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Stephen A. Smith has been in a little bit of hot water lately, after making remarks last Friday on Espn's “First Take” that women sometimes provoke getting hit, which came up when he and co-host Skip Bayless were discussing the NFL's two-game domestic violence suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. On Monday morning's “First Take,” Smith addressed the remarks he made, saying that he made “the most egregious error of my career.” See video: Espn Host Under Fire for Remarks About Domestic Violence Victims (Video) He went on to say that “My words came across it is somehow a woman's. »
- Joel Keller
Social media users weren't the only ones shocked by a newspaper headline that called President Obama the N-word last weekend. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was, too. A day after an article in the Westview News titled “The Nig-r in the White House” went viral, Representative Jackson Lee (D-tx) expressed her outrage. “This headline from WestView News is disgusting. America is better than this,” the Congresswoman tweeted Monday, along with a link to a story about the headline. Also read: NY Newspaper Under Fire for Calling President Obama the N-Word in Headline Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee As TheWrap previously reported, the tiny New York City paper, »
- Anita Bennett
Former Washington Post crime reporter Ruben Castaneda has admitted to being addicted to crack cocaine while covering Washington, D.C.'s crack epidemic in the 1990s. Castaneda made the shocking admission Sunday on CNN's “Reliable Sources,” while promoting his new book “S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.” During his appearance, Castaneda said he first sampled crack while on assignment in a rough neighborhood. ”This was in September 1988, when I was working in Los Angeles for the Herald Examiner,” he said. ”I was in a pretty tough neighborhood on the western edge of downtown, having to do with an immigration story. »
- Anita Bennett
Marlowe – who served as the ABC series’ showrunner through its first six seasons, the last of which was its most watched ever – will continue to maintain a day-to-day presence on the show while also starting to develop new projects as part of his overall deal with ABC Studios.
Related | Castle Creator Talks Controversial Wedding Day Twist (‘We’re Going to Take Our Lumps’), Teases New Mythology Ahead
Succeeding Marlowe as showrunner, »
With E3 wrapping up, a few more impressive game trailers for both third party and some exclusives have gone online in the few days following all the press conferences at the start of the week.
From "Alien: Isolation" to "Doom 4," from "Dreadnought" to "No Man's Sky". From "Everybody's Gone to the Rapture" to "Deep Down," check them out below:
Deep Down (PS4 Exclusive)
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes
Driveclub (PS4 Exclusive)
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PS4 Exclusive)
Kingdom Under Fire 2 (PS4 Exclusive)
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor
Mortal Kombat X
No Man's Sky
- Garth Franklin
Gwyneth Paltrow has just made another internet enemy — and this one is prepared for real-world combat. “Iron Man” actress Paltrow — who angered many earlier this week when she compared dealing with internet haters to being in war, has found herself in the sights of a Green Beret who calls out Paltrow as “narcissistic” and “laughable.” In an open letter published on Clash Daily, Brian Sikes slams the actress for the comparison. Also read: Gwyneth Paltrow Under Fire for Comparing Internet Troll Abuse to Being at War “I can only imagine the difficulty of waking up in a 12,000 square foot Hollywood. »
- Tim Kenneally
Steve Balmer, the former Microsoft CEO, has reportedly signed an agreement to pay $2 billion dollars to the Sterling family trust for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Steve Balmer Buying Clippers
Balmer apparently negotiated the sale with disgraced owner Donald Sterling’s wife, Shelly Sterling, reported CNN. The tech mogul reportedly initially offered the Sterlings $1.8 billion, but co-owner Shelly insisted he go up to $2 billion if he wanted the team. Though the Shelly Sterling has agreed to Balmer’s price, an NBA Board of governors will have to approve the sale.
Donald Sterling will also have to approve of the sale, according to his lawyer Maxwell Blecher. While the $2 million might be sufficient monetary payment, there’s something else he wants before he sells the team; he wants the NBA to say he’s not a racist.
