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Jonathan Helfgot Returns to Fox as Evp of Theatrical Marketing

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Jonathan Helfgot will become Twentieth Century Fox’s Evp of Theatrical Marketing, the studio announced Tuesday. Helfgot will report to Pam Levine, Tcff’s President of Global Marketing, and his appointment is effective May 8. This role marks Helfgot’s second stint at Tcff, as he previously served the studio in a number of roles from 2004 to 2011, most recently as Svp of Marketing Strategy. Levine commented: “We are thrilled to have Jonathan join our team in this pivotal role where his strategic instincts and overall breadth of experience in the film industry will be invaluable assets to our marketing efforts.”   Prior to his. »


- Thom Geier

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules Arrested for Leaving the Scene of a Deadly Crash

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Former “Bachelor” contestant Chris Soules — known by many as “Prince Farming” — was arrested early Tuesday morning after a deadly car crash. TheWrap has learned that Soules was taken into custody by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa after the truck he was driving rear-ended a tractor at around 8 p.m. Monday night. According to local station Kwwl, both vehicles went into a ditch. The person driving the tractor died and Soules fled the scene, leaving his truck behind. Soules was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident where a death occurred. Also Read: 'The Bachelor' Season. »


- Carli Velocci

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Ratings: Fox’s ‘APB’ Ticks Up in Season Finale

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It was another Monday primetime split: NBC topped the key 18-49 demographic with “The Voice,” while ABC finished first among total viewers thanks to “Dancing With the Stars.” Ho-hum.

Elsewhere, the season finale Fox’s “APB” ticked up from last week in the main demo, and the broadcaster tied CBS’ prime average by that important Nielsen metric.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.7 million, according to preliminary numbers.

Also Read: 'Fargo' Season 3 Premiere Breaks Into 3 Million Viewers' Homes ABC was second in ratings. »


- Tony Maglio

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Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix the ‘Dangerous Side’ of Facebook?

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has opened up in a New York Times Magazine cover story to acknowledge the dangers of the social media giant he helped create. The feature by technology columnist Farhad Manjoo titled “Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?” calls Facebook the “most powerful tool for connection in human history” and asks if the social media giant is “capable of adapting to the world it created?” “If you look at the history of Facebook, when we started off, there really wasn’t news as part of it,” Zuckerberg told Manjoo. He explained that “2016 was an interesting year »


- Brian Flood

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Open Road Names Loren Schwartz President of Marketing as Jonathan Helfgot Exits

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Open Road Films has named Loren Schwartz as its new President of Marketing, becoming the third person to hold that job in the span of a just over a year. Jonathan Helfgot, who replaced Jason Cassidy last year as president of marketing, is departing the company and is expected to make an announcement about a new position shortly. In addition, the indie distributor Liz Biber has been promoted to President of Publicity, the company announced Tuesday. Biber has been the head of publicity since the company’s inception in 2011. Also Read: Open Road Sets Release Date for Supreme Court Biopic 'Marshall' After winning. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Ivanka Trump Booed at Women’s Panel in Germany After Praising Her Dad

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Ivanka Trump was booed during a women’s panel in Berlin, Germany, after calling her father Donald Trump a “tremendous champion of supporting families.” According to multiple media reports, including Politico and The Hill, the first daughter was speaking about her father’s attitude towards her women, saying she’s “very proud” of her father’s advocacy, when the crowd moaned and hissed in response. The moderator (the panel also featured German Chancellor Angela Merkel), then asked her Ivanka Trump to address the response from the audience. Also Read: Ivanka Trump Cancels Book Tour Over 'Government Ethics' Concerns “You hear the reaction from the audience, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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NPR’s Robert Siegel to Step Down as Host of ‘All Things Considered’

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NPR’s Robert Siegel will step down as host of “All Things Considered” in January 2018 after more than 40 years with the company, he announced on Tuesday. “This is a decision long in the making and not an easy one. I’ve had the greatest job I can think of, working with the finest colleagues anyone could ask for, for as long a stretch as I could imagine,” Siegel said in a statement. “But, looking ahead to my 70s (which start all too soon) I feel that it is time for me to begin a new phase of life. Over the next few. »


