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Toronto Film Festival Adds Natalie Portman Drama ‘Vox Lux’

Toronto Film Festival Adds Natalie Portman Drama ‘Vox Lux’
The Toronto International Film Festival has added Brady Corbet’s drama “Vox Lux,” starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law, and Neil Jordan’s “Greta,” with Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert.

The festival also announced Tuesday a total of 46 titles in its Discovery program, which is devoted to up-and-coming filmmakers. The festival will screen 255 features and 88 shorts with 138 being world premieres, including “Greta.” The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival will begin on Sept. 6.

Vox Lux” and “Greta” have been added to the Special Presentations program. “Vox Lux,” which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival, is a musical drama about a woman who achieves success after a tragic childhood. The film also stars Jennifer Ehle, Stacy Martin and Raffey Cassidy. “Greta” stars Moretz as a young woman in New York who befriends a widow, played by Huppert, who has sinister intentions.

The Discovery program includes Belgian director Lukas Dhont’s ‘Girl,
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David Harbour Teases ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Challenge ‘More Terrifying Than Any Demogorgon’

David Harbour Teases ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Challenge ‘More Terrifying Than Any Demogorgon’
This story about David Harbour first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

The borderline between emotion and action has been a tricky one for David Harbour, who just received his second Emmy nomination for the role of Hawkins, Indiana, sheriff Jim Hopper in “Stranger Things.”

“I’m always fascinated emotionally in the moment that someone pulls a gun, even a cop,” Harbour said of his central role in the Duffer brothers’ Netflix drama. “That action — I don’t know that I, personally, as a human being could do it. So in the action sequences, the psychology really interests me.

“And in the more emotional sequences, the behavior really interests me. Which is more of the action, I guess. It’s kind of a paradox in that way.”

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MTV VMAs 2018: The Complete Winners List, From Camila Cabello to Cardi B

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MTV VMAs 2018: The Complete Winners List, From Camila Cabello to Cardi B
It was a strong night for Camila Cabello at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, who took home “moon persons” for both Video of the Year and Artist of the Year.

The awards were spread out fairly evenly among the artists, with Childish Gambino taking home three, while Cabello, The Carters and Cardi B all won a pair of awards each.

Nicki Minaj won Best Rap video for her single, “Chun Li,” while Ariana Grande took home the award for Best Pop video for “No Tears Left to Cry.” Post Malone won Song of the Year for “rockstar” with 21 Savage. A pair of awards were also handed out during the pre-show, one to Cardi B for Song of Summer for her single, “I Like It” with Bad Bunny & J Balvin, and one to Hayley Kiyoko for Push Artist of the Year. As previously announced, Jennifer Lopez received the Michael Jackson
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MTV Announces ‘The Hills’ Reboot at VMAs

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MTV Announces ‘The Hills’ Reboot at VMAs
MTV took the opportunity at the Video Music Awards Monday to announce the return of one of its most beloved series: “The Hills.”

A short teaser reveals the title as “The Hills: New Beginnings.”

“It’s like we’re all growing up. It’s weird,” Stephanie can be heard saying as footage of Los Angeles plays set to a cover of Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten.”

Based off the original docuseries, “The Hills: New Beginnings” will reunite original cast members, alongside their children and friends, and follow their personal and professional lives while living in Los Angeles. With new faces in the picture and returning favorites, “The Hills” is back for a new beginning.

The series is slated for release in 2019.

Many members of the original cast, including Justin Brescia, Stephanie Pratt, Frankie Delgado, Ashley Wahler, Jason Wahler, Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, and Gunner Pratt reunited on the red carpet at the VMAs.
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‘Glow’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 3

‘Glow’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 3
Netflix has renewed “Glow” for a third season.

The renewal comes nearly two months after the series’ second season premiered. Season one of “Glow” has been nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards, including outstanding comedy series. Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour last month, Netflix original-programming head Cindy Holland was mum on whether the show would be extended for a third season. “I love the show. We’d be really thrilled to make more, but I don’t have anything to share with you just yet.”

Netflix does not release viewership data for its original programs.
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Francis Ford Coppola agrees Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves might be married

Francis Ford Coppola agrees Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves might be married
Director of Bram Stoker’s Dracula says 1992 film starring the pair included a real wedding ceremony

Francis Ford Coppola has backed a theory by Winona Ryder that she and Keanu Reeves might be married.

The director of the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which starred Ryder and Reeves, corroborated Ryder’s story that a wedding scene involving the pair could be legally binding.
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Johnny Depp Claims He Punched Film Crew Member in Self-Defense

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Johnny Depp Claims He Punched Film Crew Member in Self-Defense
Johnny Depp has claimed he punched a film crew member on the set of “City of Lies” in self-defense in a new lawsuit filed last week.

In the documents obtained by TheWrap, Depp said his actions were “provoked” by Gregg “Rocky” Brooks.

