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How Disney Classics Like ‘Hocus Pocus’ Are Scaring Up Box Office Amid Pandemic Slump

How Disney Classics Like ‘Hocus Pocus’ Are Scaring Up Box Office Amid Pandemic Slump

Disney's rerelease of the 1993 family horror-comedy "Hocus Pocus" has fueled much-needed mojo into the domestic box office this month. With theaters once again looking to older films for revenue to prevent thousands of cinemas from going into bankruptcy, Disney has provided a bit of help to that scary situation with some Halloween classics. Two weeks ago, Disney rereleased "Hocus Pocus," which bombed with critics and the box office when it opened 27 years ago, but has slowly gained a cult following and introduced Bette Midler to a new audience as the evil witch Winnie Sanderson. Now, it...

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Jamal Khashoggi’s Fiancée Sues Saudi Crown Prince Over Journalist’s Death

Jamal Khashoggi’s Fiancée Sues Saudi Crown Prince Over Journalist’s Death

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has filed a civil lawsuit against Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, as well as other officials, seeking to hold them accountable for Khashoggi's death. The suit, filed in a district court in Washington, D.C., lists over four full pages of defendants. It was filed by Cengiz along with Democracy for the Arab World Now, Inc. (DAWN). "The ruthless torture and murder of Mr. Khashoggi shocked the conscience of people throughout the world. The objective of the murder was clear - to halt Mr. Khashoggi's advocacy...

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‘Dumbo,’ ‘Peter Pan’ Get Content Advisory From Disney+ for ‘Negative Depictions’ of Race

‘Dumbo,’ ‘Peter Pan’ Get Content Advisory From Disney+ for ‘Negative Depictions’ of Race

Disney+ is flagging its own content for racial stereotyping. This week the streaming service began putting up a content advisory warning for some of its older films like "The Aristocats," "Dumbo," "Peter Pan" and "Swiss Family Robinson" that Disney says feature "negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures." The graphic will run for 12 seconds at the beginning of the flagged content: "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to...

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Why Spotify Won’t Drop Joe Rogan Despite Employee Backlash

Why Spotify Won’t Drop Joe Rogan Despite Employee Backlash

Controversial shock jock Joe Rogan isn't leaving Spotify any time soon, even though employees at the audio streaming company -- and some listeners of his podcast -- are demanding the company censor his content. Spotify's recent acquisition of the viral podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience" prompted some employees to take to social media demanding the company to drop the host, but insiders at Spotify say it's extremely unlikely any pressure (internal or otherwise) would lead to the company renegotiating Rogan's deal. Rogan's content will be exclusively hosted on Spotify beginning this...

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‘SNL’ Cold Open Reveals Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden Was the Fly on Mike Pence’s Head (Video)

‘SNL’ Cold Open Reveals Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden Was the Fly on Mike Pence’s Head (Video)

The second episode of the new "SNL" season started off much like the season premiere, with a cold open focused on current events, in this case the occasionally hilarious Vice Presidential debate on Wednesday. And of course Maya Rudolph once again showed up to play Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris opposite "SNL" cast member Beck Bennett as current Veep Mike Pence, Kate McKinnon as moderator Susan Page. But while the debate was notable for a few things: Mike Pence's constant interruptions and time hogging, Mike Pence's weird eye,  and the faces Harris made during the...

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Proud Boys Website, Online Store Dropped by Web Host

Proud Boys Website, Online Store Dropped by Web Host

The Proud Boys, an FBI-designated extremist group with ties to white nationalism, lost its web host for the group's website and online store following efforts from advocacy group Color of Change. "After a heads up from Color of Change, we notified one of our customers -- a website hoster -- who then took action. The websites in question were not Google Cloud customers," a Google Cloud spokesperson told TheWrap on Friday. As of Friday evening, however, the extremist group appears to have gotten a new host for its website, but the online store is not currently taking orders and a note...

