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Sports and Politics Don’t Mix? History Says Otherwise (Photos)

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With President Donald Trump’s grousing over protests in the NFL over the past few days, the debate over whether athletes should express their political views through the platform of sports has heated up once again. But contrary to what some might believe, the phenomenon of athletes protesting didn’t begin with Colin Kaepernick. Read on as TheWrap delves into the long-term relationship between sports and politics. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Tommie Smith and John Carlos — who’d taken the gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter dash — took to the winners podium and raised their fists above. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘It’ Sequel to Float Into Theaters September 2019

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The sequel to New Line’s “It” will be released on Sept. 6, 2019, including IMAX, Warner Bros. announced Monday. To date, the film adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic novel has grossed $266 million domestically, and has broken several records since it opened earlier this month. That includes the biggest opening for a horror movie, the largest opening for a September movie, and the highest grossing horror film ever. The King novel was always meant to be adapted into two parts, with the first movie focusing on the children’s experience with the iconic monster and the follow-up to be told from the. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Video Game Strike Ends as SAG-aftra Reaches Deal

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SAG-aftra has reached a deal to end the video game strike against 11 video game companies that has been going on for almost a year, the union announced Monday. The deal for the new contract that was reached over the weekend will be reviewed by the national board next month. The tentative agreement will include a new bonus structure that provides additional payment to performers. “This is an important advance in this critical industry space. We secured a number of gains including for the first time, a secondary payment structure which was one of the members’ key concerns,” said SAG-aftra President. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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CBS Names Yelena Chak Head of Drama Development

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CBS Entertainment has named Yelena Chak its head of Drama Development. She’ll succeed Christina Davis, who in July shared her plan to leave the network. “I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Yelena in action for the last three months, and it quickly became clear that she is the right person for the job,” Thom Sherman, senior executive vice president of Programming, said. “She has excellent relationships in the community, as evidenced by the overwhelming number of calls I’ve received singing her praises not only as a great executive, but a great person. I’m excited to watch her thrive in this. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Counting On': Joy-Anna Duggar’s Fiance Admits Their Roof Could ‘Collapse’ (Exclusive Video)

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Joy-Anna Duggar and fiancé Austin Forsyth may not have a roof above their heads by the time their wedding rolls around, as seen in Monday’s “Counting On.” An exclusive sneak peek at the TLC unscripted series shows Forsyth attempting to complete the major construction job on the fixer-upper that the soon-to-be-wed couple hopes to move into in less than 30 days. “It hasn’t really hit me yet that we’re getting married in less than a month,” Forsyth tells the camera. “It’s just really exciting. I think it drives me to want to work harder, too, thinking that this is our house, »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Game of Thrones’ Voted Best TV Show of Last 20 Years by Rotten Tomatoes Users

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In a poll of TV fans conducted by Rotten Tomatoes, it’s no surprise which show is sitting on top of this throne. “Game of Thrones” was named the best show of the last 20 years, according to readers of Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregation site. Fans were asked, “What do you think is the best TV show of the past 20 years,” and 11 percent of the respondents named the HBO drama their favorite. Here’s the Top 10 list: “Game of Thrones” “Breaking Bad” “The Big Bang Theory” “Friends” “Seinfeld” “Law & Order” “Downton Abbey” “The West Wing” “Doctor Who” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer »


- Brian Welk

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Tech Giant Woes: Facebook, Netflix, Snap Stocks Take a Beating Monday

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Monday wasn’t kind to some of the biggest tech companies on Wall Street, with Netflix, Snap and Facebook all dropping more than 3 percent on the day. Entering the day touching all-time highs, Facebook was hit nearly 5 percent, closing at $162.66 amid fears over the company’s scrapped plan to issue non-voting shares of stock. The new “Class C” shares would’ve allowed CEO Mark Zuckerberg to maintain voting control over the company, even as he decides to sell off shares to fund his charity. Zuckerberg said on Friday he was still planning on selling 35-75 million Facebook shares — or »


