A truce has been called between Keith Olbermann and Current TV. “Keith has agreed to host future special election coverage on Current. We hope that this will start after New Hampshire,” a spokesperson for the network confirms in a statement to EW. “We’re looking forward to insightful and impactful 2012 election analysis.” READ FULL STORY
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The gang at iCarly have gotten into some high-level high jinks over the years, but this time it’s going all the way up to the White House. Yes, the First Lady herself, Michelle Obama, will guest-star on an episode of the hit Nickelodeon sitcom airing Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.
What exactly brings President Obama’s better half to Seattle? When Carly’s dad, an Air Force colonel, can’t make it home for his birthday celebration, Carly’s friends set up a webcast so Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) can communicate with him at a military base. With a few Secret Service agents in tow (including one played by… Saturday Night Live’s Taran Killam!), Mrs. Obama surprises Carly and Co. to commend them for supporting military families (as part of the First Lady’s Joining Forces initiative). The kids invite her to appear on iCarly, and not only does she oblige, she even engages in some random dancing. Below, you can sneak a peak at a clip featuring the First Lady, a.k.a. “Your Excellency.” READ FULL STORY
HBO Films seems to have two essential mission statements. First, to corner the market on Al Pacino’s good acting (see: Angels in America, You Don’t Know Jack, the upcoming Phil Spector biopic. Second, and more importantly, the moviemaking arm of the network appears to be constructing a complete chronology of American history, from the Revolution (John Adams) through the Great War (Band of Brothers, The Pacific), and right up to our disturbing modern moment (Recount, Too Big to Fail).
Next year’s Game Change is an intriguing new entry in the HBO History canon, adapting the addictive behind-the-scenes muckrake of the 2008 presidential campaign into a star-studded film. Intriguingly, the film apparently won’t follow the book’s fascinating portrayal of the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama primary fight; instead, it will focus entirely on the eleventh-hour arrival of Governor Sarah Palin in John McCain’s campaign. The first trailer features Ed Harris as McCain, but predictably, Julianne Moore’s Palin steals the show. Watch below: READ FULL STORY
Michele Bachmann: 'If that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized'
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she accepts Jimmy Fallon’s apology for his house band the Roots playing the 1985 Fishbone song “Lyin’ A– B—-” as she walked in for her interview Monday, but she’s still waiting for NBC to issue one. Appearing on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom this morning, Bachmann addressed the Late Night controversy: “I wasn’t aware of it at all. I didn’t find out until later yesterday, and at that point, I was traveling and making my way to the presidential debate,” she said. “I am hoping to be able to speak to Jimmy Fallon today. I don’t have anything against Jimmy Fallon. I love him, he’s a kick. It was a great opportunity to be on the show. I’d love to go back again. But I think the point is, if that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer, at least suspended him. None of that happened from NBC. And this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, but it’s also, I think, sexism as well. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama; it shouldn’t be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either.”
Asked what she would be saying when she reaches out to Fallon, who apologized for the “mess” on Twitter and said he enjoyed their interview, she reiterated, “Of course I accept Jimmy’s apology, but this really needs to come from NBC, and this is an outrage that happened.”
A rep for NBC did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
Jimmy Fallon apologizes to Michele Bachmann for the Roots’ song choice
Roots hit Michele Bachmann with musical snark on ‘Late Night’
Michele Bachmann blasts CBS for bias: Does she have a point?
First, Jimmy Fallon tweeted that ?uestLove “is grounded” for choosing the 1985 Fishbone song “Lyin’ A– B—-” as an intro for Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s during her Late Night interview Monday, but last night, he apologized to Bachmann, via Twitter, for his house band’s poor judgment. “I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back,” he wrote. “Actually it was a really fun interview. She helped me with my Minnesota accent. (I still sound Irish.)” (Twitter responses to Fallon’s tweets ranged from “be civil jimmy #lowbudget” to “grow a pair fallon”).
UPDATE: Bachmann responded this morning on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom, saying, “I don’t have anything against Jimmy Fallon. I love him, he’s a kick. It was a great opportunity to be on the show. I’d love to go back again. But I think the point is, if that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer, at least suspended him. None of that happened from NBC. And this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, but it’s also, I think, sexism as well. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama; it shouldn’t be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either.”
On Tuesday, Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey had issued a statement with a similar message: “The choice of song to introduce Michele Bachmann on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night was insulting and inappropriate. I do not share Michele Bachmann’s politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect. No female politician — and no woman — should be subjected to sexist and offensive innuendo like she was last night. The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and NBC should apologize.”
Michele Bachmann accused CBS of bias after she alleges she learned she would be asked fewer questions than other candidates at this past Saturday’s Republican debate. According to Bachmann’s campaign manager Keith Nahigian, “The liberal mainstream media elites are manipulating the Republican debates by purposely suppressing our conservative message and limiting Michele’s questions.”
The accusations raise questions about candidates’ right to equal time: Did CBS’ editorial decision reveal an ingrained bias in news organizations as Nahigian argued? Does fairness dictate that networks must pay equal attention to all candidates? Or is this charge a strictly strategic move from Bachmann’s camp? We talked to several political experts for their take on the debate. READ FULL STORY
President Obama expressed some regret about the manner in which Muammar Gaddafi died and claimed he’s not paying attention to the GOP race on NBC’s Tuesday edition of The Tonight Show.
Sitting down with Jay Leno, the president first gave his reaction to the Libyan dictator’s violent death:
“Well, this is somebody who, for 40 years, has terrorized his country and supported terrorism,” Obama said. READ FULL STORY
Remember, remember the fifth of November.
The protesters involved in the Occupy Wall Street have had a variety of supporters champion their cause, from politically-minded musicians like Pete Seeger and Kanye West, to actors like Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon. But the grassroots uprising, which continues to gain the attention of those in Hollywood and beyond (OWS protests have popped up in cities across the United States since it began in New York City in September), may have no bigger name backing them than MTV. READ FULL STORY
The Real World: Zuccotti Park? While the 27th season of MTV’s reality mainstay The Real World (which is currently situated in sunny San Diego) likely won’t actually take place in the downtown Manhattan hub where the Occupy Wall Street movement has swelled over the past month, Bunim/Murray Productions is hoping some of the politically-minded 20-somethings who have taken part in the historic operation will also want to take part in the television landmark.
On Tuesday night, Bunim/Murray, the company which produces and casts for The Real World, put up a post on New York City’s Craigslist with the subject “Part of Occupy Wall Street? Real World 27 Wants You!” The post reads: READ FULL STORY
Looks like the apology from Hank Williams Jr. didn’t count for much: ESPN has decided to permanently cut the singer’s song “All My Rowdy Friends” from Monday Night Football. “We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr,” ESPN said in a statement. “We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”
Interestingly, Williams took to his own website to say it was his decision to leave the network. “After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision,” he wrote. “By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.” READ FULL STORY
Hank Williams Jr. has already apologized for equating President Obama to Hitler on Fox & Friends, but the country singer just reiterated his sentiments with an apology message posted to his personal website.
The note makes liberal use of unnecessary capitalization, possibly for emphasis, but probably mostly because, as he says at the end, “This was Not written by some Publicist.”
You may be ready for football, but ESPN is not ready to let Hank Williams Jr. open tonight’s game after his incendiary comment about President Obama on Fox News.
The country singer criticized the president’s recent “golf summit” with Republican House Speaker John Boehner. The singer told Fox & Friends that the meeting “would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader] Benjamin Netanyahu.”
Williams’ voice is famously used to open Monday Night Football, asking viewers “are you ready for some football?” ESPN released this statement: READ FULL STORY
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