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‘saturday night live': colin jost, michael che take over as co-head writers

now this is one update you’ll be happy to hear: colin jost and michael che have been named co-head writers of “saturday night live.”

the news of the “weekend update” co-anchors new position at nbc’s emmy award-winning late night series was announced by the network on tuesday. the duo will be joining two other current head writers, kent sublette and bryan tucker, in their new roles. “snl” also revealed sudi green and fran gillespie have been named writing supervisors.

che and jost’s big announcement comes shortly after the abrupt exit of co-head writers sarah schneider and chris kelly in october.

che and jost have been helming “weekend update” since 2014. jost, who has previously held the position of co-head writer, is a four-time wga award winner and recipient of a peabody award. he started on “snl” as a writer in 2005. che, who has joined the ranks of variety’s 10 comics to watch list and rolling stone’s 50 funniest people, was featured on “the daily show” before signing up with “snl” in 2013.

“snl”s current head scribes green and gillespie have penned several popular sketches, including “cartier fidget spinner ad” and “e! new line-up promo” with gal gadot.

in its 43rd season, lorne michael’s beloved sketch show has been averaging a 2.89 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo and 9.577 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” figures from nielsen. those high numbers make this season the show’s second most-watched in nine years.

jost is represented by caa.

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roy moore spokesman reamed for bible flub, saying gay conduct should ‘probably’ be illegal

the spokesman for alabama gop senate candidate roy moore caused many jaws to drop with an absolutely bizarre cnn appearance tuesday in which he said that his boss “probably” wants to outlaw homosexuality.

moore, running in a special election to fill the seat vacated earlier this year by u.s. attorney general jeff sessions, said in 2005 that “homosexual conduct should be illegal.” moore has never publicly walked that back, so cnn host jake tapper repeatedly asked spokesman ted crockett if moore still believes that.

“homosexuality is a sin in the biblical sense,” crockett initially said. “that is where roy moore is in the state of alabama.”

but, asked tapper, “does he think that homosexual conduct should be illegal? it’s a yes or no question.”

“probably,” crocket said. watch the clip below.

crockett followed that up by revealing a serious unfamiliarity with basic u.s. constitutional law. asked to justify moore’s position that muslims should be barred from elected office, crockett said the reason is that elected officials are required to swear on a christian bible.

“you don’t actually have to swear on a christian bible,” the cnn host pointed out. “you don’t know that?” crockett asked. the result: several excruciating moments of silence from a bewildered crockett. see that exchange below.

suffice to say, reaction to crockett was not kind. he embodied “every single alabama stereotype” said one twitter user. “5000% stupid” said another. “dumb as dust” one user said.

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doug jones upsets roy moore in nail-biting alabama senate race

doug jones, the underdog democrat in deep-red alabama, upset republican roy moore in one of the strangest and most consequential senate campaigns in recent u.s. history, the associated press reported tuesday.

moore’s razor-thin loss means the gop’s already slim majority will shrink to 51-49, putting the pressure on republicans as they try to enact their conservative legislative agenda and set their sights toward the 2018 mid-term elections.

moore’s campaign was hampered by accusations by nine women that he made unwelcome sexual advances on them in the 1970s, when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. one woman said she was 14 at the time.

though moore repeatedly and vehemently denied the accusations, they cast a cloud over his campaign that prompted many top republicans to distance themselves from the former judge.

earlier in the day, republican lawmakers warned that should moore win, they would meet wednesday morning to discuss a “menu of options” that they could take to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct, the wall street journal reported.

alabama voters were split on the validity of the allegations, according to early exit polls. just under half of those surveyed said they believed the accusers, while more than four in 10 said they did not.

moore denied he had even met any of the women who accused him. at one of many bizarre points in the campaign, moore’s backers argued over whether a yearbook message he was accused of writing to one of the women was a forgery.

the accusations briefly rendered moore a political pariah in washington. much of the republican establishment distanced itself from the former alabama judge famous for his prominent display of the ten commandments — a move that resulted in his suspension from the bench.

but after his poll numbers seemed to steady, and president donald trump said he needed moore’s vote to pass his agenda, the republican national committee reinstated its support of moore’s campaign.

trump, who has also denied accusations of sexual misconducted, tweeted tuesday: “vote roy moore!”

