Oprah Winfrey Sued by Pastor Over ‘Greenleaf’ TV Series

Oprah Winfrey might have an ungodly legal situation on her hands.

Winfrey has been slapped with a lawsuit by a pastor and another person who claim that the Oprah Winfrey Network series “Greenleaf” is a ripoff of their idea.

The suit, filed in federal court in California on Thursday by Shannan Lynette Wynn and Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie, starts off with a nod to the sexual harassment scandal that’s recently plagued the entertainment industry before moving on to its specific complaint of alleged copyright infringement.

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“Hollywood has been the subject of extreme scrutiny due to revelations of what has been an undisclosed, decades-long history of abuse, sexual harassment and discrimination by those in power,” the suit reads. “On a different front, and just as pervasive, has been the flagrant pilfering of the creative; specifically, the victimization of the hard-working, dedicated writers, authors and creators whose toil and artistic works have been stolen, misattributed and exploited by the unscrupulous and untouchable titans and high-status players of the entertainment industry. Creative theft, in Hollywood, has become a cottage industry. “

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs submitted a treatment for a project titled “Justice & Glory” to the defendants, and while Barrie and Wynn were later told that their idea had been rejected, “Years later, Plaintiffs saw their work produced and exploited by Defendants under a different name: ‘Greenleaf.’”

The suit doesn’t mince words, calling the defendants’ actions “blatant” and “arrogant.”

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“[T]hey didn’t even seek to hide the theft; they used the same character names, and copied verbatim unique and novel storylines, themes, subplots and the overall tone of the show. They even named their antagonist after Plaintiff Pastor Barrie (Pastor Basie in ‘Greenleaf’),” the suit reads.

“The setting of Defendants’ ‘Greenleaf’ is identical to that of Plaintiffs’ ‘Justice & Glory. ‘ Both shows are dramas that take place in the South and center around a powerful, African-American family dynasty and their sprawling megachurch,” the complaint adds. “The families of both shows live together in a mansion-style home sitting on a large plot of land, have private jets and live an affluent lifestyle. Their lives all center around the mega-church activities and people affiliated with the church in one aspect or another.”

TheWrap has reached out to an OWN spokesman for comment on the suit.

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Alleging copyright infringement, breach of implied-infact contract and breach of written contract, the suit seeks damages of $150,000 for each act of infringement, as well as an injunction barring the defendants from infringing on the plaintiffs’ copyright.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Oprah Winfrey might have an ungodly legal situation on her hands.

Winfrey has been slapped with a lawsuit by a pastor and another person who claim that the Oprah Winfrey Network series “Greenleaf” is a ripoff of their idea.

The suit, filed in federal court in California on Thursday by Shannan Lynette Wynn and Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie, starts off with a nod to the sexual harassment scandal that’s recently plagued the entertainment industry before moving on to its specific complaint of alleged copyright infringement.

“Hollywood has been the subject of extreme scrutiny due to revelations of what has been an undisclosed, decades-long history of abuse, sexual harassment and discrimination by those in power,” the suit reads. “On a different front, and just as pervasive, has been the flagrant pilfering of the creative; specifically, the victimization of the hard-working, dedicated writers, authors and creators whose toil and artistic works have been stolen, misattributed and exploited by the unscrupulous and untouchable titans and high-status players of the entertainment industry. Creative theft, in Hollywood, has become a cottage industry. “

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs submitted a treatment for a project titled “Justice & Glory” to the defendants, and while Barrie and Wynn were later told that their idea had been rejected, “Years later, Plaintiffs saw their work produced and exploited by Defendants under a different name: ‘Greenleaf.'”

The suit doesn’t mince words, calling the defendants’ actions “blatant” and “arrogant.”

“[T]hey didn’t even seek to hide the theft; they used the same character names, and copied verbatim unique and novel storylines, themes, subplots and the overall tone of the show. They even named their antagonist after Plaintiff Pastor Barrie (Pastor Basie in ‘Greenleaf’),” the suit reads.

