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Why ‘Dirty Dancing’ Star Colt Prattes Was ‘Terrified’ to Deliver Patrick Swayze’s Classic Line

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There’s no question that Colt Prattes had the time of his life shooting “Dirty Dancing,” ABC’s musical remake of the Oscar-winning 1987 film. Prattes — a relative unknown whose biggest previous credit was the music video for Pink’s “Try” — plays Johnny Castle, the role originally played by the late Patrick Swayze. The new version airs Wednesday and also stars Abigail Breslin as Baby (Jennifer Grey’s character), with Sarah Hyland, Debra Messing, Katey Sagal, Nicole Scherzinger, Bruce Greenwood and Billy Dee Williams rounding out the cast. “You can’t do it better,” Prattes tells TheWrap of the original film. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Why Bts, Kyrie Irving and Lucas Yancey Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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A South Korean boy band, a Cleveland Cavalier player and a hopeful “Bachelorette” contestant had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past week. The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion analytics company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers May 17-23 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television shows, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV. The 2017 Billboard Music Awards on ABC Sunday night led the way in Emotional Reactions (ERs) in the last week, garnering 910,051 »

- Fabric Media

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Jerry Perenchio, Billionaire Media Mogul and Former Univision CEO, Dies at 86

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Media mogul and former Univision CEO Andrew Jerrold Perenchio has died at the age of 86. According to the Los Angeles Times, the billionare died in his home on Tuesday after a five-month battle with lung cancer. Born in Fresno on Dec. 20, 1930, Perenchio’s business savvy lead him to become one of the most influential figures in the media industry as the business partner of legendary TV producer Norman Lear and the former chairman and CEO of Univision Communications. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) In 1974, Perenchio partnered with Lear to form the company Tat, which was responsible for such. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘A Gentle Creature’ Cannes Review: An Ambitious Tale of Russian Corruption

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In recent years, the Cannes film festival has been uniquely receptive to films about innocent saps falling into bureaucratic black holes. Directors like Cristi Puiu and Ken Loach tapped that very formula for their respective Un Certain Regard and Palme d’Or winners “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” and “I, Daniel Blake.” And if Sergei Loznitsa’s “A Gentle Creature” offers another riff on a familiar nightmare, it does so with a dream-like approach and a feverish style that makes the subject feel bracingly vital. Actress Vasilina Makovtseva is that titular creature, an unnamed woman with a husband in prison and a. »


- Debbie Emery

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Our Dream Expert Has Made Sense of ‘Twin Peaks,’ and It’s Very Sad

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In her spare time, TheWrap news editor Rosemary Rossi analyzes dreams. Here is her interpretation of the first four episodes of “Twin Peaks.” What if “Twin Peaks” is really just the story of a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder ? Sorry to dive in so fast. But that’s my operating theory about what “Twin Peaks” means after analyzing the dream sequences of the first four episodes of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival, and the original two seasons that air on TV. Also Read: 'Twin Peaks': We Analyzed TV's Greatest Dream Sequence Actually, I think every sequence on “Twin Peaks »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Chris Cornell’s Wife Writes Letter to Late Singer: ‘I’m Broken, But I Will Stand Up for You’

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Vicky Cornell, the wife of late grunge star Chris Cornell, poured out her emotions in an open letter posted to Billboard on Wednesday. In the message, she expressed her grief over her husband’s untimely death and her resolve to fight for his memory. The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead at age 52 in a Detroit, Michigan, hotel room on May 17, just hours after performing in the Motor City. Also Read: Chris Cornell Seemed 'Like He Was Really Fighting' to Get Through Final Soundgarden Show, Friend Says Having been married since 2004, Vicky Cornell opened her letter by saying, “You were the best father, »


- Ashley Eady

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Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers Sentenced to Community Service in Body Shaming Case

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Playboy playmate Dani Mathers pleaded no contest on Wednesday in a body shaming case brought against her by the city of Los Angeles. She will serve 30 days of community labor, according to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. Mathers, 29, was charged with one count of invasion of privacy and was facing trial for allegedly photographing an elderly woman in the shower area of her gym and posting it with a mocking caption on Snapchat. The Playboy model is accused of secretly photographing a 71-year-old nude woman in the shower area of her L.A. Fitness gym and then posting it with the. »


- Meriah Doty

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‘The Keepers': What Are Repressed and Recovered Memories?

