‘The Exorcist’ Steps in Georgetown Could Become a Historic Landmark

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Washington D.C. based film fans are working to preserve an iconic piece of movie history. “The Exorcist Steps,” a famous outdoor staircase as seen in William Friedkin’s 1973 horror film, could soon achieve historic landmark status.

According to Yahoo!, a community association has petitioned Washington’s historic preservation review board to designate the steps as a landmark and prevent construction of a new condo from encroaching on the staircase.

The review board will make their decision on Nov. 15. The stairs were previously memorialized with a plaque in 2015 by community organizer Andrew Huff, but he’s now leading the effort to get the stairs classified as a historic landmark.

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The narrow, spooky, 75 stone steps located at the corner of Prospect St. and 36th St leading down to M Street in Georgetown have been a part of the community since 1895.

They became immortalized when they were used to show the bloody death of “The Exorcist” character Father Damien Karras, who threw himself down the stairs after being possessed with the spirit of a demon.

To film the sequence, a stuntman had to tumble down the stairs covered in a half-inch of rubber to cushion his landing, with the sequence needing to be shot three separate times.

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Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski Detained During Kavanaugh Protest in Washington DC

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Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski were detained during an anti-Kavanaugh protest in Washington D.C. Thursday.

“Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault,” Ratajkowski wrote in an Instagram post Thursday afternoon. “Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power. Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is a message to women in this country that they do not matter. I demand a government that acknowledges, respects and supports women as much as it does men.”

Schumer was also held along with dozens of other demonstrators at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.

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Video of the comedian shows her being detained as she was led by a cops along with a large group of protesters.

“You want to be arrested?” a police officer can be heard asking her and another woman.

“Yes,” Schumer says.

VIDEO: Amy Schumer is protesting at the Hart Senate office building.

Cop asks “Do you want to be arrested?”

Schumer: “Yes.” pic.twitter.com/oV3BOu1ESU

— News This Second (@NewsThisSecond) October 4, 2018

CNN footage showed Schumer and Ratajkowski standing side-by-side surrounded by authorities.

In a video posted on Twitter earlier in the day, Schumer said: “I think we’re going to get arrested.”

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Reps for Capitol Police and Schumer did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A publicist for Ratajkowski referred TheWrap to her Instagram post about the incident.

Actress Amy Schumer is detained with other anti-Kavanaugh protesters at the Hart Senate Office Bldg. atrium on Capitol Hill. pic.twitter.com/C8N0k97ZE9

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 4, 2018

Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski in the senate office building for #Kavanaugh protests pic.twitter.com/BUwlqMKyTj

— Joel Williams (@cnnjoel) October 4, 2018

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TimesUp Fund Logs 3,000 Complaints Since Launch, Leaders Say at Power Women Breakfast DC (Video)

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More than 3,000 women have reached out for help to combat sexual abuse or assault in the six months since the TimesUp Legal Defense Fund was launched by a group of Hollywood women, a panel of the group’s leading activists said on Wednesday.

“We’ve had 3,000 women contact us, and we’ve had over 700 attorneys join the network,” Sharyn Tejani, the executive director of the TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, said at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The lawyers offer a free consultation to those who contact the fund, which has raised over $20 million to help low-income and underprivileged women address sexual abuse, she said.

Tejane was joined on the panel by actress and TimesUp co-founder Amber Tamblyn and Democratic and TimesUp activist Hilary Rosen, who described the progress the fund has made providing services to low-income women from all professions seeking redress for harassment claims.

“A patriarchy’s worst fear was that we are all going to get into a room together and start talking,”  Tamblyn said during a panel discussion moderated by Washington Post gender columnist Monica Hesse. “For me, TimesUp exists so that no woman or man ever has to say MeToo again, that’s the fundamental soul of what we’re doing.”

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In a standing-room only ballroom at the W Hotel, the breakfast event also featured a panel of National Geographic photographers and explorers, including Asha Stuart, Beverly Joubert, Erika Larsen, Hannah Reyes Morales and Jess Cramp. The panel was moderated the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Susan Goldberg.

Iranian feminist and author Masih Alinejad and national security specialist Michele Flournoy also spoke passionately about women’s right in Iran.

National Geographic CEO Courteney Monroe and Senator Amy Klobuchar each made welcome remarks to the room filled with more than 100 influential women in media, film and politics.

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The Power Women Breakfast series brings together influential women of entertainment, media, technology and brands in key cities to network and connect. TheWrap has built a broad power base of professional women who are decision makers and mothers, leaders and wives, innovators and activists. The franchise is now in six cities including Los Angeles, New York, Austin, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Miami.

