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Rashida Jones Rips Cannes High Heels Rule: ‘A Snobbery Thing … Sexist’ (Video)

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Rashida Jones took a strong stance Tuesday evening on Comedy Central’s “Nightly Show” against a Cannes Film Festival rule that requires women to wear high heels on the red carpet, calling it “a snobbery thing” and “sexist.” Overseas at the French film fest, women wearing flats were turned away from walking the Cannes carpet — including a woman who practically had an amputated foot, Larry Wilmore informed his 11:30 p.m. crowd. The comedian and former “Daily Show” contributor then took the controversy to his “Nightly Show” panel, which included the “Parks and Rec” star. “It’s part of a larger problem, »


- Tony Maglio

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Amy Schumer Defends Bill Cosby Against Rape in New Courtroom Sketch (Video)

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Never one to shy away from controversy, Amy Schumer debuted a new sketch Tuesday on her Comedy Central series in which she acts as the defense attorney for Bill Cosby in the Court of Public Opinion. In the sketch, Cosby’s trial is concluding and Schumer is presenting her closing arguments. She begins by playing the theme song from “The Cosby Show” and then plays a clip from the long-running NBC sitcom. “Did anyone feel raped by that?” Schumer asks the jury. “How about drugged? Me either. I felt comforted by a familiar father figure.” See photos: Bill Cosby's »


- Joe Otterson

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Wrapid Fire: ‘American Horror Story’ Star Sarah Paulson Reveals Greatest Fear (Video)

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“American Horror Story” star Sarah Paulson revealed her biggest fear in the latest episode of “Wrapid Fire,” a lightening-fast round of questions asked during TheWrap’s “Drinking with the Stars.” “You name it, I’ve got it,” Paulson, who begins filming “Ahs: Hotel” in July, says. “Clowns are scary.” Fans of “Ahs: Freak Show,” which featured serial killer Twisty the Clown, should know just how terrifying the circus entertainers can be. See video: Sarah Paulson Teases Villainous 'American Horror Story: Hotel' Role, Plan to Become BFFs With Lady Gaga What about her favorite scary movie? Favorite celebrity tweeter? »


- Wrap Staff

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Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Buble, Piers Morgan and Marlon Wayans to Guest Judge ‘America’s Got Talent’

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Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Bublé, Piers Morgan and Marlon Wayans are set to serve as guest judges on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” this summer, joining full-timers Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel to help whittle the acts down to 36. The four-week long judge cuts will premiere on July 14 (8-10 p.m. Et) and will lead into the live Radio City Music Hall performance shows beginning Aug. 11 (8-10 p.m.). The guest judges, who will join the regular panel one at a time for a week apiece, will also be able to use the Golden Buzzer for their favorite act, »


- Tony Maglio

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Rand Paul Tells Jon Stewart ‘First Amendment Is About the Right to Be Despicable’ (Video)

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The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart confronted U.S. Senator Rand Paul about seemingly contradictory stances the Republican party has on personal freedoms when the 2016 presidential candidate stopped by on Tuesday. Stewart noted that some of the same people who were opposed to a mosque being built in downtown New York City following 9/11 now support companies calling themselves “Christian businesses” that refuse service to homosexuals, citing religious freedom. “There’s … something that we need to separate out; for example, when they told me that they were going to build a mosque at 9/11 , I was horrified and thought that was »


- Deborah Day

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‘San Andreas’ Review: Dwayne Johnson Does His Best Charlton Heston as California Quakes

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The debris rains down on the just and the unjust alike in “San Andreas,” another movie designed to sate our apparent collective desire to watch Los Angeles crumble into the sea. While the new film doesn’t quite reach the level of the 1970s Irwin Allen disasters to which it aspires, it does give you an idea of what Allen might have wrought if he’d had a 21st century CGI paintbox at his disposal. The film’s characters mostly fall into tropes that disaster fans will find familiar: Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson), a helicopter pilot with the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Search. »


- Alonso Duralde

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Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Ellen DeGeneres Join List of World’s Most Powerful Women

