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Brevity, so it has been said, is the soul of wit. John Oliver seems to believe the opposite is equally true.
The comedian has been letting loose on his new HBO program “Last Week Tonight,” unveiling segments that can last anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes and often pack as much research as a front-page story you might see from a traditional outlet like a newspaper (when front-page stories carried more weight in the modern news cycle). Last Sunday, Oliver presented a nearly 20-minute treatise on the plight of gay, lesbian and transgender citizens of Uganda, raising the notion that evangelicals from America may have played an instrumental role in harsh new treatment being doled out by that nation’s government.
The segment included nods to information from Al Jazeera, NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, CNN, MSNBC, Christian evangelical news organization World, and advocacy group Political Research Associates, not to mention an »
- Brian Steinberg
Bill Maher thinks he knows the secret to Hillary Clinton's pathway to the White House in 2016. Disappearing. “My advice to Hillary, just go away. Go away for a while. We're going to see each other in a couple of years — a lot,” Maher said (above) during his HBO show on Friday. ”Just go away, because otherwise you're going to blow this.” See video: Hillary Clinton Ambushed by Conservative Pundit Who Asks Her to Sign Book for Christopher Stevens (Video) The host of “Real Time” gave the advice while discussing the flood of publicity that has come her way since gearing up to release. »
- Greg Gilman
Last night's Real Time with Bill Maher featured a brief commercial break so that the host could pitch a brand new product aimed directly at the tea party set, few of whom were likely watching the HBO show on a Friday night. Bill Maher became a voiceover pitchman in order to sell "Defends," an adult diaper that aims to help the most conservative Americans avoid the bathroom during times of need. »
- Matt Wilstein
Gary Oldman's apology tour continued Wednesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where the actor called himself "an a-hole" for a slew of insensitive comments he made during an outlandish interview with Playboy.
"Once I saw it in print, I saw that it was insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed," Oldman said in the interview, below. "I am a public figure, I should be an example and inspiration, and I am an a-hole. I am 56. I should know better. I »
Update: Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (Adl), has declared Gary Oldman's "apology" insufficient saying, "We have just begun a conversation with his managing producer. At this point, we are not satisfied with what we have received. His apology is insufficient and not satisfactory." Original post follows... Gary Oldman has issued an apology for his comments in a recent "Playboy" interview he gave while on his Dawn of the Planet of the Apes PR tour. Comments, of which, made waves all over the Internet yesterday. The apology is aimed directly at the Anti-Defamation League (Adl) who came out yesterday afternoon saying Oldman "should know better than to repeat tired anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish control of Hollywood." The chief comment, I assume, that got him into the most trouble in this instance was in his defense of Mel Gibson when he said, "Mel Gibson is »
- Brad Brevet
Update: The Hollywood Reporter obtained a statement from Adl national director Abraham Foxman, who said, "We have just began a conversation with his managing producer. At this point, we are not satisfied with what we received. His apology is insufficient and not satisfactory."
Gary Oldman has issued his inevitable apology for (some of) the controversial statements he made in a candid Playboy interview posted on Tuesday. In a statement obtained by Deadline, the actor reaches out to the Anti-Defamation League, expressing remorse for perpetuating stereotypes about Jews in Hollywood. »
Gary Oldman has apologized for his controversial Playboy remarks. “I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy interview were offensive to many Jewish people,” the actor said Tuesday in a statement given to the Anti-Defamation League. “Upon reading my comments in print — I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter.” Also read: Gary Oldman Is Mad He Can't Call Nancy Pelosi a ‘C-nt’ but Bill Maher Can – 9 Outrageous Quotes. »
- Travis Reilly
Gary Oldman held nothing back in a wild interview with Playboy, where he expounded on everything from reality TV to political correctness to his defense of controversy-prone actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin. It's enough to put John Mayer's 2010 fiasco to shame, and coincidentally — or maybe not — both interviews included liberal uses of the n-word.
After Oldman admitted that, early in his career, he "made the mistake of being overly forthcoming in interviews," he went on to »
As part of his press tour for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Gary Oldman stopped by Playboy for an interview and it won't be the movie people are talking about after they read this one, but hey, controversy is just as good of press as anything else, just as Dimension Films. I'll offer a few snippets here and there, but over the course of a five-page interview piece Oldman defends Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin for their use of what he determines to be simply politically incorrect language, he makes a bit of a strange comparison using Bill Maher and Jon Stewart that doesn't quite wash and he isn't exactly kind when it comes to the awards race, the Golden Globes specifically. Let's begin... Playboy: What do you think about what Mel Gibson has gone through these past few yearsc Oldman: Fidgets in his seat I just think political correctness is crap. »
- Brad Brevet
Gary Oldman has had a long illustrious career. He's played everything from slimy bad guy with questionable taste in head gear (The Fifth Element) to espionage veteran (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) to Harry Potter's godfather. But behind that veneer of austerity apparently lurks a PR nightmare. Oldman recently sat down with Playboy for an interview — you can read the whole thing here — and around page four everything starts to unravel. The spiral of terrible soundbites accelerates until I can only imagine Oldman's people were practically vibrating with the suppressed urge to body slam him to the ground with soothing whispers of "Shhhhhhh, just stop talking." "How bad could it be?" I hear you ask. Judge for yourself. Presented virtually without comment, here are the choicest bits in their full, unedited glory. "I just think political correctness is crap. That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, »
- Donna Dickens
According to GQ, model-turned-actress Emily Ratajkowski — the 23-year-old who became famous for dancing topless in the “Blurred Lines” music video — “is fast proving that she's more than just a sexy distraction.” For starters, she posed topless on the magazine's latest cover. Also read: Gary Oldman Is Mad He Can't Call Nancy Pelosi a ‘C-nt’ but Bill Maher Can – 9 Outrageous Quotes From Playboy Wait, what? Well, she's theoretically going to be known for her acting once David Fincher's next thriller, “Gone Girl,” hits theaters on Oct. 3, so maybe that's what they're talking about. See video: #Icymi in Pop Culture: Jennifer Lawrence Gets Wasted, »
- Greg Gilman
Well, on the positive side, Gary Oldman seems to have known articles like this one were coming.
