How is Megyn Kelly Doing Outside of the Fox News Bubble?

After two weeks of breathless headlines and social media outrage (both authentic and faux), last night’s Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones finally arrived and … eh? I didn’t actually watch it live, because I didn’t want my cable service to believe I was supporting the decision to interview Alex Jones, but I jumped online during the interview and followed along on Twitter as it aired and … it was mostly crickets. There were very few tweets, and nothing of note.

I did later watch portions of it on YouTube, and while Kelly did a decent job of denunciating Alex Jones, the interview itself felt kind of empty, broken up with clips and background information on Jones’ history of nutcasery. There’s only about 5 minutes of interview footage in the 17 minute segment, and it’s notable mostly only for the fact that Jones appears to be sweating the entire time. Was it worth it, Kelly? Huh? Huh?

Point being: While there was a fear that Megyn Kelly was somehow introducing Alex Jones to mainstream America, the millions of people NBC (and the rest of the media) must have been expecting to tune in didn’t materialize. It was seen by only 3.5 million overnight viewers, less than a rerun of America’s Home Videos in the 18-49 demo. Worse still, NBC didn’t even add the interview to YouTube until 11 a.m. EST today, long after anyone had decided to care about the interview, so it received very little social-media lift.

In other words, the interview created very little noise, and for Megyn Kelly, ratings for the episode were not much more than what she received nightly on Fox News. Seems like Megyn Kelly stood out on Fox News, where she was one of few women, and the only primetime presence who was not completely friendly with Donald Trump. She was a lightning rod on Fox News. Polarizing. Divisive, because she dared to occasionally go against the company line. But in the rest of the news ecosystem, Megyn Kelly isn’t special. Not in an environment where she has to compete outside of the Fox News bubble with the likes of Katy Tur or Rachel Maddow or Jake Tapper or Joy Reid or Maggie Haberman. Now she has to re-earn her credibility with more mainstream audiences, and with her interviews with Alex Jones and Vladimir Putin, she’s not doing herself any favors.

Indeed, after weak ratings last night, NBC has to be sh*tting itself about the prospect of making Megyn Kelly the future of NBC News. Remember, they booted Tamron Hall and Al Roker for her? How are you feeling about that decision now, NBC?

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Fox News Lights Up Donald Trump’s New Attorney

Yesterday saw the Sunday Morning talk show debut of Jay Sekulow, Donald Trump’s new attorney, who made the rounds apparently with one purpose in mind: To convince America that Donald Trump is not under investigation, notwithstanding the fact that Donald Trump confirmed he was under investigation on Twitter last week. I watched Sekulow’s performance on a couple of outlets, and it did not go well for him.

Sekulow was particularly bad on Fox News, of all places, where Chris Wallace shredded all of his arguments. The entire 11-minute interview is fun to watch if you like seeing Trump surrogates awkwardly attempt to defend the President and then get angry when a «friendly» network doesn’t play along. If you’re short on time, however, this two-minute clip will give you the gist.

What is doubly ironic about the fact that Trump’s personal attorney is being humiliated on Fox News is that Sekulow himself is a frequent presence on Fox News as a commentator (Salon suggests that this may be why Trump hired him, because he was impressed with one of his appearances on Fox News). What’s odd, however, is that Sekulow has no experience with this sort of case. He has argued several times in front of the Supreme Court, but Sekulow typically works as a First Amendment lawyer defending the right of Christians to say and do often terrible, bigoted things. Sekulow is the Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice, a conservative Christian-based social activism outfit founded by Pat Robertson. It’s an organization that also supports criminalizing homosexuality in Africa. I have no idea why a Christian conservative lawyer would work for the morally repugnant Donald Trump, but he’s doing no favors for his client here.

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John BC Got The News Today That His Father’s Day Gift Is A Trip To Lambeau Thanks To #CrownYourFather

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So Crown Royal approached me like 10 days ago or so and said they were looking for bloggers to ‘Crown’ their fathers for Father’s Day this year. “Would you be interested,” they asked.

There’s still time to enter your dad for the velvet Crown painting via CrownYourFather.com on your mobile device.

