Barbara Bush, Former First Lady, Dies at 92

Barbara Bush, wife of George H.W. Bush and first lady of the United States from 1989-1993, died at her home in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday. She was 92.

Her death was confirmed by a statement from the office of her husband, George H.W. Bush.

Statement by the Office of @GeorgeHWBush on the passing of Barbara Pierce Bush this evening at the age of 92. pic.twitter.com/c6JU0xy6Vc

– Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 17, 2018

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In the final years of her life, Bush struggled with COPD and congestive heart failure, which left her unable to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration. After several hospitalizations, Bush announced through a spokesperson that she would not seek further medical treatment and would return to her home to “focus on comfort care.”

“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” a statement from the office of George H.W. Bush said Sunday. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”

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The mother to President George W. Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Barbara Bush became known in Washington for her programs to promote child literacy. She began her campaign as second lady while her husband was vice president under Ronald Reagan after her son, Neil, was diagnosed with dyslexia.

As first lady, she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, an organization focused on developing programs to help low-income parents achieve literacy and pass their GED tests. Bush’s daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch, took over the program in 2012, with Bush remaining as honorary chair.

Born Barbara Pierce in Rye, New York, she met George H.W. Bush at the age of 16. They married in 1945 while Bush was on leave from serving in World War II as a Navy bomber pilot, where he named three of his planes after his wife.

After the war, the Bush family moved to Texas where the future president’s political career began. Along the way, Barbara Bush largely refrained from speaking on political matters, but became involved in campaigning for her husband while starting her own charitable campaigns and fundraisers for Republican women’s organizations.

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On some of the rare occasions Bush did speak out on politics — particularly social issues — she polarized conservatives. Most notably, she came out as pro-choice in the abortion debate, a position contrary to the Christian conservative movement while her husband was running for president in the 1980 primary.

She later reiterated her pro-choice stance during the 1992 presidential campaign, saying that abortion and homosexuality are personal issues and should not be included on the Republican platform. She explained that while she personally opposed abortions, she “just could not make that choice for someone else,” according to The Telegraph.

Bush is survived by her husband, five children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Barbara Bush, wife of George H.W. Bush and first lady of the United States from 1989-1993, died at her home in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday. She was 92.

Her death was confirmed by a statement from the office of her husband, George H.W. Bush.

In the final years of her life, Bush struggled with COPD and congestive heart failure, which left her unable to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration. After several hospitalizations, Bush announced through a spokesperson that she would not seek further medical treatment and would return to her home to “focus on comfort care.”

“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” a statement from the office of George H.W. Bush said Sunday. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”

The mother to President George W. Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Barbara Bush became known in Washington for her programs to promote child literacy. She began her campaign as second lady while her husband was vice president under Ronald Reagan after her son, Neil, was diagnosed with dyslexia.

As first lady, she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, an organization focused on developing programs to help low-income parents achieve literacy and pass their GED tests. Bush’s daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch, took over the program in 2012, with Bush remaining as honorary chair.

Born Barbara Pierce in Rye, New York, she met George H.W. Bush at the age of 16. They married in 1945 while Bush was on leave from serving in World War II as a Navy bomber pilot, where he named three of his planes after his wife.

After the war, the Bush family moved to Texas where the future president’s political career began. Along the way, Barbara Bush largely refrained from speaking on political matters, but became involved in campaigning for her husband while starting her own charitable campaigns and fundraisers for Republican women’s organizations.

On some of the rare occasions Bush did speak out on politics — particularly social issues — she polarized conservatives. Most notably, she came out as pro-choice in the abortion debate, a position contrary to the Christian conservative movement while her husband was running for president in the 1980 primary.

She later reiterated her pro-choice stance during the 1992 presidential campaign, saying that abortion and homosexuality are personal issues and should not be included on the Republican platform. She explained that while she personally opposed abortions, she “just could not make that choice for someone else,” according to The Telegraph.

Bush is survived by her husband, five children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Broadway’s Revival Fever: Do Old Shows Still Play in #MeToo Era? (Guest Blog)

It is pre-Tony nominations season and among the hopefuls on Broadway are: “Angels in America,” “Travesties,” “Lobby Hero,” “Carousel, “My Fair Lady,” “Once on This Island,” “Three Tall Women,” “The Iceman Cometh,” “The Boys in the Band,” “Children of a Lesser God,” and “Hello Dolly!” Wait — isn’t this 2018?

