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TVBIZWIRE
Sep 21, 2017
11:41 am
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MSNBC Anchor Caught in Profanity-Laced Rant — Click Through to Watch the Video (Mediaite, Twitter)

One of MSNBC’s prime-time anchors is apologizing after video surfaced of a profanity-filled meltdown while the cameras continued to roll — even though the tirade took place off the air. Lawrence O’Donnell apologized on Twitter for the rant, which was published by Mediaite after the footage was leaked.

You can click here to go to Mediaite to watch the video. O’Donnell’s Twitter apology appears below.

The incident reportedly took place Aug. 29, triggered by technical difficulties that eventually got O’Donnell unhinged. Things were obviously not going well that night on the tech side, prompting O’Donnell to yell out repeatedly at one point, “Stop the hammering!” And that was one of his milder comments.

“The video, which lasts a full eight minutes, is a collection of clips from one evening (given O’Donnell’s consistent outfit) and [shows] the MSNBC anchor fuming about earpiece malfunctions, blasting off obscenities and screaming at his staff. We were able to link it back to the August 29 show,” Mediaite reports.

Here’s O’Donnell’s apology …

TVBIZWIRE
Sep 21, 2017
11:29 am
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12-Year-Old Girl Wins ‘AGT’s’ $1 Million Top Prize — Here’s Her Winning Performance (TVWeek, NBC)

This week’s final competition on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” came down to a 12-year-old girl vs. a 10-year-old girl, and in the end it was the 12-year-old, Darci Lynne Farmer, who claimed the show’s $1 million top prize.

Farmer, a ventriloquist, beat out singer Angelica Hale to be crowned “AGT” champ on Wednesday’s show. Farmer will now go on to headline her own Las Vegas show.

Here’s Darci’s winning performance …

TVBIZWIRE
Sep 21, 2017
10:57 am
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Megyn Kelly Explains Why She Left Fox News (Ellen, TVWeek)

Megyn Kelly provided insights into her decision to leave the Fox News Channel, blaming it in part on Donald Trump. Kelly, now with NBC, made the revelations during an appearance on “The Ellen Show.”

Calling cable news, and in particular prime time, a “snake pit” — a description she says came from Bill O’Reilly — Kelly said she has never been political. She added: “Donald Trump has a way of clarifying one’s life choices, and that was true in my case too.”

Here’s the clip …

TVBIZWIRE
Sep 21, 2017
9:59 am
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Actor and Former NFL Pro Bowler Dead at 78
(USA Today, TVWeek, YouTube)

A professional football player who became a poet, painter and actor, with roles in films including “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” has died. USA Today reports that Bernie Casey died Tuesday in Los Angeles following a brief illness. He was 78.

Casey was a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams in the NFL in the 1960s, making the Pro Bowl in 1967. After an eight-season pro career, he shifted gears, returning to college for a fine arts degree before launching an acting career.

He came to downplay his achievements on the gridiron, telling The Washington Post in 1977: “It was just a gig. But it limits the way people perceive you. That can be frustrating. People have tremendous combinations of talents. A man can be a deep-sea diver and also make china.”

Casey went on to a prolific career on film, including appearances in “Guns of the Magnificent Seven,” “Cleopatra Jones,” “Brian’s Song,” “Sharky’s Machine” and “Another 48 Hours.” On the small screen, he starred as Mike Harris in the short-lived NBC drama series “Harris and Company” in 1979 and had a long string of appearances on shows including “Cade’s County,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Police Story,” “L.A. Law,” Murder, She Wrote” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

TVBIZWIRE
Sep 21, 2017
8:57 am
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Kimmel Keeps Up His Attack on GOP’s Health Care Repeal — Now a Fox News Host Is in His Crosshairs (TVWeek, ABC)

Jimmy Kimmel lashed out at a Fox News host as the ABC late-night fixture doubled down on his new role as one of television’s loudest voices against Republican efforts to overturn Obamacare.

The battle heated up earlier this week when Kimmel targeted Sen. Bill Cassidy, co-sponsor of the Graham-Cassidy Bill, as we reported previously. Kimmel’s tirade drew rebuttals from Cassidy and other GOP politicians and became a hot topic Wednesday on cable news.

Kimmel saved some of his choicest quips for Fox host Brian Kilmeade, noting that whenever they run into each other Kilmeade “kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman.” He went on to call Kilmeade a “phony little creep.”

Here’s Kimmel stirring up more trouble on Wednesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” …

TVBIZWIRE
Sep 21, 2017
8:44 am
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Tom Cruise Under Fire for Fatal Plane Crash (People, TVWeek, Universal Pictures)

Actor Tom Cruise is getting fallout from a plane crash on the set of his new film “American Made” in which two men were killed, according to court documents obtained by People.

The documents were filed by the families of the two men, who are suing Imagine Entertainment, Vendian Entertainment and Cross Creek Pictures for wrongful death and damages in connection with the September 2015 crash. Cruise is not named as a defendant, but People reports that the suit alleges he is partially to blame for the accident, which took place during filming in Colombia.