Well, considering the fact that my dad keeps his Crown empties, has carried coins in his Crown bags to poker parties for like 25 years and actually drinks Crown when he’s at the lake, I said yes. Part of the crowning was to buy a gift for dad. I went back and forth on this part. Do I send dad with me next week for the College World Series title game or do I save the funds and take dad to Lambeau Field in the fall for another one of his bucket list items.

In the end I went Lambeau because it’s harder to pull off that one and it’s one of those places he’s always talked about visiting.


Here’s the trip plan:

We make the drive from Ohio to Ludington, Michigan to catch the SS Badger Ferry. We put the truck on the ferry across Lake Michigan and into Manitowic, Wisconsin, which is just 41 miles to Lambeau Field. The ferry stops running on October 15 so our choices are an early September game against the Seahawks, a 4:25 kickoff against the Bengals (not ideal since I don’t want to watch my Bengals get lit up) or a Thursday night game against the Bears.

That might just be the play here. Rivalry game. Night game. Get up there on a Wednesday night, catch the game Thursday, maybe a stadium tour Friday and then possibly Northwestern-Wisconsin on the way home on Saturday.

That’s a bucket list trip right there.

Thanks to Crown for this opportunity. I’m happy once again to be partnering with Crown Royal and I know dad is jacked up over this whole thing.


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Barack Obama May Have Spilled Some News On The Twin Messiahs (But Probably Not) 

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All week, the Beyhive has been on HIGH ALERT as they wait to hear the news that their King, Beyonce, has gifted the world with the real-life Gemini Twins. There’s been rumors that Beyonce was getting ready to give birth, was in the middle of giving birth and has already given birth. I’m not sure if I believe the rumors that Beyonce and Jay Z’s twins are already here, because I don’t remember seeing Jesus float down from heaven while holding two diaper bouquets to give to his twin successors.

Earlier this week, The Shade Room got a tip from a reader who claimed that Beyonce and her people took over the entire floor of a building at UCLA Medical Center and patients were moved to make way for the supreme. That rumor didn’t make much sense to me. If the rumor was that a building at UCLA Medical Center was bulldozed down and a brand new 7-floor labor and delivery palace was built in its place, then I’d believe that Beyonce was giving birth there. I mean, Beyonce giving birth in a used room? Never! But others reported that there seemed to be more security than usual at an L.A.-based hospital.

Tina Knowles and Basement Baby have been out and about this week, leading some hos to think that either the Bey-Z twins are already here or Beyonce isn’t getting ready to give birth. And last night, Jay Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held in NYC and Jay Z wasn’t there. Barack Obama did a congratulations video for the inductees and gave an extra special congratulations to Jay Z where he said,“Jay and I are also fools for our daughters. Although, he’s going to have me beat once those twins show up.” Meaning that the Bey-Z twins could both be girls. Every couple who thought they had the most over-the-top gender reveal ceremony can sit down because Beyonce and Jay Z beat them by (maybe) having Obama reveal the gender of their twins.

Obama probably didn’t reveal anything and meant that Jay Z is going to have him beat by having three kids. But if the chosen twins are really both girls, then NBC and Saturday Night Live should expect to get a cease and desist from Beyonce’s legal team. Because if Beyonce has three girls, then you better believe they’re going to form a girl group in the future, and you also better believe that they’re going to call their girl group Gemini’s Twin. My thoughts are with whoever is the “Poor Michelle.”

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Morning Briefing: The Weekend Brought Only More Bad News for the White House

— The big development over the weekend is that Jeff Sessions — further embroiled in the Russian controversy after the James Comey hearing — opted against testifying in an open hearing in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and will instead testify tomorrow in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee in what is believed to be a closed session. Sessions is clearly scared of something getting out, and the last thing he wants to do is piss off Trump, who already resents him for getting him into this mess by recusing himself and setting the DOJ up to appoint a special prosecuor. If Sessions even confirms that he left Comey alone with Trump, it could look bad for both Trump and Sessions. A growing number of Republicans are uneasy with Sessions involvement with Russia.

— Speaking of Mueller, it does appear that several on the far right are laying the groundwork to fire the special prosecutor. Politically speaking, I don’t know how that wouldn’t be the nail in the coffin of the Trump presidency.

