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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle': New Red Band Trailer Brings the Pain (Video)

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Ahead of its Hall H panel at Comic-Con on Thursday, 20th Century Fox has released a new red band trailer for “Kingman: The Golden Circle.” And like Matthew Vaughn’s original hit, his sequel looks to be a bloody good time. The follow-up to the 2015 spy thriller sees newly minted Kingsman Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Roxy (Sophie Cookson) travel with their tech advisor Merlin (Mark Strong) to the U.S. after their headquarters is destroyed by Poppy (Julianne Moore), a criminal mastermind who holds connections to the shadowy organization known as The Golden Circle. Also Read: Julianne Moore's 'Kingsman' Sequel Villain Is Like. »


- Nigel M. Smith

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This Is Everything Ryan Seacrest Does in a Week (Photos)

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Now that Ryan Seacrest has added “Live with Kelly and Ryan” to his list of seemingly never-ending jobs, we decided to look at a week in the life of the broadcaster, TV host, producer, philanthropist, fashion designer and dog-lover. Ryan has said in interviews that he wakes up around 5 a.m. His radio show, “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” airs at 6 a.m. and goes until 10 a.m. on weekdays “Live with Kelly and Ryan” airs at 9 a.m. Est (then it’s replayed at 9 a.m. Pst). Along with “On Air” and “Live,” Seacrest is sure to schedule in workouts for himself. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Ray Nutt Named CEO of Fathom Events

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Ray Nutt has been named CEO of Fathom Events, the company announced on Thursday. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group, Fathom Events is a domestic distributor of event cinema, including live performances, sporting events and classic films. In addition to his new role as Fathom CEO, Nutt will also sit on the company’s board of directors. “As CEO of Fathom Events, I look forward to growing Fathom’s existing program verticals and identifying programming opportunities that will bring new and exciting cinematic experiences to the big screen for our Fathom fans and benefit our content providers, »


- Reid Nakamura

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How to Watch the Oj Simpson Parole Hearing

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TV viewers might feel like it’s 1995 all over again on Thursday, when O.J. Simpson is set to dominate the news cycle once more with wall-to-wall coverage of his parole hearing in Carson City, Nevada. How can TheWrap readers watch the whole thing unfold live? Well, you’ve got a myriad of options. For starters, check the live stream at the top of this post, which will be active when it’s “go”-time. If that alone doesn’t satisfy your thirst for the Juice, then perhaps extended coverage across broadcast and cable will! Check out the coverage plans for specific networks below. »


- Brian Flood and Tony Maglio

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Ryan Seacrest to Host ABC’s ‘American Idol’

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Seacrest, In. Ryan Seacrest will reprise his role of “American Idol” host on the upcoming ABC revival, Kelly Ripa revealed Thursday morning on the duo’s syndicated daytime talker, “Live.” Seacrest will stay aboard their daily Disney-abc production in New York City, where they built the guy his own radio studio just to continue broadcasting “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.” The busiest man in show-business has hosted “Idol” since its 2002 inception on Fox. Back in Season 1, the radio personality split the duties with stand-up comedian Brian Dunkleman. Also Read: Will Ryan Seacrest Host ABC's 'American Idol'? “It’s genuinely hard to put into. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Last Chance U’ Breakout Brittany Wagner on How She Ever Got Any Work Done at Emcc

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Brittany Wagner is done handing out pencils at East Mississippi Community College. These days, the “Last Chance U” breakout star and former Emcc counselor is for-hire as part of her own consulting company on a contract basis by athletes, coaches, school districts and companies to assist in academic endeavors and life skills, among a growing menu of services. “My platform is so much bigger now with the show, and I just felt a pull to do something,” Wagner said, while explaining her exodus to TheWrap in an interview ahead of “Last Chance U’s” Season 2 premiere. Before bailing for life as an entrepreneur, »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Morning Joe’ Rips Trump While Praising John McCain (Video)

