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Three Best GOP Debate Moments – From Ben Carson’s Kickoff Fumble To Candidate Contretemps

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BEST DEBATE KICKOFF EVER: ABC News sure knows how to start a political debate with a bang! Ben Carson, apparently still waking up from his Florida rest stop after the Iowa caucuses, did not hear, or did not understand, when ABC News moderators Martha Raddatz and David Muir introduced him, so he continued to wait in the wings while a camera recorded his early debate fumble. A staffer peeking out from behind the curtain to tell him to make his entrance did not impress… Read

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CNN: Ted Cruz Debate Accusations “Categorically False”

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Ted Cruz deliberately misled viewers tonight at the GOP debate when he blamed CNN for a message his campaign sent out the night of the Iowa caucuses claiming Ben Carson would suspend his campaign and his fans should instead vote for Cruz,  the cable network said tonight. “My political team saw CNN’s report breaking news and they forwarded that news to our volunteers, it was being covered on live television,” Cruz said during  tonight’s raucous debate on ABC. Cruz said CNN… Read

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Pro-Choice Sundance Docu ‘Trapped’ Acquired For Theaters, TV

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Ro*Co Films, Abramorama, Film Sprout and Independent Lens have sealed a deal to distribute Trapped,  Dawn Porter’s pro-choice documentary that won a Special Jury Award at Sundance. The film will open March 4 in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., with additional markets added during the spring. PBS’ Independent Lens will air Trapped in June to coincide with the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the case that will… Read

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‘King Of Beasts’ Trailer: Lion Trophy Hunting Docu Questions Where Savagery Truly Lies

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EXCLUSIVE: “When we talk about saving the lion, deep down, we are talking about saving ourselves.” Here’s a teaser from the upcoming documentary film King Of Beasts: The Story Of Lion Trophy Hunting, which explores the contentious nature behind the “sport” that became a flashpoint after the killing of Cecil the Lion last year. Directed by Nadav Harel and Tomer Almagor, the pic profiles an American hunter’s tenacious pursuit of his 14th lion trophy as well as activists… Read

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Lars Von Trier’s ‘Antichrist’ Latest Film Banned By French Court Amid Ratings Furor

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French conservative values group Promouvoir has won another victory in its crusade against sex and violence on French screens. Lars von Trier’s 2009 drama, Antichrist, which scooped the best actress prize for Charlotte Gainsbourg in Cannes, has seen its operating visa revoked by the Administrative Court of Paris. The court cited “scenes of great violence” and “non-simulated sex” in its Wednesday decision, per multiple reports. The move comes at a time when the industry is… Read

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MPAA’s Chris Dodd Cheers Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

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Years in the making, the Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed in New Zealand today by a dozen Pacific Rim countries. The ratification process is next. President Obama calls it “a new type of trade deal that puts American workers first.” The MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd weighed in on the news today: "Today's signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is an important step toward enacting a trade agreement of enormous international and economic significance. The core… Read

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‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Producer Truth Entertainment Readies New Project ‘The Nobistor Affair’

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EXCLUSIVE: Truth Entertainment, one of the production companies behind the Matthew McConaughey-starring Dallas Buyers Club, is readying its next project The Nobistor Affair. The film is based upon the epic and captivating first-hand account of Vietnam veteran Tim Carmody, who along with seven others was recruited by the U.S. government for a top-secret mission to aid in the coup d’état of the Ghana government that ultimately went horribly wrong. The Nobistor Affair is… Read

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Obama: “Our TV Shows Should Have Muslim Characters That Are Unrelated To National Security”

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Making his first visit to a U.S. mosque as POTUS, President Obama scolded the TV networks for not doing their part to portray Muslims in series storylines other than ones about national security. In conversations with young Muslims, Obama said in today’s address at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. "They were pointing out that so often they felt invisible. And part of what we have to do is to lift up the contributions of the Muslim-American community, not when there's a… Read

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Marcia Clark On ‘The View’: Watching ‘The People V. O.J. Simpson’ Is “Re-living A Nightmare”

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UPDATED, 11:57 AM: After she appeared on The View today, Marcia Clark slammed Judge Lance Ito in the online-only program After The View, claiming he was star-struck. “He was foul towards me — that was a bad thing,” the former prosecutor said. “And that undermines you with the jury, and that’s a bad thing. But beyond that, he was so struck with celebrity that every ruling went crazy because he was more concerned with the press being in love with him and getting to have… Read

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Oscar Winner Halle Berry Speaks Up On Diversity Storm: “It’s Heartbreaking”

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The first woman of color to win the Academy Award for Best Actress spoke out today about the Oscar diversity controversy. Halle Berry, who won her statuette in 2002 for playing the widow of an executed inmate in Monster’s Ball, spoke out at the 2016 Makers Conference, a leadership confab near LA. "Honestly, that win almost 15 years ago was iconic,” she told CAA’s Kevin Huvane. “It was important to me, but I had the knowing in the moment that it was bigger than me. I… Read

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‘Body Team 12’ Trailer: Oscar-Nominated Short Tells Story Of Ebola Body Collectors

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EXCLUSIVE: Body Team 12, nominated for the Best Documentary Short Oscar, follows body collectors at the height of the Ebola outbreak. This team has one of the most dangerous and gruesome jobs in the world. The story is told on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of the only female member of the team, Garmai Sumo. A mother and a caretaker, she possesses a certain type of maternal heroism. Through Garmai we see the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing… Read

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Rooney Mara In Discussions To Play Mary Magdalene In Biopic

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EXCLUSIVE: Rooney Mara is being pursued for the role and engaged in discussions to play Mary Magdalene in Garth Davis’ biopic of the figure.  Universal Pictures International Productions is partnering with See-Saw Films on the biopic, which is set to be an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. Mara can currently be seen in her Oscar nominated role in Carol, and an upcoming untitled Terrence Malick… Read