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Bill Maher Calls Trump Inaugural Address “Joyless And Ugly And Dividing”

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Bill Maher celebrated his birthday – and the 15th season premiere of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher – with an opening salvo against his old nemesis and new president: “What does every kid want for his birthday?,” the comedian asked in his first monologue since the Oval Office changeover. “A clown.” Maher, who earlier this week in a candid and chemically-enhanced interview with The New York Times expressed fears that Donald Trump would target him in some sort of… Read

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Did Twitter Force Obama Supporters To Follow New Trump @POTUS Account?

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Donald Trump used a photo from President Obama’s first — and far better-attended — inauguration for the header image on his newly established official presidential Twitter account today. (The image quietly was removed once it was pointed out, and mocked ruthlessly.) But it wasn’t the only thing Trump apparently took from Obama without attribution: An uncertain — but counting at least in the hundreds of thousands — number of Twitter users found themselves following the… Read

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Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump Inaugural Address Positively Lincolnish

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“Like Lincoln huffing paint thinner, this stirring orator invoked an inspiring picture of the country he now leads,” Late Show host Stephen Colbert said hours after President Donald Trump delivered his Inaugural Address. Among Trump’s zippier turns of phrase: America's infrastructure has fall into disrepair and decay… Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities… Rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape… Our young and beautiful stu… Read

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Nils Larsen Joins Management 360

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Management 360 has brought in Nils Larsen to be a manager in its talent department. Larsen spent the past six years at Principato-Young Entertainment, after the company acquired his management company Elements Entertainment. His strong suit is finding upcoming talent, and his client list includes Shailene Woodley, (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars), Nick Robinson (Jurassic World, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda), Courtney Eaton (Mad Max, Gods of Egypt), Ross Lynch (Aust… Read

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‘Raised By Wolves’ Comedy From Diablo Cody & Berlanti TV Gets ABC Pilot Order

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ABC has given a pilot order to Raised by Wolves, a single-camera comedy from Juno writer Diablo Cody and Berlanti Productions. Written by Cody, Raised by Wolves is an adaptation of the 2015 UK comedy series. It centers on Sheila Gable, one tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town. This marks the second half-hour comedy pilot for Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Prods., which has six drama series on the… Read

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Netflix Wins Round 1 Over Fox In Executive-Poaching Lawsuit

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Netflix has prevailed in the first round of its ongoing legal battle against 20th Century Fox over the “poaching” of two Fox executives and the validity of Fox's fixed-term contracts that prevent its employees from quitting their jobs and going to work for competitors. In a procedural ruling Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg issued a minute order (read it here) upholding a tentative ruling he'd issued earlier this week that denied Fox's motion to… Read

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CBS Orders Dan Kopelman Man’s Life Comedy Pilot From Kapital Entertainment

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CBS has ordered its second comedy pilot this season, Dan Kopelman’s single-camera Me, Myself and I, from Warner Bros. TV. It joins Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein’s multi-camera 9J, 9K and 9L, from CBS TV Studios. Both comedies come from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, which also is behind CBS/20th TV’s sophomore single-camera comedy Life in Pieces. Me, Myself and I’s pickup is not a surprise as the project carries a hefty pilot production commitment after CBS landed… Read

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Feds Want ‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller To Get 2.5 Years In Prison For Fraud Case

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Two different unscripted TV hosts had two very different interactions today with the federal government. Ex-Celebrity Apprentice host Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States while Abby Lee Miller began to find out if she’s going to prison or not – and just how much the U.S. Attorney’s office really wants her behind bars Over a year after she was indicted on 20 counts of fraud and more than six months after a new charge was made of violating cur… Read

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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Producer & Author After Seeing Full Tape: Dog Was Not In Danger

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A Dog’s Purpose producer Gavin Polone said he’s had a change of heart after seeing the full video of a distressed German shepherd on set. He says the dog was not in danger and believes agendas are being carried out for different purposes — that whomever cut the video and made it appear the dog was in danger and “probably sold it for money” to fulfill’s PETA’s stated agenda of ensuring no animal is ever used on a TV or movie set again. Also, producer Amblin Entertainment… Read

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Common Joins Sundance Pic ‘Burning Sands’ As EP, Will Contribute Original Song

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Academy Award-winning musician and actor Lonnie Rashid Lynn, better known as the rapper Common, has signed on as an executive producer for Netflix’s Sundance film Burning Sands through his Freedom Road Productions. Common will perform an original song for the closing credits, “The Cross”, which will feature singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas. “The Cross” was written by Common with Karriem Riggins, Robert Glasper and Samora Pinderhuges and is produced by Riggins and… Read

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: The Lull Before The Oscar Storm; Katzenberg Gets Nostalgic; Gosling Wows SAG Again & Again

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A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. With the town either obsessed and/or depressed by today’s Donald Trump inauguration, headed to Sundance and looking forward to Tuesday’s early AM first-ever all digital announcement of Oscar nminations, it has been something of a slow week awards-wise, a purgatory especially for those waiting to move on to Phase 2 of the race. With ballots in to the Academy since last Friday, rumors abound that voter… Read

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Nicollette Sheridan’s ‘Desperate Housewives’ Case Gets Tossed – Again

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Nearly five years after her first Desperate Housewives trial collapsed due to a hung jury, Nicollette Sheridan has suffered another loss as a judge tossed out her latest case. "The Court finds that the Defendant has presented substantial undisputed evidence of the creative decision to kill off Sheridan’s character, developed over several seasons of the show," Judge Holly Kendig wrote in a January 12 ruling granting a motion for summary judgment by Touchstone TV in the… Read