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Matthew McConaughey to Teach University Film Class

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This fall, Matthew McConaughey will return to his alma mater, the University of Texas, to teach a filmmaking class. The university announced the “Free State of Jones” actor will teach an upper-level class of 30 students alongside “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross and university lecturer Scott Rice. A spokesperson for Ut-Austin’s Moody College of Communications told MySA.com on Thursday that students will get a behind-the-scenes look at “Free State of Jones” through recorded videos giving an in-depth look at the filmmaking process. McConaughey is also scheduled for at least one in-person visit to the class. Also Read: Matthew McConaughey »


- Reid Nakamura

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Academy Sets Dates for Oscar Nominations, Voting

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Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be revealed on Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Academy announced on Thursday. The date is later than the nominations have been for four years, and pushes the announcement of nominations until after the Golden Globe Awards. It also moves the nominations announcement back to its traditional Tuesday in late January, rather than the mid-month Thursday that had been in effect since the Academy’s Board of Governors opted for an earlier announcement in 2012. When that change was made, it was widely interpreted as an attempt to hurt the Golden Globes by announcing Oscar nominations before. »

- Steve Pond

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Man Stabbed During Screening of Blake Lively’s ‘The Shallows’

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A 21-year-old man was stabbed numerous times during a screening of Blake Lively‘s “The Shallows” in Santa Rosa, California, on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Santa Rosa Police Department’s Facebook page, a call came in around 4 p.m. that a man had been stabbed at the Roxy theater in Downtown Santa Rosa. “The suspect, who was unknown to the victim, approached him from behind and stabbed him several times in an unprovoked attack,” read the statement. “Witnesses tended to the victim’s wounds until police officers and emergency medical personnel arrived.” Also Read: Cinemark Bills Aurora Shooting Victims for $700,000 Within minutes, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Cinemark Bills Aurora Shooting Victims for $700,000

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The owners of the Aurora, Colorado, theater where 12 moviegoers were killed in a shooting in 2012 want nearly $700,000 from survivors and families of the victims. According to the Denver Post, lawyers for Cinemark filed a “bill of costs” for $699,187.13 earlier this month in Arapahoe County District Court for fees associated with a lawsuit filed by more than 20 survivors and parents of those murdered that was eventually won by the theater chain. The plaintiffs contended that the Century 16 theater where shooter James Holmes opened fire during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” was inadequately equipped. Also Read: Cinemark Found Not »


- Meriah Doty

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‘American Gods,’ ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Headed to Comic-Con

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Starz has set panels for new series “American Gods” and returning comedy “Ash vs Evil Dead” at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. “American Gods,” Bryan Fuller‘s adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s best-selling novel, will have its panel presentation on Friday, July 22 at 3:15 p.m. in Room 6Bcf. “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” will have its panel on Saturday, June 23 at 6:45 p.m. in Room 6A. Also Read: 'American Gods' First Look: Ricky Whittle, Pablo Schreiber Come Out Swinging (Photos) Fuller, fellow showrunner Michael Green, Gaiman and “American Gods” star Ricky Whittle are among the talent expected in San Diego. »


- Linda Ge

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Who Will Be Affected by Facebook’s News Feed Changes?

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Facebook’s decision to alter its News Feed algorithm this week to rely more heavily on updates from users’ friends and family than those of publishers will have an impact on a variety of industries and individuals. Digiday called the change “bad news for publishers that have been increasingly building their audience development strategy around Facebook, some getting upwards of three-fourths of their traffic from it.” According to the authority on digital media, the winners of Facebook’s decision are “shareable content,” “video” and “directly updated content.” Digiday listed “mid-sized publishers” and “news” as losers. Also Read: Facebook Reveals News »

- Brian Flood

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Sequel Slated for 2018 Release

