David Mamet Teaches Master Class On Writing For Stage & Screen

How many times have we seen movies that basically copied Alec Baldwin’s “always be closing” speech in Glengarry Glen Ross or some other testosterone-doused dialogue from David Mamet? Now, those who have been borrowing from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright can now spend $90 to soak up lessons directly from the master. Mamet has filmed his first online MasterClass tutorial on writing for the theater and the screen (see the trailer above). He instills the hard won…
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By | 2017-04-20T11:45:23+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Categories: Breaking News, David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross, MasterClass|Tags: |

‘SNL’: Jimmy Fallon Is Jared Kushner To Baldwin’s Trump; Melissa McCarthy As Easter Spicey

Update with video Melissa McCarthy paid an Easter visit to SNL, reprising her Sean Spicer, this time in an Easter Bunny costume just as the real Spicer did during the George W. Bush days. McCarthy’s belligerent Spicer once again addressed the press, trying to make amends for that “Holocaust Centers” snafu by talking about “Concentration Clubs.”
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter, McCarthy rode off in a mobile egg. “Spicey’s gotta hippity hop,” she said, “cos this is probably…
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John Oliver Buys More ‘Fox & Friends’ Ad Time To Explain GOP Health Care Plan To Donald Trump

John Oliver’s HBO late night show has again bought ad time on Fox & Friends in the Washington D.C. area which will target an audience of exactly one person. On Wednesday’s F&F, Last Week Tonight character Catheter Cowboy will explain to President Donald Trump how devastating the GOP’s American Health Care Act will be for millions of Americans. In particular it will hit  older people in rural areas, who voted for him, and who have with medical conditions that require…
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By | 2017-04-17T15:25:24+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Categories: Breaking News, HBO, John Oliver, Last Week Tonight, Late Night TV, Politics|Tags: |

Donald Trump Brawls With Mexico’s President Over Border Wall, To Delight Of TV News

President Donald Trump and Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto disagreement over Trump’s Wall turned into a brawl today – warmly received by TV news outlets who love nothing better than a good fight between two alpha dogs.
Some political pundits, a cynical bunch, noted Peña Nieto’s approval rating of 12% in his country, a tank into which he plunged since his ill-advised meet-and-greet with then-candidate Trump. What with Trump having been sworn into office last week at an…
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By | 2017-04-17T15:25:27+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Categories: Breaking News, Donald Trump, GOP, Mexico, News, Politics, TV News|Tags: |

Comcast Boosts Dividend, Stock Buybacks As Q4 Earnings Top Expectations

Comcast has some goodies for investors in its Q4 earnings announcement this morning: The No. 1 cable company has raised its stock repurchase authorization to $12 billion, raised dividends by 15%, and plans a 2-for-1 stock split, which could increase demand for shares by making them more affordable.
That comes on top of financial results for the last three months of 2016 that generally beat expectations.
Comcast reported net earnings of $2.30 billion, up 16.5% vs the…
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By | 2017-04-17T15:25:31+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Categories: Breaking News, Brian Roberts, Comcast, Corporate Affairs, Earnings, NBCUniversal|Tags: |

Chris Berman Re-ups At ESPN But Is Stripped Of NFL Duties

Chris Berman, who joined ESPN a month after its launch in 1979 and has been the face of its NFL coverage for decades, has re-upped with the sports giant in a multiyear deal. But there’s a catch: He won’t be hosting any NFL shows after this season.
The man who made sports nicknames fun again — who can forget Oddibe “Young Again” McDowell? — is taking on a new role at ESPN: The Worldwide Leader sad today that he “will make appearances on-air and will also serve in…
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By | 2017-04-17T15:25:32+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Categories: Breaking News, Chris Berman, ESPN, NFL, Sports|Tags: |

‘The Mick’ Previews Strong, ‘Ransom’ Starts Slow, ‘To Tell the Truth’ Returns Low, ‘Sunday Night Football’ Up In Ratings

UPDATED: Fox previewed new comedy series The Mick behind an NFL doubleheader on the first night of 2017. For maximum impact, the comedy aired directly after postgame coverage on both coasts. In the fast nationals, the series starring Kaitlin Olson drew a respectable 2.4 in adults 18-49, matching the football-boosted preview of Fox’s animated/live-action comedy Son of Zorn in September. In time-zone adjusted ratings released by Fox, The Mick posted a solid 2.8 in adults…
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By | 2017-04-17T15:25:33+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Breaking News, News, NFL, Ransom, Ratings, Sports, Sunday Night Football, The Mick, To Tell the Truth|Tags: |

Golden Globe Nominees Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Jill Soloway Touch On Presidential Election In Reactions

It’s clear the presidential election is not far from the minds of many, even those celebrating a Golden Globe nomination. Julia Louis-Dreyfus thanked Russian hackers for her Golden Globe nom for Veep in a tweet this morning. Louis-Dreyfus won five consecutive Emmys for her role as Selina Meyer in Veep, but has yet to win a Golden Globe. This is her fourth nomination.

Huge thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Russian hackers that made our…
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By | 2017-04-17T15:25:35+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Categories: Breaking News, Golden Globes, Jill Soloway, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, News|Tags: |

‘La La Land’ Tops Roster With $855K, ‘Jackie’ Sparkles At $495K – Specialty Box Office

La La Land sat atop the Specialty box office chart with the year’s best per theater average (read more about that here). Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the Lionsgate release opened in five locations averaging $171K, outpacing the year’s previous PTA star Moonlight, which had an average of over $100K in its debut weekend in October. Fox Searchlight’s Jackie sparkled in its second weekend with a 21 theater expansion grossing $495K, while both TWC’s Lion and Amazon…
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By | 2017-04-17T15:25:35+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Categories: Breaking News, Jackie, La La Land, Moonlight, News, Nocturnal Animals, Specialty Box Office|Tags: |

‘Breaking Bad’s Walter White For DEA, Says Baldwin-Free ‘SNL’ Cold Open

Bryan Cranston made a surprise and fresh replacement for Alec Baldwin in tonight’s Saturday Night Live cold open, reprising his Breaking Bad Walter White character as Donald Trump’s choice to head the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Donald Trump and I know it’s time to make America cook again,” said Cranston as TV’s greatest meth-maker. “We want to fill this nation with red, white and a whole lot of blue.”
SNL‘s cold open started off unsurprisingly: Beck Bennett as…
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By | 2017-04-17T15:25:36+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Categories: Alec Baldwin, Breaking News, Comedy, Donald Trump, John Cena, Late Night TV, News, Politics, Saturday Night Live, SNL|Tags: |