TheWrapTheWrap http://www.thewrap.com Covering Hollywood Thu, 25 May 2017 14:03:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Fox News Insists Sean Hannity Will Return From His Vacation – Unlike Bill O’Reilly http://www.thewrap.com/unlike-bill-oreilly-fox-news-will-allow-sean-hannity-to-return-from-vacation/ http://www.thewrap.com/unlike-bill-oreilly-fox-news-will-allow-sean-hannity-to-return-from-vacation/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 14:02:38 +0000 Brian Flood http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644965 Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly last month while he was on vacation; the same fate won’t happen to Sean Hannity despite drawing criticism for his recent coverage of the Seth Rich Murder.

“Like the rest of the country, Sean Hannity is taking a vacation for Memorial Day weekend and will be back on Tuesday. Those who suggest otherwise are going to look foolish,” a Fox News spokesperson told TheWrap.

Last Month, O’Reilly was fired amid a series of sexual harassment allegations while he was on vacation in Italy. The former “O’Reilly Factor” host was under pressure as advertisers backed away from his program because of the accusations made against him.

Hannity lost an advertiser this week after pushing a retracted theory surrounding the death of former Democratic National Committee staffer Rich, BuzzFeed reported. So, when it was learned he would take a vacation to extend his Memorial Day weekend, many were quick to ponder if he would be fired while away, which would coincide with how the network handled O’Reilly.

Hannity took to Twitter to predict that the media would speculate about his future.

He was right, as Mediaite published a story titled, “O’Reilly 2.0? Hannity to Take Two Nights Off Following Criticism Over Seth Rich Case.”

Kimberly Guilfoyle will fill in for Hannity for the remainder of the week.

More to come…

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‘Get Shorty': Watch Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd in Epix Series’ First Trailer (Video) http://www.thewrap.com/get-shorty-ray-romano-chris-odowd-trailer/ http://www.thewrap.com/get-shorty-ray-romano-chris-odowd-trailer/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00:32 +0000 Ryan Gajewski http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644872

Making a movie is serious business, as the characters in Epix’s new series “Get Shorty” learn in the first trailer.

Released on Thursday, the footage shows hitman Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd) attempting to reinvent himself as a film producer in order to win back his newly estranged family. He enlists help from Rick Moreweather (Ray Romano), a down-on-his-luck producer.

“You’re asking me to make a movie with cash?” a confused Rick asks Miles, who brings a sack of bills with him. After peering into the bag, Rick adds, “Fives and 10s?”

The 10-episode original series in based in part on the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel of the same name. It is created for television by Davey Holmes (“Shameless”) and executive produced by Holmes and Allen Coulter (“The Sopranos”), who directed the pilot. Adam Arkin (“The Americans”) directed three episodes of “Shorty” and co-executive produces.

The series hails from MGM Television and also stars Sean Bridgers, Lidia Porto, Megan Stevenson, Carolyn Dodd, Goya Robles and Lucy Walters.

A film version of Leonard’s book was released theatrically in 1995. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, it starred John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito and Dennis Farina.

“Get Shorty” premieres Sunday, Aug. 13, at 10 p.m. ET on Epix.

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Sony Classics Acquires Liam Neeson-Watergate Film ‘The Silent Man’ http://www.thewrap.com/sony-classics-acquires-liam-neeson-watergate-film-silent-man/ http://www.thewrap.com/sony-classics-acquires-liam-neeson-watergate-film-silent-man/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 13:53:15 +0000 Nigel M. Smith http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644969

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to “The Silent Man,” a film about the life of Mark Felt, the secret high-ranking FBI informant during the Watergate scandal, famously known as “Deep Throat.” Liam Neeson plays the title role.

The company has set a September release for the drama from “Concussion” filmmaker Peter Landesman. Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Josh Lucas, Tony Goldwyn, Michael C. Hall, and Tom Sizemore also star.

The true identify of “Deep Throat” remained a mystery for more than 30 years. In 2005, special agent Felt shocked the world when he revealed himself as the tipster. “The Silent Man” chronicles his personal and professional life, offering insight into why he outed himself.

“Mark Felt was one of the most instrumental figures in American history and yet very little is known of him and the risks he took to reveal the truth,” said a representative for Sony Classics in a statement. “This is an incredible story well told by Peter and his creative team, with a top-notch cast led by an extraordinary performance from Liam. This film could be not more timely and relevant for audiences.”

The film was produced by Scott Free, MadRiver Pictures, Endurance Media, Torridon Films, and Riverstone Pictures with Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, Marc Butan, Anthony Katagas, Landesman, Steve Richards and Jay Roach producing. It was executive produced by Yale Badik, Des Carey, Colin Wilson, Peter Guber, Jeffrey Vinik, Nik Bower, Deepak Nayar and Michael Schaefer.

The deal was negotiated between CAA and SPC.

Watch a first look clip of “The Silent Man” above.

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Universal Cancels ‘The Mummy’ London Premiere Following Manchester Bombing http://www.thewrap.com/universal-cancels-mummy-london-premiere-scheduled-next-week/ http://www.thewrap.com/universal-cancels-mummy-london-premiere-scheduled-next-week/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 13:33:32 +0000 Thom Geier http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644963 Universal Pictures announced Thursday that it has canceled the London premiere of Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” in the wake of Monday deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester England.

“The Mummy” event had been scheduled for Thursday, June 1.

“All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers,” the studio said in a statement. Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for ‘The Mummy’ scheduled to take place next week.”

On Wednesday, Warner Bros. called off its own London premiere for the DC Films release “Wonder Woman.” In its statement, Wthe studio said, “Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK. In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London.”

“Wonder Woman” will have its U.S. premiere Thursday in Los Angeles. The film opens June 1 in the U.K. and June 2 in in the U.S.

In addition, Ariana Grande postponed her tour in response to the attack that killed 22 people and injured dozens more just after her Monday concert at the 22,000-seat Manchester Arena.

Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” tour had been scheduled to resume Thursday at London’s O2 Arena, but the tour will now be delayed at least through June 5.

“We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together,” Grande’s team said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.

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Reporter Describes ‘Body-Slamming’ by GOP Candidate Greg Gianforte: ‘Vertical One Moment to Horizontal the Next’ (Video) http://www.thewrap.com/reporter-allegedly-body-slammed-by-gop-candidate-greg-gianforte-speaks-out-video/ http://www.thewrap.com/reporter-allegedly-body-slammed-by-gop-candidate-greg-gianforte-speaks-out-video/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 13:31:24 +0000 Brian Flood http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644944 The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he’s still in shock after accusing Greg Gianforte of “body-slamming” him Wednesday, saying it’s “very disappointing for what it means for the press.”

Jacobs claims Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana’s special House election, assaulted him on the eve of the election.

“It’s still been a surprising and shocking set of events, but I’m recovering,” Jacobs told George Stephanopoulos on Thursday morning.

“I went from being vertical one moment to being horizontal the next,” Jacobs said. “It became something that turned on a dime into the type of encounter I never expected to have with a politician, and one that’s very disappointing for what it means for the press.”

Jacobs said he is focused on work and will continue to cover the election, but wouldn’t rule out additional legal action against Gianforte.

Gianforte was cited for misdemeanor assault on Wednesday night after he was accused of “body-slamming” the Guardian reporter. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release regarding the incident that occurred earlier in the evening at a Gianforte campaign volunteer barbecue in Bozeman, Montana.

“Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault,” the statement said.

“The nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault. Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court between now and June 7, 2017.”

Jacobs said he was attacked — “body-slammed” — by Gianforte as a TV interview was being set up. Jacobs was later taken to an ambulance, where he took a photo of his glasses, which he claims were broken during the fight. Audio of the incident and witness accounts supported Jacobs’ version of events, which the campaign disputed.

The sheriff’s office said that if convicted, aspiring lawmaker Gianforte could be “fined not to exceed $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for any term not to exceed 6 months, or both,” if convicted.

The campaign confirmed that a physical confrontation had taken place, but not as Jacobs detailed it. In a statement released to media, the campaign said that the incident was the result of aggressive and violent behavior by Jacobs, leaving Gianforte no choice but to defend himself physically.

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Stephen Colbert Uncovers Trump’s Kryptonite: Basic Math (Video) http://www.thewrap.com/trumps-budget-2-trillion-math-colbert/ http://www.thewrap.com/trumps-budget-2-trillion-math-colbert/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 13:26:20 +0000 Tony Maglio http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644945 Finally, we’ve found something that the Trump administration is poor at. No, it’s not leading a nation — though, that too — we’re talking about pretty simple math.

“It turns out the entire budget is based on a $2 trillion math error,” Stephen Colbert said Wednesday of the White House’s financial plan for 2018.

He added: “There’s a simple explanation for how this happened: Donald Trump is an idiot — or he’s lying.”

The CBS host explained away Trump’s team double-counting $2 trillion in tax cuts as economics of the “trickle-down” variety — “something we know Trump loves,” he quipped.

Yes, that was a pee joke.

This whole thing is “like robbing Peter to pay Paul, but you’re paying Paul with a Blockbuster gift certificate,” Colbert continued. “It doesn’t work anymore.”

The Comedy Central alum’s monologue was pretty damning for sure, but the harshest take on Trump’s budget came from someone who actually understands the Generally Accepted Accounting Principals, or GAAP.

Former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers called the mathematical blunder “a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory Economics course.”

Ouch. Watch the video above.

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‘Morning Joe’ Says Greg Gianforte Assault ‘Shouldn’t Be Too Surprising in an Age of Trump’ (Video) http://www.thewrap.com/morning-joe-says-greg-gianforte-assault-shouldnt-be-too-surprising-in-an-age-of-trump-video/ http://www.thewrap.com/morning-joe-says-greg-gianforte-assault-shouldnt-be-too-surprising-in-an-age-of-trump-video/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 13:16:01 +0000 Brian Flood and Debbie Emery http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644938

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough thinks President Trump’s constant attacks on the media resulted in GOP candidate Greg Gianforte attacking a reporter on Wednesday night.

“Isn’t that incredible. A guy assaults a reporter, which I guess shouldn’t be too surprising in an age of Trump where he calls the press ‘enemy of the people,'” Scarborough said. “These reckless words have consequences.”

Co-host Willie Geist said the candidate has a history of Trump-like rhetoric about the press.

Gianforte was cited for misdemeanor assault on Wednesday night after he was accused of “body-slamming” The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release regarding the incident that occurred earlier in the evening at a Gianforte campaign volunteer barbecue in Bozeman, Montana.

“Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault,” the statement said.

“The nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault. Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court between now and June 7, 2017.”

Jacobs said he was attacked — “bodyslammed” — by Gianforte as a TV interview was being set up. Jacobs was later taken to an ambulance, where he took a photo of his glasses, which he claims were broken during the fight. Audio of the incident and witness accounts supported Jacobs’ version of events, which the campaign disputed.

The sheriff’s office said that if convicted, aspiring lawmaker Gianforte could be “fined not to exceed $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for any term not to exceed 6 months, or both,” if convicted.

The campaign confirmed that a physical confrontation had taken place, but not as Jacobs detailed it. In a statement released to media, the campaign said that the incident was the result of aggressive and violent behavior by Jacobs, leaving Gianforte no choice but to defend himself physically.

However, the media world and Jacobs’ fellow reporters did not accept the explanation, and many called for Gianforte to be arrested.

Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna, who was in the room to conduct the TV interview with Gianforte for “Special Report With Bret Baier,” said in her account of the incident that “at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.”

New York Daily News justice writer Shaun King tweeted that Gianforte “should be arrested tonight. Period. He assaulted a reporter. This must never be acceptable.”

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Hey, Emmy Voters! 10 Contenders to Watch, From Aubrey Plaza to Christian Slater (Exclusive Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/emmy-contenders-portraits-aubrey-plaza-christian-slater-katherine-langford/ http://www.thewrap.com/emmy-contenders-portraits-aubrey-plaza-christian-slater-katherine-langford/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 13:15:39 +0000 Wrap Staff http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1642673  

 

Actress Carol Kane, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

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Actress-creator Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

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Actor Asia Kate Dillon, “Billions”

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Hank Azaria, “Brockmire”

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Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

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Aubrey Plaza, “Legion”

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Actress-creator Rachel Bloom, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

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New York Times Under Fire for Leaked Photos From Manchester Bombing Investigation http://www.thewrap.com/new-york-times-under-fire-for-leaked-photos-from-manchester-bombing-investigation/ http://www.thewrap.com/new-york-times-under-fire-for-leaked-photos-from-manchester-bombing-investigation/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 13:02:37 +0000 Brian Flood http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644930 The New York Times has come under fire for publishing preliminary photos from the investigation of Monday’s terrorist bombing in Manchester, England, with both Manchester police and top British government officials decrying the leaks.

The publication of photos of bombing debris — published first in the Times and subsequently by U.K. media — has caused “much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss,” Greater Manchester chief constable Ian Hopkins told the BBC.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she plans to discuss the leaks with President Donald Trump at a NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday, and that shared intelligence between the two countries “must remain secure,” according to the BBC. “We are furious. This is completely unacceptable,” a top British government official told the BBC.

It is not clear, however, whether British or U.S. intelligence contacts might be responsible for leaking the material, which was attributed in the Times story to “preliminary information gathered by British authorities.”

The New York Times did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The Times published evidence gathered at the scene of the deadly attack that killed at least 22 people and injured 64 more. Counterterror police told the BBC that the published materials from the initial investigation may undermine the investigation and impact the confidence of witnesses to come forward.

The photos the Times published include the remnants of a backpack, nuts and screws, and a device identified as a “possible detonator,” according to the BBC. The photos were eventually picked up and published in the U.K. media.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi set off a homemade bomb in England’s Manchester Arena toward the end of a concert by the American pop star Ariana Grande. It is the worst terrorist attack in the U.K. since the London bombings on July 7, 2005, that claimed 52 lives.

Abedi, 22, was born in Manchester to parents of Libyan origin, according to the BBC. Many of his victims were young female fans of the pop singer.

Manchester Arena is the largest indoor arena in Europe with a capacity for 21,000 people, according to its website.

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Hollywood Studios Fail LGBTQ Characters Again, Especially People of Color, Study Says http://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-studios-fail-again-in-lgbtq-representation-especially-people-of-color-study-says/ http://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-studios-fail-again-in-lgbtq-representation-especially-people-of-color-study-says/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 13:00:40 +0000 Matt Donnelly http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644766 Hollywood studios have again failed to deliver meaningful depictions of LGBTQ people in their films, GLAAD’s 2016 Studio Responsibility Index said.

Despite the historic Best Picture Oscar win for “Moonlight” this year, the annual survey contains worse news for queer people of color. Inclusion of nonwhite characters in mainstream movies is down 5.5 percent from 2015, which fell over seven percent the year prior.

The six major studios and one mini-major were analyzed and issued grades by GLAAD, with the most positive portrayals going to Universal Pictures.

That’s no prize, considering the studio’s content earned the label “insufficient;” 20th Century Fox, Paramount and Warner Bros. were labelled as “poor;” Disney, Lionsgate and Sony Pictures were slapped with a “failing” grade.

All the companies involved declined to comment on the matter except for Disney, which did not return requests for comment.

“We continue to see many of the same problems repeatedly,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said of the survey released on Thursday. “This includes LGBTQ characters who lack substance and are often treated only as a punchline, a dangerous message which keeps old prejudices alive both here in the U.S. and around the world.”

The report applies the watchdog group’s Vito Russo Test, and drills down into wide releases and films from studio indie divisions like Fox Searchlight, Focus Features (Universal) and Sony Pictures Classics.

The study noted the studios “continue to lag behind the groundbreaking stories we see in independent film.”

The troubling stats indicate only only 18.4 percent of 125 wide releases contained roles identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer last year. It’s up just one percent from 2015.  Of those characters, gay men were most visible by a margin of 83 percent of films. Lesbian characters got a 12 percent boost to bring the 2016 tally to 35 percent inclusion.

There’s also been an uptick in the visibility of bisexuals (13 percent) though their portrayal in films like the widely panned “Zoolander 2” did not thrill the group. That film contained the only gender non-binary character to hit cineplexes in 2016, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, which escalated into a public relations nightmare and eventually led to a petition to boycott the film.

Seventy LGBTQ characters were counted last year in total. While 48 were white, only nine were black, four were Asian/Pacific Islander and one character was Latinx.

“Many of these characters were isolated tokens burdened with representing multiple communities through the views of one person — often limited to less than five minutes of screen time,” the study said.

Eight roles were animated in titles like Sony’s “Sausage Party” and Disney’s “Zootopia.” Not one documentary was considered inclusive (a sect of filmmaking largely perceived as progressive in content and diverse hiring practices).

In its formal observations the SRI came down hard on comedies, decrying the failure of making Ryan Reynolds’ superhero Deadpool pansexual despite the film’s director promising it would be addressed, or the damaging stereotypes of the animated raunch-fest “Sausage Party.

Criticism came for films like Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Brothers Grimsby” and repeat offender Kevin Hart‘s  “Ride Along 2” for containing “offensive humor based in an idea that two men touching each other is inherently strange.”

That’s nothing compared to the SRI’s assessment of Robert De Niro and Zac Efron’s “Dirty Grandpa” and Hart and Dwayne Johnson’s “Central Intelligence.”

The report found these titles “two of the most egregious offenders” for their “out-and-out defamatory portrayals of LGBTQ people.” Low-brow buddy comedies like these tend to run rampant with “gay panic” — which you can read about here.

There’s room for improvement all around. Sony in particular has a strong upcoming slate of LGBTQ content, with Scarlett Johansson’s “Rough Night” opening June 16 and SPC releasing their steamy Sundance acquisition “Call Me By Your Name” with Armie Hammer this November. The studio is also headed into production on a “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” sequel, with Claire Foy in talks to play queer icon Lisbeth Salander.

Ellis concluded that the industry “must do better to question what they are really communicating to audiences.”

“GLAAD will continue to hold Hollywood accountable for who they are — or are not — representing,” she said.

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‘Good Time’ Cannes Review: Robert Pattinson Lurches Desperately Through Queens http://www.thewrap.com/good-time-review-robert-pattinson/ http://www.thewrap.com/good-time-review-robert-pattinson/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 08:30:35 +0000 Sam Fragoso http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644838 The spirit of independent cinema is alive and well, but it’s also grown frustratingly familiar. Go to Sundance or SXSW, and you’ll find a bevy of meandering movies built on the existential despair of middle-aged white men, quotidian characters who are often despondent, divorced, or both. Their unrest is the crux of the movie.

But while brother directors Joshua and Ben Safdie (“Heaven Knows What”) find themselves trafficking this territory (their films are economical, efficient), the art itself stands out. Their narrative interests are singular; the stories they’re interested in relaying to the world are not common or, for that matter, comfortable.

