• Directors Guild Awards 2020: Sam Mendes Wins Top Prize for ‘1917’
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    Directors Guild Awards 2020: Sam Mendes Wins Top Prize for ‘1917’

    Sam Mendes has been named the best feature-film director of 2019 by the Directors Guild of America, which handed out its annual awards on Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles.The win makes the “1917” director a commanding front-runner in the Oscar race for Best Directors — and coupled with his film’s victory at the Producers Guild Awards last week, makes the World War I drama the favorite to win Best Picture winner as well.Mendes beat his fellow Oscar nominees Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”) and Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), as well as “Jojo Rabbit” director Taika Waititi.The DGA Award is one of the most reliable Oscar predictors, with the winner going on to win the Academy Award for Best Director for the last six years in a row, 15 times in the last 16 years and 62 times in 71 years.In addition, the film whose director wins the DGA historically has a greater than 75 percent chance of winning the Best Picture Oscar, but that figure has been slipping lately. The two awards have coincided only twice in the last six years, with “The Shape of Water” two years ago and “Birdman” in 2014. The other three years, Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA and the Best Director awards for “Gravity,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “The Revenant,” Damien Chazelle for “La La Land” and Cuarón again for “Roma,” while the Best Picture Oscars went to “12 Years a Slave,” “Spotlight,” “Moonlight” and “Green Book,” respectively.Also Read: 'American Factory' Named Top Documentary at Cinema Eye HonorsAlma Har’el, one of three female directors in the first-time feature directing category, won for her work on “Honey Boy,” while Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert won the documentary award for “American Factory.”Bill Hader won the comedy-series award for the “ronny/lily” episode of his TV series “Barry.” The drama-series award went to Nicole Kassell, one of two directors nominated for different episodes of “Watchmen.” The television movie or limited series award went to Johan Renck for “Chernobyl.”Don Roy King won an award for directing an episode of “Saturday Night Live” for the fourth consecutive year, while James Burrows and Andy Fisher won for “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’.”Also Read: Norman Lear Becomes Oldest Emmy Winner at 97The DGA is the third of the four major Hollywood guilds to announce its awards. The Screen Actors Guild gave its ensemble-acting award to “Parasite,” while the Producers Guild chose “1917” as the best-produced film of 2019.The last of the major guilds, the Writers Guild, will announce its awards on Feb. 1.Also Read: '1917' Named Top Film at Producers Guild AwardsHere is the complete list of Directors Guild Award nominees. Winners are indicated by **WINNER.Feature Film Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite” Sam Mendes, “1917” **WINNER Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman” Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit”First-Time Feature Film Mati Diop, “Atlantics” Alma Har’el, “Honey Boy” **WINNER Melina Matsoukas, “Queen & Slim” Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz, “The Peanut Butter Falcon” Joe Talbot, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”Documentary Feature Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, “American Factory” **WINNER Feras Fayyad, “The Cave” Alex Holmes, “Maiden” Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska, “Honeyland” Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, “One Child Nation”Dramatic Series Nicole Kassell, “Watchmen,” “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” **WINNER Mark Mulod, “Succession,” “This Is Not For Tears” David Nutter, “Game of Thrones,” “The Last of the Starks” Miguel Sapochnik, “Game of Thrones,” “The Long Night” Stephen Williams, “Watchmen,” “This Extraordinary Being”Comedy Series Dan Attias, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “It’s the Sixties, Man!” Bill Hader, “Barry,” “ronny/lily” **WINNER David Mandel, “Veep,” “Veep” Amy Sherman Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “It’s Comedy or Cabbage” Dan Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Marvelous Radio”Movies for Television and Limited Series Ava DuVernay, “When They See Us” Vince Gilligan, “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” Thomas Kail, “Fosse/Verdon,” “Nowadays” Johan Renck, “Chernobyl” **WINNER Minkie Spiro, “Fosse/Verdon,” “All I Care About Is Love” Jessica Yu, “Fosse/Verdon, “”Glory”Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regular Scheduled Programming Paul G. Casey, “Real Time With Bill Maher,” “1730” Nora S. Gerard, “CBS Sunday Morning,” “40th Anniversary” Jim Hoskinson, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “A. Ocasio-Cortez; Incubus” Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” “E. Murphy; Lizzo” **WINNER Paul Pennolino, Christopher Werner, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “SLAPP Suits”Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials James Burrows, Andy Fisher, “Live in Front of a Studio Audience Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” **WINNER Spike Jonze, “Aziz Ansari: Right Now” Stan Lathan, “Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones” Linda Mendoza, “Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” Glenn Weiss, “The 91st Annual Academy AwardsReality Programs Hisham Abed, “Queer Eye,” “Black Girl Magic” Jason Cohen, “Encore!,” “Annie” **WINNER Jon Favreau, “The Chef Show,” “Hog Island” Ashley S. Gorman, “First Responders Live,” “103” Patrick McManus, “American Ninja Warrior,” “1116 Las Vegas National Finals Night 4”Children’s Programs Dean Israelite, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” “Part One: Submitted for Your Approval” Jack Jameson, “Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Special” Luke Matheny, “Ghostwriter,” “Ghost in Wonderland, Part 1” Amy Schatz, “Song of Parkland” **WINNER Barry Sonnenfeld, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Penultimate Peril: Part 1”Commercials Fredrik Bond (MJZ) “Lighter Than Air,” HP Elite Dragonfly – Media Monks “Take it Lightly,” Coca-Cola Light – Ingo “Nap,” iPhone – Apple Spike Jonze (MJZ) **WINNER “Dream It,” Squarespace – Squarespace “The New Normal,” Medmen – Mekanism Mark Molloy (Smuggler) “Underdogs,” Apple – Apple Ridley Scott (RSA Films) “The Seven Worlds,” Hennessy X.O. – DDB Paris Dougal Wilson (Furlined) “Train,” AT&T – BBDO NYRead original story Directors Guild Awards 2020: Sam Mendes Wins Top Prize for ‘1917’ At TheWrap

  • Is Trump’s Space Force Logo a Copycat of Starfleet’s From ‘Star Trek’? (Sure Looks Like It)
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    Is Trump’s Space Force Logo a Copycat of Starfleet’s From ‘Star Trek’? (Sure Looks Like It)