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Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough slipped in a jab at President Trump as he praised Arizona Republican Senator John McCain on Thursday. McCain has a brain tumor, according to a statement released by his office on Wednesday. Scarborough called McCain a “maverick” who has “always been tough” before discussing a 2008 moment when McCain crossed party lines to defend his then-opponent in the presidential election. “A lot of people are retweeting the same video right now, and that’s the video that reminds us of John McCain’s character as a public figure when somebody started to question Barack Obama’s patriotism and his faith in. »


- Brian Flood

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Evan Helmuth, ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor, Dies at 40

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Evan Helmuth, an actor best known for playing the priest in 2012 horror “The Devil Inside,” has died. He was 40. Helmuth (pictured above left) passed away from complications from a stroke on Monday. “It’s just simply heartbreaking. Such a profoundly kind and beautiful person, friend and actor,” spokesperson David Greene of Chaotik Media told TheWrap in a statement confirming Helmuth’s death. Also Read: Harvey Atkin, 'Meatballs,' 'Cagney & Lacey' Actor, Dies at 74 Along with his famous role in William Brent Bell’s terrifying hit, he also appeared in “Fever Pitch” and “Jobs,” alongside Ashton Kutcher. On the small screen, »


- Debbie Emery

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Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving Step Up Their Style Game at Si Fashionable 50 (Photos)

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Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving Step Up Their Style Game at Si Fashionable 50 (Photos) Sports Illustrated magazine celebrates sports stars’ top style plays NBA Mvp Russell Westbrook added another title to his name as he was crowned Si’s Fashion Mvp at the star-filled party at Avenue in Hollywood Tuesday night. “It’s definitely an unbelievable blessing,” Westbrook told TheWrap, adding that he had “messages” all over his outfit. “It’s important to be able to take that next jump to create your own trend, create your own step, and pave your own way to be able to that in fashion, »


- Debbie Emery

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Faith and Family Films Gain Prominence as Td Jakes’ Megafest Matures

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MegaFest, a convention that focuses on the intersection of family and general entertainment, is increasingly carving out a festival home for faith-based and intergenerational Hollywood movies. For the third year running, the International Faith and Family Film Festival has attracted sleeper hit films that revolve around religion, and the actors and directors that develop and star in them. For the 2017 edition, hosted in Dallas, Texas earlier this month, the festival recruited the likes of John Singleton — the first African American to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar, for 1991’s “Boyz in the Hood,” and a prolific producer and »


- Matt Donnelly

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Lena Dunham Joins ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7

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Lena Dunham has joined the cast of “American Horror Story” for Season 7, creator Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter Wednesday. “Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the American Horror Story family,” he wrote. “Always wanted to work together, and now we r!” Although Murphy didn’t give any more information on the scope of the “Girls” star’s role, a representative for Dunhan told TheWrap that she only has a small role in Episode 1 and is “not joining the cast technically.” Also Read: Colton Haynes Joins 'American Horror Story' for Season 7 As usual, much of the upcoming season of American Horror. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Espn Shutters One of Its Channels to Cut Costs

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The horn just sounded on Espn’s Buzzer Beater channel. The Disney-owned cable channel, which has aired live look-ins and analysis of college basketball games since 2011, won’t be back for the 2017-18 Ncaa hoops season in a cost-cutting move, an Espn spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap on Wednesday. “With more ways than ever to program our networks across all screens, we have decided to shift resources to better position ourselves for the long-term,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We will leverage the reach and scale we have across our TV and digital platforms to continue to provide more college basketball coverage. »

- Matt Pressberg

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‘Dunkirk’ Looks to Turn Critical Acclaim Into Box Office Victory

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The critics seem to be in agreement: Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is one of, if not the, best films of the year and a surefire Oscar contender, giving the World War II epic a “Fresh” rating of 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Now Warner Bros. will look to turn that critical acclaim into box office success. Currently, “Dunkirk” is pegged by independent trackers for an opening weekend in the range of $30-40 million, with WB’s projections on the upper end of that range. The film will be released in 3,700 locations, which includes a variety of special formats including IMAX, 35mm, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Red West, Actor and Elvis Presley’s Friend, Dies at 81

