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Academy Acting Branch Is 87 Percent White, NY Times Study Finds

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The Academy’s acting branch is 87 percent white and nearly 58 percent male, a New York Times report said Friday, with two-thirds of that branch aged at least 60. Six percent of the AMPAS actors are black, less than 4 percent are Hispanic and under 2 percent are Asian, according to the paper’s investigation. Women account for about 42 percent of the branch’s members. An Academy spokesperson confirmed the statistics, making it the first significant piece of data about the voting body since a 2012 survey conducted by the Los Angeles Times. The actor’s division has the largest membership, more than other branches such as writers and directors. »

- Matt Donnelly

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NAACP Image Awards 2016 – The Complete Winners List

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“Creed” star Michael B. Jordan won both Entertainer of the Year and the best film actor prize at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday, while the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” took home the prize for Outstanding Motion Picture. In the top TV categories, Fox’s “Empire” and ABC’s “black-ish” dominated. The former took home prizes for best drama as well as for leads Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Meanwhile, “black-ish” won for best comedy, as well as the top acting prizes for its stars, Tracee Ellis-Ross and Anthony Anderson. Anderson also hosted the ceremony, which was broadcast live on TV. »


- Thom Geier

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CBS Orders Ridley Scott Drama Pilot ‘Sensory’

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CBS has added another drama pilot to its 2016-17 slate. “Sensory” is a two-hander centered around a veteran neurologist and her protégé who has mirror-touch synesthesia, a neurological trait that causes him to experience other people’s sensations. Inspired by the true story of neurologist Joel Salinas. The pilot will be written and executive produced by David Zabel, with Ridley Scott, Scott Free’s David Zucker and Foundry Media’s Roger Freet will also serve as EPs. Also Read: CBS Orders Military Drama Pilot 'Four Stars' From 'Smash' Writer Among the network’s other drama pilots are “Bull,” about a young Dr. Phil; “Doubt, »


- Linda Ge

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Politico Denies Letting Clinton Aide Ghostwrite Item for Playbook Newsletter

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Despite recently released emails that suggest Politico allowed a Hillary Clinton aide to ghostwrite a section of its morning newsletter, the site denies any wrongdoing. Emails recently obtained by Gawker that were exchanged in 2010 between Politico reporter Mike Allen and former State Department official Philippe Reines reveal the two discussed a news item that would appear in the site’s Playbook newsletter. In the exchanges, Reines sent Allen a press alert for a National Geographic special on the State Department, and Allen followed up with a re-write for Reines’ approval. Also read: How Politico's Playbook Will Go on Without Mike Allen »


- Reid Nakamura

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Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Honored by President Obama

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Maurice White, the Earth, Wind & Fire founder who died Wednesday night at age 74, received a heartfelt tribute from President Obama via the chief executive’s Facebook page on Friday. Obama remembered White as an inspiration to both his fellow musicians and the general public. “Only Maurice could make such sophisticated songs so catchy. Only he could inspire generations of such diverse artists,” Obama wrote. “And only he could get everyone — old and young, black and white — to let the groove move them on the dance floor.” Also Read: Maurice White, Earth Wind and Fire Singer, Dies at 74 White, who »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Survivor’ Alum Michael Skupin Charged With Child Porn

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Former “Survivor” contestant Michael Skupin has been charged with possession of child pornography, the Michigan attorney general said Friday. In all, the 54-year-old was charged with six counts of possession of child sexually abusive materials, along with five counts of larceny by conversion, and one count of racketeering- conducting a criminal enterprise. The images were discovered as the result of an investigation into a Ponzi scheme that Skupin was allegedly participating in. Also Read: 'Law & Order' Director Jason Alexander Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges According to the attorney general, an investigation was opened on Skupin after victims from his alleged Ponzi. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Joy Behar Defends Donald Trump, Bashes Ted Cruz Over Iowa Caucus Results (Video)

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In a shocking turn of events, “The View” co-host Joy Behar actually agreed with Gop presidential hopeful Donald Trump on something. Behar said that the billionaire is in the right for calling out fellow candidate Ted Cruz for sending out a mailer emblazoned with the words “Voter Violation” on the front, as well as an email implying that Ben Carson was quitting the race. “I think in this case Trump is correct. He’s correct,” Behar said during an episode of “Larry King Now” on Friday. “Those kind of dirty tricks should not be tolerated. If you don’t stop that kind of behavior — nip. »