moore’s defeat is the latest political setback for trump, who had endorsed moore’s republican primary opponent, luther strange, earlier this fall only to see moore move forward in the special election against jones to fill the seat vacated by attorney general jeff sessions.

polls opened at 7 a.m. tuesday with a steady though not especially strong turnout, according to the los angeles times.

moore, together with his wife, rode a horse named sassy to their polling place outside his hometown of gadsden. he did the same thing during the primary run against interim republican sen. luther strange.

jones cast his ballot in mountain brook, a suburb of birmingham, expressing confidence in his prospects.

without the accusations of moore preying on teens, the race never would have been in contention: alabama is one of the reddest states in the union, and is anything but welcoming to most democratic candidates.

jones, a former u.s. attorney, made a name for himself after prosecuting two ku klux klan members accused of bombing birmingham’s 16th street baptist church in 1963.

last month, the washington post reported that a woman accused moore of initiating sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old and he was 32.

the post also spoke to three other women who said moore made sexual advances toward them when they were between 16 and 18 years old. then other women came forward accusing moore of sexual misconduct, including one who alleged moore assaulted her when she was 16.

moore initially said that he may have dated women in their later teens, famously telling sean hannity last month during a radio interview: “i don’t remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother.” but he later insisted he did not know any of the accusers.

moore’s time as a judge also raised eyebrows. in 2004, moore was removed from the bench as a judge in alabama after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove the ten commandments in the alabama judicial building. in 2016, he was suspended and later resigned as the state’s chief justice for ordering lower courts to disobey the 2015 supreme court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriages.

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la weekly interim editor-in-chief suspended over ‘offensive’ old tweets

in another setback for la weekly, recently-hired interim editor-in-chief hillel aron has been suspended without pay, after old tweets deemed offensive by critics and by the publication’s new owners came to light.

“la weekly has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind. past comments posted by hillel aron on twitter that have come to our attention over the last 24 hours are extremely offensive and unacceptable,” publisher brian calle and general counsel david welch said in a statement provided to thewrap. “they are not in line with la weekly’s values and do not reflect the views of our team. as of today, mr. aron has been suspended without pay while an investigation is underway.”

the tweets, unearthed monday by spin, were written between 2007 and 2012 and feature several off-color jokes at the expense of gay people, people with disabilities, and other groups. aron called them “bad attempts at humor” in a statement provided to spin, and apologized, saying “i regret them, i’m embarrassed by them, and i wish i could take them back.”

aron did not immediately respond to a request for comment from thewrap.

aron was the only staff writer retained when most of his colleagues were laid off nov. 29 shortly after new owners semanal media finalized purchase of la weekly. he was named interim editor-in-chief on dec. 8, and said he accepted the job after the new owners agreed to concessions including the return of union representation, and the rehiring of at least two former editorial staffers.

aron told thewrap at the time that he had expected to keep his job because of a prior relationship with calle, but that the scope and scale of the layoffs came as a shock. his suspension from la weekly just four days later leaves the 40-year old magazine without any writers or editors.

but it’s only the latest problem for the alt-weekly since semanal media, a consortium created specifically to purchase la weekly and made up largely of republican donors, took ownership of the site. notably, in addition to a pr debacle in which one of the owners appeared to denigrate the culture of los angeles, a successful boycott effort organized by former law writers caused an exodus of advertisers, forcing la weekly to cancel its annual sips & sweets event.

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hollywood celebrates doug jones’ upset senate win: ‘a hanukkah miracle!’ to ‘suck it, bannon’

doug jones’ surprise victory over roy moore in the alabama senate race tuesday night sparked instant ripple effects across social media, with many of hollywood’s biggest stars expressing their joy at the result.

chris evans, kerry washington, debra messing, helen hunt, joe biden and meghan mccain were among those pledging their support for the democrat and thanking the people of alabama for their vote.

“you’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character. a fighter for working class and middle class alabamians,” biden said.

by 7 p.m. pt, the associated press had projected jones as the narrow victor with 49.6 percent of the vote to moore’s 48.8 percent, with almost 90 percent of precincts reporting. it marked the first democratic senate victory in a quarter century in the deep-red state of alabama despite president trump’s steadfast support for moore.

moore’s campaign was hampered by accusations by nine women that he made unwelcome sexual advances on them in the 1970s, when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. one woman said she was 14 at the time.

