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CNN’s Sends Nuts-To-You Message To Donald Trump With New ‘Facts First’ Marketing Campaign

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CNN launched a “Facts First” marketing campaign this morning. The ad features only an apple, though it’s hard to see it as other than a nuts-to-you response to Donald Trump’s campaign to brand CNN as “Fake News.” “This is an apple,” the ad begins: Some people might tell you that it’s a banana. They might scream banana, banana, banana, over and over and over again. They might put BANANA in all caps. You might even start to believe that this is a banana. But it’s not. This… Read

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New York Television Festival’s 13th Edition Features ‘S.W.A.T.,’ ‘Nude’ Premieres, Expanded Digital Footprint

New York TV Festival Announces 2014 Winners

The 13th New York Television Festival kicks off today with 52 pilots screening, 20 development scripts circulating, and new partnerships with Hulu and Audible aiming to channel talent toward emerging platforms. Through October 28, the festival will feature workshops and industry meetings as well as panel discussions and keynotes featuring notable producers and writers including Shawn Ryan and Lena Waithe, talent like Amy Sedaris and Jordan Klepper, and a range of network… Read

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Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30WEST-Backed ‘Ben Is Back’

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EXCLUSIVE: Julia Roberts and Manchester By the Sea Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges are set to star in Ben Is Back. The drama is scripted and will be directed by Peter Hedges, the What’s Eating Gilbert Grape novelist-screenwriter, About a Boy scribe and Pieces of April and Dan In Real Life director who is the father of Lucas. The drama follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben's wary mother… Read

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1stAveMachine Launches New Talent Management Division

EXCLUSIVE: Commercial production company 1stAveMachine is launching a talent management division on its way to expand its content production business. The company, co-founded by Serge Patzak, will rep talent in film and TV, branded, social, VR and digital entertainment. Overseeing the management division will be Ross Siegel who previously worked at MGM and Maker Studios. He takes on the role of head of management and development. "With 1stAveMachine Management, we want to… Read

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Showtime Offers Free Sampling Of ‘SMILF’ Premiere Episode

Starting today, Showtime is offering a free sampling of the Sunday series premiere of the network's new half-hour comedy SMILF, created, starring and executive produced by Frankie Shaw. The debut episode can be viewed on YouTube, Facebook and SHO.com, along with multiple TV and streaming providers' devices, websites, applications and authenticated online services and their free On Demand channels, as well as Showtime’s website. Following the series premiere, an exclusive… Read

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Matt Damon & George Clooney Tell ‘GMA’ They Knew Harvey Weinstein Was An “A**hole” But Not A Sexual Predator

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UPDATED with video: “You only had to spend five minutes with Harvey Weinstein to know he was a bully; he was intimidating,” Matt Damon told Michael Strahan on Good Morning America this morning. “That was his legend; that was his whole M.O.: Could you survive a meeting with Harvey?” Damon said, seated next to George Clooney, in what was supposed to be a plug for their new ’50s-set crime dramedy Suburbicon. But, both men having been a big part of Weinstein’s world, they… Read

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Good Universe Lands Uber Sex Harassment Whistleblower Susan Fowler Pic; ‘Hidden Figures’ Allison Schroeder Scripting

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EXCLUSIVE: As all eyes in Hollywood focus on sexual harassment and rooting out the thugs who practiced it for years, Good Universe just beat out three other bidders to land Disruptors, the timely pitch for a movie that focuses on Susan Fowler, the Uber engineer whose blog post about sexual harassment within the juggernaut Silicon Valley ride-hailing service exposed a toxic culture of sexism and sexual harassment that eventually led to the ouster of seemingly untouchable… Read

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Donald Trump Punches Back At Widow Of La David Johnson After Her ‘GMA’ Interview

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UPDATED with video: President Donald Trump punched back at the widow of a soldier killed in Niger on Twitter this morning. “I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from the beginning, without hesitation!” Trump tweeted this morning, less than an hour after Myeshia Johnson said otherwise in an interview with Good Morning America. Myeshia Johnson gave her first TV interview this morning to George Stephanopoulos… Read

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‘Phantom Thread’ Trailer: Paul Thomas Anderson & Daniel Day-Lewis Reteam For Love

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“There is an air of quiet death in this house,” says Daniel Day-Lewis’ Reynolds Woodcock in the first look at Paul Thomas Anderson and Day-Lewis’ reteam for Phantom Thread. That sentiment seems to be the vibe being woven into the There Will Be Blood duo’s reteam, which acts as their version of a love story. The pic set in 1950s postwar London centers on Woodcock, who with his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) is at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie… Read

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Paramount Lands Pitch Vehicle For ‘Girls Trip’ Breakout Tiffany Haddish

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount just landed Limited Partners, a pitch for a female-driven comedy vehicle for Tiffany Haddish, who is coming off the hit Girls Trip. The auction was competitive, with Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly writing the script. Peter Principato, Itay Reiss and Joel Zadak are producing through Principato Young. She is currently shooting the Malcolm D. Lee-directed Night School after teaming with the director of Girls Trip. Haddish will co-star opposite Tracy Morgan… Read

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Diane Sawyer Lands Ashley Judd Interview About Harvey Weinstein Allegations For ABC News

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ABC News has landed the first TV interview with Ashley Judd since she went public with her allegations about Harvey Weinstein. Diane Sawyer’s interview with Judd will blanket ABC News on Thursday. That includes Good Morning America in the morning, World News Tonight With David Muir in early evening and Nightline in late-night; it also will air on ABC News Radio. Judd went public with allegations about Weinstein in the blockbuster October 5 New York Times article, opening… Read

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Megyn Kelly Reveals She Complained About Bill O’Reilly To Fox News Presidents

Megyn Kelly tore into Bill O’Reilly’s response to the New York Times‘ latest bombshell report about him, revealing she sent an email last year to the co-presidents of her former employer Fox News complaining about her former FNC colleague’s behavior toward women. Over the weekend, NYT reported O’Reilly allegedly struck a $32 million sexual harassment payment with a Fox News legal analyst a month before 21st Century Fox gave him a four-year contract extension. O’Reilly… Read