TheWrap Covering Hollywood Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:10:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tila Tequila Booted From ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Over Pro-Hitler Views (Report) Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:29:18 +0000 Tim Kenneally Tila Tequila has been kicked off of the UK reality show “Celebrity Big Brother” after pro-Hitler statements she’d made were brought to light, the BBC reports.

The show dropped Tequila, who rose to fame as a MySpace celebrity, after a campaign was launched to get her thrown off the show.

In December 2013, Tequila posted a photo of herself online that depicted her posed in front of Auschwitz and bedecked in Nazi regalia. She also referred to Hitler as “a brilliant artist” who was “ahead of his time.”

A spokesperson for Channel 5 said that neither the station nor production company Endemol had previously been aware of her views on the topic.

“When they were brought to our attention, she was called to the Diary Room for a discussion with producers and was subsequently removed from the house,” the spokesperson added.

“The views Tila had expressed, and permitted to remain uncorrected, are totally unacceptable and, accordingly, her continued involvement in the programme was untenable,” the spokesperson added.

The current season of “Celebrity Big Brother.” which launched Thursday, also features model Janice Dickinson and former porn star Jenna Jameson as housemates, among others.

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Watch ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Trailer Recut to Ben Folds’ Cover of Dr. Dre Song (Video) Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:08:52 +0000 Greg Gilman

“Straight Outta Compton” just got a significantly less gangster trailer.

YouTube user Kern Saxton recut scenes from the blockbuster biopic to make a 4-minute trailer set to Ben Folds’ cover of Dr. Dre‘s “Bitches Ain’t Shit,” a track from the rapper’s first solo album, “The Chronic.”

The song attacks N.W.A. member Eazy-E for favoring “white bitch” manager Jerry Heller over the other artists in the iconic rap group.

The Universal film, which has grossed over $120 million so far, traces the rise of N.W.A., as well as the fallout between other members including Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella. Arabian Prince, considered a founding member of the group, was left out of the drama.

Folds, a singer-songwriter known for his melodic piano-driven rock songs, released a 2005 “Bitches Ain’t Shit” cover, which managed to reach No. 71 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Watch the video above, and then listen to Dre’s original version below.

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ESPN Names Jessica Mendoza as First-Ever Female ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ Analyst Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:04:22 +0000 Debbie Emery ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza is set to become the first-ever female “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst at this weekend’s L.A. Dodgers-Chicago Cubs game.

The gold-medal-winning Olympic softball player will replace former MLB star Curt Schilling following his suspension from the network for tweeting a picture that compared Muslims to Nazis.

Mendoza, who is from Camarillo, Calif., will join Dan Shulman and John Kruk in the booth at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday night for ESPN’s flagship baseball show.

On Aug. 24, she became the first-ever female ESPN MLB analyst for “Monday Night Baseball” announcing beside Dallas Braden and Dave O’Brien (pictured below).


Before joining ESPN in 2007, Mendoza was an accomplished softball player, taking Stanford University to the College World Series before playing for the U.S. women’s national team from 2001 to 2010, winning an Olympic gold medal in Athens (2004) and silver in Beijing (2008).

ESPN announced Tuesday that Schilling would be suspended after a racist tweet that read: “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” he asked. The offensive tweeted was quickly deleted and the network issued an apology.

“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” ESPN’s statement said. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”

Schilling is currently scheduled to return for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” telecast on Sept. 6.”

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USA’s ‘Complications’ Canceled After One Season Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:54:47 +0000 Linda Ge Jason O’Mara drama “Complications” has been canceled by USA after one season, the cable network announced Friday.

From “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix and Fox Television Studios, “Complications” centered around John Ellison (O’Mara), a disillusioned suburban ER doctor who found his existence transformed when he intervened in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life and killing one of his attackers.

Aside from O’Mara, Angel joined regular cast members Jessica Szohr, Beth Riesgraf and Lauren Stamile.

The show premiered on June 18, 2015, and wrapped up its 10-episode season on Aug. 13.

“Complications” was the second new summer series to premiere on USA, the other being “Mr. Robot,” the hacker drama starring Rami Malek that has already been renewed for Season 2.

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Twitter Fires Back at James Woods’ Attempt to Expose Unnamed User Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:54:25 +0000 Matt Donnelly Actor James Woods‘ attempt to sue an anonymous Twitter critic was met with a blistering response from the social media giant on Friday in a court filing much longer than 140 characters.

In late July, the “Casino” star filed a defamation suit against a Twitter user by the name “Abe List” for referring to Woods as a “cocaine addict” during a political discussion Woods was engaged in with his followers.

Woods and attorneys took their outrage to the Los Angeles Superior Court where the so-called “reckless and malicious behavior” was met with a $10 million damages price tag.

