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Leslie Jones, Miley Cyrus Out-Orgasm Meg Ryan On ‘Saturday Night Live’

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The 41st season opener of SNL gave plenty of air time to featured player Leslie Jones. Host and musical guest Miley Cyrus also was a fulltime participant, delivering her opening monologue in what may have been a 1968 Lilly Pulitzer shower curtain and, later, performing an excellent pair of numbers in a wig composed of…well, who the heck knows what it wasn’t composed of? Both of them showed up for a sketch set at Katz’s Delicatessen, in a recreation of the… Read


Crude, Rude “Message From Donald & Melania Trump” Launches Season 41 Of ‘Saturday Night Live’


Donald Trump got the full-on SNL parody treatment in the 41st season opener, including the cold open featuring Taran Killam, in his debut as the mouthy mogul, and Cecily Strong as latest wife Melania. She blabbered mindlessly about his intelligence and love of women; he indicated his fondness for immigrants by pointing to her. Rare was the sketch in the rest of the show in which Trump didn’t also come up as object of ridicule, amusement or abject fear. Look for the… Read


Violent Rains Flood Cannes As Mipcom Organizers Mobilize In Wake Of Disaster

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The sun is shining on the French Riviera today, but that’s a vastly different story to how the situation played out over Saturday night. In what has been classified as a natural disaster by French President François Hollande, violent rains battered the Côte d’Azur and parts of Provence, resulting in severe flooding and the deaths of at least 16 people throughout the region. Among the towns hardest hit was Cannes, which this week is playing host to Mipcom, the world’s… Read

Box Office

‘The Martian’ Suspended Between $55M-$56M – Sunday AM First Update


Sunday AM first write thru after 5TH UPDATE 1:11 AM: Last night the box office had a huge case of Saturday night fever with the top 11 films posting surges over Friday by an average of 61%. Late night receipts showed 20th Century Fox’s The Martian grossing an estimated $56M over three days, putting it on course to be the highest opening film ever in October. However, this morning, some bean counters are scaling back those projections. 20th Century Fox is calling the… Read


Barkeep Hillary Clinton Sets ‘Em Up For Laughs On ‘Saturday Night Live’ Premiere

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Playing amiable barkeep “Val” to Kate McKinnon’s anxious Hillary Rodham Clinton, the real HRC walked away with the premiere outing of SNL’s 41st season, kidding herself, singing “Lean On Me” and even hanging around long enough to introduce Miley Cyrus, who was doubling as host and musical guest. It was an A+ appearance (video above) in a solid B show. The cold open featured Donald and Melania Trump (Taran Killam, new to the imitation game following prior Trump… Read


Scooter Braun & Cyber Group Partner On ‘Rock Angels’ Animated Musical Series – Mipcom

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Scooter Braun's SB Projects' School Boy Records, whose artists include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen, has teamed with France's Cyber Group Studios to co-develop Rock Angels, a musical animated CGI series for kids. Rock Angels will follow the exploits of a five member teen band, aged 12 to 15, comprised of the Sky Angels, a sweet sisters pop duo from Louisiana, Dayna and Cherie, and the Rock Ons, a Detroit rock band of three cousins, Dev, Joey and… Read


Abby Huntsman Joins Fox News As Reporter

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Fox News has hired Abby Huntsman as a general assignment reporter, the network confirmed to Deadline this evening. Huntsman previously worked at MSNBC as a co-host on The Cycle. One of the network’s few conservatives, she left MSNBC after The Cycle was cancelled at the end of July. Before joining MSNBC in 2013, she worked at HuffPost Live. In addition, she recently served as a host on SiriusXM satellite radio. Huntsman also worked at ABC News where she appeared as a… Read


‘Peaky Blinders’ Adds Paddy Considine, International Intrigue & More As Season 3 Shoot Begins


The long-anticipated return of Peaky Blinders is approaching. Shooting starts Monday on the third season of the Steven Knight-created crime saga with new cast additions now set, and more revealed about what’s to come for Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby. Among the new cast members, Paddy Considine has joined as the representative of a force beyond anything Tommy has previously encountered. Season 3 will see Tommy pulled into the glamorous and dangerous world of international… Read


Brian Friel, Playwright Poet Of The Irish Soul, Dies At 86

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A writer whose fictional town of Ballybeg gave deep, resonant voice to generations of ordinary people living through times of deprivation, occupation and transformation, Brian Friel died on Friday at home in Greencastle, County Donegal, Ireland. Typically hypnotic in their use of language, Friel’s plays were catnip to a long roster of stage and film stars. Among his best-known works, Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Dancing At Lughnasa both were adapted for films, the first… Read


Relativity Surprise: Stalking Horse To Pay $125M For TV Business

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EXCLUSIVE: This is a twist in Relativity Media’s bankruptcy saga: In the auction that took place on Thursday and Friday the group of creditors known as Stalking Horse Bidders withdrew their offer to buy the entire company for $250 million and agreed to buy just Relativity Television — the most vibrant operation — for $125 million. In the auction, “No single or aggregate bids were received for substantially all of [Relativity’s]  assets and thus no bids were deemed… Read


‘Dr. Ken’ Ratings Debut Solid, ‘Blue Bloods’ Viewership Rises, ABC Wins Night In Demo

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Now nearly two weeks in, the new TV season has started to settle in a bit. But that doesn't mean new shows aren't still making their debuts – even on Fridays. And the premiere of comedy Dr. Ken (1.4/6) was a nice jolt for ABC, in fact the sitcom was the top scripted show of the night. Coming off the second week of the latest season of Last Man Standing (1.2/5), which bopped up 9% from its September 25 show, the semi-autobiographical Ken Jeong-led show about a doctor with… Read


Stephen Colbert Talks Oregon Shooting, McCarthy’s Benghazi “Little White Truth”

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Stephen Colbert packed a lot of politics into his Late Show opening last night. As had many other late night show hosts, he began by addressing the latest school shooting.  Late-night comedy show serious/sad openers have become part of that post-school-shooting routine President Obama was talking about in his latest post-mass-shooting news conference. “These things happen over and over again and we're naturally horrified and shocked when we hear about them. But then we… Read