Adam Carolla Explains How You Rehearse a Live TV Show

Adam Carolla’s new live Spike TV show debuts Tuesday, so the podcasting king’s already busy days just became jam-packed with final rehearsals.

But how does one even run through a live television episode anyway — especially the premiere? In the case of “Adam Carolla & Friends Build Stuff Live,” there’s at least one aspect the guys can nail down. (Yes, that pun was intended.)

“We’re doing a build show, so we get to rehearse the build — a lot,” Carolla told TheWrap. “You can’t really rehearse that much else in the show.”

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Giving our question a bit more thought, the podcasting king added that they’re also currently mapping out the hour’s individual acts.

“There’s a lot of cues and things that roll in… but we can’t really rehearse the dialogue part,” he said.

Meanwhile, they’re also working out the sound stage’s opportunities and limitations for the ambitious project. In other words, it’s all a work in progress.

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That attitude won’t change, by the way, after tomorrow’s live version wraps.

“I don’t know what the first three episodes are gonna exactly be like, because it’s gonna be pretty chaotic, and it’s kind of a crazy format,” Carolla said. “We’re trying to find the show within the format, which I think we definitely are — but it’s also probably the kind of show that’s gonna change quite a bit from Show 1 to Show 10.”

“It’ll be a good show,” he promised.

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OK, so there’s been a lot of sawing and hammering and drilling in preparation — but what the hell are they building anyway? Carolla’s first project will be a loft bed, he told TheWrap, which he’ll build with premiere episode guest and former “Man Show” partner Jimmy Kimmel.

Subsequent projects will be along the same lines: More ambitious than a birdhouse, but doable within the constraints of a cable TV hour.

“We can’t do a room addition, but we’d like to do something that had a little heft to it, and something that people might want to do at home,” Carolla put it. “We’re trying to pick these projects that feel like something, have some [use], but we can finish within the hour.”

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The format totally falls into the wheelhouse of the former carpenter, who is credited as bring one of the finer improv artists of our time. In other words, we expect quality comedy and furniture from this thing, though Carolla himself isn’t guaranteeing it’ll be a long-running hit just yet.

“The real thing in Hollywood these days is they don’t give you that grace period anymore,” he said. “If the show doesn’t work out of the gate, they don’t give you a season to find your footing.”

“Adam Carolla & Friends Build Stuff Live” debuts Tuesday at 10/9c on Spike.

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Wiki Wormhole: Same time, different channel: These shows all switched networks midway through

With more than 5.2 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute or preparing for old age by brushing up on synopses of Matlock episodes. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,354,589-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: List of television series that changed networks

What it’s about: Most television shows are developed by and for a network and spend their runs, long or short, as that network’s property. But sometimes one network’s loss is another’s gain, as a series is canceled only to find a new home further down the dial.

Frankie Thomas as Tom Corbett (Wikipedia)

Strangest fact: In the early days of television, network-switching was common enough that a half-dozen shows wound up on ABC, CBS, and NBC. Several were game shows like Let’s …

Watch Patrick Stewart Shower Foster Pit Bull With Puppy Love (Video)

Shakespeare, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the “X-Men” film franchise were a piece of cake compared to Patrick Stewart‘s latest role: that of doggie foster dad to a red-headed pit bull named Ginger.

Ginger was living in a Los Angeles-area animal shelter when Lesley Brog, founder of the nonprofit animal rescue group Wags and Walks spotted her. Contrary to the stereotype that pit bulls are wild and dangerous, Brog noted Ginger’s sweet disposition and wanted her to have someone special in her life. And that’s where Stewart came in.

The “Logan” star had been active in an anti-dogfighting campaign with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and he had expressed an interest in fostering a dog, “specifically a pit bull type dog,” ASPCA spokesperson Emily Schneider told “Today” via email.

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Thanks to @ASPCA and @WagsandWalks Sunny and I are finally fostering our 1st pitbull! Meet Ginger. I’m in LOVE. #AdoptDontShop pic.twitter.com/VQUBDvZhi9

Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 8, 2017

Our foster doggie Ginger is sleeping and snoring on our couch and I can honestly think of no greater compliment. @ASPCA @WagsandTails

Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 9, 2017

Stewart admits it: he’s in love. He and his wife Sunny Ozell plan to adopt Ginger and give her a permanent home. And judging by Ginger’s smiley face, she’s OK with that.

