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Dick Gregory Dies: The Legendary Stand-Up Comedian And Civil Rights Activist Was 84

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Celebrated stand-up comedian and civi rights activist Dick Gregory died today in Washington at the age of 84. The trailblazing figure was hospitalized earlier this month from a yet-to-be-announced medical condition. His official Instagram account announced his death today saying more details will be released soon. Before he died, Gregory was still actively touring and had engagements set up in the forthcoming weeks. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Gregory got his start… »

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Anthony Scaramucci Signs With Hollywood PR Firm — Report

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Update with photo of Bragman and Scaramucci: It looks like Anthony Scaramucci has his eyes on Hollywood. After his very short stint as the White House communications director, He immediately made headlines, was the subject of numerous memes and viral videos, and made a much-talked about appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The obvious next step would be to get some representation. The Mooch has reportedly signed with well-known Hollywood publicist Howard Bragm… »

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Boston Police Commissioner Praises “99.9 Percent” Of Protesters; Donald Trump Says Protest Helps “Heal”

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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said “99.9 percent” of the estimated 40,000 anti-racist protesters “were here for the right reasons” and that “overall it was a good day for the city.” Evans confirmed the number of arrests at 27 (later updated to 33), noting that most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct, with a few assaults against police officers. He characterized the mischief as “a lot of pushing and shoving,” and confirmed that some bottles of urine were… »

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Donald Trump Spotlights “Many Anti-Police Agitators” In Largely Peaceful Boston; Police Confirm Rocks Thrown

16 hours ago

Perhaps watching cable news coverage of the Boston rally and counter-protests, President Donald Trump just tweeted, “Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you.” In a second tweet, Trump wrote, “Great job by all law enforcement officers and Boston mayor.”  (See the tweets below). Boston police subsequently confirmed that rocks had been thrown at officers, and asked “individuals to refrain from throwing urine, bottles and… »

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‘SNL’ Production Designer Eugene Lee On The Series’ “Unpresidented” Year

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With NBC’s late-night fixture Saturday Night Live since its very first season in 1975, suffice it to say that production designer Eugene Lee has seen it all, going round and round that lofty Emmys carousel. Splitting his time between SNL and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Lee earned his 13th nomination this year for the former series. Election years at SNL are always lively and fun—Lee has worked through 11 of them—but as can be expected, the production designer… »

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Boston Rally “Officially Over”, Capping Day Of Cable News Attention

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With Boston police warning rally-goers to “leave the sticks and stones at home,” the city grabbed the day’s cable news coverage for what was a largely peaceful, if uneasy, stand-off between the so-called Free Speech Rally and the vastly larger-in-number anti-racist counter-protesters at Boston Common. Despite some tense moments of riot-geared police swarming potential clashes – one such incident got simultaneous coverage on CNN, MSNBC and the Fox New Channel – the… »

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Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Comedy Series

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For five consecutive years, ABC's Modern Family ruled the roost, and for the past two years it has been HBO's Veep. Emmy voters definitely like consistency in their comedy series and both these shows are back in the hunt again. In fact, other than FX's first season hit, Atlanta, the lineup is identical to last year with only Amazon's Transparent missing the cut, probably since it crossed the line a bit too often between dramatic and comedic moments. Emmy likes their… »

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Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Drama Series

18 hours ago

In a truly remarkable, record-breaking development, no fewer than five of the seven shows nominated for Outstanding Drama Series this year are not just first timers, but series in their very first season. Part of this can be attributed to the absence of the victor of the past two years, Game of Thrones, which started to air its latest season after the eligibility window closed. But what it really points to is the extraordinary quality of this year's new output of dramas… »

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‘Girls’ Star Becky Ann Baker On Hannah Horvath’s Fate & The Two Best Jobs Of Her Television Career

18 hours ago

Working consistently since the 1980s in film, television and theater, Becky Ann Baker may forever be known for maternal turns in two iconic series, the blessing and occasional burden of extraordinary work. Both from executive producer Judd Apatow, those series would be cult classic Freaks and Geeks and Lena Dunham’s Girls, in which the actress powerfully manifesting the experience of grief, loss and aging in brutally honest, smartly written scenes. From the beginning of Gi… »

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How ‘Fargo’ Season 3 Tackled The Donald Trump Era Of Alternative Facts – Emmys

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The third season of FX's Fargo is bookended by one-on-one inquisitions. In Noah Hawley's Emmy-nominated first episode "The Law of Vacant Places"—which he directed—a man in 1988 East Berlin is getting the third degree from Colonel Horst Lagerfeld (Sylvester Groth) who firmly believes that the accused is Yuri Gurka, a 20-year old Ukraine murderer who recently strangled his girlfriend Helga to death. But the man in question says he's Jakob Ungerleider, a German citizen who… »

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Donald Trump Blows Off Kennedy Center Honors; Avoiding “Political Distraction”

