From ‘The Walking Dead’ to ‘House of Cards’: 8 TV Shows That Went on After Star Exit

Picture going through your Netflix and finding out “Seinfeld” went on without Jerry, “Cheers” without Sam Malone or even that the ongoing “Riverdale” marched on without Archie Andrews. Could you believe it? Would you still watch?

So far in 2018, three award-winning TV shows have continued on without a main character. One was planned (Andrew Lincoln on “The Walking Dead”). The other two, not so much (Kevin Spacey’s exit on “House of Cards,” Roseanne Barr’s firing leading to the spinoff “The Conners.”) The trend continues in 2019. “Transparent” Season 5 will be sans Jeffrey Tambor, who exited after he was accused of sexual harassment (Tambor has denied the accusations).

A show’s lifeline after a major character exits is never certain. But by looking at how that quandary has been met by shows in the past, maybe a little insight can be gained about how it can be handled in the future.

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Recently with “The Walking Dead,” Lincoln’s departure as Rick Grimes offers no indication that the successful franchise will be ending. In fact, his story will continue in a series of original films on AMC. “TWD” is still currently the top-rated series on cable, but whether Lincoln’s absence will prove costly to the franchise remains to be seen.

TheWrap looks back at 10 notable main character exits, how they were written off, and how long the show lasted afterward.

“House of Cards”

Netflix

Kevin Spacey was fired from his role as president Frank Underwood on the Netflix drama last November, after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of predatory behavior years earlier. Afterward, more than a dozen men came forward to accuse Spacey of similar behavior. Soon after it was announced that season 6 would be the show’s last, with Robin Wright taking over as the lead for one last ride.

Also Read: Here’s How ‘House of Cards’ Wrote Out Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood

Reception of the final season, which released Nov. 2, has been generally favorable. Season 6 currently has a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Barring a spinoff, “House of Cards” is now heading into the sunset.

“The Office”

Steve Carrell left the role of Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott behind in 2011 after the show’s seventh season, telling E! Online after his June 2010 announcement that “I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on, I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go.”

“The Office” ran for two more seasons after Carrell’s exit, with “The Blacklist”‘s James Spader and even Idris Elba taking a crack at the role of regional manager.

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“Two and a Half Men”

CBS

Charlie Sheen played the antagonistic brother Charlie Harper in the CBS comedy’s first eight seasons, but was fired in early 2011 after he made comments disparaging the show and producer Chuck Lorre.

Also Read: Charlie Sheen ‘Can Relate’ to Roseanne Barr’s ‘Tone of Absolute Despair’

“Two and a Half Men” would proceed without Sheen for four more seasons, replacing him with Ashton Kutcher as an internet billionaire who buys Charlie’s house. The show continued to modest ratings, according to Business Insider, but never the highs seen prior to Sheen’s departure.

“8 Simple Rules”

After John Ritter suffered a heart attack and died early on in the second season of this ABC comedy, actor/comedian David Spade and actor James Garner joined the show.

“We don’t pretend to know exactly where this will take us; we will take episodes one at a time,” ABC Entertainment President Susan Lyne told the Washington Post in September 2003.

“8 Simple Rules” would be canceled after its third season.

“Scrubs”

After the hospital-set comedy switched networks from NBC to ABC after its eight season in 2009, the show was rebooted to focus on a new crop of medical school students. Only stars Zach Braff, Donald Faison and Ted McGinley remained series regulars in supporting roles, with the rest of the show’s originals switching to either recurring or guest appearances only.

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The ninth season, which featured actors Dave Franco and Kerry Bishe, would turn out to be its last.

“That 70’s Show”

Actors Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher surprised fans when they decided not to return for the show’s eighth and final season.

“I cried. It was really hard, actually. One of those times you really see this incredible team. But the two of them are making choices, and I am super proud of them and knowing they’re doing amazing stuff,” Wilmer Valderrama, who played Fez on the show, told Fox News in May 2005. Kutcher and Grace were both pursuing movie careers at the time.

“Nashville”

When the show began on ABC in 2010, the musical drama focused on Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) vying to be the top country artist in the nation. During the show’s transition to CMT in 2016, creative differences arose between the show and star Britton, according “Nashville” showrunner Marshall Herskovitz in a Variety story in Feb. 2017.

“She loved the people on the show and it was like a family, but after four years, she felt she needed a different challenge, which is something I really understand as an artist,” Herskovitz said.

Also Read: ‘Nashville’ Creator Tells Us All About That Surprise Finale Cameo: ‘So Perfect’

Britton would be killed off in season 5 episode 9, with the show having its final curtain call a year later with season 6.

“Three’s Company”

Asking for equal pay as your male counterpart has become the norm in 2018, but for Suzanne Somers in 1980, asking for the same kind of money as John Ritter was asking for too much.

In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter in 2015, Somers detailed how she spoke out during contract negotiations for the fifth season of “Three’s Company” in 1980. Things came to a head when Somers asked for a pay hike from $30,000 an episode to $150,000, equal to what Ritter was making at the time. The producer resisted, and soon would fire Somers “to make a point,” Somer’s husband and manager Alan Hamel said in the same story.

While the show would go last four more seasons and launch a short-lived spinoff called “Three’s a Crowd,” ratings never quite reached the highs of its earlier run.

“Spin City”

Michael J. Fox’s portrayal of deputy New York city mayor Mike Flaherty nabbed him two consecutive Golden Globes for outstanding actor in a comedy and an Emmy for best actor in a comedy series.

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But Fox left after season 4 due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease. The show would run for two more seasons with Charlie Sheen taking over in the lead role.

”This big idea that the show must go on — after a while it just didn’t seem as compelling an idea,” Fox told the New York Times at the time. ”It just seemed like the right time.”

Side note: Spin City featured both Sheen (“Two and a Half Men”) and Britton (“Nashville”) as characters. And if that wasn’t enough, the co-creator of “Spin City” was “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence.

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Picture going through your Netflix and finding out “Seinfeld” went on without Jerry, “Cheers” without Sam Malone or even that the ongoing “Riverdale” marched on without Archie Andrews. Could you believe it? Would you still watch?

So far in 2018, three award-winning TV shows have continued on without a main character. One was planned (Andrew Lincoln on “The Walking Dead”). The other two, not so much (Kevin Spacey’s exit on “House of Cards,” Roseanne Barr’s firing leading to the spinoff “The Conners.”) The trend continues in 2019. “Transparent” Season 5 will be sans Jeffrey Tambor, who exited after he was accused of sexual harassment (Tambor has denied the accusations).

A show’s lifeline after a major character exits is never certain. But by looking at how that quandary has been met by shows in the past, maybe a little insight can be gained about how it can be handled in the future.

Recently with “The Walking Dead,” Lincoln’s departure as Rick Grimes offers no indication that the successful franchise will be ending. In fact, his story will continue in a series of original films on AMC. “TWD” is still currently the top-rated series on cable, but whether Lincoln’s absence will prove costly to the franchise remains to be seen.

TheWrap looks back at 10 notable main character exits, how they were written off, and how long the show lasted afterward.

“House of Cards”

Netflix

Kevin Spacey was fired from his role as president Frank Underwood on the Netflix drama last November, after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of predatory behavior years earlier. Afterward, more than a dozen men came forward to accuse Spacey of similar behavior. Soon after it was announced that season 6 would be the show’s last, with Robin Wright taking over as the lead for one last ride.

Reception of the final season, which released Nov. 2, has been generally favorable. Season 6 currently has a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Barring a spinoff, “House of Cards” is now heading into the sunset.

“The Office”

Steve Carrell left the role of Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott behind in 2011 after the show’s seventh season, telling E! Online after his June 2010 announcement that “I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on, I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go.”

“The Office” ran for two more seasons after Carrell’s exit, with “The Blacklist”‘s James Spader and even Idris Elba taking a crack at the role of regional manager.

“Two and a Half Men”

CBS

Charlie Sheen played the antagonistic brother Charlie Harper in the CBS comedy’s first eight seasons, but was fired in early 2011 after he made comments disparaging the show and producer Chuck Lorre.

“Two and a Half Men” would proceed without Sheen for four more seasons, replacing him with Ashton Kutcher as an internet billionaire who buys Charlie’s house. The show continued to modest ratings, according to Business Insider, but never the highs seen prior to Sheen’s departure.

“8 Simple Rules”

After John Ritter suffered a heart attack and died early on in the second season of this ABC comedy, actor/comedian David Spade and actor James Garner joined the show.

“We don’t pretend to know exactly where this will take us; we will take episodes one at a time,” ABC Entertainment President Susan Lyne told the Washington Post in September 2003.

“8 Simple Rules” would be canceled after its third season.

“Scrubs”

After the hospital-set comedy switched networks from NBC to ABC after its eight season in 2009, the show was rebooted to focus on a new crop of medical school students. Only stars Zach Braff, Donald Faison and Ted McGinley remained series regulars in supporting roles, with the rest of the show’s originals switching to either recurring or guest appearances only.

The ninth season, which featured actors Dave Franco and Kerry Bishe, would turn out to be its last.

“That 70’s Show”

Actors Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher surprised fans when they decided not to return for the show’s eighth and final season.

“I cried. It was really hard, actually. One of those times you really see this incredible team. But the two of them are making choices, and I am super proud of them and knowing they’re doing amazing stuff,” Wilmer Valderrama, who played Fez on the show, told Fox News in May 2005. Kutcher and Grace were both pursuing movie careers at the time.

“Nashville”

When the show began on ABC in 2010, the musical drama focused on Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) vying to be the top country artist in the nation. During the show’s transition to CMT in 2016, creative differences arose between the show and star Britton, according “Nashville” showrunner Marshall Herskovitz in a Variety story in Feb. 2017.

“She loved the people on the show and it was like a family, but after four years, she felt she needed a different challenge, which is something I really understand as an artist,” Herskovitz said.

Britton would be killed off in season 5 episode 9, with the show having its final curtain call a year later with season 6.

“Three’s Company”

Asking for equal pay as your male counterpart has become the norm in 2018, but for Suzanne Somers in 1980, asking for the same kind of money as John Ritter was asking for too much.

In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter in 2015, Somers detailed how she spoke out during contract negotiations for the fifth season of “Three’s Company” in 1980. Things came to a head when Somers asked for a pay hike from $30,000 an episode to $150,000, equal to what Ritter was making at the time. The producer resisted, and soon would fire Somers “to make a point,” Somer’s husband and manager Alan Hamel said in the same story.

While the show would go last four more seasons and launch a short-lived spinoff called “Three’s a Crowd,” ratings never quite reached the highs of its earlier run.

“Spin City”

Michael J. Fox’s portrayal of deputy New York city mayor Mike Flaherty nabbed him two consecutive Golden Globes for outstanding actor in a comedy and an Emmy for best actor in a comedy series.

But Fox left after season 4 due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease. The show would run for two more seasons with Charlie Sheen taking over in the lead role.

