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‘Gma,’ Ginger Zee Take Viewers on Virtual Tour of Shark Infested Waters (Video)

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Good Morning America” co-host Ginger Zee made history on Monday with an underwater Facebook Live shot in virtual reality, surrounded by sharks in the Bahamas. Also ABC News chief meteorologist, Zee told TheWrap that she wasn’t scared of the wild predators. “I learned that as long as we take all the precautions and respect the sharks they will respect us,” Zee said Monday. “That said, when I was down there I definitely had a few moments where they were coming straight at me to check me out, their eyes looking me up and down and my heart was beating a bit. »


- Brian Flood

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MSNBC Beats Fox News Among Weekday Primetime Viewers for First Time Ever

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MSNBC beat both Fox News and CNN in weekday primetime among both total viewers and the key news demo for the first time ever last week. MSNBC was the No. 2 most-watched network in all of basic cable for prime fromMay 15-19, behind only behind TNT’s NBA-playoff heavy schedule. MSNBC averaged 2.44 million primetime viewers, compared to 2.4 million for Fox News and 1.6 million for CNN. Among the key news demo of adults age 25-54, MSNBC averaged 611,000 viewers from 8-11 p.m., compared to 497,000 for Fox News. More to come… »


- Brian Flood

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Cannes 2017: IFC Nears Deal for Directors’ Fortnight Film ‘The Rider’ (Exclusive)

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IFC Films is near a deal to acquire Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title “The Rider,” written and directed by Chloé Zhao, TheWrap has exclusively learned. ‘The Rider” is Zhao’s second feature and second film selected for Directors’ Fortnight. Based on the true story of Brady Jandreau, the film stars Jandreau along with Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Lane Scott and Cat Clifford and tells the story of a young rodeo hotshot grappling with the aftermath of an accident that leaves him unable to ride. Read More See Chloe Zhao's latest Power Move. PowerRank: 16455 »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Silicon Valley’ Fact Check: Are ‘Blood Boys’ a Thing?

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Horse-mating scenes aside, “Silicon Valley” has now really gone beyond the pale. In Sunday’s episode, tech “maverick” and Hooli founder Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) made use of a “blood boy” — receiving a blood transfusion from a young man in an effort to life-hack his way to the fountain of youth. As it turns out, the practice depicted in Season 4’s Episode 5 isn’t out of reach in real life. In the episode, aptly titled “The Blood Boy,” Gavin listens to a presentation from Richard while his “transfusion associate” Bryce (Graham Rogers) sits by his side, supplying him with his young blood. »


- Sean Burch

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Bryan Fuller Compares ‘Alien: Covenant’ to ‘Bad Friday the 13th Sequels’

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Bryan Fuller, the creator of “American Gods,” “Hannibal,” probably isn’t going to be collaborating with Ridley Scott anytime soon. When asked about his thoughts Scott’s latest, “Alien: Covenant,” at the Vulture Festival Saturday, Fuller said, “I think the last two movies have had too many similarities to bad ‘Friday the 13th’ sequels and not enough similarities to good ‘Alien’ movies.” Scott also directed the last film in the franchise, “Prometheus.” Ouch. Fuller added, “So, you see this chest-burster and how disturbing and snakelike it is, and then the other chest-burster in ‘Alien: Covenant’ is just standing up,” he laughed. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Does ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Although it’s been six long years since Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow hit the big screen, he returns May 26 in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” And what’s more, audiences who stick around to the very end of the credits will see a bonus scene — one that also teases a possible sixth installment in the fantasy adventure franchise. (The studio has not slated another installment.) “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” directed by series newcomers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, features returning stars Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom as well as newcomers like Javier Bardem, »


- Thom Geier

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‘Amazing Race’ Creators on Surprise Renewal, Emmys and Plans for the Future (Exclusive)

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The Amazing Race” has been on since September 5, 2001. A cornerstone of the founding generation of modern primetime reality, the CBS franchise has won 15 Emmys and ruled the Reality Competition category for seven years in a row. After 16 years in non-stop pre-production, global production, or post, fans began to worry. First, there was no slot on the 2016-17 schedule. Then an 11-month hiatus. A rescheduled season premiere arrived just before April in a wonky Thursday 10 p.m. timeslot. “Double episode” weeks plowed through the season quickly. This season of “The Amazing Race” has included legs in Venice, Italy (above), Sao Paulo, »


