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Holly Madison Responds to Hugh Hefner's Claims She's ''Rewriting History'': ''He Can't Grasp the Fact a Woman Would Have a Message''

24 June 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Hugh Hefner have both now responded to Holly Madison's claims in her new book Down the Rabbit Hole—but the former Playboy beauty isn't backing down.  Appearing on The Wendy Williams show for a segment airing today, the 35-year-old star opens up about her controversial memoir, which is full of shocking allegations, and responds to the 89-year-old Playboy mogul's statement in which he accuses Madison of choosing to "rewrite history." "I wrote the book not because I had an ax to grind or because I wanted a reaction from him," Madison says. "I just wanted to tell my story and hopefully inspire other women if they're in a bad relationship or a bad »

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Lionsgate Moves To Settle ‘Wendy Williams Show’ Interns Lawsuit

9 June 2015 11:51 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Six months ago, Lionsgate wanted the potential class action filed by a former intern on The Wendy Williams Show tossed out of court. Now it wants to go large and pay to make the whole thing go away. To that end, the studio’s attorneys are filing paperwork today in New York federal court stating that they have reached a settlement in the case with Anthony Tart's lawyers at Virginia & Ambinder, I've learned. While there is no dollar figure attached to the… »

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Debmar-Mercury Extends Live Production on ‘The Wendy Williams Show’

8 June 2015 11:33 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Debmar-Mercury has extended live production on “The Wendy Williams Show” for the third consecutive summer. The company made the announcement Monday.

The extension deal with the Lionsgate-owned company comes after the sixth season ranked as the only daytime talk show to grow nationally, leading its syndicated and network entertainment talk competitors in the local metered markets during May sweeps.

“This is one instance in which we don’t mind sounding like a broken record,” said Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents Debmar-Mercury. “Thanks to Wendy, her terrific production team and our strong lineup of affiliates, we now have one of only a handful of talk shows that have not only survived, but thrived in daytime. Very rarely in our long careers have we seen a show perform like this — one that trends up sweep after sweep, routinely posts year-over-year growth and sees gains in almost every market, including on traditional affiliates and following newscasts, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Round-Up: Deadbeat Renewed for 3rd Season, Stung Release Date, Cop Car

27 May 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hulu's supernatural series, Deadbeat, which stars Tyler Labine as a stoned slacker who can communicate with the dead, has been renewed for a third season. Also in this round-up: Stung's release date and the trailer for the Kevin Bacon-starring Cop Car.

Deadbeat: Press Release (via TV By the Numbers) -- "Santa Monica, CA – May 26, 2015 – Hulu announced today that the Hulu Original series Deadbeat has been renewed for a third season with a 13-episode order. Produced by Lionsgate Television, the series is co-created by Cody Heller and Brett Konner (Wilfred, The Inbetweeners) and executive produced by showrunner Dan Lagana. Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg from Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment are producers on the show.

The half-hour comedyseries stars Tyler Labine (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Reaper) as Kevin Pacalioglu, a hapless but gifted mediumwho will go to any lengths to help New York’s ghosts settle their unfinished business. »

- Derek Anderson

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Lionsgate Earnings, Revenues Decline in Fourth Quarter

21 May 2015 1:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has reported earnings of $19.6 million, or 14 cents a share, for its fourth fiscal quarter that ended on March 31 — down 60% from a year ago — in a report that left investors unshaken.

The studio’s fiscal year earnings increased 20% to $181.8 million. Quarterly revenues, on the other hand, dropped 10% to $646.1 million and fiscal year revenues declined 9% to $2.4 billion.

The report was issued Thursday after the market closed but Wall Street appeared to take the news in stride. The stock rose 12 cents to $32.10 a share in after-hours trading. 

Lionsgate noted it had 10 wide release films in the fiscal year compared to 13 in the prior year. It anticipates 14 wide release theatrical films in the current fiscal year.

