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Bill Maher Responds to ‘Roseanne’-Inspired Push to Cancel ‘Real Time’ by ‘Explaining Jokes to Idiots’

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Bill Maher Responds to ‘Roseanne’-Inspired Push to Cancel ‘Real Time’ by ‘Explaining Jokes to Idiots’
Bill Maher responded to an effort to get his show taken off the air as payback for the cancellation of “Roseanne” earlier in the week — with a segment he calls “explaining jokes to idiots.”

ABC canceled “Roseanne” after star Roseanne Barr compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to the apes from “Planet of the Apes.” She later apologized.

But some conservative social media users, noting that Maher once compared Donald Trump to an orangutan, claimed that a double standard was at play and called for HBO to cancel “Real Time.”

Also Read: Michael Moore: Roseanne Is 'Totally Nuts,' But Trump's an 'Evil Genius'

So it was that during his opening “Real Time” monologue Friday, Maher introduced the “explaining jokes to idiots” segment.

“One, Trump is an orangutan,” Maher joked. “Two, white people have not been subjected to a racist trope comparing them to apes for hundreds of years.
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The 20 Best Plot Twists of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best Plot Twists of the 21st Century, Ranked
It’s the shock of seeing Norman Bates, knife in hand, clad in his mother’s clothes, grinning maniacally in the swinging lamplight. It’s the realization that Kevin Spacey spun us a bunch of lies, and was actually Keyser Söze the whole time. It’s finally connecting “I see dead people” with Bruce Willis being shot at the beginning of “The Sixth Sense.” When movies pull the rug from under us, it’s one of the greatest thrills that cinema can provide.

As Hollywood continues to reboot countless old properties, it’s easy to think that the days of original and surprising storytelling are long behind us. But these films prove that Hollywood still has a few tricks up its sleeve, ones that have kept us talking for years, and have cemented their place in film history.

Beware of spoilers! Here are the best plot twists of the 21st
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Dave Grohl and Kristen Bell Team for Epic Metallica-Meets-‘Frozen’ Mash-up

If you want to play one last Halloween trick on the kids, try this one on for size: Kristen Bell arrived on ABC's late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night for its Halloween holiday installment. At least, that's her excuse for dressing like Tom Selleck's title character from Magnum, P.I. anyway. Meanwhile, with the show's regular host Jimmy Kimmel out for the week due to family issues, legendary rocker Dave Grohl stepped in as a guest host for this hour. He was dressed as Wild-Style David Letterman, of course. So with the musical …
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Kristen Bell Gives Frozen the Rock Star Treatment With Metallica Mash-Up

Kristen Bell Gives Frozen the Rock Star Treatment With Metallica Mash-Up
Tom Selleck and David Letterman gave an epic performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night. Or should we say, Kristen Bell dressed as Selleck's Magnum, P.I. character and Dave Grohl dressed as Letterman for Halloween, gave an epic performance. Bell appeared on the late-night show Tuesday, guest hosted by Grohl.  During the interview, Grohl said being there with Bell was "kind of the biggest deal" to his three daughters. "If I were to jam a song with you, I would become the coolest dad," the Foo Fighters star said. "I would jam with you! I would, yes! Are you kidding me?" Bell replied. "What do you wanna do?" Bell then stood up and started...
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How Stranger Things Addresses the Disappearance of Beloved Barb in Season 2

Major spoilers for Stranger Things season two below! It was the rallying cry heard 'round the internet after Stranger Things dropped season one on Netflix last year: #JusticeForBarb. Poor Barbara Holland, played by Riverdale actress Shannon Purser, only lasts a few episodes before the Demogorgon drags her straight-laced, Sally Jessy Raphael glasses-wearing self down to the Upside Down. While seeing the Demogorgon snatch Will in the season one opener is scarring in its own right, the brutal way Barb goes out struck a chord with plenty of fans, all of whom wondered if Barb would be in season two. Now that the new episodes have hit the streaming network, we finally have our answer. No, Barb is not in season two. That being said, her absence looms large both in Hawkins and in the lives of the characters who reside there. The last time we see Barb, she's a rotting,
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Emmy Awards: Will ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ smash the glass ceiling?

