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FCC Strikes Down Net Neutrality

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After months of speculation — and widespread resistance from Americans on both the left and the right — the Federal Communications Commission followed through on pulling back net neutrality on Thursday, voting to undo Obama-era regulations that barred internet service providers from speeding up or slowing down access to certain websites. Spearheaded by Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney, the “Restoring Internet Freedom” proposal passed along party lines — after a brief security evacuation — with Pai and the FCC’s two Republican commissioners, Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr, voting to undo net neutrality rules put in place in 2015. »


- Sean Burch

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8 ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points to Remember Before You Watch ‘The Last Jedi’

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After two years of waiting, “The Last Jedi” is finally bringing fans the second installment of a new “Star Wars” trilogy, picking up the story some 30 years after the original films. Back in 2015, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left a lot of hanging threads to be revisited in “The Last Jedi” and the conclusion of the trilogy, “Star Wars: Episode IX.” From character backstories, to events that happened in between the original “Star Wars” trilogy and “The Force Awakens,” there’s a lot of stuff fans still don’t know about this new “Star Wars” story. “The Last Jedi” grabs up. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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George Will Says Donald Trump Now ‘Nation’s Worst President’

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President Trump is now the nation’s worst president. At least according to Washington Post columnist George Will. Will, a known conservative pundit and an outspoken Trump critic, tore into the president in an op-ed Thursday, arguing that Trump’s support of Alabama Gop Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore disqualifies him from public office. “He is an anti-constitutional recidivist, twice removed from Alabama’s highest court for his theocratic insistence that his religious convictions take precedence over U.S. Supreme Court decisions, so he could not have sincerely sworn to ‘support and defend the Constitution’ and to ‘bear true faith and allegiance. »


- Itay Hod

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Journalists Band Together to Stop Sexual Harassment and ‘Create Respectful Newsroom Environments’

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A group of reporters who have endured sexual harassment and assault are banding together to improve the workplace culture in newsrooms by launching an organization called “Press Forward.” “As multiple accusations about Mark Halperin, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer and other powerful journalists have surfaced, the founders of Press Forward have come together to find solutions to prevent harassment and assault, protect journalists and create respectful newsroom environments,” the organization said in a press release Thursday. The organization, a component fund within the Greater Washington Community Foundation, will formally launch in 2018, and will analyze, study and report on best practices and drive the. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Omarosa Rips ‘Petty’ Robin Roberts for ‘Bye Felicia’ Diss: ‘It’s a Black Woman Civil War’

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That didn’t take long at all. On Thursday morning, Robin Roberts threw a dig at Omarosa Manigault, after the latter appeared on “Good Morning America” to talk about her exit from President Trump’s White House. And just a few hours later the former “Apprentice” contestant shared a cutting response. Tonight, “Inside Edition” will reveal an exclusive text message in which Manigault wrote, “That was petty. It’s a black woman civil war.” She said it in response to Roberts’ “Bye, Felicia” diss. Earlier in the day, Manigault sat down with Roberts’ co-anchor Michael Strahan to discuss her time in Trump’s White House. »


- Jennifer Maas

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WWE’s Big E Tells Us Which New Day Duo Is Wrestling on Sunday at ‘Clash of Champions’ (Exclusive)

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WWE’s The New Day is a trio of fun-loving and talented wrestlers. Like dating, however, in tag team wrestling three can be a crowd — so how do Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods decide which two get to participate in a particular match? (Or, you know, how does the mighty WWE creative decide?) “When we first started it was a lot of me and Kofi in the ring because Vince was a big fan of Woods being entertaining with the trombone,” Big E told TheWrap on Thursday. “But right now, I think we have a pretty good rotation. »


- Tony Maglio

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Hollywood Wants to Press Delete Button on Net Neutrality Repeal: ‘Nobody Is Asking for It’

