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FCC Strikes Down Net Neutrality

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After months of speculation — and widespread resistance from Americans on both the left and the right — the Federal Communications Commission followed through on pulling back net neutrality on Thursday, voting to undo Obama-era regulations that barred internet service providers from speeding up or slowing down access to certain websites. Spearheaded by Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney, the “Restoring Internet Freedom” proposal passed along party lines — after a brief security evacuation — with Pai and the FCC’s two Republican commissioners, Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr, voting to undo net neutrality rules put in place in 2015. »


- Sean Burch

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Disney-Fox Merger Likely to Kill Thousands of Hollywood Jobs, Analysts Say

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Although President Donald Trump told Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch his $52.4 billion deal with Disney “could be great for jobs,” as White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday, business experts suggest otherwise. In announcing the deal, Disney said it expects at least “$2 billion in cost savings” derived from “efficiencies realized through the combination of businesses,” without elaborating on what that means. But many analysts say the savings will likely come from job cuts. “There will be thousands of jobs lost,” Btig analyst Rich Greenfield told CNN. “It is hard to see how any meaningful job creation will come out »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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10 Plot Threads ‘The Force Awakens’ Set Up that ‘The Last Jedi’ Blew Off

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(Major spoilers ahead for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” so if you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want to be spoiled you should step away now.) We’re only two movies deep into Disney’s extension of the main “Star Wars” saga, and somehow it’s already undergoing a reboot of sorts. “The Force Awakens,” being the start of a new era, laid a ton of groundwork for the future of the saga — groundwork that “The Last Jedi” largely took apart completely in order to lay its own mostly different groundwork. So much happens that it can be hard to keep track. »


- Phil Owen and Phil Hornshaw

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Did You Catch This ‘The Last Jedi’ Easter Egg Link to ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’?

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(Note: This post contains light spoilers for some of the plot of “Star Wars: Battlefront II.”) With the new trilogy of “Star Wars” movies, Lucasfilm and Disney have spread out a lot of backstory and side material into an ever-growing group of novels, comics, and now, video games. “Star Wars: Battlefront II” launched earlier this year, and included a new “Star Wars” story that included a few tidbits that explained some of what happened after “Return of the Jedi.” One of the most interesting moments of the story that included Luke Skywalker and developed his character in relationship to the remnants. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Patty Duke’s Name Fraudulently Used to Oppose Net Neutrality, Son Mackenzie Astin Says

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Actor Mackenzie Astin, son of Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, says his mother’s name appeared in three different comments, posted to the FCC’s website in 2017, that advocated the repeal of net neutrality regulations. The problem: she died in 2016. “Hey, @AjitPaiFCC, today my mom would have turned 71. But she didn’t. Because she died in March of 2016,” Astin tweeted Thursday afternoon. “Can you please take the time to explain to me how she made three separate comments in support of ending #NetNeutrality more than a year after she died?” Hey, @AjitPaiFCC, today my mom would have turned 71. But she »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi': What’s the Deal With Those Gold Dice?

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Mild spoilers for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” One of the more poignant moments during Luke Skywalker’s return to the screen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is when he boards the Millennium Falcon. Being back on ship that got him out of a lot of scrapes in the original trilogy and belonged to his best friend gives Luke (Mark Hamill) a chance to feel close to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) after Han’s demise in “The Force Awakens. But there’s a little more to Luke’s return to the Falcon than just sitting in the seats and thinking about Han. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Russell Simmons Allegations Under Review by the NYPD

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Russell Simmons has proclaimed his innocence following numerous rape allegations leveled against him — but the NYPD apparently isn’t so eager to take his word for it. A spokesman for the NYPD told TheWrap on Thursday that the department has received information regarding allegations against the music mogul in the New York City area, and that detectives are in the process of reviewing the information. The review comes a day after the New York Times reported that three women had accused Simmons of rape — former Def Jam Records employee Drew Dixon, former music journalist Toni Sallie and performer Tina Baker. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Mario Batali Out at ‘The Chew’ After Review of Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Him

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It’s official — Mario Batali no longer has a place at the table on “The Chew.”

