Edward Norton, Alan Alda, Mariska Hargitay Join Nat Geo’s 6-City ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ Screening Blitz (Exclusive)

Activists and environmentally conscience celebrities, including Edward Norton, Alan Alda and Mariska Hargitay, will join former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg this week for a special nationwide screening blitz of Nat Geo’s environmental documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh,” TheWrap has learned exclusively.

Six U.S. cities will simultaneously screen the film Monday night — many with their mayors introducing the film — in an effort to shine a light on the need for cities, states and citizens to come together to fight climate change. Charleston, Des Moines, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and Orlando will get a sneak peek at the doc ahead of its global release on Dec. 12 at 9pm ET/PT on National Geographic, with additional screenings scheduled in Puerto Rico, London and Poland.

“With Washington asleep at the switch, local governments, states, businesses, and citizens from across the political spectrum are taking steps to tackle climate change and build a bright future for our country,” Bloomberg, who produced the movie through his Bloomberg Philanthropies, said in a statement. “We need more leadership from Washington on climate change, but Americans aren’t waiting around for it.”

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Other attendees expected to attend: Peter Hermann, Walt Disney Chairman and NRDC Board Chair Alan Horn, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Zero Hour’s Iris Fen Gillingham and Jamie Margolin, Katherine Oliver, Joe Berlinger, Emmy Award winning directors Michael Bonfiglio and Sidney Beaumont, Radical Media’s Jon Kamen and Frank Scherma, among others.

The announcement comes on the heels of a federal climate change report last month focusing on the dire threat that human-made global warming poses to the United States. It also comes as world leaders are heading to Poland on Dec. 3 for the COP24 to try and salvage the 2015 climate change Paris Accord, after President Trump reneged on the deal last summer.

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“Paris to Pittsburgh” looks at how states, businesses and citizens are taking action and delve into the social and economic impacts of climate change in the wake of the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The premise of the documentary is based on a Twitter response from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to President Trump the moment he pulled out of the Paris Agreement.

In his speech announcing the U.S. would withdrawal from the agreement, President Trump said in a press conference last June that he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

“I’m sitting in this room, I’m looking over at my phone and I get an alert,” Peduto says in an exclusive clip of the doc obtained by TheWrap. “Read it twice, went into my chief of staff office and yelled, ‘Pittsburgh?!’”

Peduto said that’s when he composed his now famous response telling the president that Pittsburgh was going to stay in the Paris Agreement.

“On the heels of the recent federal report on climate change, we believe it is more critical than ever to create a global conversation about climate and to provide people with tangible ways they can help make a difference,” Courteney Monroe, president, National Geographic Global Networks, said in statement. “For us, it is not enough to just create this type of important, thought-provoking content. We need to be equally committed to ensuring it reaches the widest audience possible.”

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“Paris to Pittsburgh” is produced RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and is co- directed by Emmy Award winners Sidney Beaumont and Michael Bonfiglio. Beaumont also produced the film. Executive Producers are Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, Jon Kamen and Katherine Oliver. Co-producers are Lindsay Firestone and Katie Dunn. Antha Williams of the Bloomberg Philanthropies environment program served as a consulting producer.

Watch an exclusive clip of the movie above and the trailer below.

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Activists and environmentally conscience celebrities, including Edward Norton, Alan Alda and Mariska Hargitay, will join former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg this week for a special nationwide screening blitz of Nat Geo’s environmental documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh,” TheWrap has learned exclusively.

Six U.S. cities will simultaneously screen the film Monday night — many with their mayors introducing the film — in an effort to shine a light on the need for cities, states and citizens to come together to fight climate change. Charleston, Des Moines, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and Orlando will get a sneak peek at the doc ahead of its global release on Dec. 12 at 9pm ET/PT on National Geographic, with additional screenings scheduled in Puerto Rico, London and Poland.

“With Washington asleep at the switch, local governments, states, businesses, and citizens from across the political spectrum are taking steps to tackle climate change and build a bright future for our country,” Bloomberg, who produced the movie through his Bloomberg Philanthropies, said in a statement. “We need more leadership from Washington on climate change, but Americans aren’t waiting around for it.”

Other attendees expected to attend: Peter Hermann, Walt Disney Chairman and NRDC Board Chair Alan Horn, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Zero Hour’s Iris Fen Gillingham and Jamie Margolin, Katherine Oliver, Joe Berlinger, Emmy Award winning directors Michael Bonfiglio and Sidney Beaumont, Radical Media’s Jon Kamen and Frank Scherma, among others.

The announcement comes on the heels of a federal climate change report last month focusing on the dire threat that human-made global warming poses to the United States. It also comes as world leaders are heading to Poland on Dec. 3 for the COP24 to try and salvage the 2015 climate change Paris Accord, after President Trump reneged on the deal last summer.

“Paris to Pittsburgh” looks at how states, businesses and citizens are taking action and delve into the social and economic impacts of climate change in the wake of the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The premise of the documentary is based on a Twitter response from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to President Trump the moment he pulled out of the Paris Agreement.

In his speech announcing the U.S. would withdrawal from the agreement, President Trump said in a press conference last June that he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

“I’m sitting in this room, I’m looking over at my phone and I get an alert,” Peduto says in an exclusive clip of the doc obtained by TheWrap. “Read it twice, went into my chief of staff office and yelled, ‘Pittsburgh?!'”

Peduto said that’s when he composed his now famous response telling the president that Pittsburgh was going to stay in the Paris Agreement.

“On the heels of the recent federal report on climate change, we believe it is more critical than ever to create a global conversation about climate and to provide people with tangible ways they can help make a difference,” Courteney Monroe, president, National Geographic Global Networks, said in statement. “For us, it is not enough to just create this type of important, thought-provoking content. We need to be equally committed to ensuring it reaches the widest audience possible.”

“Paris to Pittsburgh” is produced RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and is co- directed by Emmy Award winners Sidney Beaumont and Michael Bonfiglio. Beaumont also produced the film. Executive Producers are Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, Jon Kamen and Katherine Oliver. Co-producers are Lindsay Firestone and Katie Dunn. Antha Williams of the Bloomberg Philanthropies environment program served as a consulting producer.

Watch an exclusive clip of the movie above and the trailer below.

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Alec Baldwin Enters Not Guilty Plea in Parking Spot Assault Case

Alec Baldwin plead not guilty to assault and harassment charges in a Manhattan criminal court on Monday morning, according to Fox News and ABC News. The “30 Rock” star is accused of punching a man in a parking lot brawl earlier this month.

Baldwin was arrested on Nov. 2 after police said he got into a fight with a 49-year-old man in a parking garage over a space a Baldwin family member had attempted to hold for the actor. The other driver accused Baldwin of throwing punches and later went to the hospital for jaw pain and injuries to his neck. Baldwin, soon after being arrested, denied he threw any punches and said the incident was “egregiously misstated.” 

Baldwin was given a Jan. 23 court date after entering his plea on Monday, Fox News reported. The assault and harassment charges are misdemeanor and violation-level charges, respectively. The 60-year-old actor declined to speak with reporters at the New York courthouse.

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“Mr. Baldwin is a public figure whose reputation has been damaged by media reports that claim that he punched a man on a New York City street,” Baldwin’s attorney Alan Abramson said, according to the Associated Press. Abramson added there is “incontrovertible video evidence” that has been given to the district attorney’s office that will exonerate Baldwin.

Baldwin — who has gained acclaim in recent years for his portrayal of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” — has run into trouble in the past. He was removed from an American Airlines flight in 2011 for refusing to stop playing “Words With Friends,” and got into a scuffle with a New York Post reporter in 2013.

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Alec Baldwin plead not guilty to assault and harassment charges in a Manhattan criminal court on Monday morning, according to Fox News and ABC News. The “30 Rock” star is accused of punching a man in a parking lot brawl earlier this month.

Baldwin was arrested on Nov. 2 after police said he got into a fight with a 49-year-old man in a parking garage over a space a Baldwin family member had attempted to hold for the actor. The other driver accused Baldwin of throwing punches and later went to the hospital for jaw pain and injuries to his neck. Baldwin, soon after being arrested, denied he threw any punches and said the incident was “egregiously misstated.” 

Baldwin was given a Jan. 23 court date after entering his plea on Monday, Fox News reported. The assault and harassment charges are misdemeanor and violation-level charges, respectively. The 60-year-old actor declined to speak with reporters at the New York courthouse.

“Mr. Baldwin is a public figure whose reputation has been damaged by media reports that claim that he punched a man on a New York City street,” Baldwin’s attorney Alan Abramson said, according to the Associated Press. Abramson added there is “incontrovertible video evidence” that has been given to the district attorney’s office that will exonerate Baldwin.

Baldwin — who has gained acclaim in recent years for his portrayal of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” — has run into trouble in the past. He was removed from an American Airlines flight in 2011 for refusing to stop playing “Words With Friends,” and got into a scuffle with a New York Post reporter in 2013.

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How to Watch the Giants vs Eagles Game Sunday for Free

With the NFL regular season over halfway complete, NFL fans continue to flock to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting to watch their favorite teams. Sunday, the New York Giants will play the Philadelphia Eagles at 1…

With the NFL regular season over halfway complete, NFL fans continue to flock to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting to watch their favorite teams. Sunday, the New York Giants will play the Philadelphia Eagles at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

If you want to watch the game for free you have a couple of options. The NFL app and the Yahoo Sports app will be streaming the game. However, both apps are only available on your smartphones, not via Wi-Fi, so check your data plans.

But if you’re willing to pay, there’s plenty of TV-compatible options for cord-cutters.

Sports-centric service FuboTV is the most robust, with live-streamed games from CBS, NBC, Fox, NFL Network and NFL RedZone.

The NFL Network is also available on Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and PlayStation Vue, all of which provide free trials for people who haven’t previously signed up.

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Jacob DeGrom’s Cy Young Award Win Leads to Shortest Angry Sports Radio Interview Ever

WFAN host Steve Somers invited John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune onto his show to explain why he was the lone baseball writer not to give National League Cy Young Award winner New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom a first-place vote.

The “interview” didn’t go well.

A clearly perturbed Somers kicked the interview off asking “John, can you look at yourself in the mirror?”

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“Can I? Absolutely,” Maffeishot back.

“No, no no no. You’re looking for 15 minutes of fame and attention –” Somers began before Maffei cut in.

“This interview’s over. Thank you. Goodbye,” said Maffei, before hanging up. The debate lasted a grand total of 20 seconds.

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“What?” asked a now-flummoxed Somers, before joshing it was “one of my better interviews.” Somers then chided Maffei, asking “Where’s this guy’s sense of humor? Taking [it] a little bit too seriously don’t you think? I can’t believe that.”

