• Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters’ Cause of Death Revealed
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    Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters’ Cause of Death Revealed

    Singer Bonnie Pointer’s cause of death has been revealed to be cardiac arrest, according to her death certificate obtained by TMZ.Pointer, whose legal name is Patricia Eva Pointer and was a member of the group the Pointer Sisters, died on June 8.A representative for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner did not immediately respond for TheWrap’s request for confirmation.Also Read: Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters Dies at 69The death certificate identifies her as an entertainer in the music industry and lists the informant as Anita Pointer, Bonnie Pointer’s sister and fellow member of the Pointer Sisters.The document also lists that she had other health issues, including liver disease, which she’d been battling for a decade.“It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of ‘The Pointer Sisters’ that my sister, Bonnie died this morning,” Anita said in a statement in early June. “Our family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time.”Also Read: Earl Cameron, Black Luminary in British Film and TV, Dies at 102The Oakland, California, based group, made up of sisters Bonnie, Anita, June and Ruth Pointer, are behind hits from the 1970s and ’80s, like “I’m So Excited” and “Jump,” as well as “Automatic,” “Fire,” “He’s So Shy” and “Slow Hand.”Pointer recorded five albums with the Pointer Sisters and co-wrote the group’s country hit “Fairytale” with Anita, winning them their first Grammy for Best Country Duo or Group in 1975. The Pointer Sisters were also the first Black group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.Pointer’s last recording was “Feels Like June,” a tribute song released earlier this year by her and Anita for their late sister June, who died in 2006. June and Bonnie are survived by the remaining Pointer sisters Ruth and Anita, as well as their brothers Aaron and Fritz.Read original story Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters’ Cause of Death Revealed At TheWrap

  • ‘Independence Day’ Star Bill Pullman Urges People to Wear ‘Freedom Masks’ (Video)
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    ‘Independence Day’ Star Bill Pullman Urges People to Wear ‘Freedom Masks’ (Video)

    Bill Pullman, star of the 1996 film “Independence Day,” put out a public service announcement urging people to wear their “freedom masks” this 4th of July.“Hello, America. I may not be your president right now but I’ve got to tell you, the 4th of July is still my favorite holiday and it always will be,” Pullman said in a video posted to YouTube Saturday.“This Independence Day, I’m going to be celebrating my freedom in a really important way,” he continued. “I’m gonna be wearing my freedom mask every time I go into public places. That’s right, freedom masks. Because if everybody in America agreed to wear one of these going into public places, we’d be a little closer to being free to safely go back to places like bars and restaurants and schools and most importantly movie theaters.”“I’d much rather have you see me fly that plane on the big screen than some little selfie,” he concluded.Also Read: 'The Kominsky Method' Renewed for Third and Final Season at NetflixThe actor played President Thomas J. Whitmore in the movie “Independence Day” alongside Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller, Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, and Mary McDonnell as First Lady Marilyn Whitmore.Bill Pullman is also known for roles like Lone Starr in 1987’s “Spaceballs,” Jack in 1995’s “While You Were Sleeping” opposite Sandra Bullock and Peter Gallagher, and Walter in “Sleepless in Seattle” opposite Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.You can watch the message from Pullman above or click here.Read original story ‘Independence Day’ Star Bill Pullman Urges People to Wear ‘Freedom Masks’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • Superhero TikTok Video Gets College Student Noticed by Bob Iger, James Gunn and More
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    Superhero TikTok Video Gets College Student Noticed by Bob Iger, James Gunn and More

    Our Spidey senses are tingling over theater student Julian Bass’ impressive TikTok video showing him transforming from Jedi to Ben 10 to Spider-Man himself… and a handful of industry giants are feelin’ the tingle, too.The 20-year-old Georgia State University student posted a TikTok video — which you can see here — to twitter on July 2 that uses astounding visual effects and seamless transitions to give the illusion of transforming into his favorite superheroes. First, he appears as a Jedi wielding a lightsaber, which he uses to slice the screen and change into Ben 10 from the Cartoon Network franchise and then into Spider-Man, web and all.In the caption, he urged fans, “If y’all can retweet this enough times that Disney calls, that’d be greatly appreciated.” Over 20 million views later, his wish came true, and a number of Hollywood bigwigs – including Walt Disney Company executive chairman Bob Iger, “Guardians of the Galaxy” filmmaker James Gunn and “BlackKklansman” executive producer Matthew A. Cherry – responded with praise.Also Read: 15 Times 'The Simpsons' Predicted the Future (Photos)By the end of the day, Iger had taken notice, tweeting at Bass, “The world’s gonna know your name!!!” to which Bass quickly replied, “This is the beginning!!!”Gunn also replied to the twitter thread with a praising-hands emoji, which prompted “Scrubs” actor Zach Braff to respond, “Hire this man, Gunn!”Cherry chimed in with an encouraging note, saying “Gonna me more than just Disney calling you. This is so dope.”Even Sony’s official Twitter account responded with the side-eye and mind-blown emojis.Bass was featured on “Good Morning America” Saturday and has since tweeted his thanks for the overwhelming response.Also Read: Disney+ in July: Here's Everything New Coming“I don’t think I properly thanked everyone for pulling through for me so THANK YOU!!! I see each and every one of you who believes in me and I PROMISE I will not let you down!!” he wrote.Read the responses below.The world’s gonna know your name!!!— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) July 3, 2020This is the beginning!!!— Julian Bass (@thejulianbass) July 3, 2020Gunn posted an applause emoji, which Zach Braff replied to.Hire this man, Gunn!— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 3, 2020Gonna be more than just Disney calling you. This is so dope. https://t.co/XkhYVCURRs— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) July 2, 2020While Sony replied with bulging eyes and surprised emojis, “GMA” took note that Bass had won over “some big-name fans.”This student's visual effects catch the eyes of Hollywood. Julian Bass, the Georgia State University student behind the impressive effects, is winning over some big-name fans. @janai has more. https://t.co/IwSFfXObyy pic.twitter.com/ir9zfQWrRS— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 4, 2020Read original story Superhero TikTok Video Gets College Student Noticed by Bob Iger, James Gunn and More At TheWrap

  • Earl Cameron, Black Luminary in British Film and TV, Dies at 102
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    Earl Cameron, Black Luminary in British Film and TV, Dies at 102

