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Disney’s ‘Nutcracker’ Movie Plans Major Reshoots, Joe Johnston to Direct Instead of Lasse Hallstrom

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Disney is planning a massive 32 days of additional photography on the ballet-inspired fantasy movie “Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. In addition, the studio is bringing in “Captain America: The First Avenger” director Joe Johnston to direct the reshoots instead of original filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom. The film, based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic “Nutcracker” Christmas tale, is still targeting a holiday 2018 release. But the studio is clearly rethinking the film after wrapping the shoot last spring and showing a trailer at its D23 convention in July. Also Read: Disney's 'Nutcracker and the Four. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Jose Canseco Says Sexual Misconduct Accusers Are ‘Racist Against Ugly Men’

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Jose Canseco got his juices stirring over the recent onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, offering his own bizarre #MeToo movement and opining that women who complain about sexual misconduct are “racist against ugly men.” The former baseball player — who was at the heart of the steroids controversy — hit up Twitter on Tuesday to offer his thoughts on the topic, divulging that he, too, had been molested and that it was “kind of a turn on.” “What is going on with all these politicians molesting women I’ve been molested by several women and never complained,” Canseco wrote. »


- Tim Kenneally

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New Roman Polanski Investigation Opened by the Lapd

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The Lapd has opened a new investigation into “Rosemary’s Baby” director Roman Polanski, the Associated Press reports. According to the Associated Press, detectives are investigating a woman’s allegation that Polanski molested her when she was 10, in 1975. While the statute of limitations precludes ciiminal charges from being brought against Polanski on the new allegations, police could be able to use evidence from the new investigation to aid in other cases. California artist Marianne Barnard reported to police in October that Polanski molested her during a 1975 photo-shoot during which Polanski had her pose naked and in a fur coat on. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Anthony Bourdain Defends #MeToo Accusers From Doubters: ‘They Have Nothing to Gain’

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Chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain penned an essay speaking out against sexual misconduct following Monday’s allegations against Mario Batali. The host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” wrote that he stands “unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women” who have come forward to accuse Batali and numerous other men in Hollywood, politics and media of sexual harassment or assault. “Women risk a crushing level of public skepticism, vilification, shaming, and retribution,” he wrote in the essay titled “On Reacting to Bad News,” shared to Medium. “They have nothing to gain, and everything to lose.” Also Read: Mario Batali Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Four. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Roy Moore Spokesman Reamed for Bible Flub, Saying Gay Conduct Should ‘Probably’ Be Illegal

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The Spokesman for Alabama Gop senate candidate Roy Moore caused many jaws to drop with an absolutely bizarre CNN appearance in which he said that his boss “probably” wants to outlaw homosexuality. Moore, running in a special election to fill the senate seat vacated earlier this year by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said in 2005 that “homosexual conduct should be illegal.” Moore has never publicly walked that back, so CNN host Jake Tapper repeatedly asked spokesman Ted Crockett if Moore still believes that. “Homosexuality is a sin in the biblical sense,” Ted Crockett initially said. “That is where Roy Moore. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Watch Hilarious ‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘Monsters University’ Mashup Trailer (Video)

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Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking Luca Guadagnino’s lush gay romance “Call Me by Your Name” is a niche experience — you can find parallels even in the most commercial films. Take the genius who used the audio and fawning review quotes for the Armie Hammer-Timothee Chalamet drama and laid it over a mashup of footage for the Pixar sequel “Monsters University.” The plot and pacing of the “Call Me” trailer works surprisingly well with spliced footage from the animated film — from lingering glances to a recreation of Hammer’s infamous gif-able dancing scene.  Watch above and enjoy. »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Saturday Night Live': Colin Jost, Michael Che Take Over as Co-Head Writers

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Now this is one update you’ll be happy to hear: Colin Jost and Michael Che have been named co-head writers of “Saturday Night Live.” The news of the “Weekend Update” co-anchors new position at NBC’s Emmy Award-winning late night series was announced by the network on Tuesday. The duo will be joining two other current head writers, Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker, in their new roles. “SNL” also revealed Sudi Green and Fran Gillespie have been named writing supervisors. The news of Che and Jost’s new gig comes shortly after the abrupt exit of co-head writers Sarah Schneider »


