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'The Contender' movie hero: Joan Allen as the virtuous Sen. Laine Hanson. 'The Contender' movie: Exceptional Joan Allen in intriguing but ultimately wimpy political drama "Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient," says Senator Laine Hanson, played by Joan Allen in Rod Lurie's The Contender. Senator Hanson should know. In Lurie's political drama, the poor Democratic senator is grilled by a Republican inquisitor with a bad hairdo (Gary Oldman) who wants to prevent at all costs her being confirmed as the next Vice President of the United States. Even if that means destroying Hanson's political career by making public the senator's alleged participation in an orgy during her college days.* Now, why such hatred? Well, the Republican watchdog is certain that the U.S. president (Jeff Bridges) has chosen Sen. Hanson because of her gender instead of her qualifications for the job. Adding insult to injury, »
- Andre Soares
We just love seeing these two together! Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton attended their first public event together yesterday since the 67-year-old presidential hopeful announced she's running for president last month. The longtime couple were all smiles while walking in the Chappaqua Memorial Day parade Monday not far from their home in New York. Hillary sported a patriotic red, white and blue scarf in addition to a dark, formal pantsuit. Bill coordinated in a dark suit with a blue shirt and printed tie. Hillary also tweeted a powerful photo of her and Bill standing with their hands over their hearts. "With respect and gratitude for fallen servicemembers and their families," she captioned the »
Chelsea Clinton is adding a new title to her ever-growing resume: author! The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will release her first book this coming fall. Penguin Young Readers announced that the mother of one is set to release It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! on Sept.15. The 35-year-old's book will aim to explain issues such as poverty, climate change, and more to children between the ages of 10 and 14. "That's the age when I started tuning in more to issues I cared about and trying to make a difference," she explained to People. "I loved the book 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do »
David Letterman must have been feeling red, white, and little blue during his star-studded final episode of the Late Show on Wednesday. David, who has hosted the show since 1993, got a not-so-patriotic surprise from a handful of Us presidents when they opened the show with a hilarious message. In the 42-second clip, Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama quote Gerald Ford's 1974 Inaugural speech, saying, "Our long national nightmare is over," referring to David's retirement. David then made his way to the stage where the audience greeted him with prolonged applause and cheering. David, who gave an expectedly lighthearted final monologue on May 20, has gotten heartwarming tributes from some of Hollywood's biggest stars leading up to his final show. Bill Murray, who was David's first-ever Late Show guest in 1982, returned this week and jumped out of a cake to bid David farewell. Jimmy Kimmel also »
The man who for years gave TV viewers Stupid Pet Tricks served them up a simple, human one instead: a definitive goodbye.
David Letterman brought 33 years of latenight antics to a close late Wednesday afternoon by taping his last broadcast of CBS’ “The Late Show.” In the final show, slated to be broadcast later this evening, the host acted as if he was emceeing just one more program, based on a screening of the first two segments made for reporters Wednesday night.
“His demeanor seemed to me as it always is. He did not seem emotional at all,” said David Oshinsky, a 45-year-old attorney who attended the taping of Letterman’s finale. “He was clearly cognizant it was the last show, but you would not have read that,” he added.
