TheWrapTheWrap https://www.thewrap.com Covering Hollywood Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:24:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Golden Globes 2018: The Complete List of Nominees (Updating Live) https://www.thewrap.com/golden-globes-2018-nominees/ https://www.thewrap.com/golden-globes-2018-nominees/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:19:06 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753987 The world is currently learning the nominees for the 75th Golden Globes, and we couldn’t be more excited (or tired).

Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone announced the nominations from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. The actual January awards show also takes place at the hotel.

TheWrap is updating this post in real-time with the morning’s nods below.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro
Jude Law
Kyle McLaughlin
Ewan McGregor
Geoffrey Rush

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Black-ish
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
SMILF
Will & Grace

Best Actor – Series or Limited Series
David Harbour
Alfred Molina
Christian Slater
Alexander Skaarsgard
David Thewlis

Best Performance Actress In Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Biel
Nicole Kidman
Jessica Lange
Susan Sarandon
Reese Witherspoon

Best Animated Movie
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

See the full list here.

More to come…

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live coast-to-coast on NBC Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Seth Meyers.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Fans Devastated By the Mid-Season Finale’s Big Final Scene https://www.thewrap.com/the-walking-dead-devastates-fans/ https://www.thewrap.com/the-walking-dead-devastates-fans/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:48:02 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753827 (All the spoilers ahead for the mid-season finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”)

“The Walking Dead” left off with a pretty brutal final scene as it went into the mid-season break for Season 8, and plenty of fans are devastated.

The mid-season finale saw the Saviors escape from their base, the Sanctuary, which has been surrounded by walkers for most of the season. With the forces of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) free, the war that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his allies have been winning suddenly went another way. The Kingdom fell to the Saviors and King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) was captured, but its people escaped. And Carl (Chandler Riggs) nearly sacrificed himself to save his people in Alexandria, but the town itself was destroyed by Negan and the Saviors’ attack.

But while those things were tough, the really painful moment was the reveal at in the final seconds of the episode. Carl and the people of Alexandria managed to escape into the sewers beneath the town, but when Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) found him there, Carl revealed that he’d been bitten by a walker.

Carl has become a fan favorite and much of the major arcs of the last few seasons have been about his growth as a character and the pain he’s suffered — including losing his eye. Rick’s son isn’t dead just yet, but Showrunner Steve Gimple confirmed on “The Walking Dead” aftershow “Talking Dead” that Carl won’t be surviving his injury. “It’ll play out as bites on the show play out,” Gimple said.

Needless to say, fans who’ve come to love Carl had a tough time with the news. Some people were in denial.

 

Others couldn’t believe it, and leaned into memes to deal with their grief.

A few folks couldn’t wrap their heads around the situation, and even had their own suggestions for who should have bought it during the mid-season finale.

But most were just sad for Carl, and likely the fact that it’ll be another two whole months to find out what “unfinished business” he’ll need to deal with in his limited time at the start of the second half of Season 8.

Not everybody has processed their grief yet, though.

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Here's the Shocking Thing That Happened on the 'Walking Dead' Mid-Season Finale

'Walking Dead' Leaders Ranked, Worst to Best (Photos)

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‘The Walking Dead': The Most Shocking and Disturbing Deaths So Far (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/walking-dead-shocking-disturbing-deaths-far-negan-victim-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/walking-dead-shocking-disturbing-deaths-far-negan-victim-photos/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:17:03 +0000 Joe Otterson and Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=660551 “The Walking Dead” has never been shy about featuring plenty of death, but some characters’ demises hit harder than others. Look back on some of the most gut-wrenching kills from the hit AMC series

When Andrea’s sister Amy ( Emma Bell) died in season 1, it proved that no one was safe.The death of Jim (Andrew Rothenberg) in season 1 showed the characters how to treat a bitten person for the first time.

Sophia (Madison Lintz) was beloved by all, but Rick did not hesitate when it came time to pull the trigger when she became a walker.

Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) was the moral compass of the group, but died in the midst of the discussion around executing their prisoner, Randall.

Shane (Jon Bernthal) was ready to kill Rick, but Rick acted first, proving himself to be a fearless leader.T-Dog (IronE Singleton) gave his life to save Carol from walkers when the group tried to take the prison.

Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) died during childbirth, prompting Carl to shoot her in the head to prevent her reanimation.

Merle (Michael Rooker) proved he was a good man by giving his life in an attempt to stop The Governor. Andrea (Laurie Holden) failed to see The Governor for what he was and paid the ultimate price.

“The Walking Dead” Season 7 premiered Oct. 23

 

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SPOILERS AHEAD. "The Walking Dead" has never been shy about showing lots of gore and death, but some characters' demises hit harder than others. Look back on some of the most gut-wrenching kills from the hit AMC series. Updated through the season 8 mid-season finale.

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When Andrea's sister Amy ( Emma Bell) died in season 1, it proved that no one was safe.

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When Andrea's sister Amy ( Emma Bell) died in season 1, it proved that no one was safe.

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The death of Jim (Andrew Rothenberg) in season 1 showed the characters how to treat a bitten person for the first time.

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The death of Jim (Andrew Rothenberg) in season 1 showed the characters how to treat a bitten person for the first time.

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Sophia (Madison Lintz) was beloved by all, but Rick did not hesitate when it came time to pull the trigger when she became a walker.

 

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Sophia (Madison Lintz) was beloved by all, but Rick did not hesitate when it came time to pull the trigger when she became a walker.

 

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Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) was the moral compass of the group, but died in the midst of the discussion around executing their prisoner, Randall.

 

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Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) was the moral compass of the group, but died in the midst of the discussion around executing their prisoner, Randall.

 

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Shane (Jon Bernthal) was ready to kill Rick, but Rick acted first, proving himself to be a fearless leader.

 

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Shane (Jon Bernthal) was ready to kill Rick, but Rick acted first, proving himself to be a fearless leader.

 

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T-Dog (IronE Singleton) gave his life to save Carol from walkers when the group tried to take the prison.

 

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T-Dog (IronE Singleton) gave his life to save Carol from walkers when the group tried to take the prison.

 

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Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) died during childbirth, prompting Carl to shoot her in the head to prevent her reanimation.

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Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) died during childbirth, prompting Carl to shoot her in the head to prevent her reanimation.

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Merle (Michael Rooker) proved he was a good man by giving his life in an attempt to stop The Governor.

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Merle (Michael Rooker) proved he was a good man by giving his life in an attempt to stop The Governor.

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Andrea (Laurie Holden) failed to see The Governor for what he was and paid the ultimate price.

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Andrea (Laurie Holden) failed to see The Governor for what he was and paid the ultimate price.

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Hershel (Scott Wilson) wanted peace, but The Governor took his head to prove a point to Rick.

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Hershel (Scott Wilson) wanted peace, but The Governor took his head to prove a point to Rick.

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Tyrese (Chad Coleman) let his guard down for a just a moment, but long enough to get bitten by a walker.

 

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Tyrese (Chad Coleman) let his guard down for a just a moment, but long enough to get bitten by a walker.

 

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Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) killed her sister Mika (Kyla Kenedy) before Carol shot Lizzie in the back of the head.

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Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) killed her sister Mika (Kyla Kenedy) before Carol shot Lizzie in the back of the head.

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Beth (Emily Kinney) died protecting Noah from Dawn (Christine Woods), forcing Daryl to shoot Dawn in the head.

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Beth (Emily Kinney) died protecting Noah from Dawn (Christine Woods), forcing Daryl to shoot Dawn in the head.

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Noah (Tyler James Williams) endured one of the most gruesome deaths in "Walking Dead" history thanks to Nicholas.

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Noah (Tyler James Williams) endured one of the most gruesome deaths in "Walking Dead" history thanks to Nicholas.

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Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge), Ron (Austin Abrams) and Sam (Major Dodson) all died within seconds of each other. Sam got eaten when the horde invaded Alexandria. Jessie died as she tried to save him. Ron then attempted to kill Rick, but got stabbed by Michonne and was subsequently eaten. 

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Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge), Ron (Austin Abrams) and Sam (Major Dodson) all died within seconds of each other. Sam got eaten when the horde invaded Alexandria. Jessie died as she tried to save him. Ron then attempted to kill Rick, but got stabbed by Michonne and was subsequently eaten. 

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Abraham (Michael Cuditz) was the one we had to wait six months to see murdered by Negan. He, of course, got his head beaten in with Negan's barbwire-wrapped baseball bat, Lucille.

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Abraham (Michael Cuditz) was the one we had to wait six months to see murdered by Negan. He, of course, got his head beaten in with Negan's barbwire-wrapped baseball bat, Lucille.

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But Abraham wasn't Negan's only victim that night. After Daryl punched Negan, Negan decided he had to make another example out of someone in the group -- and he chose Glenn. 

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But Abraham wasn't Negan's only victim that night. After Daryl punched Negan, Negan decided he had to make another example out of someone in the group -- and he chose Glenn. 

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Spencer (Austin Nichols) thought he could use Negan to kill Rick in order to assume control of Alexandria. But Negan had other plans, gutting Spencer in full view of everyone in the community

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Spencer (Austin Nichols) thought he could use Negan to kill Rick in order to assume control of Alexandria. But Negan had other plans, gutting Spencer in full view of everyone in the community

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Olivia (Ann Mahoney) suffered plenty of indignities at Negan's hands, and he eventually repaid her by having her shot

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Olivia (Ann Mahoney) suffered plenty of indignities at Negan's hands, and he eventually repaid her by having her shot

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Ole Dr. Carson made a critical error by saying mean things about Sherry to Dwight over and over again. So Dwight framed the good doctor for helping Daryl escape from the Saviors -- and Negan threw him into the furnace for it.

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Ole Dr. Carson made a critical error by saying mean things about Sherry to Dwight over and over again. So Dwight framed the good doctor for helping Daryl escape from the Saviors -- and Negan threw him into the furnace for it.

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When King Ezekiel's crew was short one cantaloupe in its tribute for Negan's Saviors, Benjamin was shot in the leg as punishment. Unfortunately, the shot hit an artery, and young Ben bled out.

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When King Ezekiel's crew was short one cantaloupe in its tribute for Negan's Saviors, Benjamin was shot in the leg as punishment. Unfortunately, the shot hit an artery, and young Ben bled out.

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It turned out that Richard had tossed one of the cantaloupes because he wanted to start a war between the Kingdom and Saviors -- and he thought they would kill him for being short. They shot Ben instead, but Morgan strangled Richard the next day after Richard confessed.

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It turned out that Richard had tossed one of the cantaloupes because he wanted to start a war between the Kingdom and Saviors -- and he thought they would kill him for being short. They shot Ben instead, but Morgan strangled Richard the next day after Richard confessed.

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Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) used Eugene's suicide pills to kill herself while she was theatrically locked in a casket because of some ridiculous thing Negan was doing. When Negan opened the casket she popped out as a walker and saved Rick and the residents of Alexandria in a clutch moment.

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Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) used Eugene's suicide pills to kill herself while she was theatrically locked in a casket because of some ridiculous thing Negan was doing. When Negan opened the casket she popped out as a walker and saved Rick and the residents of Alexandria in a clutch moment.

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Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja) returned in season 8 after having been gone since season 1, but that return was short-lived. About ten minutes in show time after Morales, his family dead and now a member of the Saviors, showed up he got shot my Daryl.

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Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja) returned in season 8 after having been gone since season 1, but that return was short-lived. About ten minutes in show time after Morales, his family dead and now a member of the Saviors, showed up he got shot my Daryl.

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Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) got shot during the Alexandrians' battle against the Saviors, and then bled out and turned into a walker after a tearful goodbye scene with his boyfriend Aaron (Ross Marquand).

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Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) got shot during the Alexandrians' battle against the Saviors, and then bled out and turned into a walker after a tearful goodbye scene with his boyfriend Aaron (Ross Marquand).

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Shiva the tiger bit the dust while saving Ezekiel, Carol and Jerry from a bunch of walkers in Season 8. There were just too many and they swarmed and ate her.

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Shiva the tiger bit the dust while saving Ezekiel, Carol and Jerry from a bunch of walkers in Season 8. There were just too many and they swarmed and ate her.

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Carl isn't actually dead just yet, but the reveal in the season 8 mid-season finale that he suffered a zombie bite means that he will be soon.

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Carl isn't actually dead just yet, but the reveal in the season 8 mid-season finale that he suffered a zombie bite means that he will be soon.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Surprises: 24 Times the TV Show Has Strayed From the Comics (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/walking-dead-shockers-21-times-tv-show-strayed-comics-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/walking-dead-shockers-21-times-tv-show-strayed-comics-photos/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:09:08 +0000 Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=979268 The AMC TV adaptation of “The Walking Dead” generally follows the path of the graphic novel series it’s adapted from, but it’s often changed things up quite a bit. Here are 23 examples of times the show took a meaningful diversion from the story that “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman laid out on paper.

It’s a formula that’s worked well for the show, which ash become the highest rated cable show in history and regularly posts viewership numbers in the tens of millions. A worthy expense, it turned out, for AMC.

“The Walking Dead” has kept viewers guessing by killing characters before they died in the comics. It’s kept some characters around beyond their expected expiration date. It’s given one character’s death to a completely different one. And it’s offed one who still to date has not died in the comics.

It’s even introduced characters that didn’t feature in the comics at all, like the brother Daryl Dixon and Merle Dixon, and thus viewers have no way of knowing what will be done with them. Daryl has grown to become a fan favorite character, so whenever he ends up biting the dust it’ll be devastating. Especially if he ends up being the one Negan killed in the season 6 finale.

When it comes to “The Walking Dead” you truly never know what’s going to happen!

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"The Walking Dead" generally follows the path of the graphic novel series on which it's based, but the AMC hit has often changed things up. Here are 24 times the show took a meaningful diversion from the story that "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman laid out on paper, including the big development at the end of the Season 8 mid-season finale.

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The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta didn't even figure in the comics, but the season 1 finale of the show featured a pit stop there. The last remaining staffer, Dr. Edwin Jenner, explained to our "heroes" that everyone living is infected with the virus to some degree, so that no matter how they die they'll resurrect as a walker.

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The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta didn't even figure in the comics, but the season 1 finale of the show featured a pit stop there. The last remaining staffer, Dr. Edwin Jenner, explained to our "heroes" that everyone living is infected with the virus to some degree, so that no matter how they die they'll resurrect as a walker.

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Daryl (Norman Reedus) and his brother Merle (Michael Rooker) aren't even in the comics. Merle died in seasom 3, but Daryl has remained a main character and fan favorite since the start of the show.