Twitter, however, isn’t letting it fly.

“The target of the speech is a public figure who purposefully injects himself into public controversies, and there has been no showing of actual malice,” counsel for the social media platform said of Woods in a response filing on Friday.

“Attempts to unmask anonymous online speakers in the absence of a defamation claim are improper and would chill the First Amendment rights of speakers who use Twitter’s platform to express their thoughts and ideas instantly and publicly, without barriers,” it continued.

Furthermore, attorneys for Abe List, named John Doe in the filing, accused Woods of “abusing the court system to lash out at a constitutionally protected political insult — the very sort of insult he routinely uses himself.”

Twitter asked the court to dismiss the suit entirely, or arrange for further briefing on First Amendment protections.

In a separate filing, Doe’s attorneys references also use Woods’ online persona as evidence against his claims.

“[On Twitter] he is known for engaging in rough-and-tumble political debate. Plaintiff routinely employs insults like “clown” and “scum,” and even accuses others of drug use as a rhetorical trope,” the paper said.

Reps for Woods and Twitter did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Countdown to TheGrill: 5 Iconic MTV VMA Moments Thanks To Van Toffler Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:16:33 +0000 Bryce Christian The MTV Video Music Awards have been a cornerstone in pop culture since its debut in 1984 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Edgy, spirited and packing serious celebrity punch, the program is a magnet for buzzworthy moments that have people talking years later. The mastermind behind many of these memorable moments is former President of Viacom’s Music & Logo Group and upcoming speaker at TheGrill 2015, Van Toffler.

His nearly three decades at the helm of Viacom led him to oversee some of the most vibrant entertainment brands in the world, such as VH1, MTV and CMT. After bringing the VMAs to life in the 1980s, this will be Toffler’s final time as one of the executive producers of the MTV Video Music Awards. This year’s extravaganza airs LIVE, August 30th, 9pm ET/PT. As a farewell to an era, here are five iconic VMA moments that wouldn’t have happened without Van Toffler.

2002: The year after 9/11, Bruce Springsteen opened the show with “The Rising,” enveloped in misty rain outside the Museum of Natural History, surrounded by fans. The perfect open.
2002: After having disappeared for almost a decade, Guns N’ Roses reunited to close the show with “Welcome to the Jungle.” Only one problem: minutes before their performance, the lead singer was not in the building but decided to take a walk along Sixth Avenue. His bodyguard Earl, and every available Radio City security guard, roamed the streets to wrangle Axl back into the venue.
2003: The kiss seen around the world – Britney and Madonna. It was supposed to originally be Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera, but JLo got cold feet.
2009:  Backstage, Toffler begged Beyoncé and Taylor Swift to come back on stage together to complete the segment after Kanye dropped a bomb on them.
2013 & 2015: Miley. She is forever remembered for her 2013 performance, but wait until she hosts this year. There will be no blurred lines, only direct hits. He had to convince MTV’s Standards team that all will be well…or not. They may both land in jail at the end of the evening!
Join Van Toffler and TheWrap for two days of hard-hitting, intimate conversations and networking opportunities set at one of the most beautiful hotels in Beverly Hills. Stay tuned for more speakers to be announced in the near future, and buy your ticket while it’s still early. 

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Discovery’s ‘How to Make Love to My Wife’ Schools Inadequate Husbands on Sex Toys (Exclusive Video) Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:10:56 +0000 Tony Maglio

Married men who tune in to watch Discovery Life Channel’s latest special, “How to Make Love to My Wife,” will learn a few tips about shopping for sex toys — and how terrible Kathy Lawrence’s husband, Greg, is in bed.

The cable channel’s one-hour special airing on Sept. 7 at 10 p.m. ET will document Greg’s struggle to give his wife an orgasm after discovering he has failed to do so during their last 20 years of marriage.

“The hour follows the intrepid husband as he seeks out ways to expand his sexual arsenal and spice up his love life,” Discovery said in its description of the unusual television special. “From sex toy tutorials to a crash course in understanding the female anatomy and even soliciting advice from unsuspecting female counterparts, Greg checks his ego at the door in an oftentimes humiliating — but always endearing — mission to please his wife.”


In an exclusive clip for TheWrap, Greg takes a trip to the sex toy store and buys one of each, so he can run them by his wife over morning coffee. Although Discovery is willing to air this and other sexual content for its Labor Day weekend “Sex-A-Thon” stunt beginning Sept. 4,  the network can’t show its viewers what any of the blurred-out toys actually look like. But watching this couple discuss them is a real treat.