”This big idea that the show must go on — after a while it just didn’t seem as compelling an idea,” Fox told the New York Times at the time. ”It just seemed like the right time.”

Side note: Spin City featured both Sheen (“Two and a Half Men”) and Britton (“Nashville”) as characters. And if that wasn’t enough, the co-creator of “Spin City” was “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence.

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‘The Ranch’ Renewed By Netflix for Season 4

Netflix has renewed “The Ranch” for a fourth season, which will again consist of 20 episodes.

The multi-camera comedy debuted the first half of its third season in June, which featured the departure of series co-star Danny Masterson.

Netflix fired Masterson from “The Ranch” in December after five women accused him of sexual misconduct, including rape. Some of the accusations dated back to the early 2000s. Masterson has denied the accusations, and said in a statement shortly after his firing that he was “very disappointed” in the decision.

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Dax Shepard was cast as a recurring guest star for Season 3 after Netflix fired Masterson. Shepard will play former soldier Luke Matthews, who arrives in Garrison with some history with the Iron River Ranch. He forms a quick bond with Colt (Ashton Kutcher) and Beau (Sam Elliott), but his past has a way of catching up to him.

The show centers around Colt (Ashton Kutcher), who returns to his family’s Colorado ranch after his semi-pro football career fizzles out. Sam Elliott, Debra Winger and Elisha Cuthbert also star.

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Netflix has renewed “The Ranch” for a fourth season, which will again consist of 20 episodes.

The multi-camera comedy debuted the first half of its third season in June, which featured the departure of series co-star Danny Masterson.

Netflix fired Masterson from “The Ranch” in December after five women accused him of sexual misconduct, including rape. Some of the accusations dated back to the early 2000s. Masterson has denied the accusations, and said in a statement shortly after his firing that he was “very disappointed” in the decision.

Dax Shepard was cast as a recurring guest star for Season 3 after Netflix fired Masterson. Shepard will play former soldier Luke Matthews, who arrives in Garrison with some history with the Iron River Ranch. He forms a quick bond with Colt (Ashton Kutcher) and Beau (Sam Elliott), but his past has a way of catching up to him.

The show centers around Colt (Ashton Kutcher), who returns to his family’s Colorado ranch after his semi-pro football career fizzles out. Sam Elliott, Debra Winger and Elisha Cuthbert also star.

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From Schwarzenegger to Witherspoon and DeGeneres, Hollywood Remembers John McCain

Hollywood is remembering Sen. John McCain, who passed away Saturday after suffering from brain cancer. He was 81.

Condolences poured in very quickly for McCain, the former Republican presidential candidate, two-time Gold Star recipient and political icon. Friday, his family announced that the senator, “with his usual strength of will,” had “chosen to discontinue medical treatment.”

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote: “Each of us must strive for his dignity, his service, his commitment to county. He showed us the way. Ellen DeGeneres wrote: “He always stood up for what he believed was right.” And Dave Foley added: “Decency has lost a representative.”

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Here are some statements from those mourning McCain’s death.

I will miss Senator McCain dearly, and my thoughts are with Cindy and Senator McCain’s whole family. What I said yesterday matters even more today. Each of us must strive for his dignity, his service, his commitment to country. He showed us the way. https://t.co/xwaumiDrJ0

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) August 26, 2018

God Bless, #JohnMcCain . Respect for this American citizen who proudly served our country for so many years. #RIP https://t.co/gzJTdG5QKz

— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) August 26, 2018

I was honored to have met John McCain. He always stood up for what he believed was right. Sending love to his family on this very sad day for our country. pic.twitter.com/SiIsXJMqvo

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 26, 2018

Decency has lost a representative. #RIPJohnMccain

— Dave Foley (@DaveSFoley) August 26, 2018

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Senator John McCain passed today, all i can think about..he never stopped trying to do his best. What an honor it’s been to know him. My condolences to the family he loved and adored and to his daughter & my friend @MeghanMcCain…from all my family, much love

— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) August 26, 2018

A asked senator McCain how he stays motivated after all this time he told me, “it’s not active. As I drive to work, The day I see this capital building on the horizon and don’t feel inspired, is the day I will stop fighting for the principles for which she stands.”

— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) August 26, 2018

America lost a real hero today. Condolences to @cindymccain, the McCain family and the Arizonans who were so fortunate to have the opportunity to vote for a man of principle. John McCain’s sacrifice and the sacrifices made by all our POWs and MIAs must never be forgotten.

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 26, 2018

John McCain’s finest moment (for me) came in 2008, when a woman at a rally referred to Obama as an Arab. “No, ma’am,” McCain replied. “He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with.” That’s manning up.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 26, 2018

All my love, respect and admiration for @MeghanMcCain and her family today. I hope the President can muster some amount of decency and respect to say something kind about a man who was very important to this country, all political differences aside. #JohnMcCain

— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) August 26, 2018

John McCain had integrity, intelligence, and courage. RIP https://t.co/KchQ1OQY5Q

— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) August 26, 2018

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— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) August 26, 2018

We lost a great American hero today in John McCain. The last of a breed of pooiticians who understood the true meaning of “ Public Service “. He will be surely missed and never replaced, and I’m honored to have known him. pic.twitter.com/X7WmVjes7E

— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) August 26, 2018

RIP. From start to finish he fought for us in battle and for his country in putting his blood , guts , brains and devotion to his country before himself. God bless you, Senator. to his loved ones. https://t.co/zrZZE6ckzt pic.twitter.com/WnRqrUFeNz

— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) August 26, 2018

All my love, respect and admiration for @MeghanMcCain and her family today. I hope the President can muster some amount of decency and respect to say something kind about a man who was very important to this country, all political differences aside. #JohnMcCain

— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) August 26, 2018

Rest in peace, @SenJohnMcCain. We are forever indebted to you for your service and sacrifice. https://t.co/BwQsQCtDGb

— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) August 26, 2018

#RIPJohnMcCain Words that he lived by: https://t.co/4apl0qf6N2

— Denis Leary (@denisleary) August 26, 2018

God bless Sen. John McCain! I met him several times and was always impressed. A patriot. A real gentleman. A decent man. #Ripsenjohnmccain #JohnMcCain #SenJohnMcCain

— Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) August 26, 2018

One less honorable man. R.I.P.John McCain

— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) August 26, 2018

We have lost a true American Hero today! Someone who fought for our country abroad and at home in war and in peace. A man who would vote his conscience whether his party agreed or not. A… https://t.co/3VZrZ2o8n0

— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) August 26, 2018

So sorry to hear this news. America has lost a powerful voice, a tireless patriot and a true hero. My thoughts are with @cindymccain @MeghanMcCain , their whole family and all who knew and loved #JohnMcCain . Sir, May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. https://t.co/nZSUc1cOah

— Melissa Gilbert (@MEGBusfield) August 26, 2018

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Hollywood is remembering Sen. John McCain, who passed away Saturday after suffering from brain cancer. He was 81.

Condolences poured in very quickly for McCain, the former Republican presidential candidate, two-time Gold Star recipient and political icon. Friday, his family announced that the senator, “with his usual strength of will,” had “chosen to discontinue medical treatment.”

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote: “Each of us must strive for his dignity, his service, his commitment to county. He showed us the way. Ellen DeGeneres wrote: “He always stood up for what he believed was right.” And Dave Foley added: “Decency has lost a representative.”

Here are some statements from those mourning McCain’s death.

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The Evolution of Mila Kunis, From ‘That ’70s Show’ to ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ (Photos)

At age 10, Ukraine-born Mila Kunis landed a small role in the 1995 short movie “Make a Wish, Molly” about a Russian Jewish girl newly arrived in the U.S.
Kunis also played small parts in mid-’90s TV shows like “Baywatch.”

At age 10, Ukraine-born Mila Kunis landed a small role in the 1995 short movie “Make a Wish, Molly” about a Russian Jewish girl newly arrived in the U.S.

Kunis also played small parts in mid-’90s TV shows like “Baywatch.”

She had a recurring role as Ashley in the WB family series “Seventh Heaven” in 1996-97.

Kunis played the 11-year-old version of Angelina Jolie‘s character in the acclaimed 1998 HBO movie “Gia,” a biopic of ’70s model Gia Carangi that won Jolie and Faye Dunaway Golden Globes.

Mila Kunis married her former “That ’70s Show” co-star Ashton Kutcher in July 2015, months after she gave birth to their daughter, Wyatt. (Here they’re seen promoting NBC’s Red Nose Day charity telecast in May 2016.)

At 14, she fibbed about her age and landed her breakout role as the initially spoiled rich girl Jackie Burkhart in the hit Fox sitcom “That ’70s Show.”

In 1999, Kunis replaced Lacey Chabert as the voice of awkward teenager Meg Griffin on Seth MacFarlane‘s animated sitcom “Family Guy.”

Mila Kunis tried to make a leap to the big screen opposite Kirsten Dunst in the 2001 high school rom-com “Get Over It.”

In 2002, Kunis began dating former “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin (seen here at a 2005 benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita). The couple officially announced their split in 2011.

Kunis (seen here with her co-star and future husband Aston Kutcher at a 2004 press event) stayed with “That ’70s Show” for all eight seasons until it wrapped in 2006.

Kunis proved a romantic charmer as a Hawaiian resort worker who connects with Jason Segel‘s recently dumped hero in the 2008 rom-com “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

In 2009, Kunis popped up at Spike’s Guys Choice Awards to claim the award for “Hottest Mila.”

In 2010, she tried her hand at action in the Denzel Washington postapocalyptic thriller “The Book of Eli.”

Mila Kunis had a high-profile and widely acclaimed role opposite Natalie Portman as an ambitious ballet dancer in Darren Aronofsky‘s acclaimed drama “Black Swan.”

 

In 2016, she re-teamed with “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” co-star Kristen Bell — as well as Kathryn Hahn — in the R-rated suburban comedy “Bad Moms.”

 

Diddy, Ashton Kutcher Talk Presidency, Play “Drop the Mic” on ‘Late Late Show’

Sean “Diddy” Combs and Ashton Kutcher talked Trump, the presidency and how ‘Making the Band’ and ‘Punk’d’ enabled them to become friends and played “Drop the Mic” in an appearance on ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden.’read more


Sean "Diddy" Combs and Ashton Kutcher talked Trump, the presidency and how 'Making the Band' and 'Punk'd' enabled them to become friends and played "Drop the Mic" in an appearance on 'The Late Late Show With James Corden.'

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Diddy Crashes ‘Drop the Mic’ to Hand James Corden Historic Win Over Ashton Kutcher (Video)

We experienced history on Tuesday’s “Late Late Show,” when James Corden actually won his own “Drop the Mic” battle for the first time. The CBS personality needed a surprise appearance from Fox’s “The Four” judge Diddy to make his victory over Ashton Kutcher official.

