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Sarah Palin: We Won The 'Duck Dynasty' Fight (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 20:07:16 -0500)
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) spoke out again in defense of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson at CPAC on Saturday, saying that his "fight" for free speech was a battle won by everyone.
Back in December, Robertson faced backlash over comments he made to GQ Magazine on morality and sin, where he compared homosexuality to bestiality. After a suspension that lasted less than two weeks, A&E allowed Robertson to return to the show.
"In another time, that might have been it," Palin said. "Phil would have stayed fired. But not now, not this time."
As one of Robertson's first public supporters, Palin credited the fight to preserve his First Amendment rights as the force that drew winds of change.
"People all over America understood that Phil's right to express himself, that fight that he had to undertake, that was all about our right to express ourselves," she added on Saturday. "His fight was our fight and we pushed back and we won."
Sarah Palin CPAC: 'Yes We Can' Has Become 'No You Can't' Thanks To Obamacare (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 19:43:37 -0500)
Sarah Palin went after President Barack Obama for his foreign policy during the final speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, and gave her own extreme take on how to handle foreign threats.
"Mr. President, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke," she said during a biting, folksy 30-minute speech.
Many of her digs were targeted squarely at Obama. She mocked his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, doing an impression of Obama as weak and ineffective.
"Vladimir, don't mess around or you're going to feel my flexibility," she said, acting as Obama. "Because I've got a phone and I've got a pen, and I can dial it really fast and poke you with my pen. Pinky promise."
She also went after Obama for his "hope and change" 2008 campaign messages.
"That 'hope and change,' it went from a catchy campaign slogan to a reality, and along the way, 'hope and change,' 'yes we can,' it became 'no, you can't,'" she said. "No, you can't log onto the website. No, you can't keep your health care."
Palin doled out some praise: She thanked Texas for electing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and thanked him for giving Congress an "awakening" with a filibuster last year. "Liberty needs a Congress on Cruz control," she said. She urged the GOP to elect more politicians like Cruz -- a strong tea party backer -- rather than listening to the GOP establishment.
Palin also had advice for Republicans on women voters, with whom the party has performed poorly in recent years. After telling the men in the crowd to play games on their phones, she spoke directly to the "ladies" about why they shouldn't support Democrats.
"Women, don't let them use you," she said. "Unless you choose to be their political pawn or just their piece of accessory on their arm. Honey, that's not liberation, that's subjugation, and this sisterhood fights against that."
She ended the speech on a positive note.
"The best is yet to come," she said. "This is a great awakening. The age of Obama is almost over. The end of an error. He is the lamest of lame ducks. So expand our ranks, we can do this, expand our ranks to save our country. Because our sensible, imperative mission for small government and big freedom is big enough for every American who loves liberty and trusts the individual."
This post has been updated to include additional remarks.
Sarah Palin's CPAC Speech Might As Well Be The Next Dr. Seuss Book (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 19:26:51 -0500)
Former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) took full advantage of her CPAC platform on Saturday, rewriting Dr. Seuss' classic "Green Eggs And Ham" with her own version on the Obama presidency.
A few minutes into her speech, Palin took out a copy of the book, teasing it as something she would read to her youngest child, Trig Palin.
"Little Trig, lucky little fellow," she said. "His bedtime story goes something like this."
I do not like this, Uncle Sam.
I do not like this healthcare scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks
Or how they cry and cook the books
I do not like when Congress steals
I do not like their crony deals
I do not like 'oh yes, we can'
I do not like this spending spree
We're smart, we know nothing's free
I do not like reporters' smug replies
When I complain about their lies
I do not like this kind of hope
And we won't take it
Nope, nope, nope!
How Rob Thomas Introduced 'Veronica Mars' At SXSW (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 19:02:11 -0500)
The "Veronica Mars" movie premiered Saturday afternoon at the 2014 South By Southwest Film Festival, seven years after the cult series went off the air, and nearly one year after a Kickstarter campaign was launched to fund the feature film resurrection. Stars Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Tina Majorino, Chris Lowell, Krysten Ritter, Enrico Colantoni and Ryan Hansen were on hand for the debut of the film, as was director and co-writer Rob Thomas. Before the screening, Thomas introduced "Veronica Mars" by giving thanks to all of those who made the movie possible. Below, the full transcript of his speech.
I am so unbelievably excited to be here today to show you the "Veronica Mars" movie. It has been seven years in the making, and it feels so good right now. First of all, we'd like to thank South by Southwest for having us here. Austin is my home, this is the place I would have picked to screen it.
Next, I really want to thank the people at Warner Bros. Just so you know, the easiest answer for a big corporation is no, and Warner Bros. said yes. Warner Bros. let us try this experiment, and we're so grateful. I can't tell you how well they have treated us for being such a small movie. They have treated us like a really important project.
