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Ryan Lochte, Nate Parker and When Apology Tours Come Up Short

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It’s become an all-too-familiar phenomenon: A well-known person’s name stays in the headlines day after day, as a controversy, usually of his or her own making, swirls through the news media. The past week or two, the sagas of “Birth of a Nation” director Nate Parker and Team USA swimmer Ryan Lochte have garnered a… Read more »

Politifact Rates Trump’s Swipe at Clinton’s Hollywood Supporters ‘Mostly False’

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Earlier this week, Donald Trump took a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s Hollywood supporters — he said that in many cases they were personalities who “aren’t very hot anymore.” Politifact, the fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times, actually looked in to Trump’s claim, and their conclusion is that it is “mostly false.” “Trump has… Read more »

Vogue Brazil Photoshops Models to Look Disabled in Paralympics Campaign

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Vogue Brazil has come under fire for photoshopping able-bodied models to look like Paralympians for a campaign for the upcoming Paralympic Games in Rio. The headline reads “We Are All Paralympians” featuring Brazilian actors Cleo Pires and Paulo Vilhena. Although the magazine said it was trying to bolster interest and ticket sales for the upcoming Paralympics, the… Read more »

Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane’s ‘No Pay, Nudity’ Scheduled for November Release

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Monterey Media has bought all U.S. and Canada rights to Lee Wilkof’s “No Pay, Nudity,” starring Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane and Frances Conroy. The film, Wilkof’s directorial debut, is written by Ethan Sandler. Tani Cohen is the producer with Cliff Chenfeld and Seth Greenland executive producing. “No Pay, Nudity” premiered in July at the Stony Brook… Read more »

HBO, AT&T Strike Unprecedented Carriage Deal Across Pay TV, OTT

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HBO and AT&T have struck what they are calling a “historic” first-ever affiliate pact that secures carriage for a channel across linear TV, online and authenticated streaming all at once. They also announced that the premium network will join the telco’s upcoming streaming bundle DirecTV Now as part of a multi-platform deal the companies announced… Read more »

Lou Pearlman Series in Development, Following Former Boy Band Producer’s Death

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On the one-week anniversary of his death, Lou Pearlman’s life story is getting the TV treatment. Magnet Management and Condé Nast have acquired the rights to a recent article published this week about the former boy band producer, who launched *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, and infamously ran a $300 million Ponzi scheme. He died one week ago on… Read more »

‘Louder Than Bombs,’ ‘The Wave’ Take Top Norwegian Film Prizes

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Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s “Louder than Bombs,” which in 2015 was Norway’s first Cannes Competition entry in 36 years, won four Norwegian national film prizes, dubbed the Amandas,  Aug. 26 on the closing night of the 44th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, Norway. Trier’s third feature, and first English-language pic, starred an international cast: Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert,… Read more »

Helmer Zwart Treks to Norway’s Arctic Circle for ’12th Man’ Shoot

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Director Harald Zwart, who last made a feature in the country eight years ago, has returned to Norway with “The 12th Man,”which has begun its local shoot for producer Aage Aaberge and Nordisk Film Production. Co-produced by Norway’s Motion Blur (co-owned by Zwart), the $6.8 million tells the story of Norwegian war hero Jan Baalsrud, who was… Read more »

Julianne Hough Returning to ‘DWTS’ Season 23 as Judge, Derek Hough as Pro Dancer

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Julianne Hough and Derek Hough are both returning to “Dancing With the Stars” Season 23, insiders confirm to Variety. Julianne will return as a judge, while Derek and be back in ballroom as a pro dancer. Both Hough siblings took a hiatus last season, and did not appear on Season 22. While ABC has not announced the judges… Read more »