Here are some of the lines Corden started off strongly with:

“I heard I was battling an A-list hunk/but when I saw Ashton Kutcher/ I knew I was getting ‘Punk’d.’”

And this punch:

“You were so bad in ‘Jobs’/even Siri won’t talk to you.”

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Kutcher’s best was comeback was probably this one at the very end: “You did ‘Ocean’s 8’/that’s worth mentioning/They probably should have called it ‘Ocean’s 8 Everything.’”

Get it? Because Corden is a husky man.

Watch the video above to see the other insults those two spit out.

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We experienced history on Tuesday’s “Late Late Show,” when James Corden actually won his own “Drop the Mic” battle for the first time. The CBS personality needed a surprise appearance from Fox’s “The Four” judge Diddy to make his victory over Ashton Kutcher official.

Here are some of the lines Corden started off strongly with:

“I heard I was battling an A-list hunk/but when I saw Ashton Kutcher/ I knew I was getting ‘Punk’d.'”

And this punch:

“You were so bad in ‘Jobs’/even Siri won’t talk to you.”

Kutcher’s best was comeback was probably this one at the very end: “You did ‘Ocean’s 8’/that’s worth mentioning/They probably should have called it ‘Ocean’s 8 Everything.'”

Get it? Because Corden is a husky man.

Watch the video above to see the other insults those two spit out.

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‘The Ranch’ Season 3 Trailer: Pregnancy, Wildfire & Felony Charges On Netflix Comedy

After their home is destroyed by a wildfire, the family at the center  of The Ranch does some reflecting. “We’re the f*cking Bennetts,” matriarch Maggie asserts. “We’ve been through blizzards, droughts, diseases –,&#…

After their home is destroyed by a wildfire, the family at the center  of The Ranch does some reflecting. “We’re the f*cking Bennetts,” matriarch Maggie asserts. “We’ve been through blizzards, droughts, diseases –,” interrupting, dad Beau reminds, “And eight years of Bill Clinton.” Here’s the sometime-profane trailer for Season 3 (aka Part 5) of Netflix’s multicam comedy, which revolves around the dysfunctional clan on their Colorado spread. Along with the fire…

Charlie Sheen Says ‘Good Riddance’ to ‘Roseanne,’ Touts ‘Two and a Half Men’ Reboot

Charlie Sheen has bid “Roseanne” farewell and touted a reboot for his old show, “Two and a Half Men.”

“Adios Roseanne! Good riddance,” Sheen tweeted on Tuesday along with the hashtag #CharlieHarperReturns. “Hashtag NOT Winning. The runway is now clear for OUR reboot.”

ABC canceled “Roseanne” early Tuesday after Barr suggested that former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”

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“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement to TheWrap.

Barr apologized after the immediate backlash and left Twitter Tuesday morning, only to return Tuesday night for another apology.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks,” she said. “I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”

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“Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!” Barr tweeted Tuesday evening. “I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan’s podcast friday.”

“Two and a Half Men” ran from 2003 to 2015 and starred Sheen, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones. In 2011, Sheen left the show and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher.

See Sheen’s tweet below.

adios
Roseanne!

good
riddance.

hashtag
NOT Winning.

the
runway is
now clear
for
OUR reboot.

©#CharlieHarperReturns pic.twitter.com/HcqMvIoxCM

— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) May 29, 2018

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Charlie Sheen has bid “Roseanne” farewell and touted a reboot for his old show, “Two and a Half Men.”

“Adios Roseanne! Good riddance,” Sheen tweeted on Tuesday along with the hashtag #CharlieHarperReturns. “Hashtag NOT Winning. The runway is now clear for OUR reboot.”

ABC canceled “Roseanne” early Tuesday after Barr suggested that former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement to TheWrap.

Barr apologized after the immediate backlash and left Twitter Tuesday morning, only to return Tuesday night for another apology.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks,” she said. “I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”

“Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!” Barr tweeted Tuesday evening. “I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan’s podcast friday.”

“Two and a Half Men” ran from 2003 to 2015 and starred Sheen, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones. In 2011, Sheen left the show and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher.

See Sheen’s tweet below.

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9 April Fools’ Day Headlines That Turned Out to Be True (Photos)

From the death of Marvin Gaye to a Will FerrellKristen Wiig Lifetime movie, these events were unfortunately timed for April Fools’ Day but were 100 percent real. Happy April Fool’s Day. We hope you don’t fall for any tricks — and that you don’t take any real headline to be fake. Here are some examples of April 1 headlines that turned out to be completely real.

Singer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father, Marvin Gaye Sr., on April 1, 1984. The news was so shocking and the timing so unfortunate that even Gaye’s close friend Smokey Robinson thought it was a morbid prank by the disc jockey on the radio station where he heard it.

Van Halen was one of the biggest rock bands on the planet in 1985, so it’s not a surprise that lead singer David Lee Roth announcing his exit from the band, on April 1, would be considered to be a joke by most fans. But exit he did, to be replaced by Sammy Hagar, who took the band to even greater success.

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known simply as Selena, was murdered on March 31, 1995, but that proximity to April Fools’ Day was enough for some fans to accuse radio station KEDA-AM, which broke the news initially, of lying about it.

On April 1, 2004, Google announced an invitation-only beta version of a new e-mail service, called GMail. With tongue-in-cheek press release in tow, the idea seemed like a fantasy, especially the 1GB space Gmail offered — at a time when the most popular free email hosts like Hotmail and Yahoo were offering 2MB and 4MB, respectively.

In 2012, Ashton Kutcher may have been best-known for taking over for Charlie Sheen on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.” So it may have come as quite a shock when the announcement was made on April 1 that he would be playing Apple founder Steve Jobs in an indie movie, “Jobs,” a full two years before Michael Fassbender was nominated for an Oscar for playing him in Danny Boyle‘s “Steve Jobs.”

On April 1, 2015, Lifetime announced its newest movie of the week: “A Deadly Adoption” — starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. It was the perfect setup for a great prank, but this one was dead serious. One day after the news broke, Ferrell and Wiig’s camps announced the movie had been scrapped — that turned out to be the joke, and the movie premiered two months later.

 

From the death of Marvin Gaye to a Will Ferrell-Kristen Wiig Lifetime movie, these events were unfortunately timed for April Fools’ Day but were 100 percent real. Happy April Fool’s Day. We hope you don’t fall for any tricks — and that you don’t take any real headline to be fake. Here are some examples of April 1 headlines that turned out to be completely real.

Singer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father, Marvin Gaye Sr., on April 1, 1984. The news was so shocking and the timing so unfortunate that even Gaye’s close friend Smokey Robinson thought it was a morbid prank by the disc jockey on the radio station where he heard it.

Van Halen was one of the biggest rock bands on the planet in 1985, so it’s not a surprise that lead singer David Lee Roth announcing his exit from the band, on April 1, would be considered to be a joke by most fans. But exit he did, to be replaced by Sammy Hagar, who took the band to even greater success.

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known simply as Selena, was murdered on March 31, 1995, but that proximity to April Fools’ Day was enough for some fans to accuse radio station KEDA-AM, which broke the news initially, of lying about it.

On April 1, 2004, Google announced an invitation-only beta version of a new e-mail service, called GMail. With tongue-in-cheek press release in tow, the idea seemed like a fantasy, especially the 1GB space Gmail offered — at a time when the most popular free email hosts like Hotmail and Yahoo were offering 2MB and 4MB, respectively.

In 2012, Ashton Kutcher may have been best-known for taking over for Charlie Sheen on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.” So it may have come as quite a shock when the announcement was made on April 1 that he would be playing Apple founder Steve Jobs in an indie movie, “Jobs,” a full two years before Michael Fassbender was nominated for an Oscar for playing him in Danny Boyle‘s “Steve Jobs.”

On April 1, 2015, Lifetime announced its newest movie of the week: “A Deadly Adoption” — starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. It was the perfect setup for a great prank, but this one was dead serious. One day after the news broke, Ferrell and Wiig’s camps announced the movie had been scrapped — that turned out to be the joke, and the movie premiered two months later.

 

SXSW Party Report: Guy Oseary Goes From Oscar Night Success to Austin Social Scene Winner (Photos)

Elon Musk, Spike Lee, Guy Oseary and Ashton Kutcher headlined one of the top bashes so far at SXSW 2018. During the same calendar week that he hosted the most exclusive Oscar after party with Madonna,  Oseary joined with Kutcher and their Sound Ventures investment partners for a bash at the Hotel Van Zandt. 2

The Sound Ventures guys drafted some local talent on to their judging panel for their $100,000 start-up pitch competition: Matthew McConaughey (right).  Gary Vaynerchuck, Kutcher, Melody McCloskey, and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff  named Rebecca Liebman’s LearnLux the winner of the smartwater sponsored event. Kutcher kicked in additional $100k and Benioff doubled that with an additional $200k personal investment.

These guys have the cash. They hired Snoop Dogg to spin the party later on Saturday night (March 10).

Before she performs on a huge stage at Coachella next month, St. Vincent gave a more intimate show at the Sound Ventures party as Casamigos cocktails flowed.

The SXSW spirit started at LAX, where HBO and Delta partnered on a “Westworld” themed flight of L.A. tech notables. The #DeltaFestivalShuttle included Paul Scheer  and Joey King (right).

Though Delta and HBO slung black hats and white hats at guests for the ride to Texas, there were really only “good guys” (and gals) aboard the flight. The social club at altitude included Michael Dublin (CEO of Dollar Shave Club), Peter Phan (Co-Founder of Science Blockchain) and Tipatat Chennavasin (Co-Founder and General Partner of The Virtual Reality Fund).

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“We know we’re late to the music subscription party,” Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music, said in a music keynote on March 14.  “There are plenty of leaned in (YouTube music) listeners willing to pay, so we will convert them to paid subscribers,” he said of the online video leader’s future in audio.   “We are making an enormous investment to launch a music product that combines the best of Google Play Music’s context listening and YouTube’s breadth and depth of catalogue.”

The AUDIENCE network snuck a world premiere of its series “Condor” in Austin three months before the MGM produced series with Skydance TV lands on air in June. Celebrating the reveal: Showrunner/EP Jason Smilovic, Co-Executive Producer Todd Katzberg, and stars Max Irons and Leem Lubany.

Fox Sports leaned in to Austin’s reputation as a soccer hotbed by promoting the upcoming docuseries “Phenoms”. Shot in 20 countries by 12 directors as a walk up to Fox’s coverage of the Men’s World Cup this summer, it features 60 top players from around the world. Scary chef and scary football fanatic Gordon Ramsay talked up the show with (from left) Fox Sports host Rob Stone, Fox Digital Studio VP David Worthen,  former player and EP Mario Melchiot and and Fox Sports President/COO Eric Shanks.