“TimesUp really was created as an organization for empowerment for gender equity in the workplace, for changing behavior in the workplace,” Rosen said. “Every single day, I pay homage to these privileged women in the entertainment industry whose gift was really to figure out how to help low wage workers.”

On the photography panel, the women shared often-harrowing stories of their experiences living among different cultures and in some cases overcoming adversity they themselves have faced.

“I live in the South Pacific and there is a romanticized view of what that means. One in three women in the Pacific are victims of domestic violence,” said Cramp, who is a shark researcher. “That’s prevalent throughout the community. Women are not seen as strong, they’re not seen as leaders … there is a culture of shame and silence. You really have an oppressed society.”

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Morales, who comes from the Philippines and focuses on human trafficking in her work, said she often faced unique struggles as a women in her home country. “In the Philippines, women who are in the sex trade are often viewed as gold diggers … but when you talk to many of them there’s a common thread that they are breadwinners,” she said.

All of the women agreed that social media was an incredibly powerful took but that it needed to be employed cautiously.

“I work as a digital nomad,” said Stuart, who has documented rural village voodoo ceremonies in Haiti and acid attack burn wards in India. “One of the things that I’ve seen in the connectivity of being able to post a video on Facebook and come back and see millions of views is incredible. Media can go all across the world in a second.”

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Courteney Monroe, Power Women Breakfast D.C.

Iranian feminist and human rights activist Masih Alinejad talked about her battle to win the right to remove her head covering, the hijab,   in her conservative religious country. Alinejad now lives in exile in the United States, but cannot leave the country because of the travel ban.

“Being a woman in Iran means that you’re not allowed to show your hair,” she said, angrily. “You’re not allowed to sing solo. You’re not allowed to ride a bicycle freely. You’re not allowed to have the custody of your child. You’re not allowed to get a passport without permission from your husband.”

“This is also coming as the law,” she said. “the law actually sees us as a disabled person.”

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Alinejad, an activist and author of “The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran,” has launched a social media campaign against the compulsory head covering, which has often put her on the wrong side of the nation’s ruling clerics. In addition to promoting her cause, she also had tough words for Western feminists arguing they they often did more harm then good.

“In America when I talk about compulsory hijab, I often get this question that you know this is a cultural issue. It’s not. Before the revolution we had the right to choose what we wanted to wear in Iran. Compulsion was never part of Iranian culture,” she said.

Alinejad was joined on the panel by veteran national security policy expert Michele Flournoy, a former Undersecretary of Defense during the Obama administration.

The breakfast was sponsored by National Geographic and Creative Future.

Watch video of the event above.

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What Is the Met Gala? A Short Explainer

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The biggest event on the Manhattan social diary is currently underway, but what exactly is the Met Gala?

Simply put: New York City’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts an annual fundraiser for its Costume Institute. It is attended by luminaries from the intersecting power circles of fashion, Hollywood, music, Wall Street, Washington D.C., Silicon Valley and even sports.

The annual Costume Institute exhibit is curated by Andrew Bolton, and watched over with an iron clutch by Vogue editor and Conde Nast creative director Anna Wintour.

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This year’s theme is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” and the star-filled event is hosted by Rihanna, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace, Wintour, and Stephen and Christine Schwartzman.

Yes, the Met Gala is a fundraiser held the first Monday of every May. But it’s so much more.

Over the years, the event has morphed from a $100 ticket in 1960 to a $13.5 million cash grab in 2016, Forbes reported this week. Tables run $275,000 for a given brand, with individual tickets reportedly going for roughly $30,000.

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Celebrities of all walks gather at the event, where the museum stairs are draped in luxurious carpet and lush floral displays decorate the iconic museum.

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Not all who attend have to shell out the steep entry price. Designers and brands will often buy entire tables and invite bold names as their guests, who in turn wear their goods on the red carpet.

Speaking of which, the two-hour red carpet leading up to the event has become a must-see in recent years — garnering the kind of groundswell and attention usually reserved for the Academy Awards.

Events like these justify the validity of FOMO (fear of missing out), but rest assured — sometimes things don’t go according to plan, even at the Met Gala. But hopefully no one ever tries to rob it, as portrayed in the upcoming “Ocean’s 8” movie.

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Paul McCartney Remembers John Lennon, Best Friend ‘Killed in Gun Violence’ (Video)

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Paul McCartney, one of thousands attending New York City’s rally in the nationwide #MarchForOurLives on Saturday, took a moment to remember former Beatles bandmate, John Lennon.

Walking close to Central Park, the iconic musician said it had special relevance thanks to its proximity to where Lennon was gunned down nearly 40 years ago.

