‘Stan Lee’s Lucky Man’ Season 2 Trailer: No One’s Luck Lasts Forever

EXCLUSIVE: The folks behind Stan Lee’s Lucky Man today unveiled the first trailer for Season 2 of the series that’s been a hit for Sky 1 in the UK. The event took place at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con this morning with Lee and exec producer Richard Fell of Carnival Films (also the makers of Downton Abbey and The Last Kingdom) in attendance. Check it out above.
The series was renewed for a second run last March after the first 10-part season became Sky 1’s…

Newswire: HBO exec says Westworld fan theories are “getting close”

Yesterday, HBO programming president Casey Bloys got a bunch of reporters together to talk about the looming mergeer between AT&T and its parent company, Time Warner, and its potentially monolithic impact on the television landscape. But—given that you can’t get a bunch of TV executives and TV journalists in a room together for more than a minute without the conversation turning to the medium itself—Variety also managed to snag a quick interview with Bloys about the network’s current block of shows.

Unsurprisingly, that chat included Westworld, which is currently the big name on the network’s roster. Bloys says he actually tracks fan theories on the series’ big overriding mysteries, and that at least a few commenters are “getting close” about the intentions and goals of characters like Ed Harris’ Man In Black. (So keep guessing, we guess, because apparently Bloys is watching.) He also noted …

Hillary Clinton Email Scandals: A Guide From Wikileaks to Anthony Weiner’s PC

FBI Director James Comey made it known on Friday that his bureau will be renewing its investigation of Hillary Clinton in light of new information, but there have been so many email-related stories surrounding the Clinton campaign it’s hard to keep it all straight.

Comey sent a letter to the Senate stating that an “unrelated case” turned up new emails that are not related to the ongoing WikiLeaks situation or Clinton’s private server. He said the FBI will take “appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to determine whether they contain classified information.”

In October 2015 Bernie Sanders famously said to Clinton during a Democratic debate, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” Over a year later, Americans can’t get enough. News of Comey’s letter has dominated the news cycle and will probably consumer headlines until Election Day … or at least until the next time Donald Trump does something controversial.

Also Read: New Hillary Clinton Probe Result of Anthony Weiner Sexting Investigation

Private server vs. WikiLeaks
Until now, these have been the two primary categories of Clinton email scandal. The FBI’s inquiry into the candidate’s use of personal email while Secretary of State has nothing to do with WikiLeaks’ release of stolen emails belonging to Clinton campaign president John Podesta. They are two separate, unrelated controversies that just happen to both involve the word “email.”

In layman’s terms, the private server stuff pertains to Clinton’s use of a non-secure email server that she may or may not have used to send classified documents while secretary of state; the WikiLeaks emails derive from a coordinated attempt to steal the login information for more than 100 addresses associated with the Clinton campaign, yielding damaging messages that the organization has been time-releasing since early October.

One of the confusing aspects that voters need to be aware of is that WikiLeaks also has an archive of Clinton’s private server emails that essentially merges both scandals.

Also Read: FBI to Re-Open Investigation Into Hillary Clinton’s Email Server

So, what is the FBI investigating now?
FBI boss Comey informed lawmakers that he will investigate newly discovered emails to see if they contained classified information. These emails were not reviewed during previous investigations and were found while looking into an unrelated case.

That case appears to be the inquiry into Anthony Weiner’s alleged sexting relationship with a 15-year-old girl. The new emails were found on a computer belonging to the former New York congressman and his wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, according to the Washington Post.

This is technically a third email controversy, but it still has to do with Clinton’s handling of classified information, rather than its content the way it does with the Podesta/WikiLeaks missives.

Didn’t the FBI already clear Clinton when it comes to the private server
Sort of. Back in July, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she would follow Comey’s recommendation not to pursue charges regarding Clinton’s private e-mail server. At the time, the FBI director said that 110 e-mails sent to or from the server contained classified information but “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges in this scenario.

The new emails may not have come from the infamous server, but they do align with accusations that Clinton casually sent and received classified information. Comey’s letter on Friday stated that he would like to “supplement” his previous testimony.

Also Read: Anthony Weiner Accused of Sexting With 15-Year-Old Girl (Report)

Will this impact the election?
Hard to say. It obviously doesn’t help Clinton, but the FBI doesn’t exactly move at breakneck speed when investigating matters of this magnitude. It won’t be wrapped up by Election Day, but any damaging information will surely be leaked to the media if history repeats itself.

For what it’s worth, bookmaker William Hill cut the odds for Trump winning the election from 7/2 to 10/3 when the news broke, meaning gamblers think the GOP nominee has a better chance of winning the election since the latest email drama surfaced.

So what’s up with WikiLeaks?
A new batch of leaked Podesta emails seems to hit WikiLeaks everyday. The stolen messages are often discredited by Democrats because they may have been stolen by Russia. The information in Podesta’s leaked emails would be a deal breaker in most elections — but this isn’t most elections.