Yes, those are all new productions of old shows and yes, we are living in politically correct times. But for the most part, this season’s revivals manage to feel downright relevant.

While the plays are not being rewritten, there is some reimagining going on. Hal Luftig, the lead producer of the new “Children of a Lesser God,” says the 1980 drama is no longer just about a deaf girl and her male teacher, but about the larger issue of how we may be “connecting” more but communicating less. “I really think we’ve stopped listening to each other,” says Luftig. “It’s why we missed the Black Lives Matter importance, not to mention why the election turned out as it did.”

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Likewise, “Travesties,” the Tom Stoppard play last seen on Broadway in 1976, is, according to director Patrick Marber, “about a time when the world is in crisis. It is tragic and farcical and what could be more timely?” “Boys in the Band” and “Angels in America” took on the gay and AIDS issues when they were hot button. Now, the epidemic is lessened and gay marriage is legal. Does it still resonate?

“Angels” playwright Tony Kushner admits he was concerned about the play’s return, but told the New York Times, “It feels very much of the moment. … There’s all that stuff about the environment and the world coming to an end.” There is also the presence of Roy Cohn (played by Nathan Lane), a character in the play who has come back into the news as a mentor to one Donald Trump.

The #MeToo movement also hovers about Broadway’s current slate of revivals: Luftig says a line that mentioned “rape,” in a humorous way, came out of his show. Many are closely watching the new productions of “Carousel” and “My Fair Lady.” The former centers on a husband who regularly hits his wife. When her best friend asks, “Did you hit him back?” there is now more urgency to the question. (The fact that the husband is played by a black actor and the wife by a white one may blur things uncomfortably for some audiences.)

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In “My Fair Lady,” Henry Higgins transforms Eliza Doolittle and wonders why women can’t be more like men. Just how will the 2018 Eliza respond to that show’s last implied demand: “Eliza, where the devil are my slippers?” Audiences may be surprised. The new production of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women,” on the other hand, debuted in 1991, but hits very close to home with lines like, “We cheat because we’re lonely, they cheat because they’re men.”

Women, however, have every right to point out that while they fill many of the Broadway stages — not to mention the theaters’ seats — they are still virtually absent as writers and directors. (“Angels” is an exception, directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.)

Why are there so many revivals now? First, many of the older shows offered especially meaty roles. That’s one reason why Glenda Jackson, at 81, is appearing in “Three Tall Women,” and what drew movie and TV stars like Denzel Washington, Andrew Garfield, Joshua Jackson and the “Boys in the Band” 50th-anniversary revival’s glittery cast of proudly gay actors to the Great White Way.

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Of course, investors are sometimes more eager to lay their money down when the name of the show is already familiar. Though let’s hope they don’t forget the lessons learned from last season’s hits “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Come From Away” — new musicals that weren’t based on well-known movies or TV shows.

“It might be easier because of the known title, but the financial award to the investor does not have the potential that a new hit musical does,” explains Harriett Leve, a successful long-time producer, “because it’s rare for a revival to run very long.”

Bottom line: Revivals are here to stay. “They introduce new generations to the stage,” notes “Razzle Dazzle” author Michael Riedel, “and how can you complain about anything that brings Glenda Jackson back to Broadway?” The challenge, at this politically precarious time, is to not only entertain but to matter. So far so good.

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It is pre-Tony nominations season and among the hopefuls on Broadway are: “Angels in America,” “Travesties,” “Lobby Hero,” “Carousel, “My Fair Lady,” “Once on This Island,” “Three Tall Women,” “The Iceman Cometh,” “The Boys in the Band,” “Children of a Lesser God,” and “Hello Dolly!” Wait — isn’t this 2018?

Yes, those are all new productions of old shows and yes, we are living in politically correct times. But for the most part, this season’s revivals manage to feel downright relevant.

While the plays are not being rewritten, there is some reimagining going on. Hal Luftig, the lead producer of the new “Children of a Lesser God,” says the 1980 drama is no longer just about a deaf girl and her male teacher, but about the larger issue of how we may be “connecting” more but communicating less. “I really think we’ve stopped listening to each other,” says Luftig. “It’s why we missed the Black Lives Matter importance, not to mention why the election turned out as it did.”

Likewise, “Travesties,” the Tom Stoppard play last seen on Broadway in 1976, is, according to director Patrick Marber, “about a time when the world is in crisis. It is tragic and farcical and what could be more timely?” “Boys in the Band” and “Angels in America” took on the gay and AIDS issues when they were hot button. Now, the epidemic is lessened and gay marriage is legal. Does it still resonate?

