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….No one knew quite what to expect at this year’s edition of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, the chummy Washington ritual that became a flash point over press freedom in a year when the White House and its correspondents are anything but friendly. The president skipped the event. Celebrities stayed away. Comedians turned down the gig.
But even as Mr. Trump heckled the proceedings in real time — joking at a Pennsylvania rally about reporters’ “consoling each other in a Washington ballroom” — attendees said the often-frivolous dinner felt oddly profound. Part pep rally, part therapy session, the event became a moment of catharsis for a political press corps that has faced months of unrelenting strain.
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, seated on the dais, reminded the room of journalism’s power, and Mr. Woodward articulated the subtext of the evening when he addressed Mr. Trump directly, saying, “Mr. President, the media is not fake news.”
Even Mr. Minhaj — who opened with a blistering takedown of Mr. Trump, noting that the president was “in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke” — finished with an earnest ode to free speech. “Only in America can a first-generation immigrant Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the president,” he said.
The event “was a line-in-the-sand night, to an extent I didn’t expect,” E.J. Dionne, a longtime Washington chronicler, said in the ballroom afterward. He added that “having Woodward and Bernstein sends another message” — that journalists can, under the right circumstances, topple a presidency.
Promoting the First Amendment was, in the end, the safest possible angle for the Correspondents’ Association, which liaises with the White House on behalf of its members and was wary of blasting the president in absentia….
…from the LA Times…
“We’ve got to address the elephant that’s not in the room,” said Minhaj near the jittery beginning of his monologue. “The leader of our country is not here. And that’s because he lives in Moscow, it’s a very long flight. As for the other guy, I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke.”
C-SPAN broadcast the dinner in its entirety, as they did a march in Washington earlier Saturday where an estimated 200,000 people protested Trump’s climate policy. In between the march and the dinner programming was a broadcast of Trump’s pep rally in Harrisburg.
“A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now,” said former Hollywood celebrity Trump of the dinner.
All of it happened on Trump’s 100th day in office, a tenure that’s been one of the most contentious and rocky — particularly regarding the president’s relationship with the press — in modern memory. Trump also asked that his White House staff not attend the dinner.
The event at the Washington Hilton, which is sponsored by the White House Correspondents’ Assn., kicked off with the theme of speaking truth to power. Washington Post Watergate reporters and “All The President’s Men” authors Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were the guests of honor….
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) visited President Trump at the White House late Wednesday, bringing along musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock.
The 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate has been an outspoken supporter of Trump since his campaign and was invited to be one of his guests during an October debate last year.
On Wednesday night, Palin, Kid Rock and Nugent were pictured in the Oval Office with the president. Nugent’s wife, Shemane Deziel, and Audrey Berry, Kid Rock’s fiancee, were also at the White House and are in one of the photos.
Alec Baldwin pulled double duty on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. Not only was he back to play President Trump, but he also debuted a Bill O’Reilly impression — while interviewing himself as Trump.
The result: SNL got to tease two of its favorite foils at the same time — using only one actor.
The (not entirely seamless) sketch focused on O’Reilly’s budding problem of sexual harassment allegations, which Trump this week dismissed by saying, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
In the sketch, even Baldwin-as-O’Reilly is incredulous that the president decided to weigh in his defense, at a time when advertisers are quickly fleeing. Asked about how much he actually knows about the case, Baldwin-as-Trump demurs.
“I’m more familiar with this case than, say, health care, but I really didn’t look into it much, no,” he said. “I was busy being super presidential, by bombing a bunch of s***.”….
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The mother-daughter duo hit the beach in Miami Tuesday, decked out in adorable coordinating red and navy blue swimsuits.
The model, 37, wore a bikini with a red top and blue-and-white polka-dot bottoms. Little Chanel, 13 months, sported a RuffleButts two-piece with a matching wide-brimmed baby hat, complete with red bows on both her suit and hat.
Just an Update for all her fans out there…..
