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- "Game of Thrones" fans have been rooting for Tormund and Brienne after their amazing interactions in season 6.
- Tormund definitely has a crush on Brienne and we're all hoping season 7 is when he finally makes his move.
- We're not the only ones thinking this, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who plays Jamie Lannister confessed to thinking they would make a perfect couple.
- 05/01/17--06:13: Kelly Ripa just announced Ryan Seacrest as her new cohost on 'Live'
- 05/01/17--07:47: Shannen Doherty says her breast cancer is in remission
"Silicon Valley" star Thomas Middleditch is a huge "Bachelor" fan and he's not afraid to express his feelings about the ABC dating show.
"It's like a masterclass in human manipulation," he told TMZ recently of why he watches "The Bachelor.""You get to see all the various sides of our human element all in one show."
And as a "Bachelor" fan, he's well acquainted with last season's big villain, Corrinne Olympios. With a penchant for drama and her clothing optional attitude, Olympios created a lot of enemies among her fellow bachelorettes and the show's fandom. And Middleditch is no different.
In speaking of her tactics, Middleditch showed a similar dislike for President Donald Trump.
"Corrine reminded me of Trump. It was kind of sad," he said.
When asked why he felt that way, the actor responded, "Re-watch it. It's like a mirror for the Trump and [Hillary Clinton] election. I think she's probably a really sweet person, but her tactics were very Trumpian."
Watch the "Silicon Valley" star weigh in on Olympios below:
Stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have finalized their deals with producer Warner Bros. Television to stay with the Chuck Lorre comedy for what is envisioned as its final two seasons, Variety has learned. According to insiders with knowledge of the negotiations, the deal will pay Bialik and Rauch $500,000 per episode for 48 episode. The deals are believed to include a separate development component for both actors.
A representative for Warner Bros. Television declined to comment.
CBS renewed “The Big Bang Theory” in March for two more seasons after finalizing deals with the show’s original five cast members — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — who are set to earn $900,000 per episode each. Those five actors each took a $100,000-per-episode pay cut from the $1 million that each had been earning in order to free up additional money for Bialik and Rauch’s raises.
Bialik and Rauch had been seeking pay parity with their fellow stars, but the $500,000 per episode fee is a significant increase from the $175,000-$200,000 per episode that each had been making.
“Big Bang” is television’s highest rated comedy. It has been an enormous success in syndication for Warner Bros. and spawned a recently ordered to series spinoff, “Young Sheldon.” But the new first-run episodes will not be a huge moneymaker for the studio or CBS, given the size of cast salaries and production costs.
Bialik and Rauch both first appeared on the comedy in season three and joined the cast the following season. Bialik has earned four consecutive supporting comedy actress Emmy nominations for playing Amy Farrah Fowler, girlfriend of Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper. Rauch’s Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz is a fan favorite whose marriage to Helberg’s Howard Wolowitz, and birth of their first child, has been a central storyline for the show’s past three seasons.
Both actors are represented by WME. Bialik is also with manager Tiffany Kuzon of Primary Wave Entertainment and attorney Shep Rosenman. Rauch is with manager Alissa Vradenburg of Untitled Entertainment and attorney Jodi Peikoff.
The head of an Iranian satellite television network channel who last year was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner, Turkey's Dogan news agency said on Sunday.
GEM TV founder Saeed Karimian and another Iranian were driving in Istanbul's Maslak neighborhood after 8 p.m. (1.00 p.m. ET) on Saturday when their car was stopped by a jeep and shots were fired, Dogan said.
Karimian was found dead by emergency services arriving at the scene, Dogan said. His associate was taken to hospital but could not be revived.
It was not clear if there were multiple shooters. The jeep was later found abandoned and burned. Istanbul police declined to comment on the shooting when contacted by Reuters.
Dogan quoted the mayor of Istanbul's Sariyer district as saying initial police findings suggested the shooting may have prompted by a financial disagreement involving Karimian.
