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Bill Maher Tells Chris Matthews He Wasn’t For Impeachment “Until Recently”

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Bill Maher, whose HBO late-night show Real Time with Bill Maher returns to air Friday, was Chris Matthews’ guest on MSNBC’s Hardball tonight. “In the time you've been away and watching this massacre of democracy, this president has been asked whether he's a Russian agent,” Matthews said, bringing him up to date. “It's about time. I've been using the word ‘treason’ the whole time he's been in,” Maher said, “I hear those words used a lot more, I mean that's what it is,” he… Read

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Bob Costas Says He’s Done With NBC After 40 Years

The Peacock quietly is losing one of its most colorful, popular and sometimes controversial broadcasters. Forty years after he joined NBC, Bob Costas quietly confirmed today that he’ll no longer work there. "It's all settled quietly and happily for all concerned," Costas told The New York Post, which confirmed the news with the network. The broadcaster also told the paper that he will continue to work for MLB Network, where he’s set to take part in its Hall of Fame… Read

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Roku Pulls InfoWars Channel After Attracting Social Media Scorn – Updated

UPDATED to reflect Roku’s decision to pull InfoWars, 5:30 PM: Roku said it is removing Alex Jones’ InfoWars channel from the Roku Channel Store following online backlash. Months after being banned by Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and other major Internet platforms, InfoWars found new online distribution through the Roku platform. The company initially claimed it was providing for a diversity of views. That changed in a hurry, as the online anger machine run by Alex Jones… Read

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Jason Reitman To Direct Next ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie, Coming In 2020

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Jason Reitman is carrying on the legacy. The son of the original Ghostbusters helmer, Ivan Reitman, will direct the next Ghostbusters feature for Sony Pictures. Due out summer 2020, the new film will serve as the next chapter following the original story, which was first released in 1984 and starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and the late Harold Ramis. This pic is not associated with the 2016 all-female Paul Feig-directed reboot, which starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen… Read

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Viacom Layoffs Hit Mostly Paramount Network Staffers

Viacom laid off about 20 employees across its entertainment group, with the majority coming at Paramount Network, Deadline has confirmed. The company declined to comment, however a person with knowledge of the situation said the job cuts represent less than 2% of the group’s workforce. The layoffs come after a restructuring last October that brought together Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land under Kent Alterman. These divisions share an original content… Read

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Deadline Sets Another First With Awards Upfront Presentation

PMC Awards Upfront

Twelve years after the launch of digital upstart Deadline Hollywood disrupted the print-focused Hollywood trade space, Deadline is part of new initiative looking to change the way ad buying for the entertainment trades is done. Deadline and sister PMC brands TVLine and Gold Derby on Tuesday held the first Awards Upfront presentation. “Why do an Awards Upfront?,” said Chief Revenue Officer & GM Stacey Farish in her remarks at the event, held at NeueHouse. “We were the… Read

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WME Signs Bart Freundlich, Director Of Sundance Opener ‘After The Wedding’

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EXCLUSIVE: Just over a week before the 2019 Sundance Film Festival starts and After the Wedding writer-director Bart Freundlich has already notched one big deal. Set to have the Opening Night film slot at the Robert Redford founded shindig, the Mozart in the Jungle helmer has signed with WME for representation in all areas. The remake of The Night Manager director Susanne Bier’s 2006 Oscar nominated Best Foreign Film will have its world debut on January 24 in Park… Read

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Kirsten Gillibrand Announces White House Run On Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’

NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stopped by Stephen Colbert’s Late Show Tuesday night to announced she was forming an exploratory committee to run for POTUS. The announcement had been expected for days. “There has been a lot of speculation why you are here tonight,” Colbert said, sticking to script. “I’m just curious, do you have anything you would like to announce?” “Yes,” she said, grasping his hands on cue. “I’m filing an exploratory committee for President of the United… Read

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Snap CFO Tim Stone Quits After Eight Months – Update

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UPDATED throughout: Snap chief financial officer Tim Stone is leaving the company after just eight months “to pursue other opportunities,” the company disclosed in a regulatory filing today. The company’s stock tumbled nearly 8% in after-hours trading to $5.96, as investors reacted to the news. Stone said his decision to leave “is not related to any disagreement with us on any matter relating to our accounting, strategy, management, operations, policies, regulatory… Read

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The Show To Watch This Week: ‘The Punisher,’ ‘Brexit,’ ‘Black Monday’ & ‘Dynasties’ Reviews

As today's devastating Brexit defeat for Theresa May in the British Parliament proves, fact can be as much of a drama as fiction. In fact, it is reality of sorts that makes up most of the cream of the small screen crop for the latest the show to watch this week. For instance, there is the January 19 debuting Benedict Cumberbatch starring Brexit movie on HBO about the man behind the campaign that has brought political chaos to the UK. The same day, BBC America hosts the… Read

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‘True Detective’ Returns To Modest Linear Ratings In Season 3 Premiere

True Detective

After a two-and-a-half-year break, HBO’s True Detective returned for a third installment on Sunday with back-to-back episodes, drawing 1.44 million viewers at 9 PM and 1.19 million at 10 PM (Live+Same Day). That was down from the Season 2 debut in June 2015, which averaged 3.2 million viewers at 9 PM and 4.3 million for the night (L+SD), and also off from the January 2014 series opener in 2014 (2.3 million for the premiere). But it was in line with the recent debut of… Read

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‘Slime’ Time For Paramount Players, Steve Pink & Jeff Morris

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Players has acquired Slime, a pitch for a family action-adventure film that will be scripted by writing partners Steve Pink and Jeff Morris. Pink will direct it. Pic is about a slime experiment gone wrong. Slime of course has long been a staple of sister network Nickelodeon. This was a last-minute bidding situation, and Paramount Players pre-emptively took it off the table before the holidays. Jeremy Stein brought the project in, met with Morris to… Read