TheWrapTheWrap Covering Hollywood Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:47:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ‘The Simpsons’ Makes Arnold Palmer Joke on Night of Golf Legend’s Death (Video) Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:44:09 +0000 Tim Kenneally The people behind “The Simpsons” are probably wishing they could take a mulligan on a certain joke in last night’s season premiere.

The Fox animated comedy returned for another season on Sunday night with a premiere episode that came complete with an Arnold Palmer joke.

The timing was particularly unfortunate, given that golf legend Palmer had died earlier Sunday at age 87.

During the episode, oafish family patriarch Homer Simpson tells his wife Marge that he plans to “Arnold Palmer” his pal Lenny.

“Arnold Palmer Lenny?” Marge responds. “You’re going to Arnold Palmer Lenny?”

Homer was actually referring not directly to the golfer, but to the mixture of lemonade and iced tea that came to bear his name — and which Homer planned to fill a super-soaker gun with to douse Lenny with.

Still, a pretty eerie coincidence…

“Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean took to Twitter on Sunday night to express his grief over the golf legend’s death, writing, “v v sorry to learn of death of Arnold Palmer what a giant.”

Watch the ill-timed joke below.

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Where to Watch the Presidential Debate: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Square Off Tonight Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:27:20 +0000 Brian Flood Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off on Monday night at 9 p.m. ET in a debate that will be available on pretty much every television channel and streaming platform.

NBC’s Lester Holt will moderate the 90-minute matchup from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Many pundits are predicting that it will attract a record 100 million-plus viewers. The debate will consist of six roughly 15-minute segments on major topics that Holt personally selects.

Here’s where you can watch the back-and-forth between the Democratic and Republican nominees.


The debate isn’t an NBC production, but NBC’s News’ biggest star, Holt, will be the moderator on stage. Coverage on the NBC broadcast network airs from 9 o’clock to 11 p.m. ET, anchored by “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie and “Meet the Press” moderator and NBC News political director Chuck Todd. NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw and a team of NBC News correspondents and contributors, will join Guthrie and Todd for post-debate analysis.


George Stephanopoulos will lead special coverage from ABC News Election Headquarters in New York at 9 p.m. ET with “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir, “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz, chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, “World News Tonight” Saturday anchor Cecilia Vega, “World News Tonight” Sunday anchor and Correspondent Tom Llamas, “Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts, ABC News Political Analyst Cokie Roberts and Special Correspondent and Senior Strategic Advisor Matthew Dowd providing additional coverage.


“CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley and “Face the Nation” anchor and CBS News political director John Dickerson will lead CBS News’ live primetime coverage at 9 p.m. ET. Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett will provide additional coverage while Bob Schieffer, who moderated presidential debates in 2004, 2008 and 2012, will provide commentary.

Fox News Channel

Fox News will present extensive live programming from Hofstra throughout the day, with “Fox & Friends,” “America’s Newsroom,” “Shepard Smith Reporting,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “The Five,” “Special Report,” “On the Record,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” The Kelly File” and “Hannity” all on location. Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will co-anchor special primetime debate coverage live from the debate hall beginning at 9 p.m. ET with Brit Hume, Dana Perino, Juan Williams and Tucker Carlson providing additional insight and analysis.


“Debate Night in America” kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will provide analysis until at least 1 a.m. ET. Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will host the primetime coverage along with Erin Burnett from inside the Spin Room at the debate site. More than 30 anchors, correspondents, analysts, reporters and commentators will provide additional insight. “New Day,” “CNN Newsroom,” “Inside Politics,” “Wolf,” “The Lead with Jake Tapper” and “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” are live from campus.


MSNBC is live from Hofstra throughout the day, with primetime coverage kicking off at 7 p.m. ET with Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams live from Election Headquarters in New York and Chris Matthews live from Hofstra. Todd and Chris Hayes will also host live editions of their shows from the ground in Long Island.

Fox Business

Fox Business Network’s coverage will be available on FBN, as well as on FOXBusinessGO and Neil Cavuto, anchor and managing editor of business news, will anchor the primetime debate coverage live from Hofstra’s debate hall beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Lou Dobbs, Charlie Gasparino, Trish Regan and Kennedy will assist Cavuto with coverage, while Connell McShane, Blake Burman and Peter Barnes, will provide live reports on the campaigns from the debate hall.


“PBS NewsHour Debates: A Special Report” kicks off at 9 p.m. ET.


Facebook Live will be everywhere on Monday night, with Fox News, PBS, ABC News, CBS-NY, NowThis, Univision, the New York Times, Telemundo, Buzzfeed and CNBC using the platform to stream the debate. Along with Fox News’ stream of the debate on Facebook Live, they’ll host a watch party where key talent will be weighing in to engage fans on Facebook during the debate. The Washington Post will host a post-debate show on Facebook Live hosted by Ed O’Keefe, and BuzzFeed will use “reactions” to gauge viewer sentiment during the debate stream.


CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service is partnering with Instagram to feature curated Instagram stories in its live coverage of the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates. CBSN’s Josh Elliott, Vladimir Duthiers and Reena Ninan will anchor the coverage.


Katie Couric will host a live show beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET with contributions from Matt Bai, Michael Isikoff, Jamal Simmons, Alice Stewart, Dr. Gail Saltz, Rick Newman and Bianna Golodryga live from the spin room at Hofstra. Yahoo’s Hunter Walker, Holly Bailey and Liz Goodwin will be at the site of the debate to provide additional coverage.


Twitter will team with Bloomberg to live stream the upcoming presidential debates. The exclusive deal prevents other networks from airing the presidential debates on any official Twitter platform. Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg’s coverage and pre-debate and post-debate shows will be included in the Twitter stream, along with the debate itself.

This page will be updated as additional information becomes available. 

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How to Stream the Presidential Debate: Twitter, Facebook and YouTube Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:48:11 +0000 Oriana Schwindt It’s finally here: The first presidential debate. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will face off against Republican nominee Donald Trump at 9 p.m. ET at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York.

But what if you don’t have cable, or a TV? How will you watch? The good news is, you have options — lots and lots of them. While TV networks are still a little hesitant to start giving away their live content online for free, this is clearly a special occasion, and traditional and new players are teaming up to make sure as many people as possible have access to these debates.

Here’s how you can stream the Lester Holt-moderated debate Monday night:

  • Twitter will be live streaming Bloomberg TV’s coverage of the event. And now that Twitter has an Apple TV app, you can even stream it on a bigger screen.
  • Twitter will have a Spanish-language stream on its Periscope app.
  • Facebook will be live streaming ABC News’ coverage. Facebook doesn’t yet have an app for it — but the company’s primary focus is mobile, anyway.
  • CBS News will have a live stream too. Many others are offering free streams on their websites, like ABC News.
  • Most news organizations will also be live streaming their coverage via YouTube, like NBC News, CNN, Fox News and Telemundo.
  • Yahoo will also be live streaming the event.

And therefore you have no excuse not to watch, unless you’re full up on election cycle insanity and would rather not miss any of tonight’s New Orleans Saints-Atlanta Falcons matchup on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Gets 2016 Release Date Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:32:14 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence” will be getting an awards-season run.

The film will open limited on December 23, 2016, and then go wide in January 2017.

“Silence” is a historic drama based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō. It is produced by Scorsese, Paul Breuls, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Barbara De Fina, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Emma Tillinger Koksoff and Irwin Winkler.

The script was adapted by Scorsese and Jay Cocks, and stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson.

The film has been in development for over two decades with various actors like Daniel Day-Lewis having been attached before moving on to other projects.

Last year, there was a tragic death on the set of “Silence.” The film was in pre-production at Taiwan’s CMPC Studios. After the production deemed a structure on the backlot unsafe for use, a contractor was hired to reinforce it.

It was during this work that a ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor’s employees and injuries to two others.

Scorsese’s recent credits include producing “The Wolf of Wall Street,” serving as executive producer on TV series “Boardwalk Empire” and “Vinyl,” and working as an executive producer on Miles Teller‘s boxing drama “Bleed for This.”

He is working on projects like “Sinatra,” “Tomorrow” and “The Snowman,” the latter starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson and Chloe Sevigny.

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‘Designated Survivor’ Premiere Outpaces ‘Empire’ in Delayed Viewing Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:14:38 +0000 Joe Otterson “Designated Survivor” did much more than just survive premiere week.

The new ABC series starring Kiefer Sutherland saw a significant rise in delayed viewing, adding 5.3 million more watchers and another 1.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic in live-plus-three numbers, bringing it to 15.3 million total viewers and a 3.7 rating.

That total-viewers number puts it ahead of Fox’s “Empire” in delayed viewing, as the music-business drama drew 13.9 million viewers in live-plus-three for its Season 3 premiere. That is also the best lift for any broadcast series since the debut of “How to Get Away with Murder” two years ago.

Sutherland plays a cabinet member who becomes president after a bombing takes out the commander in chief and most of his fellow cabinet members.

“Designated Survivor” was not the only new show to perform well in the ratings thus far. The NBC drama “This Is Us” posted an impressive 2.8 rating in the key demo in live-plus-same day numbers when it debuted last week, making it the top-rated premiere for a new show in that measure this season thus far.

In addition, CBS’ new action series “MacGyver” defied the traditional wisdom that its Friday night timeslot wouldn’t translate to ratings success by posting a 1.7 rating and 10.9 million viewers, also live-plus-same day.

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Oscar Foreign Language Race Heats Up With Bold Choices From France and Italy Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:11:16 +0000 Steve Pond France and Italy, the two countries with the most nominations and the most wins in the Academy Awards race for Best Foreign Language Film, both chose their Oscar entries on Monday – and both countries went for bold films that may be outside the mainstream of the race.

France, which leads all countries in the Oscar foreign language race with 39 Oscar nominations, including one last year for “Mustang,” opted for Paul Verhoeven‘s troubling psychological drama “Elle.”

The film stars Isabelle Huppert as a hard-driving professional woman who is brutally raped by a masked man in the opening scene, but then begins a teasing interplay with the men who might be her assailant. Verhoeven’s first film in a decade, it raises uncomfortable questions about complicity, and drew divisive (if largely favorable) reaction when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

The film was chosen over a four-film shortlist that also included Francois Ozon’s lavish period piece “Frantz.”

Italy, which last won three years ago for “The Great Beauty” and holds the record with 14 Oscar wins (to 12 for France), chose the Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire at Sea” (“Fuocommare”), a rare documentary to make the Oscar foreign race.

To make the film, Rosi spent a year on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, where thousands of refugees land on their way from Africa to Europe. Rosi humanizes the crisis with his deliberate, fly-on-the-wall cinema verite filmmaking, focusing not only on the refugees but on locals like a doctor who cares for the migrants and a young boy more concerned with playing with his slingshot than with the tragedies that surround him.

“Elle” and “Fire at Sea” are both unconventional and challenging films for the Oscar race, but both must now be counted as real contenders in a year that has seen more than 75 countries announce selections as the Oct. 3 deadline nears.

Other top contenders include Germany’s “Toni Erdmann,” which won raves in Cannes; Iran’s “The Salesman,” which was directed by Asghar Farhadi, whose “A Separation” won in 2011; Spain’s “Julieta,” by past winner Pedro Almodovar; Chile’s “Neruda,” from past nominee Pablo Larrain; Mexico’s “Desierto,” an immigration drama directed by Jonas Cuaron and starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan; and Israel’s “Sand Storm,” which last week won six Ophir Awards.

Dark horses could include Denmark’s “Land of Mine,” Sweden’s “A Man Called Ove,” Finland’s “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki,” Egypt’s “Clash,” Romania’s “Sieranevada,” Saudi Arabia’s “Barakah Meets Barakan,” Singapore’s “The Apprentice” and South Korea’s “The Age of Shadows.”

TheWrap has the complete list of submissions here, and will continue to update as more films are announced.

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Oscar Foreign Language Race: The Complete List of Submissions (So Far) Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:06:54 +0000 Steve Pond More than 70 countries have announced entries in the Academy’s foreign-language race, with the total number of submissions likely to equal or surpass last year’s 80 or even 2014’s record of 83 contenders.

Germany’s “Toni Erdmann,” Iran’s “The Salesman,” France’s “Elle,” Chile’s “Neruda,” Spain’s “Julieta,” Mexico’s “Desierto,” Italy’s “Fire at Sea” and Israel’s “Sand Storm” are among the highest-profile entries.

To enter the Oscar foreign-language race, a film must be submitted to the Academy by an AMPAS-accredited board in its country of origin. Each country is restricted to a single submission, though the manner of choosing can different from one country to another.

Volunteers from all branches of the Academy serve on the foreign-language “general committee,” seeing and scoring at least 18-20 of the entries. The top six films then move to a shortlist, joined by three additional films that are hand-picked by an executive committee. The final five nominees are selected from that shortlist by additional phase-two committees in Los Angeles, New York and London.

TheWrap will continue to update this list as new films are submitted.

Note: These are the submissions that have been announced by their home countries. The Academy reviews all entries to make sure they meet eligibility requirements, and occasionally disqualifies submissions. The official AMPAS list of qualifying films will be released in early October.

Here are the submissions so far. An asterisk indicates that TheWrap has seen the film; other descriptions are based on reviews, film-festival catalogs and other available materials.