“The setting of Defendants’ ‘Greenleaf’ is identical to that of Plaintiffs’ ‘Justice & Glory. ‘ Both shows are dramas that take place in the South and center around a powerful, African-American family dynasty and their sprawling megachurch,” the complaint adds. “The families of both shows live together in a mansion-style home sitting on a large plot of land, have private jets and live an affluent lifestyle. Their lives all center around the mega-church activities and people affiliated with the church in one aspect or another.”

TheWrap has reached out to an OWN spokesman for comment on the suit.

Alleging copyright infringement, breach of implied-infact contract and breach of written contract, the suit seeks damages of $150,000 for each act of infringement, as well as an injunction barring the defendants from infringing on the plaintiffs’ copyright.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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‘Atlanta’ Shock: Donald Glover Plays Michael Jackson-Like Character in Whiteface

“Atlanta” is full of surprises, but Thursday’s episode delivered the biggest: Creator and star Donald Glover, in whiteface, played a character who bore an eerie resemblance to Michael Jackson.

Glover isn’t credited with playing the Jackson-like character, a sad, high-voiced musician named Teddy Perkins who lives in almost total isolation. In fact, Teddy is listed in the credits as playing himself.

But fans and critics quickly figured out what was going on. Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz said Perkins was “almost certainly played by Donald Glover in prosthetic whiteface,” and a New York Times recap said Perkins “seems to be Donald Glover beneath the unsettling prosthetic makeup and blue contact lenses.”

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It was probably the weirdest thing ever to happen on “Atlanta,” a show that once featured an invisible car. FX, which airs it, kept details of the episode secret ahead of time, and presented it without commercials.

During the episode, Teddy’s pale skin is speculated upon, but never explicitly explained. We see photos from the past that indicate he is African-American, though he now appears white. At one point he references “a rare skin condition.” (Jackson famously told Oprah Winfrey he had vitiligo, “a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It’s something that I cannot help.”)

How to portray Jackson onscreen has been a dicey subject before: Last year, the British series “Urban Myths” bailed on plans for white actor Joseph Fiennes to play the King of Pop.

“Atlanta” made a point of  clarifying that Teddy Perkins wasn’t supposed to be Michael Jackson. At one point in the episode, he talks about his father and Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson. That established for viewers that Perkins and Jackson exist in the same reality — but not the same family.

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But the parallels between Teddy Perkins and Michael Jackson are impossible to ignore: They resemble each other, down to their pale skin and chin clefts, share other specific similarities involving Dionne Warwich and ostriches.

There was no comment from FX, and a rep for Glover declined to comment.

The writer-actor-producer, who plays Lando Calrissian in next month’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” has done nothing to avoid attention lately. Last week, he posted a “Deadpool” script after FX scuttled a planned animated series about the Marvel Comics mercenary that he had been planning with his brother, “Atlanta” writer Stephen Glover.

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In the script, he had Deadpool wondering aloud if FX bailed on the project because of racism, and surmised that Jennifer Lawrence bit Beyonce at a party last year. (Lawrence and many others denied being the mystery actress whom Tiffany Haddish reported seeing bite Beyonce.)

Here are a few reactions to Teddy Perkins:

Who knew Donald Glover in whiteface could be so scary #AtlantaFx pic.twitter.com/QqF2i17C6U

— Meghan Woods (@Miss_MEW_) April 6, 2018

I did NOT expect whiteface Donald Glover when I went to the homepage today! AHHHHHH!!!! https://t.co/qFhh1giuoA

— Jordan Crucchiola (@JorCru) April 6, 2018

Donald Glover out here looking like Cat in the Hat #AtlantaFX pic.twitter.com/afj2Eqiy6w

— Moneybagg Dre (@Still_Dre536) April 6, 2018

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“Atlanta” is full of surprises, but Thursday’s episode delivered the biggest: Creator and star Donald Glover, in whiteface, played a character who bore an eerie resemblance to Michael Jackson.

Glover isn’t credited with playing the Jackson-like character, a sad, high-voiced musician named Teddy Perkins who lives in almost total isolation. In fact, Teddy is listed in the credits as playing himself.

