Jim Carrey Takes Trump Presidency to ‘Extinction Level’ in Latest Political Cartoon (Photo)

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Jim Carrey hits the panic button in his latest objet d’art, depicting President Donald Trump as a flaming, screaming asteroid headed for earth and saying his presidency will become an “extinction level event.”
In his political cartoon…

Trump Threatens ‘SNL’ With Federal Investigation Because They Mock Him

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Donald Trump threatened “Saturday Night Live” and other late-night shows with a federal investigation for poking fun of him, calling it in a Sunday tweet, “one sided [sic] media coverage.”

“It’s truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of ‘the other side.’ Like an advertisement without consequences. Same with Late Night Shows,” the POTUS wrote.

“Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?” he added in a subsequent tweet. “There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia! Such one sided [sic] media coverage, most of it Fake News. Hard to believe I won and am winning. Approval Rating 52%, 93% with Republicans. Sorry! #MAGA”

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Gallup’s last Donald Trump’s Presidential Job Approval Ratings (for March 1-10, 2019) stood at 39 percent, while 57 percent disapprove.

“SNL” ran a repeat Saturday of the Christmas 2018 episode in which the cold open — titled “It’s a Wonderful Trump” — had Trump get his wish that he had never become president, and the circle of people around him led happier lives as a result. The president was clearly fired up when that episode originally aired on Dec. 15, tweeting at the time, “It is nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal?”

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“Comedy programs are under exactly zero legal obligation to be even-handed in their satire, regardless of whether the butt of their jokes is a political figure,” Law&Crime columnist Elura Nanos wrote Sunday. “Similarly, news programs are legally permitted to be as one-sided as they like. As an agency of the federal government, the FCC must adhere to the limitations set out by the First Amendment — which means that censoring speech based on its political content is as illegal as it gets.”

“Saturday Night Live” is a satire show that has mocked every president since Gerald Ford in 1976,  along with a number of political figures. President Trump hosted “SNL” on April 2004 and Nov. 7, 2015.

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‘Running With Beto,’ Shia LaBeouf’s ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ Win SXSW Audience Awards

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Beto O’Rourke was a winner at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas, or at least the film chronicling his campaign to unseat Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate, “Running With Beto,” was, as it took home the Audience Award for Documentary Spotlight Saturday.

The audience favorite Narrative Spotlight section went to “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” starring Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern. The film is about a young man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) who runs away from a nursing home to become a professional wrestler.

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Headliners and 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award winners will be announced on Monday, March 19.

Here’s a complete list of Saturday’s winners:

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
“Saint Frances
”
Director: Alex Thompson

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
“For Sama
”
Directors: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT 

“The Peanut Butter Falcon
”
Director: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT
“Running With Beto
”
Director: David Modigliano

VISIONS
“The Garden Left Behind”
Director: Flavio Alves

MIDNIGHTERS
“Boyz In the Wood
”
Director: Ninian Doff

EPISODIC PREMIERES
“Ramy
”
Showrunner: Bridget Bedard

GLOBAL
“Cachada: The Opportunity
”
Director: Marlén Viñayo

FESTIVAL FAVORITES
“Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins”
Director: Janice Engel

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
“Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse”
Directors: Brian Mah, James Ramirez

VIRTUAL CINEMA JURY AWARD WINNERS

360° VIDEO: DOCUMENTARY
“Send Me Home”
Director: Cassandra Evanisko

360° VIDEO: NARRATIVE
“Metro Veinte: Cita Ciega”
Director: Maria Belen Poncio

INTERACTIVE
“Runnin’”
Director: Kiira Benzing

STORYTELLING
“Gloomy Eyes”
Director: Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado

BEST USE OF IMMERSIVE ARTS
“Home After War”
Director: Gayatri Parameswaran

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Tucker Carlson Refuses to Apologize for ‘Naughty’ Past Comments About Statutory Rape, ‘C–ty’ Women

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Sunday refused to apologize for a series of past comments about women and issues like statutory rape that surfaced in a YouTube compilation by Media Matters for America (MMFA).

During call-in segments on “Bubba the Love Sponge Show” between 2006 and 2011, the future Fox News host said that women enjoy being told to “be quiet and kind of do what you’re told” suggested that statutory rape isn’t like “pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting” them and described Martha Stewart’s daughter, Alexis, as “c–ty.”