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched the Netflix’s series “The Keepers) An essential part of the story of Netflix’s documentary series “The Keepers” is repressed and recovered memory — the idea that traumatic memories can be blocked by a person’s psyche, and only come back to the surface years later. In the documentary, that’s what Jean Hargadon Wehner says happened to her. She accuses Father A. Joseph Maskell, a former administrator at Archbishop Keough High School where Jean went to school in the late 1960s, of sexually abusing her as a student. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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23 Actors You Probably Didn’t Know Were In ‘Star Wars’ Movies (Photos)

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The “Star Wars” films are full of secret cameos, soon-to-be-famous actors in small bit parts, and well-known faces behind alien masks and makeups. Here are 23 big names hidden throughout the franchise you might not have known about. For more features and deep dives into the world of “Star Wars” and the culture surrounding it, be sure to check out IMDb’s “Star Wars” hub. Daniel Craig (“The Force Awakens”) It was something of a news item at the time, but James Bond slipped in a secret cameo in the first “Star Wars” film in a decade — as a stormtrooper. He’s the. »


- Phil Hornshaw and Phil Owen

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Milo Yiannopoulos Ripped for Calling Ariana Grande a Coward

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Once again, Milo Yiannopoulos has ruffled some feathers. On Wednesday, the far-right firebrand took to Facebook — a social media site from which he hasn’t been banned — to comment on the Manchester terror attack. In two separate posts, Yiannopoulos called out singer Ariana Grande for failing to take what he perceived to be the appropriate action to condemn terrorism following the incident. He wrote, “Little girls are being killed thanks to a murderous ideology. Why won’t Ariana Grande condemn it? It’s a supreme act of cowardice. She has a unique chance: this is the first opportunity to strike »


- Ashley Eady

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Joseph Fiennes Nearly Played Obi-Wan Kenobi – and Tells Us How He Lost the Role (Exclusive)

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When it comes to his most memorable audition story, “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Joseph Fiennes has a really good one. As it turns out, it revolves around a key role in the “Star Wars” prequels. In an interview with TheWrap, Fiennes was coy at first, not dropping the name of the film or its director, but provided enough clues to tip us off. (Waving your hands around like you’re holding a lightsaber isn’t exactly subtle.) “I auditioned for a great director,” Fiennes said as he began his story. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself »


- Carli Velocci

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Hollywood Writers Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract With Producers

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WGA members have overwhelmingly voted in favor of ratifying the new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the guild announced Wednesday. The vote was made three weeks after eleventh hour negotiations between the two guilds averted a second writers’ strike in Hollywood in nearly 10 years. Of the 3,647 votes received by the WGA from their members, only 30 voted no, for an approval rate of 99.2 percent. The new deal will be in effect until May 1, 2020. “Our success in these negotiations was due to a highly engaged and dedicated membership, working in tandem with »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Meet the Human Cyborg Who Could Pave the Way for the Future

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With a small computer implanted into her brain, sending electric stimulation to keep her once-chronic seizures at bay, Emily Borghard is “one of the world’s first true cyborgs,” in the words of “The Future of Everything” host Jennifer Strong. On a recent episode of the podcast, Borghard explained how her brain implant works to curb her epilepsy. “I compare to a defibrillator in the ER,” said Borghard. “It gives a little zap to the brain to get it to stop what it’s doing and shock it back into normal rhythm.” Also Read: Google Searches Reveal Less Racism West of the Mississippi Before. »

- Sean Burch

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ICM Partners Names Rich Green Head of Expanded Media Division