An ABC spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday that the celebrity chef after a review of the allegations made against him. “Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on ‘The Chew,'” the spokesperson said.

“While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Oscars Foreign Language Shortlist Includes ‘The Square,’ ‘A Fantastic Woman’

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Sweden’s “The Square,” Russia’s “Loveless”  and Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” are among the nine films that will advance in the Oscars race for Best Foreign Language Film, the Academy announced on Wednesday. The other films that made the list come from Germany (“In the Fade,” starring Diane Kruger), Hungary (“On Body and Soul”), Israel (“Foxtrot”), Lebanon (“The Insult”), Senegal (“Félicité”) and South Africa (“The Wound”). Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian-language film “First They Killed My Father” did not advance in the race, and neither did the critically acclaimed “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” by Robin Campillo. Also Read: 'In »


- Steve Pond

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Kaley Cuoco Displays Her Churning Desire With Johnny Galecki on ‘Big Bang Theory’ Set (Photo)

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Way to churn up some intrigue, Kaley Cuoco. “The Big Bang Theory” star Cuoco teased viewers of the CBS comedy on Thursday with a mysterious photo of herself on the set of the show, and a challenge to her fans. “Anyone have a clue what this is??” Cuoco wrote. “Well it’s all part of tonight’s all new @bigbangtheory_cbs … don’t miss the fun!” Also Read: Kaley Cuoco Teases a Hairy 'Big Bang Theory' Development (Photo) The photo depicted Cuoco gripping the handle of a wooden instrument, as her castmate Johnny Galecki looked on with a puzzled expression on his face. »


- Tim Kenneally

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17 TV Winners and Losers of 2017, From ‘This is Us’ to the Silence Breakers (Photos)

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Boy, 2017 was something — wasn’t it? While plenty has been happening in the “real world” over the past 12 months, the show continues to go on for TV. Well, not every show. When it comes to television, the winners and losers are pretty easy to define, though 2017 was such a screwy year sometimes they intertwined. Here is the breakdown for who conquered the airwaves and who crumbled in ratings. Check out a random sample below; click through our gallery for all 17. Also Read: Disney Acquires 21st Century Fox Assets for $52.4 Billion Winner: “This Is Us”  The story of the Pearson’s heartbreaking loss continues to. »


- Tony Maglio and Jennifer Maas

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Dustin Hoffman Accused of Sexual Misconduct by 5 More Women, Including One Minor

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Five more women have come forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, one of whom was a minor at the time of the alleged incident. Cori Thomas told Variety she was 16 years old and a classmate of Hoffman’s daughter, Karina, in New York at the time of the incident. After the three took a walk in Manhattan, Thomas’ parents were supposed to pick her up at a restaurant but instead, Hoffman suggested they all wait at the hotel he was staying at while leaving a note for Thomas’ parents at the restaurant. When they arrived at the hotel, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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15 Things ‘Moonstruck’ Nailed About Italian-Americans: From Superstitions to Dean Martin (Photos)

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From the family gatherings in the kitchen to the kooky nicknames and Drama Queen reactions to just about everything, “Moonstruck” hits the Italian-American personality out of the park. On the 30th anniversary of the film that brought Cher, Olympia Dukakis and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley Academy Awards and producer/director Norman Jewison nominations, I – a full-blooded Italian from both sides of the family – take a look at the Italian-inspired details that make it a classic. Dean MartinMoonstruck” opens with the quintessential Italian song (“That’s Amore”) sung by the quintessential Italian crooner (Dean Martin). Any song that pays tribute to. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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9 Shocking Shondaland Twists of 2017 (Photos)