GEM TV is known for entertainment satellite channels that dub foreign films and Western television programs into Farsi for Iranians. It also produces movies and TV series.
But in Iran, where the government tries to instil Islamic values by strictly regulating popular culture, the satellite broadcaster's programing has angered authorities, who view it as part of a cultural "soft war" waged by the West.
Last year a Revolutionary Court in Tehran tried Karimian in absentia and sentenced him to six years in jail on charges of "acting against national security" and "propaganda against the state".
"Silicon Valley" star T.J Miller can understand if people wonder if they're the inspiration for the show's coding genius Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) or even the ruthless tech mogul Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), but he finds it strange that people would claim to be the inspiration for his character, home-brewed incubator founder Erlich Bachman.
"It’s so funny for people to wonder if Erlich Bachman is based on them, because that’s clearly an insult," Miller recently told Business Insider. "He’s kind of the buffoon. He’s really the worst of all of them on the show."
It may be funny now to Miller, but it's true. Last year, the feuding co-founders of the online marketplace for concierge services, Way, Binu Girija and Pat Murray, both claimed that they were the inspiration for Bachman.
To be fair, they got the idea from Miller himself. According to TechCrunch, the actor said during a 2014 panel discussion that he at least partially based the character on the founder of Way. Miller said that the person harassed him to be a spokesperson for the site. But which founder was Miller talking about? We may never know.
Last year, HBO told Business Insider that "the Erlich Bachman character, played by T.J. Miller, was created by the writers of 'Silicon Valley.'"
And Miller, speaking generally, told us during this interview that Bachman and the other show's characters "are sort of melded archetypes that are so true to life that a lot of people wonder if it’s based on themselves."
The show, currently airing its fourth season on Sundays, has certainly earned the reputation for portraying the tech industry authentically, a source of pride for its producers. And Miller similarly finds people's claims to have inspired the show's characters as a compliment.
"It means that the show is working," he told us. "It means that the satire is spot-on. It means that we’re doing our job, which is mining the most powerful pocket of America right now and to get them them to examine themselves and not take themselves so seriously."
We're in the heat of the season of TV renewals and cancellations. And while the people behind the shows are awaiting the networks' decisions, viewers are also feeling the tension.
While Business Insider has already weighed in on the shows that we predict are going to be canceled, it's interesting to see what viewers are thinking (and worrying about).
Business Insider partnered with Amobee Brand Intelligence— a company that provides marketing insight and measures real-time content consumption across the internet — to find out which TV shows are most mentioned on social media as "on the bubble," which means the shows that are in danger of being canceled.
Here are the shows that people think are most in danger of being canceled:
10. "Elementary" (CBS)
The clues for the cancellation of "Elementary" are all there and the viewers are clearly picking up on them. While CBS has been the most-watched broadcast network for years, its audience traditionally steers older than the under-50 crowd advertisers are aiming for, so it doesn't have much patience for low-rated shows, and "Elementary" is the network's lowest-rated returning show.
The network may let it finish its current fifth season because that makes it ripe for syndication sales. But it may not be worth keeping for a sixth.
9. "2 Broke Girls" (CBS)
People are probably seeing red flags for "2 Broke Girls" because it wasn't included in the 18 show renewals CBS announced in March. The fact is that "2 Broke Girls" has lost nearly 18% of its audience from last year and that's bad news. The good news is that CBS has plenty of other shows it needs to ax before "2 Broke Girls."
8. "Sleepy Hollow" (Fox)
It isn't hard to see that "Sleepy Hollow" should have been put to bed after its low-rated third season. Fox renewed the show anyway, with a pretty major reboot, but it didn't work. It's Fox's lowest-rated show, and it has lost nearly 40% of last season's audience.
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Ricky Whittle is the lead of potentially the biggest new franchise on television, "American Gods," which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on Starz. But the road to landing the coveted starring role on the series wasn't easy.
