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Watch Rick Astley and Foo Fighters Mashup ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (Video)

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Rickrolling – the bait and switch meme in which you prank someone with an unexpected appearance by the 1987 Rick Astley smash hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” – might be nearly 10 years old, but it is far from dead. And Foo Fighters may have just perfected it. At this year’s Summer Sonic music festival in Japan, The Dave Grohl-fronted Rock Band invited to the stage the man himself, Rick Astley, who joined them in a rendition of “Never Gonna Give You Up.” And even better, they did it in the style of the Nirvana classic “Smells Like Teen »


- Ashley Eady

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Why the Oscars’ Envelope Snafu Didn’t Hurt Its Chances With Emmy Voters

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A version of this story first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. When it comes to giving out awards to people for giving out awards to other people, the Emmys have always loved the Oscars. Not only have the Academy Awards won more Emmys than any other awards show over the years, but the Motion Picture Academy’s shindig back in February landed six more nominations this year, plus another one for Oscar.com’s “All Access” experience. Meanwhile — and we know that this might be beside the point, but we’ll mention it anyway — the “And. »


- Steve Pond

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Another Problem for HBO’s ‘Confederate': It’s Been Done

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HBO’s upcoming series “Confederate,” about an America in which the South won the Civil War, has battled criticism almost since the moment the creators of “Game of Thrones” announced it as their next project for the network. But one obstacle has gone largely unnoticed: It’s been done. The excellent 2004 indie drama “C.S.A.: Confederate States of America” presents itself as an alternate-reality documentary that recounts how the Union lost and white supremacists took over the United States. It has a depressing punchline: Our country might not be all that different than it is now. (You can watch it on Hulu, »


- Tim Molloy

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Why ‘Wolf Warriors 2’ Had a Record-Setting Roar in China

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With $775 million and counting as of Aug. 21, director and star Wu Jing’s “Wolf Warriors 2” has easily become China’s highest-grossing movie ever, thanks to a favorable schedule, a massive audience salivating for something worth going to the theater for — and a distinctly Chinese approach to a shoot-‘em-up epic. The film, which stars Wu as Leng Feng, a special-ops soldier who attempts to rescue trapped Chinese civilians from the midst of an African civil war, passed Stephen Chow’s “The Mermaid,” which was the first homegrown Chinese film to break the $500 million mark at the country’s box office. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Warner Bros Names Google Exec Andrew Hotz VP of Digital Film Marketing

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Former Google marketing executive Andrew Hotz has been named Executive Vice President of Worldwide Digital Marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures, the studio announced Monday. Hotz will oversee the division’s domestic and international digital teams while also working with broader marketing team on the design and deployment of digital campaigns to support releases from Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. Hotz will report to Jp Richards, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Chief Data Strategist. “Digital marketing provides us new opportunities to reach audiences in sophisticated ways at scale. With our strategic partnerships, technology and data, Warner Bros. can reach and. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Here’s What Trump Said About Afghanistan on the Campaign Trail: It’s a ‘Mess’

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President Donald Trump will address the nation Monday night to announce his strategy for Afghanistan from Fort Myer, Virginia. A strategy was initially going to be decided on in May, ahead of Trump’s first Nato meeting. Then, Defense Secretary James Mattis told Congress a decision would be made by mid-July. The final decision wasn’t made, however, until Friday, after the ousting of White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, and during a meeting with Trump’s national security team at Camp David. There are so many questions: Will Trump increase or decrease troops overseas? Would he pull all 8,400 troops currently serving in. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Patton Oswalt Says Daughter Saved Him From Being ‘a Shut-in Alcoholic’

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Patton Oswalt credits one special person for helping him persevere through a rough patch of his life: his daughter. Oswalt, known for his work on the ’90s sitcom, “The King of Queens,” opened up about grief in an interview with Playboy. The comedian and writer lost his wife, Michelle McNamara, in 2016 to a sudden illness. Last month, he announced his engagement to actress, Meredith Salenger. In the interview with Playboy, Oswalt talked about how caring for his seven-year-old daughter, Alice, saved him. “I’m forever glad that I have Alice,” he said. “If I hadn’t had a daughter and my wife died, »