    Earl Cameron, one of the first Black actors to be cast in major roles in British films, has died at the age of 102.His agent confirmed to TheWrap that Cameron died in his sleep on Friday.“Our family have been overwhelmed by the outpourings of love and respect we have received at the news of our father’s passing,” his children said in a statement obtained by The Guardian. “As an artist and as an actor he refused to take roles that demeaned or stereotyped the character of people of colour. He was truly a man who stood by his moral principles and was inspirational.”He was born in Bermuda in 1917, having come to the U.K. in 1939 after serving in the British Merchant Navy During World War II. When he arrived in the U.K., he began acting in stage productions before landing his first film role in 1951’s “Pool of London,” which is believed to have been the first British film to portray an interracial relationship. He played the role of Johnny Lambert.Also Read: Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein, Popular Twitch Streamer, Dies at 31He went on to appear in TV series like “Doctor Who” in 1966, and “ITV Playhouse” and “ITV Play of the Week” in the 1960s, as well as the series “Jackanory” from 1971 to 1975.In 1965, he played James Bond’s assistant Pinder in “Thunderball.” He later went on to appear in films like 1955’s “Simba” as Karanja, as well as in 1965’s “Guns at Batasi,” ’56’s “Safari” as Jeroge, and ’76’s “The Message.”In recent years, Cameron has had roles in films like 2010’s “Inception” and in 2005’s “The Interpreter.” His most recent role was in the 2013 short “Up on the Roof.”Read original story Earl Cameron, Black Luminary in British Film and TV, Dies at 102 At TheWrap

  • ‘Hamilton': Celebs Voice Mixed Reactions, From ‘Magical’ to ‘Dangerously’ Omits ‘Realities of Slavery’
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    ‘Hamilton': Celebs Voice Mixed Reactions, From ‘Magical’ to ‘Dangerously’ Omits ‘Realities of Slavery’

    The filmed version of Broadway’s smash hit “Hamilton” is drawing both praise and criticism, with some showering it with compliments of artistic “genius” and others noting the liberties taken with the total truth of the time.The July 3 debut on Disney+ of the musical, written, composed by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, is set in the late 1700s and tells the story of one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, at a time when the new nation was wrought with slavery, social inequity and civil unrest.Celebrities from across industries weighed in with their thoughts on Friday and Saturday, from “Frozen” actor Josh Gad calling the show “magical” and “pure genius,” to author Rozanne Gay saying it “dangerously elides they [sic] realities of slavery.”Also Read: A 'Hamilton' Newbie's Take on the Disney+ Version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Powerful Musical“The first time I ever saw @DaveedDiggs on stage in Hamilton I turned to my friend and said ‘this is one of the single most inspired performances I have ever witnessed in my life,'” Gad wrote. “Daveed exudes electricity when he opens his mouth. It’s remarkable. Pure genius. Magical.”But New York Times best-selling author and social commentator Roxane Gay made a point to both honor the actors’ performances and point out some issues she has with the way the show “idealizes” America’s founding fathers.“I have a lot of thoughts about Hamilton and the way it idealizes the founders, and how such a brilliant musical dangerously elides they [sic] realities of slavery,” Gay wrote in a thread. “But Leslie Odom Jr. put his FOOT in that performance. So talented.”“I think it’s a brilliant show. As I said. It’s not some vulnerable upstart. The show can handle critical engagement and the performances and book and music will still be absolutely incredible,” she continued. “Also Helpless/Satisfied are such a perfect pair of songs. Ugh. But then the Sally Hemings moment played for laughs. Whyyyyyy.”Also Read: 'Hamilton' Film Review: Can't Afford Broadway? Now You Can Be in the Room Where It HappenedCrissle West, a writer and comedian known for co-hosting the podcast “The Read” and for starring in the Harriet Tubman and Marsha P. Johnson episodes of “Drunk History,” also had mixed feelings about the show.“I knew hamilton was gonna be ahistorical as soon as I saw black people onstage and not playing slaves. i still enjoy the show,” she wrote.Miranda himself also did a lot of tweeting about the show Friday, taking a moment to thank the show’s fans.“Thank you for tonight. I’m so grateful you just have the whole thing now. With this extraordinary company and crew. It’s yours,” he wrote.Star Leslie Odom Jr. also shared warm feelings about “Hamilton.”“No two Hamilton shows were the same. This performance was special because in some small + indescribable way, they all were,” he wrote. “Like jazz. You walk out onstage and surrender to the ride.”Also Read: Disney+ in July: Here's Everything New ComingSherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, thanked Lin-Manuel Miranda for “lifting” her from her “anger and disillusionment.”“I needed this tonight. Transported again. And healed,” Ifill wrote. “Thank you @Lin_Manuel and this extraordinary cast for returning to the joy of this extraordinary work. Lifting me from my anger & disillusionment – reminding me that our creativity & vision is the secret to our liberation.”Read these and more reactions below:The first time I ever saw @DaveedDiggs on stage in Hamilton I turned to my friend and said “this is one of the single most inspired performances I have ever witnessed in my life.” Daveed exudes electricity when he opens his mouth. It’s remarkable. Pure genius. Magical. pic.twitter.com/IHiYeNYSIm— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 4, 2020I needed this tonight. Transported again. And healed. Thank you @Lin_Manuel and this extraordinary cast for returning to the joy of this extraordinary work. Lifting me from my anger & disillusionment – reminding me that our creativity & vision is the secret to our liberation.— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) July 4, 2020I have a lot of thoughts about Hamilton and the way it idealizes the founders, and how such a brilliant musical dangerously elides they realities of slavery but Leslie Odom Jr. put his FOOT in that performance. So talented.— roxane gay (@rgay) July 4, 2020Thank you for tonight. I'm so grateful you just have the whole thing now. With this extraordinary company and crew. It's yours.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 4, 2020Hamilton was written to flatter the monarch (Barack Obama) in his court, the same basic genesis as a lot of Shakespearean tragedies and histories. Ideologically, that’s what it does: it’s designed to reinforce Obama’s worldview.Irrespective of that, I think it’s very good.— David Klion (@DavidKlion) July 4, 2020i knew hamilton was gonna be ahistorical as soon as I saw black people onstage and not playing slaves. i still enjoy the show.— king crissle (@crissles) July 4, 2020It is this moment that I hope you realize why the show is called Hamilton and not Alexander Hamilton. The show is about Alex and Eliza. Look at everything she did. hamilfilm— Andrew Chappelle (@Achapphawk) July 4, 2020There's nothing to debate. It's a thoroughgoing fantasy. The real Hamilton was a literal plutocrat, who wanted to turn debtors into veritable vassals of a strong state, not some admirable multiculti hero. https://t.co/f3OKmst4Rl— Rick Perlstein (@rickperlstein) July 3, 2020Read original story ‘Hamilton': Celebs Voice Mixed Reactions, From ‘Magical’ to ‘Dangerously’ Omits ‘Realities of Slavery’ At TheWrap

