TheWrapTheWrap https://www.thewrap.com Covering Hollywood Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:29:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Review: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson Liven Up Routine Shoot-Em-Up https://www.thewrap.com/the-hitmans-bodyguard-review-ryan-reynolds-samuel-l-jackson/ https://www.thewrap.com/the-hitmans-bodyguard-review-ryan-reynolds-samuel-l-jackson/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:15:41 +0000 Alonso Duralde http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1689842 “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is the kind of movie that “Deadpool” was supposed to rescue Ryan Reynolds from having to make.

It’s the sort of film that forces him and his co-star Samuel L. Jackson to work double-time on their charm offensive in an attempt to distract audiences from the material’s utter familiarity.

You’ve seen this movie a lot in the past few years: take one or two internationally marketable stars (usually it’s Kevin Costner or John Travolta or Bruce Willis or Nicolas Cage or John Cusack or Robert De Niro), bolster the cast with one or two slumming great actors, throw in some recognizable English-as-a-second-language performers (who will get more prominent poster placement in their home countries), give them some gags and some guns and an otherwise undistinguished (and easily-dubbed) screenplay, and you’re off to eventual profitability.

This iteration — written by Tom O’Connor (“Fire with Fire”) and directed by Patrick Hughes (“The Expendables 3”) — stars Reynolds as Bryce, whose business as a top-dollar security agent fell apart two years ago when a Japanese arms dealer died on his watch. Now he’s stuck protecting coked-up lawyers (Richard E. Grant provides an amusingly twitchy cameo) and resenting his ex, Amelia (Elodie Yung, Netflix’s “Daredevil”), an INTERPOL agent whom he blames for his misfortune.

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He’s less than thrilled when Amelia calls asking for a favor: she needs to transport hired killer Darius Kincaid (Jackson) to The Hague so he can testify in the crimes-against-humanity trial of Belarusian president Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), and since there’s a mole at INTERPOL, Bryce is the only person who can deliver Kincaid by the 5 p.m.-tomorrow deadline.

If you have ever seen a movie produced between 1983 and 1991, you know exactly what happens. You know that Bryce and Kincaid hate each other, but that they will develop a grudging respect and friendship. You know that Kincaid will try to escape several times but will ultimately do the right thing. You will also guess who the INTERPOL mole is within the first three minutes of the movie.

What you may not see coming is how sloppily O’Connor assembles the screenplay. There are jarring shifts in tone – wacky violence one moment, Oldman shooting a small child in the head (thankfully, offscreen) the next – lengthy exposition dumps that don’t sound anything like human conversation, and something like three different endings when audiences are ready to leave the theater after the first one.

And then there are the two scenes that ironically use retro FM radio ballads for brutally violent yet romantic flashbacks. Because we didn’t get the joke the first time, apparently. This kind of lazy screenwriting cancels out the script’s attempts to be self-aware, whether it’s someone shouting, “WHY ARE WE SHOUTING?” or Bryce observing that Kincaid has “ruined the word ‘motherf—er’ for me.”

That’s not to say “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is a total wash, however; the cast seems game, and perhaps they realize it’s on them to elevate the material, so the scenes between Reynolds and Jackson have some genuine snap to them, even though the dialogue and characterization are barely memorable. The movie’s MVP at making the most out of the least is Salma Hayek, as Jackson’s incarcerated wife; her scenes wouldn’t be nearly as funny without her broadly fearless overplaying.

The other key player here is stunt coordinator Greg Powell (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”), who offers both quality and quantity. Hughes’ action sequences are mostly by the numbers, but when the film busts out a breathtaking chase through the Amsterdam canals – featuring boats, bridges, motorcycles and cars – it provides a much-needed injection of adrenaline to the proceedings. (Would that the fake-fire-and-explosions VFX work in the film were at this level.)

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is generic, to be sure, but as a mid-August air-conditioning delivery system, overheated viewers could certainly do worse.

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Jefferson Davis Memorial in Arizona Was Literally Tarred and Feathered (Photo) https://www.thewrap.com/jefferson-davis-memorial-literally-tarred-and-feathered/ https://www.thewrap.com/jefferson-davis-memorial-literally-tarred-and-feathered/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:13:55 +0000 Ashley Boucher http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693656

The debate over whether or not Confederate Monuments should stay up or be torn down across the United States continues. In Gold Canyon, Arizona, the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway monument was tarred and feathered overnight in an apparent protest against the Confederate remembrance.

You read that right.

The monument is the second in Arizona to be vandalized, but the only one tarred and feathered in the style of feudal Europe and Colonial America, according to the local Fox affiliate news station. A local reporter said that cleaning up the monument will be difficult and costly, and that many people have been stopping by to look at the spectacle.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the vandalism, and a glove was left at the scene.

Jefferson Davis was the first and only president of the Confederate States of America. One local man interviewed said he wasn’t sure why the monument was even in Arizona, as it wasn’t yet a state during the Civil War (though he wasn’t happy about the vandalism of state property).

The vandalism comes after violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. At the rallies, a white supremacist participant drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring 19 others. Several other memorials have been vandalized and removed in the past week.

You can check out the tarred and feathered monument in the clip above.

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‘Crown Heights’ Review: True Story of Injustice Lacks Dramatic Power https://www.thewrap.com/crown-heights-review-keith-stanfield-colin-warner/ https://www.thewrap.com/crown-heights-review-keith-stanfield-colin-warner/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:05:39 +0000 Alonso Duralde http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1459573 A gripping true story can be a great starting point for a narrative feature, but a starting point isn’t a whole movie. There’s no denying that the tale of Colin Warner, a man who spent decades behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, is a powerful one, but writer-director Matt Ruskin doesn’t give us anything here that a documentary couldn’t do better.

The non-fiction route is one we’ve already experienced, both directly and indirectly. The Warner case was the basis of a “This American Life” episode, on which “Crown Heights” is directly based, but it also touches upon many of the themes of Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” an examination of the justice system and the inequities it visits upon people of color, and there are no moments in this film that prompt anger or sorrow as effectively as DuVernay does in her broader overview.

We meet Colin (played here by Keith Stanfield of “Atlanta” and “Short Term 12”) in 1980. The film never portrays him as a saint — since we see him steal a car in the first few minutes — but it also establishes his innocence in the murder case for which he’s arrested. It’s clear that the racist NYPD cops involved want to force a confession out of him; failing that, they’ll convince a stooge who’s being threatened with extradition to place Colin at the scene of the crime.

Colin’s legal aid lawyer fails to get him acquitted, and the longer he stays behind bars, the tougher the parole system gets with prisoners found guilty for committing violent crimes. As Colin contends with (and commits) violence behind bars, his best friend on the outside — Nnamdi Asomugha (“Hello, My Name Is Doris”) as Carl King — fights and fund-raises tirelessly to prove Colin’s innocence.

Like many docudramas, “Crown Heights” must contend with the fact that we all know how this is going to end; even if you walk into the theater completely unaware of the Colin Warner case, the fact that the movie immediately establishes his innocence means that eventually he’s going to get out of prison, or there’d be no story. Ruskin’s script, unfortunately, never gives us enough to go on; we don’t really know much about these characters besides their role in moving the plot forward.

Stanfield is an exceedingly talented young actor, but he gets little to play here besides “wet-eyed martyr,” and there are only so many variations on that theme he can explore over the course of his character’s years in prison. (There’s a subplot about Colin’s courtship of and jailhouse marriage to Antoinette, played by Natalie Paul of “Show Me a Hero,” but the couple leaps from flirtation to everlasting devotion so quickly that we never get a clear picture of what brings them together in these trying circumstances.)

For every effective idea “Crown Heights” has — Colin’s reveries that end with the stark realization that he is still inside a cell, for example — there are plenty of bad ones, like the resemblance between the actor playing one of the racist cops and the actor playing the lawyer who will eventually vindicate Colin. There’s no faulting the film for cultural relevance, but it never effectively channels legitimate outrage into effective drama.

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‘Marjorie Prime’ Review: Jon Hamm Hologram Romances an Ailing Widow https://www.thewrap.com/marjorie-prime-review-jon-hamm-lois-smith/ https://www.thewrap.com/marjorie-prime-review-jon-hamm-lois-smith/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:04:23 +0000 Claudia Puig http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693657 “The future will be here soon enough. Might as well get friendly with it.” This thought, tossed off by the incomparable Lois Smith in “Marjorie Prime,” captures the exquisite drama’s theme, on many levels.

Can we ever get friendly with the future? Doesn’t its very un-knowability preclude that? The notion can also be interpreted through a science-fiction lens: the film takes place in the not-too-distant future, incorporating artificially intelligent characters that are digitally simulated holograms of dead people.

But the idea packs a more ruminative punch. Time passes; people cope with life in the ways they can. We can try to “get friendly” with the inevitable, but we can’t escape pain, suffering and grief. We struggle to find ways to make our peace with it.

“Marjorie Prime” is about the passage of time, about what we hold on to and remember along the way, how we deal with loss, and whether we can find solace in our memories. It explores complicated family relationships. It delves into the question of whether humans are predictable, or just the opposite. Most of all, and quite simply, the film is about love. Employing a futuristic conceit that could be dubbed soulful sci-fi, this exquisitely rendered story explores and examines human emotion.

Based on the play by Jordan Harrison, and adapted for the screen by writer-director Michael Almereyda (“Experimenter,” “Escapes”), the dialogue achieves the tricky balance of being both artfully profound and unostentatious. Often in theatrical adaptations, a film retains too much of its origins, coming across as stagy or too confined. That is not at all the case here.

“How nice that we could love somebody,” is another seemingly bland thought expressed by Smith’s octogenarian character Marjorie. But like so much in this layered, poignant and provocative film, those words have a deeper meaning.

We meet Marjorie at 85, in the final year of her life, struggling with her failing memory. The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is not explicitly stated, but her dementia is evident. Once a talented violinist, Marjorie is a widow, whose daughter Tess (Geena Davis) and son-in-law John (Tim Robbins) are living with her in the gorgeous seaside home Marjorie once shared with her husband Walter.

Marjorie is the first person we see on screen, followed shortly by Walter Prime (Jon Hamm), whom we soon learn is a holographic incarnation of her dead husband, as he looked in his prime. The word has a dual connotation here. When referring to the holograms, it is used to distinguish them from the original human version. The living, who seek out the companionship of primes, can choose at what age they want to resurrect their loved one. Marjorie opts for Walter at 40.

We desperately want to remember those we loved and to keep them alive in our thoughts, and the existence of primes offer an opportunity to manifest this human desire.

Walter Prime’s programming includes mundane reminders like urging Marjorie to eat something (in her state she’s bound to forget). Mostly, however, he’s there to jog her memories and to provide emotional comfort. Their conversations can be funny, sharp, rambling or sweet, and nearly always melancholy.

Given the promise of technology, the concept of a talking hologram that captures a loved one’s physical likeness and is programmed with essential facts seems entirely within the scope of possibility. The film’s fascinating premise, rendered in rather low-tech fashion without the aid of CG razzle-dazzle, is related to other masterful films like “Her” and “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

Most of the story takes place in Marjorie’s strikingly appointed oceanfront home, but there’s never a feeling of claustrophobia. The location makes perfect sense, given the story. Almereyda weaves in some background — flashbacks that provide just a jot of useful context and reveal themselves more like moving snapshots. These sequences are few and impeccably inserted.

Davis and Robbins give their best performances in years. Hamm lends his character just the right blend of earnestness, his rigid posture and slightly tentative expression conveying subtly that he’s not human. But his words — he’s programmed to “speak in fragments and misplaced modifiers” — sound profoundly human.

Davis’s Tess is complicated, whip-smart and vulnerable. She yearns for a more loving bond with her mother and is still processing a family tragedy that happened when she was six. She sits down to play the piano. We instantly recognize the few bars of “I Shall be Released.” The song comes up again later, in a version by The Band. Tess’s physical posture as she listens to it speaks volumes.

With a score beautifully rendered by Mica Levi (“Jackie”), perhaps including the song twice is more than necessary. Clearly, Tess is seeking release from emotional turmoil, but the film’s use of the song avoids feeling heavy-handed. So much is cryptic and alluded to as the story unravels that we hang on gratefully to this bit of musical exposition.

Along with Robbins, Davis and Hamm, Stephanie Andujar is also excellent in a small part as Marjorie’s caretaker. Good as the ensemble cast is, however, “Marjorie Prime” is Smith’s film. Hers is a brilliant performance. Watching her inspires the kind of awe one feels when looking at the brushstrokes of an artistic masterpiece. Smith’s every gesture and vocal intonation serves to impeccably render a vivid, multi-faceted person. It’s impossible to imagine anyone else in the role.

“Marjorie Prime” is a contemplative, intimate and poetic chamber piece, superbly told and nimbly acted, with equal parts nuance and empathy.

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Eazy-E’s Widow Sues His Son Over Ruthless Records, N.W.A Use https://www.thewrap.com/eazy-es-widow-sues-his-son-over-ruthless-records-n-w-a-use/ https://www.thewrap.com/eazy-es-widow-sues-his-son-over-ruthless-records-n-w-a-use/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:59:14 +0000 Tim Kenneally http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693640 Eazy-E’s widow is going after the deceased rapper’s son (her stepson), claiming that he’s illegally using the trademarks Ruthless Records and N.W.A.

According to the suit, Tomica Woods-Wright’s company, Comptown Records, took over ownership of Eazy-E’s label Ruthless Records after the rapper’s death in 1995, and has “continuously used the trade names, trademarks, and service marks RUTHLESS, RUTHLESS RECORDS, and N.W.A. “

However, the suit contends, last July Arnold E. White, an associate of Eazy-E’s son Eric Darnell Wright, formed a corporation in California called Ruthless Records, and both Wright and White filed a trademark application for Ruthless Records Inc., which was subsequently rejected because ” the mark is confusingly similar with the RUTHLESS and RUTHLESS RECORDS marks owned by Ruthless.”

Despite that rejection, the lawsuit contends, Wright and White “are operating an internet website at www.ruthlessrecordsinc.com accessible in California, and throughout the United States bearing the names and marks of Ruthless, RUTHLESS RECORDS, and NWA pursuant to which they advertise and promote musical artists and events.”

According to the suit, at the website Wright and White “create the impression that [their company] NWALLC is the ultimate owner of Ruthless’ trade names and marks. Defendants state: ‘Ruthless Records Inc. is an exclusive branding and marketing agency for NWA Entertainment and signed artists under NWA Entertainment.'”

Those assertions, the suit alleges, “are intentionally false and misleading.”

The suit also alleges that White and Wright have “sold merchandise including clothing and produced musical events using Ruthless’ names and marks RUTHLESS, RUTHLESS RECORDS, and N.W.A.”

“Defendants’ conduct complained of herein is malicious, fraudulent, deliberate, and/or willful,” the lawsuit reads.

Alleging trademark infringement, unfair competition and other counts, the suit seeks unspecified damages.

Eazy-E, real name Eric Wright, founded Ruthless Records in 1986 along with Dr. Dre and Jerry Heller in order to publish releases by Eazy-E and N.W.E. The label went on to release albums by numerous successful artists. Eazy-E died in 1995 from complications of AIDS.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and ‘Big Little Lies’ Stars Detail Show’s ‘Tricky’ Journey https://www.thewrap.com/big-little-lies-kidman-witherspoon-tricky-journey-season-2/ https://www.thewrap.com/big-little-lies-kidman-witherspoon-tricky-journey-season-2/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:53:51 +0000 Steve Pond http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1692282 A version of this story on “Big Little Lies” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Four lead women in “Big Little Lies,” the HBO miniseries based on Liane Moriarty‘s book, all landed Emmy nominations, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in the lead category and Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley in supporting. (Zoë Kravitz, the last of the main actresses, was left out.)

