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‘Trump Likes To Keep His Villains Close,’ Says Author of Book About Potus, Bannon (Video)

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Was Steve Bannon’s top billing over Donald Trump on a newly released book cover partly to blame for his ouster as White House chief strategist? On Monday night’s “Late Show,” host Trevor Noah posed that question to author Joshua Green, whose much-talked about book, “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency” was released just weeks before Bannon stepped down from his Wh post. “I was told by the White House official, ‘Trump is not going to read your book, but he’s going to look at the cover and he’s going »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Steven Mnuchin’s Actress Wife Flies Into Rant After Tagging All Her Designer Clothes on Instagram

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A photo on Instagram of treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and his actress-wife Louise Linton stepping off a private government plane in Kentucky and boasting about her expensive designer duds got a little ugly Monday evening when social media started calling her out on it. “Glad we could pay for your little getaway #deplorable,” jennimiller29 wrote on Linton’s Instagram page, noting Linton’s post that pointed out name designers she was wearing in the photo. Things got really “nasty” when Linton replied. Also Read: 300 of Steven Mnuchin's Yale Ex-Classmates Urge Him to Quit Trump Defending herself and her husband, »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Emmys 2017: Insider Details on 23 Parties Toasting This Year’s Nominees

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It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you party before the game even begins.  The Television Academy will be handing out Emmy Awards in 119 categories on Sept. 17, and the invitations to tons of celebrations leading up to the big day are out. The on and off-camera nominees range from Donald Glover (nominated in the acting, writing, directing and producing categories for “Atlanta”), to the team that created the rumbling electronic main titles on “Stranger Things,” to the casting director who discovered RuPaul’s drag queens. Also Read: Why the Oscars' Envelope Snafu Didn't Hurt Its Chances With Emmy Voters Sadly, »


- Mikey Glazer

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Tucker Carlson (Probably) Jokes About Trump Staring at Sun: ‘Most Impressive Thing Any President Has Ever Done’ (Video)

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Tucker Carlson is known for being a Trump cheerleader, like many pundits on Fox News. But after Donald Trump boldly stared directly at today’s solar eclipse for seemingly no reason, Carlson demonstrated that today’s punditry is so ridiculous that jokes are now impossible to judge. On his show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the Fox News host did a quick segment about the total solar eclipse over the United States, the first in 38 years. He noted that people all over the country had stopped what they were doing to view the rare celestial event, in which the moon moved between the. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Trump Says Nothing in Big Speech on Afghanistan

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Donald Trump’s primetime address to the nation, his first since taking office, was supposed to lay out his future plan to resolve the 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan. But as The New York Times concluded, “he failed to specify either the number of troops that would be committed, or the conditions by which he would judge the success of their mission there.” In short, it was a nothing-burger… which led to some pretty hilarious tweets. Also Read: Here's What Trump Said About Afghanistan on the Campaign Trail: It's a 'Mess' Some were just flat out confused… Wha? Trump speech #Afghanistan pic. »


- Itay Hod and Phil Owen

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‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Scrapped by NBC

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Xena’s sword is going back in the sheath. NBC’s planned reboot of “Xena: Warrior Princess” is not moving forward following the recent departure of writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. The network considers the project to be dead in its current iteration, although it remains possible that a new “Xena” revival could be developed down the road. Also Read: 'Marvel's Inhumans': Here's Updated Look at That Unpopular Medusa Wig (Photo) Rob Tapert (the original co-creator of “Xena”) and Sam Raimi had been heading up the project for Ghost House Pictures in association with NBC International Television Studios. The revival was to »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Jeffrey Lord Offered Breitbart Gig After CNN Firing

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Conservative commentator and Donald Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord has been offered a position at Breitbart News, the right-wing outlet led by former White House official Steve Bannon. The Daily Beast reports that Lord, who was recently fired from CNN over a tweet referencing Nazism, has been approached to join Breitbart as a regular writer or contributor. Last week, Lord told The Daily Beast that he had received multiple offers, but was “taking a week off and then back to figuring out the future.” Also Read: Jeffrey Lord Fired From CNN Over Nazi Salute Tweet Should Lord, a frequent Trump defender, »


