TheWrapTheWrap https://www.thewrap.com Covering Hollywood Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:12:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Hank Azaria Says He’s ‘Happy and Willing to Step Aside’ as Voice of Apu on ‘The Simpsons’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/hank-azaria-would-stop-as-apu-the-simpsons-stephen-colbert/ https://www.thewrap.com/hank-azaria-would-stop-as-apu-the-simpsons-stephen-colbert/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:13:24 +0000 Ross A. Lincoln https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874657 Three weeks after an episode of “The Simpsons” tried — and failed — to quell criticism of the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hank Azaria, who voices Apu on the animated series, says he is willing to step down from the role to make things right.

Appearing on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to promote his IFC series “Brockmire,” Azaria said he’s “given this a lot of thought, and as I say my eyes have been opened. I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel, how they think about this character, and what their American experience of it [is].

Azaria added that “listening to voices means inclusion in the writer’s room. I really want to see Indians, South Asian writers in the room. Not in a token way, but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take. Including how it is voiced, or not voiced.”

“I’m perfectly happy and willing to step aside,” Azaria continued. “or help transition it into something new. I really hope that’s what ‘The Simpsons’ does, it not only makes sense, it just feels like the right thing to do to me.”

Watch the clip below:

Criticism of the character intensified in 2017 with the release of “The Problem With Apu” a documentary by filmmaker Hari Kondabolu that studied the effects of negative stereotypes perpetuated by the character.

On Twitter, Kondabolu thanked Azaria for his remarks.

This isn’t Azaria’ first time addressing the criticism. Earlier this year at TCA’s winter conference, Azaria talked about having seen the documentary and said at the time “The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu … it’s distressing.”

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Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Happytime Murders': Gritty, Gross, Hilarious First Look https://www.thewrap.com/melissa-mccarthys-happytime-murders-gritty-gross-hilarious-first-look-cinemacon/ https://www.thewrap.com/melissa-mccarthys-happytime-murders-gritty-gross-hilarious-first-look-cinemacon/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:16:10 +0000 Matt Donnelly https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874617 Melissa McCarthy’s dark puppet satire “The Happytime Murders” was intriguing on announcement last year, but American movie theater owners got a significant look at what they’re in for during CinemaCon’s closing presentation on Tuesday.

Directed by Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets) and unveiled during STX Films’ turn on stage, McCarthy’s puppet romp is as dirty, violent and outrageously funny as any individual genre title we’ve seen thus far.

McCarthy plays a human detective with a puppet partner, a rough trailer played for the exhibitors showed, who go off in search of justice for some fallen colleagues.

Solicitation (“You looking for some rotten cotton?” one of the grimier sex workers taunts), oral sex offers for less than a dollar, freebasing ecstasy through Twizzlers and brass-kunckle street fights were all included. And all of that was perpetrated by the puppets.

The closing scene featured a lengthy male puppet’s orgasm that resulted in quite a bit of silly string. It’s serious raunch to be coupled with the company who produced the beloved Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. But the theater owners were screaming for it.

Read the full “Happytime Murders” synopsis:

Set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans co-exist, “The Happytime Murders” tells the comedic tale of two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to solve the mystery of who is brutally murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a beloved classic puppet show.

Henson Alternative and On the Day Productions produce alongside STX.

Todd Berger, Dee Robertson, Erich and John Hoeber wrote the script which also got a pass from Melissa McCarthy. The film will hit theaters this October.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Boss Thinks World Would ‘Be a Better Place’ if Show Wasn’t so Relevant https://www.thewrap.com/the-handmaids-tale-season-2-relevancy-warren-littlefield/ https://www.thewrap.com/the-handmaids-tale-season-2-relevancy-warren-littlefield/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:02:13 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874603 (Spoiler alert: Do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”)

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 1 couldn’t have come at a better — or worse? — time in America.

Bruce Miller’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel struck a chord with fans and critics alike when it debuted in 2017. Viewers couldn’t help but see the parallels between the totalitarian regime in Gilead (a fictional future version of the United States) and the actions and beliefs expressed by then newly-elected President Donald Trump and people associated with his administration.

Then the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements began and the Elisabeth Moss-led series became a part of discussions about sexual misconduct and women’s rights.

Now, with the sophomore installment of “The Handmaid’s Tale” dropping on the streaming service Wednesday, TheWrap asked executive producer Warren Littlefield if the constant talk of how “relevant” the Emmy-winning drama is in our political and social climate keeps it from being appreciated on its own.

“I think Margaret’s book could have been adapted and been a good adaptation any time,” Littlefield said. “Any time in the last 30 years it could have been powerful television. It wouldn’t play on network. But it’s such a powerful conceptualization. And a brilliant one. And of course particularly with #MeToo and #TimesUp, the struggle for human rights and feminist rights is so much a part of the fabric of what Margaret created and what we’re doing and that’s a part of our every day existence — only magnified in a Trumpian world. So we get it! We wish that we weren’t so relevant, because the world would maybe be a better place. But we are.”

“We find ourselves a part of the conversation, we find ourselves part of the resistance,” Littlefield continued. “Women are dressing as handmaids and using that as a form of protest, all over the United States and now all over the world. So that’s pretty amazing to be a part of that, that our show is being talked about in such a powerful way. So first and foremost we better do a good dramatic television show. We’re not the news, we don’t want to mistake ourselves for the news. But I think if we’re good storytellers, we can’t escape the power of these themes.”

Littlefield says its possible the “relevancy” dissections will get in the way of fans just following Offred’s (Moss) story, but he has faith the two ways of watching can coexist.

“It may happen for some, I think that when our hours unfold I think we are pulled in by Offred/June. She is our rudder and I think that — I hope that — in some ways we’re just yanked into our world, our characters stories, their struggle and the drama that unfolds in each hour. And I’d like to think that the audience is completely enveloped by what we do. And yes, afterwards it can generate a very provocative and interesting and relevant discussion. But I like to think that what we’re offering the audience takes them on a journey.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

New episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” drop Wednesdays on Hulu.

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Bill Cosby Retrial: Prosecutor Calls Out Comedian for ‘Laughing’ During Closing Arguments https://www.thewrap.com/bill-cosby-retrial-prosecutor-calls-out-comedian-for-laughing-during-closing-arguments/ https://www.thewrap.com/bill-cosby-retrial-prosecutor-calls-out-comedian-for-laughing-during-closing-arguments/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:19:49 +0000 D.A. Weiss https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874620 During the prosecution’s closing arguments in Bill Cosby’s retrial on Tuesday, Cosby was seen laughing and smiling so much during statements by prosecutor Kristen Feden that she interrupted herself to exclaim, “He’s laughing like it’s funny! But there’s absolutely nothing funny about stripping a woman of her capacity to consent.”

Feden spared nothing in her half of the prosecution’s closing arguments, walking right over to the comedian in the courtroom, pointing at him and stating, “This man sitting right here. This is the man who artfully assaulted [Cosby accuser Andrea] Constand in such a way … that she had no idea about.”

Feden told the jury that Cosby “penetrated [Constand’s] vagina with his finger repeatedly, touched her breasts, and used her hand to manipulate his penis.” She also repeated that the case is “about trust. It’s about betrayal. And it’s about the inability to consent.” She tore into Cosby’s lawyers for attacking the character of six victims and Constand’s mother, telling the court, “Instead of asking what happened and trying to get to the bottom of what happened, they were asking, ‘What were you wearing? You got a drug history?'”

Prosecutor Stewart Ryan followed Feden with the prosecution’s conclusion, connecting dots such as, “Why would you need to explain anything about a consensual sexual encounter?” and “Why do you care if you’re being recorded if you just gave someone Benadryl?” He addressed many of the defense’s biggest talking points, particularly the lack of forensic evidence.

“Let’s think about what that forensic evidence would be,” Ryan told the jury. “Fibers from the victim’s clothing on the couch or a hair from her, proving she was in his home? A cotton swab from inside her vagina proving his DNA was in there? But all of those are things the defendant himself has said happened, from his own mouth.”

Jury deliberations are expected to begin on Wednesday.

Cosby is being re-tried on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from former Temple University employee Andrea Constand’s accusation that the comedian molested her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia.

Cosby’s initial trial in the matter ended in a mistrial in July 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a verdict following five days of deliberations.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Madeline Brewer Tells Us Janine Pretends Gilead ‘Isn’t So F—ed Up’ (Exclusive Video) https://www.thewrap.com/the-handmaids-tale-season-2-madeline-brewer-janine-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/the-handmaids-tale-season-2-madeline-brewer-janine-video/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:39:28 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1862013

(Spoiler alert: Do not read on unless you’ve seen Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale”)

To say that Madeline Brewer’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” character, Janine, is disturbed would probably be an understatement. She’s been through a lot.

One of the enslaved ladies in red, Janine was fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on how you see it) to get pregnant in Season 1 and carry a child to term. But in Janine’s attempt to steal the baby away from the parents, she was forced to hand over the infant. Now, she’s headed to the dreaded Colonies in Season 2.

Brewer told TheWrap TV reporter Jennifer Maas in a recent interview that Janine, per usual, is looking at the bright side of being banished to the yet-to-be-seen-by-viewers wastelands of Gilead. “Janine’s way of viewing the whole thing right now is her life has been spared, her baby is safe, and she’s just thankful to be alive,” Brewer said.

The actress — who said The Colonies are “somehow strangely beautiful and sad and scary and dangerous” all at once — said Janine’s optimistic outlook is status quo for the character, who is consistently trying to find the good in every situation. Even the really, really bad ones.

“It’s like episode 6 [of Season 1] and we’re all washing blood off the wall, like there had been people hanging from the wall and we’re scrubbing blood off of it, and Janine is, like, touching it with her finger and she’s, like, ‘It’s like painting,'” Brewer said. “And like really trying hard to pretend that this isn’t so f—ed up.”

“I love that the writers wrote in there that she looks at it and has a moment of realization that she’s like, ‘Oh my God.’ And she’s just like, ‘Nope! Nope! Not going there. Not going there.’ That moment was really fun to play. But also showed Janine very clearly — how desperately she wants to look for the fun and the light and the silver lining in every situation. She’s special.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s (Elisabeth Moss) pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

Watch Brewer’s interview with TheWrap above.

Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere with two new episodes on April 25, with subsequent episodes released every Wednesday, on Hulu.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Reviews Are in and Critics (Mostly) Love Marvel’s Cosmic Crossover https://www.thewrap.com/avengers-infinity-war-review-roundup/ https://www.thewrap.com/avengers-infinity-war-review-roundup/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:14:53 +0000 Umberto Gonzalez https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874417 The reviews for Marvel Studio’s “Avengers: Infinity War” are in, and the consensus about Marvel’s epic superhero team-up is — mostly — that it’s fantastic.

One of the biggest fans of “Infinity War” was the man who helped make it possible — comics writer Jim Starlin, who co-created Thanos for Marvel in 1973. “There are a couple times my chest constricted from what I was seeing, making me want to cry,” Starlin said in a Facebook post praising the film.

The Avengers the Infinity War! I really have to watch what I say here, so as to not spoil the many surprises this film…

Posted by Jim Starlin on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

With 71 early reviews in, “Avengers: Infinity War ” currently has a 89 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics are mostly praising the film’s scope, ambition, and execution. TheWrap’s Alonso Durade wrote, “If you’re a viewer who binges TV dramas because you can’t wait a week to find out what happens, the implied ‘to be continued’ at the end of ‘Infinity War’ may drive you batty. But if you’ve been solidly along for the Marvel ride up to this point, you’ll enjoy this leg of the journey even if it hasn’t yet reached the terminal.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters Thursday night. Check out more of the film’s glowing reviews below.

Nate Brail, Heroichollywood.com

“Avengers: Infinity War” is the Marvel film you’ve been waiting for ten years now. Everything that has proceeded it brings you to this very climactic event. I have never been this awestruck by a film in my entire life. Thanos is a force of nature and the deadliest Marvel Studios villain to ever exist. He easily takes the crown from Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger. The highlight of the film has to be Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. I believe this film will go down in history as one half of the greatest superhero movie of all time.

Peter Travers, RollingStone.com

Is it possible to have too much of a good Marvel thing? “Avengers: Infinity War” tests that theory to the max. Don’t get me wrong: This movie is an epic event, built to celebrate the end of a decade in which the Marvel Cinematic Universe produced 19 films.

