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Jason Sudeikis Joins 'Eastbound & Down,' 'Off The Map' Actress Gets New Gig and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 8th 2011 11:00AM
Jason Sudeikis'Saturday Night Live' star Jason Sudeikis has joined the cast of HBO's 'Eastbound & Down.'

According to Variety, Sudeikis, who is starring in this summer's buzz-worthy comedy flick 'Horrible Bosses,' will play Shane, a new friend to Kenny Powers.

No other details have been revealed, except that his role will be recurring.

At the end of Season 2, Kenny Powers was seen heading back to North Carolina.

Sudeikis recently hosted the MTV Movie Awards and his voice can also be heard on 'The Cleveland Show.'

In other casting news ...

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Jon Stewart Says Fox News Told the Truth, and Then Took it Back (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 28th 2011 5:11AM
Jon Stewart, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'We have a feeling that this little television "conversation" between Jon Stewart and Chris Wallace isn't going to end any time soon. Unless Wallace just backs down and stops talking about it altogether. It seems every time Wallace goes to defend himself, 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) is ready to volley the ball right back into their court.

When Jon Stewart was on Wallace' show a few weeks, the host said: "I think we're the counterpoint [of NBC News]. I think that they have a liberal agenda and I think we tell the other side of the story."

Stewart jumped on that "other side" statement as an admission, by Wallace, of a conservative agenda, but Wallace has rebutted that by clarifying his intention.

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Chris Matthews Finds Michele Bachmann's Presence on House Intelligence Committee Hilarious (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 21st 2010 12:40AM
Chris Matthews, who has made his displeasure with Michele Bachmann known in the past, cackled with laughter on "Hardball" (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) when he received a news flash that the Minnesota congresswoman had been appointed to the congressional intelligence committee.

"Congressmen Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has been named to the Intelligence Committee," Matthews read.

"What genius, Howard (Fineman), thought this was the perfect match?" Matthews wondered, his laughter making it clear he believes Bachmann lacks the prerequisite to serve on the intelligence committee.

"I have no comebacks," Fineman responded, as Matthews continued to laugh. "That speaks for itself."

Nobody is ever going to accuse Matthews of shying away from the easy joke.

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Chris Matthews Calls Out Female Republican Politicians For Double Standard on John Boehner's Tears (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 17th 2010 2:30PM
On 'Hardball' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) Chris Matthews called on conservative political figures Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnell -- all of whom have questioned the manhood of Democrat politicians in the past with phrases like "put on your manpants" -- to weigh in on John Boehner, the quick-to-cry rising Speaker of the House.

"Now, their numero uno, the man in charge, the stud duck of the Republican Party, the man right at the front is Mr. Tears, lonely tear drops, and they got no problem with it," Matthews complained.

Matthews probably has a really good point somewhere about double standards and the blindness of partisanship but, really, once he uses awesomely awkward and archaic phrases like "stud duck" and "lonely tear drops" we're just left to marvel at his wordsmanship.

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Chris Matthews Tells Christian Conservative Leader to Spank Colleague (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 30th 2010 6:30PM
Fairly or unfairly, a series of scandals have created the impression among some that the leaders of the Christian conservative movement can be a little kinky behind closed doors.

It seems like Chris Matthews is of that opinion, as evidenced by a rather strange suggestion he made to Tony Perkins, the president of the right-wing Christian lobbying organization The Family Research Council.

Perkins was on 'Hardball' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) to clarify statements made by Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the FRC, which seemed to suggest the FRC is in favor of making gay sex illegal through the court system. Not so, said Perkins, adding that the FRC is against any criminalization of gay behavior.

"Tony, you're always welcome here," Matthews told Perkins. "Now go back and spank Peter Sprigg for saying the wrong thing on this show, because he said the opposite of what you said."

"We don't do that either," responded Perkins, sounding a bit like someone who'd had to make that clear before.

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Chris Matthews Still Thinks Michelle Bachmann is Under Hypnosis (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 24th 2010 4:05PM
Chris Matthews began pushing the theory that outspoken Republican Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann could be under some sort of hypnosis after the two of them sparred on election night.

On 'Hardball' (Weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) Tuesday, Matthews picked up on this again, after playing a clip of Bachmann defending her comments that Barack Obama is anti-American.

