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‘Zoolander 2’ Trailer: Ben Stiller Returns to Model Form in New Teaser (Video)

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Not since 2001 — or last week — has the modeling world seen such phenomenal stupidity. Derek  Zoolander, the world’s dumbest model, returns in the new teaser trailer for “Zoolander 2,” starring Ben Stiller. Opening with a Big Bang and traveling through space and time to land in Zoolander’s face, Paramount’s new clip ponder’s life’s great mysteries, including the snapping of brain synapses that must occur for someone to be so dense. The film reunites stars Stiller and Owen Wilson from the 2001 cult hit comedy, “Zoolander,” which follows male model and imbecile Derek Zoolander as he attempts to foil the assassination of the. »


- Deborah Day

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Special Olympics Athlete Missing in La, Police Say

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An Albanian athlete competing in the Special Olympics World Games has been missing for more than 12 hours, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Andi Gusmari, 44, was last seen Saturday around 11 p.m. near the University of Southern California campus, in the Exposition Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles. He was wearing a red Special Olympics Albania shirt, the Lapd tweeted Sunday morning. Also Read: Avril Lavigne Returns to Stage for Special Olympics Opening Ceremony Performance (Video) Gusmari has a speech impediment and does not speak English but will respond to his first name, according to police. He is 5 feet, »


- Anita Bennett

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Amy Schumer Responds to Open Letter About Lafayette Theater Shooting: ‘Don’t Worry I’m on It’

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Amy Schumer has responded to an open letter about the Lafayette, Louisiana theater shooting in which a gunman killed two women before turning the gun on himself at a screening of “Trainwreck.” “Don’t worry I’m on it. You’ll see,” the “Trainwreck” star and writer tweeted Saturday in response to the letter posted by Sarah Clements, who said her mom was a survivor of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. In the letter, Clements calls on Schumer to speak out against gun violence and “demand change.” Also Read: Lafayette Theater Shooting Prompts Hollywood Calls for Stricter Gun Control »


- Anita Bennett

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Dr. Dre’s First Album in 15 Years, ‘Compton: A Soundtrack,’ to Drop Friday

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Dr. Dre is about to give his fans something they’ve waited 15 years to get — a new album. The hip-hop mogul announced Saturday on his Beats 1 radio show “The Pharmacy,” that his third solo album, “Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre,” will drop on Friday, Aug. 7, exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music. Dre said the project was inspired by the upcoming feature film “Straight Outta Compton,” which traces the origins of N.W.A., the legendary rap group that made Dre, Ice Cube and the late Eazy-e famous. Also Read: 'Straight Outta Compton' Review: Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and N.W.A. Get. »


- Anita Bennett

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Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission Impossible’ Blows Up Box Office With His Best Debut in a Decade

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Reports of Tom Cruise’s demise as an A-list action movie star seem to have been greatly exaggerated. Powered by the actor’s best opening in a decade, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” exploded for an impressive $56 million at the box office this weekend, blowing past two-time reigning champ “Ant-Man,” the R-rated comedy sequel “Vacation” and analysts’ projections. It was the best opening for Cruise since 2005’s “War of the World” rolled out with $64 million and the super spy franchise’s best since “Mission Impossible II” debuted to $57 million in 2000. The muscular rollout — $15 million above Paramount Pictures’ projections — left »


- Todd Cunningham

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‘Downton Abbey’ Ep Gareth Neame Says a Movie ‘Could Be a Wonderful Thing’

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Downton Abbey” has just two weeks of production left, and TV critics were treated to a final season teaser Saturday at the summer TCA press tour. Naturally, the happy threat of a feature film to follow Season 6 was a hot topic at hand. “We might,” a guarded Executive Producer Gareth Neame told reporters of a possible movie. “There are no firms plans about that at all.” Later, he added: “I think a ‘Downton’ movie could be a wonderful thing.” Also Read: Norman Lear Updates 'One Day at a Time' Reboot News On the small screen, while Season 6 will say goodbye to. »


- Tony Maglio

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Norman Lear Updates ‘One Day at a Time’ Reboot News

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A sharp 93-year-old Norman Lear graced the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour Saturday, when he talked everything from politics (“You will not fuck with my Bill of Rights”), potential reboots of his classic shows, to PBS, which is honoring the TV icon via an upcoming “American Masters.” Lear updated reporters on his plans to remake an English-language all-Latino version of “One Day at a Time,” a reboot that was first reported in January. Lear told reporters on Saturday that he’d like the single mother to have a son and a daughter this time as opposed to two daughters, »


