March 12, 2013 |
Against all odds, David emerged victorious over a giant ... named Donald Trump? "The Bible," History's 10-part epic produced by Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, converted 10.8 million total viewers for chapters three and four on Sunday, covering the stories of King David, Samson and other characters. That was down 17% from last week's record-shattering premiere, but it was still an impressive number for a scripted miniseries on basic cable. "The Bible" also easily outdrew NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," the reality competition overseen by Trump, which scored just 5 million from 9 to 11 p.m. Sunday.
February 13, 2013 |
Any time he pays a visit to late night TV, Bill Maher can be counted on to court a little controversy. True to form, Tuesday on “Conan” he managed to weigh in on virtually every hot-button issue of the day, including Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, gay marriage, the drug wars, gun control and, of course, Donald Trump's genetic origins. Apparently unfamiliar with the concept of “satire,” Trump is currently suing Maher for not following through on a promise to pay him $5 million if he could prove that he is not the love child of an orangutan.
February 2, 2013 |
Penn Jillette isn't one to shy from controversy. In his new book, "Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday," the highly opinionated, talkative half of the long-running magic duo Penn & Teller takes on atheism, racism and the plight of the underclass. But perhaps his most shocking personal view is about Donald Trump. Jillette likes him, mostly for the real estate mogul's determination to be himself. "It's an important part of our culture," Jillette said over a cup of hot tea in West Hollywood one recent afternoon.
December 28, 2012 |
Seated inside a cavernous auditorium in Charleston, S.C., just days before that state's presidential primary in January, I was feeling downright gleeful. Spread out before me was a vast, gaudy, multi-screen, red-white-and-blue stage set worthy of “American Idol.” A CNN producer was warming up a big crowd of well-dressed Republicans, coaching them about when to cheer, when to laugh and when to shut up as if they were rubes in a “Tonight Show” studio audience. Within moments, the candidates for the Republican nomination would be trooped out, one by one - each introduced as if he were in the starting lineup of the Lakers.
November 14, 2012 |
Kristen Stewart went with one of this season's biggest red carpet trends for the Los Angeles premiere of "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2" on Monday night -- sheer fabric. But while her Zuhad Muhair gown was lovely, it was perhaps too sheer. At least from the rearview, where one sees a lot of, well, rear. I believe this might qualify as a wardrobe malfunction. [Styleite] Channing Tatum has been named People's "sexiest man alive" for 2012. "Magic Mike"might have had something to do with it. [People]
November 13, 2012 |
The folks at History are nothing if not ambitious. Two years ago, In "America: The Story of Us," the basic cable network reduced the history of the United States to a 12-hour miniseries, its lavish and entailed reenactments punctuated by commentary from citizens as diverse as Colin Powell, Michael Douglas and Donald Trump. Now History turns its attention to a wider palette. The entire palette, actually. "Mankind: The Story of All of Us," was created by Nutopia, the production company behind "Story of Us," and uses a similar construct and time frame - 12 hours - in which to review the evolution of human civilization.