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William Shatner Writing Book About His ‘Star Trek’ Co-Star Leonard Nimoy

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William Shatner is in the midst of writing a book about his “Star Trek” co-star Leonard Nimoy that is tentatively titled “Leonard: A 50 Year Friendship,” according to Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411. Shatner and Nimoy respectively played Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock on the original “Star Trek” series, catapulting both young actors to incredible fame and fortune. They came up together in Hollywood, so Shatner has a unique perspective on Nimoy, who died earlier this year. Shatner has been in touch with Nimoy’s family including his son, Adam Nimoy, for whom Shatner helped fund a documentary about Leonard’s life titled. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Broadway’s ‘Les Miserables’ Star, Dead at 21

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“Les Miserables” star Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who just this month became the youngest actor and the first African-American to play Jean Valjean on Broadway, has died after accidentally falling off his mother’s fire escape, according to media reports. He was only 21 years old. Jean-Baptiste usually played Constable and Courfeyrac in “Les Miserables” but he was also the understudy for the role of Jean Valjean, and he recently found himself pressed into duty. The young actor grew up in Brooklyn and was a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace. He performed in a number of regional shows including “Singin’ In the Rain, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Al Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to Three Years in Egyptian Prison

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Three Al Jazeera journalists were sentenced to three years in an Egyptian prison on Saturday after being charged with aiding a terrorist organization. Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Australian journalist Peter Greste were sentenced by an Egyptian court. Mohamed was given an additional six months in prison and a fine of 5,000 Egyptian pounds, which is akin to $640. Greste was deported from Egypt this past February and was sentenced in absentia. According to the Egyptian court, the three defendants were not registered journalists, didn’t have a broadcast license, and they reported “false news.” The terrorist organization they were accused of. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Andy Samberg Joins Twitter Just in Time for Emmys Countdown

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Emmys host Andy Samberg has joined Twitter three weeks in advance of television’s biggest night. For his first tweet, Samberg, who managed to secure @AndySamberg, asked @TheLonelyIsland to follow him. Of course, The Lonely Island is Samberg’s comedy troupe with Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.Also Read: Emmys Host Andy Samberg Reveals 11 Secrets to His Comedy SuccessSamberg has nearly 3,000 followers as of 10:20 a.m. and that number is expected to skyrocket throughout the day as his “Saturday Night Live” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” fans learn of his new account. Ever the joker, Samberg chose a black-and-white shot of him nervously clutching. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Good God! Faith-Based ‘War Room’ Tops ‘Straight Outta Compton’ at Friday Box Office

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True believers turned out in droves Friday to power “War Room,” the faith-based drama that was eviscerated by critics, and it was running neck-and-neck with two-time champ “Straight Outta Compton” for the weekend box office crown. “War Room” debuted at No. 1 with an estimated $3.87 million, just ahead of the $3.83 million of Universal’s rap saga on Friday, and was heading for $10.5 million over the three days for Sony’s Tristar.” But Universal’s “Straight Outta Compton” is expected to pull ahead and take the weekend with $12 million when the Saturday night crowds turn out. Powered by a grassroots campaign that mobilized churchgoers nationwide, »


- Todd Cunningham

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Bill Clinton on Donald Trump’s Campaign: ‘Let Him Burn Himself Out’

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Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance Friday night at the after-party for a special screening of Barry Levinson‘s “Rock the Kasbah” in East Hampton, New York. And it’s no surprise that press in attendance were eager to get the former president’s thoughts on Gop frontrunner Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden. When asked how he thought Trump’s campaign was going, Clinton told Showbiz411: “I think we should let him burn himself out.” Also Read: Jimmy Fallon to Join Caitlyn Jenner, Hillary Clinton on 'Ellen' Premiere Week On Biden potentially jumping into the Democratic presidential race against his wife, »


- Joseph Kapsch

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Hulk Hogan to Break Silence in ‘Good Morning America’ Interview

28 August 2015 8:33 PM, PDT

Hulk Hogan will make his first on-camera appearance since he was fired by WWE in an interview on “Good Morning America” on Monday. The wrestler tweeted from his official account, “Thank you NYC for the love,thank you Gma ,Nightline and People Magazine for letting me speak the truth!! Only love 4Life Hh.” Hogan then confirmed in a subsequent tweet that his interview would also be featured on Monday’s episode of “Nightline.” Hogan’s contract with WWE was terminated after it was reported that he used the N-word  in the sex tape that is at the center of his $100 million lawsuit against Gawker. »