Free cash flow in the quarter jumped 161% to $157.2 million as of March 31. Free cash flow for all of fiscal 2015 was $261.6 million, marking the third straight year in which Lionsgate delivered over $250 million in free cash flow.

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- Dave McNary

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Ej Johnson Reveals He's Lost ''Over 100'' Pounds! See His Super-Skinny, Post-Weight Loss Body

13 May 2015 1:59 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Ej Johnson, you look incredible! After undergoing weight loss surgery back in Sepemter, the 22-year-old Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star is looking a lot different today! Magic Johnson's fabulous son has been flaunting his amazing new skinny body on various talk shows this week and his new slimmed-down figure is truly a sight to see. On The Wendy Williams Show the other day, Ej was asked just how much weight he's lost over the last nine months. "It's definitely somewhere far over 100," he smiled. "I mean like literally almost half my size." The reality star also opened up about his decision to go under the knife to help him shed the pounds. "It was a tool," Ej said. »

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Daytime Emmys: Days and Y&R Split Best Drama, Gh Wins 3 Acting Awards, B&B Tops Soap Opera Pack

26 April 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held Sunday evening at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, hosted by Tyra Banks and broadcast on Pop (fka Tvgn fka TV Guide Network).

RelatedCBS, General Hospital Lead Daytime Emmy Nominations

CBS led the networks with 24 total wins, including 17 collected at Saturday’s Creative Arts ceremony; syndicated programming followed with 10 wins.

Among soap operas, The Bold and the Beautiful, buoyed by eight Creative Arts wins, dominated by grabbing 10 total statuettes. General Hospital and The Young and the Restless followed with six each, while Days of Our Lives racked up four.

The venerable Betty White »

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Daytime Emmy Winners: Full List

26 April 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In a surprising twist, both “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” took home the top soap prize at Sunday’s Daytime Emmys.

The two popular shows tied to win outstanding drama series. Other top winners include “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” winning the talkshow/entertainment category again, along with Craig Ferguson for best gameshow host and Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan for best talkshow hosts/entertainment.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences found a new broadcasting home in the cabler Pop, which aired the event live, as opposed to last year’s webcast-only show. Tyra Branks hosted.

See a full list of winners below.

Outstanding Drama Series

Days of Our Lives (NBC) (Winner- Tie)

The Young and the Restless (CBS) (Winner – Tie)

The Bold and the Beautiful  (CBS)

General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Maura West as Ava Jerome, General Hospital (ABC »

- Variety Staff

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Daytime Emmy Awards 2015: Winners List

26 April 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards took place on Sunday, April 26, celebrating the best in soap operas, talk shows, courtroom series, culinary programming, and more. Tyra Banks was on hand to host the festivities, which were broadcast on Pop TV as opposed to last year's web-only airing.

"General Hospital" lead the pack in nominations -- the long-running soap was up for 28 awards. Find out who the big winners of the night were below!

Outstanding Drama Series

"Days of Our Lives"​ - Winner (Tie)

The Young and the Restless"​ - Winner (Tie)

"The Bold and the Beautiful"

"General Hospital"

Outstanding Talk Show / Entertainment

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" - Winner

"Live! With Kelly and Michael"

"The Talk"

"The Wendy Williams Show"

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan "Live! With Kelly and Michael" - Winner

Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, "The Talk"

Wendy Williams, "The Wendy Williams Show »

- Alana Altmann

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Regina King Talks to Wendy Williams About Her Love Life—Would She Date a Plumber? Watch!

26 March 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Would Regina King date a plumber? If he's able to whisk her away on a romantic vacation...and pay for it, perhaps! The 44-year-old actress, a single mom and 227 and Southland alum, who can be seen on the new ABC series American Crime, spoke about her love life on an episode of The Wendy Williams Show that aired on Thursday. "You know, I need to do a better job at it," King said, about dating. "I've been so busy with work and my girlfriends are like, 'Do you think a man is just gonna go knock on the door, like, 'I'm here!'?' And I think I wish he would, but I have to make that more of a priority." "I don't understand," Williams »

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‘Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams’ Greenlit by Investigation Discovery

25 March 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Investigation Discovery has ordered “Death by Gossip With Wendy Williams,” the network announced Wednesday.