"I was the first cast. I went through five months of a crazy process," Whittle told Business Insider of the audition process for Shadow Moon on the series when we recently met with him and costar, Ian McShane, in New York City.
"They put you through it," McShane, who plays the character of Mr. Wednesday, added of the 16 auditions Whittle endured to capture his role.
Executive producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green received about 2,000 audition tapes submitted by actors for Shadow Moon. They narrowed the tapes to about 1200 and were only able to actually meet half of those actors.
"He was the last man standing," Fuller told Business Insider when we asked him and Green why Whittle was cast in the role later that same day in New York City.
"Meaning he literally had to slaughter them," Green interjected.
"Yeah. It's 'Hunger Games,'" continued Fuller. "Every time he came in, he grew into the role and showed us new colors of who Shadow could be and his storyline and jumped through 16 hoops. And some of those hoops were on fire. And some of them were over shark pits. But he just continued with the discipline of an athlete to work on this character and earn this role. So how did Ricky get it? He earned it."
The stakes were high. "American Gods," which is already renewed for a second season, is adapted from Neil Gaiman's popular 2001 novel of the same name. The novel tells the story of an impending war between the multicultural gods of history who were brought to America by immigrants and the gods created out of our modern worship of technology, media, drugs, and celebrity, among others.
Having built a dedicated worldwide following since the novel was published, the pressure of casting the right person for Shadow Moon was intense.
Described as having skin the color of "coffee and cream" in the novel, Shadow Moon had to be played by a person of color. Fans wondered if a TV adaptation would instead cast a Caucasian actor, which fueled worries that Starz would whitewash the character, a route many other Hollywood productions have taken in the past. The casting of Whittle, a British actor whose mother is white and whose father is Jamaican, fit the bill.
But Whittle's racial makeup was just the beginning. Aside from an early modeling career and starring among the ensemble cast for CW science-fiction drama, "The 100," he was a virtual unknown. For TV, Shadow Moon would have to show a more expansive range of emotions than the brooding ex-convict in the book. And Whittle had to prove he could deliver that.
"The show basically strayed away from the book Shadow, who's very internal, stoic, and blasé quiet," Whittle said. "But that's not something people want to watch. We had to adapt this to TV, so we added layers, charisma, made it more real."
On "American Gods," Shadow Moon is released from prison after hearing the news that his wife, Laura (Emily Browning), had been killed in a car accident. He then soon meets Mr. Wednesday, who hires him as his bodyguard. Shadow accompanies McShane's mysterious character on a cross-country journey to recruit old gods for a war with the new ones – details Shadow has to piece together for himself amid strange and seemingly supernatural experiences along the road trip.
"We gave him anxiety and fear that these things are happening," Whittle said. "He kind of goes along with the kind of magic. And in real life, we wanted to make that more real. So you need to fear a little bit more, maybe you're going crazy and it's not the world that's crazy. And that's his struggle on the first season."
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After developing a crush on Brienne of Tarth in Season 6, Tormund Giantsbane is still thirsting for her in Game of Thrones Season 7— and the plot has thickened, because he has an unexpected ally. Jaime Lannister himself, who is Brienne’s best friend and the object of her complicated affection, supports this union.
On Thursday, in an interview with Huffington Post, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau confessed to shipping Tormund and Brienne. “I don’t think he’s jealous,” he said. “I think it’s a perfect couple — I think Tormund would rock her world.”
In the same interview, Coster-Waldau also confirmed that the Season 7 plot leaksare true. “Every year there are huge spoilers online where people find out real stuff and they will post it,” he said. “And you go, ‘Oh my God, they just spoiled the whole season online!’ But then, because there’s 10,000 other spoilers out there…it just gets lost in the shuffle. So, it’s all out there … if you can find it.”
