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John Skipper Resigns as Espn President, Cites ‘Substance Addiction’ Problem

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John Skipper has resigned as Espn president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, citing struggles with “substance addiction.” George Bodenheimer, who was Espn’s president from 1998-2011 and its executive chairman until May 2014, will take over on an interim basis. Here is Skipper’s statement: Today I have resigned from my duties as President of Espn. I have had a wonderful career at The Walt Disney Company and am grateful for the many opportunities and friendships. I owe a debt to many, but most profoundly Michael Lynton, George Bodenheimer and Bob Iger. I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. »


- Tony Maglio

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Espn’s Suzy Kolber on Why ‘Monday Night Football’ Is ‘More Than a Game’

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Last week’s “Monday Night Football” game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins may not have ended how Tom Brady and co. planned (the defending Super Bowl champs lost 27-20), but it was business as usual for Espn’s Suzy Kolber. Now the host of the “Monday Night Countdown” pregame show along with her “Mnf” halftime and postgame duties, the Espn veteran pulls an 18-hour plus work day every Monday but still found time to talk to TheWrap about the biggest night in sports. “It has always been more than a football game, it’s been a night of entertainment, »


- Debbie Emery

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Jonghyun, Member of K-Pop Group SHINee, Dies at 27

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Jonghyun, also known as Kim Jong-hyun, a member of the K-pop group SHINee, has died. He was 27 years old. According to the Associated Press, Jonghyun was found unconscious in a residence hotel in Seoul and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. According to local police, the singer’s sister said he sent her text messages such as “Final farewell” and “I’ve had difficulties” before his death. Also Read: Pat Dinizio, The Smithereens Lead Singer, Dies at 62 While his death is being investigated as a possible suicide, authorities have not yet determined whether he killed himself, according to the AP. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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25 Celebrity Wines Ranked Worst to Best: Drew Barrymore’s Pinot to Brad and Angelina’s Rosé (Photos)

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The latest status symbol for many stars is launching (or buying) their own winery. But how do the wines actually stack up? We looked at the latest reviews of celeb-owned vintages by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Ciccone 2005 Madonna Chardonnay (Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan) Wine Enthusiast Rating: 82 points “This wine is as intense as its namesake, the singer Madonna,” Wine Enthusiast wrote in 2009. “Not coincidentally, it is made by her father.”   Dave Matthews’ Dreaming Tree 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast, California) Wine Enthusiast Rating: 82 points “This is a dry red wine exuding bell pepper and oak that was made in large quantities in partnership. »


- Thom Geier

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‘A Christmas Story Live’ Delivers Lump of Coal to Fox in Early TV Ratings

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Bah humbug: Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!” just got blindsided by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” in early TV ratings. Oh, and every other broadcast TV show beat it as well. The latest live television musical managed a 2.8 overnight rating/5 share in the 56 metered-markets monitored by Nielsen. Compare that with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” which posted a massive 12.3/21 last night. To be fair, that latter live telecast had the Dallas Cowboys. Plus, football is still football and no one expected “A Christmas Story” to compete — it certainly could have done much better than it did, however. ABC’s “Sound of. »


- Tony Maglio

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BBC Commissions ‘Definitive’ Harvey Weinstein Scandal Documentary

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BBC Two announced Monday that it has commissioned a two-part documentary to tell the “definitive story” of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. With a working title of “Weinstein,” the documentary will chronicle not just Weinstein’s career, but also will look at how since the 1930s the Hollywood system has enabled “the complex mix of money, power, exploitation and abuse” within the studio system. Ursula MacFarlane (“Charlie Hebdo: Three Days that Shook Paris”) will direct the documentary and it will be produced by two-time Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn’s Lightbox company. Also Read: Jason Priestley Says He Punched Harvey Weinstein »


- Daniel Kohn

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BuzzFeed Editor: ‘All I Want For Christmas Is Full Communism Now’

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A science editor at BuzzFeed UK raised a few eyebrows last week after some curious remarks about Communism. “All I want for Christmas is full Communism now,” editor Kelly Oakes tweeted — before locking down her account after it was picked by right-wing media and the always ferocious James Woods. The screenshots tell the story. Also Read: BuzzFeed Reporter Apologizes for 'Very Dumb' Remarks About Communism #BuzzFeed editor. Enough said. pic.twitter.com/zShnRtd7sO — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 17, 2017 A spokesperson for BuzzFeed declined to comment on the matter. Oakes, who does not report to the website’s U.S.-based science desk, »


- Jon Levine

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Sean Combs Wants to Buy Carolina Panthers, Sign Colin Kaepernick as Quarterback

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Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs said he wants to buy the up-for-sale Carolina Panthers in a series of social media posts Sunday. Additionally, Combs added he was interested in signing the league’s most controversial free agent — Colin Kaepernick — and give Cam Newton competition for starting quarterback if were to buy the NFL franchise. “I would like to by the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet!.” he said in a tweet Sunday. “There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history. I would like to buy the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet! — Diddy (@Diddy) December 18, 2017 There are no majority African. »


- Jon Levine

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Tavis Smiley Admits Consensual Relationships, Denies Misconduct: ‘I Am Not An Angry Black Man’

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Suspended PBS host Tavis Smiley doubled down on his denials of sexual misconduct and creating a hostile work environment, saying that while he did have consensual relationships with women from his company, none of them had been inappropriate or coercive. “There are millions of Americans who are watching this program right now who met their spouses at work,” Smiley told “Good Morning America” reporter Paula Faris on Monday. “I may be the brand of my company but I am not an inanimate object. I am not an angry black man and this notion of a hostile environment just doesn’t’ fit. »