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Eleven entertainers made Forbes’ 2015 list of The World’s Most Powerful Women, with Oprah Winfrey leading the pack at #12. The television titan is this year’s “top ranking billionaire,” with a net worth of $3 billion. Trailing behind is Beyoncé at #21, while Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour ranked highest in the media sector at No. 28. Forbes says its rankings, released Tuesday, are based on “money, media momentum, spheres of influence and impact.” Also Read: Oprah Finally Wins An Oscar -- Well Sort Of Daytime host Ellen DeGeneres (#50) and “Modern Family” actress Sofía Vergara (#57) represented television stars. Among the “celebrity »


- Wrap Staff

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‘Grace and Frankie’ Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

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Netflix has renewed “Grace and Frankie” for a second season, series co-creator and executive producer Marta Kauffman confirmed at a Netflix event held at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. “It’s so awesome to do a show on Netflix,” Kauffman said at an awards season for your consideration panel, “because two and a half weeks after we launched, Miley Cyrus does a tweet about your show, and they call and say, ‘We’d like to do a Season 2.’ So yes, there is a Season 2. We have Ted and Miley to thank.” Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star »


- Deborah Day

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Artists Get New Ammo in Battle With Labels Over Streaming Revenues

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For some time, we’ve seen signs that top music performers feel on the spot with Spotify, worried that they are losing out financially as the industry shifts to a more streaming-centric business model. And last week’s disclosure of a previous, now-expired licensing deal between Spotify and Sony gives them even more ammunition. As reported by The Verge, the contract included a “most favored nation” clause, allowing for Sony to amend the terms with Spotify if other labels negotiated better deals. As International Artists Association President Paul Pacifico said in a statement, “Labels are only required to fulfill the duty to the artist. »

- Jon Erlichman

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Own’s Iyanla Vanzant Visits Baltimore to ‘Fix the City,’ Twitter Responds With Collective Eye Roll

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Iyanla Vanzant has already tried to fix troubled rapper Dmx, Chris Brown‘s ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran and a man who fathered 34 children with 17 women. Now she is taking on her biggest challenge yet — the city of Baltimore. The host of Own’s “Iyanla: Fix My Life” will tape three sessions this week at Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple, the church announced Tuesday on Instagram. Following the April 27 funeral of Freddie Gray, the African-American man who died after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in police custody, Baltimore faced several days of unrest and calls for changes in the city’s policing policies. »


- Anita Bennett

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Azealia Banks to Star in RZA-Directed Feature, ‘Coco’

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Rapper Azealia Banks will make her feature acting debut in the Lionsgate drama “Coco,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA (“The Man With the Iron Fists”) is set to direct the film, which follows Banks as as a twentysomething rapper in Brooklyn who wants to pursue a music career despite her parents’ desire for her to finish college. Following her parents’ advice, she enrolls in college and experiences the power of the spoken word. Also Read: 'Gang Related' Star RZA Praises Show's Scripted Drug Slang: 'These Motherf-ckers Are Going Deep' Other cast members include Jill Scott, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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David Oyelowo on Potential Ava DuVernay Marvel Movie and Whether He Would Ever Play a Superhero

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As Ava DuVernay continues talks with Marvel about directing a superhero movie, she is getting a vote of confidence from someone who knows her work well — “Selma” star David Oyelowo. In a wide-ranging interview with TheWrap while promoting his new HBO film “Nightingale,” Oyelowo said he found the prospect of DuVernay helming a Marvel film exciting. “The thing about Ava is everything she touches she elevates,” said the actor, who also previously worked with DuVernay on “Middle of Nowhere.” “She bakes into it who she is,” he added. “So, if Marvel is as smart and as brave to go on that. »


- Linda Ge

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Female Executive Exodus at La Times Revives ‘Boys Club’ Questions for Tribune (Exclusive)

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Three top female executives have exited the Los Angeles Times since parent company Tribune installed a new chief revenue officer earlier this year, TheWrap has learned, bringing in male hires and raising questions whether past complaints of a “bankrupt culture” will be revived. Vice President of Film Advertising Francie Berns was fired in the beginning of May, while Vice President of Classified and Retail Advertising Leslie Lindemann, a nearly 30-year veteran, will exit June 1 after negotiating a severance agreement, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Heidi Linnebach, the Director of Live Entertainment, Spirits and Sports Advertising, resigned in late April, »

