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After ‘Jeopardy’ Sexism Controversy, David Letterman Offers 10 More Offensive Categories (Video)

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David Letterman countered the “Jeopardy” sexism controversy on Wednesday night with a Top 10 List devoted to even more offensive categories. “Jeopardy” came under fire after a category on Monday's show entitled “What Women Want.” Also read: Sofia Vergara Says Emmys Pedestal Sexism Charge Is ‘Ridiculous,’ Internet Disagrees Topics included jeans that fit well, a few moments of quiet to do a crossword puzzle, some help around the house (regarding a vacuum), pilates and a nice relaxing cup of tea. A female contestant burned through the category, answering all but one question correctly. The answers provided elicited cries of sexism on social media. »


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‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5' to Film in Australia

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Walt Disney Studios is heading down under for “Pirates of the Caribbean 5.” The sequel, for which Johnny Depp is expected to return, will film in Queensland, Australia. The northeastern state is anticipating $100 million in investment from the film, according to Queensland Arts Minister Ian Walker. ”Pre-production is starting on the Gold Coast as we speak, and production of the film will start next year on the Gold Coast in February, before it moves to North Queensland,” Walker told The Sydney Morning Herald. Also read: 6 Types of Pirates Hollywood Combats The production was made possible as a result of millions of dollars. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘The Good Lie’ Review: Reese Witherspoon Delivers Strong and Giving Performance

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Director Philippe Falardeau makes his big studio debut with “The Good Lie,” a fictional film based on the many true-life experiences of the thousands of Sudanese “Lost Boy” refugees who came to America in the late '90s and early 2000s. While the posters and promotional material prominently feature Reese Witherspoon, it's also worth noting that Falardeau and screenwriter Margaret Nagle never make the film's Sudanese characters accessories or faceless symbols, and the end result makes for an uncommonly solid and smart take on material lesser directors would have milked for the cheapest kind of sympathy. Falardeau also gave us the superb. »


- James Rocchi

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Oscar Foreign-Language Race Nears New Record as Entry Deadline Passes

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Australia, Argentina and South Africa are among the latest countries to enter the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film, pushing the field past 70 and putting it within reach of a new record in the category. Costa Rica, Ecuador and Lebanon have also announced submissions, with the deadline for entries passing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. To date, 73 countries have publicly announced their submissions, three shy of the record of 76 set last year. Also read: Oscar Foreign-Language Race Tops 70 Entries: The Complete List (So Far) The Academy will announce the official list of eligible films in the coming »

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Adam Sandler, Netflix Ink 4-Picture Production Deal

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Adam Sandler will star in and produce four original movies exclusively for Netflix. Under the deal, the actor's Happy Madison Productions will develop and produce the films with Netflix. They will become available exclusively to members of the streaming service in the 50 countries in which it operates. The deal excludes projects that are part of the production company's current studio film commitments. Also read: ‘Men, Women & Children’ Review: Jason Reitman's Stab at 21st Century Drama Becomes Unintentional Comedy “People love Adam's films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages — everybody has. »


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‘Little People, Big World’ Season Finale Ratings Break Series Records

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Tuesday's episode of “Little People, Big World” garnered 2.3 million total viewers for TLC and broke some series ratings records. It was the eighth season finale of the long-running reality series. The special episode, which featured the marriage of Jeremy Roloff to his long-time girlfriend Audrey Botti, was the highest rated episode in six years with Women 25-54. It also ranked No. 1 on cable in the 10 p.m. timeslot with Women 18-49 and the younger-skewing Women 18-34. See video: ‘Little People, Big World': Matt and Amy Reflect Ahead of Jeremy's Wedding The dramatic wedding finale capped off the series’ most-watched season ever. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Donald Trump Says ABC's ‘Black-ish’ Is Racist

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Donald Trump offered up his always-extreme opinion on Wednesday, this time going after ABC's new sitcom “Black-ish” on Twitter. He doesn't even need to see the show to know he hates it. “How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled ‘Blackish'?” Trump tweeted. “Can you imagine the furor of a show, “Whiteish”! Racism at highest level?” Also read: Whoopi Goldberg Lashes Out at Donald Trump for ‘Stupid’ Ebola Virus Tweets on ‘The View’ ABC has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment on Trump's criticism. “Black-ish,” starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne, debuted on the network one week. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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ABC's ‘The Goldbergs’ Creator Talks First Love, Reveals Show's Steadfast Rules