“will and grace” star messing called jones’ victory “a hanukkah miracle,” while “the view” co-host meghan mccain (and daughter of sen. john mccain) taunted former white house adviser and moore backer steve bannon: “suck it, bannon.”

actor and former oscars host billy crystal challenged trump to respond, asking: “what are you going to tweet now potus?”

pakistan-born comedian kumail nanjiani politely told moore to “go f— yourself. it’ll be the first time you’ll be doing that to someone your own age.”

president trump also took to twitter to diplomatically congratulate jones, saying: “congratulations to doug jones on a hard fought victory. the write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. the people of alabama are great, and the republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. it never ends!”

while moore has repeatedly and vehemently denied all the accusations against him, they cast a cloud over his campaign that prompted many top republicans to distance themselves from the former judge.

see the tweets below.

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15 best books from the defunct ‘star wars’ expanded universe (photos)

after disney bought lucasfilm and got the ball rolling on new “star wars” movies, they wiped clean the entire expanded universe of novels, comics and video games from the official “star wars” timeline. gone, yes, but not forgotten. even now as we’re neck deep in a new version of the continuity, there’s still plenty of gems to be found in the defunct expanded universe.

15. “tale’s from jabba’s palace”

the “star wars” universe, being massive and full of oddities, was really well served by a series of short story anthologies like this, which also happens to be the best one. it explores a lot of the strange things we saw in jabba’s palace in “return of the jedi,” and it’s never afraid to get real weird — which in this case, at least, is a great thing.

14. “outbound flight”

functions as a prequel to timothy zahn’s thrawn trilogy, finally detailing the outbound flight mission we’d heard mentioned so many times for over a decade — and it turned out to be a lot more involved than we’d thought.

outbound flight, which occurred during the events of the prequel trilogy, involved a group of jedi masters and a number of colonists taking an expedition beyond the galaxy in search of extragalactic force users — but on their way out they flew through the unknown regions of the galaxy, and ran afoul of some of the more unsavory alien civilizations there. and also thrawn, whose species of blue near-humans hails from that part of space.

13. “edge of victory: conquest”

late in the history of the expanded universe, they began publishing long-running series that would tell a single longform story — the longest of these longforms being the “new jedi order,” about a race of aliens called the yuuzhan vong invading the galaxy from elsewhere and attempting to enforce its evil will on the collection of “infidels” we know and love.

“conquest” was the eighth in that series, and it was the first, ah, humanizing look at the yuuzhan vong society. it turned out that, like any other society, the yuuzhan vong has its downtrodden portions of folks who don’t like the murderous establishment, and han and leia’s teenage son anakin has to come to grips with it while carrying out a dangerous mission with one such downtrodden soul.

12. “isard’s revenge”

this “x-wing” one-shot novel is essentially the payoff to the entire long history of the elite rogue squadron that was told over a number of novels and comic books.  every loose end tied off and many stories, including some not part of the rogue arc, recontextualized in a really interesting way. “isard’s revenge” is the kind of story that can only happen within a massive universe with a detailed history — it’s the kind of story, consequently, that makes a lot of old bad storytelling end up feeling like it was worth it.

11. “han solo and the lost legacy”

one of the most fascinating aspects, looking back now, of the “star wars” expanded universe was how the early authors were kinda making up how everything worked and casually establishing hugely important things. it was less cool at the time, because it was obvious nobody knew what they were doing and most of the books were pretty terrible as details were filled in at random.

the three “han solo adventures” were among the earliest pieces of the expanded universe, being released in 1979 and 1980 — and they wisely tell small stories rather than the sort of galaxy-shaking narratives we would see every couple months throughout the ’90s. “lost legacy,” the third one, sees han going after the fabled treasure of xim the despot at the edge of the galaxy. it’s a great story, and an early emblem for the flexibility of “star wars” as a setting.






trump reluctantly congratulates senator-elect doug jones on his ‘hard fought victory’

as many of people around the country celebrated doug jones’ stunning defeat of roy moore in the alabama senate race, president donald trump offered up his begrudging congratulations to the democratic winner.

