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Donald Trump Slaps Univision With $500 Million for Dropping Miss USA Pageant

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It’s official: Donald Trump has actually made good on his word on something. Former “Celebrity Apprentice” host and current presidential candidate Trump, who had threatened to sue Univision for dropping the Miss USA pageant, has now filed that lawsuit, and he’s asking for a bundle — $500 million, to be exact. Univision announced last week that it was dropping the pageant, which was scheduled to air on July 12 this year, that it was dropping the ceremony, citing Trump’s “recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants.” Also Read: Conservatives Blast NBC for Firing Donald Trump While Keeping Al Sharpton In a recent speech, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Fox Closes Upfront Ad Sales Down in Pricing and Revenue

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Fox has essentially concluded its upfront ad sales negotiations, with the broadcast net seeing dips in both pricing and revenue, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap. Dollar volume dropped low-to-mid single digits, as Fox’s fallen ratings have led to a concession of sorts in Cpm pricing. Meanwhile, the broader Fox Networks Group (Fng) received flat revenue across the portfolio year-over-year, and even experienced some pricing increases. Overall, the group also experienced progress shifting towards C7 and furthered sales for VOD, online video and mobile. C7 ratings are the average commercial minute ratings plus seven day of time-shifted viewing. »

- Tony Maglio

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Nick Zano Joins Fox’s ‘Minority Report’ in Major Casting Shakeup

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Nick Zano will now serve as co-lead on Fox’s “Minority Report,” playing Stark Sands’ fraternal twin, representing a departure from the creators’ initial plans. The two roles were originally intended as identical twins, each played by Sands. Zano (“Happy Endings,” “2 Broke Girls”) has been cast as Arthur, the twin who uses his precognitive powers to consolidate personal wealth and power, while Sands will play Dash, who selflessly applies his abilities toward the prevention of murders. In the Steven Spielberg sci-fi film on which the TV series is based, the leads were played by identical twins Michael and Matthew Dickman. »


- Tony Maglio

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Announce Divorce Plans After 10 Years of Marriage

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are ending their marriage. The Hollywood A-listers announced Tuesday that they are divorcing after 10 years of marriage. “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” the pair said in a joint statement issued to TheWrap. “We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding.” Also Read: Ben Affleck Slavery Controversy Causes PBS to Delay 'Finding Your. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Terminator Genisys’ Reviews: Critics Nostalgic, Bored Over Reboot

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The latest installment in the “Terminator” franchise, director Alan Taylor‘s “Terminator Genisys” has been taking a beating from critics. The latest attempt to revive the franchise starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which began in 1984 with James Cameron‘s “The Terminator” has been billed as obvious setup for more movies down the line. “The least inspiring thing about ‘Terminator Genisys’ is how it’s a fifth film that doesn’t improve or expand on the prior four so much as it’s meant to clearly set up Part Six, Part Seven and possibly even more,” wrote James Rocchi in his review for TheWrap. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Cable News Ratings: CNN Surges in 2Q, Megyn Kelly Tops June Demo

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CNN saw the most ratings growth in cable news for the second quarter, increasing double digits across the board compared to the same period in 2014. The original cable news network attracted 431,000 viewers and 138,000 demo viewers during the day, up 26 percent and 31 percent, respectively. In primetime, the network drew 560,000 viewers and 195,000 viewers, up 22 percent and 25 percent, respectively. Some CNN highlights included “New Day” beating MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in the demo for the fourth quarter in a row (Mj won total viewers for the fourth straight quarter); “The Lead” with Jake Tapper growing the »


- Jordan Chariton

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‘Jurassic World’ Director’s Next Movie ‘Book of Henry’ May Find a Home at Focus

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Focus Features is in discussions to acquire domestic distribution rights to “Book of Henry,” which is expected to be the next film from “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. “Book of Henry” is an original screenplay written by best-selling novelist Gregg Hurwitz (“You’re Next”). The plot is being kept under wraps, and production will start this fall in New York. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will finance and co-produce the film with Double Nickel Entertainment. Sidney Kimmel will produce along with Double Nickel’s Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman (“Gran Torino”), while Ske’s Carla Hacken and Jim. »


- Jeff Sneider

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Joins Cheryl Burke in Withdrawing From Hosting Miss USA Pageant

