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Jon Stewart Gets High on CNN’s Weed Coverage (Video)

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Equipped with clown hair, Ben and Jerry’s and hip sunglasses, Jon Stewart took a 4/20 ride through CNN’s recent weed coverage Monday night. “Like I always say, CNN is cool as f-ck,” Stewart said as he set up a series of clips of the network’s recent marijuana coverage surge. On Sunday, CNN aired Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary “Weed 3” followed by the original marijuana docuseries “High Profits.” Also Read: Jon Stewart Sets Date for His Final 'Daily Show' Episode (Video) “Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams joined Stewart in the cannibas comedy: “Loose the wig, wavy gravy,” she said. »


- Jordan Chariton

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How PBS Censorship of Ben Affleck’s Slave-Owning Ancestors Could Damage the Network

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The publicly-funded PBS network is suffering harsh criticism over the revelation that it censored Ben Affleck‘s past in a show about ancestral roots. “It’s outrageous that PBS censored such vital information from its program and a reminder that public broadcasting, no less than its commercial counterparts, is too often deferential to those with money and power,”  Mark Feldstein, a professor at the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism told TheWrap on Monday. “If we’re taking this series seriously as revealing all these different narratives about people’s backgrounds, and choosing to go to one story as opposed to another… »


- Jordan Chariton

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Disney’s Special ‘Inside Out’ Screening to Hit Theaters 3 Days Before Official Release (Exclusive)

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Disney’s “Inside Out” will air in special screenings at hundreds of select U.S. movie theaters three days before it’s official release on June 19, TheWrap has learned. The full-length feature will be premiered with animated short, “Lava,” for the one-night event presented by Disney and Fathom Events on Tuesday, June 16 live at 7 p.m. Et. It will include 15 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from Pixar Animation Studios and a Q&A with director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera and the voice of Joy, Amy Poehler, live via satellite from their Australian tour. The highly anticipated movie is about »


- Debbie Emery

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Ice Cube Gives a Shout Out for Bringing ‘Friday’ Back

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“Friday,” the cult classic about a day in the life of unemployed slackers Craig and Smokey, returned to theaters Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of the film’s April 1995 release. The stoner comedy played in select theaters around the country on 4/20 — national weed day — as part of a one night only special event courtesy of Fathom Events, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Also Read: 11 Best Lines From Ice Cube's 'Friday' in Honor of Movie's 20th Anniversary (Video) Ice Cube, who produced, co-wrote and starred in the film alongside Chris Tucker recently sat down with TheWrap to »


- Wrap Staff

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Brett Ratner, Ben Silverman Get Emotional, Invoke Isis at Anti-Defamation League Honors (Photos)

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Brett Ratner and Ben Silverman combined their powerful movie and TV forces to headline the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Entertainment Industry Dinner, reminding the the room full of Hollywood insiders that they are not uniquely in command of mass media. “We are in a war,” Silverman said in referencing to Isis’ use of mass media for terror. “This war (is) being fought on social media and through video, it’s co-opting our language.” In the room to hear the message, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara, UTA’s Jim Berkus, producer Avi Lerner, and several  non- »


- Mikey Glazer

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‘Real Housewives’ Star Kim Richards Opens Up About Her Arrest: ‘The Whole Night Was All My Fault’

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“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kim Richards has broken her silence about her battle with alcoholism and recent arrest following a drunken meltdown in an interview with Dr. Phil. The reality personality sat down with the television doctor in a special episode that will air on Tuesday, April 28. “I was angry and frightened and I was scared,” Richards told Dr. Phil regarding her arrest on April 16. “I knew what I had done. The whole night is my fault. None of this would have happened if I didn’t drink.” Richards was charged with public intoxication, trespassing, resisting an officer »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Full House’ Reboot Gets 13 Episode Series Order at Netflix

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The “Full House” sequel series is officially on at Netflix, according to series star John Stamos. The actor announced the show had been picked up for 13 episodes on the premium streaming service during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night. “Five minutes ago, they called, they sealed the deal,” Stamos said. “We’ve been working on this for many, many years. The original creator, Jeff Franklin… we were trying to do some sort of spinoff, we wanted to give credit to the legacy. So Netflix came around and said, ‘Let’s do thirteen episodes.'” Also Read: 12 First Look Stills of Jane. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Gets Renewed for Season 4

