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Stephen Colbert Fact Checks Trump’s Fake News Claims, Trolls Him Over Time Cover (Video)

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Donald Trump just keeps on handing Stephen Colbert material on a plate. Wednesday’s unmissable topics included the president’s accusations against The New York Times of publishing “fake news,” and the equally-fake Time Magazine cover that was discovered framed in a number of Trump’s golf clubs. “The New York Times is not the only media outlet that Trump is mad at,” Colbert said in his opening monologue, referring to the Washington Post discovery of the doctored Time covers. Also Read: Stephen Colbert Defends CNN: Trump Is the One 'Guilty of Fake News' (Video) The late-night host suggested that »


- Debbie Emery

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Gary DeCarlo, ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ Singer, Dies at 75

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Gary DeCarlo, the singer and co-author of the 1969 chart-topper “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” has died following a battle with cancer. DeCarlo’s friend Pat Horgan confirmed the news via Facebook on Wednesday, writing, “Sorry to report the passing of Gary DeCarlo, the lead singer/writer of the classic radio hit ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.’ Gary was a good friend and we worked many Chiller Theatre Conventions together. Hopefully, he’s with his best pal Marty now. Good journey Gary DeCarlo.” DeCarlo wrote the song with fellow studio musician Dale Frashuer and producer Paul Leka. »


- Tim Kenneally

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What Happens if the Media Defies White House Camera Ban?

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CNN host Don Lemon suggested this week that the White House press corps defy the White House camera ban, and turn on their cameras during the daily briefings. Reporters could certainly do that, but the White House would be within its rights to kick them out because reporters probably don’t have a First Amendment right to film or even attend the briefings, experts said. “Having a seat at a White House briefing is a privilege, not a right,” Lucy Dalglish, dean of the University of Maryland journalism school, told TheWrap. Also Read: CNN Resorts to Sketching White House Press Briefings, »


- Susan Seager

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Agent Danielle Shebby Joins CAA From Wme

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CAA has hired Danielle Shebby as an agent in the motion picture talent department, reuniting her with former colleague Dana Harris, who moved from Wme to CAA in April. Shebby began her career at Wme in 2010 and was promoted to agent in 2013.  At Wme, she had a client list including “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” star Janelle Monáe, “Boardwalk Empire’s” Steve Buscemi, “It’s” Bill Skarsgård, “Lady Macbeth’s” Florence Pugh, “Asassination Nation’s” Odessa Young, “Power Rangers'” Naomi Scott, “Apostle’s” Kristine Froseth, “It Comes at Night’s” Kelvin Harrison Jr., “Hello Destroyer’s” Jared Abrahamson, “Iron Fist’s” Jessica Henwick, »


- Matt Pressberg

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‘Big Brother’ Premiere: Executive Producers Talk Season 19 Hookups, Viral Trump Moment

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Another season of “Big Brother” is upon us, and fear not: There will be hookups. Season 19 of the venerable CBS reality show launches Wednesday, and executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan spoke to TheWrap about this year’s “Summer of Temptation” twist, in which houseguests will be offered money, power and safety, albeit with inherent risks. “We knew that temptations had worked before on ‘Big Brother,’ even on season 2, and we just thought that it seems like an element of the game that has always been fun,” Meehan said. “We’ve done it sporadically, but why not do it bigger and wilder. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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R2-D2 is Scrap Pile No More: Unit Sells for Nearly $3M at Auction

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Want to call this unit a scrap pile? An R2-D2 unit sold at an auction on Wednesday for $2.76 million. The Associated Press reported that the 43-inch tall unit, which was compiled from parts used on screen throughout the original trilogy, was the most expensive piece of memorabilia at the auction. There is no information on who purchased the item. The event was put together by Profiles in History, which scheduled four days worth of auctions on Hollywood memorabilia, including items from the collection of director Tod Browning, the front entrance doors and other decor from Rick’s Café Américain in “Casablanca, »


- Carli Velocci

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Jeff Zucker ‘Absolutely Not’ In Danger of Losing His Job, CNN Says

