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The CW’s ‘The Messengers': 5 Things to Know About New Religion-Themed Drama

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“The Messengers” is about big ideas and big battles, but at the core of it is six or seven disparate characters who may hold the fate of the world in their hands. And there is also a very strong sci-fi element with religious undertones. The action is kicked off by a group of strangers being killed and then brought back to life with mysterious superpowers, soon discovering that they have been chosen for a reason. It’s an element showrunners and stars aren’t shying away from. Also Read: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 (Photos) “It’s basically the Book of Revelations, »

- Linda Ge

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Lucas Till Will Return as Havok in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

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Lucas Till is set to return as Havok in Bryan Singer‘s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the director announced on social media Friday. Havok is a mutant with the ability to absorb and discharge energy who previously appeared in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” and Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender star alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne, while newcomers include Ben Hardy, Lana Condor and Olivia Munn, who was recently cast as Psylocke. Also Read: Olivia Munn Cast as Psylocke Alongside Jennifer Lawrence in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Singer is directing from a script by Simon Kinberg, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Johnny Kemp, ‘Just Got Paid’ Singer, Dead at 55

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Johnny Kemp, who rose to fame with the 1988 single “Just Got Paid,” died this week in Jamaica, the Associated Press reported. He was 55. According to police, the singer’s body was found floating at a Montego Bay beach on the Caribbean island early Thursday. A cause of death has not yet been determined. See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 Kemp, originally from the Bahamas, arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship, according to police. Further details about his visit were not immediately available. Kemp received a Grammy nomination for “Just Got Paid,” which reached the top spot on the U. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Set for Fall 2016 Release

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Tristar Pictures has set a November 11, 2016 release date for Ang Lee‘s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” the studio announced Friday. Based on the bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, the story follows 19-year-old Texas-born infantryman Billy Lynn (played by newcomer Joe Alwyn) and his fellow U.S. servicemen who survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005. The Bush administration brings the veterans home for a victory lap that leads them to the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium where they’re honored during the team’s Thanksgiving halftime show before they return to war in Iraq. Also Read: 43 Summer Movies on Our Radar: From ‘Avengers, »


- Linda Ge

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Netflix Global Subscribers by Country: Canadians Lead the Pack (Photo)

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Canadians and the Brits love their Netflix. Austria and Venezuela, not so much. And don’t even get us started on Luxembourg. Netflix’s international business has yet to turn a profit — last year the division lost $159.8 million — though the company continues to grow overseas. On Wednesday, Netflix revealed that it had 20.88 million total international members, 19.30 million who have paid subscriptions. That’s up from the 16.8 million paid members at the end of 2014. The photo above depicts the company’s biggest foreign countries, in millions of subscribers. Also Read: Netflix Stock Soars $87 Per Share on Day After Q1 Earnings Release Netflix’s first international. »

- Tony Maglio

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Espn Reporter Britt McHenry Shouldn’t Be Punished for Tirade, Towing Company Says

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Britt McHenry, the Espn reporter who was suspended for a week after she was caught on video berating a towing company employee, has just gained an unlikely ally: The towing company itself. The Arlington, Virginia-based Advanced Towing Company, where McHenry unleashed a tirade on April 6 after her car was towed, has issued a statement calling for forgiveness of McHenry. “Parking enforcement is contentious by nature,” the statement said. “At the same time, neither Gina, our lot clerk, nor our company, have any interest in seeing Britt McHenry suspended or terminated as a result of her comments.” Also Read: Espn Reporter Britt. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Zack Snyder Unveils ‘Batman v Superman’ Trailer – For Real This Time (Video)

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Warner Bros. has unveiled the first official trailer for director Zack Snyder‘s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which hits theaters March 26, 2016. Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill star as the titular superheroes alongside Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenberg. The “Batman v Superman” trailer was slated to premiere in select IMAX theaters next Monday but a pirated copy leaked online earlier this week, prompting the studio to take action and release the trailer earlier than planned. Also Read: New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Teases Return of Han Solo (Video) Fans who purchased tickets for the IMAX event will be treated. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Beckhams, Elton John, Kate Beckinsale, Mila Kunis Bring London to La at Burberry Extravaganza (Video)

