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‘Real Housewives’ NeNe Leakes Slams Wendell, er, Wendy Williams: ‘Be Scared’

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The ongoing feud between talk show host Wendy Williams and Bravo's “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes has reached a new boiling point. This time, Leakes directed her blog to “Wendell,” a clear jab meant to infer that Williams resembles a drag queen, after the talk show host asked her followers on Twitter what they thought of Leakes “defacing her Birkin bag.” Leakes spent a good amount of the blog taking down Williams — one insult at a time. We'll get to that in a bit. But for those of you who desire a response to NeNe's redesigned Birkin Bag. »


- Jethro Nededog

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BBC Reporter Attacked by Israeli Resident During Live Segment (Video)

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BBC Arabic reporter Feras Khatib was attacked by an angry Israeli citizen while reporting live on the conflict in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Khatib, wearing a bullet-proof vest with the word “Press” across the chest, was reporting from the Israeli city of Ashkelon. In the video (above), he's seen being shoved violently off camera by another man, before the unidentified man is detained by another member of the BBC team. Also read: BBC News Division Cutting 415 Jobs, Reducing Budget by 26 Percent “While reporting live from inside the Israeli city of Ashkelon this morning, BBC Arabic reporter Feras Khatib was. »


- Linda Ge

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FX: Let's All Be More Patient About Ratings

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Does it still make sense to report ratings the morning after a show airs at a time when people watch so many views on DVR? FX thinks not, and last week started what it hopes will be an industry trend. It declined to release ratings for “The Strain” the day after it aired, waiting instead until three days had passed so it could include viewers who watched later. Also read: Guillermo del Toro's ‘The Strain’ Will Take Major Detours From the Books Until now, FX, like other networks, has sent out news releases as soon as possible, putting its ratings in the. »


- Tim Molloy

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Ex-nfl Coach Tony Dungy Backtracks on Michael Sam Remarks: ‘I Feel Badly’

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Ex-nfl coachTony Dungy was criticized for saying he never would've drafted Michael Sam — the league's first openly gay player. Now Dungy says he regrets the way his comments were taken. The Super Bowl-winning coach and current NBC football analyst was quoted on Sunday as saying he wouldn't have wanted a distraction of that magnitude for his team. But after a harsh and immediate public backlash, Dungy released a new statement Tuesday in an attempt to clarify his position. See video: Anderson Cooper Tears Apart Dallas Anchor Offended by Michael Sam NFL Draft Kiss “What I was asked about was my philosophy of drafting, »


- Travis Reilly

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Movie Ticket Prices Climb in Second Quarter: Thanks, ‘Captain America’

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The average cost of a movie ticket rose to $8.33 in the second quarter, according to data released Tuesday by the National Association of Theater Owners. Blame “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” That's a little under the $8.38 average cost during the second quarter of 2013, but up significantly from the $7.96 average ticket price in the first quarter. The movies that connected made the difference. Also read: Make That a Large Popcorn, Actually – Moviegoers’ Costs Went Down in First Quarter Disney's Marvel superhero sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” released in April, was the biggest second-quarter hit with $240 million in domestic »


- Todd Cunningham

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Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell Play Games of Sex and Power in First ‘Miss Julie’ Trailer (Video)

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Sexual politics are at play in the first trailer for Liv Ullmann's “Miss Julie,” an adaptation of August Strindberg's classic 19th century play, starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell. Chastain plays an upper class young woman who decides to rebel and go dancing at a servants’ midsummer party one night, becoming drawn to a servant (Farrell) and resulting in a quite dysfunctional relationship of perverse games and power struggles. Oh, and he's engaged to be married to a fellow servant (Samantha Morton). Also read: Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain Films Headed to Toronto Film Festival While the play takes place all. »


- Linda Ge

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HBO's ‘True Blood’ and ‘Leftovers’ Reach Highest Ratings Since Season Debuts

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HBO's Sunday shows “True Blood” and “The Leftovers” reached encouraging season highs with their last episodes. “True Blood” kicked off the night at its 9 p.m. timeslot with 3.6 million viewers. That's the highest viewership for the show since it premiered its final season last month to 4 million viewers. Over the three airings of Episode 705 on Sunday, that number grew to 4.4 million viewers. See video: ‘True Blood’ Goes Political Again, Shoots Up Ted Cruz Republican Event The episode marked the return of Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to action as he and progeny Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) hunted down Sarah Newlin »


