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Sundance Channel Working on an NRA Drama

18 December 2013 12:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Sundance Channel is developing a drama about the National Rifle Association called Cold Dead Hands, Deadline reports. Man, that is a really good title for a show about the NRA. The series will center on a fictional head of the NRA, Trip Thibodeaux (real head of the NRA: Wayne Lapierre), a "charismatic and polarizing figure," and a father and husband who finds himself in the throes of a crisis of faith. Well, you know what they say: The only thing that stops a bad guy in a crisis of faith is a good guy in a crisis of faith. »

- Margaret Lyons

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Newtown Anniversary: Why Nothing Changed in Response (Again)

12 December 2013 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Looking back on the column I wrote in the immediate aftermath of the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012, it appears my analysis was about half-right. But it was correct in the way that most mattered — that inertia would win out, and ultimately nothing would be done.

See Also: A Year After Newtown, Entertainment Biz Resists Scrutiny

Responding to columnist George Will’s statement on ABC’s “This Week” that the challenges associated with curbing such events were politically and practically insurmountable, I suggested another hurdle involved media: “Because after a few days, those anchors will pack up and return to New York and D.C. And Newtown will join Aurora and too many others on the tragic roster of names in our fast-fading memories.”

To its credit, the media’s sustained interest in the story surpassed expectations. Despite a famously short attention span made shorter by the current digital environment, »

- Brian Lowry

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CNN’s Carol Costello: ‘We’ve Seen This Sad Movie Before With Mr. Lapierre’

23 September 2013 10:19 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Over the weekend, NRA executive vice president Wayne Lapierre and United States President Barack Obama each delivered remarks on the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and on gun violence. This morning, CNN anchor Carol Costello injected a bit of much-needed clarity into the "both sides" narrative that the network has been using to frame these remarks, in what passes for "objectivity" on cable news these days. »

- Tommy Christopher

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‘Our Tears Are Not Enough’: President Obama Calls for Change at Memorial For Navy Yard Victims

23 September 2013 8:16 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Hours after National Rifle Association figurehead Wayne Lapierre gave his assessment of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, President Obama delivered remarks at a memorial for the slain, calling on Americans to "care enough" to change. The bulk of the President's 20 minute speech at The Marine Barracks in Washington, DC was devoted to an impassioned plea for action on preventing gun violence. »

- Tommy Christopher

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Jim Carrey has just provided even more ammunition for the pro-gun lobby | Heather Long

25 June 2013 7:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor's tweets that his latest film, Kick-Ass 2, is too violent are oddly timed. There are better ways to support Newtown

I'd really like to take actor Jim Carrey's sudden change of heart seriously. He tweeted Sunday that he despite staring in the film Kick-Ass 2 (set to open in August), he can't promote it anymore because it's too violent.

I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e

Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013

He wants to (sort of) distance himself from the entire production:

I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.

Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013

Carrey does have some credibility on gun control. He's taken actively to Twitter this year to »

- Heather Long

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Conan O’Brien Blasts Drudge, Bush, Romney, CNN, The NRA And Chris Matthews At Correspondents Dinner

27 April 2013 8:30 PM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Late night show host Conan O’Brien delivered his White House Correspondents Dinner speech on Saturday night in which he roasted a number of prominent members of the media, journalistic institutions, and politicians past and present. In the speech, O’Brien tore into CNN and MSNBC. He also mocked former President George W. Bush and National Rifle Association CEO Wayne Lapierre. »

- Noah Rothman

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Watch: Anderson Cooper Exposes Gop Senator’s Ridiculous Argument Against Background Checks

10 April 2013 7:24 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

There have been several iconic moments in the post-Newtown fight over gun violence, like Wayne Lapierre's ill-advised press conference shortly after the shootings, Gabby Giffords' heroic testimony before Congress, the Sandy Hook families' promise, and the President's powerful "They deserve a vote" State of the Union speech, among others. CNN's Anderson Cooper conducted an interview Tuesday night that should be included among those, as he exposed the comically nonsensical logic behind Sen. James Risch's (R-id) opposition to universal background checks, using nothing but journalism. »

