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Sep 2, 2014
6:45 am
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Report: Doctors to Assess Extent of Damage to Joan Rivers’ Brain Today (NY Daily News)

“Doctors are expected to assess the extent of damage to Joan Rivers’ brain Tuesday after bringing her out of a medically induced coma,” reports the New York Daily News.

The article adds: “The 81-year-old legendary comedienne remained on a life-support machine and in serious condition Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital amid an outpouring of support and sympathy.”

The story also notes that E!’s “Fashion Police,” on which Rivers appears, has canceled a scheduled taping.

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Sep 2, 2014
6:20 am
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Labor Day Bonus: ‘American Idol’ Winner – One of the Most Popular Ever – Announces She Is Pregnant With First Child (Fox News, Twitter)

A popular ‘American Idol’ winner and her husband “chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child,” reports Fox News.

Carrie Underwood, 31, and Mike Fisher, 34, who plays in the National Hockey League for the Nashville Predators, “posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday,” the story says, adding, “Underwood’s publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring.”

Underwood tweeted the news with the following picture and the words “In honor of ‘Labor’ Day … Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn’t be happier!”

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Sep 2, 2014
6:18 am
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FBI Looking Into the Hacking of Nude Photos of Celebrities Jennifer Lawrence and Others. Is Apple’s iCloud Vulnerable? (CBS News, AP, NBC News)

“The FBI said it was looking into the matter of nude photos of Hollywood celebrities being leaked online by hackers,” according to a story on the CBS News website.

The story, jointly written by CBS News and the Associated Press, reports: “In a statement, the agency said it was ‘aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high-profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.’

“A publicist for Jennifer Lawrence earlier said the actress contacted authorities after nude photos of her were apparently stolen and posted online.”

The CBS/AP story adds: “Dozens of private, nude photographs were said to be accessed from phones and leaked online. The pictures were allegedly taken from a cloud-based Internet data storage system.”

The story adds, “ ‘In some cases those security controls are not in place [which] allows them to throw as many as 500 passwords at an account until it accepts one,’ Jeff Schilling of cloud service provider Firehost told CBS News correspondent Carter Evans.”

An NBC News article about the hacking says that besides the involvement of the FBI, “Apple said Monday they are investigating the apparent hacking of iCloud accounts that led to alleged nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female stars being posted online. ‘We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,’ Nat Kerris, Apple spokeswoman, told NBC News. The computer giant has not explained how the hackers could have obtained the images.”

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Aug 29, 2014
2:35 pm
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Time Warner Ends Talks to Buy Vice Media; A+E Networks Buys Stake in Content Company (B&C)

A+E Networks is buying a minority stake in content company Vice Media, B&C reports, citing a source close to the situation. The news comes after Time Warner pulled out of talks to buy Vice.

“The A+E deal values Vice Media at $2.5 billion,” B&C reports. “For A+E, Vice offers a source of content aimed at young men that would be very compatible with A+E’s successful History Channel. Vice and History will be able to exchange programming and engage in cross-promotional activity.”

A+E Networks did not comment on the deal.

No reason was cited for the breakdown in talks between Time Warner and Vice. “The deal being discussed would have had Vice program Time Warner’s HLN cable channel, which has been getting a makeover to appeal more to social-media active millennial viewers,” B&C notes.

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Aug 29, 2014
2:34 pm
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Tracy Morgan ‘Having a Tough Time’ Recovering From Crash (People)

Tracy Morgan’s attorney tells People that the actor and comedian is “really having a tough time” as he recovers from injuries sustained in a six-vehicle crash in June.

The crash left “30 Rock” star Morgan in critical condition and killed his friend, comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, 62. Morgan has been “struggling,” attorney Benedict P. Morelli told the publication.

He’s been using a wheelchair, although he has been seen with a walker, and it could be months before he’s able to walk on his own, the story says. He also suffered traumatic brain injuries.

“He’s making incremental progress,” Morelli said. “But they’ll have to wait another month before they assess him cognitively.”