    Proving that there is no idea so bad it can’t easily be made worse, on Friday the Trump administration unveiled the logo for the Space Force branch of the military, and it pretty much looks just like one of the most iconic elements of the “Star Trek” franchise.Compare and contrast: On the left side of the image above is the logo for Space Force (which, for those of you wondering, is part of the air force and not actually a separate branch of the military); and on the right is the emblem of Starfleet Command, the scientific and military space force for the United Federation of Planets.The logo is probably where the resemblance between Space Force and Starfleet ends, unless we’ve completely misjudged Trump that is. It’s unlikely Trump actually is trying to create a post-scarcity, post-money utopia founded on principles of peaceful coexistence, shared abundance, secularism, science, and equality like the one depicted in the TV shows and films set in the “Star Trek” universe.Also Read: New Space Force Uniforms Mocked for Camo Design: 'Are They Fighting on the Forest Moon of Endor?'Now, in fairness, the new Space Force logo is actually based on the preexisting Air Force Space Command logo, which was established in 1982 and rendered obsolete by Space Force. Here’s what that looks like:Even so, that logo was invented a full 16 years after the first season of “Star Trek,” and in the same year “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” was a huge hit for Paramount, and between you and us, it’s impossible to look at it and not immediately think of “Star Trek.” And if anything, the Space Force logo only makes the similarities to the Federation military symbol even more obvious. So until we hear otherwise we’re going to assume this was absolutely intentional.Of course, there’s another possibility we haven’t considered: What if we’re the evil alternate universe where “evil goatee Spock” comes from? Just kidding.Space Force going boldly where no copyright has gone before comes just a week after the widespread ridicule that greeted the unveiling of its first official uniforms, which are camouflaged just like terrestrial military uniforms. The official Space Force Twitter account later clarified that it “is utilizing current Army/Air Force uniforms, saving costs of designing/producing a new one. Members will look like their joint counterparts they’ll be working with, on the ground.” It’s an admirable commitment to cost-savings that has been extended to their logo.Representatives for CBS, which owns the rights to “Star Trek,” did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.Read original story Is Trump’s Space Force Logo a Copycat of Starfleet’s From ‘Star Trek’? (Sure Looks Like It) At TheWrap

  • Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera Laments Watching Rudy Giuliani ‘Deteriorate’
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    Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera Laments Watching Rudy Giuliani ‘Deteriorate’

    Geraldo Rivera said in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Friday morning that it’s tough to see former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani “deteriorate” in live television interviews.“I’ve known him since he was a newly-appointed U.S. attorney in the Southern District here in New York. Then he became ‘America’s Mayor,’ and we all lived through that trauma with him when he was the most magnificent elected official on earth. To see him kind of deteriorate right before your very eyes — and I love the guy — but I think that this is…,” Rivera said.Co-host Steve Doocy asked what his Fox News colleague meant. Rivera responded by speaking about Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine and questioned why he wasn’t appointed as an envoy if he was going overseas to represent President Donald Trump.Also Read: Hillary Clinton Thinks 'Aliens Have Seized' Rudy Giuliani's Brain (Video)“He went to Ukraine to do what as what?” Rivera asked“We have a lot of people in the audience who are not agreeing with you, Geraldo,” said co-host Ainsley Earhardt.“I don’t come here for people to agree with me. I come to tell you how I feel from the bottom of my heart and from the bottom of my heart, I feel like Rudy Giuliani has been diminished by this entire saga. I think the more he talks the worse it is for the President of the United States.”Also Read: 'Fox & Friends' Brawl: Geraldo Rivera Calls Out Brian Kilmeade's 'Arrogance' in Defending Attack on Iran (Video)This isn’t the first time Rivera has been questioned on the network in recent weeks. Earlier in January, he and co-host Brian Kilmeade criticized each other while debating the United States’ deadly strike against Iranian’s General Qassem Soleimani with Rivera saying that the strike was an act of unnecessary aggression on the part of the U.S.Watch the clip of Rivera speaking about Giuliani above via Fox News.Read original story Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera Laments Watching Rudy Giuliani ‘Deteriorate’ At TheWrap

  • Senator Ted Cruz Calls CNN Reporter ‘Obnoxious’ and ‘Partisan/Unfair’
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    Senator Ted Cruz Calls CNN Reporter ‘Obnoxious’ and ‘Partisan/Unfair’

    GOP Sen. Ted Cruz attacked CNN’s Manu Raju in the very early hours of Friday morning, calling him “obnoxious” in a tweet.“Manu, in your pissing fight w/ @MarthaMcSally EVERY GOP Senator agreed you were the MOST partisan/unfair Cap Hill reporter. Rather than address problem, CNN top brass ‘released the hounds’ on McSally. Your Qs aren’t hard, but when you’re obnoxious, we answer other reporters’ Qs,” he wrote on Twitter.Cruz’s tweet came as a response to Raju, who had written that when he tried to ask the senator if he defends President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine, for which he was impeached by the House, Cruz ignored him and “split.”Also Read: GOP Sen Martha McSally Calls CNN Reporter 'Liberal Hack,' Shuts Down Impeachment Trial QuestionIn his response, Cruz also referenced an incident that took place last week. Republican Sen. Martha McSally called Raju a “liberal hack” and refused to answer his questions last Thursday. She went on Twitter later in the day to confirm and share the exchange.“You are,” McSally wrote in response to a tweet from Raju about the moment she called him a “liberal hack.” She later included a video of the encounter. Raju, the network’s senior congressional correspondent, followed up a half-hour later with the CNN video of the incident.Read original story Senator Ted Cruz Calls CNN Reporter ‘Obnoxious’ and ‘Partisan/Unfair’ At TheWrap

  • ‘Obi-Wan’ Disney+ Series Delayed ‘Indefinitely,’ London Crew Sent Home
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    ‘Obi-Wan’ Disney+ Series Delayed ‘Indefinitely,’ London Crew Sent Home

    Update: At an event on Thursday, Ewan McGregor downplayed the seriousness of the situation, telling reporters the show is still on schedule and will begin filming in early 2021. Read more here.Production on the Disney+ Series “Obi-Wan” has been placed on hold indefinitely, and the crew at Pinewood Studios in London has been sent home, Collider reported Thursday.Representatives for Disney and Lucasfilm have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment, but The Hollywood Reporter reported that the show is undergoing a retooling. THR also reports that Lucasfilm is searching for a new writer and the show’s episode order has been reduced from six to four episodes.This new development is entirely unrelated to the hoax report last week that the show had been canceled. That rumor was started by a joke Twitter account called @DicsussingFilm and later picked up unsourced by a couple of fansites. An individual with direct knowledge told TheWrap at the time that the report of the show’s cancellation was “completely inaccurate” and that it remained in development on schedule.Also Read: No, the 'Star Wars' Disney+ Series About Obi-Wan Kenobi Has Not Been CanceledAnnounced last summer during D23 2019, the Obi-Wan series will take place at some point during the 19-year gap between the end of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: A New Hope.” McGregor will once again play the Jedi Master originally portrayed by Alec Guinness and executive produce, alongside series director Deborah Chow and writer Hossein Amini. Jason McGatlin, Lucasfilm’s executive vice president of production, will serve as co-producer.The project will be the third live-action “Star Wars” series for Disney+, following “The Mandalorian” and the “Rogue One” prequel series centered on Diego Luna’s character, Cassian Andor.Collider first reported the news.Read original story ‘Obi-Wan’ Disney+ Series Delayed ‘Indefinitely,’ London Crew Sent Home At TheWrap

  • Former ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Tyler Gwozdz Dies at 29
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    Former ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Tyler Gwozdz Dies at 29