In a statement on Sunday night, Carlson said, “Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

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Between 2006 and 2011, Carlson conversed with the shock jock about a variety of topics, including Warren Jeffs, one of FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” for his involvement in arranging illegal marriages between adults and underage girls.

In one 2009 audio recording, Carlson said, “I am not defending underage marriage at all — I just don’t think it’s the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child… The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different. I mean, let’s be honest about it.”

Carlson went on to call criminal charges against Jeffs “bulls—,” adding that “arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her.”

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He then mentioned reading a story about a teacher who molested her 13-year-old student “28 times in one week,” and asked Bubba, “Are you physically capable of doing that or do you take your hat off to this kid?” Carlson added, “So my point is that teacher’s like this, not necessarily this one in particular, but they are doing a service to all 13-year-old girls by taking the pressure off. They are a pressure relief valve, like the kind you have on your furnace.”

Other segments with Carlson on “Bubba the Love Sponge Show” had the conservative commentator suggesting the elimination of rape shield laws (“It gives the accuser all the power”), calling Martha Stewart’s daughter “very c—y,” and Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “two of the biggest white whores in America.”

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MMFA Communications Director Laura Keiter said in a statement, “Anyone remotely familiar with Tucker Carlson won’t be surprised by the misogyny. But what’s striking about these clips is that it comes off as so natural and normal for him; it’s like you’re getting a chance to see who Tucker Carlson really is and what those ideas really mean. The clips provide insight into the misogyny of his current Fox News show.”

A compilation of Carlson’s comments can be heard by clicking here.

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Kelly Catlin, US Olympic Silver Medalist in Cycling, Dies at 23

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U.S. track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the women’s pursuit team, has died. She was 23.

Catlin’s father, Mark, told cycling magazine VeloNews Sunday that she died by suicide Friday night.

“There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” Catlin wrote in a letter to VeloNews. “There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.”

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“The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss,” USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini said in a statement. “We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.”

Born and raised outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the youngest of triplets, Catlin also raced on the road for Rally UHC Pro Cycling Team and was pursuing a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford University.

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Jed Allan, ‘Days of Our Lives’ and ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Actor, Dies at 84

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Soap opera veteran Jed Allan, best known for playing Don Craig on “Days of Our Lives,” C.C. Capwell on “Santa Barbara” and Rush Sanders on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died Saturday. He was 84.

“So sorry to post the very sad news of my fathers [sic] passing tonight,” Allan’s son Rick posted on Facebook Saturday night. “He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others. Thank you for all who are part of this wonderful tribute to my dad on Facebook.”

Allan’s connection to the daytime drama genre began in the ’60s on the long-gone soaps “Love of Life” and “Secret Storm.” But it wasn’t until he joined “Days of Our Lives” in 1971 as attorney Don Craig and was romantically teamed up with Deidre Hall’s Dr. Marlena Evans that he became a daytime superstar. He remained on the show for 14 years, during which time he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor.

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In 1986, he joined the NBC show “Santa Barbara” as patriarch of the Capwell family, playing Robin Wright’s father, where he remained until 1993. Although he had numerous guest appearances on primetime shows up to that point, Allan endeared himself to a whole new audience when in 1994 he was cast in the recurring role of Rush Sanders, father of Ian Ziering’s character, Steve.

Allan stepped into the role of Edward Quartermaine on “General Hospital” for two years beginning in 2004 to fill in for an ailing John Ingle. Among his many other roles, Allan also appeared on “CSI: Miami,” “Six Feet Under,” “CHiPs” and “The Streets of San Francisco.”

Allan is survived by his sons Mitch, Dean and Rick.

