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Oscars Security 2017: The Donald Trump Factor

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EXCLUSIVE: Only about 10 days ago, Hollywood Boulevard and the Red Line were shut down due a suspicious backpack that was placed on an electric rail in the subway below the Hollywood & Highland complex. The police response was immediate, and the busy tourist area was evacuated before the all-clear came about three hours later after the LA County Sheriff’s bomb squad investigated. That happened as security operations were readying for the 89th Academy Awards, which takes… Read

Box Office

Holdovers Reign Over Presidents’ Day Weekend, But Why Did The New Releases Tank? – Monday Update

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6th Writethru, Monday AM: Similar to MLK Weekend, why is there so much lackluster product being dumped again over a four-day holiday? Did the majors make some sort of insider pact to release their weakest titles at the same time? A couple of reasons. First, the studios knew that that they were going to be playing into the strong momentum of Warner Bros.’ The Lego Batman Movie, Universal’s Fifty Shades Darker and Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 2 . Second, when a studio has… Read

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Keith Cox To Be Promoted To President Of Development For The Paramount Network & TV Land, Sharon Levy Expected To Exit

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EXCLUSIVE: Following Viacom CEO Bob Bakish’s recent unveiling of his turnaround strategy for Viacom, which included the transformation of Spike into a general entertainment network rebranded as The Paramount Network, the company has zeroed in on Keith Cox to lead development and production for the revamped channel. I have learned that Cox, currently President of development and production for TV Land, will be promoted to President of development and production for The… Read

TV

Susannah Flood Joins ABC’s Shondaland Pilot; Swoosie Kurtz In ‘Charlie Foxtrot’

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Susannah Flood (Chicago Fire) has joined the series regular cast of ABC’s untitled Shondaland legal drama pilot, written by Scandal‘s Paul William Davies and directed by Tom Verica. Set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, aka "The Mother Court," the legal drama follows brand new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high profile and high stakes cases in the country – all as their personal lives intersect… Read

TV

‘The Good Fight’ Ratings Debut Soft For Solo Night On CBS, ‘Son Of Zorn’ Up

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Like a Las Vegas boxing match, CBS only had The Good Fight on for one night but turns out The Good Wife spinoff doesn't quite pack much of a punch – at least among adults 18-49. Premiering at 8 PM on Sunday with a special preview and starting with dismay at the inauguration of Donald Trump, the Christine Baranski-led legal drama snagged a soft 0.7/2 in the key demo. After last night, TGF will now only be seen on CBS All Access – which showed the second episode on Sunday… Read

Film

First Sarah Jones Safety Grant Awarded On Third Year Mark Of Her Death

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Three years ago today, 27 year-old Sarah Jones was killed on the train tracks of Midnight Rider and several others were injured. On the third anniversary of the  young camera assistant’s death, the first Sarah Jones Safety Grant has been awarded. Kyle Rehl, a film student at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, will receive the grant and must be used for on-set safety expenses incurred by the production of a narrative thesis… Read

TV

John Oliver Explains Why Donald Trump Loves Vladimir Putin, Who Loves Trump Right Back

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John Oliver probed the “weird, noticeably soft spot” President Donald Trump has for Russia and its ruler Vladimir Putin on Last Week Tonight. “Trump is fixated on getting along better with Russia,” the HBO late-night host said Sunday night, telling Trump, in absentia, “You’ve been objectively nicer to Putin than you've been to Meryl Streep.” While Americans might see him as a cartoon character, shirtlessly riding a horse bareback, in Russia “he’s not some comic book… Read

TV

Donald Trump Doubles Down On His ‘Fake News’ Attacks & Sweden – Update

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UPDATED, Monday, 7 AM: President Donald Trump is not backing down in his attacks on the “FAKE NEWS” media. His latest tweet this morning – Give the public a break – The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2017 PREVIOUS, Sunday, with Trump response President Donald Trump has explained his Sweden comment: He saw it on Fox. “My statement as to… Read

International

Matt Charman To Pen ‘M’; Mammoth Screen Project Based On Real MI5 Spymaster

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UK-based Poldark and Victoria producer Mammoth Screen has acquired rights to Henry Hemming’s upcoming non-fiction book, M: Maxwell Knight, M15’s Greatest Spymaster. Returning to the world of espionage, Bridge Of SpiesMatt Charman is attached as lead writer to adapt the real-life story of one of the inspirations for the spy chief in Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. Mammoth is eyeing a multi-part drama series. Knight began spying for the British government in the 1920s… Read

Film

Google & Microsoft To Demote Piracy Sites In UK Search Results

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In a world first, Google and Microsoft have finally agreed to crackdown on piracy sites in the UK. On Monday, it was announced that the search engine giants had both signed up to a voluntary code of practice which will see them commit to demote websites that have been repeatedly served with copyright infringement notices, thereby making it much harder for UK internet users to download and stream films, TV, music and sport illegally. The U.S. tech giants have agreed links… Read

TV

John Oliver: Donald Trump Tyrannizes TV News Week With “Bat-Sh*t Crazy” News Conference, Terrorism-In-Sweden Speech

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John Oliver opened his latest edition of HBO’s Last Week Tonight talking about President Trump  – “two words that will always sound unnatural together, like ‘f*ckable clown’ or ‘Wolf Blitzer,'” he said. Donald Trump once again dominated the news cycle, including Saturday’s “pointless rally” that nonetheless got roadblock cable-news coverage, though much of it was boilerplate Trump: “Media is fake, Chicago is a nightmare, I’m the Greatest.” But, catching people’s… Read

Business

Kim Dotcom Loses U.S. Extradition Appeal, But Claims Victory In Copyright Ruling

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New Zealand's High Court has partially upheld an earlier decision that Megaupload co-founder Kim Dotcom and three of the site's other co-founders are eligible for extradition to the U.S. The High Court said today that there are grounds for Dotcom and co-defendants Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, to be extradited under "general criminal-law fraud" provisions. However, the court overturned another part of a lower court's December 2015 ruling, saying the… Read