“congratulations to doug jones on a hard fought victory,” trump tweeted tuesday night. “the write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. the people of alabama are great, and the republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time.

“it never ends!” he promised.

trump had steadfastly endorsed moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct accusations against him, including from a number of women who were teenagers at the time.

tuesday’s surprise polling result marked the first democratic senate victory in a quarter-century in alabama, which is known to be one of america’s reddest states.

“we have shown not just around the state of alabama, but we have shown the country the way — that we can be unified,” jones told his supporters in a birmingham ballroom after the result was announced, according to the associated press. “this entire race has been about dignity and respect.”

he will now take over the seat previously held by jeff sessions, who stepped down earlier this year after he was appointed as trump’s attorney general.

jones’ prior accolades include prosecuting two ku klux klansmen responsible for birmingham’s infamous 1963 church bombing.

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pat dinizio, the smithereens lead singer, dies at 62

pat dinizio, lead singer of the smithereens, has died. he was 62.

the death of the singer, songwriter and founding member of the band was announced on his facebook page tuesday night.

“it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of pat dinizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential new jersey rock band, the smithereens – america’s band,” the post said.

“pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. please keep pat in your thoughts and prayers.”

formed in carteret, new jersey, by dinizio jim babjak, dennis diken and mike mesaros, the smithereens had a string of hits in the ’80s and ’90s including “only a memory,” “a girl like you” and “too much passion.”

the band’s name was inspired a yosemite sam catchphrase, “varmint, i’m a-gonna blow you to smithereens!”

dinizio was one of the first musicians to throw his support behind xm satellite radio, becoming host and program director for the xm radio unsigned station in 2001. he was also an inaugural member of the independent music awards’ judging panel to support independent artists.

he went on to release a number of solo works such as “sounds and songs,” “this is pat dinizio,” and “revolutions.”

dinizio also had an unsuccessful run for the new jersey seat of the united states senate in 2000.

his cause of death has not yet been revealed.

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‘saturday night live': colin jost, michael che take over as co-head writers

now this is one update you’ll be happy to hear: colin jost and michael che have been named co-head writers of “saturday night live.”

the news of the “weekend update” co-anchors new position at nbc’s emmy award-winning late night series was announced by the network on tuesday. the duo will be joining two other current head writers, kent sublette and bryan tucker, in their new roles. “snl” also revealed sudi green and fran gillespie have been named writing supervisors.

the news of che and jost’s new gig comes shortly after the abrupt exit of co-head writers sarah schneider and chris kelly in october.

che and jost have been helming “weekend update” since 2014. jost, who has previously held the position of co-head writer, is a four-time wga award winner and recipient of a peabody award. he started on “snl” as a writer in 2005. che, who has joined the ranks of variety’s 10 comics to watch list and rolling stone’s 50 funniest people, was featured on “the daily show” before signing up with “snl” in 2013.

“snl”s current head scribes green and gillespie have penned several popular snl sketches, including “cartier fidget spinner ad” and “e! new line-up promo” with gal gadot.

in its 43rd season, lorne michael’s beloved sketch show has been averaging a 2.89 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo and 9.577 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” figures from nielsen. those high numbers make this season the show’s second most-watched in nine years.

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roy moore spokesman reamed for bible flub, saying gay conduct should ‘probably’ be illegal

the spokesman for alabama gop senate candidate roy moore caused many jaws to drop with an absolutely bizarre cnn appearance in which he said that his boss “probably” wants to outlaw homosexuality.

moore, running in a special election to fill the senate seat vacated earlier this year by u.s. attorney general jeff sessions, said in 2005 that “homosexual conduct should be illegal.” moore has never publicly walked that back, so cnn host jake tapper repeatedly asked spokesman ted crockett if moore still believes that.

“homosexuality is a sin in the biblical sense,” ted crockett initially said. “that is where roy moore is in the state of alabama.

but, asked tapper, “does he think that homosexual conduct should be illegal? it’s a yes or no question.”

“probably,” crocket said. watch the clip below.

crockett followed that up by revealing a serious unfamiliarity with basic u.s. constitutional law. asked to justify moore’s position that muslims should be barred from elected office, crockett said the reason is that elected officials are required to swear on a christian bible.

