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Stephen Colbert And Trevor Noah Dig Into President Trump On Puerto Rican Deaths

President Donald Trump’s earlier remarks challenging a report’s estimate on Puerto Rico deaths from Hurricane Maria were taken to task by The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah. Trump had earlier said the reported death tolls from the storm that devastated Puerto Rico were exaggerated, and included older people and others who died. The upshot was the president claimed the numbers were concocted merely to make him look bad. Colbert read Trump’s… Read


CBS’ Dilemma: What About Julie Chen’s Two Shows In Its Post-Moonves Era?

"I feel for Julie Chen today; she is in a very difficult position, CBS This Morning's Gayle King said this morning, kicking off Day 2 of Post-Leslie Moonves Life at CBS. CBS is in a tough spot too, given that Chen hosts two of its programs, and the company just gave her husband the hook, hours after publication of a second New Yorker article in which more women claimed he sexually harassed and/or assaulted them. Just before Monday's season debut of The Talk, Chen issued a… Read


NFL Opening Night: Controversies Continue To Dog The On-Field Game

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SECOND UPDATE:  Philadelphia Eagle defensive end Michael Bennett walked behind his teammates during the national anthem, then sat on the bench near its end. Most of his teammates were lined up along the sideline. Bennett protested last year during the anthem when he was with the Seattle Seahawks. Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins did not raise a fist, as he has done in the past. No members of the Atlanta Falcons protested during the song. UPDATE: After an hour delay… Read

Box Office

‘Searching’ Finds Top Dollar; ‘The Bookshop’ & ‘John McEnroe’ Land Decent: Specialty Box Office

A studio limited release made the final weekend in August notable. Screen Gems bowed mystery-thriller Searching in 9 theaters, for an impressive $360K, giving the Sundance Audience Award-winner a $40K average. The title is easily the best per theater average of all titles reporting numbers this weekend. Greenwich Entertainment opened Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop with Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson with four runs, grossing $48K ($12K… Read


Facebook And Other Social Media Services Meet On Potential Midterm Election Meddling

Online media titans met today in San Francisco to discuss how to prevent meddling in the upcoming midterm elections. Even as conservative voices are being rapidly tossed by the services or allegedly shadowbanned, a process to restrict comments – an issue that President Donald Trump vowed to look into – the meeting of a dozen firms took place in San Francisco at Twitter’s offices, according to several media reports. Facebook was the key coordinator, according to BuzzFeed… Read


Notes On The Season: Emmy Voter Warning; Keri Russell Talks End Of ‘The Americans’ And Reuniting With J.J. Abrams In ‘Star Wars Episode IX’

A column chronicling conversations and events on the Emmy awards circuit. The Television Academy, with near-daily email reminders, is badgering procrastinating members to get their Emmy ballots in before 10 PM PT on Monday night. In other words, you have one more weekend of this long and winding campaign season to seal the fates of the nominees for the whopping 122 categories culled from 9,100 submissions this year. That means if you are a straggler like me and have yet… Read

Box Office

Kevin Spacey Pic ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Bombs At The B.O.: A Deeper Look

Billionaire Boys Club

The Internet and other trades found great click bait in declaring that Vertical Entertainment’s Kevin Spacey drama Billionaire Boys Club was the lowest-opening ever of the fallen actor’s career with a $618 opening at 11 theaters. But the reality is you’d have to be a psychic to know that the film was playing anywhere. Furthermore, for a distributor like Vertical in the theatrical VOD business, it’s not about what money is made at the box office but on VOD, and industry… Read


Porn Stars Turn To ‘Fortnite’ And Other Big Games As Brand Builders

Your young gamers may have some new online friends in popular titles like Fortnite, Overwatch and World of Warcraft – some of the world’s hottest porn stars. The adult stars have turned to video games as a brand-builder, streaming their online gaming sessions out to the world as an incentive to lure more followers. It’s all innocent, albeit scantily clad at times. Gaming’s large contingent of males is a ripe target. While the game titles are the lure, the distribution… Read


Midterm Elections Blue Wave Looking Doubtful, Says CBS News Head Pollster

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The CBS News head pollster has some information for Democrats expecting a Blue Wave to take over the House and more in November’s midterm elections: It’s not looking good. In Where Did You Get That Number?, a new book out Tuesday from Simon & Schuster, author Anthony Salvanto, the CBS pollster, explains his methodology for tracking the 2016 presidential election, considered one of the biggest upsets in electoral history, and how those lessons apply for the coming… Read


Friday Ratings: A Three-Way Tie, But Adjustments For NFL Games May Determine Winners

It was a night of close races in the preliminary tallies of the Friday ratings wars, as real-life ruled. As of Saturday morning, the overall network rating/share race for the night is a three-way tie between NBC, ABC, and CBS, all with matching scores of 0.6/3 on the judging card. NBC currently has the total viewership win with 3.25 million. However, pre-season NFL games took over some key slots in big cities, so check back on Monday afternoon for the final ratings… Read