TheWrapTheWrap https://www.thewrap.com Covering Hollywood Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:58:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Ratings: ‘Amazing Race’ Audience Rises in Season Finale as NBC’s Olympics Slide https://www.thewrap.com/amazing-race-season-finale-olympics-womens-hockey-ratings/ https://www.thewrap.com/amazing-race-season-finale-olympics-womens-hockey-ratings/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:57:37 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820466 Wednesday’s “Amazing Race” season finale wasn’t exactly amazing, but it did manage to grow its overall audience 4 percent from last week’s penultimate episode.

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.3 rating/13 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 14 million, according to preliminary numbers. The Pyeongchang Olympics ran through primetime, though the big Team USA women’s hockey gold medal win didn’t begin until 11 p.m. ET, which is exactly when the east coast’s primetime ends.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.1/4 and in viewers with 4.7 million.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 2.9 million.

NBC, Univision and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.5/2. NBC was fourth in total viewers with 2.4 million, Univision was fifth with 1.5 million, and Telemundo was sixth with 1.4 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 716,000, airing repeats.

More to come…

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‘Morning Joe': Father of Parkland Shooting Victim Will Hug Marco Rubio If He Does ‘the Right Thing’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/morning-joe-fred-guttenberg-marco-rubio-parkling-shooting/ https://www.thewrap.com/morning-joe-fred-guttenberg-marco-rubio-parkling-shooting/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:53:39 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820450

Fred Guttenberg appeared on “Morning Joe” Thursday to say he is ready to play nice with Senator Marco Rubio — if he finally listens to him, that is.

The father of 14-year-old Parkland shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg faced off with the Florida senator while discussing gun control at a CNN town hall Wednesday — a topic that hits very close to home for the grieving father.

Guttenberg, who described his late daughter as “tough as nails,” called Rubio’s response to the Feb. 14 shooting a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School “pathetically weak.” Rubio was booed when he refused to say he would reject NRA campaign cash and these shootings would not be solved by gun laws alone.

“Here is what I need, and I said last night to Senator Rubio, I’m just a brutally honest person for better or for worse. And the truth is, if they stand with us and do the right thing I’m going to throw my arms around him and tell him I love him,” Guttenberg told “Morning Joe” hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. “And I’ll do it to all the others as well.”

“I need them to be honest,” Guttenberg continued. “I need them to say the truth, which is these kids these teachers, they were killed by a weapon of war in their school. These weapons of war need to be removed from the streets. My heart is big because of friends of mine who have been life long NRA members who are sending me pictures of their cut up NRA cards. And it needs to start there. These politicians need to stop doing the wrong thing because of money they are receiving from that group. Some people stand with the NRA, I stand with MSD, which is Marjory Stoneman Douglas.”

Watch the full interview above.

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VP Mike Pence Savages ‘Media Fawning’ Over North Korea at the Olympics https://www.thewrap.com/mike-pence-slams-media-over-north-korea-coverage/ https://www.thewrap.com/mike-pence-slams-media-over-north-korea-coverage/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:53:24 +0000 Jon Levine https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820491

.@VP savages media coverage of sister of North Korean dictator

"For all those in the media who think I should have stood and cheered with the North Koreans, I say the United States of America doesn't stand with murderous dictatorships, we stand up to murderous dictatorships" pic.twitter.com/WlRh3Mq29B

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 22, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to deliver some shots at the media for its much-maligned coverage of,Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

“Many in the mainstream media seemed quite taken with another dignitary,” Pence said in an opening wink at the CPAC audience.

“For all those in the media who think I should have stood and cheered with the North Koreans, I say the United States of America doesn’t stand with murderous dictatorships — we stand up to murderous dictatorships.”

The whole moment was interrupted by so much audience applause that it was hard at times to hear the vice president as he laid out the condemnation.

“For all the media fawning over the sister of the North Korean dictator, I think it’s important that every American knows who this person is and what she’s done,” said Pence before elaborating on some of her infamous résumé.

“The sister of Kim Jong-un is a central pillar of the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet, an evil family clique that brutalizes subjugates, starves and imprisons it’s 25 million people,” said Pence who also noted that for her role in propagating the regime, she was currently under U.S. sanctions.

Pence’s remarks are perhaps the capstone of a long period of media flagellation over the bizarrely flattering coverage of Kim Yo-jong and the entire North Korean Olympic delegation.

Various media outlets — including Fox News — compared her to Ivanka Trump, or said that the delegation had won the “diplomatic” olympics.

The coverage was so bad, MSNBC host Willie Geist called it out in mega-viral tweet.

Pence was preceded on stage by NRA chief Wayne LaPierre who vowed that his organization would not give an inch in its defense of the second amendment.

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NRA Boss Wayne LaPierre Says Organization Won’t Give In: ‘Louder and Stronger Than Ever Before’ https://www.thewrap.com/nra-chief-says-he-wont-give-an-inch-louder-and-stronger-than-ever-before/ https://www.thewrap.com/nra-chief-says-he-wont-give-an-inch-louder-and-stronger-than-ever-before/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:46:30 +0000 Jon Levine https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820451

.@NRA Wayne LaPierre defiant in CPAC address, says his organization wont' give an inch.

"The NRA will not only speak out, we will speak out louder and we will speak out stronger than ever before” pic.twitter.com/ev4AbcKEp8

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 22, 2018

NRA boss Wayne LaPierre addressed a raucous crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, saying that his organization would continue to speak out in its defense of the Second Amendment.

“The NRA will not only speak out, we will speak out louder and we will speak out stronger than ever before,” he said to thunderous applause inside the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

LaPierre said it was his aim to make the message of the NRA more palatable and “just as acceptable as NBC, the New York Times and the rest of the so-called national news media.”

Speaking of the recent shooting in Parkland, Fla., LaPierre expressed sadness, but doubled down on a longstanding NRA position that schools needed to be protected in the same manner as banks and politicians.

“Schools must be the most hardened targets in this country, and evil must be confronted immediately with all necessary force to protect our kids,” said LaPierre.

In addition to his defense of gun rights, LaPierre offered a number of other GOP talking points, including his blasting of “European style socialist” politicians like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“The elimination of due process is the very gold standard of the socialist state,” said LaPierre. “[Democrats] hide behind labels like Democrat, left-wing, and progressive to make their socialist agenda more palatable, and that is terrifying.”

LaPierre preceded the day’s keynote address by Vice President Mike Pence, who was introduced on stage by Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union

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‘Daily Show’ Star Michelle Wolf to Host White House Correspondents’ Dinner https://www.thewrap.com/michelle-wolf-to-host-white-house-correspondents-dinner/ https://www.thewrap.com/michelle-wolf-to-host-white-house-correspondents-dinner/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:35:41 +0000 Daniel Kohn https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820484 Michelle Wolf, a contributor on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will host this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the sponsoring organization announced Thursday.

The comedian confirmed the news of the announcement on Twitter.

In a statement, Margaret Talev, president of the WHCA, praised Wolf’s credentials, saying that the 32-year-old’s feminist edge and her voice make her the right person to host the event.

It remains unclear whether or not President Donald Trump will attend the annual gathering of journalists who cover the White House — a charity event which typically features good-natured ribbing by a guest comedian as well as a response from the president.

Last year, Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan to decline the WHCA’s invite to swing by the dinner. Reagan didn’t attend the 1981 event as he was recovering from an assassination attempt earlier that year.

Wolf will have her own weekly Netflix series beginning later this year. According to the show’s logline, the comedian plans to use her program to take a break from the seriousness of late-night comedy.

This year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner will take place on Saturday, April 28.

Kathy Griffin, who fell under Secret Service inquiry last year after posting photos of herself holding a severed head that resembled Trump, had offered to host the dinner.

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Jennifer Lawrence Rips ‘Predator’ Harvey Weinstein, Says She ‘Was Not Victimized Personally’ https://www.thewrap.com/jennifer-lawrence-rips-predator-harvey-weinstein-says-she-was-not-victimized-personally/ https://www.thewrap.com/jennifer-lawrence-rips-predator-harvey-weinstein-says-she-was-not-victimized-personally/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:34:00 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820468 Like Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence weighed in on Harvey Weinstein using her name in a petition to toss out a class-action lawsuit filed against him over his accused misconduct.

“Harvey Weinstein and his company are continuing to do what they have always done, which is to take things out of context and use them for their own benefit,” the 27-year-old actress said in a statement to TheWrap. “This is what predators do, and it must stop.”

“For the record, while I was not victimized personally by Harvey Weinstein, I stand behind the women who have survived his terrible abuse and I applaud them in using all means necessary to bring him to justice whether through criminal or civil actions,” Lawrence added. “Time’s up.”

In a Wednesday response to a class action lawsuit filed over his accused misconduct, Weinstein invoked previous statements from Streep that he had been “respectful” to her when they worked together. Streep did not appreciate his associating that remark in relation to the rape, assault and harassment he stands accused of by over 80 women.

“Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys’ use of my (true) statement — that he was not sexually transgressive or physically abusive in our business relationship — as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitive,” the actress said through a spokesperson.

The response also cited previous comments from Lawrence, who told Oprah the disgraced mogul had been “nothing but nice to her” since they had met.

Weinstein also challenged the account given by Gwyneth Paltrow that he attempted to assault her in a Beverly Hills hotel room. Paltrow has not commented on the petition yet.

Weinstein has routinely denied any occasion of nonconsensual sex. He and his legal team are asking the suit be dismissed.

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FCC Sets Date for Net Neutrality Pullback https://www.thewrap.com/fcc-sets-official-date-for-net-neutrality-pullback/ https://www.thewrap.com/fcc-sets-official-date-for-net-neutrality-pullback/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:19:56 +0000 Sean Burch https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820439 Mark your calendars: Net neutrality’s death has been set for April 23.

The Federal Communications Commission filed its revoke order on Thursday, with the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order set to pull back on Obama-era regulations against internet service providers. The current rules, in place since 2015, prevent ISPs from playing favorites by charging more for access to certain sites or “throttling,” or slowing down, access to content.

In its Thursday filing, the FCC said its decision “returns to the light-touch regulatory scheme that enabled the internet to develop and thrive for nearly two decades. The Commission restores the classification of broadband internet access service as a lightly-regulated information service and reinstates the private mobile service classification of mobile broadband internet access service.”

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has argued stripping away net neutrality will propel businesses forward, that the internet thrived before the 2015 rules were put in place. The new rules force telecom giants to disclose which content they’re prioritizing — something Pai and his defenders say will prevent businesses from running wild.

Detractors, however, view this as a move that hurts consumers, and that it helps friends of Pai — a former Verizon attorney. After April 23, there will be little in the way of ISPs charging more for access to Netflix or content from competitors, if they desire. Bundle plans, allowing companies to charge customers a certain amount for social media and another price for streaming sites, are now on the table.

