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Roy Moore Will Not Concede In Alabama Senate Race After Doug Jones Win

Alabama’s GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate Roy Moore declined to concede Tuesday night, after election results came in showing Dem Doug Jones had won, and even after President Donald Trump tweeted grudging congrats to Jones.

Hanging on for dear life, Moore’s campaign insisted the vote was too close to call, that the state required a recount if the vote was within a half a percentage point, and Alabama’s secretary of state, and god, would have to make the final call. Jones won by far more than half a percentage point, according to tallies.

And, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told CNN late Tuesday night, any outcome other than Jones being the states next U.S. Senator would be “highly unlikely.”

“The people of Alabama have spoken tonight,” Merrill said. “They’ve made their voice heard, loud and clear.”

Moore’s camp, however insisted the outcome still was very much in question.

“We know god is still in control, and we’re going to give him the credit for how this turns out, because he has been with us every step of the way,” Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead told disappointed Moore fans at his campaign party.

“And I have a message for the media,” Armistead continued. “I just talked to the [Alabama] secretary of state and he invites you to come to his office tonight at 11 PM so he can explain in detail the steps required.”

That point made, Moore took the stage.

“It’s not over,” Moore said. “We know god is always in control. Part of the problem with this campaign is we’ve been painted in an unfavorable and unfaithful light. We’ve been put in a hole, if you will,” Moore said, reciting an Old Testament passage he said that brought to mind. “We’ve got to wait and let this process play out. But votes are still coming in and we’re looking at that.”

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Donald Trump Tweets Grudging Congrats To Doug Jones: “A Win Is A Win”

Donald Trump tweeted begrudging congratulations Tuesday night after Doug Jones became the first Dem to win an Alabama seat in the U.S. Senate in a quarter of a century.

“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win,” Trump tweeted.

“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 added.

In this special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Jones term will run through January 3 of 2021.

Tuesday’s results in in the ruby red state was a stunning rebuke of Trump, who had campaigned for GOP candidate Roy Moore right up until a final tweet on election day, urging Alabamians that keeping a Republican in the seat was more important than any qualms they had about Roy Moore the man.  Voters picked the Dem, ending their perfect quarter of a century record, when presented with a GOP candidate who faced allegations of preying on teenage girls decades ago, had expressed dubiousness about pretty much everything else added to the Constitution since the 10th Amendment, including women’s right to vote and ending slavery.

“The people of Alabama will do the right thing. Doug Jones is Pro-Abortion, weak on Crime, Military and Illegal Immigration, Bad for Gun Owners and Veterans and against the WALL,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

“Jones is a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet. Roy Moore will always vote with us. VOTE ROY MOORE!” he added.

Trump’s Tuesday night tweet:

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017

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Doug Jones Alabama Senate Victory Wildly Celebrated On Social Media


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The upset victory by Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race drew online huzzahs from a mix of celebrities, politicians and Hollywood. President Donald Trump, who backed Moore, was even-handed in his Twitter response:

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017

Some Twitter reactions:

The margin of victory was 10,000ish votes out of 1.2 million+ cast. Alabama landed on the right side of history, but my enthusiasm is tempered by the persistent reality. I’m glad Doug Jones won, but it’s a horror that Moore did so well & now may force a recount. https://t.co/GvPPJ8XaLl

— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) December 13, 2017

“The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice”
Dr Martin Luther King quoted by SENATOR Doug Jones of Alabama!
It’s a Chanukah night miracle!

— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) December 13, 2017

I’m literally in tears writing this. I couldn’t be more proud of my home state. PROUD to be from Alabama. PROUD of our people for CARING about MOVING FORWARD and LOVING HUMAN BEINGS. GO BAMA GO. ROLL TIDE TO DOUG JONES. And ROLL TIDE to AMERICA.

— Jordan Fisher (@Jordan_Fisher) December 13, 2017

We have a president who acknowledged on tape that he assaulted women. I would hope that he pays attention to what’s going on and think about resigning.

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 7, 2017

Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity, Alabama. And thank you for fighting for what’s right, @GDouglasJones.

And thank you to every volunteer who knocked on doors, made phone calls, and that worked tirelessly to make this happen.

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 13, 2017

bringing justice to Klansmen who bombed 16th Street Baptist Church and winning Senate race as a Democrat in AL is a pretty impressive pair for career bookends for Doug Jones

— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 13, 2017

Doug Jones. Thank you, Alabama. You’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character. A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians. He is going to make you proud in the Senate.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 13, 2017

Thankfully, today enough Republicans chose country over party. Tomorrow we must redouble our efforts to support candidates worthy of the office they seek.#TwoPaths

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 13, 2017

Chuck Schumer: “Roy Moore was an awful candidate and never should have gotten to the Senate. But make no mistake about it … Democrats are energized, focused on the middle class and those struggling to get there, and things are looking better and better for 2018.”

— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) December 13, 2017

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Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations: How To Watch Via TV, Online

The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees will be announced on Wednesday at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood at 10 AM ET/7 AM Pacific. Actresses Olivia Munn (X-Men: ApocalypseThe Predator) and Niecy Nash (Claws, The Soul Man) will announce the nominees after an introduction by SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.

