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White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Are Celebrities Really Persona Non Grata at D.C.’s ‘Nerd Prom’?

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In recent years, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner has propelled the people who are supposed to cover those in the spotlight into their own. TV news reporters and anchors rub elbows with celebrities and D.C.’s swath of socialites at the  spectacle, which takes place Saturday. Instead of a tribute to the never-ending grind of a political correspondent, the dinner has become a cesspool of group selfies, Svedka and self-celebration. It shouldn’t be that way, however, says former Politico reporter Patrick Gavin, who was so intrigued — and turned off — by the self-indulgence of it all, he quit his job in. »


- Jordan Chariton

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Brian Williams Scandal Widens With More Exaggerations Discovered

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More exaggerations and embellishments have been found in Brian Williams‘ previous reporting by NBC News’ internal review. Both The New York Times and The Washington Post reported Friday and Saturday that NBC brass has found other questionable comments by Williams regarding his reporting in 2006 from the Israel/Hezbollah conflict; descriptions made about his reporting from Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring protests in 2011; the details surrounding him receiving a fragment of the helicopter that crashed during the mission that killed Osama bin Laden; as well as other undisclosed incidents. The Post reported NBC executives including NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, »


- Jordan Chariton

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Bruce Jenner Interview Pushes ’20/20’ to 15-Year Ratings High

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Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer — during which the former Olympian discussed his transition from man to woman — was a ratings blockbuster for ABC on Friday night, ranking as the night’s top-rated program and pushing “20/20” to a 15-year high. The interview, airing from 9 to 11 p.m., scored a remarkable 5.2 rating/17 share in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers, and a 6.4/18 in the key news demo. Those numbers represent the best performance for “20/20” since March 17, 2000. The interview also drew  16.9 million total viewers. Also Read: Hollywood Reacts to Bruce Jenner's Transgender Revelation on »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Age of Adaline’ Overhauls ‘Furious 7’ at Friday Box Office

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Blake Lively’s “The Age of Adaline” is giving “Furious 7” a run for the money at the box office this weekend, and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” isn’t far behind. The Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson hot car blockbuster still has the inside track at being the first movie to win four consecutive weekends since “The Hunger Games” did it in 2012. “Furious 7” rolled to $4.8 million from a market-high 3,808 theaters Friday, which Universal estimates will translate into a roughly $16 million three-day total. That would probably be enough for it to reclaim the No. 1 spot it has held »


- Todd Cunningham

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Hollywood Reacts to Bruce Jenner’s Transgender Revelation on Social Media

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Bruce Jenner’s highly-touted interview with Diane Sawyer aired Friday night, delivering not only the long awaited news that the former Olympian is transitioning to female — but also major star support on social media. Rosie O’Donnell, Rob Lowe, Lady Gaga, Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Simmons and plenty more show business types spoke out about the sit-down, singing Jenner’s praises as a trailblazer and hero . “Bruce Jenner – An American hero yet again. You changed everything tonight. Thank you. #brave #authentic #beautiful,” wrote Debra Messing. Also Read: Bruce Jenner Reveals to Diane Sawyer: 'Yes, I Am a Woman' (Video) Gaga, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Bruce Jenner Documentary Series to Premiere on E! in July

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The E! network has announced it will premiere an eight-part, one-hour documentary series about Bruce Jenner’s transition to female. Also Read: Bruce Jenner Reveals to Diane Sawyer: 'Yes, I Am a Woman' (Video) Read the full release: E! announces a new documentary series with Bruce Jenner living his life as a transgender woman. The series will tell Bruce’s intimate story and will join him as he seeks out his “new normal.” Living for the first time as the person he feels he was born to be, the docuseries will also explore what Bruce’s transition means for »


- Matt Donnelly

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Donna Mills, Vanessa Marcil, Lindsay Hartley Bring Queen-Size ‘Drama’ (And Fun) to Pop: Somebody Say ‘Action!’ (Video)

