Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
CNN sues the Trump administration for revoking Jim Acosta's White House access
CNN announced this morning it has filed suit against the Trump administration, alleging that the White House's revoking of Costa's press credentials violated his First Amendment rights of freedom of the press and Fifth Amendment rights to due process. "CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court," the cable news network said in a statement. "It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process. While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials." The White House Correspondents' Association is standing by CNN, saying in a statement: “The White House Correspondents’ Association strongly supports CNN’s goal of seeing their correspondent regain a US Secret Service security credential that the White House should not have taken away in the first place."
Game of Thrones' final season premieres in April
Source: Entertainment Weekly
HBO has announced the premiere month of April for the eighth and final season, though it wouldn't give an exact date. HBO previously said the final season would air in the "first half" of 2019, and today it revealed the final season is only five months away. HBO also released a new "#ForTheThrone" teaser that doesn't include any new footage.
Jimmy Kimmel slams President Trump's "awful tweet" in response to the California wildfires
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kimmel, who allowed the family of one of his producers to stay at his house after evacuating the Woolsey Fire, went after the president for his initial tweet on Saturday regarding the fires burning in Northern and Southern California. "He could at least pretend to care about us like he does with Donald Jr.," Kimmel joked, adding: "He didn’t even throw us a roll of paper towels, like he did in Puerto Rico."
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Valerie Bertinelli strikes a deal with Food Network to produce multiple shows
The former One Day at a Time star has already maintained a steady presence on Food Network since 2014. As part of her new deal, she'll produce daytime and primetime shows and host the family-focused reality competition Family Food Showdown.
How Stan Lee changed the entertainment industry forever
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman made successful leaps from the comic book to the TV and movie screens without Stan Lee, as John DeFore points out. "But however successful (and sequel-tastic) 1978's Superman and 1989's Batman were, Hollywood didn't truly enter its love-it-or-loathe-it comic-book era until it embraced the characters Lee helped create in the 1960s, when he brought superpowers to the real world," says DeFore. "Like Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison, Lee was a creator with a canny enough sense of his persona (sorry, make that 'uncanny') to become the public face of work done by many people. He was not the sole inventor of Spider-Man, Iron Man, et al. — artist/writers Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others made invaluable contributions — but it does seem fair to give him much of the credit for the naturalistic world they inhabited and the ease with which they bounced into each other's storylines. The 'shared universe,' an idea that triggers dread among today's franchise-weary cinephiles, worked beautifully for Marvel Comics in the '60s." DeFore adds that Lee "helped birth the global geek culture that would eventually become our mainstream. Back in the '60s, Lee penned slangy, colorfully written editorials that treated the reader like a buddy. His exhortations ('Excelsior!') and behind-the-scenes talk involved readers in the process of creation. At its worst, this proprietary sentiment led to a world in which fanboys bully people off the internet for daring to mess with their childhood heroes. But at its best, back when comics/sci-fi fans were on the fringe instead of ruling the multiplex, it reminded readers that they weren't alone in their weird enthusiasms."
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- The shared universe was one of Lee's biggest innovations
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SNL feels more bipartisan following the midterms
Source: The Ringer
"For a show that’s sprinted full-tilt into liberal poster child status through nearly two years, SNL’s first post-election episode had a strange unifying theme: bipartisanship," says Alison Herman, pointing to Liev Schreiber's patriotic monologue and U.S. Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw's surprise appearance on "Weekend Update." Yet she wonders if Saturday Night Live went too far with Pete Davidson's apology, considering Crenshaw's hard-right polarizing views. "With relatively sharp 'Weekend Update' jokes on the one side and the Crenshaw gambit on the other, SNL still tries to straddle the line between unifying entertainer and unabashed dart thrower," says Herman. "Davidson’s faux pas, followed by Davidson’s overcorrection, epitomizes the pitfalls of such waffling. Doubling down on the remark doubtless wouldn’t have been a good look; nor would shying away from the Republican Party to begin with. But this fruitless middle path was unflattering in a way that felt particular to SNL’s chronic identity split."
- Dan Crenshaw's appearance showed what it's like to be American
- We're in deep trouble when SNL is our guide to mature behavior
- SNL took the bait, buckling under the firestorm of indignation over a bad joke
- "Making fun of a wounded soldier’s disability is terrible. So is polishing the public image of a partisan ideologue"
Police capture beer thief who looked like Ross from Friends
After nearly two months, police in Britain have arrested the David Schwimmer lookalike who was allegedly caught on camera stealing a case of beer nearly two months ago.
