Jimmy Kimmel To Host Kardashians, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, James Taylor, Celine Dion In ‘JKL’s Vegas Week

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ABC has unveiled Jimmy Kimmel’s guest list for JKL’s first Las Vegas trip.
Among his guests: Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Celine Dion, The Killers, James Taylor, Marshm…

Kevin Jonas Insults Brother Nick’s Solo Music to Avoid Eating Beetles (Video)

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The Jonas Brothers are back together, but maybe not after Tuesday’s appearance on James Corden’s “Late Late Show,” when the band played “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” together.
The first food up was Beetle Marma…

FX Orders Lil Dicky Comedy To Series Based On Life Of Rapper-Comedian From ‘The League’ Creator & Kevin Hart

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FX Networks has handed a series order to a half-hour comedy based on the life of rapper and comedian Lil Dicky. This comes after it piloted the project with the star, whose real name is Dave Burd.
The Untitled Lil Dicky series is co-created by Burd and…

The Upside For STX: ‘Upside’ Becomes Second Release After ‘Bad Moms’ To Cross $100M

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STXfilms’ release of Lantern Entertainment’s The Upside is crossing $100 million tomorrow at the domestic box office, becoming the Burbank, CA-based studio’s second release to do so after 2016’s Bad Moms ($113.2M) in its near fi…

Oscars 2019: Biggest Snubs and Surprises, From Glenn Close to ‘Green Book’ (Photos)

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For much of the night, the Oscars went according to plan — even without a host — with awards pretty much going the way experts, like TheWrap’s Steve Pond, had anticipated. However, no awards show would be complete without at least a …

Queen Over Hart During Oscars Opener: Adam Lambert Joins Band to Start With ‘We Will Rock You’

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Queen and Adam Lambert took the stage to open the 2019 Oscars with “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions,” setting the tone for a ceremony that lost host Kevin Hart because of years-old homophobic tweets for which he has since apologized.

Lambert, who is openly gay, led the band featured in the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” through an opening that also included “We Are the Champions,” which served as a Freddie Mercury tribute. There was a subtle message of tolerance since Hart lost the job in part because of a sense that he was not contrite enough.

Hart spoke about the issue in an appearance on “Ellen,” though he has continued to face backlash, including from CNN anchor Don Lemon, who said it was not Ellen DeGeneres’ place to forgive Hart.

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At the end of the performance, that saw the audience dancing and swaying along to the two songs, a picture of Mercury was shown on screen. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is nominated for five Academy Awards, including a Best Actor nod for Rami Malek, who played Mercury in the biopic. It is also up for Best Picture.

Since there was no host, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey took the stage to deliver a round of jokes. The three comedians hoped that readers of USA Today would think they were the hosts given how long they told jokes at the beginning of the show.

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The 91st Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles, California.

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Will 2019 Oscars Have A(nother) Record Low Audience?

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The 2019 Oscars have already been a bit of a disaster: We had a host, we lost a host. AMPAS and ABC said they were moving four previously televised awards to commercial breaks — a call that didn’t go over so well and was rather swiftly reversed.

But as per usual, Nielsen’s TV ratings will have the final say in how this year’s Academy Awards actually fared.

Is the host-less ABC special doomed to be the lowest-rated Oscars ever? Or could Sunday’s show pleasantly surprise come Monday’s Nielsen returns?

Recent history — and a pair of industry ratings experts — point(s) to either option.

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Last year’s Oscars averaged 26.5 million total viewers, which is the smallest audience for the awards show ever. Jimmy Kimmel’s second turn as Academy Awards emcee obliterated the old record-low by 17 percent. Year over year, the 2018 Oscars audience shrunk by 20 percent.

The few major awards shows (meaning they air on broadcast TV) that have already aired in 2019 have mostly leveled off. On Sunday, Jan. 6, NBC’s Golden Globe Awards actually grew 4 percent in the key adults 18-49 demographic ratings, with a 5.2 vs. 2018’s 5.0. The overall audience only slipped 2 percent from the prior year, to 18.6 million from 19 million.

CBS’ Grammys on Sunday, Feb. 10 was able to nudge up its overall audience by 77,000 people. It slipped in the demo year over year, but that decline was a mere 5 percent.

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Of course, the Emmys sunk to a record low 10.2 million viewers in September (vs. 11.4 million in 2017), but hey, the decline was *just* 10 percent year over year. Believe it or not, NBC was pleased with that result. The demo decline (a 2.4 rating vs. a 2.5) was only 4 percent, so that’s something they can point to with pride.

