Hollywood Insider DeVon Franklin Knows ‘The Truth About Men’ – And He Tells Us Everything (Video)

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DeVon Franklin has been part of Hollywood for decades and has had an insider’s vantage point on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements as it has shaken the industry.

“There’s fear,” Franklin told TheWrap of the sentiment among some men he knows in Hollywood. “There are other men who are saying, ‘You know what: We do have to step up,” he added.

Also a New York Times best-selling author and preacher, Franklin has written a new book titled “The Truth About Men.” In it, he uses the age-old adage applied to men — that they can be “dogs” — to uncover some harsh realities about what drives men to both good and bad behavior.

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“There’s something in our behavior we have to begin to address,” Franklin said. “As men, we don’t know how to love because we don’t know how to love ourselves and receive love,” he added, arguing societal norms fail men when it comes to love and intimacy, which is at the heart of a lot of issues that have come to light in the era of #MeToo.

Franklin is an award-winning film and television producer, author, preacher and spiritual success coach. Franklin serves as president/CEO of Franklin Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company with a first-look film deal at 20th Century Fox. As a filmmaker, Franklin is producing “Breakthrough,” starring Chrissy Metz, which is in theaters on Easter. Additionally, he produced the hit animated film “The Star” and “Miracles From Heaven.”

Franklin is set to appear at WrapWomen’s BE Conference on Thursday, April 25 in Santa Monica, California, for a featured discussion with his longtime mentor — producer and former Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive Amy Pascal, who produced the Academy Award-winning animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” along with several other award-winning, nominated and blockbuster films.

Watch more of TheWrap’s interview with Franklin in the video above. His book “The Truth About Men” is on sale now.

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Oscar Nominees Celebrate Most Inclusive Year Yet at TheWrap-WanderLuxxe Party

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Oscar nominees Diane Warren, Mary Zophres, Terence Blanchard and more celebrated inclusion, diversity and the rising role of women at TheWrap and WanderLuxxe’s party at Norah in West Hollywood on Wednesday night.

Among the many Oscar nominees attending the party were “BlacKkKlansman” composer Blanchard, “Free Solo” filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Shannon Dill, and Jimmy Chin and Melissa Berton, nominated for the documentary short “Period. End of Sentence.”

Nominees in categories ranging from Best Picture to Costume Design to Documentary Feature were on hand to raise a toast to mark such progress. And there were also be plenty of women on the Oscar ballot celebrating: Warren, who is up for Original Song with “I’ll Fight” from “RBG;” Mildred Iatrou Morgan and Ai-Ling Lee, co-nominees for Sound Editing for “First Man” (Lee is also nominated for Sound Mixing); Zophres, costume designer for “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”; and more.

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With films like “Black Panther,” “Green Book” and “BlacKkKlansman” in contention, the 2019 Academy Awards reflect a celebration of diversity in film theme, actors and among filmmakers unsurpassed by any year before it. Yalitza Aparicio is the first indigenous actress ever to be nominated for Best Actress for “Roma,” directed by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, who is nominated in multiple categories this year — to name just a few examples. There is still work to be done: Just 25 percent of nominees in gender non-specific categories are women — leaving some to question whether an #OscarsSoMale hashtag would gain traction. Also, Asian actors did not appear in any of the acting categories. What’s more, only four of the possible 20 acting nominations this year went to people of color.

Stars at the party included DJ Shangela Pierce from the Oscar-nominated “A Star Is Born;” “Sideswiped” creator and star Carly Craig; DJ and record producer Paul Oakenfold; and many more.

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TheWrap’s CEO Sharon Waxman, along with leaders from GLAAD and Color of Change, spoke during the party’s big toast to honor the nominees and also acknowledge that Hollywood still has a ways to go before achieving true equality.

Outfitted with signature cocktails from sponsor Guillotine Vodka, TheWrap’s Oscar party was put on in conjunction with WanderLuxxe for what was a night to remember. Come back to TheWrap.com to catch more photos and videos from the party.

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‘Sideswiped’ Star Carly Craig Details Awkward IRL Date: ‘The Guy Started Crying’ (Video)

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If you haven’t seen “Sideswiped” on YouTube Premium yet, creator and star Carly Craig offers a great reason to check it out. You see, if you watch the comedy series — and laugh — you’ll essentially be laughing at her own, real-life, super-awkward dating experiences.

“This is a multigenerational show about dating in the digital age,” Craig told TheWrap in a recent interview (watch it above).

“Sideswiped” is also loosely based on Craig’s own life. The 38-year-old actress and showrunner dove into dating apps, including Tinder, to research for the show. During the process, she met her fiancé. But, she said, that part probably won’t be written into the show, as she wants to keep it focused on single life.

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During her research period, using an array of dating apps, Craig said she encountered a whole lot of awkward situations. The most awkward, however, happened when a date quite literally cried on her shoulder. And yes, she wrote it into the show.

“The guy started crying when we were making out — that really happened,” she said. “I looked up and am like, ‘Are you crying?’ And he said, ‘Yes… My parents were hard on me.’”

The series, created, produced and written by mostly women, features Rosanna Arquette as Mary, Olivia’s (Craig’s) mother — who had her at a young age and lives with her since the death of her husband.

“She’s very maternal just naturally,” Craig said of Arquette, adding that the “Desperately Seeking Susan” star offered her herbs to take.

Watch TheWrap’s interview with Craig above.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Visits Camp Fire Devastation: ‘I’ve Seen the Spirit of America’ (Video)

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Today in Paradise I saw devastation & I met people who have lost everything. But I also saw the spirit of America. I saw firefighters working 24 hours shifts & I saw volunteers serving food and helping in every way. This Thanksgiving, I thank them for showing what makes us great. pic.twitter.com/tIvaVBAGQE

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) November 21, 2018

Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a surprise visit to firefighters battling the ongoing Camp Fire in the northern part of the Golden State on Wednesday.

