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How Harvey Weinstein Used NDAs And Personal Bank Accounts To Silence Accusers: Report

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The outline has been sketched out for weeks now, but Ronan Farrow’s latest New Yorker investigation fills in striking new details about how Harvey Weinstein used non-disclosure agreements and personal bank accounts–including brother Bob Weinstein’s–to dodge sexual harassment and assault claims. The article foregrounds two accusers: Filipino-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, who ended up recording a 2015 hotel encounter with Weinstein, and former Weinstein assistant… Read

Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell Kick Off ‘CBS This Morning’ With Frank Talk About Charlie Rose

CBS This Morning anchors Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell did not begin today's show on anything resembling a warm, pre-holiday note. Instead, they went directly at the absence of co-anchor Charlie Rose in a candid and stark three-minute opening discussion. (See video below.) Rose has been suspended by CBS News (and production has been halted of his PBS show) in the wake of allegations by eight women of sexual misconduct, some of which he has admitted and apologized for. As… Read

CBS & Its Stations Go Dark On Dish Network As Deal Deadline Passes

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CBS and Dish Network said tonight that they have failed to reach an agreement on a new carriage deal. As a result, CBS’ broadcast network, several local stations owned by CBS including in Los Angeles and New York, as well as CBS Sports Network, Pop and the Smithsonian Channel, are now dark on the nation’s No. 2 satellite service. The news comes as the companies’ current contract expired at 10:59 PM PT. Dish said CBS chose to black out the satellite provider customers'… Read

Roma Downey Pays Tribute To ‘Touched By An Angel’ Co-Star Della Reese

Actress and producer Roma Downey sent out a heartfelt message and video in response to the death of her friend and Touch by an Angel co-star Della Reese. “As many of you know already my beloved momma Miss Della Reese passed away peacefully last night at her home surrounded by love,” Downey said in a statement. “She is now at rest and I am certain heaven has a brand new angel.” The Light Workers team put together a story of her career highlights as an inspirational… Read

CBS, PBS & Bloomberg Suspend Charlie Rose In Wake of Sexual Harassment Allegations

UPDATED with statements, more information throughout: CBS and PBS have suspended Charlie Rose amid sexual harassment allegations against him, while Bloomberg L.P., in whose Manhattan headquarters Rose’s program is recorded and which telecasts reruns of his program, said it would stop showing them. In a statement provided to Deadline, CBS News said, "Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take… Read

Melissa Gilbert Accuses Oliver Stone Of Sexual Harassment: “It Was Humiliating And Horrid”

During an interview on Andy Cohen’s satellite radio show Radio Andy, actress Melissa Gilbert claimed that director Oliver Stone sexually harassed her during an audition for his 1991 film The Doors. At first, Gilbert told her story without naming any names. She kept the accusations very anonymous saying that she was humiliated during an audition because she had “embarrassed him in a social situation.” Gilbert ended up running out of the room crying. “I'm actually sitting… Read

WGA, Consumer Groups Applaud Justice Department For Suing To Block AT&T-Time Warner Deal

The WGA East and West applauded the Justice Department today for moving to block the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner, saying such a deal would be bad for content creators as well as consumers. The union, which represents writers of motion pictures, television, radio and Internet programming, said the proposed combination of must-have content with vast control over distribution would give the company enough power to undermine competition, raise prices and restrict… Read

AT&T Boss In Wake Of DOJ Lawsuit: Any Deal Harming CNN Is “A Non-Starter”

During a news conference after the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, company CEO Randall Stephenson sought to address the “elephant in the room”: the notion that President Donald Trump’s rancor at CNN had threatened the deal. “Frankly, I don’t know” if the reports are true, he said. “But nobody should be surprised that it keeps coming up.” As to any potential settlement that lets AT&T keep CNN but implements any controls on… Read

21st Century Fox Implements Workplace Professionalism And Inclusion Council

As part of its efforts to resolve sexual harassment claims at Fox News–and as a component of one $90 million insurance payout–21st Century Fox has formed the Fox News Workplace Professionalism and Inclusion Council. Six workplace and inclusion experts will serve on the council, with four of them coming from outside the company. The new body will, in the words of the company’s official announcement, “advise Fox News and its senior management in its ongoing efforts to… Read

TV & Film Casting Biz Disrupted: Fox’s Decision To Drop Breakdown Services For Casting Networks & Its Fallout

UPDATED: There is a potentially seismic shift underway in the theatrical casting software business, which for decades had been dominated by Gary Marsh’s Breakdown Services. The casting community was shocked last week when Fox — 20th Century Fox TV and its division Fox 21 TV Studios, as well as movie studio 20th Century Fox  — dropped Breakdown and replaced it with Casting Networks, a primarily commercial casting service known by its operating brand LA Casting, which is… Read

Forget That Tweet: Donald Trump Was “Happy” To Intervene On Behalf Of UCLA Players

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Forget what you may have read on Twitter. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today that President Donald Trump “was happy to intervene” on behalf of the three UCLA basketball players arrested in China on shoplifting charges this month. After initially doing a victory lap, and encouraging the young athletes to “have a great life,” Trump singled out the controversial father of one of the players, LaVar Ball. He appeared to downplay the president’s role… Read

Hollywood Christmas Parade Street Closures Set

Santa Claus is comin’ to town this Sunday, and that might be a pain if you live or work along the Hollywood Christmas Parade route. The LAPD and city Department of Transportation has released the list of street closures for the annual event, and the no-parking policy will be strictly enforced, as usual. To avoid risking an unwanted ride behind a tow truck whose driver likely is less friendly than Mater from Cars, here are the locations to steer clear from and the times to… Read