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Daryl (Norman Reedus) and his brother Merle (Michael Rooker) aren't even in the comics. Merle died in seasom 3, but Daryl has remained a main character and fan favorite since the start of the show.

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On the show, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) died giving birth to her daughter, Judith, during season 3, but in the comics Lori survived Judith's birth -- though she and Judith end up being killed when the Governor raids the prison.

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On the show, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) died giving birth to her daughter, Judith, during season 3, but in the comics Lori survived Judith's birth -- though she and Judith end up being killed when the Governor raids the prison.

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RV owner Dale Horvath (Jeffrey DeMunn) dies during season 2 on the show but survived much longer in the comics, eventually being bitten by walker and then partially eaten by cannibals (infecting them with his "tainted meat").

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RV owner Dale Horvath (Jeffrey DeMunn) dies during season 2 on the show but survived much longer in the comics, eventually being bitten by walker and then partially eaten by cannibals (infecting them with his "tainted meat").

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On the show, Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) lasts longer than he does in the comics -- he ends up being the "tainted meat" the cannibals ate instead of the long-deceased Dale.

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On the show, Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) lasts longer than he does in the comics -- he ends up being the "tainted meat" the cannibals ate instead of the long-deceased Dale.

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The comic version of Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) was killed by sheriff's son Carl (Chandler Riggs) very early on, before the group even makes it out of Atlanta. But on the show, Shane made it to the end of season 2, and Carl's dad Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is the one who takes him out.

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The comic version of Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) was killed by sheriff's son Carl (Chandler Riggs) very early on, before the group even makes it out of Atlanta. But on the show, Shane made it to the end of season 2, and Carl's dad Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is the one who takes him out.

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The Governor (David Morrissey) chopped off one of Rick's hands in the comic, but our hero remains stubbornly two-handed on the show.

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The Governor (David Morrissey) chopped off one of Rick's hands in the comic, but our hero remains stubbornly two-handed on the show.

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Lizzie and Mika were actually gender-swapped versions of their comic book characters, Ben (in place of Lizzie) and Billy (Mika). In the comics after Ben kills Billy, Carl is the one who kills Ben. On the show it's Carol who puts down the psychopathic Lizzie.

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Lizzie and Mika were actually gender-swapped versions of their comic book characters, Ben (in place of Lizzie) and Billy (Mika). In the comics after Ben kills Billy, Carl is the one who kills Ben. On the show it's Carol who puts down the psychopathic Lizzie.

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In the comic, Tyreese (Chad Coleman) had a daughter who entered into a suicide pact with her boyfriend, Chris. The pact didn't go as planned, though -- the two were planning to shoot each other at the same time but Chris fired early and came away unharmed. Until Tyreese dismembered him, anyway. On the show his only family is Sasha, who was created for the show.

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In the comic, Tyreese (Chad Coleman) had a daughter who entered into a suicide pact with her boyfriend, Chris. The pact didn't go as planned, though -- the two were planning to shoot each other at the same time but Chris fired early and came away unharmed. Until Tyreese dismembered him, anyway. On the show his only family is Sasha, who was created for the show.

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The TV version of Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) is middle-aged and timid, the victim of prolonged domestic abuse -- before coming out of her shell and developing into a powerful character. But in the graphic novels, Carol is much younger and her husband never abused her. And she tries to have a threesome with Rick and Lori.

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The TV version of Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) is middle-aged and timid, the victim of prolonged domestic abuse -- before coming out of her shell and developing into a powerful character. But in the graphic novels, Carol is much younger and her husband never abused her. And she tries to have a threesome with Rick and Lori.

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On the show, Shane injures ranch hand Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince) and leaves him to be eaten by walkers. In the comic, though, Otis isn't killed until walkers invade the prison later on in the story.

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On the show, Shane injures ranch hand Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince) and leaves him to be eaten by walkers. In the comic, though, Otis isn't killed until walkers invade the prison later on in the story.

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Tomas (Nick Gomez) only appears on the TV series, but he serves the same function as Dexter from the comics, letting walkers into the prison enclave before being killed by Rick for doing so.

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Tomas (Nick Gomez) only appears on the TV series, but he serves the same function as Dexter from the comics, letting walkers into the prison enclave before being killed by Rick for doing so.

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Andrea (Laurie Holden) is killed in the season 3 finale of the show after the Governor arranges for her to be bitten by a walker, though Andrea shoots herself before she can turn. In the comic, Andrea only just recently died, at a point in the story that is well past where the show has gotten.

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Andrea (Laurie Holden) is killed in the season 3 finale of the show after the Governor arranges for her to be bitten by a walker, though Andrea shoots herself before she can turn. In the comic, Andrea only just recently died, at a point in the story that is well past where the show has gotten.

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Hershel had many children in the comics, but Beth was not one of them. None of the Greene kids in the comics directly correlates to Beth -- though the closest would be Billy Greene, a teenager who is killed when Woodbury folks attack the prison.

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Hershel had many children in the comics, but Beth was not one of them. None of the Greene kids in the comics directly correlates to Beth -- though the closest would be Billy Greene, a teenager who is killed when Woodbury folks attack the prison.

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Beth's entire time at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, likewise, is completely original to the show.

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Beth's entire time at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, likewise, is completely original to the show.

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In the comics, Jessie Anderson only had one son, Ron, but in the show she had two: Ron and Sam.

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In the comics, Jessie Anderson only had one son, Ron, but in the show she had two: Ron and Sam.

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The circumstances under which Jessie and her family died were different in the show as well. In both versions they, along with Rick and Carl, were navigating a walker horde while smeared in walker blood. In the comics this gambit simply failed, but on the show their deaths occurred because Sam had a nervous breakdown when he spotted a child walker.

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The circumstances under which Jessie and her family died were different in the show as well. In both versions they, along with Rick and Carl, were navigating a walker horde while smeared in walker blood. In the comics this gambit simply failed, but on the show their deaths occurred because Sam had a nervous breakdown when he spotted a child walker.

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The circumstances under which Sherry left Dwight to become one of  Negan's wives was changed on the show. In the comics she married Negan in hopes of making life easier for the two of them. On the show, she agreed to marry Negan when he was about to kill Dwight for going AWOL.

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The circumstances under which Sherry left Dwight to become one of  Negan's wives was changed on the show. In the comics she married Negan in hopes of making life easier for the two of them. On the show, she agreed to marry Negan when he was about to kill Dwight for going AWOL.

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The reason Negan burned Dwight's face was also different in the comics than the show. In the book, Negan burned Dwight for sleeping with Sherry after the left him for Negan. On the show, Sherry agreed to marry Negan so he'd spare Dwight, but Negan burned him with the hot iron anyway.

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The reason Negan burned Dwight's face was also different in the comics than the show. In the book, Negan burned Dwight for sleeping with Sherry after the left him for Negan. On the show, Sherry agreed to marry Negan so he'd spare Dwight, but Negan burned him with the hot iron anyway.

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Negan killed Glenn in the season 7 premiere, as he also did in the comics. But the show faked us out first by having Negan also kill Abraham. In the comics, Abraham was killed by another of the Saviors, Dwight, before the confrontation with Negan happened.

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Negan killed Glenn in the season 7 premiere, as he also did in the comics. But the show faked us out first by having Negan also kill Abraham. In the comics, Abraham was killed by another of the Saviors, Dwight, before the confrontation with Negan happened.

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In season 7 of the show, Richard was killed by Morgan as revenge -- Richard had carried out a plan to start a war between the Kingdom and the Saviors, but all it accomplished was getting the teenager Benjamin killed. In the comics, however, Benjamin was shot and killed by one of the Saviors during a big battle in the war that the show hadn't gotten to yet.

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In season 7 of the show, Richard was killed by Morgan as revenge -- Richard had carried out a plan to start a war between the Kingdom and the Saviors, but all it accomplished was getting the teenager Benjamin killed. In the comics, however, Benjamin was shot and killed by one of the Saviors during a big battle in the war that the show hadn't gotten to yet.

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In season 7, Eugene has become a turncoat against Rick and Alexandria, becoming a willing collaborator with the Saviors after being captured. In the books, however, Eugene was captured by the Saviors only after Alexandria went to war with them -- and he refused to help them at all while in captivity.

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In season 7, Eugene has become a turncoat against Rick and Alexandria, becoming a willing collaborator with the Saviors after being captured. In the books, however, Eugene was captured by the Saviors only after Alexandria went to war with them -- and he refused to help them at all while in captivity.

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After the attack on the Sanctuary, a different person is left behind on the show and the comics. In the Season 8 premiere of the show, after the battle ends and the walkers invade, Father Gabriel is the only one of Rick's party who gets trapped there -- in the comics, it was Holly who ends up trapped in Sanctuary after the battle.

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After the attack on the Sanctuary, a different person is left behind on the show and the comics. In the Season 8 premiere of the show, after the battle ends and the walkers invade, Father Gabriel is the only one of Rick's party who gets trapped there -- in the comics, it was Holly who ends up trapped in Sanctuary after the battle.

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In the Season 8 mid-season finale, we discover that Carl has been bitten by a walker, which means he'll die pretty soon -- walker bites, obviously, are always fatal. In the comics to date, which the show is not close to catching up to, Carl remains alive, making this one of the biggest departures from the comics the show has ever done.

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In the Season 8 mid-season finale, we discover that Carl has been bitten by a walker, which means he'll die pretty soon -- walker bites, obviously, are always fatal. In the comics to date, which the show is not close to catching up to, Carl remains alive, making this one of the biggest departures from the comics the show has ever done.

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Here’s the Shocking Thing That Happened on the ‘Walking Dead’ Mid-Season Finale https://www.thewrap.com/heres-shocking-thing-happened-walking-dead-mid-season-finale/ https://www.thewrap.com/heres-shocking-thing-happened-walking-dead-mid-season-finale/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:46:17 +0000 Phil Owen and Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753819 (Spoiler warning, again, for the mid-season finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”)

So that happened.

“The Walking Dead” Season 8 went into its mid-season finale by leaving the outcome of Rick’s war against Negan in doubt, and another major fan-favorite going down for good.

After they managed to escape the Sanctuary, which started the season surrounded by walkers, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors returned to the war path, attacking the Kingdom and Alexandria, with some pretty devastating results. The Saviors burned most of Alexandria to the ground as they hunted for its survivors, and though the subjects of the Kingdom managed to escape, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) allowed himself to be captured in order to cover for them.

But while fans might have expected Episode 10 of Season 8 to be the end of Ezekiel, or maybe Morgan (Lennie James), who’s set to appear on the next season of “The Walking Dead” spinoff “The Talking Dead,” the big loss of the mid-season finale was someone no one expected: Carl (Chandler Riggs), son of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).

The episode ended with Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) finding Carl after the attack on Alexandria, slowly succumbing to walker bite on his side. And as fans know, walker bites are fatal — the only way to survive them is by amputation, and even that isn’t guaranteed. But Carl’s injury isn’t something that can be stopped by surgery.

There is now the question of when it happened. Considering Carl was basically daring Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to kill him midway through the episode, it’s likely he’d already been bitten by that point — probably suffering the wound two weeks ago when he tussled with walkers while helping out his new buddy Siddiq (Avi Nash). This season has been taking placed on a pretty compressed timetable, and the events of that episode probably happened earlier in the same day the mid-season finale takes place during.

On “The Walking Dead” aftershow “The Talking Dead,” Showrunner Scott Gimple confirmed that Carl’s wound is fatal.

“It will play out the way bites play out on the show,” Gimple said. But he also said that Carl isn’t dead yet, and he has “unfinished business” in the second half of the season.

It’s a departure from what fans expected because Season 8 opened with a flash-forward of Rick sometime in the future. In those scenes, Rick, Carl and Michonne were safe in Alexandria, apparently having weathered the war against Negan. It seems those scenes aren’t actually a view of the future; Alexandria is in ruins and Carl won’t still be around by the time Rick has grey hair.

Carl’s death on the show is also a departure from “The Walking Dead” comics on which the show is based. In the comic version, Carl is still alive and fighting.

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‘Stranger Things’ Gets a Hilarious Bad Lip Reading Makeover (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/stranger-things-bad-lip-reading-makeover-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/stranger-things-bad-lip-reading-makeover-video/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:21:12 +0000 Rosemary Rossi https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753812

A little creative voice overdubbing and Bad Lip Reading made an episode of “Stranger Things” even stranger.

The YouTube channel known for their creative overlay of fresh dialogue that matches the lip movement of the characters set their site on “Stranger Things” and, as a result, turned the Netflix sci-fi series into a ’80s family dramedy more likely to be seen on Freeform.

The 18-minute video kicks off with peppy theme music and a kindly narration setting the scene. The characters are tweaked, thanks to their new wacky dialogue, with Mike’s new catchphrase (“super freak”), Karen bragging about her “new tattoo,” an emotional Joyce sharing a dream about being in Billy Ocean’s wedding, and Eleven unable to string two words together.

It’s pretty darn funny, but very, very strange.

Watch the entire video above.

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Angry Grandpa, Cranky YouTube Sensation, Dies at 67 https://www.thewrap.com/angry-grandpa-cranky-youtube-sensation-dies-67/ https://www.thewrap.com/angry-grandpa-cranky-youtube-sensation-dies-67/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:50:26 +0000 Rosemary Rossi https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753793 Charlie Green Jr, better known as YouTube personality Angry Grandpa (AGP), died Sunday after a short battle with skin cancer. He was 67.

His son Michael announced the news on Twitter, saying, “Heaven just got a whole lot angrier. Dad, I’m going to miss you more than I even understand as I write this. I already miss you more than you’ll ever know. I’m so sorry that you couldn’t enjoy your fame longer but I’m so happy that the last 10 years of your life had a purpose.”

The former firefighter became a social media superstar with his cantankerous videos, which were featured on HLN’s “Dr. Drew,” TruTV’s “Rude Tube” and MTV’s “Pranked.” His “The Angry Grandpa Show” moved to YouTube, where it amassed over 3 million subscribers and over 627 million views earlier this year. On his second channel, Grandpa’s Corner, he shared personal stories, read viewer mail and made cooking videos.

In February, as a camera rolled, he told Michael he had cancer. At first, Michael thought his father was pranking him, but AGP broke down and told him it was true. Their heart-wrenching conversation can be seen in the video below.

Although the cancer was in remission for a few months, in July he was hospitalized and diagnosed with cirrhosis. Last month, he tweeted a message to his fans (known as “Grandpa’s Army”), “SOMEONE TELL DEATH TO KISS MY ASS! I AIN’T READY YET!!!!!”

AGP is survived by five children, nine grandchildren and a fiancé.

