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The Fyre Festival Is Now Subject of FBI Probe

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After several lawsuits have been filed and reputation in ruin, an FBI investigation has been added to the litany of problems following the Fyre Festival. The FBI is reportedly investigating on charges of fraud and cybercrime. The New York Times reported the investigation is being conducted by the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York in tandem with the FBI, being overseen by a prosecutor assigned to the complex frauds and cybercrime units. It’s fair to say that festival-goers were sold unrealistic expectations by Billy McFarland, the festival’s 25-year-old organizer. Models like Kendall Jenner »


- Ashley Boucher

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Nathan Drake Fans Blast Tom Holland’s ‘Uncharted’ Origin Movie: ‘We’re Getting Uncharted Rugrats!’

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No sooner had Sony announced that it was retooling its big-screen adaptation of the hit video game “Uncharted” to be an origin story starring “Spider-Man: Homecoming” lead Tom Holland than the internet lit up with confusion and disappointment. Let’s just say the baby-faced 20-year-old British actor is not who many fans imagined would play the grizzled treasure hunter with the perpetual five 0’clock shadow. “You guys, we’re getting Uncharted Rugrats!!!!!” wrote one internet wag. While another complained, “Tom Holland’s Nathan Drake in an Uncharted movie? They already made that. It was called The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. »


- Thom Geier

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Showtime Hires ABC’s Jana Winograde as West Coast President of Business Operations

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Showtime Networks, Inc. (Sni) has hired ABC Entertainment’s Jana Winograde for the newly created role of president of Business Operations, West Coast. When she joins the company in mid-August, Winograde will oversee the network’s production, program operations and business affairs teams, as well as lead the financial and business strategy relating to the acquisition, development and distribution. Additionally, Sni has promoted Steve Rogers to executive vice president of Business Affairs — he’ll succeed Melinda Benedek when she retires at the end of this year. In that role, Rogers will serve as the company’s chief negotiator for original productions and manage the. »


- Tony Maglio

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Viacom to Introduce Non-Sports Streaming Pack Later This Year

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Viacom is throwing its hat into the cord-cutting ring. On Monday, CEO Bob Bakish signaled that the media giant would introduce a non-sports “entertainment pack” for streaming that would cost $10 – $20 monthly. Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference; Bakish said the new streaming option would include a few of Viacom’s competitors and be available later this year Also Read: Hulu Hires AMC's Joel Stillerman, Exec Behind 'Mad Men' and 'The Walking Dead,' as Chief Content Officer The service would be “a very positive development for Viacom because when you look at our services, »


- Sean Burch

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Universal Postpones Next Year’s Monster Movie, Sets ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ for 2019

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Universal Pictures’ upcoming remake of the 1935 classic “Bride of Frankenstein” has been slated for a Valentine’s Day release in 2019, the studio announced Monday. The remake, which will be made by “Beauty and the Beast” director Bill Condon, will be part of Universal’s “Dark Universe” series, which will revive the studio’s iconic horror movie villains and bring them together into a new cinematic universe. The series will start with next month’s remake of “The Mummy” and will be marked with a new motion logo and theme from Danny Elfman. “Dark Universe” was started by “Mummy” director and producer Alex. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Critics Roast ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sequel as Another Leaky Ship

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Disney has brought back Johnny Depp for a fifth round as Captain Jack Sparrow, and most critics are once again tying the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel to the mast for a stiff lashing. With early reviews now in, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 33 percent, just one point ahead of the 32 percent posted by its 2011 predecessor, “On Stranger’s Tides.” Most critics have panned the film for offering nothing new or compelling for the franchise, saying Depp’s once Oscar-worthy performance as Captain Jack is now feeling »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Leslie Moonves Extends CBS Deal for 2 More Years

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Leslie Moonves has extended his CBS deal for two more years, the company announced on Monday. Additionally, their new agreement will also provide for the publicly-traded corporation’s chairman, president and CEO to become a senior advisor there for an additional five years. Moonves keeps his option to establish a production company under CBS’ auspices. The deal will keep Les in place through June 2021. Under the terms of the extension, Moonves will remain at his current salary level, which is $3.5 million per year. As before, the chief will continue to be eligible for an annual bonus and will receive longterm, »