— Firing Mueller, in fact, might give the GOP the leverage they need to get rid of Trump. According to Axios, they’d be much happier with a President Pence:

Beyond his base voters, Trump has an even bigger potential problem looming with his base in Congress. While Republican lawmakers won’t say it publicly, it’s widely known if they could pick between President Pence and President Trump, the Vice President would win 90% of the vote among the GOP.

— There’s further proof of that in the fact that the Republicans — despite pressure from The White House — have refused so far to back Trump’s attacks on James Comey, according to Politico:

Across national news shows on Sunday, Republican lawmakers showed varying degrees of concern about Trump’s handling of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and his decision to fire Comey in the midst of that probe. Though many contended the reaction to Comey’s testimony was overblown, most said Trump had acted improperly — even if it was out of naivete and not malice.

— That same Axios piece confirms what many Republicans have been saying behind closed doors: That they are terrified that the House will flip in 2018.

What Republicans fear: a downward spiral in which the Russia distractions make it harder to pass Trump’s agenda, new talent won’t come into the West Wing, top-shelf potential challengers are reluctant to run as Republicans in 2018, the House flips, and article of impeachment become a real risk.

Their worst fear is our ideal scenario.

— Meanwhile, D.C. and Maryland are now gearing up to sue the Trump Administration for violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

The lawsuit, a signed copy of which Racine and Frosh provided to The Washington Post on Sunday night, alleges «unprecedented constitutional violations» by Trump. The suit says Trump’s continued ownership of a global business empire has rendered the president «deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors» and has undermined the integrity of the U.S. political system.

The lawsuit comes days after the Department of Justice basically said that Trump is not violating the Constitution by repeatedly accepting payments from foreign governments at Trump owned properties.

— Elsewhere, the latest rumor is that Reince Priebus now has until the 4th of July to clean up the White House or he will be fired. This threat, however, has been looming over the Chief of Staff since the beginning of the Trump Presidency, and it’s unclear if Trump will ever follow through on the threat. Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie are seen as potential replacements, although both would probably be disastrous for Trump. Then again, Trump does have a propensity for shooting himself in the foot.

— Finally, word is that Donald Trump will not be visiting the UK this year, after all, as he had previously planned. He apparently fears wide-scale protests, which is understandable after he went after the London mayor on Twitter last week.

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And There is Simply Too Much News, That’s All. Just Cut a Bit And It Will be Perfect.

Masterchef on Fox at 8:00pm ET.

2017 NBA Finals: Game 3 on ABC at 9:00pm ET. The site I use for listings styles the title in quotations, so they have «Game 3» listed and I keep reading it really sarcastically. «Oh, yeah ‘game 3’ of the NBA finals. Yeah, right.» No, it doesn’t actually make sense.

The Carmichael Show on NBC at 9:00pm ET.

Fargo on FX at 10:00pm ET. There was a real weird twist at the end of last week and I’m sure it’s either going to drive the entire rest of the season or literally not matter at all. No in-between. Noah Hawley has either planned all of this out from the start or he just enjoys fucking with those of us who feel like he might have, and honestly I’ll be sticking around for either one.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS at 10:30pm ET. Kind of sad this is airing the night before the Comey hearings, but I guess it gives her a whole week to come up with stuff to say about them. Then again, the way the news cycle has worked lately, those hearings will probably be last month’s news by Monday.

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Don’t Worry, Fox News, The “Wonder Woman” Sequel Will Take Place In America! 

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Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot probably spent their Monday morning drinking a crystal champagne flute full of the sparkling tears of the man children who cried and threw tantrum over the women’s only screening in Austin. Because in four days, Wonder Woman has made almost a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide. That number may seem impressive, but I’m shrugging at it. I mean, after seeing the prices for the IMAX 3D showings of Wonder Woman, I can tell you that $ 250,000 million would cover about 22 tickets and a small thing of popcorn.

Deadline says that WW made $ 103.1 million in three days in North America. That, of course, makes it the #1 movie. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie came in at #2 with $ 23.5 million. (Side note: When I went to see WW yesterday, a grown man next to me said to the ticket seller, “One for Captain Underpants.” That took me back to the time I actually said the words, “One for From Justin To Kelly, please.” I judged him the same way I hoped I was judged for that embarrassing moment.)