The dynamic directing duo seems to bask in discomfort throughout their latest project, “Good Time,” which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday night and is the cinematic equivalent to a 100-minute walking heartache. This pulse-pounding begins by about minute 10, though, when brothers Connie (Robert Pattinson) and Nick Nikas (Ben Safdie) enter a bank. Both are wearing the kind of discolored, distorted latex masks only used during Halloween or a bank robbery. It is not October.

Connie and Nick approach the counter with confidence. They pass a note to the teller. She doesn’t waver. Instead, she promptly fills and returns the bag full of money. But it’s not enough for Connie, who insists that she go into the back — without alerting the police or her colleagues — and give them more. But more is never enough.

Cinema has conditioned us to these criminal scenarios. We understand the difference between a seamless operation (“The Sting,” the “Oceans” franchise) and one on the verge of crumbling (“Out of Sight”). The Safdie brothers, with the help of composer Daniel Lopatin’s foreboding, electronic score, are uninterested in the former. Connie and Nick are playing a losing game, and we know it.

Once the botched robbery unfolds, Connie finds himself scrambling for Nick’s bail money. This is where “Good Time” doesn’t merely change its tune, but finds it. Everything leading up to Nick’s incarceration was a smartly crafted prelude. What follows is the song. The melody is something like a modern take on “The Fugitive” in which Connie traverses Queens, ducking and hiding from those searching for him.

Stumbling around the borough, Connie is a confounding character, at once repulsive and endearing. Traditionally, his actions (theft, deceit, luring an underage girl, more theft) would not warrant our sympathy, and yet it’s hard to dislike Connie. His behavior is reprehensible, but co-screenwriters Joshua Safdie and Ronald Bronstein (“Frownland”) are careful to construct complexity.

This layered, detailed approach translates to all facets of “Good Time.” It’s a movie born into existence through true collaboration. It’s clear the Safdie brothers are beyond substantive storytellers; they’re astute delegators. The cinematography of Sean Price Williams (a crown jewel within the NYC indie filmmaking scene) is on full display. He captures the nightmarish eeriness of what the Safdies call “the tragic borough.” With the help of locations manager Samson Jacobson (a native who scouted locations for “Inside Llewyn Davis”), Queens is presented as the true underbelly of New York, replete with underdogs, oddballs, hustlers and blue-collar denizens.

These unique characters are the result of tireless work from casting director Jennifer Venditti (who aided Andrea Arnold in finding her cast for “American Honey”). It’s the specifics that matter here. These ancillary parts of the production add texture to the Safdies’ homegrown vision. It bursts at seams with authenticity because it is, in fact, authentic.

Of all the moving pieces in “Good Time,” Pattinson appears, on paper, as the biggest question mark. To put it mildly: his work in front of the camera has been inconsistent. Sometimes it appears he wants to perform, other times his inertness takes hold. If he contains some mystical on-off switch, the Safdie brothers have figured out how to keep the light burning. Pattinson delivers a manic, adrenalized performance in the vein of Robert DeNiro in “Mean Streets,” a film to which “Good Time” often pays homage.

Connie’s outbursts are deeply terrifying. His aggression is only matched by his ostensible devotion to Nick. Connie is doing everything that he’s doing — begging his uptown sugar-mama (Jennifer Jason Leigh) for money, retrieving a bottle of acid to turn a profit — for his brother. The two are inextricably linked. But the inseparability is not exactly by mutual design. Although the precise medical diagnosis is unclear, Nick contains some intellectual disability.

Connie sees himself as Nick’s caretaker; Nick tacitly accepts that he is the person being taken care of. “Good Time” refuses to simplify this relationship. In turn, the Safdie brothers do not make it easy for the audience. It doesn’t tell you how to feel, or what to think. It’s squarely anti-authoritative opinion. What’s unfurling before us cannot be viewed in black and white.

Is the moral compass malfunctioning, or is it just hazy? Is Connie more of a predator than a surrogate parent to Nick? If his intentions to get Nick out of jail aren’t pure, what does Connie want? The unanswerable questions continue throughout, as Connie becomes increasingly desperate. The opening bank robbery soon reveals itself as a masterful exercise in foreshadowing. There are no happy endings to be found here.

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GOP Candidate Greg Gianforte Cited for Misdemeanor Assault in Reporter’s ‘Body Slam’ http://www.thewrap.com/gop-candidate-greg-gianforte-cited-misdemeanor-assault/ http://www.thewrap.com/gop-candidate-greg-gianforte-cited-misdemeanor-assault/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 05:04:18 +0000 Debbie Emery http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644888 GOP candidate Greg Gianforte was cited for misdemeanor assault on Wednesday night after he was accused of “body-slamming” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release regarding the incident that occurred earlier in the evening at a Gianforte campaign volunteer barbecue in Bozeman, Montana.

“Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault,” the statement said.

“The nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault. Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court between now and June 7, 2017.”

Jacobs said he was attacked — “bodyslammed” — by Gianforte as a TV interview was being set up. Jacobs was later taken to an ambulance, where he took a photo of his glasses, which he claims were broken during the fight. Audio of the incident and witness accounts supported Jacobs’ version of events, which the campaign disputed.

 

 

The sheriff’s office said that if convicted, aspiring lawmaker Gianforte could be “fined not to exceed $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for any term not to exceed 6 months, or both,” if convicted.

The campaign confirmed that a physical confrontation had taken place, but not as Jacobs detailed it. In a statement released to media, the campaign said that the incident was the result of aggressive and violent behavior by Jacobs, leaving Gianforte no choice but to defend himself physically.

“Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions. Jacobs was asked to leave,” spokesperson Shane Scanlon said.

“After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.”

However, the media world and Jacobs’ fellow reporters did not accept the explanation, and many called for Gianforte to be arrested.

Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna, who was in the room to conduct the TV interview with Gianforte for “Special Report With Bret Baier,” said in her account of the incident that “at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.”

New York Daily News justice writer Shaun King tweeted that Gianforte “should be arrested tonight. Period. He assaulted a reporter. This must never be acceptable.”

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ACLU Slams 'Outrageous' Arrest of Reporter Who Asked Loud Questions About Trumpcare

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Media World Reacts to GOP Candidate Attacking Reporter: ‘Greg Gianforte Belongs in Jail’ http://www.thewrap.com/greg-gianforte-media-world-reacts-to-gop-candidate-body-slamming-reporter/ http://www.thewrap.com/greg-gianforte-media-world-reacts-to-gop-candidate-body-slamming-reporter/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 03:50:58 +0000 Debbie Emery http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644834 After Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs accused Republican candidate Greg Gianforte of physically assaulting him, media professionals and fellow reporters quickly voiced their outrage over the incident on social media.

Jacobs shared his account of the event on Twitter — and received plenty of support. He had been pressing the candidate for details on the costs of Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

New York Daily News justice writer Shaun King wrote that Gianforte “should be arrested tonight. Period. He assaulted a reporter. This must never be acceptable.”

MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin went on to point out that Jacobs broke a story last month “that Gianforte has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies.”

Laurence Tribe, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, said: “It’s hard to view Gianforte’s brutality toward a polite journalist as unrelated to Trump’s incitement of assaultive hatred toward the media.”

The altercation took place Wednesday at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana. According to Jacobs, he was attacked — “bodyslammed” — by Gianforte as a TV interview was being set up. Jacobs was later taken to an ambulance, where he took a photo of his glasses, which he claims were broken during the fight.

A Fox News crew in Montana later reported: “At no point did Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.”

However, while the Gianforte campaign confirmed that a physical confrontation had taken place, it disputed Jacobs’ version of events. In a statement released to media, the campaign said that the incident was the result of aggressive and violent behavior by Jacobs, leaving Gianforte no choice but to defend himself physically.

But New York Post columnist John Podhoretz‏ had little faith in the PR team’s credibility, tweeting: “Gianforte‘s press spokesman is a piece of sh—. And an idiot. You don’t lie WHEN THERE ARE WITNESSES AND THE GUY HAS A TAPE.”

FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver quipped: “The third prong of the communications strategy is body-slamming reporters who ask about the CBO score,” before tweeting his thoughts about the political situation on Montana in separate points.

See the tweets, including Jacobs’ initial posting, below.

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Rival UK Media Companies Unite to Raise $2.6 Million Manchester Bombing Victims http://www.thewrap.com/rival-uk-media-companies-unite-to-raise-2-6-million-manchester-bombing-victims/ http://www.thewrap.com/rival-uk-media-companies-unite-to-raise-2-6-million-manchester-bombing-victims/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 03:02:18 +0000 Debbie Emery http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644774 Two of the biggest media companies in the north of England have joined forces to raise money for the families of those killed and injured in Monday’s bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

The city’s premier newspaper, the Manchester Evening News, and Newsquest, the second largest publisher of regional and local newspapers in the U.K. with 205 publications, have united with a goal of raising 2 million GBP ($2.6 million).

A total of 22 people were killed and 59 injured when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a homemade explosives device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena following Grande’s show. Abedi, 22, was born in Manchester to parents of Libyan origin, according to the BBC. Many of his victims were young female fans of the pop singer.

The Manchester Evening News (MEN), which is owned by the Trinity Mirror media group in the U.K., initially set a goal of raising the equivalent of $325,000, USA Today reported.

However the level was soon reached due to the outpouring of support ignited by the horrific attack, prompting rival media group Newsquest to offer their help too.

“Today, we at Newsquest have decided to stand together with rival publisher Trinity Mirror to publicize their appeal through our own network of 165 news brands,” Toby Granville, Editorial Director of Newsquest Media Group said Wednesday, praising the “phenomenal response” to the campaign and pledging that Newsquest will double to MEN’s amount for a total of 2 million GBP.

Earlier, MEN editor in chief Rob Irvine said: “The response of the public in Greater Manchester and across the country has been amazing. So many people want to help,” the South Wales Argus reported.

“We have also been moved by the number of papers and websites who have rallied round Manchester, with messages of support on newspaper front pages and website home pages.

“We would be so pleased if our fellow journalists could ask their readers to help the appeal. The Red Cross will make sure the support gets quickly to the families affected. Many of the victims of the attack came from across the UK and they can all be supported.”

London-born actor Tom Hardy has also launched a fundraising page to raise money for The British Red Cross Society because “the families and children will need support.” He has raised 45 percent of his 15,000 GPB target goal so far, which is 6,859 GPB. 

Donations to the MEN’s appeal can be made at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westandtogethermanchester.

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‘Fargo’ Season 3: Every Character Ranked, From Least to Most Incompetent (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/fargo-season-3-every-character-ranked/ http://www.thewrap.com/fargo-season-3-every-character-ranked/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 03:02:12 +0000 Phil Hornshaw http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1611084 There’s always somebody trying to desperately get away with crimes in “Fargo,” often thanks to confusion, misunderstandings, and screw-ups. In Season 3, we’re already seeing characters losing control of their lives. Here’s every “Fargo” character in the show, ranked from least to most clueless.

V.M. Varga (David Thewlis)
Cool, collected, and creepy, V.M. Varga is the crime boss villain of “Fargo” Season 3. Already he’s got Emmit and Sy on the ropes, mostly by employing slick wordplay and bad teeth. He doesn’t have the level of malevolence to rival Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) in Season 1 or Hanzee Dent (Zahn McClarnon) in Season 2, but he seems like he has other faculties to employ.

Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon)
This season’s “Fargo” cop, Gloria can handle a shotgun even if she can’t handle automatic doors. That already puts a lot of points in her “under control” column. We’ll have to wait and see how she handles the actual police work that’s always central to the show, but it seems as though she’ll be one of the few characters in Minnesota to think things through. Contending with the Stussy brothers probably won’t be a problem, but who knows what sort of issue Varga will present.

Winnie Lopez (Olivia Sandoval)
It only took one conversation between Winnie and Gloria for Winnie to realize their two cases were related. Within a day, the pair could pretty much solve the case of Ray, Emmit, Maurice and Ennis. Despite a tendency to overshare, Winne’s just as on-the-ball as Gloria.

Meemo (Andy Yu)
He doesn’t have much to say, but compared to Yuri, Meemo’s an equally scary dude. His disaffected air about hurting people makes him generally creepy. But it’s his completely believable turn as a no-nonsense tax attorney who easily dismantles the IRS agent (Hamish Linklater) nosing around the Emmit Stussy that shows his real prowess.

Yuri Gurka (Goran Bogdan)
Varga’s enforcer has finally gotten a chance to say some scary stuff to the other characters, as is a “Fargo” tradition for hitmen. We finally know just how dangerous Yuri is, and what a big threat he poses to the bumblers who populate the rest of the cast of characters.

Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
Nikki is surprisingly together for someone who’s pinning her future financial plans on winning a sponsorship to play bridge. She obviously the brains of her relationship with Ray and she’s calm and calculating in the face of a guy with a gun or the possibility that someone might muck up her plans.

Nathan Burgle (Graham Verchere)
Gloria’s son is great so far at sitting around his boring job at a convenience store. His key moment in the premiere is forgetting a gift his grandfather made him. All things considered, could have been a little more considerate, kid.

Grace Stussy (Caitlynne Medrek)
Marrying Emmit technically makes Grace the Parking Lot Queen, so it seems like she did well for herself there. She’s also on point in stopping Emmit from going out in the snow in his slippers. So far, so good.

Chief Moe Dammick (Shea Whigham)
Echoing Bob Odenkirk’s role as the chief who won’t get out of the way of good police work is Chief Dammick. He doesn’t seem like a dumb cop, just one much more concerned with politics, chain of command and putting people in their place than actually solving crimes. He seems to be making it his personal mission to get in Gloria’s way.

Buck Olander (Dan Willmot)
It’s not clear yet if Emmit and Sy’s contact Buck is a criminal con man or just as clueless as they are, but evidence so far seems to suggest it’s the latter. Buck seems like he has no idea what he’s into, what he’s getting other people into, or even who he works with. So that’s good.

Sy Feltz (Michael Stuhlbarg)
Sy comes off as a savvy businessman and a bit of a bruiser when he’s pushing Ray around or dealing with parking lots. The moment Varga shows up, though, it’s clear he’s in way over his head. Sy is obviously just as freaked out by Varga as Emmit — even kind of hiding from the guy when he shows up. That doesn’t bode well for dealing with his future criminal intentions.

Emmit Stussy (Ewan McGregor)
The Parking Lot King of Minnesota isn’t a completely terrible at business, since he seems to be successful. He’s still pretty inept, though. He and his partner Sy managed to bumble into giving away part of their business to a criminal enterprise. Between Varga and his ongoing issues with Ray, Emmit is definitely only going to make things worse.

Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor)
If the first episode of “Fargo” Season 3 is any indication, Ray is going to get into a lot of trouble. While the guy is smart about consequences when it comes to Nikki, he also hired one of his parolees to rob his own brother. And the parolee he picked was falling asleep drunk when Ray gave him the job. Ray seems like the guy in “Fargo” who will be responsible for a lot of accidental carnage.

Maurice LaFay (Scoot McNairy)
Maurice is definitely the biggest screw-up on “Fargo” Season 3 so far. He not only robs the wrong place, he bungles the job when he gets there. And while his deep thoughts are the highlight of the premiere, it’s kind of stunning how badly he bungles everything he touches.

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There's always somebody trying to desperately get away with crimes in "Fargo," often thanks to confusion, misunderstandings and screw-ups. In Season 3, we're already seeing characters losing control of their lives. Here's every "Fargo" character in the show, ranked from least to most clueless.

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17. V.M. Varga (David Thewlis)
Cool, collected and creepy, V.M. Varga is the crime boss villain of “Fargo” Season 3. The mind games he plays with his stories are matched only by the ickiness of his teeth. He doesn’t have the level of malevolence to rival Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) in Season 1 or Hanzee Dent (Zahn McClarnon) in Season 2, but the calculating shrewdness in handling people more than makes up for it.

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17. V.M. Varga (David Thewlis)
Cool, collected and creepy, V.M. Varga is the crime boss villain of “Fargo” Season 3. The mind games he plays with his stories are matched only by the ickiness of his teeth. He doesn’t have the level of malevolence to rival Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) in Season 1 or Hanzee Dent (Zahn McClarnon) in Season 2, but the calculating shrewdness in handling people more than makes up for it.

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16. Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon)
This season’s “Fargo” cop, Gloria can handle a shotgun even if she can’t handle automatic doors. That already puts a lot of points in her “under control” column. She's obviously the most competent cop in the state, and with Winnie Lopez's help she's basically already solved the case. Too bad everyone is conspiring to get in her way of actually keeping people alive and bringing perpetrators to justice.

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16. Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon)
This season’s “Fargo” cop, Gloria can handle a shotgun even if she can’t handle automatic doors. That already puts a lot of points in her “under control” column. She's obviously the most competent cop in the state, and with Winnie Lopez's help she's basically already solved the case. Too bad everyone is conspiring to get in her way of actually keeping people alive and bringing perpetrators to justice.

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15. Winnie Lopez (Olivia Sandoval)
It only took one conversation between Winnie and Gloria for Winnie to realize their two cases were related. Within a day, the pair could pretty much solve the case of Ray, Emmit, Maurice and Ennis. Despite a tendency to overshare, Winne's just as on-the-ball as Gloria.

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15. Winnie Lopez (Olivia Sandoval)
It only took one conversation between Winnie and Gloria for Winnie to realize their two cases were related. Within a day, the pair could pretty much solve the case of Ray, Emmit, Maurice and Ennis. Despite a tendency to overshare, Winne's just as on-the-ball as Gloria.

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14. Meemo (Andy Yu)
He doesn't have much to say, but compared to Yuri, Meemo's an equally scary dude. His disaffected air about hurting people makes him generally creepy. But it's his completely believable turn as a no-nonsense tax attorney who easily dismantles the IRS agent (Hamish Linklater) nosing around the Emmit Stussy that shows his real prowess.

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14. Meemo (Andy Yu)
He doesn't have much to say, but compared to Yuri, Meemo's an equally scary dude. His disaffected air about hurting people makes him generally creepy. But it's his completely believable turn as a no-nonsense tax attorney who easily dismantles the IRS agent (Hamish Linklater) nosing around the Emmit Stussy that shows his real prowess.

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13. Yuri Gurka (Goran Bogdan)
Varga’s enforcer has finally gotten a chance to say some scary stuff to the other characters, as is a “Fargo” tradition for hitmen. We finally know just how dangerous Yuri is, and what a big threat he poses to the bumblers who populate the rest of the cast of characters.

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13. Yuri Gurka (Goran Bogdan)
Varga’s enforcer has finally gotten a chance to say some scary stuff to the other characters, as is a “Fargo” tradition for hitmen. We finally know just how dangerous Yuri is, and what a big threat he poses to the bumblers who populate the rest of the cast of characters.

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12. Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
Nikki is surprisingly together for someone who pinned her future financial plans on winning a sponsorship to play bridge, then thought about trying blackmail full-time. After her run-in with Yuri and Meemo, though, Nikki's vengeance-seeking reaction looks like it'll only get her into worse trouble.

