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Trump Set to Order Military to Enact Transgender Ban

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A month after announcing his intention to ban transgender people from serving in the United States military forces, President Trump is close to ordering the Pentagon to enact the ban. The Wall Street Journal reports Wednesday that, potentially as soon as this week, Trump will send a 2½-page memo to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis outlining implementation of the policy. Also Read: Science Envoy's Resignation Letter to Trump Spells Out 'Impeach' According to unnamed U.S. Officials cited by the Wall Street Journal, the ban will not only forbid new enlistment of transgender people, it will also allow the military to kick out transgender. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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‘The Silence,’ ‘American Paradise’ Take Top Prizes at TheWrap’s Shortlist Film Festival 2017

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Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari’s “The Silence,” a tender story about a young girl and her Kurdish mother, won the Industry Prize at TheWrap’s Shortlist Film Festival on Wednesday. Joe Talbot’s “American Paradise,” a dark comedy about race and bank-robbing, took the Audience Prize at a ceremony at IMAX headquarters in Playa Vista, California. And “Fanny Pack,” a story by a USC student about a young Indian woman hilariously clashing with her conservative father, won the first-ever ShortList prize for a student film. Also Read: ShortList 2017: 'The Silence' Is Haunting Tale of Grief Lost in Translation »


- Wrap Staff

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Espn President Blames ‘Someone With a Personal Agenda’ for Flap Over Robert Lee Replacement

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Espn president John Skipper has spoken out about the flap over the decision to replace broadcaster Robert Lee  for its coverage of a football game at the University of Virginia next month, saying that the decision to replace Lee was “intentionally hijacked by someone with a personal agenda.” In an internal memo Wednesday, Skpper said, “Given the media attention being generated by one of the countless, routine decisions our local production teams make ever day, I wanted to make sure you had the facts. There was never any concern — by anyone, at any level — that Robert Lee’s name »


- Tim Kenneally

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Meghan Trainor Denounces Use of Her Image, Lyrics in Anti-lgbt Ad: ‘So Wrong,’ ‘Not Okay’

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An Australian anti-lgbt rights group has illegally used American singer Meghan Trainor’s picture and lyrics to promote its ideals. According to BuzzFeed, the group, called Vote No Australia – Marriage Plebiscite, unveiled an ad on its Facebook page featuring Trainor’s face, along with the words, “My vote is no. You need to let it go.” The caption is a play on the chorus of Trainor’s hit song, “No.” (The actual song lyrics are, “My name is ‘no.’ My sign is ‘no.’ My number is ‘no.’ You need to let it go.”) Also Read: Meghan Trainor Removes Latest Video: 'They Photoshopped the. »


- Ashley Eady

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Joker and Harley Quinn: Movie About ‘Batman’ Villains in Works From ‘Crazy, Stupid Love’ Directors

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Warner Bros. and DC Films are moving on a standalone movie centered on DC Comics villains The Joker and Harley Quinn, TheWrap has learned. “Crazy, Stupid Love” directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are set to write as well as direct. The still-untitled film will take place in the DC Extended Universe, the shared continuity that includes ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ ‘Suicide Squad, and this summer’s biggest hit ‘Wonder Woman.’ It’s said to be imagined as a love story between the two iconic supervillains. Also Read: 'Flashpoint' Offers Perfect Way to Replace Ben Affleck as Batman, »


- Ross A. Lincoln and Umberto Gonzalez

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Science Envoy’s Resignation Letter to Trump Spells Out ‘Impeach’

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For the second time in a week, a government figure has used a letter of resignation to denounce President Trump that contains a hidden message denouncing Trump even further. The latest is California-Berkeley energy professor Daniel Kammen, a science envoy with the State Department who stepped down from his position Wednesday. In his resignation letter, Kammen harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s recent defense of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and went one further, using the first letter of each paragraph to spell out the word “impeach.” “My decision to resign is in response to your attacks on core values of the United. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Espn Host Ryen Russillo Arrested After Getting Drunk and Entering a Stranger’s Bedroom, Police Say