Mark Hughes, Forbes.com

“Avengers: Infinity War” is the most ambitious, most audacious, most mindblowing superhero film ever produced. It is visually sumptuous, spectacularly entertaining, emotionally shocking and resonant. It is the perfect fulfillment of a promise Marvel made 10 years ago, and everything fans are hoping it could be. THIS is why the superhero genre exists.

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

What saves “Infinity War” from being just another bloated supergroup tour – and what will end up being the thing that blows fans’ minds to dust – is the film’s final stretch. Let’s be clear, when it comes to hand-over-fist cash cows like the Marvel films, any time a character is put into any sort of serious jeopardy, you immediately have raise an eyebrow and roll your eyes a bit. All of these characters are such lucrative intellectual properties no studio, no matter how daring, is going to put them into too much jeopardy… Still, there is something thrilling about watching just how much fun the Russos and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are having messing with the fans here.

Josh Spiegel, Slashfilm.com

“Infinity War,” by design, feels like one half of a completed puzzle, with the other pieces strewn about waiting to be put together. Maybe once it’s whole, the puzzle will be wholly satisfying. For now, “Infinity War” suggests that Marvel is able to wrangle together a massive, charming cast, but not quite create a story that deserves their presence.

Brandon Davis, Comicbook.com

“Avengers: Infinity War” upends the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as promised. It’s a spectacle unlike any movie before it, offering a ferocious narrative which fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will love but the average or young moviegoer might have a bit of trouble with. It is dark, it is fun, and it is bigger than anyone could have imagined. It substitutes some of the focus seen in previous Marvel films with wider-ranging narrative to create a sprawling, jaw-dropping, utterly relentless epic.

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‘Mowgli’ Director Andy Serkis Promises a Darker, Bloodier ‘Jungle Book’ Sequel https://www.thewrap.com/mowgli-andy-serkis-promises-darker-jungle-book-cinemacon/ https://www.thewrap.com/mowgli-andy-serkis-promises-darker-jungle-book-cinemacon/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:05:31 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874572 Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room — pun intended — the first trailer for Warner Bros.’ “Mowgli” will inevitably remind everyone of the Disney live-action/motion-capture take on “The Jungle Book” that was released two years ago.

But at CinemaCon, director Andy Serkis promised a darker, bloodier tale that will delve deeper into the conflict of man vs. nature that lies at the heart of Rudyard Kipling’s famous tale.

The first trailer for the film emphasizes the more mature approach from the get-go, with the titular mancub, played by Rohan Chand, thrashing about in a cage while trying to chew through bars made of bone. His hair is long and raggedy, and his body is covered in dirt and fresh scars.

Later in the trailer, we see Mowgli both living among the wolf pack he’s been a part of since childhood and meeting humans for the first time, including a kind woman named Messua (Freida Pinto) and taking part in the colorful Holi festival.

The trailer also features a cast of motion-capture animals, with Christian Bale playing Mowgli’s panther mentor Bagheera, Serkis as Baloo, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the ferocious Shere Khan.

The trailer has yet to be released, but we’ll see how Serkis’ more intense take on the jungles of India looks when “Mowgli” hits theaters Oct. 19.

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‘A Star Is Born': Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Nail High Notes With Trailer Debut https://www.thewrap.com/star-born-bradley-cooper-lady-gaga-nail-high-notes-trailer-debut/ https://www.thewrap.com/star-born-bradley-cooper-lady-gaga-nail-high-notes-trailer-debut/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:57:37 +0000 Matt Donnelly https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874356 After almost three years of mystery and a release date push, American movie theater owners got an exclusive first look at Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut — another remake of the love and fame drama “A Star Is Born.”

And, oh my god, he really may have pulled this off.

Cooper debuted a full trailer with original songs, Lady Gaga’s soaring voice and what looks to be legit and bittersweet chemistry between himself and the Golden Globe winning actress.

Cooper plays a salty dog country singer who seems to be suffering from hearing issues (and self-medicating with a bottle) who stumbles on young Gaga in a cabaret. It doesn’t take long for the pair to shack up and hit he road, where Gaga inevitably takes the stage.

She sings for maybe 20 seconds in the trailer, but it was a breathtaking moment of artistry in a presentation from Warner Bros. laden with superhero showdowns and dark, low-budget horror.

Cooper told the Las Vegas auditorium that Gaga insisted he do his own singing as her co-star, if she indeed to take on her first big movie role.

“You’re going to become a musician, and you’re going to make me as comfortable as I can be on film,” Cooper recalled Gaga saying.

“Star is Born” shot a portion of its performance sequences at last year’s Coachella Valley music festival, where Gaga was a pinch-hitting headliner after Beyonce announced she was pregnant. They also shot at the California-based country fest Stagecoach and the UK’s renowned Glastonbury festival.

The film co-stars Sam Elliot, comedian Dave Chapelle and Andrew Dice Clay.

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MTV Greenlights 4 New Reality Series, Including ‘Made in Kentucky,’ ‘Too Stupid to Die’ https://www.thewrap.com/mtv-greenlights-4-new-reality-series-including-made-kentucky-stupid-die/ https://www.thewrap.com/mtv-greenlights-4-new-reality-series-including-made-kentucky-stupid-die/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:52:34 +0000 Reid Nakamura https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874207 MTV has given series orders to four new unscripted programs, the network announced on Tuesday.

Attempting to capitalize on the success of the recent “Jersey Shore” revival, the Viacom network will launch four new shows before the year is up, all in addition to the import of the U.K. hit “Ex on the Beach,” which debuted last week.

“Too Stupid to Die” is described as a coming of age docu-series that follows online daredevil Zach Holmes and his family. It is produced by former MTV boss Van Toffler’s Gunpowder & Sky and will premiere in June.

Of the newly announced shows, “Made in Kentucky” hews most closely to the “Jersey Shore” format, following a rowdy group of friends in Appalachian Coal Country as they make their own fun “through country shenanigans and wild behavior.” This includes such activities ranging from Hillbilly Jet Skiing and Rock Bouncing to River-Slides, Lawnmower Jousting, and making Hot Tub Pickups out of their trucks. It is produced by MTV Studios with Luau/Critical Content, and is slated to premiere in July.

“Staten Island 10310,” next to premiere in August, follows a group of rebellious young adults and their families as they struggle to break away from the temptations of the lifestyle they were born into. It hails from MTV Studios.

The fourth show announced on Tuesday is MTV Studios and Big Fish’s “Just Tattoo of Us,” which asks pairs of friends and family members to design shocking tattoos for each other that won’t be revealed until after they’ve been permanently inked onto their skin.

Variety first reported on the new series.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians': You Can Have Fun With Representation, Constance Wu Says https://www.thewrap.com/crazy-rich-asians-can-fun-representation-constance-wu-says/ https://www.thewrap.com/crazy-rich-asians-can-fun-representation-constance-wu-says/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:36:08 +0000 Matt Donnelly https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874548 Constance Wu, the star of the Warner Bros. romantic romp “Crazy Rich Asians,” addressed American movie theater owners on Tuesday with a rousing message about diversity and content.

“Our culture is more than skin deep,” Wu said on stage with her cast and director Jon M. Chu.  “What I think is so special about this film, it differentiates the Asian experience from the Asian American experience.”

The film, the first in 25 years to feature an entirely Asian lead cast (the last was “The Joy Luck Club”),  is based on Kevin Kwan’s series international best sellers about the mega-rich land developers of Hong Kong and Singapore and the elite social and familial circles that surround it.

Wu also offered up an important lesson about content tone, saying “when you talk about representation, it can seem really serious but our movie is really fun.”

Wu said she feels audiences find inclusion increasingly important, and Hollywood is finally catching up to what constitutes real diversity — not just casting a person of color or fulfilling a quota.

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See Damian Lewis Hidden in Full Makeup as Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford https://www.thewrap.com/yes-thats-damian-lewis-in-full-makeup-as-former-toronto-mayor-rob-ford/ https://www.thewrap.com/yes-thats-damian-lewis-in-full-makeup-as-former-toronto-mayor-rob-ford/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:29:35 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874509 Damian Lewis is playing former Toronto mayor Rob Ford in the upcoming film “Run This Town,” and if a photo from set is any indication, the “Homeland” actor will be unrecognizable in his new role.

Lewis has spoken out about the intense costume before, saying that wears so much makeup and prosthetics that he has to breathe out of a small hole in the getup.

The real-life Ford died in 2016 at age 46 after a cancer diagnosis. He was disgraced in 2013 when a video surfaced of him smoking crack.

“Run This Town” will follow a young journalist, played by Ben Platt, on the trail of a scandal involving Ford (Lewis). The movie will also star Nina Dobrev and Mena Massoud as political aids. Ricky Tollman wrote the screenplay and Randy Manis and Jonathan Bronfman are producing with co-producer Ariella Naymark.

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‘Travesties’ Broadway Review: Tom Hollander Pulls Out All the Stoppard https://www.thewrap.com/travesties-broadway-review-tom-hollander-pulls-stoppard/ https://www.thewrap.com/travesties-broadway-review-tom-hollander-pulls-stoppard/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:03:52 +0000 Thom Geier https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1872661 Tom Stoppard’s 1974 play “Travesties,” which opened Tuesday at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre in a spirited, quick-paced revival, is a showcase for modern theater’s ultimate teacher’s pet.

Stoppard built his reputation for erudite riffs on classic material with early shows like “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” which thrust two minor characters from “Hamlet” to center stage. In “Travesties,” he takes the structure and characters of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and adds often loopy layers of learned complication.

He centers his play on a real man named Henry Carr (Tom Hollander) who is a bit of a historical footnote: a British consular officer in 1917 Zurich who once sued James Joyce over a pair of trousers he had to buy for an amateur production of “Earnest.”

Yes, that James Joyce. The Irish author (here played by Peter McDonald) was holed up in Zurich at the time writing “Ulysses,” which was originally titled — as Stoppard does not fail to note — “Elasticated Bloomers.”

Stoppard also introduces two other historical figures who happened to be in Zurich during the waning days of World War I: the Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara (Seth Numrich) and a pre-Russian Revolution Vladimir Lenin (Dan Butler). Not to mention a librarian who becomes Carr’s wife (and doubles as Cecily from “Earnest”) and Joyce’s scrivener who morphs into Cecily’s Wildean counterpart, Gwendolen.

The literary gymnastics do not stop there. There is quick-witted wordplay (“My art belongs to Dada,” Tzara says at one point); an entire scene written in limerick form; a delightful music-hall-style duet of one-up-manship between Cecily and Gwendolen that is the highlight of the second act.

As Carr says at one point, “It may be nonsense, but at least it is clever nonsense.”

And under Patrick Marber’s masterful direction, “Travesties” never lets the mayhem swirl completely out of control. At the center of the madness is a bravura performance by Hollander, perhaps best known for screen roles as sidekicks who are either goofy (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) or vaguely sinister (“The Night Manager”).

Here, he portrays both an older, dementia-addled Carr, looking back on his Zurich experiences through hazy memories and malaprops, as well as the younger middle manager who rightly saw himself as the hero of his own story, the lead in that amateur Wilde production (“not Ernest, the other one”).

Marber’s staging really shines when it slows down the verbal pyrotechnics to explore the efficacy of art in challenging times, allowing Tzara to stump that “anti-art is the art of our time” and Lenin to make a case that art must only exist to serve the revolutionary cause — but ultimately backing Joyce’s more nuanced appeal for art for its own sake: “What now of the Trojan War if it had been passed over by the artist’s touch? Dust.”

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James Wan and ‘Aquaman’ Cast Offer First Look at Work-in-Progress Atlantis https://www.thewrap.com/james-wan-aquaman-cast-offer-first-look-work-progress-atlantis/ https://www.thewrap.com/james-wan-aquaman-cast-offer-first-look-work-progress-atlantis/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:49:35 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874347 After the release of “Justice League,” it’s been relatively quiet around the DC Cinematic Universe. But Warner Bros. put the next film in the series, “Aquaman,” front and center at CinemaCon on Tuesday, as director James Wan, Jason Momoa and the rest of the cast showed up in Las Vegas to introduce the first trailer of the film, which Wan insisted isn’t ready for public consumption yet.

“I didn’t want to bring anything to this, but they made me!” said Wan, who has previously tweeted that he has held back on releasing any trailers because the CGI isn’t ready. The new footage shows rough computer animation of the underwater fight scenes that will be seen in the movie, as well as the gorgeous kingdom that Aquaman’s kin call home.