“This one apparently is a big seller,” Greg says while showing Kathy a large phallic object. “You can use it as a clitoral vibe, or a g-spot stimulator, because apparently all women have a g-stop — if ‘science’ is to be believed.”

“How to Make Love to My Wife” is produced by Ocnus Productions for Discovery Life Channel, where Julie Meisner Eagle is vice president of Programming and Development. Viewers tuning into the “Sex-A-Thon” can also look forward to encore episodes of “Sex Sent Me to the ER,” “Secret Sex Lives: Swingers” and “Untold Stories of the ER: Sex Edition.”

Fun for the whole family?

Watch the video above.

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HBO, Lynn Shelton Developing Anthology Comedy Series ‘Family Drama’ (Exclusive) Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:43:08 +0000 Jeff Sneider HBO has put into development an anthology comedy series titled “Family Drama” that hails from Lynn Shelton, her frequent collaborator Megan Griffiths and “True Blood” executive producer Gregg Fienberg, TheWrap has exclusively learned.

“Family Drama” will follow a different family every season (within the same city — Seattle) as an explosive event or revelation rips open and exposes the family’s driving emotional flaw, forcing its members to finally confront and deal with each other.

Shelton, Griffiths and Fienberg will all serve as writers and executive producers on the series, and Shelton would direct the pilot should the project move forward.

“Family Drama” expands Shelton’s relationship with HBO, where she’s also attached to direct the miniseries “Madame X” starring Anna Paquin and written by Julia Hart. Paquin and her “True Blood” Stephen Moyer will executive produce the project with “The Brink” star Jack Black. Additionally, Shelton developed the HBO pilot “Terrible Infants” with “Laggies” writer Andrea Seigel.

Shelton is the director of the indie movies “Humpday,” “Laggies,” “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Touchy Feely.” She has also directed episodes of “New Girl,” “The Mindy Project” and “Mad Men.” She’s represented by UTA, Anonymous Content and Sloane, Offer.

In addition to “True Blood,” Fienberg has a long history with HBO, having worked on “Deadwood,” “John From Cincinnatti,” “Carnivale,” “Big Love” and “The Mind of the Married Man.” He’s repped by UTA and Lichter, Grossman.

Griffiths co-produced Shelton’s indie comedy “Your Sister’s Sister” and directed the indie movies “Eden” and “Lucky Them.” She recently wrapped “The Night Stalker,” a thriller about serial killer Richard Ramirez. She’s repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.

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VH1 Pulls Plug on ‘Hindsight’ Just Before Starting Production on Season 2 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:23:47 +0000 Linda Ge “Hindsight” will not return for a second season on VH1, despite having been renewed in March.

“We love ‘Hindsight’ and couldn’t be more proud of the series,” the network said in a statement. “But in this overcrowded and rapidly changing climate, we need to carve out VH1’s distinct place in the scripted marketplace and deliver the biggest audiences possible for our series. As a result, we’re no longer moving forward with a second season of the show.”

The series followed Becca (Laura Ramsey, pictured above), who’s approaching 40 years old and a second marriage. But, she’s feeling there’s something missing, her long-estranged best friend Lolly (Sarah Goldberg). As she’s feeling mixed feelings, she wakes up to discover she has somehow traveled 15 years into the past as she’s approaching her first marriage with Sean (Craig Horner).

Emily Fox executive produced the series with Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Maggie Malina and VH1’s Susan Levison and Jill Holmes.

Below is the full statement from VH1.

“Scripted series have been a successful part of VH1’s primetime line-up since 2010 and will continue to be in the future.

We love ‘Hindsight’ and couldn’t be more proud of the series. But in this overcrowded and rapidly changing climate, we need to carve out VH1’s distinct place in the scripted marketplace and deliver the biggest audiences possible for our series. As a result, we’re no longer moving forward with a second season of the show.

We’re so appreciative of show creator Emily Fox, the cast, and the creative and production teams and look forward to working with them again.”

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Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus Will Have Tongues Wagging at MTV VMAs: Wrap Trends (Video) Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:17:57 +0000 Reid Nakamura

When the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards are handed out at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, the winner announcements are likely to be the least interesting part of the night.

Miley Cyrus will serve as host of the show, making her first VMAs appearance since her raunchy performance with Robin Thicke in 2013, while Kanye West will be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award after famously stealing the microphone and spotlight from Taylor Swift in 2009.

But all eyes will be on Justin Bieber, who will perform his new single “What Do You Mean?” live for the first time on Sunday. The performance will be the biggest step yet in the long-running campaign to rehabilitate the pop star’s public image.

So will Bieber succeed in winning back the hearts and minds of teen girls everywhere? Or will he be rejected out-of-hand and forced back into the hole from which he came? Watch the latest Wrap Trends to find out!

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