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Donald Trump Sacks National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster; FNC Analyst John Bolton To Replace

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Updated with more details: Another TV personality has been added to President Donald Trump’s entourage. Exactly six days after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ordered reporters not to look at H.R. McMaster in the Trump Tumbril, the president tweeted Thursday afternoon that McMaster, Trump’s National  Security Adviser No. 2, is out and will be replaced by Fox News analyst John Bolton. Hopefully, you had your money on FNC getting the first crack at a… Read

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg To CNBC: ‘”We’re Open To Regulation”

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged that the social network will likely be subject to regulation in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which millions of users’ personal information was accessed without their permission. “It’s not a question of ‘if regulation’ it’s a question of what type,” Sandberg said in an interview today with CNBC’s Julia Boorstin. “We are not even waiting around for regulation.” Sandberg began the interview… Read

Former Playboy Playmate Says Donald Trump Made Her Cry Offering Her Cash After Sex

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Anderson Cooper spoke exclusively with Karen McDougal in her first TV interview since she filed a lawsuit earlier this week against American Media Inc., to be released from an agreement with the company. McDougal claims she had a 10-month affair with President Donald Trump, and was paid $150,000 for a tabloid maneuver known as “catch and kill" which compelled McDougal’s silence. Former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal tells Anderson Cooper tonight that, after she had sex… Read

‘March For Our Lives’ DC Rally Joined By Lin-Manuel Miranda And Ben Platt

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Media momentum is building for Saturday’s international March For Our Lives rallies, with coverage slated by at least four major media outlets and numerous online sites. Counting L.A., Washington D.C. and New York City, marches and rallies are being planned in 836 locations worldwide including Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Liverpool and Reykjavik, to name a few, according to the March For Our Lives website.  The event has received financial donations of at least… Read

Steve Bannon Fires Back At Jeff Zucker: CNN A “Disgrace To Journalism”

Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and ex-exec chairman of Breitbart News, slammed CNN’s Jeff Zucker today, speaking at the same conference where Zucker had earlier decried Fox News as “state propaganda.” Bannon, interviewed on stage during the Financial TimesFT Future of News conference in New York, said “it galls me” that Zucker earlier at the conference called Fox News a propaganda channel. “You can’t name a more propaganda outfit than CNN,” Bannon… Read

Bill Cosby’s Legal Team Wants Trial Judge Removed

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby's defense team wants the judge overseeing his case recused because his wife directs a University of Pennsylvania group assisting victims of sexual assault. Cosby's lawyers spelled out their request today in a massive 239-page motion, asking the court to assign another judge to replace Judge Steven O'Neill, who presided over the original trial and all of the case's myriad hearings. His wife, Deborah V. O'Neill, is the coordinator of the Sexual Trauma Treatment… Read

No. 6 ‘Wonder Woman’ Box Office Profits – 2017 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament

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When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament for 2017, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. WONDER W… Read

Univision Exec Says Network “Understood Early” About Trump Dangers

An emerging theme at today’s FT Future of News conference in New York is the rallying of TV journalism to rise to the challenges of covering President Donald Trump. “Invigorating” and “exciting” are words being bandied about today. But one media exec disagreed. “Depressing” is how the chief content officer at Univision Communications and Grupo Televisa described the current political media climate. “We were the first ones to be attacked,” Isaac Lee said, “when Jorge Ramos… Read

BIll O’Reilly Facing New Defamation Suit, This Time From Ex-Fox News Anchor Laurie Dhue; Lawyer Reponds – Update

UPDATED with statement from O’Reilly lawyer: If freshly resigned Donald Trump attorney John Dowd suddenly needs some work, here’s a blossoming case: Another former Fox News staffer is suing FNC’s ousted one-time star Bill O’Reilly for defamation arising from statements he made following his April 19 firing from the cable news network. The case arose from a year-old New York Times article that alleged he paid off women who accused him of sexual harassment. Among the claims… Read

Major London Film & TV Studio Moves Ahead After $140M Deal With Pacifica Ventures & MCC

The largest new film and media studios to be built in London for decades will be constructed and operated in Dagenham, East London, by U.S. production facilities specialist Pacifica Ventures in partnership with private equity firm Media Content Capital. Barking and Dagenham Council said today that the two firms have emerged victorious in the hotly contested bidding process to build the the 22-acre site. Promotion agency Film London and property consultants Lambert Smith… Read

John Varvatos Has Designs On Film & TV Biz With New Deal

John Varvatos

Fashion designer John Varvatos and Network Entertainment, the producer of the I Am documentary franchise, are launching a joint venture to create original content for TV and film focusing on the worlds of music, fashion and pop culture. Among the first projects from the partnership will be a TV series based on Varvatos’ John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion, his 2013 book that featured his take on how rock ‘n’ roll and style have influenced his designs. No other details were… Read

Rex Tillerson’s “Very Mean-Spirited Town” Exit Speech Goes Over Big In D.C.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson killed President Donald Trump with kindness on his way out the door Thursday afternoon. In a brief, pointed, televised speech to his staff, Tillerson called on them to “undertake one act of kindness each day towards another person,” noting, “This can be a very mean-spirited town.” He also used the spotlight to deliver the loaded message that personal integrity is one’s most valuable asset. “Only you can relinquish it or allow it to be… Read