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SAG-AFTRA: Amy Aquino’s Falling Out With President Ken Howard

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SAG-AFTRA secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino is turning out to be a major wildcard in the union's upcoming elections. A co-founder of Ken Howard's Unite for Strength slate, she had been his top running mate in the union's last election, and before the merger, had been his top running mate in the last two SAG elections. But now she's not endorsing him for president and doesn't even think he should be elected to serve on the SAG-AFTRA national board of directors. It would… Read

TV

Jon Stewart: Comedian, Or “Propagandist”?

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Media observers/critics Howard Kurtz of Fox News and the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurowik parsed the week’s disclosures of Jon Stewart’s visits to the Obama White House Sunday in this clip from Fox News. Not surprisingly, the critics sided against both the President and soon-to-depart talk show host. Here, Kurtz and particularly Zurawik conclude that Stewart long ago relinquished the mantle of comedian to become a liberal “propagandist.” Zurawik also snipes that Stewart is… Read

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‘Raymond’ Creator Phil Rosenthal Bites Into Cake, ISIS And New Series – TCA

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Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond and host of PBS’s upcoming world-hopping food series I’ll Have What Phil’s Having seems serious – sort of – about food’s power to unite. “It’s all about expanding your mind a little bit,” Rosenthal told reporters this afternoon at the Television Critics Association press tour. “If those boys from ISIS would sit down and have chocolate cake with me, everything would be okay,” he said. If comparisons to Anthony Bourdain‘s… Read

Box Office

‘Inside Out’ Enjoys New Box Office Milestone: Crosses $600M Worldwide

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Coming out of its 7th weekend, Disney/Pixar's Inside Out continues to spread the joy, crossing the $600M worldwide box office mark. With an additional $17.8M from overseas and $4.52M at home in the frame, the global total has now risen to $602.29M. Of that, $272.7M is the international portion and domestic is worth $329.59M. The Pete Docter-helmed animated family film is the 7th in the Pixar stable to reach the $600M benchmark. The domestic cume makes it the No. 7… Read

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‘The End Of The Tour’, ‘Best Of Enemies’, ‘Listen To Me Marlon’ Post Strong Debuts: Specialty B.O.

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The End Of The Tour, A24’s Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel pic about writer David Foster Wallace and a reporter profiling him, got off to a solid beginning with a launch in 4 New York and L.A. theaters, one of a handful of new specialty movies this weekend. A couple of high profile Sundance docs also performed well in their openings. Magnolia’s Gore Vidal/William F. Buckley doc Best Of Enemies did fine in three theaters, and Showtime Documentary Listen To Me Marlon had a… Read

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‘Zoolander 2′ Teaser Trailer: Cosmic Vogue-ing With Ben Stiller

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“The pinnacle of billions of years of evolution”? The cosmic implications are endless. Umm, in this case make that comic implications. What sounds like the computer voice usually identified with Stephen Hawking sets up the return of supermodel Derek Zoolander aka Ben Stiller, who directs from Justin Theroux’s script. And there’ll be lots of improvised vogue-ing to be sure, which is perfect for social media. Those marketing tools were barely a factor the first time around… Read

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‘Rogue Nation’ Roars To $56M Opening; ‘Vacation’s Bumpy Holiday Road – Final Sunday AM Update

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6TH UPDATE, Sunday AM final updateMission accomplished, Paramount. After a wobbly summer entry with the dented and frayed Terminator: Genisys ($42.5M five-day opening, current cume $87.6M), the Melrose Ave. lot has plenty to celebrate today after the Skydance co-production Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation delivered a great first FSS of $56M per the studio ($55.6M per industry estimates) at 3,956 theaters, making it the second highest weekend ever for a Mission: Impossi… Read

International

Cilla Black, UK Singer & TV Host, Dies; Remembered By Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr

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Cilla Black, English recording artist, host of two of Britain’s longest-running entertainment shows and Cavern Club favorite of The Beatles, has died at the age of 72. “Such a shock to hear about Cilla's passing,” Paul McCartney tweeted. “She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit. From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at the Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun loving dignity that made her a great pleasure… Read

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Bart & Fleming: Spy Pics And Tom Cruise; Adult Films And Meryl Streep; Why Most Films About Journalists Don’t Work

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. BART: Nine years ago I was invited to a lavish cocktail party to celebrate the appointment of Tom Cruise as the new production chief of that once-proud company, United Artists. When I walked over to congratulate him, Tom remarked that he'd been studying UA's troubled history and asked… Read

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie: No Script Or Plan *Yet*, Gareth Neame Says – TCA

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March 26, 2015 will be marked as a dark day for PBS, given that Downton Abbey single-handedly put the network’s Masterpiece franchise back on the map and in the black. Masterpiece EP Rebecca Eaton that morning acknowledged the series has "been a game-changer" for the franchise that struggled for years to find a corporate sponsor, until Downton came along and made it once again the prettiest frock in the shop. Ending Downton with Season 6 set in 1925, rather than taking… Read

Business

RADiUS-TWC Pacts With Amazon Prime For Early VOD On ‘Macbeth’

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The Weinstein Company’s multi-platform distribution sibling RADiUS-TWC has made a deal that gives Amazon Prime limited exclusive streaming rights to Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth relatively quickly after the movie’s theatrical opening in December. Michael Fassbinder stars as the title character and Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth. The Weinstein Company hasn’t set a specific theatrical date for Macbeth other than it will be in December, and the… Read

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Norman Lear Updates ‘One Day At A Time,’ ‘Good Times’ Reboots – TCA

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Norman Lear updated reporters this afternoon on reboot plans for his hit sitcoms One Day At A Time and Good Times.  Lear was at TCA to talk about his profile on PBS’s American Masters franchise, in which filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady were given unprecedented access to his work and personal archives to track his turbulent childhood through his record-setting TV successes and social activism. PBS says it will air in fall of ’16. Asked if he was interested in, or… Read