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The 'Today' Show's 11 Biggest Scandals: Matt Lauer's Firing, Kanye West's Epic Call-Out and More

The 'Today' Show's 11 Biggest Scandals: Matt Lauer's Firing, Kanye West's Epic Call-Out and More
Though news of Matt Lauer's shocking firing from the Today show last Wednesday over "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" rocked the nation, it's not the first time the NBC morning show has caused plenty of controversy.

From Lauer's testy interviews with Tom Cruise and Kanye West, to cringe-worthy on-air gaffes, let's take a look back at the show's nine most memorable scandals.

2005: Tom Cruise gets into heated debate with Lauer over antidepressants.

Tom Cruise appeared on the Today show in June of 2005 to promote War of the Worlds, but the interview quickly went south when the topic changed to Cruise's Scientologist beliefs. Lauer questioned Cruise about slamming Brooke Shields for promoting medication to deal with postpartum depression, prompting the actor to infamously call the Today show co-anchor "glib."

“The thing that I’m saying about Brooke is that there’s misinformation, Ok?" Cruise said. "And she doesn’t understand the history of psychiatry. She doesn’t
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The 'Today' Show's 9 Biggest Scandals: Matt Lauer's Firing, Kanye West's Epic Call-Out and More

The 'Today' Show's 9 Biggest Scandals: Matt Lauer's Firing, Kanye West's Epic Call-Out and More
Though news of Matt Lauer's shocking firing from the Today show last Wednesday over "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" rocked the nation, it's not the first time the NBC morning show has caused plenty of controversy.

From Lauer's testy interviews with Tom Cruise and Kanye West, to cringe-worthy on-air gaffes, let's take a look back at the show's nine most memorable scandals.

2005: Tom Cruise gets into heated debate with Lauer over antidepressants.

Tom Cruise appeared on the Today show in June of 2005 to promote War of the Worlds, but the interview quickly went south when the topic changed to Cruise's Scientologist beliefs. Lauer questioned Cruise about slamming Brooke Shields for promoting medication to deal with postpartum depression, prompting the actor to infamously call the Today show co-anchor "glib."

“The thing that I’m saying about Brooke is that there’s misinformation, Ok?" Cruise said. "And she doesn’t understand the history of psychiatry. She doesn’t
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DVD Review – Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Annabelle: Creation, 2017.

Directed by David F. Sandberg.

Starring Anthony Lapaglia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Mark Bramhall, Brad Greenquist, and Lulu Wilson.

Synopsis:

Yet another prequel from The Conjuring universe detailing how the creepy Annabelle doll came to be.

Having now established that there is a ‘universe’ based around James Wan’s 2013 hit The Conjuring by making sequels and spinoffs about seemingly secondary characters and events mentioned in passing we end up here with Annabelle: Creation, not only the second prequel to The Conjuring but also the second prequel based around the creepy image of the Annabelle doll briefly seen in Wan’s original movie. Yes, it does seem that Warner Bros. are forcing this evil doll concept down our throats a bit but in their defence they do have a significantly creepier looking killer doll than Chucky and they aren’t about to let that particular cash cow
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Supernatural season 13 episode 8 review: The Scorpion And The Frog

Tony Sokol Dec 1, 2017

When the search for Jack gets desperate, the Winchesters unwittingly find themselves on a heist crew. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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13.8 The Scorpion And The Frog

In the spirit of the season that has embraced 'let’s try something new!' comes yet another first. Clearly, while pitching episodes in the writers' room, amid suggestions of doing a gender-bent Samantha and Deanna episode* or an actual musical episode, someone said 'Let’s do a heist!' It was done. And it was good.

*I have zero evidence these episodes were suggested but in 13 years, surely someone thought about it.

Sam and Dean were dragged unwillingly into this story in order to get a chance at finding Jack,
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Mr Robot season 3 episode 8 review: Don’t Delete Me

Alec Bojalad Nov 30, 2017

Mr Robot slows down to spend some time with an introspective Elliot, and an annoying interloper. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.8 Don't Delete Me

Don’t Delete Me is the kind of episode Mr Robot probably needed to have after its three-week long Stage 2 action movie bonanza. If we’re to buy these characters as human beings, they need to behave like human beings. That is to say, after Elliot’s misguided, youthful revolution indirectly gets thousands of innocent people killed, he’s going to have to take at least one episode’s worth of introspection.