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Those are genuine smiles coming from the creative ensemble behind “The Unicorn”. After a well-received premiere for the rom-com about a couple’s relationship self-help via a threesome, lead Lauren Lapkus, Director Robert Schwartzman, lead Nick Rutherford, Darrell Brit-Gibson, and Maya Kazan hit the WeWork rooftop.

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Elon Musk, Spike Lee, Guy Oseary and Ashton Kutcher headlined one of the top bashes so far at SXSW 2018. During the same calendar week that he hosted the most exclusive Oscar after party with Madonna,  Oseary joined with Kutcher and their Sound Ventures investment partners for a bash at the Hotel Van Zandt. 2

The Sound Ventures guys drafted some local talent on to their judging panel for their $100,000 start-up pitch competition: Matthew McConaughey (right).  Gary Vaynerchuck, Kutcher, Melody McCloskey, and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff  named Rebecca Liebman’s LearnLux the winner of the smartwater sponsored event. Kutcher kicked in additional $100k and Benioff doubled that with an additional $200k personal investment.

These guys have the cash. They hired Snoop Dogg to spin the party later on Saturday night (March 10).

Before she performs on a huge stage at Coachella next month, St. Vincent gave a more intimate show at the Sound Ventures party as Casamigos cocktails flowed.

The SXSW spirit started at LAX, where HBO and Delta partnered on a “Westworld” themed flight of L.A. tech notables. The #DeltaFestivalShuttle included Paul Scheer  and Joey King (right).

Though Delta and HBO slung black hats and white hats at guests for the ride to Texas, there were really only “good guys” (and gals) aboard the flight. The social club at altitude included Michael Dublin (CEO of Dollar Shave Club), Peter Phan (Co-Founder of Science Blockchain) and Tipatat Chennavasin (Co-Founder and General Partner of The Virtual Reality Fund).

“We know we’re late to the music subscription party,” Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music, said in a music keynote on March 14.  “There are plenty of leaned in (YouTube music) listeners willing to pay, so we will convert them to paid subscribers,” he said of the online video leader’s future in audio.   “We are making an enormous investment to launch a music product that combines the best of Google Play Music’s context listening and YouTube’s breadth and depth of catalogue.”

The AUDIENCE network snuck a world premiere of its series “Condor” in Austin three months before the MGM produced series with Skydance TV lands on air in June. Celebrating the reveal: Showrunner/EP Jason Smilovic, Co-Executive Producer Todd Katzberg, and stars Max Irons and Leem Lubany.

Fox Sports leaned in to Austin’s reputation as a soccer hotbed by promoting the upcoming docuseries “Phenoms”. Shot in 20 countries by 12 directors as a walk up to Fox’s coverage of the Men’s World Cup this summer, it features 60 top players from around the world. Scary chef and scary football fanatic Gordon Ramsay talked up the show with (from left) Fox Sports host Rob Stone, Fox Digital Studio VP David Worthen,  former player and EP Mario Melchiot and and Fox Sports President/COO Eric Shanks.

Those are genuine smiles coming from the creative ensemble behind “The Unicorn”. After a well-received premiere for the rom-com about a couple’s relationship self-help via a threesome, lead Lauren Lapkus, Director Robert Schwartzman, lead Nick Rutherford, Darrell Brit-Gibson, and Maya Kazan hit the WeWork rooftop.

 

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Innovators List 2017: 10 Hollywood Disruptors From MoviePass CEO to James Corden (Videos)

What do a bunch of guys who once pretended to go into child labor, a karaoke-loving late-night host, an Emmy-winning screenwriter and a handful of tech CEOs have in common?

They’re all shaking up the way content is consumed and distributed in Hollywood, and they all made The Wrap’s Innovators List 2017. 

You can check them out at the Innovators panel at The Grill conference on October 3 at Montage Beverly Hills, an event that brings together the leading voices in the convergence between entertainment, media and technology.

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1. Dan Altmann, CEO & Founder, WeBuyGold

Dan Altmann is the CEO and co-founder of WeBuyGold, a social-video network pioneering new ways to tell stories with the world’s most popular and emerging music talent.

The company recently launched a short-form animated series on Instagram called “The Year 2100” featuring multi-platinum rapper and songwriter 21 Savage, which became an instant hit receiving more than 20 million views.

Music mogul and social media king DJ Khaled serves as WeBuyGold’s creative director. Altmann also founded Naritiv, a platform that connects top brands like Freeform, Marriott and Red Bull with influencers on Snapchat. Social media market leader Hootsuite acquired Naritiv in March 2017. With a talent roster of more than 400 creators worldwide, Naritiv’s content amassed more than 10 billion seconds viewed on Snapchat alone.

2. James Corden, TV Host

The London-born host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” also started the wildly popular “Carpool Karaoke,” which is now a web series on Apple Music as well as a segment on his weeknight talk show.

Corden and the “Late Late” team have prioritized segments that will perform well online, helping to revolutionize the way late night shows are consumed.

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3. Luis Balague, Sofia Vergara, Emiliano Calemzuk, co-founders, Raze

Raze is a digital platform and premium production company making cutting-edge, high-quality content focusing on the voices and perspectives of Latinos whose stories are too often overlooked or underappreciated.

Raze, founded by Sofia Vergara, Luis Balaguer and Emiliano Calmezuk, leverages its strategic partnerships to produce movies, TV shows and branded content to harness the tremendous growth of talent connecting directly with their fans through social media.

4. Mitch Lowe, CEO, MoviePass

Mitch Lowe has 30 years in the movie industry , including serving as president and COO of Redbox. But as CEO of MoviePass, the nation’s premier movie-theater subscription service, he has shaken the industry with his plan to disrupt the moviegoing experience.

This summer, MoviePass shook up the exhibition industry by announcing plans to allow movie buffs to attend up to one movie per day for a fixed subscription fee of $9.95 per month — an idea that some of the major cinema chains see as an almost existential threat to their business models

The service, now accepted at more than 91 percent of theaters across the United States, is the nation’s largest theater network.

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5. Rick Famuyiwa, Billy Parks and Karyn Spencer, AT&T Hello Lab

Rick Famuyiwa, the Nigerian-American writer-director of the 2015 indie standout “Dope” and the upcoming Showtime movie “The Chi,” agreed to serve as a mentor for diverse young filmmakers as part of AT&T’s Hello Lab, the brainchild of Fullscreen’s Billy Parks and AT&T’s Karyn Spencer.

Spencer was a talent agent in Hollywood before joining Ashton Kutcher to build Katalyst, a production company for film, TV and digital media. She’s also worked as VP of Brands at theAudience, a multichannel publisher founded by Sean Parker, Ari Emanuel and Oliver Luckett, as the Creator Development Lead at Twitter for Vine. Now as the VP of Creator Lab at AT&T, she leads talent partnerships with digital creators and traditional celebrities.

Parks, as EVP of creative content and strategy at Fullscreen parent company Otter Media, develops audience-driven digital video across platforms to help grow partner companies’ consumer bases. He previously served as SVP of Fullscreen’s strategic content studio, which develops IP and content experiences for brands and emerging platforms.

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6. Lena Waithe, Writer, “Master of None”

Actress-writer Lena Waithe is one of Hollywood’s most promising up-and-coming talents, who continues to grow her body of work with diversity, charisma and comedy.

The first African-American woman to be nominated — and win — the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, for the poignant “Thanksgiving” episode of Netflix’s “Master of None.”

The episode focuses on Waithe’s onscreen character, Denise, and her experience coming out to herself and her family through the lens of the Thanksgiving holiday over three decades. Directed by Melina Matsoukas, the episode upended tradition — and proved the wisdom of creator Aziz Ansari’s decision to reconcieve Denise as a queer black woman instead of the straight, Caucasian female he had initially envisioned.

7. Noel Maxam, co-founder and CEO, Emagispace

Maxam, co-founder and CEO of Emagispace, is gifted in recognizing the rapidly changing behaviors and needs of consumers and inventing disruptive solutions to address those opportunities.

He has directed, written, or produced over 3,500 hours of television on CBS, NBC, Disney and Nick-at- Nite — and grew frustrated with the time, cost and storage needs of traditional set construction, and the environmental waste when they were ultimately scrapped.

So the Emmy winner founded a company whose patented EmagiBlock platform greatly reduces the cost, money and time required for interior construction. And his system is applicable for non-Hollywood industries that have a need for flexible, reusable interiors: from commercial office space, to retail, art galleries and more.

8. Farhad Massoudi, CEO, Tubi TV

Tubi TV is an online TV subscription service that doesn’t require credit cards or subscription fees that grew out of adRise, a service launched in 2014 by  University of California, Berkeley, graduate, Massoudi.

The service, which relies on advertising revenues so consumers don’t have to pay for video content, has attracted partners including Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount Pictures and Starz, that have boosted its catalog to 50,000 rotating titles.

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9. The Try Guys, YouTube Creators

“The Try Guys,” a series by Buzzfeed Motion Pictures, features the viral antics of Zach Kornfeld, Eugene Lee Yang, Ned Fulmer and Keith Habersberger.

The group’s videos  have reached 1 billion views across their social media platforms. Now in their ninth season, they have more than two million Facebook followers, and their most recognizable video, “The Try Guys Try Labor Pain Simulation,” has more than 26 million views.

They’re known for taking on outrageous and silly situations, and write, produce, shoot and direct all of their own videos.

10. David Fenkel, Jon Hodges, Daniel Katz, co-founders, A24

In its five years of existence, the New York-based indie studio A24 — founded by David Fenkel, Jon Hodges and Daniel Katz — has made a major impact on the film and TV scene.

Most recently, the company scored a three Oscars for Barry Jenkins’ lyrical drama “Moonlight” — including Best Picture in an envelope-swapping surprise. The film also won a record-breaking six Independent Spirit Awards and a Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama.

In 2015, A24’s releases included “Room,” which won star Brie Larson an Oscar for Best Actress; “Amy,” Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning portrait of Amy Winehouse; and Alex Garland’s lauded directorial debut “Ex Machina,” a sci-fi smash starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander, which won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

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What do a bunch of guys who once pretended to go into child labor, a karaoke-loving late-night host, an Emmy-winning screenwriter and a handful of tech CEOs have in common?

They’re all shaking up the way content is consumed and distributed in Hollywood, and they all made The Wrap’s Innovators List 2017. 

You can check them out at the Innovators panel at The Grill conference on October 3 at Montage Beverly Hills, an event that brings together the leading voices in the convergence between entertainment, media and technology.

1. Dan Altmann, CEO & Founder, WeBuyGold

Dan Altmann is the CEO and co-founder of WeBuyGold, a social-video network pioneering new ways to tell stories with the world’s most popular and emerging music talent.

The company recently launched a short-form animated series on Instagram called “The Year 2100” featuring multi-platinum rapper and songwriter 21 Savage, which became an instant hit receiving more than 20 million views.

