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Ben Stein Calls Barack Obama the "Most Racist President There Has Ever Been"

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Ben Stein Calls Barack Obama the
Former game-show star Ben Stein is causing quite a bit of controversy after he called President Barack Obama the "most racist president there has ever been in America" during an appearance on Fox News on Monday. The political commentator made his strange remarks while discussing the Democrats' strategy as they head into the midterm elections. While discussing budget cuts and the focus on Americans' concern on the economy, Ben said: "More people are on food stamps than ever. More people are getting welfare than ever. What cuts are they talking about? And what cuts are they talking about. More people getting government subsidized health care than ever. What cuts are they talking about? It's all a way to racialize voting in this country. This president is the most racist president there has ever been in America. He is purposely trying to use race to divide Americans. Anyone who investigates it
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'Our Nixon' Filmmakers Explain to Ben Stein How Filmmaking Works

'Our Nixon' Filmmakers Explain to Ben Stein How Filmmaking Works
After former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein used his "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Win Ben Stein's Money," and renowned financial journalism fame to launch a critique of Penny Lane and Brian L. Frye's new film "Our Nixon," the filmmakers have responded to Stein's critiques. For the most part, Stein's critique, published in The Daily Beast, accuses Lane and Frye of being Nixon-bashers who used footage widely available to recreate rote arguments against Nixon.  He then gets really angry at CNN for "producing" the film. Lane and Frye, in a retort to Stein also published in The Daily Beast, start by getting the easiest accusation out of the way:  "Our Nixon" is an independent production licensed by CNN.  In other words, CNN had nothing to do with the film until it was finished. Then, the filmmakers explain how a collage film made of found and archival works, in response to Stein's
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'Our Nixon' Filmmakers Explain to Ben Stein How Filmmaking Works

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'Our Nixon' Filmmakers Explain to Ben Stein How Filmmaking Works
After former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein used his "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Win Ben Stein's Money," and renowned financial journalism fame to launch a critique of Penny Lane and Brian L. Frye's new film "Our Nixon," the filmmakers have responded to Stein's critiques. For the most part, Stein's critique, published in The Daily Beast, accuses Lane and Frye of being Nixon-bashers who used footage widely available to recreate rote arguments against Nixon.  He then gets really angry at CNN for "producing" the film. Lane and Frye, in a retort to Stein also published in The Daily Beast, start by getting the easiest accusation out of the way:  "Our Nixon" is an independent production licensed by CNN.  In other words, CNN had nothing to do with the film until it was finished. Then, the filmmakers explain how a collage film made of found and archival works, in response to Stein's
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Vanna Men: A Brief History of Male Models on Game Shows

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We rejoiced when Boston model/actor Rob Wilson was announced as the The Price is Right's first male model. Hooray for bare chests adorned with price-tag stickers! Wilson will begin straddling jetskis and wielding Plinko chips for a one-week stint beginning October 15, and hopefully he'll do well enough that men become a permanent addition to the modeling staff. In the meantime, we have a few decades of game show brawn to remember:

$ale of the Century's beaming hunks Gregorio Gaviati and David Gibbs want to strike a deal with you.

$ale of the Century: It's the thinking man's Let's Make a Deal! When contestants correctly answered enough questions on this Jim Perry-hosted jam, they became eligible to win prizes for giving up points. If you're shocked to find this 1980s U.S. game show featured male models, consider that $ale of the Century's main gimmick is tempting contestants into buying personal luxury gifts,
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Why Jimmy Kimmel Will Be the Best Emmys Host in Years

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Why Jimmy Kimmel Will Be the Best Emmys Host in Years
Through the years, Emmy hosts have come from typical showbiz day jobs: singers (Frank Sinatra), actors (Neil Patrick Harris) and all kinds of funny ladies (Jane Lynch, Ellen DeGeneres). But in Jimmy Kimmel, tomorrow's Primetime Emmy Awards will have its first host since at least Johnny Carson who has so completely dedicated himself to being just that: a host. Conan worked for years as a writer. Letterman is a stand-up at heart. But Kimmel's rise through showbiz has been as a radio host (where he hired a 16 year old intern named Carson Daly), a game show host (Win Ben Stein's Money), host of The Man Show and, last April, even the host for President Obama as emcee at the White House Correspondent dinner. (Kimmel...
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The 9 Best Women of Reality/Game Show Hosting

