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‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi for Office? ‘I Qualify in 2035’ for President

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Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi has ambitions that go way beyond television. How far beyond? Let’s just say the 17-year-old knows off the top of her head what year she’ll qualify to run for president. At TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in San Francisco on Thursday, TheWrap’s Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman asked featured speaker Shahidi whether she would ever consider running for office, after the actress delivered a powerful speech about identity issues in America. “Well, I qualify in 2035!” Shahidi said to cheers from the audience. Also Read: Watch 'Black-ish' Star Yara Shahidi Speak at TheWrap's Power »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Robert Zemeckis’ Fact-Based UFO Series ‘Blue Book’ Picked Up by History Channel

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History has picked up a fact-based UFO drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis, the network announced on Thursday. Titled “Blue Book,” the 10-episode scripted drama will chronicle the true top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as “Project Blue Book.” Ordered straight-to-series, “Blue Book” becomes the network’s fourth scripted original series, following “Vikings,” “Six” and the upcoming “Knightfall.” No premiere date or casting info have yet been announced. Also Read: History Renews Navy Seal Drama 'Six' for Season 2 The series follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant college professor recruited by the U. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘F Is for Family’ Creator Bill Burr Wrote a Standalone ‘Colt Luger’ Episode

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Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. In Bill Burr’s case, that meant setting aside his script for a planned standalone “Colt Luger” special. The co-creator and star of Netflix’s “F Is for Family” told TheWrap that he wrote a full script for an entire episode of his show-within-a-show, but Burr ultimately spiked the idea after seeing “BoJack Horseman” did a “Horsin’ Around” Christmas special. “I wrote a whole half-hour script. I’ve got that somewhere on my computer — a first draft of it,” he said. “It just was gonna be too similar. »


- Tony Maglio

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Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live’ Pushed to 2018 at NBC

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Jennifer Lopez’s “Bye Bye Birdie Live!” is migrating to a later date, as NBC has pushed the live musical to 2018, TheWrap has learned. The delay for the production, which was originally set to air in December 2017, is due to Lopez’s busy schedule. She is onboard to star and executive produce in “Birdie.” Lopez is currently involved with two other NBC projects: She is a judge on “World of Dance,” premiering May 30, and stars on the cop drama “Shades of Blue,” which is heading into its third season. She is also juggling film projects and her Las Vegas residency, »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Ariana Grande’s Manager Responds to Manchester Tragedy: ‘Am I Angry? Hell Yes.’

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Ariana Grande’s manager has responded to the deadly bombing at Grande’s concert in Manchester, expressing his anger over the tragedy but vowing to honor the victims. In a series of tweets published Wednesday, Scooter Braun said that he had experienced joy “for the first time in days” after taking his parents out to dinner,” and said that he will honor those whose lives were lost in the tragedy by “by living each day full. Full of fun, full of laughter, full of joy.” To the perpetrators of the bombing and other terrorist acts, Braun offered, “So if u think u scared. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Watch ‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi Speak at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast on Facebook Live (Video)

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TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in San Francisco is underway with featured guest speaker Yara Shahidi, who stars in ABC’s “Black-ish.” Shahidi joins professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings at the annual event. During the breakfast, there will also be a digital panel about “The Pace & Face of Change.” The May 24 breakfast is hosted by TheWrap CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Sharon Waxman, at the Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco. Also Read: The Scene at TheWrap's 2017 Power Women Breakfast in Washington DC (Photos) The Power Women Breakfast series brings together influential women of entertainment, media, technology and brands. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed on HBO

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HBO has renewed “Veep” for a seventh season and “Silicon Valley” for a fifth season, the premium cable network announced Thursday. “Silicon Valley,” created by Mike Judge, stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang and Suzanne Cryer. Read More See Julia Louis-Dreyfus's latest Power Move. PowerRank: 6893 “Veep’s” fifth season was the first without creator and original showrunner Armando Iannucci and is currently airing its sixth season under showrunner David Mandel. The show stars Tony »


- Linda Ge

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Comedy Central Sets ‘Fake News With Ted Nelms’ Special Starring Ed Helms

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Comedy Central has set comedy special “Fake News With Ted Nelms,” starring Ed Helms, a person close to the project told TheWrap. Helms will play the fake cable news broadcaster Ted Nelms and will executive produce with Mike Falbo through their Pacific Electric Picture Company banner. Former “Daily Show” producer Stu Miller will also serve as an executive producer. The special will parody the current “fake news” phenomenon in our turbulent political climate, and see Helms reading absurd news items in s deadpan fashion, parodying CNN or Fox News. Read More See Ed Helms's latest Power Move. PowerRank: »


- Linda Ge

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Watch PopSugar Co-Founder Lisa Sugar and Other Digital Innovators Speak on Facebook Live (Video)

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PopSugar co-founder Lisa Sugar, New Form Digital Chief Creative Officer Kathleen Grace and digital marketing expert Kendra Bracken-Ferguson are among the digital innovators who will speak about the face and pace of change at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast on Thursday. In addition to this panel, “Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi and professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings joined TheWrap at the May 24 breakfast, hosted by TheWrap CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Sharon Waxman, at the Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco. Also Read: The Scene at TheWrap's 2017 Power Women Breakfast in Washington DC (Photos) The Power Women Breakfast series brings. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Rosario Dawson in Negotiations to Star in X-Men Spinoff ‘New Mutants’

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Rosario Dawson is in talks to star in X-Men spinoff “New Mutants,” a person close to the project told TheWrap.

Dawson will play Dr. Cecilia Reyes. Her character in the spinoff acts as a mentor for the young adult ensemble cast that already includes “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams and “Split” star Anya Taylor-Joy.