“One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here,” McCartney told CNN of the march.

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Lennon was shot and killed in front of his apartment building The Dakota, by Mark David Chapman in 1980.

Referring to Lennon as his “best friend,” McCartney told the news network the issue was “important” to him.

#MarchForOurLives rallies are being held in cities nationwide, including in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Fort Worth and in Parkland, Florida, where a month ago 17 people were killed in a deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Watch the clip:

“One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me,” says Paul McCartney, remembering his Beatles bandmate John Lennon at the March for Our Lives in New York City https://t.co/u4aBKWC1Jb pic.twitter.com/8Jnjn8A3xH

— CNN (@CNN) March 24, 2018

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March For Our Lives Livestream: Watch The D.C. Event Here

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Teenagers and tens of thousands of all ages are taking to the streets in Washington, D.C., as well as hundreds of cities around the country and the world today to protest gun violence and schools shooting. You can watch the march down Pennsylvania Avenue in the U.S. capital live above and check out a map of the route below.
Among the celebrities set for the D.C. march are Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt, who will perform “Found/Tonight,” a mashup of songs…

Parkland Shooting Survivors Denied Permit to Hold Gun Control Rally on DC Mall

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In a surprising turn, the National Park Service has denied an application from the survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida to hold a gun control rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on March 24.

The application for the “March For Our Lives,” a rally organizers expect to draw 500,000 attendees, was denied because the event conflicts with a “student project” described in a film permit application as a “talent show,” the Washington Post reports. A Park Service spokesperson, Mike Litterst, told the Post that “March For Our Lives” organizers are now looking to move the rally to another location.

In the undated application, a redacted version of which was posted online by the Post, the event is described as a “student project (non commercial),” which includes “filming for a talent show.” The application says the event “takes a day to finish,” and that “games will be the main activity for filming.”

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Litterst told the Post that the application was filed by “a student group at a local educational institution,” but declined to name the institution on the grounds that “applications from educational institutions are withheld from release for privacy reasons.” The name of the person who actually filled out the application was redacted in the version provided to the Post.

The March For Our Lives rally application said it would need room for 14 Jumbotrons, 2,000 chairs and 2,000 portable restrooms to accommodate “student speakers, musical performers, guest speakers and video tributes.” By contrast, the student group’s application said it needed room for only “2 tables, two bikes, and jumping ropes,” as well as an unspecified number of “small cones… to range the filming area.”

It’s unclear when the student group submitted its film permit application, as whoever completed it failed to to fill-in the date space next to their signature. The March For Our Lives application was dated 2/20/2018, two days after the event was announced.

The National Park Service did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s requite for comment.

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Funded in part by Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and other celebrities, the “March For Our Lives” rally will include “student speakers, musical performers, guest speakers and video tributes,” according to the application. The event will also include multiple Jumbotrons, 2,000 chairs and 2,000 portable restrooms.

According to Litterst, organizers of the march were planning their rally on Pennsylvania Avenue between Third and 12th streets NW, a jurisdiction of the District.

D.C. police told the Post a permit for the march was filed with the agency but declined to elaborate further.

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March For Our Lives organizers did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Trump’s Tiananmen Square? Protesters Vow to Lie Down in Front of Tanks at Military Parade

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Dozens of protesters are planning to disrupt President Donald Trump’s planned military parade in Washington, D.C., vowing to lie in front of tanks to keep them from moving.

“We now have nearly 50 Americans who have signed on to lay in front of the tanks of Trump brings out a military parade,” activist Arn Menconi wrote on Wednesday in a gesture he said was inspired by the Chinese pro-democracy protesters who made history during the 1989 demonstrations in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

“We are not an empire drifting towards extinction,” added Menconi, a Colorado-based activist who founded a charity to provide activities for at-risk youth.

We now have nearly 50 Americans who have signed on to lay in front of the tanks if Trump brings out a Military parade. We are not an empire drifting towards extinction. Will you join us? Here’s the call to action video https://t.co/gqxAoGJmAf
#TrumpParade #militaryparade

— Arn Menconi (@ArnMenconi) February 7, 2018

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“We would go to Washington, D.C., if such a crazy and insane act occurred and we would lay down in front of the tanks, just like the heroes and the courageous students did in China in 1989,” said Menconi in a Facebook video.

“They need to hear our voices. This isn’t clickbait for the media. This isn’t something that the big shots do. This is something that you and I can do.”

Menconi, who also made something of a name for himself as a the Green Party candidate in the 2016 Colorado Senate race, said he was prepared to be thrown in jail for his civil disobedience.

