How To Watch Midterm Elections On TV And Online: Spoiler Alert, It’s Everywhere

Three of the broadcast networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — are ditching their primetime lineups tonight to offer live coverage of the midterm election.
This is kind of wall-to-wall coverage the networks usually reserve for the race for the White …

Three of the broadcast networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — are ditching their primetime lineups tonight to offer live coverage of the midterm election. This is kind of wall-to-wall coverage the networks usually reserve for the race for the White House. But the 2018 election cycle has attracted intense interest among voters and pundits who see the election as a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency. Democrats are hoping for a “blue wave” of angry voters to wash over the ballot…

‘Saturday Night Live’: Jonah Hill Sketch Proves Democrats Are So Nervous About the Midterm Elections They’re Going Insane

While “SNL” poked fun at the upcoming election, the show also made it clear everyone needs to get out and vote on November 6.

Jonah Hill hosted the final “Saturday Night Live” before the upcoming midterm elections, and he joined forces with the NBC sketch comedy show’s cast to rip the bandaid off Democrats’ fear of losing the vote and failing to swing the Congress back in the favor of blue states. “SNL” aired a mock political ad featuring Democrats so nervous about the election they’re practically losing their damn minds.

Whether it’s a worried mother (Heidi Gardner) lashing out at her children, a local florist (Kate McKinnon) chugging vases full of alcohol, or a medical doctor (Hill) huffing laughing gas, the “SNL” political ad perfectly captures the current state of anxiety Democrats are facing. The sketch’s absurdity was funny, but it was all coming from a place of urgency as the ad made it clear people need to get out and vote.

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“Saturday Night Live” was the latest program to encourage people to go and vote for Democrats at the polls on November 6. Richard Linklater made headlines throughout October for directing a series of Texas political ads slamming Ted Cruz and encouraging people in the state to vote for Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Texas is viewed as one of the most critical states to flip from red to blue in the election. Linklater was followed by similarly Democrat-driven political ads directed by the likes of Darren Aronofsky and Jodie Foster.

Numerous celebrities’ social media pages have also become devoted to encouraging people to vote in the lead up to the election. Laura Dern has turned her Instagram story into a list of Democrats to vote for in each state, while Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt took a break from filming Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” to release a video explaining why this election is one of the most important to take part in.

Watch “Saturday Night Live” take on the election in the video below.

Chuck Todd Readies For Second ‘Meet The Press’ Documentary Film Fest As Supreme Court Controversy At Full Boil

Chuck Todd is about to host Meet The Press’s second MTP FIlm Festival as the Senate is about to formally confirm wildly controversial Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Held in Washington, D.C. this Sunday and Monday, the sold-out documentary …

Chuck Todd is about to host Meet The Presss second MTP FIlm Festival as the Senate is about to formally confirm wildly controversial Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Held in Washington, D.C. this Sunday and Monday, the sold-out documentary film festival, which MTP is presenting with AFI, will screen short political documentaries from HBO, Netflix, The New York Times and other filmmakers, selected by Todd and his staff, that speak to topics on voters’ minds with the m…

Pro-Russia Action Film ‘Maximum Impact’ Hits US Theaters This Weekend – in Case You Didn’t Know

If watching Tiffany Haddish put Kevin Hart through the educational wringer in “Night School” isn’t enticing you to go to the movies this weekend, perhaps a Russian action comedy in which Russian spies team up with the CIA might be your thing.

Or not.

Director Andrezj Bartkowiak — an action maven who has worked on films like “Speed” and directed Jet Li in multiple films — is offering up “Maximum Impact,” a film that sees Russian FSB agents (of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation) team up with the CIA in order to stop their respective countries from declaring nuclear war after the grandaughter of the secretary of state — played by Eric Roberts — is kidnapped. The film is a co-production between Russian studio Czar Pictures and Hollywood Storm, a L.A.-based outlet created by the movie’s leading star, Moscow-born Alexander Nevsky.

So what’s the comedy part? Well, there’s a Secret Service agent played by Tom Arnold — whose character has a bladder problem — and a drug lord played by famed Hollywood bad guy actor Danny Trejo. There are also some unintentional laughs about the film’s poster, which movie buffs on Reddit have noted bears a striking resemblance to the 2017 Michael Keaton black ops action film “American Assassin.” Billy Baldwin also appears in the film as a shadowy American.

Also Read: ‘Maximum Impact’ Film Review: Pro-Russian Action-Comedy Serves Up Misogyny Alongside Propaganda

But April Wolfe, in her review for TheWrap, calls it a propaganda film. And a bad one at that.

“It’s not not a worthy cause to portray Russian citizens in a more flattering light; god knows American propagandistic films painted Soviets as the big bad for decades, and that’s not an easy image recovery,” she wrote.  “But hoo-boy, this movie has some pretty blatant intentions of specifically making the FSB (née KGB) look nice and not shady at all. Whatever, that’s fine. American cinema isn’t short on pro-CIA narratives. But aside from the political implications, you’ll find this film is also quite hateful of women, too.”