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Hollywood stars and fashion legends were out in full force for Burberry’s fashion show and party at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Thursday night. It’s a rare night in Hollywood when CAA honchos Kevin Huvane and Bryan Lourd are the faces people can’t place. An arsenal of U.K. fashionistas and global pop culture stars filled a custom built tent at the Griffith Observatory for luxury fashion house Burberry’s “London in Los Angeles” event, a multi-million dollar fashion show, concert and visual spectacle that amounted to a “mountain top buyout.” A night out with the kids… »


- Mikey Glazer

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Oprah Winfrey Network Sues Florida Con Man for Identity Scam

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The Oprah Winfrey Network and former Obama aide Reggie Love are suing a Florida con man claiming that he used Own LLC’s trademarks and names to try and obtain gifts, employment and access to celebrities. In a federal lawsuit filed Friday in the Southern District of Florida, the plaintiffs — Own LLC, former Duke basketball player Love and Own executive vice president Scott Garner —  state that Justin Jackson “pretends to be connected to Own, its employees and others in an effort to obtain financial benefits.” Angel Agarrat is named as a co-defendant in the lawsuit. Jackson is no stranger to legal trouble, »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Furious 7’ Drives Past Billion-Dollar Mark to Become Universal’s Biggest Movie Ever

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Universal Pictures has announced that with Friday’s theatrical grosses “Furious 7” will cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The film is destined to become Universal’s highest-grossing movie ever next week. Continuing to break records at every turn, “Furious 7” marks Universal’s first film to achieve $1 billion during its initial release, with 1993’s “Jurassic Park” having reached $1.044 billion after its 3D re-release in 2013. With total global grosses estimated at $1.009 billion through Friday, “Furious 7” has earned an estimated $735.2 million overseas in 17 days and an estimated $273.7 million in North America after 15 days. “Furious »


- Jeff Sneider

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Hollywood Ready for Hillary 2.0 as Saban, Spielberg, Geffen Line Up Support

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Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her second presidential campaign on Sunday and heads into the primary free of opponents and with the backing of Hollywood’s biggest Democratic supporters. Andy Spahn, who for years worked with Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and David Geffen raising money for Democratic candidates, describes entertainment industry support for Clinton’s presidential race as both deep and wide. Built on years of personal friendships and often dating back to Bill Clinton’s years as president, the support for Hillary has grown as she neared a decision on another presidential run. “Jeffrey, Steven, Haim Saban… you can run down the list. »


- Ira Teinowitz

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Snapchat Renews Sasha Spielberg-Emily Goldwyn Series “Literally Can’t Even” for Season 2 (Exclusive)

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Snapchat’s original mobile series “Literally Can’t Even” has been renewed, a company spokeswoman confirmed exclusively to TheWrap. Season 2 of the show featuring Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn and their (mostly) fictionalized misadventures in Los Angeles will premiere this summer. Season 1 of the series, which debuted on Jan. 31, consisted of nine episodes which aired on Saturdays. In keeping with Snapchat’s ephemeral nature, each five-minute (or so) episode disappears after 24 hours. “We’re very excited about ‘Literally Can’t Even,’ especially the creative storytelling and the unique, made-for-mobile, vertical video format,” Snapchat’s spokeswoman said. Also Read: 15 Famous Snapchat »


- Lia Haberman

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Disney Stock Drops After ‘Star Wars’ Trailer $2 Billion Boost

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Shares of The Walt Disney Company (Dis) were down in Friday trading to the tune of about $2.4 billion, but will likely surpass the near-high they hit Thursday thanks to release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser trailer, CityIndex analyst Joshua Raymond told TheWrap. Most of that was found money from Thursday’s stock increase, as Dis closed at $108.10 apiece yesterday, skyrocketing the overall value of the massive media company, which has 1.7 billion shares outstanding. The stock reached 20 cents higher 25 minutes before Thursday’s final bell, which was just 13 cents less than the company’s all-time best. And that »


- Tony Maglio

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Undergoes Quadruple Bypass Surgery After Hospitalization

