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‘Billy on the Street’ Host Billy Eichner Talks Getting Political, Teases ‘American Horror Story’

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A version of this story about Billy Eichner and “Billy on the Street” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. About 13 years ago, comic Billy Eichner started accosting strangers on the streets of New York to ask them questions about pop culture. The live act turned into YouTube videos, which turned into a TV series, TruTV’s “Billy on the Street” — and now, after five seasons of Eichner screaming about the Kardashians and Rihanna and dragging game stars like Jon Hamm and Julianne Moore along with him, “Billy on the Street” has landed. »


- Steve Pond

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Claire Foy Talks ‘The Crown’ Feminist Backlash, Queen Elizabeth’s Drinking Habits

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A version of this cover story first appeared in the Down to The Wire issue of TheWrap Emmy Magazine.  By the time you read this, Claire Foy’s reign as Queen Elizabeth II will be over. She’s just wrapped the second season of the lush Netflix drama “The Crown,” and Qeii will be played by a different actress as the show skips a few decades ahead for season three. But before that happens, you’ll have another batch of Foy episodes before the streaming giant coronates her successor. For now, it’s a celebration of the current incarnation of “The Queen, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Amy Schumer Shows Up on ‘Judge Judy,’ and Twitter Renders Its Verdict

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Do not attempt to adjust your television sets, “Judge Judy” fans — that really was Amy Schumer in the audience during Thursday’s episode of the long-running courtroom reality show. “Judge Judy” viewers rushed to Twitter en masse on Thursday, when it appeared that the actress/comedian was among those in the studio audience watching  Judge Judy Sheindlin dispense her trademark brand of grumpy justice. The “Trainwreck” actress confirmed the appearance herself via Instagram on Thursday, posting an image of herself in the audience. Also Read: Judge Judy Lets a Dog Loose in Her Courtroom to Find the Real Owner (Video) “Hell yeah! »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Review: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson Liven Up Routine Shoot-Em-Up

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is the kind of movie that “Deadpool” was supposed to rescue Ryan Reynolds from having to make. It’s the sort of film that forces him and his co-star Samuel L. Jackson to work double-time on their charm offensive in an attempt to distract audiences from the material’s utter familiarity. You’ve seen this movie a lot in the past few years: take one or two internationally marketable stars (usually it’s Kevin Costner or John Travolta or Bruce Willis or Nicolas Cage or John Cusack or Robert De Niro), bolster the cast with one or two slumming great actors, »


- Alonso Duralde

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Jefferson Davis Memorial in Arizona Was Literally Tarred and Feathered (Photo)

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The debate over whether or not Confederate Monuments should stay up or be torn down across the United States continues. In Gold Canyon, Arizona, the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway monument was tarred and feathered overnight in an apparent protest against the Confederate remembrance. You read that right. The monument is the second in Arizona to be vandalized, but the only one tarred and feathered in the style of feudal Europe and Colonial America, according to the local Fox affiliate news station. A local reporter said that cleaning up the monument will be difficult and costly, and that many people have been stopping. »

- Ashley Boucher

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‘Crown Heights’ Review: True Story of Injustice Lacks Dramatic Power

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A gripping true story can be a great starting point for a narrative feature, but a starting point isn’t a whole movie. There’s no denying that the tale of Colin Warner, a man who spent decades behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, is a powerful one, but writer-director Matt Ruskin doesn’t give us anything here that a documentary couldn’t do better. The non-fiction route is one we’ve already experienced, both directly and indirectly. The Warner case was the basis of a “This American Life” episode, on which “Crown Heights” is directly based, »


- Alonso Duralde

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‘Marjorie Prime’ Review: Jon Hamm Hologram Romances an Ailing Widow

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“The future will be here soon enough. Might as well get friendly with it.” This thought, tossed off by the incomparable Lois Smith in “Marjorie Prime,” captures the exquisite drama’s theme, on many levels. Can we ever get friendly with the future? Doesn’t its very un-knowability preclude that? The notion can also be interpreted through a science-fiction lens: the film takes place in the not-too-distant future, incorporating artificially intelligent characters that are digitally simulated holograms of dead people. But the idea packs a more ruminative punch. Time passes; people cope with life in the ways they can. We can try to. »


