Prince Royce Celebrates Diversity of MLS Fans in Multi-Cultural ‘Our Soccer’ Campaign (Video)

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Latin Grammy-nominated singer Prince Royce has teamed up with the MLS to be the voice of the upcoming 2019 season.

Royce leads the league’s “Our Soccer” campaign that was launched on Tuesday, aiming to highlight the intersection of sports, culture and entertainment, and celebrate the most culturally diverse fanbase in all of North American sports.

“I think it’s one of the sports that has the most passion. You see so many cultures, languages — that’s the great thing about music and the great thing about soccer,” Prince Royce said. “I’m from New York, where we have two teams, and I moved to Miami, and having a team coming to Miami is super dope. As a fan I think we’re all excited. It’s great to see MLS grow, and for all of these cities to have more sports, more passion, more laughter and more soccer.”

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Royce is wearing an Inter Miami CF jersey representing David Beckham’s newly-formed team while at a while viewing party Grammy-nominated producer and DJ TOKiMONSTA (sporting LAFC gear) in the video.

“The ‘Our Soccer’ campaign captures the unique spirit, confident attitude and diverse environment that embodies MLS,” David Bruce, MLS VP of brand and integrated marketing, said in a statement. “It celebrates the MLS supporter culture and illustrates how fans are creating their own rituals and traditions that define the North American version of the global game. The campaign also showcases how cultural influencers view the league as an authentic representation of themselves and a place to more deeply engage with fans.”

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The “Our Soccer” spot with Royce was filmed in English, Spanish, Spanglish and French-Canadian (for MLS’ fans in Quebec) to represent the MLS’ multicultural fan base. It will run on MLS partner networks including ESPN, FOX Sports, Univision, TSN and TVA Sports, and across international broadcast partner platforms, as well as the league’s own digital channels.

The 2019 MLS season kicks off on Saturday, March 2.

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“Our Soccer” was produced by Cornerstone and The FADER, with the spots directed by acclaimed filmmaker Clayton Vomero.

The brand campaign first debuted in 2018 with a spot and featured Atlanta-based rapper and Atlanta United fan 2 Chainz. During the 2018 World Cup, MLS released a second spot featuring singer, songwriter, producer and LA Galaxy fan Miguel.

Watch the campaign videos above and below.

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Federal Prosecutors Open Investigation Into National Enquirer Owner Over Jeff Bezos Story

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Federal prosecutors are looking into whether the National Enquirer’s publisher American Media Inc., broke a cooperation agreement with the government, following accusations by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that the company tried to blackmail him, The Associated Press reported Friday.

On Thursday, Bezos posted an extraordinary Medium post in which he accused AMI of threatening to publish a nude selfie and other private photos of him unless he dropped an investigation into how the tabloid obtained the private materials.

The AP cited two people familiar with the matter who said prosecutors are looking into whether the emails sent to Bezos violated an agreement the government struck with AMI. The company was granted immunity in exchange for information about hush money payments to two women who said they had relationships with Donald Trump. As part of the deal, the company agreed to not commit any crimes for three years.

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Bloomberg reported Friday that prosecutors have been given information about “key exchanges of concern to Bezos” and that authorities are in the process of reviewing the matter for potential criminal activity.

AMI did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Special Counsel’s Office and the Southern District of New York both declined comment.

Earlier in the day, AMI issued a statement saying it acted “lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos,” promising to “promptly and thoroughly investigate” the accusations by Bezos.

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In his post Bezos said that the Enquirer did not ask for money but instead demanded he and his security chief,  Gavin de Becker, make a public statement that its coverage was not politically motivated.

“In the AMI letters I’m making public, you will see the precise details of their extortionate proposal: They will publish the personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and I make the specific false public statement to the press that we ‘have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces,’” Bezos wrote in a Medium Post.

Pecker has been a longtime friend of the president. During the 2016 presidential race, the Enquirer wrote favorable stories about Trump and paid $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to suppress her story until after the 2016 election. The president has also been known to criticize Bezos as well as his business, Amazon and The Washington Post.

