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Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dead at 71

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Jack Bruce, the former bassist and vocalist for rock group Cream, has died. He was 71. “It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” the musician's loved ones stated on his Facebook page. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.” See Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) The cause of death is undisclosed. Bruce had been diagnosed with liver cancer in 2003, and underwent a liver transplant that year. Born in Scotland. »


- Gina Hall

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Chris Rock: No, I Didn't Get an Offer to Host the Oscars

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Chris Rock didn't get an offer to host the upcoming Academy Awards – because if he did, he would have said yes. That's what Rock told TheWrap on Friday, following reports elsewhere that announced Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris may not have been the first choice of producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Also read: Neil Patrick Harris: How Good an Oscar Host Will He Be? One report insisted that Zadan and Meron had made an offer to this year's host, Ellen DeGeneres, and followed that with an offer to Rock before turning to Harris. And while it's pretty much a no-brainer that. »


- Steve Pond

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Benedict Cumberbatch Has Got the Moves Like Beyonce (Video)

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Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks may have to recruit Benedict Cumberbatch. The “Sherlock” actor shed his intense on screen persona on “The Graham Norton Show” to imitate Beyonce's famous moves. See video: Benedict Cumberbatch on Why There Are No Sex Scenes in ‘The Imitation Game’ Host Graham Norton was chatting with comedienne Miranda Hart regarding her take on certain types of “walks” people have. When it came to the “rock star” walk, Hart noted that none do it better than Queen Bey. See Photos: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 19 Cast Revealed (Photos) After Hart gave her own impression, »


- Gina Hall

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MSNBC's Alex Wagner Slams Sen. Ted Cruz for ‘Ludicrous’ Fear Mongering in Houston

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MSNBC host Alex Wagner had a bone to pick with Houston conservatives on Friday when she called out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-tx). In 2010, Houston became the largest city to elect an openly gay mayor. This May the city approved the “equal rights ordnance,” which bans discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in businesses that serve the public. However, a petition that included several pastors was submitted to strike down the ordnance due to the “perceived threat of male sexual predators dressed in drag entering women's restrooms.” See photos: 24 TV Newscasters Ranked by Popularity (Photos) On “Now With Alex Wagner, »


- Gina Hall

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Rainn Wilson Drops Vine Star From Comedy After Outcry Over Assault Charges

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Rainn Wilson has dropped Vine video star Curtis Lepore from his new scripted series. Earlier in the week Wilson announced comedy “Hollywood and Vine,” noting that it would feature five popular video creators from the six-second video platform. Produced by Wilson's SoulPancake, the series was set to star Jerry Purpdrank, Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd, Christian DelGrosso, and Lepore. There was a huge outcry at the selection of Lepore after it was learned that he had a rape charge involving by his ex-girlfriend, fellow Vine star Jessi Smiles, at the beginning of the year. The charges were later reduced to felony assault. »


- Gina Hall

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Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson Bring The Drama in Fox's ‘Empire’ Preview (Video)

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Here's a look at the dynamic new promo out for the new drama “Empire.” From the looks of the trailer, there's going to be a lot of juicy drama as fame and family collide. See photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The Fox  show is coming to you from producers Brian Grazer (“A Beautiful Mind:), Lee Daniels (“Lee DanielsThe Butler,” “Precious”) and Danny Strong (“Game Change”). The drama, set in the world of a hip-hop empire, follows family dynasty that functions within a world of glamour, danger, sex and power. The cast includes Terrence Howard (“Crash”) and Taraji P. Henson »


- Gina Hall

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‘Ouija’ Holding Off Keanu Reeves’ Surging ‘John Wick’ at Box Office

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“Ouija” brought in $8.2 million on Friday and the spirits — and numbers — say the teen horror tale will win the pre-Halloween weekend box office with $20 million for Universal Pictures. Keanu Reeves‘ “John Wick” took in a strong $5.4 million Friday to claim second place. That puts the well-reviewed R-rated assassin tale from Summit Entertainment on pace for a $14 million weekend — nearly double analysts’ projections and better than the opening weekend of his most recent film, last year's big-budget bomb “47 Ronin.” Brad Pitt‘s World War II saga “Fury,” last weekend's No. 1 movie, was third Friday with »


- Todd Cunningham

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‘Haven’ Star Emily Rose Talks Mara-Audrey Aftermath and ‘Orphan Black’ Comparisons

