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Ex-Fox News Analyst Tamara Holder Blasts Rupert Murdoch As “Liar Or Delusional”, Says “Lives Destroyed”

Tamara Holder, the former Fox News contributor who received a financial settlement with the company after disclosing sexual misconduct, broke her silence today and said that Rupert Murdoch is “a liar or he's delusional and old and needs to get out.” Holder’s comments, made during a blistering appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter, came in response to statements made by Murdoch earlier this week. The executive chairman of 21st Century Fox dismissed sexual… Read

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NFL Anthem Protests Week 15 – A Game Of Chicken Raises The League’s Stakes

It’s been a bizarre season for the National Football League. National anthem protests, attacks by President Donald Trump, owners calling players “inmates” – the season has been a parade of strange occurences that had nothing to do with the game. It’s also been a season-long face-off between two sides with hardened positions – players who believe in the righteousness of their cause, and owners convinced that the protests are killing the business. Here’s the thing – this… Read

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‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office

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Clearly it was always going to be a Star Wars weekend, but some Specialties braved going against the herd. Neon/30West's I, Tonya won gold in its second frame, grossing over $176K with an added run. James Franco's The Disaster Artist went over a thousand locations grossing $2.6M, while Fox Searchlight more than tripled outings for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water in its third weekend, taking in over $1.73M. Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri… Read

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Disney-Fox Films Controlling 90% Of Weekend Box Office Spurred By ‘Last Jedi’ – Update

Updated with Sunday AM figures While it will take two years or less until Disney fully controls Fox, here’s a current statistic to give you a taste of their combined box office power during a blockbuster weekend, post merger news. Currently, total domestic ticket sales look to gross $280M this weekend per ComScore, and Disney and Fox films combined are generating 90% of that total or $252.1M. Even though total weekend ticket sales are -11% from when Star Wars: The Force Aw… Read

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MSNBC Confirms 1999 Separation Payment To Female Staffer Following Chris Matthews’ Inappropriate Jokes

NBC News reported today that the network paid separation compensation to a female employee in 1999 who accused Chris Matthews of making inappropriate jokes and comments about her in front of other employees. Both Matthews and the woman, an assistant producer, worked on what was then CNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews (now on MSNBC). The host received a formal reprimand following a review. The story was first reported yesterday by conservative website The Daily Caller… Read

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Skyrockets To $230M Overseas, $450M Global Bow – International Box Office

Refresh for latest: Disney/Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi showed its force at the international box office with $230M in its opening this weekend. Combined with domestic, that puts the global launch at $450M. The worldwide figure ranks The Last Jedi as the No. 5 debut ever (No. 3 excluding the China starts of other films — SWTLJ does not go to the Middle Kingdom until January 5). Out of 54 overseas markets, the Rian Johnson-helmed epic is the best start of 2017 in… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Steady With Host Kevin Hart, Foo Fighters & Trump

Last night's telecast of Saturday Night Live, with Kevin Hart in his third time hosting, Alec Baldwin in a Christmas-themed Donald Trump skit and musical guest Foo Fighters, drew a 4.6 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 up a tenth in households from last week's telecast hosted by James Franco. The 4.6 in households was the best SNL delivery since Nov. 4 (4.7 with host Larry… Read

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‘The Last Jedi’ Now Opening To $220M: How Disney Continues To Win With The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise – Update

Sunday AM Writethru/following Saturday 11:41 PM post: Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi had a fantastic Saturday, drawing an estimated $64M per industry figures as of this morning, which ranks as the fourth-best ever after Jurassic World ($69.6M), The Avengers ($69.55M), and Star Wars:The Force Awakens ($68.3M). Technically speaking, Last Jedi‘s business isn’t front-loaded: If you back out the $45M out of Friday’s $104.8M, Saturday’s ticket sales are actually up over… Read

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Kevin Hart Brings Holiday Cheer & Beleaguered Captain Shadow To ‘SNL’

Kevin Hart, promoting his Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, hosted Saturday Night Live last night, gifting the holiday episode with some of the quirkiest sketches of the season so far. Read quirky however you like. In the best of the lot, the digital short “Captain Shadow and the Cardinal,” Hart played a superhero who, along with youthful sidekick the Cardinal (Chris Redd), gets pulled over by a cop (Alex Moffat) for more or less driving while black. A Shadowmobile without… Read

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‘SNL’ Weekend Update Shames Hollywood Gropers, Banishes Omarosa And Welcomes Sleazy Boat Guy

Saturday Night Live‘s pre-Christmas, post-Roy Moore Weekend Update sent off the would-be Alabama senator and accused mall troll with one of the faux news desk’s best lines of the night: Noting that Doug Jones will be the state’s first Democratic senator in over 20 years, co-anchor Colin Jost quoted Moore. “Gross. Over 20 years?” After the joke settled in, Weekend Update had other topical gifts to deliver, including the strong voter turnout in Alabama among black women… Read

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Sam Rockwell To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ In January

Sam Rockwell, riding high on his SAG-nominated turn in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live January 13. Musical guest will be Halsey. The booking was announced tonight during the show’s Kevin Hart-hosted show, the last episode before the comedy’s holiday break. Rockwell’s January 13 episode will be the first original episode of… Read

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‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin Ends War On Christmas As Omarosa Begs Forgiveness

UPDATE with video Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump paid an early Christmas visit to NBC's Saturday Night Live tonight, overseeing holiday festivities Leslie Jones’ Omarosa begging for an invite and Scarlett Johansson’s Ivanka pondering a life in hell. Tonight’s SNL cold open had Baldwin and Cecily Strong as Melania greeting the country with an unambivalent Merry Christmas. “You can finally say it again because the War on Christmas is over,” said Baldwin’s Trump. “Soon to be… Read