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Oct 10
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Jack White Replaces Morgan Wallen as This Week’s ‘SNL’ Musical Guest

Jack White Replaces Morgan Wallen as This Week’s ‘SNL’ Musical Guest

Don't worry Bill Burr, you won't have to doing the singing tomorrow. "SNL" has named Jack White as the replacement for Burr's original musical guest, Morgan Wallen. Wallen was cut from the program after being caught on social media partying without a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic. He says he is not positive for COVID-19. Saturday will mark White's third solo appearance as musical guest and fourth overall. "The White Stripes Greatest Hits" collection will be released on Dec. 4. Also Read: Morgan Wallen Says He's Booted From 'SNL' After Maskless Partying in...

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Morgan Wallen Says He’s Booted From ‘SNL’ After Maskless Partying in Alabama

Morgan Wallen Says He’s Booted From ‘SNL’ After Maskless Partying in Alabama

"SNL" is down its musical guest this weekend, after country music star Morgan Wallen said he was kicked off the show after he was seen in social media videos partying in Alabama without a mask on. "My actions from this past weekend were pretty short-sighted, and have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams," Wallen said on his Instagram. In recent days, videos on TikToks showed Wallen in Alabama without a mask at a crowded bar and a house party. Bill Burr is hosting Saturday's episode. More to come... https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGDvWpAniWw/?utm_source=ig_embed

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Elisabeth Moss to Star as Former Congresswoman Katie Hill in Blumhouse TV Biopic

Elisabeth Moss to Star as Former Congresswoman Katie Hill in Blumhouse TV Biopic

Elisabeth Moss is attached to play former congresswoman Katie Hill in an adaptation of Hill's memoir "She Will Rise" from Blumhouse Television, the company announced on Tuesday. The "Handmaid's Tale" star will also produce the feature adaptation via her Love & Squalor Pictures banner, with Michael Seitzman attached to write. Hill, a former U.S. representative for California, resigned from Congress last October after facing accusations of inappropriate relationships with members of her staff. She was also the victim of a revenge porn incident she said was instigated by her...

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Oct 6
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Koza Press Editor Dies After Setting Herself on Fire in Protest of Russian Government

Koza Press Editor Dies After Setting Herself on Fire in Protest of Russian Government

Irina Slavina, the founder and editor of the independent Russian news site Koza Press, died on Friday after setting herself on fire in a protest of the Russian government. She was 47 years old. Before she self-immolated in front of the police headquarters in Nizhny Novgorod, a city located in Central Russia, Slavina posted on her Facebook page, "I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death." Koza Press confirmed Slavina's death in a post published on Friday and noted that police had searched Slavina's apartment on Thursday looking for "brochures, leaflets, accounts" related...

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Oct 3
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Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Evans in Film About Making of ‘The Godfather’

Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Evans in Film About Making of ‘The Godfather’

Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal are set to play Francis Ford Coppola and producer Robert Evans in a film directed by Barry Levinson about the making of Coppola's 1972 masterpiece "The Godfather." The film "Francis and The Godfather" is based on a Black List script by Andrew Farotte that has been redeveloped with Levinson and dives into how dives into how Coppola and Paramount head Evans studio had very different movies in mind in the process that led to making the film based on Mario Puzo's book. Endeavor Content is handling worldwide rights with FilmNation. Also Read: 'The...

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Sep 30
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Regal Cinemas Parent Cineworld to Close All Theaters in US and UK

Regal Cinemas Parent Cineworld to Close All Theaters in US and UK

Regal Cinemas owner Cineworld is closing all of the chain's locations in the U.S. as well as its theaters in the U.K. in the wake of MGM and Universal's decision to delay the release of "No Time to Die" until next year, according to Variety. The new closures, set to take effect as soon as next week, come just a few months after the company began reopening its locations amid the coronavirus pandemic earlier this summer. Cineworld operates 128 venues in the U.K. and Ireland in addition to Regal's 546 theaters in the U.S. consisting of 7,211 screens. Regal is the second largest...