"Look at her eye contact," Matthews said, after the clip was over. "I asked, when we had her on election night, if she's under hypnosis. She doesn't answer the questions, she looks straight ahead in a Zombie-like manner, like she's waiting for somebody to flash a card, like in 'The Manchurian Candidate.'

"This kind of bizzaro behavior," Matthews continued. "When you come off as Moonie-like, if you will."

Hypnosis, zombie-like, Manchurian candidate, bizzaro, Moonie-like. Maybe some day Matthews will tell us how he really feels about Bachmann.

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Chris Matthews Makes Chuck Todd Visibly Uncomfortable By Declaring MSNBC Is For Democratic Voters (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 27th 2010 4:57PM
On Hardball With Chris Matthews,' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) Matthews made an observation about the political affiliation of most MSNBC viewers which made fellow MSNBC pundit Chuck Todd appear visibly uncomfortable.

It was during a discussion of how to watch next Tuesday's mid-term election, and Todd had made the point if the Democrats win the West Virginia Senate race, which should be called by nine o'clock, it means the GOP has almost no chance of taking over the Senate.

"You might be in a very good mood by nine o'clock if you're a Democrat watching MSNBC," Matthews proclaimed. "Which you will be (watching) if you're a Democrat. Just a guess."

"Is that right," Todd said, lowering his voice an octave and looking down sheepishly.

That MSNBC's viewership is made up mostly of those who lean left is a pretty non-controversial statement of fact. Why Todd seemed uneasy with it being verbalized probably reflects the feelings of a lot political analysts about this increasing polarization of media.

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Chris Matthews Tries to Figure Out Why the Obama Administration Thinks Mike Huckabee Will Be GOP Nominee in 2012 (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 14th 2010 4:45PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5PM ET on MSNBC) Matthews and Howard Fineman discussed a New York Times report that the Obama White House expects Mike Huckabee to be the GOP nominee for president in 2012.

Neither Fineman or Matthews seemed particularly convinced that Huckabee would actually emerge from the primaries, so they tried to think of reasons why the Obama Administration would want people to think that he would.

"Huckabee is probably one of the people they are least afraid of," was Fineman's theory.

Matthews had a different take:

"My producers believe that the reason they are doing this is they are setting (Huckabee) up as the reasonable conservative, so when he fails. . . when someone wilder and crazier ( is nominated) they'll be able to say, 'It's too bad they didn't run a more reasonable man like Mike Huckabee.'"

Or maybe the White House is just trying to tweak notorious Huck-a-phobe Ann Coulter.

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Chris Matthews Wonders If Rich Iott's Nazi Reenactment Was Homoerotic (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 12th 2010 5:55PM
Rich Iott, a Republican running for congress in Ohio's ninth district, has been universally condemned for his bizarre, troubling hobby of dressing up like a Nazi SS soldier with a group called 'The Vikings.' On 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) Matthews discussed Iott's hobby with Joshua Green -- 'The Atlantic' writer who broke the story.

But instead of focusing on the inherent anti-semitism of Iott's behavior, Matthews veered off in a different direction, wondering aloud: "Was this some kind of homoerotic thing they do they put on these uniforms and dance around?"

Green decided not to touch that potential angle of the story. However, if Matthews wants someone to discuss the homoerotic implications of playing dress up and parading about, he could always get in touch with Carl Paladino, who has some strong opinions on the subject.

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Carl Paladino's Angry Showdown With Reporter Analyzed on 'Hardball' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 1st 2010 4:30PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (Weekdays 5 PM ET on MSNBC), Matthews played the now-notorious tape of New York gubernatorial candidate and Tea Party-favorite Carl Paladino getting in to it with New York Post political journalist Fred Dicker.

During the angry exchange, which centers around Paladino's charge that the Post sent a photographer to take pictures of his ten-year old daughter (a charge the paper denies), Paladino menacingly threatens to "take (Dicker) out."

Veteran Time Magazine political reporter Joe Klein offered his opnion that there might be more of these crazy scenes to come this election season:

"You have, within the Republican party, a majority of people who have been angry at their incumbents, they voted them out and they voted in these amateurs. . . who really don't know how to behave like politicians. And sometimes that is refreshing, and other times it's really embarrassing."

There is also another way to describe political "amateurs" like Paladino: a lot of fun to watch. (So long as they don't actually, you know, take anyone out.)

