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Jeff Zucker ‘Absolutely Not’ In Danger of Losing His Job, CNN Says

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Despite a pending merger and the fallout from a retracted story, CNN chief Jeff Zucker is “absolutely not” in danger of losing his job, a network spokesman told TheWrap. Three CNN staffers resigned over a retracted story linking Trump and Russia, and the New York Post reported Wednesday that “the specter of a $100 million libel suit” led to the resignations. The story also said there is a “widespread belief” among media executives that Zucker cannot keep is job after At&T completes its planned acquisition of CNN’s parent company Time Warner. Asked whether Zucker’s job was in danger in any way, »


- Itay Hod

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Lamar Odom Says God Was Responsible for His Brothel Collapse (Video)

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Well, the Lord is said to work in mysterious ways … Former NBA star Lamar Odom, who was hospitalized after being found unconscious in his room at the Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada, in 2015 after booking a five-day spree at the brothel, appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” on Wednesday, denying that drugs had anything to do with the incident. God, however, might have been giving him a push, the ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian said. Also Read: Lamar Odom's $75,000 Brothel Binge: How He Racked Up That Massive Bill “I think that was God just trying to talk to me, »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Snowfall’ Creators On Accuracy of FX Show: ‘We Had to Pick a Lane and Just Go’

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The early 1980s and the introduction of crack cocaine to Los Angeles is the backdrop of FX’s newest drama “Snowfall.” It’s also a period wrought with conflicting histories. Creators John Singleton and Dave Andron tried to get past those inconsistencies by meticulously drawing from the real life experiences of people who were there and people who have studied the era. Also Read: 'Fargo': Why Ewan McGregor Was 'Heartbroken' by Show's Latest Death “There’s so much material and so many theories on who brought  and how it came in. So we kind of had to pick a lane and just go, »


- Ashley Boucher

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‘Despicable Me 3': Still No Female Minions, Still Many Dumb Yellow Guys

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Illumination’s minions are back in the franchise that made them stars, “Despicable Me 3,” and they’re still all dudes. Pierre Coffin’s army of yellow goons have always been exclusively male, and though it might sound chauvinist the animator and voice actor has an explanation. “Seeing how dumb and stupid they often are, I just couldn’t imagine Minions being girls,” Coffin told TheWrap nearly two years ago, when “Despicable Me 2” hit. Also Read: Record Wide Opening for 'Despicable Me 3' to Kick Off July Box Office While the little guys don’t count women among their ranks yet again, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Sarah Palin Hired Gawker-Slayer Lawyers to Sue New York Times

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Sarah Palin has hired the same lawyers for her lawsuit against the New York Times who helped win a $140 million jury verdict last year against the website Gawker on behalf of Hulk Hogan. Palin’s lawyers — Kenneth G. Turkel and Shane B. Vogt of the Tampa, Fla. law firm of Bajo Cuva Cohen & Turkel — were part of a team of lawyers who won a privacy case against Gawker and its founder Nick Denton. The huge verdict helped push Gawker and its founder Nick Denton into bankruptcy, and Gawker ended up paying $31 million to settle the case, abandoning »


- Susan Seager

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Finale: Creator on Last-Minute Change, Why a Death Had to Be Off-Camera

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(Warning: Spoilers ahead from Tuesday’s series finale of “Pretty Little Liars”) “Pretty Little Liars” fans were hit with one last twist as the identity of A.D. was revealed during Tuesday’s highly anticipated series finale. The Freeform drama’s final episode introduced Spencer’s (Troian Bellisario) evil British twin, Alex Drake, who tormented the Liars as revenge for half-sister Charlotte’s (Vanessa Ray) death. Alex, who revealed that she killed ex-lover Wren (Julian Morris), imprisoned Spencer and Ezra (Ian Harding) in her underground fortress before the pair managed to escape. “All roads led to Alex Drake,” series creator »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Work Out’ Alum Jackie Warner Reaches Plea Deal in DUI Case

