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Variety reports: Michelle Pfeiffer has signed on to star as Betty Ford in the upcoming Showtime series “The First Lady,” Variety has learned. In addition, Susanne Bier has signed on to direct and executive produce the anthology series. Pfeiffer joins previously announced cast member Viola Davis, who will star as Michelle Obama. The first season of the series will also …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Hollywood has taken to Twitter to voice its support for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as they were sworn in as the 46th president and 49th vice president of the United States. Also capturing much attention and praise is Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet ever to speak at a presidential inauguration, and her poem …

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Variety reports: Alec Baldwin has flown the Twitter coop, announcing on Monday that he will leave the social media platform “for now.” “Twitter is like a party where everyone is screaming. Not much of a party,” he Tweeted. “Goodbye for now.” Baldwin’s departure from Twitter comes weeks after wife Hilaria Baldwin’s came under fire after the internet began questioning the …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Donald Trump is facing possible expulsion from SAG-AFTRA. Deadline has learned that the union’s national board of directors will meet Tuesday morning in a special session regarding disciplinary action against him, which could lead to his expulsion. The former star of The Apprentice – and soon-to-be former president – has been a member of the union and …

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Entertainment Tonight reports: Happy birthday, Betty White! The iconic actress turned 99 on Sunday, and was flooded with messages of love and appreciation from her famous friends and fans on social media. The celebrated star — whose entertainment career began in 1939, near the dawn of television itself — has been a part of many beloved TV shows and movies …

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Variety reports: Apple hasn’t revealed how many customers have signed up for Apple TV Plus — but it clearly wants to hold on to them as it continues to bulk up the streaming service’s content lineup. The tech giant is extending the free-access period for Apple TV Plus customers who have signed up through its 12-month free subscription offer through …

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New from our pal Matt Baume: What happens when powerful bigots don’t get their way, and don’t think they’ll ever have to face consequences for their actions? As someone who spends a lot of time reading about the past, lately I’ve been feeling some uncomfortable déjà vu. So I think it might be a good time to look back at …

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Variety reports: Armie Hammer has stepped away from his role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming “Shotgun Wedding,” decrying “vicious and spurious online attacks” against him as the cause. Hammer was set to begin production on the romantic adventure immediately, but will now be recast. The news comes after the “Call Me by Your Name” star began trending on social …

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Futurism reports: In perhaps the most wince-inducing example of why your household items probably don’t need to be connected to the internet, we bring you the news that a hacker took control of internet-connected chastity cages and demanded a Bitcoin ransom before releasing their hostages. A chastity cage is, put simply, a cage for penises that’s a popular accessory within …

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Dem Rep Claims She Saw GOP Reps Lead Visitors On “Reconnaissance” Capitol Tour On Day Before Riots

Politico reports: Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) said Tuesday that she witnessed colleagues escorting people through the Capitol on Jan. 5 for what she described as “reconnaissance” ahead of the next day’s violent insurrection that left five dead. In a 13-minute Facebook video billed as an address to her constituents about the House’s efforts to hold President Donald Trump accountable for …

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Variety reports: Jordan Klepper’s segment on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” depicted rioters storming the Capitol at any cost — including attacking the segment’s cameraman, as well as elected officials and police. The video showcases swaths of far-right and white supremacist groups, supporters of President Donald Trump and other affiliated organizations brandishing MAGA merchandise, confederate flags and weaponry, such …

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NBC News reports: You might want to reach for a bag of chips and some tissues after watching a Doritos Mexico ad that is lighting up the Internet with its sweet message of acceptance. The two-minute commercial was released over the holidays in Mexico and is called “El mejor regalo,” which means “the best gift” in Spanish. Based on a …

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Variety reports: “Sex and the City” is getting the revival treatment at HBO Max, Variety has confirmed. The new chapter is titled “And Just Like That…” and will star Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in the original series, is not returning. Parker, Nixon and Davis will also executive produce, along with …

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Billboard Magazine reports: Taylor Swift’s Folklore finishes 2020 as the top-selling album of the year in the U.S., and the only album to sell at least a million copies during the year, according to MRC Data. Plus, the superstar has now claimed the top-selling album of the year five times — becoming the first act to earn the honor. Folklore …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: The final show featuring longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek airs Friday, and a special tribute at the end of it captures everything that audiences loved about the man. In a video montage, Trebek jokes, banters with contestants, and generally delivers the same warm, naturally smooth, humble and reassuring presence that guided his performances through 36 years. Trebek …

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Variety reports: When the lights go up on Broadway, “Mean Girls” won’t be returning to the stage. Producers announced Thursday that the musical, based on Tina Fey’s modern cult classic, will not resume when theaters reopen. The show will close, having played its final performance on March 11 — the day before Broadway went dark. “Mean Girls” ran 805 performances …

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Variety reports: Like many people closely watching the news unfold around the country, members of the entertainment industry shared their outrage over the rioters. Many pointed their fury at Trump, who since losing the election had been fiercely spouting baseless claims of voter fraud. Several Republican politicians, including Josh Hawley, Jim Jordan and Ted Cruz, vowed earlier in the week …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: The Recording Academy confirmed Tuesday that it is moving the 63rd Grammy Awards from January to March 14 because of the surge of coronavirus cases especially in Los Angeles, where the event is held. “The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Conservative news website The Daily Wire has made its first movie acquisition with high school-shooting thriller Run Hide Fight, the first of multiple projects on a new film and TV slate. Daily Wire has picked up North American rights to the Venice title, about a 17-year-old who must fight for her life and those of her schoolmates …

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: It’s official: North American box office revenue plummeted 80 percent in 2020 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented theater closures, while global revenue tumbled more than 70 percent. As predicted, domestic movie tickets sold between Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 came generated an estimated $2.3 billion (or $2.68 billion) compared to $11.4 billion in 2019, …

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