Bill Maher: What If “Madman” Trump’s Crazy Nuke Threats Work? Nah…

Playing someone’s advocate, Real Time‘s Bill Maher wondered aloud tonight whether President Donald Trump‘s nuke-threatening bluster against North Korea’s Kim Jong-un might, well, work.
“If by working,” answered CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, “you mean North Korea de-nuclearizing, I would give him the Nobel Prize. But I think that is highly, highly, highly unlikely.”
The HBO host didn’t press his original point.
“He’s incentivizing their hawkishness,” said presidential historian Jon…
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Time Warner Beats Q2 Earnings Expectations Helped By ‘Wonder Woman’

Time Warner seems to be cruising toward its $85 billion sale to AT&T — which it expects to close by year end — based on the better than expected results in its Q2 earnings report out this morning.
The box office strength of Wonder Woman at Warner Bros., and ratings at CNN, helped to overcome slightly lighter than anticipated results at HBO.
Time Warner reported net income of $1.06 billion, up 11.6% vs the period last year, on revenues of $7.33 billion, up 5.4%. The top…
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By | 2017-08-02T06:47:40+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Breaking News, Corporate Affairs, Earnings, Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner|Tags: |

‘The Sinner’ Review: Not Much Virtue In Jessica Biel & Bill Pullman Series

Premiering tomorrow on USA Network and adapted from Petra Hammesfahr’s 2007 novel of the same name, The Sinner unfortunately lacks a certain virtue in today’s crowded television environment.
It stars Jessica Biel as a young mother who suddenly stabs a man to death while at the beach with her family and Bill Pullman as the rough around the edges and no saint himself detective determined to find out why before it is too late. The eight-episode series from Derek Simonds has…
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By | 2017-08-01T18:44:50+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: Bill Pullman, Breaking News, DeadlineNow, Jessica Biel, Reviews, The Sinner, USA Network|Tags: |

HBO’s ‘All Def Comedy’ To Return As Series In December

HBO has picked up Russell SimmonsAll Def Comedy stand-up series for a six-episode season that will kick of in December, the network said today. The order comes after HBO aired an All Def Comedy one-off special in November, part of Simmons’ overall first-look deal with the premium cabler.
The shows will be taped October 10-11 at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles, and will be hosted by Tony Rock. Like Simmons and HBO’s original Def Comedy Jam, the series will feature…
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By | 2017-07-28T13:50:29+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Categories: All Def Comedy, Breaking News, HBO, Russell Simmons|Tags: |

‘True Blood’ Co-Stars Remember “One Of A Kind” Nelsan Ellis; Anna Paquin Recalls “Deeply Kind Soul”

Nelsan Ellis, who has died of complications from heart failure at age 39, is being remembered by his True Blood co-stars as a “magnificent talent” and “one of a kind artist.”
Ellis played the flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds throughout the entire 2008-14 run of the HBO signature series, adding heart, grit and fierce gay pride to the supernatural happenings in Bon Temps, Louisiana.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the level of humility and kindness that came with the…
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By | 2017-07-09T01:46:41+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Categories: Alan Ball, Breaking News, Celebrities, Jon Manganiello, Nelsan Ellis, News, Obituaries, Sam Trammell, True Blood|Tags: |

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: |