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Netflix Children's Show Producer Says Penis Drawing Was "Very Bad Joke" From One Artist

22 September 2017 4:28 AM, PDT

The production firm behind Netflix children's show Maya the Bee has apologized for an episode of the animated series that included a drawing of a penis in the background.

"An absolutely inappropriate image has been discovered in a four-second fly-by scene in one episode of the total of 78 episodes of the series," said production group Studio 100 in a statement on Friday. "The origin of this image obviously results from a very bad joke from one of the 150 artists working on the production."

The image of a crudely-drawn penis was discovered by some U.S. viewers, who took screen »

- Scott Roxborough

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Mipcom: Deutsche Telekom Greenlights First Original Series 'Germanized'

22 September 2017 1:20 AM, PDT

German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom is getting into the series game.

Deutsche Telekom on Friday unveiled its first-ever original fiction commission, greenlighting a 10-episode order of Germanized, a half-hour comedy series, for its streaming platform EntertainTV.

The culture clash comedy, in which 200 Germans “invade” a picturesque but bankrupt Basque village, features Christoph Maria Herbst, star of Stromberg, the German version of The Office, and French actress Roxane Duran (Riveria, The White Ribbon).

Germanized is a co-production between Germany's Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and France's Telfrance (Newen Group) and was developed and co-written by Franck Magnier and Alexandre Charlot, co-writers on hit French »

- Scott Roxborough

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Russian State Media Slam Morgan Freeman Over Investigation Video, Blame "Marijuana Use"

21 September 2017 10:18 PM, PDT

Russian state media have lashed back at Morgan Freeman over his appearance in the Committee to Investigate Russia's video, in which the veteran Hollywood actor says that the U.S. "came under attack by the Russian government."

Just about every state-controlled media in Russia reacted to the video, throwing accusations and abuse at Freeman.

Rossiya 24 network put up a caption saying "Hysterical Freeman" and brought in a panel of psychiatrists, one of whom explained the actor's appearance in the video by "a Messianic complex" that resulted from playing God or the president in several movies.

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- Vladimir Kozlov

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Jimmy Kimmel's Latest Stand: Trump Just Doesn't Understand Health Care

21 September 2017 9:14 PM, PDT

Jimmy Kimmel continued his tirade against the Graham-Cassidy health care bill on Thursday, the third straight night the comedian has excoriated the Gop and Donald Trump's attempts to repeal Obamacare. 

After two nights skewering Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy for misleading him on his intentions on health care reform and then accusing Kimmel of "not understanding" policy, the late-night host went easy on the pol, directing most of his derision for Donald Trump who had inserted himself into the growing row. 

"For Donald Trump, this isn’t about the Graham-Cassidy bill, it’s about getting rid of Obamacare, which he hates — primarily »

- Abid Rahman

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Rob Reiner Spars With Tucker Carlson Over Russia, Hollywood's Relationship With China

21 September 2017 8:30 PM, PDT

Rob Reiner got into a semantic argument with Tucker Carlson on his Fox News show on Thursday with the two having a testy discussion on what constituted "war" and Hollywood's relationship with China.

Reiner made a surprise appearance on Carlson's show, drumming up awareness for the newly launched committee to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The committee launched a video this week fronted by Morgan Freeman that claimed the U.S. was at "war" with Russia following the events of 2016, but focused on cyber warfare rather than war in the conventional sense. 

Carlson took Reiner to task on the question »

- Abid Rahman

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Hurricane Harvey Delays Robert Durst Murder Hearing to 2018

21 September 2017 5:53 PM, PDT

A hearing to determine if New York real estate heir Robert Durst goes on trial for murder was delayed Wednesday until next year.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge postponed the hearing, originally scheduled next month, until April 16, 2018, to determine if there's enough evidence to try Durst for the killing of his close friend, Susan Berman.

Judge Mark Windham postponed the hearing because Hurricane Harvey damaged the homes and offices of some of Durst's lawyers, who live in Houston, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Windham will have already heard an earful by next year as a »

- the Associated Press

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