TheWrapTheWrap https://www.thewrap.com Covering Hollywood Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:11:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 How to Watch or Live Stream Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/watch-live-stream-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade/ https://www.thewrap.com/watch-live-stream-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:00:26 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1743936

Want to avoid your family? Still too early for pigskin (or turkey meat, for that matter)? The 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade can provide a serviceable distraction during the morning hours tomorrow.

But how does one actually watch this thing? Readers, you came to the right place. For starters, those looking for Snoopy and Santa can catch them the traditional way on NBC.

Don’t want to flip all the way to the “Today” show home? Huge fan of Kelsea Ballerini? CBS airs parts of the procession and features the country singer/songwriter.

Prefer the parade en Espanol? Telemundo’s got you covered.

Of course, NBC has the biggest party — and another 360 livestream courtesy of Verizon’s YouTube page. This time around, the NBCU, Verizon and Macy’s streaming partnership will include a traveling camera onboard the lead parade float. Olivia Culpo will return as livestream host; she’ll be joined by BuzzFeed’s Keith Habersberger.

Back on NBC broadcast, 2017 will feature the first picture in picture activation in history. In other words, the fun won’t stop for commercials — it’ll just get significantly smaller.

This year, NBC’s got Gwen Stefani, Patti LaBelle, Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jane Krakowski, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, John O’Hurley, Martha Stewart, and Thalía.

“Today” show anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker return as hosts.

In addition to those guys — and of course, The Rockettes — the 91st march towards Herald Square boasts 17 giant character balloons, 28 legacy balloons, 26 floats, 12 marching bands, six performance groups, and more than 1,000 cheerleaders and dancers. Oh, and sorry, Coulrophobics — there will also be more than 1,000 clowns at this thing.

NBC’s parade coverage kicks off at 9 a.m. in all time zones.

CBS’ starts at the same time for the east coast, but it’s actually live for the central and mountain time zones, too. Even the so-called Tiffany Network’s coverage is tape-delayed for those near the Pacific Ocean, however.

More than 3.5 million people (without stuffing in the oven, hopefully) are expected to line the route leading to 34th Street. So yeah, don’t head to midtown to gobble (, gobble) up brunch on Thursday — instead, be one of the 25 million sensible Americans watching at home.

When the time comes, readers can watch the live stream above.

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Ken Baker and E! News Part Ways, Say It’s Unrelated to Harassment Investigation (Exclusive) https://www.thewrap.com/ken-baker-out-e-news-sexual-harassment-unrelated/ https://www.thewrap.com/ken-baker-out-e-news-sexual-harassment-unrelated/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:34:07 +0000 Tim Molloy https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744987 E! News and its correspondent Ken Baker have decided to part ways, a decision they said was unrelated to a recent investigation into whether Baker sexually harassed two women at the network.

Baker left E!’s airwaves last month after TheWrap reported that the two women had accused him of sexual misconduct. A third woman later said he had touched her inappropriately when they worked together at his previous job at Us Weekly. Baker joined E! News in 2008.

“The investigation into the recent allegations relating to Ken Baker is still ongoing,” an E! spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap on Wednesday night. “However, unrelated to the investigation, the network and Mr. Baker have mutually agreed that he will not be returning to his role on E! News.  We will not be commenting further.”

Baker issued a statement to TheWrap in which he said he and E! had agreed to part ways earlier this year, after the release of his new book “The Ken Commandments: My Search for God in Hollywood.” The book came out in mid-September.

Here is the statement:

Earlier this year, shortly after the release of my book “The Ken Commandments,” the E! News team and I sat down and mutually agreed that I would be leaving my role as the network’s Senior Correspondent to allow me time to pursue my writing career. While it may not be a juicy story, the fact is that my decision to depart from and not renew my contract with my beloved network of ten years pre-dated recent reports. To be clear: I was never asked to step down, and I have not been found guilty of anything that’s been alleged. We are living in a truly watershed moment and it has stimulated a vital social dialogue, and my prayer is that healing will soon overtake all the ugliness. I stand with true victims and wish nothing but love and compassion for anyone who has ever been victimized. And while being falsely accused on the web of things you didn’t do is a sad and emotionally difficult experience, I’ll be okay because I’m sure it pales in comparison to the pain and suffering of so many true victims recently in the news. I thank E! for all the great years.

In TheWrap’s initial report on the accusations, on Oct. 28, an ex-E! News employee said Baker had made suggestive comments, touched her uncomfortably and once invited her to sit on his lap. And an ex-intern said he kissed her without consent, texted her to ask for sex for years, and offered to give her “a Tiffany dildo with ‘Ken Baker’ engraved on the shaft.” The ex-intern said much of the texting — including the “Tiffany” text — occurred when she was no longer an intern.

In a subsequent report, a woman who worked with Baker in his previous job, at Us Weekly, told TheWrap Baker had touched her inappropriately and groped her after a 2006 party at the Playboy Mansion.

Baker has previously said that he has “never touched anyone inappropriately — ever. Any suggestion otherwise is pure fiction. The anonymous allegations are simply not true, and, frankly, are heartbreaking to hear.”

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19 of the Most Loved or Hated Movies: Films That Got A+ or F CinemaScores (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/cinemascore-best-worst-movies-loved-hated-a-or-f/ https://www.thewrap.com/cinemascore-best-worst-movies-loved-hated-a-or-f/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 02:15:00 +0000 Todd Cunningham and Kathy Zerbib https://www.thewrap.com/movies-you-loved-or-hated-films-got-or-f-cinemascores-photos-90331/ Here are some of the movies that earned the highest possible CinemaScore — or the lowest

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https://www.thewrap.com/cinemascore-best-worst-movies-loved-hated-a-or-f/feed/ 0 Nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor at the 87th Academy Awards, "American Sniper" snagged an A+ rating in January 2015.

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Nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor at the 87th Academy Awards, "American Sniper" snagged an A+ rating in January 2015.

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"42" tells the inspiring tale of Jackie Robinson breaking down baseball's race barriers, a well-deserved A+ recipient in April 2013.

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"42" tells the inspiring tale of Jackie Robinson breaking down baseball's race barriers, a well-deserved A+ recipient in April 2013.

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The presence of Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini didn't keep audiences from giving crime drama "Killing The Softly" an F in November 2012.

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The presence of Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini didn't keep audiences from giving crime drama "Killing The Softly" an F in November 2012.

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A star-studded cast and plenty of action elevated blockbuster "Marvel's The Avengers" to an A+ rating in May 2012.

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A star-studded cast and plenty of action elevated blockbuster "Marvel's The Avengers" to an A+ rating in May 2012.

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Ben Affleck's "Argo" received an A+ in October 2012 from opening night audiences and months later it won the Best Picture Oscar.

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Ben Affleck's "Argo" received an A+ in October 2012 from opening night audiences and months later it won the Best Picture Oscar.

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"The Help," told through the point of view of maids who worked for white families, obtained an A+ in August 2011.

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"The Help," told through the point of view of maids who worked for white families, obtained an A+ in August 2011.

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Audiences loved the animated movie "Tangled," earning it an A+ in November 2010.

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Audiences loved the animated movie "Tangled," earning it an A+ in November 2010.

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"The King's Speech" was another Best Picture Oscar winner that audiences knew was a winner, giving it an A+ in September 2010.

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"The King's Speech" was another Best Picture Oscar winner that audiences knew was a winner, giving it an A+ in September 2010.

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"The Blind Side," featuring Sandra Bullock, touched audiences everywhere in November 2009. The semi-biographical sports drama snagged an A+ rating.

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"The Blind Side," featuring Sandra Bullock, touched audiences everywhere in November 2009. The semi-biographical sports drama snagged an A+ rating.

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James Marsden and Cameron Diaz found a bizarre package in November 2009's "The Box." Audiences found it bizarre enough to give it an F.

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James Marsden and Cameron Diaz found a bizarre package in November 2009's "The Box." Audiences found it bizarre enough to give it an F.

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"I Know Who Killed Me" starring Lindsay Lohan was not as adored as her movie "The Help." The psychological thriller gave it an F in July 2007.

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"I Know Who Killed Me" starring Lindsay Lohan was not as adored as her movie "The Help." The psychological thriller gave it an F in July 2007.

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"Bug" is among several horror movies that drew an F grade in May 2007 from first-night attendees, despite Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon in the cast.

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"Bug" is among several horror movies that drew an F grade in May 2007 from first-night attendees, despite Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon in the cast.

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Aussie backpackers fell prey to murderous bushman in December 2005's "Wolf Creek." Audiences went after it like a dingo, and gave it an F.

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Aussie backpackers fell prey to murderous bushman in December 2005's "Wolf Creek." Audiences went after it like a dingo, and gave it an F.

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"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" was a hit with fans, boasting an A+ rating since December 2003.

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"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" was a hit with fans, boasting an A+ rating since December 2003.

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Audiences spaced out on Steven Soderbergh's November 2002 flick "Solaris," and gave the George Clooney sci-fi film an F.

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Audiences spaced out on Steven Soderbergh's November 2002 flick "Solaris," and gave the George Clooney sci-fi film an F.

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Richard Gere, Helen Hunt and Farrah Fawcett couldn't save "Dr. T and the Women" from a F rating in October 2000.

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Richard Gere, Helen Hunt and Farrah Fawcett couldn't save "Dr. T and the Women" from a F rating in October 2000.

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Denzel Washington and an inspiring tale of race relations added up to an A+ for "Remember the Titans" in September 2000.

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Denzel Washington and an inspiring tale of race relations added up to an A+ for "Remember the Titans" in September 2000.

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"Driving Miss Daisy," with Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in the December 1989 flick, was another A+ movie that went on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

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"Driving Miss Daisy," with Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in the December 1989 flick, was another A+ movie that went on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

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Darren Aronofsky's "Mother" starring then-girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence confounded audiences -- and many critics -- and earned an F CinemaScore in September 2017.

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Darren Aronofsky's "Mother" starring then-girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence confounded audiences -- and many critics -- and earned an F CinemaScore in September 2017.

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Watch Trump Announce on ‘The Apprentice’ the SoHo Hotel His Company’s Now Dumping (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/trump-soho-the-apprentice/ https://www.thewrap.com/trump-soho-the-apprentice/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:58:26 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744927

11 years ago, on the fifth season of “The Apprentice, Donald Trump promised that his newest hotel in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood would be “an awe-inspiring masterpiece.” Now, with Trump in the White House, his business is pulling out of the 46-story hotel.

On Wednesday, The Trump Organization announced that it would be withdrawing from the Trump SoHo hotel by the end of 2017, joining a hotel in Toronto as the second establishment to erase Trump’s name from the building.

According to The New York Times, Trump SoHo has been forced to drop room rates and struggled to sell condos, and in April, the hotel’s restaurant closed down in part due to a drop in business since Trump won the election.

Trump SoHo was promoted heavily during “The Apprentice,” with the Season 5 winner, Sean Yazbeck, choosing to oversee construction of the building as his prize for winning the show. The building was completed in 2010, but was met with protests from local residents who claimed the hotel would break zoning rules.

That was only the beginning of the building’s problems. In 2011, the Trump Organization settled a lawsuit from the building’s condo owners claiming that the company had inflated sales figures on the project.

In October, an investigative report by ProPublica, the New Yorker and WNYC revealed that Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. were targets of a felony investigation about whether they intentionally misled prospective buyers. No charges were filed.

Then, during the presidential campaign, a lawsuit was filed claiming that Trump SoHo was backed by financing from Russian oligarchs.

Earlier this year, the Times reported that a business associate of Trump who helped finance the hotel, Felix Sater, sent emails promising to complete a Trump Tower in Moscow with the help of Russian President Vladimir Putin that he said would help Trump win the presidency.

While some of Trump’s businesses are struggling during his presidency, others are still doing well. His Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, and his hotel in Washington, D.C., continue to earn big revenues, thanks in large part to gatherings sponsored by Republican organizations.

Check out the announcement of Trump SoHo on “The Apprentice” in the clip above.

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17 of the Most Dramatic Sports Movie Moments: From ‘Rocky’ to ‘Remember the Titans’ (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/gallery12-most-dramatic-championship-moments-sport-movies/ https://www.thewrap.com/gallery12-most-dramatic-championship-moments-sport-movies/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:30:00 +0000 Michael Balderston and Debbie Emery Whether it’s the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat, TheWrap recaps the biggest moments in these sports classics.

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https://www.thewrap.com/gallery12-most-dramatic-championship-moments-sport-movies/feed/ 0 “Rocky” (1976)
In the ultimate underdog story, newcomer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gets a shot at the world heavyweight title against champ Apollo Creed. Rocky proves he has the goods, going the entire 15 rounds against Creed, but loses in a split decision. Rocky would get a rematch though and win the title in “Rocky II”.

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“Rocky” (1976)
In the ultimate underdog story, newcomer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gets a shot at the world heavyweight title against champ Apollo Creed. Rocky proves he has the goods, going the entire 15 rounds against Creed, but loses in a split decision. Rocky would get a rematch though and win the title in “Rocky II”.

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“Chariots of Fire” (1981)
Two Englishmen push each other to be the best sprinter at the 1924 Olympics. While they won gold on the big screen’s racetrack, “Chariots of Fire” would go on to win Oscar gold for best picture.

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“Chariots of Fire” (1981)
Two Englishmen push each other to be the best sprinter at the 1924 Olympics. While they won gold on the big screen’s racetrack, “Chariots of Fire” would go on to win Oscar gold for best picture.

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“The Natural” (1984)
Robert Redford plays middle-age rookie Roy Hobbs in “The Natural.” Hobbs leads his team to a championship on his final at-bat when he launches the most famous home run in movie history. Thus proving the unspoken rule in baseball: if you break the lights you win the game.

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“The Natural” (1984)
Robert Redford plays middle-age rookie Roy Hobbs in “The Natural.” Hobbs leads his team to a championship on his final at-bat when he launches the most famous home run in movie history. Thus proving the unspoken rule in baseball: if you break the lights you win the game.

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“Hoosiers” (1986)
In what is widely considered one of the greatest sports movies of all time, “Hoosiers” follows a small town high school basketball team as they make it all the way to the state finals. They play a bigger and more athletic team in the finals, but with a last second shot pull off the surprise victory.

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“Hoosiers” (1986)
In what is widely considered one of the greatest sports movies of all time, “Hoosiers” follows a small town high school basketball team as they make it all the way to the state finals. They play a bigger and more athletic team in the finals, but with a last second shot pull off the surprise victory.

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“Major League” (1989)
Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger lead an outfit of misfit Cleveland Indians from last place to a shot at the league pennant against the powerhouse Yankees. Even though the film is a comedy, the final game plays out in dramatic fashion.

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“Major League” (1989)
Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger lead an outfit of misfit Cleveland Indians from last place to a shot at the league pennant against the powerhouse Yankees. Even though the film is a comedy, the final game plays out in dramatic fashion.

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"Field of Dreams" (1989)
Kevin Costner was at his finest as an Iowa farmer in the fantasy drama that sparked the iconic line, "If you build it, they will come." When deceased baseball players including Shoeless Joe Jackson come to life, sports fans of all ages get goosebumps.

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"Field of Dreams" (1989)
Kevin Costner was at his finest as an Iowa farmer in the fantasy drama that sparked the iconic line, "If you build it, they will come." When deceased baseball players including Shoeless Joe Jackson come to life, sports fans of all ages get goosebumps.

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“A League of Their Own” (1992)
“A League of Their Own” proved that girls can play baseball, and ends in a play at the plate that determines the championship. Geena Davis’ Rockford Peaches may lose that final game, but as Tom Hanks taught us, “there is no crying in baseball!”

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“A League of Their Own” (1992)
“A League of Their Own” proved that girls can play baseball, and ends in a play at the plate that determines the championship. Geena Davis’ Rockford Peaches may lose that final game, but as Tom Hanks taught us, “there is no crying in baseball!”

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“Hoop Dreams” (1994)
Steve James’ revolutionary documentary follows inner-city Chicago kids William Gates and Arthur Agee throughout their high-school basketball careers. The film culminates in both striving to reach the finals of their city wide championship tournament.

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“Hoop Dreams” (1994)
Steve James’ revolutionary documentary follows inner-city Chicago kids William Gates and Arthur Agee throughout their high-school basketball careers. The film culminates in both striving to reach the finals of their city wide championship tournament.

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“Remember the Titans” (2001)
Based on the true story of Virginia’s first integrated high school football team (led by coach Denzel Washington), the Titans not only change the views of an entire town, but they go undefeated on their way to a thrilling state championship against an all-white team.

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“Remember the Titans” (2001)
Based on the true story of Virginia’s first integrated high school football team (led by coach Denzel Washington), the Titans not only change the views of an entire town, but they go undefeated on their way to a thrilling state championship against an all-white team.

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“Friday Night Lights” (2004)
The film that spawned the critically acclaimed TV series (which in turn may spawn a film of its own) is memorable in that its featured team doesn’t win the championship. The Permian Panthers mount a great comeback, but come up one yard short of the state title.

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“Friday Night Lights” (2004)
The film that spawned the critically acclaimed TV series (which in turn may spawn a film of its own) is memorable in that its featured team doesn’t win the championship. The Permian Panthers mount a great comeback, but come up one yard short of the state title.

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“Miracle” (2004)
In perhaps one of the greatest upsets in sports history, a team of U.S. college hockey players defeated the Soviet Union, the three-time defending gold medal winner and best team in the world, during the Cold War.

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“Miracle” (2004)
In perhaps one of the greatest upsets in sports history, a team of U.S. college hockey players defeated the Soviet Union, the three-time defending gold medal winner and best team in the world, during the Cold War.

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“The Fighter” (2010)
David O. Russell‘s Oscar-winning picture depicted boxer Mickey Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) climb up the ranks from middling contender to a shot at the title. The final fight shows the grit and heart that it took for Ward to win the belt.

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“The Fighter” (2010)
David O. Russell‘s Oscar-winning picture depicted boxer Mickey Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) climb up the ranks from middling contender to a shot at the title. The final fight shows the grit and heart that it took for Ward to win the belt.

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“Moneyball” (2011)
Baseball statistics and analytics might not be the sexiest of topics, but it all heats up when you have Brad Pitt playing Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, who hires an Ivy League grad (Jonah Hill) to revive his failing team on a tight budget. Their number crunching and unique scouting style come to fruition during a nail-biting game against the Kansas City Royals in September 2002.

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“Moneyball” (2011)
Baseball statistics and analytics might not be the sexiest of topics, but it all heats up when you have Brad Pitt playing Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, who hires an Ivy League grad (Jonah Hill) to revive his failing team on a tight budget. Their number crunching and unique scouting style come to fruition during a nail-biting game against the Kansas City Royals in September 2002.

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“Million Dollar Arm” (2014)
Based on a true story, this underdog tale follows Jon Hamm as J.B. Bernstein, a down-on-his-luck sports agent, who goes to India to find the next big thing in baseball among its millions of aspiring cricketers. While the two hopefuls he brings back to the U.S., Dinesh and Rinku, face their fair share of foul balls along the way, they are eventually offered contracts by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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“Million Dollar Arm” (2014)
Based on a true story, this underdog tale follows Jon Hamm as J.B. Bernstein, a down-on-his-luck sports agent, who goes to India to find the next big thing in baseball among its millions of aspiring cricketers. While the two hopefuls he brings back to the U.S., Dinesh and Rinku, face their fair share of foul balls along the way, they are eventually offered contracts by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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“Warrior” (2011)
Mixed martial arts continues to rise in popularity and offered the perfect backdrop for two estranged brothers (Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton) to hammer out their differences in the most cathartic way possible in Gavin O’Connor’s “Warrior.” They meet in the final match of a winner-take-all tournament.

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“Warrior” (2011)
Mixed martial arts continues to rise in popularity and offered the perfect backdrop for two estranged brothers (Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton) to hammer out their differences in the most cathartic way possible in Gavin O’Connor’s “Warrior.” They meet in the final match of a winner-take-all tournament.

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"Draft Day" (2014)
Kevin Costner brings the stress of the NFL Draft to life as General Manager of the Cleveland Browns Sonny Weaver. As the clock ticks down, the future of his team relies on him making the right decision about a seemingly perfect star quarterback. 

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"Draft Day" (2014)
Kevin Costner brings the stress of the NFL Draft to life as General Manager of the Cleveland Browns Sonny Weaver. As the clock ticks down, the future of his team relies on him making the right decision about a seemingly perfect star quarterback. 

