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Anthony Rapp Feared Kevin Spacey Sex Assaults Would “Keep Happening” If He Didn’t Speak Out

Anthony Rapp claimed during a red carpet interview that he came forward with sex assault accusations against Kevin Spacey because he feared such incidents would keep happening if he remained silent. Speaking out during a red carpet interview at the premiere for the second season of Star Trek Discovery, Rapp (who plays Lt. Paul Stamets on the show) said he had no regrets about his sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey. He accused the veteran actor of making an… Read

Film

Tony Mendez Dies: Subject Of Ben Affleck’s Oscar Winner ‘Argo’ Was 78

Tony Mendez

Tony Mendez, the the CIA officer played by Ben Affleck in 2012’s Argo that won the Best Picture Oscar, has died due to complications from Parkinson’s disease in an assisted-living center in Maryland. He was 78. The news was confirmed by a family statement provided Saturday by his literary manager Christy Fletcher. “Earlier this morning, Antonio (Tony) J. Mendez finally succumbed to the Parkinson’s Disease that he had been diagnosed with ten+ years ago,” the statement… Read

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Donald Trump Laments Media’s “Lost Credibility” Over BuzzFeed Story Ahead Of Latest Border Wall Announcement

Donald Trump

On his way to Dover to oversee the arrival of four Americans killed this week in an ISIS attack in Syria and ahead of an announcement today about his proposed border wall and ongoing government shutdown, President Donald Trump weighed in on Thursday’s BuzzFeed News report that has captivated news media the past 36 hours. The report, published Thursday evening, quoted two law enforcement officials who said Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress… Read

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Bill Maher Gives Shout-Out To L.A. Teachers Strike With Union Boss In Audience

Alex Caputo-Pearl

HBOReal Time With Bill Maher returned from its winter hiatus Friday and Maher had plenty to catch up with on the political landscape after almost two months off — including the current teachers strike in Los Angeles where Maher lives and the show is filmed. Maher in his opening monologue noted the strike, which hit its fifth day Friday in the nation’s second-largest school district. He then introduced Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of teachers union United Teachers… Read

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CBS Scores Friday Viewership Win Despite ‘Blue Bloods’ Break

Dynasty

CBS’ drama block led this week by Hawaii Five-0 (0.8 million in the adults 18-49 demo, 7.55 million viewers) and MacGyver (0.8, 6.90M) propelled Friday’s primetime ratings, and with the night’s usual king Blue Bloods a repeat it was also Hawaii Five-0, despite dipping a tenth in the demo, that led all shows in viewership. Also notable Friday was ABC’s two-hour 20/20 (0.7, 4.78M), which rose a tenth for its episode remembering the scandals of Jim and Tammy Faye Baker… Read

Box Office

‘Glass’ Looking At Second-Best MLK Weekend Opening With $50M+

Glass

UPDATED, Saturday AM second writethru: M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, which he reportedly financed himself at a cost in the low $20 millions, looks to be posting a three-day total of $42.8M and a four-day of $50.3M. That is at the low end of Universal’s projections and a bittersweet start for this Split sequel and long-awaited follow-up to the filmmaker’s cult 2000 pic Unbreakable.  There are positive things to say about the opening of Glass this weekend, and we’ll get to… Read

Film

Channing Tatum Exits UTA And Management 360

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum has exited from his longtime reps at UTA and Management 360. It doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere else, and insiders called his exit amicable. Tatum last appeared in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Logan Lucky, a reteam with his Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh. He has been trying to get going the X-Men spinoff Gambit. He has long been slotted to play the charming card-throwing mutant, and buzz has been that he might direct the film after several… Read

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Bill Maher Books Ann Coulter, Draws ‘Real Time’ Boos

UPDATE, WITH VIDEO Bill Maher drew some boos tonight when he told his HBO audience that Ann Coulter would be a guest on next week’s episode of Real Time With Bill Maher. And the jeers weren’t because the crowd had missed out on the controversial right-winger by a week. With the Buzzfeed report that Donald Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress called into question shortly before airtime, the bombshell allegations that had ruled cable news all day didn’t take up… Read

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‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ Cooks Up First Trailer Of Season Two

The first trailer from the second season of the Emmy-nominated At Home With Amy Sedaris is out, showcasing the signature silliness of a conventional but subversive homemaker. The series returns Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10 PM ET/PT. Created by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, the 10-episode second season will again revolve around a conventional homemaking theme, with twists taking segments in wacky directions. New topics explored this season include how to entertain teenagers… Read

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What’s Next For Sony’s Crackle? It Could Be A Partnership Or A Sale

The venerable Sony Crackle streaming service is looking for a potential joint-venture partner or buyer for its U.S. operations, even as its Latin American service shuts down in April. Crackle said it would shutter its Latin American subscription video service this week after concluding the business wasn’t economically viable. That news followed a decision last June to pull the plug on the free, ad-supported service in Canada. “The decision to close Crackle Latin America… Read

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Leonard Klady Dies: Veteran Variety Film Critic Was 67

Veteran film critic Leonard Klady has died after a brief illness. Klady was a staff writer/critic/columnist for such publications as Variety, the Los Angeles Times, American Film and Entertainment Weekly. He was the box office reporter for moviecitynews.com for the last 18 years, a senior contributing editor of Screen International and a critic and columnist for Below the Line. Born in Canada, Klady was a founding member and first president of the film co-operative the… Read

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Kenan Thompson Comedy ‘Saving Kenan’ & ‘Like Magic’ Get NBC Pilot Orders

Kenan Thompson

Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson is a step closer to moving from late-night to primetime. His starring vehicle, the single-camera Saving Kenan (form. Saving Larry), has been picked up to pilot by NBC. The project, from SNL creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels and his Broadway Video as well as Superstore executive producer Jackie Clarke, had a big pilot production commitment. NBC ‘also has ordered to pilot Like Magic, a single-camera workplace comedy from Supers… Read