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“In the next couple of days our voices need to be heard,” he said. “This isn’t a misdemeanor. This would be a felony charge under Donald Trump. This would mean being thrown in jail, just like the students in China. “

Planning for the parade is said to be in early stages, but MSNBC reported Wednesday that a preliminary date under consideration would be Veterans Day, 2018

I’ll be laying in front of the tanks if Trump brings out a Military parade. Will you?Un-Screwing Of America USA Nightly

Posted by Arn Menconi on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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Jane Fonda, Gloria Allred to Speak at Respect Rally at Sundance Film Festival

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The Respect Rally Park City, which will take place at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 20, has announced its first wave of speakers.

Jane Fonda, Common, Gloria Allred, Anthony Ramos, Nick Offerman, Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal, Bart Powaukee, Sage Trudell, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Utah Senate Candidate Jenny Wilson are all expected to speak.

The Respect Rally will also honor the one-year anniversary of the National Women’s March and Park City’s #MarchonMain.

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“We take this opportunity to join in solidarity with members of the local community and visitors from the global creative community to demonstrate and voice our respect for all ethnicities, religions, genders, political and sexual orientations, to commune in respect for our land, our water and our air, and to show deference for each person’s individual experience and belief system,” the statement read. “We take this opportunity to elevate one another’s causes, understand and respect each other’s struggles and join together in unity to heal wounds and narrow the gaps that threaten to divide us.”

Last year, women including Chelsea Handler, Charlize Theron, Benjamin Bratt, Maria Bello, Rebecca Hall and Connie Britton gathered on Main Street to denounce the Trump administration. It was considered a “sister march” to the massive event in Washington D.C. The 2018 rally will begin at at 10 a.m. in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 20.

Last week, it was announced that Scarlett Johansson, Laverne Cox and Olivia Munn would be among the famous names joining the Women’s March L.A. on that same date to support women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties and social justice.

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A year into the Trump presidency, focus on women’s rights and gender equality has never been greater in light of the multiple sexual harassment accusations that have rocked Hollywood and sparked the #MeToo and #TIMESUP movements.

Female empowerment dominated the Golden Globes earlier this month as countless stars wore head-to-toe black protesting sexual assault, abuse and harassment in Hollywood, and supporting those who have spoken out about these issues. This comes after heavyweights like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Louis C.K., Morgan Spurlock, and many more have been accused of sexual misconduct.

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Fear, Anxiety Sink In at 20th Century Fox After Disney Takeover News

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Fear and uncertainty are sinking in on the 20th Century Fox lot now that Hollywood has had a night to sleep on Disney’s $52.4-billion bid to acquire the media company’s prime assets.

Employees at 20th Century’s film and TV studios are wracked with anxiety the prospect of layoffs — which analysts said are a forgone conclusion — according to nearly a dozen staffers and collaborators TheWrap spoke with on Thursday and Friday. Some factions of the business have gone radio silent to partners and vendors in response to the gravity of the situation.

For the Fox businesses that will remain under Murdoch family oversight, there’s less worry about downsizing because their spinoff venture will not face redundancy with existing Disney employees, insiders in the broadcast and sports divisions said. But they face the small matter of a massive content void left by the two studios.

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“Management has been handling this with as much detail as they can,” one high-level Fox executive who works across platforms said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

“Much is unknown. People have been assured that even if they don’t end up with a role, they will be well taken care of,” added the executive, who also applauded the display of “human compassion.”

Still, many are “silently grieving,” another knowledgable insider said. While entertainment executives can be painted as lofty and inaccessible, another Fox executive said the party line inside the company this week was to show kindness to the anxious and afraid.

Fox Film Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider cancelled her planned appearance at the glittery Washington D.C. premiere of Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” on Thursday, instead choosing to stay and comfort her staff.

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On top of arranged meetings with a team that included President of Production Emma Watts and distribution chief Chris Aronson, Snider left her door open all day spoke with worried employees, an insider said.

She underscored the studio would operate normally and with “swagger,” TheWrap previously reported, until the Disney oversight begins, the individual said.

Some non-creative departments in the film and TV divisions have gone quiet to outside partners, production entities and clients.

“Some people are radio silent and scared sh–less,” one media company CFO told TheWrap of communication with Fox. “People are nervous from the top down, but I think we’re all anxious to shake the trees and see where this ends up. Who wants to wait in agony?”

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In announcing the deal, Disney said it expects at least “$2 billion in cost savings” derived from “efficiencies realized through the combination of businesses,” without elaborating on what that means.

But many analysts say the savings will likely come from job cuts. “There will be thousands of jobs lost,” BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield told CNN. “It is hard to see how any meaningful job creation will come out of this.”

