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Jimmy Kimmel Pledges to ‘Faithfully Satirize, Criticize, Lampoon’ President Trump

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Now that Donald Trump is President, will comedian Jimmy Kimmel continue to make fun of the Most Powerful Man in the World on his late night show? “Yeah. Of course!” the host joked on Friday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Apparently, it hasn’t been all that easy for the funny man to make up jokes about the Obama family for the past eight years. He said he’s had to actually force himself to poke fun at the former First Lady’s vegetable garden. But Kimmel will have no such difficulty coming up with material for the new Potus. Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Finds 8 More. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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‘Trophy’ Sundance Review: Brutal Doc Takes Aim at Big-Game Hunting

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Those who are sensitive about cruelty against animals are advised to steer well clear of “Trophy,” a documentary that begins with the killing of a deer on screen and only gets more hard to stomach from there. This deer is shot by a man named Philip Glass (no relation to the minimalist composer) while he is training his young son to kill animals. The Texas-based Glass is a sheep breeder who is after what hunters term the “Big Five”: elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino. Next we meet the large-spirited John Hume, a retired property developer who maintains a rhino-breeding ground. »


- Dan Callahan

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NBC Orders Mixed Race Family Comedy Pilot From Nahnatchka Khan, ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Writer

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NBC has given a pilot order to an untitled family comedy from “Fresh Off the Boat” writer Kourtney Kang. Based on Kang’s life, the untitled comedy will explore what it’s like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with real-world issues like race and gender while never losing focus of her life goal of becoming a Laker Girl like her idol, Paula Abdul. “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan will serve as executive producer on the project alongside Kang and Mandy Summers. Fred Savage will also executive produce. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Michael Flatley Accused of Stiffing Publicist in New Lawsuit

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Time will tell if Michael Flatley can dance his way out of this one. The “Lord of the Dance” creator and “Riverdance” star, who’s scheduled to perform at President Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities on Friday, is being sued by a publicist who claims that Flatley has stiffed him on more than $42,000 in fees and expenses. In the suit, filed in New York Supreme Court on Thursday, Origlio & Miramontez Company says that Flatley owes $42,246.56 for PR and theatrical press agent services related to his production of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games at New York’s Lyric Theatre between »


- Tim Kenneally

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White Nationalist Richard Spencer Punched in the Face During Interview (Video)

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Richard Spencer, one of the loudest voices in the so-called “alt-right” movement and the head of the white nationalist thinktank the National Policy Institute, was punched in the face on the day of President Trump’s inauguration during a live interview, and proceeded to use the incident to argue that his critics are violent cowards. Spencer said in a video he posted on Twitter that as he gave the interview, several people began circling him, including an African-American man who did a “Sieg Heil” salute to mock him. Others asked if he was a Neo-Nazi, which he denied. When a woman asked him. »


- Phil Owen and Tim Molloy

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See All of Trump’s Changes to the White House Website (So Far)

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Donald Trump has been President of the United States for only a few hours, but already his administration has made several notable changes — to the White House website. Upon taking over the job from President Barack Obama, pretty much the first thing to happen after Trump was sworn in were some major alterations to the presidency’s online presence. The Trump campaign and transition team made clear there would be many changes in policy at the start of the Trump Administration, and whitehouse.gov, the administration website, now reflects them. And some of the changes already have many people worried. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Larry King Among Victims of Anti-Trump DC Protests

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Count Larry King among the victims of the protests that besieged Washington D.C., on Friday, as Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. Veteran media personality King said via Twitter that his car windows was smashed in the protests. “Protestors in DC smashed the windows of my hired SUV & many other cars,” King wrote. Also Read: At Least 100 Arrested in Trump Protests in Washington D.C., San Francisco He added that, while he was working in the studio and was unharmed, “my driver is a bit rattled.” A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police in Washington said that approximately 95 arrests were made Friday, »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Writer Says ‘No Animals Were Harmed’ in Making of Film

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W. Bruce Cameron, who wrote the book “A Dog’s Purpose” and is the co-screenwriter of the upcoming movie adaptation, released a statement Friday defending the film crew’s practices after a video surfaced earlier this week showing a dog apparently forced into a pool of rushing water. The video was published by TMZ Wednesday, which called the dog, a German Shepherd named Hercules, “terrified” and said “the animal wanted No part of” being pushed in the water. However, according to Cameron, that brief clip and commentary doesn’t accurately reflect what happened on set that day. “The written commentary accompanying the edited video. »


- Matt Pressberg

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First Petition on Trump’s WhiteHouse.gov: Release Your Tax Returns

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Right after Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration at noon Est on Jan. 20, his administration took over whitehouse.gov, the official website of the White House. And within hours, someone used the site to start a petition demanding Trump release his tax returns. President Barack Obama’s administration first added the “We the People” online petition system to the White House website in 2011. It allows Americans to create petitions on the site, share them, and sign them in order to get the attention of the President. The Trump Administration changed almost all the content on whitehouse.gov just after Trump was sworn in, »


- Phil Hornshaw

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‘Black Mirror’ Doesn’t Seem So Bad Next To Trump’s America (Commentary)

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The first episode of the Netflix-backed third season of “Black Mirror,” “Nosedive,” imagines a world where everyone rates everyone, for everything. Every single interaction you might have with another person is ranked and reviewed, as if you’re a walking restaurant on Yelp or a driver for Uber. You say hello to a coworker in the morning? Five stars. You’re polite when buying a bagel? Five stars. Everyone is constantly evaluating everyone else, and at the start of the episode, the world is bright, sunny, and above all, cheerful. At least on the surface. The point, as it is in all episodes. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Did Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech Echo ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Villain Bane? (Video)

