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Net Neutrality Gets Slapped Around: ‘SNL’

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OK, you had to wait a couple of minutes for the slap-happy payoff, but SNL’s riff on a Bloomberg News TV panel explaining the hot but MEGO topic of net neutrality was a solid team effort while displaying host Dakota Johnson as a game player in the guise of Web nerd Samantha Shepherd, along with moderator Sasheer Zamata and panelists Pete Davidson, Bobby Moynihan and the always adorable (in a live-grenade sorta way) Leslie… Read

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Rudy Giuliani Gets ‘Birdman’ Take-Down Via ‘SNL’ Opener

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While Fifty Shades Of Grey was obviously front-and-center on Saturday Night Live‘s Dakota Johnson-hosted show, the cold open ran one-time “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani (Taran Killam) through the ringer with a rich Birdman parody in which he appeared on The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson (Vanessa Bayer) shadowed by Beck Bennett as his fine-feathered friend in the wake of Giuliani’s remarks last week concerning President Obama. It’s even better on second viewing—rara avi… Read

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Larry David Talks ‘Seinfeld’ Money Myth, His Childhood On Sunday’s ’60 Minutes’ – Watch

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CBS News has been teasing Charlie Rose’s 60 Minutes Sunday interview with Larry David, who is currently starring in a 15-person play on Broadway that he wrote entitled Fish in the Dark. In the clip below, Rose asks David how creating Seinfeld changed him.  “It gave me money,” says David. “Lots of money,” Rose adds quickly. While the clip ends on a note about David’s ability to approach women in a bar, on Friday’s CBS This Morning, a longer clip aired; one that isn’t… Read

Matthew Glave Cast In NBA Pilot, Gia Mantegna In ‘Cheerleader Death Squad’

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Matthew Glade is rounding out the regular cast of ABC's untitled NBA buddy comedy pilot, executive produced byGalavant creator Dan Fogelman, Mandalay Sports Media's Peter Guber & Mike Tollin and Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan. Written/executive produced by Casey Johnson and David Windsor, the single-camera NBA project, from ABC Studios, is a buddy comedy about Mo (Blondy Baruti), an NBA rookie who doesn't speak English, and a translator, Jason (Skylar Astin), who… Read

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Screenwriter-Director Allison Burnett Signs With Paradigm

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EXCLUSIVE: Allison Burnett, who has been behind such screenplays as Autumn in New York starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder as well as the Kate Beckinsale vampire warrior sequel Underworld: Awakening has inked with Paradigm Talent Agency. Among Burnett’s projects in development are Oxford, which he sold on spec to Screen Gems with Temple Hill producing, as well as A Beautiful Disaster, which he is writing for EuropaCorp. Other Burnett writing credits include Feast of Lov… Read

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Kim Raver To Topline ABC Drama Pilot ‘The Advocate’

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24 and Grey’s Anatomy alumna Kim Raver has been tapped as the lead of the ABC drama pilot The Advocate, from Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein's Vendetta Prods. and Warner Bros TV. Written by Turner and directed by Michael M. Robin, The Advocate was inspired by the real story of former talent agent Byrdie Lifson-Pompan who teamed with Valerie Ulene, a medical doctor and a health education specialist, to launch a healthcare consulting and case management company. It… Read

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John Fairchild, Editor-In-Chief Of Women’s Wear Daily, Dead At 87

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John B. Fairchild, who presided over Fairchild Publications for more than 30 years until 1997 with publications that included Jane, Details and fashion industry bible Women’s Wear Daily, died Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87. Fairchild was the longstanding editor-in-chief of WWD, which Conde Nast sold to Penske Media Corp, Deadline’s parent company, last year. Fairchild also founded W magazine, and his company comprised daily and weekly trade newspapers and… Read

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‘Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Blames Hippies For STDs In CPAC Speech

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Phil Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynastywho is also known for his controversial comments on gay sex, delivered a lengthy speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in which he faulted the hippies for those 110M people battling sexually transmitted diseases. "It's the revenge of the hippies! Sex, drugs, and rock & roll have come back to haunt us!” exclaimed Robertson.  He cribbed the figure from a 2008 CDC study. The full near 30 minute speech is above. "I don't… Read

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‘Battle Creek’ Review: Vince Gilligan’s Old Script Witty Addition To CBS’ Sunday, Says Dominic Patten

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You can keeping on being one of the many who are calling Saul, but there's another new Vince Gilligan series coming to TV on Sunday night with the debut of Battle Creek on CBS. As my video review above says, the crime drama starring Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel as a mismatched local cop and an FBI agent who are truly as different as night and day is an engaging, witty and sometimes idiosyncratic addition to the network's schedule. Based on a more than decade-old pitch… Read

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‘Last Man Standing’ & ‘Cristela’ Ratings Up, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Down,’ ‘Glee’ Even

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There were good deeds and gifted programs on ABC's comedies last night and some nice upticks too. Last Man Standing (1.3/4) and Cristela (1.0/4) were up 8% and 11% respectively among adults 18-49. A welcome change from the even and the drop the former and the latter were hit with on February 20 from the week before. LSM was the top scripted show of the night. With a Shark Tank (1.2/4) repeat on last night, the real top spot of Friday's primetime was 20/20 (1.3/4). While… Read

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Snow, Ice Impact ‘Focus’, ‘Lazarus Effect’ On Friday – Saturday AM Update

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Saturday Update, 10:24AM: Theaters throughout the south, midwest and east were under-indexing no thanks to ice and snow yesterday, which impacted crowds turning out for newcomers Focus and The Lazarus Effect.  This weekend’s box office is projected to be down as much as 20% from the same frame a year ago which totaled $123.7M.  Focus from Warner Bros. which came in at $6.47M at 3,323 theaters in Saturday morning estimates looks to get a bump of at least 25% tonight. The… Read