“He wants to be vindicated. He doesn't want his tombstone to say, 'Here lies Donald Sterling, »
Here comes the Australian invasion: Rapper Iggy Azalea has joined The Beatles as the only two acts to hit the No. 1 and No. 2 spots simultaneously with their first two Billboard Hot 100 hits in the U.S. Azalea's single “Fancy,” featuring Charli Xcx, earned the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 chart Wednesday while Ariana Grande's single “Problem,” which features Iggy, moved into second place. “Problem” is the best-selling debut single of the year and currently resides atop the iTunes chart in 57 countries. It's the fastest-selling single since Katy Perry's “Roar.” See photo: Justin Timberlake Under Fire From Palestinian Fans Over. »
- Tony Maglio
Foxcatcher premiered at Cannes on Monday, May 19, and is competing for the elusive Palme d’Or. The film was already a hot topic before its premiere. Many speculated about what Carell, known for his comedic work in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and The Office, would do in a dramatic role. Many more debated how Tatum, an actor who became famous for his pretty face and then surprised audiences with his impressive range – 21 Jump Street, Magic Mike – would fare with such serious, dramatic material.
An unforgettable night. #Foxcatcher #Cannes2014 pic.twitter.com/WaGOwIRYSY
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) May 19, 2014
Foxcatcher Receives Rave Reviews
There's a list of parties kilometers long of every rinky-dink film looking for global distribution, money, or some form of attention in Cannes, but after the sun sets (and it gets cold here when that happens), these are the invites generating the most buzz. Similar to Sundance's famed party list created by Christopher Ryan, Filmtrack's Andrew Goldstein has been curating a constantly updating grid several pages long. There is no animosity between the two scene-steerers. They are friends. Also read: Good Morning Cannes: ‘Grace’ Comes Under Fire and Amy Adams Makes it Rain Get on these lists, or fire your manager, »
- Mikey Glazer
Donald Sterling's racist rant stopped him from receiving an award from the NAACP, but that didn't stop Jimmy Kimmel from asking strangers to congratulate the Los Angeles Clippers owner on the honor, anyway. Fortunately for humanity, Kimmel's crew couldn't find anybody strolling past the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday willing to offer any kind words. Also read: Los Angeles NAACP Under Fire for Donald Sterling Relationship Except one guy who offered his condolences to the Sterling family when told the controversial NBA owner — recently banned from the league for life — was dead. Also read: La Clippers, Golden State Warriors Applaud Donald Sterling. »
- Greg Gilman
Beyonce Knowles scored the cover of Time magazine's “The 100 Most Influential People In the World” issue on Thursday. “She's the boss,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg writes in a profile of the pop star. Also read: Beyonce Under Fire for Sampling Challenger Disaster in Song (Video) “Beyonce doesn't just sit at the table. She builds a better one,” Sandberg says. “Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, What would you do if you weren't afraid? appears to be, ‘Watch me. I'm about to do it.’ Then she adds, ‘You can, too.'” The “Time 100” issue features many. »
- James Crugnale
Scripps Networks International’s flagship Food Network will unveil 20 new series across primetime and daytime in the months to come, enlisting Valerie Bertinelli for a new daytime series and expanding its “Chopped” franchise to a new teen-oriented format.
“Increasing our development slate to satiate the audience demand for entertaining and informative programming has been our focus.” said Brooke Johnson, president of Food Network and Cooking Channel, in a prepared statement.
The moves come as Wall Street monitors the parent company for signs of slowing growth. After Scripps reported its fourth-quarter results in February, media analyst Michael Nathanson noted the company’s networks are starting to deliver performance that is more tempered than what has been produced in the past. Indeed, Food Network’s average subscribers slipped to 98.8 million in 2013 from 99.5 million in 2012, according to data from SNL Kagan, while affiliate fees rose a penny per subscriber in the same period »
- Brian Steinberg
I believe that Stephen Colbert's show should be canceled over an ostensibly racist tweet. And also, look at me: I'm not racist. Also read: Stephen Colbert Under Fire for ‘Ching Chong Ding Dong’ Asian Tweet We all agree that we should call out actual racism, loudly and often. But I go a step further, ignoring nuance, context and logic, to ensure that I call out even non-racism as racist. That's how you know I am truly, noticeably not racist. Also read: Stephen Colbert Responds to Asian Tweet Backlash: ‘I Share Your Rage’ As a white person, I never experience racism of any kind. »
- Tim Molloy
Kendall’s older sister was quick to jump to her defense when haters tried to knock Kendall’s walk down the Marc Jacobs runway. In fact, Khloe went on a full-on Twitter rant — you don’t want to mess with this close family!
