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Ken Baker and E! News Part Ways, Say It’s Unrelated to Harassment Investigation (Exclusive)

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E! News and its correspondent Ken Baker have decided to part ways, a decision they said was unrelated to a recent investigation into whether Baker sexually harassed two women at the network. Baker left E!’s airwaves last month after TheWrap reported that the two women had accused him of sexual misconduct. A third woman later said he had touched her inappropriately when they worked together at his previous job at Us Weekly. Baker joined E! News in 2008. “The investigation into the recent allegations relating to Ken Baker is still ongoing,” an E! spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap on. »


- Tim Molloy

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Watch Trump Announce on ‘The Apprentice’ the SoHo Hotel His Company’s Now Dumping (Video)

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11 years ago, on the fifth season of “The Apprentice, Donald Trump promised that his newest hotel in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood would be “an awe-inspiring masterpiece.” Now, with Trump in the White House, his business is pulling out of the 46-story hotel. On Wednesday, The Trump Organization announced that it would be withdrawing from the Trump SoHo hotel by the end of 2017, joining a hotel in Toronto as the second establishment to erase Trump’s name from the building. According to The New York Times, Trump SoHo has been forced to drop room rates and struggled to sell condos, and in. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Yes, Harvey Weinstein Scandal Has Already Inspired a ‘Law & Order: Svu’ Episode

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“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is about to tackle the Harvey Weinstein scandal, because of course they are. Dick Wolf’s crime procedural, known for using current headlines as inspiration for its disturbing tales, will be taking on the Weinstein drama, though they aren’t gonna do it in the most obvious of ways. “We are hitting Harvey Weinstein head-on, but it’s not in the realm of the entertainment business,” executive producer Michael Chernuchin told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a real important episode about the rape culture in an industry, and we wanted to try stretch the law to criminalize that sort of. »


- Jennifer Maas

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‘Friday the 13th’ Series Director Once Pitched ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason’

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Stoner comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are classic cut-ups — but imagine if they got cut up by that ultimate slasher villain Jason Voorhees. Tom McLoughlin, the writer-director of 1986’s “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th VI,” said he once pitched the idea of a mashup of the two big-screen franchises to “Friday the 13th” series producer Frank Mancuso Jr. “What if we do ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason?'” McLoughlin recalled telling Mancuso on Wednesday’s edition of horror filmmaker Mick GarrisPost Mortem podcast. “They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there. »


- Thom Geier

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Peter Thiel Moves to Buy Gawker Assets – Does He Just Want to Delete Archive of Site He Killed?

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In what could enable him to delete the site’s content once and for all, Peter Thiel has filed a motion challenging the sale of Gawker’s assets, saying that the billionaire has been unfairly prevented from bidding for the website he played an instrumental role in bringing down. “In light of the Plan Administrator’s refusal to allow Mr. Thiel to participate in the sale process, Mr. Thiel’s counsel requested that the Plan Administrator agree to pause the ongoing sale process so that a sale of the assets is not consummated until the issues concerning the Plan Administrator’s blockade of Mr. »

- Wrap Staff

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: 8 Memorable Moments and Biggest Milestones (Photos)

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a time-honored tradition, but the annual holiday spectacle has changed a lot over the years. In its 90-year history, the parade has gone from a regional attraction featuring live animals and Macy’s employees to a time-honored tradition attended by 3.5 million people and watched by tens of millions more on TV and YouTube. 1924: The First Parade Macy’s The annual holiday parade got its start in 1920, featuring Macy’s employees in costume and animals from the Central Park Zoo. Animals were banned from participating in 1926, reportedly because they were frightening the children. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Warn That ‘Santa Is Coming’ in Sia’s New Christmas Song (Video)

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Santa’s coming for us, you guys, but not in a creepy way. In a super-cute, deck-the-halls, 1950’s, celebrity-studded way. Sia’s first music video off her Christmas album, “Everyday Is Christmas,” dropped Wednesday afternoon just in time for your post-Thanksgiving holiday decorating. In the video for the track “Santa Is Coming for Us,” Kristen Bell stars as a 1950s-esque hostess for Christmas dinner. Her real-life husband, Dax Shepard, stars alongside her, with an epic cast to fill it out. Also Read: 'Coco' Film Review: Pixar's Journey Down Mexico Way Pays Colorful, Moving Tribute to Family Young stars Caleb McLaughlin, »


