Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have threatened in a letter to sue CNN for what they said was the network falsely advertising itself as a news organization, calling on executives to first discuss an "appropriate resolution" to the matter that would include a "substantial" payment to cover damages. The letter, dated Oct. 16 and made public on Friday, is the latest threat by Trump to sue a media organization over what he sees as unfair media coverage since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, although no lawsuits have been filed. Rebecca Tushnet, a professor of false advertising law at Harvard Law School, said there was "no merit" to the letter's legal arguments and that she doubted a lawsuit would ever be filed.
UPDATE FRIDAY AM: The Mad About You revival series suspended production on Friday, following the Wednesday car accident involving star Helen Hunt. While she was not seriously injured, she has been resting at home and needs more time to recuperate. The comedy continued pre-shooting work on Thursday around Hunt but shut down on Friday as […]
“Bluff City Law” will not get a full-season pickup from NBC and will wrap up after its initial 10-episode order.NBC had ordered an additional six scripts prior to the Jimmy Smits legal drama’s Sept. 23 debut, but those will not go into production, an individual with knowledge of the decision told TheWrap.The series has aired four episodes so far and will continue to remain in its Monday at 10 p.m. timeslot. Its last episode is scheduled to air Nov. 25, just before Thanksgiving. The show has not been canceled, and NBC is still keeping the drama’s Memphis-based sets intact, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, which first reported the end of production. The individual confirmed that no decision has been made on the show’s future.Also Read: Kal Penn's 'Sunnyside' to Continue Streaming on Hulu Despite NBC Pulling It From TV (Exclusive)“Bluff City Law” starred Smits as Elijah Strait, the legendary defense lawyer from Tennessee who is well-known to all in the Memphis community. Caitlin McGee co-starred as his daughter.Smits starred as Victor Sifuentes for more than 100 episodes on the NBC’s legal drama “L.A. Law,” which ran from 1986 to 1994. He also had a recurring role on NBC’s “The West Wing” as Matt Santos, a congressman and later president-elect. Smits was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama at the Emmys for six consecutive years, winning in 1990.On Tuesday, NBC announced that it was pulling freshman sitcom “Sunnyside” from its schedule after just four episodes, banishing the remainder of the season to its digital platforms and effectively canceling the show. However, Hulu (which will also continue to air the rest of Season 1) is eyeing the show for a potential second season as a Hulu original.Read original story NBC Passes on More ‘Bluff City Law': Jimmy Smits Drama Will End After Initial 10-Episode Run At TheWrap
Bill Macy, who played Bea Arthur's husband Walter Findlay on the "All in the Family" spinoff, "Maude," died on Thursday. He was 97. "My buddy Bill Macy passed away at 7:13pm tonight. He was a spitfire right up to the end," producer and manager Matt Beckoff wrote on Facebook. "My condolences to his beautiful wife Samantha […]
A judge has refused to block the release of "The Laundromat," a Netflix film based on the Panama Papers scandal. Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca -- the attorneys at the center of the scandal -- filed suit in federal court in Connecticut on Tuesday, claiming they were defamed by the film. The attorneys asked for […]
Apple TV+ has dropped a new trailer for its upcoming comedy “Dickinson,” starring Hailee Steinfeld as the famous Emily Dickinson herself. In this sneak peek from the new series, Emily chats with one of her best buds: Death.Played by Wiz Khalifa, the ominous presence tells Emily, “You’ll be the only Dickinson they talk about in 200 years. I promise you that.”Aw, what a sweet guy! No wonder the real Emily Dickinson was so into him.Also Read: Hailee Steinfeld Is a Bad Ass Emily Dickinson in First Look at Apple TV's 'Dickinson' (Video)According to Apple TV+, “Dickinson” audaciously explores the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson (Steinfeld). Set in the 19th century, “Dickinson” is a coming-of-age story that finds Emily Dickinson to be an unexpected hero for our millennial era.Created, written and executive produced by Alena Smith and executive produced by Steinfeld, “Dickinson” also stars Jane Krakowski, Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt and Adrian Blake Enscoe.“Dickinson” will premiere with the launch of Apple TV+ on Nov. 1. The service is priced at $4.99 per month and will be free for one year when you buy a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod Touch. The platform will offer a seven-day free trial when it debuts.Also Read: 'For All Mankind' Gets Early Season 2 Renewal at Apple TV+Other Apple TV+ shows available at launch include Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s drama “The Morning Show,” Ronald D. Moore’s space-race drama “For All Mankind,” the Jason Momoa sci-fi series “See,” Sesame Workshop’s “Helpsters,” the Peanuts cartoon “Snoopy in Space,” a “reinvention” of the ’90s children’s mystery series “Ghostwriter” and the documentary film “Elephant Queen.” Oprah Winfrey’s book club will also be featured on the platform.“Dickinson” premieres on Apple TV+ on Nov. 1, the day the service launches.More to come…Read original story Apple’s ‘Dickinson’ Trailer: Death Makes a Promise to Hailee Steinfeld’s Emily Dickinson (Video) At TheWrap
