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Megyn Kelly To Guest Co-Host ‘Live With Kelly’ As Rupert Murdoch Courts Her Via Newspaper Interview

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Megyn Kelly, the Fox News channel star who is about to become a free agent, will co-host Live with Kelly the morning after the presidential election. Cue up speculation that Kelly is flirting with ABC News – Live with Kelly being syndicated by ABC-parent Disney, and a timeslot competitor to NBC News’ cash cow Today show. In one of those incredible coincidences, word of the booking on the significant election-cycle morning broke the same day Fox News interim CEO Rupert Murd… Read


Karl Rove Defends Megyn Kelly, Dings Donald Trump And Newt Gingrich For “Sex” Talk


Karl Rove came to Megyn Kelly’s defense tonight in her first The Kelly File broadcast since Newt Gingrich accused her of being so “fascinated with sex” she had no interest in public policy. Before Rove’s appearance on Kelly’s Fox News Channelshow, she’d also had under fire from GOP White House hopeful Donald Trump, who this morning applauded Gingrich for attacking Kelly, calling it an “amazing interview.” “We don’t play games, Newt, right?” Trump crowed during the… Read


Stephen Colbert Explains To Newt Gingrich Why Sex Always Is More Interesting Than Public Policy

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Stephen Colbert took on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s blasting of Megyn Kelly for talking to Newt the previous night and whether Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tape boasts, and the women who have accused him of groping them, might be hurting the GOP nom’s polling. Gingrich had shot back, like he meant it to sting, that she was “fascinated with sex” and does “not care about public policy,” because he wanted her to talk about those leaked DNC emails. “Everybody is… Read


Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Mel Gibson’s Standing-O; Seth Rogen Talks Politics; No Denial Of Oscar Buzz For Timothy Spall


A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. MEL IS BACK It was an emotional night Monday at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, where director Mel Gibson got a sustained standing ovation after Andrew Garfield, star of his new film Hacksaw Ridgebrought him up on the stage following the Los Angeles premiere screening of the movie. It’s the story of World War II hero and conscientious objector Desmond Doss, who saved 75 men without ever touching… Read


Stephen Root Cast In ‘The Empty Man’; Mackenyu Joins ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel

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'Hello, My Name is Doris' film premiere, New York, America - 07 Mar 2016
Roadside Attractions with The Cinema Society & Belvedere Vodka host the New York Premiere of Hello, My Name is Doris

Stephen Root has booked a spot in Fox’s supernatural thriller The Empty Man, written and helmed by David Prior. Based on Cullen Bunn's graphic novel from Boom! Studios, the pic follows an ex-cop who discovers a sinister presence around him while investigating the disappearance of a friend's teenage daughter. Root plays Arthur Parsons, a charismatic leader of a cult that is suspected to be connected to a string of local disappearances. Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will… Read


Abrams Artists Taps Ashwant Venkatram As Digital Media Agent; R&C Hires Alisa Granz As EVP For Consumer Biz


Abrams Artists Agency has hired Ashwant Venkatram as a digital media agent in its Los Angeles office. He previously founded and ran PeopleTree Legal, a law firm that created business opportunities and negotiated contracts in the digital space. His clients include social media stars Jerry Purpdrank, Jon Paul Piques, Daniel Nguyen (Nampaikid), Max Isidor Jr, Arantza Fahnbulleh and King Keraun. Most star in one of the upcoming shows he packaged: the animated series Superslack… Read


Distributor-Financier 13 Films Taps Endgame Exec As VP


EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based finance and distribution outfit 13 Films has hired former Endgame Entertainment head of business and legal affairs Greg Schenz as VP. The industry veteran will be tasked with spearheading the company's expansion into producing both films and TV projects. The new gig comes ahead of the American Film Market next month. 13 Films plans to board productions at earlier stages to work with producers and filmmakers to package and finance projects. On… Read


WME-IMG China Appoints NBA Exec Michael Ma As CEO


WME | IMG has appointed longtime NBA executive Michael Ma to be CEO of its China subsidiary, with the goal of expanding the company’ sports and entertainment reach in the country. Ma spent the past 13 years with the NBA where he played a big role in developing the league’s presence in China. He will be based in Beijing. "Michael brings not only a deep knowledge of the Chinese market, but also incredible experience in cultivating brands within China through his work with… Read


‘Pretty Little Liars’ Stars To Tell All In Finale Aftershow

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Freeform said it will air a one-hour “tell-all” special after the two-hour series finale of its hit show Pretty Little Liars, which is wrapping its run after seven seasons. The final 10 episodes of Season 7 begin airing in April. The network said castmembers Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse along with executive producer I. Marlene King will sit down for an “unbarred and uncensored tell-all aftershow” that promises to discuss… Read


Cross Creek & Doug Liman Team For Sci-Fi Novel ‘Unearthed’

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National Board of Review Awards Gala, New York, America - 05 Jan 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Cross Creek Pictures has acquired the upcoming sci-fi adventure novel Unearthed, and is plotting it for Doug Liman to develop as a directing vehicle. This comes after the production company and Liman teamed on American Made, the Tom Cruise-starrer which Universal releases September 29, 2017. Unearthed is the first of a two-book series to be published next year by Disney’s Hyperion. Its written by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, the bestselling authors of These… Read


Howard Davies Dies: British Director Of ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ Was 71

FILE - This March 13, 2011 file photo shows British director Howard Davies at the Olivier Awards in London. Award-winning British theater director Howard Davies has died at the age of 71.His family said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 that Davies died of cancer Tuesday. He was active for many years in both London and New York, directing a series of well-received plays. In Britain he won the coveted Best Director Laurence Olivier Awards three times for his work on “The Iceman Cometh,” “All My Sons” and “The White Guard.” (Ian West/PA via AP, file)

UPDATED, with more information throughout. Howard Davies, a highly regarded director known for his work at several of England’s most prominent theatrical venues including the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Old Vic, has died following a battle with cancer. He was 71. Davies staged 36 productions for the National Theatre, which called him, in a statement to the BBC,  “one of the very greatest theatre directors of his generation.” Born and raised in… Read


Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Special: ‘Who’s Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?’ Trailer


Showtime has released a promotional trailer and poster for its live election night special, Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going To Clean Up This Sh*t? On election night, while CBS is covering the historic election results with its news division, Colbert will be reacting in real-time to the election results as the state by state returns come in, targeting viewers who want to see all the latest results, but don’t want to watch the… Read