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Espn to Lay Off 100 On-Air Personalities and Writers

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Espn will lay off 100 on-air personalities and writers today, a source has confirmed for TheWrap. The large cut comes as the expensive “Worldwide Leader in Sports” hemorrhages subscribers in the cord-cutting era. Readers can find out how Espn is combating that new reality through content by clicking here. Business-wise, a large chunk of cost-savings will be based on the layoffs, which we knew were coming. “We will implement changes in our talent lineup this week,” boss John Skipper told his employees this morning. “A limited number of other positions will also be affected and a handful of new jobs will be. »


- Tony Maglio

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All 7 ‘Alien’ Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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Alien Day is upon us, and “Alien: Covenant” will soon be too. As you prepare yourself for Ridley Scott’s latest prequel-sequel, revisit the films that preceded it in sci-fi’s best franchise. 7.) “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem” (2007) Presumably acting under the assumption that the first “AvP”‘s biggest problem was its PG-13 rating, this misbegotten sequel’s creators decided to go for the hard R. Featuring zero compelling characters but plenty of gruesomely hard-to-forget deaths — young children and very pregnant women are among the victims here — “Requiem” might be best understood as a grindhouse-ready B-movie with a $40 million budget. More. »


- Michael Nordine

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Kelly Ripa’s 67 Best and Worst ‘Live’ Guest Co-Hosts, Ranked by Average TV Rating (Photos)

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Kelly Ripa has done 195 “Live” episodes since former partner Michael Strahan walked away from the program, and executive producer Michael Gelman has booked 67 different guest co-hosts to fill his otherwise empty chair. Some of the substitutes have performed better than others. TheWrap has done the math and ranked all the guys (and a few women) by their average TV rating, rounded out to three decimal places. It’s important to note that Ripa’s first sidekicks — Jimmy Kimmel, Seal, Jussie Smollett and Daniel Dae Kim, for a few examples — had the big advantage of being early, when buzz »


- Tony Maglio

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Vin Diesel Defends ‘Fate of the Furious’ Kissing Skills: ‘Do I Look Like a Dead Fish?’ (Video)

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Earlier this month, Charlize Theron appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to talk about “Fate of the Furious” and her role in it – playing the villainous hacker-crimelord Cypher. The film sees Cypher blackmailing series main character Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) into becoming a criminal. And in one pivotal scene heavily featured in the film’s trailer, Cypher kisses Dom in front of his erstwhile #family to really send the message that he was working for the bad guys. About the scene, Theron told Ellen that “I’m the crazy chick that’s doing this horrible thing to him and, as he should’ve, »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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2017 Time 100 Gala: Red Carpet Arrivals, From Margot Robbie to Megyn Kelly to Trevor Noah (Photos)

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Time’s annual gala honoring the 100 most influential people in the world was held at the Lincoln Center in New York City on Tuesday. The event honored people ranging from “Rogue One” and “The Night Of” star Riz Ahmed to Barry Jenkins, whose film “Moonlight” won the Best Picture Oscar this year (after quite a bit of confusion involving “La La Land.” Attendees also incuded John Legend, the singer and songwriter who was among the stars of the latter film. The night also celebrated politics, with a guest list that also included Women’s March National Co-Chairs Carmen Perez, Bob Bland, »


- Reid Nakamura

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Jeff Goldblum Returns for ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel

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The next chapter of Universal’s “Jurassic World” will include one of the franchise’s original cast members, TheWrap has learned: Jeff Goldblum. Goldblum co-starred in 1993’s “Jurassic World” and also 1997’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a mathematician who was first picked to be part of a VIP tour on a mysterious island theme park that had been inhabited by dinosaurs, thanks to the use of some prehistoric DNA. J. A. Bayona (“The Impossible,” “A Monster Calls”) is directing the next “Jurassic” installment, which will see Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their leading roles in the. »


- Meriah Doty

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17 Promising Actors Under 17 (Photos)