- Jethro Nededog

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PBS President Paula Kerger Knows They Need to Go Multi-Platform

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Considering the fact that PBS is funded in part by like viewers like you, President Paula Kerger knows she needs to use some of those dollars to reach more viewers like — and unlike — you. To do so, Kerger touted her channel's embrace of a “wide variety” of platforms at Tuesday's Television Critics Association panel, noting that she understands the network's need to be readily available to more people than it currently is. Still, funding is an issue, and Kerger acknowledged her job to “carefully steward” that money. While navigating Public Broadcasting Services finances may be complex, the end-goal is simple:. »


- Tony Maglio

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The $420 Million Question: How Much Will California Set Aside for TV, Film Tax Credits?

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The bill to extend and expand California's TV and film tax credit program has sailed through its early legislative tests, but there's a big question remaining to be resolved before it hits Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Still to be determined is just how much money will be set aside annually for the bill, which is designed to halt the bleeding as California's TV and film production is siphoned off by other states and countries. Insiders say that it could go as high as $420 million annually — four times the current amount — over a five-year period, which would put the »


- Todd Cunningham

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Fortune Names Alan Murray as New Editor

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Alan Murray has been named the new editor of Fortune magazine. “Alan's diverse background uniquely positions him to lead Fortune,” said Todd Larsen, executive vice president, Time Inc. in a statement. “He is a digital champion and media visionary who can bridge every aspect of our business, moving effortlessly from the newsroom to the boardroom to television to conference stage.” See also: Fortune Global 500: China Grows, but U.S. Still Top Nation The move means Murray will step down as president of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan American think tank based out of Washington, D.C. Before taking »


- Travis Reilly

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Didn't Want ‘Trust Fund Kids,’ Left Fortune to Their Mother

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of Hollywood's most successful actors when he died of a drug overdose in February, but he had no intention of using his earnings to overindulge his three children. The star of colon-heavy blockbusters like “Mission: Impossible III” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” told his accountant David Friedman on multiple occasions that “did not want his children to be considered ‘trust fund’ kids,” according to court documents reportedly filed July 18 and obtained by media outlets. Also read: Philip Seymour Hoffman Autopsy: Actor Died of Mixed Drug Intoxication Those documents reportedly show a conversation between Friedman and the court-appointed. »


- Travis Reilly

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Film Festival Scramble: Telluride Loses Its Surprises as Toronto Gets Tough

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Tuesday morning's announcement of the first set of films for this year's Toronto International Film Festival was more than just a blast of programming from the biggest of the fall's film festivals. It was also a blow to the element of surprise on which the smaller Telluride Film Festival has built its reputation. Telluride has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated festival that attracts avid moviegoers who trust the fest's programming decisions. They have no choice but to trust the fest, because Telluride doesn't announce its bookings until the day before it begins. That means festivalgoers have to buy their. »

- Steve Pond

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CNN's Gaza, Malaysia Airlines Crash Coverage Boosts Ratings – but Can't Touch Fox News Numbers

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This is not exactly breaking news, but CNN thrives during times of breaking news. Last week was no exception as the Turner cable news network saw the largest ratings increases following Thursday's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and Israel's ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. Despite the bigger percentage increases for its chief competitor, Fox News stayed on top — though the two came dangerously close in certain metrics. All below data measures the prior Thursday-Sunday to the previous four Thursday-Sunday time periods between June 19-July 13. Also read: Malaysia Airlines Flight Crash Gives Cable News Ratings Big Boost In total day total viewers, »


- Tony Maglio

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Fandor Acquires Cannes Film ‘The Strange Little Cat’ For Day-and-Date Release (Exclusive)

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Fandor, the online streaming film company run by Ted Hope, has acquired German director Ramon Zürcher's domestic dramedy “The Strange Little Cat” for a day-and-date release. The movie, which premiered at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival and later played that year at Cannes and Toronto, will get a minimum one week run at Lincoln Center in New York starting on Aug. 2nd, while it will also stream on Fandor. Also read: Ted Hope Named CEO of Fandor The film explores “deeper meaning of the trivial in this droll narrative centered on a seemingly uneventful day in the life of a Berlin family. »


