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Time’s 100 most influential people issue includes Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Dwayne Johnson and more

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It’s that time of year again—TIME Magazine just released their annual TIME 100 list and they did not hold back. The list, which comprised of political names such as Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Brett Kavanaugh, also featured a vast array of celebrities—including the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Taylor Swift and “Captain Marvel’s” Brie Larson. Here are this year’s featured entertainment names in the TIME 100.

Rami Malek

Rami Malek, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "Bohemian Rhapsody", poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Rami Malek, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “Bohemian Rhapsody”, poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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Portraying Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Rami Malek captured the heart and soul of what made Queen the legendary band that they are today. Earning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Malek’s haunting portrayal of Mercury took Hollywood by storm and garnered attention for the 15-year acting veteran.

In his write-up of Malek, actor Robert Downey Jr. stated, “He developed the skill without which his many attributes as an artist might have been squelched—principled leadership. He’s understated and kind, complicated and relatable; he’s downright mercurial.”

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Taylor Swift

Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live on March 14, 2019, in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live on March 14, 2019, in Los Angeles, California, United States.
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It’s no surprise that Taylor Swift made the TIME 100 list. An American cultural icon, Swift has been synonymous with pop music for the past decade and her popularity only continues to grow. Known for hit singles like “You Belong with Me” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Swift has the ability to reach millions of people with her transcendent musical ability.

Grammy-nominated musician Shawn Mendes told TIME, “Taylor makes the job of creating music for millions of people look easy. It all comes from her—her belief in magic and love, and her ability to be as honest and raw as possible. She’s the master of putting the perfect amount of thought into not overthinking, and that’s why her music connects so well.”

Lady Gaga

In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Lady Gaga arrives at the American Cinematheque Award ceremony honoring Bradley Cooper in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Lady Gaga arrives at the American Cinematheque Award ceremony honoring Bradley Cooper in Beverly Hills, Calif. 
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“A Star Is Born” was just another recent notch in the legacy of Lady Gaga. Characterized by her powerful and commanding vocal style, Gaga’s music made her into a superstar—but “A Star Is Born” showcased the singer’s incredible acting chops as well. Those acting chops transcended the big screen when it was widely believed that the star entered a relationship with co-star Bradley Cooper—until she shut those rumors down on an episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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On Gaga, legendary singer Celine Dion stated, “She’s definitely one of the most inventive artists we’ve ever seen. Her artistic expression has no rules, no boundaries… What makes her even more special, and such a powerful influence on society, is that she empowers her fans to adopt the very same values in their lives—to stand up for what they believe in, despite what others might think.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson playfully poked fun at his "Jumanji" co-star Kevin Hart over his Oscars hosting controversy.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson playfully poked fun at his “Jumanji” co-star Kevin Hart over his Oscars hosting controversy.
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A man who needs no introduction, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has maintained a certain omnipresence in the media that no other star can measure up to. One of the hardest working men in Hollywood, Johnson has maintained a grueling schedule of high-intensity training and acting in major films. As of 2019, Johnson has taken on more production roles—which saw him produce films like “Shazam!” and “Fighting with My Family.”

“Wonder Woman” actress and fellow “Fast and Furious” co-star Gal Gadot stated, “Dwayne is someone who believes the sky is the limit and will go above and beyond to make sure he gives 100% every single day, whether he is at the gym, working with his charity (the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation), being with his family and friends, or working on a new project.”

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Emilia Clarke

This combination photo shows Emilia Clarke at HBO's "Game of Thrones" final season premiere in New York on April 3, 2019, right, and her character Daenerys Targaryen.

This combination photo shows Emilia Clarke at HBO’s “Game of Thrones” final season premiere in New York on April 3, 2019, right, and her character Daenerys Targaryen.
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For the past eight years, Emilia Clarke has received rave reviews for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in the hit television series, “Game of Thrones.” Characterized by her bone-white hair and brash confidence in the show, Clarke demonstrated an impeccable amount of character development over the course of the series. Clarke’s portrayal of Targaryen has earned her several award nominations, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

On Clarke, Emma Thompson stated, “First impressions can mislead. The intimacy of a nine-week shoot will reveal all. Especially one that starts—starts, mind you—at 2 a.m. What was revealed was a woman of mickle might, whose instincts, whetted by years of hard work in environments that were not always safe or healthy, are as finely honed as any I’ve encountered.”

