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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ C-3Po Actor Rips Disney for ‘Beyond Ludicrous’ Secrecy

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Anthony Daniels has played a moody droid now in all seven “Star Wars” films — including the coming “Force Awakens” — and the outspoken actor proved to have been perfectly cast with a recent candid interview. “The secrecy has been beyond ludicrous,” he said of Disney’s confidentiality push. “For heaven’s sake, it’s a movie. When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn’t photocopy it. I got a hangover just reading it.” Daniels’ candor got him in trouble recently with the studio — this time on Twitter. “I said that I’d met. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Beasts of No Nation’ Venice Review: Idris Elba Creates Child Soldiers in Bold and Harrowing Drama

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There’s been a lot of talk in the press about Netflix’s gamble in acquiring “Beasts of No Nation” for simultaneous streaming and theatrical release, but the really bold moves come from writer-director Cary Fukunaga, who has crafted a gripping film about a thoroughly depressing subject — child soldiers in Africa. That this adaptation of the novel by Uzodinma Iweala remains so gripping even as it piles horror upon horror is a testament to Fukunaga’s skill as a storyteller. (He’s on a roll, after directing the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” and then not directing the second season of “True. »


- Alonso Duralde

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Late Night Political Pile-Up: Candidates Invade Shows to Combat Trump Bump

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Politicians looking to break through the noise of cable news and social media are increasingly relying on an old, yet effective weapon: late-night television. Stephen Colbert‘s first two weeks as host of CBS’ “The Late Show” will feature presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Bernie Sanders, Vice President (and potential presidential candidate) Joe Biden, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump rival, has appeared with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” three times in the last six months alone — including on Monday. Also Read: Donald Trump to Visit »


- Itay Hod

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‘Black Mass’ Venice Review: Johnny Depp Returns to Actual Acting in Gripping True-Crime Tale

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After years of irritating fans by hiding behind goofy wigs and mustaches and accents, Johnny Depp, Serious Actor, makes a welcome return in “Black Mass,” a true story about infamous South Boston crime lord James “Whitey” Bulger. It’s another role in which Depp can disappear into the prosthetics, yes, but this time he’s not letting the contact lenses and the fake teeth do all the work. (Oddly enough, given the actor’s ongoing fascination with Hunter S. Thompson, he does resemble the Thompson-influenced Uncle Duke character from “Doonesbury.”) There are shades of 1970’s Jack Nicholson and Robert DeNiro in the performance, »


- Alonso Duralde

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Caitlyn Jenner to Battle Matt Lauer on Golf Course

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Caitlyn Jenner plans to take on “Today” host Matt Lauer for 18 holes next week. The former Olympic gold-medalist will speak to Laue on the golf course on September 9th and 10th. Jenner opens up to Lauer about her journey, the Espy criticism, she received, the Malibu car crash while Jenner was still a he and her dating life. Also Read: Caitlyn Jenner Steps Out in NYC With Diane Sawyer; Dines With 'Powerful' Trans Women (Photos) The transgender icon revealed her new identity in an exclusive primetime special with Diane Sawyer in April that earned rave reviews by the media. Now months in to. »


- Jordan Chariton

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Hollywood Conservative Buzz Builds for Ben Carson as Gop Contender Surges in Polls

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Hollywood conservatives are watching with intrigue and skepticism as Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson rises in the polls to challenge frontrunner Donald Trump. A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed Carson, a neurosurgeon who’s never held office before, in second place in the wide Gop field after Trump. A Monmouth University survey of Iowa Republicans on Monday show Carson tied with the real-estate mogul, while a Des Moines Register and Bloomberg poll had both candidates running neck and neck within the poll’s margin of error. “What’s especially impressive about Ben Carson is that wry sense of humor,” Dave Berg, »


- Itay Hod

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Donald Trump’s Security Hits Mexican Immigrant In The Face

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If Donald Trump wants to make gains with the Latino vote, he might want to tell his security detail. The Gop frontrunner’s body men physically hit a Mexican immigrant in the face who was protesting outside Trump Tower on Thursday. Efraín Galicia, 50, was holding up a sign that read “Make America Racist Again” when Trump’s security bear yanked the sign. Galicia, a U.S. citizen for 30 years, said the real estate mogul’s body men were acting like their boss: “It’s like the way his boss behaves: pushing out ­Ramos from Univision,” he told the New York Post. »


