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Jul 27, 2016
10:41 am
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CBS News Adds National Security Analyst (TVNewser)

A former analyst for CNN has joined CBS News as senior national security analyst. TVNewser reports that Fran Townsend joins the network effective immediately.

“Townsend will contribute to CBS News coverage of homeland security, foreign policy counterterrorism and intelligence, and appear on the network’s digital streaming service, CBSN,” the story reports.

The report notes that Townsend is a former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush and a former national security analyst for CNN.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 27, 2016
10:17 am
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Geraldo Rivera Clashes With Protesters — Here’s the Video (YouTube)

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera got into a confrontation with protesters while he was covering the Democratic National Convention. Video posted online captured a clash in which protesters outside the convention shouted at Rivera and someone dumped water on him.

The former talk show host, who has a history of clashes with demonstrators at other events, was reportedly ushered away by bodyguards as the crowd chanted “Shame! Shame! Shame!”

Here’s a clip …

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 27, 2016
9:31 am
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Why the Company That Produced ‘Downton Abbey’ Is Being Forced to Cut Millions in Costs (Deadline)

The company that produced the huge hit “Downton Abbey” is in cost-cutting mode, all because of Brexit. “ITV boss Adam Crozier today announced the UK-based broadcaster-producer would be looking to cut up to $32.8 million in costs to counteract the anticipated economic fallout from Brexit and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union,” Deadline.com reports.

In a statement accompanying ITV’s results for the past six months, Crozier said: “Against a backdrop of wider economic uncertainty following the E.U. referendum, we have put in place a robust plan to allow us to meet the opportunities and challenges ahead. As part of this we are targeting a £25 million reduction in overheads for 2017.”

Deadline adds: “The ITV cost cutting will be made across the board in terms of overhead expenditure, said Crozier, but would not affect expenditure on programming or production. Crozier did add that the drop in value of [the] Sterling post-Brexit would lead to an increase in the company’s revenue and profit, thanks to it to its growing U.S. production and sales activities.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 27, 2016
9:07 am
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Former NFL Player Files for Divorce From ‘Cosby Show’ Actress After She Announces Pregnancy (TMZ, YBF, TVWeek)

An actress who played one of the kids on “The Cosby Show” didn’t get the reaction she may have been hoping for from her husband after she revealed she’s pregnant.

Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy, the youngest of the Huxtable kids, on the long-running NBC sitcom, revealed earlier this month that she’s pregnant, only to have husband Ed Hartwell, a former NFL linebacker, file for divorce about a week later.

TMZ.com reports that Knight Pulliam was blindsided by the divorce petition, and is contesting it.

Hartwell reportedly told YBF.com: “Right now, the only thing I want is a paternity test for the baby.”

TMZ notes: “We’re told she’s secure in the fact she’s been 100% faithful to her husband of just 7 months, and has no idea why he’d assume otherwise. Also, she has no objection to taking the paternity test he’s requesting.”

The couple reportedly dated for just four months before getting married in January. “Hartwell was previously married to Lisa Wu and appeared on ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta,'” TMZ notes.

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Jul 27, 2016
8:44 am
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Oprah to Star in Adaptation of Classic Science Fantasy Novel (Deadline, TVWeek)

Oprah Winfrey is on board to star in a new adaptation of the award-winning science fantasy novel “A Wrinkle in Time.” Deadline.com reports that the feature film project, in the works at Disney, reunites Winfrey with “Selma” director Ava DuVernay. The script is by Oscar-winning “Frozen” writer and co-director Jennifer Lee.

The book by Madeleine L’Engle was published in 1963 and is considered a classic of the genre, winning the Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award and other honors.

“Winfrey will play the role of Mrs. Which,” Deadline notes. “The studio is moving quickly to cast the film, with actors including Amy Adams and Kevin Hart chief among those circling. Winfrey is in final negotiations.”

Besides her role as one of the stars of “Selma,” Winfrey had a hand in making the movie happen with her work behind the scenes. “Winfrey and DuVernay also co-created and are exec producing the upcoming OWN series ‘Queen Sugar,'” Deadline notes.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 27, 2016
8:31 am
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A-List Hollywood Sex Club Coming to New York (NY Post)

An exclusive Hollywood sex club is expanding to the East Coast, with plans to begin holding a quarterly sex party in Manhattan, The New York Post’s Page Six reports.

