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Will 'Saturday Night Live' take down Trump?

Monday night was live from Hofstra. Saturday night is live from New York.

While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton argue over who won Monday night’s debate, inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the winner in the all-important satirical showdown is still being scripted.

That’s where the cast and crew of “Saturday Night Live” gathered Monday night to watch the debate. And it’s where they’re still sketching out portrayals that will shape how Americans see their presidential candidates.

SNL, which timed the launch of its 42nd season for the weekend after the first Clinton-Trump clash, made one big reveal Wednesday: Actor Alec Baldwin will debut as Trump. But heading into Saturday, the biggest drama is how Baldwin and SNL will parody the GOP nominee: Will they mock his sniffles? His hair? His orange hue? His gesticulations? His supposed microphone malfunction? Or do they cast him in more ominous terms: as a racist hate-monger?

Some comedians are pressing for the latter.

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Martha Stewart on working with Snoop Dogg: 'He's a perfectionist'

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg may seem like an unlikely pairing to co-host a TV show, but Stewart told CNN the two go way back.

"We invited him on the [Martha Stewart Show in 2009] and we made brownies. They were delicious," Stewart laughed. "So somebody smart put the two of us together in this new cooking show/talk show format. It's very funny."

The rapper and lifestyle mogul are the hosts of a new VH1 series called "Martha and Snoop's Dinner Party." The weekly show -- which premieres this fall -- will feature Stewart whipping up fabulous meals while she and Snoop host celebrity guests.

    Stewart and Snoop shot 10 episodes over five days and she said she was impressed by the d-o-double-g.

    "I must say, he's a consummate performer and perfectionist," Stewart said. "Very fun to work with. I have never spent so much time with the rapper community as I did last week. I had a big eye opening experience."

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    Monty Python's Terry Jones diagnosed with rare dementia

    Terry Jones, best known for his part in the British comedy group Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts confirmed today.

    "Terry has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia," a representative for Jones said in a statement released through BAFTA. "This illness affects his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to give interviews."

      The statement came along with news that the academy will present its Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television to Jones.

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      Disney Announces Plans for Third 'Star Wars' Anthology Film for 2020

      Disney announced that Lucasfilm will pump out a new anthology film set in George Lucas' galaxy far, far away by 2020, according to chief executive Bob Iger. Deadline reports that at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference, Iger said the scheduled film would form a trilogy with this December's Rogue One and the upcoming Han Solo spinoff film starring Alden Ehrenreich, all under the A Star Wars Story banner.

      Iger also said he does not expect the box-office receipts from Rogue One to hit the same highs that The Force Awakens reached last winter. Though Iger reassured that "the level of interest in [Rogue One] is as high as it was for Force Awakens." He added, "we love what we've seen."

      Adding the anthology to the Star Wars schedule means that it'll be some time before any of us have to live in a lightsaber-less world. The Gareth Edwards-directed Rogue One arrives in December and Rian Johnson's to-be-titled Episode VIII will open in 2017. 2018 is reserved for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's Han Solo project and 2019 belongs to Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow's Episode IX. 

      Iger has stated that he's already begun to speak with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy about plans for 2021 and beyond. (Deadline's report also mentions that Iger has taken similar meetings with higher-ups at Marvel Studios to prepare for the next decade.)

      Source - Rolling Stone

      Coolio Arrested After Stolen Loaded Weapon Found in Bag at LAX

      Coolio was arrested Saturday at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after a loaded firearm was discovered in the rapper's carry-on bag during a security screening. Coolio was charged with both possession of a firearm by a felon and suspicion of possessing a stolen loaded firearm after it was determined that the gun involved had been reported stolen, TMZ reports.

      According to police, Coolio, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., actually boarded the plane after passing through security at LAX's Terminal 3 when the firearm was discovered in his carry-on bag, which the rapper's bodyguard attempted to pass through security.

      "Upon arrival airport police immediately took possession of a carry-on bag in the X-ray screening belt," airport police Officer Alicia Hernandez told the Los Angeles Daily News. "They also detained a 39-year-old man [Coolio's bodyguard] who claimed to own the bag. Further investigation revealed that the bag contained items belonging to one of the suspect's traveling companions who left the screening area and boarded an aircraft for departure."

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      Weekend Box Office: 'Blair Witch' Beats 'Bridget Jones's Baby,' 'Snowden' on Thursday Night

      Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' came in narrowly ahead of 'Bridget Jones's Baby.'