- Tommy Christopher

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Brad Pitt's Wife to be Angelina Jolie Gets Charitable (And Exposed)

7 April 2013 10:52 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Brad Pitt's wife to be Angelina Jolie attended the '2013 Women in The World Summit' at The David Koch Theatre in New York city looking effortlessly stunning in a green drape dress and a black cape this week and the beautiful Us actress gave a substantial amount of money to charity. Jolie donated $200,000 to the Malala Fund. Jolie's finances were on display recently, but not because of her charity - in fact, her accounts were hacked and exposed. Angelina's financial and personal information was breached and placed online by hackers, a TMZ report revealed this week. TMZ reported that Jolie and Lady Gaga were the two newest victims of the celebrity hackers who had already exposed the financial secrets of Michelle Obama and Beyonce Knowles. The report revealed: "The hackers returned to the Internet after a brief hiatus ... and immediately hit six more A-list victims, including Angelina, Gaga, NRA advocate Wayne Lapierre, »

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Kirsten Powers Backs Megyn Kelly’s Tough Treatment Of NRA’s Lapierre On Fox: ‘Not An Honest Broker’

6 April 2013 12:33 PM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

The top story on Saturday's edition of Fox News Watch concerned the media's treatment of the gun control debate, and in particular Megyn Kelly's interview with NRA executive Wayne Lapierre Thursday. Contributor Kirsten Powers commended the Fox host for grilling Lapierre on his organization's opposition to policies like expanded background checks and magazine limits that gun control advocate believe could save lives. »

- Matt Wilstein

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Maddow Blasts NRA: You Can’t Oppose Gun Laws Just Because ‘Criminals Don’t Follow Laws’

5 April 2013 8:04 PM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Rachel Maddow tonight took on the shifting arguments the National Rifle Association and pro-gun politicians are using in order to continue pushing back against any laws, including laws that would limit magazine sizes. Wayne Lapierre argued this week that people could quickly change magazine clips, but Maddow rebutted this by pointing out only very skilled gun owners can do this (it's even its own sport), and argued that no law should ever be rejected just because of special skills of a few people. »

- Josh Feldman

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Fox’s Megyn Kelly Grills Wayne Lapierre On The NRA’s Opposition To Ct’s New Gun Magazine Limits

4 April 2013 11:33 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Megyn Kelly welcomed NRA executive Wayne Lapierre on her Fox News show Thursday to get his reaction to the passage of a new comprehensive gun control bill in Connecticut that would ban the sale of magazines carrying more than 10 bullets and require background checks for all firearms. Kelly pressed Lapierre to explain why the NRA opposes these provisions despite the support they receive from many of the Newtown, Connecticut parents »

- Matt Wilstein

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Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga's financial info leaked through 'doxxing'

4 April 2013 12:14 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, Apr 4: Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga have reportedly become the two latest victims of the celebrity hackers, who have already exposed the financial information of Michelle Obama and Beyonce.

The other victims of the hackers were NRA advocate Wayne Lapierre, Dennis Rodman, Michael Vick, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson and Robert De Niro, TMZ.com reported.

The hackers have posted what they have claimed to be the social security numbers, mortgage amounts, credit card information, car loans, banking and other information of the celebrities listed on their site.

According to the Huffington Post, in a process. »

- Amith Ostwal

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Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga Join the Growing List of Celebrity Hacking Victims

3 April 2013 2:38 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Angelina Jolie once starred in a film called Hackers, and now she appears to have become the victim of one. It appears some enterprising cybercriminals hacked her personal data—along with that of Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, Dennis Rodman and NRA advocate Wayne Lapierre among others—and posted those details on the web for the entire world to see. Per TMZ, which first reported the story, social security numbers, credit scores, phone numbers, mortgage payments, addresses and other private information stolen by the thieves appeared this week on a website which the FBI is now investigating. Hacked?! Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton & More Celebs' Personal Info Allegedly Posted »

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Angelina Jolie & Lady Gaga -- Finances Exposed By Celebrity Hackers