- Jon Levine

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8 Unforgettable Hollywood Party Moments of 2017: From Fergie to Katy to Weinstein’s Last Oscar Bash

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The first surreal one-off industry gathering of 2017 was not a party, but a protest: the Women’s March at the Sundance Film Festival. In between that Saturday morning in Park City, Utah, and the year ending with a less-merry-than-usual awards season marching through the industry sexual assault reckoning, there were standout moments on the Hollywood party circuit. Here are eight of the best bashes, moments and debuts. Chris Martin Serenades Julia Roberts With “Pretty Woman”   Chris Martin singing Pretty Woman for Julia Roberts who was honoured at #amfARLosAngeles! | via @desireegruber #coldplay #chrismartin A post shared by Coldplaying (Official Account) (@coldplayinghq) on. »


- Mikey Glazer

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Jerry Richardson to Sell Carolina Panthers Amid Sexual, Racial Misconduct Investigation

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Jerry Richardson will sell his Carolina Panthers at the end of the season in the wake of an investigation into allegations of his “workplace misconduct,” the NFL confirms. At least four former Panthers staffers have received monetary settlements due to Richardson’s inappropriate workplace comments, including sexually suggestive language and behavior, and the use of a racial slur toward an African-American scout, Sports Illustrated reports. In a letter released Sunday, Richardson wrote, “I believe it is time to turn the franchise to new ownership. Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the conclusion of this NFL season. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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11 Best Theater Productions of 2017, From Oscar Isaac to ‘A Doll’s House Part 2’ (Photos)

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10 “Harry Clarke,” by David Cale, at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. Patricia Highsmith didn’t write plays, but fortunately Cale does. Playing a charismatic anti-hero, Billy Crudup gives the year’s best non-musical performance. What with his awful father, Harry Clarke is a victim. The wonderful thing about Cale’s play and Crudup’s performance is that Harry never sees himself that way. 9 “Werther,” by Jules Massenet, at the Metropolitan Opera. Opera is theater too, and by far the best performance on the musical stage in New York City came from Vittorio Grigolo in Richard Eyre’s staging of “Werther. »


- Robert Hofler

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10 Worst Theater Productions of 2017: From Michael Moore to ‘Amelie’ (Photos)

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10 “The Whirligig,” by Hamish Linklater, at Off Broadway’s New Group. Who’s to blame for a young woman’s impending death from drug addiction? Bigger question: who talked such talented actors (Norbert Leo Butz, Zosia Mamet, Dolly Wells) into performing this script? 9 “Amelie,” by Craig Lucas, Daniel Messe and Nathan Tysen, on Broadway. The movie’s whimsical heroine turns into an insufferable annoyance on stage. 8 “Gently Down the Stream,” by Martin Sherman, at Off Broadway’s Public Theater. An old gay man (Harvey Fierstein) not only talks and talks about every atrocity suffered by the Lgbt community. He has somehow been witness. »


- Robert Hofler

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Did You Catch This Fan Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Character’s Death in ‘The Last Jedi’?

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(Note: This post contains some pretty major spoilers for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”) Lucasfilm’s new “Star Wars” movies haven’t shied away from major character deaths. The passing of the torch to a new cast has created moments in which the old crew gave up some of the mantel in “The Force Awakens.” And although Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) factors highly in “The Last Jedi,” the movie definitely belongs to its new crop of heroes. During one key moment in “The Last Jedi,” though, there’s a loss of a fan favorite character that’s easy to miss. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Amber Tamblyn to Rose McGowan: It’s ‘Beneath’ You to Shame Women Who Try to ‘Create Change’

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Amber Tamblyn called out Rose McGowan about coming down hard on Meryl Streep and other women who plan to wear black dresses at the Golden Globes as an act of silent protest against sexual harassment. “Rose McGowan is a friend and while I support her kind of movement, I do not support any woman (or man) shaming or taunting the movements of other women who are trying to create change,” Tamblyn tweeted Sunday. McGowan criticized the act as an empty gesture, accusing them on Saturday of remaining silent while they “happily worked” for disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, whom she referred to. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Rupert Murdoch Is ‘Liar or Delusional’ About Sexual Harassment, Says Ex-Fox News Analyst

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Political commentator Tamara Holder said News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch was either “a liar or delusional” for statements that were widely construed to dismiss concerns of a culture at Fox News that has allowed for rampant sexual harassment. Holder, who is a former contributor and guest host on Fox News Channel, had received a settlement after speaking out about her own encounter with sexual assault at the network. In an interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, she responded to Murdoch’s comments in which he brushed off the impact that multiple harassment claims have had on Fox News and dismissed it. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Farinelli and the King’ Broadway Review: Handel Upstages Mark Rylance

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Who thought that George Frideric Handel would ever get a jukebox musical on Broadway? Nine arias from seven of the composer’s early 18-century operas are featured in Claire van Kampen’s new play, “Farinelli and the King,” which opened Sunday at the Belasco Theatre after a run in London. The countertenor Iestyn Davies sings at evening performances; James Hall does the matinees. The wonderful thing about “Farinelli” is the chance to hear a great countertenor in a theater of 900 seats, rather than the much larger Carnegie Hall or the truly gargantuan Metropolitan Opera. The Belasco is much closer in size. »


- Robert Hofler

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