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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Solid With Host Larry David

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With the Presidential primary campaign in full swing, Saturday Night Live delivered another solid ratings showing last night, with the show hosted by Larry David and featuring appearance by Democratic candidate (and David doppelgänger) Bernie Sanders drawing a 5.1 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating in the 25 markets with local people meters. That was on par in households with the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler-hosted holiday SNL edition (5.1… Read

Box Office

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Does Touchdown Dance With $21M As Super Bowl Weekend Slaughters ‘Zombies’, ‘Choice’: Sunday B.O.

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5TH UPDATE, Sunday AM: As U.S. audiences prepare for Super Bowl today, some of them headed to the cinema yesterday. Holdover titles in the top 10 on Saturday saw surges of 59% to 117% over Friday receipts with the three new titles Universal’s Hail Caesar!, Screen Gems/Cross Creek’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Lionsgate’s The Choice seeing spikes between 8%-22%. However, most titles are expected to drop at least 65% in their Sunday ticket sales due to the big game… Read

Film

Cannes Film Fest Chief Thierry Frémaux Quells Exit Chatter, But Confirms Offer

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Lyon native Thierry Frémaux was the subject of a local blog post last week which led to some industry scuttlebutt that he was weighing an offer from the private sector. In his own statement, on the Cannes website, the fest chief has now confirmed an offer was made, but writes that he has not accepted and will continue with the organization which he first joined in 2000. He did not indicate for how long. It is believed the approach came from either Canal Plus or Orange… Read

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Three Best GOP Debate Moments – From Ben Carson’s Kickoff Fumble To Candidate Contretemps

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BEST DEBATE KICKOFF EVER:  ABC News sure knows how to start a political debate with a bang! Ben Carson, apparently still waking up from his Florida rest stop after the Iowa caucuses, did not hear, or did not understand, when ABC News moderators Martha Raddatz and David Muir introduced him and continued to wait in the wings, while a camera recording the early debate drama.  A staffer peeking out from behind the curtain to tell him to make his entrance did not impress… Read

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Video – Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson Zoolander-ize Hillary, Bernie & Donald On ‘SNL’

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What was the best bit during the so-so SNL that host Larry David promised in his opening monologue? The breath-of-fresh-air appearance of Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hans (Owen Wilson) during “Weekend Update” to pronounce, fashionwise, on the state of the presidential candidates. OK, so I’m a sucker for malaprops (“couscous” for “caucuses”) and rimshot rejoinders, but after David’s surly predictability too-often reprised, I belly-laughed at the separated-at-birth… Read

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Video – Larry David’s Shticky Business Sorta Sparks ‘Saturday Night Live’

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“You’re gonna be very disappointed,” were the first words Larry David spoke as host of Saturday Night Live. “That’s what I do, I disappoint people.” The pumped audience was having none of it as David continued, in his best imitation of Jerry Seinfeld doing Larry David: “I’m a guest! I don’t host things. No one’s ever even been to my house!” He then ex-cogitated on the difference between then — when he was just a “poor schmuck” and now, when he’s a “rich prick.” “Ever… Read

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Video – Bernie Sanders, Larry David Trade Bernie Sanders-isms on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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UPDATE Sunday morning with video, photos: 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 steamship who’s… Read

Awards

DGA Awards: Inarritu’s Big Win Gives Momentum To ‘Revenant’ But Keeps Best Picture Race In The Undecided Column

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As he was leaving the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza ballroom tonight, Steve Golin , producer of dueling nominees Spotlight  and The Revenant, said of the latter’s DGA victory for director Alejandro G. Inarritu, “Well, now I guess it is getting really interesting.” That’s an understatement as both his movies continue to stay alive in this most unpredictable Oscar season. With the DGA win added to its Golden Globe Drama victory, The Revenant leaves no doubt it is a major Best… Read

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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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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 Feature Film Award For ‘The Revenant’; HBO Cleans Up With Wins For ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Veep’ & ‘Bessie’ – Full List

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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