2 April 2013 6:15 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga are the two newest victims of the celebrity hackers who had already exposed the financial secrets of Michelle Obama and Beyonce ... TMZ has learned.The hackers returned to the Internet after a brief hiatus ... and immediately hit six more A-list victims, including Angelina, Gaga, NRA advocate Wayne Lapierre, Dennis Rodman, Michael Vick, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson and Robert De Niro.The hackers have posted what they claim to be the social security numbers, »

- TMZ Staff

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Gets NRA Official To Admit: ‘Yes, Absolutely, I’m Open To Expanding Background Checks’

2 April 2013 4:36 PM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Former Gop congressman and current the Director of the NRA's National School Shield Task Force Asa Hutchison told Wolf Blitzer Tuesday afternoon on CNN that he is "open to expanding background checks" for gun purchases. Hutchison's comments appeared to contradict the positions that NRA executive Wayne Lapierre put forward as recently as Sunday, March 24th and NBC's Meet The Press. »

- Matt Wilstein

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Politico Reporter: On Guns, Wayne Lapierre Looks Like ‘Tired,’ ‘Old, White Guy’ ‘Clinging’ To The Past

25 March 2013 11:58 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

On Monday, Politico reporter Lois Romano was asked for her opinion on National Rifle Association CEO Wayne Lapierre’s ongoing public feud with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Romano told MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall that Lapierre is at a disadvantage in his fight with Bloomberg over new gun laws, saying that the gun rights advocate looks like a “tired” and “old white guy” who is “clinging” to the past. »

- Noah Rothman

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NRA CEO Lapierre: ‘Liberal Media Can Keep Hating On Me’ And Calling Me ‘Crazy,’ ‘But I’m Still Standing’

15 March 2013 8:27 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

The CEO of the National Rifle Association, Wayne Lapierre, took to the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday where he tore into Democrats who have made an issue of his organization’s opposition to new gun laws in the wake of the Newtown massacre. He slammed the “liberal media” for calling him and those who believe in the Second Amendment “crazy,” and insisted that neither he nor the NRA would back down from their opposition to new gun laws. »

- Noah Rothman

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We are the Walking Dead: Media and Violence

4 March 2013 11:58 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Early last month, in one of the more economically-depressed cities in my home state, a 19-year-old man confronted a teenager about a $20 debt supposedly owed by the younger teen’s father. The 19-year-old forced the teen to strip naked and then whipped him with a belt. We know this because one of the 19-year-old’s accomplices recorded the assault on a two-and-a-half minute video which ultimately wound up on YouTube where it garnered over 40,000 views.

How the video wound up on YouTube, no one knows, but according to The Star-Ledger, “dozens of Twitter users placed the blame on a young Newark hip-hop artist who posted the video on his personal page…”

According to the artist, who would only identify himself in the story by his stage name of Riq Bubz, “We had nothing to do with the video, had no intentions of making it say like we were promoting bullying. »

- Bill Mesce

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Violent games and movies: can we talk about parents?

4 March 2013 1:39 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Simon Brew 5 Mar 2013 - 06:44

Movie and videogame violence is a common scapegoat for real-world crime. But what about the role parents play in all this, Simon wonders...

Just before we get going, it's worth making something straight from the start. This is a piece that deliberately isn't being written or timed in response to some of the horrendous tragedies that have taken place over the past year or two, for which games and movies have got the blame. This isn't a knee-jerk reactive article. It's deliberately running in slightly calmer times, as that seems to be the right point to have some kind of rounded debate about the issues I want to talk about.

Basically, I want to chat about the proverbial elephant in the room.

I've just finished reading David Kushner's book Jacked, about the life and times of the Grand Theft Auto series, and the controversies that have surrounded the games. »

- ryanlambie

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Touré: If Adam Lanza Shot Up A Black School, There Would Be No ‘National Conversation About Guns’

15 February 2013 2:54 PM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

On Friday, MSNBC host Touré took on what he said was a distinctly racial opinion piece in The Daily Caller by National Rifle Association CEO Wayne Lapierre. In that post, the gun rights advocate defended gun ownership by saying that guns are American’s only defense in a lawless, post-disaster environment. Touré said that, had Newtown shooter Adam Lanza committed his atrocity in a predominately black school, there would be no “national conversation” about gun violence. »

- Noah Rothman

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