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CNN’s Chris Cuomo Battles Breitbart Editor Over the Meaning of ‘Rape’ (Video)

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo engaged in a tough exchange Tuesday night with Breitbart News senior editor at large Joel Pollak on the definition of rape. At one point during the over 16-minute exchange on on the set of “CNN Tonight,” Cuomo and Pollak tangled over comments made by Breitbart editor in chief Alexander Marlow, who seemed to suggest he wasn’t sure what “rape” even meant anymore. “Rape used to have a narrow definition. Rape used to have a definition where it was — it was brutality, it was forced sexual attack and penetration,” said Marlow on the radio program Patriot’s Breitbart News Daily. »


- Jon Levine

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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Denies Rape Accusation by Former Girl-Group Singer

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Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter on Wednesday denied allegations by a former member of the all-girl pop group Dream that he raped her 15 years ago. In a very detailed blog post on Tuesday, Melissa Schuman said the singer, then 22, raped her in his Santa Monica apartment back in 2002. Schuman said she was 18 and a virgin at the time. “I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual,” Carter said in a statement. Also Read: Aaron Carter's Lengthy. »


- Jennifer Maas

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ on Track for Cosmic $200 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is on track for a cosmic $200 million-plus opening weekend when it hits theaters on Dec. 15, according to first estimates released by tracking services on Wednesday morning. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first new film released in the sci-fi franchise after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, earned a record opening of $248 million in December 2015. Last year’s prequel “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened to $155.1 million. “The Last Jedi” is likely to score the biggest opening box office weekend of the year, a spot currently held by another Disney release, “Beauty and the »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Cannes Film Festival to Start One Day Earlier in 2018

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The Cannes Film Festival is expanding for its 71st edition next year, adding an extra day of screenings. Festival organizers announced Wednesday that the 2018 festival will start one day earlier, on May 8, and run through May 19, 2018. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 19. Also Read: Cannes 2017: Thoughts on a Political, Indie-Minded Festival “Following 2017’s anniversary edition, the Festival is beginning a new period in its history,” Festival President Pierre Lescure said in a statement. “We intend to renew the principles of our organization as much as possible, while continuing to question the cinema of our »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Russell Simmons Accuser Says He Apologized to Her Privately (Video)

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Former model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who accused Russell Simmons of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, said that the music mogul privately apologized to her after the fact. “Russell and I have actually had a face-to-face confrontation around this,” Khalighi told Megyn Kelly on the “Today” show Wednesday. “We’ve had phone conversations where we’ve had a conversation about what happened where there was no dispute about what we were talking about. We were both talking about what happened on that night and he actually apologized.” Khalighi also said she was surprised by Simmons’ public refutation of her accusations about the. »


- Jon Levine

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Charlie Rose Faces 3 New Sexual Misconduct Accusations From CBS Staffers (Video)

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Veteran newsman Charlie Rose, who was fired by CBS News on Tuesday after accusations of sexual misconduct against women on his PBS talk show, now faces three new accusations of sexual misconduct, this time by employees of CBS News. The new accusations were first reported Wednesday on the show Rose hosted until this week, “CBS This Morning.” “Now in the course of reporting this story, we have learned of new alleged misconduct here at CBS,” co-anchor Gayle King said Wednesday. The news was then taken up by CBS correspondent, Bianna Golodryga. Also Read: Gayle King Says She 'Came This Close to Canceling' Colbert. »


- Jon Levine

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Kevin Spacey Faces Second Criminal Investigation in London

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Kevin Spacey faces a second criminal investigation by London police for sexual assault, this time an allegation dating from 2005 in the Lambeth section of South London. According to British media reports, New Scotland Yard had launched a previous investigation on November 1 of allegations that the Oscar winner had sexually assaulted a man in 2008. The second investigation, first reported by Variety on Wednesday, stems from a new allegation made last Friday by a second man. Also Read: 43 Hollywood and Media Heavyweights Accused of Sexual Misconduct Since Harvey Weinstein “Officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command are investigating,” London »