So ABC has the industry-wide leveling-off working in its favor. Having no host is probably not going to help (much), but it does add curiosity and the potential for trainwreck-factor tune-in.

The movies are more consumer-friendly this year, which could chip in a little bit. Some critics speculate that the only reason Marvel’s “Black Panther” was even nominated for Best Picture is to draw eyeballs, especially young ones. First-timer Lady Gaga, who starred in “A Star Is Born” and is generally considered deserving of her nod, could also make a minor difference by pulling in those Monsters of hers.

Three of the Best Picture nominees — “Black Panther,” “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” — have grossed more than $200 million at the box office, only the second time that has ever happened. That should help: The only other time three $200 million movies were nominated was 2010, which scored the highest rating and the second-largest audience of any Oscar show since 2005.

(But the only recent year with a larger audience, 2014, only had one $200 million movie — in that case, viewers seem to have been drawn by the host, Ellen DeGeneres.)

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The reason ABC initially wanted to shift some trophy presentations during commercial breaks is to speed up the lengthy show and insure that it sticks to three hours, meaning it would not run beyond primetime’s 11 p.m. ET cutoff. Though final numbers will be adjusted for the final time slot and time zones anyway, any overrun that delays the show’s final commercial — which is Nielsen’s cutoff — doesn’t help when panelists have bedtimes.

If all of that sounds like we’re hedging a prediction, that’s because almost everyone is. A ratings expert at a rival channel told us there’s a “legitimate shot” for Sunday’s Oscars to break even with 2018, or possibly to even generate gains. That’s fairly optimistic, but not exactly confident. We’re told by a separate person with knowledge of conversations at ABC that executives are anticipating a decline, though not a huge one.

Either way, ABC can rest assured that the 91st annual Academy Awards will be the most-watched non-football telecast of 2019. Plus, according to Kantar Media, last year’s Oscars presentation hauled in $133 million in ad revenue, up 17 percent year over year, so that trend could help soften any sort of blow.

The 2019 Oscars air Sun, Feb. 24 at 8/7c on ABC — will you be watching? Let us know in the comments section, and we’ll tell you how many (others) did come Monday.

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Amazon Prime Video Picks Up All Int’l SVOD Rights For ‘The Upside’, Will Debut The Film In Key Markets

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New ABC Boss Says Oscars Drama Has Been ‘Really Compelling,’ Shows People Still Care

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The 2019 Academy Awards ceremony has been plagued by issues for months, beginning with the resurfacing of the planned host Kevin Hart’s past homophobic jokes and continuing to ongoing confusion about which awards will actually be presented on television. But new ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke says she’s confident the show is in good shape.

“I have to be honest, it did,” Burke told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday when asked if she had been worried about the seemingly endless drama surrounding the network’s flagship awards show. “It no longer does.”

“I ironically have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept the Oscars in the conversation. And it’s been really compelling. People really care,” Burke said.

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Back in December, Kevin Hart was announced as the planned host for this year’s ceremony, but was quickly forced to step down after old homophobic jokes from his stand-up and on his Twitter account were resurfaced on social media. The Academy has since shifted plans, saying the show will instead go host-less this year.

Burke said presenters will instead drive the broadcast — a list of names she described as “phenomenal and growing” — and the lack of a host doing a introductory monologue and recurring bits throughout the show will help keep the runtime down to its new, reduced target length.

“The main goal, which I was told the Academy promised ABC last year after a very long telecast was to keep the show to three hours. So I think the producers wisely decided not to have a host,” Burke said.

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But a number of other decisions by producers have also had longtime Oscar-watchers up in arms, including since-reversed plans to award a “Popular Film” category and to perform only two of the five Best Original Song nominees on the show.

Some have also objected to the decision to award a few of the smaller categories during the commercial breaks, with acceptance speeches cut together into a montage to air later in the show. Even Burke is unclear on which winners won’t get to accept their awards on live TV.

“I cannot [say] because I have no idea,” Burke said when asked, adding that she is meeting with producers and will hear a full plan for the broadcast “later this week.”

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Regardless of the ongoing confusion, Burke said she’s confident in how the show will perform and is buoyed by the outrage, which she said simply shows how much viewers still care about the Oscars.

“To me, that’s evidence of how relevant the Oscars still are, that people are still talking about and caring about these things. I’m happy that it’s still part of the conversation and that there’s speculation,” she said.

Burke pointed to nominees that were hits at the box office, like “A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther,” and performances from stars like Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar as reasons she expects viewers will still tune in.

