Author: Sara Boboltz

Sean Spicer Just So Happens To Be Asleep During Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketches

THE HUFFINGTON POST White House press secretary Sean Spicer once said that he found Melissa McCarthy’s scathing “Saturday Night Live” impressions of his job performance “funny,” so we know he’s totally, absolutely, 100 percent on board. Still, he usually sleeps through them. “I’m usually fast asleep by the time that comes on,” Spicer replied when asked by CNN’s Jim Acosta at the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday for his opinion on the popular sketches. “I’m in bed, get up, go to church the next day and look ahead.”  “But you have fun with it, right?” Acosta asked.  “Look, my...

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Alec Baldwin Says He Won’t Do Trump Impression Much Longer Due To ‘Maliciousness’

  Since Alec Baldwin began impersonating Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” the long-running sketch show has enjoyed its best ratings in six years. But his performance might be more short-lived than fans hoped. The actor blamed the Trump administration’s “maliciousness” on his reluctance to continue playing the president. As Baldwin told Extra’s Mario Lopez, Trump hasn’t cooled down the way he thought he would after taking office. “His policies aside, which you can hate, I thought he would have just relaxed,” Baldwin said. “The maliciousness of this White House has people worried, which is why I’m not going to do it much longer, the impersonation. I don’t know how much more people can take it.” Baldwin debuted his stellar Trump impression in November, and has since revealed that he did not prepare at all before showing up to rehearse the first sketch for series creator Lorne Michaels. “Trump just overwhelmingly lacks any kind of sportsmanship. He remains bitter and angry. And you just want to look at him and go, ‘You won!’” Baldwin told Extra. The actor’s portrayal has repeatedly prompted angry tweets from Trump. In another blow, it also doesn’t appear there’s much chance we’ll see Baldwin host the White House Correspondents Dinner in place of Trump, who has said he does not plan to attend. The actor doesn’t think organizers would appreciate it. “If Trump himself doesn’t come...

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Donald Trump Suggests ‘The Apprentice’ Has Died A ‘Sad’ Death

  Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed in an interview published Friday that he would not be returning to “Celebrity Apprentice” given President Trump’s continued involvement in the show. In a tweet Saturday morning, Trump responded to the news by claiming Schwarzenegger’s departure from the NBC series was not optional. Forever true to his brand, he stated that the host was “fired” due to “pathetic” ratings. “Sad end to great show,” the president concluded. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017 The reality series began airing as “The Apprentice” in 2004, with Trump as its host. It’s unclear whether “Celebrity Apprentice” will now be cancelled. After Schwarzenegger took over for Trump earlier this year, the transition between hosts proved acrimonious. The current president had taken a break from the show while he campaigned, but it became clear that even his promotion to the highest office in the U.S. couldn’t keep him from remarking on his replacement’s performance. In a feud that played out publicly on Twitter, Trump attacked Schwarzenegger’s ratings. He even used his platform at the National Prayer Breakfast to take a dig at the reality TV host, asking those present to pray for the show’s ratings. Schwarzenegger hit back over the social media platform with solid burns each...

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Donald Trump Says Hollywood Pulled ‘The Race Card’ With Criticism At Oscars

Until the now-legendary Best Picture mix-up at the Academy Awards on Sunday, President Donald Trump was in full focus. Host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the night with a sharp jab against Trump in front of an audience of millions ― “Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That’s gone, thanks to him” ― and other presenters and honorees didn’t miss their chances, either. Kimmel’s criticism wasn’t unfounded; The Huffington Post has kept lists of Trump’s racism dating back to the 1970s. But in a segment that aired early Tuesday, Trump addressed the many attacks (watch some of them above) on “Fox & Friends,” suggesting his critics’ arguments were simply a product of “the race card.” Flippant dismissal of criticism also cropped up in his campaign, when Trump rejected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s fitness for the presidency by stating “the only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.” “It just seems that the other side, whenever they are losing badly, they pull out the race card,” Trump said when asked about the Oscars. “And I’ve watched it for years. I’ve watched it against Ronald Reagan. I’ve watched it against so many other people. And they always like pulling out the race card.” “I can’t [take racist accusations personally]…I have to write it off as purely politics.” –@POTUS pic.twitter.com/vxSM1ztsVu — FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) February 28, 2017 The president had previously pinned responsibility for the Best...

