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Paul Ryan: Donald Trump Said He Was Clueless About Judge Jeanine’s Opening Salvo

On Thursday, Paul Ryan told CBS that the president said there was no malicious intent behind his tweet. "He actually was very apologetic about it," Ryan told Norah O’Donnell in an interview broadcast on CBS This Morning. By “apologetic,” Ryan clarified, “in that he said, 'I had no idea that that's what she was gonna talk about… I thought she was going to talk about something else.'” “So really that was completely coincidental," Ryan insisted. This is a slight departure… Read


Annapurna Hiring Spree Results In Full Marketing And Distribution Teams – CinemaCon

EXCLUSIVE: Annapurna Pictures has made a number of executive hires in both marketing and distribution as it has methodically built out its executive ranks to become a studio. Since we’re at CinemaCon, let’s look at the new distribution team first: It’s no secret that Jeff Greenspun, former senior VP of distribution and operations at The Weinstein Co., has now become exec VP of distribution operations for Annapurna. The move reunites Greenspun with Annapurna president of… Read


Stephen Colbert Tops Q1 Total Viewers In Late-Night; Jimmy Fallon Takes Demo

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It’s official: The Late Show topped late-night TV in total viewers for the first quarter of 2017. Stephen Colbert’s CBS show averaged 3.29 million viewers, besting Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on NBC by 260,000 viewers. Jimmy Kimmel’s JKL on ABC clocked 2.256M viewers in the quarter. One year ago, in Q1 2016,  Fallon had trounced Colbert by 840K total viewers. The last time CBS enjoyed a late-night win in Q1 was 2010. Not coincidentally, the first quarter of 2017 also… Read


‘War Machine’ Trailer: Netflix Pic Tracks General Brad Pitt’s Fast Rise & Faster Fall

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“Most of us here will know Gen. McMahon as the man who kicked al-Qaida in the sack.” How’s that for an introduction. Here’s the first trailer for War Machine, the Netflix original film starring Brad Pitt as a four-star U.S. general who is tasked with leading the war in Afghanistan and his roller-coaster rise and fall. Part reality, part savage parody, it raises the specter of just where the line between them lies today. Billed as “a film for our times” from… Read


Warriors Win Scores ESPN Ratings High, ‘Empire’ Hits New Low, ‘Imaginary Mary’ Debuts OK

It was a full slate of originals on the Big 4 last night with some Empire (2.4/8) and the preview debut of ABC comedy Imaginary Mary (1.4/5) but the real action was further up the dial – and we don't mean the Legion Season 1 finale on FX. In a remarkable game of basketball, the Golden State Warriors overcame a 22-point deficit in the first quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-98. It was a win for Steph Curry and crew in the Spurs' house at the AT&T Center but it was… Read


Kevin Kay Details Plans For the Paramount Network, Talks Future Of ‘Nashville’

The Paramount Network, a general entertainment channel which will replace Spike in early 2018, just announced its inaugural slate, which includes two new series migrating from TV Land, American Woman and Heathers, and Spike’s Waco miniseries. In an interview with Deadline, Kevin Kay, president of Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT, discusses the programming identity of the new network, the possibilities of other Viacom scripted series migrating to the Paramount Network… Read


Paramount Network Sets Slate For 2018 Launch With 2 TV Land Series & ‘Waco’, Renews ‘Lip Sync Battle’ For Season 4

Spike will be transformed into the Paramount Network — Viacom’s general entertainment network and leading scripted brand —  in early 2018. The rebranded entity will kick off with two comedies: the half-hour American Woman, starring Alicia Silverstone and inspired by Kyle Richards, and the hourlong Heathers reboot, featuring original star Shannen Doherty. Both were originally developed, piloted and picked up to series at sibling TV Land, which in the recent Viacom… Read


Cartoon Network Unveils 2017-2018 Slate; Six New & Seven Returning Series & More – Upfronts

Cartoon Network has unveiled its 2017-18 programming slate, which includes six new series and seven returning series, and more than 20 original mobile and console games. New series include Apple & Onion, created by George Gendi (The Amazing World of Gumball); Craig of the Creek, an adventure series created by Matt Burnett and Ben Liven; Summer Camp Island animated series, which is coming off notable runs at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and SXSW; previously announced… Read


‘Still The King’: Ben Savage Set To Recur On Season 2 Of CMT Comedy Series

Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World alum Ben Savage is set for a key recurring role on the second season of CMT’s hit comedy series Still The King, which premieres this summer. In his first TV role since Girl Meets World wrapped in January, Savage will play Gene, a no-nonsense Securities Exchange Commission agent who dreams of making the big bust. Still The King is an offbeat comedy about life's unexpected detours on the road back to family. Billy Ray Cyrus leads an… Read


Jose Moreno Brooks Joins ‘Young And Hungry’; Nikohl Boosheri In ‘The Bold Type’

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Telenovela alum Jose Moreno Brooks has signed on for a recurring role on Freeform’s original comedy series Young and Hungry. Brooks will play Juan Carlo, a Mexican street vendor and Casanova that Sofia (Aimee Carrero) falls for while on vacation. In the fifth season, Gabi and Josh try to prove to everyone that they won't let feelings get in the way of their new arrangement, Sofia continues on the path to a career in journalism, and Josh faces an unexpected reunion with… Read


Cannes-troversy? Claudia Cardinale On “False Row” Over Fest Poster Retouch

The Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday revealed its official poster for the 70th edition, kicking off May 17. In the image, a joyous Claudia Cardinale is seen dancing on a Roman rooftop, and showing a bit of thigh from under her twirly skirt. Evidently it's too little a bit of thigh for some outlets and individuals who have run articles and taken to Twitter decrying the airbrushing of the original 1959 photo of the Italian icon. A GIF of the two images (see below) was… Read


Donald Trump Again Threatens Libel Law Change To Squash Press Coverage Of Administration

As the Senate Intel Committee’s hearings on alleged Russian tampering with the presidential election got underway, President Donald Trump tweeted his latest thought on changing libel laws, targeting The New York Times.  Trump’s tweet directs his followers to a New York Post editorial, headlined “The New York Times ongoing dishonesty only helps Trump.” Trump again states that The New York Times is “failing” though its subscriptions have surged as it covered the election… Read