Bezos’ accusations could spell trouble for the tabloid. According to the agreement with prosecutors, if Bezos’ accusations are true, AMI could lose its immunity.

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The clash between Bezos and the Enquirer started last month after the tabloid published a story about Bezos’ relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor. In response, Bezos hired private investigators to find out how the tabloid obtained the private texts and photos between him and Sanchez.

In his post Thursday, Bezos said that someone at AMI then told him that Pecker, was “apoplectic” about the investigation.

It was then, according to Bezos, that AMI reached out Bezos’ team saying demanding he stop the investigation.

“They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation,” Bezos wrote.

In one of the emails sent to de Becker’s lawyer, Marty Singer, AMI’s chief content officer Dylan Howard describes one of the photos as a “below the belt selfie - otherwise colloquially known as a ‘d-ck pick.’”

Bezos said he decided to publish the emails instead.

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Bezos’ investigators suspect Michael Sanchez, Lauren’s brother, may have played a role in leaking the photos to the Enquirer, according to the AP.

Sanchez, who has defended the Trump on his Twitter feed, declined to comment to the AP. In a tweet, he accused de Becker of spreading “unhinged conservative conspiracy theories.”

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Jill Abramson Admits Errors in Book After Plagiarism Accusations

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Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times, promised Thursday to correct sourcing errors in her new book about journalism, “Merchants of Truth” after a Vice reporter used Twitter to detail accusations of plagiarism.

In an email to The Associated Press, Abramson acknowledged that some page numbers in sourcing were inaccurate and “should have been cited as quotations in the text.”

“I was up all night going through my book because I take these claims of plagiarism so seriously,” Abrams wrote in the email. “In writing Merchants of Truth, I tried above all to accurately and properly give attribution to the many hundreds of sources that were part of my research.”

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Abramson’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, told TheWrap that, “Any clarifications or corrections made will be updated in future editions.”

On Wednesday, Vice News Tonight correspondent Michael Moynihan accused Abramson of plagiarizing passages for her new book about journalism and tweeted what he said was proof.

“I wouldn’t want even a misplaced comma so I will promptly fix these footnotes and quotations as I have corrected other material that Vice contested,” Abramson said, adding that, “The book is over 500 pages. All of the ideas in the book are original, all the opinions are mine. The passages in question involve facts that should have been perfectly cited in my footnotes and weren’t.”

Abramson went on Fox News Wednesday evening, saying she did not plagiarize any of the writing, insisting that her book includes more than 70 pages of endnotes.

Moynihan’s Twitter thread accused her of “enormous factual errors, other cribbed passages [and] single or unsourced claims.” He said he had focused his plagiarism investigation on the section about Vice.

A check of the Kindle edition of the book by TheWrap found that she repeatedly failed to credit the sources that Moynihan accused her of plagiarizing:

-Moynihan said a passage of Abramson’s book about Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes’ authorship of a column in The American Conservative closely resembles a passage in a Ryerson Review of Journalism article called “Bigot or Champion of Truth.” TheWrap’s review found that Abramson does not credit the article in her notes or mention it anywhere in her book.

-A passage about former Vice News editor Jason Mojica’s background is similar to a Time Out article called “Vice Cop.” Again, Abramson does not credit the Time Out story or mention it anywhere in her book.

-For a section on Vice Fashion, and Vice’s “The Racist Issue,” Moynihan accuses Abramson of drawing on a master’s thesis by Ryan Bigge and a New Yorker story. Abramson does cite both Bigge and the New Yorker in her notes — but not does not give them credit for the section about “The Racist Issue.”

-Moynihan also accuses Abramson of lifting details about millionaire Richard Szalwinski from the New Yorker article. TheWrap’s review found again that Abramson did not credit the article in reference to Szalwinski.

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Cary Goldstein, vice president and executive director of publicity for Simon & Schuster told TheWrap in a statement Wednesday night:

Jill Abramson’s MERCHANTS OF TRUTH is an important, exhaustively researched and meticulously sourced book about the media business in a critical moment of transition. It has been published with an extraordinary degree of transparency toward its subjects; each of the four news organizations covered in the book was given ample time and opportunity to comment on the content, and where appropriate the author made changes and corrections. If upon further examination changes or attributions are deemed necessary we stand ready to work with the author in making those revisions.

