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Ben Affleck Gets Into Heated Debate With Bill Maher Over Islam

October 6th, 2014 10:12am EDT
Ben Affleck Gets Into Heated Debate With Bill Maher Over Islam
Ben Affleck went head to head with Bill Maher during a panel discussion of current affairs on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" on Friday. The actor, who was on the show to promote his new film "Gone Girl," got angry when Maher and author Sam Harris began discussing radical Islamists.

Feeling they were stereotyping all Muslims, Affleck told them their talk was "gross" and "racist."

When Harris explained the need to criticize bad ideas and called Islam “the motherload of bad ideas,” Affleck responded, “That’s an ugly thing to say.”

The actor continued: "How about the more than a billion p...
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10 Of The Biggest Emmy Snubs Of All Time

August 26th, 2014 12:05pm EDT
10 Of The Biggest Emmy Snubs Of All Time
The Emmy Awards are intended to honor excellence in the television industry. It is the only time that TV celebrities are given their just due. But, as with any awards show, there are always those who are the favorites and many who never get recognized. It's like high school all over again, except with stylists, designer clothing and lots of high-end jewels. Many of television's biggest stars have never won a golden statuette!

Think you know who made the list of The 10 Biggest Emmy Snubs of All Time? You'll be surprised at who you find on this list!

1. Steve Carell, "The Office"

Long co...
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Donald Trump Withdraws Lawsuit Against Bill Maher

April 2nd, 2013 12:28pm EDT
Donald Trump
The Apprentice boss Donald Trump has withdrawn a $5 million lawsuit he filed against comedian Bill Maher.

The business mogul took offense to a joke Maher made during a January appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on which he offered to donate $5 million to a charity of Trump's choice if the Republican could prove his dad wasn't an orangutan - a play on the businessman's relentless efforts to uncover facts about President Barack Obama's heritage.

He quipped, "The color of his hair and the color of an orange orangutan is the only two things in nature of the same color."

Trump a...
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Donald Trump Threatens To Sue Bill Maher If He Doesn't Hold Up His End Of $5 Million Offer

January 10th, 2013 8:11pm EST
Bill Maher and Donald Trump
Comedian Bill Maher made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday night and made some comments that could put him on the hook for $5 million.

The comedian told Leno that he just returned from Hawaii after ringing in the New Year with a couple of stand-up performances.

"I'm like the Don Ho of Hawaii," he joked; after which Leno reminded him that, actually, Don Ho is 'the Don Ho of Hawaii.'

Maher then joked that he "originally went there to look for [President Barack] Obama's birth certificate" but ended up "getting stoned with Woody Harrelson."

Maher had trouble winning ove...
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Who The Celebrities Are Voting For In The 2012 Presidential Election

September 5th, 2012 12:07pm EDT
Ted Nugent
Some celebrities are more outspoken than others, especially when it comes to politics. However, that doesn't mean that a majority of them aren't active in supporting who they think should win the 2012 presidential election. Here's a selection of celebrities that have made their choice clear:

Ted Nugent: Mitt Romney. The outspoken Republican supporter told his Twitter followers while Romney was running for the GOP nomination, "after a long heart&soul conversation with MittRomney today I concluded this goodman will properly represent we the people & I endorsed him."

Bill Maher: Barack O...
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Video: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Takes On Bill Maher On 'The View'

November 16th, 2011 1:00pm EST
Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Elisabeth Hasselbeck has been fuming over comments Bill Maher made back in February, and she just had her first chance to take him to task in person.

Maher made a joke on his HBO show about a CBS reporter who was sexually assaulted while covering the riots in Egypt. "New rule: now that [Egyptian president] Hosni Mubarak has released Lara Logan, he must put her intrepid hotness on a plane immediately. In exchange, we will send Elisabeth Hasselbeck."

When the clip was first aired on the view, Elisabeth snapped, "I try to only debate real men over the airways but will depart to address Bill...
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VIDEO: Bill Maher, Jane Lynch Do A Dramatic Reading Of Anthony Weiner's Sex Messages

June 11th, 2011 1:15pm EDT
Bill Maher and Jane Lynch | Photo Credits: HBO
Bill Maher knows the advantages of being on HBO.