“you don’t actually have to swear on a christian bible,” the cnn host pointed out. “you don’t know that?” crockett asked. the result: several excruciating moments of silence from a bewildered crockett. see that exchange below.

suffice to say, reaction to crockett was not kind. he embodied “every single alabama stereotype” said one twitter user. “5000% stupid” said another. “dumb as dust” said another.

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anthony bourdain defends #metoo accusers from doubters: ‘they have nothing to gain’

chef and tv host anthony bourdain penned an essay speaking out against sexual misconduct following monday’s allegations against mario batali.

the host of cnn’s “parts unknown” wrote that he stands “unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women” who have come forward to accuse batali and numerous other men in hollywood, politics and media of sexual harassment or assault.

“women risk a crushing level of public skepticism, vilification, shaming, and retribution,” he wrote in the essay titled “on reacting to bad news,” shared to medium. “they have nothing to gain, and everything to lose.”

bourdain attributes his stance to “one extraordinary woman with a particularly awful story to tell, who introduced me to other extraordinary women with equally awful stories,” referring to his girlfriend asia argento, who was one of the first women to accuse harvey weinstein of rape earlier in october.

batali was removed from abc’s “the chew” after four unnamed women alleging incidents of sexual misconduct and groping dating back two decades. in a statement, batali apologized for the behavior and said he’d step away from day-to-day management of his company, batali & bastianich hospitality group.

in the essay on tuesday, bourdain expressed remorse for his own role in the romanticization of the restaurant industry which fostered poor behavior by men and created a toxic work environment for women.

“to the extent which my work in ‘kitchen confidential’ celebrated or prolonged a culture that allowed the kind of grotesque behaviors we’re hearing about all too frequently is something i think about daily, with real remorse,” he wrote.

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new roman polanski investigation opened by the lapd

the lapd has opened a new investigation into “rosemary’s baby” director roman polanski, the associated press reports.

according to the associated press, detectives are investigating a woman’s allegation that polanski molested her when she was 10, in 1975. while the statute of limitations precludes ciiminal charges from being brought against polanski on the new allegations, police could be able to use evidence from the new investigation to aid in other cases.

california artist marianne barnard reported to police in october that polanski molested her during a 1975 photo-shoot during which polanski had her pose naked and in a fur coat on a los angeles county beach, the associated press reports.

polanski’s attorney, harland braun, told thewrap on tuesday that the new allegation is “totally bogus.”

“this is a totally bogus claim where ms. barnard claims her mother, a distinguished professor at pepperdine university, sold her when she was 10 years old to mr. polanski and several other men to finance her educational tuition,” braun said. “we have been investigating for several weeks, but the mother refuses to talk to my investigator. we have contacted the lapd and will turn over all information we have and urge them to do a complete and through investigation.”

polanski, 84, has been a fugitive from the united states since 1978, when he fled to france prior to sentencing on a sexual assault case involving a 13-year-old girl.

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disney’s ‘nutcracker’ movie plans major reshoots, joe johnston to direct instead of lasse hallstrom

disney is planning a massive 32 days of additional photography on the ballet-inspired fantasy movie “nutcracker and the four realms,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told thewrap.

in addition, the studio is bringing in “captain america: the first avenger” director joe johnston to direct the reshoots instead of original filmmaker lasse hallstrom.

the film, based on e.t.a. hoffman’s classic “nutcracker” christmas tale, is still targeting a holiday 2018 release. but the studio is clearly rethinking the film after wrapping the shoot last spring and showing a trailer at its d23 convention in july.

hallstrom was unavailable due to scheduling issues but he will be involved with postproduction, according to the studio insider. the director, a three-time oscar nominee whose most recent release was last winter’s “a dog’s purpose,” is not publicly attached to any other projects.

a rep for hallstrom did not immediately respond to thewrap’s request for comment.

oscar-winning screenwriter tom mccarthy (“spotlight”) wrote the material for the reshoots.

mackenzie foy stars as clara, a girl who receives the titular nutcracker toy and is asked to take special care of it. the film also stars abt ballerina misty copeland, morgan freeman as drosselmeyer, a clockmaker and inventor, and keira knightley as the sugar plum fairy. helen mirren and eugenio derbez also appear.