The just fired US Attoney for the Southern District of New York has always moved among those in the entertainment world….
The NY Post also thinks Bharara is looking for a New York higher office to run for after doing a stint with his own investigative TV show….
Bharara — who was dismissed as Manhattan US attorney last weekend when he refused a Trump administration order to resign — is angling for a TV gig that could help launch a run for elected office, a source told The Post.
“He’s trying to be a liberal Bill O’Reilly,” the source claimed.
Bharara, 48, could be hoping to land a news show on CNN or MSNBC, “a half-investigative reporting, half Larry King-type show, [where] he can be the special correspondent.”
But in the short-term, Bharara is looking to appear on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — to prove he’s camera-ready, the source said.
“Preet really wants to do Colbert,” the source said. “He thinks Stephen’s really funny and that it’s a way to audition for a gig, where executives will take notice and say, ‘We should give this guy a show.”
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The man who gave birth to the 1960’s Rock & Roll and beyond will be missed….
Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called “the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” died Saturday at his home outside St. Louis, his verified Facebook page said. He was 90.
A musical legend
Last time her name was brought up for a possible run?
She said the same thing…..
But the chatter is back…..
Eleven years ago, the animated TV show “The Boondocks” envisioned the election of Oprah Winfrey to the presidency in 2020. Now there’s a chance fiction could hit reality on the nose.
Asked on Bloomberg Television’s “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations” whether she might run, Winfrey teased that the election of Trump stirred her interest: “I [had] thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience. I don’t know enough. Now, I’m thinking, ‘Oh.’”
Before we all get the vapors, note that her next words were left off of the clip zooming through the Internet: “That won’t be happening.” The flat denial is in line with her past responses, like when she told Stephen Colbert in January, “NEVER!”
But past denials can be rendered inoperative, and cracked doors can be flung wide open with enough public pressure. So her tease, deliberate or not, does raise a legitimate question for Democrats: Is Oprah the celebrity kryptonite they need to best Donald Trump at his own game?
Trump’s victory already makes any wild speculation of an outsider presidential bid impossible to dismiss out of hand, especially those from celebrity business figures like Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Disney CEO Bob Iger.
But Oprah is in a class by herself. Cuban and Zuckerberg, like many famously sharp-elbowed corporate executives, are both loved and hated, while Iger lacks a household name. But Winfrey, the rags-to-riches media mogul, is one of the most famous, successful and influential people in the world, and has reached those heights while attracting relatively few harsh critics along the way. Even after she dipped her toe into politics by endorsing Barack Obama in 2008, she retained high favorability among people of all partisan stripes, even though her numbers with Republicans dipped.
She outshines Trump’s private-sector career on several fronts. Trump leveraged his daddy’s inheritance to become a billionaire, despite a sloppy management style and several high-profile business disasters along the way. Winfrey, meanwhile, survived poverty, childhood sexual abuse and workplace sexual harassment to become the world’s first black female billionaire….
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The NY Times asked for Idea’s…
Here’s some of the answers….
Broaden the Audience. Shorten the Ads.
Major League Baseball wants more action and less downtime during games. That’s probably asking too much, because hitters are paid to work deep counts while pitchers throw harder, with better movement, than ever before. It’s no accident that the number of strikeouts rises every year.
The larger issue, of course, is expanding the business, which means attracting more fans. And baseball won’t touch the biggest impediments to that effort, because it would mean less money now. Want to make the game move more quickly? Cut every commercial break by 30 seconds. Want more people to watch in the postseason? Insist that Fox show the League Championship Series on its regular network, not on the hard-to-find Fox Sports 1.
This is most important: Make the World Series appointment viewing, as it was a generation ago. October will mark the 30th anniversary of the last World Series game held in the afternoon. If you want to appeal to young fans in all areas of the country, let them watch at least one World Series game every year before bedtime. They’ll repay that good-will gesture when they grow up, if baseball can wait that long for the payoff. — TYLER KEPNER
Seven Innings Are All You Need
Enough about the idiosyncratic habits that obviously slow the game down, but are also part of the game’s natural appeal and help build drama. My advice is to shorten the game. No, I mean, really shorten the game. Reduce it to seven innings from nine.