One development executive with several projects set up at Fox Film and TV said there “will probably be a lot of people out on the street,” and said the deal was all people could talk about this week at power lunch haunts like Beverly Hills’ The Grill on the Alley.

While one person suggested “redundancy’ would be the biggest Hollywood buzzword in 2018, the majority of Fox insiders said they were instead focuses on resilience.

“A few departments had their holiday parties on Friday, and they’ve been festive,” another lot insider said. Both companies said transition is expected to take from 12 to 18 months to complete, so no imminent action is expected.

There is no quantifying the ripple effect of Disney swallowing Fox’s film and TV studios, though one poignant takeaway emerges among too many questions: Many feel the acquisition solidifies Disney as the “most powerful company” in Hollywood.

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Fox Film CEO Stacey Snider Cancels DC Trip to Console Staff After Disney News

Fox Film CEO Stacey Snider Cancels DC Trip to Console Staff After Disney News

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20th Century Fox Film CEO Stacey Snider is staying home to rally her troops.

After Thursday’s announcement that Disney would acquire her division, in addition to the Fox TV studio and other assets, Snider canceled a planned trip to Washington, D.C., for the scheduled premiere of the studio’s awards player “The Post,” an individual familiar with the matter told TheWrap.

Snider is passing on the invite-only event and remaining in L.A. to comfort a rattled staff with a series of meetings and informal talks instead of joining director Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

“Her door has been open all day,” the individual said, adding that in one meeting she said her division will continue to operate as usual with “high-level excellence and swagger” during a transition that’s expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete.

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Fox Film President of Production Emma Watts and distribution chief Chris Aronson are also giving pep talks, another insider said.

Larger town hall meetings are being held throughout the day, TheWrap previously reported, hosted by 21st Century Fox President Peter Rice.

While everyone from lot producers to the home entertainment staff are worries over the fate of their jobs to the TheWrap, there are no indicators the acquisition will be a rush job.

For employees who work on the Fox lot, “life won’t be that different. If you come to work here, that’s not going to change anytime soon,” a third individual familiar with transition plans said.

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Once the deal is complete, Disney will be leasing a space on the Fox lot for the employees and productions it is acquiring, an agreement that will span seven years, TheWrap reported on Thursday.

Snider assumed her top position in last fall, succeeding Jim Gianopulos, who now runs Paramount.

A veteran executive, Snider’s top priorities in the coming days are the release of the Hugh Jackman movie “The Greatest Showman,” the wide rollout of the aforementioned Pentagon Papers drama “The Post,” Jennifer Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow” and a sequel to Ryan Reynolds’ perverse superhero smash “Deadpool.”

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Angelina Jolie’s Netflix Movie ‘First They Killed My Father’ to Get Theatrical Release

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Following standing ovations and rave reviews out of the Telluride Film Festival, Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” will open theatrically on September 15 in the top 10 markets, the same day that it launches globally on Netflix.

Before that, it is set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday. On Sunday, Jolie joined TIFF’s Artistic Director Cameron Bailey on stage for an “In Conversation With…,” discussing her career and the film.

“First They Killed My Father” will open in the following theaters:

Los Angeles – The Landmark
New York City – Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, iPic at Fulton Street Theaters
Atlanta – Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema
Boston – Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas
Chicago – Landmark’s Century Centre
Dallas – Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre
Philadelphia – Landmark’s Ritz Bourse
San Francisco – Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema
Washington D.C.- Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Seattle – Landmark’s Crest Cinema Centre

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This is a big move for Netflix, given that most theater chains had refused to screen Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation” in 2015 when it announced a day-and-date release. iPic screened “The Little Prince” in its theaters last year, and later inked a deal with the streaming platform to release its films in theaters on the same day they are made available online.

With more theater chains agreeing to screen a Netflix film via a day-and-date release, Netflix might have finally found a partner that theater owners can’t say no to.

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Jolie directed the film adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from age five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old.

“First They Killed My Father” was written by Jolie and Ung and produced by Jolie and acclaimed Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh.

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Michael Moore Predicts Trump Will Win Re-Election in 2020

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Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore predicted that President Donald Trump will win re-election in 2020 in a Monday interview with Fast Company — but the Trump critic has a plan to stop it from happening.

“I should say re-appointed, because we will have an even larger population that will vote against him in 2020,” Moore told the magazine. “But he will win those electoral states as it stands now.”

Moore, who recently took the Broadway audience from his politically charged, one-man show “The Terms of My Surrender” to Trump Tower to protest the president, was one of the few newsmakers who correctly predicted Trump would actually defeat Hillary Clinton and win the presidency.

