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#TheDress Owners Share Origin Story of Social Media Phenomenon on ‘Ellen’ (Video)

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Ellen Degeneres welcomed the owners of #TheDress on Tuesday to tell the origin story of the social media phenomenon that has divided the world. It turns out, the dress belongs to Grace MacPhee and Keir Johnston from the tiny island of Colonsay, Scotland. They also brought their friend, Caitlin McNeill, who originally posted the picture to Tumblr, and MacPhee’s mother, Cecilia Bleasdale, who originally owned the dress. Also Read: Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos) According to the newlyweds, they were planning their wedding when Bleasdale sent her daughter pictures of three dresses. When asked which she liked best, MacPhee replied, »


- Joe Otterson

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NBC Investigated Abuse Claims Against Departed PR Chief Richard Licata (Exclusive)

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NBCUniversal executive Richard Licata who stepped down unexpectedly in October was investigated for multiple allegations of abusive behavior, TheWrap has learned. Licata, an industry veteran of 30 years and NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt’s consigliere at NBC, Showtime and Fox, cited his father’s death as the reason for his sudden resignation. He was NBCU’s Director of Communications, heading the network’s public relations for just over three years. Also Read: Scott Sassa Resigns Key Hearst Job, Reportedly Over Sexting But multiple network insiders said that Licata’s behavior, including alleged abusive treatment of some staff, an uncontrolled temper »


- Matt Donnelly and Sharon Waxman

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Sean Connery’s James Bond Gets ‘Grittier’ Makeover From ‘Power/Rangers’ Producer Adi Shankar (Video)

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A week after movie producer Adi Shankar‘s “Bootleg Universe”  production “Power/Rangers” took the internet by storm, he has debuted another short — this one following the unauthorized adventures of James Bond. “James Bond: In Service of Nothing,” directed by Tyler Gibb, follows Sean Connery‘s 007 struggling to find his place in a self absorbed world without boarders, where service to one’s nation is an antiquated concept. Also Read: ‘Power/Rangers’ Bootleg Director Says He Is Being ‘Harassed’ by Creator of Original Series Like the rest of Shankar’s “bootleg” interpretations of existing characters including The Punisher, Venom, Judge Dredd and the Power Rangers, »


- Greg Gilman

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Hillary Clinton Under Fire as Media Jumps on Private Email Use as Secretary of State

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The New York Times reported Monday that while serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton used her personal email account for all of her government business, potentially violating federal rules. It’s not unusual for candidates or government officials to use personal emails occasionally, but government policy doesn’t permit all business to be conducted via personal email. Also Read: Hillary Clinton’s Hollywood Fundraiser Raises $2.1 Million for Democratic Midterms Emails of government officials are considered government records, according to the Times report, to be available for government committees, historians, and the news media. Also Read: Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence on Ferguson, »


- Jordan Chariton

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Bill O’Reilly vs. Brian Williams: A Tale of Two Media Responses

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Contrasting sharply with the collective tsunami that encircled suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams, the media response to Bill O’Reilly‘s questionable recollections of his work history has differed dramatically. When it was revealed that Williams’ claim he was in a helicopter shot down by RPG fire during the Iraq War was erroneous, the media onslaught was unrelenting until NBC News suspended the anchor for six months — less than a week after the firestorm began. Also Read: Bill O’Reilly Thinks Brian Williams Lied About Iraq Just to Be ‘Cool’ and ‘Fascinating’ (Video) Conversely, after questionable claims by O »


- Jordan Chariton

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Jon Stewart Delivers a Low Blow to Seth Rollins on WWE’s ‘Monday Night Raw’ (Video)

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Jon Stewart lived up to his recent threats and dared to step into the wrestling ring to face WWE superstar Seth Rollins on Monday. “The Daily Show” host got embroiled in a feud with professional wrestler last week when Rollins taunted him about his signature Comedy Central Show, saying he could take it over and “make that thing actually watchable.” See photos: 17 of the Most Dramatic Sports Movie Moments: From ‘Rocky’ to ‘McFarland, USA’ (Photos) The standoff landed Stewart on “Monday Night Raw,” where Rollins acted out a faux “Daily Show,” telling the audience: “Let’s start with our first topic of the evening, »


- Debbie Emery

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Brownstone Singer’s Death Caused by Bizarre Accident After Cutting Throat on Wine Glass