There are thousands of documents and WikiLeaks allows readers to search Podesta’s emails by key term, file name or even user email address. Everything from Clinton aides mocking Catholics to proof of media bias has been uncovered, but mainstream media hasn’t made much fuss over any of it. Conservative news organizations are running wild with reports, while The Atlantic published a story that essentially says the emails simply show a politician acting political.

Also Read: 8 Things You Need to Know About WikiLeaks’ Anti-Hillary Clinton Document Dump

Wasn’t there another email scandal?
Yes. Back in July, the Democratic National Committee was hacked and Wikileaks published thousands of damaging emails that exposed the committee’s bias toward Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders. The leaked emails led to the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was accused of conspiring with party officials to thwart Sanders’ campaign.

In August, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seemed to suggest during a TV appearance that a 27-year-old DNC staffer who was recently murdered in Washington, D.C. was the source of the email leak.

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Newswire: Fox is scaling back on Making History

Fox, perhaps seeing the glut of time travel stories on the docket this fall season, has opted to cut back on the revised chapters that will make up Making History. According to TV Line, the comedy’s inaugural season order has been reduced from 13 episodes to nine. It will be a while before that reduction is felt, as Making History is slated for a spring 2017 midseason premiere. TV Line’s sources indicate that this isn’t so much a judgment call on the network’s part—Making History’s position as a midseason replacement in the 2017 spring lineup just means only nine episodes are needed.

Making History stars Adam Pally as a brilliant, dorky professor who basically invents a time-traveling device that allows him to court young women in the past. Yassir Lester plays his friend, a history professor, who knows just how bad an idea it …

Paul Hanneman Empowerment Scholarship Fund Unveiled at Covenant House California

The homeless youth charity Covenant House California created a scholarship Thursday in honor of its chairman, Paul Hanneman, 20th Century Fox’s outgoing president of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution.

Hanneman, who oversaw campaigns and strategies for hits including “Avatar,” Ice Age,” “The Revenant” and “Deadpool,” is a longtime supporter of the charity. It offers runaway youths safety, education, employment and better opportunities to become independent and self-sufficient adults.

The Paul Hanneman Empowerment Scholarship will be awarded each year to a Covenant House staffer who demonstrates the values embodied by Hanneman during his years with Covenant House and 20th Century Fox.

Also Read: Paul Hanneman to Leave as Fox Worldwide Marketing and Distribution Chief

Hanneman worked at Fox for 26 years before opting not to renew his contract last month. Prior to his role helming the studio’s worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution, Hanneman worked for Fox in Korea, and ran its operations in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

Among the other films he has worked on are “X-Men,” “Die Hard,” Titanic 3D,” “Prometheus,” “Night at the Museum,” “Planet of the Apes,” “The Martian,” “Kingsman,” and “Gone Girl.”

HBO Boss Casey Bloys on Post-AT&T Outlook, What’s Next for ‘Westworld,’ ‘The Night Of’

Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming, assembled the employees in the network’s Santa Monica offices Thursday in order to address the topic on many minds in Hollywood: the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger. According to those present, he noted that AT&T executives are pleased with the performances of Warner Bros., HBO and Turner and consider retaining top executives and… Read more »

Amazon’s Investments in Film and TV Dragged Down Profitability, CFO Says

Amazon’s stock plummeted nearly 7 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday, after the e-commerce behemoth reported earnings that fell well short of expectations — particularly on the profit side. And one big culprit behind those disappointing numbers: Its own award-winning original content.

On a conference call with analysts following the earnings release, Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said the company has been significantly stepping up its investments in programming, which include original series like “Mozart in the Jungle,” winner of the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Comedy, and “Transparent,” winner of multiple Globes and Emmys. Amazon Studios also produced the feature film “Manchester by the Sea,” which is getting some early Oscar buzz.

But developing all that quality content comes at a cost. The company reported third-quarter earnings of 52 cents a share, well short of the 78 cents projected by analysts. Olsavsky said Amazon’s ever-increasing investment in film and TV was a major factor in its lower-than-expected profitability.

Also Read: Amazon Stock Plunges After Big Miss on Q3 Profitability

“Video content and marketing associated with that is nearly doubling year over year,” Olsavsky said on the call. “It continues to be a large increase in [the third and fourth quarter].”

Amazon’s original content is available on its Prime Video service, which is included with its $99-a-year Prime e-commerce subscription service and gives members free two-day delivery on thousands of items. Prime Video can also be purchased as an $8.99 a month standalone subscription, and is currently available in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan. Olsavsky said India will be the next market.

He also emphasized that the company tends to hold worldwide rights to the programs it’s produced through its studio unit, which should increase in value as Prime Video expands to more markets.

“The content that we are creating through Amazon Studios we are generally holding the worldwide rights to,” Olsavsky said on the call. “We consider that to be very valuable.”

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