Golden Globes Pre-Show Host Says Chrissy Metz Called Alison Brie a ‘Babe’

“This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz did use a “B” word to describe Alison Brie at the Golden Globes on Sunday, but it may not have been the one that many viewers, and quite a few media outlets, initially thought. In fact, it was a much nicer one.

According to AJ Gibson, one of the co-hosts of the red carpet pre-show on Facebook Live, Metz called the “Glow” star a “babe.”

“While interviewing Chrissy during the HFPA Presents: Globes Red Carpet LIVE pre-show and as our conversation came to its natural conclusion, we were told to wrap and toss over to our co-hosts on another portion of the carpet, who were on standby with Alison Brie,” Gibson told People. “I jokingly asked Chrissy if she knew who Alison was, as a way to transition into the ‘toss’ and she played along. She then referred to Alison as a ‘babe’ and the fun exchange ended.”

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Ummm, my @goldenglobes interview with @ChrissyMetz went kinda viral…so I thought I’d clear a few things up.

Let’s focus on pouring love into each other in 2019. The TRUTH is always far more powerful.

I Chrissy! #GoldenGlobes #FlippingTheScripthttps://t.co/zcZ3fde5Bh

— AJ Gibson (@AJGibson) January 7, 2019

During the Golden Globes pre-show Sunday on Facebook Live, the “This Is Us” actress was asked by the co-hosts about Brie. Metz said only nice things, but after the camera switched to a view of the carpet, many viewers thought it sounded like Metz said, “She’s such a bitch.” Metz vehemently denied saying so.

Multiple outlets, including TheWrap, initially reported that was what the actress said. However, Metz was adamant. “It’s terribly unfortunate anyone would think much less run a story that was completely fabricated! I adore Alison and would never say a bad word about her, or anyone! I sure hope she knows my heart,” Metz said on Twitter Sunday night.

According to Vanity Fair reporter Nicole Sperling, Brie was bewildered by the whole thing.

“But why?” Sperling quoted Brie as saying. “I know her. I saw her on the carpet and I told her how beautiful she looked.”

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‘Family Guy’ Eulogizes Angela in Carrie Fisher Tribute: ‘Heaven Has Gained a Princess’ (Video)

On Sunday’s episode, “Family Guy” will formally say goodbye to Carrie Fisher, who voiced Peter Griffin’s brewery boss, Angela, in more than a dozen episodes.

In the video clip above, Griffin is giving the eulogy for Fisher’s character, though it’s pretty obvious that the show’s writers are talking about Fisher as well. The episode itself will focus on Peter’s new bosses at the brewery, husband and wife duo Bert and Sheila, played by Bryan Cranston and Niecy Nash, but it will begin with Angela’s funeral.

In Griffin’s remarks, along with explaining her cause of death (“Swimming less than 20 minutes after eating”) and referencing multiple TV show theme songs, he then appears to speak on behalf of the writers talking about Fisher herself.

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“She may be gone, but her voice will live on in DVD and Hulu Plus and tiny droid-projected messages,” he says, before ending with: “I may have lost a boss, but heaven has gained a princess.”

Though Fisher “appeared” for the final time in the Dec. 10, 2017 episode, this is the show’s way of paying tribute to the late actress, who died at the end of 2016. Fisher will appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which will be out a year from now, using “previously unreleased footage.”

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What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained

Leave it to “Toy Story” to grapple with the big questions in life. Why are we here? Why are we alive? What is life about? And who — or what — is Forky?

That’s the question confusing many online after Disney and Pixar released the first teaser for “Toy Story 4.” The trailer features the toys prancing in a slow motion circle to the tune of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” only for a spork with googly eyes and red pipe cleaners (as voiced by “Veep’s” Tony Hale) to shriek in terror, “I don’t belong here.”

Because Forky may not be a “toy.” Director Josh Cooley explains in the announcement for the teaser that he is an actual spork-turned-craft-project. And though Bonnie, the new young girl and owner of all of Andy’s old toys, plays with Forky as though he were one, he feels he doesn’t belong.

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“The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” Cooley said in a statement. “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”

It raises a lot of interesting existential questions. Was Forky given life as a toy when Bonnie strapped wire and a face on him and started playing with him? If one of his glued on eyes falls off, does he go back to being an inanimate spork? Or do all inanimate objects experience some form of existence in this universe, creating a twisted horror show not unlike that of the animated “Sausage Party.”

Hale too was fascinated by his character’s mortal dilemma. “A utensil’s existential crisis?” Hale said in a statement. “I’m in!”

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“When we thought up this character, Tony was the first actor that came to mind and I’m thrilled he accepted,” Cooley added. “Tony’s performance as Forky is a comedy salad of confidence, confusion, and empathy … served by hilarious spork.”

See how some online are similarly processing this existential crisis:

So if forky “isn’t a toy” does this mean all inanimate objects in the Toy Story Universe are actually sentient beings with their own secret lives?

— License to get Festive ???????? (@pharmd23) November 12, 2018

like, would taking the eyes off forky kill him? how many features can he lose before he turns back into a fork? i have so many questions

— Derek Robertson (@afternoondelete) November 12, 2018

The great thing about #Forky in Toy Story 4 is that my kids are always making their own toys and accessories out of pipe cleaners. This is true-to-life.

— Adam J (@DeusFever) November 12, 2018

#ToyStory4 teaser is pretty cute although I do kinda wonder how “Forky” works. I mean he’s not really a toy but he has consciousness. …Ah Crap there’s going to be 3 hour long YouTube rants about that isn’t there?

