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Rachel Bloom Shares the ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Scene She’s Most Proud Of (Video)

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The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” ventured into even deeper emotional territory for its second season than it did in the first, testing the limits of some relationships and ending others entirely. One of the show’s most tragic moments came when the tension between Rebecca and Paula finally boiled over, erupting in a huge, heartbreaking fight. It’s that scene that co-creator and star Rachel Bloom chose as the moment from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Season 2 she’s most proud of. “The show is a musical, it can go into sketch-y, zany territory, but when we want it to be dramatic, it needs to be dramatic, »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘SNL’ Season 42 Was a Necessary Reminder That No, This Really Isn’t Normal (Commentary)

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“SNL” repeatedly saw some of its best ratings in years in its just-ended Season 42, and there’s a good reason for that. Each week, “Saturday Night Live” felt like more than a dose of comedy. It was a way to get a sanity check on what continues to feel like a constant barrage of absurd political news. It’s nothing new to see “SNL” cover politics, but through the 2016 presidential race and beyond into the Trump presidency, the show served a different function. Tuning in each week to see how “SNL” would pull comedy out of each week’s news helped. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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‘Supergirl’ Star Chyler Leigh on the Evolution of Sanvers Relationship (Exclusive Video)

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Chyler Leigh had no idea that her character would be revealed to be gay and have a female love interest on the second season of “Supergirl.” “I had no idea it was coming,” The CW actress told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “ Andrew Kreisberg had talked to me a little bit about things for the next season … ‘We’re possibly thinking about maybe bringing in a romantic situation for Alex next season, as we’ll know more about her,’ and I was almost like, ‘no, don’t do that!'” Leigh expressed reluctance for her character’s storlyine to shift away from her relationship with her. »


- Linda Ge

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Disney Live-Action Shakeup: Sam Mendes Jumps to ‘Pinocchio’ From ‘James and the Giant Peach’

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Sam Mendes is about to put down the peach and pick up “Pinocchio,” TheWrap has learned. The esteemed and commercially proven director is exploring a live-action adaptation of the 1940 Walt Disney classic “Pinocchio,” an individual familiar with the change told TheWrap. Less than a year ago, the Academy Award winner was attached to direct a flesh-and-blood version of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.” He’s now switched focus, the insider said, and has been taking meetings on “Pinocchio.” Also Read: Inside Disney's Reboot Fever: 14 Animated Classics Set for Live-Action Treatment While “Pinocchio” might sound like a newer »


- Matt Donnelly

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Israeli Media Swept Into ‘Psychotic Circus’ as Trump Arrives in Holy Land

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After eight years of icy relations between Israel and the U.S. under President Barack Obama, Donald Trump’s arrival in the Holy Land on Monday sparked a media sensation of unparalleled proportions. Israel’s major broadcasters dropped their scheduled programming in favor of wall-to-wall Trump coverage, which began at 6 a.m. and continued well into the wee hours of the night local time. Even the country’s most popular satirical variety show, “Eretz Nehederet,” the only non-news show of the day, dedicated its entire episode to the presidential visit. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Amit Cotler, a »


- Itay Hod

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Michael Shannon Bigfoot Dramedy ‘Pottersville’ Headed to Netflix for Streaming Rights (Exclusive)

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Pottersville,” an indie dramedy starring Michael Shannon and Christina Hendricks, is close to a deal with Netflix for global streaming rights. Talks between Netflix and sales agent Gersh have been ongoing throughout the weekend in Cannes, one individual familiar with negotiations told TheWrap. The deal will close this week, the insider said. A theatrical release partner is currently unknown The film follows a local business man (Shannon) who is mistaken for the mythical creature Bigfoot after a wild night of drinking, tossing on a gorilla costume and staggering through the woods makes him an internet sensation. Also Read: Cannes, Day 6: Punk Rock Aliens. »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘The Florida Project’ Cannes Review: Unruly Kids Steal the Show in Heartbreaking Drama