During his tour of the devastation, which included a destroyed retirement home in Paradise, California, the “Terminator” star shared a message: “I’ve seen the spirit of America.”

Schwarzenegger, recognizing the sheer devastation in a fire that has claimed at least 81 lives and destroyed more than 13,500 homes, according to the latest figures, he said he witnessed people coming together and helping each other in their time of need. “I saw firefighters working 24 hours shifts & I saw volunteers serving food and helping in every way,” he wrote in a tweet accompanied with a video message. “This Thanksgiving, I thank them for showing what makes us great.”

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Stockton, California firefighters, Local 456, thanked the actor and former politician for his visit, tweeting: “Thanks to Arnold @Schwarzenegger for stopping by to serve breakfast for the firefighters at the #CampFire; and pick up the morale of some exhausted first responders.”

The actor also shared a list of charities he recommended to people who want to help in the recovery effort. You can see them in his Twitter thread here.

I’m taking over your kitchen @chefjoseandres. Thank you for all you’re doing for the victims of our fires and the first responders. #ChefsforCalifornia pic.twitter.com/HRngwBY87N

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) November 21, 2018

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Jason Blum Posts Full Anti-Trump Speech After He’s Cut Off at LA Film Event

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Jason Blum persisted: The “Halloween” and “Get Out” producer may have been cut off after he made anti-Trump remarks at the 32nd Israeli Film Festival on Tuesday night, but he shared the entire speech afterward.

Blum was prompted off stage and booed during his acceptance speech for the 2018 IFF Achievement in Film & Television Award. He said, in part, “Thanks to our president, anti-Semitism is in the rise,” according to The Hollywood Reporter,

After he left the event, Blum took to Twitter to say the night went “kinda haywire.” He later posted the entirety of his speech, including the parts he wasn’t able to relay at Tuesday’s event.

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“I was honored by the Israel film festival tonight and, unfortunately was not allowed to finish the speech I was trying to give. Here is the message…,” Blum tweeted as an intro to the full speech.

Read it here:

Thank you, Lin, for those kind remarks and for your friendship. I am thrilled you could be here tonight. And thank you to Meir Fenigstein everyone at the Israel Film Festival for this tribute. I am honored to be recognized by a group dedicated to showcasing Israel’s thriving film and television industry. I’m especially honored to share the stage with Avi Nesher whose work I have admired for many, many years. Avi has never been afraid to tackle serious social issues and his films are beloved by audiences and critics around the world. He’s played a pivotal role in the growing prominence of Israeli cinema. I am also a huge fan of Israeli television. As an avowed binge-watcher, I have spent way too many hours with Fauda and Hostages. Not to mention Homeland, which would not exist if not for Hatufim. So, tonight we have much to celebrate as we open the 32nd Israel Film Festival. At the same time, today, Americans went to the polls to exercise our right to vote on what kind of future we want for our children. Those election results are pouring in as I speak. And so much is on the line. The past two years have been hard for all of us who cherish the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of this country. The sense of community that has bound us together for generations is all but gone. We have seen the end of civil discourse. We have a President who calls the Press the enemy of the people. Nationalism is surging. Dog whistle politics are rampant and anti-Semitism is on the rise in ways my generation never thought imaginable. The Internet has become a place where people can vent their rage and spew hate anonymously. It is helping bigotry thrive. The truth is, hate speech breeds violence. It dehumanizes. It demonizes. And ultimately, it targets. What we saw in Pittsburgh was a horrific example. These are NOT isolated incidents. They are NOT happening somewhere else. They are happening HERE in our communities and we must step up and speak up. We cannot allow anti-Semitism or bigotry of any form to become mainstream. Those of us who work in film and television. have a vital role to play in telling stories that portray all kinds of people from all corners of the world. Stories that entertain, but also make us think more and harder about who we are and where we are going. It’s time for us to be vigilant in bringing new voices to the cinema. To nurturing diverse filmmakers from all walks of life who can offer unique perspectives on the world. When you have a chance to walk in the shoes of others who are not like you, it is harder to hate. Most of all, this is a time for all of us to examine our values and decide what we are willing to tolerate. It is time to be accountable. It’s time to speak out loudly when we see examples of bigotry. Don’t allow it from your friends, your co-workers or your family members. If we are not accountable, we may wake up one day in a country we don’t even recognize. Let us all hope that today’s election starts to chart a different course – not just for the U.S., but for the world – one that reaffirms the values that we all cherish. Thank you.

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‘Halloween’ Producer Jason Blum Booed at LA’s Israel Film Festival for Trump Criticism

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“Halloween” and “Get Out” producer Jason Blum said his night went “haywire” after he  criticized President Trump while being honored at the 32nd Israeli Film Festival on Tuesday night.

Deadline, which first reported the incident, said Blum was booed as he criticized the president. The Hollywood Reporter said a man tried to remove Blum from the stage.

“The great thing about this country is that you can like Trump, but I don’t have to, and I can say what I feel about it — and I don’t like it,” Blum said at Saban Theater at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center in Beverly Hills, according to THR.

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A representative for Blum did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Blum made his remarks during his acceptance speech for the 2018 IFF Achievement in Film & Television Award. It prompted loud boos and led some people to walk out, Deadline said.

The boos got louder, according to THR, when Blum said, “As you can see from this auditorium, it’s the end of civil discourse… We have a president who calls the press the enemy of the people. Thanks to our president, anti-semitism is in the rise.”

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Others tried to interfere on Blum’s behalf. A witness told THR that many in the room felt the producer’s “freedom of expression” was compromised.

Blum tweeted shortly thereafter: “Well, this night went kinda haywire.”