The swimming lesson that wasn’t. Our foster pibble Ginger is perfect afternoon company. @ASPCA @WagsandWalks #AdoptDontShop pic.twitter.com/yDWiXbCSXS

Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 9, 2017

@SirPatStew @ASPCA @WagsandWalks Ginger is like little Orphan Annie to your Daddy Warbucks ” I think I’m gonna like it here!” Woof woof ????????????

– Rumer (@Rumersongs) March 10, 2017

From what I understand rules and consistency are everything as a foster dog parent. #GingerGurl @ASPCA @WagsandWalks #AdoptDontShop #pitbull pic.twitter.com/aCvKtwlxSA

Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 10, 2017

@skrishna Like, come on. That is a man in love with his dog.

– Carly Lane (@carlylane) March 10, 2017

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So, if you thought all that was cute, you must check this out. Stewart’s wife Sunny Ozell was cuddling with Ginger when… well, just watch this:

Atchoo! #GingerGurl @ASPCA @WagsandWalks #AdoptDontShop #FosteringSavesLives pic.twitter.com/1fuIoIfT6j

– Sunny Ozell (@sunnyozell) March 11, 2017

Stewart’s plethora of fans ate this up like candy, with one fan even offering to don a canine costume on his behalf.

@SirPatStew @ASPCA @WagsandWalks anybody got a dog costume I can buy?

– Rob Schrab (@RobSchrab) March 9, 2017

@SirPatStew @ASPCA @WagsandWalks anybody got a dog costume I can buy?

– Rob Schrab (@RobSchrab) March 9, 2017

@Guppyinfishtank @SirPatStew Every time you think “nope”, he does another amazing thing and you realize you were wrong. #RoleModel

– Hockeygeek (@the_hockeygeek) March 8, 2017

@BartholomewD @SirPatStew @ASPCA @WagsandWalks I thought the same! That’s not a foster, Ginger is HOME

– Michelle (@meslizard) March 9, 2017

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‘Andi Mack’ Showrunner Is Expecting ‘Pushback’ for Shocking Series Premiere Twist

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not watched the series premiere of “Andi Mack,” which you can view above)

Disney Channel boldly goes somewhere it has never gone before with the new comedy “Andi Mack,” from “Lizzie McGuire” creator Terri Minsky.

The game-changing twist is set up in the series premiere: 13-year-old Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) discovers that her cool, rebellious older sister Bex (Lilan Bowden), is actually her mother, and that the “parents” who’s raised her since birth (Lauren Tom and Stoney Westmoreland) are actually her grandparents.

Whoa.

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It’s certainly something extremely unexpected from the channel that caters mostly to a younger demographic, and Minsky admits she too was shocked that Disney Channel had no reservations about the concept.

“We didn’t have to change a thing, and believe me when I tell you, that was shocking to me,” the showrunner told TheWrap. “We would put something in the pitch and people would go, ‘Disney’s not going to go for that, Disney will never go for that,’ and they went for all of it. There’s stuff in there that I watch it and I go, ‘I can’t believe this is in the show.’ But I’m really proud of it, and I hope they are too.”

Despite the huge bomb that is dropped on our 13-year-old heroine in the pemiere, Andi takes the news relatively in stride, and Minsky said this was due to the nature of storytelling.

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“If you think about it, obviously if you heard that news, you would crawl up in a corner and cry for three weeks,” she admitted. “But who wants to watch that? It’s like, you have to consider the audience and that they will make the calculation …  it’s going to seem super fast. My only defense is, it’s not fun to watch someone suffer. We just wanted to sort of address, what does this mean now in her life? How does she incorporate this? How does this affect her? What does this do to everything else? We wanted the story to go on and we wanted there to be other moments.

“I’m hoping every end of an episode, when there’s a ‘Next On,’ it makes people want to come back,” she added.

Minsky also said she’s expecting some blowback from various groups due to the nature of the story.

“I know there’s probably going to be some pushback once it actually gets to an audience,” she said. “I don’t know what that looks like, I don’t know what that means, I’m living in a bubble right at this moment.”

“Andi Mack” premieres April 7 on Disney Channel, but the series premiere episode can be viewed online right now.

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Adam Carolla Lauds ‘News Girl’ Gina Grad, Walks Us Through Grueling Podcast Schedule

Adam Carolla is one of the busiest men in Hollywood, though he’d probably hate the mere suggestion that he co-exists with the town.