“Angels” playwright Tony Kushner admits he was concerned about the play’s return, but told the New York Times, “It feels very much of the moment. … There’s all that stuff about the environment and the world coming to an end.” There is also the presence of Roy Cohn (played by Nathan Lane), a character in the play who has come back into the news as a mentor to one Donald Trump.

The #MeToo movement also hovers about Broadway’s current slate of revivals: Luftig says a line that mentioned “rape,” in a humorous way, came out of his show. Many are closely watching the new productions of “Carousel” and “My Fair Lady.” The former centers on a husband who regularly hits his wife. When her best friend asks, “Did you hit him back?” there is now more urgency to the question. (The fact that the husband is played by a black actor and the wife by a white one may blur things uncomfortably for some audiences.)

In “My Fair Lady,” Henry Higgins transforms Eliza Doolittle and wonders why women can’t be more like men. Just how will the 2018 Eliza respond to that show’s last implied demand: “Eliza, where the devil are my slippers?” Audiences may be surprised. The new production of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women,” on the other hand, debuted in 1991, but hits very close to home with lines like, “We cheat because we’re lonely, they cheat because they’re men.”

Women, however, have every right to point out that while they fill many of the Broadway stages — not to mention the theaters’ seats — they are still virtually absent as writers and directors. (“Angels” is an exception, directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.)

Why are there so many revivals now? First, many of the older shows offered especially meaty roles. That’s one reason why Glenda Jackson, at 81, is appearing in “Three Tall Women,” and what drew movie and TV stars like Denzel Washington, Andrew Garfield, Joshua Jackson and the “Boys in the Band” 50th-anniversary revival’s glittery cast of proudly gay actors to the Great White Way.

Of course, investors are sometimes more eager to lay their money down when the name of the show is already familiar. Though let’s hope they don’t forget the lessons learned from last season’s hits “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Come From Away” — new musicals that weren’t based on well-known movies or TV shows.

“It might be easier because of the known title, but the financial award to the investor does not have the potential that a new hit musical does,” explains Harriett Leve, a successful long-time producer, “because it’s rare for a revival to run very long.”

Bottom line: Revivals are here to stay. “They introduce new generations to the stage,” notes “Razzle Dazzle” author Michael Riedel, “and how can you complain about anything that brings Glenda Jackson back to Broadway?” The challenge, at this politically precarious time, is to not only entertain but to matter. So far so good.

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Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before Congress, CNN Says

Mark Zuckerberg is headed to Washington.

The Facebook chief exec will testify before Congress “within a matter of weeks” on the Cambridge Analytica data leak, according to a report from CNN on Tuesday morning. A key House of Representatives committee called on Zuckerberg to testify last week, in the aftermath of 50 million users unwittingly having their profiles harvested by the political data firm.

Zuckerberg had previously told CNN he’d been “happy” to speak to Congress, “if it’s the right thing to do.”

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Facebook would not confirm to TheWrap if Zuckerberg will be speaking with Congress. A spokesperson for the company said Facebook has received the invitation and is talking to legislators.

The social network has been under fire over the last two weeks, with the company criticized for moving slowly to suspend Cambridge Analytica or notify its users of the leak. Zuckerberg weighed in on the issue last Wednesday, saying Facebook “made mistakes.”

The 33-year-old co-founder added that the company would be auditing “suspicious activity” from apps, and reporting to users when their data had been accessed without their consent.

If Facebook and Congress rings a bell, that’s because the company testified last fall on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Facebook told the Senate Intelligence Committee more than 100 million Americans were hit by content stemming from Kremlin-linked trolls.

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Zuckerberg had also been called by British Parliament last week to address the leak — something Zuckerberg has declined to do. Facebook has offered to send two senior execs in his place.

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Mark Zuckerberg is headed to Washington.

The Facebook chief exec will testify before Congress “within a matter of weeks” on the Cambridge Analytica data leak, according to a report from CNN on Tuesday morning. A key House of Representatives committee called on Zuckerberg to testify last week, in the aftermath of 50 million users unwittingly having their profiles harvested by the political data firm.

Zuckerberg had previously told CNN he’d been “happy” to speak to Congress, “if it’s the right thing to do.”

Facebook would not confirm to TheWrap if Zuckerberg will be speaking with Congress. A spokesperson for the company said Facebook has received the invitation and is talking to legislators.

