Bill O’Reilly was fired up tonight over the revelation that the government was collecting massive amounts of U.S. cell phone data. Megyn Kelly explained the details of the program to O’Reilly, who engaged in some wild speculation over what the government can do with this information. He brought up the IRS tea party targeting scandal, and asked what’s to stop the government from singling out Republican phone records for special scrutiny, even exposing if there’s a senator who might be calling “Trixie.”Kelly brought up Senator Dianne Feinstein‘s defense of the program, namely that the information can only be used if there is “reasonable suspicion that the records relate to terrorist activity.” O’Reilly called it “B.S.,” and explained the danger of the government having all this information. “Did you hear about the IRS scandal? Did you hear about the IRS taking personal information and feeding it out to … [Read more...] about O’Reilly Tears Apart NSA Snooping: What’s To Stop Gov’t From Exploiting GOP Phone Calls?
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Secretary of State John Kerry made an uh-oh yesterday when he was caught by a hot Fox News Sunday microphone criticizing the Israeli ground incursion into Gaza.That’s if you believe he was actually “caught.” Here’s Palestine Center executive director Yousef Munayyer, a couple hours after the hot-mic incident:Go on.Here’s the Morning Joe crew Monday morning not buying Kerry’s act for a moment: “I think John Kerry’s spent an awful lot of time in television studios over the last forty years. He’s pretty aware of what a hot mic is.”This is known in the business as “pulling a Jed Bartlet” (all right, not really), from a West Wing episode in which Bartlet “accidentally” criticized his electoral opponent between television interviews while knowing full well that he was still being taped. Kerry sorta-kinda has a history of this. The most public example may be when he mused in a press conference last fall that … [Read more...] about No One Really Believes John Kerry’s Hot Mic Moment Was Unintentional
Around the turn of the millennium, Jeff Tweedy merrily nurtured a reputation as a contrarian. How best could a man, sanctified as the archetype of what was once called alt-country, confound his fans? With antsy powerpop? Radio static? Fifteen-minute ambient noise jams? The recruitment of a fiendish avant-jazzer to take over on lead guitar? A song for a Spongebob Squarepants movie?Wilco’s website contains a “Request a song” function for every show; a challenge to be obtuse, perhaps, that Alpha Mike Foxtrot will only exacerbate.As a result, a companion 2CD greatest hits set, What’s Your 20: Essential Tracks, is terrific but somewhat extraneous, Wilco generally attracting obsessive fans rather than casual ones (no new tracks are included on What’s Your 20 to bait the completists). The hardcore might feel a little disappointed that there is no unreleased content on Alpha Mike Foxtrot, either, though even the most committed collector may have struggled to stay … [Read more...] about Sunken Treasure: on Wilco’s 20th anniversary, Alpha Mike Foxtrot and What’s Your 20?
For your future consideration, here are Uncut’s Top 10 movies from this year’s Cannes Film Festival…CONTROLJoy Division singer Ian Curtis, elegantly directed in crisp monochrome by former NME photographer Anton Corbijn. A star is born in Sam Riley, who’s magnificent here as Curtis.NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MENCormac McCarthy‘s novel by Joel and Ethan Coen. Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem star in an elemental thriller about drug money and vengeance on the bleak Tex-Mex border. Very dark, with a dash of Peckinpah and echoes of the Coens’ brilliant debut Blood Simple.SICKOMichael Moore’s latest controversial doc-buster is a more solid piece of work than Farhrenheit 9/11, laying out the case against America’s profit-driven health insurance system. Moore idealises foreign healthcare models too much, including the National Health Service, but the film’s headline-grabbing assault on Guantanamo Bay is both moving and hilarious.THE … [Read more...] about What’s hot from this year’s Cannes Film Festival
If you’ve been on Facebook lately, you may have noticed a recent wave of cartoon characters among your friends and acquaintances’ profile pictures. And it’s not just you. On Google Trends, Google’s snapshot-of-the-web service which charts hot search topics, nineteen out of twenty (!) of the top searches are for various types of childhood cartoon character, many narrowed down by decade (“80s cartoons”; “cartoons from the 90s”) or specific shows (who knew Bobby’s World was so popular?).What’s this all about? According to many of the messages, it’s part of a campaign against child abuse.Sample message: Change your fb profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood. The goal? To not see a human face on fb till Monday, December 6th. Join the fight against child abuse & copy & paste to your status.This campaign seems to have evolved from a campaign in Greece and Cyprus which didn’t have any such social … [Read more...] about What’s with All the Cartoon Character Profile Pictures on Facebook?