- Brian Steinberg
Just two old friends catching up over Twitter! President Barack Obama made headlines this week when he finally nabbed an official @Potus handle for Twitter, and got quite the warm welcome from former President Bill Clinton. The 42nd Potus, 68, tweeted at his fellow Oval Office dweller on Monday, May 18, writing, "Welcome to @Twitter, @Potus! One question: Does that username stay with the office? #askingforafriend." Clinton, who may soon return to the White House as the first First Husband in history, received a quick and quippy answer [...] »
How do you memorialize something that is essentially immortal? There will be a time, presumably, when humans no longer watch episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation or any of its three spinoffs (CSI: Miami; CSI: NY; and CSI: Cyber, which is still on the air) or read CSI-branded novels or comic books or play CSI board and video games or visit traveling museum exhibits like “CSI: The Experience” or suffer, while on jury duty, from the so-called CSI Effect. Just as there was a time, presumably, before any of those things existed — October 5, 2000, to be precise, one day before the CSI pilot premiered. Bill Clinton was still our president; Facebook and YouTube didn’t yet exist; and The West Wing and Will & Grace had just won the Emmys for Best Drama and Best Comedy, respectively. October 5, 2000, was also the last day before the world discovered »
- Adam Sternbergh
It's President Barack Obama's first day with his own Twitter account, @Potus, and he's already bringing the jokes. On Monday morning, in his first tweet, he wrote, "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years and they're finally giving me my own account." A few hours later, former President Bill Clinton welcomed him to Twitter and asked a very pointed question, giving a nod to his wife's presidential bid: "Does that username stay with the office? #askingforafriend." Obama's response? "Good question, @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @Flotus?" Check out the hilarious interaction below, then see more of Obama's funny side with his White House Correspondents' Dinner bit with Keegan-Michael Key. Good question, @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @Flotus? — President Obama (@Potus) May 18, 2015 »
Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “Mena,” starring Tom Cruise and directed by Doug Liman. In “Mena,” a pilot lands work for the CIA and also as a drug runner in the South during the 1980s. Three background roles being cast for this production—including a George Bush Sr. look-alike, and a young Bill Clinton look-alike—and submissions are being sought from Atlanta, Ga. and Ball Ground, Ga. This is a paid gig! For more details, check out the casting notice for “Mena” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Atlanta audition listings! »
The following post mortem contains spoilers for the Season 2 finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
O Captain, my captain… you got played.
Despite his best efforts to get the upper hand over rival Madeline Wuntch (Kyra Sedgwick) in Sunday’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine season finale, Captain Holt was forced to leave the precinct behind and take a desk job in the NYPD Public Relations Department.
Long story short: After Holt unearthed an incriminating letter that Wuntch once wrote, Wuntch fired back by threatening to make all the 99 cops miserable if Holt showed the letter to anyone— a risk the captain was not willing to take. »
It's been a heck of a season for Saturday Night Live, one marked by big changes (switcheroos on the Weekend Update desk, the unexpected addition of breakout talents like Pete Davidson and Leslie Jones), that humdinger of an anniversary celebration, and a punishing schedule that kind of made it seem like the whole thing would never end. Too bad then that it's finally over – at 21 regular episodes, this 40th season was actually a standard length, but SNL40 certainly made it seem literal hours longer – because the Louis C.K.-hosted season »
The curtain came down on the 2015 upfronts in the wee hours of Friday morning when the last hardy souls cleared out of CW’s thank-god-it’s-finally-over bash at Park Avenue Spring in Gramercy Park.
TV’s marathon week seems to grow longer every year, with more parties and related events added to the already grueling schedule of network programming presentations. As always, there were highlights, lowlights and head-scratching moments to remember. To use a metric that everyone in showbiz can understand — awards shows — here’s our rundown of the week that was.
Best dressed network ad sales chief: NBCUniversal’s Linda Yaccarino, who hit the stage three times in four days with presentations at NBC (Monday), NBCUniversal Hispanic Group (Tuesday) and NBCUniversal Cable (Thursday).
Best use of talent to sell a show: Mike Epps, »
- Cynthia Littleton and Elizabeth Wagmeister
Hours after news broke that Stephanopoulos, who spent four years in the Bill Clinton White House as a senior adviser, made a $50,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation over the course of the past two years, conservatives are already calling for him to be suspended — if not outright fired from his dual roles as host of Good Morning America and This Week. But how bad is Stephanopoulos' supposed offense really? »
- Matt Wilstein
The book “Clinton Cash,” which has been been subject to intense media scrutiny recently, got an update to its Kindle eBook version Thursday in which several factual corrections were made to author Peter Schweizer’s reporting. Amazon users got a blast email stating that “significant revisions have been made.” HarperCollins, Schweitzer’s publisher, specified that “seven or eight” corrections had been made. According to Politico, one section about Bill Clinton has been omitted from the most recent Kindle version completely. The passage reported that Td Bank, which is a principal shareholder in the Keystone Xl oil pipeline, paid the former president for speeches, »
- Jordan Chariton
The chief anchor of ABC News acknowledged Thursday that he did not disclose a substantial donation to Bill Clinton’s charitable organization even as he reported on both the former U.S. President and his wife, Hillary, now a leading candidate for the office in 2016.
