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Trump Slapped With Ethics Complaint Over Call to Fire NFL Players Who Protest Anthem (Exclusive)

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The Democratic Coalition, an anti-Trump political group, filed a complaint against President Donald Trump with the Office of Government Ethics on Sunday for calling on NFL owners to fire players who kneel in protest during the national anthem, TheWrap has learned exclusively. The group — which filed a similar grievance  against Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier this month —  cited the same federal law, which makes it a crime for a government employee to influence the employment practices of a private entity “solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation.” “Donald Trump crossed the line when he called for the firing of any. »


- Itay Hod

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Harry Knowles Denies Former Alamo Drafthouse Worker’s Claims of Sexual Assault

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Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles has stepped forward to deny published claims from a former Alamo Drafthouse employee that he sexually assaulted her on two occasions in 1999 and 2000. The accuser, Jasmine Baker, told IndieWire in a story published on Saturday that Knowles assaulted on two occasions at official Drafthouse events in Austin, Texas. In one case, she said, he “rubbed up against her buttocks and legs in a way that made her feel uncomfortable” and in another incident “put his hand under her shirt.” Knowles told IndieWire he “categorically denied” Baker’s claims and also denied them in a tweet on. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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How Jimmy Kimmel Became an Unlikely Folk Hero in Trump Health Care Debate

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Jimmy Kimmel, America’s mildest-mannered late-night comic, became an unlikely folk hero last week by seizing the center of a heated political debate over health care and refusing to let go. Even more unlikely: He seems to have emerged the winner. The surprising transformation of the ABC late-night host — better known for viral prank videos and his mock feud with actor Matt Damon than for incisive political commentary — riveted and mobilized a national political debate over health care, with an impact that stretched far beyond his late-night audience, across social media, the Washington establishment and all the cable news networks. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Jared Kushner Used Private Email Account for White House Work (Report)

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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner sent and received emails with other White House officials through a private email account set up after the 2016 presidential election, according to a report from Politico. The report says that there’s no indication that Kushner has shared any classified information on the private account, an allegation that triggered an FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers while serving as Secretary of State. However, Kushner has used the private emails to contact other White House staff, including former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Steve Bannon, about topics such as. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Victoria and Abdul’ Leads Indie Box Office as Awards Season Kicks Off

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The indie box office got its biggest jolt in quite some time this weekend, as three releases from Toronto had limited rollouts. Leading the way was Focus Features’ “Victoria and Abdul,” which made $152,000 from four screens for the top per screen average of the weekend with $37,933. The period piece stars Judi Dench and Ali Fazal as Queen Victoria and Indian clerk Abdul Karim and explores the pair’s unlikely friendship during the later years of the British monarch’s rule. Stephen Frears directed from a script by Lee Hall, with Tim BevanEric FellnerBeeban Kidron and Tracey Seaward producing. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Detroit Lions National Anthem Singer Takes Knee After Performance (Video)

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After singing the national anthem at the Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons football game, singer Rico Lavelle concluded his performance by taking a knee and raising his microphone, adding to the protests that have been seen at games throughout the NFL on Sunday. The protests come after Donald Trump criticized athletes who do not stand for the national anthem, calling on owners to fire or suspend such athletes. Eight members of the Detroit Lions kneeled during the anthem, while the rest of the team locked arms with coaches, staff and team owner Martha Ford. Watch Lavelle’s performance in the video below: This. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Mark Cuban Warns Trump of ‘Blowback’ for ‘Condemning’ a Sport (Video)

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban advised President Donald Trump to prepare for “blowback” for his call to have NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem “fired or suspended.” “If the president’s going to say something condemning a person, an industry, a sport, then he’s got to be able to take the blowback that’s going to come back,” Cuban told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “So LeBron and Steph and any athlete, any owner, it’s an open door now, and so they have every right for the same reasons to be able »


- Rosemary Rossi

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‘1922’ Review: Thomas Jane Haunted by Guilt in Stephen King Adaptation

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Guilt may be the focus of “1922,” but it’s the audience’s patience that gets a workout. The story of a Midwestern farmer coming to terms with his role in his wife’s murder, Zak Hilditch’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella of the same name feels overlong or maybe underfed, fleshing out the character’s mental deterioration in handsome but unsurprising detail. Even boasting strong performances from the likes of Thomas Jane and Molly Parker, “1922” feels best suited for its home on Netflix (premiering October 20) as Hollywood shuffles through its latest surge in King-themed projects. Jane plays Wilfred James, »


- Todd Gilchrist

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La Rams Owner Says ‘We Will Continue to Support Our Players’ Freedom’

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The Los Angeles Rams has joined the nationwide debate about NFL players’ right to refrain from standing during the national anthem, saying, “We will continue to support our players’ freedom to peacefully express themselves and the meaningful efforts they make to bring about positive change in our country.” As football fans around the country gathered around their TVs to watch Sunday’s games, Rams owner/chairman E. Stanley Kroenke issued a statement in support of both the national anthem and the freedom of speech. “We believe in the tenets of the national anthem, which is a pillar of this country; just as freedom of. »

- Rosemary Rossi

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All the Anthem Protests Happening Around the NFL This Sunday (Updating)

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In response to Donald Trump’s criticisms of athletes who kneel during the “Star Spangled Banner,” teams throughout the NFL are staging protests and demonstrations of unity during the national anthem. The demonstrations come after athletes from various sports attacked Trump on Saturday for his comments during a rally in Alabama and subsequent tweets, in which he called for fans to boycott teams with players who kneel during the anthem and for teams to fire those players. The protest was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to speak out against racial injustice. Also Read: Steven Mnuchin Bashes NFL on. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Teen Wolf’ Finale: Tyler Posey Teases ‘Sad’ Death, His Secret Tears, Hope for Spinoff