- Tony Maglio

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Swat Heard Around the World: Melania Slaps Back Trump’s Hand, Twitter Has Field Day

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The president and first lady landed in Israel on Monday morning during Trump’s first international trip while in office. As the pair walked down the tarmac in Tel Aviv, Trump reached out for his wife’s hand, and she swatted it away. Potus then used his rejected hand to adjust his tie. Smooth move, Mr. President. Also Read: Did Melania Trump Favorite a Tweet Trashing Her Relationship With Donald? Melania’s slap-back did not go unnoticed. Twitter is abuzz with reactions to the moment; with many praising Flotus for ignoring her husband’s hand and encouraging her to continue »


- Ashley Boucher

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Nicky Hayden, Us Motorcycle Racer, Dies at 35 After Being Hit by a Car

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American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden died Monday from injuries received last week in a bicycle crash in Italy, the Associated Press reported. He was 35. “The medical team has verified the death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, who has been undergoing care since last Wednesday May 17 in the intensive care unit of the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena following a very serious polytrauma which occurred the same day,” the hospital statement said. Hayden, who was in Italy following a race at nearby Imola, had been training on his bicycle along Italy’s Rimini coast when he was truck by a car. »


- Thom Geier

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‘The Keepers’ Filmmaker Has Theory on Sister Cathy Murder, Personal Connection to Case

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Warning: Major spoilers appear below. “The Keepers” filmmaker Ryan White made the new Netflix docuseries that has everyone on the edge of their seats. He spearheaded the project because of his personal connection to Sister Catherine Cesnik, a nun who was found murdered in January of 1970 and who serves as the centerpiece of the true crime series. “My access point was a personal connection: My aunt went to Archbishop Keough High School and was Sister Cathy’s student,” White told TheWrap. His aunt was also friends with Jean Wehner, one of multiple people in the documentary who say they were sexually abused. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘The Rider’ Cannes Review: Spectacular Rodeo Tale Is the Festival’s Sleeper Hit

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Some films arrive at Cannes with the eyes of the world already fixed upon them, while others make a more a subtle entrance. Building on ebullient early reactions, and on the tips festivalgoers share with each other over late-night glasses of rosé or in the long lines to get into the next competition film, those smaller works grow in reputation and stature. They may enter the festival without much fanfare, but they leave as conquering heroes. Start prepping the laurels now, because Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider” looks to be this year’s word-of-mouth hit. The story of a young rodeo hotshot grappling. »


- Ben Croll

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Cannes, Day 6: Punk Rock Aliens Party at Grand Palais; Sean Baker’s ‘Florida Project’ Shines

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Didn’t you miss John Cameron Mitchell? The loud and proud auteur has been dabbling here and there with short films, producing, script and story polishing — but the “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” filmmaker hasn’t given us a significant feature since 2010’s stark “Rabbit Hole.” He’s back with an army of ambiguous millennials, and a much more joyous reteam with Nicole Kidman. More good news? Sean Baker has successfully captured the joy and abject poverty of Florida as he did for the trans sex workers of East Hollywood, to meaningful effect. Let’s do this, Lundi. How to Disrupt Cannes? »


- Matt Donnelly

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Oliver Stone to Direct ‘Guantanamo’ TV Series for Weinstein Company

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Weinstein Television announced Monday that it has acquired rights to dramatic series “Guantanamo,” which marks Oliver Stone’s first foray into scripted television. Stone is known for tackling controversial subjects: He directed the film “Snowden,” and recently the documentary “The Putin Interviews,” which premieres on Showtime in June. He will direct all of season one, per Weinstein Television. “Guantanamo” will tell the stories of the prison from multiple perspectives — from prisoners to soldiers, lawyers to journalists. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp was opened after the September 11 attacks to interrogate and detain suspects in the war on terror, and has since been a focal. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Tomi Lahren Lands a New Gig, but It’s Not at a TV Network