- Jordan Zakarin

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National Geographic Channels Names Tim Pastore President, Original Programming and Production

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National Geographic Channels CEO Courteney Monroe announced on Tuesday that Emmy-nominated producer and television veteran Tim Pastore will be joining the network as president, original programming and production, Ngc U.S. Pastore's new role will see him assuming oversight of all development, production and production management for National Geographic Channel U.S., responsible for approximately 400 hours of content annually. Heather Moran, executive vice president, programming and strategy, and Alan Eyres, senior vice president, programming and development, will work closely with and report directly to Pastore. Also read: National Geographic Channels President Howard T. Owens Stepping Down “Tim's taste and sensibility for the National. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Brothers & Sisters’ Alum Luke MacFarlane, Hannah John-Kamen and Aaron Ashmore Join Syfy's ‘Killjoys’

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“Brothers & Sisters” alum Luke MacFarlaneHannah John-Kamen and Aaron Ashmore have been cast as the leads in Syfy's newest scripted series “Killjoys,” the cable network announced Tuesday. From Temple Street Productions, the producers of “Orphan Black,” and Michelle Lovretta, the creator of “Lost Girl” who also serves as writer and showrunner, “Killjoys” follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war. See video: Aaron Stanford Travels Back in Time in First Trailer for Syfy's '12 Monkeys’ Chris Grismer (“Vampire Diaries”) will. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Maleficent’ Passes $700 Million at Worldwide Box Office

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Disney's “Maleficent” has surpassed $700 million at the global box office, the studio said Tuesday. It's Disney's 15th release ever to reach that threshold and the second of 2014, the first being the Marvel superhero sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” It's also Angelina Jolie‘s highest-grossing live-action film of all time domestically ($229 million), internationally ($472 million) and globally ($700 million), as well as the highest-grossing original film of 2014 worldwide. Also read: Angelina Jolie's ‘Maleficent’ at $400 Million in Foreign Box Office, Over $600 Million Worldwide Released domestically on May 30, Maleficent opened at No. 1 with $69.4 million and has seen strong »


- Todd Cunningham

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PBS Announces Walt Disney Special, Navy SEALs Documentary

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PBS will explore the life of entertainment giant Walt Disney and the work of the U.S. Navy SEALs in its upcoming programming, the network said Tuesday. Disney will be the subject of an installment of “The American Experience” that will premiere next fall. The four-hour, two night film will be directed by Sarah Colt (“JFK”). The film will feature rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, as well as interviews and clips from Disney's classic films. Also read: PBS Brings Half-Hour ‘Sesame Street’ to Afternoons “Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story,” meanwhile, will premiere on Nov.11 — Veterans Day — at 9 p. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Real Housewives of NY’ Reunion Preview: Ramona Singer Lashes Out at Andy Cohen Over Marriage (Video)

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Bravo's Andy Cohen will feel the heat when “The Real Housewives of New York” go at each other during the upcoming three-part reunion special. The preview for the spectacle (above) shows Ramona Singer turning the tables on Cohen when he asks about her marriage. See video: ‘Real Housewives of NJ's’ Teresa and Joe Giudice Cry Over Possible Jail Time “Stop it, Andy,” Singer says. “How's your love life? Who are you going to have sex with tonight?” “I'll tell you when when I go on a reality show with whoever I'm having sex with,” Cohen shoots back. Also read: Bloody »


- Greg Gilman

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Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson Square Off and Meltdown in Funny or Die Play (Video)

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Once co-stars on the criminally underrated HBO comedy “Bored to Death,” Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson reunited at the behest of Funny or Die for a new video meant to promote the brothers rock doc “Mistaken for Strangers.” That's a lot of Brooklyn, and as it turns out, a lot of drama. Also read: ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ Director Tom Berninger: All the Attention Is Overwhelming The promo video is a remarkably meta spin on the “Mistaken for Strangers” doc itself, which was comprised of the video that Tom Berninger, little brother of The National lead singer Matt Berninger, took while serving as a. »


- Jordan Zakarin

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