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President Trump to Make First Morning Show Appearance on ‘Fox & Friends’

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“Fox & Friends” co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade will travel to the White House for a sit-down interview with President Trump that will air on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Trump has repeatedly called other news organizations “fake news,” while recently praising the Fox News Morning show as “great.” The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 Also Read: Cable Ratings: Rachel Maddow Posts Best Week Since 2008 as Fox News Dominates Potus is expected to preview his upcoming address to the Joint Session of Congress. »


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Some Oscars Ads Might Strike a Political Chord

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When Hyatt returns to advertising on primetime TV this Sunday night after many years, it will do so during ABC’s Oscars telecast and it will offer a message that might prove soothing to a viewership still polarized by a contentious political election: What the world needs now is love, sweet love.

That refrain, crooned by singer Andra Day, will offer a new view of Hyatt and a new take on the old 1960s Burt Bacharach chestnut. And the ad, shot in Spain, Morocco and Thailand and filled with scenes of people of different nationalities helping each other during encounters around the world, might be taken as a prescription for a populace continuing to grapple with issues of culture and race as the Trump administration cracks down on illegal immigrants present in the U.S.

The themes for Hyatt’s spot were in place well before the recent U.S. election »


- Brian Steinberg

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New York Times Seeks New Headlines With Oscars Ad

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A year after a movie about a pack of intrepid investigative reporters at a Boston newspaper won the Oscar for “Best Picture,”  The New York Times will seek a spotlight of its own during the annual film awards.

New York Times Co. will take what is perhaps its most significant step into big-tv advertising by running a 30-second ad during ABC’s broadcast of the 2017 Oscars ceremonies. The commercial, which marks the first time the company has purchased an ad in the event, will not hew to the company’s traditional pitch. For most of the Times’ history, ads for its flagship publication have attempted to get would-be customers to respond quickly to an offer of a subscription at a reasonable introductory price. On Sunday, a stark ad will attempt to show the audience how the Times helps to discover the truth in what has quickly become a disorienting world.

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- Brian Steinberg

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Oscars: Math Predicts 'La La Land' Will Dance Through the Craft Awards

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Only seven films in Oscars history have won more than eight trophies: Gigi (1958), The Last Emperor (1987), and The English Patient (1996) won nine; West Side Story (1961) won 10; and Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) won 11.

Will La La Land be the fourth film to win more than 10? In part one of my mathematical Oscar predictions, my model predicted that La La Land would win for best picture, best director, and best actress, but narrowly lose best original screenplay and best actor, both »


- Ben Zauzmer

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Oscars Producer Michael De Luca on Keeping the Show Moving and What's Next for 'Fifty Shades'

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Star Wars was nominated for best picture. He made sure to watch the April 7, 1978, telecast — and while his favorite film lost to Annie Hall, it didn't matter. Nearly four decades later, the veteran studio executive and producer — himself nominated for three Oscars for The Social Network, Moneyball and Captain Phillips — will try to restore the glory to the ceremony Feb. 26. He's co-producing the show for the first time alongside Jennifer Todd.

De Luca, 51, got his start at New Line Cinema »


- Pamela McClintock

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Camille Paglia on Oscar Glamour Then and Now: "Grandeur of Old Hollywood Is Gone" (Guest Column)

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As a child, I had two pagan high holy days every year. The first was Halloween, where I advertised my transgender soul by masquerading as a matador, a Roman soldier, Napoleon or Hamlet. The second was Oscar night, when Hollywood put its dazzling glamour on heady display for the whole world.

As I was growing up in the drearily conformist 1950s and early '60s, it was hard to find information about popular culture, which wasn't taken seriously. Deep-think European art films were drawing tiny coteries of intellectuals to small, seedy theaters, but flamboyant mainstream Hollywood was still dismissed as crass, »

- Camille Paglia

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Pay TV Helps Drive Telefonica Growth in Core Market Spain

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Madrid – Telefonica, a test case for telecom diversification into TV, has consolidated growth in 2016, posting operating profits of €15.118 billion ($15.95 billion), up 14.3% on 2015.

Part of that growth, moreover, has come from TV as Telefonica’s quad-play Fusion offer of fixed telephony, TV, mobile and Internet proves a growth driver in Spain, one of Telefonica’s big core markets.

