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John Kelly Defends Donald Trump’s Call To Soldier’s Widow, Blasts Rep. Frederica Wilson At Briefing

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UPDATED with responses: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said he was "stunned" that "a member of Congress would have listened in" on a President's phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier, as Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson did. "I thought at least that was sacred," Kelly said at today's White Houses press briefing, during which you could hear a pin drop. "When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred. Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor… Read

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Zhu Zhu, Amy Irving, Helen Slater Set In Ann Hu’s U.S./Chinese Co-Production ‘Confetti’

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese actress/singer Zhu Zhu, Amy Irving, Helen Slater and newcomer Harmonie Zhu have been set in Ann Hu’s U.S./Chinese co-production Confetti. The indie film will be produced by Jagman Productions’ Josh Green and Dragon Films’ Zhuo Shun Guo. Principal photography has begun in New York; they will travel to China in early 2018 to shoot there. The film reunites Hu with Zhuo and the film’s executive producer Han Sanping. It was Han who served as a producer on… Read

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Univision Amps Up Criticism Of Verizon In Carriage Dispute, Cites Support From Congress & Hispanic Media Group

Univision is ratcheting up its criticism of Verizon for deciding to “withhold Univision news, information and services from their Hispanic subscribers” by dropping the network’s signal from its FiOS service in a carriage dispute. On Wednesday, the U.S. Hispanic TV network said Verizon had dropped it “entirely without warning.” Verizon responded in a statement contending that Univision had not come forward with an offer it considered reasonable. Later, Verizon provided… Read

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Brenton Thwaites, Ben Robson Cast In ‘A Violent Separation’

Brenton Thwaites (Oculus) and Ben Robson (The Boy) have been cast as the leads in the two-handed crime thriller "A Violent Separation. Also joining them will be Alycia Debnam-Carey (Fear the Walking Dead), Claire Holt (47 Meters Down) among others.  It is being directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz. Written by Michael Arkof, A Violent Separation tells the story of a quiet Midwestern town, where Norman (Thwaites), a young deputy sheriff, covers up a murder at the hands of… Read

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Sophia Bush To Topline New Series Under Talent Holding & Development Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Former One Tree Hill and Chicago PD star Sophia Bush has inked an exclusive talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The deal calls for her to star in a comedy or drama project for the studio this coming pilot season, as well as develop additional projects for which she'd serve as an executive producer. "Now more than ever, vital female voices need to be heard,” said Bush. I'm thrilled to begin developing content that inspires and excites me at 20th… Read

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Harvey Weinstein Under LAPD Investigation For Rape

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(UPDATED with lawyer statement) As NYPD and the London Metropolitan Police have begun investigating potential criminal complaints against Harvey Weinstein, the Los Angeles Police today formally announced its is now looking into rape allegations against the disgraced producer. "The Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division has interviewed a potential sexual assault victim involving Harvey Weinstein which allegedly occurred in 2013," LAPD Officer Sal Ramirez… Read

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Model Amy Elmore Shares Harrowing Personal Abuse: “It’s Time To Talk About Sexual Predators In The Modeling Business”

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EXCLUSIVE: Amy Elmore, a model for 29 years, has experienced and witnessed years of the sexual predatory nature of men in positions of power. She was raped at the age of 17 “by a famous musician” and then as a struggling model had to face the realities of the predatory nature of fashion photographers, only to come to Hollywood to find further systemic abuse. Elmore is one of the first models to come forward, following the sexual assault allegations against mogul Harvey… Read

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‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’, Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ Bow This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview

Consistent with previous weekends, Friday launches a new pack of Specialty titles in a crowded market. Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone are among the stars of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer from A24, opening in New York and L.A. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions are debuting Todd Haynes' latest, Wonderstruck, following recent stops in Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival. Also off the festival circuit is The Orchard's Be… Read

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‘Michael Bennett’ Drama Based On James Patterson’s Book Series In Works At ABC

ABC has put in development Michael Bennett, a cop drama/family soap series based on the character in the bestselling books by author James Patterson. Written by The Man In the High Castle co-executive producer Rick Cleveland, the project centers on NYPD Detective Michael Bennett, who is something of a living legend. Brilliant, seasoned and highly dedicated, he is a master homicide investigator, able to crack the city’s toughest cases without breaking a sweat. At home… Read

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Weinstein Company Staffers Pen Statement About “Monster” Harvey Weinstein

UPDATED with full statement: The New Yorker was first to publish a statement signed by “select members of the Weinstein Company staff” in the wake of that magazine’s exposé on the company’s co-founder Harvey Weinstein. The group, which did not sign individual names but is said by the magazine to number about 30, says among other things that they “did not know we were working for a serial sexual predator” and that the TWC board “failed” in its duty to keep Weinstein in… Read

Academy Museum Fundraising Tops $300M After Gifts From Netflix & Others

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has deeper pockets today. Museum director Kerry Brougher announced three major gifts toward the creation of the venue, which is set to open in 2019. The unspecified gifts from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Netflix, the Charles V. Roven Family Foundation and the Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation push the fundraising past the $300M mark, closing on in the announced goal of $388M. Disney chief Bob Iger, who chairs the Campaign for the Academy… Read

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Jacki Weaver, James Caan Join ‘Out Of Blue’ Neo-Noir Feature From Carol Morley

EXCLUSIVE: Production has begun in New Orleans on The Falling helmer Carol Morley's crime drama Out Of Blue. Jacki Weaver and James Caan have joined the cast alongside the previously announced Patricia Clarkson and Toby Jones. Billed as a neo-noir detective story and metaphysical mystery, the story centers on homicide detective Mike Hoolihan (Clarkson) who is called to investigate the shooting of a leading astrophysicist and black hole expert, and is affected in ways she… Read