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Dave Smith Dies: Walt Disney Archives Founder Was 78

Walt Disney Archives founder and Disney Legend Dave Smith died today in Burbank, California at age 78. His four-decade career at The Walt Disney Company was dedicated to preserving Disney's treasures from film, television, theme parks, and beyond. Named a Disney Legend in 2007, Smith shared his wide knowledge of the company's rich history in books and through his popular magazine column, "Ask Dave." "I'm deeply saddened to learn of Dave Smith's passing," said Bob Iger… Read

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Christopher Knopf Dies: Former President Of The Writers Guild Of America West Was 91

Christopher Knopf, the former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died on Wednesday at age 91 of congestive heart failure. The Emmy nominated writer also served as president of the International Writers Guild and national chairman of the WGA. He received 10 Writers Guild nominations, winning three. Knopf's credits included "Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime," "Mrs. Sundance,"  "Baby Girl Scott," "Peter and Paul," and the pilot for "The Big Valley." His Emmy… Read

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Bill Maher Likens Nitpicking Of Oscar Best Picture Field To Undermining Of 2020 Democratic Field: “Let’s Not Eat Our Own”

Bill Maher closed a fairly by-the-book episode of HBO’s Real Time with an inspired anti-P.C. monologue linking leftist criticism of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates with attacks on this year’s Oscar Best Picture nominees for various sociopolitical reasons. “This time, let’s not eat our own,” Maher suggested about the Democratic hopefuls, referencing the undermining of Hillary Clinton in 2016 by many Democrats. With the early field of candidates already being picked… Read

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‘Archival Quality’: Ghostly Graphic Novel Wins 5th Annual McDuffie Award

Archival Quality, a ghostly graphic novel from Oni Press that incorporates a compassionate and evocative portrayal of mental health issues in its tale of spectral mystery, has been named winner of the 5th Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. The award is shared by the book’s creative team, writer Ivy Noelle Weir and illustrator Christina “Steenz” Stewart. The finalists this year represented an impressively eclectic field of nominees with an array of… Read

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Jussie Smollett Assault Suspects Sprung By Cops Due To “New Evidence” – Update

UPDATE, 8:16 PM: Well, the plan that the supposed suspects in the Jussie Smollett alleged assault were going to continued to be questioned and held by Chicago Police didn’t last long. A little bit over an hour after a Chicago PD spokesman said that the department had canceled a planned press conference on the status of the two brothers brought in a couple of days ago and arrested today related to the attack in the early morning of January 29, the men have been released… Read

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CBS Goes With ‘The Price Is Right’ Over Conclusion Of President Trump’s Emergency Speech

National emergency on the border?  In one network’s news judgment, it was more important to say, “Come on, down!” CBS coverage of President Donald Trump’s televised address on his national emergency declaration ended 21 minutes before its conclusion, as the eye network opted to return viewers to game show The Price Is Right. All of the other broadcast and cable news networks carried the declaration and press conference on Friday afternoon to its conclusion. The Trump… Read

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Clevver Finds New Home At Hearst Magazines After Defy Media Meltdown

Clevver has found a new home for its stable of YouTube channels with female appeal after former parent Defy Media ceased operations last fall. Hearst Magazines has acquired the portfolio, which reaches an audience of 15 million subscribers. Like all traditional magazine publishers facing declines in the print business and headwinds in advertising, Hearst has spent the last several years exploring digital media, especially through properties whose demographic appeal… Read

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Academy Crisis Averted; Spike Lee On 2 Words He Won’t Say; Is This Finally The Year For Oscar Bridesmaids?

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. Despite final balloting being halfway done (Oscar voters, you have until Tuesday at 5 PM PT), and campaigns still in high gear leaving no rock unturned and no opportunity to reach straggling voters untaken, much of the air in the room this week has been sucked up by the latest controversy to make this the most beaten-up Oscar broadcast in recent memory (and that is before it even happens). One source… Read

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ASC Boss Thanks Academy In New Open Letter As Hollywood Reacts To Oscars Rethink

UPDATED with ASC open letter: Hollywood celebrated with statements and posts on social media today in the wake of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announcement that all awards presentations would be live on the February 24 Oscars broadcast. That included Kees van Oostrum, the president of the American Society of Cinematographers, the group that launched the first signs of industry protest hosting an open letter from a quickly-growing group of signatories… Read

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Oscars Last Call: Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ Analyzed By ‘One Percent Doctrine’ Author Ron Suskind

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Ron Suskind has closely covered Dick Cheney and the George W Bush White House as a journalist and author of The One Percent Doctrine and The Price Of Loyalty, and he was the executive producer of the Emmy-winning Oscar-nominated feature documentary Life, Animated. His bold reporting included an inflammatory report that the blueprints for the Iraq invasion were drawn up way before 9/11, something that seems all too obvious when you watch Vice. Suskind acted as consultant fo Read

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‘Descendants 3’ Teaser And First Synopsis Out From Disney Channel

Disney Channel is out with the first teaser and synopsis for Descendants 3, providing a 30-second glimpse at the upcoming original movie that continues the popular good versus evil saga. In Descendants 3, the teenage daughters and sons of Disney’s most infamous villains (also known as the villain kids or VKs) — Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (Booboo Stewart) — return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous… Read

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HBO Sets Premiere Date For Season 2 Of Dark Comedy ‘Barry’

HBO has announced via social media that the second season of dark comedy Barry will start on March 31. Bill Hader stars as a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an aspiring actor. But when he follows his would-be victim into an acting class, he discovers an accepting community in the LA theater scene. Now Barry must decide his next move. The series also stars Stephen… Read