The film was released in Russia last November, but barely made a dent at the box office with Box Office Mojo reporting a gross of just under $32,000. Now it’s coming out in limited release via CineTel this weekend in advance of a digital/VOD release on Tuesday, less than six weeks before a U.S. midterm election that has newspapers reporting on whether Russia will try to interfere. 

Watch the trailer here:


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‘Maximum Impact’ Film Review: Pro-Russian Action-Comedy Serves Up Misogyny Alongside Propaganda

CNN Reporters Defend Trump-Russia Piece in Wake of Blowback: ‘CNN Stands by Its Story’

Steven Seagal Named ‘Special Representative’ for Russia’s Foreign Ministry

If watching Tiffany Haddish put Kevin Hart through the educational wringer in “Night School” isn’t enticing you to go to the movies this weekend, perhaps a Russian action comedy in which Russian spies team up with the CIA might be your thing.

Or not.

Director Andrezj Bartkowiak — an action maven who has worked on films like “Speed” and directed Jet Li in multiple films — is offering up “Maximum Impact,” a film that sees Russian FSB agents (of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation) team up with the CIA in order to stop their respective countries from declaring nuclear war after the grandaughter of the secretary of state — played by Eric Roberts — is kidnapped. The film is a co-production between Russian studio Czar Pictures and Hollywood Storm, a L.A.-based outlet created by the movie’s leading star, Moscow-born Alexander Nevsky.

So what’s the comedy part? Well, there’s a Secret Service agent played by Tom Arnold — whose character has a bladder problem — and a drug lord played by famed Hollywood bad guy actor Danny Trejo. There are also some unintentional laughs about the film’s poster, which movie buffs on Reddit have noted bears a striking resemblance to the 2017 Michael Keaton black ops action film “American Assassin.” Billy Baldwin also appears in the film as a shadowy American.

But April Wolfe, in her review for TheWrap, calls it a propaganda film. And a bad one at that.

“It’s not not a worthy cause to portray Russian citizens in a more flattering light; god knows American propagandistic films painted Soviets as the big bad for decades, and that’s not an easy image recovery,” she wrote.  “But hoo-boy, this movie has some pretty blatant intentions of specifically making the FSB (née KGB) look nice and not shady at all. Whatever, that’s fine. American cinema isn’t short on pro-CIA narratives. But aside from the political implications, you’ll find this film is also quite hateful of women, too.”

The film was released in Russia last November, but barely made a dent at the box office with Box Office Mojo reporting a gross of just under $32,000. Now it’s coming out in limited release via CineTel this weekend in advance of a digital/VOD release on Tuesday, less than six weeks before a U.S. midterm election that has newspapers reporting on whether Russia will try to interfere. 

Watch the trailer here:

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Maximum Impact' Film Review: Pro-Russian Action-Comedy Serves Up Misogyny Alongside Propaganda

CNN Reporters Defend Trump-Russia Piece in Wake of Blowback: 'CNN Stands by Its Story'

Steven Seagal Named 'Special Representative' for Russia's Foreign Ministry

Hollywood Struggles With Bill Clinton’s Past as 2018 Midterm Elections Loom

Gearing up for the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats are finding themselves in a conundrum: what to do with former President Bill Clinton?

Clinton, a prolific fundraiser, has a history of harassment accusations, a history that has become a liability for Democrats looking to embrace the #MeToo movement as a direct rebuke of President Donald Trump, himself accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

“The toxicity level of Bill Clinton is rising,” Jack Pitney, professor of government at California’s Claremont McKenna College, told TheWrap. “As the #MeToo movement continues to gain steam, people are reflecting on what Bill Clinton did in the ’90s.”

Also Read: Watch Harry Styles, Bill Clinton Honor Fleetwood Mac at MusiCares Benefit (Video)

Politico reported Wednesday that Democrats are keeping the former president “on the bench” in stark contrast to the 2010 midterms when Clinton made over 100 appearances and was as one of the most sought after surrogates on the campaign trail. During his re-election campaign in 2012, former President Barack Obama went as fas as calling him his “explainer-in-chief”

But Dems in Hollywood, long considered the party’s fundraising hub, say that sidelining Bill Clinton in order to embrace the #MeToo movement comes with its own set of problems.

“If they’re going to attack Trump, they’re going to open up a whole can worms in California and and across the country,” longtime Democratic fundraiser Dr. Howie Mandel (no relation to the comedian of the same name) told TheWrap.” “Because you and I both know, there has been abuse in government on both sides for years. It’s just really problematic.”

Also Read: Monica Lewinsky Prompts ‘Survivor’s Chain’ After Tweet on 20th Anniversary of Her Interrogation

Mandel said the same issues are now playing out in California’s governor’s race, where both Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have wrestled with sex scandals in the past. As mayor of San Francisco, Newsom was going through a divorce when he had a consensual relationship with his secretary. Villaraigosa faced criticism for an affair with a TV news reporter while he was mayor.