Well, this night went kinda haywire. https://t.co/NMb37yQAUn

— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) November 7, 2018

Blum later tweeted the entire contents of his speech — including the parts he wasn’t able to relay at Tuesday’s event:

I was honored by the Israel film festival tonight and, unfortunately was not allowed to finish the speech I was trying to give. Here is the message…

Thank you, Lin, for those kind remarks and for your friendship. I am thrilled you could be here tonight. And thank you to Meir Fenigstein everyone at the Israel Film Festival for this tribute. I am honored to be recognized by a group dedicated to showcasing Israel’s thriving film and television industry. I’m especially honored to share the stage with Avi Nesher whose work I have admired for many, many years. Avi has never been afraid to tackle serious social issues and his films are beloved by audiences and critics around the world. He’s played a pivotal role in the growing prominence of Israeli cinema. I am also a huge fan of Israeli television. As an avowed binge-watcher, I have spent way too many hours with Fauda and Hostages. Not to mention Homeland, which would not exist if not for Hatufim. So, tonight we have much to celebrate as we open the 32nd Israel Film Festival. At the same time, today, Americans went to the polls to exercise our right to vote on what kind of future we want for our children. Those election results are pouring in as I speak. And so much is on the line. The past two years have been hard for all of us who cherish the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of this country. The sense of community that has bound us together for generations is all but gone. We have seen the end of civil discourse. We have a President who calls the Press the enemy of the people. Nationalism is surging. Dog whistle politics are rampant and anti-Semitism is on the rise in ways my generation never thought imaginable. The Internet has become a place where people can vent their rage and spew hate anonymously. It is helping bigotry thrive. The truth is, hate speech breeds violence. It dehumanizes. It demonizes. And ultimately, it targets. What we saw in Pittsburgh was a horrific example. These are NOT isolated incidents. They are NOT happening somewhere else. They are happening HERE in our communities and we must step up and speak up. We cannot allow anti-Semitism or bigotry of any form to become mainstream. Those of us who work in film and television. have a vital role to play in telling stories that portray all kinds of people from all corners of the world. Stories that entertain, but also make us think more and harder about who we are and where we are going. It’s time for us to be vigilant in bringing new voices to the cinema. To nurturing diverse filmmakers from all walks of life who can offer unique perspectives on the world. When you have a chance to walk in the shoes of others who are not like you, it is harder to hate. Most of all, this is a time for all of us to examine our values and decide what we are willing to tolerate. It is time to be accountable. It’s time to speak out loudly when we see examples of bigotry. Don’t allow it from your friends, your co-workers or your family members. If we are not accountable, we may wake up one day in a country we don’t even recognize. Let us all hope that today’s election starts to chart a different course – not just for the U.S., but for the world – one that reaffirms the values that we all cherish. Thank you.

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Jim Carrey Fires Back at Ted Cruz Over ‘Vampire’ Election Painting: ‘Sorry I Rattled Your Chain’

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Jim Carrey isn’t taking Sen. Ted Cruz’ dismissal of his latest artwork lying down.

After the actor depicted Cruz as a bloodsucking vampire in a piece of his art that he tweeted on Monday, Cruz replied, saying that “Vampires are dead, and everyone knows the dead vote Democrat.”

Hollywood liberals all in for Beto. But (self-described socialist) Jim Carrey made a mistake here: Vampires are dead, and everyone knows the dead vote Democrat…. https://t.co/pz2g4RYmMp

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 5, 2018

Carrey’s artwork was an effort to get out the vote — and specifically for citizens in Texas to vote out Cruz and vote in his democratic opponent Rep. Beto O’Rourke. “Go Beto! Go Democrats! Vote like there’s no tomorrow,” wrote the actor. “Let’s make this Tuesday like the end of every great vampire movie. Pull back the curtains and let the sunshine turn all those bloodsuckers to dust.”

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After Cruz responded, Carrey shot back later Monday, telling the senator in a tweet: “Wow…sorry I rattled your chain, @TedCruz. I thought you would have more important things to do two days before an election — like sucking up to the guy who called your wife ugly and accused your dad of murder. But I get it! It’s hard to say no when Trump grabs ya by the p—y!”

Carrey’s been on a roll, tweeting out politically charged artwork for several weeks now. One of the “Kidding” star’s most recent creations: depicting President Trump as a grotesque cyclops, his one eye glaring as his hands reach out threateningly in marvelously spooky fashion.

“Some people aren’t pretending to be monsters,” Carrey wrote in the caption accompanying the cartoon. “Happy Halloween.”

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The actor punctuated his sentiment with a playful jack-o’-lantern emoji.

Some people aren’t pretending to be monsters. Happy Halloween. ???? pic.twitter.com/UOH0V4zQfV

— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) October 31, 2018

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

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On the same day counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway suggested “anti-religious” late-night comedians fostered an environment that paved the way for the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 dead, one late-night show fired back.

The official Twitter account for “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” asked Conway: “If late night shows are so anti-religious, why did God create TEN THOUSAND of them?” The tweet from the Comedy Central show included an image of a few dozens hosts of late night TV… and a dog.

Hey @KellyannePolls, if late night shows are so anti-religious, why did God create TEN THOUSAND of them? pic.twitter.com/1kJsxOHIjQ

— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 29, 2018

Several other notable figures of late night did not weigh in on the matter on Twitter as of the writing of this post.

“The anti-religiosity in this country that is somehow in vogue and funny to make fun of anybody of faith, to constantly be making fun of people that express religion — the late-night comedians, the unfunny people on TV shows — it’s always anti-religious,” Conway said during a Monday appearance on Fox News. She did not name any particular hosts.

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“These people were gunned down in their place of worship, as were the people in South Carolina several years ago,” Conway continued, referencing the nine people killed at a Charleston church in 2015. “And they were there because they’re people of faith, and it’s that faith that needs to bring us together.”

Conway added: “This is no time to be driving God out of the public square.”

You can watch the clip here:

Kellyanne Conway suggests that “the late-night comedians” and “the unfunny people on TV shows” are responsible for the deadliest anti-Semitic massacre in American history. pic.twitter.com/h4n86dpSs4

— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 29, 2018

Conway’s statement comes after 11 people were killed on Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The FBI is investigating the attack as a hate crime after the suspect, Robert Bowers, had routinely posted anti-Jewish comments and memes on his social media accounts. Bowers was a vocal critic of President Trump online, believing the president was controlled by Jewish special interest groups.

