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Daily Beast Slammed for Linking Hurricane Maria Devastation in Puerto Rico to ‘Despacito’

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Hurricane Maria caused devastation as it passed over Puerto Rico on Wednesday, including in the colorful La Perla neighborhood, best known to non-residents as the location showcased in the music video for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s summer hit “Despacito.” However, as the Caribbean island begins its struggle to get back on its feet in the days following the storm, the Daily Beast took some heat on Thursday for using the pop song as a lens through which to view the human suffering. The piece, titled “Famed ‘Despacito’ Neighborhood Destroyed by Hurricane Maria as Puerto Rico Struggles in the Dark” from. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Kim Jong Un Calls Trump a ‘Dotard’ and Twitter Scrambles for a Dictionary

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It’s ‘Rocket Man’ v. ‘Dotard’ in what might be the only petty insult contest backed by nuclear missiles. Days after Donald Trump gave a speech to the United Nations in which he deployed a new nickname for its dictator Kim Jong Un, the “Rocket Man” himself has replied with some choice disses of his own. In an official statement — no really — Kim calls Trump a “mentally deranged” “dotard” who will “pay dearly.” A dotard, by the way, is “a person, especially an old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Also Read: Trump's 'Rocket. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Chrissy Teigen Shaded by Kermit the Frog in Twitter Tattoo Tiff

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Sounds like Chrissy Teigen might have gotten under Kermit the Frog’s skin a little bit, figuratively if not literally. The “Lip Sync Battle” host and the “Sesame Street” icon got into a mild social-media spat on Thursday, after Teigen declared that she was glad she never had the famous frog’s image permanently inked onto her body. The semi-heated back-and-forth began when Teigen told her 7.5 million Twitter followers that she dodged a lifetime of regret when she opted not to get a Kermit tattoo when she was younger. Also Read: Chrissy Teigen Gives Ivanka Trump a Much-Needed Language Lesson “What is a tattoo. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Review: Emma Stone and Steve Carell Recreate a Cultural Turning Point

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Look anywhere around you, and it’s obvious: Sexism sells. In 1973, tennis hall of famer Bobby Riggs exploited that fact to goad Billie Jean King into competing in a match he billed “The Battle of the Sexes.” Riggs knew which buttons to push to get a whopping 90 million viewers to tune into the game. “She doesn’t stand a chance against me,” Riggs told one journalist. “Women’s tennis is so far beneath men’s tennis.” For the cheap seats, he bragged, “I want to prove that women are lousy, they stink, and they don’t belong on the same court as. »


- Inkoo Kang

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Kardashians’ Dash Boutique Attacked by Woman Wielding a Gun and Machete

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Maybe she felt like the prices at Dash could use some slashing? The Kardashians’ West Hollywood boutique Dash was descended upon Thursday — twice — by a woman with a gun and a machete, ABC 7 reports. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a woman entered the store at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday with a handgun, which she pointed at an employee. She then mumbled something and knocked items off of the counter before exiting. Also Read: Kim Kardashian's Jackie O-Themed Photo Shoot Draws Fire on Twitter: 'Absurd and Inappropriate' However, the same woman returned later, this time brandishing a. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Roseanne’ Revival Casts ‘Shameless’ Star as Darlene and David’s Teen Daughter

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Shameless” actress Emma Kenney has landed the role of Darlene and David’s teenage daughter on “Roseanne.” Kenney will be a series regular playing Harris on the ABC comedy’s eight-episode revival that premieres as a midseason addition in 2018. The role of Harris was introduced during Season 9 of the original “Roseanne” run. Sara Gilbert (Darlene) is returning, but Johnny Galecki (David) has not yet been confirmed to appear. Also Read: 'Roseanne' Revival Update: Talks With Johnny Galecki Ongoing, ABC President Says Among the other original stars who are set to return are Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan »


- Ryan Gajewski

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15 Essential ’30 Rock’ Episodes to Binge Before Netflix Drops It (Photos)