- Tony Maglio

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Lollapalooza Scene and Heard: Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, Vic Mensa, Kellan Lutz (Updating Photos)

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Paul McCartney and Alabama ShakesBrittany Howard did a duet, Kanye West’s rising star and fellow Chicagoan Vic Mensa jumped off a lighting rig, Kaskade took his production in to the crowd, and a Fugee delivered a celebrity sighting freestyle. Here’s the best of the fleeting moments, behind the scenes, and highlights from Chicago. Also Read: 11 Reasons Lollapalooza Music Festival Is Better Than Coachella Paul McCranky Paul McCartney made light of the sound bleeding over in to his headlining set from Kaskade’s thumping spaceship a quarter mile away. “It’s like a mash-up between me and whatever s— they’re playing, »


- Mikey Glazer

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New Relativity Details: Studio Lost $135 Million in 2013 (Exclusive)

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As the Relativity Media bankruptcy continues to play out, more financial details from the company’s recent operations are emerging that confirm the studio’s mounting losses over the past few years. Relativity posted negative net income for the last three years, losing an astonishing $135 million in 2013 on $379 million in revenue, according to a pro forma document obtained by TheWrap (see image). In 2014, Ryan Kavanaugh’s company lost a comparatively modest $23 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Ebitda) on $506 million in revenue. Also Read: Requiem for Relativity - Hollywood Should Mourn the Loss of a Studio The. »


- Sharon Waxman

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Channing Tatum Closes Deal on X-Men Spinoff ‘Gambit’ After Negotiations Hit Snag

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Channing Tatum has closed his deal to star in 20th Century Fox’s superhero movie “Gambit,” an insider with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap. The move comes just three days after TheWrap exclusively reported that the deal between the actor and studio for the X-Men spinoff was in jeopardy. Representatives for 20th Century Fox and Tatum could not immediately be reached for comment. Also Read: Channing Tatum Superhero Movie 'Gambit' in Jeopardy as Deal Unravels (Exclusive) Insiders told TheWrap on Tuesday that the studio had been in the process of testing young actresses to star alongside Tatum, »


- Joseph Kapsch and Matt Donnelly

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‘Mercy Street’ Creator Says Confederate Flag Controversy ‘Has Been On All of Our Minds’

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David Zabel, co-creator and executive producer of PBS’ upcoming Civil War-era drama series “Mercy Street,” said that the recent controversy over the Confederate flag has informed the making of the show. “Of course it’s been something that has been on all of our minds making the show,” Zabel said Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “I believe the show will be even more useful now.” The controversy over the flag, he added, “makes the story that we’re telling more pertinent, more timely, more illuminating” Set in a Union hospital in the occupied Confederate city of Alexandria, »


- Daniel Holloway

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Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Aunt Walks Out of Funeral

1 August 2015 12:45 PM, PDT

Leolah Brown, the sister of Bobby Brown, spoke to reporters Saturday after walking out of the private funeral for her niece, Bobby Kristina Brown, Saturday in Alpharetta, Ga. Brown said that she left during the eulogy being given by Bobby Kristina’s maternal aunt, Pat Houston, the sister-in-law and former manager of the late Whitney Houston. “Whitney will haunt Pat Houston from the grave,” Leolah Brown said to reports. “She will haunt her.” “Pat, it’s not over,” she continued. “It has just begun. It has just begun.” Also Read: Bobbi Kristina Brown's Boyfriend Nick Gordon Begs With Family »


- Daniel Holloway and Tony Maglio

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‘Game of Thrones’ Casts ‘Deadwood’s’ Ian McShane for Season 6

1 August 2015 11:55 AM, PDT

Ian McShane has bee cast in the sixth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The actor will play an unidentified role. It will be McShane’s first appearance on an HBO series since the Western drama “Deadwood,” for which he won a Golden Globe award in 2005 for his work as Al Swearengen. Also Read: Starz’s Chris Albrecht Responds to HBO Chief’s ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Diss: ‘I Have Never Seen ‘Ballers” Production has already begun on the sixth season of “Game of Thrones.” The series is nominated for 24 Primetime Emmy Awards, including best drama series. HBO programming president »


- Daniel Holloway

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‘Sherlock’s’ Steven Moffat Says Government Pulling BBC Funding Would Be ‘Vandalism of the Worst Kind’

