Aug 18, 2017
2:21 pm

Fallout for Trump After Ouster of Steve Bannon? Now He Has Angered One of His Staunchest Media Allies (CNN)

The White House today announced the ouster of Steve Bannon following a tumultuous tenure as chief strategist, with observers suggesting Bannon’s firing will turn Breitbart Media against Trump.

Breitbart, formerly headed by Bannon, has been one of Trump’s most steadfast media allies.

“Bannon, his allies and the site’s staffers have not been subtle about what is likely to happen now,” CNN reports. “Joel Pollak, a senior editor-at-large at Breitbart, tweeted ‘#WAR,’ a reference to the site’s early days and the mission statement of its founder, Andrew Breitbart.”

The report cites a source who recently spoke with Bannon saying the now-former White House chief strategist will not remain quiet.

CNN quotes the source saying: “It will be Bannon the barbarian. He’s not going to go out peacefully.”

The report adds: “Following news of Bannon’s exit, Breitbart started to prepare stories critical of people in the Trump White House, a person at the website told CNN. It’s most likely the site will not — for now at least — directly attack the president, but will focus its fire on people in Trump’s circle who had clashed with Bannon, or who are viewed as Democrats or ‘globalists.'”

There has been widespread speculation that Bannon, who left Breitbart last year to join the Trump campaign, will return to the media site.

Aug 18, 2017
2:17 pm

Fox Chief Blasts Trump (TVWeek, NY Times)

The CEO of Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox rebuked Donald Trump over his response to the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

In an email addressed to “friends” and obtained by media outlets, James Murdoch wrote: “What we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the President of the United States concern all of us as Americans and free people.”

Murdoch also wrote: “The presence of hate in our society was appallingly laid bare as we watched swastikas brandished on the streets of Charlottesville and acts of brutal terrorism and violence perpetrated by a racist mob. I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.”

Murdoch is the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who remains an informal adviser to Trump. The New York Times notes that the elder Murdoch, an outspoken conservative, recently dined with Trump in the White House residence.

James Murdoch’s email adds that he and his wife, Kathryn, will be donating $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League, and encourages others to donate as well.

The full text of the email can be read by clicking here.

Aug 18, 2017
2:09 pm

Talent Agent Mysteriously Disappears (NY Post)

A search is under way for a talent agent who disappeared from his home one day after returning from vacation. The New York Post reports that Manhattan agent Mark Schlegel disappeared from his home in Oradell, N.J., over the weekend.

His disappearance happened Sunday, one day after he and his wife, Chris, returned from a trip to Scotland in celebration of their 33rd wedding anniversary.

He was last seen around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. He reportedly left home without his wallet, ID or phone.

Schlegel, a father of two grown children, has reportedly worked for Cornerstone Talent Agency since 2002. Among his clients are Brandon Flynn of “13 Reasons Why” and Dominic Chianese of “The Sopranos.”

Mark Schlegel (Oradell, N.J., Police)

Aug 18, 2017
12:59 pm

Jon Stewart Checks In on Charlottesville: ‘In the President’s Defense, He Is a Terrible Person’ (Twitter, NY Times, Salon)

Longtime “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart has been off the air for a while now, but he showed up Thursday night during a standup performance by Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall in New York and offered quite a few choice words about Donald Trump and the recent Charlottesville headlines.

Stewart’s comments were essentially transcribed by New York Times culture reporter Sopan Deb, who posted the material on Twitter.

Other media outlets, including Salon.com, also picked up the story, quoting heavily from the Twitter posts.

Stewart is quoted saying of events in Charlottesville: “It wasn’t so much that there were Nazis. It was really the reaction by certain presidents.”

He added: “There are two sides? Motherfucker? Two sides. I believe they are called the Allied powers and the Axis powers, and we used to be with the Allied powers. This motherfucker signed a treaty that I don’t think any of us know about.”

Stewart also said: “In the president’s defense, he is a terrible person. … I don’t think everybody who likes him is a Nazi, but everybody who is a Nazi sure does seem to like him.”

Salon notes: “The comedian later addressed his short-lived Twitter feud with Trump where the then-reality star questioned Stewart’s name change away from  Jonathan Leibowitz. Stewart recounted that, at the time, he responded by asking Trump why he had changed his birth name from ‘Fuckface Von Clownstick.'”

Stewart is also quoted saying: “Basically it goes back to an old white supremacist trope, which is, ‘Jews amongst us.'” Referring to his beef with Trump over the name change, Stewart said Trump “was signaling to the underworld that Jews are amongst us.” Stewart added: “Honestly, if Jews controlled the media why wasn’t I on a network?”

Salon adds: “During his appearance, Stewart said Trump’s election wasn’t actually a surprise — the election of Barack Obama as president was. ‘That is where we rose above our history,’ he added.”

