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Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ (and Everything Else) Tramples ‘A Christmas Story Live’

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Pretty much everyone and their mother (who should have warned them first) can safely say Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live” shot its eye out last night. Well, in the ratings at least. The televised musical event was no match for “Sunday Night Football” or pretty much anything else on the Big 4, including all of CBS’ broadcast shows and ABC’s “Sound of Music” telecast (not that live NBC one with Carrie Underwood, the classic starring Julie Andrews). The earlier-available overnight ratings for “A Christmas Story Live” from the 56 markets metered by Nielsen are pretty dismal — and generally considered more. »


- Jennifer Maas

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‘A Wrinkle in Time': Reese Witherspoon Says Ava DuVernay Would ‘Demand Inclusiveness’

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When creating the vast worlds in the book-to-film adaptation “A Wrinkle in Time,” director Ava DuVernay didn’t put her focus only on the places that would bring the magical novel to life, but also on the faces of the characters readers have grown to know and love. In a feature in Time, Reese Witherspoon said that during her 25-year career in Hollywood, she’s “never seen somebody demand inclusiveness like .” “It’s just a different perspective, and you don’t get that unless we start to have powerful filmmakers of different colors, different genders,” she said. “You’re just »


- Ashley Boucher

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NBC Will Start Mobile-Streaming ‘Sunday Night Football’ in 2018

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At long last, you’ll finally be able to stream “Sunday Night Football” while making a second-quarter beer run. NBCUniversal announced on Monday the network has acquired the rights to start streaming the biggest sports show on television each week with its “TV Everywhere” app, beginning in 2018. Fans have been able to stream it on their computers or tablets, but watching from their phones had been missing from the equation. The announcement follows Verizon’s five-year, $1.5 billion deal inked with the NFL last week to bring mobile streaming to the forefront. Also Read: Sean Combs Wants to Buy Carolina Panthers, »

- Sean Burch

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Barstool Sports Boss Pops Champagne – Literally – Over John Skipper’s Espn Resignation (Video)

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Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy is popping champagne — literally — over John Skipper’s resignation from Espn. And yes, he knows about the outgoing Worldwide Leader in Sports president’s “substance addiction” explanation. We’re not sure that he buys it, however. “It is a huge victory for us, I love watching my enemies go down,” said a giddy Portnoy. “They say it’s substance abuse, that stinks for him, but it’s probably a cop-out.” Portnoy goes on to call Skipper “That ‘Roger Rabbit’ bad-guy looking motherf—er,” in the below “Emergency Press Conference.” The ex-espn head honcho had become »


- Tony Maglio and Sean Burch

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Jack Black, Nick Jonas Debut Absurd ‘Jumanji’ Music Video

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Jack Black and Nick Jonas debuted their trippy, yet hilarious, music video for their new “Jumanji” theme song — and now you won’t be able to get the tune out of your head for the rest of the day. Black and Jonas showed their fellow cast mates, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart, the new video, which Johnson hoped would be some  “Grammy-level s—.” In it, Black and Jonas make fun of their characters in the upcoming film, due out in theaters this Wednesday. The clip, titled, “Jumanji Jumanji,” includes wind machines and hilarious special effects. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Rian Johnson Explains Key Villain’s Death

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Warning: There are some serious spoilers ahead from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Leading up to the release of the eighth installment of the “Star Wars” series, fans were busy theorizing Snoke (Andy Serkis)’s origin and motivation. But as you saw in the movie — there’s not much time for the villianous character to develop, because, welp (spoiler!) he gets killed. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) slices Snoke in half with his lightsaber in a pivotal scene where Kylo and Rey (Daisy Ridley) show off some serious fighting skills. The killing of Snoke comes before Kylo urges Rey to join forces with him. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Twitter Drops ‘Britain First’ Leader and Other Alt-Right Accounts

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Twitter has banned several far-right hate groups and personalities on Monday, including Jayda Fransen, whose Anti-Muslim video tweets were infamously retweeted by President Trump last month, as part of its increased measures to crack down on “hateful and abusive content” on its platform. Britain First, an anti-immigrant group where Fransen is deputy leader, also had its account suspended on Monday. Fransen’s three videos retweeted by President Trump claimed to show a Muslim migrant attacking a Dutch boy on crutches, along with an “Islamist mob” pushing a boy off a roof and a Muslim wrecking a statue of the Virgin Mary. »