The social network has been under fire over the last two weeks, with the company criticized for moving slowly to suspend Cambridge Analytica or notify its users of the leak. Zuckerberg weighed in on the issue last Wednesday, saying Facebook “made mistakes.”

The 33-year-old co-founder added that the company would be auditing “suspicious activity” from apps, and reporting to users when their data had been accessed without their consent.

If Facebook and Congress rings a bell, that’s because the company testified last fall on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Facebook told the Senate Intelligence Committee more than 100 million Americans were hit by content stemming from Kremlin-linked trolls.

Zuckerberg had also been called by British Parliament last week to address the leak — something Zuckerberg has declined to do. Facebook has offered to send two senior execs in his place.

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Inside Gary Barber’s Ouster: MGM Board Clashes, Planting Sale Rumors

Rising tension between the MGM board and CEO Gary Barber are behind the executive’s sudden ouster this week, individuals with knowledge of the relationship told TheWrap.

The industry veteran was cut loose abruptly on Monday night after a new clash before the weekend led the board to conclude that Barber would hint to Wall Street that MGM was for sale, according to two knowledgeable individuals.

“He was about to pull that lever,” said one of the insiders. “Whenever Gary gets frustrated and feels out of sync, he is able to press a button and put the company into play. No one wants that distraction.”

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The board of directors, led by Anchorage Capital CEO Kevin Ulrich – the company’s largest shareholder – unanimously decided to let Barber go, an unusual move given that no immediate deal was in play and no successor was prepared. The abrupt dismissal came just five months after Barber’s contract was renewed through 2022 and fueled speculation across Hollywood. Internally, employees said they were blindsided by the news, as was Barber himself.

Barber is a longtime producer and widely respected executive, and in the age of #MeToo, predictable gossip has spread.

But the executives with knowledge of the situation said that Barber’s conservative approach to growing MGM led to the high tension with the board, which had been pushing him to set a riskier strategy – including seeking new acquisitions and leveraging the May 2017 acquisition of Epix to bigger goals.

From left: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins and Gary Barber nine days ago at the Hollywood premiere of “Tomb Raider”

“Gary resisted TV and digital. He did a great job fiscally managing MGM, but he’s not the guy to take it to the next double value,” said another person with inside knowledge of the company. “He micromanaged everything, refused to have an heir apparent or big time president… he has wanted to sell the company whereas Kevin (Ulrich) thinks there is a double” value to be gained.

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Barber did not respond to TheWrap’s request for response. A rep for Ulrich did not immediately respond.

Epix has underperformed since MGM acquired the digital asset last year and another executive said Barber lacked a general knowledge of the OTT and streaming video space.

Another flash point was the poor relationship between reality TV kingpin Mark Burnett, who has served as president of MGM TV since 2015 when Barber purchased a majority stake in Burnett and Roma Downey’s prolific company  — the producer of long-running hits like “Shark Tank,” “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.”

Burnett did not respond to a request for comment.

With a wave of consolidation sweeping the entertainment industry, ultimately Ulrich and other board members believed that Barber did not have the right temperament for MGM to continue as a standalone company and fend off acquisition battles.

“The DNA has to be as risk-leaning, creative, digitally savy as possible to ensure MGM can remain independent, ” said the first individual with knowledge of the board’s thinking.

Ulrich was particularly irked that Barber would use his contacts in the investment community when the board pushed him. “Every time things would come to a head, remarkably, magically, the company would end up for sale.”

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“The decision to make a change was not driven by Mr. Ulrich.  It was a unanimous decision of the non-executive directors on the Board,” an MGM spokesperson told TheWrap.

MGM hit its third year of record profits in 2016. Last fall, MGM reported a major Q3 gain with $114 million in earnings, up from $12 million year-over-year.

Under Barber, MGM pulled off a stunning reversal of fortune. He took over the same year the studio filed for bankruptcy in 2010, fighting off challenges from its majority investor Carl Icahn and continuing the hot streak of its most valuable intellectual property — James Bond — with Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes.

The studio also churned out hits like Ryan Coogler’s “Creed” to the tune of over $280 million worldwide, a respectable reboot of the Western “The Magnificent Seven” led by Denzel Washington and co-released with Sony, and just relaunched Angelina Jolie’s namesake action franchise “Tomb Raider” with Alicia Vikander.

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Rising tension between the MGM board and CEO Gary Barber are behind the executive’s sudden ouster this week, individuals with knowledge of the relationship told TheWrap.

