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Billy Bush Out At ‘Today’ In Wake Of Lewd Conversation With Donald Trump Caught On Tape

Billy Bush

Billy Bush will be leaving the Today Show’s 9 AM hour, effective today,” NBC News SVP Noah Oppenheim said this evening in a note to staff. In the carefully worded statement, Oppenheim called Bush “a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family” adding that they wish him success as he goes forward. In a separate statement, Bush said he was “deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends… Read


Billy Bush’s Exit From ‘Today’ & NBC Imminent As Harry Connick Jr. Takes Over Disgraced Host’s Gig Temporarily


Billy Bush's last day at NBC and Today could come very soon but Harry Connick Jr.'s first day on the morning show will be Monday. A week after a leaked 2005 tape of then Access Hollywood host Bush and then Apprentice host Donald Trump revealed the duo in lewd conversation and demeaning women, sources say that Bush's exit from the Peacock network could come this weekend or even tonight. "It's crossing the t's and doting the i's time now," one well placed individual told… Read


James Foley Says ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ VR Experience Has Changed How He Sees Filmmaking

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James Foley
Netflix 'House of Cards' Los Angeles Season 2 Special Screening

Director James Foley said that virtual reality technology is being used in the marketing materials for his upcoming Fifty Shades Darker and that it has led him to think in new ways about filmmaking, saying it provides the ultimate liberation for both actor and director in opening up a 360-degree space. “Yeah, there’s marketing materials for behind-the scenes [of Fifty Shades Darker], where after we finished shooting for the day, the actors would stay over and VR people… Read


NYT Send Nuts-To-You Letter In Response To Donald Trump Lawyers’ Retraction Demand

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Donald Trump Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fairgrounds and Convention Center, in West Palm Beach, Fla
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The New York Times has told Donald Trump’s legal team not to hold its breath on their demand the newspaper retract a report featuring two women who claim they were touched inappropriately by the real estate developer years ago before he became a the GOP presidential candidate. Trump last night threatened to sue the newspaper for libel the article. In a letter from his lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, addressed to NYT executive editor Dean Baquet, Trump demanded a retraction as… Read


The VR Moment That Made Steven Spielberg Feel “Like A Kid Again”

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AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams, Show, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Jun 2016

Robert Stromberg, the Oscar-winning special effects artist who is working with Steven Spielberg on an upcoming virtual reality family series, said today that when Spielberg put on a VR headset on for the first time to watch a four-minute cinematic test of the project, the famed director immediately recognized the vast potential of the VR format. “I remember how truly excited he was when he took the headset off — it was like he was a kid again,” Stromberg recalled… Read


World Media Reacts To Trump Vs Clinton II: “American Democracy Is Sick”

US presidential debate, St. Louis, USA - 09 Oct 2016

Viewed from abroad, and particularly in Europe, sentiment following Sunday night’s second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is that the American political system has never been in such a dire state. Left-leaning UK newspaper The Guardian used the headline “‘I’m a gentleman’: Trump menaces Clinton with imposing presence and brash insults.” Correspondent David Smith wrote from Washington: “Sunday night’s presidential debate was unlike anything… Read


Global Media Reacts To Trump Vs. Clinton Debate

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Headlines about the first televised debate between U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were predominate in much of the world's media outlets Tuesday, with many largely opining that Clinton came up trumps. European press, in particular, lauded Clinton for her "poise" and being "calm" and "well-prepared" for the debate. Left-leaning UK newspaper The Guardian led with the headline, "Clinton calm as Trump struggles on issues of racism, sexism and… Read


Rolling Stone Sells 49% Stake To BandLab; ‘Great British Bake Off’ Could See BBC Launch Rival Show — Global Briefs

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone has sold a 49% stake of the iconic American pop culture magazine to Singapore-based social music company BandLab Technologies. Wenner Media, the magazine's parent company, announced the deal over the weekend. Terms have not been disclosed but the investment does not include ownership in Wenner Media. The move comes at a time when the publishing industry is increasingly looking to capitalize on the digital advertising business as print ad revenue continues to… Read


Greta Van Susteren Says Fox News “Hasn’t Felt Like Home” For Years

Greta Van Susteren

A little more than an hour after Fox News Channel said that Greta Van Susteren is out, the longtime On the Record host has broken her silence about her departure — and it sounds like it was a long time coming. “Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years, and I took advantage of a clause in my contract which allows me to leave now,” Van Susteren said on Facebook. After working at the network formerly run by Roger Ailes for 14 years, her exit comes due to “financial… Read


TIFF 2016: Traffic-Hungry New York Times Looking For A Canadian Point Of View

Magnificent Seven Trailer

Before leaving The New York Times in July, I heard rumblings about a novel idea that was being floated in the newsroom about plans for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival: How about covering it from a Canadian point of view?. Eh? In years past, that would have meant figuring out where George Clooney was hanging in Yorkville. This year, it could mean stalking Denzel Washington or Ethan Hawke, stars of Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, which has a world… Read


Revamping New York Times Kills Regional Theater, Restaurant & Arts Coverage

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The New York Times this week quietly ended its coverage of restaurants, art galleries, theaters and other commercial and nonprofit businesses in the tri-state region, laying off dozens of longtime contributors and prompting protests from many of the institutions that will be affected. They foresee an impact not only on patronage but, in the case of the nonprofits, on their ability to raise funds to survive. "For all of us in the arts, this decision is an unmitigated… Read


Vice’s Shane Smith To Big Media: “Open Sh*t Up” Or Alienate A Generation; Predicts M&A Frenzy; Talks Disney – Edinburgh

Shane Smith Edinburgh TV Fest

Vice Media founder and CEO Shane Smith this evening delivered the keynote MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival, sounding a warning to legacy media that it needs to adapt. In an hour-long speech, the gonzo ex-punk rocker spoke of the profound changes the industry is currently facing as young people break from their parents' generation in what content they consume and how they consume it. "There is a revolution going on in media. And it's scary, and it's fast… Read