George Stephanopoulos gave two gifts totaling $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, but did not tell ABC viewers of that fact when he interviewed people about the Clintons’ activities on air or covered topics pertinent to them in ABC News programming.
“I made charitable donations to the foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply. I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record,” Stephanopoulos said in a statement. However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the »
- Brian Steinberg
Update: Simpsons co-creator James L. Brooks tweeted his hopefulness that Harry Shearer may still be a part of the show. "Hey, we tried. We're still trying," Brooks wrote. "Harry, no kidding, let's talk."
Harry Shearer, the voice actor behind Ned Flanders, C. Montgomery Burns, Smithers, Otto and countless more beloved The Simpsons characters, announced on Twitter that he is leaving the show after a run dating back to the series' 1989 debut. Shearer's shocking admission comes just days after Fox revealed that the long-running animated show had been picked up for two more seasons. »
Fusion host Alicia Menendez, who interviewed Bill Clinton Tuesday afternoon, turned her attention toward CNN on her show at night. Addressing a recent CNN segment questioning whether the word “thug” was the new N-word during wall-to-wall Baltimore coverage , the Fusion host insinuated the network was exploiting the serious nature of Baltimore for profit. “It’s no surprise — everyone wants to maximize coverage of an event that’s grabbed the nation’s attention,” she said. Also read: Geraldo Rivera Clashes With Baltimore 'Anarchists' Again: 'You Ain't Nothing!' But she said CNN was “milking” the coverage, particularly as many of its »
- Jordan Chariton
Former President Bill Clinton sat down with David Letterman on Tuesday, opening up about everything from his wife's 2016 presidential bid to his adorable granddaughter. At one point, the late-night host asked, "What's the chance of you moving back to 1600 Pennsylvania?" Bill joked that he'd 100 percent move back if Hillary won the election and if he "was asked," but all kidding aside, he added, "It would be a good thing for America if she won. I hope she does." David also mentioned Chelsea Clinton's child, saying how incredible it will be for her to someday realize that her grandpa used to be the president. Bill said, "By the time she gets old enough to know when we go places and do things, I'll have a more important role. I'll just be her grandfather." Watch both clips of Bill's late-night appearance, then watch Tina Fey's surprise-filled goodbye to David Letterman. »
Monica Lewinsky may always be remembered for her affair with Bill Clinton, but now, she's using her fame to bring attention to charitable causes. The former White House intern was snapped on her way to the Spring Gala in Aid of the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in London on Tuesday night. Donning a long black dress with layered silver necklaces, the brunette beauty looked chic and sophisticated as she posed for pictures with Elizabeth Hurley inside the event. The 41-year-old recently opened up about the fallout from the Clinton scandal and re-emerging into public life after 16 years in hiding. Lewinsky revealed that she never considered changing her name. "No one else in the investigation had to change their name. Why should I? I use aliases at times to protect my privacy, but I’m not ashamed of who I am," she told Porter magazine (via New York Post »
- tooFab Staff
Bill Clinton could be moving back to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but not because he'll be running the show! While chatting with David Letterman on The Late Show Tuesday, the former president dished that he would be willing to move back into the White House, but there are three conditions that have to be met involving wife Hillary Clinton. "First of all, Hillary has to win the nomination," he explained. "If she wins the nomination, then she has to win the election. If she wins the election the chances are 100% I'll move back—if I'm asked." So there's a chance Bill won't be returning even if his wife does win the presidency Lol! But, he explained, if someone invites you »
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