Director: Navid Mahmoudi
Writer-director Mahmoudi’s film deals with the issue of terrorism and refugees by telling the story of an Afghan girl who flees to Iran with her parents, and her boyfriend who follows her in an attempt to leave the Middle East and find refuge in Europe. “The threats engendered by ISIL and the Taliban are omnipresent,” Mahmoudi said of the inspiration for his drama.
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Director: Bujar Alimani
This coming-of-age story about a teenage boy who works in a chromium mine premiered in Karlovy Vary in 2015. It is Alimani’s second time representing Albania in the Oscar race, following “Amnesty” in 2011.
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“The Well”
Director: Lofti Bouchouchi
Algeria has had a strong track record at the Oscars, with four nominations and one win (for “Z”) over the years. This year’s entry is set in a small village in southern Algeria, where a military siege has closed off the town and separated the villagers from their only water supply.
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Director: Sarik Andreasyan
This drama about the 1988 earthquake in Armenia focuses on a pair of rescue workers, one Russian and one Armenian, who must put aside a troubling personal history to save the survivors of the devastating quake. In addition to high-profile films in Russian, Andreasyan also directed the English-language 2014 action film “American Heist.”
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“Tanna” *
Directors: Bentley Dean and Martin Butler
Named for and set on an island east of Australia, “Tanna” was shot entirely with non-professional, illiterate actors who workshopped and improvised their dialogue. The film, beautifully shot on the rugged island amid a handful of tribes who keep the old ways alive, is based on the true story of two lovers who defied the custom of arranged marriages on the island in 1987. Lightyear Entertainment has given the film a small U.S. release.
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“Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe”
Director: Maria Schrader
Schrader’s drama made Germany’s eight-film Oscar shortlist but when it was passed over in favor of “Toni Erdmann,” Austria stepped in and selected the film as its own submission. The film stars Josef Hader as the Austrian writer (“The Royal Game,” “Letter From an Unknown Woman”) who fled the Nazis in 1934 for England and then the U.S. before settling in Rio de Janeiro.
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“The Ardennes”

“The Ardennes”
Director: Robin Pront
This drama about the aftermath of a robbery gone wrong stars two actors from the last two Belgian movies to receive Oscar nominations, Veerle Baetens from “The Broken Circle Breakdown” and Jeroen Perceval from “Bullhead.” It won seven awards at the Ensors, Belgium’s Oscar equivalent, including picture, screenplay, actor and supporting actor.
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“Sealed Cargo”
Director: Julia Vargas-Weise
A train carrying toxic waste from the Bolivian Andes to Chile drives the action in this sometimes surreal social drama that mixes eco-awareness with a hefty amount of humor. Luis Bredow stars as the train’s driver, leader of a crew of misfits who battle government bureaucracy and stubborn locals on their journey.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Death to Sarajevo”
Director: Danis Tanovic
The winner of the Jury Grand Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, “Death in Sarajevo” is based on a play by French writer Bernard-Henri Levy. The film is set in a fictional hotel in Sarajevo during the war of the mid 1990s. Tanovic also directed “No Man’s Land,” which won the Oscar in 2002; this is the fourth time a film of his has represented his country in the Oscar race.
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“Little Secret”
Director: David Schurmann
In what is certain to be one of this year’s most controversial selections, the Brazilian committee bypassed Kleber Mendonca Filho’s acclaimed film “Aquarius,” which had drawn governmental ire after its cast and crew help up protest signs on the Cannes red carpet. When Marcos Petrucelli, an outspoken critic of Filho, was appointed head of the Oscar selection committee, three other filmmakers withdrew their films from consideration in protest. But “Aquarius” was bypassed in favor of this family-oriented drama, which is based on the true story of an HIV-positive girl adopted by a Brazilian family.
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Director: Ivaylo Hristov
When a group of small-town, high-school “losers,” as they call themselves, attend a big rock concert, their lives begin to change in this blend of comedy and drama from actor-director Hristov. The film won the top prize at the Moscow International Film Festival.
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“It’s Only the End of the World”

“It’s Only the End of the World” *
Director: Xavier Dolan
One of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers, Dolan won the grand prize (essentially, second place) in Cannes for this talky, intense and divisive drama. Made up of lengthy monologues often shot in extreme closeup during an uncomfortable family weekend, the bold film is thrilling to some and unbearable to others, and its reception with Academy voters will almost certainly depend on finding a couple of supporters on the executive committee.
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“Neruda” *
Director: Pablo Larrain
Director Larrain (the Oscar nominated “No”) calls this an “anti-biopic,” and his film about the Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda is a fantasia starring Luis Gnecco as a Neruda who’s been forced into exile by the anti-communist government and Gael Garcia Bernal as a policeman trying to track him down while becoming increasingly obsessed with Neruda’s work. The film premiered in Cannes and moves with a dreamlike beauty; it will be released in the U.S. by the Orchard.
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“Alias Maria”
Director: Jose Luis Rugeles Gracia
The plight of child soldiers is presented in this dark drama, which screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Its lead character is a pregnant 13-year-old soldier who is ordered to escort a guerilla commander’s newborn baby to safety.
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“On the Other Side”
Director: Zrinko Ogresta
Like many Oscar entries from Balkan countries in recent years, “On the Other Side” deals with echoes of the war in Bosnia in the 1990s. Its central character is a middle-aged woman whose daily routines are broken by a phone call from her long-estranged but never-divorced husband, a war criminal she hasn’t seen in decades. Ogresta is a restrained filmmaker who has won praise for the subtlety with which he tells hiw unsettling story.
Croatian trailer (no subtitles)

“The Companion” (“El acompañante”)
Director: Pavel Giroud
In the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Cuba sent all its HIV-positive patients to a sanitarium where each was assigned a “companion” who would report back to the government. That true story is the basis for Giroud’s film, which focuses on a patient and the disgraced former boxer who is assigned to be his companion. The film spends part of its time with the patient’s travails, part with the boxer’s attempted comeback.
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“Lost in Munich”

Czech Republic
“Lost in Munich”
Director: Petr Zelenka
A comedy that blends the story of a parrot who causes a diplomatic uproar with a mock documentary about a film production, “Lost in Munich” has won raves for the way it whips up a showbiz satire that also plays off lingering political resentments dating back to the pre-World War II Munich Agreement of 1938. Zelenka’s 2008 film “The Brothers Karamazov” was the Czech Oscar entry that year.
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“Land of Mine” *
Director: Martin Zandlivet
This harrowing film, which premiered in Toronto last year, turns the difficult task of making you feel for the bad guys in World War II. Two hours of serious tension, the film deals with young German soldiers who weren’t allowed to leave occupied Denmark at the end of the war until they’d defused more than a million land mine their army had planted along the coast.
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Dominican Republic
“Flor de Azucar”
Director: Fernando Baez Mella
A year after getting some buzz (but missing the Oscar shortlist) by submitting the LGBT drama “Sand Dollars,” the Dominican Republic has entered a drama about a peasant who returns to his family in a village he’d fled a year earlier after accidentally killing a soldier in dictator Raphael Trujillo’s army.
Trailer (no subtitles)


“Clash” (“Eshtebak”) *
Director: Mohamed Diab
This gripping and chaotic drama is set entirely inside a police van crowded with people from varying factions who’ve been detained during a Cairo riot in the summer of 2013. The van becomes a literal and figurative pressure cooker over the course of the film, which was the opening-night attraction in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section this year.
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Director: Kadri Kousaare
Two years after landing a nomination for “Tangerines,” Estonia has submitted a dark comedy about a woman who must care for her son, who withdrew a large sum of money but then slipped into a coma after being shot. The whodunit peopled with colorful small-town characters screened in Tribeca this year.
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“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” *
Director: Juno Kuosmanen
In 1962, Finnish boxer Olli Maki got a title fight when he faced Davey Moore for the world featherweight championship. Kuosmanen’s amusing and touching black-and-white film builds up to that fight, but it’s more interested in exploring the character of Maki, who was never as ruthless or single-minded as those around him would have liked.
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“Elle” *
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Verhoeven’s first feature in a decade, and the Dutch director’s first French-language film ever, is a typically provocative and trangressive piece of work. Isabelle Huppert stars as a woman who appears to be brutally raped in the opening scene, but who reacts by toying and even flirting with her possible rapist. Divisive and disturbing, the film was generally seen as Verhoeven’s most substantial work in years when it premiered in Cannes.
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“House of Others”
Director: Rusudan Glurjidze
First-time director Glurjidze sets her drama in the aftermath of war in the 1990s, as a family relocates to a small, remote village. The film screened in competition at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where it won raves for its cinematography and its haunted air of guilt and unease amidst the scars of war.
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“Toni Erdmann”

“Toni Erdmann” *
Director: Maren Ade
A seamless, near three-hour blend of comedy and drama, Ade’s film was one of the best-received movies at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it landed a deal with Sony Classics and immediately became one of the Oscar frontrunners. The film deals with a hippie-ish man who begins to play practical jokes on his corporate-minded daughter in an attempt to get her to loosen up and regain her sense of humor. While deeply touching, it also contains two uproarious sequences in its final stretch, including an all-naked birthday party.
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Director: Athuna Rachel Tsangari
A comedy about six men playing an increasingly serious game while on a luxury fishing trip, “Chevalier” finds a female director dissecting the ways in which men bond, compete and misbehave. As befits a director whose film “Attenberg” made her a part of Greek’s often-surreal new wave of filmmaking, Tsangari leaves a lot up to the viewers to interpret as they see fit.
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Hong Kong
“Port of Call”
Director: Philip Yung
A crime thriller based on the case of a teenage prostitute who was murdered and dismembered in 2008, “Port of Call” won five acting awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards in April. Director Philip Yung shifts the action between an investigating policeman, the dead girl and the killer.
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“Kills on Wheels”
Director: Attila Till
Hungary is the defending Oscar champ with the Holocaust drama “Son of Saul,” but the country goes in a different direction with this comedy that is pretty well summed up by its title. The film is about a trio of wheelchair-bound hitmen who work for a mob boss, and director Till hired non-professional, disabled actors in the lead roles.
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Director: Runar Runarsson
This drama follows a teenage boy from divorced parents who moves from his mother’s house in the city of Reykjavik to live with his father in a remote village in northern Iceland. Director Runar Runarsson was nominated for an Oscar for the short film “The Last Farm” in 2005, and his feature “Volcano” was Iceland’s Oscar submission in 2011.
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Director: Vetrimaaran
A crime drama based on the novel “Lock Up” by M. Chandrakumar, “Visaranai” has picked up some of the most positive reviews of any recent Indian Oscar entry, with particular praise going to the film’s actors. The film deals with a group of homeless workmen who are arrested and brutalized by police looking for scapegoats to help them close a high-profile case.
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“Letters From Prague”
Director: Angga Dwimas Sasongko
Repercussions from the events depicted in the Oscar-nominated documentaries “The Act of Killing” and “The Look of Silence” underline “Letters From Prague,” which focuses on students who fled Indonesia during the mass killings of communists and leftists in the mid-1960s. The film follows a group of political exiles in Prague, and makes extensive use of the songs of Indonesian singer-songwriter Glenn Fredly,
Trailer (no subtitles)

“The Salesman” *
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Farhadi won the Oscar for Iran for “A Separation” in 2012, so it’s no surprise that he is representing the country again with this dark drama about a couple whose life is upended by what might be an act of sexual violence. Starring Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti, the tightly-wound film builds to an uneasy and memorable confrontation.
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“El clasico”
Director: Halkawt Mustafa
This old-fashioned drama tells the story of a quest by two little people to bring a pair of Kurdish slippers to soccer star Ronaldo. Reviews out of its Dubai International Film Festival premiere and its U.S. debut in Tribeca tended to single out its cinematography and its feel-good nature.
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“Sand Storm”
Director: Elite Zexer
The first Israeli submission entirely in Arabic, “Sand Storm” explores women struggling in a patriarchal society, including a wife who must host a celebration as her husband takes a second, younger wife, and a teenage girl carrying on a secret relationship with a boy at school. The film won six Ophir Awards, making Zexer is the second woman to represent Israel in the Oscar race in the last three years, after “Gett” co-director Ronit Elkabetz in 2014.
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“Fire at Sea” (“Fuocoammare”) *
Director: Gianfranco Rossi
Italy, which won the Oscar as recently as two years ago for “The Great Beauty,” has chosen a highly uncharacteristic work: an artfully constructed cinema verite documentary set on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, which sees a steady stream of refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. The film makes the refugee crisis personal and immediate, and includes a number of indelible characters, including a doctor who treats the migrants who often arrive in bad shape and a young boy more concerned with his slingshot than with the human tragedies around him. The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

“Nagasaki: Memories of My Son” (“Haha to Kuraseba”)
Director: Yoji Yamada
The film is set in the aftermath of World War II and focuses on a woman receiving mysterious visitations from her son, who was killed in the Nagasaki bombing in 1945. The prolific Yoji Yamada has made five films that have been submitted to the Oscars, from 1986’s “Final Take” to 2003’s “The Twlight Samurai,” the only one of his submissions to be nominated.
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“Home Sweet Home”
Director: Faton Bajraktari
As usual with submissions from the Balkan countries, the specter of war hangs over “Home Sweet Home,” which deals with a soldier who returns to his home four years after being declared dead. His survival, though, complicates things for his wife and children, who is enjoying the benefits of being the family of a fallen hero.
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“A Father’s Will”
Director: Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Japar Uulu
A man returns to his home village in Kyrgyzstan after living in the United States for 15 years, discovering a family he never knew in the country he left. “A Father’s Will” won the award for the best first feature at the Montreal World Film Festival.
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Director: Laila Pakalnina
Based on the same story as an unfinished film by legendary Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein, “Dawn” is a drama about a fervent young communist who turns his father into the secret police in 1960s, Soviet-occupied Latvia. Director Laila Pakalnina uses the look and feel of Soviet cinema to inform her black-and-white film.
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“Very Big Shot”
Director: Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya
A movie production serves as the front for a drug-smuggling ring in the comedy “Very Big Shot,” which takes a satiric look at both the Lebanese film industry and the country’s violent culture. The film premiered in Toronto in 2015 and is already available for online viewing in the U.S.
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“Seneca’s Day”
Director: Kristijonas Vildziunas
Five years after his “Back in Your Arms” was Lithuania’s submission, former rock star turned director Kristijonas Vildziunas is back in the Oscar race with a drama about a group of friends looking back on their teenage years just before the end of Soviet rule. Although its 2015 submission “The Summer of Sangaile” was highly acclaimed, Lithuania has never been shortlisted in eight previous submissions.
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“Voices From Chernobyl”
Director: Pol Crutchen
A rare documentary in the foreign-film race, “Voices From Chernobyl” adapts stories from victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster that were collected in Nobel winner Svetlana Alexievitch’s book “Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster.” Director Pol Crutchen also represented Luxembourg in the Oscar race with “Never Die Young” in 2013 and “Little Secrets” in 2006.
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Director: Jonas Cuaron
A lean survival story in a remote environment, “Desierto” actually served as an inspiration of sorts for “Gravity,” which Jonas Cuaron wrote with his father Alfonso. But instead of Earth orbit, the younger Cuaron’s film is set in the desert along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, with Gael Garcia Bernal as a migrant worker trying to get north of the border and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a gun-toting vigilante trying to stop him.
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“The Black Pin”
Director: Ivan Marinovic
A comedy about a priest who runs afoul of the locals while caring for his ailing mother in a Montenegrin village, Marinovic’s film focuses on superstition, ignorance and corruption. The first-time director based the film on stories he heard as a kid and based the characters on people he knew growing up.
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“A Mile in My Shoes” *
Director: Said Khallaf
A social drama about a teenager raised on the street and pushed into the criminal life, Khallaf’s film mixes occasionally melodramatic action with stark, theatrical passages and affecting footage of a social worker’s interview. The film won the grand prize at the Tangier National Film Festival.
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“The Black Hen”
Director: Min Bahadur Bham
Set in northwest Nepal during the civil war that lasted for 10 years at the turn of the century, “The Black Hen” is a drama about two childhood friends from different castes going on a journey to retrieve a missing hen. The film, the first Nepalese movie to premiere at the Venice Film Festival, won praise for mixing the details of ordinary life with the looming threat of armed conflict.
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Director: Paula van der Oest
The death of a 21-year-old man in a car accident transforms the life of his parents in this drama from the director of “Accused” and “Zus & Zo,” both Oscar entries from the Netherlands. (The latter was nominated in 2002.) The film is based on a novel by A.F.Th. van der Heijden, which he wrote after his own son was killed in an accident.
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“A Flickering Truth”