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“McFarland, USA” (2015)
Kevin Costner follows up a string of beloved sports films, including “Field of Dreams” and “Bull Durham,” with a drama about a cross-country team at a predominantly Latino high school. The film, directed by Niki Caro and produced by Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi, has real legs as coach Jim White leads the Central Valley runners to the state championships.

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“McFarland, USA” (2015)
Kevin Costner follows up a string of beloved sports films, including “Field of Dreams” and “Bull Durham,” with a drama about a cross-country team at a predominantly Latino high school. The film, directed by Niki Caro and produced by Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi, has real legs as coach Jim White leads the Central Valley runners to the state championships.

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Yes, Harvey Weinstein Scandal Has Already Inspired a ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Episode https://www.thewrap.com/law-order-svu-harvey-weinstein-scandal/ https://www.thewrap.com/law-order-svu-harvey-weinstein-scandal/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:08:39 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744903 “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is about to tackle the Harvey Weinstein scandal, because of course they are.

Dick Wolf’s crime procedural, known for using current headlines as inspiration for its disturbing tales, will be taking on the Weinstein drama, though they aren’t gonna do it in the most obvious of ways.

“We are hitting Harvey Weinstein head-on, but it’s not in the realm of the entertainment business,” executive producer Michael Chernuchin told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a real important episode about the rape culture in an industry, and we wanted to try stretch the law to criminalize that sort of environment.”

“SVU” will be moving the location of their tale from the entertainment industry to the skies.

“We were actually working on a story about airline pilots and what a boys club that is,” Chernuchin said of the episode, which the “SVU” writers were penning as the Weinstein news broke. “We were beating the story out and said, ‘Wow, this is exactly what the actresses go through in Hollywood. It’s the same environment.’ So we got all of our Harvey stuff out with airline pilots.”

The episode is set to air in 2018, giving you plenty of time to catch up on the real-life Weinstein accusations — if you’ve been living in a hole for the past couple months, that is.

Back in October, the New York Times exposed decades-worth of sexual harassment and assault accusations posed against the former head of The Weinstein Company. Since Weinstein went down, accusers have spoken out against many other Hollywood big-wigs, including James Toback, Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner.

A rep from NBC noted to EW that the series is, indeed, fiction.

“Law & Order: SVU” airs Wednesdays on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.

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‘Friday the 13th’ Series Director Once Pitched ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason’ https://www.thewrap.com/friday-the-13th-cheech-chong-meets-jason-voorhees/ https://www.thewrap.com/friday-the-13th-cheech-chong-meets-jason-voorhees/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:04:07 +0000 Thom Geier https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744950 Stoner comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are classic cut-ups — but imagine if they got cut up by that ultimate slasher villain Jason Voorhees.

Tom McLoughlin, the writer-director of 1986’s “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th VI,” said he once pitched the idea of a mashup of the two big-screen franchises to “Friday the 13th” series producer Frank Mancuso Jr.

“What if we do ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason?'” McLoughlin recalled telling Mancuso on Wednesday’s edition of horror filmmaker Mick Garris’ Post Mortem podcast. “They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.'”

Mancuso shot down the idea — even though Paramount then owned the rights to both franchises.

But the exec did let on that another pitch of McLoughlin’s — pitting Jason against Freddy Kreuger of “Nightmare on Elm Street” — wasn’t so far-fetched despite the latter being a property of New Line Cinema.

McLoughlin said that Mancuso told him, “Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.”

As fans know, the two villains did go head to hockey mask in 2003’s “Freddy vs. Jason.”

And as Entertainment Weekly‘s Clark Collis noted, 1982’s “Friday the 13th Part 3” also included a couple of dopeheads named Chuck and Chili.

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Peter Thiel Moves to Buy Gawker Assets – Does He Just Want to Delete Archive of Site He Killed? https://www.thewrap.com/peter-thiel-moves-to-buy-gawker-assets-does-he-just-want-to-delete-archive-of-site-he-killed/ https://www.thewrap.com/peter-thiel-moves-to-buy-gawker-assets-does-he-just-want-to-delete-archive-of-site-he-killed/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:55:10 +0000 Wrap Staff https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744934 In what could enable him to delete the site’s content once and for all, Peter Thiel has filed a motion challenging the sale of Gawker’s assets, saying that the billionaire has been unfairly prevented from bidding for the website he played an instrumental role in bringing down.

“In light of the Plan Administrator’s refusal to allow Mr. Thiel to participate in the sale process, Mr. Thiel’s counsel requested that the Plan Administrator agree to pause the ongoing sale process so that a sale of the assets is not consummated until the issues concerning the Plan Administrator’s blockade of Mr. Thiel as a bidder are resolved,” the complaint says.

Representatives for Peter Thiel did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The billionaire Facebook investor bankrolled Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit that bankrupted Gawker’s parent company Gawker Media, which was hit with a $140 million judgment over the publication of part of a sex tape involving the wrestler. While the company subsequently sold most of its assets to Univision, Univision did not, acquire Gawker.com, which remains for sale.

Whoever ultimately acquires the site will be able to do whatever they want with its assets — including delete them.

In the complaint, filed Wednesday in the U.S. bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York, Thiel’s attorneys claim that by excluding the billionaire, the bankruptcy administrator is not doing his fiduciary duty in maximizing value for the stakeholders. If Thiel were to purchase the site, he would also have control over its archives — with the ability to wipe them.

“The Plan Administrator has lost sight of his fiduciary duties,” the complaint said. “By wrongly excluding Mr. Thiel, the most able and logical purchaser, from the sale process on specious grounds, maintaining selective secrecy over that process, and insisting on proceeding with expensive and unwarranted discovery against him concerning alleged claims that are now being marketed to third parties, the Plan Administrator will only depress the value to be achieved in any sale.”

The reaction online to Thiel’s motion was almost unilaterally negative, with most concerned about the symbolism of a powerful billionaire effectively salting the earth after destroying a media outlet that had offended him. Read a sampling below.

Buzzfeed first reported the court filing.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: 8 Memorable Moments and Biggest Milestones (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade-memorable-moments-and-milestones/ https://www.thewrap.com/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade-memorable-moments-and-milestones/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:26:47 +0000 Reid Nakamura https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744857 The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a time-honored tradition, but the annual holiday spectacle has changed a lot over the years.

In its 90-year history, the parade has gone from a regional attraction featuring live animals and Macy’s employees to a time-honored tradition attended by 3.5 million people and watched by tens of millions more on TV and YouTube.

1924: The First Parade

Macy’s

The annual holiday parade got its start in 1920, featuring Macy’s employees in costume and animals from the Central Park Zoo. Animals were banned from participating in 1926, reportedly because they were frightening the children. The company then recruits puppeteer Tony Sarg to design the giant balloon characters the parade has been known for since.

1932: Balloon Meets Airplane

For the first few years of the parade, organizers would release some of the balloons into the air with attached instructions for how onlookers could exchange the retrieved balloons for a small reward. However, when a Tom the Cat balloon wrapped itself around a plane in 1932, nearly causing a devastating accident, the practice was stopped for good.

1948: First TV Broadcast

The parade was first broadcast nationally on CBS in 1948, after several years of regional coverage. NBC became the official broadcaster in 1952.

1965: A Whole New Style of Balloon

Prior to the debut of the Underdog balloon in 1965, all of the balloons featured in the display used a similar upright stance. But when the cartoon superhero dog made its entrance with a horizontal flying pose, that quickly became the default style. “Up until that point, even Superman was depicted standing straight up,” author Robert Grippo told the New York Post.

1993: Peak Viewership

NBC

According to Nielsen, the most-watched broadcast of the past several decades (the period when viewership was measured) came in 1993 when 31.1 million people watched the parade on NBC. The ratings have largely held steady ever since, with 25 million viewers in 2016.

1997: Four People Injured

In 1997, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was hit with a round of bad press when strong winds sent a Cat in the Hat balloon rogue, injuring four people, one of whom was put into a month-long coma. According to the New York Times, the balloon slammed into a metal lamp post, breaking off one of the arms and sending it into the crowd.

2005: Another Accident

In a repeat of the 1997 incident, an M&M balloon was punctured by a light post in 2005, sending debris into the crowd and injuring two — a 26-year-old with cerebral palsy and her 11-year-old sister.

2013: “Kinky Boots” Controversy

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has served as a showcase for some of the biggest talent on Broadway for decades, but in 2013 the decision to feature a performance by the cast of “Kinky Boots” was met with criticism over the characters dressed in drag.

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Warn That ‘Santa Is Coming’ in Sia’s New Christmas Song (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/sia-xmas-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/sia-xmas-video/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:11:13 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744921

Santa’s coming for us, you guys, but not in a creepy way. In a super-cute, deck-the-halls, 1950’s, celebrity-studded way.

Sia’s first music video off her Christmas album, “Everyday Is Christmas,” dropped Wednesday afternoon just in time for your post-Thanksgiving holiday decorating.

In the video for the track “Santa Is Coming for Us,” Kristen Bell stars as a 1950s-esque hostess for Christmas dinner. Her real-life husband, Dax Shepard, stars alongside her, with an epic cast to fill it out.

Young stars Caleb McLaughlin, Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff are the trio the internet didn’t know it desperately needed, while J.B. Smoove is the Santa Clause that we all knew we definitely needed. Henry Winkler and Susan Lucci complete the happy little Christmas family.

Fans are loving McLaughlin’s tweet asking if anyone has seen the video yet:

Add your name to the list of people #blessed enough to have watched this glorious three and a half minutes of Christmas cheer, and watch the video above.

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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Third Woman https://www.thewrap.com/jeffrey-tambor-accused-of-sexual-harassment-by-third-woman/ https://www.thewrap.com/jeffrey-tambor-accused-of-sexual-harassment-by-third-woman/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:49:20 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744916 A third woman has come forward to accuse Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment.

Tamara Delbridge, a celebrity makeup artist with no connection to his show, “Transparent,” told Refinery29 that Tambor forcibly kissed her on the set of the 2001 film “Never Again.”

“It was really weird because I did not interact with him at all during filming,” Delbridge said. “It wasn’t like he and I had bantered back and forth or flirted. I’m very professional on set and [‘Never Again’] was a really big deal for me. It was the first time that I’d worked with actors at that level.”

According to Delbridge, the incident occurred on the last day of shooting.

“I said [to Tambor], ‘It was very nice to work with you’ and he grabbed me out of nowhere and kissed me on the lips,” she said. “And I was just shocked. I didn’t even know how to react, because how do you react when you’re not expecting anything like that? So I didn’t know if I was embarrassed or shocked or mortified or stunned. It was a whole bunch of emotions.”

She also said that actor Bill Duke witnessed the incident and told her she did absolutely nothing wrong after thinking that she’d maybe, accidentally, come off as flirtatious.

In a statement, Tambor told TheWrap, “I have absolutely no recollection of anything like this incident ever happening. If it did, it wasn’t meant as anything more than an enthusiastic farewell and gratitude for a job well done at the end of a shoot. However, I am deeply sorry for any discomfort or offense I may have inadvertently caused her.”

Delbridge said she wanted to speak out after she saw Tambor’s response to Van Barnes, a trans actress and Tambor’s former assistant, who also accused him of harassment in a private Facebook post.

“His response made me really angry. I was like ‘it’s not baseless,'” Delbridge said. “This isn’t a man-bashing thing. It’s about a person who did something inappropriate and he’s not acknowledging that he did it. And the word ‘baseless’ is really like him just flipping it off and saying that’s nothing. And it’s not nothing, because this is a pattern.”

Tambor was also accused of sexual harassment by transgender co-star Trace Lysette, with the alleged incident occurring during filming of the show’s second season.

“I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with,” responded Tambor in a statement sent to TheWrap. “I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator — ever.”

He released a statement on Sunday saying he doesn’t think he will be coming back for the show’s fifth season after the accusations.

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How James Toback Accuser’s Film About Her Encounter Flipped From Drama to Comedy https://www.thewrap.com/james-toback-lost-beneath-stars/ https://www.thewrap.com/james-toback-lost-beneath-stars/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:37:17 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744729

When Dani Alvarado started making her short film, “Lost Beneath The Stars,” she envisioned the film as a drama based on her rough start to find her start in showbiz, with her character’s struggles beginning with a director who makes sexual advances towards her. But after finishing the film  — and releasing it in an industry finally holding sexual abusers accountable — she says it has grown in ways she never imagined.

In an exclusive interview with TheWrap published Tuesday, Alvarado revealed that the director scene was a near-word-for-word re-enactment of her own encounter with James Toback, who has been accused of sexual harassment by hundreds of women since a Los Angeles Times expose on him was published and whom Alvarado accuses of making lewd comments towards her after offering her a role in 2011.

“Look, I know a star when I see one and you need to be making art. Let’s partake in a trust exercise so I know we can work together,” the director says in the film. “There are two options. You can touch your p–y while I watch, or if you’re not comfortable with that, you can pinch my nipples while I whack off.”

That scene becomes the jumping off point for a look at two actresses and the parade of obstacles and bizarre situations they face. But while the short starts in a dark place, it soon takes a brighter, comedic turn, poking fun at some of the other experiences Alvarado had as a struggling actress like running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere and trying to flag a passing car down in a pink dress. It’s a tonal shift that came when Alvarado shared her experiences with her director, Michael Kofsky, and her co-writer and co-star, Claire Bermingham.

“Michael really honed in on the comedy of it,” Alvarado explained. “You know, when you’re living these moments, you’re just thinking of how frustrating it was, but talking about the script with him made me realize the absurdity of it and how it can be funny.”

Indeed, while discussing the film and their past with TheWrap, Alvarado and Bermingham’s stories came with laughter. They even laughed about the Toback incident, with Alvarado quipping that she first thought he was a homeless man when he introduced himself.  Bermingham, who met Alvarado four years ago, says that the ability to look back at the past with smiles came as they shared their stories of dealing with the indignities of showbiz and realized how universal the experience was.
“We went through everything together. The auditions, trying to get signed, living in L.A.,” she said. “I have also been through the business dinners where you get propositioned and I’ve been to the audition where you’ve been asked to undress. But what we were trying to do when making this film is to turn all those negative memories into positive creativity.”
Now, thanks to Hollywood’s ongoing reckoning with sexual harassment, “Lost Beneath The Stars” has gained a level of relevance that Alvarado and Birmingham never dreamed it would have when they filmed it a year ago. But they hope that people who see it take more away from it than just the opening scene. They want the film to be a message of hope for fellow actresses trying to reach their dreams, reminding them that the struggles they face — and the men who may take advantage of them — don’t have to define them or their careers, and can even become a catalyst for a brighter future.
It’s a message they want to be living proof of, as the two women have started their own production company, Fourleaf Films, and are in preproduction for their first feature film that will shoot in Ireland next year.
“When we share ‘Lost Beneath The Stars’ privately with peers, it was really rewarding that it resonated with actresses even before we premiered at Warsaw,” Berningham said. “They liked that we were able to be honest without being so dreary.”

“We’ve had people who aren’t actors reach out to us too,” added Alvarado. “They just enjoyed the message of hope that comes from this, and that message is that if you keep working and you maintain your passion for what you do, you can withstand the James Tobacks of any industry.”

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7 Movies Guaranteed to Ruin Thanksgiving for the Trump Fans in Your Family (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/7-movies-guaranteed-to-ruin-thanksgiving-with-your-family-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/7-movies-guaranteed-to-ruin-thanksgiving-with-your-family-photos/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:15:51 +0000 Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1361119 The holidays, particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas, are known for being volatile — you know all the jokes about the racist uncle who starts stuff at family gatherings. And with Donald Trump taking the presidential election, it’s going to be worse than ever this year. You don’t, however, have to let the racist uncle or your vocal Trump-supporter grandma dictate terms of engagement. Wielding the power of liberal cinema, you can start the argument party in a whole new way.

“Southside with You”

When someone inevitably whines about the very existence of a romantic drama about a young Barack and Michelle, just remind them that they voted for the “Apprentice” guy before shushing them harshly for talking over the movie.

“Schindler’s List”

With American Neo-Nazis apparently united in support of Trump, it’s important to remind dear uncle why it’s probably not a good thing to support stuff that Nazis like. That “Schindler’s List” is a huge buzzkill in any situation would be a huge bonus.

“Selma”

Playing this impeccable civil rights drama is a must if anybody is wearing a Make America Great Again hat, because the America of which that hat speaks is the one in which white people made it legal to systematically oppress and, yes, beat the hell out of black people at any opportunity.

“An Inconvenient Truth”

We can debate the merits of Al Gore’s global warming documentary all day, but one thing is for certain: it’ll get a rise out of any climate change-denying relatives you have.

“Brokeback Mountain”

As a native of Alabama, I would say this is probably the one that has the best odds of ruining Thanksgiving because everybody knows what kind of movie this is and will immediately understand what you’re trying to do by putting it on. But it’s so good that even your cousins yelling “ewwwwwwww” throughout can’t ruin it.

“Good Night and Good Luck”

Trump supporters love to hate on the media for being biased liars, so it would definitely be chuckle-worthy to throw on the movie about renowned broadcast journalist Edward R Murrow sticking it to the demagogue Republican senator and communist witch hunter Joe McCarthy.

“Ghosts Can’t Do It”

It’s a really, really bad sex comedy featuring Donald Trump as himself — and he won a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor for it. This one is particularly mean because it’s just about unwatchable. But, hey, your family deserves it.

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The holidays are known for being volatile -- especially for those upset that Donald Trump is (still) in the White House. You don't, however, have to let your Fox News-loving relatives dictate terms of engagement. Wielding the power of liberal cinema, you can start the argument party in a whole new way. 

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"Southside With You"

When someone inevitably whines about the very existence of a romantic drama about a young Barack and Michelle, just remind them that they voted for the "Apprentice" guy before shushing them.

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"Southside With You"

When someone inevitably whines about the very existence of a romantic drama about a young Barack and Michelle, just remind them that they voted for the "Apprentice" guy before shushing them.

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"Inglourious Basterds"

This one is a more subtle selection -- at first. It's sort of a bait and switch, and requires some pithiness from you. As your Trump-loving uncle delights in the graphic destruction of the evil Nazis, make a quip about how totally weird it is that neo-Nazis today really seem to love the guy.

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"Inglourious Basterds"

This one is a more subtle selection -- at first. It's sort of a bait and switch, and requires some pithiness from you. As your Trump-loving uncle delights in the graphic destruction of the evil Nazis, make a quip about how totally weird it is that neo-Nazis today really seem to love the guy.

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"Selma"

This impeccable civil rights drama is a must if anybody is wearing a Make America Great Again hat. The last time America was "great" in the minds of some Americans wasn't so great for others. 

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"Selma"

This impeccable civil rights drama is a must if anybody is wearing a Make America Great Again hat. The last time America was "great" in the minds of some Americans wasn't so great for others. 

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"An Inconvenient Truth"

We can debate the merits of Al Gore's global warming documentary all day, but one thing is for certain: It's guaranteed to get a rise out of any climate-change deniers. 

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"An Inconvenient Truth"

We can debate the merits of Al Gore's global warming documentary all day, but one thing is for certain: It's guaranteed to get a rise out of any climate-change deniers. 

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"Brokeback Mountain"

As a native of Alabama, I would say this is probably the one that would draw the strongest reactions, because everybody knows what kind of movie it is and will immediately understand what you're trying to do. But it's so good that even your cousins yelling "ewwwwwwww" throughout can't ruin it.

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"Brokeback Mountain"

As a native of Alabama, I would say this is probably the one that would draw the strongest reactions, because everybody knows what kind of movie it is and will immediately understand what you're trying to do. But it's so good that even your cousins yelling "ewwwwwwww" throughout can't ruin it.

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"Good Night and Good Luck"

Trump supporters love to hate on the media for being biased liars, so it would definitely be chuckle-worthy to throw on the movie about renowned broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow sticking it to the demagogue Republican senator and communist witch hunter Joe McCarthy.

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"Good Night and Good Luck"

Trump supporters love to hate on the media for being biased liars, so it would definitely be chuckle-worthy to throw on the movie about renowned broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow sticking it to the demagogue Republican senator and communist witch hunter Joe McCarthy.

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"Ghosts Can't Do It"

It's a really, really bad sex comedy featuring Donald Trump as himself. He won a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor for it. This one is a particularly mean choice because it's just about unwatchable. 