  • Ryan Adams Apologizes for Sexually Abusive Past: I ‘Truly Realized the Harm That I’ve Caused’
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    Ryan Adams Apologizes for Sexually Abusive Past: I ‘Truly Realized the Harm That I’ve Caused’

    Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams apologized for how he has “mistreated” women in the past, telling Daily Mail in a Friday article, “There are no words to express how bad I feel.”In a February 2019 New York Times investigation, Adams was accused in a by seven women — including his ex-wife, “This Is Us” star Mandy Moore — of emotionally manipulative behavior and sexual abuse. The article goes on to describe a pattern of the indie rock artist using his stature as a successful artist, producer and record-company founder to offer career opportunities to young, female artists and then pursue sex.Adams’ UK and Ireland tour was canceled and the release of his album “Big Colors” was also nixed in wake of the accusations.Also Read: Ryan Adams Apologizes for 'Mistakes,' Denies Sex Chats With Underage TeenIn Friday’s Daily Mail statement, the indie rocker said, “There are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I’ve mistreated people throughout my life and career. All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life.”He went on to acknowledge that some might think he’s merely offering up “the same empty bulls— apology that I’ve always used when I was called out” but, he assures “this time it is different.”“No amount of growth will ever take away the suffering I had caused,” he wrote. “I will never be off the hook and I am fully accountable for my harmful behavior, and will be for my actions moving forward.”He concluded, “I hope that the people I’ve hurt will heal. And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me.”Also Read: Ryan Adams' UK and Ireland Tour Canceled After Sexual Misconduct AllegationsYou can read his entire statement to the Daily Mail below or click here.There are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I’ve mistreated people throughout my life and career.All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life.I’ve gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook and I know full well that any apology from me probably won’t be accepted by those I’ve hurt.I get that and I also understand that there’s no going back.To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bull***t apology that I’ve always used when I was called out, and all I can say is, this time it is different.Having truly realized the harm that I’ve caused, it wrecked me, and I’m still reeling from the ripples of devastating effects that my actions triggered.There is no way to convince people that this time is truly different, but this is the albatross that I deserve to carry with me as a result of my actions.Realizing the consequences of my actions, I took a hard look inwards and sought to find the truth behind them. What pain was I carrying myself that was so poorly and wrongly being projected onto others?I made a promise to myself that no matter what it took, I would get to the root of these issues and finally start to fix myself so I could be a better friend, a better partner, and a better man overall.That being said, no amount of growth will ever take away the suffering I had caused. I will never be off the hook and I am fully accountable for my harmful behavior, and will be for my actions moving forward.In my effort to be a better man, I have fought to get sober, but this time I’m doing it with professional help. Sobriety is a priority in my life, and so is my mental health. These, as I’m learning, go hand in hand.But I will not bore anyone with stories of my demons or use them to excuse what I’ve done. I really want to express that I’ve internalized the importance of self-care and self-work. I’m really trying.Music is how I lay my soul bare, and in working through this, I have written enough music to fill half a dozen albums.Some of these songs are angry, many are sad but most of them are about the lessons I’ve learned over the last few years. Those ones an expression of my deepest remorse.I hope that the people I’ve hurt will heal. And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me.Read original story Ryan Adams Apologizes for Sexually Abusive Past: I ‘Truly Realized the Harm That I’ve Caused’ At TheWrap

  • Neil Young Is ‘NOT Okay With’ Trump’s Use of His Songs at Mt Rushmore Event
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    Neil Young Is ‘NOT Okay With’ Trump’s Use of His Songs at Mt Rushmore Event

    Neil Young has vetoed President Trump’s usage of the rock musician’s songs “Like a Hurricane,” “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Cowgirl in the Sand” at an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on Friday.“This is NOT ok with me,” Young tweeted Friday. He later replied to another user’s tweet about the song’s use, saying, “I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me.”Young has spoken out before in opposition to Trump’s use of his songs, specifically to his 1989 classic “Rockin’ in the Free World.” In 2015, the musician, who had voiced his support for Bernie Sanders, expressed dismay over Trump’s use of the song on his campaign trail and said that he had not been consulted or asked for permission to use the song.Also Read: Judge Lifts Temporary Restraining Order on Simon & Schuster Over Mary Trump's Tell-All BookThe Trump campaign insisted that they had gotten the necessary license to use the song, but agreed to stop using it at Young’s request, according to Rolling Stone. Young later walked back his disapproval, telling Reuters in a May 2016 interview that he would have preferred to have been asked personally for permission, but that “once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything.”In 2018,  however, Young renewed his request to Trump not to use the song, even though he acknowledged that he had no means to stop him.“DT does not have my permission to use the song ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ at his appearances,” Young wrote on his website in an old post, according to Rolling Stone. “Legally, he has the right to, however it goes against my wishes.”Also Read: Trump Says He Would Wear a Mask Around a Large Group of People -- Though He Hasn't (Video)Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the use of the songs on Friday.The news comes a week after the Rolling Stones partnered with music publishing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) to stop Donald Trump and his campaign from using the band’s song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at campaign rallies.This is NOT ok with me… https://t.co/Q9j9NRPMhi— Neil Young Archives (@NeilYoungNYA) July 4, 2020I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me https://t.co/iPVcFplOHa— Neil Young Archives (@NeilYoungNYA) July 4, 2020Read original story Neil Young Is ‘NOT Okay With’ Trump’s Use of His Songs at Mt Rushmore Event At TheWrap

  • Michael Bay-Produced Thriller ‘Songbird’ Slapped With Do-Not-Work Notice From SAG-AFTRA
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    Michael Bay-Produced Thriller ‘Songbird’ Slapped With Do-Not-Work Notice From SAG-AFTRA