Shortly before that announcement, this year’s stunt ensemble action performance nominees will be announced by SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and SAG Awards Committee Member Elizabeth McLaughlin.

WHERE TO WATCH:

9:50 a.m. ET / 6:50 a.m. PT – SAG Awards nominations for the outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles.

Livestream:

10:00 a.m. ET/7:00 a.m. PT – Actor nominations for outstanding performances in five film and eight television categories. The nominations announcement will last approximately 6-10 minutes.

Linear: Live on TNT, TBS, truTV

Livestream:

 SOCIAL HANDLES:

Olivia Munn
Twitter: @oliviamunn
Instagram: @oliviamunn

Niecy Nash
Twitter:  @NiecyNash
Instagram:  @niecynash1
Official site: http://www.niecynash.com
Official app: smarturl.it/NiecyNash

Gabrielle Carteris
Twitter:  @TheGabrielle_C

JoBeth Williams
Twitter:  @jbwilliams8

Elizabeth McLaughlin
Twitter:  @ElizabethMcL

Kathy Connell
Twitter:  @kathyca1

Actors Guild Awards hosted by Kristen Bell will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment. Inc. and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.  TBS and TNT subscribers can also watch the SAG Awards live through the networks’ websites and mobile apps. In addition, TNT will present a special encore of the ceremony at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT.

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Black Panther International Trailer Is the Best One Yet

If you’re looking for some new Black Panther footage, this international trailer for the upcoming Marvel movie will scratch that itch. Black Panther is easily shaping up to be not only one of the most anticipated superhero movies of 2018, but one of the most interesting Marvel movies ever released. Now, we have quite possibly our best look yet at T’Challa’s first solo entry in the MCU, which looks to be totally unique and absolutely action-packed.

There’s a lot to love in this new Black Panther trailer. For one, we get our best look at T’Challa’s suit in action, as well as a sense of what the suit is capable of. We also get a much better sense for Michael B. Jordan’s villain, Erik Killmonger, who we’re hoping doesn’t suffer the same curse as most Marvel villains. There’s also so much going on in this trailer, in terms of new shots and awesome lines, that it’s hard to really single anything out. If you weren’t already excited for Black Panther, this should do it.

There’s also a very interesting line. At one point, Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa says that if they figure out “what we possess,” it could destroy the world. Given the events of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, it seems likely that’s hinting at the possibility that the final Infinity Stone is resting safely in Wakanda. That would help explain all of the very cool technology they have at their disposal, which is on full display in this new Black Panther international trailer. Director Ryan Coogler may have outdone himself with this one.

Black Panther follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who returns home after the events of Captain America: Civil War. He’s now the King of Wakanda, after his father’s death. The isolated, technologically advanced African nation is threatened when a powerful old enemy reappears. T’Challa’s position as king is tested when he is drawn into a major conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. The young king must gather his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

The cast for Black Panther also includes Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’baku, with Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. Black Panther is set for release on February 16, 2018, which means it will be the first major superhero movie of next year and will be the final MCU movie to arrive in theaters before Avengers: Infinity War. Given how much Wakanda was featured in the Infinity War trailer, Marvel seems to be banking on people really loving the world that T’Challa inhabits. Be sure to check out the new Black Panther international trailer, courtesy of the KinoCheck International YouTube channel, for yourself below.

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Insidious: The Last Key Trailer #2 Is Big on Scares

A new trailer for Insidious: The Last Key has arrived online ahead of the sequel’s release in theaters next month. This latest trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the latest chapter of the very successful Insidious franchise. We’re still not sure if this movie is going to be a return-to-form, in terms of quality, but this trailer promises a ton of jump scares and a super creepy haunted house exploration in the movie.

The trailer features some of the same imagery as the first teaser for Insidious: The Last Key, but they’re not nearly as shy about showing off some of the cool shots this time around. Even though James Wan, who directed the first Insidious, is only producing this movie, you can tell it has his style embedded in its DNA. It’ll be tough for Insidious 4 to top the original, but this could easily wind up being the best entry in the franchise since the first movie. Granted, Insidious: Chapter 3, which was actually a prequel, set the bar pretty low.

Insidious: The Last Key brings back the creative team from the trilogy of horror hits, produced by Blumhouse, the studio responsible for Get Out and Split, two of the biggest hits of 2017. In the movie, which welcomes back franchise mainstay Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. She’s going to have to step back into The Further to fight off supernatural entities in her own home to save her family. The stakes are pretty big and it looks like it will result in some out-of-your-seat kind of jump scares, if nothing else.

Leigh Whannell (Saw), returns to pen the screenplay for Insidious 4, having penned all three previous entries and directing Insidious: Chapter 3. The Insidious sequel is produced by Jason Blum (The Purge), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and co-creator James Wan (The Conjuring). This installment is directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan). In addition to Lin Shaye, the cast includes Angus Sampson, Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Kirk Acevedo, Javier Botet, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker and Marcus Henderson.

