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Lena Dunham Blasts Kanye West Video as ‘Sickening’ in Light of Stanford Rape Case

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Lena Dunham has called Kanye West’s “Famous” music video “sickening” and “disturbing,” particularly in light of the Stanford rape case and dozens of publicized allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby. “At the same time Brock Turner is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat … As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined … While Bill Cosby‘s crimes are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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CW Wraps TV Upfronts Ad Sales Period With Low Double-Digit Cpm Increases

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The CW has followed co-owner CBS in essentially closing its 2016 TV upfronts book of business today. The youngest-skewing broadcast network is celebrating a double-digit percentage volume increase this afternoon, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. CPMs — or cost-per-thousand impressions — are up “low double-digits,” TheWrap was told. Like CBS before it — and almost surely every other network, too — the CW closed more deals on a C7 basis this time around. “C7” refers to the average commercial minute for a program, inclusive of one-week’s worth of delayed viewing. Also Read: CBS 'Virtually Done' With TV Upfronts Ad Sales Additionally, »

- Tony Maglio

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Sony Carves Out New Virtuality Reality Chief Role for Jake Zim

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Jake Zim has been tapped by Sony for a newly-created role in its virtual reality division. Zim will be senior vice president in the studio’s Vr division, and will work on building a slate of narrative Vr content for the motion picture group. Zim was moved over from his role as Svp of digital marketing at Sony. Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, appointed him to the role, the company announced Monday. Also Read: Stacey Snider's Fox Takeover May Mean Personality Clash With Top Execs, Insiders Say In his new role, Zim will work closely with Kuni Suzuki, »


- Meriah Doty

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Bet Awards Plummet 29 Percent in Total Viewers From Last Year

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Sunday’s Bet Awards dropped 29 percent of last year’s total viewers — at least in terms of those tuning in through the main cable channel. And versus Chris Rock‘s hosting turn in 2014, last night’s awards show was down a whopping 43 percent. This Sunday’s celebration was hosted by “Black-ish” co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross for the second year in a row. Last night’s Bet Awards aired across all 12 Viacom networks — the first time ever, and probably an effort to make up expected eyeball losses. All told, the dozen cable channels combined for 7.2 million total live viewers. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Game of Thrones': How the Books Fleshed Out Walder Frey’s Pies

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(Warning: “Game of Thrones” and “A Song of Ice and Fire” spoilers ahead) We only got a few minutes of Arya Stark in the season finale of “Game of Thrones,” but it was a big few minutes. Using the mask magic of the Faceless Men, Arya killed the mastermind of the Red Wedding, Walder Frey … but not before presenting him with a pie made from the carved bodies of his sons. It’s a pretty gruesome end for the Freys, but it’s also one that nods back to George R.R. Martin‘s books. In “A Song of Ice and Fire, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Money Laundering

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Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller pleaded guilty to federal bankruptcy fraud and money laundering on Monday in Pittsburgh. Miller was indicted in October on charges of concealing income in the amount of $675,000 from her stint on the Lifetime reality show in 2012 and 2013. During that same period, her dance studio filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Federal agents claimed Miller created bank accounts to conceal income she earned as an instructor on the show, which follows competitive young dancers and inevitably showcases conflicts between their mothers and Miller. Also Read: 'Real Housewives of Orange County' Star's Son Arrested for Attempted Murder In addition, »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Minecraft’ Movie Gets Release Date From Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. Pictures has dated their feature adaptation of mobile game sensation “Minecraft.” Rob McElhenney, of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fame, will direct the film, which is scheduled for a May 24, 2019 release. “Minecraft” is one of several examples of mobile hits getting the big screen treatment. Also Read: Why 'The Angry Birds Movie' Won't Slingshot Rovio to Disney Heights Activision Blizzard has properties like “Candy Crush” ripe for the feature treatment, and producer Tripp Vinson has partnered with Halfbrick Studios to adapt the produce-slicing game “Fruit Ninja.” The appetite for such content is still unknown. Sony »