    UPDATED July 4 at 10 a.m. PT: SAG-AFTRA lifted its do-not-work notice on the Michael Bay-produced thriller “Songbird” on Friday, posting on their website, “SAG-AFTRA has rescinded its Do Not Work order for the feature film Songbird, produced by On a Lark Productions, LLC, and members are free to work on this production effective immediately.” A reason for the decision was not elaborated on.PREVIOUSLY: SAG-AFTRA has issued a do-not-work notice to its members for “Songbird,” a pandemic-themed thriller produced by Michael Bay and former Paramount production head Adam Goodman’s Invisible Narratives that was meant to be one of the first films to shoot in Los Angeles since the coronavirus pandemic.“Please be advised that On A Lark Productions, LLC the producer of the picture entitled ‘Songbird,’ has failed to complete the signatory process and is therefore not signed to any applicable SAG-AFTRA agreement,” the guild said in a statement to members. “As such, SAG-AFTRA members are hereby instructed to withhold any acting services or perform any covered work for this production until further notice from the union. Please note, accepting employment or rendering services on ‘Songbird’ may be considered a violation of Global Rule One. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.”Craig Robinson, Demi Moore, Peter Stormare and Paul Walter Hauser are attached to star in director Adam Mason’s film, which was presented to buyers at the Cannes Virtual Market from ICM Partners and Endeavor Content.Also Read: Michael Bay Signs First Look Film and TV Deal With Sony PicturesThe film is meant to shoot using creative camera techniques so that actors would not have face-to-face interaction with one another while on camera, with actors and crew separated as filming takes place.“Songbird” is a thriller set two years in the future at a time when a global pandemic has still not gone away, leading to conspiracies, paranoia and increasingly strict quarantines and lock downs put in place all surrounding the main characters.Bay is producing, as is Goodman for his Invisible Narratives production banner along with Eben Davidson. Invisible Narratives is partnered with Jeanette Volturno, Jason Clark, Marcei Brown, Jessica Malanaphy and Rick A. Osako of Catchlight Studios.Representatives for Bay, Mason, Boyes, Invisible Narratives, Catchlight Studios, Endeavor Content and ICM Partners did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Read original story Michael Bay-Produced Thriller ‘Songbird’ Slapped With Do-Not-Work Notice From SAG-AFTRA At TheWrap

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  • Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump Campaign Fundraiser Who Dates Donald Jr., Tests Positive for COVID-19
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    Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump Campaign Fundraiser Who Dates Donald Jr., Tests Positive for COVID-19

    Kimberly Guilfoyle, the former Fox News personality who serves as a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday just ahead of the president’s planned event at South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore, the New York Times reported.“After testing positive, Kimberly was immediately isolated to limit any exposure,” Sergio Gor, chief of staff for the Trump Victory Finance Committee, told CNN. “She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic but as a precaution will cancel all upcoming events.”Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son who has been dating Guilfoyle for the past two years, tested negative “but as a precaution is also self isolating and is canceling all public events,” Gor added.Also Read: Stars Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus (Photos)On June 20, Guilfoyle had attended Trump’s indoor rally at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since that event, at least eight other campaign staffers and Secret Service members who worked on the rally have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Tulsa rally was also attended by former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, who announced Thursday that he had been hospitalized in Atlanta with COVID-19.In addition, a U.S. Navy member who serves as one of Trump’s personal valets tested positive for the virus in May.Guilfoyle is a lawyer who was once married to Gavin Newsom, now the Democratic governor of California, and broke into TV by hosting Court TV’s “Both Sides” in 2004. Two years later, she began a 12-year stint at Fox News on a variety of shows, including “Outnumbered” and “The Five.” She exited the network in 2018.Read original story Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump Campaign Fundraiser Who Dates Donald Jr., Tests Positive for COVID-19 At TheWrap

  • ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Sets Production Restart Date in September
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    ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Sets Production Restart Date in September

    Producers of “Days of Our Lives” are planning to restart production on the long running NBC daytime soap opera in September.The producers, Corday Productions, sent emails on Thursday to the cast and crew informing them of the plans to begin production of new episodes that would begin on September 1. Production on the show was shut down back in March due to the pandemic brought about by COVID-19.“The Bold and the Beautiful” became the first U.S. television series to return to production following the pandemic. The CBS soap returned to its Television City soundstage on June 16 before immediately shutting down again the same day to ramp up COVID-19 testing.Also Read: 'General Hospital,' 'Days of Our Lives,' 'The Young and the Restless' Lead Daytime Emmys Nominations“We have paused very briefly to modify our testing protocol to better accommodate the large volume of testing needed,” a rep for the show said in a statement. “Safety remains our top priority as we continue to move forward with the production of the show.”NBC’s “Days” had a ton of episodes in the can this whole time and is still airing new ones daily as we speak. “Days of Our Lives” has enough originals to last into the fall, a person with knowledge of production told TheWrap.Deadline first reported the news.Read original story ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Sets Production Restart Date in September At TheWrap

  • 14 Music Stars Who Slammed Trump for Using Their Songs at Campaign Rallies (Photos)
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    14 Music Stars Who Slammed Trump for Using Their Songs at Campaign Rallies (Photos)

    Axl RoseAfter Guns N’ Roses frontman learned that ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ was being played at the president’s rallies, Rose fired off a series of tweets accusing Trump of using licensing loopholes to ignore his request to stop playing their music. “Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent,” Rose tweeted Sunday. RihannaOver the weekend Washington Post bureau chief Philip Rucker tweeted that Rihanna’s 2007 hit “Don’t Stop the Music” was playing during one of Trump’s Tennessee rallies. Rihanna herself responded to the tweet, saying: “Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!” PharrellOn October 27, the day after the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh that left 11 dead, it was reported that Trump played Pharrell’s 2013 summer hit “Happy” at a rally in Indiana. Pharell’s attorney  Howard King sent a cease and desist to Trump with a statement regarding the usage. “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose,” the letter read. Neil YoungIf you go way back to when Trump first announced he would be running for president at the Trump Tower in 2015, you may remember that Neil Young took issue with Trump’s use of “Rockin’ in the Free World.” “Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” a spokesperson for the musician’s Lookout Management said in a statement in 2015. Prince’s estateAccording to Rolling Stone, Prince’s estate had to issue a statement after various Trump rallies played “Purple Rain.” “The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or The White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” Prince’s half-brother Omarr Baker wrote on Twitter Thursday, Oct. 11. AdeleTrump didn’t stop at the rock genre when choosing his campaign playlists. After it got around that his rallies included songs like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Skyfall,” a spokesperson for singer Adele made clear she wanted no part of it. “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” her spokesman told The Guardian at the time. The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones have tried to stop Trump from playing the band’s music on several occasions, including after Trump accepted the bid to be the Republican Party’s nominee in 2016 to the tune of “Start Me Up.”  “The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” a Stones spokesperson said in a statement to The Daily Beast.  R.E.M.At a Trump rally in Washington D.C. Sept. 2015, R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World” played while Trump walked up the podium. Word of the band’s song playing at the rally prompted the band’s official Facebook page to release a statement. “While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.” Elton JohnAccording to CNN,  Elton John was among the major names the Trump administration reached out to possibly perform at his inauguration in 2017. John’s team declined. But even before then, John’s team publicly denounced any use of his songs for Trump’s benefit. “Elton’s music has not been requested for use in any official capacity by Donald Trump. Any use of his music should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump by Elton,” John’s publicist said, according to the British newspaper The Telegraph. Steven TylerIn 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s reps sent a demand to Trump’s team to stop playing “Dream On” at his rallies. Unlike other similar demands, Trump publicly announced he would stop. . “Even though I have the legal right to use Steven Tyler’s song, he asked me not to,” Trump tweeted. “Have better one to take its place!” QueenThe anthemic “We Are the Champions” played while Trump walked up to the stage during the Republican National Convention in July 2016. Queen member Brian May released a personal statement regarding the usage.  “Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool. Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy,” May said in the statement. The O’JaysO’Jays lead vocalist Eddie Levert spoke out in 2016 about the use of “Love Train” during Trump’s presidential rallies. “I wish him the best, but I don’t think he’s the man to run our country. So when he started using ‘Love Train,’ I called him up and told them, ‘Listen, man, I don’t believe in what you’re doing. I’m not with you. I don’t want you to use my voice. I’m not condoning what you’re doing,” Levert told the music magazine Billboard.Read original story 14 Music Stars Who Slammed Trump for Using Their Songs at Campaign Rallies (Photos) At TheWrap

