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President Trump Attacks Social Media Censorship In Saturday Tweetstorm

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Saturday morning saw President Donald Trump take on social media in the highlight of his regular morning tweetstorm. The Commander-in-Tweet responded to recent take-downs of Republican/conservative voices by various social media platforms and other services. The President noted that “too many voices are being destroyed,” while his favorite “Fake News” targets of CNN and MSNBC are allowed. The President questioned who is making the censorship choices, adding, “that cannot… Read

Director Boots Riley Questions Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Politics On Twitter

Sorry To Bother You director Boots Riley has issued a long Twitter critique of Spike Lee’s new BlacKkKlansman film, attacking its politics and timing. Warning: The article contains spoilers on BlacKkKlansman and Riley’s tweets. While allowing that Lee has been “a huge influence” on his career, Riley took issue with the fictionalization of the story, wherein police are made out to be heroes in the battle against racism. Lee’s film tells the true story of a black detective… Read

Rosamund Pike Declined To Strip For ‘Die Another Day’ Audition, But Got The Part

Actress Rosamund Pike claims she had a #MeToo moment when she was asked to strip to her underwear during an audition for the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day.  The actress recounted the incident in an interview with the UK’s The Independent. She said she refused the humiliating request, but ended up anyway with the role of double-crossing spy Miranda Frost opposite Pierce Brosnan. "On the day, I don't know how I got the resolve and strength of mind, but I just… Read

Amazon Working On DVR For The Streaming Era – Report

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Amazon is working on a new DVR device for the streaming era that that would be a household’s hub for the company’s online video. Citing sources, Bloomberg reports that the gadget — known in-house as “Frank” — would push consumers to bypass cable and satellite TV while dinging TiVo’s market for digital video recorders. Connecting to Amazon's Fire TV boxes using the same tech as its Echo speakers, the new device will allow users to record live TV and stream the video to a… Read

Kellyanne Conway Thinks Press Obsession With The President “Is Kind Of Weird”

Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway thinks the press has a fixation. Friday morning outside the White House, she asked the news pack, "Why is everybody so obsessed with the president of the United States that they can't even begin or finish a sentence without mentioning his name five times. "It's kind of weird," Conway added, comments captured by CSPAN. President Donald Trump obsession is “infecting people on the news now who fancy themselves security experts,” Conway… Read

Aretha Franklin Will Have Public Viewing, Private Family Funeral

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul who passed away Thursday from pancreatic cancer, will have a public memorial viewing Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit, followed by an Aug. 31 funeral. The public viewing will be open from 9 AM to 9 PM daily. The private funeral is open only to family members and invited guests. Interment will be at Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery following the private funeral at Greater Grace Temple, according… Read

Narrative PR Hires Publicist Alex Schack In Latest Ramp-Up

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EXCLUSIVE: Alex Schack, who has spent the past seven years at Slate PR most recently as VP, is moving to Narrative as the entertainment public relations company continues to grow its staff. Schack’s roster of clients at Slate included Bryce Dallas Howard, Madeline Brewer, Katherine McNamara and Dove Cameron among many others, and all are expected to follow her, we hear. Narrative was formed in December by Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon and Bryna Rifkin (from ID PR) and… Read

AwesomenessTV Lays Off 50% Of Staff Following Viacom Acquisition – Update

UPDATED to reflect layoff information reported to California’s employment department: Just weeks after touting its acquisition of AwesomenessTV, Viacom began handing out pink slips. AwesomenessTV said it would fire 98 employees at the teen-focused studio’s Santa Monica offices, or about 50% of its workforce, according to filing made with the California Employment Development Department. The media company said would lay off most of the employees on or shortly after October… Read

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

Valparaiso Pictures Launches, Sets ‘After Perfect’ As First Movie Project With Elizabeth Chomko Writing

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EXCLUSIVE: Venture capitalist and entrepreneur David Carrico has launched Valparaiso Pictures, a Los Angeles-based film and TV development, production and finance company. It already has its first project in the works in After Perfect, a feature film based on Christina McDowell’s 2016 memoir that is being adapted by Elizabeth Chomko and produced with Matt Reeves' 6th & Idaho Productions and Joshua Thurston. Carrico is co-founder of music and entertainment tech consulting… Read

Jonathan Gold Tribute To Include Unseen Footage From ‘City Of Gold’ Documentary

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The Los Angeles Times said today it is planning a public tribute for restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning and longtime fixture of L.A.’s diverse food scene, who died July 21 at age 57. The events set for August 26 include the debut of unseen footage from Laura Gabbert’s documentary City of Gold, which bowed in 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by IFC Films. The event will be held on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall… Read

Donald Trump Taunted By Washington DC Mayor Over Military Parade Cancel Claims

TV news networks pounced on DC mayor’s response to President Donald Trump’s tweets claiming city officials looking for a windfall drove up the pricetag on his military parade so high he pulled the plug on the plan. “Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad),” tweeted DC’s mayor. Trump’s morning tweet… Read