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‘Narcos’ Review: Netflix’s Pablo Escobar Drama is Sexy, Bloody and Addictive

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Men like Pablo Escobar aren’t born monsters. They become them. And as viewers who’ve been binge watching the thrillingly addictive new Netflix drama “Narcos” — which is now streaming — can attest, finding out how Escobar rose in power and status to become a murderous megalomaniacal drug lord is as fascinating as it is frightening. This is due in large part to the masterful performance Brazilian actor Wagner Moura (“Elysium”) delivers as Escobar. Menacing but never melodramatic, Moura is exceptionally convincing and subtle as a man determined to do whatever it takes to become rich, powerful and feared and stay that way. »


- Mekeisha Madden Toby

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Wayne Dyer, Best-Selling Self-Help Author, Dead at 75

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Wayne Dyer, an author turned his 1976 best-seller “Your Erroneous Zones” into a self-help empire, died Saturday in Maui, Hawaii, his publisher and family reported via Facebook. He was 75. The cause of death was not disclosed. In 2009, Dyer was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia but he claimed to have treated the disease with positive thinking, daily workouts and “psychic surgery” by the Brazilian spiritualist João Teixeira de Faria. Also Read: Own Promotes Jill Dickerson to Svp of Programming and Development Dyer, a psychotherapist and former professor at St. John’s University in New York, was a friend and frequent guest of Oprah. »


- Thom Geier

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Miley Cyrus Drops New Free Album at End of MTV VMAs (Video)

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After hosting the 2-1/2-hour MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, Miley Cyrus closed out the show by announcing a new album of her music available for free online. “Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz” can be uploaded at mileycyrusandherdeadpetz.com — though the site was slow to load immediately following the VMAs. Cyrus ended the Vma broadcast with a performance of her new song “Dooo It!” from the album. Also Read: Kanye West Announces Presidential Run as He Accepts Award From Taylor Swift at MTV VMAs (Video) Cyrus was introduced by a group of transgender young people. She was then joined for the performance. »


- Daniel Holloway

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Courteney Cox, David Arquette Join Stars Paying Tribute to Wes Craven

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Hollywood stars took to social media to express their appreciation sadness and appreciation for Wes Craven, the horrormeister behind “A Nightmare on Elm Street” who died Sunday at age 76 after a battle with brain cancer. David Arquette, who starred in Craven’s original “Scream” movie series, opened a Twitter account on Sunday just so he could  pay tribute to the director Craven: “Wes was a great man and I love him very much.” Arquette’s ex-wife Courteney Cox, whom he met while shooting the first “Scream,” also shared her appreciation for the director: “Today the world lost a great man, »


- Thom Geier

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Kanye West Announces Presidential Run as He Accepts Award From Taylor Swift at MTV VMAs (Video)

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Six years after having her spotlight stolen by Kanye West, Taylor Swift took to the stage at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards to present the rapper with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. “I’ma let you finish, but Kanye West has had one of the greatest careers of all time,” the pop star said before presenting the award to West with a long hug. After giving a long speech critical of awards shows and politics, West then told the crowd he plans to run for president in 2020. “I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” he said. More to come. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Justin Bieber Flies and Cries Through Jaw-Dropping 2-Song MTV VMAs Performance (Video)

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Justin Bieber rocked Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, and then he just took off. Literally. After performing two songs tonight, Bieber, attached to a harness, took to the enclosed skies of L.A.’s Microsoft Theater. The tears flowed afterward, and not just from the teenage girls in the audience and the tweens at home — the singer himself broke down after the pulley operators let him down. First things first, though. Flanked by dancers all in white, Bieber was blacked-out head to toe during his VMAs performance, which took place following a commercial break mid-show. There was no introduction before his moment, »


- Tony Maglio

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Nicki Minaj Calls Out Miley Cyrus at MTV VMAs (Video)

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Nicki Minaj called out Miley Cyrus at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night for comments she made regarding the rapper’s Twitter spat with Taylor Swift. While accepting the award for Best Hip Hop Video, Minaj took a moment to thank her fans and her pastor before addressing Cyrus. “Now back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?” she said with a smirk. Also read: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj Surprise Crowd With 'Bad Blood' MTV VMAs 2015 Performance Cyrus, who was serving as host of the awards show. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj Surprise Crowd With ‘Bad Blood’ MTV VMAs 2015 Performance (Video)

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Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj officially put an end to their feud at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Minaj, who had previously been announced as a performer, opened the show with her song “Trini Dem Girls” before transitioning into “The Night Is Still Young.” Swift surprised the audience when she joined the rapper on stage, and the duo began a brief performance of Swift’s single “Bad Blood.” The surprise team-up brought the entire crowd to its feet. Last month, Minaj took to Twitter to complain about the Vma nominees, saying that her video for “Anaconda” had been snubbed. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Wes Craven, Hollywood Horror Master, Dead at 76

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Master of the modern horror film Wes Craven died on Sunday, his family announced. He was 76 and had battled brain cancer. Craven, the artist behind “Nightmare on Elm Street,” the “Scream” movie series and many other modern horror masterpieces, remade the genre in contemporary film. Craven reinvented the youth horror genre in 1984 with the classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” a film he wrote and directed that starred a then-unknown Johnny Depp. He conceived and co-wrote “A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors” as well. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) Then after an absence of three more. »


- Sharon Waxman

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MTV VMAs: The Complete Winners List

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The curtain has closed on the bizarre 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, which will surely be remembered for anything other than the actual winners. But we still had those, and this post is the destination for anyone may have missed Sunday’s results. Surprise, surprise: Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night. Her “Bad Blood” took home the trophy in the coveted Video of the Year category. In addition, her “Blank Space” won Best Pop Video and Best Female Video. The first televised award handed out, for Best Male Video, went to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for “Uptown Funk. »


- Tony Maglio

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