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"Ghosts Can't Do It"

It's a really, really bad sex comedy featuring Donald Trump as himself. He won a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor for it. This one is a particularly mean choice because it's just about unwatchable. 

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Thanksgiving Football Streaming Guide, From the Lions-Vikings NFL Matchup to the Iron Bowl https://www.thewrap.com/thanksgiving-football-streaming-guide-lions-vikings-nfl-matchup-iron-bowl/ https://www.thewrap.com/thanksgiving-football-streaming-guide-lions-vikings-nfl-matchup-iron-bowl/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:07:55 +0000 Matt Pressberg https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744822 Vikings versus Lions. Ohio State versus Michigan. Alabama versus Auburn. It’s Thanksgiving week football (college or pro) — and this year, you won’t need a TV to watch almost all of it.

There is an increasing number of cord cutters who love football, but don’t love fat cable bills. That’s taken a toll on pay-TV companies, and football ratings as a result.

But more and more streaming services have come online in recent years and are winning over disenchanted subscribers – and sports leagues are noticing. The NFL has a deal with Amazon to stream several Thursday Night Football games, and the league broadcast a game on Verizon’s Yahoo earlier this year.

This holiday weekend, almost every football game of note is easily available to those without cable. Now that is definitely something to be thankful for!

Here’s a quick guide to watching some of this weekend’s games online:

THURSDAY
NFL:

Vikings at Lions (12:30 pm ET, FOX)

Chargers at Cowboys (4:30 pm ET, CBS)

Giants at Redskins (8:30 pm ET, NBC)

CBS, Fox and NBC are also available on practically every major streaming service, including YouTube TVHulu with Live TVSling TVPlayStation Vue and Fubo TV, with varying local markets and degrees of coverage.

It’s best to go to their sites to check which channels are available in which cities, but fans in major markets and an increasing number of not-so-major ones can get those three broadcast networks without a cable subscription or antenna.

CBS is also available direct-to-consumer with its CBS All Access product, which costs $5.99/month for a commercial-lite package and $9.99 a month for commercial free (although live broadcasts of local affiliates – where football games will be aired – still have commercial breaks).

There’s one huge catch, though: with Verizon having exclusive mobile rights to the NFL, cord-cutters can’t stream NFL games on CBS or Fox on non-Verizon Wireless mobile devices. Verizon customers can stream the games using the NFL Mobile app, but fans with other carriers are out of luck.

College:

Mississippi at (14) Mississippi State (7:30 pm ET, ESPN)

For those who prefer the college game (or if the end of the battle between the Chargers and Cowboys isn’t particularly compelling), the two Mississippi schools will face off in the annual Egg Bowl. Mississippi State, which is still in the hunt for a major bowl bid, will be going for its ninth win of the year.

The game is on ESPN and streamable on the WatchESPN app for pay-TV subscribers, as well as on most major standalone streaming services, including YouTube TV and Sling’s Orange package. And unlike NFL games, there’s no restrictions in streaming college football on mobile devices.

FRIDAY:

(2) Miami at Pittsburgh (noon ET, ABC)

South Florida at (15) Central Florida (3:30 pm ET, ABC)

There’s a relatively light slate of games Friday, but the Miami Hurricanes — on track for a meeting with No. 3 Clemson next week — face a tricky game at Pittsburgh, which tripped up then-undefeated Clemson late last season. Later that day, Central Florida tries to stay undefeated and in line for a New Year’s Day bowl game when the Knights take on rival South Florida.

SATURDAY:

(9) Ohio State at Michigan (noon ET, FOX)

(1) Alabama at (6) Auburn (3:30 pm ET, CBS)

(8) Notre Dame at (21) Stanford (8 pm ET, ABC)

Saturday’s three marquee matchups — the first two pitting longtime rivals against each other and the last featuring potential Heisman Trophy finalist Bryce Love of Stanford — are spread across the three broadcast networks and in three different time slots, meaning college football fans don’t have to choose. Michigan recently fell out of the top 25, giving its battle with Ohio State a bit less luster, but Jim Harbaugh versus Urban Meyer is always worth watching. Later that day, Alabama looks to hold off hated Auburn in the Iron Bowl, while Notre Dame attempts to keep its playoff hopes alive against Stanford in the nightcap.

SUNDAY:

Dolphins at Patriots (1 pm ET, CBS)

Bills at Chiefs (1 pm ET, CBS)

Bears at Eagles (1 pm ET, Fox)

Saints at Rams (4:25 pm ET, CBS)

Packers at Steelers (8:30 pm ET, NBC)

The long weekend ends with a lighter-than-usual Sunday NFL slate, given the three Thanksgiving Day games. And while last week was full of marquee matchups like the clash of unlikely division leaders Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings and the NFC East rivalry between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, Thanksgiving Sunday is more subdued.

L.A.s’ second-newest football team will take center stage, as the Rams return to the Coliseum to take on the 8-2 New Orleans Saints in an afternoon tilt airing in most of the country on CBS (and CBS All Access), while the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers face off with the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers in a national prime time showdown.

Sunday’s early slate of regional games is highlighted by a divisional battle between Miami and New England, and MVP candidate Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Chicago Bears. Cord cutters with access to Fox and CBS can get the local game in their market — or can watch the Red Zone channel, which shows cut-ins of live games, as an add-on to streaming services including Sling and Fubo TV. But Thanksgiving weekend football no longer requires a seat on the couch in front of the TV, which might improve some family harmony this holiday season.

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15 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes and Specials Ever (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/15-best-thanksgiving-tv-episodes-specials-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/15-best-thanksgiving-tv-episodes-specials-photos/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:00:07 +0000 Reid Nakamura https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1361095 “Friends” – “The One With All the Thanksgivings”
The Friends gather in Monica’s apartment to reminisce about their worst Thanksgiving memories, including the time Monica accidentally cutting off Chandler’s toe and Joey getting his head stuck in a turkey.

“Friends” – “The One With the Football”
Ross and Monica’s sibling rivalry comes out in full force when the Gellers go head-to-head in a touch football game that quickly grows heated.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” – “The Gang Squashes Their Beefs”
The “Always Sunny” gang attempts to make amends by meeting up with their many enemies to bury the hatchet so they can finally have their ideal Thanksgiving.

“How I Met Your Mother” – “Slapsgiving”
Marshall continues one of the show’s longest running gags and delivers Barney’s third slap, while Ted and Robin struggle to remain friends after their breakup.

“Fresh off the Boat” – “Huangsgiving”
Jessica gets a 5:00 a.m. call from her mother informing her that she will be hosting Thanksgiving, but she bites off more than she can chew, and nothing is ready on time.

“Gilmore Girls” – “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”
Lorelai and Rory’s boundless appetite is put to the test when they find themselves quadruple booked for Thanksgiving dinner. Their strategy? Skip the rolls.

“Bewitched” – “Samantha’s Thanksgiving to Remember”
Samantha uses her magic to transport herself and her family back through time, but when her husband gets caught using a modern day match, he’s finds himself on trial for witchcraft.

“The Brady Bunch” – “The Un-underground Movie”
Greg enlists Alice and his family to star in a movie about the first Thanksgiving for school, but their constant complaining and advice leads to trouble.

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”
Charlie Brown and Sally are planning to go to their grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving, but Peppermint Patty tricks him into having her, Franklin and Marcie over for dinner instead.

“The Simpsons” – “Bart vs. Thanksgiving”
Bart runs away from home after destroying Lisa’s Thanksgiving centerpiece and learns to appreciate his family when he finds himself spending the holiday at a homeless shelter.

“Orange Is the New Black” – “Fucksgiving”
Piper lands herself in solitary confinement with sexual dance moves over Thanksgiving, while Larry makes plans to share his story about an “atypical” long-distance relationship in an NPR interview.

“Boy Meets World” – “Turkey Day”
After Cory and Shawn win a Thanksgiving dinner in their school’s food drive, their families decide to spend the holiday together at Shawn’s family’s trailer park home.

“South Park” – “Black Friday”
The second installment in “South Park’s” three-part “Game of Thrones” parody, “Black Friday” follows the characters as they plan to take on a Black Friday sale at the mall.

“Everybody Loves Raymond” – “No Fat”
Realizing that she and Frank need to eat healthier, Marie makes some changes to the menu for Thanksgiving dinner.

“Bob’s Burgers” – “An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal”
Mr. Fischoeder hires Bob as his cook for Thanksgiving dinner, and the rest of the Belcher’s to pose as his own family in attempts to impress his date.

 

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The Friends gather in Monica's apartment to reminisce about their worst Thanksgiving memories, including the time Monica accidentally cutting off Chandler's toe and Joey getting his head stuck in a turkey.

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"Friends" - "The One With All the Thanksgivings"
The Friends gather in Monica's apartment to reminisce about their worst Thanksgiving memories, including the time Monica accidentally cutting off Chandler's toe and Joey getting his head stuck in a turkey.

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"Friends" - "The One With the Football"
Ross and Monica's sibling rivalry comes out in full force when the Gellers go head-to-head in a touch football game that quickly grows heated.

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"Friends" - "The One With the Football"
Ross and Monica's sibling rivalry comes out in full force when the Gellers go head-to-head in a touch football game that quickly grows heated.

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"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" - "The Gang Squashes Their Beefs"
The "Always Sunny" gang attempts to make amends by meeting up with their many enemies to bury the hatchet so they can finally have an ideal Thanksgiving.

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"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" - "The Gang Squashes Their Beefs"
The "Always Sunny" gang attempts to make amends by meeting up with their many enemies to bury the hatchet so they can finally have an ideal Thanksgiving.

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"How I Met Your Mother" - "Slapsgiving"
Marshall continues one of the show's longest running gags and delivers Barney's third slap, while Ted and Robin struggle to remain friends after their breakup.

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"How I Met Your Mother" - "Slapsgiving"
Marshall continues one of the show's longest running gags and delivers Barney's third slap, while Ted and Robin struggle to remain friends after their breakup.

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"Fresh off the Boat" - "Huangsgiving"
Jessica gets a 5 a.m. call from her mother informing her that she will be hosting Thanksgiving, but she bites off more than she can chew, and nothing is ready on time.

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"Fresh off the Boat" - "Huangsgiving"
Jessica gets a 5 a.m. call from her mother informing her that she will be hosting Thanksgiving, but she bites off more than she can chew, and nothing is ready on time.

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"Gilmore Girls" - "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving"
Lorelai and Rory's boundless appetite is put to the test when they find themselves quadruple booked for Thanksgiving dinner. Their strategy? Skip the rolls.

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"Gilmore Girls" - "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving"
Lorelai and Rory's boundless appetite is put to the test when they find themselves quadruple booked for Thanksgiving dinner. Their strategy? Skip the rolls.

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"Bewitched" - "Samantha's Thanksgiving to Remember"
Samantha uses her magic to transport herself and her family back through time, but when her husband gets caught using a modern day match, he's finds himself on trial for witchcraft.

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"Bewitched" - "Samantha's Thanksgiving to Remember"
Samantha uses her magic to transport herself and her family back through time, but when her husband gets caught using a modern day match, he's finds himself on trial for witchcraft.

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"The Brady Bunch" - "The Un-underground Movie"
Greg enlists Alice and his family to star in a movie about the first Thanksgiving for school, but their constant complaining and advice leads to trouble.

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"The Brady Bunch" - "The Un-underground Movie"
Greg enlists Alice and his family to star in a movie about the first Thanksgiving for school, but their constant complaining and advice leads to trouble.

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"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"
Charlie Brown and Sally are planning to go to their grandparents' house for Thanksgiving, but Peppermint Patty tricks him into having her, Franklin and Marcie over for dinner instead.

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"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"
Charlie Brown and Sally are planning to go to their grandparents' house for Thanksgiving, but Peppermint Patty tricks him into having her, Franklin and Marcie over for dinner instead.

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"The Simpsons" - "Bart vs. Thanksgiving"
Bart runs away from home after destroying Lisa's Thanksgiving centerpiece and learns to appreciate his family when he finds himself spending the holiday at a homeless shelter.

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"The Simpsons" - "Bart vs. Thanksgiving"
Bart runs away from home after destroying Lisa's Thanksgiving centerpiece and learns to appreciate his family when he finds himself spending the holiday at a homeless shelter.

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"Orange Is the New Black" - "F---sgiving"
Piper lands herself in solitary confinement with sexual dance moves over Thanksgiving, while Larry makes plans to share his story about an "atypical" long-distance relationship in an NPR interview.

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"Orange Is the New Black" - "F---sgiving"
Piper lands herself in solitary confinement with sexual dance moves over Thanksgiving, while Larry makes plans to share his story about an "atypical" long-distance relationship in an NPR interview.

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"Boy Meets World" - "Turkey Day"
After Cory and Shawn win a Thanksgiving dinner in their school's food drive, their families decide to spend the holiday together at Shawn's family's trailer park home.

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"Boy Meets World" - "Turkey Day"
After Cory and Shawn win a Thanksgiving dinner in their school's food drive, their families decide to spend the holiday together at Shawn's family's trailer park home.

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"South Park" - "Black Friday"
The second installment in "South Park's" three-part "Game of Thrones" parody, "Black Friday" follows the characters as they plan to take on a Black Friday sale at the mall.

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"South Park" - "Black Friday"
The second installment in "South Park's" three-part "Game of Thrones" parody, "Black Friday" follows the characters as they plan to take on a Black Friday sale at the mall.

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"Everybody Loves Raymond" - "No Fat"
Realizing that she and Frank need to eat healthier, Marie makes some changes to the menu for Thanksgiving dinner.

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"Everybody Loves Raymond" - "No Fat"
Realizing that she and Frank need to eat healthier, Marie makes some changes to the menu for Thanksgiving dinner.

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"Bob's Burgers" - "An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal"
Mr. Fischoeder hires Bob as his cook for Thanksgiving dinner, and the rest of the Belchers to pose as his own family in attempts to impress his date.

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"Bob's Burgers" - "An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal"
Mr. Fischoeder hires Bob as his cook for Thanksgiving dinner, and the rest of the Belchers to pose as his own family in attempts to impress his date.

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The Evolution of Matt Damon From ‘Mystic Pizza’ to ‘Downsizing’ (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/the-evolution-of-matt-damon-from-mystic-pizza-to-jason-bourne-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/the-evolution-of-matt-damon-from-mystic-pizza-to-jason-bourne-photos/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:40:21 +0000 Thom Geier https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1107195 Matt Damon was just 18 when he made his movie debut with a small role in 1988’s “Mystic Pizza,” which was also the second feature of Julia Roberts.

In 1992’s “School Ties,” Damon played a prep school bully who antagonized a Jewish student played by Brendan Fraser.

Damon grew a peculiar, Ethan Hawke-like goatee for his role as Lt. Britton Davis in 1993’s “Geronimo: An American Legend.”

 

Damon famously dropped 40 pounds off his already thin frame to play a drug-addled Gulf War veteran opposite Meg Ryan in 1996’s “Courage Under Fire.”

 

For the role, he famously dropped 40 pounds off his already thin frame — and without a doctor’s supervision.

Damon was back in fitter, hotter form in the 1997 John Grisham adaptation “The Rainmaker.”

Matt Damon and his childhood buddy Ben Affleck co-wrote the script for 1997’s “Good Will Hunting,” and the two starred opposite Robin Williams.

Affleck and Damon won the Academy Award for Best Screen play for “Good Will Hunting,” delivering a memorably enthusiastic speech at the podium.

Damon played the title character in Steven Spielberg‘s 1998 WWII epic “Saving Private Ryan.”

In 1998’s “Rounders,” he had an unfortunate bottle-blond dye job to play a law student struggling with a poker addiction opposite Edward Norton.

In 1999’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” Damon was a creepily seductive sociopath who pined for Jude Law‘s trust fund lifestyle (and his body). His wasn’t so shabby either.

Matt Damon teamed with George Clooney and Brad Pitt for the first time in the star-studded 2000 caper “Ocean’s Eleven.”

In 2001, Damon reteamed with Ben Affleck to executive produce “Project Greenlight,” a reality series that aired on HBO and chronicled the making of an indie film.

In 2002, Damon showed surprisingly action-hero moves as a trained government agent with amnesia in 2002’s “The Bourne Identity.”

Damon has an uncharacteristic punkish look (including a bald head) in a cameo in 2004’s “EuroTrip,” playing the lead singer of a band whose main song, “Scotty Doesn’t Know” reveals that Damon’s been banging the longtime girlfriend of the movie’s high school grad lead.

On December 9, 2005, Damon married Luciana Barroso, an Argentine-born woman he met while she was bartending in a Miami nightclub. (Two days later, they were together at the New York City premiere of “The Good Shepherd.”)

In Martin Scorsese‘s 2006 thriller “The Departed,” he goes mano a mano with Leonardo DiCaprio.

He was back in fighting form in 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum” — which looked like it might be the final installment in the franchise.

In 2007, People Magazine named the self-described “aging suburban dad” the Sexiest Man Alive.

Matt Damon has long been the affectionate target of ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who ended his show with apologies for running out of time for the actor. But Damon turned the tables in 2008 when Kimmel’s then-girlfriend Sarah Silverman introduced a videotaped song declaring, “I’m F—ing Matt Damon.”

Damon packed on 20 to 30 extra pounds to plays a schlubby corporate whistleblower in Steven Soderbergh‘s 2009 comedy “The Informant!”

Damon earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor as the captain of South Africa’s championship 1995 rugby team in 2009’s “Invictus.”

Starting in 2010, Damon had a recurring role on “30 Rock” as an airline pilot named Carol who tried to woo Tina Fey‘s TV exec Liz Lemon.

Damon got buff (and tatted) to play a paroled car thief fighting to survive in a dystopian future in Neill Blomkamp‘s 2013 sci-fi movie “Elysium.”

 

MATT Damon earned an Emmy nomination for the 2013 HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra,” camping it up as the much-younger boyfriend of the flamboyant pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas).

Damon earned his third acting Oscar nomination for Ridley Scott‘s 2015 space drama “The Martian” — playing solo for much of the film as a stranded astronaut.

After nine years, Damon returned as “Jason Bourne” in his fourth installment in the action franchise.

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https://www.thewrap.com/the-evolution-of-matt-damon-from-mystic-pizza-to-jason-bourne-photos/feed/ 0 Matt Damon was just 18 when he made his movie debut with a small role in 1988's "Mystic Pizza," which was also the second feature of Julia Roberts.

 

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Matt Damon was just 18 when he made his movie debut with a small role in 1988's "Mystic Pizza," which was also the second feature of Julia Roberts.

 

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In 1992's "School Ties," Damon played a prep school bully who antagonized a Jewish student played by Brendan Fraser in a naked shower room fight.

 

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In 1992's "School Ties," Damon played a prep school bully who antagonized a Jewish student played by Brendan Fraser in a naked shower room fight.

 

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Damon grew a peculiar, Ethan Hawke-like goatee for his role as Lt. Britton Davis in 1993's "Geronimo: An American Legend."

 

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Damon grew a peculiar, Ethan Hawke-like goatee for his role as Lt. Britton Davis in 1993's "Geronimo: An American Legend."

 

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Damon played a drug-addled Gulf War veteran opposite Meg Ryan in 1996's "Courage Under Fire."

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Damon played a drug-addled Gulf War veteran opposite Meg Ryan in 1996's "Courage Under Fire."

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For the "Courage Under Fire" role, Damon famously dropped 40 pounds off his already thin frame -- without a doctor's supervision.

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For the "Courage Under Fire" role, Damon famously dropped 40 pounds off his already thin frame -- without a doctor's supervision.

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Damon was back in fitter, hotter form in the 1997 John Grisham adaptation of "The Rainmaker."

 

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Damon was back in fitter, hotter form in the 1997 John Grisham adaptation of "The Rainmaker."

 

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Damon and his childhood buddy Ben Affleck co-wrote the script for 1997's "Good Will Hunting," and the two starred opposite Robin Williams.

 

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Damon and his childhood buddy Ben Affleck co-wrote the script for 1997's "Good Will Hunting," and the two starred opposite Robin Williams.

 

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Affleck and Damon won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Good Will Hunting," delivering a memorably enthusiastic speech at the podium. (He was also nominated for Best Actor.)

 

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Affleck and Damon won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Good Will Hunting," delivering a memorably enthusiastic speech at the podium. (He was also nominated for Best Actor.)