New Zealand
“A Flickering Truth”
Director: Pietra Brettkelly
New Zealand’s entry is a documentary set in Kabul and detailing the efforts to restore the Afghan Film archives following the city’s takeover by the Taliban. Director Pietra Brettkelly spent three and a half years following Ibrahim Arify, who returned to Afghanistan from Europe and had to deal with an archive that had been decimated by a Taliban order that all films be burned.
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“The King’s Choice”
Director: Erik Poppe
Jesper Christensen stars as Norway’s King Haakon, who faced a German invasion early in World War II and had to decide whether to surrender to the Nazis or fight back. Poppe’s previous films include “Troubled Water” and the English-language “A Thousand Times Good Night.”
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“Mah e Mir”
Director: Anjum Shazad
Anjum Shahzad’s drama begins as the story of a contemporary poet whose life is filled with troubles – but when the modern writer discovers the work of the celebrated 18th century Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir, the film goes into flashbacks to show parallels between the two lives.
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Director: Richardo Aguilar Navarro, Manuel Rodriguez
An ode to life in the barrio of Panama City, “Salsipuedes” is loosely based on the work of Panamanian singer-songwriter-actor Ruben Blades. Samir Flores stars as a young man who returns to his home country and meets his long-incarcerated father after spending years at school in the United States.
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“Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)”
Director: Juan Daniel Fernandez
Peru hasn’t been back to the Oscars since its surprise nominee “The Milk of Sorrow” in 2009, and its 2016 entry is a far cry from that gentle, mysterious rural tale. This hallucinogenic drama set in Lima follows a teenage girl whose experiments with sex and drugs lead her to a porn dealer and conspiracy theorist.
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“Ma’ Rosa” *
Director: Brilliante Mendoza
Jaclyn Jose won the best-actress award in Cannes for her portrayal of a working-class mother trying desperately to raise enough money to bribe corrupt policemen. Filipino director Mendoza has made a grimy, immersive, neorealist tour of a landscape where everything is chaotic and the poor have little chance to survive in a system stacked against them.
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“Letters From War”
Director: Ivo M. Ferreira
Ferreira’s film is based on the epistolary novel by Antonio Lobo Antunes, which took the form of a series of letters written by Lobo Antunes to his pregnant wife while serving in the early 1970s war in Angola. The film is shot in black and white and makes extensive use of voiceover readings of the letters.
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“Sieranevada” *
Director: Cristi Puiu
Puiu (“The Death of Mr. Lazarescu”) is one of the leaders of the Romanian new wave, which is beloved by arthouse aficionados but not typically embraced by the Academy. This film, which premiered in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, focuses on a middle-aged man attending a family memorial; two hours and 53 minutes long, with most of its running time taking place in a small, crowded and claustrophobic house, it is bold but agonizingly slow portrait of a family and society ripped apart by the mistrust that comes from a violent and perilous history.
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Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
The political nature of the Russian selection process has long been controversial, but this year the committee opted for a film by the 79-year-old Konchalovsky, whose previous films include “Maria’s Lovers,” the English-language “Runaway Train” and “Tango & Cash” and 2014’s “The Postman’s White Nights,” which he withdrew from Oscar consideration because he didn’t want to compete for a Hollywood award. Set in occupied France during World War II, “Paradise” won the Silver Lion award at the Venice Film Festival this year.
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“Barakah Meets Barakah”

Saudi Arabia
“Barakah Meets Barakah”
Director: Mahmoud Sabbagh
A romantic comedy that takes place in a setting where romance (and sometimes, comedy) has to stay undercover, “Barakah Meets Barakah” is only the second Oscar entry for Saudi Arabia. The crowd-pleasing film stars Hisham Fageeh and Fatima Al Banawi as a young man and woman who must fight cultural barriers just to have a first date.
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“Train Driver’s Diary”
Director: Milos Radovic
A comedy about a subject that shouldn’t be funny, Radovic’s film tells the story of a train driver contemplating retirement after a career in which he set a lamentable record by accidentally running over 28 drunk, careless or suicidal people. But the lead character isn’t simply leaving his deadly profession, because his adopted son wants to follow in his footsteps and become a driver as well.
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Director: Boo Junfeng
Boo Junfeng’s drama about a correctional officer who becomes the apprentice to a prison’s chief executioner premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes this year. The director has said he didn’t want to make an activist film, but instead a film dealing with the death penalty from the perspective of the man who carries it out.
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“Eva Nova”
Director: Marko Skop
Slovak actress Emilia Vasaryova won raves for her performance in “Eva Nova” as an aging actress trying to revive her career after getting out of her third stay in a rehab facility. Skop was inspired to make the downbeat but understated film after interviewing French actress Annie Giradot late in her career.
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“Houston, We Have a Problem” *
Director: Ziga Virc
One of the most original and confounding films in the race, this “docu-fiction” film purports to show how a faltering NASA bought the Yugoslavian space program lock, stock and barrel in the early ’60s – but it’s really not about the space program as much as it’s about the way myths and conspiracies are constructed, and about why an audience will accept any tomfoolery and conspiracy the media puts in front of them. The documentary-style construction may confuse some viewers, but that’s sort of the point of this funhouse-mirror experience.
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South Korea
“The Age of Shadows” *
Director: Kim Jee-woon
An epic (and overly lengthy) period piece set during Korea’s fight for independence from Japan in the 1920s, “The Age of Shadows” follows a Korean cop who is working for the Japanese but has conflicted sympathies as he infiltrates a group of revolutionaries. The action scenes are striking, including a lengthy set piece on a train, and the tense thriller remains impressive and involving even as it runs through lots of twists and turns and as many false endings as “The Return of the King.”
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“Julieta” *
Director: Pedro Almodovar
The Spanish selection committee has long had a difficult relationship with Almodovar, even though he’s their best-known filmmaker and he’s directed a foreign-language winner, “All About My Mother,” and won another Oscar for writing “Talk to Her.” Based on three stories from the Alice Munro book “Runaway” and dealing with a mother in search of the daughter who vanished from her life as a teenager, “Julieta” is Almodovar in a languid, contemplative mood; it’s a meditation on parenthood and guilt that has the beauty of much of his past work without the energy that sometimes highlighted his work and occasionally threatened to capsize it.
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“A Man Called Ove” *
Director: Hannes Holm
It’s not unusual for at least one Scandinavian country to submit a comedic film to the Oscars, and this tale of a cranky old man in the aftermath of his wife’s death initially fits the bill. But Holm’s film grows more serious and touching as it follows the growing friendship between the man and a young Iranian woman who moves nearby with her family. The film received seven nominations at Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards, and could well click with the Academy’s general committee.
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“My Life as a Courgette”

“My Life as a Courgette”
Director: Claude Barras
Stop-motion animation is used to add a whimsical touch to a story that would otherwise be grim: the life in a foster home of a nine-year-old boy who accidentally caused the death of his mother. The film is the first feature for its director, and a rare animated entry in the Oscar foreign-language race.
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“Hang in There, Kids”
Director: Laha Mebow
Laha Mebow’s drama about three schoolchildren who discover their teacher has hidden musical talents is set in a remote tribal village and uses children from one of Taiwan’s indigenous tribes as actors. The director herself is from the Atayal tribe.
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Director: Kanittha Kwanyu
A rare Thai film from a female director, “Karma” was originally banned by Thai censors for its depiction of a young Buddhist monk whose misbehavior brings karmic retribution. A re-edited and re-titled version of the film was passed and became a box-office hit, as well as one of the few films with horror-movie elements to make it into the Oscar race.
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“As I Open My Eyes”
Director: Leyla Bouzid
A drama about a teenage rock singer on the eve of the Arab Spring, this coming-of-age story screened at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals in 2015. Baya Medhaffer made a strong screen debut as the teenage girl who aspires to become a singer, while Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali plays her protective mother.
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“Ukranian Sheriffs”

“Ukranian Sheriffs”
Director: Roman Bondarchuk
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine forms the backdrop for this documentary, which focuses on a pair of pair of law enforcement officers trying to keep the peace in the town of Stara Zburjivka as the region passes from Ukranian to Russian control. The film won a special jury prize at last year’s Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.
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United Kingdom
“Under the Shadow”
Director: Babak Anvari
Produced by a British company but set in Tehran in 1988s, this horror film was bought by Netflix at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It deals with a mother and daughter who believe their house is haunted during the Iran-Iraq war.
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Director: Manana Rodriguez
This drama focuses on a female lawyer who returns to her hometown in Uruguay after the end of civilian-military rule in the 1970s and ’80s. Once home, she must decide whether to live peacefully or bring a court case on behalf of women who were imprisoned and raped during the country’s 12-year dictatorship.
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“From Afar” (“Desde alla”)
Director: Lorenzo Vigas
First-time director Vigas’ drama about the relationship between a middle-aged man and the young man he initially approaches for sex was made with the help of a number of high-profile filmmakers, including writer Guillermo Arriaga, producer Michel Franco and executive producer Edgar Ramirez. The understated character study made its debut in competition at the Venice Film Festival last year.
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“Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass”
Director: Victor Vu
Two brothers compete for the same girl in this drama from prolific director Victor Vu, which is based on Nguyen Nhat Anh’s children’s novel “I See Yellow Flowers Upon the Green Grass.” The director was born and raised in the United States, and says this was his opportunity to tell “a very Vietnamese story.”
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Ratings: ‘Quantico,’ ‘OUAT’ Premieres Fail Fourth-Place ABC Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:48:48 +0000 Tony Maglio ABC settled for fourth place in TV ratings on Sunday, with lackluster starts for “Quantico” and “Once Upon a Time.” While “Secrets & Lies” didn’t quite kill it either, that debut at least fared fine internally for the tough time slot.

NBC easily finished first last night, thanks to “Sunday Night Football.” CBS was runner-up with an NFL overrun — the rest of its shows reaped the benefits.

Fox bested ABC in the key 18-49 demographic, though their spots were reversed among total viewers.

NBC was first in ratings with a 5.5 rating/18 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 15.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. Pregame show “Football Night in America” earned a 3.4/11 and 10.1 million viewers on-average from 8 o’clock to 9:30 p.m. ET. The Chicago Bears-Dallas Cowboys game followed, bringing those numbers even higher.

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.6/8 and in viewers with 13 million. An NFL overrun at 7 p.m. ET scored a 5.8/21 and 20.4 million viewers. At 7:30, the game ran into “60 Minutes” — the two combined for a 4.9/17 and 18.6 million viewers. At 8, “60 Minutes” alone landed a 2.7/9 and 14.5 million viewers. More of the news magazine show ran into the “NCIS: Los Angeles” premiere at 8:30, putting together a 1.9/6 and 12.5 million viewers. At 9, more “NCIS: L.A.” put up a 1.5/4 and 10.3 million viewers. The conclusion of the program made way for a rerun sometime after 10:30, netting out a 1.3/4 and 8.6 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.2/4 and fourth in viewers with 2.9 million. Following a repeat, “Bob’s Burgers” premiered at 7:30 p.m. ET to a 1.3/4 and 3 million viewers. At 8, “The Simpsons” returned to a 1.6/5 and 3.7 million viewers. At 8:30, “Son of Zorn” had a 1.2/4 and 2.8 million viewers. The “Family Guy” season premiere at 9 got a 1.4/4 and 2.9 million viewers. The “Last Man on Earth” Season 3 start received a 0.9/3 and 2.2 million viewers.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and third in viewers with 3.6 million. At 7 p.m. ET, a “Once Upon a Time” recap show had a 0.6/2 and 2.8 million viewers. At 8, the season premiere itself put up a 1.2/4 and 3.9 million viewers. “Secrets and Lies” at 9 landed a 1.0/3 and 4.1 million viewers. At 10, “Quantico” (pictured above) settled for a 1.0/3 and 3.6 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.8 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

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Donald Trump’s ‘Disrespectful’ Request to Visit Civil Rights Museum Denied Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:37:42 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven A North Carolina civil rights organization denied Donald Trump’s request to visit its museum, saying the Trump campaign’s demands were “disrespectful.”

“We did not honor the request of the Donald Trump team because we thought … their approach was disrespectful,” Earl Jones, co-founder of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum said, according to WFMY News.

According to the news report, the Trump campaign was aggressive and rude to the staff of the museum in making its request to visit last week. Jones said that the Republican nominee wanted the museum to be closed for at least five hours to accommodate him.

The main reason the museum denied the request, Jones said, is because it doesn’t offer any special treatment to anyone. But he also didn’t think the request was sincere.

“The approach, the type of disrespect, pretty much a demand and bullying us to use the museum in their manner and their way in their time, it was inappropriate and I think it’s probably reflective of the type of insensitivity of civil rights and human rights that’s reflective from Trump over the years,” said Jones.

But Jones added that if Hillary Clinton were to make the same request, she would also be denied. Both Trump and Clinton are welcome to visit the museum, but no special arrangements will be provided.

“We have equal treatment for everyone coming to the museum and we welcome everyone to the museum but we are not going to allow the museum to be used for political gain,” said Jones.

The Trump campaign has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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TheGrill Starts Today! See Cameron Crowe, Irving Azoff and the Guy Behind ‘Pokemon Go’ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:30:31 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven TheWrap’s seventh annual Grill conference kicks off at 2 p.m. PT, offering two days of intense discussion about the convergence of the entertainment and technology, at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.

TheGrill 2016 features a stunning lineup of thought leaders and disrupters, including famed music manager and Azoff MSG Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff, Showtime CEO David Nevins, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, and FX Networks CEO John Landgraf.

The conference opens with a conversation between Wrap Editor in Chief Sharon Waxman and Jason Hirschhorn, CEO of REDEF, two leading journalistic voices in media and entertainment. They will examine the landscape of media in the past year. That will be followed by a panel discussion has gone Hollywood with Chris DeWolfe, CEO of Jam City (formerly SGN Games), Phil Keslin, CTO of “Pokemon Go” creator Niantic and actor, and gamer Adande Thorne, a.k.a. sWooZie.

In addition, Oscar-winning filmmaker Cameron Crowe will sit down with his longtime friends and collaborators, the legendary rock photographers Joel Bernstein and Neal Preston.

We can expect to hear the stories behind the photos, as well as to see exclusive images of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Freddie Mercury, Prince and Led Zeppelin.

