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NBC News Driver Killed in Explosion in Syria

A local driver hired by NBC News was killed Saturday in Syria after an explosive device detonated near a group of the network’s journalists, NBC News reported on its website. No other network employees were injured. “We are thankful that NBC employees escaped unharmed, however one of the local drivers working with them was tragically killed,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and loved ones.” Oppenheim… Read

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Creator on Possible Crossover With ‘Magnum, P.I.’ and ‘MacGyver’ – PaleyFest

Hawaii-Five-O-PaleyFest panel on Saturday, March 12, 2019. (Credit: PaleyFest)

With fans clamoring for a crossover episode between CBS procedurals Hawaii Five-0, Magnum, P.I., and MacGyver, the co-creator of the three series says it may just happen. Peter M. Lenkov, the creative mind behind the reboots, sat down with the casts of the shows Saturday afternoon at PaleyFest in Los Angeles. After the actors dished on their characters, moderator Kevin Frazier of Entertainment Tonight asked the day’s burning question — when will there be a… Read

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Almost 800 Writers Sign Statement Vowing To Fire Agents If WGA Gives Order

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Some 778 showrunners and screenwriters have signed a statement saying that they will fire their agents if the WGA fails to reach an agreement with the Association of Talent Agents for a new franchise agreement. Signers include a slew of A-listers, including Greg Berlanti, Alfonso Cuaron, James L. Brooks, Aaron Sorkin, Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes, Seth MacFarlane, Mike Schur, Tina Fey, Joss Whedon, Kenya Barris, Peter Farrelly, Oliver Stone, John Wells, Matthew Weiner, Noah… Read

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BET to Address ‘Race and Justice’ in Town Hall Featuring Cory Booker, Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: (L - R) Soledad OÕBrien, Senator Kamala Harris, Representative Val Demings, Senator Cory Booker, and Representative Karen Bass attend American Injustice: A BET Town Hall at NEWSEUM on March 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)

BET is set to air a special this weekend hosted by Soledad O'Brien on criminal justice reform titled American Injustice: A BET Town Hall. The one-hour broadcast will explore what BET describes as “the stark racial disparities that plague America's criminal justice system and offers solutions.” O’Brien will be joined by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, along with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Rep. Karen… Read

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Barbra Streisand Blasted For Michael Jackson Defense On ‘Leaving Neverland’ Allegations

UPDATE: Barbra Streisand has issued a statement clarifying her remarks on Michael Jackson’s alleged molestration of two children, which was recently profiled in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland. Streisand caused an uproar with remarks to the Times of London in which she defended Jackson by saying his accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, were “thrilled to be there” and that the alleged abuse “didn’t kill them” because they eventually married and had… Read

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‘Dynasty’ Bids Farewell To Nicollette Sheridan’s Alexis Carrington In A Blaze Of Glory

Nicollette Sheridan’s manipulative Alexis Carrington is departing from Dynasty, with Friday’s show marking her farewell from The CW’s drama. But the goodbye was anything but quiet, as one might expect from the deliciously wicked Alexis. After reuniting with her long-lost son, Adam, there was a complication in their new relationship and an unexpected twist. *** SPOILER ALERT: Do not read further if you have not seen the Friday night episode ***  The joy of the reunion with… Read

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Friday Ratings: NCAA Basketball And Zion Williamson Win The Night And Game

Fox’s Last Man Standing usually wins the Friday night primetime demo ratings. This week, another type of last man standing, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, took over the top slot. The annual hoops tournament, which matches the best 68 teams in men’s college basketball in single-elimination games leading up to the April 8th championship in Minneapolis, is the one chance for smaller schools like Wofford and Murray State to grab national attention. Not to mention that… Read

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Pinterest Files For An Initial Public Offering Of Stock On NYSE

Digital scrapbook Pinterest has filed for an initial public offering of stock, joining what should be a busy IPO season for tech stocks. Pinterest is a big site for so-called influencers, who use it to tout fashion, interior design, and travel tips, among other topics. Pinterest said Friday it will list on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol "PINS." The filing has not said how much the company seeks tor raise or the number of shares available. Based in… Read

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European Premiere Of Bill Wyman Feature Doc ‘The Quiet One’ Pulled From Sheffield Doc/Fest

EXCLUSIVE: The Quiet One, the feature doc about former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, has had its European premiere pulled by the Sheffield Doc/Fest. The film, which is directed by Oliver Murray, was due to screen at the British documentary festival, held in the northern UK city, on June 7. Wyman, who was the bass guitarist in the (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction rockers between 1962 and 1992, was also due to appear in conversation with director Murray at the festival. The… Read

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ $68M+ Opening Reps Record For Original Horror Pic, Shushing ‘A Quiet Place’ – Update

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SATURDAY AM WRITETHRU after Friday PM updatewithchart The Us Friday box office hit $29M, versus the $27M-$28M which was being spotted earlier that day. Industry estimates have Us at $68.5M over three days. Today will determine whether this pic stays on track or drops. To get to this level, the thinking is that Us has to shed -15% from Friday’s take, which includes last night’s awesome $7.4M previews. Why is there some concern that Us might decline greater than 15% today… Read

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Oscar-Winning Southern Poverty Law Center Losing Another Top Executive

The embattled Southern Poverty Law Center, which has won two Academy Awards for its documentaries and has advised numerous TV shows on hate crimes, has lost another top executive. Richard Cohen, who headed the SPLC since 2003, said Friday that a search for his successor is underway. His announcement comes a week after the nonprofit organization fired founder Morris Dees for unspecified misconduct.  Cohen said his departure was "in order to give the organization the best… Read

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Sony Pictures, Davis Entertainment Win Auction For Action Pitch ‘Booker’

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EXCLUSIVE: The hot pitch package Booker has been won at auction by Sony Pictures Entertainment, with Davis Entertainment aboard to produce, sources said. Deadline revealed the auction last night when it had five bids on the table for a John Wick-esque hard-boiled action film with an African American male lead. Derek Kolstad, who scripted the first two John Wick films, is writing this one with Gerard McMurray, who’ll direct the film as his followup to The First Purge. He… Read