- Ashley Eady

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‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin Is ‘Down With Anybody Using the Stunner’

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Stone ColdSteve Austin won’t be returning to WWE action for one last cash-grab, and that’s the bottom line, because he said so in an interview with TheWrap. The one-time Stunning Steve’s reasoning for refusing to pull a Goldberg (that’s the other guy pictured above, ironically receiving a devastating Stone Cold Stunner from Austin back in both of their heydays) is pretty respectable advice for any athlete that goes out on top. “It’s just really because I’ve been there and I did it on the very highest level,” the Attitude Era icon, podcaster, Ipa »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris on Preparing for Yara Shahidi to Leave the Show for College (Video)

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This story on Kenya Barris and “black-ish” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. Yes, the entire main cast is black and yes, the show is titled “black-ish” — but if there’s one thing Kenya Barris wants you to know about his Emmy-nominated series, it’s that it’s not a “black show.” The creator of the critically acclaimed comedy says that everybody’s story is an American story, and we need to start embracing that idea a bit more. “It’s not a black story or a black show, it’s an American show, »


- Rasha Ali

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Makes Surprise Appearance at WWE SummerSlam

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The Great White Way met the squared circle on Sunday night when “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made a surprise appearance at WWE SummerSlam. The acclaimed composer/playwright/actor and overall badass was spotted ringside at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, for the WWE flagship event. Having won a Pulitzer, three Tony Awards, two Grammys, an Emmy and been nominated for an Oscar, Miranda easily slipped into the role of “excited WWE fan,” as he cheered and jeered along with the sell-out crowd. Also Read: WWE SummerSlam 2017: 9 Things You Didn't See on TV One of the biggest moments »


- Debbie Emery

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Pedro Pascal in Talks to Join Denzel Washington in ‘The Equalizer 2’ as Main Villain

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Game of Thrones” and “Narcos” star Pedro Pascal is in talks to join Sony and Escape Artists “The Equalizer 2” as the main villain, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua are returning for the sequel to the 2014 film. “The Equalizer” is Fuqua’s highest-grossing film and has the record for an R-rated September opening. He also directed “The Magnificent Seven” for Columbia Pictures last year, which gave him the biggest opening of his career. “The Equalizer 2,” is set for release on Sept. 14, 2018 and will begin production in the fall. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Friends From College’ Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

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Friends From College” is heading back to town. Netflix has renewed the comedy from co-creators Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco for an eight-episode second season. The series centers on a group of Harvard pals played by Keegan-Michael Key (Ethan), Cobie Smulders (Lisa), Annie Parisse (Sam), Nat Faxon (Nick), Fred Savage (Max) and Jae Suh Park (Marianne). Also Read: 'Friends From College': Every Character Ranked From Hateable to Hopeless (Photos) Stoller (“Neighbors”) directs, and Delbanco is a writer on the series that debuted its first season last month. “Friends From College” joins other recently renewed Netflix series “Ozark,” “Glow” and “Iron Fist. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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La Times Names Ross Levinsohn Publisher and CEO

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The Los Angeles Times has named former Yahoo exec Ross Levinsohn publisher and CEO, the company announced on Monday Chicago Sun-Times veteran Jim Kirk has been named interim editor of the paper, replacing former editor and publisher Davan Maharaj, who was terminated along with several other senior editors on Monday. Also Read: La Times' Decries Trump 'Train Wreck' Presidency 'Untethered to Reality' According to the paper,  Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, Deputy Managing Editor for digital Megan Garvey and Assistant Managing Editor of investigations Matt Doig were also among those who were let go. A veteran media executive, Levinsohn previously served as interim CEO of Yahoo, »


- Reid Nakamura

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Watch President Trump Look Directly at Solar Eclipse Without Glasses (Video)