The host of six — yes, six — regular podcasts has also recently penned a number of best-selling books; written, produced and starred in some independent films, and is currently all-in on the documentary genre. He’s also a father of twins, a race car driver, and just helped Jimmy Kimmel write one of the best Academy Awards shows in history.

Oh, one other thing: “The Man Show” alum has a new Spike TV show starting next week, “Adam Carolla & Friends Build Stuff Live.” That’s how this interview came about, though we had to ask the dude behind “Crank Yankers” exactly how ridiculous his current schedule is — particularly the part he refers to as a “pirate ship.”

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“If we’re doing it right, there isn’t any downtime,” Carolla told us of recording his many podcasts. “We just go roll right into the next one, right into the next one, right into the next one. My busiest day will be six, maybe seven podcasts.”

“I wouldn’t mind getting a cup of coffee, but it’s not scheduled — nor is lunch — it’s just, ‘Let’s get started,’” he continued. “We back ‘em all right up against each other, because the idea is to see how much we can get done in as small a window as we can.”

“I have lots of other projects and things to do, so sometimes we’ll leave a half-hour in-between the podcasts,” Carolla added. “But it won’t be for lunch, it’ll just be to go work on the documentary, or whatever else we’re doing.”

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Carolla’s main podcast, “The Adam Carolla Show” (“ACS”) recently topped 2,000 total episodes. It’s also the Guinness Book record holder for most downloads.

“ACS” drops a new podcast every single weekday, like clockwork. That’s consistency. Two years ago, however, there was some sudden turnover at a key on-air position, when Carolla fired “news girl” Alison Rosen. TheWrap did a lot of reporting on what went down back then: Rosen first broke her silence in an interview with this writer. For what it’s worth, Carolla’s story about their separation was a little different; back-and-forth they went.

About a month later, the “Alison Rosen Is Your Next Best Friend” host was replaced by KLSX on-air personality Gina Grad. She’s stuck around “ACS” for two years now, becoming a fan-favorite in her own right. More importantly, Adam also really likes her work.

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“I really like Gina, and I like going to work with Gina,” he told us. “I think Gina is great.”

“You know, I didn’t need a ton out of that role,” Carolla continued, something he had also explained during the Rosen aftermath. “Like, I didn’t need a hysterical person to bolster the comedy — but Gina is funny.”

He added: “And I just enjoy seeing Gina on a daily basis, and that’s about half of it in this business. You know, you see people every single day, and sometimes it gets a little stressful, and blah, blah, blah… I just like Gina as a human being. She’s very good, she’s very polished. I mean, she’s got a lot of reps. People don’t realize how long it takes to be a pro, so to speak, and she’s definitely a pro.”

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Check back next week for more from our interview with Carolla. His new Spike show debuts Tuesday at 10/9c.

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Cancer Patient Calls ‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee’ Statement a ‘Half Apology’

The cancer patient who was mocked for his “Nazi hair” on TBS’s “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” issued a statement on Thursday condemning the show for “half-apologizing.”

“Samantha Bee tweeted an apology for ‘offending’ me, but I want to make it clear that half-apologizing for offending someone is not apologizing for making baseless accusations against people because of the way they look,” Outset Magazine contributor Kyle Coddington said. “This kind of behavior should be rejected by both sides of the aisle.”

Coddington also appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Friday morning to discuss the segment from Wednesday’s episode, as well as “Full Frontal’s” subsequent apology.

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“It is kind of a half apology,” he said. “I would say the effects of this go much further than just insulting me and the illness itself. It’s just inconsiderate and very unprofessional to you know lump together anyone who has a certain hairstyle or just by the way they look.”

The segment, which featured “Full Frontal” producer Michael Rubens at the Conservative Political Action Conference, joked about the hairstyles of some of the attendees, including Coddington’s calling them “Nazi hair.”

“Just last year, CPAC was dominated by Ted Cruz supporters and chirpy little s-s with bowties, but Donald Trump, worried about a poor reception, canceled his appearance,” the segment’s narrator said. “This year, the bowties were gone and replaced by Nazi hair, Nazi hair, Nazi hair. F- off.”

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Coddington, who later revealed that he got the haircut after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, was among those featured in the segment.

“Full Frontal” issued an apology on Twitter on Thursday morning, stating that they had removed him from the segment. The show also donated $1,000 to Coddington’s GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical bills.