“the nutcracker” has been a popular ballet since it was adapted to the stage in 1892, which was based on hoffman’s classic story.

mark gordon is the project’s producer and lindy goldstein is executive producing.

“nutcracker and the four realms” is slated for november 2, 2018.

the hollywood reporter first reported the news about the reshoots.

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jose canseco says sexual misconduct accusers are ‘racist against ugly men’

jose canseco got his juices stirring over the recent onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, offering his own bizarre #metoo movement and opining that women who complain about sexual misconduct are “racist against ugly men.”

the former baseball player — who was at the heart of the steroids controversy — hit up twitter on tuesday to offer his thoughts on the topic, divulging that he, too, had been molested and that it was “kind of a turn on.”

“what is going on with all these politicians molesting women i’ve been molested by several women and never complained,” canseco wrote. “well i mean i’ve been beaten by women taken advantage of by women and molested by women i never complain but it was kind of a turn-on.”

canseco went on to insult the looks of politicians who’ve been accused of sexual misconduct, likening them to a “bag of boogers.”

“i see the difference i guess cuz i was a good-looking guy and these politicians look like a bag of boogers,” canseco wrote.

and then the former oakland athletics player hoisted the racism flag.

“these women complaining against sexual misconduct are just racist against ugly men,” he continued.

the former mlb star also tried out his comedy chops, writing, “what do you call a pretty woman with an inbred looking politician. ……. paid.”

canseco’s twitter vent prompted a response from his former team, which hastened to note that he is no longer an employee with the team.

“we were disappointed to learn of mr. canseco’s statements,” the oakland athletics tweeted tuesday. “mr. canseco is not an employee of the athletics and his statements do not reflect the values of our organization or those of our most trusted partners.”

jose canseco

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‘the children’ broadway review: how to cope after a nuclear meltdown

“the cows” would have made a better title. the poster for lucy kirkwood’s new play features its three actors suited up for what looks like a tour of a nuclear power plant, and emblazoned across their bundled-up bodies is her chosen title, “the children.” this very scary, cautionary drama opened tuesday at mtc’s samuel j. friedman theatre, and there’s no doubt about it. splashed across all that protective gear, “the cows” would have been more provocative.

in “the children,” robin (ron cook) and hazel (deborah findlay) talk about their cows as much as they do their four adult children. this long-married couple retired a few years ago from high-level positions in the nuclear-power industry to take it easy and start a dairy farm somewhere along the coast in england.

like anyone who has retired to open, say, a bed and breakfast, the real headaches began with their retirement, which included a major meltdown at the local nuclear power plant.

kirkwood has written a big issue play, and one of her more controversial points is how much some people prefer animals to other people, even when those other people are their own children. animals are so wonderfully predictable in their behavior. and the cows, especially, are so much more appreciative of robin and hazel than is their oldest child, who, at 38, remains a real armful and then some.

kirkwood never introduces us to the children or the cows, but the ultimate fate of the latter brings a huge sigh of sorrow and pity from the mtc audience. on the other hand, you might want to slap that oldest kid into consciousness.

“the children” begins with a nosebleed from an unexpected guest, rose (francesca annis). robin and hazel are living near the sea in a cottage lent to them because their own house got flooded in a tsunami that triggered the nuclear meltdown or was the result of it.

the reason behind rose’s visit — robin and hazel haven’t laid eyes on her in over three decades — is the big mystery of kirkwood’s play, which to its credit often resembles a vintage episode of “the twilight zone.” an ominous tension pervades the production even before anyone on stage speaks, thanks to the work of miriam buether (set and costumes), peter mumford (lighting and projections), and max pappenheim (sound), the team that also designed the original production at london’s royal court theatre.

what with rose’s bloody face and hazel’s making a meager salad in the dampest of bare cottages, it also appears that we’re about to revisit the wasteland of martin mcdonagh’s leenane trilogy.

first impressions, however, are very deceiving. the language of kirkwood’s characters bristles with intelligence — these are nuclear physicists and engineers — and they use their prodigious backgrounds to make not only fascinating comments about children and cows but to dig under each other’s skin to extract the maximum amount of guilt and, in the end, responsibility.

and unlike rod serling, kirkwood never gives her characters or her audience the relief of the expected big twist near the end, unless the cruelty of an environment run amok qualifies as a big surprise.