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There’s a reason why parents tell their children not to look directly into the sun — because they could damage their eyes and potentially go blind. Apparently, Donald Trump missed that lesson (along with a few history and spelling ones too). On Monday, the president — along with wife, Melania, and youngest son, Barron — was spotted viewing the solar eclipse from the White House balcony without protective glasses. Trump began his viewing party the right way by shielding his eyes with special protective lenses. Then, about four minutes into the video (provided by PBS News Hour), he removes the lenses »


- Ashley Eady

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CBS Launches Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Comedies From Ben Schwartz, Isla Fisher

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions has sold comedy “Things You Should Already Know” to CBS Television Studios, based on the upcoming book by Ben Schwartz and Laura Moses. The show centers on a group of millennials learning to turn down their fixation on their phones in order to establish a lasting romance. Schwartz and Moses’ book of the same name will be released by Hachette Books this fall. Schwartz, Ferrell, McKay and Kevin Messick are executive producers on the project. Also Read: CBS All Access Series Pickups: Will Ferrell's Police Comedy, 'Black Swan' Writer's Drama Schwartz, »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Opening Credits Teases Creepy Trump, Clinton Masks

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Audiences got more hints about how “American Horror Story: Cult” utilizes the 2016 presidential election on Monday when the show’s official Twitter account released the opening credits. The sequence is in the same vein as previous ones — complete with the theme and shots of strange and vague imagery — but with one exception: the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton masks. Throughout the credits, two characters put on the masks. In one shot, a man puts on a Trump mask in front of a mirror and then looks at the camera. The shot is immediately followed by a brief glimpse of »


- Carli Velocci

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43 Summer TV Premieres Ranked by Total Viewers (Photos)

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The 2017 Summer TV season has been as hot as July and August temps. To-date, the Big 4 broadcast networks have premiered 43 summer shows. Once-again, “America’s Got Talent” got off to the best start, though the rankings shift away from tradition behind the NBC behemoth. All Nielsen numbers in this study are Live + Same Day TV ratings, and include viewers 2 and older. Also Read: 13 Most-Watched Fox News Shows Since Tucker Carlson Replaced Bill O'Reilly (Photos) Here are a few quick examples: Rank: 40 Show: “Superhuman” Net: Fox Total Viewers: 2.610 million Rank: 33 Show: “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” Net: NBC Total Viewers: 3.454 million Also Read: TV Shows. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Game of Thrones’ Director Matt Shakman Named Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director

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Matt Shakman, who directed this month’s “The Spoils of War” episode of “Game of Thrones” featuring the epic dragon battle, has been named artistic director of L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse, the theater’s board of directors announced Monday. The veteran director, who has worked on film, TV and stages on both coasts, will work alongside the Geffen’s Executive Director Gil Cates Jr. to stage new work and revivals of classic plays at the nonprofit theater. He will join the Geffen staff on September 20 and begin building the 2018-19 season. He replaces Randall Arney, who spent 17 years at the Geffen. »


- Thom Geier

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‘The Challenge': Jemmye Explains Why She Returns to Show After Ex Ryan Knight’s Death (Exclusive Video)

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The Challenge XXX” star Jemmye Carroll is opening up about her return to the MTV competition show following ex-boyfriend Ryan Knight’s death at age 29 from an accidental overdose in November 2014. An exclusive sneak peek from Tuesday’s episode shows Carroll telling Cory Wharton that she has mixed emotions about returning to the fray. She met Knight on “The Real World: New Orleans,” which aired in 2010, and they dated after filming ended, although they had split up prior to his passing. “Just after Knight died, I didn’t feel right coming back, you know?” Carroll says in the clip about her. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Black Mirror': ‘San Junipero’ Stars Mackenzie Davis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw Reunite at Netflix HQ (Photo)

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Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw dusted off the ol’ “Black Mirror” for a bit of a reunion on Sunday. The stars of the widely praised “San Junipero” episode of the dystopian Netflix series from Charlie Brooker, which has two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Television Movie and for Brooker’s script, sat for a conversation at Netflix’s Hollywood headquarters. See a photo from the reunion above. The episode follows two queer women who meet in an ’80s coastal paradise that the episode is named for. The paradise is not a town, but a software program where users, particularly elderly and chronically ill people, »


- Matt Donnelly

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