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12. Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
Nikki is surprisingly together for someone who pinned her future financial plans on winning a sponsorship to play bridge, then thought about trying blackmail full-time. After her run-in with Yuri and Meemo, though, Nikki's vengeance-seeking reaction looks like it'll only get her into worse trouble.

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11. Ruby Goldfarb (Mary McDonnell)
A savvy businesswoman who Sy seems to think might the answer to getting away from Varga. It’s obvious from the Widow Goldfarb’s non-BS attitude that she sees right through him, though.

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11. Ruby Goldfarb (Mary McDonnell)
A savvy businesswoman who Sy seems to think might the answer to getting away from Varga. It’s obvious from the Widow Goldfarb’s non-BS attitude that she sees right through him, though.

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10. Nathan Burgle (Graham Verchere)
Gloria’s son is great at sitting around his boring job at a convenience store. His key moment in the premiere is forgetting a gift his grandfather made him. All things considered, could have been a little more considerate, kid.

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10. Nathan Burgle (Graham Verchere)
Gloria’s son is great at sitting around his boring job at a convenience store. His key moment in the premiere is forgetting a gift his grandfather made him. All things considered, could have been a little more considerate, kid.

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9. Grace Stussy (Caitlynne Medrek)
Marrying Emmit technically makes Grace the Parking Lot Queen, so it seems like she did well for herself there. But you'd think that, seeing a blackmail tape of her husband, she'd immediately consider the identical twin angle. Then again, she doesn't really seem to be up on current brother feud affairs.

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9. Grace Stussy (Caitlynne Medrek)
Marrying Emmit technically makes Grace the Parking Lot Queen, so it seems like she did well for herself there. But you'd think that, seeing a blackmail tape of her husband, she'd immediately consider the identical twin angle. Then again, she doesn't really seem to be up on current brother feud affairs.

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8. Chief Moe Dammick (Shea Whigham)
Echoing Bob Odenkirk's role as the chief who won't get out of the way of good police work is Chief Dammick. He doesn't seem like a dumb cop, just one much more concerned with politics, chain of command and putting people in their place than actually solving crimes. He seems to be making it his personal mission to get in Gloria's way.

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8. Chief Moe Dammick (Shea Whigham)
Echoing Bob Odenkirk's role as the chief who won't get out of the way of good police work is Chief Dammick. He doesn't seem like a dumb cop, just one much more concerned with politics, chain of command and putting people in their place than actually solving crimes. He seems to be making it his personal mission to get in Gloria's way.

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7. Thaddeus Mobley (Thomas Mann)
Before he was Ennis Stussy, crotchety old man, he was Thaddeus Mobley, sci-fi author and dumb kid. Poor Thaddeus got conned hard and nearly committed murder because of it. His reward for not being too bright: exile in Minnesota.

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7. Thaddeus Mobley (Thomas Mann)
Before he was Ennis Stussy, crotchety old man, he was Thaddeus Mobley, sci-fi author and dumb kid. Poor Thaddeus got conned hard and nearly committed murder because of it. His reward for not being too bright: exile in Minnesota.

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5. Buck Olander (Dan Willmott)
It’s not clear yet if Emmit and Sy’s contact Buck is a criminal con man or just as clueless as they are, but evidence so far seems to suggest it’s the latter. Buck seems like he has no idea what he’s into, what he’s getting other people into, or even who he works with. So that’s good.

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5. Buck Olander (Dan Willmott)
It’s not clear yet if Emmit and Sy’s contact Buck is a criminal con man or just as clueless as they are, but evidence so far seems to suggest it’s the latter. Buck seems like he has no idea what he’s into, what he’s getting other people into, or even who he works with. So that’s good.

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3. Emmit Stussy (Ewan McGregor)
The Parking Lot King of Minnesota isn’t completely terrible at business, but he and Sy still managed to bumble into giving away part of their business to a criminal enterprise. Over time, Emmit is getting a little more comfortable with the whole "crooked business" angle, and he's about due for a major screw-up.

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3. Emmit Stussy (Ewan McGregor)
The Parking Lot King of Minnesota isn’t completely terrible at business, but he and Sy still managed to bumble into giving away part of their business to a criminal enterprise. Over time, Emmit is getting a little more comfortable with the whole "crooked business" angle, and he's about due for a major screw-up.

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3. Sy Feltz (Michael Stuhlbarg)
Sy comes off as a savvy businessman and a bit of a bruiser when he’s pushing Ray around or dealing with parking lots. The moment Varga shows up, though, it’s clear he’s in way over his head. Where Emmit has adapted to Varga, Sy is constantly terrified of him and his goons. It seems like Sy might be in some danger if he can't get his head on straight.

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3. Sy Feltz (Michael Stuhlbarg)
Sy comes off as a savvy businessman and a bit of a bruiser when he’s pushing Ray around or dealing with parking lots. The moment Varga shows up, though, it’s clear he’s in way over his head. Where Emmit has adapted to Varga, Sy is constantly terrified of him and his goons. It seems like Sy might be in some danger if he can't get his head on straight.

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2. Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor)
Ray gets himself into a lot of trouble. While the guy is smart about consequences when it comes to Nikki, he also hired one of his parolees to rob his own brother. And the parolee he picked was falling asleep drunk when Ray gave him the job. Ray's lucky he's got Nikki around to do the thinking, that's for sure, but it's his dopey pride that gets him in the most trouble.

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2. Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor)
Ray gets himself into a lot of trouble. While the guy is smart about consequences when it comes to Nikki, he also hired one of his parolees to rob his own brother. And the parolee he picked was falling asleep drunk when Ray gave him the job. Ray's lucky he's got Nikki around to do the thinking, that's for sure, but it's his dopey pride that gets him in the most trouble.

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1. Maurice LaFay (Scoot McNairy)
Maurice is definitely the biggest screw-up on “Fargo” Season 3 so far. He not only robs the wrong place, he bungles the job when he gets there. And while his deep thoughts are the highlight of the premiere, it’s kind of stunning how badly he bungles everything he touches.

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1. Maurice LaFay (Scoot McNairy)
Maurice is definitely the biggest screw-up on “Fargo” Season 3 so far. He not only robs the wrong place, he bungles the job when he gets there. And while his deep thoughts are the highlight of the premiere, it’s kind of stunning how badly he bungles everything he touches.

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‘Fargo’ Fact Check: Did a Sandwich Really Help Start World War I? http://www.thewrap.com/fargo-fact-check-sandwich-world-war/ http://www.thewrap.com/fargo-fact-check-sandwich-world-war/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 03:01:14 +0000 Phil Hornshaw http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644786 (Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Wednesday’s episode of “Fargo”)

“Fargo” Season 3’s wolf-toothed villain V.M. Varga (David Thewlis) loves to spin long metaphorical yarns, often to explain the need for his dubious deeds. In Episode 6, “The Lord of No Mercy,” Varga tells a few “true” tales at the top of the episode in order to explain that perception can create reality.

One of those stories is about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 in Sarajevo. That’s the event that started World War I by kicking off tensions between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Serbia. Varga’s opening line on “Fargo” sells the story: “The first world war was started by a sandwich.”

Varga says that seven conspirators attempted to kill Ferdinand during his trip to Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. They first tried to blow him up with a hand grenade, but failed to do so, and Ferdinand escaped. Dispirited, one of the conspirators, Gavrilo Princip, headed to a popular sandwich shop to grab lunch, only for the archduke’s driver to pull up in front of the exact same shop after having gotten lost. Princip thus got his second chance and shot Ferdinand, killing him and starting the chain of events that would lead to World War I, World War II, and the modern age.

It’s an interesting story, hinging on how just a few coincidences can change the world. But is it true?

The sandwich version of World War I’s beginnings told on “Fargo” has been around for a bit — but not as long as the story of the assassination itself. According to a Smithsonian.com write-up tracking its origins, it sounds like Varga’s tale popped up around 2003. It’s popular at schools, in books and on websites. But unlike last week’s tale of the coincidental balloon uniting two girls named Laura Buxton, but there’s not a lot of evidence to back up the food-based bits.

The major details of the sandwich story are true. One of the seven would-be assassins did attempt to blow up Ferdinand with a hand grenade, but used one that had a 10-second fuse. That caused the grenade to bounce off the car and blow up on the ground, under the next car in the motorcade. It injured several of Ferdinand’s guards, but he escaped without a scratch.

Ferdinand changed his plans because of the bombing, heading to meet with state officials instead of driving through Sarajevo. When he was done, he changed his plans again, hoping to head to the hospital to see the injured men.

The car did get lost, and it did wind up near Moritz Schiller’s delicatessen on Franz Joseph Street, where the story says Princip went for the sandwich. But there aren’t any historical accounts of Princip having eaten before the shooting, including his own testimony in court. In fact, Schiller’s wasn’t some out-of-the-way place — it was on the original route of Ferdinand’s motorcade, and Princip was reportedly standing outside it.

That means that Princip was waiting on what would have been the motorcade route; the exact place he should have been if he wanted to assassinate the archduke. The driver made a wrong turn onto the Franz Joseph Street due to being lost in the unfamiliar city, but he was on the route he otherwise would have taken. It sounds more like Princip was where he was because of planning than amazing luck.

The Smithsonian article runs down the sandwich plot to a 2003 documentary that mentions it as a small detail, rather than a major coincidence, and cites sources from the time like local newspaper articles. But the sandwich as a food itself doesn’t really jive with Serbian culture, the article suggests, and especially not in 1914.

So the story, it seems, is more of an embellishment of a coincidence, stretched by multiple retellings, than an actual fact. But it’s pretty close to the truth. And after all, Varga’s point, and a running theme in this season of “Fargo,” is that when people believe in something enough, it has the potential to become true.

Who’s the worst at crime in Season 3 of “Fargo”? Scroll down to check out our gallery ranking every character by their level of ineptitude.

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Reporter Accuses Montana GOP Candidate of Body Slamming Him and Breaking His Glasses http://www.thewrap.com/greg-gianforte-attack/ http://www.thewrap.com/greg-gianforte-attack/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 02:30:22 +0000 Jeremy Fuster http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644773 One day before a special congressional election in Montana, an already close race was potentially upended by scandal after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs accused Republican candidate Greg Gianforte of physically assaulting him.

The altercation took place Wednesday at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana. According to Jacobs, he was attacked — “bodyslammed” — by Gianforte after asking a question about the Republicans’ healthcare plan, as a TV interview was being set up. Jacobs was later taken to an ambulance, where he took a photo of his glasses, which he claims were broken during the fight.

While the Gianforte campaign confirmed that a physical confrontation had taken place, it disputed Jacobs’ version of events. In a statement released to media, the campaign said that the incident was the result of aggressive and violent behavior by Jacobs, leaving Gianforte no choice but to defend himself physically.

“Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions. Jacobs was asked to leave. After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined,” Gianforte spokesperson Shane Scanlon said in the statement. “Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.”

However, audio of the incident, part of which Jacobs released online, contradicts at least part of Gianforte’s account of the event. “I’m sick and tired of you guys,” Gianforte can be heard asking. “The last guy who came here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here. Get the hell out of here. The last guy did the same thing. Are you with the Guardian?” Gianforte continues.

Notably, the audio did not record any request by Gianforte for Jacobs to lower the recorder. Listen to the recording below.

Jacobs’ account was partly corroborated by BuzzFeed news reporter Alexis Levinson, who was in an adjacent room when the incident occurred and posted her account on Twitter.

“This happened behind a half closed door, so I didn’t see it all, but here’s what it looked like from the outside – Ben walked into a room where a local tv crew was set up for an interview with Gianforte. All of a sudden I heard a giant crash and saw Ben’s feet fly in the air as he hit the floor. Heard very angry yelling (as did all the volunteers in the room) – sounded like Gianforte…”

Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna, who was in the room to conduct the TV interview with Gianforte for “Special Report With Bret Baier,” said in her account of the incident that “at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.”

“Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” Acuna wrote.  “…I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of ‘I’m sick and tired of this!'”

Gallatin County Sheriffs later arrived at the scene to take witness statements while Gianforte left with aides without answering questions, according to multiple reports. Following the incident, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released a statement demanding Gianforte withdraw from the race.

Gianforte’s opponent, Rob Quist, did not comment on the incident when asked by reporters. Quist, a political novice supported by Bernie Sanders, is running against Gianforte for Montana’s lone seat in the House of Representatives, which was vacated by Ryan Zinke after he was appointed Interior Secretary by Donald Trump.

Update: 7:55 PM — Updated to include account from Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna.

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‘Survivor: Game Changers’ Reveals Season 34 Winner http://www.thewrap.com/survivor-game-changers-reveals-season-34-winner/ http://www.thewrap.com/survivor-game-changers-reveals-season-34-winner/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 02:10:57 +0000 Mikey Glazer http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1643882 (Spoiler Alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Wednesday’s “Survivor” Season 34 finale)

Sarah Lacina, a 32-year-old cop from Marion, Iowa won the title of “Sole Survivor” and the $1 million prize in a live vote reveal broadcast from CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

She beat out former NFL player Brad Culpepper and Sports Illustrated swimsuit photographer Troyzan Roberts at the final Tribal Council.

Arguably, storylines and editing telegraphed Lacina’s win with a hero narrative throughout the season. A background character on her first season in 2014, her invitation to return on a season dubbed “Game Changers” drew criticism from analysts and puzzled hardcore fans.

As the season progressed, her gameplay drove the season’s narrative.

Thematically, several explosive moments were portrayed from her perspective. This included her awakening and acceptance of an outed transgender contestant (more on this below), how she provided physical assistance to fellow contestant Cirie Fields to conquer a physical challenge, and an early quote from the new millionaire where she stated that for her second chance on the show, she was going to “play like a criminal”.

The soundbite jumped off the screen as the type that ends up in a winner’s montage.

Spoiler-free prediction site “Gold Derby” had her the favorite for weeks and correctly predicted her to  prevail.

After 34 Seasons, a  Survivor First

The finale was not without drama.

For the first time, a contestant was eliminated from the game without getting any votes. At the final six Tribal Council, every player deployed a hidden immunity idol or advantage, leaving Cirie Fields as the lone person who could get votes. She was ejected by default.

A fan favorite, championed by host/executive producer Jeff Probst, Fields is known as “the player who got off the couch” to come play the game.  After that moment played back in the studio, Fields emerged from backstage to a standing ovation from the live audience.

Producers also reshuffled the format of the final Tribal Council, turning it in to an open debate amongst the three finalists and the jury.

That show is still on? Yes. It’s winning its timeslot every week.

Inside the Golden Globes in January, CBS Chairman/CEO Les Moonves assured TheWrap that the show will stay on the air “as long as it keeps winning its timeslot.”

“Survivor” has won its timeslot in total viewers every week this season. (Its primary competition: ABC’s “The Goldbergs” and NBC’s “Blindspot”).

Further, it has won the timeslot in the key 18-49 demographic 10 out of 12 times, tying with “The Goldbergs” twice in its Wednesday, 8 p.m. slot.

After 17 years on-air, the pioneer of modern primetime reality shows still rates like a winner across primetime in general.  It ranked as the 6th highest-rated broadcast in the key 18-49 demographic during the week of May 8-14. Amongst its CBS peers, it scores the second highest 18-49 rating after “The Big Bang Theory”.

In the May 8-14 week, it edged out reigning Reality Competition Emmy champ “The Voice” in viewers 18-49 by 100,000, and has averaged a hefty 8.27 million total viewers through the first weeks of May.

“Why haven’t you told anyone you’re transgender?”

This season will likely be remembered most for an ugly moment that the New York Times called “a violation of privacy as well as a cultural flash point.”

Contestant Jeff Varner, on the verge of being eliminated from the game, outed Zeke Smith as transgender. The outing arrived via Varner’s blurted statement (in bold, above) made during a tribal council. The thrust of Varner’s argument was that Smith was “deceptive” for not sharing his story.

On-camera, host Jeff Probst and the fellow contestants’ reactions were swift, decisive, and negative. Off-camera, the reaction was equally strong. Varner, a gay man himself, was fired from his job in the aftermath.

As the show was taped ten months earlier, CBS aired the segment with Smith’s blessing. The outed contestant did a mid-season media tour (a first for a contestant still in the game) and coverage mushroomed on non-traditional “Survivor” media outlets in 2017: CNN, the L.A. Times, the Daily Beast, and national morning shows.

This was not the way the show intended to recapture the cultural conversation it occupied during the show’s days as a phenomenon of the early 2000’s. Yet Probst, producers, and the network coordinated a thoughtful and measured conversation and platform for a vulnerable cast member, avoiding ways other reality franchises have left cast members less insulated from media firestorms.

More positive “Gamechanger” moments that were etched into the season’s history include a tribe sparing a mother and baby goat from slaughter, two-time champion Sandra Diaz-Twine being voted out of the game for the first time, and a more permissive Tribal Council culture that allowed contestants to leave their assigned seats and huddle in packs whispering moments before votes.

Probst and his fellow producers already shot the next season of “Survivor” earlier this spring. CBS has picked up the veteran franchise for two more seasons to air during the 2017-18 primetime broadcast season.

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‘The 100’ Showrunner on Who Survived, Who Didn’t and New Setting in Season 5 http://www.thewrap.com/the-100-showrunner-previews-who-survived-who-didnt-and-new-setting-in-season-5/ http://www.thewrap.com/the-100-showrunner-previews-who-survived-who-didnt-and-new-setting-in-season-5/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 02:00:20 +0000 Linda Ge http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644664 (Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not watched the Season 4 finale of “The 100.”)

After four seasons on the ground, “The 100” has returned to space, and it will stay there for the time being.

“That’s not to say they’ll stay up there for long, but they’re certainly starting the next season up there,” showrunner Jason Rothenberg told TheWrap of early Season 5 plans.

He is referring to the seven people who launched into space and back onto the Ark in the Season 4 finale, namely: Bellamy (Bob Morley), Raven (Lindsey Morgan), Monty (Christopher Larkin), Murphy (Richard Harmon), Harper (Chelsey Reist), Emori (Luisa D’Oleveria) and Echo (Tasya Teles).

Meanwhile, Clarke survived the nuclear blast – thanks, probably, to her new nightblood – and has been spending the past six years talking to Bellamy on a radio, waiting for the ship that took her friends to space to come back down now that Earth is hospitable again.

A ship finally does come down at the very end, but to Clarke’s astonishment, it is not the small rocket she watched take off, but something that bears the words “Prison Transport” on the side.

“You’ll have to wait for Season 5 to see who is in fact on that ship, but it is not Bellamy and Raven,” Rothenberg confirmed. “It’s not the same ship they left in, so unless they found another way to get down, which I suppose is a possibility, that’s not who we’re going to find in that ship. To me it’s kind of cool that ‘The 100’ started with 100 juvenile delinquents, prisoners, coming to the ground, and now, this season ends with prisoners coming back to the ground. Only now, Clarke is a grounder, perhaps these prisoners are not just juvenile delinquents, we’ll have to wait and see.”