 

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In 1998's "Rounders," Damon had an unfortunate blond dye job to play a law student struggling with a poker addiction opposite Edward Norton.

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In 1998's "Rounders," Damon had an unfortunate blond dye job to play a law student struggling with a poker addiction opposite Edward Norton.

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Damon played the title character in Steven Spielberg's 1998 WWII epic "Saving Private Ryan."

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Damon played the title character in Steven Spielberg's 1998 WWII epic "Saving Private Ryan."

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In 1999's "The Talented Mr. Ripley," Damon was a creepily seductive sociopath who pined for Jude Law's trust fund lifestyle (and his body). Damon's wasn't so shabby either, despite the bright yellow bathing suit.

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In 1999's "The Talented Mr. Ripley," Damon was a creepily seductive sociopath who pined for Jude Law's trust fund lifestyle (and his body). Damon's wasn't so shabby either, despite the bright yellow bathing suit.

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Damon teamed with George Clooney and Brad Pitt for the first time in the star-studded 2000 caper "Ocean's Eleven," which spawned two sequels.

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Damon teamed with George Clooney and Brad Pitt for the first time in the star-studded 2000 caper "Ocean's Eleven," which spawned two sequels.

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In 2001, Damon reteamed with Ben Affleck to executive produce "Project Greenlight," a reality series that aired on HBO and chronicled the making of an indie film.

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In 2001, Damon reteamed with Ben Affleck to executive produce "Project Greenlight," a reality series that aired on HBO and chronicled the making of an indie film.

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In 2002, Damon showed surprising action-hero moves as a trained government agent with amnesia in 2002's "The Bourne Identity."

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In 2002, Damon showed surprising action-hero moves as a trained government agent with amnesia in 2002's "The Bourne Identity."

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Damon had an uncharacteristic punkish look (including a shaved head) in a cameo in 2004's "EuroTrip." He played the lead singer of a band whose main song, "Scotty Doesn't Know," reveals that Damon's been banging the longtime girlfriend of the movie's high school grad lead. Foreshadowing of his later Jimmy Kimmel stunt?

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Damon had an uncharacteristic punkish look (including a shaved head) in a cameo in 2004's "EuroTrip." He played the lead singer of a band whose main song, "Scotty Doesn't Know," reveals that Damon's been banging the longtime girlfriend of the movie's high school grad lead. Foreshadowing of his later Jimmy Kimmel stunt?

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On December 9, 2005, Damon married Luciana Barroso, an Argentine-born woman he met while she was bartending in a Miami nightclub. (Two days later, they were together at the New York City premiere of "The Good Shepherd.")

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On December 9, 2005, Damon married Luciana Barroso, an Argentine-born woman he met while she was bartending in a Miami nightclub. (Two days later, they were together at the New York City premiere of "The Good Shepherd.")

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In Martin Scorsese's 2006 thriller "The Departed," he goes mano a mano with Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

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In Martin Scorsese's 2006 thriller "The Departed," he goes mano a mano with Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

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He was back in fighting form in 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum" -- which looked like it might be the final installment in the franchise.

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He was back in fighting form in 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum" -- which looked like it might be the final installment in the franchise.

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In 2007, People Magazine named the self-described "aging suburban dad" the Sexiest Man Alive.

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In 2007, People Magazine named the self-described "aging suburban dad" the Sexiest Man Alive.

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Damon has long been the affectionate target of ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who ended his show with apologies for running out of time for the actor. But Damon turned the tables in 2008 when Kimmel's then-girlfriend Sarah Silverman introduced a videotaped song declaring, "I'm F---ing Matt Damon."

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Damon has long been the affectionate target of ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who ended his show with apologies for running out of time for the actor. But Damon turned the tables in 2008 when Kimmel's then-girlfriend Sarah Silverman introduced a videotaped song declaring, "I'm F---ing Matt Damon."

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Damon packed on 20 to 30 extra pounds to play a schlubby corporate whistleblower in Steven Soderbergh's 2009 comedy "The Informant!"

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Damon packed on 20 to 30 extra pounds to play a schlubby corporate whistleblower in Steven Soderbergh's 2009 comedy "The Informant!"

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Damon earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor portraying the captain of South Africa's championship 1995 rugby team in 2009's "Invictus."

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Damon earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor portraying the captain of South Africa's championship 1995 rugby team in 2009's "Invictus."

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Starting in 2010, Damon had a recurring role on "30 Rock" as an airline pilot named Carol who tried to woo Tina Fey's TV exec Liz Lemon.

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Starting in 2010, Damon had a recurring role on "30 Rock" as an airline pilot named Carol who tried to woo Tina Fey's TV exec Liz Lemon.

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Damon got buff (and tatted) to play a paroled car thief fighting to survive in a dystopian future in Neill Blomkamp's 2013 sci-fi movie "Elysium."

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Damon got buff (and tatted) to play a paroled car thief fighting to survive in a dystopian future in Neill Blomkamp's 2013 sci-fi movie "Elysium."

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Damon earned an Emmy nomination for the 2013 HBO movie "Behind the Candelabra," camping it up as the much-younger boyfriend of the flamboyant pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas).

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Damon earned an Emmy nomination for the 2013 HBO movie "Behind the Candelabra," camping it up as the much-younger boyfriend of the flamboyant pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas).

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Damon earned his third acting Oscar nomination for Ridley Scott's 2015 space drama "The Martian" -- playing solo for much of the film as an astronaut stranded on the red planet.

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Damon earned his third acting Oscar nomination for Ridley Scott's 2015 space drama "The Martian" -- playing solo for much of the film as an astronaut stranded on the red planet.

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After nine years, Damon returned as "Jason Bourne" in his fourth installment in the action franchise.

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After nine years, Damon returned as "Jason Bourne" in his fourth installment in the action franchise.

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Damon stumbled with a big-budget dud -- and a freaky ponytail -- in Zhang Yimou's 2017 fantasy epic "The Great Wall."

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Damon stumbled with a big-budget dud -- and a freaky ponytail -- in Zhang Yimou's 2017 fantasy epic "The Great Wall."

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Damon reteamed with director George Clooney for the 2017 period drama set in an all-white suburb in 1959.

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Damon reteamed with director George Clooney for the 2017 period drama set in an all-white suburb in 1959.

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In Alexander Payne's high-concept movie "Downsizing," Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a couple who decide to shrink themselves -- literally -- to live in a more affordable micro-world.

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In Alexander Payne's high-concept movie "Downsizing," Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a couple who decide to shrink themselves -- literally -- to live in a more affordable micro-world.

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‘SYTYCD’ Winner Jeanine Mason on How ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Went From High School Ritual to Day Job https://www.thewrap.com/jeanine-mason-greys-anatomy-sytycd-high-school-ritual-dance/ https://www.thewrap.com/jeanine-mason-greys-anatomy-sytycd-high-school-ritual-dance/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:16:06 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744755 When”Grey’s Anatomy” executive producer and showrunner Krista Vernoff approached Jeanine Mason about being one of the new interns brought on to Grey Sloan Memorial in Season 14, the “So You Think You Can Dance” star turned up-and-coming actress “was like, honestly Krista, whatever you need. If it’s, like, Patient Number 4, I will be there.” 

Mason plays Dr. Sam Bello, a new intern who has a romantic, if not tumultuous, past with Dr. Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). She said one of the writers described their relationship as that between Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in “Vicky Christina Barcelona.” 

“Sam is a brilliant, promising intern and she is trying to thrive professionally alongside her addiction, which is Andrew DeLuca,” she told TheWrap. “The writers have given us so much delicious stuff playing into the temptation and [for Sam] to represent herself well in this hospital and do good work.”

“It gets fun because…. We find out more about exactly what kind of relationship they had back in the day,” Mason said, careful not to give up too much in way of spoilers. “And that complicates how much they’re actively trying to separate each other when they are very clear about what a delicious thing it is. And yeah, he doesn’t make it easy for her, and she’s trying to stay strong, but I don’t know how long that can last.”

Mason has been working towards a career as an actress for years — her childhood dream was to be on Broadway — and was encouraged by her mother to study dance along with acting as she grew up in Miami with three siblings. She had plans to attend UCLA to continue to hone her dramatic chops, but was convinced by her family to audition for “SYTYCD” Season 5, which was conveniently holding auditions in LA when she was planning to head to the college.

I never thought I’d make it onto the show and I never thought that I would win,” Mason told TheWrap in a recent interview. “But now when I look at it I’m so grateful I did that because I really had nothing out here in terms of connections to begin in this industry.” 

Mason is still with the same manager and publicist that came to her as a result of “SYTYCD.”

I was so set up [with] a quality, loving team, that just had my back this whole time, and that’s not the experience many people have when they come here,” she said. 

You might remember a few of Mason’s appearances on shows like “Bunheads” and “Of Kings and Prophets.” Despite several opportunities after her “SYTYCD” win, Mason was cautious with what she said “yes” to, including “tantalizing” offers to stay in the dance world.

When you’re just starting out and you have this paycheck going like, ‘Hey, come do this show for this long for this contract’ and you’re like ‘No, I think five years from now I’ll be happy I said no to this offer.’ And I’m very much right now appreciating that,” Mason said. 

Her caution has paid off with a fresh storyline on a show that recently celebrated its 300th episode, and which Mason was a fan of long before she ever moved to Hollywood.

I watched the show with my sister all through high school,” Mason said. “It was part of our, like, weekly ritual to sit on her bed with a box of tissues and cry our face off watching ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ — I’m still not over Denny [Jeffrey Dean Morgan] being dead,” she added, referencing one of the show’s most heart-wrenching love stories from early on in the series. 

But, if Mason could bring back any of the characters on the show, it would be the snarky, brilliant Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) — “I honestly would lose my mind,” Mason said if Oh made a reappearance.

“Even if she just visited the set. I’m such a fan,” she said. “And also Jerrika Hinton [who played Dr. Stephanie Edwards], she’s such a good actor. I had girl crushes on both of them. I think they’re such badass actors that I would just love to have them back, even if it’s just for a minute just so I can watch them work.”  

But there are plenty of inspirations still on the show to work with, including Ellen Pompeo — “I’ve been a great admirer of hers… I’m so in awe of her because I don’t think people quite honestly understand how hard of a job it is to lead a show, let alone for 14 seasons” — and Debbie Allen, an acclaimed dancer herself, and not only stars in the show as Dr. Catherine Avery, but has directed several episodes and is an executive on the show as well.

“This set is different to me in the sense that you feel Debbie Allen’s energy in every set up,” Mason said.

“And she is just dancing, she will breakout into dance, if someone plays anything, she will like ‘uh, let’s go, okay!’ And Ellen is such a dancer too,” Mason said. “That has been so lovely for me. I think everyone appreciates and loves it, but for me in particular I feel like I’m at the dance studio when I’m here. I feel comfortable to a degree that I’ve never felt on a set before [on a set].”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Here's How 'Grey's Anatomy' Addresses Social Issues That Matter

'Grey's Anatomy:' 30 Facts You Probably Didn't Know in Honor of Its 300th Episode (Photos)

'Grey's Anatomy' Star Caterina Scorsone Says Director James Toback Sexually Harassed Her

ABC Orders Additional 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Black-ish,' 'American Housewife' Episodes

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Can ‘CBS This Morning’ Survive Without Disgraced Co-Anchor Charlie Rose? https://www.thewrap.com/charlie-rose-fired-cbs-this-morning-survive/ https://www.thewrap.com/charlie-rose-fired-cbs-this-morning-survive/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:03:38 +0000 Tony Maglio and Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744309 Charlie Rose is out of a job and CBS News is down a household name — but the network seems more likely to absorb the fallout from the latest sexual harassment scandal to hit the media world.

Since CBS relaunched its weekday morning show with Rose and co-anchor Gayle King in 2011, ratings have soared 37 percent, from 2.63 million total viewers to 3.59 million this year. (Norah O’Donnell replaced holdover Erica Hill as the show’s third anchor in 2012.)

“CBS This Morning” still trails ABC’s “Good Morning America” (with 4.4 million total viewers) and NBC’s “Today” (with 4.26 million) — but both have lost eyeballs over the same time period. In the 2011-12 season, “GMA” had nearly 5.4 million viewers and “Today” a solid 5 million.

Industry watchers said the CBS show’s steady climb in ratings has as much to do with its more straitlaced approach to news as it does to its anchors, Rose included.

“The reason ‘CBS This Morning’ has made such advances in the ratings, I believe, is because of the decision to focus on serious news, as opposed to the lighter approach of the two other morning shows,” ABC News correspondent Judy Muller told TheWrap.

“Charlie Rose gave them a ‘senior correspondent’ serious image,” she added.

Thanks in part to his long tenure on air — including his popular eponymous interview show that ran on PBS since 1991 — Rose has enjoyed a good deal of personal popularity.

In TheWrap‘s 2014 study of Positive Q Scores — a metric of one’s likability used by the industry for casting and endorsement decisions — Rose ranked sixth of 16 morning show personalities. He outpaced both “GMA” anchor George Stephanopoulos and “Today” veteran Matt Lauer.

Still, the 75-year-old’s reputation was unlikely to survive after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct toward nearly a dozen women at both PBS and CBS News emerged this week. The news on Tuesday led CBS to fire him and PBS to cut ties with his production company, effectively canceling his interview show.

“Morning show audiences rely on the consistency and integrity of the hosts they come to trust and enjoy over a period of time,” Cathleen Londino, the author of “The Today Show: Transforming Morning Television,” told TheWrap.

“CBS is right to take a clean and immediate break from Rose. It allows the audience to then rally around the other talent, so they can continue to do the show without major disruption,” she added.

And while Rose was instrumental in branding “CBS This Morning” as the no-nonsense alternative to “Today” and “GMA,” his absence may not prove detrimental. “I don’t see much impact for the loss of Charlie Rose from the CBS morning show,” Joe Saltzman, journalism professor at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications, told TheWrap.

Insider said that the network’s swift action in firing Rose should benefit the show going forward. “As long as the audience has confidence in what appears to be the right action,” Londino said, “ratings may take an immediate but temporary dip and shouldn’t cause panic.”

And while the network last month promoted sometime morning replacement Jeff Glor to anchor “The CBS Evening News,” the division does have a deep bench of talent to draw upon.

“CBS has a strong stable of serious (and older) correspondents with great reporting chops,” said Muller, a veteran of the network herself.

Saltzman had another suggestion as well: “They might bring back someone the public trusts, perhaps even Dan Rather.”

Ryan Gajewski contributed to this report. 

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‘Megyn Kelly Today’ on Track to Deliver NBC’s Worst Sweeps Ratings Since 2000 https://www.thewrap.com/megyn-kelly-on-track-to-deliver-worst-november-sweeps-ratings-since-2000/ https://www.thewrap.com/megyn-kelly-on-track-to-deliver-worst-november-sweeps-ratings-since-2000/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:02:39 +0000 Jon Levine https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744752 It’s no secret that former Fox News host Megyn Kelly has been struggling in the ratings since transitioning to daytime television at NBC. New data from Nielsen, however, suggests the picture grimmer than most realize.

While the month isn’t over yet, Kelly is on track to deliver historically low numbers for the critical November sweeps period. In fact, if things stay where they are, Kelly will log the lowest sweeps numbers of any period since NBC’s “Today” franchise first claimed the 9 a.m. hour in 2000. And we’re not just talking about the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic or total viewers — we’re talking about both the key demo and overall audience members. The dismal ratings appraisal even holds up when looking at adults 18-49.

Numbers reported Monday, when analyzed by TheWrap, reveal that Kelly has averaged just 699,000 daily viewers month-to-date so far among the 25-54 year-old demographic. Among 18-49 year-olds, the numbers shrink further with just 548,000 average daily viewers. Overall, the show logged 2.296 million viewers on average. All three of those metrics represent steep declines and a continued gradual drop-off that has persisted for the nettlesome 9 a.m hour since it’s turn-of-the-century launch.

While the 7 and 8 a.m. hours were also down, the drop-off was not as significant as Kelly’s 9 a.m. slot.

Once known for her hard-charging prosecutorial style on Fox News, Kelly has attempted to share her softer side to daytime viewers on NBC. She has earned plaudits and ratings bumps for her segments on sexual harassment and assault victims, but otherwise there has been little else to celebrate.

The show has been regularly mocked since its launch in September for silly segments, or missteps from Kelly, who — for example — opened an interview with Jane Fonda in September with a question about her plastic surgery.

“We really want to talk about that right now?” snapped Fonda in an on-air rebuke.

The poor ratings have not only hit Kelly’s hour, but are also beginning to bleed into the rest of NBC’s lineup, including Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s show at 10 a.m.

“Comparing Kelly’s first two weeks versus the ‘Today’ show’s former 9 o’clock iteration over its final 10 episodes, ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ has declined an average of 10 percent among adults 25-54, which is the key demographic for news programming,” wrote TheWrap’s Tony Maglio last month. “When looking at the same two weeks from 2016, the falloff is worse: a 29 percent drop. The following hour — Kathie Lee and Hoda’s — is down 18 percent year over year.”

Representatives for Megyn Kelly declined to comment on this story. But here’s where we obligatorily point out that the host’s soft November has performed better than her lowly October, which was up from a lackluster late-September start.

So, there’s that.

Tony Maglio contributed to this report. 

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Hollywood Harassment Is a Gold Mine for Crisis PR Firms https://www.thewrap.com/weinstein-scandal-ushers-in-golden-age-of-crisis-pr/ https://www.thewrap.com/weinstein-scandal-ushers-in-golden-age-of-crisis-pr/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:56:25 +0000 Itay Hod https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744172 The post-Harvey Weinstein harassment and abuse accusations have created a boom for at least a few people in Hollywood: public reactions experts specializing in crisis management.

“We’ve seen an uptick of three times the volume in the past six weeks alone,” Evan Nierman, founder of crisis PR firm Red Banyan, told TheWrap. “I’ve signed four new clients just this past week.”

The reckoning around sexual misconduct has revived pain and trauma for victims, and cost many accused men their jobs and reputations. Crisis PR experts might be the only ones who come out ahead.

Most crisis PR firms bill on an hourly basis, according to Nierman, as it is hard to predict how the long the crisis will last and the amount of work required to quash it. Rates vary widely depending on the size of the firm and its location.

“I know of firms who charge $300 an hour and others that bill close to $850 an hour,” he said.

Susan Tellem, a partner with Tellem Grody PR, Inc. in Malibu, said her crisis management division has seen a whopping 70 percent uptick in sexual harassment inquiries since the Weinstein scandal broke.

“I’ve gotten more calls in the last month than I did in all of last year,” she said.

The stream of accusations is changing the way organizations are thinking about the issue of workplace sexual harassment, crisis mangers say. Some are rushing to hire crisis managers even before being hit with any accusations, just in case.

“There are so many of these cases, companies want to safeguard themselves from any future negative impact,” Lou Shapiro, a criminal defense attorney who specializes in crisis management, told TheWrap. “All my colleagues are being called into battle.”

Crisis managers specialize in containing negative publicity, as opposed to promoting an entity or project. Some firms are in such high demand that they are beefing up their staffs.

Red Banyon, for example, has hired another crisis manager within the last two weeks and is planning on hiring two more by the end of the year.

“We’re at a seminal time,” Nierman said. “This is one of those inflection points where the Weinstein scandal has evolved and has blown the lid off the topic and not just in Hollywood, but wherever there are men in positions of power. And all these people are lawyering up.”

But taking on cases is not without risk. Some accused men, including Brett Ratner, Louis C.K. and Kevin Spacey, lost their longtime publicists soon after allegations became public. And Lisa Bloom, an attorney known for championing women’s rights, severed her ties with Weinstein following an intense backlash.

Crisis managers have always been an integral part of the entertainment industry — and Washington, which has plenty of its own problems with sexual misconduct.

Judy Smith, one of the country’s most famous fixers, inspired ABC’s hit show “Scandal,” starring Kerry Washington. Sitrick and Company’s Sallie Hofmeister has become a well-known name as the spokeswoman for Harvey Weinstein. And attorney Marty Singer, who represents Ratner, among others, is well-known for his blustery threats to journalists.

Crisis mangers say the Weinstein scandal has underscored the importance of having an expert who is equipped to deal with negative press.

 

While the costs of crisis PR might sound astronomical, Nierman said they pale in comparison to the potential losses that can result from an ill-prepared response.

