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pentatonix christmas special returns, joined by jennifer hudson, jay leno, darci lynne farmer

grammy award-winning a capella vocal artists pentatonix will return to nbc for their second holiday special. a very pentatonix christmas is set for monday, nov. 27 at 10 pm et/pt on nbc, with an encore airing on wednesday, dec. 6 at 8 p.m. the one-hour show will feature the voice coach and fellow grammy-winner jennifer hudson joining for some favorite holiday tunes. also appearing are comedian and former tonight show host jay leno and 13-year-old america’s got talent





‘boo 2! a madea halloween’ reaps $21m+ during october dumping ground at the b.o.

writethru 8:16am after saturday 12:03am post: what’s up with late october at the box office? if the first weekend of may is known as the official launch of summer and guarantees a $100m-plus opening title, then the third and even fourth weekend of october can officially be known as a dumping ground for mediocre, broken movies. no disrespect to lionsgate’s boo 2! a madea halloween. that film is absolutely working, stoking its audience and winning the weekend off a…





president trump continues feud with congresswoman hours before sgt. la david johnson funeral

president donald trump took time out from his morning – on the day of the funeral of slain sgt. la david johnson – to continue his feuds with the media and johnson’s congresswoman and friend, rep. frederica wilson. not letting go of his latest little nickname for a foe, the president called the congresswoman “wacky” and suggested that he hopes the “fake news media” keeps talking about her because she “is killing the democrat party!” i hope the fake news media keeps…





‘once upon a time’ & ‘marvel’s inhumans’ slip to demo ratings lows

cbs’ testosterone-heavy drama lineup held up surprisingly well against the yankees-astros baseball game. it was actually abc’s female-friendly once upon a time (0.5 adults 18-49 rating, 2.52 million total viewers) that tied for the biggest demo drop (-0.2) on friday to hit a new l+sd series low in 18-49. the decline carried over to lead-out marvel's inhumans (0.4, 2 million), which also was down -0.2 to a series low in the demo. as we noted, cbs’ dramas were all steady…





sophia bush explains ‘chicago p.d.’ exit: “left because i wanted to”

sophia bush has broken her silence on the reason for departing chicago p.d. after four seasons. responding to an instagram comment, she claimed, “i left because i wanted to. end of story.” bush, the former female lead on the series, responded to an instagram discussion of her exit, dismissing various theories. “took me a long time and a lot of hard work to get out of that show,” she writes. “please don’t demean my capabilities by degrading my position. i left…





‘straight outta compton’ director received multiple threats from suge knight, court records claim

transcripts just released from a grand jury hearing earlier this year indicate rap mogul marion “suge” knight allegedly gave multiple menacing warnings to straight outta compton director f. gary gray during filming of his academy award-nominated film. specific details from the february hearing on the threats were made public for the first time on friday and reported by the los angeles times. the alleged threats evidently worked, as gray later claimed numerous times during…





fox knew about bill o’reilly’s big sexual harassment settlement when they renewed his contract – update

(updated with statement from 21st century fox) bill o’reilly struck a $32 million sexual harassment payment with a fox news network analyst before his contract with 21st century fox was granted a four-year extension, according to a bombshell new york times story posted on the news organization’s website today. fox now admits they knew all about it, kind of. "when the company renewed bill o’reilly’s contract in february, it knew that a sexual harassment lawsuit had been…





‘boo 2! a madea halloween’ reaps $21m+ during october dumping ground at the b.o.

3rd update, saturday 12:03am: what’s up with late october at the box office? if the first weekend of may is known as the official launch of summer, and guarantees a $100m-plus opening title, then the third and even fourth weekend of october can officially be known as a dumping ground for mediocre, broken movies. no disrespect to lionsgate’s boo 2! a madea halloween. that film is absolutely working, stoking its audience and winning the weekend off a respectable low $20m…





‘real time’: janice min says weinstein frenzy fueled partly by trump anger

update with video sublimated anger toward donald trump is contributing to the “feeding frenzy” around harvey weinstein, former hollywood reporter editor janice min said on tonight’s real time with bill maher. pointing out the recent one-year anniversary of trump’s notorious access hollywood recording, min suggested that weinstein presents a “possible, tangible crime and punishment” opportunity that trump dodged. maher too drew comparisons between weinstein and trump…





‘chappaquiddick’ jumps out of thanksgiving; ‘hostiles’ gallops into awards season

update, oct. 21: after moving chappaquiddick into the thanksgiving space 16 days ago, entertainment studios has had second thoughts and is pushing the john curran-directed movie to april 6 for awards consideration next year. the independent distributor acquired the ted kennedy scandal movie out of tiff for a $20m commitment. instead, entertainment studios will debut its other tiff acquisition, scott cooper’s western hostiles in december and will platform it from there…





