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Rupert Murdoch Lauds Brexit: “It’s A Bit Like A Prison Break”

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Maybe it’s no coincidence that Fox is bringing Prison Break back in the fall. In his first public reaction to last week’s UK vote to leave the European Union, Rupert Murdoch said: “We've got to decide in this country who we are. We made a momentous decision last Thursday. [Brexit was] a bit like a prison break. We're out!" Maybe Wentworth Miller or Dominic Purcell should run to replace Prime Minister David Cameron? Speaking at a CEO summit sponsored by The Times — which… Read

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Wanted: ‘Late Show’ Staff Writer And Lots Of Free Work To Become One

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UPDATED: Think you're funny? If Stephen Colbert thinks so too, he might just offer you a job on The Late Show, which is looking to hire a new staff writer. But first you'll have to send him a lot of free jokes, and you'll have to knock them out real fast: the deadline for submissions is Tuesday. And you won't get paid unless you're the lucky one hired. "Hello, talented person and/or sentient AI program!" begins the CBS late-night show's amusing help-wanted ad. "We are… Read

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Streaming VOD Now Available In More Than Half Of U.S. TV Households, Study Finds

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In what the Nielsen Company is calling "an important milestone," half of all TV households now have access to streaming video on demand such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime – equal to the number of homes with DVRs. "While DVR penetration has plateaued, SVOD penetration is growing," according to Nielsen's latest report on audience trends. "In first-quarter 2016, SVOD penetration equaled DVR penetration, with half of homes having access to each of these." DVR penetration… Read

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‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ Competing Project Surfaces With Chinese Backing

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EXCLUSIVE: Bryan Singer recently got the green light to bring 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to the big screen via Fox, but now comes word that another film based on Jules Verne’s popular novel has bubbled up — and this one has Chinese backing. Bliss Media told Deadline that it will produce and finance their own 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which they say already has a deal in place to release in China. Christophe Gans (Beauty and the Beast, Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the W… Read

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SCOTUS Abortion Ruling: Cable News Nets Vary In Coverage; Hollywood, Hillary React

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Cable news nets spent varied amounts of time covering this morning’s major Supreme Court ruling striking down Texas’ regulation of abortion clinics. The 5-3 decision, the court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter-century, was a major win for abortion rights supporters who argued the regulations would have closed all but a few abortion clinics in the state. Fox News Channel spent about five minutes covering the breaking news, while CNN and MSNBC stayed with the… Read

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Politicon: Larry Wilmore-Led Panel Talks Voter Discontent & Zings Trump

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Larry Wilmore ventured far from his NYC studio to the heart of Pasadena to moderate the Deconstructing ’16 panel at Politicon. In one of the larger convention center halls, he dissected this year’s unusual election and its effects on the democratic process with Democratic strategist James Carville, former Obama administration consultant Van Jones, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Republican commentator S.E. Cupp, and veteran Republican strategist Mike Murphy. The… Read

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Aziz Ansari Calls Out Donald Trump’s “Hate Speech” In Hard-Hitting Opinion Column

In a powerful, poignant and angry opinion column for The New York Times, Aziz Ansari is speaking out against the anti-Muslim “hate speech” of Donald Trump and others following last week’s Orlando mass shooting, the deadliest in U.S. history. “Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech,” writes Ansari in an op-ed headlined Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family, “prejudice is reaching new levels. It's visceral, and… Read

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Brexit: What Hollywood And Europe’s Power Players Fear After Shocking Vote

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Hollywood and Europe’s industry executives are reacting with concern over the Brexit vote to leave the EU, and what the result means for partners far and near. The implications are not yet fully parsed, although in such a globalized world, big corporations with media — and notably television — interests in the UK, Europe and the U.S. are looking at the future with a mix of shock, fear and uncertainty. A French TV producer who regularly works with the UK likens Brexit to a… Read

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CNN Hires Corey Lewandowski As Contributor, Drama To Follow – Update

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UPDATED, 10:21 AM: Late Show host Stephen Colbert has weighed in on CNN’s hiring of former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a contributor: .@CLewandowski_ is going to CNN? Corey, does this mean you won't be taking that position at the National Organization for Women? — Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 24, 2016 Previous, Thursday, 1:20 PM: CNN confirmed it has hired Donald Trump’s recently fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a… Read

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Brexit: What Happens Next

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As the shock of the UK’s surprise vote to leave the European Union sinks in, tired eyes and weary minds now are turning to the consequences of the fateful referendum. In terms of process, the only concrete steps we know so far are that there will be a new leader of the Conservative Party by October following Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation today. In his speech, Cameron recommended that the new leader should be responsible for invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon… Read

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Harvey Weinstein On Brexit: “A Huge Mistake”; People “Voted Out Of Fear”

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Harvey Weinstein was in Cannes today for the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival. The exec who has business dealings in the UK told me that he was “shocked” over Britain’s vote to leave the EU and predicted “discrimination” against some productions going forward. His War And Peace miniseries, made with the BBC, qualified as European and thus was able to meet Europe’s quota requirements. “It could be very costly in the movie and TV industry in terms of content branding,” he… Read