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Details emerged on Monday in the death of Brownstone singer Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell, who died on Friday after falling on a shattered wine glass and cutting her throat. Maxwell was found in her Los Angeles home by her husband, producer Carsten “Soulshock” Schack, sometime after the fatal fall. He called 911 and she was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital where she died from her wounds, reported the La Times. See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell, Nicole “Nicci” Gilbert, Monica “Mimi” Doby/ Getty Images The 46-year-old was a member of the R&B 1990s girl group that »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Ellen’s Design Challenge’ Winner Disqualified in Dramatic Finale Twist

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Spoilers exist below. If you have yet to watch the series finale of Hgtv’s “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” stop reading now. Well, that was a short-lived victory for furniture designer Tim McLellan. Hopefully he didn’t already spend that $100,000 prize money. The cowboy with a masculine sense of furniture design won Hgtv’s inaugural “Ellen’s Design Challenge” on Monday evening — until he didn’t. Shortly after the confetti dropped on McLellan, fellow finalist Katie Stout and executive producer Ellen DeGeneres, the last man standing was disqualified for presenting what was deemed an unoriginal piece in the grand finale. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and ‘Batman’ Mashup Has Anastasia and Bruce Wayne Getting Freaky (Video)

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With his tight black suit, mask and nocturnal tendencies, Batman could very well have a slew of sexual fetishes hidden away at Wayne Manor. That’s the premise of a new mashup trailer at least, which blends “Batman” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” footage to provide unique insight into the Dark Knight’s Bdsm tendencies. See photos: 15 Times the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trailer Made You Shift in Your Seat (Photos) Instead of her first interview with Christian Grey, Dakota Johnson‘s meek and mild Anastasia arrives at Bruce Wayne’s office to interview the billionaire, starting with the simple »


- Debbie Emery

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Judge Blocks Mississippi Effort to Subpoena Google in MPAA-Backed Probe

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A federal judge on Monday put on at least temporary hold Mississippi Attorney General James Hood’s effort to investigate Google for not doing enough to remove illegal content, including pirated content appearing in Web searches. Leaked Sony Pictures documents suggest the effort was backed by MPAA. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate granted Google’s request for a preliminary injunction that will prevent Hood from executing a subpoena intended to determine if the company is facilitating illegal activity. In his four-page ruling, Hood said he was acting because Google’s challenge of the subpoena raised a valid federal »


- Ira Teinowitz

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‘The Mystery of Love & Sex’ Theater Review: Diane Lane, Tony Shalhoub Hook Up With ‘Masters of Sex’ Writer

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Having written two biographies of gay men, I must confess that I don’t find coming-out-of-the-closet tales very interesting. There’s such a strict formula to the genre: The “I’m bisexual”ruse, the eventful First Time followed by lots of anonymous sex, the admission to family, that family’s rejection followed by some of the family’s acceptance, etc. In recent years, at least on stage, the “out” story line appears to have eclipsed the hetero “how I lost my virginity” version, which peaked with “The Summer of ’42” and has never recovered from the “American Pie” franchise. Bathsheba Doran, »


- Robert Hofler

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Keith Olbermann Returns From Espn Suspension, Calls His Penn State Tweets ‘Stupid and Immature’ (Video)

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Keith Olbermann returned to ESPN2 on Monday after being suspended by the network last week over a heated Twitter exchange with Penn State University students. The spat started Feb. 23 when a student tweeted the “Olbermann” host a link to an article about the school’s fundraising efforts to fight pediatric cancer, including the school’s rally cry “We Are…” to which Olbermann responded “…pitiful,” sparking angry responses from tweeters who took it as a criticism of the school’s philanthropy efforts. See photos: Shootings, Stabbings, Dog Fighting: 11 NFL Scandals That Rocked the League (Photos) In his typical in-depth and analytical style, »


- Debbie Emery

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Snapchat Declares War on Strippers – The Naked Truth Exposed

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Apparently, the Grey Lady isn’t afraid to work blue from time to time. The New York Times took a break from international affairs to take on a truly pressing issue: How do strippers and porn stars operate on Snapchat, and is the app cracking down on those selling naked pictures of themselves and virtual lapdances? Also Read: Snapchat Seeks More Financing to Reach $19 Billion Valuation The paper’s Nick Bilton took a deep, probing look into the situation, setting up 30 Snapchat accounts promising pornographic photos. A week later, Bilton noted, 28 of them were pulled down. Presumably after clearing space off his. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Jared Leto Loses Long Locks for ‘Suicide Squad,’ Social Media Mourns