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Oct 4
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Get Your 1st Look at Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden on ‘SNL’ (Video)

Get Your 1st Look at Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden on ‘SNL’ (Video)

Ahead of its return Saturday, "SNL" showed off the first look at Jim Carrey's Joe Biden, along with Maya Rudolph's return as Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris. "SNL" returns for its 46th season on Saturday with host Chris Rock and musical guest Megan Thee Stallion. Alec Baldwin will return for his fifth season portraying Donald Trump, while castmember Beck Bennett will again play current Vice President Mike Pence. Watch a video of Carrey's and Rudolph's transformation into the Democratic hopefuls above. Also Read: 'SNL': Every Episode to Land on Peacock Ahead of Season...

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Judd Apatow Says ‘China Has Bought Our Silence’ in Corporate Censorship of Films

Judd Apatow Says ‘China Has Bought Our Silence’ in Corporate Censorship of Films

Judd Apatow is criticizing what he calls "corporate censorship" when it comes to highlighting abuses of power in China and Saudi Arabia, saying that Hollywood's desire to do business there has prevented stories and truths from being told. In a preview of a full interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber for a special called "Mavericks with Ari Melber," the director of "The King of Staten Island" said that films, shows or documentaries get shut down at the pitch phase that are critical of foreign powers and that Hollywood's major corporate entities often remain silent. "They're just not going...

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Ellen DeGeneres Opens Season 18 With Apology, Says She Is ‘That Person You See on TV’ (Video)

Ellen DeGeneres Opens Season 18 With Apology, Says She Is ‘That Person You See on TV’ (Video)

Ellen DeGeneres opened Season 18 of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Monday by addressing the controversy that has surrounded her this summer following several accusations of a toxic workplace at the long-running talk show. "As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic environment here at our show," DeGeneres said during her monologue. "And then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I'm so sorry to the people who were affected." DeGeneres went on to talk about...

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‘Justice League’ Star Ray Fisher Went on Twitter Attack After Getting Cameo Offer in ‘The Flash’ (Exclusive)

‘Justice League’ Star Ray Fisher Went on Twitter Attack After Getting Cameo Offer in ‘The Flash’ (Exclusive)

"Justice League" star Ray Fisher went on his Twitter attack against director Joss Whedon in June after he was offered a small cameo role in the upcoming DC Comics movie "The Flash," TheWrap has learned. The film, which is aiming to begin production next year with Ezra Miller as the title character and Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck both returning as versions of Batman, is set to include a small role for Fisher as the genetically enhanced superhero Cyborg. According to two insiders with knowledge of the situation, Warner Bros. has not heard back from Fisher's team since offering the...

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Sep 16
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Warner Bros Says Ray Fisher Hasn’t Cooperated With ‘Justice League’ Misconduct Investigation

Warner Bros Says Ray Fisher Hasn’t Cooperated With ‘Justice League’ Misconduct Investigation

In a statement Friday night, Warner Bros. pushed back against claims made earlier in the day by "Justice League" actor Ray Fisher about DC Films President Walter Hamada. The company also said the actor has so far refused to cooperate with an independent investigation into accusations of misconduct he made earlier this summer against several key figures involved with the production. In July, Fisher, who played Cyborg in the film based on the DC Comics characters, publicly accused the film's credited director, Joss Whedon, of "gross, abusive, unprofessional" behavior on set. Fisher also...

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Sep 5
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‘Mulan’ Criticized for Crediting Chinese Bureau Tied to Muslim Concentration Camps

‘Mulan’ Criticized for Crediting Chinese Bureau Tied to Muslim Concentration Camps

Disney's "Mulan" remake is facing scrutiny after its credits thanked the Turpan Municipal Bureau of Public Security, a bureau that has helped China's communist government imprison Muslims in concentration camps. Axios' reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian tweeted on Monday that the movie's shout-out was "truly outrageous," considering the bureau has been "deeply involved" in running camps in Xinjiang, a region in Northwest China. The region is best known in recent years for being at the heart of China's attacks against Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking ethnic minority who mostly practice Islam....

