THE LONG SHOT: Bait, switch

Posted by · 8:39 pm · September 29th, 2010

Whether you choose to believe them or not – and speaking for myself, I don’t quite – the media powers that be have currently reduced the 2010 Best Picture race to just two titles: “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech.” That’s entirely (and hopefully, lest things get too dull too soon) subject to change […]

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Bill Maher skewers Oscar dirty tricks

Posted by · 8:40 pm · March 6th, 2010

EDIT: Well, the videos were pulled by HBO.  I laughed.  Onward… The bit starts about 20 seconds in: After the jump, a pro-Hollywood product tirade from the same show that could be the kind of opinion that leads to a win for Cameron and company tomorrow night.

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Brad Pitt on Real Time

Posted by · 6:34 pm · August 16th, 2009

Here’s part one. Part two after the jump:

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Oliver Stone talks ‘Wall Street 2’ on Real Time

Posted by · 11:57 am · June 28th, 2009

Bill Maher is taking a brief mid-season break from live “Real Time” shows for the next couple of weeks.  Friday night’s show, when not an awkward schmooze fest on some of his guests’ part, made for a delightful three-part one-on-one discussion.  The guests were Cameron Diaz, Oliver Stone and Billy Bob Thornton, but as you’d […]

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Ron Howard on Real Time

Posted by · 11:35 pm · April 12th, 2009

Ryan Adams over at Awards Daily reminded me of Ron Howard’s Friday appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, so I figured I’d offer the same trio of clips here.  It was actually a pretty sober and valuable half hour chat, I thought.

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Olbermann on the freedom of Oscar speeches

Posted by · 10:46 am · February 24th, 2009

Thanks to Ryan Adams at Awards Daily for pointing us to this clip. “Of the 40 hours of TV Oscar analysis I’ve seen in the past 48, the depth of this 6-minute segment make the rest look like the cover of US magazine,” Ryan says. Have a look:

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Bill Maher: “For the love of God can we please give Kate Winslet her Oscar?”

Posted by · 2:55 pm · February 22nd, 2009

Around the :30 mark of Friday’s “New Rules” segment:

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10/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:10 am · October 29th, 2008

• Jeffrey Wells responds to yesterday’s “Frost/Nixon”/”Milk” double feature. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • David Poland gives high marks to the former… [The Hot Blog] • …well, and the latter as well. [The Hot Blog] • Mark Olsen previews the AFI Fest. [The Envelope] • Patrick Goldstein pokes and prods Bill Maher about a “Religulous” hater. [The […]

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10/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:17 am · October 8th, 2008

• Tom O’Neil wonders if Bill Maher can cure his Emmy drought with an Oscar instead. [Gold Derby] • Patrick Goldstein calls ‘W.’ a “mess,” confirming my worst fears… [The Big Picture] • Erica Abeel corners Mike Leigh at the New York fest. [indieWIRE] • Bill Murray talks “City of Ember,” his divorce. [Associated Press] […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Religulous” (***)

Posted by · 10:17 am · October 3rd, 2008

I went into Bill Maher and Larry Charles’s “Religulous” expecting the usual close-minded schtick from Maher.  It seems the comedian is given to rational discourse on any topic except for religion where, indeed, it is the very notion of rationality that enjoys his full concentration.  He sticks his fingers in his ears and screams “La, […]

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10/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:02 am · October 2nd, 2008

• Jeffrey Wells reports that Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers” has been pushed to 2009. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Patrick Goldstein hypothesizes that the year-end Oscar glut is detrimental to quality films and, in a round about way, that studios should forgo the Oscar spending.  Gasp! [The Big Picture] • David Poland apparently missed the qualifier “largely” in […]

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9/30 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:40 am · September 30th, 2008

• Mark Olsen reports on the first U.S. screening of German foreign film Oscar entry “The Baader-Meinhof Complex.” [The Big Picture] • Jeffrey Wells passes along a note from an exhibitor acquaintance who thinks “Milk” is a home run, but “Frost/Nixon” is a bit stale. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Then he picks the five likely Best […]

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9/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:39 am · September 29th, 2008

• A happy ending of sorts for Matilda Rose in the wake of Heath Ledger’s death. [Agence France-Presse] • Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct “Thor.”  Weird, but badass. [Variety] • Tom O’Neil traces Paul Newman’s frustrating quest for Oscars. [Gold Derby] • James Rocchi talks to “Miracle at St. Anna” director Spike Lee. […]

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Andrew Sullivan takes Bill Maher to task on religion

Posted by · 11:45 am · September 20th, 2008

As much as I love and respect every perspective Bill Maher has on current events, I have been and remain skeptical that his upcoming film “Religulous” will represent any effort on his part to open up a bit from his skewed, incredibly insulting and borderline ignorant stance on the subject of faith and religion. As […]

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Tom-O chats up Larry Charles and “gangsta” Bill Maher

Posted by · 8:41 am · September 18th, 2008

It’s awesome to hear Maher talk about his infamous streak of Emmy losses here. It’s doubtful he’ll break the streak this year, but dammit, give this man the award. I’d say he’s probably deserved it year in and year out, with the exception of a few Jon Stewart victories:

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Vacancy

Posted by · 11:47 am · September 13th, 2008

I’m taking the day off today.  USC v. Ohio State and a whole lot of tail-gating on the horizon. Feel free to cut loose about whatever.  JAB yesterday was asking about a space for posting predictions, so maybe we can wax on about that in the comments below.  Feel free to tell us your thoughts. […]

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‘Religulous’: Variety is a believer

Posted by · 5:10 am · August 22nd, 2008

Concerns have been expressed on this site that Larry Charles’ and Bill Maher’s “Religulous” would emerge as an exercise in left-leaning smugness, taking potshots at easy, cherry-picked targets to equate faith with absurd naivete. Certainly, the jokey, swiftly-edited trailer didn’t do much to shift this feeling. But Variety’s review of the film paints a decidedly […]

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Ridiculous

Posted by · 8:07 am · July 15th, 2008

You know, I enjoy Bill Maher’s work very much. More often than not, despite adamant opinions, he has the ability to come down in an even-handed manner on more than a few issues, hot button and otherwise. But one thing that has always driven me mad has been his absolute ignorance and over-dependence on hyperbole […]

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