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Billboard Music Awards Reveals Non-Televised Award Winners

Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with six awards already won in the non-televised award categories for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, taking place today in Las Vegas and set to be broadcast live on both coasts via NBC-TV. Lamar is tied with Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran this year for most nominations (15). His already secured awards include Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Album, Top Streaming Songs Artist and Top Streaming Song… Read


Food Network ‘Ginormous Food’ Host Josh Denny Stirs The Pot Via Twitter

The star of the Food Network show Ginormous Food, which seeks out the biggest and tastiest foods in America, may have bitten off more than he can chew. The caustic standup comedian stirred up a hornets nest of comments on Twitter with some insulting remarks that took aim at Muslims, blacks, Jews, and others in a series of random riffs and off-the-wall comments. Denny veered between bits that seemed to be taken from a gonzo stand-up comedy routine designed to outrage and… Read


Royal Wedding Draws Hollywood Tweets And Praise – Reactions From Online

Royal Wedding

A handful of Hollywood stars rolled out of bed early today to watch the royal wedding. Or at least their Twitter staff did, providing a running commentary on the day’s lengthy activities, which momentarily distracted the world from its cares. Most of the wedding comments were positive, remarking on the sheer elegance of the event. The few caustic notes were mostly about the media saturation coverage, which superceded any other news on a Saturday morning. It certainly… Read


Disney Chairman/CEO Bob Iger Tweets Supporting Gun Control In Wake Of Texas Shootings

Bob Iger

Walt Disney Company chairman/CEO Bob Iger has once again called for gun control measures, tweeting following the Texas Santa Fe High School shootings which killed eight students and two educators and injured several others. Iger has been outspoken in the past about the need for measures to control gun violence, and Saturday’s tweet continues his campaign. Iger noted at the Vanity Fair summit after the Las Vegas mass shootings, “I don’t think this is politics. I think this… Read


Emmys: Hulu Doc ‘Obey Giant’ Paints Portrait Of Obama “Hope” Poster Artist Shepard Fairey

When Shepard Fairey was a young man he gave his parents an ultimatum: let me go to art school or watch me flame out in college. Art school won. "When we were arguing about it, I sort of bluffed and said, 'Well, if you force me to go to liberal arts college, I’ll fail out and that’ll be more embarrassing than telling your friends that I get A’s finger painting,'" Fairey recalls. That anecdote hints at the hard-nosed rebelliousness that has characterized Fairey throughout… Read


President Trump Loses Legal Bid To Halt Summer Zervos Defamation Lawsuit

President Donald Trump had a legal setback today in his efforts to stop a lawsuit by Summer Zervos, a former contestant from The Apprentice, who claims he made unwanted sexual advances and then disputed her accounts of same. A panel of five judges in the New York Supreme Court appellate division denied a motion to stay the suit (read the ruling here). Trump’s lawyers claimed allowing the lawsuit to proceed could interfere with the president’s official duties and would… Read


Meredith Rebrands Time Inc. In-House TV Production Shop As Four M Studios

Meredith Corp. is continuing its overhaul of Time Inc.’s assets as it fully absorbs the acquisition of the iconic publisher, announcing what it calls a “new look, name and direction” of its in-house TV production company. The shop, formerly Time Inc. Productions, will now be called Four M Studios. It will be able to draw on content emanating from Meredith titles, including key Time brands such as People and Entertainment Weekly, while also developing long-form projects… Read


Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Gets The Last Word On Cannes, Why Ryan Murphy, Shonda Rhimes “Don’t Care” About Ratings

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If there’s one lesson to take away from Netflix’s standoff with Cannes Film Festival it’s this: the streaming service remains committed to day-and-date releases, in which movies appear in theaters and in homes at the same time. Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos revisited the decision to pull all of its movies from the prestigious film festival in remarks today at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit in New York. A rule change would have required… Read


Addressing Controversies Head-On, YouTube Lays Infrastructure To Manage Growth — Deadline Disruptors

When YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded that first video of Me at the Zoo in 2005 it was hard to imagine what the video sharing site launched under the slogan "broadcast yourself" might become. These days, A-list celebrities like Will Smith and professional athletes like Golden State Warriors standout Kevin Durant use YouTube to afford intimate if controlled glimpses of their private lives, even as not-ready-for-mainstream players like gamer Mark Fischbach (better… Read


Author Junot Diaz Steps Down As Pulitzer Board Chair As Investigation Starts

UPDATE:  The Pulitzer Prize board has started an investigation into the conduct of novelist Junot Diaz, who was name chairman last month. "Mr. Díaz said he welcomed the review and would cooperate fully with it," the Pulitzer board said in a statement. The board said he voluntarily stepped down from his chairmanship, but would remain with the organization. EARLIER: A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist has withdrawn from a writing festival after three women accused him… Read


Adam Parfrey Dies: Feral House Publisher, Author And Editor Of Forbidden Knowledge Was 61

Adam Parfrey, whose Feral House publishing company was a resource for underground, extreme and what some may consider “forbidden” knowledge, has died. His death at age 61 was announced on the official Feral House Facebook page. Born in Los Angeles into a show business family – his father was actor Woody Parfrey, whose extensive film and television career was often chronicled by his son via Facebook – Parfrey grew up in the punk culture of the ’70s and ’80s. His edgy works… Read


AT&T Cooperated With Robert Mueller Inquiry Into Michael Cohen Payments

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AT&T issued a statement today acknowledging a special counsel inquiry into payments made to President Trump’s personal lawyer and long-time fixer, Michael Cohen. The wireless provider, which is embroiled in a legal battle with the Justice Department over its proposed acquisition of Time Warner, confirmed that it had been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office. “We cooperated fully, providing all information requested in November and December of 2017,” AT&T… Read