Here are a few of Allan’s co-stars paying their respects on social media:

Goodbye for now to one of a kind, #JedAllen. His heart was as big as his fabulous swagger. Lots of laughs shared with him on #SantaBarbara & best of all my Kate was made in his stunning beach house that he let me rent for cheap the summer of 1997. I won’t ever forget that or him. https://t.co/mgAuzRbwPv

— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) March 10, 2019

“His gift was a formidable blend of professionalism and inspiration — a perennial rock in his preparation and a force of nature once the cameras rolled. He was also generous and kind and funny and fierce, and God knows he was beloved by those lucky enough to share a stage with him. I count it one of the great blessings of my career that I got to be one of those, and one of the great blessings of my life that I got to be his friend.” — A Martinez

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Pete Davidson Shades Those With ‘Crazy Fascination’ Over Age Gap With Kate Beckinsale (Video)

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Pete Davidson’s love life was once again a hot topic on “SNL,” when during last night’s Weekend Update he, basically, told those who question his romance with Kate Beckinsale to stick a fork in it.

“Apparently, people have a crazy fascination with our age difference, but it really doesn’t bother us,” Davidson said without mentioning Beckinsale — who is 20 years his senior — by name.

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“But then again, I’m new to this. So, if you have questions about a relationship with a big age difference, just ask…”

Then he rolled out the following list in rapid fire without coming up for air:

“Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Statham, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Jeff Goldblum, Scott Disick, Dane Cook, Derek Jeter, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, and whoever the president of France is. Mel Gibson, Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy, Kelsey Grammer, Larry King, Larry King, Larry King, Rod Stewart and Donald Trump.”

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The aftermath of Davidson’s breakup with fiancée, singer Ariana Grande in October 2018 caused great concern when two months later he shared a candid Instagram post about being suicidal. In January, the “SNL” star and “Underworld” actress were spotted together chatting at a Golden Globes afterparty, and were caught by photographers kissing at a New York Rangers game in March.

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‘SNL’: Pete Davidson Booed for Comparing R Kelly, Catholic Church (Video)

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Pete Davidson stopped by the Weekend Update desk on “Saturday Night Live,” where he called R. Kelly a “monster” who “should go to jail forever”… and then compared the disgraced R&B singer to the Catholic Church.

Davidson was prepped to talk about listening to R. Kelly and Michael Jackson’s music despite numerous sexual assault accusations surrounding each of them, prefacing the bit about Kelly with, “Before I continue, this guy is a monster and he should go to jail forever.”

He continued: “But if you support the Catholic Church, isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan?”

The spattering of laughter was over overpowered by groans and boos, and Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost looked a tad uncomfortable as he glanced into the crowd.

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Davidson went on. “I don’t really see the difference… only one’s music is significantly better. Just the other day my mom was like, ‘I’m going to Mass.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to go listen to the “Ignition” remix.’

“Look, I’m not saying it’s an easy decision,” Davidson continued. “I’m just saying you don’t know how good someone’s music really is until you find out they’re a pedophile. You know? The reason everybody is so upset is R. Kelly and Michael Jackson made great music, you know. But if I found out Macklemore did some weird stuff, I’d be happy to free up some space on my iPhone.”

Davidson said if you want to listen to music by artists like R. Kelly, “you just have to admit that they’re bad people.” He added, “All I’m saying is pretending these people never existed is maybe not the solution.”

You can watch the whole segment in the clip above.

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Alex Rodriguez popped “the question” and Jennifer Lopez “said yes.”
The MLB Hall of Famer tweeted a photo Saturday night of Lopez’s hand with a humongous diamond ring and the caption, “She said yes.”

The music…

Andrew Berends, Cameraman on Oscar-Winning ‘Free Solo,’ Dies at 46

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“Free Solo” cameraman and documentary filmmaker Andrew Berends has died. He was 46.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, co-director of the Oscar-winning film, posted a tribute to her “wonderful friend” on Instagram Sunday.

“We have lost a wonderful friend and an important filmmaker,” wrote Vasarhelyi, whom he collaborated with on several films, including, “Incorruptible,” “Little Troopers” and most recently on “Free Solo,” which won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar earlier this year.

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“You touched so many lives,” she continued. “I know the pain you felt was profound, real and relentless. I know you suffered. I can only hope you have finally found some peace and justice as you so deserve it. I’m sorry it was this way. Our community lost an amazing person. I will always love and remember you Andy.”

There is no indication that his death was connected to climbing or production on a documentary project.

Berends made several films that shed light on conflicts across the globe, particularly in Africa. During the filming of “Delta Boys,” which explored the militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, he was arrested, detained for 10 days, and expelled from the country by the Nigerian government in a bid to suppress media coverage of the conflict.