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Pop’s new “Queens of Drama” debuts Sunday and the show’s stunning stars –Donna Mills, Vanessa Marcil and Lindsay Hartley — each take on TV roles they’ve never played before: The ones playing themselves. And the actresses admitted that the transition took some getting used to while shooting the project. “One of the first times we were all together sitting in my yard and we’re all sitting there just staring at each other,” Mills said, describing one of “Queens of Dramas” first shoots. “I finally turned to one of the producers and said,’We’re all actresses. Somebody has to say ‘Action! »


- Joe Otterson

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Bruce Jenner’s Transgender Journey ‘Will Impact and Inspire Countless People,’ Says GLAAD

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Bruce Jenner confirmed to Diane Sawyer on Friday’s ABC “20/20” special that, “Yes, I am a woman,” and his highly anticipated reveal quickly prompted a positive response from GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (Lgbt) media advocacy organization. “Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender,” GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement to TheWrap. “By sharing this story, Bruce Jenner has shined a light on what it means to be transgender and live authentically in the face of unimaginable public scrutiny. “Though Jenner’s journey is one that is deeply personal, »


- Debbie Emery

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Hugh Jackman’s ‘Wolverine’ Lands ‘Blade Runner 2’ Writer Michael Green (Exclusive)

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After moving from superheroes (“Green Lantern”) to replicants (“Blade Runner 2”), Michael Green is returning to comic book movie territory to write “Wolverine” for 20th Century Fox, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. James Mangold is directing the sequel, which is expected to be Hugh Jackman‘s last time playing the clawed mutant. Green is currently working on the action-packed script with Mangold’s input. Green recently worked with Fox, as he was brought on to revise Jack Paglen’s script for Scott’s sci-fi sequel “Prometheus 2.” He was also one of four writers credited on Ryan Reynolds‘ “Green Lantern” movie, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Bruce Jenner Reveals to Diane Sawyer: ‘Yes, I Am a Woman’ (Video)

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“Yes, and for all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” Bruce Jenner announced to Diane Sawyer within the first five minutes of his highly anticipated “20/20” interview on Friday. “It’s going to be tough. I’ve been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life … How do I tell people what I’ve been through? Today is that day, and I get to choose,” Jenner said during the sit-down, as he wiped away tears. The announcement came after longtime speculation that the former Olympian was transitioning to female. Also Read: Bruce Jenner Documentary Series to Premiere on E! »


- Matt Donnelly

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AMPTP, Iatse Strike Agreement on New Three-Year Deal

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The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (Iatse) have reached a tentative agreement on terms of a new three-year Hollywood Basic Agreement. The new agreement will become effective on Aug. 1, 2015 and expires on July 31, 2018. Terms of the agreement are not being released at this time. In response to the tentative agreement, Iatse International President Matthew D. Loeb stated, “I am pleased we were able to reach an agreement that provides industry stability and meaningful terms and benefits to the membership.” Also »

- Jeff Sneider

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First Official Look at Jared Leto as the Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’ (Photo)

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Suicide Squad” director David Ayer shared the first look at Jared Leto as classic DC supervillain the Joker on Friday, showing off a wholly transformed look for the actor. The director took to Twitter to share the photo of the actor sporting green hair, tattoos and grills and looking generally insane and terrifying. Leto plays the Joker in 2016’s supervillain team-up film which also stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis and Ike Barinholtz, among others. Ayer’s film follows a group of supervillains who are forced to team up and help the government, as represented by Amanda Waller (Davis). Also. »


- Linda Ge

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Kris Jenner Sued Over Alleged ‘Severe’ Property Damage During Stripper-Fueled Party

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Kris Jenner really knows how to bring the house down for a party — or at least that’s what a new lawsuit filed against the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” matriarch claims. In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, Gabriel Fedida says he rented out his property for Kendall Jenner’s 19th birthday party in November — and ended up with more than $100,000 worth of damage. Fedida claims that he initially refused to rent the property to the Kardashians, but after being told that it would be “a small dinner party” with no more than 15 people »