“Erotic members-only club Snctm — LA’s exclusive ‘theater of sexuality’ — is bringing its ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ parties to New York City and the Hamptons,” the story reports. “The private club, which holds monthly erotic parties in the Holmby Hills neighborhood, will start a quarterly party in Manhattan during Fashion Week on Sept. 10.”

The report adds: “Snctm club owner Damon Lawner is now scouting for locations in New York, and tells us he is looking for a private townhouse or a loft for his members, who he says include A-list actors, models, top lawyers and CEOs of public companies. Lawner also plans to throw a party in a discreet mansion in the Hamptons on Sept. 16.”

The parties have reportedly been profiled on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and are the focus of an upcoming HBO documentary. Said Lawner: “Guests have to be masked when they enter the party; men wear tuxes and women wear elegant gowns or lingerie; but after midnight, masks and other items of clothing fall off. The first few hours are about mystique and intrigue. This is not a sex party — it is erotic theater. We have performances. Some just watch while others want to indulge.”

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Jul 27, 2016
7:57 am
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Reveals How Ageism Guided Her Career (People)

Ellen Pompeo talks about ageism in Hollywood — and how she strategized her career, knowing it’s out there — in an inerview with People. The actress has starred  on the ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy” throughout its run, with the show set to roll out its 13th season this fall.

Pompeo, 46, says she had a “super late start” in her career, landing her first roles when she was in her mid-20s. Because of her age, she felt it would be risky to leave the medical drama.

“My decision to stay on ‘Grey’s’ was based solely on age,” she told People. “At 33, I was wise enough to know my clock was already ticking in Hollywood.”

Pompeo added that if she had been younger when she began on the show, “I probably would have done my time, then gone out to search for other things.” But when it came time to renew her contract, she said, she “was definitely aware of how challenging it would be to find other roles in my late 30s and early 40s.”

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Jul 27, 2016
7:44 am
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Khloe Kardashian Reveals How She Feels About Donald Trump and Being on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ (People)

Khloe Kardashian, who appeared with Donald Trump on “Celebrity Apprentice” back in 2009, revealed that she hated the experience — and that she’s not exactly a fan of Trump.

People reports that Kardashian, 32, talked about the experience on “Chelsea,” the Netflix talk show hosted by Chelsea Handler. “I didn’t care to do ‘Celebrity Apprentice,'” Kardashian said. “My mom made me do it.”

She added: “I hated every minute of it. I was put in situations I would never be in in real life. She said she was “stressing myself out, and then dealing with [Trump] and about to be fired, I’m like, ‘F— you. I don’t want to do this.'”

Talking about Trump, she said: “I don’t think he would make a good president.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 27, 2016
7:19 am
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Why the Biggest Vine Star Is Ready to Leave the Platform (AOL, YouTube)

A video creator who became the biggest star on the social media platform Vine with six-second clips showcasing his comedic and physical talents says the platform has “plateaued” and he’s ready to move on.

Logan Paul, whose astronomical numbers include 9.3 million Vine followers and more than 4 billion Vine loops, has already established a foothold on longer-form platforms including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, and has begun to move into television with appearances on “Law & Order: SVU” and other shows.

In an interview with AOL, Paul, 21, said: “Vine has plateaued. It had its spike in the beginning and it’s the reason why Instagram has a video feature now since they had to compete with it. Even the creators plateaued on the platform since it stopped growing, but it was a nice place to foster the growth for all of us and give us a nice little stepping stone to go to the other platforms.”

Paul, who hails from Ohio, noted that he has moved to L.A. to pursue his entertainment career, and adds: “Having a social media presence and having an audience that loves watching you post daily is awesome. But I’m going to try and mesh the digital world and traditional world. I’m going to try to merge both of those and become one of the first creators to go from digital to traditional.”

Here’s a Logan Paul compilation …

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 27, 2016
6:11 am
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Stephen Colbert Interviews Cartoon Hillary on the Night She’s Nominated (CBS)

On a live installment of CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that aired Tuesday night — the same night Hillary Clinton was formally nominated for president by the Democratic Party — Colbert interviewed a cartoon version of Clinton, who also fielded questions from GOP delegates and played a little harmonica.

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