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2018 Emmy Awards: ‘Game of Thrones’ And ‘Westworld’ Lead Nominations

The nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning, with shows like “Westworld” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” in the front of the pack with multiple nods for their stars, including Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright. Elizabeth Moss and Samira Wiley. Newcomers like Rachel Brosnahan also earned honors for her work on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Big names like Donald Glover for “Atlanta,” Milo Ventimiglia for “This Is Us,” Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross for “Black-ish,” Larry David for “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and many more earned nods in their respective categories. “Game of Thrones” had the most nominations with 22, followed by “Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld,” who both earned 21.  Colin Jost and Michael Che from “Saturday Night Live” are slated to host this year’s Emmy Awards, which will air Monday, Sept. 17.  ...Read more

Comcast Offers $34 Billion For Sky TV, Topping A Bid From Fox

The bidding war for Sky TV, the European pay-TV service, heated up Wednesday when Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox upped it’s offer, but then later in the day Comcast Corp. countered with an even higher offer. Independent directors of the London company initially approved Fox’s $32.5-billion bid, but they withdrew their support and accepted Comcast’s offer, which valued Sky at $34 billion. Martin Gilbert, Sky’s deputy chairman, said in a statement, “The Independent Committee welcomes this increased offer which presents an attractive premium for Sky shareholders. We have long recognized the unique position that Sky occupies in the European direct-to-consumer landscape and unanimously recommend this offer by Comcast.” It was unclear late Wednesday whether Fox would bid again.  ...Read more

President Trump Issues Harsh Attack On Germany At NATO Summit

President Donald Trump launched a sharp public attack on Germany on Wednesday for supporting a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russia, saying Berlin had become “a captive to Russia” and he criticized it for failing to raise defense spending more. Trump met reporters with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, before a NATO summit in Brussels, said it was “very inappropriate” that the United States was paying for European defense against Russia while Germany, the biggest European economy, was supporting gas deals with Moscow. ...Read more

Joaquin Phoenix To Star In “Joker” Origin Story For Warner Bros.

Joaquin Phoenix will star in Warner Bros. forthcoming origin film about the Joker, the comic-book villain, with “The Hangover’s” Todd Phillips directing. The movie, which begins production later this year, centers around Batman’s arch nemesis and is billed as “an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen,” according to a statement from Warner Bros. “Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale,” the statement read. It’s unclear if Phoenix will actually play the notorious DC Comics villain (though that appears to be the case. Phillips, who’s best known for comedies such as “Old School” and “War Dogs,” co-wrote the screenplay with “The Fighter” scribe Scott Silver. The film will be produced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff and executive produced by Richard Baratta. ...Read more

Kylie Jenner Makes Cover Of Forbes Magazine As Next “Youngest-Ever Self-Made Billionaire”

Kylie Jenner, the 20-year-old beauty entrepreneur, made Forbes’ annual list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. Coming in at number 27 with an estimated net worth of $900 million, Jenner is the founder of Kylie Cosmetics with virtually no employees or capital. Kylie Cosmetics launched two years ago and has since sold more than $630 million worth of makeup. According to Forbes, Kylie Cosmetics is now worth nearly $800 million and Jenner owns 100 percent of the company. Jenner, who is featured on the magazine’s cover, is the youngest person to ever make the list.  ...Read more

Roger Federer’s Wimbledon Streak Comes To An End With Loss To Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer was defeated at Wimbledon on Wednesday, losing to South African Kevin Anderson who came back from the brink of defeat to win, 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11. The match lasted four hours, 14 minutes. In the other semifinal, Rafael Nadal — a winner over Juan Martin Del Potro in five sets — will play three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who on Wednesday won with a four-set victory over Kei Nishikori. ...Read more

Croatia Advances To Their First World Cup Final With Win Over England

Croatia advanced to its first-ever World Cup final with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time victory over the English on Wednesday. England had gone ahead early, but lost control of the match in the second half. It then lost it in the 30 added minutes, when Mario Mandzukic’s 109th-minute goal pushed Croatia for the win.  Croatia is the first team in World Cup history to win three consecutive games of more than 90 minutes, and it also became the second-smallest nation to ever make the World Cup final. They will face France in Sunday’s final.  ...Read more

Federal Judge Warns Trump Administration To Meet Deadline On Family Reunification

A federal judge on Tuesday told the Trump administration to adhere to the deadline for reuniting children separated from their parents under the “zero tolerance” policy, even as officials have said they’ll be unable to meet it. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw stuck to his Tuesday deadline for the youngest children to be returned to their parents, despite government officials indicating they’d be unable to meet the target.  “These are firm deadlines; they are not aspirational goals,” Sabraw said. “I would like the process to continue as expeditiously as it has been with paramount focus on the children’s welfare.”  The judge additionally asked for an update from the government on the reunification process by Thursday. Government lawyers said that U.S. officials will only be able to reunite 75 of 102 children under the age of 5 in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. The others are not eligible to be reunited because their parents have criminal records, haven’t been verified or have been otherwise ruled unfit. ...Read more

Facebook Faces First Fine Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

On Tuesday, Facebook was hit with its first fine related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which involved the data firm obtaining personal information on tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), a privacy and data watchdog office in the United Kingdom, announced Tuesday that it would fine Facebook the maximum allowed penalty of $664,000 for what it said was improperly overlooked warning signs and for lacking overall privacy protections that could have prevented Cambridge Analytica from obtaining the sensitive data. In a statement, Facebook responded to the findings by acknowledging it “should have done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica and take action in 2015.”  Facebook admitted back in April that as many as 87 million people could have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica has maintained that none of the data obtained without the knowledge of Facebook users was shared with or used for the purposes of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.  ...Read more

Reese Witherspoon To Interview Trailblazing Women For Her New Talk Show

Reese Witherspoon is making her first foray into the world of unscripted television with the half-hour series “Shine On With Reese” where she’ll interview trailblazing women about their journey to success.  The series will find a home on a new video on demand network created for Witherspoon’s media company, Hello Sunshine. It will premiere exclusive content on DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse. “Shine On With Reese,” which premieres July 17, will celebrate “the stories of extraordinary women who have created their own unique paths to success,” according to a press release, with host Witherspoon leading conversations about “their perspectives on ambition, work, family and hopes for the future.” ...Read more