    Former “Bachelorette” contestant Tyler Gwozdz has died at the age of 29, multiple outlets report.He appeared on the latest season of the dating series, where he briefly courted “Bachelorette” Hannah Brown before being abruptly removed from her season with no explanation from the show.According to TMZ, Gwozdz died Wednesday after being hospitalized for a suspected drug overdose.More to come…Read original story Former ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Tyler Gwozdz Dies at 29 At TheWrap

  • ‘Little America’ Creators on Bringing Life to a New American Dream
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    ‘Little America’ Creators on Bringing Life to a New American Dream

    In the episode of the Apple TV+ anthology series “Little America” written by creators Lee Eisenberg, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, a man goes to battle with a really, really big rock.Aptly titled “The Rock,” the episode centers on Faraz, an Iranian man who buys a plot of land in Yonkers with big dreams of building his family a house, only to find that removing the giant rock that sits on the land is a far bigger challenge than he’d expected. It’s an intensely idiosyncratic story — the man also sells quail eggs and keeps bees and teaches rollerblading lessons on the side — but one that the creators hope can speak to something bigger.“This guy wanted to own a piece of America,” Nanjiani said in an interview with TheWrap. “And he gets this place that has a massive rock on it, and then he has to spend years and years trying to find a way to break this rock. To me that felt like a very good metaphor for the American Dream. You’re told a story that anybody can achieve anything they want, but the reality is much more complicated.”Apple TV+Like the seven other episodes in the series, “The Rock” is a fictionalized version of the real story of an immigrant living in America, as originally documented in a collection of photo essays published in Epic Magazine.Beyond that, though, the episodes don’t have much in common. They each have a different writer and director, they tell short one-off stories that never intersect, and they vary wildly in scope, theme, setting and tone. The characters range from a Mexican high school squash player to a Nigerian cowboy to a Swiss woman finding love at a silent meditation retreat.Also Read: How Apple TV+ Put Diversity at the Forefront During Its TCA Debut“I wanted every single episode to feel like it could stand on its own,” said Eisenberg, who serves as co-showrunner on the series alongside writer-director Sian Heder. The team of producers, which also included Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis of Epic Magazine and “Master of None” co-creator Alan Yang, carefully selected stories from the Epic collection so that no two episodes were too much alike.“These are stories about people, and sometimes the stakes are huge and sometimes the stakes are smaller, but they’re always really important to them,” Eisenberg said. “What we really wanted to do by having different episodes take place in different time periods and different places across the country, with characters from all over the world, is create a mosaic of the United States and say, our country is built on this collection of people.”Apple TV+Given the breadth of experiences captured in the show, one of the major priorities was attending to the “textural” details of each story, making sure each episode was written or directed by someone who had a connection to the material either through life experience or cultural background. Tze Chun, who wrote and directed the episode titled “The Grand Expo Prize Winners,” adapted his own mother’s story for the show. Each episode had dedicated cultural consultants and dialect coaches.A rough count of the writers, directors and editors found that 88 percent were either the children of immigrants or immigrants themselves. “People really, really wanted to honor the stories,” he said. “They did not want to mess up. You felt, from department to department, a level of commitment that I’ve never seen before.”Also Read: How the Story of a Real-Life 13-Year-Old Investigative Reporter Became an Apple TV+ SeriesAnother point of importance was casting as much as possible from the country of origin. While that effort provided a unique set of challenges on its own (“We had people being put on tape in a village in Uganda, we had people on tape from Paris. The sheer number of visas we had to apply for and expedite,” Eisenberg said) in one case it nearly derailed the episode entirely.“The Son,” one of the season’s most affecting episodes, centers on a gay Syrian man who seeks refuge in the U.S. after being persecuted in his home country, but the Trump administration’s travel ban against made it impossible to for the show to both authentically cast Middle Eastern actors and shoot in the U.S.Apple TV+“We actually had to shoot the episode in Montreal,” Eisenberg said. “This is a show about immigrants coming to the United States. It’s called ‘Little America.’ And we shot it in Montreal.”“That episode I think is probably the first time in television history that Montreal has played Boise,” he joked. “And it played it very well. I think Montreal will probably win an Emmy.”That ability to find humor in tragedy is a quality that has defined both Eisenberg’s past work as a writer-producer on shows like “The Office” and Showtime’s “SMILF,” as well as Nanjiani and Gordon’s 2017 Sundance hit “The Big Sick.”Also Read: 'Little America' Co-Creator Lee Eisenberg Signs Overall Deal With Apple“The thing we talked about most was that feeling,” Eisenberg said. “Within sadness there’s comedy, and even in some of the saddest episodes I think there’s some really lovely moments of levity. That was something that was really important to us.”“What we didn’t want to do was make a show that was like Oh, look at the noble struggle of the immigrant coming to America,” said Gordon. “That’s some people’s stories, but it’s not everyone’s story. So what was great was that some of these stories were romantic, some of them were thriller-esque, some of them were sports stories, some of them were very, very simple stories. Some of them were funnier than others. I love that. Immigrants aren’t a monolith in this country and the stories that we’d heard when we were beginning this project weren’t monolithic either.”Apple TV+Mild spoiler warning: Faraz doesn’t conquer his rock by the end of episode. Nor yet has Farhad Gremipor, the real-life man who inspired the episode. “I drive by it every day,” Gremipor told Epic Magazine for the original essay. “It’s right next to my apartment. In fact, I can see it through my window right now.”But one detail that didn’t make it into the show: Gremipor, in addition to farming quail eggs and teaching rollerblading, is also a recreational paraglider. “When I’m flying up there, everything looks very small,” he said. “Every person, every city. The problems you have down below become very small. Difficult problems suddenly become easy … A big rock becomes nothing.”If there is a unifying idea behind “Little America,” it isn’t that the characters in these stories or the people who inspired them necessarily triumph over adversity (though some of them do), it’s the way they all strive to find a way to live in spite of it, regardless of outcome. It’s the fact that the reality — as with Faraz and his rock, as with the American Dream — is often more complicated than the story we’ve been told.“We all have our rock. We all have an insurmountable thing in our lives that is absolutely in the way of everything. And maybe we put it there on purpose. Maybe it’s always been there and we moved in. But we all have a rock,” Gordon said. “It might still be there at the end of your life, it might not, but you’ve got to learn to live with it.”Apple TV+All eight episodes of “Little America” are now streaming on Apple TV+.Read original story ‘Little America’ Creators on Bringing Life to a New American Dream At TheWrap

  • ‘That’s a Lie': Exasperated Joe Scarborough Fact-Checks Trump as Impeachment Begins
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    ‘That’s a Lie': Exasperated Joe Scarborough Fact-Checks Trump as Impeachment Begins

    MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough fact-checked statements from a Davos press conference by President Trump on Wednesday morning and didn’t hide his exasperation.Scarborough, a former GOP congressman, pointed out that the Washington Post has now chronicled over 16,000 “false or misleading claims” from the president since he took office.“He says he makes great deals. That speaks for itself: A man who’s gone bankrupt time and time again and continues to be mired in a North Korean missile deal where he was made to look like a complete fool,” Scarborough said.Also Read: Joe Scarborough Says Trump Impeachment Is 'About History,' Not Just Election (Video)He then referred to the phone call with the Ukrainian president that led to Trump’s impeachment, “He keeps talking about releasing a transcript. He never released the actual transcript. That’s a lie.”From there, Scarborough contrasted Trump’s insistence that he and the Ukrainian president both agree the call was a “perfect conversation” with the latest polling that shows 51% of Americans think the Senate should remove the president for office because of the call.In December, the House impeached Trump on charges that he abused the power of his office and obstructed Congress. The House voted on two articles of impeachment, drafted by the House Judiciary Committee, which charged the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.Also Read: Joe Scarborough: GOP Won't Come on 'Morning Joe' to Talk Debt Unless 'Democrats Are in the White House'For abuse of power, the House voted 230-197; for obstruction of Congress, the House voted 229-198. The votes concluded a months-long impeachment inquiry process into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, which sought to determine whether he solicited foreign power for his own political gain. And as the inquiry unfolded, the White House’s refusal to cooperate and attempts to block witnesses from testifying amounted to obstruction of Congress, according to the articles of impeachment.Read original story ‘That’s a Lie': Exasperated Joe Scarborough Fact-Checks Trump as Impeachment Begins At TheWrap

  • Terry Jones, Monty Python Member and Director, Dies at 77
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    Terry Jones, Monty Python Member and Director, Dies at 77

    Terry Jones, a beloved member of the Monty Python comedy troupe who directed many of its classic films, died Tuesday. He was 77.According to the Associated Press, his family said he died “after a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.”In 1969, Jones joined with Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and lone American, Terry Gilliam, to form the Monty Python comedy troupe, launching a sketch series, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” that revolutionized comedy with its offbeat, nonlinear sensibility.Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)Movies soon followed, with Jones and Gilliam co-directing “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975) and “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life” (1983). Jones was also the solo director of 1979’s “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” the biggest box office hit of the troupe’s history.In addition to his work in entertainment, Jones was also a medieval historian who published scholarly books like 1980s “Chaucer’s Knight: The Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary” and hosted documentary series about medieval life and the so-called “barbarian” cultures conquered by the Roman Empire.Tributes quickly poured in for Jones from the showbiz world.Director Edgar Wright remembered Jones for some of his most beloved characters: “Not only 1/6 of the Pythons, Mr Creosote, Arthur Two Sheds Jackson, Dino Vercotti, Mandy Cohen, Prince Herbert, Cardinal Biggles & the Nude Organist, but also esteemed director of all time comedy classic; ‘Life Of Brian.'”Actor and writer Stephen Fry tweeted: “My god what pleasure you gave, what untrammelled joy and delight. What a wonderful talent, heart and mind.”A very fond farewell to Terry Jones: Not only 1/6 of the Pythons, Mr Creosote, Arthur Two Sheds Jackson, Dino Vercotti, Mandy Cohen, Prince Herbert, Cardinal Biggles & the Nude Organist, but also esteemed director of all time comedy classic; 'Life Of Brian'. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/PeBDlvGfsD— edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 22, 2020Farewell, Terry Jones. The great foot has come down to stamp on you. My god what pleasure you gave, what untrammelled joy and delight. What a wonderful talent, heart and mind— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 22, 202036 years ago I met Terry Jones. I was meant to interview him. I asked for tea, so he opened a bottle of Chablis & got me drunk. He was funny, brilliant and honest. He was irrepressible and is seen here repressing the very young me. Rest in Peace, Terry. You were an inspiration. pic.twitter.com/fNBJZwOFcX— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 22, 2020Read original story Terry Jones, Monty Python Member and Director, Dies at 77 At TheWrap

  • Meghan McCain: ‘I Was Laughing My Ass Off’ at NYT Presidential Endorsement
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    Meghan McCain: ‘I Was Laughing My Ass Off’ at NYT Presidential Endorsement

    Meghan McCain says she reacted to the New York Times editorial board’s dual endorsement of senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar by “laughing my ass off.”“First of all, you’re endorsing two women with two completely ideologically different views on their platforms,” “The View” co-host said on the show Tuesday, before adding that everyone will have to “choose one” of the two very different candidates.“This is not how this works,” continued McCain, who worked on her father’s John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Also, on the final point of this, you chose both of the women. Just say, ‘I want a woman. I don’t really care about politics. I don’t care about anything else.’ Just double down on identity politics.”Also Read: New York Times Endorses Both Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren for 2020 Democratic PrimaryShe called the two-way endorsement a “huge act of cowardice” and noted she didn’t expect much else from a “garbage publication.” That caused co-host Joy Behar to chime in, arguing she didn’t agree the Times is a “garbage publication.”“It is now,” McCain said, but Behar cautioned against condemning the whole newspaper for “one incident.”The Times’ editorial board put all pre-endorsement presidential candidate interviews on the record for the first time ahead of the big double endorsement. Last week, deputy editorial page editor Kathleen Kingsbury announced the intention to make it the “most transparent” endorsement in the editorial board’s history.‘NY TIMES’ ENDORSES WARREN, KLOBUCHAR: After ‘The New York Times’ editorial board broke tradition by endorsing two presidential candidates, the co-hosts question if they made the right decision. https://t.co/1091s9WYqN pic.twitter.com/kzHKtIjkRE\- The View (@TheView) January 21, 2020Read original story Meghan McCain: ‘I Was Laughing My Ass Off’ at NYT Presidential Endorsement At TheWrap

  • ‘F— You!’ MSNBC Reporter Heckled at 2nd Amendment Rally
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    ‘F— You!’ MSNBC Reporter Heckled at 2nd Amendment Rally

    A live shot for MSNBC reporter Gabe Gutierrez on Monday went sideways when a heckler started blasting him with obscenities at a gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia.“Y’all a bunch of f—ing liars, you lying pieces of s—… f— you!” a bearded man, resembling a skinny mall Santa, yelled in the background as Gutierrez signed off.MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson quickly apologized for the “background noise” viewers heard.Also Read: Alex Jones Crashes DC Women's March, Chants 'Down With Trump!' With a BullhornThe Washington Examiner grabbed a look at the brief interruption, which you can check out below:"Y'all a bunch of f***** liars, you lying pieces of s***."@MSNBC reporter @gabegutierrez heckled at the VirginiaRally pic.twitter.com/4pQD3wRWRW— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 20, 2020Thousands are expected to turn out on Monday for an annual gun rights rally in Virginia’s capitol that carries more weight than usual this year, with the state legislature proposing several gun control measures. The event typically draws hundreds of attendees each year, according to NBC News.Also Read: Hillary Clinton Fears 4 More Years of Trump: 'Lord Knows What Will Happen'President Trump appeared to be keeping an eye on the rally on Monday, tweeting: “The Democrat Party in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia are working hard to take away your 2nd Amendment rights. This is just the beginning. Don’t let it happen, VOTE REPUBLICAN in 2020!”The Democrat Party in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia are working hard to take away your 2nd Amendment rights. This is just the beginning. Don’t let it happen, VOTE REPUBLICAN in 2020!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2020Attendees recited the Second Amendment together at the event, while some walked around carrying firearms and wearing “Guns Save Lives” stickers, according to Fox News.Read original story ‘F— You!’ MSNBC Reporter Heckled at 2nd Amendment Rally At TheWrap

  • ‘1917’ Named Top Film at Producers Guild Awards
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    ‘1917’ Named Top Film at Producers Guild Awards

    “1917” has won the Producers Guild of America’s award as the best-produced feature film of 2019, giving it an important victory at an awards show that usually honors the film that goes on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.The film, an immersive drama about World War I that was fashioned to look like a single shot, triumphed in a field that also included top Academy Award contenders “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” “The Irishman,” “Parasite” and “Joker.” While the PGA win makes it a de facto frontrunner of sorts in that race, this is a year in which the Oscar race still feels unsettled.“Apollo 11” won the award for documentary feature, while “Toy Story 4” won for animated feature.Also Read: '1917': How Sam Mendes & Co. Re-Created World War I in a Single TakeTelevision winners included “Succession,” “Fleabag,” “Chernobyl,” “Apollo: Missions to the Moon” and “Leaving Neverland.”As the only other major award to use the same ranked-choice voting system as the Academy to determine its top film prize, the Producers Guild Awards are one of the most reliable predictors of Oscar success. The PGA winner has gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar 21 times in 30 years, and eight times in the 10 years since both groups expanded to 10 nominees and instituted ranked-choice voting.But in one of those eight years, the Oscar winner, “12 Years a Slave,” tied with “Gravity” at the PGA – and in 2015 and 2016, the guild went for “The Big Short” and “La La Land” while the Oscars chose “Spotlight” and “Moonlight.”So while the win gives “1917” some valuable momentum in what has seemed to be a wide-open year, the compressed schedule leaves less time for any momentum to take hold before Oscar voting begins on Jan. 30 (but also less time to momentum to change). The film is not nominated for any Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be handed out on Sunday.Also Read: Taika Waititi Joins Scorsese, Tarantino, Mendes and Bong With Directors Guild Nomination for 'Jojo Rabbit'Special awards were given to Netflix’s Ted Sarandos (Milestone Award), Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures); Marta Kauffman (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television); actress and producer Octavia Spencer (Visionary Award); and the film “Bombshell” (Stanley Kramer Award).The ceremony took place at the Hollywood Palladium.The winners:Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: “1917,” Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne‐Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures: “Apollo 11,” Todd Douglas Miller, Thomas Petersen Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: “Toy Story 4,” Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama: “Succession” (Season 2), Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Mark Mylod, Jane Tranter, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown, Georgia Pritchett, Will Tracy, Jonathan Glatzer, Dara Schnapper, Gabrielle Mahon Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy: “Fleabag” (Season 2), Phoebe Waller‐Bridge, Harry Bradbeer, Lydia Hampson, Harry Williams, Jack Williams, Joe Lewis, Sarah Hammond David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television: “Chernobyl,” Craig Mazin, Carolyn Strauss, Jane Featherstone, Johan Renck, Chris Fry, Sanne Wohlenberg Outstanding Producer of Televised or Streamed Motion Pictures: “Apollo: Missions to the Moon” Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: “Leaving Neverland” Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (Season 6) Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Season 11) Outstanding Sports Program: “What’s My Name / Muhammad Ali” Outstanding Children’s Program: “Sesame Street” (Season 49) Outstanding Short-form Program: “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (Season 11) PGA Innovation Award: “Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode 1”Read original story ‘1917’ Named Top Film at Producers Guild Awards At TheWrap

  • The Evolution of Winnie the Pooh, from AA Milne to ‘Christopher Robin’ (Photos)
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    The Evolution of Winnie the Pooh, from AA Milne to ‘Christopher Robin’ (Photos)

    Not every movie can play on the nostalgia factor for every generation, but no matter how old you are, there’s a good chance that you grew up with Winnie the Pooh in some form. The character created by A.A. Milne has endured for over 90 years as a beloved figure of children’s literature and television. And in that time, that silly old bear has been through a lot. Here, we look at the history of Pooh Bear across his many books and cartoons, all the way up to the live action “Christopher Robin.”The first Winnie the Pooh story written by Alan Alexander Milne first appeared in the London Evening News in 1925 on Christmas Eve. The story, “The Wrong Sort of Bees,” would be the first chapter in the first volume of stories, “Winnie-the-Pooh,” published on October 14, 1926. Milne named the boy in the story after his son, Christopher Robin Milne, and named Pooh after Christopher Robin’s teddy bear Winnie, which he nicknamed after he saw a bear from Winnipeg at the zoo.In 1930, Stephen Slesinger bought the rights to Winnie-the-Pooh from Milne, and bu 1931, he had developed a lucrative line of toys, board games, records, radio broadcasts and more.Winnie-the-Pooh was first drawn in color with a red shirt starting in 1932, as seen here in this Parker Brothers board game from 1933. The original illustrator, E.H. Shepard, had previously drawn Pooh with a shirt in some instances.Disney acquired the rights to Winnie-the-Pooh in 1961 and dropped the hyphens in the character’s name. And in 1966, they released the very first Winnie the Pooh short, “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.” Sterling Holloway originally voiced the character and would do so in subsequent shorts, including the Oscar nominated “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day” from 1968.The first Pooh movie, “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” from 1977 was a collection of the four previously released shorts all edited together.In 1981, Hal Smith took over voicing duties for Winnie the Pooh in “Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons” and 1983’s “Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore,” the last of the theatrical featurettes Disney released.One of the first shows to air when the Disney Channel launched on April 18, 1983 was a live-action show known as “Welcome to Pooh Corner,” in which human actors dressed in outfits as Pooh and all the other creatures of the Hundred Acre Wood. The show lasted for three years and 120 episodes.Disney rebooted Winnie the Pooh with another cartoon that ran between 1988 and 1991, “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,” complete with an upbeat theme song that every ’90s kid will have stuck in their head for the rest of the day. Jim Cummings, a Disney voice actor mainstay, took over the voice of Winnie the Pooh and has remained the voice actor ever since.The first modern Winnie the Pooh movie was 2000’s “The Tigger Movie,” about Tigger, who long sang, “I’m the only one,” searching for his family.Milne’s original series of stories got an authorized sequel in 2009 as written by David Benedictus and illustrated by Mark Burgess. all drawn in the style of Shepard’s original design.Domhnall Gleeson starred in the biopic about A. A. Milne, “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” in 2017. Also starring Margot Robbie, the film looks at how Milne conceived of the story and how the family adapted to the success of the stories.Disney’s live action film “Christopher Robin” imagines Ewan McGregor as an adult Christopher Robin returning to the Hundred Acre Wood after losing sight of fun and family in place of work. Pooh and the other characters are CGI, but are made to resemble weathered toys. And McGregor and the actors worked with real, plush, stuffed animals that matched their onscreen counterparts.Read original story The Evolution of Winnie the Pooh, from AA Milne to ‘Christopher Robin’ (Photos) At TheWrap

