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Colbert Calls House Gop Members ‘D—–bags’ Over ‘Zombie Trumpcare’ Exemption (Video)

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Like most of you, Stephen Colbert cannot wait for President Trump’s first 100 days to officially be over — if for no other reason than so we can all finally stop talking about it. Fortunately, Monday will mark that milestone. “It is just exhausting … watching this man try to accomplish something,” the “Late Show” host quipped on Thursday. Over the course of his still-young term, Trump’s healthcare bill has been particularly tough to follow in all of its iterations. The Affordable Care Act’s replacement is now being referred to as “Zombie Trumpcare,” as the proposed law is pretty much a shell. »


- Tony Maglio

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Katie Couric Confronts Russian Spokeswoman With Reports of Anti-Gay Torture (Video)

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Yahoo News’ Katie Couric had a testy confrontation with a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson when the veteran anchor asked about gay men being allegedly detained and tortured in Chechnya. The Russian official, Maria Zakharova, became visibly annoyed when Couric brought up “disturbing reports” about the government in Chechnya rounding up and arresting gay men. “No, no, no. This is not my issue,” Zakharova said. “I’m not a specialist in that.” Also Read: Federal Fox News Investigation Expands to Include Second Agency (Report) Couric didn’t back down on Thursday, continuing to read a report alleging how some of the »


- Brian Flood

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‘The Circle’ Hacks Thursday Box Office With $430,000

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Emma Watson and Tom Hanks’ “The Circle” infiltrated the Thursday previews with $430,000, on its way for a $13 million weekend. Based on the 2013 novel by Dave Eggers, “The Circle” stars Watson as Mae Holland, the newest employee of The Circle, a powerful social media company founded by charismatic tech guru Eamon Bailey (Hanks) and his partner Tom Stelton (Patton Oswalt). To gain further standing in the company, Mae takes part in The Circle’s top priority project which could forever change the standards of privacy and personal freedom. Soon, a mysterious colleague (John Boyega) approaches Mae and asks her »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Chris Pratt Hilariously Prank Calls Exotic UK Pet Shop, Store Clerk Remains Surprisingly Calm (Video)

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Turns out, Chris Pratt is extremely good at making prank phone calls. The “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” star made an appearance on BBC Radio 1, and was ordered to make a call to a random location and start every sentence with the next letter of the alphabet. Pratt called an exotic pet store in the United Kingdom to ask about caring for his stick insect — but as the call went on, it sounded more and more like he was describing “Guardians” fan favorite, Groot. Also Read: Chris Pratt on What Went Wrong With 'Suicide Squad': 'Too Many Characters' The store clerk. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Watch Kurt Russell Beat the Living Hell Out of James Corden (Video)

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Kurt Russell is straight-up crazy. Or at least he was on Thursday’s “Late Late Show,” when the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” star beat the stuffing out of James Corden. After being thrown through a bunch of walls and bludgeoned by a lamp, the CBS host ended up in a coma. Unfortunately, the worst wasn’t behind him. Watch the video above. Also Read: Ludacris Stands Ground While James Corden Fires an Apple at His Face (Video) Russell is already having a hell of a spring, as he also acts in box office smash-hit “The Fate of the Furious. »


- Tony Maglio

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Trump Misses His ‘Previous Life,’ Thought Being President Would Be ‘Easier’

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Donald Trump said he “loved” his previous life and thought being president would be “easier” in a Reuters interview that reads like a “Saturday Night Live” sketch. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going… This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier,” Trump told Reuters in a feature that ran Friday, in which Potus is asked to reflect on his first 100 days in office. Trump was a real estate mogul and reality television star before defeating Hillary Clinton on Election Day. As his first 100 days in the Oval Office come. »


- Brian Flood

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Time Inc Decides It’s Not for Sale, Company Stock Price Sinks

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Time Inc. is Not for sale, and company shareholders are dumping some stock. After Time’s board of directors decided they’d like to remain independent and have the company “continue to pursue its strategic plan,” the New York Stock Exchange-traded Time started selling down almost 20 percent — more than $3 apiece to less than $15 per share — from Thursday. The stock had jumped in November and December over reports of takeover bids pouring in. On Friday, the board’s Lead Independent Director John Fahey and President-ceo Rich Battista officially said thanks but no thanks to those. Also Read: Time Inc. Stock Soars. »