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His first documentary, “Urk,” about Dutch fishermen on the North Sea, was nominated for the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award, and was awarded the International Documentary Association “Courage Under Fire” award for his film “The Blood of My Brother” about an Iraqi family whose son was killed by an American patrol.

Read Vasarhelyi’s complete tribute in the post below.

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We have lost a wonderful friend and an important filmmaker – Andrew Berends. I first met Andy in 2006 when I saw his film Blood of my Brother. I was taken by his poignant and human images and asked our mutual friend Gwyn Welles to introduce us. We found that we had a lot in common including our passion for Africa. Andy and I went on to make 2 films together, Incorruptible and Little Troopers. We also collaborated on many other projects. We traveled throughout West Africa, Europe, Kosovo, the US and most recently he filmed with jimmy and my team on Free Solo. Andy’s intelligence, sensitivity, bravery, loyalty, strength, perfectionism and fierce sense of justice made him an excellent filmmaker and a trusted friend. Andy the images you captured and the stories you told are beautiful and critical and they will live on. Thank you for being my friend and collaborator all these years. I will miss your goofy sense of humor, your infectious hope, your gravely voice, your sensitivity, your great notes giving, your creativity, your biking outfits, your unique morning routines, your fraught but hilarious relationship stories, your unbridled passion, your exacting perfectionism, your love and your friendship. You protected me when things got tough both in and off the field. Your work was so so good. You accepted me and other friends worts and all — yet always demanded that we rise to our best selves. You required the same of yourself and that’s why you were such a good filmmaker and such a complex friend. You touched so many lives. I know the pain you felt was profound, real and relentless. I know you suffered. I can only hope you have finally found some peace and justice as you so deserve it. I’m sorry it was this way. Our community lost an amazing person. I will always love and remember you Andy. I encourage everyone to watch Andy’s remarkable films. Urk (2003) The Blood of My Brother (2005), Delta Boys (2012), Madina’s Dream (2015)

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Roseanne Barr Mocks Louis CK Accusers, Says Kamala Harris ‘Slept Her Way to the Bottom’ (Video)

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In a new interview, Roseanne Barr accused Louis C.K.’s accusers of wanting to trade sexual favors for money, and said Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris “slept her way to the bottom.”

The comedian sat down with conservative commentator Candace Owens in an interview that posted on YouTube Sunday to talk politics, Hollywood, race, religion and the #MeToo movement, taking specific aim at the women who accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct in his hotel room.

“If you don’t run out the room, and go, ‘Excuse me, you don’t talk to me that way, you don’t do that to me, excuse me,’ and leave, but you stayed around because you’re like” — she feigned tears — “‘I thought maybe he was gonna give me a writing job,’ well you ain’t nothing but a ho.”

She added, “They’re pretending that they didn’t go to trade sexual favors for money.”

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Barr called the California Democratic senator “Kama Sutra Harris.” Referring to the presidential contender’s romantic relationship with ex-San Francis Mayor Willie Brown more than 20 years ago, Owen said that Harris “slept her way to the top.”

Barr interjected, “She slept her way to the bottom.”

Barr said her insight into women is different than most because she has two sons — 23 and 40 — and five grandsons. “I know a ho when I see one,” she told Owens. “I’m telling ya, they come for my boys ’cause my boys, you know, I’m their mom and they’re, you know, we have a little bit money. So I got an eagle eye for this thing.”

You can watch and listen to Barr’s complete interview below.

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Janice Freeman, Former ‘The Voice’ Contestant, Dies at 33

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Janice Freeman, a contest from Season 13 of NBC’s “The Voice,” died Saturday from “complications of lupus and a bronchial infection,” the singer’s family announced on Facebook. She was 33.

“We are heartbroken to confirm the news that Janice Freeman unexpectedly passed on to a much more glorious incarnation yesterday,” reads the post on her official Facebook page. “Doctors believe a blood clot had formed in her lungs, which led to her quick demise.”

Freeman — whose health issues had included lupus, meningitis and cervical cancer — was at home in Pasadena with her husband Dion Saturday when she complained that she was having trouble breathing. He performed CPR until the arrival of paramedics, who transported her to the hospital, where she later was pronounced dead.