  • No, the ‘Star Wars’ Disney+ Series About Obi-Wan Kenobi Has Not Been Canceled
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    No, the ‘Star Wars’ Disney+ Series About Obi-Wan Kenobi Has Not Been Canceled

    We’ll cut right to the chase: The rumor that Ewan McGregor has walked away from the upcoming Disney+ “Star Wars” tv series about Obi-Wan Kenobi and that Disney has canceled the show is not true.Sources with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap on Friday that the story circulating is “totally inaccurate,” and that the show is still moving forward as announced last summer.The story is actually a hoax created by a clearly-labeled joke Twitter account called @DicsussingFilm. The clue that this story wasn’t on the level should probably have been the obviously misspelled “Dicsussing” in the handle, but in case that didn’t do the trick, the account’s bio says “PARODY ACCOUNT, NOT AFFILIATED WITH @DiscussingFilm.”Also Read: 'Mandalorian' Director Deborah Chow to Direct Obi-Wan Kenobi Series for Disney+What happened is that on Wednesday, “DicsussingFilm” tweeted “Ewan McGregor has exited the ‘OBI-WAN’ Disney+ series due to creative differences. (Source: @disneyplus).” The joke was immediately recognized by the account’s followers, but on Friday a couple of fansites including That Hashtag Show and We Got This Covered took the tweet at face value and ran with it, causing the matter to become a trending Twitter topic.So, rest easy, people looking forward to the further adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi: The show is still happening, at least for now.Announced last summer during D23 2019, the Obi-Wan series will take place at some point during the 19-year gap between the end of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: A New Hope.” McGregor will once again play the Jedi Master originally portrayed by Alec Guinness and executive produce, alongside series director Deborah Chow and writer Hossein Amini. Jason McGatlin, Lucasfilm’s executive vice president of production, will serve as co-producer.Also Read: Taika Waititi Eyed to Develop 'Star Wars' MovieThe project will be the third live-action “Star Wars” series for Disney+, following “The Mandalorian” and the “Rogue One” prequel series centered on Diego Luna’s character, Cassian Andor.Read original story No, the ‘Star Wars’ Disney+ Series About Obi-Wan Kenobi Has Not Been Canceled At TheWrap

  • ESPN Reporter Edward Aschoff’s Death Was Due to Un-Diagnosed Stage 4 Cancer, Fiancee Says
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    ESPN Reporter Edward Aschoff’s Death Was Due to Un-Diagnosed Stage 4 Cancer, Fiancee Says

    ESPN Reporter Edward Aschoff’s tragic death on his 34th birthday last month was the result of an un-diagnosed case of stage 4, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his fiancée, Katy Berteau, said on Wednesday.“After his passing, the hospital received the final results from his lung biopsy,” Berteau said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Unbeknownst to us, Edward had stage 4, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his lungs. This is an aggressive type of cancer that is usually undetectable until it is very advanced.”As a result, Aschoff apparently suffered from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH),  a severe systemic inflammatory syndrome that can be fatal. “Both pneumonia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma can trigger HLH in the body and that is seemingly what happened with Edward, Berteau continued. “All of this combined is what led to his very rapid decline those last few days, and ultimately his passing.”Also Read: Ed Aschoff, ESPN College Football Reporter, Dies on His 34th BirthdayAschoff was diagnosed with pneumonia shortly after covering the Nov. 30 Big Ten game between Ohio State and the University of Michigan, as he wrote in a Dec. 2 Instagram post. He died on Dec. 24 at age 34.After graduating from the University of Florida in 2008, Aschoff covered Gators football for The Gainesville Sun. He joined ESPN in 2011 as an Atlanta-based SEC reporter for ESPN.com.He moved to Los Angeles in 2017 for a more expanded reporting position that included television coverage. Over the past three seasons, Aschoff reported for ESPN.com, SportsCenter, SEC Network and ESPN Radio in addition to working as a sideline reporter during college football games for both radio and TV.See Berteau’s full statement below.(1/9) Hi all, Katy again- this will be my last post on Edward’s social media. I wanted to provide an update about Edward’s passing that may help people in processing it and making a little more sense of what happened. pic.twitter.com/6x7HPsZqZn— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) January 16, 2020(3/9) Both pneumonia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma can trigger HLH in the body and that is seemingly what happened with Edward. All of this combined is what led to his very rapid decline those last few days, and ultimately his passing. pic.twitter.com/blXaF6UJC3— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) January 16, 2020(5/9) I hope this information helps people in dealing with this tragedy. It has helped me knowing that his passing was inevitable, and I’m at least grateful he didn’t have to go through the painful treatment and drawn out process of battling the disease pic.twitter.com/4nr4Gys1em— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) January 16, 2020(7/9) In lieu of flowers, we’re asking that donations be made to a scholarship fund being set up by the University of Florida’s School of Journalism and Communications (see end for details). He loved mentoring and sharing his advice for up-and-coming journalists and reporters. pic.twitter.com/9n9AlYo7B0— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) January 16, 2020(9/9) Donations to the Edward Aschoff Memorial Fund at UF’s College of Journalism and Communications can be made out to the “U.F. Foundation”, sent to P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604, Attn: Gift Processing. Please note "Edward Aschoff Memorial Fund" in the memo area. pic.twitter.com/7AC7xcKz3b— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) January 16, 2020Read original story ESPN Reporter Edward Aschoff’s Death Was Due to Un-Diagnosed Stage 4 Cancer, Fiancee Says At TheWrap

  • Rachel Maddow Draws Record 4.5 Million Viewers for Lev Parnas Interview
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    Rachel Maddow Draws Record 4.5 Million Viewers for Lev Parnas Interview

