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Levi Johnston Talks Bristol Palin, Calls Sarah Palin "Hostile" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 25th 2010 2:16AM
Levi Johnston Talks Bristol Palin, Calls Sarah Palin 'Hostile'The feud between Sarah Palin and former son-in-law Levi Johnston continues. Levi appeared on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO). On the show, Johnston discussed his campaign to become the new mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Levi also dished about his relationship with Bristol Palin ... and shared his feelings about Sarah Palin.

Bill Maher wanted to know whether Johnston was still in contact with Bristol Palin. Levi was pretty nonchalant about the whole thing. This was his response: "We're friends." The host was surprised that the young man no longer had feelings for Bristol.

Levi took a break from acting blasé -- in order to confess that he was cheering for Bristol on 'Dancing With the Stars.' That's very polite, coming from a jilted lover.

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Bill Maher Shows Montage of Christine O'Donnell Exasperating a Bevy of Panelists on 'Politically Incorrect' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 18th 2010 9:51AM
Watching the Delaware senatorial debate between Christine O'Donnell and Chris Coons gave Bill Maher an idea for a segment on 'Real Time' (Friday, 10 PM ET on HBO), which doubled as a message to Chris Coons.

"I saw (O'Donnell) debate this week and, I thought, she is exasperating this poor guy. And I wanted to send (Coons) this clip . . . to show that she has exasperated a lot of people," Maher explained, before showing a hilarious montage of O'Donnell befuddling a range of guests on Maher's old show, 'Politically Incorrect.'

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Bill Maher Gets an Expert Opinion on Christine O'Donnell -- She's "Spectacularly Stupid" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 11th 2010 1:15AM
Bill Maher Gets an Expert Opinion on Christine O'Donnell -- She's 'Spectacularly Stupid'Bill Maher's feud with Delaware Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell has generated national headlines. On the new episode of 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO), the host added more fuel to the fire.

Christine believes in creationism -- she thinks the earth was made about six thousand years ago. As a result, O'Donnell also believes that evolution is a "myth." On Maher's previous show, 'Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher,' she posed a fairly head-scratching question to the host. If evolution is real, she asked, then "why aren't monkeys still evolving into humans?" Hmm. That's a good one.

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Aaron Sorkin Channels Bill Maher, Almost Word For Word, on 'Parker Spitzer' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 5th 2010 2:30PM
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was a guest on the series premiere of 'Parker Spitzer' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on CNN), and he had nothing nice to say about Sarah Palin, who he bluntly called an "idiot." As for the Republicans, he had this to say:

"The Democrats may have moved into the center, but the Republicans have moved into a mental institution."

This piece of political red meat struck us as awfully similar to something Bill Maher said last Thursday when he was on 'The O'Reilly Factor.'

"The left moved to the center and the right moved into a mental institution," Maher had told O'Reilly.

Hmm, maybe not as embarrassing as wearing the same dress on the red carpet, but it looks like two Hollywood liberals have been caught shopping at the same talking points store.

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Bill O'Reilly And Bill Maher Debate Religion and Universial Health Care (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 1st 2010 3:45PM
In part two of his interview with Bill Maher on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (Weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) Bill O'Reilly engaged Maher in a generally civil and entertaining debate about biblical literalism, atheism, Jesus and other religious topics.

It should come as no surprise that the two Bills didn't agree on much. But, briefly, they seemed to reach a consensus on where Jesus would stand on health care for all.

"Jesus seemed to be a pretty good guy to me," O'Reilly argued. "And I think if Jesus would be in charge of the country, or the world, we would all be in a lot better place."

"I think if Jesus was in charge of the country we'd probably have health care for everybody," Maher shot back.

"That might be true, because he can multiply the loaves and fishes," O'Reilly agreed, sarcastically throwing the biblical literalism Maher had been accusing Christians of following (and O'Reilly had been denying Christians follow) back at the comedian.

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Bill Maher: Republican Party a Bunch of 'Religious Lunatics, Flat-Eathers and Civil War Reenactors' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 30th 2010 3:27PM
Bill Maher and Bill O'Reilly squared off on the state of conservatism in America on Wednesday night's 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News.)

O'Reilly began the segment by telling Maher that he remembered that Maher used to be a lot less liberal. Maher agreed, but said that wasn't because his political philosophy shifted, but rather because "the left moved to the center and the right moved into a mental institution."

"There used to be ideological differences that were understandable," Maher explained. "That has gone away."

