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Steve Bannon Calls Far Right ‘Clowns,’ Says His Government Enemies Are ‘Wetting Themselves’

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White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is almost certainly not friends with Anthony Scaramucci, but he has at least one thing in common with the man who infamously accused him of self-fellating: he doesn’t understand what a journalist does. In the wake of Donald Trump’s disastrous press conference Tuesday, there was a dramatic spike in calls for Bannon to be fired. Bannon has after all been seen as the link between Trump and the white nationalist movement that adores him. He’s even been criticized by members of the Republican party. Also Read: Anthony Scaramucci Blames New Yorker Reporter for F-Bomb Filled. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Rosanne Cash ‘Sickened by the Association’ With Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Wearing Johnny Cash Shirt

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Rosanne Cash and the other children of music legend Johnny Cash have a message for white supremacists and other racists who enjoy their father’s music: bug off. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter posted a message to her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon on behalf of her sisters and brother after seeing video of a white nationalist who attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, “spewing hatred and bile” while wearing a Johnny Cash t-shirt. “We were sickened by the association,” Cash said. The August 12 rally, organized by known white supremacists, was marked by multiple instances of violence, most notably the murder. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Hackers Take Over HBO Twitter Accounts

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On Wednesday night, hackers took over several Twitter accounts belonging to HBO, including the channel’s official account, and the “Game of Thrones” account. The hackers identified themselves as OurMine, a security hacker collective notorious for high profile attacks on celebrity internet accounts as a means of advertising their services. “Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security,” said a tweet from HBO’s official Twitter account posted before 8:00 Pm. Also Read: 23 Big 'Game of Thrones' Fan Theories for Season 7 and Beyond (Photos) The group later posted from the official “Game. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Subscription Aggregation: The Rx for Ott Fatigue? – Part 2 (Guest Blog)

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All together now! Last week we introduced you to the idea of Subscription Aggregation as a possible remedy for Ott fatigue. This week we take a look at the possible implications of subscription aggregation in the near future. As the number of Ott offerings continues to climb, the opportunity to consolidate the management of these services on behalf of consumers is likely to accelerate as well. So-called Ott aggregators directly address the issue of subscription fatigue by allowing users to group multiple subscriptions under a single umbrella with one account, login, payment preference, and so forth. L.E.K.’s survey revealed strong interest. »


- Alex Evans and Michael Kaufman

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Marlon Wayans on Hollywood Diversity: ‘We Have to Do More’

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Marlon Wayans has had a lengthy and successful career, including “Scary Movie” and the recent Netflix romantic comedy “Naked,” but he still feels that the industry has a ways to go regarding diversity. “I encourage people to write and create and produce, and not to sit around waiting on jobs,” he told TheWrap. “We’ve got to create jobs. We have to do more. I don’t think diversity’s there yet — we’re far from it.” Wayans’ latest creation is the sitcom “Marlon,” based on his own life, which premieres tonight on NBC. The actor plays Marlon Williams, a divorced dad of two. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Logan Lucky’ Review: Steven Soderbergh Returns With Well-Oiled Heist Flick

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The biscuits-and-grits comic caper “Logan Lucky” is Steven Soderbergh’s return to movies after a self-imposed retirement from feature directing that no one really believed he would adhere to — especially considering how well-received his TV forays were during that time. (They included the strange and gaudy “Behind the Candelabra” for HBO and the evocative, period-immersive Cinemax series “The Knick.”) Like the proverbial top-drawer safecracker drawn by the lure of a juices-invigorating job, the “Ocean’s” movies’ steward has given first-time screenwriter Rebecca Blunt’s race-car robbery romp his undivided attention, and produced a precision-timed entertainment that, if not among his best efforts, »


- Robert Abele

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Talent Manager Michael Einfeld to Close La Office After Nsfw Email Scandal (Exclusive)

