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Chuck Schumer Demands House Dump Intel Committee Chair Devin Nunes After White House Deflects Questions

Senate Dem leader Chuck Schumer today called for House Speaker Paul Ryan to remove Devin Nunes as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Schumer’s remarks, on the floor of the Senate, came as Rep. Nunes’ office confirmed this morning he viewed confidential information about intelligence gathering that swept up Trump associates on White House grounds, the night before went to the White House to inform them about intelligence reports to which he had gained… Read


Bart & Fleming: Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman Drive Tempting Packages As Strike Talk Looms

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: Why does it seem like every week in Hollywood starts with such tumultuous twists and turns? Sure, Scott Stuber is now steering Netflix's movie moves, Jim Gianopulos starts the rebuild of Paramount Pictures, and Sony seems to have its list of candidates to replace Michael Lynton… Read


‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Draws Nearly 1M Viewers In VH1 Debut

RuPaul’s Drag Race is settling in well at its new home on VH1. The series drew nearly 1 million viewers for Friday’s Season 9 premiere, breaking ratings records and making it the show’s most-watched episode ever. The telecast tripled its 8 PM time slot and more than doubled its viewership from last season’s debut on Logo. The Emmy-winning series moved to VH1 as part of the recent restructuring under the networks’ owner Viacom. The Season 9 premiere also performed well on… Read


OWN Sets Docuseries ‘Released’ & ‘Checking Inn’ For Saturday Nights This Fall

OWN said today that it has ordered a pair of docuseries to join its Saturday night lineup in the fall: Released, which follows formerly incarcerated men and women as they walk out of the prison doors for the first time to restart their lives, and Checking Inn (wt), about former Essence magazine editor-in-chief Monique Greenwood pursuing her lifelong dream of running a bed and breakfast. "OWN's Saturday night lineup features entertaining and thought-provoking docuseries… Read


Sean Spicer Insists Donald Trump Plugged Judge Jeanine’s Show Only Because He Is Fan, “Plain And Simple”

“He’s a fan of the show, plain and simple,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said today when asked whether President Donald Trump owed House Speaker Paul Ryan an apology for plugging Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Saturday show on Fox News Channel in which she demanded Ryan resign over Trumpcare’s flop. Asked during today’s White House press briefing if he owes Ryan an apology for telling America to be sure to watch that particular edition of Justice with Judge Jeanine… Read


‘Arrow’: Katie Cassidy To Return As Black Siren, Will Be Regular In Season 6

Katie Cassidy returns to 'Arrow'

Katie Cassidy, who exited the CW series Arrow after meeting her tragic fate in Season 4 as Laurel Lance, is returning as Laurel’s doppelgänger Black Siren. The character will re-appear in episodes #522 and #523, and continue as a series regular in Season 6. Here’s what Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim had to say about Cassidy rejoining the cast: “One of the things that most excites us about Arrow is that we go where the story takes us. Last year, the story took us… Read


George Lucas Family Foundation Donates An Additional $10M To USC In Support of Student Diversity

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The George Lucas Family Foundation has donated an additional $10 million to USC's School of Cinematic Arts, expanding its support of student diversity, announced Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. The new endowment raises the Foundation's total donation to $20 million. Established in the fall 2016 semester with an initial $10 million, the George Lucas Family Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity was created for students from underrepresented communities who qualify… Read


‘The Boss Baby’ Review: Alec Baldwin Is Newborn On A Mission In Funny & Frenetic Toon

The Boss Baby

It seems that most animated movies aimed at kids these days are mostly exclusively laden with animal characters with human traits, but DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby has other ideas, and as I say in my video review above for lovers of genuinely amusing toons it is a wildly funny, original and entertaining flick for all ages. In fact it really seems a throwback to a zanier Chuck Jones-Ward Kimball form of animated treat — one full of non-stop antics, comic action and… Read


Roman Polanski Lashes Out As Judge Ponders Possible U.S. Return

EXCLUSIVE: Roman Polanski might not find out for several weeks what the next step is in his efforts to return to the U.S. nearly 40 years after fleeing American justice for the rape of a 13-year-old girl. But today his lawyer certainly wants to rev up the process and put the system on notice. "Court expressed disbelief of why Roman Polanski would hesitate to trust the Court to sentence him after what the Court called an 'open plea,' " reads a second supplemental argument… Read


NFL Approves Raiders Move To Las Vegas For 2019 Season

The Oakland Raiders are on the move — again. NFL owners voted 31-1 today to approve the team’s move southeast to Las Vegas, but it will continue to play in the East Bay for two more seasons while a Sin City stadium is built. It will mark the third move for the Raiders franchise, which relocated to Los Angeles for the 1982 season before heading back to the Bay Area in 1995. It will become Las Vegas’ first NFL team and only its second major sports franchise, as the NHL’s… Read


Hulu Nabs Sarah Silverman Topical Show ‘I Love You, America’ From Funny Or Die

EXCLUSIVE: Hulu is entering the comedy/talk/variety show arena in a major way with I Love You, America (working title), a weekly half-hour topical show starring Sarah Silverman, from Funny Or Die. The project, which will discuss the current political/emotional landscape of the country, has received a 10-episode straight-to-series order from the streaming network. The show heated up the cable and digital marketplace when it was taken out last month, landing a production… Read


NBC Revamps Alternative; Ups Jenny Groom To Oversee Department

NBC has restructured its alternative department with the promotions of Jenny Groom, who will remain SVP, Alternative Programming and Development but will now oversee the department; Lesley Cerwin, who most recently oversaw publicity for NBC’s unscripted operations, to SVP, Current Programming; and Shelby Shaftel to VP, Alternative Programming and Development. Groom succeeds Meredith Ahr who moved to the production side to launch and run Universal Television Alternative… Read