15 items from 2014
If life has not been the same since Malcolm Tucker's final F-bomb, the team behind The Thick of It and In the Loop have just the thing for you. Meet Us vice president Selina Meyer
Once, a charisma-deprived politician named John Major unleashed his secret weapon. His plan was to stand on a soapbox during campaigning, in an attempt to muster the common touch and gravitas that had hitherto eluded him. It worked, and the Tories won the 1992 general election.
Twenty two years later, pint-sized, foul-mouthed, policy vacuum of a maladroit MachiavellianSelina Meyer is deploying the same tactic in Veep. Could it help propel her to the Oval Office? Could she become the first woman president of the United States of America (at least, since Geena Davis in Commander in Chief) by standing on a box? Probably not. She's just lost New Hampshire. "I came in third, Amy. Okay?" she »
- Stuart Jeffries
NBC has picked up “State of Affairs,” a drama series that follows a CIA agent, played by Katherine Heigl, who is tasked with briefing the president on the most vital security issues facing the nation.
Alfre Woodard also stars as the Commander in Chief who has a special relationship with Heigl’s Charleston (Charlie) Tucker — Charlie was engaged to the president’s son before a terrorist attack took his life.
Writer-director Joe Carnahan (“The Blacklist”) serves as executive producer with Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Robert Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon and Julia Franz. “State of Affairs” is a production of Universal Television, Bob Simonds Company and Abishag Productions.
- Whitney Friedlander
Commander in chief - and part-time comedian? President Barack Obama showed off his comedy chops at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday, taking the podium to speak in front of politicians, media figures, and celebrities at the annual event. During his speech, Obama seized the opportunity to crack jokes about his appearance on "Between Two Ferns," CNN's MH370 coverage, and Richard Sherman's Super Bowl rant, shouting, "I'm the best president in the game!" Check out his funny speech below, then be sure to take a look at all the action happening in Washington DC this weekend for the White House Correspondents' Dinner! »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Who would have thought President Obama would receive more laughs than Joel McHale at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night? The Community star’s jokes were mostly met with groans from the journalists, dignitaries, and showbiz types who filled the Washington Hilton Ballroom for the 100th annual gala.
“I host a show called The Soup which is on the E! network,” McHale said, introducing himself. “To Republicans in attendance, E! is the channel that your deeply closeted gay son likes to watch. Democrats, it’s the same channel that your happy, openly gay son likes to watch. It »
- Amber Ray
Fox is working on a miniseries based on the events of the Boston Marathon bombing, with Rod Lurie (Straw Dogs, Commander in Chief) onboard to write and direct. According to Deadline, the "event series" will be based on the book Long Mile Home, which follows five central people — two victims of the bombing, a police officer, a trauma surgeon, and the marathon's director. (The book, by Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, came out a few weeks ago.) If the phrase "Boston Strong" becomes part of the miniseries' marketing campaign, we all have to move to the forest and lead more deliberate lives. »
- Margaret Lyons
Dikembe Mutombo goes easy On No One ... not even the President of the United States -- telling TMZ Sports he'd block the hell out of the Commander In Chief if he had the chance. Mutombo was out in D.C. yesterday when we asked if he would let Barack Obama hit a couple of shots as a courtesy if they ever squared off on the hardwood. But Mutombo made it clear ... when it comes to scoring, »
- TMZ Staff
I think that there’s a rule in Hollywood that movies that start with the word “American” must have amazing ensemble casts (see: American Hustle, American Beauty, American Pie, American Gangster, American Graffiti). This week, the action-comedy American Ultra adds three new members to an already bustling line-up: Sharon Stone, Bill Pullman and Arrested Development‘s Tony Hale. They join Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Justified‘s Walton Goggins, Topher Grace and John Leguizamo in a film for Project X director Nima Nourizadeh.