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Despite a pending merger and the fallout from a retracted story, CNN chief Jeff Zucker is “absolutely not” in danger of losing his job, a network spokesman told TheWrap. Three CNN staffers resigned over a retracted story linking Trump and Russia, and the New York Post reported Wednesday that “the specter of a $100 million libel suit” led to the resignations. The story also said there is a “widespread belief” among media executives that Zucker cannot keep his job after At&T completes its planned acquisition of CNN’s parent company Time Warner. Asked whether Zucker’s job was in danger in any way, »


- Itay Hod

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Lamar Odom Says God Was Responsible for His Brothel Collapse (Video)

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Well, the Lord is said to work in mysterious ways … Former NBA star Lamar Odom, who was hospitalized after being found unconscious in his room at the Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada, in 2015 after booking a five-day spree at the brothel, appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” on Wednesday, denying that drugs had anything to do with the incident. God, however, might have been giving him a push, the ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian said. Also Read: Lamar Odom's $75,000 Brothel Binge: How He Racked Up That Massive Bill “I think that was God just trying to talk to me, »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Snowfall’ Creators On Accuracy of FX Show: ‘We Had to Pick a Lane and Just Go’

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The early 1980s and the introduction of crack cocaine to Los Angeles is the backdrop of FX’s newest drama “Snowfall.” It’s also a period wrought with conflicting histories. Creators John Singleton and Dave Andron tried to get past those inconsistencies by meticulously drawing from the real life experiences of people who were there and people who have studied the era. Also Read: 'Fargo': Why Ewan McGregor Was 'Heartbroken' by Show's Latest Death “There’s so much material and so many theories on who brought  and how it came in. So we kind of had to pick a lane and just go, »


- Ashley Boucher

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‘Despicable Me 3': Still No Female Minions, Still Many Dumb Yellow Guys

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Illumination’s minions are back in the franchise that made them stars, “Despicable Me 3,” and they’re still all dudes. Pierre Coffin’s army of yellow goons have always been exclusively male, and though it might sound chauvinist the animator and voice actor has an explanation. “Seeing how dumb and stupid they often are, I just couldn’t imagine Minions being girls,” Coffin told TheWrap nearly two years ago, when “Despicable Me 2” hit. Also Read: Record Wide Opening for 'Despicable Me 3' to Kick Off July Box Office While the little guys don’t count women among their ranks yet again, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Sarah Palin Hired Gawker-Slayer Lawyers to Sue New York Times

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Sarah Palin has hired the same lawyers for her lawsuit against the New York Times who helped win a $140 million jury verdict last year against the website Gawker on behalf of Hulk Hogan. Palin’s lawyers — Kenneth G. Turkel and Shane B. Vogt of the Tampa, Fla. law firm of Bajo Cuva Cohen & Turkel — were part of a team of lawyers who won a privacy case against Gawker and its founder Nick Denton. The huge verdict helped push Gawker and its founder Nick Denton into bankruptcy, and Gawker ended up paying $31 million to settle the case, abandoning »


- Susan Seager

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Finale: Creator on Last-Minute Change, Why a Death Had to Be Off-Camera

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(Warning: Spoilers ahead from Tuesday’s series finale of “Pretty Little Liars”) “Pretty Little Liars” fans were hit with one last twist as the identity of A.D. was revealed during Tuesday’s highly anticipated series finale. The Freeform drama’s final episode introduced Spencer’s (Troian Bellisario) evil British twin, Alex Drake, who tormented the Liars as revenge for half-sister Charlotte’s (Vanessa Ray) death. Alex, who revealed that she killed ex-lover Wren (Julian Morris), imprisoned Spencer and Ezra (Ian Harding) in her underground fortress before the pair managed to escape. “All roads led to Alex Drake,” series creator »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Work Out’ Alum Jackie Warner Reaches Plea Deal in DUI Case

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Jackie Warner can breathe easy; she’s a mostly free woman. Former “Work Out” star Warner has reached a plea deal in her DUI case stemming from her arrest earlier this year. In exchange for Warner’s no-contest plea to a lesser charge commonly referred to as a “wet reckless,” or alcohol-related reckless driving, the original charges of felony assault on a police officer, misdemeanor DUI and misdemeanor hit and run were dismissed, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office told TheWrap on Wednesday. Also Read: 'Work Out' Alum Jackie Warner Pleads Not Guilty in Assault, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Trump Shares Video From Unnamed Source After Aide Blasts Unnamed Sources (Video)