“We deeply apologize for offending [Coddington] in our CPAC segment,” the tweet read. “We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece.”

MY OFFICIAL STATEMENT: pic.twitter.com/dpn3KSvubl

— Kyle (@_that_kyle) March 10, 2017

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TMZ Staffers ‘Uncomfortable’ With Harvey Levin’s Trump Ties: ‘Everyone Thinks It’s Really Gross’ (Exclusive)

Harvey Levin, who built a media empire peddling celebrity gossip, saw what it’s like to have your personal business go public when news leaked this week of his private meeting with President Donald Trump.

But the news came as little surprise to a number of TMZ staffers frustrated with Levin’s ties to the administration and what they consider TMZ’s pro-Trump tone.

“All I can tell you is everyone thinks it’s really gross,” a person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

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A TMZ insider added: “Many people in the newsroom are uncomfortable with Harvey’s overall Trump coverage.”

The individuals asked not to be further identified for fear of retribution. TMZ did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Levin was granted an hour-long meeting with Trump that included a tour of the presidential residence and a stop in the Lincoln Bedroom.

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The friendliness between Trump and Levin came as Trump has antagonized more established news outlets, including The New York Times, which he has called “failing,” and CNN, which he has branded “fake news.”

Levin was reportedly angling for a Trump interview for his upcoming Fox News series “OBJECTified,” slated to debut in the fall of 2017. The show is a spinoff of a November special that pulled in more than 4 million viewers.

It came amid increasingly positive Trump coverage on the site: A November story based on interviews with four real estate agents declared, “TRUMP PROPERTIES ON FIRE AFTER ELECTION!!!” The post stated that Trump’s “brand is stronger than ever,” and that “agents say there was some fear before the election … the Trump name would scare buyers away, but that was a miscalculation tied to some wonky poll numbers.”

The TMZ story was posted just two weeks after the New York Times reported that “Sales in Trump Buildings Fall Off.”

In December, TMZ reported that “the President-elect has no interest in courting big Hollywood stars or entertainers to hobnob or perform” at Trump’s inauguration, despite widespread reporting to the contrary, including by TheWrap.

TMZ’s article echoed Trump’s own tweet weeks earlier. “The so-called ‘A’ list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!”

Trump’s biggest inaugural event, the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” featuring Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down as its headliners, was dubbed a “total disaster” by The Daily Beast and a “low-wattage concert” by The New York Times. But according to TMZ, it “went down with a bang.”

After Broadway star Jennifer Holliday canceled her inaugural performance following criticism from her gay fans, TMZ reported that the real reason for her cancellation were death threats. Her publicist denied it, saying she was responding to concerns from LGBT fans who objected to Trump’s policies.

The TMZ story helped Trump’s team save face, shifting the blame from Trump’s policies to supposedly threatening people on the left.

“It’s troubling,” Angelo Carusone, president of progressive media watchdog Media Matters, told TheWrap. “TMZ has been running interference for Donald Trump from Day 1.”

Carusone noted that after Macy’s announced it was dropping Trump over his attacks on Mexican immigrants in July of 2015, TMZ was quick to attack the retailer, claiming it was “paying the price” for sacking Trump, “because we’ve learned thousands of customers are cutting up their Macy’s credit card in protest.”

“They were just kicking Macy’s constantly,” Carusone said. “It was nothing more than Trump propaganda. Donald Trump was furious… and it was TMZ that was defending him. In the case of Macy’s [TMZ] became an attack dog for Donald Trump.”

Questions surrounding TMZ’s credibility as a news source are nothing new. Last month, rapper Andre Roxx posted a fully nude photo of himself to discredit an erroneous TMZ report that he had cut off his own penis.

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TMZ has undeniably landed major scoops, including Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic meltdown in 2006, and Michael Jackson’s death in 2009. But critics say it scores many of those scoops by paying off sources.

“TMZ’s practice of paying for information goes against our code of ethics,” Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online, told TheWrap. “When you pay, you encourage people to overstate what they know.”

When TMZ broke the news of Prince’s death in April, some journalists again wondered whether TMZ should be seen as a legitimate news source. The Washington Post noted that while some were beginning to warm up to the idea, “mainstream news sources are reluctant to rely on its say-so alone. The news, in effect, doesn’t become news until another source matches TMZ’s reporting.”

