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ABC Brands Shonda Rhimes Lineup as Tgit or Thank God It's Thursday (Video)

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ABC has a new tagline for their Thursday lineup this fall. In a nod to their classic Tgif lineup, they're trying to establish Tgit or “Thank God It's Thursday.” A new promo shows the characters of the three shows that make up the night touting the moniker thanks to some clever editing, as well as their love for the one woman they all have in common. Also read: Shonda Rhimes on ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Title: ‘We Don't Consider a Hashtag When We're Writing a Show’ Maybe the network should have gone with Tgis instead. After all, their entire lineup is. »


- Jason Hughes

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Gwen Stefani Is Too Cool, Pharrell Williams Too Nice in ‘The Voice’ Season 7 Promo (Video)

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The panel on “The Voice” is shaking it up for the third time, with Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams signing on to join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on the stalwart NBC reality show for its seventh season. Levine and Shelton have been with the show since the beginning. Prior to this season, Christine Aguilera and Cee Lo Green had been rotating with Shakira and Usher in the center seats of the show. While it's always a gamble to mix up the chemistry of a panel like this — just as “American Idol” and “The X Factor” — NBC has »


- Jason Hughes

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Shailene Woodley Loses More Than Her Mother in Haunting ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ Trailer (Video)

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Shailene Woodley is a teenager trying to make sense of her life in the first trailer for “White Bird in a Blizzard.” She's struggling with her own burgeoning sexuality, the psychological enigma that is her mother, potrayed by Eva Green, and the complexities of relationships. See video: Shailene Woodley Comforts Man Stabbed in Eye in Deleted ‘Divergent’ Scene Over two minutes, the trailer paints a picture of confusion and loss, as Green goes missing from Woodley's life, leaving her and her father to try and pick up the pieces. Woodley is seen romantically entangled with two different men, one the older police. »


- Jason Hughes

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Deaf Campers Present Asl Interpretation of Pharrell's ‘Happy’

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An inspirational group of youngsters filmed a sign-language version of Pharrell's “Happy” and now its gone viral. The video was shot at Deaf Film Camp 2014, a New York-based program that offers a filmmaking education for deaf and hearing-impaired children. See video: Weird Al Spoofs Pharrell's ‘Happy’ With a Star-Filled Ode to Tackiness Pharrell's 2013 song, heard originally on the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack, isn't new and has lent itself to countless other memorable interpretations, but its inspirational message is clearly one that never grows stale. See video: Als Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $10.3 Million in Just 24 Hours “Happy” has »


- Travis Reilly

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Scott Weiland Not in Jail: Denies Via Facebook Video, Threatens to Sue TMZ

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Despite a report that he was sitting in jail for the last four weeks, former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is not incarcerated, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed to TheWrap. The man they have in custody is not him, despite their earlier assertions it was indeed the singer. Police have positively identified the man as 44-year-old Jason Michael Hurley, according to a press release from the Beverly Hills Police Department. When arrested on July 26, Hurley asserted that he was Weiland. FBI fingerprint results received on Thursday confirmed the man's true identity. He is now facing an additional charge of. »


- Jason Hughes and Pamela Chelin

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‘Dating Naked’ Contestant Slaps Viacom With $10 Million Lawsuit Over Crotch-Blur Fail

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Jessie Nizewitz, a contestant on VH1's “Dating Naked,” has filed suit in New York, seeking $10 million in damages for emotional distress, humiliation and embarrassment after the show allegedly failed to properly blur her genitals. The network's parent company Viacom International Inc., Firelight Entertainment Inc. and Lighthearted Entertainment Inc. are all named as defendants. See video: VH1's ‘Dating Naked’ Pulls Off Nude Flash Mob in Downtown La According to the lawsuit obtained by TheWrap, Nizewitz signed on to the show before it had a name. She claims she was advised of the nudity, but was assured that all frontal and genital nudity would. »

- Jason Hughes

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V. Stiviano Claims Donald Sterling Is Gay In Cross-Complaint to Shelly Sterling Suit

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V. Stiviano has made some big accusations about Donald Sterling and wife Shelly Sterling in the legal war raging between them. In response to Shelly's lawsuit, which accuses the model mistress of taking $1.8 million from the Sterling Family in gifts for sexual favors, Stiviano says that she “was not ever a sexual partner” of Donald. In documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Aug. 9 obtained by TheWrap, Stiviano said that Donald is “homosexual and enjoys sexual and or sexual congress with males” and that she acted as his “beard.” Also read: Donald Sterling Sues Wife, NBA, Commissioner for Fraud Additionally, »