But fans and critics quickly figured out what was going on. Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz said Perkins was “almost certainly played by Donald Glover in prosthetic whiteface,” and a New York Times recap said Perkins “seems to be Donald Glover beneath the unsettling prosthetic makeup and blue contact lenses.”

It was probably the weirdest thing ever to happen on “Atlanta,” a show that once featured an invisible car. FX, which airs it, kept details of the episode secret ahead of time, and presented it without commercials.

During the episode, Teddy’s pale skin is speculated upon, but never explicitly explained. We see photos from the past that indicate he is African-American, though he now appears white. At one point he references “a rare skin condition.” (Jackson famously told Oprah Winfrey he had vitiligo, “a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It’s something that I cannot help.”)

How to portray Jackson onscreen has been a dicey subject before: Last year, the British series “Urban Myths” bailed on plans for white actor Joseph Fiennes to play the King of Pop.

“Atlanta” made a point of  clarifying that Teddy Perkins wasn’t supposed to be Michael Jackson. At one point in the episode, he talks about his father and Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson. That established for viewers that Perkins and Jackson exist in the same reality — but not the same family.

But the parallels between Teddy Perkins and Michael Jackson are impossible to ignore: They resemble each other, down to their pale skin and chin clefts, share other specific similarities involving Dionne Warwich and ostriches.

There was no comment from FX, and a rep for Glover declined to comment.

The writer-actor-producer, who plays Lando Calrissian in next month’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” has done nothing to avoid attention lately. Last week, he posted a “Deadpool” script after FX scuttled a planned animated series about the Marvel Comics mercenary that he had been planning with his brother, “Atlanta” writer Stephen Glover.

In the script, he had Deadpool wondering aloud if FX bailed on the project because of racism, and surmised that Jennifer Lawrence bit Beyonce at a party last year. (Lawrence and many others denied being the mystery actress whom Tiffany Haddish reported seeing bite Beyonce.)

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‘Atlanta’: 9 Teddy Perkins-Michael Jackson Parallels That Aren’t So Obvious

Teddy Perkins, the gently menacing presence at the center of the “Atlanta” episode that bears his name, is not Michael Jackson: The episode makes clear that Michael Jackson exists separately from Teddy in the “Atlanta” universe.

But it’s safe to say that Donald Glover and Co. know their Michael Jackson history very well, and incorporated it into what may be the greatest episode of FX’s “Atlanta.”

I appreciated their attention to detail because I covered Michael Jackson’s criminal trial, and learned lots about his singular life in the process. I’ve chatted with him, and once even went to his home, Neverland Ranch.

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Some of the parallels between Jackson and Teddy are so obvious they barely need mentioning: pale skin, high voice, and living in a large, isolated home. Others might not be so apparent. Here are nine Teddy-MJ parallels that might not be obvious on first viewing (spoilers abound):

Wine: When Perkins first welcomes Darius (Lakeith Stanfield), he offers him a glass of water that never arrives. But a goblet of what appears to be wine sits on the table between them. Jackson used to call wine “Jesus Juice,” and drank it out of Coke cans in an attempt to preserve a wholesome public image.

Dionne Warwick: The same recording device that Teddy uses to remind himself to get Darius some water also includes a note-to-self about Dionne Warwick. (I think it says, “Finish that hat for Dionne Warwick.”) As Dionne Warwick once told Don Lemon, Michael Jackson called her “mom.”

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Ostrich: In the same weird conversation, Teddy cracks an ostrich egg. Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, was located near another tourist draw, OstrichLand USA.

Jackson had his own pet ostrich, who inspired one of the characters in a 1980s line of toys called “Michael’s Pets.” The ostrich was named Jeannine. Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone” video also featured what appears to be an ostrich:

Skin condition: Teddy says his brother Benny “developed a rare skin condition.” Jackson famously told Oprah Winfrey he had vitiligo, “a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It’s something that I cannot help.”

