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‘Who Is America?’ Review: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Jokes Are Hit-or-Miss, but His Wild Showtime Series Could Kill Political Careers

‘Who Is America?’ Review: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Jokes Are Hit-or-Miss, but His Wild Showtime Series Could Kill Political Careers
Important is the kind of word that gets tossed around a lot when critiquing TV shows. Along with its many adjectives — relevant, vital, urgent, essential, etc. — the designation boosts scripted series from “The Looming Tower” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” to “Scandal” and “The OA,” noting their political, cultural, or storytelling significance. Unscripted fare, like “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Born This Way,” snags the same praise. Some warrant theses descriptors more than others, but few comedies have tried as hard to earn them as Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series, “Who Is America?

By shooting so high, the unflinching performer behind Da Ali G and Borat hits a few big marks, and misses some, as well. Members of Congress should be removed from office because of the things they say and do with Cohen’s characters, but the vaudevillian master of disguise also puts his elaborate
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Bruce Willis Roast Gets Surprise Visit From Demi Moore; Edward Norton Praises Him As A “Global D*ckhead Powerhouse”

Bruce Willis Roast Gets Surprise Visit From Demi Moore; Edward Norton Praises Him As A “Global D*ckhead Powerhouse”
The stars came out on Saturday night to the Comedy Central Roast of Die Hard institution and American treasure Bruce Willis — and it was a celebratory festival of reading the non-Oscar nominated actor to filth. But one of the best roasts of the evening came from surprise guest — and Willis' ex-wife — Demi Moore. In the middle of the ceremony, roast master Joseph Gordon-Levitt, out of nowhere, announced that it was Moore’s turn take the dais, surprising Willis, roasters…
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‘Anne With an E’ Boss Answers Burning Questions About the Queer Soirée, Season 3, and More

‘Anne With an E’ Boss Answers Burning Questions About the Queer Soirée, Season 3, and More
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Anne With an E” Season 2, including the finale “The Growing Good of the World.”]

The character of Great Aunt Josephine Barry in the “Anne of Green Gables” books has always been a fan favorite because she seemed to truly understand and encourage the unique aspects of the orphan that transformed the lives of those in Avonlea. In Netflix’s adaptation “Anne With an E,” it’s revealed that her perception and empathy comes from
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World Cup Final Scores Record Ratings in Tournament Champion France

Besides France’s team, the other champion of the 2018 World Cup tournament is TF1, the country’s leading commercial network, which scored record ratings and an 82.2% market share for Sunday’s final game.

The game, which saw France beat Croatia by 4-2 and take home the champion’s trophy for the first time since 1998, drew 19.3 million viewers. That figure rose to 22.3 million people by the end of the game. It marks the seventh-most-watched TV program ever in France and the most-watched soccer match since 2002.

TF1 had exclusive free-to-air rights to 28 games, which it acquired from beIN Sports for about $82 million,
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World Cup Final Scores 22.3M Peak In France As TF1 Secures Best Ratings Since 2016

France's World Cup win helped commercial broadcaster TF1 to its best ratings since 2016 as Les Bleus defeat of Croatia peaked with 22.3M viewers. The triumph averaged 19.3M with an 82% share across its 90-minutes in France, which was marginally up on its semi-final win over Belgium, which averaged 19.1M viewers and a 70.5% share. However, this does not take into account the millions watching in bars and town squares throughout the country. Overall, the tournament has been…
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‘The Crown’: Netflix Releases First Look at Olivia Colman as the Queen

Netflix has released its first look at Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in the new season of “The Crown,” which is in production. Colman will play Her Majesty in the third and fourth seasons of the smash hit, taking over the role from Claire Foy.

The image shows the queen sipping a nice cuppa and wearing her trademark pearls. No other cast members can be seen.

Season 3 is expected to premiere in 2019. Picking up roughly where the second season ended, it covers the period of 1964 through the early 1970s. The overhauled cast includes Tobias Menzies as the queen’s husband,
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‘The Crown’: First Image Revealed Of Olivia Colman As Queen Elizabeth II

Her Royal Majesty… Olivia Colman. Netflix has released the first image of the Broadchurch and Night Manager star as The Queen in the forthcoming season of The Crown. Colman, seen in the image drinking a cup of tea and eating a slice of marmalade toast, replaces Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in seasons three and four of the Left Bank Pictures drama. Filming is currently underway. She stars alongside Tobias Menzies, who will play Prince Philip. Elsewhere, Ben Daniels
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Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? Premiere on Showtime: Grade It!

Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? Premiere on Showtime: Grade It!
After a surprise announcement — and a few very public complaints — Sacha Baron Cohen‘s top-secret Showtime comedy project Who Is America? made its debut on Sunday night. But did it live up to the hype?

Fans of Cohen’s Da Ali G Show (where characters like Borat and Bruno originated) will recognize the basic format of Who Is America?: It’s a mockumentary that purports to examine America’s cultural landscape through a series of hard-hitting interviews… but is really just an excuse for Cohen to don a series of ridiculous new disguises and fool people into embarrassing themselves on camera.
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‘Claws’ Breakout Harold Perrineau on Playing a Romantic Exotic Dancer With Autism

‘Claws’ Breakout Harold Perrineau on Playing a Romantic Exotic Dancer With Autism
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Claws” Season 2, Episode 6, “Double Dutch.”]

The sweet and good-natured character Dean Simms has become of the breakouts on “Claws,” which is no mean feat for a show filled with flamboyant mafia bosses, drug dealers, ex-cons, and ex-prostitutes. But even if he has a stronger moral compass than that others, Dean is anything but boring.