What’s it like being Michael Voltaggio today? For starters, he’s been having a pretty darn good year: his restaurants, ink. and ink.sack are celebrating their one-year anniversary within weeks of each other, and ink.’s been named as one of America’s best new restaurants by Bon Appetit (GQ went one further and claimed it was the best new restaurant in America, period). He’s been at the forefront of Los Angeles’s protest agains the foie gras ban, and the target of Ludo LeFebvre’s e-pimping. And last night, he made an appearance on The Exes, which brought him in extremely close proximity with our favorite person, Donald Faison. He’ll be the first to admit that he’s extremely lucky, and before he made his sitcom debut, we sat down with him to reflect on the awesomeness of his year and what badassery he may get into next. The Braiser: We always find it funny when chefs cameo on TV, so how exactly did this come across your … [Read more...] about Michael Voltaggio On Foraging, Mandy Moore, And What’s Wrong With Food Media
Industry attendees were praising the quality of this year’s projects at Film Bazaar, setting the stage for indie Indian films to continue to make waves around the globe at festivals and beyond.Films from Film Bazaar Recommends (some still in post-production) stirring buzz from international buyers and festival programmers include Rohit Mittal’s serial killer mockumentary Autohead; Goan director Miransha Naik’s village bullying story Juje; Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s thriller An Off-Day Game; Pushan Kripalani’s marriage drama The Threshold; and Bauddhayan Mukherji’s The Violin Player, about a Bollywood session violinist.Hot documentaries – both in Film Bazaar Recommends — include Alka Rahuram’s women’s boxing story Burqa Boxers (which has been sold for a narrative re-imagining) and Rahul Jain’s Machines, a sensory look at a textile factory in Gujarat.In the Co-Production Market, hot pitches included Fahad … [Read more...] about What’s the buzz at Film Bazaar 2015?
“Is there a cause behind your documentary? Should you crowd source? Talk to brands about identifying and connecting with your project? Go to NGOs? It’s exciting and scary times,” said Rob Alexander, who was at Sheffield Doc/Fest last week to raise funds for his documentary A Bow Project, and who summed up the mood at the 17th edition which closed on Sunday.“It’s all about widening the opportunities for documentaries. So we are speaking to brands, foundations and philanthropists who haven’t necessarily funded docs before,” agrees Jess Search, the chief executive of the documentary support body, the Channel 4 BRITDOC foundation.To prove the point, BRITDOC announced during the festival that it would be producing a feature aimed at highlighting the importance of nature, which has been commissioned and will be part funded by the National Trust, following a similar model to the 2009 doc about privacy, Erasing David, which was funded by the Joseph … [Read more...] about What’s Hot in Docs?
This story first appeared in the Oct. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It was mid-February of this year when Vince Gilligan settled in to finish the script for Breaking Bad's 62nd and final episode.Filming was set to begin in a little over a week. He sat down at the dining-room table of his Albuquerque, N.M., condo, which had doubled as the temporary home of Bryan Cranston's Walter White when his wife kicked him out of the house a few seasons earlier. With an Old 97s version of "El Paso" playing on a continuous loop on his iPod, he wrote the final scene in which the camera pulls away from White one last time. After five seasons of morally reprehensible behavior, the chemistry teacher turned meth dealer -- one of television's least sympathetic antiheroes -- finally would meet his demise.But as Gilligan typed "End of Series" at the bottom of the page, his hazel eyes grew heavy with tears. "I knew it was the end of an era for me," he says. "The end of the best job I will … [Read more...] about ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Vince Gilligan Reveals Details of ‘Saul’ Spinoff and Terror Over What’s Next
Over his long career, Neil Patrick Harris has answered many questions: "Where does it hurt?" (as Dr. Doogie Howser), "Are you evil?" (as Dr. Horrible), "Sleep with me?" (in his Emmy-nominated "How I Met Your Mother" role on CBS) and "You can sing?" (as host of the Tonys). "Will you please make this year's Emmy Awards watchable?" will be answered Sunday night, when he hosts for the first time. Game for anything, the actor (who introduced himself on the phone as "Batman") submitted to six far less-relevant questions from Randee Dawn for The Hollywood Reporter.The Hollywood Reporter: What's the first memory you have? Neil Patrick Harris: Uterus, uterus, uterus ... sunlight! Slap! Scream! Scissors! Scale!THR: If you could have a super power, what would it be?Harris: I would want to be able to TiVo time. Bleep ... stop time. Bleep, bleep, bleep ... rewind bad decisions. Bloop bloop ... relive favorite moments. Bleep, bleep, bleep ... zip past commercials.THR: You're shipwrecked on a … [Read more...] about Host in the hot seat