President Obama’s traditional Super Bowl interview has come and gone, leaving barely two hours before the nation takes a forced respite from politics to watch the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots in what is growing to be a rivalry of several chapters. The President sat down with Matt Lauer this year in the White House and chatted about the likelihood of a good game tonight, but also answered questions about tension between Israel and Iran and made a pitch for why he deserves a second term.“We’re the only guys wearing coats, you’re wearing a tie,” the President joked to Lauer about the Super Bowl, adding that he believed it was going to be a “great game” but that “I can’t call it” because it was simply too close. Lauer tried to get him to express some support for a team by noting that the Giants had won in 2004 and 2008– the years President George W. Bush and the President himself were elected, but … [Read more...] about President Obama’s Super Bowl Interview With Matt Lauer: Jobs, Israel, And Tom Brady Posters
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Fans of the longest-running, biggest news show on the internet, The Young Turks, already know “Epic Politics Man” Michael Shure very well, but for the past few months, he has been trying to reach a new group of viewers as host of Current TV’s The War Room. Although he’s caught in the Romulan Neutral Zone between Current TV and its transition to Al Jazeera America, Shure is proud of the show he’s putting on, and took time to chat with me about The War Room, his history with The Young Turks, his bad blood with Tom Brokaw, and odd connection to Mediaite founder Dan Abrams.Michael Shure already had a good thing going at Current, with a regular spot on the TV version of The Young Turks, and As TYT‘s “Epic Politics Man,” Shure provided the calm, analytical yin to Cenk Uygur‘s fired up yang. He began to take on regular guest-hosting duties that included all of the network’s other shows, making him the Bert Campaneris … [Read more...] about The War Room’s Michael Shure Dishes On Current TV, Tom Brokaw, And Dan Abrams
of controversy leading up to kickoff. A defending champ vs. the greatest team of the 21st Century. The league’s best offense vs. the league’s best defense. A defensive struggle to start. A tie game at halftime. Katy Perry bringing obvious lip-syncing to the whole new level. Said defending champ going up 10 points in the 4th. A thrilling comeback. An impossible catch. And the worst call in Super Bowl history to end the game. Add it all up, according to Nielsen, and you have the highest-rated Super Bowl ever. Total audience numbers will be out this afternoon, but the rating–a record that has stood since the 1982 Super Bowl (Niners-Bengals)–of 49.7 for NBC is likely even exceeding already-lofty expectations going into the game by the league. Remember, the ’82 Super Bowl was during a time when cable TV was in its infancy and the Internet non-existent. Competition came in the form of a handful of other stations on the dial. For this Super Bowl–featuring … [Read more...] about Despite NFL’s PR Nightmares, Super Bowl XLIX Breaks 33-Year-Old Ratings Record
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Tom Brady‘s suspension appeal on Tuesday, giving a statement about how Brady was uncooperative with investigators who were examining his involvement in the Deflategate scandal.This morning, Brady took to Facebook to express his disappointment and deny any wrongdoing, despite reports that he destroyed his cell phone after being requested by investigators to turn over a series of suspected text messages. Brady said that his phone was already broken, that he likes to destroy his phones before getting a new one, and that he tried to retrieve the messages after being requested later by Ted Wells:“I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances.”“To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell … [Read more...] about Could the NFL Get Tom Brady’s Texts if They Wanted?
might be used to playing with deflated balls, but an unnamed Broncos rusher wanted to make sure that the star Patriots player got a taste of what it’s like to handle the big ones, too.The New England patriots got schlonged by the Denver Broncos Sunday night, earning the Colorado team a spot in next month’s Super Bowl. The Pats’ defeat was extra rewarding because last year, they made it to the big game despite widespread conviction that they had cheated their way in by secretly deflating footballs in the playoffs. Plus, there is a pretty commonly-held belief that head coach Bill Belichick is sort of a belidick.Anyway, someone on the Broncos decided to take Brady down a notch. Speaking anonymously to The Monday Morning Quarterback, one of Denver’s rushers laid the following quote right down: I tried to lay on him a few times. I tried to rub my nuts on his face.Whether or not the Broncos leave the Super Bowl with rings, at least one … [Read more...] about Pop Quiz: What Body Part(s) Did a Broncos Player Try to Shove in Tom Brady’s Face?