“I don’t think people who consider themselves feminists should be pushing against Trump [on this issue] because its not just one party,” Mandel added. “It’s not a political issue. If you attack Trump, you’re making something that’s a societal issue into a political issue.”

Other Democratic fundraisers say they do not expect Clinton to be an issue during the midterm.

“In the races I am focused on, Bill has not come up and I don’t expect he will,” Los Angeles-based attorney and former Hillary Clinton fundraiser Dana Perlman told TheWrap. “As to the accusations against Trump, I have not heard the Democratic candidates I am following bring them up and I hope they don’t. I want candidates that give people something to be for; not just someone to be against.”

Questions about Bill Clinton’s effectiveness as a campaigner are not new. Back in 2015, the New York Times published a piece called: “To avert repeat of 2008, Clinton team hopes to keep Bill at his best,” suggesting he was no longer the political slam dunk he once was. The former president also had a few hiccups while campaigning for his wife during the 2016 presidential race, that had some asking whether he was beginning to be a liability for her second bid for the White House.

Also Read: Bill Clinton on ‘Conan’: In the Trump Era, ‘It’s a Good Thing’ Country Is So Diverse (Video)

But two people familiar with Clinton’s schedule told Politico Wednesday that the former president has already received a several requests from campaigns for advice and events.

“It’s obviously complex but I still hear people talking about the good days of the Clinton administration,” Democratic strategist Donna Bojarsky told TheWrap.
“The problem for the party is that Clinton has had the ability to connect with Democrats better than most politicians.”
Related stories from TheWrap:

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‘Morning Joe’: Mika Brzezinski Says What Bill Clinton Was to Sex, Trump Is to ‘Decency’ (Video)

Gearing up for the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats are finding themselves in a conundrum: what to do with former President Bill Clinton?

Clinton, a prolific fundraiser, has a history of harassment accusations, a history that has become a liability for Democrats looking to embrace the #MeToo movement as a direct rebuke of President Donald Trump, himself accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

“The toxicity level of Bill Clinton is rising,” Jack Pitney, professor of government at California’s Claremont McKenna College, told TheWrap. “As the #MeToo movement continues to gain steam, people are reflecting on what Bill Clinton did in the ’90s.”

Politico reported Wednesday that Democrats are keeping the former president “on the bench” in stark contrast to the 2010 midterms when Clinton made over 100 appearances and was as one of the most sought after surrogates on the campaign trail. During his re-election campaign in 2012, former President Barack Obama went as fas as calling him his “explainer-in-chief”

But Dems in Hollywood, long considered the party’s fundraising hub, say that sidelining Bill Clinton in order to embrace the #MeToo movement comes with its own set of problems.

“If they’re going to attack Trump, they’re going to open up a whole can worms in California and and across the country,” longtime Democratic fundraiser Dr. Howie Mandel (no relation to the comedian of the same name) told TheWrap.” “Because you and I both know, there has been abuse in government on both sides for years. It’s just really problematic.”

Mandel said the same issues are now playing out in California’s governor’s race, where both Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have wrestled with sex scandals in the past. As mayor of San Francisco, Newsom was going through a divorce when he had a consensual relationship with his secretary. Villaraigosa faced criticism for an affair with a TV news reporter while he was mayor.

“I don’t think people who consider themselves feminists should be pushing against Trump [on this issue] because its not just one party,” Mandel added. “It’s not a political issue. If you attack Trump, you’re making something that’s a societal issue into a political issue.”

Other Democratic fundraisers say they do not expect Clinton to be an issue during the midterm.

“In the races I am focused on, Bill has not come up and I don’t expect he will,” Los Angeles-based attorney and former Hillary Clinton fundraiser Dana Perlman told TheWrap. “As to the accusations against Trump, I have not heard the Democratic candidates I am following bring them up and I hope they don’t. I want candidates that give people something to be for; not just someone to be against.”

Questions about Bill Clinton’s effectiveness as a campaigner are not new. Back in 2015, the New York Times published a piece called: “To avert repeat of 2008, Clinton team hopes to keep Bill at his best,” suggesting he was no longer the political slam dunk he once was. The former president also had a few hiccups while campaigning for his wife during the 2016 presidential race, that had some asking whether he was beginning to be a liability for her second bid for the White House.

But two people familiar with Clinton’s schedule told Politico Wednesday that the former president has already received a several requests from campaigns for advice and events.

“It’s obviously complex but I still hear people talking about the good days of the Clinton administration,” Democratic strategist Donna Bojarsky told TheWrap.
“The problem for the party is that Clinton has had the ability to connect with Democrats better than most politicians.”
Related stories from TheWrap:

Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama 'The Breach' Gets History Channel Greenlight

Bill Clinton Reverts to Boyhood, Wishes Barack Obama 'Some Balloons' for His Birthday

'Morning Joe': Mika Brzezinski Says What Bill Clinton Was to Sex, Trump Is to 'Decency' (Video)