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Red West, a film/TV actor and former close associate of Elvis Presley, has died at the age of 81. According to USA Today, West died after suffering an aortic aneurysm at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, on Tuesday night. A friend of The King, West served as Presley’s driver and bodyguard, also co-writing songs including “Separate Ways,” “If Every Day Was Like Christmas” and “If You Talk in Your Sleep.” He was fired by Presley’s father shortly before the singer’s death. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) West later went on to become an actor, with small roles on the TV. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Fired Kermit Actor Responds to Jim Henson Daughter’s ‘Depressed Victim’ Slam

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The war wages on between ousted Kermit the Frog puppeteer Steve Whitmire and the Muppets franchise. Whitmire took to his personal blog on Wednesday following criticism from Cheryl Henson, daughter of late Muppets creator Jim Henson. Whitmire has posted numerous messages after announcing last week that Disney had replaced him with Matt Vogel as the voice of Kermit after 27 years. Cheryl wrote on Facebook earlier this week that Whitmire was never Jim’s choice to take over for him as the beloved character, adding that Whitmire’s vision of Kermit had veered from Jim’s. Also Read: Fired Kermit Actor Criticizes 'Cold and Timid. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Senator John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Tumor

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Arizona Republican Senator John McCain has learned he has a brain tumor, according to a statement released by his office on Wednesday. The 80-year-old senator for Arizona underwent cranial surgery to remove a blood clot near his eye less than a week ago, and the tumor is related to that. According to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, where McCain had the surgery, “subsequent tissue pathology” performed after blood clot removal “revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot. Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that. »


- Ashley Eady

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What’s Going on With China’s Wanda Group?

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In the span of less than a year, Dalian Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin has gone from splashing billions on entertainment companies and coming to Hollywood to promote an $8 billion mega-studio and telling film execs they need to “increase their quality” to selling off his theme park business and 77 hotels as part of a major, regulatory-driven retrenchment. And as one of China’s richest and most powerful men has quickly become one of its most scrutinized, that’s put the squeeze on Wanda’s would-be acquisition spree — the company has announced $20 billion in deals since 2006 — and led »

- Matt Pressberg

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11 Hilarious Remixes of Sam Tarly’s ‘Soup and Poop’ Montage from ‘Game of Thrones’ (Photos)

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While everyone else in Westeros is dourly assessing how they’ll fight various wars, the Season 7 premiere, “Dragonstone,” found Samwell Tarly working the early days of training to be a maester. The montage of Sam serving soup and cleaning poop was both hilarious and gross, and has inspired the Internet to create all sorts of remixes. Here are a few of the best. 11. “Rocky IV” montage The “Rocky” films are packed with classic montages, making them pretty good inspiration for a Samwell remix. This one borrows the song “Hearts on Fire” by John Cafferty from “Rocky IV.” Watch it here. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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‘Confederate’ Debate: Can ‘Game of Thrones’ Duo Handle Slavery Responsibly?

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Like their HBO hit “Game of Thrones,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ newly announced follow-up series, “Confederate,” has people talking — though some wonder if the two white men will handle the subject responsibly. “Confederate” takes place in a world where the southern states won the Civil War and seceded from the Union. Its creative team includes African-American writers and executive producers Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman. HBO says it “takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Rob Kardashian’s Lesson: Revenge Porn Can Hurt the Sender (Guest Blog)

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Instigators of revenge porn, beware. Recent cases in the media involving either invasion of privacy allegations or simply rumor-mill fodder have had a variety of results — none that are good. Rob Kardashian unexpectedly learned a lesson when he thought he would get even with his baby mama Blac Chyna after their relationship hit a rough bump.  He posted explicit pictures of her on social media that she thought were private — and she used those as the basis for obtaining a restraining order. Since domestic violence legal definitions have expanded to include emotional abuse, not just physical abuse, she was granted. »


- Rosaline L. Zukerman

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