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Kristen Wiig Poses as Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning for Jimmy Fallon Skit (Video)

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Peyton Manning was back on “The Tonight Show” Thursday, sort of … Hot off the Super Bowl champion’s visit the night before, Kristen Wiig joined Jimmy Fallon in a number 18 jersey posing as the veteran quarterback. While she looked the part, the “Bridesmaids” star needed to study up on her Denver Bronco’s trivia before posing as the team’s leader. Also Read: Peyton Manning Makes Fun of Eli's Sad Super Bowl Face on 'Tonight Show' (Video) Not only did she get the final score of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers wrong and didn’t know who was Mvp, »


- Debbie Emery

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Democratic Debate: 5 Key Moments From Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ Latest Battle

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Thursday’s “PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate” marked the first battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders since the New Hampshire primary. Here are TheWrap’s Top 5 moments, in reverse order. 5. Clinton defends Madeleine Albright’s “place in hell” comment Clinton defended Albright’s recent controversial comment: “there’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women.” “Well, look I think that she’s been saying that for as long as I’ve known her,” Clinton said before addressing the female moderators. “I would note, just for a historic aside, somebody told me earlier we »


- Brian Flood

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Kevin Randleman, Former Ufc Fighter, Dies at 44

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Kevin Randleman, a former Ufc Heavyweight Champion, died Thursday. He was 44. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, Randleman was one of the pioneers of ultimate fighting and mixed martial arts before fading from the sport’s spotlight in the mid-2000s. According to Bleacher Report writer Jeremy Botter, Randleman, who had been living in Las Vegas, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and later passed away from heart failure. Also Read: 'Iron' Mike Sharpe, Former WWE Superstar, Dies at 64 He attended the eighth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at The Palazzo Las Vegas (pictured above) on Feb. 5 and »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Ex Machina,’ ‘The Martian’ Top Final Draft Award Winners

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It was good night for sci-fi and fantasy at Thursday’s 11th Annual Final Draft Awards, honoring the year’s best screenwriting in film and television. Alex Garland‘s “Ex Machina,” about a seductive robot played by Alicia Vikander, edged out “Bridge of Spies” and “Inside Out” for Best Original Screenplay. Drew Goddard‘s big screen take on Andy Weir’s “The Martian” survived as Best Adapted Screenplay over “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Big Short.” Also Read: Alejandro Inarritu Wins for 'The Revenant' at Directors Guild Awards In television categories, Best Drama went to HBO’s “Game of Thrones. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Longtime Democrat Richard Dreyfuss Explains Why He Went to Ted Cruz Rally

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While he is known for being a staunch Democrat, actor Richard Dreyfuss has been playing the role of political tourist of late, soaking up all the sights and sounds that this election season has to offer. However, his appearance at a recent Ted Cruz rally sparked sparked an angry response from some liberals, so the star of ABC’s recent miniseries “Madoff” appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” Thursday night to explain why he attended the Republican candidate’s event in Iowa on Jan. 30. “I went to hear whether or not there’d be a difference between what I »


- Debbie Emery

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LL Cool J Defends Beyonce Super Bowl Performance, Compares Her to Bob Dylan (Video)

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Beyonce’s politically charged Super Bowl performance wasn’t lost on rap legend LL Cool J — who told TheWrap that social issues and music have long had a relationship. “Ever since Bob Dylan … there’s always been some element of counterculture that has existed in music. That’s always going to be there. They didn’t show Elvis from the waist down — really think about that,” said Cool J, who will host the Grammy Awards on Monday. A surprise single from Queen Bey, “Formation,” was released one day before she graced the halftime stage with Coldplay and Bruno Mars. The »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Smart People’ Theater Review: Joshua Jackson, Tessa Thomson Gets Caught in Racial Crossfire