In promotion for Dawn of the Planet for the Apes, Oldman gave a long interview to Playboy, where he discussed past film roles (most of them he thought he could do better—yes, even Dracula), the ways in which Hollywood has changed, his marriages, and the many directors he’s worked with.
The interview is a fascinating read. Unfortunately, though, many of his thoughtful responses will be overshadowed by his comments toward the end of the extensive Q&A, in which he defended »
- Erin Strecker
Magazine profiles of Hollywood superstars are usually fairly safe, guarded affairs designed to promote an actor's latest screen role - not so Gary Oldman's sitdown with Playboy to promote Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The British acting icon didn't hold back, discussing everything from Mel Gibson to Alec Baldwin's recent meltdowns to questioning Academy members' voting habits.
"I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn't share," he observed. Here are 8 of the most explosive comments from Oldman's Playboy interview.
1. On why the world "has gone to hell"...
"I listen to the radio and hear about these lawsuits and about people like this high school volleyball coach who took it upon herself to get two students to go undercover to do a marijuana bust. You're a f**king volleyball coach! This is not 21 Jump Street."
"Or these helicopter parents who overschedule their children. »
Gary Oldman has blasted Hollywood for what he perceives as a double standard — asserting that Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can get away with politically incorrect humor while others like Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin cannot.
The profanity-laced statements are included in an interview with the July-August issue of Playboy. The most explosive part of the interview includes attacks on Maher, Stewart and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, following his declaration that political correctness is “crap.”
“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c*** — and I’ll go one better, a f****** useless c*** — I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it. Bill Maher could call someone a fag and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, ‘I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian. »
- Dave McNary
Bill Maher isn't always known for tact, but even he may have gone too far on Monday's episode of “The View.” Maher made an off-color joke at the expense of Gop strategist Karl Rove during the show that left audience members speechless. Co-host Sherri Shepherd asked the “Real Time” host for his take on the criticism about Hillary Clinton's current book tour, which prompted Maher to bring up Karl Rove's controversial comments about her alleged mental health. “This is what they do. She's used to it, I mean look what Karl Rove did to her a couple weeks ago, »
- James Crugnale
Gary Oldman's explosive new interview with Playboy is sure to get people talking.
British actor Gary Oldman is bound to get people talking with his controversial new interview with Playboy magazine for their July/August double issue, in which he defends Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin for their much-publicized racist and homophobic rants.
"I think political correctness is crap," Oldman, 56, tells the magazine (via the Daily Mail) bluntly. "I think it's like, take a f*cking joke. Get over it."
Talking specifically about Gibson, who made anti-Jewish slurs when he was arrested in Malibu in 2006, Oldman says that, "we've all said those things."
"I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things. We're all f*cking hypocrites. That's what I think about it," he says. "The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n »
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Babel: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s masterpiece of interlocking stories of violence and human disconnection [at Netflix] Teenage: snappy documentary assembles a slew of retro footage to tell the history of the concept of the “teenager” [at Netflix]
docs you missed
Ghosts of the Abyss: James Cameron returns to his obsession with the Titanic with state-of-the-art (2003) tech to explore the wreck; heart-stopping and chills-inducing [my review] [at Netflix] Religulous: Bill Maher and director Larry Charles look at the state of religion in the modern world, and while Maher might be kind of an asshole, his conclusion is solid: religion is poison [at Netflix] Trekkies: amusingly but compassionately dissects the phenomenon of Star Trek fandom and the beneficial impact it has on everyone it touches [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
Leave to Remain: compassionate, humane, and »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Bill Maher ended his show Friday night by getting to the real heart of America's issues with the Middle East: the U.S. is the naïve woman in a rom-com who believes that with just the right amount of tender loving she can win over all the bad boys and they won't drink or smoke or fall to dangerous militant groups ever again. »
- Josh Feldman
Chelsea Handler is a true pioneer of latenight, one of the few women to make a stand in a programming format dominated by guys. Now she will have to conquer a new frontier.
Handler will have to do more than make people laugh when she takes the reins of a new “talk show” that Netflix will launch in 2016. She will have to make them seek out her efforts in a way that Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and soon-to-be CBS face Stephen Colbert do not. Yes, one can argue that talk-show hosts from Ellen DeGeneres to Seth Meyers regularly battle for viewer attention, but Handler will be behind a wall of sorts: the Netflix home page.
With its dozens of clickable choices, the Netflix screen will render her new program — in whatever format it arrives — into just one more selection alongside the latest season of “Orange Is The New Black,” a »
- Brian Steinberg
What a nutty year it’s been in the world of TV talkers. Hosts bit the dust — some were expected; some out of the blue; one for the second time — as other hosts got promoted and handed the torch to a host of new hosts. Has the comedy-music-talk species ever occupied so many column inches over a single 12-month period?
Latenight may be, as Emily Nussbaum has charged in the New Yorker, “the most static genre on TV,” but its tectonic plates are shifting. And if a selection of media critics and Emmy watchers are right, the first consequence will be a shakeup in the nominations for variety series, virtually copied over the past decade.
Talk about static: 2012 and 2013’s slates were identical, with the TV Academy tapping “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” Bill Maher, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon’s showcases and “Saturday Night Live.” The only difference »
- Bob Verini
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