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14 Oct
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos is doubling down on his defense of Dave Chappelle following the mounting controversy around his latest comedy special: “We have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”
After addressing top leadership, Sarandos sent a lengthy missive on Monday to the entire company — some of whom have increasingly expressed outrage over jokes about the trans community in “The Closer,” and have scheduled a walkout protest in response.
“We know that a number of you have been left angry, disappointed and hurt by our decision to put Dave Chappelle’s latest special on Netflix,” Sarandos wrote in an email obtained by Variety.
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12 Oct
AMC has greenlit an episodic anthology series in #TheWalkingDead universe. Each one hour episode of #TalesOfTheWalkingDead will feature both new and existing characters. Image
The show’s six-episode first season is slated to debut on AMC and AMC Plus in summer 2022. Image
Channing Powell, who has worked as a writer and producer on both #TWD and “Fear the Walking Dead,” serves as showrunner. Powell will work alongside Scott M. Gimple, the chief content officer of “The Walking Dead” universe. Image
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11 Oct
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos is defending Dave Chappelle’s controversial stand-up special: “As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom — even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful.” Image
In a memo to Netflix staffers, co-CEO Sarandos says, “You should also be aware that some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do.” Image
The firebrand comedian has drawn criticism from the LGBTQ+ community in recent days over several jokes, specifically around the “thin skin” of trans people and the effects of so-called “cancel culture.” Image
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8 Oct
Dwayne @TheRock Johnson Makes Historic Rap Debut (EXCLUSIVE)
Dwayne @TheRock Johnson has conquered the box office, the wrestling ring, TV ratings and tequila sales — now, is he about to dominate the charts?

Johnson’s about to make history with his rap debut on @TechN9ne’s new single, “Face Off.”
“A lot of my friends who are hip-hop artists — like big names — I’ve been asked a few times. But it just has to feel right,” Johnson says. “When Tech texted me, I knew I would make this work. We’re aligned, just in terms of our work ethic and desire.”
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8 Oct
#That70sShow is getting a spinoff at Netflix titled “That ’90s Show.”
Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp, who played Red and Kitty Forman in the original series, are set to return in “That ’90s Show.”
Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff. It will be a multi-cam sitcom like the original.
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7 Oct
Superstar chef Bobby Flay and Food Network are set to part ways after a 27-year run that has made the restaurateur and businessman one of the country’s most recognizable culinary figures.
Flay and Food Network have been in negotiations on a new contract for some time. His most recent three-year pact with the Discovery-owned cabler expires at year’s end. Sources close to the situation said that Food Network has ended the negotiations.
Flay’s representatives at WME declined to comment on the situation, citing the policy of not commenting on active negotiations. That’s an indication that Flay’s team sees some hardball negotiating tactics afoot.
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7 Oct
#DearWhitePeople showrunner @JaclynPMoore announced Wednesday she would be boycotting Netflix over Dave Chappelle’s transphobic new special.

She opened up to Variety’s @marcmalkin about why she’s taking a stand against the “dangerous” rhetoric.
“I never loved Dave’s trans material before but this time it felt different,” Moore told Variety. “This is the first time I felt like, ‘Oh, people are laughing at this joke and they’re agreeing that it’s absurd to call me a woman.’”
“The fact is that’s the exact rhetoric and language that is used against us,” Moore continued. “He talks about our feelings being hurt. My feelings are fine, but being thrown against a wall hurts or worrying at night if I can get home safe.”
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7 Oct
Alexandre Desplat, the Oscar-winning composer who was set to provide the music for Guillermo del Toro’s #NightmareAlley, has backed out of the noir thriller because of scheduling. ImageImage
Desplat is a favorite to pick up a nomination at the #Oscars for his work on Wes Anderson’s #TheFrenchDispatch. Now, he won’t have to worry about competing against himself in this year’s original score category. ImageImage
#KnivesOut composer Nathan Johnson has been brought in to compose music for #NightmareAlley, but all is well between del Toro and Desplat. They’re still set to reunite for the director’s #Pinocchio. ImageImage
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7 Oct
A #WandaVision spinoff starring Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness is in development at Disney Plus. Image
Hahn’s spinoff is described by sources as a dark comedy, though exact plot details remain under wraps.

