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Fox News Plans a Streaming Service for ‘Superfans’

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:00:13 GMT

The Washington bureau of Fox News, which plans to start a stand-alone subscription streaming service, Fox Nation, by the end of the year.Fox Nation will focus primarily on right-leaning commentary and charge viewers a subscription fee.


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David Poindexter, 89, Who Used Media to Preach Family Planning, Dies

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:28:07 GMT

David Poindexter in an undated photo. “David was messianic about overpopulation,” a former executive for the producer Norman Lear said.A Methodist minister, he saw TV and radio programming — soap operas, in particular — as effective tools to teach the world about population control.


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Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:27:22 GMT

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime lawyer, suppressed embarrassing stories about his boss’s past as they loomed over the campaign.Beyond facilitating a $130,000 payment to silence a pornographic film actress, Donald Trump’s lawyer spent years making aggressive behind-the-scenes efforts to protect him.


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Advertising: Google Chrome Now Blocks Irksome Ads. That’s a Good Thing, Right?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:32:07 GMT

When Google updated Chrome last week, it effectively banned some of the kinds of ads web users find most annoying.The brower’s latest update filters out pop-up ads and other annoyances. It also strengthens Google’s grip on the web.


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We Have Streaming Revenue, Too, Says NBC. And We Can Prove It.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:31:21 GMT

The cast of “This Is Us” at the Screen Actors Guild awards last month. NBC said 44 percent of the revenue it has earned from the drama has come through digital viewership.The network’s entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt says NBC has learned how to generate more cash from digital views, and keep track of it.


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What Makes Public Radio ‘Very Personal’ Magnifies Its #MeToo Cases

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:10:37 GMT

Garrison Keillor in 2014 at Minnesota Public Radio, which cut its ties with him in November. Because public radio creates “what feels like an intimate, one-on-one relationship” between its hosts and listeners, said Vivian Schiller, a former chief executive of NPR, “the potential for backlash is that much greater.”Public broadcasting, which fosters an intimate relationship with its listeners and counts on their donations, is scrambling after the ouster of prominent figures over allegations of misbehavior.


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With $218 Million Haul, ‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Records

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:59:56 GMT

Chadwick Boseman stars as the superheroic T’Challa in “Black Panther,” which arrived to scorching ticket sales.The movie’s Presidents’ Day weekend ticket sales in North America — and a global total of $387 million — have upended Hollywood myths.


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Lerone Bennett Jr., Historian of Black America, Dies at 89

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:58:45 GMT

Lerone Bennett Jr. in Chicago in 2009. “Since I was a child, I was just fascinated by the printed word,” he once said.Mr. Bennett, the author of “Before the Mayflower” and other books, was also a top editor at Ebony magazine for decades.


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Media Memo: A Familiar Editorial Split After Parkland Shooting, but Not Everywhere

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:41:14 GMT

The front page of The New York Post on Friday included a plea for gun control that broke new ground for the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.A surprise editorial in favor of gun control from the Trump-friendly New York Post appears among a deluge of argument and erroneous reporting.


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‘To Me, It Was Racist’: N.B.A. Players Respond to Laura Ingraham’s Comments on LeBron James

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:42:35 GMT

Dwyane Wade, right, defended his former teammate LeBron James after the Fox News host Laura Ingraham questioned Mr. James’s intelligence.The Fox News host mocked Mr. James and said basketball stars should not express political opinions. “We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” Mr. James responded.


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While ‘Last Week Tonight’ Was Away, John Oliver Was Busy

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:32 GMT

John Oliver on “Last Week Tonight,” which is returning for its fifth season on HBO.Mr. Oliver talks about the new season of his topical HBO comedy series and a challenging interview of Dustin Hoffman that he conducted.


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‘Black Panther’ Poised to Shatter a Hollywood Myth

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:56:21 GMT

The film is expected to take in at least $250 million worldwide this weekend, disproving the notion that movies rooted in black culture cannot be global blockbusters.


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Amazon Moves On Without ‘Transparent’ Actor Jeffrey Tambor

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:05:21 GMT

Jeffrey Tambor in a scene from “Transparent.” In November, Mr. Tambor said that he did not see how he could return to the series, citing what he described as the “politicized atmosphere” on the set after he had been publicly accused of sexual harassment. On Thursday, Amazon Studios said he would not be back.The 73-year-old star of Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning series will not return to the role that brought him late-career plaudits.


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NBC Promotes Two Women to Lead Scripted Programming

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:50:40 GMT

Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta will become co-presidents, replacing Jennifer Salke, who announced last week that she was leaving to run Amazon Studios.


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N.B.A. Stars Get Into the Hollywood Game

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:56:02 GMT

Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors started an entertainment company, Thirty Five Media, in April.Los Angeles is suddenly crawling with basketball royalty like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who are developing TV shows, streaming offerings and movies.


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As the Streaming Wars Heat Up, Ryan Murphy Cashes In

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:44:41 GMT

Ryan Murphy’s roughly $300 million with Netflix is the latest sign of how streaming companies have disrupted traditional Hollywood and driven up prices for stars and series creators.The producer agreed to a $300 million Netflix deal months after Shonda Rhimes signed for $100 million and Apple and Amazon contributed to a manic market.


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Beyoncé Songs Come to the Olympics. But Who Pays for the Rights?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:15:53 GMT

The French skater Maé-Bérénice Méité competed at the Olympics to a medley of Beyoncé songs.Songs with lyrics are permitted at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang for the first time. And because the Games are considered a “live event,” no special permission is required.


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Netflix Is Getting Huge. But Can It Get Great?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:24:25 GMT

Clockwise from top left: Scenes from “Stranger Things,” “American Vandal,” “BoJack Horseman” and “Godless,” part of Netflix’s ever-expanding universe of programming.Having signed Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes, this streaming service is creating a parallel TV universe. But imitation isn’t the route to brilliance.


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Audible Will Bring Back ‘Harry Clarke’ Off Broadway

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:26:21 GMT

Billy Crudup in the play “Harry Clarke” at the Vineyard Theater in October.The production of “Harry Clarke,” a one-man show starring Billy Crudup, is the latest step in the audiobook maker’s investment in contemporary theater.


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After Storm Over Tweets, The Times and a New Hire Part Ways

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:45:19 GMT

After The New York Times announced on Tuesday that Quinn Norton would be its lead opinion writer on technology, her Twitter history doomed the hiring.Soon after Quinn Norton joined the editorial board, social media users discovered tweets in which she used slurs and spoke of her friendship with a Nazi.


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Ryan Murphy Heads to Netflix in Deal Said to Be Worth Up to $300 Million

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:48:54 GMT

Ryan Murphy, 52, has spent most of his career as a writer, director and producer at 21st Century Fox, but the Walt Disney Company’s deal in December to acquire most of Fox raised questions about his future there.A five-year agreement with the producer behind “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” whose Fox contract expires this summer, leaves Disney and Amazon in the lurch.


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Former Employee Sues Vice, Claiming It Pays Women Less

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:17:11 GMT

Vice Media’s offices in Brooklyn. The company was sued by a former employee who claimed it systematically paid women less than men for similar work.The lawsuit, which is seeking class-action status, claims the news and entertainment company marginalizes women and systematically pays them less than men.


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Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:37:40 GMT

A book about “Fake News” was displayed last November by a supporter of Roy Moore, who unsuccessfully ran for Senate in Alabama.It’s very hard to change people’s minds, especially when so many are already committed partisans.


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