- Jordan Chariton

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‘Because I Got High’ Rapper Afroman Fined, Ordered to Undergo Counseling for Punching Female Fan

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Rapper Afroman has been fined $330 and ordered to undergo anger-management and impulse-behavior counseling for punching a female fan who jumped up on stage during his Biloxi, Mississippi, concert on Feb. 17. Municipal Court Judge William “Gig” Tisdale also sentenced the music star to six months in jail but suspended the term in lieu of probation for six months, the Sun Herald reported. The judge sentenced Afroman, whose real name is Joseph Edgar Foreman, after he pleaded guilty to simple assault for the Mardi Gras night incident. He wore purple-and-white alligator-texture shoes with small alligators on the toes in court. Also Read: 'Because I Got High' Rapper. »


- Debbie Emery

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Jason Sudeikis Does Shots of ‘Tequila and Pickle Juice’ With Jimmy Fallon (Video)

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Before the Labor Day weekend celebrations kicked off, Jason Sudeikis and Jimmy Fallon tailgated the holiday by mixing up some evil looking drinks. Fallon and “The Last Man on Earth” actor had to knock back delicacies such as Capri Sun, wines spritzer and pea soup in a “Tonight Show” game called Drinko on Thursday. The contestants climbed a set of stairs to drop a disc into a cup containing different disgusting beverages representing what two shots their opponent had to drink. Also Read: Justin Bieber Gets Real With Jimmy Fallon About Why He Cried at MTV VMAs (Video) “If you puke, »


- Debbie Emery

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Jimmy Kimmel Says Matt Damon Is ‘Holed Up in a Bathroom’ With Picture of Tom Brady

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Millions of New England Patriots fans celebrated a Federal judge’s ruling that Tom Brady‘s “Deflategate” suspension be nullified, but none more so than Matt Damon, according to Jimmy Kimmel at least. “The force was with Tom Brady and New England Patriots fans today. A federal judge this morning overturned Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension by the NFL,” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host said in his opening monologue Thursday. “I knew that was gonna happen, of course the suspension was overturned. I mean — is that the face of someone you can stay mad at?” he asked. “Matt Damon is »


- Debbie Emery

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Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Slapped With $5 Million Lawsuit Over Alleged Not-So ‘Natural’ Products

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Jessica Alba‘s Honest Company is being sued for allegedly not being so honest after all. A consumer named Jonathan D. Rubin filed a class action lawsuit Thursday against The Honest Company Inc. at the District Court of Northern California in San Francisco, claiming that Alba’s products described as “natural” actually contain synthetic preservatives, according to legal documents obtained by TheWrap. The list of products accused of being “deceptively and misleadingly labeled and marketed” for containing unnatural ingredients include Honest Hand Soap, Honest Dish Soap, Honest Diapers and Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner. Also Read: Jessica Alba Gets Burned by Her »


- Debbie Emery

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Broadway Actress Dead From Apartment Fire After ‘Spider-Man 2’ Star Attempted Rescue

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Vivian Eng, the woman whom “Spider-Man 2” actor Dylan Baker attempted to rescue from their burning high-rise apartment building in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, has died from her injuries. She was 51. Eng was a dancer in a number of Broadway and other stage ensembles, including “The King & I,” “Precious,” “Away We Go,” and “Barney Live! New York City.” Baker, known for his role as Dr. Connors in “Spider-Man 2” as well as a recurring role on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” had attempted to rescue his neighbor Eng from a fire that broke out in her apartment on Tuesday. »


- Debbie Emery

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Selena Gomez Joins Chloe Grace Moretz, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron in ‘Neighbors 2’

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Selena Gomez has joined the cast of Universal and Good Universe’s collegiate comedy “Neighbors 2,” which sees Chloe Grace Moretz joining Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, TheWrap has learned. Nicholas Stoller is back in the director’s chair, working off a script he co-wrote with Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz and Carla Gallo are also returning, while new cast members include Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein. Gomez is expected to play a rival to Moretz, who’s the leader of a sorority that runs up against Rogen and Byrne’s family. »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Transporter Refueled’ Star Ed Skrein Talks About Doing ’90 Percent’ of His Own Stunts (Video)