The new trailer shows Aquaman (Momoa) returning to Atlantis to challenge his brother for the underwater kingdom’s throne. Known as Arthur Curry in the surface world, Aquaman has spent a long time away from home. Now, he is being asked by Lady Mera (Amber Heard) to rise up and bring his trident to the battlefield as a war threatens to consume both Atlantis and the human world above.

But Arthur isn’t so sure he can do it, believing he’s only good for one thing: “I’m a blunt instrument,” he tells Mera in the trailer. “And I’m pretty bloody good at it.”

See Aquaman get back to his Atlantean roots when the film hits theaters December 21. The trailer is widely expected to be completed by July in time for WB’s San Diego Comic-Con presentation.

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Trump White House’s First State Dinner High on Pomp, Low on Star Wattage https://www.thewrap.com/trump-white-houses-first-state-dinner-high-pomp-low-star-wattage/ https://www.thewrap.com/trump-white-houses-first-state-dinner-high-pomp-low-star-wattage/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:49:25 +0000 Itay Hod https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874271 Donald Trump’s first state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte included 120 guests, a cream and gold color scheme, rack of spring lamb for the main course and white floral centerpieces of sweet peas and white lilacs.

What it didn’t have is Hollywood glamour.

Celebrities have long been a staple of Washington state dinners. But unlike, say, the Obama years, which featured the likes of Beyoncé, Steven Spielberg and James Taylor, this year’s event was low on star wattage, with the Washington National Opera serving as the featured entertainment.

Except for Melania Trump’s broad-brimmed white hat earlier in the day — which drew immediate comparisons to “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope — perhaps the closest Hollywood connection at the state dinner was movie-financier-turned-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Among the non-politics celebs who arrived at the Mount Vernon dinner were Apple CEO Tim Cook, Rupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry Hall, Olympic curler John Shuster, and women’s hockey player Meghan Duggan.

On the politics side, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, economic adviser Larry Kudlow, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, Chief Justice John Roberts, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, aide Stephen Miller, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Henry Kissinger, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were there.

The lone Democrat invited was Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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In contrast, the Obama’s first state dinner for then-Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur in 2009 was held in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House and included Steven Spielberg, Katie Couric, Blair Underwood and Alfre Woodard, among others.

It was also the year when a couple of party crashers made headlines: Tareq and Michaele Salahi. The Washington socialites filming “Real Housewives of D.C.,” made a splashy entrance despite not being on the list.

The Obamas’ roster of Hollywood celebs famously included Beyoncé, who headlined the 2010 state dinner for Mexico’s then-president Felipe Calderón and his wife, Margarita Zavala. Angela Merkel had a friend in James Taylor during her state dinner in 2011. And Mary J. Blige had some real love for Macron’s predecessor, François Hollande during his state dinner in 2014.

The Obama’s last state dinner, for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini in 2016, featured a who’s who of Hollywood A-listers, including Gwen Stefani, race driver Mario Andretti, fashion designer Georgio Armani, celebrity chef Mario Batali, Disney lobbyist Richard Bates, and actor Roberto Benigni, who won an Oscar for 1999’s “Life Is Beautiful.”

Republican presidents typically have a harder time wrangling A-listers for their dinners. First lady Laura Bush’s first state dinner was an intimate dinner honoring then-Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife, Martha Sahagun de Fox in 2001. The guest list included tenor Placido Domingo, Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green, after-dinner entertainment soprano Dawn Upshaw and the lone Hollywood representative, Clint Eastwood.

Other celebrities attending state dinners during the Bush years include country crooner Kenny Chesney in 2006, famed violinist Itzhak Perlman in 2007 and the Broadway production of “The Lion King” in 2008.

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Allison Mack Out on Bail In NXIVM Case, Under House Arrest https://www.thewrap.com/allison-mack-out-on-bail-in-nxivm-case-under-house-arrest/ https://www.thewrap.com/allison-mack-out-on-bail-in-nxivm-case-under-house-arrest/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:59:28 +0000 Itay Hod https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874364 Actress Allison Mack was released from federal custody Tuesday on $5 million bail and placed under house arrest, the Associated Press reports.

Mack, best known for her long-running role on The CW’s “Smallville,” was arrested Friday for her involvement in the organization NXIVM, which authorities say is a sex cult. A federal judge in Brooklyn agreed to release Mack to her parents in California, where she will decide whether or not to strike a deal with federal prosecutors

Mack is accused of recruiting women into the organization, and of “directly or implicitly” requiring these women to have sex with NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, according to U.S. attorney Richard P. Donoghue. She has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking, and if convicted, she faces 15 years to life in prison.

In March, Raniere was arrested in Mexico, where he fled after the publication last fall of a New York Times report about NXIVM practices like branding women. Federal authorities say Raniere and Mack created a secret society within NXIVM in 2015 called “DOS,” which “operated with levels of women ‘slaves’ headed by ‘masters,'” and that some of the DOS slaves became masters who “directly or implicitly required the slaves to have sex with Raniere.”

Raniere has since been charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor.

Mack starred on “Smallville,” from 2000 to 20011, where she played a young Superman’s best friend.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Film Review: Suppose They Gave an Infinity War and Everybody Came? https://www.thewrap.com/avengers-infinity-war-film-review-marvel-mcu/ https://www.thewrap.com/avengers-infinity-war-film-review-marvel-mcu/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:00:48 +0000 Alonso Duralde https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873815 There’s an old joke among comics fans: No one in superhero stories ever stays dead except for Bruce Wayne’s parents. So if there’s a body count in “Avengers: Infinity War” — and relax, this review aims to be as spoiler-free as possible, lest Disney unleash the hounds — it might be a little premature to start carving headstones.

After all, this entire movie revolves around an all-powerful deus ex MacGuffin known as the Infinity Gauntlet, which Thanos (Josh Brolin) seeks to possess. A most Malthusian supervillain, Thanos intends to wipe out half of the beings in existence so that the other half may know peace, prosperity and plenty. Sure, Ebenezer Scrooge might talk about decreasing the surplus population, but here’s a guy with an action plan to Make the Universe Great Again.

Thanos and the individual Infinity Stones that bedazzle the gauntlet have been woven throughout almost all of the preceding Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, so there’s an inescapable “It’s all been leading to this” portent about “Infinity War.” On the plus side, mashing up the entire MCU means we get to witness, for instance, the first meeting between New Yorkers Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), to say nothing of the interactions between, oh, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the royal house of Wakanda.

On the down side, there are some 25 or so major characters we’ve gotten to know over the course of 18 MCU titles. This sort of mammoth crossover is a staple of comic books over the years, and in that medium, creators have splash pages and double spreads to spatially accommodate so many superheroes.

The solution that “Infinity War” devises to get them all into one movie is that it doesn’t; there’s a sequel coming, for which this film is in some ways a two-hour-plus trailer. The story ends with a very jarring cliffhanger, which fans may compare to “The Empire Strikes Back” while detractors cite the Part 1 of any recent bifurcated YA franchise finale.

There will, I suspect, be more admirers of “Infinity War,” because it’s almost an archetypal example of fan service. Yes, the screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: Civil War”) scatters its many characters to various corners of the far-flung universe, leading to occasional whiplash-inducing “Meanwhile, in Scotland” cross-cutting, but the simplicity of the plotting (“Stop Thanos”) allows room for the character interaction and adrenaline-packed combat for which these films are famous.

But for all the delicious banter between Stark and Peter Parker (Tom Holland), or sweet nothings exchanged by Wanda (Elizabeth Olson) and Vision (Paul Bettany), there are still a few missed opportunities for meaningful dialogue moments — looking at you, awkward reunion between Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) and Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) — that we can only hope will be seized in the as-yet-untitled “Avengers 4.”

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo move their many playing pieces around with as much grace as possible, and they offer up jolts of pleasure throughout. The violence is ratcheted higher than usual — parents, please note we get both torture and genocide this time around — but the wisecracks still work; on this outing, the audience needs them more than usual, and the experienced cast knows how to throw them around as a way to keep their characters sane in the face of Armageddon.

The gargantuan ensemble does consistently fine work; the stand-outs include Holland, whose gee-whiz demeanor provides a welcome respite from the grim mood here, and new-to-the-MCU Carrie Coon, as one of Thanos’ fearsome lieutenants; when her character faces off with two of the series’ most ferocious female combatants, it still feels like a fair fight.

If there’s one disappointment here, it’s Thanos as a villain, and that’s not in any way Brolin’s fault. (To be honest, part of the problem is a crude joke that Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord makes about Thanos’ face early on, which I couldn’t stop thinking about for the rest of the movie.) The character is more fearsome by his actions — he takes down a seemingly insurmountable foe with shocking ease — than in his dialogue, and his intent to wipe out trillions of living creatures gets subsumed by his chill demeanor. It’s like how Earth gets wiped out because of a bureaucratic error in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” only that bit of banal destruction was meant to be a joke.

Ultimately, Thanos is just a bland sociopath who will stop at nothing to complete his collection, which is a bold choice for a movie aimed at comic-book fans. It also doesn’t help that “Avengers: Infinity War” can’t seem to make up its mind about how powerful Thanos is. Even when his gauntlet is only half-full, it would appear that he could flick aside the worst that the Avengers aim his way, but then there’d be no movie.

And in a way, there isn’t, or at least there won’t be a whole one until the sequel comes out. Anything we say now is still contingent on how the Russos and the writers wrap everything up next time. (And if they’re taking suggestions for how to reach their denouement, let me point out that Howard the Duck is still alive and well somewhere in the MCU.)

If you’re a viewer who binges TV dramas because you can’t wait a week to find out what happens, the implied “to be continued” at the end of “Infinity War” may drive you batty. But if you’ve been solidly along for the Marvel ride up to this point, you’ll enjoy this leg of the journey even if it hasn’t yet reached the terminal.

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Sinclair Sells Off 9 TV Stations to Appease Regulators Questioning Tribune Merger https://www.thewrap.com/sinclair-sells-off-9-tv-stations-to-appease-regulators-questioning-tribune-merger/ https://www.thewrap.com/sinclair-sells-off-9-tv-stations-to-appease-regulators-questioning-tribune-merger/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:32:33 +0000 Tim Baysinger https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874293 Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to sell nine of its TV stations to Standard Media Group for $441.7 million, the companies announced Tuesday.

The deal is part of Sinclair’s plan to divest stations in certain markets in order to win approval from the FCC for its $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.

Standard Media will acquire six Fox affiliates in Oklahoma City (KOKH); Grand Rapids, Michigan (WXMI); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (WPMT); Richmond, Virginia. (WRLH); Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. (WOLF); and Des Moines, Iowa (KDSM). Standard Media also gets WSWB (CW) and WQMY (MY-TV) in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, and the ABC affiliate (WXLV) in Greensboro, North Carolina.

In addition, Standard Media announced that Deb McDermott will be the expanded company’s new CEO. McDermott was most recently COO of Media General.

“The stations we are acquiring in this transaction have tremendous potential in excellent markets. We are excited to work with the talented station teams established by Sinclair and Tribune and grow the business for years to come.  Following this transaction, Standard Media will be well positioned to make further accretive acquisitions and we believe there is a compelling market opportunity to create another large player in the consolidating broadcast TV industry,” said McDermott.

The deal is subject to regulatory approval and should be completed when Sinclair’s takeover of Tribune closes.

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‘The Path’ Canceled After 3 Seasons At Hulu https://www.thewrap.com/the-path-canceled-after-3-seasons-at-hulu/ https://www.thewrap.com/the-path-canceled-after-3-seasons-at-hulu/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:11:06 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874320 Hulu has canceled “The Path” after three seasons, the streaming service said Tuesday.

“While it’s sad that ‘The Path’ is ending, I’m brimming with gratitude and pride,” said series creator and showrunner Jessica Goldberg in a statement.

“It was a gift to be able to tell challenging and emotional stories for three seasons in this very strange and unique world,” she continued. “The caliber of talent and passion everyone who worked on this show brought — from my partners Jason Katims and Michelle Lee, the execs at Hulu, the writers, actors, directors, designers and crew — was something to behold, and for which I’m very thankful. Thanks Hulu and Universal Television for taking a shot on this show, it was a life changing experience.”

The series followed a family involved with a controversial cult that has been compared to Scientology.