While Bellamy, Raven and the gang went to space, the majority of other characters baracaded themselves in a bunker and hoped it would withstand a nuclear blast. This included Octavia (Marie Avgeoropoulos), Abby (Paige Turco), Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) and Jaha (Isiah Washington).

So which group has a higher chance of surviving the six years, the bunker or the Ark?

“I think everyone has a really hard six years ahead of them,” Rothenberg said. “When we find Clarke on her radio, she hasn’t made contact with her mother or the people in the bunker for six years and couldn’t dig them out, so they’re trapped underground. And Bellamy and Raven and the seven who went to space are silent also. So she doesn’t know if anybody is alive. It’s a safe bet some of them at least are and it’s a safe bet that the stories of what happened over those six years will get told. It will be pretty harrowing.”

Someone who probably did indeed survive is Octavia, who Rothenberg teased will have a brand new look when we see her in Season 5, meaning, she won’t still be donning the grounder commander’s traditional look as last we saw her.

“Symbols are important to grounders and it was important, in that room, to see that they have a commander. I think we’ll play in Season 5 with what that means,” Rothenberg said. “How does she look five years from now? I think that will be a big new look for the show when we see her. It won’t be what we saw in the finale. She’s going to evolve over the six years.”

And as for Clarke talking to Bellamy on that radio …

“It’s a little bit like it’s become her diary,” Rothenberg said. “It’s become her way of, as she says, trying to hold on to who she was, who she is and not forget where she came from and who matters to her. It’s a narrative device for us to be able to tell some of the stories and also, psychologically, it’s become part of her routine. She does this everyday, she goes to the same spot perhaps, and talks to this guy. She’s not just talking to Bellamy, she’s talking to Raven and company too, but clearly, obviously Bellamy means a lot to her. This is her partner, he’s her co-pilot. So she’s definitely mourning him in some ways with that. She doesn’t know if he’s alive.”

“The 100” Season 5 will return in midseason on The CW.

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‘The Get Down’ Canceled by Netflix After 1 Season http://www.thewrap.com/the-get-down-canceled-by-netflix-after-1-season/ http://www.thewrap.com/the-get-down-canceled-by-netflix-after-1-season/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 01:15:24 +0000 Reid Nakamura http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644763 “The Get Down” has been canceled after one season on Netflix, TheWrap has learned.

The debut season of the Baz Luhrmann series about the rise of hip-hop in 1980s New York was split into two parts, with Part 2 premiering on the streaming platform last month.

The series was marked by behind-the-scenes turmoil before it even premiered, with reports surfacing that the pricey musical drama suffered multiple delays in production. The series reportedly cost as much as $120 million for 12 episodes, and went through multiple showrunners, including “The Shield” alum Shawn Ryan and novelist Thomas Kelly.

Netflix has opted not to pick up the series for a second season, making it one of very few originals at the streaming platform not to be renewed after Season 1.

The series starred Shameik Moore as aspiring rapper Shaolin Fantastic, alongside Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jaden Smith, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Mamoudou Athie, Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito.

The series is executive produced by Luhrmann, Nas, Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adly Guirgis, and Marney Hochman.

Read Luhrmann’s statement below:

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Why Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s ‘Fargo’ Accent Isn’t From Fargo (Exclusive Video) http://www.thewrap.com/mary-elizabeth-winstead-fargo-chicago-accent/ http://www.thewrap.com/mary-elizabeth-winstead-fargo-chicago-accent/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 01:05:59 +0000 Tim Molloy http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644697

The accents employed by the people of “Fargo” are an evolutionary adaptation against loneliness: flat, inoffensive tones with occasionally chirpy vowels, reminiscent of bird calls, to lull neighbors into feeling neighborly. It’s not how Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Nikki Swango talks at all.

Winstead’s Swango, the bridge-master parolee instigator of “Fargo” Season 3, is from Chicago. It’s pretty normal for “Fargo” to take place outside of “Fargo” — it covers pretty much the entire region covered by the North Dakota-Minnesota accent. But Chicagoans had no need to adopt it. They’ve historically been bounded together so tightly that that they never needed of “Minnesota Nice,” the consciously exaggerated cheeriness of their Great Lakes neighbors to the Northwest. In such close quarters, they rely on strategy and guile.

Winstead’s character started out with the same accent as the other characters, until “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley decided Swango should be from Chicago. Everything fell into place.

“She’s so not polite,” Winstead told TheWrap. “She’s so not Minnesota nice. She’s very brash and bold and in your face. And then once I started doing her with the Chicago accent it made so much more sense. … It just feels so much more like she’s in her body and not sort of pretending to be something other than what she is. So many characters in ‘Fargo’ tend to get into that territory where they’re being so nice even though they’ve got these dark, sinister things going on.”

Winstead also talked to us about why Nikki loves Ray Stussey (Ewan McGregor so much), and why after “Fargo” she’d be well-qualified for a stint on “Ice Road Truckers.”

Watch the video above, and come back for more of our interview with Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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‘Building the Wall’ Theater Review: A View of Post-Trump America Both Powerful and Preposterous http://www.thewrap.com/building-wall-theater-review-view-post-trump-america-powerful-preposterous/ http://www.thewrap.com/building-wall-theater-review-view-post-trump-america-powerful-preposterous/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 01:00:20 +0000 Robert Hofler http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644090 Robert Schenkkan, best known for his LBJ bioplay “All the Way,” takes on another president in his latest, “Building the Wall,” which opened Wednesday at Off Broadway’s New World Stages. Yes, it’s Donald Trump time again in the theater, but preaching to the chorus here involves much more than a few oblique reference to the aggrieved white masses, political incompetence and modern-day fascism.

Schenkkan sets “Building the Wall” in a post-Trump America where the president has been removed from office and one of his most ardent supporters remains behind bars, convicted of grievous crimes.

Just how grievous? Let your imagination run wild. Schenkkan doesn’t stint.

“Building the Wall” is powerful in its preposterousness. Just when you think the revelations can’t get any darker, they turn another, deeper shade of black. Without your being told more, it is probably best to go into Schenkkan’s two-hander drama knowing that it ends in a nightmare that is more social than political.

Otherwise, the play’s first few moments can seem like a rehash of an MSNBC special on “Whatever Happened to the Trump Voter?” Schenkkan’s righteous college professor, Gloria (Tamara Tunie), interviews the convict Rick (James Badge Dale) in prison. She’s liberal, he’s conservative. And need we hear more about the end of the American dream for the white worker who’s holding down two, three jobs just to stay off food stamps while illegal aliens take the good jobs and get food stamps from a government that’s not theirs?

Rest assured. Schenkkan doesn’t stay on that subject for long before Rick begins to detail his security job in a center for the mass deportation of non-citizens. His talk about sanitation is especially riveting, and Dale carefully begins to build sympathy for his put-upon character.

In the beginning, he resembles James Carville, only conservative and angrier. But slowly, we begin to see a tinge of Kafka in Rick’s work as he tries to do his best when the courts, the police, his corporate bosses and elected officials fail to heed his increasingly urgent warnings.

What doesn’t happen in “Building the Wall” is that Gloria never changes. She remains the sympathetic, dogged journalist out to write a good story. In other words, she’s a prop put there to ask Rick questions. In a better, even more disturbing play — and “Building the Wall” is very disturbing as is — she might also be shown to bear some responsibility for what went wrong in America.

Maybe she succumbed to the Susan Sarandon Syndrome of purist left-wing politics. Or she joined the Too Cool to Vote college students. Under Ari Edelson’s direction, Tunie compensates by projecting a grand image, one that never recedes in this drama even though she’s on stage for all 90 minutes with a guy who’s both victim and monster. Dale rivets in his evolution and manipulation of Rick’s many faces. It’s a performance unlike any other on stage right now in New York City.

“Building the Wall” doesn’t have much to say about The Wall. It only comes up in the play’s final moments, but what Schenkkan puts in Rick’s mouth is unforgettable.

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Why ‘Dirty Dancing’ Star Colt Prattes Was ‘Terrified’ to Deliver Patrick Swayze’s Classic Line http://www.thewrap.com/dirty-dancing-colt-prattes-patrick-swayze/ http://www.thewrap.com/dirty-dancing-colt-prattes-patrick-swayze/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 23:51:12 +0000 Ryan Gajewski http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644599 There’s no question that Colt Prattes had the time of his life shooting “Dirty Dancing,” ABC’s musical remake of the Oscar-winning 1987 film.

Prattes — a relative unknown whose biggest previous credit was the music video for Pink’s “Try” — plays Johnny Castle, the role originally played by the late Patrick Swayze. The new version airs Wednesday and also stars Abigail Breslin as Baby (Jennifer Grey’s character), with Sarah Hyland, Debra Messing, Katey Sagal, Nicole Scherzinger, Bruce Greenwood and Billy Dee Williams rounding out the cast.

“You can’t do it better,” Prattes tells TheWrap of the original film. But he is confident that viewers will enjoy this new take on the story. “I just hope people take time to watch it and love it for this version.”

The 31-year-old actor also discussed why he wouldn’t practice the film’s iconic “nobody puts baby in a corner” line before cameras started rolling, Swayze’s role in shaping his career and Breslin’s fear about filming the classic dance-scene lift.

TheWrap: What’s going through your head with the movie reboot about to air?
Colt Prattes:
Everything’s going through my head! I haven’t found the right words to describe it. I’m just really, really freaking stoked, it is the least poised way to say it. I haven’t seen the final edit, and I’m so excited, and I can’t wait for people to see it. I’m just happy.

How do you approach taking on one of Patrick Swayze’s signature characters? Was it important to make your version different from his?
I can’t do what he did — he’s Patrick Swayze. That was never an option because he is a legend. I wanted to put my heart into it the same way he seemed to put his heart into his work. When I watched [the original as a child], I was inspired to dance because of how heartfelt everything he did was. It’s certainly not a comparison — it’s like a cover song. It’s not saying this is a better way to do this song. It’s just saying, “I love this song so much that I want to share it with you with my heart in it.”

Which scene was the toughest to shoot? Was it the lift?
The lift was just all heart, all day — it was just the best. That was the hardest scene to do time-wise because we shot all of “Time of My Life” in one day, and it was a very, very long day, even by set standards. You know what? The lift in the water [was tough] — it was pretty cold. But this role, this movie — this is a blessing. There was nothing that was hard without feeling overwhelmingly rewarding on the other side of that.

How nervous was Abigail Breslin about the lift?
I’m pretty sure that I’m not out of line saying that she was terrified to do the lift, but also so determined. And if there’s one thing that Abby is, it is strong-willed and strong-minded. And that’s what that lift needs, is total commitment. If you pull any punches on that, you won’t do the lift. Everybody’s gotta just run and do it.

It must have been fun to deliver the iconic “nobody puts baby in a corner” line
Oh, my God! It was terrifying and amazing. I wouldn’t say it until I was in the scene because obviously it is the line, and I was like, “I’m not going to practice it.” We do the first take, and I say it, and you could see Bruce and Debra are so professional and poised, and then Abby throws her hands up to her mouth and starts clapping, ruins the take. And then Bruce and Debra started clapping. And Bruce says, “All right, first one’s done — let’s get it now.” Did it a couple more times, and then we got it, and Bruce and Debra stood up and started clapping, and it was like the coolest thing in the world.

What is it like to work with Abigail?
That’s my AB! That’s my girl. I talk with her every day, every other day, on the phone, even now. Abby’s insane. She’s such a hard worker — she’s a beautiful beautiful soul, and I couldn’t have done this with anybody but her.

Last year, at the start of the shoot, Debra Messing wrote on social media that she felt conflicted about filming the movie in North Carolina, given the transgender bathroom legislation. Was this something that the film’s team discussed?
At the time, obviously it’s something that came up, but I know that [with] the contracts to shoot the movie down there, the wheels were already in motion, and that employed so many people. So I was really happy that we got to do it, and North Carolina is beautiful. I had so much fun down there, and getting to be part of where they shot some of the original. I’m glad that we got to be there, and at the same time, there is the aspect of that legislation, and I think [the lawmakers will feel] repercussions for that in the future.

“Dirty Dancing” airs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Why BTS, Kyrie Irving and Lucas Yancey Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week http://www.thewrap.com/why-bts-kyrie-irving-and-lucas-yancey-are-tvs-social-media-mvps-of-the-week/ http://www.thewrap.com/why-bts-kyrie-irving-and-lucas-yancey-are-tvs-social-media-mvps-of-the-week/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 23:31:55 +0000 Fabric Media http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644574 A South Korean boy band, a Cleveland Cavalier player and a hopeful “Bachelorette” contestant had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past week.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion analytics company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers May 17-23 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television shows, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards on ABC Sunday night led the way in Emotional Reactions (ERs) in the last week, garnering 910,051 ERs. South Korean boy band BTS (also known as Bangtan Boys) was a huge conversation topic, even beating out Drake in terms of mentions, although the latter took home 13 awards including Top Artist, while BTS only scored one (Top Social Artist, voted by fans). Viewers went nuts proclaiming love for the k-pop group and congratulating them on their win.




During Game 4 of the Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday on TNT (132,365 ERs), with superstar LeBron James in foul trouble, Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving took the lead and ended up breaking a personal record with 42 points scored, which helped his team snag the win. Fans tweeted their surprise — and mad respect — for the athlete.




Season 13 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” premiered on Monday (48,930 ERs), featuring attorney Rachel Lindsay and 31 hopeful contestants. The most mentioned was Lucas Yancey, otherwise known as the “Whaboom” guy, a nickname that had viewers both confused and annoyed from the start. (As it turns out, Yancey is actually a real estate investor who dabbles in comedy.) People were also less than enthused about his over-the-top antics.




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Jerry Perenchio, Billionaire Media Mogul and Former Univision CEO, Dies at 86 http://www.thewrap.com/jerry-perenchio-billionaire-media-mogul-former-univision-ceo-dies-86/ http://www.thewrap.com/jerry-perenchio-billionaire-media-mogul-former-univision-ceo-dies-86/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 23:29:34 +0000 Reid Nakamura http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644699 Media mogul and former Univision CEO Andrew Jerrold Perenchio has died at the age of 86.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the billionare died in his home on Tuesday after a five-month battle with lung cancer.

Born in Fresno on Dec. 20, 1930, Perenchio’s business savvy lead him to become one of the most influential figures in the media industry as the business partner of legendary TV producer Norman Lear and the former chairman and CEO of Univision Communications.

In 1974, Perenchio partnered with Lear to form the company TAT, which was responsible for such shows as “The Jeffersons,” “One Day at a Time” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” They’d go on to expand into the film business, distributing films including “Blade Runner,” “This is Spinal Tap” and “A Chorus Line.”

He would later still go on to purchase Univision Communications in 1992 for $550 million, leading the company’s growth into a multi-media empire and the dominant player in Spanish-language content in the U.S. By 2007 he had sold the company for $13 billion.

Perenchio was also a major donor to GOP political campaigns. In the 2008 presidential race, he was the one of the largest donors to the John McCain campaign, and last year he contributed more than $3 million to Carly Fiorina’s effort to win the Republican nomination. According to the L.A. Times, Perenchio donated upwards of $30 million to various candidates, political causes and the Republican National Committee.

Perenchio is survived by his wife, Margaret, and three children. Memorial services are to be held next week.

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‘A Gentle Creature’ Cannes Review: An Ambitious Tale of Russian Corruption http://www.thewrap.com/a-gentle-creature-cannes-review-an-ambitious-tale-of-russian-corruption/ http://www.thewrap.com/a-gentle-creature-cannes-review-an-ambitious-tale-of-russian-corruption/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 23:23:08 +0000 Ben Croll http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644690 In recent years, the Cannes film festival has been uniquely receptive to films about innocent saps falling into bureaucratic black holes. Directors like Cristi Puiu and Ken Loach tapped that very formula for their respective Un Certain Regard and Palme d’Or winners “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” and “I, Daniel Blake.” And if Sergei Loznitsa’s “A Gentle Creature” offers another riff on a familiar nightmare, it does so with a dream-like approach and a feverish style that makes the subject feel bracingly vital.

Actress Vasilina Makovtseva is that titular creature, an unnamed woman with a husband in prison and a hardscrapple existence the Russian countryside. When her care package gets returned without any explanation, she sets off on a days-long odyssey to deliver it to her incarcerated spouse, only to be blocked by a corrupt and callous bureaucracy at every turn. That’s basically the full plot of this two-and-a-half-hour film.

If not much happens in the grand scheme, just about a thousand things happen in every scene. Loznitsa methodically tracks his character’s voyage — from her front door to the train to the prison waiting room and further — in long, unbroken takes. Forgoing the handheld naturalism favored by his Romanian counterparts, Loznitsa creates a stylized visual landscape. Colors pop off the screen both bright and bleary, like in the films of Aki Kaurismaki, but the camera remains an active scene partner, moving around, framing and reframing shots within the longer take.

Loznitsa will often begin a take by focusing on a character in the foreground and an action in the background, and he’ll let it run for a good few minutes before panning over to locate his unnamed protoganist. By losing her within the shot, the director reiterates his film’s central theme — that this gentle creature is far too gentle for the hard and mean Russia in which she lives.

The fact that the film shares a title with a famous Dostoyevsky short story (it is, despite earlier reports, not an adaptation) is no accident. “A Gentle Creature” is not just about Russian bureaucracy — it’s about Russian history, Russian identity. It ends with an extended, Fellini-esque dream sequence where all characters return dressed as prominent figures from the country’s past. By that point, you’re either completely on board or completely checked out.

The film received an equal amount of boos and applause following its first press screening this evening, and it promises to be among the most divisive titles of the festival. Frankly, it was about damn time. Say what you want about “A Gentle Creature,” but you can’t deny that it represent the kind of bold artistic gamble Cannes was made for.

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Our Dream Expert Has Made Sense of ‘Twin Peaks,’ and It’s Very Sad http://www.thewrap.com/twin-peaks-revival-dream-analysis-first-four-episodes/ http://www.thewrap.com/twin-peaks-revival-dream-analysis-first-four-episodes/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 23:16:28 +0000 Rosemary Rossi http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1642579 In her spare time, TheWrap news editor Rosemary Rossi analyzes dreams. Here is her interpretation of the first four episodes of “Twin Peaks.”

What if “Twin Peaks” is really just the story of a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder ?

Sorry to dive in so fast. But that’s my operating theory about what “Twin Peaks” means after analyzing the dream sequences of the first four episodes of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival, and the original two seasons that air on TV.

Actually, I think every sequence on “Twin Peaks” may be a dream sequence. And yes, I’m aware that It Was All a Dream is the trope-iest of TV tropes. But Lynch’s whole series has been a gorgeous sendup and homage of past TV melodramas — so it would be pretty on the nose if the entire show turns out to be Cooper’s dream, and if his dreams are his way of repairing his torn-apart psyche.