The industry veteran was cut loose abruptly on Monday night after a new clash before the weekend led the board to conclude that Barber would hint to Wall Street that MGM was for sale, according to two knowledgeable individuals.

“He was about to pull that lever,” said one of the insiders. “Whenever Gary gets frustrated and feels out of sync, he is able to press a button and put the company into play. No one wants that distraction.”

The board of directors, led by Anchorage Capital CEO Kevin Ulrich – the company’s largest shareholder – unanimously decided to let Barber go, an unusual move given that no immediate deal was in play and no successor was prepared. The abrupt dismissal came just five months after Barber’s contract was renewed through 2022 and fueled speculation across Hollywood. Internally, employees said they were blindsided by the news, as was Barber himself.

Barber is a longtime producer and widely respected executive, and in the age of #MeToo, predictable gossip has spread.

But the executives with knowledge of the situation said that Barber’s conservative approach to growing MGM led to the high tension with the board, which had been pushing him to set a riskier strategy – including seeking new acquisitions and leveraging the May 2017 acquisition of Epix to bigger goals.

From left: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins and Gary Barber nine days ago at the Hollywood premiere of “Tomb Raider”

“Gary resisted TV and digital. He did a great job fiscally managing MGM, but he’s not the guy to take it to the next double value,” said another person with inside knowledge of the company. “He micromanaged everything, refused to have an heir apparent or big time president… he has wanted to sell the company whereas Kevin (Ulrich) thinks there is a double” value to be gained.

Barber did not respond to TheWrap’s request for response. A rep for Ulrich did not immediately respond.

Epix has underperformed since MGM acquired the digital asset last year and another executive said Barber lacked a general knowledge of the OTT and streaming video space.

Another flash point was the poor relationship between reality TV kingpin Mark Burnett, who has served as president of MGM TV since 2015 when Barber purchased a majority stake in Burnett and Roma Downey’s prolific company  — the producer of long-running hits like “Shark Tank,” “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.”

Burnett did not respond to a request for comment.

With a wave of consolidation sweeping the entertainment industry, ultimately Ulrich and other board members believed that Barber did not have the right temperament for MGM to continue as a standalone company and fend off acquisition battles.

“The DNA has to be as risk-leaning, creative, digitally savy as possible to ensure MGM can remain independent, ” said the first individual with knowledge of the board’s thinking.

Ulrich was particularly irked that Barber would use his contacts in the investment community when the board pushed him. “Every time things would come to a head, remarkably, magically, the company would end up for sale.”

“The decision to make a change was not driven by Mr. Ulrich.  It was a unanimous decision of the non-executive directors on the Board,” an MGM spokesperson told TheWrap.

MGM hit its third year of record profits in 2016. Last fall, MGM reported a major Q3 gain with $114 million in earnings, up from $12 million year-over-year.

Under Barber, MGM pulled off a stunning reversal of fortune. He took over the same year the studio filed for bankruptcy in 2010, fighting off challenges from its majority investor Carl Icahn and continuing the hot streak of its most valuable intellectual property — James Bond — with Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes.

The studio also churned out hits like Ryan Coogler’s “Creed” to the tune of over $280 million worldwide, a respectable reboot of the Western “The Magnificent Seven” led by Denzel Washington and co-released with Sony, and just relaunched Angelina Jolie’s namesake action franchise “Tomb Raider” with Alicia Vikander.

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Porn Industry Beams With Pride Over Stormy Daniels Coup: ‘We’ve Never Had Anything Like This’

Before she became known as the porn star who sued the President of the United States, Stormy Daniels was a highly-respected and award-winning adult film actress, writer and director, with an exclusive contract at one of the industry’s top companies.

But since the Wall Street Journal first reported that President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 to stop her from talking about an alleged affair with the president years ago, she’s has become a cause célèbre in the porn world.

“We’ve never had anything like this,” Brian Gross, a long-time publicist who has represented some of the biggest names in erotica, told TheWrap.

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The 38-year-old Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, seems to be enjoying the kind of attention usually reserved for Hollywood starlets. Her appearance at the AVN adult entertainment expo in Las Vegas earlier this year, not only caused a spike in attendance, but also had media outlets clamoring for some one-on-one time with Daniels, according to Gross.

“There was certainly more interest from major news outlets like CNN, Washington Post and the New York Times, who have attended the expo in the past but were more aggressive this year trying to find time with Ms. Daniels,” Gross said.