And there are a lot of detractors. Leading up to the FCC’s decision in December, an overwhelming majority of U.S. consumers didn’t support changing net neutrality. A University of Maryland study found 83 percent of Americans — including three out of four Republicans — were against lifting the 2015 rules. And a record near-22 million comments were submitted to the FCC over the summer, with 60 percent pushing back against plans to repeal.

In the meantime, the attorney general of New York is set to file a lawsuit against the FCC’s decision, and several major media companies, including Netflix, have openly pushed back against the measure. Expect more to follow leading up to the FCC’s April 23 rollout.

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Margaret Brennan to Replace John Dickerson as Host of CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ https://www.thewrap.com/margaret-brennan-replace-john-dickerson-host-cbs-face-nation/ https://www.thewrap.com/margaret-brennan-replace-john-dickerson-host-cbs-face-nation/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:07:46 +0000 Thom Geier https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820470 Margaret Brennan will officially replace John Dickerson moderator of CBS’ “Face the Nation” beginning this Sunday, CBS News announced Thursday.

Brennan, who joined CBS News in 2012, will continue in her position as senior foreign affairs correspondent based in Washington, D.C. She has reported on politics, international affairs and global markets since 2002.

Brennan steps in permanently for Dickerson, who was named co-anchor of “CBS This Morning” last month in the wake of the forced ouster of Charlie Rose following accusations of sexual misconduct.

“‘Face the Nation’ is one of the longest-running traditions in television,” CBS News president David Rhodes said in a statement. “Margaret’s coverage of the White House and the world make her the ideal moderator for this legendary CBS News franchise at this moment in time.”

Since 2012, Brennan has been based in Washington and has reported on the Trump administration, and previously President Obama’s administration, for all CBS News programs. Previously, Brennan covered the State Department for four years, where she reported on major national security stories including nuclear negotiations with Iran; restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba; the standoff with North Korea; the conflict in Ukraine; and the accord to transfer control of Syria’s chemical weapons.

Prior to joining CBS News, Brennan spent a decade covering the global financial markets. Brennan anchored and reported for Bloomberg Television globally. Previously, she was a correspondent at CNBC with a focus on the consumer during the financial crisis. She also contributed to various NBC News programs. Brennan began her career as a producer for CNBC’s “Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser.”

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Saoirse Ronan Is a Confused Newlywed in the First Trailer for ‘On Chesil Beach’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/saoirse-ronan-on-chesil-beach-first-trailer-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/saoirse-ronan-on-chesil-beach-first-trailer-video/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:05:38 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820448

Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan stars as a newlywed who battles societal pressures and sex in the first trailer for Bleecker Street’s “On Chesil Beach.”

“On Chesil Beach” follows a young couple in England in 1962, who find their new marriage complicated with issues of sexual freedom and pressures from society — and as a result, their wedding night is beyond awkward.

Billy Howie, Emily Watson, Samuel West and Anne-Marie Duff also star.

Dominic Cooke directed the film in his motion picture directorial debut. It is based on the 2007 Booker Prize-nominated novella of the same name, written by Ian McEwan, who wrote the screenplay for the film.

The film had its world premiere in the Special Presentations section at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7, 2017.

Ronan is currently nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actress category for her role in Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird.”

“On Chesil Beach” will hit U.S. theaters on May 18.

Watch the trailer above.

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Chloe Kim Finding Out About Her Corn Flakes Box Cover Is Exactly as Adorable as You’d Think (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/chloe-kim-corn-flakes-box-cover-revealed-olympics-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/chloe-kim-corn-flakes-box-cover-revealed-olympics-video/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:53:55 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820433

Forget the Olympics gold medal: Gracing the cover of a box of Corn Flakes means that you’ve officially made it, Chloe Kim.

The Team USA hero was Jimmy Fallon’s guest Wednesday on his five-minute “Tonight Show,” when the two photobombed a bunch of fans and then shared a special breakfast box reveal. They also squeezed in a mini-interview, in which the NBC host asked the snowboarder how it felt to win the women’s halfpipe competition.

“I felt really empty at first,” she said. “Just emotionless. I was just, there.”

OK, so that’s somewhere between somewhat unsatisfying and downright depressing. Kim’s reaction to learning she replaced the cartoon rooster on the cereal box was much more uplifting.

Your move, Wheaties.

Watch the video above.

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Josh Gad Pays Tribute to Family Friend Who Lost Son in Parkland Shooting https://www.thewrap.com/josh-gad-pays-tribute-to-family-friend-who-lost-son-in-parkland-shooting/ https://www.thewrap.com/josh-gad-pays-tribute-to-family-friend-who-lost-son-in-parkland-shooting/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:35:11 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820375 Josh Gad paid tribute to his family friend Max Schachter on Twitter Wednesday after he read a poem written by his son, who was killed in the Florida school shooting last week, at CNN’s town hall.

“Watching our family friend read his son Alex’s poem tonight is almost too much for me to bear,” Gad wrote. “Max, we are all with you. We love you. Your strength is incredible. Your son’s poetry is light in this darkness.”

Schachter read the poem his 14-year-old son wrote just two weeks before a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Valentine’s Day.

Alex Schachter loved rollercoasters, his father explained at the town hall, and “had no idea his poem would become his future.” The poem was read at his funeral, his dad added.

The poem goes as follows:

Life is like a roller coaster/it has some ups and downs/sometimes you can take it slow or very fast/ it may be hard to breathe at times/but you have to push yourself and keep going.

Your bar is your safety/it’s like your family and friends/You hold on tight and you don’t let go/But sometimes you might throw your hands up/Because your friends and family will always be with you.

Just like that bar keeping you safe at all times/ it may be too much for you at times/the twists, the turns, the upside downs/But you get back up/you keep chugging along/ eventually it comes to a stop/you won’t know when or how/but you will know that’ll be the time to get off and start anew/Life is like a roller coaster.

Gad expressed his anger over Alex’s death last week on Twitter, saying, “a child of one of our friend’s has a bullet in his chest & is in critical condition because a 19 year old had access to a military weapon. Pretend it’s normal. It’s not.”

The next morning, Gad revealed Alex had passed away from his injuries, and called our leaders “worthless.”

On Wednesday, several survivors and parents of those killed during the shooting attended CNN’s town hall to speak to representatives about gun control.

Listen to the poem below.

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Oprah Becomes Human Emoji in Response to Trump’s ‘Hate-Tweet’ About Her (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/oprah-responds-trump-hate-tweet-60-minutes-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/oprah-responds-trump-hate-tweet-60-minutes-video/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:22:10 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820363

Oprah Winfrey just did one of these in response to President Trump’s unkind tweet about her recent “60 Minutes” segment:  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

“I don’t like giving negativity power, so I just thought, ‘What?'” she told Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday while throwing her hands up in the air. “What I actually really did was I went back and looked at the tape to see if there was any place that that could be true.”

“Did I feel like… it was slanted or biased? I went back and looked at every tape, I called the producers,” Oprah said. “Because what actually happened was– when you do ’60 Minutes,’ you sit in a room with at least seven other people who critique the piece before you air it, before you do the introduction to it, and then they give you the critique. So, they critique every word and is this fair — you have this whole panel of people looking at whether it was fair.”

“And I had actually, the first time I saw it, I said, ‘There’s something missing here from the conversation,” she continued. “When I had asked the question of ‘Do you think, do you care about what other people think about America?’ and they only used the Democratic side. And I said, I remembered the guy Matt had said, ‘No, we’re the only people that are worried what other countries are thinking of us.’ And I said, ‘I think you should go back and put that in because it makes it more balanced.’ So, I was working very hard to do the opposite of what I was hate-tweeted about so, it’s OK.”

Watch the “Ellen” video above.

Late Sunday night, Donald Trump tweeted the following: “Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on ’60 Minutes.’ The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!”

That evening on the CBS newsmagazine show, the former daytime star had asked Trump and anti-Trump voters in Michigan whether they still shared their feelings about the president. She also raised a number of his more infamous controversies as discussion points.

After an extended bit of teasing in 2018, Winfrey has become increasingly assertive in ruling out any possibility of a presidential run against Trump in 2020.

Shrug.

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Watch Billionaire Bill Gates’ Epic Fail Guessing Grocery Store Prices: $22 for Pizza Rolls?! (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/bill-gates-guesses-grocery-store-prices-video-ellen/ https://www.thewrap.com/bill-gates-guesses-grocery-store-prices-video-ellen/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:30:37 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820348

Bill Gates is worth $91.7 billion dollars — so yeah, he doesn’t do his own grocery shopping.

On “Ellen,” the Microsoft founder was put to the ultimate Wealthy Guy Test: Can you accurately guess the supermarket prices of these everyday items? Spoiler alert: Gates could not.

For example, he thought a tub of Tide Pods costs $4. More like $20, dude.

When he learned Rice-A-Roni was just about $1 per box, Gates declared, “I’ll take five!”

Anyone willing to pay $22 for a bag of Totino’s Pizza Rolls? Gates apparently is.

There were more ridiculous guesstimates from there. Wait until the philanthropist finds out how inexpensively T.G.I. Fridays is licensing its name for some frozen-food-aisle spinach and artichoke dip.

Although Bill was terrible, he still helped the audience win something awesome.

Watch the video above.

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Florida Shooting Survivor Says CNN Gave Him ‘Scripted’ Questions at Town Hall Event https://www.thewrap.com/florida-shooting-survivor-says-cnn-gave-scripted-questions-town-hall-event/ https://www.thewrap.com/florida-shooting-survivor-says-cnn-gave-scripted-questions-town-hall-event/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:42:29 +0000 Jon Levine https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820330

"Colton wrote questions about school safety, suggested using veterans as armed school security guards but claims CNN wanted him to ask a scripted question instead so he decided not to go"

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A survivor of the massacre as Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is accusing CNN of giving him scripted questions during Wednesday night’s town hall on gun violence.

Colton Haab told Miami’s local WPLG-TV that the network refused to allow him to raise his idea that schools consider employing U.S. military veterans as armed security guards and instead offered him canned questions.

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab said, adding that he decided not to attend the event as a result.

“I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions,” Haab told the station’s Janine Stanwood. “I don’t think that it’s going get anything accomplished. It’s not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.”

The network has categorically denied the charges.

“There is absolutely no truth to this. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever,” the company said in a statement to TheWrap.

“After seeing an interview with Colton Haab, we invited him to participate in our town hall along with other students and administrators from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Colton’s father withdrew his name from participation before the forum began, which we regretted but respected. We welcome Colton to join us on CNN today to discuss his views on school safety.”