Now, stay with me here. Let’s start with the first four episodes of the revival. One very important thing to point out before we begin: one of the opening shots of the series is in the hallway of an empty school.

Right off the bat, the audience is being told that we’re about to learn something. But what? In the words of the Man From Another Place, let’s rock.

The Red Room and the Zig-Zag Floor

Set up: In a short black-and-white sequence, Cooper appears in the red room that was seen prominently in the original “Twin Peaks.” There, a giant speaks to him. The room switches to color and Laura Palmer walks in. She reaches up to her face and removes it, showing that she is glowing from within. “I am dead, but I live,” she says. She walks up to Cooper, kisses him and whispers in his ear. Wind whips behind the drapes and she is sucked up and out of the room as she lets out a terrifying scream. The drapes part, and behind them is nothing but darkness and a single white horse.
Dream analysis: The giant symbolizes the authoritarian side of Cooper, and the black and white suggests that the answer to his problem is simple. The preponderance of red curtains (which keep him hidden from the outside world and visa versa) and the labyrinth they create symbolizes Cooper staying hidden from the outside world, and the confusing, aimless maze his passion (symbolized by the red) has drawn him into. The distinctive zig zag pattern on the floor that frequently blurs and shakes represents Cooper’s foundation (his beliefs) that are not on solid ground. When Laura removes her face to reveal the light inside, it’s his psyche believing that he will only find the light and move forward through what Laura represents. Her kissing him and then vanishing with a scream is his realization that it won’t happen that way… and that he will be the White Knight in the darkness when he understands that.

The Brain

Set up: Cooper is brought to an area of the red fortress where he encounters a floating brain with an attached nervous system that together resemble a tree. He is told that it is “the evolution of the arm.” (More on that later.) It tells him, “Do you remember your doppelganger? He must come in before you go out.”
Dream analysis: The arm takes us back to the One-Armed Man in the original “Twin Peaks,” and the idea that the Man From Another Place may have personified the missing arm. The brain-tree and (the whole one-arm thing) could be a symbol of the splitting of Cooper’s personalities (the separation of “twos” is again brought up when a corpse is found with one eye missing). It could also represent the idea that “one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing,” as is the case, I assume, with Cooper’s multiple personalities. The floating brain and nervous system is further signal that Cooper’s brain is detached from his body.

Cooper Falls into the Parallel World

Set up: After finding his way through the red maze, Cooper parts the curtains and sees his doppelganger. The brain freaks out and the floor shakes and then parts. Cooper falls through and lands on the glass box that was first seen in the cement compound. However, he’s on the outside of the compound rather than the inside. He slides through the porthole and ends up inside the glass box, inside the compound, where the show opened.
Dream analysis: Cooper wasn’t aware that his personality split. When he was given a chance to actually see that for himself, he (the brain) was disbelieving and freaked out. Cooper’s “foundation” (his beliefs) gave way and his world shifted and the ground swallowed him up.

Purple Water

Set up: Cooper falls and eventually lands outside a cement compound on a sort of balcony where he looks out onto calm, moving waters in the darkness. On the way down, a purple image appears that looks like someone plunging into deep water.
Dream Analysis: Colors have important meanings in dreams (for example, red representing passion), and purple is one of the most interesting. Purple is the color of spiritual healing. Water is a symbol for emotion. So falling into purple water means falling into deep, spiritual emotions. Cooper appearing inside a cement-walled balcony looking out onto moving waters, and the black sky represents him looking out into unknown emotions that still may be hidden in the darkness. But he remains separate and protected from them.

Cooper and the Blind Woman

Set up: After Cooper enters the cement building, he encounters a blind woman sitting in front of a roaring fire. Loud bangs on a metal door upset her and she shows Cooper an exit up a ladder onto the top of a metal room floating in space. There, she flips a switch, is electrocuted and falls into nothingness. Cooper steps down the ladder and back into the room, where he sees the woman, who can now see.
Dream analysis: Many believe that those who appear in your dreams are representations of your own psyche. That could be the case here. With the windowless, impenetrable building representing Cooper’s subconscious, when he’s inside himself, he is blind to all. When someone demands to be let in (could it be police interrogators or even a therapist?), he flees and is cornered, where he either falls into space or goes back “inside himself.” When he does the latter, “he” can see again.

Blue Rose

Set up: Blue Rose is mentioned twice, once while Cooper is atop the metal room that’s floating in space and later on by the FBI’s Gordon Cole (played by series creator David Lynch).
Dream analysis: While “Twin Peaks” aficionados believe Blue Rose cases involve the supernatural, from a purely dream analysis perspective, blue symbolizes spirituality. But, on the flip side, it can also mean sadness (as in someone “having the blues”). Rose can be a symbol of pure love, or, in combination with “blue,” mean “sad, pure love.” To be even more specific, it could also represent Laura Palmer.

Dougie, the One-Armed Man and the Gold Orb

Set up: A Cooper look-alike with a problem left arm, Dougie, appears in Las Vegas. He spots a red chair in his room and hallucinates the One-Armed Man on a similar chair in the red-curtained room. The One-Armed Man says, “Someone manufactured you for a purpose, but I think that’s been fulfilled.” Dougie is instantly in the red room and sits in the chair. His left arm shrivels and disappears. His head turns into black smoke, a golden orb rises from where his head should be and, in a puff, he disappears, leaving only a floating brain, Dougie’s ring and a small gold ball bearing.
Dream analysis: It goes without saying that the One-Armed Man is “part of Dougie.” I also believe that Dougie is one of Cooper’s alternative personalities. Gold in a dream represents rewards on the positive end of the spectrum, but temptation on the negative side. The orb symbolizes one’s subconscious and possibly a new or sudden realization or understanding about something.

What does it all mean? To me, it means Cooper has broken apart, and the show may be about him coming together.

Of course, many questions remain.

It’s another melodramatic trope that people disassociate and form multiple personalities in response to trauma. Assuming it’s true that Cooper is dreaming everything, what problem or trauma caused his mind to split apart? Is he really an FBI agent, or did he adopt that image as a symbol of strength? Or a desire to interrogate out the truth? If my theory is correct, who is the “host personality,” the original personality from which the others were born? Is it Cooper (the representation of truth and justice), Dougie (the representation of innocence and kindness) or BOB (the representation of evil and immorality)… or are there more to come?

What if there is no “Dale Cooper,” except in the dream? Who, then, is the dreamer?

“Twin Peaks” airs Sundays at 9/8c on Showtime. 

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Chris Cornell’s Wife Writes Letter to Late Singer: ‘I’m Broken, But I Will Stand Up for You’ http://www.thewrap.com/chris-cornell-wife-vicky-writes-letter-to-late-husband/ http://www.thewrap.com/chris-cornell-wife-vicky-writes-letter-to-late-husband/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 23:02:31 +0000 Ashley Eady http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644678 Vicky Cornell, the wife of late grunge star Chris Cornell, poured out her emotions in an open letter posted to Billboard on Wednesday.

In the message, she expressed her grief over her husband’s untimely death and her resolve to fight for his memory.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead at age 52 in a Detroit, Michigan, hotel room on May 17, just hours after performing in the Motor City.

Having been married since 2004, Vicky Cornell opened her letter by saying, “You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through,” and concluded with, “I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.”

Cornell’s family had expressed doubts about the details of the singer’s death. A medical examiner ruled it a suicide by hanging, but his family has questioned whether or not his death was intentional or if “substances contributed to his demise.”

According to the Cornell family’s attorney, “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris.” The family is still awaiting toxicology results.

You can read Vicky’s letter in its entirety here.

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Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers Sentenced to Community Service in Body Shaming Case http://www.thewrap.com/playboy-playmate-dani-mathers-sentenced-community-service-body-shaming-case/ http://www.thewrap.com/playboy-playmate-dani-mathers-sentenced-community-service-body-shaming-case/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 22:59:40 +0000 Meriah Doty http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644290 Playboy playmate Dani Mathers pleaded no contest on Wednesday in a body shaming case brought against her by the city of Los Angeles. She will serve 30 days of community labor, according to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.

Mathers, 29, was charged with one count of invasion of privacy and was facing trial for allegedly photographing an elderly woman in the shower area of her gym and posting it with a mocking caption on Snapchat.

The Playboy model is accused of secretly photographing a 71-year-old nude woman in the shower area of her L.A. Fitness gym and then posting it with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either” via Snapchat.

The case played into the passing of an anti-body-shaming bill in the California State Senate this week (SB 784-Crimes: disorderly conduct: invasion of privacy). “The bill provides that if you take a photo of someone in these circumstances without their permission — someone who is nude or partially clothed — and then distribute it, the penalty is enhanced by $1,000 and the individual whose photo was taken is entitled to restitution in an amount necessary to get that picture off the internet and out of public distribution,” wrote Feuer in a Wednesday statement following Mathers’ court date. “That’s crucial, because every day that picture lives online is another day of humiliation. I am optimistic this bill will soon be enacted and further protect Californians from body shaming.”

“This was a very important case to me – as a father, as a son, as someone who recognizes the damage that body shaming can do because it is so humiliating,” Feuer added. “The issues that surround body shaming can be devastating – not only to daughters and mothers, but also to sons and fathers, members of the LGBTQ community, to a trans kid who might be struggling with identity, to people who are disabled. The message today is clear: body shaming is not tolerated in the City of Los Angeles.”

State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) also weighed in: “This country has a growing problem of bullying through body-shaming on social media that needs to be addressed.” She then addressed Mathers’ case directly: “Having a photo taken of you in a fitting room or locker room when you have a reasonable expectation of privacy is humiliating in and of itself — but when that photo is then shared across social media the victim can experience long-term harm and embarrassment. This type of behavior is destructive and Senate Bill 784 will make sure our laws keep pace with the ever changing social media environment. As the Mathers case has demonstrated, this legislation is an important step to protecting the privacy of Californians.”

Since allegedly posting the photo in July, Mathers has been banned from L.A. Fitness gyms and fired from her gig at Los Angeles radio station KLOS, where she appeared as a regular on the station’s morning show.

In November, Mathers was charged with one count of invasion of privacy, which carries a sentence of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

In February, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office scoffed at Mathers’ request to have her sentence deferred, stating that Mathers “does not qualify nor merit such leniency.”

The city attorney cited Mathers’ perceived lack of remorse in its argument.

“Defendant petitions the court for diversion … however, she does not qualify nor merit such leniency. Her post-crime behavior is indicative of the fact that Defendant has never shown remorse for her behavior and therefore she should face the consequences of her cruel and criminal act,” the city attorney contended.

Earlier this month, a judge denied both Mathers’ motion to dismiss the charges and her motion to continue, a representative for the Los Angeles City Attorney told TheWrap on Monday.

Mathers had contended that the law she was charged with violating is too ambiguous to pass constitutional muster, the New York Daily News reported.

According to the city attorney’s office, the next court date in the case is set for May 24.

Tim Kenneally contributed to this report.

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‘The Keepers': What Are Repressed and Recovered Memories? http://www.thewrap.com/the-keepers-repressed-memories-court/ http://www.thewrap.com/the-keepers-repressed-memories-court/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 22:49:34 +0000 Phil Hornshaw http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644627 (Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched the Netflix’s series “The Keepers)

An essential part of the story of Netflix’s documentary series “The Keepers” is repressed and recovered memory — the idea that traumatic memories can be blocked by a person’s psyche, and only come back to the surface years later.

In the documentary, that’s what Jean Hargadon Wehner says happened to her. She accuses Father A. Joseph Maskell, a former administrator at Archbishop Keough High School where Jean went to school in the late 1960s, of sexually abusing her as a student. Jean believes Sister Catherine Cesnik, whose murder is the focus of “The Keepers,” discovered Maskell’s abuse of students at the school, and that might be what led to her death. Jean even said Maskell showed her Sister Cathy’s body.

But Jean didn’t come forward with her accusations until 1992 — almost 25 years after she said the abuse occurred. That was because, up until that time, Jean says she had repressed the memories.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore has since acknowledged Jean’s claims of abuse with an out-of-court settlement of $50,000. The archdiocese has acknowledged and apologized to 15 other victims as of May as well, a spokesperson told the Baltimore Sun.

But in 1994, the archdiocese fought the credibility of Jean’s memories. And in fact, the idea of repressed memory has gone through a lot of changes when used in court cases, specifically in those of childhood abuse. So what exactly is repressed memory — and do experts consider it credible?

The idea of repressed memory first started circulating in the 1970s and 1980s. The idea is that, in a response to trauma like sexual abuse, the mind will block out painful memories. Many therapists and psychologists thought they could recover these memories, sometimes with shocking results.

For a while in the ’80s and ’90s, cases of repressed memories exploded, with adults claiming to discover memories of abuse as children. The Recovered Memory Project, run by Brown University Professor Ross Cheit, documents 53 such cases from between 1982 and 2007 in which recovered memory was used as evidence. The 53 cases on that list all resulted in guilty verdicts or in findings against defendants.

By 1994, when Jean and fellow victim Teresa Lancaster filed a $40 million lawsuit against Maskell and the Baltimore Archdiocese, however, views on recovered memory had changed. Several cases had occurred in which recovered memories weren’t backed up by evidence at all, resulting in major harm caused to those accused.

Researchers discovered that searching for repressed memories can cause patients to create false memories, or “pseudomemories.” Those are manufactured memories that some patients believed had really happened to them, but which are actually the result of things like suggestions from analysts and therapists that patients then convince themselves are real. As The Guardian notes, those false memories can lead to false convictions.

In fact, there’s little real science to back up the idea of repressed and recovered memory. For one thing, there’s a lack of study. According to the American Psychological Association website, medical and scientific ethics rightly stop researchers from traumatizing people in order to find out how those traumatic situations are encoded as memories in the brain. But that also means researchers can’t say for sure that memories are always created the same way, or that trauma might cause memories to be encoded differently in the brain, especially in children. Without being able to look at brains as they create memories of trauma, there’s no way to say for sure.

Cases of repressed or recovered memories that can be verified are rare, the APA says in its frequently asked questions sections on memories of childhood abuse. But it also says that there are cases in which it has happened. As the Recovered Memory Project finds, there have been many cases in which abuse victims said they’d recovered memories, and evidence presented to courts then verified the claim, resulting in confessions and convictions.

By the same token, cases of the creation of pseudomemories, which patients fully believe are true and have happened to them, are also credible, according to the APA.

In “The Keepers,” Jean Wehner discusses how she has gone out of her way to avoid talking with other victims specifically to keep herself free of suggestions or ideas that might come from them. And elements of her memories seem to be confirmed by the other victims — of which there are as many as 40 or more, according to “The Keepers director Ryan White — who have come forward to accuse Maskell over the years.

One of the big bombshells in “The Keepers” is the idea of maggots on the body of Sister Catherine Ceznik, whose body Jean claims Maskell took her to see. According to police at the time, it was too cold for Jean to have seen maggots on the body, discrediting her account. But the medical examiner’s records when the body was discovered in January 1970 show that there were maggots inside the mouth — so Jean’s account was, in fact, possible despite the cold.

So at least right now, it’s impossible to say whether Jean’s recovered memories are all accurate, especially as relates to whether Maskell showed her Sister Cathy’s body. But evidence backs up many of Jean’s claims. Still, a judge ruled her repressed memories weren’t enough to circumvent the statute of limitations in 1994. Even though the archdiocese eventually acknowledged accusations against Maskell, he died in 2001 without ever being charged or tried.

Scroll down for our gallery on all the major players you need to keep straight in Netflix’s documentary series “The Keepers.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

'The Keepers': Baltimore Archdiocese Says It Has Paid More Than $470,000 in Settlements to Maskell Accusers

'The Keepers': What's the Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse Cases?

'The Keepers' Filmmaker: Father Maskell Abused 40 Victims, Not Just the 6 in Netflix's Doc

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23 Actors You Probably Didn’t Know Were In ‘Star Wars’ Movies (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/actors-you-didnt-know-star-wars/ http://www.thewrap.com/actors-you-didnt-know-star-wars/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 21:59:09 +0000 Phil Hornshaw and Phil Owen http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644570 The “Star Wars” films are full of secret cameos, soon-to-be-famous actors in small bit parts, and well-known faces behind alien masks and makeups. Here are 23 big names hidden throughout the franchise you might not have known about.

For more features and deep dives into the world of “Star Wars” and the culture surrounding it, be sure to check out IMDb’s “Star Wars” hub.

Daniel Craig (“The Force Awakens”)
It was something of a news item at the time, but James Bond slipped in a secret cameo in the first “Star Wars” film in a decade — as a stormtrooper. He’s the guard that Rei manages to Jedi mind trick into releasing her.

Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz (“The Force Awakens”)
You’d think the last thing a droid like BB-8 would require is a voice, given that he’s a robot and speaks in bleeps and bloops. But to get the sound and personality just right, director J.J. Abrams enlisted comedians Bill Hader (formerly of “SNL”) and Ben Schwartz (well-known for playing Jean-Ralphio on “Parks and Rec”).

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“The Force Awakens”)
“Game of Thrones” might have noticed a familiar First Order officer during shots of the bridge of the Starkiller Base. It was Jojen Reed, Bran Stark’s loyal friend, who also plays Newt in the “Maze Runner” franchise..

Rose Byrne (“Attack of the Clones”)
Before she was a mainstay of the “Insidious” movies alongside Patrick Wilson or had joined the “X-Men” franchise as CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert, Rose Byrne was one of the handmaidens serving Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) in the “Star Wars” prequels. Specifically, she was Dormé, who accompanied Padmé to Coruscant to do government things.

Keira Knightley (“The Phantom Menace”)
Knightley wasn’t just any handmaiden in “The Phantom Menace” — she was the handmaiden. Serving as the decoy for the real queen, Knightley was the actress people thought was Amidala for half the movie, before Natalie Portman’s Padmé revealed her true identity.

Sofia Coppola (“The Phantom Menace”)
There really were a mess of these handmaidens. Before she was a full-time director, Sofia Coppola picked up a few small acting gigs, including the handmaiden Saché in “The Phantom Menace.” Just a few years after the 1999 movie, in 2003, Coppola would pick up a Best Director Academy Award nomination for “Lost in Translation.”

Joel Edgerton (“Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith”)
Luke’s moisture-farming, humorless uncle Owen Lars was young once, but he was never not a guy who stood around a crappy homestead on Tatooine. In the prequel movies, the role was picked up by Joel Edgerton of “Loving” and “The Great Gatsby.”

Billie Lourd (“The Force Awakens”)
Billie Lourd sneaked into Lucasfilm’s revival of “Star Wars” as Lt. Connix, one of the Resistance fighters running tactical machinery in the base of General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). Known for her hilarious turn as Chanel No. 3 on the horror-comedy series “Scream Queens,” she’s also Fisher’s daughter.