- Reid Nakamura

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White Supremacists Say ‘No Way’ When They Learn They’re Not All-White

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Remember that “Chappelle’s Show” sketch about the Kkk leader who didn’t realize he was African-American? It turns out real-life white supremacists also tend to discount evidence that they aren’t all white. When confronted with genetic ancestry tests that might reveal Jewish or African roots, white supremacists try to discredit the “bad news,” according to a new study  by UCLA sociology professors Aaron Panofsky and Joan Donovan. “They don’t say after the test results, ‘I was a racist jerk and now I’m enlightened,'” Panofsky told TheWrap. “No one ever said, ‘I’m 5 percent African, and »

- Susan Seager

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Oakland Rapper Keak Da Sneak in Hospital After Shooting

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Oakland rapper Keak Da Sneak is in recovery after being critically wounded in a shooting incident in Richmond, Calif. on Sunday. A spokesperson for the Richmond Police Department confirmed to TheWrap that Keak Da Sneak (real name Charles Kente Williams) was shot at a Richmond gas station at approximately 5:30 Am on Aug. 20. Officers found the rapper “lying on the ground, with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso.” He was then taken to a local trauma center, where he remains in stable condition, says Richmond Pd. Also Read: Jay-z Breaks Silence About Elevator Brawl With Solange Knowles: 'We Had One. »


- Ashley Eady

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How Steve Bannon Mined ‘Intense Young Men,’ From ‘World of Warcraft’ to the White House

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Years before Steve Bannon made Breitbart.com one of the preeminent names in online politics and led the final months of Donald Trump’s astonishing presidential upset, he was just a guy helping dudes cheat at video games. His experience helping players navigate made-up realities, where all the news is fake and all the facts are alternative, helped him create a campaign that upended and rewrote reality.   But Bannon’s run to the White House wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the lessons he learned as vice chairman of International Gaming Entertainment, according to Joshua Green in »


- Sean Burch

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‘Marvel’s Inhumans': Here’s Updated Look at That Unpopular Medusa Wig (Photo)

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Are the bad hair days in the past for “Marvel’s Inhumans”? ABC’s freshman drama series, premiering Sept. 29 on the network following a two-week IMAX launch, released a new set of posters on Monday offering updated looks at the central characters. This includes Medusa (Serinda Swan), whose hair has been the source of great debate among fans. After the show’s trailers were released this summer, viewers took to Twitter to grouse that the wig looked fake. Also Read: 'Inhumans' Ep Has 'No Idea' How Much ABC Show's IMAX Tickets Will Cost Fans Swan defended the much-derided »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Watch Rick Astley and Foo Fighters Mashup ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (Video)

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Rickrolling – the bait and switch meme in which you prank someone with an unexpected appearance by the 1987 Rick Astley smash hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” – might be nearly 10 years old, but it is far from dead. And Foo Fighters may have just perfected it. At this year’s Summer Sonic music festival in Japan, The Dave Grohl-fronted Rock Band invited to the stage the man himself, Rick Astley, who joined them in a rendition of “Never Gonna Give You Up.” And even better, they did it in the style of the Nirvana classic “Smells Like Teen »


- Ashley Eady

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Why the Oscars’ Envelope Snafu Didn’t Hurt Its Chances With Emmy Voters

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A version of this story first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. When it comes to giving out awards to people for giving out awards to other people, the Emmys have always loved the Oscars. Not only have the Academy Awards won more Emmys than any other awards show over the years, but the Motion Picture Academy’s shindig back in February landed six more nominations this year, plus another one for Oscar.com’s “All Access” experience. Meanwhile — and we know that this might be beside the point, but we’ll mention it anyway — the “And. »


- Steve Pond

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Another Problem for HBO’s ‘Confederate': It’s Been Done