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Jared Leto fans had their hearts crushed Monday when the actor debuted a clean cut for his new role as the Joker in the upcoming Warner Bros. film, “Suicide Squad.” The actor, who rocked long locks and a beard for what seemed like forever, teased the possibility of saying goodbye to the ‘do on Instagram this weekend. Also Read: Jay Hernandez Joining Will Smith, Jared Leto in WB’s ‘Suicide Squad’ (Exclusive) “Going going… #?” Leto posted along with a picture of himself in all his bearded glory. Monday the threat came true, when “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer tweeted a photo of a short-haired, »


- L.A. Ross

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‘Night Shift’ Stars Dish on Their ‘Non-Hollywood Hollywood’ Bosses, Tease Show Romance (Video)

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The stars of NBC’s “The Night Shift” joined TheWrap for a drink and gave us an inside look at the characters, love triangles and off-camera friendships that make the show a hit with fans. “I feel like the cast does have a great relationship,” Freddy Rodriguez said. “Our creators, Jeff and Gabe , are probably some of the most non-Hollywood Hollywood show creators you’ll ever meet,” he added, saying the relaxed vibe on set “starts from the top and it trickles down.” Also Read: Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Debut Drops, ‘Night Shift’ Season 2 Premieres Ok “It’s sort of like this magical blind. »


- L.A. Ross

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Netflix Outbids Hollywood Studios for Idris Elba Drama ‘Beasts of No Nation’

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Netflix is on the verge of closing a $12 million deal for worldwide rights to Cary Fukunaga’s African drama “Beasts of No Nation,” which stars Idris Elba, an individual familiar with the negotiations has told TheWrap. Representatives for Netflix and Wme Global, which is negotiating the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. TheWrap reported at Sundance that Netflix was willing to overspend to land top-tier acquisition titles, and it has certainly outbid major studios for “Beasts of No Nation,” which is expected to be a strong awards contender. Also Read: #OscarsSoWhite? Here’s How Diverse. »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Magic Mike Xxl’ Star Joe Manganiello to Moderate ‘Jake the Snake’ Doc Q&A for Slamdance Cinema Club (Exclusive)

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Magic Mike Xxl” star Joe Manganiello will moderate a panel for the Slamdance Cinema Club at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood on Sunday, TheWrap has learned. The high-profile actor (“True Blood,” “Magic Mike”) will lead the Q&A after a screening of “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake,” a documentary that tells the story of professional wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts, who struggled with drug addiction, financial disaster and depression after his retirement. It’s the first film from director Steve Yu. See Photos: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’ The Slamdance »


- Travis Reilly

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CBS’s ‘Supergirl’ Casts ‘Last Five Years’ Star Jeremy Jordan

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The Last Five Years” star Jeremy Jordan has joined the cast of CBS’s comic book drama, “Supergirl,” TheWrap has learned. Jordan is set to guest star on the pilot (with the potential to recur on the series) as Winslow “Winn” Schott, a tech genius and superstar It whiz who works alongside Kara (“Glee’s” Melissa Benoist) at Cat Grant’s (Calista Flockhart) company, CatCo. Note: DC Comics fans will recognize the name of Jordan’s character as one of the aliases of the villain Toyman, which has appeared in the “Superman” comics. Also Read: ‘Supergirl’ Casts Veteran Superheroes Dean Cain, »


- Linda Ge

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‘The Killing’s’ Mireille Enos to Star on ABC’s Shondaland Pilot ‘The Catch’

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The Killing’s” Mireille Enos is taking her investigative prowess to Shondaland. The actress will star on ABC’s new drama pilot “The Catch,” a thriller about an engaged woman on the brink of being conned by her fiance. But the tables are turned on him after it’s revealed that she’s actually a fraud investigator, and a high-stakes game of cat and mouse ensues. See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 Enos plays Alice on the project, adapted from a Kate Atkinson novel. The character is described as a spunky and competent lady who isn’t quite comfortable marrying Kieran. »


- Travis Reilly

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Steven Spielberg to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in War Photographer Movie ‘It’s What I Do’

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Jennifer Lawrence is attached to play war photographer Lynsey Addario in “It's What I Do,” a romantic drama that her fellow Oscar winner Steven Spielberg will direct for Warner Bros., which just won a heated auction for the upcoming book, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. The film is based on Addario’s forthcoming memoir “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” which was recently excerpted in the New York Times Magazine.

Andrew Lazar is set to produce the movie. He recently produced the Warner Bros. hit “American Sniper,” which Spielberg was originally attached to direct. Andrew Lazar is set to produce. »


- Jeff Sneider

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