Stephen Colbert Explains Obama’s Immigration Speech – Video
Stephen Colbert last night joined the TV news caterwauling over President Obama's immigration speech:
” At 8 PM Mexican Standard Time, Generalissimo Obama announced his unilateral plan to allow four million illegal immigrants to remain in America without fear of deportation…My great grandfather did not come here from Ireland to see America overrun by immigrants. He came here because he killed a guy. What happened to checks and balances sir? There's supposed to be three… Read
‘Imitation Game’ No Pretender At UK Box Office
The Imitation Game has played a huge part in reclaiming the priceless contribution made by Alan Turing during World War II, with Benedict Cumberbatch deservedly receiving strong notices for his performance as the brilliant and tragic scientist.
For a film that celebrates mathematical genius, it is perhaps fitting that some new analysis is revealing just how stellar its UK box office opening has been. Morten Tyldum's film outperformed expectations with its eye-catching… Read
Aereo Files For Bankruptcy Protection
The streaming company says it filed for voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in NYC due to “the uncertain regulatory and legal climate” following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June that Aereo must pay broadcasters to retransmit their free, over-the-air signals.
"Even with significant victories in the federal district courts in New York and Boston and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the reversal of the Second Circuit decision in June… Read
Cosby Lawyer: “Media-Driven Feeding Frenzy” Is “Utter Nonsense”
Beverly Hills attorney Marty Singer lashed out at the media today for its handling of the Bill Cosby sex abuse scandal, while also questioning the motives and credibility of his client's accusers. “We've reached the point of absurdity. The stories are getting more ridiculous,” said Singer, who long has practiced extreme offense as a form of public defense for his clients. This is the man who just last month threatened Google with a $100 million lawsuit over hacked… Read
NFL Moves Jets-Bills To Monday Night; CBS Will Air It In NYC, Buffalo Markets
The massive snowstorm that has buried Buffalo, NY, has forced the NFL to call an audible. The league said tonight that the Buffalo Bills' home game against their in-state and division rival New York Jets has been moved from Sunday afternoon to Monday night in Detroit. CBS will air the game at 7 PM Eastern in the NYC and Buffalo-area markets. The schedule shift means ESPN could lose a big chunk of viewers in the country's No. 1 TV market for its … Read
Towering John Lithgow Dominates ‘Delicate Balance’ Revival On Broadway
A storm rages at the center of the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. Although camouflaged in the elegant, comfortable mufti of the affluent upper classes, it's leveling everyone in its wake while leaving the building intact, like a neutron bomb. Its name is John Lithgow. Don't be fooled by the Fair Isle sweater vest, the plaid trousers and tattersall shirt, the leather elbow patches. Don't get comfortable. Devastation looms like the unnamed terror… Read
Chris Pratt Circles ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’
Chris Pratt has been offered everything since Guardians Of The Galaxy. Let's keep our eyes on Cowboy Ninja Viking, Universal's adaptation of the graphic novel. Not sure which of the three he'll play, but Pratt has been circling the picture for some time, and now I hear things are starting to move. Actually, he plays all three in writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo's graphic novel about a highly trained assassin - suffering from multiple personality disorder… Read
Fox Slots ‘Glee’ Final Season On Friday, Schedules ‘Last Man’, ‘Weird Loners’, ‘Backstrom’ & FailArmy Reality Show
Fox has slotted more midseason series. The 13-episode final season of Glee will air on Fridays, beginning January 9. It will be paired with new unscripted comedy World's Funniest Fails (working title), based on the hit YouTube channel FailArmy and featuring comedians analyzing "epic fail" viral videos. It's from dick clark prods.
Also today, Fox made official its plan to reduce the number of American Idol episodes. The veteran singing completion will start off its… Read
‘Everly’ Producers Eye Black List Action-Thriller ‘Dig’
EXCLUSIVE: Vega, Baby!, the new production and finance outfit from Ricky Budhrani and Everly producer Adam Ripp, has optioned Black List 2013 genre script Dig, by scribe Adam Taylor Barker. The action-thriller set in the Appalachian Mountains tracks Sol, a tough-as-nails grave digger out for revenge after his father-in-law kidnaps his daughters.
Vega, Baby! opened up shop in August with backing from Singapore-based financiers and recently added an acquisitions and… Read
Disney Hit With New Lawsuits By Kids With Autism; Many More Expected
EXCLUSIVE: Fourteen new individual lawsuits were filed this week against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act. "The systems, policies and procedures associated with the Disability Access Service which Disney rolled out in October of 2013 were certain to create discrimination against Plaintiffs, and it was obvious that the community of persons with cognitive impairments would be harmed by the DAS," said the filings in federal… Read
EuropaCorp Seeing Red; Bolsters Film Slate, Ups Lisa Ellzey To Film Prexy
EXCLUSIVE: As EuropaCorp's Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert keep building toward the opening of their Red distribution pipeline, they've added a new film to the slate and promoted Lisa Ellzey to be president of their U.S. film operation. They've hired Harry Brown helmer Daniel Barber to direct Underground, the Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski-scripted thriller about a Gotham detective who investigates missing persons cases that lead him into a frightening, labyrinth-like… Read
Iliza Shlesinger To Topline ABC Comedy Produced By Mark Gordon, Cindy Chupack
ABC and producer Mark Gordon are betting on comedian Iliza Shlesinger as the next strong female comedy voice in primetime. The network has put in development Forever 31, a comedy written by and starring Shlesinger, which will be produced by ABC Studios and studio-based Mark Gordon Co. Shlesinger has teamed on the project with one of the top female comedy writers of the past 15 years, Sex And The City alumna Cindy Chupack.
Based on Shlesinger's comedy, Forever 31 follows… Read