- Matt Donnelly

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CBS ‘Virtually Done’ With TV Upfronts Ad Sales

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CBS is leading the charge to close its upfronts books, and the network is “virtually done” with a lucrative ad sales period, a person close to the broadcaster told TheWrap. This time around, volume rose 3-5 percent versus the prior year, we’re informed. The so-called Tiffany Network hauled in more total dollars, and non-sports primetime increased by low double-digits. CBS will share “Thursday Night Football” with NBC this fall, so Les Moonves and co. have fewer games to make big bucks off of, 30-seconds at a time. The company also doesn’t have the Super Bowl this coming winter, »

- Tony Maglio

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Women in Hollywood React to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

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The Supreme Court voted Monday to strike down Texas’s abortion regulations, and women in Hollywood are ecstatic. As TheWrap previously reported, the justices voted 5-3 to repeal restrictions that governed how abortion clinics operated. Female stars including Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Wilde and Elizabeth Banks took to Twitter and Instagram to share their excitement for another step of progress for women’s rights in America. Also Read: Donald Trump Says Abortion Should Carry 'Some Form of Punishment' for Women (Video) See the social media reaction below. Crucial step forward for reproductive rights. ???? https://t.co/VKAwIWm2o2 — olivia »


- Rasha Ali

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Warner Bros. to Bring ‘Supergirl,’ ‘The 100,’ ‘Riverdale’ to Comic-Con

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Warner Bros Television is bringing a record 21 shows to the 2016 San Diego Comic Con, including fan favorites “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “The 100,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Among the high profile new shows are NBC superhero comedy “Powerless,” ABC’s time travel thriller “Time After Time” and The CW’s Archie adaptation “Riverdale.” Things will kick off Wednesday night, Preview Night, with screenings of new pilots “Riverdale,” “Powerless,” “People of Earth,” “Frequency” and “Time After Time.” Also Read: CW Reveals Fall Premiere Dates: 'The Flash' Kicks Things Off The 2016 San Diego Comic Con will run from Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, »


- Linda Ge

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‘Newtown’ Documentary Acquired by Abramorama

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The U.S. theatrical rights to Kim A. Snyder’s documentary “Newtown” have been acquired by Abramorama, the company announced Monday. Produced by Ivts, The Orchard will handle TV (excluding PBS) and all home entertainment in North America. “Newtown” chronicles how the lives of those living in the small Connecticut town were altered forever after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 elementary and six educators in 2012. Also Read: 'Newtown' Director Kim A. Snyder Explores Resilience in Wake of Mass Slaughter (Video) The documentary played in Greenwich, Connecticut after the mass shooting in Orlando, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Neon Demon’ Director Wants to Make a Batgirl Movie

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The Neon Demon” director Nicolas Winding Refn would love to adapt a comic book story for the big screen, and would be particularly interested in directing a Batgirl movie. “God, I would love to make one, it would probably be great fun,” Refn told Business Insider. “I just don’t know when it’s going to happen. I very much enjoy my freedom creatively, but I also would love to make one of those big Hollywood films that costs a lot of money and has a lot of people running around with cell phones and all that insanity.” Wonder Woman, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Supreme Court Abortion Rights Decision Sets Twitter on Fire

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Monday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down rules governing Texas abortion clinics on Monday has set Twitter on fire as justices voted 5-3 in favor of clinics. In a tweet signed, “H,” meaning Hillary Clinton wrote it herself, the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “Scotus’s decision is a victory for women in Texas and across America. Safe abortion should be a right — not just on paper, but in reality.” Clinton then noted that “This fight isn’t over: The next president has to protect women’s health. Women won’t be ‘punished’ for exercising their basic rights.” Also Read: »


- Brian Flood

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Watch the Best Prince Tributes at the Bet Awards — aka the Prince Tribute Awards (Videos)

