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‘Trump-Free Tuesday’ Offered by News Site, Twitter Reacts: ‘Extend It to a Week Please’

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It’s the six-months-to-Christmas miracle some readers have hoped for! The news site Salon announced Monday evening that it will offer a “Trump-free Tuesday” on June 27, when it will not publish President Trump’s name or picture for a full 24-hour period. “We will not cover his outrageous Twitter utterances or deride his surrogates for whatever stupid things they may or may not say on television,” the website’s editorial team explained. It is unclear if by “surrogates,” Salon meant other White House personalities — such as Vice President Mike Pence or Press Secretary Sean Spicer — or members of the Trump family. »


- Ashley Eady

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Leslie Jones Accuses Ritz-Carlton of Racism: ‘They Don’t Like Black People’

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The specter of racism has apparently descended on Leslie Jones’ life again. “Saturday Night Live” alum Jones took to Twitter to complain of her stay at the Ritz-Carlton while hosting the Bet Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, accusing employees of the hotel of racism. “Wow was such a great night at the Bet awards,” Jones wrote. “But then had The Worst Stay @RitzCarlton Do Not Stay There!! They Dont Like Black People!!” Also Read: 'Bachelor' Alum Leah Block Apologizes for Racially Charged Tweet, Accepts Responsibility for 'Ignorance' Jones did not elaborate on the accusation. TheWrap has reached out to her manager for. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Larry Flynt Might Help John Oliver Win Lawsuit Over Foul-Mouthed Squirrel Gag

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John Oliver and Larry Flynt have at least one thing in common: Both have been sued for using over-the-top jokes to hurt the feelings of powerful men. Oliver was sued last week by Murray Energy CEO Robert E. Murray for what Murray called “vile and baseless” “attempts at humor.” Murray alleges that the “Last Week Tonight” host caused him “severe emotional distress” by enlisting a staffer to dress as a giant squirrel on his set and say “Eat s—, Bob” and “Kiss my ass, Bob.” HBO lawyers will likely rely on Flynt’s court victory  to win a quick dismissal of the Murray lawsuit, »


- Susan Seager

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‘Bachelor in Paradise’s’ DeMario Jackson Describes Alleged Sexual Encounter With Corinne Olympios

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Bachelor in Paradise” Season 4 contestant DeMario Jackson spoke to E! News about the show’s recent scandal, and more footage from the sit-down was released Monday. Jackson was a cast member on “Paradise” until Warner Bros. announced on June 11 that it was shutting down production due to “allegations of misconduct.” Jackson and co-star Corinne Olympios indicated that they were involved in the incident in question. “Paradise” has resumed production after the studio announced last week that the results of its investigation did “not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member.” Jackson has said he will not return to the reality spin-off. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Kevin Bacon-Led ‘Tremors’ Reboot Ordered to Pilot at Syfy

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Syfy has ordered a reboot of the film series “Tremors” to pilot, the network announced on Monday. Kevin Bacon will reprise his role from the 1990 movie and serve as executive producer on the project, alongside showrunner Andrew Miller (“The Secret Circle”) and David Schiff (“Southpaw”). In the series, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, Nevada, are back, and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon) who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex. Also Read: Kevin Bacon to Star in ' »


- Reid Nakamura

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Sorry Fanboys, Joss Whedon Is Not Attending Comic-Con 2017

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Sorry fanboys, but don’t expect Joss Whedon to appear during DC films Hall H presentation next month down in San Diego, California, as the director is not attending this year’s Comic-Con. Over the weekend, London based film critic Mark Searby ran into Whedon on the street and told him he was looking forward to seeing what he would be bringing to Comic-Con next month. However, Whedon replied: “I won’t be there. Only the second time in 20 years I won’t make it.” Just met @joss pic.twitter.com/Pc6CbZ4LPA — Mark Searby (@Mark_Searby) June 25, 2017 The »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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In Honor of the Snes Classic, That Time Paul Rudd Was in a Super Nintendo Ad (Video)

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The 1990s were something of a golden age for video game advertising. Adjectives like “extreme” were thrown around a lot, and images of TV screens showing amazing things shocked gamers, who were literally getting blown away. Today, Nintendo announced that later this year, it’ll release the Snes Classic — a mini version of the 1991 hit gaming console Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The announcement of the Snes Classic is giving plenty of people a nostalgic trip to the 1990s and some of the most beloved and well-regarded video games ever made. But it’s also a great reminder of what the video game landscape. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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Ezekiel Elliott, Julian Edelman, Isaiah Thomas Bare All for Espn Body Issue

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NFL players Ezekiel Elliott and Julian Edelman, NBA great Isaiah Thomas and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki are among the famous athletes who have stripped for the the ninth annual Espn Body Issue. Espn announced the roster on Monday for the magazine that will hit newsstands on Friday, July 7. Other standouts include adaptive snowboarder/mountaineer and retired Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, who is the first veteran featured in the Body Issue, and sprinter/four-time Olympic medalist Novlene Williams-Mills, the first cancer survivor to be featured. Also Read: Sage Steele on New 'SportsCenter' Role, Espn's Evolution: 'Lot's of Changes »


- Debbie Emery

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How Tom Holland’s ‘Spider-Man’ Got His Driver’s License (Video)

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Sure, Spider-Man swings from building to building in a New York minute — but even young Peter Parker must face down the sinister forces of the Dmv. In a promo short with carmaker Audi,  Tom Holland of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” shows us how Parker manages to earn his driver’s license while fighting the scourge of the city. “It’s very funny because it obviously resonates with me,” Holland said in a behind-the-scenes look at the short (below), as he “only recently took my drivers test.” Also Read: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' First Reactions: 'Total Home Run' Befitting his do-gooder superhero, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Fox Sports Cuts Online Writing Jobs to Focus on Video

