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ESPN Will Not Broadcast National Anthem During ‘Monday Night Football’

As controversy swirls around what has become a polarizing aspect of NFL games, ESPN says it will not air the national anthem before its Monday Night Football games this season. "We generally have not broadcasted the anthem, and I don't think that will change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem," Pitaro said during ESPN Football Media Day, according to Axios' Sara Fischer. "Again that could change,” Pitaro added. “It's unpredictable what… Read

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Miss America Goes Rogue: Cara Mund Says Gretchen Carlson Stole Spotlight

This year’s Miss America has gone rogue. In an open letter, Cara Mund claims she has been silenced and put “on a shelf” by the organization since 1989’s crown-wearer Gretchen Carlson stepped back into the Miss America limelight. “I truly felt more valued, respected and viewed as a real collaborator within my first three months rather that these last eight months,” Mund wrote in an open letter distributed to prior Miss America winners. “I strongly believe my voice is not… Read

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‘The Affair’: Ruth Wilson Says She Had “No Say” Over Her Character’s Storyline

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of the August 5 episode of The Affair. The Affair star Ruth Wilson is revealing more details about her thoughts on her character Alison’s storyline, in what turned out to be her final episode and one that shocked viewers earlier this month. In an interview with Vulture on Friday, Wilson said she had no say about how her character left the show, and if she had, it would have turned out differently. "No, I had no say over how the… Read

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‘Hal’ Trailer: Documentary On Iconoclastic ‘Coming Home’ & ‘Harold And Maude’ Director Hal Ashby

Hal Ashby directing a string of acclaimed movies in the 1970s, scoring an Oscar nom for Coming Home, but he’s largely overshadowed by the filmmaking kings of the Me Decade. Now a new documentary turns the lens on the iconoclast who also helmed such enduring pics as Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo and Being There. Here’s the logline: Hal explores his curious historical oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters and audio recordings… Read

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‘Dopesick’: Beth Macy Book About America’s Opioid Crisis In The Works For TV From Warren Littlefield & Fox 21

After a competitive bidding, Fox 21 Television Studios and Warren Littlefield’s The Littlefield Company have optioned Beth Macy’s new book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, about America’s opioid crisis, to develop for television. Littlefield and Macy will serve as executive producers on the project. Peter McGuigan and Richie Kern will produce. A search is out for a writer. "Every once in a while, you come across a piece of material… Read

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Judge Grants Restraining Order To Protect Stan Lee

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A judge ordered a memorabilia dealer and one-time advisor to stay away from comic book mogul Stan Lee for three years, amid allegations of elder abuse. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Laura Hymowitz issued the restraining order this morning against Keya Morgan, who had inserted himself into Lee's affairs. Morgan was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Lee and his immediate family until Aug. 17, 2021. Morgan took control of Lee's business affairs and… Read

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Milo Gibson Inks With Alchemy For Management, Boards Rod Lurie’s ‘The Outpost’

EXCLUSIVE: Milo Gibson has signed with Alchemy Entertainment for management and is also joining Millennium Media's Rod Lurie-directed film The Outpost based on CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper’s novel. Adapted by Oscar-nominated The Fighter writing duo Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, The Outpost tells the true story of the 53 U.S. soldiers who battled a force of some 400 enemy insurgents in northeastern Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom… Read

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‘The Florida Project’s Brooklynn Prince To Headline Apple’s Hilde Lysiak Series

EXCLUSIVE: The Florida Project standout, 8-year-old Brooklynn Prince, has been cast as the lead in Apple's upcoming untitled Hilde Lysiak series, directed and executive produced by Crazy Rich Asians helmer Jon M. Chu. The 10-episode mystery drama, which has a straight-to-series order, was inspired by the real-life story of 11-year-old Hilde Lysiak. Also described as a family drama, it follows a young girl (Prince) who moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Production Designer On Introducing Dragonstone & The Overwhelming Scope Of Season 8

While there was an overwhelming amount of challenges to face with Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, in production designer Deborah Riley's mind, all roads lead back to Dragonstone as the crux of it all. Daenerys Targaryen's arrival at her ancestral home in the season opener was "a massive moment for the character and a huge opportunity for the art department"—and Riley fully felt the moment's weight. "Dragonstone was the piece of the puzzle that I was most excited about… Read

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CBS Nabs Family Comedy ‘The Little Things’ Starring Tom Segura & Christina Pazsitzky As Put Pilot

In a competitive situation, CBS has landed family comedy The Little Things, starring married comedians Tom Segura and Christina Pazsitzky, with a put pilot commitment. The project hails from Segura, Pazsitzky, The Mick executive producer Scott Marder, 3 Arts and CBS TV Studios. Co-written by Segura, Pazsitzky and Marder, The Little Things focuses on the funny coping mechanisms that get you through the harder parenting dilemmas. Segura and Pazsitzky executive produce with… Read

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Ma Anand Sheela, Meme-Worthy Star Of Netflix Docuseries ‘Wild Wild Country,’ On Why She Won’t Attend The Emmys

The woman known for uttering the defiant phrase "tough titties" isn't backing down. Ma Anand Sheela, whose dogged defense of the controversial Rajneesh spiritual movement and its attempted takeover of a small Oregon town made her the star of the hit documentary series Wild Wild Country, says there's nothing about her actions she would change. "I do not regret anything," she insists. "If there is again opportunity I would do it exactly the same. Maybe little bit even more… Read

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Fox Buys Adoption Drama ‘The Family Practice’ From ‘Life Sentence’ Creators & Jason Winer As Put Pilot

Fox has given a put pilot commitment to The Family Practice, an hourlong adoption drama from Life Sentence and Significant Mother creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, director-producer Jason Winer and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Cardillo and Keith, The Family Practice is an emotional procedural set in the world of adoption, from the point of view of an eclectic group of attorneys and social workers who grapple with their own familial dysfunction while striving to… Read