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Meet: The ShortList Film Festival Jurors! Matt Ross, Misha Green, Lisa Bunnell and More!

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TheWrap is pleased to announce the jury for the 2017 ShortList Film Festival, which kicks off August 8th and streams on TheWrap’s ShortlistFilmFestival.com for two weeks. This year’s jurors include: Lisa Bunnell, President of Distribution, Focus Features; Lesley Chilcott, Director (“CodeGirl”); Misha Green, Writer and Showrunner (“Underground”); Ryan Heller, VP Acquisitions, First Look Media;  Matt Ross, Actor (“Silicon Valley”), Director, Producer (“Captain Fantastic”); Alec Shankman, Senior VP & Head of Alternative Programming, Digital Media and Licensing, Abrams Artists Agency; and Stephen Ujlaki Dean, Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. Jurors will deliberate and select a top short »


- Kathy Selim

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Why Steve Jobs’ Widow Is the Latest Tech Giant to Purchase a Major Publication

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As media outlets continue to emphasize their digital platforms, the tech industry has become increasingly intertwined with the news business. The latest example came earlier today, when Laurene Powell Jobs — widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs — purchased a controlling interest in The Atlantic through her organization, the Emerson Collective. With tech giants from Amazon to Facebook throwing major dollars into what’s been dubbed a dying industry in recent years, the investment from Powell Jobs highlights how and why news outlets are still appealing to billionaires. “This is a real sign of confidence in quality media, because all of [The Atlantic’s. »


- Sean Burch

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Teaser Will Give You the Hives (Video)

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Happy Friday! Allow Ryan Murphy and “American Horror Story” to kick your weekend off on a seriously creepy vibe. The “American Horror Story” Twitter account released a tantalizing new snippet for the upcoming season, “Cult,” on Friday, featuring a woman wandering through a honeycomb-like structure as arms reach out for her from the walls. What the the 15-second clip lacks in length, it makes up for in chills-inducing imagery: At the end, as the woman reaches out in a seeming attempt to escape, her hand is exposed to the camera, revealing a cult-like symbol marking her palm. Also Read: 'American Horror Story:. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Millie Bobby Brown Opens Up in Her Fight Against Bullying

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Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven on Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” is only 13-years-old, but she has already committed to activist work. On July 17, Brown started a Twitter account, @milliestophate, dedicated to preventing bullying and cyber bullying. In a phone interview with TheWrap, she opened up about how she’s a “victim” of bullying herself. “I was seven when I was bullied by a boy,” Brown said. “No hard feelings, I got over it, but I did have to move schools because it was very hard, and I felt like I couldn’t talk to anyone. I would talk to my parents of. »


- Brian Welk

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39 Summer TV Premieres Ranked by Total Viewers (Photos)

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We haven’t even reached mid-July yet, but the 2017 Summer TV season has been firing on all cylinders for about a month. To-date, the Big 4 broadcast networks have premiered 39 summer shows, including the debuts of 17 brand-new series. Once-again, “America’s Got Talent” is off to the best start, though the rankings change behind the NBC behemoth. All Nielsen numbers in this study are Live + Same Day TV ratings, and include viewers 2 and older. Also Read: 13 Most-Watched Fox News Shows Since Tucker Carlson Replaced Bill O'Reilly (Photos) Here are a few quick examples: Rank: 36 Show: “Superhuman” Net: Fox Total Viewers: 2.610 million Rank:. »


- Tony Maglio

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Anthony Scaramucci May Pull Out of Politicon After Profanity-Filled Interview

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Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci may not speak at Politicon after making news with a bizarre, profanity-filled tirade to a reporter from The New Yorker and the convention’s co-founder is still in the dark amid conflicting media reports. Scaramucci is scheduled to speak in Freedom Hall at the Pasadena, California, event on Saturday afternoon in a session titled, “Anthony Scaramucci ‘Splains.” The convention’s website described the session as Scaramucci explaining, “Why we need Trump and what we miss when we refuse to listen.” Various media outlets have reported that he’s now skipping the event, »


