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Leah Remini Is The Thorn In Scientology’s Side — Deadline Disruptors

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Long before she became famous teaming with Kevin James and Jerry Stiller on The King of Queens, Leah Remini was a teenager from Brooklyn who followed her mother into Scientology. After finally leaving the organization in 2013 and publishing a controversial memoir, Troublemaker, two years later, she has become a true thorn in the side of the controversial religion through the A&E documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. Armed with her wit and a… »

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Donald Trump Comes Home, Fires Up Twitter, Rips Media & New Normal Resumes

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President Donald Trump is back from his first big overseas trip — complete with dual meanings of “journey” and “stumble” — and things got back to “normal” quickly. Meaning the leader of the free world fired up his Twitter account early this morning and again let fly at the “enemy of the people.” The way he sees it, all the ugly news that came out of his jaunt through Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and Brussels came from one source: the media. Here’s how Potus… »

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With ‘Empire’ And ‘Star,’ Lee Daniels Continues To Tell The Untold Stories Of The Marginalized — Deadline Disruptors

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"I gotta tell you, for the record, I'm bored with Hollywood people of color saying Hollywood owes you something," Lee Daniels told CBS News in January. "Don't nobody owe you nothing. I had to fight for everything, from my very first movie on." This perspective from Daniels is only a part of what makes him a disruptor. In both his film and TV work, Daniels tells the previously untold stories of the marginalized. With Precious, he followed a plus-size Harlem girl enduring… »

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A-Rod Signs With ABC News, Expanding TV Presence Beyond Sports

27 May 2017 6:30 PM, PDT

Following the trail blazed by athletes like Michael Strahan, who parlayed a successful NFL career into a thriving run as a news personality, Alex Rodriguez has made a deal with ABC News, Deadline has confirmed. The former New York Yankees slugger will have a contributor role and appear occasionally on shows like Good Morning America, World News Tonight and Nightline, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. Rodriguez, 41, already appears as a baseball analyst for… »

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Ryan Murphy On The Risk And Reward Of Setting His Own Path – Deadline Disruptors

27 May 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

There really is precious little hallmark for a Ryan Murphy show. Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, The New Normal, Scream Queens, American Crime Story, Feud—just when you might get a sense of a common thread linking these shows, and just when you suspect he might be ready to lay back and enjoy his success, another show comes along to upset the math. And yet somehow, still, they are all inescapably Ryan Murphy shows. Through them all, an auteur streak that… »

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Donald Trump Gets ‘Bachelor’ Bashed By California Lt. Governor Over Paris Accord

27 May 2017 1:02 PM, PDT

We all know from his well-applauded appearance at UTA's pre-Oscar rally in February and the fact that he is a Democrat aiming to be California's next Governor that Gavin Newsom is no fan of Donald Trump. However, today the current Lt. Governor of the Golden State unflatteringly put the former Celebrity Apprentice host in the world of another unscripted series – and there was truly no love lost, to put it mildly, in Newsom's mocking of Trump over the President’s just… »

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Zbigniew Brzezinski Dies: Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser & MSNBC Host Mika Brzezinski’s Father Was 89

27 May 2017 7:53 AM, PDT

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and father of MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, died Friday at a hospital in Falls Church, Va. He was 89. Mika Brzezinski announced the news on Instagram. “My father passed away peacefully tonight. He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring love of her life. I just knew his as the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could… »


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Donald Trump Son-In Law Jared Kushner Discussed Secret Communication Channel With Russia: Report

26 May 2017 6:15 PM, PDT

Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner tried to establish a “secret” and “secure” backchannel with the Kremlin, which he hoped the Russian embassy in this country would help facilitate, the Washington Post reported Friday night. This one day after WaPo reported Kusher had come under FBI scrutiny, a report that seemed to confirm Kushner was that senior White House official close to Trump who had been reported to be a “person of interest” in the FBI’s Russia… »

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Stephen Colbert Explains How Donald Trump Alpha-Dogged His Way Through Nato Summit

26 May 2017 5:48 PM, PDT

Late Show, Stephen Colbert walked viewers through the various ways President Donald Trump went alpha-dog and metaphorically peed on the bushes at the Nato summit in Brussels this week. That includes Trump initiating another of his hilarious handshake matches, with French President Emmanuel Macron.  Colbert read from the White House press pool description of the handshake: Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and… »

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‘The Simpsons’: Donald Trump Gets A Thank-You From Richard Nixon’s Ghost

26 May 2017 5:41 PM, PDT

The Simpsons is poking the Potus bear again. A month after it skewered President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, the stalwart Fox toon is ripping him in a ripped-from-the-headlines short that covers a seemingly NBA-ready Jim Comey; Presi-, er Vice President Mike Pence; First Hand-Slapper Melania Trump; even — ever briefly — the Glowing Orb of Saudi Arabia. Watch it above. The clip is highlighted — if that’s the word — by a visit from the Ghost of Presidents Past… »

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Viacom’s Great Program Migration: Guide To Which Show Moved Where

26 May 2017 5:08 PM, PDT

As part of the big realignment of the Viacom cable networks announced by new CEO Bob Bakish early this year, with the channels divided into flagship and reinforcing and a mandate for closer cooperation, there has been a great deal of movement of shows from one network to another. Scripted series had been gravitating towards the soon-to-be launched Paramount Network (currently Spike), earmarked as Viacom’s flagship scripted channel, and Bet, also a flagship brand. So far… »

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MSNBC President Phil Griffin Signs New Deal; Whither Goest Lawrence O’Donnell?

