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The Los Angeles Police Department’s famed motto, “to protect and to serve,” has rarely sounded as hollow as it does during Nick Broomfield’s “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” an eye-opening account of alleged serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr., accused of murdering 10 women (and possibly many more) in South Central L.A. between 1985 and his arrest in 2010. This is familiar turf for Broomfield, whose credits include two celebrated docus about Aileen Wuornos. But as its pluralistic title suggests, “Tales” is less a portrait of Franklin himself than a panoramic survey of the sociological forces that aided and abetted his killing spree. What emerges, finally, is . While the gruesome subject matter will make this tough going for some auds, the film should enjoy extensive fest and arthouse play following its Telluride and Toronto premieres.
Broomfield’s sharpest, most substantial work in at least a decade, following two little-seen dramatic features »
- Scott Foundas
This week, The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein published an interview with longtime Tonight Show producer Dave Berg, who has a new book out about his experience working with Jay Leno titled Behind the Curtain: An Insider's View of Jay Leno's Tonight Show. Included in the piece are some comments about Sarah Palin that the former Alaska governor is rushing to correct. »
- Matt Wilstein
Sabotaaage! It all kicked off on tonight's Great British Bake Off, when Iain Watters exited the show after having his final bake allegedly spoiled by fellow contestant Diana Beard.
When the ice-cream centre of his Baked Alaska failed to set in the allotted time, Watters threw the remains in the bin and stormed out of the tent in a full-blown rage.
The Great British Bake Off: Dessert Week's best bites
Twitter naturally got out its moral compass - here are the funniest responses:
I'm glad Mary's not on twitter this would upset her.. #enoughnow
— Paul Hollywood (@PaulHollywood) August 27, 2014
I Cant #Gbbo #DirtyDiana #justiceforiain #bringiainback pic.twitter.com/Qhh1DwSdsG
— ☯ (@YasminMCampbell) August 27, 2014
Diana's description on the #Gbbo Wikipedia page is Brilliant. »
The network will air 12 hours of the sketch show over the holiday weekend, featuring episodes hosted by favorites Justin Timberlake, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Aniston, Jerry Seinfeld and TV Land’s own Betty White.
Highlights include Justin Timberlake’s “The Barry Gibb Talk Show” with Fallon, Tina Fey’s famous Sarah Palin impersonation shilling “The Sarah Palin Network,” Alec Baldwin’s “Schweddy Balls,” Jennifer Aniston in the first appearance of Jimmy Fallon’s “Nick Burns: Your Company’s Computer Guy,” and more.
The marathon will begin at 11 a.m. Et/Pt on Saturday, Aug. 30.
- Shelli Weinstein
HBO's vampire drama “True Blood” ended with a ratings bang for its series finale Sunday night hitting a season high and performing on par with last season's finale. The “True Blood” finale at 9 p.m. sucked up 4 million total viewers, a season best and off marginally from last season's finale, which had 4.1 million total viewers. Also read: ‘True Blood's’ Kristin Bauer Slams Sarah Palin: It's Sweet That I Made Her Angry Factoring a second airing at 11:30, the “True Blood” finale amassed 4.5 million total viewers. HBO's freshman drama “The Leftovers” also hit a ratings milestone on Sunday, hitting a series. »
- Tim Kenneally
The fabulous "SNL" oral history "Live from New York," which was first published in 2002, is getting a 200-page update with plenty of inside scoops about Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, and the origins of Bill Hader's Eliot Spitzer impression. We can't wait for the new edition, and we hope we learn the answers to these 11 questions about the show's run from 2002 up until the present. 1. Did anyone else fear that Ashlee Simpson would flub on TV? How often do performers lip-sync? Lip-syncing on TV is no scandal, but it's rare that you see "SNL" artists attempt it. When Ashlee Simpson's "wrong tape" debacle foreshadowed by anyone in the studio? I remember watching her MTV docuseries where she seemed pretty sick before the performance. 2. How terrible was it dealing with Paris Hilton during her hosting stint? Tina Fey claimed on Howard Stern's show that Paris Hilton was a nightmare. »
- Louis Virtel
Make room, Rotten Tomatoes, because there's a new film critic in town — Sarah Palin. The former Republican vice presidential candidate did her best Manohla Dargis impression this week on her subscription-based Internet channel when she reviewed “The Giver,” Philip Noyce's adaptation of the popular Ya novel by Lois Lowry. Palin opens her review by quoting a legend of the silver screen — Ronald Reagan — before suggesting that “there is no such thing as a left or right, there's only an up or down,” though she isn't referring to thumbs. Instead, she rails against the dangers of a society that is willing. »
- Jeff Sneider
As far as the Emmy nominees for Variety Series are concerned, it’s the politics, stupid. A category once dominated by music and sketches now tilts decidedly toward contemporary commentary and lampoons.
