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■ Ac­tor Ge­orge Clooney says pho­tog­ra­phers who cap­tured im­ages of him and his wife, hu­man-rights lawyer Amal Clooney, cradling their new­born twins will be “pros­e­cuted to the fullest ex­tent of the law.” The pic­tures pub­lished by French mag­a­zine Voici were taken at the Clooneys’ res­i­dence in the Lom­bardy re­gion of Italy. The mag­a­zine claims that the pho­tos are the first to be made pub­lic of twins Ella and Alexan­der, who were born June 6. The ac­tor says the pho­tog­ra­phers “scaled our fence, climbed our tree and il­le­gally took pic­tures of our in­fants in­side our home.” He adds that the pho­tog­ra­phers, the photo agency and the mag­a­zine will face pros­e­cu­tion be­cause the safety of the cou­ple’s chil­dren “de­mands it.”

■ Sarah Sil­ver­man told a TV crit­ics’ meet­ing that she is out to show that Amer­i­cans can bridge even their deep­est dif­fer­ences and en­joy a laugh as well. On Thurs­day, Sil­ver­man said that’s the goal for her fall Hulu se­ries, I Love You, Amer­ica. Sil­ver­man said the show is in­tended to be the op­po­site of an echo cham­ber, in­stead al­low­ing Sil­ver­man to con­nect with “un-like-minded peo­ple” across Amer­ica. That’s reg­u­lar peo­ple, not politi­cians, and no mock­ery will be in­volved, she said. The show is in­tended to be in­tel­li­gent and mov­ing but also silly, Sil­ver­man said. “Any­thing smart that’s in there will be served in a big, fat, bready sand­wich of su­per, su­per dumb, be­cause that’s how I like my com­edy, and I don’t like to be told what to think,” she said. The edgy comic ac­knowl­edged she knows what it’s like to be a tar­get, shar­ing a few of the crude and in­sult­ing tweets she’s re­ceived. She’s reached out to some of her de­trac­tors and found com­mon ground, Sil­ver­man said. I Love You, Amer­ica, which Sil­ver­man is pro­duc­ing with, among oth­ers, Os­car-win­ning screen­writer Adam McKay, is to de­but Oct. 12. It will in­clude stu­dio and field pieces, a mono­logue and a reg­u­larly ap­pear­ing fo­cus group made up of peo­ple “from all walks of life,” Sil­ver­man said.

■ Forbes mag­a­zine has crowned Jerry Se­in­feld as the king of the club when it comes to the high­est-paid stand-up co­me­di­ans. The mag­a­zine es­ti­mated that Se­in­feld brought in $69 mil­lion over the past year partly due to his Net­flix show Co­me­di­ans in Cars Get­ting Cof­fee. Se­in­feld also has siz­able in­come from syn­di­ca­tion roy­al­ties on re­runs of his NBC se­ries, which ended nearly two decades ago. Net­flix’s spend­ing spree on standup com­edy spe­cials has had a big im­pact on the Forbes list. Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Dave Chap­pelle and Amy Schumer round out the top five. All of them have Net­flix deals. Last year’s high­est-paid comic, Kevin Hart, fell to sixth place with earn­ings of more than $32 mil­lion.

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