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White House again threatens Acosta’s pass

The Trump administration is threatening to again suspend White House press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta. After a federal judge ordered that Acosta’s credentials be temporarily restored Friday, the White House sent Acosta a letter saying they had made the “preliminary decision” to suspend his pass when the judge’s order expires. The White House argues Acosta did not follow “basic standards” at a news conference when he scrapped with President Donald Trump. In a court filing Monday, CNN said the administration was creating “retroactive due process.” The network tweeted that the White House “is continuing to violate the First and Fifth amendments of the Constitution.” A judge last week issued a ruling of a “limited n...

Pamela Anderson calls Australian PM’s comments ‘smutty’

Pamela Anderson is criticizing Australia‘s prime minister for making “smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion.” Appearing on Australia’s “60 Minutes” this month, the “Baywatch” star urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to bring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Australia. The Australian citizen claimed asylum in Ecuador‘s embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faces allegations that were later dropped. Morrison turned down the request. But the prime minister added he had “plenty of mates who have asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort out the issue with Pamela.” A government official called the remark “lighthearted.” Anderson posted a letter o...

Police killing of Utah hip-hop artist draws protest

Advocates are demanding answers in the killing of a 30-year-old hip-hop artist by Salt Lake City police. KTVX-TV reports that dozens of people demonstrated on Saturday to protest the shooting of Cody Belgard. The group Utah Against Police Brutality and the Rose Park Brown Berets say Belgard was shot while fleeing. Police say Belgard, who performed under the name “See Smoke,” was shot by police after he tried to ram a police car. Authorities say Belgard was believed to have been a driver in a vehicle that previously fled police. Police say officers shot Belgard after he ignored officers’ commands. The West Valley City Police Department will lead an investigation into the shooting. ——— Information from: KTVX-TV, http://www.abc4.com/

Original Content podcast: The disappointment of ‘House of Cards’ and its final season

It seems like Netflix’s “House of Cards” had a real opportunity for a fresh start with season six. Granted, the behind-the-scenes turmoil probably made this season particularly challenging: Production was already underway when “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp came forward with allegations that Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance towards him when Rapp was only 14. In response, Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital halted production and ultimately decided to rewrite the season without Spacey’s character Frank Underwood. If you’ve watched “House of Cards,” you know that this must have been a big change, since Underwood and his political schemes have been at the center of the show for five years. Still, the previous season ended with Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood taking...

Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama’s book show

Former President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama‘s book show in Washington. The former first lady is currently touring the country promoting her memoir, “Becoming,” and participated in a conversation Saturday night moderated by her longtime friend and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. When the conversation shifted toward Mrs. Obama’s feelings about her husband, Jarrett announced a “special guest” and Barack Obama came on stage carrying a bouquet of pink roses for his wife. The crowd at Capital One Arena leapt to its feet. Jarrett asked him what about Michelle Obama captured his heart when they met at a Chicago law firm where she was his mentor. Barack Obama said she was “one of a kind,” strong...

Mark Zuckerberg, Nancy Pelosi latest to be mocked by ‘SNL’

The last “Saturday Night Live” episode before Thanksgiving saw a return of Kate McKinnon’s Laura Ingraham — and a number of targets to be mocked: Jeanine Pirro, Nancy Pelosi and Mark Zuckerberg. First, Ingraham’s doppleganger opened with her “facts,” including “Hispanics all voted twice” and “Latinos can have babies every three months.” She then tossed to Pirro, again played by Cecily Strong, who responded: “I hate them, Laura.” “Who?” she responded. “Oh, sorry, that’s my vocal warmup,” Pirro responded. The attacks turned to Zuckerberg as Facebook came under fire this week for reportedly hiring a PR firm to plant negative stories about Facebook critics. “Hey Laura, it’s g...

Man apologies for shouting ‘Heil Hitler’ at show

A man who yelled “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” at a theater performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Baltimore says he’s sorry for the outburst. The Baltimore Sun reports that Anthony M. Derlunas II said in an interview with the newspaper that his comments were “beyond a mistake.” The 58-year-old said he’d been drinking heavily before the show. Derlunas said the classic play set in a Jewish village in czarist Russia reminded him of President Donald Trump‘s immigration policies, which prompted his outburst. The comments sparked panic in the Hippodrome Theatre and a few dozen people began running for the exits. The scare came a few weeks after a gunman fatally shot 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue.

China’s hottest news app Jinri Toutiao announces new CEO

You may not have heard of ByteDance, but you probably know its red-hot video app TikTok, which gobbled up Musical.ly in August. The Beijing-based company also runs a popular news aggregator called Jinri Toutiao, which means “today’s headlines” in Chinese, and the app just assigned a new CEO. At a company event on Saturday, Chen Lin, an early ByteDance employee, made his first appearance as Toutiao’s new CEO. That means Toutiao’s creator Zhang Yiming has handed the helm to Chen, who previously headed product management for the news app. Zhang’s not going anywhere though. A company spokesperson told TechCrunch that he remains as the CEO of ByteDance, which operates a slew of media apps besides TikTok and Toutiao to lock horns with China’s tech giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. The story of...

The Criterion Collection is launching its own streaming service

When WarnerMedia announced last month that it would be shutting down its streaming service FilmStruck, the team at the Criterion Collection said it would be looking for a new digital home. Today, Criterion announced that it will be building that home itself — namely, launching a streaming service called The Criterion Channel. The company remains best known for its beautifully restored and packaged DVDs and Blu-rays of classic art-house films, but it’s also moved into streaming, first by offering selections from its film library on Hulu, and then by creating its own channel within the larger FilmStruck service. In a blog post, Criterion described The Criterion Channel as “picking up where the old service left off, programming director spotlights and actor retrospectives featuring major Holl...

Oscar winner for ‘Butch Cassidy’ has died

William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring “Nobody knows anything,” has died. He was 87. Goldman’s daughter Jenny said her father died early Friday in New York due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. “So much of what’s he’s written can express who he was and what he was about,” she said, adding that the last few weeks, while Goldman was ailing, revealed just how many people considered him family. Goldman, who also converted his novels “Marathon Man,” ”Magic,” ”The Princess Bride” and &...

Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, ‘Hee Haw’ star, has died

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as “Yesterday When I was Young” and “Honeymoon Feeling,” has died. He was 85. Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clark was “Hee Haw” host or co-host for its entire 24-year run, with Buck Owens his best known co-host. Started in 1969, the show featured the top stars in country music, including Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, as well as other musical greats including Ray Charles, Chet Atkins and Boots Randolph. The country music and comedy show’s last epi...

Country star Roy Clark has died at age 85, according to his publicist

Country star Roy Clark has died at age 85, according to his publicist.