10 items from 2015
The third time will not be the charm for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee (who also sought the nomination in 2008) is telling supporters on a conference call Friday morning that it's time to give other Gop leaders a turn, according to a text of Romney's prepared statement posted by radio host Hugh Hewitt. "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney says in the statement. Referring to his wife, Romney adds: "You can't imagine »
- Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
On Friday Mitt Romney announced he's not running for president of the United States again in 2016, and people expressed their various emotions about the news on Twitter. "Mitt Romney," "Mitt Romney Not" and "President in 2016" trended on Twitter as users reacted. Some people were sad, others happy and a few people were asking why the news someone is not running is news at all. Here's a look at what people had to say: At a dive bar, Mitt Romney watches a newscast about him not running. Bartender: "the usual, Mitt?" Romney, gravely: "milk, straight up." —
- Lorena O'Neil
Fear not: Gene Hackman is just fine. The legendary actor was prematurely mourned by a number of Twitter users following a confusing Grantland headline that read: "The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Gone But Still in Charge." Read More Mitt Romney Endorses Gene Hackman to Play Him On Screen One tribute message came from actor Dylan McDermott, who tweeted, "Rest in Peace." The Stalker star later deleted the tweet and wrote about what he perceived to be a "hoax": "People have too much damn time on their hands." Hackman's rep confirmed to ABC News
- Ryan Gajewski
‘This film depicts with subtlety and compassion those brave few who serve our nation in uniform,’ senator says
Arizona Sen. John McCain is rushing to the defense of “American Sniper” and its director Clint Eastwood, suggesting critics of the film have a political agenda and accusing those critics of “pettiness.”
In a news release on Monday, the Republican highly praised the film and Eastwood, who was a speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention that nominated Mitt Romney.
- Ira Teinowitz
While it seems like everyone from Hollywood to the White House has voiced their opinion on the controversial, North Korea-infuriating comedy The Interview, the film's star James Franco has stayed mostly mum on the whole situation; the actor even showed up extremely late for Seth Rogen's scheduled live-tweet of the film after it hit video-on-demand. However, the Daily Beast caught up with Franco at Sundance, where the actor finally opened up about the Sony cyber-attack and the rallying cry The Interview created.
Because of the uproar around the film, »
The roving news correspondent worked his sources in Paris for days, with nary a chance to eat. His efforts paid off, with a couple of exclusive interviews with interesting people affected by the tragic Charlie Hebdo murders. Next he had to prepare to meet with whistleblowers in the United States who were ready to slip him damning details about the way the nation’s government treats its veterans.
If that name is surprising, well, MSNBC hopes it won’t be going forward. Farrrow’s MSNBC program, “Ronan Farrow Daily,” has been dogged by cancellation rumors for months (though none of them have proven out) and that speculation that has been bolstered by the program’s decidedly lackluster ratings. But MSNBC has plans for the Rhodes Scholar and former Obama foreign policy official »
- Brian Steinberg
Have you heard Star Trek Continues? I happened to discover it just today, as I was surfing the web this morning. It is an award-winning …well, let me quote from the site itself:
“Star Trek Continues is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning, fan-produced webseries… the brainchild of long-time Star Trek: The Original Series fan – and producer, director, actor, voice-actor, musician – Vic Mignogna.
“Star Trek Continues is proud to be part of Trek history, aimed at completing
the final two years of the original five-year mission. After mounting a successful Kickstarter campaign, the show is already making waves and attracting guest stars such as Michael Forest, Jamie Bamber, Lou Ferrigno, and Erin Gray – as well as cameos by Star Trek alums like Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn.”
It really is absolutely captivating. Mr. Mignogna is perfect – and I mean perfect! – William Shatner as Captain James Tiberius Kirk, down to body movements and personal tics. »
- Mindy Newell
Aired January 17, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
Welcome back to the second half of SNL’s 40th season. Last year saw the cast and crew bring out a new title sequence, a few alumni hosts, and build up a pretty good reserve of goodwill. Now let’s watch as we see the show take the majority of that goodwill and burn it right off.
The Host: Kevin Hart has been a box office monster for at least a year now, with every project he stars in reaping ridiculous profits. And while none of those movies have been as critically successful as they have been financially, this level of success for Hart is long overdue, as he is one of the funniest stand-up comedians year after year. Hart brings that stand-up mindset and his motormouth delivery »
- Jj Perkins
Donald Trump is again flirting with a presidential run, and says the timing of “The Celebrity Apprentice” – which will end in February – will afford him plenty of time to decide whether he wants to get into the 2016 race.
Trump answered the question about his presidential aspirations, which clouded the NBC program’s future in 2012, following a panel for “Celebrity Apprentice” at NBC’s portion of the TV Critics Assn. tour on Friday.
During the Q&A session, Trump said NBC had been very supportive in regard to allowing him to speak out politically – which has included questioning whether President Obama was born in the United States – while hosting the show. In terms of whether that alienates part of the audience, »
- Brian Lowry
Rupert Murdoch gave his thoughts on the potential Republican field of presidential candidates for 2016 on Wednesday night, and pulled no punches regarding who should stay out of the race.
“I rather agree with the [Wall Street] Journal this morning, which sort of lacerated [Mitt] Romney,” Murdoch said in an interview with Fox News contributor Judith Miller regarding a Wall Street Journal story on Romney potentially running for president for a third time. “He had his chance, he mishandled it, you know? I thought Romney was a terrible candidate.”
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Murdoch went »
- Jordan Chariton
10 items from 2015
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