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Jimmy Kimmel On Oscar Hosting: Taiwan President Called To Offer Congratulations

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“A lot of things happened to me over the last two weeks; “I got a tummy tuck,… had my eyes done and I think they look great, I also went to Dry Bar and had an updo. I had my whole body done,” Jimmy Kimmel teased at the top of his first Jimmy Kimmel Live since taking Thanksgiving break. “But I also read online today that, in February I’ll be hosting the Oscars.” That, of course, triggered big applause from his Hollywood Blvd. studio audience. “The producer and the Academy… Read

First Look At Madonna Carpool Voguing With James Corden

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There will be voguing. And twerking, by the evidence of this first look at Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke visit to CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden Wednesday. Cleverly announcing itself with bombastic action movie music worth of a Michael Bay production, the spot shows Corden thanking his (at first unseen) passenger for showing him around New York, then cuts to the Material Girl (do we still call her that?) insisting that she only likes to ride with music. Then she… Read

Note To Oscar Host Jimmy Kimmel: Johnny Carson’s Suit Patterns Are Up For Sale

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Barry White's suit patterns? Rhett and Scarlett's baby cradle? Gene Siskel's critic's chair? If Hollywood's crazy aunt decided to clean out her attic, the pile on her Beverly Hills lawn might look like the 60 or so peculiar lots put up for sale by Screenbid.com on Monday night. "We have a strange auction here, lots of things come our way," Screenbid chief executive Jeffrey Dash said during an interview at his Culver City warehouse headquarters a few hours before the… Read

‘Big Little Lies’ Trailer: Watch HBO’s Murderous Moms Of Monterey

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“So we’re, like, seriously using the word murder?” Indeed they are, as this trailer for HBO’s upcoming limited series Big Little Lies makes very clear. Debuting February 19 at 9 pm ET/PT, the seven-episode series is based on Liane Moriarty's bestselling novel about three mothers of first-graders whose perfect lives unravel in the most shocking ways. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole KidmanShailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz… Read

Jimmy Kimmel To Host The Oscars

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UPDATE with Academy and producer quotes: It was one of the worst-kept yet longest-gestating secrets that Jimmy Kimmel would host the 2017 Oscars. Now it’s official, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected the ABC late-night host to top the show. The news will mark the first time ever that all four big awards shows in a row are hosted by the corresponding network’s late-night host as the shows serve as promotional tools for them. This year, Kimmel… Read

Shake-Up At ‘Duck Dynasty’ Producer Gurney Productions: Founders Placed On “Temporary Leave Of Absence”

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A shake-up is underway at Duck Dynasty producer Gurney ProductionsITV’s Craig Armstrong sent an email to staff today informing them that founders Scott and Deirdre Gurney have been “placed on a short, temporary leave of absence” and are “no longer responsible for day-to-day operations of the company.” Armstrong, reality TV producer and co-CEO of 5X5 Media, has been appointed interim Gurney CEO. UK’s ITV bought a controlling interest in U.S.-based Gurney Productions in… Read

‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Adds Anne-Marie Johnson; Matthew McNulty Joins ‘The Terror’

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Anne-Marie Johnson has joined the cast of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. The series is Netflix's follow-up installment to the 2015 eight-episode limited series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, which was a prequel to David Wain's cult 2001 feature comedy Wet Hot American Summer. Johnson will play Burkhart, a powerhouse fixer lawyer. Known for her starring role on In The Heat of the Night, Johnson most recently guested on NCIS: LA, Major Crime… Read

Margaret Whitton Dies: ‘Major League’ Actress & Producer-Director Was 67

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Margaret Whitton, the actress, director and producer who is probably best know for playing the money-grubbing owner of the Cleveland Indians in two Major League movies, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 67. Her film credits include The Secret Of My Success, 9 1/2 Weeks and Mel Gibson’s Man Without A Face. She began her career on the stage, with credits there including as director of the Public Theater's production of Dirty Tricks, starring Judith Ivey as Martha… Read

‘This Is Us’ Tops ‘Empire’ With New Live+3 Ratings High

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After edging Empire in Live+7 for the first time for the week of Nov. 14, NBC’s breakout This Is Us also scored its first victory over the hit Fox drama in Live+3 for the week of Nov. 26. The Nov. 29 episode of This Is Us — which already set a new Live+same day high for the freshman drama in total viewers (10.065 million) — has moved ahead of the Nov. 30 Empire in among adults 18-49 in L+3 by +0.2 after trailing by -0.2 in Live+same day. This Is Us grew to a 4.2 (L+3)… Read

Viacom CEO: It’s Time To Focus On Growth Potential Following Year-Long “Drama”

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Viacom’s acting CEO Bob Bakish told Wall Street today that some of his biggest assets including Paramount Pictures, MTV, and Comedy Central “need to get better” — while he urged investors to keep in mind that his company has “multiple billion-dollar brands that other companies would kill for.” In his first public appearance at an investor conference, Bakish had little to add about Viacom’s merger talks with CBS. While a special board committee explores a possible deal “my… Read

Van Williams Dies: TV’s ‘Green Hornet’ Was 82

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Van Williams, known for his starring role as the Green Hornet (aka Britt Reid), in the 1960s TV show, died November 28 in Scottsdale, Ariz., of kidney failure, according to Variety. He was 82. Williams was a diving instructor in Hawaii in the mid 1950s when he was discovered by producer Mike Todd. He was first signed to contract by Warner Bros. in 1959, with his big break coming that same year as co-star of ABC series Bourbon Street Beat. The New Orleans-set series aired… Read

Bill Cosby Dealt Legal Blow As Judge Rules Depositions Can Be Used In 2004 Rape Trial

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A Pennsylvania judge today ruled that damning depositions Bill Cosby gave in 2005 and 2006 can be used as evidence in a criminal case there against the much-accused actor. The trial over the alleged 2004 sexual assault of then Temple University employee Andrea Constand is scheduled to go to trial in June 2017. “And now, this 5th day of December, 2016, upon consideration of the 'Defendant’ s Motion to Suppress The Contents Of His Deposition Testimony and Any Evidence… Read