Chin cleft: This is a real testament to the “Atlanta” team’s attention to detail.  Jackson’s lighter skin and thinning nose were the most scrutinized aspects of his appearance as he aged, overshadowing another notable facial feature — the appearance of a prominent chin cleft he hadn’t had before. It’s a characteristic Teddy shares.

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“Gift shop”/”trophy room”: Teddy’s strange room looked an awful lot like some of the rooms I got to poke around in during a visit to Neverland Ranch. One room was packed with dolls and mannequins dressed as superheroes and film stars. Another had full of shelves of videos, including Disney favorites, that made it look like a Blockbuster franchise.

It should be said that Neverland looked a lot more fun than Teddy’s creepy old mansion: It had an arcade that blasted rap songs with the curse words bleeped out, a menagerie of exotic animals, a mini amusement park and two trains, among other delightful sights.

Abusive dad: Teddy says his and Benny’s father used to beat his children to teach them “to be good at life.” Teddy endorsed this technique, saying, “To make omelets you have to break a few eggs” — which may be a callback to the broken ostrich egg.

Joe Jackson also famously beat his children, and Michael Jackson explained, often, how much of his adulthood was an attempt to recapture a childhood he never had.

Okay, maybe that’s obvious. But the “omelets” scene is also important because it establishes that Teddy isn’t supposed to be Michael Jackson. Teddy lists his own father and Joe Jackson among the great show-business dads, which means their offspring co-existed in the same world.

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Blood on the floor: We see some by the end of the episode, and Jackson released a single titled “Blood on the Dance Floor.” Too much of a stretch? I don’t know.

Also, this: 

So did no one else catch that Michael Jackson’s first song was ‘Ben’ (read music lyrics) and Teddy Perkins brother name was Benny. #AtlantaFX

— Nakea Tyson (@FearlessKea) April 6, 2018

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Teddy Perkins, the gently menacing presence at the center of the “Atlanta” episode that bears his name, is not Michael Jackson: The episode makes clear that Michael Jackson exists separately from Teddy in the “Atlanta” universe.

But it’s safe to say that Donald Glover and Co. know their Michael Jackson history very well, and incorporated it into what may be the greatest episode of FX’s “Atlanta.”

I appreciated their attention to detail because I covered Michael Jackson’s criminal trial, and learned lots about his singular life in the process. I’ve chatted with him, and once even went to his home, Neverland Ranch.

Some of the parallels between Jackson and Teddy are so obvious they barely need mentioning: pale skin, high voice, and living in a large, isolated home. Others might not be so apparent. Here are nine Teddy-MJ parallels that might not be obvious on first viewing (spoilers abound):

Wine: When Perkins first welcomes Darius (Lakeith Stanfield), he offers him a glass of water that never arrives. But a goblet of what appears to be wine sits on the table between them. Jackson used to call wine “Jesus Juice,” and drank it out of Coke cans in an attempt to preserve a wholesome public image.

Dionne Warwick: The same recording device that Teddy uses to remind himself to get Darius some water also includes a note-to-self about Dionne Warwick. (I think it says, “Finish that hat for Dionne Warwick.”) As Dionne Warwick once told Don Lemon, Michael Jackson called her “mom.”

Ostrich: In the same weird conversation, Teddy cracks an ostrich egg. Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, was located near another tourist draw, OstrichLand USA.

Jackson had his own pet ostrich, who inspired one of the characters in a 1980s line of toys called “Michael’s Pets.” The ostrich was named Jeannine. Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone” video also featured what appears to be an ostrich:

Skin condition: Teddy says his brother Benny “developed a rare skin condition.” Jackson famously told Oprah Winfrey he had vitiligo, “a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It’s something that I cannot help.”

Chin cleft: This is a real testament to the “Atlanta” team’s attention to detail.  Jackson’s lighter skin and thinning nose were the most scrutinized aspects of his appearance as he aged, overshadowing another notable facial feature — the appearance of a prominent chin cleft he hadn’t had before. It’s a characteristic Teddy shares.

“Gift shop”/”trophy room”: Teddy’s strange room looked an awful lot like some of the rooms I got to poke around in during a visit to Neverland Ranch. One room was packed with dolls and mannequins dressed as superheroes and film stars. Another had full of shelves of videos, including Disney favorites, that made it look like a Blockbuster franchise.