Dern, Woodley and actors/executive producers Kidman and Witherspoon described the rare experience of making the miniseries, which starts with a murder investigation and then slowly unveils victim, murderer and motive over 10 episodes. Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Kidman’s emotionally and physically abusive husband, was also nominated — but these conversation were about the women at the center of the miniseries.

REESE WITHERSPOON I found the manuscript and sent it to Nicole, and we decided to do the project together. She met with Liane Moriarty first and got the rights, and then we got David Kelly. And then Jean-Marc Vallee came on.

NICOLE KIDMAN For me, it was the complication of the women, and the strength of their stories, and the fact that it focused on the female relationships and was told primarily through the female point of view. That’s why the book was so appealing. And it seemed to warrant being told, because amidst the entertainment of it, underneath were issues that were incredibly topical and relevant and real.

WITHERSPOON We had to decide, Is it a miniseries or a movie? And we decided it would be better to do this for television. If we had done it as a two-hour movie, it might have been about two of the women, not all five.

KIDMAN I think it would be strange if Reese and I produced something that was all men. Don’t we have enough of those? So it was very important for us to throw our weight behind finding these great female roles, and calling our friends and people we admire. That was the glorious part of it.

LAURA DERN Reese and I had made the film “Wild” with Jean-Marc, and we all became a family as we spent a few months making the movie and then a year doing promotion and press. You really become this traveling circus, and we loved each other and our work together. We kept saying, “All we want to do is keep working together.” So when they came to me and said, “What part do you want to play?” it didn’t even feel like a reunion. It was just continuing with my family.

KIDMAN So much of filmmaking is about tone, and the tone of this was unusual. I loved that, but it was tricky, and that was our biggest fear going in: Would we be able to balance the humor with the really devastating elements of it?

DERN I did my first movie at 11, and Reese and Nicole were about that age when they started. The three of us really bonded in this experience of, “Oh, my God, here we are in our 40s, and none of us can remember a time like this. If we’re lucky, we might be on a project with one other woman.” To wake up and find ourselves in an ensemble was gorgeous, and what it should be.

SHAILENE WOODLEY I remember that Reese came up to Zoë Kravitz and me a few times and said, “We’re so grateful you said yes to this.” And Zoë and I would look at her and say, “You’re grateful?” There’s a certain softness that women provide to one another that we all had, a certain level of camaraderie and support. It can be hard to find groups of females who are 100 percent supportive of one another and protective of one another, and in alignment without competition and jealousy and a certain type of manipulation. And none of that happened. That is something that to this day we talk about and marvel about.

DERN Reese and Nicole and I found ourselves on the set all day problem-solving with kid pickups. It was amazing, and rare to have that. I’ve done it with Woody Harrelson, but it’s not often that you have that and can really make a family of the experience.

WITHERSPOON Women share things that are deeply personal and will never be told to another person. I think that was critical to understanding who my character is as a mother. She gets so stuck in the idea of perfection that eventually she just collapses under pressure, until she surrenders to the truth.

DERN I’ve played many complicated female characters — sometimes the lead in the film surrounded by boys, where she’s crazy or angry or dishonest. But when you see a tribe trying to navigate life between truth and lies, it’s really powerful. Everyone in it is equally a mess and equally relatable.

KIDMAN I loved Alexander [Skarsgard]’s physicality. And we’d both done sexuality on screen before, we weren’t overwhelmed by that part of it and we went in with a very professional attitude. But when we started those scenes, it was very intense and it seeped into me in a way I’d never had happen before. Being hit like that, and it wasn’t just a day or two — there were so many days over a long period of time, mixed in with therapy scenes and the marriage itself. It was a very dark place to go, and it was disturbing.

I sort of staggered out of that series, is how I described it.

WOODLEY For me as an actor, I want to be as authentic and truthful to the experience of healing emotionally after such a traumatic event [a rape that resulted in the birth of her character’s son], without trying to act my way through it. It was a very delicate balance of wanting to be truthful and not step on anyone’s toes who had also been in that position.

KIDMAN I think it struck a nerve with people because the issues that are being dealt with are what’s going on in a lot of people’s real lives. Not just domestic violence, but divorce, exes, affairs, teenage daughters, families that are fractured, female friendships, laughter…

WITHERSPOON Look, I think we just don’t get to see women at this stage of their lives very often on film, and when we do see them they’re relegated to the fringes and the outskirts, just to create a framework for a man’s journey. So the deliciousness of constantly thinking any one of these women is capable of being murdered at any point, and capable of murdering someone, I think was really compelling to people.

KIDMAN I also loved “Feud,” and it’s so great that roles that rich and strong are there for Jessica [Lange] and Susan [Sarandon] and all of those women. It’s much better to have an abundance of roles than to be scant, and be trying to find people to nominate. Believe me, there have been years when that happened, not only at the Emmys but at the Academy Awards. That’s terrifying and sad.

But I’m reluctant to say, “Yes, things are changing,” because maybe people will just become complacent. I’d rather say they’re changing a tiny bit. Not enough. Just enough to keep the fire burning.

WITHERSPOON This was born of Liane Moriarty’s imagination, and it’s up to her whether or not these women continue. But certainly their stories aren’t over. There’s a huge mystery at the center — nobody really knows what happened except these five women.

WOODLEY I would love to do it again, absolutely. How could any of us say no to that?

Read more from the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

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Animated Comedy From Amy Poehler in the Works at Fox https://www.thewrap.com/animated-comedy-amy-poehler-works-fox/ https://www.thewrap.com/animated-comedy-amy-poehler-works-fox/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:46:14 +0000 Reid Nakamura http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693562 Fox is developing an animated comedy series from Amy Poehler, TheWrap has learned.

The potential series, which has received a script and pilot presentation order from the network, centers on the family and friends of 15-year-old Duncan Harris, an average kid with dreams of being a UFC fighter, tech billionaire, video game champ, or any job where you make a ton of money and don’t have to wear a tie.

“Simpsons” duo Mike Scully and Julie Scully will write. Poehler is attached to voice multiple characters.

The untitled comedy is executive produced by Poehler, Mike Scully and his wife and producing partner Julie Scully, along with Dave Becky of 3 Arts. The project is a co-production from Universal Television and 20th Century TV.

In addition to this project, Poehler’s Paper Kite production banner has a number of projects in development, including the dark musical comedy series “Edison” at HBO. The company also produces Hulu’s “Difficult People” and Comedy Central’s “Broad City.”

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‘American Made’ Review: Tom Cruise Flies Between Comedy and Tension, Missing Both https://www.thewrap.com/american-made-review-tom-cruise/ https://www.thewrap.com/american-made-review-tom-cruise/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:28:33 +0000 Jason Solomons http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693633 Tom Cruise trashes his flashing-teeth hero image to play, if not a bad guy, then certainly a naughty one in the jaunty drug-running caper “American Made.”

Re-teaming with his “Edge of Tomorrow” (a.k.a. “Live Die Repeat”) director Doug Liman, Cruise plays Barry Seal, a real-life character who ran drugs, guns and money between Central America and Arkansas in the late 1970s and early ’80s, while also working for the CIA.

Seal, a family man who started out as a pilot for TWA, eventually became embroiled in what blew up into the Iran-Contra scandal, as well as being a trusted delivery boy for the Medellin cocaine cartel lead by Pablo Escobar. He also earned himself millions of dollars in cash for his troubles.

Cruise slips into the role with a mischievous grin, although he’s not exactly playing totally against type the way he did in, say, “Magnolia.” The idea is that his Barry is a slippery customer and a great pilot, more son-of-a-gun than Top Gun. With the first of several nods to “Goodfellas,” Cruise narrates the movie himself, although his to-camera testimonies are designed, we learn later, to incriminate his various employers.

Barry initially stumbles into the part but like a good American opportunist, he learns to game the system, using his CIA-sanctioned cover to become “the gringo who delivers” for Escobar and his henchmen. He comes home with suitcases stuffed so full of cash the green stuff practically falls out of the bedroom closets.

As director, Liman (whose father investigated the Iran-Contra affair) has covered the shaky moral ground of Langley in his “Bourne” franchise, and he’s at it again here, while also trying to cram in — and explain away — some real political history. The film features three U.S. presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and, as Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, as well as figures such as Oliver North and General Noriega. Even Nancy Reagan pops up to tell us again: Just Say No.

Liman is to be commended on not stooping to a mere ’80s nostalgia fest, at least not too ironically (he offers a Rubik’s Cube and couple of power ballads but, hey, everyone needs context), using the Cold War politics of the time rather than any awkward fashions or pop. I wonder, though, if he was tempted to show someone watching an early Brat Pack movie on VHS?

The problem is that Cruise, even when trying to cut loose, is always so tightly controlled that we never truly feel the reptilian survivalism of Barry Seal, nor does it feel like anyone on screen is actually enjoying themselves despite the repeated tequila parties and mountains of cash.

Earlyish in the picture, when Barry finds himself in a Colombian jail following a police raid, there’s a bit of business around him having a tooth knocked out, a clear indication that Cruise knows he’s denting his trademark choppers here. Interestingly, the movie never suggests Seal (or any of his pilot cohorts) got high on their own supply; he may want to play with his image, but don’t think for a minute you’ll catch Tom Cruise snorting coke.

Liman’s tone, channelled through Cruise gently straining to deconstruct his own iconography, achieves neither real comedy nor actual tension. The movie feels lightweight, even while pointing fingers at the American government’s meddling foreign policy and lies. The sense of the era’s political absurdity goes missing. Maybe politics, no matter how ridiculous or how distant, just isn’t a laughing matter any more.

Strangely, for a Cruise vehicle, “American Made” takes a while to get going, and, having never quite started, it doesn’t really know when to finish. There’s a terrific climax involving the CIA, DEA, FBI and a bunch of other acronymical forces — except it isn’t the climax, and the movie drags on for quite a while after, forgetting that we really don’t care much for the underwritten storyline of Barry’s family and his wife Lucy, gamely played by Sarah Wright (“Marry Me”) in that increasingly thankless position of “girl in Tom Cruise movie.”

“American Made” isn’t exactly an American Dud, but it is too self-conscious to be as fun as it wants to be. It’s professional, slick and not terrible, as you’d expect from, well, slick professionals such as Liman and Cruise. It looks vibrant and verdant (shot by Uruguayan DP Cesar Chalone, who did “City of God”), but for the gringo movie star who always delivers, it comes up a little short.

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Justin Theroux Lands on Netflix’s ‘Maniac’ With Emma Stone and Jonah Hill https://www.thewrap.com/justin-theroux-netflix-maniac-emma-stone-jonah-hill/ https://www.thewrap.com/justin-theroux-netflix-maniac-emma-stone-jonah-hill/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:20:25 +0000 Ryan Gajewski http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693637 Justin Theroux is joining Jonah Hill and Emma Stone on the Netflix series “Maniac.”

Theroux will recur on the 10-episode dark comedy series that Cary Fukunaga is directing.

“Maniac” is based on a 2014 Norwegian series and centers on two patients in a mental institution who escape to fantasy realms.

The “Leftovers” alum will recur as James Mantleray on the series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

“Maniac” does not yet have a premiere date.

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‘Lemon’ Review: Brett Gelman Is Best at Playing the Worst https://www.thewrap.com/lemon-review-brett-gelman-nia-long-judy-greer/ https://www.thewrap.com/lemon-review-brett-gelman-nia-long-judy-greer/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:08:51 +0000 Kyle Turner http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1689714 Brett Gelman (“Love,” “Another Period”) plays somewhat of a garbage white dude named Isaac in Janicza Bravo’s film “Lemon.” It’s not quite that he is a bad person; he’s just completely unaware of anyone other than himself. And he’s barely aware of himself.

For example, his response to waking up in the morning after wetting himself in his sleep is just to stand there and smell his hands, blocking his blind girlfriend Ramona (Judy Greer) from going to the bathroom, only to have her sit back down in the damp spot on the couch where he left his mark. He doesn’t see anything wrong with this.

Immediately after, Ramona tries to confront Isaac about how she’s feeling in the relationship, using the metaphor of a book she is reading. She needn’t even say she feels stifled because she’s barely able to get out what she originally intended to tell him; Isaac, obliviously, interrupts her, talks over her, belittles her. Unsurprisingly, this is one step towards the dissolution of their relationship.

It’s not necessarily accurate to describe what happens to Isaac post-breakup as karmic retribution, per se, primarily because his myopia never disappears. His selfishness, and inability to really communicate with a sense of empathy or awareness, is just who he is. Isaac is aggressively rude toward a female student in the acting class he teaches. He spray-paints a racial slur on the car of another student, Alex (Michael Cera), out of jealousy. He doesn’t particularly care about the wellbeing of his sister Ruthie (Shiri Appleby), and his approach to being, shall we say, sensitive about racial matters is decidedly gauche.

Isaac’s trashy identity — including how the little world he lives in is punctuated by overwhelming choral music — is like all the annoying sad-white-dude-in-an-indie tropes rolled into one absurd character. That’s a good thing. Bravo, whose previous work includes the lauded short film “Gregory Go Boom” and an episode of FX’s “Atlanta,” has crafted a film with a particular vocabulary that’s built using the language of small films about sad white men (think “Garden State”) but with a syntax that upends them. The film is at times, gloriously, viciously satirical, effortlessly able to paint the hollowness of performative emotions.

When Isaac’s childhood physician, Dr. Gold (David Paymer), breaks down in front of him, talking about his divorce, he does so at first coyly, but then he reveals cracks in the façade. But his façade is like cheap plaster, as though the cracking and breaking were the point, that the breakdown is the show. “The old you doesn’t work,” he tells Isaac in an attempt both to comfort Isaac and to get him to return the favor.

Conversely, Isaac’s displays of emotion come in shocking little explosions, whether it be an act of cruelty or vulnerability. Gelman is a straight man, his deadpan deliveries of Bravo’s alternatingly elaborately theatrical or deceptively colloquial dialogue like an ice pick. And while watching Gelman’s Isaac dig a grave for himself in any number of situations — like when he talks to a group of relatives of Cleo (Nia Long), who’s black, about incarceration rates for African American men — is amusingly cringe-worthy to watch.

His reactions to his misfortunes are even better, because they give Gelman room for his expressive body to let loose. He drops his cellphone in a diarrhea-filled toilet; he tries to steal a grandmother; and he screams in his car. In each, Gelman takes a character who looks like he’s been bound with rope and has very little joint articulation and makes his body blast beyond its presumed parameters.

Most of the white dudes in the film are some iteration of horrible, their mean and condescending archetypes from the same world as Isaac’s, but amplified. Even though Bravo spares him infrequently, there’s still a modicum of pathos there, a dash of tenderness every now and then; the scene in which he finds two birds dead features both ribald satire and sensitive empathy, which is hard to pull off, but each never cancels out the other.

Bravo’s West Coast world in the film is finely detailed: the way the sun sneaks into the windows to reveal a messy house, how it makes the yellows and peaches glow, or how it illuminates magic and beauty in every pore of skin from Cleo’s family, the gradations of their complexion shot as if to right the wrong of years of improperly photographed and film black bodies.

This is a filmmaker precise in her composition and in her texture, her comedic beats reminiscent of both David Lynch and Issa Rae. What the cookout scene towards the end of the film shows us is that there’s a world beyond the narcissistic one that Isaac and parts of his family occupy, and it’s beautiful and strange and has no time for nonsense. So get your act together.