- Joe Otterson

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The Monkees Announce New Album, 50th Anniversary Tour

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Hey, hey, they’re The Monkees … and they’re not monkeying around when it comes to celebrating their 50th anniversary. The group, formed for an eponymous ’60s TV show and known for hits including “Daydream Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville,” announced Friday that they’re hitting the road for a 50th Anniversary Tour — and releasing their first new album in nearly 20 years. The album, “Good Times,” features surviving Monkees Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork, along with a vintage vocal from Davy Jones, who died in 2012, on one song. Also Read: Davy Jones Appreciation: 'Monkees' Star Wore the Mantle. »


- Tim Kenneally

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$200,000 Oscars Gift Bag Includes Year’s Supply of Audi Rentals and an Armpit Mop

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This year’s Oscars gift bag, valued at $200,000, will include a $55,000 trip to Israel, a one-year supply of Audi A4 Rentals worth $45,000 and a box of underarm patches to reduce sweat marks on the red carpet. Created by Distinctive Assets, the gift bag also includes personalized M&M’s retailing at $300, diet gummy bears to give stars and starlets a tasty weight loss option, and three personal training sessions with fitness expert Jay Cardiello worth in excess of $1,400. While the swag isn’t officially endorsed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, trophy-less nominees have been scoring the »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Tidal Donates $1.5 Million to Black Lives Matter, Others, on Trayvon Martin’s 21st Birthday

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Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal will donate $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter, as well as other racial and social justice organizations, the company announced on Friday. The donation will be made on Feb. 5, which marks the day Trayvon Martin, the black teenager who was killed in Florida by George Zimmerman in 2012, would have turned 21. The money was raised at Tidal’s sold-out charity concert in Brooklyn last October. Jay Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Usher and Nas all performed. Also Read: Jay Z's Tidal Hires Third CEO Since March The following organizations were picked by Tidal’s owners »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Animals’ Review: Clever, Crude Animated Comedy Could Be a Tough Sell to Viewers

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Ever wonder what goes on inside the mind of a dog? A rat? An insect making a nice snack out of some pubic hair? Those are just some questions HBO’s incoming animated series produced by the Duplass brothers strives to answer, in the crudest way possible. “Animals,” created by Mike Luciano and Phil Matarese, is one of the most comprehensive takes on anthropomorphous characters yet, as it explores rats and their need to procreate, pigeons with sexuality issues and more. Presented over the course of the first season through a series of vignettes taking place in New York, the show. »


- Amber Dowling

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Jennifer Lopez Drama ‘Shades of Blue’ Renewed by NBC

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NBC has renewed freshman drama “Shades of Blue” for a second season. Starring Jennifer Lopez as a New York cop collaborating with internal affairs to inform on her unit, the series is the second new show this season to be renewed by NBC, following fellow drama “Blindspot.” Through five episodes, “Shades of Blue” has averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall in Nielsen live numbers plus three days of playback. Also Read: 'Shades of Blue' Star Dayo Okeniyi Talks Ray Liotta Gay Kiss, Working With J Lo (Video) “We want to thank Jennifer, who is the hardest working. »


- Daniel Holloway

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‘Making a Murderer’ Update: Steven Avery Jr. Has ‘No Idea’ If His Dad Is Guilty (Video)

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The son of Steven Avery, the subject of the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” has “no idea” whether his father is guilty of the murder of Teresa Halbach, for which he’s currently serving life in prison. “I have no idea,” Steven Avery Jr. told Crime Watch Daily in an interview. “I mean…only one person can answer that and that is Teresa. But she can’t answer it no more.” Avery’s other son, Bill, is more certain of his father’s innocence. “No, I don’t think he did,” Bill Avery said in the interview. Also Read: »


- Tim Kenneally

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Donald Trump Says He’ll Make Next Megyn Kelly-Moderated Debate: ‘I’ll Be There’