In just the last few weeks, Daniels has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and parodied on “Saturday Night Live.” By the time she’s done, Daniels could earn mention in American history books — if she hasn’t already.

But Daniels’ unapologetic battle with the president seems to have struck a decidedly more personal chord among many in the adult film industry, who for years have felt shunned and ignored by both Hollywood and Washington elites.

“Whether she wanted it or not, she’s a major celebrity at this point,” Mark Kernes, a senior editor at AVN, the country’s largest adult trade publication, told TheWrap. “The feeling among the industry is ‘You go girl!’”

Adult star Joanna Angel, known as the “queen of alternative porn,” said she recently sent Daniels a text letting her know that her name was uttered in the same news segment as North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.

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“I don’t think that’s ever happened in the history of porn or the world,” Angel told TheWrap.

She said she was rooting for Daniels because, as she put it, “her vagina might have the power to put history back in the right direction.”

But some in the industry are cautious about Daniels’ prospects and the company she keeps.

“I’d like to see her bring Trump down,” Hustler publisher, Larry Flynt, told TheWrap. “But she doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

Flynt, whose First Amendment legal battles were portrayed in 1996’s “The People vs. Larry Flynt” starring Woody Harrelson, insisted he, too, is rooting for Daniels but said her story is “nothing new.”

“I’ve been outing hypocritical politicians all my life,” he said. “People are always fascinated with money and sex.”

Daniels was already carving a name for herself within the adult industry, both in front of and behind the cameras. She was one of the few people to land an exclusive contract with “Wicked,” one of the industry’s top production houses (she has since jumped ship to a competitor). She’s was Penthouse’s Pet of the Month in 2007 and has won dozens of AVN Awards — considered the Oscars of porn. Her most recent movies were nominated for a combined 17 AVNs, including four for Daniels personally.

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But no amount of awards could have prepared her for the tsunami of attention following reports of an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006, then a real estate developer and reality TV host.

Searches for Daniels’ name on Pornhub.com exploded in recent weeks, from 500 a day in January to more than 2 million searches over a five-day period this month, according to the site.

The numbers have continued to spike each time Daniels made headlines. Her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” caused an eye-popping 325 percent increase in U.S. searches and 258 percent worldwide, according to Pornhub. When Trump attorney Michael Cohen admitted he made the $130,000 payment, it caused another 250 percent spike in searches. Searches jumped to their highest level — up 536 percent in the U.S. and 489 percent worldwide — on March 7, when it was reported that Daniels would be suing Trump.

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In the process, Daniels has garnered a fierce following both within the industry and beyond.

“She hasn’t done anything shady,” said Adam Grayson, chief financial officer at Evil Angel, one of worlds largest adult studios in the world. “She’s saying you’re not going to push me around and that’s good for any industry.”

Her story will be featured on one of TV’s most respected news programs, “60 Minutes,” on Sunday, despite reports of legal threats from Trump’s legal team.

“What she’s doing is she’s helping legitimize porn as a business,” Chad Kawalec, marketing consultant and founder of the Brand Identity Center, told TheWrap. “She’s representing herself as a strong businesswoman and not a salacious adult film actor. And if she plays her cards right, which it appears she’s doing, she should be able to authentically extend her brand into more mass market acceptance and opportunities.”

Daniels hasn’t been shy about cashing in on her new-found fame. She recently left Wicked Pictures and jumped ship to Digital Playground, another leading studio in the adult film industry. She’s also gone on a strip tour titled, “Make America Horny Again,” which she kicked off on the anniversary of the president’s inauguration.

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“She’s a big name, she’s always been a big name,” Gross said. “But, obviously, this has introduced her to a much bigger audience.”

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Before she became known as the porn star who sued the President of the United States, Stormy Daniels was a highly-respected and award-winning adult film actress, writer and director, with an exclusive contract at one of the industry’s top companies.

But since the Wall Street Journal first reported that President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 to stop her from talking about an alleged affair with the president years ago, she’s has become a cause célèbre in the porn world.

“We’ve never had anything like this,” Brian Gross, a long-time publicist who has represented some of the biggest names in erotica, told TheWrap.

The 38-year-old Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, seems to be enjoying the kind of attention usually reserved for Hollywood starlets. Her appearance at the AVN adult entertainment expo in Las Vegas earlier this year, not only caused a spike in attendance, but also had media outlets clamoring for some one-on-one time with Daniels, according to Gross.