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Inside ‘Morning Joe’ Co-Hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski’s Rise to Fame (Exclusive) https://www.thewrap.com/inside-msnbc-morning-joe-co-hosts-joe-scarborough-and-mika-brzezinskis-rise-exclusive/ https://www.thewrap.com/inside-msnbc-morning-joe-co-hosts-joe-scarborough-and-mika-brzezinskis-rise-exclusive/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:04:31 +0000 Brian Flood http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693417 A decade into their run, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are more influential than ever. If you want to know the secret to their success — it’s best that you ask them separately.

When the recently-engaged couple spoke with TheWrap earlier this week, Scarborough and Brzezinski often finished each other’s sentences and credited each other with the show’s success. Their chemistry was obvious, even more so than it is on television — but perhaps that is the secret to their success.

“Morning Joe” launched roughly a decade ago in 2007, the exact date depends on whether or not you consider the trial period, but it’s safe to say the show is currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

It all started when MSNBC needed to replace Don Imus’ “Imus in the Morning.” At the time, Scarborough, a former Florida Congressman, hosted the primetime “Scarborough Country,” but was eager to move to the a.m. and had a vision for what would eventually become “Morning Joe.”

Brzezinski considered herself a “washed up TV news anchor” when Scarborough approached her about being his co-host for his then-temporary shot to replace Imus. He only knew her casually because she anchored news alerts during his primetime show. She was working as a freelance anchor for the network and had “no idea” what she could bring to the table of a morning show.

Brzezinski credits Scarborough for presenting a “blueprint” for a new type of morning show to MSNBC boss Phil Griffin. Scarborough’s idea was simple; he wanted long segments where interesting people discuss interesting topics over an extended period.

“I think there have been a lot of imitators,” Brzezinski told TheWrap. “Not only on cable, but on network. It made TV better. I think ‘Morning Joe’ has made TV better.”

Brzezinski said that Scarborough’s raw talent and political chops were crucial to the show’s success initial success, noting that he “raised the bar” and was influential in discovering fellow co-host Willie Geist.

“Right when the red light came on, I was like ‘Wow,’ he’s good, this is good and we’re going to be great,'” Brzezinski said.

At this point in the inerview, Scarborough interrupted his fiancée, with his voice getting louder and clearer as he spoke, as if he was a few steps away from the phone while Brzezinski credited him for their success.

“That was very, very nice of Mika but the incredible thing to me, really is, that Willie, Mika and I have been a team for 10 years,” Scarborough told TheWrap. “Has that ever happened before in TV news where three hosts stayed together and actually [Brzezinski could be heard finishing his sentence in the background] liked each other?”

Scarborough said he’s happier than ever before and the trio’s rapport is stronger than ever. Despite the show’s namesake praising the entire team, Brzezinski is clearly thankful that Scarborough approached her to join the program that would change her life back in 2007.

“I will just tell you, I do hand it to Joe for coming up with this concept and knowing exactly what he wanted to do. He wouldn’t say that but I still can’t believe the success in some ways, and in other ways I’m not surprised at all,” she said.

One thing Joe and Mika agree on is the impact Griffin had on the show.

“We had a boss that trusted us … the cable news tides were going in a very different direction, and he let us breathe,” Brzezinski said.

Scarborough said when the show started he was instructed to “shrink the news hole” and do “more entertainment news,” which is historically a morning show staple. Joe and Mika had other ideas and wanted to emerge as the show that sets the daily agenda for political watchdogs.

“Mika has been nice, talking about me, but the first time that people really took notice was when Mika was given scripts, by the news desk, to lead the show with Paris Hilton getting out of prison,” Scarborough said. “She tore up the script and said, ‘We’re not gonna do this.'”

Scarborough actually downplayed the details, as Brzezinski ripped up the script several times and even attempted to burn it with a lighter. Seriously.

A meeting was arranged (it wasn’t by Griffen, they both emphasized when telling the story) to discipline Brzezinski for what networks execs considered being disrespectful to the news department — but the meeting didn’t occur.

The clip quickly went viral on YouTube and a star was born.

“By the time she was supposed to go to the meeting, I think there were five million hits,” Scarborough said. “She really set the tone.”

The media power couple said they have not been handed a news script since that point. They are left alone and have “total freedom” to decide what topics to cover.

“Phil Griffin said to everybody, ‘Hey, back off … let them do the show they wanna do,'” Scarborough said.

Griffin’s approach paid off and the show emerged as must-see TV for political insiders. “Morning Joe” has beaten CNN’s “New Day” among total viewers for 39 straight weeks, and has topped its rival among the key news demo of adults age 25-54 for seven consecutive weeks. The show is watched by political influencers and trends on social media on a daily basis — Joe and Mika even have an ongoing Twitter feud with the President of the United States.

A decade after Scarborough asked the self-proclaimed “washed up” anchor to join him on the “Morning Joe,” they are arguably the most influential couple in media.

“Morning Joe” will officially celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Sept. 22.

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‘Better Call Saul’ Star Bob Odenkirk Exclusive EmmyQuickie Portraits (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/better-call-saul-star-bob-odenkirk-exclusive-emmyquickie-portraits/ https://www.thewrap.com/better-call-saul-star-bob-odenkirk-exclusive-emmyquickie-portraits/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:47:29 +0000 Photographed by Steven Gerlich for TheWrap at Aesthesia Studios, Los Angeles. http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1689241 https://www.thewrap.com/better-call-saul-star-bob-odenkirk-exclusive-emmyquickie-portraits/feed/ 0 Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

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Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

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Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

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Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

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Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

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Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

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Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

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Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

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How ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Creators Improved the Show by Blocking Out the Feedback https://www.thewrap.com/halt-and-catch-fire-dynamic/ https://www.thewrap.com/halt-and-catch-fire-dynamic/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:43:38 +0000 Carli Velocci http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693434 It’s easy to look at AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” going into its fourth and final season as a completely different show than the one that premiered in 2015.

The drama series about technology gurus in the early days of the 1980s computer boom initially told a story about two colleagues — Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) and Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy) — who were engaged in a Steve Jobs vs. Steve Wozniak style relationship. Working to create an IBM competitor, the two clashed on producing hardware and how to market the products.

Season 2, however, presented a dramatic shift. Joe and Gordon were relegated to supporting characters as Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna Clark (Kerry Bishé) began to lead. The two women started Mutiny, an early online gaming company. Over the course of this and Season 2, the show became less about the business of making technology, and more about why we do it. It became less of a period piece, and more of a way to present parallels with today’s technology.

“Is the technology we create bringing us together or driving us further apart?” co-showrunner Christopher Cantwell asked in an interview with TheWrap. “We examine that in our five characters’ relationships with each other. It’s definitely like looking at them with a macro lens in terms of today.”

Cantwell, along with Christopher C. Rogers (the two Chrises, as I like to call them), were brand new to TV when they pitched the show that would ultimately become “Halt and Catch Fire” to AMC. They met when they were both “dream-deferred writers,” Rogers explained. Despite this lack of experience, one of the first things they learned was to be flexible.

“In approaching the show, which was our first foray into television at all, we had to keep an open mind and listen to what the show was telling us,” Cantwell said.

So even throughout Season 1, the show was going through a transition. People in the writers’ room found themselves talking about Cameron and Donna instead of Joe and Gordon, which led to them getting more screen time in Season 2. They looked at somebody like Joe, a mysterious person who wanted to have all the answers but didn’t, and tweaked him into what they called a “two-strike hitter” — somebody who pretended to have all the answers. Gordon, who was the misunderstood genius who couldn’t connect with anybody, learned to engage in relationships, becoming the heart of the teams he was a part of.

“They’re challenging all those things we set up in the story and constantly upending them. That seemed to be where the fun was,” Cantwell explained.

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Of course, the cast and crew was on board. It also wasn’t totally off base for a show that’s about invention and change, so that made the adjustments easy for the audience to swallow.

“It was true of the cast and it was true of what they brought to the performances and with the themes of reinvention and rebuilding that we brought to the show from the very beginning,” Cantwell continued.

So much changed just from the pilot that “Halt and Catch Fire” almost became a different show and critics noticed. The original response was that the show was trying, unintentionally or not, to be like AMC’s other hit “Mad Men.” Writers also found the Jobs/Wozniak dynamic to be played out, especially in early episodes where the focus was on building hardware. However, with Season 2, and even towards the end of Season 1, the reception became more positive.

That criticism changed how the two Chrises worked. While Season 1 was already complete by the time the show began airing, the response influenced Season 2 and beyond.

“You make something and you put it out in the world for the first time and you want it to be a hit, you want everyone to love it and it was hard when it wasn’t immediately embraced,” Rogers said. “But in a way I think it was one of the teachers we could’ve had at that point in our career. I think it sent us into a ‘we have nothing to lose’ mentality. We were going to play our music, we were going to tell the story we wanted to tell and kind of block out all the feedback that was coming from outside. That really enabled us to find the rhythm of the show that we were able to settle into.”

Originally, the duo worked with Jonathan Lisco, who acted as showrunner. However, after he stepped down following Season 2, the Chrises were thrust into new “terrifying” territory. However, at this point, they had settled into their writing style and what they wanted out of the show, so it was a matter of just sitting down and creating Season 3. This season presented another huge change for audiences. Instead of setting the show in Texas, where it had been for two seasons, it was moved to Silicon Valley.

This transition not only introduced a new modern-day parallel, but introduced new conflicts for the characters as they moved from small-town, lowkey life into the middle of the technological revolution.

“We felt something beautiful,” Rogers recalled. “We really doubled down on the room dynamics and trying to creating a culture where people felt power to do their best work, on really getting good feedback with the actors.”

Season 4, however, presented the biggest change since the beginning, picking up seven years after the Season 3 finale. The showrunners said that this allows the show’s final season to explore all of the transitions that have come before it, whether it’s personal or professional.

“They spent three seasons of trying to guess the future, of trying to create a future that other people don’t see, and we put them squarely into this future they created, so they can look around going ‘what have we wrought,'” Rogers said.”It’s also a chance for our characters to look back at the journey they’ve been on. They have a lot of scars and wounds and hopefully a little wisdom to see if they can revisit the things they couldn’t get right in the first season.”

It also brings them out of the 1980s and into the 90s, where the internet and Silicon Valley are on the precipice of becoming what it is today. That in itself will create a whole new environment for the characters.

Overall, going into the final season, Rogers and Cantwell feel like they’re at the height of their powers. While it was AMC’s decision to end the show — and give the creators one more season to wrap everything up — they said it was for the best.

“Forty hours was enough time to tell this story without it getting stale, without repeating ourselves and without it going into decline,” Rogers said, adding that the two were “finally comfortable this year” after four seasons of constant change, adaptation and creative stress.

So maybe in Season 4, after 10 years of a journey, maybe the characters will be comfortable too.

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How Director Lesli Linka Glatter Keeps ‘Homeland’ in the Emmy Game https://www.thewrap.com/director-lesli-linka-glatter-keeps-homeland-emmy-game/ https://www.thewrap.com/director-lesli-linka-glatter-keeps-homeland-emmy-game/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:38:43 +0000 Matt Donnelly http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1692757 This story about Lesli Linka Glatter and “Homeland” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

It’s safe to say that “Homeland,” a flagship for the Showtime network and early awards magnet for star Claire Danes, has had nine lives when it comes to storytelling. After prolonging the explosive water-cooler romance between CIA operative Carrie Mathison (Danes) and double-agent soldier Nicholas Brody (Damien Lewis) for its first two seasons, the show has effectively rebooted with a new terror threat and set of supporting players each year.

The woman who keeps the series close to its knitting as a spy procedural, and helps keep the political world of the show eerily similar to what the U.S. is dealing with in real time, is director Lesli Linka Glatter. This year she was nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, one of only three nominations for the show.

Glatter had the task of buttoning up the season-long journey of the show’s first female president (Elizabeth Marvel, who was “never supposed to be a take on Hillary Clinton,” Glatter told TheWrap), putting Carrie through the emotional ringer by threatening the custody of her daughter, and saying goodbye to the series’ long-suffering black-ops soldier Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend).

All in one episode, mind you–the Season 6 finale, “America First.”

“Quinn gave us a chance to look at being a wounded warrior, and how we train our soldiers to be heroic no matter what,” Glatter said of the character, stricken with PTSD and never quite recovered from a noxious gas attack. “Many people who are wounded find totally fulfilling lives, but this is a man who was trained to do a very specific job from a specific background.”

Marvel (who similarly played a presidential nominee on Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Dane’s characters overthrow an intricate assassination plot against the newly elected leader — but as “America First” shows us in its final moments, this president has a highly questionable moral and ethical compass.

Not that it could possibly rival the actual American political climate. “What I watch and read every day,” Glatter said, “half the time it feels like a movie I would never have the imagination to write.”

Read more in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

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Sony Pictures TV Names Jeffrey Glaser Head of Current https://www.thewrap.com/sony-pictures-tv-names-jeffrey-glaser-head-current/ https://www.thewrap.com/sony-pictures-tv-names-jeffrey-glaser-head-current/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:20:35 +0000 Ryan Gajewski http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693588 Jeffrey Glaser is replacing Kim Rozenfeld as head of current programming at Sony Pictures Television Studios. Glaser starts Sept. 5, and Rozenfeld is leaving at the end of August.

The company’s internal memo is below.

“Today we are announcing that Jeffrey Glaser will join Sony Pictures Television Studios (SPTS) as executive vice president, U.S. current programming, overseeing the studio’s on-air series. Jeffrey will replace Kim Rozenfeld, who will be leaving SPTS at the end of the month. Jeffrey will start September 5th and report to Chris and Jason.

“With over 20 years of experience in this space, Jeffrey is a talented executive and a terrific addition to our new team at SPTS. He comes to us directly from Wondery, a start-up podcast company, which he helped found and served as president of content. Prior to that he spent nearly 20 years at 20th Century Fox Television, serving as head of current programming for over half that time, guiding series to syndication sales and supervising some of television’s most iconic and acclaimed titles including 24, The X-Files, Arrested Development, Bones, Empire, Family Guy, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, and Modern Family. He also held senior positions in Fox’s drama division, overseeing the production of pilots including James Cameron’s Dark Angel and Joss Whedon’s Angel.

“We want to thank Kim for his years of commitment and dedication to SPTS, and his immeasurable contributions to some of our greatest successes. We are fully supportive of Kim’s desire to start a new chapter in his career, and we wish him all the best.”

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Finn Jones Pitches His ‘Defenders’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Against Each Other https://www.thewrap.com/finn-jones-explains-why-iron-fist-would-beat-loras-tyrell-in-battle-loras-is-always-a-showman/ https://www.thewrap.com/finn-jones-explains-why-iron-fist-would-beat-loras-tyrell-in-battle-loras-is-always-a-showman/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:39:08 +0000 Ashley Boucher http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693462 Finn Jones (Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist) caught up with TheWrap ahead of the release of Netflix’s latest foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “The Defenders,” to talk about being part of two of TV’s hottest shows.

Jones is probably best known for his role as Loras Tyrell, brother to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” But since Loras and his sister (spoiler!) died at the end of Season 6, Jones has been keeping himself plenty busy as a young New York superhero.

Jones opened up about how his “Defenders” character, Danny, will fit in with more seasoned heroes Daredevil a.k.a. Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter). “It’s like he’s just met a bunch of older brothers and sisters for the first time,” Jones said of the relationship with the other heroes.

“This is one of the first times that he’s run into people that also have abilities. And these people seem to be jaded as well, but have kind of got their s— together a little bit more than Danny,” the actor went on to say. “They’re a little bit older and a little bit wiser. And I think Danny is kind of inspired by that, it’s like he’s found brothers and sisters. And I think that’s deeply what Danny has always needed throughout his life, ever since he lost his parents he needs … that friendship.”

