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Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg Team Up to Create TV Series about Women’s Suffrage

Hillary Clinton is about to add executive producer to her resume.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clinton is teaming up with acclaimed director/producer Steven Spielberg to adapt the book by Elaine Weiss called ‘The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote” as either a TV movie or mini series on a cable network.

Clinton will also guest star in the upcoming season of the CBS show Madame Secretary.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Sources say as Weiss was writing the book, she was struck by the parallels between the women’s suffrage movement and the 2016 presidential election between Clinton and Donald Trump. It then became a priority for the author and journalist — whose work has appeared in multiple publications and on NPR — to get her book in Clinton’s hands. Eventually, she met a bookstore owner who delivered The Woman’s Hour to Clinton. The latter, sources say, loved the contemporary and relevant issues the book tackled and felt it would be an important story to tell on TV while also creating strong roles for women. Clinton called her attorney, Robert Barnett at Williams Connolly, and eventually met and hit it off with Weiss before calling frequent supporter Spielberg, who brought in Amblin TV.

Poor Hillary. That crippling loss to Trump is going to haunt her forever, but comparing it to the fight for women’s right to vote? Seems like a stretch.

Despite moaning about losing for the past two years,  she seems to be profiting off of it pretty well. First a bestselling memoir about what went wrong and now landing a high profile job to produce a potential hit TV show?

Sucks to be you, Mrs. Clinton.

Sacha Baron Cohen Pretends to be Disabled Veteran to Prank Sarah Palin

Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedian best known for playing Borat, pulled one over on former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin and her daughter. They flew to Washington D.C. to meet with a disabled military veteran for an interview for what they thought was going to be a documentary by Showtime about American Vets.

Instead, she later learned that after sitting through interviews “full of Hollywood disrespect and sarcasm”, that she’d been pranked by the comedian for his upcoming show on Showtime.

From her Facebook page:

 For my interview, my daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all. Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long “interview” full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm – but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin. The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.

Here is my challenge, shallow Sacha boy: go ahead – air the footage. Experience tells us it will be heavily edited, not pretty, and intended to humiliate.

The challenge is to Cohen, CBS and Showtime: donate all proceeds to a charitable group that actually respects and supports American Vets. Mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want, if that lets you sleep at night, but HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country.

Truly sick.

And as an aside, for further insight into the wealthy corporate enablers of this kind of “joke”, I’ll add that after great costs on our part in time and resources to contribute to their “documentary” the Cohen/CBS/Showtime production team purposefully dropped my daughter and me off at the wrong Washington, DC airport after the fake interview, knowing we’d miss all flights back home to Alaska. After refusing to take our calls to help get us out of the bind they’d put us in for three days, I wrote this off as yet another example of the sick nature that is media-slash-entertainment today.

She’s not the only one who has been duped recently, Dick Cheney also fell victim to the prankster, as did Howard Dean.

The series was announced this week and will begin airing on Sunday, July 15th.
Showtime had no comment on Palin’s statement.

Roseanne Returns with Massive Ratings

One of the 90s most popular shows returned to television last night with over 18 million viewers tuning in. According to ABC, those numbers are the highest rating for a comedy in four years, and even better ratings than NBC’s popular drama, This Is Us.

Roseanne‘s premier episode was heavy on the Hillary zingers and pretty accurately portrayed how some families have been dealing with opposite ends of the voting spectrum ever since the 2016 election: Roseanne voted for Trump but her sister Jackie supported Hillary. Their political differences turned personal, and the two sisters haven’t been speaking since election day.

There are jokes about Russia, fake news, deplorables, p*ssy hats, nasty women and a prayer at the dinner table thanks God for making America great again. Probably the funniest exchange between Roseanne and Jackie ended with Roseanne calling Hillary Clinton a “liar, liar pantsuit on fire!”

Interestingly enough, ABC was also home to Last Man Standing, which many conservatives insisted was canceled because star Tim Allen is a Republican. With the splash Roesanne has made in the ratings, coupled with the fact that Roseanne Barr has openly admitted that she supports President Trump, that really doesn’t appear to be the case. It makes no sense why ABC would cancel Tim Allen’s show because of political reasons, only to bring back a different show. It all came down to money and ratings…and the revival of American Idol.

Will Roseanne have long term success? Who knows, but conservatives seem to be pretty excited about once again having a show on television that caters to their views.

If 18 million people keep tuning in each week, it’s probably a sure bet to continue on the network for quite some time.

-K

 

 

 

 

CNN puts Holocaust denier candidate on air because….?

CNN host Alisyn Camerota recently had Arthur Jones, a GOP candidate for office Illinois’ third district, on her show. Currently, there are no other Republican candidates running against Mr. Jones.

For those unfamiliar with Mr. Jones, he holds some pretty despicable, disgusting views. He’s a Holocaust-denier, a former (and possibly, current) Nazi leader and appears to, at least in the CNN interview, believe the Jews are to blame for wars in the Middle East.

See what I mean, he’s an obviously hate-filled man with repulsive and racist views. A simple Google search of Jones will turn up tons of articles about the sickening views he holds.

Camerota and Jones spend the entire segment basically yelling at one another. Anyone with more than two brain cells knew this was a segment that was just going to end in a shouting match.

Camerota tells Jones how racist he is, how the Illinois GOP and the National GOP have both put out statements distancing themselves from Jones and Jones proceeds to talk about “the Jew media” and calls the Holocaust “poppycock.”

Nothing surprising.  But for some reason, producers at CNN felt the need to give the man national airtime, a platform to espouse his disgusting views. These kind of racist, hateful views have no place in society.

Who in their right mind would book this guy? Having him on air provides legitimacy to his views and it’s not like he’ll be elected. So, is CNN into reporting the news or do they want to be in the news, making headlines themselves?

-BZ

 

 

TV: New and original programming…like Murphy Brown?

Last year wasn’t a good year for film studios, at least financially.  Summer 2017 was particularly terrible. Ticket sales during summer 2017 were down nearly 15 percent from summer 2016, not good anyway you slice it.

But what do you expect when you get another Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, the unwatchable King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the 40th Fast and Furious flick? The films weren’t good and audiences, thankfully, responded, accordingly.

Now, one of the reasons, that is constantly given for the decline in box office sales, is the inventive, original programming TV is producing. To be fair, there’s probably a fair amount of truth to that. Add Netflix and Hulu to the mix and put the shows coming from those streaming services up against a $200 million crappy Michael Bay flick and there’s no competition. People would much rather watch The Crown, House of Cards than the 12th Transformers.

But for all of the great programming coming from the tube, there is a disturbing trend that has developed recently and we all need to do our part to put an end to it: Reboots.

Listen, I get it. Everybody likes a little nostalgia, those characters mean something to us, they are a part of our past.

But do we really need to know what Roseanne is doing? Or Will and Grace? Or Murphy Brown? Or Scully and Mulder? Or the Tanner clan? (To be fair, I do enjoy that one. It’s just so incredibly bad, it’s good.)

Has the well of original ideas in Hollywood really run that dry that we’re going back to 20, 30-year-old series?

There’s even been rumors of The Office reboot. Really? That show has only been off for a couple of years. You likely won’t find a bigger The Office fan than me, but leave things alone, sometimes it’s better that way.

What’s next? Are we going to check in with the group at Bayside? Find out if Urkel really did do that? Learn if the Prince of Bel-Air is still fresh after all these year? Where does it end?

If we band together, if we stand up, we can stop them! We can do it! Make Television Great Again and stop reboots!