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Disney ABC TV President Ben Sherwood Talks Industry “Imbalance Of Power,” Shonda Rimes’ Exit, State Of TV

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During this year’s USC’s Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, Disney/ABC TV President Ben Sherwood spoke with entertainment lawyer Bruce Ramer of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown about a variety of topics including the future of TV, the departure of Shonda Rimes from ABC, and, of course, the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal that has been consuming the industry as of late. Although he didn’t mention Weinstein directly, Sherwood applauds women that have come forward and… Read

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Season 3 Reveals Cast Of Queens

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Get ready for a new season of outrageous fashion, lip-synching, shade and gagging because the cast of queens for the third installment of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars has been revealed, or as Emmy-award winning host RuPaul says, “ru-vealed.” The new season will welcome back BenDeLaCreme (Season 6), Trixie Mattel (Season 7), Milk (Season 6), Thorgy Thor (Season 8), Kennedy Davenport (Season 7), Aja (Season 9), Chi Chi DeVayne (Season 8), Morgan McMichaels (Season 2), and… Read

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IATSE And Teamsters Condemn Sexual Harassment In The Industry

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has issued a statement on sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, commending "the many who have courageously shared their stories of sexual abuse and harassment." The statement doesn't mention disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein or any of the others who have recently been outed as sexual abusers, but says that "we absolutely support" the right of their accusers to speak out, adding: "As a labor union, we… Read

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NY Times Responds To Bill O’Reilly Spokesman’s Claims That They “Maliciously Smeared” Ex-Fox News Host — Updated

UPDATED with response from New York TimesIn a response to Fabiani’s statement in regards to Bill O’Reilly, New York Times editor Dean Baquet made his own statement to media saying: “Mr. Fabiani addresses everything but what the story actually says. This article, like our previous reporting on the subject, is accurate and deeply reported and we welcome any challenge to the facts. The affidavit he claims our story ignored is quoted in our article twice.” EARLIER: Bill… Read

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Donald Trump Tells Maria Bartiromo: “I Was So Nice” During Condolence Call

In an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo set to air tomorrow and Monday, President Donald Trump disputes claims that he was insensitive during the now-infamous condolence call to Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow Myeshia Johnson. “I was so nice,” Trump says. Describing John Kelly’s reaction to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson telling reporters that Trump said La David Johnson “knew what he signed up for”, Trump says to Bartiromo that the Chief of Staff… Read

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Directors Guild Begins Process Of Kicking Out Harvey Weinstein

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The Directors Guild has begun the process of kicking Harvey Weinstein out of the guild. Following today's meeting of its national board of directors, the DGA president Thomas Schlamme said that the guild filed disciplinary charges against him on October 13. "The DGA has a long-standing practice of not commenting on internal union matters, but has decided to make an exception in this case to acknowledge the filing of charges," Schlamme said in a statement. "However… Read

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Josh Brolin Opens Up About Death Of ‘Deadpool 2’ Stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris

Only the Brave star Josh Brolin recently addressed the tragic death of stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris on the set of the upcoming Deadpool 2Harris died in an accident in August. During an interview with the Associated Press for Only the Brave, Brolin addressed Harris’ death saying: “We had somebody pass away on Deadpool 2 and it was an absolute freak accident.” He adds that Harris was “wonderful woman” and reiterates that it “wasn’t even a stunt” and that it was a freak… Read

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Sex Abuse Silence Is Over, But Even The Academy Is Entitled To A Defense

Almost nothing is quite as simple as it looks. Certainly not sexual harassment and accusations thereof—as insiders at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are well aware, notwithstanding last Saturday's summary expulsion of Harvey Weinstein following dozens of claims that he had sexually abused actresses and others over the years. After banishing Weinstein at an emergency session, the Academy's board of governors boldly declared an end to Hollywood's silence… Read

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director Received Multiple Threats From Suge Knight, Court Records Claim

Transcripts just released from a grand jury hearing earlier this year indicate rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight allegedly gave multiple menacing warnings to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray during filming of his Academy Award-nominated film. Specific details from the February hearing on the threats were made public for the first time on Friday and reported by the Los Angeles Times. The alleged threats evidently worked, as Gray later claimed numerous times during… Read

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Sophia Bush Explains ‘Chicago P.D.’ Exit: “Left Because I Wanted To”

Sophia Bush has broken her silence on the reason for departing Chicago P.D. after four seasons. Responding to an Instagram comment, she claimed, “I left because I wanted to. End of story.” Bush, the former female lead on the series, dismissed various theories on her exit. “Took me a long time and a lot of hard work to get out of that show,” she wrote. “Please don’t demean my capabilities by degrading my position. I left because I wanted to. End of… Read

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‘Once Upon a Time’ & ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ Slip To Demo Ratings Lows

CBS’ testosterone-heavy drama lineup held up surprisingly well against the Yankees-Astros baseball game. It was actually ABC’s female-friendly Once Upon a Time (0.5 adults 18-49 rating, 2.52 million total viewers) that tied for the biggest demo drop (-0.2) on Friday to hit a new L+SD series low in 18-49. The decline carried over to lead-out Marvel's Inhumans (0.4, 2 million), which also was down -0.2 to a series low in the demo. As we noted, CBS’ dramas were all steady… Read