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James Lipton Ends Run As ‘Inside The Actors Studio’ Host As Show Moves To Ovation TV

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James Lipton, host of the interview series Inside the Actors Studio that has run on Bravo since 1994, is hanging up his index cards as the series has set a deal to move to Ovation TV in fall 2019. Lipton is creator, executive producer and host of the show, which features actors, writers, directors and other entertainment figures discussing their craft — and always with Lipton. The Bravo run included more than 200 episodes and the series earned 20 Emmy nominations — its… Read

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Instagram Co-Founders To Leave Company – Update

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UPDATED with a statement from CEO Kevin Systrom:  Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger tonight confirmed they are stepping down from the Facebook-owned company. Chief Executive Systrom and Chief Technical Officer Krieger notified Instagram’s leadership team and corporate parent Facebook of their intentions to leave, the New York Times reported first. The reason for their departure is unclear. “Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram… Read

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Seth Meyers Mocks Media’s Chaotic Coverage Of Rod Rosenstein And Donald Trump

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Seth Meyers captured the crazy of the day’s news cycle on Late Night. It started when the media thought Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had resigned, or been fired, for having suggested – or joking – a year ago that he wear a wire and record President Donald Trump to expose the chaos consuming the administration. “We’re on the brink of constitutional crisis because nobody could tell if Rod was joking or not?!” Meyers marveled. “Can I just make a suggestion to all… Read

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Time’s Up Calls On Brett Kavanaugh To Withdraw Nomination: “Simply No Path Forward”

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UPDATED with Trump tweet: Time’s Up, the national movement that earlier in the day sponsored a nationwide protest to support the women who came forward alleging past sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has officially called on Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination. Trump, meanwhile, continues to blame the Democrats, saying they are out to “destroy a wonderful man.” Here’s Time’s Up statement just posted tonight: The… Read

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Widow Of Drowsy-Driving Victim Brent Hershman Urges “No” Vote On IATSE Contract

Deborah Eden, whose husband Brent Hershman was killed while driving home after working a 19-hour day on Pleasantville in 1997, has joined the “Vote No to Save Lives” movement, urging IATSE members to reject the union’s new film and TV contract. Please vote no!" she posted on Facebook. Ratification ballots were sent recently to 43,000 members of the union's 13 West Coast studio locals and will be counted on October 10. Hershman's death sparked a movement – and a… Read

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Top TV Agent Adam Berkowitz Exits CAA

UPDATED: CAA veteran Adam Berkowitz, one of the agency’s most senior TV lit agents,  has departed the talent agency after a lengthy tenure. A rep for CAA has confirmed that Berkowitz is no longer employed there, declining further comment. The circumstances surrounding Berkowitz’s abrupt exit are unclear but I hear there was an internal CAA investigation into the seasoned TV lit agent who had overseen packaging for a slew of TV series. I also hear that there was an alleged… Read

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ABC Developing ‘PANK’ Drama Series From Felicia D. Henderson & Darryl Taja

We have the SMILF comedy series on Showtime. Now another female-centered project with a catchy acronym as a title, drama PANK, is headed to the small screen. ABC has given a script commitment with penalty to PANK, from writer Felicia D. Henderson (Soul Food), producer Darryl Taja and 20th Century Fox TV. In the one-hour drama, written by Henderson, 33-year-old Faith Jones is living and lovin' her life as a PANK: Professional Auntie No Kids: a new guy, a new promotion, a… Read

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Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tells Fox News He Was A Virgin At Time Of Alleged Sexual Assault/Misconduct

UPDATED: Brett Kavanaugh tonight took to Fox News Channel to deliver a whopper pre-buttal to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who will appear Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss her sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee. You can read the entire transcript of his FNC interview and/or watch a clip below. Ford claims that, when they were high school students, Kavanaugh and a Georgetown Prep colleague classmate locked her in a room at a… Read

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Fox Searchlight Lands Two Short Films From Toronto, Sets Oscar-Qualifying Runs

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Fox Searchlight has acquired a pair of short films acquired at the Toronto Film Festival and has set one-week Oscar-qualifying runs beginning today in Los Angeles for both of them. The pics, the A.V. Rockwell-directed Feathers and the Shelly Lauman-directed Birdie, were part of TIFF’s Short Cuts lineup earlier this month. They open in theaters Monday with exclusive runs at the Vintage Los Feliz 3. Feathers centers on an emotionally dejected new enrollee at the Edward R… Read

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‘Westworld’ EP Roberto Patino Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

In a competitive situation, writer-producer Roberto Patino (Westworld) has signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.  Under the pact, Patino will develop new material for the studio geared toward premium cable and streaming outlets. Patino has been an executive producer on the first two seasons WBTV’s sci-fi drama series Westworld and shared in the HBO series’ two best drama Emmy nominations. His previous credits include NBC's Prime… Read

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Hillary Clinton’s Upcoming TV Project Provokes More Negative Reaction Than Obamas’ Netflix Deal

With Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV adapting Elaine Weiss’ acclaimed book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, research firm Alpha decided to compare audience reaction to that project with the film and TV deal the Barack and Michelle Obama struck with Netflix. It turns out that art imitates life. The Clinton project, which chronicles the decades-long fight by activists to ratify the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, produced… Read