“People don’t like to pay premium,” he said. “But when they need help, they’re damn glad that they have it.”

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‘Aladdin’ 25th Anniversary: 15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/aladdin-25th-anniversary-facts-robin-williams-disney-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/aladdin-25th-anniversary-facts-robin-williams-disney-photos/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:23:25 +0000 Matt Hejl https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744175 Twenty-five years after its release, “Aladdin” still looms large as one of the defining animated films in cinema history.  The Wrap takes a look back at the classic as it approaches the quarter-century mark.

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https://www.thewrap.com/aladdin-25th-anniversary-facts-robin-williams-disney-photos/feed/ 0 Disney's "Aladdin" first flew into theaters on Nov. 25, 1992. Now, 25 years later, it still looms large as a defining animated film. TheWrap takes a look back at the classic as it celebrates the quarter-century mark.

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Disney's "Aladdin" first flew into theaters on Nov. 25, 1992. Now, 25 years later, it still looms large as a defining animated film. TheWrap takes a look back at the classic as it celebrates the quarter-century mark.

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Though based on the same-titled tale from "One Thousand and One Nights," "Aladdin" borrowed a number of elements from the 1940 fantasy adventure "The Thief of Baghdad." Examples include a princess on the run, a flying carpet, and an evil vizier named Jaffar.

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Though based on the same-titled tale from "One Thousand and One Nights," "Aladdin" borrowed a number of elements from the 1940 fantasy adventure "The Thief of Baghdad." Examples include a princess on the run, a flying carpet, and an evil vizier named Jaffar.

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Directors John Musker and Ron Clements were set on Robin Williams playing the Genie from the start, but Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg wasn't sure.  Forced to come up with alternatives, the directors reluctantly suggested Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, John Candy, Martin Short, Albert Brooks and John Goodman as potential replacements.

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Directors John Musker and Ron Clements were set on Robin Williams playing the Genie from the start, but Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg wasn't sure.  Forced to come up with alternatives, the directors reluctantly suggested Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, John Candy, Martin Short, Albert Brooks and John Goodman as potential replacements.

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According to several accounts given by filmmakers over the years, animators took audio of a Williams routine and paired it with early sketches of the Genie in order to convince exec Jeffrey Katzenberg and actor Robin Williams of the casting choice. Both men loved the result, and Williams promptly signed on for the role.

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According to several accounts given by filmmakers over the years, animators took audio of a Williams routine and paired it with early sketches of the Genie in order to convince exec Jeffrey Katzenberg and actor Robin Williams of the casting choice. Both men loved the result, and Williams promptly signed on for the role.

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Robin Williams pulled double duty as both the Genie and the merchant from the opening scene.  This was not meant to be a coincidence, as the merchant was meant to reveal himself as the Genie in disguise at the end. However, an ever-increasing movie length and a hard release date forced the directors to cut the scene.

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Robin Williams pulled double duty as both the Genie and the merchant from the opening scene.  This was not meant to be a coincidence, as the merchant was meant to reveal himself as the Genie in disguise at the end. However, an ever-increasing movie length and a hard release date forced the directors to cut the scene.

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Original sketches made Aladdin look boyish. Some filmmakers noted he even resembled Michael J. Fox in "Back to the Future."  Katzenberg, worried about how to sell Aladdin's masculinity, asked the animators to watch Tom Cruise movies as a reference point and redesign the character.

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Original sketches made Aladdin look boyish. Some filmmakers noted he even resembled Michael J. Fox in "Back to the Future."  Katzenberg, worried about how to sell Aladdin's masculinity, asked the animators to watch Tom Cruise movies as a reference point and redesign the character.

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Jasmine's appearance was based on actress Jennifer Connelly as well as the sister of one of the animators.

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Jasmine's appearance was based on actress Jennifer Connelly as well as the sister of one of the animators.

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Jafar was originally envisioned as a much more psychotic, dangerous character, while Iago was planned to be a British-voiced, calming influence. Once the directors decided to hire Gilbert Gottfried, however, the personalities were switched.

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Jafar was originally envisioned as a much more psychotic, dangerous character, while Iago was planned to be a British-voiced, calming influence. Once the directors decided to hire Gilbert Gottfried, however, the personalities were switched.

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Jonathan Freeman must love playing Jafar: He has voiced the character for "Return of Jafar," "Hercules," "House of Mouse" and the "Kingdom Hearts" series.  He also originated the part on Broadway in 2011.

 

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Jonathan Freeman must love playing Jafar: He has voiced the character for "Return of Jafar," "Hercules," "House of Mouse" and the "Kingdom Hearts" series.  He also originated the part on Broadway in 2011.

 

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Known for his improvisational skills, Robin Williams ad-libbed much of his performance. Even much of the opening merchant scene is improv: Jeffrey Katzenberg put a table full of props in the recording room and asked Williams to try and sell him the items.

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Known for his improvisational skills, Robin Williams ad-libbed much of his performance. Even much of the opening merchant scene is improv: Jeffrey Katzenberg put a table full of props in the recording room and asked Williams to try and sell him the items.

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While working on "Aladdin," Williams kept in touch with his "Hook" director Steven Spielberg, who was then filming "Schindler's List." On days when Spielberg was particularly depressed from the shoot, Williams would tell him jokes over the phone to cheer him up.

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While working on "Aladdin," Williams kept in touch with his "Hook" director Steven Spielberg, who was then filming "Schindler's List." On days when Spielberg was particularly depressed from the shoot, Williams would tell him jokes over the phone to cheer him up.

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Here's one you may not have picked up on yet: Every time Aladdin lies as Prince Abooboo ("Ababwa"), his prominent purple turban feather falls forward.

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Here's one you may not have picked up on yet: Every time Aladdin lies as Prince Abooboo ("Ababwa"), his prominent purple turban feather falls forward.

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Not shy about self-promotion, Disney animators managed to sneak in cameos of Beast, Sebastian and Pinocchio throughout the film.

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Not shy about self-promotion, Disney animators managed to sneak in cameos of Beast, Sebastian and Pinocchio throughout the film.

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Speaking of cameos, directors Musker and Clements were snuck into the film as the two men discussing "another suitor for the princess" while Aladdin watches.

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Speaking of cameos, directors Musker and Clements were snuck into the film as the two men discussing "another suitor for the princess" while Aladdin watches.

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In exchange for working for union scale, Robin Williams asked the studio to not use his image (nor the Genie's), his name nor his voice to sell the movie or merchandise so that the publicity wouldn't overshadow his pet project, "Toys." Disney reneged on the deal, and Williams refused to return for the direct-to-video sequel, "Return of Jafar."

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In exchange for working for union scale, Robin Williams asked the studio to not use his image (nor the Genie's), his name nor his voice to sell the movie or merchandise so that the publicity wouldn't overshadow his pet project, "Toys." Disney reneged on the deal, and Williams refused to return for the direct-to-video sequel, "Return of Jafar."

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When Joe Roth took over Walt Disney Studios for Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1994, he issued a public apology to Williams on behalf of the studio. Williams returned to Disney and voiced the Genie once again for "Aladdin and the King of Thieves."

 

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When Joe Roth took over Walt Disney Studios for Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1994, he issued a public apology to Williams on behalf of the studio. Williams returned to Disney and voiced the Genie once again for "Aladdin and the King of Thieves."

 

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Thanksgiving Viewing Guide 2017: What’s on TV (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/thanksgiving-viewing-guide-2017-whats-on-tv-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/thanksgiving-viewing-guide-2017-whats-on-tv-photos/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:58:42 +0000 Reid Nakamura https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744226 FX will air a family movie marathon on Thursday, including “Smurfs 2,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” and repeat airings of “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions” throughout the day (7 a.m. – 11 p.m.).

FXX will celebrate Thanksgiving holiday-themed “The Simpsons” marathon on Thursday evening (8 p.m. – 12 a.m.), followed by 12 back-to-back episodes of the CBS comedy “Mom” on Friday (12 – 6 p.m.).

AMC will have a “Godfather” Thanksgiving, airing the Francis Ford Coppola film trilogy throughout the day and into the early morning (9 a.m. Thursday – 6 a.m. Friday).

TBS will host some “Friends” for the holiday, airing the NBC sitcom’s Thanksgiving episodes back-to-back on Thursday (1 p.m. – 6 p.m.).

The annual spectacle of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC, hosted by “Today” trio Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.).

Following the parade, NBC will broadcast the 2017 National Dog Show, hosted this year by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia (12 p.m. – 2 p.m.).

A two-hour compilation of the best holiday sketches from “Saturday Night Live” will air on NBC on Wednesday night (9 p.m. – 11 p.m.).

VH1 will spend the long weekend marathoning throwback classics including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Coming to America,” “Pretty Woman,” “Grease,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Space Jam” and “Dazed and Confused” (6 a.m. Thursday – 8 p.m. Sunday).

As part of the run-up to its annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming block, Freeform will air all eight “Harry Potter” films on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (12:30 – 11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. – 12 a.m. Sunday).

Though not holiday themed, fans of “Star Trek” can catch a marathon of the original series, “Voyager” and “The Next Generation” on BBC America throughout the weekend (3 a.m. Thursday – 3 a.m. Sunday).

Starz will air all 10 episodes of “Outlander” Season 3 on Thursday, ahead of the new episode on Sunday night (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.).

MTV will air all five “Twilight” movies back-to-back on Saturday, bookended by the Oscar-nominated film “The Blind Side” (11 a.m. Saturday – 1 a.m. Sunday).

Football fans will be treated to three games on Thanksgiving day: Vikings @ Lions on Fox (12:30 p.m. ET), Chargers @ Cowboys on CBS (4:30 p.m. ET) and Giants @ Redskins on NBC ( 8:30 p.m. ET).

 

 

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From football to "Star Trek," viewers have a lot to choose from this holiday weekend.

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FX will air a family movie marathon on Thursday, including "Smurfs 2," "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" and repeat airings of "Despicable Me 2" and "Minions" throughout the day (7 a.m. - 11 p.m.).

 

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FX will air a family movie marathon on Thursday, including "Smurfs 2," "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" and repeat airings of "Despicable Me 2" and "Minions" throughout the day (7 a.m. - 11 p.m.).

 

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FXX will celebrate Thanksgiving holiday-themed "The Simpsons" marathon on Thursday evening (8 p.m. - 12 a.m.), followed by 12 back-to-back episodes of the CBS comedy "Mom" on Friday (12 - 6 p.m.).

 

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FXX will celebrate Thanksgiving holiday-themed "The Simpsons" marathon on Thursday evening (8 p.m. - 12 a.m.), followed by 12 back-to-back episodes of the CBS comedy "Mom" on Friday (12 - 6 p.m.).

 

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AMC will have a "Godfather" Thanksgiving, airing the Francis Ford Coppola film trilogy throughout the day and into the early morning (9 a.m. Thursday - 6 a.m. Friday).

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AMC will have a "Godfather" Thanksgiving, airing the Francis Ford Coppola film trilogy throughout the day and into the early morning (9 a.m. Thursday - 6 a.m. Friday).

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TBS will host some "Friends" for the holiday, airing the NBC sitcom's Thanksgiving episodes back-to-back on Thursday (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.).

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TBS will host some "Friends" for the holiday, airing the NBC sitcom's Thanksgiving episodes back-to-back on Thursday (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.).

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The annual spectacle of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC, hosted by "Today" trio Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.).

 

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The annual spectacle of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC, hosted by "Today" trio Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.).

 

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Following the parade, NBC will broadcast the 2017 National Dog Show, hosted this year by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.).

 

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Following the parade, NBC will broadcast the 2017 National Dog Show, hosted this year by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.).

 

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A two-hour compilation of the best holiday sketches from "Saturday Night Live" will air on NBC on Wednesday night (9 p.m. - 11 p.m.).

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A two-hour compilation of the best holiday sketches from "Saturday Night Live" will air on NBC on Wednesday night (9 p.m. - 11 p.m.).

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VH1 will spend the long weekend marathoning throwback classics including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Coming to America," "Pretty Woman," "Grease," "Dazed and Confused," "Space Jam" and "Dazed and Confused" (6 a.m. Thursday - 8 p.m. Sunday).

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VH1 will spend the long weekend marathoning throwback classics including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Coming to America," "Pretty Woman," "Grease," "Dazed and Confused," "Space Jam" and "Dazed and Confused" (6 a.m. Thursday - 8 p.m. Sunday).

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As part of the run-up to its annual "25 Days of Christmas" programming block, Freeform will air all eight "Harry Potter" films on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (12:30 - 11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. - 12 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. - 12 a.m. Sunday).

 

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As part of the run-up to its annual "25 Days of Christmas" programming block, Freeform will air all eight "Harry Potter" films on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (12:30 - 11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. - 12 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. - 12 a.m. Sunday).

 

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Though not holiday themed, fans of "Star Trek" can catch a marathon of the original series, "Voyager" and "The Next Generation" on BBC America throughout the weekend (3 a.m. Thursday - 3 a.m. Sunday).

 

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Though not holiday themed, fans of "Star Trek" can catch a marathon of the original series, "Voyager" and "The Next Generation" on BBC America throughout the weekend (3 a.m. Thursday - 3 a.m. Sunday).

 

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Starz will air all 10 episodes of "Outlander" Season 3 on Thursday, ahead of the new episode on Sunday night (11 a.m. - 9 p.m.).

 

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Starz will air all 10 episodes of "Outlander" Season 3 on Thursday, ahead of the new episode on Sunday night (11 a.m. - 9 p.m.).

 

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MTV will air all five "Twilight" movies back-to-back on Saturday, bookended by the Oscar-nominated film "The Blind Side" (11 a.m. Saturday - 1 a.m. Sunday).

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MTV will air all five "Twilight" movies back-to-back on Saturday, bookended by the Oscar-nominated film "The Blind Side" (11 a.m. Saturday - 1 a.m. Sunday).

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Football fans will be treated to three games on Thanksgiving day: Vikings @ Lions on Fox (12:30 p.m. ET), Chargers @ Cowboys on CBS (4:30 p.m. ET) and Giants @ Redskins on NBC ( 8:30 p.m. ET).

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Football fans will be treated to three games on Thanksgiving day: Vikings @ Lions on Fox (12:30 p.m. ET), Chargers @ Cowboys on CBS (4:30 p.m. ET) and Giants @ Redskins on NBC ( 8:30 p.m. ET).

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HBO Exec Who Fell at Emmys Sues TV Academy, City of Los Angeles https://www.thewrap.com/hbo-executive-nancy-lesser-sues-tv-academy/ https://www.thewrap.com/hbo-executive-nancy-lesser-sues-tv-academy/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:54:52 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744778 HBO executive vice president of media and talent Nancy Lesser filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Television Academy over a fall she suffered at the 2016 Emmy Awards.

Lesser says in the suit, which was filed in L.A. Superior Court, that adequate and safe exits were not set up for the Emmys at the Microsoft Theater. Her fall caused her to miss the HBO after-party and take an eight month leave to recover, according to the filing.

The suit names the Television Academy, the City of Los Angeles and Anshutz Entertainment as defendants in the case, stating the organizations should have known from past experience leaving the show would be “throng-like” for guests, “which would create extreme congestion and severely diminish any forward visibility and certainly diminish and preclude visibility of conditions that may exist on the walkway itself.”

The HBO exec said in the suit that because of “the fashion of the day” and women wearing high heels, the “entire walkway area should be properly illuminated to give the best visibility to all of the attendees and other persons using the walkway to which they were directed to go to the Governor’s Ball or the celebrity and limousine parking.”

Lesser described not being able to see a dirt cut-out in concrete when she tried to leave via a side exit to avoid the “throng” of people leaving by the red carpet. “These concrete cut-outs were with dirt and trees, the poor lighting of the area and the creation of a throng of people overloading the walkway that attendees were directed to were each a dangerous condition created by defendants and each by themselves, and together, caused the plaintiff’s accident to occur,” the lawsuit reads.

She ended up falling backwards and injuring her right hip, causing her to miss HBO’s large after-party, which she coordinated, according to the lawsuit. Lesser spent two weeks at Cedars-Sinai hospital and needed 24 hour care preventing her from her work at HBO, it went on to say.

Lesser is suing for negligence and is seeking upward of $1 million in damages to cover her medical costs.

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Jude Law Scores ‘Captain Marvel’ Male Lead Role https://www.thewrap.com/jude-law-captain-marvel-male-lead-role/ https://www.thewrap.com/jude-law-captain-marvel-male-lead-role/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:52:01 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744797 Jude Law is in negotiations to star as the male lead in “Captain Marvel” opposite Brie Larson, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing, while Kevin Feige is producing. Geneva Robertson-Dworet wrote the most recent draft of the script, with Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”) having written previous drafts with Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito and Stan Lee are executive producers.

Concrete details of Law’s role are unknown, although he will serve as a mentor to Carol Danvers (Larson).

“Captain Marvel” starring Larson is the studio’s first female superhero to get her own standalone movie and will be a prequel set before “Iron Man.” Samuel L. Jackson will also return as Nick Fury for the film — this time without the eyepatch because the film will be set in the 1990s (presumably before he lost use of his left eye). Ben Mendelsohn will play the villain in the film.

In April, Law was cast as Young Dumbledore in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” He was also recently cast in “The Rhythm Section,” Blake Lively’s female spy thriller. Other upcoming projects include “A Rainy Day in New York” and “Vox Lux.” His most recent credits include “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” and “Spy.”

He is represented by WME, 42West and Premier PR.

“Captain Marvel” is set for release on March 8, 2019.

Variety first reported the news.

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Why BTS, Carson Wentz and Jon Mero Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week https://www.thewrap.com/why-bts-carson-wentz-and-jon-mero-are-tvs-social-media-mvps-of-the-week/ https://www.thewrap.com/why-bts-carson-wentz-and-jon-mero-are-tvs-social-media-mvps-of-the-week/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:49:06 +0000 Fabric Media https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744769 See who were this week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters.

A South Korean boy band, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and a “Voice” singer 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 Nov.15-21 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

The seven-member BTS (also known as Bangtan Boys or Beyond The Scene) was the most-mentioned act during the 2017 American Music Awards, which aired on ABC and garnered a whopping 580,262 Emotional Reactions (ERs). While the overwhelming majority of comments about the group were supportive (and many were straight-up declarations of love), some viewers were, let’s just say … confused.




The Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys game broadcast on NBC was the sports programming with the most ERs (91,301) during the period measured, and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was the most-mentioned player. The Eagles continued their winning streak and triumphed over the Cowboys, with help from Wentz, who threw two touchdowns and three 2-point conversions. Fans applauded his abilities and professed their love — although, as always, there were some haters in the crowd.




This week’s episode of NBC’s “The Voice” (27,969 ERs) came down to a standoff between two Iowans: Jon Mero and Adam Cunningham. Both were given a chance to perform one song before viewers would “tweet to save” one of them. Mero performed “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5 while Cunningham did a rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son.” As the music faded and fans hit social media to vote, Cunningham emerged victorious in the head-to-head battle — but overall Mero captured more of the emotional conversation during the entire evening. In the end, a lot of viewers were definitely bummed to see Mero get sent home.




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Attention, Future Harveys: How to Write an Apology for Sexual Misconduct (Guest Blog) https://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-apology-sexual-harassment-misconduct-harvey-weinstein/ https://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-apology-sexual-harassment-misconduct-harvey-weinstein/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:35:22 +0000 Katherine Marsh https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744725 I am deeply sorry to hear that some women have felt disrespected by my actions.

I thought [insert: popping out of a shower naked, sticking my tongue down their throats, wanking off in front of them, grabbing their bottoms] was mutual and fun for all.

I have since learned I was the only one who enjoyed it.

I have also since learned that I have [insert: a drinking problem, a sex addiction problem, restless hands syndrome, a trigger d-ck].

I have therefore decided to seek [insert: therapy, David Boies, the presidency of the United States of America].

I take full responsibility for my insensitive behavior even though [insert: not all of the published accounts are true, I am a national treasure, the accounts reported represent a mere sampling of my smooth moves].

I have always respected [insert: more powerful women, menopausal women, my mom].

Therefore, I am eager to be part of [insert: a public conversation, a mentoring program for high school girls, a new multimedia company made up of men like me and a few aspiring actresses who think they’re auditioning for “Mad Men”].

Thank you.