The drama was produced by Jason Katims and Universal Television, which houses his True Jack Productions, starring Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, Hugh Dancy, Kyle Allen, Emma Greenwell and Freida Pinto.

Goldberg has a pilot in the works at NBC titled “Suspicion,” a Hitchcockian thriller adapted from a book of the same name by Joseph Finder and directed by Brad Anderson.

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Star Clayne Crawford Apologizes for Bad On-Set Behavior: ‘I Hope They Will Stick With Me’ https://www.thewrap.com/lethal-weapon-star-clayne-crawford-apologizes-bad-set-behavior-hope-will-stick/ https://www.thewrap.com/lethal-weapon-star-clayne-crawford-apologizes-bad-set-behavior-hope-will-stick/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:52:00 +0000 Reid Nakamura https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874296 “Lethal Weapon” star Clayne Crawford has apologized for two on-set incidents, which led to recent reports saying the Fox drama was on the verge of cancellation due to his behavior.

“As you can imagine, yesterday’s headlines were incredibly distressing,” the actor wrote in a statement on Instagram. “It is true that I have been reprimanded twice during the past two seasons of ‘Lethal Weapon.'”

The statement goes on to outline the two incidents that led to him being disciplined, both stemming from the working conditions on set. One was a confrontation with a guest director and assistant director earlier in the season, and the other came during the filming of an episode Crawford directed, when an actor was hit by a piece of shrapnel from a stunt.

“I take great pride in treating everyone in life with dignity and kindness,” he continued. “I am very grateful for my job, and I work extremely hard at it. I have a responsibility to do good work for my coworkers, my family, and my home state, and most especially for the fans. I hope they will stick with me and stick with the show.”

Deadline first reported on Monday that Crawford’s behavior put the well-performing Fox series at risk of not receiving a third season from the network. The report claimed Crawford had been the subject of “complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment” to the point that cast and crew felt uncomfortable working with him.

Crawford took responsibility for his role in both incidents on Tuesday, explaining that he has since completed Warner Bros.-mandated therapy.

“I absolutely love, respect, and care for my crew and cast and would never intentionally jeopardize so many jobs,” Crawford wrote. “Moreover, I love the process of filmmaking and television. I appreciate and respect the work of everyone involved. It takes a village, and I am incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on set or feel less than celebrated for their efforts.”

Read the full statement below:

Forgive my delayed response. #truth

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Rapper Meek Mill to Be Released From Prison https://www.thewrap.com/rapper-meek-mill-released-prison/ https://www.thewrap.com/rapper-meek-mill-released-prison/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:40:25 +0000 Umberto Gonzalez https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874290 Rapper Meek Mill will be released from prison on Tuesday, according to his attorney Brian McMonagle who spoke to CBS News.

His sentencing for a probation violation sparked widespread outrage. According to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s official order (via TMZ), the justices cited the alleged corrupt police officer who testified in Meek’s case as a crucial point in their decision to order his bail. It also said prosecutors were not opposed to him being released, and sided with them.

In a statement, Meek said:

“I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including Jay Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice – not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”

Mill received two to four years in state prison for probation violation on from Judge Genece E. Brinkley, telling the rapper that he’s been “just thumbing your nose at me” after she’d given him multiple chances to straighten up.

Mill pleaded guilty in October to reckless driving after doing wheelies on a dirt bike in New York, a plea that was followed by a March arrest stemming from a fight at a St. Louis airport. The charges from the arrest were dropped when the rapper agreed to community service.

Mill’s Pennsylvania case originated in 2008, when he was convicted on a drug and gun matter, earning him eight months in prison followed by five years’ probation.

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Barry Manilow Sued Over Judy Garland ‘My Dream Duets’ Clip https://www.thewrap.com/barry-manilow-sued-over-judy-garland-my-dream-duets-clip/ https://www.thewrap.com/barry-manilow-sued-over-judy-garland-my-dream-duets-clip/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:16:09 +0000 Tim Kenneally https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874273 Barry Manilow can’t be smiling about this.

“Mandy” singer Manilow and his husband/manager Garry Kief have been hit with a lawsuit by a man who says they’ve been infringing on his copyright by using a clip of Judy Garland to promote Manilow’s album “My Dream Duets.”

The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in California by Darryl Payne, who says he’s the sole U.S. copyright owner for “The Judy Garland Show,” produced in 1963 and 1964 and aired on CBS.

The suit says Manilow and Kief engaged in “blatant, intentional and purposeful infringement” on Payne’s copyright on at least one of the episodes. The suit says that Kief “illegally licensed or otherwise authorized use” of audio-video clips from the show, knowing that he didn’t have rights to the work.

According to the suit, Kief is trustee of the Judy Garland Heirs’ Trust, which is also listed as a defendants, as is Kief’s Stiletto Entertainment.

The suit alleges that Judy Garland’s performance of the song “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” was used for the purpose of allowing Manilow to record and/or promote his album ‘My Dream Duets.'”

According to the suit, the clip was used to create a promotional video for the album, and has been used by Manilow during concert performances.

“Manilow’s performance of the duets with Judy Garland at Manilow’s concerts was achieved by displaying either projections or digital replications of the audio-video clips from the Infringed Work on a large screen that the audience could view and listen to while Manilow performed live on stage interacting with the exhibition of the Infringed Work,” the suit reads.

TheWrap has reached out to Manilow and Kief for comment on the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages and an injunction preventing Manilow and Kief from infringing on Payne’s copyright.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Jay-Z, RuPaul, Kourtney Kardashian Among 2018 Webby Award Winners https://www.thewrap.com/jay-z-rupaul-kourtney-kardashian-among-2018-webby-award-winners/ https://www.thewrap.com/jay-z-rupaul-kourtney-kardashian-among-2018-webby-award-winners/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:12:59 +0000 Reid Nakamura https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874241 The 2018 Webby Award winners were announced on Tuesday, including such names as Jay-Z, Kourtney Kardashian, Jesse Williams, Steven Soderbergh, Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Game of Thrones.”

This year’s awards will also include a slate of special achievement honorees that includes Uber whistleblower Susan Fowler, Mozilla founder Mitchell Baker, “Ozark” star Laura Linney and “Ugly Delicious” host David Chang.

National Geographic was named “Webby Media Company of the Year,” also taking home 26 other prizes in categories covering VR, photography and data visualization. Other companies to win multiple prizes include Conde Nast, Vice and HBO.

Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the Webby Awards honor achievement on the internet in more than 400 categories spanning, websites, entertainment, social media, games and advertising.

Awards will be presented on Tuesday, May 15 at a ceremony hosted by comedian Amber Ruffin in New York.

See some of the winners below and a complete list here.

Webby Person of the Year: Susan Fowler for fearlessly using the Internet to expose a deep culture of misogyny and sexual harassment at Uber and calling on the tech industry to take a stand against harassment of any kind. In a year marked by stories of sexual harassment and assault across industries, Fowler’s personal and powerful account helped to ignite the global #MeToo movement.

Webby Lifetime Achievement: Mitchell Baker for her decades of leadership at Mozilla, her pioneering vision to bring the Firefox browser open source, and her role as a fierce champion of a free and open web. With growing threats to Internet freedom, from censorship to the dismantling of net neutrality, Baker has been one of the world’s most influential leaders on open source and one of the greatest defenders of an open, collaborative Internet community.

Webby Special Achievement: FKA Twigs for her incredible contributions to digital culture and for embracing the Internet as the ultimate creative platform to share experimental new art, from her Instagram magazine to her surprise EP release.

Webby Best Actress: Laura Linney for her spellbinding work as Wendy in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Ozark. Linney brings her exceptional talent to a complex role on one of the most binge-watched and talked-about new series this year.

Webby Special Achievement: Jesse Williams for bridging the gap between activism and entertainment with his newest app, BLeBRiTY, and his use of social media to call attention to the lack of diversity in both the entertainment and tech space.

Webby Film & Video Person of the Year: Steven Soderbergh for pushing the boundaries of what is possible through digital storytelling and enhancing the viewer experience with his new interactive mobile filmmaking app, Mosaic, and his recent film Unsane.

Webby Special Achievement: David Chang for bringing nuanced and difficult conversations on food, authenticity, and cultural appropriation to the Internet with the Netflix instant-hit Ugly Delicious. Chang broke the mold with his eight-episode streaming series, making it more than just a show, but a brilliant digital platform for innovation and cultural understanding.

Webby Best Athlete: Chris Long for his work both on and off the football field, and for donating his salary this season to fund scholarships in Charlottesville and educational equity programs around the country.

JAY-Z: Smile won the Webby Award for Best Individual Performance (Film & Video)

Kourtney Kardashian won the Webby People’s Voice Award for Celebrity/Fan (Website)

The Daily Show: Social Media won the Webby People’s Voice Awards for Humor and Best Writing (Social)

Katy Perry’s Chained to the Rhythm Campaign won the Webby People’s Voice Award for Music (Social)

Game of Thrones won Webby People’s Voice Awards for Best Overall Social Presence – Media/Entertainment (Social), Trailer (Film & Video), and Digital Campaign (Advertising, Media & PR)

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain’s Explore Parts Unknown: Return to Catalunya won the Webby People’s Voice Award for Travel & Adventure (Film & Video)

RuPaul: What’s the Tee with Michelle Visage won the Webby Award for Best Host (Podcasts & Digital Audio)

Gaga: Five Foot Two won Webby People’s Voice Awards for Music and Best Editing (Film & Video)

Coachella won the Webby People’s Voice Award for Events (Websites)

Vogue.com Meryl Streep Cover Interview with Anna Wintour won the Webby Award for Variety (Film & Video)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #PUBERME Campaign won the Webby Award for Celebrity/Fan (Social)

Gigi Gorgeous won the Webby Award for Trailer (Film & Video)

Curb Your Enthusiasm – Binge on Curb won the Webby Award for Best Use of Video (Social)

Pandora won the Webby Award for Best Streaming Audio (Mobile Sites & Apps)

The Simpsons “Donald Trump’s First 100 Days in Office” won the Webby Award for Comedy: Individual Short or Episode (Film & Video)

HBO NOW won the Webby Award for Entertainment (Mobile Sites & Apps)

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‘Monster Week': Animal Planet Series ‘Finding Bigfoot’ to End With 100th Episode (Exclusive) https://www.thewrap.com/monster-week-animal-planet-series-finding-bigfoot-to-end-with-100th-episode-exclusive/ https://www.thewrap.com/monster-week-animal-planet-series-finding-bigfoot-to-end-with-100th-episode-exclusive/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:04:17 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873929

Animal Planet’s “Monster Week” 2018 will kick off with the 100th and final episode of “Finding Bigfoot,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Not a bad way to get things going, or to finally bid adieu to a fan-favorite TV series.

The week-long celebration will be hosted by Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Dan Schreiber and Buttons of podcast “The Cryptid Factor,” and it also includes new episodes of “River Monsters,” “Expedition Unknown,” “Deadliest Place on Earth” and “World’s Scariest Animal Attacks,” along with a slew of specials, we’re told.

We’ve got the trailer for the annual event posted above and more details below — the news and footage is all ours, not that we’re trying to be monsters about it.

“Monster Week” premieres Sunday, May 27  — that’s Memorial Day Weekend, by the way — at 8/7c with the 100th and final episode of “Finding Bigfoot,” which returns to television after more than a year-long hiatus.

The two-hour special features Bigfoot Field Research Organization president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland as they travel to the 50th anniversary celebration of the Patterson Gimlin film, which is often referred to as the holy grail of Bigfoot footage and the most famous piece of evidence ever recorded.

Cutting-edge technology brings forth all-new details of the creature captured on this film and leaves our investigators more convinced than ever about its authenticity, per Animal Plant. A farewell retrospective on the series follows.

Here are the new specials– all series descriptions are in Animal Planet’s own words:

“Finding Bigfoot”
(Sunday, May 27 at 8/7c)
The team of investigators returns for the 100th episode! In a two-hour “Monster Week” special, the team travels to Willow Creek California to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the most famous piece of Bigfoot footage, the Patterson Gimlin film. The discovery of a new copy of the film brings forth the biggest Bigfoot discovery in decades, showing the clearest image of the creature in 50 years. Immediately following is a one-hour special that features the “Finding Bigfoot” investigators and crew as they share their own stories and experiences together which spans a decade.

