John Oliver emerges victorious against the man he once called a ‘geriatric Dr. Evil’


John Oliver’s legal tussle with a man he once called a “geriatric Dr. Evil” is over and the HBO late night host has every reason to be happy.

West Virginia judge Jeffrey Cramer has dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed against Oliver by Robert Murray, the coal baron behind Murray Energy Corp.

Murray, along with his company, had sued HBO in June over a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment which focused on American coal mining, and took a particularly close look at Murray’s role within that industry.

The (rather hilarious) lawsuit did not come as a surprise to HBO. In that same segment, Oliver revealed that Murray had already sent him a cease-and-desist just for investigating. “I know you are probably going to sue me, but you know what, I stand by everything I said,” he said, addressing Murray through his show. Read more…

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Making a Murderer sequel series Convicting a Murderer to focus on prosecution’s side of the story

True crime is a hot commodity these days, and the massive popularity 2015 Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer has a lot to do with that. The intertwined stories of the late Teresa Halbach and alleged murderers Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey not only captured viewers’ attention, but also ignited nationwide conversations about the abuse of power and coerced confessions.

Directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos also faced plenty of criticism for what many considered to be a one-sided view of the case. Now, documentary filmmaker Shawn Rech seeks to fill in the gaps left by the previous duo with Convicting a Murderer, a companion series of sorts that, according to a press statement “will examine the case and the allegations of police wrongdoing from a broader perspective.” It will also “share with viewers the traumatic effects of being found guilty and vilified in the court of public opinion.”

Rech also says the documentary had “unprecedented access to District Attorney Ken Kratz, Lead Investigator Tom Fassbender, and other major players in State v. Avery.” Kratz, if you’ll remember, was portrayed in a very poor light in the original documentary.

“We fight for the truth,” Rech says. “We’ll present all of the evidence in the Avery case from the perspective of both the prosecution and the defense and see if viewers feel the same way they did two years ago following the first season of Making A Murderer.

While a second season of Making a Murderer is in the works at Netflix, Convicting a Murderer is still looking for a home. Brendan Dassey, who emerged from the original series as the victim of a forced confession, is still in prison despite a federal judge overturning his conviction in 2016.

Five times The Mash Report was totally right-on

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Even if you’ve not been watching The Mash Report on telly, you’ll definitely have seen clips of the show across social media, as their sketches have a tendency of going mad viral. Coupling social and political issues with humour, the satire show is expertly taking serious topics and putting them front and centre. Heck, Piers Morgan complained about one of their sketches – so they’ve got to be doing something right.

Don’t know what you’re missing? Here are five totally excellent sketches from the show to get you started.

When Rachel Parris brilliantly reminded you that it’s dead easy not to sexually harass somebody

Why it’s excellent? In the wake of #MeToo there were numerous, ridiculous, articles published that claimed that men couldn’t even talk to women any more as they were so worried they could be accused of sexually harassing them. In this brilliant sketch Rachel Parris destroyed this idea that harassment is difficult to understand, without breaking a sweat or raising her voice, and garnering over 27 million online views in the process.

When Nish Kumar schooled those saying we need to “ask hard questions about immigration”

Why it’s excellent? As eloquent as he is funny, Nish Kumar points out that people just don’t want to listen to the facts about immigration and instead blindly follow hateful rhetoric, and that immigration has merely been used to score political points. Referring to previous studies and with armfuls of facts, Nish succinctly shows that the reasons people are anti-immigration are usually factually incorrect.

When Desiree Burch reminded us that racism is still very present in 2018

Why it’s excellent? The brilliant Desiree Burch takes on racism in the US, looking back over 400 years of history and discussing what could be done to unite America. Over the segment the comedian draws witty analogies, before concluding with her flawless finale, saying: “so all we can do now is work together to fight systemic oppression for all people of colour, and fight for empathy, equality and understanding, and most importantly, fight to get a god damn McRib back on a McDonalds menu!”

When Rachel Parris reminded us that people should be looking at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s voting record, not just his posh outfits

Why it’s excellent? Whilst Jacob Rees-Mogg can come across as what’s basically a parody of a Wes Anderson character, often those caught up in Moggmentum don’t often look any further into his voting record. With her glorious, sunshine-filled delivery Parris reminds us that you can’t just like politicians because they’re meme-able, and runs through Mogg’s track record when it comes to women’s rights and LGBTQ rights.

And finally, when host Nish Kumar brought up the fact that nobody seems to know what Brexit actually is

Why it’s excellent? With Brexit just over a year away, Nish pointed out that politicians just seem to tell us what Brexit won’t be, and that across the board politicians seem to be telling us that Brexit will mean entirely different things.


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Here’s Your Trailer for Netflix’s Second Season of ‘Jessica Jones’

You don’t even have to watch the Marvel shows on Netflix to have an opinion on them, since the consensus has been so clearly stated, so often: Iron Fist is garbage, Daredevil and Luke Cage and The Punisher are varying degrees of fine but they drag too little story into too many episodes, The Defenders is mostly fine except when it’s about Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones is the good one.

Well hey, guess what, the good one is coming back. And here’s your season two trailer:

Jessica Jones season two hits Netflix on March 8; stars Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Eka Darville returned, joined this time around by Janet McTeer and J.R. Ramirez.