The head of CBS News said Tuesday a “60 Minutes” interview with adult film star Stormy Daniels is on its way but that more journalistic work needs to be done on the story. News President David Rhodes’ statement at a conference Tuesday in Israel was the first time CBS publicly confirmed it had interviewed Daniels, who has alleged an extramarital affair with Donald Trump before he became president. Trump has denied this. Michael Avenatti, lawyer for the actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, last week tweeted a picture of himself, Clifford and CBS interviewer Anderson Cooper. No air date has been set for the interview.
Madonna to direct film on dancer Michaela DePrince’s life: Madonna is pirouetting back into the director’s chair. MGM Motion Picture Group President Jonathan Glickman said Tuesday the pop music icon will direct a film based on ballet dancer Michaela DePrince’s memoir “Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.” DePrince overcame a childhood in war-stricken Sierra Leone to become a world class ballerina.
Affleck, Damon’s production company to adopt inclusion rider: Prominent producers and celebrities such as Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig are jumping on the inclusion rider bandwagon following Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar acceptance speech. Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said late Monday on Twitter that Damon and Affleck’s production company, Pearl Street Films, would be adopting the inclusion rider in conjunction with USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Early Tuesday, Feig followed suit. McDormand brought new attention to contract addendums requiring studios to hire a diverse crew and cast for a project at the Oscars on March 4.
Joy Behar apologizes for Christianity comment: Joy Behar of “The View” apologized Tuesday for suggesting mental illness was behind claims by people that Jesus Christ talks to them, in remarks made on her show last month about Vice President Mike Pence. “I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith and I fell short of that,” the comedian said on Tuesday’s show. “I sincerely apologize for what I said.”
Church of Scientology launches TV channel: The Church of Scientology launched its own TV channel with a vow that it will be candid about every aspect of the church and its operations but isn’t seeking to preach or convert. “People are curious. Well, we want to answer your questions. Because, frankly, whatever you have heard, if you haven’t heard it from us, I can assure you we’re not what you expect,” church leader David Miscavige said in introducing the first night of programming Monday. Founded in 1954 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, the church teaches that technology can expand the mind and help solve problems.
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— It has about 10 million members worldwide.
Network for misconduct victims seeks to make newsrooms safer: A support network for victims of sexual misconduct in newsrooms has appointed an advisory board that includes CNN’s Jake Tapper and PBS’ Judy Woodruff and wants to fund a study to give news organizations specific ideas on keeping women safer. The study by the group Press Forward, which launched a website Tuesday, will let experts weigh in on the best steps news organizations can take to create safe environments, and the best way for newsroom managers to be trained.
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