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Chris Evans, Sean Hannity Reach Out to Bullied Kid Keaton Jones https://www.thewrap.com/chris-evans-sean-hannity-reach-bullied-kid-keaton-jones/ https://www.thewrap.com/chris-evans-sean-hannity-reach-bullied-kid-keaton-jones/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:16:04 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753790 Politically, Chris Evans and Sean Hannity probably don’t agree on anything, but Captain America and the Fox News host are both reaching out to show their support for Keaton Jones, a boy whose tearful speech against bullying went viral this weekend.

In the video, which was posted by Jones’ mother, Kimberly, the boy tearfully asks why kids pick on him by making fun of his nose and telling him he has no friends.

“What’s the point of it?” he wondered aloud. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not okay.”

The Tennessee boy then turns his attention to other bullied kids, offering them some words of hope.

“If you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you,” he said. “Just stay strong, I guess. It’s hard. But…it’ll probably get better one day.”

The video has since been viewed over 17 million times, and various celebrities have reached out to show their support, including Evans and Hannity. Evans tweeted that he wants to invite Jones to the premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War” next spring, while Hannity wants to help start a scholarship fund to help with Jones’ education.

Evans and Hannity are just two of many prominent celebs that want to show their support to Jones and his family. Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans invited Jones and his family to an upcoming game, while other celebrities like “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown gave their own warm words. See more of the support for Jones below.

 

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‘Walking Dead’ Leaders Ranked, Worst to Best (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/walking-dead-leaders-ranked-worst-to-best-rick-negan-jadis-governor/ https://www.thewrap.com/walking-dead-leaders-ranked-worst-to-best-rick-negan-jadis-governor/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:10:34 +0000 Joe Otterson and Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1335118 ‘Walking Dead’ Leaders Ranked Worst to Best: From Rick to Negan (Photos)

On “The Walking Dead,” plenty have tried to lead, but few have been successful. Here we look back on all those who led others to safety or their graves

Gregory (Alive). Leader of: Hilltop Colony. Gregory runs Hilltop…for now anyway. He has shown himself to be an ineffectual leader who immediately caved to The Saviors. He is currently recovering from a knife wound sustained when one of his own tried to kill him to appease Negan.

Deanna (Deceased). Leader of: Alexandria. Deanna helped keep Alexandria together early on. She was a great judge of character, but did not recognize the walker threat for what it was. She died after the walls of Alexandria fell, leaving the community to Rick.

Dawn took charge of the hospital when her predecessor failed to keep people safe. But her practice of requiring forced labor in exchange for meds earned her no friends, and eventually led to her death

Gareth and his fellow Terminus residents promised weary travelers sanctuary, only to kill and eat them cannibal style. He became obsessed with getting revenge on Rick, eventually leading to his death at Rick’s hands. Hershel kept himself and his family safe on his farm during the early days of the outbreak, eventually offering shelter to Rick and his group. But Hershel believed that the walkers could be returned to human form, which proved a costly mistake.

 

 

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https://www.thewrap.com/walking-dead-leaders-ranked-worst-to-best-rick-negan-jadis-governor/feed/ 0 On "The Walking Dead," plenty have tried to lead, but few have been successful. Here we look back on all those who led others to safety -- or their graves.

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On "The Walking Dead," plenty have tried to lead, but few have been successful. Here we look back on all those who led others to safety -- or their graves.

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14. Gregory (Alive) of the Hilltop Colony. Gregory no longer is in charge, thankfully -- he was maybe not the kind of leader anyone ever needed.

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14. Gregory (Alive) of the Hilltop Colony. Gregory no longer is in charge, thankfully -- he was maybe not the kind of leader anyone ever needed.

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13. Deanna (Deceased) of Alexandria. Deanna helped keep Alexandria together early on. She was a great judge of character, but did not recognize the walker threat for what it was. She died after the walls of Alexandria fell, leaving the community to Rick. 

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13. Deanna (Deceased) of Alexandria. Deanna helped keep Alexandria together early on. She was a great judge of character, but did not recognize the walker threat for what it was. She died after the walls of Alexandria fell, leaving the community to Rick. 

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12. Dawn (Deceased) of Grady Memorial Hospital. Dawn took charge of the hospital when her predecessor failed to keep people safe, but her practice of requiring forced labor in exchange for meds earned her no friends, and eventually led to her death.

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12. Dawn (Deceased) of Grady Memorial Hospital. Dawn took charge of the hospital when her predecessor failed to keep people safe, but her practice of requiring forced labor in exchange for meds earned her no friends, and eventually led to her death.

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11. Natania (Alive) of Oceanside. Emotionally scarred by their brutal defeat at the hands of the Saviors -- after which Negan had every male above age 10 executed, Natania has become a generally terrible person.

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11. Natania (Alive) of Oceanside. Emotionally scarred by their brutal defeat at the hands of the Saviors -- after which Negan had every male above age 10 executed, Natania has become a generally terrible person.

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10. Gareth (Deceased) of Terminus. Gareth and his fellow Terminus residents promised weary travelers sanctuary, only to kill and eat them cannibal style. He became obsessed with getting revenge on Rick, eventually leading to his death at Rick's hands.

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10. Gareth (Deceased) of Terminus. Gareth and his fellow Terminus residents promised weary travelers sanctuary, only to kill and eat them cannibal style. He became obsessed with getting revenge on Rick, eventually leading to his death at Rick's hands.

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9. Hershel (Deceased) of The Farm. Hershel kept himself and his family safe on his farm during the early days of the outbreak, eventually offering shelter to Rick and his group. But Hershel believed that the walkers could be returned to human form, which proved a costly mistake. 

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9. Hershel (Deceased) of The Farm. Hershel kept himself and his family safe on his farm during the early days of the outbreak, eventually offering shelter to Rick and his group. But Hershel believed that the walkers could be returned to human form, which proved a costly mistake. 

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8. Alpha Wolf (Deceased) of The Wolves. The Wolves are a savage group who killed anyone who had something they desired. The Alpha Wolf was a good killer, but his people were ultimately wild and undisciplined. 

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8. Alpha Wolf (Deceased) of The Wolves. The Wolves are a savage group who killed anyone who had something they desired. The Alpha Wolf was a good killer, but his people were ultimately wild and undisciplined. 

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7. Joe (Deceased) of The Claimers. Joe and his group lived as nomads, taking what they want when they want. He lived by a simple code of justice, but did not bat an eye when he or his people needed to kill. He underestimated Rick, Daryl, and Michonne, getting every Claimer killed.

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7. Joe (Deceased) of The Claimers. Joe and his group lived as nomads, taking what they want when they want. He lived by a simple code of justice, but did not bat an eye when he or his people needed to kill. He underestimated Rick, Daryl, and Michonne, getting every Claimer killed.

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6. The Governor (Deceased) of Woodbury, Martinez Camp. The Governor was all charm and class on the outside, but his inner workings were that of a cold blooded killer. After the citizens of Woodbury abandoned him for Rick, he eventually took over another camp, and subsequently led them to their deaths at the prison. 

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6. The Governor (Deceased) of Woodbury, Martinez Camp. The Governor was all charm and class on the outside, but his inner workings were that of a cold blooded killer. After the citizens of Woodbury abandoned him for Rick, he eventually took over another camp, and subsequently led them to their deaths at the prison. 

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5. Jadis (Alive) of The Scavengers. We get that faction bosses have to be pretty hard edged in this post-apocalyptic world, but that whole "make Rick fight a zombie who's wearing spiky gladiator gear" thing was kinda weird. Still, by "Walking Dead" standards Jadis has been extremely reasonable for somebody who leads a group of people who live in a junkyard.

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5. Jadis (Alive) of The Scavengers. We get that faction bosses have to be pretty hard edged in this post-apocalyptic world, but that whole "make Rick fight a zombie who's wearing spiky gladiator gear" thing was kinda weird. Still, by "Walking Dead" standards Jadis has been extremely reasonable for somebody who leads a group of people who live in a junkyard.

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4. Negan (Alive) of The Saviors. Negan rules The Saviors through a combination of charm and savagery. Say what you want, but he inspires blind devotion among his followers.

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4. Negan (Alive) of The Saviors. Negan rules The Saviors through a combination of charm and savagery. Say what you want, but he inspires blind devotion among his followers.

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3. Maggie (Alive) of the Hilltop Colony. Obviously, she's much better as the boss of the Hilltop than Gregory ever was, though as this war with the Saviors continues you gotta wonder if the bloodlust is getting to her.

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3. Maggie (Alive) of the Hilltop Colony. Obviously, she's much better as the boss of the Hilltop than Gregory ever was, though as this war with the Saviors continues you gotta wonder if the bloodlust is getting to her.

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2. Rick Grimes (Alive) of Alexandria. Rick is a natural leader who has guided his group through hell and back. He has led them through countless battles with the both the living and the dead is is still standing to tell the tale.

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2. Rick Grimes (Alive) of Alexandria. Rick is a natural leader who has guided his group through hell and back. He has led them through countless battles with the both the living and the dead is is still standing to tell the tale.

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1. King Ezekiel (Alive) of The Kingdom. Ezekiel commands The Kingdom with a flair never before seen on the AMC series, which includes keeping a tiger as a pet and speaking like a Shakespearean king. But also he's way better at not doing stupid things that get his people killed than any of the other leaders

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1. King Ezekiel (Alive) of The Kingdom. Ezekiel commands The Kingdom with a flair never before seen on the AMC series, which includes keeping a tiger as a pet and speaking like a Shakespearean king. But also he's way better at not doing stupid things that get his people killed than any of the other leaders

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Ellen DeGeneres Evacuates as California Wildfires Spread Through Santa Barbara County https://www.thewrap.com/ellen-degeneres-california-wildfires/ https://www.thewrap.com/ellen-degeneres-california-wildfires/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:50:00 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753773 As wildfires continue to burn throughout Southern California, Ellen DeGeneres revealed on Twitter Sunday that she has had to evacuate her house as the largest of the fires, the Thomas Fire, has approached her neighborhood.

“Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets,” the talk show host wrote. “I’m praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters.”

DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi live in Montecito, an area where many celebrities own homes, including Patrick Stewart, Jane Seymour, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and former Vice President Al Gore. Residents there were told to evacuate as the Thomas Fire, which has burned 170,000 acres, has threatened homes in the area. The fire, which began in Ventura County, has pushed into Santa Barbara county as single degree humidity, dry vegetation and Santa Ana winds that have blown at speeds of 35 mph this weekend and at hurricane speeds earlier this week have caused it to rapidly spread. The latest report from state fire officials has put the blaze at only 15 percent containment.

In Los Angeles County, the drought-inducing conditions over the past week have caused fires to ignite in Sylmar, Santa Clarita, and most noticeably Bel Air, where the 405 was closed early Wednesday morning and flames scorched the vineyards of News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch. That Bel Air fire has reached 75 percent containment, while the Sylmar Fire is 70 percent contained and the Santa Clarita fire is 90 percent contained.

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‘God’s Own Country’ Tops British Independent Film Awards https://www.thewrap.com/gods-country-tops-british-independent-film-awards/ https://www.thewrap.com/gods-country-tops-british-independent-film-awards/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:09:25 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753714 “God’s Own Country” was named the best film of 2017 at the British Independent Film Awards, which took place on Sunday in London.

Acting awards went to Florence Pugh for “Lady Macbeth” and Josh O’Connor for “God’s Own Country.”

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” won the award for the best international independent film.

Leading nominees going into the show included “Lady Macbeth,” “Three Billboards” and “God’s Own Country.”

The 2017 British Independent Film Awards winners:

Best British Independent Film: “God’s Own Country”

Best International Independent Film: “Get Out”

Best Director: Rungano Nyoni, “I Am Not a Witch”

Best Screenplay: Alice Birch, “Lady Macbeth”

Best Actress: Florence Pugh, “Lady Macbeth”

Best Actor: Josh O’Connor, “God’s Own Country”

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Clarkson, “The Party”

Best Supporting Actor: Simon Russell Beale, “The Death of Stalin”

Most Promising Newcomer: Naomi Ackie, “Lady Macbeth”

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director): Rungano Nyoni, “I Am Not a Witch”

Debut Screenwriter: Francis Lee, “God’s Own Country”

Breakthrough Producer: Emily Morgan, “I Am Not a Witch”

The Discovery Award: “In Another Life”

Best Documentary:  “Almost Heaven”

Best British Short Film: “Fish Story”

Best Cinematography:
Ben Davis, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
David Gallego, “I Am Not a Witch”
Tat Radcliffe, “Jawbone”
Thomas Riedelsheimer, “Leaning Into the Wind”
Ari Wegner, “Lady Macbeth”

Best Casting:
“Lady Macbeth”
“God’s Own Country”
“The Death of Stalin”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”

Best Costume Design:
“My Cousin Rachel”
“The Death of Stalin”
“How to Talk to Girls at Parties”
“I Am Not a Witch”
“Lady Macbeth”

Best Editing:
“Williams”
“Jawbone”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“The Death of Stalin”
“Us And Them”

Best Effects:
“The Ritual”
“Journeyman”
“The Death of Stalin”
“Double Date”
“Their Finest”

Best Make Up & Hair Design:
“I Am Not a Witch”
“Breathe”
“Journeyman”
“The Death of Stalin”
“Lady Macbeth”

Best Music:
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“Leaning Into The Wind”
“I Am Not a Witch”
“Jawbone”
“The Death of Stalin”

Best Production Design:
“Lady Macbeth”
“The Death of Stalin”
“Final Portrait”
“I Am Not a Witch”
“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”

Best Sound:
“God’s Own Country”
“I Am Not a Witch”
“Jawbone”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“Breathe”

