‘A Star Is Born’s Sam Elliott Has “No Illusions” About His Own Award Chances; Praises Bradley Cooper’s “Genius”

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As the gravel-voiced king of the all-American character, Sam Elliott has reverberated with onscreen charisma ever since 1969 when he landed a bit part in that ultimate piece of Americana, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. So it’s not entirely surpris…

‘The Ranch’ Renewed By Netflix for Season 4

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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.

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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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Danny Masterson Accuser Slams Netflix for Debuting New Episodes of His Show, ‘The Ranch’

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Netflix premiered 10 new episodes of “The Ranch” on Friday, and one of the women who accused the show’s star, Danny Masterson, of rape has now spoken out to criticize the move.

“We get it, Netflix,” Chrissie Carnell Bixler said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “You don’t believe us. You rub salt in our wounds. Is Danny Masterson still co-executive producer of The Ranch? You knew you had to fire him, but you do a bunch of reshoots so you can finish our rapist’s storyline up and give him a respectable send off. And there he is on TV in the new season.”

Netflix fired Masterson back in December after at least five women publicly accused the actor of rape or sexual assault, allegations which Masterson has denied. At the time, the streamer said Masterson’s character would be written off the show but would appear in future episodes to wrap up his storylines.

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The first half of the show’s third season dropped on Friday, with Masterson prominently featured in all 10 episodes, only making his departure in the very last seconds of the final installment.

Bixler, who accused Masterson of raping her in the early 2000s and was one of four cases under investigation by Los Angeles police, questioned Netflix’s motives for preserving Masterson’s presence in the new episodes. She went on to note that Kevin Spacey, who was accused of sexually assaulting underage boys, was promptly erased from the streamer’s flagship drama “House of Cards.”

“Kevin Spacey? Fired on the spot. Production halted,” Bixler’s statement continued. “Ed Westwick? Louis C.K.? Are there active investigations into these accused men? Do you just not believe us? Do you agree with Jenni Weinman and the Church of Scientology when they say you cannot rape your wife or girlfriend? Are you afraid of Scientology’s Fair Game?”

Masterson is a lifelong Scientologist, and Bixler has said that the organization has previously employed its “Fair Game” policy allowing retaliation against its enemies in attempts to silence and intimidate her.

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‘The Ranch’: Here’s How Danny Masterson Was Written Off the Netflix Sitcom

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When Netflix cut ties with “The Ranch” star Danny Masterson last December, the big question was how his character would be written out of the show. And now that Part 5 is out in the world, we know the answer: Jameson “Rooster” Bennett gets run out of town.

As fans of the show will remember, Masterson’s character was at the center of Part 4’s biggest cliffhanger. Colt (Ashton Kutcher) and Rooster went behind their father Beau’s (Sam Elliott) back to buy the ranch next door, taking advantage of the power of attorney Rooster was granted following Beau’s heart attack.

But when the natural gas pipeline project that was going to be their financial windfall eventually fell through, the brothers Bennett were left with the check for a ranch they couldn’t afford.

At the time, it seemed there was no obvious way for the show to neatly tie up Rooster’s storylines, and Masterson ended up appearing in all 10 of the new episodes before ultimately making his exit in the very final moments of Part 5.

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Early on in the season — which sees the Bennett family fracture even further as a wildfire threatens the ranch — Rooster rekindles his romance with Mary (Megyn Price). The trouble is Mary’s boyfriend Nick (Josh Burrows) has recently been released from prison.

Part 5 ends with a confrontation, once Nick learns of the affair. He gives Rooster a choice — pack a bag and leave town or stare down the barrel of a loaded gun. “You tell anyone about this,” Nick warns him, “and I’ll start with your family.”

Given Netflix’s unambiguous split with Masterson, Rooster seems likely to keep up his end of the deal and stay gone.

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Netflix fired Masterson from “The Ranch” in December after five women came forward with rape or sexual misconduct accusations against him dating 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.

“From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me,” he said at the time. “Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

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Spend this late-night Trailer Happy Hour with Matthew McConaughey, The Ranch, and Insecure 

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Dax Shepard Joins Netflix’s ‘The Ranch’ Following Danny Masterson’s Firing

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Dax Shepard will join Netflix’s “The Ranch” for a guest-star role in season three. Shepard joins the multi-camera comedy following the departure of star Danny Masterson, who left production in December after amid multiple rape allegations. Masterson starred alongside Ashton Kutcher, Debra Winger, and Sam Elliott, who all remain with the show. Shepard will play […]

‘The Ranch’: Dax Shepard Joins Netflix Comedy As Recurring Following Danny Masterson’s Exit

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On The Ranch, a multi-camera comedy revolving around the dysfunctional Bennett family on their Colorado ranch, Shepard will play Luke Matthews, a former soldier who has come to Garrison with some history concerning the Iron River Ranch. He meets the Bennetts and forms an immediate bond with Colt (Ashton Kutcher) and his father Beau (Sam…

Danny Masterson Dropped At UTA Amid Allegations

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Danny Masterson, fired last month from his starring role on Netflix’s comedy series The Ranch amid ongoing sexual assault claims against him, is no longer with his agency UTA. The company did not comment today beyond confirming that it no longer repped the actor. We’re hearing though from sources that the two parted ways some time ago.
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Danny Masterson ‘Disappointed’ Netflix Dropped Him From ‘The Ranch’ Amid Rape Accusations

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Danny Masterson is firing back at Netflix after the streaming service announced it was dropping the actor from its series “The Ranch” following rape accusations made against him more than a decade ago.

“I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of ‘The Ranch,’” Masterson said in a statement to TheWrap. “From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

The actor continued, “However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all. In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to the cast and crew that I’ve worked so closely with over the past three seasons. I wish them nothing but success. I am also so thankful to the fans that have supported me and continue to do so.”

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Masterson was on the set of the Ashton Kutcher family comedy on Monday; the show is now on a production hiatus until early 2018.

“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of ‘The Ranch,’” a Netflix spokesperson told TheWrap on Tuesday. “Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”

Season 4 of “The Ranch,” premiering on December 15, will feature Masterson. He’ll also be in some Season 5 episodes next year, though a network spokesperson did not have an exact count on how many of that batch will feature the “That ’70s Show” alum.

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In March, three women told the Los Angeles Police Department that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson in the early 2000s.

The accusers said they came into contact with Masterson through the Church of Scientology, and were pressured into keeping the allegations quiet by the Church, according to a report from Tony Ortega, a journalist who runs an anti-Scientology website called The Underground Bunker.

A fourth accuser came forward later, though by then the LAPD investigation into Masterson had “stalled,” per Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali. The cops would not approve that complaint, Ali wrote.

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Actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini suggested the falling apart of the police probe could have something to do with the Church’s regular donations to local law enforcement.

Masterson has denied the rape charges, having previously called the accounts “false allegations.”

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