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Women Had Lead Role in Less Than a Quarter of Top 2017 Movies, Down From Year Before https://www.thewrap.com/2017-films-had-even-less-female-leads-study-finds/ https://www.thewrap.com/2017-films-had-even-less-female-leads-study-finds/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:00:57 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1819504 Turns out “Wonder Woman” was an exception, not the new rule in Hollywood last year. A new study has found that the 100 top grossing films of 2017 saw even fewer female protagonists than the year before, making up just 24 percent, compared to 29 percent in 2016.

According to this year’s “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” report by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, this low figure may come as a shock to many, as women characters gained high visibility in films like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Wonder Woman” — the three top grossing films of 2017.

“In an awards season when talk about women and gender has been top of mind, we need to separate hyperbole from reality,” Martha Lauzen, executive director of the center, said in a statement. “The numbers do not yet reflect claims of a tectonic or massive shift in the film industry.”

Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

Women accounted for 37 percent of major characters (same as 2016), and 24 percent of speaking characters, which represents a 2 percentage point increase from 2016. Only 32 percent of films featured 10 or more female characters, while 79 percent of films had 10 or more male characters.

Sole female protagonists were more likely to appear in independent films (65 percent) than studio films, while sole male protagonists were more likely to appear in studio features (54 percent). Females were also more likely to appear in comedies and dramas (30 percent), followed by action and horror films (17 and 13 percent). Males were most likely to appear in action features.

Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

Females also remained younger than their male counterparts — the majority of female characters were in their twenties and thirties, while the majority of males were in their thirties and forties.

The percentage of Black females increased from 14 percent to 16 percent from 2016 to 2017, while the representation of Latinas more than doubled from 3 percent to 7 percent. The percentage of Asian females increased one percentage point, to 7 percent.

The Center analyzed 2,361 characters that appeared in the top 100 top films of 2017.

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JJ Abrams Goes on Colbert and Claims that ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Has a Script (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/jj-abrams-goes-colbert-claims-star-wars-episode-ix-script-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/jj-abrams-goes-colbert-claims-star-wars-episode-ix-script-video/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:18:32 +0000 Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820320

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” had “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Episode IX” director JJ Abrams on the show Wednesday night, and the conversation focused on “Star Wars” for the bulks of the appearance.

The big moment from the segment came when Colbert asked Abrams if he could give them any details about “Episode IX” and Abrams made a shocking revelation: that they have a screenplay for it.

“So what can you tell us about ‘Episode IX’? I know nothing, but something,” Colbert asked, acknowledging that he probably wasn’t going to get much from the filmmaker known for his “mystery box” marketing approach. You can watch Abrams’ entire “Late Show” appearance embedded above.

“Is there a new weapon that has more on the hilt? Are there more things coming out of the bottom? Does it rotate? Does it make julienne fries?” Colbert continued, making a joke about Kylo Ren’s wacky lightsaber.

And then Abrams gave his big answer.

“We, uh, we have a script,” he said. “Which is a big deal for me.”

“Having a script in advance isn’t something I’ve always been lucky enough to have,” Abrams continued after Colbert made a joke about how he should give some clue about what part of the universe this new “Star Wars” movie will take place and during what time period. “I’m writing this with Chris Terrio, who is a genius, and I’m having a great time.”

Terrio, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for “Argo,” is more recently known for his writing credits on “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League.”

Earlier in the segment, Colbert brought up a funny anecdote about Abrams from a couple weeks before “The Force Awakens” opened in December 2015.

“You called me up. You were in New York and it was about two weeks before the movie opened. And you said, ‘Can I come to your office and just drink?'” Colbert said, at which point Abrams burst into laughter. “You came to my office, and I poured us two glasses of Jameson, and you were like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know, man. I don’t know.'”

“In fairness, I didn’t say ‘Can I come to your office and just drink?'” Abrams replied. “I said, ‘Can I come to your office and drink?’ Assuming we’d have a good conversation. If it was just drink then that might be a little…”

It was after Abrams trailed off there that Colbert asked the question that led to the big news that “Episode IX” does, in fact, have a script.

Abrams ended the segment by inviting Colbert and the entire studio audience to see a performance of hi Broadway play, “The Play that Always Goes Wrong.”

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‘Parks and Rec’ Cast and Co-Creator Are Extremely Unhappy That NRA Tweeted Leslie Knope GIF: ‘Please Eat S—‘ https://www.thewrap.com/parks-rec-cast-co-creator-extremely-unhappy-nra-tweeted-leslie-knope-gif-please-eat-s/ https://www.thewrap.com/parks-rec-cast-co-creator-extremely-unhappy-nra-tweeted-leslie-knope-gif-please-eat-s/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:54:38 +0000 Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820285 National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch was on CNN Wednesday night for the network’s town hall on school shootings to deliver the NRA’s stance against gun control to a hostile crowd and several of the survivors of last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and their families.

The crowd heckled Loesch throughout the event, with some even exclaiming “You’re a murderer!” at several points.

Just after the event, the NRA tweeted a GIF to back up Loesch — that drew the fire of the co-creator and cast of the now-gone but much-loved NBC series “Parks and Recreation.” Here is the tweet in question:

Yes, the NRA really did use a GIF of “Parks and Rec” main character Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, to compliment Loesch for her performance in the face of that hostile crowd.

And that tweet, in turn, led to strong responses by several of the actors who starred on the show as well as co-creator, Michael Schur.

Schur’s response was pretty polite to start off, at least until he also shared Poehler’s reaction to the NRA’s use of her face.

Nick Offerman, who played the surly Ron Swanson on “Parks and Rec,” offered a similarly structured response of his own.

Adam Scott, meanwhile, cut right to the chase:

For fans of “Parks and Rec,” the response from Schur, Poehler, Scott and Offerman is probably about what they would have expected.

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‘Daily Show’ Trots Out the NRA’s Own ‘Teenz 4 Gunz’ to Counter Parkland Shooting Survivors (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/daily-show-trots-nras-teenz-4-gunz-counter-parkland-survivors-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/daily-show-trots-nras-teenz-4-gunz-counter-parkland-survivors-video/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:40:03 +0000 Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820279

On “The Daily Show” Wednesday night,” host Trevor Noah spent the opening segment discussing the aftermath of last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., this time focusing his commentary on pro-gun conservative figures who have attempted to fight back against the pro-gun control rhetoric of the teenage survivors.

“You’ve never seen gun advocates so desperate that they’d start attacking the victims of a mass shooting. And that’s the power of these teenagers,” Noah said as the segment neared its end. “Which is why the NRA has decided to shift the conversation with some inspirational teenagers of their own.”

From there, “The Daily Show” shifted to a video sketch titled “Teenz 4 Gunz,” a fake NRA promotional video in which three middle-aged people wearing hastily constructed clothes that sported outdated pop culture references pretended to be teenagers who love guns.

You can watch the full opening segment of “The Daily Show” embedded above. The “Teenz 4 Gunz” sketch begins a little over six minutes in.

“Hey there, fellow teens, my name is Adrian. I’m 16!” said a man who’s probably at least 40 who wore a badly screenprinted Limp Bizkit t-shirt and a Korn baseball cap.

A woman named “Olivia” was the next “teen,” and she popped up to declare the purpose of this fake NRA video: “I think all us teens should have the right to own guns, and take mad selfies!” At which point she pulled out a bulky digital camera take a selfie.

The third “teen,” “Jamal,” kept the rhetoric going. “No one likes senseless killings, but what’s even more wack is letting big government confiscate our guns.”

“Adrian” then summed it all up. “Take it from us three teenage people: the only thing that stops a good guy with a gun is a cool dude with a gun,” he said , flubbing the old cliche by saying “good guy” instead of “bad guy.”

“Paid for by the NRA,” read the narrator giving the obligatory disclosure at the end of the video. “The A stands for ‘Awesome’.”

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Kimmel Defends Student Protestors From ‘Conspiracy Theories’ and Ted Nugent (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/kimmel-student-protestors-ted-nugent-conspiracy-theories-guns/ https://www.thewrap.com/kimmel-student-protestors-ted-nugent-conspiracy-theories-guns/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:19:01 +0000 Ross A. Lincoln https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820261

Kicking off Wednesday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” host Jimmy Kimmel talked about the nationwide protests earlier in the day that saw high school students across the country walk out of class to protest gun violence.

At issue, the proliferation of conspiracy theories about the students who survived the deadly mass shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that saw 17 people killed. Noting that even Donald Trump Jr. — “the President’s least favorite son” — liked tweets spreading the lies, Kimmel turned his attention to rocker Ted Nugent, who wrote on Facebook that the response of the surviving students is “all theater.”

“The kid who just watched his friends die is a puppet, according to Ted. Is that OK? Should a person who actively spreads this garbage all around be a member of your board if you are a reputable organization?” Kimmel asked. “Do you really think these kids, these teenagers who spoke out after a shooting at their school are actors who are part of some kind of deep state left wing conspiracy?”

“If the answer is ‘yes I do believe that,'” Kimmel continued, “I have some bad news for you: You’re crazy. You’re a crazy person. You’re brain is not functioning, and I’m worried about you. But here’s the thing: if you aren’t crazy — and most of you aren’t — and you agree that accusing teenagers of being part of some diabolical underground government scheme is nuts, you can’t just sit there and let these scumbags spread these lies.”

Kimmel also talked about Russian interference into the 2016 election, the unwillingness of Trump supporters to believe it, and Trump’s “listening session” with survivors of gun violence in which he used a crib sheet reminding him to tell them “I hear you.” Watch the clip above.

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Twitter Delights As Shooting Survivors Grill Lawmakers, NRA: ‘Amber Alert Issued for Marco Rubio’s Spine’ https://www.thewrap.com/twitter-shooting-survivors-grill-lawmakers/ https://www.thewrap.com/twitter-shooting-survivors-grill-lawmakers/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:54:50 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820080 Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had some tough questions put to him Wednesday by survivors of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting, and Twitter was loving it.

The survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and their parents took part in a CNN town hall discussion about gun control with Rubio and Sen. Bill Nelson. Stoneman Douglas students had some tough questions for Rubio, a Republican who has taken campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association, in particular.

Twitter users watching the town hall were particularly enthused by one question from Stoneman Douglas Junior Cameron Klasky, who asked Rubio to pledge he wouldn’t take any more money from the NRA. Rubio refused to make the promise.

On Twitter, plenty of viewers dragged Rubio for what many saw as a refusal to stand up to the NRA. They also praised the Stoneman Douglas survivors and their parents for standing up for their beliefs even in the face of the tragedy they’d faced.

Also present at the town hall meeting was NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, who was present to defend the NRA’s position on gun rights, gun control and the Second Amendment. Survivors and their parents had tough questions for Loesch as well, and members of the audience shouted at her repeatedly, including yelling, “You’re a murderer!”