— Dustin Phillips (@SonicBlueRanger) November 12, 2018

Toy Story 4’s new character is named Forky. He’s a talking fork. Somewhere, Shakespeare’s rolling in his grave that he didn’t think of that.

— Earl Fando (@earlfando) November 12, 2018

This is a really interesting concept for a Toy Story movie: What is a toy? What qualifies as a toy? and to what point does their toy-like qualities grant them sentient thoughts and actions?

Looks like the Bo Peep Story was Dropped, I actually like this more #Forky #ToyStory4

— M.S.S Elijah (@MisterSureShot) November 12, 2018

Is Forky the most relatable character in the Toy Story universe?

My Column”

— Steven David Kluber (@StevenKluber) November 12, 2018

“What if we had a hot dog but named him Sandwichy?”

“Wait, what?”

“Fine, let’s do a spork but we call him Forky.”

“Do you even work here?

— Matt Fowler (@TheMattFowler) November 12, 2018

Forky is my new hero #ToyStory4 pic.twitter.com/kmQ9pXfP5Q

— Ashley Davie (@Smash41) November 12, 2018

I may have written this off, but A) I knew about this Forky character to some degree beforehand, B) the promise of it supposedly being ambitious and also super-sad, and C) They took their time and went through the trouble of rewriting 3/4 of it. I think it’ll be good.

— Kyle Otumn ???????????????? (@KyleOVox) November 12, 2018

Friend: Hey, my co-worker is having a party, you want to come?
Me: Sure…
*Me at party turning into Forky from Toy Story 4* pic.twitter.com/30PE9nPEnD

— Vlipsy ???? (@VlipsyApp) November 12, 2018

I honestly somewhat feel bad for “Forky”. Not only is he in the new Toy Story movie, he has a high chance of having a toy made of him. Imagine that if you will, next year’s hottest selling toy at Christmas is a chintzy plastic fork with pipe cleaner arms. pic.twitter.com/Gx5Ey9VhqJ

— Brandon M. (@vanderbabsie) November 12, 2018

#ToyStory4 … my only qualm with the new character – is that the name should have been SPORKY because it’s a spork … not #Forky

— Allie_Doc ???? (@Allie_Doc) November 12, 2018

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Platform Wars, Creator Burnout, and the Power of Online Communities (All Things Video Podcast)

Matt Labate is the SVP Digital at Fine Brothers Entertainment, a next-gen media company and leader in digital programming. Matt started his career in independent film, then joined the Sony Pictures digital team. After a brief entrepreneurial stint, he joined Revision3 prior to its acquisition by Discovery, and then served as VP Creative at Reach Agency before making the move to FBE.

In the latest episode of All Things Video, we discuss the “platform wars” and social media sites’ increasing feature homogenization as they compete for user attention. As Matt points out, “Everyone has stories. Everyone has live video. Everyone has hashtags.” This lack of differentiation leads to bloated applications and dilutes the user experience, removing the unique purpose with which we once visited our favorite social platforms (Twitter for real-time updates, Instagram for photos, Snapchat for ephemeral content). You can listen to this podcast on Apple or right here.

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This also makes digital programming more difficult, as it becomes less clear what content to share on a given social platform. Matt explains FBE’s approach to incorporating platform intentionality in its production process, and we touch specifically on FBE’s experience monetizing content on Facebook.

Next, we turn our attention to the issue of creator burnout. Digital influencers are faced with enormous pressure to continually produce content in order to stay relevant and maintain favorable treatment from social algorithms. Creators’ stress levels are further fueled by the vast competition for their audience’s attention. There’s a virtually “unlimited content well that’s out there for fans and viewers” – a constant reminder keeping creators on the treadmill of regular uploads.

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Finally, Matt and I debate the outcome of the battle between traditional media incumbents and new technology titans seeking to build entertainment empires. “In some ways, the game is exactly the same,” according to Matt. “Create great content for people that they want to watch and continue coming back to. That doesn’t matter what platform or what player. It’s still a hits-based business.”

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Netflix Orders TV Adaptations of Romance Novels ‘Virgin River,’ ‘Sweet Magnolias’

Netflix has ordered TV adaptations of the romance novel book series “Virgin River” and “Sweet Magnolias,” the streamer announced Thursday. Both female-led dramas will consist of 10 episodes.

“Virgin River” is a contemporary romance based on the beloved Harlequin book series penned by author Robyn Carr. There are now 20 books in the New York Times best-selling “Virgin River” series, and together they have sold more than 13 million copies.

Here is the official logline for the series: Melinda Monroe answers an ad to work as a nurse practitioner in the remote California town of Virgin River thinking it will be the perfect place to start fresh and leave her painful memories behind. But she soon discovers that small-town living isn’t quite as simple as she expected and that she must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home.

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Sue Tenney is serving as showrunner and executive producer, with Roma Roth and Chris Perry also executive producing the project, which hails from Reel World Management. Production on “Virgin River” begins later this year.

“Sweet Magnolias” is based on the Sherryl Woods’ book series published by MIRA Books, an imprint of Harlequin. Woods will serve as an executive producer on the series.

Per Netflix, “Sweet Magnolias” centers on three South Carolina women, best friends since high school, as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career, and family.

Sheryl J. Anderson will serve as showrunner and executive producer on “Sweet Magnolias,” with Dan Paulson also executive producing.

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