Williams, the so-called Diva of Dish, will host and executive produce the show that will explore crimes that were fueled by rumors and lies. Williams is best known for her syndicated talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show,” which has been renewed through 2017.

“It’s no rumor … I’m obsessed with ID to the point that it keeps me up at night,” Williams said in a statement. “I couldn’t be happier to host and executive producer my own project on one of my favorite networks and showcase my brand of talk, which won’t get you killed, but it will kill in the ratings!”

“Death by Gossip” will be produced by Wendy Hunter, Kevin Hunter, Jill Ramsey and Lisa Knapp for Wendy Williams Productions, along with Mike Sinclair, David O’Donnell and Ashley Crary for m2 Pictures. »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Syndication Ratings: Trio of Debmar-Mercury Shows Hit Series Highs

4 March 2015 11:27 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

February was a memorable month for producer-distributor Debmar-Mercury, as all three of its firstrun syndicated series — “Family Feud,” “The Wendy Williams Show” and “Celebrity Name Game” — notched series-high ratings.

According to Nielsen estimates for the week ending Feb. 22, “Family Feud” continued its scorching season by matching its all-time high household rating (7.2), first set three weeks earlier. The Steve Harvey-hosted gameshow, distributed by Debmar-Mercury and from producer FremantleMedia North America, was up 11% vs. the previous week and 26% higher than the same frame a year ago.

Season-to-date, “Family Feud” is averaging a 6.2 household rating and is up in that category and most other demos by about 20%. For the first time, it also ranks as syndication’s top-rated gameshow in women 25-54, moving ahead of “Wheel of Fortune.”

In its sixth season, “Wendy Williams,” produced and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, set another household ratings record (2.0) during the week ending Feb. 22, up 5% from the »

- Rick Kissell

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Evan Ross Opens Up About Being Stepdad to Ashlee Simpson Ross' Son Bronx, Promises Baby Girl's Name ''Won't Be Apple or Orange''

19 February 2015 4:39 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson Ross are both creative people—but they're fine with being not quite as creative as some when it comes to naming children. "We got a few ideas but we're keeping that for us," Evan said on The Wendy Williams Show Thursday when asked if he and Ashlee had any names in mind already for the daughter they're expecting together this year. "It's not going to be Apple or Orange or anything like that," he added. "It's going to be different though." Touché! E! News was first to report in December that the couple were expecting. Their baby girl will join big half-brother Bronx, Ashlee's 6-year-old son with ex Pete »

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Iggy Azalea Quits Social Media, Wendy Williams Calls Out the Rapper's 'Haters'

19 February 2015 7:17 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

After epic Twitter feuds with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Papa John's Pizza, Iggy Azalea has finally had enough of social media.

The 24-year-old Australian rapper went on yet another Twitter rant on Wednesday, revealing the straw that broke the camel's back. The "Fancy" rapper was hit hard when recent bikini pictures of her while on vacation surfaced online, with some outlets calling out her cellulite.

"Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it's shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite. Lol," she tweeted. "I just want to have peace and relaxation time without a perv with long distance lens hiding out taking pictures, everyone deserves peace."

Video: Iggy Azalea Was Fighting with Papa John's Pizza on Twitter at the Grammy Awards

Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it's shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite. Lol.