Dean, portrayed by Harold Perrineau, has had perhaps the biggest character evolution on the TNT series so far. First introduced as a budding artist with autism who is completely dependent on his sister Desna (Niecy Nash), he’s become far more than a mere appendage to her life. Dean has created a much richer and more independent existence for himself that involves romancing his girlfriend Virginia (Karrueche Tran), moving in with her, and preparing to become an exotic dancer. But more importantly, he’s also become a man who can finally watch out for his sister
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Lucas Grabeel

Don’t let the young look fool you, Lucas Grabeel is in his early 30s and yet he still looks a great deal younger. This talented and very driven young actor is the kind of guy that doesn’t seem to really look for the fame but finds it and is extremely grateful when it comes along. You might be able to call him lucky, fortunate, or just good at what he does, but the evidence speaks for itself when you read his filmography since by this point in his career he’s made quite a good accounting of himself. Over the years

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Lucas Grabeel
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Robert Wolders Dies: The ‘Laredo’ Star & Audrey Hepburn Companion Was 81

Robert Wolders, who is known for his role in the Western television series Laredo and as the longtime companion of Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn, died on July 12. He was 81. The official Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund Twitter account announced the news saying, “With the heaviest heart we salute our Board Member, mentor and friend Robert Wolders. May your beautiful soul rest in peace. Your shining example lives on.” Wolders was born in the Netherlands on Sept. 28, 1936. He…
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The Five Best Uses of Kanye West Songs In Movies

Kanye West recently offered his musical talents for the Deadpool movie franchise. The rapper, singer, songwriter took to twitter to make his offer and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds responded that he’d consider it for Deadpool 3. It’s not the first time West’s iconic tunes have been used in movies. In fact, his music has been featured in several films and trailers over the years. Here are the best uses of Kanye West songs in movies. Black Skinhead – The Wolf of Wall Street For a song that starts with the line “For my theme song”, it was meant to be used

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Power Recap: Teresi's Plan Revealed

Need to catch up? Check out the previous Power recap here.

As it turns out, Power‘s known mobster and longtime convict Tony Teresi is an even more loathsome guy than he first appeared.

In this week’s episode, Tommy’s dad finally shows his true self. I know you’ll be shocked, but the old man doesn’t have one iota of concern or regard for the child he abandoned all those years ago. But he does really like that selling out the son he barely knows greatly increases his chances of getting out of jail early.

You’ve
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Discovery’s “Edge of Alaska”

Edge of Alaska is one of the many reality shows on TV that decided to drag a bit of realism into the scene while at the same time continuing the trend of creating a great deal of noise where there’s normally none. While it wasn’t the worst show on TV, far from it, it kind of dragged the small town of McCarthy, Alaska, into the spotlight kicking and screaming for the most part since the town would have otherwise been largely unknown save to the tourists that managed to find it and those that were told about it by various

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Discovery’s “Edge of Alaska”
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The Five Greatest Cyperpunk Movies of All-Time

If you’re wondering what cyberpunk is as it relates to cinema, then it’s easy enough to understand that it’s a sub-genre of science fiction, albeit one that is much darker, grittier, and carries an underlying message of the necessity of rebellion and the need to fight back against a dystopian future. In cyberpunk movie there is typically a protagonist that will either operate within the system in order to cause discord or one that has escaped the system and works from without in order to gather followers of like mind that will bring the system crashing down. Cyberpunk didn’t really

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Animal Kingdom: Why I Hate Myself for Loving TNT's Addictive Drama

I’m as hooked on TNT’s Animal Kingdom as Billy is to smack — and I feel almost guilty about it. It’s not that it’s bad television; on the contrary, it’s freakin’ terrific — dark, funny, exciting, smartly written and beautifully acted. It’s just that… holy crap, every character on the show is a bigger piece of s— than the last!

When I first reviewed the premiere back in 2016, this was a big sticking point for me. But as the Cody family was fleshed out in Season 2, I slowly realized that I wasn’t watching anymore just
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Malese Jow

Malese Jow is one of those actors you definitely know if you watch the CW. She’s no longer on the network but the fans that have followed her for a while could attest that she was one of the most well-known and favored actors on whatever show she happened to be on at the time. Her career has stretched for just over two decades now and she’s still going strong as she hasn’t really slowed down to take a breather yet. Some of the roles she’s played so far seem like they might be a bit forgettable but others are

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Malese Jow
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France Celebrates Soccer World Cup Triumph

Jubilant French residents poured out in force on the streets Sunday in celebration of France’s World Cup triumph, which returned the champion’s trophy to France 20 years after its 1998 win.

The French team, which beat Croatia by a score of 4-2, went into the tournament as an underdog but ramped up its game as play wore on. The unexpected nature of this World Cup victory boosted French people’s enthusiasm and fueled their emotional reaction to the outcome.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who traveled to Russia to watch the final, seemed overcome with joy. He was photographed jumping and shouting in his viewing box,
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What has Kristanna Loken Been Up to Since “Terminator 3?”

At one point and time Kristanna Loken was going to be a big star. Her place in Hollywood seemed assured when she hit the big screen in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. She had the looks, she had the attitude, and, well, that’s kind of where it ended. Someone thought she could act otherwise she wouldn’t be where she is, but considering that there are plenty of actors out there that couldn’t seem to remember a line if it was fed to them off screen she’s not the worst. It could be that in the beginning of her career

What has Kristanna Loken Been Up to Since “Terminator 3?”
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Five Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know about Wonder Woman’s Sword

A hero’s weapons are often thought of as either mighty artifacts or tools that get the job done. In either case the right tool for the right job is crucial, and Wonder Woman’s blade, no matter which one she’s used, is almost always as strong and as sure as the warrior that wields it. The blade is for the most part just a weapon, but in the comics and the movie the ethos of it becomes a lot more than one might expect of an implement, becoming in effect a divine item that is revered among the Amazons and prized

Five Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know about Wonder Woman’s Sword
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