John Avildsen, Oscar-Winning Director Of ‘Rocky,’ Dead At 81






(Reuters) - John Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director who made Hollywood’s quintessential underdog story in 1976 boxing saga “Rocky” with a then-unknown Sylvester Stallone, and crafted another inspiring tale in “The Karate Kid,” died on Friday at age 81, his family said.
Avildsen had been suffering pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his son, Anthony, said by phone.
Avildsen won the Academy Award for best director for “Rocky” while the film was named best picture and other successes included the “The Karate Kid” series in the 1980s. He directed seven actors to Oscar nominations.
In the years before “Rocky,” Avildsen won praise for two dark character studies: “Joe” (1970) with Peter Boyle and Susan Sarandon and “Save the Tiger” (1973) starring Jack Lemmon, who won the Academy Award for best actor Continue reading "John Avildsen, Oscar-Winning Director Of ‘Rocky,’ Dead At 81"

Bill Maher Rips Donald Trump’s Cabinet For ‘Verbally Fellating’ Their ‘Dear Leader’




Bill Maher has blasted President Donald Trump’s cabinet members for losing their self-respect.


On Friday, the “Real Time” host mercilessly mocked all the members of the cabinet who sycophantically heaped praise on Trump during their first meeting on Monday.


“Trump started things off by blowing himself, then they all took turns around the table verbally fellating the ‘Dear Leader,’” said Maher, whose comments came two weeks after he apologized for using a racial slur on live TV.


“These are cabinet members, these people used to have dignity. They were Republicans but they had dignity,” Maher added, before suggesting how future GOPers may eulogize Trump.





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Seth Meyers Zings Donald Trump With DJ Khaled’s Famous Catchphrase




Bless up! Seth Meyers used a DJ Khaled quote to poke fun at President Donald Trump on Thursday.


The “Late Night” host noted in his “A Closer Look” segment the irony of how Trump has reportedly ended up under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.


Meyers explained how former FBI Director James Comey had assured Trump he was not personally under investigation as part of any probe into potential Russian interference with the 2016 election. But when Comey refused to repeat his assurance publicly, Trump fired him. That led to him reportedly being placed under investigation, a move the president described as a “witch-hunt.”


Meyers described the whole situation as “one of the greatest self-owns in political history.” “I want to get rid of this boomerang,” he said, imitating Trump’s voice. “Oh, I know, I’ll throw it.”


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Jamie Foxx Riffs Off With James Corden In A Cappella Extravaganza




It’s an a cappella clash for the ages.


Actor-singer Jamie Foxx challenged “Late Late Show” host James Corden to a riff-off Thursday, and the resulting battle didn’t disappoint.


Things got pretty heated as the duo, with backing from The Filharmonic vocal group, fought for singing supremacy.


And when it all got a bit too much for Corden, it was up to Foxx’s “Baby Driver” costar Ansel Elgort to make a late appearance and smooth things over.





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Andy Samberg Casts A Spell Over Donald Trump’s ‘Witch Hunt’ Claims




Jimmy Kimmel called on a (spoof) witch to rule whether President Donald Trump is actually the subject of the “greatest witch hunt” in U.S. political history.


The late night host turned to high priestess Abigail Shipton (”Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg) to make sense of the claim, which Trump made over a new report which indicated he is under investigation for obstruction of justice.


“No, of course not,” said Samberg as Shipton, who wore a witch’s hat for Thursday’s skit. “I’ve been hunted and it’s nothing like this.”


Kimmel also joked about Trump “making witch hunts great again” and suggested how people would know if the president really did posses magical powers.


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Jimmy Kimmel Gets Kids To Tell Their Dads The Worst Thing They’ve Done




Jimmy Kimmel gave a group of dads an early Father’s Day gift on Thursday.


The late night host asked kids to admit the worst thing they’ve ever done and to do so while standing right next to their dads.


The revelations prompted plenty of embarrassed looks from both the parents and their children.


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Late Night Hosts Gave Donald Trump The Best Gags For His 71st Birthday

Late night TV hosts wished President Donald Trump a happy 71st birthday in their own amusing way.


Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, James Corden and Seth Meyers each used their Wednesday night broadcasts to give the president a “gift” in the form of a gag.


Kimmel imagined Trump giving himself a birthday message ― from himself:





“Late Late Show” host Corden said he was just glad that Trump could finally have a day “where he’s the center of attention.”
Corden also suggested the perfect gift for the president, before suggesting he take the day (and the week, and the month and the next four years) off:



On “Late Night,” meanwhile, Meyers joked about how Trump was now “a man in his 70s, who wants a golf score in the 60s, his country in the ’50s and his wife in her 20s.”



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