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Alec Baldwin Says Ha! To Donald Trump, While Judd Apatow Calls ‘SNL’-Watching Prez-Elect “Terrifying Lunatic”

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Alec Baldwin gave a big “Ha” to Donald Trump’s Saturday Night Live kvetching, while director Judd Apatow had a slightly more impassioned take on the president-elect’s late-night viewing habits: “You terrifying lunatic.” As Deadline reported last night, Trump’s dislike for Saturday Night Live and Alec Baldwin isn’t mellowing with victory. Trump tweeted his anti-SNL critique before the episode was over. Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally… Read

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Hollywood Reacts With Disgust At ‘Last Tango” Rape Scene Revelations

BERTOLUCCI Director Bernardo Bertoclucci, left, discusses a scene from "Last Tango in Paris" with leading actor Marlon Brando and actress Maria Schneider during location shooting in Paris on . The movie, which opens in New York has evoked more pre-release comment than any in recent years largely because of the sex scenes between Brando and Schneider. The 31 year old Bertolucci faces a decision in an Italian court over government charges that the film is pornographic
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Actors and other public figures are responding with outrage at recently surfaced news that Last Tango In Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci, in a three year old video that only came to light this week, confirmed what co-star Maria Schneider has long said about the film’s most controversial moment: the brutal rape scene was shot without her full consent. The scene in question featured Brando’s character raping Schneider’s character using a stick of butter as lubricant. It… Read

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CNN Apologizes To Trump Team For Producer’s Plane-Crash Crack Caught On Camera

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CNN says it has disciplined a producer heard off-camera making a crack about Donald Trump’s plane crashing while setting up for a live Suzanne Malveaux report from the POTUS-elect’s Thank-You Tour kickoff. “An unfortunate and inappropriate remark was made by one of our producers off camera yesterday. We have apologized to the Trump transition team, and the producer has been disciplined,” the network said in a statement. The incident happened yesterday when Malveaux was… Read

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HGTV Responds To Report ‘Fixer Upper’ Stars Attend Church Opposed To Same-Sex Marriage

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HGTV has issued a statement in response to a Buzzfeed report that the stars of its popular Fixer Upper series attend a church that has taken a stand against same-sex marriage. "We don't discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows," the network said in a statement sent to Deadline.  "HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series." The statement comes more than two years after… Read

International

‘Sausage Party’: Orgy Of Upset From French Catholic, Anti-Gay Groups Over PG Rating

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Sony's hit animated comedy Sausage Party has completed much of its offshore run, grossing about $140M worldwide to date, and was just released in France on Wednesday. But some folks here are not getting the joke. Rated R in North America, the film was granted a -12 certificate by France's classification commission, and that has Catholic groups and La Manif Pour Tous, an anti-same-sex marriage association, losing their lunches. On Wednesday, La Manif Pour Tous — which… Read

Business

More Scrutiny For Wanda? Chuck Schumer Raises Concern Over China’s U.S. Acquisitions – Report

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Adding his voice to the chorus of Beltway insiders concerned by China's ambitions in the United States — and Hollywood in particular — incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has penned a letter suggesting further scrutiny of recent moves by Dalian Wanda Group and others to acquire U.S. companies. The Wall Street Journal, which saw a copy of the letter, reports that Democrat Schumer wrote to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman… Read

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Katie Couric & ‘Under The Gun’ Helmer Move To Disarm $12M Defamation Suit

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Katie Couric is standing her ground in the $12 million-plus defamation lawsuit the former CBS anchor and others were hit with in September over their anti-gun documentary Under the Gun. On Tuesday, Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig field a motion of dismissal against the legal move by members of Virginia Citizens Defense League. “A careful reading of their Complaint reveals that, beyond its vituperative rhetoric about the film and its producers, it strains to try… Read

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Donald Trump Tweets He’s Leaving Business “In Total” To “Fully Focus” On Running Country

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In a series of early-morning tweets, President-elect Donald Trump has declared that he will be leaving his “great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country” and, repeating his mantra, to “Make America Great Again!” He also announced that he will be holding “a major news conference” with his children in New York on December 15 to discuss the move and that legal documents are being crafted to remove him from his business operations. Because, he says,… Read

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Donald Trump Slams CNN’s Jeff Zeleny, Reportedly “Encouraged” Kellyanne Conway’s Anti-Romney Beltway Barbs

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Donald Trump and CNN’s Jeff Zeleny – CNN’s full-time Jeff Zeleny, by the way –  just had what often passes for political debate these days, with the President-elect retweeting a batch of anti-CNN comments after Zeleny called out Trump’s unfounded claims of rampant voter fraud. On Anderson Cooper 360 tonight, CNN’s senior Washington correspondent Zeleny accurately called Trump’s tweeted claims Sunday of “millions” of illegal votes “baseless.” Trump’s response was to… Read

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Media: Notes On Fidel Castro’s Legacy To Journalists

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“Before we returned to the pink house with the parched yard, I asked him if he dreams of going back to Cuba,” I wrote after my first face-to-face meeting with Cuban journalist Normando Hernandez Gonzalez, upon his arrival in Miami. “He answered in Spanish, but his reply was as American as Tom Joad's monologue at the end of The Grapes Of Wrath. " ‘I haven't left Cuba!’ Hernandez Gonzalez said, his eyes glinting in the Florida sun with tears of passion. ” ‘I'm physically… Read

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Disneyland Paris, Champs-Elysées Said Among Targets Of Terror Plot; Suspects In Custody

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Just a little over a year since 130 people died in the November Paris Attacks, it has emerged that a suspected terror cell researched such landmarks as Disneyland Paris, the annual Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysées and the headquarters of the Police Judiciare at 36 Quai des Orfèvres as it plotted a series of coordinated attacks for December 1. Five out of seven people arrested last weekend have now had their custody extended for another two days. According to French… Read

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Katy Tur On Trump Trail: Stockholm Syndrome & Curling Irons – ‘Late Night’

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NBC News reporter Katy Tur took a pre-Thanksgiving trip to Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday, telling the host she was not surprised “at all” by the outcome of the recent U.S. presidential election — one during which she became a frequent target of now President-elect Donald Trump. In the video above, Meyers asks Tur why she wasn’t surprised by the results. “When you saw the excitement that was there, and the enthusiasm that was (at the rallies), you just knew… Read