Acquiring Spain’s biggest – but stagnating – premium pay-tv operator Digital Plus in 2014, Telefonica’s drive into TV continues to show results, at least when TV is bundled in larger offers, especially involving fiber-optic broadband.

By Dec. 31, 2.9 million of Telefonica’s 4.3 million Fusion clients subscribed to TV, up from 2.6 million a year earlier, according to an Ihs Technology analysis.

Average revenue per customer for Fusion clients stood at €81.6 ($86.1), 11.5% higher than in 2015, Angel Vila, Telefonica’s chief financial officer, said on Thursday during a conference call with analysts.

60% of the 2016 Fusion client revenue uptick came from rate upgrades, 40% from »


- John Hopewell

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Live Action Short Oscar predictions: Read our analysis to win your office pool

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The French drama “Ennemis Interieurs” is ahead to win the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film on Sunday according to our official racetrack odds. These are derived from the predictions of Expert film journalists along with the Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s Oscar nominations, the […] »

- Charles Bright

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AMC Networks Beats Wall Street’s Q4 Benchmarks With Higher Us Distribution, Ad Sales

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AMC Networks peeled back the financial curtain on its final fiscal quarter of 2016, when it topped Wall Street’s forecasts at both the top and bottom lines. The home to AMC, We tv, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and television production arm AMC Studios posted Q4 earnings per share (Eps) of $1.30 on $730 million in revenue. Those results bested media analysts’ marks of $1.27 and $709.83 million, respectively. Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Shirt Pulled From Stores After Racism Complaint That makes company president and CEO Josh Sapan smile. Here’s what he had to say about the most-recent 90-day period, and the »


- Tony Maglio

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'X-Men 2': How Its Action Still Bests the Superhero Movie Competition

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It's hard to top a classic.

With Logan one week away, it's time to look back at the crowning achievement of the X-Men franchise: 2003's X2: X-Men United. Judging by the reviews, Logan may be able to unseat it as an all-time favorite, but until then, writer and critic Chris Hartwell is taking a closer look at the action of X2 to understand what makes it tick, and he even manages to make a convincing argument as to ways it tops fan favorites like Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (no easy task). 

Here are just a few of the categories »


- Aaron Couch

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Scorsese Talks Passion and Preservation at British Film Institute

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London – “The joy of creating a film has to be in making something, even in the worst circumstances. It’s about the passion,” Martin Scorsese told a packed audience at a special event celebrating the director’s career at London’s BFI Southbank on Wednesday night. “To retain that passion is the key.”

Scorsese spoke about his passion, his work with film preservation and how the industry has changed during his long career. The Oscar-winning director also spoke about his upcoming project “The Irishman,” though he avoided mention of the rumors currently swirling around financing and rights to the film, including the possibility that Netflix could take worldwide rights in an eyebrow-raising deal.

The long-gestating “Irishman” is set to reunite Scorsese with Robert De Niro for a ninth time and would mark his first collaboration with Al Pacino. “Al and I have been trying to get to do a »


- Robert Mitchell

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‘Alien: Covenant’ trailer previews ‘Prologue’ to new Ridley Scott film

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Fox unspooled a five-minute sneak peek of “Alien: Covenant” on Wednesday during an episode of the new FX hit series “Legion.” After the overwhelming success of last year’s sci-fi flick “The Martian,” director Ridley Scott returns to the franchise that launched his film career back in 1979. The three-time Oscar nominee helmed this sixth film in a series that is due […] »


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India Blocks Theatrical Release of Feminist Drama 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'

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After winning accolades on the film festival circuit, Indian female empowerment drama Lipstick Under My Burkha has hit a hurdle at home with India's censor board denying the film a theatrical release certificate.

Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, Lipstick Under My Burkha won the Spirit of Asia Award at last year's Tokyo Film Festival, followed by the Oxfam Award for gender equality at the Mumbai Film Festival. The film will see its U.K. premiere Friday at the Glasgow Film Festival.

Lipstick revolves around four Indian women, from ages 18 to 55, living in a small »


- Nyay Bhushan

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Toronto Film Fest to Shrink Movie Lineup by 20 Percent

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The sprawling Toronto Film Festival knows it has an annoying problem: It's gotten too big for its own good.

And that's overwhelming film buyers and sellers, publicists, journalists and some among the 400,000 ordinary filmgoers that attend the annual September event. So fest organizers plan to take the high road and cut the 2017 lineup by 20 percent, or around 60 movies.