It should be said that Neverland looked a lot more fun than Teddy’s creepy old mansion: It had an arcade that blasted rap songs with the curse words bleeped out, a menagerie of exotic animals, a mini amusement park and two trains, among other delightful sights.

Abusive dad: Teddy says his and Benny’s father used to beat his children to teach them “to be good at life.” Teddy endorsed this technique, saying, “To make omelets you have to break a few eggs” — which may be a callback to the broken ostrich egg.

Joe Jackson also famously beat his children, and Michael Jackson explained, often, how much of his adulthood was an attempt to recapture a childhood he never had.

Okay, maybe that’s obvious. But the “omelets” scene is also important because it establishes that Teddy isn’t supposed to be Michael Jackson. Teddy lists his own father and Joe Jackson among the great show-business dads, which means their offspring co-existed in the same world.

Blood on the floor: We see some by the end of the episode, and Jackson released a single titled “Blood on the Dance Floor.” Too much of a stretch? I don’t know.

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Webby Awards: Oprah Winfrey, James Corden, Lin-Manuel Miranda Among 2018 Nominees

Oprah Winfrey, RuPaul, James Corden, Shonda Rhimes, Lin-Manuel Miranda and The Simpsons are among the big names up for this year’s 22nd annual Webby Awards, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced today.
Competing for the trophy for Best Host (Podcasts & Digital Audio) are Winfrey, RuPaul and Questlove, while nominees for the Webby for comedy individual short or episode include The Simpsons’ “Donald Trump’s First 100 Days in Office,” and Welcome to A…

Oprah Winfrey, RuPaul, James Corden, Shonda Rhimes, Lin-Manuel Miranda and The Simpsons are among the big names up for this year’s 22nd annual Webby Awards, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced today. Competing for the trophy for Best Host (Podcasts & Digital Audio) are Winfrey, RuPaul and Questlove, while nominees for the Webby for comedy individual short or episode include The Simpsons’ “Donald Trump’s First 100 Days in Office,” and Welcome to A…

James Corden, Oprah Winfrey and RuPaul Among 2018 Webby Award Nominees

James Corden, Oprah Winfrey and RuPaul Charles are among the top nominees for the 22nd annual Webby Awards, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced Tuesday.

All nominees are eligible to win the two most prestigious awards: The Webby Award, selected by the Academy, and The Webby People’s Voice Award, voted on by Internet fans around the world through online balloting through April 19.

Academy judges selecting Webby winners include Jimmy Kimmel, Lyft CEO Logan Green, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg, Instagram’s Eva Chen, social entrepreneur Van Jones, internet inventor Vint Cerf and Playmatics CEO Margaret Wallace.

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Here’s the complete list of nominees.

Best Branded Editorial Experience (Advertising, Marketing & PR)
A Message From Earth
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iFly KLM Selections
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Best Cause-Related Campaign (Advertising, Marketing & PR)
Child Replacement Programme
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Best Event Activation (Advertising, Marketing & PR)
29Rooms
KLM Connecting Seats
#CreateGood
The Tailor Made Store
Intel x Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Best Host (Podcasts & Digital Audio)
RuPaul: What’s the Tee with Michelle Visage
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
Questlove Supreme
Intercepted
Criminal Podcast

Best Overall Social Presence (Social)
Museum of Ice Cream
Xbox Social Media
Sony Alpha Brand Presence on Instagram
Denny’s Does Social
Madewell Social Media

Best Use of Mobile Media (Advertising, Marketing & PR)
Vodafone Get the Flow
The Most Boring Films Ever Made
Expedia/Visit Britain “The Only Place You Need to Go”
Adidas NMD Campaign
Spreading the Word

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Best Web Personality/Host (Film & Video)
Another Message for Donald Trump from Former Mexican President Vicente Fox
Adam Savage/Tested.com
Good Mythical Morning
Hot Ones
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Best Writing (Podcasts & Digital Audio)
S-Town Podcast
A Very Fatal Murder
Myths and Legends
Fictional
Stuff You Missed in History Class

