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Michael B. Jordan Fires Back at ''Internet Trolls'' Who Are Angry Over His Fantastic Four Casting

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Sure, Michael B. Jordan could just ignore all of the negative comments thrown around over his Fantastic Four casting, or he could put them in their place by writing a perfectly put-together piece that addresses and shuts down their criticism. Yeah, the latter sounds better to us, too. And that's just what he did. The 28-year-old actor wrote a response to "Internet trolls, which was published by Entertainment Weekly, and began by putting the elephant in the room out into the open—a black actor is playing the role of a blond-haired, blue-eyed character in the comic book. "I didn't want to be ignorant about what people were saying," he wrote. "Turns out this is what they were »

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Cannes Palm Dog Award Goes to ‘Arabian Nights’ Canine

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The pooch from “Arabian Nights” fetched the Palm Dog award at Cannes on Friday. Lucky, who appeared in the Portuguese film, was found to be top dog at the U.K. Film Centre pavilion.

“I think it was the jumpers (sweaters) – it has 10 different dog jumpers in this film,” said film critic Kate Muir while presenting the award.

The Maltipoo — half Maltese and half miniature poodle — even got to bark a couple of remarks in an acceptance speech.

Two border collies nabbed the prize for second place. The father-son duo were seen in “The Lobster” costarring with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.

The lighthearted award has come under some criticism by the French, who say it’s too frivolous for the high-minded films of Cannes.

“Luckily, I like dogs,” a French reporter told Yahoo News. “But seen from the French perspective, this is a bit bizarre. The British are weird. »


- Mannie Holmes

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Let's revisit people's insane reactions to 'The Exorcist' in 1974

6 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I just watched "The Exorcist" again on Netflix and was astonished by just how powerfully frightening it remains over 40 years later. I can only image what audiences in 1973/74 were feeling when they saw it in theaters for the first time. There had been no other horror film quite like it, and as you can see in these videos unearthed by the A.V. Club (via the Playlist), some folks were so horrified they literally fainted upon exiting the theater. Check out the videos below. Fascinating stuff. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Josh Duggar Police Report: Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios Was Tipped Off About Molestation Accusations, Family Interview Never Happened

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Is this the reason why Oprah Winfrey has never interviewed any member of the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting fame? The 2006 police report unearthed by In Touch this week, in which now 27-year-old Josh Duggar was accused of molesting underage girls in 2002 and 2003, states that it was a fax from Oprah Winfrey-owned Harpo Studios that tipped local authorities off to a possible crime having been committed. A source also confirms to E! News' Harpo's involvement as relayed in the police report, but no further details were forthcoming. An Oprah Winfrey Show interview with some of the Duggars was apparently in the planning stages when, per the report, Harpo received an email on Dec. 7, 2006, in which »


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Cannes: The Orchard Acquires Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘Louder Than Bombs’ (Exclusive)

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As the Cannes Film Festival draws to a close, the Orchard is in final negotiations for North American rights to the drama “Louder Than Bombs,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Variety has learned.

The film from Norwegian director Joachim Trier premiered in competition on Monday night to strong reviews, and the Orchard beat out other distributors such as Magnolia, A24, Alchemy and Music Box, according to sources close to the talks. The movie will have a traditional theatrical release.

Louder Than Bombs” focuses on a widower (Gabriel Byrne) and his sons (Eisenberg and Devin Druid), who are in grief after the loss of their mom (Isabelle Huppert) — a war photographer for the New York Times. Amy Ryan, David Strathairn and Rachel Brosnahan round out the cast.

Producers include Motlys’ Thomas Robsahm; Memento FilmsAlexandre Mallet-Guy; Animal Kingdom’s Joshua Astrachan; Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub; and Bona Fide’s Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. »


- Ramin Setoodeh

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Matt Lauer Does 227-Mile Bike Ride for Red Nose Day and Lives to Tell the Tale

7 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Matt Lauer is such a boss. The Today Show anchor got on his bike and rode a whopping 227 miles (!) for a good cause. Lauer completed his Tour de Red Nose Thursday morning—biking over the Queensboro Bridge and arriving on the Today plaza to a roaring crowd—to help raise money for Red Nose Day, a benefit that helps poverty-stricken children. "So close to the finish line. Thanks to all my pals from NBC who came out to ride today. I should make it to 30 Rock during the show," Lauer tweeted on Wednesday, before completing his ride yesterday morning. "#RedNoseDay ride is complete. So happy to be back home after 227 miles on the bike. Thanks so much for your generosity and support," he »


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Upfront Hangover: TheWrap Surveys Best and Worst Moves for New TV Season

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fall slates were set in stone and timeslots and pitches were pushed on both media buyers and TV reporters last week. Now that we’ve had a few moments to recover from the mania of 2015’s upfront presentations, TheWrap looks back on the trends and takeaways, broken down by each broadcast network. Readers can also find the upcoming fall schedules and trailers for new series via the links under each individual section; networks are in alphabetical order. Also Read: The Boldest and Wussiest Network Moves for New TV Season ABC ABC is pretty pleased with where it sits despite lacking »

- Tony Maglio

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