‘Saturday Night Live’ Scores Another Bingo With Trump Versus Clinton
After that massive comedy fail a few days ago by the real-life Donald and Hillary, Saturday Night Live’s serial political smackdown with Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon could have recycled an old Laurel & Hardy script tonight and still won the week. The show isn’t resting, though, and the bit’s victory lap headed into the home stretch.
With host Tom Hanks playing Fox News’ Chris Wallace, SNL‘s opening sketch targeted, of course, the third and final presidential debate… Read
Celebs & Shows Celebrate As Chicago Cubs Move To World Series
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ World Series hopes were dashed tonight when they were defeated by the Chicago Cubs in game six of the Major League Baseball National League championship series. But if it’s a bummer for die hard Dodgers fans, even Angelenos are happy tonight with the win, which sees the cubs headed to the World Series for the first time since 1945. That’s a long enough time, but should the Cubs win this year’s baseball finale, it’ll be the teams’ first… Read
Matthew McConaughey To Be Honored At Napa Valley Film Festival
Matthew McConaughey will receive the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Actor Tribute at the 6th annual Napa Valley Film Festival, the festival organization has announced. The award honors outstanding contributions to the art of acting and cinematic story-telling.
Along with the tribute, McConaughey’s upcoming film Gold, directed by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana), is set for a private VIP screening Thursday, November 10 at 9:00 AM at the Cameo Cinema in St. Helena. The… Read
Dan Porter, WME’s Head Of Digital, To Exit Agency
EXCLUSIVE: Dan Porter, who led the charge in building William Morris Endeavor’s digital business over the past three years as head of its department, is leaving the agency. He will exit on Nov. 30 to concentrate on his own company and to help grow his sports app, Overtime (which WME was an early investor in).
In Porter’s absence, WME partner Chris Jacquemin will lead digital content/talent for WME while Beth Ferreira will continue to lead WME Ventures. Porter was a key… Read
AT&T And Time Warner Unveil Merger Terms Calling It A “Perfect Match”
Updated with information from conference call: The AT&T-Time Warner deal is now official, and here are the key terms:
The telco agreed to pay $107.50 a share, half cash and the other half in stock. That comes to $85.4 billion, or $108.7 billion if you include Time Warner’s debt.
When it’s done, Time Warner shareholders will own as much as 15.7% of AT&T. The entertainment assets will account for about 15% of AT&T’s revenues.
They expect the deal to close by the end of next… Read
Kathryn Adams Dies; ‘Saboteur’ Actress Was 96
Kathryn Adams, an actress who appeared in such notable films as Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur and the Charles Laughton-starring The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and who retired from Hollywood upon her marriage to Leave It To Beaver‘s Hugh Beaumont, died October 14 at 96.
Other film credits include 1939’s Fifth Avenue Girl, 1940’s The Invisible Woman and 1946’s Blonde For a Day. In 1942, she played Mrs. Brown, a young mother, in Hitchcock’s Saboteur.
In 1942, Adams married… Read
‘Dirk Gently’ & ‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 Review: Brits Coming With Savory Treats
Have plans for the weekend before The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season October 23? If you want to treat yourself to some smart and enticing TV, those plans should include a binge of Season 3 of Black Mirror on Netflix and the debut of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on BBC America.
With the third season of the Charlie Brooker-created anthology launching its six episodes October 21 on the streaming service and the eight-part Max Landis-penned adaptation… Read
Cecilia Hart Dies: Actress & Wife Of James Earl Jones Was 68
Stage and screen actress Cecilia Hart, a frequent television player of the 1970s and wife of James Earl Jones for 34 years died October 16 following a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 68. The news was made public by the Westport, Connecticut-focused website WestportNow.
Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Hart received a Drama Desk Award nomination in 1977 for performing in Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land, and has several other Broadway credits to her name, including… Read
‘Loving’ To Inaugurate Film Screenings At National Museum Of African American History & Culture
Focus Features’ Loving will be the first theatrical film to screen at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.. Monday evening’s invitation-only screening of the Jeff Nichols drama at the newly opened museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater will be preceded by a reception and panel discussion with the writer/director and stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga.
Loving, set for a November 4 limited release with a subsequent expansion, is a biopic… Read
Matt Damon, Cheo Coker Among Featured Speakers At Produced By New York 2016
The Producers Guild of America has announced additional speakers for the 2016 edition of Produced By: New York Conference. New speakers for the event include M. Blair Breard, Cheo Hodari Coker, Matt Damon, Donna Gigliotti, Julie Goldman, William Horberg, Jon Kilik, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, Franklin Leonard, John Lyons, Lori McCreary, Chris Moore, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Joshua Safran, Allyn Stewart, among others.
The conference has also announced additional panels… Read
Steve Dillon Dies: Comic Artist And ‘Preacher’ Co-Creator Was 54
Influential comic artist Steve Dillon, known for his frequent collaborations with writer Garth Ennis that included acclaimed runs on DC-Vertigo’s Hellblazer and Marvel’s The Punisher and, most notably, co-creating the seminal Vertigo series Preacher recently adapted for television on AMC, has died. He was 54, and his brother, Glyn, confirmed on Twitter that he passed away in New York City sometime this morning.
Born in 1962 in Luton, England, Dillon started his career in… Read
‘Vampire Diaries’ Ratings Down In Final Premiere, ‘Exorcist’ Up, ‘MacGyver’ Even
On a relatively steady Big 4 Friday that saw no Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs game on cable but a backstage Hamilton's America documentary attracting a lot of heat on PBS, it was the CW in the spotlight last night.
Both The Vampire Diaries (0.4/2) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.2/1) had new seasons debuts on the network on a new night – and the results for the former left blood on the floor. For the eighth and final season of the Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec… Read