Although they weren’t all present in the front row, the majority of the Kardashian family couldn’t contain their excitement as they quickly took to twitter to express their proud, happy feelings towards Kendall Jenner after she walked down the Marc Jacobs runway during New York Fashion Week on Feb. 13, marking a major moment in her career and her ability to transition into a high-fashion model. However, in true Kardashian fashion, Kendall’s momentous career move was met with controversy as she walked down the runway in an entirely sheer blouse that showed off the 18-year-old’s nipples!
- Katrina Mitzeliotis
Review Laura Akers 16 Jan 2014 - 07:02
Laura puts Castle and the so-called Moonlighting curse under the microscope in this week's review of a derivative but well-acted episode...
This review contains spoilers.
6.12 Deep Cover
Two years ago, Nathan Fillion expressed his concern on Good Morning America that bringing Castle and Beckett together was a mistake: "You know what my personal view is, if they get together… I am old enough to remember Moonlighting. The 'Moonlighting curse.' I aim for a long, long Castle run.”
Ah, yes. The Moonlighting curse. The assumption that despite the fact that most television viewers marry, pinning our hopes on happily ever after, the last thing we actually want to see is what happens after that wedding day. Which has always struck me as odd. It’s true that about half of marriages fail. But television is equal parts fantasy and identification. So it seems completely »
Review Laura Akers 8 Jan 2014 - 07:00
This review contains spoilers.
6.11 Under Fire
Oh, how I loathe episodes like last week’s Castle! The heroes-trapped-and-about-to-die-while-everyone-watches-powerless-to-stop-it trope is probably one of the more painful TV episode clichés there is. Perhaps the only one worse is the largely-flashbacks-of-other-episodes episode. But luckily, that latter trope seems to be slowly dying out—I can’t remember the last time I saw one, thank goodness.
But each does fulfill a specific purpose. The flashback episode is largely driven by a not-even-thinly hidden motive: it’s simply cheaper to make an episode where the majority of the material is recycled from other episodes. It has the side benefit of luring in new viewers who were channel surfing by showing them an episode made of almost nothing but the best moments. »
Disney’s “Frozen” was not only tops at the box office last weekend, its soundtrack shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, as well, and bumped Beyoncé to the No. 2 spot in the process. Billboard reports the soundtrack — previously falling in fourth place on the chart — sold 165,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 5, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Beyoncé’s self-titled surprise album sold 130,000 copies, and 1.43 million to date. See video: Beyonce Under Fire for Sampling Challenger Disaster in Song (Video) The “Frozen” soundtrack debuted on the chart at No. 18 in mid-December, and has since sold »
- Greg Gilman
Monday the 13th is Castle sleuth Kate Beckett’s lucky day, as she will finally meet her intended’s father.
In the ABC drama’s Jan. 13 episode, “Deep Cover,” the murder of a video store clerk leads Beckett & Co. to the man sometimes known as Jackson Hunt (returning guest star James Brolin). But as reported elsewhere and confirmed by TVLine, when Kate meets Rick’s spook-y pop, he’ll be using a pseudonym and only Rick will know who this silver fox truly is.
Brolin told AntennaFree. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The lonnnng-running dating series opened its new season on Monday to 8.5 million total viewers and a 2.7 rating, up 21 and 17 percent from the year-ago premiere and leading all of the night’s comers in the demo. The Bach’ also fueled ABC’s best Monday night of the 2013-14 season in the demo.
Leading out of that, Castle retained 8.8 mil and a 1.8, down 23 and 14 percent from its fall finale, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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