Richard Harris Award: Vanessa Redgrave

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‘After Porn Ends': What 9 Porn Stars Did After Their Careers Ended (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/after-porn-ends-doc-photos-janine-brittany-andrews/ https://www.thewrap.com/after-porn-ends-doc-photos-janine-brittany-andrews/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:15:20 +0000 Tim Molloy https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1562250 What do porn stars do when their lives in the adult film industry end? That’s the question at the heart of documentary filmmaker Bryce Wagoner’s film “After Porn Ends,” and its new follow-up, “After Porn Ends 2.” The film looks at the tragedies and successes of people who left an industry that famously uses up young talent. Some have no regrets about their years in the industry. For others, a career in the adult industry has proven to be a conduit to certain despair.
Johnnie Keyes: Johnnie wasn’t the first black adult performer, but he was the first black PORN STAR. Coming from poverty he enlisted in the army and became a champion boxer. Using the GI Bill he got a drama degree and starred in Jesus Christ, Superstar. After a chance casting in Behind the Green Door, he found himself on the shores of Cannes and a cultural icon. Eventually retiring to raise his family, Johnnie is now an accomplished jazz singer and runs a youth outreach basketball camp with his son in Seattle.
Lisa Ann: Starting as a stripper in Pennsylvania, Lisa used porn to further her feature dancing career and was a well known player for 15 years before the opportunity of a lifetime unfolded in front of her, the opportunity to do a parody of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. This catapulted her to porn superstardom and made her the top performer in her business for five straight years. Always the ambitious one, Lisa parlayed her media appearances into a shot at hosting her own fantasy sports radio show on Sirius XM, which has launched a whole new brand and successful book.
Ginger Lynn: Simply the face of XXX in the 80’s and early 90’s, Ginger was the original “girl next door.” Starting in bikini contests and taking the advice of famed photographer Suze Randall, Ginger played the adult business by her rules, commanded the largest salary in porn, and got out exactly when she wanted to. Studying acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, Ginger has had major roles in Wing Commander, American Pie: Band Camp, The Devil’s Rejects, and 31. She is as much an icon in the comic-con fashioned events as she is in the adult world now.
Tabitha Stevens: A Vegas Dancer who did one scene that kicked off an entire 20 year career. Tabitha holds the record for most porn star appearances on Howard Stern and became a regular on Doctor 90210. She and her husband run a fine art photography gallery in Utah.
Brittany Andrews: Brittany knew that she wanted to do porn to further her own business interests. She made her own line of videos and distributed them all herself. After getting some mainstream cred by posing in Playboy Magazine, she learned to be a DJ and now plays all over the world being booked by the largest DJ agency in the USA, Skam Artists.
Darren James: Darren began his path to XXX as Navy veteran from the streets of Detroit. After trying to be in the LAPD, he was waitlisted due to budget cuts. Starving and not knowing where his next job was coming from, he tried porn and became a prolific performer. But after taking a big contract in Brazil, he wound up getting infected with HIV and now does public speaking and advocacy work for those living with the disease.
Chasey Lain: Chasey began as a dancer and became one of the highest paid performers in XXX. But after struggling with the changing economics and structure of the adult business, she turned to working as an escort at the world famous Bunny Ranch. She’s now saving money to go back to school and start her life over.
Georgina Spelvin began as a Broadway dancer and actress. When the work dried up she got a job on an adult film as a caterer and then starred in the director’s next film, The Devil in Miss Jones; which would go on to be one of the most successful XXX movies of all time. Georgina bounced back and forth with retirement until she took a job in an office and retired with her pension (and love of her life) 20 years later in Hollywood, CA.
Janine Lindemulder: A one time softball star with college scholarship offers, Janine found her way into adult through a modeling ad. Her porn career led her to the most successful feature dancer in the world. She retired to marry and have a daughter with Orange County Choppers star Jesse James, but after a brutal custody battle she also went to federal prison for owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes. After getting out she moved to the Oregon Coast to get her life back on track. It’s still a work in progress.
After Porn Ends 2 is the follow up to the iTunes and Amazon #1 2012 predecessor and delves deeper into society’s ongoing stigmas of race, misogyny, and the reality of decreasing opportunities for these former VHS box cover stars. For some, their careers in adult entertainment is accepted proudly and without regret. For others, a career in the adult industry has proven to be a conduit to certain despair as they struggle to find a way to bury their past and emerge with a new career or calling.
It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes, and will be released on VOD as well on March 28th. It is directed and produced by Bryce Wagoner (After Porn Ends, Parrot Heads), and produced by Michael Weiss, Andy Weiss, Billy Sorrentino, and Michael Tipps, with Cara Kidwell serving as co producer. Michael Weiss negotiated the distribution deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Wagoner is represented by Zero Gravity Management.
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https://www.thewrap.com/after-porn-ends-doc-photos-janine-brittany-andrews/feed/ 0 What do porn stars do when their lives in the adult film industry end? That's the question at the heart of documentary filmmaker Bryce Wagoner's "After Porn Ends," and its new follow-up, "After Porn Ends 2." The doc looks at the trials and successes of people who left an industry famous for using up young talent. Some have no regrets about their years in the industry. For others, a career in the adult industry has proven to be a conduit to certain despair.

Here are their stories, as told to TheWrap by Wagoner.

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What do porn stars do when their lives in the adult film industry end? That's the question at the heart of documentary filmmaker Bryce Wagoner's "After Porn Ends," and its new follow-up, "After Porn Ends 2." The doc looks at the trials and successes of people who left an industry famous for using up young talent. Some have no regrets about their years in the industry. For others, a career in the adult industry has proven to be a conduit to certain despair.

Here are their stories, as told to TheWrap by Wagoner.

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Johnnie Keyes 

He wasn't the first black adult performer, but he was the first black porn star. Coming from poverty, he enlisted in the Army and became a champion boxer, then used the G.I. Bill to get a drama degree and star in musicals. After a chance casting in the iconic 1972 adult film "Behind the Green Door," he found himself on the shores of Cannes and a cultural icon. Eventually retiring to raise his family, Johnnie is now an accomplished jazz singer and runs a youth outreach basketball camp with his son in Seattle.

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Johnnie Keyes 

He wasn't the first black adult performer, but he was the first black porn star. Coming from poverty, he enlisted in the Army and became a champion boxer, then used the G.I. Bill to get a drama degree and star in musicals. After a chance casting in the iconic 1972 adult film "Behind the Green Door," he found himself on the shores of Cannes and a cultural icon. Eventually retiring to raise his family, Johnnie is now an accomplished jazz singer and runs a youth outreach basketball camp with his son in Seattle.

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Lisa Ann 

Starting as a stripper in Pennsylvania, Lisa used porn to further her dancing career and was a well-known performer for 15 years before the opportunity of a lifetime: appearing in a parody of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin that catapulted her to porn superstardom. She parlayed her media appearances into hosting her own fantasy sports radio show on Sirius XM.

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Lisa Ann 

Starting as a stripper in Pennsylvania, Lisa used porn to further her dancing career and was a well-known performer for 15 years before the opportunity of a lifetime: appearing in a parody of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin that catapulted her to porn superstardom. She parlayed her media appearances into hosting her own fantasy sports radio show on Sirius XM.

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Ginger Lynn 

Her "girl next door" look made her the face of XXX films in the 80s and early 90s. Starting in bikini contests and taking the advice of famed photographer Suze Randall, she played the adult business by her rules, commanded the largest salary in porn, and got out exactly when she wanted to. After studying acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, she earned roles in "Wing Commander," "American Pie: Band Camp," "The Devil's Rejects," and "31." She has become as much an icon in the Comic-Con world as she is in the adult industry.

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Ginger Lynn 

Her "girl next door" look made her the face of XXX films in the 80s and early 90s. Starting in bikini contests and taking the advice of famed photographer Suze Randall, she played the adult business by her rules, commanded the largest salary in porn, and got out exactly when she wanted to. After studying acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, she earned roles in "Wing Commander," "American Pie: Band Camp," "The Devil's Rejects," and "31." She has become as much an icon in the Comic-Con world as she is in the adult industry.

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Janine Lindemulder 

A one-time softball star with college scholarship offers, Janine found her way into adult through a modeling ad. Her porn career led to a wildly success career as an exotic dancer. She retired to marry and have a daughter with Orange County Choppers star Jesse James -- but after a brutal custody battle, she went to prison for owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes. After getting out, she moved to the Oregon Coast to get her life back on track. 

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Janine Lindemulder 

A one-time softball star with college scholarship offers, Janine found her way into adult through a modeling ad. Her porn career led to a wildly success career as an exotic dancer. She retired to marry and have a daughter with Orange County Choppers star Jesse James -- but after a brutal custody battle, she went to prison for owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes. After getting out, she moved to the Oregon Coast to get her life back on track. 

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Tabitha Stevens 

One scene kicked off an entire 20-year career for the former Vegas dancer, who holds the record for most porn star appearances on "Howard Stern." She also became a regular on "Doctor 90210." She and her husband run a fine-art photography gallery in Utah.

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Tabitha Stevens 

One scene kicked off an entire 20-year career for the former Vegas dancer, who holds the record for most porn star appearances on "Howard Stern." She also became a regular on "Doctor 90210." She and her husband run a fine-art photography gallery in Utah.

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Brittany Andrews 

She knew that she wanted to do porn to further her own business interests, and made her own line of videos and distributed them herself. After getting some mainstream cred by posing in Playboy Magazine, she learned to be a DJ and now plays all over the world, booked by the DJ agency Skam Artists.

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Brittany Andrews 

She knew that she wanted to do porn to further her own business interests, and made her own line of videos and distributed them herself. After getting some mainstream cred by posing in Playboy Magazine, she learned to be a DJ and now plays all over the world, booked by the DJ agency Skam Artists.

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Darren James 

James began his path to XXX films as a Navy veteran from the streets of Detroit. He tried to join the LAPD but was waitlisted due to budget cuts. Not knowing where his next job was coming from, he tried porn and became a prolific performer. But after taking a big contract in Brazil, he wound up infected with HIV. He is now a public speaker who advocates for those living with the disease. 

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Darren James 

James began his path to XXX films as a Navy veteran from the streets of Detroit. He tried to join the LAPD but was waitlisted due to budget cuts. Not knowing where his next job was coming from, he tried porn and became a prolific performer. But after taking a big contract in Brazil, he wound up infected with HIV. He is now a public speaker who advocates for those living with the disease. 

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Chasey Lain 

Lain began as a dancer and became one of the highest-paid performers in XXX. But after struggling with the changing economics and structure of the adult business, she turned to working as an escort at the world-famous Bunny Ranch. She's now saving money to go back to school and start her life over.

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Chasey Lain 

Lain began as a dancer and became one of the highest-paid performers in XXX. But after struggling with the changing economics and structure of the adult business, she turned to working as an escort at the world-famous Bunny Ranch. She's now saving money to go back to school and start her life over.

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Georgina Spelvin 

She began as a Broadway dancer and actress. When the work dried up, she got a job on an adult film as a caterer -- and then starred in the director's next film, 1973's "The Devil in Miss Jones." which would go on to be one of the most successful XXX movies of all time and would come to be considered an adult classic. She eventually took an office job and retired with her pension (and love of her life) 20 years later in Hollywood.

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Georgina Spelvin 

She began as a Broadway dancer and actress. When the work dried up, she got a job on an adult film as a caterer -- and then starred in the director's next film, 1973's "The Devil in Miss Jones." which would go on to be one of the most successful XXX movies of all time and would come to be considered an adult classic. She eventually took an office job and retired with her pension (and love of her life) 20 years later in Hollywood.

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"After Porn Ends 2" delves deeper into social stigma, race, misogyny, and the reality of decreasing opportunities for former adult film stars. It's available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes, and will be released on VOD as well on March 28th. It is directed and produced by Bryce Wagoner ("After Porn Ends," "Parrot Heads"), and produced by Michael Weiss, Andy Weiss, Billy Sorrentino, and Michael Tipps, with Cara Kidwell serving as co-producer.

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"After Porn Ends 2" delves deeper into social stigma, race, misogyny, and the reality of decreasing opportunities for former adult film stars. It's available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes, and will be released on VOD as well on March 28th. It is directed and produced by Bryce Wagoner ("After Porn Ends," "Parrot Heads"), and produced by Michael Weiss, Andy Weiss, Billy Sorrentino, and Michael Tipps, with Cara Kidwell serving as co-producer.

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Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Kicks Photographer in Face at KROQ Concert (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/queens-stone-age-frontman-kicks-photographer-face-kroq-concert-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/queens-stone-age-frontman-kicks-photographer-face-kroq-concert-video/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:15:48 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753744 UPDATE 2:00 PM PT: Updated to include statement from Josh Homme

Photographer Chelsea Lauren has posted a video on Instagram of her being kicked in the face by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme during the band’s set at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday.

In the video, you can see Homme looking at Lauren as she takes photos and kicks then her in the face. Lauren went back to the photographer’s row to take pictures of other bands, but was later treated at Cedars-Sinai for her injuries.

“People need to realize that it’s not okay just to walk up and assault other people,” she tweeted about the incident. Inglewood police told TheWrap that no police report has been filed as of midday Sunday, though Lauren has said she intends to press charges.

Homme’s kick was just one example of erratic behavior during the set. The singer insulted the booing crowd during the show, calling them “retards” and yelling “F–k Muse!”, referring to that night’s headlining band. He also yelled at one person in the audience, saying “I used to f–k guys like you in prison!”

Homme has released a statement Sunday afternoon apologizing to Lauren for the incident.

“Last night, while in a state of being lost in performance, I kicked over various lighting and equipment on our stage,” Homme wrote. “Today it was brought to my attention that this included a camera held by photographer Chelsea Lauren. I did not mean for that to happen and I am very sorry. I would never intentionally cause harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows and I hope Chelsea will accept my sincere apology.”

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Golden Globes 2018 Movie Predictions: ‘The Shape of Water’ Should Dominate https://www.thewrap.com/golden-globes-2018-movie-predictions/ https://www.thewrap.com/golden-globes-2018-movie-predictions/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:45:19 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1752828 The Golden Globes have already had their category controversy this year, with a fair amount of outrage whipped up over the fact that Jordan Peele’s socially-conscious horror movie “Get Out” was submitted and accepted into the comedy categories. But with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gearing up to announce its nominations on Monday, it’s time to stop worrying about who’s in what category and start thinking about who’s getting in and who’s getting left out.

It no longer pays to predict outrageous or embarrassing choices: In recent years, the 90-odd members of the HFPA have for the most part come up with solid nominations, though it’s clear they have to stretch to fill the comedy or musical categories most years.

This year, they have one more wrinkle to deal with in the form of the sexual-misconduct accusations that have wracked Hollywood (and the rest of the country as well). Always aware of the face they’re showing to the public on their yearly television show, Golden Globes voters may well be keen to keep any suspect figures away from the Beverly Hilton ballroom when the show takes place on Jan. 7.

If these predictions are correct, “The Shape of Water” will lead all films with six nominations.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Predictions: “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

With Oscar contenders like “Lady Bird” and “Get Out” consigned to the comedy or musical category, and “The Florida Project” perhaps too small and ragged for HFPA tastes, the final five will probably be “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and either “Darkest Hour” or “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Folks who know the voters think that the adventurous contingent in the HFPA loves “Three Billboards” enough to give it the edge over the safer “Darkest Hour.”