If you weren’t listening to nighttime Big Apple sports talk, Sports radio watchdog @BackAftaThis captured the moment and shared it on Twitter:

Steve Somers interviews John Maffei of the San Diego Union Tribune, the only baseball writer who did not deem Jacob deGrom worthy of his first-place vote for the Cy Young award. The interview was over in record time. pic.twitter.com/9lkb0FrLSU

— Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) November 15, 2018

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Maffei, who has covered sports for the Union-Tribune since 2012, gave his first-place vote to Max Scherzer, in case you were wondering.

It’s been an eventful week for WFAN. Mike Francesa, the station’s top dog, was lambasted for his remarkably unmoving tribute to comic book icon Stan Lee earlier in the week.

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WFAN host Steve Somers invited John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune onto his show to explain why he was the lone baseball writer not to give National League Cy Young Award winner New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom a first-place vote.

The “interview” didn’t go well.

A clearly perturbed Somers kicked the interview off asking “John, can you look at yourself in the mirror?”

“Can I? Absolutely,” Maffeishot back.

“No, no no no. You’re looking for 15 minutes of fame and attention –” Somers began before Maffei cut in.

“This interview’s over. Thank you. Goodbye,” said Maffei, before hanging up. The debate lasted a grand total of 20 seconds.

“What?” asked a now-flummoxed Somers, before joshing it was “one of my better interviews.” Somers then chided Maffei, asking “Where’s this guy’s sense of humor? Taking [it] a little bit too seriously don’t you think? I can’t believe that.”

If you weren’t listening to nighttime Big Apple sports talk, Sports radio watchdog @BackAftaThis captured the moment and shared it on Twitter:

Maffei, who has covered sports for the Union-Tribune since 2012, gave his first-place vote to Max Scherzer, in case you were wondering.

It’s been an eventful week for WFAN. Mike Francesa, the station’s top dog, was lambasted for his remarkably unmoving tribute to comic book icon Stan Lee earlier in the week.

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‘Fleabag’ Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Revive Her One Woman Show in New York

The “Killing Eve” creator will star in the play that inspired her dark comedy series for one month.

While many fans still have their fingers crossed for a second season of one of 2016’s biggest TV breakout hits, “Fleabag” will be making a return of sorts next year.

Writer/creator/performer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is bringing to New York the original stage version of the story that became an acclaimed TV series. Reprising her role in the one-woman show that first found audiences at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Waller-Bridge will give performances at the SoHo Playhouse from late February to early April 2019.

As with the original production, Waller-Bridge will play Fleabag, a woman navigating romance, regret, and general misadventures in London. Vicky Jones, who helped develop the stage project, will also return to direct the upcoming New York run.

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The official show description offers this overview of the play: “Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.”

Three years after that first live “Fleabag” performance, a six-part TV adaptation debuted on the BBC before heading to Amazon months later. The series was nominated for a trio of BAFTA TV Awards, with Waller-Bridge winning for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme.

From there, Waller-Bridge went on to create the BBC America series “Killing Eve,” writing half of the episodes, including the pilot. The series was renewed for a second season before an episode even aired. On the acting side, Waller-Bridge most recently appeared in A.A. Milne biopic “Goodbye Christopher Robin” and nabbed a supporting role as Millenium Falcon co-pilot droid L3-37 in the “Star Wars” anthology film “Solo.”

“Fleabag” Season 1 is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. A second season was previously announced for a 2019 release.

How Facebook’s ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Has Given Mourners a Voice

Krystina Edwards Nagle lost her husband in September from complications during surgery, when he was only 48. She can’t exactly describe how it felt to go through his books, his clothes, his prized watch collection.

But in Facebook Watch’s “Sorry for Your Loss,” she has found a show that comes close to capturing how she feels. “Sorry for Your Loss” stars Elizabeth Olsen as Leigh Shaw, a young widow coping with the recent death of her husband, Matt. In one scene, she goes through his clothes, just like Edwards Nagle had to do.

“When people think about losing a spouse and being a widow, it’s when you’re older. That was kind of the first thing that hit me,” Edwards Nagle said. “And [Leigh] lost her husband so unexpectedly. It was quick, it was sudden, and it was a surprise. So that hit me as well, because that was the kind of thing I went through with my husband.”

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Because the show is on Facebook, viewers are surrounded by others going through the same feelings they are.  Social media can seem heartless, a way for strangers to fight and belittle one another. But the comments page for “Sorry for Your Loss” is different.

The people who log in to share their feelings include widows, widowers — and anyone who has lost someone they love. That reaction was striking for both showrunner Lizzy Weiss and creator Kit Steinkellner.

“I’ve never seen a community like this formed from a show,” Weiss said. “That’s what’s so incredible about the power of the show, Facebook and grief altogether, is that a community has found each other online.”

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After seeing the pilot, which opens with Leigh talking to her grief group, one commenter said he had started going to his own meetings to work through the pain of losing his wife. Until the show, he “didn’t even know grief groups were a thing,” Steinkellner recalled him saying.

“It’s helped me so much, I felt so alone. And now that I know about this and participate in this group, it’s going to change my life,” the man added.

“That was an amazing note,” Steinkellner said.

Edwards Nagle said the show caught the attention of “everybody” at her weekly grief group meetings, quickly becoming one of their favorite topics to bond over.

For many other viewers TheWrap spoke with, though, “Sorry For Your Loss” is a more intimate experience.

Demi Rodgers, a 25-year-old widow from Texas, said the show has been cathartic — a show that reflected the “what the hell do I do now?” stage of her life, as she put it — but something she prefers to watch privately.

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“It’s kind of hard for widows to reach out to each other because it’s a sensitive subject that we understand is sensitive,” Rodgers said. “We do want to connect with others, but we also don’t want to overstep that boundary and be disrespectful or inconsiderate of where they’re at in their own journey.”

Jessica Finocchio, 44, lost her husband less than six months ago. After finding the show a few weeks ago, she watched all ten episodes in two days. Finocchio echoed Rodgers, saying the show was too personal to discuss with other widows, because it’s a pain you “can’t even explain.”

But she’s thankful the show exists, believing the journey Leigh goes through mirrors the same one she’s on right now. “When I found it, I couldn’t believe it. It’s like my life,” Finocchio said.

Plenty of people feel the same way. “Sorry For Your Loss” had 5.4 million viewers in its first season, making it one of the year-old Facebook Watch’s most successful shows.

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Naomi Tapia, a 23-year-old graduate student from Orange County, California, said the show highlights the “little things” that come with the mourning process. She lost her mother last year.

“The first episode got me,” Tapia told TheWrap. “When [Leigh] said ‘everyone just kind of moves on because it’s over for them.’ People stop calling, stop texting, because they’re past that point, they’re past that initial shock. And don’t realize that for us, it’s an ongoing thing, because we have to learn to live in this new world where something was taken.”

Tapia also credited the show for touching on death — a taboo subject for most TV shows.

“I think people are excited that a show is finally portraying something people are so scared to talk about. Because society doesn’t want to talk about these dark things that happen,” she said.

Scott Ayers, a fan of the show from New York, struck a similar note. “In our society, grief and coping with the loss of a loved one seems to be closed off for discussion, and this shows ignites a conversation on the topic. It’s powerful.”

Several viewers noted the realistic timeline of “Sorry For Your Loss.” The grieving process, when usually shown on TV, is truncated. Characters snap back quickly.

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Leigh doesn’t. She struggles. She gives up her career and moves in with her mother and sister. She goes to meetings with other widows.

The show uses flashbacks of Matt to underscore Leigh’s sense of loss. There are scenes where Leigh breaks dishes in anger — and also scenes where she’s capable, if only for a moment or two, to enjoy life.

“It’s funny, because I’m not sitting there watching it and crying the whole time. Because there are moments that are really fun. And that hits me, because she’s able to get back to work and hang out with her friends,” Edwards Nagle said. “It’s a balance. You just don’t know how you’re going to move on. There are sometimes that you’re almost able to feel normal again, and that’s another thing the show portrays really well.”

That “rollercoaster” of emotions, as Rodgers put it, is something widows and others grievers know all too well. “Sorry For Your Loss,” by highlighting both the pain and the occasional flickers of happiness that comes with losing a loved one, has attracted viewers who never expected to see their experience captured on television.

“It’s a show that finally gives us a voice,” Tapia said. 

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Krystina Edwards Nagle lost her husband in September from complications during surgery, when he was only 48. She can’t exactly describe how it felt to go through his books, his clothes, his prized watch collection.

But in Facebook Watch’s “Sorry for Your Loss,” she has found a show that comes close to capturing how she feels. “Sorry for Your Loss” stars Elizabeth Olsen as Leigh Shaw, a young widow coping with the recent death of her husband, Matt. In one scene, she goes through his clothes, just like Edwards Nagle had to do.

“When people think about losing a spouse and being a widow, it’s when you’re older. That was kind of the first thing that hit me,” Edwards Nagle said. “And [Leigh] lost her husband so unexpectedly. It was quick, it was sudden, and it was a surprise. So that hit me as well, because that was the kind of thing I went through with my husband.”

Because the show is on Facebook, viewers are surrounded by others going through the same feelings they are.  Social media can seem heartless, a way for strangers to fight and belittle one another. But the comments page for “Sorry for Your Loss” is different.

The people who log in to share their feelings include widows, widowers — and anyone who has lost someone they love. That reaction was striking for both showrunner Lizzy Weiss and creator Kit Steinkellner.

“I’ve never seen a community like this formed from a show,” Weiss said. “That’s what’s so incredible about the power of the show, Facebook and grief altogether, is that a community has found each other online.”

After seeing the pilot, which opens with Leigh talking to her grief group, one commenter said he had started going to his own meetings to work through the pain of losing his wife. Until the show, he “didn’t even know grief groups were a thing,” Steinkellner recalled him saying.

“It’s helped me so much, I felt so alone. And now that I know about this and participate in this group, it’s going to change my life,” the man added.

“That was an amazing note,” Steinkellner said.

Edwards Nagle said the show caught the attention of “everybody” at her weekly grief group meetings, quickly becoming one of their favorite topics to bond over.

For many other viewers TheWrap spoke with, though, “Sorry For Your Loss” is a more intimate experience.

Demi Rodgers, a 25-year-old widow from Texas, said the show has been cathartic — a show that reflected the “what the hell do I do now?” stage of her life, as she put it — but something she prefers to watch privately.

“It’s kind of hard for widows to reach out to each other because it’s a sensitive subject that we understand is sensitive,” Rodgers said. “We do want to connect with others, but we also don’t want to overstep that boundary and be disrespectful or inconsiderate of where they’re at in their own journey.”