- Joe Otterson

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Critics Destroy ‘War Room': 7 Worst Reviews Crushing Christian Drama

28 August 2015 6:15 PM, PDT

War Room” may have crushed Zac Efron‘s “We Are Your Friends” at the box office on Thursday — the Christian drama grossed $600,000 compared to the meager $175,000 for “Friends” — but critics were decidedly less friendly than audiences. The Sony release garnered a Rotten Tomato score of 18 percent and reviewers called it “a mess,” “anti-feminist” and an “infantile depiction of prayer.” The drama follows a seemingly perfect family looking to fix their problems, so they turn to an older, wiser lady named Miss Clara. It stars Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stalling and Karen Abercrombie, and is directed by brothers Stephen »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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10 Craziest Miley Cyrus Moments Since Twerk-tastic MTV Vma Performance

28 August 2015 5:46 PM, PDT

Hide your foam fingers, everybody. Miley Cyrus hits the stage at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater to host the 2015 MTV VMAs on Sunday, and according to producers, all bets are off. Despite shocking pretty much the entire world with her now infamous tongue-wagging, half-naked twerk session with Robin Thicke in 2013, the former “Hannah Montana” star has been given a carte blanche to do whatever she wants. While that may sound like a frightening proposition to some, it’s important to remember a tiny little fact: In a two years, Cyrus has gone from Disney golden girl to global superstar stripper machine. »


- Itay Hod

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Tila Tequila Booted From ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Over Hitler Views (Report)

28 August 2015 3:29 PM, PDT

Tila Tequila has been kicked off of the U.K. reality show “Celebrity Big Brother” after pro-Hitler statements she’d made were brought to light, the BBC reports. Producers dropped Tequila, who rose to fame as a MySpace celebrity, after a campaign was launched to get her thrown off the show. In December 2013, Tequila posted a photo of herself online that depicted her posed in front of Auschwitz and bedecked in Nazi regalia. She also referred to Hitler as “a brilliant artist” who was “ahead of his time.” Also Read: Curt Schilling Benched by Espn After Comparing Muslims to Nazis »


- Tim Kenneally

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Watch ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Trailer Recut to Ben Folds’ Cover of Dr. Dre Song (Video)

28 August 2015 3:08 PM, PDT

Straight Outta Compton” just got a significantly less gangster trailer. YouTube user Kern Saxton recut scenes from the blockbuster biopic to make a 4-minute trailer set to Ben Folds’ cover of Dr. Dre‘s “Bitches Ain’t Shit,” a track from the rapper’s first solo album, “The Chronic.” The song attacks N.W.A. member Eazy-e for favoring “white bitch” manager Jerry Heller over the other artists in the iconic rap group. Also Read: 'Straight Outta Compton' to Smoke Owen Wilson's 'No Escape,' Zac Efron's 'We Are Your Friends' at Box Office The Universal film, »


- Greg Gilman

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Espn Names Jessica Mendoza as First-Ever Female ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ Analyst

28 August 2015 3:04 PM, PDT

Espn’s Jessica Mendoza is set to become the first-ever female “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst at this weekend’s L.A. Dodgers-Chicago Cubs game. The gold-medal-winning Olympic softball player will replace former Mlb star Curt Schilling following his suspension from the network for tweeting a picture that compared Muslims to Nazis. Mendoza, who is from Camarillo, Calif., will join Dan Shulman and John Kruk in the booth at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday night for Espn’s flagship baseball show. Also Read: Curt Schilling Benched by Espn After Comparing Muslims to Nazis On Aug. 24, she became the first-ever »


- Debbie Emery

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USA’s ‘Complications’ Canceled After One Season

28 August 2015 2:54 PM, PDT

Jason O’Mara drama “Complications” has been canceled by USA after one season, the cable network announced Friday. From “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix and Fox Television Studios, “Complications” centered around John Ellison (O’Mara), a disillusioned suburban ER doctor who found his existence transformed when he intervened in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life and killing one of his attackers. Aside from O’Mara, Angel joined regular cast members Jessica Szohr, Beth Riesgraf and Lauren Stamile. Also Read: TheWrap's TV Stars and Showrunners Exclusive Portraits (Updating Photos) The show premiered on June 18, 2015, and wrapped up its 10-episode season on Aug. »


- Linda Ge

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Twitter Fires Back at James Woods’ Attempt to Expose Unnamed User

