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First ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Reviews Are Not Golden

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The first reviews for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” began rolling out Monday, but if fans are hoping the second film’s double-down on the original’s crazy wackiness would resonate with critics, they’ll come away disappointed. With a Rotten Tomato score of 74% (as of this writing), some critics are calling it “excruciating,” “massively disappointing,” and “crazily overlong,” while those who liked it praise it for making spy film conventions “feel fresh,” though it is also “minor entertainment” apparently. TheWrap’s Robert Abele calls it “pop idiocy,” a film that “struggles to justify its existence from scene to scene,” and “choppy, »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Fans Roll Eyes at Mariah Carey’s ‘Hip Hop Honors’ Performance: ‘More Like Mariah Carry’ (Video)

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Fans are shaking their heads after Mariah Carey delivered the centerpiece performance tonight during VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors,” a recreation of her iconic 1997 hit video “Honey.” You can watch a sample of the performance above, or the entire thing here.  Featuring several guest performers including Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat, it should have been the stand-out moment of the whole show. And it was, but not for the reasons every probably hoped — instead, it ended up being a repeat of Mariah’s now-infamous New Year’s Eve 2016 performance. Also Read: Mariah Carey's New Year's Performance Debacle: Here's What Went Wrong From. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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‘Family Guy’ Exec Producer David A Goodman Elected President of WGA West

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David A. Goodman, executive producer of “Family Guy” and “The Orville” was elected president of Writers Guild of America, West, the union announced Monday. He takes over for Howard Rodman. Veteran “90210” writer Marjorie David was chosen as vice president. Both ran unopposed for leadership of the union. In the only contested race, Aaron Mendelsohn was elected secretary-treasurer, picking up 1,322 votes compared to board member Carleton Eastlake’s 663. Also Read: Writers Guild of America West Blasts Trump Charlottesville Comments: 'Disgraces Our Nation' The following eight members were elected to the Wgaw’s Board of Directors for two-year terms, effective immediately: John August, »


- Thom Geier

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‘VH1 Hip Hop Honors’ 2017 Has Twitter Missing the 90’s

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Monday evening’s “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” ceremony had everyone in their feelings reminiscing about the 1990’s. The 9th annual event was a nod to all the “90’s game changers” in hip hop, television and film and featured some of music’s biggest icons like Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey and Lil’ Kim. All of Twitter was there for the 90’s nostalgia, with most claiming that it was hands down the best era for music and not even today’s genre could hold a light to it. Also Read: 'Power' Star Rotimi Akinosho Has to Be 'Sexy' if He »


- Rasha Ali

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‘The Current War’ Star Michael Shannon Calls Nikola Tesla a ‘Rock Star’ (Exclusive Video)

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In The Weinstein Company’s “The Current War,” contemporary leading men Michael Shannon, Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicholas Hoult play some of yesteryear’s literal megawatt stars, as they compete to determine whose electrical system will power the world. And while the film focuses on the battle between George Westinghouse (Shannon) and Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch), Nicholas Hoult’s Nikola Tesla may have faced the most pressure — after Elon Musk helped make his character a household name. “I think Nick was really in the hot seat,” Shannon told TheWrap CEO and editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Because Tesla’s, »


- Matt Pressberg

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‘Charm’ Theater Review: A Transgender Pioneer Chooses Emily Post Over Caitlyn Jenner

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There are two remarkable women at the heart of Philip Dawkins’ new play “Charm,” which opened Monday at McC’s Off Broadway Lucille Lortel Theatre. One is Miss Gloria Allen, a 73-year-old retired nurse and transgender woman who rose to new prominence several years ago by teaching an etiquette class to youth at an Lgbtq center in inner-city Chicago. She inspired Dawkins’ lead character, here dubbed Mama Darleena Andrews, who has been “living my truth since I was 19.” The second is Sandra Caldwell, a veteran actress with recurring and guest roles on shows like “Soul Food” and “Law & Order Svu, »


- Thom Geier

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‘Rick and Morty’ Creator Dan Harmon Tells Us Whether Evil Morty Was Inspired by Trump