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Jackie Warner can breathe easy; she’s a mostly free woman. Former “Work Out” star Warner has reached a plea deal in her DUI case stemming from her arrest earlier this year. In exchange for Warner’s no-contest plea to a lesser charge commonly referred to as a “wet reckless,” or alcohol-related reckless driving, the original charges of felony assault on a police officer, misdemeanor DUI and misdemeanor hit and run were dismissed, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office told TheWrap on Wednesday. Also Read: 'Work Out' Alum Jackie Warner Pleads Not Guilty in Assault, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Trump Shares Video From Unnamed Source After Aide Blasts Unnamed Sources (Video)

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One day after Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders criticized the use of “unnamed sources” in news reports, President Trump posted a video that includes an unnamed source questioning CNN commentator Van Jones on hidden camera. The video by conservative outlet Project Veritas features someone identified only as a “Pv journalist” catching Jones on the street and asking him about investigations of ties between Trump and Russia. Jones replies that the “Russia thing is just a big nothing burger” — a sentiment he has publicly expressed before. “I think Democrats are fooling ourselves if we think something’s going to come out of. »


- Tim Molloy

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Why ABC’s ‘Pink Slime’ Settlement Is a Red Flag for Free Press

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ABC News’s decision to settle a food libel lawsuit over its “pink slime” report sends a dangerous signal that a powerful mainstream news organization is unwilling fight to vindicate its reporting. And that sends a signal of vulnerability that may invite frivolous libel lawsuits and crippling legal expenses, experts warn. “Does the settlement send a message to potential litigants, who perhaps have only spurious claims, to move forward with filing suits?” said University of Minnesota journalism professor Jane Kirtley. “Probably.” “I always regret when a news organization, especially one who could mount a credible defense and has solid financial resources, »


- Susan Seager

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You Can Now Hunt Aliens With Wesley Snipes in Virtual Reality

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Christmas just came early for the small but important overlap on the Venn diagram between fans of Wesley Snipes and people with virtual reality headsets. Snipes stars in “The Recall Vr Abduction,” a 13-minute companion experience to his just-released sci-fi horror flick “The Recall.” Viewers get to fight off an alien invasion through the eyes of “Breaking Bad’s” R.J. Mitte, who co-stars in the film, while interacting with Snipes’ character “The Hunter.” And in a move many other Vr experiences are latching onto, “The Recall Vr Abduction” features several potential endings. Produced by Snipes himself, the vehicle is »


- Sean Burch

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Why New Edition, Sasha Velour and Lee Garrett Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion analytics company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers June 21-27 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television shows, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV. The 2017 Bet Awards received 882,520 Emotional Reactions (ERs), making it most reacted-to program in the last week. New Edition, winner of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, was the most-mentioned group/artist of the evening. The R&B group gave fans a dose of nostalgia during a performance »


- Fabric Media

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Hollywood Chris Battle Royale: Hemsworth, Evans and Pratt Join Pine as Academy Members

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Sorry, Chris Pine. Your major competitors in the Chris Battle Royale just caught up considerably in the race for Best Hollywood Chris. The internet has been obsessed for months with pitting actors Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Pine against each other, and a leading edge in Pine’s favor has now been leveled. The Motion Picture Academy unveiled its 2017 invitees on Wednesday, tipping Pratt, Evans and Hemsworth to join the organization that chooses the annual Academy Award winners in one fell swoop. Also Read: 'Wonder Woman' Star Chris Pine Disses 'Avengers: Infinity War' (Video »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Cash Me Outside’ Girl Pleads Guilty to Grand Theft and Other Charges

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Danielle Bregoli Peskowitz has pleaded guilty to a host of criminal charges, how bow dah? Teenage sub-lebrity Peskowitz, who gained viral infamy with an appearance on “Dr. Phil,” entered guilty pleas on Wednesday in a Delray Beach, Florida, courtroom, NBC reports. The charges include grand theft, filing a false police report and marijuana possession. The 14-year-old’s sentence remains to be handed down. Also Read: 'Cash Me Outside' Girl Postpones Summer Tour The charges have their origin in an incident prior to Peskowitz’s 2016 appearance on “Dr. Phil,” when she rose to notoriety as a national curiosity. Peskowitz, originally from Palm Beach County, »


- Tim Kenneally

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11 Wtf Academy Invites: From Lou Ferrigno to Terry Crews (Photos)

