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Trump’s ‘Rocket Man’ Jab at Kim Jong-un Fails to Launch on Twitter: ‘Makes Us Appear Childish’

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President Donald Trump spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea to defend the United States and its allies if necessary — but that’s not the part of Potus’ speech that has gone viral online. No, the line Twitter users latched onto was Trump’s taunt at Kim Jong-un: “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” Trump said of the North Korean leader. He has called Jong-un a “rocket man” before, but this time it was in the very formal and global view of the United Nations. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Mitú Taps Former Nickelodeon Exec Herb Scannell as CEO

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Mitú — the Latino-influenced digital media company that reaches 100 million viewers in the U.S. each month — has tapped former Nickelodeon President Herb Scannell to be its new Chief Executive Officer. During his time at Nickelodeon, Scannell oversaw the launch of landmark shows like “Rugrats,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Dora the Explorer,” while guiding the network to the top of the cable ratings for a decade straight. The New York native has also held high-level positions at MTV Networks, BBC North America and Next New Networks, an online content network that was sold to YouTube in 2011. “As the son of a »


- Sean Burch

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‘Stranger Things’ Writer Justin Doble Inks Deal With Amazon Studios

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Justin Doble, writer and producer on Netflix’s “Stranger Things” has moved over to another streaming service. Amazon announced Tuesday it closed an overall deal with Doble, who will be developing genre television projects exclusively for Prime. Doble’s other credits include working on Hulu’s “The Path” and AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” He began his career writing episodes of “Fringe” and “Almost Human.” Also Read: Emmy Party Report: Those 'Stranger Things' Kids Aren't Old Enough to Drink Yet (Photos) “We have long admired Justin’s ability to create stories and characters that stoke fans’ passion,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, »


- Carli Velocci

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NY Times Reporter Glenn Thrush Leaves Twitter: ‘Too Much of a Distraction’

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New York Times White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush has chosen to leave Twitter as of midnight Tuesday morning, and said the social media platform is “too much of a distraction.” “Hey folks — I’ve decided to delete my Twitter account at midnight. Too much of a distraction. Dm me for contact info. Thanks for reading!” the reporter tweeted on Monday. Hey folks — I've decided to delete my Twitter account at midnight. Too much of a distraction. Dm me for contact info. Thanks for reading! — Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) September 18, 2017 Also Read: Jezebel Calls Lawsuit by Hulk Hogan's Lawyer 'Obvious Attempt. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Why Searching for Avril Lavigne and Beyonce Could Destroy Your Computer

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Avril, why do you have to go and make cybersecurity so complicated? At a lithe 5’2”, former pop-punk icon Avril Lavigne may appear harmless, but there’s a good chance she can knockout your computer with one ill-advised search. The “Sk8er Boi” singer was just dubbed the “most dangerous celebrity” on the internet by cybersecurity firm McAfee (remember those annoying security updates on your PC?); Lavigne supplanted 2016 “winner” Amy Schumer as the celeb most likely to bog down your computer, with 14.5 percent of her internet searches leading to sites with malware or viruses. Also Read: Facebook Is in the Hot Seat. »


- Sean Burch

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Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Premiere Plummets 19 Percent From Last Year

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ABC may have won Nielsen’s Mirrorball Trophy on Monday, but its “Dancing With the Stars” premiere performed nowhere near as well as last year’s. Still, the Disney-owned broadcaster topped primetime outright, though the network was inflated in Detroit by “Monday Night Football.” The preliminary numbers for the net could slip a bit (further) when finale averages are available. For now at least, ABC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “DWTS” at 8 p.m. put up a 1.7/6 and 10.8 million. »


- Tony Maglio

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James Corden Regrets That Sean Spicer Emmy Smooch: ‘Everyone Was Kissing Ass Last Night’

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In his monologue on Monday, “Late Late Show” host James Corden attempted to apologize for kissing Sean Spicer at the Emmy Awards on Sunday — and managed to turn it into another joke. “Now, I know you think that’s a picture of me kissing Sean Spicer, but in the spirit of Sean Spicer, no it isn’t,” he said on his show Monday night. In case you missed it, Corden was responding to a photo taken following the Emmys on Sunday in which he can be seen planting one on the cheek of the former White House press secretary who made a. »


- Carli Velocci

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Elisabeth Moss, David Tennant Drama ‘Mad to Be Normal’ Picked Up by Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the U.S. rights to the drama “Mad to Be Normal,” starring Elisabeth Moss and David Tennant, the company announced Tuesday. Directed by Robert Mullan, the film also stars Michael Gambon, Gabriel Byrne, David Bamber and Olivia Poulet. Tennant (“Doctor Who”) stars as 1960’s celebrity psychiatrist R.D. Laing who revolutionized the treatment of people who were diagnosed as “mad.” Working out of Kingsley Hall in East London, he performed experiments on people, including experiments with LSD and practicing a form of self-healing known as metanoia. His methods were controversial. Also Read: Elisabeth Moss to Star in Women's-Rights Drama. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Can Taylor Swift Shake Off Lawsuit Over Her ‘Shake It Off’ Lyrics?

