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Steve Bannon Slams George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice as ‘Idiots’ on National Security (Video)

10 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

Steve Bannon slammed what he called “the Republican establishment,” particularly leading members of former President George W. Bush’s administration, as “idiots” who failed the U.S. when it comes to national security. “I hold these people in contempt, total and complete contempt,” Bannon told Charlie Rose in an interview airing Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” “And you know why? They’re idiots, and they’ve gotten us in this situation, and they question a good man like Donald Trump.” The former chief strategist in Trump’s White House called out prominent Republicans who have critiqued Trump policies by name, including »


- Thom Geier

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‘Chappaquiddick’ Toronto Review: A Morality Tale About Ted Kennedy

10 September 2017 3:53 PM, PDT

For those who expect a hatchet job against the Kennedy clan in “Chappaquiddick,” which premiered on Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival, they’ll have to keep waiting. “Chappaquiddick” takes a hard look at the lowest point in Ted Kennedy’s life — when he walked away from the fatal car accident on Martha’s Vineyard in which a young Mary Jo Kopechne drowned after he drove his car off a bridge and into a tidal channel in 1969. Kennedy, at the time a newly-minted senator from Massachusetts, is played with taut egoism and convincing self-loathing by Jason Clark. He is flawed and behaves. »


- Sharon Waxman

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Len Wein, Wolverine Co-Creator and ‘X-Men’ Reviver, Dies at 69

10 September 2017 3:21 PM, PDT

Len Wein, the influential comics writer who co-created Marvel’s Wolverine and DC’s Swamp Thing, and who helped revive the “X-Men” series in the 1970s, has died, his friends and industry colleagues said Sunday. He was 69. The cause of death was not immediately known, but since March, his Twitter feed has detailed several health issues, including spinal surgery and an abscess on his heel bone. His most recent surgery was Thursday, according to his feed, which included jokes wishing Wein had Wolverine’s quick-healing power. Tributes poured in Sunday from comics luminaries who heralded him as a great and underrated talent who. »


- Tim Molloy

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‘Rebel in the Rye’ Tops Weak Indie Box Office

10 September 2017 2:20 PM, PDT

With the Venice Film Festival now complete and the deals at Toronto just getting started, this weekend was a slow one for the indie box office. The lone standout this weekend was IFC’s J.D. Salinger biopic “Rebel in the Rye,” which made $44,280 from four screens for a PSA of $11,070. Written and directed by Danny Strong, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as J.D. Salinger, as he navigates his relationship with socialite Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch) while writing his most famous work, “Catcher In The Rye.” Sarah Paulson and Kevin Spacey also star. The film received a 33 percent rating on Rotten. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Watch ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Ominously Tease Both Foreplay and Gun Play (Video)

10 September 2017 1:21 PM, PDT

Something in the “Fifty Shades Freed” trailer Universal released Sunday tells us that Mr. and Mrs. Grey may not live as happily ever after as they hoped. The teaser starts out on the ominous side, with a wedding dress hanging from a chandelier. “I solemnly vow to love you faithfully, forsaking all others,” Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) says in voice over, as foreboding music plays on top of slow cuts of the bride and groom getting into their wedding attire. Also Read: Dakota Johnson Line in 'Fifty Shades Darker' Pays Tribute to Mom Melanie Griffith's 'Working Girl »


- Rosemary Rossi

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How to Watch Hurricane Irma Streams and News Coverage Online

10 September 2017 1:21 PM, PDT

As Hurricane Irma makes its way through Florida, there are several ways to keep track of the storm live. Nationally, cable news stations like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC are simulcasting their ongoing coverage of the storm on their respective websites, which you can access by clicking the links above. Meanwhile, local news stations throughout Florida have also setup YouTube streams of their coverage to provide residents with updates on the storm. Click here for the stream from NBC’s Fort Myers affiliate, and here for Fox’s Fort Myers local coverage. You can also click here for a list of webcam streams that have. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Great British Bake Off’ Star Paul Hollywood Apologizes for Wearing Nazi Uniform Costume

10 September 2017 12:08 PM, PDT

“Great British Bake Off” judge Paul Hollywood apologized to fans after an image of him in a Nazi costume was published in The Sun on Sunday. The 51-year-old baking expert explained that the photo came from a 2003 New Year’s Eve costume party, where guests were encouraged to dress like characters from TV comedies. Hollywood said his costume was inspired by General Von Klinkerhoffen, a character from the 80s BBC comedy series “‘Allo ‘Allo,” which was set in World War II (though the character did not wear the swastika armband that was included in Hollywood’s costume). #GBBOf‘s Paul Hollywood stunned pub. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Why ‘Fauda’ Is the Best-Kept Secret on Netflix