It’s a tall task for any episode of television. Delving into the complex psyche of an emotionally stunted, heroin-abusing computer hacker isn
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Ice Cream Truck on DVD

Writer-director Megan Freels Johnston’s suburban nightmare The Ice Cream Truck was released on DVD November 14 via Uncork’d Entertainment.

Now you can own The Ice Cream Truck on DVD. We Are Movie Geeks has 2 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie that starts with the letter ‘I’ ? (mine is The Incredible Melting Man!). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

Available from Amazon, the DVD comes complete with outtakes and behind the scenes featurette ‘Making Murder’. Check out this terrifying trailer:

The provocative psychological thriller stars Deanna Russo (Being Human, Gossip Girl) as Mary, who moves back to her suburban hometown after her husband gets relocated for work.
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Contest: Win The Ice Cream Truck on DVD

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Uncork'd Entertainment is serving up freshly chilled scares with their recent home media release of The Ice Cream Truck, and we've been provided with three DVD copies of the psychological horror film to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) DVD copy of The Ice Cream Truck.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Ice Cream Truck Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on December 4th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of
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Supernatural season 13 episode 7 review: War Of The Worlds

Bridget Lamonica Nov 24, 2017

An episode of unexpected reunions pits everyone – Heaven, Hell, hunters and alternate Earth – against each other. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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13.7 War Of The Worlds

This season's episodes like to start going in one direction and then take a left turn. This is a compliment, being that I felt I had the Supernatural formula down pat. A little surprise goes a long way when you're this deep into a show's mythology.

Asmodeus' character is finally more developed in this episode, where he got a few scenes to sink his teeth into. The fourth and final Knight of Hell is one personified by a suave, charming and gentile Southerner, complete with drawl and all. His plantation owner's suit is out of touch with the times,
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Did 'Supernatural' Make a Mistake Bringing Back Ketch?

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Did 'Supernatural' Make a Mistake Bringing Back Ketch?
The Supernatural season 12 was little more than a bloodbath for how many characters were suddenly (brutally) killed off. Yet as high as the body toll climbed at the end of season 12, there was always a sense that those who got the axe wouldn't be gone forever. While one of the victims, Castiel, has already returned to life in season 13, Supernatural chose the episode "War of the Worlds" to introduce another. Despite being killed, execution style, by Mary Winchester Ketch is back and badder than ever on Supernatural and that might not be for better, in more ways than one. 
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Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel

Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel
In today’s film news roundup, Alexandra Shipp is in talks to join the “Shaft” sequel, the Palm Springs Film Festival honors Gary Oldman and Norm Newberry gets an Art Directors Guild award.

Casting

Alexandra Shipp is in negotiations to star in New Line’s “Shaft” sequel opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher as father and son.

Tim Story is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. Jackson is reprising the role he played in the 2000 “Shaft” reboot of the original 1971 blaxploitation film, starring Richard Roundtree.

Usher portrays an FBI agent and a cyber expert, and the partnership with his father is an uneasy collision of old school meets new school. Producers are John Davis and Barris. New Line will have North American rights and Netflix will have international rights.

Production is due to commence in December. Shipp’s credits include “Straight Outta Compton” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” and she stars in the
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Art Directors Guild Sets Norm Newberry For Career Award

Norm Newberry, who has worked on such films Avatar, War of the Worlds and The Polar Express, Jaws and The Sting along many TV shows, as is set to receive the Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award during the Adg Awards on January 27 at Hollywood & Highland. Newberry has worked as a set designer, art director and production designed during a career that has spanned five decades. A motion-capture specialist who has embraced the cutting edge of digital technology…
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Art Directors Guild Sets Norm Newberry For Career Award

Norm Newberry, who has worked on such films Avatar, War of the Worlds and The Polar Express, Jaws and The Sting along many TV shows, as is set to receive the Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award during the Adg Awards on January 27 at Hollywood & Highland. Newberry has worked as a set designer, art director and production designed during a career that has spanned five decades. A motion-capture specialist who has embraced the cutting edge of digital technology…
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'Supernatural' Episode 13.7 Photos: Who's Looking for Jack?

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'Supernatural' Episode 13.7 Photos: Who's Looking for Jack?
Official photos from the seventh episode of Supernatural season 13, "War of the Worlds," airing Thursday, November 23 at 8/7c on the CW.

Official Synopsis from the CW: "As Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) continue their search for Jack (Alexander Calvert), with Asmodeus (guest star Jeffrey Vincent Parise) hot on their trail, they stumble across a familiar foe. Meanwhile, Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) manages to escape Michael?s (guest star Christian Keyes) grasp and finds himself an unlikely and mostly unwilling ally."
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Steven Spielberg Is More Than His Brand

Henry Bevan on Steven Spielberg

Is this the face of the most underrated director of the twenty-first century?

