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‘American Gods': 14 Historical and Cultural Stories Behind the Old Gods (Photos)

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Major spoilers for Season 1 of “American Gods.” The Gods of Starz’ new series “American Gods” come from across the world. They’re all immigrants: displaced from their native lands and left to find a place in a world that doesn’t always believe they exist. The novel the show is based on is packed full of mythological figures and creatures from Norse, Egyptian, Irish, pagan, and Christian histories and sometimes, the story isn’t as clear with their identities. It’s fun for the audience to put together the pieces for themselves. To help you out, we broke down brief histories of the Gods. »


- Carli Velocci

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‘Heartbroken’ Ja Rule Says His Disastrous Fyre Festival ‘Not a Scam’

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Fyre Festival c0-founder Ja Rule says he is heartbroken that attendees of the event billed as a luxury music festival found it to be anything but luxurious. The rapper issued a statement  on Twitter saying the event was “not a scam” and that while the problems aren’t his fault, he is taking responsibility. “I wanted this to be an amazing event it was Not A Scam as everyone is reporting,” he wrote. “I don’t know how everything went so left but I’m working to make it right.” He also says everybody will be refunded. pic.twitter. »


- Carli Velocci

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Fyre Disaster: Festival Goers Document ‘Mass Chaos’ at Shut Down Event

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A luxury music festival in the Bahamas, touted by Kendall Jenner, has been postponed amid an onslaught of complaints from attendees on social media (and those gripes are, in turn, being widely mocked on social channels). “So Fyre Fest is a complete disaster,” tweeted William N. Finley IV, who documented his experience on Twitter with a series of photos showing “mass chaos,” “no villas” and a “disaster tent city.” Alleged guests also aired complaints in a Reddit thread. Gripes ranged from being locked out of a first aid tent to overhearing what sounded like gunshots. “Is there anyone nearby who’s willing to. »


- Nigel M. Smith

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Rebel Wilson Sues Australian Publisher Bauer Media for Defamation

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Rebel Wilson has filed a defamation lawsuit against Bauer Media, the Australian publisher of Women’s Weekly, Woman’s Day and Ok! magazines over a series of articles that she says portrayed her as a serial liar. The “Pitch Perfect” star, who is originally from Sydney, filed the suit against Bauer last year, accusing them of damaging her reputation by printing articles in 2015 that alleged she had used a fake name and lied about her age and upbringing in Australia. On Friday, her attorney Renee Enbom told the Melbourne Supreme Court that Wilson will give evidence that after the articles were printed, »


- Debbie Emery

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How TV Has Changed Since Last Hollywood Writers Strike – And What That Means

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Next week’s potential Hollywood writers strike ain’t your daddy’s WGA work stoppage. The last time the Writers Guild of America union members walked off the job was November 2007 — in a strike that lasted 100 days and majorly disrupted TV networks and movie studios. That’s not even a full 10 years ago, but it feels like a lifetime in terms of the evolving TV landscape that will face the repercussions if the WGA fails to forge a new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers when its current contract expires on May 1. Here are some of. »

- Tony Maglio

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Twitter Mocks Fyre Festival Disaster: ‘I Never Want It to End’

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Less than two days in, the high-end music weekend Fyre Festival turned out to be an unmitigated disaster, and Twitter is having a field day. “I just Googled ‘Fyre Festival’ and I can’t stop f—ing laughing,” one user wrote. “Oh, Jesus. If you live for train wrecks, Strap The F— In.” Founded by the rapper Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland, and promoted by celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski, Fyre Festival was billed a posh weekend getaway in the Bahamas. Tickets went for as much as $12,000. However, once ticket-holders arrived on the private island, what greeted them. »


- Reid Nakamura

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What Happens to Daytime Soaps If Hollywood Writers Go on Strike Next Week

