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Bill Maher Slams Jussie Smollett As A Gift To Fox News (And A Lousy Actor)

Update, with video added Bill Maher figures there’s at least one beneficiary of Jussie Smollett’s alleged hoax attack: Fox News. “Fox News will dine out on this,” Maher said during the panel discussion on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Earlier in the show, during the opening monologue, Maher said, “Of course Fox News loves this story because it proves their stupid theory that racism is a hoax.” Smollett, Maher said, “wanted to be a victim without going through all… Read


Venezuela ‘Live Aid’ Concert Blocked As Tensions Rise On Colombia Border

Tensions are high along the border between Colombia and Venezuela, as a major push to deliver humanitarian aid could descend into violence on Saturday. On Friday, musicians held a Live Aid Venezuela concert in border town Cucuta, Colombia to pressure Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to let humanitarian aid into Venezuela, ending the show with a rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine." Concert organizer Richard Branson also took the concert stage, exhorting the crowd in a… Read


‘Wrecked’s Will Greenberg Joins NBC’s Bradley Whitford Musical Pilot As TBS Comedy Series Faces Uncertain Future

EXCLUSIVE: Wrecked co-star Will Greenberg has been cast as one of the leads opposite Bradley Whitford and Anna Camp in NBC's church choir comedy pilot (fka All Together Now) starring and executive produced by Whitford, from Lesley Wake Webster, Jason Winer and 20th Century Fox TV. Greenberg plays Todd Hinkle on TBS Wrecked, whose third season ended its run in early October. According to TBS, no final decision has been made on the castaway comedy, though I hear the… Read


Oscars Ratings Drop Sees ABC Offering Advertisers Guarantees For First Time

EXCLUSIVE: The Academy Awards looks to be going without a designated host on Sunday for the first time since 1989, but broadcaster ABC had to break some new ground this year in the era of plummeting ratings. Even before the host and category chaos that have hobbled the ceremony in recent weeks, the Disney-owned network found itself forced to guarantee a ratings threshold to keep the deepest-pocketed buyers happy. "The Oscars are still a very big deal, but people aren't… Read


Clark Gable III Dies: TV Host, Clark Gable Grandson Was 30

Clark Gable III, TV host, sometime actor and grandson of the Hollywood legend who shares his name, died in Dallas today of as-yet-undisclosed causes. He was 30. Gable’s mother Tracy Yarro Scheff announced his death, posting on Instagram “with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark. He passed this morning. I will always be next to you my beautiful son.” Gable, who recently resumed his hosting job on the syndicated TV show Cheaters after a… Read


Victoria Mahoney To Direct CBS Drama Pilot ‘Under the Bridge’

EXCLUSIVE: After making history as as the first African-American woman to direct a Star Wars film with her second unit directing gig on JJ Abrams’ Star Wars Episode IX, Vic Mahoney is returning to TV as director and executive producer on the CBS medical drama pilot Under the Bridge. The project, which recently cast David Ajala as a lead, hails from Mistresses executive producer Rina Mimoun and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. In Under the Bridge, penned by Mimoun, when a scandal… Read


‘Barry’ Trailer: HBO Fires Up First Look At Season 2 Of Bill Hader Comedy

HBO is giving a first look at the upcoming season 2 of Barry, the dark comedy starring Bill Hader as a depressed hitman who finds something like salvation in a community theater group and Henry Winkler as his acting teacher. This new trailer doesn’t give too much away in terms of plot, but who needs spoilers when you have the scene-stealing Winkler delivering lines like, “Barry, there is an inherent darkness in you – I had the same instinct about Charlie Manson. I looked… Read


‘Umbrella Academy’ Reigns Over NYC Fan Wedding With Times Square Parade

When Netflix found out that two mega-fans of Umbrella Academy were tying the knot in New York City the streamer found the perfect way to celebrate Their Chemical Romance. A 60-foot black umbrella provided the coolest canopy imaginable for Kat and Ducky when the pair married the afternoon after St. Valentine’s Day in the middle of Bryant Park. Netflix also feted the nupitals with a mini-parade through Times Square and a rousing live performance by the Academy’s Klaus… Read


‘Daily Show’s Jaboukie Young-White Plays Jussie Smollett In Fake Movie Trailer

The Daily Show‘s Jaboukie Young-White has been angling for days to replace Jussie Smollett on Empire, but now he’s taken his ambitions to a new level: In a faux-commercial for a fake (but inevitable) Lifetime movie, Young-White plays Smollett himself. The tagline: “Coming this fall… The story of a poorly staged hate crime that rocked a nation: Jussie's Lie.” The Daily Show tweeted the trailer for Jussie’s Lie today (watch it below), and it’s everything fans of fake… Read


‘Criminal’ & ‘This Is Love’ Creators Eye Scripted Adaptations As They Take Advantage Of Podcast “Explosion”

Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer, co-creators of hit podcast Criminal, are set to turn the true crime audio series and its spin-off This Is Love, into scripted series as they look to take advantage of the podcast "explosion". The pair, who run and own Criminal Productions, told Deadline that they are also looking to expand the range and breadth of podcasts that they produce, while also innovating their existing shows. In a wide-ranging interview, the pair lifted the lid on… Read

Box Office

Roadside’s ‘Run The Race’, Bollywood ‘Total Dhamaal’ Set For Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview

With the Academy Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards set for this weekend, higher profile Specialty newcomers are mostly taking a step back. Roadside Attractions however is going for a nearly wide roll out of family-faith-drama Run The Race, a genre it has had success with in the past. Bollywood is also stepping out in North America in a couple hundred locations with comedy Total Dhamaal, in conjunction with a release in over 50 countries. Oscilloscope is opening San… Read


Cinemark MovieClub Reaches 560,000 Subscribers, Accounts For 10% Of Company Box Office


Cinemark's MovieClub subscription plan reached 560,000 active members by the end of 2018, up 26% from the end of the third quarter, the company revealed during its fourth-quarter earnings report. The major exhibition circuit posted record revenue and several encouraging top-line numbers for the quarter ending December 31. Earnings per share of 18 cents fell short of Wall Street estimates due to softness in Latin America and comparisons with a tax-gain-fueled 2017… Read