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Lydia R. Diamond’s characters are walking on egg shells in her new play, “Smart People,” which opened Thursday at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre Off Broadway. As it turns out, these people don’t want to leave any shell uncracked, if not smashed to smithereens. “Smart People” is about racism in the way that Jules Feiffer’s screenplay for “Carnal Knowledge” is about sexism. Nothing else is open for discussion. It’s why all those eggshells keep getting broken. There’s no talking about one subject when a character is thinking something else. In other words, where’s the subtext? »


- Robert Hofler

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‘The 100’ Stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, Zach McGowan Weigh in on Shocking Death

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not watched Thursday’s episode of “The 100.”) Four episodes into the third season of The CW’s “The 100,” and one pivotal character has bitten the dust. The Ice Nation queen Nia (Brenda Strong) challenged the authority of the Grounder commander Lexa (ALycia Debnam-Carey), resulting in a head-to-head combat. Lexa chooses to fight for herself, while Nia sends her son, the banished prince Roan (Zach McGowan). It’s supposed to be a battle to the death, but Lexa changes course when victory is imminent, sending her spear through Nia »


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‘Switched at Birth’ Star Vanessa Marano to Return for ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival

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Vanessa Marano will reprise her role as April Nardini in the Netflix revival of “Gilmore Girls,” TheWrap has learned. The actress, who played Luke’s daughter beginning in Season 6, has starred on Freeform’s “Switched at Birth” since 2011. The streaming platform’s revival of the WB series, which is currently untitled, will be produced by Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Also read: 'Empire's' Danny Strong Joins 'Gilmore Girls' Revival at Netflix Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino serve as executive producers on the revival after departing the series before its final season. Stars Alexis Bledel, »


- Reid Nakamura

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Weinstein, IMAX Back Away From Netflix’s ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel (Exclusive)

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The Weinstein Company and IMAX have stepped back from the controversial Feb. 26 theatrical release of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny,” individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. TWC has relinquished the domestic distribution responsibilities, and Netflix will release Woo-Ping Yuen’s $50 million martial arts epic in theaters in North America. Weinstein still plans to release the film in China with the China Film Group. And IMAX has significantly scaled back the rollout of the film with plans to play in in around 12 locations, significantly fewer than expected. The superhero smash “Deadpool” will continue playing in the remaining. »


- Todd Cunningham

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar to Star in Fox Baseball Pilot ‘Pitch’

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar has been set as the male lead in Fox’s baseball drama pilot “Pitch,” TheWrap has learned. Gosselaar joins the previously cast Kylie Bunbury in the drama. Bunbury plays Ginny, a young female pitcher who becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. Also Read: 'Truth Be Told's' Will Packer on Mark-Paul Gosselaar's 'White Guilt' and Why 'Roots' Doesn't Hold Up Gosselaar will play Mike Lawson, described as a handsome, charming, self-assured future Hall of Fame Mlb catcher who will show her the ropes. The pilot was written by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer »


- Linda Ge

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Democratic Debate: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Spar Over Obama, Immigration and Super PACs

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Another day, another debate. This time Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton sparred over Obama, immigration and Super PACs during the “PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate,” moderated by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff from the main campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It was the sixth Democratic debate of the campaign, but the first since Sanders dominated the New Hampshire primary. Here are some of the snarkiest, funniest and most topical tweets of the night, as seen by TheWrap: Also Read: Bernie Sanders Supporters Pummel Civil Rights Hero John Lewis on Twitter (Video) And we’re off to the races.  6:01 p. »


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HBO to Develop Alex Gibney’s Death Row Drama Starring Laura Dern

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HBO is developing a death row drama from Alex Gibney (“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”), the first scripted project from the documentary filmmaker. The in-development project has Laura Dern attached to star as a psychiatrist who must determine from her twisted yet humanizing diagnostic exchanges with death row inmates if they are sane enough to be killed by the state. “I am thrilled to be embarking on this dramatic journey with Laura and Jayme,” Gibney said in a statement. “It’s an opportunity to shine a light on a dark and brutal corner of our justice system with a series of illuminating. »


- Linda Ge

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3 Keys to Winning in the New Digital-Media Age (Guest Blog)