- Ashley Boucher

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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Third Woman

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A third woman has come forward to accuse Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment. Tamara Delbridge, a celebrity makeup artist with no connection to his show, “Transparent,” told Refinery29 that Tambor forcibly kissed her on the set of the 2001 film “Never Again.” “It was really weird because I did not interact with him at all during filming,” Delbridge said. “It wasn’t like he and I had bantered back and forth or flirted. I’m very professional on set and was a really big deal for me. It was the first time that I’d worked with actors at that level. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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How James Toback Accuser’s Film About Her Encounter Flipped From Drama to Comedy

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When Dani Alvarado started making her short film, “Lost Beneath The Stars,” she envisioned the film as a drama based on her rough start to find her start in showbiz, with her character’s struggles beginning with a director who makes sexual advances towards her. But after finishing the film  — and releasing it in an industry finally holding sexual abusers accountable — she says it has grown in ways she never imagined. In an exclusive interview with TheWrap published Tuesday, Alvarado revealed that the director scene was a near-word-for-word re-enactment of her own encounter with James Toback, who has been »


- Jeremy Fuster

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7 Movies Guaranteed to Ruin Thanksgiving for the Trump Fans in Your Family (Photos)

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The holidays, particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas, are known for being volatile — you know all the jokes about the racist uncle who starts stuff at family gatherings. And with Donald Trump taking the presidential election, it’s going to be worse than ever this year. You don’t, however, have to let the racist uncle or your vocal Trump-supporter grandma dictate terms of engagement. Wielding the power of liberal cinema, you can start the argument party in a whole new way. “Southside with You” When someone inevitably whines about the very existence of a romantic drama about a young Barack and Michelle, »


- Phil Owen

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Thanksgiving Football Streaming Guide, From the Lions-Vikings NFL Matchup to the Iron Bowl

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Vikings versus Lions. Ohio State versus Michigan. Alabama versus Auburn. It’s Thanksgiving week football (college or pro) — and this year, you won’t need a TV to watch almost all of it. There is an increasing number of cord cutters who love football, but don’t love fat cable bills. That’s taken a toll on pay-tv companies, and football ratings as a result. But more and more streaming services have come online in recent years and are winning over disenchanted subscribers – and sports leagues are noticing. The NFL has a deal with Amazon to stream several Thursday Night Football games, »


- Matt Pressberg

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15 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes and Specials Ever (Photos)

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“Friends” – “The One With All the Thanksgivings” The Friends gather in Monica’s apartment to reminisce about their worst Thanksgiving memories, including the time Monica accidentally cutting off Chandler’s toe and Joey getting his head stuck in a turkey. “Friends” – “The One With the Football” Ross and Monica’s sibling rivalry comes out in full force when the Gellers go head-to-head in a touch football game that quickly grows heated. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” – “The Gang Squashes Their Beefs” The “Always Sunny” gang attempts to make amends by meeting up with their many enemies to bury the hatchet so they can finally. »

- Reid Nakamura

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The Evolution of Matt Damon From ‘Mystic Pizza’ to ‘Downsizing’ (Photos)

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Matt Damon was just 18 when he made his movie debut with a small role in 1988’s “Mystic Pizza,” which was also the second feature of Julia Roberts. In 1992’s “School Ties,” Damon played a prep school bully who antagonized a Jewish student played by Brendan Fraser. Damon grew a peculiar, Ethan Hawke-like goatee for his role as Lt. Britton Davis in 1993’s “Geronimo: An American Legend.”   Damon famously dropped 40 pounds off his already thin frame to play a drug-addled Gulf War veteran opposite Meg Ryan in 1996’s “Courage Under Fire.”   For the role, he famously dropped 40 pounds off his already. »


- Thom Geier

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‘Sytycd’ Winner Jeanine Mason on How ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Went From High School Ritual to Day Job

