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‘South Park’ Season Of Serialization Ends With Donald Trump Surrogate Still In White House


South Park‘s season of serialization came to an end; sadly Mr. Garrison/Donald Trump stand-in’s presidency did not appear to join it. On the bright side, the good folk of South Park did learn how easy it is to prompt Garrison/Trump to action by mocking him, though they could have learned that much quicker had they spoken to Lorne Michaels or Alec Baldwin. In the season finale – oh, yeah, spoiler alerts – Cartman decided not to escape to Mars after discovering men do not… Read


Madonna Twerks, Vamps, Pouts, Fashion-Critiques Through Carpool Karaoke With James Corden


Much voguing, much scenery chewing, and what James Corden insists is Carpool Karaoke’s first in-car twerk when Madonna’s iteration of the hit video franchise dropped tonight on Corden’s Late Late Show. Material Girl seemed deadly earnest through, announcing she doesn’t really like riding around in a car unless there's music, wondering why Corden did not remove any of his items of clothing, discussed her home life at some length and then pronounced it a “boring… Read


Stephen Colbert Torches Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Pick, Pizzagate, Wikileaks


“We have lot fun here at Late Show every night talking about the news of the day, but I hope you don't get your news from me because – newsflash – this isn't news, this is entertainment,” Stephen Colbert said on his CBS late-night show. “If you want news go to CBS's John Dickerson, or maybe the Wall Street Journal. But don't go to some anonymous guy on social media, because a lot of the news on social media is a lie. The craziest fake news these days is called Pizzagate.… Read


‘Hairspray Live!’ Integrates Ads And Audiences Into NBC’s Holiday Musical – Review


There were several firsts in Hairspray Live!, NBC’s fourth annual telecast of a Broadway musical (following The Sound Of Music, Peter Pan and last year’s The Wiz!). The hit musical about 1962 Baltimore and one chubby teenage girl’s determination to integrate an American Bandstand-type rock-and-roll TV show brought a live audience after three outings that were marked by dead spots where applause and laughter were wanted — especially in light of Fox’s award-winning Grease!… Read


Adrianne Tolsch Dead: Pivotal Stand-Up Comic, Wife Of ‘Letterman’ Writer Was 78


Adrianne Tolsch, a pioneering figure among female stand-up comics, a Broadway performer and the wife of former Late Show With David Letterman writer Bill Scheft, died today at her home in New York City. She was 78 and succumbed to esophageal cancer. Scheft broke the news to friends on his Twitter page. Gone to heaven, 5:45 this morning. — Bill Scheft (@billscheft) December 7, 2016 Tolsch was perhaps best known for her association in the… Read


Conan O’Brien Skirts Late-Night Political Minefield With Berlin Road Trip

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Updated with video: Conan O'Brien is a rare late-night host who seems to eschew politics yet inserts himself into some significant political stories. The TBS star made headlines in February 2015 when he and a small crew became the first American late-night show to film in Cuba since the U.S. embargo on that country began in 1962. Conan has since followed that road trip with a visit to South (and, very briefly, North) Korea, to Qatar with First Lady Michelle Obama, and… Read


Former Labor Secretary On CNN Appeals Directly To Donald Trump: Stop Tweeting


Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich appealed directly to Donald Trump during an appearance on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 tonight, taking the president-elect to task for tweets against a union boss, Alec Baldwin and individual journalists: “You are looking and acting as if you are mean and petty and thin-skinned and vindictive,” Reich said, looking into the camera and addressing Trump. “Stop this.” Reich’s impassioned plea – or confrontation – followed Trump’s tweet… Read


‘@midnight’ Host Chris Hardwick On New Slot, Show’s Political Transformation, Post-Election Plans & ‘Talking Dead’


Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick landed an unexpected time slot upgrade in August when the network canceled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, temporarily moving @midnight to 11:30 PM in the final stretch of one of the most compelling presidential campaigns ever. @midnight, which had started off as a game show-style program, in which comedians weigh in on the top online trends that day, found itself as a companion to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and… Read


‘Black-ish’ Boss On The Benefits Of Industry Nepotism & Changing The Television World

BLACK-ISH - "Nothing but Nepotism" - Bow urges Dre to use his connections and secure Zoey a fellowship, but he doesn't want his daughter relying on nepotism. When Bow finds Zoey a place at the hospital, Dre balks at the idea and successfully pulls some strings at Teen Vogue. Meanwhile, Junior loses his first job at an arcade pizza joint that the twins love after he reports their unclean practices to corporate, and they shut it down, on "black-ish," WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

Diversity in the entertainment industry is going to be a hot-button topic for a while, but with the breakout success of ABC's comedy Black-ish, which helped to open doors for others like Master of None, Insecure and Atlanta, progress is underway. Black-ish is among those that has broken barriers, and from recent police-brutality incidents to the use of the N-word, the show is not afraid to feature issues that fall into the zeitgeist and prompt viewers to take a cognizant… Read


‘Ouija 2’ Filmmaker Mike Flanagan To ‘Inherit The Earth’

Director Mike Flanagan attends the Special Screening of Relativity Media's OCULUS at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Wednesday April 3, 2014.  
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EXCLUSIVE: Hot off of Ouija: Origin of Evil, which is racing past $81M worldwide off a $9M budget, filmmaker Mike Flanagan is taking the reins of Sony’s Inherit the Earth, which he will write and is attached to direct. Flanagan is reconceiving the whole project, which is loosely based on the Columbia development script and centers on a servant protector robot who is tasked to protect a young girl. The project is being overseen at Sony by EVP Production Jonathan… Read


Starz Shareholders Formally Endorse Sale To Lionsgate

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For the record: Starz moved a step closer to merging with Lionsgate today as the premium network company’s shareholders voted overwhelmingly to support the agreement to sell itself to the studio for $4.4 billion cash and stock. Nearly 95% of the shares that voted, about 142 million, favored the deal. Owners of nearly 9.6 million shares abstained. About 98% of the votes cast also approved a non-binding proposal to support compensation agreements for Starz executives. The… Read


Fox Takes A New Swing At Netflix In Ongoing Executive Poaching Lawsuit


No one expects the legal battle between Netflix and Fox over the latter's allegations that the streaming service  "illegally" poached of its two executives to end any time soon but a new twist today might speed things up – or at least force a definition on how enforceable employment contracts really are in the Golden State. “Netflix has no standing whatsoever to bring the claims in the cross-complaint,” Fox declares bluntly in a filing today in LA Superior Court (read it h… Read