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6 Truth-Bombs: Why Peter Thiel’s Stealth Campaign to Kill Gawker Is Dangerous

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Peter Thiel’s takedown of Gawker may be legal, but it’s definitely not ethical. That’s the conclusion of  writers who took to the ramparts on Friday to argue why the vengeful venture capitalist’s campaign is a menace to free expression. Oh yeah, Silicon Valley is a problem too, they said. Thiel set out to destroy Gawker by using his fortune to fund the lawsuit  brought by Hulk Hogan, which resulted in a jury ordering the media company to pay the former WWE star $140 million in damages. Here’s what some writers say is wrong with that: Also Read: Who Is Peter Thiel? »


- Lawrence Yee

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Dr. Heimlich, 96, Uses Maneuver He Invented To Save Choking Victim

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At 96, Henry Heimlich thought he would never use the maneuver he invented to save a life. That changed last Monday, when the doctor came to the aid of one of his fellow retirement home citizens. Heimlich was enjoying a steak dinner at the Dupree House senior living facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, when he noticed the 87-year-old Patty Ris choking on her hamburger, according to CNN. Also Read: Clint Eastwood Saves Choking PGA Tour Executive's Life Heimlich jumped up, spun Ris around, and began the lifesaving technique he invented in 1974 to dislodge food trapped in a victim’s airways. After three forceful thrusts, »


- Lawrence Yee

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Emmy Contender Constance Zimmer on Pushing to Talk Dirty in ‘UnReal’

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A version of this story first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s Emmy Issue The Race Begins. Lifetime’s “UnReal” goes to some dark and twisted places to tell the behind-the-scenes story of a dating reality show, but there was one point when Constance Zimmer thought her character, Quinn, didn’t go quite far enough. “I fought a lot to say the word ‘p-ssy!”’ she told TheWrap of a time she had to insist on taking her character in a certain direction. “They wanted me to say ‘hoo-ha,’ and I said, ‘I’m sorry, but a woman like Quinn is never going. »


- Linda Ge

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Johnny Depp’s Lawyer Says Amber Heard Is Claiming Abuse to Score ‘Premature’ Payday

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Johnny Depp isn’t taking the domestic violations leveled at him lying down. In legal papers filed with the court, Depp’s attorney says that the actor’s wife, Amber Heard, who obtained a domestic violence restraining order on Friday, is claiming abuse in order to line up a quick payday. “Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse,” a memorandum of points and authorities filed by Depp’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, reads. Also Read: Johnny Depp's Wife Amber Heard Granted Domestic Violence Restraining Order The memo also suggests that Heard’s request for a »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘The Flash': Tom Cavanagh’s Return Fuels Flashpoint Speculation

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Tom Cavanagh will return as a series regular for Season 3 of “The Flash,” leading to speculation about whether The CW superhero drama will do the famous comic book storyline called Flashpoint. In the Season 2 finale, after Barry (Grant Gustin) lost his father and defeated the season’s big bad, Zoom (Teddy Sears), he decided to reverse the decision he made in the Season 1 finale and go back in time to stop Reverse-Flash (Cavanagh) from killing his mother when he was young. This set off alarm bells for hardcore DC comic book fans, who immediately recognized this action from the »


- Linda Ge

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Zika Terror: 150 Global Health Experts Urge Rio Olympics Be Moved or Postponed

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Rio, we have a problem. Just 69 days before the kick-off of the 2016 Summer Olympics, leading health experts say the ongoing Zika virus outbreak in Brazil is so dangerous, the games should be moved or at least postponed. “Currently, many athletes, delegations and journalists are struggling with the decision of whether to participate in the 2016 Rio Games,” a group of 150 prominent scientists, doctors and medical ethicists wrote in an open letter on Friday. “We agree with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommendation that workers should consider ‘delaying travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission’. If that advice were followed uniformly, »


- Itay Hod

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Gucci Mane’s ‘First Day Out Tha Feds’ And The Normalization of Violence