It’s odd to use the word “underrated” in regards to Hollywood’s most successful director. He is the man who did change the face of popular culture with a shark, an archeologist and a dinosaur. His latest film, The Post, appears on countless ‘Oscar 2018 prediction’ listicles before a single frame was seen, and the recent trailer has only amplified anticipation.

Yet, Spielberg’s filmography has always had a “but” attached to it. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is great, but too sentimental. Jurassic Park is a ground-breaking technical achievement, but its characters lack depth. The Color Purple is a touching film, but it isn’t raw enough. His commercial tendencies and success has seemingly made him miss out on the critical fawning afforded to his movie brat buddies Martin Scorsese or Brian de Palma.
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‘Mission: Impossible’ Producer Paula Wagner to Be Honored at Camerimage

Poland’s Camerimage cinematography fest, which kicked off Saturday, will honor Paula Wagner with its prize for “producer with unique visual sensitivity,” in recognition for her work on such films as “Mission: Impossible” and other partnerships with co-producer Tom Cruise.

With four decades of work, starting with projects such as Alejandro Amenábar’s chiller “The Others” and Billy Ray’s journalist drama “Shattered Glass,” the former actress built her career via agency work, repping talents such as Sean Penn, Val Kilmer, Demi Moore and Liam Neeson while at the Creative Artists Agency.

In 1993, she launched Cruise/Wagner Productions, which took on the film adaptation of the hit ‘70s TV suspense series “Mission: Impossible,” launching the franchise that continues to roll along. Cruise and Wagner also worked on Cameron Crowe’s mystery romance “Vanilla Sky,” based on Amenábar’s “Abre los ojos.”

Wagner then produced Edward Zwick’s Cruise-starrer “The Last Samurai,” exec produced
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See New Films by Native American Creators + More L.A. Events This Week

Your calendar is probably filling up fast, but make sure you take time out to experience these four events this week. From a reimagining of a radio classic to a workshop designed to polish your skills in time for your next commercial audition, these happenings will absolutely enrich your acting life. Experience a legendary alien invasion through opera.It might be hard to imagine these days, but when Orson Welles’ radio drama “War of the Worlds” gave live-action accounts of an alien invasion, people believed it. They were terrified, in fact; after all, as the title might suggest, these extra-terrestrials didn’t come in peace. That chaotic nightmare was perfect fodder for director Yuval Sharon, who turned the legendary program into an opera. See it on Nov. 12 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, or catch its broadcast from one of L.A.’s relic WWII-era air raid sirens. (Tickets: $25-
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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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The Alienist Adaptation Gets TNT Premiere Date — Watch New Trailer

The Alienist Adaptation Gets TNT Premiere Date — Watch New Trailer
TNT’s adaptation of Caleb Carr’s award-winning international bestseller The Alienist will land in your TV box on Monday, Jan. 22 at 9/8c, the cabler has announced.

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Starring Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds), Luke Evans (2017’s Beauty and the Beast), Brian Geraghty (Chicago P.D.) and Daniel Brühl (Rush), the psychological thriller follows a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes in New York City circa 1896. Newly appointed top cop Teddy Roosevelt (played by Geraghty) calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a criminal psychologist (aka “alienist”) and newspaper
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Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels

Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels
With Avatar 2 and the rest of the Avatar sequels starting production just a few weeks ago, the cast continues to be rounded out, with the latest addition returning from the original blockbuster Avatar. Giovanni Ribisi has come aboard to reprise his role as Parker Selfridge from the original Avatar, joining returning stars such as Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch), Cch Pounder (Moat) and Matt Gerald (Corporal Lyle Wainfleet). This also comes a few weeks after the young Avatar 2 cast was announced, which make up the Sully family, members of the Metkayina Clan and a former Hell's Gate Adolescent.

Giovanni Ribisi also joins a slew of new cast members including Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the Pandora underwater reef clan known as the Metkayina Clan, Oona Chaplin as a new character named Varang and Kate Winslet,
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10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary

10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary
Susan Lacy's documentary Spielberg debuts October 7th on HBO, trots out an all-star team of interviewees – from film critics to famous friends, the Toms (Cruise and Hanks) to God herself, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey. The voices film buffs will undoubtedly want to hear from the most, however, belong to his fellow "movie brats": Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, who all talk at length about their heady New Hollywood days alongside Spielberg in the early Seventies. All of them partied together, bounced
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