Brie Larson

Brie Larson attends JNSQ Rose Cru debuts alongside Rodarte FW/19 Runway Show at Huntington Library on February 5, 2019, in Pasadena, California.

Brie Larson attends JNSQ Rose Cru debuts alongside Rodarte FW/19 Runway Show at Huntington Library on February 5, 2019, in Pasadena, California.
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Starring in the lead role of “Captain Marvel,” Brie Larson has become the poster-girl for social justice. Known for her staunch activism, Larson maintains a strong political presence that sees her consistently promoting gender and racial equality. Set to be one of the leaders of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Larson shattered box office records when “Captain Marvel” made more than $1 billion around the world.

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“Avengers: Endgame” co-star Tessa Thompson stated, “Brie is primed to be one of Marvel’s next big leaders at a time when women are breaking ceilings in all spaces. She is in a position to make real systemic change in Hollywood. I’m elated to see someone so pure of intention wield that power.”

Glenn Close

Glenn Close attends the Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Glenn Close at 583 Park on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in New York.

Glenn Close attends the Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Glenn Close at 583 Park on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in New York.
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Famed actress Glenn Close has maintained a consistent presence in the media for the past several decades. Starring in films such as “Fatal Attraction” and “The Wife,” Close has earned numerous nominations and awards—most recently including Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her role in 2017’s “The Wife.” Like Larson, Close is also heavily involved in politics—rallying for issues such as gay marriage and women’s rights. She has made donations to the campaigns of Democratic politicians such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Actor Robert Redford stated, “Glenn is a major talent, an actor who is deeply committed to her craft. She doesn’t play roles as much as she transforms herself into them, never allowing her own personality or celebrity to get in the way. Through many years now, I’ve been able to call her a friend and colleague. She never looks back, and neither do I. I just try to keep up with her—looking forward to her next performance, always.”

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Spike Lee

Spike Lee arrives at the 24th Critics Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, on January 13, 2019.

Spike Lee arrives at the 24th Critics Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, on January 13, 2019.
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Known for his directorial hits such as “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X,” Spike Lee has made a name for himself with his deep reflections on race relations through his films. With his powerful artistry, Lee earned many accolades for himself. Lee’s devotion to race relations and colorism in film has inspired many future directors, including “Get Out” and “Us” director Jordan Peele.

In his write-up on Lee, Jordan Peele stated, “Spike Lee can’t be described in a single word. I might struggle to do it in 200. He’s a visionary, a trailblazer, a provocateur and a true American original. He’s made more than two dozen films across nearly every genre, and all of them have been completely different. But to me, the common thread across his career may be his impeccable timing—his ability to understand the cultural landscape of the moment and deliver a spot-on message.”

Ariana Grande

In this Dec. 6, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande attends the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event in New York.

In this Dec. 6, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande attends the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event in New York.
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The “Thank U, Next” musician has been breaking records with the release of the hit album in February of 2019. Receiving universal acclaim by critics, the title track topped the charts in 12 different countries and earned Ariana Grande her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Like all of her other albums, “Thank U, Next” went Platinum—selling 116,000 records in the United States alone.

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Award-winning singer-songwriter Troye Sivan stated, “Ariana Grande remains the most real person I’ve met. I’ve always thought the world is privy to actual, genuine emotion—be it heartbreak, empathy, generosity, resilience, strength—and I believe that’s exactly why the world keeps falling deeper in love with Ariana. Wearing her heart on her sleeve and in her work, she oozes those emotions in abundance.”

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper mocks Trump for speaking in third person: He’s ‘not supposed to talk like Elmo’

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CNN anchor Anderson Cooper closed his show on Wednesday night by mocking President Trump for his “unusual tic” of speaking in the third person, comparing him to the “Sesame Street” character Elmo.

President Trump spoke to reporters earlier in the day and attacked the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt.”

“We just went through the Mueller witch hunt, where you had, really, 18 angry Democrats that hate President Trump. They hate him with a passion,” Trump said.

Cooper cried foul on numerous fronts.

“Him! He is him! Why is he doing this?” Cooper asked. “Also, grammar aside for a moment, if he says ‘witch hunt’ one more frickin’ time, Glinda is gonna float down from Oz and tell Lee Greenwood to hit the yellow brick road because Dorothy has arrived with the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow. Of course, the Scarecrow doesn’t have a brain, but even if he did, the third-person-in-chief wouldn’t be worried.”