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Rapper Gucci Mane hit us with a page from Beyoncé’s playbook on Friday, unexpectedly dropping (the appropriately titled) “First Day Out Tha Feds” a day after his release from prison on a federal firearms sentence. The rapper, real Radric Davis, has released multiple projects from inside the prison’s walls before, but this track speaks volumes on the hip-hop artist’s troubled life — while mirroring many Americans’ lives. Violence seems to follow him so much that it’s become routine. Also Read: Azealia Banks' Twitter Suspension Sparks Massive Social Media Party The first few lines of the song »


- Rasha Ali

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‘General Hospital’ Star Kirsten Storms to Take Leave of Absence

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Kirsten Storms will be taking a leave of absence from “General Hospital” this summer, and Maxie Jones will be recast starting in July, TheWrap has learned. Storms will exit the role, with Molly Burnett taking the mantle from her, at least temporarily. Storms has played the role of Maxie on the long-running ABC soap opera since 2005, and the last time she took a lengthy leave of absence from “Gh” was in 2011, when medical issues sidelined her for 10 months. Jen Lilley played Maxie from September 2011-August 2012, but the actress is unavailable this time as she’s a regular on »


- Linda Ge

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Party Report: Bryan Cranston, Bella Hadid and Horses at the Beverly Hilton (Photos)

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Rainn Wilson and Bryan Cranston, teen stars like Jack and Jack, Malin Ackerman at a new hotspot, and one media mover pulling a horse in to the Beverly Hilton top the party circuit on Memorial Day Week. Bella Hadid (bottom right) got one of the first bites of anything at Chloe, a new vegan fast casual spot in Silverlake. It opens on May 31. Morgan Freeman presumably gives sage advice to Robin Sanders at the annual “Backstage at the Geffen” event on May 22. The wizards of Warner Bros.’ TV stable huddled for the post-upfront screenings at Universals’ “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” attraction on May. »


- Mikey Glazer

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Emmy Contender and ‘SNL’ Alum Michaela Watkins on Going Dark in ‘Casual': ‘It’s Tragic’ (Video)

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A version of this story first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s Emmy Issue The Race Begins. “It’s always amazing to me when people call it a comedy,” said Michaela Watkins of the Hulu series “Casual.” “In my mind, it’s tragic.” The series, which stars Watkins as a single mother who moves in with her brother after her husband leaves her for a younger woman, is indeed tragic: Her Valerie and Tommy Dewey’s Alex are damaged goods, raised by libertine parents (Frances Conroy and Fred Melamed) to look desperately for love in all the wrong places. »


- Steve Pond

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See Amber Heard’s Evidence Against Johnny Depp in Domestic Violence Claim (Photos)

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard‘s marriage came crashing down after just over a year, when Heard filed for divorce on May 23 Amber Heard claimed that Johnny Depp attacked her on May 21 In a declaration provided to the court, Heard said that Depp “grabbed the cell phone, wound up his arm like a baseball pitcher and threw the cell phone at me striking my cheek and eye with great force.” The declaration also stated, “Johnny continued screaming at me, pulling my hair, striking me and violently grabbing my face.” “During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive. »


- Tim Kenneally and Pamela Chelin

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This eBay Billionaire Could Save Gawker From Peter Thiel

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Billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar could rescue Gawker from its financial troubles after his arch-rival has been revealed as the person bankrolling anti-Gawker lawsuits. Omidyar’s First Look Media is reaching out to other media organizations to help Gawker fund its appeal of the $140 million Hulk Hogan payout, according to the New York Post. “First Look Media is looking into organizing amicus support for Gawker in its legal fight and appeal against Hulk Hogan,” Lynn Oberlander, First Look’s general counsel, told The Post Friday. Also Read: Who Is Peter Thiel? A Brief History of the Billionaire Trying to Destroy »


- Brian Flood

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Emmy Contender America Ferrera Smashes Ethnic Barrier in ‘Superstore’

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A version of this story on America Ferrera first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s Emmy Issue The Race Begins. After Emmy, SAG and Golden Globes wins for “Ugly Betty” made her famous, America Ferrera turned down show after show until she found a role that did not specify a Latina actress: Amy in “Superstore,” a 10-year floor supervisor at a Best Buy-like big-box store. “The exciting thing about playing Amy is she’s the exact opposite of relentlessly optimistic, energetic, full-of-goodwill Betty,” Ferrera told TheWrap. “Amy is absolutely a cynic who doesn’t expect wonderful things, »


