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May 9, 2008
RE CHRISTINE Flowers' recent op-ed about Bill Maher and her contention that Catholic-bashing is an activity that has eluded the protections of political correctness: She isn't entirely wrong. But due to the church's immoral and abominable response to pedophilia and sexual predation in the ranks of the clergy, I can only say that the church has itself to blame. The conduct of the church invites the kind of criticism levied by Bill Maher. While I don't like Mr. Maher's disrespect of the pope, the fact is the church is getting what it deserves.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2008 | Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IN HIS BEST-SELLING book "God Is Not Great," author Christopher Hitchens attacked organized religion with a scalpel. In Bill Maher's new film, "Religulous" (Gary Thompson's review on Page 44), sure to offend any devout Christians, Jews or Muslims (Zoroastrians come away unscathed), Maher uses a chainsaw, a cream pie and a whoopie cushion. Maher and director Larry Charles ("Borat") spoke about the film with Tattle and a dozen other reporters at the Intercontinental Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival last month - the day after a screening picketed by protesters.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2001 | REGINA MEDINA The Hollywood Reporter and Daily News wire services contributed to this report
'POLITICALLY Incorrect" host Bill Maher has found his foot - lamely inserted in his mouth! The ABC talk-show host apologized this week for calling recent U.S. military actions in the Middle East "cowardly. " That didn't sit well with advertisers such as FedEx Corp. and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Both companies have pulled their ads from the late-night show. FedEx, citing numerous complaints it had received after Monday night's broadcast, canceled ads on Tuesday, and Sears followed suit on Wednesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2008 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bill Maher has fresh meat. Maher, who once called himself the "godfather" of political satire, doesn't get many opportunities to do stand-up comedy. So, it's a rare treat when he hits the road. On a summer break from Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO, the humorist will appear Saturday night at the Borgata in Atlantic City. "I haven't done much stand-up since I did The Decider, an HBO special, last July," Maher said. "I don't like to do the same jokes people have already seen.
NEWS
September 25, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Bill Maher had to face down protests when he showed up at the premiere of Religulous at the Toronto International Film Festival a couple of weeks ago. The heckling clutch of Christian conservatives hadn't seen the comic's documentary denouncing humankind's systems of belief - Catholicism, Judaism, the Mormons, Islam, Scientology even. But that didn't stop them from circling the entrance to the big hall, holding candles, and asking God to forgive the wise-guy contrarian of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher for his blasphemy.
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May 24, 2005 | HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
BILL MAHER is in trouble again. The politically-minded comedian has offended a congressman. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., says Maher's comment that the U.S. military has already recruited all the "low-lying fruit" is possibly treasonous and grounds to cancel his HBO show, "Real Time with Bill Maher" (which, by the way, is on hiatus until August). Bachus is annoyed that on the May 13 episode, Maher pointed out the Army missed its recruiting goal by 42 percent in April. "More people joined the Michael Jackson fan club," Maher said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) — Gregg Allman; comic Bill Maher. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) — Journalist Brian Williams; El-P performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) — Comic Wanda Sykes; actor David Hasselhoff; Santana performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) — Johnny Depp; Casey Wilson; Silversun Pickups perform.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Former Phillie Curt Schilling. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - TV host Jon Stewart; Yelawolf and Kid Rock perform. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Bill Maher; Alexandra Wentworth; Punch Brothers perform. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Educator "Science Bob" Pflugfelder; Miley Cyrus performs.
NEWS
May 13, 2003 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Bill Maher says Americans who resent new waves of impoverished immigrants should think again. After all, he notes, they take the menial jobs no one else will do, like "landscaping and impregnating Madonna. " Madonna may feel she's a girl with enough material for a successful libel suit against the comedian, but the truth is that Bill Maher is an equal-opportunity offender. In Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home, he talks mainly about Iraq and the state of our nation, but his fusillade of fatwas falls on everything from NASCAR and Scientology to Michael Jackson and the Los Angeles Police Department.