Music mogul and social media king DJ Khaled serves as WeBuyGold’s creative director. Altmann also founded Naritiv, a platform that connects top brands like Freeform, Marriott and Red Bull with influencers on Snapchat. Social media market leader Hootsuite acquired Naritiv in March 2017. With a talent roster of more than 400 creators worldwide, Naritiv’s content amassed more than 10 billion seconds viewed on Snapchat alone.

2. James Corden, TV Host

The London-born host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” also started the wildly popular “Carpool Karaoke,” which is now a web series on Apple Music as well as a segment on his weeknight talk show.

Corden and the “Late Late” team have prioritized segments that will perform well online, helping to revolutionize the way late night shows are consumed.

3. Luis Balague, Sofia Vergara, Emiliano Calemzuk, co-founders, Raze

Raze is a digital platform and premium production company making cutting-edge, high-quality content focusing on the voices and perspectives of Latinos whose stories are too often overlooked or underappreciated.

Raze, founded by Sofia Vergara, Luis Balaguer and Emiliano Calmezuk, leverages its strategic partnerships to produce movies, TV shows and branded content to harness the tremendous growth of talent connecting directly with their fans through social media.

4. Mitch Lowe, CEO, MoviePass

Mitch Lowe has 30 years in the movie industry , including serving as president and COO of Redbox. But as CEO of MoviePass, the nation’s premier movie-theater subscription service, he has shaken the industry with his plan to disrupt the moviegoing experience.

This summer, MoviePass shook up the exhibition industry by announcing plans to allow movie buffs to attend up to one movie per day for a fixed subscription fee of $9.95 per month — an idea that some of the major cinema chains see as an almost existential threat to their business models

The service, now accepted at more than 91 percent of theaters across the United States, is the nation’s largest theater network.

5. Rick Famuyiwa, Billy Parks and Karyn Spencer, AT&T Hello Lab

Rick Famuyiwa, the Nigerian-American writer-director of the 2015 indie standout “Dope” and the upcoming Showtime movie “The Chi,” agreed to serve as a mentor for diverse young filmmakers as part of AT&T’s Hello Lab, the brainchild of Fullscreen’s Billy Parks and AT&T’s Karyn Spencer.

Spencer was a talent agent in Hollywood before joining Ashton Kutcher to build Katalyst, a production company for film, TV and digital media. She’s also worked as VP of Brands at theAudience, a multichannel publisher founded by Sean Parker, Ari Emanuel and Oliver Luckett, as the Creator Development Lead at Twitter for Vine. Now as the VP of Creator Lab at AT&T, she leads talent partnerships with digital creators and traditional celebrities.

Parks, as EVP of creative content and strategy at Fullscreen parent company Otter Media, develops audience-driven digital video across platforms to help grow partner companies’ consumer bases. He previously served as SVP of Fullscreen’s strategic content studio, which develops IP and content experiences for brands and emerging platforms.

6. Lena Waithe, Writer, “Master of None”

Actress-writer Lena Waithe is one of Hollywood’s most promising up-and-coming talents, who continues to grow her body of work with diversity, charisma and comedy.

The first African-American woman to be nominated — and win — the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, for the poignant “Thanksgiving” episode of Netflix’s “Master of None.”

The episode focuses on Waithe’s onscreen character, Denise, and her experience coming out to herself and her family through the lens of the Thanksgiving holiday over three decades. Directed by Melina Matsoukas, the episode upended tradition — and proved the wisdom of creator Aziz Ansari’s decision to reconcieve Denise as a queer black woman instead of the straight, Caucasian female he had initially envisioned.

7. Noel Maxam, co-founder and CEO, Emagispace

Maxam, co-founder and CEO of Emagispace, is gifted in recognizing the rapidly changing behaviors and needs of consumers and inventing disruptive solutions to address those opportunities.

He has directed, written, or produced over 3,500 hours of television on CBS, NBC, Disney and Nick-at- Nite — and grew frustrated with the time, cost and storage needs of traditional set construction, and the environmental waste when they were ultimately scrapped.

So the Emmy winner founded a company whose patented EmagiBlock platform greatly reduces the cost, money and time required for interior construction. And his system is applicable for non-Hollywood industries that have a need for flexible, reusable interiors: from commercial office space, to retail, art galleries and more.

8. Farhad Massoudi, CEO, Tubi TV

Tubi TV is an online TV subscription service that doesn’t require credit cards or subscription fees that grew out of adRise, a service launched in 2014 by  University of California, Berkeley, graduate, Massoudi.

The service, which relies on advertising revenues so consumers don’t have to pay for video content, has attracted partners including Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount Pictures and Starz, that have boosted its catalog to 50,000 rotating titles.

9. The Try Guys, YouTube Creators

“The Try Guys,” a series by Buzzfeed Motion Pictures, features the viral antics of Zach Kornfeld, Eugene Lee Yang, Ned Fulmer and Keith Habersberger.

The group’s videos  have reached 1 billion views across their social media platforms. Now in their ninth season, they have more than two million Facebook followers, and their most recognizable video, “The Try Guys Try Labor Pain Simulation,” has more than 26 million views.

They’re known for taking on outrageous and silly situations, and write, produce, shoot and direct all of their own videos.

10. David Fenkel, Jon Hodges, Daniel Katz, co-founders, A24

In its five years of existence, the New York-based indie studio A24 — founded by David Fenkel, Jon Hodges and Daniel Katz — has made a major impact on the film and TV scene.

Most recently, the company scored a three Oscars for Barry Jenkins’ lyrical drama “Moonlight” — including Best Picture in an envelope-swapping surprise. The film also won a record-breaking six Independent Spirit Awards and a Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama.

In 2015, A24’s releases included “Room,” which won star Brie Larson an Oscar for Best Actress; “Amy,” Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning portrait of Amy Winehouse; and Alex Garland’s lauded directorial debut “Ex Machina,” a sci-fi smash starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander, which won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

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Evan Helmuth, ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor, Dies at 40

Evan Helmuth, an actor best known for playing the priest in 2012 horror “The Devil Inside,” has died. He was 40.

Helmuth (pictured above left) passed away from complications from a stroke on Monday.

“It’s just simply heartbreaking. Such a profoundly kind and beautiful person, friend and actor,” spokesperson David Greene of Chaotik Media told TheWrap in a statement confirming Helmuth’s death.

Also Read: Harvey Atkin, ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Cagney & Lacey’ Actor, Dies at 74

Along with his famous role in William Brent Bell’s terrifying hit, he also appeared in “Fever Pitch” and “Jobs,” alongside Ashton Kutcher.

On the small screen, Helmuth was seen in “Alias,” “NCIS,” “Bones,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Battle Creek.”

Helmuth attended both the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the USC School of Dramatic Arts.

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Evan Helmuth, an actor best known for playing the priest in 2012 horror “The Devil Inside,” has died. He was 40.

Helmuth (pictured above left) passed away from complications from a stroke on Monday.

“It’s just simply heartbreaking. Such a profoundly kind and beautiful person, friend and actor,” spokesperson David Greene of Chaotik Media told TheWrap in a statement confirming Helmuth’s death.

Along with his famous role in William Brent Bell’s terrifying hit, he also appeared in “Fever Pitch” and “Jobs,” alongside Ashton Kutcher.

On the small screen, Helmuth was seen in “Alias,” “NCIS,” “Bones,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Battle Creek.”

Helmuth attended both the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the USC School of Dramatic Arts.

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Ashton Kutcher Calls Out Tabloid for Cheating Story: ‘These Magazines Lack Integrity’

Ashton Kutcher is not happy with celebrity gossip magazine Star after the publication released a story suggesting the actor was cheating on wife Mila Kunis.

The headline on the story read, “Hey, Ashton! Who’s the girl?” It featured images of the actor with a mysterious brunette stepping onto a private jet. However, the story didn’t phase the actor too much, and he fired back with the perfect response:

“You should have heard how upset Mila was that I spent the day with our cousin,” he wrote on Twitter Sunday. “Sorry aunt Jodie these magazines lack integrity.”

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You should have heard how upset Mila was that I spent the day with our cousin. Sorry aunt Jodie these magazines lack integrity. pic.twitter.com/tvKdGoqRnx

— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 9, 2017

A few hours later, the former “That 70s Show” star shared another tweet, encouraging fans to fight battles that will “change the world.”

“If we’re going to fight battles they might as well be the ones to change the world,” he tweeted.

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This isn’t the first time Kutcher has had a problem with Star magazine and the publication suggesting he is a cheater. In 2010, he took to Twitter to slam the magazine for claiming he was cheating on his then-wife, Demi Moore.

“I think Star magazine calling me a ‘cheater’ qualifies as defamation of character,” he wrote. “I hope my lawyer agrees.”

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Ashton Kutcher is not happy with celebrity gossip magazine Star after the publication released a story suggesting the actor was cheating on wife Mila Kunis.

The headline on the story read, “Hey, Ashton! Who’s the girl?” It featured images of the actor with a mysterious brunette stepping onto a private jet. However, the story didn’t phase the actor too much, and he fired back with the perfect response:

“You should have heard how upset Mila was that I spent the day with our cousin,” he wrote on Twitter Sunday. “Sorry aunt Jodie these magazines lack integrity.”

A few hours later, the former “That 70s Show” star shared another tweet, encouraging fans to fight battles that will “change the world.”

“If we’re going to fight battles they might as well be the ones to change the world,” he tweeted.

This isn’t the first time Kutcher has had a problem with Star magazine and the publication suggesting he is a cheater. In 2010, he took to Twitter to slam the magazine for claiming he was cheating on his then-wife, Demi Moore.

“I think Star magazine calling me a ‘cheater’ qualifies as defamation of character,” he wrote. “I hope my lawyer agrees.”

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How Ashton Kutcher Irked Scores of Women With ‘Insensitive’ Comments

Ashton Kutcher’s plan to host an open dialogue on Facebook about gender equality in the workplace (and in tech in general) was met with both gratitude for his valiant effort and condemnation after he posted a list of talking points on LinkedIn Thursday.

As one Twitter user put it Saturday, “I HAVE TO believe we are getting PUNKED right now!! You ARE being strategic about these deliberate offensive questions right?”

What caused the hubbub? Here is Kutcher’s post and the questions that sparked the debate:

Also Read: Ashton Kutcher Chokes Up About His ‘Great Fortune to Fail Again and Again and Again’ (Video)

“Yikes. These are definitely *not* the right questions,” tweeted Joelle Emerson, CEO of Paradigm Strategy. “Most rely on flawed assumptions and perpetuate problematic myths. … They’re shockingly not the right questions. All the stuff about workplace flirting: gross. … The stuff suggesting women’s under-representation has only to do with the educational pipeline: not accurate. …”

They’re shockingly not the right questions. All the stuff about workplace flirting: gross.