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HBO’s upcoming series “Confederate,” about an America in which the South won the Civil War, has battled criticism almost since the moment the creators of “Game of Thrones” announced it as their next project for the network. But one obstacle has gone largely unnoticed: It’s been done. The excellent 2004 indie drama “C.S.A.: Confederate States of America” presents itself as an alternate-reality documentary that recounts how the Union lost and white supremacists took over the United States. It has a depressing punchline: Our country might not be all that different than it is now. (You can watch it on Hulu, »


- Tim Molloy

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Why ‘Wolf Warriors 2’ Had a Record-Setting Roar in China

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With $775 million and counting as of Aug. 21, director and star Wu Jing’s “Wolf Warriors 2” has easily become China’s highest-grossing movie ever, thanks to a favorable schedule, a massive audience salivating for something worth going to the theater for — and a distinctly Chinese approach to a shoot-‘em-up epic. The film, which stars Wu as Leng Feng, a special-ops soldier who attempts to rescue trapped Chinese civilians from the midst of an African civil war, passed Stephen Chow’s “The Mermaid,” which was the first homegrown Chinese film to break the $500 million mark at the country’s box office. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Warner Bros Names Google Exec Andrew Hotz VP of Digital Film Marketing

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Former Google marketing executive Andrew Hotz has been named Executive Vice President of Worldwide Digital Marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures, the studio announced Monday. Hotz will oversee the division’s domestic and international digital teams while also working with broader marketing team on the design and deployment of digital campaigns to support releases from Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. Hotz will report to Jp Richards, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Chief Data Strategist. “Digital marketing provides us new opportunities to reach audiences in sophisticated ways at scale. With our strategic partnerships, technology and data, Warner Bros. can reach and. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Here’s What Trump Said About Afghanistan on the Campaign Trail: It’s a ‘Mess’

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President Donald Trump will address the nation Monday night to announce his strategy for Afghanistan from Fort Myer, Virginia. A strategy was initially going to be decided on in May, ahead of Trump’s first Nato meeting. Then, Defense Secretary James Mattis told Congress a decision would be made by mid-July. The final decision wasn’t made, however, until Friday, after the ousting of White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, and during a meeting with Trump’s national security team at Camp David. There are so many questions: Will Trump increase or decrease troops overseas? Would he pull all 8,400 troops currently serving in. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Patton Oswalt Says Daughter Saved Him From Being ‘a Shut-in Alcoholic’

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Patton Oswalt credits one special person for helping him persevere through a rough patch of his life: his daughter. Oswalt, known for his work on the ’90s sitcom, “The King of Queens,” opened up about grief in an interview with Playboy. The comedian and writer lost his wife, Michelle McNamara, in 2016 to a sudden illness. Last month, he announced his engagement to actress, Meredith Salenger. In the interview with Playboy, Oswalt talked about how caring for his seven-year-old daughter, Alice, saved him. “I’m forever glad that I have Alice,” he said. “If I hadn’t had a daughter and my wife died, »


- Ashley Eady

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‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin Is ‘Down With Anybody Using the Stunner’

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Stone ColdSteve Austin won’t be returning to WWE action for one last cash-grab, and that’s the bottom line, because he said so in an interview with TheWrap. The one-time Stunning Steve’s reasoning for refusing to pull a Goldberg (that’s the other guy pictured above, ironically receiving a devastating Stone Cold Stunner from Austin back in both of their heydays) is pretty respectable advice for any athlete that goes out on top. “It’s just really because I’ve been there and I did it on the very highest level,” the Attitude Era icon, podcaster, Ipa »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris on Preparing for Yara Shahidi to Leave the Show for College (Video)

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This story on Kenya Barris and “black-ish” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. Yes, the entire main cast is black and yes, the show is titled “black-ish” — but if there’s one thing Kenya Barris wants you to know about his Emmy-nominated series, it’s that it’s not a “black show.” The creator of the critically acclaimed comedy says that everybody’s story is an American story, and we need to start embracing that idea a bit more. “It’s not a black story or a black show, it’s an American show, »


- Rasha Ali

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