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NFL Domestic Abuse Scandal Is a Wake-Up Call and May Finally Bring Change

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The bad news just keeps rolling in during what sports insiders are calling the “NFL's worst week (now month) ever,” but there may be a light at the end of this troubling domestic abuse-plagued tunnel. First there was the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice domestic violence scandal. Then Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson and Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy were put on their team's exempt lists as of Wednesday, and most recently Arizona Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer was arrested for domestic violence. But the NFL and the teams involved “will prevail, they will learn from this,” crisis management expert and CEO Centurion Michael Bilello told TheWrap. »


- Debbie Emery

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Real-Life Jerry Maguire: NFL Must Respond to Domestic Abuse Fiasco, But Don't Villainize Roger Goodell

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The NFL's crisis of star players allegedly — and admittedly — committing domestic abuse has created a window of opportunity for the country's most popular sports league. The NFL must step up and lead a larger campaign combating violence against women and children, super-agent Leigh Steinberg said. “Clearly, the NFL reacted way too slowly to recognize the specter of domestic violence and the critical role it could play in making an impact on the problem,” Steinberg told TheWrap on Thursday. “In a larger sense, though, it just reflected society. (Commissioner) Roger Goodell didn't create the issue of domestic violence, and »


- Jordan Zakarin

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Metro Los Angeles Removes ‘Red Band Society’ Bus Ads for ‘Offensive Language’

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Metro Los Angeles has removed “Red Band Society” bus ads after getting what it calls an “earful” from the community over “offensive language.” Board Chair and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti apologized for posting the Fox advertisements in the first place, admitting that their policy “needs to be tightened.” The ad in question is part of a national campaign in which star Octavia Spencer‘s character is referred to as a “Scary Bitch.” TheWrap first posted the ad exclusively. Also read: Octavia Spencer Labeled ‘Scary Bitch’ on New ‘Red Band Society’ Poster (Exclusive Photo) Metro Los Angeles spokesperson Marc Littman »


- Tony Maglio

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‘The View’ Fired Up Over Obama and Isis: ‘Damn it, I'm Getting Tired of These People Trying to Scare Us’ (Video)

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One week after President Obama addressed the nation regarding his plan to degrade and destroy terrorist group Isil/Isis, “The View” has decided to tackle what's going on in the Middle East. “If we don't take this stand, we're going to be afraid all the time,” Whoopi Goldberg told her co-hosts. “I don't want to send anymore of our sons and daughters back into war, but damn it, I'm getting tired of these people trying to scare us.” Also read: President Obama Plans to ‘Destroy’ Isis With Military Action in Iraq, Syria Also part of Thursday morning's “Hot Topics” segment was Obama's sinking approval. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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‘Super 8's’ Gabriel Basso Joins Tom Hanks in Meg Ryan's Directorial Debut ‘Ithaca’

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The Big C” star Gabriel Basso has joined the cast of Meg Ryan's directorial debut “Ithaca,” an individual familiar with the indie movie has told TheWrap. Erik Jendresen's adapted William Saroyan's novel “The Human Comedy,” which chronicles life in a small California town during World War II. Also read: ‘Kings of Summer’ Star Gabriel Basso Joins Hailee Steinfeld in ‘Barely Lethal’ (Exclusive) Basso joins Ryan, Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard and Jack Quaid in the film, in which the young actor will play the role of Tobey George. Janet Brenner and Laura Ivey are producing while Hanks and »


- Jeff Sneider

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Larry Ellison Steps Down as CEO of Oracle

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Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO of Oracle to become Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board and its Chief Technology Officer. The title of CEO will be split between Safra Catz and Mark Hurd. Catz will oversee all manufacturing, finance, and legal functions. Hurd will be in charge of sales, service and vertical industry global business. “Safra and Mark will now report to the Oracle Board rather than to me,” said Larry Ellison. “All the other reporting relationships will remain unchanged. The three of us have been working well together for the last several years, and we plan to continue working together for the. »


- Gina Hall

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NFL Player Jonathan Dwyer Beat Wife and Son, According to Police