— Joelle Emerson (@joelle_emerson) July 7, 2017

Also Read: Ashton Kutcher Says Mila Kunis Gushed About Their ’70s Show’ Kiss in Her Diary

The sure-to-be lively discussion will be live-streamed Monday morning on Facebook, where Kutcher will be joined by his partner at Sound Ventures, Effie Epstein. (Click here for updates.) These people below, however, will most likely have other plans.

I HAVE TO believe we are getting PUNKED right now!! You ARE being strategic about these deliberate offensive questions right?

I HAVE TO believe we are getting PUNKED right now!! You ARE being strategic about these deliberate offensive questions right?

– MCE Check-In (@mcecheckin) July 8, 2017

Your first questions about women involve dating in the workplace? Really?

– ninaf (@ninaf) July 8, 2017

This “aww shucks” is pathetic, acknowledge that your questions were insanely offensive, I refuse to believe you don’t know better.

– Marquita Thomas (@MarquitaThomas) July 8, 2017

you learn from “wrong”, but these questions cause damage. I wish you had talked to women in tech before posting questions publicly

– Hadas Kress-Gazit (@HadasKressGazit) July 8, 2017

Women are not in the workplace to be dated. They are not there for you. So get over yourself and address real questions, like, why do you

– Melody D Gruber (@TheMerodu) July 9, 2017

already assume fr the get-go that women’s ideas are lesser than men’s?? Why do you think that diversity lowers quality? This is the problem.

– Melody D Gruber (@TheMerodu) July 9, 2017

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Although Kutcher received mixed reviews from social media users about his line of questioning, he remained open-minded and even apologetic for offending some people.

“Thank you everyone for the feedback on the questions I posted on LinkedIn. Good and bad. Already a learning experience,” he tweeted Saturday. “Looking to host an open live conversation on Monday morning on my FB page about gender equality in the work place. … I’ve already offended some folks by asking the wrong questions. I’m certain given the sensitivity of the topic I will say other things wrong. … Hope we can find space to be wrong in the pursuit of getting it right. … We have centuries of ground to make up in a short order & I don’t want the basics to be off limits. some clearly don’t yet get the basics.”

thank you everyone for the feedback on the questions I posted on LinkedIn. Good and bad. Already a learning experience.

— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 7, 2017

Looking to host an open live conversation on Monday morning on my FB page about gender equality in the work place

— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 7, 2017

I’ve already offended some folks by asking the wrong questions. I’m certain given the sensitivity of the topic I will say other things wrong

— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 7, 2017

Hope we can find space to be wrong in the pursuit of getting it right.

— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 7, 2017

We have centuries of ground to make up in a short order & I don’t want the basics to be off limits. some clearly don’t yet get the basics.

— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 7, 2017

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Ashton Kutcher’s plan to host an open dialogue on Facebook about gender equality in the workplace (and in tech in general) was met with both gratitude for his valiant effort and condemnation after he posted a list of talking points on LinkedIn Thursday.

As one Twitter user put it Saturday, “I HAVE TO believe we are getting PUNKED right now!! You ARE being strategic about these deliberate offensive questions right?”

What caused the hubbub? Here is Kutcher’s post and the questions that sparked the debate:

“Yikes. These are definitely *not* the right questions,” tweeted Joelle Emerson, CEO of Paradigm Strategy. “Most rely on flawed assumptions and perpetuate problematic myths. … They’re shockingly not the right questions. All the stuff about workplace flirting: gross. … The stuff suggesting women’s under-representation has only to do with the educational pipeline: not accurate. …”

The sure-to-be lively discussion will be live-streamed Monday morning on Facebook, where Kutcher will be joined by his partner at Sound Ventures, Effie Epstein. (Click here for updates.) These people below, however, will most likely have other plans.

I HAVE TO believe we are getting PUNKED right now!! You ARE being strategic about these deliberate offensive questions right?

Although Kutcher received mixed reviews from social media users about his line of questioning, he remained open-minded and even apologetic for offending some people.

“Thank you everyone for the feedback on the questions I posted on LinkedIn. Good and bad. Already a learning experience,” he tweeted Saturday. “Looking to host an open live conversation on Monday morning on my FB page about gender equality in the work place. … I’ve already offended some folks by asking the wrong questions. I’m certain given the sensitivity of the topic I will say other things wrong. … Hope we can find space to be wrong in the pursuit of getting it right. … We have centuries of ground to make up in a short order & I don’t want the basics to be off limits. some clearly don’t yet get the basics.”

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Ashton Kutcher To EP Two Unscripted Series For Chicken Soup For The Soul

Ashton Kutcher has signed on as executive producer for two new unscripted series for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.
The deal expands Kutcher’s relationship with the company and his APlus.com, his digital media company that specializes in positive journalism and social change. Kutcher signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment last September.
The two series that are part of today’s agreement will focus on the positive…

Ashton Kutcher has signed on as executive producer for two new unscripted series for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. The deal expands Kutcher’s relationship with the company and his APlus.com, his digital media company that specializes in positive journalism and social change. Kutcher signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment last September. The two series that are part of today’s agreement will focus on the positive…

‘Promised Land’: Film Review | Cannes 2017

Award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki explores the parallels between the rise and fall of Elvis Presley and America itself in his latest documentary ‘Promised Land,’ which premieres in the Special Screening section at Cannes. read more


Award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki explores the parallels between the rise and fall of Elvis Presley and America itself in his latest documentary 'Promised Land,' which premieres in the Special Screening section at Cannes.

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10 Celebrities You Had No Idea Dropped Out of College, From Ryan Seacrest to Oprah (Photos)

Now that it’s May, college seniors are gearing up for graduation. But success doesn’t always need a college degree. Here are 10 celebrities that ditched collegiate life to follow their ambitions.

Ryan Seacrest

America’s favorite broadcaster started out at the University of Georgia, but dropped out to move to California.

Oprah Winfrey 

Yeah, you’d better believe it. Tennessee State University drop out Oprah left before graduation to pursue broadcasting gigs already lined up.

Ellen Degeneres

Talk show sweetheart Ellen left University of New Orleans early and held a string of odd-jobs before making her comedic debut.

Tom Hanks

Hanks left Sacramento State University to intern at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt went to school to be a journalist, but left University of Missouri early to head to California.

Jessica Biel

The actress left Tufts University to play the role of Erin the 2003 remake of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Zooey Deschanel

Deschanel left Northwestern University before graduating to pursue acting full-time.

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller left UCLA, where he was studying film, to move back to New York to actually act.

Matthew Morrison 

Morrison left NYU Tisch School of the Arts to perform on Broadway.

Ashton Kutcher

Kutcher was going to studying biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa, but he dropped out to pursue modeling and then acting.

Now that it’s May, college seniors are gearing up for graduation. But success doesn’t always need a college degree. Here are 10 celebrities that ditched collegiate life to follow their ambitions.

Ryan Seacrest

America’s favorite broadcaster started out at the University of Georgia, but dropped out to move to California.

Oprah Winfrey 

Yeah, you’d better believe it. Tennessee State University drop out Oprah left before graduation to pursue broadcasting gigs already lined up.

Ellen Degeneres

Talk show sweetheart Ellen left University of New Orleans early and held a string of odd-jobs before making her comedic debut.

Tom Hanks

Hanks left Sacramento State University to intern at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt went to school to be a journalist, but left University of Missouri early to head to California.

Jessica Biel

The actress left Tufts University to play the role of Erin the 2003 remake of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Zooey Deschanel

Deschanel left Northwestern University before graduating to pursue acting full-time.

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller left UCLA, where he was studying film, to move back to New York to actually act.

Matthew Morrison 

Morrison left NYU Tisch School of the Arts to perform on Broadway.

Ashton Kutcher

Kutcher was going to studying biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa, but he dropped out to pursue modeling and then acting.

Netflix Plans to Move Productions to California, ‘Invest in Infrastructure,’ Ted Sarandos Says (Exclusive)

Netflix is bringing its $6 billion dollar production budget back to Hollywood.

In an exclusive interview with TheWrap, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said that he intends to bring as much production as possible to California, having concluded that chasing tax incentives in other states produces diminishing returns on screen.

“I personally believe instead of investing in tax incentives that we should invest in infrastructure,” Sarandos said in an interview at Netflix’s sleek new Hollywood offices, home to roughly a thousand employees, as the company continues its explosive growth.  Moving productions to benefit from tax incentives, common practice in the industry, “is very tough on families and eventually it grinds on the talent,” Sarandos said.

Also Read: ‘Netflix My Ass’ Aftermath: Ted Sarandos Says Sony Chief Tom Rothman Called to Explain (Exclusive)

The streaming giant will invest in California as the company ramps up original production — luring projects back from states that offer significant tax rebates.

“If people were enjoying their work, they would do better work. That’s been our own corporate philosophy too,” he said.

The company is already “maxing out” soundstages around Los Angeles for its shows, Sarandos said. “Grace and Frankie” shoots on the Paramount lot, Kathy Bates’ upcoming “Disjointed” and Ashton Kutcher’s “The Ranch” shoot at Warner Bros., and Justina Machado’s “One Day at a Time” tapes at Sony. Santa Clarita, 90 minutes away, is home to Drew Barrymore’s “Santa Clarita Diet” and the obstacle competition series “Ultimate Beastmaster.”

“Bright,” a $90 million action film starring Will Smith and directed by David Ayer which hits the service this Christmas Day, was shot entirely on location in downtown Los Angeles.

Also Read: Is Netflix’s New Ratings System Too Simple or Just Simple Enough? (Video)

These are just a few of the projects paid for with the company’s reported $6 billion purse, which accounted for what Sarandos estimated to be 1,000 hours of original content (as opposed to acquisitions and licensing deals on features and TV series).

States like Georgia and Louisiana have lured film and TV production out of Hollywood for years. Disney’s Marvel is now a mainstay in Atlanta, where statewide impact from the film industry soared to $7 billion in 2016. In Louisiana, Ryan Murphy’s popular limited anthologies “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story” and “Scream Queens” have all set up shop in and around New Orleans.

“When you think about productions chasing tax credits all over the world, it puts the onus on the cast and crew who have to travel. You move to Los Angeles, or you grew up in L.A., because you wanted to be in show business — and then you have to move to New Orleans six or eight months a year,” Sarandos continued.

“I hope you save enough money to put a $100 million production at risk by having a lot of miserable people around.”

Also Read: The Best Netflix Originals Opening Sequences, Ranked (Video)

As recently as last month, at CinemaCon, Mila Kunis bemoaned the Atlanta heat she’ll face for her upcoming sequel to “Bad Moms” — set at Christmastime. On her podcast, actress Anna Faris often discusses the challenges of living apart from her movie-star husband, Chris Pratt.

The executive said the company will always travel “when the location is the character,” citing the underbelly of the Florida Keys for “Bloodline” and the mirrored architecture of Washington, D.C., that “House of Cards” finds in Baltimore.