    “The Rachel Maddow Show” scored 4.5 million viewers for her first part of her interview with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas on Wednesday, a record for the MSNBC program.It surpassed the 4.13 million who tuned in to a March 2017 broadcast, where Maddow revealed a small portion of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return. “Maddow” also drew 844,000 viewers in the adults 25-54 demo, the audience preferred by news advertisers.In the 9pm hour, “Maddow” ranked 1 across all of cable, topping 2 FOX News’ “Hannity” by over half a million total viewers (3.7M). “Maddow” more than tripled CNN in total viewers and topped CNN by more than 500,000 in A25-54.Following “Maddow” at 9pm, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” at 10pm and “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” at 11pm were both 1 in total viewers, more than doubling CNN’s total viewership for those hours.Also Read: Watch Kellyanne Conway Duck Fox News' Questions About Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas Implicating Trump - 4 Times (Video)Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani accused of being involved in the attempt to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former vice president Joe Biden’s son in order to boost Donald Trump’s re-election efforts, told Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that Trump “knew exactly what was going on.”Asked by the MSNBC host in a pre-taped interview what he wanted to correct on the record, Parnas said: “That the president didn’t know what was going on. President Trump knew exactly what was going on. He was aware of all of my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani and the president.”Parnas added that he wants to testify before the Senate for Trump’s impeachment hearing. The Articles of Impeachment were delivered to the Senate yesterday around the same time Parnas taped his interview with Maddow.Part 2 of Maddow’s interview with Parnas is airing Thursday evening.Read original story Rachel Maddow Draws Record 4.5 Million Viewers for Lev Parnas Interview At TheWrap

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    ‘Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?’ 3-Part Docuseries Set at Investigation Discovery

    Investigation Discovery has announced a new three-part anthology series, beginning with “Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?”Henry Schleiff, group president of ID, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, announced the series Thursday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena.“ID is announcing it will investigate the biggest mystery out there today — who killed Jeffrey Epstein?” Schleiff told reporters.Also Read: Discovery Sets Launch Date for Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Network“As the title of our three-part special we’re produced with Jupiter Entertainment suggests, we will explore the recent undisclosed before forensic evidence and testimony by several well-known experts reflecting that the person who killed Jeffrey Epstein may not be Jeffrey Epstein,” he continued.The first episode, focusing on Epstein, is set to debut in 2020. More “Who Killed…” specials will follow on different subjects that have yet to be announced.Here is the official description for the first special from ID:Also Read: Discovery Channel Orders 'Expedition Unknown' Spinoff, 'Expedition X' (Exclusive)“Jeffrey Epstein’s repugnant saga begins in Palm Beach, Florida. Often thought of as a high-society retreat for the rich and affluent, Epstein was first accused of trafficking young women to his Palm Beach estate in 2005 -but, somehow, Epstein escaped relatively unscathed from the law enforcement system. This pattern repeated and persisted through seven civil cases, until this past year, when Epstein was finally pulled into the limelight and placed in a holding cell as he awaited trial. But on August 10, 2019, Epstein was found dead in his cell. It appeared to be a suicide, yet forensics experts and the media began swarming with skepticism and doubt. This timely special follows the political connections, philanthropic ties, and famous friendships that Epstein fostered, begging the question: was Jeffrey Epstein’s death truly a suicide -or was it part of a far more sinister cover up?”“Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?” is produced by Jupiter Entertainment for ID, with Patrick Reardon and Tim McConville serving as executive producers. Pamela Deutsch is executive producer for ID, with Sara Kozak as senior vice president of production, and Kevin Bennett as general manager.Read original story ‘Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?’ 3-Part Docuseries Set at Investigation Discovery At TheWrap

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    Cynthia Erivo on Stephen King's Controversial Diversity Comments

    The actress, who stars in HBO's adaptation of King's 'The Outsider,' weighed in on his remarks on Wednesday.

  • There Are "No Immediate Plans" for Other Game of Thrones Prequels Right Now
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    There Are "No Immediate Plans" for Other Game of Thrones Prequels Right Now

    HBO is focused on 'House of the Dragon.'

  • Why HBO Chose ‘House of the Dragon’ Over Scrapped ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Starring Naomi Watts
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    Why HBO Chose ‘House of the Dragon’ Over Scrapped ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Starring Naomi Watts

    HBO finally fully committed to one of the several “Game of Thrones” spinoffs it had in development when it gave “House of the Dragon” a straight-to-series order last October. That pickup came on the same day that another potential spinoff — the one starring Naomi Watts that HBO had actually filmed a pilot for — was scrapped. That untitled prequel, referred to internally as “Bloodmoon,” was set thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones.” TheWrap sat down with HBO programming chief Casey Bloys at the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday and asked him to break down the reasoning behind picking one project over the other. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Prequel 'House of the Dragon' Doesn't Have a Premiere Date Yet, But Here Is Casey Bloys' 'Suspicion' “In general for a pilot, and this is very much the case in this one, there’s not one thing that I would say, ‘Oh, this went terribly wrong,'” Bloys said. “Sometimes a pilot comes together, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes even the best aspects don’t totally gel, sometimes they do. That’s kind of the little bit of luck and magic in doing shows — and sometimes they come together and...Read original story Why HBO Chose ‘House of the Dragon’ Over Scrapped ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Starring Naomi Watts At TheWrap

  • Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers
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    Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers

    CNN’s Democratic presidential debate Tuesday drew 7.3 million total average viewers with 2.1 million in the key demographic between 25 and 54, according to the network. Additionally, the live stream of the debate had a total of 4 million live starts, translating to an average audience of 467,000 total viewers.Tuesday’s debate, co-hosted with the Des Moines Register in Iowa, was CNN’s third ahead of the  2020 election and was the seventh overall. It was broadcast live on CNN, CNN en Español and CNN International, as well as streamed on CNN.com and DesMoinesRegister.com. The 7.1 million viewers tuned in to see former vice president Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, billionaire Tom Steyer and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.Also Read: Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg's Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic DebateIn November 2019, 10 candidates debated in Atlanta, Georgia, during the sixth Democratic debate, hosted by MSNBC. With 6.506 million overall viewers, it was the least-watched of the debates. CNN’s debate, the first of the year, outscored it Tuesday.Part of the appeal of Tuesday’s debate was its status as the last debate before the Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest in the Democratic presidential primary process in 2020. The caucus takes place Monday, Feb. 3.Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who appeared in the December debate, reached the donor requirement for the January debate but not the polling threshold (5 percent in at least four national or early-state surveys approved, or 7 percent in two early-state polls). He is still in the running.The debate was held one day after New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker suspended his bid. Booker failed to qualify for the December debate.Read original story Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers At TheWrap

  • Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg’s Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic Debate
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    Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg’s Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic Debate

