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11 Labor Day Weekend Binge-Worthy Picks: ‘Empire’ Marathon to Wes Craven Horror Classics

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Labor Day is upon us! In between all the pool parties, BBQs, and general tomfoolery you will no doubt be indulging in this weekend, take some time out for something really important and binge watch your favorite movies and TV shows. Need to catch up on Season 1 of “Empire” before the second season premieres on Sept. 23? FX has you covered. Or if you want to watch Sylvester Stallone pummel opponents in the ring then blow them apart on the battlefield, watch the “Rocky” marathon on the El Rey Network followed up with the first three “Rambo” movies on Netflix. Check out TheWrap‘s complete Labor. »


- Linda Ge & Joe Otterson

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Ambi Group Buys Exclusive Media’s Library: ‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘Memento,’ ‘Cruel Intentions’

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Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group has acquired a majority of Exclusive Media Group’s film library, which includes approximately 400 titles such as “Donnie Darko,” “Memento” and “Cruel Intentions,” it was announced Friday in advance of the Toronto International Film Festival.   Ambi is acquiring the library in partnership with Raven Capital Management, a New York-based private equity firm. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The acquisition covers a diverse portfolio of critical and commercial hits as well as cult favorites, including “Begin Again,” “End of Watch,” “The Ides of March,” “Hit & Run,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Suge Knight Did Not Kill Eazy-e, Rapper’s Daughter Says

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The daughter of N.W.A rapper Eazy-e sought to dispel rumors that former Death Row Records boss Suge Knight killed her father by injecting him with the HIV virus, denying that Knight caused the death. During an interview on Dr. Zoe Today, E.B. Wright denied that Knight had anything to do with her father’s death. “I want to ask you personally, do you feel like Suge Knight had any direct effect on your father’s death?” host Dr. Zoe Shuster asked. Also Read: Dr. Dre and Ice Cube Want Out of 'Straight Outta Compton' Wrongful Death Lawsuit “No, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Jews No Longer Run Hollywood, Google Says

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“Who runs Hollywood?” Up until Friday, Google’s widely used “direct answers” search tool offered a decisive answer. Wait for it… “Jews.” But after that response kicked up an online firestorm on Friday and charges of digital anti-Semitism, the tech giant quickly changed its algorithm to produce a less contentious search result. Also Read: Google Reveals New Logo Following Company Restructuring Last year, the people at Google started toying with new ways to run searches, inserting a white box above the blue links where it put answers to more complicated questions. A search for “Who runs Hollywood?” produced a befuddling answer box and link from. »

- Itay Hod

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Aretha Franklin Sues to Block Screening of ‘Amazing Grace’ Documentary at Telluride Film Festival

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Updated 12:44 p.m. Pt on Sept. 4, 2015: The Telluride Film Festival is “still planning on screening” the documentary “Amazing Grace,” a spokesperson told TheWrap on Friday. Previously: Aretha Franklin has filed a lawsuit against Telluride Film Festival for an emergency injunctive relief to stop scheduled screenings of the documentary “Amazing Grace.” According to the lawsuit, the documentary film consists mostly of footage from Franklin’s 1972 concert performance at the New Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California. However, the singer claims she never gave permission for the footage to be used in “any commercial context, and has not authorized »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Barry Sonnenfeld, ‘True Blood’ Ep to Shepherd Netflix’s Lemony Snicket Reboot

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Barry Sonnenfeld and “True Blood’s” Mark Hudis have come on board to shepherd Netflix’s planned reboot of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” TheWrap has learned. Hudis will executive produce and serve as the new series’ showrunner, while Sonnefeld will direct and exec produce. The books’ author Daniel Handler will also serve as an Ep. Netflix first acquired the project in November. “A Series of Unfortunate Events” follows three orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, who are placed in the care of their uncle, Count Olaf, after their parents die. Unfortunately, Olaf turns out to be villainous, »


- Linda Ge

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Jim Carrey Showtime Pilot ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Casts ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Star

