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Publisher of Men’s Health, Prevention Signs with UTA to Develop Programming

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UTA has signed Rodale Inc., publisher of lifestyle magazines including Prevention and Men’s Health, to help the company develop scripted and unscripted programming opportunities across all media platforms. The deal, announced Tuesday by Rodale president Scott Schulman, marks the first time the publisher has had representation from a Hollywood agency. Rodale’s portfolio also includes Women’s… Read more »

Susan Sarandon on Gay Marriage, Transgender Rights and Her First Lesbian Sex Scene

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Susan Sarandon, a longtime gay ally, plays a lesbian grappling with her grandchild’s transgender identity in the upcoming Weinstein Co. drama “Three Generations.” When did you first become an LGBT ally? If you’re involved in the arts in any way, shape or form, your whole life is completely integrated with gay artists, and creative people… Read more »

How Premium Cable Led the Charge for Realistic Gay Characters

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If cultural progress for gay rights has tilted toward mainstreaming of characters via network television — with gradual acceptance reflected by a surplus of gay best friends, usually devoid of any onscreen love lives — pay cable emerged as the arena where gays could go for honest and open depictions of their experiences. HBO, not… Read more »

Watch: Comedians Get Emotional in ‘I Am Chris Farley’ Doc Trailer

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“Success in show business does not always create the best version of people,” a misty-eyed Bob Saget says in the trailer for “I Am Chris Farley.” The documentary will feature interviews from Farley’s contemporaries including Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon and David Spade. Lorne Michaels also appears in the trailer, calling… Read more »

Anti-Same-Sex Marriage Pastor Rick Scarborough: ‘We Do Not Hate Homosexuals’

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The Supreme Court of the United States has issued its ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriages. Every culture has had homosexuality, but none has ever sanctioned the practice with marriage. To do so requires ignoring the design of nature itself and worse, it denies that the God of nature ordained marriage between a male… Read more »

The Queen of England Picks Up Manhattan Pied-a-Terre

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BUYER: The Queen of England LOCATION: New York City, N.Y. PRICE: $8,045,000 (last asking) SIZE: 3,004 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Though she officially visits the United States rarely — her last state visit was back in 2007 — real estate reports out of New York City say Her Royal Highness,… Read more »

‘Broken Lizard’ Star Steve Lemme Signs with CAA

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CAA has signed “Broken Lizard” writer and star Steve Lemme for representation. On the screenwriting side, Lemme has been responsible for such films as “Beerfest” and “Super Troopers,” which is getting a sequel and is the next film Lemme will be starring in. He was previously repped by UTA. Lemme is also managed by Anonymous… Read more »

Point/Counterpoint: Has the Entertainment Industry Helped or Hindered LGBT Representation?

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POINT: Entertainment’s False Sense of Reality Asking whether the entertainment industry has been influential in shaping public attitudes on sexuality and the meaning of marriage is like asking if Christopher Nolan is a director. Same-sex marriage advocates have executed a PR masterstroke the likes of which we’ve not seen in modern social history. Those who… Read more »

Facebook Adds 10-Second Threshold For Video Ads

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Facebook is giving advertisers an option to only pay for video ads that have been watched for at least ten seconds, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The new option is being rolled out Tuesday. Previously, advertisers had to pay as soon as their ads came into view.  Facebook will still keep this CPM-based option in… Read more »

Ratings: ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ ‘Bachelorette’ Monday’s Top Shows

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The summer’s Monday ratings leaders, NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” and ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” were neck-and-neck for bragging rights on the final Monday of June, and they helped keep Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” at its low-level numbers. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “American Ninja Warrior” (1.9 rating/7 share in adults 18-49,… Read more »