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‘Chips’ Is Latest Studio Bro Comedy Crawling With Homophobic ‘Gay Panic’ Jokes

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Warner Bros.’ reboot of the TV series “CHiPs” is the latest mainstream Hollywood film roiling with “gay panic,” or scenes where straight characters are distressed by social or sexual situations involving Lgbtq people. The buddy comedy — set amid the culture of a Southern California police force — seems to endlessly dredge up scenarios where men are confronted with the naked bodies, perceived masculinity and potential desire for other men. Dax Shepard and Michael Pena star as motorcycle cop partners with conflicting personalities: Shepard’s Jon Baker is a sensitive, lean-muscled former pro biker looking for a new career. Pena’s Frank “Ponch” Poncherello is a hyper-masculine, »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Wilson’ Review: Woody Harrelson Lightens Up a Dark Daniel Clowes Character

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Loneliness looms over “Wilson,” adapted from the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”) by Clowes and director Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”). In an early scene, it literally hangs over Wilson’s (Woody Harrelson) head as he walks past a movie theater showing Vittorio De Sica’s 1952 classic, “Umberto D.” In that sorrowful, Italian neo-realist masterpiece, the elderly Umberto is the embodiment of loneliness, and suffers a near thorough destitution, his only salve the companionship of a pet dog. Wilson, Umberto’s toxic heir, has a dog, too, but his loneliness is self-imposed: Wilson is an obnoxious jerk. Not that you’d know. »


- Dave White

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Riz Ahmed’s ‘Rogue One’ Character Was Originally Nutjob Engineer

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Riz Ahmed was originally going to play a very different character in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” before re-shoots had to happen. Ahmed, who played defecting Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook in the final version of the film, revealed that he was originally cast as a completely different character, according to new details the actor shared with Entertainment Weekly. “His name was Bokan, and he was actually Saw Gerrera’s engineer, living on a planet with a strong electromagnetic field, which meant that electronics were never working,” said Ahmed. “He was actually an Imperial engineer who had been kidnapped and kind of had Stockholm Syndrome. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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9 Times Shondaland Had Us Shook, From McDreamy’s Death to Quinn’s Torture (Photos)

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It’s pretty much impossible to get through any Shondaland series — “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder” — without balling our eyes out, but here are the top moments where Shonda Rhimes just went too far and had us shook. When McDreamy Died We will never be able to forgive Shonda for this one. McDreamy was on his way out of town when he pulled over to help people who were involved in a car accident. After helping them and finally being on his merry way … Boom! He gets hit by a truck. When Wes Died We never saw. »


- Rasha Ali

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Here’s the Story Behind Lady Gaga’s Guest Appearance on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

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As the guest judge in the premiere episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 9, Lady Gaga is everything you want her to be: fabulous, poised, opinionated, covered in glitter, and inspirational. Behind the scenes, the hype was just as real, longtime judge Michelle Visage told TheWrap during a recent interview. “She was really present,” Visage said of Gaga, who appears on Friday night’s upcoming season premiere. “She was really lovely.” Also Read: RuPaul Biopic Series in the Works at Bad Robot, World of Wonder Producers have been trying to get Gaga on the show for about six years, according to Visage, »


- Carli Velocci

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Mike Tyson Has 74 Pigeons – and He Can Tell Them All Apart

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Mike Tyson currently has 74 pigeons, and yes, he can tell the difference between all of them, the former heavyweight champion of the world told TheWrap during a recent interview. Why did that even come up, you ask? Well, Tyson was talking about his lifelong love of birds, which recently took him to South America’s Republic of Suriname to film an episode of Fusion’s “Outpost.” On his “Wild Coast” episode of the program, Tyson traveled to learn about the long-running tradition of songbird contests, where small birds compete against one another in signing battles. The boxing legend even adopted a bird to. »


- Tony Maglio

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Amy Schumer Exits Live-Action ‘Barbie’ Movie

