March 10: Bluegrass musician Norman Blake is 81. Actor Chuck Norris is 79. Singer Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean is 79. Actress Katharine Houghton ("Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?") is 77. Actor Richard Gant is 75. Guitarist Tom Scholz of Boston is 72. TV personality/businesswoman Barbara Corcoran ("Shark Tank") is 70. Actress Aloma Wright ("Scrubs") is 69. Singer-guitarist Gary Louris of The Jayhawks is 64. Actress Shannon Tweed is 62. Actress Sharon Stone is 61. Bassist Gail Greenwood of L7 (and of Belly) is 59. Magician Lance Burton is 59. Actress Jasmine Guy is 57. Bassist Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam is 56. Music producer Rick Rubin is 56. Singer Edie Brickell is 53. Actor Stephen Mailer ("Reversal of Fortune") is 53. Actress Paget Brewster ("Criminal Minds") is 50. Actor Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") is 48. Rapper-producer Timbaland is 47. Actor Cristian de la Fuente is 45. Guitarist Jerry Horton of Papa Roach is 44. Actor Jeff Branson is 42. Singer Robin Thicke is 42. Singer Michael Barnes of … [Read more...] about Celebrity birthdays for the week of March 10-16
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While on Morning Joe today, The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer discussed her jaw-dropping new report on the internal workings of Fox News and their “symbiotic relationship” with the White House. “[Fox News] carries his message and it also gives his message a lot of the time,” she told MSNBC this morning. “Trump picks up on what he sees on Fox, and I’ve got quotes from people who are very close in to the White House, people who worked in the White House, in and out of Fox, saying what you’ve got is a dysfunctional White House all of the time with no normal decision-making process where a lot of the policy-making is the president picking up what’s on Fox.” “Then I describe how Fox puts on what it does on the news, which is shocking in many ways,” she continued. “I mean, taking stuff straight off of the most crackpot blogs. Don’t take it from me, take it from the people who are … [Read more...] about New Yorker’s Jane Mayer Derides Fox News Coverage on Morning Joe: Take Stories From ‘The Most Crackpot Blogs’
The Oscars 2019: How to fix the annual Hollywood bun fight BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Are the Oscars broken? While the annual film industry bun fight has averaged between 45 and 50 million TV viewers in the US over the last 30 years or so, figures of late have been dipping, and last year reached an all-time low. Voting with their remotes, just 26.5 million Americans tuned in to follow the event live, with most preferring to get potted versions afterwards, or avoid the festival of backslapping altogether. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/the-oscars-2019-how-to-fix-the-annual-hollywood-bun-fight-37843127.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37844366.ece/19788/AUTOCROP/h342/__Rami-_Read-Only_.jpg Email Are the Oscars broken? While the annual film industry bun fight has averaged between 45 and 50 million TV viewers in the US over the last 30 years or so, figures of late have been dipping, and last year reached an all-time low. Voting with their remotes, just … [Read more...] about The Oscars 2019: How to fix the annual Hollywood bun fight
Zeke Miller Associated Press Published 12:16 PM EST Feb 18, 2019 West Palm Beach, Fla. – Kamala Harris had the best campaign roll-out. Amy Klobuchar’s snowy debut showed grit. Elizabeth Warren’s opening campaign video was a bit odd. Take it from an unlikely armchair pundit sizing up the 2020 Democratic field: President Donald Trump. In tweets, public remarks and private conversations, Trump is making clear he is closely following the campaign to challenge him on the ballot. Facing no serious primary opponent of his own – at least so far – Trump is establishing himself as an in-their-face observer of the Democratic Party’s nominating process – and no will be surprised to find that he’s not being coy about weighing in. Presidents traditionally ignore their potential opponents as long as possible to maintain their status as an incumbent floating above the contenders who are auditioning for a job they already inhabit. Not Trump. … [Read more...] about Trump the pundit handicaps 2020 Democratic contenders
The new UKTV drama starring Anna Paquin as a morally compromised PR executive launches this week on the W channel. When is it on? Thursday, W, 10pmWhat is It? Flack centres on an American PR executive living in London, who must figure out how to make the best of bad situations and somehow manage to get out unscathed. What’s the story? Oliver Lansley’s (Whites) series introduces Robyn (Anna Paquin, True Blood), a hugely capable American PR executive working in London who specialises in clearing up the monumental messes caused by her hapless and selfish clients. Although utterly in command of her job, her personal life is spinning out of control. Sounds intriguing Robyn thrives in the work environment. There, she enjoys close relationships with her office “family” – her tyrannical, yet impressive boss Caroline (Sophie Okonedo), her tirelessly hedonistic yet brilliant colleague, Eve (Lydia Wilson), and her endlessly willing intern, Melody (Rebecca … [Read more...] about Flack: What channel is it on, when does it start and what’s the story?