“I’m happy to participate in the incentives if they work, but there is a cost on the creative of the show. ‘Veep’ is a great example, when they moved form Baltimore to L.A., it got way better,” Sarandos said of the HBO Emmy magnet.

“They have the best writers on television now. The show is funnier, everyone’s happier. I think it shows up on screen. Shooting in L.A. is an investment in the quality of the show,” he said.

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California does offer a tax incentive program, though it is modest in comparison to others across the country. A grueling lottery system to keep productions in the Golden State is in its second year.

In 2017 alone, four TV series returned to L.A.: FX’s “Legion” and Fox’s “Lucifer,” Showtime’s “The Affair” and Netflix’s own Brit Marling drama “The OA.” Last year’s lottery allocated resources for 28 feature films and 15 TV productions.

In 2015, 65 percent of feature films were produced in California, according to a survey from FilmLA, the last available information. And 82 percent of pilots were also produced in LA, according to a TV-related study from the same group.

Sarandos’ comments are likely to provoke reactions in other states, where billions of dollars of production is at stake.

The exec also hopes to improve the quality of the historic soundstages that define Hollywood’s studio era, which he said need “better stage facilities” and “more current technology — some of these stages you shoot on in L.A. haven’t been touched since the 1930s.”

Sarandos’ office is modest quarters by mogul standards, but it does boast a 360-degree balcony with a view that includes the Sunset Gower Studios Lot. It was erected in 1912, and today hosts Chelsea Handler’s eponymous Netflix talk show.

Sarandos does not take the unique position Netflix is in for granted. He said if he were an independent producer, he’d probably chase the tax incentives as well. But Netflix is following its own model.

“The money that we’re saving actually shows up on the screen,” he concluded.

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Netflix is bringing its $6 billion dollar production budget back to Hollywood.

In an exclusive interview with TheWrap, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said that he intends to bring as much production as possible to California, having concluded that chasing tax incentives in other states produces diminishing returns on screen.

“I personally believe instead of investing in tax incentives that we should invest in infrastructure,” Sarandos said in an interview at Netflix’s sleek new Hollywood offices, home to roughly a thousand employees, as the company continues its explosive growth.  Moving productions to benefit from tax incentives, common practice in the industry, “is very tough on families and eventually it grinds on the talent,” Sarandos said.

The streaming giant will invest in California as the company ramps up original production — luring projects back from states that offer significant tax rebates.

“If people were enjoying their work, they would do better work. That’s been our own corporate philosophy too,” he said.

The company is already “maxing out” soundstages around Los Angeles for its shows, Sarandos said. “Grace and Frankie” shoots on the Paramount lot, Kathy Bates’ upcoming “Disjointed” and Ashton Kutcher’s “The Ranch” shoot at Warner Bros., and Justina Machado’s “One Day at a Time” tapes at Sony. Santa Clarita, 90 minutes away, is home to Drew Barrymore’s “Santa Clarita Diet” and the obstacle competition series “Ultimate Beastmaster.”

“Bright,” a $90 million action film starring Will Smith and directed by David Ayer which hits the service this Christmas Day, was shot entirely on location in downtown Los Angeles.

These are just a few of the projects paid for with the company’s reported $6 billion purse, which accounted for what Sarandos estimated to be 1,000 hours of original content (as opposed to acquisitions and licensing deals on features and TV series).

States like Georgia and Louisiana have lured film and TV production out of Hollywood for years. Disney’s Marvel is now a mainstay in Atlanta, where statewide impact from the film industry soared to $7 billion in 2016. In Louisiana, Ryan Murphy’s popular limited anthologies “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story” and “Scream Queens” have all set up shop in and around New Orleans.

“When you think about productions chasing tax credits all over the world, it puts the onus on the cast and crew who have to travel. You move to Los Angeles, or you grew up in L.A., because you wanted to be in show business — and then you have to move to New Orleans six or eight months a year,” Sarandos continued.

“I hope you save enough money to put a $100 million production at risk by having a lot of miserable people around.”

As recently as last month, at CinemaCon, Mila Kunis bemoaned the Atlanta heat she’ll face for her upcoming sequel to “Bad Moms” — set at Christmastime. On her podcast, actress Anna Faris often discusses the challenges of living apart from her movie-star husband, Chris Pratt.

The executive said the company will always travel “when the location is the character,” citing the underbelly of the Florida Keys for “Bloodline” and the mirrored architecture of Washington, D.C., that “House of Cards” finds in Baltimore.

“I’m happy to participate in the incentives if they work, but there is a cost on the creative of the show. ‘Veep’ is a great example, when they moved form Baltimore to L.A., it got way better,” Sarandos said of the HBO Emmy magnet.

“They have the best writers on television now. The show is funnier, everyone’s happier. I think it shows up on screen. Shooting in L.A. is an investment in the quality of the show,” he said.

California does offer a tax incentive program, though it is modest in comparison to others across the country. A grueling lottery system to keep productions in the Golden State is in its second year.

In 2017 alone, four TV series returned to L.A.: FX’s “Legion” and Fox’s “Lucifer,” Showtime’s “The Affair” and Netflix’s own Brit Marling drama “The OA.” Last year’s lottery allocated resources for 28 feature films and 15 TV productions.

In 2015, 65 percent of feature films were produced in California, according to a survey from FilmLA, the last available information. And 82 percent of pilots were also produced in LA, according to a TV-related study from the same group.

Sarandos’ comments are likely to provoke reactions in other states, where billions of dollars of production is at stake.

The exec also hopes to improve the quality of the historic soundstages that define Hollywood’s studio era, which he said need “better stage facilities” and “more current technology — some of these stages you shoot on in L.A. haven’t been touched since the 1930s.”

Sarandos’ office is modest quarters by mogul standards, but it does boast a 360-degree balcony with a view that includes the Sunset Gower Studios Lot. It was erected in 1912, and today hosts Chelsea Handler’s eponymous Netflix talk show.

Sarandos does not take the unique position Netflix is in for granted. He said if he were an independent producer, he’d probably chase the tax incentives as well. But Netflix is following its own model.

“The money that we’re saving actually shows up on the screen,” he concluded.

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Ashton Kutcher Chokes Up About His ‘Great Fortune to Fail Again and Again and Again’ (Video)

Ashton Kutcher wore his heart on his sleeve accepting the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa Friday night, saying, “Character hides and it comes out when you get smacked in the mouth.”

Kutcher was presented with the honor that salutes “individuals who demonstrate good character as a role model.”

“I actually think that when you do nice things for people, I come from a world where you don’t really talk about it and you don’t receive praise for it,” he said. And when it’s done, you go do something else nice because that’s what you’re supposed to do.”

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His 16-minute speech that followed began tongue-in-cheek, joking, that he’s probably the first person to receive the award “who had a deferred judgment for a felony burglary for trying to break into his high school” at age 18, got “pulled over by a state trooper while tripping on mushrooms,” and had his “name splashed across every gossip magazine as an adulterer, like, five years ago.”

But his emotions rose to the surface as he talked about his personal character-building journey that began when he was a kid protecting his twin brother, Michael, who has cerebral palsy.

“Character hides and it comes out when you get smacked in the mouth,” he said. “It comes out when you’re walking your brother home from school and some kid hits you in the back of the head because he wants to fight with your brother and you say ‘no, you’re not going to fight with my brother’ and you tell your brother to keep walking. That’s when character comes out.

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“Character comes when those magazines tear you apart for something you may or may not have done and you’ve got to go out and perform tomorrow with everyone looking at you like you might be an adulterer.”

Kutcher went on to pay tribute to his brother, who he said taught him that “the Constitution lies to us — we’re not all created equal. We’re all created incredibly unequal to one another in our capabilities and what we can do and how we think and what we see. But,” he added quietly, “we all have the equal capacity to love one another.”

“I had the great fortune to fail again and again and again,” he continued. “But it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you learn from the mistakes that you make and how you perceive the world that’s coming at you… because life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. Every single time.”

Watch Kutcher’s entire speech here, where he also pays loving tribute to his wife, Mila Kunis, who he says, “kicks my ass on character every day.”

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Ashton Kutcher wore his heart on his sleeve accepting the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa Friday night, saying, “Character hides and it comes out when you get smacked in the mouth.”

Kutcher was presented with the honor that salutes “individuals who demonstrate good character as a role model.”

“I actually think that when you do nice things for people, I come from a world where you don’t really talk about it and you don’t receive praise for it,” he said. And when it’s done, you go do something else nice because that’s what you’re supposed to do.”

His 16-minute speech that followed began tongue-in-cheek, joking, that he’s probably the first person to receive the award “who had a deferred judgment for a felony burglary for trying to break into his high school” at age 18, got “pulled over by a state trooper while tripping on mushrooms,” and had his “name splashed across every gossip magazine as an adulterer, like, five years ago.”

But his emotions rose to the surface as he talked about his personal character-building journey that began when he was a kid protecting his twin brother, Michael, who has cerebral palsy.

“Character hides and it comes out when you get smacked in the mouth,” he said. “It comes out when you’re walking your brother home from school and some kid hits you in the back of the head because he wants to fight with your brother and you say ‘no, you’re not going to fight with my brother’ and you tell your brother to keep walking. That’s when character comes out.

“Character comes when those magazines tear you apart for something you may or may not have done and you’ve got to go out and perform tomorrow with everyone looking at you like you might be an adulterer.”

Kutcher went on to pay tribute to his brother, who he said taught him that “the Constitution lies to us — we’re not all created equal. We’re all created incredibly unequal to one another in our capabilities and what we can do and how we think and what we see. But,” he added quietly, “we all have the equal capacity to love one another.”

“I had the great fortune to fail again and again and again,” he continued. “But it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you learn from the mistakes that you make and how you perceive the world that’s coming at you… because life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. Every single time.”

Watch Kutcher’s entire speech here, where he also pays loving tribute to his wife, Mila Kunis, who he says, “kicks my ass on character every day.”

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The front row always matters, even if it’s not a fashion show. Influential fashion trade the Daily Front Row lived up to its name with a knockout lineup at it’s 4th annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at the Sunset Tower on April 2.

Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and Fergie made a close-knit troika. Minaj took selfies during the presentation of awards to stylists and trendsetters. Before the event, the Sunset Terrace was empty as the 200 VIPs in attendance gathered around the carpet in a new position at the Sunset Tower – over the pool.Fergie, and arguably one of the top 10 most famous women in the world, met up on the pool deck during the cocktail hour. The crowd was an ego-destroyer: a genetic seas of bones and height that makes the Oscar crowd look like Comic-Con.

The Fashion L.A. Awards huddled a group including stylists Karla Welch (presented by Busy Phillips), Samantha McMillen (presented by client Ashton Kutcher), Stephen Gan (honored eloquently by Lee Daniels, who was wearing red flip flops) and Minaj, who was honored as “Fashion Rebel”.

