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Alec Baldwin’s Show Will Not Return to MSNBC

AlecBaldwinUpLateAlec Baldwin‘s Friday night show “Up Late” has been pulled from MSNBC.

The network and Baldwin’s representative Matthew Hiltzik released this short statement: “We are jointly confirming that “Up Late” will not continue on MSNBC.”

An MSNBC spokesperson adds, “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”

Earlier this month, “Up Late” was pulled off the air for two weeks after Baldwin berated a photographer with anti-gay slurs. After news of the suspension broke, Baldwin said he was unsure the show would return, highlighting his unhappiness over a JFK special that never made air.

“Up Late” debuted October 11 with then-New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio as its inaugural guest. Ratings declined throughout the five airings, with “Up Late” posting a demo low of 101,000 viewers in its final show on Nov 8.

The news was first reported by The New York Post.

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CNN Acquires Film by Jose Antonio Vargas

VargasCNN Films has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to “Documented,” a feature-length film about undocumented immigrant and former Washington Post and Huffington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas. The film will premiere on CNN/U.S. next spring, following its debut at the IDFA film festival which begins tomorrow in Amsterdam. “The film is in honor of 11 million undocumented immigrants – many of us Americans in all but paper,” says Vargas who wrote and directed the film. “It is a privilege to be associated with CNN Films in bringing ‘Documented’ to television.”

“Documented” chronicles Vargas’s journey to America from the Philippines as a child and his journey through America as an immigration reform activist.

Executive producers of “Documented” include technology entrepreneur Sean Parker, publicist/consultant Matthew Hiltzik and Scott Budnick, one of the executive producers of “The Hangover” films.

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How Charlie Rose Backed Into Alec Baldwin Interview About Paparazzi Scuffle

Alec Baldwin went on Charlie Rose‘s PBS show last night to talk about his new movie, “To Rome with Love.” But the conversation quickly turned to Baldwin’s incident earlier in the day with a Daily News photographer who claims Baldwin punched him as Baldwin and his fiancee left a the marriage license bureau in New York City.

Rose posed the question, first discussing issues of fame and personal privacy, then getting at the heart of the matter. Appropriate for this setting.

Rose: “When you have an incident like you did, is it because you get upset somebody’s invading your privacy?”

Baldwin: “The guy almost hit me with a camera.”

Rose: “What happened?”

Baldwin: “There was a person in front of me, and I was blocking him and he lunged and he almost hit me in the teeth with the lens of the camera. And I pushed him away.”

Daily News photographer Marcos Santos tells it differently, and has filed an assault charge.

Baldwin and his “Rome” co-star Penelope Cruz went on to talk about the challenges of fame, a subplot in the Woody Allen movie. Baldwin says social media — which he used multiple times yesterday defending himself — exacerbates the problem.

“You have your political opposition and they get on the internet, and within 30 minutes the misrepresentation of the story is out there,” said Baldwin. “You go on Twitter or Fox Nation says, ‘Baldwin punches photographer.’ No true.”

Despite starring in a show on NBC, Baldwin has recently criticized “Today” for its coverage of him and his fiancee.

The network morning shows all reported the incident. “Today” and “GMA” did not use any of Baldwin’s interview with Rose, choosing a statement from his publicist Matthew Hiltzik instead. “CBS This Morning,” which Rose hosts, excerpted it at length.

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Couric’s Interviews, As Subject and Reporter

Couric_7.22.bmpIt appears some members of the press in the Middle East could learn a thing or two from the 50 or so U.S. journalists in the region. A reporter from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz interviewed Katie Couric Monday in Tel Aviv. Couric’s personal publicist Matthew Hiltzik tells TVNewser the interview was not recorded which led to “several inaccuracies.”

“Katie said that it sometimes seems as if sexism is tolerated more than racism in the U.S.,” Hiltzik says, “but that was turned into a quote about sexism being more prevalent than racism.”

“The focus should be on CBS News and its anchor’s middle east coverage and not on a middle east reporter’s coverage of the CBS News anchor,” Hiltzik added.

As for Couric’s coverage, the Evening News led with back-to-back interviews Couric conducted with Sen. Barack Obama in Jordan and Sen. John McCain, who was in New Hampshire. The segment centered around the troop surge: Obama’s continued opposition to it, and McCain’s defense of it.