Next, I want to thank the cast of "Veronica Mars" [loud applause] for being willing to jump back into this and working for scale. Most important, this movie would not exist if Kristen Bell had not been enthusiastic about it, had not been passionate about it, had not been willing to step up ever since we went off the air. Kristen, thank you so much.
And, finally, most important -- and I think I can say this more than any other movie that has ever been made -- thank you to the fans of "Veronica Mars." The Kickstarter backers, we would not exist without you. This was the only way this movie was going to get made. Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy the movie.
Frank Ocean Is Changing His Name ... To Frank Ocean (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:23:34 -0500)
Frank Ocean has made a drastic decision to legally change his name ... but fear not ... it's not a Prince-esque symbol.
Mark Duplass: How A Drunken Introduction Led To Jonah Hill Being Cast In 'Cyrus' (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:30:53 -0500)
Mark Duplass discusses how meeting a drunk Jonah Hill at a party resulted in Hill being cast in "Cyrus," his first serious film role.
Rachel Canning: Her Parents Should Be Fighting to Bring Her Home (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:02:48 -0500)
I know my opinion is not going to be popular, but here goes -- Sean and Elizabeth Canning are the adults and the parents in this relationship. They need to work harder than an 18-year-old to mend their family fences.
Rachel Canning has been called a "spoiled brat" who's suffering from "affluenza" because she is suing her estranged parents for high school and college tuition and support. I agree that she may feel "entitled," but I also think it's ridiculous that her parents have allowed her to live at a friend's home for over four months without making serious efforts to repair their relationship.
Rachel Canning & Parents' Relationship Ruined? -- They Need To Win Daughter Back
Why have the Cannings not engaged an experienced family therapist to help themselves and Rachel work through the issues dividing them?
How can they, as supposedly concerned parents, go to sleep every night, not knowing how their daughter is doing -- not knowing that she is physically and emotionally safe? How can they not be worried about her state of mind? How do they know that she isn't suffering from depression?
Whether Rachel left her family home voluntarily or was kicked out, I can guarantee you that she feels abandoned.
She actually described herself as a "throwaway" on her Facebook page on March 7. "I have been stunned by the financial greed of modern parents who are more concerned with retiring into some fantasy world rather than provide for their children's college and young adult years ... I see parents like this every day, children were always an accessory to them and nothing more, once that accessory grew up and went out of fashion ... the child becomes a throwaway," she wrote.
Sean & Elizabeth Canning: Rachel Canning Feels Abandoned
Sean and Elizabeth, I doubt that you really saw Rachel only as an "accessory" that you grew tired of. However, Rachel believes that you feel that way.
She feels abandoned. Even if she was the one who left your home, you didn't go after her or try to resolve your differences so she could come home. In her mind, that is the same as abandonment.
Rachel's lawsuit is an attempt to get your attention. Since neither of you have been trying to see her or resolve your differences, she thinks that you don't care about her. From Rachel's perspective, you're not prepared to support her education anymore because you'd rather spend your money on some new accessory. She feels you took on a responsibility when you conceived her and you need to fulfill that, even though she disappointed you by not being "perfect."
Sean and Elizabeth -- I can see her point of view. I don't see that she is so much "entitled" as genuinely hurt.
Despite the odds, she has continued to be a 3.5 GPA student at Morris Catholic High School, her private school that has not thrown her out, to its credit. Her continued school and cheerleading performance has demonstrated to you, her parents, that she is not a bad girl.
Sure, you didn't like her boyfriend, Lucas Kitzmiller, but should you really have forced her to choose between seeing him or living in your home? She didn't want to live by your house rules but in the world of 2014, were those fair rules for a 17-year-old?
I haven't seen or heard any evidence of Lucas being some terrible character. He sounds like a typical high school guy. Was it right to have drawn a line in the sand over him?
"Parents can set up rules in the house regarding who can be there but kicking her out seems rash. What message does that send -- my way or the highway," points out clinical psychologist Dr. David Gottesfeld, who specializes in treating children and adolescents. "They're certainly getting it back in spades."
Sean and Elizabeth, you've worked to paint a picture in court of Rachel as a spoiled, disrespectful girl who drinks too much. Doing that, in itself, is so damaging to your daughter, who is still trying to get into a good college and prepare for life. Her own parents are sliming her, publicly.
Now, Rachel has made some strong allegations against you two, and they aren't pretty -- accusing her mother of giving her an eating disorder and implying that her dad's behavior was too familiar. She is lashing out, and no doubt, will very much regret her allegations.