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Abraham Attah Age: 15 As the lead of Netflix film “Beasts of No Nation,” Attah shows strong promise as the child solder Agu fighting in a civil war somewhere in Africa. Attah is also expected to play in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Aubrey Anderson-Emmons Age: 9 The young star who took the comedy world by storm at age 4 has grown up with her character, Lily Tucker-Pritchett, on “Modern Family.” Bailee Madison Age: 17 A veteran of the small screen, with gigs in multiple Disney shows and films, Madison most recently starred in ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” and ABC’s “Once Upon A Time.” Cameron Boyce »


- Rasha Ali and Alana Bracken

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‘Homeland’ Producer Keshet International Wants to Make Virtual Reality Game Shows

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At Vrla, the virtual reality expo held in Los Angeles earlier this month, one of the most popular booths belonged to “Racket: Nx,” a squash-type game where audience members could watch the action in the same “virtual space dome” as the players. But “Racket” wasn’t created by a pure gaming company; instead, it’s from the Israeli firm behind the critically acclaimed drama series “Homeland,” Keshet International. And according to Keshet CEO Alon Strutzman, entertainment Vr is ready to explode — and his company is already working on it. In a conversation with TheWrap, Strutzman shed light on some of Keshet’s virtual. »

- Matt Pressberg

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Box Office: ‘The Circle’ Won’t Out-Drive ‘Fate of the Furious,’ ‘Guardians Vol. 2’ to Fly High Overseas

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As “The Fate of the Furious” enters its third weekend approaching the $1 billion mark, Stx and EuropaCorp are entering cinemas on the final weekend before summer movie season with “The Circle,” the Emma Watson/Tom Hanks thriller about a Silicon Valley project that could destroy privacy for good. Last weekend, “Fate” made $38.4 million domestically in its second weekend, which should put its third frame somewhere between $15-19 million if it takes a drop-off between 50-60 percent. By comparison, “Fast & Furious 6” made $19.4 million in its third weekend after making $35.6 in its second frame, a drop-off of »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Six Degrees of Separation’ Broadway Review: Allison Janney, Corey Hawkins Get Very Close

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The good news on the Broadway revival of “Six Degrees of Separation” is great news. Twenty-seven years after the debut of John Guare’s comedy of manners and mores in Manhattan, “Six Degrees” retains its place as one of the great American plays of the late 20th century. The revival, which opened Tuesday at the Barrymore Theatre, also is a reminder of a time in the theater when two- and three-handers did not dominate the nonprofit world. True, Lincoln Center Theater, which originally produced the Guare play, is now staging a new American drama, “Oslo,” with a cast of 18. The. »


- Robert Hofler

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Fox News Hit With 2 More Lawsuits Over Alleged Racial Discrimination

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Embattled Fox News was hit with lawsuits over alleged racial discrimination on Tuesday, including a class action suit in which former “Fox and Friends” co-host Kelly Wright was among the plaintiffs, according to documents obtained by TheWrap. Wright was one of 11 former or current Fox News employees attached to a class action suit filed in Bronx Supreme Court accusing the leading cable news network of fostering an environment in which top-down racial harassment occurred, joining three other former Fox News staffers who filed a separate racial discrimination complaint. “When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Read Rupert Murdoch’s Memo to Fox News Staff: ‘Last Few Weeks Have Been Tough for Everyone’

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Rupert Murdoch sent an email to Fox News employees on Tuesday congratulating the network for a “stellar performance” following the ouster of its top draw, Bill O”Reilly. Though Murdoch never mentions O’Reilly by name, he does acknowledge that “the last few weeks have been tough for everyone here, but our passion for news and commitment to our viewers continue to lead us through.” As TheWrap reported Monday, the company has been slow to react to the sexual harassment allegations which lead to O’Reilly’s ouster from the network last week. According to several insiders, the company has yet to hold a single. »


- Itay Hod

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Twentieth Century Fox Delivers ‘Alien: Covenant In Utero’ Virtual Reality Experience

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Twentieth Century Fox invited a handful of journalists for an inside look at “Alien: Covenant” on Tuesday morning to celebrate the second prequel in Fox’s “Alien” franchise, which hits theaters May 19. And by that, we mean a real “inside look.” TheWrap strapped on an Oculus Rift headset for a demo of “Alien: Covenant In Utero,” a virtual reality experience from Twentieth Century Fox that puts the viewer in the womb with a Neomorph, a white-headed creature new to “Alien: Covenant” that is born when alien spores are released from pods and enter the bloodstreams of humans. In full — and graphic. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Roman Polanski’s Victim Sends Letter to Da: ‘You Have Treated Me With Contempt’