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Freeman was on “Team Miley” in Season 13 of the NBC talent show and placed in the top 11. Cyrus posted a tribute to her on Instagram Sunday, saying, “Thank you @janicefreeman…for everything. This represents you perfectly.”

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Several months ago, doctors had inserted a port-a-cath to ease her ongoing lupus treatments, but her immune system continued to remain depressed, with even common colds threatening more serious repercussions.

“She struggled every single day,” Dion said. “She was constantly in pain – literally, for years – but was sure she would conquer it all. She just kept on fighting.”

Freeman is also survived by her 12-year-old daughter, Hannah.

Watch Freeman’s performance on “The Voice” in the clip below.

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R. Kelly Fails to Post $100,000 Bail, Remains in Jail for 2nd Night

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R. Kelly failed to post the $100,000 bail Sunday, which means he’s spending a second night behind bars.

Following his surrender to Chicago police Friday night, Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. set Kelly’s bond at $1 million during a Saturday afternoon court appearance. Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four accusers — three of whom said prosecutors were underage — between 1998 and 2010. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney, told reporters Saturday that his client “really doesn’t have any money at this point” due to “mismanagement,” “hangers-on” and “bad deals.” He added, however, that Kelly would ultimately be able to come up with the $100,000 bail. That proved untrue.

But according to CNN, Kelly owes upwards of $169,000 in child support – which the court ordered him to pay by March 3 – and faces eviction from his Chicago studio for unpaid rent of more than $166,000.

Kelly’s legal representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

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Terrence Howard Supports Jussie Smollett: ‘We Love the Hell Outta You’ (Video)

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Terrence Howard spoke out in support of his “Empire” co-star Jussie Smollett Saturday night, posting a video on Instagram of the actor playing with a baby. It was captioned, “All your lil homies got you… We love the hell outta you.”

A commenter disagreed with Howard’s opinion of his TV son and called Smollet a “lying felon.” Howard responded, “Sorry you feel that way but that’s the only Jussie I know.”

Howard went on: “The Jussie I know could never even conceive of something so unconscious and ugly. His innocence or judgment is not for any of us to decide. Stay in your lane and my lane is empathy and love and compassion for someone I’ve called my son for five years. It’s God’s job to judge and it’s ours to love and hope, especially for those that we claim to have loved. There’s nothing more harmful than a fake friend!”

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Smollett turned himself into authorities on Thursday after being slapped with a felony charge of filing a false police report. After spending a few hours in custody, he posted $100,000 bond. In a press conference, Chicago police superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said the “Empire” star orchestrated a hate crime against himself because he was unhappy about his salary on the show.

The actor, however, has maintained his innocence, with his team releasing a statement saying Smollett “feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

On Friday, the show announced that they would remove Smollett’s character from the remaining two episodes of Season 5.

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Watch ‘Daily Show’ Mock Jussie Smollett With Fake Movie Trailer ‘Jussie’s Lie’ (Video)

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“The Daily Show” had a little fun at Jussie Smollett’s expense Friday.

Trevor Noah and his team of writers on the Comedy Central show were so taken with the “crazy story” of the “Empire” star being accused of staging his own attack that they decided it would make a great Lifetime TV movie — and they made a trailer to prove it.

“It seems like a fake story, and we’re, ‘It seems like the perfect Lifetime movie,’” Noah said. “So why not make a little movie?”

And as a birthday present for Noah, his creative team pulled together a trailer for “Jussie’s Lie,” a fake behind-the-scenes movie of how they think Smollett’s story came to pass.

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“Coming this fall, the story of a lie that rocked a nation,” the announcer says, fading into Jaboukie Young-White playing Smollett, who is sitting in his dressing room when he is handed a wad of cash by what is supposedly an “Empire” exec.

“What? $60,000? I’ve worked three days this week,” Young-White’s Smollett whines.

The “suit” replies, “Maybe you’re not as important as you think.” Young-White’s Smollett, throws the cash down and cries, “It’s not enough. It’s just not enough.”

And then he has a light bulb moment. He cuts letters from a magazine and pastes them on a threatening note… which erroneously reads, “I’m going to kill me.”

