Facebook to Pay as Much as $250,000 Per Episode for Originals (Report)

Facebook is prepared to pay as much as $250,000 per episode for its planned original video initiative, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the project. The company also plans to license shorter-form content for $10,000 to $35,000 an episode, and has signed on Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, and Group Nine Media to produce videos. Facebook CEO… Read more »

Kim Kardashian Deletes Tweet About Manchester After Backlash

Kim Kardashian has deleted a tweet expressing her solidarity with and love for Ariana Grande after an attack at her concert in Manchester Monday night. “Concerts are supposed to be a place where you can let loose and have fun. So scary not to feel safe in this world. Ariana Grande I love you,” Kardashian tweeted. The tweet also included a photo of Kardashian, her sister Kendall Jenner and Grande, taken last year at a Kanye West concert.

 

Kardashian also tweeted earlier that she was praying for everyone in Manchester. As a mother of two, she also expressed that she couldn’t imagine what the parents of missing children were experiencing.

I’m praying for everyone in Manchester. This is truly so senseless & heart breaking.

Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 23, 2017

I can’t imagine the fear and agony these parents must be going through searching for their kids ????

Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 23, 2017

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Kardashian’s tweets were just a few amid a flood of support that has poured in for both Grande and the victims of the attack. Several other celebrities also included photos of themselves with Grande. However, many found the picture in Kardashian’s tweet to Grande inappropriate because she was included in the photo. Grande posted an Instagram after the concert she attended with Kardashian and Jenner, however, calling the experience “magical.”

Here’s some of the backlash Kardashian received after posting her tweet:

@KimKardashian We’re never going to forget when you posted an inappropriate pic and made the #Manchesterbombing all about you. (Screenshots are forever.) pic.twitter.com/lsZlptqWio

— Stephanie Sidley (@StephanieSidley) May 23, 2017

Kim Kardashian is the only person who would post a picture of themselves as a “tribute” to the Manchester bombing… actually sad ????????

— Evan Beyer (@ebeyer93) May 23, 2017

@StephanieSidley @KimKardashian Wow! That’s a new low..

— Nancy Sidley (@nancytsidley) May 23, 2017

@KimKardashian Why don’t you donate money to the families affected or up the security at that venue, or do something USEFUL

— Katlyn Holt (@KatlynChristina) May 23, 2017

@KimKardashian @ArianaGrande The need for you to post a pic of yourself…disgusting

— J E N N Y ???????? (@jennyclairefox) May 23, 2017

The malfunction of @KimKardashian with her Narcissistic personality disorder is disgusting. pic.twitter.com/WQFyePZNBk

— Kookaburra (@KookaburraAU) May 24, 2017

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Kardashian has deleted the tweet since the backlash began. Other Twitter users, however, did not see a problem with her initial tweet, pointing out that posting a picture at a concert made sense.

@Alchemyroses She was talking about concerts and posted a photo of her with Ariana at a concert. Where’s the issue pic.twitter.com/NfDl0hSCwx

— la bella vita (@drugproblem) May 23, 2017

@drugproblem People get mad over EVERYTHING pic.twitter.com/yLUtR6fDyu

— sam???? (@Alchemyroses) May 23, 2017

@StephanieSidley @KimKardashian I do not believe at all that she was trying to shine light away from those affected. I think she was trying to show compassion for Ariana ????????

— Selalita (@Selalita2) May 24, 2017

@drugproblem Kim did nothing but say good things but they still come for her pic.twitter.com/9eAFxYDZaL

— ㅤ (@jenntyy) May 23, 2017

The attack from Monday night has been determined a terrorist attack. At least 22 have died and 59 are left injured.

It is the worst terrorist attack in the U.K. since the London bombings on July 7, 2005, that claimed 52 lives.

The explosion happened in the foyer of the arena, not the main event hall, according to the British Transport Police, which protects adjacent Victoria Station. Concertgoers were evacuated from the Manchester Arena following a “loud bang,” Greater Manchester Police said.

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TV Club: Master Of None’s love letter to New York flips the script

Crafting a love letter to New York City certainly isn’t a groundbreaking concept in art, and yet Master Of None—with a story by Cord Jefferson and a teleplay from Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang—has written a striking love letter that soars above so much of television’s depictions of the city. Even its title reflects the episode’s devout, earnest love for the city. An inverted, verbose rewording of the sentiment seen plastered on souvenirs and clothing in gift shops throughout NYC, “New York, I Love You” is more intimate, more rhythmic, more real than that trademarked tourism campaign. Television and film often present a glitzy, blindingly white picture of New York where people of color are mere set dressing. Master Of None brings the background characters to the foreground in this episode about the interconnected lives of a group of New Yorkers, painting a richly detailed …

‘Get Out’: Watch Jordan Peele’s Much Darker Alternate Ending (Video)

WARNING: There are major spoilers ahead for “Get Out.”