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Amy Schumer announced on Monday that her Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer” has been picked up for a fourth season. The comedian shared the good news on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” “I just found out before I came out — we’ve got a fourth season,” Schumer told the veteran late-night host, prompting congratulations from him and a round of applause from the audience. When asked if the show gets easier as she goes along, she replied: “I find that I am getting easier … I mean sexually, Dave.” Leading the embarrassed host to ask if she is engaged or dating anyone. »


- Debbie Emery

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Jon Stewart Sets Date for His Final ‘Daily Show’ Episode (Video)

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Jon Stewart announced that August 6 will be his departure date as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” “I mentioned to you earlier that I would keep you up to date on any new information about the transition of the program and all those other things,” Stewart said on Monday night’s episode. “My last ‘Daily Show’ program will be August the 6th. I will be wearing a suit, I will more than likely be showered,” he said, then joked: “I am sorry … I will be wearing overalls and I won’t shower. The popular anchor of the long-running satirical news show. »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Spring Break Special Sends Another Contestant Packing

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Monday’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars”)  Spring Break came late to “Dancing With the Stars” as the contestants got into holiday mode with bouncing beach balls and skimpy swimsuits on Monday. The eight remaining hopefuls tapped into their youthful side as they reminisced about partying during their college days by dancing to spring-inspired songs. “Definitely no drinking allowed on stage,” judge Bruno Tonioli warned, regarding the drunken nature of Spring Break. “That would be strictly prohibited.” Also Read: 'Dancing With the Stars' Disney Night, »


- Debbie Emery

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Lesbian Themed IFC Film ‘Wild Canaries’ Banned by Idaho Theater

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Wild Canaries” is a bit too wild for Idaho. In the town of Sadpoint, Idaho, The Panida Theater has pulled two scheduled screenings of the murder mystery, which played at SXSW this year, for what it deemed “inappropriate content that was not disclosed” — though one cast member claims the film is under attack for gay themes and drug use on screen. In a statement linked from their Facebook page, Panida’s executive director Patricia Walker White said the IFC Films release “contained subject matter not in keeping with the standards of the Panida and I have chosen to cancel screenings for Friday and Saturday matinee. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Cathy Schulman Joins Stx Entertainment as Top Production Executive

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Cathy Schulman has joined Stx Entertainment as a top production executive, TheWrap has learned. The former president of Mandalay Pictures began her new role Monday and will report to Stx Motion Picture Group President and Chief Content Officer Oren Aviv. Schulman won an Academy Award for Best Picture and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Film for 2004’s “Crash,” which she produced. She also produced “The Illusionist,” written and directed by Neil Burger, starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel. Also Read: Stx Entertainment Chief Robert Simonds on Why He's Spending $750 Million Making Movies This Year: 'We Believe »


- Debbie Emery

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Cissy Houston Disputes Bobby Brown’s Claims, Says Bobbi Kristina Has ‘Irreversible Brain Damage’

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Add another entry into the seemingly endless he-said, she-said exchange surrounding Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition. Just hours after an attorney for Bobby Brown — Bobbi Kristina’s father — issued a statement saying that the 22-year-old has shown “improvement,” Bobbi Kristina’s grandmother Cissy Houston pretty much dashed any hopes for a happy ending. Houston told TMZ on Monday that the daughter of Brown and deceased singer Whitney Houston is no longer in a medically induced coma. However, Houston said, Bobbi Kristina has “global and irreversible brain damage.” Also Read: Bobbi Kristina Brown's Fate 'Will Not Be Known for Years to Come, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Weed 3’ Scores Time Slot Win Over Fox News in Key Demo

