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Baldwin’s Trump Returns to ‘SNL’ to Celebrate the Year’s Christmas Losers

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Alec Baldwin returned to “SNL” as Donald Trump, just in time to issue a special Christmas message from the White House. With Cecily Strong’s Melania Trump at his side, Baldwin’s Trump wished the country a merry Christmas. “That’s right, you can finally say that again, because the War on Christmas is over,” Trump said. “It’ll soon by replaced by the war with North Korea.” Mirroring the real-life Trump, Baldwin’s version talked about the big gift he claims he’s giving America: The Republican tax plan. “We’re giving Americans the biggest, fattest tax cut ever, »


- Phil Hornshaw

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MSNBC Host Chris Matthews’ Employee Received Settlement After Harassment Accusation

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A female assistant producer for Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s nightly show “Hardball,” received a monetary payment after she accused him of “inappropriate comments and jokes about her in front of others,” an MSNBC spokesperson confirmed on Saturday. In 1999, the unnamed female employee complained to network executives about the incident, according to the network spokesperson, prompting a review that led to a formal reprimand of Matthews for what was deemed at the time juvenile comments not intended as sexual propositions. The accuser received a separation-related payment of “far less” than $40,000 when she left MSNBC and went on to numerous. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Does ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Feature an Homage to ‘The Phantom Menace’?

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(There is a spoiler ahead for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” It’s not really a major spoiler, but you know better than I do what you consider something you don’t want to know before seeing the movie. Do whatever you want with that information.) Whereas “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” operated as though it wanted you to forget the prequels exist by shoving in nods to the original trilogy at every opportunity, “The Last Jedi” doesn’t quite share its predecessor’s disdain for that other trilogy. “The Last Jedi” pays tribute in two ways. The big one »


- Phil Owen

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Kiss’ Gene Simmons Sued for Sexual Battery by Unidentified Radio Personality

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Gene Simmons is being sued by a woman who says the Kiss bassist groped her and made “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances” during an interview she conducted last month, according to legal documents obtained by TheWrap. The radio and television broadcaster (identified as “Jane Doe”) is suing for sexual battery, gender violence, battery and assault. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, the woman was speaking with Simmons and his bandmate Paul Stanley at their Rock & Brews restaurant at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California on Nov. 1 when the incident occurred. Also Read: Gene. »


- Jennifer Maas

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‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Explains Some First Order Backstory Ahead of ‘The Last Jedi’

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for the story campaign of the video game “Star Wars: Battlefront II,” including its newly released chapter, “Resurrection.”) The newly released “Star Wars: Battlefront II” adds a little something new to the ongoing “Star Wars” saga. The game tells a tale set after “Return of the Jedi,” doing a little bit to fill in some gaps between the original “Star Wars” film trilogy and “The Force Awakens” some 30 years later. “Battlefront II” tells a story of an Imperial commando squad that’s dispatched around the galaxy to carry out Emperor Palpatine’s final orders, »


- Phil Hornshaw

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‘SNL’ Star Pete Davidson Shows Off His Hillary Clinton Tattoo and She Loves It (Photo)

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It looks like “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson has made it clear which way he leans politically by revealing his new tattoo … of Hillary Clinton. “Wanted to get @hillaryclinton a Christmas gift so I got a tattoo of my hero. Thanks for being such a badass and one of the strongest people in the universe,” Davidson posted on Instagram Friday, along with the objet d’art. Clinton got wind of the permanent and painful tribute and responded in the post’s comments thread: “Thanks, @petedavidson. This makes it significantly less awkward that I’ve had a Pete Davidson tattoo for year. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Carrie Fisher’s Dog Gary Recognized His Late ‘Mom’ in ‘The Last Jedi’

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Carrie Fisher is gone, but not forgotten — especially by her beloved dog Gary. Fisher’s longtime canine companion was taken to see a screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and recognized his late “mother” when he saw her on screen as General Leia Organa, according to a tweet from Veronica Miracle, an ABC reporter. Gary reportedly watched the recently released “Star Wars” film on Fisher’s former assistant’s lap. Miracle wrote that every time Leia appeared on screen, the pup’s ears perked up. Also Read: Mark Hamill Recalls 'Making Out Like Teenagers' With Carrie Fisher Yeah, »