#WandaVision head writer Jac Schaeffer would serve as the writer and executive producer on the project. Image
Should the spinoff go forward, it would be the first project Schaeffer has set up with Marvel since she signed an overall deal with them and 20th Television in May.
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6 Oct
Los Angeles will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter restaurants, movie theaters and many other private businesses. Image
The vaccine ordinance, voted on by the L.A. City Council, is set to go into effect as of November 4. Image
The mandate adds to an earlier health order that requires bars, lounges, breweries, wineries and nightclubs to ensure their patrons show proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 7 and full vaccination by Nov. 4.
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1 Oct
Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled her blockbuster #BlackWidow lawsuit.
“I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney. I'm incredibly proud of the work we've done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team," Johansson said in a statement.
"I look forward to continuing our collaboration in years to come," Johansson added.
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30 Sep
Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mary J. Blige Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre will perform at the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
The performers will take the world’s biggest stage at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, airing on NBC.
The halftime show marks the first time these five artists will perform together on stage, holding significance for Los Angeles: Not only are Dre, Snoop and Lamar native Angelenos, the city is hosting the Super Bowl for the first time in nearly 30 years.
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29 Sep
BREAKING: Jamie Spears has been immediately suspended from Britney Spears' conservatorship. #FreeBritney
After a legal battle that has persisted since Spears was placed under the court-ordered arrangement in 2008, Judge Brenda Penny ruled that Spears’ father will no longer serve as conservator of his daughter’s estate, immediately removing him altogether.
CPA John Zabel will temporarily replace Spears’ father in the role of conservator of her estate, meaning he will now control all of her financial decisions, for a short term, until next steps are determined, in regards to terminating the conservatorship.
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29 Sep
Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga will star in ‘Macbeth’ on Broadway.
Craig is returning to the Great White Way, after performances in “A Steady Rain” and “Betrayal,” to play the titular role, while Negga is making her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth. The upcoming revival will run for a limited 15-week engagement.
A press release announcing the show promises “this thrilling new production will capture the passion and ferocity of Shakespeare’s most haunting text like never before.”
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28 Sep
Jesse Palmer has been named the next host of #TheBachelor, replacing Chris Harrison. Image
Palmer, a television broadcaster and former NFL quarterback, starred as “The Bachelor” himself in Season 5, which aired in 2004. Image
Palmer has a longstanding relationship with ABC and Disney, as a sports commentator on ESPN and ABC, and special contributor on “Good Morning America.” Image
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22 Sep
Melvin Van Peebles, the influential filmmaker behind “Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song,” and father of director and actor Mario Van Peebles, has died at 89.
“Dad knew that Black images matter,” Mario Van Peebles said in a statement from the Criterion Collection. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, what was a movie worth? We want to be the success we see, thus we need to see ourselves being free.”
“True liberation did not mean imitating the colonizer’s mentality,” the statement reads. “It meant appreciating the power, beauty and interconnectivity of all people.”
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22 Sep
Owen Wilson, Kim Kardashian, Jason Sudeikis and Rami Malek have been tapped to host #SNL next season, as the show livestreams on Peacock for the first time.
NBC intends to livestream the sketch comedy show on its Peacock streaming hub as the program launches its 47th season, marking the latest attempt to put the show in front of a broader audience.
The first host of the season will be Owen Wilson who will be paired with Kacey Musgraves.
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22 Sep
Exactly one week ahead of the pop star’s next conservatorship hearing, Netflix has released a trailer for #BritneyVsSpears, its upcoming Britney Spears documentary.

The film is set to launch the day before the pop star heads to court.
#BritneyVsSpears hits Netflix on Sept. 28. The next day marks the most significant court hearing in the singer’s legal battle, as she fights for her freedom out of the conservatorship she’s been under for more than a decade.
In the trailer, a recording from the pop star’s June 23 testimony, in which she addressed the court for the first time publicly, can be heard: “I’ve worked my whole life... I don’t owe these people anything.”
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22 Sep
Britney Spears’ lawyer told a judge that he expects her conservatorship will be terminated “completely and inevitably” this fall.
In a court filing, attorney Mathew Rosengart reiterated that his top priority, however, is removing her father, Jamie Spears, from the role of conservator of her estate, which has given him control over her contracts and finances for the last 13 years.
Rosengart is urging Judge Brenda Penny to replace him on Sept. 29 with someone who could handle the job on a “temporary, short-term” basis.
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21 Sep
Willie Garson, best known for his roles in "Sex and the City" and "White Collar," has died at age 57.
In the “Sex and the City” series, Garson portrayed talent agent Stanford, the witty best male friend of Carrie Bradshaw. Garson reprised the role in the franchise’s films, and had recently been filming HBO’s upcoming revival series, “And Just Like That.”
Garson co-starred as cunning con man Mozzie on “White Collar” from 2009 to 2014. He was also known for playing doorman Ralph in the 2005 rom-com “Little Manhattan,” Gerald Hirsch in the “Hawaii Five-0" reboot and Henry Coffield on “NYPD Blue."
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21 Sep
Kathryn Hahn will play Joan Rivers in “The Comeback Girl,” a limited series in development at Showtime.
In addition to starring as Rivers, Hahn will executive produce “The Comeback Girl,” Greg Berlanti will direct and executive produce and Cosmo Carlson will write and executive produce.
“The Comeback Girl” is primarily set in the aftermath of the cancellation of “The Late Show,” which coincided with Rivers’ husband (and “Late Show” producer) Edgar Rosenberg’s death by suicide.
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