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Jul 28, 2016
12:52 am
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John Hinckley, Who Attempted to Assassinate President Ronald Reagan to Impress Jody Foster, Will Be Freed (NY Times; Washington Post)

“John W. Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be allowed to live permanently with his elderly mother in Williamsburg, Va., leaving the psychiatric hospital where he has been imprisoned for several decades, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday,” reports The New York Times.

The Times also reports that Hinckley, 61, “must live with his mother for at least the first year and carry a cellphone that tracks his movements.”

The report adds, “Mr. Hinckley was once psychotic and depressed. After seeing the 1976 film ‘Taxi Driver,’ in which a disturbed man plots to assassinate a presidential candidate, he became fixated on Jodie Foster, who played a child prostitute in the film. Mr. Hinckley began to identify with the main character in the film, Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro.”

When Reagan became President, Hinckley tried to kill him. Notes the Washington Post, “Hinckley was 25 when he wounded Reagan, White House press secretary James Brady, U.S. Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy and D.C. police officer Thomas Delahanty with six exploding “Devastator” bullets from a .22-caliber pistol. All survived the attack, but Brady was left paralyzed by a shot to his head and spent years before his death in 2014 advocating for gun control.”

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Jul 28, 2016
12:00 am
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With No Winner on Wednesday Night, the Powerball Lottery Jackpot Jumps to $478 Million — $330 Million Cash Value – For Saturday Night’s Drawing (USA Today)

“Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing produced no winner as the jackpot now gets increased to an estimated $478 million for Saturday’s drawing,” USA Today reports.

Cash value of that jackpot will be about $330 million before taxes.

The story says,  “The winning numbers for Wednesday’s drawing were 10, 47, 50, 65, and 68. The Powerball number was 24.”

The article also notes that “The big Powerball prize comes less than three weeks after a player in Indiana won a $536 million Mega Millions jackpot.”

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 27, 2016
2:21 pm
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Fox’s Bill O’Reilly Under Fire Over Comment About Slaves (NY Times)

Fox News mainstay Bill O’Reilly generated a torrent of backlash with comments he made after Michelle Obama mentioned at the Democratic National Convention that the White House was built by slaves.

The New York Times reports that O’Reilly said on the air Tuesday that those slaves were “well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government.”

“In a 90-second segment near the end of his show, Mr. O’Reilly delved into the history of the White House dating to George Washington’s selecting the site for it in 1791,” The Times reports. “Mr. O’Reilly, a conservative pundit and the author of historical books like ‘Killing Kennedy,’ appeared to be attempting to fact-check a statement the first lady made on Monday at the Democratic National Convention, calling her words ‘a positive comment’ and adding that ‘the history behind her remark is fascinating.’”

O’Reilly then said: “Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802. However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working, as well.”

“Twitter users seized on his comments, which were criticized as making light of the slaves’ treatment and regurgitating the antebellum view of the ‘happy’ or ‘content’ slave,” The Times reports.

Among the messages posted on Twitter, Shonda Rhimes wrote: “The idiocy never ceases to amaze me. Try slavery, Bill. Let us know how good the food is while you wear chains.”

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Jul 27, 2016
2:09 pm
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‘SNL’ Hits Philly to Get the Lowdown on Bernie Sanders Supporters (NBC)

Colin Jost and Michael Che, “Weekend Update” co-anchors on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” checked in with Bernie Sanders supporters at the DNC in Philadelphia.

Here’s the clip …

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Jul 27, 2016
2:01 pm
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IOC to Launch Olympic Channel — After the Rio Games (TVWeek, Variety)

The International Olympic Committee announced plans today to launch a free Olympic Channel, with the launch coming later than originally expected.

The channel will launch Aug. 21 — the same day the Rio Olympic Games wrap up. The channel, described as a promotional Internet-video destination, is aimed at holding the interest of fans in Olympic events and athletes year-round.

“It’s a reflection of the org’s aims to better market the Olympics, especially to younger consumers, in the two-year intervals between the summer and winter games,” Variety reports. “The free Olympic Channel will go live after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, available via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com. The IOC also has launched social-media accounts for the service on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.”

Plans for the channel were originally announced in 2014, with the idea at the time being that the channel would launch ahead of the Rio Games.

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TVBIZWIRE
Jul 27, 2016
1:47 pm
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Netflix Unveils Details on the ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival, Along With a New Video — Here’s What They’re Up to Now (TVWeek, Netflix)

Netflix detailed its plans for the new “Gilmore Girls” series, which features original stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. The series will consist of four 90-minute episodes, each tracking one of the four seasons.

The show, titled “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” premieres Nov. 25 on Netflix.

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Jul 27, 2016
1:11 pm
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The Official ‘Harley Quinn’ Trailer for ‘Suicide Squad’ Is Pretty Cool (YouTube)

A trailer for the movie “Suicide Squad” focusing on Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, has been a viral hit since it was released about a week ago. The version we found on YouTube has had close to 5 million hits.

The movie is set to hit theaters Aug. 5.

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Jul 27, 2016
10:41 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
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 …

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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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