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“Here’s the good news: We don’t have to convince a single Trump voter to vote differently because we already have the majority,” Moore told the magazine in a reference to Clinton winning the popular vote but not the Electoral College.

Moore pointed to the National Popular Vote interstate compact, which is an agreement between states that they would give all electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote. Moore feels that if enough states agree by 2020, it will help kick Trump out of the White House. So far, 10 states and Washington D.C. have agreed, according to Fast Company.

“That’ll be an easier way to get this done,” Moore told the magazine. “People should not despair, thinking, well, the Republicans have all this power and all that. Think of the suffragettes. They were trying to get the vote for women. They got [the 19th Amendment ratified] in 35 states to give women the right to vote. Think of that uphill battle.”

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Sean Hannity Fires Back at ‘Morning Joe’: ‘Low-Rated Daily Emotional Breakdowns’

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Fox News host Sean Hannity responded to a Friday morning attack from “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, mocking the MSNBC rival’s ratings and relationship with his co-anchor and fiancee Mika Brzezinski.

“LOL, Joe and Mika are so cute together. Do they hold hands under the desk?” Hannity told Mediaite via email. “That would be the only reason to watch the low rated daily emotional breakdowns they have.”

Earlier on Friday, Scarborough bashed the Fox News host for continuing to trumpet conspiracy theories about former Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich, who was murdered in Washington, D.C., last summer and has been the centerpiece of unsubstantiated reports tying him to WikiLeaks — which Rich’s family has repeatedly repudiated.

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“Now we are reduced to fake news and Sean Hannity ripping the hearts out of parents for their son, their young, gifted son who was shot in the back and trying to twist that into something that somehow helps Donald Trump. It’s gross and it’s repulsive,” Scarborough said.

On his Fox News show Tueday, Hannity said that he will no longer discuss the July 2016 murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich — for now, anyway — though he continued to discuss the matter on his radio show and on other outlets.

“Out of respect for the family’s wishes, I am not discussing this matter at this time,” Hannity said on air.

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Hannity’s announcement came after he received considerable criticism for promoting a conspiracy theory alleging that Rich provided internal DNC emails to Wikileaks, and that Rich may have been killed for doing so. Rich was shot to death last July in Washington, D.C., in what police have investigated as a robbery gone wrong.

The Rich family has blasted media for promoting the unfounded theory, saying to Business Insider on May 16 “it’s sad but unsurprising that a group of media outlets who have repeatedly lied to the American people would try and manipulate the legacy of a murder victim in order to forward their own political agenda… I think there is a special place in hell for people like that.”

Fox News retracted its earlier reporting on the story. “On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting,” the network said in a statement released on Tuesday. “Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed. We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.”

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough made it clear he doesn’t like speaking negatively about the competition on Friday — that was right before he bashed Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“We don’t talk about other news networks. We don’t talk about our competitors because, you know, it’s just kind of gross. And we’re supposed to be talking about things that are bigger than that,” Scarborough said.

He then went on to explain why Hannity’s coverage of Seth Rich’s murder forced him to change his ways.

“Now we are reduced to fake news and Sean Hannity ripping the hearts out of parents for their son, their young, gifted son who was shot in the back and trying to twist that into something that somehow helps Donald Trump. It’s gross and it’s repulsive,” Scarborough said.

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Hannity has come under fire for continuing to push a conspiracy theory suggesting Rich, who was murdered in Washington D.C. in July, was somehow involved with the WikiLeaks dump of hacked emails belonging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Donny Deutch, who was a guest on the show, said he could “speak a little freer” because he doesn’t have his own show to worry about.

“It was despicable what [Hannity] did. It mirrors another time where there was a person who had zero empathy for another family who lost a child. We all know what happened during the election with Trump and the gold star family,” Deutch said. “I think it’s disgusting.”

Scarborough continued: “What type of person does that? I’ll tell you what. A person that has no shame.”

Rich’s family has denied the allegations and Fox News retracted the story.

“Our beloved son Seth Rich was gunned down in the early hours of July 10, 2016, in his Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Bloomingdales,” his parents recently wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post. “On the day he was murdered, Seth was excited about a new job he had been offered on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”

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‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi Talks ‘Revolution,’ Trump-Era ‘Regression’ at Power Women San Francisco (Exclusive Video)

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“Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi said that the reaction to Donald Trump’s era of “regression” will  be its own powerful political movement in a talk that spoke to identity, youth and activism at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in San Francisco on Thursday.

