President Barack Obama's appearance on Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die Web series "Between Two Ferns" is the viral video of the day, but while your friends on Facebook may be laughing, not everyone is into the joke. Especially those on the White House press beat.
During the daily briefing with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, ABC News' Jim Avila questioned whether the appearance had damaged the "dignity" of the office of the president.
According to the political website Talking Points Memo, Avila asked, "How much discussion was there in the White House about the dignity of the office and whether or not, in order to reach these people who don't watch us at 6:30, or who don't watch this briefing." He also wondered, "how much the dignity of the office might be lost? This is an interview like no other probably ever done by a president."
By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Something historic happened in the early hours of Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The President of the United States was a guest on "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," a highly occasional semi-fake talk show that lives on the website Funny or Die.
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“There is a weird psychology to saying ‘OK, there’s five episodes left, three stories an episode. That’s 15 stories left to tell in the entire show.' That’s pretty overwhelming,” said Weiner in a telephone interview Tuesday.
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"Star Wars Rebels" will be the first look fans get of their favorite science-fiction universe since its creator, George Lucas, sold the property to Disney and stepped down from the helm two years ago. Naturally, fans are approaching the new series with equal parts excitement and trepidation. After all, Disney itself has been compared to the nefarious "Empire" more than a few times over the years.
"Rebels" executive producer Dave Filoni finds the notion that "Star Wars" may be unrecognizable in its new iteration "fascinating." Yes, Lucas is essentially retired from telling "Star Wars" stories, but the bedrock of his teachings are still in practice today.
"The same team of people in lead roles making 'Clone Wars' is going to be responsible for making 'Rebels,'" Filoni recently explained in a phone interview. "Not many people seem to have grasped that. To me, there aren't as many differences as people thought as far as the people making these shows."
Jimmy Kimmel is hosting his show from Austin, Texas, this week and to celebrate one of the city's favorite sons, he paid tribute to Matthew McConaughey's stellar performance in the HBO series "True Detective."
As many people know, McConaughey and co-star Woody Harrelson were only signed on for one season of the anthology mystery series. Next season will have new actors in an entirely new story. But who will get those plum roles? Speculation is rampant on the Internet.
But Kimmel used his Monday night show to "reveal" the identities of season two's actors as well as the location of the second season. The new season of "True Detective" will take place in Austin, Texas, and it will star... Kimmel and Seth Rogen.
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Then, on Monday, June 30, it's time to gear up for people trapped in a bubble, with the return of “Under the Dome." As previously announced, the premiere will be penned by Stephen King, who wrote the bestseller on which the series is based.
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The penultimate night of "The Voice" Season 6 blind auditions started off, as shows at this stage of the competition so often do, with each coach predicting his or her team will carry off the win. How the talent will ultimately fare remains to be seen, but one thing becomes more clear every week: From an entertainment perspective, the superstar team in the red chairs is a definite winner.
On Monday night, the coaches again struck just the right balance of lighthearted humor and amusing friction as they jousted and jostled, cuddled (Adam Levine apparently just loves to share Blake Shelton's chair), cajoled and critiqued. In one amusing interlude, Levine and Usher teamed up to try (unsuccessfully) to undercut Shelton's pitch and steer talent to Shakira; Shelton called them "Siskel and Ebert."
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