Alexander Polinsky Alleges Scott Baio Exposed Himself on Set, Sexually Harassed Him With Homophobic Slurs
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Alexander Polinsky is claiming years of "sexual-themed hazing" by Scott Baio on the set of their '80s sitcom "Charles in Charge." According to the former child star, Baio allegedly exposed himself, threw hot tea in Polinsky's face, and pulled down Polinsky's pants when he was a minor.
TV Review: 'Everything Sucks!' on Netflix
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Once in a while, a show finds its bearings in real time, which makes sticking with it worth the ride. That's the case with "Everything Sucks!"
Ryan Murphy Inks Mammoth Overall Deal With Netflix
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In another shock to the traditional TV ecosystem, prolific producer Ryan Murphy is moving to Netflix under a record-setting deal valued at $250 million-$300 million.
Marty Allen, Comedian and Daytime TV Favorite, Dies at 95
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Marty Allen, the bug-eyed comic who formed one half of the hit comedic duo Allen & Rossi, died Monday night in Las Vegas at age 95.
UK's Prince Harry and tartan-clad Meghan wow Edinburgh
EDINBURGH, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle, who was dressed in a Scottish tartan coat, were welcomed enthusiastically in Edinburgh on Tuesday on an official joint visit to Scotland ahead of their marriage in May.
Trump's Budget Again Proposes Elimination of Public TV, Arts Funding
WASHINGTON (Variety.com) - President Donald Trump's newly unveiled 2019 budget again proposes the elimination of funding for the three major entities that award federal funding for public broadcasting and the arts: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Alibaba signs deal to offer Disney shows on video platforms
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's entertainment arm has signed a licensing agreement with Walt Disney Co in a deal that will provide the Chinese group's Youku video streaming platform with the largest Disney animation collection in China.
John Gavin, Actor in 'Psycho' and 'Spartacus,' Dies at 86
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - John Gavin, who reached the pinnacle of his acting career with roles in Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life," Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and the epic "Spartacus," later serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild in the early '70s and as U.S. ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 86.
TV Review: 'Our Cartoon President' From Executive Producer Stephen Colbert
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Things have gotten bad when the animated sitcom version of a president is somehow more coherent and human than the real thing. And yet that seems to be exactly where we have found ourselves with the debut of Showtime's "Our Cartoon President," a half-hour comedy based on a bit from "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." The sharply drawn sitcom makes alarmingly accurate caricatures out of the Trump Administration, from Melania Trump's sloping cheekbones to Eric Trump's perpetually open mouth.
Turkish broadcasting watchdog suspends Islamic figure's TV program
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's radio and television watchdog has suspended a TV program hosted by a Muslim televangelist that blended theological discussion and dancing, saying it violated gender equality and women's rights.
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