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Robert Rodriguez to Direct ‘Escape From New York’ Remake

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Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is set to direct 20th Century Fox’s reboot of John Carpenter’s cult classic “Escape From New York” Reboot, TheWrap has learned. The studio won a bidding war for rights to the reboot in early 2015, with Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s The Picture Company set to produce. Kurt Russell starred as the iconic one-eyed anti-hero Snake Plissken in the original Dystopian action film, released by Avco Embassy in 1981. Studiocanal owned the rights to the film, which had several suitors, and was won by Fox’s Mike Ireland on the back of the studio’s competitive bid. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Judge Michelle Visage on Why a Network Switch Won’t Dampen Show’s Spirit

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Over the course of 10 seasons of television — eight regular seasons and two “All-Star” mini-seasons — “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has cemented its place as a show not just for the Lgbt community, but for mainstream viewers as well. Longtime judge Michelle Visage has been by RuPaul’s side since Season 3, and feels connected to the “Drag Race” brand. In a phone interview with TheWrap, she described the show as being like her child. “It’s been pretty amazing to watch grow from birth,” said Visage, who has two (real-life) teenage daughters of her own. Also Read: Here's the Story Behind Lady Gaga's Guest Appearance on. »


- Carli Velocci

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Han Solo Movie Casts ‘Sing Street’ Star

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Sing Street” breakout Ian Kenny has joined the ensemble cast of the untitled “Star Wars” spin-off that revolves around the young Han Solo, TheWrap has learned. Details on Kenny’s character haven’t yet been revealed by Lucasfilm. He played a bully in the aforementioned Golden Globe-nominated movie musical released last year by the Weinstein Co. Kenny also appears in the TV series “Fair City,” which airs in the UK. Disney CEO Bob Iger shed a little more light on the upcoming young Han Solo movie at a USC event Thursday, providing details about the “Star Wars” universe film centered around the pilot iconically played. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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All 29 ‘Mass Effect’ Companions Ranked, From Dullest to Coolest (Including ‘Andromeda’) (Photos)

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BioWare’s “Mass Effect” video game series is lauded among gamers for its deep, twisting stories and well-drawn characters. With the newly released “Mass Effect: Andromeda” adding six new team members to the franchise, we looked back to determine where they stack up with the best, and worst, of the galaxy’s companions. 29. Sam (“Andromeda”) He’s not technically a squadmate, but having an artificial intelligence in your head at all times makes Sam as much of a companion as anyone else in the game. Unfortunately, hanging out with the monotone, lifeless Sam is a lot like hanging out with Apple’s Siri, »

- Phil Hornshaw

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Fox News Fires Comptroller Judy Slater, Accuses Her of Racist Comments and Behavior (Exclusive)

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Fox News has fired longtime comptroller Judy Slater after an internal investigation concluded she had engaged in a pattern of racist comments and behavior, TheWrap has learned. Slater, who is white and has worked at Fox for 19 years, was accused of asking one African-American employee if all three of her children were fathered by the same man, according to an individual familiar with the matter. She also referred to African American women as “sista” and stereotyped African American employees’ speech, openly complaining that they mispronounced words, the individual said. In another incident, she responded to a good-night message from two African-American. »


- Brian Flood

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New San Diego Mls Team Could Be Named ‘Footy McFooty Face’

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It’s always a gamble when you give the general public the freedom to choose the name of anything. Hot on the heels of the R.R.S. Boaty McBoatface — a $287 million polar research ship from the U.K. that was named through an online poll — San Diego’s new Major League Soccer team may end up being named Footy McFooty Face. The ingenious and infantile name is the frontrunner after a San Diego group, which is currently in the process of bidding for an Mls expansion spot, asked potential fans to brainstorm a team moniker, Deadspin reported. Also Read: Espn Names Samantha Ponder, »


- Debbie Emery

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28 Streaming TV Shows You Can Binge Watch in A Weekend (Photos)

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Stuck at home for a weekend? It’s a perfect time to binge some great TV, thanks to streaming services like Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu and Amazon Prime. But sometimes you want something short, rather than to get sucked into a seasons-long TV show. Here’s a list of binge-worthy shows you can finish in just a couple days. “Stranger Things” (Netflix) Season 2 of Netflix’s 1980s-inspired horror series isn’t due till October, which means you’ve got plenty of time to burn through the first eight episodes. The series takes a page from ’80s movies like “The Goonies” and “Et, »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Hillary Clinton Celebrates Failed Health Care Bill: ‘Today Was a Victory for All Americans’

