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Salon Media Announces $5 Million Sale, ‘Bankruptcy and Liquidation’ Threatened If Deal Fails

Salon Media says they have reached an 11th hour deal to sell the company and its flagship property Salon.com for $5 million. In an SEC filing, Salon also revealed its position was dire and that it would face imminent “bankruptcy and liquidation” if the deal should fall through.

“We have agreed to sell substantially all of our assets (the “Asset Sale”), including all pertinent intellectual property rights comprising the Company’s business of owning, operating and publishing the website known as Salon.com,” the filing read.

The company buying Salon was named only as Salon.com LLC and appeared to be getting an even better deal than the top line figures first suggest. To complete the sale, the buyer need only pay $550,000 at closing, with an additional $100,000 left in an escrow account. The filing also showed that a deposit of $500,000 had already been paid.

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The Black List 2018 Ranked: Disgruntled Snapchat Employee Story ‘Frat Boy Genius’ Leads; Scripts About Matt Drudge & Young Samuel L. Jackson Round Out Survey

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The Black List 2018 Ranked: Disgruntled Snapchat Employee Story ‘Frat Boy Genius’ Leads; Scripts About Matt Drudge & Young Samuel L. Jackson Round Out Survey
Final ranked with storylines and reps info after noon post: The Black List, Hollywood’s annual rundown of unproduced screenplays, unveiled its titles today in Easter Egg fashion, hiding all 73 screenplay selections in a six minute-42 second second short The Last Days of Tj Staggs which starred Paul Scheer as an agent who pulls a Rip Van Winkle in 1998, wakes up 20 years later, and realizes how the town has changed.

The short was directed and co-written by Noga Pnueli (who also has the script Meet Cute on the list with 12 votes). Danya Jimenez, Hannah McMechan and Kevin Oeser also wrote as well and the short featured such talent as Sunita Mani, Constance Wu, Jay Ellis and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Topping this year’s list is a Social Network-like story, Elissa Karasik’s Frat Boy Genius, which follows a disgruntled employee of Snapchat who tells the story about the rise of her former Stanford classmate,
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The Black List’s 2018 List of Best Unproduced Screenplays

Rounding up the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives, The Black List has been a strong resource to clue one in on projects to potentially anticipate, but first, to kickstart Hollywood on bringing them to screen. Last year’s chart-topper, the post-wwii drama Ruin by Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo, secured Margot Robbie to star with direction by Macbeth and Snowtown‘s Justin Kurzel. Today we have this year’s edition.

Topping the 2018 edition is Frat Boy Genius by Elissa Karasik, which tells the story of Snapchat with a unique perspective. The technology and media world seems to be wholly represented with the rest of the list as well, including films on Matt Drudge, Cambridge Analytica, Gawker Media, and more.

As an early look for some potential upcoming films to keep on your radar, take a look at the top 15 scripts below, followed
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The Black List 2018 Features More Screenplays by and About Women Than Ever

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The Black List 2018 Features More Screenplays by and About Women Than Ever
The 13th edition of the Black List has been unveiled, and it might include a future Best Picture winner: Four of the 10 most recent winners of the Academy’s biggest prize were featured on the list, as were 10 of the last 22 Best Screenplay winners. More than 300 executives and financiers vote on the list, which is compiled by Franklin Leonard.

Scripts had to receive at least seven mentions to be included. This year’s edition features the highest proportion of screenplays by and/or about women since the Black List’s inception.

36 Votes:

“Frat Boy Genius” by Elissa Karasik

A disgruntled employee of Snapchat tells the rise of her former Stanford classmate, preeminent douchebag and current boss Evan Spiegel.

35 Votes:

“King Richard” by Zach Baylin

The true story of Richard Williams, the hard-nosed and uncompromising father of tennis prodigies turned superstars, Venus and Serena Williams.

34 Votes:

“Get Home Safe” by Christy Hall
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Black List 2018 Includes Scripts About Snapchat Founder, Matt Drudge and Williams Sisters’ Dad

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Elissa Karasik’s Snapchat drama “Frat Boy Genius,” and scripts about Matt Drudge and the father of the Williams sisters are at the top of the 2018 version of the Black List.

“Frat Boy Genius” is a fictional story centering on a Snapchat employee, who chronicles the rise of her former Stanford classmate — “preeminent douchebag” and current boss Evan Spiegel.

