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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ First Reactions: ‘Total Home Run’

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Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t have any trouble getting a date to the big dance: Early reactions hit the internet on Friday evening, and many in the superhero film press are deeply enmeshed in its charming web. “#SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It’s gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run,” tweeted Cinemablend’s Sean O’Connell after a New York City media screening. #SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It's gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run. — Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) June 24, 2017 Film critic Mike Ryan from Uproxx. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Stephen Colbert Tells Russian Late-Night Show He’ll Run for President in 2020 (Video)

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Stephen Colbert for President? The “Late Show” host said during an appearance on a Russian late-night show that he’d run for president in 2020. The CBS host made his announcement on “Evening Urgant,” a Russian show hosted by comedian Ivan Urgant. Colbert was in the country filming an upcoming episode of “The Late Show.” “I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020, and I thought it would be better to cut out the middle man and just tell the Russians myself,” Colbert said after taking several shots. “If anyone would like to work on. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Silicon Valley’s’ Haley Joel Osment on His Career Pivot, Tj Miller’s ‘Sad’ Exit

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Haley Joel Osment plays a fun-loving character on “Silicon Valley” — and the actor himself is having a pretty good time these days, too. The former child star, now 29, is still perhaps best known for early-career roles in “The Sixth Sense” and “A.I.” But he’s quickly earning buzz for his turn as positive-to-a-fault Vr expert Keenan Feldspar on Season 4 of the HBO ensemble comedy. “I had a blast,” the actor told TheWrap about shooting his part on “Silicon Valley.” Also Read: 'Silicon Valley' Star Thomas Middleditch on Tj Miller's Exit: 'Lots of Things Could Have Been Done »


- Ryan Gajewski

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CNN Resorts to Sketching White House Press Briefings, Draws Derision

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In response to the White House press team’s troubling habit of refusing to do on-camera press briefings, CNN has found a workaround that also functions as a dry critique: It sent in a courtroom sketch artist. The images Friday provided a much-needed visual element for CNN, and also highlight the silliness of Trump Administration officials refusing to be seen speaking for the chief executive. (Accountability is important, given the president’s propensity for lying, which is meticulously documented here.) Asked this week why briefings are being held off-camera, Trump adviser Steve Bannon explained, “Sean got fat,” referring to embattled press secretary Sean Spicer. »


- Tim Molloy

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5 Lessons Learned From VidCon 2017

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You can learn a lot walking around VidCon — the premiere online video conference — and that’s exactly what I’ve done the last three days at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. It’s an in-person opportunity to see the rapid shift in content from traditional mediums to digital outlets. This isn’t a convention for those on the periphery of entertainment — VidCon now represents the mainstream. With that in mind, here’s what I’ve learned after talking to YouTube creators, Instagram influencers, industry suits, and bobbing-and-weaving through hoards of teenagers. Also Read: Creators Have Made YouTube Into a »

- Sean Burch

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Kesha’s Mother Admits She Has ‘No Firsthand Knowledge’ of Alleged Rape by Dr Luke

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The long legal battle between Dr. Luke and Kesha’s mother is over. Producer Dr. Luke has dropped his defamation lawsuit against Pebe Sebert, which stemmed from Sebert’s claim that the producer had raped “Tik Tok” singer Kesha, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap. The court papers note that the suit has been dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be filed again. Also Read: Jerry Seinfeld Defends His Kesha Snub: 'I Don't Hug a Total Stranger' The Stipulation of Dismissal also noted that neither party will be awarded attorneys’ fees or court costs. In a joint statement obtained by TheWrap on Friday, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Betty Gilpin Says Shows Like ‘Glow’ Are a ‘Step In The Right Direction’ For Women On Screen

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Jessica Chastain’s comments at the Cannes Film Festival have spurred the coals in Hollywood’s conversation about about the need for stronger roles for women. Betty Gilpin, one of the stars in Netflix’s new comedy-drama about female wrestling in the ’80s, says that shows like “Glow” are on the right track. “This show is a step in the right direction because it shows us as three dimensional,” she told TheWrap at the Wednesday night premiere at the Arclight Dome in Hollywood. In fact, “Glow” takes traditional female stereotypes and turns them into empowering personas. Created by Liz Flahive »