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MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts won’t be hosting the Miss USA pageant, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap. The MSNBC host’s exit from hosting is the latest shot fired in the war between NBC and Donald Trump; his co-host Cheryl Burke bolted a few hours before Roberts. Roberts hosted the Miss Universe contest in Sochi, Russia in 2013 and the 2014 Miss USA Pageant from Louisiana with Giuliana Rancic. Also Read: Cheryl Burke Steps Down as 'Miss USA' Co-Host Amid Donald Trump Controversy “In light of the recent statements made by Donald Trump and the subsequent decision by NBC to cut ties with Mr. »


- Jordan Chariton

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Conservatives Blast NBC for Firing Donald Trump While Keeping Al Sharpton

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Conservatives took to social media to blast NBC for a perceived double standard in cutting ties with Donald Trump Monday for his comments about Mexican immigrants while keeping Al Sharpton despite the pastor-turned-msnbc host’s numerous controversial remarks over the years. Fox News mainstays like Greta van Susteren and Brit Hume joined Right-leaning radio hosts such as Neal Boortz, Larry Elder and Jason Mattera in questioning the network’s dumping of Trump while keeping Sharpton in place. Sharpton, they argue, is just as guilty for making “demeaning” comments about race, religion and homosexuality. Despite his well-documented controversial statements, Sharpton maintains his MSNBC hosting. »


- Kathy Zerbib

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‘American Sniper’ Writer Takes Reins of DreamWorks’ Ptsd Drama From Steven Spielberg

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After earning an Oscar nomination for writing “American Sniper,” Jason Hall is in negotiations to make his directorial debut on another war-themed movie, DreamWorks’ Ptsd drama “Thank You for Your Service,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Steven Spielberg had previously been circling the director’s chair, though he recently signed on to direct “Ready Player One” for Warner Bros. Hall already adapted “Thank You for Your Service,” which is based on the nonfiction book by David Finkel that was published in October 2014. Also Read: Steven Spielberg to Direct Adaptation of Ernest Cline's 'Ready Player One »


- Jeff Sneider

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NBC and Donald Trump Dustup Is Latest in Weak Romance

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Donald Trump has a long history with NBC, but it hasn’t always been happy. The broadcaster booted Trump Monday from his role on “Celebrity Apprentice,” and announced that it will no longer televise the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, which are co-owned by corporate parent NBCUniversal and Trump. The move was a response to remarks Trump made Tuesday during his presidential campaign kickoff, referring to Mexican immigrants as “rapists” who are “bringing drugs” and “bringing crime” to the United States. But NBC and Trump have not always been in lockstep when it came to handling the “Apprentice” franchise, »


- Daniel Holloway

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Victoria Rowell Claims She Was Spit on, Suffered ‘Racially Charged Attacks’ in ‘Y&R’ Legal Feud

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Victoria Rowell has added more fuel to the fire in her lawsuit against Sony Pictures Television and CBS, with the actress claiming that she was spit on and subjected to “various racially charged attacks” on the set of “The Young and the Restless.” In a declaration filed earlier this month, Rowell said that she was mistreated as the result of a “lack of racial equity” on the set of the soap opera. In one instance, Rowell claims, Melody Thomas Scott — who plays Nikki Newman on the series — “ran onto the set dancing wildly and wearing an oversized Afro wig »


- Tim Kenneally

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5 Potential Landing Spots for Donald Trump If America Fires Him From White House Bid

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“I’d be the greatest jobs president God ever created,” Donald Trump boasted during his presidential announcement speech. Most political pundits think he’ll never get the chance: kind of hard to win the presidency if you’ve alienated the fastest rising demographic in the country–Latinos. But now that NBC has fired The Donald–or he fired them, according to Trump–the former “Celebrity Apprentice” star will be on the market if and when his presidential run flames out. And there will be suitors. Also Read: Donald Trump Roasted by Late-Night Comedians: Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher »


- Jordan Chariton

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Watch Ted Cruz in Audition for ‘The Simpsons’ (Video)