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Hillary Clinton responded to Paul Ryan and Donald Trump’s decision to pull the Republican health care bill on Friday, tweeting that the decision was a “victory for all Americans.” “Today was a victory for the 24,000,000 people at risk of losing their health insurance, for seniors, for families battling the quiet epidemic of addiction, for new moms and women everywhere,” the former Democratic candidate said in the statement shared on Twitter. “Most of all, it’s a victory for anyone who believes affordable health care is a human right,” the statement continued. Also Read: Paul Ryan Pulls Doomed Health Care Bill at Trump's. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Stx Eliminates Postproduction Head Position, David Candiff Out (Exclusive)

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Stx Entertainment, the three-year-old independent studio that promised to have a slate of 12-15 mid-budget movies in a bid to become a mini-major, has let go Head of Postproduction David Candiff and eliminated his position, TheWrap has learned. Stx declined to comment on the matter. It’s an easy deduction that Bob Simonds’ mini-major would not need a dedicated executive for post, given the limited number of original films the studio is actually producing. Also Read: Stx Entertainment Appoints Rich Sullivan COO of STXdigital Despite a pledge to produce and distribute 12-15 films annually when the company launched in 2015, a fraction of those. »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Flip or Flop’ Star Christina El Moussa Not Dating NHL Player Nate Thompson, Spokeswoman Says

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Flip or Flop” star Christina El Moussa is not dating NHL player Nate Thompson, despite reports to the contrary. Or at least, that’s the word from the “Flip or Flop” star’s spokeswoman. Amid E! Online’s report Friday that the Hgtv personality has been dating the Anaheim Ducks player for “about a month,” a representative for El Moussa says that the two are mere puck buddies. “They are just friends,” the spokeswoman told TheWrap. Also Read: 'Flip or Flop' Star Christina El Moussa Blasted for 'Completely Inappropriate' Mother-Daughter Bikini Photo According to E! Online, speculation that »


- Tim Kenneally

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Hgtv ‘Fixer Upper’ Star Joanna Gaines Celebrates Spinoff, Teases Sneak Peek

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Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the Hgtv show “Fixer Upper,” are clearly psyched about their new spinoff “Behind the Design.” The fourth season of the couple’s home improvement series drew 20 million viewers, placing it at the top of Hgtv’s shows. The Gaines’ take affordable houses and redesign them to fit their client’s needs. And now their spinoff, titled “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design,” will put Joanna in the spotlight, focusing in on how she designs the houses. “ focuses on each project, and you get an inside scoop of how we came up with a lot of the decisions and. »


- Nayanika Kapoor

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Pulls a Kellyanne Conway, Plugs His Own ‘Lego Batman Movie’

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Hollywood producer turned Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is facing backlash after urging an audience at a Friday event to check out his latest flick “Lego Batman,” a movie he produced right before taking on his Cabinet post in the Trump administration. “Well, I’m not allowed to promote anything that I’m involved in,” Mnuchin told Axios executive editor Mike Allen. “So I just want to have the legal disclosure that you’ve asked me the question and I am not promoting any product,” he said. “But you should send all your kids to ‘Lego Batman.'” Also Read: Treasury »


- Itay Hod

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Twitter Mocks Trump, Paul Ryan After Obamacare Repeal Fails Bigly

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In an embarrassing setback, House Republicans abandoned a health care bill on Friday that would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act. It happened after Gop Speaker of the House Paul Ryan informed President Trump that he was unable to whip up the number of Republican votes necessary for the bill to pass. The bill’s extreme unpopularity (it was polling at 17 percent on Friday morning) was bad enough, but the failure to get it passed exposed deep divisions within the Republican party. As a result, detractors of the repeal-and-replace strategy are having a field day on Twitter, mocking both Trump. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Did Us Weekly Just Troll Its New Trump-Friendly Owner?