Abramson tweeted that she takes “seriously the issues raised and will review the passages in question.”

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Abramson’s book, “Merchants of Truth: Inside the News Revolution,” focuses on “the evolving state of media in the information age and what it means for the future of news,” according to Simon & Schuster.

Moynihan said he noticed the plagiarized passages after spotting an “egregious” mistake about one of his colleagues, which Abramson later corrected. He said he then noticed other parts that seemed to be lifted from other writers.

Later Wednesday, writer Ian Frisch tweeted that Abramson plagiarized him six times in the book. However, TheWrap’s review found that she cited him at least three times in her notes.

On Monday, Abramson came under criticism after telling New York’s The Cut that she never records her interviews.

“I’m a very fast note-taker,” she said. “When someone kind of says the ‘it’ thing that I have really wanted, I don’t start scribbling right away. I have an almost photographic memory and so I wait a beat or two while they’re onto something else, and then I write down the previous thing they said.”

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The remarks prompted a scathing Washington Examiner article titled: “Dear reporters: Please, for the love of God, do not take advice from Jill Abramson.”

“Reporters: I cannot stress enough that this is a terrible way to conduct interviews,” the article, written by Becket Adams.  “Everything Abramson just said — do the exact opposite.”

Here are some of Moynihan’s tweets:

The following examples from the final book—not the galley—are only from the Vice chapters (I didn’t check the others). So let’s begin…Here is Abramson on Gavin McInnes (whom she interviewed) and the Ryerson Review of Journalism

— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) February 6, 2019

This example is from one source–the New Yorker again–though the two sentences are separated by a page.

— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) February 6, 2019

Here Abramson–in a treatise on journalistic ethics–copies a passage from…the Columbia Journalism Review

— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) February 6, 2019

There’s lesser stuff too; still problematic. At various points in Merchants of Truth, rather than toil in the archives, reading old issues of the magazine or watching old Vice videos, Abramson liberally borrows from those who have:

— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) February 6, 2019

There’s plenty more–enormous factual errors, other cribbed passages, single or unsourced claims–but this should give a sense.

— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) February 6, 2019

The book ends with a final wag of the finger, reminding me that my colleagues apparently don’t possess “the expertise to compete on the biggest news stories.” If Abramson is the arbiter of ethics & expertise, I think we’re doing just fine.

— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) February 6, 2019

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Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham Boycotts Have Cost Their Fox News Shows Millions, Data Shows (Exclusive)

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Laura Ingraham’s remarks about Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg and Tucker Carlson’s comments on immigration have come at a heavy cost for their Fox News shows, which have lost millions in ad revenue, according to new data provided to TheWrap.

According to an analysis for TheWrap by advertising data firm Standard Media Index, Fox News’ 10 p.m. slot, hosted by Ingraham, was down at least $16 million in ad revenue in 2018. Carlson’s show, which airs at 8 p.m., has lost another $2.2 million thanks to an ad boycott that began in December after he said mass immigration makes the U.S. “poorer, and dirtier, and more divided.”

That’s a total loss of more than $18 million — though not all of the loss can be blamed directly on the boycotts, for reasons we’ll detail below. The boycotts — fueled by liberal activists — haven’t led to a major financial hit for Fox News so far. The company earned $805 million in ad revenue in 2018, according to Standard Media Index, which uses media companies’ invoices to calculate revenues.

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The ad losses have forced  both “The Ingraham Angle” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to fill their commercial breaks with unpaid station promos. On Monday evening, Sun Basket Meals became the latest sponsor to pull its ads from the Carlson’s show.

Fox News disputed that it has lost any revenue from the boycotts and said that some advertisers are returning after previously pulling out as sponsors.

“Advertisers have started to return and this period is not representative of the status quo in commercial loads for the industry as virtually every network runs a lighter commercial load during the first two weeks of the year,” Marianne Gambelli, Fox News president of ad sales, told TheWrap in a statement. “No revenue was lost as inventory has been shifted to other dayparts and we are on track to deliver a record year in ad sales.”