    Just weeks away from the Iowa caucuses, six candidates appeared on stage in Des Moines for the seventh Democratic debate. Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Tom Steyer fielded questions about tensions with Iran, climate change, trade, and more.Getty Images1\. Sanders and Warren on a woman winning the presidencySanders and Warren declined to argue over who was correct about a 2018 meeting where Sanders allegedly told Warren that a woman could not win the presidency.“I didn’t say it. And I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some of the media want,” Sanders said at the debate. “Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million votes. How could anybody in a million years not believe that a woman could be president of the United States?”“If any of the women on this stage, or any of the men, win the nomination — I hope that’s not the case, I hope it’s me — I will do everything in my power to make sure they are elected to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of the country,” he added.Warren, who has said Sanders did, in fact, make those comments, said she “disagreed” with him but attempted to de-escalate the situation.“Bernie is my friend, and I’m not here to try to fight with Bernie,” she said. “Can a woman beat Donald Trump? Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost ten elections. The only people that have won every single election they have been in are the women: Amy and me.”Spencer Platt / Getty Images2\. DemDebateSoWhiteNo candidates of color were on stage for Tuesday’s debate. Andrew Yang, who was the only person of color who qualified for the December debate, missed the polling threshold (5 percent in at least four national or early-state surveys approved, or 7 percent in two early-state polls) for the January debate.The debate also took place one day after New Jersey Senator Cory Booker dropped out of the race.Scott Olson / Getty Images3\. Klobuchar’s small stumbleAmy Klobuchar reminded voters why she’s still in the race: her victories against Republican candidates, her Midwest working-class roots and her ability to pass bills.But the Minnesota senator had a stumble that social media jumped on after struggling to recall the first name of Kansas Governor Laura Kelly when discussing women in higher office.“Kansas has a woman governor right now, and she beat Kris Kobach,” Klobuchar uttered. “And her name is … I’m very proud to know her … and her name is uh, um Gov. Kelly.”AMY KLOBUCHAR: Kansas has a woman governor right now, and she beat Kris Kobach, and her name is — I’m very proud to know her — and her name is Governor Kelly. pic.twitter.com/czfpgtBPGI— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) January 15, 2020After the mishap, Kelly tweeted at Klobuchar in support, “You’re right. Democratic women can win red states.”@Mike2020 / Twitter4\. Bloomberg’s campaign trolls the debateFormer New York City mayor turned presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg wasn’t on stage for Tuesday’s Democratic debate — but his campaign’s Twitter account was having fun taking the piss out of the night.The @Mike2020 account began the evening by sharing outlandish “BloombergFacts” about the presidential hopeful, including that he would sing “Shallow” with Lady Gaga in lieu of an inaugural address and would be the “first president with functioning gills.” And not to be outdone by itself, the campaign shared a cursed image of Bloomberg’s face edited onto a meatball.Test your political knowledge: SPOT THE MEATBALL THAT LOOKS LIKE MIKE. pic.twitter.com/CkzdgwpzdI— Team Bloomberg (@Mike2020) January 15, 2020Read original story Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg’s Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic Debate At TheWrap

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    Democratic Debate: Sanders Denies Telling Warren a Woman Could Not Be President

    Bernie Sanders denied telling Elizabeth Warren that a woman could not win the presidency during Tuesday’s debate in Des Moines, Iowa.On Monday, CNN reported that during a private meeting in 2018, Sanders had told Warren that he didn’t believe a woman could win the presidency. Sanders disputed the piece and said it was “ludicrous” that he would say that to Warren, and that “of course” he believed a woman could win. Warren, meanwhile, issued her own statement disputing his account: “I thought a woman could win; he disagreed.”At Tuesday’s debate, the two candidates declined to argue over who was correct about the meeting but continued to stick with their respective stances.“I didn’t say it. And I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some of the media want,” Sanders said. “Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million votes. How could anybody in a million years not believe that a woman could be president of the United States?”“If any of the women on this stage, or any of the men, win the nomination — I hope that’s not the case, I hope it’s me — I will do everything in my power to make sure they are elected to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of the country,” he added.Warren, who stuck with her prior statement and said she “disagreed” with Sanders’s alleged comments, also attempted to de-escalate the situation.“Bernie is my friend, and I’m not here to try to fight with Bernie,” she said. “Can a woman beat Donald Trump? Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost 10 elections. The only people that have won every single election they have been in are the women: Amy and me.”Klobuchar also weighed in to highlight her past track record: “Every single person that I have beaten, my Republican opponents, have gotten out of politics for good. And I think that sounds pretty good with the guy we have in the White House right now.”Joining Sanders, Warren, and Klobuchar on stage were Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Tom Steyer — the smallest debate stage this election cycle. And with less than three weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, Tuesday’s debate offered candidates another chance to make their case to voters.Read original story Democratic Debate: Sanders Denies Telling Warren a Woman Could Not Be President At TheWrap

  • Yes, Amazon Is ‘Determined’ to Find a Jack Reacher-Sized Jack Reacher
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    Yes, Amazon Is ‘Determined’ to Find a Jack Reacher-Sized Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher has hands the size of Thanksgiving turkeys. You know, unless the beloved character in the popular novels is being played by 5’7” Tom Cruise on the silver screen.That big-name, small-stature casting didn’t sit well with some diehard fans — a mistake (to some) that won’t be repeated on Amazon’s TV version, which was just ordered to series today.“It’s pretty interesting. I spent a lot of time talking to David Ellison about this,” head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “We really are determined to find somebody who can embody that character for Lee and for all of us. We think that is a great thing and that’s what we want to do.”Also Read: 'Hunters' Creator Says We're Currently Facing 'an Epidemic of Anti-Semitism' Not 'Seen in Decades'“So, you may see us take our time really making sure we find that person whether they exist in our purview or they are a new discovery from somewhere,” Salke continued. “So, we’re going to do an extensive exploration of who could step into those big, big shoes.”Later, TheWrap confirmed that Salke was referring to the actual physical bigness of the Reacher character, and not just picking vague terms that can be interpreted later in other convenient ways.Hey, we’re just covering the fanbase’s bases.Read original story Yes, Amazon Is ‘Determined’ to Find a Jack Reacher-Sized Jack Reacher At TheWrap

  • Joe Scarborough: GOP Won’t Come on ‘Morning Joe’ to Talk Debt Unless ‘Democrats Are in the White House’
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    Joe Scarborough: GOP Won’t Come on ‘Morning Joe’ to Talk Debt Unless ‘Democrats Are in the White House’

    During a Monday conversation on “Morning Joe” with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and other market experts, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough complained that Republican officials are inconsistent with concerns about national finances.“You know,” Scarborough said, “it used to be that I could get Republicans on this show to also talk about  massive spending … again ginning up the economy, overheating the economy, the $23 trillion national debt.“Republicans, they only seem to care about deficits or debts when Democrats are in the White House, but man, we’re looking at bigger spending and more fiscal recklessness than ever before this year,” he added.Also Read: Joe Scarborough Tells GOP to 'Speak Up Now' After Trump Attacks Elijah Cummings and Baltimore (Video)Libertarian party chairman Nicholas Sarwark agreed, saying, “Absolutely. You can hear it in that jobs report. You can see the seeds of the destruction.”Scarborough has hit the GOP many times on his show during the era of President Donald Trump’s administration, saying Republicans are “damned by [their] own silence.” In July, he addressed the party directly: “I’m getting really tired of having to tell you this and please, please, please, don’t write your books about ‘how I won the war’ after Donald Trump leaves town. Speak up now because if you don’t, Donald Trump is going to bring you down.”Read original story Joe Scarborough: GOP Won’t Come on ‘Morning Joe’ to Talk Debt Unless ‘Democrats Are in the White House’ At TheWrap