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The Motion Picture Academy made amazing strides in its goal to diversify membership — but sometimes their invites are questionable. Read on for TheWrap’s tally of oddballs, and people you would think have been members for years. Terry Crews The Old Spice spokesman has had an impressive if not niche acting career — still a bit of a head-scratcher, but the man bring a ton of joy and muscles wherever he pops up, so we’ll take it. Lou Ferrigno The kitschy ’70s start (“The Incredible Hulk” TV series) mostly takes B-movie action roles or plays heightened versions of himself (“I Love You, »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘The Bachelorette': Millennials Are Fleeing Rachel Lindsay’s Season

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Forget lame suitors like Lucas, it is millennials who are truly failing “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay. In the 18-34 demographic’s TV ratings, “The Bachelorette” is down 24 percent year over year, with a 1.9 versus last summer’s 2.5. Among men of that age range, the decline is an even 25 percent, with women clocking in at minus 22 percent. That means those born between 1983 and 1999 are departing the ABC series more than any other age range, right as we finally got our first African-American “Bachelorette.” So much for our most progressive generation. Also Read: Ratings: NBC Beats Big 4 Competition Combined »


- Tony Maglio

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Twitter Dunks on Clippers, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan After Chris Paul Trade

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Today saw a major shakeup at the Los Angeles Clippers when the NBA team traded star Chris “CP3” Paul to the Houston Rockets. Great for Paul, potentially not so great for the Clippers, because fellow star player Blake Griffin is a free agent. With Paul moving to Texas, Griffin might find fewer reasons to stay with the Clippers, even if the team is reportedly gunning hard to keep him. If Paul and Griffin both end up leaving the Clippers, that makes Center DeAndre Jordan the team’s remaining superstar (for now), which as it turns out is extremely awkward. Because it’s. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Oscars Hit Goal of Doubling Non-White Members Three Years Early

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In early 2016, amid the #OscarsSoWhite campaign spawned by two years of all-white acting nominees, the Academy announced the ambitious goal of doubling the number of female and non-white members by 2020. Now, after the second consecutive year of a record number of new-member invitations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has actually achieved part of that goal — with three years to spare. Between the 280 people of color who were invited to join last year and the 230-plus who are on this year’s list, the Academy has likely already doubled the number of non-white members it had when the diversity. »

- Steve Pond

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Hugh Jackman’s Top Hat Obsession: It’s a Thing, People (Photos)

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Is Hugh Jackman the secret love child of Fred Astaire? How else to explain the Australian star’s long-standing obsession with top hats over the years? 2003: Hugh Jackman made is Broadway debut in a jukebox musical about fellow Australian song-and-dance man Peter Allen. 2006: Jackman played a top hat-sporting magician in Christopher Nolan’s twisty thriller opposite Christian Bale as his arch-rival. 2009: Hosting the 2009 Oscars, Jackman showed some old-fashioned razzle-dazzle in a Beyonce-boosted opening number. 2010: Jackman brought a formal look when he took his wife and kids trick-or-treating in New York City’s West Village. 2012: As »


- Thom Geier

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‘Deadpool 2:’ Josh Brolin Shares Photo of Himself in Cable Makeup

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With production on “Deadpool 2” currently underway, Josh Brolin has shared a picture to give fans a sneak peek at how he’ll look under prosthetics as super-villain Cable. “Insanity on the brink. Face is morphing into something machine, fierce, hair sliced, arm machined, bulged. Where is Deadpool?!? Looking. Looking. All I got are these two…molding me, prodding, turning me into something hard,” wrote Brolin in his Instagram caption. Insanity on the brink. Face is morphing into something machine, fierce, hair sliced, arm machined, bulged. Where is Deadpool?!? Looking. Looking. All I got are these two…molding me, prodding, »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Richard Lewis Turns 70 and He Wants Everyone to Know It

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When you’re celebrating 70 years on this planet, you might not want to even think about the passage of time. But you’re not Richard Lewis. Lewis is the kind of person who, along with his team, would send out a two-paragraph press release about your birthday. In a press release sent out on Wednesday, the comedian and actor announced his 70th birthday, which is June 29, and reminisced a bit about his physical health, his hair and his career, which is still going. Lewis is described as a “famed comedian” with a full head of hair. We get some insight into him. »


- Carli Velocci

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