“There was certainly more interest from major news outlets like CNN, Washington Post and the New York Times, who have attended the expo in the past but were more aggressive this year trying to find time with Ms. Daniels,” Gross said.

In just the last few weeks, Daniels has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and parodied on “Saturday Night Live.” By the time she’s done, Daniels could earn mention in American history books — if she hasn’t already.

But Daniels’ unapologetic battle with the president seems to have struck a decidedly more personal chord among many in the adult film industry, who for years have felt shunned and ignored by both Hollywood and Washington elites.

“Whether she wanted it or not, she’s a major celebrity at this point,” Mark Kernes, a senior editor at AVN, the country’s largest adult trade publication, told TheWrap. “The feeling among the industry is ‘You go girl!'”

Adult star Joanna Angel, known as the “queen of alternative porn,” said she recently sent Daniels a text letting her know that her name was uttered in the same news segment as North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.

“I don’t think that’s ever happened in the history of porn or the world,” Angel told TheWrap.

She said she was rooting for Daniels because, as she put it, “her vagina might have the power to put history back in the right direction.”

But some in the industry are cautious about Daniels’ prospects and the company she keeps.

“I’d like to see her bring Trump down,” Hustler publisher, Larry Flynt, told TheWrap. “But she doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

Flynt, whose First Amendment legal battles were portrayed in 1996’s “The People vs. Larry Flynt” starring Woody Harrelson, insisted he, too, is rooting for Daniels but said her story is “nothing new.”

“I’ve been outing hypocritical politicians all my life,” he said. “People are always fascinated with money and sex.”

Daniels was already carving a name for herself within the adult industry, both in front of and behind the cameras. She was one of the few people to land an exclusive contract with “Wicked,” one of the industry’s top production houses (she has since jumped ship to a competitor). She’s was Penthouse’s Pet of the Month in 2007 and has won dozens of AVN Awards — considered the Oscars of porn. Her most recent movies were nominated for a combined 17 AVNs, including four for Daniels personally.

But no amount of awards could have prepared her for the tsunami of attention following reports of an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006, then a real estate developer and reality TV host.

Searches for Daniels’ name on Pornhub.com exploded in recent weeks, from 500 a day in January to more than 2 million searches over a five-day period this month, according to the site.

The numbers have continued to spike each time Daniels made headlines. Her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” caused an eye-popping 325 percent increase in U.S. searches and 258 percent worldwide, according to Pornhub. When Trump attorney Michael Cohen admitted he made the $130,000 payment, it caused another 250 percent spike in searches. Searches jumped to their highest level — up 536 percent in the U.S. and 489 percent worldwide — on March 7, when it was reported that Daniels would be suing Trump.

In the process, Daniels has garnered a fierce following both within the industry and beyond.

“She hasn’t done anything shady,” said Adam Grayson, chief financial officer at Evil Angel, one of worlds largest adult studios in the world. “She’s saying you’re not going to push me around and that’s good for any industry.”

Her story will be featured on one of TV’s most respected news programs, “60 Minutes,” on Sunday, despite reports of legal threats from Trump’s legal team.

“What she’s doing is she’s helping legitimize porn as a business,” Chad Kawalec, marketing consultant and founder of the Brand Identity Center, told TheWrap. “She’s representing herself as a strong businesswoman and not a salacious adult film actor. And if she plays her cards right, which it appears she’s doing, she should be able to authentically extend her brand into more mass market acceptance and opportunities.”

Daniels hasn’t been shy about cashing in on her new-found fame. She recently left Wicked Pictures and jumped ship to Digital Playground, another leading studio in the adult film industry. She’s also gone on a strip tour titled, “Make America Horny Again,” which she kicked off on the anniversary of the president’s inauguration.

“She’s a big name, she’s always been a big name,” Gross said. “But, obviously, this has introduced her to a much bigger audience.”

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For Sale: ’10 Things I Hate About You’ House Where Heath Ledger Romanced Julia Stiles

We can’t count 10 things we hate about this Tacoma, Washington, Victorian home.

The house was home to Kat Stratford in the 1999 rom-com “10 Things I Hate About You” starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, and it’s now on the market for $1.6 million.

The house is the backdrop for several memorable scenes in the film, including the moment when Kat’s dad makes her little sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) wear a fake pregnancy belly, when Kat finds out she got into Sarah Lawrence College and when Ledger’s character Patrick Verona flirts with Kat on the massive wrap-around porch.