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Did laid-off Us Weekly staffers go down fighting the magazine’s new Trump-friendly owner? You might draw that conclusion from its latest cover story, which landed the day before mass layoffs at the celebrity magazine. While many journalists say they don’t care what public figures do in their bedrooms, Us Weekly purported to push open Donald and Melania Trump’s bedroom door — or bedroom doors, if Us is to be believed. “Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Keep Separate Bedrooms: ‘They Never Spend the Night Together,'”  blares the cover story of the latest issue, which appeared online Wednesday. »


- Brian Flood

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Patton Oswalt to Mike Huckabee: ‘Go Wipe Your Ass With a Corncob’

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Comedian Patton Oswalt isn’t done taking shots at former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. After mocking Huckabee’s questionable sense of humor on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday night, Oswalt took a more pointed jab at Huckabee on Friday, telling the politician, “Go wipe your ass with a corncob.” The blunt suggestion came after Oswalt appeared on the ABC late-night show to skewer Huckabee’s joke-telling abilities. During the skit, Oswalt stood in front of a backdrop of a fake comedy club called Yuck Yuckabee’s to repeat three of Huckabee’s jokes. Also Read: Even Patton Oswalt Can't Make Mike Huckabee »


- Tim Kenneally

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PepsiCo, Walmart Among Latest Brands to Pull Ads from YouTube

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PepsiCo, Walmart, Dish Network and Starbucks are some of the latest companies to pull their ads from YouTube, as Google’s online video behemoth continues to struggle keeping advertisements away from videos showing racist and otherwise objectionable content, according to a Friday Wall Street Journal report. After the Journal discovered their ads on videos containing racist and anti-Semitic content, PepsiCo, Walmart and Dish Network told the newspaper they would suspend all Google advertising except targeted search ads. Starbucks and General Motors pledged to pull all ads from YouTube, while FX Networks said it would suspend all Google advertising altogether. Other companies found. »

- Matt Pressberg

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12 TV Shows to Binge-Watch If You Love ‘Big Little Lies’ (Photos)

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Sharp Object- HBO   ‘Sharp Object,” also directed by ‘Big Little LiesJean-Marc Vallée, will debut on HBO in 2017. Based on Gone Girl, ‘Sharp Object’ tackles the same twister of murder, psychological complication and small town scandal, and is sure to be a hit with fans who enjoy this female-centric genre.   Pretty Little Liars   Entering its last season, ‘Pretty Little Liars’ is arguably the most successful teen crime drama of the last five years. Passionate but sinful love stories such as Ezra and Aria’s make Pll’s seven seasons are perfect bingeable material between episodes of ‘Big Little Lies.’   13 Reasons. »


- Nayanika Kapoor

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Paul Ryan Pulls Doomed Health Care Bill at Trump’s Request

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The Gop has pulled the Health Care bill that would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act. “You’ve all heard me say this before — moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains and, well, we’re feeling those growing pains today,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said following the announcement. “This is a disappointing day for us,” he added. “Doing big things is hard. All of us, all of us, myself included, will need time to reflect on how we got to this moment, what we could have done to do it better. … This is. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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37 Movies Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Executive Produced (Photos)

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Hedge fund manager and former Goldman Sachs Cio Steve Mnuchin is now Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury. He’s also got plenty of investments in Hollywood — his company Ratpac-Dune Entertainment has helped fund quite a few movies over the last 13 years. Here are all the films for which Mnuchin has an executive producer credit. “The Lego Movie” (2014) “Winter’s Tale” (2014) “American Sniper” (2014) Also Read: All 18 Movies and Shows Steve Bannon Wrote, Directed or Produced (Photos) “Annabelle” (2014) “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014) “This is Where I Leave You” (2014) “Inherent Vice” (2014) Also Read: Steven Mnuchin Confirmed as Treasury Secretary “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) “Run All Night” (2015) “Get. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Poster Nods to Original Comics With Blissed-Out Peter Parker

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On the heels of new art (and star-driven hype) for Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and some character posters from DC’s “Justice League,” comes a brand new one sheet for the hotly anticipated “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Marvel released the poster via Twitter this morning, and you can see it in all its glory below. Great marketing is no guarantee of a great film, but fans of the classic era of Spider-Man have a lot to love about this poster. Spidey lying on his back along the East River while casually listening to music, with Avengers Tower in the background, »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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