- Jethro Nededog

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‘Hercules’ Star Kevin Sorbo Apologizes for Calling Ferguson Protesters ‘Animals’

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Kevin Sorbo has had a change of heart. The conservative actor issued an apology Thursday, just hours after he wrote a Facebook post calling protesters in Ferguson, Mo. “losers” and “animals.” Late Wednesday night, the 55-year-old “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” star posted a series of scathing comments about the ongoing demonstrations in Ferguson over the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18-year-old African-American, who was shot and killed by a police officer. Also read: CNN's Don Lemon: National Guardsman Used N-Word to Describe Ferguson Protesters (Video) “Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man, »


- Gina Hall

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JFK's Profanity-Laced Tirade Featured in ‘Silly Bastard Next to the Bed:’ TheWrap's ShortList Quickie

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The documentary short “Silly Bastard Next to the Bed” seems stranger than fiction as the story highlights one man's surprising connection to an outburst by President John F. Kennedy. Not only is the connection unexpected to the audience, but to the subject of the documentary, too. The inspiration for the film came when director Scott Calonico was working on a different documentary which incorporated public domain recordings of phone calls from U.S. Presidents. While that film ultimately didn't work out, Calonico posted one particularly angry call from JFK about a young military man on YouTube. The posting received more than. »


- Gina Hall

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‘Game of Thrones’ Upsets ‘Breaking Bad?’ Facebook Reveals Emmy Winners

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In between posting Ice Bucket Challenges, Facebook users unwittingly have been predicting winners for Monday's 66th annual Emmy Awards hosted by Seth Meyers. The social media giant compiled the number of mentions in posts and comments for certain Emmy nominees. The data below represents the time period between July 10 — when the noms were announced — through Monday, Aug. 18. Also read: Kevin Hart's Facebook Helps Send ‘Als Ice Bucket Challenge Gone Wrong’ Video Viral If Facebook mentions mattered to the Academy, “Game of Thrones” would beat “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards,” etc. for Outstanding Drama Series, and “Orange Is the New Black »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Me + Her’ Director Joseph Oxford on Life and Death in Cardboard Animation: TheWrap's ShortList Quickie

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Computer animation has swept Hollywood studios, but there is some impressive non-digital innovation happening on the outskirts of the industry. Count Joseph Oxford among the newest innovators. The filmmaker's short, “Me + Her,” is one of 12 selections to TheWrap's ShortList Film Festival, based on the strength of its incredibly detailed cardboard puppet animation, as well as the depth that he is able to give its very flat characters. “I made a very rudimentary version of one of the puppet heads back in 2008 with scrap materials on my desk,” Oxford explained to TheWrap. I really liked the design and wanted to »


- Jordan Zakarin

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Bill O'Reilly Cuts Vacation Short to Cover Ferguson, Ratings Rise

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Apparently “The O'Reilly Factor” just needed Bill O'Reilly himself to reclaim the show's chart-topping mojo. On Wednesday, O'Reilly cut his vacation short to cover the continuing unrest in Ferguson, Mo. In doing so, he pulled in 3.3 million total viewers, more than tripling second place Anderson Cooper. CNN's “AC360” managed just 946,000 total viewers yesterday. MSNBC's offering, “All In With Chris Hayes,” had 637,000 total viewers. Also read: CNN's Ferguson Coverage Bests Competition Across Monday Demo And in the demo, the impact was felt as well: “The O'Reilly Factor” earned 615,000 viewers 25-54 in the 8 p.m. hour. Closest competition “AC360” had 346,000 in the. »


- Tony Maglio

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Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo Cast in Syfy Space Opera ‘The Expanse’

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Magic City” star Steven Strait and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo will star in Syfy's “The Expanse,” a new 10-episode space opera premiering next year and based on the international best-selling book series. Strait plays Holden, an officer on the ice-carrying freighter the Canterbury. Though a natural leader, he's not sure he wants responsibility. He's soon forced to lead when he's drawn into a dangerous plot. Also read: Syfy Exec by Day, Playwright by Night: From ‘Sharknado’ to an Ayn Rand Orgy Aghdashloo plays Chrisjen Avasarala, part of a political family who has risen high in the ranks of Earth's. »


- Tim Molloy

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Ferguson's Mike Brown Memorial Campaign Has Raised Less Than Officer Darren Wilson's GoFundMe

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A GoFundMe campaign to support the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown has thus far outgrossed a dueling campaign soliciting funds for Brown's family in their quest for justice. One campaign, titled Michael Brown Memorial Fund, has raised $130,842 over the course of 8 days. The Support Officer Darren Wilson campaign, meanwhile, has already raised $151,257 after being online for 3 days. See video: Talib Kweli Rips Apart CNN's Ferguson Coverage: ‘We Live in a World Run by White Supremacy’ Wilson shot and killed Brown on Saturday, Aug 9. The shooting has led to widespread unrest in the »


