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21 Busiest Actors of 2017, From Nicole Kidman to Idris Elba (Photos)

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Michael Stuhlbarg, Nicole Kidman, Dwayne Johnson and Jenny Slate had a busy year, both on the big screen and on TV. John Goodman John Goodman starred in five projects this year: “Kong: Skull Island,” “Atomic Blonde,” “Once Upon a Time in Venice,” “Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” Nicole Kidman The Australian actress had a busy year as well — while starring as Celeste in “Big Little Lies,” she also appeared in “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “The Beguiled,” “The Upside” and the series “Top of the Lake.” Idris Elba The English actor starred in a variety. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Michael Rapaport Rejoices Over ‘C—sucker’ Roy Moore’s Senate Loss (Video)

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Cheer up, Roy Moore; you’re not going to the Senate, but Michael Rapaport has a holiday message for you. Sort of. On Tuesday night, after Moore lost his bid to become a U.S. senator representing Alabama, Rapaport took to Instagram to weigh in on the defeat, which occurred after multiple women accused Moore of sexual misconduct, including a number who were teenagers at the time. The “Atypical” star did so in his trademark, obscenity-fueled style. Also Read: Steve Bannon Dragged After Roy Moore Loss: 'He Looks Like Some Disheveled Drunk' “Hey Roy Moore, you lost, you c—sucker! »


- Tim Kenneally

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More Apa Woes: 5 Agents, Marketing and Finance Directors Exit for Wme

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On the heels of top comedy touring rep Mike Berkowitz, five agents have walked from Agency for the Performing Arts to join William Morris Endeavor. Two Apa department directors and numerous support staff have followed them. Marcus Levy, Amy Lynch and Andrew Russell are all from Berkowitz’s comedy team at Apa, where he mounted arena tours for acts like Kevin Hart and Amy Schumer. Levy specializes in focused acts like one-man shows and theatrical specials, and brings to the table relationships with casinos, comedy clubs and smaller theaters nationwide. His clients include Chris Gethard, Colin Quinn and Damon Wayans Jr. Also Read:. »


- Matt Donnelly

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15 Time Travel TV Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now, From ’12 Monkeys’ to ‘Dark’ (Photos)

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You’re not imagining it — there really is a mess of time travel shows available right now. Whether you’re watching on TV, cable or streaming, there’s no shortage of time-hopping shows that are messing up history. Despite all being about time travel, the genre is hardly homogenous, as there’s a ton of meaningful variety even in just the 13 shows on this list. There are travelers who disrupt events and alter timelines, making major changes to the flow events. And there are those that seem stuck in self-fulfilling loops, where time travel into the past was already a part of. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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Mario Batali Products Pulled From Target Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Chew on this, Mario Batali — Target is cutting ties with you. The fallout over the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against celebrity chef Batali continued on Wednesday, with Target telling TheWrap that it is yanking Batali’s products from its stores. “Target has removed all Mario Batali products from Target.com and is removing the remaining products from our stores,” a spokeswoman for the retail giant told TheWrap. Also Read: Anthony Bourdain Defends #MeToo Accusers From Doubters: 'They Have Nothing to Gain' Earlier this week, Batali was removed from ABC’s “The Chew” after four women accused him of sexual misconduct and groping over two decades. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Facebook Kills off Paying Publishers for Video Content

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Facebook wants publishers to post video, but it doesn’t want to pay for it anymore. The social network will stop paying publishers to produce on-demand and “Facebook Live” content by the end of the year, according to a new report from Digiday. Some 300 outlets, celebs, and “other video creators” won’t have their deals renewed, with Facebook’s focus shifting to Watch, its recently launched originals platform. Facebook did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. Also Read: What's the Cure for Ailing Mashable, BuzzFeed and Other Online News Sites? After launching Live in 2015, Facebook quickly moved to make it a go-to. »


- Sean Burch

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Inside Doug Jones’ Amazing Year, From ‘Star Trek’ to ‘Twin Peaks’ to Senate