- Mikey Glazer

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Season 4 Finale: Enjoy Andre Braugher Jazzercising (Exclusive Video)

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Please give Andre Braugher a comedy Emmy already. Please? We’re not going to ask so nicely next year. On Tuesday’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” season finale, Dets. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) infiltrate Captain Holt’s (Braugher) Razzmatazz exercise class to discuss an ongoing bank robbery case. Turns out Peralta can’t really hack it in the cutthroat world of Step jazzercise, though his hula hands were Ok. Watch TheWrap‘s exclusive sneak peek via the video above. Also Read: Seth MacFarlane Mocks 'Family Guy' Network, 'Empire' Entertains, We All Get Cookies! Here’s »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Game of Thrones': Winter Is Coming Along With Giant Dragons in New Season 7 Images (Photos)

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Game of Thrones” Season 7 is going to have dragons, but not just any dragons. The biggest dragons we’ve ever seen, if new Entertainment Weekly photos are any indication. The publication released exclusive photos from the HBO set on Monday, showcasing some of our favorite characters in action. Among shots shared were, of course, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) riding on the back of her dragon Drogon in the middle of a battlefield. Daenerys is barely visible among the scales as the beast roars, surrounded by flames. It’s an epic image and it says a lot about what the Khaleesi is up to. »


- Carli Velocci

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NBC’s ‘Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly’ Gets Premiere Date

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Megyn Kelly’s magazine style show, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,” will debut on June 4 at 7 p.m. Et, according to the New York Post and Deadline. NBC News did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for confirmation. Kelly will moderate an event in Russia where she will share the stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin from June 1-3, with her NBC debut coming the following day. Kelly’s weekday new morning show will air at 9 a.m. Et, replacing an hour of NBC’s flagship “Today” show, starting in the fall. Also Read: Megyn Kelly Set to Share »


- Brian Flood

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The Fyre Festival Is Now Subject of FBI Probe

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After several lawsuits have been filed and reputation in ruin, an FBI investigation has been added to the litany of problems following the Fyre Festival. The FBI is reportedly investigating on charges of fraud and cybercrime. The New York Times reported the investigation is being conducted by the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York in tandem with the FBI, being overseen by a prosecutor assigned to the complex frauds and cybercrime units. It’s fair to say that festival-goers were sold unrealistic expectations by Billy McFarland, the festival’s 25-year-old organizer. Models like Kendall Jenner »


- Ashley Boucher

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Nathan Drake Fans Blast Tom Holland’s ‘Uncharted’ Origin Movie: ‘We’re Getting Uncharted Rugrats!’

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No sooner had Sony announced that it was retooling its big-screen adaptation of the hit video game “Uncharted” to be an origin story starring “Spider-Man: Homecoming” lead Tom Holland than the internet lit up with confusion and disappointment. Let’s just say the baby-faced 20-year-old British actor is not who many fans imagined would play the grizzled treasure hunter with the perpetual five 0’clock shadow. “You guys, we’re getting Uncharted Rugrats!!!!!” wrote one internet wag. While another complained, “Tom Holland’s Nathan Drake in an Uncharted movie? They already made that. It was called The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. »


- Thom Geier

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Showtime Hires ABC’s Jana Winograde as West Coast President of Business Operations

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Showtime Networks, Inc. (Sni) has hired ABC Entertainment’s Jana Winograde for the newly created role of president of Business Operations, West Coast. When she joins the company in mid-August, Winograde will oversee the network’s production, program operations and business affairs teams, as well as lead the financial and business strategy relating to the acquisition, development and distribution. Additionally, Sni has promoted Steve Rogers to executive vice president of Business Affairs — he’ll succeed Melinda Benedek when she retires at the end of this year. In that role, Rogers will serve as the company’s chief negotiator for original productions and manage the. »