While Carlson’s numbers are only for recent weeks, since he made his remarks in mid-December, the Ingraham numbers aren’t just for the “first two weeks of the year” — her troubles began in March 2018.

Here are breakdowns for both shows, based on research conducted by Standard Media Index at the request of TheWrap.


On March 28, 2018, Laura Ingraham mocked Hogg, a Parkland shooting survivor turned gun-control activist, saying in a tweet that he “whines about” being rejected by several colleges. Hogg (who eventually got into Harvard) called for his followers to boycott Ingraham’s advertisers, and at least 27 of them dropped her show.

SMI’s numbers show that:

-In April 2018, her show’s ad revenue was down $3.2 million from the ad revenue for the 10 p.m. hour in April 2017, when Sean Hannity occupied the timeslot — a 56 percent drop.

-In May 2018, ad revenue was down $2.2 million from “Hannity” in May 2017 — a 34 percent drop.

-In June 2018, ad revenue was down $875,000, or a 19 percent drop from June 2017.

In late June 2018, Hogg renewed his call for a boycott after Ingraham compared child-detention facilities for refugees along the U.S. border to “summer camps.” Revenues for  the 10 p.m. hour took another big dive in July 2019, dropping $1.7 million, or about 47 percent, from July 2017, according to SMI’s numbers.

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While the show did slightly better in the fall, “The Ingraham Angle” has seen double-digit losses compared to the previous year for every month since the boycott began in March.

Ingraham replaced Hannity in Fox News’ 10 p.m. hour in October 2017, and Hannity moved to the more prominent 9 p.m. hour.

It’s possible some of the some of the drop-off is attributable to Ingraham being less of a draw than Hannity, one of Fox News‘ most bankable stars. But that doesn’t explain the entire drop-off.

Ingraham premiered on Oct. 30, 2017, which means we have an apples-to-apples (or rather, Ingraham-to-Ingraham) comparison between the last two months of 2017 and the last two months of 2018.

She was down $2.2 million from November 2017 to November 2018 — a 38 percent drop — and down $1.75 million from December 2017 to December 2018 — a 33 percent drop.

Here’s a chart:

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On Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, Carlson opined about “an endless chain of migrant caravans” making “our own country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided.” On the episode in which he made those remarks, his show pulled in an impressive $493,000 in ad revenue, according to SMI.

But the effects were almost immediate. By the following Tuesday, Carlson’s ad revenue had plummeted to $92,000, according to SMI. Revenues have not completely bounced back: They have ranged between $79,000 and $236,000 a night for the month of December.

The total impact: “Tucker Carlson Tonight” earned $4.5 million in ad revenue in December 2018, down from $6.7 million in December 2017.

Here’s another chart:

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How has Fox News filled all the advertising slots on Carlson and Ingraham’s shows? With self-promotion. A separate analysis from SMI — by data company Samba TV — shows the extent to which Fox News has advertised Fox News during Carlson and Ingraham’s shows.

Ingraham’s show featured 143 advertisers in the two weeks before advertisers began boycotting her show. The number dropped to 86 advertisers in the two weeks following the boycott and has not bounced back since. In the first two weeks of 2019 —  nearly 10 months after the boycott began — “The Ingraham Angle” had a total of 98 advertisers, the data shows — a 31 percent decline.

During the two weeks before her boycott, “The Ingraham Angle” aired a total of 24 station promos, Samba’s analysis shows. That number nearly doubled during the two weeks after boycott — with 44 station promos.  In the first two weeks of 2019, Ingraham aired 38 Fox News promos.

During the two weeks before the boycott, Carlson’s show aired 625 total commercial spots. In the two weeks after, that number dropped 18.6 percent, to 509 commercials, according to Samba. During the first two weeks of January, the show featured 361 commercial spots, nearly half as many as it did before the boycott began.

Carlson, who aired 34 station promos in the two weeks before the boycott, had 91 station promos in the two weeks following the boycott. In the first two weeks of 2019, the show aired a total of 78 Fox News promos.