- Tony Maglio

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Fox News Update: Feds Investigate ‘Friends of’ Roger Ailes on Payroll, Says CNN

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The U.S. Justice Department has expanded its investigation of Fox News and is looking into “friends” that former network chief Roger Ailes kept on the payroll, according to CNN. Investigators have been asking “about mysterious confidants of Ailes — people who were known inside Fox as ‘friends of Roger,'” wrote CNN’s Brian Stelter. He wrote: “Ailes, through Fox News, employed a number of longtime friends as consultants, for purposes that remain unknown. One of the consultants earned $10,000 a month by submitting a monthly invoice to Fox.” Also Read: Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Asked Murdochs for Public Support, »


- Brian Flood

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Sony Reports Soft Q4, Full-Year Earnings as Foreign Exchange and Film Writedown Take Toll

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Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai has been criss-crossing the Pacific in recent months, making frequent visits to its Culver City, California, lot as the venerable film studio searches for a successor to outgoing Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. And that’s a priority since a weak fourth quarter — and year — from the company’s studio weighed down its most recent earnings report. Late Thursday night Los Angeles time, Sony reported revenue of $17 billion and earnings of 19 cents a share for the three months ended March 31, which the company classifies as its fiscal fourth quarter. For the full year, the Japanese conglomerate. »


- Matt Pressberg

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‘Grey’s Anatomy': Meredith Committed the Ultimate Betrayal

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if  you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”) Ever since the start of “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13, everyone and their mama knew that Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) is basically in love with Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson) — especially her sister, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Unfortunately, when Dr. Pierce professed her love (Ok, it was more like a strong interest) to Dr. Riggs, he didn’t feel the same and kindly let her down (tore her poor heart into a million tiny pieces and stepped all over them) — another small detail Dr. »


- Rasha Ali

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Orlando Bloom Apologizes After Being Branded Racist Over ‘Pikey’ Comment

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Orlando Bloom has backtracked from comments he made on a British morning radio show this week that sparked outrage and accusations of racism over in the U.K. While promoting “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Bloom told BBC Radio 1 “Breakfast Show” host Nick Grimshaw: “I’m still a pikey from Kent, boy, I’m still a pikey from Kent. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of me, boy.” Bloom was making the reference while talking about his character in the Disney franchise, Will Turner, a blacksmith’s apprentice secretly in love with the governor’s daughter. »


- Debbie Emery

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Berkeley Rocked by Hundreds of Protesters Even Without Ann Coulter There

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Ann Coulter’s scheduled speech at Berkeley for tonight was canceled earlier this week, but that didn’t stop hundreds of protesters from flooding the University of California campus. The demonstrators came ready for action — and possible violence — earlier in the afternoon wearing helmets, shields and padding, according to the Washington Post. The authorities also turned out in force, resulting in both conservative and liberal activists mostly just shouting at each other across the street, divided by a police line. Also Read: Ann Coulter Cancels Berkeley Speech After Threats of Violence: 'Sad Day for Free Speech' Prior to the outbreak, »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Slack Bay’ Review: Merchant Ivory Meets Monty Python in Period Farce

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It takes all of two minutes for Bruno Dumont’s latest film, “Slack Bay,” to poke fun at his bourgeois protagonists. A car emerges and with it is a woman who stands up, excited. “Ooo! Mussel-gatherers, how picturesque!” She’s spotted several children, spoons in tow, unearthing mussels from the seaside. The woman, Isabelle Van Peteghem (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, “Saint Laurent”), is unaware of the peculiarity in front of her: wealthy adults being served by impoverished preteens. Like much of Dumont’s latest commentary on class warfare, the sequence is at once uproarious and depressing. Affluence has become routine for the Van Peteghem family, »


- Sam Fragoso

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‘Dabka’ Tribeca Review: A Scraggly Evan Peters Teams Up With Barkhad Abdi in Somalia