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Haters, they gonna hate. On Monday, songwriters for the girl group 3Lw sued Taylor Swift, claiming that her 2014 hit “Shake It Off” ripped off their own 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play.” In the complaint filed in U.S. District Court, plaintiffs Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who co-wrote the “Playas Gon’ Play,” claim, “‘Shake It Off’ copies and includes Plaintiff’s lyrics phrase, ‘Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate’ by featuring the lyrical phrase ‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate’ prominently throughout the chorus of »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Morning Joe’ Celebrates 10 Years on Air With No New F-Bombs (Video)

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” celebrated its 10th anniversary on air Tuesday, opening the show with a sizzle reel of highlight moments from the past decade. “Wow, that just gives you a sense of tired tired we all were, at all times,” said co-host Mika Brzezinski after watching a clip from 2008 featuring an expletive. “No f-bombs today.” There were no f-bombs, but plenty of reminiscing on Tuesday’s broadcast of the popular morning show — broadcast from the iconic Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center where “Saturday Night Live” tapes and regularly lampoons Brzezinksi and co-host Joe Scarborough. .@Morning_Joe is celebrating 10 years together! »


- Ashley Boucher

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Kimmel Mocks the Trumps’ Latest Weird Hand Moment: ‘Like a Robot From ‘Westworld” (Video)

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The President and First Lady just cannot get this hands thing right. On Friday, Melania Trump introduced her husband at Andrews Air Force Base, kicking off “perhaps the most uncomfortable display of affection between any husband and wife this year,” in Jimmy Kimmel’s words. When the Potus arrived at the podium, the Trumps awkwardly shook hands, for some reason. “He shut her down like a robot from ‘Westworld,'” Kimmel quipped on Monday’s show. Also Read: Demi Lovato, Fallon Prove They're Not BFFs on 'Tonight Show' Game (Video) The embarrassing palm-embrace only got rougher when Donald told Melania, »


- Tony Maglio

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Trump Threatens to ‘Totally Destroy North Korea’ in First Un Address

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In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the rogue nation failed to back down in its increasingly aggressive nuclear maneuvers. If the U.S. is “forced to defend itself and its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said. He also said that North Korea “threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of life.” “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” Trump said of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, repeating an Elton John-themed dig the president. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Bill O’Reilly Calls His Fox News Firing a ‘Political and Financial Hit Job’ (Video)

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Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday again declared his innocence on multiple charges of sexual harassment and called his exit from the network “a political and financial hit job.” In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today,” O’Reilly denied the various accusations of sexual harassment that led to his ouster last April. “Every allegation in this era is a conviction,” he said, adding that he was one of many to be named in sexual harassment lawsuits at Fox News. Advertisers dropped out of O’Reilly’s program after reports went public in April that »


- Ashley Boucher

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‘Malcolm in the Middle’ Star Frankie Muniz Foxtrots His Heart Out on ‘DWTS’ Premiere (Video)

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Malcolm is again comfortably in the middle. “Malcolm in the Middle” alum Frankie Muniz impressed Monday night in his “Dancing With the Stars” debut, when “Agent Cody Banks” performed a top-notch Foxtrot with partner Witney Carson. “I was screaming like you were in a boy band,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba offered. “That is exactly the type of performance that our fans fall in love with.” Also Read: 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 25 Cast Unveiled: Frankie Muniz, Nick Lachey to Compete But that didn’t entirely translate into a big score. Inaba herself gave the duo a “7,” and her counterparts both put up. »


- Tony Maglio

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Toys ‘R’ Us Files for Bankruptcy, Internet Goes on Gif-Giving Spree

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Toys ‘R’ Us filed bankruptcy protection this week, caving to pressure that the New Jersey-based company has felt from its $5 billion in debt and stiff competition from online retailers such as Amazon, the Associated Press reported. While the company said that its roughly 1,600 stores will remain open through the crucial holiday season, the internet took the news pretty hard. As in Woody and Buzz Lightyear facing the incinerator in “Toy Story 3” hard. Also Read: 'The Lego Movie Sequel' to Tackle 'Really Profound' Gender Issues With Toys Just look at this Gif suggesting that Toys ‘R’ Us mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe. »


- Thom Geier

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Demi Lovato, Fallon Prove They’re Not BFFs on ‘Tonight Show’ Game (Video)

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No one wants to hang out with Jimmy Fallon. “The Tonight Show” host proved once more that he is incompatible with pretty much every guest the NBC late-night staple books to the couch. Last night, Fallon played “Best Friends Challenge” with pop star Demi Lovato. It again resulted in zero matches. Also Read: Sean Spicer Hands Kimmel a Rare Ratings Win Over Fallon Lovato identifies with Disney Princess Cinderella, for example, while Fallon is more of a Belle. Plus, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer is down to binge-watch “The Walking Dead,” while “Riverdale” is more the comedian’s speed. (Because of course it is. »


- Tony Maglio

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Watch Notre Dame Take on Michigan State in Fox Sports Social Virtual Reality

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Touchdown Jesus, meet Oculus. Saturday’s matchup between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan State Spartans, two of college football’s most venerable teams, will be broadcast in one of the newest formats: social virtual reality. Fox developed the experience, presented by Wendy’s, with LiveLike, which worked with the network to create the social Vr technology it debuted during this summer’s Concacaf Gold Cup soccer tournament. But this time, it’s coming to one of college football’s oldest – and often, one of its most exciting – rivalries, Notre Dame versus Michigan State, who clashed for the first time in 1897. The virtual. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Scripps Lifestyle Studios Serves Up ‘Genius Kitchen’ Digital Brand

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Scripps Lifestyle Studios, the digital arm of mega-popular cable channels Food Network and Hgtv parent Scripps Networks Interactive, is launching a food-focused digital brand called “Genius Kitchen” as it looks to build a fanbase of cooking enthusiasts who aren’t watching traditional pay-tv. “Genius Kitchen’s” first show, “Gk Now,” is a weekly program hosted by YouTube stars Akilah Hughes and Mike Lockyer, who will take a comedic look at food, pop culture and other topics of interest to the platform’s target audience of 21 to 35-year-olds who grew up online. “Genius Kitchen” will also tap into Scripps’ library of more than 500,000 recipes, »


- Matt Pressberg

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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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