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Hey, it could be worse — at least Ryen Russillo isn’t also the name of a Confederate general… Espn’s Ryen Russillo was arrested early Wednesday, after allegedly getting drunk and entering a stranger’s bedroom, police in Jackson, Wyoming, told TheWrap. Police responded at approximately 3:30 a.m. to a report of an intoxicated male refusing to leave a residence, according to the department. Police said the victims stated that an unknown male was in their home and directed officers to him. Also Read: Espn Slammed as 'Idiots' for Reassigning Robert Lee From Charlottesville Game ” Officers found the suspect, »


- Tim Kenneally

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How ‘the Tick’ Is a Response to Culture’s ‘Manic Obsession’ With Superheroes

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Amid the glut of superhero films hitting theaters from both Marvel and DC, not to mention each studio’s numerous television productions, is there room for something like Amazon’s new series “The Tick?” According to character creator and series executive producer Ben Edlund, a show like “The Tick” is more appropriate now than ever, thanks in part to this superhero saturation. “The Tick” has hit the small screen twice before: first in a three-season animated series starting in 1994, and then in a short-lived but beloved live-action show in 2001 starring Patrick Warburton. However, Edlund feels like audiences (and of course Amazon. »


- Carli Velocci

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‘This Is Us': First Look at Season 2 Reveals Painful Adoption Secret (Video)

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This Is Us” fans are getting their first look at Season 2, which promises to involve some tense adoption drama. The hit NBC series released a scene on Wednesday from the upcoming Sept. 26 premiere, and the footage shows Randall (Sterling K. Brown) telling mother Rebecca (Mandy Moore) that his wife, Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), is having trouble getting on board with their plans to adopt a child. Rebecca claims to Randall that she and late husband Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) knew instantly that they wanted to adopt Randall, but he can tell that his mom isn’t exactly being forthright. Also Read: 'This. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Why Wrestler Cody Can’t Be Pinned Down by His Stage Name

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Cody Runnels is a professional wrestler who most of you would know as either “Cody Rhodes” or his former face-painted WWE character “Stardust.” These days, the son of Dusty Rhodes (real name Virgil Runnels, Jr.) and brother of Vince McMahon’s veteran grappler Goldust (Dustin Runnels) is just going by his first name in pro-wrestling promotions New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor. Oh, and he also happens to be World Champion of the latter, a title he’ll defend this weekend in Atlanta. Why Runnels (pictured above from his WWE days) can’t use “Rhodes” is kind of complicated but mostly simple, »


- Tony Maglio

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Maya Rudolph to Reunite With Melissa McCarthy for ‘Happytime Murders’ at Stx

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Maya Rudolph is staying loyal to one of her funniest bridesmaids — the “SNL” alum is joining Melissa McCarthy’s “The Happytime Murders.” The former “Bridesmaids” costars will collaborate again, with Rudolph taking a supporting role in the STXfilms vehicle for McCarthy. The dark comedy is set in a world where humans interact with puppets. Also Read: 'A Christmas Story' Live Musical Event Casts Maya Rudolph as Mother The fantastic longline: Set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans co-exist, “The Happytime Murders” tells the comedic tale of two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, »


- Matt Donnelly

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A Taylor Swift Fan Released New Album Details Before Swift Could

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Swifties all over are excited about the release of Taylor Swift’s upcoming album, “Reputation.” But one person got a little too excited. Before Swift could personally unveil the details of her own album on Wednesday, one of her fans beat her to it. Also Read: Taylor Swift Announces New Album, 'Reputation,' Out in November According to New York Magazine, a person identified as levi_valvi uncovered the album details an hour prior to an official announcement by tinkering with the URL of Swift’s website, and then leaked the information onto the celebrity fan forum, Atrl.net. From the leak, »


- Ashley Eady

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ABC News’ Pierre Thomas Was Shocked After Opioid Epidemic Report

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ABC News chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas has been doing in-depth reporting across the country on the opioid epidemic, working with ABC affiliates to determine how many overdoses occurred in a week’s time — the results were worse than he ever expected. Thomas told TheWrap “the stunning availability of opioids–be it painkillers, heroin or fentanyl” was simply shocking. “We were on one raid in Arizona with the DEA and Tempe police and authorities recovered what they believe was $1 million worth of heroin in a working class neighborhood that could be anywhere in the U.S.,” Thomas said. Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Hosts:. »