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If you had been hoping to see Norman Lear and Donald Trump face off at the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the former Celebrity Apprentice host just dashed your dreams and likely avoided a very uncomfortable confrontation of sorts. "The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," coldly announced the White House early in the Am today regarding the 40th Honors… »

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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Clip: Rami Malek’s Elliot Interrupted At Hacker Tournament

18 August 2017 8:44 PM, PDT

After a teaser two weeks ago along with the revelation of Bobby Cannavale’s used car salesman character Irving, USA Networks dropped a small clip on Twitter tonight from Mr. Robot‘s season 3.0 with the message “Prepare yourself, friend. This clip is just the beginning.” In the one minute video, Rami Malek’s Elliot is at the world series for hackers, the Def Con Ctf Quals (an actual tournament for cyber security geeks) and he’s beat the competition in two minutes. But… »

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‘Real Time’: Former Celeb Apprentice Hopeful Penn Jillette Slams Donald Trump

18 August 2017 8:35 PM, PDT

Update with Al Franken video Libertarian magician Penn Jillette, appearing on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher tonight, had nothing good to say about his old TV near-boss Donald Trump. “I know Donald Trump,” said Jillette, a 2012 Celebrity Apprentice contestant, “and whatever you think about Donald Trump, he’s worse than that.” Jillette, sans his longtime ponytail, found one nice thing to say about the president, though. “The only good thing about Donald Trump is he’s… »

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Steve Bannon On Exit: “I’ve Got My Hands Back On My Weapons”

18 August 2017 6:27 PM, PDT

Steve Bannon, the lightning rod strategic adviser to President Donald Trump who either was dismissed from his White House post earlier today or exited on his own, has spoken out in an interview with the conservative-leaning The Weekly Standard. In an exit interview of sorts that certainly will serve as a blueprint of what to expect now that he is back as executive chairman of Breitbart News, Bannon said he’d continue to “focus on going after the establishment” but that… »

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FX Acquires ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, ‘Logan’, ‘Girls Trip’, ‘Despicable Me 3’, ‘War For The Planet of the Apes’ & More Movies

18 August 2017 5:32 PM, PDT

FX continues to stock up on big movie titles as theatrical films more and more deliver stronger ratings for basic cable networks than off-network series, making them a good investment. FX, which was an early adopter of the strategy, has picked up another 17 2017 movies over the past seven months from Fox, Universal and Sony. They include most of the biggest grossers of the year to date outside of the Marvel and some other Disney titles that are locked into existing TV… »

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‘Westworld’s Thandie Newton On HBO’s Series Strengths, Season 2 & Freedom — Emmys

18 August 2017 5:09 PM, PDT

"Nothing's ever taken for granted on this show let me tell you," says Thandie Newton from the Season 2 set of Westworld. Certainly, with a drama topping 22 Emmy nominations this year, the much watched and much discussed HBO series based on Michael Crichton's 1973 movie has emerged as the premium cabler's new blockbuster in more ways than one. For the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama nominee, the Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan showrun series drills into deep notions of… »

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Kim Kardashian To Co-Host ‘Live With Kelly And Ryan’ This Month

18 August 2017 3:41 PM, PDT

Kim Kardashian West is set to co-host Live With Kelly and Ryan with her pal Ryan Seacrest on Monday, August 28, stepping in for Kelly Ripa. This will be Kardashian's first time co-hosting with Seacrest and her second time co-hosting on the show, after having teamed up with Kelly Ripa for a day in 2012. Actor Eric Dane and country singer and TV personality Kellie Pickler will be the duo’s guests during the hour, along with Extreme Pumpkin Carver Tom Nardone. Kardashian… »

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Steve Bannon Exits As Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist, Returns To Breitbart As “Populist Hero”

18 August 2017 3:28 PM, PDT

2Nd Update: Well, that didn’t take long. Hours after news broke that chief strategist is leaving the Trump administration, Breitbart announced that he is returning to the alt-right outlet as executive chairman — the post he held from 2012-16 before joining Donald Trump’s campaign. Breitbart.com’s headline on its Bannon story calls him a “populist hero.” "The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today," Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow said in the… »

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ VFX Supervisor Brendan Taylor On Dismantling Church With Potent, Invisible Effects

18 August 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

In the brave new world of visual effects, where the only limitations are those of the imagination, visual effects break down broadly into categories—the flashy sort involved with Valerian-style world building, or Game of Thrones‘ dragons, and the kind that operates entirely behind the scenes, invisibly. In the case of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, visual effects supervisor Brendan Taylor was largely working with the latter. In Season 1, one of Taylor’s biggest projects was… »

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Univision Chief: CEOs Must Denounce Racism And The “Current Insanity”

18 August 2017 12:40 PM, PDT

Add Univision Communications CEO Randy Falco to the growing list of executives calling for full-throated opposition to bigotry following President Donald Trump’s response to last weekend’s clashes in Charlottesville. Without mentioning Trump by name, Falco said in an open letter that he opposes the “abject failure to clearly and forcefully denounce the actions of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and others who espouse racist and hateful views.” He adds that the “current… »

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