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One day after NFL player Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges, law enforcement officials released new details about the alleged crime. In a police report released Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals running back was accused of head-butting his 27-year-old wife and breaking her nose after she refused to have sex with him. Authorities say he punched her in the face the next day. He also punched walls and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who was not injured, according to police. The arrest makes Dwyer, 25, the fourth NFL player to be embroiled in a domestic abuse scandal following disturbing. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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Adrian Peterson's Mother Defends Suspended NFL Star's Violent Discipline: ‘It's About Love’

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has come under heavy fire after being indicted by a Texas grand jury on charges of injury to a child in connection to a beating he gave his four-year-old son, but his mother is standing by him. Bonita Jackson spoke out to defend suspended son on Wednesday and argued that violent discipline is actually an act of parental love. See video: Charles Barkley Defends NFL's Adrian Peterson: ‘We Spank Kids in the South’ “I don't care what anybody says, most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes,” she told the Houston Chronicle. »


- Travis Reilly

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Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay Producing Cocaine Project With TNT

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Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay and TNT are apparently big on cocaine these days. Or, at least, high on the idea of doing a show about cocaine. TNT has placed a pilot order for an offering currently being referred to as Untitled Cocaine Project, which Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay will executive produce. Also read: DC Comics’ ‘Titans’ Nears Pilot Order at TNT The project is described as a serialized character drama that brings the audience into the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. Jonathan Littman (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) and “Cocaine Cowboys” duo Billy Corben and Alfred. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘The Intouchables’ Directors’ Follow-Up ‘Samba’ Finds U.S. Distribution

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Broad Green Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Samba,” Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's follow-up to their 2012 hit “The Intouchables,” the company announced Thursday. Bgp plans to release the film in the second half of 2015 in theaters across the U.S. and build upon the incredible box-office success of its predecessor. “The Intouchables” broke box office records in France and was the top grossing French-language film in the U.S. in the last decade. The film stars Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim. Samba Sy) has worked day and night for the last 10 years, trying to support his. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Daniele Watts’ Boyfriend Reveals Why the Actress ‘Pulled the Race Card’ During Police Stop

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Daniele Watts has been accused of playing the race card after refusing to hand over identification to Los Angeles police officers who detained her last week. But boyfriend Brian James Lucas has defended her actions, explaining she's been subjected to similar treatment on several occasions. Also read: ‘Django Unchained’ Actress Daniele Watts Under Scrutiny: Her Credibility Is Going to Be in the Toilet “ was the third time in the past few months that and I have had to deal with cops profiling a ‘black and white couple,'” he said Wednesday in a Facebook statement. On Sept. 11, the “Django Unchained” actress made headlines when. »


- Travis Reilly

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Lifetime Announces Premiere Date For Aaliyah Biopic ‘The Princess of R&B’

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Lifetime has decided on a premiere date for “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.” The two-hour made-for-tv movie will air on Nov. 15, the cable channel announced on Thursday. Alexandra Shipp will star as the late entertainer, replacing Zendaya Coleman, who was originally cast in the role. Shipp is best known for playing KT Rush on the Nickelodeon series “House of Anubis.” Also read: Alexandra Shipp Replaces Zendaya as Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic (Photo) “The Princess of R&B,” executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams, will tell the story of Aaliyah's life, which ended when she »


- Ryan O'Connell

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Oscars to Add Winning Foreign Language Director's Name on Statuette

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Directors who have films in competition for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film will have more of a personal stake in the competition this year than ever before. For the first time, the Academy will engrave the name of the director on the Oscar statuette given to the winning film, instead of just the name of the country of origin. The change was approved by the AMPAS Board of Governors at the urging of Producers Branch governor Mark Johnson, who is heading the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee for the 13th time in 14 years. It was recently. »


- Steve Pond

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Anthony Mackie Joins Sandra Bullock in George Clooney-Produced ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier” star Anthony Mackie is joining Sandra Bullock in political dramedy “Our Brand Is Crisis,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Directed by David Gordon Green, the film is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name about a U.S. political strategy firm hired by a controversial South American politician in a presidential election. Peter Straughan wrote the script. Also read: Sandra Bullock in Talks to Star in George Clooney-Produced ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ (Exclusive) George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing through their Smokehouse Pictures banner, while Bullock will also serve as an. »