WW now holds the record for the biggest opening ever for a movie directed by a woman. The record used to be held by the first Fifty Shades of Shit movie. WW also kicked Iron Man down to fifth place on the list of the top openings for a superhero origin movie. Box Office Mojo says WW made another $ 122.5 million in other countries, bringing its worldwide total so far to $ 223,005,000. Its production budget was $ 149 million, so yeah, it’s going to make money, which means it’s definitely getting a sequel.

Even before WW made zillions of dollars and even before all of the good reviews (which probably made Sad Ben Affleck even more sad) came out, Patty Jenkins talked about her plans for a sequel. Both Patty and Gal have already signed on to do the sequel. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly that was done in April (EW held it until last week), Patty says that the WW sequel will take place in modern day America.

“The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.

I made Wonder Woman. Now I want to make Wonder Woman 2. It’s a beautiful story to tell, an important time to tell it and with people that I love.”

That should make the professional OUTRAGErs at Fox News happy. On Friday, there wasn’t really any major news to cover (like who cares about Jabba the Trump pulling out of the Paris climate deal or Charo playing the Queen of England in Sharknado 5), so Fox News host Neil Cavuto decided to create some by bitching about how the new Wonder Woman hates America! Neil and his guests, Dion Baia and Mike Gunzelman, shook their heads at how the new Wonder Woman’s costume doesn’t look star spangled enough (à la Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman) for them. via Vanity Fair 

Neil: Her outfit isn’t red, white, and blue, and in order to appeal to foreign audiences, very little reference to America at all.

Dion: Nowadays, sadly, money trumps patriotism. Especially, recently, I personally feel like we’re not really very patriotic, the country, in a certain sense.

Mike: I think the Hollywood aspect—we see this time and time again—it’s cool to hate America these days.

“Money trumps patriotism…” I think I just overdosed on irony.

Yes, Wonder Woman is a comic book character who is a Greek demigod from the fake island of Themiscyra, but I’m with Fox News. I will rage right next to them if in the Wonder Woman sequel, she is not wearing a gas station American flag bikini, thigh high UGGs, a bullet sash and a beer guzzler hat (filled with Bud Light). And I will really rage if she’s not pulled off of her invisible plane by an invisible flight attendant due to overcrowding.

Pic: Warner Bros.

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All The ‘Wonder Woman’ News Worth Knowing

It’s been a wonderful weekend! Despite lackluster marketing and putrid product placement, the first major superhero movie starring a woman (Gal Gadot) and directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins), Wonder Woman opened to rave reviews (well mostly), and had a huge weekend at the box office. But that’s not all.

After a strong initial response from critics, it looked like Wonder Woman could be the highest rated live-action superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes. The second wave of reviews brought down that number a bit, but Wonder Woman is still scoring higher than such hits as Logan, Batman Begins, Spider-Man, and every MCU movie except for Iron Man. (She’s obviously still way above the rest of the DCEU titles). (Pajiba / Rotten Tomatoes)

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Critics weren’t the only ones thrilled with the Gal Gadot-fronted DCEU epic. Reflecting the public’s opinion,Wonder Woman achieved a CinemaScore of A. (Cinema Score)

Let’s talk box office. Warner Bros. was conservatively estimating the film would take in between $ 65-75 million domestic its opening weekend. But by Friday, Wonder Woman had already amassed $ 38.85 million, including $ 11 mil from its Thursday night previews. And the money kept on rolling in. By Sunday morning, box office prognosticators were predicting a $ 95-100 million opening. The final result was closer to $ 100.5 million. And that’s just domestic. Wonder Woman took another $ 122 mil internationally, for a worldwide total of $ 223,005,000 in one weekend! (Box Office Mojo)

By exceeding the $ 100 mil mark opening weekend, Wonder Woman became one of 16 superhero movies to accomplish that feat, notably most of those are sequels. (THR)

By Sunday afternoon, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman had set the record as «the biggest blockbuster ever directed by a woman.» (NBC)