Journalism experts say that won’t change until TMZ abides by the same ethical rules as its more reputable counterparts.

“I don’t call it journalism,” Tompkins said. “I call it infotainment.”

Editor’s Note: The writer of this article worked as a TMZ producer in 2011. 

Italian Band Jailed, Deported on Their Way to SXSW

The Italian rock band Soviet Soviet were denied entry to the U.S. earlier this week while traveling to the country for the South By Southwest Music Festival.

In a statement released Friday, the band described being questioned and jailed while attempting to enter the country on March 8 for the event in Austin, Texas.

“They confiscated our cellphones and we were denied the possibility of contacting our families and loved ones,” the statement reads. “Around 10:30 p.m., two prison officers frisked us, handcuffed us and brought us to jail in a police car. We spent the night in jail and had been escorted there as though we were three criminals.”

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The band had been scheduled to play the Austin festival, as well as several other concerts in the United States, which they describe as “for promotional purposes only.” The statement says the band members were told they did not have to acquire work visas because they “were in no way going to earn money from it or receive any form of payment.”

“The control agents who did a quick check on the concerts we informed them of noticed that two of the venues were asking for entry fees and this was enough to convince them that we needed work visas instead of an ESTA [Electronic System for Travel Authorization],” the statement says.

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The band’s ordeal follows recent outcry surrounding the SXSW film festival performance agreement, which threatened to deport performers from outside the country if they played shows not authorized by the festival.

“Accepting and performing at unofficial events (including unofficial events aside from SXSW Music dates during their visit to the United States) may result in immediate deportation, revoked passport and denied entry by US Customs Border Patrol at US ports of entry,” the contract read.

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In a statement, SXSW CEO and Co-Founder Roland Swenson explained the language, saying that it was simply an attempt to comply with U.S. immigration law. International performers “coming to SXSW to perform without a work visa are limited, by U.S. immigration law, to performing their showcase event only,” he noted. “If an artist wishes to perform elsewhere, they will require a work visa.”

But with this year’s festival featuring the special program “ContraBanned: #MusicUnites.,” highlighting acts from countries affected by President Trump’s travel ban, the contract language was met with some backlash. One act, the Brooklyn-based band Told Slant, chose to cancel its scheduled performance at this month’s festival as a result.

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The festival reversed course on Tuesday, issuing a statement promising to remove the language from future contracts and apologizing to those affected. “We would like to again apologize for the language in our agreements,” the statement said. “We care deeply about the community we serve, and our event is a welcome and safe space for all people.”

Read the full statement from Soviet Soviet below:

We arrived in Seattle on the afternoon of March 8.

We made our way to passport control with our ESTA, a letter from our American label (in which the label owner declared we would be performing a series of concerts for promotional purposes only and that we would in no way be receiving any form of payment for those shows) and a written invitation on the part of SxSw in hand. The first of us to get through passport control was Ale (our drummer), who disclosed the promotional purposes of our trip to the police officer.

Ale (our guitarist) and Andrea who both explained the exact same thing were held up and escorted to another office.

Subsequently, we were all called back and interrogated individually, in three different rooms. We were able to have the agents speak directly to the owner of our American label without any success, however. After almost 4 hours of questions they told us their verdict. They had decided to deport us back to Italy and deny us entry into the United States. They declared us illegal immigrants even if our intention was by no means to look for work in the United States nor never go back to Italy.

We accepted this decision as it seemed final at that point. They took our digital fingerprints and took mugshots of us for their file. They confiscated our cell phones and we were denied the possibility of contacting our families and loved ones. Around 10:30pm, two prison officers frisked us, handcuffed us and brought us to jail in a police car. We spent the night in jail and had been escorted there as though we were three criminals. The following day, after having completed all jail-related procedures (mugshots, declaration of good health and signatures), two other agents came to get us. We were searched, handcuffed and again escorted in a police car.

They took us to the customs office we were in the previous day and we waited for our return flight which was scheduled for around 1:00pm local time. Only a short while prior to taking off were we able to get back our cell phones and bags and we were escorted right up to the airplane. We were relieved to fly back home and distance ourselves from that violent, stressful and humiliating situation. We left Italy headed towards the US with all necessary documents, passports and various declarations in which we clearly explained the purpose of our tour, confirming it is was strictly promotional and that we were in no way going to earn money from it or receive any form of payment. We knew that if we were to receive any compensation we would have had to apply for work visas. This was not the case and the people we spoke to for information told us we would be fine. We had not agreed on any payment whatsoever and the scheduled showcase performance at KEXP was most certainly not a paid performance. The point is that the control agents who did a quick check on the concerts we informed them of noticed that two of the venues were asking for entry fees and this was enough to convince them that we needed work visas instead of an ESTA.

