Seconding what reps for Zach Galifianakis and HBO told EW on Monday, Bill Maher took time during his discussion of midterm elections with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last night to reiterate that Galifianakis did not light up a real joint on his show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Friday night. “If it was a real joint, Wolf, I would have smoked it … I think it was cloves or something,” Maher said, adding “Zach’s crazy, he’s not that crazy.”
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Paul Rusesabagina, the Rwandan hero whose efforts to save hundreds of his countrymen from genocide were turned into the Oscar-nominated film, Hotel Rwanda, has been implicated by the ruling Rwandan government with funding terrorism activities, according to Reuters. Opposition leader Victoire Ingabire was arrested on Oct. 14 for terrorism activities, and the government claims Rusesabagina helped finance her group’s actions. Ingabire denies the charges against her and claims the accusations are politically based. Rusesabagina, who was played by Don Cheadle in the 2004 film, currently resides in the United States.
Vivian Schiller, CEO of NPR, released a statement, first reported on Politico, that expressed regret for the handling of the dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams, who was axed after saying on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor that he was nervous to fly on planes with Muslim passengers. “While we stand firmly behind that decision [to terminate our relationship with Williams], I regret that we did not take the time to prepare our program partners and provide you with the tools to cope with the fallout from that episode … Williams’ comments on Fox News last Monday were the latest in a series of deeply troubling incidents over several years. In each of those instances, he was contacted and the incident was discussed with him. He was explicitly and repeatedly asked to respect NPR’s standards and to avoid expressing strong personal opinions on controversial subjects in public settings, as that is inconsistent with his role as an NPR news analyst.”
NPR analyst Juan Williams fired for talking about Muslims on Fox News Channel's 'The O'Reilly Factor'
National Public Radio news analyst Juan Williams, 56, has been fired following his appearance on Monday night’s The O’Reilly Factor, during which Williams insinuated that airline passengers who are perceived to be Muslim can legitimately be viewed as security threats. Williams told Bill O’Reilly on-air, “I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the Civil Rights movement in this country … But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.” On Wednesday, NPR issued a statement saying Williams’ remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”
Zachary Chesser, the 20-year-old Virginia man who threatened the creators of South Park with violence over their depiction of Muhammad, is set to plead guilty to soliciting crimes of violence and other charges, according to The Washington Post. Chesser, a George Mason University dropout who adopted the Islamic name Abu Talhah al-Amrikee, was also accused of providing material support to terrorists.
President Barack Obama will appear on the Dec. 8 episode of Mythbusters, the Discovery Channel’s series that goes to all lengths to explain how science really works. In the episode, the president will challenge the show’s hosts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, to explain the Greek legend of Archimedes, who is credited with setting the invading Roman navy on fire with only mirrors and reflected sunlight.
Bosnian officials have reversed course after reviewing a current screenplay for Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut and will now permit the actress to film within their borders, according to the USA Today. “It’s very simple,” Jolie said, while filming in Budapest. “There was a nasty rumor that [the film] was about a relationship that started with a rape and torture — and it’s not.”
First-time director Angelina Jolie responded to reports that Bosnian officials would not allow her to film within their borders, due to their dissatisfaction with the movie’s content. According to People, Jolie contacted the Women Victims of War — one of the groups protesting the film — through her involvement with the United Nations and said, “Don’t judge me before you see the film.” The untitled film, a love story set in the war-torn country during the 1990s, is already shooting in Hungary. “Obviously any dramatic interpretation will always fail those who have had a real experience,” Jolie is quoted as saying. “This is not a documentary.” GK Films, which is producing the project, released a statement reading: “We are obliged to reapply for the permit to shoot … with the appropriate government offices in Sarajevo now that the final script is available.”
The new trailer for Universal’s The Dilemma will begin showing in theaters this Friday, Oct. 15. Currently viewable online, the new trailer does not include a clip of Vince Vaughn’s character using the term “gay” as a put-down. The original trailer, which caused a stir after CNN’s Anderson Cooper and others criticized the pejorative use of the word, will continue to be shown in movie theaters until Friday, according to a Universal spokesperson.
Musician and activist Wyclef Jean has entered a New Jersey hospital to treat what is being described as stress and fatigue. “Wyclef Jean has had an extremely grueling three months — truly an exhausting eight months, since the earthquake when he recommitted himself to our homeland and his passion for our people,” his family said in a statement. “He is currently suffering the effects of lack of sleep and stress, global travel, even the endless public eye, and has asked that his fans and supporters bear with him for the next several days as he regains his physical health and stamina. Then he will be back out in front of the crusade to rebuild Haiti and his pledge to make it even better for business.” Jean, 40, had planned to mount a campaign for president of Haiti until election officials rejected his bid last month. Last week he officially withdrew from the race.
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