In case you haven’t seen it, here is the ciritically acclaimed ad from Sunday, that everyone is talking about.
Praised by liberals, the ad angered Karl Rove, especially since Clint Eastwood was opposed to the auto industry bailout. His thinking has obviously changed:
Clint Eastwood speaks out on Super Bowl ad
By Tim Kenneally | Reuters
LOS ANGELES, Feb 6 (TheWrap.com) – Clint Eastwood is setting the record straight about his improbably controversial Chrysler ad that aired on Sunday’s Super Bowl.
The “Gran Torino” director went on the defensive Monday, dismissing suggestions that the ad is a partisan love letter to President Obama.
Speaking to Ron Mitchell, a producer at Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Eastwood asserted, “I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message … just about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it.”
Eastwood, who served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, in the 1980s, added that he is “not supporting any politician at this time” but noted that, if Obama or any other politician “want to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it.”
In the ad — dubbed “Halftime in America” — Eastwood extols the resiliency of the American spirit — as exemplified by the auto industry’s efforts to bounce back from its financial woes.
“This country can’t be knocked out with one punch, we get right back up again,” Eastwood growls in the ad.
This was somehow interpreted by some — notably among them, former Bush administration senior adviser Karl Rove — as a show of support for President Barack Obama and the auto-industry bailout.
Declaring himself “offended” by the ad during a Fox News segment, Rove opined that the ad was “a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics.”
“I was, frankly, offended by it,” Rove said. “I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising and the best-wishes of the management which is benefited by getting a bunch of our money that they’ll never pay back.”
Rove also suggested that Chrysler, et al, “feel the need to do something to repay their political patrons.”
Eastwood’s manager, Leonard Hirshan, was also dismissive of Rove and company’s claim, telling New York magazine, “He rewrote it to make it suit his needs … People have to understand that what he was doing was saying to America, ‘Get yourselves together – all of you – and make this a second half.’ It’s not a political thing.”
NBC has scheduled a two-hour Betty White block on January 16 from 8-10 PM, the night before the actress’ 90-th birthday. It will feature the 90-minute special Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl from 8-9:30 PM, followed by a sneak peak of White’s upcoming hidden-camera comedy series for NBC, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, from 9:30-10 PM. Adapted from the International Emmy-winning Belgium series Benidorm Bastards, Off Their Rockers features host White sending a team of senior citizens to the streets to pull pranks on the younger generation. The series is yet to get a slot on NBC’s schedule. The birthday special will tape live at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Additionally, White’s TV Land sitcom Hot In Cleveland will feature an episode dedicated to White’s character’s milestone birthday.
By NELLIE ANDREEVA as published at deadline.com
Report claims Anderson Cooper is preparing to announce he’s gay on his talk show during February sweeps.
According to Gawker.com, Cooper will will attend a Christmas party on Thursday with bar owner and presumed boyfriend Benjamin Maisani.
“Daytime talk show Anderson is having their first Christmas party tomorrow night, 15 December, at the Russian Tea Room. Anderson Cooper is bringing Benjamin Maisani. And introducing him as his ‘boyfriend’ to the staff,” and unnamed tipster is quoted as saying. “The staff is prepping Anderson’s ‘coming out’ show for the next sweeps. Check the ratings. They’re getting desperate.”
“Yes, Anderson’s ratings aren’t that hot, but aren’t totally abysmal either,” Gawker observed. “Also, they can’t be that desperate since the show was renewed for season two. But a bump in the ratings around sweeps time sure would be great, and what better way than outing Anderson – something journalists have been doing for years to great effect.”
Forty-four-year-old Cooper, a perennial on gay glossy Out’s annual list of the most powerful and influential gay people in America, has neither confirmed nor denied rumors that he’s gay.
as published at OnTop Magazine
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