- Matt Donnelly

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‘Young and the Restless’ Star Kristoff St. John Files Wrongful Death Suit Over Son’s Suicide

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Kristoff St. John, who’s best known to soap-opera fans as Neil Winters on ‘The Young and the Restless,” has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a mental health facility, claiming that his son Julian died as a result of “widespread and pervasive” negligence on the facility’s part. The lawsuit, filed by St. John and his ex-wife Mia, claims that the November suicide of Julian would have been prevented had staff members at La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Long Beach, Calif., acted “with even the slightest regard for Julian’s safety.” The claim is filed against La Casa’s parent company, »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Point Break’ Remake Trailer Teases Heist at 30,000 Feet (Video)

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Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey channel their best Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves in the first trailer for “Point Break,” the remake of the classic Kathryn Bigelow 1991 actioner. The action film directed by Ericson Core has Bracey playing Johnny Utah, originally portrayed by Reeves, and Ramirez as philosopher-antagonist Bodhi, memorably played by Swayze in the original. The new film moves from the Southern California surf scene and goes international, with the first trailer teasing such extreme stunts as a skydiving bank heist, as well as action sequences involving snowboarding, base jumping and mountain climbing – all in the name of disrupting the. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Tomorrowland’ Sputters in First Day at China Box Office

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Disney’s sci-fi adventure film “Tomorrowland” is off to a slow start in China, with early Tuesday numbers pointing to a box office debut of less $3 million. “Tomorrowland,” starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson, topped the Memorial Day box office domestically over the weekend, but its four-day haul of $41 million was below the expectations of analysts and less than the studio had hoped for. “Tomorrowland” will take in $2.6 million in its first day of release in China, according to projections from Chinese tracking service Entgroup posted by BoxOffice.com. By comparison, “Fast and Furious 7” took in a. »


- Todd Cunningham

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ReCode Acquired by Vox Media After 18 Months

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Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg’s Re/code has been acquired by Vox Media in all-stock deal. “We are thrilled to announce that Re/code’s parent company, Revere Digital, is being wholly acquired by the highly respected digital-native media company Vox Media,” the site announced Tuesday. Swisher and Mossberg plan to remain with the site, which has become a go-to news source for tech-industry executives. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Also Read: 15 Gadgets and Stars to Get Excited About at 2015 CES (Photos) Swisher and Mossberg, former Wall Street Journal writers and editors, founded the site AllThingsD and a highly successful conference. »


- Linda Ge

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Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard Channel the ’70s in New ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Trailer (Video)

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In a new trailer for the indie drama “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” an insecure teenage girl records an audio journal of her sexual awakening — including her affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, who’s played by Alexander Skarsgård in a creepy ‘stache. Director Marielle Heller‘s first feature, which Sony Pictures Classic acquired at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will open in limited release on Aug. 7. The film follows British newcomer Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze, a 15-year-old whose illicit relationship is recorded in commentary and confessions that are refreshingly blunt, though sometimes unsettling. Also Read: Sundance: Sony Classics Buys Kristen. »


- Kathy Zerbib

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Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, John Gallagher Jr. to Star on Broadway in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’

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Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne and John Gallagher Jr. are returning to Broadway to star in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” by playwright Eugene O’Neill, Roundabout Theatre Company and American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy announced on Tuesday. The performance will mark the fifth Broadway production in Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary season. “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” is about an ordinary summer’s day with extraordinary consequences: It’s the story of the Tyrone family attempting to unearth and conceal a lifetime of secrets. Also Read: Jessica Lange Talks Hollywood Ageism, Sexism: Industry Is Run With Male Point »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Vincent D’Onofrio in Talks to Star as Villain in ‘CHiPS’

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After playing a villain on “Daredevil,” Vincent D’Onofrio is in talks to play the bad guy in Warner Bros.’ “CHiPS,” an individual with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap Tuesday. The film is an adaptation of the classic 1970s cop show of the same name. The NBC series, which ran from 1977 to 1983, followed the adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers. The big-screen version has already enlisted Dax Shepard and Michael Pena as beloved officers Jon Baker, played by Larry Wilcox, and Erik Estrada’s Frank Poncherello, respectively. Shepard is also directing and co-writing the screenplay after Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove wrote. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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