We’ll also see Danny grow up in “The Defenders,” completing the character arc set into motion in Season 1 of “Iron Fist.”

“Definitely in ‘The Defenders’ we’re seeing Danny becoming more self-aware, knowing how to deal with his emotions, deal with his responsibility a lot better, and in the process, yes, that means him kind of growing up,” Jones said. But that doesn’t mean Danny will lose his characteristic optimism. “One of the great things about the hero is he really has got this very pure optimism, but I think his level of naivety is certainly going to become more grounded.”

And that growing up is helped along by the brother/sister figures of Matt, Jessica and Luke. “We all know what older brothers and sisters do, they kick you in the balls and they tease you, but ultimately it’s to help you grow into a better adult,” he said. “And I think that’s what Danny is experiencing in the Defenders.”

Danny’s optimism certainly shows when the four street-level heroes meet for the first time. “He needs help,” Jones explained, saying that Danny is less hesitant than the others to join forces (though you will see Danny have some clashing of personalities, at least at the beginning). “He’s been trying to track down members of the hand for a while now and he keeps not making any progress … I think on an emotional level and a much deeper level, he’s longed for friendship, longed for allies, and he’s longed for a connection to people that understand him.”

As for his relationship with friend/sidekick/martial arts badass Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Jones said it’s strained at the beginning of “The Defenders.”

“Definitely tensions are starting to fray with them. Just because Danny — he can be very hot-headed, buried in his own head at times because he has so much on his plate and he doesn’t really know how to handle it.” By the end of Season 1 of “The Defenders,” however, “Danny is kind of in more of a position to give more to the relationship, to be more present in the relationship. And I think that will help steady them going in to Season 2.”

Jones is confident in Danny’s superpowers, too — so much so that he believes the superhero would beat his flowery counterpart from Westeros.

“Loras is always a showman, he was a jouster, a knight of the summer, as it was explained in the book,” Jones said. “He never knew what it felt like to be on the battlefield, to be actually in sort of fight or flight combat. Whereas Danny has got more experience hand to hand. And, he also has the Iron Fist. So that kind of trumps Loras just from the get-go. But if Danny didn’t have the Iron Fist I still think [he] would take Loras down in hand to hand combat.”

The first season of “The Defenders” premieres Aug. 18 on Netflix.

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Everyone Who Has Ever Been in The Defenders, From Daredevil to Doctor Strange (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/every-marvel-character-whos-been-a-member-of-the-defenders-from-daredevil-to-doctor-strange-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/every-marvel-character-whos-been-a-member-of-the-defenders-from-daredevil-to-doctor-strange-photos/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:36:36 +0000 Ross A. Lincoln and Phil Hornshaw http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1692910 Netflix’s “The Defenders” finally brings Marvel’s “street level” super hero team to television, but the four leads aren’t the only Marvel characters who’ve staffed the group. In the comics, “The Defenders” have had dozens of incarnations over the years — fitting since the team is defined by its lack of organization. No charter, no bylaws, just a convenient team up of whoever is available whenever something needs stopping, even if the team doesn’t like each other. Here’s who has signed up as an official team member since it’s 1971 debut.

Doctor Strange

Silver Surfer

Hulk

Namor

Iron Fist

Valkyrie

Nighthawk (Kyle Richmond)

Luke Cage (Power Man)

She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)

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Daredevil

Clea

Son of Satan

(Hank Pym)

Hellcat (Patsy Walker)

Gargoyle

Beast (Hank McCoy)

Warren Worthington III/Angel/Archangel

Iceman (Bobby Drake)

Cloud

Hawkeye

Red Guardian

Devil-Slayer

Overmind

Moondragon

Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch)

Spider-Man

Wolverine

Darkhawk

Nomad (Jack Monroe)

Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter)

Namorita

Sleepwalker

Captain America (Steve Rogers)

Scarlet Witch

Thunderstrike

War Machine (James Rhodes)

Northstar

Nova Richard Rider

Doctor Druid

Deadpool

Sepulchre (Jillian Woods)

Cadaver (Cody Fleischer)

U.S. Agent (John Walker)

Dagger

Deathlok (Michael Collins)

Drax the Destroyer

Red Raven

Ardina

Blazing Skull (Mark Todd)

Colossus

Atlas (Erik Josten)

Junta (Manuel Diego Armand Vicente)

Paladin

Warlord Krang

Lyra

Loa

Red She-Hulk (Betty Ross)

Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)

Ant-Man (Scott Lang)

Jessica Jones

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(Note: We're not counting those who joined the team for a single battle in the 1970s, the so-called "defenders for a day.")

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Netflix's "The Defenders" finally brings Marvel's "street level" super hero team to television, but the four leads aren't the only Marvel characters who've staffed the group. In the comics, The Defenders have had dozens of incarnations over the years -- fitting since the team is defined by its lack of organization. No bylaws, just a convenient team-up of whoever is available whenever something needs stopping, even if the team doesn't like each other. Here's who has signed up as an official team member since the comic's 1971 debut.

(Note: We're not counting those who joined the team for a single battle in the 1970s, the so-called "defenders for a day.")

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Jessica Jones


Marvel's cynical detective/drunk is the most recent addition to the comic-book Defenders, making her team debut in June, 2017 in a version that includes Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, just like the Netflix series.

 

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Jessica Jones


Marvel's cynical detective/drunk is the most recent addition to the comic-book Defenders, making her team debut in June, 2017 in a version that includes Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, just like the Netflix series.

 

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Ant-Man (Scott Lang)


It's highly unlikely we'll ever see him on TV, but the version of the growing/shrinking hero played by Paul Rudd in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a member of the 7th comic book incarnation of The Defenders, starting in 2012.

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Ant-Man (Scott Lang)


It's highly unlikely we'll ever see him on TV, but the version of the growing/shrinking hero played by Paul Rudd in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a member of the 7th comic book incarnation of The Defenders, starting in 2012.

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Black Cat


The former cat burglar-turned on-and-off-again Spider-Man girlfriend was a member of the 2011 version of the team.

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Black Cat


The former cat burglar-turned on-and-off-again Spider-Man girlfriend was a member of the 2011 version of the team.

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Red She-Hulk


Another member of the 2011 team, Betty Ross (Bruce Banner's love interest), made use of her recently-acquired Hulk-like super powers.

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Red She-Hulk


Another member of the 2011 team, Betty Ross (Bruce Banner's love interest), made use of her recently-acquired Hulk-like super powers.

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Loa


The teen mutant was a member of the underwater Deep's Defenders, striving to liberate an occupied Atlantis.

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Loa


The teen mutant was a member of the underwater Deep's Defenders, striving to liberate an occupied Atlantis.

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Lyra


Another member of the Deep's Defenders, she's inherited her powers from her father, the Hulk. (The Defenders love having Hulks around.)

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Lyra


Another member of the Deep's Defenders, she's inherited her powers from her father, the Hulk. (The Defenders love having Hulks around.)

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Warlord Krang


This Jack Kirby/Stan Lee supervillain is also a mercenary. He joined a version of the Defenders that was originally assembled by Tony Stark, called, The Initiative.

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Warlord Krang


This Jack Kirby/Stan Lee supervillain is also a mercenary. He joined a version of the Defenders that was originally assembled by Tony Stark, called, The Initiative.

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Paladin


Another mercenary member of The Initiative.

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Paladin


Another mercenary member of The Initiative.

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Junta


Another Initiative mercenary, Junta debuted in the "Black Panther" comics.

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Junta


Another Initiative mercenary, Junta debuted in the "Black Panther" comics.

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Atlas


This supervillain-turned-nominal hero was recruited for the mercenary version of The Initiative

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Atlas


This supervillain-turned-nominal hero was recruited for the mercenary version of The Initiative

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Colossus


The invincible Russian was a member of The Initiative when it was still run by Tony Stark. Sadly, he didn't team up with Deadpool.

 

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Colossus


The invincible Russian was a member of The Initiative when it was still run by Tony Stark. Sadly, he didn't team up with Deadpool.

 

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Blazing Skull


A member of The Initiative assembled by Tony Stark, Blazing Skull is a very old Marvel character, debuting back in 1941.

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Blazing Skull


A member of The Initiative assembled by Tony Stark, Blazing Skull is a very old Marvel character, debuting back in 1941.

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Ardina


A counterpart to Silver Surfer, she was recruited to fight The Order, a version of The Defenders that went rogue and tried to take over the world.

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Ardina


A counterpart to Silver Surfer, she was recruited to fight The Order, a version of The Defenders that went rogue and tried to take over the world.

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Red Raven


An associate member of The Defenders-gone-bad team, called, The Order.

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Red Raven


An associate member of The Defenders-gone-bad team, called, The Order.

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Drax the Destroyer


Long before he was a Guardian of the Galaxy, Drax hooked up with a lot of Marvel heroes, including Secret Defenders, the 1990s version of the team launched in 1993.

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Drax the Destroyer


Long before he was a Guardian of the Galaxy, Drax hooked up with a lot of Marvel heroes, including Secret Defenders, the 1990s version of the team launched in 1993.

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Deathlok


Another Secret Defender.

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Deathlok


Another Secret Defender.

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Dagger


One-half of the superhero team Cloak & Dagger, she has light-based powers and was a Secret Defender.

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Dagger


One-half of the superhero team Cloak & Dagger, she has light-based powers and was a Secret Defender.

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U.S. Agent


This guy once replaced Captain America before establishing his own off market brand of super patriotism. Also, he's a Secret Defender.

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U.S. Agent


This guy once replaced Captain America before establishing his own off market brand of super patriotism. Also, he's a Secret Defender.

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Cadaver


Another Secret Defender.

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Cadaver


Another Secret Defender.

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Sepulchre


Another Secret Defender.

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Sepulchre


Another Secret Defender.

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Deadpool


Even the Merc with the Mouth was a Secret Defender. Too bad Fox owns his movie rights.

 

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Deadpool


Even the Merc with the Mouth was a Secret Defender. Too bad Fox owns his movie rights.

 

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Doctor Druid


Doctor Strange recruited this magician to lead the Secret Defenders after he stepped down.

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Doctor Druid


Doctor Strange recruited this magician to lead the Secret Defenders after he stepped down.

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Nova


The spacefaring hero (and friend to The Guardians of the Galaxy) was a Secret Defender.

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Nova


The spacefaring hero (and friend to The Guardians of the Galaxy) was a Secret Defender.

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Northstar


Marvel's first openly gay superhero was also a Secret Defender.

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Northstar


Marvel's first openly gay superhero was also a Secret Defender.

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War Machine


Yup, the character played by Don Cheadle in the MCU was a Secret Defender, too.

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War Machine


Yup, the character played by Don Cheadle in the MCU was a Secret Defender, too.

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Thunderstrike


A one-time Thor replacement, Thunderstrike became a Secret Avenger.

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Thunderstrike


A one-time Thor replacement, Thunderstrike became a Secret Avenger.

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Scarlet Witch


She took a break from Avenging to be a Secret Defender at one point. 

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Scarlet Witch


She took a break from Avenging to be a Secret Defender at one point. 

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Captain America
He was also a Secret Defender.

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Captain America
He was also a Secret Defender.

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Sleepwalker


The hero from another dimension was a Secret Defender, too.

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Sleepwalker


The hero from another dimension was a Secret Defender, too.

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Namorita


The Atlantean princess was a Secret Defender years before she helped cause the Civil War.

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Namorita


The Atlantean princess was a Secret Defender years before she helped cause the Civil War.

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Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter)


The second version of Spider-Woman (who, by the way, had that black-and-white look before Spider-Man) was a Secret Defender.

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Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter)


The second version of Spider-Woman (who, by the way, had that black-and-white look before Spider-Man) was a Secret Defender.

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Nomad (Jack Monroe)


The third incarnation of "Nomad," Jack Monroe not only had the worst '90s comic hair ever, he was also a Secret Avenger.

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Nomad (Jack Monroe)


The third incarnation of "Nomad," Jack Monroe not only had the worst '90s comic hair ever, he was also a Secret Avenger.

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Darkhawk


Another Secret Defender.

 

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Darkhawk


Another Secret Defender.

 

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Wolverine


He was in the Secret Defenders because you couldn't make a comic in the '90s without putting Wolverine in it.

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Wolverine


He was in the Secret Defenders because you couldn't make a comic in the '90s without putting Wolverine in it.

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Spider-Man


Just your friendly neighborhood Secret Defender.

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Spider-Man


Just your friendly neighborhood Secret Defender.

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Ghost Rider


Another Secret Defender.

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Ghost Rider


Another Secret Defender.

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Moondragon


She was a member of the 1980s version of the team, the New Defenders.

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Moondragon


She was a member of the 1980s version of the team, the New Defenders.

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Overmind


Another Jack Kirby/Stan Lee creation, the occasional Fantastic Four villain was later turned into a hero via weird comic book plot stuff, and joined the original Defenders.

 

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Overmind


Another Jack Kirby/Stan Lee creation, the occasional Fantastic Four villain was later turned into a hero via weird comic book plot stuff, and joined the original Defenders.

 

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Devil Slayer


An original Defenders member.

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Devil Slayer


An original Defenders member.

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Cloud


This sentient nebula that can take humanoid forms was a member of the New Defenders.

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Cloud


This sentient nebula that can take humanoid forms was a member of the New Defenders.

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Red Guardian (Dr. Tania Belinsky)

This Soviet Neurosurgeon-turned-communist-themed here joined the original Defenders. (She later changed her super name to Starlight.)

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Red Guardian (Dr. Tania Belinsky)

This Soviet Neurosurgeon-turned-communist-themed here joined the original Defenders. (She later changed her super name to Starlight.)

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Hawkeye


Clearly, Avengers love moonlighting. He was briefly a member of the original Defenders.

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Hawkeye


Clearly, Avengers love moonlighting. He was briefly a member of the original Defenders.

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Iceman


Bobby Drake has been a member of two teams -- New Defenders and Secret Defenders.

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Iceman


Bobby Drake has been a member of two teams -- New Defenders and Secret Defenders.

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Warren Worthington AKA Angel ALA Archangel


Angel the flying mutant was a member of the New Defenders. Later, in his Archangel persona, he joined Secret Defenders.

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Warren Worthington AKA Angel ALA Archangel


Angel the flying mutant was a member of the New Defenders. Later, in his Archangel persona, he joined Secret Defenders.

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Beast


Hank McCoy was recruited into the original Defenders and stuck around for the New Defenders.

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Beast


Hank McCoy was recruited into the original Defenders and stuck around for the New Defenders.

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Gargoyle


He was an original Defenders member, and later part of the New Defenders.

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Gargoyle


He was an original Defenders member, and later part of the New Defenders.

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Hellcat AKA Pasty Walker AKA Trish Walker


Jessica Jones' best friend Trish is a super hero in Marvel comics, and was a Defender twice. Will her TV counterpart follow?

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Hellcat AKA Pasty Walker AKA Trish Walker


Jessica Jones' best friend Trish is a super hero in Marvel comics, and was a Defender twice. Will her TV counterpart follow?

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Hank Pym (the Original Ant-Man)


The scientific genius played by Michael Douglas in the MCU has twice been a Defender: In the '70s he was recruited in his Yellowjacket persona, and as Giant Man he was a Secret Defender.

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Hank Pym (the Original Ant-Man)


The scientific genius played by Michael Douglas in the MCU has twice been a Defender: In the '70s he was recruited in his Yellowjacket persona, and as Giant Man he was a Secret Defender.

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Son of Satan


The child of a demon and a human woman, this hero was a member of the original Defenders and the Initiative team.