No platform, neither digital nor analog, has a monopoly on quality, nor a lock on compelling narrative. The beauty of the digital age is that it has cracked open possibilities for the content creators we support and celebrate, some of whom you will meet on our Innovators Panel.

Topics at this year’s conference also include China’s influence on the online ticketing game, the state of television, and virtual reality.

TheGrill brings newsmakers together to debate the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

The full schedule is now available online here.

You can follow all the doings and join the conversation via the Twitter hashtag #TheGrill201.

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Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Documentary ’13th’ Drops Powerful Trailer (Video) Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:24:36 +0000 Tony Maglio

Ava DuVernay‘s Netflix documentary “13th” released an official trailer on Monday morning, and it’s one almost certain to polarize.

The “Selma” director’s film is named for the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

She focuses on that latter part, which speaks to the American prison system’s mass incarceration issue. To get her point-of-view across, DuVernay utilizes a mix of archival footage and testimony from activists, politicians, historians and formerly incarcerated people.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker offers the following observation: “We now have more African-Americans under criminal supervision than all the slaves back in the 1850s.”

Others focus on the monetization of the prison system, which is quite over-crowded compared to other nations. As a matter of fact, one out of four people incarcerated in the world are here in the United States, the trailer begins by telling us.

The world has 7.4 billion people. America has about 319 million. Do the math — it’s not good.

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are featured in that aforementioned archival footage, as are Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Newt Gingrich, among others.

Netflix will release “13th” on October 7.

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Amy Schumer Makes Out With Boyfriend in Front of Dad on Mets Kiss Cam (Video) Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:16:33 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven When Amy Schumer had the opportunity to be on the Mets kiss cam, she totally owned it, gently kissing her father on the cheek before going into an intense make-out session with her boyfriend Ben Hanisch.

“I have always wanted to be on the kiss cam!” Schumer wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “My dad and my man!! #letsgomets.”

The comedian attended the Mets’ 17-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday at CitiField in Flushing, New York.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Schumer was a guest of Jerry Seinfeld‘s at the game. The actor has a box in CitiField and is a big Mets fan. The group, which Schumer also posted a picture of on Instagram, was joined by Jonah Hill and Matthew Broderick.

“Let’s go @mets thank you jerry and @jessseinfeld,” she wrote, adding the hashtag #dreamday.

Sunday’s game was the Mets’ final season home game. Schumer and Hanisch have been dating since Janary.

See Schumer’s posts below.

I have always wanted to be on the kiss cam! My dad and my man!! #letsgomets

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Let's go @mets thank you jerry and @jessseinfeld #dreamday

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Rolling Stone Sells 49 Percent to Singapore-Based Company BandLab Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:10:20 +0000 Brian Flood Rolling Stone sold a 49 percent stake to Singapore-based social music company BandLab Technologies Ltd., according to multiple media reports.

The deal, reported by both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, includes the magazine and its digital assets, but does not include ownership in Rolling Stone’s corporate parent, Wenner Media LLC.

Terms were of the deal not disclosed.

The WSJ said, “Many publishers are seeking to broaden their portfolios to become less dependent on print advertising revenue.”

A Rolling Stone spokesperson told WSJ that the magazines ad pages declined 14 percent between January and August compared, to the same period a year ago.

“Everyone is trying to figure out the new business model,” Wenner Media executive Gus Wenner told the WSJ. “We have the quality that most matters, a brand that means something to people and elicits an emotional response.”

“It’s a big moment,” Wenner told Bloomberg in a separate interview. “There is a great opportunity to take that brand and apply it into new and different areas and markets.”

Gus’ father, Jann Wenner, is Rolling Stone’s co-founder, editor and publisher.

Rolling Stone and BandLab will form a new Singapore subsidiary called Rolling Stone International, according to the paper. BandLab’s 28-year-old CEO and co-founder Meng Ru Kuok will lead the project, which is expected to include Rolling Stone’s 12 international licensees.

“Our strength is local knowledge,” Ru Kuok told the WSJ. “Rolling Stone is pushing digital, and we’re excited to push the physical experiences around the brand.”

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Hispanics of All Ages Prefer English-Language Media, PwC Study Finds Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:00:30 +0000 Matt Pressberg First-generation Hispanic Americans may have grown up speaking Spanish, but even with the myriad Spanish-language programming options available, they still prefer to consume English-language media first, according to a new study from accounting and consulting giant PwC.

In the study titled “Always Connected: U.S.-based Hispanic Consumers Dominate Mobile, Entertainment, and Beyond,” PwC found that Latino viewers of all generations consume an above average amount of entertainment, particularly online. And most of that is in English.

The firm surveyed 1,000 people, half of Hispanic decent and half not. PwC will share additional, exclusive data from the survey at TheWrap’s TheGrill conference on Monday in Beverly Hills.

While 60 percent of first-generation Hispanics said they identified better with what was shown on Spanish-language TV, 55 percent say they enjoy watching English-language programs more and 59 percent said English-language shows are of higher quality. Among the second and third generations, preference for English-language programming was stronger. (According to Nielsen, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is the most watched show among Hispanic viewers.)

Hispanic Americans have always been ahead of the pace in terms of mobile adoption, the study said, and while other groups have caught up, their engagement on mobile devices is higher than the national average. The study’s authors said this is because mobile is a convenient and affordable way to interact with others and consume entertainment.

“For U.S. Hispanic consumers — more so than non-Hispanics — mobile technology has become an affordable communication and entertainment vehicle,” they wrote. “With a phone, U.S. Hispanic consumers can not only stay in touch with friends and loved ones outside the U.S., they can also get unlimited access to a world of information and entertainment that might otherwise be unreachable.

Hispanic consumers used every single category of electronic devices at a higher rate than non-Hispanics with two exceptions: smart TVs and TiVo/DVR. They also like to stream video much more than non-Hispanics, the study found.

“The average Hispanic consumer spends more than 26 hours per month watching video online/on their smartphone — seven hours more than the US average — likely driven by data usage 16 percent higher than the national average,” the study said.

And even though there’s plenty of Spanish-language content online, just 3 percent of first-generation Hispanic consumers stream exclusively in Spanish, and 21 percent stream more in Spanish than English.

The study also found some behavioral distinctions within U.S. Hispanics. Consumers of Mexican descent engage with streaming video content more often than other Hispanics, and they also attend the movies more, seeing 7.3 films a year compared with 6.8 for other Hispanics.

Hispanics in general are extremely valuable to the box office, as they see about 0.6 more movies a year than non-Hispanics. Among women, that difference is more pronounced, as Hispanic women see nearly two more movies per year than non-Hispanic women (6.8 films compared to 5.2). And 27 percent of Hispanic women often see movies on opening weekend, while only 14 percent of non-Hispanic women do.

Hispanic consumers tend to also use apps and social media sites at a higher rate than non-Hispanics. For example, 70 percent of U.S. Hispanics use YouTube, compared with 61 percent of non-Hispanic sample. One of the biggest differences is with WhatsApp — 28 percent of Hispanics use it, compared with 18 percent of non-Hispanics. WhatsApp is a popular and extremely inexpensive way to communicate across borders, which may account for some of that divergence.

There’s one area, though, where Hispanic consumers are not trendsetters: cutting the cord.

While 18 percent of non-Hispanic consumers between the ages of 18 and 24 have never subscribed to a pay-TV service, only 9 percent of Hispanics have done the same. However, Hispanic consumers saw themselves subscribing to cable in the future at a lower rate than non-Hispanics.

The study advised advertisers seeking to reach Hispanic audiences to pay attention to cultural differences, avoid simply translating English messages to Spanish — because Hispanic consumers read both — and most of all, to focus on mobile.

“Hispanic consumers spend a disproportionate amount of their day on the phone–most notably, streaming videos,” it said. “Mobile video and, in particular, YouTube, are at the heart of Hispanic consumers.”

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Netflix’s New ‘Luke Cage’ Trailer Shows Harlem’s Hero Running the Streets (Video) Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:49:44 +0000 Joe Otterson

Luke Cage is ready to take back Harlem for the people in the new trailer for the Marvel/Netflix series of the same name.

Mike Colter plays Cage, who was blessed with unbreakable skin and super strength after a prison experiment went awry.

Initially content to fade into the background, Cage finds that he can’t sit idly by while gangsters like Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali) and his cousin, local politician Mariah Stokes (Alfre Woodard), try to choke the lifeblood out of Harlem.

Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley and Rosario Dawson also star in the series, with Dawson reprising her role as nurse Claire Temple from both “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones.”

Cheo Hodari Coker serves as showrunner in addition to executive producing along with Charles Murray and Jeph Loeb, who also serves as Marvel’s head of television.

The show is the third of five planned Marvel shows on the streaming service. “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” have already aired their second and first seasons, respectively.

Next up will be “Iron Fist” starring Finn Jones as a young man who returns to New York with incredible martial arts skills that allows him to channel his chi energy into his strikes. All four characters will then join forces for “The Defenders” miniseries.

“Luke Cage” will debut on Sept. 30 on Netflix.

Watch the video above.

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Oscar-Winning Producer Greg Shapiro Joins IM Global as President of Feature Film Production Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:33:57 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven Oscar-winning producer Greg Shapiro has joined IM Global as president of feature film production, the company’s founder and CEO Stuart Ford announced Monday.

Shapiro will oversee all feature film production and financing activity. The indie studio is a partner on upcoming projects like “Hacksaw Ridge” from director Mel Gibson and Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence.”

Shapiro executive produced “Zero Dark Thirty” and produced “The Hurt Locker,” which earned him an Academy Award when it won Best Picture in 2010. More recently, Shapiro produced “Child 44,” starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, as well as James Gray‘s “The Immigrant,” starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner.

IM Global was a financing partner on Matthew McConaughey‘s “Free State of Jones,” as well as a production and finance partner on Julia Roberts‘ “Secret in Their Eyes,” both released earlier this year.

IM Global’s current release is “Southside With You,” a romantic drama about Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date. The company’s supernatural thriller “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Stuart Ford has built an impressive company that has consistently evolved and thrived amidst an ever changing landscape of film and television production,” Shapiro said in a statement. “Equal to his success as a content creator is the collaborative culture that he has fostered at IM Global, and I look forward to joining forces with not just Stuart, but his entire team.”

Ford added, “it’s a tremendous boost for our already vibrant film production and financing operation to have such a highly respected and commercially successful heavyweight as Greg join to head the team. We have an exciting slate of filmmaker-driven productions in the pipeline for 2017 and we hope Greg’s arrival will give us ever greater momentum as we end 2016 on a high note.”

Shapiro’s other producing credits include “The Conspirator,” “Detachment” and “The Rum Diary.” His upcoming projects include the still-untitled Kathryn Bigelow project that is currently filming in Boston; “Weightless”; and the television series “Graves,” which will premiere next month.

Shapiro was represented in the negotiation by attorney Darren Trattner from Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein and COO Chris Bosco negotiated on behalf of IM Global.

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John Oliver Says America Should Be ‘F—ing Outraged’ Over Donald Trump’s Scandals Compared to Hillary Clinton’s (Video) Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:27:22 +0000 Joe Otterson

John Oliver decided to break down the various scandals that have plagued both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail during Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight.”

First up, Oliver took a hard look at Clinton, going back as far as the Whitewater scandal, when Bill was governor of Arkansas, all the way up to Benghazi. Both scandals were investigated by multiple Congressional committees, but ultimately no charges were ever filed.

And of course, there’s the private email server scandal that is brought up almost daily when talking about Clinton. Oliver concluded that Clinton’s choice to use a private email server was highly questionable but ultimately not illegal.

Likewise with the Clinton Foundation, which has been accused of accepting donations from foreign governments in exchange for favors at the State Department. One example was a top Russian official donating over $2 million shortly before the U.S. sold Russia the rights to a large uranium mine.

But Oliver points out that while the timing is questionable, nine separate government agencies had to vet and sign off on the deal before it was finally approved.

And then Oliver turned his attention to Trump, or as he calls him, “America’s wealthiest hemorrhoid.” Oliver said he was able to “barely scratch the surface” of all the scandals that Trump has been at the center of this election.

But he still dove into questionable use of charitable donations to the Trump Foundation to settle Trump legal disputes, Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns, and the massive ethical dilemmas that Trump’s worldwide business dealings would pose for him as President.

“This campaign has been dominated by scandals, but it is dangerous to think there’s an equal number on both sides,” Oliver said. “And you can be irritated by some of Hillary’s. That is understandable. But you should then be f—ing outraged by Trump’s.”

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Drake Drops Short Film ‘Please Forgive Me’ Early on Apple Music (Video) Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:18:23 +0000 Tony Maglio

Drake hasn’t abandoned his acting roots, which are on full display in his new short film “Please Forgive Me.”

The rapper dropped the 20-plus-minute action movie overnight exclusively on Apple Music. “Please Forgive Me” originally had a release date of Sept. 30 — apparently, Drake couldn’t wait.

The film co-stars Popcaan, Fanny Neguesha, Sonni Chidiebere (“Blood Diamond”) and Kyla Reid. Directed by Anthony Mandler and shot on location over just one week in Johannesburg and Namibia, “Please Forgive Me” is drawing comparisons to “Indecent Proposal” — plot-wise, at least.

Mandler has also directed Jay Z’s “Run This Town,” Nicki Minaj‘s “Starships,” and Rihanna‘s “Only Girl in the World,” among other high-profile music videos. He even did the Taylor Swift Apple Music commercials, whether you like those or hate them. “Please Forgive Me” was produced by Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records.

Drake‘s movie is based on his latest album, “Views,” which was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) last month. Drake is still No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The film’s soundtrack includes “Hype,” “Weston Road Flows” and “Once Dance,” which are all on Drake‘s “Views.” It also goes elsewhere, however, in setting the mood through music — also featured is Fela Kuti’s 1970s song, “Colonial Mentality.”

Watch a preview of “Please Forgive Me” above.

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Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway Explains What a Lie Is (Video) Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:06:25 +0000 Brian Flood Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday that she doesn’t think Trump lied when he called debate moderator Lester Holt a Democrat.

Trump recently said that Holt was a Democrat when discussing media bias, but it was then revealed that the “NBC Nightly News” anchor is actually a registered Republican.

“A lie would mean he knew the man’s party registration,” Conway said.

Bloomberg Politics host Mark Halperin, who was also on the morning show, brought up the conversation, asking, “How could he say such a thing that just black-and white factually incorrect?”

Conway pivoted by saying the media is filled with Democrats.

“I’m asking about a very specific thing,” Halperin said. “He made a factual claim about the moderator who deserves the right to be treated fairly and it was just wrong. And it’s a metaphor for his frequently in public stating things with no basis, that are wrong.”