Whether the hook is faux news reporting (Jon Stewart; Stephen Colbert; “Saturday Night Live”) or legit roundtable punditry (Bill Maher), latenight explorations of the political process regularly garner nods — 2014 marks the third consecutive annual roster boasting the same six contenders.
Emmy voters have responded in a landslide. Over the past decade the statuette has exclusively landed on the two best-known, and arguably most influential, satirical series: 10 consecutive wins for “The Daily Show,” plus last year’s honoree and “Daily Show” spinoff, “The Colbert Report.”
Though political satire is clearly a force to be reckoned with at the Emmys, does it impact the world outside the industry? Howard Kurtz, host of Fox News’ “#MediaBuzz,” has no doubt. “These programs »
- Bob Verini
As HBO’s “True Blood” ends its seven-season run later this month, the premium cabler is giving fans of the vampire romance-mystery series a chance to own actual props, wardrobe items, set decorations and other memorabilia from the show.
The “True Blood” auction, hosted by ScreenBid, will offer more than 1,500 items from the show. Bidding opens Aug. 20, and is slated to close Aug. 25, the night after the series finale of “True Blood” airs Aug. 24.
Items in the catalog include: Eric Northman’s Fangtasia throne; the contract Macklyn Warlow makes to “own” Sookie Stackhouse; Arlene Fowler Bellefleur’s wedding gown; Merlotte’s Bar and Grill menu; cartons of the True Blood beverage; a Fangtasia “No Biting” sign; and vampire fangs (of course).
- Todd Spangler
His humor often touched on politics, and often it was quite biting. At a concert in 2009, he said of George W. Bush, who had just left office: “Yes, it is the end of the reign of George the Second. The reign of error is over. America is officially out of rehab.” On Johnny Carson’s second-to-last “Tonight Show” in 1992, Williams said of Dan Quayle: “He’s one taco short of the combination plate.” His 2009 “Weapons of Self Destruction” concert featured jokes about Sarah Palin’s intelligence, Joseph Biden’s gaffes and Bill Clinton’s womanizing.
- Ted Johnson
The Hundred-foot Journey Dreamworks Pictures/ Participant Media Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B Director: Lasse Hallström Screenplay: Steven Knight based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais Cast: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon Screened at: NYC, 8/5/14 Opens: August 8, 2014 If good food could end the French and Indian War and lead to rapprochement—at least in the version given us by Lasse Hallström’s new movie—then surely the Palestinians and Israelis can get together. After all, French cooking and Indian cuisine are as different as Barack Obama and Sarah Palin, while both Palestinians and Israelis like falafel, [ Read More ]
The post The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Harvey Karten
The New York Post and Post Digital Network launched Decider.com Monday, a new website devoted to help the “on-demand generation” figure out what to watch. The stand-alone site intends to use a “unique blend of pop culture expertise, irreverent insight, and great recommendations” to guide users to movies and TV shows they might be interested in streaming or downloading. Also read: Need More Sarah Palin? Right-Wing Firebrand Launches Online TV Channel “The way entertainment content is being created and consumed has changed fundamentally in the last few years,” Jesse Angelo, CEO of the New York Post said in a news release. »
- Travis Reilly
Having put on the specs and wobbly head for his Oscar-winning turn in 2005′s Ray, Jamie Foxx is set to take on the role of another iconic, real life pop culture icon in a film about Mike Tyson. The guy from The Hangover, remember? Yeah, he used to be a boxer. And one with a…colourful life. Which means that Terence Winter, fellow Academy Award winner and creator of The Sopranos, is a screenwriter perfectly poised to get into the nitty-gritty of Tyson’s ear-biting, prison-serving career.
Foxx joins the as-yet-untitled film written by Winter, who just wrapped up penning Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, and produced by Foxx’s manager Rick Yorn. The boxer’s life story has already been told in the 1995 TV movie and 2008 documentary – both called Tyson, rather unimaginatively – which focussed on both his time in and out the ring, not shying away »
- Tom Baker
What is Sarah Palin’s latest endeavor, exactly? Well, “it’s a safe space where like-minded folks can hear things they already agree with from someone whose opinion they already know”—at least, according to Palin superfan Stephen Colbert, who devoted a good chunk of Tuesday’s Report to dissecting the new news network.
