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California Wildfires Spread: Thomas Fire Mandates Santa Barbara Evacs, Threatens Montecito Celebrity Homes

Thomas Fire

Santa Barbara County and the celebrity haven of Montecito are under new evaculation orders this morning, as winds picked up and spread the Thomas fire throughout the region. The 404-square-mile Thomas Fire was reportedly cresting Montecito Peak, just north of the unincorporated Santa Barbara County community of Montecito, where Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey and many other celebrities have homes. “It is right above the homes,” fire spokesman Jude Olivas said. Montecito… Read

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‘Exorcist’ Finale Ratings Steady, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Dips On Slow Friday

The Exorcist (0.4/2) ended its second season and 2017 with a narrative bang last night. On a Blue Blood-less Friday that saw little movement for most shows, the bloody and unexpected death of a major character on the finale of the Fox horror drama was pretty placid among adults 18-49. Like lead-in Hell's Kitchen (0.8/4), the Ben Daniels, John Cho and Alfronso Herrera starring series was even with last week among the key demo. The "Unworthy" episode did see a 14% rise in… Read

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‘Darkest Hour’ Is Gary Oldman’s “Man On A Mission” Movie

There are transformations and then there is Gary Oldman's Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour. The actor endured five hours in the makeup chair daily to transform into the rotund politician who rescued Britain from WWII. With the semi-retired makeup legend Kazuhiro Tsuji behind the making of the mask, Oldman worked intimately to disappear into the role. On set, nobody met Gary Oldman for months. And, he says, it gave him a new appreciation for the British politician… Read

Box Office

Disney-Fox Films Controlling 92% Of Weekend Box Office Spurred By ‘Last Jedi’

While it will take two years or less until Disney fully controls Fox, here’s a current statistic to give you a taste of their combined box office power during a blockbuster weekend, post merger news. Currently, total domestic ticket sales look to gross $271.5M this weekend, and Disney and Fox films combined are generating 92% of that total or $249.1M. Even though total weekend ticket sales are -13% from when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in the marketplace two years… Read

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Rupert Murdoch Feels Heat About His Fox News Sexual Misconduct Claims

Backlash is building against Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, who said during a Thursday interview that sexual harassment allegations against Fox News staffers were “all nonsense.” Murdoch spoke on an interview with his majority owned Sky News, addressing the Disney purchase of his company and the multiple sexual misconduct claims against some of his Fox News team, which have resulted in claims of at least $58 million in settlements and legal… Read

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Sheila Nevins Leaving Job As HBO Documentary President; Network Says She’s “Not Retiring”

Sheila Nevins, who as president of HBO documentary films became a powerful figure in the world of non-fiction programming, is leaving HBO. News of her departure came in a lengthy New York Times profile posted today. HBO confirmed to Deadline that she is leaving, but noted that she is not retiring. Further announcements and details are expected from HBO nearly this upcoming week. The 78-year-old Nevins told the Times‘ Maureen Dowd, “There’s something exciting about leaving… Read

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Bill Moyers Signs Off From His Web Site, His Final Media Outlet

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers, who moved between writing and public service in his 50-year career, is retiring from what may be his final media outlet. Moyers is most identified with PBS, where he hosted several news shows before his broadcasting retirement. He also served stints at NBC and CBS, produced numerous documentaries, and served as press secretary in the Lyndon Johnson administration. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995 and won more than… Read

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Disgraced Chef Mario Batali Apologizes…With Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls

Mario Batali, fired this week from ABC’s The Chew after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, apologized to fans and followers of his email subscriber list yesterday, blasting out a “no excuses” statement that, bizarrely concluded with a recipe for a “holiday-inspired breakfast”: Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls. The message started predictably enough. “As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior,” Batali wrote. “I… Read

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Fight To Mount ‘Stronger’ And Play A Real-Life Superhero

When Jeff Bauman set out to cheer on his fiancée at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the morning of April 15, 2013, he couldn't have imagined the way his life would change when he was caught up in the terrorist attacks that day. When the bombs exploded he lost both his legs in the blast and was captured in a striking photograph being evacuated from the scene. That photograph, and Bauman's relentless road to recovery, came to typify the "Boston Strong" attitude in… Read

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Director Terry Zwigoff Joins Peter Jackson, Mira Sorvino & Ashley Judd In Claiming Weinstein Blacklist; Hollywood Reacts

Director Terry Zwigoff says he too encountered resistance from Harvey Weinstein over casting actress Mira Sorvino. “I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in BAD SANTA,” Zwigoff tweeted last night, “but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I’d hear a CLICK.” “What type of person just hangs up on you like that,” Zwigoff continued. “I guess we all know what type of person now. I’m really sorry Mira.” Zwigoff’s tweet follows a similar claim by Lord o… Read

Box Office

‘The Last Jedi’ Now Opening To $216M-$220M: How Disney Continues To Win With The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise

Saturday AM writethru after Friday PM post:  Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned its third straight A CinemaScore for the franchise since the Burbank, CA studio took ownership of Lucasfilm five years ago for $4.06 billion. Industry estimates are even higher this morning for Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII, now having earned $104M-$105M on Friday, easily the second-best opening day after Force Awakens‘ $119M, and a three-day that’s between $216M-$220M, the second- best… Read

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“Hello, Clarice” – Jodie Foster Visits Stephen Colbert For Special Probe Into Lecter Ties To Trump

Stephen Colbert says hello to special agent Clarice Starling tonight, as Jodie Foster joins him for a segment reprising her Silence of the Lambs role as the FBI novice who bonds with Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Clarice has some questions regarding Robert Mueller's probe into Trump's ties to Russia directed toward Hannibal Lecter (Stephen Colbert). — The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) December 16… Read