Media and Entertainment

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny Just Had a Twitter Exchange Guaranteed To Make X-Files Fans Cheer

By March 27, 2015
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Cue the music. If you didn’t believe before, you definitely can now.

Aasif Mandvi’s Scathing Speech at the RTCA Dinner Shows He Can Take Over The Daily Show

By March 26, 2015
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On Wednesday night, comic and regular Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi took the podium at the 2015 Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner and basically breathed fire over the room like he was a comedic Drogon. By the time he was done, 22 minutes later, very few had been spared.

I Don’t Find Your Millions of Pageviews Impressive

By March 26, 2015

It happens once every few months. A business or media reporter writes a breathless profile of some previously unknown web native who has “cracked the viral code.” We’ve been treated for years to the adage that you can’t engineer viral, but this social scientist, through the clever use of headlines and listsicles and blatant Reddit theft, has finally reverse-engineered the process that delivers millions of pageviews to a single aggregated post.

Hack Smear-Merchant Chuck Johnson Alleges John Boehner Told a Racist Joke

By March 25, 2015

Until it’s independently verified by actual journalists, take the following with a grain of salt the size of your head.

“Jazz Hands” Aren’t Triggering, and Other Lunacy from the National Union of Students Conference

By March 25, 2015
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I swear, sometimes it feels like there’s an entire generation of kids who are gonna be completely screwed once they get out into the real world.

Congresswoman Aces Worst Parking Job Ever Caught On Video

By March 25, 2015

The gauntlet for bad parking has just been thrown down.

MEMBERS ONLY: Thanks To the Internet, You’re Now a Movie Producer

By March 25, 2015
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If you’ve got a property that automatically taps into some sense of nostalgia, which is a seemingly endless commodity our culture never stops being willing to subsist on, it can be as simple as pitching a reboot. But what we’re seeing now is something much more complex and interesting: in some cases, the equivalent of going to ask mom for something, and if she tells you no, you just go ask dad. If a studio isn’t interested in a project you want to do, you can not only just avoid the system altogether and go ask the audience directly for funding, you can also stay both within the system and outside of it by starting your own hype machine.

Deadline Wonders If “Ethnic Casting” Trend Is Such a Good Idea in Article That Was a Very Bad Idea

By March 25, 2015
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Just — wow.

How Can a Faith-Crazy Ballot Measure To Kill Gay People Happen in California?

By March 24, 2015
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California’s reputation as a coastal stronghold of liberal elitism is so firmly entrenched in the national consciousness that the reality is sometimes difficult to process, even among those who live here. Every once in a while, though, that reality makes itself known in the ugliest way possible. Enter the “Sodomite Suppression Act.”

Just As Bill Burr Prophesied, Paula Deen Is Back On Television

By March 24, 2015

Paula Deen is back. With butter. Lots and lots of butter.

Scientology Is Even Crazier Than You Think: A Review Of HBO’s ‘Going Clear’

By March 24, 2015

The upcoming documentary tears the Church of Scientology to shreds without even trying.

Who Was First To Speculate About Terrorism In Germanwings Crash?

By March 24, 2015

With 24 hours to fill, and only one story to fill it with, it was only a matter of time before the “t” word reared its speculative head on cable news. At least they’re not shy about it anymore.

The World Isn’t a “Safe Space”: Why College Kids Need To Stop Hiding from Views That Upset Them

By March 23, 2015
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You have to wonder how these kids are possibly going to cope with the real world, which won’t worry one bit about their fragile sensibilities, real or perceived traumas, and need to be coddled at all times. There are very few safe spaces in the real world. Most of it is one big threat and what isn’t simply doesn’t give a damn.

Best of Banter: Ted Cruz on Gay Marriage, Melting Ice Caps, Chuck Norris and Staking Out the White House

By March 19, 2015

From the river of B.S. spilling out of Ted Cruz’s mouth to the apocalyptic news that melting Antarctic ice sheets will cause 10-foot sea level rises by the end of the century, Banter staff have you covered with enough paddles to navigate your way through the deluge. Here’s the week that was, at The Daily Banter. What Ted Cruz Said… Read More

How Fox News and the AP Got Their Obamacare Story Wrong

By March 19, 2015

Fox News’ Bret Baier made the mistake of relying on an inaccurate Associated Press article that misquoted Obama administration officials.

Let’s All Watch Rick Santorum Being Screamed at By a Completely Crazy Person Who Hates Barack Obama

By March 18, 2015
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She seems nice.

Fox News Channel’s Formerly Invisible ACA “Expert” Revealed and the White House’s Response (UPDATED)

By March 18, 2015

It’s not punditry nor is it flagrantly biased, it’s just selectively worded with topics chosen in order to fit into its far-right agenda.

Sinatra and a Rapper Talk About God In Playboy 50 Years Apart… With Very Different Results

By March 18, 2015

A tale of two minds.