      In a blast from the past, Bridget Jones's Baby is going up against Blair Witch at the North American box office this weekend, where Oliver Stone's biographical drama Snowden also opens days after making its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

      Blair Witch, a direct sequel to the 1999 found-footage classic horror film, scared off Snowden and Bridget Jones's Baby Thursday night with $765,000 from 2,300 theaters. According to projections, the Lionsgate movie, which expands into a total of 3,121 locations Friday, could approach $20 million in its debut in the latest win for the horror genre. The big question is whether Blair Witch can take the top spot from holdover Sully.

      Years in the making, Universal's Bridget Jones's Baby took in $364,000 in Thursday-evening previews from 2,208 theaters before upping its total theater count to 2,927 theaters on Friday. That wasn't enough to best Snowden, which pulled in $390,000 for Open Road Films.

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      Hulk Hogan verdict changed the celebrity sex tape landscape

      In celebrity sex tape scandal circles, it’s the lawsuit that changed everything.

      Hulk Hogan won $140 million from Gawker after it published without consent a portion of a sex tape involving Hogan and his friend’s wife.

      Gawker went bankrupt and was shut down in August after its parent company was sold to Univision.

      Prior to the lawsuit, a small band of fixers and scandal specialists were kept gainfully employed by keeping stars' private sex tapes off the market. After the verdict, however, business for these crisis managers has slowed to a trickle, as celebrities no longer need them, because they are no longer concerned about their private pics or tapes getting picked up by gossip magazines and websites that have been scared off by the Hogan haul.

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      CHEVY CHASE CHECKS INTO REHAB

      Chevy Chase has checked into rehab again ... a rep for the comedian tells TMZ.

      Chevy is an in-patient at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota ... the same place Robin Williams was treated in 2014. 

      The rep tells us Chevy is getting help for an alcohol-related problem which she calls a "tune-up."  She tells us Chevy "wants to be the best that he can be." He went to Betty Ford in the '80s.

      The 72-year-old is set to appear in 2 upcoming movies -- "Dog Years" which is currently being filmed and "The Christmas Apprentice" which has already wrapped.

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      Freddie Mercury Has Asteroid Named After Him For 70th Birthday

      An asteroid has been named after Freddie Mercury, who would have turned 70 years old Monday.

      The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center renamed Asteroid 17473 as “Freddiemercury” for the legendary Queen singer.

      Queen guitarist Brian May, who holds a doctorate in astrophysics, recorded a video announcing the honor for an event Sunday celebrating Mercury in Switzerland. The band’s official YouTube channel also shared the address.

      The asteroid was discovered in 1991, the same year that Mercury passed away. In the video, May says the celestial object is about 3.5 kilometers wide and “you have to have a pretty decent telescope to see it.”

      “It’s just a dot of light,” May says. “But it’s a very special dot of light.”

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      Venice Film Review: Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

      Mel Gibson has made a movie about a pacifist who served nobly during WWII. It's a testament to his filmmaking chops, and also an act of atonement that may succeed in bringing Gibson back.

      Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” which premiered today at the 73rd International Venice Film Festival, is a brutally effective, bristlingly idiosyncratic combat saga — the true story of a man of peace caught up in the inferno of World War II. It’s the first movie Gibson has directed since “Apocalypto,” 10 years ago (a film he’d already shot before the scandals that engulfed him), and this November, when it opens with a good chance of becoming a player during awards season, it will likely prove to be the first film in a decade that can mark his re-entry into the heart of the industry. Yet to say that “Hacksaw Ridge” finally leaves the Gibson scandals behind isn’t quite right; it has been made in their shadow. On some not-so-hard-to-read level, the film is conceived and presented as an act of atonement.

      It should be obvious by now that the question of whether we can separate a popular actor or filmmaker’s off-screen life from his on-screen art doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all answer. Every instance is different. In the case of Mel Gibson, what we saw a number of years ago — first in his anti-Semitic comments, then in leaked recordings of his phone conversations — wasn’t simply “objectionable” thoughts, but a rage that suggested he had a temperament of emotional violence. It was one that reverberated through his two most prominent films as a director: “The Passion of the Christ,” a sensational and, in many quarters, unfairly disdained religious psychodrama that was a serious attempt to grapple with the stakes of Christ’s sacrifice, and “Apocalypto,” a fanciful but mesmerizing Mayan adventure steeped to the bone in the ambiguous allure of blood and death.

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      Pink Floyd Exhibition Unearths Lost Footage, Laser Show

      London's Victoria and Albert Museum will honor the trailblazers of psychedelic rock with "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains," an immersive exhibition set to run between May and October 2017. The show, which marks the 50th anniversary of the band's first single release, will feature a laser light show and previously unseen concert footage, BBC reports.