Or to put it another way:
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(A Mighty Girl)

Hollywood should take note that while 52% of the audience who saw Wonder Woman opening weekend was female, 48% was male. Meaning that women drove the big debut, but a female protagonist in an action pic didn’t scare men away as Hollywood «logic» tends to assume. (Box Office Mojo)

In fact, there’s a lot of ways Wonder Woman proved conventional Hollywood wisdom wrong. (Forbes)

After running a review that was roundly mocked for a line that seemed to suggest women can only experience «pleasures of the flesh» with the help of a man, The Guardian ran a second review, this one written by Wendy Ide. (The Guardian)

Fox News has the sadz that Wonder Woman, a movie about a super-powered Amazon who battles alongside an American spy in World War I, isn’t patriotic enough. Beth Elderkin schools them. (iO9)

Eleanor Tremeer celebrates Wonder Woman and «the single greatest moment in superhero film history.» (Movie Pilot)

Shana O’Neil explored how Wonder Woman broke ground and made history by turning towards the light. (THR)

Wonder Woman is also proving a major moment in representation for the Blackfoot people, thanks to ugene Brave Rock and his carefully constructed character. (Indian Country)

Meanwhile fragile masculinity-havers are suing the Alamo Drafthouse over its women-only Wonder Woman screenings. He’s also suing/blaming Carson Daly. Angie Han reports. (Mashable)

Another enraged man wrote the mayor of Austin, where the first women-only screening was announced, to declare he was boycotting the city altogether and urges others to do the same because reverse-sexism, yadda yadda. The mayor’s response was so good even MCU’s Captain America cheered it. (Mayor Adler)

Despite being in a rival franchise, DCEU’s Wonder Woman had several MCU heroes cheering her solo film on.




Check out how Chris Hemsworth (the MCU’s Thor) responded when Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot threw down the gauntlet.



Logan helmer James Mangold also shared praise.

Some are already arguing the film’s Oscar chances. (THR)

Considering all this success, let’s talk Wonder Woman 2. Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins are signed to return, should the movie be greenlit. (CBR)

Zack Snyder has confirmed Wonder Woman 2 is in development. (/Film)

But when a sequel would be set is being debated. It could take place during World War II, so following Wonder Woman, but still far preceding Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where this incarnation of Diana Prince was introduced. Or it could take place in the present, following the events of the upcoming Justice League ensemble actioner. (Nerdist)

Jenkins has said it could be about Diana Prince coming to America, which suggests the former. (/Film)

And would we see the return of Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor?(Hello Giggles)

There’s a slew of Wonder Woman merchandise, including special edition Barbies, but we’re most excited about this one, because duh. (Barbie)

Lastly, the Legion of Women Writers teamed with Girls Inc. of New York City in a fundraiser to pay for 70 high-school aged girls to see Wonder Woman in theaters. They met their initial goal ($ 1,2000) in less than a day, and have been raising the stakes ever since. All the additional donations will go toward Girls Inc of NYC’s Annual College Shower, which helps freshman girls pay for college costs. (Go Fund Me)

Have more Wonder Woman news? Share it in comments.

Kristy Puchko talked about Wonder Woman all weekend long on. Listen here.

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The Latest News on the Hotly Anticipated ‘Sharknado 5: Global Swarming’

Just kidding. No one gives a fuck about this except SyFy, celebrity bookies, and possibly the gang at How Did This Get Made.

The first Sharknado was a perfect storm (pun not intended) of ridiculousness, earnest performances, and terrible that somehow worked. At least, it worked if you only watched it once or twice. Anything more was overkill. Then they decided to have a sequel. Then a third movie. A fourth. And now?

Fabio will be playing the Pope. Charo is the Queen of England. Chris Kattan will be England’s Prime Minister.

It isn’t funny anymore. When you force the crazy and terrible, you get something irritating and lacking fun. Casting via dartboards and Ouija boards isn’t the best way to get quirky and entertaining. You get desperate and cringe-worthy.

Give it up, Sharknado. «Make America Bait Again» is a terrible tagline and this franchise died three movies ago.

($ 5 says they get covfefe in there before it airs.)

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