- Sean Burch

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15 Best Trash Movies of 2017 So Far, From ‘John Wick’ to ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ (Photos)

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Normally when we decide whether a movie is “good” we use arbitrary qualifications like “does it say anything meaningful” or “does it make sense”. But I’m into that. I’m into whether a movie makes me feel things in my gut. I’m into experiences. I’m into having a great time. I’m into trash. And these are the best trash movies of the year. 15. “Friend Request”  It had me when one of the main characters yelled “Unfriend that dead bitch!” 14. “Sleepless” I’m a huge fan of this sort of movie where everybody looks and acts like »


- Phil Owen

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Ex-Sony PR Exec Jean Guerin Joins Fox Broadcasting Company

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Jean Guerin was named executive vice president of publicity & corporate communications at the Fox Broadcasting Company Monday, barely an hour after she exited a senior publicity post at Sony. At Fox, she will be the chief media strategist where she will oversee all program publicity and report to Shannon Ryan, chief marketing officer of Fox Television Group. “Jean is a gifted strategist and one of the most respected communications executives in television and film,” said Ryan in a statement. “Her extensive experience, combined with her keen knowledge of the business, makes her the perfect fit for Fox, and we can’t wait for. »


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Michael Jordan: Athlete Protestors ‘Should Not Be Demonized or Ostracized’

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Superstar Michael Jordan says athletes who peacefully express themselves “should not be demonized or ostracized.” The Chicago Bulls legend and Charlotte Hornets owner was asked about President Donald Trump rescinding an invitation to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House. His comments also came as many NFL players are taking a knee to protest racism and police killings — a form of peaceful protest that Trump has criticized. “One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest,” the Hornets owner said in a statement to. »


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Ain’t It Cool News Staffers Quit Amid Harry Knowles Sex Assault Claims: ‘Impossible to Defend’

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Eric Vespe and Steve Prokopy, two longtime staffers at film fan site Ain’t It Cool News, have chosen to leave the site after a woman accused founder Harry Knowles of sexual assault, the two announced on Twitter Monday. pic.twitter.com/FvK5HqM7ry — Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) September 25, 2017 An announcement about my leaving Ain't It Cool News. pic.twitter.com/4vyJIhMycQ — Steve Prokopy (@SteveProkopy) September 25, 2017 Jasmine Baker told IndieWire that Knowles assaulted her on two occasions at official Drafthouse events in Austin, Texas. In one case, she said, he “rubbed up against her buttocks and legs in a way »


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Fox’s Live ‘Rent’ Gets 2019 Premiere Date

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Fox’s live production of the Tony-winning musical “Rent” will air on Sunday, January 27, 2019, the network announced Monday. “Rent” is a three-hour production and does not currently have a director or cast attached. Fox announced in May that “Rent” was on the way, but there was not yet a planned premiere date at that time. The project is executive produced by Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land”), Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson. Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine are also executive producing. Also Read: Fox's Live Musical 'Rent' Won't Happen Anytime Soon; Still Without Director and Cast The. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Tahra Grant to Replace Jean Guerin as Sony Svp of Media Relations

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Tahra Grant will replace Jean Guerin as Svp, Media Relations for the Motion Picture Group within Corporate Communications at Sony, the studio announced Monday. Grant joined the Corporate Communications team over a year ago as VP in Corporate Communications, and has worked with Spe chief communications officer Robert Lawson and Guerin to develop overall studio messaging and communications strategies. Guerin will leave the company at the end of October. She began her stint as Svp of Media Relations in January of 2014, previously serving as Svp of Communications at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and USA Network. She also served as the Director. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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From Stevie Wonder to John Legend: Music’s Biggest Stars Take Knee on Stage