Beyond the time saved, think of the benefits in eliminating two innings. Starting pitchers would throw far fewer pitches, needing to only go four innings to record a victory. The scourge of serious arm and shoulder injuries would very likely diminish. Not having to rely on middle-inning mediocrity before getting to the late-inning studs would also quicken the pace of games. Many games might take between two and two and a half hours, or the time it takes to play most soccer and basketball games. Games starting at 7 in the evening would be over by 9:30, making it easier for fans on work and school nights. After the seventh inning, everyone could get up, stretch and go home. — HARVEY ARATON
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(CNN)The 89th Academy Awards were held Sunday.
As a Trump supporting Republican….
Mr. Piscopo, 65, still managed to draw giggles from the $50,000-a-table crowd at the gala to help bring pandas to New York City. But his self-discipline is part of an effort to project a more sober image as he weighs his next move: trading in his Sinatra for a run for governor of his home state, New Jersey.
“I’m very serious about it,” he said. “I’ve never been more serious about anything in my life.”
While the daily whiplash out of Washington commands almost all the political attention, New Jersey is one of two states that will elect a new governor this year, as the eight-year reign of Gov. Chris Christie, once a national darling and now with historically low approval in his home state, comes to an end. And Mr. Piscopo is hoping to parlay his Jersey credentials and rising political profile — he campaigned for President Trump, and his radio show focuses on conservative politics — into a long-shot bid for governor as either a Republican or an independent in a state where Democratic voters vastly outnumber Republicans.
A recent poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University found that the category of “someone else” was within the margin of sampling error of equaling Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the current leading Republican. Mr. Piscopo, who has not made an official announcement, trailed Ms. Guadagno and “someone else.”….
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He has played the character for almost two decades…..
Quite a difference for a New York stage actor from Australia….
The last time Hugh Jackman played Wolverine, the comic-book superhero he has portrayed onscreen for 17 years, was not an especially decorous occasion. In the midst of his work on a coming movie musical, he had to return for two days of reshoots on “Logan,” the 10th film in Fox’s X-Men franchise, to inflict some beatings and take some beatings, and he ended up shouting his voice hoarse.
“I yelled and screamed so much, and then I had to go back to the musical the next day,” a more restored Mr. Jackman recalled recently with a laugh. “I actually said to someone, ‘Not with a bang but a whimper.’”
His claw-popping alter ego fares no better in “Logan,” which opens March 3. Set in 2029, it finds the title character weary and weakened, unable to heal as rapidly as he used to. The X-Men are long gone, and he’s reduced to driving a limousine while he tends an aged Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), whose psychic powers have become a dangerous liability.
From the moment Mr. Jackman became a movie star, with the original “X-Men” in 2000, he has been synonymous with Wolverine, a feral mutant with a metal skeleton and a tormented, decades-long past lived under the name Logan. It is his most visible and successful role, and one that, as recently as late January, he still wasn’t finished with. Because there was always one more dialogue rerecording session or conversation to have with his director, “I’m uncomfortable saying goodbye,” he said.
And surely, it can’t be easy for Mr. Jackman to pull away from a role that he has inhabited longer than almost any other actor has been associated with a comic-book character or fantasy franchise — a span when genre mainstays like Batman, Spider-Man and Superman were each rebooted twice, and even his “X-Men” co-stars had to share custody of their parts with a younger class of actors….
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The Grammy Awards are underway at Staples Center with host James Corden.
Many winners have been announced at the pre-televised ceremony for the 2017 Grammy Awards. There are already multiple wins by Beyoncé, Adele, Chance the Rapper, David Bowie, Lalah Hathaway and Sarah Jarosz.