Celebrity/Fan (Websites)
Lemonade Rage
Elton John
Paloma Faith
ellentube
Kourtney Kardashian

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Comedy Individual Short or Episode (Film & Video)
The Simpsons “Donald Trump’s First 100 Days In Office”
Welcome to America with Gad Elmaleh and Ron Livingston
Get Staffed
Alex Jones Rants as an Indie Folk Song
Sticky

Entertainment (Mobile Sites & Apps)
HBO NOW
Rabbit
Anchor
Marvel Unlimited Android App
Great Big Story

Best Use of Machine Learning (Advertising, Media & PR)
Outthink Melanoma
Silicon Valley – Not Hot Dog
Art with Watson: Hidden Portraits
Re:scam – the A.I. Bot that Responds to Scam Emails
The Billion Color Film

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VR: Cinematic or Pre-Rendered (Film & Video)
The Long Road Home VR
The Giant
DISPATCH
Raising a Rukus
Take Every Wave: Laird in VR

Music (Film & Video)
“Jazz Is The Mother Of Hip-Hop”
This and Nothing Else: Chicago’s Hip-Hop Scene
Gaga: Five Foot Two
Residente: Prison Tour
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer (The film)

Best Art Direction (Games)
Cuphead
ECHO
The Long Dark
Monument Valley 2
What Remains of Edith Finch

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Public Service & Activism (Mobile Sites & Apps)
Escalating GIFs
@lgbt_history
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Charity Network Rise Up for Good
Disappearing Persons
Unsafety Check

Fashion & Beauty Social Video (Social)
adidas Originals Brand Film Instagram Story
Y-3 Multi-Cam Split-Screen Instagram Live Story
Face Forward
Big Spaceship & Converse First Day Feels
Centenarians: Beauty Advice from 100-Year-Olds

Weird (Film & Video)
Coke Habit
420 Special: A Quiz Show
Being Batman
Grand Theft Auto Pacifist
Blark and Son

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Viral (Film & Video)
Used Car Commercial // 1996 Honda Accord
7 Days of Artificial Intelligence
Mean Tweets #11
Hurt Bae asks: Why did you cheat on me? | Broken | The Scene
The Netherlands welcomes Trump in his own words

Strategy & Simulation (Games)
The Long Dark
Universal Paperclips
The Simpsons: Tapped Out
Hearthstone
Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Health & Fitness (Mobile Sites & Apps)
Peloton app
Calm
Inscape
Headspace
ClassPass

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James Corden, Oprah Winfrey and RuPaul Charles are among the top nominees for the 22nd annual Webby Awards, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced Tuesday.

All nominees are eligible to win the two most prestigious awards: The Webby Award, selected by the Academy, and The Webby People’s Voice Award, voted on by Internet fans around the world through online balloting through April 19.

Academy judges selecting Webby winners include Jimmy Kimmel, Lyft CEO Logan Green, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg, Instagram’s Eva Chen, social entrepreneur Van Jones, internet inventor Vint Cerf and Playmatics CEO Margaret Wallace.

Here’s the complete list of nominees.

Best Branded Editorial Experience (Advertising, Marketing & PR)
A Message From Earth
Waze | On the Road in 2017
Search On Stories
iFly KLM Selections
South Africa in 360

Best Cause-Related Campaign (Advertising, Marketing & PR)
Child Replacement Programme
Prescribed to Death
Palau Pledge
Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror
Stop The Horror

Best Event Activation (Advertising, Marketing & PR)
29Rooms
KLM Connecting Seats
#CreateGood
The Tailor Made Store
Intel x Super Bowl Halftime Show

Best Host (Podcasts & Digital Audio)
RuPaul: What’s the Tee with Michelle Visage
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
Questlove Supreme
Intercepted
Criminal Podcast

Best Overall Social Presence (Social)
Museum of Ice Cream
Xbox Social Media
Sony Alpha Brand Presence on Instagram
Denny’s Does Social
Madewell Social Media