The hope is an event that aims at satisfying many masters, including Hollywood studios and an informal film sales market, becomes less cluttered and more easily curated. "We've certainly been listening to those who told us, on a »

- Etan Vlessing

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Jet Li Launches Kung Fu Video Site

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Veteran Chinese actor and kung fu master Jet Li has launched a video website dedicated to martial arts.

Li unveiled the official launch of the site, Jetli.com, on Chinese social media service Weibo on Tuesday, saying his purpose is to share his "passion for bringing the philosophies and lifestyle of kung fu to people all over the world."

"Founding Jetli.com is a continuation of my dream, not something I did from an impulse," he wrote. "Kung fu is not just about the movements of arms and legs, it is also about pursuing your dream with persistence and patience."

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German Media Giant ProSiebenSat.1 Sees 17% Rise in Revenue

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German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 reported Thursday a 17% annual revenue hike to a record 3.8 billion euros ($4.01 billion). Recurring Ebitda rose by 10% to 1.02 billion euros ($1.07 billion).

Thomas Ebeling, the company’s CEO, said: “ProSiebenSat.1 is the first media group to systematically combine television, in-house produced content, digital entertainment and commerce, and to use the resulting synergies. To this end, we will continue integrating our portfolio and using all sales and distribution channels from TV and digital to mobile.”

External revenues in the German-speaking broadcasting segment increased by 3% to 2.21 million euros ($2.33 million). Increased TV advertising revenues and the growing distribution business contributed to the performance.

The digital entertainment segment increased its external revenues by 19% to 442 million euros ($466 million), reflecting the high organic growth in the video business.

In the content production and global sales segment, external revenues rose by 38% to 362 million euros ($382 million). The increase in revenues was based on both acquisitions and organic growth, to »

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India Bans Female Empowerment Movie ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’

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Updated With Document: India’s film censor has denied a theatrical release to Alankrita Shrivastava’s woman empowerment drama “Lipstick Under My Burkha.”

In 2016 the film won the Spirit of Asia award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Oxfam award for best film on gender equality at the Mumbai Film Festival.

The Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc) letter to the producer Prakash Jha stated: “The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contanious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film refused.”

The film chronicles the secret lives of four women of different ages in small town India as they search for different kinds of freedom.

“This is an attack on women’s right to tell their stories, from a female perspective,” Shrivastava told Variety from Scotland, where the film is to have its U. »


- Naman Ramachandran

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Chris Christie Eyed to Replace Sports Talk Radio Host Mike Francesa

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could soon be making the jump from politics to the airwaves — and constantly have a mic in front of him to share his opinions. Christie is being eyed to replace sports radio host Mike Francesa on Wfan, NorthJersey.com reported on Wednesday. Wfan 660-am will “be looking to do stuff” at the end of the year when Francesa’s contract with the station ends, said Mark Chernoff, the station’s program director and vice president of its parent company, CBS Radio New York. Also Read: Chris Christie Calls Donald Trump's Lewd Talk 'Completely Indefensible' »


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‘Legion’ Gives a Clue About When It’s Set (and Where It Falls Among The ‘X-Men’ Films)

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(Spoilers ahead for the FX original “Legion through the Feb. 22 episode.) So far, FX’s “Legion” has been pretty closed-lipped about when exactly the show takes place. It has a late-1960s or early 1970s aesthetic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that those decades are when it takes place. The “when” of “Legion” is a meaningful question since the show is part of the “X-Men” film canon. Trouble is, creator Noah Hawley hasn’t revealed exactly how “Legion” syncs up with any “X-Men” stuff, if at all. It seems as though it might be set in the rebooted timeline created by the time. »


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Kellyanne Conway Denies She’s Been Sidelined From TV: ‘Somebody Is Trying to Stir Up Trouble’

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Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway dismissed reports that she has been sidelined from TV  during a lengthy interview with Sean Hannity … on TV. “You were never sidelined,” the Fox News host said to Conway during Wednesday night’s episode of “Hannity.” “I was not, somebody is trying to stir up trouble,” she replied. “About five percent of what I am being asked to do in this White House counselor role is TV, and I think that’s about right. Because he’s the president now, he’s his own messenger. Also Read: Why Kellyanne Conway Hasn't Been on TV Lately “Just last week, »


- Debbie Emery

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