“The Lost Kingdom of The Yeti”
(Monday. May 28 at 8/7c)
From the Bhutanese wilderness, scientist and yeti-hunter Mark Evans hears fresh reports of repeated sightings and mysterious prints in the snow. Taking into consideration recent developments in DNA-science that could allow the creature responsible to be identified, Mark mounts a considerable expedition into the Himalayas and takes his search for the Yeti further than ever before. With inspired believers, a medical disaster, a forbidden mountain and a privileged appointment with royalty, this is an epic “Monster Week” adventure.

“Weird, True & Freaky”
(Airing all week at 10/9c starting Monday, May 28)
These are the scariest, most unbelievable animal encounters from across the globe caught on video! Whether attacking from above, or emerging from the depths, prepare to witness nature’s most terrifying confrontations gone awry. And things get even more shocking – bizarre, alien-like beings prove that in the animal kingdom, anything is possible. We’re counting down the top 10 most eye-popping moments caught on video.

“Monsters of The Abyss” 
(Tuesday, May 29 at 8/7c)
Richie Kohler and Evan Kovacs are deep ocean technical divers and marine investigators on the hunt for sea monsters in the British Isles. They are drawn to the North Channel by the recent discovery of a German U-boat wreck that may be the legendary UB-85, long-rumored to have been attacked by a sea monster in the waning days of WW1. Along the way, they travel to Scotland to meet recent eyewitnesses to the most legendary sea monster of all – the Loch Ness Monster, and to investigate any possible links between “Nessie” and the beast that may have attacked UB-85.

“Fear Island”
(Sunday, June 3 at 8/7c)
Veteran wildlife conservationist Bradley Trevor Grieve leads an elite team into uncharted Alaskan wilderness in search of Grandfather – a bear locals believe is the largest to ever roam the earth. To prove the massive predator’s existence, the team will rely on ancient indigenous tracking techniques to obtain DNA and video evidence of the beast. But as they track it deeper into its deadly domain – an island with the densest concentration of bears on the planet – they realize that their greatest challenge will be surviving the expedition.

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Top 3 Ways to Avoid ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Spoilers Online Before Seeing the Movie https://www.thewrap.com/avengers-infinity-war-spoilers/ https://www.thewrap.com/avengers-infinity-war-spoilers/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:01:48 +0000 Umberto Gonzalez https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874117 “Avengers: Infinity War” premiered Monday night in Hollywood to a packed audience and spoilers are bound to get out before the movie opens worldwide on Thursday. Here are the top three ways to avoid having it ruined online before seeing the movie.

Marvel Studios even released a PSA on Tuesday to say no to spoilers and drive the point home that #ThanosDemandsYourSilence. Watch the clip below.

1) Stay off social media at all costs

You’re going to have to exercise some extreme discipline and simply turn off social media. No Twitter, no Instagram, no Facebook, no Snapchat. The movie opens in just a few days and a 72-96 hour fasting period from social media might seem like a high order, but it is perhaps the best option. However, if going cold turkey on social media seems impossible, Twitter has a mute excellent function where only you can not only mute spoiler hungry trolls, but also certain words and even phrases you don’t want to see on your timeline.

Log into your Twitter account, click on your profile in the top right, from the dropdown menu scroll down and select “settings and privacy,” and then click on either the “muted accounts” or “muted words” tab to the left. We recommend muting words like “Avengers,” “Avengers Infinity War,” “Infinity Stones,” “Infinity War Spoilers,” and quite frankly the entire roster of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from “Iron Man” to especially “Thanos.”

Additionally, it is also recommended that certain fan and comic book movie enthusiast sites notorious for spoilers online should be muted under “muted accounts” on Twitter as well. Although Facebook lacks a decent mute function, it has a snooze function where spoiler hungry outlets and evil Facebook groups with diabolical plans to troll Avengers fans can be snoozed for 30 days. Click on the ellipses in the top-right hand corner of an outlet or a friend’s post, and hit the snooze function where you won’t see their posts for 30 days.

2) Avoid Reddit and 4chan

Sites like Reddit and 4chan are notorious for spoiling movies and a breeding ground for the most wretched and evil of trolls. Our best advice is to avoid the subreddits like r/MarvelStudiosSpoilers. Reddit has a filter button where you go to reddit.com/r/all and on the option is at the top right of the sidebar. Enter the names of the subreddits in the box. We also recommend adding subreddits like r/4chan and especially r/ImGoingToHellForThis which went all in spoiling “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Other subreddits that are Marvel spoiler hungry are r/classic4chan r/squaredcircle and r/greentext.

4chan, unfortunately, doesn’t have tools to avoid spoilers so it is our highest recommendation you avoid that troll hive altogether.

3) Use Browser add ons for safe browsing

If you can remain off social media but can’t stay off of search engines, Google has an excellent Chrome extension that would make Thanos proud called Unspoiler that makes spoilers completely disappear.

In the top-right corner of Chrome, click on the Unspoiler extension’s icon, and enter in the names, keywords, and phrases of the spoilers you’re looking to avoid, then click “Unspoil.”

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'Avengers: Infinity War' – Here's Where We Last Saw Each Infinity Stone

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked by Box Office (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/marvel-cinematic-universe-movies-ranked-by-box-office/ https://www.thewrap.com/marvel-cinematic-universe-movies-ranked-by-box-office/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:50:00 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873975 TheWrap takes a look at how the MCU movies have stacked up at the domestic box office, ranked from worst to best, not adjusted for inflation.

18. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)
Domestic: $134.8 million
Worldwide: $263 million

“Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)
Domestic: $176.6 million
Worldwide: 3706. million

“Ant-Man” (2015)
Domestic: $180.2 million
Worldwide: $519.3 million

“Thor” (2011)
Domestic: $181 million
Worldwide: $449.3 million

 

“Thor: The Dark World” (2013)
Domestic: $206.3 million
Worldwide: 664.6 million

“Doctor Strange” (2016)
Domestic: $232.6 million
Worldwide: $677.6 million

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014)
Domestic: $259.7 million
Worldwide: $714.3 million

“Iron Man 2” (2010)
Domestic: $312.4 million
Worldwide: $623.9 million

“Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)
Domestic: $315 million
Worldwide: $854 million

“Iron Man” (2008)
Domestic: $318 million
Worldwide: $585 million

“Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)
Domestic: $333 million
Worldwide: $773 million

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)
Domestic: $334.2 million
Worldwide: $880 million

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017)
Domestic: $389.8 million
Worldwide: $863.8 million

“Captain America: Civil War” (2016)
Domestic: $408 million
Worldwide: $1.15 billion

“Iron Man 3” (2013)
Domestic: $409 million
Worldwide: $1.21 billion

“Iron Man 3” (2013)
Domestic: $409 million
Worldwide: $1.21 billion

“The Avengers” (2012)
Domestic: $623 million
Worldwide: $1.51 billion

“Black Panther” (2018)
Domestic: $681 million
Worldwide: $1.32 billion

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TheWrap takes a look at how the MCU movies have stacked up at the domestic box office, ranked from worst to best, not adjusted for inflation.

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18. "The Incredible Hulk" (2008)
Domestic: $134.8 million
Worldwide: $263 million

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18. "The Incredible Hulk" (2008)
Domestic: $134.8 million
Worldwide: $263 million

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17. "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011)
Domestic: $176.6 million
Worldwide: 3706. million

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17. "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011)
Domestic: $176.6 million
Worldwide: 3706. million

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16. "Ant-Man" (2015)
Domestic: $180.2 million
Worldwide: $519.3 million

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16. "Ant-Man" (2015)
Domestic: $180.2 million
Worldwide: $519.3 million

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15. "Thor" (2011)
Domestic: $181 million
Worldwide: $449.3 million

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15. "Thor" (2011)
Domestic: $181 million
Worldwide: $449.3 million

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14. "Thor: The Dark World" (2013)
Domestic: $206.3 million
Worldwide: 664.6 million

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14. "Thor: The Dark World" (2013)
Domestic: $206.3 million
Worldwide: 664.6 million

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13. "Doctor Strange" (2016)
Domestic: $232.6 million
Worldwide: $677.6 million

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13. "Doctor Strange" (2016)
Domestic: $232.6 million
Worldwide: $677.6 million

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12. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014)
Domestic: $259.7 million
Worldwide: $714.3 million 

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12. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014)
Domestic: $259.7 million
Worldwide: $714.3 million 

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11. "Iron Man 2" (2010)
Domestic: $312.4 million
Worldwide: $623.9 million

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11. "Iron Man 2" (2010)
Domestic: $312.4 million
Worldwide: $623.9 million

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10. "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017)
Domestic: $315 million
Worldwide: $854 million

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10. "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017)
Domestic: $315 million
Worldwide: $854 million

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9 "Iron Man" (2008)
Domestic: $318 million
Worldwide: $585 million

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9 "Iron Man" (2008)
Domestic: $318 million
Worldwide: $585 million

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8. "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014)
Domestic: $333 million
Worldwide: $773 million

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8. "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014)
Domestic: $333 million
Worldwide: $773 million

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7. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017)
Domestic: $334.2 million
Worldwide: $880 million

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7. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017)
Domestic: $334.2 million
Worldwide: $880 million

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6. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (2017)
Domestic: $389.8 million
Worldwide: $863.8 million

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6. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (2017)
Domestic: $389.8 million
Worldwide: $863.8 million

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5. "Captain America: Civil War" (2016)
Domestic: $408 million
Worldwide: $1.15 billion

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5. "Captain America: Civil War" (2016)
Domestic: $408 million
Worldwide: $1.15 billion

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4. "Iron Man 3" (2013)
Domestic: $409 million
Worldwide: $1.21 billion

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4. "Iron Man 3" (2013)
Domestic: $409 million
Worldwide: $1.21 billion

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3. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015)
Domestic: $459 million
Worldwide: $1.4 billion

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3. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015)
Domestic: $459 million
Worldwide: $1.4 billion

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2. "The Avengers" (2012)
Domestic: $623 million
Worldwide: $1.51 billion

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2. "The Avengers" (2012)
Domestic: $623 million
Worldwide: $1.51 billion

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1. "Black Panther" (2018)
Domestic: $681 million
Worldwide: $1.32 billion

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1. "Black Panther" (2018)
Domestic: $681 million
Worldwide: $1.32 billion

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Rupert Murdoch to Attend Trump White House’s First State Dinner https://www.thewrap.com/rupert-murdoch-to-attend-white-house-state-dinner/ https://www.thewrap.com/rupert-murdoch-to-attend-white-house-state-dinner/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:38:57 +0000 Jon Levine https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874206 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch is officially on the guest list for tonight’s state dinner at the White House, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap on Tuesday.

The 87-year-old media baron and his wife Jerry Hall are expected to attend the dinner honoring French president Emmanuel Macron, the first official state dinner since Donald Trump entered the White House last year.

The news was first reported by New York Times correspondent Katie Rogers on Twitter.

A spokesperson for 21st Century Fox declined to comment; The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The attendance of the 87-year-old media magnate suggests he has recovered after suffering a back injury on his son Lachlan’s yacht earlier this year.

The elder Murdoch is known to be close to Trump and his Fox News Channel has become regular viewing in the White House.

It is the first state dinner of the Trump presidency and President Macron’s first official visit as president of France to the United States. Trump is said to enjoy a close personal friendship with Macron. The two dined together with their wives at a private dinner in Mount Vernon, Virginia, on Monday night.

Much of the state dinner preparations are being personally overseen by First Lady Melania Trump and her office.

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Roseanne Barr Q Score: Here’s How Much America Likes (or Doesn’t Like) Sitcom Star (Exclusive) https://www.thewrap.com/roseanne-barr-q-score-exclusive/ https://www.thewrap.com/roseanne-barr-q-score-exclusive/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:31:06 +0000 Tony Maglio https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873957 America really likes “Roseanne,” but do we like Roseanne? TheWrap looked into Roseanne Barr’s Q Score — a measurement of one’s likability — to find exactly that out.

The comedian, actress and awful national anthem singer has a 70 Familiarity score, which means she was recognized during a recent market research study by 70 percent of those surveyed. That’s actually far-larger than it probably sounds: Consider Mariska Hargitay, who is better-known than most of her peers, has just a 42 Familiarity score. The popular Kaley Cuoco is between the two with a 53.

So, yes, our ABC sitcom star is extremely well-known — but is Barr well-liked? No, not particularly.

With a 14 Positive Q Score, Barr is not what one would call a beloved personality. That number is not terrible, however — it places Roseanne five points below the average for a female primetime star.