- Jennifer Maas

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Woody Harrelson in Talks to Join Sony’s ‘Venom’

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Woody Harrelson is in talks to join Tom Hardy in Sony’s Marvel superhero movie “Venom,” TheWrap has learned. Harrelson’s role remains under wraps. The actor, last seen playing the villain in last summer’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” just recently wrapped a role in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” playing Han Solo’s mentor. Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on the script that is written by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal. Harrelson has a strong relationship with Fleischer and »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Universal Crosses $5 Billion at Worldwide Box Office With Hit Sequels and Blumhouse Horror

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Disney hit the mark. Warner Bros. hit the mark. Now Universal is joining the club as it has reached $5 billion for the year at the worldwide box office. In some respects, Universal’s year at the box office has been a microcosm for the box office as a whole. While Universal has done well domestically with $1.6 billion grossed — third among all studios — it got to this point off of a huge $3.4 billion haul from international markets, primarily from “The Fate of the Furious” and “Despicable Me 3.” Also Read: Warner Bros. Crosses $5 Billion at Global Box »


- Jeremy Fuster

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CBS Diversity Showcase Cleans House, Second Co-Head Also Exits Program

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After program co-head exited amid sexual harassment accusations, co-director Fern Orenstein has exited the CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase as the program takes on new leadership for the 2018 season. Last month, CBS announced that “The Nightly Show” alum Grace Parra and “I’m Dying Up Here’s” Stephen Guarino were brought on to co-direct the annual program, which highlights a diverse group of comedy writers and actors before an audience of CBS executives, producers and casting directors. Orenstein stepped away from producing the program (though she remains in her role as a casting executive at CBS) in October, after director Rick Najera left amid. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Jennifer Lawrence to Star in ‘Burial Rites’ by ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Director

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Luca Guadagnino will direct Jennifer Lawrence in the true crime drama, “Burial Rites,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Lawrence will also produce the movie for TriStar Pictures, which has the worldwide rights to the film. The film will be based on Hannah Kent’s 2013 novel of the same name. Lawrence will star as Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in 1830 for killing two men and setting their homes on fire. Also Read: 'Call Me by Your Name' Cast, Director Talk About Shooting a Boundary-Pushing Gay Romance In the movie, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Emmys: TV Academy Adds Even More Categories, Tweaks Other Rules

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The Television Academy announced rule changes for the 2018 Emmy Awards on Tuesday, including a restructuring of the Oustanding Variety Special and Special Class categories. They will instead be replaced by two variety special categories, one for live events and another for pre-recorded specials. The reason for the change, according to the TV academy, is confusion around the term “special class.” Past winners in the category have included awards shows, PBS performance specials such as “Live From Lincoln Center” and “Great Performances,” as well as the Fox musical “Grease: Live!” Other nominees have included opening ceremonies for the Olympic games, concert. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Big Little Lies': 7 Reasons the Golden Globes Darling Is So Worth Watching (Photos)

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Big Little Lies” became the darling of this year’s Golden Globes when it cleaned up during Monday’s nominations with six to its name. If you haven’t already binged this deliciously thrilling series we suggest you get to it before the award show airs on Jan. 7. After all, don’t you want to see your soon-to-be favorite show clean up? Here are seven reasons you need to down HBO series Asap. 1. It’s already grabbed a Season 2 Okay, this “limited series” business was clearly more than a little lie after fans and critics alike ate the show up. »


- Jennifer Maas

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‘She-Ra’ Reboot, ‘Boss Baby’ Score Netflix Series Through DreamWorks Animation

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Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television are teaming up on six new original series in 2018, including a new “Trolls” chapter, a “Boss Baby” show and the return of “She-Ra.” There’s also more “Captain Underpants” and “Trollhunters” coming, sophomore “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy installment “3 Below,” and “Harvey Street Kids.”