We accepted this situation even if we tried to no end to explain the situation and that we were not receiving any form of payment, but there was simply no way of convincing the officials we spoke to. From that moment onwards, we became three illegal immigrants and were treated like criminals.
This is what happened this past Wednesday and Thursday. We would like to thank the people who supported and helped us throughout this ordeal, including Alessio Antoci, Owen Murphy and John Richards.
We would like to apologize to our fans, the owners of the venues, KEXP radio and the SxSw festival.

We would also like to apologize for having had to cancel our American tour and hope to go back soon.

Soviet Soviet.

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Paramount Slate Deal Threatened by Delayed China Acquisition (Exclusive)

Paramount Pictures’ $1 billion slate financing deal with China’s Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group is in jeopardy after a planned acquisition of Huahua was pushed back due to regulatory issues, TheWrap has learned.

Oriental Time Media had agreed to acquire Huahua, which has been a financial and marketing partner on several Paramount films including “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” for 1.1 billion yuan (about $158 million) in November. The China Securities Regulatory Commission released 47 questions about the deal in late December. OTM withdrew its offer on March 9, according to Chinese media reports provided to TheWrap.

“The delay or even cancellation of this transaction will most likely prevent Huahua from funding the Paramount slate deal,” a source with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

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Representatives for Paramount and Huahua did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

China’s increasingly strict financial regulations have killed off several planned Hollywood deals, most notably Dalian Wanda Group’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Dick Clark Productions, as TheWrap exclusively reported last month. Wanda’s Dick Clark takeover fell apart mainly due to issues getting cash out of China, which instituted a directive late last year requiring companies to check with regulators when transferring $5 million or more out of the country. That cash squeeze likely had an adverse effect on the Paramount slate financing deal as well, according to sources.

And other regulations designed to stabilize China’s rollercoaster stock markets have also taken a bite out of China’s Hollywood invasion.

Chinese copper company Anhui Xinke New Material’s planned $350 million purchase of “The Hurt Locker” production company Voltage Pictures was called off in December in another broken deal where regulatory issues were at least partially blamed. Legendary Pictures CEO left the company after Wanda, which acquired the “Kong: Skull Island” production company for $3.5 billion last January, was unable to fold it into its publicly-traded cinema chain after Shenzhen Stock Exchange regulators cracked down on Legendary’s lack of profits and Byzantine ownership structure. OTM itself had also increasingly run afoul of these tighter regulations, being fined or punished 13 times by the CTRC in the last two years.

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Megyn Kelly Wants to Be NBC’s Oprah, Sources Say

Megyn Kelly became a trending topic across social media on Friday morning when Page Six published a report claiming the soon-to-be NBC host wants to be the next Oprah Winfrey.

In fairness, what TV personality wouldn’t want to be the next Oprah? And Kelly has openly discussed her admiration for Winfrey in the past. The truth is, it would be a juicer story if Kelly didn’t want to fill Winfrey’s void.

The former Fox News Channel star who jumped to NBC when her contract expired has been tight lipped on the details of her upcoming NBC show, so the Post’s story does provide some key insight on her future plans.

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Last month, TheWrap reported that NBC executives informed the “Today” staff that the 9 a.m. hour was being canceled to make room for a new program led by Kelly. Page Six, citing a source, reports that Kelly got worn out of the combative style of her Fox News show, feeling “she has more to offer.”

The report continues: “She wants to help people the way Oprah did, and do something more positive. She’ll be focusing on issues and bringing in real people as well as celebrities. Plus, she has a sense of humor and she wants to use that.”

If Page Six’s source is indeed accurate, then viewers should expect Kelly’s upcoming NBC gig to be more of a Oprah-style live audience talk show than a hard-news morning show. Remember, Kelly also has an upcoming Sunday night primetime gig on NBC that will presumably be focused on news.

