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Evan Helmuth, ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor, Dies at 40

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Evan Helmuth, an actor best known for playing the priest in 2012 horror “The Devil Inside,” has died. He was 40. Helmuth (pictured above left) passed away from complications from a stroke on Monday. “It’s just simply heartbreaking. Such a profoundly kind and beautiful person, friend and actor,” spokesperson David Greene of Chaotik Media told TheWrap in a statement confirming Helmuth’s death. Also Read: Harvey Atkin, 'Meatballs,' 'Cagney & Lacey' Actor, Dies at 74 Along with his famous role in William Brent Bell’s terrifying hit, he also appeared in “Fever Pitch” and “Jobs,” alongside Ashton Kutcher. On the small screen, »


- Debbie Emery

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Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving Step Up Their Style Game at Si Fashionable 50 (Photos)

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Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving Step Up Their Style Game at Si Fashionable 50 (Photos) Sports Illustrated magazine celebrates sports stars’ top style plays NBA Mvp Russell Westbrook added another title to his name as he was crowned Si’s Fashion Mvp at the star-filled party at Avenue in Hollywood Tuesday night. “It’s definitely an unbelievable blessing,” Westbrook told TheWrap, adding that he had “messages” all over his outfit. “It’s important to be able to take that next jump to create your own trend, create your own step, and pave your own way to be able to that in fashion, »


- Debbie Emery

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Faith and Family Films Gain Prominence as Td Jakes’ Megafest Matures

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MegaFest, a convention that focuses on the intersection of family and general entertainment, is increasingly carving out a festival home for faith-based and intergenerational Hollywood movies. For the third year running, the International Faith and Family Film Festival has attracted sleeper hit films that revolve around religion, and the actors and directors that develop and star in them. For the 2017 edition, hosted in Dallas, Texas earlier this month, the festival recruited the likes of John Singleton — the first African American to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar, for 1991’s “Boyz in the Hood,” and a prolific producer and »


- Matt Donnelly

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Lena Dunham Joins ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7

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Lena Dunham has joined the cast of “American Horror Story” for Season 7, creator Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter Wednesday. “Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the American Horror Story family,” he wrote. “Always wanted to work together, and now we r!” Although Murphy didn’t give any more information on the scope of the “Girls” star’s role, a representative for Dunhan told TheWrap that she only has a small role in Episode 1 and is “not joining the cast technically.” Also Read: Colton Haynes Joins 'American Horror Story' for Season 7 As usual, much of the upcoming season of American Horror. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Espn Shutters One of Its Channels to Cut Costs

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The horn just sounded on Espn’s Buzzer Beater channel. The Disney-owned cable channel, which has aired live look-ins and analysis of college basketball games since 2011, won’t be back for the 2017-18 Ncaa hoops season in a cost-cutting move, an Espn spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap on Wednesday. “With more ways than ever to program our networks across all screens, we have decided to shift resources to better position ourselves for the long-term,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We will leverage the reach and scale we have across our TV and digital platforms to continue to provide more college basketball coverage. »

- Matt Pressberg

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‘Dunkirk’ Looks to Turn Critical Acclaim Into Box Office Victory

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The critics seem to be in agreement: Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is one of, if not the, best films of the year and a surefire Oscar contender, giving the World War II epic a “Fresh” rating of 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Now Warner Bros. will look to turn that critical acclaim into box office success. Currently, “Dunkirk” is pegged by independent trackers for an opening weekend in the range of $30-40 million, with WB’s projections on the upper end of that range. The film will be released in 3,700 locations, which includes a variety of special formats including IMAX, 35mm, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Red West, Actor and Elvis Presley’s Friend, Dies at 81

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Red West, a film/TV actor and former close associate of Elvis Presley, has died at the age of 81. According to USA Today, West died after suffering an aortic aneurysm at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, on Tuesday night. A friend of The King, West served as Presley’s driver and bodyguard, also co-writing songs including “Separate Ways,” “If Every Day Was Like Christmas” and “If You Talk in Your Sleep.” He was fired by Presley’s father shortly before the singer’s death. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) West later went on to become an actor, with small roles on the TV. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Fired Kermit Actor Responds to Jim Henson Daughter’s ‘Depressed Victim’ Slam