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Right-wing firebrand, Tomi Lahren, is joining a pro-Trump advocacy group, Great America Alliance. She will work on the communications team for the organization, after splitting from conservative network TheBlaze earlier this year. Lahren rose to fame with a series of polarizing viral videos in which she often defended Trump and mocked the president’s critics. However, her first post-Blaze gig won’t be behind an anchor desk. “With critical policy battles looming, including repealing Obamacare and passing pro-growth tax reform, Great America Alliance (Gaa), the leading issue advocacy organization supporting the America-First agenda of President Donald J. Trump, announced Tomi Lahren is joining their. »


- Brian Flood

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Celine Dion Stops Billboard Music Awards Interview to Sing Along to Cher’s ‘Believe’ (Videos)

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Celine Dion had to stop her backstage interview at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards to sing along to Cher‘s performance of “Believe.” As the 71-year-old took the stage on Sunday night, Dion paused to watch the fellow performer on the monitor and started an impromptu karaoke session with reporters backstage. Cher accepted the Icon award at the Billboard Music Awards. During her acceptance speech, she said, “I want to thank my mom. When I was really young my mom said, ‘You’re not going to be the smartest, you’re not going to be the prettiest. You’re not going to be the most talented. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Stephen Colbert: Ted Cruz Asked Me to ‘Humanize’ Him During Gop Primary

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Stephen Colbert said that former Gop presidential candidate Ted Cruz once asked the “Late Show” host to “humanize” him before an appearance on the CBS comedy show. “I don’t want to betray my guest because there’s what happens on-camera and off-camera, but I guess it’s okay because I don’t think understood what he was asking,” Colbert said on Saturday at New York Mag’s Vulture Festival, according to the New York Post. Colbert continued: “I said, ‘Thanks for coming on, I like to have republicans on,’ and he goes, ‘Well, I was hoping we could humanize me. »


- Brian Flood

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Facebook Leaks: Live Streamed Suicides Allowed on Site, Nudity Gets Removed

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Videos and pictures of violent deaths, animal abuse, and self-harm are all allowed to be shared on Facebook, according to leaked internal guidelines obtained by The Guardian, which reviewed more than 100 of the social media giant’s internal training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts. The documents highlight some glaring inconsistencies with the way the site polices its content. They also underscore how difficult it is to moderate a constant stream of posts from more than two billion users. “Facebook cannot keep control of its content,” said one Facebook source to The Guardian. “It has grown too big, too quickly.” Also Read: Mark Zuckerberg Says He's. »


- Sean Burch

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Ratings: ABC’s ‘Billboard Music Awards’ Slip, But They Still Crush Competition

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Drake owned the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, when host network ABC dominated the Nielsen numbers. Per very preliminary numbers, which are not time zone-adjusted, the Disney-owned broadcaster earned a 2.0 rating/8 share and an average of 7.2 million total viewers across primetime. Those were dragged down by a 7 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” season finale (a 1.1/5 and 5.4 million viewers), but the BBMAs (2.3/9 and 7.7 million viewers) also slipped year over year. ABC’s ratings may rise when final fast nationals are out within an hour or so — we’ll see soon enough. Also Read: Miley Cyrus Tears »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in Sony’s ‘Uncharted’ Franchise

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Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland is attached to another major Sony franchise, joining Shawn Levy‘s “Uncharted,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Shawn Levy is directing the film in which Holland is set to star as the young thief Nathan Drake. The film will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third version of the famous video game, in which Drake first meets professional rogue, Sullivan. Sony is yet to find a writer for the screenplay. Producers include Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Miley Cyrus Tears Up During Emotional ‘Malibu’ Billboard Music Awards Performance (Video)

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Miley Cyrus got pretty emotional during her performance of her new hit, “Malibu,” at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas. Cyrus was introduced by her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, and her younger sister, Noah Cyrus, before the 24-year-old took the stage. Noah Cyrus joked that the singer was finally wearing pants for a performance. Cyrus dropped the new song on May 11, and people immediately praised Cyrus for heading back to her country roots after she sparked multiple headlines over the past years with her raunchy antics. Also Read: People Are Straight Up Losing It Over Miley Cyrus' New. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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