"The Republican party now is just a bunch of religious lunatics, flat-earthers and Civil War reenactors,' Maher continued, making O'Reilly laugh with his characterization. "So I don't think it was me who changed so much."

Maybe someday Maher will tell us what he really thinks.

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Stephen Colbert to Tea Party Candidate Christine O'Donnell: "Come on My Show!" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 28th 2010 2:46AM
Stephen Colbert to Tea Party Candidate Christine O'Donnell: 'Come on My Show!'Well, it's time for Round Two of Stephen Colbert vs. Christine O'Donnell. Previously, as you may remember, Stephen unleashed the 'CHRISTINE O'DONNELL CLIP PREDICTOR 3000,' as part of an effort to determine what would be the next bizarre story involving the Republican candidate from Delaware.

He also threatened to keep on predicting weird stories about Ms. O'Donnell -- unless she gave up and made an appearance on his show. (This, by the way, was a parody of host Bill Maher, who has said he will keep showing video clips of Christine until she returns to his show 'Politically Incorrect.')

But sadly, Stephen's last ploy failed ... and failed badly, because O'Donnell wants nothing to do with him. So on the latest 'Colbert Report,' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), he resorts to a different tactic.

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Christine O'Donnell Calls Evolution a 'Myth' In Old Clip From 'Politically Incorrect' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 27th 2010 9:46AM
Soon after Christine O'Donnell catapulted into the national consciousness, Bill Maher announced that he was going to start releasing clips of embarrassing appearances O'Donnell made on his old show, 'Politically Incorrect,' unless the GOP candidate for senate from Delaware agreed to appear on his current show, 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Friday, 10 PM ET on HBO)

O'Donnell has yet to meet those terms, so Maher used this week's 'Real Time' to play old footage of O'Donnell talking evolution.

"Evolution is a myth ...' said O'Donnell, in the "Political Incorrect' clip from October 15, 1998.

"Evolution is a myth," Maher repeated, incredulously. "Have you ever looked at a monkey?"

"Then why aren't monkeys still evolving into humans?" was how a young O'Donnell dealt with Maher's rhetorical question.

Our favorite part of the old clip has to be the reaction of Twisted Sister front-man Dee Snider. While Maher and the other panelists get all huffy about O'Donnell's scientifically dubious remarks, Snider remains completely unfazed. This is probably because a couple decades as a shock-rocker will leave you immune to just about any kind of absurdity.

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Actor Jon Hamm: The Tea Party Is "Racist" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 20th 2010 3:14AM
Actor Jon Hamm -- the Tea Party Is The latest episode of 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO) dealt with the important topic of the Tea Party. And host Bill Maher started off with this question: "Anybody think this Tea Party is racist?" Guest Jon Hamm agreed that he thinks the party is a racist movement.

Jon, Bill, and the rest of the guests discussed the most recent provocation from Newt Gingrich. Apparently, Gingrich said that President Barack Obama was a person who was "outside our comprehension." Newt also said this:

"This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president."

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Bill Maher Claims He Launched Career of Christine O'Donnell (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 15th 2010 11:52AM
Christine O'Donnell rocked the political establishment when she defeated Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary Tuesday. According to Bill Maher, she would have never done it without him.

On 'Larry King Live' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on CNN) King explained to his audience how Maher, his guest, "brought us" Christine O'Donnell.

"I really did," Maher agreed. "Christine O'Donnell was one of our most frequent guests on 'Politically Incorrect.' People ... may not remember that we created people like Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham (on that show)."

"We liked to book a lot of female conservatives," Maher explained. "They were good press and good for the show."

"We loved Christine O'Donnell, I still like her, you can not not like her. She is such a nice person."

Nevertheless, later on the show Maher made in clear he thinks O'Donnell's views are wacky, and that the Tea Party-backed candidate has no chance of winning in the general election.

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Bill Maher Is Against Ground Zero Mosque, Calls Sarah Palin 'Evil Dingbat' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 14th 2010 4:05AM
Bill Maher Talks Mosque, Sarah Palin on 'Tonight Show'Bill Maher had some strong words (as he usually does) on the issue of the proposed mosque/Islamic center near Ground Zero and on Sarah Palin. If you know the least bit about the comedian and political commentator, you can already guess what he thinks.

On 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), Maher said he is against the mosque -- and all religious centers. Houses of worship "perpetuate mass delusion."

However, he understands that "there's a thing in this country called the First Amendment. And if somebody ever read it to Sarah Palin, she would understand that you're supposed to be allowed to worship whatever fairy tale you want to, wherever you want to ... Mel Gibson is allowed to build a church -- so should Islam."