- Sean Burch

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Mark Hamill, Ted Cruz Get Into Nasty Spat: ‘Maybe You’re Just Distracted From Watching Porn’

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Sen. Ted Cruz dug his heels in the ground in a Net Neutrality-focused battle with Jedi Master Mark Hamill over the weekend. The two got into a nasty and extended spat on Twitter. At one point Hamill even made a cutting reference to that time Ted Cruz’s account liked a pornographic video on Twitter. “Maybe you’re just distracted from watching porn at the office again.” Let’s just say the Force was strong — on both sides. Also Read: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Posts Second-Largest Opening Ever With $220 Million Things got going when Hamill posted a tweet on »


- Jon Levine

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‘All the Money in the World’ Cast Discusses How Ridley Scott Pulled Off Reshoots With Christopher Plummer

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When allegations of sexual harassment against Kevin Spacey came to light, Ridley Scott made a shocking decision to cut the actor out of his upcoming movie, “All the Money in the World,” and replace him with Christopher Plummer. Scott and the cast, which includes Plummer, Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the experience. “I knew as soon as they hit Kevin it was going to blow wide open and I contacted my partners and said, ‘We should recast this right now. We shoot right now, we’ll be out the same day,'” Scott said. “Within 26 hours, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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John Skipper Resigns as Espn President, Cites ‘Substance Addiction’ Problem

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John Skipper has resigned as Espn president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, citing struggles with “substance addiction.” George Bodenheimer, who was Espn’s president from 1998-2011 and its executive chairman until May 2014, will take over on an interim basis. “I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction,” Skipper said Monday in a statement. “I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.” “I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down,” the 61-year-old executive added. »


- Tony Maglio

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Espn’s Suzy Kolber on Why ‘Monday Night Football’ Is ‘More Than a Game’

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Last week’s “Monday Night Football” game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins may not have ended how Tom Brady and co. planned (the defending Super Bowl champs lost 27-20), but it was business as usual for Espn’s Suzy Kolber. Now the host of the “Monday Night Countdown” pregame show along with her “Mnf” halftime and postgame duties, the Espn veteran pulls an 18-hour plus work day every Monday but still found time to talk to TheWrap about the biggest night in sports. “It has always been more than a football game, it’s been a night of entertainment, »


- Debbie Emery

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Jonghyun, Member of K-Pop Group SHINee, Dies at 27

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Jonghyun, also known as Kim Jong-hyun, a member of the K-pop group SHINee, has died. He was 27 years old. According to the Associated Press, Jonghyun was found unconscious in a residence hotel in Seoul and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. According to local police, the singer’s sister said he sent her text messages such as “Final farewell” and “I’ve had difficulties” before his death. Also Read: Pat Dinizio, The Smithereens Lead Singer, Dies at 62 While his death is being investigated as a possible suicide, authorities have not yet determined whether he killed himself, according to the AP. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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25 Celebrity Wines Ranked Worst to Best: Drew Barrymore’s Pinot to Brad and Angelina’s Rosé (Photos)

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The latest status symbol for many stars is launching (or buying) their own winery. But how do the wines actually stack up? We looked at the latest reviews of celeb-owned vintages by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Ciccone 2005 Madonna Chardonnay (Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan) Wine Enthusiast Rating: 82 points “This wine is as intense as its namesake, the singer Madonna,” Wine Enthusiast wrote in 2009. “Not coincidentally, it is made by her father.”   Dave Matthews’ Dreaming Tree 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast, California) Wine Enthusiast Rating: 82 points “This is a dry red wine exuding bell pepper and oak that was made in large quantities in partnership. »


- Thom Geier

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‘A Christmas Story Live’ Delivers Lump of Coal to Fox in Early TV Ratings

