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Ex-Sony PR Exec Jean Guerin Joins Fox Broadcasting Company

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Jean Guerin was named executive vice president of publicity & corporate communications at the Fox Broadcasting Company Monday, barely an hour after she exited a senior publicity post at Sony. At Fox, she will be the chief media strategist where she will oversee all program publicity and report to Shannon Ryan, chief marketing officer of Fox Television Group. “Jean is a gifted strategist and one of the most respected communications executives in television and film,” said Ryan in a statement. “Her extensive experience, combined with her keen knowledge of the business, makes her the perfect fit for Fox, and we can’t wait for. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Michael Jordan: Athlete Protestors ‘Should Not Be Demonized or Ostracized’

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Superstar Michael Jordan says athletes who peacefully express themselves “should not be demonized or ostracized.” The Chicago Bulls legend and Charlotte Hornets owner was asked about President Donald Trump rescinding an invitation to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House. His comments also came as many NFL players are taking a knee to protest racism and police killings — a form of peaceful protest that Trump has criticized. “One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest,” the Hornets owner said in a statement to. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Ain’t It Cool News Staffers Quit Amid Harry Knowles Sex Assault Claims: ‘Impossible to Defend’

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Eric Vespe and Steve Prokopy, two longtime staffers at film fan site Ain’t It Cool News, have chosen to leave the site after a woman accused founder Harry Knowles of sexual assault, the two announced on Twitter Monday. pic.twitter.com/FvK5HqM7ry — Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) September 25, 2017 An announcement about my leaving Ain't It Cool News. pic.twitter.com/4vyJIhMycQ — Steve Prokopy (@SteveProkopy) September 25, 2017 Jasmine Baker told IndieWire that Knowles assaulted her on two occasions at official Drafthouse events in Austin, Texas. In one case, she said, he “rubbed up against her buttocks and legs in a way »


- Matt Pressberg

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Fox’s Live ‘Rent’ Gets 2019 Premiere Date

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Fox’s live production of the Tony-winning musical “Rent” will air on Sunday, January 27, 2019, the network announced Monday. “Rent” is a three-hour production and does not currently have a director or cast attached. Fox announced in May that “Rent” was on the way, but there was not yet a planned premiere date at that time. The project is executive produced by Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land”), Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson. Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine are also executive producing. Also Read: Fox's Live Musical 'Rent' Won't Happen Anytime Soon; Still Without Director and Cast The. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Tahra Grant to Replace Jean Guerin as Sony Svp of Media Relations

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Tahra Grant will replace Jean Guerin as Svp, Media Relations for the Motion Picture Group within Corporate Communications at Sony, the studio announced Monday. Grant joined the Corporate Communications team over a year ago as VP in Corporate Communications, and has worked with Spe chief communications officer Robert Lawson and Guerin to develop overall studio messaging and communications strategies. Guerin will leave the company at the end of October. She began her stint as Svp of Media Relations in January of 2014, previously serving as Svp of Communications at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and USA Network. She also served as the Director. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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From Stevie Wonder to John Legend: Music’s Biggest Stars Take Knee on Stage

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Not only are NBA and NFL players protesting President Donald Trump’s recent comments over athletes taking a knee during the national anthem, but musicians Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Solange Knowles all got down on one knee during concerts over the weekend in solidarity with players. Also Read: Stars Join Anti-Trump Team in Beef With Pro Athletes: 'Kneel So Hard Sunday the Earth Shakes' Trump set off a national firestorm on Friday when he suggested during a rally in Alabama that coaches should get the “son of a b—” players off the field if they continued to kneel. The comments triggered. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spinoff Launches at Freeform With Two Returning Stars

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Freeform has given a pilot order to “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists,” which brings back Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish from the original “Pretty Little Liars” series. The new drama project from Alloy Entertainment and Long Lake Media centers on college town Beacon Heights and examines how its characters’ perfectionism leads to murder. Pieterse plays Alison Dilaurentis, and Parrish portrays Mona Vanderwaal. Both are reprising their roles from “Pretty Little Liars,” which signed off in June after seven seasons. Also Read: 'Pretty Little Liars' Finale: Creator on Last-Minute Change, Why a Death Had to Be Off-Camera Marlene King (“Pretty Little Liars, »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Debut Beams Up 9.6 Million Viewers