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Adam F. Goldberg mined his childhood for memorable first love moments for the second season of his ABC comedy, “The Goldbergs.” “First love is such a big thing growing up,” Goldberg told TheWrap. “I always look to the ‘Wonder Years’ and everybody remembers Kevin and Winnie. That's why I watched the show when I was Kevin's age.” Wasting no time, last week's second season premiere episode had Adam (Sean Giambrone) uttering the L-word on a mix tape for Dana (Natalie Alyn Lind), which was then intercepted by mom Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey), who mistook the tape as being made for her. »


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Facebook Apologizes for Real Name Policy After Drag Queen, Transgender Backlash

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Members of Facebook who wish to use chosen names on their profiles may soon be able to do so following a meeting on Wednesday. “We had a very productive meeting with Facebook today in which they apologized for the way this situation has been handled,” a representative from the Transgender Law Center told TheWrap in a statement. “They committed to making changes to the way they enforce their ‘real names’ policy to ensure that folks who need to use chosen names that reflect their authentic selves online are able to do so.” See video: Andy Samberg Gets Facebook Tech Support From Mark. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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‘White Collar’ Star Tim DeKay Cast on ‘Agents of Shield’

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Tim DeKay is dropping in on “Marvel's Agents of Shield.” DeKay, known to fans of USA Network's “White Collar” as Peter Burke, has booked a guest-starring role on the ABC drama. Also read: ‘Marvel's Agents of Shield’ Premiere Features Lucy Lawless’ Shocking Debut DeKay will play Sen. Christian Ward, the brother of Shield agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton). Dalton's Ward has discussed his difficult relationship with his siblings on the series before. In particular, he revealed that he had an older brother who used to make him beat up his older brother. See video: ‘Marvel's Agents of Shield’ Star Chloe Bennet on Chris Pratt. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Jay Z and Fusion Teaming to Air Series of Specials

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Jay Z is melding with Fusion. Digital network Fusion will air a series of “Jay Z's Life + Times Presents” specials, the network said Wednesday. Also read: HBO's Beyonce-Jay Z ‘On the Run Tour’ Documentary Slayed Fans: The Best Tweets The specials hail from Jay Z's Life + Times, an online hub that's curated by Jay Z and operated by Roc Nation and Iconic Entertainment. The online destination “features in-depth music, sports and lifestyle pieces on an array of subjects,” Fusion said. Fusion will begin by airing episodes from Jay Z's Life + Times’ “Where I'm From” documentary series, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Fox Pulling ‘Utopia’ From Tuesdays After 4 Low-Rated Weeks, Will Continue on Fridays

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Fox is pulling its ratings-challenged reality series, “Utopia,” from Tuesdays after five weeks on-air. On Nov. 4, “MasterChef Junior” will premiere its second season in the Tuesday at 8 p.m. slot. Fox's move for “Utopia” comes one week shy of the show's previously scheduled run on Tuesdays and Fridays for the first six weeks of airing. The initial plan for the show was that it would continue on Tuesdays. Instead, it will continue to air on just Fridays after this week. Immediately, the Tuesday at 8 p.m. timeslot will be filled by a rerun of the “Family Guy”-”The Simpsons” crossover event. »


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Gop Mocks Democrats in Parody of TLC's ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ (Video)

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Democrats are “expensive and a little outdated” while Republicans “have new ideas that won't break your budget,” according to a new digital ad parodying TLC's “Say Yes to the Dress” created by The College Republican National Committee. In a bid to sway young voters in Florida's tight gubernatorial race, the ad portrays incumbent governor Rick Smith as a dress designer who's fresh and full of new ideas on a budget, while democratic opponent Charlie Crist is a frumpy dress that's “outdated” and “comes with additional costs.” See video: Jon Stewart Slams ‘Elementary School’ Education of Republicans Denying Climate Change After trying on both. »


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NFL, DirectTV Extend Sunday Ticket in Multi-Year Deal