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The Page Six story also notes that NBC News president Noah Oppenheim is currently searching for an executive producer for Kelly’s upcoming show, but she wants an outsider as opposed to someone from the NBC family. It’s important to take into consideration, however, that the New York Post (the paper that houses Page Six) has attacked NBC News for years — reporting that Kelly doesn’t want her EP to be from NBC could be interpreted as a way to stir the pot.

It would make much more sense financially to use staff and infrastructure that is already in place for NBC’s “Today” show to help get Kelly’s show off the ground. Kelly is known to be close with “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer.

Kelly’s Fox News show was among the most-watched cable news programs for the past few years, so NBC executives no doubt hope her success can translate to daytime television. It’s safe to assume everyone involves hopes she is the next Oprah.

NBC declined comment.

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‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee’ Apologizes to Cancer Patient for Saying He Has ‘Nazi Hair’

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” tweeted an apology after the TBS show ran a segment that inadvertently mocked the “Nazi hair” of a cancer patient.

The segment featured “Full Frontal” producer Michael Rubens as he covered the Conservative Political Action Conference. “This venerable conference has long celebrated traditional small-government conservatism,” the segment’s narrator said. “Just last year, CPAC was dominated by Ted Cruz supporters and chirpy little s–s with bowties, but Donald Trump, worried about a poor reception, canceled his appearance. This year, the bowties were gone and replaced by Nazi hair, Nazi hair, Nazi hair. F– off.”

One of the pictures displayed during the repeated use of the phrase “Nazi Hair” was of Kyle Coddington, a contributor to the conservative site OUTSET. According to the site’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Perkins, Coddington “was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer and recently completed his first round of chemotherapy and radiation.”

“On a personal note, as someone who has the pleasure of working with Kyle here at OUTSET, I urge Samantha Bee to release an apology for this sick attempt at a joke,” Perkins added. “Perhaps labeling someone because of their appearance is not the best approach.”

Coddington also responded to the segment via Twitter.

@iamsambee ???????????? Please delete this episode. I look like a balding potato. pic.twitter.com/H77JEnFs88

– Kyle (@_that_kyle) March 9, 2017

@iamsambee Also, it’s not a Nazi haircut. Richard Spencer’s is, but mine’s from cancer. ????????‍♂️????????‍♂️

– Kyle (@_that_kyle) March 9, 2017

Rubens and the “Full Frontal” Twitter account have both responded.

We deeply apologize for offending @_that_kyle in our CPAC segment. We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece.

– Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) March 9, 2017

@KFoleyFL !!! we didn’t know – we sincerely apologize & have reached out to him, & the show is making a donation to cancer research inst.

– Michael Rubens (@michaelsrubens) March 9, 2017

Nick Jonas Signs With WME

Nick Jonas has signed with WME, the agency announced Thursday.

The Grammy-nominated musician and actor will be represented by WME in all areas.

His acting credits include the Sundance Film Festival drama “Goat,” in which he co-starred alongside James Franco, and he recently wrapped production of the remake of “Jumanji” alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. He has also starred in the TV series “Scream Queens,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Kingdom.”

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Jonas’ songs include “Close,” “Jealous” and “Chains.” His first solo album “Nick Jonas” entered the Billboard 200, with both of the album’s singles charting the top 20 of the Billboard 100. It was re-released as “Nick Jonas X2” in 2015. He released his third studio album, “Last Year Was Complicated” in 2016.

As a songwriter, Jonas is a recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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He’ll continue to be represented by manager Phil McIntyre.

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DreamWorks Animation Pulls Plug on Hugh Jackman’s ‘Larrikins’

DreamWorks has cancelled the planned animated musical comedy “Larrikins,” according to a blog post from the project’s director, Tim Minchin.

Minchin, an Australian musician and stand-up comedian, said that “Larrikins” had been shut down on Friday, making it the second project shut down by the animation studio since it was purchased by NBCUniversal last April. Back in November, DreamWorks announced that they were canceling a planned sequel to the 2013 caveman comedy, “The Croods.”

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“I’ve recently been working in 3 different continents, missing my kids a lot, sleeping too little and not playing piano enough,” Minchin wrote in his blog post. “And then a couple of days ago, the animated film to which I’ve dedicated the last 4 years of my life was shut down by the new studio execs.”

“Larrikins” would have starred Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie and Naomi Watts in a comedy about a bilby — a marsupial native to the Australian Outback — who leaves his home under a rock to go on a road trip with a band. Minchin and Chris Miller (“Puss In Boots”) were attached to direct, with Minchin also writing songs for the film.