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SeinfeldVision In this classic episode, Jack decides to repurpose old NBC footage from “Seinfeld” and edit them into programs on air. Jeremy Seinfeld comes back from his vacation to confront Jack and tells him he just come back from Grenyarnia, a “country only known by the richest people on earth.” The episode also features one of Jack’s best one-liners. Liz comes back from summer hiatus to tell Jack that this will be her year and that she’ll meet someone else after breaking up with Floyd. “Woman your age are more likely to be mauled at the zoo than get married, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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SAG-aftra to Investigate ‘Riverdale’ Set After Star Kj Apa’s Car Accident

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Hollywood union SAG-aftra is dispatching a team to Canada to investigate working conditions for performers on the set of The CW’s “Riverdale.” The guild, led by president Gabrielle Carteris, said it was “deeply concerned” about the safety of the series’ actors after star K.J. Apa suffered a car accident following a long work day. “This is an extremely troubling situation and we are deeply concerned about the safety of performers on the ‘Riverdale’ set,” a SAG-aftra spokesperson told TheWrap. Also Read: 'Riverdale' Star Kj Apa in Late-Night Car Crash After Leaving Set, Production Not Affected “We are »


- Matt Donnelly and Beatrice Verhoeven

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Did Mark Zuckerberg Successfully ‘Diffuse the Potential Explosion’ Around Facebook’s Ad Biz?

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It hasn’t been a good month for Facebook’s advertising business. The social network, along with Google, dominates the digital ad game, combining to rake in more than 80 percent of all new online marketing dollars. But a slew of missteps has put Facebook’s bread and butter in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons: dubious measurements of its audience reach, anti-Semitic posts slipping through its ad system, and admitting $150,000 in Russian propaganda — capable of reaching millions of users — had run on its platform leading up to and after the 2016 election. The negative news has rattled many across Facebook’s massive. »


- Sean Burch

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Sean Spicer’s Friendly Message to Reporter: ‘Mike, Please Stop Texting/Emailing Me Unsolicited Anymore’

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Since going Hollywood, Sean Spicer doesn’t seem as worried about making nice with Washington reporters. Axios’ Mike Allen reported Thursday that Spicer, President Trump’s former spokesman, was known for taking detailed notes during White House meetings. Allen speculated that they could be a “honey pot” of information for special counsel Robert Mueller as he looks into any ties between Trump and the White House. When Allen reached out to Spicer for comment, Spicer — most recently seen at the Emmy Awards — made it clear that he was no longer taking Allen’s calls. Also Read: Emmys Axed Obama Cameo, »


- Tim Molloy

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Sony Pictures Extends Deal With Josh Greenstein, Marketing and Distribution Head

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution President Josh Greenstein will remain in his post for another three years, the studio announced Thursday. The executive will continue to report to Sony’s Motion Picture Group President Tom Rothman. “The studio is in a stronger position now than when Josh arrived in 2014, and his brilliant work has been integral to that growth,” Rothman said in a statement. sonAlso Read: Claire Foy Set to Play Lisbeth Salander in Sony's 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' “He kicks my butt on the golf course, but is otherwise a tremendous partner,” Rothman added. More to come. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Gatorade to Pay $300,000 After California Sues Them for Dissing Water in Videogame App

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Message to Gatorade: Disparage water, and California will come after you. Energy drink giant Gatorade has agreed to pay up, after the California attorney general filed a lawsuit accusing the company of spreading lies about H2o with its videogame application “Bolt!” According to the attorney general’s office, “Gatorade portrayed its products positively while inaccurately and negatively depicting water as hindering athletic performance. Specifically, users controlled a cartoon version of Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt and ran an endless race to recover gold coins stolen by pirates. Upon touching a Gatorade icon, the Bolt avatar ran faster and the »


- Tim Kenneally

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Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas on Why ‘Darkest Hour’ Was ‘Daunting’ to Make (Exclusive Video)

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Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas play Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine Churchill, in “The Darkest Hour” — a “daunting” and scary task, according to both actors. “Initially, I didn’t want to take it on because I was — apart from the physical hurdle that one had to get over — I think I was a little scared,” Oldman said in an interview with TheWrap at Toronto International Film Festival. “He’s such an iconic figure and had been played before by many a-good actor, so that was a little daunting. You’re always a bit in the shadow of those. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Richard Simmons Ordered to Pay National Enquirer’s Legal Fees in Transgender Story Lawsuit