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Audience Savages NRA Rep During CNN School Shooting Town Hall: ‘You’re a Murderer!’ https://www.thewrap.com/audience-nra-rep-cnn-school-shooting-town-hall/ https://www.thewrap.com/audience-nra-rep-cnn-school-shooting-town-hall/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:30:04 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820084 Members of the audience at a CNN-hosted town hall meeting on school shootings repeatedly made their thoughts about the National Rifle Association known, shouting that the gun group’s spokesperson was “a murderer.”

At CNN’s “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action,” hosted by Jake Tapper, parents and survivors of the deadly Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, Florida confronted an array of public figures, including senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson. Also present for questions was NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, who audience members repeatedly shouted down during the live televised event.

Shouting started early in the discussion when Loesch tried to compliment the Stoneman Douglas students, who have spoken out about gun control since the shooting last week. Saying that they have shown they could go far in life, an audience member interrupted by shouting, “If they live that long!”

Audience members continued to shout at Loesch as she defended the NRA’s position against gun control. More than once, someone interrupted Loesch by shouting, “You’re a murderer!”

The audience was on its feet later when Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel called out Loesch’s position.

“You just told this group of people that you are standing up for them,” Israel said. “You’re not standing up for them until you say, ‘I want less weapons.'” Israel ‘s comment was met with a standing ovation. See the exchange below.

Later in the presentation Rubio received similarly unreceptive treatment from the crowd, notably when he tried to depict a total assault weapons ban as a worst case scenario, and the crowd erupted into cheers of support for the idea instead.

Loesch is a gun and Second Amendment advocate and also a radio host. “The Dana Show” airs Monday through Friday on RadioAmerica, and she also hosts “The DL” on NRA TV, the NRA’s online content network. She wrote a book about gun laws in America and the Second Amendment, titled “Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America​,” which was published in 2014.

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Marco Rubio’s Warning Against Full Assault Weapon Ban Backfires When Crowd Loves the Idea (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/marco-rubios-warning-full-assault-weapon-ban-backfires-crowd-loves-idea-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/marco-rubios-warning-full-assault-weapon-ban-backfires-crowd-loves-idea-video/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:52:29 +0000 Ross A. Lincoln https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820076 Marco Rubio’s attempt to depict a full assault weapons ban as some kind of worst case scenario failed miserably Wednesday night, when the audience at a televised CNN town hall went absolutely wild for the idea instead.

“Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action,” hosted by Jake Tapper, featured friends and parents of victims of the deadly mass shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. confronting an array of speakers on the issue. Rubio appeared onstage alongside fellow Florida senator Bill Nelson, and throughout the talk his responses were by and large very poorly received by the crowd.

At one point Rubio was asked whether he would support stringent background checks on gun purchases. He referred back to an earlier question about banning certain types of assault rifles, explaining that in his opinion such measures are useless.

“It’s not the loopholes,” Rubio said, “it’s the problem that once you start looking at how easy it is to get around it you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle.”

At that, the crowd erupted into deafening cheers, with audible cries of “yes” heard above the roar.

Rubio for his part acknowledged that the crowd disagreed with him, but told them that lawmakers aren’t going to do it. “Fair enough. Fair enough. That is a valid position to hold. But my colleagues do not support banning every semi-automatic rifle sold in America” Rubio said, prompting loud booing from the crowd.

Watch the exchange below.

 

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Colbert Mocks Florida Lawmakers for Going After Porn Instead of Dealing With Guns (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/colbert-mocks-florida-gop-for-going-after-porn-instead-of-guns-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/colbert-mocks-florida-gop-for-going-after-porn-instead-of-guns-video/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:00:11 +0000 Ross A. Lincoln https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820054 At the start of Wednesday night’s episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Colbert talked about Florida lawmakers voting down a ban on assault weapons less than a week after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. Colbert noted that instead, the GOP-dominated legislature approved a bill that declared porn “dangerous.”

“What do you have against teenagers?” Colbert asked. “First you won’t do anything about guns, now you’re taking away their porn.”

“What are you doing in there?!” said Colbert, imitating a parent knocking on a door. “You better be loading a gun, young man!”

Colbert’s comments came on the same day as a listening session President Trump held with survivors of gun violence, in which he was photographed with a crib sheet reminding him to say “I Hear You” to attendees. Trump was also criticized for saying teachers should be armed in the classroom as a solution to school shootings — since he denied supporting such a policy during the 2016 presidential election.

Watch the full “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” clip below.

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Meryl Streep Blasts Harvey Weinstein Class Action Response as ‘Pathetic,’ ‘Exploitive’ https://www.thewrap.com/meryl-streep-blasts-harvey-weinstein-class-action-response-pathetic-exploitive/ https://www.thewrap.com/meryl-streep-blasts-harvey-weinstein-class-action-response-pathetic-exploitive/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:44:57 +0000 Matt Donnelly https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820021 Oscar winner Meryl Streep is striking back yet again after finding herself dragged into the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

In a Wednesday response to a class action lawsuit filed over his accused misconduct, Weinstein invoked previous statements from Streep that he had been “respectful” to her when they worked together. Streep did not appreciate his associating that remark in relation to the rape, assault and harassment he stands accused of by over 80 women.

“Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys’ use of my (true) statement — that he was not sexually transgressive or physically abusive in our business relationship — as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitive,” the actress said through a spokesperson.

“The criminal actions he is accused of conducting on the bodies of these women are his responsibility, and if there is any justice left in the system he will pay for them — regardless of how many good movies, made by many good people, Harvey was lucky enough to have acquired or financed.”

The response also cites previous comments from actress Jennifer Lawrence, who told Oprah the disgraced mogul had been “nothing but nice to her” since they had met.

And that is still not the last Oscar winner mentioned in the proceedings, which have several undisclosed plaintiffs suing him. Weinstein challenged the account given by Gwyneth Paltrow that he attempted to assault her in a Beverly Hills hotel room.

Weinstein said that after the alleged incident, Paltrow continued to work with his then-studio Miramax and filmed the project that would deliver her the 1998 Best Actress Oscar — “Shakespeare in Love.:”

Weinstein has routinely denied any occasion on nonconsensual sex. He and his legal team are asking the suit be dismissed.

This is not Streep’s first contact with the scandal. Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan said the beloved movie star was being complicit in his alleged abuse, something the actress denied and said she attempted to speak to McGowan about.

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Is John Legend’s Jesus Costume Really Just This White T-Shirt? We Asked NBC https://www.thewrap.com/john-legend-jesus-christ-superstar-live-costume-white-t-shirt/ https://www.thewrap.com/john-legend-jesus-christ-superstar-live-costume-white-t-shirt/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:30:09 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1819667 What John Legend will be wearing when he plays the son of God in NBC’s upcoming “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” is definitely not something your parents would let you wear to church on Easter Sunday.

The first photos of Legend in costume as Jesus Christ were revealed by People on Wednesday, and if you were wondering whether or not that white t-shirt, matching joggers and snazzy kicks (shown in the picture below) were it, well, so were we.

TheWrap checked in with the NBC to find out if this ultra casual look was Legend’s official costume for the upcoming TV musical. A person with knowledge of the production told us the final costume will be similar to this look. Make of that what you will.

To be fair, this is not our first hint at what the singer would be wearing come the big night, as his wife Chrissy Teigen swooned over his costume to Jimmy Fallon last month.

“He’s like a hip Jesus, though,” Teigen said on “The Tonight Show.” “I saw their fitting and it was so funny it’s like white Balmain jeans, Rick Owens torn white shirt. Im like, ‘Jesus is hot!’ He looks good!'”

And the musical’s costume designer Paul Tazewell was the one who brought that “hip Jesus” look to life.

“From the first design meeting with [director] David Leveaux it was pretty clear that he wanted our production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert’ to be a modern version,” Tazwell told People. “The costume design does have an urban dystopian quality while feeling hot and arid. I think the contemporary costumes stand well in contrast with the ancient architectural ruins which inform much of the scenic design.”

Oh, we should probably note that Legend gave his input on this design.

“John definitely offered his opinions in response to what David Leveaux and I had discussed, and we have always seemed to be on the same page together with how we envisioned his version of Jesus,” Tazewell said.

Legend is playing opposite Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene and Alice Cooper as King Herod in the rock opera.

See People’s first look at Legend’s costume below.

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live” will air Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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How This Newspaper in ‘Justice League’ Hints at Where Zack Snyder Might Have Taken DC’s Movieverse https://www.thewrap.com/newspaper-justice-league-snyder-cut/ https://www.thewrap.com/newspaper-justice-league-snyder-cut/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:24:17 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1818882 We may never know what the original plan for “Justice League” was. The movie obviously underwent some major changes during its production, specifically when directing duties were handed off from Zack Snyder to Joss Whedon. But elements that made their way into the finished film seem to hint at what could have been.

We know a lot was added or changed in reshoots, particularly those that included Superman actor Henry Cavill and the CGI treatment used to airbrush off a mustache he’d grown for another role. There are also clues throughout the movie of story threads that seem like they were once a bigger deal — like when villain Steppenwolf mentions Darkseid, a much spookier adversary in the DC Comics world.

Steppenwolf’s Darkseid line (literally just “For Darkseid”) suggests this movie was setting up the greater threat, but in the final version of “Justice League,” Darkseid gets exactly one mention and no elaboration. Meanwhile, the movie’s post-credits scene suggests it’s Lex Luthor who will next threaten the heroes.

Another big hint at the “Justice League” plot that might have been is an early shot of a newspaper with some altogether bizarre and scary headlines. During the montage that shows how bad the world has gotten after the death of Superman in “Batman v. Superman,” the camera lingers on a front page that suggests a few things that “Justice League” never again mentions, but seemingly might have.

The newspaper is dominated by a somewhat-joking story featuring photos of Prince, David Bowie and Superman, asking, “Did they return to their home planet?” But other stories on the page suggest some really scary developments.

The most notable part of the newspaper is that it repeatedly references disease. The headline next to the photo showing Superman mentions a “super-germ” that could “wipe out humanity.”

Some kind of plague is mentioned half-heartedly in the background at another point in “Justice League,” but the idea is never expounded upon. The idea that a plague might have been part of the story at some point seems possible. It’s also backed up by another headline on the paper, noting an increase in mysterious birth defects. Yet another headline mentions something “waging war on humanity.”

The Metropolis Post in this case seems to be mirroring the tabloid New York Post, and so it might be that this newspaper is more joke than clue. Another headline toward the bottom of the paper states the White House is preparing to rent out is East Wing. Outwardly, the idea that the U.S. might be in such dire financial straits that it needs to rent out part of the White House seems pretty ridiculous.

Then again, the world of “Justice League” is a mess without Superman, and maybe these headlines do give some idea of what that world is like, or what elements might have become important in an earlier draft of the script. After all, “Justice League” sees the Earth attacked by aliens from another world, so really, none of this stuff is that much of a stretch.