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Son of Satan


The child of a demon and a human woman, this hero was a member of the original Defenders and the Initiative team.

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Clea


Doctor Strange's disciple and later girlfriend was a member of the original Defenders and, later, The Order.

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Clea


Doctor Strange's disciple and later girlfriend was a member of the original Defenders and, later, The Order.

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Daredevil


He was a Defender for a Day back in the '70s, but Matt Murdock has since joined the team for real in its latest incarnation.

 

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Daredevil


He was a Defender for a Day back in the '70s, but Matt Murdock has since joined the team for real in its latest incarnation.

 

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She-Hulk


Bruce Banners cousin, Jennifer Walters, got some of his Hulk powers after a blood transfusion. But she got to keep her wits, and, in addition to other superhero teams, she's been in The Order, the Initiative Team and the 2011 Defenders.

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She-Hulk


Bruce Banners cousin, Jennifer Walters, got some of his Hulk powers after a blood transfusion. But she got to keep her wits, and, in addition to other superhero teams, she's been in The Order, the Initiative Team and the 2011 Defenders.

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Luke Cage


Power Man has been on a lot of Defenders teams: the '70s original, the Secret Defenders, and the newest version.

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Luke Cage


Power Man has been on a lot of Defenders teams: the '70s original, the Secret Defenders, and the newest version.

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NightHawk


This Original team member was also in The Order and the Initiative team.

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NightHawk


This Original team member was also in The Order and the Initiative team.

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Valkrie


She'll be seen kicking ass in "Thor: Ragnarok" later this year, but in the comics she's been a member of the original team, the New Defenders, and The Order.

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Valkrie


She'll be seen kicking ass in "Thor: Ragnarok" later this year, but in the comics she's been a member of the original team, the New Defenders, and The Order.

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Iron Fist


Like Daredevil, Danny Rand was a Defender for a day back in the '70s. He later joined the team for real as a Secret Defender, returned for the 2011 version of the team and is a member of its current incarnation.

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Iron Fist


Like Daredevil, Danny Rand was a Defender for a day back in the '70s. He later joined the team for real as a Secret Defender, returned for the 2011 version of the team and is a member of its current incarnation.

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Namor 


The Sub-Mariner was an early Marvel creation (1939!) and later repurposed as a Fantastic Four frenemy. He's a cofounder of The Defenders and later was part of The Order, the Deep's Defenders, and the 2011 team.

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Namor 


The Sub-Mariner was an early Marvel creation (1939!) and later repurposed as a Fantastic Four frenemy. He's a cofounder of The Defenders and later was part of The Order, the Deep's Defenders, and the 2011 team.

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The Hulk


Did you know The Hulk is a founding member of The Defenders? It's true. He was also in Secret Defenders, The Order, and the 2011 version of the team.

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The Hulk


Did you know The Hulk is a founding member of The Defenders? It's true. He was also in Secret Defenders, The Order, and the 2011 version of the team.

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Silver Surfer


The former herald of the devourer Galactus has been part of five incarnations of The Defenders, including the original 1970s team.

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Silver Surfer


The former herald of the devourer Galactus has been part of five incarnations of The Defenders, including the original 1970s team.

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Doctor Strange


The sorcerer supreme (played in the MCU by Benedict Cumberbatch) isn't just amazing at magic, he also founded the comic book Defenders, and has led five incarnations of the team.

 

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Doctor Strange


The sorcerer supreme (played in the MCU by Benedict Cumberbatch) isn't just amazing at magic, he also founded the comic book Defenders, and has led five incarnations of the team.

 

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Glenn Close to Star in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Movie Musical at Paramount (Exclusive) https://www.thewrap.com/glenn-close-star-sunset-boulevard-movie-musical-paramount-exclusive/ https://www.thewrap.com/glenn-close-star-sunset-boulevard-movie-musical-paramount-exclusive/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:15:18 +0000 Matt Donnelly http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693326 Paramount Pictures is pursuing a big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” to star Tony winner Glenn Close — who just ended a revival run of the musical on Broadway in June.

Close is in advanced talks to play the part she originated on the stage in 1994, and the studio is actively searching for a director and a leading man to star opposite her, two individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap.

TV mogul Ryan Murphy was approached to helm, both insiders said, but no deals are in place. Production is eyeing a January start. Representatives for Close and the studio did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A representative for Murphy flatly denied his involvement at this time.

The package is deliciously meta: Webber’s musical is based on the iconic 1950 Billy Wilder film starring Gloria Swanson as delusional former star Norma Desmond of silent pictures who lost her luster when the talkies came in. Paramount Pictures plays a large part in the story itself.

Desmond takes in a broke and handsome screenwriter to help her punch up her dream project, a sensual telling of Greek tragedy Salome that she is decades-too-old to star in. The film is actively trying to find a leading man to play the screenwriter. There’s also a juicy role of a long-suffering butler who cares for Desmond and feeds her delusion.

Close has earned numerous awards for the part since originating the role in 1994, including the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.

Close is repped by CAA.

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Trump Again Cites Discredited Story About General Pershing and ‘Islamic Terror’ https://www.thewrap.com/trump-general-pershing-islamic-terror-discredited-story/ https://www.thewrap.com/trump-general-pershing-islamic-terror-discredited-story/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:10:12 +0000 Ashley Boucher http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693487 Does Donald Trump feel the same way about fake history as he does about fake news?

Apparently not, as the president cited a now-discredited story about U.S. Army Gen. John Joseph Pershing, who acted as governor of the mostly Muslim province of Moro Province after the Philippine-American War, from 1899-1902.

“Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught,” Trump tweeted late Thursday morning. “There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”

The story goes — as Trump discussed on the campaign trail — that the general dipped terrorists who he caught in pigs blood before shooting them.

“And he caught 50 terrorists who did tremendous damage and killed many people. And he took the 50 terrorists, and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pigs’ blood — you heard that, right?” Trump said at a rally in South Carolina in February of 2016. “He took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pigs’ blood. And he had his men load his rifles, and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the 50th person, he said: You go back to your people, and you tell them what happened. And for 25 years, there wasn’t a problem. Okay? Twenty-five years, there wasn’t a problem.”

Snopes calls the story a “legend,” and critics called the story misleading.

As Politifact points out, the idea of using pigs blood as a weapon against Muslims as been around for decades, but there is little historical evidence to support it.

Trump’s tweet comes after 13 were killed and more than 50 injured in Barcelona, Spain, when a van plowed into a crowd of people Thursday. The Spanish government has ruled the attack as terrorism. “The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!” the president tweeted an hour before the Pershing tweet.

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‘It’ Remake to Scare Away Box Office Slump With Record $50 Million Opening https://www.thewrap.com/it-remake-box-office-record/ https://www.thewrap.com/it-remake-box-office-record/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:06:22 +0000 Jeremy Fuster http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693386 As the return of the dreaded Pennywise draws near for Warner Bros./New Line’s remake of Stephen King’s novel “It,” box office trackers are projecting a very strong opening that should continue what has been a great 2017 for horror blockbusters.

Trackers have the remake on course for a $50-55 million opening from its early September release frame.

If that range is reached, it would give “It” the record for the biggest September opening in box office history, passing the $48 million made by “Hotel Transylvania 2.”

But while “It” has enjoyed immense buzz since the teaser trailer first dropped back in March, there is reason to curb one’s enthusiasm. For one, “It” has an R rating, and $50 million is a threshold that almost no R-rated horror film has been able to reach. The rare film that pulled it off was “Paranormal Activity 3,” which made $52.5 million in 2011. Two PG-13 horror films, “The Village” and “Van Helsing,” also hit the $50 million mark in 2004.

But while low budget horror has produced several critical and commercial hits in recent years, none have reached this mark. Even Universal and Blumhouse’s two big PG-13 horror hits, “Get Out” and “Split,” didn’t come close to this mark in their openings, making a (still impressive) $33 million and $40 million respectively. Last week’s big horror release: “Annabelle: Creation,” came up with a $35 million opening, while its 2014 predecessor made $40 million.

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If “It” manages to blow by all of these figures, it could provide a big boost not only for the September box office, but for October as well, as the strong opening could be followed with repeat viewings from audiences looking for a scare at Halloween. Even if the movie falls short, a $35-40 million opening would put in on the level of the “Annabelle” and “Conjuring” films will be a victory for WB and New Line.

“It” tells the story of seven children in the small town of Derry, Maine, who are hunted by the titular creature who hides in the town’s sewers and takes the form of an insidious clown named Pennywise to terrorize the children.

Played by Tim Curry in the famous 1990 miniseries, Pennywise is played in the new film by Bill Skarsgard, with Jaeden Lieberher (“Midnight Special”) and Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things”) leading the cast of kids trying to stop the evil threat. Andrés Muschietti is directing from a screenplay by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman.

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‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Vikings’ Carry MGM to Strong Q2 as TV Revenue Doubles https://www.thewrap.com/handmaids-tale-vikings-carry-mgm-strong-q2-tv-revenue-doubles/ https://www.thewrap.com/handmaids-tale-vikings-carry-mgm-strong-q2-tv-revenue-doubles/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:33:39 +0000 Matt Pressberg http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693369 “The Handmaid’s Tale” wasn’t just one of the critical darlings of this year — it also helped MGM deliver a solid second-quarter, even with a slim movie slate.

MGM reported revenue of $325 million for the three months ended June 30, a 20 percent increase from the same period a year earlier. The independent studio also reported $93.5 million in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (a common measure of the core profitability of a business), which was up 2 percent year-over-year.

TV was a strong growth business for MGM, as the company generated $124 million in television licensing revenue for the quarter, a 125 percent increase year-over-year. However, adjusted EBITDA actually dipped 10 percent to $32 million, as MGM incurred significantly higher operating expenses.

During the quarter, MGM partially delivered the first season of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which received 13 Emmy nominations, as well as season 5 of “Vikings,” season 3 of “Fargo” and new hip-hop competition show “Signed.”

The studio reeled in $128 million in film revenue for the three months, down 35 percent from the same time the previous year, largely due to significantly lower home entertainment sales relating to “Spectre” and “Creed.” MGM had one theatrical release during the quarter, the teen romance “Everything, Everything,” but did not earn a substantial amount of the theatrical revenue from that movie before June 30.

Also in the quarter, MGM acquired the remainder of premium cable network Epix for $1 billion and borrowed $2.1 billion to finance that deal and pursue other growth opportunities. MGM earned $57 million in revenue from Epix in the 51 days between its consolidation of the company on May 11 and the end of the quarter.

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Lester Williams, Former NFL Players, Dies at 58 https://www.thewrap.com/lester-williams-former-nfl-players-dies-at-58/ https://www.thewrap.com/lester-williams-former-nfl-players-dies-at-58/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:31:29 +0000 Debbie Emery http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693478 Lester Williams, a former defensive tackle for the New England Patriots and a first round pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, died Wednesday. He was 58.

Williams passed away at his Birmingham, Alabama, home, Patriots.com reported. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

The Miami, Florida, native played  in 40 games for the Patriots from 1982-1985, including as a starter in Super Bowl XX.

During his four-year career in New England, Williams recorded 39 solo tackles, 60 assists, five sacks, three fumble recoveries and five passes defensed, according to the team’s website.

He later went on to play for the San Diego Chargers and the Seattle Seahawks.

Prior to his NFL career, Williams was a standout player at the University of Miami and was recognized with consensus All-America honors as a senior in 1981.

See remembrance tweets from the sports community below.

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Ariel Winter Rips Star Magazine Over ‘Desperate’ Report https://www.thewrap.com/ariel-winter-rips-star-magazine-over-desperate-report/ https://www.thewrap.com/ariel-winter-rips-star-magazine-over-desperate-report/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:31:22 +0000 Tim Kenneally http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693477 Ariel Winter has once again taken aim at the media — or at least Star Magazine — for its coverage of her.

“Modern Family” star Winter fired up her Twitter account on Thursday, poking at Star Magazine for a report suggesting that she’s “desperate” for her boyfriend, actor Levi Meaden, to put a ring on her finger.

Winter’s critique came in response to a tweet from Star Magazine reading, “Is Ariel Winter Desperate For Boyfriend Levi Meaden To Propose?”

“Yes and I’m already pregnant to seal the deal,” Winter shot back. “I WILL HAVE HIM!!!!! MUAHAHAHA!”

The Star Magazine tweet included a video that declared, “Sources say Ariel Winter has been leaving hints around the house for her live-in boyfriend, Levi Meaden, that she wants to get married — and soon.”

The supposed hints include photos of engagement rings taped to the couple’s refrigerator, with hints that “she’d be happy to pay for it.”

This isn’t the first time that Winter has taken Star Magazine to task. In June, the actress lashed out at the tabloid, condemning a “fake news” report about her, and telling the magazine, “Get your s– straight.”

In a post captioned “Not cool,” Winter seethed, “I would NEVER pay my boyfriend ANY sort of allowance, nor would he EVER accept it if I offered it. He BUYS his own stuff whether it’s for me or for himself, and he more than pulls his weight for our life. I HATE fake news, but I guess that’s what our world has come to. Get your sh-t straight.”

“I don’t support anyone, and I don’t need anyone to support me,” the actress continued. “He’s got a full career (including something huge that’s new) and works hard for it. He’s not just someone’s boyfriend. So if you don’t know us, don’t comment. Xoxo.”

Winter’s social-media diatribe in June came after Star published a report that Winter is the “breadwinner” in her relationship with Meaden.

Quoting a source, the magazine reported that some of Winter’s friends “worry that she’s throwing too much cash his way … Why would he go on auditions when he can stay home and still collect a paycheck?”

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But How Many White Supremacists Are There, Really? See on This Hate Map https://www.thewrap.com/how-many-white-supremacists-splc-hate-map/ https://www.thewrap.com/how-many-white-supremacists-splc-hate-map/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:27:40 +0000 Ashley Eady http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693412 In wake of the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, where counter-protesters clashed with white supremacists at a white nationalist rally, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has unveiled its Hate Map. The organization monitors hate groups; this map shows the location of all hate groups in the country.

According to the Hate Map, there are currently 917 hate groups in operation in the U.S. While many of these groups are white supremacist organizations (white nationalists, neo-Nazis, neo-confederates and the Ku Klux Klan), the SPLC additionally includes black separatist groups (i.e. The Nation of Islam) in its roster. The SPLC also highlights distinctions between the different white power groups; most prescribe to a similar ideology of white supremacism.

Of the 917 hate groups, 450 (roughly 50 percent) are white supremacist organizations. That number includes 100 white nationalist groups, 78 racist skinhead, 99 neo-Nazi, 43 neo-confederate and 130 Ku Klux Klan chapters.

The amount of press these groups have gotten since the Charlottesville incident, however, is arguably in steep disproportion to their sway and numbers. White power groups are still decidedly on the fringes of society, especially compared to the prevalence of religious groups that preach positivity and acceptance.

Still, the overall number of hate groups has steadily risen over the past few years. The SPLC reports “an explosive rise in the number of hate groups since the turn of the century, driven in part by anger over Latino immigration and demographic projections showing that whites will no longer hold majority status in the country by around 2040.” These numbers decreased from 939 to 784 from 2013 to 2014 but have climbed since 2014.

Though the map doesn’t give any indication of how many members each hate group has, it does give a breakdown of the number of hate groups in each state. Surprisingly, California hosts the largest number of hate groups, with a total of 79. Florida comes in second with 63, and Texas follows close behind with 55.

Also noteworthy is a spike in anti-Muslim sentiments. According to the SPLC, the total number of anti-Muslim groups increased by 197 percent from 2015 to 2016.

