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‘Who Is America’s Sacha Baron Cohen Called Out By Southern California Gun Store Owner – Report

A Riverside, California gun store owner told Fox 11 in Los Angeles that he recognized Sacha Baron Cohen when he entered his shop in disguise, pretending to want to buy a gun, in what he believed was a botched segment for Cohen’s new Showtime series Who is America? The February 2017 incident was captured on the store’s surveillance video and provided to Fox 11 news. Norris Sweidan, owner of Warrior One Guns & Ammo, told Fox 11 that a man he recognized as Cohen, and a… Read

Donald Trump Gooses Tucker Carlson Ratings But Sean Hannity Still On Top

Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Channel primetime program enjoyed a slight uptick with President Donald Trump on Tuesday night, clocking 2.8 million viewers, 584K of them in the news demo. Carlson’s averaging 2.6M viewers, 540K in the demo. Carlson handily beat his timeslot competitors, CNN’s Anderson Cooper (1.3M, 445K) and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (1.9M, 419K). But Trump got trounced by FNC’s Sean Hannity (3.368M, 685K). POTUS also got edged out by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow (2.752M… Read

AfterShock Comics Teams With Fox 21 On Adam Glass’ ‘The Normals’ For TV

AfterShock Comics is teaming with Fox 21 TV Studios and producer Warren Littlefield (Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale) on an adaptation of Adam Glass’ (Supernatural, The Chi) sci-fi horror series The Normals for television. Created and written by Glass, The Normals is centered around one man who finds out his perfect life and family may all be an illusion, setting him on a crusade to save what he believes is real and loves with all his being, while having to save the world in… Read

Sinclair Updates Plans For Station Sales In Bid To Save Tribune Deal

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UPDATED with information about planned FCC hearing: Two days after a stinging challenge to its pending Tribune Media acquisition from FCC chairman Ajit Pai, Sinclair Broadcast Group said it is amending its plans for station divestitures in a bid to salvage the deal. Pai raised "serious concerns" about the so-called "sidecar" deals Sinclair had struck for stations in Dallas, Houston and Chicago. He felt those arrangements would enable Sinclair to continue running the… Read

Discovery Extends CEO David Zaslav’s Contract Through 2023, Boosts His Salary

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UPDATED throughout Discovery extended the contract of President and CEO David Zaslav through the end of 2023, and handed the already well-compensated executive a pay raise. The board said the contract extension provides for management continuity and stability and ensures Zaslav's continued leadership for the next five and a half years. Under his leadership, Discovery began trading as a public company. He also spearheaded the $14.6 billion Scripps Networks Interactive acqui… Read

‘Silicon Valley’ Actress Recalls “Nightmare” Experience On Show, Slams “Bully” TJ Miller, HBO Responds

Alice Wetterlund, who recurred as engineer Carla Walton in seasons 2 and 3 on HBO’s Silicon Valley, describes her experience on the show as “kind of a nightmare” on Twitter, and blames fellow cast members for enabling the “unprofessional” behavior of former star TJ Miller. “TJ Miller was a bully and petulant brat and pretty much everyone who had any power on that (almost all male) set, including the male cast members, enabled him and were complicit in his… Read

DOJ Suggests “Swift” Process For Appeal Of AT&T-Time Warner Decision

Antitrust regulators at the Department of Justice have proposed an expedited process for their appeal of a federal judge’s landmark decision last month allowing AT&T to merge with Time Warner. Final briefs in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals case are due Oct. 18, according to terms agreed upon by both sides and disclosed in today’s DOJ filing in the case, with oral argument soon following. (Read the full filing HERE.) “Because the United States believes that oral… Read

Netflix Takes Top Awards Strategist Lisa Taback Off The Table

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Netflix has inked a deal with top Hollywood awards strategist Lisa Taback to acquire her independent LT-LA consulting firm and move her in-house at the streaming giant. The deal gives her the title VP Talent Relations, and she will lead the company's talent relations and awards teams. It also means she will provide her services exclusively to Netflix, which just last week landed the most Emmy Awards noms of any platform with 122, knocking longtime king HBO from the perch… Read

Paula Faris Exits Weekend ‘GMA’ And ‘The View’ For New Role At ABC News

Paula Faris is leaving The View and Good Morning America and will take a new assignment at ABC News. Faris had been a weekend anchor at GMA for nearly four years, joining GMA from ABC”s overnight World News Now, where she had been for a year. Faris joined the The View panelists in summer of 2015. This season, she’s been appearing on the show mostly on Fridays. In today’s announcement, ABC News president James Goldston did not name Faris’ replacement on either… Read

White House Denies Trump Said Russian Election Meddling Ended Though He Appeared To Say So

When President Donald Trump said “no” to a reporter who asked if he thinks Russia still is targeting U.S. elections, he meant that he would not take any questions, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at today’s press briefing. Except Trump then answered the question, insisting no president has been as tough on Russia. The exchange happened when reporters were being ushered from a White House Cabinet meeting photo op, which typically triggered… Read

‘Empire’ Ups Rhyon Nicole Brown To Regular, Adds Katlynn Simone & A.Z. Kelsey As Recurring

Rhyon Nicole Brown, who recurred in Season 4 of Empire, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming fifth season of Fox’s hit musical family drama. In addition, Katlynn Simone and A.Z. Kelsey have joined in recurring roles. Brown plays Maya, daughter of Cookie’s fellow inmate Poundcake. When Cookie finds her this season Maya has spiraled a bit after discovering her true parentage. Cookie has to step in and be a mother figure to her, helping her find her way… Read