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Sep 7
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Black Women ‘Missing’ in a Third of 2019’s Top Grossing Films, New USC Report Shows

Black Women ‘Missing’ in a Third of 2019’s Top Grossing Films, New USC Report Shows

Black women and girls were completely absent from at least one third of last year's 100 top-grossing movies, while Asian women were missing from 55 and Latina women did not appear in 71, according to data from USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative's annual report released Thursday. The "invisibility analysis" was one of many insights as part of the latest study of 2019's top-grossing films as led by Professor Stacy L. Smith. Dr. Smith demonstrates that while Hollywood has shown improvement in giving representation to women, people of color and LGBT individuals as the lead characters in...

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'The Crown' Finds Its Princess Diana for Seasons 5 and 6

'The Crown' Finds Its Princess Diana for Seasons 5 and 6

Elizabeth Debicki has been cast as Princess Diana for the final two seasons of Netflix’s “The Crown,” the streaming service revealed Sunday.The “Tenet” actress will portray the late royal on the Imelda Staunton-led Seasons 5 and 6, taking over for Emma Corrin, who is playing Diana on the drama’s upcoming fourth season.“Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many,” Debicki said in a statement. “It is my true privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from Episode One.”Also Read:Debicki will join the...

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Seth Meyers: 'Even a Therapist Would Be Too Challenging for Trump' (Video)

Seth Meyers: 'Even a Therapist Would Be Too Challenging for Trump' (Video)

We’re living in an exceedingly political time, with what feels like a million insane new things happening every day. But despite the overzealous news cycle, we can’t help but continue to ponder . And so Seth Meyers spent his new “A Closer Look” segment Wednesday ripping Trump a new one over it.Midway through the segment, Meyers wanted to take a, ahem, closer look at the part of the interview when Trump tried to whip out a series of graphs that he thought showed that the United States was handling the pandemic incredibly well. It didn’t go well — Trump didn’t have a graph to counter Swan’s...

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How the Music Industry Looks to Survive Without a $26 Billion Live Concert Business

How the Music Industry Looks to Survive Without a $26 Billion Live Concert Business

“You have to look at these artists as small businesses. It’s going to be devastating,” Loeb & Loeb partner and music lawyer Derek Crownover saysMusic attorney Tim Mandelbaum had to be at an Allman Brothers concert at Madison Square Garden on the night of March 10, at the behest of his client, longtime Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes. It was a big deal: The band was celebrating 50 years, but Mandelbaum couldn’t think of anywhere he wanted to be less.It would be the last live concert at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” before the coronavirus pandemic cut the mics and turned the stages...

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Former 'Ellen' Producer Says DeGeneres Was Aware of Abuses

Former 'Ellen' Producer Says DeGeneres Was Aware of Abuses

Hedda Muskat was one of the first producers recruited for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2003Following weeks of reporting and a third-party investigation into the toxic work culture at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” one former producer has chosen to speak publicly about her experience with what she described as a “culture of fear” in the show’s earliest days.Hedda Muskat was an early hire on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” back in 2003 when the show was still in development. A veteran of “The Howie Mandel Show” and “The Martin Short Show,” she was among a handful of writers and producers recruited...

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BuzzFeed Lays Off Nearly 70% of Furloughed Staff

BuzzFeed Lays Off Nearly 70% of Furloughed Staff

BuzzFeed has laid off 67% of employees who were furloughed earlier this year in response to the financial downturn caused by the pandemic, a company spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap on Thursday.The cuts, which affect 50 of the 74 furloughed employees, amount to 5.7% of BuzzFeed’s U.S. staff. Included in the layoffs are 10 in the News division, as well as those on the business side of the company. BuzzFeed will still be covering health insurance for those laid off until the end of September.In early May, when informing staff of a , BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti said that the company’s goal was...

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