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PBS Cuts Al Franken From David Letterman’s Mark Twain Prize Broadcast

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PBS is editing out Senator Al Franken’s appearance from tomorrow’s taped broadcast of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony honoring David Letterman. The decision comes after the former Saturday Night Live writer and performer was accused of sexual harassment. In a statement, PBS said, “PBS will air an updated ‘David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize’ on Monday. Senator Al Franken participated in the event, but will not appear substantially in the PBS program… »

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Earle Hyman Dies: Veteran Broadway Actor, Cosby TV Dad Was 91

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Earle Hyman, a classically trained actor of steady grace, imposing presence and consummate skill, died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ. He was 91. Hyman’s career on and off-Broadway spanned more than six decades and a multiplicity of Shakespearean roles at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival. But it was as Dr. Cliff Huxtable’s sympatico dad Russell on NBC’s The Cosby Show that Hyman reached his widest audience, earning him an Emmy… »

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Jeffrey Tambor Exits ‘Transparent’ After Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Exclusive: Facing two accusations of sexual harassment by members of the Transparent team that he has strongly denied, Jeffrey Tambor today has decided not to return to the Amazon series. "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," the Emmy winning actor told Deadline on Sunday. "What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,"… »

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‘Bored To Death’ Movie: Creator Jonathan Ames Has Two Drafts Written

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While HBO’s comedy series Bored to Death was cancelled after three seasons back in 2011, and a possible movie has been in development since 2013, not much progress has been reported so far. However, speaking on a panel at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday, the show’s creator Jonathan Ames said, “I did write two versions.” The show followed three quirky male friends played by Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson and Jason Schwartzman, with the latter’s character named… »

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Sean Hannity Tweet-Shouts At Brian Stelter, Who’s Blocked By Bartiromo

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Seems if Fox News hosts aren’t tweet-screaming at CNN’s Brian Stelter, they’re blocking him entirely. Fox’s Sean Hannity took the former approach during Stelter’s Reliable Sources program this morning, while Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo just kept shunning. The Stelter-Hannity skirmish – or at least the latest iteration of it – reached the All Caps phase today after Hannity learned that Stelter had invited Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal watchdog group Media Matt… »

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HBO ‘Night Of Too Many Stars’ Sees Host Jon Stewart Spar With Stephen Colbert

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The semi-annual Night Of Too Many Stars benefit to raise money in the battle against autism didn’t ignore other major problems, including the current wave of sexual harassment in Hollywood and politics. The program, held Saturday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden and televised live by HBO, had already bounced comedian Louis C.K. from appearing as a result of his admitted sexual misconduct with several women. Aware of the potential for distractions, host Jon Stewart… »

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Russell Simmons Accused Of Forcing Sex On Model While Brett Ratner Watched

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Music/film mogul Russell Simmons is being accused by a former model of forcing her to engage in sex as filmmaker Brett Ratner watched and did nothing, according to a report. Keri Claussen Khalighi said she was 17 years old when the incident happened in 1991 at Simmons’s New York apartment. The story was first reported Sunday by the Los Angeles Times. Khalighi claimed she accompanied Simmons and Ratner to the apartment to ostensibly watch a music video they had… »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Steady With Host Chance The Rapper & Eminem

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Last night’s telecast of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Chance The Rapper and featuring musical guest Eminem, drew a 4.3 household Live+Same Day rating in the metered markets and a 2.0 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters.  That was in line with last week’s show, hosted by Tiffany Haddish with musical guest Taylor Swift, which averaged a 4.3 household rating and a 1.9 in the demo. SNL, whose totals do not include viewers for the encore telecast at 11:30… »

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‘SNL’ Vs Al Franken: Weekend Update Takes On A Former Writer

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Though it reserved its best sexual harassment joke for Jeremy Piven, Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update didn’t entirely forget its old regular visitor from the Al Franken Decade. “Now, I know this was taken before Franken took public office,” said Update co-anchor Colin Jost about the now infamous picture of Franken posing in a mock-grope position over a sleeping Leeann Tweeden, “but it was also after he was a sophomore in high school.” After Jost made a self-directed… »

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‘SNL’: “Come Back, Barack”, Stay Awhile Pete Davidson & Chance Pays Off

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Chance the Rapper made the most of his opportunity to host Saturday Night Live last night, a solid, confident turn for his first time at the gig. The show itself was, well, here’s hoping the Thanksgiving break provides cast and crew a chance to regroup and refresh. Despite a few highlights – a missing-you love ballad to Barack Obama, Pete Davidson’s Weekend Update riff on his rift with Staten Island – this Thanksgiving episode left a lot on the table. Let’s start with the… »

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‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Won’t Discuss Jeffrey Tambor Scandal, Advocates Anti-Harassment On-Set Rules

