It’s almost cliché to call HBO's new futuristic sci-fi series Westworld a study in backwards human behavior, but even “basic rednecks” have standards. The first thing the show does is throw out those silly morals for what every rich person secretly desires: murder and endless sex.
Here we go again. Just like Showtime produced three seasons of a series reimagining an evil 15th century pontiff in The Borgias, now the Bill Maher Channel is importing from Italy The Young Pope, starring Jude Law as 47-year-old Lenny Belardo, who is installed in the present day as Pope Pius XIII.
Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter screened the first two hours of Paolo Sorrentino’s ten-hour miniseries at the Venice Film Festival and reports this “irreverent fantasy” of a “dangerously iconoclastic pontiff” was entertaining. This Pope “Lenny” is “arrogant, whimsical and hilariously destructive....he comes off as a borderline anti-Christ not only in his power-mad dreams, but in all his dealings with the cardinals and the Curia.”
In the August 29 edition of Notable Quotables: Journalists fret about presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton being victimized by a sexist double standard, while reporters find it admirable that President Obama took a principled stand in favor of his vacation instead of visiting flood-ravaged Lousiana. At the same time, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blames "extreme" talk radio for the "dumbing down" of the GOP that enabled the rise of Donald Trump, while some journalists say their objectivity (as if!) must be sacrificed to the larger goal of stopping "dangerous" Trump from winning the White House.
In the August 8 edition of Notable Quotables: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, at the Democratic convention, likens President Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln, while MSNBC's Chris Matthews gets in one last thrill, as he exclaims Obama has a smile like actress Julia Roberts. Plus, ABC’s Terry Moran and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell accused Gov. Chris Christie of inciting an anti-Hillary Clinton “mob” at the Republican convention. And HBO host Bill Maher actually attempts to rationalize recent shootings of police officers.
[Warning: profanity ahead.] The not-married Bill Maher on Thursday closed out his live convention shows by insisting that Bill Clinton can “fuck around” on Hillary Clinton and still “love her.” The Real Time host also pleaded for Americans to have a more “European” attitude about such infidelities.
When Bill Maher isn’t bashing Nazi Republicans who plan to put immigrants in “boxcars,” the HBO comic wants to bring people together. The Real Time host opened a live, post-convention version of his show with this nasty joke: “For people who have been saying elections didn't offer a real choice, it is kind of a real choice. Right? ‘Hillary is going to fight for you.’ ‘Hillary is going to murder you.’ ‘How do we welcome immigrants?’ ‘How many can we fit in a boxcar?’"
In the same episode that Bill Maher attacked Republicans as mentally retarded and compared them to Nazis, he insisted that this election will be a “referendum on decency.” In a live, post-Republican National Convention edition of HBO’s Real Time, Maher lamented, “This whole election to me is a referendum on decency. Just fundamental decency. I mean, the hatred we have heard [about Hillary Clinton].”
The Hillary Clinton propaganda machine has been hard at work leading up to her presumptive presidential nomination. Entertainment media have been littered with a multitude of TV shows, movies, children’s books, and even songs inspired by the Democratic candidate.
In a live version of his HBO show, Bill Maher on Wednesday night slimed Donald Trump’s son as Nazis and black and gay Republicans as traitors. During the opening of the show, he sneered, “There was there was an outbreak of Norovirus, the one they get on cruise ships, at the convention. They said avoid shaking hands. If you see the Trump boys, just Sieg Heil and walk right on by.”
On Friday's Real Time, HBO host Bill Maher attacked presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence as someone who "hates poor people" and "super, super hates gay people," who, because being Catholic "wasn't oppressive enough," "became an evangelical Christian."
He then attacked Donald Trump and his son as "a**holes," and compared Trump's children to the infamous sons of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, calling them "Uday and Qusay."
Along with their repeated playing of the race card during MSNBC’s Hardball, HBO host Bill Maher offered an eyebrow-raising defense on Wednesday for Hillary Clinton and her e-mail scandal by suggesting that she didn’t intend to do anything “nefarious” but rather “needed a private server to get her work done cause Democrats do work.”
British Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams wants you to buy a “Trump Cushion,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.