“This was an anti-Semitic act,” Trump said in a speech on Saturday afternoon. “You wouldn’t think this would be possible.”

The Anti-Defamation League called it the “deadliest attack” on Jews in the history of the United States.

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Samantha Mathis on Night River Phoenix Died: ‘Something Was Wrong’

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Next week is the 25th anniversary of actor River Phoenix’s untimely death. The “Stand By Me” star was just 23 when he died of a drug overdose after a night out at Hollywood’s Viper Room nightclub — owned then by fellow actor Johnny Depp.

His girlfriend at the time was actress Samantha Mathis, who was by Phoenix’s side that fateful night in late October 1993. She spoke about it with British paper The Guardian, which reported Thursday that it’s the first time she’s recounted the events that led to Phoenix’s passing to any media member in the past 25 years.

“I knew something was wrong that night, something I didn’t understand,” Mathis, who co-starred with Phoenix in 1993’s “The Thing Called Love,” said. “I didn’t see anyone doing drugs but he was high in a way that made me feel uncomfortable — I was in way over my head.”

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Mathis said the stop at the Viper Room was initially supposed to be quick — there to drop off his younger siblings, sister Rain and brother Joaquin. “But when we arrived he said to me, ‘Oh, there are some people playing music tonight in the club who want me to play with them — that’s Okay, right?’”

The actress, now 48, noted her unease with the situation, adding, “Forty-five minutes later, he was dead.”

Even though Mathis observed Phoenix inebriated that night, she said, “The heroin that killed him didn’t happen until he was in the Viper Room.”

She said she went to the bathroom before a club bouncer pushed Phoenix out of the club. “I have my suspicions about what was going on, but I didn’t see anything,” she told The Guardian. She met up with him only to see him collapse and Joaquin Phoenix call 9-1-1.

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“I think if River was still here, I think he’d be acting, directing, saving the environment, just living and hanging out,” she said. “Oh gosh, wouldn’t that be nice?”

Mathis shared more memories of her relationship with Phoenix. Read them here.

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Viola Davis on Interracial Kiss With Liam Neeson in ‘Widows’: ‘Elusive to Me Because of the Way I Look’

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(Warning: A very light spoiler is discussed)

A deep, passionate kiss is shared by Viola Davis and Liam Neeson in the opening frames of “Widows,” immediately keying audiences into the fact that they’re not watching an ordinary crime thriller. This is a Steve McQueen crime thriller, by the director who won the Best Picture Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” and who also earned raves for his groundbreaking sex addiction drama “Shame,” starring Michael Fassbender.

“You will not see that,” Davis said of the intimate bedroom kiss between a black woman and white man depicted in the film. “I don’t care how much people say they’re committed to inclusivity — they’re not committed to that,” said the Oscar winner at a screening on the 20th Century Fox lot in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, attended by McQueen and other cast members.

It’s an opening scene that arguably hasn’t been done in film. As Davis put it, to have “the opening shot in this movie where you have a dark-skinned woman with a big nose and wide lips and all of that and her natural hair kissing — romantically kissing a white man onscreen.”

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“Widows,” co-written by McQueen and “Gone Girl” writer Gillian Flynn, is a remake of a 1980s British TV show. The film version is set in Chicago. It revolves around the women left behind, mourning the deaths of their criminal husbands as they navigate survival in a crime world they’ve suddenly inherited. It also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Carrie Coon and Robert Duvall.

Rodriguez, also at Tuesday’s screening Q&A, chimed in on Davis’ thoughts on interracial love in movies: “The reality of the truth of the fabric of this country is multiracial. I can’t tell you how many Irish last names are on yellow, mixed race, African humans,” she said. “This is just a man who sees truth and he’s putting it on the screen,” Rodriguez added of McQueen.

“That right there has been elusive to me because of the way I look,” added Davis of her kissing scene with Neeson. “I’m just going to say it,” she added as the audience — mostly Screen Actors Guild members — erupted into applause. “Steve [McQueen], he didn’t want to hear that… He saw me as this woman. I migrate toward people who actually see me. I actually do have a vagina,” she concluded as the crowd cheered and laughed.

“Widows” opens in theaters Nov. 16.

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‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’: Peanuts Creator’s Daughter Recalls Giving Real Halloween Rocks

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In case you’re one of the few Americans who hasn’t seen “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” a well-known gag in the long-running television special involves Charlie getting rocks for Halloween instead of candy.

“Every once and a while my sister and I thought it’d be fun to give somebody a rock,” Jill Schulz, the youngest daughter of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, told TheWrap of her own childhood memories from Halloween.

“I’m pretty sure they knew we were joking,” she added of her real-life Halloween rock prank.

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Dressed in his awkward, homemade ghost costume during a neighborhood trick-or-treat escapade with friends, Charlie Brown famously exclaims “I got a rock!” every time he peers into his Halloween candy sack.

Unlike Peppermint Patty, Sally and Pig-Pen, who get gobs of sugary treats, Charlie’s the one who gets tricked.

When the half-hour television special debuted in 1966, the sequence had young fans feeling so bad for Charlie, they mailed piles of candy to CBS.

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Jill Schulz remembers that her father, who died in 2000 at age 77, got candy delivered to his own small studio in Sebastopol, Calif., too.

“I remember him telling me and chuckling about it, that people were feeling bad for Charlie Brown and sending the candy,” Schulz recalled.

“I asked him, are you eating it? He said, ‘No. I think other people in the office will take it home,’” she said. “I don’t remember ever getting to eat it.”

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But Schulz was clear, she and her siblings were never deprived of sweets while they were growing up.

“My parents were from Minnesota, so there was always plenty of ice cream, Hostess cupcakes, Dolly Madison — one of the first sponsors of the Peanuts specials,” she pointed out.