26 May 2017 4:48 PM, PDT

MSNBC's president Phil Griffin has a new multi-year contract, according to an informed source, settling one personnel question about the network. Still no announcement on 10 Pm star Lawrence O'Donnell, who tweeted May 17 that his contract expires June 4, promising to let fans know “where you can watch me June 5 if it’s not msnbc,” adding, “I’m sorry this situation has become public.” MSNBC is riding a primetime ratings wave these days as viewers flock to hear about the… »

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‘The 100’ Ups Tasya Teles To Regular; ‘Supergirl’s Floriana Lima To Return As Recurring

26 May 2017 4:14 PM, PDT

We’ll be seeing a lot more of Echo in The 100‘s Season 5. Tasya Teles, who has recurred on the CW serialized sci-fi drama since Season 2, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming fifth season. Echo was last seen in Wednesday’s Season 4 finale escaping Praimfaya with Bellamy (Bob Morley) and Raven (Lindsey Morgan) on a rocket to the Ark. When we next see Echo, it will be six years after she blasted off to outer space. Teles’ promotion was first reported by tvgui… »

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‘Twin Peaks’ Premiere Gets Modest Live+3 Bump; Strong Streaming Lift

26 May 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

The premiere of Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival drew 619,000 viewers in Live+3, up 113,000 from the soft Live+same day linear viewership of 506,000. For the premiere night, the audience total has grown to 804,000 viewers in L+3. The linear viewership for the reboot’s debut was edged by the streaming one, with the total for the two-part premiere at 1.7 million across platforms, including streaming and on demand. As we reported previously, the return of David Lynch’s iconic… »

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‘House Of Cards’ Season 5 Review: Kevin Spacey & Robin Wright Swagger Back

26 May 2017 1:59 PM, PDT

Back for its fifth season on May 30, House of Cards has re-discovered its swagger in a new political era that makes the ruthless Frank and Claire Underwood look pretty great, reasonable and ever appealing as the Netflix series goes for the full soap opera, as I say in my video review above. No spoilers, but while the ever watchable Kevin Spacey is still going for the full Lbj, Bill Clinton and Nino Brown cocktail and Robin Wright never lets you look away, the now Frank… »

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The Horse’s Mouth 8: The Importance Of Feeling Important

26 May 2017 12:29 PM, PDT

The Horse's Mouth is an ongoing feature with a collection of the more head-scratching comments and/or crazy conversations we've had with people in the industry that made us laugh. We thought we'd share them with you as we roll into Memorial Day weekend: Publicist: Can you capitalize his title in front of his name? Reporter: Why? Publicist: It makes him feel more important to have it capitalized. —————————————————————————————————————— Producer: I have no movies. I lost my… »

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Hillary Clinton Compares Donald Trump To Richard Nixon, Hopes For Similar Term End

26 May 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Hillary Clinton kicked off the Memorial Day Weekend news cycle comparing President Donald Trump to Richard Nixon, hoping his tenure ends similarly, and warning that people in power who invent their own facts and attack those who question them mark the beginning of the end of a free society. Delivering Friday’s televised commencement address at Wellesley College, the former Dem presidential candidate noted she’d similarly given a commencement speech when she graduated the… »

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Croisette Queen Nicole Kidman On Coming To The Fest With Four Films & The Runaway Success Of ‘Big Little Lies’ — Cannes

26 May 2017 11:29 AM, PDT

Nicole Kidman has been a household name for nearly 30 years now, but her star never seems to wane. Rocketing to fame in the '80s, she survived the spotlight of a high-profile celebrity marriage to Tom Cruise and emerged triumphant from trial by tabloid. While her peers, and some of her predecessors, chased box-office success in romcoms and franchises, Kidman went for the interesting role, starting in 1995 with Gus Van Sant's mordant black comedy To Die For. Since then… »

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Will ‘Underground’ Become Casualty Of Sinclair’s Tribune Takeover? Hopes For Acclaimed Drama Fade As Decision Looms

26 May 2017 11:15 AM, PDT

Time is running out for Wgn America’s only remaining original scripted series, Underground. While the praised drama has not been canceled, its future on the upstart cable network looks bleak. Official decision is expected next week. I hear at the time of Wgna’s cancellation of fellow sophomore drama Outsiders in April, Sony Pictures TV, which produces both series, exposed Underground to other networks in hope of finding a new home as the writing was already on the wall at… »

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How ‘Search Party’ Broke All The Rules Of Television On Its Way To TBS Success – The Contenders Emmys Video

26 May 2017 11:01 AM, PDT

TBS’ new series, Search Party did not follow the orthodox route to becoming a hit show. In fact as executive producers and creators Charles Rogers and Sarah Violet-Bliss put it, it really was approached more like making an independent film than a network show. They actually shot the pilot without any commitment and then went out to find distribution, or in this case, TBS, which sparked to what the pair put together. At last month’s all day Deadline event, The Contenders… »

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