The list, now in its 13th year, was unveiled on Monday and compiled by Franklin Leonard’s Black List organization. The list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood is based on suggestions of more than 300 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to 10 favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2018, and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year. Scripts had to receive at least seven mentions to be included on the Black List.

Karasik is a Mexican-Jewish writer and
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Black List 2018: Matt Drudge, Kobe Bryant Movies Top List of Best Unproduced Scripts

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Black List 2018: Matt Drudge, Kobe Bryant Movies Top List of Best Unproduced Scripts
The Black List 2018 is here — a survey of the best screenplays that have not yet gone into production.

This year, the 73 films included films about Serena and Venus Williams’ hard-driving father (Zach Baylin’s “King Richard”), the sexual assault case against former NBA star Kobe Bryant (Mike Schneider’s “Mamba”) and Cody Brotter’s “Drudge” about The Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge and how he broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

The list also includes Emmy winner Lena Waithe’s “Queen & Slim,” a disgruntled Snapchat employee’s account of founder Evan Spiegel (Elissa Karasik’s “Frat Boy Genius”) and Gary Spinelli’s “Rub & Tug” a project that has been in limbo since Scarlett Johansson’s exit from the project because of objections to her playing a trans man.

Also Read: Black List Writer Julia Cox to Adapt Kristin Hannah's 'The Great Alone' for TriStar (Exclusive)

The Black List
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Black List: Matt Drudge, Serena Williams' Father Among Subjects of Unproduced Screenplays

The 2018 Black List, the annual list of favorite unproduced screenplays based on an industry survey, was unveiled Monday afternoon.

The list includes a film script about influential online curator Matt Drudge breaking the Monica Lewinsky scandal, by Cody Brotter, and Zach Braylin's King Richard, a script about Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.

While the list is often referred to as "best" unproduced screenplays, its organizers caution that it actually represents not a "best of" list, but a "most-liked' unproduced screenplay list. In compiling the list, just over 300 film ...
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Steve Levitan Says He Won’t Work With Fox Broadcasting While Fox News Is ‘Destructive Voice’ (Exclusive)

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Steve Levitan Says He Won’t Work With Fox Broadcasting While Fox News Is ‘Destructive Voice’ (Exclusive)
Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan has renewed his criticism Fox News and its parent company amid backlash to the cable channel’s coverage following the mass shooting Saturday at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“By espousing unfounded conspiracy theories and justifying Trump’s reprehensible statements and actions, Fox News fuels our country’s divisiveness,” Levitan told Variety. “I sincerely hope Lachlan Murdoch recognizes the damage this is doing and finally brings sound journalistic ethics and standards to his network before more unhinged people are riled up to send bombs and shoot up churches and synagogues.”

The co-creator of ABC comedy “Modern Family,” Levitan has a longstanding relationship with Fox, which produces the series through studio 20th Century Fox Television. That unit is expected to be absorbed by the Walt Disney Co. as part of its pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox, expected to be finalized early next year. Fox Broadcasting, home
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NBC Reluctant To Give Megyn Kelly Big Payout As Part Of Exit After Missteps

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NBC Reluctant To Give Megyn Kelly Big Payout As Part Of Exit After Missteps
Exclusive: Megyn Kelly is off the air and heading toward the door at NBC, but it looks like any exit won’t be as smooth as the former Fox News Channel host may have anticipated. Over the weekend and today, increasingly intractable NBC News boss Andy Lack has made it clear in talks with Kelly’s reps that a hefty payout for the rest of her $69 million contract is a non-starter, well-positioned sources tell Deadline.

“A lot has changed in the last year and this isn’t looking like a ‘Here’s your check, let’s call it a day’ resolution now,” a network insider said Monday, noting the Megyn Kelly Today host’s latest stumble last week with her ill-considered blast-from-the-past on-air defense of “blackface” Halloween costumes as the final straw in her stint at the network, which began just more than a year ago.

“This crossed a line
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Fox News Slammed By Matt Drudge Over “Bizarre” Synagogue Shooting Segment

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Fox News Slammed By Matt Drudge Over “Bizarre” Synagogue Shooting Segment
There’s usually a lot of similarity in the perspectives of The Drudge Report proprietor and the Rupert Murdoch owned Fox News Channel, but they seem to have hit a crossroads of difference today after the worst concentrated case of anti-semitism in American history.