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The pleasingly self-aware and fast-paced “Dabka” begins with narration by journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) telling us that he hates movies where the main character narrates because that means that the screenwriters haven’t done their job to make the story work on a visual basis. While that may be true in some cases, “Dabka” itself is a movie where the brash but insecure voice of Bahadur grounds the story we are watching, and this voice also gives it some tension because we are never sure if his over-confidence might lead to disaster. Based on a true story, “Dabka” begins in. »


- Dan Callahan

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Contract Talks Between Hollywood Writers and Producers Expected to Go Down to the Wire

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After three straight days of talks, contract negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers may go down to the wire. Individuals with knowledge of the situation have told TheWrap that talks will likely continue through the weekend, and may even go beyond the May 1st deadline should both sides agree they are close to making a deal. Extensions of talks in labor negotiations are common — In 2014 for instance, SAG-aftra and Hollywood producers agreed to a 24-hour extension less than an hour before the existing pact ran out in order to prolong negotiations. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Facts of Life’ Star Charlotte Rae Diagnosed With Bone Cancer

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“Facts of Life” star Charlotte Rae was diagnosed with bone cancer this week at the age of 91. The actress, who played beloved character Edna Garrett on the hit sitcom and its predecessor “Diff’rent Strokes,” said she is “not in any pain right now. I’m feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground.” Rae told People that she got the bad news from her doctors on Monday, and the diagnosis comes after a prior battle with cancer. Also Read: Erin Moran's Brother Blasts Scott Baio: 'Scumbag Coward Piece of S--!' “About seven years ago, »


- Debbie Emery

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‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ Broadway Review: Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper Revisit a Troubled Marriage

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The highest praise you can give playwright Lucas Hnath is that he should now write a sequel to “A Streetcar Named Desire.” He’s up to the task, as evidenced by his arresting new comedy, “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” which opened Wednesday at the Golden Theatre. An actress once asked Tennessee Williams what happened to Blanche du Bois. Williams replied that, after a brief stint in the sanitarium, she was doing fine and had opened a little shop. He didn’t specify if Blanche was selling hats or flowers. Hnath isn’t Henrik Ibsen, so perhaps the Norwegian dramatist would disagree with what. »


- Robert Hofler

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‘Sleight’ Review: Promising First Feature Combines Street Magic, Crime and Sci-Fi

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The Sundance hit “Sleight,” about a young magician caught up in the criminal world, grew out of a short film, and it retains the appeal of something hand-crafted and small: it’s a tight tale well-told, with an appealing hero, a direct route to satisfaction, and the ever-present sense that the merest turn toward stylistic extravagance or adventure frippery would sink it. The spelling of the title speaks to the magic of wonderment in close quarters, but the word it sounds like is an unintentionally positive attribute: “Sleight” is slight in the good way, because it floats along and draws your. »

- Robert Abele

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Cheech Marin Joins Robert De Niro in ‘War With Grandpa’ (Exclusive)

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The Robert De Niro comedy “War With Grandpa” has added Cheech Marin to the cast, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Tim Hill is set to direct the adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s 1984 novel, which follows a young boy who loves his grandpa Ed (De Niro). But when his grandfather’s wife dies, he has to move in with his grandson and takes his room — much to the youngster’s dismay, who plots a series of pranks to drive him out. “War With Grandpa” is a TWC-Dimension release. Also Read: Cheech Marin Challenges Anderson Cooper to a 'Jeopardy' Rematch: 'I Owned His A-' (Exclusive Video) Marin. »


- Linda Ge

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NFL Draft 2017: Cleveland Browns Take Myles Garrett With the First Pick

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And with the first pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns picked … … Myles Garrett, defensive end from Texas A&M. In the hours running up to the decision, rabid draft analysts had been torn between believing that the Browns were going to take Garrett or Mitchell Trubisky, the quarterback from the University of North Carolina. Also Read: NFL Network Reporter Ian Rapoport Says Aaron Hernandez Once Threatened to Kill Him Welcome to Cleveland, Myles Garrett!https://t.co/xijtGu0Wk2#BrownsDraft pic.twitter.com/Jsa1qKTbEe — Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 28, 2017 The lackluster Chicago Bears then traded picks with the »


- Debbie Emery

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