      The exhibit will include 350 objects and artifacts, including instruments and original artwork from the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day. Highlights from "Their Mortal Remains" include band face masks from The Wall tour, Hipgnosis' original Animals cover art and the Division Bell album sleeve. Handwritten lyrics, psychedelic-era posters and vintage advertisements will round out the exhibition. 

      Pink Floyd have numerous archival releases in the works. On November 11th, the band will release a massive, 27-disc box set The Early Years 1965-1972. The package contains over 20 unreleased songs, seven hours of concert recordings, 15 hours of video footage and an updated version of their Zabriskie Point soundtrack. 

      In May, the band launched an expansive vinyl reissue campaign, with LPs scheduled for release throughout the year at regular intervals. The next installment – featuring Atom Heart Mother, Meddle and Obscured by Clouds – is out September 23rd.

      Source - Rolling Stone

      How Gene Wilder Found Love Again After Gilda Radner – and Spent His Final Years with Wife Karen as a Renaissance Man

      They say you find love when you're least expecting it – and that's exactly what happened when Gene Wilder met his future wife Karen Boyer. 

      The actor had been married to iconic comedian Gilda Radner – a famed romance that ended tragically when Radner died in 1989 of ovarian cancer, more than four years after they had wed. Wilder's nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, tells PEOPLE the actor "questioned whether he would ever date again." 

      "I think a part of him, after Gilda, wondered, 'Will I ever find someone who excites me again,' " says Walker-Pearlman of the legendary Willy Wonka star, who died Sunday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at age 83. "He never went on a single date after Gilda died." 

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      Who is Deathstroke? An introduction to the newest villain of the DC movie universe

      Comic fans got an unexpected start to the week on Monday, whenBen Affleck tweeted rough footage showcasing longtime DC villain Deathstroke.

      Soon after Affleck’s social media post, another revelation: The Wrapreported Deathstroke has been lined up as the main villain in Affleck’s solo Batman movie, due out sometime in the next few years. (The news was not confirmed by Warner Bros.) Sometimes known as “Deathstroke the Terminator,” other times by his real name Slade Wilson, Deathstroke has dotted DC comics and TV shows for decades. But who is Deathstroke, a character who will make his DC movie universe debut in the near future? Here’s his story.

      Deathstroke the Terminator was created by writer Marv Wolfman and George Perez in 1980 as a primary antagonist for their comic The New Teen Titans. Slade Wilson was a former army colonel who turned mercenary following a military experiment that turned him into a super soldier. Yes, that’s right, kind of like Captain America, but not quite so extreme; Slade mostly has enhanced senses and reflexes, the kind that allow him to remain a top-notch assassin despite missing an eye. Deathstroke is so confident about his ability to thrive with a missing eye, in fact, that his costume makes his loss blatant: He often wears a blue/orange getup with a mask that has only one eye hole. If that costume looks familiar to comic movie fans, it should; the character of Deadpool originally started out as a parody of Deathstroke (hence the similar names, both in and out of costume; Wade Wilson = Slade Wilson). The most famous storyline from that The New Teen Titans era is probably “The Judas Contract,” in which Deathstroke teamed up with a terrakinetic girl named Terra to infiltrate the Titans, to devastating effect.

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      Back to the Future almost had a very different title, and here's the memo to prove it

      The first Back to the Future film is one of the greatest in modern cinema history — but would it have still been a cultural icon if it were called Space Man From Pluto?

      It’s an old story, but the memo sent from studio exec Sid Sheinberg to producer Steven Spielberg in regard to Back to the Future has surfaced. It seems the studio was really digging the script, but Sheinberg had one recommendation: Instead of Back to the Future, they needed to call it Space Man From Pluto. Yeah, doesn’t quite evoke the same charm, does it?

      Sheinberg’s recommendation stemmed from Marty’s interactions with young George, and would’ve had Marty identity himself as a “Space Man From Pluto,” which would’ve eventually been the title of his hit novel in the future-present. He thought the new title was more attention-grabbing, as opposed to the seemingly boring BTTF.

      So, how did Spielberg get out of it? He shot a memo back to Sheinberg thanking him for the hilarious joke, and told him they all got a good laugh out of his obviously fake and ridiculous title recommendation. Sheinberg was so embarrassed he never brought it up again. Fast-forward a year, and a masterpiece is born.

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      Watch AC/DC Dust Off 'Live Wire' With Axl Rose in Greensboro

      Quickly after completing the North American leg of Guns N' Roses' Not in This Lifetime tour, Axl Rose was back onstage Saturday night – this time with AC/DC – in Greensboro, North Carolina for the first of 10 rescheduled Rock or Bust U.S. shows with Rose filling in for Brian Johnson.