- Thom Geier

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CNN Reporter Apologizes for ‘Embarrassing’ Tweet on ‘Drain of Talent’ After Harassment Scandals

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CNN senior reporter Dylan Byers apologized (sort of) on Tuesday night after launching one of the more memorably tone-deaf takes on the current epidemic of sexual harassment allegations against big media figures. “Beyond the pain/humiliation women have endured (which is of course the paramount issue), it’s worth taking stock of the incredible drain of talent from media/entertainment taking place right now,” he wrote. “Never has so much talent left the industry all at once.”   Also Read: Trump Again Slams 'Ungrateful Fool' Lavar Ball: 'Poor Man's Version of Don King' Byers, who joined CNN in 2015 after covering media for Politico, »


- Jon Levine

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Trump Again Slams ‘Ungrateful Fool’ Lavar Ball: ‘Poor Man’s Version of Don King’

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President Donald Trump escalated his verbal attacks on Lavar Ball, calling the former pro athlete-turned-businessman and reality TV star an “ungrateful fool” and “poor man’s version of Don King.” In a series of early morning tweets on Wednesday, the president stepped up his insults toward Ball for what he considered a lack of gratitude for Trump’s efforts free Lavar’s son LiAngelo Ball from possible prison after a shoplifting arrest earlier this month in China. “It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father Lavar’s so-called people on the ground »


- Thom Geier

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Brett Ratner’s Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey Discontinued by Liquor Giant Diageo

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Brett Ratner’s Hilhaven Lodge whiskey has been discontinued by spirits maker Diageo after the sexual misconduct  accusations against him. Multiple women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, have accused Ratner of harassment or assault in recent weeks. “Due to the nature of these allegations, The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey has been discontinued,” a Diageo spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. Also Read: Olivia Munn Wants Warner Bros. to Sever All Ties With Brett Ratner Diageo did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. TheWrap previously reported that the liquor giant was reviewing its relationship with Ratner. »


- Debbie Emery

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‘This Is Us’ Star Chris Sullivan on ‘Difficult’ Path for Kate and Toby, Fall Finale’s ‘Cliffhanger’

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(Warning: Spoilers ahead for Tuesday’s “This Is Us“) “This Is Us” fans knew heading into Tuesday’s new episode that it would be a tough one, and the show certainly delivered on that promise. The NBC drama’s latest installment featured Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) grieving their miscarriage in different ways, with Kate less willing to confront the pain of the situation. Ultimately, after a teary conversation with Rebecca (Mandy Moore), Kate reconnected with Toby, and the pair agreed to soon try again to conceive. Also Read: 'This Is Us' Star Mandy Moore »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Gayle King Says She ‘Came This Close to Canceling’ Colbert Appearance After Charlie Rose Allegations

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Just hours after her former co-host Charlie Rose was fired from CBS following accusations of sexual misconduct, Gayle King made a very difficult appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” “I came this close to canceling… we booked this weeks ago,” King said on the CBS late-night show. “I was here to talk about ‘Oprah’s Favorite Things.’ Happy holidays!” she added with an ironic shrug. “Which we are going to do,” Colbert stressed. “But this turned into a different day for you, the last 24 hours.” Also Read: PBS, CBS, Bloomberg Cut Ties With Charlie Rose After Sexual Misconduct Accusations He then. »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ to Air Special All-Athletes Competition

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Moments after singer Jordan Fisher was named the winner of “Dancing With the Stars” Season 25 on Tuesday, the ABC reality series announced a special upcoming edition. Sports stars have often proven to be the victors on the reality competition show, and now the network is launching an all-athletes contest to air this spring. Ten athletes from all corners of the sports world will be teamed up with the show’s professional dancers and compete on the ballroom floor for a chance to win the coveted Mirrorball trophy, the network said in a statement. Also Read: 'Dancing With the Stars »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Crowns Season 25 Winner

