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Updated: Trump’s First Address to Congress Draws Smaller Audience Than Obama’s First Address

6 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Updated: President Trump delivered his first speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday evening, and while the pundit class may be heaping praise on the performance, the hourlong address failed to draw the same kind of audience as his predecessor did in his first such outing.

Across nine networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Univision, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and Fox Business — Trump’s speech drew an average audience of 46.82 million from 9:15 to 10:15 p.m. in Nielsen’s still-not-quite-final numbers.

President Obama’s first address pulled in an audience of 52.37 million people across the four broadcast networks, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, and Univision. The audience for President George W. Bush’s first address, at 39.79 million, was overshadowed by the State of the Union Address he delivered in 2003, which brought in 62.06 million viewers.

Fox News, unsurprisingly, drew the biggest audience for Trump’s speech, with 10.77 million viewers. NBC »

- Oriana Schwindt

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She’s Back! Savannah Guthrie Makes Her (Early) Today Show Return After Maternity Leave

27 February 2017 4:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Savannah Guthrie is back in Studio 1A.

The journalist received a warm welcome from her Today show co-anchors Matt Lauer and Al Roker when she returned to the NBC morning show on Monday after nearly three months at home with her newborn son, Charles “Charley” Max Feldman.

Playing off of that now infamous Oscars mixup, Lauer announced Guthrie’s return by opening an envelope. After feigning disbelief, Guthrie sauntered out in a black and red dress to applause.

“I’d like to thank the Academy, Hoda, Tamron…” she joked, referring to Hoda Kotb and recently departed co-host Tamron Hall.

Ahead of her appearance, »

- Ana Calderone

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Oscar Political Moments: A Timeline of the Memorable Sacrifices, Protests, and Speeches Throughout The Telecast’s History

26 February 2017 8:06 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Filmmakers and stars have often taken a political stance by choosing which projects to make. But when the Academy Awards ceremony began in 1929 to honor the best in film, this created a more public way to demonstrate opinions about the state of the world, the government or a cause.

Read More: Meryl Streep Fires Back at Donald Trump in Blistering Speech: ‘We Have the Right to Live Our Lives’

Not everyone has taken this opportunity though, except for maybe wearing the odd ribbon to support awareness or using their attendance (or lack thereof) to show solidarity. Those blessed by winning a coveted statuette, however, can use their actual acceptance speech as a platform to speak out. Although the awards started being televised in 1953, it took until the 1970s until winners began to really take advantage of having a massive audience for their views. And at times, even the Academy itself got political. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Welcome Back! Savannah Guthrie Will Return to Today Show on Monday Following Son’s Birth

26 February 2017 7:51 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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- Stephanie Petit

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Matthew Broderick Joins Katrina: American Crime Story — Which Controversial Real-World Figure Will He Play?

23 February 2017 12:53 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

The cast of the second cycle of American Crime Story keeps getting better

Matthew Broderick has just signed on to the next edition covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He’s going to play Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) Director Michael D. Brown, who was in charge of the government’s response to the disaster and was widely singled out for criticism. “Brownie,” as President George W. Bush dubbed him, was handed the Fema reins despite lacking any qualifications for the job and was perceived as being in over his head. »

- James Hibberd

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Matthew Broderick Cast In FX’s ‘Katrina: American Crime Story’

23 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Matthew Broderick has joined the cast of FX's Katrina: American Crime Story, the second installment of the Emmy-winning limited series from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Broderick will play Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) Director Michael D. Brown, who was in charge of the federal disaster response to Hurricane Katrina. Brown became famous overnight when President George W. Bush praised him with "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job," while much… »

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President Trump Smashes Record for Getting Majority of Americans to Disapprove of Him

30 January 2017 9:12 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It took former President George W. Bush 1,205 days to reach a majority disapproval rating. Former President Barack Obama crossed that threshold in 936 days.

And President Donald Trump did it in just over a week.

The Republican, who was sworn in on Jan. 20 as the least popular president in at least 40 years, hit majority disapproval in a record eight days, a new Gallup poll of 1,500 Americans finds. As of Saturday, 51 percent of Americans disapproved of Trump.