Conway responded by calling it a “terrible and irrelevant example” because she was “appalled” by the treatment Matt Lauer received when he moderated a recent NBC town hall event.

Halperin pressed for Conway to explain why Trump called Holt a Democrat when he didn’t actually know, but the two never came to an agreement before the show went to a commercial break.

“He didn’t lie,” Conway said. “A lie would mean he knew the man’s party registration.”

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Matt LeBlanc to Return as ‘Top Gear’ Host, BBC Confirms Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:26:56 +0000 Tony Maglio (Lone) gentleman, start your engine: Matt LeBlanc will return as the sole host of “Top Gear” for at least two more seasons, the BBC confirmed Monday morning.

Previously, it was unclear if the “Friends” star would be the face of the BBC Two series’ upcoming 24th season. The show’s ratings weren’t very good after Jeremy Clarkson and the boys left, and LeBlanc himself was cagey about a comeback when asked recently by TV critics.

Still, it’s on, and LeBlanc will be joined by Chris Harris and Rory Reid, with regular appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig. Chris Evans announced he’d be stepping down earlier this summer. Since then, reports of a rift between him and LeBlanc have been mounting, though the two have denied the idea.

“I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to ‘Top Gear,'” Patrick Holland, channel editor, BBC Two said Monday in a statement. “He’s a huge talent whose love of cars is infectious. I can’t wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year.”

“Matt was hugely popular with ‘Top Gear’ viewers last series with his humour, warmth and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn’t be more delighted that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us,” Mark Linsey, director, BBC Studios added.

“Top Gear” returns to BBC Two next year. Clare Pizey is executive producer and Alex Renton is series editor.

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‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Review: Tim Burton Gums Up the Works Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:00:18 +0000 Alonso Duralde The very title “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” conjures a delightfully eccentric cross between Edward Gorey and the X-Men, and there was a time when one could expect that director Tim Burton would know exactly what to do with this sort of material.

The film offers the occasional flash of delectable weirdness from the man who once gave us “Beetlejuice” and “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” but for most of its seemingly interminable running time, “Miss Peregrine’s” has all the breeziness and joy of wading through aspic. Working from a screenplay by Jane Goldman (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”), adapting the novel by Ransom Riggs, this film offers far too many scenes of characters explaining the plot — or worse, very deliberately not explaining it, simply to set up some unsurprising late-in-the-game reveals.

We begin in Florida, where Jake (Asa Butterfield, “Ender’s Game”) has a close relationship with his grandfather Abe (Terence Stamp); throughout the boy’s life, Abe has told him stories about the children’s home on an island off the coast of Wales where he lived after Abe’s parents escaped Poland. It was a literally magical place, where other children were invisible, or so defiant of gravity that they had to wear lead shoes, or in possession of other “peculiarities.”

Jake’s parents (Chris O’Dowd and a barely-utilized Kim Dickens) dismiss these tales as fabrications, but the night that Abe dies, he tells Jake to go back to the island and find the home. After some prodding by Jake’s grief counselor (Allison Janney), Jake and his father cross the ocean. The home appears to be in ruins after it was bombed by the Germans in 1943, but then Jake sees the floating Emma (Ella Purnell, “Maleficent”), firestarter Olive (Lauren McCrostie) and all the other children from Abe’s stories.

None of them have aged because Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) is an ymbrine, which gives her two abilities: the power to turn into a bird and the ability to manipulate time. She has kept the home and its residents living in a permanent loop of the 24 hours before that bomb drops, so when Jake steps inside, it’s still 1943. There are of course, some nasty Big Bads out there led by Barron (Samuel L. Jackson) because something something take over the world.

On paper, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” sounds like the perfect vehicle for director Burton — but then so did “Dark Shadows.” Like that ponderous adaptation of the gothic soap opera, this movie has all the shadowy trappings and sepia-toned creepiness that any fan of the “American Horror Story” ad campaign could want, but it’s sorely in need of a soul.

Jake, as played by Butterfield, comes off as a complete blank, and none of the peculiar children get enough time to establish themselves as anything besides their mutant power. (Even Dame Judi Dench is ill used here, turning up for about three scenes and playing a character who winds up being completely extraneous to the plot.)

There are some gloriously Burton-esque visuals, including an adorable little girl with a hungry jaw in the back of her head, a character who uses lung-power to displace the water in a sunken ship, and some CG stop-motion battles involving reanimated dolls and skeletons. For the most part, however, “Miss Peregrine’s” merely underscores that this visionary director all too often loses the thread when it comes to turning designs and storyboards into an actual movie.

This adventure should have been spooky and witty and exciting, but instead it’s just dreary and dull. Peculiarity has rarely been this tedious.

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Hillary Clinton Goes Selfie Crazy on Campaign Trail Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:48:15 +0000 Rosemary Rossi TheWrap’s photo du jour goes to Hillary Clinton, who really knows how to work a room filled with selfie-loving millennials.

Former Clinton White House photog and current full-time photographer on the Hillary Clinton campaign, Barbara Kinney, snapped a pic of, well, people snapping pics.

After #ImWithHer supporter Victor Ng tweeted Kinney’s photo, Twitterverse picked it up and ran with it.

Check out some of the funny memes that followed:

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Arnold Palmer, Golf Legend, Dies at 87 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:59:58 +0000 Rosemary Rossi and Tony Maglio Arnold Palmer, one of the golf world’s original superstars has died Sunday, according to Golf Digest. He was 87.

Details of his passing are forthcoming.

“Today marks the passing of an era,” Alastair Johnston, Palmer’s longtime agent at IMG said in a statement. “Arnold Palmer’s influence, profile and achievements spread far beyond the game of golf. He was an iconic American who treated people with respect and warmth, and built a unique legacy through his ability to engage with fans.”

Ariel Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, Co-CEOs of WME/IMG, also wrote, “Arnold Palmer set the standard for athletes in life and in business with his passion, charisma, and dedication. We will forever remember him as IMG’s first client and a man who profoundly shaped the modern-day sports industry. On behalf of all of our employees and partners, we send our deepest condolences to Arnold’s family, friends and fans.”

Palmer hosted his annual PGA tournament at his Bay Hill Club & Lodge outside Orlando in March, where he was seemed fragile. Days prior to the event, he announced that he wouldn’t be hitting the ceremonial first tee shot at The Master, a yearly tradition since 2007.

Palmer was one of the most beloved golfers of all time — but his cultural impact even extended to the beverage world.

Anyone who has ever mixed iced tea with lemonade has enjoyed the man’s namesake and signature drink, the aptly titled Arnold Palmer. Countless of those concoctions have been enjoyed after a round of 18 holes — expect thousands more to be tilted back in memoriam this fall.

Of course, Palmer truly made his name on the course. The Wake Forest alum accumulated 95 professional tour wins, including 7 majors. Palmer actually won the Masters every other year from 1958 to 1964. He never won the PGA Championship, though Palmer finished runner-up three times.

In 1974, Palmer was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was survived by two daughters and a grandson, Sam Saunders, who plays on the PGA Tour.
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LSU Fires Head Football Coach Les Miles Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:41:17 +0000 Rosemary Rossi Les Miles has been “relieved of his duties” as Louisiana State University’s head football coach, LSU’s Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced Sunday.

Ed Orgeron is the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2016 season. Orgeron joined the LSU staff in 2015 as defensive line coach and has since also stepped into the role of recruiting coordinator.

“Decisions like this are never easy ones to make,” Alleva said. “Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult.”

“However,”Alleva adds, “it’s apparent in evaluating the program through the first month of the season that a change has to be made. Our commitment to excellence and competing at the highest level is unwavering, and our goals for the remainder of this season haven’t changed. We have an obligation to our student-athletes to put them in the best position to have success on the football field each week and we have great confidence that coach Orgeron will do just that.”

Miles, who has coached at LSU since 2006, was known for his rather wacky ways on the field — including unconventional calls and ripping up Tiger Stadium turf and munching on it — and uncensored post-game press conferences.

Although Miles is the second-winningest coach in the school’s history (a 114-34 record in 11-plus seasons), his past two seasons were deemed disappointing. A loss to Auburn on Saturday that dropped LSU to 2-2 didn’t help his longevity.

A press conference is scheduled for Monday to further discuss the details of Miles’ dismissal and the promotion of Orgeron to interim head coach.

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You’ll Never Guess the Most-Watched Presidential Debate in History (Chart) Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:34:13 +0000 Tony Maglio It’s been 47 months and four days since we’ve last witnessed a presidential debate — and Monday’s kickoff to the three primetime events can’t come fast enough for cable news networks.

Back on Oct. 22, 2012 — the last one — Barack Obama and Mitt Romney went toe-to-toe to the tune(-in) of 59.2 million total viewers. That’s a ton of eyeballs, but it was actually the lowest-rated of their three go-arounds. Expect Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton to put that figure to shame right away, boosted by the unusually high potential trainwreck factor.

Four years ago, the debates were simulcast on the most networks ever — this year won’t be any different, though a greater abundance of livestreams should impact linear numbers, making 2016 murkier than previous campaigns.

In 2012, the first round reached 67.2 million overall audience members, which was actually the most registered by Nielsen since Oct. 15, 1992 (69.9 million), when George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot traded barbs and plans for America. That triple threat match back in ’92 ended up being the second most-watched presidential debate of all time.

So what’s the record? And can Trump-Clinton take it down?

On Oct. 28, 1980, in their only televised bout of the year, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan set a still-standing presidential debate record with 80.6 million total viewers. Yes, really. Based on how much TV viewing has changed, that record’s unlikely to ever fall — even with the unusual anticipation building for Trump vs. Clinton.

Of course, Nielsen didn’t measure total viewers back in 1960 for Nixon-Kennedy, so we can’t properly speak to that debate’s final tally. Their four face-offs drew far fewer households than Carter-Reagan, however, as the television set was less popular and America less populated, so we can safely assume it wouldn’t upset the top slot.

Check out the chart below, in which TheWrap ranks every available televised presidential debate by total viewers.

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11 All-Time Weirdest Celebrity Auction Items (Photos) Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:03:34 +0000 Meriah Doty From Truman Capote’s ashes to Lady Gaga‘s fingernail, review the oddest celebrity auction items:

  1. Truman Capote’s cremated remains were bought for nearly $44,000 in late September, 2016.
  2. Lady Gaga‘s faux fingernail sold for a reported $12,000 in 2013.
  3. When he was still a member of ‘N Sync, Justin Timberlake‘s leftover French toast (not pictured) fetched $1,025.
  4. Perhaps more cool than weird, Burt Reynolds auctioned off his Pontiac Trans Am Coupe from the 1977 action hit “Smokey and the Bandit” for a world record-breaking $550,000 in the spring of 2016.
  5. Among the many items Jane Fonda auctioned off in the fall of 2016 (including her famous workout leotard) was a one-of-a-kind Andy Warhol lithograph. At the time of sale it was expected to fetch up to $30,000.
  6. Two locks of Marilyn Monroe’s hair were auctioned off in late September, 2016, for $70,000.
  7. Last we checked, the cat-face oven mitt from “Seinfeld” was being auctioned on eBay for $10,000. Any takers?
  8. Willie Nelson‘s lopped off braids went for a whopping $37,000 in 2014.
  9. A tissue Scarlett Johansson used during a 2008 appearance on “The Tonight Show” sold on eBay for a reported $5,300.
  10. William Shatner auctioned off his kidney stone (not pictured) for $25,000.
  11. A piece of Britney Spears‘ A-B-C’d gum went for a reported $14,000 on eBay in 2004.

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Truman Capote's cremated remains were bought for nearly $44,000 in late September 2016. 

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Lady Gaga's faux fingernail sold for a reported $12,000 in 2013. 

Lady Gaga's faux fingernail sold for a reported $12,000 in 2013. 

When he was still a member of 'N Sync, Justin Timberlake's leftover French toast (not pictured) fetched $1,025

When he was still a member of 'N Sync, Justin Timberlake's leftover French toast (not pictured) fetched $1,025

Perhaps more cool than weird, Burt Reynolds auctioned off his Pontiac Trans Am from the 1977 action hit "Smokey and the Bandit" for a world record-breaking $550,000 in February 2016. 

Perhaps more cool than weird, Burt Reynolds auctioned off his Pontiac Trans Am from the 1977 action hit "Smokey and the Bandit" for a world record-breaking $550,000 in February 2016. 

Among the many items Jane Fonda auctioned off in the fall of 2016 (including her famous workout leotard) was a one-of-a-kind Andy Warhol lithograph. At the time of sale it was expected to fetch up to $30,000.

Among the many items Jane Fonda auctioned off in the fall of 2016 (including her famous workout leotard) was a one-of-a-kind Andy Warhol lithograph. At the time of sale it was expected to fetch up to $30,000.

Two locks of Marilyn Monroe’s hair were auctioned off in late September 2016, for $70,000.

Two locks of Marilyn Monroe’s hair were auctioned off in late September 2016, for $70,000.

Last we checked, the cat-face oven mitt from "Seinfeld" was being auctioned on eBay for $10,000. Any takers?  

Last we checked, the cat-face oven mitt from "Seinfeld" was being auctioned on eBay for $10,000. Any takers?  

Willie Nelson's lopped off braids went for a whopping $37,000 in 2014

Willie Nelson's lopped off braids went for a whopping $37,000 in 2014

A tissue Scarlett Johansson used during a 2008 appearance on "The Tonight Show" sold on eBay for a reported $5,300. 

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William Shatner auctioned off his kidney stone (not pictured) for $25,000. 

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Donald Trump on Whether His Charity is Law-Abiding: ‘I Hope So’ Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:23:06 +0000 Rosemary Rossi

The Donald J. Trump Foundation is the gift that keeps on giving — to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Donald Trump raised a few eyebrows Sunday, when asked during an interview on “Full Measure With Sharyl Attkisson” if he was confident that the foundation has followed all charitable rules and laws. His reply: “Well, I hope so, I mean, my lawyers do it.”

The Republican presidential nominee went on to say: “We give away money, I don’t make anything, I take no salaries, I take no–any costs, I have zero costs, and a lot of money goes through the Trump Foundation into charities. Goes to charities, it doesn’t go to me, it goes to charities.”

Attkisson interviewed Trump on the eve of the first of three presidential debates about — among other things — the scandals that have brewed during his campaign, namely, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s inquiry into the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

She was quick to point out that Schneiderman is a Hillary Clinton supporter and has found nothing worthy of inquiry with the Clinton Foundation.

“With the hundreds of millions of dollars of things, isn’t it interesting, and he said he’s not eve/”>even gonna look at it,” Trump quipped.

Donald J. Trump Foundation has come into scrutiny since April’s report from The Washington Post that found not one donation made over a half-decade came directly from the wallet of the GOP candidate.