The Walking Dead's ratings hold up fine with its first post-Andrew Lincoln episode
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The AMC series' numbers were down just 1% off of the previous week that saw Rick Grimes' exit
Introducing Grindfeld, the Seinfeld-themed metal band
The New York City-based Grindfeld is releasing its debut EP, titled "5 Songs About Nothing," featuring songs named after Seinfeld episodes, including "The Soup Nazi" and "The Contest." Grindfeld describes itself as being "born out of a mutual love of Death Metal, comical observations, coffee and Hardcore, Grindfeld is a project built on the existential dread hidden just under the surface of daily life."
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch creator is thrilled that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina kept the "Spellman" last name
"It always makes me smile to see Sabrina’s last name," tweeted Nell Scovell, creator of the ABC "TGIF" Sabrina. "It came from Irving Spellman, a funny friend of my father’s who died in the 80s. When I was creating the ABC show, I needed a surname and 'Spellman' seemed ideal for a witch. Now it’s canon. RIP Irving."
Here are the five network freshman shows most likely to be canceled, from Rel to Murphy Brown
According to TVLine, The Alec Baldwin Show, Happy Together and I Feel Bad are also likely to get the axe.
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris isn't sure he'd want to invite Kanye West on as a guest-star anymore
“I still love him, but it’s … different,” says Barris, who used to consider West as his ideal guest-star. But West's involvement with President Trump has made him hesitant. Still, Barris would love to have Samuel L. Jackson and Garrett Morris as guest-stars on Black-ish. Jackson, who has been frequently mistaken for Laurence Fishburne, would play the brother of Fishburne's character Pops.
Luke Null looks back at his one season on SNL: "Even if I do great, I’m the lowest man on the totem pole"
"I was only ever there one year," says Null, who was fired in August after one season on Saturday Night Live. "I had one season, and you definitely have a lot of questions looking back: Did I do something wrong? Was I not writing good enough stuff? Honestly, looking back — knowing how the show works, the mechanisms and the politics, and its energy — it’s a very tense and stressful place. No one there is 'having fun.' Air quotes." ALSO: One-season SNL-er and Master of None star Noël Wells is releasing her debut album.
Why Single Parents is the natural successor to New Girl
Source: BuzzFeed News
The ABC comedy is from New Girl creator Liz Meriwether and New Girl writer J.J. Philbin, so it would seem like a natural successor to the Fox comedy. But as Alanna Bennett points out, the characters on Single Parents "are a classic ragtag team. Just like on New Girl, everyone gets their shot at absurdity — even the characters who, on most shows, would be relegated to scoffing at the others’ actions from the sidelines."
Lakeith Stanfield to voice an African samurai on Netflix animated series Yasuke
The Atlanta star is teaming with music producer Flying Lotus on the anime series set in war-torn feudal Japan.
Arrowverse releases its first official "Elseworlds" crossover teaser
The first promo features the switching of love interests.
Study: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is more popular than any of Netflix's Marvel shows
Source: Screen Rant
Research from Parrot Analytics found that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Marvel Television's strongest brand worldwide, even more popular than Daredevil and The Punisher.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars announces its guest judges, including Ciara and Ellen Pompeo
Yvette Nicole Brown, Zoë Kravitz, Kacey Musgraves, Cecily Strong, Rita Ora, Jason Wu, Felicity Huffman and Frances Bean Cobain will also serve as guest judges on Season 4 of the VH1 reality show.
Seth Meyers recalls being embraced by fellow SNL New Hampsherites Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman
The Late Night host recalled his first encounters with Sandler and Silverman in a lengthy Twitter thread after watching Sandler's new Netflix special 100% Fresh and seeing Silverman Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony. "The purpose of this thread (my first by the way) is to let anyone who is a fan of Adam or Sarah know that they are good people," tweeted. "And not just to me. All I have ever heard about them since the first time I heard their names is that they were good people."
CBS All Access releases the trailer for No Activity Season 2
The cop comedy starring Tim Meadows, Patrick Brammall, Amy Sedaris and Jesse Plemons returns for its second season on Nov. 22.
- CNN sues the Trump administration for revoking Jim Acosta's White House access