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s finale of “Dancing With the Stars”) “Dancing With the Stars” named its 25th winner on Tuesday, awarding singer Jordan Fisher with the Mirrorball Trophy at the conclusion of the two-part season finale. Heading into Tuesday’s finale, Fisher and professional partner Lindsay Arnold, actor Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson, and violinist Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas made up the final three couples still vying for the win. “Property Brothers” host Drew Scott and his partner Emma Slater were eliminated on Monday’s episode. Also Read: 'Adventure Capitalists' Investor, »


- Reid Nakamura and Debbie Emery

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Rashida Jones Says John Lasseter Wasn’t Why She Exited ‘Toy Story 4’

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Rashida Jones has denied a report that she dropped out of “Toy Story 4” as a writer due to “unwanted advances” from Pixar and Disney animation chief John Lasseter. “We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue. We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences,” Jones said Tuesday in a joint statement with her writing partner, Will McCormack, to TheWrap. “There is so much talent at Pixar, and we remain enormous fans of their films,” they continued in a statement first reported in the New York Times. “However, it is also a culture where women and. »


- Debbie Emery

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David Cassidy Mourned by Hollywood: I ‘Wanted to Be Him’

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David Cassidy died Tuesday at age 67 after suffering organ failure last week, and numerous music stars and Hollywood notables took to social media to mourn the 1970s teen idol known for his role on “The Partridge Family.” His rep said in a statement that Cassidy “died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long.” “So sad to hear of the passing of David Cassidy,” Harry Connick Jr. tweeted. “He was always so kind to me — such a pleasure to have had him on my show … »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Aquaman:’ Director James Wan Says His Film Won’t Copy the ‘Justice League’ Take on Atlantis

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Aquaman” director James Wan assured DC fans that his film won’t use the “Justice League” trick where Atlanteans communicated underwater using air bubbles. “Fret not, no “air bubbles for dialogue” in my underwater world,” tweeted Wan. ????????️‍♀️ Fret not, no “air bubbles for dialogue” in my underwater world. https://t.co/rRbWp2Ejfd — James Wan (@creepypuppet) November 21, 2017 “Justice League” featured a dialogue sequence set in Atlantis between Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard). For the dialogue scene, the two created an air bubble around themselves to speak with each other. The Hollywood Reporter detailed the challenges Wan is presented »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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David Cassidy, ’70s Teen Idol and Star of ‘Partridge Family,’ Dies at 67

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The Partridge Family” star and ’70s heartthrob David Cassidy died on Tuesday after being placed into a medically-induced coma. He was 67. Cassidy was admitted to a Florida hospital last week and his condition quickly worsened. His organs began to shut down and he was in dire need of a liver transplant. “On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy,” his rep JoAnn Geffen said in a statement to TheWrap Tuesday evening. “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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‘Harry Clarke’ Theater Review: Billy Crudup Visits a Patricia Highsmith Landscape

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Patricia Highsmith didn’t write plays. Fortunately, David Cale does write them, and his new one, “Harry Clarke,” received its world premiere Tuesday at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. As the character Harry Clarke tells us early in this one-person thriller starring Billy Crudup, “I don’t understand why anyone would read reviews. Why would you want to know what’s going to happen?” He has a point. It’s best not to know too much about “Harry Clarke” before seeing it, just as you wouldn’t want to know much about Highsmith’s “Strangers on a Train” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley »


- Robert Hofler

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How Your Pilot Can Succeed in Changing World of Independent TV (Guest Blog)

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“Lost & Found” is a TV pilot starring Melonie Diaz (HBO’s “Room 104”) that was written and directed by Haroula Rose (producer, “Fruitvale Station). The dramedy centers on thirtysomething friends navigating life and love; it was developed and produced in partnership with OneFifty and had its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Watch the trailer here.  There are always a fair share of challenges, limitations, victories due to those limitations and happy accidents on every project. “Lost & Found” is no different. But it is unique in the new world of independent television as a grand experiment. It inevitably »


- Melonie Diaz & Haroula Rose

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