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Media Matters for America fueled calls for customers to boycott companies that advertise on Carlson and Ingraham’s shows. Its website urges visitors, “Tell advertisers to stop sponsoring Fox News.”

MMFA president Angelo Carusone said that he believed SMI’s calculations of the Carlson and Ingraham ad losses were “extraordinarily conservative.”

“I think they are significantly more devastating than that,” Carusone told TheWrap. “What it doesn’t capture is all the lost business that they would have gotten and what happens to the ad rates going forward.”

Fox News, Carusone said, may be in for a rude awakening in May, when broadcasters gather in New York to preview their programming for the upcoming TV season.

“To me the questions is not so much, ‘What is happening to the prices now?’ But come May, what will happen?” Carusone said. “They’re heading head-first into a buzzsaw.”

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Advertiser boycotts such as the ones against Carlson and Ingraham might seem likely to fizzle as anger over incendiary comments starts to dissipate and people move on to the next story.

Ingraham and Carlson have both enjoyed strong ratings despite the sponsor boycotts — but their advertisers have been slow to return.

“Things could be better for Fox News and their advertisers,” Brad Adgate, a former advertising executive and media analyst, told TheWrap. “The revenue for two of their three weeknight primetime shows is down significantly and there is still no turnaround.”

It’s unclear just how much money the network actually lost over the boycotts, as most ad time is purchased well in advance. Fox News also makes a bulk of its profits through licensing fees from cable-system operators.

But Adgate questioned the network’s assertion that it did not lose any money.

“If you’re moving an advertiser from primetime to a lower rated daypart, such as daytime programming, you’re going to need more commercials to make up for the audience guarantee,” he said. “They’re losing money because suddenly they can’t sell the daytime show because they have all these units from primetime, and they can’t sell the inventory in primetime because advertisers don’t want to be on those shows.”

Adgate said the boycotts constituted a “yellow alert, not a red alert,” at least for now.

While SMI said Fox News earned more than $805 million in ad revenue in 2018, research firm SNL Kagan offers a higher number: It estimates Fox News generated $1.02 billion in ad revenue and $1.6 billion in gross profits in 2018, a record year for the network.

“It’s not going to be a big blow for them,” a media buyer at a large agency told TheWrap. The individual asked not to be named because he was not authorized to talk to the media. “From a revenue standpoint, it’s really a drop in the bucket for these guys.”

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The fact that Carlson and Ingraham remain on the air is the most powerful illustration of the company’s commitment to them. 

It’s not great,” Adgate said. “But the fact that advertisers haven’t come back in nine months and they haven’t been fired clearly shows Fox News can deal with that.”

One argument for keeping them around: ratings.

Viewership in “The Ingraham Angle” actually improved after the boycott, rising in both overall viewers and in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 year-old demographic. Just six weeks after the boycott began, Ingraham netted an average of 2.656 million viewers nightly, with roughly 553,000 in the key demo, up from 2.284 million total and 471,000 demo viewers in the six weeks before the boycott began. Her ratings were slightly down by the end of the year, with 2.518 million total viewers and 467,000 in the demo for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Carlson, on the other hand, has dominated the 8 p.m. hour across the board, drawing 2.822 million total viewers and 528,000 for the coveted 25-54 year-old demo for the fourth quarter of 2018.

January ratings held strong for both shows, with Carlson drawing 2.8 million total viewers, and 509,000 from the news demo. Ingraham came in second in total viewers behind MSNBC and third in the coveted 25-54 demo behind both MSNBC and CNN, scoring 2.26 million total viewers and 415,000 from the demo.

Tony Maglio contributed to this report.

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Artios Awards Gives Top Casting Honors to ‘Green Book,’ ‘Vice’ and ‘BlackKklansman’

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“Vice,” “Green Book,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “BlackKklansman” all emerged as winners at the 34th annual Artios Awards on Thursday, chosen by members of the Casting Society of America.

“Black Panther” also picked up a special Zeitgeist Award, while “Isle of Dogs” won for casting of an animated film. “The Kindergarten Teacher” and “Madeline’s Madeline” were honored in the low-budget and micro-budget film categories.

