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‘The Defenders': What is K’un-Lun? A Quick Explainer of the Heavenly, Mystical City

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(Some light spoilers ahead for early episodes of “Marvel’s Iron Fist” and “The Defenders” on Netflix.) When Danny Rand (Finn Jones) shows up back in the New York in Netflix’s “Iron Fist,” he’s been missing for some 15 years. Presumed dead in a plane crash over the Himalayas, nobody he knows even believes he really is who he says he is. Where has he been all this time? According to Danny, he was living in a city called K’un-Lun. Danny returns to New York a changed man from the boy who disappeared at age 10. He’s a martial arts master, »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Patty Jenkins in Final Negotiations With WB to Direct ‘Wonder Woman 2’

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Despite the runaway success of “Wonder Woman” and the confirmation in July that the sequel is due in theaters December 13, 2019, the director behind that success hasn’t yet been announced to return. That will soon change, as Patty Jenkins is in final talks to direct “Wonder Woman 2,” TheWrap has learned. The specific terms of her return to the franchise she led to a $797.8 million worldwide box office haul are not known. But it is said to be large whatever the final numbers end up being, on par with other directors who have delivered the kind of success »


- Umberto Gonzalez and Ross A. Lincoln

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Seth Rogen Tweets 10 Facts About ‘Superbad’ on Its 10th Birthday

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A decade on and “Superbad” remains one of the funniest comedies of the current century. The coming of age pic written by Seth Rogen‎ and ‎Evan Goldberg hit the ten year milestone today, and to celebrate Rogen distributed 10 facts about the film from his Twitter account. Many of them have long been public knowledge, or more recently have been, like how his mother came up with the statutory rape joke at the end of the film. Even so, they make for a fun look at the film. For instance, we did not know the MPAA told the production they »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Ryan Kavanaugh Sued for Fraud by Relativity Hedge Fund Investor

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A hedge fund investor is suing Relativity boss Ryan Kavnaugh for fraud, accusing him of misrepresenting the state of Relativity’s finances and of lying about a billionaire investor in order to secure a loan to keep the embattled company afloat. Casey Metz, who had previously invested $10 million in Relativity, filed the suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that he lent the company $2 million under false pretenses one month before the company filed for bankruptcy. “Kavanaugh desperately needed money to save Relativity from bankruptcy and to save his reputation and lifestyle, so Defendant said whatever he thought would. »

- Matt Pressberg

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Why the Next ‘Bachelor’ Star Definitely Won’t Be Peter Kraus

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It appears that Peter Kraus, Rachel Lindsay’s runner-up on “The Bachelorette” Season 13, won’t get a second shot at TV-endorsed romance anytime soon. “The Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss tweeted a message on Thursday that did not mention Kraus by name but appeared to be a clear sign that the show’s producers are not considering him as its lead for Season 22. “Do we really want a Bachelor who isn’t ready to settle down with a woman he loves?” Fleiss wrote. “Hmmm. Not what #thebachelor is all about…” Also Read: 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay Talks Emotional Finale Breakup: Peter Gave Me 'Enough to String. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Fox CEO James Murdoch Blasts Trump, Pledges $1 Million to Anti-Defamation League

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21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch blasted Donald Trump in a memo sent Thursday to company employees, calling out the president for his tepid response to a deadly rally by neo-Nazis and white supremacists last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. “These events remind us all why vigilance against hate and bigotry is an eternal obligation — a necessary discipline for the preservation of our way of life and our ideals,” wrote Murdoch, the younger son of company founder Rupert Murdoch who assumed the CEO position in 2015. James Murdoch also pledged to personally donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. Also Read: Trump »


- Itay Hod

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Kid Rock’s Senate Run Isn’t Going to Happen, Ted Nugent Says

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Knock knock. Who’s there? Kid Rock. Kid Rock who? Kid Rock definitely isn’t running for Senate, no matter what he says. At least, that’s  the word from Rock’s fellow conservative Michigan musician Ted Nugent says. Also Read: Future Senator Kid Rock Unveils His Policy on Taxes, Health Care “Cat Scratch Fever” rocker Nugent appeared on Wjr radio DJ Frank Beckmann’s show on Thursday, and threw cold water on Kid Rock‘s supposed bid for Senate. “Bob Ritchie ain’t running for jack-squat, Ok? He never intended, he never thought about it , and he never hinted »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Billy on the Street’ Host Billy Eichner Talks Getting Political, Teases ‘American Horror Story’