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In the event of a Writer Guild of America (WGA) strike next week, you can expect your favorite daytime soaps to do a lot of behind-the-scenes scrambling to make sure that the onscreen saga continues without repeats or substitution. During the last two writers strikes in 1988 and 2007-08 — which each lasted at least 100 days — the production teams paused to develop a game plan on how to proceed without veterans to produce five scripts per week, according to Jill Farren-Phelps, nine-time Daytime Emmy winner for executive producing “The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital” and “Santa Barbara.” “The »


- Rosemary Rossi

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‘Roseanne’ Revival in the Works With Original Cast on Board

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Roseanne” is the latest 90s TV show eyeing a comeback. The original cast is hoping to mount an eight-episode revival, with Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert on board to reprise their roles. The original series executive producers Tom Werner and Bruce Helford are also on board to executive produce alongside Barr and Gilbert. The revival is being shopped to both broadcast and streaming platforms, with original network ABC in the mix. Also Read: 'Roseanne' Reunion: John Goodman and Sara Gilbert Reprise Roles 20 Years Later (Video) The original “Roseanne” aired nine seasons from 1988-1997 on ABC and won 17 Emmys. »


- Linda Ge

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‘How to Be a Latin Lover’ Review: Gigo-Lowbrow Comedy Disappoints

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Unfortunately, “How to Be a Latin Lover” tries to cover too much ground and bulk up its scrawny farcical concept with flaccid sub-plots. It’s unfortunate because the core story surrounding Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez as an aging gigolo with a heart of gold is sufficiently fit. Derbez brings warmth and intermittent goofy humor to this too-broad and uneven comedy. The best moments are between him and co-stars Salma Hayek and young Raphael Alejandro, who both have an easy chemistry with Derbez. One of the highlights is seeing Derbez and Hayek slip in and out of Spanish and English in their. »


- Claudia Puig

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Why Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Is Having a Terrible Week

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Fox News co-president Bill Shine has emerged as a household name amid on-going turmoil at the network, on the heels of founding CEO Roger Ailes and host Bill O’Reilly getting ousted over sexual harassment allegations. Shine, an Ailes protégé, has been with Fox News for 20 years. He is regarded as a key member of the old regime at Fox News and was promoted to co-president, alongside Jack Abernethy, last year when Ailes stepped down. However, he is currently a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros and the network needs to be careful »


- Brian Flood

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‘Dear White People': What It Means and Why

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Shut up and listen. No, really. “Dear White People” is just a more pleasant way of saying “shut up and listen.” “Netflix” released a ten-episode series titled “Dear White People” that is a spinoff of a 2014 movie of the same name, and it will most likely address any and all questions, comments or concerns you’ve ever had about the difficult subject of race relations in the United States. All you have to do is shut up and listen. Also Read: Beyonce at the CMAs and the Myth That Blacks and Country Music Don't Mix The series will pick up where the movie left. »


- Rasha Ali

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Here’s Everyone Laid Off at Espn, From Mark May to Britt McHenry (Updating List)

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Espn announced Wednesday that it would lay off roughly 100 on-air personalities and writers, TheWrap has learned. The names of impacted, now-former employees are starting to become public. The following people have confirmed their departure from the network. TheWrap will continue to update this list as more names become known: College Football Analyst Charles Arbuckle Investigations Unit Writer Shaun Assael NFL Contributor Jarrett Bell Big Ten Reporter Brian Bennett Espn 710 Host Jeff Biggs Mlb Analyst Jim Bowden Mlb Analysts Dallas Braden College Basketball Writer Eamonn Brennan College Basketball Reporter C.L. Brown NHL Columnist Scott Burnside Columnist Jim Caple Premier Boxing »


- Brian Flood and Tony Maglio

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Soap Opera Writers Fear WGA Strike Will ‘Do a Lot of Harm’

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The soap opera world is shuddering at the prospect the Writers Guild of America will go on strike next week because the 100-day walkout in 2007-08 proved devastating to so many careers — and shows in a genre that been steadily waning in popularity. “I did vote yes for this strike at the end of the day, because I believe in what they’re doing,” one veteran daytime drama writer told TheWrap. “But you have to go into it know that this is going to do a lot of harm. A lot of harm.” Other current soap writers are “petrified” of the. »