We know “Justice League” was originally planned as two movies, so what we’re seeing on the Metropolis Post might be a hint at how Darkseid and Steppenwolf were aiming to destroy the world — through some kind of alien plague. That wouldn’t be too far out of step with the wasteland-like vision Batman had back in “Batman v. Superman,” really. Add a pandemic to a bunch of parademons and a possibly evil, resurrected Superman, and that image sounds a lot like what Batman foresaw.

Of course, the storyline hinted at in “Batman v. Superman” in which Superman went evil was abandoned in “Justice League,” or at the very least, postponed. Just because Superman is back and seemingly in okay shape at the end of “Justice League,” though, doesn’t mean aliens are done attacking Earth — or that the weird “super-germ” might not still be threatening humanity in the future.

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Trump Calls for Guns in Classrooms – 2 Years After Insisting He Wasn’t for Guns in Classrooms https://www.thewrap.com/trump-advocates-arming-teachers-tweet/ https://www.thewrap.com/trump-advocates-arming-teachers-tweet/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:17:36 +0000 Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1820002 During a White House listening session with students and parents from Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump said that one solution to the recent rash of deadly school shootings might be to allow teachers to apply for concealed carry permits, which would allow them to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.

“If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly,” he told the crowd of survivors and families.

But the internet was quick to point out that this idea was shut down by Trump himself during the 2016 presidential campaign — and as with all things related to Trump, there’s a tweet to back up the contradiction.

 

In a speech to the NRA, Trump had called for the elimination of gun-free zones around schools — which prompted criticism from his Democratic rival. Hillary Clinton, who said he wanted more guns in classrooms.

In the tweet, Trump dismissed the jab: “Crooked Hillary said that I want guns brought into the school classroom. Wrong!”

 

On Wednesday, though President Trump seemed to walk back his previous denial.

“A gun-free zone to a maniac, because they’re all cowards, a gun-free zone is ‘Let’s go in, and let’s attack, because bullets aren’t coming back at us.’ And if you do this, and a lot of people are talking about it, it’s certainly a point that we’ll discuss.”

Arming teachers in order to protect students — or spreading retired Marines and police around various schools to act as armed guards, another Trump suggestion — is likely to introduce guns into classrooms.

The proposal would also shift the onus of protecting schoolchildren to educators. (Trump said the concealed carry idea would require special training for teachers “with that particular talent,” and guessed it’d be about 20 percent of the teacher population who might want to carry guns in school buildings.)

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Florida Dad Asks Trump: ‘How Many Children Have to Get Shot?’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/florida-dad-asks-trump-how-many-children-have-to-get-shot-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/florida-dad-asks-trump-how-many-children-have-to-get-shot-video/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:54:59 +0000 Reid Nakamura https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1819942

Andrew Pollack, the father of an 18-year-old killed at last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, gave an impassioned speech at President Donald Trump’s “listening session” with shooting victims and families on Wednesday.

The grieving father called on the federal government to do more to protect students, saying the country “failed our children.” Pollack said he was speaking to Trump on behalf of his daughter Meadow, who couldn’t speak for herself because her life was cut short by gun violence.

“We go to the airport — I can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water, but we leave some animal to walk into a school and shoot our children,” Pollack said. “It is just not right.”

The White House listening session was set up to give families and survivors of school shootings the opportunity to address the president on the topic of gun violence.

“We need to come together as a country and work on what is important, and that’s protecting our children in the schools. That’s the only thing that matters right now,” Pollack said. “Everyone has to come together and not think about different laws. We need to come together as a country, not different parties, and figure out how we protect the schools.”

Pollack appeared with his two sons, one of whom spoke and raised the idea of arming teachers. “We need more security,” Hunter Pollack said. “We need more firearms on campus, we need better background checks, and we need to study more on mental health.” Trump himself seemed to back the idea as a possibility, proposing that some teachers could be authorized to carry concealed firearms.

“How many schools, how many children have to get shot?” the elder Pollack said during his testimony. “It stops here with this administration and me. I’m not going to sleep until it is fixed. And Mr. President, we’re going to fix it. Because I’m going to fix it. I’m not going to rest.”

“I’m pissed,” he said. “Because my daughter — I’m not going to see again. She’s not here. She’s not here. She’s in North Lauderdale, at whatever it is. King David Cemetery, that’s where I go to see my kid now.”

Meadow Pollack was one of 17 people killed when a gunman armed with an AR-15 assault rifle opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day.

Survivors of the shooting have since risen to the fore as advocates for stricter gun control laws — including delivering impassioned speeches at the Florida state capitol on Wednesday — but Andrew Pollack said Wednesday that’s the wrong conversation to have.

“It is not about gun laws,” he said. “That is another fight, another battle. Let’s fix the schools and then you guys can battle it out whatever you want. But we need our children safe.”

“Never, ever will I see my kid again,” he continued. “I want that to sink in. It’s eternity. My beautiful daughter, I’m never going to see again. And it’s simple … We can fix it.”

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Why Fergie, Austin Dillon and Julie Thatcher Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week https://www.thewrap.com/fergie-austin-dillon-julie-thatcher-tvs-social-media-mvps-week/ https://www.thewrap.com/fergie-austin-dillon-julie-thatcher-tvs-social-media-mvps-week/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:52:03 +0000 Fabric Media https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1819620 A pop star, a NASCAR driver and a returned sister had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Feb. 14-20 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

Instead of being about the players, much of the conversation around the 2018 NBA All-Star game, which generated 251,679 Emotional Reactions (ERs) and was broadcast on TNT, centered on Fergie, the singer who performed a notoriously controversial rendition of the National Anthem. Thousands of people took to Twitter to weigh in about the song, which Fergie performed in a jazzy, weirdly sultry manner. Reactions ranged from confusion and awkward laughter to downright anger and hate.

Fox’s broadcast of the 2018 Daytona 500 inspired 78,510 ERs, with ultimate champion Austin Dillon being the most-mentioned driver of the day. During the final lap, Aric Almirola crashed into a wall, giving Dillon the space to eek out the win. Viewer reaction was mixed, with some applauding him while others went the more negative route.

There were 18,986 ERs around the season 5 premiere of Hallmark’s hit series “When Calls the Heart,” with Julie Thatcher (portrayed by Charlotte Hegele) generating the most conversation. Julie is the sister to main character Elizabeth Thatcher, and her unexpected return in the premiere prompted much excitement among fans — although some expressed trepidation over her apparent interest in the character Jesse (Aren Buchholz).

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Newsweek Retracts Story on Al Franken Twitter Bot Conspiracy Theory https://www.thewrap.com/writer-explains-why-the-al-franken-twitter-bot-conspiracy-theory-doesnt-make-sense/ https://www.thewrap.com/writer-explains-why-the-al-franken-twitter-bot-conspiracy-theory-doesnt-make-sense/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:51:09 +0000 Ashley Boucher and Tim Molloy https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1817656 Newsweek has retracted an article that said Twitter bots helped drive calls for Sen. Al Franken’s resignation late last year. A writer drawn into the theory told TheWrap it made no sense, timing-wise.

Let’s back up, first by acknowledging that it hasn’t been a great news week for Newsweek: On Tuesday, the site’s editors published a blistering note saying two editors and a reporter had been fired for investigating the company’s own business dealings.

The issues with the Franken conspiracy theory predate that drama. On Monday, a Newsweek article titled “How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken,” said that “new research” showed that “white nationalist provocateurs, a pair of fake news sites, an army of Twitter bots and other cyber tricks helped derail Democratic Senator Al Franken last year.”

The “research” Newsweek was referencing is unclear, but the story cited a Medium blog post by Mike Farb, a writer and activist for the group Unhack the Vote. Newsweek wrote Wednesday morning:

The initial report was based on research conducted by Unhack The Vote, a group examining outside influence in U.S. elections and politics. It alleged that a “decidedly alt-right” botnet “weaponized” anti-Franken stories and amplified pressure on Franken to resign after allegations of sexual misconduct. Newsweek was unable to independently verify their claims after a further review of their work.

The story said one of the “weaponized” stories was by “liberal writer” Ijeoma Oluo. Her piece, published on a website called The Establishment, detailed her conflicted emotions about watching someone she once looked up to fall from grace.

Farb said bots tweeted out Oluo’s headline repeatedly to make it seem like there were more calls for Franken’s resignation than there actually were.

The person or people behind the bots is unclear, but Farb guessed that it was a far-right group that wanted to force Franken from the Senate. (A quick timeline reminder: several senators on Dec. 6 called for Franken’s resignation, and on Dec. 7 he announced he would resign. He officially resigned on Jan. 2).

And now, Oluo’s simple explanation for why her article didn’t help drive Franken’s resignation. Ready?

She published it after Franken said he would resign.

She pointed out on Twitter after Newsweek’s article was published on Monday that her article posted after she heard Franken’s resignation announcement.

There’s no way my piece could have been used to influence him when it didn’t even come out until after he had already resigned,” she told TheWrap on Monday. 

The Farb blog and the Newsweek article point out that the bots linked not to Oluo’s article, but to the domains registered in Japan. Farb’s blog cites “an anonymous security researcher” who discovered the bots using Oluo’s article.

Newsweek and Farb did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s requests for comment.

Oluo told TheWrap earlier this week, prior to the retraction, that she hoped Newsweek would issue one.

I need people to understand what an insult that entire thing is to the risk that the victims took to come forward and continue to take to come forward to talk about sexual abuse and sexual harassment,” Oluo said, adding that she feels the Newsweek and Raw Story articles that trended on on Monday were using victims’ stories as a political tool. 

It’s being used to try and discredit #MeToo and all these brave people that are coming forward,” she said. “And that, to me, I think is the biggest threat of this entire thing and where I take really, really huge offense.”

Oluo said that she first heard the theory about Twitter bots and her article “months ago,” but ignored it because it didn’t make sense to her.

If it had just been some fringe site, I would have just let it go just like I had initially,” she said. “I just want people to get back to talking about what we can do to make women more safe in our society.” 

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From Monopoly to Catan, 8 Board Games That Can End Friendships (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/game-night-8-board-games-that-can-end-friendships-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/game-night-8-board-games-that-can-end-friendships-photos/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:29:50 +0000 Brian Welk https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1818694 This week, the R-rated comedy “Game Night” hits theaters about a group of friends who get together for regular game nights, only for this particular evening to turn bloody and unhinged. I didn’t realize it was a documentary. Because there are a fair share of board games, or at the very least if you play anything with my family, which will for sure make you lose it on your friends. These games can be fun, but proceed with caution.

Monopoly

We’ll start with the old standby, because as Chief Wiggum put it, how do those Parker Brothers sleep at night? Part of the reason Monopoly is such a drain on friendships is because it’s an endurance test. You can spend hours going around the board just trying to end it all. My family would chant “Mortgage, mortgage” whenever someone landed on a hotel on Marvin Gardens. And if you’ve ever played a game with a full eight players, it always ends quickly and painfully for that one person who has to go last.

