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Nate Parker: Earlier Comments Made “From A Standpoint Of Ignorance”

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In a new interview with Ebony magazine, Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker says his comments from two weeks ago – when he spoke to Deadline, Variety and on Facebook – about the now-infamous 1999 college rape charges were made “from a standpoint of ignorance.” In today’s Ebony Q&A, he says, “It's like, if I don't know how to swim and two weeks later I know how to swim, I know how to swim. Honestly, when I started reading them comments I had to call some people and say… Read

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49ers QB Colin Kaepernick Refuses To Stand For National Anthem: “There Are Bodies In The Street”

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he’s ready for the backlash after his refusal to stand for the national anthem out of support for African Americans and other minorities. He’d better be – responses came fast and sometimes furious. After sitting out the anthem before Friday’s exhibition game in San Francisco against the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick told NFL Media, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black… Read

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Don Cheadle To Trump After Dwyane Wade Comment: “You Truly Are A POS”

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It’s a day ending in “y”, and so it is that Donald Trump has sparked another firestorm of criticism this morning, and in doing so landed himself the honor of being called “a POS” (piece of sh**) by House of Lies star Don Cheadle. The cause: a tweet politicizing the tragic death of 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge, cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, who was shot and killed Friday night in Chicago. Offering no condolences, Trump used the occasion of her murder for a tone-deaf… Read

Film

First Look At ‘Downton’s Dan Stevens As Golden-Locked ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Prince

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Dan Stevens, his hair — or someone’s – considerably longer than his floppy Downton Abbey style, looks pretty charming in this set photo from Bill Condon’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast live-action film. Co-producer Jack Morrissey posted the photo on his Facebook page yesterday, noting that the reveal comes “One year to the day after the completion of principal photography,” and adding, “here is your very first look at Dan Stevens as the Prince/Beast.” Morrissey also… Read

Box Office

‘Don’t Breathe’ $22M+ Opening Is An August Record For Screen Gems – Saturday Update

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6TH Writethru, Saturday AM:  Over 60% K-12 schools and colleges are back in session, but there’s nothing like a decent horror film to dynamite students away from their books, and this weekend there’s Sony Screen Gems/Stage 6’s Don’t Breathe which is overperforming with a $22.4M opening. Sony’s genre label has tapped this late August period before, and knows that with a thrifty-budgeted pic that jibes with the 18-35 demo, there’s cash to be made. Don’t Breathe is on its… Read

Business

Telemundo Responds To SAG-AFTRA’s Accusation Of Censorship For Not Airing Ad Critical Of NBCUniversal

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UPDATED with Telemundo statement, 6:55 PM: A Telemundo spokesperson just issued a statement about why it rejected a SAG-AFTRA ad critical of its parent, NBCUniversal: "After legal review, we have concluded the ad did not pass legal standards for issued based advertisement. “We remain committed to making Telemundo a great place to work for our employees and will continue to invest in them to ensure their salaries and working conditions are competitive. “At Telemundo we… Read

Video

‘Adam Ruins Everything’ Including The Oscars – With A Little Help From Pete Hammond

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I made my comedy series acting debut this week in the season premiere of truTV’s hit sketch comedy/educational hybrid Adam Ruins Everythingstarring Adam Conover as a guy who likes to correct myths about various things in society that we only think we know about. Topics he took to debunking in Season 1 included cars, security, work, voting, nutrition, sex, death and others. The second-season premiere in which I appear as Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond (clever… Read

Awards

‘SNL’s Kate McKinnon: Hillary Clinton Was “Warm And Sincere” & “Very Funny” – Awardsline

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If Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have carved out serious mainstream space for the modern female comic, then Kate McKinnon is making the most of that relatively new arena. Her hilarious Saturday Night Live pastiche on Justin Bieber in his Calvins comes second only to a pitch-perfect turn as Hillary Clinton – the latter so loved that Clinton should thank McKinnon for bolstering her campaign. Add to that a long list of laugh-out-loud characters including Ellen… Read

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AT&T, HBO Ink All-Platform Content Deal; Programming Set For OTT Service

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Ahead of AT&T’s expected Q4 launch of DirecTV Now, the telecom giant has signed an all-platform deal with HBO. The pact extends the companies’ existing contract and will make HBO and Cinemax content available on the forthcoming OTT service. Financial terms were not revealed. In addition to bringing shows like HBO's Emmy-winnng Game of Thrones and Veep to DirecTV Now, HBO and Cinemax content also will be part of AT&T mobile video bundle offers. Details about those are… Read

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 23 Will See Return Of Pros Julianne & Derek Hough, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Julianne Hough, left, and Derek Hough arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

There will be some familiar faces from seasons past when Dancing With The Stars returns for the next go-round on ABC. Season 23 will see the return of pros Derek and Julianne Hough, who last appeared in 2015. Derek will be back as a pro and Julianne will serve as a judge. Also returning is pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, He last appeared in 2014 when he and Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis won the mirrorball trophy in Season 18. Also returning are Season 22 pros Witney Carson… Read

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‘Hands Of Stone’ Review: Roberto Duran Boxing Biopic Takes Too Many Swings

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Robert De Niro’s presence in the new Roberto Duran boxing bio Hands Of Stone only served to remind me how inferior this picture is to many other films revolving around the sport including Martin Scorsese’s 1980 classic Raging Bull, which won De Niro an Oscar for his immortal portrayal of Jake La Motta. As I say in my video review above, there is nothing horribly wrong with this story of Duran’s life and times in and out of the ring, it’s just that as a standard biopic… Read

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Donald Trump’s Doctor Explains “Astonishingly Healthy” Medical Record To NBC News

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While Hillary Clinton spent the day dealing with Pickle Jar-gate, Donald Trump will contend with an interview his personal doctor gave to NBC News saying that document proclaiming the GOP nominee to be in “astonishingly excellent” health was dashed off in five minutes. NBC Nightly News tonight aired its interview with Dr. Harold Bornstein, in which he said he had just minutes to compose the document, while a black car from Team Trump waited outside his Park Avenue office… Read