May 2, 2016
3:11 pm

After Winning $140 Million Ruling Against Gawker, Hulk Hogan Is Going After the Website Again Over a Different Issue (Reuters)

Hulk Hogan has filed a new lawsuit against Gawker, after he won a $140 million judgment against the website in March in a lawsuit over a secretly recorded sex tape. Reuters reports that the issue in the new case, which also stems from the sex tape, involves racist remarks, which Gawker is being accused of leaking.

Hogan filed the new suit today in Florida.

“Hogan’s new lawsuit said New York-based Gawker helped to make public a conversation from the consensual sexual encounter, which he says was recorded without his knowledge a decade ago,” Reuters reports. “After the racially charged tirade was published last summer by the National Enquirer, Hogan was fired by World Wrestling Entertainment and lost endorsements that left his finances and reputation ruined, the lawsuit said.”

The sex clip that was at the center of the previous lawsuit did not include the racial comments.

Gawker is challenging the decision in the earlier case, and said in a statement today that it did not leak the racial comments. “It’s time for Hulk Hogan to take responsibility for his own words, because the only person who got Hulk Hogan fired from the WWE is Hulk Hogan,” the company said in the statement.

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May 2, 2016
2:57 pm

Time Warner Chairman Takes a Pay Cut (LA Times)

The chairman and chief executive of Time Warner Inc. saw his paycheck shrink in 2015. The Los Angeles Times reports that Jeff Bewkes’ compensation was $31.5 million, a 4% dip from 2014.

Bewkes’ 2015 package included $2 million in salary, $7.8 million in stock awards, another $8 million in stock options and a $13.4 million cash bonus. Bewkes’ salary was steady, but his stock options and bonus were down a little.

The report cites a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“Time Warner stock slumped nearly 25% in 2015, amid a broad swoon for the media industry,” the report notes. “Time Warner shares have partially rebounded in 2016 but fell $1.61, or 2.1%, to $75.14 on Friday.”

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May 2, 2016
2:31 pm

Oprah Winfrey to Star in HBO Project (People)

Oprah Winfrey is on board to star in a project that’s in the pipeline from HBO Films. People magazine reports that Winfrey has a major role in the company’s adaptation of the 2010 book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot.

“The media mogul signed on as an executive producer when the book’s film rights were first acquired in 2010, and the network announced on Monday that she will star in the biopic as well as co-executive producing it with Skloot and ‘True Blood’ creator Alan Ball.”

The movie is scheduled to start filming this summer. The project “centers on the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cervical cancer cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line, HeLa, in 1951,” the report notes.

The report adds: “The story is told from the perspective of Winfrey’s character, protagonist Deborah Lacks, who explores how the unlicensed harvesting of her mother’s cancerous cells led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs.”

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May 2, 2016
2:17 pm

Sumner Redstone Ordered to Testify in His Mental Competency Case (AP)

Media mogul Sumner Redstone must provide testimony in a legal battle over his mental competency and who will make medical decisions involving him, the AP reports.

“Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan ruled Monday that attorneys for the media mogul and Redstone’s ex-girlfriend and longtime companion will be allowed to solicit 30 minutes of sworn testimony from Redstone,” the story reports. “The session will be conducted at Redstone’s home and videotaped. Cowan says the video may be played at a trial on Redstone’s mental competency that is scheduled to begin on Friday, but the video will not be shown in open court. Cowan says the 92-year-old’s privacy rights supersede the public’s right to see Redstone in a ‘weakened state.'”

Redstone, whose media holdings include Viacom and CBS Corp., will not have to attend the trial, nor will he be required to provide live testimony, the report notes. The trial is expected to include testimony from a number of doctors and experts along with Redstone’s daughter Shari Redstone.

May 2, 2016
11:01 am

Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore Lays an Egg at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — Here’s the Video (US News, TVWeek)

Larry Wilmore, who hosts “The Nightly Show” on Comedy Central, has been getting brutal reviews for his appearance Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Wilmore followed President Obama, who was making his eighth and final appearance at the event as president. Much of Wilmore’s material was aimed at the media.

Here’s a video of Wilmore’s monologue …

May 2, 2016
10:44 am

Trailer for Upcoming Movie Is the Most Disliked Movie Trailer in YouTube History — Watch It Now (THR, TVWeek, Sony)

The trailer for an upcoming movie has earned the dubious distinction of being the most disliked movie trailer in YouTube history. The trailer for the summer release of the “Ghostbusters” reboot has had almost 30 million views since it was posted March 3, and dislikes are oupacing likes by almost a 3-to-1 margin — about 621,000 dislikes to 216,000 likes at the time we posted this article.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that the “Ghostbusters” trailer, featuring an all-female team of ghostbusters played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, “is the most disliked movie trailer in YouTube history, according to ‘MyTop100Videos’ channel’s ‘Most Disliked Videos’ list that was last updated April 16.”