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Inside ‘The Florida Project’ and Its 7-Year-Old Secret Weapon in the Oscar Race (Exclusive Video) https://www.thewrap.com/brooklynn-prince-florida-project-oscar-race/ https://www.thewrap.com/brooklynn-prince-florida-project-oscar-race/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:30:26 +0000 Matt Donnelly https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1740946

This story about Brooklynn Prince and “The Florida Project” first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Given that the simplest is usually the best, 7-year-old actress Brooklynn Prince has the perfect synopsis for her movie “The Florida Project” and the character she plays. “Moonee is a girl who lives in a motel,” she said. “She is struggling with her mom and getting into all kinds of trouble, but has lots of adventures.”

Her assessment checks out and then some in Sean Baker’s profound and bittersweet drama. Like the mischievous children who inhabit its world, the film has been jumping and twirling toward the Best Picture race since it premiered in the Director’s Fortnight program at Cannes in May.

Distributor A24 also returns to awards season after a triumphant Best Picture win for “Moonlight” last year, with this naturalistic look at the hidden homeless epidemic.

In “The Florida Project,” hundreds of families get by week to week huddled in dingy pastel structures nestled in the shadow of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Theme parks made Disney a reported $4.38 billion last year, but the residents of these fringe communities sell perfume on the street, work double shifts at diners and do more debasing things to make ends meet — all while their pack of children look for cheap amusement, almost always unattended.

Photographed by Elisabeth Caren for TheWrap

When Moonee can be found at her lavender-colored motel, the Magic Castle, Prince’s young imp answers to her mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite). Halley is an outspoken young woman who shifts instantly between rough-edged charm and acidic vulgarity.

Keeping watch over them and the other residents is Bobby (Willem Dafoe), a weary hotel manager who keeps the trains running as best he can for tenants living in the margins of life.

“When we got there to Florida, I set out for some kind of model, so I did fairly traditional research,” Dafoe recalled of the two weeks he had for prep before shooting began in 2016. “I met with people who had his kind of job and found one in particular who gave me certain hints about what kind of person has this job and where they may have come from. These guys have a terrific amount of pride in what they do, and there’s a root there for compassion.”

The trick, he found, was trying to strike a balance. “They have to press people for rent, keep things going, keep things in order. At the same time, they accept these people as members of a community.”

Indeed, Dafoe’s Bobby is always toiling. The vending machines are broken, the paint is chipping, only one of the three washing machines works, anther circuit breaker has blown …

These are the chores he navigates while pleasing an impatient owner, demanding rent payments and herding the unattended children out of his path. “He’s basically a paycheck away from being in their position,” Dafoe said. “It reminded me of the relationship between the people behind bars and the guards in a prison. The line is very thin, and they start to develop very interesting relationships. It’s a codependency that his happiness depends on their happiness.”

The Magic Castle can be an unmagical place: drug deals, prostitution, vice and domestic disputes run rampant in the halls. It’s not unfamiliar territory for Baker, who made waves with “Tangerine,” his award-winning 2015 drama about a night in the lives of transgender sex workers in Hollywood that was partially shot on iPhone.

Baker, a 46-year-old white male who grew up in suburban New Jersey, has a clear talent for relaying essential truths about underrepresented people. But in recent years, Hollywood has become increasingly sensitive to the importance of achieving diversity both in front of and behind the camera.

“This has become a major issue of late, especially in the age of think pieces,” said Baker. “Ownership over certain subjects, people who maybe come from places of more privilege than others and whether they should be allowed to tell [these] stories. This is something that, obviously, I struggle with all the time.

“The only thing we can do is take the most ethical approach possible,” he continued. “I’m not trying to be the voice in any shape or form. I’m simply trying to amplify the voice. We have to do it in a very responsible and respectful way.

“We have to consult with the communities we’re focusing on, we have to get approval over everything. Having them sign off on things like the script is extremely important.”

The director, in stark contrast to his disarming boyish quality, got fiery at the notion he would use communities like the one he depicts at Magic Castle for personal gain. “This isn’t a way of cashing in on a subject that can be exploited,” he said. “These [movies] aren’t calling cards to Hollywood.

“I’m not trying to get the next Marvel film by doing this. I’ve reached the age where I’ve realized I’m lucky enough to have this platform, and I want to use it for the right purposes.”

Dafoe praised his director as unsanctimonious, saying he was “very good at mixing the real elements with invented elements. It shows you the way. It’s not like you’re wagging your finger and telling people how things are. You’re letting them happen organically.”

For her research, first-time actress Vinaite spoke to real women living in the rundown motels for a deeper understanding of their lives and circumstances. “As much as they were struggling, they were really kind of happy,” she said. “It put things into perspective for me. It made me realize that the things I stress out about are not terrible …. It opened my eyes and made me really understand [my character] as a person.”

Baker was anxious to avoid the overly earnest formula often used by movies on similar subjects. “One of the traps of a lot of these types of movies is they go down the road of everything being incredibly melodramatic,” he said. “There’s not one ounce of humor, everybody is sanctified and you get to a place where they’re not based in truth. You need to show how people get by — that some joy exists.”

A great deal of that joy is represented in Prince’s young character, whose backyard is a bustling series of motels and novelty gift shops. A spitting contest on the windshield of a car offers little kids the chance to have bragging rights throughout the halls.

The ornate, daily fireworks display over nearby Disney World looks no less majestic from the adjacent golf course her family breaks into to watch for a special occasion.

“If people could walk away and be less judgmental of others in situations they don’t necessarily understand, it would be amazing,” Vinaite said of the Halleys and Moonees of the world.

“We all judge people … It was eye-opening to be nicer and care more about people you might not normally pay attention to.”

One detail Baker was insistent on was zero exposure for his child actors to the very adult problems depicted in the film. Moonee encounters an older male predator, commits a pretty serious crime with her cohorts Scooty (Christopher Rivera) and a new neighbor named Jancy (Valeria Cotto) and lives in uncomfortable proximity to prostitution. 

“Brooklynn knew it was adult content, but we kept her in the dark about that stuff,” Baker said.

Another hurdle for the stars and families: “Profanity,” Baker said. “Early on, we said, ‘We love your children. We’d be honored to have them in our film, but please understand not only will they hear profanity, they will be uttering profanity.'”

The film is no less impactful in its sadness because the kids aren’t in on the heavy stuff. A final sequence that sees a visit from the police and child service officers effectively breaks the illusion that life in the motel is sustainable for an unsupervised child (or her struggling mother, for that matter).

But the biggest problem Prince and her director faced was a conflict over something very close to the pint-sized actor’s heart: ice cream. There are numerous sequences where Moonee and her pals hustle change from tourists so they can share big, dripping ice cream cones on the hot sidewalk or, to Bobby’s chagrin, on the pleather couches of the Magic Castle lobby.

Photographed by Elisabeth Caren for TheWrap

“We were using regular ice cream and, about a week in, we realized not only were they crashing, they were gaining weight,” said Baker. “By the end of the 35 days they were not going to fit in their costumes.”

“They switched to sugar-free ice cream,” said Prince, who was not happy about the change. She immediately went to her director, demanding, “Sean! How dare you! I need my daily calcium!”

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Netflix Won’t Partner With The Weinstein Company on Upcoming Awards Parties https://www.thewrap.com/netflix-wont-host-golden-globes-party-weinstein-company/ https://www.thewrap.com/netflix-wont-host-golden-globes-party-weinstein-company/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:17:57 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744758 In case you were wondering, Netflix won’t be partying with The Weinstein Company at the Golden Globes next year — or any upcoming awards gatherings.

The streaming service, which has co-hosted a bash for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s big night with TWC for the last three years, said Wednesday that it will be going solo on all future celebratory occasions.

“We have no plans to partner with other studios for upcoming events,” a Netflix spokesperson told TheWrap on Wednesday.

The Golden Globes party has emerged as the most public partnership between the two companies.

Netflix’s decision follows the revelations about TWC co-founder Harvey Weinstein, who was fired last month after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment and assault — charges that he has publicly denied.

TheWrap reached out to TWC for comment on Netflix’s statement, but the company did not respond by time of publication.

The indie distributor, now run by co-founder Bob Weinstein, has pulled all the releases from the rest of its 2017 slate, including awards-bait projects like the historical drama “The Current War” and also returned Taylor Sheridan’s acclaimed summer release “Wind River” to its producers.

When asked last month if Netflix would be interested in buying TWC, CEO Reed Hastings said, “It would be extremely unlikely for us to be a bidder for the firm.”

The news was first reported by Variety.

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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Film Review: Senses Working Overtime in Lush Summer Romance https://www.thewrap.com/call-me-by-your-name-film-review-timothee-chalamet-armie-hammer/ https://www.thewrap.com/call-me-by-your-name-film-review-timothee-chalamet-armie-hammer/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:15:46 +0000 Alonso Duralde https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744751 Director Luca Guadagnino makes sensual epics in every definition of the adjective. In his previous films “I Am Love” and “A Bigger Splash,” he makes movies that audiences don’t merely see and hear; these are experiences to be touched, felt, even smelled. His characters exist in a specific natural context, and he conveys their reactions to their surroundings.

His latest feature, the masterful “Call Me by Your Name,” ups the ante on Guadagnino’s sensuality. We can feel the grass under bare feet, smell lake water and perspiration on exposed skin, and taste the fresh apricots. (And yes, the peaches — there’s a scene involving the fuzzy fruit that takes the eroticization of the grapefruit in “Girls Trip” to a whole new level.)

As always with the director’s work, the tactile and olfactory elements of the film never overpower the story, but instead support the characterizations; he makes us privy to awakenings of mind, body and spirit and to the dizzying rush of new love and sexual discovery.

Experiencing all those feelings is 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet, “Miss Stevens,” “Lady Bird”), a musical prodigy spending the summer in northern Italy with his father, Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg), and mother Annella (Amira Casar, “Versailles”), a translator. Every summer, a grad-student intern comes to live with them and to work with the professor, and this year it’s 24-year-old Oliver (Armie Hammer).

Elio is both drawn to and taken aback by this newcomer: he’s tall and handsome (and somewhat awkward in his movements — this film has already inspired the “Armie Hammer Dancing” gif meme), he’s a blond preppy (but like the Perlmans, he’s Jewish, sporting a Star of David pendant), and his seeming insouciance (he ends every encounter with a breezy “Later”) might well be a constructed façade. The teenager is fascinated, annoyed, obsessed.

Guadagnino and legendary screenwriter James Ivory (adapting the novel by André Aciman, who turns in a cameo here) are in no hurry to bring these guys together. The director’s go-to editor, Walter Fasano, lets scenes play out in long, uninterrupted takes, capturing the feeling of those glorious summer days that seem to stretch out into eternity. That summer feeling emerges from scene to scene as well, as the days occasionally blur together, leaving us to look at Elio’s T-shirts for an indication of whether or not the film has moved forward in time.

Cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”) gives us all the sunlight-rippling-off-rivers we could ever want for a film set during an Italian summer, but he also throws in some experimental flashes of light and shadow and polarization to portray the shifting sense of memory; this is the kind of love story that inspires reminiscence and nostalgia even as it’s still unfolding.

A romance does, of course, travel on the weight of the lovers, and Chalamet and Hammer both give extraordinary, intricate performances as two people unsure about themselves and each other who eventually discover their truest selves in each other’s presence. When Oliver suggests the exchange that gives the film its title, it illustrates that deep passion by which two lovers can be together and lose track of where one begins and one ends.

As we enter into award season, there are many performances that will stand out because of their bombast or because of the actor’s physical transformation, but the extended take on Chalamet’s face under the closing credits of “Call Me By Your Name” offers some of the most delicate yet heart-achingly moving work anyone has ever done on screen. (It immediately enters the Close-Up Hall of Fame.) Hammer, meanwhile, has never been this open or empathetic on-screen, and Stuhlbarg and Casar both register understated moments in which these worldly and wise parents acknowledge what’s happening in their son’s life.

First love is as much about hesitancy as it is about exuberance – maybe even more so – and Ivory and Guadagnino perfectly capture that sweet turmoil, aided by a gifted ensemble. This isn’t just an instant LGBT classic; this is one of the great movie love stories, for audiences of all stripes.

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Oscars 2018 Party Report: Contenders From Emma Stone to Jake Gyllenhaal Hit the Scene (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-2018-party-report-contenders-emma-stone-jake-gyllenhaal-photos/ https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-2018-party-report-contenders-emma-stone-jake-gyllenhaal-photos/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:20 +0000 Mikey Glazer https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744310 The dean of Hollywood declares this Awards Season…open! Academy governor Steven Spielberg toasted the Governors Awards at Hollywood and Highland on November 11.After their peek-a-boo moment on the carpet (above), Best Actress winners Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence brought Greta Gerwig in to the mix at the Governors Awards, inside the Ray Dolby Ballroom.

That’s the same place where the Governors Ball will take place immediately after the March 4 ceremony.

Team “Lady Bird” get up close to Oscar: Director Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Levy and Nick Houy made a necessary pit stop on the way in to screening the film at the Academy’s New York HQ.

The Post’s Meryl Streep and Tom Brokaw deliver hard news gravitas to awards season.

They linked up at the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Awards in Manhattan.Behold this lineup of indie contenders: Margot Robbie, Kumail Nanjiani, Lois Smith, Diane Kruger, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek, Robert Pattinson, and Sean Baker.

They huddled at the Roosevelt as part of AFI Fest 2017 presented by Audi.Justin Timberlake (“Wonderwheel”) and annual songwriting contender Diane Warren. When The Party Report caught up with Warren at the Globes bash and asked for a new music recommendation on Spotify, she cheekily offered “Stand Up For Something.”

That’s the song she wrote for “Marshall,” performed by Common and Andra Day.No mistletoe required: Wonder Wheel’s Kate Winslet and I, Tonya’s Allison Janney share a podium moment at the Beverly Hilton.Speaking of love being in the air.

The “Call Me By Your Name” guys (Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer) flank the new Golden Globe Ambassador, Simone Garcia Johnson. She’s The Rock’s 16-year-old daughter.Director Joe Wright (center) and lead Gary Oldman (right) dig in to the archives at the National Churchill Library in Washington D.C., an epilogue to Oldman’s work as Winston Churchill in Wright’s “Darkest Hour”.

Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos threw the big Governors Awards after party at the Sunset Tower on November 11.

Joining the host, from left, are Michael Mann, Kimberly Peirce, and Alfonso Cuaron.Scott Keogh, team “Mudbound” (Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, and Dee Rees), Scott Stuber and Bob Gazzale at Netflix’s AFI opening night dinner.

Throughout AFI, the festival’s title sponsor Audi  curated an installation in the lobby of the Roosevelt.

It featured an AFI-produced PSA featuring women in film and spotlights the Audi Fellowship for Women, which was created earlier this year to support one female director and her entire two-year AFI Conservatory enrollment.

The Golden Globes already threw a big bash where both TV and film contenders mingled on the rooftop at Catch. Take a look inside:

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Awards Season is open! Academy governor Steven Spielberg toasted the Governors Awards at Hollywood and Highland on Nov. 11 (seen here). It's just one highlight from TheWrap's tour of Hollywood hobnobbing as stars gear up for Golden Globes glamour and Oscar statuettes.

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After their peek-a-boo moment on the carpet (above), Best Actress Oscar winners Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence brought Greta Gerwig in to the mix at the Governors Awards, inside the Ray Dolby Ballroom. That's the same place where the Governors Ball will take place immediately after the March 4 Academy Awards ceremony.

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After their peek-a-boo moment on the carpet (above), Best Actress Oscar winners Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence brought Greta Gerwig in to the mix at the Governors Awards, inside the Ray Dolby Ballroom. That's the same place where the Governors Ball will take place immediately after the March 4 Academy Awards ceremony.

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Gerwig and her "Lady Bird" filmmakers get up close to Oscar: Saoirse Ronan, Sam Levy and Nick Houy made a necessary pit stop on the way in to screening the film at the Academy's New York headquarters.

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Gerwig and her "Lady Bird" filmmakers get up close to Oscar: Saoirse Ronan, Sam Levy and Nick Houy made a necessary pit stop on the way in to screening the film at the Academy's New York headquarters.

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"The Post’s" Meryl Streep and Tom Brokaw deliver hard news gravitas to awards season. They linked up at the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Awards in Manhattan.

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"The Post’s" Meryl Streep and Tom Brokaw deliver hard news gravitas to awards season. They linked up at the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Awards in Manhattan.

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Behold this lineup of indie contenders: Margot Robbie, Kumail Nanjiani, Lois Smith, Diane Kruger, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek, Robert Pattinson, and Sean Baker. They huddled at the Roosevelt in Hollywood as part of AFI Fest 2017 presented by Audi.

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Behold this lineup of indie contenders: Margot Robbie, Kumail Nanjiani, Lois Smith, Diane Kruger, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek, Robert Pattinson, and Sean Baker. They huddled at the Roosevelt in Hollywood as part of AFI Fest 2017 presented by Audi.

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Justin Timberlake ("Wonderwheel") and annual songwriting contender Diane Warren at Hollywood and Highland. When The Party Report caught up with Warren at a recent Golden Globes party and asked for a new music recommendation, she cheekily offered "Stand Up For Something." That's the song she wrote for "Marshall," performed by Common and Andra Day.

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Justin Timberlake ("Wonderwheel") and annual songwriting contender Diane Warren at Hollywood and Highland. When The Party Report caught up with Warren at a recent Golden Globes party and asked for a new music recommendation, she cheekily offered "Stand Up For Something." That's the song she wrote for "Marshall," performed by Common and Andra Day.

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No mistletoe required: "Wonder Wheel’s" Kate Winslet and "I, Tonya’s" Allison Janney share a podium moment at the Beverly Hilton.

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No mistletoe required: "Wonder Wheel’s" Kate Winslet and "I, Tonya’s" Allison Janney share a podium moment at the Beverly Hilton.

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Speaking of love being in the air. The "Call Me By Your Name" guys (Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer) flank the new Golden Globe Ambassador, Simone Garcia Johnson. She's The Rock's 16-year-old daughter.

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Speaking of love being in the air. The "Call Me By Your Name" guys (Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer) flank the new Golden Globe Ambassador, Simone Garcia Johnson. She's The Rock's 16-year-old daughter.

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Director Joe Wright (center) and lead Gary Oldman (right) dig in to the archives at the National Churchill Library in Washington D.C., an epilogue to Oldman's work as Winston Churchill in Wright's "Darkest Hour."

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Director Joe Wright (center) and lead Gary Oldman (right) dig in to the archives at the National Churchill Library in Washington D.C., an epilogue to Oldman's work as Winston Churchill in Wright's "Darkest Hour."

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Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos threw the key Governors Awards after-party at the Sunset Tower. Joining the host, from left, are directors Michael Mann, Kimberly Peirce and Alfonso Cuaron.

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Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos threw the key Governors Awards after-party at the Sunset Tower. Joining the host, from left, are directors Michael Mann, Kimberly Peirce and Alfonso Cuaron.

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Scott Keogh, team "Mudbound" (Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, and Dee Rees), Scott Stuber and Bob Gazzale pose at Netflix's AFI opening night dinner at the Roosevelt.

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Scott Keogh, team "Mudbound" (Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, and Dee Rees), Scott Stuber and Bob Gazzale pose at Netflix's AFI opening night dinner at the Roosevelt.

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Throughout AFI, the festival's title sponsor Audi curated an installation in the lobby of the Roosevelt. It featured an AFI-produced PSA featuring women in film and spotlights the Audi Fellowship for Women, which was created earlier this year to support one female director and her entire two-year AFI Conservatory enrollment.

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Throughout AFI, the festival's title sponsor Audi curated an installation in the lobby of the Roosevelt. It featured an AFI-produced PSA featuring women in film and spotlights the Audi Fellowship for Women, which was created earlier this year to support one female director and her entire two-year AFI Conservatory enrollment.

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The Golden Globes already threw a big bash where both TV and film contenders -- including Jake Gyllenhaal -- mingled on the rooftop at Catch. Take a look inside:

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The Golden Globes already threw a big bash where both TV and film contenders -- including Jake Gyllenhaal -- mingled on the rooftop at Catch. Take a look inside:

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Facebook to Launch Tool to Check for Russian Trolls on Your ‘Liked’ Pages https://www.thewrap.com/facebook-check-russia-trolls-tool/ https://www.thewrap.com/facebook-check-russia-trolls-tool/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:11:15 +0000 Sean Burch https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744708 Here’s something you can warn your eccentric uncle about this Thanksgiving: Russian trolls invading his Facebook page.