Jessica Finocchio, 44, lost her husband less than six months ago. After finding the show a few weeks ago, she watched all ten episodes in two days. Finocchio echoed Rodgers, saying the show was too personal to discuss with other widows, because it’s a pain you “can’t even explain.”

But she’s thankful the show exists, believing the journey Leigh goes through mirrors the same one she’s on right now. “When I found it, I couldn’t believe it. It’s like my life,” Finocchio said.

Plenty of people feel the same way. “Sorry For Your Loss” had 5.4 million viewers in its first season, making it one of the year-old Facebook Watch’s most successful shows.

Naomi Tapia, a 23-year-old graduate student from Orange County, California, said the show highlights the “little things” that come with the mourning process. She lost her mother last year.

“The first episode got me,” Tapia told TheWrap. “When [Leigh] said ‘everyone just kind of moves on because it’s over for them.’ People stop calling, stop texting, because they’re past that point, they’re past that initial shock. And don’t realize that for us, it’s an ongoing thing, because we have to learn to live in this new world where something was taken.”

Tapia also credited the show for touching on death — a taboo subject for most TV shows.

“I think people are excited that a show is finally portraying something people are so scared to talk about. Because society doesn’t want to talk about these dark things that happen,” she said.

Scott Ayers, a fan of the show from New York, struck a similar note. “In our society, grief and coping with the loss of a loved one seems to be closed off for discussion, and this shows ignites a conversation on the topic. It’s powerful.”

Several viewers noted the realistic timeline of “Sorry For Your Loss.” The grieving process, when usually shown on TV, is truncated. Characters snap back quickly.

Leigh doesn’t. She struggles. She gives up her career and moves in with her mother and sister. She goes to meetings with other widows.

The show uses flashbacks of Matt to underscore Leigh’s sense of loss. There are scenes where Leigh breaks dishes in anger — and also scenes where she’s capable, if only for a moment or two, to enjoy life.

“It’s funny, because I’m not sitting there watching it and crying the whole time. Because there are moments that are really fun. And that hits me, because she’s able to get back to work and hang out with her friends,” Edwards Nagle said. “It’s a balance. You just don’t know how you’re going to move on. There are sometimes that you’re almost able to feel normal again, and that’s another thing the show portrays really well.”

That “rollercoaster” of emotions, as Rodgers put it, is something widows and others grievers know all too well. “Sorry For Your Loss,” by highlighting both the pain and the occasional flickers of happiness that comes with losing a loved one, has attracted viewers who never expected to see their experience captured on television.

“It’s a show that finally gives us a voice,” Tapia said. 

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17 Stars Who Flexed Their Right to Vote in the Midterm Elections, From Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake

Show-business notables including Jeff Goldblum and Mindy Kaling took time out from their entertainment duties on Tuesday to cast their votes in the midterm elections, and to encourage others to do the same.

From tweets boasting poll selfies to the classic “I Voted” sticker pose, these stars have shared their voting status and their reasons to vote.

Posing in a suave black leather jacket and hat, actor Jeff Goldblum proudly wore his “I Voted” sticker on Instagram. In his post caption, Goldblum included an inspirational quote from the fictional President Thomas J. Whitmore from the 1996 film “Independence Day.”

Though “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon lost to fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the New York gubernatorial race in the November primaries, she still voted “because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself.”

#IVoted because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself pic.twitter.com/A7e6sdurwC

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) November 6, 2018

In a short Twitter video, Zendaya showed off her sticker, asking followers if they’ve also fulfilled their civic duty.

I voted, you? pic.twitter.com/ZBPIBytYyx

— Zendaya (@Zendaya) November 5, 2018

Comedian John Mulaney, known for stand-up specials like “The Comeback Kid,” stood alongside his wife Annamarie Tendler in an Instagram post showing off their “I Voted” stickers.

Also Read: Taylor Swift Gets Political Again, Urges Fans to Vote in the Midterms During AMA Speech

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We voted! And we agreed on this photo!

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Reese Witherspoon proudly sported her “I Voted” sticker.

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I Voted! ???????? How about you?!

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“Jack Ryan” star John Krasinski and Emily Blunt shared a quick picture of their absentee ballots on Instagram with the simple caption, “#Vote.”

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#Vote

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Seth Meyers Instagrammed this post-voting pic with his wife and son. Though his son though they were going to a “boat” instead of vote, the family was all smiles.

Also Read: Freaked Out Voters Vent Frustrations Over Midterms With 2016 vs 2018 Meme – and It’s Epic

Kerry Washington shared on Instagram a message saying voting felt “soooooo good.”

Amy Poehler sported her “I Voted” sticker in an in-your-face fashion for this round of elections.

“I just voted. Get out there New York, vote today!” – #AmyPoehler#ElectionDay #GoVote #IVoted #VoteToday #MidtermElections2018 pic.twitter.com/sJbyoR6MWg

— AmyPoehlerSmartGirls (@smrtgrls) November 6, 2018

Justin Timberlake threw up deuces with his absentee mail ballot.

Taylor Swift, once politically elusive, also shared a message on her Instagram story: “I promise it feels so wonderful to exercise that right that you have.”

Voting is still voting even if it’s two days before election day. Camila Cabello boasted not one, but TWO “I Voted” stickers after voting early.

Also Read: How to Stream NBC News and MSNBC’s Midterm Election Night Results Coverage Live

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I JUST VOTED IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA!!!!!!!! ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6 AND EARLY VOTING GOES TO NOVEMBER 4. GO TO VOTE.ORG TO FIND YOUR NEAREST POLLING PLACE, THIS WEBSITE’S INFORMATION IS SO CLEAR AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I AM SORRY FOR THE CAPITALS, I JUST FEEL REALLY EXCITED THAT I JUST VOTED BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING MY FRUSTRATION AT THE INJUSTICES THAT HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND TURNING IT INTO ACTION!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US CAN TURN THOSE FEELINGS INTO ACTION WHEN WE SHOW UP TO VOTE. ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CAN CONTRIBUTE AND HELP WRITE THE STORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST BY TAKING A FEW MINUTES OUT OF OUR DAY TO VOTE!!! ALSO ITS MY GRANDMAS FIRST TIME VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND SHE DID HER RESEARCH AND PREPARED HERSELF AND WE ARE ALL FEELING SO GOOD !!! LETS. GOOOO. LETS VOTE! VOTE.ORG.

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W. Kamau Bell posed with his official vote-by-mail ballot.

Hold onto your butts! #IVoted #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/JOSVJ1dv5q

— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) November 6, 2018

Even an ocean away from her New York home, Madonna managed to vote in the midterms.

Just Do It! ???????????? ! I Just Did From Across the Ocean!! ???? People Do your part!! We Got This!! ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #vote pic.twitter.com/fMcwL342Iw

— Madonna (@Madonna) November 6, 2018

Mindy Kaling thanked the 14th and 19th Amendments for giving her the chance to vote.

Musician Conor Oberst posed in front of the polls in a Tuesday Tweet. “Hope lives,” added Oberst to his Tweet.

Please go vote! Preferably against all Trump allies complicit in his Racist, Misogynist, Xenophobic, Homophobic, Transphobic and all around fear based agenda. Hope lives! ???????? ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/vzCm6laAKO

— Conor Oberst (@conoroberst) November 6, 2018

And for those of you who are still questioning whether your vote truly matters, Jennifer Garner had a message for you.

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Every #vote counts. ????????

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Show-business notables including Jeff Goldblum and Mindy Kaling took time out from their entertainment duties on Tuesday to cast their votes in the midterm elections, and to encourage others to do the same.

From tweets boasting poll selfies to the classic “I Voted” sticker pose, these stars have shared their voting status and their reasons to vote.

Posing in a suave black leather jacket and hat, actor Jeff Goldblum proudly wore his “I Voted” sticker on Instagram. In his post caption, Goldblum included an inspirational quote from the fictional President Thomas J. Whitmore from the 1996 film “Independence Day.”

Though “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon lost to fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the New York gubernatorial race in the November primaries, she still voted “because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself.”

In a short Twitter video, Zendaya showed off her sticker, asking followers if they’ve also fulfilled their civic duty.

Comedian John Mulaney, known for stand-up specials like “The Comeback Kid,” stood alongside his wife Annamarie Tendler in an Instagram post showing off their “I Voted” stickers.

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We voted! And we agreed on this photo!

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Reese Witherspoon proudly sported her “I Voted” sticker.

View this post on Instagram

I Voted! ???????? How about you?!

A post shared by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on

“Jack Ryan” star John Krasinski and Emily Blunt shared a quick picture of their absentee ballots on Instagram with the simple caption, “#Vote.”

View this post on Instagram

#Vote

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Seth Meyers Instagrammed this post-voting pic with his wife and son. Though his son though they were going to a “boat” instead of vote, the family was all smiles.

Kerry Washington shared on Instagram a message saying voting felt “soooooo good.”

Amy Poehler sported her “I Voted” sticker in an in-your-face fashion for this round of elections.

Justin Timberlake threw up deuces with his absentee mail ballot.

Taylor Swift, once politically elusive, also shared a message on her Instagram story: “I promise it feels so wonderful to exercise that right that you have.”

Voting is still voting even if it’s two days before election day. Camila Cabello boasted not one, but TWO “I Voted” stickers after voting early.

View this post on Instagram

I JUST VOTED IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA!!!!!!!! ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6 AND EARLY VOTING GOES TO NOVEMBER 4. GO TO VOTE.ORG TO FIND YOUR NEAREST POLLING PLACE, THIS WEBSITE’S INFORMATION IS SO CLEAR AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I AM SORRY FOR THE CAPITALS, I JUST FEEL REALLY EXCITED THAT I JUST VOTED BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING MY FRUSTRATION AT THE INJUSTICES THAT HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND TURNING IT INTO ACTION!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US CAN TURN THOSE FEELINGS INTO ACTION WHEN WE SHOW UP TO VOTE. ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CAN CONTRIBUTE AND HELP WRITE THE STORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST BY TAKING A FEW MINUTES OUT OF OUR DAY TO VOTE!!! ALSO ITS MY GRANDMAS FIRST TIME VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND SHE DID HER RESEARCH AND PREPARED HERSELF AND WE ARE ALL FEELING SO GOOD !!! LETS. GOOOO. LETS VOTE! VOTE.ORG.

A post shared by camila (@camila_cabello) on

W. Kamau Bell posed with his official vote-by-mail ballot.

Even an ocean away from her New York home, Madonna managed to vote in the midterms.

Mindy Kaling thanked the 14th and 19th Amendments for giving her the chance to vote.

Musician Conor Oberst posed in front of the polls in a Tuesday Tweet. “Hope lives,” added Oberst to his Tweet.