politically, “the children” is about a world that needs to get along on less. it’s also about retirement, and that kirkwood wrote the play while in her early 30s is nothing short of astounding. she puts her three characters in an orbit spinning around that magical retirement age of 65.

they can still move, even dance, as we are shown in one brief moment of levity. but they know their mobility is destined for joint replacements and walkers and worse. they have a very small window in which to live the life they’ve always fantasized about — until rose arrives to slam that window shut.

james macdonald directs an extraordinary trio of actors. with fine precision, he buffets findlay’s constantly fraught portrayal of a woman clinging to life through her illusions with the grounded resignation at the heart of annis and cook’s performances. you side with findlay’s hazel, but you believe the other two.

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netflix exec out after telling danny masterson accuser ‘we don’t believe’ misconduct claims

the netflix executive who said the company doesn’t believe rape accusations against “the ranch” star danny masterson is no longer with the company.

on tuesday, a netflix spokesperson told thewrap that andy yeatman, former director of global kids content, “is no longer employed at netflix.”

yeatman was approached in early december by a woman who wanted to know why netflix had taken no action against masterson. according to the huffington post, yeatman told the woman, later identified as one of masterson’s accusers, that “we don’t believe” the claims.

netflix said yeatman was not aware he was speaking to one of the accusers, but said his comments were “careless” and “uninformed.” the company also said that in his position, yeatman would have no knowledge of decision-making about masterson or “the ranch.”

shortly after the huffington post piece was published, masterson was fired from “the ranch,” and netflix announced he would be written out of the show’s fourth season, which resumes production in january. masterson denied “the outrageous allegations” and said in a statement that he was “disappointed” by the decision.

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fox news is most-watched basic cable network in 2017

who needs an election? fox news channel is about to finish 2017 as the most-watched basic cable channel on television. that makes it two years in a row at no. 1 for the murdoch-owned network.

fox news will win the calendar year’s primetime and nielsen’s total-day measurement in terms of “live” overall eyeballs. from monday to sunday, counting 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., fnc averaged 2.422 million total viewers. second-place network espn was fairly far behind with 1.921 million.

across the “total day” metric, which goes from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m., fox’s 1.501 million viewer-average bests no. 2 nickelodeon’s 1.123 million.

in the advertiser-coveted demographic, adults 25-54, fox news actually finished sixth in primetime, behind espn, tbs, tnt, and discovery — in that order. fox was third in “total day” among viewers in that all-important age range.

fox has led in these two metrics for the last two years; in 2015, espn led primetime and nickelodeon conquered total day.

the coveted no. 1 spot across all cable television put fox miles ahead of their more direct competitors in cable news.

among total viewers for cable news, cnn notched 1.06 million total viewers overall and just 370,000 among the advertiser-coveted 25-54 year old demographic. the numbers represented a decline of 15 percent and 13 percent respectively.

msnbc came in third with 1.624 million overall and 370,000 among the 25 to 54 demographic. those numbers for msnbc, however, represented large jumps of 50 percent and 37 percent respectively.

bill o’reilly’s “o’reilly factor” played a significant role in the first one-third of fox news’ 2017 ratings. o’reilly’s ratings actually surged in the days before the channel axed his show.

o’reilly’s successor, tucker carlson, has mostly filled in the void. his “tucker carlson tonight” was the second most-watched cable program on television, averaging 2.742 million average total daily viewers.

o’reilly’s former spot atop the ratings now belongs to sean hannity, who beats carlson soundly in both overall viewers and among the 25-54 year demographic.

the newly debuted “ingraham angle” also came in for a strong showing, ranking fifth in total viewers with 2.5 million. laura ingraham is fourth among the 25-54 demo, averaging 491,000 viewers.

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louis ck’s ‘i love you, daddy’ leaks online after comic buys back film

the latest trouble for louis c.k.’s film “i love you, daddy”: the comedy-drama has been widely leaked on pirate torrent websites just days after the comic bought back the film from indie distributor the orchard.

the piracy group hive-cm8, which has made headlines in 2015 when it dumped dozens of oscar-contending films on torrent sites from press screener dvds before their release, claimed responsibility for the leak.