Best Use of Mobile Media (Advertising, Marketing & PR)
Vodafone Get the Flow
The Most Boring Films Ever Made
Expedia/Visit Britain “The Only Place You Need to Go”
Adidas NMD Campaign
Spreading the Word

Best Web Personality/Host (Film & Video)
Another Message for Donald Trump from Former Mexican President Vicente Fox
Adam Savage/Tested.com
Good Mythical Morning
Hot Ones
Try Living With Lucie

Best Writing (Podcasts & Digital Audio)
S-Town Podcast
A Very Fatal Murder
Myths and Legends
Fictional
Stuff You Missed in History Class

Celebrity/Fan (Websites)
Lemonade Rage
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Paloma Faith
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Kourtney Kardashian

Comedy Individual Short or Episode (Film & Video)
The Simpsons “Donald Trump’s First 100 Days In Office”
Welcome to America with Gad Elmaleh and Ron Livingston
Get Staffed
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Sticky

Entertainment (Mobile Sites & Apps)
HBO NOW
Rabbit
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Buys Out Four Seasons Hotel for Hollywood Visit (Exclusive)

Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammad bin Salman will have plenty of room to unwind after his meetings this week with Hollywood executives — he’s rented out the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for the duration of his visit.

That should buy him respite from the honking horns of Los Angeles, and from the feminist protesters who object to his government’s treatment of women. The royal heir, also known by the abbreviation MBS, is in Hollywood to meet with such executives as Rupert Murdoch, Brian Grazer, WME boss Ari Emanuel, Disney CEO Bob Iger and Oprah Winfrey.

“The expense of a short-term buyout is mesmerizing,” an insider with knowledge off the situation told TheWrap. “Not only do they have to convince a hotel to shut down their operation — but also, to relocate high-end guests who already made reservations is not something you see every day in Beverly Hills.”

Also Read: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Meet With Hollywood Executives, But Protesters Aren’t Impressed

A spokesperson for the Four Seasons declined to comment. But another person familiar with the prince’s  accommodations said MBS rented a total of 285 rooms, including 100 suites. Rooms a the hotel start at around $600.

In case the Four Seasons feels a tad claustrophobic, the 32-year-old crown prince rented an extra 40 more rooms at the nearly L’Ermitage, where rooms start out at $559.

A sign in Arabic at the hotel lobby that reads: “Department of Transportation”

Reps for the hotel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Also Read: Ari Emanuel’s Endeavor Close to Investment by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince (Exclusive)

The crown prince is in town as part of a coast-to-coast meeting spree.

“He’s meeting with every major studio,” one insider told TheWrap on condition of anonymity, saying of MBS’s team: “I wouldn’t put it past them to have actual ideas in mind for what they want to invest in.”

This isn’t the only time MBS has bought out a hotel. As Recode reported over the weekend, MBS also bought out the Fours Seasons Silicon Valley from April 2 to April 7. The hotels is closed to the public this week, Recode said.

According to memos obtained by the site, some of the Silicon Valley’s hotel guests were also relocated due to the presence of a “large VIP delegation” with “high-security needs.”

According to Axios, after Seattle meetings with Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and possibly Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, the crown prince will head to the Bay Area for meetings with Apple chief Tim Cook, Google execs, and other venture capitalists this month.

Also Read: Saudi Prince Sued for Allegedly Trashing Hollywood Hills Home in Drug- and Stripper-Fueled Party

The prince’s trip to Hollywood has sparked curiosity among industry leaders who — let’s just say this bluntly — like money. Theater owners and Hollywood studios have been salivating since Saudi Arabia ended its 35-year ban on movie theaters in December.

Bin Salman has also sought to open up Saudi Arabia to new forms of industry — such as entertainment — instead of relying so heavily on oil, the major source of Saudi Arabian wealth.

But not everyone is happy. On Monday, demonstrators from the feminist group Code Pink protested outside WME’s Beverly Hills offices, ahead of the prince’s meeting with Emanuel. WME and MBS are finalizing a deal in which the desert kingdom will acquire a minority share in Endeavor, WME’s parent company.