And for those of you who are still questioning whether your vote truly matters, Jennifer Garner had a message for you.

View this post on Instagram

Every #vote counts. ????????

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Harvey Weinstein Urges New York Supreme Court to Dismiss All Remaining Charges

Harvey Weinstein, through his lawyer Benjamin Brafman, filed paperwork in New York Supreme Court on Monday asking that it dismiss the five remaining counts in his sexual assault case.

Weinstein argues that the entire prosecution has been contaminated by police misconduct.

The request comes just a few weeks after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. dismissed the accusations of Lucia Evans, who had accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him back in 2004. That was one of the six criminal charges Weinstein faced.

Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Criminal Case: Manhattan Prosecutor Drops 1 of 6 Counts

In the court documents filed on Monday, Brafman said the entire superseding indictment should be dismissed “because it was based on a defective Grand Jury proceeding, that was irreparably tainted by police misconduct, Lucia Evans’ false testimony and the District Attorney’s failure to provide the Grand Jury with exculpatory evidence of the long-term, consensual, intimate relationship between Mr. Weinstein and the alleged rape victim in counts three, four and five.”

The Manhattan D.A.’s office declined to comment on the filing.

In his filing, Weinstein references evidence he brought to the court in August when he argued for the dismissal of his New York rape case by citing an email in which he says his accuser declared her love for him and said she didn’t want to feel like a “booty call.”

Also Read: Weinstein Accusers Lauren Sivan, Katherine Kendall Speak Out in ‘The Reckoning’ Documentary (Video)

The D.A.’s office said in response that it was not required to show those emails to the Grand Jury, as “the emails were not exculpatory as none of the ‘emails contained the denial of the charged rape.’”

Weinstein was initially indicted on six charges, including predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. He is also being investigated by police in Los Angeles and London.

Last week, in an amended complaint to another ongoing lawsuit, Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, who was also a virgin at the time, at a 2002 event in New York City.

Also Read: Woman Says Weinstein Sexually Assaulted Her When She Was 16

The complaint, filed last Wednesday and obtained by TheWrap, said Weinstein “lured” a woman identified as Jane Doe “to his apartment and sexually assaulted her.” The complaint said that Weinstein “continued to emotionally abuse and sexually harass her for nearly a decade thereafter.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this reporting.

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Harvey Weinstein, through his lawyer Benjamin Brafman, filed paperwork in New York Supreme Court on Monday asking that it dismiss the five remaining counts in his sexual assault case.

Weinstein argues that the entire prosecution has been contaminated by police misconduct.

The request comes just a few weeks after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. dismissed the accusations of Lucia Evans, who had accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him back in 2004. That was one of the six criminal charges Weinstein faced.

In the court documents filed on Monday, Brafman said the entire superseding indictment should be dismissed “because it was based on a defective Grand Jury proceeding, that was irreparably tainted by police misconduct, Lucia Evans’ false testimony and the District Attorney’s failure to provide the Grand Jury with exculpatory evidence of the long-term, consensual, intimate relationship between Mr. Weinstein and the alleged rape victim in counts three, four and five.”

The Manhattan D.A.’s office declined to comment on the filing.

In his filing, Weinstein references evidence he brought to the court in August when he argued for the dismissal of his New York rape case by citing an email in which he says his accuser declared her love for him and said she didn’t want to feel like a “booty call.”

The D.A.’s office said in response that it was not required to show those emails to the Grand Jury, as “the emails were not exculpatory as none of the ‘emails contained the denial of the charged rape.'”

Weinstein was initially indicted on six charges, including predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. He is also being investigated by police in Los Angeles and London.

Last week, in an amended complaint to another ongoing lawsuit, Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, who was also a virgin at the time, at a 2002 event in New York City.

The complaint, filed last Wednesday and obtained by TheWrap, said Weinstein “lured” a woman identified as Jane Doe “to his apartment and sexually assaulted her.” The complaint said that Weinstein “continued to emotionally abuse and sexually harass her for nearly a decade thereafter.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this reporting.

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‘Broad City’ Star Ilana Glazer Event Canceled After ‘Kill All Jews’ Vandalism at Brooklyn Synagogue

A political event hosted by “Broad City” star Ilana Glazer at a Brooklyn synagogue in New York was canceled Thursday night after someone vandalized the temple with anti-Semitic slurs, TheWrap has confirmed.

A custodian at Union Temple in Brooklyn Heights told the New York Post that several examples of hateful graffiti were found, including “Kill all Jews” written on one door.

Glazer was set to interview New York state senate candidates Andrew Gounardes and Jim Gaughran alongside journalist Amy Goodman. The event was set for 8:30 p.m., but was canceled about a half hour before it began, according to a rep for Union Temple.

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A rep for Glazer did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. “I can’t put these 200 people who came to listen in a safe space … in that danger,” Glazer said Friday morning, according to Democracy Now on Twitter, an account associated with Goodman.

.@broadcity star and co-creator Ilana Glazer (@ilazer) decided to cancel an event with Amy Goodman at a Brooklyn synagogue Thursday night after the discovery of anti-Semitic messages on the walls: “I can’t put these 200 people who came to listen in a safe space… in that danger” pic.twitter.com/WY0RKR3Gcq

— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) November 2, 2018

That echoes what attendee Kathryn Gonzalez said on Facebook Thursday night: “[Glazer] didn’t feel comfortable ushering 200 people into the enclosed space.”

Also Read: ‘This Is Us’ Honors Victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

“I hope it doesn’t have a chilling effect on people going to vote,” Gounardes told the NY Post. “We can’t afford to stand in the silence or be scared or intimated.” He added: “This is not the New York City that any of us want to be living in.”

The slurs are being investigated as a hate crime by New York City police.

The event’s shutdown comes less than a week after 11 people were murdered, along with several others that were injured, during a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The Anti-Defamation League called it the “deadliest attack” on American Jews in the nation’s history.

Also Read: ‘Daily Show’ Scolds Kellyanne Conway After ‘Late-Night Comedians’ Blamed for Synagogue Attack

It also comes at a time of rising anti-Semitic attacks in New York City.

“Contrary to what are surely the prevailing assumptions, anti-Semitic incidents have constituted half of all hate crimes in New York this year, according to the Police Department,” The New York Times noted on Wednesday. “To put that figure in context, there have been four times as many crimes motivated by bias against Jews — 142 in all — as there have against blacks. Hate crimes against Jews have outnumbered hate crimes targeted at transgender people by a factor of 20.”

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A political event hosted by “Broad City” star Ilana Glazer at a Brooklyn synagogue in New York was canceled Thursday night after someone vandalized the temple with anti-Semitic slurs, TheWrap has confirmed.

A custodian at Union Temple in Brooklyn Heights told the New York Post that several examples of hateful graffiti were found, including “Kill all Jews” written on one door.

Glazer was set to interview New York state senate candidates Andrew Gounardes and Jim Gaughran alongside journalist Amy Goodman. The event was set for 8:30 p.m., but was canceled about a half hour before it began, according to a rep for Union Temple.

A rep for Glazer did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. “I can’t put these 200 people who came to listen in a safe space … in that danger,” Glazer said Friday morning, according to Democracy Now on Twitter, an account associated with Goodman.

That echoes what attendee Kathryn Gonzalez said on Facebook Thursday night: “[Glazer] didn’t feel comfortable ushering 200 people into the enclosed space.”

“I hope it doesn’t have a chilling effect on people going to vote,” Gounardes told the NY Post. “We can’t afford to stand in the silence or be scared or intimated.” He added: “This is not the New York City that any of us want to be living in.”

The slurs are being investigated as a hate crime by New York City police.

The event’s shutdown comes less than a week after 11 people were murdered, along with several others that were injured, during a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The Anti-Defamation League called it the “deadliest attack” on American Jews in the nation’s history.

It also comes at a time of rising anti-Semitic attacks in New York City.

“Contrary to what are surely the prevailing assumptions, anti-Semitic incidents have constituted half of all hate crimes in New York this year, according to the Police Department,” The New York Times noted on Wednesday. “To put that figure in context, there have been four times as many crimes motivated by bias against Jews — 142 in all — as there have against blacks. Hate crimes against Jews have outnumbered hate crimes targeted at transgender people by a factor of 20.”

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13 Times Kanye West Fanned Flames of Political Strife (Photos)

Hurricane Katrina Controversy – Sept. 2005
During a televised NBC benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West seemed to have gone off-script and made the broadcast an opportunity to call out former GOP president George W. Bus…

Hurricane Katrina Controversy – Sept. 2005

During a televised NBC benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West seemed to have gone off-script and made the broadcast an opportunity to call out former GOP president George W. Bush. West was supposed to present the damage done by the 2005 hurricane alongside “Shrek” and “Austin Powers” actor Mike Myers. After Meyers pointed out the most damaged locations, the rapper unexpectedly states “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” leaving Myers confused and prompting an abrupt cut to the benefit’s next segment.

Kanye West vs. Michelle Obama Oct. 2013

Kanye West, trying to prove that his celebrity wife belonged to the front cover of Vogue, challenged the former first family’s fashion sense and true influence. The Chicago rapper took to “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” to criticize Michelle Obama and her previous Vogue cover page. “No one is looking at what [the president] is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a [sexy swimsuit] pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day,” West said on air.

Controversial Yeezus Tour Merchandise – Jun. 2015

Since 2008, Kanye West has been diving more and more into the fashion industry with his own Adidas shoe line and a collection of earth-toned vetements. However, West turned heads with his controversial bomber jacket and other tour merchandise displaying Confederate flags ahead of his 2013 Yeezus tour. “The Confederate flag represented slavery in a way,” Kanye West said in an AMP 7.1 interview.  “So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now.”

“Famous” Music Video – Jun. 2016

Leading up to the 2016 presidential campaign, West’s political leanings seemed unclear. However in June 2016, the rapper featured a fully naked Donald Trump in his music video for “Famous.” Though the NSFW video garnered reactions from Kanye fans and haters, the soon-to-be president-elect did not respond to West’s bear-all work.

“I would have voted for Trump” – Nov. 2016

Nearly 11 years later, the rapper turned his views towards the GOP expressing his support for Donald Trump during a San Jose concert. Leading up to the 2016 election, the rapper’s political leaning have been unknown. However, during a 24-minute interlude at the San Jose stop on the Saint Pablo Tour, West expressed his preference towards Donald Trump. He said that he didn’t cast a ballot in the election but would have voted for Trump if he did. “He wasn’t even in politics and he won,” he said. “That shows you the level of possibility that’s out there.”His spiel was met with a mix of screams and boos. West said Donald Trump’s lack of political experience would be similar to his when he plans to run for president in 2024.