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Not taken seriously by the studio brass, the trailer says, “So he came up with a plan that would change his life forever.”

And the mock trailer continues with the hiring of his “attackers,” an explanation as to why bleach was the toxic liquid of choice, and the final outcome of the suspected orchestration.

Smollett “fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence,” a representative for the actor said in a statement on Thursday.

Watch Noah’s set up and the trailer itself in the clip below.

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Bill Maher Shreds Jeff Bezos: ‘Stop Playing Cities’ Against Each Other in Bid for Amazon’s New HQ (Video)

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Bill Maher took a swipe at Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, accusing the billionaire of “playing cities off against one another” in their effort to be the site of the company’s new headquarters.

“Amazon has scrapped its plans to build a giant headquarters in New York because the city balked at giving the richest company in the world a $3 billion tax bribe… so Amazon took their ball and went home,” Maher said on Friday’s “Real Time.”

“Herein lies a chance for Amazon to show the world that a tech company can actually do good,” he added.

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Maher said that America’s “flyover states” have become the “passed-over states,” with 238 cities and regions having submitted proposals to Amazon for the company to locate in their area, all of which were desperate for jobs.

“And Amazon picked two places that didn’t need them at all, places where prosperity already was. Bezos you’re worth 130 billion,” Maher said. “Take one for the team. Stop playing cities off against one another and help a dying one come back to life!”

The comedian said that if liberals are serious about winning elections, “They have to start recolonizing the parts of the country they’ve abandoned. Mississippi is the poorest state in the country.

“Amazon can buy the whole state and rename it Amazippi.”

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Watch this week’s New Rules segment in the video below.

“Real Time With Bill Maher” airs Friday nights at 7 p.m.PT/10 p.m.ET on HBO.

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Bill Maher Urges Rep. Adam Schiff to ‘Get In’ the Fox News ‘Bubble’ (Video)

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Bill Maher has a surprising suggestion for the House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff: Go on Fox News more.

On Friday night’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the Democratic representative from California said that “the job of a member of Congress is not to get reelected; it’s to do the right thing and still find a way to get reelected.”

Maher agreed, but said that the problem is that “no one who needs to hear this is hearing it,” adding: “Do you get invited on Fox News?”

Schiff said that he goes on from time to time and although Sean Hannity invites him onto his show “a lot,” he doesn’t go all that frequently.

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“You should go. That’s who needs to hear your message,” Maher said. “You gotta get in the bubble, man.”

“Here’s the thing about Fox News — and there are credible journalists on Fox News,” Schiff said, after which he paused and laughed, “Just trying to think of some.”

Schiff went on: “If there had been a Fox News when Richard Nixon was president, there would have been no premature end of his administration.”

Maher jumped in, saying, “Which is why you gotta there, man!”

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You can watch Maher’s interview with Schiff in the clip below.

“Real Time With Bill Maher” airs Friday nights at 7 p.m.PT/10 p.m.ET on HBO.

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Fergie’s Unique National Anthem One Year Ago Today Is Remembered Not-So Fondly

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Just when you thought Fergie’s… um… distinctive rendition of the National Anthem before the 2018 NBA All-Star Game was a thing of the past, social media steps up and throws you a reminder.

After Anthony Hamilton’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the start of this year’s All-Star game, folks on Twitter took a walk down Memory Lane by posting their favorite memes of Fergie’s 2018 interpretation of the song that gave everyone from Steph Curry to Jimmy Kimmel the giggles.

If your memory needs jogging, click here and turn up the volume if you dare.

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Here are a few of the many memes on Sunday remembering her unique take.

The #NBAAllStarGame definitely has some of the most unique renditions of the national anthem that I’ve ever heard. Can’t beat Fergie speaking whale last year though. ????