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With this cancellation, DreamWorks Animation currently has no films on its slate for 2018. Their next release is the Alec Baldwin-fronted “Boss Baby,” due out March 31, followed by a film adaptation of “Captain Underpants” on June 2. After that, DreamWorks has nearly two years of empty slate until “How To Train Your Dragon 3” releases March 1, 2019.

With DWA now joining Illumination under NBCUniversal’s wing, it’s looks likely that the two studios will be integrated in Universal’s plans for animated releases going forward. Notably, Illumination has “Despicable Me 3” set for June 30 of this year, and “Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” planned for November, 2018.

Illustrator Peter de Seve confirmed on Twitter that he was the first designer hired to work on “Larrikins” and shared some early concept art he drew upon learning of the cancellation.

Very sad to hear DWA killed LARRIKINS, their Aussie project. I was the first designer on that and had high hopes. Silly me. Fun though! pic.twitter.com/CkzV93HcIP

– Peter de Sève (@peterdeseve) March 6, 2017

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Eric Garcetti Claims Win in Los Angeles Mayoral Re-election Bid

Far outpacing his opponents, Eric Garcetti has been reelected tonight for a second term as mayor of Los Angeles.

With only 5% of the vote counted, CBS Los Angeles tonight declared Garcetti the clear winner among 11 candidates total, with 81% of counted votes.

“Thank you for giving me the honor of being your mayor for another term,” Garcetti said to supporters late Tuesday evening.

Garcetti is the son of former District Attorney Gil Garcetti, best known for serving in role during the trial of O.J. Simpson. During his first term, he spearheaded L.A.’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics, as well as a large expansion of the city’s public transit infrastructure, and an initiative to provide housing for the homeless.

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However, in the weeks just prior to tonight’s election, Garcetti faced increased criticism by immigrants’ rights activists, in particular for a perceived refusal to declare Los Angeles a sanctuary city — meaning, a city that does not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Garcetti sought to counter that perception, highlighting the city’s efforts on behalf of immigrants, and arguing there is no legal definition of “sanctuary city” in the first place. Garcetti also publicly spoke against the Trump immigration ban.

Garcetti remained popular throughout the city however, particularly within the film industry due to his support for the California film tax credit. Garcetti was among those who pushed for the credit’s 2014 expansion to $330 million per year, and in February during a campaign stop at Raleigh Studios, Garcetti called for the program to be expanded by “hundreds of millions of dollars more” when the current credit expires in 2020.

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SXSW Plans to Remove Immigration Clause, Backs Away From Deportation Threats

The South by Southwest Music Festival reversed course Tuesday, backing away from language in its contract that threatened to deport foreign-born acts playing at “unofficial” performances during the March extravaganza and pledging to change it going forward.

In a statement posted on the South by Southwest website, the festival’s organizers promised to change its invitation letter for 2018 and beyond. SXSW also said it will “remove the option of notifying immigration authorities in situations where a foreign artist might ‘adversely affect the viability of Artist’s official showcase.’”

The original language threatened any foreign-born acts that accepted often-lucrative side gigs during the festival, which technically violate the SXSW terms. But with this year’s festival highlighting acts from countries affected by President Trump’s travel ban, plenty of backlash ensued, and one act, the Brooklyn-based band Told Slant, chose to cancel its scheduled performance at this month’s festival as a result.

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Last week, SXSW CEO and co-founder Roland Swenson defended the contract in a statementsaying the festival had “never reported international showcasing artists to immigration authorities” and that “language governing SXSW’s ability to protect a showcase has been in the artist Performance Agreement for many years.”

“Accepting and performing at unofficial events (including unofficial events aside from SXSW Music dates during their visit to the United States) may result in immediate deportation, revoked passport and denied entry by US Customs Border Patrol at US ports of entry,” the original contract read.

That wasn’t a satisfactory excuse for plenty of performers and attendees, and SXSW demonstratively changed course Tuesday — recognizing the need to do so in post-travel ban America.

“In this political climate, especially as it relates to immigration, we recognize the heightened importance of standing together against injustice,” the statement said.

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The festival’s organizers also said that they had never deported a single performer in its 31 years.

“We would like to again apologize for the language in our agreements,” the statement said. “We care deeply about the community we serve, and our event is a welcome and safe space for all people.”

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