Every horror movie fan knows about the bait-and-switch ending: The hero looks like he has escaped the danger, only for a shocking final twist to send him hurtling to his doom. Sam Raimi used it in both “Evil Dead” and “Drag Me To Hell,” “Black Mirror” makes frequent use of the trope, and, as it turns out, Jordan Peele almost used it for his breakout hit “Get Out.”

An alternate clip for Peele’s popular horror film shows how the comedy star-turned-horror filmmaker originally planned for Chris’ horrific visit to his girlfriend’s family to end. As “Get Out” fans know, the movie ends with Chris attacking his girlfriend, Rose, out of rage for luring him into her family’s deadly trap. Just as he decides not to kill Rose, a police car shows up, and Rose screams for help hoping that it will frame Chris as a killer. But instead of a cop, the police cruiser turns out to be Chris’ buddy, Rod, who comes to the rescue and drives Chris away.

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But in Peele’s original ending (embedded here below), the cruiser does indeed contain police, who arrest Chris for murder. The scene then cuts to Rod visiting Chris in prison, who refuses to protest his innocence and is content in the knowledge that he stopped Rose’s family from hurting anyone else.

That ending would have been one final shot against police prejudice towards black men in a movie filled with statements on the injustices faced by African-Americans in 2017. But in an interview on BuzzFeed’s “Another Round” podcast, Peele said he ultimately felt it wasn’t necessary to have such a downer ending as the rise of Black Lives Matter movement had already forced the issue of police violence in black communities into the national spotlight by the time it came to film “Get Out.” Instead, he decided to put Rod in the car to provide catharsis for the audience.

“It was very clear that the ending needed to transform into something that gives us a hero, that gives us an escape, gives us a positive feeling when we leave this movie,” Peele said. “There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience go crazy when Rod shows up.”

Watch the alternate ending in the clip above — that is if it’s still playing, seeing as it’s unofficial.

You can pick up “Get Out” on Blu-Ray when it hits stores everywhere May 25.

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National Security Advisor Denies Trump Leaked Classified Intel: ‘It Didn’t Happen’

The White House was in full detail mode Monday as National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster dismissed reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials during a White House meeting last week, calling the news “false.”

“The story that came out tonight as reported is false,” McMaster told reporters in a brief statement from the White House. “I was in the room, it didn’t happen.”

On Monday, The Washington Post reported that President Trump revealed “highly classified information” to Russian officials during the meeting. The information, which was provided by a U.S. partner, was apparently so sensitive, some details have been withheld from allies and restricted even within the U.S. government.

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But McMaster flatly denied the report, which has since been matched by BuzzFeed and other major news outlets.

“At no time, at no time, were intelligence sources or methods discussed,” McMaster went on to say. “And the president didn’t disclose any military operations that were not already known.”

According to the Post, Trump “did not reveal the specific intelligence-gathering method, but he described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances.”

But an official told the paper that Trump “revealed the city in the Islamic State’s territory where the U.S. intelligence partner detected the threat.”

Officials said the disclosure of the location was particularly “problematic” because Russia could use that detail to help identify the ally who provided the info as well as intelligence capability involved.

The Post quoted former and current U.S. officials, who claimed that Trump’s disclosures “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.”

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Last week’s meeting, which included Trump, Russia’s ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, kicked off a media firestorm last week after it was revealed that it was closed to the media, except for a Russian photographer whose photos were promptly published by Russian state media.

The Post reports that Trump’s disclosure could have severe consequences because they were obtained from a U.S. partner who did not give permission to share the material with Russia.

According to officials quoted in the story by the Post, Trump’s decision to reveal the sensitive intel “endangers” cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State.

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“This is code-word information,” a U.S. official familiar with the matter told the Post, referring to one of the highest classification levels used by American intelligence agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

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Donald Trump ‘Revealed Highly Classified Information’ to Russian Officials (Report)

President Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials during a White House meeting last week, the Washington Post reports.

The information, which was provided by a U.S. partner, was apparently so sensitive, some details have been withheld from allies and restricted even within the U.S. government.

