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Golden Globe Voters Brush Off Geoffrey Rush Accusation, Nominate Him Anyway

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So how did Geoffrey Rush score a Golden Globe nomination for playing Albert Einstein in NatGeo’s limited series “Genius” when other Hollywood figures like Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor got the cold shoulder? In late November, while the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was still accepting votes on its annual film and TV nominees, Rush was accused of unspecified misconduct during a 2015 production of “King Lear” mounted at the Sydney Theater Company. “They refused to illuminate me with the details,” an incredulous Rush said last month. The HFPA did, however, shut out prominent industry figures who have been accused of misconduct. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Common and More to Talk Up Their Oscar Song Contenders

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Common, Diane Warren, Common, T. Bone Burnett and other top songwriters will gather Monday to discuss their work on some of this year’s most buzzed-about films. TheWrap is sponsoring the 2018 Oscar Song Contender event, which includes a screening of clips from films featuring the songs as well as a panel discussion moderated by TheWrap Awards Editor Steve Pond. Participants include: • Multiple award-winners Diane Warren and Common for “Stand Up for Something” (from the film Marshall) Also Read: TheWrap Launches 2017 Award Season Screening Series in La, Adds New York • Academy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham for “How Shall a Sparrow Fly” (from the film. »


- Sharon Waxman

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‘The Walking Dead’ Star on the Moment He Learned of His Character’s Death: ‘It Was Devastating’

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Spoiler Warning: A massive midseason finale death is revealed below. Read on at your own risk.  As fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” continue to express their shock and dismay over the major character death depicted in Sunday night’s Episode 9, the actor himself said he got the bad news months ago. “It was devastating,” Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl Grimes, told Entertainment Weekly. “The show has been such a big part of my life. I had gone to school and done the show and dedicated so much time and effort into the show that it was crazy that that was. »


- Meriah Doty

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Steve Edwards Suddenly Exits Kttv’s ‘Good Day La’

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Longtime “Good Day La” co-anchor Steve Edwards has departed the local morning news show, a spokesperson for Fox affiliate Kttv, where the program airs, told TheWrap on Monday. “We can confirm that Steve Edwards is no longer employed by Kttv,” a spokeswoman for the station said in a statement. No reason was given for the exit. Also Read: Ralph Garman Exits Kroq's 'Kevin and Bean' Show After 18 Years Edwards had been an anchor on the program since 1995. While Kttv had no statement regarding the reason for Edwards’ departure, FTVLive reports that Edwards was let go following sexual harassment accusations made against him. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Keaton Jones GoFundMe Drive Halted Over Concerns About Bullied Boy’s Mom (Exclusive)

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The administrator of a GoFundMe drive that has collected nearly $60,000 for bullied child-turned-viral sensation Keaton Jones has halted the drive after Jones’ mother, Kimberly Jones, was accused of racism. Joseph Lam, the 37-year-old New Jersey man who initiated the campaign, said he didn’t know the family, but wanted to make sense of the situation and make sure everyone had Keaton’s interests at heart. He said he had heard from “a lot of people with concerns” about whether the mom was racist, but added: “I’m more concerned with the kid.” Also Read: Keaton Jones' Mom Accused of Racist Facebook Posts, »


- Tim Kenneally and Tim Molloy

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66 Hollywood and Media Heavyweights Accused of Sexual Misconduct Since Harvey Weinstein

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal, women and men alike have been more vocal about speaking out against sexual harassment. The accusations have been many, and the reaction and fallout has been swift across the industry. Brett Ratner Six women have accused the director and producer of sexual misconduct, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. Ratner’s lawyer says no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from Ratner. Fallout: Ratner chose to personally step away from all Warner Bros. related activities, and Playboy put Ratner’s biopic about Hugh Hefner on hold. »


- Brian Welk

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Oscars 2018: 10 Best Live Action Shorts Named as Finalists