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“I think particularly this year, given how many nominees are blockbusters, that we will hopefully see people tuning in throughout the show to see who’s going to win those [big] awards,” Burke said.

“Awards show ratings are trending downward across the board,” she continued. “So it is a challenge, and one that I think we have to keep very vigilant about, making sure that the show stays relevant and entertaining at a pace and a length that is good for the audience.”

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Principal Communications Wants to Keep Hollywood Out of Trouble With New Foresight Solutions Company

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Principal Communications Group has partnered with Edgeworth Security to launch a new company that promises to help public individuals and companies in the media and entertainment industry avoid trouble for potentially problematic past actions.

In a press release, the company is described as a modern strategic communications solution for media, distribution, content creation entities and creative individuals living within the public eye and under the scrutiny of the digital age.

“We are a research firm on steroids,” Principal Communications partners Melissa Zuckerman and Paul Pflug said. “Our business model has always been that the cover up is worse that the crime. Our goal is to be an industry partner, we’re hoping to be part of the solution.”

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The longtime execs hope Foresight Solutions will fill what they see as a void in the media and entertainment industry where celebrities and prominent figures are increasingly criticized for controversial past actions and social media posts that resurface.

The plan would be to avoid situations like director James Gunn being fired for offensive old tweets, comedian Kevin Hart stepping down as Oscars host because of offensive old jokes and comments, and similar situations.

Foresight would ideally be able to recognize those issues before they arise, present a plan of handling them and then offer a process for how to learn from the mistake.

The company, however, would not work with clients actively trying to avert attention from crimes or discriminatory acts, Zuckerman and Pflug said.

Principal Communications Group partnered with Edgeworth Security, a cyber intelligence company that counts Fortune 500 companies and celebrities as clients.

Foresight will use its public relations expertise gained from Principal Communications and a proprietary cyber intelligence platform to provide clients with sophisticated research and knowledge on potential threats to their reputation and ongoing issues facing companies and individuals. The company plans to then use that information to give clients solutions to problems that could otherwise sink a stock price or shutter a billion-dollar franchise.

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Foresight’s cyber intelligence team, powered by Edgeworth Security, comprises a variety of subject matter experts from the cyber industry to include former federal law enforcement and government intelligence analysts. Foresight will use a balance of analytical expertise and advanced cyber tools.

Foresight’s analysts will be able to review data in over 200 languages remove illegitimate or security risk information from online sources and scour not only social media, but dark web data sources, including all available criminal records and activity, known associates of interest, financial standings, public relations risks or considerations, business dealings, group or foundation interests or participation.

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Principal Communications will continue operations under the direction of its partners Pflug, Zuckerman and Hans-Dieter Kopal.

Edgeworth Security is led by CEO Ken Young, a decorated United States Marine Corps Veteran, and Chad Brockway, vice president of cyber operations, and former FBI program manager and United States Marine.

Foresight was advised by leading attorney Ivy Kagan Bierman, a partner at Loeb & Loeb, who is an expert in entertainment and related companies in labor, production, distribution and technology.

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Kevin Hart Partners With STXfilms on 2 Comedies

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Kevin Hart will produce and may star in two comedy films in a partnership with STXfilms via his HartBeat Productions, STXfilms announced Wednesday.

Hart’s “The Upside” at STX, co-produced with Lantern Entertainment, hit number one at the box office in early January and has grossed $46.6 million domestically since its release. The film, a remake of the 2011 French box office hit “The Intouchables,” showed a more dramatic side for Hart.

Hart and HartBeat’s president of production John Cheng will produce both films. Carli Haney will oversee for HartBeat and Drew Simon will oversee for STXfilms.

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“It’s crystal clear audiences love Kevin and they want to see him in a variety of roles,” STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said in a statement. “This partnership allows STXfilms to take the successful collaboration we started with THE UPSIDE and extend it to new projects that further build on our mission to work with the best in the business to grow our profitable business model.”

Hart, who pulled out of hosting the Oscars in the wake of a scandal over his past homophobic tweets, has kept especially busy this January. He’ll next star in “Fatherhood” at Sony, a dramatic adaptation of a memoir called “Two Kisses for Maddy” directed by Paul Weitz. And he’ll also partner with Lionsgate and Hasbro on a movie about the board game “Monopoly,” reuniting with his longtime collaborator Tim Story.

Up next on STXfilms’ slate include the Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell starring “The Best of Enemies,” the animated “Uglydolls” and the Diane Keaton-led “Poms.”

Hart is represented by UTA, 3 Arts, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin and Dunham.

Variety was first to report.

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