In fact, Colbert went on, Palin’s entrepreneurship has inspired him to start his very own vanity online channel: “Stephen Colbert’s Angry Echo Chamber,” which costs just $9.94 a month (vs. the members-only Palin Channel’s $9.95) and addresses only the most important issues of the day, »
- Hillary Busis
No offense to Sarah Palin, but Stephen Colbert thinks he can do The Sarah Palin Channel better than she can. The “Colbert Report” host, a self-declared “huge fan” of Palin, took note Tuesday of her brand-new SarahPalinChannel.com, a site that will let Palin share her thoughts with no “lamesteam media” filters. Also read: Stephen Colbert Embraces Separate ‘Poor Doors’ for the Non-Rich (Video) Colbert was so impressed that he bought a similarly named site: TheSarahPalinChannel.com. Colbert's site boasts that it is “the only Sarah Palin Channel on the internet with a definite article in the address!” Colbert also »
- Tim Molloy
My free trial cost me $9.95. And then I found Palins new intelligibility
Given the content available and the affectedly simple presentation, its hard not to see the new Sarah Palin Channel as simply a moneymaking enterprise.
Her competitor Glenn Becks vertically integrated TV-website-dogwhistle aggregator, the Blaze, takes in $36m per year before ad revenue. And, as both Rick Perlstein and Alex Pareene have noted, one of the animating principles of the conservative movement over the last 40 years has been soaking every last dollar out of people whose intellectual incuriosity has never been an impediment to further rage and paranoia. Its why places like WorldNetDaily run obnoxious flash ads in columns that, top to bottom, tell you to buy and hoard gold, to click here to join a paid newsletter that outlines the Un/Agenda 21 plans to annex Joes Crab Shack, and how your $25 check to FreedomWorks is the only thing »
- Jeb Lund
Meghan McCain will not be subscribing to Sarah Palin's online channel, Tapp, for multiple reasons, she explained on Pivot's “TakePart Live.” For starters, McCain already experienced enough behind-the-scenes access to the conservative political TV personality and former Alaskan governor when Palin campaigned for the White House in 2008 alongside Sen. John McCain. Also read: Sarah Palin Channel Mocked on Twitter With Terrible Ideas for TV Shows “I am not gonna subscribe to Sarah Palin for $9.95 a month,” McCain declared on Monday. “I got all my Sarah Palin I need for one lifetime.” The “TakePart” co-host also wasn't impressed by the layout of website. »
- Greg Gilman
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In her latest attempt to prove her maverick status, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is launching a paid news channel. For $9.95 a month, fans of the Republican darling can get access to the channel, which aims to “go beyond the soundbites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”
The video announcement above leads us to believe much of Palin’s programming will consist of hardcore right-wing views sprinkled with folksy slang. But if we somehow were able to go rogue and stage a takeover to create our own segments, we could easily highlight some of Palin’s most hilarious — and infamous — moments.
Take a look through our gallery to find out what people would really want to see on Sarah Palin’s new channel.
[Photo Credit: Getty Images] »
- Rahsheeda Ali
Paula Deen isn't the only one fashioning a new home for herself online. With a spot on The View probably not forthcoming, Sarah Palin has launched her own online channel, fittingly named the Sarah Palin Channel and billed as a forum to "discuss the great issues of the day and work toward solutions." "Together, let's live life vibrantly, purposefully, and boldly!" the site exclaims. You can watch a free preview, but access is subscription-based at $9.95 a month or $99.95 for a year. But, failing the impeachment she's hoping for, you can go to the home page and watch the clock counting down President Barack Obama's days left in office for free, »
“Fox News Sunday” is gaining ratings momentum in Washington D.C., beating its major-network competition in all categories for the first time in seven years.
Nielsen estimates that Sunday’s telecast of “Fox News Sunday” averaged 107,000 viewers in the D.C. market on Wttg-5 — the second largest audience ever in the nation’s capital, behind only the 132,000 in February 2010 when Chris Wallace interviewed Sarah Palin.
It finished well ahead of NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Wrc-4 (73,000), ABC’s “This Week” on Wjla-7 (65,000), CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Wusa-9 (59,000) and Univision’s “Al Punto” on Wfdc-14 (57,000). “Fox News Sunday” also led in households (64,000 to 53,000 for “Meet the Press”).
The Wallace-moderated “Fox News Sunday,” which began in 1996, had only finished on »
- Rick Kissell
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