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Doug Jones is a true original. From scoring major film and television roles to scoring an upset win in Alabama’s Senate election, he’s had a very big 2017. Let’s have a look. Before the year even began, Doug Jones was named to the cast of the new “Star Trek: Discovery.” As TheWrap’s Rosemary Rossi recently reported, Jones is sometimes called the “man of a thousand faces” because he appears in a wide range of projects, including “Pan’s Labyrinth,” under pounds of makeup. In May 2017, Jones, an attorney best known for prosecuting two Klansmen, declared himself a candidate for Senate in. »


- Tim Molloy

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Joe Biden Comforts Tearful Meghan McCain Over Father’s Cancer (Video)

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Former vice president Joe Biden shared an emotional moment with Meghan McCain on “The View” Wednesday. McCain told Biden that she couldn’t get through the part of his book, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” which covered his son, Beau Biden’s, struggle with brain cancer. McCain’s father, Sen. John McCain, was diagnosed with the same form of brain cancer six months ago. “I think about Beau almost every day and I was told — sorry — that this doesn’t get easier but that you cultivate the tools to work with this and live with this, »


- Jon Levine

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15 Best Stories Ever Told in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe (Photos)

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Between the movies, TV shows, comics, video games, novels and reference books, you’d be hard-pressed to ever run out of stories to read about the “Star Wars” universe, past and present. It’s a big universe out there, and every story told in it is connected to all the others. Big stories are told as many different smaller ones, and small stories are told as chunks of a bigger picture. These are the best chunks, big or small, in the history of the “Star Wars” universe. 15. The rise of Admiral Daala in the “Jedi Academy Trilogy” After “Return of the Jedi” in the. »


- Phil Owen

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Salma Hayek Says She Rebuffed Harvey Weinstein’s Sexual Advances Constantly With ‘No’

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Salma Hayek has come forward with a detailed account of several unwanted interactions with Harvey Weinstein during the making of the Oscar-winning 2002 Miramax film “Frida.” And the story includes her saying “no” nearly constantly to the fallen Hollywood mogul’s sexual advances. Hayek penned a New York Times op-ed piece that was published on Wednesday detailing her history with the disgraced movie executive and his unseemly demands of her. Hayek wrote the piece after she was “approached by reporters, through different sources, including my dear friend Ashley Judd, to speak about an episode in my life that, although painful, I thought I. »


- Jennifer Maas

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Twitter Thanks the 98 Percent of #BlackWomen Who Voted for Doug Jones

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Doug Jones’ shocking win over Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has the internet over the moon. One hashtag has emerged: #BlackWomen. Yes, 98 percent of of black women who voted yesterday in Alabama did so for the victorious democratic candidate. A CNN exit poll shows the vast majority of black women voted for Jones, and 93 percent of black men voted for him, too. This is a stark contrast to the 63 percent of white women and 72 percent of white men that voted for Moore — who has been accused of sexual misconduct against minors. People on social media are thanking »


- Ashley Boucher

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Holly Hunter on ‘Humbling’ SAG Nom After Globes Snub: ‘To Hope Is Cool But to Expect — Deadly’

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Holly Hunter was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award on Wednesday morning for her supportingrole in “The Big Sick,” an honor she calls “humbling” — shortly after the warmly-reviewed indie movie was snubbed by Golden Globes voters. “I guess I’m old enough now to fully have lived the reality of not expecting things,” Hunter told TheWrap about the film’s Globes snub. “To hope is cool but to expect — deadly.” The SAG nod is especially sweet, she said, because: “Recognition from your peers is a particular kind of humbling thing. Actors know in a way that no one else knows. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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George Clooney Gave 14 Friends $1 Million Each, Rande Gerber Says

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Friendship bracelets? Please. George Clooney is an expert at gift-giving. We’re talking cold hard cash — some serious dinero. Rande Gerber, one of Clooney’s closest pals, revealed during a recent chat on MSNBC’s “Headliners” the star gifted his inner circle one million dollars each. And — wait for it — the actor paid their taxes for the year. “There’s a group of guys we call ‘The Boys,'” Gerber said. “George had called me and ‘The Boys’ and said, ‘Hey, mark September 27th, 2013, on your calendar. Everyone’s going to come to my house for dinner.'” Also Read: George Clooney to Direct and. »


- Jennifer Maas

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Fox Stock Slips 4 Percent on Morning Ahead of Anticipated Disney Takeover