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We’ve made it through another year of Shondaland and we’re waiting (impatiently) for the return of Tgit in 2018. Here, we look back on some of the biggest twists this year from “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” “Grey’s Anatomy” When we found out Amelia had a brain tumor While so many of the surgeons at Grey-Sloan Memorial have had to have surgeries of their own, Dr. Amelia Shepherd’s is the daddy of them all. We found out in Season 14 this year that she has had a literally giant brain tumor for years, »


- Ashley Boucher

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Gary Oldman on ‘Darkest Hour’ Backstory: ‘Churchill Is Getting It From All Sides’ (Exclusive Video)

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Gary Oldman takes viewers behind the scenes and into the mind of Winston Churchill in a new featurette for “The Darkest Hour” released Thursday. “Winston Churchill is getting it from all sides,” Oldman says in the new clip released by Focus Features titled “Churchill: Man Behind the Legend.” “He’s not only got fighting in his cabinet but he is about to go up against Adolf Hitler, and he has also got the worry of losing the troops,” he adds. Also Read: 'Darkest Hour' Fact Check: Did Winston Churchill Really Sneak Off to the London Underground? The »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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68 Hollywood and Media Heavyweights Accused of Sexual Misconduct Since Harvey Weinstein

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal, women and men alike have been more vocal about speaking out against sexual harassment. The accusations have been many, and the reaction and fallout has been swift across the industry. Brett Ratner Six women have accused the director and producer of sexual misconduct, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. Ratner’s lawyer says no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from Ratner. Fallout: Ratner chose to personally step away from all Warner Bros. related activities, and Playboy put Ratner’s biopic about Hugh Hefner on hold. »


- Brian Welk

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12 Worst Movies of 2017, From ‘The Emoji Movie’ to ‘Baywatch’ (Photos)

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How great was 2017 for movies? Adam Sandler starred in a movie that made it to my Best List. How lousy was 2017 for movies? I had to cram a dozen titles into a 10 Worst roster. 10. “War Machine”: This would-be satire presumably had something to say about the hot mess that is the War on Terror, but between Brad Pitt’s never-not-pulling-a-face performance and the screenplay’s heavy-handed and excessively-narrated attempts at political insight, the results were an unfunny mess that wasted a stellar cast. 9. “Home Again”: Reese Witherspoon was the queen of the small screen this year with “Big. »


- Alonso Duralde

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Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Reform Sexual Harassment Investigations in Congress

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A bipartisan senate group introduced new legislation to reform the processes by which sexual harassment investigations involving members of Congress are conducted. The Congressional Harassment Reform Act — backed by 20 senators both Republican and Democrat — would change the reporting process for victims, end the process’s strict secrecy rules and require lawmakers to pay settlements out of their own pocket rather than taxpayer money. The bill was supported by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-ny), Ted Cruz (R-tx), Joni Ernst (R-ia), Dianne Feinstein (D-ca), Lisa Murkowski (R-ak), Lindsey Graham (R-sc), John Cornyn (R-tx), Claire McCaskill (D-mo), Jeanne Shaheen (D-nh), Rob Portman »


- Reid Nakamura

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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From His Production Company After Sexual Misconduct Admission

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Morgan Spurlock has stepped down from the production company that he co-founded after admitting that he had once been accused of rape and had been guilty of sexual misconduct in the past.

In a statement issued Thursday, Warrior Poets partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin said, “On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.”

The duo continued, “We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.” »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi': 8 A-List Cameos to Keep an Eye (and Ear) Out for (Photos)

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is finally here, and much like “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One,” it is filled with celebrities who oh-so-badly wanted to be a part of a galaxy far, far away. From past “Star Wars” directors to the next King of England, these cameos come in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shots or in the voices of bizarre alien creature on Canto Bight, the newest Star Wars planet that looks like Galactic Monaco. Here’s what to look out for. When Gareth Edwards wrote “Rogue One,” he put Rian Johnson in front of the camera for a special cameo. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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