      While the majority of the band's set list mirrored the repertoire from the European jaunt, the rockers and Rose did unleash one surprise: The band's first live performance of the electrifying T.N.T. cut "Live Wire" since October 1982. 

      Rose and AC/DC have made it a habit of dusting off fan favorites from the band's catalog throughout their unlikely collaboration, including tracks like "Riff Raff," "Rock n' Roll Damnation," "Touch Too Much," "Dog Eat Dog" and "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)."

      AC/DC with Rose's tour continues August 30th at Fort Lauderdale, Florida's BB&T Center and then works its way north before coming to a close September 20th at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. A month later, Rose rejoins Duff McKagan and Slash as the Guns N' Roses reunion tour heads to South America and Japan. AC/DC's future, however, is less certain.

      Source - Rolling Stone

      Misfits Enlist Ex-Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo for Reunion Shows

      The Misfits have confirmed that the drummer for their upcoming reunion appearances at two installments of Riot Fest next month will be former Slayer member Dave Lombardo. The rest of the lineup will feature Glenn Danzig for his first appearance with the group since 1983, along with bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle.

      The first Riot Fest appearance will take place on the weekend of September 2nd. The second will be the weekend of September 16th in Chicago.

      "The Misfits created the horror punk attitude and had a massive influence on modern rock, punk and metal," Lombardo tells Rolling Stone. "It was an easy decision for me to join them for these monumental shows. I was honored to be asked, and am very excited to be playing with the band.”

      "I first met Dave back in 1988 when Danzig did four shows with Slayer in the U.S., before the first Danzig album was released," Danzig says. "Dave is one of the best drummers around, and I can't wait for everyone to see him pounding Misfits songs live for these special shows.”

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      Dick Van Dyke Really Isn't Sold On Mary Poppins 2

      There aren’t many more qualified to offer their two cents on the forthcoming sequel to ‘Mary Poppins’ than Burt himself.

      It appears that Dick Van Dyke is very much undecided on whether it will be a good idea to follow up the 1964 family classic, calling the project potentially ‘difficult’.

      ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is slated for a Christmas 2018 release, and will see the magical nanny played by Emily Blunt.

      “I’d have to see the script,” he told the Daily Mirror when asked whether he’d be up for appearing in the new movie.

      “Without Walt Disney, and the Sherman brothers to write the score, and Julie, it will be difficult, I think.

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      Every British TV Show To Be Monitored for ‘Diversity’

      Some of Britain’s best-loved and most watched programmes, including EastEnders and Coronation Street, are to be monitored for their ethnic, gender and sexual orientation diversity as part of a new scheme to be rolled out eventually across the whole of British television.

      The BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky are all taking part in Project Diamond, a scheme which will gather data on the gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity of all key staff working in television production, from the actors to the sound technicians.

      All of the information will be fed into an encrypted computer system which will anonymise the data and allow trends to be monitored. The organisation behind Project Diamond, the Creative Diversity Network (CDN) has said that initial data will present a broad picture analysis, but it hopes to be able to monitor individual shows within time, The Guardian hasreported.

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      Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston Visit a Children's Hospital In Character as Thor and Loki

      A few deserving kids just got the surprise of a lifetime from Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston

      The co-stars took time away from the set of filming Thor: Ragnarokon Tuesday to visit with the patients of  Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Australia. Dressed as their characters from the Marvel film, Chris and Tom spent time, shared a few words of encouragement and took photos with their young fans. 

      ""Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor!" (i.e. everyone but the weirdo in the black suit). Unforgettable meeting all the children," Hiddleston captioned an Instagram photo of the pair posing with two children, adding, "They're the real heroes."

      Hemsworth followed suit with his own commemorative snapshotcaptioned, "Met the real superheroes of the world at @ladycilentochildrenshospital. A huge shout out to all the brave kids who are an inspiration to all of us!"

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      Wil Wheaton talks growing up on Star Trek, as actor and man

      When you spend your teens on the USS Enterprise, you're bound to have some interesting memories to share.

      While Wil Wheaton started as an '80s child actor in such films "The Secret of NIMH," "The Last Starfighter" and "Stand by Me," he's best-known to many for his role as teen genius EnsignWesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which aired from 1987 to 1994.

      Disclosure: He's also a good friend of mine who happens to be an amazing RPG player, a skill he demonstrates on his YouTube shows "Tabletop" and "Titansgrave."

      In honor of Star Trek's 50th anniversary, I chatted with Wil about his fondest "Star Trek: The Next Generation" memories, why Wesley Crusher should end up as a Time Lord, and what he thinks of thenew Star Trek TV show in the works.

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