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Rick and Morty” brought back Evil Morty in a recent episode, leading some fans to wonder whether the installment of the Adult Swim series was inspired by Donald Trump’s recent presidential run. The seventh episode of Season 3, entitled “The Ricklantis Mixup,” featured the villainous iteration of one of the title characters, who waged a surprisingly successful political campaign within the Citadel. Given that the power-obsessed Evil Morty delivered debate speeches that appealed to the working class, was Trump on the writers’ minds while they were creating the episode? Also Read: Dan Harmon Tells Us Why He Regrets Naming His Show 'HarmonQuest' “There. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Elisabeth Moss to Star in Women’s-Rights Drama ‘Call Jane’

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Following her win at Sunday’s Emmys, Elisabeth Moss has signed a deal to star in the abortion drama “Call Jane,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. “My Week With Marilyn” helmer Simon Curtis will direct, while Robbie Brenner, whose credits includes “Dallas Buyers Club,” is producing alongside Jeff Kwatinetz and Kevin McKeon of The Firm. “Call Jane” will tell the true story of an underground network of women who secretly provided abortions in 1960s Chicago. Moss is set to play Jane, a woman who becomes pregnant and discovers the underground network. Also Read: Elisabeth Moss Bleeped During Emmys Acceptance. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Narcos’ Takes Down Video Threatening to Shoot Fans for Piracy

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Weeks before a “Narcos” location scout was killed in Mexico, the show posted an anti-piracy video that jokingly threatened death for anyone who pirated the show. The video features actor Damián Alcazár, who plays drug lord Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, looking into the camera and threatening “bullets” for anyone pirates “Narcos.” “There’s bullets for you, your family, and all the people you send to watch ‘Narcos’ on all those s—ty websites full of dubious pop-ups,” Alcazár says in the English-language video, which was posted with French subtitles in France on Sept. 5. Also Read: 'Narcos' Location Manager Shot, Killed in Mexico While Scouting. »


- Susan Seager

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‘Vice Principals’ Star Kimberly Hebert Gregory Talks ‘Filthy’ Premiere Tattoo, ‘Heartbreaking’ Season 2

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If you thought “Vice Principals” was dark in its first season, brace yourself. Kimberly Hebert Gregory, who plays Dr. Belinda Brown on the HBO comedy, told TheWrap that the new season that premiered on Sunday will have even less “sunlight” than last year’s batch of episodes. “We have to find out who shot a man, right?” Gregory asked. “The writers in no way signaled that, ‘Hey, it’s going to be light and funny.’ wasn’t pretty, and they’re not backing down from that.” Also Read: What Is HBO's Next Breakout Comedy Hit? The actress, who also co-stars on ABC’s new. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Filmmakers on Why Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs Showdown Is Still Relevant (Video)

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Battle of the Sexes” directors Jonathan Drayton and Valerie Faris had no fears about re-creating a 44-year-old stunt tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and unapologetic chauvinist Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). “What’s really interesting about a story that takes place in 1973 is that all those issues have suddenly bubbled up again: equal pay, sexism, gender equality, sexual equality — all these things are live debates again,” screenwriter Simon Beaufoy told TheWrap’s Steve Pond in a video interview at the Toronto Film Festival. While much has changed — particularly in the acceptance of gay rights — many other issues »


- Thom Geier

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Pretend Dog @Doggeaux Mocks Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist’s War on ‘Debt’

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If you ever find yourself bored by Twitter, avail yourself of the extensive critique of a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner by a pretend dog. The farcical account @doggeaux went on a tear Monday, accusing conservative cartoonist Michael Ramirez of doing far, far too many comics that feature scary things — from clouds to tidal waves to hurricanes — representing the concept of “debt.” Michael Ramirez’s Twitter bio describes him as “a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Reuben winner and Nationally syndicated Editorial cartoonist with Creators.” Ramirez won his Pulitzers in 1994 and 2008. Also Read: Jack Chick, Evangelical Cartoonist, Dies at 92 @Doggeaux’s bio, »


- Tim Molloy

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Harry Dean Stanton Fest Will Go on Following Actor’s Death