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Tracy Morgan

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Aug 29, 2014
2:32 pm
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1980s Cult Favorite to Get a Reboot (Deadline)

A TV series from the 1980s that became a cult classic is being brought back in a reboot. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports exclusively that the Stephen J. Cannell series “The Greatest American Hero” is in the works for a new series at Fox.

“The network has given a put pilot commitment to ‘The Greatest American Hero,’ a new take on the 1981 sci-fi dramedy, which is being shepherded by ‘The Lego Movie’ writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and 20th Century Fox TV,” Andreeva writes. “Lord and Miller will executive produce the hourlong action comedy alongside Cannell’s daughter, television director Tawnia McKiernan.”

The original series starred William Katt and Robert Culp, and aired on ABC from 1981-1983.

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TVBIZWIRE
Aug 29, 2014
2:22 pm
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Chelsea Clinton Exits NBC News (Variety)

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has formally ended her role as a special correspondent for NBC News, Variety reports. Clinton, who is expecting a baby later this year, said she plans to focus on raising her child and on her involvement with the Clinton Foundation.

“Clinton joined NBC News in 2011, a hire that immediately raised eyebrows in journo circles given both her history of avoiding the press and the expected 2016 presidential bid by her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” Variety notes.

Clinton was a contributor to the “Today” show and to the canceled “Rock Center,” but hadn’t appeared much on the air in recent months, the report notes.

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Chelsea Clinton

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Aug 29, 2014
2:22 pm
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ABC Studios Signs Johnny Knoxville to Two-Year Deal (THR)

“Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville has signed a two-year first-look deal with ABC Studios, and is working on a semi-autobiographical comedy for ABC, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.

The project is described as a family comedy set in the South, taking inspiration from Knoxville’s own childhood. ABC has given the project a script plus penalty commitment. Knoxville is a native of Knoxville, Tenn., who later moved to California to develop his acting career. He most recently voiced Leonardo in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

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Johnny Knoxville

TVBIZWIRE
Aug 29, 2014
9:41 am
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Report: Bryan Singer Investigated for Sexual Assault (NY Post)

“X-Men” director Bryan Singer is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a man in his 20s in New York City last year, reports the New York Post’s Page Six.

“The complaint was filed with the NYPD on May 9, 2014, after Singer allegedly forced the man into a sexual act against his will on March 23, 2013, according to sources,” the story reports.

The report adds: “No charges had been filed against Singer as of Friday, but an investigation into the claim is ongoing, law enforcement sources said.”

The allegations come after two civil lawsuits that alleged Singer had sexually abused teenage boys were recently dropped.

“An unnamed British man, known only as ‘John Doe 117,’ claimed in May that the filmmaker drugged and sexually assaulted him in a London hotel room when he was a teen, TMZ reported. The man withdrew the case on July 25,” the Post reports.

The article adds: “In April, now 31-year-old Michael Egan accused Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii when he was 17. He dropped the case … after reportedly being unable to find a lawyer who would represent him, according to the Associated Press.”

Singer has also worked on TV projects including “Mockingbird Lane” and “Dirty Sexy Money.”

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Bryan Singer

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Aug 29, 2014
9:39 am
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Cable Channel Unexpectedly Cancels Its Most-Watched Original Drama Series of All Time (Deadline)

In a surprise move, a popular cable drama series has been canceled.

“ ‘Longmire,’ A&E Network’s most-watched original drama series of all time, will be ending its run on the cable network after three seasons,” writes our good friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.

The article continues, “In a surprising move, the network has opted not to renew the series for a fourth season. I hear Warner Horizon, the studio behind Longmire, will be shopping it immediately.”

So why would A&E cancel such a popular show? Most notably, the series, a Western, averaged 6 million views in season two but, Andreeva writes, with a different lead-in this season, “Longmire’s” audience “has dipped in Season 3 to [an average of] 4.6 million viewers.”

To read more details about the cancellation we urge you to click on the link above, which will take you to Andreeva’s original insightful piece.

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