- Jennifer Maas

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Ian McKellen Wants to Reprise Gandalf for Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series

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If Amazon is planning to cast Gandalf for their upcoming “Lord of the Rings” TV show, Sir Ian McKellen wants first dibs. In November, the studio made a deal to adapt to series J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novels, a franchise that many associate first and foremost with McKellen’s badass wizard. During an appearance on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday, McKellen was asked if it will bother him if another actor puts on his wizard hat. He responded, “What do you mean, another Gandalf?” “I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked,” McKellen added. »


- Jennifer Maas

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Mario Batali Issues Sexual Misconduct Apology… Along With a Tasty Holiday Recipe

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Here, enjoy this apology for sexual assault with a side of sugary breakfast treats. Mario Batali issued an apology for the sexual misconduct accusations recently posed against him via an online newsletter sent out on Friday, but it was accompanied by an odd attachment: a link to his recipe for Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls. Following his termination from “The Chew,” the celebrity chef acknowledged his “many mistakes” and apologized for disappointing “my friends, my family, my fans and my team.” Also Read: Mario Batali Out at 'The Chew' After Review of Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Him “My behavior was wrong and there are. »


- Jennifer Maas

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‘SNL': Is There a New Episode Airing This Week?

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SNL” is back with a fresh December episode this week as it closes in on the Christmas holiday. “Saturday Night Live” returned last week with a bit of a Christmas theme, with a cold open in which Kenan Thompson played Santa Claus trying to answer kids’ questions about current politics. But what it didn’t have was Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Donald Trump. There’s the possibility that Baldwin will be back this week, though. The Dec. 16 episode is set to be hosted by Kevin Hart, with the Foo Fighters serving as musical guests. James Franco served as host of last. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Jason Priestley Says He Punched Harvey Weinstein at a Golden Globes Party in the ’90s

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Jason Priestley says he has done what many in Hollywood probably wish they had: punched Harvey Weinstein in the face. Following the accusations rolling in about Weinstein’s attempt to blacklist Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd – two actresses who have recently accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexual misconduct and threats to derail their careers if they spoke up — a friend of Priestley’s took to Twitter to recall a rather heated encounter between the disgraced mogul and the former star of “Beverly Hills 90210.” “Heartbreaking….wouldn’t be surprised if this happened to my good friend @Jason_Priestley who punched »


- Jennifer Maas

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Here’s How ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Sets Up ‘The Last Jedi’

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for the video game “Star Wars: Battlefront II” and the beginning scene of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”) “Star Wars” fans have waited as patiently as possible for December to roll around, and with it, the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” But for fans who want a little more, there’s another “Star Wars” story that’s not a novel or a comic book. “Star Wars: Battlefront II,” a video game in which players take part in some of the biggest battles in the “Star Wars” films as soldiers in the two opposing armies, »


- Phil Hornshaw

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HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins to Step Down

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HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins is leaving the cable network after 38 years, the New York Times reported. Nevins revealed the news in an in-depth interview with Maureen Dowd that went live on Saturday. “There’s something exciting about leaving a job. I can’t explain it. I have deprived my life of a life. All I did was work. I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there,” Nevins tells Dowd. “If I stayed any longer, I probably would have died at my desk. I just regret that there’s so little time left. »


- Jennifer Maas

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Blasts to $200 Million-Plus Opening After $104 Million Opening Day

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As expected, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is sending the 2017 box office out with a bang, joining its predecessor “The Force Awakens,” as only the second film to make over $100 million on its opening day with $104.7 million from 4,232 screens. Industry estimates currently have Rian Johnson’s sequel making around $215 million for the weekend, making it the second-highest opening of all-time and the fourth $200 million-plus opening alongside “Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Avengers.”$45 million of that opening day total came from Thursday preview screenings, also the second-highest in box office history behind “The Force Awakens.” Also »