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Nothing lasts forever — not even the stock bump from one of Hollywood’s premier studios looking to buy you out. Shares of 21st Century Fox dipped more than 3.6 percent in early trading on Wednesday, one day ahead of Disney’s anticipated acquisition of its studio and several of its cable channels, including FX and its regional sports networks. Still, it’s been a good run for Fox shareholders, with its stock jumping from about $25 a share in early November — when the Disney rumors first started swirling — to about $33 a share on Wednesday morning. Despite Wednesday’s downturn, shares of Fox. »


- Sean Burch

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Jimmy Fallon Brings More Drama to ‘Riverdale’ With Dark ‘Peanuts’ Parody (Video)

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Viewers probably thought Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica could never be twisted into dramatic characters before “Riverdale” premiered last year on The CW. Well, we were proven wrong — and now Jimmy Fallon is out to prove even more wholesome characters can go to the dark side. On Tuesday’s “Tonight Show” Fallon brought the classic gang from “The Peanuts” to the town that is plagued with one disaster after another. The crew was reimagined as angst-filled teens, just the like the characters played by Kj Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch and Cole Sprouse. In the parody, Fallon plays Charlie Brown, »


- Jennifer Maas

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Hollywood and Media Flameouts Top Google’s 2017 Searches: Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey

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Google gave everyone a peek behind the curtain on Wednesday, sharing its top searches of 2017 — and its most Google’d people list is a who’s who of embattled Hollywood and media figures. Matt Lauer, recently ousted from the “Today” show after several accusations of sexual misconduct, topped the charts as the internet behemoth’s most searched person of 2017. Not far behind him, coming in at No. 4 and 5 across the globe, were Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, respectively. But it wasn’t all bad. Meghan Markle, the Los Angeles-born soon-to-be-princess, held down the second slot for both most searched person. »


- Sean Burch

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Steve Bannon Praises Democrats for Alabama Senate Win

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Steve Bannon had some rare kind words for the Democrats who beat his chosen candidate, Roy Moore, in the tumultuous Alabama Senate race. ‘The Democrats hustled, and people have got to understand: You don’t turn out, they’re going to turn out,” he said on Breitbart radio Wednesday morning. “Hat tip to these guys at the DNC. They slipped in here under the radar scope and did a great ground game. Of  all the other convergence of forces … just out-hustling and outworking people is a big one.” Despite his compliment, Democrats didn’t have many warm and fuzzy feelings for Bannon. »


- Tim Molloy

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Kristin Chenoweth to Star in Stage Musical Version of Meryl Streep’s ‘Death Becomes Her’

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Tony- and Emmy-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth is attached to star in a stage musical version of the 1992 dark comedy “Death Becomes Her,” which Universal Theatrical Group is currently developing. Chenoweth would play Madeline Ashton, the vain actress first played by Meryl Streep in director Robert Zemeckis’ hit, which won an Oscar for visual effects.

The film starred Streep and Goldie Hawn as bitter rivals who drink a mysterious potion expecting eternal youth — only to discover that they have died and become walking and talking corpses. Bruce Willis also starred. »


- Thom Geier

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Ratings: Gwen Stefani NBC Christmas Special Beats Sitcoms – Not ‘Bull’

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Gwen Stefani didn’t quite gift-wrap a Tuesday ratings win for NBC — the “Voice” chipped in far more viewers — but her Christmas special sure didn’t screw things up either. For that matter, neither did “Chicago Med” at 10 p.m. Still, CBS topped primetime in total viewers, thanks to “NCIS” and “Bull.” The so-called Tiffany Network was a close runner-up in the key 18-49 demographic, ending up just one-tenth of a Nielsen ratings point behind NBC. NBC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.7 »


- Tony Maglio

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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in January

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Fellow binge-watchers, we made it through 2017 and all the hours of Netflix that came with it. From “The Defenders” to “Stranger Things 2” to “A Christmas Prince,” it’s been a wild ride. But buckle up, because 2018 is bringing a whole new batch of fresh Netflix Original programming, the return of old favorites and plenty I’m sure we will fall in love with. Kicking off the new year, Netflix is releasing some new series, like “Glacé” Season 1 on Jan. 1 and “Drug Lords” Season 1, out Jan. 19. Some old favorites return for new seasons next month as »


- Ashley Boucher

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