“Three of the pilots hired for the movie were involved in a plane crash during filming when their twin-engine Piper Smith Aerostar 600 went down in the mountains,” People reports. “Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl died on the scene, while Jimmy Lee Garland was left without feeling in the lower half of his body.”

The report quotes the documents stating: “The demands of filming in Colombia, together with Cruise’s and director Doug Liman’s enthusiasm for multiple takes of lavish flying sequences, added hours to every filming day and added days to the schedule.”

The filing alleges that the production companies ignored safety procedures to save time and money, People notes.

“Lapses in planning, coordinating, scheduling, and flight safety that were the Defendants’ responsibility resulted in an unqualified and unprepared pilot being pressed into service for a dangerous flight in a vintage aircraft across an unfamiliar mountain pass in bad weather,” the documents state.

The plaintiffs accuse Cruise and Liman of being negligent in allowing the flight to occur under the circumstances, the report notes.

TVBIZWIRE
Sep 21, 2017
8:33 am
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CBS Slates Michael Jackson Show (TVWeek)

CBS today took the wraps off plans for what promises to be an unusual program built around the music of Michael Jackson. “Michael Jackson’s Halloween,” a new one-hour animated special, will air Friday, Oct. 27, on CBS.

The special will feature the voices of Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Lucas Till, with Michael Jackson’s music providing the soundtrack.

The project is created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Michael Jackson company now owned by his estate.

“The special follows millennials Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons), who meet ‘accidentally’ on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel,” CBS says in a promotional blurb. “Once inside, Vincent and Victoria are sent on an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.”

Animation production is by Hammerhead, with John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, as executive producers on the project. Daniel Chuba is the producer, and Mark A.Z. Dippe is the director.

“Michael Jackson’s Halloween” (CBS)

TVBIZWIRE
Sep 21, 2017
7:01 am
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JFK’s Chair and Donald Trump’s Wedding Cake Among Items to Be Auctioned (AP)

An auction that has just been announced will include political memorabilia along with items from iconic Hollywood figures. The AP reports that items from John F. Kennedy and Donald Trump will be offered when the auction takes place this fall in Los Angeles.

“Julien’s Auctions says its ‘Icons & Idols: Hollywood and More’ event will take place on Nov. 17,” the AP reports. “Available for bidding is a Nobel Prize medal for chemistry awarded to a pair of researchers in 1956. Presidential history buffs may be interested in a replica of Kennedy’s Oval Office rocking chair that was commissioned by the president as a gift. Also available is a souvenir mini wedding cake from Trump’s 2005 wedding.”

Memorabilia from Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Grace Kelly and other Hollywood legends will also be on the list.

TVBIZWIRE
Sep 21, 2017
6:51 am
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CEO Put on Notice Over Viral Rant Against Kathy Griffin (AP, Huffington Post, Twitter)

Comedian Kathy Griffin is a part of another controversy, but this time it’s not about her stunt with a mockup of the severed head of Donald Trump. This time it’s the CEO of one of the country’s top homebuilders who’s in the hot seat, after his obscene rant against Griffin was caught on tape and went viral.

“KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger, who is a neighbor of Griffin’s in California, was recorded by a security camera hurling slurs against Griffin while in a heated argument with her boyfriend,” the AP reports. “Mezger was angered after Griffin or her boyfriend complained to police over a family get-together at Mezger’s house.”

The company responded by taking action against Mezger.

“KB Home said in a regulatory filing Thursday that while Mezger has been ‘a great leader,’ his behavior was unacceptable and that he would be fired for any similar incidents in the future,” the AP reports. “It also cut his annual bonus by 25 percent.”

The Huffington Post published an audio recording of the confrontation, in which Mezger can be heard calling Griffin a “bald dyke” and a “c–t” as part of a string of colorful expletives. You can click here to listen to the encounter on HuffPost.

The AP report adds: “There were apparently a number of complaints since the couple moved in to the house beside Mezger’s. Griffin and her boyfriend, in the incident that preceded the taped confrontation, appear to have called police over noise made by children playing in a backyard pool.”

After the tape surfaced, it generated plenty of backlash, including a Twitter post this week from financial adviser Suze Orman, who posted the audio recording along with her reaction. You can see her comments below …

TVBIZWIRE
Sep 20, 2017
5:09 pm
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New ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel in the Works (EW)

A new “Game of Thrones” prequel is in development at HBO, according to a report today, bringing the number of “GoT” prequels in the works to five.

“EW can exclusively report that ‘Thrones’ co-executive producer Bryan Cogman is penning a drama series follow-up to the Emmy-winning blockbuster,” EW.com reports. “Cogman developed the project by working closely with author George R.R. Martin, who cryptically referenced the existence of an additional unconfirmed prequel on his blog months ago.”

The report notes that “Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have declined to be involved with the prequels, while Martin is already working on the other four.

The report also notes that no details about any of the new “Thrones” projects have been released.

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