The post quotes former and current U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.”

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Thursday’s meeting, which included Trump, Russia’s ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, was closed to the media except for a Russian photographer. Photos from the meeting sparked a media firestorm after they were published by Russian state media.

The Post reports that Trump’s disclosure could have severe consequences because the partner who passed on the intel did not give the U.S. permission to share the material with Russia. Officials quoted in the story said Trump’s decision to reveal it to the Russians “endangers” cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State.

“This is code-word information,” a U.S. official familiar with the matter told the Post, referring to one of the highest classification levels used by American intelligence agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

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The story went on to say that senior White House officials went into damage control right, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency as soon as the meeting was over.

For almost anyone in government, discussing such matters with an adversary would be illegal. As president, Trump has broad authority to declassify government secrets, making it unlikely that his disclosures broke the law.

“The president and the foreign minister reviewed common/”>common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation,” H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, who participated in the meeting, said in a statement given to CNBC. “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”

Dina Powell, deputy national security advisor for strategy, called the reports false, saying “The president only discussed the common/”>common threats that both countries faced.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that during Trump’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov “the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.”

The CIA declined to comment, and the NSA did not respond to requests for comment.

The news comes as the president faces a counter-intelligence probe into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia before and after the election. Last week, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the investigation.  In an interview with Lester Holt on Thursday, Trump said that Comey’s firing was  driven by “this Russia thing,” an admission that was criticized as an attempt to obstruct justice.

BuzzFeed also reports that a US officials was briefed on the matter last week confirmed the veracity of the Post story adding that,”It’s far worse than what has already been reported.”

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The Senate Intelligence Committee was also briefed on Trump’s disclosures, according to BuzzFeed.

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Pepe the Frog Creator Kills Him Off, Cartoon Couldn’t Shake White Supremacist Connection

Pepe the Frog, a cartoon frog that became a white supremacist symbol, has been killed off by its creator. (See the final strip at the bottom of this post.)

Pepe’s creator and illustrator Matt Furie drew the frog lying in open casket as part of a one-page strip for publisher Fantagraphics Books over the weekend.

“While it’s unlikely Pepe’s official death will stop extremists from co-opting his image, this was, perhaps, the most effective way for Furie to reclaim his character; Pepe’s soul has returned to his creator. Rest in Peace,” Comic Book Resources author Shaun Manning wrote.

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Last year, The Anti-Defamation League declared Pepe the Frog as a hate symbol.

According to the organization, the cartoon was added to ADL’s online “Hate on Display” database, because the meme was used on websites like 4chan, 8chan and Reddit to promote “anti-Jewish, bigoted and offensive ideas.”

Pepe the frog wasn’t always a Nazi sympathizer. The friendly amphibian started off as as a comic drawing by Matt Furie, which took off in the MySpace era, becoming one of the most popular memes on Tumblr in 2015. The symbol was then co-opted by former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard David Duke.

After Hillary Clinton’s campaign called Pepe “a symbol associated with white supremacy, Duke lashed out, saying it was the “#LyingPress and #LyingCrookedHillary” who turned “an innocent frog into a symbol of hate, shameful.”

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Pepe was even mentioned by Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute — a white nationalist think-tank — as a way to wink at fellow white supremacists. Asked last year to explain how the cartoon became a neo-Nazi mascot, Spencer told a reporter that Pepe was simply a “smug frog” who’s “willing to speak the truth.”

Furie said in an interview with Esquire that he never imagined his once-beloved character — known for the catch phrase “feels good, man” — would make anybody feel bad.

“I woke up one morning to a flood of emails and calls from media trying to interview me. I had never heard of the alt-right or any of that stuff — even white nationalism — I don’t know about that s–,” Furie told Esquire.

Here’s the final Pepe strip:

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Newswire: Trump forces FDA researchers to watch Fox News

Donald Trump’s love of Fox News has been well established by now, with the (ugh) president showing the kind of unthinking devotion that would lead him to rely on the cable news outlet in place of daily intelligence briefings. But his administration is now imposing that admiration on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, whose employees at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) are reportedly being forced to watch Fox News. The Daily Dot picked up on a tweet from a freelance science journalist, who’d gotten his hands on an email sent to CBER employees that explained all on-site TVs would be tuned to Fox News from now on. A BuzzFeed reporter got separate confirmation on the “all-Fox-News, all-the-time” mandate:

FDA is now all Fox News, all the time. Email sent yesterday to CBER, the biologics section at #FDA pic.twitter.com/9H9BtRGtKV

— Paul Thacker …

ACLU Mocks Trump’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Order – But Isn’t Suing

The American Civil Liberties Union backed down from its pledge to sue President Donald Trump over  his “religious freedom” order, and is instead taking its fight to the court of public opinion.