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Earlier Friday, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. During his speech in Washington D.C., some very perceptive and clever fanboys on social media noticed that the President quoted a comic book villain best known to DC Comics fans as the man who broke the Batman’s back – Bane. pic.twitter.com/dYECwneW1R — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 20, 2017 The President quoted a line from Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and promised to give America back to the people, saying “Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Anti-Trump Playlist: 9 Songs Against the New President (Videos)

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Donald Trump is entering the Oval Office with the lowest approval rating of any incoming president since Jimmy Carter. Millions nationwide will march against him the day after he is inaugurated. There’s a lot of rage going around, and it’s being reflected in our music. Here’s a playlist of anti-Trump anthems that have been created since Djt began his road to the White House. Green Day turned the president into a monster in the lyric video for their latest single, “Troubled Times.” The last Republican president inspired Green Day to make “American Idiot.” Who knows what they will make in. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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How Trump’s ‘Designated Survivor’ Fooled Everybody

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President Donald Trump had a “designated survivor” during his inauguration, and he totally gave everyone the slip. A few hours after Trump was sworn in, the truth came out. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch took the role of designated survivor for the inauguration. If the worst had happened, he might have become the 46th President of the United States. Members of the House of Representatives, Senate and Judiciary often attend events like the Presidential Inauguration or State of the Union Address. And lots of government officials in one location brings with it the awful possibility of a disaster or attack that could wipe out the. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Kellyanne Conway’s Outfit Mocked: ‘This Is What Happens When the Gays Won’t Dress You’

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The inauguration of  a new president is certainly supposed to be a patriotic day, however Donald Trump’s White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took the theme to the extreme with her red, white and blue outfit Friday. On such a serious day when the swearing in of the new Potus sparked protests and riots across the country, Conway’s far-out fashion, at least, provided a source of light entertainment on social media. While her Gucci A-line wool coat with cat-head buttons (retailing at $3,600 on Gucci.com) could have looked stylish alone — or perhaps worn on a less official occasion — when paired with a red. »


- Debbie Emery

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The Orchard and CNN Films Acquire Domestic Rights to ‘Trophy’

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The Orchard and CNN Films announced that they have joined forces to acquire North American rights to Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau’s documentary “Trophy.” “Trophy” is produced by Lauren Haber and Julia Nottingham of Pulse Films. The Orchard will handle all North American rights except broadcast, which will be acquired by CNN. A studio is closing international rights to the film. Also Read: So How Did Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Hold Up at Sundance? A startling exploration of the evolving relationship between big-game hunting and wildlife conservation, “Trophy” screens at the Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Documentary Competition. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Supergirl’ Doc About Pre-Teen Powerlifter Picked Up by FilmRise

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FilmRisehas acquired worldwide rights to director Jessie Auritt’s feature documentary “Supergirl,” the film and TV distributor announced Friday. The film, which screens Saturday at Slamdance Film Festival, follows an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen named Naomi Kutin, who at age nine broke world records in powerlifting and became an international phenomenon. As she fights to hold onto her title, Kutin navigates the perils of adolescence — from religious obligations to cyber-bullying and health issues, which could jeopardize her future in powerlifting. Also Read: So How Did Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Hold Up at Sundance? “Supergirl” will make its broadcast debut on »


- Thom Geier

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Broad Green Pulls Buena Vista Social Club Doc From Sundance

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Oscar nominee Lucy Walker’s forthcoming documentary about revolutionary musicians in Cuba has been abruptly pulled from the Sundance lineup. The untitled project was a pseudo-follow up to the hit Wim Wenders doc “Buena Vista Social Club” about the ensemble from 1999. Sundance officials announced the change early Friday morning, with the film’s distributor Broad Green following up with a statement about delayed post-production. Also Read: So How Did Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Hold Up at Sundance? “We at Broad Green are disappointed that we will not be able to premiere this compelling documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, »


- Matt Donnelly

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President Trump Initiates Standing Ovation for Hillary Clinton (Video)

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After defeating Hillary Clinton in the election last November, now-President Trump he took a few moments during his inauguration day Friday to honor his former opponent. “I was very, very honored when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton were coming today … and I’d like you to stand up,” Trump said at the inaugural luncheon. The room erupted with applause when Hillary rose and she can be seen saying, “Thank you,” as Trump himself clapped loudly with his hands above his head. Also Read: Donald Trump's Inaugural Address: 10 Most Memorable Lines “Honestly, there is nothing »


- Brian Flood

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Trump’s Inauguration ‘Designated Survivor’ Revealed

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Please don’t give Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch any grief for missing Donald Trump’s inauguration — he’s the new president’s designated survivor. And he tricked us all into thinking he wouldn’t be. ABC’s excellent new hit drama “Designated Survivor” has shined a light on a position that rarely received much attention in the past: that of the member of the presidential line of succession who is hidden away when a huge number of government officials are all in the same place. Hatch announced Friday that he was Trump’s answer to Kiefer Sutherland, who plays the »


- Phil Owen

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Annapurna Pictures Launches Distribution Arm

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is becoming a full-fledged theatrical distributor and marketer, according to a Friday statement released by the “Sausage Party” production company. Former Fox marketing executive Marc Weinstock, who recently joined the production company as its president, will oversee the new division alongside President of Marketing David Kaminow, President of Distribution Erik Lomis, and their respective teams. Its first release will be “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled drama about the 1967 Detroit riots, which is set to hit theaters on Aug. 4 — the 50th anniversary of the riots. Bigelow is producing alongside Annapurna’s Ellison and Matthew. »


- Matt Pressberg

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