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Point/Counterpoint: Both Sides of the Gay Rights Battle Debate the Issues

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POINT: Gay Rights Battle Is Far From Over The transformation over the past two decades in how Americans view gay people is the result of one of the most successful social justice movements of modern times. As we have increased understanding of who gay people are, a super-majority of Americans have come to support our freedom… Read more »

Upfront 2015: Fox Broadcasting to Close With Lower Volume; Fox Networks Volume Is Flat

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Fox Broadcasting will close its upfront sales having secured fewer advance advertising commitments from marketers, according to a person familiar with the matter, the result of ratings declines at the network due to a maturing “American Idol” and some programming misfires in recent seasons. Meanwhile, Fox Networks Group, a broader unit that encompasses nearly all… Read more »

Supreme Court Ruling Won’t Affect Health-Care Plans of SAG-AFTRA Members

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Duncan Crabtree-Ireland is the chief operating officer and general counsel of SAG-AFTRA. He and John Crabtree-Ireland were one of the first couples to tie the knot, in February 2004, when San Francisco began allowing same-sex couples to marry. What have been your experiences with how industry decision-makers deal with gay individuals or subject matter? It… Read more »

The Savage Agency Announces New Literary Department

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The Savage Agency has added literary talent to its roster of television and film stars, the agency announced on Tuesday. With this launch, Savage will now represent authors and directors, as well as TV and film writers. Anthony J. Harris has been promoted to head of the newly developed department, after serving in the agency’s theatrical division…. Read more »

‘American Sniper’ Writer Jason Hall in Talks to Direct ‘Thank You for Your Service’

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“American Sniper” screenwriter Jason Hall is in talks to direct post-traumatic stress disorder drama “Thank You for Your Service” for DreamWorks. The script has been adapted by Hall from David Finkel’s 2013 book of the same name, which followed up the home-front struggles of the battallion chronicled in Finkel’s “The Good Soldiers” during its 15-month tour… Read more »

Muslim Scholar on How Islam Really Views Homosexuality

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Jonathan AC Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown U., and associate director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. His books include “Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy” (Oneworld, 2014). I’ll be conservative: There is… Read more »

Focus Circles ‘Jurassic World’ Director Colin Trevorrow’s ‘Book of Henry’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Following the record-shattering success of “Jurassic World,” it’s no surprise how quickly a studio moved to ensure they were next in line to work with the film’s director, Colin Trevorrow. While negotiations have yet to begin, sources tell Variety that Focus Features is in discussions to acquire domestic distribution rights to Trevorrow’s next movie, “Book… Read more »

Callum Blue, Nadine Velazquez Starring in Drama ‘The Charnel House’

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“Proof” star Callum Blue and Nadine Velazquez (“Major Crimes”) are starring in the indie drama “The Charnel House,” which has started shooting in Cleveland. The cast also includes Makenzie Moss (“Steve Jobs”) and Erik LaRay Harvey (“Boardwalk Empire”). Producers are Sandra Siegal through her Siegal Entertainment banner and MJ Films’ Mark B. Johnson, who are re-teaming after working together… Read more »

‘Star Trek 3′ Gets Title, Michael Bay Benghazi Thriller Sets Release Date

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The next “Star Trek” adventure has been christened. The third film in the rebooted adventures of James Kirk and crew has been dubbed “Star Trek Beyond,” Paramount said Tuesday. Justin Lin, the “Fast & Furious 6″ auteur who is taking over directing duties from a “Star Wars”-bound J.J. Abrams, tweeted the new title along with… Read more »

Miss USA Loses Cheryl Burke, Thomas Roberts as Co-Hosts

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[UPDATED] Miss Universe has been dealt two more blows in the wake of the Donald Trump controversy. “Dancing with the Stars” dancer and choreographer Cheryl Burke and MSNBC host Thomas Roberts have pulled out as co-hosts of the July 12 Miss USA pageant. Burke cited NBC’s previous decision to pull the event due to its… Read more »