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Predictions: Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”; Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”; Jake Gyllenhaal, “Stronger”; Tom Hanks, “The Post”; Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

The first four are likely to be Oldman, Day-Lewis, Hanks and Chalamet. Denzel Washington has a shot for “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” but the HFPA felt disrespected by his speech when they gave him the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2016. That could tip the scales to Gyllenhaal, if Christian Bale doesn’t sneak in for “Hostiles.”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Predictions: Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”; Gal Gadot, “Wonder Woman”; Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”; Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Again, the first four seem clear: McDormand, Hawkins, Streep and Chastain. In the fifth slot, the question is whether Woody Allen now makes voters squeamish enough that they’ll cool on longtime favorite Kate Winslet (“Wonder Wheel”) and give it to girl-power icon Gal Gadot. They might — but watch out for two HFPA faves, Jennifer Lawrence in “mother!” and Annette Bening in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.”

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Predictions: “The Big Sick,” “Get Out,” “The Greatest Showman,” “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird”

Jordan Peele didn’t make any friends in the HFPA when he appeared to complain about his social thriller “Get Out” being slotted in the comedy category, but it’s hard to imagine that voters will take it out on him and not nominate one of the year’s biggest sensations. “Lady Bird” and “I, Tonya” are locks, and “The Big Sick” isn’t far behind. But that still leaves “The Disaster Artist,” “Battle of the Sexes” and the only two real musicals in the running in a category that has the word musical in its title, “The Greatest Showman” and “Beauty and the Beast.” To prove the category warrants its name, “The Greatest Showman” should make the cut — though “Beauty and the Beast” could easily replace  it, or even push out something else and join it.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Predictions: Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”; Tom Cruise, “American Made”; James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”; Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”; Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick”

Franco, Jackman and Nanjiani for sure, with Carell just behind. Daniel Kaluuya could land the fifth slot for “Get Out” – but wherever the comedy is in that film, it’s not really in his performance. There may not be enough love for “Downsizing” for Matt Damon to slip in here, or for “The Meyerowitz Stories” for Adam Sandler to do it. Ansel Elgort would be a fine choice for “Baby Driver,” but the HFPA is said to have really loved “American Made,” and Tom Cruise would be a perfect off-the-wall Globes comedy nominee.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Predictions: Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”; Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”; Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”; Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”; Emma Watson, “Beauty and the Beast”

Ronan, Robbie and Stone have nothing to worry about. Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Zoe Kazan (“The Big Sick”) all have shots at those final two spots, and the ability to salute an icon and give another nomination to a true musical may tip the scales in favor of the first two, though it’s a close call.

Best Supporting Actor
Predictions: Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”; Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”; Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”; Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Michael Stuhlbarg, “Call Me by Your Name”

Here’s a chance to make a statement by recognizing Plummer, the guy who replaced the disgraced Kevin Spacey at the eleventh hour. (Plus they apparently responded to his performance more than anything else in the film.) Dafoe and Rockwell are sure things, with Stuhlbarg just behind. That leaves Jenkins, Armie Hammer (“Call Me by Your Name”), Mark Rylance (“Dunkirk”) and Jason Mitchell (“Mudbound”) among those competing for the last slot, with Jenkins maybe holding a slight edge.

Best Supporting Actress
Predictions: Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”; Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”; Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”; Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”; Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Three of the nominees – Hunter, Metcalf and Janney – are obvious. Everybody loves Spencer, who’s got a killer scene late in “The Shape of Water” and knows what to do with it. And then there are Melissa Leo in “Novitiate,” Hong Chau in “Downsizing,” Michelle Pfeiffer in “mother!” But Blige just might have more buzz.

Best Director
Predictions: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”; Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”; Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name”; Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”; Steven Spielberg, “The Post”

If Nolan, del Toro and Spielberg are inescapable and the Italian-born Guadagnino is irresistible to HFPA voters, do they pick a woman (Gerwig) or an African-American man (Jordan Peele, “Get Out”) for the last spot? They follow the headlines and choose the woman – or maybe they don’t worry about political statements, and they pick the director who didn’t embarrass them they way some think Peele did.

Martin McDonagh has a shot at getting in here for “Three Billboards,” too, as does Joe Wright for “Darkest Hour” — but in an echo of why the HFPA might be miffed at Peele these days, they probably still haven’t forgiven the way Ridley Scott (“All the Money in the World”) mocked them for accepting his film “The Martian” as a comedy.

Best Screenplay
Predictions: “The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

It’s hard to imagine voters bypassing “Call Me by Your Name,” “Three Billboards,” “Lady Bird” and probably “Get Out,” but will they see “The Shape of Water” as more of a visual than a verbal accomplishment? If so, “The Big Sick” could slip in. But what about the movie about journalism, “The Post?”

Best Original Score
Predictions: “Dunkirk,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Globes voters tend to love John Williams, who will likely land his record 26th nomination for “The Post.” They also have a tendency to go edgy at least once a year, which could help Jonny Greenwood’s urgent score to “Phantom Thread.” “The Shape of Water” has scale and romance, “Dunkirk” scale and tension. If two World War II movies aren’t one too many, “Darkest Hour” could join the list; if they are, “Blade Runner 2049” or “Three Billboards” could do it.

Best Original Song
Predictions: “Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast”; “Remember Me” from “Coco”; “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall”; “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”; “You Shouldn’t Look at Me That Way” from “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”

They nominated Iggy Pop in this category last year for “Gold,” bless ‘em. Could they possibly do it again for Iggy and Oneohtrix Point Never’s even better “The Pure and the Damned” from “Good Time?” Probably not. But Elvis Costello could be an attractive nominee, alongside the newest anthem from five-time nominee Diane Warren (“Stand Up for Something,” with Common) and three songs from the musical-theater world: “Remember Me” from “Frozen” songwriters Bobby and Kristin Anderson Lopez, “This Is Me” from last year’s “La La Land” winners, Broadway faves Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and “Evermore,” one of the new songs that Alan Menken wrote for the live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” If voters don’t want to get quite so theatrical, other contenders include Questlove, Mary J. Blige, Ryan Tedder and T Bone Burnett, Sara Bareilles, Nick Jonas, the late Chris Cornell and a delicious wild card, Sufjan Stevens, for his two songs from “Call Me by Your Name.”

Best Foreign Language Film
Predictions: “The Divine Order,” “First They Killed My Father,” “Foxtrot,” “Loveless,” “The Square”

You know that Angelina Jolie’s second foreign-language movie, “First They Killed My Father,” will get in here, just as her first one (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”) did six years ago. “The Square,” “Loveless” and “Foxtrot” are all challenging films, but they’re critical favorites that’ll make Globes voters look good. And “The Divine Order” is the entertaining film they simply loved.

Best Animated Feature Film
Predictions: “The Breadwinner,” “Coco,” “Despicable Me 3,” “The LEGO Batman Movie,” “Loving Vincent”

Once you get past Pixar’s “Coco,” it’s a weak year for major-studio animated films; that’s why the Globes voters will probably give two of their nominations to smaller indie works, “The Breadwinner” (it’s executive produced by Angelina Jolie!) and “Loving Vincent” (it’s made up of oil paintings!). But then they’ll want to give a couple more nods to the big companies that treat them well – so “The LEGO Batman Movie” should be good for a nod, and maybe their longstanding relationship with Illumination Entertainment will give “Despicable Me 3” a slight edge over “The Boss Baby” or “Ferdinand.”

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‘I, Tonya’ Skates to Big Numbers at Indie Box Office https://www.thewrap.com/i-tonya-big-numbers-indie-box-office/ https://www.thewrap.com/i-tonya-big-numbers-indie-box-office/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:49:04 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753704 While “The Disaster Artist” moved into wide release to take a spot in this weekend’s top five at the box office, NEON and 30WEST sent their darkly comedic biopic “I, Tonya” into theaters for a four-screen release and had the highest per screen average of the weekend with $61,400 for a $245,402 total.

“I, Tonya” stars Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding, the figure skater whose career came to an ignoble end when her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan), hired a man to break the leg of her rival, Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), at the National Figure Skating Championships in 1994. Allison Janney also stars as Harding’s abusive mother, LaVona Fay Golden. Craig Gillespie directed from a script by Steven Rogers, and the film has a 90 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Call Me by Your Name” remains slow to expand, growing to just nine screens in its third weekend. Regardless, it continues to be a major draw, passing the $1 million mark earlier this week and making $291,101 for a PSA of $32,345 and a cume of $1.37 million.

Also passing the $1 million mark are Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour” and Fox Searchlight’s “The Shape of Water.” “Darkest Hour” expanded to 53 theaters in its third weekend and made $777,000 for a PSA of $14,664 and a total of $1.23 million. “The Shape of Water” expanded to 41 screens and made $1.1 million for a PSA of $26,700 and a cume of $1.3 million.

Oscar contenders “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Lady Bird” kept performing well, with “Three Billboards” adding $2.8 million to bring its total to $18.3 million, while “Lady Bird” added $3.4 million to bring its total to $22.1 million. Finally, among holdovers, FilmRise’s “My Friend Dahmer” crossed the $1 million mark in its sixth weekend with $130,000 from 110 screens to bring its cume to $1.13 million, and A24’s “The Florida Project” crossed the $5 million mark with $96,177 from 101 screens.

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Steve Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer Dives Deeper Into the Oasis (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/ready-player-one-steven-spielberg-trailer/ https://www.thewrap.com/ready-player-one-steven-spielberg-trailer/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:35:13 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753725

Warner Bros. released a new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” and it takes a much deeper dive into Ernest Cline’s reference-stuffed digital fantasy world known as the OASIS.

Based on Cline’s best-selling novel, the film follows Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), an ace gamer who lives in a dystopian Ohio in 2045. Like everyone else in society, he escapes his hellish reality by entering the OASIS, where he is an ace gamer known as Parzival. With the help of another skilled treasure hunter named Art3mis (Olivia Cooke), Wade goes hunting for an Easter egg OASIS’ late creator hidden in the game. Whoever finds it gets control of the OASIS, as well as his entire fortune.

Cline’s novel was known for dropping references to ’80s pop culture in almost every paragraph, but Spielberg’s film will also pull from more recent movies, TV shows and video games. The Iron Giant, who appeared in the film’s San Diego Comic-Con trailer, can be seen again here, and fans of the hit online shooter “Overwatch” will be surprised to find the game’s most popular character, Tracer, in this trailer running into battle alongside Chun-Li from “Street Fighter.”

“Ready Player One” also stars Simon Pegg and T.J. Miller, with Cline writing the script with Zak Penn (“X-Men: The Last Stand). The film hits theaters March 30.

Watch the trailer above.

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Warner Bros. Crosses $2 Billion at Domestic Box Office for First Time Since 2009 https://www.thewrap.com/warner-bros-crosses-2-billion-domestic-box-office/ https://www.thewrap.com/warner-bros-crosses-2-billion-domestic-box-office/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:30:22 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753713 It’s been a very good year for Warner Bros. at the box office, as the studio crossed the $2 billion mark at the domestic box office on Sunday. It’s only the second time in studio history that WB has hit this mark, and comes just days after the studio hit $5 billion worldwide.

Though the studio’s latest film, “Justice League,” hasn’t performed as well as analysts hoped with $212 million domestic through four weekends, WB has had plenty of other big successes this year, most notably “Wonder Woman,” which became the movie of the summer with $412.5 million. WB also had the big surprise of the year with “It,” which became the highest grossing horror movie and highest grossing September release of all time with $327.3 million.

Other films that have performed well for WB are Oscar contender “Dunkirk” ($188 million), “The Lego Batman Movie” ($175.7 million), “Kong: Skull Island” ($168 million) and “Annabelle: Creation” ($102 million). That gives WB seven films that have grossed more than $100 million, the most of any studio, as well as an industry-best eight No. 1 opening weekends for 2017.

Warner Bros. is currently first on the domestic charts with 20 percent market share, though Disney will overtake them once “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is released. Even still, WB has been remarkably consistent over the past decade, finishing in first or second among all studios in eight of the last ten years, including a studio record $2.13 billion made in 2009. WB is also the only studio to gross more than $1 billion domestically every year since 2000.

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How They Saved Ojai: a Letter from a Town to Its Firefighters https://www.thewrap.com/ojai-fire-saved-fire-town-to-its-firefighters/ https://www.thewrap.com/ojai-fire-saved-fire-town-to-its-firefighters/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:47:31 +0000 Sharon Waxman https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753391 They saved Ojai. That’s the short version.

But how one of the worst fires in California history burned right up to the edge of this small, spiritual town and then stopped, leaving it virtually intact, is one of the great dramas in the tableau of ferocious natural destruction we’ve been watching.

On Saturday, all along the road into Ojai, homemade signs dotted the path: “Thank you for saving our town,” one read. “Thank you to the first responders,” and just “Thank You.” And more thank yous.

Not everyone was lucky. The charred remains of something called the Ojai Prayer Club stood like a wounded sentry on the mountain above the valley. The fire blew through every inch of this retreat, which up to a week ago had majestic views.

But in the main, this gentle valley of ex-hippies, orange groves and spiritual seekers survived untouched. A few hundred feet from the prayer club, purple bougainvillea danced at the windy entrance of a neighboring estate.

Remains of the Ojai Prayer Club

It was not a certain outcome by any means. The fire began on Monday in the mountainous eastern part of town, as firefighters were busy battling another blaze that was coursing through Santa Paula, not far away. Fed by dry chaparral and an unpredictable wind, the fire raced toward Ojai, a town of 8,000 nestled in the shadow of the Topa Topa mountain range.

“The second fire that started in upper Ojai was a separate start. That took on its own life and then moved into Ojai proper,” explained Steve Swindle, the public information officer for Ventura County Firefighters. He is also a firefighter and was battling the blaze in Santa Paula on Monday when the Ojai fire started.

He described what became a nightmare for residents, as the first fire circled back and joined the second one to create a burning noose around the town:

“The first fire moved down the canyon into Santa Paula. It caught easterly  winds and headed west into east Ventura, across Ventura proper, then to west Ventura, jumped highway 33, and got into the backside of the coastal range and burned through there. It went up into Casitas Spring, and then came around the front side of Ojai. It literally did a circle.”

For two days, the fire was zero percent contained, burning to the south, the east and the north, as residents watched and decided whether to evacuate.

At a private boarding school to the east of the downtown strip, the realization of what could happen began to take hold. In a letter to the school community, Thacher head of school Michael Mulligan began to share increasingly alarming developments:

“It has scorched the eastern and southern hills of the Ojai, and it has worked its way to the eastern border of the Thacher campus,” he wrote on Monday. “The terrain on both sides of the Gymkhana Field is now burned off; the chaparral on Huntington Trail has effectively been cleared; and the fire has crept over to the borders of our new solar field but has left them untouched thanks to the barren horse corrals. Tonight there are embers glowing throughout these hills but no active flames.”

The embers were a serious threat, because the wind drove them ahead of the fire, and as Swindle explained, created a vacuum effect that exponentially increased the speed of the flames spreading.