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The National Football League and DirecTV have extended the network's exclusive rights to carry NFL Sunday Ticket and its package of every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game through a new multi-year agreement, it was announced on Wednesday. The agreement, worth an estimated $1.5 billion annually over eight years according to Espn's Darren Rovell, also expands DirecTV's rights to stream NFL Sunday Ticket live on mobile devices and via broadband. Also read: FCC Spikes NFL Broadcasts Blackout Rule “We are pleased to continue our partnership with DirecTV,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the statement. “DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket have served our »


- Debbie Emery

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Boston Herald Apologizes for ‘Watermelon’ Cartoon Mocking President Obama (Photo)

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The Boston Herald and one of its cartoonists issued separate apologies Wednesday hours after the newspaper published a political strip in its print and online versions about President Barack Obama that drew widespread criticism. Also read:  NY Newspaper Under Fire for Calling President Obama the N-Word in Headline The cartoon (pictured above) shows the President brushing his teeth while a White House intruder sits in a bathtub behind him and makes a comment about “watermelon toothpaste.” The cartoon's caption read: “White House Invader Got Farther Than Originally Thought.” But critics said it reinforced the stereotype that African-Americans are especially fond of the fruit. »


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Amazon Prime Slaps ‘Tom and Jerry’ With Racism Warning

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It seemed innocent when we were kids, but now “Tom and Jerry” is under fire for possibly being racist. The classic cat and mouse cartoon from the 1940s is coming with a warning on Amazon Prime Instant, saying that the animated series may contain scenes of “ethnic and racial prejudice.” “Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society,” the disclaimer states. “Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.” Amazon has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment. »


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Benedict Cumberbatch Wears a Fur on a Horse as Richard III on ‘The Hollow Crown’ (Photo)

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Benedict Cumberbatch is ready to get Shakespearean in the first photo released from “The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses,” which commenced principal photography in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. “The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses” is a three-film series adaptation of Shakespeare's plays “Henry VI” (in two parts) and “Richard III.” It's also a continuation of 2012's “The Hollow Crown” series, which featured Tom Hiddleston as King Henry V. Also read: TCA: Tom Hiddleston on Move from ‘Avengers’ to Shakespeare – Loki Is ‘Quite a Shakespearean Villain’ The new films also star Judi Dench as Cecily, »


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10th Annual New York Television Festival Lineup Unveiled

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The line-up for the 10th annual New York Television Festival was unveiled Wednesday. Also read: ‘Lost's’ Josh Holloway to Reunite With Carlton Cuse on USA's ‘Colony’ The highlights of the Oct. 20-25 event include conversations with top showrunners Carlton Cuse (“The Strain”), Jenni Konner (“Girls”) and Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) as well as the U.S. premiere of “The Game,” which is an upcoming BBC spy drama about America's involvement in the Cold War. Other festival events include a pilot competition, screenings of over 60 different shows, and celebrity guests such as Zachary Quinto (from Starz’ “The Chair”) and »


- Travis Reilly

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Universal Pictures Names Nicholas Carpou President of Domestic Distribution

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Universal Pictures announced Wednesday that Nicholas Carpou will assume the role of president of domestic distribution for the studio starting at the beginning of 2015. He will assume the role formerly occupied by Nikki Rocco, who announced her retirement in April. Rocco will move into a senior advisory role and stay with Universal through 2016. Under Rocco's leadership in 2013, Universal celebrated its best year ever at the domestic box office, with total grosses of $1.42 billion, at the same time it crossed the $1 billion marker faster than any other time in its history. Also read: Nikki Rocco Retiring From Universal Pictures »


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Bethenny Frankel Developing TV Shows With Andy Cohen, In Talks for ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Return

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Reports that Bethenny Frankel is returning to Bravo's “Real Housewives of New York” are premature at this time, according to Frankel and an individual with knowledge of the situation who spoke to TheWrap. The media may have mistaken her visits to Andy Cohen as signs that she would be returning to the franchise. “Andy Cohen and Bethenny are working on a project together but for his production company, Most Talkative,” the insider said. Frankel also addressed the reports, which originated in Us Magazine, during a SiriusXM Radio interview with Jenny Hutt on Wednesday. See video: ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Cast Shakeup: Porsha Williams Demoted, »


- Jethro Nededog

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