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Carl Paladino Sends New York State Voters Garbage Scented Campaign Material (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 17th 2010 11:40AM
Chris Matthews prides himself on having seen it all in politics, but even he seemed a bit perplexed by the latest campaign strategy of Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for Governor of New York.

Thursday's 'Hardball' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) ran a segment on garbage-scented mailers Paladino is sending out to the voters of New York.

"Carl Paladino's been sending out mailers like this one, slamming what he calls the stink of corruption in Albany," Matthews explained. "Old message, right? Well what's different about this is it actually smells. That's right, the mailers have actually been scented with a landfill odor ... and, get this, the smell is supposed to get worse over time."

"Carl Paladino has an odd way of endearing himself to voters," Matthews concluded.

No word on whether Paladino's next campaign tactic will be to show up at voters' homes and kick them in the shin.



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Quran-Burning Pastor Addresses The Threat He Poses to U.S. Troops (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 9th 2010 11:44AM
General David Petraeus has said that if a tiny church in Florida goes through with its plans to burn Qurans on the anniversary of 9/11 it will endanger U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Wayne Sapp, a pastor at the church, was asked about this during his appearance on 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC.)

After Matthews had Sapp establish that he is now is carrying a gun for protection, he posed this question:

"If you think you face firepower coming at you, what do you think is going to happen to the American soldiers after this picture of the burning of the Quran goes world-wide?"

'They are prepared to respond in the way they are prepared to respond right now," Sapp argued. "They know they are facing a radical element of Islam. That's why they are there."

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Chris Matthews Still Feels 'Thrill Up His Leg' When Obama Speaks (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 7th 2010 10:32PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews (Weekdays, 5PM ET on MSNBC) Tuesday, Matthews played a speech Obama made as a candidate for president. After hearing Obama's words, Matthews revisited a quote he famously made during the 2008 campaign, one that's often used as evidence that the media was in the bag for Obama during that election.

"I get the same thrill -- up my leg, all over me, every time I hear those words," Matthews gushed. "I'm sorry, ladies and gentleman, that's me."

Then, later in the segment, guest Jim Kessler made the mistake of referring to Matthews' famous thrill as a "tingle."

"It wasn't a tingle up my leg, that's what right-wing fascists say," Matthews said, sternly rebuking Kessler. "I got a thrill up my leg. You're reading the right-wing blogs."

The more you know.

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Jan Brewer Debate: Arizona Governor Has Amazingly Awkward Deer-in-Headlights Moment (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 3rd 2010 9:50AM
Getting tripped up during the give and take of a debate can happen to even the best of orators. However, it takes a special kind of inarticulateness to completely flub your opening statement.

On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays 5 PM ET on MSNBC) Matthews played a clip of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer debate against challenger Terry Goddard. Brewer opened by explaining what she had accomplished during her two years as Governor:

"Arizona has been brought back from this abyss," Brewer began, dramatically. "We have cut the budget. We have balanced the budget and we are moving forward. We have done everything we could possible do..."

And then, crickets. And more crickets. Brewer was able to keep a smile on her face as her words failed her. She giggled a little, and paused for a very awkward 13 seconds before she was able to finish her closing line, "We have done what was right for Arizona."

Brewer came into the debate well ahead in the polls. So if enough Arizonians remember that tricky book report they had in the fourth grade, she'll probably be OK.

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Rachel Maddow's Chris Matthews Moment: "I Am Vibrating Off My Seat" With Excitement

by Alex Moaba, posted May 19th 2010 1:21PM
Excitement was in the air Tuesday night on the cable news channels as a mini-Super Tuesday saw Senate primary battles going on Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas, with a special election in Jack Murtha's former Congressional seat in upstate Pennsylvania. It was as if Christmas had come early for the anchors hosting the coverage, who were so pumped up they could barely contain themselves. At the end of 'Countdown' (weeknights, 8PM ET on MSNBC), as Keith Olbermann was tossing his show over to 'The Rachel Maddow Show,' Maddow went on a riff about how excited she was to be covering real elections again.

Describing her enthusiasm, she told Keith she was having "election night sweats," and that she was "vibrating off my seat at a height of about six inches." Olbermann visibly struggled not to burst out laughing, and instead warned Rachel that she was "getting into Matthews territory here," a reference to his co-host's infamous "I feel a thrill running up my leg comment" after listening to a Barack Obama speech. Always self-deprecating, Rachel laughed it off and told Keith she appreciated the warning.

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