The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” broke down for viewers Friday what it’s like to select a lead story for a morning show in the wake of a big political news day, which saw the death of a sitting congressman and the continued fallout from President Trump ordering that U.S. troops be withdrawn from northern Syria.Spoiler alert: It’s hard.Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked, “What do you lead with this morning?”Also Read: 'The President Show' Star Anthony Atamanuik Reads That Trump Letter to Turkey's President (Video)She then shared a series of Thursday night tweets from contributor Charlie Sykes, who wondered the same thing and listed all of the related headlines:Helluva news cycle: what do you lead with?*Mulvaney’s admission of a quid pro quo in Ukraine? *The G-7 Trump Doral grift? *Trumps awful Syria deal?… or *The president’s apparent endorsement of ethnic cleansing?*The apparent collapse of the Trump stonewall? *Rick Perry’s escape? *Sundland breaking with Trump story? *Elijah Cummings? *Romney’s dramatic floor speech on Syria?Also Read: Trump Still Most Tweeted-About Politician During 4th Democratic DebateBrzezinski noted, “And not on Charlie’s list: the admiral who led the raid to take out Osama bin Laden saying it’s time for a new person in the Oval Office as former Defense Secretary James Mattis roasts Donald Trump.”Co-host Joe Scarborough pointed out that with so much news to go over, the hosts and panel ran the risk of not conveying the seriousness. He worried that someone who just woke up and turned on the show might not realize “yesterday was one of the most significant days” in Trump’s administration.Trump’s decision to withdraw troops in northern Syria leaves America’s Kurdish allies vulnerable to an attack from Turkish forces. This week he appeared to urge Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to invade and attack the Kurds, who have been an ally to America in the fight against ISIS.Read original story ‘Morning Joe’ Overwhelmed After ‘One of the Most Significant News Days’ in Trump Presidency At TheWrap
Someone wake up Baby Bop: “Barney” the Purple Dinosaur is getting his own movie, thanks to a collaboration between Mattel Films and Daniel Kaluuya.The live-action project will mark the first collaboration between Mattel Films, Valparaiso Pictures and “Get Out” star Kaluuya’s 59% production company. In addition to Kaluuya, 59%’s Rowan Riley and Amandla Crichlow will also executive produce the movie, as will Valparaiso’s David Carrico, Adam Paulsen and Bobby Hoppey, and Kevin McKeon of Mattel Films.“Working with Daniel Kaluuya will enable us to take a completely new approach to ‘Barney’ that will surprise audiences and subvert expectations,” Robbie Brenner of Mattel Films said in Friday’s announcement. “The project will speak to the nostalgia of the brand in a way that will resonate with adults, while entertaining today’s kids.”“Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood,” Kaluuya said. “We’re excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of ‘I love you, you love me’ can stand the test of time.”Also Read: Mattel's Ynon Kreiz, Robbie Brenner on 'Barbie' Film: We Want to Make Movies That Have Cultural Impact“Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination, and we can’t wait to get ‘I love you, you love me’ stuck in heads everywhere, yet again,” David Carrico of Valparaiso Pictures said.TV series “Barney & Friends,” which ran for 13 seasons, premiered in 1992. The show’s theme song, which readers can remember via the video below, was permanently stuck in parents’ heads for the duration of that tenure — and probably longer. This big-screen adaptation probably won’t alleviate that.“Barney” will join other Mattel Films projects in development, including ones based on Barbie, Hot Wheels, Masters of the Universe, American Girl, View Master, Magic 8 Ball and Major Matt Mason.Read original story ‘Barney’ the Purple Dinosaur Movie in the Works From Mattel and Daniel Kaluuya At TheWrap
The former secretary of defense took jabs at Trump's draft deferments, his diet, and took the president's latest insult as a compliment.
"El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie," which dropped on Netflix Oct. 11, drew around 6.5 million total viewers in its first three days on the streaming platform, according to Nielsen. The movie also reached just under 8.2 million unique TV viewers. "El Camino" unsurprisingly drew its biggest audience of the three days on day 1, […]
'Morning Joe' co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were saddened by the passing of their friend, Congressman Elijah Cummings.
BREAKING: This is unfolding in real time. Kurt Sutter has abruptly exited his involvement in the Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans M.C. and, for that matter, his long tenure at FX. An email by Sutter was sent to the cast and crew that he has been fired from the show, which he co-created and executive […]
Linda Vester told Fox News on Wednesday that Ronan Farrow’s reporting on NBC and Matt Lauer is showcasing an “inherent problem” at the organization, and it’s not being properly investigated.
If Donald Trump gets re-elected, Stephen Colbert will be there to comment on it. CBS and the late-night comic said Thursday they had struck a contract extension that will keep the host at the helm of the network's "Late Show" through August of 2023. Colbert's current agreement with the network had been set to expire […]
On "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Aniston talked about her record-breaking Instagram account and the fact that it's not her first IG account.
In her first televised interview since leaving NBC, Megyn Kelly weighed in on how NBC should move forward amid allegations of a sexual misconduct cover-up.
Chelsea Clinton confirmed that she won't be running for Congress on 'The View.' "It’s a question that shouldn’t just be asked of someone whose last name is Clinton or Huntsman."