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Amy Schumer has dropped out of Sony’s live-action “Barbie” due to scheduling conflicts, TheWrap has learned. In December, it was announced the comedian would play Mattel’s iconic doll in a movie that will follow the title character as she gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and ends up in the real world. The PG-rated movie was expected to hit theaters in the summer of 2018. Production for the big screen adaptation was expected to start this summer. A director is not yet attached to the project. Also Read: Amy Schumer's 'Barbie' Casting »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Mario Lopez to Host CBS ‘Candy Crush’ Game Show

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Mario Lopez is set to host the live-action CBS game show “Candy Crush,” the presenter announced on Thursday. The hour-long game show based on the hit mobile game will premiere on July 9. The show will see teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards. They will use their entire bodies to swing, slide and swipe to make matches in order to conquer Candy Crush and be crowned the champions. Also Read: CBS Reveals Summer Premiere Dates: 'Candy Crush,' 'Big Brother,' 'Zoo' and 'Salvation' “Mario Lopez is a perfect fit to host ‘Candy Crush. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Adrien Brody Joins ‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 4 Cast in Unknown Role

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Oscar winner Adrien Brody will be joining the cast of “Peaky Blinders” Season 4, TheWrap has learned. It’s unclear what character he’ll play, as it’s currently being kept under wraps, but creator Steven Knight said he’s going to be a “formidable presence.” “He genuinely was the actor in my head when I wrote the part. I’m sure he will be a formidable presence in the world of the ‘Peaky Blinders,'” he said in a statement Thursday. Also Read: 'Peaky Blinders,' 'Birth of a Nation' Actors Join Miles Teller in 'Thank You For Your Service »


- Carli Velocci

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‘Rehab Addict’ Star Says She’s Been ‘Threatened and Harassed’ After Being Sued Over $2 Property

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Nicole Curtis has fired back, after being sued by the city of Minneapolis over a property that she reportedly bought for $2 (and that’s no typo). Curtis, star of Hgtv’s “Rehab Addict,” took to Facebook on Thursday to fire off an angry post claiming that she’s been “threatened and harassed regarding our work in Minneapolis” for the past two years. “I fight for the underdog -always have, always will-never one to schmooze »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Adds ‘Teen Wolf’ Alum Daniel Sharman as Series Regular (Exclusive)

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Teen Wolf” alum Daniel Sharman has joined the cast of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” as a new series regular, TheWrap has exclusively learned. The “Walking Dead” spinoff stars Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane, Rubén Blades, Mercedes Mason and Cliff Curtis. In Season 3, Sharman will play a character named Tom, described as having a wild temperament and suspicious of outsiders, who is charismatic with a cruel streak. Also Read: 'Fear the Walking Dead' Star Talks Jack and Alicia's Relationship Robert Kirkman, the writer of the comic book on which “The Walking Dead” is based and an executive producer on the original. »


- Linda Ge

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New England Patriots’ Donald Trump White House Visit Is Set

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The New England Patriots are going back to the White House — just two years after their last visit to Washington, DC. And the date has been set. The Super Bowl-winning team (well, most of them at least) will meet with President Trump on April 19, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer announced on Thursday, according to NFL.com. This will mark the fifth time that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s team have made the traditional presidential trip following a championship season, although the famous quarterback missed the last meeting with President Obama in 2015 due to family obligations. Also Read: Tom Brady »


- Debbie Emery

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Universal Cinema Is Latest Theater to Double Down on Ultra Luxury

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The North American box office grew just two percent last year, as the average person saw less than four movies, according to a recent report from the Motion Picture Association of America. That makes it even more important for theaters to make each visit count, which is why so many of them are moving upscale to create a premium experience — and provide more opportunities to cash in. And now one major movie studio is pushing that forward even further — by giving every single moviegoer at its headquarters’ cinema something closer to the studio VIP experience. Comcast’s NBCUniversal recently revamped. »

- Matt Pressberg

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Amy Schumer, Steve Carrell Team for Rebecca Miller’s ‘She Came to Me’

