colbert on 'Howard Stern': 19 essential moments from the revealing interview

18 August 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Incoming "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert was on "Howard Stern" this morning to discuss his new late-night gig, his career trajectory, his tragic family history, his infamous White House Correspondents stint and even Donald Trump, among numerous other things. Typical of a "Stern" sit-down, the interview was long and most importantly revealing, providing listeners a window into what makes the former "Colbert Report" host tick. Below I've rounded up the 19 most essential moments from the interview, from a discussion of his brief stint as a cast member on the doomed "Dana Carvey Show" in the mid '90s to what effect the tragic death of his father and two of his brothers had on his life and career. Check out the full roundup below. (Relevant clips included where available.) 1. Jim Carrey was supposed to play Ace in an "Ambiguously Gay Duo" live-action movie. Photo Credit: NBC Colbert voiced the role »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Ben Affleck Birthday Curse Broken

15 August 2015 8:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Aug. 15, 1997. It was an unremarkable game in an unremarkable season. They haven’t won on that date, which also happens to be Ben Affleck’s birthday, since — that’s an 0-15 record.  How long ago was 1997? Bill Clinton was still president. Good Will Hunting — Affleck and Matt Damon's breakout hit that earned them a screenwriting Oscar — was still four months away from release. Red Sox Hall-of-Famer-to-be David Ortiz wouldn't make his Major League debut for another 18 days (and for Minnesota).

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- Andy Lewis

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33 Stars You Didn't Know Are Left-Handed

13 August 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Despite only about 10 percent of the world's population having a preference for the left hand, there are plenty of famous people who fall into the category. Seven Us presidents since 1923, including Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, have been lefties, as were astronaut Neil Armstrong and former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and it turns out there's a whole host of them in Hollywood, too. Keep reading to find out which stars sign with their left hand and happy Left Handers Day! »

- Lauren-Turner

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Emmy episode analysis: Will Kate McKinnon ('Saturday Night Live') win for playing Hillary Clinton?

10 August 2015 7:17 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Will Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live") win Best Comedy Supporting Actress on her second consecutive bid, after losing last year to Allison Janney ("Mom")? This year, McKinnon has submitted a great episode to Emmy judges -- the one hosted by Taraji P. Henson that featured McKinnon's hilarious reprisal of Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. -Break- Discuss 'Saturday Night Live' in our feisty TV forums Synopsis: McKinnon has memorable appearances in almost all of this episode's sketches, including the cold open where she gets to show off her classic impression of Clinton alongside surprise guest (and announcer) Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton. She then pops up in Henson's monologue, dancing and singing that she's "made it." Other characters McKinnon plays in this episode include a crying mother in a courtroom scene, a Liza Minnelli-esque QVC star, a Spanish artist who makes terribl »

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Jon Stewart's Final 'Daily Show': Our Moment of Zen

7 August 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

After 16 years of being mad as hell, Jon Stewart finally doesn't have to take it any anymore. On his emotional farewell to The Daily Show, he didn't even try to hide his relief that he can now go entire weeks at a time without watching Fox News. The last shebang had a roll call of Daily Show superstars, along with Bruce Springsteen doing "Land of Hope and Dreams." John McCain said, "So long, jackass." (All these years later and McCain still can't keep his Nineties MTV comedy bros straight — Jackass was Johnny Knoxville, »

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Oprah Winfrey and Matt Damon Just Got an Important Message - From the Pope

6 August 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Pope Francis extends an invitation to Matt and Oprah - Us Weekly Caitlin Jenner shares her first selfie on Twitter - HuffPost Celebrity Mindy Kaling slays her Glamour cover, talks about confidence - Lainey Gossip Could Angelina Jolie be throwing shade with this move? - Dlisted Henry Cavill accidentally got an erection during a scene - Et This Gone Girl actress totally loves men's butts - JustJared Miley Cyrus is promoting the VMAs in the best way - Hollywood Tuna Could Mariah Carey be heading to TV? - Pink Is the New Blog Bill Clinton encouraged Donald Trump to run for president - The Superficial »

- Ryan-Roschke

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Nicolas Cage Talks Sex Scandals and Politics at ‘The Runner’ Screening

6 August 2015 1:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The conversation was heavily political at a special screening of Alchemy’s “The Runner” at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday night. The political drama arrived in a timely fashion – what with the first Gop presidential debate coming less than 24 hours after its special L.A. screening.