(Back to our above example, the popular Hargitay and Cuoco have a 34 and 27, respectively for their Positive Q Scores. But again, they’re extremely well-liked — click here to see how more primetime actresses rated by both metrics.)

Barr’s Negative Q Score is a 36 — that one is pretty awful, to be honest. Compare it with the average for a female primetime star, which is a 21.

“Her numbers reflect the ‘stir the pot’ appeal that she has with viewers,” Q Scores Company president Henry Schafer told TheWrap. “That’s how the character and the real Roseanne are marketed.”

But just how does one gather a Q Score — a number that is commonly used to aid casting and endorsement decisions — anyway?

Well, for this one, Schafer and his team spent the early part of 2018 polling a few thousand Americans age 6 and older. Any of those who marked Barr among their favorite celebrities went in the Positive column, those who said she was one of their least favorite personalities were counted in the Negative tally. The Q Score itself is essentially just a percentage of those surveyed who said “Yes” to either extreme.

Unfortunately, one group was two-and-a-half times larger than the other — not that ABC is too concerned about it.

The “Roseanne” revival airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC.

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Former Vivendi Chair Vincent Bollore Detained in French Corruption Investigation https://www.thewrap.com/former-vivendi-chair-vincent-bollore-detained-in-french-corruption-investigation/ https://www.thewrap.com/former-vivendi-chair-vincent-bollore-detained-in-french-corruption-investigation/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:22:56 +0000 Trey Williams https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873927 French billionaire Vincent Bollore has been held for questioning by police in France as part of an investigation into possible bribes of public officials in two African countries close to a decade ago.

The investigation comes just a week after the media mogul stepped down as chairman of mass media conglomerate Vivendi, where he served since 2014.

The probe is into accusations lodged by a former employee that Bollore’s holding company bribed officials won contracts to operate container terminals.

The employee has been sentenced by a court to 3 years and 9 months in prison without parole and fined around 10 million euros of damages to the Bolloré Group for misappropriation of assets, according to a press release issued by the company on Tuesday.

Bollore’s business empire includes holdings in shipping, advertising, construction and media companies.

In the Bollore Group’s release, the company insists that it did not engage in any illegal activity.

“The Bollore Group reaffirms that these communication services were conducted in full transparency,” the company said in a statement. “The hearing of its executives should provide the judicial authorities with useful clarification regarding these issues that have been assessed by an independent expert. This expertise led to the conclusion that these transactions fully complied with all laws and regulations.”

Last week, Bollore exited as chairman of Vivendi, handing the reins over to his son Yannick Bollore. Vivendi is the parent company of Universal Music Group and Canal+ Group, among others, and has stakes in a number of media companies, including video hosting company Dailymotion.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2: Ann Dowd Shares Her Theories About Aunt Lydia’s Backstory (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/the-handmaids-tale-season-2-ann-dowd-shares-her-theories-about-aunt-lydias-backstory-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/the-handmaids-tale-season-2-ann-dowd-shares-her-theories-about-aunt-lydias-backstory-video/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:00:26 +0000 Jennifer Maas https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873457

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Aunt Lydia was not messing around in Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” And from the looks of things, Ann Dowd’s character is stepping up her game for the critically-acclaimed Hulu series’ upcoming second installment.

The Emmy winner spoke with TheWrap ahead of Wednesday’s Season 2 premiere about the harsh punishment Lydia has doled out to Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss), Ofwarren/Janine (Madeline Brewer), Ofglen/Emily (Alexis Bledel) and the other handmaids in Gilead and why that has helped Dowd develop her own theories about Lydia’s past. A backstory which viewers have yet to see, but might in the coming episodes.

“Yes, when you’re playing a character you think, ‘OK Episodes 1-6 are all about Lydia. And then we’ll bring in the other characters,'” Dowd says in the interview above. “But I trust the writers tremendously and I’m curious about it. However, I often wonder, was she very in love as a 13-year-old and did she get pregnant? And the shame, the shame, the shame. I remember, I was raised in a Catholic family and I think the first time I kissed a boy I thought, ‘Am I pregnant?’ There is so much, you know the anti-sex pill that you were given when you hit puberty from your parents being word.”

“So did she [Aunt Lydia] have so much shame that she just promised, ‘Listen, God, if you give me one more chance, I’ll never ever ever let you down,'” Dowd continued. “And she just shut off all sides of her except devotion as a way of saying, ‘I’m sorry. It will never happen again.'”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

Watch Dowd’s entire interview above and check back at TheWrap Wednesday at 10:10 am PT for another interview with Dowd about the Season 2 premiere.

Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere with two new episodes on Wednesday, with subsequent episodes released every Wednesday, on Hulu.

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'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2: Samira Wiley Tells Us Why Moira's Newfound Freedom Isn't All Sweet (Video)

Inside 'The Handmaid's Tale' Horrifying Season 2 Premiere (Non-Spoiler)

'The Handmaid's Tale' Star Madeline Brewer Tells Us Janine Pretends Gilead 'Isn't So F—ed Up' (Exclusive Video)

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Kim Kardashian’s Naked Crotch-Shot Shredded by Piers Morgan: ‘Desperate.com’ https://www.thewrap.com/piers-morgan-spanks-desperate-kim-kardashian-over-naked-crotch-shot/ https://www.thewrap.com/piers-morgan-spanks-desperate-kim-kardashian-over-naked-crotch-shot/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:55:23 +0000 Tim Kenneally https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874162 Piers Morgan has once again displayed his naked distaste for Kim Kardashian’s exhibitionist tendencies.

British media personality Morgan took a poke at the reality TV personality on Tuesday, after Kardashian posted a bare crotch photo with a plug for her perfume.

The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” personality posted a photo of a crotch, presumably her own, with the genital area barely concealed by a strategic bend of a leg.

“KKWFRAGRANCE.COM,” Kardashian wrote in a message accompanying the photo.

Morgan couldn’t help but chime in about the photo via his own Twitter account, writing, “DESPERATE.COM.”

For emphasis, Morgan included dual emojis of monkeys covering their eyes.

Morgan’s tweet included a link to the website Desperate.com, which bills itself as “the Largest Wholesale Manufacturer of Tin Signs,” though it’s unclear what his implication, if any, was.

This is far from the first time that Morgan has taken a shot at Kardashian for her perceived overexposure. In February, after Kardashian posted a photo of herself sans top with the message “[camera icon] by North,” a seeming reference to her child with rapper/philosopher Kanye West, Morgan blasted her as “pathetic & creepy.”

“Kim Kardashian now posting topless photos of herself taken by her 4-yr-old daughter. Pathetic & creepy,” Morgan fumed.

Related stories from TheWrap:

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Donald Trump Butt-Sniffing Pic Makes Piers Morgan Fume on Twitter

Topless Kim Kardashian Gets a Tongue-Lashing From Piers Morgan (Photo)

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‘Incredibles 2’ Sneak Peek Shows What Happened After First Movie Ended https://www.thewrap.com/incredibles-2-sneak-peek-shows-happened-first-movie-ended/ https://www.thewrap.com/incredibles-2-sneak-peek-shows-happened-first-movie-ended/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:51:29 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874130 At the end of “The Incredibles,” the Parr family found themselves face-to-face with a new enemy: The Underminer. Now, 14 years later, we finally get to see how Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Dash (Huck Milner) and Violet (Sarah Vowell) stopped the supervillain… while taking care of an infant child.

Audiences at CinemaCon in Las Vegas got to see the first five minutes of the upcoming sequel, which saw Violet’s crush Tony discover her super-powered secret… only to have his memory erased by a government agent.

Meanwhile, Dash and Violet play hot potato with Jak-Jak as they run after the Underminer’s giant drill to help their parents. Incidentally, the Underminer is voiced by Disney-Pixar mainstay John Ratzenberger.

Ultimately, the family shuts down the drill before it destroys City Hall with the help of Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), and their spectacle catches the attention of Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk), a telecom exec who loves superheroes and wants to help the Parrs strike down the law that forced them into hiding.

Mr. Incredible is making the switch from Super dad to stay-at-home dad in the new “Incredibles 2,” a recent trailer revealed.

Elastigirl is recruited to lead a campaign to bring the Supers back. Bob is flummoxed that he wasn’t chosen as the new face of the Supers, but there’s plenty that heroics needed at home. Violet “has adolescence” in Dash’s words, and there’s no telling when Jack-Jack might burst into flame.

Of course, a new villain will bring the Parr family back together.

“Incredibles 2” will hit theaters June 15.

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'Venom': Sony Finally Unveils the Symbiote in New Trailer for Tom Hardy Film (Video)

Tom Hardy Appears in Full Venom Mode in Leaked Trailer Footage (Video)

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Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Might Not Be a Remake After All https://www.thewrap.com/disney-dumbo-remake-tim-burton/ https://www.thewrap.com/disney-dumbo-remake-tim-burton/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:51:15 +0000 Jeremy Fuster https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873935 Tim Burton is giving “Dumbo” the “Big Fish” treatment, as Disney unveiled never-before-seen footage of the upcoming live-action remake of the 1966 classic animated film.

And it looks like Burton’s take has some marked differences from the original.

“The [original] movie ends with Dumbo flying,” co-star Danny DeVito in a sizzle reel presented at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday. “This movie begins with the elephant flying, and takes the story even further.”

 

With the film still in production, the studio’s featurette didn’t include images of the title elephant himself, but it did include concept art of the character that revealed the blend of cartoon and realistic aesthetics in keeping with Burton’s signature surrealist approach to the material.

“Dumbo” will feature a cast led by DeVito, who plays the circus’ loudmouth manager Max Medici. The new footage shows Medici chewing out the circus’ strongman, who is also in charge of accounting.

Other denizens of the circus were shown, including the beautiful trapeze artist Collette Marchant (Eva Green) and WWII vet Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a former circus star in charge of taking care of Dumbo.

“Dumbo” returns to theaters March 29, 2019.

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'Deadpool 2' Final Trailer Trolls DC Universe and Introduces Your New Favorite Hero, Peter (Video)

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Netflix in May: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/netflix-in-may-whats-coming-and-what-to-watch-before-its-gone-photos-3/ https://www.thewrap.com/netflix-in-may-whats-coming-and-what-to-watch-before-its-gone-photos-3/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:47:41 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874001 Arriving May 4: Dear White People Volume 2

The students of Winchester University are back. Peep the teaser trailer for Season 2 here.

Arriving May 4: The Rain

A virus wipes out most of the population in this apocalyptic Danish-made drama. Watch the trailer here.

Arriving May 4: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Tina Fey

Do we really need to caption this one?

Arriving May 27: The Break with Michelle Wolf

“The Daily Show” alum comes to Netflix with her own talk show that will stream weekly.

Arriving May 30: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4

Kimmy is back and unbreakable as ever in part 1 of Season 4 at the end of the month.

Arriving May 29: Coco

The Oscar-winning animated film that stole hearts last year is coming to Netflix next month.

Leaving May 1: Ocean’s 11

Watch the 2001 heist movie ahead of “Ocean’s 8” starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter, in theaters June 8.

Leaving May 2: High School Musical 1 and 2

We’re soaring, flying, to our Netflix accounts to re-live the early aughts before “HSM” leaves.

Leaving May 12: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

The tale of Ricky Bobby never gets old. Join him on the race track before the comedy leaves Netflix on May 12.

Leaving May 30: The Jungle Book

The live-action remake of this Disney classic is leaving the streaming service next month.

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https://www.thewrap.com/netflix-in-may-whats-coming-and-what-to-watch-before-its-gone-photos-3/feed/ 0 Arriving May 4: Dear White People Volume 2

The students of Winchester University are back. Peep the teaser trailer for Season 2 here

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Arriving May 4: Dear White People Volume 2

The students of Winchester University are back. Peep the teaser trailer for Season 2 here

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Arriving May 4: The Rain

A virus wipes out most of the population in this apocalyptic Danish-made drama. Watch the trailer here

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Arriving May 4: The Rain

A virus wipes out most of the population in this apocalyptic Danish-made drama. Watch the trailer here

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Arriving May 4: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Tina Fey

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Arriving May 4: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Tina Fey

Do we really need to caption this one?

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Arriving May 27: The Break with Michelle Wolf

"The Daily Show" alum comes to Netflix with her own talk show that will stream weekly. 

