Over the last year, conspiracy theorist and influential radio host Alex Jones has come under intense scrutiny for his fringe beliefs, most notably his claim that the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax perpetrated by the government.
On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver noted that Jones’ status as a Sandy Hook "truther" qualified him for an Easy Pass to “hell’s version of the champagne room.” But he spent most of his time on a relatively overlooked aspect of Jones’ conspiracy empire -- the wide range of products that he sells in order to fund it.
According to Oliver, Jones spends nearly a quarter of his airtime plugging InfoWars-branded merchandise, including Wake Up America Patriot coffee to Combat One Tactical Bath Wipes and a powder called Caveman True Paleo (made from “chocolate and domesticated bird corpses,” Oliver joked).
How much would someone pay for a vintage movie poster? Well, if that film is "Casablanca," one person's answer is $478,000.
That's how much a bidder coughed up Saturday for the only known surviving Italian-issue poster for the 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The poster sold through Heritage Auctions of Dallas.
“The buyer has just set a world record and acquired what we in the poster collecting world would equate to a masterpiece,” said Grey Smith, Heritage's director of vintage posters. “The stunning artistry put into this poster makes it stand head and shoulders above any paper produced for the film.”
"Confederate," HBO's controversial alternate history series, which will include dramatizations of modern-day slavery and has come under fire since its announcement earlier this month, will be the target of a social media protest during Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones."
April Reign, the activist behind #OscarsSoWhite is one of the organizers of the protest which is asking people to tweet to @hbo using the hashtag #NoConfederate during the 9 p.m. East Coast and West Coast broadcasts of "Game of Thrones." The series is being developed by "Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who are white. The pair invited husband and wife writer-producers Malcolm Spellman ("Empire") and Nichelle Tramble Spellman ("The Good Wife"), who are black, to join the creative team for the show.
"We want to show HBO the power of social media of those who are against this show, and demonstrate that there is a unified voice against 'Confederate," Reign said in a phone interview. "Our objective is for HBO to cancel this idea and spend no more money on it."
AMC announced several additions to its upcoming “Visionaries” docu-series Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
Writer-director-actor Eli Roth (“Cabin Fever,” “Hostel”) will be offering a deeper look into his signature style of genre filmmaking with “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” (working title) and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (founding members of The Roots) and Alex Gibney ('Going Clear," "History of the Eagles") will executive produce a series called “Rap Yearbook” (another working title). The cable network also has three other installments in development: “History of Video Games,” “Outlaws of the Internet,” and “History of Martial Arts.”
The new “Visionaries” members join the previously announced programs “Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics” and “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction.”
Imagine getting off the boat. Someone calls and says, 'I hear you're Mr. Universe. Do you want to be in a movie?' I say, 'Sure.' And all of a sudden I am running with the chariots through Central Park. Of course, no one can expect much of one's performance but it was on-the-job training.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took time during a White House briefing this week to read a fan letter to President Trump from a 9-year-old boy named Dylan who has the nickname of "Pickle."
Sanders read part of the letter to reporters: "You're my favorite President ... I don't know why people don't like you." Sanders interjected, "Neither do I, Dylan."
The letter continued, "You seem really nice. Can we be friends?" Sanders assured Pickle that she had spoken directly to Trump about him, and the president would "be more than happy to be your friend."
The producer behind Broadway's struggling musical "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" has joined the apologetic refrain for the diversity uproar that followed the decision to bring in Mandy Patinkin to replace departing star Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, who is black.
The production came under fire this week following its move to replace Onaodowan, who was in the original cast of "Hamilton," with Tony Award winner Patinkin in a titular role.
"As part of our sincere efforts to keep 'Comet' running for the benefit of its cast, creative team, crew, investors and everyone else involved, we arranged for Mandy Patinkin to play Pierre," co-producer Howard Kagan said in an official statement posted Friday on Twitter.