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Comcast Triumphs Over Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox In $39B Sky Deal

Comcast has triumphed in the intense battle to acquire Sky – beating U.S. rival 21st Century Fox to the 'crown jewels' of European pay-TV. This comes seven months after the NBC Universal owner swooped in to usurp Rupert Murdoch's company. The Hollywood studio has paid $39B for Sky, a move that saw Comcast CEO Brian Roberts finally outmanoeuvre Disney boss Bob Iger, who was backing the Fox bid. The move came after a rather unusual blind auction, lead by Britain's Takeover… Read


#WhyIDidntReport Confessions On Sex Assaults Mushroom In Wake Of Trump Tweet

Celebrities and civilians are continuing to come forward with their own stories on why they did not report sexual assault, a response to President Donald Trump’s questioning on why Christine Blasey Ford did not file a police report regarding her alleged groping by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Twitter has erupted with #WhyIDidntReport confessions since Trump’s tweet, as Alyssa Milano, Ashley Judd, Padma Lakshmi and others detailed their reasons for silence… Read


Fox Warns Altice’s Optimum And Suddenlink Subscribers About Impasse

21st Century Fox

Fox has started spreading the word that its distribution deal with Altice USA is set to expire in the coming days, warning that a blackout could leave millions of Optimum and Suddenlink subscribers without access to key fall programming. The carriage deal with Altice, the French telecom giant which bought Cablevision in 2016 for about $10 billion, is set to expire at the end of September, according to sources familiar with the terms. The pact covers the Fox broadcast… Read

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‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’ Waking Up To $24M+ Alarm; Counterprogramming Hits Snooze – Saturday Update

4TH UPDATE, WRITETHRU SATURDAY AM: With demos Spooky kids movies still work at the box office, with Amblin Entertainment/Universal’s The House With a Clock in its Walls looking at an estimated $7.8M Friday and $24.6M opening weekend. Not bad for a pic which cost $40M, 63% cheaper than Tim Burton’s $110M Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, another haunted kids book feature adaptation from two autumns ago. Meanwhile, the weekend’s fresh counter-programming –Michael… Read


PayPal Cancels Alex Jones Account In Latest Hi-Tech Termination

Alex Jones

PayPal has canceled the accounts of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars website, citing alleged incidents of hate speech and discriminatory content. The termination continues Jones’s recent string of hi-tech clashes. He has been canceled by numerous social media accounts for his controversial stances on such incidents as the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. "We've made a decision to end our relationship with Infowars Web sites, including PrisonPlanet," a PayPal spokesman… Read


Senate Sets 2:30 PM ET Deadline For Christine Blasey Ford’s Decision on Kavanaugh Testimony

UPDATE: Christine Blasey Ford has until today at 2:30 PM Eastern time to respond to the Senate’s request for an answer on whether she will testify about her experience with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Late last night, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, granted one final request for an extension. "Dr. Ford if u changed ur mind say so so we can move on," Grassley tweeted. He also joked that Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer… Read


Michael Moore Asks Bill Maher Where He Got $1M To Donate To Dem PAC In These “Trumpian Times”

Bill Maher

UPDATED with video: Michael Moore wants people who see his new documentary film Fahrenheit 11/9 to come away understanding why this country is “not a democracy if you’re sitting on the bench.” “Everybody has to participate,” he told HBO’s Last Week Tonight host Bill Maher on Friday. “What this movie shows is why sometimes people stay on the bench,” Moore explained as Maher’s opening guest. The film, Moore acknowledged, is “a bit of a balancing act” because it’s listed as… Read


‘Rafiki’ Ban Temporarily Lifted By Kenyan Government; Film Held Out Of Cannes Now Eligible As Oscar Submission

Kenya’s High Court has temporarily lifted the ban of Wanuri Kahiu's celebrated film Rafiki for a period of seven days, beginning Sunday, September 23rd. The film explores LGBTQ issues in a country where such activity is illegal. In her ruling, High Court Judge Wilfrida Okwany said, ''I am not convinced that Kenya is such a weak society that its moral foundation will be shaken by seeing such a film.'' Earlier this year, Rafiki was banned in Kenya a few days before its… Read


President Trump Missouri Rally: Says “Lingering Stench” At FBI Will Be Cleared

They call Missouri the “Show Me” state, but President Donald Trump decided to make it the “Tell Me” state on Friday at a rally in Springfield, Mo at JQH Arena. The President, holding his second consecutive rally after appearing in Las Vegas on Thursday, largely stuck to a laundry list of his accomplishments and hopes for the future. Trump also stumped for Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley, Missouri’s attorney general. Media observers were looking for some comment on… Read


NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack Ignored Sex Harassment At Sony BMG – Report

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, under fire for perceived inaction on certain NBC News activities, also protected a male employee who sexually harassed multiple women while he was in charge at Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2004, according to a published report. The Daily Beast today published a story largely quoting anonymous sources that made the allegations against Lack, who has been criticized for how incidents at NBC News have been handled, including the incidents… Read


Robert Greenblatt Eyes Exit From NBC

I hear that NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt is in negotiations to leave the network after nearly eight years. Talks are ongoing, with a resolution expected as early as this weekend. Reps for NBC declined comment. Rumors about Greenblatt’s pending departure started circulating during Emmy weekend. They largely were dismissed at the time, though sources close to Greenblatt admitted that he had been re-evaluating his career and life following the unexpected death of his close… Read


Tracey Ullman Describes Her Political Comedy To Meryl Streep: “I’m Not In Some Liberal Indignation Bubble” – Tribeca TV Fest

Tracey Ullman didn’t name names, but she drew a clear distinction between her approach to political comedy and that of late-night talent. Speaking to her longtime friend Meryl Streep after the Tribeca TV Festival debut of the third-season premiere of HBO’s The Tracey Ullman Show, she offered something of a mission statement for Trumpian times. “I’m not in some liberal indignation bubble,” she said, responding to an audience member’s question. “I can’t be or I’d go mad… Read