Donald Trump Bars CNN, NYT, LAT, Politico From White House Briefing
Shortly after President Donald Trump vowed to “do something” about the “cunning” media who he once again called “the enemy” of the American people, CNN announced on air it had been barred from today’s White House briefing.
CNN reports New York Times, Los Angles Times, and Politico also were told they were not on the White House list, for today’s off-camera briefing.
Breitbart, Fox News, Washington Times, and One America News Network were among those given entry, CNN… Read
‘Sackett Sisters’: Bradley Whitford Cast In NBC Comedy Pilot Produced By Tina Fey
The West Wing alum Bradley Whitford has signed on as a series regular opposite Busy Philipps in The Sackett Sisters, NBC's single-camera comedy pilot from former 30 Rock executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
Written by Brooklyn Nine-Nine executive producer Del Tredici and directed by Tristram Shapeero, The Sackett Sisters is about two estranged sisters — one played by Philipps — who perform a Sully Sullenberger-esque act of public heroism, then are forced to… Read
Patty Freedman Dies: Theater Publicist & Actress Was 64
Patty Freedman, co-owner of the Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations firm and a former actress under her birth name Patty Dworkin, has died. She was 64. Her husband Andrew said she died February 17 of breast cancer in New York.
As Patty Dworkin, Freedman began her theater career in Ohio with the Kenley Players, a popular Midwestern summer stock troupe. She eventually graduated to Broadway, appearing in such productions as See Saw, Shenandoah and Sly Fox.
She was performing… Read
Emmys: TV Academy Opens Envelope On Two New Categories & Rule Changes
And the new Emmy categories go to … Outstanding Music Supervision and Outstanding Casting in a Reality Series. The Television Academy said today that it has added those two races for the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards. The org also announced a handful of rule changes for this year’s trophy show.
The Music Supervision category will acknowledge the creative contributions made by the music supervisor to the music of any TV program. Casting in a Reality Series recognizes casting… Read
‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ Grosses Big $33M In China On First Day; Third Highest For Hollywood Film
EXCLUSIVE: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony’s sixth film in the franchise, directed by Paul Anderson, grossed a whopping $33M (including previews) in China on its first day in theaters, according to box office reports in the country. Some reports have it at $32M and others at $33.5M. It’s marks third-highest opening day in China for a Hollywood film, behind only Universal’s Furious 7 (which had an opening day of $68M) and Universal’s Warcraft ($46M).
The opening is… Read
‘Dynasty’: CW Reboot Casts Robert Christopher Riley; ‘Valor’ Adds Charlie Barnett
Hit the Floor alum Robert Christopher Riley has been set as a series regular in the CW's Dynasty pilot, a reboot of the iconic 1980s primetime soap. Co-written by Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Sallie Patrick and directed by Brad Silberling, the new Dynasty follows two of America's wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. Riley will play Culhane, the Carrington family’s… Read
Tracy Morgan Sets Stand-Up Special For Netflix
Here’s news that continues two trends: Tracy Morgan’s comeback and Netflix signing big-name comics for stand-up specials. Two days after landing a pair of comedy specials from Louis C.K., the streaming service has inked Morgan for a new stand-up special. Staying Alive, shot at New Jersey's landmark Count Basie Theatre, launches globally May 16.
Per Netflix, the special sees Morgan exploring his fresh take on life, career and mortality in the wake of surviving a… Read
Bill Cosby Gets Partial Win In 2004 Rape Case As Judge Limits Witnesses
With a Pennsylvania judge today ruling that only one other women can testify in Bill Cosby's criminal case over the alleged 2004 sexual assault of then-Temple University employee Andrea Constand, the much accused comedian has gotten a bit of a legal break.
Still facing a trial set to start in June and potentially a decade behind bars and fines if found guilty of three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault, today’s ruling means the 79-year-old Cosby… Read
Kathryn Morris To Co-Star In ‘Reverie’ NBC Drama Pilot
Former Cold Case star Kathryn Morris has been cast opposite Sarah Shahi in NBC's drama pilot Reverie, from the Extant team of creator Mickey Fisher and Amblin TV.
Penned by Fisher and directed by feature director Jaume Collett-Serra, who also helmed the pilot for Amblin’s ABC horror series The River, Reverie is a thriller about Mara (Shahi), a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has… Read
Donald Trump Vows To Ban Use Of Unnamed Sources And “Do Something About” The “Cunning” Press
Donald Trump, addressing CPAC today, promised his administration is going to "do something about" the press, and said he wanted to ban use of unnamed sources.
"They shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name,' Trump told an enthusiastic crowd of conservatives at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference gathering outside Washington, D.C.
"I want you all to know we are fighting the fake news. Phoney. Fake," he said to roars of… Read
Amy Adams’ ‘Arrival’ Flies Past $100M; 3rd Oscar Best Picture Nominee To Hit Mark
It’s been quite a ride for Arrival, the sci-fi movie starring Amy Adams that Paramount scooped up close to three years ago at the Cannes Film Festival for a record $20 million. As we forecasted last month, the Denis Villeneuve-directed movie was destined to hit the century mark before Oscar night, becoming the third Best Picture nominee this year to do so after 20th Century Fox’s Hidden Figures (currently $146.9M) and Lionsgate’s La La Land ($136.2M).
For Adams… Read
‘Bitter Harvest’, ‘My Life As A Zucchini’ & ‘Dying Laughing’ Offer Oscar Weekend Alternatives – Specialty B.O. Preview
Roadside Attractions is looking to take advantage of an Oscar-overloaded audience with its war drama Bitter Harvest, starring Max Irons and Samantha Barks. The company has tapped Ukrainian-Americans for the title's opening weekend in three dozen markets. Gkids on Friday opens its Swiss-French animated film My Life As A Zucchini, which is up for an Animated Feature Oscar this Sunday, while Gravitas Ventures digs into comedy with documentary Dying Laughing by Lloyd Stanton… Read