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Syfy's “Haven” pulled off a twist no one saw coming when it separated its leading lady into two distinct — but identical — characters. Series star Emily Rose, who now plays both Audrey Parker and her evil counterpart Mara, told TheWrap that she's glad she gets to keep both personalities for the foreseeable future. See photos: ‘American Horror Story’ to ‘True Detective': 8 Anthology Series That Are Changing TV “I was a little scared to let Mara go,” Rose said. “Fortunately, I didn't have to do that.” Mara and Audrey are now running around Haven, Maine, at the same time, though Audrey has. »


- Linda Ge

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Olivia Wilde, Kate Hudson, Aaron Sorkin to Honor Fearless Female Journalists

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CNN correspondent Arwa Damon, Serbian TV reporter Brankica Stanković, and the editor-in-chief of one of the few independent media outlets in the Congo, Solange Lusiku Nsimire, will be honored by their peers at the 25th International Women's Media Foundation's Courage in Journalism Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday. The Iwmf celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to speak out on global issues. In protest of the owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel's policies, the Iwmf cancelled their contract with the hotel and moved it to the Beverly Hilton earlier this year. Also read: Beverly Hills. »


- Mikey Glazer

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Google Executive Breaks Daredevil Felix Baumgartner's Outer Space Freefall Record

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Alan Eustace, senior vice president of knowledge at Google, free-fell from 135,890 feet up in the stratosphere and broke the world altitude record in the process. The executive made the jump in the New Mexico desert on Friday after he was lifted into space by a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium to an altitude of over than 25 miles, before being cut free by a small explosive device. See photos: Moguls Converge on Sun Valley for Allen & Co. Retreat (Photos) “It was amazing,” Eustace, 57, told The New York Times after his magnificent leap. ”It was beautiful. You could see the. »

- Linda Ge

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ABC's ‘Manhattan Love Story’ Is First Cancellation Casualty of New Season

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ABC's romantic comedy chronicling the courtship of two New Yorkers has been canceled. The Tuesday night sitcom, which was paired with fellow freshman sitcom “Selfie,” failed to resonate with audiences in its 8:30 timeslot. Jake McDorman and Analeigh Tipton star in the half-hour comedy as a pair of young people who are set up and then awkwardly fumble their way into a romance. The show was characterized by the duo's internal dialogue layered over each of their scenes. See photos: Fall TV Preview: 85 New and Returning Shows “Manhattan Love Story” debuted to a 1.3 rating, which marked a 55 percent slide from. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Grimm’ Star David Giuntoli on the Loss of Nick's Powers: ‘He Grieves It’

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It's a new chapter for “Grimm” as it launches its fourth season on Friday. Its hero, a member of a class of humans who are able to see demons among us, has lost his superhuman abilities. “He deals with loss the same as every other person,” star David Giuntoli, who plays Nick Burkhardt, told TheWrap. “He grieves it.” On the Season 3 finale, Nick's powers were stolen from him via a spell cast by witch aka hexenbiest, Adalind (Claire Coffee). But, the loss doesn't mean the demon-fighting is over. See photos: Fall TV Preview: 85 New and Returning Shows “He has to remember why he. »


- Jethro Nededog

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‘Kingdom’ Stars Matt Lauria and Jonathan Tucker Talk Building Chemistry Through Pain (Video)

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Developing chemistry with your castmates isn't always easy. In fact, sometimes it can be a painful experience. Matt Lauria and Jonathan Tucker, stars of the DirecTV mixed-martial arts drama “Kingdom,” sat down with TheWrap for an episode of “Drinking With the Stars” to talk about the process of preparing for the show — in particular, the weeks of Mma training that the actors endured. Also read: DirecTV Orders 20 More Episodes of ‘Kingdom’ According to Tucker, it was far from a day in the park. “I think by the second week we were all driving back in the car together and we were all a. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Which Female Filmmaker Should Direct ‘Wonder Woman'? (Poll)

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Multiple reports surfaced Friday that Warner Bros. was angling for a female filmmaker to direct Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman,” which is slated for 2017. The obvious choice might be Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), as she's the only woman to ever win a directing Oscar, but she's far from the only qualified candidate. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? Other named contenders include Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer's Body”), Julie Taymor (“Frida”), Mimi Leder (“Deep Impact”) or Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”). But what about “Lost in Translation” auteur Sofia Coppola or “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling? They, »


