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How ‘Only the Brave’ Went From Magazine Pages to the Multiplex

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Twenty stand-up, small town guys. An elite squad of first responders in the Arizona mountains. Everyday heroes whose loved ones suffered the “greatest loss of firefighters since 9/11.” Any studio head would likely break a finger motioning to greenlight that concept if it came through on spec, but that’s not how it was born. The story of Josh Brolin and Miles Teller’s “Only The Brave,” out Friday from Sony Pictures, happened in real life and was adapted from a widely-read 2013 GQ magazine story. Sean Flynn’s “No Exit” was published in the pages of the Conde Nast title in 2013 and. »


- Matt Donnelly

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How ‘Scandal’ Just Explained the Reality of Sexism With One Witty Remark

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if  you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Scandal”) Former President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) isn’t sexist (at least his character doesn’t portray any blatant signs of being so), but even he got a very real reminder of just how unfair life can be for women. Thursday night’s episode of “Scandal” focused mostly on what President Fitzgerald Grant has been up to since he’s been pretty Mia since the start of the season. Basically, he’s trying to live a regular life in Vermont in the house he »


- Rasha Ali

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La Dodgers Defeat the Cubs, Head to the World Series for First Time in 29 Years

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The Chicago Cubs had their year — and 2017 wasn’t it. This time, it was the L.A. Dodgers who broke a drought by winning the National League pennant and heading to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. The Dodgers took down the Cubs 11-1 and won the series 4-1 in what can only be called a domination. And they did at Wrigley Field, to really rub salt into the wound. Enrique Hernandez’s three home runs led the Dodgers to their happy ending and gave them the opportunity to face either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees in. »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Will & Grace’ Creators Tell Us Why Mike Pence Inspired Jack’s Gay Grandson

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(Spoiler warning: This story contains plot details about Thursday’s “Will & Grace“) Jack met his grandson on this week’s “Will & Grace,” and vice president Mike Pence inadvertently made that happened. Series co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan told TheWrap that their decision to introduce Skip — whose father is Jack’s son Elliot (Michael Angarano) — came about following Trump’s 2016 election win and in light of Pence’s link to so-called “gay-conversion therapy.” Also Read: Sean Hayes Regrets Not Coming Out as Gay During 'Will & Grace' First Run “It must have come from our interest in wanting to do an episode on conversion. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Torch Song’ Theater Review: Harvey Fierstein Passes It to Michael Urie

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It turned out to be a downright risible night at the Tony Awards. On June 5, 1983, “Torch Song Trilogy” beat out “Plenty” and “‘night, Mother” for best play of that Broadway season. Granted, the David Hare and Marsha Norman plays have not been blessed with stellar revivals to enhance their reputations since then, but at least no one ever felt the need to cut huge chunks from either work or change the title. A revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” opened Thursday at Off Broadway’s Second Stage; it’s 45 minutes shorter than the original, and is performed with only. »


- Robert Hofler

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Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele’s ‘Last O.G.’ Loses Showrunner John Carcieri (Exclusive)

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TBS’ comedy “The Last O.G.” has lost its showrunner: John Carcieri is exiting the series from Tracy Morgan and “Get Out” mastermind Jordan Peele, the network tells TheWrap exclusively. In addition, the series, which stars Morgan as a former prisoner trying to rebuild his life on the outside, will be pushed to sometime in spring 2018, a TBS rep said. It was originally scheduled to premiere next Tuesday, Oct. 24. The decision to delay the premiere was made in August, the rep said, but has not been widely publicized. Carcieri is also a writer and co-executive producer on HBO’s “Vice Principals, »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Dmg Entertainment Makes Offer for 10 Percent Stake in Forbes Media

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Beverly Hills-based Dmg Entertainment has offered to buy a 10 percent stake in business publisher Forbes Media, the company told TheWrap Thursday. The deal would also give the company, which has strong ties to Hollywood and China, “greater China rights” to the Forbes brand, Forbes’ Hong Kong-based owner Integrated Whale Media said in a filing. The purchase would be made from Dmg’s publicly listed Chinese component, Dmg Yinji. Dmg Yinji plans to use a Hong Kong-based, Dmg-branded entity to establish a $256 million investment fund with several partners. The fund would then acquire full control of an entity called Fbs Entertainment. »