You can take a look at the full map here.

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Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Lines Up Stephen Daldry as Director https://www.thewrap.com/star-wars-universe-expands-stephen-daldry-to-direct-obi-wan-kenobi-movie/ https://www.thewrap.com/star-wars-universe-expands-stephen-daldry-to-direct-obi-wan-kenobi-movie/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:24:18 +0000 Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693466 Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting his own “Star Wars” spin-off film, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

“The Hours” filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in talks to direct the new standalone feature for Disney and Lucasfilm.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most beloved characters in the “Star Wars” franchise, and perhaps was the best thing to come out of the prequels. As a result, fans have been wanting Ewan McGregor to reprise his role for some time; however, McGregor has not yet been confirmed.

Back in March during an interview, McGregor stated:

“Listen, I have been asked about it a lot, to the point where it looks a bit like I’m sort of touting for work. I’ve been very open to say I’d be happy to do it, if they want to do it.”

When asked directly about a spin-off film focused primarily on his character, McGregor kind of danced around the subject.

“I think they are set going into the 2030s with their movies, but it would be fun to do, of course I’d be happy to do it.”

The project currently has no script.

A standalone Han Solo film is currently in the final stages of shooting after Ron Howard took over directing when Christopher Miller and Phil Lord were forced out of the project.

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Daldry won awards on Broadway as well as the West End, and has received multiple Tony Awards, including one for “Billy Elliot the Musical.” In 2000, he made his feature debut with “Billy Elliot,” followed by “The Hours,” which gave Nicole Kidman the Best Actress award at the Oscars.

He also made a film version of 2008’s “The Reader,” based on the book of the same name and starring Kate Winslet, David Kross and Ralph Fiennes. Daldry’s fourth film was “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” He most recently directed episodes of Netflix’s “The Crown.” Daldry is repped by CAA.

The next “Star Wars” film, “The Last Jedi,” will be released on December 15.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Will ‘Veep’ Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus Be Queen of the Emmys Again? https://www.thewrap.com/veep-julia-louis-dreyfus-queen-emmys-again/ https://www.thewrap.com/veep-julia-louis-dreyfus-queen-emmys-again/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:20:59 +0000 Steve Pond http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1692309 A version of this story about Julia Louis-Dreyfus first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

She could break the Emmy record for consecutive acting wins for the same show, and the record for most Emmys won for one role, with six. She could tie Cloris Leachman for the most ever won by a male or female performer, with eight. She could win her third consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series award for executive producing Veep, and push her total number of wins into double digits.

Yes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus could be the Queen of the Emmys once again, which she admits is slightly uncomfortable but also quite nice. “It is sort of an embarrassment of riches, there’s no doubt about it,” she told TheWrap. “But I’m very proud to have won like that.”

She paused. “I lost a lot, too, FYI. There was a long period of time where I was nominated, which was awesome, but I lost. And that makes the winning that much more sweet.

“But at this point I can honestly say that the pressure is about the work itself. The awards are great, and I won’t say that I don’t want to win, because it would be awesome. But the Emmys are in September, when we’re about to start shooting, and it would be a reminder of the work at hand.

“Not to undermine the value of trophies, but they remind you that you have to do the work.”

This past season, she said, she had to work through the post-election blues when “nothing felt funny,” at the same time taking some characters into new spaces. “There were layers peeled back,” she said, “and that was fun, because our actors are capable of going into deeper and darker places.”

And now, as the team begins to plan Season 7, she faces the usual challenge: “We feel very protective of what we’ve done thus far, and we don’t want to sully it.”

But first, there’s one more trip to the Emmys on her calendar. “Going to these awards shows has changed in my lifetime,” she said. “I remember the first time I went, I think I just bought a dress. It was a very different scene, and now it’s about so many other things.

“So you just try to stay loose, pack some food into your evening bag and keep a sense of humor about it.”

Read more in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

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Want to Make Your Own ‘Game of Thrones’ Cape? IKEA’s Got You https://www.thewrap.com/ikea-shares-official-instructions-for-turning-rugs-into-game-of-thrones-capes/ https://www.thewrap.com/ikea-shares-official-instructions-for-turning-rugs-into-game-of-thrones-capes/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:14:52 +0000 Reid Nakamura http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693449 For those looking to re-create “Game of Thrones” fashion, the Swedish furniture chain IKEA has released a set of instructions for turning its sheepskin rugs into the fur capes worn by the Nights Watch.

In a conversation at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles last year, costume designer Michele Clapton revealed that the capes were fashioned from modified Skold rugs from IKEA. The chat has recently resurfaced as the HBO fantasy drama returned for Season 7 and fans amused themselves with the idea of Jon Snow wearing flooring on his shoulders.

The company has had fun with the newfound interest in their rugs — searches for the rugs have increased by 775 percent — by sharing a photo of IKEA employees wearing the rugs like capes on Facebook, along with a how-to guide styled like the company’s trademark instruction manuals that come with its furniture.

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Juggalos v #MAGA? Pro-Trump Rally to Coincide With Insane Clown Posse Fan March https://www.thewrap.com/juggalos-v-maga-pro-trump-rally-scheduled-to-coincide-with-icp-fan-march/ https://www.thewrap.com/juggalos-v-maga-pro-trump-rally-scheduled-to-coincide-with-icp-fan-march/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:01:07 +0000 Tim Kenneally http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693439 Scheduling conflicts, how do they work?

Sunday, Sept. 16 is shaping up to be a very interesting day at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as both fans of clown-faced rap duo Insane Clown Posse and pro-Trump advocates will descend on the grounds to make their voices heard.

As previously reported, devotees of the Insane Clown Posse are gathering for a Juggalo March at the Lincoln Monument on the mall to protest the FBI’s classification of the duo’s fans, known as Juggalos, as a gang.

And now, as it turns out, the MOAR Mother Of All Rallies Patriot Unification Gathering is also scheduled to convene at the Mall, near the Washington Monument.

According to a Facebook page for MOAR, the event hopes to “rally 1 million patriots” to “send a shock-wave message to the world that they have to go through us to take this country or change its culture.”

“This is about America First,” the event description continues. “This is about protecting and supporting President Donald Trump, protecting our Constitution, and protecting our flag and all that it stands for.”

The Juggalo March boasts equally passionate goals.

“We need you and your voice to make sure that we shout above the chaos of this noisy world and are heard loudly and clearly as we deliver a message right into the nerve center of America that the Juggalo Family is not a joke, punchline, or any form of criminal organization,” the march’s website reads. “This is our chance to make a difference. A real difference.”

Two groups, two missions, one mall.

Let’s hope that Faygo is the only thing that gets spilled on Sept. 16.

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Russian Internet Providers Ordered to Say Nyet to Hosting The Daily Stormer https://www.thewrap.com/russian-internet-boot-daily-stormer/ https://www.thewrap.com/russian-internet-boot-daily-stormer/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:59:16 +0000 Sean Burch http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693427 Apparently “from Russia with love” doesn’t apply to white supremacists running websites.

The Daily Stormer — the infamous neo-Nazi website — turned to a Russian domain after it was dropped by both its web hosts, GoDaddy and Google, for violating its terms of services earlier this week. Now, Russia is giving the white supremacists the boot as well.

Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor — the Russian federal body in charge of communications — said in a statement the agency had told Russian domain hosts to stop supporting the site.

“The Russian legislation establishes an extremely strict regime to counteract any manifestations of extremism on the Internet,” said Zharov. “The Daily Stormer promotes a neo-Nazi ideology, incites racial, national, and other forms of social discord.”

Whereas it was a moral argument from the American companies that refused to host Daily Stormer, in Russia it’s a legal issue. The Russian government is notoriously uncompromising with its censorship, and it has several measures aimed against Nazi rhetoric.

In 2014, the government added fines of up to 300,000 rubles (about $5,000) and five years in prison for those convicted of “rehabilitation of Nazism.” The law adds an additional 200,000 rubles and a ban of up to three years for those that use a public office or media outlet to promote Nazi ideology.

After moving to its Russian domain on Wednesday, Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin boasted the site was back in a blog post titled, “A Tale of True Friendship: Trump Called Putin to Get Us a New Domain!” “The Stormers rushed out of their cave into their new lovely, lovely home at DailyStormer.ru,” said Anglin.

But the site’s “new lovely, lovely home” quickly went offline just hours later. In an email to TheWrap on Thursday, Anglin said Daily Stormer will move back to the dark web, where it had been running for a brief period after its ousting from Google.

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Bob Odenkirk on How ‘Better Call Saul’ Is Edging Closer to ‘Breaking Bad’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/bob-odenkirk-better-call-saul-emmy-breaking-bad-closer/ https://www.thewrap.com/bob-odenkirk-better-call-saul-emmy-breaking-bad-closer/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:21:01 +0000 Steve Pond http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1692376

This story on Bob Odenkirk first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

For its first two seasons, the “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” found Bob Odenkirk starring not as sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, but as the more honest and earnest Jimmy McGill. But in Season 3, Jimmy began to adopt the Saul Goodman persona as the show moved closer to the time depicted in the earlier series.

“It’s nothing but exciting to me to be getting closer to the ‘Breaking Bad’ time frame,” said the actor, who landed his second straight Emmy nod for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.

“I’m a fan, like everybody else. When I read these scripts and see Saul coming back, Gus [Fring] coming back, it just makes me so happy. I guess there’s the fear that the power of the ‘Breaking Bad’ universe and the intensity of people’s love for it could overshadow our story. But I love the ‘Breaking Bad’ universe, I have no problem with being art of it, and that’s a risk we should take.”

Setting up Jimmy will have its payoff, Odenkirk promised. “As he goes into the persona of Saul, we know there’s a real human being behind it, and a person who is striking back at the world he thinks he’s been wronged by. We’ll see Saul Goodman in a different light, because we know there’s a part of him that has a conscience, and he’s going to feel bad.”

As to where he’ll go from here … “I’d like to see Jimmy become a lawyer again and do charity work — the complete opposite of what he’s doing now, but with street smarts. It’s going to make my mom so happy to hear that I want that. But I do.”

See TheWrap’s video interview with Bob Odenkirk above.

Interview by Stuart Brazell.

Read more from the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

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Taylor Swift Makes ‘Extremely Generous’ Donation to Sexual Assault Foundation After Court Victory https://www.thewrap.com/taylor-swift-makes-extremely-generous-donation-to-sexual-assault-foundation-after-court-victory/ https://www.thewrap.com/taylor-swift-makes-extremely-generous-donation-to-sexual-assault-foundation-after-court-victory/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:08:05 +0000 Tim Kenneally http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693404 Taylor Swift is putting her money where her mouth is.

After emerging victorious in a trial over whether radio DJ David Mueller groped her rear-end during a 2013 meet-and-greet at Pepsi Center in Denver, the “Shake It Off” singer has made an “extremely generous” donation to “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Donation, an organization dedicated to tackling the issue of sexual assault.

The foundation’s CEO, Maile M. Zambuto, told the Huffington Post that Swift is making an “extremely generous financial investment in the movement to end sexual violence,” which will benefit the foundation’s healing program’s educational work and advocacy efforts, including the elimination of America’s rape-kit backlog.

Hargitay launched the foundation, which she described as is “a national organization with the mission to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse,” in 2004.

Zambuto said the funds will go toward three of the foundation’s main initiatives: healing programs, educational work and advocacy work ― the latter of which focuses on the elimination of the U.S.’s rape kit backlog.

Swift was initially sued in September 2015 by Mueller, who alleged that he was wrongfully fired after being accused of groping the singer during the meet-and-greet at Swift’s concert at Denver’s Pepsi Center in June 2013. The radio personality, who goes by the professional name “Jackson,” has adamantly denied the accusation, though Swift has testified: “It was not an accident. It was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life.”

Swift subsequently filed a countersuit against Mueller in October 2015.

Last week, a Colorado judge tossed Mueller’s claims against Swift, a victory that was followed on Monday by a jury finding in Swift’s favor in her claims against Mueller. The singer had sought a symbolic award of $1.

After Monday’s legal win, Swift issued a statement saying that she would be donating to “multiple organizations” that are dedicated to helping sexual assault victims.

“I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this,” Swift said. “My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”

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Mic Lays Off 25 Employees in Pivot to Video https://www.thewrap.com/mic-lays-off-25-employees-pivot-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/mic-lays-off-25-employees-pivot-video/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:58:49 +0000 Reid Nakamura http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693350 Mic has laid off 25 employees as part of a pivot to video content, the millenial-oriented news outlet announced on Thursday.

Most of the layoffs came from the site’s editorial staff, but the cuts affected all departments. Mic CEO Chris Altchek sent a memo to staff informing them of the layoffs and strategic shift on Thursday.

“We made these tough decisions because we believe deeply in our vision to make Mic the leader in visual journalism and we need to focus the company to deliver on our mission,” Altchek wrote. “Visual journalism already makes up 75% of the time that our audience spends with Mic. As new platforms emerge and existing platforms continue to grow, we believe this will become a dominant form of news consumption for our audience.”

The site’s shift to short-form video has been in the works for months. Last week, publisher Cory Haik wrote an op-ed for Recode declaring a “visual revolution” in journalism.

“What the market is showing, and what I fundamentally believe, is that viewers want to immerse themselves in a visual story that makes use of the full range of creative techniques afforded by the tiny little computer in their hand that’s connected to the internet,” Haik wrote.

Staffers have reportedly been privately speculating about layoffs since the company scheduled a day-long all-hands meeting for next week to discuss the future direction of Mic. However, Business Insider reports that employees had previously been promised no layoffs were coming.

Mic becomes the latest digital media company to announce cuts to its editorial staff and a shift to video content in recent months, following in the footsteps of MTV News, Vice and Vocativ.

A few former Mic employees took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that they’re no longer with the company and are open for other opportunities.

Read Altchek’s full memo below:

Team,

Today, we had to say goodbye to 25 very talented colleagues and friends on our full time team. We have done our best to ensure the path forward for each affected individual is as smooth as possible. Saying goodbye to colleagues is difficult, and we’re very grateful for all of their contributions to Mic.

We made these tough decisions because we believe deeply in our vision to make Mic the leader in visual journalism and we need to focus the company to deliver on our mission. Visual journalism already makes up 75% of the time that our audience spends with Mic. As new platforms emerge and existing platforms continue to grow, we believe this will become a dominant form of news consumption for our audience. Our strategy to realign our resources behind this new market of ‘tap stories,’ in which we are already winning, will set us apart. In addition, we remain confident about our ability to succeed with extensions into the premium video space and already see strong traction with those efforts.

I have never been more optimistic about Mic’s future and potential. Having recently completely our Series C financing, Mic is in the strongest financial position in the company’s history.

Please join me for an all-hands at 3:00 p.m. to discuss further and to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your continued energy, focus and commitment to Mic.

Chris

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Carol Costello’s Plan for Moving From CNN to HLN: Cut the ‘Bulls—-‘ and Earn Trust (Exclusive) https://www.thewrap.com/carol-costellos-plan-for-moving-from-cnn-to-hln-cut-the-bulls-and-earn-trust-of-viewers-exclusive/ https://www.thewrap.com/carol-costellos-plan-for-moving-from-cnn-to-hln-cut-the-bulls-and-earn-trust-of-viewers-exclusive/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:25:58 +0000 Brian Flood http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1691834 Carol Costello plans to cut out the “bulls—” and put on a show that earns the trust of viewers when her HLN show, “Across America with Carol Costello,” kicks off on Monday.

“Right now, to me, the trust issue is at the top of my list. I really want people to trust me,” Costello told TheWrap during a recent interview. “If you want a snapshot of what the show will be, it’s simple: No bulls—. It’ll be a no-bulls— zone.”

