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Facebook Removes Controversial Louis Farrakhan Video, But Twitter Reluctant

Facebook has removed a video from controversial Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan's account, in which he compared Jews to termites. The video was removed because of its violation of the Terms of Service. The video is still posted on Twitter, which, so far, has not removed it. In the video, Farrakhan claims that he is not an anti-Semite, as some critics contend. Rather, he says that he is "anti-termite." "So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, call me… Read

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CBS’ Joe Ianniello Looks To Strengthen The Company, And Perhaps His Chances Of Making CEO Job Permanent With High-Profile Hires

CBS interim CEO Joe Ianniello is assembling an executive team that complements his strengths. In a rapid series of appointments he’s racing to stabilize the scandal-shocked media company, and perhaps cement his place at the top. The decision to elevate Showtime boss David Nevins to chief creative officer addressed one of the longtime finance executive’s perceived weaknesses, his lack of programming experience. It also is a signal to the CBS board that Ianniello is… Read

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‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland Visits Jimmy Kimmel Live! To Retrieve His Mask

The new Spider-man costume has leaked, and it’s apparently a hit with fans. So much so that Jimmy Kimmel sidekick Guillermo couldn’t resist trying on the mask. Tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! had a light chase between the comic, who “borrowed” the mask from actor Tom Holland. Chaos ensued, as Holland emerged from backstage in the rest of his costume to chase down the mask burglar, with a bemused Kimmel standing as a sort-of flagpole for both to run around. Holland made the… Read

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Rihanna Turns Down Super Bowl Halftime To Support Colin Kaepernick – Report

Singer/actress Rihanna has reportedly turned down a chance to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII because she supports former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has a collusion lawsuit against the National Football League. Kaepernick is out of the NFL after becoming a free agent two years ago and not finding a new team. He claims that he has not been picked up because of his political stances. He was the first player to kneel during the national anthem… Read

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Lies, Damned Lies & ‘Lifespan Of A Fact’: Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones & Bobby Cannavale Seek Truth – Broadway Review

Is there such a thing as just a little fake news? Or is that like being just a little comatose? Broadway’s The Lifespan of a Fact, a new based-on-reality play starring a totally-committed triumvirate of Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale, poses some big questions about small truths. Certainly the top-grade quality of the cast (and the fascinating real-life story behind the play) has us hoping for answers, or at least a rousing good yarn. There’s a little… Read

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The Steady Rise (And Perfect Timing) Of David Nevins

David Nevins

In summer 2015, CBS was facing a rare opening for Entertainment President when Nina Tassler informed her longtime boss, CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves, of her intention to leave. Moonves reached out to one of the star executives within the company, then-Showtime president David Nevins, who was not interested. Instead, Nevins leveraged his position to sign a new contract that made him CEO of Showtime. He sensed the continuing upside potential at the pay cable network, one of the… Read

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‘Murphy Brown’: Bette Midler, Brooke Shields, John Larroquette, Katie Couric & Peter Gallagher To Guest Star In CBS Comedy

EXCLUSIVE: Some hefty star power is coming to Murphy Brown. Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Bette Midler (Hello, Dolly!; Beaches; First Wives Club), Golden Globe nominee Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan, Jane The Virgin, Law & Order SVU), Emmy and Tony winner John Larroquette (Night Court, The Librarians) Emmy-winning news anchor Katie Couric (CBS Evening News, NBC’s Today show) and SAG winner Peter Gallagher (The O.C., Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) are all set to… Read

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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Review: Melissa McCarthy Takes A Brilliant, Oscar-Worthy Dramatic Turn

Can You Ever Forgive Me

When you see the name Melissa McCarthy you probably think of SNL, Mike and Molly, her highly successful comedic movies like Spy, The Heat, The Boss, and a rare Oscar nomination for a broad comedy role in Bridesmaids. What you likely don’t associate with her are the words: dramatic actress. But make no mistake, even though there are definitely moments that make you laugh in her new film, Can You Ever Forgive Me? they are solely coming out of the real-life character, Lee… Read

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Judi Dench Set To Pounce On ‘Cats’

Judi Dench

EXCLUSIVE: Judi Dench, the seven-time Oscar nominee and winner for Shakespeare In Love, is set to play Deuteronomy in Tom Hooper’s Universal-Working Title adaptation of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats. Interesting fact: Dench was originally set to play Grizabella in the original West End production in 1981, but she snapped her Achilles’ tendon shortly before previews began and had to withdraw from the show. In the original, the Jellicle’s leader Old Deuteronomy… Read

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Broadway League Report Finds Audience Getting Younger, With More Kids And Teens Attending Shows

Broadway used to be the province of the blue hairs. But lately, the blue hairs attending shows are as likely to be kids and teens as they are the ladies who lunch. The Broadway League's annual demographics report, The Demographics of the Broadway Audience 2017–2018, has been released, comparing current Broadway theater-going habits in New York City to previous seasons. The Broadway League was founded in 1930 and is the national trade association for the industry. From… Read