“The way I’ve always thought of things, every great revolution has occurred from a great regression — we are witnessing a regression that inspires a movement,” said Shahidi, speaking to a room of media and tech executives at the Dolby Laboratories headquarters.

Olympian and three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings also spoke at the event along with digital entrepreneurs Lisa Sugar, Kendra Bracken-Ferguson and Kathleen Grace. The event trended on Twitter and was watched by thousands on Facebook livestream.

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The 17-year-old actress stunned the audience with a political sophistication well beyond her years.

“So many people in this world, continuing now, have felt disenfranchised, and the issue that we have occurring over and over again is that when we give them the right to feel as though to come under the compass of what it means to be American or what it means to be a full citizen,” she went on.

“What we’re seeing right now with the current administration is slowly realizing, especially my generation, how important policy is,” she elaborated. “I think more than the cultural change that has to occur, there’s social change that has to occur. Policy has to change, so that we don’t live under the legal barriers that prevent us from being ourselves. That’s what I mean when I say the great regression that occur prompts progress.”

Shahidi grew up during the Obama Administration which she said “broke so many barriers.”

“Being around those people that are so aware at a young age and figuring out what to do with their platform is what inspires me especially given the current administration — it didn’t take much for us to mobilize,” she added. “Just to have that support network with what’s happening right now, it seems an inevitable thing that’s going to happen in which there will be change. I feel like what we’re witnessing right now is the amalgamation of multiple movements. We are no longer dealing with the separation of civil rights movement, with the woman’s liberation movement, with the LGBTQ movement, with the labor movement — we’re working with the amalgamation of all of it because what we have come to realize is that identity is what we are fighting for.”

 

Shahidi said identity should not be divided into compartments.

“You cannot separate one’s identity into multiple things but rather combine them together so that somebody can really fight for an opportunity that’s specific to who they are,” said Shahidi. “I am a young, black, Iranian woman, so rather than trying to divide my time between what I care about, what we’re witnessing right now in the revolution that’s occurring , I can stand proud and tall in who I am, rather than separating who I am into multiple pieces and appreciate the nuance of what happens when it comes together.”

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Shahidi committed to Harvard University after “campaigning” for four years to get their attention, but Shahidi was also accepted to Stanford, Brown, NYU, UCLA and Yale, among others. She plans to major in Social Studies and African-American Studies and wants to head to Washington D.C. sometime in her future.

The Power Women Breakfast series brings together influential women of entertainment, media, technology and brands in key cities to network and connect. TheWrap has built a broad community of professional women who are decision makers and mothers, leaders and wives, innovators and activists. The franchise is now in four cities Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

San Francisco hosted its third Power Women Breakfast this year, with Kerri Walsh Jennings joining Shahidi on stage. The Olympic medalist and the professional beach volleyball player talked to TheWrap’s Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman about heading to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo with a new partner, Nicole Branagh, after winning three gold medals with previous partner Misty May-Treanor and winning bronze last year with April Ross.

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“I don’t believe in barriers,” she said. “I believe my heart will tell me [when to stop]. I pray that my body doesn’t give out — my body feels amazing. I’ve had five shoulder surgeries, I’ve been through a lot, my training is smarter and my diet is smarter in my recovery processes, and I have amazing trainers. I honestly pray for clarity that it’s clear when I’m done, my heart will tell me that, ‘Kerri, you’re done.’”

She continued, “My mission in the next four years is just grow in my sport — it’s such a beautiful, empowering sport for women, and the drive in this country, the opportunities this country survive on are huge and I want to take it to the next level … I want to beat the world.”

TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast also featured a digital panel in which founder of PopSugar, Lisa Sugar, CEO of New Form Kathleen Grace and CEO of The Braintrust Kendra Bracken-Ferguson discussed the changes in media and technology. Bracken-Ferguson said that social networks will continue to evolve and we will continue to evolve and we will see them as a competitor to traditional news sources.

“I have a theory about social networks in terms of how they evolve: I think we’re going to see more pop up,” Bracken-Ferguson said. “We’re already seeing it. They’re not going to go away. I think that when you look at the content that’s coming out of them and the technologies, they are media companies. Any time you can go with a social networking site and use it as your search engine and find content you wouldn’t otherwise be able to find, or content that is competing with the traditional news source, I think they are media channels… I think they are hubs, I think they are a wealth of information, they are a resource of eyeballs, but I think that as people as brands are looking to build their own communities, you have to think about what’s important and it’s the data.

The event was sponsored by Dolby and Creative Future. A charity auction raised money for Bay Kids Studios, a non-profit that helps sick children make films.