- Matt Pressberg

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‘American Horror Story: Cult': See Evan Peters as Charles Manson (Photo)

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America, meet your new — and, dare we say it, even more adorable — Charles Manson. “American Horror Story” co-creator Ryan Murphy gave fans of the FX anthology series a treat on Thursday, sharing an image of Evan Peters in character as notorious cult leader Charles Manson, who led his band of blood-thirsty hippies through a terror spree in Southern California in the late ’60s. “Evan Peters or Charles Manson?” Murphy captioned the photo, which features Peters with an appropriately wild gleam in his eye and his tongue slightly protruding. Also Read: 'American Horror Story': Watch Lena Dunham Pack a Gun and. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Lupita Nyong’o Shares Harrowing Harvey Weinstein Account: ‘He Told Me Not to Be So Naïve’

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o shared her account of a harrowing series of encounters with Harvey Weinstein before she was famous, where she says the mogul told her she’d be successful in Hollywood if she slept with him. Nyong’o, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for “12 Years a Slave,” wrote a lengthy op-ed for the New York Times on Thursday, where she identified as part of a “conspiracy of silence that has allowed this predator to prowl for so many years.” Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company this month and is under criminal investigation in New York, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Conan O’Brien Mocks Letterman in Latest ‘Dave the Horse’ Drama (Video)

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The great Horsegate drama between late-night personalities David Letterman and Conan O’Brien took another twist on Thursday when the “Conan” host advanced the equine mix-up. “When you sent him to me, I had no idea he was a ‘rental,'” O’Brien said in a video message to Letterman. “These things happen all the time … when one man sends another man a horse,” he added. Also Read: Conan O'Brien Lands on the 'Wonder Woman' Island of Amazons, Madness Ensues (Video) Dave the Horse actually looked pretty happy — complete with Letterman-style beard — as he chilled out next to the TBS host. »


- Debbie Emery

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Nickelodeon Fires Chris Savino Over Sexual Harassment Accusations

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Nickelodeon has fired Chris Savino, creator and showrunner of the animated series “The Loud House,” over claims of sexual assault by several female employees at the kids’ TV network. The dismissal comes after 12 women came forward accusing Savino of sexual misconduct and threatening to blacklist women who no longer wished to be in relationships with him, according to a report from Cartoon Brew. The first to step forward was “BoJack Horseman” director Anne Walker Farrell, who revealed in a series of tweets that Savino harassed her in 2002. Also Read: Hollywood Agent 'Fed Me Alcohol' and 'Sexually Assaulted Me,' Former Teen. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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How ‘Dirty John’ Blitzed to the Top of the Apple Podcast Charts

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The voice behind the world’s top-ranked podcast is a first-timer. “I had no background in podcasting or recording. I don’t even record my interviews,” Chris Goffard, narrator and writer of the hit “Dirty John” pod, told TheWrap. “I use a notebook and a pen… old, old school.” But the podcast’s success has been anything but beginner’s luck. The veteran L.A. Times reporter’s six-part series has rocketed to the number one spot on the Apple podcast charts because it emphasizes two common, intriguing phenomenons: the often fleeting search for love, and the capability of humans to »


- Sean Burch

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Magician David Blaine Under Investigation for Rape, Claim Brought by Former Model

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Former model Natasha Prince has accused magician David Blaine of raping her at his Chelsea mansion in 2004, the Daily Beast reports. Scotland Yard told the Daily Beast that it is investigating Prince’s claims. “Officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating an allegation of rape,” their statement said. “The allegation was reported to police on 17 November 2016 by a woman who alleged she was raped at an address in Chelsea in June or July 2004 when she was aged 21. There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries continue.” Also Read: Los Angeles Pd »


- Ashley Boucher

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Peter Bart Denies Covering for Harvey Weinstein: I Was Protecting Variety