Schulz said the house was always stocked with Dolly Madison cakes — which she presumed were free gifts from the company. The Schulz family would also receive regular deliveries of Coca-Cola — another sponsor of the Charlie Brown television specials.

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“Even to this day, I still drink Coke if I am going to drink soda,” she said with a chuckle.

When it comes to the longevity of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” Schulz cited her famous father: “My dad would say there’s nothing wrong with keeping a little innocence out there.”

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Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither were the Peanuts animated shows, inspired by Charles M. Schulz’s long-running comic strip.

But when it came to outlining the entire concept for “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” which first aired in 1966, it was all hashed out by lunchtime, save a few scenes that were added after Schulz, director-producer Bill Melendez (also the voice of Snoopy) and executive producer Lee Mendelson finished their sandwiches.

“The reason we were able to do it in one day is that the main theme of the show had been in the comic strips for years,” Mendelson said during an interview with TheWrap in 2016.

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Indeed, Schulz had already featured Linus in the pumpkin patch with Sally in his newspaper strip. “We just added a Halloween party, a trick-or-treat passage of the kids and Snoopy flying the doghouse,” Mendelson revealed about the day the popular television special was first conceived.

Snoopy first assumed the guise of the World War I Flying Ace in a Peanuts comic strip from October 1965, donning vintage aviator hat, scarf, and goggles to take on the Red Baron from atop his doghouse.

The concept came to Schulz after a discussion he had with his son, Monte, about the Red Baron. “They both had ideas about who influenced that,” Jill Schulz said of her older brother and father, referencing the fact that they both took credit for inventing flying Snoopy.

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It was a year later when the beagle’s alter ego made its television debut in “It’s the Great Pumpkin.”

“As we were developing the script, Mr. Schulz lamented almost as an aside, ‘Too bad we can’t have Snoopy fly,’” Mendelson recalled. “Melendez, pretending to be offended, said, ‘Hey, I’m an animator. I can do anything, including a dog flying a doghouse.’ We all laughed and that’s how Melendez and [animator] Bill LittleJohn created that scene.”

Snoopy steering his doghouse through the air is now an iconic image. It appeared in subsequent animations, including last year’s feature “The Peanuts Movie,” and even became a postage stamp.

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“I would ask my dad, ‘Why is Snoopy a beagle? Why not a lab or a poodle?’” recalled Jill Schulz. “He said, ‘Because beagle is a funny word.’” She added, “Sometimes people want to find complicated reason for why he made choices. I’m always amazed at his simple answers.”

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” was the third-ever Peanuts animated show and the second-ever Peanuts holiday special.

Animators were told by CBS to create “another blockbuster,” recalled Mendelson.

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Ultimately, they met their goal — and then some.

“We got a tremendous audience with half the country tuning in,” the executive producer said, recalling what was possible back in 1966, when “there were only three networks.”

The animated special has aired every year to stellar ratings since.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Pays Tribute to Paul Allen, Environmentalist: ‘His Legacy Lives’

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Oscar winner and staunch environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio paid tribute on Monday to Paul Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder whose death was announced on Monday.

“Sad to hear of the passing of Paul Allen, who was a strong advocate for environmental protection,” wrote the actor on Twitter. “He and the team at Vulcan played a pivotal role in developing the Shark Conservation Fund alongside LDF. His legacy lives on via his incredible work as a philanthropist and investor,” added DiCaprio.

Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and went on to become owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, died from complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 65.

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His death was announced on the website of his current company, Vulcan Inc., which DiCaprio referenced in his Twitter tribute to the late tech icon.

DiCaprio has been a longtime advocate for the environment.

He produced and appeared in the 2016 climate change documentary, “Before the Flood.” DiCaprio also met with President Donald Trump’s team in late 2016 to present a “framework” on how focusing on renewable, clean energy could create millions of jobs. He teamed up last year with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto in an effort to save the endangered vaquita porpoise, native to the Gulf of California.

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“The Revenant” star also met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2016 to discuss the environment, which both men have displayed an interest in protecting.

Sad to hear of the passing of Paul Allen, who was a strong advocate for environmental protection. He and the team at Vulcan played a pivotal role in developing the Shark Conservation Fund alongside LDF. His legacy lives on via his incredible work as a philanthropist and investor.

— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) October 16, 2018

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Kim Kardashian’s Body Guard Sued for $6 Million Over Paris Robbery

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Kim Kardashian West’s insurance company is suing her bodyguard and his company for $6.1 million, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap.

Kardashian West was tied up by armed robbers, locked in a bathroom and had more than $10 million worth of jewelry stolen from a Paris hotel two years ago on Oct. 3, 2016, according to police reports.

The lawsuit accuses Pascal Duvier and the company he works for, PROTECTSECURITY, of leaving the insured (Kardashian West) in the hotel “alone without any security detail and/or bodyguard.”

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The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, two years to the day after the event took place, sites security breaches, including a broken or missing lock on the front gate of the hotel’s courtyard and a malfunctioning intercom. It says the defendants “failed to address and/or correct these various security breaches.” It goes onto say masked gunman “entered through the unlocked gate of the Hotel; came to open the door separating the courtyard and the concierge’s desk while the concierge was watching them go through such a door made out of security glass, and were permitted entry; moved passed [sic] the concierge, who did not have any security training; and entered the Insured’s hotel room.”

“The masked men restrained the Insured and proceed to rob her of her personal property, including one of a kind jewelry,” the lawsuit went on to state.

The legal filing accuses the defendants of “negligence, carelessness, recklessness, and/or failure to properly protect, secure, monitor, inspect, and survey the Hotel where the Insured was staying at the time of the Robbery, the Insured and Plaintiff, by way of subrogation, suffered personal property damage, as well as forseeable finiancial loss.”

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Kardashian West was in Paris staying at a private residence when the burglary took place, police said. A spokesperson said at the time that the reality TV star was “badly shaken but physically unharmed.”