- Linda Ge

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Consumer Groups Urge FCC to Reject Comcast/Time Warner Cable Deal

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Two big consumer groups — Consumers Union and Common Cause — on Thursday urged the Federal Communications Commission to reject Comcast's deal for Time Warner Cable. It sounds a warning that the transaction would give Comcast too much control over video choices. “This merger would harm competition, impede innovation by online video distributors, threaten innovation in equipment and platforms and reduce the diversity of information sources and services to the public, all to the detriment of consumers and contrary to public interest,” the groups said in a joint filing with the agency. The organizations also struck out at a key argument »

- Ira Teinowitz

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Entertainment One Picks-Up Leslie Bibb Comedy ‘Take Care’

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Leslie Bibb-led comedy “Take Care” has been acquired for North American distribution by Entertainment One Films (eOne), it was announced on Thursday. Liz Tuccillo produced, wrote and directed the film also starring “The Newsroom's” Thomas Sadoski. The story follows Bibb's Frannie, who's left incapacitated after a car accident. Desperate, she turns to her ex-boyfriend (Sadoski) to take care of her, much to the chagrin of his new girlfriend (Betty Gilpin). Also read: SXSW Sex Comedy ‘Premature’ Coming to IFC Midnight Marin Ireland, Nadia Dajani, Michael Stahl-David and Tracee Chimo also star. “Take Care” premiered at the SXSW Festival in March. »


- Linda Ge

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Nick Cannon Confirms Reports of Split From Mariah Carey

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Nick Cannon has confirmed he and wife Mariah Carey are separated. “There is trouble in paradise,” Cannon told The Insider With Yahoo on Thursday. “We have been living in separate houses for a few months.” The actor, producer and television personality didn't reveal the cause of the separation, but he did squash the notion that infidelity was a factor. Also Read: Mariah Carey's ‘Chanteuse’ Eludes Strong Sales, Moves Just 57,000 Copies Cannon, who hosts the hit NBC summer series “America's Got Talent,” made the announcement a day after his show tied an all-time series low in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. »


- Travis Reilly

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‘Meet the Press’ Minus David Gregory Ratings: Total Viewers Up, Demo Barely Down

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Meet the Press” went on without David Gregory on Sunday, and to be honest, the program didn't miss a beat — at least not on the Nielsen sheets. Of course, all national news shows have a secret weapon in the form of ongoing Ferguson, Mo. coverage, which offers gains or helps mask losses. While the key 25-54 demo viewers decreased by two percent with Andrea Mitchell filling in on Sunday's “Meet the Press,” total viewers increased by 10 percent. ”Meet the Press” had 2.661 million viewers, 735,000 in the demo, landing in third place — not unusual for the program. Also read: Ferguson Coverage Propels CNN. »


- Tony Maglio

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Talib Kweli Rips Apart CNN's Ferguson Coverage: ‘We Live in a World Run by White Supremacy’ (Video)

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America's number one network for tragic news is doing a terrible job of covering the devastating ongoing story in Ferguson, Mo, according to Talib Kweli. Also read: Ferguson Coverage Propels CNN ‘New Day’ to All-Time High The rapper/activist is in the St. Louis suburb, which has been embroiled in racial conflict and morphed into a police state since the shooting death of a black teenager named Michael Brown. Kweli spoke with CNN's Don Lemon live from the town on Thursday, and the pair quickly became embroiled in an argument over the network's coverage. Also read: Shoving, Arrests and Alleged »


- Jordan Zakarin

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‘Real Housewives of N.J.'s’ Caroline Manzo Spinoff Gets Debut Date, Releases Sneak Peek (Video)

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After leaving “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Caroline Manzo is returning to Bravo with her spinoff “Manzo'd With Children” starting Oct. 5 with consecutive half-hour episodes beginning at 9 p.m. Et. “Manzo'd With Children” features the straight-talking Italian mom, her husband Al, sons Albie and Chris and daughter Lauren. Oh, and Albie's girlfriend also moves into the house. Caroline's sister-in-law and off-again-on-again “Real Housewives” cast member, Jacqueline Laurita, also will guest on the show. See video: ‘Real Housewives of O.C.'s’ Lizzie Rovsek and Shannon Beador Say They're ‘Authentic,’ Unlike Tamra Judge There's a fair share of wedding talk going on with Lauren. »


- Jethro Nededog

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