- Brian Flood

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‘Stranger Things’ Star Millie Bobby Brown Isn’t Crazy About Eggo Waffles

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You all remember the scene. In one episode of “Stranger Things,” Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, walks into a grocery store filthy, lost and afraid. Everyone in the store is staring at this little girl, which scares her even more. She determinedly marches to the frozen food section and grabs several boxes of Eggo Waffles. When the clerk tries to stop her, she uses her mind powers to slam the sliding glass doors on him, which shatter behind her as she walks away. This scene is so cool it inadvertently brought a lot of ’80s and ’90s kids out. »


- Brian Welk

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‘America’s Got Talent': Watch This Dude Scarily Spin Lady-Skater by His Beard (Video)

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According to its YouTube description, this crazy clip from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was just leaked onto the internet. Who leaked it, you ask? NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” You figure that one out. Anyway, the performance is worth a watch, and it’ll probably inspire scores of hipsters to shave their beards. Readers will understand what we mean soon enough. Also Read: 'America's Got Talent' Mind Reader Blows Judges Away - Especially Mel B (Video) In the clip, Billy and Emily England pull off a dangerous roller-skating act, with each speedy spin bringing the female dancer »


- Tony Maglio

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‘The Last Face’ Review: Charlize Theron Squandered in Sean Penn’s Offensive Message Movie

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Early in “The Last Face,” Javier Bardem’s dedicated and glamorous doctor character asks Charlize Theron, playing another dedicated and glamorous doctor who is about to speak at a charity fundraiser: “Why do we have to entertain them to get them to listen?” It’s a question that director Sean Penn may have petulantly wrestled with in making this mopey, overlong and vacuous disaster. There is nothing remotely entertaining about this dreary romance and misguided drama, set against the backdrop of war in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan. One would think Penn wants us to listen. And presumably watch. Then, »


- Claudia Puig

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Chester Bennington’s Widow Breaks Silence on Death: ‘How Do I Pick Up My Shattered Soul?’

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Chester Bennington’s wife, Talinda Bennington, is questioning how to move on after the Linkin Park singer died last week. “One week ago, I lost my soul mate and my children lost their hero — their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left,” Talinda Bennington said to E! News in a statement. “I want to let my community and the fans. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’ Is One of the ‘Most Essential Films of the Year’ and 9 More Rave Reviews

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Kathryn Bigelow has returned to the big screen with “Detroit,” her first movie since 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty” — and critics are stunned by her “devastatingly effective achievement,” calling it one of the “most essential films of the year.” “‘Detroit’ is tough, but it’s worth it, every minute of it,” San Francisco Chronicle’s Mick Lasalle wrote in his review. “‘Detroit’ is likely destined for the Oscar race, where Smith and Poulter could go head-to-head with best supporting actor nominations, if the film sustains itself through the long awards slog,” wrote USA Today’s Andrea Mandell. Other critics called the film Bigelow’s “most harrowing. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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How Studying Acting Prepares You for Life (Guest Blog)

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I believe there is no training in the world that will prepare you for a better life than studying acting. None. You see the techniques and principles you are taught in class are exactly the skills you need for a successful life. Here are a few of the benefits to taking a great acting class. 1. In acting, you are taught to ask yourself many questions. Like, “Who are you in this scene?” In life, you need to know who are you as well. Also Read: 11 'Game of Thrones' Actors Who Do More Than Just Act (Photos) 2. What do I want? »


- Bernard Hiller

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Ratings: Latest ‘Big Brother’ Elimination Episode Grows in Another CBS Win

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Perhaps CBS should just air “Big Brother” five nights a week (well, six, if we’re counting both Sundays and Fridays). The so-called “Tiffany Network” topped the Nielsen charts last night thanks to its hit summer reality competition again — just like it had the prior night, the  prior week, and so many other evenings this month. CBS was first in ratings with a 1.1 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following reruns, “Big Brother” at 9 p.m. landed a 1.9/8 and 6.3 million viewers. At 10, “Zoo” »

- Tony Maglio

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New York Times on Why It Printed Scaramucci’s Profanity: ‘It Was Newsworthy’