- Claudia Puig

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Eazy-e’s Widow Sues His Son Over Ruthless Records, N.W.A Use

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Eazy-e’s widow is going after the deceased rapper’s son (her stepson), claiming that he’s illegally using the trademarks Ruthless Records and N.W.A. According to the suit, Tomica Woods-Wright’s company, Comptown Records, took over ownership of Eazy-e’s label Ruthless Records after the rapper’s death in 1995, and has “continuously used the trade names, trademarks, and service marks Ruthless, Ruthless Records, and N.W.A. “ However, the suit contends, last July Arnold E. White, an associate of Eazy-e’s son Eric Darnell Wright, formed a corporation in California called Ruthless Records, and both Wright and »


- Tim Kenneally

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Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and ‘Big Little Lies’ Stars Detail Show’s ‘Tricky’ Journey

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A version of this story on “Big Little Lies” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. Four lead women in “Big Little Lies,” the HBO miniseries based on Liane Moriarty‘s book, all landed Emmy nominations, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in the lead category and Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley in supporting. (Zoë Kravitz, the last of the main actresses, was left out.) Dern, Woodley and actors/executive producers Kidman and Witherspoon described the rare experience of making the miniseries, which starts with a murder investigation and then slowly unveils victim, murderer »


- Steve Pond

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Animated Comedy From Amy Poehler in the Works at Fox

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Fox is developing an animated comedy series from Amy Poehler, TheWrap has learned. The potential series, which has received a script and pilot presentation order from the network, centers on the family and friends of 15-year-old Duncan Harris, an average kid with dreams of being a Ufc fighter, tech billionaire, video game champ, or any job where you make a ton of money and don’t have to wear a tie. “Simpsons” duo Mike Scully and Julie Scully will write. Poehler is attached to voice multiple characters. Also Read: 'Jetsons' Live-Action TV Reboot From Robert Zemeckis Flies to ABC The untitled comedy is executive. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘American Made’ Review: Tom Cruise Flies Between Comedy and Tension, Missing Both

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Tom Cruise trashes his flashing-teeth hero image to play, if not a bad guy, then certainly a naughty one in the jaunty drug-running caper “American Made.” Re-teaming with his “Edge of Tomorrow” (a.k.a. “Live Die Repeat”) director Doug Liman, Cruise plays Barry Seal, a real-life character who ran drugs, guns and money between Central America and Arkansas in the late 1970s and early ’80s, while also working for the CIA. Seal, a family man who started out as a pilot for Twa, eventually became embroiled in what blew up into the Iran-Contra scandal, as well as being a trusted delivery boy. »


- Jason Solomons

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Justin Theroux Lands on Netflix’s ‘Maniac’ With Emma Stone and Jonah Hill

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Justin Theroux is joining Jonah Hill and Emma Stone on the Netflix series “Maniac.” Theroux will recur on the 10-episode dark comedy series that Cary Fukunaga is directing. “Maniac” is based on a 2014 Norwegian series and centers on two patients in a mental institution who escape to fantasy realms. Also Read: Emma Stone Dethrones Jennifer Lawrence as World's Highest-Paid Actress The “Leftovers” alum will recur as James Mantleray on the series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. “Maniac” does not yet have a premiere date. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Lemon’ Review: Brett Gelman Is Best at Playing the Worst

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Brett Gelman (“Love,” “Another Period”) plays somewhat of a garbage white dude named Isaac in Janicza Bravo’s film “Lemon.” It’s not quite that he is a bad person; he’s just completely unaware of anyone other than himself. And he’s barely aware of himself. For example, his response to waking up in the morning after wetting himself in his sleep is just to stand there and smell his hands, blocking his blind girlfriend Ramona (Judy Greer) from going to the bathroom, only to have her sit back down in the damp spot on the couch where he left his mark. »