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Talent manager Michael Einfeld is shuttering his Los Angeles office in the wake of the public disclosure of emails in which he called a female assistant an “uppity selfish c—,” TheWrap has learned. Einfeld has let go his four staffers at Me Management, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. He has also  parted ways with the vast majority of his roughly 50 clients. The instant social media frenzy — and stream of death threats — have made it impossible for the company to continue operations. At least one casting director from a major broadcast network informed Me Management clients »


- Matt Donnelly

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Spotify Purges Violent, Hate-Inspired Music From Its Service Amid Charlottesville Fallout

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Sorry, white supremacists; you’ll have to look somewhere other than Spotify for the playlist to your next dance party. A spokesperson for Spotify told TheWrap on Wednesday that the streaming service is taking action to remove music that “favors hatred” from its catalog. “The music in our catalog comes from hundreds of thousands of record companies and aggregators all over the world, and those are at first hand responsible for the content they deliver,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Ryan Murphy Gets Sketchy With Latest ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Sneak Peeks

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You’ll have to draw your own conclusions about Ryan Murphy’s latest glimpse into the upcoming season of “American Horror Story.” “Ahs” co-creator Murphy hit up Instagram on Wednesday to offer two more looks at “American Horror Story: Cult.” The first offers a creepily cartoonish depiction of “American Horror Story” veteran Evan Peters, his blue hair pulled into a fashionable man-bun, along with his “Cult” co-star and fellow long-timer Sarah Paulson. Also Read: 'American Horror Story: Cult' Teaser Will Give You the Hives (Video) The second image features Ahs newbie Colton Haynes, rocking a suit and white hair, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Log Cabin Republicans Didn’t Endorse Trump but Booked Gala Event at Trump’s DC Hotel

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America’s foremost gay Republican group, which did not endorse Donald Trump for president last fall, is throwing its 40th anniversary party next month at his Washington, D.C., hotel. The Log Cabin Republicans booked the venue in March, before the president signaled his intent to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. “Our desired original venue was unable to accommodate us on any of our desired dates,” Gregory T. Angelo, the group’s president, told TheWrap, adding that “the Trump Hotel gave us a very competitive deal.” Also Read: Is Trump's Ban on Transgender Military Service Legal? »


- Itay Hod

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Everything We Know About Marvel’s ‘The Defenders,’ Based on 14 Photos

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Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is getting out of the slammer–which might be obvious, because you see Luke in the trailer. But someone from another Marvel show (hint: “Daredevil”) is there to meet him upon release. Sigourney Weaver plays the mysterious villain Alexandra. She’s pictured here with Madame Gao, a familiar villain from both “Daredevil” and “Iron Fist.” They appear to be working together here… but will their alliance last? Elektra’s back, b—-es! And she’s sleepy as hell. Just kidding, but seriously. No really–she’s back from the dead, thanks to the mysterious order Alexandra is in charge of. »


- Ashley Boucher

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Elisabeth Moss Talks Show’s Politics, Teases Season 2

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This story on Elisabeth Moss first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. Elisabeth Moss has already played the poster child for female empowerment for seven seasons and six Emmy nominations on “Mad Men,” as her secretary-turned-copywriter Peggy Olson fought to be recognized in the casually misogynistic world of 1960s Madison Avenue. But that was a minor struggle compared to what Moss’ character goes through in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu’s adaptation of the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel about a theocratic society that uses Biblical texts to brutally repress women. Even in the privileged classes in Gilead, »


- Steve Pond

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Why Apple’s $1 Billion Investment in New Content Isn’t a Threat to Netflix – for Now

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Apple plans to spend $1 billion on content to develop up to 10 big-budget shows over the next year, music to the ears of creatives in and out of the 30-mile zone who now have another deep-pocketed buyer to pitch to. It’s a move that could position the computing giant to launch its own subscription streaming service that could challenge Netflix and Amazon — and newer old-media streaming players like CBS and Disney. But for now, the company’s move is really about selling more iPhones and Apple TVs. Apple’s hope is to turn iTunes into an indispensable source of must-see TV, »

- Matt Pressberg and Sean Burch

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Do We Really Need Another ‘Star Wars’ Movie About the Death Star? (Commentary)