The trailer also makes the list of the 25 most disliked videos overall, the report adds, with the “Ghostbusters” trailer coming in at No. 23. THR notes that Justin Bieber tops the overall list with 5.99 million dislikes for “Baby.”

“Ghostbusters” is due in theaters July 22. Here’s the trailer …

May 2, 2016
10:31 am

‘General Hospital’ Wins the Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Drama. We Have the Complete List of Daytime Emmy Winners (TVWeek)

ABC’s “General Hospital” had a big night at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, claiming a total of five trophies, including Outstanding Daytime Drama. No other program won more than two Emmys.

The show’s other awards were for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, won by Tyler Christopher; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Blakemore; Younger Actor in a Drama Series, Bryan Craig; and Drama Series Directing Team.

Among the networks, ABC and CBS led the way with six Daytime Emmys apiece. CBS received trophies for  Outstanding Morning Program for “CBS Sunday Morning” and Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment for “The Talk,” while its daytime dramas were also winners: “The Young and the Restless,” with a win for Supporting Actress for Jessica Collins, and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” with Obba Babatunde winning Guest Performer. “The Bold and the Beautiful” also won Outstanding Writing Team.

CBS also won Outstanding Game Show for “The Price Is Right,” while ABC won Outstanding Talk Show for “The Chew.”

NBC claimed two trophies, for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, won by Mary Beth Evans for “Days of Our Lives”; and Younger Actress in a Drama Series, which went to “Days of Our Lives'” True O’Brien.

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, whose syndicated show “Live! with Kelly and Michael” airs on ABC, shared the win for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host, capping off a turbulent couple of weeks for the show after news broke that Strahan is leaving for “Good Morning America.”

Please click here to see the full list of winners along with details about Sunday’s ceremony.

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May 2, 2016
10:09 am

National TV Academy Announces Winners of Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (TVWeek)

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the winners of the 43rd annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards — please click here to see the full list.

The awards were presented at a gala ceremony last week at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles. PBS led the way with 15 awards, followed by CBS with 11. Syndicated programming took eight trophies, and Netflix brought home seven, followed by ABC with six and Amazon with four.

Presenters included Toni Tennille, Anson Williams, Dawn Wells, Gordon Elliott and Jeff Corwin.

“Tonight’s gala is a tribute to the hundreds of nominees that work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Daytime television sparkle with the most sophisticated combination of genres and personalities on the planet,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS.  “With over 1,400 in attendance, and our Lifetime Achievement honoree going to the vocal-magician Frank Welker, it is a great evening for Daytime television!”

Click here to see the full list of winners and read the announcement from NATAS.


May 2, 2016
9:57 am

Why a Princeton Professor’s List of Failures — Which Has Gone Viral — Was Important for Him to Post (AP, TVWeek)

A professor at Princeton University has been getting a lot of attention for posting what he calls his “CV of Failures.” The AP reports that Johannes Haushofer posted the piece to provide perspective for students who may be discouraged after experienceing their own failures.

Haushofer “writes atop the CV that most of what he tries fails, but those failures are often invisible,” the AP reports. “The assistant professor of psychology says it gives the wrong impression that most things work out for him, so people ‘are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves.'”

Haushofer notes what he calls one “Meta-Failure” at the end of the CV: “This darn CV of Failures has received way more attention than my entire body of academic work.”

Haushofer’s full “CV of Failures” is posted here.

May 2, 2016
9:41 am

Who Will Replace Skip Bayless on ESPN’s ‘First Take’? Here’s a List of Top Prospects (NY Daily News, TVWeek)

With the news that Stephen A. Smith is losing his longtime foil on “First Take,” as we reported last week, attention is turning to who might be in line to replace Skip Bayless.

Bayless will exit ESPN after his contract runs out at the end of August, and will reportedly move on to a job with Fox Sports.

Writing in the New York Daily News, Bob Raissman has compiled his list of candidates to fill Bayless’ spot, which consists of Michelle Beadle, Christopher (Mad Dog) Russo, Max Kellerman, Pablo S. Torre, Dan Le Batard, Will Cain, Brandon Tierney, Wallace Matthews and Frank Isola.

We encourage readers to click on the link to the New York Daily News in this story to read Raissman’s report sizing up the field of contenders.

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