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“Transporter Refueled” star Ed Skrein doesn’t just sound, act and even look like Jason Statham in the latest installment of the popular action franchise he takes over on Friday. The actor told TheWrap while appearing on “Drinking with the Stars” that he does “90 percent” of his own stunts. “The only stuff was some wire stuff where I’m flying across the room and smashing into walls… just the really dangerous stuff,” Skrein told host Greg Gilman. “So look at me, I’m the guy who does the fun stuff, the cool stuff, and then makes my stunt guy do. »


- Wrap Staff

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CNN’s Rachel Nichols on Tom Brady Legal Win: ‘A Lot of Wasted Money on a Few Probably Deflated Footballs’

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While many in the sports world greeted the nullification of Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension over the “Deflategate” scandal with shock, CNN sports anchor Rachel Nichols was not among them. “I’m not surprised because the judge dropped hints along the way that he might go this way, but I’m struck by how big it feels,” Nichols told TheWrap after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman struck a huge blow to the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday by overturning the New England Patriots quarterback’s punishment. The commissioner “put his credibility on the line by pursuing »


- Debbie Emery

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‘The Returned’ Star Rhys Ward Joins Billy Burke, Maddie Hasson in ‘Good After Bad’ (Exclusive)

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The Returned” star Rhys Ward has booked a key supporting role alongside Billy Burke, Maddie Hasson and Melora Walters in the indie drama “Good After Bad,” which is being executive produced by Morgan Spurlock, TheWrap has learned. Anne-Marie Hess is writing and directing the film, which Matthew Leutwyler is producing under his Accelerated Matter banner. Spurlock is executive producing via his Warrior Poets banner. Burke and Hasson play Wes Thorne and Shelly Ackerman — two people living in opposite worlds. Shelly’s mother (Walters) is off her medication so her home life is in shambles and she’s being bullied at school. »


- Jeff Sneider

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When Will America Cancel Trump TV? (Guest Blog)

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Donald Trump will go down as the greatest television personality of our time. His poll numbers reflect this fact and nothing more. However, as a result of this strong brand position — and larger-than-life TV persona — his longevity as a political brand may be short-lived. If we consider for a moment Mr. Trump’s very own show “The Apprentice,” which began in January 2004 and changed its format after six season to “Celebrity Apprentice,” we see a trend. This can be used to assess the robustness of the Trump Brand over time. Using this six-season “Apprentice” model that shot 20 episodes »


- John Tantillo

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Robert Redford’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Splits Critics: ‘Sheer Delight’ or ‘Lax, Lame’

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With a 49 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, critics are split right down the middle of the road about Robert Redford‘s new film, “A Walk in the Woods,” the big-screen adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best-selling travel memoir. Reviews diverge wildly on the Broad Green Pictures release directed by Ken Kwapis, which made $1.2 million on its opening day Wednesday, and is hiking up towards a $7 million estimate gross for the Labor Day holiday weekend. While some loved the storyline and the fact that both Redford and costar Nick Nolte are returning to the screen together as a writer and. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Hand of God’ Review: Amazon Drama Inspires Little Faith

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Amazon’s new drama “Hand of God” boasts a stellar cast of veteran and newer actors, yet it fails to compel as it weaves a story of attempted suicide, rape and religious fervor. With a cast including Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”), Dana Delany (“Body of Proof,” “China Beach”), Garret Dillahunt (“Justified”) Andre Royo (“The Wire”) and Julian Morris (“New Girl”), “Hand of God” is packed with proven talent. Though the pilot episode has calculated moments of high drama, it doesn’t make us care about the recently baptized Judge Pernell Harris (Perlman), his coolly detached wife Crystal (Delany), or his daughter-in-law. »


- Diane Gordon

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Espn’s Jesse Palmer on New ‘Gma’ Role, ‘Benefits of Working for Mickey Mouse’

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A decade after retiring from the NFL, Espn college football analyst Jesse Palmer has been scoring big time in the broadcasting world. The former Florida Gators and New York Giants quarterback, who recently joined the “Good Morning America” team as a special contributor, sat down with TheWrap to talk about the meteoric evolution of his career from the football field to the TV studio. From being tossed by Ufc champion Ronda Rousey to having Avril Lavigne open up about Lyme Disease, Palmer’s assignments on “Gma” have already taken him a long way from the locker room, while his role »


- Debbie Emery

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