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‘Hot Girls Wanted’ Trailer: Amateur Porn Doc Debuted Today On Netflix

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This Rashida Jones-produced documentary looks at the amateur porn industry and the young women it attracts as performers. Directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, Hot Girls Wanted looks at the lives of several 18- and 19-year-olds and how they were recruited — plus how reality stacks up against their expectations as they decided to pursue this line of work. The picture debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it was picked up by Netflix. Bauer, Gradus and… Read


FIFA’s Sepp Blatter Re-Elected President, Saying “I’m Not Perfect”; Victory Likely To Lead To Only More Drama

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 29: FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter gives a speech during the 65th FIFA Congress at Hallenstadion on May 29, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

UPDATED with more details: FIFA president Sepp Blatter won his fifth election today, despite widespread calls for his resignation from outside the organization and a U.S.-Swiss anti-corruption investigation that has rocked the world soccer body. The 17-year leader of the group easily defeated reformist challenger Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. Many — including the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron and UEFA president Michel Platini — had hoped a new leader would begin… Read


FIFA Crisis Turns Political As Sponsors & Broadcasters Watch Presidential Election Results

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 29: A FIFA delegate places his vote in the ballot box during the Presidental Election at the 65th FIFA Congress at Hallenstadion on May 29, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

UPDATE, 10:19 AM: Sepp Blatter wins re-election after Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein concedes ahead of a second-round vote. See the story here. UPDATE, 10 AM: FIFA members are heading back to the voting booths for a second round of balloting after the first round produced no two-thirds majority winner in the race for president. The battle pits four-time incumbent Sepp Blatter and Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein amid a corruption scandal brought to light that has… Read


FIFA President Sepp Blatter Targeted As Visa, Coke Kick Up Pressure

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 20: FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter looks on during a press conference at the end of the FIFA Executive Comitee meeting at the FIFA headquarters on March 20, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Less than a day before FIFA’s elections, beleaguered president Sepp Blatter is facing growing pressure to speak out or resign following Wednesday’s arrests in Switzerland of top executives from the world soccer organization. Major sponsors threatened to take action in response to the crisis. Visa, McDonald’s, The Coca-Cola Co., Adidas, Budweiser and Hyundai all released statements following the dramatic arrests yesterday of seven senior FIFA officials, along with seven… Read


‘19 Kids And Counting’ Spinoff May Be Spawned As TLC Wades Through Duggar Mess


As advertisers bail, petitions abound and the media feasts on the story, the odds of TLC being able to bring back its hit series 19 Kids And Counting without Josh Duggar just got a lot slimmer with a new report that patriarch Jim Bob Duggar initially might not have told that Arkansas state trooper the whole story as to what Josh had been doing at home. But with such a large cast to work with, and a hit franchise at stake, TLC is mulling the efficacy of plucking popular… Read


Rick Santorum Announces Candidacy To ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos


Rick Santorum, the former GOP senator from Pennsylvania, announced to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview that he’s officially joining the race to be the Republican nomination for POTUS in 2016. "I'm ready to do this again," Rick Santorum tells me on joining the 2016 race. — GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) May 27, 2015 Santorum, who won primaries and caucuses in 11 states in 2012 en route to finishing second to… Read


TLC “Deeply Saddened” As It Pulls All Episodes of ’19 Kids And Counting’ In Wake Of Child Molestation Allegations – Update


UPDATED with TLC statement, 12:23 PM: “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids And Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time,” the Discovery Communications network said in a statement just sent to the media. The network declined to elaborate as to whether this was a temporary situation. PREVIOUSLY, 10:45 AM:… Read


CBS’ ‘Supergirl’ Latest Superhero Project To Leak Online

LOGLINE: Focuses on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite. She is just beginning to use her abilities. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

A high-quality copy of the pilot for CBS' new drama series Supergirl leaked to pirate sites early this morning according to German all-things-piracy-tracking firm Excipio. The news immediately made CBS look 15 years younger/hipper. Piracy is a serious issue and don’t try it at home. CBS and Warner Bros Television decline to comment. The leak comes about six months before the series is set to debut in November on Monday nights, according to the primetime schedule CBS unveil… Read


TLC Mulls ‘19 Kids And Counting’ Future As Josh Duggar Apologizes For Having “Acted Inexcusably”


It was just seven months ago that TLC managed to wipe some of the ick off its image caused by the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo child molester storyline with a record-setting rating for a super-wholesome 19 Kids And Counting Duggar family wedding episode. Today the network was “no comment”-ing press inquiries about the future of the latter series when molestation allegations surfaced about one of its regulars. Josh Duggar today resigned from Family Research Council and issued… Read


Thierry Frémaux On Cannes: “If There Is One Place Where Female Filmmakers Are Welcome & Celebrated, It’s Here”

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Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux sat down today for a Q&A as part of the inaugural Women in Motion program that is looking at the role of women in film. He also addressed this week’s red-carpet sandal scandal that’s seen the festival lobbed with accusations of sexism. At Competition screenings of Carol and Mon Roi, some female ticket holders were turned away based on their flat footwear. Frémaux today apologized for and denounced the actions of the security… Read

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Anti-Censorship Showcase Will Go On As Neil LaBute Pulls Play

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Director Neil LaBute  from 'Dirty Weekend' appears at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Getty Images Studio on April 20, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/VarietyTFF2015/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

UPDATE, WEDNESDAY, 9:15 AM:  “Playwrights For A Cause,” a one-act showcase launching the Planet Connections Theater Festivity, will now be presented on June 14 at the New York Theatre Workshop, but without Neil LaBute’s contribution. The playwright released a statement explaining he did not want his play to detract from “the fine work that Erik Ehn, Halley Feiffer and Israel Horovitz were also presenting that evening…and the cause of the evening itself.” The program is a… Read


Jude Law Confirmed For Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Young Pope’, Co-Pro Between HBO, Sky And Canal + – Cannes

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As Deadline first reported two months ago, Jude Law has now been confirmed for Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope. The long-rumoured casting comes as the eight part series is confirmed as three way co-production between HBO, Sky and Canal +. The project tells the story of the beginning of the Pontificate of Pius XIII, born Lenny Belardo (Law). He was a complex and conflicted character, so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism, yet full of compassion… Read