Below is the partnership’s 2018 slate, with series premiere dates where available. All descriptions are in Netflix-DreamWorks Animation’s own words.

“DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On!” – Jan. 19, 2018

Picking up where the film left off, the Netflix original series is an all-new chapter. »


- Tony Maglio

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Judd Apatow on Hollywood’s ‘Slow Evolution’ of Support for Silence Breakers

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Judd Apatow was hesitant to return to stand-up, but his new Netflix special doesn’t hold back. In the special, Apatow jokes about Bill Cosby trying to hide the newspaper from his wife so she can’t read the accusations against him, and in this post-Harvey Weinstein scandal world, the sketch is particularly resonant. Apatow thinks that way the Cosby scandal played out–it ended in a gridlocked jury and declared a mistrial–led people to have a stronger reaction to those who accused Weinstein and others. During the Cosby trial, “the whole country said wait a second, why »


- Ashley Boucher

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Fox Business Network Beats CNBC in Full-Year Business Day Viewers for the First Time Ever

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As 2017 draws to a close, Fox Business Network (Fbn) is going to beat competitor CNBC for the first time ever in Business Day viewers. Fbn, which launched in 2007, will set internal records this year across both Business Day (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Total Day (6 a.m. – 6 a.m.) averages, in terms of overall viewers and in the key adults 25-54 demographic. The older CNBC — which has successfully overhauled primetime in recent years — delivered record lows in both of those previously mentioned time periods. In Business Day viewership, Fbn was up 27 percent in total »


- Tony Maglio

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Oscar Contenders Elvis Costello, Common on Writing Songs That Leap Off the Screen (Video)

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The credits start to roll, the lights come up, and as the crowd stands from their seats, they hear a song. It’s hard enough to keep an audience occupied for two hours. Now try holding their attention for just another two minutes before they’re out the door. “I was hoping I had a song I could sing for as long as people wanted to hear it,” said Elvis Costello, an artist and rocker who knows a thing or two about music made to grab you. “If a song can last just until people can get to the lobby, »


- Brian Welk

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‘The Punisher’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

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Hot off a very well-received first season, Netflix has renewed “The Punisher” for a second season. The Netflix Marvel series stars “The Walking Dead” alum Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, a vigilante out for revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children. Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes and Amber Rose Revah also star.

Per usual with the streaming giant, no premiere date was announced for the show’s second season, but it’s likely to come in 2019 or later. Netflix’s 2018 Marvel slate is already packed, with “Jessica Jones” season 2 due March 8, followed later that year (TBA) by the. »


- Reid Nakamura

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After Sam Seder Returns to MSNBC, Jeffrey Lord Asks, What About Me?

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Last week MSNBC briefly parted ways with liberal contributor Sam Seder over a dumb joke about rape, only to apologize after a social media backlash. To which Jeffrey Lord replies: What about me? Lord, who once had a cozy niche taking pro-Trump stands on CNN, lost his job over his own dumb tweet in August. He said the same progressives who defended Seder’s rape joke willfully misinterpreted his tweet, a joke about Nazis. “Sam had the good fortune to be a liberal,” Lord told TheWrap. “I would totally agree that he was unfairly treated and should be reinstated, but »


- Jon Levine

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Jada Pinkett Smith Blasts ‘Antiquated’ Golden Globes for Tiffany Haddish, ‘The Big Sick’ Snubs

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Jada Pinkett Smith put the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on blast on Monday for snubbing “Girls Trip” and actress Tiffany Haddish, as well as “The Big Sick” in the 2018 Golden Globe nominations. “I’m not upset about @TiffanyHaddish or @GirlsTripMovie not getting a nom… I’m discouraged about the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press/@goldenglobes wouldn’t even Watch the movie,” the actress tweeted on Monday. “Girls Trip was one of the most successful films this summer & Tiff was hands down the funniest person on screen in 2017 and we couldn’t get eyes on the film or a press conference. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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