- Tim Kenneally

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Obama Critic Donald Trump to Once Again Brave White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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Updated Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4 p.m. Pt with guests of The Guardian The impossible is happening at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner: Donald Trump is returning for the possibility of more punishment. Four years after Trump was repeatedly pummeled at the event not only by the night’s host, Seth Meyers, but by President Barack Obama himself, Trump is slated to be a guest of Fox. Whether Trump will attract the attention this time he did last time is uncertain. Four years ago, Trump was a possible presidential candidate and someone who repeatedly questioned the veracity of Obama’s birth certificate, »


- Ira Teinowitz

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‘The Visit’ Trailer Teases Worst Trip to Grandma’s House Ever (Video)

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M. Night Shyamalan gets into the found-footage thriller genre with Blumhouse, and the first trailer for his “The Visit” teases something very, very wrong with grandma and grandpa. Ed Oxenbould and Olivia DeJonge play two young kids sent by their mom (Kathryn Hahn) to their grandparents’ house. As seen in the trailer, grandma and grandpa have a very strict 9.30 p.m. bedtime rule, after which nobody is allowed outside their bedroom. Evidently, that’s for very good reason, as the kids find out when they immediately disobey the rules. Grandma, in particular, seems to be behaving especially strangely, as they (and their. »


- Linda Ge

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Inside Espn’s ‘NBA Countdown:’ 7 Things You Don’t See on TV

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Espn’s “NBA Countdown” began a new era in October with a slimmed-down “A team” assembling Sage Steele with analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins for their sophomore year together. As the NBA playoffs heat up, Espn’s flagship basketball show has gone into full throttle. After the departure of Bill Simmons in the offseason, the trio have found their groove and are having a blast doing it. TheWrap went behind the scenes at Espn’s Los Angeles studio — nearly 3,000 miles from the sports network’s home base in Bristol, Connecticut — to see what makes the show tick. “Having fun »


- Debbie Emery

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Richard Potter Exits Relativity, Will Still Consult After ‘Not Contentious’ Split

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Relativity Studios’ executive VP of production and development Richard Potter has exited the company, TheWrap has learned. A source close to Relativity confirmed Potter’s departure and told TheWrap that a replacement is expected to be named shortly. Potter will continue to consult on select projects at the studio. Potter wrote on Facebook that “Relativity is making changes and this is one of them. It is not a contentious split in anyway.” He later deleted any mention of Relativity making changes, though there has been movement in the company’s executive ranks, as it recently hired Tommy Gargotta as president of theatrical marketing. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Frank Miller to Pen New ‘Dark Knight’ Sequel for DC Comics

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Frank Miller, the writer and artist of “300” and Batman comic books that have been immortalized in a series of films for Warner Bros., will write the third chapter in the Dark Knight trilogy, DC Comics announced on Friday. It’s not clear what the plot of the the mini series titled “The Dark Knight III: The Master Race” will be, but DC announced that it will be released in eight parts, twice per month, beginning in late fall of this year. “Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting,” Miller said, »


- Jordan Burchette

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Angelina Jolie Slams the Un Over Syria: ‘Evil Has Arisen From Ashes of Indecision’

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Angelina Jolie took her voice from Hollywood to the United Nations in New York on Friday to ask them to help millions of Syrian refugees. The “Unbroken” director also harshly criticized the Un Security Council for being paralyzed by its division over the country’s four-year conflict. “We cannot look at Syria, and the evil that has arisen from the ashes of indecision, and think this is not the lowest point in the world’s inability to protect and defend the innocent,” Jolie said, according to The Guardian. Jolie’s powerful presence — which was described as “beautiful” by Syria’s »


- Debbie Emery

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Adrien Brody’s Psychological Thriller ‘Backtrack’ Sells to Saban Films

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Saban Films is in final negotiations on a seven-figure deal to acquire U.S. rights to the psychological thriller “Backtrack,” which stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Sam Neill and Robin McLeavy, the company announced Friday. Written and directed by Michael Petroni (“The Book Thief”), the movie had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18. The deal includes a theatrical commitment for “Backtrack,” which marks Saban’s second acquisition out of Tribeca, having purchased the North American distribution rights to Ben Palmer’s romantic comedy “Man Up” starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg. Also Read: SXSW: Adrien Brody on How 'Stone Barn. »


- Jeff Sneider

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