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Chris Evans, George Takei and Alyssa Milano were among the Hollywood stars to speak out against the FCC’s decision on Thursday to strike down net neutrality regulations. Spearheaded by Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney, the Ffc’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” proposal passed along party lines, undoing Obama-era regulations that barred internet service providers from speeding up or slowing down access to certain websites. “Everyone should care about this! It benefits no one unless you’re a faceless, mega corporation. Nobody is asking for it,” Evans said in a tweet following the ruling. “Please Rt + join me in taking a stand in support. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Fox Film CEO Stacey Snider Cancels DC Trip to Console Staff After Disney News

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20th Century Fox Film CEO Stacey Snider is staying home to rally her troops. After Thursday’s announcement that Disney would acquire her division, in addition to the Fox TV studio and other assets, Snider canceled a planned trip to Washington, D.C., for the scheduled premiere of the studio’s awards player “The Post,” an individual familiar with the matter told TheWrap. Snider is passing on the invite-only event and remaining in L.A. to comfort a rattled staff with a series of meetings and informal talks instead of joining director Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Mark Hamill Recalls ‘Making Out Like Teenagers’ With Carrie Fisher

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Mark Hamill, who makes a triumphant return as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” recalls “making out like teenagers” with Princess Leia herself — Carrie Fisher. “Carrie and I were attracted to one another, but I knew from previous jobs that it would have been a bad idea,” Hamill said in a recent interview with The Guardian. “But Carrie and I found pretexts. I remember one time — I’m sure alcohol was involved — we were talking about kissing techniques. I said: ‘Well, I think I’m a fairly good kisser. I like to let the women come to me. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Disney-Fox Merger Is ‘Bad for Families,’ Says Parents Television Council

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Parents Television Council president Tim Winter is calling the Disney and Fox merger a “Pandora’s Box of vexing concerns for parents and families” and has urged federal regulatory agencies “to make a thorough and careful review to ensure that the unique needs of children and families, and indeed the public overall, are prioritized over the corporate interests.” In a statement released Thursday, Winter said that media conglomerates “have trended towards” explicit content that “delves into the explicit soft-core porn territory” and that “a Disney-Fox merger would be no different.” He added that the merger will allow Disney to extend from cable. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Disney Gets a Landlord: Will Lease Space on Fox Lot for 7 Years Post Merger

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Disney will lease space on the Fox lot in Century City, California, for seven years in the aftermath of the company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox, multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. It’s unclear exactly when Disney will become Fox’s tenant because the merger will take 12 to 18 months to complete, pending regulatory approval. The Murdoch family will continue to own the West L.A. lot. In a town hall meeting on the lot on Thursday, 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice informed employees of the lease agreement and assured them that no one would be relocated from the. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly

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Behind the Disney-Fox Merger: 7 Things We Still Need to Know – and 3 We Already Do

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The merger of 21st Century Fox’s main entertainment assets with The Walt Disney Company announced on Thusday is one of those deals that come around once in a generation. It signals a major change in the balance of power in Hollywood, as well as serves as a reflection of the seismic shift that has happened over the past decade with the rise of technology platforms. Also Read: Disney Acquires 21st Century Fox Assets for $52.4 Billion WaxWord will weigh in on that a bit later, but in the meantime, here are seven questions that weigh on our minds with this mega-merger: 1. What. »


- Sharon Waxman

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White House Denies Paul Ryan Retirement Report: ‘Not Accurate’

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The White House is pushing back on a report by Politico Thursday that House Speaker Paul Ryan is considering leaving Washington at the end of next year. Asked whether the president was aware of the reports, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president spoke to Ryan and that the reports are false. “The president did speak to the Speaker not too long ago and made sure the speaker knew very clearly and in no uncertain terms that if that news was true he was very unhappy with it,” Sanders said “The Speaker assured the president those were not accurate reports. »


- Itay Hod

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Right Wing Media Floats Voter Fraud as Roy Moore Refuses to Concede

