LAPD and NYPD Agree ‘Die Hard’ Really Is a Christmas Movie: ‘Yippie Ki Yay & Ho Ho Ho’

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It’s settled: “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie.

How do we know? Because if two rival police departments on opposite coasts can come together on one of the most polarizing debates in cinema, then it must be true.

Over Christmas Eve, the New York police department and the Los Angeles police department mutually agreed to set aside who has the best beaches or bagels and came to the conclusion that “Die Hard,” the 1988, Bruce Willis action classic, is a Christmas movie.

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“We’d like to acknowledge our partners at @LAPDHQ who have been working with us to protect Christmas since Hans Gruber’s 1988 attack on Nakatomi Plaza,” the New York cops said in a tweet.

And the Angelenos were quick to respond: “We too would like to acknowledge our partners at @NYPDnews for their continued partnership,” the LAPD wrote. “They’ll always be more than welcome to follow in McClane’s footsteps & come to the (better) coast & have a party. Yippie Ki Yay & ho ho ho. #YesItsAChristmasMovie

Now, a moment to weigh both sides of the debate:

In the film, John McClane (Willis) is trying to get home to his family over the holidays, and he stops over at a company Christmas party before it is hijacked by terrorists. McClane even taunts the bad guys with a dead guy wearing a Santa hat and a shirt that says “Ho Ho Ho.” Even the screenwriter has discussed some of the film’s parallels to the nativity story. What’s more, 20th Century Fox decided themselves it’s a Christmas movie, recently releasing a new trailer for the film that specifically brands it as a holiday classic.

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Counterpoint: don’t be stupid. It’s not “It’s a Wonderful, Life,” which by the way is only barely set at Christmas. But if every movie set in December was a Christmas movie, then the list would be endless. And Bruce Willis himself trolled everyone at his Comedy Central Roast and declared himself that “Die Hard” is not a Christmas movie.

If you’re still torn though, you can always pick up the book “A Die Hard Christmas” written in the style of the classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and decide for yourself.

See the tweets from the NYPD and LAPD below:

On this Christmas Eve, we’d like to acknowledge our partners at @LAPDHQ who have been working with us to protect Christmas since Hans Gruber’s 1988 attack on Nakatomi Plaza. #DetectiveJohnMclean #YesItsAChristmasMovie pic.twitter.com/qOEgD1Lqt3

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 24, 2018

On this Christmas Eve, we too would like to acknowledge our partners at @NYPDnews for their continued partnership-they’ll always be more than welcome to follow in McClane’s footsteps & come to the (better) coast & have a party. Yippie Ki Yay & ho ho ho. #YesItsAChristmasMovie pic.twitter.com/yAKpZK7eIa

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) December 24, 2018

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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” pic.twitter.com/WY0RKR3Gcq

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

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

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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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Trump Vows to ‘Get to the Bottom’ of Suspicious Packages – But Doesn’t Mention Obama, Clinton or CNN by Name

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President Donald Trump gave his first lengthy remarks on the live explosive device that was sent to CNN’s New York office on Wednesday, as well as the multiple other suspicious devices found at the residences of the Clintons, Obamas and George Soros.

But during his remarks, Trump never mentioned CNN, the Obamas or the Clintons by name, only referencing them as “current and former high-ranking government officials.”

“The safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority,” Trump said during a pre-planned conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “As we speak the packages are being inspected by top explosive efforts and a major federal investigation is now underway.”

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New York City’s Time Warner Center, including the offices and studios of CNN, was evacuated on Wednesday after receiving a suspicious package. Similar suspicious packages were sent to former president Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and billionaire financier George Soros earlier this week. New York governor Andrew Cuomo also said a suspicious package was discovered at his Manhattan office earlier on Wednesday.

“We have to unify we have to come together and send a very clear strong unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence, of any kind, have no place in the United States of America,” Trump continued. “This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear as Americans… we’re extremely angry, upset and unhappy about what we witnessed this morning, and we’ll get to the bottom of it.”

However, it was the First Lady, Melania Trump, who actually spoke first. “We cannot tolerate those cowardly attacks and I strongly condemn all those who choose violence,” said Mrs. Trump in her brief remarks, before quickly pivoting to talking about the Opioid crisis.

Earlier, Trump quote-tweeted Vice President Mike Pence’s tweet, which he wrote: “We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others. These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice.”

Trump added: “I agree wholeheartedly”

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I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018

The New York Police Department said Wednesday that they found an envelope containing “white powder” as part of the original suspicious package sent to the network’s New York headquarters that was found to contain a possible live explosive device.

“Responding officers identified a device that appeared to be a live explosive device,” said NYPD commissioner James O’Neill, during a press conference on Wednesday. “Additionally, there was an envelope containing white powder that was discovered as part of that original packaging, and we’re investigating that now.”

CNN reported that the suspicious package that forced an evacuation of its New York headquarters was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, a frequent Trump critic and MSNBC contributor.

“This suspicious package was in fact addressed to CNN but it was specifically addressed to the former CIA director John Brennan,” CNN’s Wolf Blizter reported on air. “He is a contributor to MSNBC and NBC News, but not CNN.”

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NYPD Says CNN’s Suspicious Package Also Contained ‘White Powder’

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The New York Police Department said Wednesday that they found an envelope containing “white powder” as part of the original suspicious package sent to the network’s New York headquarters that was found to contain a possible live explosive device.

“Responding officers identified a device that appeared to be a live explosive device,” said NYPD commissioner James O’Neill, during a press conference on Wednesday. “Additionally, there was an envelope containing white powder that was discovered as part of that original packaging, and we’re investigating that now.”

“That’s being tested now downstairs,” said FBI special agent in charge Bryan Paarman.