- Brian Flood

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Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner’s ‘Lenny Letter’ Hitting the Road in Six-City Tour

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Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner have announced their next project after their successful HBO show “Girls” wrapped its sixth and final season: the two are taking the “Lenny Letter” on the road with a six-city tour starting May 31. LennyLetter.com is a weekly newsletter created by Dunham and Konner to give a platform to female voices to discuss feminist issues and other perspectives. It often features profiles of prominent figures and editorials by famous faces such as Jennifer Lawrence. Also Read: Goodbye 'Girls': What Lena Dunham Taught Me Along with Dunham and Konner, frequent contributors such as “Saturday Night Live’s” Sasheer Zamata, »


- Carli Velocci

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Scott Baio Defends Comments About Erin Moran’s Death: ‘Please Stop Assuming the Worse in Me’

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Scott Baio has clarified comments he made about his former “Happy Days” costar Erin Moran on live radio, saying that he now truly understands “the meaning of ‘Fake News.'” “I was asked Only about Erin’s troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse,” he wrote on Facebook on Monday. “I was still upset and said I felt that living that kind of a lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it. This Was Before The Cause Of Death Was Announced Stating Stage 4 Cancer.” The actor, who also starred opposite Moran on spinoff hit “Joanie Loves Chachi, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Cannes: Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino Join Main Jury

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Will Smith and director Paolo Sorrentino (“The Young Pope”) will serve on the jury for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, presided over by Pedro Almodovar, it was announced Tuesday. Jessica Chastain was previously announced as a jury member. Among the other new additions to Almodovar’s jury are last years’ breakout director of Germany’s “Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade; Chinese actress and producer Fan Bingbing; French filmmaker Agnès Jaoui; Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook; and French composer Gabriel Yared. Also Read: Uma Thurman Named Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury President Sofia Coppola, Michael Haneke, Noah Baumbach and Todd Haynes are among the directors who will be. »


- Nigel M. Smith

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Trevor Noah Rips Trump’s First 100 Days: ‘You Don’t Get to Disregard the Number’ (Video)

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The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah mocked President Trump’s upcoming 100th day in office on Monday night by examining a variety of broken promises, saying, “You don’t get to disregard the number because you don’t like the current results.” “This Saturday will be President Trump’s 100th day in office. I mean, it’s 100 days in Trump time. For us, it is 15 years,” Noah said. “As history will tell you, it’s an early milestone of presidential success.” Noah then played a montage of Trump making promises on the campaign trail, including everything from cutting taxes to rebuilding in the military. »


- Brian Flood

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TBS Renews Jason Jones’ ‘The Detour’ for Season 3

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The Detour” is staying on track — and on the air. TBS has renewed Jason Jones and Samantha Bee’s sitcom for a third season. The series has been a hit for Turner’s comedy network, and it currently ranks as cable’s most-watched comedy of 2017. It’s second among adults 18-49. “I hear from so many people who love ‘The Detour,’ even my hardcore comedy friends,” said Thom Hinkle, senior vice president of original programming for TBS. “Season 2 has been so smart, hilarious and wrong. And from the early nuggets I’ve gotten from Jason and Sam, Season 3 is going to be even. »


- Tony Maglio

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Netflix Series to Enter China, After All

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Chinese viewers have rarely been able to watch Netflix shows — that won’t be the case anymore. Thanks to a licensing deal with local video portal company iQiyi, several Netflix original series are set to enter China, the U.S.-based streaming giant confirmed for TheWrap on Tuesday. “It’s great that people in China will be able to enjoy some of our original series,” a Netflix spokesperson said. Also Read: Netflix to Raise 1 Billion Euro, in Part, for New Programming For a brief time, Netflix’s “House of Cards” was available — and popular — in China. It was removed from »