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George Takei And Half Of Twitter Make The Same Joke About Russia And Oscar Night

  When “La La Land” was mistakenly awarded Best Picture before “Moonlight” producers claimed their rightful prize at the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, millions of viewers were left with questions such as, “What?” “How?” and “Why?” The Oscars snafu for the ages came just over two months after reports described Russia’s meddling in the November U.S. presidential election. Parallels between Hollywood’s biggest election and the country’s biggest election ― both ending with a twist ― didn’t escape people on Twitter. Plenty of them wished the 45th president had been announced a bit more like the switcheroo way “Moonlight” nabbed Best Picture. Meanwhile, others couldn’t help but joke about conspiracy theories between Russia’s highest officials and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm responsible for overseeing voting and handing out envelopes with winners’ names inside. Breaking: Putin has just hired PWC to audit and announce the winner of the next Russian national election. — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 27, 2017 We’re gonna investigate the Oscars harder than Trump’s Russia connection. — Ashley Black (@ashleyn1cole) February 27, 2017 That’ll do, guys. That’ll...

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Jack Black Calls On Hollywood To ‘Talk More S**t About Trump At The Oscars

Jack Black, for one, hopes to see a repeat of that powerful Golden Globes speech during the Oscars on Sunday. “Is Meryl Streep in the audience tonight?” Black asked an audience of celebrities at a benefit concert in Los Angeles on Thursday night, warming up the crowd before diving into a song from “School of Rock.” “I just hope she wins the Oscar and talks some more s**t about that asshole,” he added, with a reference to President Donald Trump that prompted cheers. The group assembled at Los Angeles’ No Name included director Paul Haggis, musicians Moby and Jenny Lewis, and actors Jeff Bridges, Rita Wilson and Jeremy Renner, per The Hollywood Reporter. He added: “So, if she doesn’t win, to the winners in here, I hope you do the same, ya know?” Now this: Jack Black applauds Meryl Streep’s courageous @goldenglobes speech, hopes she wins Oscar, goes after @POTUS again. pic.twitter.com/DALs4phji4 — Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 24, 2017 “A lot of people say, ‘Oh, that’s just liberals patting themselves on the back,’” Black said about the reaction to Streep’s comments, which inspired a couple tweets from the president himself. “I don’t agree. I thought it took balls. Thought she was very brave. I was very inspired by it. To get up there and tell the truth about the president of the United States in front of a billion people — that takes courage, and it’s...

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Fox Apologizes For Thinking That Planting Fake News Is A Clever Marketing Plan

Twentieth Century Fox has issued an apology for a tone-deaf marketing scheme for a new film that hinged on fake news articles planted on websites it invented. BuzzFeed reported that the articles began appearing late last week to promote the studio’s “A Cure for Wellness.” Many of the posts seemed intended to incite buzz on both ends of the political spectrum, including an invented story on a secret meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin at a Swiss spa, and another on Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance paying tribute to Muslims. Headlines relating to the film, such as “Psychological Thriller Screening Leaves Texas Man In Catatonic State,” were sprinkled in between.  Variety noted that there was no indicator on the websites that the stories were part of a marketing effort. Defending its decision to BuzzFeed, production company Regency Enterprises explained in a statement that it’d partnered up with 20th Century Fox on the marketing project because the film is about a fake cure for disease that actually makes patients more sick. Fake cure, fake news. Get it?  At a time when fake news ― a term for invented stories from websites like Liberty Writers News that gain traction over social media ― has become a worrisome issue for audiences seeking real information and legitimate news media seeking to provide it, the company’s marketing scheme seemed harebrained. An apology was issued Thursday....

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After Ban, Syrian Refugee Will Get To Attend The Oscars For Nominated Documentary

A Syrian refugee featured in an Oscar-nominated documentary short will be able to attend the Hollywood ceremony after all.  The film, “Watani: My Homeland,” chronicles the perilous story of one family’s decision to leave their home in Syria for a Turkish refugee camp and, eventually, Germany. An executive order signed by President Trump prevented all Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, but the ban is currently on hold. Hala Kamil fled Aleppo with her four children after her husband, Abu Ali Slaibeh, was captured by militants from the self-titled Islamic State in late 2013. Filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen previously told The Huffington Post he began meeting with the family before Slaibeh’s capture, making over 25 trips to Syria in total to document the family’s struggle and eventual admittance to Germany.  Kamil’s husband is presumed dead. In different times, the couple used to watch the Oscars together. “Abu Ali and I would stay up late every year to watch the Oscars live on television. Sipping coffee together as we always did, we’d try to recall the names of all the famous actors and actresses as they graced the red carpet, in complete awe of this huge event,” Kamil said in a statement obtained by The Huffington Post about the news that she’d be able to attend the ceremony. Marcel Mettelsiefen Hala Kamil in the Oscar-nominated documentary short “Watani.” Although she feels “incredibly...

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