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Jim Webb Kicks Off 2016 Presidential Bid; Ex-Senator Penned ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Pic

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As Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton can tell you, Hollywood has long been a generous ATM for Democratic Presidential candidates and incumbents. However today, a White House contender with actual Tinseltown experience formally announced his 2016 campaign – and we’re not talking about a Donald Trump reset. “After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the Presidency of the United States,” said Jim Webb… Read

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James Cromwell Champions Docu ‘Imminent Threat’ And Actor/Activist Has Stories To Tell

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 29:  Honoree James Cromwell attends the Humane Society of The United States 60th Anniversary Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 29, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Humane Society)

The best way to ensure a hot-button documentary doesn’t disappear is to get someone famous to rally behind the film. Jim Carrey’s Twitter diatribes against Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law mandatory childhood inoculations in California has given the 2014 docu Trace Amounts new life. Now, Mance Media has acquired and set a September 4 U.S. release for the Janek Ambros-directed Imminent Threat, and the film will get the hefty help of James Cromwell, star of The Artist, L.A… Read

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Daniel Sauli Joins HBO Movie ‘Confirmation'; Jonathan Whitesell In ABC Family Pilot ‘Beyond’

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Daniel Sauli has landed a role in HBO Films’ upcoming movie Confirmation, toplined by Kerry Washington. The film details the Supreme Court hearings for Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) that were rocked by testimony by Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill (Washington), which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims' rights and modern race relations. CESD-repped Sauli will play Mark Paoletta, a lawyer with the… Read

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Sonia Manzano, ‘Sesame Street’s Maria, Is Retiring After 45 Years

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Sesame Street is losing one of the neighborhood’s longtime residents. Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the PBS show, is retiring after 45 years. Manzano, 65, revealed her retirement earlier this week at the annual conference of the American Library Association, which tweeted the news. Manzano retweeted the announcement and thanked her supporters but said “don’t be bummed!” After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season. #alaac15… Read

Business

Animation Guild Reaches Deal On New 3-Year Contract With Producers

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IATSE Animation Guild Local 839 and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract. The tentative deal includes 3% annual pay raises, no rollbacks, and a 10% increase in pension benefits for those retiring after August 1, 2015. The contract talks, which started on Monday, concluded late Wednesday night. "Negotiations are never a walk through a flower-filled meadow," said Local 839 business agent Steve Hulett… Read

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ABC’s ‘This Week’ Wins 2Q In Demo, CBS’ ‘Face The Nation’ Takes Total Viewers

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ABC’s Sunday Beltway show This Week won the second quarter of 2015 in the news demo with 875,000 viewers  – its first demo win during a second quarter in 21 years. CBS’ Face The Nation, meanwhile, won the quarter in overall audience with 3.212 million viewers, while This Week clocked 2.683 million. And what of “sleepy eyes Chuck Todd, who does Meet the Press, which is failing in the ratings,” as former NBC star/current GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump recently… Read

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Marisa Tomei Joins ‘Empire’ As Recurring

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EXCLUSIVE: Fox smash Empire is adding to the list of high-profile guest star/recurring players for Season 2. Oscar winner Marisa Tomei has signed on for a recurring role on the hip-hop series. She will play Mimi Whiteman, a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved in Lyon family drama. A Forbes list billionairess, Mimi is a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women. This marks a rare TV series gig for Tomei, who previously did an… Read

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Six Things Univision’s IPO Says About It, Fusion, El Rey, And The World Cup

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Wall Streeters finally have the Univision IPO they’ve been waiting for. Today’s preliminary SEC filing for at least a $100 million stock sale promises to offer investors an opportunity to bet on the booming buying power of Hispanic audiences in the U.S. — and, as a non-financial bonus, thumb their noses at Donald Trump. It also provides a potential exit for its private equity owners including Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, Saban Capital Group, TPG… Read

Video

‘Amy’ Review: Amy Winehouse Documentary Harrowing & Unforgettable

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Without question one of the best movies I saw at May’s Cannes Film Festival was one I resisted at first. I really wasn’t all that interested in seeing Amy, Asif Kapadia’s documentary on the life of singer Amy Winehouse. Her unnecessary death at age 27 after a life played out in front of the prying cameras of the paparazzi was just too tragic and sad in my view to live through in a cinema. But as I say in my video review (click the link above), boy was I ever… Read

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America Ferrera Says “Thank You” Donald Trump For Sending “More Latino Voters To The Polls”

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America Ferrera has penned an open letter to Donald Trump, sarcastically “thanking’ him for his “incredibly ignorant and racist” remarks he made during his speech announcing his candidacy for president. Trump has sparked a universal firestorm with his comments about building a wall along the southern U.S. border to keep out Mexican “rapists”, drug dealers, etc. “I’m writing to say thank you,” writes the actress in the letter posted on Huffington Post Latino Voices. “You… Read

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Emmys 2015: Louis J Horvitz Back To Direct Fox Telecast

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Louis J. Horvitz will return to direct his 17th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, the TV Academy said today in announcing the production staff for the Fox broadcast. Danette Herman is also back for a 26th year with the Emmy telecast as co-producer for Don Mischer Productions, which has set Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare as executive producers. Bob Dickinson (Peter Pan Live!) is also returning as lighting designer for the live telecast. Newcomer Baz Halpin… Read

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Salon Media Staffers Team With WGA East In Unionizing Effort

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The editorial staff at Salon Media today said that it wants to unionize with the WGA East. Their decision comes less than a month after the editorial staff at Gawker Media voted overwhelmingly to be represented by the union. "Every single one of the editorial employees at Salon supports unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East, and today we're asking the management of Salon to recognize our union," the Salon staff said in a statement. "We are doing this because… Read