In a Twitter storm mocking the president for keeping the status quo for churches and politics, the ACLU suggested there was no need to bother filing a lawsuit.

“We thought we’d have to sue Trump today. But it turned out the order signing was an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome,” @ACLU tweeted after Trump signed the order Thursday.

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We thought we’d have to sue Trump today. But it turned out the order signing was an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome.

— ACLU National (@ACLU) May 4, 2017

Critics had said an earlier version of the order would have given broad power to religious groups to ignore anti-discrimination laws.

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In a tweet, @ACLU said, “Trump merely provided a faux sop to religious conservatives and kicked the can down the road on religious exemptions on reproductive care.”

Although Trump pledged to “destroy” the 1954 Johnson Amendment — a federal law prohibiting churches and other non-profit religious groups from explicitly endorsing or opposing political candidates — the order keeps the same prohibition in place.

Trump merely provided a faux sop to religious conservatives and kicked the can down the road on religious exemptions on reproductive care.

— ACLU National (@ACLU) May 4, 2017

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Trump has no power to repeal the Johnson Amendment with an executive order. Congress would need to repeal or amend the federal law.

The ACLU derided Trump for his Johnson Amendment pledge, tweeting that “Trump’s assertion that he wished to ‘totally destroy’ the Johnson Amendment with this order has proven to be a textbook case of “fake news.”

Trump’s assertion that he wished to ‘totally destroy’ the Johnson Amendment with this order has proven to be a textbook case of “fake news.”

— ACLU National (@ACLU) May 4, 2017

Trump’s executive order also directs the IRS not to take “adverse action” against churches and other tax-exempt religious organizations for participating in political activity without endorsing or opposing specific candidates — but that is part of the current law.

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The section of the order that might be challenged by civil rights groups in the future directs federal agencies to provide “regulatory relief” for organizations that cite religious beliefs to object to the part of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, that requires employers provide certain health services, including contraception coverage.

The ACLU warned it might sue in the future depending on how federal agencies act in response to the section of Trump’s order directing federal agencies “to explore religious-based exceptions to healthcare.”

“In the event that this order triggers any official government action at all, we will see Trump in court, again,” the ACLU tweeted.

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The ACLU and other groups threatened to sue the Trump administration after a draft copy of the executive order was leaked, revealing that the proposed order appeared to legalize discrimination against women and members of the LGBT community.

Religious leaders expressed disappointment at Trump’s watered-down executive order and urged members of Congress to enact a law strengthening the right of churches to ignore federal laws.

“President Trump’s executive order on free speech and religious liberty, while welcome, is rather weak,” Ryan T. Anderson, a research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, wrote in an opinion piece in The Hill.  “It is woefully inadequate in meeting the challenges of our time. … Congress must act, therefore, to address the major threats to religious liberty in the United States today.”

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Evangelical Christian leader Russell Moore said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” Thursday that the order is “more symbolic than substantive.”

“Now obviously, if this is the end of the story, I’m really disappointed, but I think we ought to hold out the hope that this is just the beginning and that there are more steps to be made,” Burnett said.

In the past 60 years, the IRS has stripped only one church of its tax-exempt status — after the church placed a full-page ad in a newspaper urging a vote against Bill Clinton.

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Newswire: Facebook to hire 3,000 poor schmucks to monitor violence, other awful shit

Never let it be said that modern despair and awfulness aren’t a powerful job creator, as Facebook announced today that it plans to hire 3,000 new employees to its community operations team for the sole purpose of monitoring videos to filter out acts of violence and other harmful, vile shit.

The social network has been plagued in recent months by people using its Facebook Live service to broadcast violent acts, including multiple murders and suicides. Given that letting its users transform the video streaming service into the web’s most easily accessible snuff film site doesn’t match Facebook’s “social media for the whole family” image, Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company will soon be hiring 3,000 more employees, nearly doubling its staff of content reviewers.

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Newswire: Us Weekly and The National Enquirer are now corporate cousins

Given the relentlessness of its cheerleading for Trump during—and after—the campaign, it’s a bit of a surprise that The National Enquirer doesn’t have White House press credentials yet. But it’s working on it, as American Media, Inc., the company that owns the trailer-park equivalent of The National Review is making another step towards mainstream respectability (in the tabloid world, anyway) by buying out Us Weekly.