Iggy Azalea »

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Former Intern Exits ‘Wendy Williams Show’ Class Action Suit

18 February 2015 12:22 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Just 11 days after wanting to get in to the potential class action against the Lionsgate-distributed and Debmar-Mercury-produced daytime talker, Danielle Minch now wants out – to some extent. "Please take notice that the individual named below hereby withdraws her consent to join form to participate in the Fair Labor Standards Act portion of this lawsuit," says a February 15 filing by attorney Lloyd Ambinder for the former intern on The Wendy Williams Show (read… »

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NAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Trip to Bountiful, Murder and Scandal Win Big

6 February 2015 8:52 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC’s black-ish was TV’s big winner Friday evening at the NAACP Image Awards — which celebrate the achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those who promote social justice through creative endeavors — by topping five comedy categories, including collecting acting kudos for leads Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

RelatedSAG Awards 2015: Oitnb, Downton, Viola Davis, William H. Macy Win Big

On the drama side, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder picked up a pair of wins each, while Lifetime’s The Trip to Bountiful TV-movie amassed four wins, including for »

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Lionsgate Tops Wall Street Earnings Forecast

5 February 2015 1:16 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has reported earnings above Wall Street forecasts with $98.2 million, or 70 cents a share, for its third fiscal quarter ended Dec. 31, up 11% from the year-ago quarter.

The studio said gains in profits and margins were due to “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1,” robust domestic TV series licensing, lower marketing costs, a reduction in the effective tax rate and increased earnings from investments.

Revenues for the studio declined 11% to $751.3 million as declines in motion picture revenue offset gains in TV production revenue. Lionsgate released only two movies (“Mockingjay” and “John Wick”) during the more recent quarter, compared with four in the year-ago quarter  (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “A Madea Christmas,” “Ender’s Game and “Escape Plan”).

Analysts had forecast that earnings — which were released after the market closed Thursday — would come in at 65 cents a share. Revenues came in about 3.7% under a consensus estimate of $779 million while Ebitda of $146.8 million »

- Dave McNary

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Nick Jonas Gets Candid About His Decision to Lose His Virginity

28 January 2015 1:44 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Nick Jonas has never been shy about sharing how he’s matured over the past year.

First, there were those steamy (and now famous) crotch-grabbing underwear pics – and now, he’s opening up about why he made the decision to ditch his purity ring.

In a new interview with British talk show Loose Women, Nick got candid about her personal life, sharing, “It’s important for anyone to grow, the thing that was strange for me was the emphasis on my sex life at 14, it’s a crazy thing. I've seen a lot of my peers struggle with media attention on things that are very personal and that was one.”

News: Nick Jonas Joins Lea Michele in Fox's Scream Queens

“I had the time outside of the public eye to develop my own belief system and figure out what is important to me and what I believe in relation to sex and God and all those kind of »

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Jennifer Lopez's Whirlwind 'Boy Next Door' Press Tour Reveals a Side Often Unseen

21 January 2015 5:15 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jennifer Lopez is everywhere this week promoting her new movie The Boy Next Door, and the interviews she's been giving reveal a different J.Lo.

News: Jennifer Lopez on Racy Boy Next Door Sex Scene

"I refuse to be put in a box," J. Lo, 45, told Et's Kevin Frazier about doing sex scenes after 40. "Because I'm over 40 I can't be sexy? Or is it because I'm a mom? Moms aren't allowed to be sexy?"

She's fearlessly silencing critics in her upcoming thriller in which she plays Clair Peterson, a bored, divorced housewife that gets into a sexual tryst with her teenage neighbor Noah, played by Step Up star Ryan Guzman, 27.

Like her character in the film, J. Lo has the ability to switch between wholesome "mom next door" (as she did while opening up her home and posing with her twins Max and Emme for People) and sex symbol (as seen in the new cover of Complex »

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Taraji P. Henson on Dating: 'Men Don't Court Anymore'

8 January 2015 4:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Taraji P. Henson just wants a proper date night. "Guys don't court anymore," the actress said on The Wendy Williams Show Thursday. "Take me out to dinner! Say you're gonna pick me up at a certain time! Dating should be an event, you know? You like the guy, so you want to get pretty for him, so you spend all day, and the spark [ignites]. Whatever happened to that?" "[Some of them] think that they can take you to Chipotle or griddle pancakes and then jump in the sack," Henson added to her explanation of why she's not dating. But Henson, 44, was more comfortable »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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