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Michelle Obama Shares First Look At ‘Becoming’ Memoir Cover Photo

Former First Lady Michelle Obama gave her Instagram followers today a first look at the cover of her upcoming memoir Becoming. The captivating portrait, shot by celebrity portrait photographer Miller Mobley, shows a smiling Obama in a white off-the-shoulder blouse, her face cupped in her right hand. (See it below). “I'm thrilled to share with all of you the cover for BECOMING,” wrote the author on Instagram. “The process of writing this book has been so personally… Read


Attorney Gloria Allred, Subject Of Emmy-Contending Doc, On Bill Cosby Sentencing, Friars Roast & ‘Seeing Allred’

Attorney Gloria Allred entered the 15th floor conference room of her law offices on Wilshire Boulevard earlier this week and took a seat behind a cluster of microphones cubed with logos from local, national and international news organizations: CNN, Reuters, Fox11, ABC7, KTLA, Inside Edition, Estrella TV and more. "Today we’re filing a lawsuit against USC," she declared solemnly, as camera shutters clicked and flash units fired. It was Allred in her element, which is to… Read


‘Baskets’ Renewed For Fourth Season By FX

FX has ordered a fourth season of of Zach Galifianakis' hit dark comedy series Baskets. "Baskets continues to deliver thanks to the dream creative team led by Jonathan Krisel and Zach Galifianakis, and we couldn't be happier to order a fourth season to air next year," said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. "Each season brings us closer to the Baskets family and their pursuit of life, love and clowning glory. Our thanks to… Read


Donald Trump Pardons Boxing Great Jack Johnson, Punches Barack Obama As Sly Stallone Watches

Donald Trump Sylvester Stallone

President Donald Trump, Sylvester Stallone standing by his side, today gave a full pardon, posthumously, to Jack Johnson, the country’s first black heavyweight boxing champion,  In 1913, at the height of the Jim Crow era, an all-white jury convicted Johnson under the Mann Act of transporting a white woman with whom he was involved in a relationship across state lines. Stallone, as well as Sen. John McCain, and Ken Burns were among those who had advocated for a pardon for… Read


‘A Simple Favor’ Teaser: Anna Kendrick & Blake Lively In Thriller From Paul Feig

The new teaser for A Simple Favor tells us it’s “from the darker side of director Paul Feig.” And his follow-up to Ghostbusters certainly is a left turn. The film stars Anna Kendrick as Stephanie, a small-town mommy blogger whose new bestie Emily (Blake Lively) vanishes suddenly — after we hear a snippet of a phone call in which she says, “Stephanie, I need just a simple favor.” Next thing you know, the police are at the door. So what happened? Where’d she go? That’s what… Read


Morgan Freeman Accusations: Vancouver’s Public Transportation Service “Pauses” Relationship Following Report

Vancouver’s transit authority TransLink said it is “pausing” announcements featuring Morgan Freeman’s voice following a CNN report that several women have accused the actor of inappropriate conduct. "In light of information we've learned through news stories this morning of serious allegations against actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a VISA ad campaign on the transit system," the transit authority said this morning… Read


Blumhouse Acquiring ‘Intruders’, Tommy Wirkola’s Next Thriller

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EXCLUSIVE: Blumhouse is in talks to finance Intruders, a thriller written by Tommy Wirkola, who’ll direct the film with an eye toward a summer production start. In the pic, a mother escapes her abusive husband and takes her young daughter toward refuge in a secluded home, only to be assailed by intruders hungry for the gold that's supposedly buried in the house. Adam McKay and Kevin Messick are producing for Gary Sanchez. The Norwegian director, who followed his breakout D… Read


‘Twin Peaks’ FYC Marathon Set On Showtime

Twin Peaks

Showtime will air all 18 parts of the Twin Peaks limited series as part of an Emmy For Your Consideration marathon on June 2. The uninterrupted run will begin at 4:35 AM ET/PT and end at 10 PM PT/ET on Showtime 2. The entire series is also available to subscribers on multiple television and streaming providers' devices, websites and applications and their free On Demand channels. Directed entirely by David Lynch, the 18-part limited event series picked up 25 years after… Read


Netflix Passes Disney For Top Media Market Value, Hitting New Milestone

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Netflix stock has surged to new record levels today, rising 1.5% to $349.90 in mid-day trading. That gives Netflix a market capitalization of $152.6 billion, the largest among all pure media companies, eclipsing Disney. It is quite a moment for the 21-year-old tech company, which started out mailing DVDs and streamed its first original show in 2012. A day after Comcast said it was preparing to challenge Disney’s pending deal to acquire most of 21st Century Fox, Disney’s… Read


The Daily Beast Editor Jon Avlon Joins CNN As Full-Time Senior Political Analyst

John Avlon has joined CNN full time as senior political analyst. He will have a daily presence on CNN's morning program New Day; he also will serve as fill in-anchor on CNN/U.S. programming. Avlon will be based in New York and will start his new role on June 25. Avlon had been Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast since 2013, succeeding site founder Tina Brown. He first joined The Daily Beast as a columnist one month after its launch, in November of 2008, also serving as… Read


Morgan Freeman On Accusations: “I Apologize To Anyone Who Felt Uncomfortable Or Disrespected”

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman, who has been accused by multiple women of inappropriate behavior or harassment on set, at his production company and/or while marketing his movies, issued a brief statement of apology this morning, saying, “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy.  I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.” The allegations against him… Read


Celtics Win Scores Top Ratings Spot For ESPN, ‘Empire’ Season Finale Aces Big 4 Battle

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With twists and flourishes that would constitute a whole season for most shows, Fox’s Empire (1.6/7) concluded its fourth season Wednesday on a night that also saw ends for Survivor (1.4/6), Law & Order: SVU (1.2/5) and Star (1.2/5). Yet the real slam-dunk ratings victory was on cable with ESPN's airing of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, a solid victory for the surging Boston Celtics. Now leading the series 3-2, Boston beat LeBron James and the Cleveland… Read