10 September 2017 11:44 AM, PDT

If you need convincing that “Fauda” should be your next binge-worthy Netflix offering, consider this: The series has become such a phenomenon, it’s beloved by both Israelis and Palestinians. Written by Israeli veteran journalist Avi Issacharoff and the series’ lead actor, Lior Raz, the show centers around a team of “mistaravim,” Israeli commando soldiers who speak Arabic and operate undercover inside Palestinian territory. The high-octane drama — with both Arabic and Hebrew dialogue — tells opposite sides of the same story. “We were shocked it made such a splash,” Raz, who is currently shooting the show’s second season in Israel, »


- Itay Hod

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5 Reasons ‘It’ Became Horror’s Biggest Box Office Success Ever

10 September 2017 11:17 AM, PDT

Boy, did the box office need this one. After the weakest Labor Day weekend since the turn of the century, Warner Bros./New Line Cinema’s “It” came in and outperformed not only the optimistic analyst projections, but also the entire four-day revenue from last weekend with a $117.1 million opening.  With that result, “It” narrowly beats out “Spider-Man: Homecoming” for the third-biggest opening of 2017, and more than doubles the record set by “Hannibal” for the biggest horror movie opening of all-time. With strong reception from critics and constant, positive word-of-mouth keeping the money pouring in, “It” is just the latest. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Review: Sex Abounded in Hollywood’s Golden Age

10 September 2017 8:51 AM, PDT

Golden-age Hollywood had a fake-news apparatus that Russia (Soviet or modern-day, take your pick) could envy: homosexuality, infidelity, alcoholism, drug addiction and anything else that might ruffle feathers in Peoria was smoothed out, hidden and swept under the rug. The movie stars of the mid-20th century were presented as such paragons that we’re currently still chipping away at that façade to find the truth. Unmarried male stars and directors, we now know, weren’t necessarily just bachelors who hadn’t met the right girl. Loretta Young’s “adopted” daughter was actually the child she had with Clark Gable, »


- Alonso Duralde

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‘It’ Smashes Box Office Records With $117 Million Opening

10 September 2017 7:31 AM, PDT

Warner Bros./New Line’s “It” has performed beyond box office analysts’ wildest dreams — or nightmares — posting an opening weekend of $117.1 million from 4,103 screens. That gives it the third-highest opening weekend of 2017 behind only “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and puts it just above the $117 million opening made by “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s famous novel will easily become the biggest opening for a film released in September or October and more than double the record set by “Hannibal” in 2001 for biggest horror movie opening. It »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘The Current War’ Toronto Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Sparks Quirky Historical Drama

9 September 2017 10:37 PM, PDT

Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival was a night for ambitious period dramas from relatively new directors only one movie removed from making small indies. First there was “Wadjda” director Haifaa al-Mansour with the uneven literary saga “Mary Shelley” — and about an hour after that film let out at Roy Thomson Hall, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon premiered his new film, “The Current War,” a block away at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Gomez-Rejon’s film begins in 1880 — when, as a title card tells us, “the world is still lit by »


- Steve Pond

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Common Wins Emmy Award, Just a Tony Shy of EGOT Status

9 September 2017 9:52 PM, PDT

Common, the actor-songwriter-producer, won his first Emmy Award on Saturday for co-writing the song “A Letter to the Free” for director Ava Duvernay’s award-winning Netflix documentary “13th.” And that puts the artist, born in Chicago as Lonnie Rashid Lynn, just a Tony Award shy of the coveted EGOT status. In 2015, Common shared an Oscar with John Legend for Best Original Song for “Glory” from Duvernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma.” Also Read: 2017 Creative Arts Emmys: The Complete List of Night 1 Winners And over the years, he’s earned three Grammy Awards, beginning in 2003 with Best R&B Song for “Love. »


- Thom Geier

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‘Bodied’ Director Joseph Kahn Says Writer Alex Larsen Has ‘Rabbit Hole of Genius’ (Exclusive Video)

