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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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Laura Ingraham’s Comments on LeBron James Draw Criticism From Dwyane Wade

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:33:49 GMT

Dwyane Wade, right, defended his former teammate LeBron James after the Fox News host Laura Ingraham questioned Mr. James’s intelligence.The N.B.A. star was reacting to the Fox News host’s mocking comments toward his former teammate, LeBron James.


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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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YouTube Revamped Its Ad System. AT&T Still Hasn’t Returned.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:14:41 GMT

“We’re very hopeful we can get back onto YouTube,” said Fiona Carter, chief brand officer at AT&T. The company pulled its advertising last year because of concerns about offensive content.The company, one of the biggest marketers in the U.S., hasn’t returned to the platform because of concerns that its ads could appear with offensive content.


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15 Minutes of Fame Is Too Much. Try 6 Seconds.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:13:35 GMT

The actor Nico Santos films a reaction pack of GIFs at Giphy Studios in downtown Los Angeles.Giphy Studios is trying to help actors, musicians and advertisers slide into your DMs with goofy short videos. Yay for our brains!


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Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man of the Woods’ Knocks Migos Out of No. 1

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:18:23 GMT

Justin Timberlake performed the halftime show at the Super Bowl the week his new album, “Man of the Woods,” was released.Despite mixed reviews, the pop star’s latest album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 with the equivalent of 293,000 sales in the U.S.


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Sony Apologizes for ‘Peter Rabbit’ Movie’s Allergy Scene

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:58:43 GMT

The children’s movie “Peter Rabbit” has drawn some criticism for making light of food allergies.Tom McGregor, a villain who has food allergies, goes into anaphylaxis when rabbits fire a blackberry into his mouth. Some parents said it set a poor example.


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Weinstein Company Sale Delayed by N.Y. Attorney General Lawsuit

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 02:36:44 GMT

Eric T. Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, speaking to reporters in August. Mr. Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company on Sunday and demanded that any victims of Harvey Weinstein be justly compensated.Eric T. Schneiderman filed a suit alleging the studio and its founders violated state and city laws barring gender discrimination and sexual harassment.


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Advertising: Steve Wynn’s Tarnished Name and Now a Tainted Brand

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:08:22 GMT

Steve Wynn was the face of his casino and hotel empire for decades, appearing in ads with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.For decades, Steve Wynn used his persona and his name to promote his casino and hotel empire. To get past sexual misconduct allegations, it must act quickly, experts said.


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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Ends Sex Trilogy With Solid Ticket Sales

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:27:44 GMT

Dakota Johnson in “Fifty Shades Freed,” which was No. 1 at the weekend box office.The raunchy “Fifty Shades Freed” and cuddly “Peter Rabbit” were No. 1 and No. 2 at the weekend box office. Clint Eastwood’s latest film was a soft third.


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