Settlers of Catan

Catan is the gateway game for people who want an entry way into other board games. But as it’s become more prevalent, people have found it to be as frustrating as Monopoly. Try and be the guy whose numbers are never rolled and whose friends decide to steal your resources and never trade with you. I have brought my sister to the verge of tears because we couldn’t decide on whether you were allowed to build a settlement in between two other roads. Or how about this classy move? Ask about a particular resource just to get a sense of the room, then lay down a Monopoly development card and steal everything anyways.

Blokus

“Blokus” has become a verb in our household, as in, “You Blokused me!” In this game, you have 20-odd oblong tiled shapes that you have to lay down on the board such that each piece is touching via a corner, but not adjacently. But the strategy is in the name, and the way to win is to screw over your neighbor by laying your big fat T-shaped piece so that your opponents are all boxed in and you’ve taken up the maximum amount of real estate in the least efficient way possible.

Diplomacy

You think Risk is bad? Diplomacy, another game about global domination, actually encourages you to make alliances with other players and stab your friends in the back. You start by having one-on-one conversations with the other players to forge alliances and develop strategy, you write your plan of attack on a sheet of paper, and then every action is enacted simultaneously. Diplomacy allows you to all at once watch as your friends look you in the eye and screw you over, without even Risk’s random chance die rolls to give you solace.

Scattergories

Some games are annoying because you have to screw over another person, and some games are life ruining because there’s (1) an anxious timer, (2) loud buzzing noises and (3) lots of arguing and shouting over things that have no answer. Scattergories has the trifecta. I dare you to find me a timer/buzzer that makes a piercing, loud clacking noise as time runs out more irritating than that one. After that you get to argue whether or not “Steak” should count as an “S” Food You Eat For Breakfast.

Munchkin

Munchkin is a simple little card game that plays on nonsensical rules and has a satirical take on the draconian nature of something like Dungeons and Dragons and other role playing games. But if you’re like many people drawn to table top games who enjoy structured rules and strategy, you’re going to be driven up the wall by your friends who aren’t taking themselves too seriously and manage to dominate you seemingly at random.

Scrabble

“Words With Friends” ruined this game, although it was already pretty brutal to begin with. After that app came out, it became very clear that winning a game of Scrabble has nothing to do with vocabulary but with how well you can arrange nonsense two letter words like “QI” onto triple letter scores. The difference between “Words with Friends” and Scrabble is, now you have to sit in front of your friend as they take their agonizingly sweet time trying pull these shenanigans.

The Resistance/Werewolf/Mafia/Secret Hitler

I’m lumping all these together because there is now an entire genre of board game that is about one group of players who are oblivious and another group of people whose job it is to lie to everyone else. These games are designed to make you suspicious of your friends, to make accusations of one another and to secretly conspire against everyone else. And they have the nerve to call these party games!

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Kiddingnotkidding, because there are ton of games that sure start out fun but will for sure eventually make you lose it on your friends and family. 

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Hitting theaters this week, the R-rated comedy “Game Night” follows a group of friends who get together for regular game nights, only for one particular evening to turn bloody and unhinged. We didn’t realize it was a documentary.

Kiddingnotkidding, because there are ton of games that sure start out fun but will for sure eventually make you lose it on your friends and family. 

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Monopoly

We’ll start with the old standby, because as Chief Wiggum put it, how do those Parker Brothers sleep at night? Part of the reason Monopoly is such a drain on friendships is because it’s an endurance test. You can spend hours going around the board just trying to end it all. My family would chant “Mortgage, mortgage” whenever someone landed on a hotel on Marvin Gardens. And if you’ve ever played a game with a full eight players, it always ends quickly and painfully for that one person who has to go last. And I dare you to try the fan-made Riskopoly, a combination of Risk and Monopoly that is as long and ridiculous as it sounds. 

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Monopoly

We’ll start with the old standby, because as Chief Wiggum put it, how do those Parker Brothers sleep at night? Part of the reason Monopoly is such a drain on friendships is because it’s an endurance test. You can spend hours going around the board just trying to end it all. My family would chant “Mortgage, mortgage” whenever someone landed on a hotel on Marvin Gardens. And if you’ve ever played a game with a full eight players, it always ends quickly and painfully for that one person who has to go last. And I dare you to try the fan-made Riskopoly, a combination of Risk and Monopoly that is as long and ridiculous as it sounds. 

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Settlers of Catan

Catan is the perfect game for people who want the hyper-focused intensity of a strategy video game like "Civilization" but combined with the angry shouting matches of Monopoly. Just try and be the guy whose numbers are never rolled and whose friends decide to steal your resources and never trade with you. I have brought my sister to the verge of tears because we couldn’t decide on whether you were allowed to build a settlement in between two other roads. Or how about this classy move? Ask about a particular resource just to get a sense of the room, then lay down a Monopoly development card and steal everything anyways. 

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Settlers of Catan

Catan is the perfect game for people who want the hyper-focused intensity of a strategy video game like "Civilization" but combined with the angry shouting matches of Monopoly. Just try and be the guy whose numbers are never rolled and whose friends decide to steal your resources and never trade with you. I have brought my sister to the verge of tears because we couldn’t decide on whether you were allowed to build a settlement in between two other roads. Or how about this classy move? Ask about a particular resource just to get a sense of the room, then lay down a Monopoly development card and steal everything anyways. 

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Blokus

“Blokus” has become a verb in our household, as in, “You Blokused me!” In this game, you have 20-odd oblong tiled shapes that you have to lay down on the board such that each piece is touching via a corner, but not adjacently. But the strategy is in the name, and the way to win is to screw over your neighbor by laying your big fat T-shaped piece so that your opponents are all boxed in and you’ve taken up the maximum amount of real estate in the least efficient way possible.

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Blokus

“Blokus” has become a verb in our household, as in, “You Blokused me!” In this game, you have 20-odd oblong tiled shapes that you have to lay down on the board such that each piece is touching via a corner, but not adjacently. But the strategy is in the name, and the way to win is to screw over your neighbor by laying your big fat T-shaped piece so that your opponents are all boxed in and you’ve taken up the maximum amount of real estate in the least efficient way possible.

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Diplomacy

You think Risk is bad? Diplomacy, another game about global domination, actually encourages you to make alliances with other players and stab your friends in the back. You start by having one-on-one conversations with the other players to forge alliances and develop strategy, you write your plan of attack on a sheet of paper, and then every action is enacted simultaneously. Diplomacy allows you to all at once watch as your friends look you in the eye and screw you over, without even Risk’s random chance die rolls to give you solace.

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Diplomacy

You think Risk is bad? Diplomacy, another game about global domination, actually encourages you to make alliances with other players and stab your friends in the back. You start by having one-on-one conversations with the other players to forge alliances and develop strategy, you write your plan of attack on a sheet of paper, and then every action is enacted simultaneously. Diplomacy allows you to all at once watch as your friends look you in the eye and screw you over, without even Risk’s random chance die rolls to give you solace.

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Scattergories

Some games are annoying because you have to screw over another person, and some games are life ruining because there’s (1) an anxious timer, (2) loud buzzing noises and (3) lots of arguing and shouting over things that have no answer. Scattergories has the trifecta. I dare you to find me a timer/buzzer that makes a piercing, loud clacking noise as time runs out more irritating than that one. After that you get to argue whether or not “Steak” should count as an “S” Food You Eat For Breakfast.

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Scattergories

Some games are annoying because you have to screw over another person, and some games are life ruining because there’s (1) an anxious timer, (2) loud buzzing noises and (3) lots of arguing and shouting over things that have no answer. Scattergories has the trifecta. I dare you to find me a timer/buzzer that makes a piercing, loud clacking noise as time runs out more irritating than that one. After that you get to argue whether or not “Steak” should count as an “S” Food You Eat For Breakfast.

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Munchkin

Munchkin is a simple little card game that plays on nonsensical rules and has a satirical take on the draconian nature of something like Dungeons and Dragons and other role playing games. But if you’re like many people drawn to table top games who enjoy structured rules and strategy, you’re going to be driven up the wall by your friends who aren’t taking themselves too seriously and manage to dominate you seemingly at random.

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Munchkin

Munchkin is a simple little card game that plays on nonsensical rules and has a satirical take on the draconian nature of something like Dungeons and Dragons and other role playing games. But if you’re like many people drawn to table top games who enjoy structured rules and strategy, you’re going to be driven up the wall by your friends who aren’t taking themselves too seriously and manage to dominate you seemingly at random.

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Scrabble

“Words With Friends” ruined this game, although it was already pretty brutal to begin with. After that app came out, it became very clear that winning a game of Scrabble has nothing to do with vocabulary but with how well you can arrange nonsense two letter words like “QI” onto triple letter scores. The difference between “Words with Friends” and Scrabble is, now you have to sit in front of your friend as they take their agonizingly sweet time trying pull these shenanigans.

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Scrabble

“Words With Friends” ruined this game, although it was already pretty brutal to begin with. After that app came out, it became very clear that winning a game of Scrabble has nothing to do with vocabulary but with how well you can arrange nonsense two letter words like “QI” onto triple letter scores. The difference between “Words with Friends” and Scrabble is, now you have to sit in front of your friend as they take their agonizingly sweet time trying pull these shenanigans.

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The Resistance, Werewolf, Mafia and Secret Hitler

I’m lumping all these together because there is now an entire genre of board game that is about one group of players who are oblivious and another group of people whose job it is to lie to everyone else. These games are designed to make you suspicious of your friends, to make accusations of one another and to secretly conspire against everyone else. And they have the nerve to call these party games!

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The Resistance, Werewolf, Mafia and Secret Hitler

I’m lumping all these together because there is now an entire genre of board game that is about one group of players who are oblivious and another group of people whose job it is to lie to everyone else. These games are designed to make you suspicious of your friends, to make accusations of one another and to secretly conspire against everyone else. And they have the nerve to call these party games!

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Trump Used Crib Sheet to Remind Him to Say ‘I Hear You’ in Meeting With Gun Violence Survivors https://www.thewrap.com/trump-wrote-i-hear-you-on-paper-to-remind-him-to-say-it-to-gun-victims/ https://www.thewrap.com/trump-wrote-i-hear-you-on-paper-to-remind-him-to-say-it-to-gun-victims/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:27:38 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1819960 Donald Trump held a listening session Wednesday afternoon with parents, teachers and students affected by school shootings over the past two decades, and he prepared some talking points for the meeting.

In a photo tweeted out by the Associated Press, Trump held some notes written in sharpie on White House card stock. Some of the points are obscured by his hands, but you can see some reminders, including “What would you most want me to know about your experience?” and “What can we do to help you feel safe?”

The fifth point on the note was “I hear you.”