BuzzFeed covers the purchase as part of an extended profile on Enquirer CEO Dylan Howard, who has the Enquirer’s famous paparazzi photo of Elvis in his coffin framed on his office wall and probably sizzles when you sprinkle holy water on him. Howard sees the publication’s turn towards hardcore Trump support—often in the form of shrill anti-Clinton attacks—as simply playing to his populist base.

“Regardless of what my political persuasion is, I did something the mainstream …

Netflix Adds ‘Warning Card’ to ’13 Reasons Why’ After Criticism

Netflix has responded to criticism leveled at its teen series “13 Reasons Why” and its deception of suicide and rape. The streaming service announced Monday that it has upped its trigger warnings for the drama.

Based on Jay Asher’s best-selling novel of the same name, the show centers on Hannah Baker (newcomer Katherine Langford) and the 13 cassette tapes she leaves behind after taking her own life.

The drama has been praised for shedding a light on teen suicide and sexual assault, but some have argued the series glorifies death.

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In response to the backlash, Netflix issued a statement saying it will add an “additional viewer warning card before the first episode as a precaution.” Currently, there are warnings in place for the three episodes that feature rape scenes and Baker’s suicide.

The series is already rated TV-MA for mature audiences.

Below is Netflix’s statement, provided to BuzzFeed:

There has been a tremendous amount of discussion about our series “13 Reasons Why.” While many of our members find the show to be a valuable driver for starting important conversation with their families, we have also heard concern from those who feel the series should carry additional advisories. Currently the episodes that carry graphic content are identified as such and the series overall carries a TV-MA rating. Moving forward, we will add an additional viewer warning card before the first episode as an extra precaution for those about to start the series and have also strengthened the messaging and resource language in the existing cards for episodes that contain graphic subject matter, including the URL 13ReasonsWhy.info — a global resource center that provides information about professional organizations that support help around the serious matters addressed in the show.

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‘Fixer Upper’ Star Chip Gaines Fires Back at Ex-Partners’ Lawsuit

Chip Gaines is not taking the lawsuit filed against him by his former partners sitting down.

OK, so maybe he is taking it sitting down, but he fired off an angry tweet while doing so.

Gaines, star of HGTV’s series “Fixer Upper,” ripped into the lawsuit filed by his former partners over the weekend with a barbed tweet reading, “Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 yrs.. same email for 20 yrs. No one called or emailed? 4 years later ‘friends’ reach out via lawsuit.. humm.”

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Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 yrs.. same email for 20 yrs. No one called or emailed? 4 years later “friends” reach out via lawsuit.. humm

– Chip Gaines (@chippergaines) April 29, 2017

Gaines was sued last week by his former business partners Richard Clark and John Lewis, who claim that Gaines cheated them out of profits they could have gained from show.

In their suit, which seeks more than $1 million, Lewis and Clark claim that Gaines bought out their shares in a company, which is profiting off the show, just two days before the network picked up the now-popular series.

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The lawsuit states that  states that Gaines profited off of Magnolia Realty — a real estate company which Gaines now has full control of — in the wake of “Fixer Upper’s” success. The company started out with one office in Waco, Texas but has since grown into six other branch offices and more than 93 agents.

Just before “Fixer Upper” was picked up by HGTV, court documents claim, Gaines had a “secret”  meeting with network executives two days before the show was picked up, in which he sought to consolidate businesses.

Gaines then allegedly contacted Lewis and Clark about a buyout decision and purchased the shares for $5,000 without letting them know about the possibility of major brand exposure.

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The documents also state the Gaines — including Chip’s wife Joanna — hid a lot of information from Lewis and Clark. While they knew about ongoing talks between the couple and High Noon Entertainment, they weren’t aware of how close it was to actually getting picked up as a show.

Gaines then allegedly lied to his partners, saying that Magnolia Realty wasn’t worth anything and had no assets.

HGTV declined to comment on the issue in a statement to TheWrap. “We are aware of the pending lawsuit in Texas but, we don’t share information about or comment on pending litigation,” a spokesperson said.

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Can Chip Gaines Fix This? ‘Fixer Upper’ Host Sued by Former Business Partners

HGTV “Fixer Upper” host Chip Gaines is being sued by his former business partners for allegedly cheating them out of profits they could have gained from show.