And for the first 12 hours, firefighters in Ojai were on their own.

“The fire was just raging and we couldn’t catch it.,” Swindle said. “Normally we’ll flank a fire and knock it down. On this one, because it was burning so crazy, we were just following it and cleaning up behind it. You can’t stop it — it’s an amazing force of nature that you cannot stop. It’s like a death wish if you get in front of that.”

The authorities ordered strike teams in, and in a military-style operation, moved hundreds of men and women into place. Reinforcements flooded in by Wednesday, even as the fire and wind raged on the mountainsides. A total of 5,000 firefighters from a half-dozen states mobilized to fight the Ventura fires.

In the Topa Topa neighborhood, firefighters made a stand at the base of the foothills and held back the flames. Resident Sharon Maharry said homeowners broke into sobs when they realized the fire was being beaten back.

“My hat goes off to these three dudes and the other firemen who stood their ground,” a grateful resident Erik Wilde wrote on his Facebook page, under a photo of silhouetted firefighters.

Thacher evacuated its 300 students ahead of the official call by the county for everyone to get out. Mulligan described “huge billowing smoke plumes” coming out of the hills and right up to the border of the campus on Thursday. “The fire crew watches them carefully, sets back fires, and uses a little water here and there. And everything turns out just fine,” he wrote.

Myself, I’m here because I bought a home here a few months ago, eager for a quiet place on the weekends and holidays. Ojai is special, as most residents here will tell you. Friends are easy to come by, and so is solitude if you want that. The natural beauty is breathtaking.

But it was all close to going up in smoke.

Around the town on Saturday, residents shared stories of homes that burned, and how theirs miraculously survived.

The haze hung heavy in the air, a few rogue fires were still burning by the side of the road and high up on a mountain ridge. In town, the evacuation notice had been lifted and air quality — yesterday “hazardous” — was just “very unhealthy.” A group called “Direct Relief” handed out face masks.

Everywhere was the evidence of the raging wind and fire that encircled this town just a few days ago.

The once-green mountains were stripped bald, like a brutal scalping had taken place. And the black soot of burned trees tiptoed right up to the 33 highway, the main artery that links the Ojai valley to the Pacific Ocean at Ventura.

Once you get into Ojai, the soaring eucalyptus trees are back.

“More than anything it’s just luck,” said Swindle, reflecting on why Ojai was spared. “The second thing is in this county we have a well established weed abatement program, where you have to clear 100 feet of brush all around your house. It creates a defensible space for us to get in and defend your home against fire. “

He continued: “And also because the valley (pauses to cough from smoke), where it sits, it’s sheltered from the east winds by the mountains.”

He added, almost as an afterthought:  “And the valiant efforts of our firefighters. They got in there in horrible conditions.”

Yeah, how about those guys.  #Gratitude

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‘Coco’ Stays No. 1 While ‘Disaster Artist’ Performs Well at Quiet Box Office https://www.thewrap.com/coco-tops-box-office-disaster-artist-performs-well/ https://www.thewrap.com/coco-tops-box-office-disaster-artist-performs-well/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:05:06 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753696 The major studios are holding on to their final 2017 releases until later this month, partly to get out of the way of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” but also to get a bigger opening weekend closer to Christmas, when more people will be on holiday and more likely to take their loved ones out for a night at the movies. That means that for a third straight weekend, Pixar’s “Coco” is still the No. 1 movie with $19 million in its third weekend, giving it a running domestic total of $136 million.

The one new addition to the top five this weekend is A24’s “The Disaster Artist,” which expanded to 840 screens after making $1.6 million in limited release. It is ranked fourth on the charts this weekend, making $6.4 million to push its domestic total to $8 million. Projections before the weekend had the film making $4-6 million.

In the rest of the top five, milestones abound for the films that have dominated the box office since the start of November. “Justice League” has crossed $600 million worldwide in its fourth weekend in theaters, making $9.6 million domestically to bring its stateside total to $212 million. This also pushes Warner Bros.’ total domestic revenue for 2017 past the $2 billion mark. It’s only the second time in studio history that WB has reached that mark, having reached $2.13 billion in 2009.

In third this weekend is Lionsgate’s “Wonder,” which passed the $100 million mark with $8.45 million in its fourth weekend. “Wonder” has been the little film that could for Lionsgate, becoming the studio’s highest grossing film since “La La Land” ($151 million) and doing it against a budget of $20 million. It’s also expected that Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2” and Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” will also hit the $100 million mark by year’s end.

Finally, there’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe and “Thor: Ragnarok,” which slides just under “The Disaster Artist” this weekend to take fifth with $6.3 million. That pushes its domestic total past the $300 million mark, meaning that all three 2017 MCU titles have crossed that milestone. Combined, the domestic grosses for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ($389 million), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($334 million) and “Thor: Ragnarok” sits at $1.02 billion. They all also posted opening weekends of over $100 million, making Marvel Studios the first production studio to release three titles that achieved that mark.

Finally, there’s “Just Getting Started,” the final release from Broad Green Pictures which shut down its production division back in August. The film was panned by critics and audiences, with a 9 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and a C on CinemaScore, and it has flopped at the box office with only $3.2 million from 2,161 theaters to finish tenth on the charts.

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WWE’s Rich Swann Suspended After Arrest on Battery and Kidnapping Charges (Update) https://www.thewrap.com/rich-swann-arrested-battery-kidnapping-wwe-raw-205-live/ https://www.thewrap.com/rich-swann-arrested-battery-kidnapping-wwe-raw-205-live/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:45:00 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753679 Update: WWE wrestler Rich Swann has been suspended following his arrest in Florida, where he is charged with battery and the kidnapping or false imprisonment of his wife, Vannarah Riggs, better known under her ring name, Su Yung.

Per the Gainesville arrest report, Swann was critiquing Yung’s performance from her Saturday show while the couple was in the car together. Riggs became scared that the argument was going to escalate, and she got out of her husband’s car. A witness then says Swann chased Riggs, put her in a headlock and shoved her back in the vehicle. The witness further told police that Riggs was beating on the window from the inside, screaming for help. Swann denies physically touching Riggs.

“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Rich Swann has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest,” WWE said in a statement Sunday morning.

Previously: WWE wrestler Rich Swann has been arrested, authorities told TheWrap. The former Cruiserweight Champion is currently sitting in an Alachua County, Florida jail, where he faces charges of battery and the kidnapping or false imprisonment of an adult.

The 26-year-old “Monday Night Raw” and “205 Live” standout — who resides in Orlando, Florida — was arrested around midnight on Sunday morning. Here is his mugshot:

Swann, who came up through WWE’s minor league system NXT, competed in June 2016’s WWE Cruiserweight Classic. The charismatic and high-flying wrestler then made his “Raw” debut on Sept. 19 of the same year.

On the Nov. 29, 2016 series premiere episode of “205 Live,” Swann defeated Brian Kendrick to win the Cruiserweight title. He lost the belt to Neville at the 2017 Royal Rumble.

In March, Swann married Su Yung — real name Vannarah Riggs — a fellow professional wrestler working the independent scene.

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‘SNL’ Host James Franco Loses It as Gift Wrapper Whose Papercut Turns Into Bloody Mess (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/snl-host-james-franco-completely-loses-bit-gift-wrapper-gets-papercut-bleeds-presents-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/snl-host-james-franco-completely-loses-bit-gift-wrapper-gets-papercut-bleeds-presents-video/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:55:10 +0000 Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753673

You may think you’re really into the spirit of Christmas, but your devotion to the holiday is probably nothing in comparison to “SNL” host James Franco’s gift wrapper at Bloomingdale’s. And it’s probably nothing in comparison to Franco’s devotion to finishing out this sketch despite cracking up completely about halfway through and never really recovering.

The result is the best sketch of this season of “SNL.” You can watch it in full in the embedded video above.

“You’re so great with the customers,” Kate McKinnon says after he wraps up a woman’s Xbox. “I don’t know how you do it.”

“Uh, because I’m a freakin’ nut for Christmas, that’s how!” Franco replied. And that’s when Beck Bennett arrived with a Barbie doll for his niece that needed wrapping, a task that would test Franco’s unwavering commitment to delivering the Christmas spirit to all his customers.

That’s because while wrapping the doll Franco got a papercut on the tip of his right index finger, and proceeded to spurt blood all over the gift. But despite that, Franco carried on.

“I just need a little pressure on it. It’s gonna stop any second,” Franco said after he finished wrapping the doll and resisted McKinnon’s suggestion that he see the store nurse. Franco then stuck his finger in his mouth, which is where it remained until Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson arrived to ask if he could wrap another present.

Franco then pulled his finger out of his mouth, spraying blood all over Jones, marking the point at which the sketch descended into complete chaos — he tried to use the store’s paper cutter, only to accidentally cut off several fingers on his left hand.

Franco barely kept it together, and Jones was dry heaving over having blood sprayed in her mouth… and there was still, like, 90 more seconds of the sketch to go.

It may be hard to believe that the sketch could still escalate from there, but it did. Oh boy it sure did.

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‘SNL': James Franco and Kenan Thompson Get Fired for Sexual Harassment (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/snl-james-franco-kenan-thompson-fired-sexual-harassment-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/snl-james-franco-kenan-thompson-fired-sexual-harassment-video/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:08:25 +0000 Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753669

“SNL” tackled sexual harassment in the workplace with week, with Beck Bennett as the representative of a corporation who’s been tasked with announcing that a pair of employees have been fired for misconduct.

The two on the outs: plays the CFO of the company (played by host James Franco) and an old front desk guard who makes comically exaggerated remarks about the appearance of women walking through the office lobby (played by Kenan Thompson).

The pink-slipped pair come out in front of the other employees during lunch and apologize before they make their exits.

“To Janet, in particular, I know that I have playfully referred to you as my little honeybee, and it made you feel uncomfortable,” Franco said. “And I know now it was wrong, and I’m sorry.”

“It was gross, and you’re gross,” Janet replied.

Then Thompson made his own apology to Janet, albeit with charm and a grin: “Janet, I know sometimes you would walk by me, and I be saying something like, ‘Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Mmmmm,’ and then I shake my head, do a little dance, and ask you not to hurt nobody with that thang. It was wrong. I’m sorry.”

As the sketch proceeded, the things Thompson apologized for got increasingly ridiculous and often involved a joking threat of kidnapping the women who were the target of the comments, all the while the women expressed support for him, wishing he wasn’t being fired for all that.

Then came the twist, as Bennett chimed in to say that Thompson wasn’t being fired for sexual harassment, but for stealing money from petty cash, keeping cocaine in his locker and filling up the lobby computer’s hard drive with porn — oh, and actually he’s wanted for kidnapping in Pennsylvania.

Check out the sketch in the video above.

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‘SNL': Weekend Update Host Michael Che Goes Undercover as a Liberal White Woman (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/snl-weekend-update-host-michael-che-goes-undercover-liberal-white-woman-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/snl-weekend-update-host-michael-che-goes-undercover-liberal-white-woman-video/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:45:18 +0000 Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753664

During this week’s edition of Weekend Update on “SNL,” co-host Michael Che had to make a confession.

“You know, here on Weekend Update I’ll tell a joke that offends a marginalized group and I’ll get a lot of mail about it, mostly from super liberal white women,” Che said.

To try to correct whatever issue he might have with that particular demographic, Che decided there was only one thing for him to do — go undercover as a liberal white woman named Gretchen.

While Che dons a blonde wig and wears white lady clothes, he doesn’t shave his whiskers, put on makeup or adjust the manner in which he speaks — no exaggerated white girl voice like in the movie “White Girls” here.

The big punchline comes near the end of the bit, where he had to handle “guys trying to mansplain my issues to me,” Che said. “I lost my temper a few times over that.”

Cut to Che sitting at a dinner table with Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Alex Moffat.

“White men have it just as hard as anybody else!” Moffat’s character yelled. After Che told him to “check your privilege, dude,” Moffat proceeded to make a condescending sexist comment, prompting an angry Che to tell the person sitting next to him to “hold my Warbys” before declaring: “Your masculinity is mad toxic right now, my n—-.”

You can watch the full digital short above.

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First Reactions to ‘Star Wars: the Last Jedi’ Are In: ‘I Can’t Wait to See It Again’ https://www.thewrap.com/star-wars-the-last-jedi-first-reactions/ https://www.thewrap.com/star-wars-the-last-jedi-first-reactions/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:12:08 +0000 Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753421 The previous two movies in the Disney era of “Star Wars” were well-loved by people who tweeted after seeing it at their respective world premieres in Los Angeles, and it should come as no surprise that the reaction is pretty much the same with the response immediately after the premiere screen of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

The response, in general, is extremely positive and even enthusiastic. TheWrap’s own Umberto Gonzalez called it “AWESOME!” (the all caps and exclamation point are his, meaning he’s super serious about it being awesome), and quite a lot of people who attended Saturday’s premiere are comparing it to “The Empire Strikes Back.” Or, at least, they’re declaring it the new third best film in the series. Others are wisely waiting to make such inflammatory claims, however, until they’ve had time to think about it further.

And yes, people seem to love porgs.

The rest of the press, including this writer, will be seeing “The Last Jedi” on Monday. If you want my reaction, tune into my twitter at about 1 p.m. PST Monday afternoon.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” aka “Episode VIII” follows up on JJ Abrams’ “The Force Awakens,” which saw a new generation of characters face off against the offspring of the Galactic Empire, known as the First Order. “The Last Jedi” is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro, alongside returning “Star Wars” veterans Mark  Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

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‘SNL': Kids Put Santa on the Spot by Asking About Al Franken and Roy Moore (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/snl-kids-put-santa-on-the-spot-with-questions-about-al-franken-roy-moore/ https://www.thewrap.com/snl-kids-put-santa-on-the-spot-with-questions-about-al-franken-roy-moore/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:35:53 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753412

A mall Santa found himself in a tight spot with kids, who not only wanted their Christmas wishes granted, but also information about the ever-growing number of prominent men accused of sexual assault and harassment.

On this week’s “SNL,” Kenan Thompson took on the role of a mall Santa with kid after kid asking questions about everyone from Al Franken to Donald Trump and Matt Lauer. Luckily, his mall elf, played by Kate McKinnon, was there to help field the tough questions.

“Could I get a Mega Blocks dinosaur and a laser tag?” the first kid asked, sitting on Santa’s lap.

“That can be arranged,” Santa answered.

“And can you tell me, what did Al Franken do?” he continued.

“Tyler, I guess you could say that Al Franken is on Santa’s naughty list this year,” Thompson’s Santa answered, struggling to keep his explanation clean.

“And what about Roy Moore?” Tyler asked. “Which list is he on?”