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’s” Rj Cyler has been cast in the Showtime pilot “I’m Dying Up Here.” Cyler will play struggling comedian Adam in the large ensemble comedy. Based on the book by William Knoedelseder, the project is set in Los Angeles during the 1970s. It is written and executive produced by former stand-up comedian Dave Flebotte (“Will & Grace”). Jim Carrey will executive produce, and Jonathan Levine (“50/50”) will direct. Michael Aguilar (“The Departed”) and Christina Wayne (“Copper”) serve as executive producers for the pilot from Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment. Also read: Teddy Roosevelt Limited Series in Works. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Justin Bieber Smashes One Direction Record to Tune of 21 Million: ‘What Do You Mean?’ by the Numbers

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Justin Bieber smashed a Spotify record with his latest single, “What Do You Mean?” on Thursday. In the five-day period after the song’s release it was played on the streaming service more than 21 million times, besting the record previously held by One Direction’s latest, “Drag Me Down.” “What Do You Mean?” also topped “Drag Me Down” as the fastest track in history to hit No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart. Also read: Justin Bieber to Perform on 'Think It Up' Telecast Much of the single’s success could be attributed to its heavy promotion and substantial social media buzz. »


- Reid Nakamura

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5 Biggest Revelations From Hillary Clinton’s MSNBC Interview: Trump ‘Candidate of Being Against’ (Video)

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In her second national broadcast interview of the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton sat down with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell to try and set the record straight on the email controversy swirling around her for months. She also touched on the “unfortunate development” that is Gop frontrunner Donald Trump as well as the potential of Vice President Biden to become her latest Democratic challenger (by not really addressing it at all). Here are the 5 biggest revelations from Clinton’s MSNBC sit-down. 1.No Apologies Mitchell pressed the former Secretary of State twice on whether she wanted to apologize to the American people for using her private. »


- Jordan Chariton

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Chrissie Hynde Brushes Off Criticism Over Rape Comments

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Chrissie Hynde isn’t backing down after catching heat for suggesting that women who dress provocatively entice rapists. In an interview with the Washington Post on Thursday, the 63-year-old musician brushed off the criticism over her comments, saying, “If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask me for it.” Hynde also said that she’s not sure she regrets making the comments. Also Read: Chrissie Hynde Under Fire for Suggesting Women Who Dress Provocatively 'Entice' Rapists “ entitled to say whatever they want,” Hynde said. “Do I regret saying it? I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Ian McKellen Drama ‘Mr. Holmes’ Copyright Infringement Suit Settled

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Attorneys for the estate of Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle have reached a settlement with Roadside Attractions, Penguin Random House and director Bill Condon over the Ian McKellen film “Mr. Holmes.” The July release, about the twilight years of the famous detective, was hit with a copyright infringement suit from the Doyle estate in late May. The film’s source material, Mitch Cullin’s novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” borrowed too heavily from the existing pool of Holmes stories, the suit claimed. “We’ve reached a settlement in principle,” Holmes estate attorney Benjamin Allison told TheWrap Friday. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Americans Spend More Time Watching Netflix Than Shtupping

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The average American spends more time watching TV and movies on Netflix than they do eating, reading or having sex, according to a new study. A study conducted by TDGResearch found that the average Netflix subscriber spends 90 minutes per day streaming videos. Exstreamist compared that number to the amount of time spent on other activities and found that Netflix almost always comes out on top. At least compared to its subscribers, who apparently don’t spend much time on top, underneath or in any other carnal position. According to the report, Netflix easily trumps reading as Americans’ favorite pastime; the »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Star to Play Lead in Disney Channel Comedy ‘Stuck in the Middle’

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Jenna Ortega, best known for playing the younger version of Gina Rodriguez on The CW’s “Jane The Virgin,” has landed her own Disney Channel sitcom called “Stuck in the Middle,” TheWrap has learned. The family comedy will center around the Diaz family, and the rest of the cast includes Ronni Hawk as Rachel, Kayla Maisonet as Georgie, Isaak Presley as Grant, Nicolas Bechtel as Danny, Malachi Barton as Beast and Ariana Greenblatt as Daphne. Ortega will play Harley, a middle school student and engineering whiz who uses her inventions to navigate through life as the middle child in a large family. »


- Linda Ge

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Jared Fogle Mocks ‘To Catch a Predator’ Pervs in Newly Unearthed Footage (Video)