Matt Drudge took the cable newser to the online woodshed on Monday over the apparently “bizarre” response on Fnc’s Outnumbered to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting massacre on October 27. In a trio of rare tweets from his personal feed, Drudge tore into Fnc after the murder of 11 congregants in the Pennsylvania house of worship:

Is it really funny? pic.twitter.com/nq8xnT2YDe

Matt Drudge (@Drudge) October 29, 2018

A segment on Fox News this morning where hosts laughed and joked their way through a discussion on political impact of terror was bizarre. Not even 48 hours since blood flowed at synagogue? Check your soul in the makeup chair!
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Fox News, Fox Business Under New Scrutiny in Run-Up to Midterms

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The opinion hosts at Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network have always been good at tripping liberal sensibilities. In the last few days, however, some of them have drawn criticism from an even wider circle.

On Monday morning, “Fox & Friends” co-anchor Brian Kilmeade stirred up social-media reaction with some remarks about a caravan of migrants that has been making its way up through South America toward the United States and which has become a cause celebre in remarks from President Donald Trump and various Republicans. “What about diseases? There is a reason you can’t bring a kid to school unless he is inoculated,” said Kilmeade. “There are things that happen in this country. We already give 40 to 50% of our taxable income to the government for social programs is it too much to say we just can’t have country’s entire populations come in here without being looked at as hard-hearted.
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Matt Drudge Rips Fox News Hosts Who ‘Laughed and Joked’ During Domestic Terrorism Segment

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Matt Drudge slammed Fox News on Monday, attacking the conservative-leaning news network over its coverage of a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday that left 11 dead.

“A segment on Fox News this morning where hosts laughed and joked their way through a discussion on political impact of terror was bizarre. Not even 48 hours since blood flowed at synagogue?,” Drudge said in a tweet. “Check your soul in the makeup chair!”

Also Read: Matt Drudge Bashes Steve Bannon: 'Bannon Helps Dems!'

A segment on Fox News this morning where hosts laughed and joked their way through a discussion on political impact of terror was bizarre. Not even 48 hours since blood flowed at synagogue? Check your soul in the makeup chair!

Matt Drudge (@Drudge) October 29, 2018

An archive of the tweet can be found here.

“Is it really funny?” he asked in another tweet, showing a smiling image of Fox News
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NBC’s Chuck Todd Calls on Media to ‘Start Fighting Back’ Against Critics

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NBC’s Chuck Todd Calls on Media to ‘Start Fighting Back’ Against Critics
Chuck Todd is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore.

In a lengthy essay for The Atlantic, the “Meet the Press” host and NBC News political director argued that the media needs to “start fighting back” against its critics.

“I’m not advocating for a more activist press in the political sense, but for a more aggressive one. That means having a lower tolerance for talking points, and a greater willingness to speak plain truths. It means not allowing ourselves to be spun, and not giving guests or sources a platform to spin our readers and viewers, even if that angers them,” Todd wrote in his essay.

Also Read: Chuck Todd Tries Really Hard to Get BuzzFeed Editor to Admit He Published 'Fake News'

“Access isn’t journalism’s holy grail–facts are.”

But how can the media be more aggressive without becoming too partisan in the process?
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Bill Maher: Race Explains Shift From Party Of Reagan To Party Of Putin

Bill Maher: Race Explains Shift From Party Of Reagan To Party Of Putin
Update, with video The “dirty little secret” that explains how the Party of Reagan morphed into the Party of Putin is a four-letter word, Bill Maher said tonight: Race.

“Russia,” Maher said during his New Rules segment on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, “is one of the last places on earth to say, ‘F*ck diversity. We’re here. We’re white. Get used to it.’ ”

Attempting to explain how 87% of Republicans (according to a recent poll) are fine with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin visiting the White House, Maher chalked it up to racism, and even quoted a tweet from his old pal Ann Coulter.

“Last year Ann Coulter tweeted that ‘In 20 years, Russia will be the only country that is recognizably European.’ As far back as 2013 Matt Drudge called Putin the leader of the free world. David Duke called Russia the key to white survival.

“Today’s Republicans,
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Sarah Palin's 'Last Straw' with Sacha Baron Cohen Was 'Horrible' Question About Chelsea Clinton

Sarah Palin's 'Last Straw' with Sacha Baron Cohen Was 'Horrible' Question About Chelsea Clinton
Sarah Palin recently revealed she was “duped” by actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who disguised himself as a disabled U.S. veteran to interview her for his upcoming Showtime series, Who Is America?.

And a source tells People that the former Alaska governor, 54, walked out of the prank interview after the disguised Cohen asked her a “horrible” question about Chelsea Clinton.