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Star Trek: Discovery” was discovered by 9.6 million total viewers last night, according to Nielsen. The CBS All Access series debuted on broadcast TV, though it was delayed from an 8:30 p.m. start time to 8:48. The show ended at 9:53. That solid sampling sum counts everyone who watched over-the-air and those that tuned-in live on All Access, which shared the same ad load. Future episodes of this installment of the franchise will run exclusively on the CBS streaming video on-demand service. Also Read: 'Sunday Night Football' Ratings Slip Double Digits on Day of Large-Scale NFL Player Protests CBS Research projects the outer-space. »


- Tony Maglio

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Steve Bannon Wanted to Spy on Facebook’s Hiring Process (Report)

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Steve Bannon didn’t get his dream job at Facebook. The former chief strategist for President Trump wanted to plant a staffer at the social network in August 2016, while he was at the helm of Breitbart, according to emails obtained by Buzzfeed News. Bannon got the idea from Chris Gacek — an official at the Family Research Council, a Christian-conservative lobbying group — who pointed out in an email to the Breitbart boss an opening at Facebook-owned WhatsApp for a “Public Policy Manager” in Washington, D.C. “This seems perfect for Breitbart to flood the zone with candidates of all stripe who will. »


- Sean Burch

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Medieval Drama ‘Knightfall’ Gets Winter Premiere Date at History

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History has set a Dec. 6 premiere date for “Knightfall,” the network announced on Monday. The 10-episode series delves into the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics. “Downton Abbey” alum Tom Cullen stars in the series as the headstrong Templar Knight Landry as he embarks on a mission in search of the Holy Grail. Also Read: 'Vikings' Lands Early Season 6 Renewal From History The series also stars Pádraic Delaney, Simon MerrellsJim Carter, Olivia Ross, Ed Stoppard, »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Game of Thrones’ Gets a Physics Lesson From Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Yes, “Game of Thrones” is a fantasy series and, as such, is immune from many of the laws that bound us in the real world. But you might not want to tell that to Neil deGrasse Tyson. Celebrity scientist Tyson took time out from his apparently not-so-busy Sunday this week to break down the physics of the HBO series, issuing a series of tweets critiquing the show on a scientific front. Tyson’s verdict? Dragon wingspans good, chain-dragging technique not so hot. Also Read: Neil deGrasse Tyson Sued for Fraud Over 'StarTalk' Radio Show “Everybody all caught up on #GameOfThrones? »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and David Oyelowo to Take on ‘Cyrano the Moor’ Musical

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Disney has enlisted Oscar-winning “Moonlight” writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and “A United Kingdom” star David Oyelowo for a musical titled “Cyrano the Moor,” which will blend the classic stories of “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Othello,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. The live action musical will take place in 19th century region of Bristol in England. “Cyrano the Moor” has been in development for some time at the studio. The film will be produced by “A United Kingdom’s” Yoruba Saxon along with David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo. Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing the project for Disney. »


- Matt Pressberg

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‘Veep’ Creator’s Futuristic Comedy Series Lands at HBO

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Veep” creator Armando Iannucci is zooming back to HBO. The network has handed out an order for a pilot and additional back-up scripts to the futuristic comedy series “Avenue 5,” which will be set primarily in outer space. Iannucci is the creator and executive producer for the project that is scheduled to film in London in 2018. Also Read: What Is HBO's Next Breakout Comedy Hit? He created HBO’s Emmy-winning political comedy series, “Veep,” which he adapted from his British sitcom “The Thick of It.” “Veep” stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and is heading into its seventh and final season. Additionally, Iannucci directed »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Slip Double Digits on Day of Large-Scale NFL Player Protests