- Rosemary Rossi

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Mandy Moore Fends Off Sharks in ’47 Meters Down’ Trailer (Video)

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Mandy Moore is going deep. The “This Is Us” star accidentally gets dropped to the bottom of a shark-infested ocean along with “The Vampire Diaries” alum Claire Holt in the new trailer for the upcoming thriller “47 Meters Down.” Moore stars in the film as Lisa, who is ready for adventure in Mexico with her sister Kate (Holt) following a bad break-up. Kate suggests they go shark diving with some locals to catch a face-to-face look at great white sharks. Also Read: Mandy Moore Teases 'A Walk to Remember' Reunion: 'We're Working on It!' “I don’t even know how to dive, »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Justice League’ Actor Ray Fisher Signs With CAA

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Ray Fisher has signed with CAA, the agency announced Friday. Fisher is best known for his role as Victor Stone aka “Cyborg” in the DC Cinematic Universe. Cyborg had a brief cameo in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and Fisher’s character will next be seen in “Justice League.” The character is half-man, half-machine, and his borg-like abilities include super strength and a genius-level intellect. The actor posted a photo of himself on Instagram looking jacked at the gym, captioning the photo, “Half-Man, Half-Machine… #Borglife #JusticeLeague.” Also Read: 'Cyborg' Actor Ray Fisher Is Ripped in New ' »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ in the Works as TV Series From Paramount, Anonymous Content

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Lestat is coming to television. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 11 of Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” books for adaptation, the companies announced Friday. “It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured. The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV, in a statement. “The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary. »


- Linda Ge

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Emma Watson Has an Idea for a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Sequel

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Emma Watson is all of us. She loved the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” so much that she already has ideas for a potential sequel. “I would love to do a sequel!” the actress told Access Hollywood at the premiere of her new movie, “The Circle.” “I always thought that Belle would become a teacher and she would run the library in the castle and open it up to the village.” “Beauty and the Beast” starred Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci. Also Read: 'Beauty and the. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Tony Award Nominations Predictions: Hello, Bette Midler and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

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So few shows, so many nominations. The Tony Awards are so different from the Oscars and the Emmys, where it’s just an honor to be nominated. With the Tonys, it’s shameful not to be nominated, because in many categories that puts you in the minority. To explain what I mean, let’s begin with the possible nominees for best revival of a musical. In the 2016-17 Broadway season, one of the five musical revivals that opened will not be nominated. I think that loser slot is a close contest between “Cats” and “Miss Saigon,” since “Falsettos,” “Hello, Dolly! »

- Robert Hofler

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Jude Law Talks Young Dumbledore’s Sexuality: ‘Another Layer’ to ‘Great Wizard’ (Exclusive)

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Jude Law’s casting as young Albus Dumbledore in the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sparked a recent social media frenzy — and left a big question over the depiction of the young wizard’s sexuality. “Fantastic Beasts” is a spinoff of the Harry Potter universe created by J. K. Rowling, who herself said she always thought of Potter mentor Dumbleodore “as gay” — leaving many fans wondering if this would manifest itself in Law’s upcoming performance. “I don’t know, I read that too — first of all, you have to realize I haven’t read any script yet, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Fyre Festival Fail: Kendall Jenner-Promoted ‘Next Coachella’ Postponed After ‘Fema’-Like Setup

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Kendall Jenner promoted it on her Instagram. It was to be the “next Coachella,” except that it was being held on an island — not the California desert. It was touted as a luxury festival, with some VIP packages on sale for up to $250,000, some packages including a private yacht. It was the Fyre Festival, which kicked off on Thursday, held on a private island in the Bahamas “once owned by Pablo Escobar.” And by accounts gathered by The Washington Post, it was a complete and utter bust. Also Read: Kendall Jenner Shredded for Silence on Pepsi Ad After Return to Twitter One festival goer said. »


- Meriah Doty

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