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Trump & Political Sideshows Both a Blessing and Curse for Late-Night TV

23 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tom Purcell never expected his staff to expend this much energy on one person.

When Purcell, executive producer of CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” assembles his writers each day, they can’t stop talking about Donald Trump, the pugnacious mogul and possible Republican presidential nominee who has usurped the news cycle. “The pieces we do on politics get by far the most views and YouTube hits of anything we do,” he said. “It’s a gift to us that is unprecedented.”

That gift is both blessing and curse. TV’s late-night hosts have to top not just each other, but also the candidates themselves — particularly Trump, who delivers viral soundbytes and Gif-able moments in an endless series of interviews, rallies and tweets.

Moreover, the comedic challenge and opportunity that is Trump arrived on the heels of the exits of Jon Stewart and Colbert, TV’s two top political satirists, »

- Brian Steinberg and Daniel Holloway

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Round-Up: Ghostbusters Reboot Figures, Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Director Q&A, Robert Englund at Silver Scream Festival

9 January 2016 9:04 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Paul Feig tweeted a photo of four Ghostbusters reboot figures on Friday that look pretty rad. We have details, as well as a look at the figures, below. A Q&A with Daniel Abella, the director of the Philip K. Dick Film Festival, and info on Robert Englund's upcoming appearance at Silver Scream Festival, are also in this round-up.

Mattel's Ghostbusters Figures: The photo below features the prototypes of all four of the figures which stand at six inches tall. The official release date for these items is not available at this time.

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones, Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot is slated to hit theaters on July 15th, 2016. Chris Hemsworth will play Kevin the receptionist, with Andy Garcia, Matt Walsh, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Cecily Strong also along for the ride.

Original Ghostbusters stars Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts, »

- Tamika Jones

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