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Uni/Blumhouse’s ‘Split’ Is A Hit With $33M+; ‘Xander Cage’ Falls Down – Friday Late Night Update


Update, Friday 10:39PM: “That’s something I thought I would never hear: M. Night Shyamalan is beating Vin Diesel at the box office.” Those are the words from a rival major studio chief today at Deadline’s Sundance lounge on this weekend’s box office battle, which is seeing Universal/Blumhouse’s low budget horror pic Split ($9M) chopping off the head of Paramount/Revolution’s $85M budgeted xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Split will see a No. 1 debut of $33.8M, making it… Read


South Korean Cultural Minister Arrested Over Artists Blacklist

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South Korea’s ongoing political crisis continues as Cho Yoon-sun, the country’s cultural minister, was arrested by prosecutors due to suspected abuse of power. Among the other accusations brought against the minister, Cho is accused of drawing up a blacklist against artists and entertainers who criticized Park Geun-hye, the suspended current president facing impeachment over charges of corruption. Cho is the first sitting minister in the country’s history to be arrested… Read

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Sharon Gless Settles An Old Score At Broadway’s ‘Concert For America’ Alt-Inaugural Ball

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The Broadway stars came out to shine Friday afternoon at “Concert For America: Stand Up, Sing Out!” at Town Hall, the storied venue for protest and politicking. A visit from actress Sharon Gless added a timely Hollywood spin to the occasion. Admitting she had no Broadway cred (Tyne Daly, her erstwhile Cagney & Lacy co-star and Broadway veteran, was en route to the next day’s march in Washington) Gless paid tribute to the late Lynn Redgrave, regaling the sold-out house of… Read


Jimmy Kimmel Vows To Mine Donald Trump Presidency For Laughs

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Finally, a completely honest late-night comic. Jimmy Kimmel tonight revealed how happy he is to have a Donald Trump presidency to mine for comedy after eight years of the Obamas: “Let me tell you something, I have not had it easy” Kimmel said on his Inauguration Day edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live.  “For the last eight years I have been forced to make jokes about the First Lady's vegetable garden. You think I'm not going to grab this pumpkin by the guts and shake it until… Read


More Than 200 Arrested But Protests Don’t Trump Inaugural Festivities

President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

At least 200 people were arrested today in Washington D.C. during a large scale protest of the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Several demonstrations happened in Washington, with some turning riotous, resulting in a limousine being set on fire blocks away from the inaugural events. Approximately a mile from the National Mall, where the swearing in ceremony was held, police chased after at least 100 demonstrators, while still others broke windows of local… Read


Joy Reid To Trevor Noah: Media Must Study Vladimir Putin’s Authoritarian Regime To Cover President Trump

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Donald Trump has cast himself as the only person who can rescue us “from this hellscape created by you and me,” MSNBC’s Joy Reid told The Daily Shows Trevor Noah, describing Trump’s inaugural address hours earlier. Trump’s post-truth world, she said, has to change the way the press does its job, Reid said. “Journalists are accustomed to, when the president says something…you just report it. But now, something Donald Trump tweets is not a headline you can just translate… Read


Bill Maher Calls Trump Inaugural Address “Joyless And Ugly And Dividing”


Bill Maher celebrated his birthday – and the 15th season premiere of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher – with an opening salvo against his old nemesis and new president: “What does every kid want for his birthday?,” the comedian asked in his first monologue since the Oval Office changeover. “A clown.” Maher, who earlier this week in a candid and chemically-enhanced interview with The New York Times expressed fears that Donald Trump would target him in some sort of… Read


Did Twitter Force Obama Supporters To Follow New Trump @POTUS Account?


Donald Trump used a photo from President Obama’s first — and far better-attended — inauguration for the header image on his newly established official presidential Twitter account today. (The image quietly was removed once it was pointed out, and mocked ruthlessly.) But it wasn’t the only thing Trump apparently took from Obama without attribution: An uncertain — but counting at least in the hundreds of thousands — number of Twitter users found themselves following the… Read


Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump Inaugural Address Positively Lincolnish


“Like Lincoln huffing paint thinner, this stirring orator invoked an inspiring picture of the country he now leads,” Late Show host Stephen Colbert said hours after President Donald Trump delivered his Inaugural Address. Among Trump’s zippier turns of phrase: America's infrastructure has fall into disrepair and decay… Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities… Rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape… Our young and beautiful stu… Read


Nils Larsen Joins Management 360


Management 360 has brought in Nils Larsen to be a manager in its talent department. Larsen spent the past six years at Principato-Young Entertainment, after the company acquired his management company Elements Entertainment. His strong suit is finding upcoming talent, and his client list includes Shailene Woodley, (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars), Nick Robinson (Jurassic World, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda), Courtney Eaton (Mad Max, Gods of Egypt), Ross Lynch (Aust… Read


‘Raised By Wolves’ Comedy From Diablo Cody & Berlanti TV Gets ABC Pilot Order


ABC has given a pilot order to Raised by Wolves, a single-camera comedy from Juno writer Diablo Cody and Berlanti Productions. Written by Cody, Raised by Wolves is an adaptation of the 2015 UK comedy series. It centers on Sheila Gable, one tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town. This marks the second half-hour comedy pilot for Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Prods., which has six drama series on the… Read


Netflix Wins Round 1 Over Fox In Executive-Poaching Lawsuit


Netflix has prevailed in the first round of its ongoing legal battle against 20th Century Fox over the “poaching” of two Fox executives and the validity of Fox's fixed-term contracts that prevent its employees from quitting their jobs and going to work for competitors. In a procedural ruling Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg issued a minute order (read it here) upholding a tentative ruling he'd issued earlier this week that denied Fox's motion to… Read