  • Woman Accuses Ghislaine Maxwell of Raping Her ’20-30 Times’ as a Teen, Willing to Testify
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    A woman says that Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s confidante, raped her between 20 to 30 times when she was a teenager.In an interview with Fox News reporter Bryan Llenas, the woman (who chose to remain anonymous and was only referred to as Jane Doe) said that she is willing to take the stand and testify against Maxwell, who was arrested by the FBI on Thursday morning in New Hampshire. “She did rape me. I would say it’s more than 20 or 30 times,” the woman told Llenas. “She is just as evil as Jeffrey Epstein … She is a rapist.”Doe told Fox News that she wanted to testify against Maxwell because she “deserves to be where she’s at today and she deserves to stay there for the rest of her life. I hope by me coming forward, it encourages other victims to stand up and say, you know, to be honest, let your voice be heard.”The woman said the abuse, which first started back in 1991 when she was just 14 years old, came to an end only after she became pregnant with Jeffrey Epstein’s baby. “I had never been with anyone except for him [Epstein],” she said. “The fact that I had to kill my child really affected me and my family.”Also Read: Jeffrey Epstein Documentary Director: Ghislaine Maxwell's Arrest Is 'An Important Day for Justice'The British socialite was arrested on charges that she conspired with the financier to sexually abuse minors, recruiting girls as young as 14.The indictment, reviewed by TheWrap, cited 1994 to 1997 as the years when the FBI says Maxwell “facilitated and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18.”Epstein died by suicide in a federal detention center in New York while awaiting trial on the trafficking charges last year.Read original story Woman Accuses Ghislaine Maxwell of Raping Her ’20-30 Times’ as a Teen, Willing to Testify At TheWrap

  • Prince William gets a pint in ahead of British public at family favourite pub
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    Prince William gets a pint in ahead of British public at family favourite pub

    The prince popped into his local in Norfolk, before it opened on 4 July.

  • Mark Duplass Credits Female Leadership for Success of ‘The Morning Show’ | Podcast
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    Mark Duplass Credits Female Leadership for Success of ‘The Morning Show’ | Podcast

    Given the subject matter at the heart of “The Morning Show,” it makes sense that the creative voices behind the series would be female — something Mark Duplass says made all the difference.“There’s a very strong sense of leadership and the female perspective on this show,” Duplass said on this week’s episode of “TheWrap-Up,” presented by Apple TV+. “And it felt like a concerted effort to lead this thing correctly, that this was a show that was about, in many ways, white men who did not lead correctly.”And that leadership, Duplass said, started at the top but included series stars/producers, Reese Witherspoon and Jen Aniston. He explained, “Reese and Jen will make no secret about the fact that, in the past, they have grown up in an industry where the leadership also looked like that. And they’re the bosses now and they’re handling it really, really well. So you’ve got Reese, Jen, you’ve got Mimi Leder, who is our producing director and executive producer, and Kerry Ehrin, our showrunner, who are really other beating hearts of the show on a day-to-day basis.”Also Read: Facebook Boycott Leaders Call Out Hollywood Studios for Lack of Support (Exclusive)Duplass continued, “I can’t say enough (about) what amazing bosses they all were. And you just feel … Mimi is one of the first pioneer female episodic TV directors and the s— she put up with on the way up. And Kerry working her way up writers’ rooms to finally one day lead. And Reese and Jen being actors who didn’t have a voice to finally running production companies … It’s like a thing to behold. It’s pretty great.”Watch the full interview with Mark Duplass above and listen to the entire episode of “TheWrap-Up” below.SUBSCRIBE: Apple | Spotify | Omny Studio | Stitcher | Google Podcasts“TheWrap-Up” is hosted each week by founder and editor in chief Sharon Waxman and assistant managing editor Daniel Goldblatt. The pair dive into the biggest headlines of the week in the world of movies, television, streaming and tech. Each episode features two deeper dive segments featuring our knowledgable and talented team of Wrap Pro reporters, offering up their in-depth, expert analysis you won’t hear anywhere else.Read original story Mark Duplass Credits Female Leadership for Success of ‘The Morning Show’ | Podcast At TheWrap

  • D’Arcy Carden Hates to Say Goodbye to Janet in ‘The Good Place': ‘I Miss Her Forever’
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    D’Arcy Carden Hates to Say Goodbye to Janet in ‘The Good Place': ‘I Miss Her Forever’