Several on Twitter responded to the photo, finding the president’s apparent need for a reminder to be empathetic “pathetic.”

“Pretty sad he needs to be told to say this,” one user commented, adding a zoomed in photo of that fifth point.

“Isn’t that pathetic???” another user said.

“I was going to say… Having notes doesn’t seem out of the ordinary (probably). But needing a note to show empathy? Dang,” added another.

The president also drew criticism for saying at the meeting that he is considering arming teachers with concealed guns.

“Absolutely asinine that the solution to the problem of gun violence is…more guns! In what realm of logic does that make any sense?” asked one Twitter user. “This s–show Trump roundtable is just that- a damn s–show. Did the NRA sponsor this? Did they hand out talking points? Unbelievable.”

For more reaction, head over here.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok': How That Mid-Credits Scene Sets Up ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ https://www.thewrap.com/thor-ragnarok-post-mid-credits-scene-explained-avengers-infinity-war/ https://www.thewrap.com/thor-ragnarok-post-mid-credits-scene-explained-avengers-infinity-war/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:26:20 +0000 Phil Owen and Umberto Gonzalez https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1732077 (Major spoilers ahead for “Thor: Ragnarok,” so if you haven’t seen it yet you’ll probably want to steer clear.)

So here we are, after “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther” and no more Marvel Cinematic Universe movies between us and the biggest theatrical superhero teamup ever in this May’s “Avenger’s Infinity War.” With “Thor: Ragnarok” getting its digital home video release this week, it felt like the right time to revisit the mid-credits scene from that film, which leads directly into “Infinity War” and Thor meeting up with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

(Here’s an extra spoiler warning.)

(No, for real.)

(OK, here we go.)

The third “Thor” flick features a whole bunch of moving and shaking, with Asgard being destroy and the Tesseract once again being in Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) possession — though he seems to finally be a good guy, so maybe that’s not too worrisome.

Or it would be less worrisome were it not for what happened in the mid-credits scene at the end of the movie. The Asgardian survivors, including Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Heimdall (Idris Elba) along with the human Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), are on a spaceship headed for Earth, but their journey is interrupted by an unknown ship.

The scene does not make it clear whose ship that is or what’s going on, but Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige gave TheWrap the lowdown. And it’s a doozy.

“We call it the Sanctuary II,” Feige told TheWrap.

For those who aren’t immediately familiar with that ship name, you’ll probably be quite alarmed to learn that’s the name of the flagship of Thanos (Josh Brolin), the MCU’s big bad who will finally take center stage in “Infinity War” after operating on the fringes of the story for most of these movies.

We have previously seen the original Sanctuary a couple times before — it’s the weird cosmic planet where Thanos sat on his throne in the first “Avengers” film as well as the first “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Sanctuary II, being a space ship, is more mobile than some celestial body like Sanctuary, and it would make sense to find it on the move as we approach “Infinity War.” It’s not, at least in comics lore, a superweapon.

Beyond being the massive flagship of his fleet, anyway. Thanos’ real weapon is his Infinity Gauntlet, which when combined with all the Infinity Stones would give him god-like powers over space and time.

But Sanctuary II’s apparent interdiction of the last living Asgardians remains hugely impactful for setting the stage for “Avengers: Infinity War,” which when it kicks off will, apparently, find Thor in Thanos’ possession, at least for a moment (it’s likely, as is tradition for the stingers, that this scene is actually in “Infinity War”).

We do know, however, that Thor will escape somehow — in the “Infinity War” trailer we see him encountering the Guardians of the galaxy and greeting them with a “who the hell are you guys?”

So that’s where we are. Now to spend the next three months pondering how this will play out.

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'Black Panther': Did We See the Soul Stone in Wakanda?

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Damon Wayans Jr Picks His Pilot: ‘New Girl’ Alum to Star on CBS Multicam Sitcom https://www.thewrap.com/damon-wayans-jr-picks-pilot-new-girl-alum-star-cbs-multicam-sitcom/ https://www.thewrap.com/damon-wayans-jr-picks-pilot-new-girl-alum-star-cbs-multicam-sitcom/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:57:05 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1819941 Damon Wayans Jr. has made his final decision. Well, at least for this pilot season.

The “New Girl” alum has been cast in CBS’ untitled multi-camera comedy project from writers Tim McAuliffe (“The Last Man on Earth”) and Austen Earl (“9JKL”), TheWrap confirmed.

The comedy focuses on a 30-something couple tired of their mundane life, who start to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when an emerging pop star, who is drawn to their super normal suburban life, moves in.

Wayans will play Peter, a good guy with a sense of humor, who is happily married to his dream wife, Claire (a character who has yet to be cast). He is an accountant and the business manager of young superstar musician, Cooper (also yet to be cast), who comes to live with them.

This marks the third ever broadcast pilot for Wayans, following the single-camera “Happy Endings” and “New Girl,” both of which made it to series. According to media reports, he was very in demand this season and fielded multiple offers.

Wayans recently appeared in the new season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

He is repped by WME.

McAuliffe and Earl are penning the script for the untitled project, which hails from CBS TV Studios. They will both executive produce along with “Late Late Show with James Corden” executive producer Ben Winston via Fulwell 73 and 3 Arts Entertainment’s Michael Rotenberg and Jonathan Berry.

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How ‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan Grew Up (and Got Off Twitter) https://www.thewrap.com/how-lady-bird-star-saoirse-ronan-grew-up-and-got-off-twitter/ https://www.thewrap.com/how-lady-bird-star-saoirse-ronan-grew-up-and-got-off-twitter/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:40:17 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1817627 This story about Saoirse Ronan first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Saoirse Ronan was talking about the life she’s currently living between Ireland and London when she stopped and shook her head. “I keep forgettin’,” she said with a grin, “but I’m only, like, 23, y’know?”

Yes, we do know, because we’ve seen many of those 23 years on screen. The Irish actress became the seventh- youngest Best Supporting Actress nominee ever when she was nominated for “Atonement” at the age of 13, and then the eighth-youngest Best Actress nominee for “Brooklyn” when she was 21.

And now she has her third nomination, which comes for the title role of Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age story “Lady Bird,” which features her nuanced and affecting portrayal of a headstrong Sacramento high schooler desperate to leave her home for someplace with more culture and excitement.

This caps a heady and busy few years for Ronan, who went from “Brooklyn” and its attendant Oscar campaigning to a run on Broadway in “The Crucible” to “Lady Bird” to the upcoming “On Chesil Beach.” The easy shorthand on how to pronounce her name may be that Saoirse rhymes with inertia, but that’s a comparison that only works phonetically.

And in a year in which the focus has turned to women in film, Ronan is now a contender in what might be the year’s most competitive Oscar campaign, Best Actress, where she sits alongside Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Meryl Streep (“The Post”).

When you made “Brooklyn,” about a young woman who was taking her first steps toward independence, you had recently moved away from your family home in Ireland and started living on your own for the first time.
Yeah.

But now you’ve followed it with “Lady Bird,” which means you’re backing up and playing a teenager who hasn’t taken that step yet. Is it odd to be going back to earlier times on screen?
You think it’s going to be odd beforehand. “Lady Bird” was the first time I played a few years younger, and I thought, “Oh, I’ve played an adult role now, I can’t take a step back with something like that.” Because there’s so many young actors, especially, who find it really difficult to make that transition, and I didn’t want to ruin any progress I’d made.

But you actually don’t ruin it at all. It just means that you’re able to jump back and forth between the two.

When I was making “Lady Bird,” I did think about how I’ve essentially played Lady Bird in the future already. In a roundabout way, I’ve already played what could happen to her, and one of the great things about doing that is that it gives you a better understanding of what you’re going through.

And it’s interesting how you might not realize it, but the choices you make professionally always reflect something that’s going on in your own life. At that time, the idea of home and growing up was very important to me — it was the thing that was driving me and defining me and all that. And it makes sense that for those two years, that’s what I was interested in in the work I was doing as well.

Do you feel as if you’ve gone through that phase now?
I do a bit, yeah. I do feel like I’m coming out the other side of it now. I went back to New York recently, and I remember I how I used to get quite anxious when I left home at first and was doing grown-up things I had never really done on my own before, even if it was just going to the supermarket. But I went to New York and hopped out to get money out of the ATM or something. And there just wasn’t a bother on me. I was relaxed, and it didn’t faze me being in a big city.

I don’t know, it’s just tiny little things that start to become more habitual, but they make all the difference. I’ve definitely kind of grown accustomed to living away from home now, and knowing that that’s my life now, to not be in Ireland most of the time.

Has what you’re looking for out of your work changed over the last few years?
Yeah, I think it’s always changing. Like what I was saying about how home was a fascination for me that really influenced what I wanted to work on. And I think that’s shifting again. The older I get and the more experience I have on film sets, the more I want to be involved in the creative side. I think what I need from a movie is shifting all the time based on what I need myself.

Did working with Greta Gerwig, a director who started out as an actress, change your thoughts on directing?
Yeah. Like, I’ve always wanted to direct. I think that was something that I kinda gravitated towards before acting. And then acting took over. But when I was a kid, I loved going on stage in school plays and stuff, but I really, really loved, like, writing scripts, getting the camcorder out and bullying all my friends into doing a film with me. And I’d direct it and I wouldn’t be in it.

But I only realized recently, because of Greta and because of the whole conversation right now with women in the industry — I think a lot of girls would probably say this, I don’t think I ever had a real belief that I could be a director. I always had it in my head that I could, like, try my hand at directing, do you know what I mean?

But seeing Greta be a great filmmaker and a very good leader who knows how to handle being in charge — you know, it’s the classic thing of, “She did it, maybe that means I can do it, too.”

When you were coming up in your career, were you always in situations where men held the positions of power?
Eh, no. I actually have worked with almost as many female directors as male directors. The very first film I did was directed by Amy Heckerling. And I’ve worked with Gillian Armstrong and Nicole Beckwith and quite a few others. I mean, I have worked with more male directors, but I’ve never differentiated the two.

But the female-to-male ratio on set is very unbalanced. It’s a man’s environment. There are 10 men to every one woman on a film set. And that’s crazy. It’s mad. Even last year, I remember I was doing a scene and there were 10 men on set and two women, and the film was about a woman. I do notice it, for sure.

But I do think that in the next few years we’ll start to see a difference. It’s very important to have female writers and directors and producers, but also, it’s such a refreshing thing when you see a female boom op, or a DP. To know that “Mudbound” had a female cinematographer was so exciting.

Your character in “Lady Bird” knows she really has to get somewhere, but isn’t quite sure how to get there or even where she wants to go, except out. As somebody who was on a career path from much younger than that, can you relate to the struggle she’s going through?
Thankfully, I never had to sit down and go, “Right, what the f— am I gonna do with me life?” I do feel very lucky that I realized what my thing was when I was young, and I got to do it and be involved in great projects.