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NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” ratings took a bit of a knee last night, slipping 10 percent in TV ratings versus the comparable Week 3 of 2016. Sunday’s Oakland Raiders-Washington Redskins game brought in an 11.6 rating/20 share in 54 of the 56 markets metered by Nielsen. There are a few Florida cities still behind in reporting their local ratings, due to Hurricane Irma’s devastation in the Sunshine State. Last night’s game was a bit of a blowout, with Washington leading 21-0 in the 3rd quarter. That never helps. Perhaps the day’s large-scale player protests played a (small) factor, too. Also Read: Espn's. »


- Tony Maglio

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Espn’s ‘Monday Night Football’ to Break With Tradition, Air National Anthem Tonight

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Monday Night Football” isn’t missing out on the chance to telecast a national news story. Oh, and this will also be good for TV ratings. Cool how that works out. The weekly Espn primetime presentation of NFL football will televise tonight’s national anthem before the Dallas Cowboys-Arizona Cardinals game, TheWrap is told by an Espn insider. That’s not something “Mnf” does each week. Additionally, “Monday Night Football” will also air the NFL’s “Inside These Lines” ad during the telecast, which debuted last night during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” Readers can watch that video above. Also »


- Tony Maglio

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See China Smash Hit ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ at Us-China Film Summit

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“Wolf Warrior 2” almost singlehandedly rescued the Chinese box office this year, as the high-octane hostage action flick blasted its way to more than $860 million in China. And on Nov. 1, film leaders from both sides of the Pacific can see the blockbuster for themselves at the Asia Society’s U.S.-China Film Summit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The eighth annual event will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the first day of November, followed by a gala at 6 p.m. New Motion Picture Association of America President Charles Rivkin will give the opening. »


- Matt Pressberg

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Isn’t Nearly Good Enough to Warrant Yet Another Streaming Service (Commentary)

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Like a lot of other people out there, I watched the first two episode of “Star Trek: Discovery” on CBS All Access Sunday night. Also, like a lot of other people, it was the first time the thought had even occurred to me to use the service, because I don’t watch anything on CBS except for sports. I’m a millennial, so that’s not all that surprising. The question for me going into the night was: Can this one show somehow convince me to pay for yet another streaming service? Let’s take a look real quick at »


- Phil Owen

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‘Whassup, Pitches!': Sample New Songs and Sass in ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer (Video)

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“Whassup, Pitches!” yells Rebel Wilson at the outset of the new trailer for “Pitch Perfect 3.” The Barden Bellas travel to military bases in Europe to compete. There are a few moments of self-doubt (“Is it weird that everybody is better at the one thing we do than we are at that thing?”), but the trailer also shows new a cappella versions of popular songs, like Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” Kendrick’s character Beca is offered a solo deal, so she has to battle with the difficult decision of progressing her career or sticking with her girls. See Video: »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Original ‘Dynasty’ Star Gordon Thomson Slams ‘Abominable’ CW Reboot: ‘It’s Utter Sh-t’

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Gordon Thomson, best known for playing the villainous and sexy Adam Carrington on the primetime soap “Dynasty” in the 1980s, had some harsh words for the new CW reboot set to premiere this fall. “I have had a look at the new ‘Dynasty’ and I am appalled,” he said in a sprawling Daily Beast interview on Monday. “What the f— is the CW doing? It’s utter s—.” He called the acting “dreadful” and the writing “appalling” and noted that while the new series shared character names and general plot points, he was disappointed that the new show is a reboot of producer. »


- Carli Velocci

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New Yorker Writer’s ‘Ungrateful Is the New Uppity’ Essay Sparks Twitter Acclaim

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On the heels of an escalating divide between several NFL members and President Trump, an essay published in the New Yorker, titled, “From Louis Armstrong to the N.F.L.: Ungrateful as the New Uppity,” is trending on Twitter. And most who are sharing it are in praise of the piece. Written by frequent New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb, also a professor at Columbia University, the essay outlines a long history of African American entertainers who have been condemned as “uppity” for their own success, arguing that “ungrateful” is the modern equivalent of the aforementioned euphemism. Cobb began with an anecdote about jazz. »


- Ashley Boucher

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