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Stormy Daniels Ordered To Pay Donald Trump $300K In Legal Fees From Defamation Suit – Update

UPDATE, 5:25 PM: The way things are closing in for Donald Trump in Robert Mueller's investigation, the former Celebrity Apprentice may need every dime of the nearly $300,000 he was awarded in attorney's fees today in one of his battles with Stormy Daniels. "The Court GRANTS IN PART AND DENIES IN PART Defendant’s Motion, and orders Plaintiff to pay Defendant $293, 052.33 in attorneys’ fees, costs, and sanctions," declared federal Judge James Otero today of the defamation… Read

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NFL & All Its Teams Hit With Antitrust Suit By Oakland Over Raiders’ Relocation

The Oakland Raiders have only three games left in the NFL regular season but a lawsuit filed today could see those gridiron battles being the last the relocating Bay Area team plays for a while, anywhere. Almost six months after the Oakland City Council gave the go ahead for legal action over the franchise's proposed moved to Sin City, City Attorney Barbara J. Parker tackled the team, the NFL itself and the "unlawful cartel" of the 31 other teams in the league on Monday… Read

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Fox’s MLS Cup Final Ratings Best Since 1997

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Fox’s broadcast of the 2018 MLS Cup final between Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers drew 1.56 million total viewers in primetime Saturday night, making it the most-watched MLS title game since 1997, the U.S. pro soccer league’s second year of existence. Viewership for the game — a 2-0 victory for the hometown United in front of an MLS-record crowd of 73,019 at Mercedes-Benz Arena — jumped more than 90% from last year’s final, when Toronto beat Seattle on ESPN in a… Read

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A Fervent Plea To Hollywood’s Film Academy: Consider The No-Host Oscar Option

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As the wise heads of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deliberate their latest headache — the rapid demise of Kevin Hart as prospective Oscar host — here's a heartfelt plea. Please, please give serious thought to the no-host option. As noted two weeks ago, the host-free shows of 1969, 1970, and 1971 were actually pretty good. Granted, no-host 1989 — producer Allan Carr's Snow White year — was a bust. But the earlier host-less ceremonies were short… Read

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‘Blacksmith’ Drama Based On Graphic Novel In Works At NBC From Jeff Wadlow

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has put in development drama Blacksmith based on the graphic novel by Malik Evans and Richard Sparkman, from feature writer-director Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare). Universal TV produces in association with Studio71, a digital media company and premium content studio, and Kickstart, the company behind the Blacksmith comics. Written by Wadlow, Blacksmith is centered on Alex Malloy, known in the intelligence community for building high-tech weapons for U.S… Read

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‘Ruben & Clay Christmas Show’ Review: American Idols Go Caroling And Kitsching On Broadway

For their first Broadway Christmas show, American Idol rivals Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken are dreaming of holiday TV variety specials of yore from the likes of Andy Williams, Sonny and Cher and Dean Martin. Holiday lesson: Careful what you wish for. If you’ve watched any of those old specials on retro channels like Get TV this season, you’ll know a small dollop of Christmas kitsch covers a lot of cookie. Ruben and Clay are spreading it wide and thin at the Imperial… Read

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Bill Siegel Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Trials Of Muhammad Ali’ Director Was 55

Praised documentary filmmaker Bill Siegel, known for The Trials Of Muhammad Ali and The Weather Underground among others, has died. He was 55. Chicago-based Kartemquin Films announced Siegel’s death on its website Tuesday. “Bill was an erudite, passionate and intelligent activist and independent thinker as well as being a gifted filmmaker and cherished friend,” the statement read. “He has been a valued member of the Kartemquin community since he first worked as a… Read

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Scott Derrickson Back To Direct Next ‘Doctor Strange’ Movie

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Scott Derrickson is set to return as the director of Disney/Marvel’s Doctor Strange sequel, which has Benedict Cumberbatch reprising his role as the title character, who was last seen disintegrating into dust-like particles at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Stephen Strange was a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon who, after a career-ending accident, discovers a world of sorcery, magic and world-bending dynamics that inevitably turns him into a superhero figure. While… Read

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Rob DesHotel Dies: TV Writer-Producer Of ‘Man With a Plan’, ‘That ’70s Show’ Was 52

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Rob DesHotel, writer/co-executive producer of CBS’ comedy series Man with a Plan, has passed away. He died suddenly yesterday of a suspected heart attack. The veteran TV writer-producer was 52. Known mostly for his comedy series work, DesHotel segued seamlessly between half-hour and hourlong shows throughout his career. He landed his first staff writing job on the NBC comedy series Hope & Gloria. DesHotel went on to work on the first two seasons of Joss Whedon’s WB drama… Read

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‘Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ Docuseries Set At Netflix

Netflix has announced a new docuseries titled Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The four-episode series will feature never-before-heard audio interviews with Ted Bundy on death row. The series will launch on January 24 — 30 years after the date of his execution in Florida. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes brings the infamously twisted mind of serial killer Ted Bundy into the light for the very first time. The chilling series will invade our… Read

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‘Expiration Date’: Syfy, Tongal, Wattpad Digital Pilot Contest Has A Winner

Syfy, Tongal and Wattpad’s Story To Screen – A Digital Pilot Project contest has picked a winner. Kristen Brancaccio has been selected by fans to adapt Mikaela Bender’s viral sci-fi thriller Expiration Date for the screen. Brancaccio won the contest with her short Resistance, which puts a high-stakes spy thriller spin on the concept. The contest, announced in July, allowed fans to vote on their favorite take on the story from three different trailers by different… Read

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‘The Voice’ Tops Big 4 Ratings; ‘Arrow’ Up On Night 2 Of CW’s Superhero Crossover Event

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NBC’s The Voice (1.4 demo rating, 8.40 million viewers) was No. 1 among Big 4 programs in both metrics Monday, topping ABC’s CMA Country Christmas (0.8, 6.23M) head to head from 8-10 PM by 75% in the demo. CMA Country Christmas dropped three-tenths in the demo and 1.7M viewers compared to last year, reversing a pattern of growth the last two years, to clock lowest stats for the annual special since its 2010 launch. Getting pushed to 10 PM dropped ABC's Great Christmas Ligh… Read