- Tim Appelo

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Former ‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Indicted for Child Pornography

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Former “Glee” actor Mark Salling was indicted on federal child pornography charges Friday, TheWrap has learned. Salling, known for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the popular Fox musical series, was arrested in December by the Lapd Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A search warrant issued for the actor’s residence reportedly uncovered as many as 1000 images depicting minors simulating sexual acts. The photos were allegedly spread across a laptop and flash drive. Also Read: 'Pawn Stars' Regular Chumlee 'Pleased' to Reach Deal in Drug and Weapon Case, Lawyer Says “Those who download and possess child pornography create a market »


- Joe Otterson

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Donald Trump Squashes Bernie Sanders Debate, Calls It ‘Inappropriate’

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Donald Trump will not debate Bernie Sanders, calling it “inappropriate” and blaming the “fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged.” “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher,” Trump said in a statement. The statement continues: “Likewise, the networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this. »


- Brian Flood

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Philippe Dauman Request for Swift Sumner Redstone Competency Hearing Granted

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A Massachusetts judge has approved Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman’s request for an expedited competency hearing concerning his longtime mentor Sumner Redstone. Judge George Phelan has set a hearing for the morning of June 7 in Canton, Ma., south of Boston, to review the 93-year-old’s mental capacity. Dauman brought the request following a decision to remove Redstone from prominent positions within his family and business — as both a trustee to his estate and from the board of theater chain National Amusements. Also Read: Happy Birthday, Sumner Redstone! We Got You a Timeline of Your Crazy Life (Photos) As Viacom CEO, »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Game of Thrones': Ramsay Bolton Actor Says His Character ‘Deserves’ to Die (Video)

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Game of Thrones” star Iwan Rheon says his character Ramsay Bolton “deserves” to die, and not just in any ordinary way. “I’d quite like a dragon-related death in some brutal dragon encounter, fighting a dragon and losing,” he said on Thursday’s “This Morning” in the U.K. “I think he’s got it coming. He deserves it,” he added. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Theories: Is Sansa Stark Pregnant? Ramsay Bolton is considered one of the most evil, satanic characters of the hit HBO series. He is the psychotic bastard son of Lord Roose Bolton but »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Trump v Sanders Debate: Who Benefits the Most?

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Updated at 1:26 p.m. Pt: Donald Trump put a kibosh on the debate, calling it “inappropriate.” Previously: In the latest twist to this already topsy-turvy presidential race, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have privately agreed to a debate. The face-off would be a great boost for Sanders, who’s all but lost the primary race. But, the real winner  —  even if he actually loses the debate itself — is Donald Trump. Say what you will about The Donald, he knows a good deal when he sees one. And this one, handed to him by Sanders on a silver platter, might be his best deal yet, »


- Itay Hod

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Emmy Contender Fred Armisen Gets Workaholic ‘High’ Mocking Docs on ‘Documentary Now!’ (Video)

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A version of this story first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s The Race Begins Emmy Issue. Never mind that he is a co-creator, writer and star of the IFC series”Portlandia,” and that he serves as the bandleader on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” and that he also acts in movies and does live comedy shows. Fred Armisen decided to add another TV series to his plate this past season, co-creating and starring in “Documentary Now!”, a wickedly funny sendup of various documentaries that had a six-episode run on IFC and has now been renewed for two more seasons. »


- Steve Pond

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Calvin Harris Feels ‘Lucky and Very Grateful’ After Car Crash

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Calvin Harris is counting his blessings, after being injured in a car crash that forced him to cancel multiple shows. The pop DJ took to Twitter late Thursday to apologize for the show cancellations and to share an update on his state of mind. “Thank you so much for your messages and sorry to any disappointment I caused with the show cancellations,” Harris wrote late Thursday. “I’m feeling lucky and very grateful.” Also Read: Calvin Harris Injured in Car Accident, Cancels Concert Harris was briefly hospitalized after a car accident on May 20. According to his team, the collision occurred as he was. »


- Tim Kenneally

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