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Undoubtedly the set of Transparent has felt serious shockwaves over the recent accusations against its star Jeffrey Tambor. But speaking on a panel at Vulture Fest La on Saturday, the show’s creator and Ep Jill Soloway would not directly discuss the issue. “We have our own complications on Transparent,” she said. “And because there is an investigation that we are amidst I am not able to say anything at all about it. I’m trying to just protect the process and make sure… »


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Saoirse Ronan To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’, With Musical Guest U2

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Saoirse Ronan, flying high in the critically acclaimed Lady Bird, will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Dec. 2. Musical guest will be U2. The booking was announced on tonight’s SNL hosted by Chance the Rapper, with musical guest Eminem. »


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‘SNL’: Trump Boys Inherit Dad-Free Spot With “Juilliard Massage” Of “RickiLakes”

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Update with video The Trump boys, as played by Saturday Night Live‘s Mikey Day and Alex Moffat, filled in for an absent dad on the show’s cold open tonight. Bypassing the usual cast-stuffed gathering, tonight’s introductory sketch featured just the two Trump sons and Kate McKinnon wearing a vaguely Andy Warhol-ish wig as WikiLeak’s Julian Assange. Watch the sketch above. In a faux-tv documentary style, The Mueller Files sketch was built around a reenactment of a 2016 Deep… »

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‘Stranger Things’: Duffer Brothers And Cast Reflect On Season 2, Keep Tight-Lipped On Season 3

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The following contains spoilers for season 2 of Stranger Things. The second season of Stranger Things certainly upped the ante on everything. From new big baddie the Shadow Monster to a system of supernatural tunnels underneath Hawkins, the binge-worthy Netflix show certainly delivered the goods when it came to giving fans ’80s-tinged demogorgon realness. At Vulture Festival La, the Duffer Brothers Matt and Ross took the dais with producer Shawn Levy as well as actors Fin… »

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‘Parks & Rec’ Mike Schur Says “Everybody Knew About Kevin Spacey”; ‘Leftovers’ Damon Lindelof Regrets Theroux Jokes

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Back when Mike Schur was writing for Saturday Night Live–a gig that ran from 1997-2004–he says he became aware of some issues with Kevin Spacey’s behavior when the actor hosted the show. “If you think everybody knew about Louis (C.K.), everybody knew about Kevin Spacey,” Schur said, speaking on a panel with Damon Lindelof at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday. “I remember very distinctly being like, he’s hitting on the pages and he's hitting on the young men… »

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Lena Dunham Apologizes For Murray Miller Defense Amid Assault Allegations

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Lena Dunham has backed down and apologized for defending Girls writer Murray Miller, who is being investigated for sexually assaulting actress Aurora Perrineau when she was age 17. Dunham issued a long tweet on Friday supporting Miller, adding Girls executive producer Jenni Konner’s name as another ally of Miller. “We believe, having worked closely with [Miller] for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. While our first instinct is to listen to… »

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‘Scandal’ Cast Talks Normalizing “The Other” And A Happy Ending For The Shondaland Show

18 November 2017 4:14 PM, PST

As Scandal enters its seventh and final, fans of the Shondaland staple are thirsty for answers. At the Vulture Festival La, the crowd erupted as nearly the entire cast stepped out on to the stage with hopes of finding out the midseason finale cliffhanger, the show’s journey from season one and whether or not there will be a happy ending — if at all possible. Scandal took the stage at the Los Angeles debut of the Vulture Festival with a hearty helping of the show’s cast… »

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Hollywood Split Over Al Franken; Former ‘SNL’ Cast Members Take Sides

18 November 2017 1:57 PM, PST

Should he stay or should he go? Hollywood, never as monolithic as Fox News viewers believe, certainly has reached no consensus on Al Franken, the Saturday Night Live veteran turned Minnesota senator. “Zero tolerance,” tweets Alyssa Milano, firmly in the he-needs-to-go camp. On the other side: “He made a mistake,” said Chelsea Handler, agreeing with a Franken-supporting Bill Maher on last night’s Real Time With Bill Maher. “He’s not a predator.” Maher neatly summed up the… »

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Univision & Verizon Reach Deal, Ending Blackout And Restoring Stations

18 November 2017 1:44 PM, PST

Univision and Verizon have come to terms, restoring Univision networks and stations across the Verizon footprint. In an announcement by Univision Communications, the company said that “Verizon has demonstrated that it is committed to providing Hispanic America with the critical news, information and content that they rely on. We look forward to furthering our partnership with Verizon across their platforms to best serve the needs of the Hispanic community.” The statement… »

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David Cassidy Hospitalized With Reported Organ Failure

18 November 2017 1:08 PM, PST

Pop star David Cassidy has been hospitalized in Florida and is suffering from organ failure, according to his publicist. The 67-year-old David Cassidy has previously admitted he was stricken with dementia, but now his liver and kidneys are failing, according to his publicist, JoAnn Geffen. She confirmed his hospitalization, noting, “he is now conscious and surrounded by family.” Reports indicate Cassidy has been hospitalized for three days and is in critical condition. He… »

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