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A version of this story about Billy Eichner and “Billy on the Street” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. About 13 years ago, comic Billy Eichner started accosting strangers on the streets of New York to ask them questions about pop culture. The live act turned into YouTube videos, which turned into a TV series, TruTV’s “Billy on the Street” — and now, after five seasons of Eichner screaming about the Kardashians and Rihanna and dragging game stars like Jon Hamm and Julianne Moore along with him, “Billy on the Street” has landed. »


- Steve Pond

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Claire Foy Talks ‘The Crown’ Feminist Backlash, Queen Elizabeth’s Drinking Habits

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A version of this cover story first appeared in the Down to The Wire issue of TheWrap Emmy Magazine.  By the time you read this, Claire Foy’s reign as Queen Elizabeth II will be over. She’s just wrapped the second season of the lush Netflix drama “The Crown,” and Qeii will be played by a different actress as the show skips a few decades ahead for season three. But before that happens, you’ll have another batch of Foy episodes before the streaming giant coronates her successor. For now, it’s a celebration of the current incarnation of “The Queen, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Amy Schumer Shows Up on ‘Judge Judy,’ and Twitter Renders Its Verdict

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Do not attempt to adjust your television sets, “Judge Judy” fans — that really was Amy Schumer in the audience during Thursday’s episode of the long-running courtroom reality show. “Judge Judy” viewers rushed to Twitter en masse on Thursday, when it appeared that the actress/comedian was among those in the studio audience watching  Judge Judy Sheindlin dispense her trademark brand of grumpy justice. The “Trainwreck” actress confirmed the appearance herself via Instagram on Thursday, posting an image of herself in the audience. Also Read: Judge Judy Lets a Dog Loose in Her Courtroom to Find the Real Owner (Video) “Hell yeah! »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Review: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson Liven Up Routine Shoot-Em-Up

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is the kind of movie that “Deadpool” was supposed to rescue Ryan Reynolds from having to make. It’s the sort of film that forces him and his co-star Samuel L. Jackson to work double-time on their charm offensive in an attempt to distract audiences from the material’s utter familiarity. You’ve seen this movie a lot in the past few years: take one or two internationally marketable stars (usually it’s Kevin Costner or John Travolta or Bruce Willis or Nicolas Cage or John Cusack or Robert De Niro), bolster the cast with one or two slumming great actors, »


- Alonso Duralde

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Jefferson Davis Memorial in Arizona Was Literally Tarred and Feathered (Photo)

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The debate over whether or not Confederate Monuments should stay up or be torn down across the United States continues. In Gold Canyon, Arizona, the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway monument was tarred and feathered overnight in an apparent protest against the Confederate remembrance. You read that right. The monument is the second in Arizona to be vandalized, but the only one tarred and feathered in the style of feudal Europe and Colonial America, according to the local Fox affiliate news station. A local reporter said that cleaning up the monument will be difficult and costly, and that many people have been stopping. »

- Ashley Boucher

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‘Crown Heights’ Review: True Story of Injustice Lacks Dramatic Power

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A gripping true story can be a great starting point for a narrative feature, but a starting point isn’t a whole movie. There’s no denying that the tale of Colin Warner, a man who spent decades behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, is a powerful one, but writer-director Matt Ruskin doesn’t give us anything here that a documentary couldn’t do better. The non-fiction route is one we’ve already experienced, both directly and indirectly. The Warner case was the basis of a “This American Life” episode, on which “Crown Heights” is directly based, »


- Alonso Duralde

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‘Marjorie Prime’ Review: Jon Hamm Hologram Romances an Ailing Widow

