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Two Lakers, One Rocket Suspended For Fighting – ESPN Has Best Opening Week Rating Since 2014

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UPDATE:  The NBA has suspended Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram four games, Lakers guard Rajon Rondo three games, and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul two games without pay after a fight in Saturday’s game. The suspensions begin immediately. Paul will miss Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers play San Antonio on Monday. Ingram was suspended for “aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of… Read

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Richard Parsons Steps Down From CBS Board, Role As Interim Chairman, Citing Health Reasons

Richard Parsons

Richard Parsons has resigned from the CBS Corp board of directors, including his role as interim chairman which he undertook just a month ago following the departure of Les Moonves. Parsons cited health reasons related to his fight with multiple myeloma as the reason for his sudden exit. The CBS board met this evening and tapped Strauss Zelnick to take over as interim chairman, a decision the board said was unanimous. "The reason for my departure relates to the state of… Read

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NFL Players Almost Come To Blows Over League’s National Anthem Payoff

Two former allies who were key players in the NFL national anthem protests that dominated the league’s attention during the 2017 season almost came to blows before today’s game. Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had to be separated during the coin toss after their pre-game jawing escalated. Reportedly their dispute centered on the NFL Players Coalition, an ad-hoc organization that was in talks with the NFL to end national… Read

International

London Film Festival Gets New BFI Boss In Tricia Tuttle

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British Film Institute CEO Amanda Nevill said Sunday at the close of the organization’s London Film Festival that Tricia Tuttle has been appointed Director, BFI Festivals. Tuttle had led this year’s festival as interim artistic director after Clare Stewart went on sabbatical last year. Stewart has now decided to step down from the position. The news came as the 62nd annual fest wrapped Sunday with the world premiere of Stan & Ollie, the biopic starring Steve Coogan and… Read

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Saudi Cover Story On Jamal Khashoggi Murder Doubted By Sunday News Analysts

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The explanation by the Saudi Arabian government that 60-year-old, out-of-shape Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed during a fist fight against hardened security men is being soundly dismissed Sunday morning news analysis programs by politicians and media. Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, disappeared October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. After denying a role in the Khashoggi disappearance, the Saudi government finally… Read

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

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President Donald Trump vowed today on Twitter that the “caravan” of Central Americans heading toward the U.S. border will be turned away and must register for asylum in Mexico. The President was a little late with his tweetstorm today, but was in an angry mood when he finally unleashed it. Accordingly, the Democrats were blamed for all the world’s ills, starting with immigration laws and continuing through to their possible influence on individual 401(k)s. Here are the… Read

Box Office

‘Venom’ Licks $461M Global; ‘Star Is Born’ Strums Past $200M; ‘Halloween’ Takes $92M WW Bow – International Box Office

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UPDATED, Sunday writethru: Sony’s Venom continues to lead the international box office, scoring a hat trick at No. 1 with $32.3 million this weekend for an offshore cume of $290.7M and a global total to date of $461.2M — and that’s with China and Japan still on deck. In second, Warner Bros’ A Star Is Born rocked out to $22.8M to push the offshore total to $74.7M and the worldwide tally past the $200M mark. Behind those overseas is Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween… Read

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Selma Blair’s MS Reveal Includes Heartfelt Thanks To Netflix’s ‘Another Life’ Team

Selma Blair

Selma Blair’s emotional reveal on Instagram this weekend that she was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis included her thanking the cast and crew of her new Netflix original series Another Life for helping her as she copes with the disease. The post Saturday included a selfie of Blair during a wardrobe fitting for the series with costumer Allison Swanson. “The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix… Read

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‘Mid90s’ Off To Far From Middling Start; ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ & ‘Wildlife’ Solid In Bows – Specialty Box Office

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The opening weekend of Jonah Hill's feature directorial debut Mid90s has given distributor A24 two of the year's three best opening-frame per-theater averages to date. Fresh off premiere screenings at the Toronto and New York film festivals, the coming-of-age pic grossed $249,500 during the weekend for a robust $62,375 per-screen average to lead a full slate of specialty fare. Also debuting this weekend was Fox Searchlight's Can You Ever Forgive Me?, starring Melissa McCar… Read

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Dodgers’ NLCS Game 7 Clincher A Home Run For FS1 Ratings

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The Los Angeles Dodgers World Series ticket-punching 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series outslugged all others on TV on Saturday, scoring a 4.9 overnight rating on Fox Sports 1. The game — highlighted by stellar pitching from rookie starter Walker Buehler, homers by Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig, and a ninth-inning close by Clayton Kershaw — ended up being the highest-rated cable broadcast of any MLB game in Los… Read

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‘Halloween’ Scares Up 2nd Best October Debut With $77M+; Record For Blumhouse & Carpenter Canon; Great Miramax Comeback

Halloween

UPDATED, Sunday AM: Universal is calling Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween at $77.5 million after a $27.2M Saturday, making it the second-best opening ever for the month of October behind Sony’s Venom ($80.2M). As we’ve known since Thursday night, Halloween is the best domestic opening ever for John Carpenter’s 40-year old franchise, Halloween producer and co-financier Blumhouse topped their 2011 $52.5M start to Paranormal Activity 3, and it’s wonderful reboot for Miramax… Read

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Streamy Awards Honor 24 Winners In Prelims To 8th Annual Event

The winners of 24 Streamy Awards were unveiled tonight at the Streamys Premiere Awards at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The evening was hosted by BlameItOnKway and Montana Tucker in advance of the 8th annual Streamy Awards, which will be streamed live globally Monday at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT from the Beverly Hilton. The Streamys honor the best in online video and the creators behind it, bringing together the biggest names in online video for a night of celebration… Read