Blumhouse has a tremendous track-record and has posted a banner year in 2017. Insidious: The Last Key looks to possibly get things going early for the studio in 2018, as the movie is set to arrive in theaters on January 5, 2018. The Insidious sequel was originally supposed to be released on October 20 of this year, but the release date had to be pushed back. January isn’t historically a great year for releases, but the occasional movie can surprise. Be sure to check out the new trailer for Insidious: The Last Key, courtesy of Universal Pictures YouTube, for yourself below.

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New Site Reveals Which Sex Offenders Worked on a Movie

Rotten Apples is a new website that allows users to find out how many alleged sexual predators have worked on a specific movie. The idea had been tossed off as a meme and a joke a few months ago, but it is now a real site with a name playing off of Rotten Tomatoes. The Harvey Weinstein scandal has brought all kinds of other allegations against the entertainment industry, leading many to wonder if it’s safe to enjoy Hollywood movies at all anymore. Spoiler alert, just about every movie you can think of is attached to some kind of alleged sexual deviancy.

The premise is simple: Type in the name of any movie or TV series and you’ll be told if an alleged abuser or creep is in any way connected to the project. If anyone on the cast or crew is involved, all one has to do is click their name, which will then take you to a reputable news source’s article on the charges and/or convictions. This comes at a time when sexual misconduct allegations are constantly at the top of the news. Every day a new allegation seems to surface against a powerful man or woman, though these allegations are made largely by women against men.

The site is useful, but it probably won’t go too far in stopping people from watching their favorite movies and TV shows. On the other hand, Hollywood is quickly severing ties with anybody related to sexual assault publicly. For instance, Kevin Spacey was recently fired from Netflix’s hit show House of Cards as well as Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World after allegations of sexual misconduct began to surface. In other words, House of Cards should be okay to watch now that Spacey is no longer involved in the project, which Rotten Apples will show you.

One interesting movie to look up is Good Will Hunting, which has Harvey Weinstein listed as an executive producer along with his brother Bob and then Ben and Casey Affleck show up as well. In other words, Good Will Hunting may be blacklisted from some consumers trying to watch and consume more ethically. There are shows like HBO’s Big Little Lies, which is sexual predator free, according to the site and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is also good to go. The site seems to be accurate, but is it ethical?

Rotten Apples is a good idea in theory, but some of the men or women being accused of sexual misconduct may or may not have performed the heinous acts that they have been accused of, which is certainly not the case for the majority of the allegations. Basically, users can utilize Rotten Apples at their own risk and how they see fit. It could end up as a popular drinking game in the near future as well. Go see for yourself which movies you’re able to watch with a clean conscience via Rotten Apples.

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The Dark Crystal Returns to Theaters in February

35 years later, The Dark Crystal remains one of the finest works to ever come from the mind of Jim Henson. To celebrate the recently restored, 4K version of the movie, Fathom Events is re-releasing The Dark Crystal in theaters this February, which comes a year after the Dark Crystal 2 comic was released. Many fans of the classic have never had the chance to experience it on the big screen and this gives them the opportunity to do just that. But the screenings are only happening on two nights, so if you want to go, you’d better clear your schedule and get tickets asap.

The Dark Crystal will play in U.S. movie theaters on Sunday, February 25, and Wednesday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time on both days. So you’ll have a couple of chances to catch the movie in theaters. Tickets for the event are set to go on sale on Friday, January 12. If you want to get it on this special event, be sure to grab tickets early. Tom Lucas, Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations, had this to say about the upcoming screenings of The Dark Crystal.

“Jim Henson created a truly one-of-a-kind experience with The Dark Crystal,’ one that is rarely seen on the big screen. Fathom Events could not be more excited about the privilege of working with The Jim Henson Company, Universal and Sony to give movie lovers the chance to see the visual splendor of The Dark Crystal in theaters.”

Jim Henson and Frank Oz co-directed The Dark Crystal, which has truly taken on a life of its own in the years since its release. The story of The Dark Crystal takes place in the world of Thra, which has been torn asunder by a fracture in a great magic crystal, which caused two races to be created: the tranquil Mystics, or urRu, and the evil Skeksis, who all but destroyed Thra’s native species, the Gelflings. Now, the Mystics have summoned Jen, one of the last surviving Gelflings, to find the lost piece of the crystal. The quest sends him on an unbelievable adventure that can restore harmony and peace to Thra. Netflix is currently working on a 10-episode prequel series, Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which is expected to debut next year on the streaming service.

Each screening of The Dark Crystal, in addition to being screened in its newly restored glory, will also feature a brand-new featurette with Lisa Henson, CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company. Following the screenings in February, The Dark Crystal will debut on 4K Ultra HD and return to Blu-ray and Digital on March 6. The Blu-ray will be presented in an all-new collectible Digibook package, with rare photos and behind-the-scenes info about the making of this iconic classic.

When it was released in 1982, The Dark Crystal wasn’t a box office smash, bringing in just $40 million worldwide. But the movie has endured and its legacy will be shared with audiences like never before this February. A full list of theaters participating in the Fathom Events screenings will be released once tickets go on sale January 12. Tickets can be purchased through the Fathom Events website or at the box office from your theater of choice.

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