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Jeffrey Tambor Exits ‘Transparent’ After Sexual Harassment Allegations

EXCLUSIVE: Facing two accusations of sexual harassment by members of the Transparent team that he has strongly denied, Jeffery Tambor today has decided not to return to the Amazon series. "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," the Emmy winning actor told Deadline on Sunday. "What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,"… Read

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‘Bored To Death’ Movie: Creator Jonathan Ames Has Two Drafts Written

Bored to Death

While HBO’s comedy series Bored to Death was cancelled after three seasons back in 2011, and a possible movie has been in development since 2013, not much progress has been reported so far. However, speaking on a panel at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday, the show’s creator Jonathan Ames said, “I did write two versions.” The show followed three quirky male friends played by Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson and Jason Schwartzman, with the latter’s character named… Read

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President Donald Trump On LaVar Ball Diss: “I Should Have Left Them In Jail!”

President Donald Trump fired back via Twitter today at claims by basketball patriarch LaVar Ball that he didn’t have much to do with helping his son, LiAngelo, escape Chinese justice for shoplifting. Ball told ESPN yesterday that claims Trump aided his son, UCLA freshman basketballer LiAngelo Ball, were making “a big deal out of nothing.” "Who?" Ball said to ESPN. "What was (Trump) over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me… Read

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‘Justice League’ Lassos $185.5M Overseas, $281.5M WW; ‘Thor’ Rocks To $738M Global – International Box Office

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League assembled $185.5M at the international box office in its debut session this weekend. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and friends were at play on about 47,000 screens in 65 markets with China leading at $51.7M. Including domestic, the worldwide opening is $281.5M. While WB has the overseas launch ahead of Wonder Woman in like-for-like markets, the score is lower than the $200M+ we were hearing amid pre-opening buzz… Read

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Sean Hannity Tweet-Shouts At Brian Stelter, Who’s Blocked By Bartiromo

Seems if Fox News hosts aren’t tweet-screaming at CNN’s Brian Stelter, they’re blocking him entirely. Fox’s Sean Hannity took the former approach during Stelter’s Reliable Sources program this morning, while Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo just kept shunning. The Stelter-Hannity skirmish – or at least the latest iteration of it – reached the ALL CAPS phase today after Hannity learned that Stelter had invited Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal watchdog group Media Matt… Read

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NFL Anthem Protests Week 11 – Kneeling Continues After Veteran’s Day Respite

It’s a key weekend for the National Football League, and the results have nothing to do with playoff prospects. Instead, all eyes will turn once again to the pre-game activities and the player choices during the national anthem. After a one-week respite by some players for Veteran’s Day – which saw participation in kneeling and other forms of protest drop significantly – the majority of players now will have to decide if they have made their point or will continue to… Read

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How ‘Wonder’ Turned Wonderful At The Box Office With A $27M Opening Against Superhero Movie ‘Justice League’

In the face of what was expected to be a behemoth superhero movie in Justice League at the B.O., Lionsgate boldly dated its family pic Wonder against the Warner Bros./DC movie and surprised many this weekend with a $27M opening. It’s reminiscent of when Warners dated its Alcon Entertainment, older female, faith-based title The Blind Side against The Twilight Saga: New Moon eight years ago and came up solid against that title, earning $34M to the vampire romance’s… Read

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HBO ‘Night Of Too Many Stars’ Sees Host Jon Stewart Spar With Stephen Colbert

The semi-annual Night Of Too Many Stars benefit to raise money in the battle against autism didn’t ignore other major problems, including the current wave of sexual harassment in Hollywood and politics. The program, held Saturday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden and televised live by HBO, had already bounced comedian Louis C.K. from appearing as a result of his admitted sexual misconduct with several women. Aware of the potential for distractions, host Jon Stewart… Read

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‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ Bows OK; ‘Three Billboards’ & ‘Lady Bird’ Extend Robust Runs – Specialty Box Office

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Denzel Washington's Roman J. Israel, Esq. topped out among the Specialty newcomers this weekend, though the real sizzle continued to be with holdovers Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri from Fox Searchlight and A24's Lady Bird. Both placed in the top 10 in the overall box office. Columbia's Roman J. Israel, Esq. debuted in four theaters Friday, grossing $65K. The title, which also features Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo will go wide by Thanksgiving. Rialto's… Read

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Russell Simmons Accused Of Forcing Sex On Model While Brett Ratner Watched

Russell Simmons

Music/film mogul Russell Simmons is being accused by a former model of forcing her to engage in sex as filmmaker Brett Ratner watched and did nothing, according to a report. Keri Claussen Khalighi said she was 17 years old when the incident happened in 1991 at Simmons’s New York apartment. The story was first reported Sunday by the Los Angeles Times. Khalighi claimed she accompanied Simmons and Ratner to the apartment to ostensibly watch a music video they had… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Steady With Host Chance The Rapper & Eminem

Last night’s telecast of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Chance The Rapper and featuring musical guest Eminem, drew a 4.3 household Live+Same Day rating in the metered markets and a 2.0 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters.  That was in line with last week’s show, hosted by Tiffany Haddish with musical guest Taylor Swift, which averaged a 4.3 household rating and a 1.9 in the demo. SNL, whose totals do not include viewers for the encore telecast at 11:30… Read

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‘SNL’ Vs Al Franken: Weekend Update Takes On A Former Writer

Though it reserved its best sexual harassment joke for Jeremy Piven, Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update didn’t entirely forget its old regular visitor from the Al Franken Decade. “Now, I know this was taken before Franken took public office,” said Update co-anchor Colin Jost about the now infamous picture of Franken posing in a mock-grope position over a sleeping Leeann Tweeden, “but it was also after he was a sophomore in high school.” After Jost made a self-directed… Read