Beyoncé leads the pack of nominees, with a total of nine nominations including album of the year. Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West all earned eight nominations apiece, while Chance the Rapper picked up seven. The artists competing in the album of the year category are Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake and Sturgill Simpson.
See the complete list of nominees below:
Album of the year:
- “25” — Adele | Review
- “Lemonade” — Beyoncé | Review
- “Purpose” — Justin Bieber
- “Views” — Drake | Review
- “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” — Sturgill Simpson | Interview
Record of the year:
- “Hello” — Adele
- “Formation” — Beyoncé
- “7 Years” — Lukas Graham
- “Work” — Rihanna featuring Drake | Review
- “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots
Song of the year:
- “Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
- WINNER | “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
- “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
- “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
- “7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)
- Kelsea Ballerini
- The Chainsmokers | Interview
- WINNER | Chance the Rapper
- Maren Morris
- Anderson .Paak | Interview
Pop vocal album:
- WINNER | “25” — Adele
- “Purpose” — Justin Bieber
- “Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande | Review
- “Confident” — Demi Lovato
- “This Is Acting” — Sia | Review
More from the LA Times…..
Al Jarreau, a Grammy Award-winning singer whose versatile tenor voice and vibrant stage style blurred the lines between jazz, soul and pop music, died Feb. 12 at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.
His publicist, Joe Gordon, announced the death, saying the singer had been treated for exhaustion, after announcing his retirement from touring last week. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Mr. Jarreau was loosely classified as a jazz singer, but his eclectic style was entirely his own, polished through years of obscure apprenticeship in lonely nightclubs. He did not release his first album until 1975, when he was 35, but within two years, he had won the first of his seven Grammy Awards and had begun to attract a wide following.
He was dubbed the “acrobat of scat” for the way he adopted the fast, wordless syllables of bebop jazz musicians, but he did not limit himself to the musical backdrop of an earlier generation….
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If the Patriots can knock off the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, it will set the stage for what could go down as the most awkward trophy ceremony of all-time as Goodell will have to either hand the Lombardi Trophy to Tom Brady, Patriots owner Robert Kraft or coach Bill Belichick.
The trophy usually goes to the owner, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kraft to defer to Brady, especially since Brady was forced to miss the first four games of the 2016 season thanks to Goodell’s punishment for Deflategate.
Taking home the Lombardi Trophy won’t be easy though. If the Belichick and the Patriots want to take home their fifth trophy, they’re going to have to knock off the high-flying Falcons.
For the past six weeks, the Falcons have been blowing by everyone: Atlanta has scored at least 33 points in each of its past six games, which includes four regular season games and two playoff games.
Of course, the Super Bowl is different. Many teams have struggled because the moment gets too big, which is something the Falcons will need to avoid. The game against the Patriots will mark Atlanta’s first appearance in the Super Bowl since a 34-19 loss to the Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII back in January 1999.
The game will also mark a chance at revenge for Falcons coach Dan Quinn. Before taking the job in Atlanta, Quinn’s was with the Seahawks. In his final game with Seattle, Quinn was the defensive coordinator in Super Bowl XLIX, which coincidentally just happened to end with Quinn’s team losing to the Patriots when the Seahawks decided not to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch at the one-yard line.
On the Patriots’ sideline, Belichick will be coaching in his NFL-record seventh Super Bowl. Belichick had held with the record of six with Don Shula, but now holds it by himself….
…from the NY Post….
After 146 years, the curtain is coming down forever on “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
Its last performance will be May 21 at the Nassau Coliseum.
The show stoppers included high operating costs, declining attendance and changing public tastes.
Not to mention a long and costly legal battle with animal rights advocates, which ended with its hugest stars — the elephants — being pink slipped. Elephants had been the symbol of the circus since an Asian pachyderm named Jumbo joined the show in 1882.
The circus will perform 30 more times. Besides the show on Long Island, there will be one in Brooklyn. Other stops on its last tour include Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia and Boston.
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