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Amy Schumer, Steve Carrell and Nicole Kidman are set to team up for a new dramedy with “Maggie’s Plan” director Rebecca Miller. Gigi Pritzker‘s OddLot Entertainment will produce Miller’s original screenplay with the filmmaker’s own Round Films. The project is described as two intertwining love stories “set in the world of contemporary Opera and tug boats.” Also Read: Blame Trolls for Amy Schumer's Negative Reviews Pritzger will produce with Rachel Shane and Melissa Rucker on behalf of OddLot. Miller’s partner Damon Cardasis will oversee for Round Films. More to come. Read the announcement: Academy Award® Nominee Steve Carell, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Miles Teller, Amy Schumer War Drama ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Gets Fall Release

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DreamWorks Pictures’ “Thank You For Your Service” starring Miles Teller and Amy Schumer will be released on Oct. 27, 2017. The film also stars Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith. Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay for “American Sniper,” makes his directorial debut with this project and also wrote the script. Jon Kilik will produce the film, while Ann Ruark will executive produce. Also Read: Blame Trolls for Amy Schumer's Negative Reviews The drama is based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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You’ll See More of Host Angela in ‘Westworld’ Season 2 – and Her Plot Thickens

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A standout “Westworld” guest star has been promoted to series regular in Season 2 of the HBO series. Talulah Riley, who played the host and greeter Angela, will continue to play the character into Season 2, TheWrap has learned. Angela is the “host whose beatific face welcomed guests to Westworld for decades,” an HBO spokesperson told TheWrap. Also Read: 'Westworld' Could Be Another 'Game of Thrones'-Type Hit, Time Warner Boss Says As for what her role will be in the upcoming season, the spokesperson added something more sinister: “Angela will prove to be one of the last faces many guests will ever see. »


- Carli Velocci

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Executive Producer of Maligned ‘Commander in Chief Forum’ Exits NBC News Role

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Mark Lukasiewicz, a three-time Emmy winner whose 16-year career at NBC News included executive producing the much-maligned “Commander in Chief Forum” where Matt Lauer was accused of going too easy on Donald Trump, is stepping down to take another role at NBC Universal. Lukasiewicz, who served as senior vice president of NBC News Specials, will become “a resource for NBCUniversal’s Talent Lab,” NBC News president Noah Oppenheim told staff last week. NBC executive Rashida Jones (not to be confused with the “Parks and Recreation” star of the same name) will take over as Svp of Specials for NBC News & MSNBC. »


- Tim Molloy

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Talent Wrangler Chuck Labella Out at NBC

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NBC vice president of Talent Relations/Alternative, Late-Night and Specials Chuck Labella has been let go, TheWrap has learned. “He’s moving on … he wants to explore other options,” a person close to the network told us, adding that the split was “amicable.” A second source on Labella’s side echoed the same sentiment, saying that his contract was not picked up. This person added that Chuck simply accomplished what he set out to achieve at NBC, and is looking for a new challenge. Labella has a lot of friends in the business, the source explained, and also has the luxury of taking some. »


- Itay Hod and Tony Maglio

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Samantha Bee to Introduce Hillary Clinton at Women in the World Summit

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Samantha Bee is going full frontal with Hillary Clinton. The “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” host has been tapped to introduce Clinton at Tina Brown’s annual Women in the Word summit, which is set to take place April 5 – 7 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Clinton will be on hand for a conversation with New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof. Also Read: Samantha Bee Edits Trump Tweet to Call President a 'Giant Baby' Other participants at this year’s summit include Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Dunham, Cecile Richards, Scarlett Johansson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Masha Gessen, Dr. Annie Sparrow, »


- Tim Kenneally

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HBO Has Not Fired ‘Crashing’ Star Artie Lange

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Artie Lange can breathe a sigh of relief: He hasn’t been canned from the HBO comedy “Crashing” following his drug arrest earlier this month. HBO said in a statement Thursday that the “Howard Stern Show” star had not been fired from the series. “HBO has not fired Artie Lange,” a statement from HBO said. “‘Crashing’ has completed production for season one and has been recently renewed for a second season.” Also Read: Judd Apatow Stands by Artie Lange After Drug Arrest: 'We Would Never Give Up on Artie' “Scripts for season two have not yet been written,” the statement continued. »


- Tim Kenneally

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