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The war wages on between ousted Kermit the Frog puppeteer Steve Whitmire and the Muppets franchise. Whitmire took to his personal blog on Wednesday following criticism from Cheryl Henson, daughter of late Muppets creator Jim Henson. Whitmire has posted numerous messages after announcing last week that Disney had replaced him with Matt Vogel as the voice of Kermit after 27 years. Cheryl wrote on Facebook earlier this week that Whitmire was never Jim’s choice to take over for him as the beloved character, adding that Whitmire’s vision of Kermit had veered from Jim’s. Also Read: Fired Kermit Actor Criticizes 'Cold and Timid. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Senator John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Tumor

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Arizona Republican Senator John McCain has learned he has a brain tumor, according to a statement released by his office on Wednesday. The 80-year-old senator for Arizona underwent cranial surgery to remove a blood clot near his eye less than a week ago, and the tumor is related to that. According to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, where McCain had the surgery, “subsequent tissue pathology” performed after blood clot removal “revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot. Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that. »


- Ashley Eady

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What’s Going on With China’s Wanda Group?

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In the span of less than a year, Dalian Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin has gone from splashing billions on entertainment companies and coming to Hollywood to promote an $8 billion mega-studio and telling film execs they need to “increase their quality” to selling off his theme park business and 77 hotels as part of a major, regulatory-driven retrenchment. And as one of China’s richest and most powerful men has quickly become one of its most scrutinized, that’s put the squeeze on Wanda’s would-be acquisition spree — the company has announced $20 billion in deals since 2006 — and led »

- Matt Pressberg

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11 Hilarious Remixes of Sam Tarly’s ‘Soup and Poop’ Montage from ‘Game of Thrones’ (Photos)

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While everyone else in Westeros is dourly assessing how they’ll fight various wars, the Season 7 premiere, “Dragonstone,” found Samwell Tarly working the early days of training to be a maester. The montage of Sam serving soup and cleaning poop was both hilarious and gross, and has inspired the Internet to create all sorts of remixes. Here are a few of the best. 11. “Rocky IV” montage The “Rocky” films are packed with classic montages, making them pretty good inspiration for a Samwell remix. This one borrows the song “Hearts on Fire” by John Cafferty from “Rocky IV.” Watch it here. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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‘Confederate’ Debate: Can ‘Game of Thrones’ Duo Handle Slavery Responsibly?

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Like their HBO hit “Game of Thrones,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ newly announced follow-up series, “Confederate,” has people talking — though some wonder if the two white men will handle the subject responsibly. “Confederate” takes place in a world where the southern states won the Civil War and seceded from the Union. Its creative team includes African-American writers and executive producers Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman. HBO says it “takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Rob Kardashian’s Lesson: Revenge Porn Can Hurt the Sender (Guest Blog)

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Instigators of revenge porn, beware. Recent cases in the media involving either invasion of privacy allegations or simply rumor-mill fodder have had a variety of results — none that are good. Rob Kardashian unexpectedly learned a lesson when he thought he would get even with his baby mama Blac Chyna after their relationship hit a rough bump.  He posted explicit pictures of her on social media that she thought were private — and she used those as the basis for obtaining a restraining order. Since domestic violence legal definitions have expanded to include emotional abuse, not just physical abuse, she was granted. »


- Rosaline L. Zukerman

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French Media Accuses Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ of Historical Inaccuracy

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Despite overwhelmingly positive reviews for Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” one nationality is not satisfied with the World War II saga: the French. On Wednesday, both Huffington Post France and the French publication, Le Monde, criticized the film for historical inaccuracy. Also Read: 'Dunkirk' Review: Christopher Nolan's WWII Saga Spins a Sensational Story of Struggle and Survival “Dunkirk” tells the story of how Allied troops escaped entrapment by enemy forces in France during the Battle of Dunkirk of World War II. However, some French critics are saying that Nolan seriously underplayed one important historical fact: the role of »


- Ashley Eady

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Mark Fuhrman: 5 Facts About the N-Word-Spewing Cop Who Helped Free Oj Simpson (Photos)

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Mark Fuhrman, whose frequent use of the N-word was the basis of Oj Simpson’s successful defense in his double murder case, will provide commentary for Fox News when Oj Simpson seeks parole for his robbery sentence. Let’s learn more about the man whose racial slurs helped Oj Simpson go free. 1. Before the Simpson case, Furhman took part in taped interviews with a screenwriter in which he used the N-word 41 times. Judge Lance Ito determined that in all uses, Furhman was using the word in “a disparaging manner.” 2. The defense almost immediately focused on Fuhrman as a weak point in the. »


- Tim Molloy

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Has Fox Made Enough Changes Amid Latest Sexual Misconduct Allegations?

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A day after TheWrap exclusively reported that 21st Century Fox paid off a woman who accused former top executive David Hill of sexual misconduct 19 years ago, questions persist regarding whether the company has made sufficient changes to its corporate culture. According to two individuals with knowledge of the situation, the payment happened in 1998 when Hill, a longtime member of Rupert Murdoch’s inner circle, was chairman of Fox Sports. The case predated the sexual harassment investigations that led to the departures of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and founder Roger Ailes, along with the dismissal of Fox Sports President Jamie Horowitz earlier this. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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James Woods Drops $10 Million ‘Cocaine Addict’ Lawsuit Against Deceased Twitter Troll

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James Woods just scored a victory that’s nothing to sniff at. “Once Upon a Time in America” star Woods has dropped a lawsuit that he filed against an anonymous, since-deceased Twitter troll who called him a “cocaine addict,” after receiving a letter acknowledging that there was no evidence that he was addicted to coke, or anything else for that matter. Attorney Kenneth White told TheWrap on Wednesday, “The matter was resolved by mutual agreement of the Parties.” Also Read: James Woods Fires Back After Neil Patrick Harris Diss Over 'Gender Creative' Tweet In a letter sent to Woods’ attorney Michael Weinsten, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Tom Hardy, Why Must You Cover Your Beautiful Face?

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Tom Hardy, we get it. You are a diverse and serious talent, who can play a spy or a soldier, a lover or a relatable common criminal. But why must you cover your beautiful face? In Christopher Nolan’s latest, “Dunkirk,” Hardy’s face is covered by a pilot’s mask. We can forgive the one-time lapse, but it’s not one time at all. Also Read: Tom Hardy to Star as 'Venom' for Sony, Ruben Fleischer Set to Direct Hardy’s roles like “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Dark Knight Rises” also have him sporting gear »


- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly

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Watch Us Sample ‘Game of Thrones’ Wine – and Act Like Westeros Rulers (Video)

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Want to get soused in a sophisticated, yet tinged with terrifying uncertainty kind of way? Try the new selection from winemaker Bob Cabral, Seven Kingdoms Wines’ line of “Game of Thrones” varietals. The varietals attempt evoke what we think the elite of Westeros are drinking whenever they’ve plotting one another’s murders. Or more accurately, a much better version (since medieval winemaking techniques were not up to today’s excellent standards). Do “Game of Thrones” wines succeed? TheWrap’s Phil Owen and Ross Lincoln decided to find out with a fancy wine tasting. Spoiler alert: They’re great. Also »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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How Rooney Mara Devoured a Pie for a 9-Minute ‘Ghost Story’ Scene

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Jason Biggs’ time as the king of cinema pie scenes is coming to an end. The seminal scene in David Lowery’s new “meaning of life” film “A Ghost Story” features a heartbroken Rooney Mara sitting alone on the floor of her kitchen devouring a full pie in real-time take as her dead husband (Casey Affleck) watches from afar as a ghost. It’s a nine-minute wide shot of Mara in profile that plays out like a single shot … for nine minutes. Also Read: 'A Ghost Story' Review: Casey Affleck's Ghost in a Bed Sheet Breaks Your »


- Mikey Glazer

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