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Matt Lauer Accuser’s Name Leaked by NBC, Her Attorney Says: ‘They Need to Stop’ (Video)

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A lawyer for the woman whose accusation of sexual misconduct brought down Matt Lauer appeared on a “Today Show” segment Friday to discuss the case and lambaste NBC for its treatment of his client. “NBC has a duty to maintain confidentiality — that means to maintain secrecy over her name and to hold to themselves the details of their story, and they have not done a good job of doing that,” attorney Ari Wilkenfeld told network reporter Stephanie Gosk. “They know exactly what they’ve done and they need to stop.” He declined to get into specifics as Gosk pressed him on the. »


- Jon Levine

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Porgs in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Look Like Puffins for a Very Good Reason

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It turns out, the plethora of Porgs seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” weren’t just created by Disney to sell a ton of merchandise. That’s according to Jake Lunt, “creator concept designer” on Episode VIII, who said the cute new character was created to digitally cover the many puffins on the island where Luke Skywalker had been hanging out all these years. He filled in StarWars.com on the genesis of the Porgs, saying the puffins were a “source of inspiration” for director Rian Johnson: “From what I gathered, Rian had gone to shoot this sequence on Skellig Michael, »


- Sean Burch

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Will Disney-Fox Deal Face Antitrust Challenge From Trump Administration Like At&T-Time Warner?

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While Donald Trump’s Department of Justice has thrown a huge monkey wrench into one media-mega-merger by suing At&T to block its planned acquisition of Time Warner, will Disney’s proposed $52.4-billion purchase of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets meet a similar fate? Antitrust experts say that’s unlikely. “This merger will happen, maybe with some tinkering around the edges,” George Hay, an anti-trust professor at Cornell law school who worked in the government’s anti-trust division in the 1970s, told TheWrap. For one thing, Hay said, “there’s no elimination of any competition” among the Hollywood studios that would create a monopoly. »


- Susan Seager

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Jimmy Fallon Mocks Trump in ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Spoof (Video)

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With the holiday season in full swing, “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” added some cheer at the expense of President Trump. On Thursday’s show, the largely apolitical program took a poke at the president in a 24-second clip that tied together Trump’s words into a package that criticized his tenure as the Commander-in-Chief. Using various clips from the past year, “Twas the Nightmare Before Trump” has notable lines including “Twas the night before Christmas in Washington D.C/Not a person was working/Especially not me.” Ouch. Last September, Fallon was widely slammed for his playful interview with Trump, »


- Daniel Kohn

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Internet Takes Trump Jr to Task After FCC Fact Flub: ‘You Ignorant Mouth-Breather Ninny’

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Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter on Friday intending to mock liberals about the Net Neutrality ruling. The web regulation preventing internet providers from charging for faster broadband speed was repealed yesterday by the FCC in a partisan 3-2 vote. “I would pay good money to see all those people complaining about Obama’s FCC chairman voting to repeal #NetNeutality actually explain it in detail. I’d also bet most hadn’t heard of it before this week. #outrage,” tweeted Trump Jr. I would pay good money to see all those people complaining about Obama’s FCC chairman voting to repeal #NetNeutality actually explain it. »


- Jon Levine

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Univision, Telemundo and UniMas Lagged in Lgbt Characters This Year, GLAAD Study Finds

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GLAAD’s second report analyzing Spanish-language media found that the big three networks still lag behind the rest of primetime television in Lgbtq representation. The report, titled “Still Invisible,” counted just 19 Lgbtq characters across all of primetime on Telemundo, Univision and UniMas. With 682 characters in total, that’s about 3 percent, and a marginal increase from last year’s finding of 19 out of 698 characters. Worse, the study found that nearly a third of those non-straight characters were killed off on their respective shows. “Despite the opportunities that come from more original productions, competition from popular streaming services, and increasing cultural push. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Laura Ingraham Defends Tavis Smiley Against Misconduct Charges: ‘I Think He Is Telling the Truth’ (Video)

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Fox NewsLaura Ingraham came out in defense of PBS host Tavis Smiley on Thursday. Smiley is facing accusations of sexual misconduct and was suspended by PBS on Wednesday. He has denied the accusations and maintained his innocence. “I think he is telling the truth,” said Ingraham. “I know Tavis Smiley a little bit. I have known him, casual friend for like 20 years.” In a defiant statement on social media, Smiley lashed out at his employer, explicitly refuting the allegations and blasting PBS for what he said was a sloppy investigation. Also Read: Laura Ingraham's Fox News Debut Beats »


- Jon Levine

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Sean Hannity Suggests James Comey ‘Should Go to Jail’ for Exonerating Hillary Clinton

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Sean Hannity on Thursday suggested that former FBI Director James Comey may have exonerated Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server last year for purely political reasons — and should face criminal charges himself. “If the fix was in,” he said, “Comey should go to jail.” Hannity made the remarks on the set of his eponymous program on Fox News to network legal analyst Gregg Jarrett. Also Read: NY Times Sean Hannity Profile Slammed by Media Group: 'They're Trying to Normalize Him' Jarrett was part of a larger panel of experts analyzing an early 2016 draft of James Comey’s exoneration of. »


- Jon Levine

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ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ Reboot Sets Spring Premiere Date

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ABC’s improbable full-cast revival of “Roseanne” is real, and now it has a premiere date. Fans of the show can find out just how the heck Dan Connors is still alive when the nine-episode 10th season debuts with a special hour-long episode on Tuesday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. The full cast from the show’s original run is returning for the new go-round, including Roseanne Barr, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, and both Beckys — Lecy Goranson, who originated the character and will play her in the revival, and Sarah Chalke, who will play a. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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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 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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