    A version of this story about D’Arcy Carden and “The Good Place” first appeared in the Drama/Comedy/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.For four seasons, D’Arcy Carden has been playing Janet on NBC’s “The Good Place.” Or, rather, she has been playing Janets, plural, because what started as a job playing an anthropomorphized vessel of knowledge — i.e., a magical humanoid computer-of-sorts who knows everything and can do just about anything — turned into a gig to be Good Janet, Bad Janet and a veritable army of Other Janets.On a series with a plethora of scene-stealing actors, Carden slyly humanized a character who ought not to be human at all, and became not just a delicious comic creation but also one of the real hearts of the show.From the start, she said, playing Janet required a particular and unfamiliar approach. “It’s funny to play a character that knows every single thing in the world,” she said. “As an actor the responsibility to your characters is usually to sort of do some research and understand what they know and what they’ve been through. And with Janet, it’s like, ‘Oh, well, there’s no way I’m going to know everything in the world. So I’ll just do zero research.'”Also Read: Mike Schur Calls Back to 'Good Place' Trolley Problem to Explain How Not to Solve a PandemicShe said she struggled to figure out the character in Season 1, but locked into Janet in Seasons 2 and 3. “I’d never played a character that long,” Carden said. “Usually I was just popping in and out of a TV show for a few months or whatever. This is years of playing the same character, and it was such a cool thing to know a character so well you trust your own gut instinct. I had not experienced that before.”She smiled. “I miss her now. I miss her forever. She was a joy in every iteration: Good Janet, Bad Janet, everything in between. It was a complete and utter joy to play her, and I never got sick of her.”The fourth, she said, was tricky because she had to spend several episodes playing a different version of Janet than the one the audience thought it was seeing. And it was also difficult because it was the show’s final season.“I was so sad when I heard we were ending,” she said. “Even mad, you could say. I wanted to keep going. Deep in the back of our minds, the cast was hoping, ‘Oh, we’re going to do this for 10 years.’ But I’ve seen so many shows that start spinning out a little bit, and as a fan of those shows it’s always painful to watch. I selfishly want to keep going forever, but I really got why we were wrapping it up.”Also Read: 'The Good Place': Now You Can Make Your Own Sexy Chidi CalendarAnd she got it even more when showrunner Mike Schur explained his plans for the final season to her. “Right before we started shooting, Mike had each actor individually come into the writers’ room to tell us what the final season was going to look like. And that’s when it clicked for me why we were ending it.”The final episode was one of the most satisfying finales in recent memory, a beautiful sendoff that finds the characters choosing to move on. “I loved it when Mike explained it to me, I loved it when I read it, I loved it when we did the table read and I loved shooting it,” she said.“Not to mention watching it, which I’ve only been able to do once, because it’s a tearjerker. I would like to watch it again, but I keep talking myself out of it because I know it’ll make me cry.”One surprising thing about the finale is the way in which much of the emotion of the episode centers on Janet, who is not supposed to be an emotional character. “How did that happen?” she said, laughing. “I always had this hope that she would Pinocchio a little bit — like, she would sort of become a real boy over time. She certainly didn’t become human, but she became more aware, more evolved.“And that finale really meant a lot to me — to say goodbye to each of these characters as Janet, but also as myself.”Read more of the Drama/Comedy/Actors issue here.Read original story D’Arcy Carden Hates to Say Goodbye to Janet in ‘The Good Place': ‘I Miss Her Forever’ At TheWrap

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw on ‘The Morning Show’ Sexual Assault Story: ‘Women Don’t Want to See Themselves as Victims’
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    Gugu Mbatha-Raw on ‘The Morning Show’ Sexual Assault Story: ‘Women Don’t Want to See Themselves as Victims’

    This story about Gugu Mbatha-Raw and “The Morning Show” first appeared in the Drama/Comedy/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.When actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw received the scripts to first two episodes of Kerry Ehrin’s AppleTV+ series “The Morning Show,” she responded right away to the material. “It was so smart and witty and it felt very culturally relevant,” she said. “I loved the subject matter — the media world in a post-MeToo era and the sort of gray area of what abuse of power looks like in the workplace.”But a subsequent phone conversation with Ehrin and director Mimi Leder clued her into just how dramatic a storyline awaited Mbatha-Raw’s character, talent booker Hannah Shoenfeld. As the series opens, Mitch Kessler, the longtime morning anchor played by Steve Carell, has been fired for sexual misconduct — but the eighth of the season’s 10 episodes flashes back to the business trip where Kessler sexually assaults Shoenfeld in his hotel room, and the final episode includes a wrenching interview in which Hannah finally talks about the assault to a reporter played by Reese Witherspoon.Those two scenes are among the season’s most powerful and its most difficult to watch. For the assault scene, Mbatha-Raw worked with an intimacy coordinator for the first time, and tried to put the focus on her character’s internal struggle.Also Read: 'Morning Show' Finale: Mitch Says Bradley's Big Interview Is Ready to Go and They've 'Got These F-ers Dead to Rights' (Video)“It was as much about Hannah’s thought process, what’s going in her mind, as it was on the physical,” she said. “Looking at a moment like that, there’s the fight-or-flight instinct, but there’s also a freeze response. She’s processing what will be the cost for her, the implications in that moment if she goes through with a situation like that. It’s very complex.”The interview is even more dramatic, as Hannah — who allowed herself to be bought off with a promotion when she first tried to report Mitch’s assault — discusses what happened for the first time, breaking down even as she insists that she’s in control.“We shot it in 10-, 15-minute continuous takes,” she said. “It was great to do the whole thing because of the nature of the piece — getting to the right place emotionally and then really going for it. It almost felt like theater to have such a big scene in that way, you know?Also Read: 'The Morning Show' Director Blames 'Apple Haters' for Tepid Reviews“And I really appreciated that she’s not just hyper-vulnerable. She survived by being resilient and having a tough exterior and using this career-woman facade as a sort of defense mechanism. But that’s a very thin shield for what’s really going on.“I think most women don’t want to see themselves as victims, and there is a lot of shame in questioning how much you brought the situation on yourself. I think she didn’t really want to recognize that it was a complete abuse of power. That’s how we are in life, so I appreciated that.”Read more of the Drama/Comedy/Actors issue here.Read original story Gugu Mbatha-Raw on ‘The Morning Show’ Sexual Assault Story: ‘Women Don’t Want to See Themselves as Victims’ At TheWrap

  • ‘An American Pickle': Seth Rogen Falls Into a Vat of Pickles and Meets His Own Great-Grandson in HBO Max Trailer (Video)
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    ‘An American Pickle': Seth Rogen Falls Into a Vat of Pickles and Meets His Own Great-Grandson in HBO Max Trailer (Video)

    HBO Max released the first trailer for the Seth Rogen comedy “An American Pickle” on Friday.Directed by frequent Rogen collaborator Brandon Trost, the comedy is based on Simon Rich’s New Yorker novella “Sell Out” and stars Seth Rogen in dual roles as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years, and Ben Greenbaum, the great-grandson who greets Herschel when he emerges from the pickle brine without having aged a day.The film will premiere on the streaming service on Thursday, Aug. 6. Watch the trailer above.Also Read: A Month After HBO Max Launched, Why Is It Still Not on Roku or Amazon?Rich adapted his own story for the screen. Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver are producers for their Point Grey productions. The executive producers are Rich, Point Grey’s Alex McAtee and Ted Gidlow.HBO Max acquired the rights to “An American Pickle” back in April in a deal with Sony Pictures so that the film would not be delayed due to the coronavirus theater closures, the new service announced Monday.Read original story ‘An American Pickle': Seth Rogen Falls Into a Vat of Pickles and Meets His Own Great-Grandson in HBO Max Trailer (Video) At TheWrap

