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‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Slams ‘Bait’-Taking Liberals & Huggy, Panda-Loving TV Journalists

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After praising recent instances of journalists like George Stephanopoulos and Chuck Todd standing their ground against White House falsehoods, Bill Maher didn’t stay nice for long. Showing clips of network news segments on unicorns, hugs and pet goats, Maher’s New Rules segment of tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO excoriated the softies. Scott Pelley of CBS News got two swats, first for introducing a news item with “From time to time everyone needs a hug” and… Read

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UTA Rally: “This Is Our Time To Resist,” Jodie Foster Tells Crowd; Asghar Farhadi Speaks Via Video – Watch

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UPDATED with video montage and more quotes, 7:45 PM: “The rights of the press and artists and the right to seek a better life is what this country is about,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer told a crowd gathered in the heart of Beverly Hills as his agency hosted a rally at its headquarters. He also joked about getting a tweet from President Donald Trump that read, “UTA best company in the world. Rally so sad.” Check out a video montage of the days events above. Jodie Foster was… Read

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Lenny Platt Joins CBS Pilot ‘Perfect Citizen’; Demetrius Grosse Cast In NBC’s ‘For God And Country’

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Lenny Platt (Quantico) has booked a role in CBS pilot Perfect Citizen, a legal drama written and executive produced by former Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk. Written/executive produced by Turk and directed by EP Paris Barclay, Perfect Citizen centers on the former general counsel for the NSA who, after his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, embarks on a new career at a storied law firm in Boston. Once there, he must face the reality that… Read

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‘Sun Records’ Off To Strong Ratings Start On CMT

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Following a pivotal episode of Nashville last night, CMT launched its limited series Sun Records, about the birth of rock’n’roll, to 2.1 million viewers and a .71 gross rating with Adults 18-49 across four airings across on three networks — two on CMT and one Nick at Nite and TV Land. That was on par with the Season 5 premiere of Nashville, which drew nearly 2 million viewers and a .77 across three airings on two networks, two on CMT and one on Nick at Nite. On CMT, which… Read

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Trond Fausa & Dan Gill Join Fox’s ‘Thin Ice’ Comedy Pilot

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Norwegian actor Trond Faus and Dan Gill (The Wedding Ringer) have signed on as series regulars opposite Bridgit Mendler in Thin Ice, Fox's single-camera comedy pilot co-written and executive produced by New Girl creator Liz Meriwether. Written by Meriwether, Ed Macdonald and Mark Grimmer, and to be directed by James Ponsoldt, Thin Ice centers on Lou (Mendler) who reclaims her dreams when she finds herself at the end of the earth — in Antarctica — surrounded by a group of… Read

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Erinn Westbrook & Michael Provost Join ‘Insatiable’; Brooke Lyons In ‘Life Sentence’

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Erinn Westbrook (Awkward) and Michael Provost (Six) have booked series regular roles opposite Debby Ryan in the CW’s drama pilot Insatiable, from former Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Storied Media Group and CBS TV Studios. Written/executive produced by Gussis and directed by Andrew Fleming (The Craft), Insatiable was inspired by real-life Southern lawyer and top beauty pageant coach Bill Alverson. It focuses on Bob, a disgraced… Read

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George Clooney & Jean Dujardin Ding Donald Trump In César Awards Riff

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George Clooney and Jean Dujardin brought a much-appreciated comedic diversion into the three-hour-plus César Awards ceremony this evening in Paris — even while delivering a sometimes serious message. Dujardin presented pal Clooney with an Honorary César at France's equivalent of the Oscars, then helped "translate" his acceptance speech, injecting digs at U.S. President Donald Trump. For example, Clooney said: “Over the course of my career, I've had the great fortune of… Read

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‘Doubt’ Pulled By CBS After 2 Airings, ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ To Replace It

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We have the swiftest cancellation of the season. CBS has pulled midseason legal drama Doubt from the schedule effective immediately after two low-rated airings. Next week, a repeat of Bull will air in Doubt‘s Wednesday 10 PM slot. The following Wednesday, March 8, Criminal Minds: Beyond Border will take over the hour where the spinoff originally launched last spring. The drama’s Season 2 opener will follow the two-hour 34th season premiere of Survivor. Starting March 15, C… Read

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‘Get Out’ Star Daniel Kaluuya To Topline Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

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EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Kaluuya, who’s starring in Jordan Peele’s Get Out which is scoring at the box office already since bowing last night in previews, has been set to star in Widows, the Steve McQueen-directed film from New Regency. Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo are already aboard. The plot centers on the aftermath of four armed robbers killed during a failed heist, and their surviving widows join forces and resolve to pull off the raid themselves… Read

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Oscar-Nominated Foreign Language Directors Denounce “Climate Of Fanaticism”

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As the Oscars loom on Sunday, the six nominated directors in the Best Foreign Language Film category have collectively released a statement expressing their “emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries.” The filmmakers include Denmark’s Martin Zandvliet, Sweden’s Hannes Holm, Iran’s Asghar Farhadi, Germany’s Maren Ade and Australia’s Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. Together, they say that… Read

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California Explores Expansion of State Tax Credits to Include Incentives for Women and Minorities

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African-Americans got only 4% of the below-the-line jobs created during the first phase of California's film tax incentives program, and women only got 29% of those jobs, according Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission. In testimony at a hearing today before two committees of the state Legislature, she noted that Hispanics fared considerably better, landing 11% of the below-the-line jobs. Asian-Americans got only 2% of the below-the-line jobs… Read

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ABC’s Shondaland Legal Pilot Casts Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall & Regé-Jean Page

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Hope Davis (Allegiance), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Chicago Hope) and Regé-Jean Page (Roots) have joined the series-regular cast of ABC's untitled legal drama pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Shondaland and ABC Studios. Written by Scandal's Paul William Davies and directed by Tom Verica, the legal drama, set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, aka "The Mother Court," follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as… Read