The Canning Family Needs Counseling
But I come back to you, Sean and Elizabeth. Rachel wouldn't be in court if you had pursued her with love and family counseling after she moved out.
Rachel is not a "bad" girl. "I tell parents this ... there is only one way to monitor your high schooler -- that is grades. If your child's grades are good, you can be pretty sure that they are doing what they need to be doing," advises Dr. David Gottesfeld. "A student could not obtain good to excellent grades if they were drunk or stoned or fooling around with their boyfriend."
Got that, Mr. and Mrs. Canning? Rachel's grades are very good. You don't have an inherently evil daughter. You have a daughter who feels hurt and abandoned and who sees her future slipping away, because her parents care so little about her that they haven't tried to reconcile and they won't send her to college.
"The Cannings need family counseling and Rachel needs crisis intervention and intensive individual counseling," says psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman. "Rachel's parents should tell her what the college budget is and have her find a college that fits."
Sean and Elizabeth -- your daughter is just 18. 18-year-olds are still babies. You have to be the bigger people and reach out to her, tell her that you love her, that you will pay for school, and get a therapist for all of you to work through your issues, for as long as it takes.
Do you really want the alternative -- no relationship with Rachel or your future grandchildren for the rest of your lives? It's a lose-lose situation for all of you.
Now, get out of court, thank Rachel's friend's parents for taking care of her, and thank the Lord that she hasn't done anything more rash and hurt herself.
-- Bonnie Fuller
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President Obama To Introduce 'Cosmos' Debut On Sunday (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:53:50 -0500)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Fox TV network says President Barack Obama will introduce the debut episode of the science series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey."
The 13-part program is a reboot of astronomer Carl Sagan's groundbreaking 1980 "Cosmos" series. It debuts 9 p.m. EDT Sunday on stations including Fox and National Geographic Channel. In Obama's taped video message, he invites viewers to embrace the spirit of discovery and imagine limitless possibilities for the future, Fox said Saturday.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is the host of "Cosmos," which also will air on Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels International.
Last month, a preview of the new "Cosmos" series was screened at the White House as part of a film festival for K-12 students.
'300: Rise Of An Empire' Obliterates Box Office Competition With $17.7 Million (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:12:58 -0500)
Not even the world’s smartest time-traveling dog could beat the warriors of "300: Rise of an Empire" at the box office, Friday.
Catherine Deneuve Kicks Off Rendez-vous With French Cinema (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:04:08 -0500)
"You're stunning," an admirer shouted out at the Paris Theater on Thursday night, when Catherine Deneuve, the undisputed queen of international cinema took the stage. In bulk-enhancing horizontal striped mink, a standout among the others of the French delegation, her first words were, why was the mike given to me? And then poised and elegant she welcomed the crowd to the opening night feature, On My Way. The focus of every frame, she stars as an aging beauty queen on a road trip in rural France. As daffy as that premise could be, Deneuve pulls this romp off with comic aplomb: after a lover's betrayal, Bettie sets out in search of serenity and a good smoke. A man with sausage fingers rolls a cigarette in excruciating slow motion. Bettie has a one-nighter with a guy half her age, a photo shoot during which she faints, a bonding with her adorable grandson, a surprising rapprochement with family, and a romance. It was only later I found out, the French find this movie serious.
But it's that kind of discovery of sensibility that makes the Rendez-vous so rich, vital and entertaining every year. Curious about our culture since the time of deTocqueville, they are fixated on movies, as we are of their culture. Mining the experience that is distinctly Gallic, the French produce films that, at times, don't play well here, or, more often, charm by feeling quaint and foreign. My favorite of the series this year is Agnes Jaoui's Under the Rainbow with its take on love at first sight for a cast of amusing, neurotic characters. The movie evokes fairy tales, like the big bad wolf in the form of a heart breaking theater critic; yes, there is a happy ending.
What would it take to upstage Deneuve? Julie Gayet, the young actress involved with the French president, is set to participate in "Action! French & American Women Filmmakers," at the Alliance Francaise co-hosted by Unifrance and FIAF. A panel will feature several Rendez-vous directors, among them Axelle Ropert (Miss and The Doctors), Justine Triet (Age of Panic), Rebecca Ziotowski (Grand Central), and Katell Quillevere (Suzanne). American filmmakers Ry Russo-Young, Stacie Passon and Deborah Kampmeier will join in the conversation on women in film. In addition to having made the documentary, Cineast(e)s, about women filmmakers from the perspective of 20 acclaimed directors, Gayet plays a role in Bertrand Tavernier's The French Minister, the Rendez-vous' closing night feature. Being blasé about presidents and their girlfriends, now that's very French.
A version of this post also appears on Gossip Central.