“When the person I know myself to be meets the person I want you to think I am, it’s called ‘vulberability’,” Kutcher said of his relationship and collaboration on his look with stylist McMillen.

Paris Jackson’s deb-ball year continues. After an apperance at the GLAAD Media Awards the night before, Paris was turning heads even in this room, posing here with Daily Front Row Editor-In-Chief Brandusa Niro.

Stella Maxwell (with host Nick Jonas and Lily Aldridge at the Mr. Chow after party) is first biological example of someone who disappears when they turn to the side.

I know nothing about high fashion except that her dress size has to be “one sheet of paper.”

Stella Maxwell (with host Nick Jonas and Lily Aldridge at the Mr. Chow after party) is first biological example of someone who disappears when they turn to the side.

I know nothing about high fashion except that her dress size has to be “one sheet of paper.”

The sellout crowd at Dodger stadium for an opening day demolition of the San Diego Padres (14-3) included Emily Ratajkowski perched up in the new “Bud & Burgers” suite.

A select group of L.A. foodie influencers (think: Vice, Thrillist etc.) got the first bites of the Dodger Dog’s new cousin…

The Official Burger of the L.A. Dodgers (it has a Dodger Dog inside, which solves the dilemna for those who can’t decide whether they want to throw a dog or a burger in their mouth while watching Clayton Kershaw throw heat.)

It’s $13.50 in the stadium. Also new, team specific Budweiser cans designed by local artists.

Over 300 leaders in Gen-Z female video gathered at Tubefilter’s meetup panel and townhall on “How Niche Female Programming is Capturing Big Audiences”.

From left, the panel included: Elyssa Starkman (Beautycon’s new Head of Content), Rachel Evans (of co-host Snarled and “The Dark Five”), Jason Ziemianski (Co-Founder/Chief Strategy Officer of Snarled), host/Tubefilter founder Drew Baldwin, Sarah Early (UTA), Gayle Gilman (Co-Founder/CEO Ripple Entertainment and Snarled), and Laci Green (leading YouTuber on Sex Education),

The conversation centered on Gen-Z video created by and for Gen-Z personalities and a sometimes awkward courtship with brands that seek access to that audience via outdated demographic data.

“Look at the census,” Beautycon’s Starkman said.  “(Brands) should not be programming to the part of America that is going to be the minority in America next year.”

The crowd at Tubefilter’s quarterly meetup series at Busby’s included execs from CBS Interactive, the MCN’s, PR firms, and independent creators.

“You have to thread that needle of being both ‘the influencer’ and a publisher,” Snarled’s Jason Ziemianski said.  “Otherwise, you’re just a content farm and you’re not going to develop the loyalty that we see in Laci (Green). .

Meanwhile in Vegas, Aluna George was one of the featured performers at the opening of the new W Las Vegas Hotel. It occupies one tower of the SLS on the north end of the strip.

Players rush in to a new casino on opening night hoping for good luck.  This crowd on Friday night (March 31) included Jesse Metcalfe, Cara Santana, NFL star Danny Amendola, and Olivia Culpo.

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The front row always matters, even if it’s not a fashion show. Influential fashion trade the Daily Front Row lived up to its name with a knockout lineup at it’s 4th annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at the Sunset Tower on April 2.

Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and Fergie made a close-knit troika. Minaj took selfies during the presentation of awards to stylists and trendsetters. Before the event, the Sunset Terrace was empty as the 200 VIPs in attendance gathered around the carpet in a new position at the Sunset Tower – over the pool.Fergie, and arguably one of the top 10 most famous women in the world, met up on the pool deck during the cocktail hour. The crowd was an ego-destroyer: a genetic seas of bones and height that makes the Oscar crowd look like Comic-Con.

The Fashion L.A. Awards huddled a group including stylists Karla Welch (presented by Busy Phillips), Samantha McMillen (presented by client Ashton Kutcher), Stephen Gan (honored eloquently by Lee Daniels, who was wearing red flip flops) and Minaj, who was honored as “Fashion Rebel”.

“When the person I know myself to be meets the person I want you to think I am, it’s called ‘vulberability’,” Kutcher said of his relationship and collaboration on his look with stylist McMillen.

Paris Jackson’s deb-ball year continues. After an apperance at the GLAAD Media Awards the night before, Paris was turning heads even in this room, posing here with Daily Front Row Editor-In-Chief Brandusa Niro.

Stella Maxwell (with host Nick Jonas and Lily Aldridge at the Mr. Chow after party) is first biological example of someone who disappears when they turn to the side.

I know nothing about high fashion except that her dress size has to be “one sheet of paper.”

Stella Maxwell (with host Nick Jonas and Lily Aldridge at the Mr. Chow after party) is first biological example of someone who disappears when they turn to the side.

I know nothing about high fashion except that her dress size has to be “one sheet of paper.”

The sellout crowd at Dodger stadium for an opening day demolition of the San Diego Padres (14-3) included Emily Ratajkowski perched up in the new “Bud & Burgers” suite.

A select group of L.A. foodie influencers (think: Vice, Thrillist etc.) got the first bites of the Dodger Dog’s new cousin…

The Official Burger of the L.A. Dodgers (it has a Dodger Dog inside, which solves the dilemna for those who can’t decide whether they want to throw a dog or a burger in their mouth while watching Clayton Kershaw throw heat.)

It’s $13.50 in the stadium. Also new, team specific Budweiser cans designed by local artists.

Over 300 leaders in Gen-Z female video gathered at Tubefilter’s meetup panel and townhall on “How Niche Female Programming is Capturing Big Audiences”.

From left, the panel included: Elyssa Starkman (Beautycon’s new Head of Content), Rachel Evans (of co-host Snarled and “The Dark Five”), Jason Ziemianski (Co-Founder/Chief Strategy Officer of Snarled), host/Tubefilter founder Drew Baldwin, Sarah Early (UTA), Gayle Gilman (Co-Founder/CEO Ripple Entertainment and Snarled), and Laci Green (leading YouTuber on Sex Education),

The conversation centered on Gen-Z video created by and for Gen-Z personalities and a sometimes awkward courtship with brands that seek access to that audience via outdated demographic data.

“Look at the census,” Beautycon’s Starkman said.  “(Brands) should not be programming to the part of America that is going to be the minority in America next year.”

The crowd at Tubefilter’s quarterly meetup series at Busby’s included execs from CBS Interactive, the MCN’s, PR firms, and independent creators.

“You have to thread that needle of being both ‘the influencer’ and a publisher,” Snarled’s Jason Ziemianski said.  “Otherwise, you’re just a content farm and you’re not going to develop the loyalty that we see in Laci (Green). .

Meanwhile in Vegas, Aluna George was one of the featured performers at the opening of the new W Las Vegas Hotel. It occupies one tower of the SLS on the north end of the strip.

Players rush in to a new casino on opening night hoping for good luck.  This crowd on Friday night (March 31) included Jesse Metcalfe, Cara Santana, NFL star Danny Amendola, and Olivia Culpo.

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9 April Fools’ Day Headlines That Turned Out to Be True (Photos)

From the death of Marvin Gaye to a Will FerrellKristen Wiig Lifetime movie, these events were unfortunately timed for April Fools’ Day but were 100 percent real. Happy April Fool’s Day. We hope you don’t fall for any tricks — and that you don’t take any real headline to be fake. Here are some examples of April 1 headlines that turned out to be completely real.

Singer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father, Marvin Gaye Sr., on April 1, 1984. The news was so shocking and the timing so unfortunate that even Gaye’s close friend Smokey Robinson thought it was a morbid prank by the disc jockey on the radio station where he heard it.

Van Halen was one of the biggest rock bands on the planet in 1985, so it’s not a surprise that lead singer David Lee Roth announcing his exit from the band, on April 1, would be considered to be a joke by most fans. But exit he did, to be replaced by Sammy Hagar, who took the band to even greater success.

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known simply as Selena, was murdered on March 31, 1995, but that proximity to April Fools’ Day was enough for some fans to accuse radio station KEDA-AM, which broke the news initially, of lying about it.

On April 1, 2004, Google announced an invitation-only beta version of a new e-mail service, called GMail. With tongue-in-cheek press release in tow, the idea seemed like a fantasy, especially the 1GB space Gmail offered — at a time when the most popular free email hosts like Hotmail and Yahoo were offering 2MB and 4MB, respectively.

In 2012, Ashton Kutcher may have been best-known for taking over for Charlie Sheen on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.” So it may have come as quite a shock when the announcement was made on April 1 that he would be playing Apple founder Steve Jobs in an indie movie, “Jobs,” a full two years before Michael Fassbender was nominated for an Oscar for playing him in Danny Boyle‘s “Steve Jobs.”

On April 1, 2015, Lifetime announced its newest movie of the week: “A Deadly Adoption” — starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. It was the perfect setup for a great prank, but this one was dead serious. One day after the news broke, Ferrell and Wiig’s camps announced the movie had been scrapped — that turned out to be the joke, and the movie premiered two months later.

 

From the death of Marvin Gaye to a Will Ferrell-Kristen Wiig Lifetime movie, these events were unfortunately timed for April Fools’ Day but were 100 percent real. Happy April Fool’s Day. We hope you don’t fall for any tricks — and that you don’t take any real headline to be fake. Here are some examples of April 1 headlines that turned out to be completely real.

Singer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father, Marvin Gaye Sr., on April 1, 1984. The news was so shocking and the timing so unfortunate that even Gaye’s close friend Smokey Robinson thought it was a morbid prank by the disc jockey on the radio station where he heard it.

Van Halen was one of the biggest rock bands on the planet in 1985, so it’s not a surprise that lead singer David Lee Roth announcing his exit from the band, on April 1, would be considered to be a joke by most fans. But exit he did, to be replaced by Sammy Hagar, who took the band to even greater success.

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known simply as Selena, was murdered on March 31, 1995, but that proximity to April Fools’ Day was enough for some fans to accuse radio station KEDA-AM, which broke the news initially, of lying about it.

On April 1, 2004, Google announced an invitation-only beta version of a new e-mail service, called GMail. With tongue-in-cheek press release in tow, the idea seemed like a fantasy, especially the 1GB space Gmail offered — at a time when the most popular free email hosts like Hotmail and Yahoo were offering 2MB and 4MB, respectively.

In 2012, Ashton Kutcher may have been best-known for taking over for Charlie Sheen on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.” So it may have come as quite a shock when the announcement was made on April 1 that he would be playing Apple founder Steve Jobs in an indie movie, “Jobs,” a full two years before Michael Fassbender was nominated for an Oscar for playing him in Danny Boyle‘s “Steve Jobs.”

On April 1, 2015, Lifetime announced its newest movie of the week: “A Deadly Adoption” — starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. It was the perfect setup for a great prank, but this one was dead serious. One day after the news broke, Ferrell and Wiig’s camps announced the movie had been scrapped — that turned out to be the joke, and the movie premiered two months later.