- Ashley Boucher

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Trump Bluff About Comey Tapes Could Be a Crime, Expert Says

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Harvard law professor and ardent Donald Trump critic Laurence Tribe says the president may have violated federal law by tweeting a warning about secret tapes of fired FBI director James Comey. “It could readily be viewed, as Trump himself has conceded, as an effort to influence the ‘due administration of justice,’ defined under 18 USC sec. 1503 as criminal obstruction of justice,” Tribe told TheWrap in an email. 18 USC 1503 is a federal criminal law that makes it a crime to try to interfere with an official government investigation. Tribe also tweeted on Thursday that Trump’s tapes threat may be illegal. Also »


- Susan Seager

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Here’s the Loophole That Would Give Lord and Miller a Han Solo Director’s Cut

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller may be fired as the directors of the untitled Han Solo film, but a little-known loophole just might force Disney to let them make their own cut of the film. It’s a longshot, for sure — but it could happen. Here’s how. A rule from Directors Guild — the union that represents movie directors — says the pair have the right to cut their version of the film from the nearly four-month shoot they mounted earlier this year. The catch? They only get to if at least 90 percent of the movie was finished on their watch. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Johnny Depp’s Year-Plus of Despair: From Divorce to Dog Drama to His ‘Bad Joke’ (Photos)

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As a widely admired, reasonably well-paid movie star, Johnny Depp would seem to have a charmed life. But fear not, dear reader; he has problems, just like you. The past year or so has seen Depp endure his share of difficulties, including an embarrassing apology video spurred by a doggie snafu, a messy, public divorce and, most recently an industrial-grade backlash over an assassination joke he made about Donald Trump. Read on for a timeline of his recent troubles. After the deputy prime minister of Australia threatened to euthanize Depp and then-wife Amber Heard’s Yorkshire terriers when the then-couple brought. »


- Tim Kenneally

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What Went Wrong with ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 9? (Commentary)

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Is it just me, or did this season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” feel lackluster? It’s always tough to judge an episode of the hit reality competition show, as an audience member and fan. There’s so much to love about something that celebrates those who are competing for fame and greatness, and that attempts to educate those outside the Lgbtq+ community. It’s a reality show that pokes fun at other reality shows while also being genuine, inspirational, and actually rewarding to those who do well. That being said, there was something that was missing in Season 9 and »

- Carli Velocci

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‘Downward Dog’ Canceled by ABC After 1 Season

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Downward Dog” is being put to sleep. ABC has canceled the freshman comedy that launched in May, a network representative confirmed to TheWrap. Series co-creator Samm Hodges, who voiced the eponymous pooch, announced the news on Twitter on Friday with a message from himself and co-creator Michael Killen. “Got the very surprising news that ABC is not moving forward with ‘Downward Dog,'” the statement reads. “They loved it creatively and really wanted to make more, but couldn’t find a financial path to do so.” Also Read: 14 Shows That Were Canceled on Awful Cliffhangers (Photos) Hodges and Killen wrote »


- Ryan Gajewski

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NY Times Compiles Definitive List of Trump’s Lies

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An opinion piece by the New York Times is making some noise on Twitter and for good reason. The op-ed simply titled “Trump’s Lies” is a comprehensive compilation of the president’s greatest hits since the day he took office — each fib accompanied with the reason the paper of record believed it to be a falsehood. “There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths,” the NY Times argued. “Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president — of either party — has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is. »

- Itay Hod

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Watch This Gorilla Do the ‘Flashdance’ in a Kiddie Pool (Video)

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Most people like to spend lazy summer afternoons by the pool. Apparently, the same goes for gorillas — well, for at least one of them. A 14-year-old western lowland gorilla named Zola has become an internet star after a short video surfaced of him dancing in a kiddie pool at the Dallas Zoo. The zoo schedules “enrichment sessions” for its animals in order to “enhance environment” and “ them with mental and physical stimulation to increase natural behaviors,” according to NPR. And Zola’s favorite enrichment session is apparently pool playtime. Also Read: 'River Monsters' Hunts Down the Fish That's »


