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Tavis Smiley Vows To “Fight” PBS’s “Sloppy Investigation” And Press Report Plant

Tavis Smiley said he intends to “fight back” after PBS canceled his talk show distribution deal, and says PBS “investigators”  only agreed to talk to him about the accusations “after  being threatened with a lawsuit.” PBS announced Wednesday night it had suspended its longtime late-night talker after looking into allegations of sexual conduct against its host. But, he claims, they withheld information during his three-hour meeting with the PBS reps, which meant he did not… Read

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Sandy Hook Five Years Later: Celebrities, Pundits & Politicians Remember

On the fifth year mark of the horrific mass shooting that left dead 20 children and six adult staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the tragedy is being recalled and its victims honored by Hollywood celebrities, politicians and many of the journalists and pundits who covered the massacre. CNN’s Jake Tapper is tweeting remembrances of each and every victim, while stars like Michael Keaton and Reese Witherspoon are holding Washington to account. Here’s… Read

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Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes, Eiza González, T.I. To Star In Heist Film ‘Cut Throat City’ With RZA Directing

EXCLUSIVE: Empire star Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes (Blade), Eiza González (Baby Driver), rapper and actor Tip "T.I." Harris (Ant-Man), Demetrius Shipp Jr. (All Eyez on Me) and Shameik Moore (Netflix’s The Get Down) have all been tapped to star in post-Katrina heist drama, Cut Throat City, with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA at the helm. The pic, currently filming in New Orleans, is produced by Elliott Michael Smith of Rumble Riot Pictures,  Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures… Read

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People’s Choice Awards Sets Premiere Date For Inaugural Telecast On E!

E! has announced today that the 44th People’s Choice Awards will premiere on November 11, 2018. This will be the inaugural telecast of the awards show on E! since moving from CBS. Den of Thieves' Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager will serve as executive producers. "Den of Thieves, Jesse and Evan have an incredible track record in live event production, and we are excited to tap into their expertise, along with Wilshire Studios, as we evolve and supercharge this… Read

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Jim Parsons Options Film Rights To TVLine Chief Michael Ausiello Memoir ‘Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies’

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EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation. Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak's That's Wonderful Productions has optioned the film rights to Michael Ausiello's acclaimed memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, with Parsons attached to star. Parsons and Spiewak will be producers, and Ausiello — the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Deadline’s sister site TVLine.com — will be executive producer. In his heartbreaking, tragicomic memoir, Ausiello told the story of the eleven month span… Read

Business

General Motors Signs With UTA

General Motors — the automotive company behind the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, and Wulinghave brands — has signed with UTA. The agency will manage the automaker's branded entertainment initiatives. This is not the first from Corporate America to sign with the agency. UTA Marketing, a division of UTA, already advises Amazon, Delta Air Lines, LinkedIn and Lyft. Division co-heads David Anderson and Julian Jacobs will be leading the team that… Read

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Disney-Fox Deal: Murdochs On ‘New Fox’ Strategy And “The Next Great Leg Of Our Journey”

Rupert Murdoch had a similar take to that of many media veterans on Disney's $66B acquisition of assets of 21st Century Fox. He called it "a momentous occasion for me, our investors and thousands of colleagues who have joined us over the years in building 20th Century Fox." During a conference call with investors this morning to discuss the "next great leg of our journey,” Murdoch was joined by sons Lachlan and James as well as CFO John Nallen. The execs detailed the… Read

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How Disney’s Streaming Dreams And Nightmares Over Silicon Valley Invasion Drove Fox Deal

Disney needs all the superheroes it can get to withstand Silicon Valley’s Hollywood invasion. The deal with Fox illustrates how even giant media companies feel the need to bulk up and reinvent their businesses to confront such online competitors as Netflix, Amazon and others. Disney CEO Bob Iger said today’s announced $52.4 billion all-stock deal will advance his plans for a streaming service to rival Netflix and deepen the studio’s direct connection with consumers… Read

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Hollywood Reacts To Disney-Fox: Ryan Reynolds, James Gunn Weigh In

Refresh for updates The Disney-Fox deal didn’t escape the notice of Deadpool today, with star Ryan Reynolds tweeting an early frontrunner for funniest reaction to the corporate mega-deal. Take a look here, along with responses from James Gunn and James L. Brooks. We’ll update with other reactions as they arrive. Apparently you can't actually blow the Matterhorn. pic.twitter.com/2bEAAcZrUv — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 14, 2017 Simpsons say "hi" to… Read

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Netflix Prepping Comedy Series From ‘Awkward’ Creator Lauren Iungerich

Netflix has officially unveiled a ten-episode order to On My Block, a half-hour comedy co-created by Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich and All Eyez On Me writers Eddie Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft. On My Block, which has assembled a young cast of mostly up-and-coming actors, is described as a coming-of-age comedy about four bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high-school set in the rough inner city. The cast includes… Read

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How The Overwhelming Disney-Fox Movie Lineup Will Impact Rivals And Exhibitors

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If Disney and Fox had merged last year, the combined studio’s domestic box office would have equaled $4.5 billion. That number creeps close to a 40% market share, a figure no major studio has ever hit. Book-ended by two Star Wars releases plus its Marvel and Pixar fare, Disney by itself hit an industry stateside record of $3 billion in 2016. Before the studio closes out this year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a Disney/Fox combo would already be poised to topple that… Read