Amazon Prime Extends A24 Pact: ‘Moonlight’, ’20th Century Women’ On Tap

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Amazon Prime Video has extended its exclusive content agreement with A24, giving the premium subscription service access to the Oscar-winning Moonlight. Already available on Amazon Video, the Academy’s Best Picture of 2016 can be streamed and downloaded by Prime members beginning May 21 at no additional cost to membership.
“We are thrilled to be the exclusive subscription streaming service to offer customers Academy Award winner Moonlight,” said Jason Ropell, VP…

Recipe For Today’s Twitter Mac Attack On President Donald Trump

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Ronald McDonald Twitter-spitting on the president’s burger? No one’s tasting that one, as just about everyone without a rubber nose quickly realized that the now-infamous anti-Trump tweet posted under the fast food giant’s corporate name was a phony.
“You are actually a disgusting president and we would love to have @barackobama back, also you have tiny hands,” wrote a hacker or otherwise unauthorized handler of McDonald’s Twitter page this morning (the post later was…

Abramorama To Distribute John Coltrane Docu ‘Chasing Trane’

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Abramorama will handle the North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld’s documentary Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. With interviews by Wynton Marsalis, President Bill Clinton, Sonny Rollins, Dr. Cornel West and Common, Trane played to good notices at Telluride,  Toronto and DOC NYC, among other fests.
Chasing Trane is produced by Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scott Pascucci and Dave Harding, and is set for a theatrical release in New York on…

PBS, Hollywood & New York Denounce Trump’s Proposed Cultural Budget Cuts

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Officials of the Public Broadcasting Service are reminding Congress of PBS’ historically “strong support” among both Republican and Democratic voters – support the organization will need to fend off massive budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump that would eliminater the Corporation for Public broadcasting – the major funder of  PBS programming – as well as the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.
“PBS and our nearly 350 member stations, along with our…

Ready For Awards Season? National Board Of Review Sets Gala Date, With Willie Geist Back As Host

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The National Board of Review will announce its 2017 Award Winners on Tuesday, November 28, with its annual awards gala set for Thursday, January 4, 2018. NBC’s Willie Geist will return as host of the gala for the fourth consecutive year.
The NBR awards, considered by many as important Oscar prognosticators, most recently went to such eventual big awards winners and contenders as Manchester By The Sea, Moonlight, O.J. Made in America and The Salesman.
“The NBR is thrilled…

A&E Renews Leah Remini’s Scientology Docuseries For Second Season

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A&E Network  has renewed the limited docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath for an additional 10-episode installment. The new season, says A&E, “will further explore accounts of former members whose lives have been significantly impacted by the Church’s practices.”
The announcement was made by Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President & Head of Programming, A&E Network.
The hour-long series is cable’s #1 new unscripted series with A25-54 and Total…

Arnold Schwarzenegger Won’t Run For U.S. Senate

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Senator Arnold Schwarzenegger? Thanks, but no thanks, says the former California governor and Celebrity Apprentice host.
“I’m deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California,” Schwarzenegger writes on his Facebook page today.
“Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform…