As you’ve probably seen in the news of late, Ben Affleck and Bill Maher had something of a tête-à-tête on the latter’s TV show this week. The discussion came in the context of Waking Up, a book written by another of Maher’s guests, one Sam Harris, and specifically Harris’ view that liberalism has failed in its approach to Islam, and how “every criticism of the doctrine of Islam gets conflated into bigotry against Muslims as people.” We don’t often write about international geopolitics here on Flavorwire, but it’s worth looking at how the discussion unfolded, both because it took place between two prominent cultural figures on an HBO talk show and because the whole incident illustrates a fundamental problem with the way we discuss these issues. … Read More
Let’s take a pop quiz. Please select the stupidest human being from the following three choices:
a) a famous actor who, when pulled over while intoxicated, goes off on a bizarre rant about Jewish people.
b) a famous actor who, when harassed by paparazzi, spews a homophobic slur.
c) a famous actor who, in the calm of an interview situation, looks into the eyes of a journalist, points his mouth in the direction of a tape recorder, and defends actors a) and b) as victims of “political correctness” and a culture where “no one can take a joke anymore.” … Read More
By most reasonable standards, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a stupid, stupid movie — gleefully so, even. It concerns the further adventures of super-dim television news anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), for starters. It includes a relationship between his even-stupider weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and his comparably-witted new lady love (Kristen Wiig) that basically amounts to two people blurting non-sequiturs at each other. Sports correspondent Champ Kind (David Koechner) owns a chicken restaurant, but confesses to serving deep-fried bats. Ron has a brief relationship with his African-American boss (Meagan Good), and their interracial sex scene is intercut with a clip from Diff’rent Strokes. And so on; you get the idea. But co-writer/star Ferrell and his frequent collaborator, co-writer/director Adam McKay, are up to something else here, slyly sneaking in several pointed jabs at television news in general and cable news in particular. … Read More
The news that Donald Trump is dropping — for now, anyway! — his monumentally stupid (even for him) lawsuit against Bill Maher may be good for the humorless blowhard and reality TV star, but it’s disappointing for late-night comedy writers and celeb jurisprudence fans. C’mon, admit it: that would’ve been a fun trial, if for nothing else than Maher’s testimony. At any rate, while we’re waiting to see if Trump holds true on his threat to return to the matter at a later date, here’s a look back at other instances of celebrities — real and C-list — who’ve taken each other to court. … Read More
Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, a new feature in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got a new mash-up music documentary, films from Darren Aronofsky, Jim Jarmusch, and Werner Herzog, and a couple of titles we told (or showed) you about over the past couple of weeks. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More
1. There are some troubling rumors that Amy and Rory (played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the current season. More details (along with a few spoilers) here.
2. A slightly squashed down version of famous French architect Jean Nouvel’s hotly-debated MoMA tower has… Read More
Well, it was only a matter of time. As the Anthony Weiner story devolves into further ridiculousness, the media is following suit — to hilarious results. On Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Bill Maher and Jane Lynch performed a dramatic (and totally, awkwardly verbatim) reading of Anthony Weiner’s Facebook exchanges with Las Vegas blackjack dealer Lisa Weiss, complete with flirtatious looks, moaning, and Jane Lynch’s smooth comic brilliance. And trust us, when you have a script this good, it doesn’t matter that Maher is giggling uncontrollably to himself. Click through to watch the video, but be warned: as you might expect, the audio is definitely NSFW. … Read More
Our friends at Comedy Central worked the red carpet at the New York Comedy Festival’s Stand Up For Heroes Event, eschewing traditional celebrity reporting to play a game of “Would You Rather?” with Dan Rather, taunt Brian Williams about his newscaster rivalry with Jon Stewart, and temporarily fluster Lisa Lampanelli, otherwise known as the Queen of Mean. Tracy Morgan’s at Carnegie Hall tonight and iconoclastic headliner Bill Maher closes out the festival on Sunday at Lincoln Center; you can also catch Andy Sandberg that same evening at Town… Read More
“I think it’s just people who send this to somebody else, and it’s there way of saying if you’re moved by this the way that I am, we’re both wonderful people. And it absolves us of being the people who normally watch these singing contest shows and actually laugh at people like this.”
- Bill… Read More