HLN’s sister network, CNN, was Costello’s most recent employer and is often called “fake news” by the President Trump. However, she thinks the issues regarding trust and the media stretch far beyond Trump’s beef with CNN.

“It hurts me that people from my neck of the woods, the Midwest, don’t trust me,” she said. “I don’t think it’s just the Trump supporters, I think that trust in media has been eroding for a long time.”

Costello said the issue “isn’t anything new” and Trump simply “capitalized” on it. She explained that as a 24-year-old local news anchor in Ohio, she was trusted because, back then, people believed what they heard from a broadcaster.

“Now, I’m an experienced journalist that knows so much more and a lot of people don’t trust what I say,” she said. “It pains me and to blame it all on Trump shows a distinct lack of courage on the part of journalists. It’s partially our fault.”

Costello said her new show is the only thing that she’s thought about since her emotional goodbye from CNN roughly six months ago. Costello’s move to HLN allowed the cable news veteran to create a show’s strategy and hire her own team for the first time ever — and she’s quite the perfectionist.

“I’ve been driving myself crazy,” Costello said. “Even if it all goes to s—, it’s been a great experience for me because it strengthened me as a journalist. The primary feature of my show will be transparency. We will not have huge panels talking about political minutia.”

Costello, who walked away from CNN to relocate to HLN’s Los Angeles studio to be closer to her husband, promises to be honest with her audience, even if that means admitting an agenda on particular topics.

“I am a human being,” she said. “I’m not going to lie to you about it… That doesn’t mean I can’t open my mind and embrace [opposing] views.”

The show is called “Across America” because Costello wants to focus on news in portions of the country that often get overlooked by the mainstream media.

“You can’t have credibility if you don’t cover the people you’re talking about,” she said. “That doesn’t mean an analyst in Washington, D.C. who has not lived in Ohio for 25 years sitting there spouting off about how people feel… I mean, actually going to Ohio to do stories… actually talk to people who live in those places.”

“Across America with Carol Costello” premieres on Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. ET on HLN

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Shawn Mendes Kicks Off MTV’s ‘Unplugged’ Reboot https://www.thewrap.com/shawn-mendes-mtv-unplugged/ https://www.thewrap.com/shawn-mendes-mtv-unplugged/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:25:57 +0000 Carli Velocci http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693300 MTV, with its new focus on bringing back some of its most iconic series, is reviving “MTV Unplugged,” its acoustic concert series, which hasn’t aired regularly since 1999.

The network announced Thursday that the first episode will feature multi-platinum singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes. It’ll air on September 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

“I’m so thrilled and honored to be able to help bring the ‘Unplugged’ series back,” Mendes said in a statement. “It’s a show that truly highlights artistry and brings unique performances to fans that they can’t see anywhere else.”

“Unplugged” ran regularly from 1989 to 1999, spotlighting artists such as Nirvana, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton. Each episode, which ran for about an hour, let popular musicians play their hits with acoustic instruments. It’s also less of a concert and more of a jam session, providing a small space for the artists to play.

Since the ’90s, the show has aired other specials. Some of the most memorable include an emotional 2002 Lauryn Hill episode, an Adam Lambert special in 2010 and a Miley Cyrus special in 2014.

“MTV revolutionized the performance storytelling space when it launched ‘MTV Unplugged’ almost 30 years ago,” said Amani Duncan, senior vice president of music at MTV. “The ‘Unplugged’ Series allows artists to reimagine their songs in an intimate and acoustic medium, giving their fans a new perspective on their favorite hits.

The last year has been one of transition for the music and entertainment network. The young adult fantasy series “The Shannara Chronicles” was moved over to Spike, leaving the soon-to-end “Teen Wolf” and “Scream” as the network’s scripted series.

MTV is also going back to its reality roots with “Siesta Key,” which is a modern, revamped version of shows like “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills.”

At the end of 2016, Viacom Acting President & CEO Robert Bakish said that the network’s move away from music was “a mistake.”

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‘Jetsons’ Live-Action TV Reboot From Robert Zemeckis Flies to ABC https://www.thewrap.com/jetsons-reboot-robert-zemeckis-abc/ https://www.thewrap.com/jetsons-reboot-robert-zemeckis-abc/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:53:58 +0000 Ryan Gajewski http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693320 “The Jetsons” is zooming to ABC.

A live-action TV reboot from Robert Zemeckis of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated series has landed a put-pilot order at the network.

The new version of “The Jetsons” will be a half-hour multi-camera comedy set 100 years in the future, featuring a modern spin on the storytelling.

Gary Janetti (“Family Guy”) will write the project, which Warner Bros. Television is producing with Nickleby, Inc. and Compari Entertainment.

Janetti is an executive producer, along with “Back to the Future” director Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. Jackie Levine is a co-executive producer.

The classic series centered on married couple George and Jane Jetson, their kids Judy and Elroy, dog Astro and robot maid Rosie.

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Ratings: NBC’s ‘Marlon’ Scores Top Scripted Summer Debut Behind ‘America’s Got Talent’ https://www.thewrap.com/marlon-americas-got-talent-cma-tv-ratings/ https://www.thewrap.com/marlon-americas-got-talent-cma-tv-ratings/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:28:57 +0000 Ryan Gajewski http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693293 NBC took Wednesday’s ratings crown as debuting sitcom “Marlon” landed a choice post-“America’s Got Talent” slot.

“America’s Got Talent” was the most-viewed show of the night, and it helped Marlon Wayans’ new comedy to earn the summer’s top-rated scripted premiere of a new or returning show on the Big Four.

ABC aired the three-hour “CMA Fest 2017,” which was up two percent over the 2016 event. This marked the biggest overall audience for the country music special in three years.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. “America’s Got Talent” at 8 p.m. scored a 2.1/9 and 10.7 million viewers.

The series premiere of “Marlon” at 9 grabbed a 1.3/5 and 5.4 million viewers. A second new episode at 9:30 had a 1.0/4 in 18-49 and 4.1 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.2/5 and in viewers with 5.7 million. “CMA Fest 2017” at 8 put up a 1.2/5 and 5.7 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 4.1 million. “Big Brother” at 8 notched a 1.9/8 and 6.3 million viewers. “Salvation” at 9 had a 0.5/2 and 3.1 million viewers, while a second new episode at 10 dipped to a 0.4/2 and 2.8 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 2.4 million. “MasterChef” at 8 stirred up a 0.9/4 and 3 million viewers. The season finale of “The F Word With Gordon Ramsay” managed a 0.6/2 and 1.8 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 1.7 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 675,000, airing just repeats.

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Sigourney Weaver Steals the Show in the Final ‘Defenders’ Trailer (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/defenders-trailer-sigourney-weaver/ https://www.thewrap.com/defenders-trailer-sigourney-weaver/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:21:51 +0000 Carli Velocci http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693281

It’s probably best not to cross Sigourney Weaver, if the new and final “The Defenders” trailer is any indication.

Weaver plays Alexandra, who’s the kind of villain who says she wants to bring life but, according to Luke Cage, sure does kill a lot of people.

The final trailer, released Thursday before the entire show drops on Friday, puts the spotlight on Alexandra as she tries to bring the members of the Defenders down.

She notices that the four heroes — Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) — have formed a bond, but she promises that it’s temporary.

“The more connections you have, the easier it will be to break you,” she tells them in voiceover as we get a glimpse of many of the Netflix Marvelverse’s supporting players, including Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll).

We also get a small glimpse into her motivations and her plans for the series. She wants New York (and other cities) to crumble; she wants to “bring life where there is death;” and to “bring light into the dark.”

Watch the final trailer above.

“The Defenders” premieres Friday at midnight on Netflix.

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Happy Birthday, Robert De Niro: Here Are His 8 Harshest Trump Insults https://www.thewrap.com/robert-deniro-trump-insults-birthday/ https://www.thewrap.com/robert-deniro-trump-insults-birthday/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:10:21 +0000 Ashley Boucher http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693262 In April 2011, De Niro spoke with NBC’s Brian Williams in an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival. This was at the very beginning of Trump’s political career, and he was championing the “birther” movement against President Obama.

“I won’t mention any of the certain people on the news in the last couple weeks,” De Niro told Williams. “But what are we doing? This is crazy. They’re making statements about people that they don’t even back up. Go get the facts before you start saying things about people.”

Though De Niro danced around saying Trump’s name explicitly, it’s clear in the interview that’s who he’s talking about.

At the GLAAD Media Awards in May of last year, De Niro took shots at Trump’s infamous “tiny hands.”

“You think you’ve got it bad, [LGBT] community? I don’t think you know what it’s like to be really discriminated against,” De Niro joked while accepting an award for Excellence in Media. “I recently turned on the television news and saw this odd guy with little hands, and he was, like, raving. Turns out the ones being discriminated against are straight, middle-aged white men.”

Last October, just about a month ahead of the election, De Niro went off  on Trump in footage from a #VoteYourFuture ad.

“He’s so blatantly stupid,” the Oscar-winning actor said. “He’s an embarrassment to this country… He talks how he’d like to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face. This is somebody that we want for president? I don’t think so.”

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https://www.thewrap.com/robert-deniro-trump-insults-birthday/feed/ 0 Robert De Niro turns 74 today. The celebrated actor has won two Oscars and several achievement awards at various festivals and ceremonies. But today, we aren't celebrating his acting; we're celebrating his long history of being a staunchly against Donald Trump. Here's a timeline of his Trump insults, starting way back in 2011.

 

 

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Robert De Niro turns 74 today. The celebrated actor has won two Oscars and several achievement awards at various festivals and ceremonies. But today, we aren't celebrating his acting; we're celebrating his long history of being a staunchly against Donald Trump. Here's a timeline of his Trump insults, starting way back in 2011.

 

 

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In April 2011, De Niro spoke with NBC's Brian Williams in an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival. This was at the very beginning of Trump's political career, and he was championing the "birther" movement against President Obama. 

"I won’t mention any of the certain people on the news in the last couple weeks," De Niro told Williams. "But what are we doing? This is crazy. They’re making statements about people that they don’t even back up. Go get the facts before you start saying things about people." 

Though De Niro danced around saying Trump's name explicitly, it's clear in the interview that's who he's talking about. 

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In April 2011, De Niro spoke with NBC's Brian Williams in an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival. This was at the very beginning of Trump's political career, and he was championing the "birther" movement against President Obama. 

"I won’t mention any of the certain people on the news in the last couple weeks," De Niro told Williams. "But what are we doing? This is crazy. They’re making statements about people that they don’t even back up. Go get the facts before you start saying things about people." 

Though De Niro danced around saying Trump's name explicitly, it's clear in the interview that's who he's talking about. 

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At the GLAAD Media Awards in May of last year, De Niro took shots at Trump's infamous "tiny hands."

"You think you’ve got it bad, [LGBT] community? I don’t think you know what it’s like to be really discriminated against," De Niro joked while accepting an award for Excellence in Media. "I recently turned on the television news and saw this odd guy with little hands, and he was, like, raving. Turns out the ones being discriminated against are straight, middle-aged white men."

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At the GLAAD Media Awards in May of last year, De Niro took shots at Trump's infamous "tiny hands."

"You think you’ve got it bad, [LGBT] community? I don’t think you know what it’s like to be really discriminated against," De Niro joked while accepting an award for Excellence in Media. "I recently turned on the television news and saw this odd guy with little hands, and he was, like, raving. Turns out the ones being discriminated against are straight, middle-aged white men."

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Last August, the revered actor again weighed in on Trump at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival, where he was receiving a lifetime achievement award. 

"I don’t know, it’s crazy that people like Donald Trump," he said. "He shouldn’t even be where he is, so God help us."

"I think people now are starting to really push back. The media, they’ve given him all this attention and finally they’re starting to say, ‘Come on, Donald. This is ridiculous. This is nuts. This is insane,’" De Niro said. "Cause what he’s been saying is really, totally crazy, ridiculous stuff…he’s totally nuts."

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Last August, the revered actor again weighed in on Trump at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival, where he was receiving a lifetime achievement award. 

"I don’t know, it’s crazy that people like Donald Trump," he said. "He shouldn’t even be where he is, so God help us."

"I think people now are starting to really push back. The media, they’ve given him all this attention and finally they’re starting to say, ‘Come on, Donald. This is ridiculous. This is nuts. This is insane,’" De Niro said. "Cause what he’s been saying is really, totally crazy, ridiculous stuff…he’s totally nuts."

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Last October, just about a month ahead of the election, De Niro went off  on Trump in footage from a #VoteYourFuture ad

"He’s so blatantly stupid," he said. "He’s an embarrassment to this country... He talks how he’d like to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face. This is somebody that we want for president? I don’t think so."

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Last October, just about a month ahead of the election, De Niro went off  on Trump in footage from a #VoteYourFuture ad

"He’s so blatantly stupid," he said. "He’s an embarrassment to this country... He talks how he’d like to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face. This is somebody that we want for president? I don’t think so."

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Then in November, De Niro was angry and shocked along with the rest of America after Trump beat democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. 

"I feel like I did after 9/11," he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "And we'll just see what happens. There will be many, many, many, many, many people watching."

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Then in November, De Niro was angry and shocked along with the rest of America after Trump beat democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. 

"I feel like I did after 9/11," he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "And we'll just see what happens. There will be many, many, many, many, many people watching."

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In January, De Niro spoke at an anti-Trump rally outside of Trump Tower in New York. "I’m very happy to be here tonight with all of you and all of my overrated friends," De Niro said, referencing Trump's tweet that Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep is "overrated." 

De Niro went on to make fun of Trump's tweeting with a series of imagined Trump tweets: "First: ‘De Niro’s career is a disaster. He was passed over for Godfather 4 and Magnificent Seven. Pathetic!"

De Niro went on to say "[Trump is] a bad example of this country, this city."

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In January, De Niro spoke at an anti-Trump rally outside of Trump Tower in New York. "I’m very happy to be here tonight with all of you and all of my overrated friends," De Niro said, referencing Trump's tweet that Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep is "overrated." 

De Niro went on to make fun of Trump's tweeting with a series of imagined Trump tweets: "First: ‘De Niro’s career is a disaster. He was passed over for Godfather 4 and Magnificent Seven. Pathetic!"

De Niro went on to say "[Trump is] a bad example of this country, this city."

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Then in February, De Niro told the hosts of "The View" that he'd still very much like to punch Trump in the face. 

"I said that because he said that about somebody, that he would like to punch them in the face," he explained first. "How dare he say that to the crowd? How dare he say the things he does? Of course I want to punch him in the face … It was only a symbolic thing, anyway. It wasn’t like I was going to go find him and punch him in the face. But he’s got to hear it. He’s got to hear that, you know, that’s how he makes people feel."

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Then in February, De Niro told the hosts of "The View" that he'd still very much like to punch Trump in the face. 

"I said that because he said that about somebody, that he would like to punch them in the face," he explained first. "How dare he say that to the crowd? How dare he say the things he does? Of course I want to punch him in the face … It was only a symbolic thing, anyway. It wasn’t like I was going to go find him and punch him in the face. But he’s got to hear it. He’s got to hear that, you know, that’s how he makes people feel."

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In May, De Niro called Trump's America a "tragic, dumbass comedy" during a visit to Brown University

And during his acceptance speech at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for the annual Chaplin Award, De Niro called out the Trump administration for its position towards art and other policies.

 "The administration’s mean-spiritedness towards art and entertainment is an expression of their mean-spirited attitude about people who want that art and entertainment," he said. "People also want and deserve decent wages, a fair tax system, a safe environment, education for their children, and healthcare for all."