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New York Times deputy managing editor Clifford Levy took to Twitter to explain why the paper published profanity said by new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. “After top editors, including Dean Baquet, discussed whether it was proper… We concluded that it was newsworthy that a top Trump aide used such language,” Levy wrote. “And we didn’t want our readers to have to search elsewhere to find out what Scaramucci said.” The result was expletives landing in the Times because Scaramucci’s news-making phone call with a reporter from The New Yorker was so relevant that the paper decided to publish his. »


- Brian Flood

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Steve Jobs’ Widow Laurene Powell Buys The Atlantic

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In another crossover between the tech and media landscape, Laurene Powell Jobs — widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs — has taken a controlling interest in The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Group chairman and owner David G. Bradley announced on Friday. The Emerson Collective, an organization focused on “education, immigration reform, the environment, and other social justice initiatives,” and spearheaded by Powell Jobs, will take the helm of the popular publication. With the majority stake, Emerson Collective adds another media outlet to its arsenal, as it’s already invested in Anonymous ContentSteve Golin’s production company behind “The Revenant” and “Spotlight” — »


- Sean Burch

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NY Post Roasts Trump White House With Epic Cover, Evokes CBS’ ‘Survivor’ (Photo)

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The New York Post took a jab at President Trump’s White House with an epic cover that depicts the administration as contestants on “Survivor.” The cover features President Trump, Jeff Sessions, Kellyanne Conway, Rex Tillerson, Steve BannonReince Priebus, Jared Kushner and new White House Communications chief Anthony Scaramucci in “Survivor” mode with the caption, “Who will survive the administration that’s become the biggest reality show on television?” Today's cover: In the latest episode of “White House Survivor,” the West Wing descends into chaos https://t.co/IcHnEGTW70 pic.twitter.com/wl7XnA6jEK — New York Post (@nypost »


- Brian Flood

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George Clooney Warns Paparazzi ‘Will Be Prosecuted’ for Intrusive Twins Pics

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George Clooney is lashing out against paparazzi who “illegally” took pictures of twins Alexander and Ella, published in France’s Voici magazine. Clooney said that the photographers “scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home,” in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

“Make no mistake the photographers, the agency and the magazine will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The safety of our children demands it,” he said in the statement. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Oj Simpson ‘Will Not Be a Part of Our Functions,’ USC Says

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Whether or not O.J. Simpson is allowed to leave the state of Nevada following his October release from prison remains to be seen, but there’s one place in Southern California he’s certainly not welcome either way. “Right now with USC, what the administration and the athletic department have said is, no, O.J. will not be a part of our functions,” University of Southern California head football coach Clay Helton told the New York Post. Helton added that he would be “cordial” if he met the college’s former star tailback, however. Also Read: Oj Simpson Already Has »


- Tony Maglio

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Donald Trump Is Casting White House Drama Like MTV’s ‘Real World’ (Guest Blog)

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Watching the turmoil in the Trump White House over the last week got me to thinking about MTV’s “The Real World.” A long time ago, at the beginning of this crazy century, I wrote a story for Rolling Stone when the show was going into its ninth season and the producers, Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray, allowed a reporter in on the “secret” casting process for the first time. As it turned out, the key to casting was to push the line far enough to find crazy and outrageous kids without hiring one who might actually kill anyone (him or. »


- Katherine Marsh

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‘Atomic Blonde’ Punches Its Way to $1.52 Million at Thursday Box Office

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Focus Features’ “Atomic Blonde” earned $1.52 million at the Thursday previews, while Sony’s “The Emoji Movie” grossed $900,000. “Atomic Blonde” director David Leitch helmed 2014’s “John Wick,” although he was uncredited, which grossed $875,000 at the Thursday box office and went on to earn $14 million its opening weekend against a $20 million budget. “Atomic Blonde” was produced for $30 million and was estimated by independent trackers to earn $20 million this weekend. Based on the novel “The Coldest City” by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart, “Atomic Blonde” stars Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton, a MI6 secret intelligence service agent sent to Berlin »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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