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Teen Wolf” sends the fur flying one last time with Sunday’s series finale, and star Tyler Posey admits to getting emotional about the end of the MTV show’s run — even if he didn’t always want his co-stars to know about it. Posey, who has played alpha Scott McCall for six seasons, told TheWrap that he felt it was his duty to give a few heartfelt speeches to his cast in the final days of filming. “There were a couple times when there were these impromptu speeches during one of our lunches leading up to the last few days, »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Star Jason Isaacs Tells Us Whether Show’s Klingons Reflect Trump

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With “Star Trek: Discovery” taking flight tonight, its star Jason Isaacs weighs in on the notion that the show’s Klingons reflect the mindset of some President Trump supporters. The speculation came following showrunner Aaron Harberts’ recent mention that the new series in the Gene Roddenberry-created sci-fi franchise will take cues from the contemporary world, and that the Klingons will “help us really look at certain sides of ourselves and our country.” Although this led many to infer that “Discovery” would be using the warrior species to comment on the Trump mindset, CBS called that a misinterpretation. “I don »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Facebook and the Future of Democracy, News, Free Expression and All That Stuff

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Facebook has a “D.C. problem,” says everybody: the Washington, D.C.-based news sites and pundits, Axios and Politico and Rachel Maddow. Everybody’s up in arms that Facebook took months to disclose that it received $100,000 in political ads from Russian fronts during the 2016 election. Facebook finally fessed up to this fact in September — eight months after having denied it. CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week rushed to offer an empathetic video in which he confessed that “for a while we had found no evidence of fake accounts linked to Russia running ads” but the platform suddenly found 3,000 fake ads that. »


- Sharon Waxman

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Steven Mnuchin Bashes NFL on Anthem Protests: ‘Players Have the Right for Free Speech Off the Field’

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin joined President Donald Trump’s criticism of the NFL over players who have protested treatment of African Americans by kneeling during the national anthem “Players have the right for free speech off the field,” Mnuchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. “On the field, this is about respect.” “The NFL has all different types of rules,” noted Mnuchin, a former investment banker and Hollywood producer. “You can’t have stickers on your helmets, you have to have your uniforms tucked in.” He is the latest administration official to publicly back the president’s »


- Thom Geier

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Tops ‘It’ at Box Office With $39 Million Opening

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20th Century Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” took the No. 1 spot at the box office from “It” this weekend with an estimated $39 million opening from 4,003 locations. It’s a solid opening that’s slightly above the $36.2 million opening made by the spy sequel’s predecessor, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and just a step below pre-weekend projections of $40 million. “The Golden Circle” had a much more mixed critical reception than “Secret Service” did, earning 51 percent on Rotten Tomatoes  compared to its predecessor’s 74 percent. But audiences were kinder to the film, giving it a B+ on CinemaScore. Overseas, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Trump Steps Up Attack on NFL, Calls for Fan Boycott of ‘Boring’ Games

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For a third straight day, President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on the National Football League for allowing some of its players to protest during the national anthem before games. In a series of Sunday morning tweets, the president slammed the league for “boring games” as well as lower attendance and TV ratings. And he suggested a boycott to achieve his ends. “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” he wrote. If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag. »


- Thom Geier

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Stevie Wonder Joins Resistance at NYC Concert: ‘Tonight I’m Taking a Knee for America’ (Video)

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Stevie Wonder began his performance at the Global Citizen Festival concert in New York’s Central Park on Saturday night by announcing that he was “taking a knee for America.” “Whenever you need to interrupt hate, stand down bigotry, condemn sexism and find love all of our global brothers and sisters everyday,” the legendary R&B singer said from the stage. “Tonight I’m taking a knee for America.” Wonder’s gesture comes as President Donald Trump has stepped up his criticism of professional athletes like former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who have declined to stand during the national anthem. »


- Thom Geier

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‘Will & Grace’ Cast and Creators Rip Reports That NBC Sitcom Uses a Laugh Track

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Ok, Ok, Ok, you don’t use a laugh track, “Will & Grace.” The cast and creators of the revived NBC sitcom participated in a Tribeca TV Festival panel discussion early Saturday evening, when writer/executive producer Max Mutchnick and the gang reacted pretty strongly to the idea that they use a laugh track. Here’s where it gets weird: nobody brought it up. “That’s a live audience,” Mutchnick started off after a strange non-sequitur segue from star Megan Mullally. “A lot of people are now writing about this, the ‘canned laughter.'” “We try to pull back the laughs as much as we can. »


- Tony Maglio

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Colin Kaepernick’s Mom Has Perfect Response to Trump for ‘Son of a B—h’ Diss

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Colin Kaepernick has scores of athletes, fans and even the NFL chief supporting his right to take a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, but no one has expressed their approval of his actions quite like his own mom, Teresa. When the mother of the former San Francisco 49er quarterback learned that President Trump said at an Alabama rally that NFL owners should “get that son of a bitch off the field” when players protested by sitting out the anthem, Teresa tweeted, “Guess that makes me a proud b—h!” Guess that makes me a proud bitch! »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Zack Snyder Declares Ben Affleck Best Batman Ever

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It’s a national holiday for fanboys, as Sept. 23 is Batman Day, and former “Justice League” director Zack Snyder kicked it off by declaring Ben Affleck the best Batman ever on screen. Full disclosure: TheWrap’s resident fanboy agrees. “Happy Batman day, #batfleck the best Batman ever,” Snyder wrote on the Vero app. Check out his post below. “Justice League” will mark Affleck’s second run as the Caped Crusader. Although he is also set to star as the character in Matt Reeves’ standalone film, “The Batman,” Casey Affleck recently said that he doesn’t think his older brother will play the part. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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