Richard Clark and John Lewis are seeking over $1 million and non-monetary compensation in damages in a lawsuit that claims Gaines bought out their shares in a company, which is profiting off the show, just two days before the network picked up the now-popular series.

The lawsuit filing, obtained by TheWrap, states that Gaines profited off of Magnolia Realty — a real estate company which Gaines now has full control of — in the wake of “Fixer Upper’s” success. The company started out with one office in Waco, Texas but has since grown into six other branch offices and more than 93 agents.

Just before “Fixer Upper” was picked up by HGTV, court documents claim that Gaines had a “secret”  meeting with network executives two days before the show was picked up, in which he sought to consolidate businesses.

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Gaines then allegedly contacted Lewis and Clark about a buyout decision and purchased the shares for $5,000 without letting them know about the possibility of major brand exposure.

“In summary, at a time when only [the Gaines] knew that ‘Fixer Upper’ had been fast-tracked for a one-hour premier on HGTV and was on the verge of radically changing their lives and business enterprises, Chip Gaines conspired to eliminate his business partners–notwithstanding their longstanding friendship–in order to ensure that he alone would profit from Magnolia Realty’s association with ‘Fixer Upper,’” the lawsuit states.

The documents also state the Gaines — including Chip’s wife Joanna — hid a lot of information from Lewis and Clark. While they knew about ongoing talks between the couple and High Noon Entertainment, they weren’t aware of how close it was to actually getting picked up as a show.

Gaines then allegedly lied to his partners, saying that Magnolia Realty wasn’t worth anything and had no assets.

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“I really am ok w what ever [sic]. There are no assets,” Gaines allegedly texted to Lewis. “2500 as embarrassing as it is. Is not bad on 0$ invested.”

“As has become clear, Chip regarded his business partners — longstanding friends — as an impediment because they owned 2/3 of Magnolia Realty. Simply put, Chip wanted the entire pie for himself,” the attorneys for Lewis and Clark wrote.

Attorneys are seeking, among other things, profits for their clients that would’ve come around if they were still involved with the company when the show aired.

HGTV declined to comment on the issue in a statement to TheWrap. “We are aware of the pending lawsuit in Texas but, we don’t share information about or comment on pending litigation,” a spokesperson said.

“Flip or Flop” is seeing great success on HGTV. The network recently announced a new spinoff called “‘Fixer Upper: Behind the Design,” which follows Joanna Gaines as she creates her signature home designs and how it all comes together.

The couple came under fire in December after a Buzzfeed article alleged the two were part of the Antioch Community Church, which raised concerns that they were anti-gay.

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Newswire: People are calling Trump’s immigration line to complain about UFOs

Yesterday saw President Donald Trump achieve a new milestone in the fields of DIY racism and xenophobia, announcing the Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (a.k.a. VOICE), a new government initiative that includes among its “services” a hotline people can call if they feel like the people committing crimes against them might also happen to be illegal immigrants. (Presumably, they should contact the police first, but priorities may vary.)

Correctly identifying Trump’s new initiative as a handy way to turn “dey took our jerbs” muttering into media-friendly data points, the internet has availed itself of VOICE’s hotline for its own purposes: Reporting abuses committed against them by illegal aliens like E.T., Kodos and Kang, and the xenomorphs from Alien.

Wouldn’t it be a shame if millions of people called this hotline to report their encounters with aliens of the UFO-variety. https://t.co/Cl048Gihnk …

Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o Now Want That Twitter Fan Movie About Them Made

Last week, the Twittersphere created its dream movie, starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o. And after this weekend, it might be close to reality.

The movie pitching session began after a user posted a standout picture of Rihanna and Nyong’o from 2014’s Paris Fashion Week. Nyong’o is dressed down compared to Rihanna, but the two both look like stunning, sophisticated women with a lot of power.

A picture for the history books pic.twitter.com/OgxAGZMn4Z

— ash (@blaquepink) April 18, 2017

That’s what got the creative juices flowing. Another user suggested that Rihanna looked like she “scams rich white men” and Nyong’o is the “computer smart best friend.”

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Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans https://t.co/PhWs1xd3nj

— k (@1800SADGAL) April 18, 2017

People weighed in with their ideas, suggesting that it be made into a movie. This then made its way over to the subjects of the photo. First, Nyong’o tweeted at Rihanna, saying she was down.

I’m down if you are @rihanna https://t.co/vwHBWeCbFZ

— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 21, 2017

It took three days but Rihanna responded with her answer, along with a new nickname for Nyong’o.