While the Trump Foundation has been generous on paper, the man who controls it didn’t actually donate any of his own money between 2009 and 2014, the newspaper found.

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Truman Capote’s Ashes Auctioned Off for Nearly $44,000 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:40:47 +0000 Meriah Doty The ashes of the late Truman Capote — who wrote the acclaimed novels “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”  and “In Cold Blood” — were auctioned off over the weekend for $43,750 by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles.

The self-proclaimed “auction house to the stars” obtained the late author’s remains from Joanne Carson, ex-wife of the late “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson. (Joanne Carson became friends with Capote through his many appearances on the late night talk show before his death in 1984.)

The buyer will remain anonymous, said Julien’s Auctions president Darren Julien, adding that the seeming morbidness of the sale would have probably delighted the late author.

“He asked Joanne Carson before he passed. He told her he didn’t want to sit on a shelf,” Julien told CNN. “This is definitely right in line with his wishes.”

The ashes are inside the carved Japanese wooden box, pictured above, in the original cemetery packaging from Westwood Village Mortuary.

Julien told CNN that the sale piqued the interest of potential buyers from Russia, Germany, China, South America, as well as in the U.S. “I anticipated it could sell for over $10,000, but didn’t anticipate it going to $45,000,” he said.

Roughly 50 Capote items were up for auction over the weekend, including clothing that belonged to him, a pair of ice skates, books, and the shirt he was wearing on the day he died. A collection of his prescription bottles sold for $5,000.

Two locks of Marilyn Monroe’s hair were also auctioned off on Saturday for $70,000; a watch that once belonged to Steve Jobs sold for $18,750; and a script for “The Matrix Revolutions” that belonged to Keanu Reeves went for $5,700.

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Specialty Box Office: Docs ‘Ballot Bandits,’ ‘Generation Startup’ Rise to Top Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:24:06 +0000 Meriah Doty A political documentary topped the specialty box office this weekend.

“The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits,” by investigative journalist Greg Palast, examines an alleged dark operation within the Republican party called “Crosscheck.”

The Cinema Libre-distributed film, which opened in one theater and earned an estimated $10,000, details an alleged plan to steal a million minority votes by November that’s reportedly financed by billionaires.

The next strongest specialty release was Long Shot Factory doc “Generation Startup,” which made an estimated $6,032 from one location. The film, directed by Cheryl Miller Houser and Cynthia Wade, depicts the challenging economic landscape for six recent, entrepreneurial college graduates.

Playing in 52 theaters, Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” had a respectable debut, earning an estimated $305,000 for a per screen average of $5,865. Starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, the movie traces the amazing story of real life Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi — who defied all odds to become a world class player.

Broad Green Pictures’ “The Dressmaker” grossed $180,522 from 36 locations for a per screen average of $5,015.

Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, the film stars Kate Winslet as glamorous, worldly dressmaker who returns to her small Australian hometown to figure out hidden secrets behind her notorious reputation. The film also features the performances of Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis and Caroline Goodall.

Oscilloscope Pictures family film “Girl Asleep” made only an estimated 2,700 from one theater while Monument Releasing drama “Chronic” grossed a projected $1,912 from two theaters — amounting to a paltry per screen average of $956.

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How Garry Shandling’s Dying Wish for ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ Was Granted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:50:38 +0000 Scott Collins Garry Shandling had one wish: To see “The Larry Sanders Show” back on HBO. And this month — half a year after the comic died — it is finally coming true.

HBO is bringing back reruns of the influential series about a tormented talk-show host (Shandling), a show widely credited with revolutionizing TV comedy. The deal came about after months of deal-making led by the comedian’s old friend, Steve Mosko, who was running Sony Pictures Television, which controls the “Sanders” rights.

Mosko, who exited Sony earlier this year, remembered the pair having dinner last fall.

“At the end, he just gave me this look, which I can’t really describe,” Mosko told TheWrap. “He says, ‘Listen to me. you’ve got to do something for me. I just need my show to be back home again. It needs to go back to HBO.'”

Since ending its run in 1998, “Larry Sanders” repeats had appeared on Comedy Central, IFC and Crackle.

But at the end of his life, Mosko said, Shandling wanted the show to return to its roots. “He thought it was the perfect bingeable show,” Mosko said.

“Look at the writers that came off that show: Steve Levitan and Judd Apatow and Adam McKay,” he added. “It’s a who’s who of these guys who are big deals in the business now.”

After the dinner, Mosko sent a note to HBO chief Richard Plepler, who was receptive to a “Larry Sanders” return. He also got Sony’s business affairs staff working with Martin Lesak, Shandling’s new representative.

Even so, it took four months to hammer out all the details. “It kind of dragged on, went past the holidays,” Mosko said.

Finally, in March, Sony and HBO had worked out the kinks. “I can’t tell you how happy this makes me,” Shandling told a Sony executive.

“That was one of the last calls he had,” Mosko said. Shandling died of a heart attack later that day.

Mosko is pleased that he was able to help make Shandling’s last dream come true. But he demurred when asked whether Shandling indeed knew the end was near.

“I would hate to make that assumption,” Mosko said. “But he had a sixth sense about everything in life.”

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‘NBA 2K17': 17 Hilarious Shots of Accidental Video Game Body Horror (Photos) Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:33:20 +0000 Phil Owen One of my favorite ways to pass the time is to play the latest iteration of “NBA 2K” and take screenshots of moments in which players break through each other — a concept known as “clipping though.” To my great delight, this occurs in “NBA 2K17” just as often as it has in the last few years’ entries in the series, and these are the best shots I’ve taken in its first week of release.

Superstar Anthony Davis gets more than he bargained for when my created player attempts to kiss him on the forehead.

Spotted in “NBA 2K17”: like a unicorn, but with a human arm sticking out of his forehead instead of a horn.

My man takes an arm through his chin, like a movie villain getting killed by Gerard Butler.

There are few things you can do in life that are as peaceful as when you use your head as somebody else’s shoulder.

TFW you’re secretly spying on your giant son and accidentally get too close. (Yes, that is Michael B. Jordan there — he co-stars in the MyCareer mode in “NBA 2K17.”)

This is, without a doubt, my favorite style of horrifying clipping images in “NBA 2K17”: a face just starting to emerge from someone’s skin.

Although if you incorrectly use your head as someone else’s shoulder it can be pretty alarming.

Whatever horror artist uses the back-head as a somehow more upsetting variation on Kuato from “Total Recall” would deserve untold riches.

Have confirmed that you cannot absorb Michael Jordan‘s ability’s by sticking your face inside his face.

The merging of my created player and Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler resulted in the most novel iteration of Spider-Man yet.

It’s not just players getting in on the graphics-breaking fun — these fans, reaching for a loose ball that’s hurtling their direction, render that man in the middle catatonic.

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]]> 0 One of my favorite ways to pass the time is to play the latest iteration of "NBA 2K" and take screenshots of moments in which players break through each other -- a concept known as "clipping though." To my great delight, this occurs in "NBA 2K17" just as often as it has in previous entries in the series, and these are the best shots I've taken in its first week of release.

One of my favorite ways to pass the time is to play the latest iteration of "NBA 2K" and take screenshots of moments in which players break through each other -- a concept known as "clipping though." To my great delight, this occurs in "NBA 2K17" just as often as it has in previous entries in the series, and these are the best shots I've taken in its first week of release.

Superstar Anthony Davis gets more than he bargained for when my created player attempts to kiss him on the forehead.

Superstar Anthony Davis gets more than he bargained for when my created player attempts to kiss him on the forehead.

Spotted in "NBA 2K17": sort of a unicorn, but with a human arm sticking out of his forehead instead of a horn.

Spotted in "NBA 2K17": sort of a unicorn, but with a human arm sticking out of his forehead instead of a horn.

My man takes an arm through his chin, like a movie villain getting killed by Gerard Butler.

My man takes an arm through his chin, like a movie villain getting killed by Gerard Butler.

There are few things you can do in life that are as peaceful as when your head is used as somebody else's shoulder. 

There are few things you can do in life that are as peaceful as when your head is used as somebody else's shoulder. 

Although if you incorrectly use your head as someone else's shoulder... it can be pretty alarming.

Although if you incorrectly use your head as someone else's shoulder... it can be pretty alarming.

TFW you're secretly spying on your giant son and accidentally get too close. Yes, that is Michael B. Jordan -- he co-stars in the MyCareer mode in "NBA 2K17."

TFW you're secretly spying on your giant son and accidentally get too close. Yes, that is Michael B. Jordan -- he co-stars in the MyCareer mode in "NBA 2K17."

This is, without a doubt, my favorite style of horrifying clipping images in "NBA 2K17": a face just starting to emerge from someone's skin. 

This is, without a doubt, my favorite style of horrifying clipping images in "NBA 2K17": a face just starting to emerge from someone's skin. 

Although this one, of that same face fully emerging, is pretty delightful as well.

Although this one, of that same face fully emerging, is pretty delightful as well.

Confirmed: you cannot absorb Michael Jordan's abilities by sticking your face inside his face.

Confirmed: you cannot absorb Michael Jordan's abilities by sticking your face inside his face.

The merging of my created player and Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler resulted in the most novel iteration of Spider-Man yet.

The merging of my created player and Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler resulted in the most novel iteration of Spider-Man yet.

Note the way Nikola Mirotic's hair looks like an extension of the other player's armpit hair.

Note the way Nikola Mirotic's hair looks like an extension of the other player's armpit hair.

Whatever horror artist uses the back-head as a somehow more upsetting variation on Kuato from "Total Recall" would deserve untold riches.

Whatever horror artist uses the back-head as a somehow more upsetting variation on Kuato from "Total Recall" would deserve untold riches.

Any joke I would make about this would be inappropriate, but I'm sure you can come up with one for yourself.

Any joke I would make about this would be inappropriate, but I'm sure you can come up with one for yourself.

It's not just players getting in on the graphics-breaking fun -- these fans, reaching for a loose ball that's hurtling their direction, render that man in the middle catatonic.

It's not just players getting in on the graphics-breaking fun -- these fans, reaching for a loose ball that's hurtling their direction, render that man in the middle catatonic.

Yes, that is Goran Dragic's nose emerging from the Eye of Horus tattoo on the back of my dude's head.

Yes, that is Goran Dragic's nose emerging from the Eye of Horus tattoo on the back of my dude's head.

This is what it looks like when two heads fully merge. It's beautiful.

This is what it looks like when two heads fully merge. It's beautiful.

That's an odd place to grow hair, but who are we to judge?

That's an odd place to grow hair, but who are we to judge?

‘Last Man on Earth': Will Forte Reveals Where Those Sports Balls Reside in Real Life Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:00:52 +0000 Tony Maglio Will Forte‘s Phil Miller finally has some friends to play with on Fox’s “Last Man on Earth” — but that doesn’t mean Hollywood’s nicest guy has forgotten his old buddies.

TheWrap recently spoke with Forte about his returning (and excellent) sitcom, and our conversation veered off in a highly important direction. On the series, Miller leaves the character’s collection of sports-balls-with-faces buddies with Mike (Jason Sudeikis), an effort to keep his apparently dying brother company. But where is Gary, Diego, Bryce, Anton and the gang in real life?

“They’re just in some bucket,” Forte told us. “In fact, it’s funny, because when they come back out I just feel so bad for them.”

Yes, the busy “SNL” alum might be going a bit crazy, by his own admission. That’s at least partially due to how busy he is. Not only does Forte star in “Last Man,” he writes it and stays involved throughout episode editing. (He’s also currently in the writing process on “MacGruber 2”; Jorma Taccone penned a first draft based off a group outline, Forte tells us.)

“Everything is magnified,” he said of his busy schedule. “I get so tired that you’re a little quicker to get angry, quicker to get sad — you laugh at [silly] things that you’d never laugh at.”

“There’s something about these balls that I understand now, truly, like Phil does in the pilot,” he continued. “I understand how you could get sucked into getting close to these inanimate objects. They’ve really become a part of the show … and part of our lives.”

Forte told us that leaving the beloved volleyball, shuttlecock, soccer ball and golf ball — among others — behind was “a very emotional moment.” And so will be their reunion, something he promised will happen this season.

“I got emotional in a way that I don’t get emotional at funerals. It was this really weird thing,” Forte said. “You should lock me up and take me to an asylum, because I am starting to go crazy.”

As for his on-screen flesh-and-bones bro, there’s a reason we used the word “apparently” before “dying” above — you never see Mike croak, and with no doctors, there was no real confirmation that the astronaut had the virus and not just some similar symptoms.

“I like stuff to be open-ended for sure,” Forte explained the choice. “Certainly the other Phil Miller (Boris Kodjoe) is dead.”

“I really, really loved how that [Mike] storyline ended at the end of the season,” he continued. “So, I would say, we all would be happy with that being the closing chapter of the Mike story, because we just like so much how it turned out. But then again, we never do actually see him die, so anything is possible.”

One thing we can confirm is that Mike isn’t one of the two people seen headed for shore with crazy Pat (Mark Boone Junior) in the Season 2 finale — those folks are legit newbies to Phil Miller’s (and Lord/Miller’s) sparsely populated world. They have no idea what they’re in for.

“Last Man on Earth” returns to Fox Sunday at 9:30 for its Season 3 premiere.

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Gennifer Flowers Not Invited to Debate After All, Trump Camp Says Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:22:17 +0000 Meriah Doty Gennifer Flowers was not invited to this Monday’s presidential candidate debate by Donald Trump after all, according to his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.

“She has not been invited by the campaign,” Conway said on ABC’s “This Week.” “She has a right to be there if somebody else gives her a ticket,” she added.

Trump brought old issues to light naming Flowers, who says she had an affair with Bill Clinton, to the first presidential debate airing Monday night.

After learning that “Shark Tank” investor Mark Cuban was not only helping prep Hillary Clinton for Monday’s debate but was also asked to sit front and center during the face-off, Trump did what Trump does and took to Twitter.

Flowers responded quickly with a tweet of her own:

Flowers also reportedly texted the following message to The New York Times: “Yes I will be there.”

Just a week earlier, Bill O’Reilly asked Trump if he would bring up former President Clinton’s infidelity during the debates, to which Trump answered, “I don’t know what I’m going to do exactly. It depends on what level she hits you with, if she’s fair, if it’s unfair. But certainly I’m not looking to do that.”

Flowers stepped forward during Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential election campaign, claiming that they had a 12-year relationship. After Clinton denied it, Flowers held a press conference where she played tapes that she said she had secretly recorded alleged conversation between her and Clinton. News reports claimed they were doctored.

The 90-minute debate begins at 9 p.m. ET and will be aired live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, among other networks.