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Peter Bart, who for 20 years ran Variety as its top editor, called to discuss the accusation that he covered for Harvey Weinstein when both men were among the most powerful folks in Hollywood. It’s not as simple as that, he explained. “Because Harvey had so many ferocious business enemies over the 20 years that I was running Variety, every year at this time of year I’d get at least one or two reporters come tell me that ‘Harvey will never make it through the season, he’s bankrupt, he won’t pay his bills,'” Bart said. Also Read: Peter Bart Accused of Coddling. »


- Sharon Waxman

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Sophia Bush Inks Talent Holding and Development Deal With Fox

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Sophia Bush has signed a talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The terms call for her to star in a comedy or drama project for the studio this pilot season and develop additional projects for which she’d serve as an executive producer. “Now more than ever, vital female voices need to be heard,” the “Chicago P.D.” alum said in a statement. ‘I’m thrilled to begin developing content that inspires and excites me at 20th Century Fox TV.” Bush just bailed on NBC’s “Pd” after four seasons with the Dick Wolf show — but sounds »


- Tony Maglio

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Kirsten Dunst Wins the Internet With One-Word Response to Fan

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Kirsten Dunst just made one lucky fan’s day — and really, all of ours. “I’d say my biggest dream is telling Kirsten Dunst I’m a huge fan only for her to mutter ‘Pathetic’ and walk away,” Louis Virtel wrote on Twitter Wednesday night. Guess her response. (Bad guesser? Just read it below.) Also Read: You Can't Unsee Megyn Kelly and Hoda Kotb Awkwardly Dancing on the 'Today' Show (Video) Pathetic — Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) October 19, 2017 Read More See Kirsten Dunst's latest Power Move. PowerRank: 419 That is one of Dunst’s »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Gets Cosmic Reviews: ‘Who Knew a ‘Thor’ Movie Could Be This Wonderful?’

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Reviews are in for “Thor: Ragnarok” — and so far, 36 critics who reviewed the film love it so much that it’s hit a 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. And so far, there’s just one negative review (which knocked “Ragnarok” off its previous 100% perch). “It’s an enthusiastic, hilarious reboot of the idea of what a Marvel movie can actually be, resulting in an effervescent, delightfully self-aware ride that was the most fun I’d had in a superhero movie in years,” The Verge’s Bryan Bishop wrote. “Who knew a ‘Thor’ movie could be this wonderful?” added Uproxx’s Mike Ryan. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Hollywood Agent ‘Fed Me Alcohol’ and ‘Sexually Assaulted Me,’ Former Teen Actor Says

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The Agency for the Performing Arts is investigating a former actor’s accusation that Tyler Grasham, a top representative to young stars, sexually assaulted him a decade ago, when he was in his late teens. “Apa takes these allegations extremely seriously and is investigating this matter,” an agency spokesperson told TheWrap in regards to an account written by filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman. The agency, which represents clients including Kate McKinnon and Mira Sorvino, is hiring a third-party firm to investigate the matter. When asked about Grasham’s employment status, the spokesperson said Apa does not comment on confidential personnel matters. »


- Matt Donnelly

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David Cross’ Wife Amber Tamblyn Defends Him Amid Racism Accusation: ‘He Said He Was Sorry’

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Don’t worry, David Cross; your wife has your back. Actor/comedian Cross, who has been under fire this week due to an accusation of racism leveled at him by actress Charlyne Yi, received a bit of support from his wife, actress Amber Tamblyn, on Thursday. Tamblyn weighed in on the topic after being dragged into the conversation with an at-tag from another Twitter user who took issue with Cross’ explanation of the incident. Also Read: Amber Tamblyn Tells James Woods: 'I'm Done With Not Being Believed' About Sexual Harassment “Gross! Own it and say you are sorry! What is so hard about that? »


- Tim Kenneally

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Quentin Tarantino on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Wish I Had Taken Responsibility for What I Heard’

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Quentin Tarantino said he has known for decades about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior toward women and now says he wishes he had done more and “taken responsibility” for what he heard. “I knew enough to do more than I did,” he told the New York Times. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.” “I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard,” he added. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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