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Amid the stunning defeat of Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race this week, his most ardent supports are beginning to suggest that he may have been robbed and that Democrat Doug Jones’ victory was achieved only with the aid of voter fraud. The idea first got going on Wednesday, when a tweet from pro-Trump radio host Bill Mitchell went viral. “I am hearing rumors that black voters from Ms were encouraged to cross over into Al and vote. Anyone else hearing this? Anything to it?” he asked. “That might explain the 30% turnout higher than population percentage. »


- Jon Levine

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Russell Simmons Says He’ll Prove ‘Without Any Doubt’ That He’s Not a Rapist

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Music mogul Russell Simmons, who has been besieged by accusations of rape by multiple women, vowed Thursday to clear his name. In an Instagram post, Simmons said that he will “properly defend myself” and “prove without any doubt” that the accusations against him are false. “Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on ‘The Original Sin’ (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo,” Simmons wrote, referring to former model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who Simmons is accused of. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Warner Animation Group Appoints New Evp, Svp

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Warner Animation Group has appointed two senior-level executives to their animated film production arm: Allison Abbate has been named executive vice president, while Chris Leahy has been appointed senior vice president. President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich and Courtenay Valenti, President of Production and Development, share oversight of the animation group. “Allison and Chris are well known and well respected in the animation community and will be key to expanding our operations at Warner Animation Group,” said Emmerich. “We have ambitious plans for Wag and will rely on Allison and Chris to attract world-class animation talent to help us develop. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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13 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted the Future (Photos)

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The Simpsons” has an eerie knack for predicting the future, from Donald Trump’s presidency to Nobel Prize Winners. Here are 12 times the long-running comedic series got it right. Lady Gaga On the episode “Lisa Goes Gaga,” Lady Gaga is shown suspended by cables flying over the audience at a concert. Well surprise, surprise because at the Super Bowl Li’s halftime show, Gaga descended from the stadium’s roof with suspension cables wearing pretty much the same outfit on her episode. 2016 Nobel Prize Winner In a 2010 episode, Milhouse predicted that Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the Nobel Prize in Economics and sure. »


- Rasha Ali

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Will Smith Compares Rise of Trump-Era Gop to ‘The Purge': ‘Darkness Before the Dawn’

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Will Smith got political at a press event for his upcoming Netflix film “Bright” on Wednesday, suggesting that the recent spate of bad news is a natural backlash to the optimism of the Obama-era. “This is the purge, right?” Smith said, according to Indiewire. “This is the cleanse, this is what happens. This is the natural reaction to the amount of light that came into the world when Barack Obama was the president.” Smith’s comments came a day after Democrat Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with minors, in Alabama’s U.S. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Disney Would Buy 21st Century Fox Back in 1998

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What cultural phenomenon will “The Simpsons” prove true next? “The Simpsons” predicted that Disney would purchase 21st Century Fox, which was then known as 20th Century Fox, nearly two decades before the companies announced a $52.4 billion merger on Thursday. The screen-grab below features a billboard with the iconic logo and the words “A Division of Walt Disney Co.” underneath. It’s from the Season 10 episode “When You Dish Upon a Star,” which aired on Nov. 8, 1998 and featured Homer meeting with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. Also Read: Watch the Best Solar Eclipse Gag Ever Courtesy of 'The Simpsons' (Video) If the. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Writers Guild West Warns Fox-Disney Merger Will Be at ‘Expense of Creators’

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The Writers Guild of America West has issued a statement opposing the $52.4 billion Disney deal to acquire 21st Century Fox assets. “In the relentless drive to eliminate competition, big business has an insatiable appetite for consolidation. Disney and Fox have spent decades profiting from the oligopolistic control that the six major media conglomerates have exercised over the entertainment industry, often at the expense of the creators who power their television and film operations. Now, this proposed merger of direct competitors will make matters even worse by substantially increasing the market power of a combined Disney-Fox corporation. The antitrust concerns »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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