1 August 2015 11:41 AM, PDT

Steven Moffat ripped the British government Saturday during “Sherlock’s” TCA panel, calling the potential for the BBC’s pulled public funding “vandalism of the worst kind.” “I think what’s going on is outrageous. It’s absolutely terrible and wrong and ill conceived,” Moffat told a Beverly Hilton ballroom full of TV critics. “It staggers me that we’ve got a government got elected, and decided that the main problem with Britain is our national broadcasting. Does anybody think that?” “They must have something more important to do,” he continued. “The trouble is, it’s an oddity — the BBC — to say the least. »


- Tony Maglio

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PBS to Use ‘Downton Abbey’ for ‘Mercy Street’ Launch

1 August 2015 10:38 AM, PDT

PBS is hoping that it’s most successful series ever can help launch one of its newest dramas. “Mercy Street,” PBS’ first American-made drama in more than a decade, will premiere Jan. 17 at 10 p.m., following hit drama “Downton Abbey.” The premiere of “Downton’s” final season will be Jan. 3. PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger announced the premiere strategy Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. Kerger acknowledged that the series will leave a void when it departs television at the end of next season, saying “it’s brought a lot of people back to public television. »


- Daniel Holloway

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‘Nature Cat’ Star Bobby Moynihan Compares PBS Kids Show to ‘SNL': ‘We’re Puppets Too’

1 August 2015 9:52 AM, PDT

PBS’ animated “Nature Cat” may be aimed at kids, but it boasts the voices of “SNL” veterans Bobby Moynihan, Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. The crossover casting makes plenty of sense to Moynihan, who told television critics on Saturday that animation, sketch comedy and even the Muppets all exist under basically the same umbrella. “I’ve always been a big Muppet guy,” Moynihan said of his participation in an animated children’s show. “‘The Muppet Show’ to me, and ‘Sesame Street’ … they’re in the same world as ‘SNL.'” “It’s all a variety show — it just happens that some of them. »


- Tony Maglio

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Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ Throttles Box Office With $20 Million Friday

1 August 2015 9:04 AM, PDT

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” roared out of the gate with an estimated $20.3 million Friday, blowing away two-time defending champ “Ant-Man,” the raunchy “Vacation” sequel and analysts’ projections on its way to an opening weekend north of $50 million at the box office. The fifth film in Paramount Pictures’ 19-year-old action franchise is on pace for its biggest opening since “Mission Impossible II” debuted with $57 million in 2000, and will be the best for Cruise since 2005’s “War of the Worlds” rolled out with $65 million in 2005. It’s well ahead of the expectations of Paramount, and reestablishes Cruise’s action-star credentials »


- Todd Cunningham

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Andre Benjamin Cast in ‘American Crime’ Season 2

31 July 2015 7:00 PM, PDT

Andre Benjamin has been cast in the second season of ABC’s anthology series “American Crime.” The move reunites Benjamin with the show’s creator and executive producer John Ridley. The two worked together on the 2014 film “All Is by My Side,” which Ridley wrote and directed and in which Benjamin starred as a young Jimi Hendrix. Benjamin will star opposite Regina King as Michael Lacroix, an architect who is married to King’s character, Terri. The two form a wealthy power couple who have the means to defend their son when he becomes embroiled in a scandal at an elite private school. »


- Daniel Holloway

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Showrunner Promises ‘Plenty of Encounters of the Walker Type’

31 July 2015 5:08 PM, PDT

Fear the Walking Dead” is going to be pretty different from its “mothership,” AMC’s megahit zombie series “The Walking Dead,” according to cast and creators. Speaking onstage at the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour, showrunners Dave Erickson and Adam Davidson promised a much more “slow burn” of a story of how the human population disintegrates into a zombie apocalypse. “It is by design, we tried to slow burn the story,” said Erickson. “It’s as much about the anxiety and tension that goes along with this outbreak as it is about the confrontations with the zombies.” Also Read: The Scene at TCA:. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Into the Badlands’ Star Daniel Wu Talks ‘Walking Dead’-Size Ambitions

31 July 2015 5:02 PM, PDT

“Into the Badlands” star and executive producer Daniel Wu, in talking up AMC as the appropriate home for his forthcoming martial-arts drama series, invoked the network’s signature genre show, “The Walking Dead.” “For us, that was the ambition of being on AMC — they elevated the zombie drama to something that was very artful,” Wu said Friday at a panel for the show during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “That was sort of our ambition for this show, to take martial arts and create these fights,” Wu said, “but also create these characters that would be intriguing and have. »


- Daniel Holloway

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