Emmy Awards: Will ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ smash the glass ceiling?
At the 1997 Emmys, Tracey Ullman pulled off an upset when her show “Tracey Takes On” won Best Variety Series over three past champs — “Dennis Miller Live,” “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” — as well as perennial nominee “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” At the podium, she […]
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‘Ozark’ Spoilers Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is a Stunner From Start to Finish

‘Ozark’ Spoilers Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is a Stunner From Start to Finish
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Ozark” Season 1. A spoiler-free review is available here.]

Now that’s how you make a thriller.

Anyone burned by the slow stroll to nowhere of recent Netflix dramas had to be pleased with the pins-and-needles tension — and shocking payoffs — of “Ozark,” Jason Bateman’s new original series for the streaming giant. From the first episode to the ending, Season 1 was filled with shocking twists and intense familial strife.

Below, we’ll break down why the near-constant darkness always felt grounded in reality, using big developments in the plot and key scenes throughout the series to illustrate how a horror story still felt relatable — and all the more terrifying for it.

Read More‘Ozark’ Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is the Most Brutal Business Lesson You’ll Ever Binge

Premiere – “Sugarwood”

The importance of the premiere episode was its power. While that may go without saying, given the first hour’s overall impact, it’s important to remember how many dramas start slow.
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Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles Screens Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

“They said you was hung!”

“They was right!”

Mel BrooksBlazing Saddles screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 7th and 8th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.

I showed the condensed Super-8 version of Blazing Saddles, appropriately enough, at my Super-8 Politically Incorrect Movie Madness show a few years ago at The Way Out Club and there are enough N-words in the 18-minute edit alone to make Paula Dean blush, but damn, this movie just keeps getting funnier as it ages!

Blazing Saddles is my favorite Mel Brooks comedy. Yes, even more than Young Frankenstein – it’s hard to believe Brooks produced both yuk-fests the same year. I just watched his 1977 follow-up High Anxiety on 16mm last weekend for the first time since it was new and Yikes! – I see why it was a critical disaster – didn’t laugh once!
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John Goodman’s Dream List: 3 Filmmakers He Wants to Work With After ‘Roseanne’

John Goodman’s Dream List: 3 Filmmakers He Wants to Work With After ‘Roseanne’
John Goodman and Bruce Willis have been friends since 1979, but somehow never worked together before “Once Upon a Time in Venice,” the action-comedy that hits theaters and video-on-demand on Friday, June 16. The directorial debut of writer-producer Mark Cullen, “Once Upon a Time in Venice” stars Willis as a Venice Beach P.I. who teams up with his surf shop-owner best friend (Goodman) to track down a drug dealer’s stolen cocaine. The film co-stars Jason Momoa​, Famke Janssen​, Thomas Middleditch​ and Adam Goldberg.

Read More: ‘Roseanne’ Revival in the Works As Stars and Producers Plot 8-Episode Event Series

For Goodman, who received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in March, being able to finally work with Willis on a movie was an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“They said it was a Bruce Willis movie, so I was prone to say yes before I even read the script,” Goodman said during a recent interview,
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Bill Maher Addresses N-Word Gaffe on Real Time: 'Thank You for Letting a Sinner In Your Midst'

Bill Maher Addresses N-Word Gaffe on Real Time: 'Thank You for Letting a Sinner In Your Midst'
Bill Maher wasted no time tackling the elephant in the room on Friday’s Real Time.

Quick refresh: Maher incurred widespread wrath last week when, midway through his Real Time interview with junior senator Ben Sasse, he uttered the N-word. (Watch video of the gaffe by clicking here.) The following morning, HBO released a strongly worded statement condemning the former Politically Incorrect host’s crack, which was soon followed by Maher’s own mea culpa.

