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Rolling Stone Reviewer Peter Travers’ Status Shifts As Jann Wenner Sets New Editor From Company Stable

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UPDATE Friday morning: Rolling Stone movie reviewer Peter Travers, one of the most familiar bylines in the industry, has been moved from staff to freelance status and reportedly isn’t happy about the demotion. Asked about the status of Travers, a 26-year RS veteran, Wenner Media spokeswoman  Kathryn Brenner told the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the situation yesterday, “I can confirm he is still with Rolling Stone. He is our movie critic now and will continue… Read

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‘An Open Secret’ Producers Accuse Amy Berg of Not Supporting Documentary

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14:  Amy Berg attends "An Open Secret" Screening - 2014 Doc NYC at SVA Theater on November 14, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

In a rare move, the producers of An Open Secret, the documentary about child molesters in Hollywood that bombed recently at the box office, are blasting the film's director Amy Berg for not supporting it, saying she turned down "dozens" of requests for press interviews. Berg, who gave interviews to many media outlets — including Deadline — didn't do any major broadcast news interviews. It's doubtful, however, that those would have helped the film's prospects much anyway… Read

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Jon Stewart: Elvis And Area 51 Alien Also Attended Secret White House Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Host Jon Stewart talks with U.S President Barack Obama on Comedy Central's "Indecision 2010" - "When Grizzlies Attack: A 'Daily Show' Midterm Teapartyganza" at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall, October 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/PictureGroup) via AP IMAGES

Jon Stewart finally came clean about those meetings with President Obama at the White House that had the media’s undies in a bunch this week, confessing Elvis and the Area 51 alien also were among those present, and they took turns shagging a replica of the eye socket of Ronald Reagan – because the real eye socket is kept at the Smithsonian can only be shagged on Christmas. At the meeting, “We spent about five to seven minutes with Obama kind of scolding me not to turn… Read

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Amazon Lands New Jeremy Clarkson Car Show

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After weeks of speculation, Jeremy Clarkson has confirmed that his new car show has landed at Amazon, reuniting him with his former Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond. The series will air on Amazon Prime. Clarkson, whose BBC contract was allowed to expire after he assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, confirmed the news on his Twitter feed. “I’m very excited to announce that Hammond, May and I have signed a deal with @AmazonVideo,” tweeted the outspoken… Read

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Jon Stewart Mocks Media Frenzy Over Report Of “Secret” White House Visits

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Exiting The Daily Show host Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show to address a report about his having visited the White House. The pretense of last night’s appearance was that Stewart is now Nightly Show’s Senior Don't Give A Shit Any More Correspondent – his “exiting the job before it’s done” status making him the ideal faux journalist to cover Obama Unleashed, as some actual journalists have described Obama’s behavior as he enters… Read

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Larry Wilmore Defines “Rapist” For Bill Cosby

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Larry Wilmore continues to find new ways to mine the Bill Cosby story on his Comedy Central late-night show. This time, he took advantage of New York magazine's cover featuring all of Cosby’s alleged victims who have come forward to introduce the idea Cosby is "having a vocabulary issue" and does not understand the definition of "rape." A “rapist,” Wilmore explained, is someone who "commits an unlawful sexual act with or without force on another person without their… Read

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On Weekend Box Office, Gun Violence In Movie Theaters And Whether Metal Detectors Would Help

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This report is usually about dollars and cents as we head into the weekend box office with studios opening several new films as others try to hang in. But a tragic factor has entered the mix with last night’s shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, LA. While it’s clearly of nominal importance compared to a national tragedy that claimed the lives of more moviegoers, I’ve had to ask my distribution sources the obvious question: Will the specter of violence impact… Read

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‘Trainwreck’ Theater Gunman Identified

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Louisiana police have identified the individual behind last night’s tragic shootings at the screening of Trainwreck as John Russel Houser. The news was confirmed by Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft, who described Houser as “a kind of drifter’ who was from Alabama and had been in Lafayette since early July, staying in a local hotel. Police say various disguises were found at the hotel room where he’d been staying. Houser fired at least 13 rounds, according to the police… Read

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A Cautionary Hollywood Tale: The Conman Who Stole Famed Art Director’s Home – And The Sister Who Helped Him

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EXCLUSIVE: Ida Shlain doesn't want to talk about her brother; neither does Natalya Vronsky, and neither does Ida Hovav, who are all one and the same person. In fact, she doesn't want to talk to reporters at all. I've been trying to find her since 2010, when she helped sibling Aron Shlain steal $886,000 from the elderly widow of Oscar-nominated art director Ross Bellah. Aron Shlain fled to Israel with the loot, and I recently discovered that his sister is now living in a… Read

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Diane Sawyer Lands First Interview With Columbine High School Killer’s Mom

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ABC News’ Diane Sawyer has landed the first television interview with Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold. While announced this morning, the primetime interview will not air until February ’16, coinciding with the publication of Klebold’s book, A Mother's Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath Of Tragedy. The interview will air during a one-hour ABC News special about school shootings, the lasting impact on the community, ideas for prevention, and mental… Read

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Long-Detained Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov Begins Trial In Russia

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"I do not recognize the authority of this court. You can examine whatever you want," Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov told a judge in Rostov-on-Don, Russia this week. After more than a year in detention, the helmer of 2011’s Gaamer is now on trial, facing charges of terrorism, organization of a terrorist group and arms trafficking. The international film community has called for his release ever since he was arrested in 2014 after being involved in supporting the Euro… Read

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European Union Launches Anti-Trust Case Against Hollywood Studios, Sky

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The European Union has launched an anti-trust case against pay TV platform Sky and the six major Hollywood studios, arguing that customers across Europe should have access to Sky’s services in the UK and Ireland. Disney, NBC Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount, Sony and 20th Century Fox are all named in the action. “European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU, said E.U. competition commissioner… Read