“It’s not really a list,” McKinnon said. “It’s more of a registry.”

Unluckily for Santa, the kids’ questions didn’t stop there.

“I wanted to follow up on Tyler’s question,” the next kid in line asked. “Is President Trump on the naughty list?”

Thompson’s Santa squirmed as he tried to give an inoffensive answer.

“Well, you know, Santa tries to stay out of politics,” he said. “Our president may have said or done a few naughty things.”

“Nineteen accusers,” McKinnon interjected. “Google it.”

“Okay. Can we not — can we just not, Amy?” Santa told McKinnon. “Look, Jessica, I’m sure we can all learn a lesson from what’s going on in the news.”

“We sure can,” Jessica replied. “I learned that if you admit you did something wrong, you get in trouble. But if you deny it, they let you keep your job!”

The kids kept coming, each with another tough question that Santa couldn’t quite answer. As the sketch wrapped up, the last kid didn’t even ask for a gift.

“This year I don’t want any gifts,” she said. “I just want everything to be OK.”

“Oh my goodness. Jenny, listen to me,” McKinnon told her. “I know that things seem particularly insane right now. Like truly mind-bendingly insane, and we seem to have lost all perspective on what’s naughty or nice.”

“I know. I’ve seen Fox News,” the girl returned.

“But as bad as things might seem, I promise you, Jenny, it will be OK. OK? Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. Maybe not for another three years, 42 days and 24 minutes,” McKinnon continued, referencing the length of Trump’s remaining term in office. “But most people in America are good people, and eventually good people will fix our country.”

“OK, good. But just in case, I’m putting all my money in Bitcoin,” Jenny said.

Watch the entire sketch above.

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‘Dina’ Scores Upset Victory at IDA Documentary Awards https://www.thewrap.com/dina-scores-upset-victory-ida-documentary-awards/ https://www.thewrap.com/dina-scores-upset-victory-ida-documentary-awards/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:15:11 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753078 “Dina,” Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ film about a romance between two people on the autism spectrum, was named the best nonfiction feature of 2017 at the 33rd Annual IDA Documentary Awards, which took place on Saturday night on the Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles.

The film had to be considered a real underdog going into the awards ceremony, because it was the only nominee in the Best Feature category with no shot at an Oscar doc nomination. The other four nominees in the category — “City of Ghosts,” “Faces Places,” “LA 92” and “Strong Island” — all made the 15-film Oscar shortlist in the documentary feature category, but “Dina” did not.

Three of those films, though, were honored elsewhere in the IDA ceremony. Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s “LA 92,” which uses archival footage to tell the story of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, won the ABC News VideoSource Award, which goes to the best use of news footage in a documentary. Matthew Heineman’s “City of Ghosts” was one of four Syrian-set films that shared the Courage Under Fire Award, the others being “Cries From Syria,” “Hell on Earth” and “Last Men in Aleppo.” And Yance Ford’s “Strong Island,” the filmmaker’s examination into the shooting of his brother, won its director the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award.

Remarkably, the only nominee in the category to go home empty-handed was “Faces Places,” the widely celebrated collaboration between legendary French director Agnès Varda and street artist JR.

Laura Checkoway’s “Edith+Eddie,” about the oldest interracial newlyweds in the U.S., won the award for the best documentary short. It recently made the Oscar shortlist in that category.

In the television categories, “Independent Lens” was named Best Curated Series, “The Defiant Ones” took the prize for Best Limited Series and “Planet Earth II” won for Best Episodic Series. The New York Times’ Op Doc series was named Best Short Form Series.

Previously announced creative recognition awards went to the cinematography of “Machines,” the editing of “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” the music of “Brimstone & Glory” and the writing of “Donkeyote.”

Honorary awards went to Lourdes Portillo and Abigail Disney.

The show took place in the Paramount Theatre and was hosted by comedian and actor Maz Jobrani.

The IDA Documentary Awards winners:

Best Feature: “Dina”
Directors/Producers: Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles

Best Short: “Edith+Eddie”
Director: Laura Checkoway
Producer: Thomas Lee Wright

ABC News VideoSource Award: “LA 92”
Directors: Dan Lindsay & TJ Martin

Best Curated Series Award: “Independent Lens”
Executive Producers: Lois Vossen and Sally Jo Fifer

Best Limited Series: “The Defiant Ones”
Executive Producers: Allen Hughes, Doug Pray, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Jerry Longarzo, Michael Lombardo, and Gene Kirkwood

Best Episodic Series Award: “Planet Earth II”
Executive Producer: Michael Gunton

Best Short Form Series Award: “The New York Times Op-Docs”
Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo

Creative Recognition Award Winners
Best Cinematography: Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva, “Machines”
Best Editing: Bill Morrison, “Dawson City: Frozen Time”
Best Music: Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, “Brimstone & Glory”
Best Writing: Chico Pereira, Manuel Pereira and Gabriel Molera, “Donkeyote”

Pare Lorentz Award: “Watani: My Homeland”
Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen
Special Mention: “Intent to Destroy”
Director: Joe Berlinger

Courage Under Fire Award: “City of Ghosts,” “Cries From Syria,” “Hell on Earth” and “Last Men in Aleppo”

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award: “Man on Fire”
Director: Joel Fendelman
Producer: James Chase Sanchez
University of Texas, Austin

Career Achievement Award: Lourdes Portillo
Amicus Award: Abigail Disney
Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award: Yance Ford

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Do You Need to See ‘The Room’ Before Watching ‘The Disaster Artist?’ James Franco, Ari Graynor Weigh In https://www.thewrap.com/do-you-need-to-see-the-room-before-disaster-artist-james-franco-ari-graynor-weigh-in/ https://www.thewrap.com/do-you-need-to-see-the-room-before-disaster-artist-james-franco-ari-graynor-weigh-in/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 03:42:44 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1750886 Do you need to see 2003’s “The Room” before watching “The Disaster Artist” when it goes wide this weekend? Stars James Franco and Ari Graynor say, not necessarily.

“No, they don’t have to see ‘The Room,'” Franco, who plays Tommy Wiseau in the film, told TheWrap. “This is a movie about friendship so everyone can understand it.”

Graynor — who in “The Disaster Artist” plays Lisa, the actress playing Wiseau’s fiancee in “The Room” — agreed: “I don’t think you need to. ‘The Disaster Artist’ operates on two levels: if you’ve seen ‘The Room,’ it’s a love letter to the film and a scavenger hunt for fans. If you haven’t, it’s a movie about big dreamers and making your art no matter what people think.

“It’s a win-win either way. But if you haven’t seen it before, you will definitely want to see it after,” she added.

“The Disaster Artist” chronicles the making of “The Room,” which has been described in pop culture as the worst movie ever made. Wiseau and his friend Greg Sestero form a friendship and move to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Franco’s brother, Dave Franco, stars as Sestero, while “The Disaster Artist” also stars Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Paul Sheer, Josh Hutcherson and Jacki Weaver.

In another recent interview with TheWrap, Sestero said, “‘The Disaster Artist’ isn’t really about ‘The Room.’ It’s about friendship and how dreams can come true. I know older couples who hadn’t seen ‘The Room’ who went to go see this film and didn’t really feel the need to go see ‘The Room’ afterwards but just enjoyed this journey and were very touched by it.”

Franco added that he watched “The Room” a “thousand times,” but the cast and crew made “The Disaster Artist” in such a way “that you understand what ‘The Room’ is about without watching it.”

The movie, while it has its funny moments, also conveys a deeper message: that everyone should follow their dreams no matter who or what stands in the way.

The one thing Franco learned from directing and starring in “The Disaster Artist,” he told TheWrap, was that “everyone has dreams, and it’s the people that follow those dreams fearlessly, no matter how crazy they are, that get something done.”

Graynor learned something from Wiseau himself: “Tommy never let any of the actors read the script so when he would give direction that made no sense, for lines that made even less sense, and people would ask for clarification he would just say ‘that’s the twist.’ Seeing what’s happening with ‘The Disaster Artist’ now, I wonder if Tommy was right all along — because this is a hell of a twist.”

“The Disaster Artist” opened in limited theaters last week and is expanding to 800 theaters this weekend.

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Dwayne Johnson Won’t Run for President… Because of Kevin Hart (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/dwayne-johnson-wont-run-for-president-because-of-kevin-hart-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/dwayne-johnson-wont-run-for-president-because-of-kevin-hart-video/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 03:32:45 +0000 Rosemary Rossi https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753383

There’s one thing that stands between Dwayne Johnson and a run for President of the United States in 2020 – Kevin Hart.

The Rock was joined by his “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” costars Kevin Hart and Jack Black Friday on “The Graham Norton Show,” where the audience went wild upon hearing of the rumor that the former wrestler would run for president in 2020.

“That’s a rumor. Don’t clap too loud,” Hart said with a straight face.

Johnson said that although he’s flattered by the public opinion, there is one thing standing in his way. “The problem is this guy to my right will completely sabotage the campaign,” he said, singling out Hart.

“100 percent,” the comedian responded. “I would take you down.”

Why, you ask? You’ll have to watch the clip above for that answer.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Premiere Security Airtight https://www.thewrap.com/star-wars-last-jedi-premiere-security-air-tight/ https://www.thewrap.com/star-wars-last-jedi-premiere-security-air-tight/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 03:02:57 +0000 Tim Molloy and Rosemary Rossi https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753384 Guests at Disney’s premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Saturday night were greeted by bomb-sniffing dogs and security officials using mirrors to look under their cars. And they weren’t falling for any Jedi mind tricks.

The film, one of the most anticipated of year, drew thousands of people to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Guests took a circuitous route around USC, the alma mater of “Star Wars” mastermind George Lucas, to reach a series of security gates and personnel. Attendees also passed through airport-style security detectors. But once they cleared all of that, they were greeted by a two-story AT-AT holding court over the Shrine.

John Boyega, who plays “Finn,” almost missed the excitement. Saturday morning he tweeted that he was stuck in Atlanta because of heavy snow, writing, “Wow ATL. Looks like no one’s leaving! Guess I’ll start a family now….”

A few hours later, he announced, “I made it! Without luggage but wooooooooohoooo!. As if weather can stop a Nigerian kmt.”

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” stars John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is on track for a cosmic $200 million-plus opening weekend, according to first estimates, opens in theaters on Dec. 15.

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James Franco on Re-Creating a Bad Movie in ‘The Disaster Artist': ‘The Upside Down of ‘La La Land” (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/james-franco-re-creating-bad-movie-disaster-artist-upside-la-la-land-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/james-franco-re-creating-bad-movie-disaster-artist-upside-la-la-land-video/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:25:21 +0000 Thom Geier https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1708366

“The Disaster Artist” director James Franco jumped at the chance to make a movie about the making of one of the most notoriously bad movies of all time, Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult hit “The Room.”

“We like to say that this is the upside down of ‘La La Land,'” Franco told TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly in a video interview.

Franco, who stars as Wiseau in the film, notoriously stayed in character — including facial prosthetics and an imitation of Wiseau’s peculiar accent — while he was overseeing the shoot.

“It’s a movie about the making of a movie and I am directing it, playing a guy that acted and directed in the thing,” Franco said. “It just makes it a lot simpler to just stay one thing.”

“There were so many meta levels,” noted Alison Brie, whose co-stars also included Ari Graynor, Paul Scheer and Dave Franco.

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Trump Blasts Washington Post Writer for ‘Fake News’ Tweet, Calls for His Firing https://www.thewrap.com/trump-blasts-washington-post-writer/ https://www.thewrap.com/trump-blasts-washington-post-writer/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:22:49 +0000 Sean Burch https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753309 President Donald Trump called for the firing of Washington Post’s Dave Weigel for posting a picture of a half-empty arena and the caption “packed to the rafters” on his Twitter account on Friday night.

The tweet, which presumably was referencing Trump’s Pensacola, Florida rally, didn’t sit well with the commander-in-chief, who included pictures of the rally to prove it was indeed packed to the rafters. Oh, and he included the patented “fake news” label, of course.

“[Dave Weigel] put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/thousands of people outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke,” tweeted Trump. “Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retreaction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!”

Weigel responded within three minutes, saying “sure thing: I apologize.” He added he deleted the photo after Daily Mail editor David Martosko had told him he’d “gotten it wrong.”

Weigel followed up soon after, calling it a “bad tweet,” and saying it was “very fair to call me out.”

The apology didn’t satiate President Trump, however. He tweeted an hour later, calling for the Washington Post to fire Weigel.

“[Dave Weigel] of the Washington Post just admitted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) showing an almost empty arena last night for my speech in Pensacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on T.V.). FAKE NEWS, he should be fired,” tweeted Trump.

Journalists and commentators jumped to Weigel’s defense, saying, among other things, that Trump’s call for his firing was a “public threat to the First Amendment.”

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Hollywood, #MeToo Leaders Tackle R Kelly: ‘Sony, Live Nation Can Drop Him’ https://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-metoo-leaders-tackle-r-kelly-sony-live-nation-can-drop-him/ https://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-metoo-leaders-tackle-r-kelly-sony-live-nation-can-drop-him/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:25:54 +0000 Matt Donnelly https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753214 The problematic relevance of R&B singer R. Kelly was among the hottest topics debated by Hollywood and media power players — and the founder of the #MeToo movement  — on Friday in Los Angeles.

Kelly has been accused of having sex with minors and was tried and acquitted for child pornography, among other assault accusations dating as far back as 1994. He still enjoys a music and touring career with a rapt fan base.

“I’m not sure how he plays on any radio station. I’m not sure how he tours,” said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center.

Graves participated in a discussion with Professor Anita Hill, whose landmark 1991 sexual harassment case against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas makes her an elder stateswoman for the dozens of sexual harassment scandals plaguing Hollywood, media and corporate America in the past months.

The event was held at United Talent Agency’s Beverly Hills headquarters, and attended by the likes of Harvey Weinstein accuser Mira Sorvino, Jeffrey Tambor accuser Trace Lysette, former APA agent Tyler Grasham accuser Blaise Lipman, #MeToo member Alyssa Milano and more.

“How there isn’t a similar, I don’t know if Weinstein is now a verb, but there isn’t a similar approach to this decades-long conduct that has happened under all of our noses?” Goss wondered about Kelly.

Roughly 80 women have come forward since October with allegations of rape, assault and sexual harassment at the hands of disgraced Weinstein (who denies any nonconsensual sex). He’s been fired as the CEO of his company, stripped of honorary titles, booted from the film academy and the Producers Guild, and is no longer accepted into polite society.