VideosIce Cube Schools Bill Maher on N-Word: ‘It’s Like a Knife — You Can Use It as a Weapon or You Can Use It
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Bill Maher Will Never Get the N-Word Issue, Says Actress Anne-Marie Johnson (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_ue4gel26"]] Bill Maher has history with the n-word, but doesn't understand the history behind the word ... according to Anne-Marie Johnson. The actress tells us she wasn't surprised when Maher got blasted for saying the n-word on 'Real Time' ... because she was front and center when he did the same thing 16 years ago. Johnson says the problem is Maher's not getting the message from black people that the word causes pain ... and she doesn't think he ever will.
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Kevin Hart Says Bill Maher Isn’t Racist, Just ‘Tacky’

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Kevin Hart Says Bill Maher Isn’t Racist, Just ‘Tacky’
Kevin Hart criticized Bill Maher for his use of the N-word, telling the hosts of “The Breakfast Club” radio show that the use of the slur was “tacky.” “It’s not right to say that and say it the way you said it as comfortable as you said it in a joking form,” he said. “You’re wrong. Granted, you can issue all the apologies you want, but for you to say it on your platform? That’s tacky. That’s tacky.” Also Read: 11 Times Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect Comments Sparked Outrage (Photos) He did add that it would
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11 Times Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect Comments Sparked Outrage (Photos)

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11 Times Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect Comments Sparked Outrage (Photos)
Comedian Bill Maher has made a career of saying controversial things, both on his former ABC show “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” and on his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Though Maher prides himself on being politically incorrect, there have been plenty of times he’s said offensive things that got him into hot water. Here’s a look at 11 of them. 11. He interviews notorious alt-right darling Milo Yiannopoulos After Milo’s speech at Berkeley University was canceled because of protests that included a few small fires and thrown objects, Maher brought the alt-right idol in for an interview.
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Chance the Rapper Urges HBO to Cancel Bill Maher's Show Amid N-Word Controversy

Chance the Rapper Urges HBO to Cancel Bill Maher's Show Amid N-Word Controversy
Chance the Rapper has joined scores of people who have called on HBO to cancel Bill Maher's show for uttering a racial slur. The comedian and host had said the N-word during an interview with a Republican senator on Real Time With Bill Maher Friday and immediately then told the audience it was a joke. His remarks spurred him to trend on Twitter and many called for HBO to fire him. "Please @HBO Do Not Air Another Episode Of Real Time With Bill Maher," Chance the Rapper wrote Saturday in a tweet that has been retweeted more than 6,500 times. Maher, who also hosted the late-night Comedy Central talk show Politically Incorrect in the '90s and early...
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Bill Maher’s N-Word Draws Outrage: ‘I’m a House N—er’

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Bill Maher’s N-Word Draws Outrage: ‘I’m a House N—er’
Did Bill Maher just try to take the heat off of Kathy Griffin? His out-of-nowhere use of the N-word on Friday’s “Real Time” brought instant rebukes and calls for him to be fired. The former “Politically Incorrect” host proved he’s still politically incorrect when Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse jokingly invited him to “work in the fields.” “Senator, I’m a house n—-a,” Maher said, immediately adding: “It’s a joke.” Also Read: Is Kathy Griffin's Career Over? Top Crisis Managers Weigh In Many didn’t take it that way. “He said ‘n—er’ with a Hard Ass Rrrrrrrrrruh,
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The National Review’s Memorial Day List of ‘Movies Liberals Will Hate’ Proves They Don’t Understand Politics or Filmmaking

The National Review’s Memorial Day List of ‘Movies Liberals Will Hate’ Proves They Don’t Understand Politics or Filmmaking
To read The National Review’s “Politically Incorrect Guide Memorial Day Movies” is one of those moments where you seriously wonder if conservatism in the Trump Era isn’t just one big episode of “Punk’d.” Written by Arthur Herman, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, the list was an attempt to highlight war movies for conservatives to watch on Memorial Day – many of which are fantastic – but are bizarrely packaged and advertised as movies that will piss off liberals.