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“The future will be here soon enough. Might as well get friendly with it.” This thought, tossed off by the incomparable Lois Smith in “Marjorie Prime,” captures the exquisite drama’s theme, on many levels. Can we ever get friendly with the future? Doesn’t its very un-knowability preclude that? The notion can also be interpreted through a science-fiction lens: the film takes place in the not-too-distant future, incorporating artificially intelligent characters that are digitally simulated holograms of dead people. But the idea packs a more ruminative punch. Time passes; people cope with life in the ways they can. We can try to. »


- Claudia Puig

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Eazy-e’s Widow Sues His Son Over Ruthless Records, N.W.A Use

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Eazy-e’s widow is going after the deceased rapper’s son (her stepson), claiming that he’s illegally using the trademarks Ruthless Records and N.W.A. According to the suit, Tomica Woods-Wright’s company, Comptown Records, took over ownership of Eazy-e’s label Ruthless Records after the rapper’s death in 1995, and has “continuously used the trade names, trademarks, and service marks Ruthless, Ruthless Records, and N.W.A. “ However, the suit contends, last July Arnold E. White, an associate of Eazy-e’s son Eric Darnell Wright, formed a corporation in California called Ruthless Records, and both Wright and »


- Tim Kenneally

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Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and ‘Big Little Lies’ Stars Detail Show’s ‘Tricky’ Journey

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A version of this story on “Big Little Lies” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. Four lead women in “Big Little Lies,” the HBO miniseries based on Liane Moriarty‘s book, all landed Emmy nominations, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in the lead category and Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley in supporting. (Zoë Kravitz, the last of the main actresses, was left out.) Dern, Woodley and actors/executive producers Kidman and Witherspoon described the rare experience of making the miniseries, which starts with a murder investigation and then slowly unveils victim, murderer »


- Steve Pond

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Animated Comedy From Amy Poehler in the Works at Fox

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Fox is developing an animated comedy series from Amy Poehler, TheWrap has learned. The potential series, which has received a script and pilot presentation order from the network, centers on the family and friends of 15-year-old Duncan Harris, an average kid with dreams of being a Ufc fighter, tech billionaire, video game champ, or any job where you make a ton of money and don’t have to wear a tie. “Simpsons” duo Mike Scully and Julie Scully will write. Poehler is attached to voice multiple characters. Also Read: 'Jetsons' Live-Action TV Reboot From Robert Zemeckis Flies to ABC The untitled comedy is executive. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘American Made’ Review: Tom Cruise Flies Between Comedy and Tension, Missing Both

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Tom Cruise trashes his flashing-teeth hero image to play, if not a bad guy, then certainly a naughty one in the jaunty drug-running caper “American Made.” Re-teaming with his “Edge of Tomorrow” (a.k.a. “Live Die Repeat”) director Doug Liman, Cruise plays Barry Seal, a real-life character who ran drugs, guns and money between Central America and Arkansas in the late 1970s and early ’80s, while also working for the CIA. Seal, a family man who started out as a pilot for Twa, eventually became embroiled in what blew up into the Iran-Contra scandal, as well as being a trusted delivery boy. »


- Jason Solomons

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Justin Theroux Lands on Netflix’s ‘Maniac’ With Emma Stone and Jonah Hill

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Justin Theroux is joining Jonah Hill and Emma Stone on the Netflix series “Maniac.” Theroux will recur on the 10-episode dark comedy series that Cary Fukunaga is directing. “Maniac” is based on a 2014 Norwegian series and centers on two patients in a mental institution who escape to fantasy realms. Also Read: Emma Stone Dethrones Jennifer Lawrence as World's Highest-Paid Actress The “Leftovers” alum will recur as James Mantleray on the series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. “Maniac” does not yet have a premiere date. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Lemon’ Review: Brett Gelman Is Best at Playing the Worst

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Brett Gelman (“Love,” “Another Period”) plays somewhat of a garbage white dude named Isaac in Janicza Bravo’s film “Lemon.” It’s not quite that he is a bad person; he’s just completely unaware of anyone other than himself. And he’s barely aware of himself. For example, his response to waking up in the morning after wetting himself in his sleep is just to stand there and smell his hands, blocking his blind girlfriend Ramona (Judy Greer) from going to the bathroom, only to have her sit back down in the damp spot on the couch where he left his mark. »


- Kyle Turner

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