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From Ben Affleck to Hugh Jackman, How Actors Over 40 Are Redefining Movie Fitness Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:00:04 +0000 Umberto Gonzalez In the past, superhero films often chose the biggest, buffest guy possible to play the hero — think Shaquille O’Neal as “Steel.” Today’s films choose a great actor first — think Robert Downey Jr. as “Iron Man” — and then get him in incredible shape.

That has led to many older onscreen heroes, since an actor may be in his 40s before he has the star power to be a convincing icon. And the maturity that comes with age has helped forge a new perceived physical ideal.

“I think that the type of training has changed dramatically from bodybuilding to a more athletic build focusing more on health and longevity,” said trainer Jason Walsh, owner of L.A.’s Rise Nation, who helped Bradley Cooper add 40 pounds for “American Sniper” and helped Matt Damon shape up for “Jason Bourne.”

“There’s better science and better methodologies, which leads to better/different mindsets and ultimately better bodies,” Walsh told TheWrap.

The twenty-plus inch biceps of past movie stars have given way to leaner, ripped and toned bodies — a look people in the fitness world refer to as aesthetic.

The word “aesthetic” is defined as being concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty. In the fitness world, the word describes a physique with six-pack abs, round developed shoulders, strong quads and glutes — all in perfect symmetry and proportion. (It’s a concept well-explained on sites like

“The recent influx of superhero movies has brought about a need to help the actors create a ‘larger than life’ impression on film. Many have succeeded, regardless of age,” said Walter Norton Jr., the owner of Institute of Performance & Fitness, who trained Ben Affleck for ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

“Remarkably, at our gym, we see many top performers in the 45 to 52 age group,” he added. “They have years of training under their belt, they have improved their habits regarding nutrition and recovery, and they are organized. The last part may be the key, as no one, regardless of age, genetics, etc., is successful without structure. Being organized and having your life together goes a long way into being able to train three to five times per week and still maintain balance with family, work, relationships, etc.”

Ask any fitness enthusiast who is the most aesthetic actor in superhero movies today, and the answer is almost always Hugh Jackman. The 47-year-old will return next year to playing Wolverine onscreen.

Hugh Jackman, in particular, has been in-shape, on-screen, more than anyone in recent memory. His dedication, preparation, and continual re-imaging of his body — from big to leaner and more vascular — has set the new standard for comic book movies,” said Norton.

Ben Affleck, aged 44, was determined to live up to that standard — and bring not just aesthetics but also size to his “Batman.”

“Ben was asked to be the biggest Batman yet, and at 6’4”, 228 pounds, he met the challenge,” Norton said. “What you saw on-screen was the culmination of over 21 months of workouts, diet, sleep, and organization. [Nutritionist] Rehan Jalali and I crafted his plan, and he followed it with incredible enthusiasm and consistency for almost two years. That is really the key to health and fitness success: staying focused over time with great effort and consistency.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, also 44, is also known for combining aesthetics and size. But it doesn’t come easy.

“I start working out pretty early, around 4 a.m. When I’m filming, I do cardio and I lift before going to set. I train about six days a week, and even when I’m not filming I get up between 3 and 5 a.m. just to train. I love training when the sun is coming up because it allows me to put on my headphones and step off the crazy treadmill that is everyone’s life,” the actor told

Downey was 42 when he first took on the role of Tony Stark in the first “Iron Man” film. The actor packed on 25 pounds of lean muscle mass to a skinny 150-pound frame, and looked terrific in a tanktop during scenes when Stark built the Mark One armor inside the cave.

Matt Damon was 44 when he returned to his signature role as rogue spy “Jason Bourne.” Producer Frank Marshall tweeted a pic of a shirtless Damon in incredible condition from the first day of shooting. “First day of principal photography complete and happy to report, BOURNE is back! #Bourne2016,” he captioned the photo.

But getting an aesthetic physique, especially in your forties, is no easy feat.

“For my clients, we focus on building a great foundation with movement and strength so that we can clean up any possible issues that may lead to dysfunction and pain. From there, the aesthetics are usually a byproduct. We can fine-tune before the camera rolls,” said Walsh.

The aesthetic look has caught on with the wider population, thanks to the success and influence of superhero films. And today’s actors were likely inspired by the muscleman actors of the past.

“I love that people can draw inspiration — as I do — from Affleck’s transformation, Jackman’s dedication, Cruise’s commitment, and Damon’s Bourne re-emerging leaner than ever. Most of those guys probably had an Arnold poster or picture on their walls when they were kids at some point. Now, they are spawning the same behavior with their efforts on film. The more physical role models, the better,” says Norton.


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Death of Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Sparks Shock and Sadness in Sports World Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:16:10 +0000 Meriah Doty Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez died early on Sunday after a boating accident, according to multiple reports.

A defector from Cuba and a rising star in the MLB, he was just 24 years old.

Fernandez was one of three people killed in the accident in Miami Beach, according to the Associated Press.

The MLB has cancelled Sunday’s Marlins game against the Atlanta Braves.

As the sports world awoke to the news on Sunday, tributes and messages of shock and sadness poured in on Twitter:

The MLB issued a statement from commissioner Rob Manfred: “All of Baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández. He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in this life.”

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‘The Magnificent Seven’ Tops Weekend Box Office With $35 Million Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:39:28 +0000 Meriah Doty MGM and Columbia’s “The Magnificent Seven” topped the box office this weekend with an estimated $35 million from 3,674 locations.

The Western, featuring an all-star cast led by Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington, has a 64 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and also an A- CinemaScore (from audiences surveyed on opening night).

It topped the debuts of other recent movies in the genre: “Django Unchained” opened to $30 million, “True Grit” debuted to $24 million and “The Lone Ranger” lassoed $29 million when it launched in theaters — the last widely-released PG-13 film in the category before “The Magnificent Seven.”

Following the division’s debut 2014 hit “The Lego Movie,” Warner Animation Group’s sophomore outing “Storks” grossed an estimated $21.8 million this weekend after industry tracking was adjusted lower than the mid-to-high 30s predicted earlier in the week.

It earned a 62 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and an A- CinemaScore.

The animated feature was made for $70 million, and is playing in 3,922 locations. It has also opened in 33 international markets this weekend, including China, Russia and Brazil — which will add grosses on top of its aforementioned domestic tally.

Featuring Andy SambergKelsey GrammerJennifer Aniston, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in the voice cast, the movie chronicles the challenges of one final baby delivery mistakenly assigned to the storks after they have moved into durable goods deliveries.

WAG’s goal is to put out a movie per year, as its future slate includes: “The Lego Batman Movie,” due in theaters on Feb. 10; “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” coming out Sept. 22 of next year; “Smallfoot,” set for a Feb. 9, 2018 release; and “The Lego Movie Sequel,” in theaters Feb. 8, 2019, with several more to follow.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ true-life tale “Sully” continued to fly high as the Tom Hanks disaster film cleared an estimated $13.8 million for third place in its third weekend, brining its domestic total to $92.4 million.

Rounding out the top five were Universal’s “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” coming in fourth place with $4.5 million, and Open Road’s “Snowden” with $4.1 million.

Off a string of hits with “The Shallows,” “Don’t Breathe” and “Sausage Party,” the opening numbers for “The Magnificent Seven” came as good news to Sony.

“Audiences will be coming back in theaters for a long time,” said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony, citing the film’s high CinemaScore. “Denzel Washington is still just as cool, relevant and fresh as ever — whether you’re young, old, male or female — they love the guy. The same is true of Chris Pratt for that matter,” Bruer told TheWrap on Sunday, speaking to both actors’ star power at the box office.

Both “Storks” and “The Magnificent Seven” were generating a good amount of social buzz, according to comScore’s PreAct tool. The Western represents nearly 16,000 new conversations online in the past week, with a cumulative total of more than 90,000. WAG’s animated feature inspired more than 11,000 social media mentions in the past week, with an overall total of nearly 65,000.

Representing more than 170,000 new conversations, the top movie this past week, however, is “Fifty Shades Darker” — due to the recent release of a new trailer and poster. That’s followed by “Moana,” “Rogue One” and then this weekend’s Pratt movie in the No. 4 spot. “Storks” is No. 6, just behind “Nocturnal Animals.”

Antoine Fuqua directed “The Magnificent Seven,” a new take on the classic story about seven outlaws assigned to protect a vulnerable town. Aside from Pratt and Washington, it also stars Peter SarsgaardEthan Hawke, Haley Bennett, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Matt Bomer and Martin Sensmeier.

Produced for $90 million, it was co-financed with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures.

The Top Five:
1. “The Magnificent Seven” (Sony) — $35 million in Week 1 ($35 million total)
2. “Storks” (Warner Bros.) — $21.8 million in Week 1 ($21.8 million total)
3. “Sully” (Warner Bros.) — $13.8 million in Week 3 ($92.4 million total)
4. “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (Universal) — $4.5 million in Week 2 ($16.5 million total)
5. “Snowden” (Open Road) — $4.1 million in Week 2 ($15.1 million total)

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Jane Pauley to Succeed Charles Osgood on CBS’ ‘Sunday Morning’ Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:34:36 +0000 Meriah Doty Longtime TV news anchor and former “Today Show” host Jane Pauley will be the new anchor of CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” following Charles Osgood’s exit.

After the tenures of hosts Charles Kuralt (1979-1994) and Osgood (1994-2016), Pauley is the first woman ever to host the show on a permanent basis.

Sunday was Osgood’s final broadcast as host of the weekly show.

Here is the announcement from CBS:

CBS News President David Rhodes announced today that Pauley will succeed Charles Osgood as anchor. Osgood is retiring on Sept. 25, after 22 years as anchor of the award-winning broadcast and after nearly 50 years at CBS News. Pauley’s first broadcast in the new role will be Oct. 9, when she’ll become only the third anchor in the history of CBS SUNDAY MORNING.

Pauley joined CBS SUNDAY MORNING in 2014 as a contributor. Since then she’s been a substitute host and has delivered a steady stream of high-profile interviews and reporting to the broadcast.

“Charles Osgood set the standard for CBS SUNDAY MORNING,” Pauley said. “And it’s a great honor to be given the chance to further our show’s legacy of excellence. I look forward to bringing loyal viewers the kind of engaging, original reporting that has made the broadcast so irresistible for so long.”

“Jane Pauley is the ideal host for the most wide-ranging news program on American culture, our beloved CBS SUNDAY MORNING broadcast,” said Rhodes. “Charles Osgood is a television news legend–and so is Jane Pauley.”

“We first got to know Jane when we did a story about her,” said Rand Morrison, Executive Producer of CBS SUNDAY MORNING. “Our viewers immediately responded by suggesting she belonged on SUNDAY MORNING permanently. And as is so often the case, they were right. She’s a dedicated, experienced broadcast journalist. But every bit as important, she’s a delight to work with. A worthy successor–and a perfect fit.”

Highlights of Pauley’s work at CBS SUNDAY MORNING include a profile of Hillary Rodham Clinton; a moving interview with 11-year-old Marquis Govan, who became a voice of reason in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Mo., shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer; the only TV interview with David Letterman about his retirement from late night television; and a report about a group of educators who lived through the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., now fighting to change gun control laws.

Pauley is the recipient of multiple Emmys, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievement and the Gracie Allen Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television. Pauley is a member of the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame.

Before joining CBS News, Pauley was a familiar face on morning, daytime and primetime television. She began her network television career in 1976 as a co-host of NBC’s “Today” show. She spent 13 years on the morning broadcast, and a decade as the anchor of “Dateline NBC,” starting in 1992. She was the host of the syndicated daytime series, “The Jane Pauley Show,” in 2004.

Pauley has written two New York Times bestsellers. A memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue (Ballantine Books 2004), and Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life (Simon & Schuster 2014), based on her award-winning series on “Today” about people who are 50 and over starting different careers, learning new skills, making a difference or pursuing their dreams.

A longtime advocate in children’s health and education, Pauley is also a highly regarded spokesperson in mental health.

She and her husband, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, are the parents of three grown children and are grandparents to two.

CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays (9:00-10:30 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.

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New California Law Removes Actors’ Ages From IMDb Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:20:11 +0000 Rosemary Rossi California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday that requires entertainment database sites such as IMDb to remove an actor’s age if asked by the actor to do so.

Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), who authored the legislation (AB 1687), affirmed that subscribers should have control over whether their ages and dates of birth are on subscription websites used for employment purposes.

“AB 1687 provides a necessary clarification in the law that will help prevent age-based discrimination for individuals seeking employment in the entertainment industry,” Calderon said in June, when the measure passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris encouraged union members to contact Gov. Brown’s office with their personal stories to argue for the importance of the bill.

“Age discrimination is a major problem in our industry, and it must be addressed,” Carteris posted on the union’s website Sept. 16. “SAG-AFTRA has been working hard for years to stop the career damage caused by the publication of performers’ dates of birth on online subscription websites used for casting like IMDb. We are now in the final stages of securing the enactment of a California law that would help combat age discrimination by giving performers the right to request the removal of their date of birth when it’s included on online subscription sites.”

“Currently, many websites used for casting proactively present birthdates and ages to casting decision makers who often can’t avoid seeing this information even if they try. That’s wrong for performers, just like it’s wrong for all employees.”

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Graphic Dashcam, Bodycam Video Released by Charlotte Police (Video) Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:18:10 +0000 Rosemary Rossi

Charlotte police released dashboard camera and body camera footage Saturday evening of the events prior to and immediately following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by officers on Sept. 20.

Neither piece of footage shows Scott pointing a gun at officers, as police who were on the scene during the fatal standoff have claimed. Scott’s family contends that he was carrying a book at the time, not a weapon.

“You can’t clearly identify what, if anything, is in his hand,” attorney Justin Bamberg, who represents the Scott family, said at press conference on Saturday evening.

Although police maintain that Scott was armed, in cell-phone footage filmed by Scott’s wife Rakeyia, she can clearly be heard telling police that her husband, 43, didn’t have a gun.

“Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon. He has no weapon,” Scott says in the video. “Don’t shoot him.”

Scott was fatally shot in a Charlotte, North Carolina apartment complex parking lot as officers looked for another man named in a warrant. Scott’s family said he was sitting in his car reading a book, waiting for his son to come home from school.

Before the police videos were released Saturday, Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney told reporters earlier that day that “there is no definitive visual evidence that he had a gun in his hand.”

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Bill Nunn Remembered by Hollywood: ‘He Was a Gem of a Man’ Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:00:00 +0000 Tim Kenneally With news of “Do The Right Thing” actor Bill Nunn’s death at age 62  on Saturday, Nunn’s show-business colleagues rushed to pay tribute to the actor on social media.

“Private Practice” actress Audra McDonald, who worked with Nunn on the 2008 film “A Raisin in the Sun,” called the actor “a gem of a man.”