Kanye at Trump Towers – Dec. 2016

Not too long after Donald Trump won the presidential election, West met with the new president-elect at the Trump Tower in New York. “We’ve been friends for a long time,” the president told the press. West stood next to President Donald Trump in silence only stating, “I just want to take a picture right now.”

A Trump-signed ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat – April 2018

Nearly five months after his appearance at the gilded Trump Tower, Kanye West took to Twitter to boast his Donald Trump-signed “Make America Great Again” hat. The series of now-deleted photos followed a tweet of West explaining that he does not “agree with everything Trump does.” The rapper’s twitter followers joke about West being in dreaded sunken place, referring to Jordan Peele’s horror film “Get Out.”

TMZ Studio Visit – May 2018

In addition to previous pro-Trump statements and controversial statements, Kanye WEst stated that hundreds of years of slavery was a choice. The shocking statement took place during an in-studio interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaeudiere. After stating the provocative opinion, another TMZ employee voiced out his concerns towards the slave-blaming statement.

 SNL, pro-Trump rant – Sept. 2018

After three musical numbers on the SNL stage, Kanye West donned his red MAGA hat and expressed his support for President Trump and critiqued news publications of propagating a “Democratic Plan.” Following the unexpected close to the show’s season premiere, comedian Kenan Thompson said, “I don’t know if that’s the moment necessarily to hold people hostage like that.”

MAGA and Abolishing the 13th – Sept. 2018

Once again, West took to the Twitter-sphere to vocalize his views on the political climate. IN september West tweeted, “We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment,” attached with a photo of him in a MAGA hat. Though the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States, Kanye sent this message “with love.”

A ‘MAGA’ Hat for a Cape – Oct. 2018

After nearly two years of indirect contact, Kanye West met with 45 for lunch in the Oval Office. Though the two were set to discuss prison reform, West told President Trump that wearing his Make America Great Again made him “feel like Superman.”  “You made a superman cape for me,” the rapper said.

Blexit Design – Oct. 2018

Over the weekend, Kanye West debuted a T-shirt design for the “Blexit” movement. Mixing “black” and “exit,” the Candace Owens-originated campaign urges the African Americna community to rethink their support of the Democratic party. West’s designs of an X-shaped stick figure are printed on campaign shirts and hats.

Hollywood, Media Companies Beef Up Security After Bomb Scares

Companies in Hollywood and the media world remained on high alert Friday after the arrest of a man suspected of sending more than a dozen explosive devices to prominent organizations and individuals critical of President Trump.

CNN, which was the target of two separate bomb scares this week, has “beefed up” security dramatically, a network executive told TheWrap Friday. The executive spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

“It’s been a hell of a week,” the insider said. “I cried myself to sleep Wednesday night realizing what we had survived after having run out of the [building], then having to cover it.”

Also Read: What We Know About Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr

A dozen packages containing pipe bombs were sent to Democratic politicians and prominent Trump critics over the past week. On Friday, authorities arrested 56-year-old Caesar Sayoc in connection with those incidents. Sayoc has a history of arrests, including a 2002 arrest for making a bomb threat.

The CNN executive would not comment further on the newly implemented safety measures, but said that “security chiefs of the media companies all talk to each other because it is a shared threat we all face.”

The Time Warner Center was evacuated Wednesday as a result of a suspicious package, addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, who actually works for NBC, arrived in the mailroom.

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CNN had its second scare on Friday when another package, addressed to CNN contributor James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, was flagged at a nearby post office.

“Security remains our number one priority,” CNN boss Jeff Zucker wrote in a Friday internal memo, which was obtained by TheWrap. “I have complete confidence in our experts that make up to the moment decisions about security in all of our locations, and I have been in constant contact with them. We are focused on every location, every minute of the day, seven days a week. And that will continue. Earlier today, we sent detailed information about where to call or email if you have any concerns – please use them.”

Another CNN insider from the network’s Los Angeles bureau told TheWrap Friday that all mail sent to CNN staffers has been diverted and is being screened at off-site facilities.

“Security has been hyper vigilant,” the insider said. “The L.A. bureau is not receiving any mail.”

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The individual told TheWrap that the bureau also conducted a security sweep of the offices on Wednesday after the first bomb was found in the network’s New York headquarters in Manhattan.

And in Atlanta, the CNN Center installed magnetometers at the entrances, according to the network.

Many companies declined to comment, saying they do not disclose their security practices.

A New York Times spokesperson told TheWrap in a statement: “Ensuring the safety and security of our staff is of critical importance and we’ve taken steps to expand security measures given the current environment, but as a matter of policy, we don’t discuss those measures in more detail.”

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In a note, obtained by TheWrap, the paper told company employees on Wednesday morning that: “As you may have read, suspicious packages have recently been mailed to high-profile individuals and to CNN. Our security team has been in touch with local authorities and with the security people dealing with these unfolding events.”

The memo went on to say that, “all incoming mail, including United States Postal Service, FedEx and UPS, in New York and in the Washington bureau, is sent through an X-ray machine before it is delivered. The mail delivery in New York today is complete and there were no suspicious packages detected.”

The Times is taking the “additional step” of also sending anything delivered directly to the lobby security desk to the X-ray machines before delivery, and “will continue to be hypervigilant in the days ahead,” according to the missive.

Also Read: Here’s Who Anti-Democrat Mail Bomber Has Targeted With Suspicious Packages

The paper’s headquarters in Midtown Manhattan has also been protected with concrete blocks along the sidewalk that were installed by the NYPD recently.

New York City Police officers stand outside the office of the The New York Times, October 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Times, which had its own scare this week, told TheWrap in a statement that its “security and facilities teams are being extra careful with mail and packages, as well as with any visitors to the building.”

“On Wednesday, law enforcement and hazardous materials teams thoroughly screened a few pieces of mail and inspected our mail room facility. Both were cleared and no hazardous materials were found. We generally have security on site at the property and in the building 24 hours a day. We also have metal detectors at the building entrance, where all staff and visitors are required to check in. Mail and deliveries are screened and sorted in a separate facility,” the paper said.

Also Read: Kathy Griffin Says She ‘Will Not Be Intimidated’ by Bomb Mailings

Even Hollywood shindigs are taking extra precaution. Bomb-sniffing dogs were on scene for the Wednesday premiere of Amazon’s “Susipria,” starring Dakota Johnson. The afterparty, held at Chateau Marmont, had several checkpoints and an abundance of security guards on hand, according to reporters covering the event. Amazon did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment Friday.

The CNN executive told TheWrap he was “grateful to the police and security guards that protect us every day.”

“On my way in and out of the building this week, I smiled and expressed my thanks to our heroes who saved the day,” he said.

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Companies in Hollywood and the media world remained on high alert Friday after the arrest of a man suspected of sending more than a dozen explosive devices to prominent organizations and individuals critical of President Trump.

CNN, which was the target of two separate bomb scares this week, has “beefed up” security dramatically, a network executive told TheWrap Friday. The executive spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

“It’s been a hell of a week,” the insider said. “I cried myself to sleep Wednesday night realizing what we had survived after having run out of the [building], then having to cover it.”

A dozen packages containing pipe bombs were sent to Democratic politicians and prominent Trump critics over the past week. On Friday, authorities arrested 56-year-old Caesar Sayoc in connection with those incidents. Sayoc has a history of arrests, including a 2002 arrest for making a bomb threat.

The CNN executive would not comment further on the newly implemented safety measures, but said that “security chiefs of the media companies all talk to each other because it is a shared threat we all face.”

The Time Warner Center was evacuated Wednesday as a result of a suspicious package, addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, who actually works for NBC, arrived in the mailroom.

CNN had its second scare on Friday when another package, addressed to CNN contributor James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, was flagged at a nearby post office.

“Security remains our number one priority,” CNN boss Jeff Zucker wrote in a Friday internal memo, which was obtained by TheWrap. “I have complete confidence in our experts that make up to the moment decisions about security in all of our locations, and I have been in constant contact with them. We are focused on every location, every minute of the day, seven days a week. And that will continue. Earlier today, we sent detailed information about where to call or email if you have any concerns – please use them.”

Another CNN insider from the network’s Los Angeles bureau told TheWrap Friday that all mail sent to CNN staffers has been diverted and is being screened at off-site facilities.

“Security has been hyper vigilant,” the insider said. “The L.A. bureau is not receiving any mail.”

The individual told TheWrap that the bureau also conducted a security sweep of the offices on Wednesday after the first bomb was found in the network’s New York headquarters in Manhattan.

And in Atlanta, the CNN Center installed magnetometers at the entrances, according to the network.

Many companies declined to comment, saying they do not disclose their security practices.

A New York Times spokesperson told TheWrap in a statement: “Ensuring the safety and security of our staff is of critical importance and we’ve taken steps to expand security measures given the current environment, but as a matter of policy, we don’t discuss those measures in more detail.”

In a note, obtained by TheWrap, the paper told company employees on Wednesday morning that: “As you may have read, suspicious packages have recently been mailed to high-profile individuals and to CNN. Our security team has been in touch with local authorities and with the security people dealing with these unfolding events.”

The memo went on to say that, “all incoming mail, including United States Postal Service, FedEx and UPS, in New York and in the Washington bureau, is sent through an X-ray machine before it is delivered. The mail delivery in New York today is complete and there were no suspicious packages detected.”

The Times is taking the “additional step” of also sending anything delivered directly to the lobby security desk to the X-ray machines before delivery, and “will continue to be hypervigilant in the days ahead,” according to the missive.

The paper’s headquarters in Midtown Manhattan has also been protected with concrete blocks along the sidewalk that were installed by the NYPD recently.

New York City Police officers stand outside the office of the The New York Times, October 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Times, which had its own scare this week, told TheWrap in a statement that its “security and facilities teams are being extra careful with mail and packages, as well as with any visitors to the building.”

“On Wednesday, law enforcement and hazardous materials teams thoroughly screened a few pieces of mail and inspected our mail room facility. Both were cleared and no hazardous materials were found. We generally have security on site at the property and in the building 24 hours a day. We also have metal detectors at the building entrance, where all staff and visitors are required to check in. Mail and deliveries are screened and sorted in a separate facility,” the paper said.

Even Hollywood shindigs are taking extra precaution. Bomb-sniffing dogs were on scene for the Wednesday premiere of Amazon’s “Susipria,” starring Dakota Johnson. The afterparty, held at Chateau Marmont, had several checkpoints and an abundance of security guards on hand, according to reporters covering the event. Amazon did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment Friday.

The CNN executive told TheWrap he was “grateful to the police and security guards that protect us every day.”