Read More: ‘Dunkirk’ Trailer: Christopher Nolan Says It’s ‘Not a War Film,’ But It Still Looks Unbearably Intense

“These movies portray serving one’s country in uniform as something to be revered and respected, not dismissed,” boasts the Twitter promo for the piece. Its marketing is a straw-man argument, so it’s first important to establish a few matters of fact.

During the Vietnam War, there was liberal
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Brad Grey’s Legacy: 12 Hits He Produced, From ‘The Sopranos’ to ‘The Departed’ (Photos)

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Brad Grey’s Legacy: 12 Hits He Produced, From ‘The Sopranos’ to ‘The Departed’ (Photos)
Brad Grey’s credits include many hit TV series and Award-winning films. He also co-founded Brillstein-Grey and Plan B Executive producer on “Real Time with Bill Maher” (2006 to 2017) Executive producer on “The Sopranos” (1999 to 2007) Producer on “The Departed” (2006) which won the Academy Award for Best Picture Producer on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005) Executive producer on “Scary Movie” (2000) Executive producer on “Happy Gilmore” (1996) Executive producer on “The Cable Guy” (1996) Executive producer on “Politically Incorrect” (1996 to 2002) Executive producer on “The Steve Harvey Show” (1996 to 2002) Executive producer on “NewsRadio” (1995 to 1999) Executive producer on “The Larry Sanders Show” (1992...
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Beautiful Cult Horror Cinema Actress (and Bond Girl Contender) Has Died

Yvonne Monlaur: Cult horror movie actress & Bond Girl contender was featured in the 1960 British classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula.' Actress Yvonne Monlaur dead at 77: Best remembered for cult horror classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula' Actress Yvonne Monlaur, best known for her roles in the 1960 British cult horror classics Circus of Horrors and The Brides of Dracula, died of cardiac arrest on April 18 in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. Monlaur was 77. According to various online sources, she was born Yvonne Thérèse Marie Camille Bédat de Monlaur in the southwestern town of Pau, in France's Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, on Dec. 15, 1939. Her father was poet and librettist Pierre Bédat de Monlaur; her mother was a Russian ballet dancer. The young Yvonne was trained in ballet and while still a teenager became a model for Elle magazine. She was “discovered” by newspaper publisher-turned-director André Hunebelle,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Kino Lorber Picks Up ‘Dawson City,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Lucky‘ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Kino Lorber Picks Up ‘Dawson City,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Lucky‘ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Bill Morrison’s “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” about the true history of a collection of 533 reels of film (representing 372 titles) dating from the 1910s to 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. The film tells the unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and how cinema, capitalism and history intersect.

“Dawson City” had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at 2016 New York Film Festival. The film also played at the BFI/London Film Festival and the 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and screened Thursday at the TCM
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‘Archer Dreamland’ Review: Adam Reed’s Premiere Answers the Big Questions in an Emotional Opener

‘Archer Dreamland’ Review: Adam Reed’s Premiere Answers the Big Questions in an Emotional Opener
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Archer Dreamland,” Season 8, Episode 1, “No Good Deed.”]

Those waiting to find out the fate of Sterling Archer will have to wait a little longer. Following last season’s cliffhanger ending where Archer, shot and bleeding, passed out in Lana’s arms, Season 8 picks up with a bait-and-switch. The tombstone the entire cast huddles around isn’t Archer’s, but Woodhouse’s. Archer is alive, but he’s been in a coma for the last three months — and he may never come out of it.

He could wake up “tomorrow, could be another three months, could be…” Mallory trails off. “There’s no telling what he knows, or what he’s thinking about. Well, dreaming about, I suppose.”

And with that, we enter “Dreamland.”

As mentioned in our season review, the primary concern with the set-up for Season 8 was whether or not “Dreamland” could prove relevant and/or entertaining enough to distract us from Archer’s life or death state.
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