‘magnum p.i.’ reboot in the works at cbs

cbs has shelled out a big pilot production commitment to magnum p.i., an update of the classic 1980s tom selleck series set in hawaii. it hails from peter lenkov, cbs/cbs studios’ go-to writer for rebooting iconic procedurals who has successfully revived hawaii five-0 and macgyver, and davis entertainment (the blacklist). co-written by lenkov and fellow hawaii five-0 executive producer/co-showrunner eric guggenheim, magnum p.i. will feature the same central quartet of…





‘real time’: janice min says weinstein frenzy fueled partly by trump anger

sublimated anger toward donald trump is contributing to the “feeding frenzy” around harvey weinstein, former hollywood reporter editor janice min said on tonight’s real time with bill maher. pointing out the recent one-year anniversary of trump’s notorious access hollywood recording, min suggested that weinstein presents a “possible, tangible crime and punishment” opportunity that trump dodged. maher too drew comparisons between weinstein and trump. “i’ve heard…





‘boo 2! a madea halloween’ reaps $22m during october dumping ground at the b.o.

3rd update, saturday 12:03am: what’s up with late october at the box office? if the first weekend of may is known as the official launch of summer, and guarantees a $100m-plus opening title, then the third and even fourth weekend of october can officially be known as a dumping ground for mediocre, broken movies. no disrespect to lionsgate’s boo 2! a madea halloween. that film is absolutely working, stoking its audience and winning the weekend off a respectable low $20m…





female animators pen open letter demanding end to sexual harassment

women and non-conforming people in the animation industry are speaking out amid the growing harvey weinstein sexual abuse scandal. an open letter with 217 signatures was sent thursday to studios demanding an end to sexism and sexual harassment in the animation industry, first reported by buzzfeed. executives at disney, cartoon network, nickelodeon, dreamworks animation, bento box, oddbot, paramount, shadowmachine, sony pictures animation, stoopid buddy, titmouse, and…





apa agent tyler grasham fired from agency following sexual assault allegations

updated 3:22 pm: tyler grasham has now been fired from apa. “tyler grasham has been terminated, effective immediately,” said a spokesman for the agency. the move comes as one of those who alleged he had been sexually assaulted said earlier today he was going to filed a police report with the lapd this afternoon and he says he has. lucas ozarowski, a 27-year-old film and tv editor, says he also was assaulted by grasham after blaise godbe lipman first spoke up on facebook…





‘the oath’: crackle series to return to production in san juan

update, 4 pm: sony-owned crackle is returning to san juan, puerto rico saturday to wrap production on the oath. filming on the 10-episode series was interrupted last month following devastating hurricane maria and its aftermath. the show, which began filming there in july, has about nine days of shooting left, a sony spokesperson told deadline. the oath, starring sean bean, ryan kwanten and katrina law, is executive produced by curtis "50 cent" jackson (power) and his…





‘magnum p.i.’ reboot in the works at cbs

cbs has shelled out a big pilot production commitment to magnum p.i., an update of the classic 1980s tom selleck series set in hawaii. it hails from peter lenkov, cbs/cbs studios’ go-to writer for rebooting iconic procedurals who has successfully revived hawaii five-0 and macgyver, and davis entertainment (the blacklist). co-written by lenkov and fellow hawaii five-0 executive producer/showrunner eric guggenheim, magnum p.i. will feature the same central quartet of…





nikki toscano sells dramas with matt reeves & craig brewer to fox with penalty

nikki toscano has teamed with directors-producer matt reeves (war for the planet of the apes) and craig brewer (empire, hustle & flow) for two drama projects which have received script commitments with penalty from fox. 20th century fox tv, where toscano is under an overall deal, is the studio. written by toscano, the untitled toscano/reeves project is a female-led character drama that unravels the complicated personal and professional lives of a family of cops as they…





jimmy kimmel and matt damon to raffle off dysfunctional dinner for jon stewart fundraiser

jimmy kimmel’s final monologue from brooklyn week got interrupted by jon stewart and his breakdancing crew, in promotion of stewart’s upcoming night of too many stars on hbo. as part of that fundraiser special, kimmel and matt damon announce the incredibly awkward omaze experience they're offering. before kimmel got interrupted, he was explaining to his bam audience about their mayor: “last night, i mentioned your mayor, bill de blasio – who is not a yankees fan – or a…





harvey weinstein has “different recollection” of events in lupita nyong’o op-ed

a spokesperson for harvey weinstein said the producer “has a different recollection of the events” that came to light in a new york times op-ed piece penned by oscar-winning actress lupita nyong’o. the comments came a day after the essay appeared in which she detailed a series of alleged harvey weinstein sexual harassment encounters that included several explicit passes weinstein tried to foist on her early in her career. “mr. weinstein has a different recollection of the…