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Friday’s Headlines recap: Emmy nominations announced; Robert Redford to play Dan Rather in film

07.11.14 at 8:40 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines segment on the Dennis & Callahan show with Kirk Minihane and guest hosts Jon Meterparel and Steve Buckley. To hear the audio, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Emmy nominations announced

The nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday. The group that stood out most to the hosts was the nominees for Best Drama Series, which included the likes of “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards” and “Breaking Bad.”

“You can’t get better than that,” Minihane said.

Said Buckley: “That’s got to be the best in history. ‘Mad Men’ is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, ‘Game of Thrones’ is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, ‘House of Cards’ is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and ‘Breaking Bad.’ Those are all top-10 shows.

“The problem is there’s so much good TV now, and the funny thing is the best of television has never been better, the worst of television has never been worse.”

The conversation then shifted to the declining quality of network sitcoms.

“I never think to go to the networks now at 8 o’clock,” Minihane said. “I don’t watch a network program.”

Buckley asked if “Modern Family” is an exception.

“It’s jumped the shark, it’s stepped on the shark, it’s shot the shark, it’s buried the shark’s body,” Minihane said.

“Tell us how you really feel,” Meterparel responded.

Said Buckley: “The thing I like about ‘Modern Family’ is you turn it on at any juncture, because the plot is irrelevant to the gags. So you can turn on ‘Modern Family’ and just watch it for 12 minutes with no interest in what this is all about, what this is setting up and just watch the comedy unfold.”

Robert Redford to portray Dan Rather in movie about CBS news scandal

The legendary actor is set to play the legendary CBS news anchor in a film focusing on Rather’s disputed report about President George W. Bush‘s service in the National Guard.

“Shouldn’t they get someone that’s younger than Dan Rather?” Meterparel asks.

Minihane said: “That’s what I was thinking. Redford is probably older than Rather.

“Both of them are too famous, that’s the problem.”

Buckley said stranger things have happened in Hollywood, including Michael Keaton playing Batman.

“It’s Hollywood. makeup, special effects, lighting,” Buckley said. “But this one challenges my belief that can be done.”

The discussion then segued into Buckley talking about his problems with the movie “Field of Dreams.”

“It was James Earl Jones talking about harkening back to the great old days when everything was good, when blacks couldn’t play baseball,” he said.

“And then they bring back all these dead guys, there’s Gil Hodges, there’s Shoeless Joe Jackson, there’s Smoky Joe Wood. You couldn’t bring back Oscar Charleston and Satchel Paige? Is even heaven segregated that they couldn’t bring back Negro League players in Iowa?”

Meterparel said: “I never even thought about that.”

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Thursday’s Three for All recap: Fallout from discussion about lesbians; when it’s OK to fart in front of significant other

07.10.14 at 1:35 pm ET
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On Thursday’s Three for All segment on Middays with MFB, Tim Benz and Christian Fauria addressed the fallout from Wednesday’s discussion about attractive lesbians and discussed farting in front of significant others. To hear the segment, go to the Middays with MFB audio on demand page.

Benz recounted that after Wednesday’s Three for All he walked by the front desk in the WEEI offices and saw the normally pleasant Brittany, who greets visitors and answers phones, scowling at him.

Said Benz: “She just lays into me: ‘What were you guys talking about on the air! Why were you talking about lesbians! People are mad and calling that you’re sitting there talking about lesbians!’

“Some guy from Connecticut apparently heard our segment. ‘€¦ This dude in Connecticut was pissed because he had his 5-year-old in the car and he had to explain — this is literally what he said to her — ‘explain to my son what a lesbian is.’ ”

Brittany was brought into the studio to provide more details, and she recalled the phone call: “He said, ‘I have a problem with this. I listen to WEEI all the time, love it, it’s great. But, I had my 5-year-old in the car and you guys were talking about full lesbians and the transgenders. ‘€¦ I had to explain to my son what a lesbian was.’ ”

Cracked Benz: “God forbid. God forbid you should have to explain to your child something that might be a little bit uncomfortable. Heaven forbid as a parent it falls to you to do the explaining and you don’t leave it up to TV or Twitter to do it. God forbid that should happen.”

Added Benz: “I bet you a million dollars — a million dollars — that kid grows up to be a better parent than his father, because he had to have something explained to him instead of trying to be shielded from it. Now he’s getting a little exposure. God forbid. I bet you that other guy had none of that, and that’s why he’s so uptight.”

Brittany noted that WEEI’s target demographic does not include 5-year-olds.

“Why weren’t you listening to the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack or The Wiggles or something?” she wondered.

Fauria then turned the discussion to a debate about when a man or woman should feel comfortable farting in front of their significant other. Fauria was shocked to learn that Benz never passes gas in front of his wife.

Said Benz: “We actually turned down a house — when we bought our first house together — we turned down a house just down the road for less money that I liked better for the house that we have now in large part because it only had one bathroom and she didn’t want to ever be exposed to what I might leave behind, or have me be exposed to what she had done. There was a level of embarrassment that was always there for her if she had to be in the bathroom. So we have separate bathrooms now.”

Responded Fauria: “After a certain amount of time there should be no barriers. You should be able to do whatever you feel comfortable with. ‘€¦ You’re way too uptight.”