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the 10 films that made the short list for Best Live Action Short on Monday. The films were selected out of a field of 165 short films submitted for consideration, the highest in Academy history. Among those films are three entries that won Student Academy Awards earlier this year: Jan-Eric Mack’s “Facing Mecca,” Katja Benrath’s “Watu Wote,” and Kevin Wilson Jr.’s “My Nephew Emmett.” The 10 films will now be viewed by the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch, with screenings to be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco next. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Comcast ‘No Longer’ Pursuing 21st Century Fox Assets as Disney Closes in on Deal

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All yours, Disney: Comcast has taken itself out of the running for Fox. As a matter of fact, the NBCUniversal parent company says it never even made the Murdoch Family-led corporation “a definitive offer.” “When a set of assets like Fox’s becomes available, it is our responsibility to evaluate if there is a strategic fit that could benefit our company and our shareholders,” Comcast told Reuters in a statement. “That is what we tried to do and we are no longer engaged in the review of those assets. We never got the level of engagement needed to make a definitive offer. »


- Tony Maglio

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Kevin Nealon: Al Franken a ‘Sacrificial Lamb to the Democratic Party’

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Don’t expect Kevin Nealon to march with the (admittedly dissipating) mob of people carrying pitchforks and torches over the now-unemployed Al Franken. The “SNL” alum and “Man With a Plan” star told TheWrap that while his former sketch-comedy colleague’s behavior towards women was “juvenile,” the punishment didn’t fit the crime when he became “a sacrificial lamb to the Democratic Party.” “I’ve known Al since 1986, since when I first got on ‘SNL,'” Nealon told us on Monday. “And I think he was definitely an effective senator for Minnesota. A great, strong senator — and he was great in Congress. »


- Tony Maglio

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CNN Benches Ryan Lizza After Accusation of Sexual Misconduct

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CNN has announced that they will bench Ryan Lizza as a regularly appearing political analyst for the network while they investigate an accusation of sexual misconduct. Lizza’s full-time employer, The New Yorker, fired him on Monday over unspecified charges. “We have just learned of the New Yorker’s decision,” a spokesperson told TheWrap. “Ryan Lizza will not appear on CNN while we look into this matter.” Lizza had been a fixture on CNN’s lineup, with regular appearances in both morning and primetime coverage. The news comes just hours after Lizza was terminated from his regular gig at The New Yorker where the allegations. »


- Jon Levine

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Black List 2017 Boasts Record Number of Scripts by Women – and With Female Protagonists

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The 2017 Black List was released on Monday, featuring the best movie scripts that haven’t been made into films yet; and the big takeaway from this year’s list is that women are more present on the list then ever, both in the stories that are being told and the screenwriters who are telling them. This year, 25 of the scripts on the list of 76 works were written by women, with 34 of those scripts featuring female protagonists. That’s a record for both categories, up from 18 screenwriters and 28 protagonists last year. This includes the No. 2 script on »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Seth Rogen to Play Walter Cronkite in JFK Assassination Film ‘Newsflash’

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Seth Rogen is set to play famed CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite in the biopic drama “Newsflash,” which will go inside Cronkite’s newsroom on the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, TheWrap has learned. On Nov. 22, 1963, Cronkite had one of his most well-known moments as a newscaster when he announced to a shocked America that Kennedy had died at a hospital in Dallas. After taking a moment to remove his glasses and collect himself, Cronkite then announced that Lyndon B. Johnson had been sworn in as the new President of the United States. “Newsflash” will reveal how the day. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Trump Allies Sent a 12-Year-Old Girl to Interview Roy Moore, But Don’t Worry – She’s Ok

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The right-wing America First Project, a pro-Trump super-pac founded by former Breitbart News staffers, drew fire on Monday after posting a video interview of a 12-year-old girl interviewing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Virginia native Millie March, who drew attention on social media last year for her strident support of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was sent to grill the Alabama Republican who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including to girls as young as 14. “Roy Moore was just interviewed by a girl not much younger than the ones he is accused of molesting,” one commenter tweeted. Also Read: Colbert Unveils. »


- Jon Levine

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Ryan Lizza Fired From New Yorker After ‘Improper Sexual Conduct’ Accusation