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It looks like yet another “Star Wars” movie is going to feature the Death Star. That’s starting to seem like the only “Star Wars” idea anyone has. Director Ron Howard, who took the helm of the upcoming Han Solo spin-off film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller back in June, teased fans with a “Star Wars”-y image from the film today on his Twitter account. Fans will recognize the elements — there’s an Imperial control console and one of those long, shiny, beetle-like black Imperial helmets. It’s hard to say for sure because the galaxy far, far away is a big. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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YouTube Adds Jon Wax and Angela Courtin to Originals Team

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YouTube continues to ramp up its focus on original programming, hiring two entertainment executives to spearhead its YouTube Red Originals content division. Former Wgn Evp of Scripted Programming Jon Wax is joining YouTube as head of Drama, Scripted and Current Programming, along with Angela Courtin, former Evp and Chief Marketing Officer at Fox. Courtin will become Global Head of YouTube TV and Originals Marketing. Wax joined Wgn in 2013, and worked on series like “Salem,” and “Manhattan.” Before that, He spent 15 years on the Fox lot, where he was involved in a number of shows, including “Prison Break,” “24,” and »


- Sean Burch

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Will Feds Seize ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli’s $2 Million Wu-Tang Clan CD?

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When federal prosecutors unsealed their securities fraud indictments of “Pharma Bro” hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli, they added a warning that “the government will seek forfeiture” of “any property” traced to Shkreli’s crimes if convicted. Now that Shkreli was convicted of securities fraud in Brooklyn on Aug. 4, one of his most mysterious and expensive pieces of property that might be up for government seizure and auction is “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” the one-of-a-kind copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s double album sold to Shkreli in 2015 for a record price of $2 million. The feds refuse to say whether they »


- Susan Seager and Jeremy Fuster

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Latest HBO Leak Includes Scripts for Unaired Episodes of ‘Divorce,’ ‘Vice Principals,’ ‘Sharp Objects’

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Hackers released new HBO data on Wednesday, including scripts for unaired episodes of “Divorce” and “Vice Principals.” Also released in the so-called “fourth wave” of the hackers’ info dump were scripts for such new series as Amy Adams’ “Sharp Objects,” along with documents about the shoot for “Westworld” Season 2. HBO responded by referring to its previous statement: “It has been widely reported that there was a cyber incident at HBO. The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That’s a game we’re not going to participate in. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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TV or Not TV? Emmy Nominee Ava DuVernay Doesn’t Care

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A version of this story about Ava DuVernay first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. Ava DuVernay‘s sobering documentary “13th,” which explores the systematic disenfranchisement of African Americans from the Jim Crow era through today’s mass incarceration, has already been through awards season. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in January, sending DuVernay through the craziness of the Oscar race — and then, six months later, it landed eight Emmy nominations, including nods for directing, editing, writing, music, cinematography and sound, as well as Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. »


- Steve Pond

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Fox News’ Shepard Smith Couldn’t Book Any Republicans to Back Trump on Charlottesville (Video)

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Fox News host Shepard Smith was unable to find a single Republican to appear on his show to defend President Trump’s recent comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia that occurred during a recent rally for white supremacists. “Our booking team — and they’re good — reached out to Republicans of all stripes, across the country today. Let’s be honest, Republicans often don’t really mind coming on Fox News Channel,” Smith said during his Wednesday broadcast. “We couldn’t get anyone to come and defend him here, because we thought, in balance, someone should do that.” Smith continued: “We worked very hard at. »


- Brian Flood

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Watch Pink Get Political in ‘What About Us’ (Video)

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Pink’s latest music video for her new song, “What About Us,” makes a political statement that’s both powerful and timely. In it, the pop star sings about “waking up” and fighting injustice amid images of police cars, search lights, and people drowning in despair. A clip of New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s National Convention ahead of Trump’s appearance speech plays at the start of the video, while a different male voice proclaims, “We are going to reject hate! We are going to reject racism!” Also Read: Moby Explodes Swastika-Dollar Sign Trump in New Video This, plus »


- Ashley Eady

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