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In May, De Niro called Trump's America a "tragic, dumbass comedy" during a visit to Brown University

And during his acceptance speech at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for the annual Chaplin Award, De Niro called out the Trump administration for its position towards art and other policies.

 "The administration’s mean-spiritedness towards art and entertainment is an expression of their mean-spirited attitude about people who want that art and entertainment," he said. "People also want and deserve decent wages, a fair tax system, a safe environment, education for their children, and healthcare for all."

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‘Superbad’ Cast Then and Now: From Emma Stone to Seth Rogen (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/superbad-10-year-anniversary-cast-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/superbad-10-year-anniversary-cast-photos/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:55:47 +0000 Ashley Eady http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1691922 “Superbad” is an iconic comedy  that brought us pop culture gems like McLovin (“chicka chicka yeah!”). What better way to celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary than by taking a look at what the cast is up to now. Some have gone on to star in other comedies, while others have maintained smaller roles. From Michael Cera to Seth Rogen, here are 14 “Superbad” actors and where they are today.

  • Jonah Hill (Seth)
  • Michael Cera (Evan)
  • Emma Stone (Jules)
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fogell/McLovin’)
  • Seth Rogen (Officer Michaels)
  • Bill Hader (Officer Slater)
  • Martha MacIsaac (Becca)
  • Dave Franco (Greg -peed his pants 8 years ago, mad about soccer)
  • Carla Gallo (Period blood girl)
  • Clark Duke (“party teenager”)
  • Martin Starr (James Masselin)
  • Joe Lo Truglio (Francis the driver–kicked out of party)
  • Erica Vittina Phillips (Mindy the liquor store clerk)
  • Joe Nunez (Liquor store guy)
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https://www.thewrap.com/superbad-10-year-anniversary-cast-photos/feed/ 0 Now 10 years young,"Superbad" has solidified its standing among iconic comedy films. Littered with soon-to-be stars, it brought theatergoers pop culture gems, like, McLovin ("chicka chicka yeah!") and more. Take a look back at the movie's memorable characters and see what the actors who played them -- including Michael Cera and Jonah Hill -- are up to now.

 

 

Check out more triviagoofs, and quotes on the film’s IMDb page.

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Now 10 years young,"Superbad" has solidified its standing among iconic comedy films. Littered with soon-to-be stars, it brought theatergoers pop culture gems, like, McLovin ("chicka chicka yeah!") and more. Take a look back at the movie's memorable characters and see what the actors who played them -- including Michael Cera and Jonah Hill -- are up to now.

 

 

Check out more triviagoofs, and quotes on the film’s IMDb page.

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Jonah Hill (Seth)

To reconcile the fact that he and best friend Evan are going off to different colleges, sex-crazed-but-lovable Seth tries (and fails) to make Jules (Emma Stone) his girlfriend. He really strikes out when he accidentally gives her a black eye.

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Jonah Hill (Seth)

To reconcile the fact that he and best friend Evan are going off to different colleges, sex-crazed-but-lovable Seth tries (and fails) to make Jules (Emma Stone) his girlfriend. He really strikes out when he accidentally gives her a black eye.

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Jonah Hill now

Hill has been nominated for two Oscars for his roles in 2011's "Moneyball" and 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street." He most recently received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in "War Dogs."

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Jonah Hill now

Hill has been nominated for two Oscars for his roles in 2011's "Moneyball" and 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street." He most recently received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in "War Dogs."

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Michael Cera (Evan)

Evan is Seth's nervous best friend who constantly tries to talk Seth out of his crazy schemes. Evan wants to get his secret crush on Becca out in the open -- but with three weeks left of high school, his time is running out!

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Michael Cera (Evan)

Evan is Seth's nervous best friend who constantly tries to talk Seth out of his crazy schemes. Evan wants to get his secret crush on Becca out in the open -- but with three weeks left of high school, his time is running out!

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Michael Cera now

Cera has had steady work as a comic actor, picking up uniquely awkward teenager roles in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist." In 2016, he voiced Barry the hot dog in "Sausage Party" -- which counts as one of multiple professional reunions he's had over the years with "Superbad" castmates Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. 

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Michael Cera now

Cera has had steady work as a comic actor, picking up uniquely awkward teenager roles in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist." In 2016, he voiced Barry the hot dog in "Sausage Party" -- which counts as one of multiple professional reunions he's had over the years with "Superbad" castmates Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. 

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Emma Stone (Jules)

Per Evan's words, Jules "got totally hot over last summer but obviously doesn't realize it." While her parents are away, she throws a party where very weird things happen.

 

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Emma Stone (Jules)

Per Evan's words, Jules "got totally hot over last summer but obviously doesn't realize it." While her parents are away, she throws a party where very weird things happen.

 

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Emma Stone now

Having just dethroned Jennifer Lawrence as the world's highest paid actress, Stone has accumulated a score of acting awards since "Superbad" came out, most recently winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "La La Land."

 

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Emma Stone now

Having just dethroned Jennifer Lawrence as the world's highest paid actress, Stone has accumulated a score of acting awards since "Superbad" came out, most recently winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "La La Land."

 

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Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fogell/McLovin)

When Seth and Evan's geeky friend Fogell changes his name to "McLovin," his life changes. McLovin befriends two cops who buy him beer. He loses his virginity to the girl of his dreams. And he officially becomes the coolest guy at the party.

 

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Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fogell/McLovin)

When Seth and Evan's geeky friend Fogell changes his name to "McLovin," his life changes. McLovin befriends two cops who buy him beer. He loses his virginity to the girl of his dreams. And he officially becomes the coolest guy at the party.

 

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Christopher Mintz-Plasse now

Mintz-Plasse starred in 2010's "Kick-Ass" and 2011 vampire flick "Fright Night." He also voiced Fishlegs in the "How to Train Your Dragon" film series. He will reprise this role for HTTYD 3 in 2019. We'll always love McLovin!

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Christopher Mintz-Plasse now

Mintz-Plasse starred in 2010's "Kick-Ass" and 2011 vampire flick "Fright Night." He also voiced Fishlegs in the "How to Train Your Dragon" film series. He will reprise this role for HTTYD 3 in 2019. We'll always love McLovin!

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Seth Rogen (Officer Michaels)

One of two zany police officers who show McLovin a good time. But, according to his partner, this one can't shoot a gun.

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Seth Rogen (Officer Michaels)

One of two zany police officers who show McLovin a good time. But, according to his partner, this one can't shoot a gun.

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Seth Rogen now

Rogen has a long list of starring comedies under his belt, including, "Pineapple Express," "The Interview" and "Neighbors." In 2019, he will voice Pumbaa in the live-action adaptation of "The Lion King."

 

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Seth Rogen now

Rogen has a long list of starring comedies under his belt, including, "Pineapple Express," "The Interview" and "Neighbors." In 2019, he will voice Pumbaa in the live-action adaptation of "The Lion King."

 

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Bill Hader (Officer Slater)

His competence as a police officer may be questionable, but he can do a sweet donut in his police cruiser. That has to count for something, right?

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Bill Hader (Officer Slater)

His competence as a police officer may be questionable, but he can do a sweet donut in his police cruiser. That has to count for something, right?

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Bill Hader now

A "Saturday Night Live" alum, Hader recently returned to the show in August 2017 to play a parody version of former White House Communications Director, Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci. His acting credits have stretched beyond comedy into drama and in 2015 he voiced the role of Fear in Disney-Pixar's "Inside Out."

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Bill Hader now

A "Saturday Night Live" alum, Hader recently returned to the show in August 2017 to play a parody version of former White House Communications Director, Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci. His acting credits have stretched beyond comedy into drama and in 2015 he voiced the role of Fear in Disney-Pixar's "Inside Out."

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Martha MacIsaac (Becca)

Becca is Evan's crush, and she likes him back. Although she "totally flirts with him" in math class, he doesn't pick up on it.

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Martha MacIsaac (Becca)

Becca is Evan's crush, and she likes him back. Although she "totally flirts with him" in math class, he doesn't pick up on it.

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Martha MacIsaac now

MacIsaac has picked up regular roles in "1600 Penn" and "The Pinkertons." She has also lent her voice to Patty of "Family Guy."

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Martha MacIsaac now

MacIsaac has picked up regular roles in "1600 Penn" and "The Pinkertons." She has also lent her voice to Patty of "Family Guy."

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Dave Franco (Greg)

You may recognize this famous actor, but you may not remember his character: Greg the soccer player. Greg appears onscreen briefly to scold Evan for messing up their gym class soccer game.

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Dave Franco (Greg)

You may recognize this famous actor, but you may not remember his character: Greg the soccer player. Greg appears onscreen briefly to scold Evan for messing up their gym class soccer game.

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Dave Franco now

Like his older brother, James, Dave has appeared in several blockbuster films, including, "21 Jump Street," "Warm Bodies," and "Now You See Me." His next role will be as Greg Sestero in "The Disaster Artist."

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Dave Franco now

Like his older brother, James, Dave has appeared in several blockbuster films, including, "21 Jump Street," "Warm Bodies," and "Now You See Me." His next role will be as Greg Sestero in "The Disaster Artist."

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Clark Duke (“Party Teenager”)

This unnamed partier answered the door when the cops came to break up Jules' party, then looked on amusedly as Fogell/McLovin pretended to get arrested.

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Clark Duke (“Party Teenager”)

This unnamed partier answered the door when the cops came to break up Jules' party, then looked on amusedly as Fogell/McLovin pretended to get arrested.

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Clark Duke now

Duke went on to score much bigger gigs, including regular roles in "Greek" and "Two and a Half Men." Right now, he plays fledgling standup comic Ron Shack in the Showtime comedy series, "I'm Dying Up Here."

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Clark Duke now

Duke went on to score much bigger gigs, including regular roles in "Greek" and "Two and a Half Men." Right now, he plays fledgling standup comic Ron Shack in the Showtime comedy series, "I'm Dying Up Here."

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Carla Gallo ("Period Blood Girl")

When this party girl dances with Seth, she leaves her mark on him -- literally. If you've seen the movie, you know what we're talking about. 

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Carla Gallo ("Period Blood Girl")

When this party girl dances with Seth, she leaves her mark on him -- literally. If you've seen the movie, you know what we're talking about. 

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Carla Gallo now

No more period blood for this lady! Gallo has appeared in "Californication" and the movie "Neighbors" (with fellow "Superbad" alum, Seth Rogen). She also plays Daisy Wick in "Bones."

 

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Carla Gallo now

No more period blood for this lady! Gallo has appeared in "Californication" and the movie "Neighbors" (with fellow "Superbad" alum, Seth Rogen). She also plays Daisy Wick in "Bones."

 

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Martin Starr (James Masselin)

This guy is in the room when Evan serenades a group of dudes with his, um, unique singing voice. Then later, when a fight breaks out, he throws a mean punch.

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Martin Starr (James Masselin)

This guy is in the room when Evan serenades a group of dudes with his, um, unique singing voice. Then later, when a fight breaks out, he throws a mean punch.

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Martin Starr now

Starr is probably best known for his role as Bill Haverchuck in "Freaks and Geeks," but that was pre-"Superbad." Today, he has a recurring role on HBO's "Silicon Valley," along with an expanding list of film credits.

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Martin Starr now

Starr is probably best known for his role as Bill Haverchuck in "Freaks and Geeks," but that was pre-"Superbad." Today, he has a recurring role on HBO's "Silicon Valley," along with an expanding list of film credits.

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Joe Lo Truglio (Francis the driver)

Francis hits Seth with his car in the liquor store parking lot and makes it up to him by bringing him to a party (not Jules' party). Judging by the beat-down Francis gets from the party host, he clearly was not invited.

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Joe Lo Truglio (Francis the driver)

Francis hits Seth with his car in the liquor store parking lot and makes it up to him by bringing him to a party (not Jules' party). Judging by the beat-down Francis gets from the party host, he clearly was not invited.

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Joe Lo Truglio now

After his role in "Superbad," Truglio went on to enjoy regular TV roles in "Backwash," "Free Agents," and "Wet Hot American Summer." He currently plays Charles Boyle in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Joe Lo Truglio now

After his role in "Superbad," Truglio went on to enjoy regular TV roles in "Backwash," "Free Agents," and "Wet Hot American Summer." He currently plays Charles Boyle in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Joe Nunez ("Liquor Store Clerk")

This guy works at the liquor store where Fogell/McLovin attempts to use his fake ID. He clearly isn't amused when clumsy McLovin spills a six-pack of beer.

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Joe Nunez ("Liquor Store Clerk")

This guy works at the liquor store where Fogell/McLovin attempts to use his fake ID. He clearly isn't amused when clumsy McLovin spills a six-pack of beer.

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Joe Nunez now

Nunez has since made appearances in "Seven Pounds," "Bridesmaids," and "NCIS: Los Angeles." He is also a voice actor.

 

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Joe Nunez now

Nunez has since made appearances in "Seven Pounds," "Bridesmaids," and "NCIS: Los Angeles." He is also a voice actor.

 

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Erica Vittina Phillips (Mindy the liquor store cashier)

Mindy checks Fogell's ID right before the liquor store gets robbed. Poor Mindy. All she wanted was to do her job and study for her exam.

 

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Erica Vittina Phillips (Mindy the liquor store cashier)

Mindy checks Fogell's ID right before the liquor store gets robbed. Poor Mindy. All she wanted was to do her job and study for her exam.

 

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Erica Vittina Phillips now

After her stint as the unfortunate liquor store cashier, Phillips played minor roles in hit shows like "The Office" and "Veep," and films, "This Is 40" and "Step Brothers." She currently plays Linda in the comedy web series, "Erica and Elray."

 

 

Check out more triviagoofs, and quotes on the film’s IMDb page.

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Erica Vittina Phillips now

After her stint as the unfortunate liquor store cashier, Phillips played minor roles in hit shows like "The Office" and "Veep," and films, "This Is 40" and "Step Brothers." She currently plays Linda in the comedy web series, "Erica and Elray."

 

 

Check out more triviagoofs, and quotes on the film’s IMDb page.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sarah Michelle Gellar Finally Meet After Striking Up Friendship Online https://www.thewrap.com/lin-manuel-miranda-sarah-michelle-gellar-finally-meet-after-striking-up-friendship-online/ https://www.thewrap.com/lin-manuel-miranda-sarah-michelle-gellar-finally-meet-after-striking-up-friendship-online/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:36:57 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1693260 “It happened.” It FINALLY happened!

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sarah Michelle Gellar finally met in real-life at the “Hamilton” premiere in Los Angeles after striking up an adorable friendship on social media.

Miranda took to Twitter to share a picture of the duo with the caption, “It happened.”

The “Hamilton” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” stars had spent much of the last two months tweeting GIFs of themselves at each other.

The saga began when Gellar tweeted a photo of herself signing the wall at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York, where “Hamilton” is playing, on Feb. 9. “I got to sign @HamiltonMusical wall!!@JMunozActor ty for being so kind to my daughter (she wants to know when we are seeing the show again),” Gellar wrote.

Miranda responded to the tweet with the heart-eyes emoji, prompting the “Buffy” alum to write “Ok I’m done. I’ve accomplished all I need to in life. I’ve been noticed by @Lin_Manuel.”

They spent the next few days trading GIFs of themselves, expressing excitement at having been noticed by each other. On Feb. 10, Gellar tweeted “oh Lin stop it (don’t stop).”

Their meeting was teased earlier this week when Gellar tweeted that she was going to attend the premiere of the award-winning musical — and her tweet didn’t go unnoticed.

The L.A. premiere of “Hamilton” attracted many other stars, including Ava DuVernay and Josh Gad.

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