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‘First Match’ And ‘TransMilitary’ Are Among SXSW Audience Award Winners

SXSW 2018

As it wraps up its 25th anniversary edition in Austin, the SXSW Film Festival announced its Audience Award winners, with the list headed by narrative First Match and documentary TransMilitary. First Match is a Netflix drama written and directed by Olivia Newman about a Brooklyn girl who finds her way by competing against boys in high school wrestling. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four American transgender troops defending their country's freedom while fighting… Read


Trump-Linked Cambridge Analytica Stole Data From 50M Facebook Users And “Targeted Their Inner Demons:” Reports

Cambridge Analytica, the data firm backed by Trump supporter and hedge-fund titan Robert Mercer and once steered by key Trump advisor Steve Bannon, obtained personal information from 50 million Facebook users without permission. That data then was used to target voters and influence the 2016 election, according to two in-depth reports. The revelation comes via whistleblower Christopher Wylie, a founder of Cambridge Analytica who left in 2014 but remained a key member of… Read

Box Office

‘Black Panther’ Poised For $460M+ Profit; Faith-Based ‘I Can Only Imagine’ Surprises With $15M+

Saturday AM: Updated with chart It’s the best of times and the worst of times at the box office. On the bright side we have Black Panther which is sitting on everything with a fifth No. 1 weekend of $28.5M, -30%, and summer-like results with a running $606.8M total. Our financial sources believe that Black Panther‘s stateside end game is around $650M and $1.25 billion worldwide, however, they also project that the movie will churn an estimated profit of $461M after all… Read


How Barbra Streisand Avoided #MeToo Moments In Her Career: ‘I Worked With Great Men’ – PaleyFest

Tonight at the Dolby Theatre, renaissance entertainment icon Barbra Streisand opened PaleyFest with a bang, joining Ryan Murphy (9-1-1American Crime Story) for a sprawling conversation about her legendary career. The only musical artist ever to have #1 albums spanning six decades, Streisand was honored tonight with the Paley Center for Media’s Icon Award, acknowledged for her groundbreaking work as an actress, director, producer and singer-songwriter which, over the… Read


‘Real Time’: Billy Bush Says Life Was “Chaos” After Trump Grabbing Scandal

Last week Kathy Griffin, this week Billy Bush: Real Time‘s rehab for post-Trump career slumps was open for business tonight, and HBO host Bill Maher gave the former Access Hollywood anchor and infamous bus giggler plenty of space for reflection. But first thing’s first: No, Bush said, he did not give Donald Trump any breath-freshening Tic Tacs. "Thirteen years ago I kissed a lot of ass,” Bush said, “but that's where I drew the line.” Maher asked Bush what he’d have done… Read


Attorney General Jeff Sessions Fires FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

The Justice Department handed former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe an explosive 50th birthday present Friday night, firing him two days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension, after deciding he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau's probe of Hillary Clinton's email server. DOJ says it was taking its lead from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommending McCabe be sacked. DOJ claims that watchdog report claimed McCabe misled… Read


Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges To Star In ‘Honey Boy’

Shia LaBeouf and Lucas Hedges will star in Alma Har'el's next film, Honey Boywhich follows child actor Otis Lort (Hedges) and his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father James (LaBeouf) as they attempt to mend their contentious relationship over the course of a decade. Har’el’s known for the films LoveTrue and Bombay Beach. Producing is Automatik's Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold Features and Christopher Leggett of Delirio Films. Automatik's… Read


Trump’s Lawyer Sues Stormy Daniels For $20M In Advance Of ’60 Minutes’ Interview

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has filed a claim seeking $20 million in damages from porn star Stormy Daniels for allegedly violating her nondisclosure agreement. Cohen claims the right to seek $1M per violation which, according to his bookkeeping, comes to $20M in damages from Daniels for allegedly violating a nondisclosure agreement 20 times, WaPo reports. Daniels previously had said, before she signed that NDA for $130K, that she had an affair… Read


“What If Our Politicians Weren’t The Bitch Of NRA?” Parkland Student Asks In PSA

Ahead of next week's March For Our Lives, Parkland student David Hogg wonders in an ad touting the event, “What if our politicians weren’t the bitch of the NRA?” The ad includes a clip of the White House meeting post-Parkland high school murder of 17 students and staff, in which President Donald Trump told some Republicans they were afraid of the NRA. Of course, that was before some NRA big-wigs had dinner with Trump, after which he backed off some of his gun-safety… Read


NBC Wants ‘Tonight Show’ Discrimination Suit Moved To Arbitration, Or Dismissed

Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Lawyers for NBCUniversal and Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon bandleader Questlove asked the New York Supreme Court to move a discrimination suit filed by two former show crew members to arbitration or dismiss it altogether. The filing (read it here) came today in response to a suit filed in January by Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino, longtime camera operators who claim they were fired after both were recipients of "an unsolicited racist and misogynist text message from… Read


‘In Between Lives’ Casts Anne-Marie Johnson; Raffi Barsoumian Cracks ‘The Code’

Anne-Marie Johnson has been cast as a series regular opposite Harriet Dyer and Yusef Gatewood in In Between Lives, NBC's drama pilot from writer Moira Kirland, Heyday Television, NBCUniversal International Studiosand Universal TV. Written by Kirland and directed by Charlotte Sieling, In Between Lives centers on Cassie (Dyer), a mysterious young woman who reluctantly uses her gift of clairvoyance to help a veteran LAPD detective and a damaged ex-FBI outsider (Gatewood)… Read


Hispanic Group Urges Netflix To Give ‘One Day At A Time’ A Season 3

The National Hispanic Media Coalition has issued an open letter to Netflix urging that its sitcom One Day At A Time be renewed for a third season. The show, an update of Norman Lear’s late 1970s-early ’80s CBS comedy of the same name, features a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles. It deals with issue-centric themes around a single mom, her kids, and Cuban mother from a Latinx perspective. Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Todd Grinnell and Isabella Gomez star. The… Read