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Ryan Lizza, whose reporting earlier this year led to the exit of White House spokesman Anthony Scaramucci, has been terminated from the New Yorker after an accusation of sexual misconduct. “The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct,” the company said in a statement. “We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza. Due to a request for privacy, we are not commenting further.” It’s unclear what is next for Lizza, who is also a regular on CNN where he works as a paid contributor. »


- Jon Levine

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‘Ready Player One': All the Easter Eggs From the New Trailer (Photos)

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Ernest Cline’s sci-fi bestseller “Ready Player One” is less a novel and more a love letter to the 1980s wrapped around a plot. Easter eggs and pop culture references abound throughout the novel, and Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster adaptation appears to have ripped a couple of pages from the book.  Here are all the easter eggs we were able to spot in the new trailer. Remember Madballs? No? You may not be alone, but these rubber bouncing balls were pretty popular in the 1980s and well into the next decade. As the audience is treated to a look at how crummy. »


- Matt Hejl

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Keaton Jones’ Mom Accused of Racist Facebook Posts, Deletes Profile

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Bullied child Keaton Jones may be very popular with celebrities at the moment, but many on social media are accusing his mother of racism. Jones became internet famous when his mother, Kimberly Jones, posted a heartbreaking video of him describing bullying and harassment by his classmates. But soon after, people on social media began circulating photos they said were posted to her Facebook page of people holding Confederate flags. We can’t tell you if the pictures are real, because her Facebook page has been wiped of everything but one post, and she has not responded to messages seeking comment. »


- Jennifer Maas and Tim Molloy

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Whoa! There’s ‘Serious Talk’ of a ‘Blossom’ Reboot, Joey Lawrence Says (Video)

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In the word of Joey Russo, “Whoa.”

Someone dig the flower-bedecked hat out of the closet, because a reboot of the ’90s sitcom “Blossom” could be happening. At least, that’s the word from Joey Lawrence, who played slow-witted but well-coiffed Joey Russo on the series.

Speaking to Steve Harvey on Harvey’s talk show for an episode that aired Monday, Lawrence said that the notion of a “Blossom” reboot has been the subject of “serious talk” lately, and that he and his former costar Mayim Bialik are on board if it approaches the realm of reality. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Alec Baldwin Floats Playing Donald Trump in One-Man Broadway Show

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Alec Baldwin may take his famed Donald Trump impersonation to Broadway, the actor says.

“We may take the book and make it into a one-man show on Broadway, like Will Ferrell did the Bush thing,” Baldwin said on The Howard Stern Show on Monday.

Baldwin is referring to his book “You Can’t Spell America Without Me,” which he co-wrote with Kurt Andersen. Ferrell starred in a Broadway show “You’re Welcome America” as President George W. Bush that ran for over a month at the Cort Theatre.

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- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘The Orville,’ ‘Swat,’ ‘Ballers’ Score California Tax Credits

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“Ballers” will continue balling on the Golden State’s dime — as will “S.W.A.T.,” “Shooter” and “The Orville.” The Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-series scored another cool $6.8 million from the California Film Commission’s tax credit program. That Season 4 sum is higher than the allocation for the sophomore turn of Shemar Moore’s CBS cop drama, which landed about $6 million for its next run. Both are lower than the $8.2 million earmarked for Season 3 of USA Network’s “Shooter.” Though surely no one from those three subsidized series are complaining, their monies don’t come close to Fox’s “The Orville,” (pictured above) which. »


- Tony Maglio

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Montecito, Home to Oprah Winfrey and Other Celebs, Threatened by California Wildfires

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The homes of Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and Rob Lowe are among those threatened by the Thomas Fire that has already burned over 230,000 acres. It is now approaching the coastal town of Montecito. Winfrey, who has a house in Montecito, has tweeted about the fires threatening her community. Peace be Still, is my prayer tonight. For all the fires raging thru my community and beyond. #peacebestill???????? – Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 11, 2017 While firefighters have been able to contain other fires in Los Angeles County, including the Bel-Air fire which caused a shutdown of the 405 Freeway last week, a combination »


- Jeremy Fuster

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