- Brian Flood

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Tig Notaro Says Louis Ck Needs to ‘Handle’ Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Him

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Tig Notaro wants Louis C.K. to address the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made about him. Notaro told the Daily Beast that the “Louie” star should acknowledge claims that include a 2015 Gawker article citing a man who said two unidentified women claim they were mistreated by C.K. In 2016, Roseanne Barr told Daily Beast that she has heard stories of C.K. “locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers.” “I think it’s important to take care of that, to handle that, because it’s serious to be assaulted,” Notaro told the Daily Beast. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Wall Street Journal Top Editor Trashes Staff Over Trump Coverage: ‘Commentary Dressed Up as News’

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Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker trashed his staff’s coverage of President Trump as “commentary dressed up as news reporting,” according to the New York Times. The Times reported that there is “unease and frustration in his newsroom” after Baker emailed a group of journalists on his staff at 12:01 a.m. Et on Wednesday criticizing the paper’s rough draft of coverage from Trump’s rally in Arizona. “Sorry. This is commentary dressed up as news reporting,” Baker wrote, according to the Times. “Could we please just stick to reporting what he said rather than packaging »


- Brian Flood

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‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Urges: Hire Women for ‘All Kinds of Things,’ Not Just Film

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Wonder Woman” recently surpassed the $400 million domestic box office benchmark, further highlighting the success of the superhero film starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. And director Patty Jenkins says she hopes the mega-movie will lead to more women being hired in all areas, not just film. “I just hope — and am touched by it — and I think it’s amazing if the success of this film can lead to change and lead to other people getting opportunities. That’s amazing,” Jenkins said in a conference call with media outlets, including TheWrap, on Wednesday. “I hope that women become a »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Viral Video Firm Jukin Media Builds Studio to Expand Original Content Push

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Jukin Media has built itself into a mini-media empire by connecting viral videos like “Chewbacca Mom” and “Pizza Rat” to millions of viewers around the world. Wednesday, the company took the next step in its evolution, announcing its plans to start construction on a 14,000 square foot studio to take its popular user-generated content to a more professional level. Jonathan Skogmo, Jukin’s founder and CEO, told TheWrap that while a studio has been in the company’s plans for a while, today’s content landscape made it perfect timing for such a move. He mentioned the challenges media networks are facing in. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Netflix in September: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)

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Coming Sept. 1: “Narcos” Season 3 The popular drug cartel drama “Narcos” is back the first week of September with its third season. “Season three is very different for the surviving characters involved,” said Pedro Pascal in a Netflix featurette. This season will tackle life after Pablo Escobar. Coming Sept. 1: “Final Fantasy Xiv Dad of Light” Season 1  This is a retelling of a true story about how a father and son reconnect by playing “Final Fantasy” together. Coming Sept. 8: “Bojack Horseman” Season 4 The adult cartoon comedy starring Will Arnett as a washed-up ’90s star — who is a horse — »


- Ashley Boucher

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Robert Downey Jr. Warns Fans of Scammers Using His Name

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As the frontman of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr. has been using his star power to rally “Iron Man” fans to various good causes. Unfortunately, the actor is now warning fans to be on the lookout for people using his name to scam them. In a message posted to Twitter, Rdj told fans that “scam artists” are showing up in chatrooms claiming to be him and asking people to donate to charities. Downey Jr. told fans that he does not use private chatrooms and that any announcement from him that doesn’t come from his social media accounts is. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Bill Gates Just Invested in This ‘Clean Meat’ Startup

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Memphis Meats — a Bay Area-based startup that specializes in making “clean meat” — has just raised $17 million in a Series A round, with former Microsoft head honcho Bill Gates headlining its group of investors. The cash infusion was led by Dfj Venture Capital, and included other big names, like Virgin founder Richard Branson and tech entrepreneur Kimbal Musk (Elon Musk’s brother). On its website, Memphis Meats says it’s looking to bring “real meat — without the animal — to the table.” The startup takes animal cells and grows its meat in a lab, using sugar and other nutrients to »


- Sean Burch

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