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Elisabeth Röhm To Play Fox News Host Martha MacCallum; Spencer Garrett Is Sean Hannity: Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes Movie

EXCLUSIVE: Elisabeth Rohm and Spencer Garrett will both play respective champions of Roger Ailes, Fox News hosts Martha MacCallum and Sean Hannity, in Jay Roach’s upcoming Bron Studios movie about the network boss and the females who crusaded against his toxic corporate culture. MacCallum, like Jeanine Pirro (who is being played by Alanna Ubach in the movie as we broke yesterday), was one who was quick to defend Ailes after news broke about his alleged sexual harassment… Read


Donald Trump To Visit California Wildfire Victims Saturday, Capping Week Of Blasting And Consoling State Via Twitter

One week after he began spewing wildfire criticism at California, President Donald Trump is going to parachute in to visit victims of fire-ravaged areas. The White House said Thursday it is arranging for Trump to travel to California to visit people impacted by the fires, saying details still were being worked out. ABC's San Francisco O&O reported Trump would be coming to Northern California. To date, 56 people have perished and nearly 300 people still are missing in the… Read


Melissa McCarthy To Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival Montecito Award

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

EXCLUSIVE: Winning raves for her change of pace role in Fox Searchlight’s Can You Ever Forgive Me?  , Melissa McCarthy has been chosen to receive this year’s Montecito Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  Given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to her at a ceremony on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the historic Arlington Theatre. "Melissa McCarthy – always a compelling talent… Read


Facebook Enters Damage Control, Fires D.C. “Oppo” Firm And Holds A Whopper Of A Press Call

Facebook has launched into damage control following a publication of an exposé that highlighted delays, denials and deflection in the company’s handling of Russian interference on the social media platform ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The New York Times reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg ignored disturbing warning signs that malicious actors could use the global network to disrupt elections or foment hatred, then sought to hide… Read


Abrams Artists Agency Hires Aron Giannini & David Lopez As Agents, Chelsea Passaro As Social Media Director

Abrams Artists Agency is expanding its ranks with the hires of Aron Giannini and David Lopez as Agents in the Los Angeles office, and Chelsea Passaro named to the newly-created role of Director, Social Media and Digital Marketing. The moves are among the first by the agency’s new ownership team, CEO Robert Attermann, President and COO Brian Cho and Chairman Adam Bold. "Six weeks ago, when we bought the company and talked about our core values and doing things differently… Read


‘The Curie Society’: Pro-Science YA Brand (And TV Play) Engineered By MIT Press, Scooter Braun & EEP

EEP The Curie Society

EXCLUSIVE: MIT Press and Einhorn's Epic Productions have a deal in place to develop and produce a graphic novel called The Curie Society that will introduce the title characters as “an international secret society of young female scientists.” The Curie Society was the brainchild of EEP CEO Heather Einhorn and the company’s chief creative officer Adam Staffaroni. The story is being written by Blue Delliquanti (author of O Human Star, a webcomic) and edited by Joan Hilty (Bi… Read


Kim Porter Dies: Model, Actress, Mother Of Sean Combs Children Was 47

Kim Porter, an actress and model who was the mother of rapper Sean Combs’s three children, died today at her Toluca Lake home. She was 47 and had been suffering from an undisclosed respiratory illness for several weeks, according to reports. No official cause of death has been determined. Police arrived at the home around 11:30 AM and found Porter unresponsive. Porter dated Combs for 13 years. Porter was originally from Columbus, Georgia. She graduated high school in 1988… Read


Fox Nabs Drama ‘Puller’ Based On David Baldacci’s Book Series From ‘Bones’ EP, Josh Berman & Gary Oldman

Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Puller, an hourlong drama based on David Baldacci’s bestselling John Puller book series, from former Bones executive producer Carla Kettner, Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman, Oscar winner Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Douglas Urbanski and Sony Pictures TV, where Berman is under an overall deal. Written by Kettner, Puller is described as an action-forward procedural thriller about John Puller, an investigator with the… Read


‘Pimp’ Helmer Christine Crokos Signs With Verve

Christine Crokos, writer/director of the Lee Daniels-produced LGBTQ drama, The Pimp, has joined the client roster of Verve. The film, which hit theaters November 9 via by Vertical Entertainment, stars Keke Palmer, Haley Ramm, Aunjanue Ellis, Vanessa Morgan, and Edi Gathegi. The story follows a struggling female Pimp, Wednesday (Palmer), hustles for a chance at a better life. When her girlfriend, Nikki (Ramm), hits the streets to change their luck, Wednesday's game starts… Read


Amy Schumer Hospitalized With Pregnancy Complication, Postpones Stand-Up Dates

Amy Schumer said today that she has been hospitalized because of a pregnancy complication and postponed a pair of stand-up dates in Texas. She is battling hyperemesis, whose symptoms include severe nausea, vomiting and dehydration. “I'm fine. Baby's fine,” she wrote on Instagram today, “but everyone who says the 2nd trimester is better is not telling the full story” (see her post and photo below). She added that the date on Schumer postponed her shows set for tonight at… Read


Peter Bart: Oscar Campaign Gurus Already Warning Of Q&A Minefields


It's a small fraternity, its members are seasoned, skilled, well paid — and perpetually panicked, and this year with good reason. Their job is to manage the awards campaigns for studios and indies and the campaign circuit this year, more than ever, resembles a minefield. The Q&A sessions have barely started and already there have been tensions about #MeToo, the N-word, credits, diversity and even Netflix's ubiquitous algorithms. "This year it can be Time's Up for your… Read


RatPac Dune’s Warner Bros Film Library Sale: Who Wants Piece Of ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘American Sniper’ & ‘Gravity’?

Wonder Woman 1984

EXCLUSIVE: A quiet tug of war is taking place right now over the Rat Pack Dune library, a package of 76 films that includes minority ownership stakes in Gravity, Wonder Woman, Batman V Superman, The LEGO Movie, Creed, Annabelle, Godzilla, American Sniper, Mad Max: Fury Road, It and Dunkirk. The whole library is being auctioned. A first round of bids will be received by week’s end, and sources said the library could fetch as much as $250 million. It is the most attractive… Read