“Heartbroken to hear of Bill Nunn’s passing. He was a gem of a man and I loved working with and getting to know him,” McDonald wrote. “RIP.”

Former “Scrubs” star Donald Faison offered, “Rest well Bill Nunn.”

“The Wire” actor Wendell Pierce took to Twitter to say that Nunn’s portrayal of Radio Raheem in Spike Lee‘s “Do the Right Thing” foreshadowed the current rash of police shootings plaguing the country.

“Bill Nunn’s depiction of RadioRaheem in DO THE RIGHT THING illuminated the murder of Black men by police before recent real life videos,” Pierce wrote.

Lee broke news of Nunn’s death on Instagram Saturday, saying that Nunn had died in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Lee did not elaborate on the cause of Nunn’s death.

In addition to “Do the Right Thing” and Lee’s “School Daze,” Nunn’s many screen credits included the Sam Raimi “Spider-Man” trilogy and “Sister Act.”

Read on for more reactions to Nunn’s death.

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Tracey Ullman Channels Judi Dench, Maggie Smith on HBO Series (Video) Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:07:17 +0000 Rosemary Rossi

Dame Judi Dench is on a mischievous streak in Britain, keying cars and… Actually, that’s just Tracey Ullman doing a spot-on impression in her new HBO series “Tracey Ullman‘s Show.”

A new trailer shows Ullman doing what she does best — making viewers laugh. The sketch comedy series has the six-time Emmy winner masquerading in a variety of wacky characters and celebrity impressions, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Carole Middleton (Princess Kate’s mother) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In Ullman’s world, these ladies are quite different than in their public lives — Dench slashes tires, Smith reveals her opinion of “Star Trek” fans (hint: it’s not nice), and Merkel learns she is referred to as a “sturdy German Pussycat Doll.”

Ullman’s first taste of success on American network television was with her 1977 Fox series “The Tracey Ullman Show” — which also gave birth to “The Simpsons” — and later on with HBO’s “Tracey Takes On…” and Showtime’s “Tracey Ullman‘s State of the Union.”

Tracey Ullman‘s Show” originally aired on BBC One in the UK in January, but premieres in the U.S. Friday, Oct. 28 at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.

Take a look at the trailer above.

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Charlotte Shooting: Police Will Release Video of Fatal Incident Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:22:51 +0000 Tim Kenneally In the face of mounting public pressure, police will release footage from the fatal shooting of Keith Lamon Scott, the New York Times reports.

Police chief Kerr Putney told reporters during a news conference Saturday that the footage, consisting of dashboard and body camera recordings would be made public.

Charlotte has been rocked by protests and unrest since the Sept. 20 killing.

Police maintain that Scott was armed during the shooting. However, in cell-phone footage filmed by Scott’s wife Rakeyia, published by numerous media outlets on Friday, Rakeyia can be heard telling police that her husband, 43, didn’t have a gun.

“Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon. He has no weapon,” Scott says in the video. “Don’t shoot him.”

Despite her claim, a police officer continually instructs her husband, “Drop the gun.”

The cell-phone footage did not capture the shooting itself, but rather the moments before and after the fatal incident.

Putney said earlier this week that the police department’s footage “does not give me absolute, definitive visual evidence that would confirm that a person is pointing a gun.”

Police approached Scott after he had parked his car at his apartment complex, in a visitor’s space. Officers were present at the property to serve a warrant on another individual.

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‘Making a Murderer’ Subject Steven Avery Is Getting Married (Report) Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:12:26 +0000 Tim Kenneally Sorry, ladies; Steven Avery is off the market.

Steven Avery, the subject of the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” is engaged to be married, People reports.

Avery, currently in prison for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, is betrothed to Lynn Hartman, identified as a legal secretary — which might come in handy — from Las Vegas, according to People.

The couple have reportedly been dating for eight months, but have met in person only once, which was last week, at the Wisconsin facility where Avery is incarcerated.

“Steven deserves every bit of happiness that comes his way,” Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s attorney, told People. “He is very much in love and happy with Lynn so we are happy for them.”

Avery has been engaged twice in the past and married once. He and Lori Mathiesen, who divorced in 1988, had four children, People noted.

“I’m happy, she treats me decent, she loves me, she’s kind of spoiling me right now,” Avery told the Daily Mail of his lady-love. “I just want to be happy and enjoy my life, I think I did enough time.”

The pair plans to marry following Avery’s release, the Daily Mail noted.

Though Avery is serving a life sentence for the murder, this year has seen a renewed push for his release, following the December 2015 premiere of “Making a Murderer.” On the legal front, attorney Zellner is petitioning for evidence from her client’s case, which she would like to subject to DNA testing that was unavailable at the time of Avery’s trial.

The engagement comes following news that a judge overturned the conviction of Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, who was also convicted of Halbach’s murder. Prosecutors have announced their intention to appeal that decision.

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Hollywood Tries to ID A-Lister Accused of Raping Corey Haim Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:22:13 +0000 Matt Donnelly Forget Brad and Angelina — a much more sinister tabloid headline has captured Hollywood’s attention this week, and inspired grim, rampant speculation about whether a famous actor repeatedly raped a now-deceased child star.

Radar Online last week published a bombshell report claiming to know the identity of a beloved male star who sexually abused an underage Corey Haim in the prime of his career. Haim died at age 38, of pneumonia, in 2010.

The publication is not naming the alleged attacker. The report, commonly referred to as a “blind item,” contends that the widely known entertainer and family man used his influence to commit the horrific acts — all part of a wider ring of alleged Hollywood pedophilia that Radar has been investigating for four years.

“The individual — a household name and revered by millions around the globe — had systematically abused him as a young boy, both on-and-off set, in their trailers and at parties attended by other A-List actors, Haim told friends,” the report reads.

Every corner of Hollywood has been sharing the story, and speculating wildly. One top agent who connects actors with brand endorsements said she “wouldn’t sleep” until she uncovers the person’s identity. Long email threads are bouncing between talent reps, managers, journalists and production companies.

One talent agent compared the fever pitch to a “mini ‘Making a Murderer.'” It’s not the most tasteful game to play, but the mystery is mixed with both horror and intense concern.

“Blind items are like a game of ping pong, you bat it across the other side and you see what bounces back. This story has got a lot of bounce,” said Dylan Howard, vice president and chief content officer of Radar Online’s  owner, American Media.

“Many people are coming forward to us with new information, and that’s beneficial for us to investigate. Any investigative reporter worth his weight in salt would want to name the predator at the heart of this story, but there are challenges to a story like this.”

He added: “They are not insurmountable.”

Haim’s friend and former costar Corey Feldman echoed the late actor’s allegations of rape as a minor and claimed to be a victim of the same ring of well-connected abusers.

“For a number of years both Haim and Feldman had discussed abuse at the hands of sexual predators … it was easy to dismiss or cast aside based on their own self-admitted drug use. However, what is apparent is that there’s enormous credibility behind the accusations,” Howard said.

The editor offered no timeline on when the publication might give the name of the alleged assailant.

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Donald Trump Invites Gennifer Flowers to Clinton Debate Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:09:42 +0000 Rosemary Rossi Donald Trump has invited Gennifer Flowers, who says she had an affair with Bill Clinton, to the first presidential debate Monday — and seems to have gotten an RSVP.

After learning that “Shark Tank” investor Mark Cuban was not only helping prep Hillary Clinton for Monday’s debate but was also asked to sit front and center during the face-off, Trump did what Trump does and took to Twitter.

Flowers responded quickly with a tweeter of her own:

Just a week earlier, Bill O’Reilly asked Trump if he would bring up former President Clinton’s infidelity during the debates, to which Trump answered, “I don’t know what I’m going to do exactly. It depends on what level she hits you with, if she’s fair, if it’s unfair. But certainly I’m not looking to do that.”

Flowers stepped forward during Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential election campaign, claiming that they had a 12-year relationship. After Clinton denied it, Flowers held a press conference where she played tapes that she said she had secretly recorded alleged conversation between her and Clinton. News reports claimed they were doctored.

The 90-minute debate begins at 9 p.m. ET and will be aired live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, among other networks.

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Bill Nunn, ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘Spider-Man’ Actor, Dies at 62 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:03:56 +0000 Tim Kenneally Bill Nunn, who appeared as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee‘s “Do the Right Thing,” died Saturday in Pittsburgh, according to Lee. Nunn was 62.

In addition to “Do the Right Thing,” Nunn also appeared in Lee’s 1988 film “School Daze.”

“My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh,” Lee wrote. “Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN.”

Lee did not elaborate on the cause of Nunn’s death.

In a subsequent Instagram post, Lee shared a lengthy speech made by Nunn’s Radio Raheem character in “Do the Right Thing”:

Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate! It was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love! These five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love is finished. But hold on, stop the presses the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Yea, Boom, it’s a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he’s down. Ooh! Ooh! Left-Hand Hate KOed by Love. If I love you, I love you. But if I hate you…

Born in Pittsburgh in 1953, Nunn graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, also the alma mater of Lee, in 1976.

Nunn was also known for his appearances in Sam Raimi‘s “Spider-Man” trilogy, playing Joseph “Robbie” Robertson and as Lt. Eddie Souther alongside Whoopi Goldberg in “Sister Act.”

Nunn’s decades-long career in film and television included appearaces on “Touched by an Angel,” “Millennium,” “He Got Game” and “Kiss the Girls.”

His most recent role was in the USA Network comedy “Sirens,” about a trio of Chicago EMTs. Nunn played Vietnam veteran Cash on that series, which ran for two seasons.


Radio Raheem. Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate! It was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love! These five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love is finished. But hold on, stop the presses the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Yea, Boom, it’s a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he’s down. Ooh! Ooh! Left-Hand Hate KOed by Love. If I love you, I love you. But if I hate you…Mookie: there it is, Love and Hate. Raheem I love you bruh…

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Kevin Costner Calls Retiring Vin Scully ‘Better Than a Golden Ticket’ (Video) Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:56:30 +0000 Rosemary Rossi Your browser does not support iframes.

Tom Hanks famously said, “There’s no crying in baseball!” in the film “A League of Their Own.” He, obviously, didn’t know Vin Scully fans.

Emotions were already running high in Dodger Stadium Friday night with the anticipation of Scully announcing his last game after a 67-year career. But the waterworks in the packed house started to flow as Kevin Costner paid tribute to the baseball icon.

“We will miss you, my friend. We will miss you in our radio in our cars, in our backyard. You’ve been a gift to Los Angeles and to baseball itself,” Costner told Scully, who was joined by his wife, Sandra.

“How lucky we were that day in Brooklyn when the microphone passed into your hands,” Costner continued. “You were the chosen one, the skinny redhead that stood on the shoulders of the biggest kid, ready to look through the knothole in the fence and describe for the rest of us what was going on. You were better than a golden ticket.”

“You did it in a style so friendly and unique, so effortless that years from now we will not be able to explain it to those who never heard it for themselves. The game will not lose its way, but it loses a perspective, a singular voice that managed to capture a boy’s game played by man at the highest level. You grounded it in a way no one else ever has, trusting that you never had to make more of any one moment than it really was.”

Scully held on tight to his wife’s hands and choked back tears as Costner concluded, “You leave us in the game, Mr. Scully, but not without leaving a lasting impression and not without taking a piece of our broken baseball heart.”

Check out Costner’s entire touching tribute above.

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Jared Leto to Appeal TMZ Lawsuit Decision Over Taylor Swift Diss Video Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:32:15 +0000 Tim Kenneally Jared Leto is going to take another run at TMZ in the court system.

On Saturday, the day after a judge granted summary judgment to TMZ in a lawsuit Leto brought against the website, the “Suicide Squad” star vowed to appeal the decision.

“We are launching an appeal immediately and are confident the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will reverse this decision,” Leto said in a statement Saturday. “I hope that we will one day move toward a place where we ask how well we can treat one another rather than how badly.”

Leto filed a copyright infringement suit against TMZ in December, claiming that a video it published, in which Leto said that he didn’t “give a f–k” about Taylor Swift, claiming that it had published an “unauthorized or stolen copy” of the video, and that the video was “private and confidential and not meant to be publicly released.”

On Friday, a judge saw things otherwise, ruling that the videographer, Naeem Munaf, was never an employee of Leto’s and and did not agree in writing to make the video a work-made-for-hire prior to shooting it in September 2015.

But in Saturday’s statement, Leto held firm that TMZ purchased “stolen goods.”

“It was wrong of TMZ to purchase stolen goods. It was wrong of TMZ to exploit material that did not belong to them,” Leto said. “Neither myself, nor the employee in question, have any confusion around the issue at hand – he was an employee who was hired to work for us and the footage he shot in the privacy of my home studio was owned by me.”

The actor also painted the issue in moral terms.

“We decided to fight back because it was the right thing to do. We will continue to fight because it is the right thing to do,” Leto said. “Using antiquated laws to find loopholes that hurt, shame and slander people in the name of ‘news’ isn’t just a legal issue, it is a moral one.”

Claiming that sworn testimony was ignored in the decision, Leto said that the ruling “rewards TMZ for their duplicity.”

“Ignoring the sworn testimony that both the videographer and I understood and agreed that I owned the footage, the decision rewards TMZ for their duplicity and further encourages them to publish materials they know to be stolen,” Leto said.

In the video, Leto was seen listening to Swift’s music for possible inspiration, but eventually declares: “I don’t give a f– about her.”

After the footage circulated, Leto tweeted an apology to Swift and her fans, writing: “The truth is I think @taylorswift13 is amazing + an incredible example of what’s possible. If I hurt her or her fans my sincerest apologies.”

In a lengthy statement accompanying the lawsuit, Leto said that he filed the suit in hopes of encouraging “more people to stop trafficking in stolen goods.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.  

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Justin Bieber Attacked in Munich Nightclub (Video) Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:20:25 +0000 Tim Kenneally Don’t worry, Justin Bieber; the ladies have your back. Or at least, one fraulein in Munich did during a recent visit to Heart nightclub.

“Baby” singer Bieber was making his way through the club when a male patron lunged at the Biebs in what might have turned out to be a major melee, according to video obtained by TMZ.

Luckily, a full-on brawl was avoided thanks to a woman who guided Bieber to safety.

Bieber’s business partner John Shahidi also made an assist, pushing the man to the ground, according to TMZ.

According to TMZ’s sources, the man had been unsuccessfully trying to get the singer’s attention, and apparently decided to take a hands-on approach once he got within close proximity to the singer.

Maybe Bieber should hire Gigi Hadid as his bodyguard — she knows how to handle herself in these situations. Just sayin’.

Watch the attack go down in the video.

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TheGrill 2016: Innovator Panel and Cocktail Reception Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:52:49 +0000 Kathy Selim TheGrill 2016 Innovator Panel & Cocktail Party!

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