When So You Think You Can Dance takes a week off, what is there to do? Well, here's what I've contrived: a celebration of the nine greatest female reality and/or game show hosts. Cat Deeley just gets me in the mood to talk about reliable on-screen flair, you know? Without further ado, here's a nonet of distaff emcees who make their respective shows both fun and cool. (And I admit, I'm more sympathetic to game show hosts since they're simply tasked with more work.)

9. Nancy Pimental, Win Ben Stein's Money

Well after Jimmy Kimmel had moved on, Ben Stein shared the podium of his amazing game show Win Ben Stein's Money with the quippy and very underrated Nancy Pimental. She had the even-keel, can-do demeanor of MTV's great lady VJs like Tabitha Soren and Kennedy, except she enjoyed the luxury of being able to spew constant innunedo.

8. Jaclyn Smith,
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'Bueller' Star Sues For Political Discrimination

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Bueller? Bueller? Try political discrimination lawsuit. "Ferris Bueller" actor Ben Stein is suing ad agency Seiter & Miller, along with Kyocera Corp, for cutting ties with Stein due to his beliefs about global warming.

According to Deadline, the actor/spokesman -- most famous for playing Ferris Bueller's monotone economics teacher in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," as well as hosting the former Comedy Central series "Win Ben Stein's Money" -- signed a $300,000 contract in January 2011 to appear in commercials for Kyocera printing products. Stein would also have to speak at a Kyocera company function. However, the deal soon went south.

The lawsuit states that in February 2011, Grace Yao, of Seiter & Miller, contacted Stein's agent, Marcia Hurwitz, informing her that there had been concerns raised over Stein's beliefs about global warming and if they were "sufficiently conventional and politically correct for Kyocera." (In the past, Stein has called man-made climate change into question.
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AlphaBits: Jimmy Kimmel To Celebrate 'Lost' Finale

Update: AlphaBits was changed 4/28/2010 to reflect a change in the James Marsters concert at Phoenix ComicCon. The event will not be for charity as previously reported. Luckily he doesn't work for NBC, otherwise Jimmy Kimmel might be having a bad year. Not only would he likely have to quit the network, but he could never do a "Lost" special since he would be on the wrong network. Instead, Kimmel -- the one-time host of "Win Ben Stein's Money" and a former Tampa disc jockey (hey, I have to be local somehow) -- is on ABC, the same network as "Lost," and because of that, he has an inside track into the finale. Kimmel will host the cast of "Lost" along with executive producers J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, during a special "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Alpha to Lost" airing right ...
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'Solitary' time for Fox Reality original series

'Solitary' time for Fox Reality original series
Fox Reality Channel has greenlighted its first original series. The News Corp.-owned channel, which subsists largely on reruns of unscripted classics like Joe Millionaire, has ordered eight hourlong episodes of Solitary from executive producers Lincoln Hiatt (The Contender) and Andrew Golder (Win Ben Stein's Money). Expected to premiere in the first quarter of next year, Solitary subjects its contestants to all sorts of tough conditions, ranging from solitary confinement to sleep deprivation.

New script for Davies' development

New script for Davies' development
After producing hit reality fare like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Michael Davies has set his sights on scripted programming. Davies' banner Diplomatic has announced the formation of a division focused on scripted development to be led by Ruth Caruso, who was vp creative affairs at Jim Henson Television. The company also has secured adaptation rights to the BBC drama Red Cap from London-based Stormy Pictures. True to the alternative spirit cultivated by Millionaire and other Davies-produced series like Comedy Central's Win Ben Stein's Money, Davies pledged to tweak established genres. "I like challenging the conventions of the medium," he said. "There's nothing more fun."

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