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Ted Cruz is lining up a plan B should his White House bid fall short, with an assist from BuzzFeed. The Texas Senator auditioned for a part on “The Simpsons,” angling to replace the departing Harry Shearer. “But dad, I’m a vegetarian, I don’t eat animals,” Cruz whined, imitating Lisa Simpson. Next, he stepped into the legendary Homer Simpson’s voice. Also Read: 'The View's' Rosie Perez Calls Out Ted Cruz for Dodging Confederate Flag Issue (Video) “But Lisa, animals are so delicious; there’s the animal we get bacon from, the animal we get ham from, »


- Jordan Chariton

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Michael Bay’s Benghazi Movie ’13 Hours’ to Battle ‘Ride Along 2,’ ‘The 5th Wave’

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Paramount has announced it will release Michael Bay‘s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” on Jan. 15 and Justin Lin’s “Star Trek Beyond” seven months later on July 8, 2016. “13 Hours” stars John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, Max Martini, David Denman and James Badge Dale. The action movie will open against the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart comedy “Ride Along 2,” Chloe Moretz’s Ya sci-fi movie “The 5th Wave” and the animated sequel “The Nut Job 2.” Also Read: 'Star Trek 3' Director Justin Lin Reveals New Title, Starfleet Uniform First Look (Photo) “Star Trek Beyond,” which was previously titled “Star Trek 3, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Cheryl Burke Steps Down as ‘Miss USA’ Co-Host Amid Donald Trump Controversy

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Donald Trump’s “Miss USA” pageant is looking more like the sinking Titanic every day. Cheryl Burke has just jumped ship as the contest’s co-host amid backlash over the mogul’s controversial immigration comments on the Presidential campaign trail. “In light of the recent statements made by Donald Trump and the subsequent decision by NBC to cut ties with Mr. Trump, I cannot in good conscience move forward with participating in this year’s Miss USA Pageant as its co-host,” said Burke in a statement. “Effective today I have withdrawn from my duties with Miss USA. Although I will not be there in person, »


- Linda Ge

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Journey Drummer Deen Castronovo Charged With Rape

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Deen Castronovo, drummer for the rock band Journey, has been slapped with a number fo charges, including rape, a spokeswoman for the Marion County, Oregon District Attorney’s Office told TheWrap on Tuesday. In all, Castronovo faces four charges of assault in the fourth degree, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of menacing, one count of rape in the first degree, sexual abuse in the second degree, assault in the second degree, coercion criminal mischief in the second degree and three counts of contempt of court. Castronovo is due in court in Salem on Tuesday for arraignment. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Disney Names Christine McCarthy as Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Mayer as Chief Strategy Officer

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Christine McCarthy has been named senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Walt Disney Company, while Kevin Mayer has been named senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer effective immediately, the company announced Tuesday. As CFO, McCarthy will now oversee investor relations, corporate planning and control, tax, corporate treasury, corporate real estate, facilities, integrated supply chain management and corporate citizenship. She succeeds Jay Rasulo as CFO. In McCarthy’s most recent role as executive vice president of corporate real estate, alliances and treasurer, she developed a finance team responsible for treasury, corporate finance, capital markets, financial risk, »


- Joe Otterson

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Don Harris to Step Down as Paramount’s President of Domestic Distribution

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Don Harris, president of domestic distribution at Paramount Pictures, will not renew his contract with the studio when it expires later this summer. “We are very grateful for his dedication and leadership during his many years with the studio,” said Megan Colligan, president of worldwide distribution and marketing, in an internal memo announcing the move on Monday. Harris is “among the most respected executives in his field, and has led Paramount to a tremendously successful run during his time here,” she said. Harris became domestic distribution chief in 2001, replacing James Tharp. During his tenure, Harris oversaw the theatrical rollout of hundreds. »


- Todd Cunningham

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Watch First Teaser for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Edward Snowden Biopic (Video)

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Open Road Films released the first trailer for “Snowden” on Tuesday. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, who infamously revealed widespread surveillance being perpetrated by the U.S. government. In the ultimate teaser-trailer tease, Jgl is nowhere to be seen. Instead, we get a rundown of Snowden’s career leading up to him becoming one of the most well-known names in the world. Oliver Stone directed the film, as well as co-wrote the screenplay along with Kieran Fitzgerald. It is based on the books “The Snowden Files” by Luke Harding and “Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena. »


- Joe Otterson

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