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Who had the most moving Prince tributes at the Bet awards? Let’s see. The Roots, Erykah Badu and Bilal Badu did a soulful rendition of “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker.” Bilal came on stage to take over and do an ever-so-smooth cover of “The Beautiful Ones.” Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly and Jennifer Hudson Wonder and Kelly started off the performance with “Take Me With U.” They were later joined by Jennifer Hudson, who wore a white hooded mini dress for a solo rendition of “Purple Rain.” Hudson didn’t even stay on stage to receive her well-deserved applause. She started walking backstage near the. »


- Rasha Ali

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Ratings: Univision’s Copa America Final Defeats ABC’s Game Show Debuts

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Univision: 1. Everyone else: Nil. At least, that’s how last night shook out in Nielsen TV Ratings across the key 18-49 demographic. ABC did manage to win Sunday in total viewers, airing three game show premieres. Univision scored its rare demo victory thanks to the Copa America Final, which saw Chile defeating Argentina in penalty kicks. Also Read: Brexit Vote Coverage Hands Fbn First Primetime Ratings Sweep Over CNBC Univision was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but fourth in total viewers with an average of 4 million, according to preliminary numbers. ABC was second in ratings with a. »

- Tony Maglio

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Johnny Depp’s Ex Winona Ryder Calls Abuse Allegations ‘Unimaginable’

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Winona Ryder has spoken up about Amber Heard‘s abuse allegations toward Johnny Depp, saying the actor was “never abusive at all towards” her during their engagement. “I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different than what is being said,” she told Time. “I mean, he was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves. It’s hard because I feel like — that’s my experience. And it’s been a very long time. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Spike Lee Gets Mocked for Looking Like Willy Wonka at Bet Awards

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Spike Lee is getting mocked for his outfit at Sunday night’s Bet Awards, drawing comparisons to Willy Wonka and the Mad Hatter for his tribute to late musician Prince. The “Chi-Raq” director wore a purple suit and top hat, prompting many on social media to blast him for his outfit choice. “I know Spike Lee is dressed to honor Prince, but that hat makes him look like Johnny Depp in every movie he’s ever been in,” Guardian reporter Dave Schilling wrote. Also Read: Is Justin Timberlake 'Appropriating' Black Culture? Here's His Response “Spike Lee really outchea looking like The Mad Hatter. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Austin Powers’ Is a Dramatic Man of Mystery in Gritty Trailer Recut (Video)

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A new “Austin Powers” trailer makeover proves Mike Myers‘ goofy international man of mystery can be just as dramatic as Daniel Craig‘s James Bond. All he needed was the right music. The fan-made “modern trailer” recuts scenes from the comedic trilogy with a dramatic score, action scenes, and intense dialogue, like the moment Powers confronts his father. Also Read: Mike Myers Signs Overall Deal With HBO The “Austin Powers” films earned $473.2 million at the domestic box office collectively. The first, “International Man of Mystery,” was released in 1997. Watch the parody of a parody above. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Thanks, Brexit! Dow Drops Another 293 Points in Monday’s First Hour of Trading

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Panicked Americans are sell, sell, selling: the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped nearly 300 more points in Monday’s opening hour of trading. The barometer-esque index suffered more than a 600-point drop on Friday, following the British vote to depart the European Union — aka the “Brexit.” The decision immediately sunk the value of the Pound, and didn’t do the Euro any favors either. Below is a look at the past five trading days for the Djia. The damage obviously only comes from two of those heavy sell-off periods, but the other 72 hours are good for added perspective. The actual drops are indicative. »

- Tony Maglio

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Stacey Dash Plans ‘New Political Movement’ for Hollywood and Beyond

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Stacey Dash, an often controversial actress-turned-pundit, has launched a new website and movement, Dash America, which has big plans for Hollywood. Or so she says in her announcement on Patheos. “I believe we can and must return to Reagan’s Hollywood, a time when movies were pro-America, pro-freedom, and pro-family values,” Dash wrote. “We are going to make that happen by writing, producing, and distributing films that showcase what is great about America and show us how to achieve its potential.” Also Read: Stacey Dash Says Transgender People Should Pee 'In the Bushes' She didn’t outline how she plans to accomplish her goal, »


- Brian Flood

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