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Dan Aykroyd, Griffin Dunne Remember Carrie & Debbie, “Beloved Showboats”

Dan Aykroyd, one of the speakers honoring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds during the public memorial for the famed mother-daughter pair, was describing his friend Carrie but could just as easily been speaking of Debbie with these two words: beloved showboat. The former Saturday Night Live funnyman recalled a long-ago moment when he saved Fisher’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver. She was choking on a brussels sprout, he said before lamenting, only half jokingly… Read

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Donald Trump’s Presidency Is Right On Time For Another WGA Strike

Since the first writers' strike of 1960, there have been 12 U.S. presidents – five Democrats and seven Republicans, and yet all six WGA strikes occurred during Republican administrations. And if the guild launches its seventh strike in May, as threatened, it will once again be under a Republican administration. There weren't any WGA strikes during the presidencies of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon Johnson or John F. Kennedy. But there was one during the… Read

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Watch Public Memorial For Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher Livestreamed Here – Update

UPDATE The livestreamed memorial service has closed. UPDATE with livestream, below Fans of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher can say goodbye today, with a public memorial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park set to be livestreamed and featuring the music of James Blunt and Star Wars composer John Williams. Organized by Todd Fisher (Reynolds’ son, Fisher’s brother), the memorial will take place in the cemetery’s 1,200-seat Hall of Liberty theater, with overflow crowds offered… Read

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Richard A. Roth Dies: ‘Summer Of ’42’, ‘Blue Velvet’ Producer Was 76

Richard Roth

Richard A. Roth, producer of a slate of ’70s and ’80s movies as diverse as 1971’s romantic coming-of-age melodrama Summer of ’42 and 1986’s still-bizarre Blue Velvet, died yesterday at his home in New York City. He was 76. His death was announced by his family in The New York Times. Roth’s career included an early job as executive producer on TV’s The Young Lawyers in 1969, and stretched to 1989’s In Country (starring Bruce Willis) and 1990’s Sydney Pollack-directed… Read

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Posters: Tom Holland Slings Through New York

Spider-Man Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming showed some more Big Apple love today, tweeting a new poster image depicting the Marvel superhero on his New York City turf. The poster, depicting Spidey scaling a Brooklyn-Queens Expressway sign, comes a day after two others were tweeted. In yesterday’s posters, he’s spider-walking up the Avengers’ building with the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center in the background, and lounging in a park, with the Avengers’ and Chrysler buildings… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Blasts Local Spanish-Language Radio Stations for Not Paying Minimum Wage

Accusing local Spanish-language radio stations La Raza and La Mega of multiple violations of state and federal labor law – including paying some on-air talent less than minimum wage – SAG-AFTRA today urged the stations to come to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract. The stations' on-air talent voted overwhelmingly to be represented by the union last August, but the two sides have been unable to reach an agreement on what would become the first on-air union… Read

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‘Queen of the Desert’ Trailer: Nicole Kidman Defies An Empire

Queen Of The Desert

Nicole Kidman embodies trailblazer Gertrude Bell  — a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, political officer and spy for the British Empire at the dawn of the 20th century – in Werner Herzog's upcoming drama Queen of the Desert.  Based on the true story of the extraordinary woman who found freedom in the faraway world of the Middle East, the film follows Bell (Kidman) as she chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it… Read

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NCAA Basketball Tops Friday Ratings; ‘The Originals’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Tick Up In Demo

CBS scored with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament coverage on Friday. In the non-time adjusted fast affiliate ratings, the network’s sports coverage drew a 2.4 adults 18-49 and 7.92 million viewers. That was up from Thursday’s NCAA telecast (2.0 in 18-49), from last Friday’s (1.5, 4.9 million), and the corresponding Friday last year (1.6). CBS was the dominant No.1 for the night in 18-49, equaling the 18-49 fast national deliveries of the other four English-speaking… Read

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‘Justice League’ Official Trailer Is Here, Minus A Red Cape

After two days of teasing, the official Justice League trailer is here. “We have to be ready,” says a voice that sounds very much like Batman: “You, me and the others. There’s an attack coming, from far away.” “Not coming, Bruce,” says Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. “It’s already here.” Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne kicks off the action here, riding horseback along a snowy plain, on a mission to gather the rest of the superhero gang. So we then witness a gathering of the tribe… Read

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‘Beauty And The Beast’ Crosses $500M At Worldwide Box Office

SATURDAY UPDATE: As expected, Disney's Beauty And The Beast waltzed past the $500M global mark on Friday with a total of $541M after eight days in worldwide release. Overseas, BATB is crossing $300M this session after taking $289M through yesterday. The full offshore weekend is on track to land just over $100M. France and Australia were notable additions to play this frame and only Japan remains to join the party on April 21. We'll have the full international box office… Read

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Conservative PAC TV Spots Prematurely Thank GOP For Defeating Obamacare

Last night, back-patting commercials bought by the right-leaning American Action Network PAC went off as planned, even though Trumpcare didn’t. In a batch of local-market commercials running during CBS’s March Madness games, the PAC ads boasted, “Republicans are keeping their promises, with a new plan for better health care, more choices and lower costs.” Doctors, the ads continued, would be back in charge. The spots ended with tailored conclusions thanking local… Read

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Family-Branded Films On Fire At The B.O.: ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Embraces $91M; ‘Power Rangers’ Mighty With $41M+

2nd writethru after 3rd Update, Saturday AM: If there’s a tale as old as time at the box office this weekend, it’s the non-stop trend that premium brands are much bigger stars than the talent on the poster. This weekend we have Disney’s Beauty and the Beast grossing a massive $91M in its second run at No. 1, much higher than what we saw last night, followed by Lionsgate’s Saban’s Power Rangers with an estimated $41.6M. Granted, Beauty and the Beast has the help of a very… Read