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Fox Sports is getting rid of nearly two dozen writing and editing jobs on its website and replacing them with video production positions as part of a major shift in focus toward online video. The network is eliminating about 20 reporter and editor positions in favor of a similar number of video production jobs, an individual with knowledge of the restructuring told TheWrap. Fox is actively encouraging the writers and editors who are being laid off to reapply for the new positions, although they may not be a fit for everyone affected. The new jobs will support Fox Sports’ creation of. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Professor Unapologetic After College Fires Her for On-Air Showdown With Tucker Carlson

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Lisa Durden is not sorry for comments made on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that ultimately got her fired from her job as an adjunct professor at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. She was speaking to Carlson about a Black Lives Matter Memorial Day event open only to black people. “Boo, hoo, hoo,” she said. “You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card.” Carlson fired back that she was “demented.” Also Read: 9 People Fired or Suspended for Black Lives Matter Comments (Photos) Two days later, Durden was suspended, and then fired on Friday. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Tj Miller Fires Back at Critics Blasting His ‘Silicon Valley’ Exit

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T.J. Miller’s exit from HBO’s “Silicon Valley” has been met with mounting speculation as to what it could mean for the comedian’s career going forward, but Miller isn’t worried. After his last episode of the HBO show aired on Sunday night, Miller spent Monday firing back at the fans and critics who said he’d come to regret the decision. “I love this. I am currently in 3 movies and shooting #Deadpool2 as we speak,” Miller replied to a New York Post tweet comparing him to other “cocky” actors who left TV shows at the height of their popularity. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 9 Is Series’ Most Watched Ever

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A record number of viewers watched America’s Next Drag Superstar Sasha Velour take home the crown Friday night. VH1 reported that 859,000 people tuned in to the Season 9 finale, which signaled a 218 percent increase over last season’s finale in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The full season also saw a significant increase over Season 8, with a 122 percent increase in viewers in the same group. Also Read: What Went Wrong with 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 9? (Commentary) VH1 also said the show was the highest trending television program on social media Friday, ranking in non-sports, non-news cable categories. The news comes after. »

- Carli Velocci

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Three CNN Employees Resign Over Retracted Story on Russia Ties

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Three CNN employees have handed in their resignations over a retracted story linking President Trump to Russia, the network announced Monday. Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN. “In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignation of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a network spokesperson told TheWrap in a statement. Also Read: CNN Issues Strict Rules on Russia-Related Stories (Report) On Thursday, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published »


- Itay Hod

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Miles Morales Exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Says Studio Chief Kevin Feige

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Marvel Studios president and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” producer Kevin Feige has confirmed that Miles Morales exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The junket for “Homecoming” took place over the weekend and in a new interview with Screencrush, Feige discussed the nephew of Donald Glover’s Aaron Davis — a character who hardcore fans know is the uncle of Miles Morales in the Marvel Comics. Feige was asked if Davis mentioning his nephew in the film was an easter egg or if fans can see Morales down the line. “All of those little things are just Easter eggs for fans until they’re something. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Early Version of ‘All Eyez on Me’ Included Tupac Being Raped in Prison

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An early version of the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez On Me” included a scene of prison inmates raping the late rapper — an attack that Shakur denied ever occurred. John Singleton, who was attached as a writer and director on the film before the directing gig went to Benny Boom, wrote a harrowing scene set in a correctional facility — in which several guards allow a group of inmates to assault Shakur. “The guards usher in one by one about six inmates. Their faces predatory and degenerate. These are the worst prisoners in this facility. One them licks his lips eyeing. »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Silicon Valley’ Chief Won’t Return Tj Miller’s Fire Over ‘For the Best’ Exit

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T.J. Miller’s final “Silicon Valley” episode aired on Sunday, and co-showrunner Alec Berg told TheWrap that the exit “was for the best.” Is he was disappointed to learn that the actor who plays Erlich Bachman had decided to walk away from the HBO comedy? “Yes and no. I just think it’s time,” Berg said. “I do this with writers, as well,” he continued. “I’ve had writers under contract who have come to me and said, ‘Look, I know I have another year on my deal with this show, but there’s this other thing I kinda want to do instead. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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China Now Has More Movie Screens Than Us

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China’s box office may not catch the U.S. anytime soon after flatlining last year, but the Middle Kingdom has just taken top billing on another notable movie metric: total screens. At a press conference Friday to open the second annual Brics International Film Festival in the Chinese city of Chengdu, Zhang Hongsen, the deputy director of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China, which oversees — and censors — all films and television programs shown in the country, told attendees that China now has more than 45,000 movie screens, more than. »

- Matt Pressberg

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What Franchise Fatigue? Sequels Like ‘Transformers’ Still Rake in Cash Outside Us

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With the domestic summer box office performing much lower than many hoped — including the weakest Memorial Day weekend in 18 years — the phrase “franchise fatigue” has become common once again. While comic book movies continue to be dependable hits, with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Wonder Woman” grossing more than $700 million combined, other sequels like “Alien: Covenant,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and last weekend’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” have fallen well below expectations. However, even as some long-running franchises are finding their domestic numbers plateauing or declining, they have remained extremely profitable »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Twin Peaks': David Lynch Has Made the Perfect TV Episode for the Internet

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Raise your hand if during Sunday’s episode of “Twin Peaks: The Return” you took a moment to Google what happened on July 16, 1945 at 5:29 a.m. in the New Mexico desert. You needed more than one screen to fully appreciate the eighth episode of the disturbing, perplexing, ambitious and captivating episode of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s series. Without the internet, you probably wouldn’t know, for example, that the fateful date above marked the end of the Manhattan Project and first successful test of an atom bomb. It was a show perfectly constructed for the Internet: the long, »


- Rosemary Rossi and Tim Molloy

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