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One day after Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders criticized the use of “unnamed sources” in news reports, President Trump posted a video that includes an unnamed source questioning CNN commentator Van Jones on hidden camera. The video by conservative outlet Project Veritas features someone identified only as a “Pv journalist” catching Jones on the street and asking him about investigations of ties between Trump and Russia. Jones replies that the “Russia thing is just a big nothing burger” — a sentiment he has publicly expressed before. “I think Democrats are fooling ourselves if we think something’s going to come out of. »


- Tim Molloy

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Why ABC’s ‘Pink Slime’ Settlement Is a Red Flag for Free Press

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ABC News’s decision to settle a food libel lawsuit over its “pink slime” report sends a dangerous signal that a powerful mainstream news organization is unwilling fight to vindicate its reporting. And that sends a signal of vulnerability that may invite frivolous libel lawsuits and crippling legal expenses, experts warn. “Does the settlement send a message to potential litigants, who perhaps have only spurious claims, to move forward with filing suits?” said University of Minnesota journalism professor Jane Kirtley. “Probably.” “I always regret when a news organization, especially one who could mount a credible defense and has solid financial resources, »


- Susan Seager

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You Can Now Hunt Aliens With Wesley Snipes in Virtual Reality

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Christmas just came early for the small but important overlap on the Venn diagram between fans of Wesley Snipes and people with virtual reality headsets. Snipes stars in “The Recall Vr Abduction,” a 13-minute companion experience to his just-released sci-fi horror flick “The Recall.” Viewers get to fight off an alien invasion through the eyes of “Breaking Bad’s” R.J. Mitte, who co-stars in the film, while interacting with Snipes’ character “The Hunter.” And in a move many other Vr experiences are latching onto, “The Recall Vr Abduction” features several potential endings. Produced by Snipes himself, the vehicle is »


- Sean Burch

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Why New Edition, Sasha Velour and Lee Garrett Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion analytics company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers June 21-27 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television shows, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV. The 2017 Bet Awards received 882,520 Emotional Reactions (ERs), making it most reacted-to program in the last week. New Edition, winner of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, was the most-mentioned group/artist of the evening. The R&B group gave fans a dose of nostalgia during a performance »


- Fabric Media

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Hollywood Chris Battle Royale: Hemsworth, Evans and Pratt Join Pine as Academy Members

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Sorry, Chris Pine. Your major competitors in the Chris Battle Royale just caught up considerably in the race for Best Hollywood Chris. The internet has been obsessed for months with pitting actors Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Pine against each other, and a leading edge in Pine’s favor has now been leveled. The Motion Picture Academy unveiled its 2017 invitees on Wednesday, tipping Pratt, Evans and Hemsworth to join the organization that chooses the annual Academy Award winners in one fell swoop. Also Read: 'Wonder Woman' Star Chris Pine Disses 'Avengers: Infinity War' (Video »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Cash Me Outside’ Girl Pleads Guilty to Grand Theft and Other Charges

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Danielle Bregoli Peskowitz has pleaded guilty to a host of criminal charges, how bow dah? Teenage sub-lebrity Peskowitz, who gained viral infamy with an appearance on “Dr. Phil,” entered guilty pleas on Wednesday in a Delray Beach, Florida, courtroom, NBC reports. The charges include grand theft, filing a false police report and marijuana possession. The 14-year-old’s sentence remains to be handed down. Also Read: 'Cash Me Outside' Girl Postpones Summer Tour The charges have their origin in an incident prior to Peskowitz’s 2016 appearance on “Dr. Phil,” when she rose to notoriety as a national curiosity. Peskowitz, originally from Palm Beach County, »


- Tim Kenneally

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11 Wtf Academy Invites: From Lou Ferrigno to Terry Crews (Photos)

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The Motion Picture Academy made amazing strides in its goal to diversify membership — but sometimes their invites are questionable. Read on for TheWrap’s tally of oddballs, and people you would think have been members for years. Terry Crews The Old Spice spokesman has had an impressive if not niche acting career — still a bit of a head-scratcher, but the man bring a ton of joy and muscles wherever he pops up, so we’ll take it. Lou Ferrigno The kitschy ’70s start (“The Incredible Hulk” TV series) mostly takes B-movie action roles or plays heightened versions of himself (“I Love You, »


- Matt Donnelly

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