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Jeff Jensen Homes

The 6,000 square feet home is located in Tacoma, Washington, about an hour south of Seattle where the movie takes place.

The five-bedroom house has several rooms that didn’t make it into the film, like a giant kitchen and basement complete with a bar.

See more pictures below.

Jeff Jensen Homes

Jeff Jensen Homes

Jeff Jensen Homes

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We can’t count 10 things we hate about this Tacoma, Washington, Victorian home.

The house was home to Kat Stratford in the 1999 rom-com “10 Things I Hate About You” starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, and it’s now on the market for $1.6 million.

The house is the backdrop for several memorable scenes in the film, including the moment when Kat’s dad makes her little sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) wear a fake pregnancy belly, when Kat finds out she got into Sarah Lawrence College and when Ledger’s character Patrick Verona flirts with Kat on the massive wrap-around porch.

Jeff Jensen Homes

The 6,000 square feet home is located in Tacoma, Washington, about an hour south of Seattle where the movie takes place.

The five-bedroom house has several rooms that didn’t make it into the film, like a giant kitchen and basement complete with a bar.

See more pictures below.

Jeff Jensen Homes

Jeff Jensen Homes

Jeff Jensen Homes

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Under Investigation by FCC’s Inspector General

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is under investigation by the FCC’s own inspector general.

Investigator general David L. Hunt is looking into whether Pai spearheaded a rules change last year in cahoots with Sinclair Broadcasting. The new rules allow media companies to increase the maximum amount of television stations they own. The investigation was opened late last year, according to The New York Times.

“For months I have been trying to get to the bottom of the allegations about Chairman Pai’s relationship with Sinclair Broadcasting,” Democratic Representative Frank Pallone told the Times. “I am grateful to the FCC’s inspector general that he has decided to take up this important investigation.”

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Hunt was appointed investigator general in 2011 by Julius Genachowski, who was President Obama’s choice to lead the FCC. Hunt served as acting investigator general from 2009 until his official appointment. He first joined the FCC in 1996, during the Clinton Administration, as an attorney-advisor, and joined the inspector general’s office in 2006, under President George W. Bush.

The FCC pulled back on regulations against media consolidation in April. Weeks later, Sinclair announced a nearly $4 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media — an acquisition that wouldn’t have been possible a month earlier. Sinclair owns more TV stations than any other company in the United States.

A representative for the FCC did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“For many years, Chairman Pai has called on the FCC to update its media ownership regulations,” an FCC spokesman told The Times. “The chairman is sticking to his long-held views, and given the strong case for modernizing these rules, it’s not surprising that those who disagree with him would prefer to do whatever they can to distract from the merits of his proposal.”

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The Trump-appointed chairman grabbed headlines around the same time the investigation opened for curtailing Obama-era regulation on net neutrality.

There’s no timeframe on when the investigation is expected to conclude.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is under investigation by the FCC’s own inspector general.

Investigator general David L. Hunt is looking into whether Pai spearheaded a rules change last year in cahoots with Sinclair Broadcasting. The new rules allow media companies to increase the maximum amount of television stations they own. The investigation was opened late last year, according to The New York Times.

“For months I have been trying to get to the bottom of the allegations about Chairman Pai’s relationship with Sinclair Broadcasting,” Democratic Representative Frank Pallone told the Times. “I am grateful to the FCC’s inspector general that he has decided to take up this important investigation.”

Hunt was appointed investigator general in 2011 by Julius Genachowski, who was President Obama’s choice to lead the FCC. Hunt served as acting investigator general from 2009 until his official appointment. He first joined the FCC in 1996, during the Clinton Administration, as an attorney-advisor, and joined the inspector general’s office in 2006, under President George W. Bush.

The FCC pulled back on regulations against media consolidation in April. Weeks later, Sinclair announced a nearly $4 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media — an acquisition that wouldn’t have been possible a month earlier. Sinclair owns more TV stations than any other company in the United States.

A representative for the FCC did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“For many years, Chairman Pai has called on the FCC to update its media ownership regulations,” an FCC spokesman told The Times. “The chairman is sticking to his long-held views, and given the strong case for modernizing these rules, it’s not surprising that those who disagree with him would prefer to do whatever they can to distract from the merits of his proposal.”

The Trump-appointed chairman grabbed headlines around the same time the investigation opened for curtailing Obama-era regulation on net neutrality.

There’s no timeframe on when the investigation is expected to conclude.

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