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Tom Petty Family Calls For Opioid Discussion After Coroner Reports Drug Overdose Was Cause Of His Death

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The wife and daughter of rocker Tom Petty said today that they hope revelations that he died of a drug overdose will spark further discussion on the country’s opioid crisis. Petty’s death in October at age 66 shocked the world, as he had just completed a major tour, including prominent dates at the Hollywood Bowl. His death was originally attributed to cardiac arrest. But today the Los Angeles Coroner’s office said that their final analysis showed Petty succumbed to an… Read

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Sidney Yost & Amazing Animals Prods Hit With Fines, License Revocation Over Animal Welfare Act Violations; Appealing Government Decision

Hollywood animal coordinator Sidney Jay Yost – the animal trainer on Sean Penn’s Into the Wild and whose Amazing Animal Productions has a resume of films that includes Get OutJack Reacher 2, Logan, Django Unchained, The Hunger Games12 Years a SlaveAnt-Man and TV shows like Better Call Saul and Walking Dead – has been hit with $30,000 in fines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act. His exhibitor’s license was also revoked… Read

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Leah Remini Hints Scientology Behind Paul Haggis Claims; Church Slams “Reprehensible Smokescreen” – Update

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(Updated with Scientology statement) Facing accusations of sexual misconduct from four women, Paul Haggis has repeatedly pointed to the Church of Scientology as perhaps playing a role in those claims. Today, Leah Remini and another high-profile former Scientologist and critic of the organization has come forward to defend the Crash director and question the involvement of the church in what Haggis has called a "public hanging." "We expect the next 'revelations' about Paul… Read

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FCC Fields Viewer Complaints Over TV Networks’ “Sh*thole” Reportage

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As the media scrambled to determine how deep of a “sh*thole” it wanted to dig yesterday, some viewers took offense at the language used on NBC and CNN and complained to the FCC. The commission confirmed to Deadline having received a handful of complaints about networks’ reports about President Donald Trump’s explicit description of immigrants from certain countries. It didn’t specify a number or offer any details. Not all networks quoted Trump using this variation of the… Read

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To Sh*t Or Not To Sh*t? That Is The Unhole-y Question For Media Outlets After Donald Trump Tirade

The daily blasts from President Donald Trump still seem to throw much of the media off balance, this we know. But today the disorientation became much greater due to an extra helping of profanity, which led to this existential question: Is it best to censor the word “shithole” or lean into the R-rated version given who said it? First, some context. Things had gotten testy in the Oval Office as negotiations over an immigration bill hit the rocks. According to an initial… Read

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Sexual Harassment “Scapegoating” Lawsuit By Ex-Fox News Latino Exec Dismissed

A $48 million lawsuit filed last summer by a former Fox News Latino VP who claimed he was used as a “scapegoat” and “Latino patsy” to demonstrate the company’s aggressive stance on sexual harassment complaints, has been dismissed. U.S. District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet’s ruling (read it here) finds no merit in the plaintiffs’ claims of a web of conspiracy against Francisco Cortes, even though the scenario described was “worthy of its own Martin Scorsese thriller.” The… Read

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Groups Plan Anti-Trump Protests At Tonight’s College Football Title Game In Atlanta

At least two groups plan major protests against President Donald Trump outside Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of tonight’s College Football Playoff championship game between Alabama and Georgia. Refuse Fascism ATL and a local chapter of NAACP have expressed plans to mobilize against the president, who has antagonized Atlanta residents by calling the city “horrible” and “crime-infested.” He will attend the game, which ESPN is airing. While the NAACP has played it… Read

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Evan Rachel Wood Asks Golden Globes Guests To “Circle” Alleged Harassers

Actress Evan Rachel Wood is asking attendees at tonight’s Golden Globes to form a circle around perceived sexual harassers. "Hey! Persons' attending the Golden Globes this Sun. If you see a predator but don't feel you can say anything publicly, gather a handful of people and make a circle around them. The room will know," Wood said via a Twitter post on Saturday. The threat might keep the alleged harassers away from the event, Wood claimed.  "We are going to see some… Read

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Cancels CES Trip After Death Threats Related To Net Neutrality: Report

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai has abruptly canceled his annual trip next week to CES in Las Vegas, reportedly due to death threats stemming from the agency’s repeal of rules preserving net neutrality. Pai had been scheduled to participate in a keynote session, as the head of the FCC has regularly done at past editions of the massive tech trade show. Digital Music News, which has covered the net neutrality debate, cited two unidentified “sources on Capitol Hill” in reporting the re… Read

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Donald Trump Announces “Dishonest Media Awards” Reveal Set For Day After Golden Globes

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Awards season has a new player! No doubt anticipating more blow-back in his general direction at Sundays sure-to-be-highly-charged Golden Globe Awards, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday evening that, the day after the awards ceremony, he will announce winners of his new “MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR.” All-caps are his. Trump’s ceremony, which we imagine will emanate from the White House – marking the 235th Thing That We Never Thought We Would… Read

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White House Insists Donald Trump Does Not Think DOJ Is “Deep State” Despite Tweeting Otherwise

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When President Donald Trump Tuesday morning ripped the “Deep State Justice Department” for failing to “Jail!” the “Crooked Hillary Clinton” and her top aid Huma Abedin over email handling, what he was conveying is that “Obviously the president does not believe the entire Justice Department is part of” that “Deep State” DOJ, Press Secretary Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted hours later. In her first White House press briefing since the holidays, Sanders was… Read

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Former Chief Of Current TV Fronting Left-Wing OTT Network Set To Stream In 2018

David Bohrman, a TV news veteran and former president of Current TV, is fronting the Political Voices Network, a new left-leaning OTT service ramping up to stream coverage of the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential race. The Political Voices Network aims to be for the Left what Fox News and upstarts like NewsMax and One America News have been for the Right, drawing off the same liberal concerns that have propelled MSNBC’s ratings during the President Donald Tr… Read