The men were dressed as police officers and wore ski masks, and put a gun to her temple, according to Reuters. Paris police officials told the Associated Press that five assailants stole a jewelry box containing valuables worth between $5.6 and $6.7 million, as well as a ring worth roughly $4.5 million.

Kardashian West later sued MediaTakeOut for reporting that she might have staged her recent robbery in Paris. Observers also initially mocked the incident on Twitter, saying it was some sort of “publicity stunt.” Her rapper husband Kanye West cancelled a concert mid-show, immediately after learning of the incident.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Daryl Hannah, Ashley Judd, Lili Reinhart, More Share ‘#WhyIDidntReport’ Sexual Misconduct

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Droves of people have taken to Twitter to share why they didn’t immediately report sexual misconduct at the time of the abuse — including Hollywood stars Daryl Hannah, Ashley Judd, “2 Broke Girls” creator Whitney Cummings, “Riverdale” star Lili Reinhart and more.

The hashtag “#WhyIDidntReport” is trending on the platform after President Trump cast doubt on Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Ford because she did not immediately report the alleged sexual assault at the time of the “attack” she said took place decades ago. Trump tweeted: “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

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People who identify as victims of sexual misconduct — — along with their supporters — took Trump to task, including entertainment industry figures who said they’ve been abused:

I did, it didn’t matter, I was dismissed, disparaged, & I still get blamed #WhyIDidntReport

— Daryl Hannah (@dhlovelife) September 21, 2018

#WhyIDidntReport. The first time it happened, I was 7. I told the first adults I came upon. They said “Oh, he’s a nice old man, that’s not what he meant.” So when I was raped at 15, I only told my diary. When an adult read it, she accused me of having sex with an adult man.

— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) September 21, 2018

I had no idea assault wasn’t okay because pop culture taught me that my body existed solely to be objectified and enjoyed by men and it
it didn’t occur to me that I was allowed to even have a say in who touches my body until I was literally 30 years old. #WhyIDidntReport

— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) September 21, 2018

Because I didn’t want to lose my job or make people think I was a drama queen. #WhyIDidntReport

— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) September 21, 2018

I was 19. With a terrifying look in his eyes, he pinned me down, grabbed both my wrists with 1 hand & tried to unbutton my pants with another. I kicked him as hard as I could in the crotch and ran out. He didn’t actually rape me so I thought “nothing” happened. #WhyIDidntReport

— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) September 21, 2018

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One frequently-shared testimonial came from Atlanta journalist Thomas Roberts, who said he was sexually abused by a priest when he was just 14 years old:

I waited over 20 years to report my sexual abuser.
Because I was 14.
Because it was my hero.
Because it was my priest.
Because I thought I’d be expelled.
Because I feared no one would believe me.
Because I thought suicide was easier than telling 1 person#WhyIDidntReport

— Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) September 21, 2018

Another journalist, David Leavitt, said he didn’t report sexual misconduct because “I was four, and he said he’d kill me.”

I was four, and he said he’d kill me. #WhyIDidntReport

— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) September 21, 2018

Actress Alyssa Milano, who said she was sexually assaulted twice, responded directly to Trump, telling hims to “listen the f— up…  I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell me parents.”

“Scandal” star Bellamy Young shared the hashtag, saying she didn’t report sexual misconduct because “I was too young to know it was wrong yet.”

Because I was too young to know it was wrong yet #WhyIDidntReport

I wrap my heart around everyone that this hashtag touches tonight. Keep yourselves safe. Do things in your own time. Love & respect yourself- because that is what you deserve. I stand w/you.#BelieveWomen

— Bellamy Young (@BellamyYoung) September 21, 2018

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Drudge Report Called Out for Linking to False Report on Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Ford

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The Drudge Report caught criticism Monday for linking to a negative news story about Christine Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were in high school — because the story by Grabien News turned out to be about a different woman named Christine Ford.

“Drudge gets VERY EXCITED about a report on ‘grabien dot com’ about Christine Ford’s student reviews,” tweeted politics journalist Judd Legum. “It was the wrong Christine Ford.”

“Drudge has now deleted the item — God knows how many times this item was echoed through social media,” said longtime politics journalist Jeff Greenfield, who noted the name discrepancy in the Grabien story.

MSNBC contributor Josh Barro also pointed to the error, linking out to a Drudge Report tweet about the Grabien story that has since been deleted.

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These are reviews for Christine A. Ford, a licensed social worker who holds an MSW from Cal State Long Beach & taught at Cal State Fullerton. https://t.co/RHEFgLdHvS

Kavanaugh’s accuser is Christine B. Ford, who holds a PhD from USC and teaches at Palo Alto University. https://t.co/gCwf2KVi5T

— Josh Barro (@jbarro) September 17, 2018

Grabien News reported it had unearthed a long list of negative reviews, written by students, about professor Christine Ford.

While Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is a professor at Palo Alto University, the reviews cited by Grabien were about Christine A. Ford who taught at California State University, Fullerton from 2010 to 2014.

Drudge was not the only outlet to relay the false report, according to Observer.com, which said The Gateway Pundit, Mark Levin, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham and Chuck Woolery also shared the story.

Matt Drudge, the founder of The Drudge Report, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

Grabien News retracted the story and apologized for its “error” in reporting. “We regret not going to greater lengths to ensure this was indeed the same Christine Ford.

“Please do not share this article with anyone (and if you have, delete it/withdraw it); we are only leaving the page up so you can see this important update,” the site posted on its retracted story.

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Here are more responses to Drudge’s promotion of the story:

New: I talked to the other Christine Ford, a very nice person who was giving a speech to the L.A. Dept. of Mental Health when Drudge, GatewayPundit, Posobiec and others started tearing apart her RateMyProfessors page, claiming she was Kavanaugh’s accuser.https://t.co/8Xf1EOWG9A

— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) September 17, 2018

This story is about an entirely different woman with the same name as Kavanaugh’s accuser. Drudge just linked to it.