— Sarah (@Jazzbug20) February 18, 2019

I can’t believe it’s been a year since Fergie’s national anthem. where would we be without this ??”? remix? #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/7FANm78a4C

– kaye (@kayeisme) February 17, 2019

I’m in tears RT @Brannin: Lmaoooooo this one was funny as hell too. Fergie had this dog PISSED ???????? pic.twitter.com/VPSyouhelh

– ??” Chill Scott ??” (@JetFlyFendiii) February 18, 2019

Never forget @Fergie‘s botched performance last year ???????????? #NBAAllStar #NBAAllStarGame pic.twitter.com/yYxa4uvERm

– OfficialWilly2.0 (@therealwill17) February 18, 2019

Hey NBA , how come Fergie didn’t sin the National anthem?? @NBAonTNT oh yeah, cause she stinks at singing it!!! Thanks for that tirrable rendition last year!! Not!! #insidetheNBA pic.twitter.com/nJUlBZsdu5

– Anthony Cast (@AnthonyCast9) February 18, 2019

Is Fergie singing tonight? Please let Fergie sing tonight pic.twitter.com/HO1OrKgua0

– Kyle (@K_B_R15) February 18, 2019

Last year, Fergie’s ex-husband, Josh Duhamel, called Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green a “prick” for laughing on camera as Fergie wrapped up the anthem.

“I was pissed off at Draymond Green, first of all, I think he owed her an apology,” Duhamel said. “I thought he was kind of a prick, just because he knew the camera was on him and he snickered about it.”

Green, in response, joined several teammates — including Curry, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins — in clowning Fergie’s performance once again in the locker room skit.

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Bill Maher Accuses Nitpicking Democrats of Bashing Kamala Harris for Prosecutions… When She Was a Prosecutor (Video)

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Bill Maher took a jab at Democrats on Friday’s “Real Time” for finding fault in 2020 presidential hopefuls like Sen. Kamala Harris.

“Let’s give them a chance. Let’s not eat our own the way we nitpicked Hillary to death, he said.

In his end-of-show “New Rules” segment, Maher called for the end of “swiping left on perfectly good presidential candidates,” adding that the pattern appeared to already be set in stone.

“Kamala Harris has already had to play defense because it’s come out that when she was a prosecutor… she prosecuted people,” he said firmly.

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“Elizabeth Warren claimed to be Native American. So what? Trump claimed to be human,” he said, pointing out that the Massachusetts senator is the “champion of consumer rights in the age of income inequality.”

And Bernie Sanders? “We used to like him, but he didn’t personally chaperone everyone on his campaign, so he’s a sex monster once removed,” Maher said. “The candidate has to have tough standards for their staff, but not too tough,” he added, as a photo flashed of Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar, who has been accused of being too tough on her staff.

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“I gotta ask, do you mean actually abusive or what millennials think of as abusive, because I think it’s like the pain chart in the hospital,” Maher said. “And I think my generation’s two is your generation’s 10. So welcome to the real world, snowflakes!”

You can watch Maher’s entire “New Rules” segment in the video above.

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Watch Bill Maher’s Faux Ad for Trump Tower Office Space, Where You Can ‘Murder Journalists’ or ‘Mix Poison’

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Bill Maher said on Friday’s “Real Time” that business is down at Trump Tower in New York, but a new video advertising its luscious amenities shows that it is the ideal office space… for a “Russian oligarch who need to bribe the Trump family.”

“They made a video trying to get people … to buy office space in this building,” the HBO host said. But, he wondered who, exactly, the ad was targeted for. “The only people who are going to be interested are the Russians.”

The video shows a man guiding a tour through the 58-story building, but there’s one major edit to the legit advertisement — Maher’s thick Russian accent voiceover.

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“Are you a Russian oligarch who need to bribe Trump family? Then I have a deal for you. Launder your money through Trump Tower,” Maher said, adding, “Whether you need an entire floor for propaganda factory or just want room to mix poison.”

As the actor strolls by a window offering a picturesque view of Manhattan, Maher said, “Such big windows to keep open for sun or closed to murder journalists.”

The rug, Maher said, is stain resistant, “so if you have to have pee party with hookers, no stain for Robert Mueller to find.”

Citing the building’s “sexy” lobby and stairs that “move like magic,” Maher’s Russian character concluded, “Trump Tower: A great place when you want to get away…with crimes.”

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Watch Maher’s doctored video below and the original, real ad by clicking here.

Trump Tower: Call now and have our people collude with your people! pic.twitter.com/bI1AwKJA7p

– Real Time (@RealTimers) February 9, 2019

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