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Arriving May 27: The Break with Michelle Wolf

"The Daily Show" alum comes to Netflix with her own talk show that will stream weekly. 

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Arriving May 29: Coco

The Oscar-winning animated film that stole hearts last year is coming to Netflix next month. 

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Arriving May 29: Coco

The Oscar-winning animated film that stole hearts last year is coming to Netflix next month. 

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Arriving May 30: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4

Kimmy is back and unbreakable as ever in part 1 of Season 4 at the end of the month. 

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Arriving May 30: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4

Kimmy is back and unbreakable as ever in part 1 of Season 4 at the end of the month. 

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Leaving May 1: Ocean's 11

Watch the 2001 heist movie ahead of "Ocean's 8" starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter, in theaters June 8.

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Leaving May 1: Ocean's 11

Watch the 2001 heist movie ahead of "Ocean's 8" starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter, in theaters June 8.

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Leaving May 2: High School Musical 1 and 2

We're soaring, flying, to our Netflix accounts to re-live the early aughts before "HSM" leaves. 

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Leaving May 2: High School Musical 1 and 2

We're soaring, flying, to our Netflix accounts to re-live the early aughts before "HSM" leaves. 

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Leaving May 12: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

The tale of Ricky Bobby never gets old. Join him on the race track before the comedy leaves Netflix on May 12. 

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Leaving May 12: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

The tale of Ricky Bobby never gets old. Join him on the race track before the comedy leaves Netflix on May 12. 

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Leaving May 30: The Jungle Book

The live-action remake of this Disney classic is leaving the streaming service next month. 

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Leaving May 30: The Jungle Book

The live-action remake of this Disney classic is leaving the streaming service next month. 

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Will Smith’s Genie Unleashed in Early ‘Aladdin’ Footage https://www.thewrap.com/will-smiths-genie-unleashed-early-aladdin-footage/ https://www.thewrap.com/will-smiths-genie-unleashed-early-aladdin-footage/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:44:14 +0000 Matt Donnelly https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873895 Will Smith’s take on a beloved Disney character came into focus on Tuesday, during the studio’s presentation to U.S. movie theater owners at CinemaCon.

Disney distribution executive Cathleen Taff showed exhibitors a behind-the-scenes package from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live adaptation of “Aladdin” — the first time anyone has seen Smith step into the role made famous by the voice work of Robin Williams.

“To state the obvious, no one could replicate the iconic performance of Robin Williams,” Taff said.

She described Smith’s performance as “a little ‘Fresh Prince,’ a little ‘Hitch,’ and a whole lot of attitude.”

Smith was living his full Arabian fantasy in the footage, decked out in jewels and robes and sporting a high ponytail on a shiny bald head. He could also be seen in numerous dance sequences, one in full harem drag dancing with scores of women in town square.

It’s unclear when the featurette might be released to the public. We also don’t know what classics and new numbers Smith might sing in the film, thought it’s been reported his deal included new songs.

The majority of footage centered on a Ritchie’s visual concept. The action movie native brings his frenetic pacing to the tale of a hustler who finds a magic lamp and changes his own destiny. Practical stunts included flying off of rooftops and rebounding on the awnings and marketplace stalls of the fictional Middle Eastern city.

The live-action “Aladdin” is set for release on May 24, 2019.

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Marvel Launches Anti-Spoiler Campaign Ahead of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (Video) https://www.thewrap.com/marvel-launches-anti-spoiler-campaign-ahead-of-avengers-infinity-war-video/ https://www.thewrap.com/marvel-launches-anti-spoiler-campaign-ahead-of-avengers-infinity-war-video/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:28:45 +0000 Beatrice Verhoeven https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874123

Marvel has launched an anti-spoiler campaign ahead of the release of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

“I’m not telling you a damn thing,” Anthony Mackie says at the start of the video.

“I can’t say for sure… anything,” Chris Pratt adds, while Tom Holland awkwardly gulps down a glass of water to avoid revealing any spoilers.

The video also includes Robert Downey Jr., Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Mark Ruffalo, Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans.

“#ThanosDemandsYourSilence,” the video says at the end.

At the beginning of the month, directors Joe and Anthony Russo asked fans to not spoil the movie for anyone in a letter tweeted to fans.

“Don’t spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you,” the Russo Brothers wrote in the letter.

“Infinity War,” set to enter theaters on Friday, is the culmination of Marvel’s audacious plans that started with “Iron Man” in 2008. The film is expected to open with $215 million, according to analysts at Box Office Pro.

Watch the PSA video above.

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A Brief History of James Cameron Dumping on Beloved Movies, From 'Avengers' to 'Star Wars' (Photos)

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Bill Cosby Retrial: Comedian’s Attorney Shreds ‘Pathological Liar’ Andrea Constand During Closing Arguments https://www.thewrap.com/bill-cosby-retrial-comedians-attorney-shreds-pathological-liar-andrea-constand-during-closing-arguments/ https://www.thewrap.com/bill-cosby-retrial-comedians-attorney-shreds-pathological-liar-andrea-constand-during-closing-arguments/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:03:53 +0000 D.A. Weiss and Tim Kenneally https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874007 Bill Cosby’s defense attorney tore into his client’s accuser, Andrea Constand, on Tuesday during closing arguments at the comedian’s retrial, calling her a “pathological liar.”

Speaking to the jury, Tom Mesereau said that the case has no forensic evidence, likening it to a he-said, she-said situation. Mesereau then went on to detail multiple lies that he accused Constand of telling about her relationship with Cosby, including, Mesereau said, that she was dishonest about how much she contacted Cosby after the alleged 2004 assault.

Mesereau also discussed the $3.38 million settlement Cosby paid to Constand stemming from her civil case against him, saying the comedian “thought he was paying for peace.” Adding that Constand’s parents received money as part of the settlement agreement, Mesereau characterized it as highway robbery.

During Tuesday’s closing arguments, Kathleen Bliss, another of Cosby’s defense attorneys, dug into multiple Cosby accusers who took the stand during the retrial, including Janice Dickinson, who Bliss painted as a “failed starlet” and “aged-out model.” When she testified, Dickinson said that she wanted to include her story of Cosby allegedly raping her in her memoir “No Lifeguard on Duty,” which ultimately did not include the accusation. During closing arguments, Bliss opined of Dickinson, “It sounds as though she slept with every single man on the planet.”

Bliss also discussed defense witness Marguerite Jackson, who worked with Constand at Temple University, who testified that Constand told her that she could get money from falsely accusing a high-profile person of assault. Bliss told the jury that, with Jackson’s testimony, the case was “over.”

During Tuesday’s arguments, Camille Cosby, the comedian’s wife of more than five decades, was in attendance.

Cosby is being re-tried on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from former Temple University employee Constand’s accusation that the comedian molested her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia.

Cosby’s initial trial in the matter ended in a mistrial in July 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a verdict following five days of deliberations.

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Judith Regan Blasts 'Derogatory Slur' From Cosby Rep

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RealD and Cinemark Renew 3D Agreement Through 2022 https://www.thewrap.com/reald-cinemark-renew/ https://www.thewrap.com/reald-cinemark-renew/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:00:04 +0000 Umberto Gonzalez https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1874017 Cinemark Holdings, Inc. has renewed its 3D agreement with RealD across its global platform through December 2022, the company announced Tuesday.

In addition, Cinemark committed to installing RealD 3D systems in all new-build theaters during the term of the extension. The announcement was jointly made today by Mark Zoradi, Cinemark’s Chief Executive Officer and RealD’s Travis Reid, President of Worldwide Cinema and Chief Operating Officer of RealD.

Cinemark was an early champion of the 3D format and one of RealD’s first major customers when the company launched in 2005. Today, RealD is the world’s preeminent 3D brand. There are currently more than 3,000 RealD projection systems installed in Cinemark theaters.

“Cinemark is thrilled to extend our strategic partnership with RealD,” stated Mark Zoradi, Cinemark’s CEO. “We continue to believe the visual effects of 3D can enhance the on-screen action and further immerse movie-goers into the developing storyline of the film. RealD’s technology is first-rate and we value the collaboration with them over the years to ensure Cinemark is among the best and the brightest 3D technology in the industry.”

“Cinemark was an early advocate of RealD; their loyalty and commitment has never wavered as they recognized the excitement and added value 3D brings to their theatres,” said RealD’s Reid. “Their long-standing relationship with us is predicated on the highest level of customer satisfaction and demand in their RealD equipped locations. We are extremely pleased to continue collaborating with the Cinemark team as they consistently seek dynamic ways to move the business forward and enhance the overall movie-going experience.”

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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in May https://www.thewrap.com/everything-coming-to-and-leaving-netflix-in-may/ https://www.thewrap.com/everything-coming-to-and-leaving-netflix-in-may/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:39:42 +0000 Ashley Boucher https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873930 If Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” had you singing and dancing along in the theater, you’re in luck. You’ll soon be able to get up and dance to the Oscar-winning song “Remember Me” in your own living room when “Coco” drops on Netflix on May 29.

Several titles coming to the streaming giant next month don’t yet have a date, including “Riverdale” Season 2, “The Flash” Season 4, “Arrow” Season 6, “Dynasty” Season 1 and “Supernatural” Season 1.

Plenty of Netflix Originals are returning in May as well, like “Dear White People” on May 4 and “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman,” also on May 4, with guest Tina Fey.

See the complete list below.

Avail. May 1
27: Gone Too Soon

A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana

Amelie

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1

Beautiful Girls

Darc

God’s Own Country

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A new stand-up special from John Mulaney.

Mr. Woodcock

My Perfect Romance

Pocoyo & Cars

Pocoyo & The Space Circus

Queens of Comedy: Season 1

Reasonable Doubt

Red Dragon

Scream 2

Shrek

Simon: Season 1

Sliding Doors

Sometimes– NETFLIX FILM
Seven strangers anxiously waiting for their HIV test results decide to bribe the clinic receptionist to get them early, learning one is positive.

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Carter Effect

The Clapper

The Reaping

The Strange Name Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2

Avail. May 2
Jailbreak

Avail. May 4
A Little Help with Carol Burnett– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this original unscripted series starring comedy legend Carol Burnett, kids dish out advice to celebrities and everyday people in front of a live audience.

Anon– NETFLIX FILM
In a future where technology has rendered privacy obsolete, a detective investigates a serial assassin who has been deleted from all visual records.

Busted!: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A hilarious panel of Korean entertainment icons team up with some of the biggest names in K-Drama in this madcap whodunit variety show. More “Keystone Cops” than “Sherlock Holmes,” each episode sees our cast of bumbling detectives solve a different mystery based on vignettes presented by famous Korean actors and comedians. An overarching plot unfolds throughout the series, and the tension mounts as the panel edges closer to the awful truth.

Dear White People: Volume 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Romantic dilemmas, a social media troll and big changes at Armstrong-Parker House push Sam, Lionel and friends to the breaking point.

End Game– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Directed by Academy Award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, End Game is an intimate vérité style documentary short that follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting edge of life and death — and dedicated to changing our thinking about both.

Forgive Us Our Debts– NETFLIX FILM
Threatened by creditors, a newly unemployed man agrees to work for a debt collector, but soon discovers his deal with the devil has unexpected costs.

Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Lukas and friends explore a lost world full of prehistoric beasts, uncover clues to Kong’s past and race to stop a robot uprising led by Botila.

Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo

Manhunt– NETFLIX FILM
A Chinese pharmaceutical lawyer framed for a vile crime teams up with a sharp-witted Japanese detective to stop a dangerous corporate plot.

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tina Fey opens up about her family, the changing culture at “SNL” and the one moment she wishes she could take back. Plus, blues icon Buddy Guy.

No Estoy Loca

The Rain: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark on a perilous search for safety. A Scandinavian thriller series.

Avail. May 5
Faces Places

Avail. May 6
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Streaming every Sunday – Season 1 Finale on May 13)– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. May 8
Desolation

Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Hari Kondabolu breaks down identity politics, celebrity encounters, his mango obsession and more in a stand-up set full of unexpected twists.

Avail. May 9
Dirty Girl

Avail. May 11
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Bill and his guests explore the future of food, the science of addiction and more in a new set of episodes of the Emmy-nominated series.

Evil Genius: the True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This docuseries investigates the true story of a pizza delivery man who robbed a bank, then was killed by a bomb fastened around his neck.