“we decided to let this one title go out this month, since it never made it to the cinema, and nobody knows if it ever will go to retail at all,” the group wrote in the file notes. “either way their is no perfect time to release it anyway, but we think it would be a waste to let a great louis c.k. go unwatched and nobody can even see or buy it.”

the orchard had dropped “i love you, daddy,” — which c.k. directed, produced, co-wrote and starred in — from its release schedule on november 10, one day after the new york times published a story in which five women accused the comedian of masturbating in front of them and other acts of sexual misconduct. (the comic said in a statement that the “stories are true,” and that he has “been remorseful” for his actions.)

but the distributor had already sent some awards screeners of the film — which is presumably the source of the leak.

c.k. agreed to buy back the film, which the orchard bought for $5 million at the toronto international film festival, and to pay back any money received as well as any marketing costs incurred by the orchard.

 

the film, which also starred chloe grace moretz, drew controversy due to several jokes about child rape and the use of racial slurs by c.k.’s character.

reps for ck did not immediately respond to thewrap’s request for comment.

hive-cm8’s 2015 dump 2015 dump of oscar contenders — including “the hateful eight,” “the revenant,” and best picture winner “spotlight” –prompted an fbi investigation and an apology from the group.

however, hive-cm8 said the following year that they would continue to leak screeners, albeit after their release in theaters.

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‘get out’ wins big with african american film critics association

jordan peele’s “get out” dominated the awards handed out by the african american film critics association, which announced its 2017 winners on tuesday.

jordan peele’s socially-conscious thriller was named the best picture of the year, and also won awards for daniel kaluuya for best actor and peele for best director and best screenplay.

other winners included frances mcdormand, best actress for “three billboards outside ebbing, missouri”; laurence fishburne and tiffany haddish, best supporting actor and actress for “last flag flying” and “girls trip,” respectively; “detroit,” best ensemble; and “crown heights,” best independent film.

animation, documentary and foreign-film awards went to “coco,” “step” and “the wound.”

the full list of aafca winners:

best picture: “get out”
best director: jordan peele, “get out”
best actor: daniel kaluuya, “get out”
best actress: frances mcdormand, “three billboards outside ebbing, missouri”
best supporting actor: laurence fishburne, “last flag flying”
best supporting actress: tiffany haddish, “girls trip”
best comedy: “girls trip”
best ensemble: “detroit”
best independent: “crown heights”
best animated: “coco”
best documentary: “step”
best foreign: “wound”
best screenplay: “get out”
best song: “it ain’t fair” from “detroit,” the roots featuring bilal
best new media: “mudbound”
best tv series (comedy): “black-ish”
best tv series (drama): “queen sugar”
breakout: lakeith stanfield, “crown heights”

aafca top 10 films of 2017
1. “get out”
2. “three billboards outside ebbing, missouri”
3. “coco”
4. “girls trip”
5. “detroit”
6. “call me by your name”
7. “the shape of water”
8. “gook”
9. “crown heights”
10. “marshall”

aafca top 10 tv programs of 2017
1. “queen sugar”
2. “underground”
3. “insecure”
4. “master of none”
5. “black-ish”
6. “the handmaid’s tale”
7. “dear white people”
8. “she’s gotta have it”
9. “the defiant ones”
10. tie “guerilla” and “snowfall”

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caa promotes 10 to agent, executive positions

talent agency creative artists agency (caa) has promoted 10 trainees to agent or executive, the company announced today.

austin denesuk has been promoted to agent in caa’s television department. denesuk is based in los angeles, where she serves in the tv lit group.

bennett beckner, joseph harris, madison lee, and joe mott were elevated to agents in caa’s music department, which represents more than one-third of this year’s top 100 worldwide tours. beckner and lee are based in nashville, while harris and mott are based in los angeles.

callie rivers and maddy roth have been named executives in the caa foundation, the agency’s philanthropic arm, and are based in the los angeles office.

jacksonville-based beth enstrom has been promoted to executive in caa golf, and tee stumb has been promoted to agent in caa sports talent sales department. he will continue to be based in new york.

erik telford has been promoted to agent in the speakers group, and is based in the caa’s los angeles office.

last month, caa unveiled a pair of operational groups, finance and people & culture, comprised of 35 women and men, including many existing department heads and next-generation leaders, who are reporting directly to the management committee.

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