Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

PEOPLE [Derived Headline]

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As assistant counsel to President George H.W. Bush, Mark Paoletta played a role in the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, The Washington Post reports.

But the Duquesne University graduate is taking on a new role when it comes to the upcoming HBO movie about the hearings starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, the woman who accused Thomas of sexual harassment: Paoletta is now leading an effort to fact-check the flick.

Thursday he launched confirmationbiased.com, a website he thinks will combat what he calls the pro-Hill "false narratives" in the movie, with documents, video footage and other content about the real-life hearings. (HBO brass say it's not biased against Thomas.)

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While some other Republicans involved in the hearings have pre- emptively bashed it, Paoletta says his complaint isn't just a drive- by one - he plans to "devote himself" to correcting the record.

But wait, isn't this just, you know, a cable TV movie? Nope, says Paoletta, who calls himself a personal friend of Thomas, though he says he hasn't spoken to his pal about the anti-"Confirmation" campaign.

"It helps shape the history ... along with the memory and understanding of events in our history," he says. "Movies do make a difference."

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Production has been shut down on History's military action drama "Six," as Mt. Lebanon native Joe Manganiello's role is being recast, Variety reports.

Manganiello had to pull out of the project due to a health issue, which sources say is a very manageable pre-existing condition. The source adds that the actor is just fine, but given the physical demands of "Six," he will not continue shooting.

There's no word on when production will resume, as the eight- episode series is on hold until a new actor is found to replace Manganiello.

"Six" follows the brotherhood of Navy SEAL Team Six. The "True Blood" alum was set to play Rip Taggart, a onetime leader of the SEAL Team Six squad who now patrols an African village to protect its residents from Boko Haram.

"Revenge" alum Barry Sloane, Dominic Adams, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Schmidt and Juan Pablo Raba are starring in the History project.

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The new Spider-Man movie is targeting former Batman actor Michael Keaton to play the villain in Marvel/Sony's reboot of the web- crawling hero, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Talks are in the very early stages - it's not quite clear if there's an offer on the table - but overtures are there. Titled "Spider-Man: Homecoming," the film is set to begin shooting this summer and will launch a third incarnation of one of Marvel's most popular superheroes.

Tom Holland will star as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and is making his debut as the character in "Captain America: Civil War" (and already garnering praise for his take on the role). …

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