But it has no discernible byline, so there’s nobody to specifically tell that the entire premise of the story is wrong. Neat trick!https://t.co/8F5rOsJ2AV

— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) September 17, 2018

In fact, @DRUDGE_REPORT has “savaged” the wrong Christine Ford… and this tweet is still circulating 2 hours later. Will a correction and apology be forthcoming? https://t.co/yD2YQh8Wxg #Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/NeMEuO1utQ

— Mark Follman (@markfollman) September 17, 2018

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Norm Macdonald’s ‘Down Syndrome’ Response Fans Flames After #MeToo Backlash

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Norm Macdonald keeps putting his foot in it.

The comedian is facing a second round of backlash this week — this time for referring to a genetic disorder to emphasize a point about his support of the #MeToo movement.

“You’d have to have Down Syndrome to not feel sorry for — of course, #MeToo is what you want for your daughters. And you want that to be the future world,” Macdonald told Howard Stern on Wednesday.

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Soon afterward, several people on Twitter voiced their disgust with Macdonald’s choice of words.

“@normmacdonald you made fun of people with Downs Syndrome, and the me too movement?,” noted one detractor, adding, “I’ve never cared for your attempt at humor. Always thought you just got lucky somewhere. Now I just find you ignorant and vile. You don’t seem very bright either, so I’ll help you – you suck.”

Another observer offered an even more blunt assessment: “This clueless mother f—er just tried to say his #MeToo comments were misconstrued by making a Downs Syndrome joke. Are you f—ing serious @normmacdonald ?”

“People with downs syndrome are beautiful and should not be dragged into any conversation in a negative light! Norm Macdonald needs to sit down (in the corner) with his straight, white, male privilege! #ByeGirl,” tweeted another.

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“Here’s a hole, dig deeper!” wrote another observer, referencing a second wave of backlash against the comedian.

Macdonald stopped by Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show on Wednesday to clarify comments he made about the #MeToo movement and explain how he came to be dropped from an appearance on “The Tonight Show” earlier this week.

Macdonald, who’s promoting his upcoming Netflix talk show, explained that he wasn’t trying to defend the accused men when he said that he’s “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit” in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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“I never defended them. I am completely behind the #MeToo movement,” the “Saturday Night Live” alum told Stern.

Macdonald suggested that there should be a path to redemption for disgraced stars like Louis C.K. or Roseanne Barr, telling THR: “The model used to be: admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition and then we give you a second chance. Now it’s admit wrongdoing and you’re finished.”

Macdonald continued in the interview: “There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.”

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The comments were met with intense backlash on social media, leading to his Tuesday appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” being canceled just moments before it was scheduled to begin.

“[Fallon] was very broken up about it. And he said ‘I don’t know what to do. And I said ‘Should I not do the show?’” Macdonald told Stern. The comedian said Fallon told him he was getting “pressure from so many people” and senior producers were crying over Macdonald’s appearance.

Ultimately, Fallon told him that doing the segment so soon after the comments were published would “hurt the show,” Macdonald said. “And I said, ‘Jimmy I don’t want to hurt your show. That is the last thing I want to do.’”

Macdonald has since apologized for the comments in a tweet.

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“Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years. They both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions,” he wrote. “If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry.”

“I wish I never had to do an interview, especially a print interview because they edit it and put it together and ask you questions that maybe you don’t want to answer,” he told Stern. “They put things together that you’re saying — and I’m a f–ing dumb guy, I get confused.”

Here are more negative reactions to Macdonald’s “Down Syndrome” comment:

When @normmacdonald says ‘you’d have to have down syndrome’ he’s making fun of people who use and are offended by people saying ‘that’s retarded’. By using a more medically specific term he’s ironically posing as politically correct when he knows he’s being even more offensive.

— Jeremiah Daniel (@Crumpkin) September 12, 2018

There are so many things wrong with Norm MacDonald’s statements about Down syndrome that instead of kicking in the screen of my computer, I tried to breathe calmly and composed this tweet. @Netflix: Fire this putz before you’re forced to fire this putz. https://t.co/ygMzUxDGAm

— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) September 12, 2018

Perhaps Norm Macdonald’s agent will let him know that it’s time to stop. Just. Stop. Talking.
Down Syndrome? Seriously? Leave that alone. What on earth does that have to do with sympathy for #MeToo https://t.co/0Y8TSIjt90

— Margaret Holt (@chicagomargaret) September 12, 2018

“You’d have to have Down Syndrome to not feel sorry for MeToo”?! WTH. We not gonna talk about this??? That’s ableist AF. He’s basically saying people with Down Syndrome have no feelings or empathy and that’s wrong. https://t.co/bfZT5KOCPo

— #Resist (@Stardust2187) September 12, 2018

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‘Morning Joe’ Host Mika Brzezinski Called Out for Bashing Serena Williams: ‘Yikes’ (Video)

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“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski became the target of online outrage after she criticized tennis star Serena Williams’ on-court behavior during Saturday’s U.S. Open final loss to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.

“I’m really getting sick of the racial insensitivity,” one commenter wrote after Brzezinski weighed in on the matter Monday, noting the moment Williams threw her racket onto the ground during the match and received one of three penalties from chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

“Personally, I don’t think that’s becoming, whether a man does it or a woman does it,” Brzezinski said.

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Some experts said the ump overplayed his hand, meanwhile many online detractors suggested the calls against the African-American tennis pro stemmed from racial insensitivity or even sexism.

But Brzezinski told her co-host Joe Scarborough, “The entire thing was extremely personal. It was about Serena. It was about being apologized to and it just completely blew out of control and, quite frankly, impacted her tennis.”

Brzezinski argued that Williams’ conduct took away from the winner’s “amazing” performance, adding that “Serena [was] incapable of not taking this all personally.”

The moment did not go over well with several viewers, who took to Twitter to slam the “Morning Joe” co-host.

