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Disney’s ‘Nutcracker’ Movie Plans Major Reshoots, Joe Johnston to Direct Instead of Lasse Hallstrom

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Disney is planning a massive 32 days of additional photography on the ballet-inspired fantasy movie “Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. In addition, the studio is bringing in “Captain America: The First Avenger” director Joe Johnston to direct the reshoots instead of original filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom. The film, based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic “Nutcracker” Christmas tale, is still targeting a holiday 2018 release. But the studio is clearly rethinking the film after wrapping the shoot last spring and showing a trailer at its D23 convention in July. Also Read: Disney's 'Nutcracker and the Four. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Pat Dinizio, The Smithereens Lead Singer, Dies at 62

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Pat Dinizio, lead singer of The Smithereens, has died. He was 62. The death of the singer, songwriter and founding member of the band was announced on his Facebook page Tuesday night. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat Dinizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens – America’s Band,” the post said. “Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers.” Also Read: Tommy Keene, Power Pop Musician, Dies at 59 Formed in Carteret, »


- Debbie Emery

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Trump Reluctantly Congratulates Senator-Elect Doug Jones on His ‘Hard Fought Victory’

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As many of people around the country celebrated Doug Jones’ stunning defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, President Donald Trump offered up his begrudging congratulations to the Democratic winner. “Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory,” Trump tweeted Tuesday night. “The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. “It never ends!” he promised. Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very. »


- Debbie Emery

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15 Best Books From the Defunct ‘Star Wars’ Expanded Universe (Photos)

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After Disney bought LucasFilm and got the ball rolling on new “Star Wars” movies, they wiped clean the entire Expanded Universe of novels, comics and video games from the official “Star Wars” timeline. Gone, yes, but not forgotten. Even now as we’re neck deep in a new version of the continuity, there’s still plenty of gems to be found in the defunct Expanded Universe. 15. “Tale’s from Jabba’s Palace” The “Star Wars” universe, being massive and full of oddities, was really well served by a series of short story anthologies like this, which also happens to be the best one. »


- Phil Owen

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Hollywood Celebrates Doug Jones’ Upset Senate Win: ‘A Hanukkah Miracle!’ to ‘Suck It, Bannon’

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Doug Jones’ surprise victory over Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race Tuesday night sparked instant ripple effects across social media, with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars expressing their joy at the result. Chris Evans, Kerry Washington, Debra Messing, Helen Hunt, Joe Biden and Meghan McCain were among those pledging their support for the Democrat and thanking the people of Alabama for their vote. “You’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character. A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians,” Biden said. Also Read: Trump Reluctantly Congratulates Senator-Elect Doug Jones on His 'Hard Fought Victory' By 7 p. »


- Debbie Emery

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La Weekly Interim Editor-in-Chief Suspended Over ‘Offensive’ Old Tweets

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In another setback for La Weekly, recently-hired interim editor-in-chief Hillel Aron has been suspended without pay, after old tweets deemed offensive by critics and by the publication’s new owners came to light. “La Weekly has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind. Past comments posted by Hillel Aron on Twitter that have come to our attention over the last 24 hours are extremely offensive and unacceptable,” Publisher Brian Calle and general counsel David Welch said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “They are not in line with La Weekly’s values and do not reflect the views of our team. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Doug Jones Upsets Roy Moore in Nail-Biting Alabama Senate Race

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Doug Jones, the underdog Democrat in deep-red Alabama, upset Republican Roy Moore in one of the strangest and most consequential Senate campaigns in recent U.S. history, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Moore’s razor-thin loss means the Gop’s already slim majority will shrink to 51-49, putting the pressure on Republicans as they try to enact their conservative legislative agenda and set their sights toward the 2018 mid-term elections. Moore’s campaign was hampered by accusations by nine women that he made unwelcome sexual advances on them in the 1970s, when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. »


- Itay Hod

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Netflix Exec Out After Telling Danny Masterson Accuser ‘We Don’t Believe’ Misconduct Claims

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The Netflix executive who said the company doesn’t believe rape accusations against “The Ranch” star Danny Masterson is no longer with the company. On Tuesday, a Netflix spokesperson told TheWrap that Andy Yeatman, former director of global kids content, “is no longer employed at Netflix.” Yeatman was approached in early December by a woman who wanted to know why Netflix had taken no action against Masterson. According to the Huffington Post, Yeatman told the woman, later identified as one of Masterson’s accusers, that “we don’t believe” the claims. Netflix said Yeatman was not aware he was speaking to one of the accusers, »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘The Children’ Broadway Review: How to Cope After a Nuclear Meltdown

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“The Cows” would have made a better title. The poster for Lucy Kirkwood’s new play features its three actors suited up for what looks like a tour of a nuclear power plant, and emblazoned across their bundled-up bodies is her chosen title, “The Children.” This very scary, cautionary drama opened Tuesday at Mtc’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, and there’s no doubt about it. Splashed across all that protective gear, “The Cows” would have been more provocative. In “The Children,” Robin (Ron Cook) and Hazel (Deborah Findlay) talk about their cows as much as they do their four adult children. »


- Robert Hofler

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Jose Canseco Says Sexual Misconduct Accusers Are ‘Racist Against Ugly Men’

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Jose Canseco got his juices stirring over the recent onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, offering his own bizarre #MeToo movement and opining that women who complain about sexual misconduct are “racist against ugly men.” The former baseball player — who was at the heart of the steroids controversy — hit up Twitter on Tuesday to offer his thoughts on the topic, divulging that he, too, had been molested and that it was “kind of a turn on.” “What is going on with all these politicians molesting women I’ve been molested by several women and never complained,” Canseco wrote. »


- Tim Kenneally

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New Roman Polanski Investigation Opened by the Lapd

