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Hollywood Reacts To Obama DNC Speech With Praise, Jokes & Nostalgia

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Refresh for updates… The entertainment industry didn’t wait for the end to begin reacting to President Obama’s much-touted and even more anticipated address tonight at the Democratic National Convention. Ditto pundits, comedians and the like who weighed in to mainly offer praise for the speech. A surprising – though not that much – reaction was nostalgia with among others Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay and Patton Oswalt outright saying they’re going to miss Obama. There were… Read

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President Obama’s DNC Intro Video: A Career Of Achievement – Watch

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Here is the video retrospective that aired before President Obama’s speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. It focused on his legacy and accomplishments of his eight years leading the United States, ranging from the economic near-apocalypse that greeted his administration through his leading this month’s memorial for Dallas’ fallen police officers in “Amazing Grace.” Touches on memorable and/or bittersweet moments from his presidency, the… Read

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Michael Bloomberg Calls Donald Trump “Dangerous Demagogue”, Questions His Sanity & Competency At DNC

UNITED STATES - JULY 27: Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

One of the most blistering attacks on Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention did not come from a Democrate, it came from an independent and a fellow billionaire New York businessman. In a speech, media magnate and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, who considered running for president himself, went after Trump from the get-go, calling him a “dangerous demagogue.” Bloomberg has a heft when he questions Trump’s business acumen — both are A-list entrepreneurs on… Read

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‘Luke Cage’ Showrunner On Filming Netflix Show: “I Didn’t Want To Speak Harlem And Say Harlem Without Seeing Harlem” – TCA

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Today in a Q&A following the show’s TCA 2016 Summer Tour panel discussion, Marvel’s Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Coker talked about how the Netflix series’ look and feel came together, how hip hop music and comic book cultures intersect, and how shooting on location played directly into the political themes it explores. “I didn’t want to speak Harlem and say Harlem without seeing Harlem,” he said. All of Netflix’s Marvel Comics-based shows are set in and filmed in New York… Read

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Fiery Joe Biden Touts Top Dems, Roasts “Clueless” Donald Trump & Stokes American Pride At DNC

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Joe Biden took the stage at the Democratic National Convention tonight to “Gonna Fly Now,” the theme from Philly-set Rocky, and was met with rapturous cheers. A longtime favorite of the Dem rank and file, he gave a fiery, crowd-pleasing speech that was long on praise for the party’s leaders, and longer on patriotic truths about “the unbreakable spirit of the people of America.” On what likely will be his last star turn on a national stage after a nearly half-century… Read

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Broadway Stars Belt Out ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ At DNC

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Dozens of Broadway stars and other entertainers joined in an exuberant and emotional performance of “What the World Needs Now Is Love” tonight at the Democratic National Convention. Tony winners Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Idina Menzel, Ben Vereen and Debra Messing, as well as other entertainers such as Kristen Bell, Darren Criss, Rosie Perez and — in a little Cagney & Lacey reunion — Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless appeared onstage at Convention Hall in… Read

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‘Black Mirror’ Reflects On Technology And The Modern World, But Not David Cameron, Creators Say – TCA

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Don’t count on any references to ex-UK Prime Minister David Cameron and “Brexit or pig” in the upcoming third season of Netflix’s Black Mirror, the Netflix anthology series’ creator/executive producer Charlie Brooker clarified today at TCA. The half-joking question from a reporter was regarding an episode from the series’ first season which centered on a fictional prime minister who is forced to have sex with a pig on camera in exchange for a hostage's life. After it… Read

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Donald Trump’s Reddit AMA Sees “Lock Her Up” Chant Online Amidst Internet Issues & Praise Of New Media

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“I have been very concerned about media bias and the total dishonesty of the press,” said Donald Trump today on Reddit. “I think new media is a great way to get out the truth.” New media had its own issues today as Trump’s Reddit AMA today didn’t quite go as smoothly planned with few responses from the usually social media savvy ex-Celebrity Apprentice host in the first half hour. At one point a moderator on the subreddit jumped into say: “Mr. Trump is landing for his… Read

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‘Empire’s Lee Daniels Tells DNC That 2016 Is “Most Important Election Of Our Lifetime”, Advocates Gun Control

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“I'm here because the next President of the United States invited me,”Empire co-creator Lee Daniels said today from the Philadelphia stage at the Democratic National Convention. “I was a little scared at first,” he added. “I wondered if Hillary [Clinton] really knew who I was. Not just the work I do in entertainment but who I really am.” To big applause from the crowd, the Clinton supporter told them “this is the most important election of our lifetime.” “It hit me like a… Read

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‘Narcos’ Creators On Series Post-Escobar: “We Plan On Stopping When Cocaine Stops” – TCA

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Season 2 of Netflix’s Narcos will pick up from the last and showcase the ultimate demise of Pablo Escobar, which essentially marks the end of Golden Globe nominee Wagner Moura’s run playing the infamous drug lord. So after two seasons with Escobar at the center, reporters at TCA (and surely fans as well) were curious of the what might be to come. Wagner, along with executive producer Eric Newman and director/executive director Jose Padilha, remained tight-lipped about the… Read

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Actors’ Equity Leaders Say They’ve Been “Threatened” By 99-Seat Plan Opponents

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The war of words continues between Actors’ Equity and a group of Los Angeles-based actors and theater owners opposed to the union's plan to force small playhouses to pay their actors minimum wage. In a recent email to members, the union said the minimum wage opponents have "openly threatened Equity staff and councilors and blacklisted members of their own community for speaking on behalf of fair pay." Opponents say that forcing 99-seat theaters in L.A. to pay minimum wage… Read

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Part Of James Cameron’s Global-Warming Video Shown At Dem Convention

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OK, let’s try to wrap our heads around the following: Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican former governor of California, just talked about global warming at the Democratic National Convention. No, he didn’t make a backlit entrance for an impassioned speech, but he is among the narrators and appears in “Not Reality TV,” a video about climate change produced by James Cameron that was shown in Philadelphia and aired on TV. Watch it above. The man who replaced Donald Trump… Read