John Ratzenberger (“The Empire Strikes Back”)
Ratzenberger is best remembered as know-it-all postman Cliff Clavin from “Cheers,” or maybe his numerous voice roles in Pixar movies. In “The Empire Strikes Back,” Ratzenberger is one of the Rebel officers hanging around Echo Base on Hoth with Princess Leia and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels).

Tony Cox (“Return of the Jedi”)
In an Ewok suit, you’d never know Tony Cox appeared in “Return of the Jedi.” He wouldn’t really show off his acting chops until comedies like “Bad Santa,” where he was Billy Bob Thornton’s much-smarter mall-robbing accomplice and Christmas elf, and “Me, Myself and Irene.”

Dominic West (“The Phantom Menace”)
The prequel trilogy was filled with actors who would go on to do great things, but who were mostly filling small or background roles in the “Star Wars” universe. Dominic West‘s character in “The Phantom Menace” was an otherwise nondescript member of Queen Amidala’s palace guard — nothing so interesting as his later turn as Jimmy McNulty on HBO’s “The Wire.”

Julian Glover (“The Empire Strikes Back”)
Julian Glover‘s General Veers is probably the most competent officer available to Darth Vader as wanders the galaxy looking for the Rebels and Luke Skywalker. He’d be decidedly less competent as Grand Maester Pycelle on “Game of Thrones,” but decidedly more evil as Nazi collaborator Walter Donovan in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

Richard Armitage (“The Phantom Menace”)
Blink and you’d miss Richard Armitage‘s small background role among the guards on Naboo. Although, it’s tough to recognize him without the lustrous locks Armitage sported in “The Hobbit” as Thorin Oakenshield, or the creepy teeth from his turn as killer Francis Dolarhyde in “Hannibal” Season 3 on NBC.

Deep Roy (“Return of the Jedi”)
It’s easiest to remember Deep Roy in the Johnny Depp-starring “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” since Roy played every orange oompa-loompa in that movie. In “Return of the Jedi,” he was both an Ewok and the puffy alien band member Droopy McCool in Jabba’s Palace. Deep Roy also worked on “The Empire Strikes Back,” acting as a stand-in for the muppet Yoda.

Simon Pegg (“The Force Awakens”)
Another secret cameo, Simon Pegg is covered in alien costume work as the junk dealer Unkar Plutt on Jakku. He’s the guy who gives Rei less than what her salvage is probably worth.

Bai Ling (“Revenge of the Sith”)
Bai Ling actually doesn’t appear in “Revenge of the Sith,” but she was supposed to. Her scene as Senator Bana Breemu was cut from the film. But there are things you definitely have seen her in, including “Crank: High Voltage,” “The Crow” and “Entourage.”

Peter Serafinowicz (“The Phantom Menace”)
Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will recognize Peter Seafinowicz for his turn as untrusting Nova Corps officer Garthan Saal in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He didn’t appear in “The Phantom Menace,” but provided the gravely, frightening voice of Darth Maul (the rest of whom was played by Ray Park), as well as for a gungan warrior and a battle droid.

Harriet Walter (“The Force Awakens”)
Playing a Resistance medic who helps out Chewbacca, “Downton Abbey” alumna Harriet Walter gets a short but sweet cameo in “The Force Awakens.” She actually has one of the movie’s funnier moments as she talks to Chewie about how scary his ordeal must have been.

Treat Williams (“The Empire Strikes Back”)
When you’re Treat Williams, you can wander onto the set of “The Empire Strikes Back” and find yourself in the movie. Williams reportedly dropped by England’s Elstree Studios set, where the movie was being filmed, to visit Carrie Fisher. Apparently one thing led to another, and now Williams plays one of the Rebel troops running around Echo Base on Hoth.

Sally Hawkins (“The Phantom Menace”)
Before she was an Academy Award-nominated actress for her role in “Blue Jasmine,” Sally Hawkins was an extra in the giant celebration scene in “The Phantom Menace.” She admitted in an interview with Conan O’Brien that she’d never actually seen the movie, despite being in it.

Martin Csokas (“Attack of the Clones”)
The “Star Wars” movies have slipped a few notable actors into the voice roles of aliens. Martin Csokas is one — he provided the voice of the Geonosian alien Poggle the Lesser in “Attack of the Clones.” Fantasy fans probably know him better as the elf Celeborn, husband to Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel in “The Lord of the Rings.”

Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Revenge of the Sith”)
Sometime after Padmé’s term as queen had ended by “Revenge of the Sith,” the wise people of Naboo apparently elected another teenager queen: Queen Apailana, played by Keisha Castle-Hughes. Apailana is seen at Padmé’s funeral, and Castle-Hughes is known for “The Whale Rider” and appearing on “The Walking Dead.”

For more features and deep dives into the world of “Star Wars” and the culture surrounding it, be sure to check out IMDb’s “Star Wars” hub.

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http://www.thewrap.com/actors-you-didnt-know-star-wars/feed/ 0 The "Star Wars" franchise -- now 40 years young -- is full of secret cameos, soon-to-be-famous actors in small bit parts, and well-known faces behind alien masks and makeups. Here are 23 big names hidden throughout the franchise you might not have known about.

For more features and deep dives into the world of "Star Wars" and the culture surrounding it, be sure to check out IMDb's "Star Wars" hub.

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The "Star Wars" franchise -- now 40 years young -- is full of secret cameos, soon-to-be-famous actors in small bit parts, and well-known faces behind alien masks and makeups. Here are 23 big names hidden throughout the franchise you might not have known about.

For more features and deep dives into the world of "Star Wars" and the culture surrounding it, be sure to check out IMDb's "Star Wars" hub.

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Daniel Craig (“The Force Awakens”)
It was something of a news item at the time, but James Bond slipped in a secret cameo in the first “Star Wars” film in a decade — as a stormtrooper. He’s the guard that Rei manages to Jedi mind trick into releasing her.

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Daniel Craig (“The Force Awakens”)
It was something of a news item at the time, but James Bond slipped in a secret cameo in the first “Star Wars” film in a decade — as a stormtrooper. He’s the guard that Rei manages to Jedi mind trick into releasing her.

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Rose Byrne (“Attack of the Clones”)
Before she was a mainstay of the “Insidious” movies alongside Patrick Wilson or had joined the “X-Men” franchise as CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert, Rose Byrne was one of the handmaidens serving Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) in the “Star Wars” prequels. Specifically, she was Dormé, who accompanied Padmé to Coruscant to do government things.

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Rose Byrne (“Attack of the Clones”)
Before she was a mainstay of the “Insidious” movies alongside Patrick Wilson or had joined the “X-Men” franchise as CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert, Rose Byrne was one of the handmaidens serving Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) in the “Star Wars” prequels. Specifically, she was Dormé, who accompanied Padmé to Coruscant to do government things.

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Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz (“The Force Awakens”)
You’d think the last thing a droid like BB-8 would require is a voice, given that he’s a robot and speaks in bleeps and bloops. But to get the sound and personality just right, director J.J. Abrams enlisted comedians Bill Hader (formerly of “SNL”) and Ben Schwartz (well-known for playing Jean-Ralphio on “Parks and Rec”).

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Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz (“The Force Awakens”)
You’d think the last thing a droid like BB-8 would require is a voice, given that he’s a robot and speaks in bleeps and bloops. But to get the sound and personality just right, director J.J. Abrams enlisted comedians Bill Hader (formerly of “SNL”) and Ben Schwartz (well-known for playing Jean-Ralphio on “Parks and Rec”).

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Keira Knightley (“The Phantom Menace”)
Knightley wasn’t just any handmaiden in “The Phantom Menace” — she was the handmaiden. Serving as the decoy for the real queen, Knightley was the actress people thought was Amidala for half the movie, before Natalie Portman’s Padmé revealed her true identity.

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Keira Knightley (“The Phantom Menace”)
Knightley wasn’t just any handmaiden in “The Phantom Menace” — she was the handmaiden. Serving as the decoy for the real queen, Knightley was the actress people thought was Amidala for half the movie, before Natalie Portman’s Padmé revealed her true identity.

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Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“The Force Awakens”)
“Game of Thrones” might have noticed a familiar First Order officer during shots of the bridge of the Starkiller Base. It was Jojen Reed, Bran Stark’s loyal friend, who also plays Newt in the “Maze Runner” franchise.

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Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“The Force Awakens”)
“Game of Thrones” might have noticed a familiar First Order officer during shots of the bridge of the Starkiller Base. It was Jojen Reed, Bran Stark’s loyal friend, who also plays Newt in the “Maze Runner” franchise.

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Sally Hawkins ("The Phantom Menace")
Before she was an Academy Award-nominated actress for her role in "Blue Jasmine," Sally Hawkins was an extra in the giant celebration scene in "The Phantom Menace." She admitted in an interview with Conan O'Brien that she'd never actually seen the movie, despite being in it.

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Sally Hawkins ("The Phantom Menace")
Before she was an Academy Award-nominated actress for her role in "Blue Jasmine," Sally Hawkins was an extra in the giant celebration scene in "The Phantom Menace." She admitted in an interview with Conan O'Brien that she'd never actually seen the movie, despite being in it.

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Joel Edgerton (“Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith”)
Luke’s moisture-farming, humorless uncle Owen Lars was young once, but he was never not a guy who stood around a crappy homestead on Tatooine. In the prequel movies, the role was picked up by Joel Edgerton of “Loving” and “The Great Gatsby.”

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Joel Edgerton (“Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith”)
Luke’s moisture-farming, humorless uncle Owen Lars was young once, but he was never not a guy who stood around a crappy homestead on Tatooine. In the prequel movies, the role was picked up by Joel Edgerton of “Loving” and “The Great Gatsby.”

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Keisha Castle-Hughes ("Revenge of the Sith")
Sometime after Padmé's term as queen had ended by "Revenge of the Sith," the wise people of Naboo apparently elected another teenager queen: Queen Apailana, played by Keisha Castle-Hughes. Apailana is seen at Padmé's funeral, and Castle-Hughes is known for "The Whale Rider" and appearing on "The Walking Dead."

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Keisha Castle-Hughes ("Revenge of the Sith")
Sometime after Padmé's term as queen had ended by "Revenge of the Sith," the wise people of Naboo apparently elected another teenager queen: Queen Apailana, played by Keisha Castle-Hughes. Apailana is seen at Padmé's funeral, and Castle-Hughes is known for "The Whale Rider" and appearing on "The Walking Dead."

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Dominic West ("The Phantom Menace")
The prequel trilogy was filled with actors who would go on to do great things, but who were mostly filling small or background roles in the "Star Wars" universe. Dominic West's character in "The Phantom Menace" was an otherwise nondescript member of Queen Amidala's palace guard -- nothing so interesting as his later turn as Jimmy McNulty on HBO's "The Wire."

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Dominic West ("The Phantom Menace")
The prequel trilogy was filled with actors who would go on to do great things, but who were mostly filling small or background roles in the "Star Wars" universe. Dominic West's character in "The Phantom Menace" was an otherwise nondescript member of Queen Amidala's palace guard -- nothing so interesting as his later turn as Jimmy McNulty on HBO's "The Wire."

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Simon Pegg (“The Force Awakens”)
Another secret cameo, Pegg is covered in alien costume work as the junk dealer Unkar Plutt on Jakku. He’s the guy who gives Rei less than what her salvage is probably worth.

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Simon Pegg (“The Force Awakens”)
Another secret cameo, Pegg is covered in alien costume work as the junk dealer Unkar Plutt on Jakku. He’s the guy who gives Rei less than what her salvage is probably worth.

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Billie Lourd (“The Force Awakens”)
Billie Lourd sneaked into Lucasfilm’s revival of “Star Wars” as Lt. Connix, one of the Resistance fighters running tactical machinery in the base of General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). Known for her hilarious turn as Chanel No. 3 on the horror-comedy series “Scream Queens,” she’s also Fisher’s daughter.

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Billie Lourd (“The Force Awakens”)
Billie Lourd sneaked into Lucasfilm’s revival of “Star Wars” as Lt. Connix, one of the Resistance fighters running tactical machinery in the base of General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). Known for her hilarious turn as Chanel No. 3 on the horror-comedy series “Scream Queens,” she’s also Fisher’s daughter.

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John Ratzenberger ("The Empire Strikes Back")
Ratzenberger is best remembered as know-it-all postman Cliff Clavin from "Cheers," or maybe his numerous voice roles in Pixar movies. In "The Empire Strikes Back," Ratzenberger is one of the Rebel officers hanging around Echo Base on Hoth with Princess Leia and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels).

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John Ratzenberger ("The Empire Strikes Back")
Ratzenberger is best remembered as know-it-all postman Cliff Clavin from "Cheers," or maybe his numerous voice roles in Pixar movies. In "The Empire Strikes Back," Ratzenberger is one of the Rebel officers hanging around Echo Base on Hoth with Princess Leia and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels).

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Tony Cox ("Return of the Jedi")
In an Ewok suit, you'd never know Tony Cox appeared in "Return of the Jedi." He wouldn't really show off his acting chops until later when he was stealing scenes all over comedies like "Bad Santa," where he was Billy Bob Thornton's much-smarter mall-robbing accomplice/Christmas elf, and "Me, Myself and Irene."

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Tony Cox ("Return of the Jedi")
In an Ewok suit, you'd never know Tony Cox appeared in "Return of the Jedi." He wouldn't really show off his acting chops until later when he was stealing scenes all over comedies like "Bad Santa," where he was Billy Bob Thornton's much-smarter mall-robbing accomplice/Christmas elf, and "Me, Myself and Irene."

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Julian Glover ("The Empire Strikes Back")
Julian Glover's General Veers is probably the most competent officer available to Darth Vader as wanders the galaxy looking for the Rebels and Luke Skywalker. He'd be decidedly less competent as Grand Maester Pycelle on "Game of Thrones," but decidedly more evil as Nazi collaborator Walter Donovan in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (you know -- the guy who ages super fast after drinking from the wrong grail).

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Julian Glover ("The Empire Strikes Back")
Julian Glover's General Veers is probably the most competent officer available to Darth Vader as wanders the galaxy looking for the Rebels and Luke Skywalker. He'd be decidedly less competent as Grand Maester Pycelle on "Game of Thrones," but decidedly more evil as Nazi collaborator Walter Donovan in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (you know -- the guy who ages super fast after drinking from the wrong grail).

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Richard Armitage ("The Phantom Menace")
Blink and you'd miss Richard Armitage's small background role (second from the right in the background) among the guards on Naboo. Although, it's tough to recognize him without the lustrous locks Armitage sported in "The Hobbit" as Thorin Oakenshield, or the creepy teeth from his turn as killer Francis Dolarhyde in "Hannibal" Season 3 on NBC.

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Richard Armitage ("The Phantom Menace")
Blink and you'd miss Richard Armitage's small background role (second from the right in the background) among the guards on Naboo. Although, it's tough to recognize him without the lustrous locks Armitage sported in "The Hobbit" as Thorin Oakenshield, or the creepy teeth from his turn as killer Francis Dolarhyde in "Hannibal" Season 3 on NBC.

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Sofia Coppola (“The Phantom Menace”)
There really were a mess of these handmaidens. Before she was a full-time director, Sofia Coppola picked up a few small acting gigs, including the handmaiden Saché in “The Phantom Menace.” Just a few years after the 1999 movie, in 2003, Coppola would pick up a Best Director Academy Award nomination for “Lost in Translation.”

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Sofia Coppola (“The Phantom Menace”)
There really were a mess of these handmaidens. Before she was a full-time director, Sofia Coppola picked up a few small acting gigs, including the handmaiden Saché in “The Phantom Menace.” Just a few years after the 1999 movie, in 2003, Coppola would pick up a Best Director Academy Award nomination for “Lost in Translation.”

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Deep Roy ("Return of the Jedi")
It's easiest to remember Deep Roy in the Johnny Depp-starring "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," since Roy played every orange oompa-loompa in that movie. In "Return of the Jedi," he was both an Ewok and the puffy alien band member Droopy McCool in Jabba's Palace. Deep Roy also worked on "The Empire Strikes Back," acting as a stand-in for the muppet Yoda.

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Deep Roy ("Return of the Jedi")
It's easiest to remember Deep Roy in the Johnny Depp-starring "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," since Roy played every orange oompa-loompa in that movie. In "Return of the Jedi," he was both an Ewok and the puffy alien band member Droopy McCool in Jabba's Palace. Deep Roy also worked on "The Empire Strikes Back," acting as a stand-in for the muppet Yoda.

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Bai Ling ("Revenge of the Sith")
Bai Ling actually doesn't appear in "Revenge of the Sith," but she was supposed to. Her scene as Senator Bana Breemu was cut from the film. But there are things you definitely have seen her in, including "Crank: High Voltage," "The Crow" and "Entourage."

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Bai Ling ("Revenge of the Sith")
Bai Ling actually doesn't appear in "Revenge of the Sith," but she was supposed to. Her scene as Senator Bana Breemu was cut from the film. But there are things you definitely have seen her in, including "Crank: High Voltage," "The Crow" and "Entourage."

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Peter Serafinowicz ("The Phantom Menace")
Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will recognize Peter Seafinowicz for his turn as untrusting Nova Corps officer Garthan Saal in "Guardians of the Galaxy." He didn't appear in "The Phantom Menace," but provided the gravely, frightening voice of Darth Maul (the rest of whom was played by Ray Park), as well as for a gungan warrior and a battle droid.

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Peter Serafinowicz ("The Phantom Menace")
Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will recognize Peter Seafinowicz for his turn as untrusting Nova Corps officer Garthan Saal in "Guardians of the Galaxy." He didn't appear in "The Phantom Menace," but provided the gravely, frightening voice of Darth Maul (the rest of whom was played by Ray Park), as well as for a gungan warrior and a battle droid.

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Harriet Walter ("The Force Awakens")
Playing a Resistance medic who helps out Chewbacca, "Downton Abbey" alumna Harriet Walter gets a short but sweet cameo in "The Force Awakens." She actually has one of the movie's funnier moments as she talks to Chewie about how scary his ordeal must have been.

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Harriet Walter ("The Force Awakens")
Playing a Resistance medic who helps out Chewbacca, "Downton Abbey" alumna Harriet Walter gets a short but sweet cameo in "The Force Awakens." She actually has one of the movie's funnier moments as she talks to Chewie about how scary his ordeal must have been.

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Treat Williams ("The Empire Strikes Back")
When you're Treat Williams, you can wander onto the set of "The Empire Strikes Back" and find yourself in the movie. Williams reportedly dropped by England's Elstree Studios set, where the movie was being filmed, to visit Carrie Fisher. Apparently one thing led to another, and now Williams plays one of the Rebel troops running around Echo Base on Hoth.

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Treat Williams ("The Empire Strikes Back")
When you're Treat Williams, you can wander onto the set of "The Empire Strikes Back" and find yourself in the movie. Williams reportedly dropped by England's Elstree Studios set, where the movie was being filmed, to visit Carrie Fisher. Apparently one thing led to another, and now Williams plays one of the Rebel troops running around Echo Base on Hoth.