Below is some of the material tweeted by Sopan Deb

Aug 18, 2017
8:19 am

Big 4 Broadcast Networks Set Simulcast (TVWeek)

Plans are in place for a simulcast across ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox that will air Friday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live,” put on by the Entertainment Industry Foundation and XQ Institute, will air live in the Eastern time zone and on a tape-delayed basis on the West Coast.

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon will executive produce the one-hour program, aimed at inspiring people to rethink high school and exploring ways to get students prepared for the careers of the future.

In a statement, Davis and Tennon said: “We are excited to team up with EIF and XQ Institute to help bring awareness to the issue of high school education and ensure that our students are receiving an education that prepares them for the future. As executive producers of this live special, we are honored to work alongside some incredible names in the entertainment and education space.”

The program is executive produced by XQ, produced by Done + Dusted, and directed by Hamish Hamilton.

Please click here for additional details on the program and background on XQ Institute and the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Aug 18, 2017
7:29 am

Another Trump Advisory Panel Disbands — This Time Everyone Quit at Once (Vanity Fair)

A White House committee that has been in place since the Reagan administration was hit by the mass defection this morning of its entire membership. Vanity Fair reports that the remaining members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned all at once.

“In a joint statement, all of its members — including author Jhumpa Lahiri, artist Chuck Close, actor Kal Penn and more — explained in very specific terms why they no longer felt comfortable serving the president in the wake of his inflammatory remarks about the Charlottesville protest,” Vanity Fair reports.

The article quotes the statement saying: “Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President … art is about inclusion. The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both. You released a budget which eliminates arts and culture agencies. You have threatened nuclear war while gutting diplomacy funding … your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed.”

The panel was set up in 1982 to advise the White House on cultural issues. Other members of the committee reportedly resigned just before Trump’s inauguration.

Penn told Vanity Fair: “It became clear that the government became inoperative under this particular presidency. A lot of the work and the agencies have been frozen. There’s a big waste of taxpayer dollars. We had hope, but the president made comments that quite literally were in support of the domestic terrorists.”

Aug 18, 2017
7:21 am

Broadway Icon Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs Naked in an L.A. Crosswalk (TVWeek, CBS)

As you’ll see in the video clip below, “Hamilton” mastermind and Tony-winning Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda went all the way for a performance of the musical “Hair” in a Los Angeles crosswalk.

Encouraged by CBS late-night host James Corden in a “Crosswalk the Musical” segment for Corden’s “Late Late Show,” Miranda was apparently naked by the end of the performance — as was Corden. The incident reportedly took place on Beverly Boulevard near the CBS studios.

See for yourself …

Aug 18, 2017
7:11 am

Another Kennedy Center Honoree Boycotts White House Reception (Washington Post)

Donald Trump appears to be having problems with the guest list for his White House reception in connection with the upcoming Kennedy Center Honors. The Washington Post reports that a second honoree has opted out of the reception.

Dancer, choreographer and actress Carmen de Lavallade indicated Thursday that although she plans to attend the Dec. 3 ceremony at the Kennedy Center, she’s not interested in a visit to the Trump White House.

“In light of the socially divisive and morally caustic narrative that our current leadership is choosing to engage in, and in keeping with the principles that I and so many others have fought for, I will be declining the invitation to attend the reception at the White House,” de Lavallade said in a written statement provided to The Post.

De Lavallade, 86, “was a principal guest performer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and was one of the first African Americans to dance for the Metropolitan Opera,” The Post reports. “Though her home is in New York, her work has taken her close to Charlottesville, the scene of a deadly white supremacist rally this weekend, which Trump has been criticized for failing to sufficiently condemn.”

De Lavallade’s White House boycott follows a similar move by TV writer and producer Norman Lear, another of this year’s five Kennedy Center honorees. The others are Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J and Lionel Richie.

Aug 17, 2017
5:33 pm

ABC’s Latest Reboot Brings Back a ’60s Favorite — With a Big Difference (Deadline, TVWeek)

A show that was a favorite in the 1960s is going to look a lot different when ABC brings it back. That’s because the planned reboot of the prime-time cartoon “The Jetsons” will be a live-action series this time around.

Deadline reports that the multicamera project received a put pilot commitment from the network, with Robert Zemeckis executive producing.

“The new version will be written by Gary Janetti, who has background in both multicamera and animated comedy series, having worked on NBC’s ‘Will & Grace’ and Fox’s ‘Family Guy,'” Deadline reports. “Warner Bros. TV, whose sibling Warner Bros. Animation absorbed Hanna-Barbera two decades ago, is the studio.”

The original series first aired on ABC back in 1962-63.

Aug 17, 2017
5:21 pm

‘Judge Judy’ Clip Goes Viral (YouTube)

A video clip from “Judge Judy,” in which the judge uses a simple method to decide a dispute about who owns a dog, has become a viral hit. The clip shows what happens when the judge orders one of the litigants to put the dog down.

Here it is …

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