I’m in Pit’z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL

Rihanna (@rihanna) April 23, 2017

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With both its stars on board, Twitter continued its fan-casting. Issa Rae — creator and star of HBO’s “Insecure” — wasn’t the next person to be suggested, but she was the next one to hop in. As you can tell from the typing cat gif below, there’s some enthusiasm:

Next up: @IssaRae. https://t.co/OxqnszL57N

— Darrell. ???? (@dvrrxll) April 23, 2017

So we have Nyong’o and Rihanna starring and Rae writing. But who will direct? There’s only one real candidate.

@rihanna So @ava, your turn pic.twitter.com/YGJbNI5jLz

— Mikelle Street (@MikelleStreet) April 23, 2017

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That’s right, Ava DuVernay — director of the Oscar-nominated film “Selma” and an Oscar nominee herself for the documentary “13th.” Luckily for us, she seems to be in as well.

@MikelleStreet @rihanna Lights set. Camera’s up. Ready to call action for these #queens. ???? pic.twitter.com/NVgqpFeTnu

Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 24, 2017

Why this isn’t being made yet, I’m not sure, but it should. It’s about time, too. Buzzfeed even pointed out that similar stories based on the photo have been making the rounds on social media for years. Nyong’o, in a post on her Instagram, highlighted some fan art of the film, which she says is called “Cashing In.”

So while we all wait for the film to actually get made, we can enjoy this dialogue and picture what the scenes will look like.

Rihanna: “Target…”
Lupita: “Two rows down.Mr. Fox Welsh.Tall.Handsome.Recently divorced. Net Worth: 600 million”
Rihanna: “…acquired.” pic.twitter.com/uX8I7NnWc2

— X (@XLNB) April 21, 2017

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‘Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent’ Review: Gourmet Doc Serves Delicious Dish

Imagine a culinary world without open kitchens, locally-sourced menus, and Rachael Ray’s mug splayed across a collection of groceries and cookware at Target. If the eponymous subject of “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” didn’t exist — or, perhaps, went into sales instead of the restaurant business — these present-day familiarities might not be so familiar.

As executive producer and fellow celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain puts it, back in the 1970s Tower created “the restaurant as scene.” The innovator himself describes his enamorment with food and first-class living as having been born out of a lonely childhood in which his well-heeled parents often left him alone in hotels and on cruise ships while they socialized.

“The worst thing that ever happened to me is that I wasn’t an orphan,” he says in the documentary. Tower’s father was a womanizer and his mother an alcoholic, though she still threw parties at which she’d get drunk before the snacks had been served. In these situations, a preteen Jeremiah would come to the rescue. “It was probably shame that started my cooking career,” he says.

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Food as emotional salve is a recurring theme throughout “The Last Magnificent,” the feature debut of TV producer and occasional director Lydia Tenaglia. Styled pretentiously at times, the film presents Tower as the lone wolf he was at heart; shooting him as chef-as-martyr, roaming the Mexican desert and gazing toward the sun as his own narration plays, however, is a bit eyeroll-inducing. And once Tenaglia dispenses with the visual mythologizing, the colleague-drooling begins, although listening to commentary from celebrities such as Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, and Bourdain is much more palatable.

Tower’s career began in 1972, when he applied for a kitchen job at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse because his family was no longer funding him. He was hired after being commanded by owner Alice Waters to “do something with the soup!” during an evening rush. Quickly rising at the already-famous restaurant, he essentially became Waters’s partner (both in business and personally, although Tower’s gay), creating the menus and introducing the then-novel practice of touting food grown in the region.

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When Waters took credit for his work in a cookbook she published and also became unhappy with the high-class crowds he attracted — in archival footage, she says, “You ask people for help, and they [give] you too much help” — Tower took his leave. “I can still feel the outrage,” he says. (Waters appears in vintage footage but does not appear in contemporary interviews.)

“The Last Magnificent” proceeds to detail Tower’s career and self-invented status as the first rock-star chef. That renown was the result of Stars, a restaurant he opened in San Francisco that instantly became the West Coast equivalent of Elaine’s. He didn’t keep himself tethered to the kitchen, instead chatting and drinking champagne with guests. “He was hosting a party,” a friend says. But when the party ended, he disappeared for years.