- Tony Maglio

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Janice Dean Says Return to Fox News Was ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ After Cosmetic Surgery Mishap

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Fox News Channel’s Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean says she “was nervous” for her return to television on Monday after undergoing a new type of cosmetic surgery that left her with horrible side effects. “I think it went very well,” Dean told TheWrap of her return to Fox News’ morning show. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive after sharing my story. Even social media – which can be a very negative space sometimes, has been flooded with well wishes and thank yous from both men and women for being open and honest.” Dean had been off the air since early March after. »


- Brian Flood

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Colbert: ‘Donald Trump Has Done a Lot for Me in the First 100 Days’ (Video)

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Stephen Colbert is finally admitting that President Trump is good for business — if your business is a politics-heavy late-night comedy show that relies on selling advertising time to media buyers at a price based solely on TV tune-in. The “Late Show” host wondered aloud Monday if a recent Potus tweet citing his positive impact on “S.C.” might stand for “Stephen Colbert.” It definitely did not — but it could, considering the “Daily Show” alum has leapfrogged Jimmy Fallon in average nightly total viewers. “I gotta say: Donald Trump has done a lot for me in the first hundred days,” the. »


- Tony Maglio

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Tucker Carlson Kicks Off New Time Slot With Message to Bill O’Reilly Fans (Video)

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Tucker Carlson officially took over Bill O’Reilly‘s 8 p.m. Et Fox News’ time slot on Monday night, and began his program with a message to viewers who made “The O’Reilly Factor” the most-watched show in cable news for nearly two decades. “For those of you tuning in expecting to see someone different in this anchor chair, I know the feeling well. I watched Bill O’Reilly at this hour for years and I always marveled at how well prepared he was, how tough he was and how crisply and directly he expressed his views,” Carlson said. “What »


- Brian Flood

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Disney Sets Multi-Network Premiere for ‘Descendants 2’

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Disney’s “Descendants 2” will premiere across five different networks and their respective digital platforms, the company announced on Monday. The follow-up to the 2015 Disney Channel original movie will be simulcast on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney Xd, Freeform and Lifetime on Friday, July 21. The film will also stream live on each network’s digital and on-demand platforms. “‘Descendants’ fans asked for more, and we’ve answered their call, with more ways to watch and more ways to engage with the next chapter in their favorite TV movie,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC Television Group. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Huffington Post Drops Founder’s Full Name to Become HuffPost

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The Huffington Post has rebranded as HuffPost and redesigned the site on Tuesday morning, as part of what Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen calls a broader reimagining of its mission following the departure of founder Arianna Huffington last August. Polgreen said the name change reflects “what our readers call us anyway,” while the site now features photos and headlines with a “meme-like quality.” “Sometimes it’s a good idea just to embrace the name that your audience has chosen,” Polgreen said in a statement published on HuffPost. “It’s shorter, it’s snappier and gets us a more compact look.” Also Read: »


- Brian Flood

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Solange, Pokemon Go, Planned Parenthood Among Webby Awards Winners

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Solange, Van Jones and the Women’s March are among the top winners for the 21st Annual Webby Awards. This year’s winners, announced Tuesday, were selected by a panel that included Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Jimmy Kimmel, Questlove and “Making a Murderer” directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. Joel McHale will host the awards ceremony from New York, where Solange will receive a Special Achievement Award for her work with Saint Heron, an online store that allows artists to collaborate and promote their work. The show will be available on-demand on May 16. Also Read: Infowars' Alex. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Salute Ken Loach, James Newton Howard

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Director Ken Loach, composer James Newton Howard, director Kenji Mizoguchi and cinematographer Jiří Brdečka will be the subject of tributes at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Kviff organizers announced on Tuesday. The annual festival, which takes place in the spa town outside of Prague, Czech Republic, will also premiere a restored version of Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos’ 1966 film “The Shop on Main Street,” which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Those tributes are among the first batch of programs announced for the festival, which will run from June 30 through July 9. Also Read: Ken »


- Steve Pond

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