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Martin Csokas ("Attack of the Clones")
The "Star Wars" movies have slipped a few notable actors into the voice roles of aliens. Martin Csokas is one -- he provided the voice of the Geonosian alien Poggle the Lesser in "Attack of the Clones." Fantasy fans probably know him better as the elf Celeborn, husband to Cate Blanchett's Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings."

For more features and deep dives into the world of "Star Wars" and the culture surrounding it, be sure to check out IMDb's "Star Wars" hub.

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Martin Csokas ("Attack of the Clones")
The "Star Wars" movies have slipped a few notable actors into the voice roles of aliens. Martin Csokas is one -- he provided the voice of the Geonosian alien Poggle the Lesser in "Attack of the Clones." Fantasy fans probably know him better as the elf Celeborn, husband to Cate Blanchett's Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings."

For more features and deep dives into the world of "Star Wars" and the culture surrounding it, be sure to check out IMDb's "Star Wars" hub.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Ripped for Calling Ariana Grande a Coward http://www.thewrap.com/milo-yiannopoulos-ripped-for-calling-ariana-grande-coward/ http://www.thewrap.com/milo-yiannopoulos-ripped-for-calling-ariana-grande-coward/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 21:58:26 +0000 Ashley Eady http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644629 Once again, Milo Yiannopoulos has ruffled some feathers. On Wednesday, the far-right firebrand took to Facebook — a social media site from which he hasn’t been banned — to comment on the Manchester terror attack.

In two separate posts, Yiannopoulos called out singer Ariana Grande for failing to take what he perceived to be the appropriate action to condemn terrorism following the incident.

He wrote, “Little girls are being killed thanks to a murderous ideology. Why won’t Ariana Grande condemn it? It’s a supreme act of cowardice. She has a unique chance: this is the first opportunity to strike a blow against Islamic terror *in culture*. She could be a cultural icon for generations. She owes it to her dead fans. So why won’t she act?”

Yiannopoulos then called the singer “pro-Islam” and “anti-America” and deemed her “too stupid to wise up and warn her European fans about the real threats to their freedom and their lives.”

Many were quick to take to social media to condemn Yiannopoulos’s words. As Mic reported, Facebook user Jason Healy responded with “That’s low Milo, even for you. The depths you will go to for a bit of publicity. On the backs of children. You sir are a disgrace.”

Others took to Twitter to express their outrage:

Although Grande has not yet made a public statement, she did express her shock and sadness over the event via Twitter.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Ariana Grande Postpones Tour, 'Wonder Woman' London Premiere Canceled After Manchester Attack

Manchester Bombing Update: 3 More Suspects Arrested, UK Steps Up Security

John Stamos to Take Stage in Manchester: 'My Heart Aches for the Victims'

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Joseph Fiennes Nearly Played Obi-Wan Kenobi – and Tells Us How He Lost the Role (Exclusive) http://www.thewrap.com/joseph-fiennes-obi-wan-kenobi-star-wars-ewan-mcgregor-george-lucas-exclusive/ http://www.thewrap.com/joseph-fiennes-obi-wan-kenobi-star-wars-ewan-mcgregor-george-lucas-exclusive/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 21:32:39 +0000 Carli Velocci http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1640650

When it comes to his most memorable audition story, “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Joseph Fiennes has a really good one. As it turns out, it revolves around a key role in the “Star Wars” prequels.

In an interview with TheWrap, Fiennes was coy at first, not dropping the name of the film or its director, but provided enough clues to tip us off. (Waving your hands around like you’re holding a lightsaber isn’t exactly subtle.)

“I auditioned for a great director,” Fiennes said as he began his story. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself and another fine actor who I was at that time at drama school with.”

TheWrap confirmed later that the actor in question was indeed Ewan McGregor. Fiennes and McGregor attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London around the same time.

Fiennes recalled moving forward to the next level in the audition process and getting to audition in front of a director (yes it was George Lucas) and casting director Robin Gurland. After he was done, he went over to them.

Fiennes met somebody’s daughter at that time, “a lovely, delightful child,” he said. “Must’ve been around age five — and he introduced me, ‘this is Joe and he’s quite possibly Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

At first, Fiennes said he was honored.

“His daughter turned around and said ‘I don’t like this guy. He’s weird. I don’t like him.’ And that’s how my audition went,” Fiennes recalled.

And that’s how his “Star Wars” dreams came to a screeching halt. Of course, the role of the venerated Jedi master went to McGregor and the rest is blockbuster history.

On the complete opposite side of the fiction spectrum is Fiennes’ current project. He is starring in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” as Commander Fred Waterford, who hosts Offred (Elizabeth Moss) in his home. He and Offred form an uncomfortable but unique relationship in which he seeks to give her some semblance of normalcy while also still acknowledging the horrible conditions under which she and other women have to live.

“The material is pretty complex and gnarly and horrific and seeing the effects of what my character puts on other people and seeing the way Lizzie Moss and her extraordinary performance delivers the ramifications of those effects,” he said, noting what part of filming “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been the toughest. “That was pretty tough because it was relentless. It was every day.”

But it’s work that Fiennes enjoys, as he and the other members of the cast and crew often rejoiced in what they were making.

“To be able to celebrate something… it’s very rare that thing happens,” he said.

Stuart Brazell contributed to this report.

Clarification: TheWrap originally reported that Fiennes interacted with Lucas’ daughter.  

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Hollywood Writers Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract With Producers http://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-writers-overwhelmingly-ratify-new-contract-producers/ http://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-writers-overwhelmingly-ratify-new-contract-producers/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 21:30:14 +0000 Jeremy Fuster http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644649 WGA members have overwhelmingly voted in favor of ratifying the new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the guild announced Wednesday.

The vote was made three weeks after eleventh hour negotiations between the two guilds averted a second writers’ strike in Hollywood in nearly 10 years. Of the 3,647 votes received by the WGA from their members, only 30 voted no, for an approval rate of 99.2 percent. The new deal will be in effect until May 1, 2020.

“Our success in these negotiations was due to a highly engaged and dedicated membership, working in tandem with a tireless and informed Negotiating Committee and an extraordinary Guild staff. We achieved new and significant gains that will help today’s writers even as they benefit the next generation,” said WGA Presidents Michael Winship and Howard A. Rodman in a statement. “Our thanks go out to all of those who contributed to the process and to the thousands of our fellow writers who participated in the strike authorization and ratification votes.”

The new deal secures $65 million for WGA’s health plan as well as an increase in residuals for streaming TV shows and movies. Base compensation for writers on short-season TV shows was also increased.

With the new writers’ deal now locked in, the focus shifts to SAG-AFTRA, which began preliminary talks with studios for a new film & TV deal last week.

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Meet the Human Cyborg Who Could Pave the Way for the Future http://www.thewrap.com/human-cyborg-shows-future-of-human-machine/ http://www.thewrap.com/human-cyborg-shows-future-of-human-machine/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 21:28:33 +0000 Sean Burch http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644356 With a small computer implanted into her brain, sending electric stimulation to keep her once-chronic seizures at bay, Emily Borghard is “one of the world’s first true cyborgs,” in the words of “The Future of Everything” host Jennifer Strong.

On a recent episode of the podcast, Borghard explained how her brain implant works to curb her epilepsy.

“I compare [the chip] to a defibrillator in the ER,” said Borghard. “It gives a little zap to the brain to get it to stop what it’s doing and shock it back into normal rhythm.”

Before the surgery, Borghard was suffering from hundreds of seizures a day and bouts of memory loss –fallout from a violent car crash during her senior year of high school that had left her in a coma. Generic treatments weren’t working, she relayed on the podcast.

Doctors diagnosed her with autoimmune encephalitis, a medical condition in which the immune system attacks the brain and causes epilepsy. She tried a number of medications, but they did little to stem the pain, with some of them causing “severe depression.”

Borghard was dealing with up to 200 “spikes” per day — mini-seizures that felt like she was “getting hit in the head with a baseball bat.”

Dr. Lawrence Hirsch, a neurologist at Yale University, recommended the surgery to Borghard. The brain implant was developed by Neuropace, a Silicon Valley company at the forefront of the technology; In 2013, it was the first company to receive FDA approval for chips tracking brain activity.

Although Borghard is one of the first people to have the procedure, brain implants could become much more common in the years to come. Major medical tech companies like Medtronic are working on chips that would help with strokes, Parkinson’s disease and depression.

Startups are also looking to see how neuro-implants can augment our daily lives. Elon Musk, the world’s most popular nerd, recently launched Neuralink, a company aiming to use brain chips to directly connect humans to computers. As advancements in artificial intelligence increase, more companies will be looking to bridge the divide between biology and machines.

For Borghard, the surgery was a godsend. She’s about to graduate with a master’s degree from Fordham University, and spent three years teaching in the south of France. “If you’d asked me if any of this would’ve been possible, I would’ve laughed,” said Borghard.

Listen to more of “The Future of Everything” podcast here.

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ICM Partners Names Rich Green Head of Expanded Media Division http://www.thewrap.com/icm-partners-names-rich-green-head-expanded-media-division/ http://www.thewrap.com/icm-partners-names-rich-green-head-expanded-media-division/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 21:27:13 +0000 Jeremy Fuster http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644600 ICM Partners has expanded their media rights and publications divisions and promoted Rich Green to head media rights, the company announced Wednesday.

The announced expansion also includes the promotion of Lia Chan, Hillary Jacobson, Heather Karpas, and Zoe Sandler to agent, with Will Watkins joining the media rights division from the firm’s Motion Picture Literary Department. Chan will work in media rights while Jacobson, Karpas and Sandler will work in publications.

“Intellectual property is the lifeblood of media in all formats,” said ICM Partners’ board members Sloan Harris, Esther Newberg, and Kevin Crotty. “With Rich at the helm of our media rights department, we are poised to build on the strength of our publishing department, providing the best opportunities to expand the work of our clients.”

Green began his career as an agent 20 years ago starting with a partnership with Lynn Pleshette in what became Pleshette & Green, and then Pleshette, Green & Sanders. His clients include “Fight Club” writer Chuck Palahniuk and “Silver Linings Playbook” writer Matthew Quick.

The promotion comes following a very successful year for ICM’s media rights team, whose recent sales include Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Lemony Snicket’s “A Series Of Unfortunate Events,” and “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

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Sean Hannity Loses Advertiser After Pushing Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory http://www.thewrap.com/sean-hannity-loses-advertiser-pushing-seth-rich-conspiracy-theory/ http://www.thewrap.com/sean-hannity-loses-advertiser-pushing-seth-rich-conspiracy-theory/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 21:22:25 +0000 Itay Hod http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644445 Fox News host Sean Hannity lost an advertiser Wednesday after peddling a debunked conspiracy theory surrounding the death of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, BuzzFeed reported.

Cars.com announced it’s pulling its ads from Hannity’s show just one day after the Fox News host said he would stop talking about the story “for now.”

“The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn’t mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content,” a spokesman for the company said in a statement to BuzzFeed.”We don’t have the ability to influence content at the time we make our advertising purchase. In this case, we’ve been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity.”

Hannity has come under fire for continuing to push a conspiracy theory suggesting Rich, who was murdered in Washington D.C. in July, was somehow involved with the WikiLeaks dump of hacked emails belonging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Rich’s family has denied the allegations.

“Our beloved son Seth Rich was gunned down in the early hours of July 10, 2016, in his Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Bloomingdales,” his parents recently wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post. “On the day he was murdered, Seth was excited about a new job he had been offered on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”

On Tuesday, Fox News retracted the story saying in a statement: “The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require from all our reporting.”

It’s too early to tell whether other advertisers will follow suit. Last month Fox News’ biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, was forced out after more than 50 advertisers dropped his top rated show following the disclosure of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him.

Fox News and Cars.com did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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‘Veep’ Stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Timothy Simons on How Trump Presidency Has Changed Show http://www.thewrap.com/veep-julia-louis-dreyfus-timothy-simons-trump-presidency/ http://www.thewrap.com/veep-julia-louis-dreyfus-timothy-simons-trump-presidency/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 21:18:06 +0000 By Steve Pond http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1642869 A version of this cover story about “Veep” first appeared in The Race Begins issue of TheWrap Emmy Magazine.

Her: a veteran politician who briefly held lots of power and then saw it slip away. Him: a dope who somehow managed to scrape together enough votes to be elected to an office for which he is monumentally unsuited.

Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is strictly coincidental.

Or maybe it’s not. “I would like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate,” said “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus in September, when she won her fifth consecutive Emmy for playing former vice president Selina Meyer. “I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but now feels more like a sobering documentary.”

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She said that in the heat of last fall’s campaign, before Donald Trump was elected president. That outcome upset Louis-Dreyfus, a Hillary Clinton supporter, and it also impacted a show that started out taking politics to ludicrous extremes and then found itself eclipsed by real life.

But “Veep,” now in its sixth season on HBO, has thrived — it’s still one of the funniest, sharpest and most biting shows on television, managing to say a lot about this country even as it dwells in a fictional universe in which the current president doesn’t even exist.

Louis-Dreyfus and Timothy Simons, who plays the dunderheaded freshman congressman Jonah Ryan, seemed to be a logical place to start as TheWrap explored the ways in which real-life politics are shaping modern TV.

Julia, when you won the Emmy last year, you talked about how real events have caught up with political satire. Does that make it more difficult for “Veep”?

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS I’m not sure. The thing about our show is that we’re not satirizing current-day politics. We never have. As crazy as it may get, our agenda is not parody. We leave that to the professionals at “SNL” and John Oliver and Stephen Colbert and the like. Beside the fact that we never identify party on our show, from an American history point of view, we’ve never really identified any real people past Reagan. I think that’s when the “Veep” world splits with the real world, and all of a sudden it’s President Hughes and Stevens and all the rest.

TIMOTHY SIMONS We shifted timelines. And in real life, we’re currently living in the darkest timeline.

LOUIS-DREYFUS Yes.

SIMONS Does that make “Veep” an aspirational show now?

LOUIS-DREYFUS Not so much. We’re living in a parallel dark time, possibly.

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But the election must have had an impact on you personally, and on the show.

LOUIS-DREYFUS  Well, I will say that the results of the election were head-spinning for a lot of people, including us. And there was a moment when I thought, “Oh, my God, I don’t feel funny anymore. I don’t know how to do this anymore, I can’t hear my comedic voice anymore.” But then I sort of got my shit together and we figured it out.

SIMONS There was about a week or so when I just didn’t want to make a joke about anything. Luckily that was a down week.

LOUIS-DREYFUS That’s right, you weren’t working that day.

And you were, Julia?

LOUIS-DREYFUS Oh, yes. We were shooting a scene in which Selina is monitoring the first free and open election in the country of Georgia. So yeah, it was deep with irony.

SIMONS I was getting drunk at home.

LOUIS-DREYFUS Per usual, I might add.

Was the feeling on the set different when you went back to work after the election?

LOUIS-DREYFUS Well, sure. We live in California, and a reality show host, swindler…

SIMONS …con man…

LOUIS-DREYFUS …just got elected, so it was kind of mind-blowing to us. But then, like I say, we have this great gift, which is that we have created this alternate universe. That was the saving grace.

SIMONS I did go into the writers’ room, and the feeling there, I’m not kidding, the closest thing I could relate it to was a funeral. There was a lot more hugging than there usually is, and I feel like there’s a fair amount of hugging on our set anyway. Somebody would tell a joke, and there would be bursts of cleansing laughter that would fall into reflective silence. Everybody was a little bit shell-shocked.

In those days after, I don’t think it was ever, “How is this going to affect the show?” It was more, “This is a really bad thing for our country.” I think we get into comedy because we have a deep wave of empathy, and that was sort of under attack.

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You said you didn’t want to make jokes about anything. What did it take to get you out of that?

SIMONS For me, it was a little bit of time passing, and it was finding other things that were funny and had nothing to do with politics. I do think comedy is a useful tool, and a good weapon against somebody like [Trump].

Did you have to change anything through the rest of the season?

LOUIS-DREYFUS We had one pee-pee joke, about going pee-pee on somebody. And we took that out. It wasn’t in there because of the tape that’s supposed to be out there — it was there because it was a funny joke. But our concern, of course, is that it would be immediately connected to Donald.

SIMONS I remember there was another thing in the second episode about a dash-cam video. I think they were filming that the day after the “Access Hollywood” tape was released, so they had to change the language to take the word pussy out.

LOUIS-DREYFUS Oh, yes. We’re not going to hear a lot about pussy on our show. Consider that a gift.

It does feel as if there is something in TV comedy that has the ability to rise to times like these.

LOUIS-DREYFUS I’m hoping we’re doing it. We’re very focused on the post-presidential life of Selina Meyer, and that’s a hugely ripe area. And we also stay inside the Beltway, too.

I feel as if we’re in pretty good shape. And understand, our stories were mapped out well in advance of this election, and they remain the same.

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When you came on “Veep” to play the vice president, I assume you had no idea that she would become the president and then the ex-president.

LOUIS-DREYFUS No, none of that had been mapped out. In fact, it wasn’t until Season 3 when Arm [original show creator Armando Iannucci] said to me very early on, “I think maybe we should make her president at the end of the season.” I said, “Yeah, that sounds awesome. Even though we’re blowing up our premise, let’s do it.” I liked the idea of shaking it up completely and seeing what happened. And we’ve done the same thing with [current showrunner] Dave [Mandel].

And Tim, I can’t imagine that when you started playing Jonah you had any sense that he could end up in Congress.

SIMONS No. It’s really cool. I honestly had no inclination that he could end up in office. But as we’ve spent more time in that world and I’ve come to understand a little bit more about Washington and ascension there–when you reverse-engineer it, maybe it makes us look like geniuses that we had the dumbest character get to this point. And this season I’ve got a wicked crazy storyline, because Jonah starts to find himself with more and more power in Congress and a groundswell of support back home that more seasoned congressmen have to contend with.  

LOUIS-DREYFUS It’s unheard of! A nincompoop rising from the ashes!

SIMONS  Rising from the ashes to power in Washington. I know that sounds outlandish.

LOUIS-DREYFUS It’s never happened before.

Go here to read more of The Race Begins issue of TheWrap Emmy Magazine.

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Let’s See What Hints We Can Find in These 28 Screenshots from the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-trailer-season-7-hints-photos/ http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-trailer-season-7-hints-photos/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 21:00:24 +0000 Phil Hornshaw http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644345 Game of Thrones” Season 7 is just a few short weeks away. In HBO’s first major trailer for the season, we’ve gotten a ton of glimpses at what to expect — starting with a full-scale war with the Lannisters taking on the rest of Westeros. We’ve poured through the rest of the trailer to see what hints can be gleaned.

