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NBC-TV’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ Will Re-Air NFL ‘Inside These Lines’ Unity Ad

The National Football League will re-air a one-minute ad showcasing “the power of football to bring people together” on its NBC-TV Sunday Night Football broadcast this evening. The ad was narrated by actor Forest Whitaker. Inside these lines, we can bring out the best in each other and live united. pic.twitter.com/nQpUrKFL4T — NFL (@NFL) September 24, 2017 The ad, originally produced for this year’s Super Bowl, is a league response to the tumult caused by President… Read

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Trevor Noah: Donald Trump’s NFL Tweets Don’t Speak For All “Conservative, Old White Men” – Tribeca TV Festival

Sometimes, Trevor Noah told a Tribeca TV Festival crowd today, there’s just no point in pretending to be neutral – an opinion he says even some Fox sports anchors seemed to share this morning. Noah said he saw even “conservative, old white men saying ‘I'm sorry, I don't agree with Trump and I can't go along with what this man is saying. I’m conservative but this is not what I stand for.”” Whether those were the Fox anchors’ exact words will need some fact-checking of the… Read

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‘American Idol’ Near Deal With Country Star Luke Bryan As Judge For ABC Revival

The judges’ panel at ABC’s revival of American Idol is starting to fill out as Luke Bryan is poised to join Katy Perry for the reality singing competition, sources confirmed to Deadline. The country star was previously in talks for a seat on the three-person panel but now has officially signed on to help find the America’s next great pop star. The announcement of Bryan joining the panel leaves one judge’s seat open. Lionel Richie was previously in talks to join, but his… Read

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Trump Responds To Protests; Conan O’Brien, Ellen DeGeneres Among Celebrities Supporting NFL Players

President Donald Trump tweeted a response to the ongoing protests to his call for firing the national anthem kneelers: Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017 Despite Trump’s attempt to paint a picture of triumph on the issue, celebrities were showing solidarity with NFL players, as derision, anger, and some… Read

Box Office

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Fashions $100M+ Global Bow; ‘It’ Hits $478M & Spidey Tops 2017 Superheroes WW – International Box Office

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Coming off of a big international box office session last weekend when War For The Planet Of The Apes swung into China, Fox leads again with the debut of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The Matthew Vaughn-directed sequel cut a $61.2M figure in its bow in 64 offshore markets. Of those, the MARV Films title was No. 1 in 55. At current exchange rates, that's 63% bigger than Kingsman: The Secret Service in the same grouping and includes $11.1M in the UK where K… Read

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NY Giants, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos Among Kneelers as NFL Players Respond To Trump Tweets

UPDATE:  At Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the NFL’s smallest market, the Green Bay Packers’ Martellus Bennett, Kevin King and Lance Kendricks sat during the anthem. The other players and coaches on the team stood with their arms linked. Their opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals, stood with arms linked, but none knelt. Before the game, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had issued an Instagram post showing solidarity with a depiction of several kneeling Packers… Read

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‘Victoria And Abdul’ Reigns With Top PTA; ‘Stronger’ & ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Solid – Specialty Box Office

Victoria And Abdul

Three significant Toronto fest Specialty releases, Victoria and Abdul, Stronger and Battle Of the Sexes opened strong out of the gate this weekend. Focus Features' Victoria and Abdul reigned supreme, however, by per theater average. Starring Dame Judi Dench, the title grossed $152K in four theaters, averaging just under $38K. Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate's Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany cracked the top ten in its debut, grossing over $1.74M in 574… Read

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Pittsburgh Steelers Will Stay In Locker Room During Anthem Today; Trump Kicks Off Sunday With Boycott Tweet – Update

The Pittsburgh Steelers will stay in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem today. The team’s decision is intended to show a united front. Other teams are expected to follow suit, though there’s some question about whether NFL rules call for teams to actually be on field during the anthem, or whether the league would enforce the rule. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin revealed the locker room plan to CBS sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl. Watch a clip… Read

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Ropes $39M; ‘Ninjago’ Dulls Sword To $21M+; ‘Friend Request’ A Loner With $2M+

Fifth writethru Sunday AM after Friday/Saturday posts: It's still a pretty decent September weekend at the box office with the top three movies pulling in over $20M. Nothing that exhibitors would be upset about, and surely not as bananas as when It opened to $123.4M three weeks ago.  This weekend’s ticket sales of $121M per ComScore are 16% ahead of the same FSS last year with the running total for September at $592.3M, +20% over the same period a year ago. 20th Century… Read

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Oakland A’s Player Bruce Maxwell Becomes First MLB Player To Kneel During National Anthem

Taking a cue from former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee tonight during the National Anthem before the start of their baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Oakland, California. Maxwell has become the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem. A's Bruce Maxwell just took a knee during anthem. He is the first in #MLB to do it. @sfchronicle @SFGate #baseball #Oakland #athletic… Read

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Donald Trump Slams North Korean Foreign Minister, Compares Him To “Little Rocket Man”

Donald Trump took a break from his tweets about the NFL and the NBA to continue his dragging of North Korea. He first mentioned Iran’s test-firing of a ballistic missile and then goes on to complain about how they are working with North Korea. He punctuated the tweet with “Not much of an agreement we have!” Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel.They are also working with North Korea.Not much of an agreement we have! — Donald J. Trump… Read

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‘Will & Grace’ Gang Takes On Donnie & Melania – Tribeca TV Festival

They’re definitely back. The Will & Grace gang wasted no time at the Tribeca TV Festival before jumping into the present and taking a swipe at Donald Trump — just as quickly and easily as they seem to have fallen back into old their roles. David Kohan, asked how he’d react if Trump called him “a son of a bitch” — that’s how the president referred to Colin Kaepernick last night — the W&G co-creator said without a beat, “I guess I would rather be a son of a bitch than the… Read