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TV is in a golden era! TV is dead! We continue to hear polarizing views about the future of television. What we do know is that technology is fundamentally altering what we call TV. We are in a renaissance driven by a new connected, mobile-first, on-demand world. Services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube have permanently changed the way we consume media, and we are seeing many new online models fulfill needs not satisfied by traditional outlets. Younger consumers, in particular, are flocking to new entertainment apps that are more social, community-driven and engaging than traditional forms. Recently, we have witnessed video. »

- Tom Pickett

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Jaden Smith’s Adventures in Gender Fluidity: What It Means, Who Profits

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Jaden Smith is having a moment of transition — from precocious Hollywood son to high-earning spokesperson for a new frontier in gender identity. Jaden, the 17-year-old star of Baz Luhrmann‘s upcoming Netflix series “The Get Down,” has generated considerable heat in 2016 for the way he’s expressed his gender both on social platforms like Instagram and by modeling womenswear in a national campaign for Louis Vuitton. “What he’s reflecting in these bold choices is a refusal to be labelled or combined in one stereotype or another, in terms of who you are and how you dress,” Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Marco Rubio Caps Worst Week Ever With Broken Molar After Biting on Twix Bar

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Marco Rubio is giving the phrase “breaking news” a whole new meaning. The Gop presidential candidate made headlines on Thursday for cracking a tooth. The incident happened aboard a flight to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, when Rubio chomped on a frozen Twix bar. “I just bit into a Twix bar and I go, ‘man this Twix bar’s got something really hard in it,'” Rubio told The Wall Street Journal. “And I go, ‘Oh my gosh, I cracked my tooth.'” Also Read: 'The View': Joy Behar Tees Off on Marco Rubio's Debate Performance: 'Wasn't Groundhog Day Last Week? »


- Itay Hod

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Pharma Exec Martin Shkreli Offers $10 Million to Keep Kanye West’s New Album From You

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Looking forward to picking up a copy of Kanye West’s new album “The Life of Pablo”? That’s too bad, because if Martin Shkreli has his way, you’re out of luck. Shkreli, the pharmaceutical executive who drew widespread wrath for hiking up the price of HIV medications, is offering $10 million to West to become the sole owner of the album. Also Read: Hated Drug Exec Martin Shkreli Slapped With Lawsuit Over $2 Million Wu-Tang Clan Album In a letter to West posted on Shkreli’s Twitter account on Thursday, the pharmaceutical executive wrote, “I am writing to you in hopes of convincing you to. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Those Who Can’t’ Review: TruTV Takes Promising First Scripted-Comedy Step

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For everyone who has ever suspected that teachers are just as messed up as the students they teach, this may be the comedy for you. Originally an Amazon test pilot, “Those Who Can’t” debuts with a bit of a revamp on TruTV Thursday night, proving that teachers really aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be. Much like the kid who was bullied in high school and then grows up to be a cop, these three teachers (played here by Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy), are completely out of their element and utterly tripping on their power. »


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Lamar Odom Attends Kanye West’s Fashion Show After Life-Threatening Brothel Incident

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Lamar Odom made his first public appearance Thursday since being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel in October, showing up at the fashion show for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York, People reported. Odom entered the event behind West before taking a seat alongside his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian — the sister of West’s wife, Kim Kardashian. Odom has spent the past few months recovering from the health crisis suffered at the Love Ranch in Nevada. The former NBA star had booked himself into the brothel for a five-day. $75,000 stay, but ended up being rushed. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Does Time Inc. Know It Just Bought MySpace?

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Time Inc. has purchased Viant, the parent company of social media site MySpace, the company announced Thursday. Viant is a database and advertising technology firm that controls several digital media companies, including MySpace, Xumo, and Vindico. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “This acquisition is game changing for us,” said Time Inc. chairman and CEO Joe Ripp. “Marketers are selecting media partners that have either data-driven capabilities or premium content; we will be able to deliver both in a single platform, and will stand apart from those that offer just one or the other.” Also Read: 'Call of Duty: Black. »

- Joe Otterson

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