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Michael Moore: Democrats Should Run Tom Hanks or Oprah for President (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 15th 2011 4:45AM
Michael Moore, 'The Colbert Report'We get that you're serious and passionate about your issues, Michael Moore. But sometimes you just need to lighten up and play along. On 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on Comedy Central), Stephen Colbert had to practically beg him to participate in an imaginary scenario.

Colbert wanted to talk about a fantasy 2012 presidential campaign where Barack Obama was not the Democratic nominee. Once Moore finally agreed to play along, he presented an interesting notion.

"The Republicans, they run actors all the time and they win because they're beloved figures," Moore said. He went on to rattle off several examples, and then asked, "How come the Democrats don't run Tom Hanks or Oprah?"

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Michael Moore: Sex Crime Charges Against Julian Assange 'Stink to the High Heavens' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 15th 2010 12:05PM
Filmmaker Michael Moore has offered $20,000 to help Julian Assange make bail. The WikiLeaks president is currently in a London jail, and faces charges of "sex by surprise" in Sweden.

Moore discussed his support of Assange on 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weeknights, 8 PM ET on MSNBC), telling Olbermann he has no problem posting bail for a man who has been accused of a sex crime, because he believes the charges are suspicious.

"This whole thing stinks to the high heavens, I got to tell you. I mean I wasn't born yesterday. . . We've seen this before. Now, to this guilt or innocent . . . what they say he did . . . his condom broke during consensual sex."

Moore, like others have, is suggesting Assange's legal problems are retribution for revealing state secrets on WikiLeaks. A pretty good counter to this conspiracy theory is that the charges against Assange are so bizarre and flimsy (as we currently understand them) that no self-respecting government would even considering using them to frame an enemy.

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Michael Moore to Obama: 'Please Take Off Your Pink Tutu' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 15th 2010 9:30PM
Michael Moore thinks President Barack Obama needs to get tougher with the GOP and fight for the people. Appearing on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (weekdays, 10PM ET on HBO), Moore had a colorful way of expressing this opinion:

"I would like to say to (Obama,) with all due respect, to please take off your pink tutu,because it's time to put on the boxing gloves and go fighting for the people."

With all due respect to Michael Moore, if you are going to tell a man to take off his pink tutu, you should probably nix the patronizing "with all due respect" qualifier. (Unless he actually is wearing a pink tutu.)

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Michael Moore and Lawrence O'Donnell Mock Notion that President Obama Can Get Anything Done With New GOP House Majority (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 4th 2010 4:51PM
On the 'Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays, 10 PM ET on MSNBC) O'Donnell and Michael Moore discussed the conciliatory tone President Obama took toward the GOP in his press conference the day after the midterm election.

O'Donnell seemed to suggest that Obama was correct for trying to find common ground with the new Republican House majority. Moore disagreed, and, as the discussion continued, it became clear that O'Donnell was being sarcastic when he first praised Obama's willingness to reach across the aisle. The two went on to voice the progressive critique that Obama is foolish for thinking he can get anything done with the Republicans, who are bent on his political destruction.

"That sounds good, that's why we all like Obama as a human being, he's really a good. . ," Moore said, shooting down O'Donnell's suggestion that Obama had done the right thing by reaching out.

"Good guy," O'Donnell said, finishing Moore's thought.

"Good guy, really good guy," Moore agreed.

"He's very well meaning," O'Donnell explained, his sarcasm becoming more and more apparent.

"Generous of spirit, O'Donnell added, leaving no doubt.

"Gentle," Moore contributed.

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

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Michael Moore Wishes The Chilean Government Was in Charge of BP Disaster (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 14th 2010 4:17PM
Michael Moore was likely booked to appear on 'Larry King Live' (weekdays 9 PM ET on CNN) Wednesday well before anyone knew that would be the day the last Chilean miner was pulled to the surface. And it should surprise no one that Moore used his appearance to do what he usually does: Criticize the powers-that-be in the United States.

"I was thinking, sitting here watching this, that the next time we have a hole in the Gulf of Mexico, we need to call in the Chilean government," Moore told King with a laugh.

"It took us three months to plug a seven inch hole," Moore continued, comparing the American government's efforts to plug the leak in the BP disaster unfavorably to the 69 days it took for Chile to get their miners out.

Of course, Moore neglected to discuss the rather extraordinary difference in the two tasks, from an engineering standpoint. Nor did he mention that the actual drilling in Chile was done by an American, working for an American-Chilean company.

"You never quit, do you Michael," was King's exasperated response to Moore's relentless, less-than-logical criticism.

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Academy Awards Broadcast Was a Comedy of Errors and an Error of Comedy

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 7:38AM
The Best Picture goes to
There was a great industry joke lobbed at the Hollywood awards machine by the short-lived but loved TV cartoon 'The Critic.' The joke featured a Midwestern farmer and his boy spotting a plane headed to Hollywood.

"Yep, son," the wide-eyed farm says with a big pitchfork in his all-American paw, "on that plane are the people who fill our lives with blockbuster movies, moronic situation comedies, awards shows where awards shows win awards. Get my gun, boy."

If the 82nd Academy Awards takes home an Emmy or even a nomination for their television broadcast, just about every middle American farmer with a sidearm will land on a terror alert watch list and every first class flight from New York to Hollywood will have to divert over the Gulf of Mexico in order to avoid the inevitable strafe of gunfire from America's heartland.