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L.A. Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent a quadruple coronary bypass surgery on Thursday after being admitted to UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles with cardiovascular disease earlier this week. A statement released by the hospital on Friday said the former basketball star’s surgery was successfully performed by UCLA’s chief of cardiac surgery Richard Shemin. Abdul-Jabbar is expected to make a full recovery. The UCLA alum thanked his surgical team and medical staff, and asked fans to support members of their community with health issues in lieu of sending well wishes. Also Read: Inside the »


- L.A. Ross

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Sanjay Gupta on ‘Weed 3': Obama Is Pulling for Pot

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta premieres “Weed 3” on CNN Sunday at 9 p.m. Et, and in the third rendition of his weed documentary series, he’s even more pronounced in believing it’s time to legalize marijuana nationwide. The documentary looks at the growing number of positive stories of marijuana helping Americans, including U.S. military veterans suffering from Ptsd, depression and sleep disorders. One particular benefit Gupta and experts he spoke to saw for veterans was the limit of dream recall, which can be particularly beneficial for those who have grizzly memories flooding them during sleep. Also Read: CNN’s Sanjay Gupta »


- Jordan Chariton

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Relativity’s Specialty Division Options ‘The Girl Who Fell From the Sky’ (Exclusive)

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Relativity Studios’ specialty division R2 has optioned Heidi W. Durrow’s “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky” and hired Marissa Jo Cerar to adapt the book and executive produce the film, TheWrap has learned. Durrow’s debut novel follows a young girl named Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. With her strict African-American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her exotic beauty brings mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Directors Slam Russell Crowe’s ‘Water Diviner’ Over Armenian Genocide Denial (Guest Blog)

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Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian, co-directors of “1915 The Movie,” below present an open letter to Warner Bros., regarding the film “The Water Diviner.” On the April 24, 2015, the authors will mark the anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide along with tens of thousands of Armenians in a march from Hollywood Blvd. to the Turkish consulate to protest the country’s ongoing denial of the tragedy. Similar events will be held in New York and other major cities across the globe. The filmmakers will then travel to Armenia to screen “1915” for the Armenian government and their Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee. Dear Warner Bros: On April. »


- Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian

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John Ridley Developing Marvel Series at ABC

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American Crime” showrunner John Ridley is developing a new series with Marvel at ABC, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The project will be Ridley’s second under the “12 Years a Slave” writer’s overall deal at the network and the fourth Marvel series on air or in the works at its Disney sister company. In addition to “Agents of Shield” and its spinoff “Agent Carter,” TheWrap reported earlier this month that ABC was developing a second “Shield” companion series with that series’ executive producer Jeffrey Bell and writer Paul Zbyszewski. Like that project, Ridley’s series »


- L.A. Ross

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Doctors Call for Dr. Oz Firing From Columbia Med School Board: ‘He’s a Quack, ‘Fake,’ ‘Charlatan’

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Dr. Mehmet Oz has come under fire from a group of fellow doctors who want him removed from the Columbia University’s medical school board. Oz currently serves as the vice chairman of the school’s department of surgery. The group took issue with claims he has made that they say lack scientific backing. Dr. Henry Miller, the Robert Wesson Fellow in scientific philosophy and public policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, wrote in the letter: “He’s a fake and a quack and a charlatan.” See Photos: 11 TV Shows Canceled by Controversy — From ‘Honey Boo Boo’ to ‘Politically Incorrect »


- Joe Otterson

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Espn Reporter Britt McHenry Slammed by Obesity Group Over ‘Inappropriate’ Comments in Tow Company Video

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Britt McHenry, the Espn reporter who was suspended for a week after a video of her berating a tow-lot employee surfaced, has drawn the wrath of an obesity group that wants McHenry to apologize personally to the employee she savaged. James Zervios, the vice president of marketing and communications for the Obesity Action Coalition, told TheWrap on Friday that McHenry’s comments were “unacceptable.” “The Oac feels that Ms. McHenry’s comments were inappropriate and only further perpetuate the issue of weight bias. We wouldn’t accept this type of behavior with any other disease, yet with obesity, it’s accepted, »

- Tim Kenneally

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