- Tony Maglio

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Viacom to Introduce Non-Sports Streaming Pack Later This Year

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Viacom is throwing its hat into the cord-cutting ring. On Monday, CEO Bob Bakish signaled that the media giant would introduce a non-sports “entertainment pack” for streaming that would cost $10 – $20 monthly. Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference; Bakish said the new streaming option would include a few of Viacom’s competitors and be available later this year Also Read: Hulu Hires AMC's Joel Stillerman, Exec Behind 'Mad Men' and 'The Walking Dead,' as Chief Content Officer The service would be “a very positive development for Viacom because when you look at our services, »


- Sean Burch

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Universal Postpones Next Year’s Monster Movie, Sets ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ for 2019

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Universal Pictures’ upcoming remake of the 1935 classic “Bride of Frankenstein” has been slated for a Valentine’s Day release in 2019, the studio announced Monday. The remake, which will be made by “Beauty and the Beast” director Bill Condon, will be part of Universal’s “Dark Universe” series, which will revive the studio’s iconic horror movie villains and bring them together into a new cinematic universe. The series will start with next month’s remake of “The Mummy” and will be marked with a new motion logo and theme from Danny Elfman. “Dark Universe” was started by “Mummy” director and producer Alex. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Critics Roast ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sequel as Another Leaky Ship

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Disney has brought back Johnny Depp for a fifth round as Captain Jack Sparrow, and most critics are once again tying the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel to the mast for a stiff lashing. With early reviews now in, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 33 percent, just one point ahead of the 32 percent posted by its 2011 predecessor, “On Stranger’s Tides.” Most critics have panned the film for offering nothing new or compelling for the franchise, saying Depp’s once Oscar-worthy performance as Captain Jack is now feeling »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Leslie Moonves Extends CBS Deal for 2 More Years

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Leslie Moonves has extended his CBS deal for two more years, the company announced on Monday. Additionally, their new agreement will also provide for the publicly-traded corporation’s chairman, president and CEO to become a senior advisor there for an additional five years. Moonves keeps his option to establish a production company under CBS’ auspices. The deal will keep Les in place through June 2021. Under the terms of the extension, Moonves will remain at his current salary level, which is $3.5 million per year. As before, the chief will continue to be eligible for an annual bonus and will receive longterm, »


- Tony Maglio

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Swat Heard Around the World: Melania Slaps Back Trump’s Hand, Twitter Has Field Day

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The president and first lady landed in Israel on Monday morning during Trump’s first international trip while in office. As the pair walked down the tarmac in Tel Aviv, Trump reached out for his wife’s hand, and she swatted it away. Potus then used his rejected hand to adjust his tie. Smooth move, Mr. President. Also Read: Did Melania Trump Favorite a Tweet Trashing Her Relationship With Donald? Melania’s slap-back did not go unnoticed. Twitter is abuzz with reactions to the moment; with many praising Flotus for ignoring her husband’s hand and encouraging her to continue »


- Ashley Boucher

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Nicky Hayden, Us Motorcycle Racer, Dies at 35 After Being Hit by a Car

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American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden died Monday from injuries received last week in a bicycle crash in Italy, the Associated Press reported. He was 35. “The medical team has verified the death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, who has been undergoing care since last Wednesday May 17 in the intensive care unit of the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena following a very serious polytrauma which occurred the same day,” the hospital statement said. Hayden, who was in Italy following a race at nearby Imola, had been training on his bicycle along Italy’s Rimini coast when he was truck by a car. »


- Thom Geier

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‘The Keepers’ Filmmaker Has Theory on Sister Cathy Murder, Personal Connection to Case

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Warning: Major spoilers appear below. “The Keepers” filmmaker Ryan White made the new Netflix docuseries that has everyone on the edge of their seats. He spearheaded the project because of his personal connection to Sister Catherine Cesnik, a nun who was found murdered in January of 1970 and who serves as the centerpiece of the true crime series. “My access point was a personal connection: My aunt went to Archbishop Keough High School and was Sister Cathy’s student,” White told TheWrap. His aunt was also friends with Jean Wehner, one of multiple people in the documentary who say they were sexually abused. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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