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October 8, 2014 | Inquirer staff writers
Sheinelle Jones has vaulted into the national TV spotlight! You'll recall that the Philly-born and Wichita-raised Jones recently departed Fox29's Good Day Philadelphia . Well, as announced last month, Saturday was her debut on the weekend version of NBC's Today . To butter up cast and crew, she brought in cheesesteaks and Cheez Whiz. She joins Lester Holt , Erica Hill , and Dylan Dreyer .   Affleck, Maher spar on Islam Speaking of TV, didja see the dustup on Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO?
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February 5, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Keira Knightley , 27, makes a dangerous claim in the March issue of Marie Claire: The world of movies, fashion, and TV isn't real . It's not substantial. Not worth dying for. "My career is on the verge of being ridiculous all the time," Keira says. "It's all smoke and mirrors. " Keira, who has played many women of substance in the pics, including Tolstoy' s Anna Karenina, Freud muse Sabina Spielrein , Austen 's Elizabeth Bennet, and King Arthur 's Guinevere , says showbiz is a "very insecure profession.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
The election's over and you're bummed. You just learned the hottie you were interested in voted for the wrong person. How do you deal? Consider logging on to bluestatedate.com or redstatedate.com, two new websites designed to help people find their perfect liberal or conservative love. Or, as the sites put it, "Find your running mate. " Alex Fondrier, 27, came up with the idea while at Boston University. Fondrier, a self-proclaimed political junkie, found that talking politics in the early days of a relationship was verboten.
SPORTS
May 16, 2012
Spencer Hawes one day will consider following a certain right-wing right tackle into elected office. In 2010, Jon Runyan parlayed his fame as an Eagle into a congressional seat in New Jersey -- a tack Hawes can see taking: "If the opportunity presents itself ... " For now, Hawes, 24, will just play center for the Sixers as they seek their first title in almost 30 years. He said he has a hard time finding informed debates with his less civic-minded peers in the NBA. "They don't last very long.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) — Gregg Allman; comic Bill Maher. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) — Journalist Brian Williams; El-P performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) — Comic Wanda Sykes; actor David Hasselhoff; Santana performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) — Johnny Depp; Casey Wilson; Silversun Pickups perform.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2012 | the Inquirer Staff
Fans of the Philadelphia Orchestra may not have been aware that ads for its classical performances were airing on Rush Limbaugh 's radio show. But no longer. The orchestra joined more than three dozen other advertisers this week responding to the crescendo of criticism following Limbaugh's on-air insults of Georgetown law student and birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke . The orchestra announced by Twitter Tuesday that the musical institution had "taken steps to ensure that our ads no longer run on the Rush Limbaugh show.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | By Michael Hinkelman
Liberal political talk show host Bill Maher has jumped to the defense of conservative radio jock Rush Limbaugh. Maher, a comedian and host of HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," defended Limbaugh through Twitter. And, he scolded liberals for not accepting Limbaugh's apology for disparaging a Georgetown law student on his radio show. Limbaugh called the student, Sandra Fluke, a "slut" and a "prostitute," after she had testified at a congressional hearing last month in support of the Obama administration's new contraception rule mandating insurance coverage for birth control.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Former Phillie Curt Schilling. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - TV host Jon Stewart; Yelawolf and Kid Rock perform. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Bill Maher; Alexandra Wentworth; Punch Brothers perform. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Educator "Science Bob" Pflugfelder; Miley Cyrus performs.
NEWS
October 3, 2011 | Inquirer Staff
After one of the longest and most curious engagements in showbiz history, Shannon Tweed finally made an honest man out of Gene Simmons on Saturday night. The ceremony was held on the crystal lawn outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to People.com. (If any of you knows what a "crystal lawn" is, please let us know.) Simmons, 62, the bass player for KISS, and Tweed, 54, an actress/model, have been together for 28 years. The couple's two children, Nick, 22, and Sophie, 19, were in attendance.
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