Fresh Off His Oscar Win, 'Gravity' Director Alfonso Cuaron Turns To TV With 'Believe' (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:37:59 -0500)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron was looking for an anti-"Gravity" follow up to his blockbuster space film, and he found it with a rare excursion into television.
Cuaron and sci-fi auteur J.J. Abrams ("Lost," the "Star Trek" movies) are executive producers of "Believe," a drama about a child whose supernatural powers put her and the world at risk. The premise came to him while he waited during "the endless process of special effects" on "Gravity," Cuaron said at a media event.
"Well, first of all, I wanted to do something in which people were not floating," Cuaron said, drawing laughs.
"I wanted to do something more grounded, and we wanted to do it with real people, real locations," he continued. "And I wanted to do something really exciting, but, at the same time, something that would be highly emotional."
He recounted sharing the idea with Abrams and his reaction: "Wow."
The pair met more than two decades ago and, Abrams said, "I've wanted to work with him desperately ever since. I was a huge fan of every movie that he made, and each one made me more and more desperate to try and figure this out."
When Cuaron contacted him with the idea for "Believe," Abrams said, it created the opportunity for him and his company, Bad Robot Productions.
Johnny Sequoyah stars as Bo, a 10-year-old who appears to have won the special-gifts lottery at birth: She can levitate, has the power of telekinesis, can control nature and see the future.
But she can't control or understand her powers and is at risk from those who would use them to conquer Earth. Delroy Lindo co-stars as Bo's protector, with Jack McLaughlin as a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate enlisted in the effort.
The cast also includes Jamie Chung and Kyle MacLachlan. A preview airs at 10 p.m. EDT Monday, with the show debuting in its 9 p.m. EDT Sunday slot March 16.
Cuaron has dabbled lightly in TV in years past, but big-screen projects like "Gravity," ''Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "Children of Men" have been his focus.
He shepherded "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney to a leading seven Oscar trophies March 2. Among them was the best director award for Cuaron, with the Mexican filmmaker becoming the category's first Latino winner.
Oscar dazzle and box office grosses aside — "Gravity" pulled in more than $500 million internationally in 2013 — cast members said it was Cuaron himself who drew them to "Believe." He directed the series' pilot.
"The things that Alfonso said creatively were very exciting to me," said Lindo. "So from my standpoint it was not necessarily a no-brainer, but it was certainly very exciting, the prospect of working with him on this project."
'The Dog' Filmmakers On Finding The Real-Life 'Dog Day Afternoon' Guy (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:33:14 -0500)
"The Dog" filmmakers join HuffPost Live at SXSW to talk about how they went about pre-production for their film about the real man behind "Dog Day Afternoon."
'MasterChef' Judge Graham Elliot Shows Off Impressive 150-Pound Weight Loss On Instagram (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:22:56 -0500)
"MasterChef" judge Graham Elliot just keeps on shedding the weight.
Since undergoing weight loss surgery in July 2013, Elliot has been keeping his fans updated on his progress. In December, he shared photos on Twitter to show his 128 pound weight loss.
On Friday, March 7, Elliot took to social media again, this time Instagram, to share his success. The slimmed down chef wrote: "Weight Loss Update: down 150lbs, currently at 255. Thanks everyone for the continued support! #Health #Family #Life #Change."
According to People, Elliot, 37, underwent a sleeve gastrectomy at the University of Chicago Medical Center when he reached nearly 400 pounds. "In the past I would get stressed and ask craft services for cookies and candy," Elliot told People. "But now I know my stomach is the size of a banana and I need to have food that just gives me energy."
Director Michael Tully On Making Susan Sarandon A Ping Pong Master (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:57:27 -0500)
Director Michael Tully joins HuffPost Live from SXSW to discuss his film "Ping Pong Summer," in which Susan Sarandon plays a master of the game.
'American Hustle' Deleted Scenes Include Jeremy Renner Leading The Gang In A Dance Session (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:49:52 -0500)
Even if "American Hustle" went home empty-handed at the Oscars last week, the movie's fans are still a voracious bunch. And while a couple of deleted scenes may not erase the pain of those who championed David O. Russell's '70s caper, perhaps they'll help to soften the Oscar-less blow.
Two new clips from the DVD and Blu-ray's special features have surfaced online, and one of them is a must-watch for anyone who adored Jennifer Lawrence singing "Live and Let Die" in the movie. The deleted scene finds Carmine (Jeremy Renner) urging the crew to join him onstage for a dance session.
The second clip has Irving (Christian Bale) calming Carmine's anger after the tour he's giving to the phony sheikh (Michael Peña) goes awry. As Vanity Fair's Katey Rich points out, could this have been Renner's Oscar opportunity?
"American Hustle" arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on March 18.