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Why Cable And Phone Companies Should Concede Defeat On Net Neutrality

Activists Rally At FCC Headquarters In Support Of Net Neutrality

Here’s some free advice for the cable and phone companies licking their wounds after they failed to derail the FCC’s net neutrality rules on Thursday: Forget about it. Move on. It will pay off in the long run. Giving up isn’t in their nature. Comcast, Verizon and fellow Internet service providers (ISPs) hired some of the best legal, lobbying and PR talent that money could buy to pummel opponents in the typically closed-door battles over laws and regulations. But net… Read

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’50 Shades’ Now Uni’s Biggest R-Rated Film Overseas; Nears $500M Global B.O.

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Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s grasp on international audiences remains tight with the erotic love story coming in No. 1 for the 3rd consecutive weekend, per Universal and industry estimates. Adding $36M in 59 territorires, the bondage bonanza dropped about 43% and now has a total of $338.4M in offshore play. That takes it past the overseas lifetime of Universal’s highest-grossing original R-rated comedy, Ted, which topped out at $332.4M. It also makes it the studio’s biggest… Read

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‘SNL’ Slaps Arounds Net Neutrality: It’s About Wet Flicks, Not Netflix

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OK, you had to wait a couple of minutes for the slap-happy payoff, but it eventually hit hard. Saturday Night Live‘s team had a solid team effort in this riff on a Bloomberg News TV panel trying to explain the extremely important but extremely eye-glazing topic of net neutrality. Except, according to SNLthe real reason for all the heat on net neutrality isn’t about getting to watch House of Cards at a reasonable quality level. It’s about that other stuff the Internet… Read

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Dakota Johnson Plays Innocent In Spiky ISIS-Chic Ad Parody On ‘SNL’

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Saturday Night Live host Dakota Johnson was nearly perfect as a naïve American teen who leaves her understanding father at the airport to hitch her wagon to a future in terrorism in this twisted version of a standard-issue, off-to-college TV ad. In the best tradition of SNL, it was as squirm-inducing as it was funny, given the few dozen Americans the government estimates have indeed headed off to the Middle East to join ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria and… Read

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Rudy Giuliani Gets ‘Birdman’ Take-Down Via ‘SNL’ Opener

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While the opportunity to riff repeatedly on hit film Fifty Shades Of Grey was obviously front-and-center of Saturday Night Live’s attention on the night that the movie’s star Dakota Johnson hosted, the show kicked off instead with a political lashing of a notable former politician. And helping in the take-down was another of the week’s notable entertainment properties, the Best Picture Oscar winner, Birdman. In the cold open, one-time “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani… Read

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Larry David Talks ‘Seinfeld’ Money Myth, His Childhood On Sunday’s ’60 Minutes’ – Watch

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CBS News has been teasing Charlie Rose’s 60 Minutes Sunday interview with Larry David, who is currently starring in a 15-person play on Broadway that he wrote entitled Fish in the Dark. In the clip below, Rose asks David how creating Seinfeld changed him.  “It gave me money,” says David. “Lots of money,” Rose adds quickly. While the clip ends on a note about David’s ability to approach women in a bar, on Friday’s CBS This Morning, a longer clip aired; one that isn’t… Read

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Matthew Glave Cast In NBA Pilot, Gia Mantegna In ‘Cheerleader Death Squad’

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Matthew Glade is rounding out the regular cast of ABC's untitled NBA buddy comedy pilot, executive produced by Galavant creator Dan Fogelman, Mandalay Sports Media's Peter Guber & Mike Tollin and Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan. Written/executive produced by Casey Johnson and David Windsor, the single-camera NBA project, from ABC Studios, is a buddy comedy about Mo (Blondy Baruti), an NBA rookie who doesn't speak English, and a translator, Jason (Skylar Astin), who… Read

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Screenwriter-Director Allison Burnett Signs With Paradigm

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EXCLUSIVE: Allison Burnett, who has been behind such screenplays as Autumn in New York starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder as well as the Kate Beckinsale vampire warrior sequel Underworld: Awakening has inked with Paradigm Talent Agency. Among Burnett’s projects in development are Oxford, which he sold on spec to Screen Gems with Temple Hill producing, as well as A Beautiful Disaster, which he is writing for EuropaCorp. Other Burnett writing credits include Feast of Lov… Read

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Kim Raver To Topline ABC Drama Pilot ‘The Advocate’

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24 and Grey’s Anatomy alumna Kim Raver has been tapped as the lead of the ABC drama pilot The Advocate, from Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein's Vendetta Prods. and Warner Bros TV. Written by Turner and directed by Michael M. Robin, The Advocate was inspired by the real story of former talent agent Byrdie Lifson-Pompan who teamed with Valerie Ulene, a medical doctor and a health education specialist, to launch a healthcare consulting and case management company. It… Read

Business

John Fairchild, Editor-In-Chief Of Women’s Wear Daily, Dead At 87

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John B. Fairchild, who presided over Fairchild Publications for more than 30 years until 1997 with publications that included Jane, Details and fashion industry bible Women’s Wear Daily, died Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87. Fairchild was the longstanding editor-in-chief of WWD, which Conde Nast sold to Penske Media Corp, Deadline’s parent company, last year. Fairchild also founded W magazine, and his company comprised daily and weekly trade newspapers and… Read

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‘Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Blames Hippies For STDs In CPAC Speech

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Phil Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynastywho is also known for his controversial comments on gay sex, delivered a lengthy speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in which he faulted the hippies for those 110M people battling sexually transmitted diseases. "It's the revenge of the hippies! Sex, drugs, and rock & roll have come back to haunt us!” exclaimed Robertson.  He cribbed the figure from a 2008 CDC study. The full near 30 minute speech is above. "I don't… Read

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‘Battle Creek’ Review: Vince Gilligan’s Old Script Witty Addition To CBS’ Sunday, Says Dominic Patten

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You can keeping on being one of the many who are calling Saul, but there's another new Vince Gilligan series coming to TV on Sunday night with the debut of Battle Creek on CBS. As my video review above says, the crime drama starring Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel as a mismatched local cop and an FBI agent who are truly as different as night and day is an engaging, witty and sometimes idiosyncratic addition to the network's schedule. Based on a more than decade-old pitch… Read