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Bah humbug: Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!” just got blindsided by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” in early TV ratings. Oh, and every other broadcast TV show beat it as well. The latest live television musical managed a 2.8 overnight rating/5 share in the 56 metered-markets monitored by Nielsen. Compare that with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” which posted a massive 12.3/21 last night. To be fair, that latter live telecast had the Dallas Cowboys. Plus, football is still football and no one expected “A Christmas Story” to compete — it certainly could have done much better than it did, however. ABC’s “Sound of. »


- Tony Maglio

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BBC Commissions ‘Definitive’ Harvey Weinstein Scandal Documentary

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BBC Two announced Monday that it has commissioned a two-part documentary to tell the “definitive story” of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

With a working title of “Weinstein,” the documentary will chronicle not just Weinstein’s career, but also will look at how since the 1930s the Hollywood system has enabled “the complex mix of money, power, exploitation and abuse” within the studio system. Ursula MacFarlane (“Charlie Hebdo: Three Days that Shook Paris”) will direct the documentary and it will be produced by two-time Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn’s Lightbox company.

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- Daniel Kohn

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BuzzFeed Editor: ‘All I Want For Christmas Is Full Communism Now’

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A science editor at BuzzFeed UK raised a few eyebrows last week after some curious remarks about Communism. “All I want for Christmas is full Communism now,” editor Kelly Oakes tweeted — before locking down her account after it was picked by right-wing media and the always ferocious James Woods. The screenshots tell the story. Also Read: BuzzFeed Reporter Apologizes for 'Very Dumb' Remarks About Communism #BuzzFeed editor. Enough said. pic.twitter.com/zShnRtd7sO — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 17, 2017 A spokesperson for BuzzFeed declined to comment on the matter. Oakes, who does not report to the website’s U.S.-based science desk, »

- Jon Levine

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Sean Combs Wants to Buy Carolina Panthers, Sign Colin Kaepernick as Quarterback

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Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs said he wants to buy the up-for-sale Carolina Panthers in a series of social media posts Sunday. Additionally, Combs added he was interested in signing the league’s most controversial free agent — Colin Kaepernick — and give Cam Newton competition for starting quarterback if were to buy the NFL franchise. “I would like to by the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet!.” he said in a tweet Sunday. “There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history. I would like to buy the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet! — Diddy (@Diddy) December 18, 2017 There are no majority African. »


- Jon Levine

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Tavis Smiley Admits Consensual Relationships, Denies Misconduct: ‘I Am Not An Angry Black Man’

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Suspended PBS host Tavis Smiley doubled down on his denials of sexual misconduct and creating a hostile work environment, saying that while he did have consensual relationships with women from his company, none of them had been inappropriate or coercive. “There are millions of Americans who are watching this program right now who met their spouses at work,” Smiley told “Good Morning America” reporter Paula Faris on Monday. “I may be the brand of my company but I am not an inanimate object. I am not an angry black man and this notion of a hostile environment just doesn’t’ fit. »


- Jon Levine

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8 Unforgettable Hollywood Party Moments of 2017: From Fergie to Katy to Weinstein’s Last Oscar Bash

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The first surreal one-off industry gathering of 2017 was not a party, but a protest: the Women’s March at the Sundance Film Festival. In between that Saturday morning in Park City, Utah, and the year ending with a less-merry-than-usual awards season marching through the industry sexual assault reckoning, there were standout moments on the Hollywood party circuit. Here are eight of the best bashes, moments and debuts. Chris Martin Serenades Julia Roberts With “Pretty Woman”   Chris Martin singing Pretty Woman for Julia Roberts who was honoured at #amfARLosAngeles! | via @desireegruber #coldplay #chrismartin A post shared by Coldplaying (Official Account) (@coldplayinghq) on. »


- Mikey Glazer

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Jerry Richardson to Sell Carolina Panthers Amid Sexual, Racial Misconduct Investigation

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Jerry Richardson will sell his Carolina Panthers at the end of the season in the wake of an investigation into allegations of his “workplace misconduct,” the NFL confirms. At least four former Panthers staffers have received monetary settlements due to Richardson’s inappropriate workplace comments, including sexually suggestive language and behavior, and the use of a racial slur toward an African-American scout, Sports Illustrated reports. In a letter released Sunday, Richardson wrote, “I believe it is time to turn the franchise to new ownership. Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the conclusion of this NFL season. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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