He went on to discuss Palin, calling her an "evil dingbat." Throughout the monologue, the studio audience responded with a mixture of hearty agreement and weak, scattered clapping.

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Rachel Maddow Discusses Rush Limbaugh's Big Gay Wedding (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 14th 2010 1:15AM
Rachel Maddow Discusses Rush Limbaugh's Big Gay WeddingIn surprising recent news, Rush Limbaugh had Elton John perform at his wedding ceremony. It was Limbaugh's fourth wedding, and the singer received a $1 million fee to play at the event.

On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO), Maher and his guests discussed the controversy. Elton John is -- quite obviously -- gay, and Rush Limbaugh has frequently come out strongly against gay marriage and gay rights. As a result, many people felt that Elton's performance was ... odd, to say the least.

Appearing on the show was MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow, the first openly gay anchor to host a prime-time TV program. Maher asked her how much money it would take to get her to sing at Rush's marriage. Maddow replied that she was "sort of against weddings" in general.

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Judd Apatow Discusses How Awesome He Is on 'Bill Maher' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 6th 2010 8:30PM
Judd Apatow Discusses How Awesome He Is on 'Bill Maher'Well, to be fair, the title of this column is slightly inaccurate. It's actually host Bill Maher who brings up the topic of the potential awesomeness of director Judd Apatow -- creator of such films as 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' and 'Knocked Up.'

As it turns out, Bill and Judd are good friends. And on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO), Bill does his friend the honor of comparing him to famed director John Hughes. We're a little uncomfortable with anyone being compared to the god among men who made 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' But Apatow's movies are pretty consistently funny, so we'll let it pass.

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What's On Tonight: 'Party Down,' 'Clone Wars,' 'Ben 10,' 'NFL Draft'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 23rd 2010 1:07PM
'Party Down' returns for a new season at 10 p.m. on Starz
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

Starts at 7:00
ESPN: '2010 NFL Draft' -- Rounds 2 and 3

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Wife Swap'
The CW: 'Smallville'
NBC: 'Who Do You Think You Are?' -- Two Hours
Cartoon Network: 'Ben 10: Ultimate Alien' and 'Generator Rex'
Disney: 'The Suite Life on Deck'
Nick: 'Big Time Rush' and 'Victorious'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' -- Season (series?) finale
Animal Planet: 'I Shouldn't Be Alive'
Cartoon Network: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
CMT: 'Gator 911' and 'Danger Coast'
Discovery: 'Swamp Loggers'
HBO: 'The Ricky Gervais Show' and 'The Life & Times of Tim'
National Geographic: 'Dog Whisperer'
TeenNick: 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'
TLC: 'Say Yes to the Dress' -- Season premiere. Two 30-minute episodes
SyFy: 'Stargate Universe'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: '20/20' -- Stories on false accusations
CBS: 'Miami Medical'
BBC America: 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' -- Idris Elba; Kiefer Sutherland; Gemma Arterton; performance by Alphabeat
CMT: 'Smoke Jumpers'
HBO: 'Real Time With Bill Maher' -- Journalist Matthew Continetti; security expert Susan Eisenhower; Rep. Alan Grayson; counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke; activist Dr. Jack Kevorkian
Discovery: 'American Loggers' -- Season finale
E! 'The Soup'
Food Network: 'Private Chefs of Beverly Hills'
SyFy: 'Merlin'
Starz: 'Party Down' and 'Gravity' -- Season and series premieres, respectively
TLC: 'Four Weddings'

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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More Maher, 'Real Time,' in 2011 and Beyond

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 15th 2010 9:52PM
Bill Maher on HBO's 'Real Time' renewed for a ninth seasonBill Maher will be working in 'Real Time' at least through 2011. HBO announced today they have signed the political comic and host to a ninth season of 'Real Time with Bill Maher,' which will launch in early 2011 and include 35 episodes, rather than the usual order of 24.

HBO added two years to his contract, one year of which includes 'Real Time,' and the other year is content to be determined. His contract had been set to expire at the end of this season.

In all likelihood, Maher will at least film another stand-up special for HBO. He's already done seven hour-long specials for them, including 'Bill Maher... But I'm Not Wrong,' which premiered in February, and two half-hour specials. And considering the topical nature of his material, he has to burn it and move on before it gets to be old news. There are few things sadder in comedy than a supposedly topical comedian who won't let go of his Lewinsky jokes (it's rare now, but every so often, you do hear one).

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