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Kylie Jenner Breaks Met Gala’s ‘No Selfie Rule’ With Kim and Brie Larson (Photo)

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Kylie Jenner broke the Met Gala’s “No Selfie Rule” at the annual event on Monday night, posting an epic bathroom selfie featuring Kim Kardashian West, Lily Aldridge and Brie Larson.

The social media star, who was wearing a Versace dress, was joined by A$AP Rocky, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Paris Jackson, Kendall Jenner, Frank Ocean and Ashton Sanders for the impromptu photoshoot.

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Larson later reposted Jenner’s major selfie, joking about how a trip to the bathroom made her famous. Of course, other celebrities also shared the photo on various other platforms later, including Jenner’s sister Kim Kardashian, Michelle Monaghan, and shoe designer Tabitha Simmons.

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According to E! Online, the “no social media” policy was implemented in 2015 but isn’t taken as seriously two years later. Sources told the publication that when the policy was first introduced it was “solely to do with guests’ security and enjoyment of the event,” not to prohibit them from documenting the annual night.

Halle Berry and Nick Jonas, for example, kept fans up to date on their night by posting Instagram stories, while Jackson shared a Snapchat photo of herself in the bathroom with Bella Hadid, Lara Stone and Ruby Rose.

In 2015, Kendall Jenner took a bathroom selfie which featured the likes of Emily Ratajkowski, Zoe Kravitz and Cara Delevingne.

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New York City’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts an annual fundraiser for its Costume Institute. It’s attended by luminaries from the intersecting power circles of fashion, Hollywood, music, Wall Street, Washington D.C., Silicon Valley and even sports.

The annual Costume Institute exhibit is curated by Andrew Bolton, and watched over with an iron clutch by Vogue editor and Conde Nast creative director Anna Wintour. This year’s theme was “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” a celebration of the avant-garde designer.

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What Is the Met Gala?

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The biggest event on the Manhattan social diary is currently underway, but what exactly is the Met Gala?

Simply put: New York City’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts an annual fundraiser for its Costume Institute. It is attended by luminaries from the intersecting power circles of fashion, Hollywood, music, Wall Street, Washington D.C., Silicon Valley and even sports.

The annual Costume Institute exhibit is curated by Andrew Bolton, and watched over with an iron clutch by Vogue editor and Conde Nast creative director Anna Wintour. This year’s theme is “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” a celebration of the avant-garde designer.

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Wintour calls on one or more celebrity co-chairs in a given year, and this year she has assembled Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen.

So, yes, the Met Gala is a fundraiser held the first Monday of every May. But it’s so much more.

Over the years, the event has morphed from a $100 ticket in 1960 to a $13.5 million cash grab in 2016, Forbes reported this week. Tables run $275,000 for a given brand, with individual tickets reportedly going for roughly $30,000.

Celebrities of all walks gather at the event, where the museum stairs are draped in luxurious carpet, hosed down with precise and lush floral displays and the pristine halls of the iconic museum become a dimly-lit playground.

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Not all who attend — like this year’s crop which includes Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Zendaya and so many more — have to shell out the steep entry price. Designers and brands will often buy entire tables and invite bold names as their guests, who in turn wear their goods on the red carpet.

Speaking of which, the two-hour red carpet leading up to the event has become a must-see in recent years — garnering the kind of groundswell and attention usually reserved for the Academy Awards. Vogue’s Facebook page streamed the carpet in 360 video, while E! hosted a live broadcast, coast-to-coast.

The guest list will be under 600 people, the New York Times reported. Events like these justify the validity of FOMO (fear of missing out), but rest assured — sometimes things don’t go according to plan, even at the Met Gala.

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Jared Kushner Hires Blumhouse PR Chief for White House Role

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Blumhouse PR chief Josh Raffel has joined the White House Office of American Innovation and will work for Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, an individual with knowledge of the move told TheWrap.

Raffel has been with Blumhouse Productions, the producer of horror hits like “The Purge” and “Insidious,” since 2015. He will be replaced by Teri Everett, former executive vice president of global communications for Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, who left in February and was replaced by Cindy Gardner.

According to the Washington Post, last month, President Trump unveiled a new White House office to fulfill key campaign promises. Internally, it is viewed as a “SWAT team of strategic consultants” and is staffed by former business executives and “designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington.” Kushner himself positioned the new office as an “offensive team.”

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“All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays,” Trump said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government.”

“We should have excellence in government,” Kushner added. “The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”

Raffel previously worked for New York-based PR firm Hiltzik Strategies where he represented Kushner’s family business. His other clients included Glenn Beck, Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 and Sony Pictures.

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Raffel will relocate to Washington D.C. and is expected to begin his new position at the White House in the coming weeks.

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