Williams is set to play Rahne Sinclair, or Wolfsbane, who must figure out how to reconcile her ability to turn into a wolf with her religious beliefs. Taylor-Joy is Illyana Rasputin, »


- Ashley Boucher

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Trump Snubbed Sean Spicer for Meeting With Pope Francis – and Reporters Feel Bad

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President Donald Trump has done the unthinkable: He has made political reporters feel sympathy for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer after the president excluded Spicer from a group of staffers who met with Pope Francis on Wednesday. “This seems needlessly harsh – when else is Spicer likely to meet the Pope, and it mattered to him?” tweeted New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, one of several who weighed in after a White House source told CNN that “Spicer fumed to colleagues” after being snubbed from the private session with the pontiff. “He was eagerly anticipating meeting the Pope, but discovered. »


- Brian Flood

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Watch Olympic Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings Speak at Power Women Breakfast on Facebook Live (Video)

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Professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings took the stage at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in San Francisco on Thursday. Walsh Jennings was joined by “Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi and a panel of digital innovators including PopSugar co-founder Lisa Sugar, New Form Digital Chief Creative Officer Kathleen Grace and digital marketing expert Kendra Bracken-Ferguson. The May 24th breakfast is hosted by TheWrap CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Sharon Waxman, at the Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco. Also Read: Elisabeth Moss on Why She Became a Feminist: 'Our Generation Has Taken Our Rights for Granted' (Video) The Power Women Breakfast series brings. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Sony’s Silver Sable, Black Cat Movie Lands Gina Prince-Bythewood as Director

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Gina Prince-Bythewood is in talks to direct “Silver and Black,” the second announced standalone film in Sony’s Marvel Universe. If the deal goes through, she would become first African-American woman to direct a movie based on Marvel characters. The film will be based on the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy), who are known for their connections with Spider-Man. Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts criminals. She hasn’t been introduced in a previous film. Meanwhile, Hardy made her debut in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” played by Felicity Jones. Also Read: »


- Carli Velocci and Matt Donnelly

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Trump Has Met His Match When It Comes to Bizarre Handshakes (Video)

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President Trump has a long history of bizarre handshakes but French President Emmanuel Macron might have him beat. Macron may have out-Trumped his American counterpart during a Thursday meeting in Brussels. “They shook hands for an extended period of time. Each president gripped the other’s hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening,” Washington Post reporter Phillip Rucker, who was in the room, wrote. Trump is known for his extended handshakes with former F.B.I. Director James Comey and a variety of world leaders, include Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. CNN »


- Brian Flood

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Sarah Hyland Hits Back at Anorexia Claims: ‘I Am Not a Fan of Being Skinny’

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Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland has addressed those who’ve made comments about her fluctuating weight with a powerful message about health. Hyland, who also appears in the ABC “Dirty Dancing” remake, which aired on Wednesday, posted a series of notes on Twitter ahead of the movie’s premiere. “I haven’t had the greatest year. Maybe one day I’ll talk about it but for now, I’d like my privacy,” she wrote. “I will say that this year has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes.” Hyland has received criticism from fans and others online for her weight. »


- Carli Velocci

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There Is Only One App on Trump’s iPhone Right Now

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President Trump has just a single app installed on his iPhone right now. Yes — you guessed it — it’s Twitter, according to Axios reporter Mike Allen, who cited a conversation with top White House officials. According to Trump staffers, the key to keeping Potus on task is limiting his down time, meaning less time to watch cable news and for firing off tweets. Loading up his schedule on his first international trip has worked well to this so far, according to Allen’s report. “Top White House officials tell me the key to forcing a more disciplined President Trump (like the one onstage overseas) is. »


- Sean Burch

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Ratings: ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Draws 6.6 Million Viewers for ABC

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The “Dirty Dancing” remake delivered ABC’s most-watched Wednesday in nearly 7 months, but that doesn’t mean the Disney-owned broadcaster topped primetime.

Neither did the network airing “Empire’s” season finale, though: Fox finished second in the key 18-49 demographic, but was fourth among total viewers.

That leaves CBS and NBC, and last night belong to the “Survivor” net.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.8 million, »


- Tony Maglio

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‘American Gods’ Showrunners on How Trump Presidency Reshaped Neil Gaiman Series

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A version of this story about “American Gods” first appeared in The Race Begins issue of TheWrap Emmy Magazine. When Neil Gaiman wrote “American Gods” in 2001, he could not have predicted the television adaptation of his beloved novel would be released under a Donald Trump presidency. Even the showrunners, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, completed the show before the Republican took office and immediately called for a travel ban from predominantly Muslim countries. “The show was written in a progressive political climate, and is airing in an insane one,” Fuller said. “Our intent with the series was never to be political — it. »


- Linda Ge

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Manchester Crowd Sings ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ After Moment of Silence for Victims (Video)

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Thousands joined in an impromptu sing-along of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger” in Manchester on Thursday morning, following a one minute moment of silence for the 22 people killed and dozens injured in Monday’s terrorist attack following an Ariana Grande concert. “We can’t be looking backward to what happened, we have to look forwards to the future,” said Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow, the woman who started the sing-along, according to The Guardian. “We’re all going to join together, we’re all going to get on with it because that’s what Manchester does.” The vigil was hosted in Alberts Square, »


- Sean Burch

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#StarWars40th: The Top 15 Best Stories Ever Told in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe (Photos)

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Between the movies, TV shows, comics, video games, novels and reference books, you’d be hard-pressed to ever run out of stories to read about the “Star Wars” universe, past and present. It’s a big universe out there, and every story told in it is connected to all the others. Big stories are told as many different smaller ones, and small stories are told as chunks of a bigger picture. These are the best chunks, big or small, in the history of the “Star Wars” universe. 15. The rise of Admiral Daala in the “Jedi Academy Trilogy” After “Return of the Jedi” in the. »


- Phil Owen

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