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The Lapd has opened a new investigation into “Rosemary’s Baby” director Roman Polanski, the Associated Press reports. According to the Associated Press, detectives are investigating a woman’s allegation that Polanski molested her when she was 10, in 1975. While the statute of limitations precludes ciiminal charges from being brought against Polanski on the new allegations, police could be able to use evidence from the new investigation to aid in other cases. California artist Marianne Barnard reported to police in October that Polanski molested her during a 1975 photo-shoot during which Polanski had her pose naked and in a fur coat on. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Anthony Bourdain Defends #MeToo Accusers From Doubters: ‘They Have Nothing to Gain’

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Chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain penned an essay speaking out against sexual misconduct following Monday’s allegations against Mario Batali. The host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” wrote that he stands “unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women” who have come forward to accuse Batali and numerous other men in Hollywood, politics and media of sexual harassment or assault. “Women risk a crushing level of public skepticism, vilification, shaming, and retribution,” he wrote in the essay titled “On Reacting to Bad News,” shared to Medium. “They have nothing to gain, and everything to lose.” Also Read: Mario Batali Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Four. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Roy Moore Spokesman Reamed for Bible Flub, Saying Gay Conduct Should ‘Probably’ Be Illegal

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The spokesman for Alabama Gop Senate candidate Roy Moore caused many jaws to drop with an absolutely bizarre CNN appearance Tuesday in which he said that his boss “probably” wants to outlaw homosexuality. Moore, running in a special election to fill the seat vacated earlier this year by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said in 2005 that “homosexual conduct should be illegal.” Moore has never publicly walked that back, so CNN host Jake Tapper repeatedly asked spokesman Ted Crockett if Moore still believes that. “Homosexuality is a sin in the biblical sense,” Crockett initially said. “That is where Roy Moore is. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Watch Hilarious ‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘Monsters University’ Mashup Trailer (Video)

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Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking Luca Guadagnino’s lush gay romance “Call Me by Your Name” is a niche experience — you can find parallels even in the most commercial films. Take the genius who used the audio and fawning review quotes for the Armie Hammer-Timothee Chalamet drama and laid it over a mashup of footage for the Pixar sequel “Monsters University.” The plot and pacing of the “Call Me” trailer works surprisingly well with spliced footage from the animated film — from lingering glances to a recreation of Hammer’s infamous gif-able dancing scene.  Watch above and enjoy. »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Saturday Night Live': Colin Jost, Michael Che Take Over as Co-Head Writers

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Now this is one update you’ll be happy to hear: Colin Jost and Michael Che have been named co-head writers of “Saturday Night Live.” The news of the “Weekend Update” co-anchors new position at NBC’s Emmy Award-winning late night series was announced by the network on Tuesday. The duo will be joining two other current head writers, Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker, in their new roles. “SNL” also revealed Sudi Green and Fran Gillespie have been named writing supervisors. The news of Che and Jost’s new gig comes shortly after the abrupt exit of co-head writers Sarah Schneider »


- Jennifer Maas

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Woody Harrelson in Talks to Join Sony’s ‘Venom’

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Woody Harrelson is in talks to join Tom Hardy in Sony’s Marvel superhero movie “Venom,” TheWrap has learned. Harrelson’s role remains under wraps. The actor, last seen playing the villain in last summer’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” just recently wrapped a role in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” playing Han Solo’s mentor. Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on the script that is written by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal. Harrelson has a strong relationship with Fleischer and »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Universal Crosses $5 Billion at Worldwide Box Office With Hit Sequels and Blumhouse Horror

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Disney hit the mark. Warner Bros. hit the mark. Now Universal is joining the club as it has reached $5 billion for the year at the worldwide box office. In some respects, Universal’s year at the box office has been a microcosm for the box office as a whole. While Universal has done well domestically with $1.6 billion grossed — third among all studios — it got to this point off of a huge $3.4 billion haul from international markets, primarily from “The Fate of the Furious” and “Despicable Me 3.” Also Read: Warner Bros. Crosses $5 Billion at Global Box »


- Jeremy Fuster

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CBS Diversity Showcase Cleans House, Second Co-Head Also Exits Program

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After program co-head exited amid sexual harassment accusations, co-director Fern Orenstein has exited the CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase as the program takes on new leadership for the 2018 season. Last month, CBS announced that “The Nightly Show” alum Grace Parra and “I’m Dying Up Here’s” Stephen Guarino were brought on to co-direct the annual program, which highlights a diverse group of comedy writers and actors before an audience of CBS executives, producers and casting directors. Orenstein stepped away from producing the program (though she remains in her role as a casting executive at CBS) in October, after director Rick Najera left amid. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Jennifer Lawrence to Star in ‘Burial Rites’ by ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Director

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Luca Guadagnino will direct Jennifer Lawrence in the true crime drama, “Burial Rites,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Lawrence will also produce the movie for TriStar Pictures, which has the worldwide rights to the film. The film will be based on Hannah Kent’s 2013 novel of the same name. Lawrence will star as Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in 1830 for killing two men and setting their homes on fire. Also Read: 'Call Me by Your Name' Cast, Director Talk About Shooting a Boundary-Pushing Gay Romance In the movie, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Emmys: TV Academy Adds Even More Categories, Tweaks Other Rules

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The Television Academy announced rule changes for the 2018 Emmy Awards on Tuesday, including a restructuring of the Oustanding Variety Special and Special Class categories. They will instead be replaced by two variety special categories, one for live events and another for pre-recorded specials. The reason for the change, according to the TV academy, is confusion around the term “special class.” Past winners in the category have included awards shows, PBS performance specials such as “Live From Lincoln Center” and “Great Performances,” as well as the Fox musical “Grease: Live!” Other nominees have included opening ceremonies for the Olympic games, concert. »


- Reid Nakamura

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