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Not only are NBA and NFL players protesting President Donald Trump’s recent comments over athletes taking a knee during the national anthem, but musicians Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Solange Knowles all got down on one knee during concerts over the weekend in solidarity with players. Also Read: Stars Join Anti-Trump Team in Beef With Pro Athletes: 'Kneel So Hard Sunday the Earth Shakes' Trump set off a national firestorm on Friday when he suggested during a rally in Alabama that coaches should get the “son of a b—” players off the field if they continued to kneel. The comments triggered. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spinoff Launches at Freeform With Two Returning Stars

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Freeform has given a pilot order to “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists,” which brings back Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish from the original “Pretty Little Liars” series. The new drama project from Alloy Entertainment and Long Lake Media centers on college town Beacon Heights and examines how its characters’ perfectionism leads to murder. Pieterse plays Alison Dilaurentis, and Parrish portrays Mona Vanderwaal. Both are reprising their roles from “Pretty Little Liars,” which signed off in June after seven seasons. Also Read: 'Pretty Little Liars' Finale: Creator on Last-Minute Change, Why a Death Had to Be Off-Camera Marlene King (“Pretty Little Liars, »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Debut Beams Up 9.6 Million Viewers

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Star Trek: Discovery” was discovered by 9.6 million total viewers last night, according to Nielsen. The CBS All Access series debuted on broadcast TV, though it was delayed from an 8:30 p.m. start time to 8:48. The show ended at 9:53. That solid sampling sum counts everyone who watched over-the-air and those that tuned-in live on All Access, which shared the same ad load. Future episodes of this installment of the franchise will run exclusively on the CBS streaming video on-demand service. Also Read: 'Sunday Night Football' Ratings Slip Double Digits on Day of Large-Scale NFL Player Protests CBS Research projects the outer-space. »


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Steve Bannon Wanted to Spy on Facebook’s Hiring Process (Report)

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Steve Bannon didn’t get his dream job at Facebook. The former chief strategist for President Trump wanted to plant a staffer at the social network in August 2016, while he was at the helm of Breitbart, according to emails obtained by Buzzfeed News. Bannon got the idea from Chris Gacek — an official at the Family Research Council, a Christian-conservative lobbying group — who pointed out in an email to the Breitbart boss an opening at Facebook-owned WhatsApp for a “Public Policy Manager” in Washington, D.C. “This seems perfect for Breitbart to flood the zone with candidates of all stripe who will. »


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Medieval Drama ‘Knightfall’ Gets Winter Premiere Date at History

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History has set a Dec. 6 premiere date for “Knightfall,” the network announced on Monday. The 10-episode series delves into the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics. “Downton Abbey” alum Tom Cullen stars in the series as the headstrong Templar Knight Landry as he embarks on a mission in search of the Holy Grail. Also Read: 'Vikings' Lands Early Season 6 Renewal From History The series also stars Pádraic Delaney, Simon MerrellsJim Carter, Olivia Ross, Ed Stoppard, »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Game of Thrones’ Gets a Physics Lesson From Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Yes, “Game of Thrones” is a fantasy series and, as such, is immune from many of the laws that bound us in the real world. But you might not want to tell that to Neil deGrasse Tyson. Celebrity scientist Tyson took time out from his apparently not-so-busy Sunday this week to break down the physics of the HBO series, issuing a series of tweets critiquing the show on a scientific front. Tyson’s verdict? Dragon wingspans good, chain-dragging technique not so hot. Also Read: Neil deGrasse Tyson Sued for Fraud Over 'StarTalk' Radio Show “Everybody all caught up on #GameOfThrones? »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and David Oyelowo to Take on ‘Cyrano the Moor’ Musical

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Disney has enlisted Oscar-winning “Moonlight” writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and “A United Kingdom” star David Oyelowo for a musical titled “Cyrano the Moor,” which will blend the classic stories of “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Othello,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. The live action musical will take place in 19th century region of Bristol in England. “Cyrano the Moor” has been in development for some time at the studio. The film will be produced by “A United Kingdom’s” Yoruba Saxon along with David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo. Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing the project for Disney. »


- Matt Pressberg

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