Frank Gifford’s Family Donating His Brain To Medical Research After CTE Diagnosis
Frank Gifford is one of the biggest stars in football history — with a Hall of Fame playing career under the media spotlight of New York followed by a legendary broadcasting stint as the original and longtime play-by-play man for . He died in August at 84, and today his family said they are donating his brain to medical research. Why? Because they said doctors recently diagnosed him with CTE, the degenerative brain disease linked to concussions.
Broadcast Networks Kick Off Thanksgiving Programming With Obama Message: Keep Calm, Carry On
Big 4 broadcast networks joined their cable news brethren today in carrying President Obama’s short Thanksgiving-eve statement to a jittery public about traveling, shopping, etc., over the holiday.
“As we go into Thanksgiving weekend, what I want the American people to know is that we are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe,” Obama said from the White House while flanked by some of his security bigwigs.
“All of us recognize how horrific and heinous what… Read
UK Cinemas Respond To Church Of England Criticism Over Refusal To Run Religious Ad Before ‘Star Wars’
The Church of England over the weekend threatened legal action against UK cinemas it said had refused to run a trailer featuring the Lord’s Prayer ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters next month. The church labeled it a violation of discrimination laws and a "rather chilling" decision "in terms of limiting free speech." Digital Cinema Media, which handles most of the country’s movie advertising, has now responded with a statement:
“Digital Cinema Media (DCM)… Read
Church Of England Says Ad In Front Of ‘Star Wars’ Refused By Exhibs; Does Religion Have A Place In Cinema Advertising?
The Church of England has come out swinging against major UK cinema chains and Digital Cinema Media, which handles most of the country's movie advertising. At issue: The church says it had planned to buy screen time for a 60-second commercial to run ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens beginning December 18 in UK movie houses. The ad, a trailer for its new Just Pray website that features the Lord’s Prayer, was given clearance by the Cinema Advertising Authority and the… Read
BBC Director-General Tony Hall Calls For BBC’s Independence To Be Safeguarded
Embattled BBC director-general Tony Hall today called for the BBC’s independence to be safe-guarded ahead of the publication of findings from the government’s charter review of the public broadcaster. Speaking to the Cardiff Business Club, Hall made the case that it was the BBC’s independence through the decades that had been at the heart of its success. He also called for a new – stronger- regulatory body to replace the current BBC Trust.
“It is independence that should… Read
CNN Will Air ‘The Hunting Ground’ Tonight As Planned, Despite Legal Threat
CNN will present The Hunting Ground as planned tonight, despite legal threats from a lawyer for Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston. Kirby Dick’s documentary about campus sexual assaults will air at 8 PM ET.
"CNN is proud to provide a platform for a film that has undeniably played a significant role in advancing the national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses," a network spokeswoman told The New York Times. "We are confident that both the film and… Read
Obama Champions ‘Transparent’ & ‘The Danish Girl’ With White House/LGBT Seal Of Approval
The White House announced Friday morning plans to screen Focus Features’ The Danish Girl and episodes of Amazon Studio’s Transparent on Monday, November 23, as part of a program recognizing newly-appointed "White House LGBT Artists Champions of Change." The event also notes Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed on November 20. Although the official title risks offending the Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual communities whose initials have for some time been… Read
Jennifer Lawrence Dropped From ‘Mockingjay’ Posters In Israeli Cities
Jennifer Lawrence has been dropped from posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 in some Israeli towns and cities over concerns her image would offend ultra-conservative Jewish audiences. In areas such as Bnei Brak and West Jerusalem — both of which have significant, ultra-orthodox communities — the poster has been modified to remove the image of Lawrence and her bow and arrow in favor of a more generic mockingbird.
“We discovered that public posters with the… Read
Suspended CNN Correspondent Apologizes After Tweet On House Syrian Refugee Vote – Update
UPDATE with additional information: CNN’s global affairs correspondent Elisa Labott has tweeted an apology for yesterday’s tweet that got her suspended from the cable news network. But if CNN thought this would end the episode, the network was mistaken based on the Twitter conversation it triggered:
Everyone, It was wrong of me to editorialize. My tweet was inappropriate and disrespectful. I sincerely apologize.
— Elise Labott (@eliselabottcnn) November 20… Read
GOP Candidates Demand Equal Time After Donald Trump Hosts ‘SNL’ While Hispanic Lawmakers Still Stew
Donald Trump’s “Hotline Bling” dance still reverberates across the NBC landscape.
Execs at NBC television stations are in a spectrum of reaction that runs from “lying low” to “fetal position,” depending on which station, while NBC network execs negotiate “me too” requests made other GOP hopefuls after Trump’s controversial Saturday Night Live appearance. Within the prescribed seven-day window, Lindsey Graham, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki and John Kasich all… Read
Kirk Douglas On ‘Trumbo’: “I Was Threatened That Using A Blacklisted Writer Would End My Career”
EXCLUSIVE: Kirk Douglas has released a statement to Deadline regarding Trumbo, a new movie he plays a key part in (even if he isn’t actually in the film itself). The movie, directed by Jay Roach and written by John McNamara, tells the story of famed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted in Hollywood after the House Un-American Activities Committee nearly destroyed his career in the Communist witchhunt of the 40’s and 50’s. Trumbo even went to prison for a spell… Read
SAG Health Plan Officials Set Meeting To Answer Questions About Dumping Hundreds Of Seniors
After being flooded with complaints, SAG-AFTRA will host an informational meeting next week to discuss cost-cutting plans to dump more than 200 older actors from the SAG Health Plan's early retirement self-pay program on January 1. The meeting is set for 4 PM Monday at the union's offices in Los Angeles.
Many older career actors who'd been unable to work or to find enough work to qualify for regular SAG health benefits had opted for early retirement – and reduced pensions… Read