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When”Grey’s Anatomy” executive producer and showrunner Krista Vernoff approached Jeanine Mason about being one of the new interns brought on to Grey Sloan Memorial in Season 14, the “So You Think You Can Dance” star turned up-and-coming actress “was like, honestly Krista, whatever you need. If it’s, like, Patient Number 4, I will be there.”  Mason plays Dr. Sam Bello, a new intern who has a romantic, if not tumultuous, past with Dr. Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). She said one of the writers described their relationship as that between Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”  “Sam is a brilliant, »


- Ashley Boucher

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Can ‘CBS This Morning’ Survive Without Disgraced Co-Anchor Charlie Rose?

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Charlie Rose is out of a job and CBS News is down a household name — but the network seems more likely to absorb the fallout from the latest sexual harassment scandal to hit the media world. Since CBS relaunched its weekday morning show with Rose and co-anchor Gayle King in 2011, ratings have soared 37 percent, from 2.63 million total viewers to 3.59 million this year. (Norah O’Donnell replaced holdover Erica Hill as the show’s third anchor in 2012.) “CBS This Morning” still trails ABC’s “Good Morning America” (with 4.4 million total viewers) and NBC’s “Today” (with 4.26 million) — »


- Tony Maglio and Jennifer Maas

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‘Megyn Kelly Today’ on Track to Deliver NBC’s Worst Sweeps Ratings Since 2000

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It’s no secret that former Fox News host Megyn Kelly has been struggling in the ratings since transitioning to daytime television at NBC. New data from Nielsen, however, suggests the picture grimmer than most realize. While the month isn’t over yet, Kelly is on track to deliver historically low numbers for the critical November sweeps period. In fact, if things stay where they are, Kelly will log the lowest sweeps numbers of any period since NBC’s “Today” franchise first claimed the 9 a.m. hour in 2000. And we’re not just talking about the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic or total viewers — we’re. »


- Jon Levine

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Hollywood Harassment Is a Gold Mine for Crisis PR Firms

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The post-Harvey Weinstein harassment and abuse accusations have created a boom for at least a few people in Hollywood: public reactions experts specializing in crisis management. “We’ve seen an uptick of three times the volume in the past six weeks alone,” Evan Nierman, founder of crisis PR firm Red Banyan, told TheWrap. “I’ve signed four new clients just this past week.” The reckoning around sexual misconduct has revived pain and trauma for victims, and cost many accused men their jobs and reputations. Crisis PR experts might be the only ones who come out ahead. Also Read: Charlie Rose Faces 3 New Sexual Misconduct. »


- Itay Hod

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Thanksgiving Viewing Guide 2017: What’s on TV (Photos)

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FX will air a family movie marathon on Thursday, including “Smurfs 2,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” and repeat airings of “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions” throughout the day (7 a.m. – 11 p.m.). Fxx will celebrate Thanksgiving holiday-themed “The Simpsons” marathon on Thursday evening (8 p.m. – 12 a.m.), followed by 12 back-to-back episodes of the CBS comedy “Mom” on Friday (12 – 6 p.m.). AMC will have a “Godfather” Thanksgiving, airing the Francis Ford Coppola film trilogy throughout the day and into the early morning (9 a.m. Thursday – 6 a.m. Friday). TBS will host some “Friends” for »


- Reid Nakamura

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HBO Exec Who Fell at Emmys Sues TV Academy, City of Los Angeles

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HBO executive vice president of media and talent Nancy Lesser filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Television Academy over a fall she suffered at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Lesser says in the suit, which was filed in L.A. Superior Court, that adequate and safe exits were not set up for the Emmys at the Microsoft Theater. Her fall caused her to miss the HBO after-party and take an eight month leave to recover, according to the filing. The suit names the Television Academy, the City of Los Angeles and Anshutz Entertainment as defendants in the case, stating the organizations should. »

- Ashley Boucher

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Jude Law Scores ‘Captain Marvel’ Male Lead Role

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Jude Law is in negotiations to star as the male lead in “Captain Marvel” opposite Brie Larson, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing, while Kevin Feige is producing. More to come… »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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