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A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Thursday Night Previews Around $10M – Early Read

EXCLUSIVE: In estimates tonight, Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween is being projected by our industry sources at around $10M, which arguably is the second-best preview night for a horror pic after New Line’s It banked $13.5M from 3,500 theaters on Sept 7, 2017. Tonight’s forecast doesn’t come from Universal, so there’s asterisk as they could come in higher or lower by the morning. Showtimes started at 7PM. We heard that the David Gordon Green-directed sequel at one… Read

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President Trump Praises Congressman’s Journalist Assault While Mourning Khashoggi Death

On a day when President Donald Trump lamented the apparent death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, he also joked about an assault on another scribe. The latter happened on US soil and involved an American politician. Speaking at a Make America Great Again rally tonight in Missoula, Montana, the president praised Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte and recounted his assault on Guardian (U.) reporter Ben Jacobs. "Greg is smart, and by the way, never wrestle… Read

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Stephen Colbert Dishes Dirt On White House Screaming Match

There was a good, old-fashioned screaming match outside the Oval office between White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton, Stephen Colbert reported on Late Show. They were fighting about the recent surge in border crossings. Bolton blames Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and said she needed to start doing her job. Kelly, who had the job and recommended Nielsen to replace him, took issue with the crack. Profanity was exchanged outside the… Read

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Facebook Removes Controversial Louis Farrakhan Video, But Twitter Reluctant

Facebook has removed a video from controversial Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan's account, in which he compared Jews to termites. The video was removed because of its violation of the Terms of Service. The video is still posted on Twitter, which, so far, has not removed it. In the video, Farrakhan claims that he is not an anti-Semite, as some critics contend. Rather, he says that he is "anti-termite." "So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, call me… Read

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CBS’ Joe Ianniello Looks To Strengthen The Company, And Perhaps His Chances Of Making CEO Job Permanent With High-Profile Hires

CBS interim CEO Joe Ianniello is assembling an executive team that complements his strengths. In a rapid series of appointments he’s racing to stabilize the scandal-shocked media company, and perhaps cement his place at the top. The decision to elevate Showtime boss David Nevins to chief creative officer addressed one of the longtime finance executive’s perceived weaknesses, his lack of programming experience. It also is a signal to the CBS board that Ianniello is… Read

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‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland Visits Jimmy Kimmel Live! To Retrieve His Mask

The new Spider-man costume has leaked, and it’s apparently a hit with fans. So much so that Jimmy Kimmel sidekick Guillermo couldn’t resist trying on the mask. Tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! had a light chase between the comic, who “borrowed” the mask from actor Tom Holland. Chaos ensued, as Holland emerged from backstage in the rest of his costume to chase down the mask burglar, with a bemused Kimmel standing as a sort-of flagpole for both to run around. Holland made the… Read

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Rihanna Turns Down Super Bowl Halftime To Support Colin Kaepernick – Report

Singer/actress Rihanna has reportedly turned down a chance to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII because she supports former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has a collusion lawsuit against the National Football League. Kaepernick is out of the NFL after becoming a free agent two years ago and not finding a new team. He claims that he has not been picked up because of his political stances. He was the first player to kneel during the national anthem… Read

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Lies, Damned Lies & ‘Lifespan Of A Fact’: Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones & Bobby Cannavale Seek Truth – Broadway Review

Is there such a thing as just a little fake news? Or is that like being just a little comatose? Broadway’s The Lifespan of a Fact, a new based-on-reality play starring a totally-committed triumvirate of Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale, poses some big questions about small truths. Certainly the top-grade quality of the cast (and the fascinating real-life story behind the play) has us hoping for answers, or at least a rousing good yarn. There’s a little… Read

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The Steady Rise (And Perfect Timing) Of David Nevins

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In summer 2015, CBS was facing a rare Entertainment President opening when Nina Tassler informed her longtime boss, CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves, of her intention to leave. Moonves reached out to one of the star executives within the company, then-Showtime president David Nevins, who was not interested. Instead, Nevins leveraged his position to sign a new contract that made him CEO of Showtime. He sensed the upside potential at the pay cable network, one of the biggest profit… Read

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‘Murphy Brown’: Bette Midler, Brooke Shields, John Larroquette, Katie Couric & Peter Gallagher To Guest Star In CBS Comedy

EXCLUSIVE: Some hefty star power is coming to Murphy Brown. Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Bette Midler (Hello, Dolly!; Beaches; First Wives Club), Golden Globe nominee Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan, Jane The Virgin, Law & Order SVU), Emmy and Tony winner John Larroquette (Night Court, The Librarians) Emmy-winning news anchor Katie Couric (CBS Evening News, NBC’s Today show) and SAG winner Peter Gallagher (The O.C., Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) are all set to… Read