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Here is a sampling of what people are saying online about Brzezinski’s take on Williams’ U.S. Open penalties:

Yikes. Bad take from @morningmika this morning on @serenawilliams – saying she took the sexism “too personally” sounds patronizing and also seems like an awfully privileged place to come from where public career-altering racism/sexism shouldn’t be taken personally #morningjoe

— ???????????????????????? ???????????????? (@_ashlynn_b) September 10, 2018

In other words woman, a black woman, know your place, right? There’s a bunch of white people who pretend they admire black athletes but jumps at every opportunity to criticize them. #MorningJoe

— Juliette (@att_julie) September 10, 2018

@morningmika maybe you should have had on Billie Jean King this am. She seems to understand that women should “Know Their Value”. #morningjoe https://t.co/DysoQIN9g3

— LaurieCR (@laurieCR13) September 10, 2018

#SerenaWilliams is absolutely justified in standing up 4 herself & every young girl in this country who saw it should look up to her in that moment & stand up 4 themselves & not be disciplined by how their suppose to behave in those moments. ~ #MorningJoe pic.twitter.com/q4PXakV5uf

— Anthony (@HollywoodBlvd1) September 10, 2018

I like watching #MorningJoe but I need Mika to be all the way quiet right now about Serena. Unbecoming??…unbelievable. The conversations you have about worth are very different from those of Black women. And y’all have the nerve to bring a white man on to critique her? Bye…

— Samantha Arlene (@SamanthaArlene) September 10, 2018

Mike Lupica’s choosing to use the word “she had priors” is part of the problem. Would he have used that phrase if she was white? Im really getting sick of the racial insensitivity on this short. #Morningjoe

— Ana Drummond (@anatdrummond) September 10, 2018

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Roseanne Barr Thanks John Goodman for ‘Speaking Truth About Me’

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Roseanne Barr thanked her longtime co-star John Goodman after he said in a recent interview that he knows “for a fact” that she is “not a racist.”

“I thank John Goodman for speaking truth about me, despite facing certain peril from producers and network,” Barr tweeted on Monday night.

I thank John Goodman for speaking truth about me, despite facing certain peril from producers and network.

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) August 28, 2018

Goodman said in an interview with the Sunday Times that he was “very depressed” when ABC canceled “Roseanne” following Barr’s racist tweet earlier this year.

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“I was broken-hearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go.’ But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed,” the actor who played Dan Conner on the revived sitcom said. “I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit.”

Goodman, who played Barr’s husband on the original ABC show and its recent revival, said he was “surprised” by the network’s swift reaction to the tweet and its decision to cancel the show. He also said he knows “for a fact” that Barr is “not a racist,” but stopped short of throwing his full support behind his fired co-star.

“I’ve never tweeted or twarted, it’s not useful for me,” Goodman said.

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ABC canceled “Roseanne” in May following Barr’s widely condemned tweet that said that former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett looked as if the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes” had a baby. After extensive negotiations to end Barr’s involvement, the network recently said it would move forward with a spinoff titled “The Conners.”

“She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on. I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time,” Goodman said. “And she’s still going through hell.”

As for how the show would proceed without the central figure for which it’s named and whose identity is a defining character of its sensibility, Goodman said it’s still “unknown.”

“I guess [Dan will] be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead,” he said.

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The president’s position on NFL players who protest remains unchanged.

Trump made that clear in a pair of early Friday tweets, the morning after pro-football players were seen taking a knee or raising a fist during at least two NFL pre-season games.

“The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem,” wrote Trump. “Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love……”

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President Trump followed up with a second tweet, saying, “…..Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!

The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018

…..Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018

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At the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt, while defensive end Robert Quinn stood with his fist raised.

The players’ protests came just one day after the team submitted a nine-page disciplinary document to the NFL that discussed possible punishments for anthem protests, including fines or suspensions.

Colin Kaepernick, who spearheaded the movement among players, later tweeted in support of Stills and Wilson.

My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee. Albert Wilson @iThinkIsee12 joined him in protest. Stay strong brothers!????
???? @footcandles#imwithkap #imwithereid #takeaknee pic.twitter.com/LimoadfUcW

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 10, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby both raised their fists, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Other players opted to remain off the field while the anthem was played, according to multiple reports.

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In May, the NFL banned kneeling during the national anthem, but said it will allow players to remain in the locker room in protest during the singing of the anthem. On July 10, the NFL Players Association filed a grievance, saying in a statement that the policy was “inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights.”

Trump launched into a tirade last fall, criticizing players, for multiple days straight, for taking a knee during the national anthem, tweeting, in part, about the “great anger” Americans feel about the issue.

He also repeated a call for the NFL to issue a rule barring such protests — something that team owners had rejected at the time.

“The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations,” Trump tweeted at the time. “The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!”

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Threats against reporters on the rise. We decided to broadcast one of those threats on today’s @ReliableSources, so everyone can hear it for themselves. pic.twitter.com/kJxGWKOrWI

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 5, 2018

After a caller threatened to shoot CNN anchors Don Lemon and Brian Stelter on C-SPAN air late last week, the public service network said Monday that the show’s host “did not hear the comment.”

C-SPAN also said it reported the threat to the FBI.

The on-air threat occurred during Friday morning’s “open phones” segment of “Washington Journal.” A man who said he was from Pennsylvania accused Stelter and Lemon of calling Trump supporters “racist,” adding, “They started the war, I see them I’m going to shoot them. Bye.”

Stelter replayed the call on CNN air Sunday during “Reliable Sources,” as seen in the video above.

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C-SPAN pointed to its network guidance on handling “offensive, inaccurate or threatening statements” in its Monday statement. It includes that “hosts are expected to step in to cut off the call” during such instances.

STATEMENT FROM C-SPAN ABOUT AUGUST 3, 2018 VIEWER CALL TO WASHINGTON JOURNAL

C-SPAN’s guidelines for the Washington Journal can be found by clicking on the FAQ link here: https://t.co/Qx2bkhPiok. pic.twitter.com/685spL9mg3

— CSPAN (@cspan) August 6, 2018

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