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Donald Trump said he plans on participating in the next Fox News Gop debate, even though network star Megyn Kelly is scheduled to moderate. “I’ll be there. I have no objection to being there,” the Republican presidential candidate said on Newsmax’s “The Steve Malzberg Show” when asked whether he will be skipping the upcoming March 3 debate in Detroit as he did last week’s showdown in Iowa. Trump caused a firestorm of controversy when he pulled out of the Des Moines debate, a move many attributed to his ongoing feud with “The Kelly File” host. But the billionaire »


- Jordan Burchette

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Josh Duggar Rough-Sex Lawsuit Dismissed as Porn Star Admits Lying

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Finally, some good news for Josh Duggar. A lawsuit filed against the disgraced former “19 Kids and Counting” star by porn actress Danica Dillon has been dropped. Moreover, according to an agreement between the parties obtained by TheWrap, Dillon (real name: Ashley Stamm-Northup), admits that Duggar has proof that she’s lying. “In consideration of the above, Duggar agrees to sign, on or before February 5, 2016, a Rule 41 Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice, foregoing his right to move for summary judgment in this matter and attaching exhibits which the parties agree would conclusively prove that Northup’s claims are fabricated,” the »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Recall ‘Painful Experience’ of Completely Overhauling Show’s Pilot

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Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss  called the original pilot for their hit HBO series “one of the most painful experiences” of their lives. “It took us almost four years to get the pilot made,” said Benioff on the “Scriptnotes” podcast. “And we finished it. We’d been overseas for about seven months.” Then they showed the pilot to fellow screenwriters Craig Mazin, Ted Griffin, and Scott Frank. “Watching them watch that original pilot was one of the most painful experiences of my life,” he said. “I mean, it’s probably like appendicitis and that. And Craig, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Fox’s ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Casts Ben Vereen

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Tony Award winner Ben Vereen has been cast in Fox’s adaptation of the ’70s musical “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” TheWrap has learned. Vereen will play Dr. Everett Scott, an ex-science teacher now working for the Bureau of Investigation looking into UFOs who ends up at the castle while searching for his nephew, Eddie. He joins joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-n-Furter), Victoria Justice (Janet), Ryan McCartan (Brad), Adam Lambert (Eddie), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff) and Staz Nair (Rocky). Also Read: Tim Curry to Join Fox's 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' Revival Tim Curry, the original Dr. Frank-n-Furter, »


- Joe Otterson

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Fox Orders Pilots for Gail Mancuso Buddy Cop Comedy, Chris Case Interracial Family Sitcom

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Fox has ordered pilots for comedies “The Enforcers” and an untitled Chris Case sitcom. “The Enforcers,” which hails from Executive Producer Gail Mancuso (“Modern Family”), follows two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being police officers. They find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code Enforcement Department, where, instead of fighting crime, they’ve been relegated to handling petty code breaking, such as noise complaints, tree trimming and water misuse.  The single-camera half-hour Warner Bros. Television comedy will be written executive produced by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. Mancuso (pictured above) will direct. Also Read: 'Grease: Live' »


- Tony Maglio

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CNN, Bleacher Report Team Up for Super Bowl 50 Special

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As the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers prepare to square off on Sunday, CNN and sister sports website Bleacher Report are teaming up for “Kickoff by the Bay,” an inside look at “Super Bowl City,” the NFL fan experience in downtown San Francisco. “It’s a great example of two parts of the Turner organization coming together to share their respective strengths: CNN’s ability to create event programming in the heart of the action, partnered up with Bleacher Report’s NFL expertise and passionate fan base,” CNN Sports Programming and Development Svp Bill Galvin told TheWrap. Also Read: The »


- Brian Flood

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’20/20 on ID’ Details How Unabomber’s Family Ratted Him Out to Feds (Exclusive Video)

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Step aside, Steven Avery: Investigation Discovery’s next “20/20 on ID Presents Homicide” will tell the unusual story of how the Unabomber was eventually brought to justice, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Wednesday’s hour, hosted by “Nightline” anchor Byron Pitts, revisits how Ted Kaczynski was discovered and ratted out by his own brother David and sister-in-law Linda. The Unabomber had evaded authorities for 18 years while his homemade bombs left three dead and nearly two dozen people injured. On the ID presentation, Linda Patrik speaks out for the first time about how she initially came to suspect her brother-in-law Ted was the infamous Unabomber. »


- Tony Maglio

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