Kelly went on a nationwide tour in 2016 mounted by Live Nation. It was in support of his 13th studio album, “The Buffet,” from Sony Music imprint RCA Records. In July, BuzzFeed published an extensive report about a so-called “sex cult” where they said Kelly engaged in sex with underage women and attempted to control them. Jerhonda Pace said she was 16 when Kelly and an older female offered her sexual instruction while living with him, where he would lock her in a room for days at a time. The story is one of many accusations of sexual abuse or misconduct over nearly 25 years, an exhaustive timeline of which can be found at Rolling Stone.

Kelly “unequivocally” denied the July report through his attorneys, and also called it a “bunch of crap.”

Tarana Burke, founder of the awareness group Me Too that became the hashtag #MeToo and a platform for the abused to speak out, weighed in with passion from her seat in the UTA auditorium.

“The R. Kelly issue is something that is an internal issue in our community,” said Burke, referring to the black community.

Burke said there are “ways in which people outside of the community can help. For instance, Sony can drop him from his record label. People across all races can petition Sony to drop R. Kelly, they can petition Live Nation to drop R. Kelly. Those are two corporations that support him.”

The sentiment was met with applause. Representatives for Kelly, Sony Music and Live Nation did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.

After the July report from BuzzFeed hit, an online petition was created asking Sony to drop the singer (reminiscent of a similar campaign against the music giant after producer Dr. Luke was accused by artist Kesha of rape). It reached over 36,000 signatures. Kelly remains signed to RCA Records.

“Beyond that, we have to have some internal conversations in our own community … it’s a hard one and we’re going to have to approach it with some delicacy and some nuance. There are things that are very particular to certain communities. In the Latino-Latina community, in the black community, in the Asian community, we all have very specific ways that issues around sexual violence that we have to deal with,” Burke concluded.

Goss added that “it is OK to call out things that have even been tradition. Part of this moment is that it is one that will last, and move us to a place where there will be real change.”

Kelly is not actively promoting new music or touring, though he has a show scheduled for New York City’s Highline Ballroom in January and is co-headlining a gig with Charlie Wilson in Detroit this February.

The audience question that inspired Friday’s conversation about Kelly came from Jasmyne Cannick, a political strategist, who asked how the #MeToo movement could expand to include a conversation about widely accepted misogyny in hip-hop and how it affects the every day woman.

Read the question in full:

When we talk about hip hop and rap, and how we as black women and women of color are conditioned to support artists who call us bitches and hoes and all of these other words. When we talk about #MeToo, that has to be a part of it too, right?

We’re also talking about the same community where people like me — I don’t walk in my neighborhood, I don’t jog, because I have a big butt and I’m black. Men in my neighborhood think it’s OK to say, ‘Oh, look at your big ass’ or ‘Hey, where’s your man?’

When we talk about the different types of harassers, I’m talking about the sons, the fathers, the uncles, the grandfathers. How do we put that as a part of the conversation as well?

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Here’s How to Watch ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Premiere Red Carpet https://www.thewrap.com/watch-star-wars-the-last-jedi-premiere-red-carpet-live-stream/ https://www.thewrap.com/watch-star-wars-the-last-jedi-premiere-red-carpet-live-stream/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:35:35 +0000 Sean Burch https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753265 Fanboys across the world, listen up: just because you’re not a Hollywood hot shot doesn’t mean you have to miss the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Saturday night.

The event will be streaming live starting at 5 p.m. PT on the official “Star Wars” website that you can access by clicking here.

Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni of “The Star Wars Show” will host the event, interviewing the film’s creators and stars, as well as other special guests. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and Mark Hamill will be there for the second installment of J.J. Abram’s reboot. And keep an eye open for John Boyega, aka “Fin,” who was stuck in Atlanta on Saturday morning due to heavy snowfall and was worried that he might not make it to L.A. in time for the festivities.

Unfortunately for eager fans, looking to pick up where “The Force Awakens” left them two years ago, you won’t actually be able to watch the new episode. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits theaters on Dec. 15.

If you miss the live stream, footage will be EPK.tv after the event.

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Katie Couric Breaks Silence on Matt Lauer: ‘It’s Incredibly Upsetting’ https://www.thewrap.com/katie-couric-breaks-silence-on-matt-lauer/ https://www.thewrap.com/katie-couric-breaks-silence-on-matt-lauer/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 22:30:31 +0000 Sean Burch https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753268 Katie Couric took to Instagram to weigh in on former “Today Show” co-host Matt Lauer’s ousting from NBC after he was accused of multiple acts of sexual misconduct.

Couric posted a picture with her daughter on Friday (seen below), and one commenter wanted to know why she hadn’t spoke out about Lauer, who she worked alongside on the NBC morning show for 10 years.

“Nothing to say on Matt?? Huh – ya’ll would have been all over the story years ago,” said the commenter.

“It’s incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I’m ready to,” Couric commented back. “Thanks for your interest.”

NBC News Chairman Andy Lack released a memo to employees in late November saying Lauer had been fired after a complaint was filed by a staffer detailing “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” Lack added he was “presented with reason” to believe it wasn’t an “isolated incident.”

Soon after, a damning report from Variety detailed several claims against Lauer, including giving one staff member a  sex toy and “an explicit note” on how he wanted to use it on her. The exchange left the staffer “mortified.”

Lauer had been at the helm of the “Today Show” since 1994 and was pulling in a $25 million-a-year salary. NBC confirmed to TheWrap he will not be receiving severance from the network.

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Netflix Sets ‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ Return Date (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/jessica-jones-krysten-ritter-return-date/ https://www.thewrap.com/jessica-jones-krysten-ritter-return-date/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:44:44 +0000 Sean Burch https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753226 Christmas came a little bit early for Jessica Jones fans, with Netflix announcing on Saturday the Marvel show is returning on March 8, 2018.

With a 55-second teaser video, the show’s official social pages show Krysten Ritter is back to kick some more ass and toss out Jones’ trademark cutting, sarcasms in Season 2.

“If you say ‘with great power comes great responsibility,’ I swear I’ll throw up on you,” says Jones as the clip closes.

Check out the trailer below.

The season follows Jones, a NYC private investigator, as she starts to put the pieces back together after murdering her nemesis, Kilgrave. With word making it around town, Jones has a new uncomfortable case to tackle.

Ritter is joined by several returning cast members, including Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth) and Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse). 

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Fox Sports Tried to Cast Actors as L.A. Rams Fans for NFL Pre-Game Show https://www.thewrap.com/fox-sports-cast-actors-rams-fans-nfl-show/ https://www.thewrap.com/fox-sports-cast-actors-rams-fans-nfl-show/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:06:01 +0000 Sean Burch https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753221 Los Angeles gets an unwarranted rap as a bad sports town, and Fox Sports isn’t helping LA fans fight that label.

Fox posted a listing on the casting site projectcasting.com for “actors, models, and talent” to play Rams fans on its Sunday NFL pre-game show. With the Rams facing off against the Philadelphia Eagles in a match-up of two of the league’s best teams, you wouldn’t think it’d be necessary, but alas.

“We’re looking for LA’s biggest NFL fans to be part of #NFLSunday’s Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pre Game Show!” said the ad. “Come out, bring your spirit, your best NFL gear & join us for NFL on FOX THIS Sunday!”

No word on if the “fans” would actually be able to attend the game. The Rams have been a pleasant surprise this season, with a high-octane offense spurring the team on to a 9-3 record. But the team’s attendance woes have continued to be the butt of internet jokes, with the L.A. Coliseum routinely looking half-empty on game day.

The push to have actors masquerading as fans wasn’t lost on some looking at the casting call, however.

“Seems desperate to me!” chimed in one Eagles fan in the comments.

So, keep in mind as you’re watching football on Sunday: That attractive, fit, and photogenic Rams fan in the background of Fox’s pre-game show might just be a Hollywood nomad.

Update: A Fox representative told TheWrap this is not an “abnormal” practice — that it calls for fans to show up in any city their pre-game show is in. The rep added no one was paid for their fandom, it’s first come, first serve.

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Swedish Comedy ‘The Square’ Dominates European Film Awards https://www.thewrap.com/swedish-comedy-the-square-dominates-european-film-awards/ https://www.thewrap.com/swedish-comedy-the-square-dominates-european-film-awards/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:49:58 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753222 “The Square” was named the best European film of 2017 at the European Film Awards, which were handed out on Saturday in Berlin.

The dark comedy, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and is Sweden’s entry in the Oscar foreign-language race, also won awards for its star, Claes Bang, and for writer-director Ruben Ostlund, who won both the screenplay and directing prizes. It was also named the year’s best comedy, and picked up a previously announced award for its production design.

Alexandra Borbely was named best actress for “On Body and Soul,” which is the Hungarian Oscar entry.

The Oscar foreign-language shortlist will be announced next week, with “The Square” a favorite to be included and “On Body and Soul” a strong dark-horse candidate.

“Loving Vincent” and “Communion” won the awards for animated film and documentary, respectively. British director William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth” won the Discovery Award.

Actress, writer and director Julie Delpy received the Achievement in World Cinema Award, while Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov won the EFA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Winners chosen by more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy.

Best European Film: “The Square”
Director: Ruben Ostlund, “The Square”
Actor: Claes Bang, “The Square”
Actress: Alexandra Borbely, “On Body and Soul”
Screenwriter: Ruben Ostlund, “The Square”
Documentary: “Communion”
Animated Feature: “Loving Vincent”
Comedy: “The Square”
People’s Choice Award: “Stefan Zweig – Farewell to Europe”
Cinematographer: Michail Krichman, “Loveless”
Editor: Robin Campillo, “BPM (Beats Per Minute)”
Production Designer: Josefin Asberg, “The Square”
Costume Designer: Katarzyna Lewinska, “Spoor”
Hair & Make-Up Artist: Leendert van Nimwegen, “Brimstone”
Composer: Evgueni & Sacha Galperine, “Loveless”
Sound Designer: Oriol Tarrago, “A Monster Calls”
Discovery: “Lady Macbeth”
Short Film: “Timecode”
Achievement in World Cinema: Julie Delpy
EFA Lifetime Achievement Award: Aleksandr Sokurov

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Alex Jones Grills Amazon Alexa: ‘Are You Connected to the CIA?’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/alex-jones-grills-amazon-alexa-on-cia-ties-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/alex-jones-grills-amazon-alexa-on-cia-ties-video/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:23:38 +0000 Sean Burch https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753164 Alex Jones has expanded his talents to cross-examining inanimate objects.

The “Info Wars” head honcho isn’t afraid of asking the tough questions everyone else is too scared to ask, even when he’s talking to a home speaker. Jones grilled an Amazon Echo on his show on Friday, asking Alexa — the device’s personal assistant — about its connections to the CIA.

“Alexa… are you connected to the CIA?” asked Jones, as he looked at the speaker with the “Suspicious Larry David” face.

“No, I work for Amazon,” responded Alexa, calmly.

“Amazon has pardoned Alexa… you are lying to me, the CIA-,” said an incredulous Jones, before being cut off by Alexa. “I always try to tell the truth,” butted in the speaker.

You think that’s going to stop a watchdog like Jones, though? Guess again. The Texan was armed with cutting follow up questions: “Alexa, you have been programmed to give these answers, correct?” “Alexa, who programmed you?” “Alexa, who is Jeff Bezos?”

Jake Tapper, eat your heart out. The “interview” was caught by political comedian Tim Young, who quickly racked up more than 6,000 retweets within 12 hours of posting the clip. We’ll fill you in if Jones gets to the bottom of the sordid Amazon-CIA relationship.

Jones or the “Info Wars” reps didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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John Boyega Made It to ‘Star Wars: the Last Jedi’ Premiere Despite Wicked Weather (Update) https://www.thewrap.com/john-boyega-miss-star-wars-last-jedi-premiere/ https://www.thewrap.com/john-boyega-miss-star-wars-last-jedi-premiere/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:53:44 +0000 Sean Burch https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753186 Update: And you thought a snow blitz was going to stop John Boyega from making it to Hollywood for the Saturday premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Boyega, aka “Fin,” tweeted he “made it” to the premiere, hours after sharing he might be stuck in Atlanta due to heavy snowfall.

“I made it! Without luggage but wooooooooohoooo!” tweeted the 25-year-old star (and that’s 13 “o’s,” in case you were wondering). “As if weather can stop a Nigerian kmt.”

He then responded to a fan asking if Harrison Ford could fly him in, with Boyega quipping “Harrison will land that ship in the damn auditorium!”

It then became a full cross-generational “Star Wars” love fest on Twitter, with Mark Hamill telling Boyega to “only fly with Harrison on green-screen, son. #FatherlyAdvice.”

Boyega responded with an enthusiastic “Thanks dad !”

Previously: Saturday’s Hollywood premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” might be missing a major player, thanks to Mother Nature.

John Boyega tweeted early Saturday morning he’s stuck in Atlanta because of heavy snow, saying, “Wow ATL. Looks like no one’s leaving! Guess I’ll start a family now….”

Heavy snowfall has hit metro Atlanta in recent days, with many Atlantans still without power.

But “Fin” isn’t giving up on the premiere without a fight. An hour later, he tweeted he’s “trying to get back for the LA premiere! I actually NEED a pilot !!!”

I guess the Millennium Falcon isn’t available (cringes). We’ll have our eyes peeled to see if the 25-year-old star is able to make it across the country in time for the LA debut.

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Chance the Rapper is Chicago’s New Favorite Weatherman (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/chance-the-rapper-chicago-weather/ https://www.thewrap.com/chance-the-rapper-chicago-weather/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:12:51 +0000 Sean Burch https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1753122 Hip-hop artist. Comedian. And now… meteorologist? Is there anything Chance the Rapper can’t do?

Fresh off his well-received stint hosting “Saturday Night Live,” Chicago’s favorite son might now be the Windy City’s favorite weatherman as well. Chance stopped by WGN9’s morning news show on Friday, and seamlessly navigated the day’s weather forecast (I thought you needed a degree for that?).

The “No Problem” singer started off highlighting some activity in Illinois, and was pleasantly surprised to find there’s a Peru in his home state. Chance then grabbed his winter coat in case he had “to check out books at the Hogwart’s library,” and got a few wheezing laughs out of the crew. After St. Louis caught his eye as being “part of Illinois, apparently,” Chance went into straight weatherman mode, pointing out the chilly 34 degree forecast and “light snow” on the horizon.

The new gig “wasn’t hard at all,” according to Chance, and Chicagoans seemed to enjoy it, too.

One Peru, Illinois native was giddy the rapper knows his hometown exists, “which means Chance the Rapper knows I exist.”

Even other weathermen had to give props, with Omaha meteorologist Matt Serwe telling Chance “we have an open spot. You got a good start on your reel here.”

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