The Real Time host welcomed Glee star and upcoming Emmys host Jane Lynch Friday night, and the two performed a dramatic reading of the sexual messages exchanged between Congressman Anthony Weiner and a Las Vegas blackjack dealer. (Weiner held a press conference earlier this week, apologizing for his actions, which included sending lewd photos of himself to women on Twitter.)

VIDEO: Jon Stewart goes easy on old pal Anthony Weiner

"Here at Real Time, we do take our responsibility very seriously as the one show, because we're on pay cable, wh...
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Angry Audience Member Causes Disturbance On Bill Maher's 'Real Time'

February 21st, 2011 9:10am EST
Bill Maher
Comedian Bill Maher's live political debate show "Real Time" was interrupted by an angry audience member on Friday night.

The comic was talking to moviemaker Kevin Smith, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and two political pundits about the treatment of women in Muslim countries, like Egypt, when an unseen man started yelling from the audience.

Maher and his guests attempted to laugh off the interruption, but the protester started yelling at security staff as they tried to evict him from the studio, stating, "Do not touch me; that's battery... I will leave of my own accord." But he continued shout...
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Zach Galifianakis Smokes A Joint On Bill Maher's Show - Watch It!

October 30th, 2010 9:27am EDT
Zach Galifianakis
Funnyman Zach Galifianakis stunned TV viewers on Friday night when he lit up a joint and started smoking it during a political chat show.

"The Hangover" star was making a point about the upcoming vote for marijuana legalization on "Real Time With Bill Maher" when he took the roll-up and a lighter out of his blazer pocket.

He said, "It's a tricky thing politically to jump on that bandwagon (and vote for the legalization of pot) because I think that maybe people still see it as taboo."

Galifianakis then started puffing away and offered the joint to fellow guest Margaret Hoover, a conservat...
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Wanda Sykes On Her New Talk Show: 'Nothing Will Be Off Limits'

November 5th, 2009 10:40am EST
Wanda Sykes
With Jay Leno doing his 10:00 show, other talk show hosts are sweating. That doesn't scare Wanda Sykes though. She's launching The Wanda Sykes Show on Saturday, and she plans to make her weekly show the final word on the week's news.

"When we have Barack Obama running for President and this past campaign, I was like, 'Wow, I really wish I had an outlet where I could go out there and just speak on this on a week-to-week basis and be current,'" Sykes said. "That seemed like what they were getting at, what they wanted. And so I'm like, 'This is the time. This is the time to jump into it.'"...
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Quentin Tarantino Smoked Pot With Brad Pitt

August 19th, 2009 9:00am EDT
Brad Pitt
Quentin Tarantino has disputed Brad Pitt's claim he has given up smoking pot by revealing the pair puffed up a storm last year.

Pitt has recently claimed he quit marijuana when he became a dad in two separate interviews, insisting he couldn't look after his six kids with Angelina Jolie while under the influence.

Last week, he told TV commentator Bill Maher, "I'm a dad now. You want to be alert and my eyes used to glaze over when I did that."

But in an interview with radio host Howard Stern on Monday Tarantino revealed Pitt provided him with some "pretty good" pot when they met to d...
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Mega Oscar Diary

February 23rd, 2009 9:22am EST
Sean Penn
Before we get started on the Mega Oscar Diary, let's go to a few random ramblings from the cadre of pre-shows around the dial:

-Philip Seymour Hoffman's hat probably came with a matching set of fingerless gloves.

-Those who were unable to see the Los Angeles CW affiliate's pre-show missed this exchange.

-The CW's Female Host: What is the role you'd love to do next. If you could do anything following 'The Wrestler' what would it be?

-Mickey Rourke: (Slowly eyes her up from head to toe with a knowing smile and walks off.)

-I know a lot of people care about fashion, ...
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TV Year In Review: The Best, The Worst & The In Between

December 26th, 2008 7:31am EST
Breaking Bad
In a year that saw the writers strike bring forth more reality TV than we ever thought possible and reduce quality drama to a war of attrition, the boob tube still managed to deliver quality drama series at an impressive clip.

BEST TV DRAMAS OF 2008

5. "BREAKING BAD" (AMC) - The aforementioned strike meant we only got seven episodes of former "X-Files" writer Vince Gilligan's masterful meth-strewn series, but after enduring its visceral fury, could we have really taken anymore?