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ICM Partners has expanded their media rights and publications divisions and promoted Rich Green to head media rights, the company announced Wednesday. The announced expansion also includes the promotion of Lia Chan, Hillary Jacobson, Heather Karpas, and Zoe Sandler to agent, with Will Watkins joining the media rights division from the firm’s Motion Picture Literary Department. Chan will work in media rights while Jacobson, Karpas and Sandler will work in publications. “Intellectual property is the lifeblood of media in all formats,” said ICM Partners’ board members Sloan Harris, Esther Newberg, and Kevin Crotty. “With Rich at the helm of our media. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Sean Hannity Loses Advertiser After Pushing Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory

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Fox News host Sean Hannity lost an advertiser Wednesday after peddling a debunked conspiracy theory surrounding the death of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, BuzzFeed reported. Cars.com announced it’s pulling its ads from Hannity’s show just one day after the Fox News host said he would stop talking about the story “for now.” “The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn’t mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content,” a spokesman for the company said in a statement to BuzzFeed.”We don’t have the ability to influence »


- Itay Hod

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‘Veep’ Stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Timothy Simons on How Trump Presidency Has Changed Show

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A version of this cover story about “Veep” first appeared in The Race Begins issue of TheWrap Emmy Magazine. Her: a veteran politician who briefly held lots of power and then saw it slip away. Him: a dope who somehow managed to scrape together enough votes to be elected to an office for which he is monumentally unsuited. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is strictly coincidental. Or maybe it’s not. “I would like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate,” said “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus in September, when she won her fifth consecutive Emmy. »


- By Steve Pond

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Morrissey Slams the Queen, UK Pm, Immigration in Manchester Attack Facebook Rant

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Like millions of Manchester natives, alt-rock legend Morrissey is horrified and outraged by Monday’s devastating terrorist attack during an Ariana Grande concert in the northern England city that left 22 people dead and dozens injured. So the “Suedehead” singer posted an angry message to his Facebook page denouncing the attack – but he directed the bulk of his outrage at the British political establishment and, apparently, immigration policies he considers to be far too lax. “Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop?” said Morrissey, »


- Ashley Eady

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Sean Hannity Pulls a Rachel Maddow, Reaps Huge Ratings for Twitter Bait-and-Switch

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Hey, if it worked for Rachel Maddow… On Tuesday, the extra-bright spotlight on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” handed the 10 p.m. Et show a big 2.5 million total viewers, with 565,000 of them coming from the advertiser-sought 25-54 demographic. Those impressive per-minute Nielsen averages mean the episode — which Hannity had built up in advance on Twitter with promises of a “huge announcement” — soared 50 percent over the same evening last year in terms of overall audience members. (Back then, the show still had “The O’Reilly Factor” in front of it.) In the main demo, the jump was even more »


- Tony Maglio

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Trump’s New Lawyer Has Lost Some Big Cases for Trump

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The lawyer hired to represent President Donald Trump in various federal investigations is a highly experienced and successful legal mind, but he doesn’t exactly have a perfect score representing the man who is now commander-in-chief. Marc E. Kasowitz lost two highly publicized key libel cases he filed on behalf of Trump and a whopping attorney’s fees motion. The $1,500-an-hour New York trial attorney also has been criticized for sending two letters threatening to sue The New York Times for its coverage of candidate Trump — but never suing — and for arguing that the president is immune from a libel lawsuit. »


- Susan Seager

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Let’s See What Hints We Can Find in These 28 Screenshots from the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer (Photos)

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Game of Thrones” Season 7 is just a few short weeks away. In HBO’s first major trailer for the season, we’ve gotten a ton of glimpses at what to expect — starting with a full-scale war with the Lannisters taking on the rest of Westeros. We’ve poured through the rest of the trailer to see what hints can be gleaned. Cersei (Lena Headey) went darker than she ever has before at the end of Season 6, and she’s clearly taking her battle queen approach even further this season. The opening image of the trailer: a shadowy Cersei preparing for war. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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