Cersei (Lena Headey) went darker than she ever has before at the end of Season 6, and she’s clearly taking her battle queen approach even further this season. The opening image of the trailer: a shadowy Cersei preparing for war.

With no end of enemies — Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) to the north, Dorne to the south, the Ironborn to the west and Daenerys Targaryen’s army to the east, Cersei and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are preparing for all-out war.

The first place Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) heads when she crosses the Narrow Sea is seemingly Dragonstone — also the first place her ancestors landed when they conquered Westeros.

The trailer also includes this poignant shot of Dany’s first moments on Westerosi soil since she was a very small child.

Dragonstone looks to be a major location for Season 7, with it acting as Daenerys’ seat of power. Here she’s on its giant stone throne.

We see a few shots of this battle between Daenerys’ Unsullied, with Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) making a few appearances, and Lannister troops. It’s hard to say exactly where this one is taking place, but with several shots that have shown Dany landing at Dragonstone, that could be the scene of this big battle. The Lannister insignia over the arch at least gives some clues, but it’s probably fair to rule out King’s Landing. Could this be an attack on Casterly Rock, which is on the west side of Westeros from Dragonstone, later in the season?

Meanwhile, there’s some obvious lingering conflicts going on between Jon Snow, the King in the North, and Sansa Stark, the last trueborn heir (that anyone knows about) of Ned Stark (Sean Bean). It doesn’t look like the two are going to share power well.

And Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is hanging around to stir things up between them, it seems.

This shot doesn’t tell us much out of context, but it dovetails in an interesting way with several other moments in the trailer. This looks like one of the interior gates in the Wall opening. Coupled with shots we see later of a group of what looks like free folk, including Jon and Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) running from something, this could give a clue about a narrow escape — or a breach of the wall by the Night’s King (Richard Brake).

Oh hey, it’s Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), seemingly standing near some fire. This shot doesn’t amount to much alone, but paired with a later shot, it looks like the Greyjoy kids might be in some trouble.

This is another moment that it’s not clear just what we’re seeing. Melisandre (Carice van Houten), the Red Woman, is obviously still in play. This also looks like it could be Dragonstone. Maybe Jon sends Davos (Liam Cunningham) and Melisandre to parlay with Dany? That would fit well with Davos’ speech about how it doesn’t matter who’s skeleton sits on the Iron Throne later in the trailer.

We have no context for this shot, but with the earlier one of the gate and a couple later ones, this looks like a battle with Jon, Tormund and the Free Folk against the White Walkers going very poorly. We’re betting this is north of the Wall.

Meanwhile, what’s going on with Arya? She’s mentioned as an “enemy to the north” by Cersei at the start of the trailer. She’s back in Westeros — is she on her way to Winterfell to meet up with Sansa and Jon? Or maybe headed even further, to try to find Bran?

Back to that moment with the fleeing Free Folk — this has the look of a last desperate stand.

Littlefinger lurking in the shadows is basically his entire character, but it seems a fair bet that he’s got plans to take advantage of this giant Westeros-spanning war we’re expecting.

We knew Dany was bringing a bunch of Dothraki warriors with her to Westeros. We see them wrecking some poor Lannister footmen in a few of these shots. None of the warfare we’ve seen so far seems like it’s going well for the Lannisters.

That’s a ship on fire, and paired with the fiery-seeming image of Theon earlier in the trailer, it’s fair to speculate that the Greyjoy heirs’ uncle, Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), is going to catch up with them.

This shot contextualizes the earlier ones of the giant wooden map of Westeros — it’s the map at Dragonstone. Meanwhile, Tyrion is definitely helping wage a war against his siblings, in case there was any doubt on that front.

Check out the cool new outfit for the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), which matches Cersei’s Dark Queen look.

These dark top-down shots of several people running by torchlight are tough to make out, but we have reason to suspect they’re taking place under the Wall. For one thing, the sides of the path move and flicker with the torchlight — it looks almost like smoke, but seems to be reflection off icy walls instead. In the back of the group looks to be Davos, and judging by the way the light hits the clothes, the one with the torch could be Jon. At the end of their run down a hallway, they turn toward a group of armed fighters — looks like the Night’s Watch. We’re thinking this is Jon preparing for battle at the wall against the White Walkers, possibly after the narrow escape north of the wall we saw earlier.

That’s Littlefinger that Jon is threatening, or assaulting, or killing in these shots, and they might be in the crypt at Winterfell, although it’s tough to say. But the conflict between them (and likely involving Sansa) seems like it’ll be a major thread.

The Unsullied taking on Lannister troops here looks like a continuation of the earlier shot, from the banners and walls. We’re still not clear on the location, though.

This context-free shot raises a lot of questions. Where is Arya, and what’s she looking for? The next image gives at least a bit of a clue, possibly.

With the image lightened up, that creepy hand coming through the door — which gives the impression of someone imprisoned — looks gray and stony. Our money is on this being Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), who contracted the dreaded Greyscale disease Season 5. Greyscale, if you remember, turns the skin hard and stony, but also drives the afflicted insane. Dany sent Jorah off in search of a cure. Doesn’t seem like it’s going well.

This flash of a shot is extremely easy to miss, but adds a lot of context to the earlier clips of Free Folk running through snow. Yup, that’s Jon and Tormund, beating a hasty retreat.

Another quick and easily missed moment: a makeout sesh between Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) and Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma). The Sand Snakes have taken over Dorne and the Greyjoys are trying to ally with Dany, so we might be seeing a burgeoning alliance between multiple factions. Or it could just be everyone ganging up to crush the Lannisters.

Two bodies hitting the water with flames in the background? Betting that Yara and Theon make it off that ship after all, if only barely.

There’s going to be some major warfare in the Great War, as the scale of this final shot of Dothraki riding into battle with Drogon at their back shows.

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In HBO's first major trailer for season 7 of "Game of Thrones," we've gotten a ton of glimpses at what to expect -- starting with a full-scale war with the Lannisters taking on the rest of Westeros. We've poured through the rest of the trailer to see what hints can be gleaned.

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Cersei (Lena Headey) went darker than she ever has before at the end of Season 6, and she's clearly taking her battle queen approach even further this season. The opening image of the trailer: a shadowy Cersei preparing for war.

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Cersei (Lena Headey) went darker than she ever has before at the end of Season 6, and she's clearly taking her battle queen approach even further this season. The opening image of the trailer: a shadowy Cersei preparing for war.

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With no end of enemies -- Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) to the north, the Targaryen-allied Dorne to the south, the Ironborn to the west and Daenerys Targaryen's Essosi army to the east, Cersei and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are preparing for all-out war.

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With no end of enemies -- Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) to the north, the Targaryen-allied Dorne to the south, the Ironborn to the west and Daenerys Targaryen's Essosi army to the east, Cersei and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are preparing for all-out war.

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The first place Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) heads when she crosses the Narrow Sea is seemingly Dragonstone -- also the first place her ancestors landed when they conquered Westeros. You'll note the House Targaryen sigil on the castle there.

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The first place Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) heads when she crosses the Narrow Sea is seemingly Dragonstone -- also the first place her ancestors landed when they conquered Westeros. You'll note the House Targaryen sigil on the castle there.

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The trailer also includes this poignant shot of Dany's first moments on Westerosi soil since she was a very small child. 

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The trailer also includes this poignant shot of Dany's first moments on Westerosi soil since she was a very small child. 

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Dragonstone looks to be a major location for Season 7, with it acting as Daenerys' seat of power. Here she's on its giant stone throne.

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Dragonstone looks to be a major location for Season 7, with it acting as Daenerys' seat of power. Here she's on its giant stone throne.

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We see a few shots of this battle between Daenerys' Unsullied, with Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) making a few appearances, and the red-clad Lannister troops. It's hard to say exactly where this one is taking place. The Lannister insignia over the arch at least gives some clues, but it's probably fair to rule out King's Landing. Could this be an attack on Casterly Rock, which is on the opposite side of Westeros from Dragonstone, later in the season?

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We see a few shots of this battle between Daenerys' Unsullied, with Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) making a few appearances, and the red-clad Lannister troops. It's hard to say exactly where this one is taking place. The Lannister insignia over the arch at least gives some clues, but it's probably fair to rule out King's Landing. Could this be an attack on Casterly Rock, which is on the opposite side of Westeros from Dragonstone, later in the season?

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Meanwhile, there's some obvious lingering conflicts going on between Jon Snow, the King in the North, and Sansa Stark, the last trueborn heir (that anyone knows about) of Ned Stark (Sean Bean). It doesn't look like the two are going to share power well.

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Meanwhile, there's some obvious lingering conflicts going on between Jon Snow, the King in the North, and Sansa Stark, the last trueborn heir (that anyone knows about) of Ned Stark (Sean Bean). It doesn't look like the two are going to share power well.

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And Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is hanging around to stir things up between them, it seems.

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And Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is hanging around to stir things up between them, it seems.

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This shot doesn't tell us much out of context, but it dovetails in an interesting way with several other moments in the trailer. This looks like one of the interior gates in the Wall opening. Coupled with shots we see later of a group of what looks like Free Folk, including Jon and Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) running from something, this could give a clue about a narrow escape -- or a breach of the wall by the Night's King (Richard Brake).

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This shot doesn't tell us much out of context, but it dovetails in an interesting way with several other moments in the trailer. This looks like one of the interior gates in the Wall opening. Coupled with shots we see later of a group of what looks like Free Folk, including Jon and Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) running from something, this could give a clue about a narrow escape -- or a breach of the wall by the Night's King (Richard Brake).

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Oh hey, it's Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), seemingly standing near some fire. This shot doesn't amount to much alone, but paired with a later shot, it looks like the Greyjoy kids might be in some trouble.

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Oh hey, it's Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), seemingly standing near some fire. This shot doesn't amount to much alone, but paired with a later shot, it looks like the Greyjoy kids might be in some trouble.

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This is another moment that it's not clear just what we're seeing. This also looks like it could be Dragonstone -- with the Red Woman atop the castle looking down in the direction of the gate Dany was entering in that earlier shot. Maybe Jon sends Davos (Liam Cunningham) and Melisandre to parlay with Dany? That would fit well with Davos' speech about how it doesn't matter who's skeleton sits on the Iron Throne later in the trailer.

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This is another moment that it's not clear just what we're seeing. This also looks like it could be Dragonstone -- with the Red Woman atop the castle looking down in the direction of the gate Dany was entering in that earlier shot. Maybe Jon sends Davos (Liam Cunningham) and Melisandre to parlay with Dany? That would fit well with Davos' speech about how it doesn't matter who's skeleton sits on the Iron Throne later in the trailer.

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We have no context for this shot, but with the earlier one of the gate and a couple later ones, this looks like a battle with Jon, Tormund and the Free Folk against the White Walkers going very poorly. We're betting this is north of the Wall.

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We have no context for this shot, but with the earlier one of the gate and a couple later ones, this looks like a battle with Jon, Tormund and the Free Folk against the White Walkers going very poorly. We're betting this is north of the Wall.

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Meanwhile, what's going on with Arya? She's mentioned as an "enemy to the north" by Cersei at the start of the trailer. She's back in Westeros -- is she on her way to Winterfell to meet up with Sansa and Jon? Or maybe headed even further, to try to find Bran?

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Meanwhile, what's going on with Arya? She's mentioned as an "enemy to the north" by Cersei at the start of the trailer. She's back in Westeros -- is she on her way to Winterfell to meet up with Sansa and Jon? Or maybe headed even further, to try to find Bran?

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Back to that moment with the fleeing Free Folk -- this has the look of a last desperate stand.

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Back to that moment with the fleeing Free Folk -- this has the look of a last desperate stand.

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Littlefinger lurking in the shadows is basically his entire character, but it seems a fair bet that he's got plans to take advantage of this giant Westeros-spanning war we're expecting.

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Littlefinger lurking in the shadows is basically his entire character, but it seems a fair bet that he's got plans to take advantage of this giant Westeros-spanning war we're expecting.

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We knew Dany was bringing a bunch of Dothraki warriors with her to Westeros. We see them wrecking some poor Lannister footmen in a few of these shots. None of the warfare we've seen so far seems like it's going well for the Lannisters.

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We knew Dany was bringing a bunch of Dothraki warriors with her to Westeros. We see them wrecking some poor Lannister footmen in a few of these shots. None of the warfare we've seen so far seems like it's going well for the Lannisters.

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That's a ship on fire, and paired with the fiery-seeming image of Theon earlier in the trailer, seems fair to speculate that the Greyjoy heirs' uncle, Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), is going to catch up with them.

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That's a ship on fire, and paired with the fiery-seeming image of Theon earlier in the trailer, seems fair to speculate that the Greyjoy heirs' uncle, Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), is going to catch up with them.

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This shot contextualizes the earlier ones of the giant wooden map of Westeros -- it's the map at Dragonstone. Meanwhile, Tyrion is definitely helping wage a war against his siblings, in case there was any doubt on that front.

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This shot contextualizes the earlier ones of the giant wooden map of Westeros -- it's the map at Dragonstone. Meanwhile, Tyrion is definitely helping wage a war against his siblings, in case there was any doubt on that front.

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Check out the cool new outfit for the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), which matches Cersei's Dark Queen look.

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Check out the cool new outfit for the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), which matches Cersei's Dark Queen look.

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These dark top-down shots of several people running by torchlight are tough to make out, but we have reason to suspect they're taking place under the Wall. For one thing, the sides of the path move and flicker with the torchlight -- it looks almost like smoke, but seems to be reflection off icy walls instead. In the back of the group looks to be Davos, and judging by the way the light hits the clothes, the one with the torch could be Jon. At the end of their run down a hallway, they turn toward a group of armed fighters -- looks like the Night's Watch. We're thinking this is Jon preparing for battle at the wall against the White Walkers, possibly after the narrow escape north of the wall we saw earlier.

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These dark top-down shots of several people running by torchlight are tough to make out, but we have reason to suspect they're taking place under the Wall. For one thing, the sides of the path move and flicker with the torchlight -- it looks almost like smoke, but seems to be reflection off icy walls instead. In the back of the group looks to be Davos, and judging by the way the light hits the clothes, the one with the torch could be Jon. At the end of their run down a hallway, they turn toward a group of armed fighters -- looks like the Night's Watch. We're thinking this is Jon preparing for battle at the wall against the White Walkers, possibly after the narrow escape north of the wall we saw earlier.

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That's Littlefinger that Jon is threatening, or assaulting, or killing in these shots, and they might be in the crypt at Winterfell, although it's tough to say. But the conflict between them (and likely involving Sansa) seems like it'll be a major thread.

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That's Littlefinger that Jon is threatening, or assaulting, or killing in these shots, and they might be in the crypt at Winterfell, although it's tough to say. But the conflict between them (and likely involving Sansa) seems like it'll be a major thread.

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The Unsullied taking on Lannister troops here looks like a continuation of the earlier shot, from the banners and walls. We're still not clear on the location, though.

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The Unsullied taking on Lannister troops here looks like a continuation of the earlier shot, from the banners and walls. We're still not clear on the location, though.

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This context-free shot raises a lot of questions. Where is Arya, and what's she looking for? The next image gives at least a bit of a clue, possibly.

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This context-free shot raises a lot of questions. Where is Arya, and what's she looking for? The next image gives at least a bit of a clue, possibly.

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With the image lightened up, that creepy hand coming through the door -- which gives the impression of someone imprisoned -- looks gray and stony. Our money is on this being Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), who contracted the dreaded Greyscale disease in Season 5. Greyscale, if you remember, turns the skin hard and stony, but also drives the afflicted insane. Dany sent Jorah off in search of a cure. Doesn't seem like it's going well.

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With the image lightened up, that creepy hand coming through the door -- which gives the impression of someone imprisoned -- looks gray and stony. Our money is on this being Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), who contracted the dreaded Greyscale disease in Season 5. Greyscale, if you remember, turns the skin hard and stony, but also drives the afflicted insane. Dany sent Jorah off in search of a cure. Doesn't seem like it's going well.

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This flash of a shot is extremely easy to miss, but adds a lot of context to the earlier clips of Free Folk running through snow. Yup, that's Jon and Tormund, beating a hasty retreat.

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This flash of a shot is extremely easy to miss, but adds a lot of context to the earlier clips of Free Folk running through snow. Yup, that's Jon and Tormund, beating a hasty retreat.

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Another quick and easily missed moment: a makeout sesh between Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) and Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma). The Sand Snakes have taken over Dorne and the Greyjoys are allied with Dany, so we might be seeing a burgeoning alliance between multiple factions. Or it could just be everyone ganging up to crush the Lannisters.

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Another quick and easily missed moment: a makeout sesh between Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) and Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma). The Sand Snakes have taken over Dorne and the Greyjoys are allied with Dany, so we might be seeing a burgeoning alliance between multiple factions. Or it could just be everyone ganging up to crush the Lannisters.

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Two bodies hitting the water with flames in the background? Betting that Yara and Theon make it off that ship after all, if only barely.

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Two bodies hitting the water with flames in the background? Betting that Yara and Theon make it off that ship after all, if only barely.

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There's going to be some major warfare in the Great War, as the scale of this final shot of Dothraki riding into battle with Drogon at their back shows.

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There's going to be some major warfare in the Great War, as the scale of this final shot of Dothraki riding into battle with Drogon at their back shows.

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Morrissey Slams the Queen, UK PM, Immigration in Manchester Attack Facebook Rant http://www.thewrap.com/morrissey-criticizes-the-queen-over-manchester-attack/ http://www.thewrap.com/morrissey-criticizes-the-queen-over-manchester-attack/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 20:50:14 +0000 Ashley Eady http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1644474 Like millions of Manchester natives, alt-rock legend Morrissey is horrified and outraged by Monday’s devastating terrorist attack during an Ariana Grande concert in the northern England city that left 22 people dead and dozens injured. So the “Suedehead” singer posted an angry message to his Facebook page denouncing the attack – but he directed the bulk of his outrage at the British political establishment and, apparently, immigration policies he considers to be far too lax.

“Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop?” said Morrissey, who grew up in Stretford and turned 58 on Monday.

Singling out Prime Minister Theresa May, Morrissey blasted the Tory leader for living “in a bullet-proof bubble,” and because “she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues.”

“Also,” he continued, “‘will not break us’ means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa.”

The former lead singer of The Smiths then turned his attention to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is notably the first Muslim and the first member of an ethnic minority to hold that office. “Sadiq Khan says ‘London is united with Manchester’, but he does not condemn Islamic State — who have claimed responsibility for the bomb.”

Morrissey then blasted Queen Elizabeth II, a frequent target. “The Queen receives absurd praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace — for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press.”

It’s interesting to note that The Smiths had hit song (written by guitarist Johnny Marr) and album titled “The Queen Is Dead” in 1985, so this is far from the first time Morrissey has shared his thoughts on the British monarchy.

Finally on Wednesday, he slammed the Mayor of Manchester. “[M]ayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an “extremist.” An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?”

Read the full rant below.

Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental. For what…

Posted by Morrissey Official on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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