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Harry Dean Stanton is no longer with us as of Friday, but the Harry Dean Stanton Fest will go on, the annual event’s founder told TheWrap on Monday. “We will be proceeding with the festival as scheduled. In fact, it feels more important to do so now than ever. Usually we celebrate his work, but this year we will celebrate his life,” Lucy Jones, founder of the annual Lexington, Kentucky-based fest said. Jones added that, while the festival made its programming choices months in advance, some of them will carry a particular resonance following Stanton’s death, culminating with the screening of. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Why Gotham Chopra, Tom Brady and Michael Strahan Call Their Show ‘Religion of Sports’

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As Tom Brady fights for a sixth Super Bowl ring to further cement his legacy in the NFL history books, the documentary series he co-executive produced with Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra is heading into a second season. “The Religion of Sports” on DirecTV’s Audience Network and At&T’s U-Verse asks the question: “Do sports really matter?” And for anyone who held their breathe as Brady’s Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit to win Super Bowl Li, or cried when the Chicago Cubs broke a 108-year losing streak, the answer is definitely “Yes.” “Sports mark the »


- Debbie Emery

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FBI Wiretapped Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort

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The U.S. government wiretapped the phone calls of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort before and after the 2016 presidential election, according to a report from CNN on Monday. The surveillance originally stemmed from a 2014 FBI investigation looking into his connections to the government of Ukraine, and was authorized by the highly secretive court which oversees cases involving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The CNN report cited three unnamed sources who said the information collected “sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign,” though two of those sources cautioned that the evidence was not. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Public Schooled’ Star Judy Greer on Shooting Around ‘the Perfect Snowstorm’ (Video)

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Director and co-writer Kyle Rideout’s comedic drama “Public Schooled” was shooting according to plan until the final days — when Vancouver was hit with a snowstorm that dropped two feet of the white stuff everywhere. “I was excited because I live in L.A. and I was like, ‘This is so fun,'” actress Judy Greer told TheWrap’s Steve Pond during a video interview at the Toronto Film Festival. Also Read: 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' Wins Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival “We had this gorgeous perfect snowstorm and we were, like, shooting around it,” said Greer, »


- Thom Geier

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Charles Payne Accuser Says Fox News Blacklisted Her for Reporting Rape

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Fox News commentator Scottie Nell Hughes says Fox News blacklisted her after she accused Fox Business’ Charles Payne of rape. Hughes is now suing the “Making Money” host, who last month returned to work after being suspended during an investigation into sexual assault allegations against him. She also accuses Fox News of leaking her name to the National Enquirer after she reported the alleged rape. Also Read: Charles Payne to Return to Fox Business Network as Sexual Harassment Investigation Ends In her suit, Hughes accuses Payne of raping her in 2013, when they were preparing to appear on a Fox program. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Emmy Win Validates Online Streaming as a Hollywood Equal

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Hulu had a banner night at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, spearheaded by “The Handmaid’s Tale” being the first show produced by a streaming service to take home the award for Outstanding Drama Series. It’s a distinction that validates online streaming as an equal competitor to traditional TV, according to Btig media and tech analyst Rich Greenfield. “What’s critical, whether you live on broadcast TV, cable TV, paid TV or the internet, is you can win the same awards and accolades,” Greenfield told TheWrap. “Your ability to be famous is not impaired by working on the internet. »

- Sean Burch

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Nazi Getting Punched Goes Viral (Video)

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Echoing the Richard Spencer video from January, a new video showing a Seattle man wearing a Nazi armband being punched and knocked unconscious went viral on Monday. In the video, which you can see below, the man can be seen shouting white supremacists slogans at a group of strangers in what appears to be a Seattle public transit station. An African American man then walks over and punches the man wearing the Nazi armband, who falls to the ground unconscious. The man who delivered the blow can then be heard saying “ain’t nothing to talk about” as he walks. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Emmys Competition for ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Was ‘Like a Quentin Tarantino Movie,’ Hulu Boss Says

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On Sunday, Hulu became the first streaming service ever to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, thanks to Elisabeth Moss’ excellent “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Last night also marked the latest that Original Content chief Craig Erwich has stayed out in a decade, he told TheWrap. Hey man, you earned it. We wrangled Hollywood’s (suddenly) most back-slapped television executive for 15 minutes Monday afternoon, and really pestered the tired fella to quantify — or at least, qualify — what this landmark win means for his company. While Erwich (rightfully) maintained that Hulu was already on the TV landscape’s map ahead. »


- Tony Maglio

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