Skip Bayless is a self-proclaimed lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan. But he’s an objective journalist first, right? And he can be totally counted on to offer rational, reasoned, non-hyperbolic analysis of America’s team, right?Well, maybe not so much.On Monday’s edition of Undisputed Bayless gave Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott — who engineered a last-minute game-winning drive to beat Pittsburgh on Sunday to improve the Cowboys to an NFL-best 8-1 record — the highest praise he possibly could in comparing him to the greatest quarterback in the game.“You want to talk about clutch gene?” Bayless said. “I’m already ready to put Dak up there in that rarified air with Tom Brady or Russell Wilson as a guy who’s showing me again and again, late in games, he is completely trustable.”Brady. Tom Brady.Dak Prescott has played nine NFL games. He’s off to a terrific start in his career. He’s led the Cowboys to … [Read more...] about Watch an Apparently Serious Skip Bayless Compare Cowboys Rookie Dak Prescott to Tom Brady
BUENA VISTATHE GAME PLAN Release Date: Sept. 28Director: Andy FickmanComposer: Nathan Wang Music Supervisor: Jennifer HawksMusic Executive: Mitchell Leib DAN IN REAL LIFERelease Date: Oct.12Director: Peter Hedges Composer: Sondre Lerche Original Songs: "To Be Surprised," "I'll Be Okay," "Give in to Love," "My Hands Are Shaking,"written and performed by Sondre Lerche; "Hell No," written by Sondre Lerche, performed by Sondre Lerche and Regina Spektor Music Supervisor: Dana Sano Music Executive: Mitchell Leib Soundtrack Label: Virgin Records FOCUS FEATURESBALLS OF FURY (Rogue Pictures) Release Date: Aug. 29Director: Robert Ben GarantComposer: Randy EdelmanOriginal Songs: "Balls of Fury," written and performed by Craig WedrenSoundtrack Label: Varese Sarabande (score); Bulletproof Records (music from and inspired by the movie)EASTERN PROMISESRelease Date: Sept. 14Director: David CronenbergComposer: Howard ShoreMusic Supervisor/Executive: Karen ElliottSoundtrack Label: Sony ClassicalLUST, … [Read more...] about In the pipeline: movie music to usher in the fall
BUENA VISTAThe InvisibleRelease Date: Jan. 26Director: David S. GoyerComposer: Marco BeltramiMusic Supervisor: Alexandra PatsavasMusic Executive: Mitchell LeibSoundtrack Label: Hollywood RecordsPrimevalRelease Date: Feb. 9Director: Michael KatlemanComposer: John FrizzellMusic Executive: Mitchell LeibBridge to TerabithiaRelease Date: Feb. 16Director: Gabor CsupoComposer: Aaron ZigmanOriginal Songs: "Keep Your Mind Wide Open," written by Dave Bassett and Michelle Featherstone and performed by AnnaSophia RobbMusic Supervisors: Lindsay Fellows, George AcognyMusic Executive: Mitchell LeibSoundtrack Label: Hollywood RecordsWild HogsRelease Date: March 2Director: Walt BeckerComposer: Teddy CastellucciMusic Supervisors: Diane Stata, Laura WassermanMusic Executive: Mitchell LeibMeet the RobinsonsRelease Date: March 30Director: Stephen J. AndersonComposer: Danny ElfmanOriginal Songs: "Another Believer," written by Rufus Wainwright and Marius de Vries and performed by Rufus Wainwright; … [Read more...] about Soundtracks in the pipeline: 2007
his Web site. Dubbed the "Glitter and Doom" tour, the outing will include 13 shows and is set to kick off June 17 in Phoenix.Waits appeared via streaming video in what first appeared to be highlights from a press conference. It was later revealed to viewers that Waits was talking to an empty room, with staged audience questions being broadcast by a record player amid rows of empty chairs. (Watch the video below.)His "press conference" did not indicate who will be accompanying him in his backing band, or if this will be a solo affair, but Waits did offer up the acronym "PEHDTSCKJMBA" as the "guiding word" for this summer's tour.Taking the first initial from each city, Waits explained that the "pretty profound" acronym stands for "People Envy Happiness, Dogs Though, Sense Courage Knowing Jubilation Means Better Assets."Waits last toured in 2006, playing eight dates, primarily in the Midwest. This time, he'll mostly hit Southern markets. It also was hinted that European dates are in the … [Read more...] about Tom Waits announces summer tour
With just a week to go before ABC hosts its 34th consecutive Oscars telecast, the network is scrambling to find replacement sponsors, as one of the program's greatest endemic categories has all but abdicated. Sources last week said that L'Oreal Paris will sit out Sunday's spectacle, leaving ABC without a beauty brand.Besides losing a backer with deep pockets -- since 2004, L'Oreal's Academy Awards spend has added up to $40.9 million, per TNS Media Intelligence -- ABC is heading into the week with a significant chunk of unsold inventory. While the network would not comment on how many avails it had on its hands, as of Friday, media buyers estimated that ABC still needed to move 6-8 spots, or about 12% of the time that would constitute a sellout.Last year, L'Oreal bought 180 seconds of air time, according to Nielsen Monitor-Plus, the second-largest investment behind General Motors (210 seconds). At an average cost of $1.7 million, the two clients combined to invest $22.1 million in last … [Read more...] about L’Oreal exit leaves smudge on Oscars