The interview, which taped in November 2017, was booked through a speaker’s bureau that was working with the former Republican vice-presidential candidate at the time. “The request was very sophisticated and looked legit,” the source says.

“All of it was obnoxious,
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From Ben Shapiro to Glenn Beck, Here’s Who’s Winning and Losing in Right-Wing Media

From Ben Shapiro to Glenn Beck, Here’s Who’s Winning and Losing in Right-Wing Media
In early 2011, Glenn Beck thrived in conservative media. Once a little-known anchor for Hln, he found his voice on Fox News, running neck-in-neck with Sean Hannity in the ratings and trading jabs with liberal icons like Jon Stewart.

Then, after a brutal and sustained advertiser boycott, Fox News fired him. New York Magazine reported that Fox News chief Roger Ailes worried Beck’s conspiracy theories had almost “engulfed” the network. Around the same time, a reality show star named Donald Trump began making regular appearances on “Fox & Friends.” You know how that turned out.

The different fortunes of Beck and Trump almost perfectly illustrate the unpredictable ups and downs of life in the public eye. In the years since Trump’s unlikely rise, one-time outsiders have climbed by clinging to his coattails. And one-time stars of the right have slipped.

Also Read: Top Breitbart Editor Exits, Teases Run for Mayor
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Trump Draws Ire of White House Press Group With Comment on Pulling Credentials

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Washington — The president of the White House Correspondents Association said President Donald Trump’s suggestion to revoke the credentials of reporters because of negative coverage would be “an unconscionable assault on the First Amendment.”

Margaret Talev, president of the Whca, said in a statement, “Some may excuse the president’s inflammatory rhetoric about the media, but just because the president does not like news coverage does not make it fake. A free press must be able to report on the good, the bad, the momentous and the mundane, without fear or favor. And a president preventing a free and independent press from covering the workings of our republic would be an unconscionable assault on the First Amendment.”

She later said on CNN, “There are certain … boundaries that need to be respected, and actually threatening to restrict coverage and prevent people from getting information is one of those lines.”

Earlier on Wednesday,
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Fox News Can’t Quit the Clintons, Announces ‘Scandalous’ Docu-Series About 1998 Impeachment

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Fox News is continuing to devote its airtime to the Clintons, announcing on Tuesday a new docu-series called “Scandalous,” which will look at different political scandals through history will start with a look at the 1998 impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton. The hourlong, seven-part series will premiere this Sunday, Jan. 21 — 20 years to the day after the Washington Post reported Monica Lewinsky’s account that she and President Clinton had a sexual relationship, prompting an investigation by Kenneth Starr and his team of independent counsels. (Journalist Matt Drudge broke the story on Jan. 17 1998.) Interviews with Starr...
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‘Allure’ Trailer: Evan Rachel Wood Seduces a Girl Way Too Young for Her in Twisted Lesbian Drama

‘Allure’ Trailer: Evan Rachel Wood Seduces a Girl Way Too Young for Her in Twisted Lesbian Drama
From her early breakout in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Thirteen,” to a recent television comeback on HBO’s “Westworld,” Evan Rachel Wood has built her career out of complicated roles and dark projects. Leading a taut directorial debut from Montreal-based photographers Carlos and Jason Sanchez, Wood takes “troubled” to a whole new level. The newly released first trailer teases plenty of Wood at her manipulative best, serving up goth chic with a side of crazy eyes.

Read More:‘A Worthy Companion’ Review: Evan Rachel Wood Is a Manipulative Lesbian With a Mommy Complex in This Taut Debut — Tiff

Previously titled “A Worthy Companion” for its Toronto International Film Festival premiere, “Allure” follows disturbed Laura (Wood) as she befriends and seduces the 16-year-old Eva (Julia Sarah Stone). Adrift and flailing, Laura works for a cleaning service run by her estranged father (Denis O’Hare). Their relationship is mysteriously fraught, and Laura goes
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Tom Brokaw Declares “We’re At War” After Donald Trump Tweets Another ‘Fox & Friends’ Love Letter

Donald Trump this morning tweeted another love letter to Fox News Channel’s morning show Fox and Friends, faux-asking “Was @foxandfriends just named the most influential show in news?” On Wednesday, web site Mediaite had named the Fnc morning show the Most Influential In News Media for 2017, topping a list that also included, in reverse order, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Matt Drudge, Fnc star Sean Hannity, and CNN chief Jeff Zucker. Mistaking Mediaite’s “most influential” for…
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