- Linda Ge

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Tom Brady Posts His Pre-nfl Résumé in Funny #Tbt Facebook Post

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Following weeks of bad news and disgruntled sponsors plaguing the NFL, one of the faces of the league elicited some much-needed laughter from fans on Thursday. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shared his pre-draft résumé with his 2.5 million Facebook fans in a refreshingly positive post. Brady won this Throwback Thursday, writing: “Found my old resume! Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round.” Also read: CBS’ Les Moonves Sidesteps Ray Rice Scandal; Touts NFL's ‘Phenomenal Ratings,’ Rising Ad Rates Included in the star's list of achievements: a bachelor's degree in general studies, an internship at Merrill Lynch, »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Avatar’ Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Dismissed

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A judge ruled in favor of James CameronTwentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment Thursday, finding that it could not be proven that they stole copyrighted ideas for the 2009 blockbuster “Avatar.” Also read: James Cameron Reveals ‘Avatar’ Sequel Script Plans During Reddit Ama United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman, Southern District of New York, dismissed the suit by artist Roger Dean, who alleged that Cameron had stolen ideas from several of his works. The pertinent opinion: The works are indisputably similar insofar as they present the natural world in a fantastical way by depicting airborne land masses. But Plaintiff »


- Jordan Zakarin

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TLC's ‘Breaking Amish’ Tackles Adoption, Racism in New Season (Video)

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Season 3 of TLC's “Breaking Amish” introduces a new cast of young Amish people making their way to New York City to experience a different kind of life. For some, as seen in this clip (above), it might be a relief to get away from the stifling and judgmental small rural community they grew up in. Season 3 will introduce viewers to Matthias, a Bulgarian-born orphan who was adopted by his Amish family at age 4. Also read: TLC Sets ‘Breaking Amish’ Season 3 Premiere Date, Releases First Trailer (Exclusive) “You know, they don't see many brown Amish people,” the 22-year-old Matthias »


- Linda Ge and Jethro Nededog

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‘Tyrant’ Renewed for Season 2 by FX

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Tyrant” will continue its reign on FX. FX has renewed the drama for a second season, the channel said Thursday. Production on the 13-episode second season is scheduled to begin next spring, for a summer 2015 premiere. Also read: ‘Tyrant’ Agreement Reached Between Twentieth Century Fox and King Midas World Entertainment The series, from executive producer Howard Gordon, stars Adam Rayner as Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed, the son of a Middle East dictator whose life as a doctor living in America is turned upside-down when he returns to his homeland to attend a relative's wedding and is drawn into a political crisis. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Chuck Todd's ‘Meet the Press’ Ratings Fall Back Down to Earth in Week 2

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Meet the Press With Chuck Todd” has come back down to Earth in the new host's second week, though the sophomore effort still slightly topped the news program's quarter-to-date average. On Sunday, NBC's public affairs show pulled in 2.589 million total viewers, with 668,000 coming from the key 25-54 demographic. That first number represents a seven percent increase from comparable episodes in 2014's Q3. Todd's debut last week drew 2.977 million total viewers, the show's biggest audience since March. Also read: ‘Meet the Press’ Gets Ratings Bump With Chuck Todd Debut All that said, “Meet the Press” was bested by CBS's “Face the Nation” and. »


- Tony Maglio

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CBS Promotes Karen Church, Fern Orenstein to Svp, Casting

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Karen Church and Fern Orenstein just landed new roles, as senior vice president, casting for CBS Entertainment. Church and Orenstein have both been promoted to the position, CBS's executive vice president, talent and casting Peter Golden said Thursday. Also read: CBS’ Les Moonves Sidesteps Ray Rice Scandal; Touts NFL's ‘Phenomenal Ratings,’ Rising Ad Rates Reporting directly to Golden, the pair join CBS casting senior vice presidents Lucy Cavallo in Los Angeles and Amy Herzig in New York. Church (pictured at left), was previously vice president, casting at CBS Entertainment, and will oversee the casting of series regular and guest-starring roles on CBS comedies. »


- Tim Kenneally

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