The social media behemoth is building a tool that will let users check to see if the pages they “like” are connected to nefarious, Russia-based users.

The social network announced on Wednesday the tool would highlight which pages were associated with the Russian Internet Research Agency — a Kremlin-tied organization that specializes in spreading disinformation. The IRA was instrumental in Russia’s leveraging of Facebook to meddle in the 2016 election; one IRA social advertisement showed Jesus and Satan arm wrestling, with Satan saying, “If I win Clinton wins!” (how creative).

“This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy,” said the Facebook blog post on the tool. “It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 US election.”

Facebook said the tool would be available by the end of 2017. Available from the Facebook Help Center, it’ll also show Instagram accounts that were run by the IRA.

Facebook will soon let you check which pages you “like” are backed by Russian trolls

Earlier this month, Facebook General Counsel Collin Stretch told congressional investigators 146 million Americans saw Russian ads before and after the 2016 election. The IRA pumped out 80,000 pieces of content across Facebook and Instagram — a stark jump from the 3,000 Facebook had initially claimed. It appears Facebook’s IRA-checking tool won’t show ads that were paid for by the IRA.

 

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Let’s Try to Piece Together What Zack Snyder’s Version of ‘Justice League’ Was Like https://www.thewrap.com/lets-try-to-piece-together-what-zack-snyders-version-of-justice-league-was-like/ https://www.thewrap.com/lets-try-to-piece-together-what-zack-snyders-version-of-justice-league-was-like/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:51:00 +0000 Phil Owen and Phil Hornshaw https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1742985 (Major spoilers ahead for the actual version of “Justice League,” even as we make some educated guesses about what the movie might have been.)

It’s no secret that “Justice League” is a movie that underwent a lot of changes during its production — credited director Zack Snyder exited the movie early this year and Joss Whedon oversaw reshoots that went on for so long that Henry Cavill had to shoot a bunch of scenes as Superman with a mustache that he grew for another movie. And the changes were so obviously massive that some fans, after seeing it, are demanding that Warner Bros release Snyder’s cut for comparison.

Watching “Justice League” with the idea in mind that Whedon probably rejiggered the plot significantly is illuminating, if you know what to look for. There are definitely remnants of Zack Snyder’s vision all over the thing, some of which come into even clearer view after revisiting “Batman v Superman,” which I did this week after seeing “Justice League,” and also taking a look at the scenes from the trailers that didn’t make it into the movie.

So I think at this point, we’re more than able to look at all these pieces and figure out what Snyder was going for before Whedon took the reins.

Let’s start by taking a look at several items that I believe are key Snyder leftovers.

-The opening credits montage, in which the world is in moral disarray because Superman died. The rest of the movie does not play on that theme at all, and there’s no complementary montage of people being good again now that Superman has been resurrected. That tells me that such a montage was never put together, which is important.

-Similarly, an early action sequence in which Wonder Woman foils a plot by reactionary white suicide bomber terrorists to blow up a large chunk of London in hopes of triggering a new Dark Age. Their ideology seems very important, given that the movie actually takes the time to have them explain it, but whatever was going on there is never followed up.

-Pretty much everything with Steppenwolf. At one point he screams “For Darkseid!” Another time he mentions that he’s trying to take the Earth in order to “end my exile,” indicating he is not simply operating on his own. But when the story of Steppenwolf is presented in a lengthy flashback sequence, the narration presents Steppenwolf as acting purely out of greed — he just goes around to various planets and uses the Mother Boxes to turn them into visions of his crappy homeworld, just because he likes doing it. Likewise, Steppenwolf regularly teleports to various places on Earth using some kind of energy tube that seemingly leads to space — but the movie gives no indication of where those tubes lead, and none of the characters even bother to wonder about it. And in the comics, the flying parademons who show up all over “Justice League” work for Darkseid, not Steppenwolf.

-When the League resurrects Superman. This whole thing probably went very differently originally. None of them consider the possibility that using the Mother Box would draw Steppenwolf to them, even though it’s extremely obvious to the audience that it would do just that because that’s a storytelling cliche — and when he does come for the box, it’s so slight a moment that it had to have been a recontextualization of the entire resurrection sequence. There’s a bit from one of the trailers that didn’t make the final cut in which Cyborg, near the alien ship in Metropolis in which they bring Superman back, protects a police officer from an exploding tank that’s flying toward him. The whole Superman resurrection, in which he briefly acts aggressively toward the League before being calmed by Lois, appears to have gone very differently in Snyder’s version.

-Relatedly, the March trailer shows one of the Mother Boxes as just sitting in the corner of Cyborg’s apartment that he shares with his dad. The trailer presents a shot of the box waking up during the scene in the movie where a parademon kidnaps Cyborg’s dad. That of course could have been a deceptive cut (trailers for movies of all types regularly feature unrelated scenes cut together), but even so, the finished movie never shows that the Mother Box is just in their apartment. To the contrary, Cyborg acts like it’s safely hidden away in some other secret location. That could explain why when the box is used in the finished film to resurrect Superman, Cyborg shows up with no explanation for where it was — given the patchwork weirdness around Superman’s resurrection and the seemingly related deleted scene I discussed in my previous point, this is compelling evidence that the Mother Box was not used in Superman’s resurrection. Given that the parademon actually does break into Cyborg’s apartment and kidnap his dad in search of the box, I’m inclined to believe that scene originally went how the trailer presents it.

-It’s also important to note that the scenes in which Superman’s mouth has that CGI weirdness going on are not scenes that Snyder filmed, because he did not participate in the reshoots. The key scene, story-wise, is the part in which he and Lois are hanging out in the field near the Kent farmhouse immediately after his resurrection. That bit being something they filmed in reshoots is further evidence that Superman’s resurrection was supposed to go very differently.

-Lastly, there are items in “Batman v Superman” clearly intended to set up a very specific plot thread that never came to be — and those items are not referenced in “Justice League” at all. I’m talking about Bruce Wayne’s nightmare of an apocalyptic future in which Superman is evil, and the subsequent visit from what seems to be a time-traveling Flash warning Bruce about what Superman will become should Lois Lane be killed.

Bruce’s nightmare, or Knightmare, shows a ravaged landscape covered in parademons, those winged baddies who are the main foes for the Justice League in “Justice League.” There’s also another type of foe shown, however: what appear to be human soldiers fighting alongside the parademons whose armor is adorned with Superman’s logo.  There’s a shot in one of the “Justice League” trailers which didn’t make the final cut, in which the Flash fights what looks like one of those human soldiers — but in the finished version of “Justice League” there are no human enemies, just Steppenwolf and the winged parademons.

What those items add up to, in my mind, is a plot that is far less straightforward than the one in the finished film, which focuses far more on Superman.

Here’s what I’m thinking: In the early going of “Justice League,” Steppenwolf was not yet a factor, and instead the main plot thrust revolved around a quest to bring Superman back. Batman and friends do know some kind of cosmic horror is on the way — that’s pretty firmly established at the end of “Batman v Superman.” But instead of the movie starting with said horror already on Earth, Batman and Wonder Woman are simply trying to prepare for it.

So they set out to assemble a team — another thing set up in “Batman v Superman — and at least some of that order of events is the same as in the finished movie as it was in Snyder’s version, considering that we saw some of those same recruitment scenes way back in the 2016 Comic-Con trailer. Bruce demonstrates a weird lack of urgency when he meets with Aquaman and the Flash in the movie, even though the final version of the story features a very compressed timeline. They literally have just a couple days to deal with Steppenwolf before he brings the apocalypse, but you certainly would never guess, given how casual Bruce’s pitch was to them.

So they at some point assemble the team and resurrect Superman inside the Kryptonian scout ship in Metropolis by some means –the Mother Box may not have been necessary given that the Kryptonians used that pool of amniotic fluid to make babies. After they bring Superman back, he goes crazy in the same way he does in the finished film, but his fight against the Justice League goes on much longer and doesn’t end with him reverting to normal. The government even gets involved, bringing tanks into the fight that Superman of course easily handles. However it ends, Superman does not go visit Kansas with Lois afterward, because that scene in the movie was a reshoot addition.

It’s possible that Lois shows up to try to calm him down and she is killed in the chaos (or something happens that somehow makes him think she’s killed), and it’s likely that Superman continues to be not quite right the rest of the movie and becomes the threat that Batman feared and which the Flash warned him about in “Batman v Superman.”

It would be a very Snyder-esque payoff to the the themes set up in the early goings — the idea that Superman was a beacon who gave the people of Earth a moral center, and whose death threw everyone into disarray. They bring him back but he no longer functions as that beacon of goodness, which in turn makes the moral situation on Earth that much murkier. It would make sense, too, that even an angry Superman would amass followers willing to fight, for him as we saw in Batman’s nightmare.

The timing of Steppenwolf’s move to the forefront of the plot is uncertain as I see it. If the League had to use Cyborg’s Mother Box to bring back Superman, then Steppenwolf would have probably made his big arrival afterward, possibly at the conclusion of the fight against Superman in Metropolis. If the Mother Box wasn’t  used in the resurrection, then figuring out Steppenwolf’s timing is tough.

But the start of Steppenwolf’s contribution to the plot of “Justice League” isn’t as important as what he’s doing and what happens to him — and the deal with Steppenwolf was pretty common knowledge before Whedon reworked the plot. First and foremost there: Steppenwolf is not working for his own gain, but is instead operating on the behalf of Darkseid, one of DC Comics’ biggest baddies. Darkseid himself wouldn’t have shown up in this movie, or if he did it would have been a quick appearance right at the end.

You’ll recall that the plan was for “Justice League” to be two movies, with the one we just watched being Part 1. Darkseid would have been the villain in Part 2. The finished movie, though, is not setting up Darkseid’s arrival in Part 2 because Part 2 is no longer on the schedule — and the current plan for the next hypothetical “Justice League” movie is for the League to battle a coalition of Earth-based supervillains. The lone surviving mention of Darkseid is pretty curious, then, because it doesn’t make any sense in the context of the movie as it exists now. It’s either an oversight, or just left in because Darkseid definitely will show up in the DCEU at some point, so long as they keep it going.

Either way, knowing that Steppenwolf was just supposed to function as setup for Darkseid’s arrival in “Justice League Part 2” is important to figuring out the rest of what was changed in the finished movie. Specifically, how the final battle is different. There’s a couple parts to this so let’s get going.

-Here’s the same shot from two different trailers. The first is from this year’s Comic-Con trailer, and the second is from the “Heroes” trailer released in October.

This one is from the trailer released in March of this year:

And here’s the reworked version of the shot from the more recent trailer that ended up being how it looked in the movie.

At first I assumed that Warner Bros and Whedon had simply changed up the color palette of the final battle — there are several other shots that are in both of those trailers with the same palette swap, and of course in the finished movie they stuck with the red hue.  But then I noticed that the trailer that was released for this year’s Comic-Con contains shots from the final battle that are inconsistent — a couple have the old, black palette, and some have the new red palette. And even that very recent Heroes trailer has at least one final battle shot with the old palette.

That March trailer and this year’s Comic-Con trailer features shots of an entire key location that didn’t make the cut — a place that looks like it could be a spaceship. We see Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Aquaman pop up in that space with the below hero shot that is also conspicuously absent.

That shot I believe is set in the same location as this other unused shot from the Comic-Con 2017 trailer. See here:

This is obviously some kind of bad guy lair, given that it’s full of parademons. In the center there you can see Steppenwolf and a glowing object that I’d bet was the combined Mother Boxes. Though the environment is very different from Steppenwolf’s reactor base, the layout, with that X-shaped platform, is very similar to the room in which Steppenwolf sets up the Mother Boxes in the finished movie. It would make sense for this to be the place from which Steppenwolf keeps flying down to Earth through those transport tubes.

All of which leads me to believe the location of the climactic throwdown was changed — given that Steppenwolf is from space it would make sense for the climax to happen on a spaceship — with the location of the climax moved from space to the surface of the Earth via the magic of CGI and color correction. The League being on a spaceship at the end of the movie would make it easy for them to learn about Darkseid.

It’s also possible that the battle in the Russian city in the finished movie was a separate fight from the final battle, though it’s not even remotely clear what other context that battle could have taken place in.

Despite this article being way too long, there are still lots of holes to fill in — the big one being that I have no idea what Superman’s role was supposed to be after his resurrection, and whether he would stay weird through the end of Part 1 or if that whole thing would have been resolved before the credits rolled. Given that a rogue Superman would have all sorts of ramifications for the other DCEU movie planned for the time between Parts 1 and 2, I’d think if he hadn’t been fixed by the end of this movie that he would have been out of the picture somehow during that intervening period. Unless, of course, all those other movies were going to take place before this one. That would be a weird choice, but this movieverse has been so haphazardly constructed that it seems entirely possible that was the plan.

Either way, I hope this helped you out if you were as confused with what the hell was going on in “Justice League” as I initially was. Though it’s almost certain the version of the movie that Zack Snyder was making will never see the light of day, it’s still fun to dive deep into what could have been.

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All 19 Pixar Movies Ranked, Worst to Best (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/all-19-pixar-movies-ranked-worst-best-finding-dory-toy-story/ https://www.thewrap.com/all-19-pixar-movies-ranked-worst-best-finding-dory-toy-story/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:50:35 +0000 Alonso Duralde https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1076442 TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde rates all the Pixar animation studio’s features:

19. Cars 2 (2011) “They should let people see the movie for free,” one pundit opined, “since Disney will make all their money back on the bedsheets.” Some of Pixar’s best movies are sequels, but this follow-up to an already inferior studio entry seemed like nothing but a craven bid for more merchandising money. The results were good for shareholders but middling for moviegoers.

18. Cars (2006) Never underestimate little boys and their love for automobiles. This brightly colored but dramatically flat tale is most enjoyed by a) male moviegoers who b) saw it before they turned 10 and c) have no idea that it tells virtually the same story as the Michael J. Fox comedy “Doc Hollywood.”

17. Cars 3 (2017) It’s a movie about middle age and the fear of obsolescence — you know, for kids! While Lightning (Owen Wilson) tries to soup himself up to take on young, faster rival Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), the veteran racer finds himself mentoring Cruz (Cristela Alonzo), a trainer who gave up her racing dreams. It’s visually sumptuous and has a few good ideas, but the “Cars” series remains Pixar’s blandest.

16. A Bug’s Life (1998) Back in 1998, the second Pixar feature was racing to the big screen against the thematically similar “Antz.” Neither has achieved iconic status, notwithstanding the “Bug’s”-themed kiddie area of Disneyland. The film does provide memorable voice roles for “The Ref” co-stars Denis Leary (as a manly-man ladybug) and Kevin Spacey (scaring the little ones as an ant-exploiting grasshopper).

15. Monsters, Inc. (2001) The things that go bump in the night are just doing their jobs, collecting the screams of boys and girls to power their monstrous alternate dimension. Leave it to Pixar to turn childhood terror into something fuzzy and huggable while also sneaking in a metaphor about over-reliance on fossil fuels.

14. Monsters University (2013) This colorful prequel, featuring Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) as college freshmen, plays like a G-rated “Revenge of the Nerds,” and that’s mostly a good thing. Is this the first kids’ movie to suggest that higher education isn’t necessarily for everyone?

13. Up (2009) Like “WALL-E,” this movie opens with a chunk of filmmaking perfection as we get to know the life, and losses, of our elderly hero. But while there’s nowhere for his balloon-festooned house to go but up, there’s nowhere for the movie to go but down after such an auspicious beginning.

12. Ratatouille (2007) Follow your bliss, says this entry, even if you’re a sewer rat who wants to be a gourmet chef. It’s lovely, and its ending will be forever cited by critics of every medium, but some screenwriting contrivances make it good-but-not-great Pixar.

11. The Good Dinosaur (2015) Frightened, awkward dino Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) travels home through a savage landscape with the helpful accompaniment of a feral boy named Spot (Jack Bright), who generally behaves like a dog, in a movie where the stakes are slighter but the character bonds are nonetheless rich.

10. WALL-E (2008) The first half or so of this ecological fable – a silent comedy about the titular robot tidying up an abandoned earth and longing for love – is Pixar’s greatest achievement. Unfortunately, it gets dragged down by a lot of loud chasing in the second half.

9. Brave (2012) Despite a rough production, this saga offers us Merida, one of U.S. animation’s most self-assured characters, who refuses to be married off by her father as though she were your run-of-the-mill princess. Merida’s skill with a bow and arrow made archery look even more appealing than Jennifer Lawrence does in the “Hunger Games” movies.

8. Finding Dory (2016) What this follow-up lacks in The Feels, it more than makes up for with The Laughs and The Thrills. Ellen DeGeneres returns as the famously forgetful fish who sets off to find the family she forgot she had. Witty, bright, and exciting, even if that tissue in your pocket winds up going unused.

7. Inside Out (2015) An 11-year-old girl’s brain becomes the backdrop for another hair-raising adventure, as her emotions fight to find balance during a rough patch in her life. No shortage of jokes and excitement, and early screenings have seen crusty film critics openly weeping in their seats.

6. Coco (2017) The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration brings a young boy face-to-face with his ancestors, teaching him the importance of family and allowing him to settle a generations-old misunderstanding. Colorful, poignant, and loaded with great songs and cultural specificity.

5. Toy Story (1995) The one that started it all and kick-started a whole new way of making cartoons. Its characters became instant icons while its gleaming surfaces changed animation more than any other single movie since “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

4. Finding Nemo (2003) Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres have the precision timing of a vaudeville comedy duo as two tiny fish who brave the big, wide ocean to rescue a missing youngster. This parable about the push and pull of parent-child dependency offers some of Pixar’s finest blending of adventure and comedy.

3. Toy Story 2 (1999) Wherein we learn that toys need to be taken out of their mint packaging and loved if they’re to be truly happy. And that a Sarah McLachlan song about a doll who misses being cared for by her owner can reduce grown men to sobbing.

2. The Incredibles (2004) Probably the greatest superhero movie ever made that’s not based on pre-existing characters from another medium, and better than almost every other superhero movie, period. Brad Bird‘s attention to character detail and freedom with gravity would serve him well later as the director of the live-action film “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.”

1. Toy Story 3 (2010) Andy goes off to college and must leave childhood, and its playthings, behind. An exciting and funny meditation on death and growing up and I’m going to need a handkerchief now. pixar pixar pixar

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19. Cars 2 (2011)

"They should let people see the movie for free," one pundit opined, "since Disney will make all their money back on the bedsheets." Some of Pixar's best movies are sequels, but this follow-up to an already inferior studio entry seemed like nothing but a craven bid for more merchandising money. The results were good for shareholders but middling for moviegoers.

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19. Cars 2 (2011)

"They should let people see the movie for free," one pundit opined, "since Disney will make all their money back on the bedsheets." Some of Pixar's best movies are sequels, but this follow-up to an already inferior studio entry seemed like nothing but a craven bid for more merchandising money. The results were good for shareholders but middling for moviegoers.

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18. Cars (2006)

Never underestimate little boys and their love for automobiles. This brightly colored but dramatically flat tale is most enjoyed by a) male moviegoers who b) saw it before they turned 10 and c) have no idea that it tells virtually the same story as the Michael J. Fox comedy "Doc Hollywood."

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18. Cars (2006)

Never underestimate little boys and their love for automobiles. This brightly colored but dramatically flat tale is most enjoyed by a) male moviegoers who b) saw it before they turned 10 and c) have no idea that it tells virtually the same story as the Michael J. Fox comedy "Doc Hollywood."

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17. "Cars 3" (2017) 

It's a movie about middle age and the fear of obsolescence -- you know, for kids! While Lightning (Owen Wilson) tries to soup himself up to take on young, faster rival Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), the veteran racer mentors Cruz (Cristela Alonzo), a trainer who gave up her racing dreams. It's visually sumptuous and has a few good ideas, but the "Cars" series remains Pixar's blandest.

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17. "Cars 3" (2017) 

It's a movie about middle age and the fear of obsolescence -- you know, for kids! While Lightning (Owen Wilson) tries to soup himself up to take on young, faster rival Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), the veteran racer mentors Cruz (Cristela Alonzo), a trainer who gave up her racing dreams. It's visually sumptuous and has a few good ideas, but the "Cars" series remains Pixar's blandest.