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Roman Polanski’s victim has expressed her outrage to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office over the way she has been treated by legal authorities in a case that has now spanned 40 years. Meanwhile Polanski’s attorney has been trying to clear the way for the director to return to the United States without any required jail time. In the letter dated April 21, Samantha Geimer (who was identified by Deputy district attorney Michele Hanisee as “the victim” and not specifically by name) wrote: “You and those have come before you have never protected me, you have treated me with contempt, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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What ‘SNL’ Will Do If Hollywood Writers Go on Strike Next Week

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Chris Pine is set to host “Saturday Night Live” on May 6 — but not if the Writers Guild of America follows through on its threat to go on strike next week should it fail to reach a new agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. NBC’s sketch comedy staple is prepared to go into reruns if writers take to the picket line when the guild’s current contract expires on May 1, TheWrap has learned. Depending on the length of a work stoppage, that could effect the three remaining episodes left on the season 42 schedule of “SNL”: »


- Tony Maglio

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At&T CEO Expects Time Warner Deal to Happen ‘This Year’

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At&T reported first-quarter earnings in line with expectations Tuesday afternoon, but all eyes were on the telecom giant’s proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. On a conference call after the earnings release, At&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson obliged, providing a status update on the mega-merger. “On the Time Warner deal, approval is moving along as expected,” Stephenson said on the call. “The European Commission has approved it, the Department of Justice is now reviewing it.” Because the proposed merger doesn’t involve the transfer of licenses, Stephenson said he doesn’t expect the Federal Communications Commission will find a need to. »

- Matt Pressberg

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Adam Sandler, Chris Rock Re-Team in Netflix Marriage Comedy ‘The Week Of’

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Adam Sandler and Chris Rock are joining forces in a new Netflix marriage comedy set to debut in 2018. “The Week Of” is set to be filmed in Long Island, New York this summer with “Saturday Night Live” veteran Robert Smigel in the director’s chair. The film tells the story of two fathers — played by Rock and Sandler — whose kids are getting married to each other. The week in the title refers to the time period before the wedding as the two families prepare for the big event. Rock and Sandler — who are both “Saturday Night Live” veterans — »


- Carli Velocci

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Sony Music Splits From Dr Luke Amid Ongoing Legal Battle With Kesha

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Sony Music has cut ties with music producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, TheWrap has learned. After years of calls for Sony to drop the hitmaker following allegations of sexual assault and emotional abuse, court documents filed by Sony’s laywers last week show that Gottwalt is no longer the CEO of Sony’s Kemosabe Records imprint and “does not have authority to act on its behalf.” Gottwald established his Kemosabe Records label at Sony Music back in 2011, beginning a years-long relationship between the two companies that generated hits for stars like Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson and Kesha. The news comes »


- Reid Nakamura

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Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Win Auction to Buy Miami Marlins (Report)

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An ownership group led by retired New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter former Florida governor Jeb Bush has won an auction to buy the Miami Marlins, according to reports. Though the sale, which was first reported by Bloomberg, has yet to be confirmed by the ownership group or Major League Baseball, the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson states that the team will be bought from New York art dealer Jeff Loria for $1.3 billion, pending league approval. Forbes values the Marlins at $940 million. Also Read: Billy Bush Says He's 'Trying to Get Back on TV' (Video) Other bidders for the Marlins included a group. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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At&T Misses Call on Q1 Revenue, Earnings Meet Expectations

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America’s biggest and oldest telecom company kicked off 2017 with earnings in line with expectations, but investors are still waiting on the line for its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner to go through. At&T reported revenue of $39.4 billion and earnings of 74 cents a share for the three months ended March 31, falling short of the $40.5 billion in revenue, but beating the 72 cents a share in earnings the telecom giant earned in the corresponding period last year. Earnings were in line with analyst estimates of 74 cents a share, while At&T fell short of the $40.5 billion in revenue analysts expected. At&T. »

- Matt Pressberg

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