The crown prince has drawn international scrutiny to his oil-rich kingdom for mass arrests of 200 relatives in what he has billed as an anti-corruption sweep. He has also tried to modernize, including by finally allowing women in the country to drive.

“He pretends to be a reformer when he’s really a war criminal,” Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink, told TheWrap on Friday. “There is nothing charming about this prince.”

She said it was disappointing that after the #MeToo movement, Hollywood would meet with a man who is part of “the world’s most misogynistic, patriarchal, and repressive regime.”

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Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammad bin Salman will have plenty of room to unwind after his meetings this week with Hollywood executives — he’s rented out the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for the duration of his visit.

That should buy him respite from the honking horns of Los Angeles, and from the feminist protesters who object to his government’s treatment of women. The royal heir, also known by the abbreviation MBS, is in Hollywood to meet with such executives as Rupert Murdoch, Brian Grazer, WME boss Ari Emanuel, Disney CEO Bob Iger and Oprah Winfrey.

“The expense of a short-term buyout is mesmerizing,” an insider with knowledge off the situation told TheWrap. “Not only do they have to convince a hotel to shut down their operation — but also, to relocate high-end guests who already made reservations is not something you see every day in Beverly Hills.”

A spokesperson for the Four Seasons declined to comment. But another person familiar with the prince’s  accommodations said MBS rented a total of 285 rooms, including 100 suites. Rooms a the hotel start at around $600.

In case the Four Seasons feels a tad claustrophobic, the 32-year-old crown prince rented an extra 40 more rooms at the nearly L’Ermitage, where rooms start out at $559.

A sign in Arabic at the hotel lobby that reads: “Department of Transportation”

Reps for the hotel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The crown prince is in town as part of a coast-to-coast meeting spree.

“He’s meeting with every major studio,” one insider told TheWrap on condition of anonymity, saying of MBS’s team: “I wouldn’t put it past them to have actual ideas in mind for what they want to invest in.”

This isn’t the only time MBS has bought out a hotel. As Recode reported over the weekend, MBS also bought out the Fours Seasons Silicon Valley from April 2 to April 7. The hotels is closed to the public this week, Recode said.

According to memos obtained by the site, some of the Silicon Valley’s hotel guests were also relocated due to the presence of a “large VIP delegation” with “high-security needs.”

According to Axios, after Seattle meetings with Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and possibly Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, the crown prince will head to the Bay Area for meetings with Apple chief Tim Cook, Google execs, and other venture capitalists this month.

The prince’s trip to Hollywood has sparked curiosity among industry leaders who — let’s just say this bluntly — like money. Theater owners and Hollywood studios have been salivating since Saudi Arabia ended its 35-year ban on movie theaters in December.

Bin Salman has also sought to open up Saudi Arabia to new forms of industry — such as entertainment — instead of relying so heavily on oil, the major source of Saudi Arabian wealth.

But not everyone is happy. On Monday, demonstrators from the feminist group Code Pink protested outside WME’s Beverly Hills offices, ahead of the prince’s meeting with Emanuel. WME and MBS are finalizing a deal in which the desert kingdom will acquire a minority share in Endeavor, WME’s parent company.

The crown prince has drawn international scrutiny to his oil-rich kingdom for mass arrests of 200 relatives in what he has billed as an anti-corruption sweep. He has also tried to modernize, including by finally allowing women in the country to drive.

“He pretends to be a reformer when he’s really a war criminal,” Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink, told TheWrap on Friday. “There is nothing charming about this prince.”

She said it was disappointing that after the #MeToo movement, Hollywood would meet with a man who is part of “the world’s most misogynistic, patriarchal, and repressive regime.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

'60 Minutes' Takes Heat for Tweet About 'Revolutionary' Saudi Strongman: 'How Has This Not Been Deleted'

Saudi Arabia Legalizes Movie Theaters in Historic Decision

Saudi Arabia's Decision to Let Women Drive Drives Twitter Jokes at Arab Nation's Expense