- Kyle Turner

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Inside ‘Morning Joe’ Co-Hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski’s Rise to Fame (Exclusive)

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A decade into their run, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are more influential than ever. If you want to know the secret to their success — it’s best that you ask them separately. When the recently-engaged couple spoke with TheWrap earlier this week, Scarborough and Brzezinski often finished each other’s sentences and credited each other with the show’s success. Their chemistry was obvious, even more so than it is on television — but perhaps that is the secret to their success. “Morning Joe” launched roughly a decade ago in 2007, the exact date depends on whether or. »


- Brian Flood

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How ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Creators Improved the Show by Blocking Out the Feedback

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It’s easy to look at AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” going into its fourth and final season as a completely different show than the one that premiered in 2015. The drama series about technology gurus in the early days of the 1980s computer boom initially told a story about two colleagues — Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) and Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy) — who were engaged in a Steve Jobs vs. Steve Wozniak style relationship. Working to create an Ibm competitor, the two clashed on producing hardware and how to market the products. Season 2, however, presented a dramatic shift. Joe and »


- Carli Velocci

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How Director Lesli Linka Glatter Keeps ‘Homeland’ in the Emmy Game

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This story about Lesli Linka Glatter and “Homeland” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. It’s safe to say that “Homeland,” a flagship for the Showtime network and early awards magnet for star Claire Danes, has had nine lives when it comes to storytelling. After prolonging the explosive water-cooler romance between CIA operative Carrie Mathison (Danes) and double-agent soldier Nicholas Brody (Damien Lewis) for its first two seasons, the show has effectively rebooted with a new terror threat and set of supporting players each year. The woman who keeps the series close to its knitting. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Sony Pictures TV Names Jeffrey Glaser Head of Current

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Jeffrey Glaser is replacing Kim Rozenfeld as head of current programming at Sony Pictures Television Studios. Glaser starts Sept. 5, and Rozenfeld is leaving at the end of August. The company’s internal memo is below. “Today we are announcing that Jeffrey Glaser will join Sony Pictures Television Studios (Spts) as executive vice president, U.S. current programming, overseeing the studio’s on-air series. Jeffrey will replace Kim Rozenfeld, who will be leaving Spts at the end of the month. Jeffrey will start September 5th and report to Chris and Jason. “With over 20 years of experience in this space, Jeffrey is »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Finn Jones Pitches His ‘Defenders’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Against Each Other

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Finn Jones (Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist) caught up with TheWrap ahead of the release of Netflix’s latest foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “The Defenders,” to talk about being part of two of TV’s hottest shows. Jones is probably best known for his role as Loras Tyrell, brother to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” But since Loras and his sister (spoiler!) died at the end of Season 6, Jones has been keeping himself plenty busy as a young New York superhero. Jones opened up about how his “Defenders” character, Danny, will fit in with more seasoned. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Everyone Who Has Ever Been in The Defenders, From Daredevil to Doctor Strange (Photos)

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Netflix’s “The Defenders” finally brings Marvel’s “street level” super hero team to television, but the four leads aren’t the only Marvel characters who’ve staffed the group. In the comics, “The Defenders” have had dozens of incarnations over the years — fitting since the team is defined by its lack of organization. No charter, no bylaws, just a convenient team up of whoever is available whenever something needs stopping, even if the team doesn’t like each other. Here’s who has signed up as an official team member since it’s 1971 debut. Doctor Strange Silver Surfer Hulk »


- Ross A. Lincoln and Phil Hornshaw

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Glenn Close to Star in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Movie Musical at Paramount (Exclusive)

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Paramount Pictures is pursuing a big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” to star Tony winner Glenn Close — who just ended a revival run of the musical on Broadway in June. Close is in advanced talks to play the part she originated on the stage in 1994, and the studio is actively searching for a director and a leading man to star opposite her, two individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap. TV mogul Ryan Murphy was approached to helm, both insiders said, but no deals are in place. Production is eyeing a January start. Representatives for Close and. »


- Matt Donnelly

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