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Sean Baker has made six movies and a couple of TV series, but his ticket to Cannes didn’t become a likelihood until the success of his film “Tangerine” two years ago. He shot that movie on his iPhone on the streets of Hollywood for about $100,000; it grossed almost $1 million, earned four Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations and four Gotham Awards nominations. And since Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight sidebar is always looking for hot young American indie directors, it put him in line to head to the Croisette for his new film, “The Florida Project,” which premiered on Monday. While “The. »


- Steve Pond

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‘Extra’ Co-Host Tracey Edmonds to Exit Amid Widespread Layoffs

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“Extra” co-host Tracey Edmonds is exiting the show amid widespread layoffs at the syndicated newsmagazine, an individual close to the show told TheWrap. The show also has been renewed for two more seasons, taking it through 2019, the individual said. Nonetheless, producers Telepictures and Lisa G Productions plan to eliminate 15 to 20 employees from the show’s 170-person staff across its offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Las Vegas. “It’s normal for any business to take a look at production requirements, even on a successful show like ‘Extra,'” the insider said, adding that “Extra” is “constantly evaluating our show and. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘The Keepers': What’s the Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse Cases?

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(Warning: This post contains some spoilers from the Netflix documentary “The Keepers.”) If a newly passed Maryland law had been in effect in 1994, the victims of Father A. Joseph Maskell in “The Keepers” might have successfully sued the Baltimore Archdiocese for $40 million. “The Keepers,” Netflix’s new documentary series, isn’t just about figuring out who killed Sister Cathy Cesnik in 1969. It’s also about a sexual abuse scandal in a Baltimore Catholic high school, in which the man accused, Father Maskell, was never charged. Also Read: 'The Keepers' Filmmaker Has Theory on Sister Cathy Murder, Personal Connection to Case According to director. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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19 People Killed at Ariana Grande’s Manchester UK Concert After Explosions Heard, Police Say

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Two explosions were heard at Ariana Grande‘s Monday night concert in Manchester, England, according to multiple media reports and Twitter updates. Concertgoers were evacuated from the Manchester Arena following a “loud bang” and Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that 19 people were killed and up to 50 injured. Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY — G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017 A previous statement from police on Twitter stated: “There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured. Please avoid the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene.” The incident is being investigated as »


- Debbie Emery

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Why ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Uzo Aduba Cheers on Crazy Eyes’ Love Life (Exclusive Video)

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The most difficult part of playing Suzanne, a.k.a. Crazy Eyes, was learning her backstory after having played her for three years, two-time Emmy winner Uzo Aduba told TheWrap. “It was difficult to learn the circumstances that cost her her freedom,” Aduba said. Aduba’s character, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, was adopted by white parents in the suburbs, but has mental issues that have alienated her from her family. In Season 4, audiences learned that Suzanne’s crime was kidnapping a child she became friends with — and that she didn’t realize the implications of her actions. Also Read: Emmy Winner Uzo Aduba Is, »


- Ashley Boucher

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Chelsea Handler: Melania Trump Would Be an ‘American Hero’ for Divorcing the President (Video)

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Chelsea Handler really hates Donald Trump. So much so, in fact, that she hopes he doesn’t make it back from his ongoing trip to the Middle East. “I’m hoping they keep him,” Handler said Monday on ABC’s “The View.” The host of Netflix’s “Chelsea” also called the Commander in Chief “a toddler” and “so miserable” during her visit to daytime. Also Read: Swat Heard Around the World: Melania Slaps Back Trump's Hand, Twitter Has Field Day Handler even hopes the President’s marriage fails. “I want Melania to finally just come out divorce him. She would be an American hero, »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi on ‘Magical’ Improv Moments on Set (Exclusive Video)

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Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi can feel it when a particular scene is going really well in the moment. “I think what’s funny is that I can tell in scenes when I am completely, 100 percent comfortable,” the actress told TheWrap. “Because the improv that happens because of it is magical, and I’m just like, ‘How did I think of that? How did they think of that?’ So I just watched a piece of a scene from that episode, where I was like, ‘whoa, not too shabby, Yara!'” Shahidi also discussed which aspect of her character Zoey she got to develop more. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Justice League:’ Zack Snyder Steps Down as Director After Family Tragedy, Joss Whedon to Take Over