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More bad news for Richard Simmons. Fitness guru Simmons, who earlier this month lost a lawsuit against the National Enquirer and others over reports that he had undergone a sex change, must now pay for the costs that the Enquirer and the other defendants racked up over the suit. The amount that Simmons will have to shell out has not yet been determined. Also Read: Richard Simmons Suffers Big Setback in National Enquirer Lawsuit “It is further ordered that Defendants shall recover from Plaintiff their attorneys’ fees and costs of suit in an amount to be determined by the Court upon the filing. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Jake Gyllenhaal Says ‘Stronger’ Is Tale of ‘Struggle to Strength’ (Video)

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Jeff Bauman, survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, spoke to TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly with Jake Gyllenhaal and the team behind “Stronger,” a new drama from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions that tells the story of his tough road to recovery after losing both his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing. Gyllenhaal, who plays Bauman in the film, talked about the sensitive nature of the story he was depicting. “Jeff’s tale is from struggle to strength,” said the actor. “Ultimately, it’s all about hope and getting to a place where you can live in the fullest sense. Jeff now… »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Riverdale’ Star Kj Apa ‘Repeatedly’ Offered Ride Before Car Crash, Studio Says

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Warner Bros. is weighing in on “Riverdale” star K.J. Apa’s late-night car crash last week after he was leaving the show’s set in Vancouver. The studio that produces the CW drama series released a statement Thursday to say that they are “extremely grateful” that the actor was uninjured in the accident that took place on Sept. 14. The studio pointed out that they offer a ride or hotel room to any member of production who feel exhausted. Also Read: CW President on Gender-Balance Shakeup: 'We're Trying to Bring More Women Back' “K.J. has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Transparent’ Review: A Trip to Israel Can’t Change This Family

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Four seasons in, “Transparent” feels more like itself than ever before. The show about the search for identity has resisted all easy genre labels and found the flexibility to be free in its storytelling. Season 4, premiering Friday on Amazon, is both the busiest and most engrossing season of Jill Soloway’s show. “Transparent” started as the story of Mort’s transition into Maura (Jeffrey Tambor). This season, her family’s journey includes a vacation to Israel, where the one constant is their bickering. Also Read: 'Transparent' Renewed by Amazon for Season 5 “I feel like we’re in Venice Beach, »


- Brian Welk

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Piers Morgan Blames Kanye West for ‘White Girls Singing N—–‘

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Piers Morgan has incited anger online for a column he wrote in The Daily Mail arguing that white people — young women in particular — shouldn’t be criticized for singing along to the Kanye West hit “Gold Digger,” which includes the lyric “n—as.”   Morgan isn’t a newcomer when it comes to making divisive statements or sharing unpopular opinions. For example, after the terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, in June, Morgan criticized the pop star for not staying in town after the tragedy to visit survivors. Grande later held a benefit concert in Manchester for the. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Gal Gadot, Kumail Nanjiani to Make ‘SNL’ Hosting Debuts Next Month

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Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani are both set to make their “SNL” hosting debuts next month. “Wonder Woman” and the “Silicon Valley” star will follow Ryan Gosling’s Sept. 30 season premiere, when “Saturday Night Live” returns for its remarkable 43rd season with musical guest Jay-z. Gadot’s Oct. 7 musical guest will be Sam Smith. A week later, Nanjiani’s sketch comedy will be spelled for two songs by Pink. Also Read: Did Tom Hanks Just Tease an 'SNL' Return for David S Pumpkins? (Video) Gosling has hosted the show once before, and Jay-z has rapped on it three previous times. »


- Tony Maglio

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Aaron Hernandez’s Brain Showed ‘Severe’ Case of Cte, Researchers Find

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Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez suffered from a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte), Boston University researchers announced on Thursday. An examination of Hernandez’s brain was conducted by Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University’s Cte Center, which researches the debilitation brain disease. McKee concluded that Hernandez suffered Stage 3 Cte, with Stage 4 being the most severe. McKee’s conclusions were confirmed by a second doctor with extensive experience in Cte diagnosis. They also found that Hernandez had “early brain atrophy and large perforations in the septum pellucidum, a central membrane.” Also Read: Aaron Hernandez's Fiancee Tells Dr. Phil »


- Reid Nakamura

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