TV winners included the first season of “Ozark” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” as well as the ongoing series “Atlanta” and “The Crown.”

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The Los Angeles event was hosted by actress and comedian June Diane Raphael and SAG-Award winning actor Paul Scheer, and the New York event was hosted by comic performer Bridget Everett.

This year’s honorees included Laura Dern, who received the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement. Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson and Carol Kritzer picked up the Hoyt Bowers Award.

In New York, Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond received the Marion Dougherty New York Apple Award for outstanding commitment to the New York entertainment industry through their collaboration with casting directors.

For the first time, CSA paid a special tribute to the founders of Casting Society of America this year, casting directors Mike Fenton, Joe Reich and Al Onorato.

Here’s the complete list of winners:


Green Book – Rick Montgomery, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting), Thomas

Sullivan (Associate)


Vice – Francine Maisler, Amber Wakefield (Additional Casting)


Crazy Rich Asians – Terri Taylor, Sarah Domeier (Associate)


BlacKkKlansman – Kim Taylor-Coleman


The Kindergarten Teacher – Stephanie Holbrook, Henry Russell Bergstein


Madeline’s Madeline – Stephanie Holbrook


Isle of Dogs – Douglas Aibel


Black Panther – Sarah Halley Finn, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting), Jason

  1. Stamey (Associate), Nicholas Amick Mudd (Associate)

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“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”- Jeanie Bacharach, Cindy Tolan, Anne Davison

(Associate), Betsy Fippinger (Associate)


“Ozark”- Alexa L. Fogel, Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting), Chase

Paris (Location Casting), John Ort (Associate)


“Atlanta”- Alexa L. Fogel, Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting), Chase

Paris (Location Casting), Kathryn Zamora-Benson (Associate)


“The Crown”- Nina Gold, Robert Sterne


“Godless”- Ellen Lewis, Jo Edna Boldin (Location Casting), Rene Haynes

(Native American Casting), Helen Geier (Location Casting), Kate Sprance

(Associate), Marie A.K. McMaster (Location Associate)


Paterno – Ellen Chenoweth, Susanne Scheel (Associate)

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“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” – Bernard Telsey, Patrick Goodwin


“A Series of Unfortunate Events” – David Rubin, Corinne Clark (Location

Casting), Jennifer Page (Location Casting), Andrea Bunker (Associate)


“Rick and Morty” – Ruth Lambert, Robert McGee


“Queer Eye” – Gretchen Palek, Danielle Gervais, Ally Capriotti Grant, Beyhan



The Lost – Matthew Lessall


“Relationship Status” – Meg Morman, Sunday Boling

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Jim Carnahan


Mean Girls – Bethany Knox


Angels in America – Jim Carnahan


Once on This Island – Craig Burns


School Girls: Or, the African Mean Girls Play – Adam Caldwell, Will Cantler, Karyn Casl


Jesus Hopped the A Train – David Caparelliotis, Lauren Port


Angels in America – Tara Rubin, Laura Schutzel, Amy Potozkin (Location



Henry IV – Tracy Lilienfield, Emily Towler (Associate)


Mamma Mia! – Margery Simkin, Michael Donovan, Richie Ferris (Associate)


Hamilton – Bethany Knox

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Timothee Chalamet to Receive Spotlight Actor Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

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Timothée Chalamet will receive the Spotlight Award, Actor at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, the festival announced Wednesday.

The actor will receive the award at the Film Awards Gala for his role in “Beautiful Boy.” The event will be held on Jan. 3 and will be hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight.

“Timothée Chalamet gives a heartwarming, but tragic performance as a young man struggling with drug addiction in the film ‘Beautiful Boy,’” Festival chairman Harold Matzner said. “Last year Timothée was the recipient of the Festival’s Rising Star Award for his role in ‘Call Me by Your Name.’  He is definitely a rising star.  It is our honor to present the Spotlight Award, Actor to Timothée Chalamet.”

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Previously announced honorees include Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuaron, Regina King, Spike Lee, Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy and “Green Book.”

