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CNN: Ted Cruz Debate Accusations “Categorically False”

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Ted Cruz deliberately misled viewers tonight at the GOP debate when he blamed CNN for a message his campaign sent out the night of the Iowa caucuses claiming Ben Carson would suspend his campaign and his fans should instead vote for Cruz,  the cable network said tonight. “My political team saw CNN’s report breaking news and they forwarded that news to our volunteers, it was being covered on live television,” Cruz said during  tonight’s raucous debate on ABC. Cruz said CNN… Read

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Bernie Sanders, Larry David Trade Bernie Sanders Barbs on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders put in a guest appearance on tonight’s Larry David-hosted Saturday Night LiveFirst came  a  sketch that featured David reprising as Sanders on the campaign trail but morphing back into Cranky Larry  (he refuses to shake the hand of a voter who’s just coughed into it, for one). That was followed by a seaborne bit in which David played the captain of a sinking ship who’s  reluctant to let women and children board lifeboats… Read

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Annie Awards: ‘Inside Out’ Takes Best Animated Feature – Complete Winners List

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It already has taken Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes and PGA Awards, and tonight Inside Out scored the big prize at the 43rd Annie Awards. This win from its peer community — along with nine others — puts Pixar’s pic and its $856.8 million worldwide box office solidly in the front-runner spot for this year's Academy Awards on February 28. “Sorry if you guys are sick of seeing us up here,” said director Peter Docter on a night that saw the Pixar pic dominate at… Read

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Annie Awards Livestream & Winners List

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The 43rd annual Annie Awards are being handed out tonight at UCLA’s Royce Hall, and Deadline will be updating the winners list live. ASIFA-Hollywood will present hardware in 36 categories covering film, TV, commercials and video games. You can follow along in a non-animated fashion by checking out the livestream above. The winners list and some color from Royce Hall are below. A heads up: Things are a bit different this year. For the first time, the top film prize has… Read

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DGA Awards: Alejandro G. Iñárritu Wins Best Feature Film Director For ‘The Revenant’; HBO Cleans Up With Wins For ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Veep’ & ‘Bessie’

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu got his second consecutive DGA win for The Revenant at the 68th annual DGA Awards tonight in Los Angeles. Last year, Iñárritu won for Birdman and went on to win three Oscars for best picture, original screenplay and director. “Tough men don't cry, that's what Ridley said today and he's right,” said Iñárritu in his acceptance speech. “My father said, Tough Men don't dance. My father died and I think he's doing business up there to make this happen. I… Read

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New ‘Gods Of Egypt’ Trailer”: Lionsgate Unleashes Super Bowl Spot A Day Early

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You can speculate on what this means, but for whatever reason Lionsgate has opted to release the new trailer for its Swords and Sandals and Magic epic Gods Of Egypt a day early rather than during pre-game Super Bowl – sorry, “the Big Game” – as originally planned. And in accordance with divine instruction, you can watch it here now. Lionsgate still has that plum 60-second spot purchased during tomorrow’s game, so expect to see a much higher res version on your HD TV… Read

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Deadline’s DGA Awards Live Blog

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An unpredictable Oscar race just became more unpredictable. Tonight, the 68th Annual DGA Awards gave its top prize to Alejandro Inarritu for The Revenant, making it the first time in the org's history to award a helmer with back-to-back wins in that category. Last year, Inarritu won for Birdman and went on to win three Oscars for best picture, original screenplay and director. Tonight's win for The Revenant, puts the film back in the Oscar game after losing out the… Read

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GOP Debate Live Blog: Return Of The Donald & Do Or Die For Some

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After finishing second in Iowa, chastened Donald Trump has returned to the flock for tonight's debate, conceding that his boycott in principle against mean-girl Megyn Kelly and her Fox News boss might not have served him well in that states caucuses. Tonight's debate should be a yeasty brawl. Trump will accuse Ted Cruz of voter fraud, Jeb Bush of having a Mommy fixation and Marco Rubio of having one canned speech in his repertoire. Meanwhile, Rubio has picked up the… Read

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Responds To #RIPTwitter, Denies Plans To Alter Timeline: “We Get It”

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Depending on your point of view, Twitter either just denied a rumor about the future of the service, or it blinked in the face of universally negative reaction. Either way, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has this afternoon taken to his personal account to directly address the #RIPTwitter controversy that exploded overnight in response to reports that, beginning next week, the social media powerhouse’s reverse chronological newsfeed would be replaced by a algorithmic feed similar… Read

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Paramount Lands ‘Conquest’; Plan To Re-Team ‘The Revenant’s Leonardo DiCaprio And Scribe Mark L. Smith

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures reeled in a big one last night. In competitive bidding, the studio closed a deal for Conquest, a package for a star vehicle that reunites The Revenant star Leonardo DiCaprio with Mark L. Smith, who scripted The Revenant with director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. John Davis is sole producer through his Davis Entertainment banner. I don’t yet have a log line, as this all just happened last night. This gives Paramount a shot at another picture… Read

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Ratings Return Up, ‘Shark Tank’ Down & ‘Grimm’ Rises

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With the Season 4 finale of MasterChef Junior last week, Fox brought back a blast from the relative past last night to fill the 8 PM slot with the return of Sleepy Hollow (0.9/4). Back for the second half of its third season and now moved from Thursday nights, Ichabod Crane and crew picked things up from last year's November 19 midseason seemingly fatal finale with a flashback or two to colonial times and a visit to another dimension. Ratingswise, the supernatural… Read

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Rules Soft Super Bowl Weekend; Auds Give $11M & Thumb Down ‘Caesar’ – Saturday AM Update

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4TH UPDATE, 8:55AM Saturday AM: Updated chart As much as distributors would like to blame the Super Bowl for the sluggish weekend, it’s really about the lackluster screen offerings, with two of the three entries — Lionsgate’s The Choice and Screen Gems/Cross Creek’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies — respectively charting well below their estimates with $5.7M and $5.2M and Universal’s Hail, Caesar! getting lambasted by audiences with a C- CinemaScore and a lowly 66%… Read