Trump’s majority disapproval rating comes after a tumultuous first week in office that was capped off with his widely protested executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. »

- Tierney McAfee

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Pope Francis Encourages Donald Trump to Focus on ‘the Poor and the Outcast’

20 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Keeping with tradition, Pope Francis has sent a message to the newly sworn-in president, Donald Trump — and encouraged him to use concern for the poor and less fortunate as a guiding force of his administration.

“At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding farsighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide,” he wrote in a 159-word telegram, according to CruxNow, »

- Diana Pearl

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Former President George H.W. Bush and Wife Barbara Hospitalized in Houston

18 January 2017 11:01 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized on Wednesday for an “acute respiratory problem,” Bush’s spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement via Twitter. Bush’s wife, Barbara, was also admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital on Wednesday, “as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing,” McGrath added. According to McGrath, the 41st President of the United States and father of former President George W. Bush, underwent “a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation.” Also Read: George H.W. Bush Lawyer: Anita Hill Film 'Confirmation' Is as Realistic 'as Game of Thrones' Bush, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Film Feature: 10 Worst Films of 2016, by HollywoodChicago.com

18 January 2017 8:24 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Film reviewing can be a blood sport – not everything is a highfalutin art night at the cinema. The three reviewers of HollywoodChicago.com – Patrick McDonald, Spike Walters and Jon Espino – did spend some time wasting energy on some really bad movies in 2016, and lived to tell about it.

There are no rankings, because they are all rank. The ten are listed in descending levels of dread, with stars like Bobby De Niro and George Clooney representing, as well as superheroes and overwrought CGI epics making the “grade.” The persons responsible for the descriptive honors are marked accordingly, Pm for for Patrick, Sw for Spike and Je for Jon. Cover your eyes and gird your loins, these are the 10 Worst Films of 2016, by HollywoodChicago.com.

Dirty Grandpa

Dirty Grandpa

Photo credit: Lionsgate

To this day, even while writing this, I get a stomach ache recalling how prodigiously disgusting “Dirty Grandpa” turned out to be. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Trump Will Be Sworn In as the Least Popular President in Four Decades, New Poll Says

17 January 2017 2:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Donald Trump takes the oath of office in just a few short days, he will do so as the least popular president in at least 40 years, a new Washington Post-abc News poll says.

According to the national poll, just 40 percent of Americans say they have a favorable impression of the president-elect. That’s 21 points lower than President Barack Obama’s departing favorability rating of 61 percent and easily the lowest popularity for an incoming president since 1977, ABC News reports. Trump trails behind former Presidents Obama (79 percent), Bill Clinton (68 percent), George H.W. Bush (65 percent), Ronald Reagan (58 percent) and Jimmy Carter (78 percent »

- Tierney McAfee

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Dan Rather: The Press ‘Can’t Back Up or Back Down’ to Trump Administration

17 January 2017 7:20 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It has been more than a decade since Dan Rather left CBS News, following a furor over the network’s reports on President George W. Bush’s service when he was a young officer in the Texas Air National Guard.

Rather, now 85, has since hosted “The Big Interview” on Mark Cuban’s Axs TV and made appearances on many other cable news shows. Newly energized, he has called on the media to not back down from its duties in the face of one of the most overtly hostile incoming presidents in history.

Now, often as not, it’s on Facebook that Rather metes out his critiques. After the president-elect’s combative press conference last week, the newsman wrote about the “dangerous mixture of big ego and thin skin” that he believes threaten to turn Donald Trump into “President Asterisk.”