Unlike another suburban drug dealing series, the torpid "Weeds", "Breaking Bad" offers a modern-d...
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Check Out Richard Branson On 'Iconoclasts' Tonight

October 16th, 2008 2:32pm EDT
Richard Branson
A groundbreaking, celeb-filled new season of "ICONOCLASTS" premieres tonight, Oct. 16 at 10 PM ET/PT on Sundance Channel. The premiere episode features Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson, showing their love for life, deep friendship and some interesting lessons they both learn from each other.

Ever think you’d see billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson teach legendary activist Desmond Tutu how to swim? Go HERE.

Desmond Tutu defines ICONOCLASTS for Richard Branson HERE.

Richard Branson's Secret to Success HERE.

Future episodes will feature celebs like Cameron Dia...
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'Lewis Black's Root Of All Evil' Returns For A Second Season

July 29th, 2008 6:26pm EDT
Lewis Black
There is a plethora of evil wreaking havoc in the world. It's up to Honorable Judge Lewis Black, the ultimate evaluator of evil, to hear each case and give his official verdict. The second season of "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" kicks off on Comedy Central this Wednesday, July 30 at 10:30 p.m. with Patton Oswalt and Andrew Daly prosecuting in the case of Ultimate Fighting vs. Bloggers. One will beat you into a coma and the other will blog about it with excessive self-righteousness.

"Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" pits pop culture topics against each other in an open debate setting....
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The Most Overrated & Underrated Talk Show Hosts

April 18th, 2008 9:22am EDT
Jon Stewart
In recent years, the late night talk show has given way to an avalanche of reruns and trash TV dotting the midnight landscape, making the late night chatfest in itself underrated.

Of course, there are still plenty of these shows to be found around the dial, especially on ABC, NBC and CBS (FOX apparently is still too shell-shocked from "The Chevy Chase Show" to attempt reentry into the fray). There are other spots where these shows can be found thanks to the advent of cable and satellite television leaving enough of a selection for viewers of divergent tastes to find the host they like...
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Starpulse Q&A: Sklar Brothers Talk Meta, Maniacs, & Movies

October 25th, 2007 12:46pm EDT
Sklar Brothers - Sklar Maps
Less than a year after they taped the final episode of ESPN Classic's Cheap Seats, which did for sports what Mystery Science Theater 3000 did for bad movies, The Sklar Brothers

have released a comedy album and filmed a web series about a web series called Layers , where they play publicists for an agent (Nick Kroll) who represents other agents. In this Starpulse Q and A, the Sklars discuss what it takes to make a successful web series, compare celebrity worship to bullfighting, and reminisce about having a knife wielding maniac charge the stage.

The CD is called Sklar Maps. When y...
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Bill Maher To Star In Documentary About World Religion

October 2nd, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Bill Maher
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, announced today that it has acquired distribution rights to an untitled documentary about world religion, directed by Larry Charles (Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, Curb Your Enthusiasm) and starring political humorist and author Bill Maher (Real Time With Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect). Jonah Smith and Palmer West of Thousand Words (A Scanner Darkly, Requiem For A Dream) are producing. CAA arranged financing for the film in 2006. Stuart Ford of IM Global i...
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CNN To Celebrate Larry King's 50th Anniversary in Broadcasting

March 28th, 2007 11:46am EDT
Larry King
Award-winning broadcaster Larry King marks his 50th anniversary in broadcasting with a week-long celebration on Larry King Live and on CNN across all of its platforms, including on air, online and on radio. King kicks off the anniversary week with Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Bill Maher and a two-hour special presentation, CNN Presents: Larry King – 50 Years of Pop Culture.

King’s career began in 1957 when he worked at a small radio station in Miami Beach, Fla., performing odd jobs. When an announcer suddenly quit, he was given his big break and offered a position as a di...
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'Real Time With Bill Maher' Kicks Off Fifth Season February 16

February 15th, 2007 5:25pm EST
Bill Maher
HBO’s politically incorrect muse, Bill Maher, hosts an all-new season of his cutting-edge live HBO talk show, "Real Time with Bill Maher," which kicks off on Friday, Feb. 16 (11:00 p.m.-midnight

ET/PT) exclusively on HBO.

Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, interviews with in-studio and satellite guests, and, of course, Maher’s popular “New Rules” segment that exposes some of society’s most absurd habits or institutions.

As he’s shown over and over again during th...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 20

January 20th, 2007 3:00am EST
Bill Maher
Happy Birthday to Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon (1979), Sepultura lead singer Derrick Green (1971), actor Skeet Ulrich (1969), gossip reporter Melissa Rivers (1968), country singer John Michael Montgomery (1965), actor Jamie Denton (1963), actor Lorenzo Lamas (1958), political comedian Bill Maher (1956), comedic actor Arte Johnson (1929), storied actress Patricia Neal (1926), country singer Slim Whitman (1924), "Star Trek" doctor DeForest Kelley (1920; d. 1999), and comedic actor George Burns (1896; d. 1996).
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'24' Wins Best Drama & 'The Office' Is Best Comedy

August 28th, 2006 8:45am EDT
24
Last night the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 58th Annual Emmy Awards. The Fox drama 24 was named Outstanding Drama Series for the first time after five nominations in the category, and in its first season, the NBC series The Office, a U.S. adaptation of the hit British series of the same name, was named Outstanding Comedy Series. Winners in the lead categories follow in bold:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Scrubs

Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The So...
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Comedy Central Honors Rodney Dangerfield

July 13th, 2006 2:00pm EDT
Rodney Dangerfield
The king of the one liners gets all the respect he deserves when Comedy Central honors the life of a genuine pioneer of comedy himself, Rodney Dangerfield. "Legends: Rodney Dangerfield" premieres Sunday, September 10, at 9:00 p.m.

Dangerfield is a true comedy star and "Legends" is Comedy Central's way of celebrating his life. Best known for his trademark "I don't get no respect," Dangerfield continues to this day to receive nothing but that from his numerous fans and the many comedians he inspired along the way.

His "Legends" special will feature clips from previous concerts, app...
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'24' Gets 12 Emmy Nods, 'Grey's Anatomy' Receives 11

July 6th, 2006 10:36am EDT
24
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just announced the complete list of nominations for the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards. The TNT miniseries Into The West garnered the most nominations (16), followed by Elizabeth I (13), Mrs. Harris and 24 (12), Grey's Anatomy (11), and Bleak House and Will & Grace (10).

Nominations in the lead categories are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Scrubs

Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The Sopranos

24

The West Wing

House

Outstanding Miniser...
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Get Exclusive Footage From HBO's Shows ... For Free

June 17th, 2006 10:00am EDT
Deadwood
Two of HBO’s most popular original series, Entourage and Deadwood, are back again and fans can go “on location” for exclusive footage, intriguing cast interviews and other original features via HBO’s website or Apple’s iTunes Music Store – all for free.

Viewers will also be able to go behind-the-scenes of HBO’s newest comedy series “Lucky Louie,” starring Louis C.K. as head of a blue collar family, and “Dane Cook’s Tourgasm,” a docu-style comedy series that follows the rising stand-up comic during his college tour last spring.

These new editions join the wealth of HBO podcasts a...
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New Season of 'Real Time With Bill Maher' Starts Feb. 17

February 16th, 2006 12:00pm EST
Bill Maher
“Real Time With Bill Maher” kicks off its fourth season Friday, Feb. 17, (11:00 p.m.-midnight ET/PT), on HBO. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with in-studio and satellite guests.

Featured on this week’s show as roundtable guests are actor-comedian Eddie Griffin, Dan Senor, former chief spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and journalist Helen Thomas; Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold will be an interview guest.
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 20

January 20th, 2006 3:01am EST
John Michael Montgomery
Happy Birthday to Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon (1979), Sepultura lead singer Derrick Green (1971), actor Skeet Ulrich (1969), gossip reporter Melissa Rivers (1968), country singer John Michael Montgomery (1965), actor Jamie Denton (1963), actor Lorenzo Lamas (1958), political comedian Bill Maher (1956), comedic actor Arte Johnson (1929), storied actress Patricia Neal (1926), country singer Slim Whitman (1924), "Star Trek" doctor DeForest Kelley (1920; d. 1999), and comedic actor George Burns (1896; d. 1996).
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