“On my way in and out of the building this week, I smiled and expressed my thanks to our heroes who saved the day,” he said.

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What We Know About Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr

Federal authorities arrested Cesar Sayoc Jr. on Friday in Florida in connection with a series of mail bombs sent to CNN and several prominent Democrats this week.

Here’s what we know about Sayoc Jr. so far:

He’s a 56-year-old Florida resident that’s lived in several other states, including North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and New York, according to NBC News.

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Sayoc Jr. is a registered Republican, according to the New York Times.

He also has a “lengthy criminal history,” according to the Times, dating back more than 25 years. He’s been arrested for felony theft, drug and fraud charges, and for threatening to use a bomb, the NYT reported.

Sayoc Jr. is the manager of Native American Catering & Vending in Hallandale Beach, Florida, according to business records obtained by the Miami Herald. Federal sources told the paper he lived in Aventura, Florida as of Friday.

Sayoc Jr.’s white van was covered with stickers promoting President Trump and other conservatives, according to the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. It also reports that according to corporate filings, Sayoc Jr. owns or manages two businesses, Native American Catering and Vending and Ver Tech AG.

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Several news outlets, including the New York Daily News, tweeted Sayoc Jr.’s mugshot, seen below:

PICTURED: Cesar Sayoc Jr., the Florida man and ex-Brooklynite arrested for sending pipe-bomb packages to prominent Democrats and Trump critics. https://t.co/D5xTOtY4x1 pic.twitter.com/NgLCwTyFDj

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 26, 2018

His arrest caps a week-long manhunt after a dozen mail bombs were sent to top Democrats, including former president Barack Obama and ex-secretary of state Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, CNN also got a bomb resulting in the total evacuation of their New York headquarters.

“We must never allow political violence to take root in America, and I am committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it now,” President Trump said on Friday.

Sayoc Jr. graduated from Brevard College in North Carolina in 1984, according to his LinkedIn account.

A Twitter account registered in his first and middle name routinely posted memes critical of Democrats.

More to come…

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Federal authorities arrested Cesar Sayoc Jr. on Friday in Florida in connection with a series of mail bombs sent to CNN and several prominent Democrats this week.

Here’s what we know about Sayoc Jr. so far:

He’s a 56-year-old Florida resident that’s lived in several other states, including North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and New York, according to NBC News.

Sayoc Jr. is a registered Republican, according to the New York Times.

He also has a “lengthy criminal history,” according to the Times, dating back more than 25 years. He’s been arrested for felony theft, drug and fraud charges, and for threatening to use a bomb, the NYT reported.

Sayoc Jr. is the manager of Native American Catering & Vending in Hallandale Beach, Florida, according to business records obtained by the Miami Herald. Federal sources told the paper he lived in Aventura, Florida as of Friday.

Sayoc Jr.’s white van was covered with stickers promoting President Trump and other conservatives, according to the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. It also reports that according to corporate filings, Sayoc Jr. owns or manages two businesses, Native American Catering and Vending and Ver Tech AG.

Several news outlets, including the New York Daily News, tweeted Sayoc Jr.’s mugshot, seen below:

His arrest caps a week-long manhunt after a dozen mail bombs were sent to top Democrats, including former president Barack Obama and ex-secretary of state Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, CNN also got a bomb resulting in the total evacuation of their New York headquarters.

“We must never allow political violence to take root in America, and I am committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it now,” President Trump said on Friday.

Sayoc Jr. graduated from Brevard College in North Carolina in 1984, according to his LinkedIn account.

A Twitter account registered in his first and middle name routinely posted memes critical of Democrats.

More to come…

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How to Watch the Giants-Falcons Game on ‘Monday Night Football’ for Free Online

With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a face-off between the New York Giants and the Atlanta Falcons. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

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While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

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But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a face-off between the New York Giants and the Atlanta Falcons. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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MoviePass Parent Company Under Investigation in New York After Fraud Accusation

The New York Attorney General’s office has opened a probe into Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc, owner of MoviePass, to determine if the company misled investors about its finances.

CNBC reports that the investigation is still in early stages. A spokesperson for the New York Attorney general’s office declined to comment, but told TheWrap a statement is forthcoming, likely before Friday.

“We are aware of the New York Attorney General’s inquiry and are fully cooperating,” Helios and Matheson said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “We believe our public disclosures have been complete, timely and truthful and we have not misled investors.  We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate that to the New York Attorney General.”

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Helios and Matheson was accused in August of defrauding shareholders with misleading information about the company’s financial standing in a lawsuit filed by Jeffrey Braxton against CEO Ted Farnsworth and CFO Stuart Benson.

Later that same month Helios and Matheson board member Carl J. Schramm resigned from his seat, saying that the ticketing company withheld important financial information and made influential decisions without the board’s input.

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Helios and Matheson stock has fallen more than 99 percent in the last three months (It has rebounded slightly, gaining 35 percent in the last 30 days). In the company’s most recent second quarter earnings report, it reported a loss of more than $100 million during the quarter.

The company has borrowed millions a dollars to keep afloat since cutting the price of MoviePass to just $10 in August of 2017.

In a SEC filing earlier this month, the company said it raised $65 million in August and September through sales of Helios and Matheson common stock pursuant to its at-the-market offering under the equity distribution agreement and prepayments by investors of existing investor notes.

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Shares of Helios and Matheson still sit below $1, dangerous territory for a publicly traded company. If Helios & Matheson isn’t able to lift the share price above $1 by Dec. 18, it will be delisted from the Nasdaq exchange. And though there’s not a one-to-one causation for delisted companies going bankrupt, according to the SEC website, “In most instances, companies that file under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code are generally unable to meet the listing standards to continue to trade on Nasdaq or the New York Stock Exchange.”

Shareholders will vote Tuesday on whether to approve a reverse stock split — its second in a matter of months — in an attempt to bolster the company’s shares and put off being delisted.

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The New York Attorney General’s office has opened a probe into Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc, owner of MoviePass, to determine if the company misled investors about its finances.

CNBC reports that the investigation is still in early stages. A spokesperson for the New York Attorney general’s office declined to comment, but told TheWrap a statement is forthcoming, likely before Friday.

“We are aware of the New York Attorney General’s inquiry and are fully cooperating,” Helios and Matheson said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “We believe our public disclosures have been complete, timely and truthful and we have not misled investors.  We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate that to the New York Attorney General.”

Helios and Matheson was accused in August of defrauding shareholders with misleading information about the company’s financial standing in a lawsuit filed by Jeffrey Braxton against CEO Ted Farnsworth and CFO Stuart Benson.

Later that same month Helios and Matheson board member Carl J. Schramm resigned from his seat, saying that the ticketing company withheld important financial information and made influential decisions without the board’s input.

Helios and Matheson stock has fallen more than 99 percent in the last three months (It has rebounded slightly, gaining 35 percent in the last 30 days). In the company’s most recent second quarter earnings report, it reported a loss of more than $100 million during the quarter.

The company has borrowed millions a dollars to keep afloat since cutting the price of MoviePass to just $10 in August of 2017.

In a SEC filing earlier this month, the company said it raised $65 million in August and September through sales of Helios and Matheson common stock pursuant to its at-the-market offering under the equity distribution agreement and prepayments by investors of existing investor notes.

Shares of Helios and Matheson still sit below $1, dangerous territory for a publicly traded company. If Helios & Matheson isn’t able to lift the share price above $1 by Dec. 18, it will be delisted from the Nasdaq exchange. And though there’s not a one-to-one causation for delisted companies going bankrupt, according to the SEC website, “In most instances, companies that file under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code are generally unable to meet the listing standards to continue to trade on Nasdaq or the New York Stock Exchange.”

Shareholders will vote Tuesday on whether to approve a reverse stock split — its second in a matter of months — in an attempt to bolster the company’s shares and put off being delisted.

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Paul Feig Launches New Female Director Program

Paul Feig, through his digital media company Powderkeg he started with Laura Fisher, has launched a new female director program titled Powderkeg: Fuse, a new development incubator for female filmmakers.

As its first initiative, Powderkeg: Fuse selected six short films submitted by a group of ethnically diverse women, and all of them will begin production in Los Angeles this week. Forty female directors were invited to submit their ideas based on a prompt, and the chosen six were paired with top producers and casting directors to develop their short.

When the short is completed, it will be distributed as part of the Fuse Anthology, a total of 30 minutes in length, all tied together thematically.

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The last section of the prompt read, “This mosaic of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct micro-culture is the source of endless conversation and comedy. Finding your own identity in this city might take one or even two moves – BUT once you find it – you are home.”

“Each of these women has a very unique comedic voice and aesthetic and we are thrilled to be able to bring their short film to life. These are talented directors ready for the next step in their career and we hope this is the beginning of a long working relationship with each of them,” said Feig and Fischer in a statement.

Most recently, Powderkeg finished production on the short form scripted series “East of La Brea” created by Sameer Gardezi. Currently, it is in production on a half-hour scripted comedy at YouTube Premium and has a multi-plot deal at EKO.

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The following filmmakers were selected:

Hannah Levy and Adriana Robles – “Francis 2.0”  set in West Hollywood

Jess de la Merced – “Phony” set in the San Gabriel Valley

Thembi Banks – “Baldwin Beauty” set in Baldwin Hills

Talia Osteen – “Shabbos Goy” set in Pico Robertson

Lizzy Sanford – “Freckle and the Shih Tzu”

Jeanne Jo – “Rachel From New York “set in Frogtown

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Paul Feig, through his digital media company Powderkeg he started with Laura Fisher, has launched a new female director program titled Powderkeg: Fuse, a new development incubator for female filmmakers.

As its first initiative, Powderkeg: Fuse selected six short films submitted by a group of ethnically diverse women, and all of them will begin production in Los Angeles this week. Forty female directors were invited to submit their ideas based on a prompt, and the chosen six were paired with top producers and casting directors to develop their short.

When the short is completed, it will be distributed as part of the Fuse Anthology, a total of 30 minutes in length, all tied together thematically.

The last section of the prompt read, “This mosaic of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct micro-culture is the source of endless conversation and comedy. Finding your own identity in this city might take one or even two moves – BUT once you find it – you are home.”

“Each of these women has a very unique comedic voice and aesthetic and we are thrilled to be able to bring their short film to life. These are talented directors ready for the next step in their career and we hope this is the beginning of a long working relationship with each of them,” said Feig and Fischer in a statement.

Most recently, Powderkeg finished production on the short form scripted series “East of La Brea” created by Sameer Gardezi. Currently, it is in production on a half-hour scripted comedy at YouTube Premium and has a multi-plot deal at EKO.