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Disney has announced a sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph,” set for a release on March 9, 2018. The first film, which was released in 2012, was made for $165 million and grossed $471.2 million worldwide. Starring John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, the animated film set inside the video-game world has a “fresh” rating of 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel was announced this morning on Facebook Live by the filmmakers and Reilly, and Disney’s Animation Studios confirmed the news. Also Read: Disney Slapped With $10 Million Lawsuit Over 'Wreck-It Ralph' Idea “Zootopia” director Rich Moore and producer Clark Spencer are re-teaming for »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Rihanna Rocks an Alien Face Tattoo in ‘Star Trek’-Inspired ‘Sledgehammer’ Music Video

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Rihanna is out of this world in her new music video for “Sledgehammer,” a single from the “Star Trek Beyond” soundtrack. Viewers are transported through space to a desert like cosmic planet where the beautiful alien-esque Riri seems to be its only inhabitant. Even without eyebrows and a tattooed face, Rihanna manages to resemble a goddess with her red Grecian wrap billowing in the wind. Things seem to be looking peaceful on the unidentified planet as the pop star sings, but as soon as the beat drops hoards of battleships come flying from around the corner and bad gal Riri appears to be distressed. »


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‘Law & Order’ Actress Stephanie March Regrets ‘Wrong Decision’ to Get Breast Implants

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“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” actress Stephanie March has opened up about her “wrong decision” to get breast augmentation surgery in 2014, revealing a number of health scares that followed the procedure. “I now know that my decision to have a breast augmentation in 2014 was the wrong decision, for so many reasons,” she wrote in a Refinery29 essay. “I was 39 years old, and my life was disintegrating. Couldn’t get a job I wanted on camera, couldn’t get attention for my production projects, couldn’t travel the world far enough or fast enough or immerse myself in philanthropy enough to make it all. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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John Cena Endorses Jimmy Kimmel for VP: ‘Great Candidate and an Even Greater Man’ (Video)

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WWE wrestler John Cena has officially endorsed Jimmy Kimmel for Vice President of the United States, describing him as a “great candidate and an even greater man.” Kimmel introduced Cena after claiming Oprah Winfrey, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, the president of Cvs drugstores, Rob Gronkowski and Courtney Love have all endorsed him since he announced his plans to run in May. Cena took to the podium wearing a grey suit and aggressively endorsed the host for V.P. “I don’t think this audience or the people at home realize what a big-ass accomplishment this is,” he said, adding »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere Near Deals for ‘Nashville’ Return on Cmt

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“Nashville” will most likely feature some familiar faces when it returns for Season 5 on Cmt. Series stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are nearing deals to return to the former ABC series, an individual with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap. Seven other members of the main cast are also expected to return: Lennon Stella, Maisy StellaChris CarmackJonathan Jackson, Clare BowenCharles Esten and Sam Palladio. Also Read: How Saving 'Nashville' Just Made Cmt a Scripted Player ABC devastated fans of the primetime soap when it announced that the series would not return for a fifth season. The »


- Joe Otterson

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9-Year-Old Gets ‘Frozen’-Themed Prosthetic Arm (Video)

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A 9-year old can officially “Let It Go” thanks to her new “Frozen”-themed prosthetic arm. Karissa Mitchell was born without a right hand and most of her wrist. So her mother Maria reached out to a group of students at Siena College in upstate New York after hearing they had designed an Iron Man prosthetic arm for a boy in Ohio. “Karissa really identifies with Elsa because she knows what it’s like to be different from everyone else,” Maria said. “She doesn’t want to be seen as different, which has made her extremely determined to do things as well, »


- Joe Otterson

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Jk Simmons Clears Up ‘Misconception’ About ‘Justice League’ and Those Gym Photos

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Earlier this month, J.K. Simmons made headlines when photos surfaced of him looking ripped in the gym. However, contrary to popular belief, he wasn’t training for “Justice League.” “Yeah, well that’s a gigantic misconception,” Simmons told The Huffington Post. “I just like to work out now. And getting to the gym really has nothing … I’m not going to the gym because of ‘Justice League.'” The actor added that he was just trying to “take care” of himself. See Photos: See Jk Simmons Get Jacked for 'Justice League' Role “I’m just going to the »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Ratings: NBC Swims Past ‘Big Brother’-Led CBS in Total Viewers With Olympic Trials