“The acts complained of by Plaintiff were provoked by Plaintiff’s unlawful and wrongful conduct in that Plaintiff willfully and maliciously acted out and conducted his activities in such a manner as to cause, Defendant Depp to fear for his safety, and according to Defendant Depp’s observations, Defendant Brad Furman for his safety,” read the lawsuit.

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Moreover, the documents read, “the Complaint and each of its causes of action are barred, or recovery reduced, by Plaintiff’s own carelessness, recklessness and/or negligence.”

Brooks, who said he was working as
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O’Shea Jackson Jr. joins Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy

O’Shea Jackson Jr. joins Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy
THR is reporting that Straight Outta Compton star O’Shea Jackson Jr. has signed on to the cast of the legal drama Just Mercy, where he will star alongside Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island) and Jamie Foxx (Baby Driver).

Just Mercy is being directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and sees Jordan as Bryan Stevenson, a gifted young lawyer fighting for equal justice in a flawed legal system, who takes on the case of a death row inmate (Foxx) who insists he is innocent of his crimes. The film is based upon Stevenson’s New York Times bestselling memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

After making his screen debut playing his father Ice Cube in the hit N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, O’Shea Jackson Jr. has since appeared in Ingrid Goes West and Den of Thieves, and has the MonsterVerse
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TNT Orders Niecy Nash Late-Night Pilot

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TNT is throwing its hat in the late-night ring with a pilot order for Naked With Niecy Nash, “a decidedly unique show with a late-night feel” hosted and executive produced by Nash, star of the network’s hit primetime dramedy series Claws.

On Naked, Nash will provide her comedic take and dispense advice on issues involving love, sex, romance and relationships as she interacts with everyday people.

Sue Murphy, who served as executive producer on Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea Lately on E! and Chelsea on Netflix, has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner of Naked With Niecy Nash. The show is a co-production between Turner’s Studio T and Telepictures, a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television whose scripted sibling Warner Horizon co-produces Claws with Studio T. Nash executive produces through production company, Chocolate Chick.

“I’m so excited to add my voice to the late-night landscape,” said Nash.
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Chelsea Handler Says She’s Working on a ‘Very Funny’ Netflix Series About White Privilege

Chelsea Handler Says She’s Working on a ‘Very Funny’ Netflix Series About White Privilege
Chelsea Handler and Netflix are getting back together to talk about race.

The streamer’s former talk show host revealed during an interview with BuzzFeed on Sunday that she’s working on a new book and a Netflix series about white privilege. “I intend for it to be very funny and I intend to hang myself out to dry,” she said of the show. “I’m a perfect example of the American dream, if you’re white and borderline pretty.”

Handler announced she was leaving her show “Chelsea” last October to focus on political activism, which included speaking at universities and teaming up with Emily’s List to support getting more Democratic women who are pro-abortion rights into office.

Netflix did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment on Handler’s comments on a new series.

Handler expanded
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Ratings: ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Flirts Past ‘Ninja Warrior’ to Hand ABC a Monday Win in Key Demo

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Ratings: ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Flirts Past ‘Ninja Warrior’ to Hand ABC a Monday Win in Key Demo
Bachelor in Paradise” may not be putting up those “Bachelorette” numbers for ABC, but the start to the show’s second week last night was steady with its debut seven days ago. And that consistency led the show’s home network to edge out NBC as Monday’s primetime Nielsen ratings winner in the all-important adults 18-49 range, according to early numbers.

However, NBC didn’t go home empty handed, taking No. 1 in total viewers for the evening, thanks to “American Ninja Warrior.”

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.0 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 4 million, according to preliminary numbers. From 8-10 p.m., “Bachelor in Paradise” scored a 1.3/6 and 4.7 million viewers. At 10, “The Proposal” settled for a 0.6/2 and 2.5 million viewers.

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NBC was second
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Even More Evidence That Russia Is Still Meddling in U.S. Politics

Washington — Hackers affiliated with the Russian government have expanded their targets to include the U.S. Senate as well as two American think tanks critical of Russia. The discovery comes from a new report by Microsoft, which says it helped detect this new wave of hacking and is going public for the first time about its efforts to block future cyberattacks.

The two think tanks in question are the Hudson Institute, a hawkish organization that works on anti-corruption reforms in Russia, and the International Republican Institute, whose board of directors includes
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Jon Stewart Finds a New Home for Goats Caught Wandering NYC Subway Tracks (Video)

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Jon Stewart Finds a New Home for Goats Caught Wandering NYC Subway Tracks (Video)
Jon Stewart helped “two very baaaaad boys” in need in Brooklyn on Monday.

The longtime animal advocate and Farm Sanctuary supporter came to the rescue, when New York City’s Mta discovered two male goats wandering the above-ground tracks. According to the Associated Press, police tranquilized the animals and brought them to an animal shelter.

That was when Stewart and his wife Tracey stepped in to help Farm Sanctuary staffers transport the little guys — now nicknamed Billy and Willy — to the organization’s location in Watkins Glen, New York.