Thursday’s Headlines recap: Marriage ends on wedding night; Brooklyn woman shares apartment with dead mother

07.10.14 at 8:43 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Headlines segment on the Dennis & Callahan show with Kirk Minihane and guest co-hosts Jon Meterparel and DJ Bean. To hear the audio, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Saudi Arabian man divorces wife on wedding night after seeing compromising pictures of her

According to a report out of Saudi Arabia, a man ended his marriage the night of his wedding after being given explicit pictures of his bride by her former lover. The couple were celebrating their marriage at a hotel when the groom received a bouquet of flowers with a memory stick that contained the photos.

“That’s a rough one,” said Minihane, who professed no desire to attend any more weddings. “You’ve got to know that about a girl, though. Some girls just whiff of danger. You don’t marry those girls.”

“Yeah, but some people like that,” Meterparel countered.

The hosts proceeded to discuss whether they would get remarried should their first marriages end, and how an open marriage isn’t as appealing as it sounds.

Said Minihane of having a swinging experience with another couple: “I think life is totally done after that. ‘€¦ I don’t think I’d be comfortable with that.”

Brooklyn woman shares apartment with dead mother for three years

A 28-year-old Brooklyn woman lived with her dead mother in a cramped apartment for three years, propping her up at the dinner table and sleeping next to her skeleton in the kitchen every night, according to the New York Post.

Chava Stirn even dressed like her deceased mother, wearing a black outfit and shoes that 61-year-old Susie Rosenthal had on when she died. Stirn never left the apartment, neighbors said. Emergency workers knocked down her door Monday when she refused to allow in the superintendent who was trying to investigate a leak coming from the apartment.

“It’s a scene right out of ‘Psycho.’ ‘€¦ This is one of the weirdest cases I’ve ever seen,” a law-enforcement source told the Post.

“At least you know it’s going to be a consistent conversation,” Meterparel said. “You know what you get from a sack of bones.”

Leonardo DiCaprio rumored to be interested in starring in remake of ‘The Shining’

“Bad movie remake project here that’s being rumored around. Nobody has any interest in this,” Minihane said. “DiCaprio evidently interested in playing [Jack] Nicholson‘s role in ‘The Shining.’ ”

Added Minihane: “The first ‘Shining’ was so overrated. [Stanley] Kubrick is the overrated film director.”

This led into a discussion of TV-38′s old “The Movie Loft” and another show on that station that Minihane and Meterparel enjoyed, “Ask the Manager” — in which the station’s GM explained programming decisions.

Wednesday’s Three for All recap: Christian Fauria talks lesbians

07.09.14 at 2:26 pm ET
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On Wednesday’s Three for All segment on Middays with MFB, Tim Benz, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria focused their discussion on attractive lesbian women. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

When Fauria heard rumors that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi may be splitting up, it had him reflecting on just how attracted he’d always been to De Rossi despite the fact that she was a lesbian.

“Portia De Rossi was one of my top five,” Fauria said. “I have a top-five girl list that I have that I know I’m never going to get with obviously because I’m in a relationship. I have a wish list.”

Fauria asked Benz and Merloni if there are girls they had crushes on who are lesbian.

“During the break Tim and I went to LesbianLife.com, and honestly I couldn’t find one because every time a name popped up it was, ‘Well she’s not a lesbian, she’s bisexual,’ ” Merloni said.

Merloni said he was first introduced to lesbians by hearing about former tennis player Martina Navratilova before he even knew what the term meant. But he couldn’t find any that made the cut.

“I was going through it and the names, Rosie O’Donnell? Ellen?,” he said.

Benz’s lesbian crush was a player on the Pittsburgh Passion women’s football team.

“She was a wide receiver and I had a total crush on her,” Benz recalled, “and I had a friend who played for the team and I said, ‘What do you think? Set me up?’ She said, ‘No. You’re barking up the wrong tree. She plays for the other team.’ “

Wednesday’s Headlines recap: Roller coaster derails at park; man chokes to death at hot dog eating contest; Fox 25 makes changes in leadership

07.09.14 at 9:39 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, Rob Bradford and Jon Meterparel. To hear the audio, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Four injured as roller coaster derails at Six Flags Magic Mountain

A roller coaster hit a tree branch at the Six Flags Magic Mountain outside Los Angeles on Monday, dislodging the front car and leaving four injured. Nearly two dozen people were left hanging in the air for about three hours.

“I’d be like Larry David when he gets caught in a chair lift,” Minihane said.

Meterparel said: “I think I would snap. I’d just lose my mind.”

Man chokes to death at South Dakota hot dog eating contest

A 47-year-old South Dakota man choked to death at a Fourth of July hot dog eating contest last Thursday after attempts to save him failed at the scene.

“He goes out doing what he loves, though,” Minihane said. “He was a serious competitive eater.”

Bradford said: “Is there a line in the story that says he died doing what he loved?”

“No but I believe that,” Minihane responded.

The Custer Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event, canceled the pie-eating contest scheduled for the next day.

Fox 25 makes shake-up in leadership

Fox Television Stations recently announced a deal to send Fox 25 general manager Gregg Kelley from Boston to San Francisco. In exchange, KTVU’s Tom Raponi will head to the Hub.

KTVU is best known nationally for its infamous on-air gaffe when it fell victim to a racist prank following the fatal Asiana Flight 124 plane crash last year.

“That is an unbelievable clip,” Minihane said.

Bradford joked: “I’m looking forward to the new Fox 25.”

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