28 August 2015 2:54 PM, PDT

Actor James Woods‘ attempt to sue an anonymous Twitter critic was met with a blistering response from the social media giant on Friday in a court filing much longer than 140 characters. In late July, the “Casino” star filed a defamation suit against a Twitter user by the name “Abe List” for referring to Woods as a “cocaine addict” during a political discussion Woods was engaged in with his followers. Woods and attorneys took their outrage to the Los Angeles Superior Court where the so-called “reckless and malicious behavior” was met with a $10 million damages price tag. Twitter, however, isn’t letting. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Countdown to TheGrill: 5 Iconic MTV Vma Moments Thanks To Van Toffler

28 August 2015 2:16 PM, PDT

The MTV Video Music Awards have been a cornerstone in pop culture since its debut in 1984 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Edgy, spirited and packing serious celebrity punch, the program is a magnet for buzzworthy moments that have people talking years later. The mastermind behind many of these memorable moments is former President of Viacom’s Music & Logo Group and upcoming speaker at TheGrill 2015, Van Toffler. Also Read: Countdown to TheGrill: 3 Questions with Van Toffler His nearly three decades at the helm of Viacom led him to oversee some of the most vibrant entertainment brands »


- Bryce Christian

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Discovery’s ‘How to Make Love to My Wife’ Schools Inadequate Husbands on Sex Toys (Exclusive Video)

28 August 2015 2:10 PM, PDT

Married men who tune in to watch Discovery Life Channel’s latest special, “How to Make Love to My Wife,” will learn a few tips about shopping for sex toys — and how terrible Kathy Lawrence’s husband, Greg, is in bed. The cable channel’s one-hour special airing on Sept. 7 at 10 p.m. Et will document Greg’s struggle to give his wife an orgasm after discovering he has failed to do so during their last 20 years of marriage. “The hour follows the intrepid husband as he seeks out ways to expand his sexual arsenal and spice up his love life, »


- Tony Maglio

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HBO, Lynn Shelton Developing Anthology Comedy Series ‘Family Drama’ (Exclusive)

28 August 2015 1:43 PM, PDT

HBO has put into development an anthology comedy series titled “Family Drama” that hails from Lynn Shelton, her frequent collaborator Megan Griffiths and “True Blood” executive producer Gregg Fienberg, TheWrap has exclusively learned. “Family Drama” will follow a different family every season (within the same city — Seattle) as an explosive event or revelation rips open and exposes the family’s driving emotional flaw, forcing its members to finally confront and deal with each other. Shelton, Griffiths and Fienberg will all serve as writers and executive producers on the series, and Shelton would direct the pilot should the project move forward. »


- Jeff Sneider

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VH1 Pulls Plug on ‘Hindsight’ Just Before Starting Production on Season 2

28 August 2015 1:23 PM, PDT

Hindsight” will not return for a second season on VH1, despite having been renewed in March. “We love ‘Hindsight’ and couldn’t be more proud of the series,” the network said in a statement. “But in this overcrowded and rapidly changing climate, we need to carve out VH1’s distinct place in the scripted marketplace and deliver the biggest audiences possible for our series. As a result, we’re no longer moving forward with a second season of the show.” The series followed Becca (Laura Ramsey, pictured above), who’s approaching 40 years old and a second marriage. But, she’s feeling there’s something missing, »


- Linda Ge

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Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus Will Have Tongues Wagging at MTV VMAs: Wrap Trends (Video)

28 August 2015 1:17 PM, PDT

When the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards are handed out at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, the winner announcements are likely to be the least interesting part of the night. Miley Cyrus will serve as host of the show, making her first VMAs appearance since her raunchy performance with Robin Thicke in 2013, while Kanye West will be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award after famously stealing the microphone and spotlight from Taylor Swift in 2009. But all eyes will be on Justin Bieber, who will perform his new single “What Do You Mean?” live for the first. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Stephen Colbert Mercilessly Mocks His Own Time Magazine Cover

28 August 2015 1:10 PM, PDT

Stephen Colbert apparently thinks that his Time cover photo is just about the un-funniest image in the world — but he’s managing to get a lot of laughs out of it anyway. The incoming “Late Show” host, who takes over the CBS program Sept. 8, has spent a good chunk of the past 24 hours mocking his own image. The bulk of Colbert’s jibes seem to revolve around the fact that the ultra-serious expression on his face doesn’t adequately convey his well-documented sense of humor. Also Read: 15 Comedians Who Were Under Fire Over Jokes: Stephen Colbert, Amy Schumer and Trevor Noah “Hilarious! »


- Tim Kenneally

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