January 9, 2019

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) continues to push back against Christian Bale, the actor who portrayed her father in Vice, this time by comparing the former vice president to the caped crusader himself.

Cheney told Fox News Wednesday that Bale, who is also known for playing Batman in the Dark Knight films, "finally" had the chance to play a "real superhero" with this role, but he "clearly screwed it up," Talking Points Memo reports.

Seeing as she admitted she hadn't seen the film, though, she was just responding to Bale's comment in his Golden Globes acceptance speech Sunday, when he thanked Satan for helping him prepare for the role. He also referred to the former vice president as a "charisma-free a--hole." Vice, which chronicles Dick Cheney's ascent to White House, is not a flattering look at its subject to say the least. Liz Cheney is also a character in the film, and is depicted as turning her back on her sister for being gay in order to win her congressional bid.

Liz Cheney went after Bale on Twitter almost immediately after his speech Sunday, linking to an article about him being arrested for assault and writing, "Satan probably inspired him to do this, too." Bale is considered the front-runner to win the award for Best Actor at the Oscars in February. Watch Cheney's comments below. Brendan Morrow

2:30 p.m.

Mort Drucker, the beloved artist known for his work at MAD magazine, has died at 91.

Drucker died Wednesday at his home in New York, his friend John Reiner confirmed to The New York Times. Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper his death was not thought to be related to COVID-19.

After joining MAD in 1956, Drucker's hilarious caricatures satirizing pop culture soon became iconic, and he illustrated more than half of the magazine's movie parodies from the 1960s through 2008, per the Times. In a 2000 interview with the Times, he noted, "I think I've drawn almost everyone in Hollywood."

Among Drucker's other notable work includes the poster for George Lucas' American Graffiti; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas personally drove to Drucker's home on Long Island to convince him to draw it.

"The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor," the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement.

MAD fans on Thursday quickly began sharing their favorite cartoons from Drucker's legendary career, including his parodies of Jaws and Star Wars. "Many of his illustrations are as vivid in my mind as the movies and TV shows that inspired them," The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote.

Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper that Drucker's final words to him were, "I'm the luckiest man — I've had a wonderful life." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.