Spirit Riding Free: Season 5– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Inspired by the Oscar® nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Spirit Riding Free follows the heartfelt journey of a wild mustang who could not be tamed. A whole new generation will experience all the daring adventures when Spirit meets a girl named Lucky whose courage matches his own. Together they push limits, harness the power of friendship and discover what it means to be free. With their best friends by their side, they explore a world filled with endless rides, magnificent horses and never-ending fun.

The Kissing Booth– NETFLIX FILM
When teenager Elle’s first kiss leads to a forbidden romance with the hottest boy in high school, she risks her relationship with her best friend.

The Who Was? Show: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A live-action sketch comedy show for kids starring the greatest names in history. Based on the best-selling book series.

Avail. May 13
Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Pregnant again, Ali Wong returns in her second original stand-up comedy special and gets real on why having kids is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Avail. May 14
The Phantom of the Opera

Avail. May 15
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 4

Grand Designs: Seasons 13 – 14

Only God Forgives

The Game 365: Seasons 15 – 16

Avail. May 16
89

Mamma Mia!

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The Kingdom

Wanted

Avail. May 18
Cargo– NETFLIX FILM
Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately seeks a new home for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.

Catching Feelings– NETFLIX FILM
A Johannesburg professor and his journalist wife find their relationship tested in new ways when a famous, hard-partying writer enters their lives.

Inspector Gadget: Season 4– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dr. Claw attempts anger management, Talon poses as a panda and Inspector Gadget goes … to jail? It’s a MAD, MAD world with plenty of surprises.

Avail. May 19
Bridge to Terabithia

Disney’s Scandal: Season 7

Small Town Crime

Avail. May 20
Some Kind of Beautiful

Avail. May 21
Señora Acero: Season 4

Avail. May 22
Mob Psycho 100: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
There’s an organization gathering espers for a nefarious purpose. Powerful psychic Mob, however, is just trying to be the protagonist of his own life.

Shooter: Season 2

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
As Shion and Tsubasa grow closer day by day, Ami and Takayuki’s relationship grows complicated, and new housemates join the group.

Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Comedian Tig Notaro unleashes her inner prankster in a playful stand-up special packed with funny anecdotes, parenting confessions and more.

Avail. May 23
Explained– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This series spotlights topical and timely issues that impact our lives — from the gender wage gap to geopolitical politics.

Avail. May 24
Fauda: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Doron teams up with his old undercover unit when a militant who has targeted him for revenge also launches a more ambitious covert plan.

Survivors Guide to Prison

Avail. May 25
Ibiza– NETFLIX FILM
When Harper’s two best friends tag along on her work trip to Barcelona, they ditch work and fly to Ibiza for Harper, who against her better judgement, falls for a hot DJ.

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The Toys That Made Us: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The new season features Star Trek, Transformers, LEGO and Hello Kitty.

Trollhunters: Part 3– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The fate of both trolls and humans hangs in the balance as the final chapter begins. Will Gunmar succeed in shrouding the world in darkness?

Avail. May 26
Sara’s Notebook– NETFLIX FILM
A woman embarks on a harrowing search for her missing sister that brings her into the depths of the treacherous, war-torn Congolese jungle.

Avail. May 27
The Break with Michelle Wolf– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Michelle Wolf pokes fun at everything and everyone on her weekly show. Wolf has worked on “The Daily Show” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

Avail. May 29
Disney·Pixar Coco

Avail. May 30
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kimmy gets a job at a tech startup, Titus pretends to have a TV show to impress Mikey, and Jacqueline starts a talent agency.

Avail. May 31
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The groundbreaking radio personality takes the stage in the latest installment of Letterman’s in-depth, wide-ranging interview series.

Leaving May 1
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Casper
Chappie
Charlotte’s Web
Field of Dreams
GoodFellas
Ocean’s Eleven
Sahara
Silent Hill
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Hurt Locker
To Rome With Love
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
Leaving 5/2/18
12 Dates of Christmas
Beauty & the Briefcase
Cadet Kelly
Camp Rock
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
Cow Belles
Cyberbully
Disney’s The Cheetah Girls
Disney’s The Cheetah Girls 2
Disney’s The Cheetah Girls: One World
Frenemies
Geek Charming
Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas
Hello Sister, Goodbye Life
High School Musical
High School Musical 2
Jump In!
Lemonade Mouth
Little Einsteins: Seasons 1 – 2
My Fake Fiancé
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
Phineas and Ferb: Seasons 1 – 4
Princess Protection Program
Princess: A Modern Fairytale
Read It and Weep
Revenge of the Bridesmaids
Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
Special Agent Oso: Seasons 1 – 2
StarStruck
Teen Spirit
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Seasons 1 – 5
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

Leaving May 7
The Host

Leaving May 12
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Leaving May 30
Disney’s The Jungle Book

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Oscars Add New Round of Voting in Music Categories https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-add-new-round-voting-music-categories/ https://www.thewrap.com/oscars-add-new-round-voting-music-categories/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:21:09 +0000 Steve Pond https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873947 In its annual adjustment of Oscar rules, the Academy has added a first round of voting to produce a shortlist in the Best Original Song and Best Original Score categories.

Both categories will now be narrowed down to 15 films before a second round of voting by the Music Branch produces the final five nominees. That marks a dramatic change from the existing rules that have called for a single round of nomination voting.

The music categories will now align with several other categories that use shortlists, including Best Documentary Feature, Best Foreign Language Film and the short-film categories.

In other rule changes, documentary features can now qualify for the Oscars by winning an award at a qualifying film festival. In the past, all feature docs had needed a theatrical release to qualify, though short docs could qualify via film-festival awards.

Other rule changes affected submission deadlines and the number of producers eligible to receive Oscars in the doc-feature and animated-feature categories.

The new rules were recommended by the individual branches, reviewed by the Academy’s Awards and Events Committee and then approved by the Board of Governors.

The board also approved new campaign regulations for the 91st Oscars next year. The most dramatic of those confirmed earlier reports that studios will be required to send materials to Oscars voters through an “Academy-approved mailing house.”

In the past, studios have been able to send screeners, invitations and other materials directly to Academy members, but the new rule brings the process in line with the one used by the Television Academy for Emmy voting.

Additionally, the number of post-nomination screenings that include filmmaker Q&As has been trimmed to four, eliminating the two additional screenings that were allowed in the documentary and foreign-language categories.

The new rules, from the Academy press release:

Submission deadlines for awards eligibility have been changed. There is now one submission deadline – Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 – for the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories. The submission deadline for Best Picture and all other categories is Thursday, Nov. 15, by 5 p.m. PT.

In the Music categories, all members of the Music Branch will view films eligible for Original Score and film clips of eligible Original Songs and vote in a preliminary round to produce a shortlist of 15 titles in each category using the preferential voting system. Five nominees for Original Score and five nominees for Original Song will then be chosen by branch members in a second round of balloting also using preferential voting.

In the Documentary Feature category, films that have won a qualifying award at a competitive film festival will be eligible for Academy Awards consideration regardless of any prior public exhibition or distribution by nontheatrical means. The Documentary Feature Qualifying Festival List will be available later this spring. Furthermore, the critic review eligibility requirement has been expanded to include additional New York- and Los Angeles-based publications.

To align with credits eligibility in the Best Picture category, rules in both the Animated Feature Film and Documentary Feature categories have been updated to allow for more than one producer to be designated as a nominee.

In a procedural change, members of the Visual Effects Branch Nominating Committee will now be able to stream bake-off reels from the shortlisted films or attend satellite bake-off screenings and vote online. Previously, committee members were only able to vote in person at the Academy’s Visual Effects Bake-off in Los Angeles.

Other amendments to the rules include standard date changes and other “housekeeping” adjustments.

Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees. The Awards and Events Committee then reviews all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Board of Governors for approval.

Updated campaign regulations, which specify how companies and individuals may promote to Academy members any movies and achievements eligible for the 91st Academy Awards, are also presented to the Board of Governors for approval.

For the first time, studios, distributors and filmmakers will be required to use an Academy-approved mailing house to send sanctioned awards materials for eligible films to Academy members. Each approved mailing house will be provided with an official list of Academy members who have opted-in along with their contact information to facilitate both physical and digital mailings.

Additionally, the number of post-nominations screenings with a filmmaker Q&A is now limited to a maximum of four regardless of category or country in which the event takes place. This rule eliminates the two additional screenings currently allowed for Documentary and Foreign Language Film nominees.

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‘Maze Runner’ Star Dexter Darden Talks the Initial Negative Response to His Casting, and Surviving Trump’s America https://www.thewrap.com/maze-runner-star-dexter-darden-interview/ https://www.thewrap.com/maze-runner-star-dexter-darden-interview/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:21:07 +0000 Phil Owen https://www.thewrap.com/?p=1873079 If you’ve watched the “Maze Runner” movies, you know who Dexter Darden is — he plays the ever-present Frypan, a character who, while not quite at the forefront, is always a major player in whatever is going on. And Darden told TheWrap that fans of the book series were not always happy with his involvement with the films.

“Originally, they weren’t very happy, because Frypan in the books wasn’t necessarily a man of color,” Darded explained, describing a phenomenon that has occurred fairly often when a black actor is cast as a character who is not black in the source material. See, for example, Idris Elba in the “Thor” films, which was met with a similarly irrational outcry from some fans at first. But as is usually the case with these sorts of “controversies,” the situation calmed down once the first movie came out.

“So they weren’t really the most excited about that, but Wes Ball and James Dashner had kinda come to the conclusion that, look, in the book it just says that he’s a chubby guy with nappy hair, so it’s like, if Dexter gains 15 pounds he could really be any ethnicity. Although it does say he has red hair. So it was a little bit mixed in the beginning, but since then the fans have literally been the most amazing. Like literally the most amazing, incredible support.”

Darden said the eventual positive response only grew when Frypan got into more of the action in “The Death Cure,” which lands on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K today.

“In the third one I think fans are really happy to see me kinda come to the forefront and step up to the plate and really showcase what my abilities are and what I can provide to the character and what I can provide to the team,” Darden said. “And so the outcry on social media, and fan mail as well, has just been incredible and this has been something I’ve been very fortunate to experience.”

Darden told me that earlier in his budding career, the types of roles he was able to audition for and would be offered seemed to, as the story in Hollywood so often goes, be dictated by racial stereotypes — but he seemed to think the situation is improving somewhat.

” ‘Rush Hour’ is my favorite movie of all time, so that’s kind of where I was aspiring to be — in a movie where a black guy can play opposite of an Asian man, and then it becomes one of the biggest franchises in the world. That’s what I love, and I feel like we’ve kinda gotten away from that a little bit, and it became a bit scary, And I was just getting roles and auditions for guys who are just a gangbanger on the corner, or the guy whose father or mother’s abandoned them and they don’t really have a life to look forward to,” Darden said. “But now I think with the cultural diversity and what movies like ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise are doing and ‘Get Out’ and the opportunities that they’re allowing are making that more popular again and giving us the opportunity to play roles outside of the basic stereotype that the black male is categorized in.”

We also discussed the significance of Darden, as a black man, simply existing in Hollywood and as a key part of this film franchise in Donald Trump’s America — a time in which profound political and cultural divides that many had thought, or at least pretended to think, were fading have reasserted themselves in force.

It’s always been apparent. It’s always been something that’s overwhelming and one of those things that you just kind of have to come to grips with and operate through. I think with the way our country is going now, and that cultural divide being so prevalent, people are becoming a little bit more bold in their beliefs and their racism,” Darden said, before describing how this new “family” he’s developed with his “Maze Runner” castmates has certainly been a boon though all this.

“What I do know is I’m fortunate now to have a platform to keep developing and building myself as an individual to the point where I have a voice, in the sense of speaking out on certain matters — whether the president of the United States is being racist and sexist in this specific moment,” Darden said. “And I have the opportunity to stand up for like a sister like a Rosa Salazar or Kaya Scodelario, or have the bravado to speak up for my brother like a Ki Hong Lee, who is an Asian-American male, and not necessarily feeling like he has to be outcast because of his ethnic and historical or cultural background.

“While also standing alongside a brother like a Dylan O’Brien, who you know is a caucasian male, grew up in the States, who doesn’t believe in those kinds of things. We can stand by each other and have each other’s support. And that’s one of the things that’s so beautiful about “Maze Runner” and my castmates, who I love and who will be my family for the rest of my life, is that we always will have each other’s backs, regardless of the color of our skin or where we come from.”

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