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Two very baaaaad boys. pic.twitter.com/3fcb9QCxGh

— Nyct Subway (@NYCTSubway) August 20, 2018

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In the video below, Stewart is seen helping to shepherd the goats onto a trailer to get them
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Aaron Hernandez Wrote Three Suicide Notes, According to New Book

Prior to Aaron Hernandez‘s suicide in 2017, the former New England Patriots tight end who was convicted of murder penned three suicide notes, CNN reports. Hernandez’s final attorney, Jose Baez, included excerpts from the letters in his new book, Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez, which was published on Tuesday.

In April 2017, Hernandez was acquitted for his alleged role in the drive-by shooting of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. At the time, the former NFL star was already serving a life sentence without
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Asia Argento Denies Sexual Assault, Says Payoff Was Anthony Bourdain’s Idea

Asia Argento Denies Sexual Assault, Says Payoff Was Anthony Bourdain’s Idea
Asia Argento said Tuesday that she never had “any sexual relationship” with a man who has accused her of molesting him when he was a minor, and that her former boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, urged her to agree to a financial settlement to end the man’s “long-standing persecution” of her.

In a statement first reported by journalist Yashar Ali, Argento said that her accuser, former child actor Jimmy Bennett, was “considered dangerous” by Bourdain and that a $380,000 payout to him was a way “to deal compassionately with Bennett’s demand for help” after the actor “unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money from me.” Argento said she was “deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false,” referring to a report in the New York Times detailing the settlement and Bennett’s allegation that the Italian actress-director sexually assaulted him in 2013, when he was a teenager.
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Asia Argento Strongly Denies ‘Absolutely False’ Sexual Assault Accusation

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Asia Argento Strongly Denies ‘Absolutely False’ Sexual Assault Accusation
Asia Argento strongly denied on Tuesday that she sexually assaulted actor Jimmy Bennett when he was underage.

In a statement, the actress and director also addressed a report that she had paid Bennett $380,000 following his accusation, saying that her boyfriend, deceased celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

“I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article,” she said in a statement to journalist Yashar Ali. “I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

Moreover, she said she was “linked to him during several years by friendship only, which ended when, subsequent to my exposure in the Weinstein case, Bennett […] unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money from me. Anthony Bourdain, was a
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Aretha’s Greatest Albums: ‘Aretha Now’ (1968)

Aretha’s Greatest Albums: ‘Aretha Now’ (1968)
Aretha Franklin, who died on August 16th at age 76, recorded more than 40 full-length albums in her six-decade career. It’s a deep catalog, crowded with indisputable classics and hidden gems. Rolling Stone’s music staff is paying its R.E.S.P.E.C.T.s to the Queen with tributes to our favorite Aretha LPs. Next up: Kory Grow on her second great album of the year 1968.

By the time Aretha Now arrived in the summer of 1968, Aretha Franklin was on one of pop music’s great winning streaks.
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Listen: WGA East Leader Lowell Peterson Guides Writers Through a Fast-Changing Business

Listen: WGA East Leader Lowell Peterson Guides Writers Through a Fast-Changing Business
Writers Guild of America East executive director Lowell Peterson is gearing up for a second round of lobbying in Albany for the passage of a diversity production tax credit in New York state.

The tax credit is at the top of a long to-do list for the guild that has seen double-digit growth in membership during the past five years, thanks to the Peak TV phenomenon and a string of successful organizing efforts at prominent digital media firms such as Vice, Gizmodo Media Group, and ThinkProgress.

Peterson discusses the guild’s efforts to guide writers through the maze of a
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Listen: WGA East Leader Lowell Peterson Guides Writers Through a Fast-Changing Business

Listen: WGA East Leader Lowell Peterson Guides Writers Through a Fast-Changing Business
Writers Guild of America East executive director Lowell Peterson is gearing up for a second round of lobbying in Albany for the passage of a diversity production tax credit in New York state.

The tax credit is at the top of a long to-do list for the guild that has seen double-digit growth in membership during the past five years, thanks to the Peak TV phenomenon and a string of successful organizing efforts at prominent digital media firms such as Vice, Gizmodo Media Group, and ThinkProgress.

Peterson discusses the guild’s efforts to guide writers through the maze of a fast-changing media business in the latest episode of “Strictly Business,” Variety‘s weekly podcast featuring conversations with industry leaders about the business of entertainment.

Listen to this week’s podcast for free below:

“In the long run the industry can’t prosper if it doesn’t resemble the society that it is making stories for,
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Drake Visits 11-Year-Old Awaiting Heart Transplant

Drake Visits 11-Year-Old Awaiting Heart Transplant
Drake met a young fan, Sofia Sanchez, at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital after the 11-year-old, who is awaiting a heart transplant, appeared in a video dancing to the rapper’s “In My Feelings,” CBS Chicago reports.

The clip was part of the viral meme the #KiKiChallenge, in which Drake fans dance to the Scorpion cut, sometimes alongside a moving car. Sanchez completed the #KiKiChallenge in the hospital, hopping out of her wheelchair and strutting down the hallway while still attached to her IV.

The video has garnered over 140,000 views,
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