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CNN has an especially good reason to celebrate 4/20 this year: The premieres of “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution” and the new original series “High Profits” created a heavy buzz on Sunday night, giving the news network some head-spinning ratings. “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution,” reported by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, premiered at 9 p.m. and averaged 299,000 viewers in the key 25-54 news demo, versus Fox News’ 188,000 demo viewers in the time period and 98,000 demo viewers during the period. See video: John Oliver Crushes CNN's Doomsday Clip With Martin Sheen's Version At 10 p.m., the eight-part docu-series “High Profits” — »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Living on Love’ Theater Review: Picking Up Opera Where the Marx Brothers Left It Off

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“Living on Love,” which opened Monday at the Longacre Theatre in New York, harks back to a Broadway era that probably never existed: A real-life opera diva makes her Broadway debut in a play fashioned around her oversized talent and persona. It sounds like the kind of thing that must have been done all the time in the 1930s and earlier, and yet wasn’t. Call it instant nostalgia, like opening a time capsule planted only yesterday. Renee Fleming is the opera singer playing an opera singer on the verge of retirement in “Living on Love,” which Joe Dipietro has radically. »


- Robert Hofler

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‘Transparent’ Creator on Bruce Jenner: ‘People Who Are Transitioning Have Such a Hard Time’

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Jill Soloway, creator of the groundbreaking Amazon series “Transparent,” has weighed in on Bruce Jenner and his reported transition from male to female. “You know, with Bruce Jenner, people who are transitioning have such a hard time with all aspects,” Soloway said in a wide ranging interview for an upcoming issue of TheWrap’s Magazine. “Speculation about trans people, other-izing them, looking at them and guessing isn’t what’s called for. Let them be. Let it be what it is,” Soloway said of Jenner’s  highly anticipated sit-down with Diane Sawyer on Friday. Also Read: Bruce Jenner Talks Family »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Agents of Shield’ Spinoff to Star Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood

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ABC’s potential “Agents of Shield” spinoff series will center on the characters currently played by Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, TheWrap has learned. The actors, who are series regulars on the second season of the network’s Marvel series, are finalizing deals to topline the currently untitled spinoff as their characters Bobbi Morse (Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Blood). ABC had no comment. “Shield” executive producer Jeffrey Bell and writer Paul Zbyszewski are teaming on the project. The spinoff will not receive a backdoor pilot in the current season of “Shield,” but relevant plot elements will drop in upcoming episodes. »


- Linda Ge

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Willie Nelson Announces ‘Connoisseur Brand’ of Weed

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Willie Nelson is looking to light up the world with his latest business endeavor. The “On the Road Again” country singer and marijuana enthusiast announced Monday — 4/20, not at all coincidentally — that he’s launching his own cannabis brand, Willie’s Reserve, which will reflect Nelson’s “longstanding experience and his commitment to regulated, natural and high quality strains of marijuana in U.S. legal markets.” The product will initially be grown, distributed and sold by local businesses in Colorado and Washington, becoming available in additional markets when state regulations allow. Also Read: Welcome to Hollyweed: Why TV Is Going to Pot “I am looking forward. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Adult Beginners’ Review: Nick Kroll’s Comedy Is More Minor Splash Than a Cannonball

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Yet another indie comedy seemingly inspired by Robert Frost’s verse from “The Death of the Hired Man” about how “home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in,” “Adult Beginners” has everything going for it aside from a reason to exist. Starring Nick Kroll (“Kroll Show,” “The League”), the film begins with the financial ruin of its lead, Jake, who forgot to dot the i‘s and cross the t‘s at an essential moment in his entrepreneurial journey, bankrupting himself and harming his investors. Also Read: Rose Byrne-Nick Kroll Dramedy »


- James Rocchi

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Christopher Walken Talks Retirement, Debuts New ‘When I Live My Life Over Again’ Clip (Exclusive Video)

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When Christopher Walken comes to the Tribeca Film Festival, people notice. Before he’s finished an interview with TheWrap in a downtown New York hotel on behalf of his Tribeca premiere “When I Live My Life Over Again,” a message has arrived from the Tff office: Please stick around, because Robert DeNiro would like to say hello. It figures: Walken and DeNiro go back decades, coming out of the same New York scene and landing Oscar nominations together for “The Deer Hunter” in 1978. (Walken won, DeNiro didn’t.) And now he’s come to the festival DeNiro co-founded with a new film in. »


- Steve Pond

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