But you also do reach a point where you’ve been doing one thing for a very long time where you think, “Is this the only string to my bow? Do I have anything else to offer in life?” When it becomes so much about that, because you’re doing well or you’re busy or whatever, it can very easily overshadow everything else.

So at a certain point I was very conscious that I needed to give time to my life off set as well. Because it can become an unhealthy bubble, and that doesn’t help your work either. I am still having to make a conscious effort to take time to do other things, and invest time in my relationships, my family and my friends and the people in my life.

The first time we met, which I think was in 2009 after “The Lovely Bones,” you were excited because you had just gotten on Twitter.
Oh, my God! I only went on it because Stephen Fry was on it. ‘Cause he was like, “Oh, Twitter, it’s fantastic, it’s a quick little thing.” And because he got on it, I got on it.

But these days, you don’t seem to worry about having a social media presence anymore.
Oh, no. It’s too much work for me and too stressful. I’ve developed a kind of distant relationship with my phone and technology over the last couple of years. I get why musicians do it, and journalists or people in the public eye.

But acting is a different thing, ’cause you’re not yourself when you’re working. I’m not me in anything that anyone sees me in. So for me then to get on Twitter and go, “Oh, I’ve had a terrible day” or “God, I’ve got such a headache,” I just don’t think people need to see that.

And self-promotion has always made me feel really uncomfortable. Even now, my hair is in the middle of being done, and we’re changing it, we’re coloring it, and even the fact that my hair is getting so much attention, I’m sort of like, “There’s too much attention on my hair! We have to stop talking about my hair!”

Do you still get the same things out of acting that you got when you started doing it?
I just enjoy it. I really enjoy the process of it, of finding something that works in a scene. I like the discipline. I like the sense of community on a film set, and the camaraderie with your crew and your cast and your director. And it’s all I’ve ever known. That is my home.

Film sets were to me what school was to other kids. For some kids, that was their safe space, their routine. That’s what film gave me, and it still does.

I feel very very calm and serene when I’m on a film set. Lights could be falling down around me, and everyone could be running around and shouting and we’re trying to make the day, and I just feel totally at peace with that chaos. And I think it’s because that’s what I’m used to.

Film sets might have been your school, but that means that when you play a part like the high schooler in “Lady Bird,” you have to convincingly be somebody who has gone through all the things you haven’t.
Yeah. It’s surprisingly easy to do that when you’re a child. I don’t know why. Kids play and it’s so uninhibited — they just totally believe that they are a fairy or a princess or an astronaut or a tree or whatever. It can be anything. A child has total blind faith in the make-believe. And I do think we have the ability to access that.

And at our core, everyone is a lot more similar, I think, than we realize. A character could have grown up in a different circumstance from you, or been in a different cultural or societal situation — but at their core, what do they want? They want to be loved, or they’re afraid. It’s usually those two things, I think. So at their core, a human is a human, y’know?

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'On Chesil Beach' Toronto Review: Saoirse Ronan Drama Only Starts Out Like a Sex Comedy

Saoirse Ronan Rages Against Suburban Machine in Greta Gerwig's 'Lady Bird' Trailer (Video)

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Weinstein Co Sale Talks Stabilize After Bidders’ ‘Productive’ Meeting With NY Attorney General https://www.thewrap.com/weinstein-co-sale-talks-stabilize-bidders-productive-meeting-ny-attorney-general/ https://www.thewrap.com/weinstein-co-sale-talks-stabilize-bidders-productive-meeting-ny-attorney-general/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:14:50 +0000 Matt Donnelly https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1819720 A group of investors inched closer to completing its planned purchase of The Weinstein Company after a “productive” talk on Wednesday with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, insiders told TheWrap.

Schneiderman had stalled the presumptive sale last week with a lawsuit saying the civil rights of TWC employees had been violated by ousted co-founder Harvey Weinstein.  Schneiderman demanded the removal of current executive leadership plus proof of a compensation fund for Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment accusers.

The investors group, led by Maria Contreras-Sweet and Ron Burkle, sat for several hours in a discussion on Wednesday about the parameters Schneiderman put forth for the $500 million sale to go through.

Representatives for Schneiderman, Contreras-Sweet and Burkle’s Yucaipa Capital declined to comment on the matter.

One major sticking point for Schneiderman was a plan to name longtime TWC Chief Operating Officer David Glasser as the new company’s CEO. At the time of filing, Schneiderman blasted Glasser and the board as “complicit” in Weinstein’s predatory behavior. Glasser was fired “for cause” by the board last Friday five days after the suit hit.

Schneiderman has also openly said there was no evidence of a victims fund in the deal documents he was given to review. TheWrap previously reported that the fund would be valued at around $50 million, with $20 million personally coming from Contreras-Sweet.

The group discussed increasing the dollar amount in the fund, several media reports said.

While a sale might bolster confidence that 157 TWC employees will keep their jobs, creditors of the studio are getting anxious as bankruptcy is certain, according to insiders, if the sole bid falls through.

Entertainment One, which sued The Weinstein Company earlier this month for money it says was owed for rights “to Paddington 2,” demanded Wednesday that a California federal judge place a lien on the company.

The Canadian movie distributor previously said it was owed $7.2 million for its 2014 advance on the family film as well as expenditures for its planned release — before TWC sold it to Warner Bros. last fall so they could pay bills while Harvey’s scandal rocked their operation.

Also on Wednesday, the company behind Lindt chocolates sued TWC for a sponsorship repayment. The company entered into a three-year agreement to feature its chocolates at TWC’s Golden Globes after-party — typically co-hosted with Netflix — but the event was canceled in 2018.

Lindt wants a portion of their cash back, read more about it here.

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Trump Proposes Arming Teachers With Guns, Twitter Goes Ballistic https://www.thewrap.com/trump-proposes-arming-teachers-guns-twitter-goes-ballistic/ https://www.thewrap.com/trump-proposes-arming-teachers-guns-twitter-goes-ballistic/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:02:59 +0000 Itay Hod https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1819715 In a meeting with parents, teachers and students affected by school shootings over the past two decades, President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is considering arming teachers with concealed guns.

The president, a strong supporter of gun rights, has been under increased scrutiny after last week’s mass shooting that took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

But Trump’s solution to weaponize educators triggered widespread condemnation throughout the Twitterverse, with one calling it “asinine.”

“Absolutely asinine that the solution to the problem of gun violence is…more guns! In what realm of logic does that make any sense?” asked one. “This s—show Trump roundtable is just that- a damn s—show. Did the NRA sponsor this? Did they hand out talking points? Unbelievable.”

“So after hearing from all these students and parents who have witnessed gun massacres, all got out of this exercise is what the already [fed] him: more guns in schools and arming teachers,” Tweeted MSNBC host Joy Reid.

Even “Jesus Christ” chimed in, telling his followers on Twitter:

See more reaction below:

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‘Game Night’ Star Lamorne Morris StudioWrap Portraits (Exclusive Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/game-night-star-lamorne-morris-portraits/ https://www.thewrap.com/game-night-star-lamorne-morris-portraits/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:53:29 +0000 Photographed by Matt Sayles for TheWrap https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1817379 Lamorne Morris, star of Fox’s “New Girl” and the new movie “Game Night,” stops by TheWrap for an interview and photo session.

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eOne Files for Lien Against Weinstein Co, Seeks $7.2 Million Repayment for ‘Paddington 2’ https://www.thewrap.com/eone-files-lien-weinstein-company-complicating-sale-negotiations/ https://www.thewrap.com/eone-files-lien-weinstein-company-complicating-sale-negotiations/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:34:17 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1819558 Entertainment One, which sued The Weinstein Company earlier this month for money it says was owed when TWC sold off distribution rights to “Paddington 2,” has demanded that a California federal judge place a lien on the company.

The Canadian distributor, which had an output deal with TWC, had previously said it was owed $7.2 million for its 2014 advance on the family film as well as expenditures for its planned release — before Weinstein Co. sold it to Warner Bros. last fall in the wake of the forced resignation of co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

The new filing comes as TWC tries to close a deal with an ownership group led by former U.S. Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet that was close to being completed two weeks ago but which has been delayed by a civil rights lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

In the wake of Schneiderman’s lawsuit, the TWC board fired President and Chief Operating Officer David Glasser, who had been set to take over as CEO under the new ownership. (Glasser is now planning to file an $85 million wrongful termination lawsuit.)

In court filings obtained by TheWrap, eOne’s attorney Martin Katz argued that Glasser’s dismissal may be a sign that the deal may be completed, and if it is, there is no guarantee that the new ownership will leave aside funds to repay the master advance.

If the lien is granted, TWC would not be able to sell its assets without meeting the debts owed to eOne.

“Irrespective of the twist and turns it may take, the TWC quagmire poses substantial and immediate risks of irreparable injury to eOne,” reads the application. “If Defendants sell their assets, there is no assurance that there will be funds available set aside from the payout or committed by the buyer to pay eOne the substantial amount it is owed.

A rep for TWC did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. A judge’s decision is expected to come later this week.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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That Time Woody Allen Spoke to Billy Graham: ‘You Could Probably Convert Me Because I’m a Pushover’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/time-woody-allen-spoke-billy-graham-probably-convert-im-pushover-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/time-woody-allen-spoke-billy-graham-probably-convert-im-pushover-video/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:33:42 +0000 Thom Geier https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1819696

Billy Graham, the Christian evangelist who died Wednesday at age 99, had a long and remarkable career using modern media like radio and TV to promote his religious message.

And one of his more unusual encounters with pop culture came in 1969, when he sat down for an interview with Woody Allen for a TV special that aired on CBS.

The two debated the Commandments and the existence of God — and took questions from a studio audience about everything from sin to premarital sex to marijuana (neither indulged in the latter, though Graham did confess to coffee as a vice).

At one point in the interview, Allen made an offer to bridge the gap between them. “If you come to one of my movies or something, I’ll go to one of your revival meetings,” he told Graham.

“Now that is a deal,” Graham replied.

Allen went on to note that Graham might even be able to win him over. “You could probably convert me because I’m a pushover — I have no convictions in any direction,” Allen said. “If you make it appealing enough and you promise me some sort of wonderful afterlife with a white robe and wings I might go for it.”

“Well, I don’t promise you a white robe and wings but I can promise you a very interesting, thrilling life,” Graham replied.

“One wing?” Allen joked.

At another point, Graham reaffirmed his belief that “the Bible teaches that premarital sexual relations are wrong.”

Allen replied, “That’s funny — to me that would be like getting a driver’s license without a learner’s permit first.”

After playing out a hypothetical, Allen then asked the preacher, “What if I marry the girl and then I finally do get to investigate her carnally and it turns out she’s an absolute yo-yo?”

“Well, I don’t think that will happen to you,” Graham replied.

Watch the full interview above.

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