Monthly Archives: October 2010

Stewart and Colbert’s Rally about Nothing (Plus the Election in the Light of the ‘Late-night Comic Indicator’)

Democrats wanted to use Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s rally this past weekend to motivate young voters to participate in the midterm elections.

The crowd was mostly Dems. But it also contained some generally apathetic Comedy Central fans.

The three-hour rally consisted mainly of satire and comedy with humorous sketches and surprise musical guests including Kid Rock, Ozzy Osbourne, the O’Jays, Sheryl Crow, Tony Bennett and the former Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam.

In one rare quasi-political stunt, Stewart gave a “Medal of Reasonableness” to Velma Hart, the now famous lady who told Obama that she was “exhausted” from having to defend him.

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Clint Eastwood Takes Aim at Obama

Clint Eastwood has always been known as an iconoclast in his approach to art and politics.

Having served as Carmel, California’s mayor, Eastwood has an appreciation for the job of a chief executive.

While out promoting his intriguing “Hereafter” movie, Eastwood did a sit-down with Katie Couric and confounded the news anchor with an Obama slam.

The multi-Academy Award winner acknowledged that the president is “a nice fella.”      

“I enjoyed watching him campaign,” Eastwood said, but added that he’s “not a fan of what he is doing at the moment.”

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Sign of the Apocalypse: ‘Jackass 3D’ Tops the Box-office

This weekend featured two wide release debuts, “Jackass 3D” and “Red,” both of which, prior to hitting theater screens, had experts predicting the flicks wouldn’t do so well at the box-office.

“Jackass 3D” was causing jitters because of its dim-bulb reality show mentality. “Red” was making execs nervous because of the older demographic of the cast and potential audience.

A lot of folks thought the promos for the “Jackass 3D” movie were some kind of satirical video footage that had been created by renegade YouTube filmmakers. Then came the shock when it turned up as the #1 film in America.

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God Loves Bill Maher

Bill Maher, who years ago hosted the ABC late-night talk show “Politically Incorrect” and currently hosts HBO’s “Real Time,” has consistently demonstrated an antipathy for religion, religious expression and the Judeo Christian God.

Maher’s attitude is typically condescending. At the same time, he tends to ignore the fact that the vast majority of faith-filled folks aren’t the extremists he cites as his examples.

On a recent installment of his show, Maher took issue with something that Glenn Beck had shared with the public. Maher groused that Beck had said that before he got married his then-fiancé wanted to pick out a religion.

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Box-office Breakdown: Facebook Film Outshines Demon Flicks

The latest set of new Hollywood releases features a Harvard nerd who becomes a billionaire and two kids who are demon possessed.

Sony’s “The Social Network” is #1 on this week’s list with a less than expected $23million.

The movie, which is based on the book “Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich, features emerging anti-leading man Jesse Eisenberg of “Zombieland,” Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield, soon to be the new Spider-Man.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin manages to insert Hollywood’s animus for business people into the story. Still, he tells an absorbing tale of Ivy Leaguers who take a dorm room stunt and transform it into a social media phenom.

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