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It’s at this point that Tenaglia loses control. Seeming as if the film had been spliced out of order, the story veers from Tower’s vanishing to his franchising of Stars to his reemergence in New York in the past decade — and it keeps circling, rarely explaining the reasons behind any given move, including the closing of Stars. It might be analogous to Tower’s reputation for being impossible to truly know. (“There’s a locked room inside Jeremiah,” Bourdain says. “I haven’t been there. I don’t think many people have.”) But it mars an otherwise engrossing documentary.

Tower himself contributes to the film’s appeal. Still elegant in his mid-70s, there’s no doubt of his arrogance, though that seems to be a prerequisite of the trade. He knows that his work has been extraordinary, he’s well-spoken, and he cares intensely about decorum and class.

A longtime friend says the conceit that drives him is style: “It’s a beautiful style, something that elevates and brings us out of the muck,” he says. “It brings us out of the mediocrity and out of the vulgarity in which we are forced to live.”

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Newswire: Alex Jones brags that he’s a “number one meme” during custody trial

Earlier today, we reported that Alex Jones kicked off day four of his custody trial by complaining that weed is too strong these days because of George Soros, but that was far from the only ridiculous thing that happened while the InfoWars host was being cross-examined. Thanks to BuzzFeed writer Charlie Warzel, we have a fascinating rundown of the weird stuff that went down while Jones was on the stand, and if anyone is worried that it couldn’t possibly live up to his George Soros comment or yesterday’s “big bowl of chili” defense, let’s skip straight to this fantastic quote:

UPDATE: Jones took stand again. mentioned kids watching him. “they’re very proud of the comedy memes that i appear in; online i’m a #1 meme”

— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) April 20, 2017

The big theme of this custody trial is that Jones’ ex-wife and her lawyers …

Alex Jones’ 4/20 Shocker: InfoWars Honcho Invokes George Soros While Defending His Pot Use

Alex Jones does inhale — but only occasionally, and only for a good reason.

Or at least, that was Jones’ testimony on Thursday, during his ongoing child custody case.

“The Alex Jones Show” host and InfoWars boss Jones spent a portion of his 4/20 appropriately discussing his marijuana use. Or, at least discussing it as appropriately as Alex Jones could.

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Austin American-Statesmen chief political writer Jonathan Tilove reported on Thursday that Jones smokes up annually, to monitor its potency, which he deemed to be too strong.

“That’s what police do. They smoke it once a year too,” Jones told the court, according to Tilove.

Somehow, Jones managed to drag billionaire and popular conservative bogeyman George Soros into the discussion of his pot use, according to BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel, who tweeted Thursday, “Jones talks about marijuana use says he tests it yearly to “monitor its strength” says it’s too strong now, blames George Soros for that.”

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“Alex Jones gets slam at Soros in testimony, blaming him for campaign to legalize pot, which, based on Jones’ annual testing, is too strong,” Tilove noted.

Popular conspiracy theorist Jones, who’s facing off with his ex-wife, Kelly, also testified that “George Soros has brain damaged a lot of people,” according to Texas Monthly’s Dan Solomon.

Well, it has been suggested that paranoia is a side-effect of marijuana use…

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Read on for more reporting on Jones’ day in court.

Alex Jones smokes pot annually to test strength. “That’s what police do. They smoke it once a year too.” 2 strong to legalize, just decrimnz

– jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) April 20, 2017

Alex Jones gets slam at Soros in testimony, blaming him for campaign to legalize pot, which, based on Jones’ annual testing, is too strong.

– jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) April 20, 2017

.@RealAlexJones @StephenAtHome @glennbeck Jones talks about marijuana use says he tests it yearly to “monitor its strength” says it’s too strong now, blames George Soros for that.

– Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) April 20, 2017

.@RealAlexJones @StephenAtHome @glennbeck Testifies about smoking and drinking on @joerogan‘s podcast: “it’s a man cave show where you do man cave things”

– Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) April 20, 2017

Alex Jones gets slam at Soros in testimony, blaming him for campaign to legalize pot, which, based on Jones’ annual testing, is too strong.

– jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) April 20, 2017

Today Alex Jones testified in court that “George Soros has brain damaged a lot of people”

– dan solo (@dansolomon) April 20, 2017

That was in regards to marijuana, which Jones says he smokes once a year to test potency. When questioned, says police do it the same way

– dan solo (@dansolomon) April 20, 2017

When questioned if he needs to do it that way rather than just letting police do it, said it was legal in California when he smoked it last

– dan solo (@dansolomon) April 20, 2017

In cross examination, ex-wife’s attorney: “You didn’t have chili this morning?” Jones: “is that a serious question?”

– dan solo (@dansolomon) April 20, 2017

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