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Zack Snyder has stepped down as director of Warner Bros.’ Fall tentpole “Justice League” following a family tragedy, TheWrap has confirmed. Joss Whedon is filling in as director to finish the film which comes out November 17. Snyder and Whedon have been collaborating together for more than a month, persons with knowledge of the production tell TheWrap. Whedon and Snyder have been writing new scenes for additional photography scheduled for early summer. The collaboration serves as Whedon’s entrance into the DC extended universe — Whedon has also signed on to direct a standalone “Batgirl” film. Snyder’s daughter, Autumn Snyder, died by suicide. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Diver Says He Knows Video of Shark Attacking Porn Model Is Fake

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A veteran shark diver says a viral video of a porn model being attacked by a shark is fake — and he knows it because she contacted him to find out how to fake a shark bite. Bryce Rohrer, who works at Florida Shark Diving, told RealClearLife last week that he had been contacted by the model, Molly Cavalli, a few weeks prior to the video going viral. “ said ‘we want to do a film shoot with a few scantily clad women diving with sharks,’ and we were kind of skeptical of even that,” Rohrer said. “Then once we started getting. »

- Carli Velocci

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Cannes 2017: J.K. Simmons’ ‘Whole New Everything’ Acquired by Freestyle Digital Media (Exclusive)

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Freestyle Digital Media has picked up domestic distribution rights to Kurt Voekler’s father-son drama “The Whole New Everything,” an individual familiar with the deal told TheWrap.

The film stars J.K. Simmons as a recently widowed father who moves with his teenage son across the country after accepting a private school teaching job. While there, they meet two women who help them heal from the pain and find a way forward. Odeya Rush, Charlie DePew, and Julie Delpy also star.

The deal was made by Dan Fisher, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Bachelorette’ Director Teases Controversy With Show’s First Black Lead: ‘It’s Really About Time’

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Millions of Americans will tune in Monday to watch the premiere episode of the 13th season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” where 31-year-old attorney Rachel Lindsay will cross-examine a new crop of suitors. More importantly, Lindsay is the first African-American lead in all 21 seasons of “The Bachelor” and 12 seasons of “The Bachelorette.” Plenty of the show’s fans think the casting is long overdue. And Ken Fuchs, who has directed every season of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” agrees. “It’s really about time,” he told TheWrap. “We’re really pleased, we’re really happy — and it’s going to be controversial. »


- Matt Pressberg

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‘Pill Cosby’ Date Rape-Inspired Drink Pulled From DC Bar Menu

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It’s a bad case of the Mondays for a D.C. restaurant called Diet Starts Monday. The establishment became the brunt of widespread backlash today after it added a new cocktail to its menu, the “Pill Cosby.” The drink is named in (dis)honor of Bill Cosby, whose rape trial jury selection also began today. What was supposed to be a sweet and refreshing hibiscus-flavored cocktail was ruined by a stir on Monday surrounding its namesake on Monday — and its empty pill capsule garnish. The Pill Cosby was intended to raise awareness for sexual assault but instead caused a backlash on Twitter. »


- Ashley Eady

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Jordan Peele’s Next Thriller Lands 2019 Release Date

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Universal Pictures has slated Jordan Peele’s next film for a March 15, 2019 release. The still-untitled social thriller will be the first project to come from the first look deal Peele recently inked with Universal. Peele will write, direct and produce the film. By the terms of that deal, the film will have a much larger budget than the $5 million spent on his 2017 breakout hit “Get Out,” but Peele will also once again work with “Get Out” producer Jason Blum on more microbudget projects as part of a wide range of titles Peele will create through his Monkeypaw Productions banner. Also. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Twitter Mocks Trump’s Visit to Western Wall in Jerusalem

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President Donald Trump’s trip to the Western Wall in Jerusalem set off a string of jokes on Twitter on Monday after a photo of the visit left users speculating about the contents of Trump’s prayer note. Trump’s visit made him the first sitting U.S. president to visit the wall, one of the region’s holiest sites. He was accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Visitors traditionally leave notes behind in the crevices of the wall in addition to taking a few moments to pray. Barack Obama previously visited the »


- Reid Nakamura

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