  • How Natalie Dormer Kept Her 4 Different Roles Straight in ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’
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    How Natalie Dormer Kept Her 4 Different Roles Straight in ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’

    A version of this story about Natalie Dormer and “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” first appeared in the Drama/Comedy/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.If Natalie Dormer did nothing in “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” but play the dark goddess Magda, the British actress would have had a juicy role as a supernatural force intent on pushing the human race into turmoil in 1930s Los Angeles. But one of Magda’s special powers is that she can assume any form she wishes — so in addition to appearing on screen as Magda, Dormer also gets to play three of her human iterations in the mousy but scheming political aide Alex, the German-American housewife Elsa and the zoot-suited gang leader Rio.“For any actor, I think your ears prick up when you get offered the chance to play four roles for the price of one — how many times is that going to happen in your career?” Dormer said of her reaction when she got the script from creator John Logan. “I was intrigued by it, and excited by the idea of this workout both physically and mentally.”But when she was working out how she’d play Magda’s three human forms, “Game of Thrones” vet Dormer said she didn’t dwell on the fact that they were all versions of the goddess. “I came at the iterations from a very technical perspective, because I wanted give them clear lines of identity — physicality and voice and accent and so forth,” she said. “But when it comes to psychology, John and I realized very quickly that the only way to play Elsa, Alex and Rio is as fleshed-out human individuals. You don’t get that wink at the camera, because we found it undermined the scenes that those individuals are in.”Also Read: How LA's Mid-1900s Freeway Project Brought 'Penny Dreadful' Back to ShowtimeAsked who was the most fun to play, she can’t single out just one of the characters. “My personal favorites would be a tossup between Alex and Rio,” she said. “Alex is just a joy because in the way she looks and moves, she’s just more removed from me than the others. And I just had a lot of fun with Michael Gladis (who plays a scheming politician Alex manipulates). I think we found a humor in that relationship that neither of us were anticipating, because it’s pretty dark.“And then Rio — obviously the zoot suit is a divine invention I think all human beings should wear,” she continued. “It’s comfortable and practical, so sexy, very stylish And to be able to do stuff like that dance scene in Episode 3 was a real bit of fun as well.”On most days, Dormer said, she would only be asked to play one of her quartet characters. But there were exceptions. “There were a couple of days when I had to take two within the same day,” she said. “That’s when the hair and makeup trailer is really your Chrysalis. They have to take away one character and then start the process of the other characters from scratch, which can take up to three hours of sitting. So you take advantage of that mental time as well. And I was changing between American accents and a German accent, and obviously a dialect coach would come and sit with me because you’re using different muscles in your mouth. Ordinarily, if I was doing an American accent, I would stay in an American accent entire time. But in this job is there was no point in that, because I was jumping around so much.”Also Read: Inside Kaitlyn Dever's 'Unbelievable' Journey From 'Booksmart' to Emmy ContenderSet in 1938, the series deals with many of the issues of Southern California in that era — but at the same time, it delves into the scapegoating of immigrants, the rise of white supremacists and other issues that hit home in 2020.“When I took the job at the beginning of 2019, it was more about reconciling my own issues with a Brexiting Britain and Trump’s America and polarization on the political spectrum,” she said. “But it’s absolutely incredible what happened in the nine months after I took the job — the demonization of the other, the demagoguery, the danger of losing a conversation in the central ground.“I think good genre and good period drama is always about contemporary issues,” she said. “So other than the gift of playing four roles, the other thing that intrigued me was processing those political and social pains that we have at the moment — even if that meant playing the antagonist in order to do so.”Read more of the Drama/Comedy/Actors issue here.Read original story How Natalie Dormer Kept Her 4 Different Roles Straight in ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ At TheWrap

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    Hotel loved by the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge set to reopen

    The Goring Hotel is where Kate stayed before she married Prince William.

  • Washington Redskins to Undergo ‘Thorough Review’ of Team Name
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    Washington Redskins to Undergo ‘Thorough Review’ of Team Name

    The Washington Redskins will undergo a “thorough review” of their name, the team said in a statement on Friday.“In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name. This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks,” the statement said.The team gave no timeline for the review or a decision on the name. However, ESPN, citing an unnamed source, reported on Friday that a change to the name was “likely.”Also Read: Native Americans Take on Washington Redskins in Trailer for 'Imagining the Indian' Doc (Video)“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” said team owner Dan Snyder, who has been an opponent of name-change campaigns in the past.In his own statement, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was “supportive of this important step.”The review comes after FedEx, which has naming rights to the team’s home stadium in Maryland, said earlier this week that it had communicated a request that the team remove its reference to Native Americans that is held by many as a disparaging stereotype.Read original story Washington Redskins to Undergo ‘Thorough Review’ of Team Name At TheWrap

  • ‘Westworld’ Star Tessa Thompson on the Possibility of Becoming Season 4’s ‘Super Villain’ (Video)
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    ‘Westworld’ Star Tessa Thompson on the Possibility of Becoming Season 4’s ‘Super Villain’ (Video)

