Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: Prosecutor To Speak At 6 PM; TV News Outlets On High Alert – Update
UPDATE, 3:07 PM: It will be dark in Ferguson by the time an announcement of the grand jury's decision is made public today. It has been confirmed that the office of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch will hold its press conference at 8 PM CT (6 PM PT). Fox News Channel did a News Alert at 3:12 PM PT in which anchor Bret Baier said, “We now know the Ferguson police shooting grand jury decision will be released at 9 PM Eastern time tonight.” The FNC… Read
Bart & Fleming: On ‘Birdman,’ Sony PR Tsuris, Mike Nichols And Bill Cosby
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
BART: Critics don't like to admit it, but the conditions under which you see a film strongly influence your opinion. Birdman is a good example: If you see a film like this with a pack of cinephiles like at Telluride, everyone gets every inside joke, and you instinctively go along… Read
Ex-NBC ‘Fixer’ Says He Funneled Money, More To Cosby Women: Report
Was NBC's 1980s regime aware of any inappropriate off-stage behavior by their biggest comedy star Bill Cosby? A 90-year-old former NBC employee, Frank Scotti, says he arranged meetings, cash payments, apartments and more with a string of models and other women on behalf of Cosby during The Cosby Show run on the network between 1984 to 1992. This is the first time NBC has been implicated in the ongoing controversy that has included a number of women coming forward… Read
Michael Che To Bill Cosby – “Pull YOUR Pants Up:” ‘SNL’
Last night's Cameron Diaz-hosted edition of Saturday Night Live scored points off the ever-expanding tribulations of Bill Cosby in a Weekend Update blast from co-anchor Michael Che.
“Hey Bill Cosby, pull your damn pants up,” Che opened, before admitting, “I've always wanted to say that.”
It was a pointed reference to Cosby's frequent lecturing of African-American men on their responsibilities as husbands and fathers -- a harrumphing posture that's taken it on the chin… Read
Bill Cosby Defends Silence Amid Sex Scandal: “People Shouldn’t Answer To Innuendos”
Sex scandal or no sex scandal, Florida loves Bill Cosby. Despite snowballing allegations of rape that prompted Netflix to delay the comedian's Thanksgiving Day special and NBC to drop his family comedy pilot, the comedian received two standing ovations at the beginning and end of his Melbourne, Florida set as well as screams of encouragement from a packed house, CNN reports.
Addressing reports of the assertions by several women that they had been drugged and sexually… Read
Duggar Show Cancellation Campaign Sparks Online Petition Warfare
A petition launched in August urging TLC to cancel the Duggar family reality series 19 Kids And Counting, over a robocall recorded by Michelle Duggar, now has more than 131,000 signatures after it got noticed by the media.
In response, several pro-Duggar family petitions have been launched on Change.org and elsewhere this week, claiming “it is against their human rights to cancel the show based upon one LGBTQ member making false claims.” The most popular of those… Read
Bill Cosby To Remain In ‘Painted Down’ Docu As It Seeks Distribution Deal
Bill Cosby may have been dumped by everyone else amid allegations of sexual abuse, but documentary filmmaker Nonie Robinson is sticking by him. Cosby was one of many black actors she's interviewed for her documentary Painted Down, which tells the little-known history of white stunt performers who were "painted down" to make them look black so that they could double for black actors. In his interview for the film, Cosby recounted how this was done to his white stuntman on… Read
Obama’s Speech: East Coast Stations Thumb Nose At Networks And Carry POTUS
UPDATED: NBC's New York flagship station thumbed its nose at the network Thursday night and took President Obama's speech live, rather than airing The Biggest Loser at 8 PM, as NBC had planned. Fox's O&O's all carried the speech live as well, including WNYW in the country's largest TV market.
Wednesday, the broadcast networks made news of their own when they decided not to carry Obama's 15-minute speech live from the White House on the East Coast. ABC instead stuck with… Read
Cosby Lawyer: “Media-Driven Feeding Frenzy” Is “Utter Nonsense”
Beverly Hills attorney Marty Singer lashed out at the media today for its handling of the Bill Cosby sex abuse scandal, while also questioning the motives and credibility of his client's accusers. “We've reached the point of absurdity. The stories are getting more ridiculous,” said Singer, who long has practiced extreme offense as a form of public defense for his clients. This is the man who just last month threatened Google with a $100 million lawsuit over hacked… Read
Thai Exhibitor Pulls ‘Mockingjay’ As Coup Protesters Resurface Salute: Update
UPDATE: A day after five students were detained in Thailand for flashing the Hunger Games salute at Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, three more students were detained by police today at the opening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I in Bangkok, the Associated Press reports. A cinema chain in Bangkok also canceled all screenings of the movie ahead of its opening today. Activists told the AP that police pressured the chain to stop showing the movie but Apex Group… Read
Don Lemon: Sorry Viewers Misunderstood Cosby Penis-Bite Interview
CNN's in duck-and-cover mode this morning after Don Lemon had another on-air brain fart last night — this time during a do-over interview with one of the women accusing Bill Cosby of raping her years ago, in which he wondered why she had not used her teeth as “a weapon” to bite Cosby's penis when he allegedly drugged her and forced her to perform oral sex on him.
“I need to say something before we get to our next story," Lemon said in the first quarter of the 11 AM PT… Read
Bill Cosby NBC Comedy Project Not Going Forward
Put in a very tough position, NBC has put the brakes on its Bill Cosby comedy. I have learned that the auspices involved in the project were told this morning that it is not going forward. The move is permanent, and the show, which was in early stages of development, is now dead.
NBC's decision comes hours after Netflix last night announced it has shelved its Cosby standup special, slated for release next week, and as another woman came forward this morning, accusing the… Read