Past recipients of the Spotlight Award, Actor have included Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, J.K. Simmons and Sam Rockwell, and all recipients received Academy Award nominations the year they were honored with the Spotlight Award.

“Beautiful Boy” also stars Steve Carell, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan. The film is based on two memoirs and follows a family’s love in the midst of their son’s addiction and his attempts at recovery. Felix van Groeningen directed.

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So far, Chalamet has also received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in “Beautiful Boy,” as well as a SAG Award nomination and a Critics Choice Award nomination. Previously, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name.”

His other credits include “Lady Bird,” “Hot Summer Nights,” “Interstellar,” “A Rainy Day in New York” and “Hostiles.” He is currently filming David Michod’s “The King.”

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Charter Will Pay Record $174.2 Million to Settle Fraud Lawsuit Over Netflix, Internet Throttling

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Charter Communications has agreed to pay a record $174.2 million — and provide customers with months of free HBO and Showtime — to settle a fraud lawsuit claiming it knowingly delivered slower internet speeds than promised to its subscribers, the office of New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said Tuesday.

As part of the deal, Charter will directly pay $62.5 million to 700,000 customers — who will receive between $75 and $150 each — for providing internet service that fell well short of speeds it had offered. The payout is believed to be the largest consumer refund ever paid by an internet provider in U.S. history, according to Underwood’s office.

Charter will also provide more than $100 million worth of streaming service and premium channels to 2.2 million customers for no additional charge. The company will offer all internet and cable subscribers a choice of either three free months of HBO or six free month of Showtime as part of its settlement.

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“This settlement should serve as a wakeup call to any company serving New York consumers: fulfill your promises, or pay the price,” Underwood said in a statement. “Not only is this the largest-ever consumer payout by an internet service provider, returning tens of millions of dollars to New Yorkers who were ripped off and providing additional streaming and premium channels as restitution — but it also sets a new standard for how internet providers should fairly market their services.”

In 2017, the New York Attorney General charged Charter and Time Warner Cable, its predecessor, with knowingly delivering slower internet service than its customers expected, for five years. Charter knew it couldn’t meet the speeds it promised customers, the Attorney General’s office argued, and in some cases provided internet speeds that were 80 percent slower than advertised — making it impossible for customers to use Netflix and other streaming services.

Charter guaranteed subscribers would enjoy a “seamless” access to their favorite internet content, while simultaneously “engaging in hardball tactics with Netflix and other popular third-party content providers,” according to the Attorney General’s office. This “ensured that subscribers would suffer through frozen screens, extended buffering and reduced picture quality.”

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The company will notify customers within 120 days of their eligibility for refunds and free services, as part of its settlement. Charter shares were down 1.7 percent in early trading on Tuesday, hitting $304 per share.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alec Baldwin Enters Not Guilty Plea in Parking Spot Assault Case

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Watch the Giants vs Eagles Game Sunday for Free

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

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

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

The “interview” didn’t go well.

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

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“Can I? Absolutely,” Maffeishot back.

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

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

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

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

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

— Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) November 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“That was an amazing note,” Steinkellner said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#IVoted because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) November 6, 2018

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

I voted, you?

— Zendaya (@Zendaya) November 5, 2018

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

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We voted! And we agreed on this photo!

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Reese Witherspoon proudly sported her “I Voted” sticker.

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

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

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

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

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

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

— AmyPoehlerSmartGirls (@smrtgrls) November 6, 2018

Justin Timberlake threw up deuces with his absentee mail ballot.

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

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

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

Hold onto your butts! #IVoted #ElectionDay

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

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

Just Do It! ???????????? ! I Just Did From Across the Ocean!! ???? People Do your part!! We Got This!! ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #vote

— Madonna (@Madonna) November 6, 2018

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

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

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

— Conor Oberst (@conoroberst) November 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pamela Chelin contributed to this reporting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hollywood, Media Companies Beef Up Security After Bomb Scares

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What We Know About Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PICTURED: Cesar Sayoc Jr., the Florida man and ex-Brooklynite arrested for sending pipe-bomb packages to prominent Democrats and Trump critics.

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

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

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

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

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

More to come…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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