- Jeremy Fuster

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12 Christmas Movies That Definitely Aren’t for Kids (Photos)

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10 Christmas Movies That Definitely Aren’t for Kids (Photos) Sure, Christmas is a time of joy for children of all ages, but that doesn’t mean that grown-ups can’t have the cinematic equivalent of a spiked egg nog. After you’ve packed the little ones off to bed, enjoy these movies, from the hilarious to the horrifying, that are aimed at adult audiences. A Bad Moms Christmas (2017): The bad moms just want to have fun, even when their own bad moms come rolling into town to celebrate the season. Santas will strip, and the egg nog will be spiked. »


- Alonso Duralde

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‘Bad Santa’ Director: The Weinsteins Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From My Movie Too

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Bad Santa” director Terry Zwigoff stepped forward to say that Harvey and Bob Weinstein asked him not to even consider Mira Sorvino for his 2003 dark comedy. “I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I’d hear a Click,” Zwigoff wrote on Twitter. “What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! I guess we all know what type of person now.” He added, “I’m really sorry Mira.” I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the. »


- Thom Geier

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Stephen Colbert Is Hannibal Lecter to Jodie Foster’s Clarice in ‘Silence of the Trumps’ (Video)

15 December 2017 9:27 PM, PST

Being locked up with a flesh-eating serial killer is a whole lot less scary than being free to wander the streets with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, according to a “Silence of the Lambs” parody on Friday night’s “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Jodie Foster reprised her Oscar-winning role as FBI trainee Clarice Starling, who pays the imprisoned Hannibal Lecter (Colbert) a visit to ask for help with the Bureau’s Russia investigation in a spoof titled “Silence of the Trumps.” Hannibal tells Clarice that he and Trump were golfing buddies who dined with their caddy once… actually… »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Paul Haggis Accused of Rape in Lawsuit; Filmmaker Denies Claim in Separate Suit

15 December 2017 6:59 PM, PST

Filmmaker Paul Haggis was accused of rape in a lawsuit filed Friday by publicist Haleigh Breest. Haggis denied the accusation and responded with a lawsuit against Breest that claims he was the victim of a $9 million extortion attempt. In the lawsuit, obtained by Variety and Deadline, Breest says the rape occurred in 2013 after Haggis offered her a ride home from a movie premiere. She says that Haggis forced her to come up to his apartment for a drink and “almost immediately began to make unwanted sexual advances and to forcibly kiss her.” “Eventually, Mr. Haggis succeeded in getting Ms. Breest. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Terry Crews Accuses Wme of Spying on Him and His Family Over Sexual Assault Case

15 December 2017 6:21 PM, PST

Terry Crews took to Twitter on Friday to accuse Wme of “retaliation” in his ongoing legal battle with the agency. Last month, Crews accused the then-head of Wme’s Motion Picture Department, Adam Venit, of groping him at a party. Now, he’s accusing the agency of hacking his son’s computer and possibly bugging his family. “I believe my family is being tracked and possibly bugged,” Crews said in a series of tweets, “Someone hacked into the computer my son and I built together. I have to shut it down and replace the hard drive.” Also Read: Terry Crews Signs With UTA After Sexual. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Bob Iger, Kathleen Kennedy Form Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Commission Chaired by Anita Hill

15 December 2017 6:15 PM, PST

Hollywood top executives — including Disney CEO Bob Iger, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Wme’s Ari Emanuel — have formed and are funding a special commission to combat sexual misconduct in the industry. The commission is chaired by Anita Hill, who made headlines with sexual harassment accusations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during Thomas’ confirmation hearings in the early 1990s. During the meeting — which was convened by Kennedy, Nike co-chair Maria Eitel, attorney Nina Shaw and social policy philanthropist Freada Kapor Klein –leaders emphasized that safe and inclusive work environments result in stronger and more successful businesses. Also Read: Did Minnie. »


- Itay Hod

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