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Talent Manager Ken Jacobson Dies

Ken Jacobson, one of the pioneers of talent management, died on Thursday after more than three decades as a manager. I hear he was found unresponsive in his home after suffering an injury within the past week. For 20 years, Jacobson was a founding partner of management firm James/Levy/Jacobson. Working alongside his partners, Jacobson was involved in launching the careers of such actors as James and Dave Franco, Jennie Garth, Jaimie Alexander, Michelle Williams, Mark-Paul… Read

Box Office

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ $68M Opening Reps Record For Original Horror Pic, Shushing ‘A Quiet Place’


FRIDAY PM: with chart Us’ Friday continues to swell, now at $28.6M versus the $27M-$28M which was being spotted earlier. This puts Us at an estimated $68M over three days. Saturday will determine whether this pic stays on track or drops. To get to this level, the thinking is that Us has to shed -15% from today’s grosses which include last night’s awesome $7.4M previews. Does Us fall at a greater level on Saturday? We’re not being nasty, but as we said all along, Us is a… Read


Gayle King Poised To Remain At ‘CBS This Morning’ With New Contract

Gayle King has emerged as CBS News’ biggest star, and the network is doing  everything it can to keep her. King had been in negotiations about continuing as host of CBS This Morning with a new contract that would give her a major salary increase. As of tonight, no formal new deal has been inked yet. However, the host and CBS have come to “an understanding” that will see King continue on the morning show and other news shows and events, an insider tells us. “Nothing’s… Read


‘Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Explains The “Chip On My Shoulder” – Paley Fest

The ninth season of The Walking Dead has been a tumultuous and unsettling one in many ways (especially with the loss of Andrew Lincoln and fellow lead Lauren Cohan early on) but the show’s six-year time jump and its tonal shift (to hew closer to the original source material, the Robert Kirkman comics) have been a source of new lifeblood for the AMC series, according to Season 9 showrunner Angela Kang. “What I really love is this kind of horror-western vibe that we really… Read


Viacom, AT&T Pass Carriage Deadline With Talks To Avoid Blackout Continuing

Viacom and AT&T remain in carriage negotiations but have failed to reach an agreement before the expiration of their current carriage deal at midnight on the East Coast. The signals of 23 Viacom networks have not gone dark yet across DirecTV and U-Verse, an outsized chunk of the pay-TV universe at 24.5 million households, but they will unless a new deal can be put in place. The high-stakes dispute follows the consequential step last week by AT&T to eliminate some Viacom… Read


WGA & ATA To Meet Tuesday: Still No Compromise On Key Issues But Sides Have Had Some Meaningful Dialogue

The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents are expected to return to the bargaining table on Tuesday – the day before writers begin voting to approve a new Code of Conduct that would bar packaging fees and force agencies to sever their ties with affiliated production companies. If the Code is approved and a deal isn’t reached by April 6, the guild could order its members to fire all their agents who refuse to sign the Code. After yesterday's bargaining session, there… Read


Bill Maher & Larry Charles Talk Dangerous Comedy And How ‘Seinfeld’ Erases Borders

Well, there certainly was no shortage of national news for the host to dig into Friday on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher tonight. Writers likely had to scramble to update the monologue after word surfaced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had wrapped his probe of Russian meddling the 2016 U.S. election and submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr. That said, Maher opened his stand-up by noting that for liberals, the Mueller report being turned in “is like… Read


‘Supernatural’ Fans And Industry Salute Its Record Run In Online Tributes


Fans and Hollywood industryites took to the online world today to mourn the end of Supernatural, wrapping its run after its upcoming 15th season, which will consist of 20 episodes. Stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins made the announcement in a video posted on Instagram Friday. Watch it below. The show is the longest-running sci-fi/genre series in the history of American broadcast television. It is also the last remaining series from the CW’s… Read


Roseanne Barr To Washington Post: “I Was Suicidal” After Shunned Tweet

Roseanne Barr is continuing to stir the pot during her ongoing semi-apology, semi-defiant interviews. In the latest edition, Barr spoke to the Washington Post and revealed that she was suicidal and spent time after being fired from her namesake show "holed up in her mom's basement in Utah, chain-smoking and in tears." Her rescue from that depression came in the form of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, an author, TV host and public speaker and longtime Barr advisor, who scored the… Read


‘Sin City’ Sequel Producers Sue The Weinstein Co. Over Alleged Distribution, Marketing Shorts

The producers of the film Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (aka Sin City 2) are suing The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and David Glasser, alleging the distributors pushed a similar movie during the time they should have promoted the Sin City sequel. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges TWC was promoting the sci-fi movie The Giver during the same period as Sin City’s release. TWC allegedly had a financial interest in The Gi… Read


Mark Hamill Makes Kid’s Light Year With Tweet About Boy’s BB-8 Bionic Arm

Not long ago (today) in a galaxy really, really close (ours), Luke Skywalker celebrated another hero. Mark Hamill took to Twitter to congratulate a boy on his new bionic hand — one inspired by neo-Star Wars character BB-8. Eleven-year-old Cameron Miller of Edinburgh is a self-described Star Wars nut who happened to be born without a right hand. But rather than let that get him down, it reminds the boy of his intergalactic hero who famously lost his right hand to Darth… Read


Musicians Agree To Extend Film & TV Contract; No Deal On Streaming Residuals

American Federation of Musicians

After three days of bargaining, the American Federation of Musicians and management's AMPTP have agreed to extend their current film and TV contract until Nov. 14. The agreement comes after failing to reach a deal on the union's key demand – residuals from streaming shows. Actors, writers and directors receive streaming residuals, but musicians don’t. "Musicians who work in the television, film and sound recording industries have always participated in traditional media… Read