The following filmmakers were selected:

Hannah Levy and Adriana Robles – “Francis 2.0”  set in West Hollywood

Jess de la Merced – “Phony” set in the San Gabriel Valley

Thembi Banks – “Baldwin Beauty” set in Baldwin Hills

Talia Osteen – “Shabbos Goy” set in Pico Robertson

Lizzy Sanford – “Freckle and the Shih Tzu”

Jeanne Jo – “Rachel From New York “set in Frogtown

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Joe Budden and Cyn Santana to Return to VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop New York’

After four years away from the show’s cameras, Joe Budden and Cyn Santana will return to Season 9 of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop New York.”

Back in the Viacom-owned cable channel series’ spotlight, the former emcee and his Instagram-model partner will join Remy Ma, Papoose, Safaree, Kimbella, Juelz Santana, Maino, Yandy, Rich Dollaz and Juju on the show, which is a consistent winner in the Nielsen ratings. Additional cast members will be announced at a later date, per VH1.

“Love & Hip Hop: New York” is executive produced by Mona Scott-Young, Stephanie Gayle and Treiva Williams for Monami Entertainment and Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, David DiGangi, Dave Patry, Richard Allen and Meredith Kisgen for Eastern. Nina L. Diaz, Liz Fine and Vivian Gomez are executive producers for VH1.

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The former Slaughterhouse rapper and current podcaster has been in the headlines lately for beefing publicly with Eminem, who was technically Budden’s ex-boss at Shady Records. Budden said that Eminem buried his rap group, which also included Joell Ortiz, Kxng Crooked and Royce da 5’9”.

Budden, who panned Slim Shady’s “Revival” album and has since been the subject of response insults on Marshall Mathers’ new release, “Kamikaze,” says he is retired from rapping.

The new season of “Love & Hip Hop New York” begins Monday, Nov. 26 at 8/7c on VH1.

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After four years away from the show’s cameras, Joe Budden and Cyn Santana will return to Season 9 of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop New York.”

Back in the Viacom-owned cable channel series’ spotlight, the former emcee and his Instagram-model partner will join Remy Ma, Papoose, Safaree, Kimbella, Juelz Santana, Maino, Yandy, Rich Dollaz and Juju on the show, which is a consistent winner in the Nielsen ratings. Additional cast members will be announced at a later date, per VH1.

“Love & Hip Hop: New York” is executive produced by Mona Scott-Young, Stephanie Gayle and Treiva Williams for Monami Entertainment and Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, David DiGangi, Dave Patry, Richard Allen and Meredith Kisgen for Eastern. Nina L. Diaz, Liz Fine and Vivian Gomez are executive producers for VH1.

The former Slaughterhouse rapper and current podcaster has been in the headlines lately for beefing publicly with Eminem, who was technically Budden’s ex-boss at Shady Records. Budden said that Eminem buried his rap group, which also included Joell Ortiz, Kxng Crooked and Royce da 5’9”.

Budden, who panned Slim Shady’s “Revival” album and has since been the subject of response insults on Marshall Mathers’ new release, “Kamikaze,” says he is retired from rapping.

The new season of “Love & Hip Hop New York” begins Monday, Nov. 26 at 8/7c on VH1.

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’13 Reasons Why’ Star Tommy Dorfman Joins Final Season of ‘Jane the Virgin’ (Exclusive)

Tommy Dorfman, the young star of the Netflix original “13 Reasons Why,” has joined the cast of “Jane the Virgin.”

Dorfman has signed on for an arc in the fifth and final season of the CW series, which nabbed lead Gina Rodriguez a Golden Globe in 2015 for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series.

Dorfman will play Bobby, described as a chameleon and associate of the show’s recurring drug-lord character Sin Rostro (who also aides criminals in getting plastic surgery to conceal their identities). Bobby is sent to Miami on a specific — and nefarious — mission.

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Dorfman is repped by Anonymous Content, Headline Talent, IMG and attorney Cary Dobkin.

He’ll next appear in Linda Yellen’s feature film “Fluidity,” about the sexual lives and identities of New York millennials, alongside Miles McMillan and Nico Tortorella.

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Tommy Dorfman, the young star of the Netflix original “13 Reasons Why,” has joined the cast of “Jane the Virgin.”

Dorfman has signed on for an arc in the fifth and final season of the CW series, which nabbed lead Gina Rodriguez a Golden Globe in 2015 for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series.

Dorfman will play Bobby, described as a chameleon and associate of the show’s recurring drug-lord character Sin Rostro (who also aides criminals in getting plastic surgery to conceal their identities). Bobby is sent to Miami on a specific — and nefarious — mission.

Dorfman is repped by Anonymous Content, Headline Talent, IMG and attorney Cary Dobkin.

He’ll next appear in Linda Yellen’s feature film “Fluidity,” about the sexual lives and identities of New York millennials, alongside Miles McMillan and Nico Tortorella.

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Next ‘Die Hard’ Movie Has its Title: ‘McClane’

The next installment in the “Die Hard” franchise will no longer be titled “Year One,” but will bear the title “McClane,” a spokesperson from 20th Century Fox confirmed.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told Empire that the film will have a cleaner title than originally thought: “You can tell our intention by the fact that the title page we handed in says, ‘McCLANE.’ We want you to get invested in John McClane more than ever before.”

Moreover, di Bonaventura also addressed speculation that the film will focus more on a younger John McClane.

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“I don’t know how you do ‘Die Hard’ without Bruce,” he told Empire. “The idea that he’s not very significant in this movie is not accurate at all. We are gonna explore John McClane in his twenties. But just as prominent is the 60-year-old version.”

Len Wiseman is directing for Fox, based on a script by Carey and Chad Hayes. In October 2015, Wiseman posted an image reading “Die Hard: Year One” on his Twitter account, sparking speculation that that would be the title for the next film.

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The “Die Hard” film series revolves around John McClane, a New York and Los Angeles police detective who constantly finds himself in sticky situations. The first film hit theaters in 1988, with the last, “A Good Day to Die Hard,” released in 2013.

The “Die Hard” films have grossed $502.4 million at the domestic box office.

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The next installment in the “Die Hard” franchise will no longer be titled “Year One,” but will bear the title “McClane,” a spokesperson from 20th Century Fox confirmed.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told Empire that the film will have a cleaner title than originally thought: “You can tell our intention by the fact that the title page we handed in says, ‘McCLANE.’ We want you to get invested in John McClane more than ever before.”

Moreover, di Bonaventura also addressed speculation that the film will focus more on a younger John McClane.

“I don’t know how you do ‘Die Hard’ without Bruce,” he told Empire. “The idea that he’s not very significant in this movie is not accurate at all. We are gonna explore John McClane in his twenties. But just as prominent is the 60-year-old version.”

Len Wiseman is directing for Fox, based on a script by Carey and Chad Hayes. In October 2015, Wiseman posted an image reading “Die Hard: Year One” on his Twitter account, sparking speculation that that would be the title for the next film.

The “Die Hard” film series revolves around John McClane, a New York and Los Angeles police detective who constantly finds himself in sticky situations. The first film hit theaters in 1988, with the last, “A Good Day to Die Hard,” released in 2013.

The “Die Hard” films have grossed $502.4 million at the domestic box office.

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Asia Argento Scandal: 5 Things We Still Need to Know

Two days after the New York Times reported that Asia Argento paid $380,000 to a young actor who had accused her of sexual assault when he was just 17, the actress issued a denial that raises almost as many questions as it answers.

“I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article,” she said in a statement on Tuesday after the Times reported on a payment to Jimmy Bennett, a now-22-year-old actor-musician who had accused her of assault in 2013.

“I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false,” wrote Argento, who had directed Bennett and played his mother in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.” “I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

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Argento, who has become a leading figure in the #MeToo movement since accusing disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, also said that her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

But her response, coming so long after the story was published, has raised a host of new questions.

1. Why didn’t Asia Argento or her representatives issue a denial before the New York Times published its story?

In her article late Sunday, Times reporter Kim Severson noted that the Times had tried to contact Argento and her representatives for more than three days before publication.

“The Times has tried repeatedly since Thursday to get a response to the matter from Ms. Argento and her representatives,” the article read. “She did not reply to messages left on her phone, sent by email and sent to two of her agents, who agreed to forward it to her. Carrie Goldberg, her lawyer who handled the matter, read email messages from The Times, according to two people familiar with the case, but she has not responded. A woman who answered the phone at Ms. Goldberg’s office on Friday said the lawyer would not be available to discuss this article.”

Argento’s representatives didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment from TheWrap in the days after the Times published the story — until the statement issued early Tuesday.

Argento’s reps have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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2. How can Argento claim she had no sexual contact with Bennett when the New York Times reported photos of the two of them in bed together with “their unclothed torsos exposed”?

In Argento’s statement, the actress said she “never had any sexual relationship with Bennett” and was only “linked to him during several years by friendship only.”

But the Times report, based on documents sent by lawyers for Argento and Bennett, said the two reunited in 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey. According to an intent-to-sue letter sent last November, Bennett said that Argento forcibly kissed him, performed oral sex and then “climbed on top of him and the two had intercourse…she then asked him to take a number of photos.”

The Times also reported that the intent-to-sue included “three photos apparently taken by Mr. Bennett that depict him and Ms. Argento in bed, their unclothed torsos exposed. (Only one of the photos taken in bed shows both their faces.)”

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3. What exactly was Anthony Bourdain’s actual role in this?

In Tuesday’s statement, Argento said her late boyfriend “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life” when he “unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money” from Argento.

Bourdain died by suicide in June, making it difficult to determine how direct a role he might have played in either arranging for or underwriting the payment to Bennett; his reps did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

4. How did the Times obtain these documents and photos?

The New York Times said it received these documents and photos detailing the monetary settlement “through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed.”

Additionally, the Times wrote, “three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic.”

A rep for the Times did not respond to a request for comment on any efforts it took to identify who might have leaked the documents.

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5. Why didn’t Argento insist that Bennett sign a nondisclosure agreement?

In Argento’s statement, she suggested that Bennett was motivated by “severe economic problems” to make “an exorbitant request of money.”

She also wrote that Bourdain “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

But according to the Times, the agreement between Argento and Bennett didn’t “prevent either party from discussing it.” Which would very much leave open the possibility of further intrusions into Argento’s life should Bennett choose to make his accusations public.

Carrie Goldberg, Argento’s lawyer who handled the matter, said in a letter obtained by the Times that “California law does not allow nondisclosure agreements in civil contracts involving the types of allegations made by Mr. Bennett.”

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According to the Times, Goldberg wrote in one letter to Argento that the actress’ team had considered using New York lawyers who could have pursued an NDA but that the client herself “decided against the non-disclosure language because you felt it was inconsistent with the public messages you’ve conveyed about the societal perils of non-disclosure agreements.”

