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Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: Sept. 11

Patty Jenkins Closes Deal to Direct ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel
Patty Jenkins has closed a deal to direct the sequel to the summer hit “Wonder Woman.”

Frank Vincent, ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Actor, Dies at 78
Frank Vincent, known for portraying Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died, his “Sopranos” co-star Vincent Pastore announced on Facebook. He was 78.

Jennifer Lawrence Recalls Seeing ‘Mother!’ for the First Time: ‘We Took It Too Far’
“I was really shaken. My first reaction [to seeing the film] was that we took it too far,” said Jennifer Lawrence at “Mother’s” U.S. premiere. “But then after the images died down a little bit, [the movie’s] exactly what we’re supposed to be doing and what we need to be doing. We have a message and if we watered it down to make people comfortable then what’s the point? Why even make it?”

Jemele Hill Controversy Magnifies Troubles at ESPN
Hours after the White House called for her to be fired Wednesday, Jemele Hill was in her regular seat on the 6 p.m. ET edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” She made no reference to the controversy that a day earlier had compelled her own network to publicly censure her. She and co-host Michael Smith led off the show with a report on the Cleveland Indians’ 21-game winning streak.

Apple Unveils New Flagship iPhone X Alongside 8, 8 Plus Models
Apple’s new iPhones are here: Executives unveiled a new flagship iPhone X model alongside refreshed versions of the existing iPhone, dubbed iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, at a press event held in the newly-constructed Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s new campus in Cupertino, Calif. Tuesday.

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The Week in Entertainment 1973

Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the nationally televised Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome on Sept. 20, 1973, striking a blow for the women’s equality movement in general and women’s tennis in particular. Riggs, once a top player on the men’s tennis circuit, had been saying that women tennis players were inferior and had challenged King earlier in the year, but she declined. He went on to challenge Margaret Court and defeated her in two games on May 13 of that year. Fueled by the victory, Riggs continued to denigrate female players and challenged King again. This time she accepted, defeating him in three straight sets. ABC televised the event, drawing about 90 million viewers worldwide. King’s victory over Riggs may have been a huge win for women’s tennis and a ratings win for ABC, but Variety’s critic didn’t have kind words for the broadcast in its Sept. 26, 1973, issue. The 2017 film “Battle of the Sexes” recounts the event with Emma Stone starring as King and Steve Carell as Riggs.

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