The low-budget Lionsgate movie, picked up for a cool $7 million in March, stars Eisenberg as Mike, a stoner and slacker living in a small town whose past as a highly-trained secret agent comes back to interfere with his new, quieter existence. He becomes the target of a top secret government operation, which naturally does not sit well with his girlfriend, Phoebe (played by Eisenberg’s Adventureland co-star, Stewart »
- Jordan Adler
Wanna wear the ultra-patriotic red, white and blue jacket Jonny Gomes rocked to the White House this week? You'll get the chance ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned it will be sold off for charity. The Boston Red Sox star personally picked out the jacket before he met President Obama -- and wore it in the official team photo with the Commander In Chief this week. Now, a rep for the Red Sox tells us ... "[The jacket] will »
- TMZ Staff
Pals with Potus! Days after President Barack Obama's hilarious interview with Zach Galifianakis went viral, the Commander in Chief called into Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Friday, March 14 to discuss what really went down on Between Two Ferns. "Zach actually was pretty nervous," Obama, 52, said with a chuckle. "It was funny to watch because this whole Between Two Ferns schtick -- which I wasn't familiar with, before my staff told me that we had been pitched to do this." "His whole character is to go after [...] »
"Why don't we move on," the President responded, in the very funny sit down with Zach for his "Between Two Ferns" interview series on Funny or Die, where the Commander in Chief plugged the Affordable Care Act.
Another question that came up -- how the President feels about not being able to run for his office a third time, to which Obama landed a zinger.
Photos: Bradley Cooper: Hollywood's 'Hangover' Heartthrob!
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Barack Obama isn't afraid to trade jabs!Comedian Zach Galifianakis welcomed the President to his "Funny or Die" web series "Between Two Ferns" on Tuesday. From the get-go, the two comically swapped insults -- the president joked about Zach’s role in the "Hangover" films by praising Bradley Cooper for carrying the franchise. The actor retorted Potus’ comments by poking fun at his basketball skills and his birth certificate controversy. "Is it going to be hard in two years, when you’re no longer President and people will stop letting you win at basketball?” the "Hangover" star asked before inquiring if the prez would build his presidential library in his home country of Kenya. Despite the comedic gold of the duo’s witty banter, the interview turned to more serious matters as the Commander in Chief brought up Obamacare. "I wouldn’t be with you here today if I didn’t have something to plug, »
- tooFab Staff
Hillary Rodham Clinton may want to get a little stronger leash back on her husband Bill Clinton, the former Us president was caught smiling in a photo with two hookers at an event recently in Los Angeles. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been embarrassed by her husband Bill on numerous occasions that have involved other women and he was even impeached over a sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky, but this time it is Hrc with something to lose. Hillary hasn't officially announced anything yet, but Rodham Clinton is running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 and hopes to recapture the White House for the Clinton family and keep a Democrat as Commander in Chief for at least four more years. In the photo, the two prostitutes are smiling just like Bubba and appear to be having a great time - they are holding cocktails in the photo that was snapped »
Are you featured on a buzzed about pay-cable show with frequent male or female nudity? Then there's a good chance that President Obama has seen your boobs. Or at least, that's what Alexandra Daddario found out when the Commander in Chief requested screeners of her show, "True Detective." .... The president has seen my boobs pic.twitter.com/I5BRXOl1UO— Alexandra Daddario (@AADaddario) February 18, 2014 While Daddario clearly has a good sense of humor about it — and ...
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The first season of “House of Cards” achieved the dual feat of instantly emerging as a first-rate drama while simultaneously being seriously overrated – riding the “Netflix reinvents TV” angle and juicy inside-the-Beltway bits to front-page coverage. No fools they, season two generally proceeds with more of the same, exhibiting a show with abundant strengths – foremost among them Kevin Spacey’s showy performance as an unscrupulous politician – but also underplayed weaknesses, including a continuing failure to present its scheming protagonist with equally matched foes. Dense and smart, “Cards” is still partially skating by on reputation – and for Netflix’s purposes, that’s good enough.
Netflix is understandably concerned about early reviews spoiling the fun (the show won’t premiere until Valentine’s Day), slapping a high-handed embargo and nondisclosure agreement on the first four episodes. Yet except for a few twists the series seamlessly picks up where it left off, so »
- Brian Lowry
While controversy still stirs around the fact that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp remains open after a promise to close from our Commander in Chief, graphic designer turned writer/director Peter Sattler attempts to pour salt on the wound with Camp X-Ray. The film follows a young female soldier (Kristen Stewart) newly positioned at the infamous detainee (we don't call them prisoners to avoid upholding the Geneva Convention) camp. As the superior officer explains, the soldiers' responsibility isn't to keep these detainees locked up, it's to keep them alive. And it's one of the most monotonous jobs the military offers. From the very beginning, it's easy to see that Sattler intends to show just how despicable and even silly a detainment camp like Guantanamo Bay actually can be. While Sattler tries to lend weight to his argument against camps such as this by having a soldier be the one experience »
- Ethan Anderton
15 items from 2014