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Why ‘Pirates’ & ‘Baywatch’ Are Shipwrecked At The Domestic B.O. — Friday Night Update

UPDATED, 9:56 PM: Memorial Day weekend at the box office — remember when it actually use to have some significance? Ever since Sony moved the start of summer to the first weekend in May with 2002’s Spider-Man ($114.8M), it has arguably never been the same, with bigger films launching in the first corridor of the month and sucking up all the air at the B.O. (case in point: This weekend, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 looks to beat Paramount’s Baywatch for… Read

Business

Yahoo News Editor-In-Chief To Exit After Verizon Merger

Megan Liberman, who has been editor-in-chief at Yahoo News since September 2013, is set to leave the company after its merger with Verizon is completed. The newswoman announced her plans in an email to staff today. “For now, I just want to say thank you,” Liberman said in the email, which was provided to CNNMoney. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with each of you. Before coming to Yahoo, I had been fortunate to work with incredibly talented journalists and do… Read

Film

Deadline Disruptors 2017: Here’s The 100-Page Issue In PDF Form

Deadline Disruptors Magazine 2017

For a second straight year, Deadline published a print issue celebrating Disruptors, commemorating a long list of people who are treating the fast-changing digital landscape not as a hardship, but as an opportunity to take risks. We published the second one at the Cannes Festival. While we can’t replicate the added value of reading in the South of France our 100-page celebration of raging ambition, here is a PDF version of the entire magazine anyway. Though it was… Read

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Donald Trump Son-In Law Jared Kushner Discussed Secret Communication Channel With Russia: Report

Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner tried to establish a “secret” and “secure” backchannel with the Kremlin, which he hoped the Russian embassy in this country would help facilitate, the Washington Post reported Friday night. This one day after WaPo reported Kusher had come under FBI scrutiny, a report that seemed to confirm Kushner was that senior White House official close to Trump who had been reported to be a “person of interest” in the FBI’s Russia… Read

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Stephen Colbert Explains How Donald Trump Alpha-Dogged His Way Through NATO Summit

Late Show, Stephen Colbert walked viewers through the various ways President Donald Trump went alpha-dog and metaphorically peed on the bushes at the NATO summit in Brussels this week. That includes Trump initiating another of his hilarious handshake matches, with French President Emmanuel Macron.  Colbert read from the White House press pool description of the handshake: Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and… Read

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‘The Simpsons’: Donald Trump Gets A Thank-You From Richard Nixon’s Ghost

The Simpsons is poking the POTUS bear again. A month after it skewered President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, the stalwart Fox toon is ripping him in a ripped-from-the-headlines short that covers a seemingly NBA-ready Jim Comey; Presi-, er Vice President Mike Pence; First Hand-Slapper Melania Trump; even — ever briefly — the Glowing Orb of Saudi Arabia. Watch it above. The clip is highlighted — if that’s the word — by a visit from the Ghost of Presidents Past… Read

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Viacom’s Great Program Migration: Guide To Which Show Moved Where

As part of the big realignment of the Viacom cable networks announced by new CEO Bob Bakish early this year, with the channels divided into flagship and reinforcing and a mandate for closer cooperation, there has been a great deal of movement of shows from one network to another. Scripted series had been gravitating towards the soon-to-be launched Paramount Network (currently Spike), earmarked as Viacom’s flagship scripted channel, and BET, also a flagship brand. So far… Read

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MSNBC President Phil Griffin Signs New Deal; Whither Goest Lawrence O’Donnell?

MSNBC's president Phil Griffin has a new mult-year contract, according to an informed source, settling one personnel question about the network. Still no announcement on 10 PM star Lawrence O'Donnell who tweeted May 17  that his contract expires June 4, promising to let fans know “where you can watch me June 5 if it’s not msnbc,” adding, “I’m sorry this situation has become public.” MSNBC is riding a primetime ratings wave these days as viewers flock to latest antics of… Read

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‘The 100’ Ups Tasya Teles To Regular; ‘Supergirl’s Floriana Lima To Return As Recurring

We’ll be seeing a lot more of Echo in The 100‘s Season 5. Tasya Teles, who has recurred on the CW serialized sci-fi drama since Season 2, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming fifth season. Echo was last seen in Wednesday’s Season 4 finale escaping Praimfaya with Bellamy (Bob Morley) and Raven (Lindsey Morgan) on a rocket to the Ark. When we next see Echo, it will be six years after she blasted off to outer space. Teles’ promotion was first reported by tvgui… Read

Film

TWC Schedules ‘Paddington 2’ For Wide Release

The Weinstein Co./Dimension Films have just scheduled the sequel to Paddington for Jan. 12th of next year. The first film came out in the same time slot in January in 2015 and went onto make $268M worldwide, with about 71% of its gross coming from overseas audiences. Currently, there are a number of films set for the same weekend next year, which is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday but TWC steps into the date after Paramount Pictures’ animated family film Sherlock Gnome… Read

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Tony Nominee Jenn Colella Came From Away – And Landed On Broadway

The first time I saw Come From Away, an early preview at the Schoenfeld Theatre, the musical had an air of optimism that set my critical faculties on alert: I had no idea how Broadway would respond to a musical that drew positive vibes, joyful music and, well, hope for mankind in a story set on September 11, 2001 and the days immediately following – especially New Yorkers, including myself, for whom the memory of that day remains a scarred, if not festering, memory. One… Read

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‘Twin Peaks’ Premiere Gets Modest Live+3 Bump; Strong Streaming Lift

The premiere of Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival drew 619,000 viewers in Live+3, up 113,000 from the soft Live+same day linear viewership of 506,000. For the premiere night, the audience total has grown to 804,000 viewers in L+3. The linear viewership for the reboot’s debut was edged by the streaming one, with the total for the two-part premiere at 1.7 million across platforms, including streaming and on demand. As we reported previously, the return of David Lynch’s iconic… Read