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Turner, Live Nation In Concert On New Music Performance Awards

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Turner Broadcasting and Live Nation Entertainment today announced the Live Nation Music Awards, a new television event that promises to celebrate the best live musical performances of the year. Set to be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Oct. 1, 2015, the ceremony will be produced by Live Nation Entertainment in collaboration with IMG and dick clark productions. Addressing the critical shortage of music-awards shows on TV, the Live Nation Music Awards will connect fans with… Read

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Will Bollywood Star Salman Khan’s Guilty Verdict In Fatal Hit & Run Impact Industry?

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UPDATED with bail information below: Salman Khan is one of the titans of Bollywood, with blockbuster films that include last year’s No. 2 highest-grosser Kick, along with previous top earners Dabaang, Bodyguard and Ek Tha Tiger. The actor’s next major release, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, is set for July 17, the beginning of the lucrative Eid-al-fitr holiday which Khan has typically owned over the past several years. Is that now in question? Today, Khan was found guilty of… Read

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Leslie Mann Set To Star, ‘Hangover’ Scribes Jon Lucas & Scott Moore To Direct Untitled Comedy

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EXCLUSIVE: Bill Block has readied his first big package since forming Block Entertainment with Raj Brinder Singh’s Merced Capital and Kevin Frakes’ PalmStar Media Capital. They are going out to studios today with a package that has Leslie Mann set to anchor an untitled R-rated female-driven comedy that was written and will be directed by The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas & Scott Moore. Pic is being produced by Apatow Productions’ Judd Apatow and Josh Church, alongside Block… Read

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Oscar Winner John Legend Talks Blacks In Prison, Police Brutality On CNN

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While accepting his Oscar alongside rapper Common for their song “Glory” (from Selma), multiple Grammy-winning musician John Legend caused a stir when he called out America’s current high rate of incarceration for black men. “The struggle for justice is right now,” he said, comparing the rate of imprisonment to pre-Civil Rights Era segregation. Since then, he’s emerged as a serious advocate for prison reform and racial justice, founding Free America, an initiative to… Read

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7 Best Moments Of The White House Correspondents Dinner

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1. OBAMA’S ANGER TRANSLATOR, LUTHER It may have been a dirty trick to play on Cecily Strong, but the big talker of the night came when Obama announced that, because he’s “a mellow sort of guy” he was bringing out Luther, his Anger Translator – aka, Keegan-Michael Key from Comedy Central's Key and Peele.  "Hold on to your lily-white butts," Key/Luther warned the crowd, then began to shout Obama's actual thoughts as Obama delivered one of his mellow-guy, platitude-filled… Read

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Cecily Strong Struggles To Follow Obama And Anger Translator Luther At White House Correspondents Dinner

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“Let’s give it up for Secret Service. I don’t want to be too hard on those guys. They’re the only law-enforcement agency in the country that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot,” Cecily Strong said in one of her best gags at the White House Correspondents Dinner tonight, as she struggled to follow President Obama. Obama not only had set a very high bar with his Bucket/F**k It List jokes, he pulled a fast one on her by bringing out his Anger Translator Luther, aka… Read

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Obama Slams Cable News & Donald Trump At White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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"Welcome to the White House Correspondents Dinner, the night when Washington celebrates itself," said President Barack Obama tonight. "Somebody’s got to do it,” he deadpanned. The Comedian-in-chief was speaking in D.C. Saturday at what will be his second to last WHCD as President. Joining Obama on stage was comedian Keegan-Michael Key in his Comedy Central’s Key & Peele role as the President’s Anger Translator Luther. “We can count on Fox News to terrify old white people… Read

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David Letterman Tribute Special Gets Primetime Sweep Slot On CBS

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CBS announced this morning it will salute David Letterman and his record-breaking broadcasting career with a 90-minute primetime special David Letterman: A Life On Television. Ray Romano will host the program celebrating his more than three decades in television will air from 9:30-11 PM Monday, May 4. The retiring Letterman’s last night as host of CBS' Late Show will be Wednesday, May 20. Romano’s the perfect host — his career having been catapulted by a 1995 stand-up… Read

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The Young Turks, Ryan Higa Launch First Superfan Mobile Apps By Victorious

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Online-media stars Ryan Higa and The Young Turks have launched their own mobile apps pulling together all their social media and other content for theirsuperfans. The apps are the first built on the mobile platform of much-hyped startup Victorious. Victorious co-founders Sam Rogoway and Bing Chen said they expect to roll out a string of other such apps, each owned and operated by the celebrity or brand the app is built for. The apps can include posts from a celeb’s… Read

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Ben Affleck Names His Slave-Owning Ancestor After PBS Show Debacle

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One day after Ben Affleck wrote on Facebook that he had lobbied PBS’ Finding Your Roots producer to withhold revealing he has a slave-owning ancestor, the actor took the high road and tweeted information about the relative: Lots of people have been asking who the guy was. His name was Benjamin Cole – lived in Georgia on my Mom's side about six generations back. — Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) April 22, 2015 In marked contrast, Finding Your Roots producer (and Harvard… Read

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PBS Launches Investigation Into ‘Finding Your Roots’ Censorship After Ombudsman Blasts Handling

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Updated with Ben Affleck’s explanation: PBS and WNET have launched an investigation into Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s decision to censor his celebrity-genealogy series Finding Your Roots after getting a request from one of its “megastar” subjects. PBS and WNET’s announcement today coincides with a report from PBS ombudsman Mike Getler, blasting Gates’ handling of the situation and PBS’ initial reaction. “PBS and WNET are conducting an internal review led by our respective… Read