- Ashley Eady

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Watch ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ TrumpCare Parody: ‘I’m Just a Bill… If I Pass You’ll Probably Die’ (Video)

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“Funny or Die” released a video on Friday parodying the classic animated music video “I’m Just A Bill” from “Schoolhouse Rock” that taught a generation of American kids how a bill turns into a law. The song is similar to the original — but acts as an explainer on the latest events in the Trump administration’s attempt to repeal Obamacare. The song begins very much like the original, but quickly becomes all about TrumpCare. “Well, I got passed by the House of Representatives here,” Bill sings, “And Trump was so happy he bought everyone beer.” Also Read: Girl in a Wheelchair Becomes Face. »

- Ashley Boucher

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‘Eat S— Bob': John Oliver Fans Hack Coal Company Website, Lawsuit Says

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A libel lawsuit filed against “Last Week Tonight” HBO host John Oliver by a coal company claims that Oliver’s supporters hacked its website. “For several days after the June 18, 2017 broadcast, Murray Energy’s website was hacked and inundated with the message incited by Oliver: “‘Eat S— Bob,'” the lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit also claims that Oliver’s use of a human-sized squirrel to mock Murray Energy Company CEO Robert E. Murray was not funny. Also Read: John Oliver, HBO Sued for Defamation by Coal Executive Oliver was hit with Murray’s defamation lawsuit on Wednesday for bashing the »


- Susan Seager

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Health Care Protest: When Will the Left Stop Posting False Mitch McConnell Polio Meme?

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A meme claiming Mitch McConnell received government-funded health care as a child has been gaining traction on the left despite being false. “As a kid, Mitch McConnell had polio, and the government paid for All of his care and rehabilitation,” the image, posted by the Facebook group Occupy Democrats. “Now, as the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, McConnell is taking government-funded care away from tens of millions of Americans. Let that sink in.” The image has since spread across social media, and was shared on Twitter by “Hand of God” star Ron Perlman, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Silicon Valley’ Star Thomas Middleditch on Tj Miller’s Exit: ‘Lots of Things Could Have Been Done Differently’

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T.J. Miller ends his run on “Silicon Valley” with this weekend’s Season 4 finale, and co-star Thomas Middleditch says that the exit could have been “handled differently.” Just after the HBO comedy was picked up for a fifth season in May — and with production already wrapped on Season 4 — Miller announced that he will not return to the show. HBO said in a statement that producers and Miller, who portrays self-centered entrepreneur Erlich Bachman, had “mutually agreed” to part ways. Middleditch, who plays Pied Piper founder Richard Hendricks, called Miller’s exit “expected.” He added that the show might have given »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Creators Have Made YouTube Into a 21st Century Lecture Hall

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One takeaway from VidCon 2017: YouTube is more than a platform to enjoy mindless cat videos for hours on end — it’s also utilized as a powerful educational tool for millions of people. Several creators have picked up on this growing shift, and have looked to move the learning process beyond school walls. “People view as part of the system, rather than this thing that’s competing with schools,” said Henry Reich, the man behind the “Minute Physics” and “Minute Earth” YouTube channels, at VidCon 2017. His combined channels account for more than 5 million subscribers. Also Read: Jillian Michaels Scores $5.7 Million in Dispute. »


- Sean Burch

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Se Hinton Praises ‘Silicon Valley’ Cast’s ‘Outsiders’ Tribute: ‘Pretty Damn Tuff’

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The Outsiders” author S. E. Hinton loves TheWrap’s photoshoot with the “Silicon Valley” cast, which bore the theme of the famous book and the subsequent 1983 film. When TheWrap’s Tim Molloy asked, “What do you think, @se4realhinton? More Greaser or Socs?” the author responded, “They look pretty damn tuff to me!” In another tweet, Hinton responded to a fan who brought the feature to her attention. She responded, “Love it! Love the show, too!” Also Read: Why 'Silicon Valley' Stars Are Emmy Outsiders No Longer They look pretty damn tuff to me! https://t.co/teqbUEbYsN — S. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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