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16. A Bug's Life (1998)

Back in 1998, the second Pixar feature was racing to the big screen against the thematically similar "Antz." Neither has achieved iconic status, notwithstanding the "Bug's"-themed kiddie area of Disneyland. The film does provide memorable voice roles for "The Ref" co-stars Denis Leary (as a manly-man ladybug) and Kevin Spacey (scaring the little ones as an ant-exploiting grasshopper).

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16. A Bug's Life (1998)

Back in 1998, the second Pixar feature was racing to the big screen against the thematically similar "Antz." Neither has achieved iconic status, notwithstanding the "Bug's"-themed kiddie area of Disneyland. The film does provide memorable voice roles for "The Ref" co-stars Denis Leary (as a manly-man ladybug) and Kevin Spacey (scaring the little ones as an ant-exploiting grasshopper).

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15. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

The things that go bump in the night are just doing their jobs, collecting the screams of boys and girls to power their monstrous alternate dimension. Leave it to Pixar to turn childhood terror into something fuzzy and huggable while also sneaking in a metaphor about over-reliance on fossil fuels.

]]>
15. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

The things that go bump in the night are just doing their jobs, collecting the screams of boys and girls to power their monstrous alternate dimension. Leave it to Pixar to turn childhood terror into something fuzzy and huggable while also sneaking in a metaphor about over-reliance on fossil fuels.

]]>
14. Monsters University (2013)

This colorful prequel, featuring Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) as college freshmen, plays like a G-rated "Revenge of the Nerds," and that's mostly a good thing. Is this the first kids' movie to suggest that higher education isn't necessarily for everyone?

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14. Monsters University (2013)

This colorful prequel, featuring Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) as college freshmen, plays like a G-rated "Revenge of the Nerds," and that's mostly a good thing. Is this the first kids' movie to suggest that higher education isn't necessarily for everyone?

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13. Up (2009)

Like "WALL-E," this movie opens with a chunk of filmmaking perfection as we get to know the life, and losses, of our elderly hero. But while there's nowhere for his balloon-festooned house to go but up, there's nowhere for the movie to go but down after such an auspicious beginning.

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13. Up (2009)

Like "WALL-E," this movie opens with a chunk of filmmaking perfection as we get to know the life, and losses, of our elderly hero. But while there's nowhere for his balloon-festooned house to go but up, there's nowhere for the movie to go but down after such an auspicious beginning.

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12. Ratatouille (2007)

Follow your bliss, says this entry, even if you're a sewer rat who wants to be a gourmet chef. It's lovely, and its ending will be forever cited by critics of every medium, but some screenwriting contrivances make it good-but-not-great Pixar.

]]>
12. Ratatouille (2007)

Follow your bliss, says this entry, even if you're a sewer rat who wants to be a gourmet chef. It's lovely, and its ending will be forever cited by critics of every medium, but some screenwriting contrivances make it good-but-not-great Pixar.

]]>
11. The Good Dinosaur (2015) 

Frightened, awkward dino Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) travels home through a savage landscape with the helpful accompaniment of a feral boy named Spot (Jack Bright), who generally behaves like a dog, in a movie where the stakes are slighter but the character bonds are nonetheless rich.

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11. The Good Dinosaur (2015) 

Frightened, awkward dino Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) travels home through a savage landscape with the helpful accompaniment of a feral boy named Spot (Jack Bright), who generally behaves like a dog, in a movie where the stakes are slighter but the character bonds are nonetheless rich.

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10. WALL-E (2008)

The first half or so of this ecological fable -- a silent comedy about the titular robot tidying up an abandoned earth and longing for love -- is Pixar's greatest achievement. Unfortunately, it gets dragged down by a lot of loud chasing in the second half.

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10. WALL-E (2008)

The first half or so of this ecological fable -- a silent comedy about the titular robot tidying up an abandoned earth and longing for love -- is Pixar's greatest achievement. Unfortunately, it gets dragged down by a lot of loud chasing in the second half.

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9. Brave (2012)

Despite a rough production, this saga offers us Merida, one of U.S. animation's most self-assured characters, who refuses to be married off by her father as though she were your run-of-the-mill princess. Merida's skill with a bow and arrow made archery look even more appealing than Jennifer Lawrence does in the "Hunger Games" movies.

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9. Brave (2012)

Despite a rough production, this saga offers us Merida, one of U.S. animation's most self-assured characters, who refuses to be married off by her father as though she were your run-of-the-mill princess. Merida's skill with a bow and arrow made archery look even more appealing than Jennifer Lawrence does in the "Hunger Games" movies.

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8. "Finding Dory" (2016)

What this follow-up lacks in The Feels, it more than makes up for with The Laughs and The Thrills. Ellen DeGeneres returns as the famously forgetful fish who sets off to find the family she forgot she had. Witty, bright, and exciting, even if that tissue in your pocket winds up going unused.

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8. "Finding Dory" (2016)

What this follow-up lacks in The Feels, it more than makes up for with The Laughs and The Thrills. Ellen DeGeneres returns as the famously forgetful fish who sets off to find the family she forgot she had. Witty, bright, and exciting, even if that tissue in your pocket winds up going unused.

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7. Inside Out (2015)

An 11-year-old girl's brain becomes the backdrop for another hair-raising adventure, as her emotions fight to find balance during a rough patch in her life. No shortage of jokes and excitement, and early screenings have seen crusty film critics openly weeping in their seats.

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7. Inside Out (2015)

An 11-year-old girl's brain becomes the backdrop for another hair-raising adventure, as her emotions fight to find balance during a rough patch in her life. No shortage of jokes and excitement, and early screenings have seen crusty film critics openly weeping in their seats.

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6. Coco (2017)

The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration brings a young boy face-to-face with his ancestors, teaching him the importance of family and allowing him to settle a generations-old misunderstanding. Colorful, poignant, and loaded with great songs and cultural specificity.

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6. Coco (2017)

The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration brings a young boy face-to-face with his ancestors, teaching him the importance of family and allowing him to settle a generations-old misunderstanding. Colorful, poignant, and loaded with great songs and cultural specificity.

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5. Toy Story (1995)

The one that started it all and kick-started a whole new way of making cartoons. Its characters became instant icons while its gleaming surfaces changed animation more than any other single movie since "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

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5. Toy Story (1995)

The one that started it all and kick-started a whole new way of making cartoons. Its characters became instant icons while its gleaming surfaces changed animation more than any other single movie since "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

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4. Finding Nemo (2003)

Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres have the precision timing of a vaudeville comedy duo as two tiny fish who brave the big, wide ocean to rescue a missing youngster. This parable about the push and pull of parent-child dependency offers some of Pixar's finest blending of adventure and comedy.

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4. Finding Nemo (2003)

Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres have the precision timing of a vaudeville comedy duo as two tiny fish who brave the big, wide ocean to rescue a missing youngster. This parable about the push and pull of parent-child dependency offers some of Pixar's finest blending of adventure and comedy.

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3. Toy Story 2 (1999)

Wherein we learn that toys need to be taken out of their mint packaging and loved if they're to be truly happy. And that a Sarah McLachlan song about a doll who misses being cared for by her owner can reduce grown men to sobbing.

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3. Toy Story 2 (1999)

Wherein we learn that toys need to be taken out of their mint packaging and loved if they're to be truly happy. And that a Sarah McLachlan song about a doll who misses being cared for by her owner can reduce grown men to sobbing.

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2. The Incredibles (2004)

Probably the greatest superhero movie ever made that's not based on pre-existing characters from another medium, and better than almost every other superhero movie, period. Brad Bird's attention to character detail and freedom with gravity would serve him well later as the director of the live-action film "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."

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2. The Incredibles (2004)

Probably the greatest superhero movie ever made that's not based on pre-existing characters from another medium, and better than almost every other superhero movie, period. Brad Bird's attention to character detail and freedom with gravity would serve him well later as the director of the live-action film "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."

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1. Toy Story 3 (2010)

Andy goes off to college and must leave childhood, and its playthings, behind. An exciting and funny meditation on death and growing up and I'm going to need a handkerchief now.

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1. Toy Story 3 (2010)

Andy goes off to college and must leave childhood, and its playthings, behind. An exciting and funny meditation on death and growing up and I'm going to need a handkerchief now.

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‘Marjorie Prime’ Star Lois Smith on Becoming an Oscar Contender at 87 https://www.thewrap.com/lois-smith-oscar-contender-marjorie-prime-87/ https://www.thewrap.com/lois-smith-oscar-contender-marjorie-prime-87/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:17:13 +0000 Matt Donnelly https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1741159 This story about Lois Smith first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

This fall, Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater played a double feature that represented bookends in the film career of underrated acting treasure Lois Smith. The first film was her feature debut, “East of Eden,” the James Dean classic directed by Elia Kazan. The second was one of her latest, “Marjorie Prime,” an intriguing and chilly sci-fi drama from Michael Almereyda.

Marjorie is a role Smith can’t seem to get rid of — she workshopped the Jordan Harrison play before it premiered Off Broadway and became a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2015. In the film adaptation, Smith stars as the fading matriarch Marjorie, whose daughter (Geena Davis) and son-in-law (Tim Robbins) reluctantly supply her with an artificial intelligence that looks like a young incarnation of her late husband (played by Jon Hamm).

Photographed by Monika Sed for TheWrap

The AI, or “prime,” feeds on Marjorie’s memories, becoming a stronger proxy for her dead beloved the more time they spend together — much unlike dotty Marjorie, who is succumbing to dementia.

“She’s losing her memory and she’s got this new companion,” Smith said. “She knows what it is, and she enjoys it. It’s not as if she hasn’t got any marbles. She knows who she’s dealing with, and she enjoys the back and forth and the flirtation.”

Of the years she spent with the work as it moved from stage to screen, Smith said, “My character is less changed than the other characters. There was never a wholly new interpretation, but the writing is so good and so strong, you’re halfway home before you ever start.”

And during all the work’s iterations, she added, she kept one thread: “I always thought she was a person who really loved life.”

Smith, 87, recently landed a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance — and should she go the distance this Oscar season, she would tie “Titanic” actress Gloria Stuart as the oldest-ever Academy Award nominee. (Unless you’re counting days, in which case she’d trail Stuart by about three months.)

No reason not to love life off-screen either, then.

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Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season Finale Stumbles to New Key Demo Low https://www.thewrap.com/dancing-with-stars-finale-this-is-us-ratings/ https://www.thewrap.com/dancing-with-stars-finale-this-is-us-ratings/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:15:23 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744643 The cheers for the 25th season finale of “Dancing with the Stars” weren’t as audible as the sobs out of “This is Us” fans Tuesday night. The NBC drama drew more viewers on-average than ABC’s competitive dance series, which set a new all-time low rating for a Mirrorball handoff episode.

“This is Us” was the No. 1 show of the night in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and won the 9 p.m. time slot up against the first hour of “Dancing with the Stars,” helping NBC crush ABC in Nielsen ratings for the evening.

That all said, “NCIS” and “Bull” handed CBS another first place primetime finish among overall members. The Disney-owned broadcaster settled for third by that metric.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/7 share in the 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 8.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8, “The Voice” snagged a 1.7/7 and 9.3 million viewers. At 9, “This is Us” posted a 2.5/9 and 9.3 million in viewers. At 10, the season premiere of “Chicago Med” received a 1.3/5 and 6.2 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.3/5 and third in viewers with 7.8 million. At 8, “The Middle” had a 1.3/6 and 6 million viewers. At 8:30 p.m., “Fresh Off the Boat” received 1.1/4 and 4.3 million viewers. The “Dancing with the Stars” finale from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. put up a 1.3/5 and averaged 9.2 million viewers across those 2 hours.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.1/4 and first in viewers with 9.8 million. At 8, “NCIS” put up a 1.4/6 and 12.5 million viewers. At 9, “Bull” snagged a 1.1/4 and 9 million viewers. At 10, “NCIS: New Orleans” had a 0.9/4 and 7.9 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 2.9 million. At 8, “Lethal Weapon” got a 1.0/4 and 3.9 million viewers. At 9, “The Mick” had a 0.7/3 and 2.2 million viewers. Following that lead-in, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” had a 0.6/2 and 1.7 million viewers at 9:30 p.m.

The CW was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.8 million. At 8, “The Flash” grabbed a 0.8/3 and 2.2 million viewers. At 9, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” had a 0.5/2 and 1.5 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and seventh in viewers with 1.3 million.

Univision was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/2 and sixth in viewers with 1.4 million.

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Chris Hemsworth Heads to Afghanistan in New ’12 Strong’ Trailer (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/chris-hemsworth-12-strong-trailer-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/chris-hemsworth-12-strong-trailer-video/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:12:07 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744637

Chris Hemsworth leads the first U.S. troops sent to Afghanistan after 9/11 in the latest trailer for “12 Strong.”

The film is based on the true story of 12 U.S. Special Forces troops who adapted to Afghani horse soldier tactics to fight the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. The movie is based on Doug Stanton’s book “Horse Soldiers.”

Hemsworth plays Captain Mitch Nelson, who inspires his men to keep fighting. “The only way home is winning,” we hear him say. Another officer says, “The most important thing a man can take into combat is a reason why,” i.e. to avenge the attacks on 9/11.

Directed by newcomer Nicolai Fuglsig, the film also stars Michael Shannon, Navid Negahban, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, Austin Stowell, Ben O’Toole, Austin Hebert, Kenneth Miller, Kenny Sheard, Jack Kesy, Laith Nakli, Fahim Fazli, Yousuf Azami, Said Taghmaoui, Elsa Pataky, William Fichtner and Rob Riggle.

“12 Strong” hits theaters Jan. 19. Watch the trailer above.

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Former Charlie Rose Intern: He Made Me Watch S&M Scene in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘Secretary’ https://www.thewrap.com/charlie-rose-intern-sm-scene-maggie-gyllenhaal-secretary/ https://www.thewrap.com/charlie-rose-intern-sm-scene-maggie-gyllenhaal-secretary/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:10:13 +0000 Jon Levine https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744639

Former intern says Charlie Rose made her watch S&M scene from 'Secretary' pic.twitter.com/EqhO7VtYuR

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) November 22, 2017

The latest wrinkle in the unraveling of broadcaster Charlie Rose’s career is a kinky one: A former intern for PBS’ “The Charlie Rose Show” has said he invited her to his apartment in 2002 and asked her to watch the S&M scene in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s movie “Secretary.”

“I proceeded to go into the living room and he said I want to show you this scene from this movie,” former intern Sarah Gordon told MSNBC on Wednesday.

“He said, ‘Have a seat, relax’ and he proceeded to turn on the film ‘Secretary,’ which is a sexually involved film, involving S&M unfortunately,” said Gordon, who worked on the PBS talk show from 2002 to 2003. “I guess some people are really into this. I’m not.”

The 2002 Steven Shainberg film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as  secretary who begins an S&M relationship with her dominant boss (James Spader).

“I just didn’t know what to say, probably then I tried to divert it,” Gordon told MSNBC. “I always try to change the subject.”

Gordon said that the incident still raises questions for her even years later. “I’m conflicted because I don’t know if it’s my place to judge someone. I think he’s probably troubled and I give empathy for people that are troubled. I think we all have issues in life,” she said. “I don’t think someone like that deserves to have a position like that if they’re going to abuse their power.”

Rose, one of the most celebrated broadcasters of his generation, saw his career implode this week after the Washington Post published a report with eight women accusing him of sexual misconduct on his PBS show between the 1990s and 2011, including accusations that he groped women or exposed himself.

In addition, three other women at CBS News have come forward to accuse him of inappropriate behavior since 2011.

On Tuesday, CBS News fired Rose from “CBS This Morning” and “60 Minutes,” and both PBS and Bloomberg cut ties to the 75-year-old broadcaster as well.

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage With Chris Pratt, Baby Dino Blows Fans’ Minds (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/colin-trevorrow-posts-first-footage-of-jurassic-world-fallen-kingdom-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/colin-trevorrow-posts-first-footage-of-jurassic-world-fallen-kingdom-video/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:04:46 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744660 “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” writer and executive producer Colin Trevorrow has released the first footage of the upcoming film, in which fans can see Chris Pratt petting what looks like a Baby Blue.

The footage appears to place inside the Jurassic Park, with Owen Grady (Pratt) interacting with an adorable baby Velociraptor. Whether it’s actually an offspring of Blue, the velociraptor that helped save the gang and ran off into the night at the end of “Jurassic World,” remains a mystery.

The upcoming film, set for a release on June 22, 2018, will be directed by J. A. Bayona, with Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt both set to return for the sequel. Steven Spielberg and “World” director Trevorrow will executive produce the new “Jurassic” movie.

Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World” counts as the second highest-grossing opening weekend of all time domestically, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Internationally, it comes in third after “The Fate of the Furious” and “The Force Awakens.”

The film has made $1.67 billion at the worldwide box office, passing “Marvel’s The Avengers” to become the fourth-highest-grossing movie in history.

In response to the footage, many fans expressed their excitement.

“I WANT A THOUSAND. This clip settles so many doubts and fears I had about this film. OH MY GOD,” wrote one fan.

“Not gonna lie: little misty eyed right now. I didn’t know was even a thing to expect. Now I want one!” wrote another, while a third said, “Mind blowing. Thank you Colin.”

See the footage above.

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‘Great British Bake Off’ Judge Feels ‘Awful’ for Tweeting Out Winner Before Finale https://www.thewrap.com/new-great-british-bake-off-host-blurts-out-winner-before-finale/ https://www.thewrap.com/new-great-british-bake-off-host-blurts-out-winner-before-finale/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:48:07 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744644 “Great British Bake Off” judge Prue Leith accidentally tweeted out the name of the latest season’s winner six hours too early, and she’s breaking her silence on the incident to say it was “the most idiotic thing in the world.”

“I think that was one of the worst half an hours, that first half an hour when I realized what I had done,” she told ITV’s “This Morning,” per the Guardian of the incident that happened in October.

Leith explained that she was in Bhutan, and mixed up her time zones. She had a reminder to congratulate the winner, Sophie Faldo, after 10:30, “and I thought ‘oh my God, it is past 10:30’ so I just quickly tweeted what I did.”

“Then as soon as it went I thought ‘oh my God’ and I went into a panic mode where I couldn’t work my phone and I didn’t know how to delete it quickly and I couldn’t think,” the judge continued. “And in the end I just rang my trusty PA and she said, ‘I’ve already deleted it,’ and it was 89 seconds after I had done it and that was too late, it had been retweeted.”

Leith said she feels “awful” about the whole thing.

“The thing that upset me most was I thought this will take attention off the winner, and Sophie had worked for months and months for this moment and the column inches are going to be about my tweet, not about her triumph,” she said.

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‘Coco’ Soars to $2.3 Million at Tuesday Box Office https://www.thewrap.com/coco-soars-2-3-million-tuesday-box-office-thanksgiving/ https://www.thewrap.com/coco-soars-2-3-million-tuesday-box-office-thanksgiving/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:28:54 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1744593 Disney Pixar’s “Coco” earned $2.3 million at the Tuesday box office.

The preview numbers for “Coco” compare well to those for “Moana” ($2.6 million), “The Good Dinosaur” ($1.3 million) and “Frozen” ($1.2 million).

Coco,” which has already become Mexico’s highest grossing film of all time with more than $43 million grossed since its release at the end of October, is projected to have a five-day opening of $55-60 million. By comparison, Pixar’s last Thanksgiving release, “The Good Dinosaur,” had a five-day start of $55.4 million in 2015 and a $123 million run, while Disney’s “Moana” had a five-day opening of $82 million last year en route to a $248.7 million domestic cume.

Audience hype around “Coco” hasn’t been very big, but critics have been raving about the film’s emotional depth and commitment to its faithful depiction of Mexican culture, giving it a 95 percent “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Coco” follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel, whose yearning to escape his family’s ban on playing music leads him on a voyage to the Land of the Dead. The film stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor and Alanna Ubach. Adrian Molina directed the film with Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and co-wrote the script with Matthew Aldrich.

Also opening this holiday weekend are “Darkest Hour,” “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and “Call Me by Your Name.”

“Justice League,” which was released last week, will enter Thanksgiving weekend trying to avoid the heavy second weekend drop-off suffered by “Batman v Superman.” That film had an opening of $166 million, the second highest of 2016 behind only “Captain America: Civil War” ($179.1 million). But after poor word of mouth spread from early audiences, second weekend totals dropped 69 percent to $51 million.

While “Justice League” holds a score of 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, 84 percent of the audience liked it, according to the site, which might decrease its second week drop-off percentage.

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