“It has never been a better time for ‘The Runner,’” Austin Stark said about his directorial and writing debut.

The feature follows the life of an ambitious and popular Louisiana politician, played by Nicolas Cage, following the 2010 Bp oil spill. His career comes to a halt when the congressman is attached to a sensationalized story – an extramarital affair.

Stark admitted to being inspired by sex scandals attached to former president Bill Clinton and former U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner when penning the story. At the screening Cage expressed the opinion that the country’s scandal-plagued political history has always distracted voters »

- Mannie Holmes

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How Jon Stewart Changed the Way We Talk About Politics on TV

6 August 2015 6:18 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's safe to say that, 17 years ago, The Daily Show was a fledgling show. "Daily satiric news anchor" was not a job. And Jon Stewart was just a stand-up comic and occasional actor, not yet the comedy nerd/political junkie's lord and savior.

Which isn't to say that Stewart and the team behind Comedy Central's late-night staple invented their own genre of topical tomfoolery. Shows like That Was the Week That Was experimented with the satirical news format as early as the Sixties. Everything from Bob & Ray to HBO's »

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Jon Stewart Joins Roster of Most Influential Late-Night Hosts

5 August 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Jon Stewart exits “The Daily Show,” he will join a small group of elite hosts who changed the tone and importance of talkshows. Here are a dozen others (in chronological order) whose influence was long-lasting.

Steve Allen

He created the template for late-night talk with “Tonight Starring Steve Allen,” which ran from 1954-57 on NBC. There was a desk, chatter with multiple guests, comedy, and music guests, including Elvis Presley — even though Allen hated rock ‘n’ roll. Allen did man-on-the-street interviews and had a gallery of comic players, including Tom Poston and Don Knotts.

Jack Paar

As more TV sets were sold in the 1950s, more people tuned in for late-night TV. Jack Paar put late-night on the map when he took over “Tonight,” partly because he generated more publicity than anyone else at the time. He wept on the show, he broadcast from the new Berlin Wall, and »

- Tim Gray

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Watch: First Teaser For Martin Scorsese's '70s Set HBO Rock 'N Roll Drama 'Vinyl'

4 August 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It's been a busy week for Martin ScorseseMick Jagger, and Terence Winter's HBO production. For a while it didn't have a name, but now we know it's titled "Vinyl" and the first brief teaser is here. The premise alone has us hooked. Read More: Martin Scorsese's Bill Clinton Documentary Stalled, 'Silence' Pushed To 2016 Release Set in the swirling world of the '70s music scene, the show will revolve around fictional label American Century Records, and the bustling punk and disco scenes of the era. The label will be headed by Bobby Cannavale, with Ray Romano as his best bud, Olivia Wilde as his wife, with James Jagger as punk rocker Kip Stevens. P.J. Byrne, Joe Caniano, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Max Casella, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, and Paul Ben-Victor round out the cast. Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire") wrote the pilot which Scorsese directed. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Teaser For Martin Scorsese's '70s Set HBO Rock 'N Roll Drama 'Vinyl'

