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Stephen Colbert Updates Steve Bannon’s Résumé: Skills Include “Dissolving Enemies In Bathtub”

Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show has spared some time and effort for the newly unemployed Steve Bannon. In a new Late Show video, Bannon’s résumé gets a thorough update, with his skills amended to include Microsoft Excel and “Dissolving enemies in bathtub” (watch the video below). Employment history? Seems Bannon was Satan’s intern while working at the 9th Circle of Hell, where his duties were “Tormenting sinners by forcing them to listen to my political ramblings.” And… Read

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Barack Obama’s Charlottesville Tweet Is Most-Liked Ever; Quotes Nelson Mandela

Three million, three hundred nine thousand and seven hundred forty five – and counting: Barack Obama’s Charlottesville tweet, in which the former president shares Nelson Mandela’s “No one is born hating another person” quote, is officially the most liked tweet ever. Twitter confirmed the new record at 12:41 a.m. today. “The tweet from @Barack Obama is now the the most liked tweet ever,” Twitter announced (in a tweet, of course). As of Wednesday morning, Obama’s August 12… Read

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‘Cupid’s Match’: CW Seed Eyes Viral Supernatural Romance From Wattpad & Tongal; Filmmakers Urged To Pitch Ideas

EXCLUSIVE: A digital pilot adaptation of the viral supernatural romance stories Cupid's Match is being developed by Tongal and Wattpad for CW Seed, the companies announced today, putting out a call for filmmakers to pitch how they would bring the viral tale to series. Tongal, the Santa Monica-based global network of 120,000 professional creatives and a proprietary development platform, develops content strategies and produces video. Wattpad is a Toronto-based… Read

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MarketCast Acquires Social Analytic Company Fizziology

In a move that sees as strengthening the market research company, MarketCast has acquired Indianapolis-based social insights and analytic company Fizziology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fizziology will now join under the MarketCast umbrella with New York-based research and strategy agency, Insight Strategy Group, which MarketCast acquired in 2015. MarketCast’s mission has been to acquire and grow to a point that it can provide insights and client service across… Read

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Facebook Watch: Social Media Giant Launches Platform For Shortform Shows

Facebook continues to ramp up its original content with Watch, a platform introduced today for shows — a new type of shortform video on the social media juggernaut. Mark Zuckerberg’s company calls it a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of fans and earn money for their work. In blog post today, Facebook VP Mwdia Partnerships Nick Grudin wrote: “As more and more people enjoy this experience, we’ve learned that people like the… Read

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Social Impact Marketer Picture Motion: The Secret Weapon Behind Some Of The Best Known Films

EXCLUSIVE: What does Where to Invade NextFruitvale StationThe Zookeeper’s Wife, Leonardo DiCaprio’s doc Before the Flood, Fed Up and Lion all have in common? It’s Picture Motion, a New York-based company that develops social impact and grassroots marketing campaigns for films. The company was founded in 2012 by Christie Marchese and joined one year later by Wendy Cohen. Both are former marketing executives from Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media. Since opening their… Read

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Donald Trump Monday Morning Twitter Tantrum Disrupts Day 3 Of New Jersey Golf Club Vacation – Update

UPDATED with Trump’s Twitter-tantrum continued: President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Day 3 of his 17-day golf vacation to emphasize he’s not – repeat not – on vacation, as has been widely reported. Rather, he has decamped to his New Jersey White House while the dump in D.C. is being renovated. Buried in the now-13-and-counting tweets, Trump insists he's "working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation” and that he’s “going to New… Read

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Anthony Scaramucci Cancels Friday Online Event; Ex-Fox News Boss Assisting

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As leaked White House communications strategy memos and audio of that crazed call with a New Yorker writer circulate today, Donald Trump's now-ex-official pal Anthony Scaramucci just canceled a highly hyped social media event planned for Friday. Back in the news less than a week after being shown the door by newly minted White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on July 31, the man they call “the Mooch” took to Twitter this morning to say he would not be going on Facebook or… Read

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MTV Sets YouTube Star Liza Koshy To Co-Host ‘TRL’ Revival Under First-Look Overall Deal

She’s got more than 10 million YouTube subscribers and hosted a live Golden Globes preshow this year, and now Liza Koshy has inked an overall first-look deal with MTV. The pact includes her providing on-air celebrity hosting duties for the erstwhile Music Television’s revival of its long-running video countdown show TRL, which premieres October 2. Koshy, who plays high school bad girl Violet on Hulu’s Freakish, also will develop and executive produce original content for… Read

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Kathy Griffin Says She’s Been “Cleared” In Federal Probe Of Her Severed Trump Head Photo

Kathy Griffin, who caused a firestorm in May after a doing a photo shoot that showed her holding a fake severed head that resembled PResident Donald Trump, tweet today that the federal probe into the incident is “closed” and that she has been “completely exonerated.” TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally. pic.twitter.com/1AGZ0dCMDN — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 28… Read

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Facebook Passes 2 Billion Users, Beats Street In Q2

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Facebook grew its total monthly users to 2.1 billion during the second quarter of 2017, the social media giant said today in reporting earnings, news that is spiking shares in post-market trading. The company reported revenue of $9.3 billion and earnings per share of $1.32, both easily beating analysts’ expectations. Shares are up more than three points after closing at 165.61 today on the Nasdaq. “We had a good second quarter and first half of the year,” founder and CEO M… Read

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Anthony Scaramucci Deletes Old Tweets Because “Past Views Evolved”; Trump Lights Up Twitter Too

A day after introducing himself to the media and the world as new White House communications chief, Anthony Scaramucci hopped on Twitter to say he is deleting his old tweets. Why? Because his “views have evolved and shouldn’t be a distraction”: Full transparency: I'm deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn't be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that's all that matters — Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017 Full transparency, the move likely… Read