The CNN anchor then played a clip of Trump boasting about China’s respect of “Donald Trump and for Donald Trump’s very, very large brain” during a 2018 news conference.

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“The president of the United States is not supposed to talk like Elmo… Speaking in the third person, it was a habit for President Trump long before he moved to 1600 Sesame Street,” Cooper continued.

He then invoked a 2012 tweet in which Trump congratulated himself for high ratings when he starred on “The Apprentice.”

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Chris Pratt ‘refused to audition’ for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in the beginning, casting director says

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Chris Pratt 'refused to audition' for 'Guardians of the Galaxy’ in the beginning, casting director says

Chris Pratt almost wasn’t Peter Quill aka Star-Lord.

Sarah Finn, the casting director behind 22 Marvel movies, revealed the shocking news while attending the “Avengers: Endgame” premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

“[Director] James Gunn has been very generous about this in saying that I, to the point of annoying him, kept insisting that Chris Pratt was the guy for the part,” Finn explained to Variety before admitting that “Chris didn’t want to play the part and refused to audition.”

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Chris Pratt, pictured here at the "Avengers: Endgame" premiere on April 22, 2019, initially "refused to audition" as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in the 2014 film "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Chris Pratt, pictured here at the “Avengers: Endgame” premiere on April 22, 2019, initially “refused to audition” as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in the 2014 film “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
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“I finally got him to audition and James Gunn said he didn’t want to see him, and that was really a challenge,” she continued.

Luckily, Finn was able to bring the two together and it all worked out perfectly.

“It was honestly one of those eureka moments that we talk about in casting when it absolutely feels right and you know it’s right. James turned to me within 10 seconds and said, ‘He’s the guy,'” she recalled.

Pratt first-appeared as Quill in the 2014 film “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Of the 39-year-old actor accepting the role, Finn said that “it was great when he decided that he was interested.”

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
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“Now it’s legend. He’s the perfect person,” she noted. “But at the time we were embarking on a movie that had a raccoon and a talking tree, and a property that people weren’t familiar with.”

On Monday, Pratt stepped out with fiancée Katherine Schwarzenegger for the “Avengers: Endgame” premiere, marking their first red carpet appearance as a couple.

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Trump Fed pick Stephen Moore slams reporting from CNN, other media: ‘Pulling a Kavanaugh against me’

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President Trump’s pick for the Federal Reserve board, ex-CNN contributor Stephen Moore, blasted the reporting about him from his former employer and other outlets Wednesday, accusing them of “pulling a Kavanaugh” against him.

During an interview on WZFG radio, Moore, previously a Fox News contributor, was asked about CNN’s KFILE reporting on various columns he had written from 2000-2003 in which he apparently mocked women’s involvement in professional sports.

“I was so honored when I got the call from Donald Trump but you know, all it has been since then is one personal assault after another, a kind of character assassination that has nothing to do with economics,” Moore said. “You know, my divorce 10 years ago, or something I wrote 25 years ago. They have six full-time investigative reporters looking into me at The Washington Post and the New York Times, and CNN.”

“I kind of wear it as a badge of honor, that they’re so afraid of me, that they want all these people looking into my past because they’re worried that I’m going to prevail here,” he continued. “They have not attacked me on my economic ideas.”

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Moore agreed with the radio host that the coverage of him this week has been “National Enquirer stuff” and went even further: “They’re pulling a Kavanaugh against me.”

That was in reference to the hostile coverage Brett Kavanaugh, then a Supreme Court nominee, received during his confirmation process last year.

CNN KFILE senior editor Andrew Kaczynski responded to Moore’s attack, saying, “I don’t even know what ‘pulling a Kavanaugh’ means.”

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“Look, when you’re a nominee or pick for a public administration, your record is going to get scrutinized. Things that you say, things that you did–those are going to be reported on,” Kaczynski said on CNN. “I know this morning he was referring to this as a smear campaign, covering comments he made about women, and covering things that he said in columns. That is not a smear campaign. That is reporting on his record. So, it’s a little odd that he finds just commenting things that he has done and said to be such a problem for him.”

CNN did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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