Disney Buys 21st Century Fox Films As Part Of Major $52 Billion Deal

The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday it will acquire entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox in a deal worth more than $52 billion in stock. As part of the all-stock purchase, Disney will acquire the 20th Century Fox film and television conglomerate and assume nearly $14 billion in Fox debt. The total value of 21st Century Fox’s assets is estimated at $66.1 billion, Disney said. Under the agreement, the Fox Broadcasting Network and its stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Sports 1 and 2, the Big Ten Network and Fox’s Hollywood film lot will spin off into a separate company, which is expected to have revenues totaling about $10 billion.

Disney buying Fox film, TV units for $52 billion in digital push

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Tavis Smiley Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations And Suspension From PBS

Talk show host and broadcast journalist Tavis Smiley is the latest high profile man to be accused of sexual misconduct involving women that they’ve worked with or associated with professionally. PBS issued a statement on Wednesday in which they claim to have received “credible allegations” of misconduct following an investigation launched earlier this year.  The investigation ultimately led the network to the decision to suspend Smiley and his program indefinitely. Shortly after news of his suspension broke, Smiley took to social media to respond to the allegations. Addressing the public in a video, he denied the allegations and criticized PBS for “overreacting” and running “a sloppy investigation.” 

Tavis Smiley responds to suspension by PBS following sexual misconduct investigation

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Actor John Stamos To Become A Father At Age 54

John Stamos and his fiancée, Caitlin McHugh, announced they are expecting their first child together. The big news come two months after the Full House alum proposed to McHugh. Stamos revealed that although he has wanted to be a father for as long as he can remember, he was worried it was too late. He said: “I always wanted to be a dad. Clearly I had to do some work on myself first.” He also credited his work on hit TV show ‘Fuller House’ and its predecessor ‘Full House’ for giving him experience in being a father. He said: “I’ll be a fun dad. I’ve been practicing for a long time.”

John Stamos Is Going to Be a Dad

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SAG Awards 2018 Nominations Announced From Los Angeles

The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, as Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash revealed the nominees live from Los Angeles. Many famous faces are featured on this year’s list, and some of the biggest movies and TV shows of the year have been honored as well. Morgan Freeman will receive the 2018 Life Achievement Award, and actress Kristen Bell will host the show live on January 21st. 

2018 SAG Award Nominations: See the Full List

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Jimmy Kimmel Brings Son Billy Onstage For Emotional Monologue

Jimmy Kimmel returned to his late-night talk show Monday night with son Billy in tow to provide an update on his son’s health, and to once again call on Congress to fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Kimmel thanked the doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles before making an impassioned plea for healthcare. He slammed Congress for failing to approve new funding for CHIP.  Billy was born with a rare heart defect April 21 and underwent open heart surgery just days later. 

 

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Golden Globes 2018: “The Shape Of Water” And “Big Little Lies” Lead The Nominations

The 2018 Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday and “The Shape of Water,” which is about a mute custodian who forms an unusual relationship, leads with seven nominations, including best movie screenplay, best original score, best supporting actor and actress, best movie actress and best director. “The Post” and “Three Billboards” follow with six nominations each. In the television category, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” earned six nominations, including best TV movie or limited series, and nominations for stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon as best actress in a limited series.  

Golden Globe nominations 2018: The list

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Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Steps Away From “The Chew” And His Restaurants Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is stepping away from the TV show “The Chew” and the day-to-day operations of his restaurant empire after a report detailed sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women spanning at least two decades. In an investigation published Monday by food website Eater, four women — three of whom had worked for Batali in some capacity — said he touched them inappropriately.  Batali did not deny the allegations against him, saying in a statement Monday that “although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted.”

Mario Batali Has Been Accused Of Sexual Misconduct And Has Stepped Away From His Businesses

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Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” Tops Box Office For Third-Straight Week

For the third weekend in a row, Disney•Pixar’s Coco wins the domestic box office with $18.3 million to bring its North American total to $135.5 million. The global total for Coco is now $390 million. Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco features the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Edward James Olmos, Alanna Ubach, and more.

Coco Tops Box Office Again Before Star Wars Hits

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” World Premieres In Los Angeles

The Star Wars family was back together again Saturday, December 9 for the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson and his team unveiled the film for the first public screening, which received positive reactions from USC’s Shrine Auditorium. Stars on hand included Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Kelly Marie Tran.  After the film, which was dedicated to the memory of Carrie Fisher, the crowd celebrated with an after party that included a number of poignant moments.  “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in theaters on December 15.

Today in Entertainment: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ premieres; a new alter-ego for Spider-man

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Son Billy ‘Recovering Well’ After 2nd Heart Surgery

Neil Patrick Harris filled in for Jimmy Kimmel last night on his show, and had some good news to share with fans. Kimmel’s infant son Billy is “recovering well” after his second heart surgery earlier this week, Harris said. “I’m thrilled his son Billy’s heart operation was a success. Jimmy told me today that the respirator is out,” he said. This new update comes a few days after Kimmel’s show rep told ABC News that Billy had undergone a “scheduled and successful” heart surgery. Kimmel is taking time off to be with his family. Guest hosts like Harris will be filling in during his absence.

Neil Patrick Harris Fills in for Jimmy Kimmel, Says Host’s Son Is ‘Recovering Very Well’

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