    A version of this story about Tessa Thompson and “Westworld” first appeared in the Drama/Comedy/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.Charlotte Hale has been a staple character on “Westworld” since its beginning, but it wasn’t until this year’s third season that actress Tessa Thompson actually saw her character as a real part of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO sci-fi series. And that’s because for Season 3, Thompson was no longer playing the part of a human but a robot, a role most of her co-stars have been living in since the drama premiered.“This season felt like for the first time I was really on ‘Westworld,'” she said. “It finally felt like I was inside the show in a game, which was a joy.”Also Read: 'Westworld' EPs on Dolores' Finale Fate, Hale's New Plan and Jumping Into the Future for Season 4The end of “Westworld” Season 2 revealed that Thompson’s Hale — the executive director of Delos, the company that runs the Westworld theme park — was not actually Hale anymore, but Dolores (a character played by star Evan Rachel Wood) in a Hale-shaped robot body that was created by Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) to help Dolores escape to the real world.If all of this is hard to follow, you can only imagine how hard it must have been for Thompson to be playing a version of Wood’s Dolores who is pretending to be Hale to her friends, family and colleagues throughout Season 3. But actually, Thompson used that confusion to her advantage.“I think the mechanism of that in the show does a funny thing,” she said. “Because, for me, while I’m playing a character that I’m familiar with–I know what Charlotte looks like, walks like, sounds like — there were so many things about Charlotte that I didn’t know until this season. Like, in all the previous iterations of her that I was playing, I didn’t know that she was a mother, I didn’t know that she was going through her marriage being dissolved. So, in a weird way I sort of was like Dolores in playing her this season. I was an interloper inside her life.”Also Read: Emmy Contenders 2020, From Issa Rae to Jennifer Connelly (Exclusive Photos)Thompson also had the chance to do things a human character could never do and take on action sequences that had been reserved for Wood and other actors playing hosts in seasons past.“I know that this host is capable of doing a perfect impersonation of Charlotte, but I was more intrigued by the moments when the presentation of Charlotte didn’t need to be perfect because she was alone,” she said. “Or for example, what people have called the Terminator sequence, where I’m getting to shoot people. I don’t have to seem human, which means that I can shoot them without even looking at them. And that’s really interesting, getting to play this complicated machine that doesn’t necessarily have to feel like a human.”One of those action-packed scenes that Thompson shot was also the most heartbreaking for her character, as it saw the death of the real Hale’s son and ex-husband, whom Halores had come to love by this point in the season. The two were killed in a car explosion, which was ordered by Season 3’s villain Serac (played by Vincent Cassel). Halores survived the incident, but was left with burns all over her artificial skin, some of which she kept for a very good reason, according to Thompson.Also Read: 'Westworld': We Finally Found Out What Park 5 Is“She wants to remember the destruction, in a way. She wants this physical reminder of essentially this event that sets her on a new course,” she said. “I don’t know the blueprints to that course yet, I don’t know it. I will say, selfishly, I really loved getting to find these vulnerable parts. But I think any good villain — if that’s what I’m primed to become next season, the super villain — I think any good villain has to have a really good reason for their villainy. And I think typically, for me, the most compelling villains they come from a real, heartfelt place of trauma and that’s what makes them so scary, is that they need their villainy so badly to live, really. Because they’ve been so torn down by the things that have been inflicted upon them. And I think that’s sort of fun. So if that’s what I’m doing next season, I’m game.”Season 3 of “Westworld” ended with several cliffhangers, including a post-credits scene that seemingly sets up Halores to team up with Ed Harris’ William a.k.a. the Man in Black for Season 4 — or at least a version of him, seeing as Halores has a robot version of William kill the real William during those final moments. But even Thompson doesn’t know what will come of that just yet.“I wish I knew anything. It’s so funny because I’m lucky enough in the last handful of years to align myself with projects that are incredibly secretive and fans are really excited to know what happens, whether it’s Marvel or with this show,” Thompson said. “But the truth is, I don’t really know anything, so I’m not really in danger of spoiling anything. I’m not sure, I definitely think that there’s an opportunity — as you said — for Ed and I to be teamed up inside of a mission. I think we’re seeing what happens with Maeve (Thandie Newton) and with Caleb (Aaron Paul), that they’ve sort of joined forces. And I think the essential question that is asked in all of those teams is, is mankind beyond saving? Is there something to save there or do we have to create a whole new breed of hosts and reprogram what it means to be human.”Watch TheWrap’s full interview with Thompson via the video above.To read more from the Drama/Comedy/Actors issue of TheWrap Emmy magazine, click here.Read original story ‘Westworld’ Star Tessa Thompson on the Possibility of Becoming Season 4’s ‘Super Villain’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • Will the ‘Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular’ Ratings Blow Up, or Blow Up in NBC’s Face?
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    Will the ‘Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular’ Ratings Blow Up, or Blow Up in NBC’s Face?

    2020 has been less than spectacular, but like life, the (fireworks) show must go on. While Saturday’s “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” won’t have an in-person crowd this year, it should still pull down a decent live-TV audience. Yes, even on a Saturday, and even with with 2020’s secretive coronavirus-forced setup. (This year’s unfortunate day-of-the-week designation won’t do the annual NBC event any favors: Saturdays are the lowest-rated night of the week.) Last year’s July 4 show, when things were “normal,” the biggest U.S. fireworks event of the year drew 5.865 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That tally may not be worthy of the “spectacular” title, especially when considering the returns from previous years, but it is generally a pretty strong performance for a summer telecast this side of hits like fellow NBC program “America’s Got Talent.” Also Read: 'America's Got Talent' Resumes Production - Here's How Judge Cuts and Live Shows Will Look Unfortunately, the 2019 celebration of America’s independence, which was hosted by Derek Hough and Ciara, drew an all-time low rating in the key demo of adults 18-49. The sub-6-million-viewers count, only the third time the event’s Nielsen numbers came in that low over the...Read original story Will the ‘Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular’ Ratings Blow Up, or Blow Up in NBC’s Face? At TheWrap

  • Harry and Meghan close Sussex Royal charity ahead of big 2021 launch
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    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex agreed not to use the word royal after leaving their senior roles.

  • Ratings: ‘Council of Dads’ Series Finale Holds Steady, CBS and ABC Tie for 1st With Reruns
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    Ratings: ‘Council of Dads’ Series Finale Holds Steady, CBS and ABC Tie for 1st With Reruns

    Thursday’s “Council of Dads” series finale held steady in the ratings ahead of the holiday weekend, with ABC and CBS winning the night with full slates of reruns.“Council of Dads” held more or less steady week-over-week with a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.8 million total viewers on NBC, according to preliminary numbers. Heading into the holiday weekend, the canceled family drama was down about 6% in total viewers compared to last week.It was followed by a new episode of “Blindspot,” which matched its season high of 0.3 in the demo and pulled in 1.9 million total viewers.Also Read: 'Council of Dads' Canceled After One Season at NBCNBC finished the night with a 0.3 in the demo and 2.2 million total viewers. ABC and CBS tied for first with 0.4, though CBS won out in viewers with 3.2 million to ABC’s 2.7 million. Fox, which also aired only reruns, finished in fourth with a 0.2 and 984,000 viewers.On The CW, a new episode of “Burden of Truth” aired at 8 p.m. to a 0.1 rating in the demo and 530,000 total viewers. It was followed by a new “In the Dark” at 9 p.m., which saw a 0.1 and 458,000 viewers.Read original story Ratings: ‘Council of Dads’ Series Finale Holds Steady, CBS and ABC Tie for 1st With Reruns At TheWrap