9 September 2017 8:09 PM, PDT

Bodied,” a film about battle rappers, was a natural fit for an actual rapper to write. But director Joseph Kahn was still blown away by the talent of his writer, Canadian battle rapper Alex Larsen, also known as Kid Twist. “It’s like a rabbit hole of genius over there,” Kahn told TheWrap CEO and editor in chief Sharon Waxman, saying he was particularly impressed by Larsen’s ability to write both sides of rap battles — in a variety of styles. “Bodied” follows Adam, a student (Calum Worthy) who’s doing a research paper on the use of the N-word in rap battles, »


- Matt Pressberg

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‘Brad’s Status’ Review: Ben Stiller’s a Dad on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

9 September 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

Ben Stiller is the kind of actor whose default expression is around 5 on the face pain scale, and that tenuous middle ground between hurt and happiness is the bittersweet spot in which writer-director Mike White’s masterfully handled seriocomic character study “Brad’s Status” operates. Recalling the wincingly funny neurotic rabbit holes of Albert Brooks’ best work, not to mention White’s own previous heartfelt gems about well-meaning fumblers (“Year of the Dog,” HBO’s “Enlightened”), this bitingly amusing, ultimately emotional story of a dad barely managing an envy-driven midlife crisis — as he shepherds his son on a tour of »


- Robert Abele

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‘Mary Shelley’ Toronto Review: Elle Fanning Biopic Gets Monstrously Silly

9 September 2017 7:49 PM, PDT

“It’s wonderful to see women stepping out of line,” said “Mary Shelley” director Haifaa al-Mansour when she introduced the world premiere of her film on Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Saudi Arabia-born director could have been talking about her own journey to become a film director, but also about the subject of her film, the 19th century writer whose first edition of “Frankenstein” was issued anonymously because publishers of the time didn’t feel that the horror story was appropriate subject matter for a young woman. “Mary Shelley,” which stars Elle Fanning as the title character and. »


- Steve Pond

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‘I, Tonya’ Star Margot Robbie Feared Movie’s Domestic Violence Was ‘Pushed Too Far’ (Video)

9 September 2017 7:23 PM, PDT

In Miramax’s “I, Tonya,” Margot Robbie stars as disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, who became a household name after her ex-husband and bodyguard orchestrated a physical attack on her main competitor. But unbeknownst to many, Harding was also the victim of her ex’s violence. “We actually spoke about the domestic violence a lot before shooting and especially when casting our Jeff,” Robbie told TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly. “It was so hard to find the person who could make the violence not seem premeditated and more reactionary, which is what Sebastian did.” Robbie, who also produced the film, »


- Rosemary Rossi and Matt Pressberg

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‘Lady Bird’ Director Greta Gerwig ‘Knew Right Away’ Star Saoirse Ronan ‘Was Right for the Job’ (Exclusive Video)

9 September 2017 6:37 PM, PDT

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut “Lady Bird” is a not-so-concealed semi-autobiographical film set in her hometown of Sacramento. But the city of Toronto actually played an outsize role in getting Irish actress Saoirse Ronan to play the all-American title role. “I met her at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015,” Gerwig told TheWrap’s CEO and editor in chief Sharon Waxman. “I was here with a film called ‘Maggie’s Plan’ and she was here with ‘Brooklyn.’ She’s always been a person I’ve been drawn to, even just to look at. Just her face is very compelling. We met »


- Matt Pressberg

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Morgan Spurlock Opens His Own Fast Food Shop in ‘Super Size Me 2’ (Exclusive Video)

9 September 2017 5:19 PM, PDT

In his latest project, “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken,” documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock took on the fast food industry in a different way: by opening his own shop. Taking on the fast food industry from the inside out was no picnic. Spurlock’s reputation, earned from the original “Super Size Me,” in which he suffered severe health consequences after eating only McDonalds, preceded him. Not everyone wanted to be on camera, while others wold just hang up on him when he’d call. “There were people who were scared to work with us,” Spurlock told TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly in an interview. »


- Matt Pressberg

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2017 Creative Arts Emmys: The Complete List of Night 1 Winners

9 September 2017 5:00 PM, PDT

Love the Emmys but hate the acting categories and live-tv pageantry? Then this weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards are the celebration for you! The 2017 Creative Arts Emmys honor the year’s outstanding artistic and technical achievement in a variety of television program genres, guest performances in weekly series, as well as exceptional work in the animation, reality and documentary categories. If that sounds like a ton of trophies, well, that’s because it is, which explains why the Academy takes two nights to hand them all out. All of Saturday’s winners are listed below. Also Read: Emmy Nominations »


- Tony Maglio

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