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Want to kick off your Labor Day weekend with a heaping plate of irony, topped off with a layer of schadenfreude? Why don’t you have a seat right over there, and watch this video. In a newly unearthed clip, disgraced former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle — who’s currently facing at least five years in prison for possession of child pornography and having sex with minors — mocks the unlucky saps of “To Catch a Predator” for their naivete. For those unfamiliar with the NBC series, “Predator” documented a sting operation that lured men to a location with the promise of sex. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Emily Ratajkowski Calls ‘Blurred Lines’ Music Video ‘Bane of My Existence’

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Emily Ratajkowski, who just recently starred opposite Zac Efron in box office bomb “We Are Your Friends,” isn’t too happy that people are still talking about Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” music video, which put her on Hollywood’s radar in 2013. Ratajkowski became engraved in pop culture as the stand-out topless girl in the controversial music video, which was banned from YouTube before being re-uploaded with age restrictions. “I wasn’t into the idea at all at first,” Ratajkowski told InStyle U.K. “I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video. Now, it’s the bane of my existence. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Ratings: ‘Rookie Blue,’ ‘Mistresses’ Finales Rise But ‘Big Brother’ Wins the Night

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ABC’s “Mistresses” and “Rookie Blue” saw higher numbers in their season finale episodes Thursday, but CBS’ “Big Brother” won the night, according to preliminary numbers. While, like last Thursday, early numbers were skewed due to local NFL pre-emptions, preliminary data puts CBS on top. “Big Brother” got a 2.4 rating and was watched by 8.2 million viewers, though a repeat of “Big Bang Theory” was the most watched show of the night. “Mistresses” on ABC, wrapping up its third season, got a 1.4 rating, up from 0.8 last week, while “Rookie Blue,” wrapping up Season 6, got a 1.2 rating, also »


- Linda Ge

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‘Daredevil’ Star Jon Bernthal Offers First Look at the Punisher’s Arsenal (Photo)

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Jon Bernthal will play The Punisher in season two of the Marvel/Netflix series “Daredevil,” and offered fans a first look at the character’s extensive arsenal this week. Bernthal tweeted a picture of himself standing before a wall filled with weapons. The caption on the picture simply read, “Punish.” Marvel announced in June that Bernthal would appear as the comic book character in the second season of “Daredevil.” While the exact nature of The Punisher’s role during the season is unknown, fans have speculated that the character’s tendency to kill his opponents will put him in direct »


- Joe Otterson

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Watch Angelina Jolie’s Emotional Acting Class Footage From 2000 (Video)

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A recently unearthed video shows Angelina Jolie delivering a powerhouse performance during an acting class in 2000. The video shows a 25-year-old Jolie raging at a fellow class member while yelling, “I want to hurt you, I need to hurt you.” She commits to the haunting and scary monologue by going so far as to cry at the end of it. Also Read: Angelina Jolie Pitt's 'By the Sea' to Open AFI Film Festival Jolie was possibly channeling her inner Lisa, the character she played in “Girl, Interrupted,” which earned her an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role sometime around the time. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Game of Thrones’ Casts ‘UnREAL’ Star Freddie Stroma

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Game of Thrones” has cast “UnREAL” star Freddie Stroma for the HBO fantasy drama’s upcoming Season 6. He’ll play Dickon Tarly, brother of Samwell (John Bradley). This year, fans can expect to meet Sam’s full family, including his father, Randyll Tarly. Before “UnREAL,” Stroma was best known for his role as Cormac McLaggen in the “Harry Potter” franchise. He’s also appeared in both “Pitch Perfect” films. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Breaks World Record With Season 5 Premiere Mega-Simulcast On Wednesday, the George R.R. Martin adaptation cast Danish actor Pilou Asbaek as Euron Greyjoy. Asbaek appeared »


- Tony Maglio

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Kanye West Defeats Donald Trump in The New Yorker’s Throwback 1948 Cover

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The New Yorker isn’t taking Kanye West’s vow to run for president in 2020 lightly, so the magazine produced a cover lampooning the results of the election five years in the future. “Trump Defeats Kanye” (pictured above) features a throwback to the classic 1948 Chicago Daily Tribune front page that wrongly reported “Dewey Defeats Truman.” “Kanye’s 2020 Vision,” by Barry Blitt, fast-forwards the iconic cover to the Kayne age, comparing the husband of Kim Kardashian to former president Harry Truman. Also Read: Donald Trump Would Love to Face Kanye West in 2020 Presidential Election “When one considers Mr. West, it doesn’t take a whole lot. »


- Jordan Chariton

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