According to Goldberg’s letter, “Bennett could theoretically tell people his claims against you. However, under this agreement, he cannot sue you for them. Nor can he post the photo of the two of you. At the very least, he is not permitted to bother you for more money, disparage you or sue — so long as you comply with your obligations in the agreement.”

TheWrap has reached out to Argento’s representatives for comment.

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Two days after the New York Times reported that Asia Argento paid $380,000 to a young actor who had accused her of sexual assault when he was just 17, the actress issued a denial that raises almost as many questions as it answers.

“I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article,” she said in a statement on Tuesday after the Times reported on a payment to Jimmy Bennett, a now-22-year-old actor-musician who had accused her of assault in 2013.

“I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false,” wrote Argento, who had directed Bennett and played his mother in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.” “I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

Argento, who has become a leading figure in the #MeToo movement since accusing disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, also said that her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

But her response, coming so long after the story was published, has raised a host of new questions.

1. Why didn’t Asia Argento or her representatives issue a denial before the New York Times published its story?

In her article late Sunday, Times reporter Kim Severson noted that the Times had tried to contact Argento and her representatives for more than three days before publication.

“The Times has tried repeatedly since Thursday to get a response to the matter from Ms. Argento and her representatives,” the article read. “She did not reply to messages left on her phone, sent by email and sent to two of her agents, who agreed to forward it to her. Carrie Goldberg, her lawyer who handled the matter, read email messages from The Times, according to two people familiar with the case, but she has not responded. A woman who answered the phone at Ms. Goldberg’s office on Friday said the lawyer would not be available to discuss this article.”

Argento’s representatives didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment from TheWrap in the days after the Times published the story — until the statement issued early Tuesday.

Argento’s reps have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

2. How can Argento claim she had no sexual contact with Bennett when the New York Times reported photos of the two of them in bed together with “their unclothed torsos exposed”?

In Argento’s statement, the actress said she “never had any sexual relationship with Bennett” and was only “linked to him during several years by friendship only.”

But the Times report, based on documents sent by lawyers for Argento and Bennett, said the two reunited in 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey. According to an intent-to-sue letter sent last November, Bennett said that Argento forcibly kissed him, performed oral sex and then “climbed on top of him and the two had intercourse…she then asked him to take a number of photos.”

The Times also reported that the intent-to-sue included “three photos apparently taken by Mr. Bennett that depict him and Ms. Argento in bed, their unclothed torsos exposed. (Only one of the photos taken in bed shows both their faces.)”

3. What exactly was Anthony Bourdain’s actual role in this?

In Tuesday’s statement, Argento said her late boyfriend “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life” when he “unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money” from Argento.

Bourdain died by suicide in June, making it difficult to determine how direct a role he might have played in either arranging for or underwriting the payment to Bennett; his reps did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

4. How did the Times obtain these documents and photos?

The New York Times said it received these documents and photos detailing the monetary settlement “through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed.”

Additionally, the Times wrote, “three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic.”

A rep for the Times did not respond to a request for comment on any efforts it took to identify who might have leaked the documents.

5. Why didn’t Argento insist that Bennett sign a nondisclosure agreement?

In Argento’s statement, she suggested that Bennett was motivated by “severe economic problems” to make “an exorbitant request of money.”

She also wrote that Bourdain “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

But according to the Times, the agreement between Argento and Bennett didn’t “prevent either party from discussing it.” Which would very much leave open the possibility of further intrusions into Argento’s life should Bennett choose to make his accusations public.

Carrie Goldberg, Argento’s lawyer who handled the matter, said in a letter obtained by the Times that “California law does not allow nondisclosure agreements in civil contracts involving the types of allegations made by Mr. Bennett.”

According to the Times, Goldberg wrote in one letter to Argento that the actress’ team had considered using New York lawyers who could have pursued an NDA but that the client herself “decided against the non-disclosure language because you felt it was inconsistent with the public messages you’ve conveyed about the societal perils of non-disclosure agreements.”

According to Goldberg’s letter, “Bennett could theoretically tell people his claims against you. However, under this agreement, he cannot sue you for them. Nor can he post the photo of the two of you. At the very least, he is not permitted to bother you for more money, disparage you or sue — so long as you comply with your obligations in the agreement.”

TheWrap has reached out to Argento’s representatives for comment.

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Artists First Promotes Longtime Manager Tucker Voorhees to Partner

Longtime talent manager Tucker Voorhees has been named a parter at Artists First, the personal representation and packaging agency formerly called Principato Young Entertainment.

With the firm for over a decade, Voorhees’ stable of actors, writers and directors includes Matt Walsh (“Veep”), Rhys Darby (“Wrecked”), Jon Daly (“I’m Dying Up Here’), Johnny Pemberton (“I Feel Bad”) and Streeter Seidel (“Saturday Night Live”).

“Tucker embodies the culture of Artists First and is someone who cares deeply about the organization and we welcome him in helping us guide the company into our next evolution of growth,” CEO Peter Principato said in a statement.

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Voorhees is a credited producer on the MTV cult sketch show “Human Giant” and Spike TV’s “Players.” He’s  currently an EP on PopTV’s “Hot Date.”

Artists First, which counts 21 managers, serves as a management and production company in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

Clients include Jordan Peele, Kenya Barris, John M. Chu, Tiffany Haddish, Awkwafina, Regina Hall, Will Arnett, Ike Barinholtz, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Judy Greer, and Ed Helms.

They currently have “black-ish,” “The Last O.G.,” “grown-ish” and “The Gong Show” on the air, as well as produced feature films like “Central Intelligence,” “A Futile & Stupid Gesture” and “Keanu.”

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Longtime talent manager Tucker Voorhees has been named a parter at Artists First, the personal representation and packaging agency formerly called Principato Young Entertainment.

With the firm for over a decade, Voorhees’ stable of actors, writers and directors includes Matt Walsh (“Veep”), Rhys Darby (“Wrecked”), Jon Daly (“I’m Dying Up Here’), Johnny Pemberton (“I Feel Bad”) and Streeter Seidel (“Saturday Night Live”).

“Tucker embodies the culture of Artists First and is someone who cares deeply about the organization and we welcome him in helping us guide the company into our next evolution of growth,” CEO Peter Principato said in a statement.

Voorhees is a credited producer on the MTV cult sketch show “Human Giant” and Spike TV’s “Players.” He’s  currently an EP on PopTV’s “Hot Date.”

Artists First, which counts 21 managers, serves as a management and production company in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

Clients include Jordan Peele, Kenya Barris, John M. Chu, Tiffany Haddish, Awkwafina, Regina Hall, Will Arnett, Ike Barinholtz, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Judy Greer, and Ed Helms.

They currently have “black-ish,” “The Last O.G.,” “grown-ish” and “The Gong Show” on the air, as well as produced feature films like “Central Intelligence,” “A Futile & Stupid Gesture” and “Keanu.”

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We’re Suckers for Paul Scheer’s Movie Pitch About Con Woman Bertha Heyman (Podcast)

Long before Sandra Bullock swiped diamonds in “Ocean’s Eight” or Pam Grier laundered money in “Jackie Brown,” real-life scam queen Bertha Heyman conned men on trains, in synagogues and even in jail. On our latest “Shoot This Now” podcast, “Disaster Artist” and “The League” star Paul Scheer shares his fantastic ideas for turning her life into a movie.

Every week on “Shoot This Now,” we talk about stories that should be made into films — and Scheer’s idea is the best so far. You can listen on Apple or right here.



“She’s the confidence queen,” Scheer said of Heyman, who mastered a con known today as the Nigerian Prince scam more than 150 years ago.

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Impressively, she scammed men without the natural gifts of Bullock or Grier.

“She is this bad-ass con woman who was not conventionally attractive,” Scheer said. “As a matter of fact, the New York Times said this about her: ‘Bertha is a stout, gross-looking woman and it’s difficult to imagine how she succeeded in ensnaring so many victims by appeals to their confidence.’”

Scheer, who researched Heyman thoroughly, explained her modus operandi: “She travels as if she is super, super rich. Her cons basically follow this roadmap of the Nigerian Prince scheme — ‘I have a lot of money that I need to access, but I need money to access that money.’ Back in the day .. she’s the first one, pulling these schemes. She pulls her first con on a train going to Chicago … she cons this train-car conductor, cons him out of all of his money, and she comes to New York and starts pulling the same thing.”

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There was a defiant feminism to her schemes.

“She said, ‘I didn’t even care if they had money. All I cared about conning men who though they were smarter than me,’” Scheer said.

That’s only the beginning of a story that also involves a talent agent, poetry, a U.S. theatrical tour and a co-ed boxing match.

We also talk about our dream cast and director — and then Scheer tells us about his many recent projects, ranging from the “Unspooled” and “How Did This Get Made” podcasts to the new film “Slice.”

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Long before Sandra Bullock swiped diamonds in “Ocean’s Eight” or Pam Grier laundered money in “Jackie Brown,” real-life scam queen Bertha Heyman conned men on trains, in synagogues and even in jail. On our latest “Shoot This Now” podcast, “Disaster Artist” and “The League” star Paul Scheer shares his fantastic ideas for turning her life into a movie.

Every week on “Shoot This Now,” we talk about stories that should be made into films — and Scheer’s idea is the best so far. You can listen on Apple or right here.

“She’s the confidence queen,” Scheer said of Heyman, who mastered a con known today as the Nigerian Prince scam more than 150 years ago.

Impressively, she scammed men without the natural gifts of Bullock or Grier.

“She is this bad-ass con woman who was not conventionally attractive,” Scheer said. “As a matter of fact, the New York Times said this about her: ‘Bertha is a stout, gross-looking woman and it’s difficult to imagine how she succeeded in ensnaring so many victims by appeals to their confidence.'”

Scheer, who researched Heyman thoroughly, explained her modus operandi: “She travels as if she is super, super rich. Her cons basically follow this roadmap of the Nigerian Prince scheme — ‘I have a lot of money that I need to access, but I need money to access that money.’ Back in the day .. she’s the first one, pulling these schemes. She pulls her first con on a train going to Chicago … she cons this train-car conductor, cons him out of all of his money, and she comes to New York and starts pulling the same thing.”

There was a defiant feminism to her schemes.

“She said, ‘I didn’t even care if they had money. All I cared about conning men who though they were smarter than me,'” Scheer said.

That’s only the beginning of a story that also involves a talent agent, poetry, a U.S. theatrical tour and a co-ed boxing match.

We also talk about our dream cast and director — and then Scheer tells us about his many recent projects, ranging from the “Unspooled” and “How Did This Get Made” podcasts to the new film “Slice.”

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