- Travis Reilly

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Freddie Wong Has Bone to Pick With Google; Thinks It's Time to Finance Web Series Like ‘Video Game High School’

24 October 2014 4:11 PM, PDT

Freddie Wong's series “Video Game High School” is quickly proving that long-form content can attract massive audiences and advertising dollars on the Internet. But are Google's metrics making it too challenging for various web series to succeed? See photos: ‘American Idol’ to Launch Google Voting and Facebook Live Stats This Week After starting as an independent production, Wong's “Vghs” has lit up YouTube, generating an audience of more than 84 million views in its first two seasons of the 40-minute episodes. The third season of the teen dramedy — set in a world where the coolest high-school kids are intense gamers – has already accumulated. »


- Gina Hall

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Lionsgate Launches Unique Tumblr Campaign for Found-Footage Bigfoot Movie ‘Exists’

24 October 2014 2:07 PM, PDT

Lionsgate and Digital Media Management have teamed up to create a unique interactive adventure on Tumblr to promote “Exists,” a found-footage creature feature from director Eduardo Sanchez (“The Blair Witch Project”). The experience allows users to interact with the movie's characters and determine which direction the story takes by giving them different scenarios and choices at each turn, making it challenging for users to find their way to safety. Each choice includes a piece of rebloggable content — such as GIFs, videos and images — enabling fans to share their chosen path with their own followers, further promoting the film's content »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Camp X-Ray’ Review: Kristen Stewart Goes to Gitmo, Without a Script

24 October 2014 2:06 PM, PDT

Stone walls do not a prison make, nor does a promising concept necessarily guarantee a satisfying film. “Camp X-Ray” has a great idea behind it — a young female soldier assigned guard duty at Guantanamo Bay forms a kinship with one of the incarcerated Muslims — but first-time writer-director Peter Sattler doesn't go anywhere interesting with that notion. Neither the soldier nor the detainee (never call them “prisoners,” we're told early, lest the the Geneva Convention apply) emerges as a particularly memorable character, and while the ongoing situation at Gitmo is a fertile topic for discussion, Sattler doesn't bring much »


- Alonso Duralde

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Shatters ‘Iron Man 3' Record With 34.3 Million Views in Just 24 Hours

24 October 2014 1:56 PM, PDT

The teaser trailer for Marvel's “Avengers: Age of Ultron” broke records racked up an astonishing 34.3 million global views in just 24 hours. The previous record holder was Marvel's own “Iron Man 3” with 20 million views in the same time frame. The “Avengers” trailer was “leaked” online Tuesday, but Disney made it official, releasing the trailer along with the film's poster. See Photos: ‘Marvel's Daredevil’ First Looks Released by Netflix (Photos) Robert Downey Jr.Chris Evans, Chris HemsworthScarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo star in the Joss Whedon-directed superhero sequel. The studio will release another exclusive look from “Avengers” at 9 p. »


- Gina Hall

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Weather Channel Shakeup: Sam Champion's ‘Amhq’ Senior Executive Producer Being Replaced

24 October 2014 1:51 PM, PDT

The Weather Channel just took a Sharpie to its live TV organizational chart. Angie Massie, former CNN showrunner for “Rick's List” and ‘The Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin,” has been named senior executive producer of morning line-up, including Sam Champion's “Amhq.” She will replace Scott Warren, who is leaving the organization. “I know I speak for everyone and especially the ‘Amhq’ team when I thank Scott for the energy and heart he brought to the launch of ‘Amhq,'” Nora Zimmett, senior vice president of Programing, said in a Friday internal memo. “His efforts were a key factor in our being able to launch such. »


- Tony Maglio

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Sarah Palin Slams Media Over Coverage of ‘Frightening’ Family Brawl

24 October 2014 1:50 PM, PDT

Sarah Palin scorched the media for making light of her family's “frightening” brawl at a party in Anchorage in September. Weeks after the incident was reported on fuzzy details — the Anchorage Police Department would not confirm the famous family was involved — Palin took to Facebook on Thursday to vent. See video: ‘The View's’ Nicolle Wallace on Working for Sarah Palin: I Have Political Staffer Version of Ptsd “What happened on the night in question wasn't funny. It was humiliating and frightening,” Palin wrote in a long status update. “The broken ribs, black eyes, and messed up elbows and knees suffered by. »


- Greg Gilman

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