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“Big Brother” carried CBS to a second Wednesday win in as many weeks in the key 18-49 TV Ratings demographic, but NBC overtook the Les Moonves-led broadcaster in total eyeballs across last night’s primetime. NBC made the move with more U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, coupled with a pair of new “Night Shift” hours. CBS did well in the “Big Brother” hour, but slipped at 9 p.m. with a rerun, and fell further at 10 o’clock with the soft “American Gothic.” CBS was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an. »


- Tony Maglio

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Lindsay Lohan Is Writing a Book About ‘How to Overcome Obstacles’

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Lindsay Lohan has done it all — acting, modeling, singing, battling drug addiction and even serving time in jail — and has apparently decided to write a book about it. “I am in the process of writing a book, and I am very excited to share my personal experiences in life and how to overcome obstacles,” Lohan tells Vanity Fair. Word of the actress writing a tell-all book have been circulating for years, but it was later reported that she turned down offers for it. It is still unknown whether Lohan will be writing her proposed book as a memoir or »


- Rasha Ali

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ShortList Film Festival: Final Day For Submissions

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TheWrap ShortList Film Festival closes its submissions for the 5th Annual Film Festival tomorrow, Friday, July 1, 2016. Programmers will choose 12 finalists from among submissions that have won awards at accredited film festivals in the past year. This year’s festival will stream online from August 9-23, 2016 on ShortListFilmFestival.com. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles, with filmmakers and jury in attendance. As much as $15,000 in prize money and other will be awarded to winners in three categories: Audience, Jury Selection and a Creators League Prize sponsored by Pepsi. Last year’s double winner of the Audience and Jury prizes, »

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AMC Theaters CEO Warns Carmike Merger Is ‘At Considerable Risk’

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The CEO of AMC Theaters warned that the planned merger with Carmike Cinemas is “at considerable risk” after a vote on the deal was delayed Thursday. “AMC Entertainment remains committed to our proposed transaction to acquire Carmike Cinemas,” Adam Aron said in a statement. “The rationale to acquire Carmike continues to be valid, namely to create a larger system of theaters nationwide … Even so, this transaction is now at considerable risk.” “We note that the financial metrics surrounding the Carmike acquisition get marginal very quickly above the $30.00 deal price. Accordingly, we are fully prepared to see the Carmike transaction pass by. »

- Joe Otterson

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Jim Gaffigan Defends Nickelback: ‘If You Don’t Like it, Turn it Off’ (Video)

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan defended Nickelback, who are for some reason among the most-hated musicians in the world. “I don’t know anything about Nickelback, but I know my friends that are super cool despise Nickelback,” Gaffigan told Conan O’Brien on Wednesday. “Like they kidnapped the Lindbergh baby. They’re playing music. If you don’t like it, turn it off.” He went on to explain “Outrage Jail,” where people seem to hate some celebrity “for no reason at all.” Another example he gave is Carrot Top. Also Read: Donald Trump More Disliked Than Nickelback, Poll Says “ are perfectly nice guys, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Iggy Azalea Uses Twitter to Explain Why She Called Off Engagement: ‘Other Women’

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Iggy Azalea is using Twitter to keep her fans up to date with her most personal of problems, and explained in a series of tweets on Thursday why she decided to end her engagement to Los Angeles Lakers player Nick Young. “I broke up with Nick because I found out he had brought other women into our home while I was away and caught them on the security footage,” she tweeted. “This is just like a second shot to the chest,” she added. “And I feel like I don’t even know who the hell it is I’ve been loving all this. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Nancy Grace to Leave Hln in October

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Nancy Grace is leaving Hln after 12 years when her current contract expires in October. Grace informed her staff on Thursday morning that she plans to leave the network. An Hln spokesperson told TheWrap that Grace’s staff would be reassigned and that none will lose their jobs because of Grace’s surprise decision. “This fall, I’ll be leaving Hln, my longtime TV home, with a full heart and endless gratitude.  The Network has been my extended family for nearly a dozen years, and I am proud of the amazing work we’ve produced together,” Grace said in a statement. »


- Brian Flood

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