Philip Morris Calls John Oliver’s Tobacco Takedown ‘Embellished in the Spirit of Comedic License’
Philip Morris calls John Oliver’s tobacco takedown “embellished in the spirit of comedic license”
While Philip Morris admits “the tobacco industry is an easy target for comedians,” the tobacco company responded to Oliver’s segment by saying: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a parody show, known for getting a laugh through exaggeration and presenting partial views in the name of humor. The segment includes many mischaracterizations of our company, including our approach to marketing and regulation, which have been embellished in the spirit of comedic license.”
Mark and Donnie Wahlberg’s childhood may become a TV series, with Adam Sandler producing
Donnie Wahlberg says the proposed series may go all the way up to the formation of New Kids on the Block.
Skyler Astin to star in ABC’s NBA pilot
The Pitch Perfect star, whose sitcom Ground Floor was recently canceled, will play a translator for a talented but lazy foreign NBA player from Botswana.
Idol reject is accused of rape
Yoji “Pop” Asano, who went viral in 2011 when he auditioned as the “Japanese King of Pop,” has been charged with allegedly trying to rape a woman in her home in Manhattan.
Dakota Johnson to Letterman: “Are you my dad?”
The Fifty Shades of Grey star said her mom, Melanie Griffith, once gave Dave handcuffs, prompting Letterman to blush.
NBC is reimagining Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue
The 10-hour Polish TV series inspired by each of the Ten Commandments will be remade with a Boston setting as part of an event series.
SNL 40 does damage to The Walking Dead‘s ratings
The AMC series was down this week 22% in the key 18-49 demo.
SNL‘s Instagram account has trouble telling current cast members apart
Taran Killam, who was mistaken for Colin Jost, tweeted: “My hope is that by the 50th, my job knows who I am.” PLUS: Sarah Palin would like some credit for Tina Fey’s career, and Howard Stern and Dan Aykroyd weigh in on Eddie Murphy’s bizarre appearance.
Buffy‘s Nicholas Brendon arrested again
Brendon has been charged with felony grand theft after allegedly trashing a hotel employee’s office at a comic book convention in Florida. Brendon was previously arrested last October for a disturbance at an Idaho hotel.