Jake Chessum for Variety

“If you, Mr. Trump, fail to take the Russian threat seriously, if »

- James Rainey

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The Obamas’ White House Decorator Offered to Advise the Trumps

14 January 2017 8:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on Time.

The Obamas’ White House decorator, Michael S. Smith, said he has reached out to President-elect Donald Trump’s team, offering to help with the part of the presidential transition that will mean new artwork and furniture at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“I’ve had really nice conversations and said, ‘Listen, I think that we’re part of a very special club to have the honor to be selected to work on probably the most prominent, most famous house in the world,’” Smith told Time. “I have very much extended my desire to be as helpful and informative and supportive as possible. »

- Maria Mercedes Lara

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‘Homeland’ Star Elizabeth Marvel: ‘It’s a Wonderful Time’ to Be Playing the President-Elect

13 January 2017 4:43 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When “Homeland” returns for its sixth season on Sunday, a few changes will be in store. Not only will the series be set in the United States for the first time, but the commander-in-chief about to be sworn in will be a woman. Executive producer Alex Gansa has said he didn’t, however, model the character on former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. And Elizabeth Marvel, the actress who plays the Peotus, says she had some very different politicians in mind as she prepared for the role.

Here, Marvel tells Variety why she channeled former President George W. Bush, what to expect from President-Elect Elizabeth Keane this season, and why it’s important for our leaders to pay attention to the intelligence community.

What made you want to take on the role?

Who wouldn’t want to play the leader of the free world? It’s a fascinating compliment to play the president-elect. The »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Jenna Bush Flubs Pharrell’s Nom, Mixes Up Movie Title As ‘Hidden Fences’ — The Twitterverse Reacts Hilariously

8 January 2017 6:02 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Looks like red carpet correspondent Jenna Bush is following in the footsteps of her dad, former President George W. Bush, when it comes to making embarrassing verbal gaffes. That was the case when she was on the carpet at the Golden Globe Awards chatting with Pharrell, nominated for his soundtrack to the drama “Hidden Figures” […] »

- Brent Furdyk

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Former Mexican President Says He Is Still Not Paying for Donald Trump’s Wall

6 January 2017 5:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox took to Twitter on Friday to clarify one particular issue for President-elect Donald Trump: He is not going to pay for any wall on the Mexican-American border.

The 74-year-old politician first tweeted about the issue in early 2016, when Trump, 70, proposed to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and make them pay for it.

Fox lashed out at the then-gop frontrunner for his threats to block out Mexican immigrants in February 2016, saying, “I’m not going to pay for that f—ing wall. He should pay for it.”

In Thursday’s tweet, »

- Alexia Fernandez

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5 Dead, At Least 8 Injured in Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Suspect in Custody

6 January 2017 10:18 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Five people have been killed and at least 8 people were injured in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, authorities confirm.

The Broward County Sheriff confirmed via Twitter that multiple people have been killed and the suspect is in custody.

Confirmed: Shooting at Fort Lauderdale -Hollywood International Airport with multiple people dead. One subject in custody.

— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) January 6, 2017

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Update: Eight people were injured and transported to an area hospital.

— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) January 6, 2017

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The shooting took place in Terminal 2 in the baggage claim area, »

- skhelling

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Trump Tweets That U.S. Will Pay for Border Wall — But ‘Will Be Paid Back By Mexico Later’

6 January 2017 8:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Remember when Donald Trump said that “we will build a great wall along the southern border — and Mexico will pay for the wall”?

Well, turns out it’s a bit more complicated.

Although the president-elect uttered that promise numerous times during his presidential campaign, including at an Aug. 31 rally in Phoenix, Arizona, the 70-year-old clarified things a bit on Friday when he tweeted that Americans will actually have to dole out the cash for the border wall — and wait for Mexico to reimburse them.

In an early morning tweet on Friday targeted to the “dishonest media,” Trump explained that “any »

- Dave Quinn

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Hillary and Bill Clinton Will Attend Trump's Inauguration

3 January 2017 12:56 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Hillary and Bill Clinton plan to attend Donald Trump's inauguration, putting the 2016 presidential rivals on the same platform only weeks after their tough campaign. Aides to the former secretary of state and former president say the Clintons will attend the Jan. 20 inauguration. 

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has largely avoided the public eye since Trump's come-from-behind victory in November. As a former president and first lady, the couple faced the difficult decision of whether to attend the ceremony.

The announcement came shortly after former President George W. Bush's office said he would attend along with former first lady »

- the Associated Press,THR Staff

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