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CNN consults programming advice from ... ESPN?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 29th 2010 11:00AM
Once again people, I'm forced to ask the question: what the hell is going on here? Is up now down? Has black become white? Did Keith Olbermann just spend an inordinate amount of time and energy in his last "Special Comment" to discussing why Glenn Beck is TV's most "huggable" pundit?

CNN has been looking for ways to prop up their sagging ratings in the never-ending cable news wars by becoming a network that actually just delivers news as opposed to "from-the-hip," unsubstantiated opinions, as long as you don't count their constant monitoring of their viewers' Twitter feeds. Apparently they are so desperate for a format change that they have consulted a former ESPN producer to suggest ways to revamp their style.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 2nd 2009 2:02PM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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The Jay Leno Show: Michael Moore

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 16th 2009 3:37PM
Jay Leno hosting The Jay Leno ShowThe late night talk show process hasn't been refined in any major way since the early days of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Well there is Carson Daly's show, but I don't count that as a late night talk show ... or a show, for that matter.

You've got your monologue, your one or two comedy bits or sketches and banter with the band and the sidekick, throw in two or three guests, end with a musical performance and you're done. It's comedy by the numbers that works as long as the comedy is funny.

So it's refreshing to see Jay Leno and company retooling the format of the bit, even if the result still screams of the old show. It's also nice to see a show that knows and plays on Leno's strengths and weaknesses as a comedian and a talk show host with the skills of an NFL offensive coordinator, even if it sometimes feels as though that offensive coordinator works for the Detroit Lions.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted May 23rd 2009 1:06PM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

  • Did you know that ten members of the Wayans family makes appearances in Dance Flick? Read the review here.
  • If you remember, when Heath Ledger passed away, he was in the middle of filming the Terry Gilliam film, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. It premiered at Cannes this week; you can read the review here.
  • Michael Moore's next film sets its release date. It's a look at the current financial crisis, and comes out October 2, a year and a day after the $700 million Wall Street bailout.
  • I'm saying right here and right now, that I have zero interest in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so I would already be in trouble. Cinematical asks, "What films would you break up over?"
  • It's been getting mixed reviews, so Cinematical asks how you rate Terminator Salvation.

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Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List - Season Four Premiere

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 13th 2008 5:24PM
Kathy Griffin(S04E01) Kathy Griffin is back, or as I choose to call her now Emmy Girl. Yes, the Emmy is on full display. In your face, everyone, Kathy's got an Emmy! Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List won the Emmy last year and if this first episode is a sample of what season four has in store, that Emmy is going to get a companion. This show is riotous. And irreverent and a perfect blend of comedy and celebrity reality which is really unreality because how many of us interact with Anderson Cooper and Michael Moore?

Kathy Griffin has found the perfect genre for her particular brand of comedy. A sitcom wouldn't capture her true character, strict stand-up is not her best venue (although she's gotten very good at it), and a talk show would force her to chat with others and appear interested. The My Life on the D-List format works for her and she's found a way to incorporate stand up, situation comedy and guests into a reality hour that highlights her being funny. She has supporting players -- Team Griffin, Jessica, Tiffany, Tom and Kathy's adorable mom, Maggie -- as her comic foils and partners in crime.
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Talk Talk: Adam Sandler, Floyd Landis, Fountains of Wayne

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 19th 2007 5:55PM
  • Queen LatifahCharlie Rose: Zeng Peiyan
  • The Daily Show: Adam Sandler
  • The Colbert Report: Michael Moore
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Kevin James and White Rabbit
  • Jay Leno: Don Cheadle, Miley Cyrus, and Puddle of Mudd
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sean Hayes, Chris Hansen, and Kalai
  • Tavis Smiley: Mel Jones and James Gibson (repeat)
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Queen Latifah, Matt Groening, and Fountains of Wayne
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Rosie Perez, David Milch, and Patti Smith (repeat)
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Floyd Landis and The Bravery

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jun 29th 2007 4:35PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
  • Big Brother 8 premieres next week, and it has a twist I'm feeling a little suspicious about.
  • Josh Duhamel says the bad reputation that soap actors have in Hollywood is unfair.
  • Michael Moore is having a hard time keeping his TV interviews these days.
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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Talk Talk: Robin Williams, George Foreman, Dr. Phil

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 28th 2007 5:58PM
  • Don CheadleCharlie Rose: Paul Simon
  • The Daily Show: Claire Danes
  • The Colbert Report: Doug Bailey
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Robin Williams and Julie Chen
  • Jay Leno: Dr. Phil and Velvet Revolver
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: George Foreman, Jennifer Esposito, and Tiger Army
  • Tavis Smiley: Michael Moore and Don Cheadle
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Jake Gyllenhaal, Lance Armstrong, and Bayside (repeat)
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Ludacris, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Bobby Valentino
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Cheryl Hines and Midnight Movies (repeat)

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The Daily Show: June 27, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 28th 2007 4:04AM
Michael Moore"You Don't Know Dick": First of all, I hope I never hear the phrase "Dick nugget" ever again. Secondly, Dick Cheney's lair is nothing but a pixelated mess in Google Earth. Maybe it's the sleep deprivation, but I laughed a little too hard at the "very low-resolution spider" joke. I want pixelation powers.

"Clusterfuck to the White House": A member of Rudy Giuliani's campaign team had some cocaine problems, so the cocaine problem guy had his "NAACP equals National Association of Retarded People" daddy take his place. Speaking of inhaling stuff, Former EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman says she's not responsible for allowing people to work among the Ground Zero asbestos. I really wish some of the big news networks would start using old news clips the way The Daily Show does. It's depressingly effective.

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