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‘Difficult People’ Review: Amy Poehler-Produced Comedy Easy Win For Hulu

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Self-obsessed and mean-spirited New Yorkers may be horrible in person but they are damn funny on TV — especially when played by Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner. Debuting at midnight tonight on Hulu, Difficult People […] With Andrea Martin and Empire regular Gabourey Sidibe also on board, the Klausner-created Difficult People is full of so many sharp elbows it could really be the breakout hit Hulu has lacked so far. – Dominic Patten, Deadline Hollywood

NFL & DirecTV Tackled With ‘Sunday Ticket’ Class Action Antitrust Lawsuit

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Bars and restaurants across America could be lining up to take a chuck out of the $12 billion deal the NFL has with DirecTV – in more ways than one. In a proposed class action filed Monday on behalf of San Fran pub The Mucky Duck, attorneys at Hausfeld LLP and Glancy Pongray & Murray LLP want to free such establishments from what they see as the exorbitant prices they are currently paying to the league to show out of market games via the satellite provider’s Sunday Ticket package. – Dominic Patten, Deadline Hollywood

HBO, Showtime Knock Down Streaming Sites Over Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

The order by the federal judge firmly grants HBO and Showtime’s May 2 hugely anticipated match between the two champions the protection they initially sought on April 28. Even though boxinghd.net and sportship.org took down their offer of free streaming of the Las Vegas fight yesterday, the premium cablers wanted the courts to play ref so there would be no opportunity for the sites or others suddenly whipping up a link on Saturday. Even though the big-bucks fight will be long over, there will be a hearing on May 7 for the preliminary injunction HBO and Showtime also desire. – Dominic Patten, Deadline Hollywood  

Comcast, Time Warner Cable & Al Sharpton Slammed With $20B “Racist Policies” Lawsuit

Similar to the $10 billion suit the NAAAOM and Entertainment Studios filed against AT&T and DirecTV last year, this latest legal action claims Comcast deliberately doesn’t currently work with or carry “100 % African American–owned media” despite promises to do so. It also alleges that the cable giant uses a “Jim Crow” process in allowing African-American channels on its service. “Comcast has reserved a few spaces for 100% African American–owned media in the ‘back of the bus’ while the rest of the bus is occupied by white-owned media companies,” the compliant that Louis Miller, Amnon Siegel and Lauren Wright of LA firm Miller Bardondess LLP filed last week. “This is the epitome of racial discrimination in contracting.” – Dominic Patten,Deadline Hollywood
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Google Slams MPAA, Sony & Other Studios’ Secret Efforts To “Censor” Internet

According to The Verge, “at the beginning of this year, the MPAA and six studios … joined together to begin a new campaign” to figure how it could secretly revive SOPA. It “joined together to begin a new campaign” to achieve wholesale site-blocking by “[convincing] state prosecutors to take up the fight against [Google].” The movie studios “budgeted $500,000 a year towards providing legal support”—and the MPAA later sought up to $1.175 million for this campaign. – Dominic Patten & David Bloom, Deadline Hollywood
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