4 August 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's been a busy week for Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's HBO production. For a while it didn't have a name, but now we know it's titled "Vinyl" and the first brief teaser is here. The premise alone has us hooked. Read More: Martin Scorsese's Bill Clinton Documentary Stalled, 'Silence' Pushed To 2016 Release Set in the swirling world of the '70s music scene, the show will revolve around fictional label American Century Records, and the bustling punk and disco scenes of the era. The label will be headed by Bobby Cannavale, with Ray Romano as his best bud, Olivia Wilde as his wife, with James Jagger as punk rocker Kip Stevens. P.J. Byrne, Joe Caniano, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Max Casella, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, and Paul Ben-Victor round out the cast. Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire") wrote the pilot which Scorsese directed. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bill Clinton to Guest on Season 2 of National Geographic Channel’s ‘StarTalk’

29 July 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

National Geographic Channel’s “StarTalk Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson” will return in October, the network announced Wednesday at TCA, with former president Bill Clinton tapped as the opening-night guest.

Susan Sarandon, Larry Wilmore and magicians Penn and Teller also will appear during season two of the science-themed latenight talkshow, which is Emmy-nominated in the informational series category.

StarTalk” premieres at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25.

 

 

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- Rick Kissell

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Bill Clinton to Guest on Season Premiere of ‘StarTalk Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson’ (Exclusive)

29 July 2015 1:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Former President Bill Clinton will be the first guest on the second season premiere of National Geographic Channel’s “StarTalk Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson,” which will return in October, the network announced Wednesday. “I couldn’t think of a more appropriate guest to kick off our second season,” Tyson said in a statment. “President Bill Clinton is a public figure whose impact and influence spans politics, pop culture and science — with an occasional dose of humor. That’s exactly the mission statement of ‘StarTalk,’ and I look forward to sharing our conversation with viewers.” Susan Sarandon, David Byrne, Larry Wilmore, »

- Linda Ge

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See Hunter S. Thompson Talk Hell's Angels in Newly Animated Interview

28 July 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In the mid-Sixties, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson spent about a year with the world's most notorious biker gang to write the book Hell's Angels, which came out in 1967. He spoke with radio broadcaster Studs Terkel that year for an interview that PBS has now animated whimsically for its Blank on Blank series.

"The Angels claim that they don't look for trouble," Thompson said in the interview. "They just try to live peaceful lives and be left alone, but on the other hand they go out and put themselves into »

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Billy Bob Thornton: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

24 July 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting: his first solo music album, "Private Radio," as well as the films "Monster's Ball," "Bandits," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." My strongest memory is of Thornton's quiet intensity and an undercurrent of Southern affability, which came out once he decided you were okay. He seemed to feel that way about me after I shared with him my idolatry of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann, something we shared. I also remember his unusual diet, when our lunch was served. Thornton got the biggest plate of sliced papaya I've seen to date, artfully presented. I got a seafood salad. He looked at my plate, smiled, and told me about the horrible shellfish allergy he'd been saddled with all his life, and how »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Bill Clinton Reveals He Proposed to Hillary Clinton 3 Times, Recalls She Never Planned to Run for Political Office

23 July 2015 4:07 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

In a recent interview with Time magazine, former President Bill Clinton recalls a time when current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thought she'd never be a politician. While the future secretary of state didn't believe she was fit for the political world, Bill did. In fact, he felt Hillary was so fit for politics that she should move to a big city rather than marrying him. The former president told Time that he proposed to his future wife three times before she accepted. "[A]nd the first time I said, 'I want you to marry me but you shouldn't do it,'" he revealed to the mag, explaining that he felt she had so much potential that she should pursue a political career in a city like »

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'Kids': The Oral History of the Most Controversial Film of the Nineties

16 July 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It was the summer of 1995. Bill Clinton was president, Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York, and Oj Simpson was on trial. That summer’s youth-oriented movies included Pixar's first movie Toy Story, the Disney musical Pocahontas — and Kids, in which wayward, stoned teens fuck each other senseless and head-stomp random strangers.

It might be hard to remember just how notorious Larry Clark's indie-skater odysey was. The movie grossed a modest $7 million at the box office that summer — a wild success when you account for the fact that it »

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