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Less than an hour earlier, CNN reported that the suspicious package that forced an evacuation of its New York headquarters was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, a frequent Trump critic and MSNBC contributor.

“This suspicious package was in fact addressed to CNN but it was specifically addressed to the former CIA director John Brennan,” CNN’s Wolf Blizter reported on air. “He is a contributor to MSNBC and NBC News, but not CNN.”

New York City’s Time Warner Center, including the offices and studios of CNN, was evacuated on Wednesday after receiving a suspicious package.

Similar suspicious packages were sent to former president Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and billionaire financier George Soros earlier this week.

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During the news conference, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said a suspicious package was discovered at his Manhattan office earlier on Wednesday.

O’Neill added, “The area has been swept with dogs and equipment and found no additional threats besides the white powder.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said : “We, at this time, do not have other credible and specific threats against locations in New York City.”

When asked if there could be any political motivations behind this, O’Neill simply said: “Take a look at who’s being targeted right now.”

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New York Times ‘In Touch With Local Authorities’ After CNN New York Headquarters Evacuated

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The New York Times says they are coordinating with the NYPD after a suspicious package was sent to CNN’s New York headquarters, which resulted in the total evacuation of the Time Warner Center in New York City Wednesday morning.

“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,” read a note from NYT leadership circulated internally that was obtained by TheWrap.

The letter reiterated that while Times’ mail was already highly secure that additional precautions would now be taken.

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“Here at The Times, 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,” it continued.

“We’re now taking the additional step of sending anything delivered directly to the lobby security desk to the X-ray machines before delivery, and we will continue to be hypervigilant in the days ahead.”

On Wednesday, CNN’s live broadcasts from New York City abruptly ended as employees were evacuated from the building after a suspicious package was delivered. On air, CNN crime and justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz said that there was fears the parcel contained a pipe bomb.

“What raised the alarm bell was when they X-rayed the package they found what looked like metal material, perhaps a pipe bomb. We’ve talked about other pipe bombs or bombs inside of metal construction that’s been delivered at other locations,” said Prokupecz. “Then also we’re being told there were wires. What appeared to be wires inside this package.”

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On Wednesday CNN anchor Wold Blitzer reporter that the package was addressed to CNN and to former CIA director John Brennan —  a frequent Trump critic who is also an MSNBC contributor.

The NYPD and bomb squad also described Wednesday as a precautionary measure.

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“As a precaution, the NYPD Intelligence, Counterterrorism and Bomb Squad teams are increasing patrols at high-profile locations in New York City, including media locations,” an NYPD source told TheWrap.

The packages appear to be part of a coordinated effort. Also this week similar parcels were sent to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and to billionaire Democratic financier George Soros.

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NYPD Detective Says Harvey Weinstein Case Has ‘Considerable Evidence’

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NYPD Chief Detective Robert Boyce told reporters Wednesday that “considerable evidence” has been gathered in their sexual assault investigation against Harvey Weinstein, and that it is up to District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. to decide if and when to indict him.

“It’s his case right now,” Boyce said. “I would ask you to ask him … where it goes forward.”

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New York authorities are specifically investigating claims filed by actress Paz de la Huerta, who said that Weinstein raped her on two occasions in 2010. Boyce says they have spoken with witnesses who are prepared to testify in secret before a grand jury. NYPD did not respond to TheWrap’s request for further comment.

Police in Los Angeles and London are also investigating claims against Weinstein. L.A. and Beverly Hills police have sent five cases to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for review.

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In addition to criminal investigations, Weinstein is facing a federal RICO suit filed by six women this past December. The suit said the plaintiffs faced “credible and objective threat of being blacklisted by Weinstein and major film producers such as Miramax and TWC if they refused Weinstein’s unwanted sexual advances or complained about his behavior.”

A civil lawsuit has also been filed by the New York state attorney general’s office against The Weinstein Company, accusing the company of civil rights violations by neglecting to properly act upon internal complaints of sexual harassment of company employees by Weinstein.

Weinstein has denied all accusations of non-consensual conduct.

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Newsweek, IBT Headquarters Raided by NYPD

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The Manhattan headquarters of Newsweek and its parent company, IBT Media, was raided on Thursday by the New York City Police Department, TheWrap has learned.

While the reason for the raid was not immediately known, officers armed with a warrant have been photographing company servers as part of a larger investigation, according to a person familiar with the matter.

According to the New York Post, the IRS last month placed a $1.2 million federal tax lien against Etienne Uzac, who co-founded IBT Media with Jonathan Davis in 2006.

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The Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to comment on the matter. Reps for IBT and the NYPD have not responded to requests for comment.

IBT Media runs both International Business Times and Newsweek, which it acquired five years ago from Barry Diller’s IAC.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Russell Simmons Allegations Under Review by the NYPD

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Russell Simmons has proclaimed his innocence following numerous rape allegations leveled against him — but the NYPD apparently isn’t so eager to take his word for it.

A spokesman for the NYPD told TheWrap on Thursday that the department has received information regarding allegations against the music mogul in the New York City area, and that detectives are in the process of reviewing the information.

The review comes a day after the New York Times reported that three women had accused Simmons of rape — former Def Jam Records employee Drew Dixon, former music journalist Toni Sallie and performer Tina Baker. The three women said that Simmons raped them in separate incidents that spanned from 1988 to 2014.

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Wednesday’s report followed previous accusations made by actress and “Rachel Getting Married” screenwriter Jenny Lumet, as well as former model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who Simmons allegedly sexually assaulted when she was 17.

Simmons has denied the allegations, and on Thursday vowed to clear his name.

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“Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on ‘The Original Sin’ (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo,” Simmons wrote.

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