The Season 7 plot leaks thus far have contained information like Daenerys and Jon having sex, the Wall coming down, and one of Dany’s dragons dying and reanimating as a blue, fire breathing ice dragon ridden by the Night’s King. Coster-Waldau might have underestimated the little birds of the Game of Thrones fans and their ability to find it.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on July 16.
Kelly Ripa has finally announced her new cohost on "Live," nearly a year after the departure of former cohost Michael Strahan. In an unsurprising move, Ryan Seacrest is taking the spot next to Ripa.
Seacrest joined her on the daytime talk show Monday morning.
Ripa posted a video to Twitter on Sunday afternoon showing her sipping from a "Live with Kelly" mug that also included a question mark. She said in the video, "Tune in tomorrow. Trust me." Before making the announcement, Ripa opened Monday's show on an optimistic note.
"Today, the next chapter of the 'Live' story is about to be written," she said. "Today, my new cohost will officially be joining me on 'Live.' And today is a very good day."
Ahead of bringing Seacrest out, Ripa thanked her many guest cohosts over the last year, which have included Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Jerry O'Connell, and Fred Savage.
"I would first like to thank all of the men and women who sat next to me cohosting with me this past year," Ripa said. "Thanks is not a big enough word, but they took time out of their busy schedules and took time away from their day jobs to hang out with me in the morning. And part of what makes today so special is by helping out we all became family."
After Seacrest joined Ripa at the "Live" desk, she announced that it was also her 21st wedding anniversary to actor Mark Consuelos.
To which Seacrest responded, "Well, I've made it through, what, seven minutes on my first anniversary being with you. This is a full commitment. I'm excited about it."
Seacrest has guest cohosted "Live" five times since Strahan left. He is known for hosting "American Idol" for 15 seasons, as well as for his work as the host and executive producer of E!’s "Live from the Red Carpet" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve."
Seacrest has moved from Los Angeles to New York City for the "Live" job and will continue hosting and executive producing his syndicated morning radio show, "On Air With Ryan Seacrest," and his Top 40 radio show from a new NYC studio.
At the same time, Seacrest had been contributing to NBC's "Today" since 2012. He was also reportedly a top candidate for roles on the morning show that ultimately went to Carson Daly and Billy Bush. As the cohost of "Live," he will now compete with the the third hour of "Today." Ripa's several mentions of "Today" in her lead-up to the Seacrest announcement may have been a thinly veiled reference to the competition and the rival show's history of passing over Seacrest.
News of Strahan's exit from "Live" for "Good Morning America" last May led Ripa to skip the show for two days in protest of the way the situation was handled.
Watch Seacrest join "Live" as its new cohost below:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shannen Doherty says her breast cancer is in remission.
In an Instagram post, Doherty describes it as "good news" and "overwhelming." But she cautiously notes that recurrences happen frequently and that the next five years will be critical.
Moments. They happen. Today was and is a moment. What does remission mean? I heard that word and have no idea how to react. Good news? YES. Overwhelming. YES. Now more waiting. As every single one of my fellow cancer family knows, the next five years is crucial. Reoccurrences happen all the time. Many of you have shared that very story with me. So with a heart that is certainly lighter, I wait. In the meantime, decisions. Reconstruction which is several surgeries. Decision on taking a pill for the next five years that comes with its own set of problems and side effects. I am blessed, I know that. But for now.... remission. I'm going to just breathe. #cancerslayer
Doherty's cancer was publicly revealed in a lawsuit filed against her former business managers in 2015. The actress claimed they mismanaged her money and allowed her health insurance to lapse.
She has been open about her condition since then, regularly updating her Instagram account with pictures and information about her treatment.
The 46-year-old Doherty is best known for her role as Brenda Walsh on "Beverly Hills, 90210."
Netflix just released the first trailer for the upcoming fifth season of "House of Cards."
Set to debut on May 30, the new "House of Cards" season finds Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood envisioning a future America with him in charge.
"The American people don't know what's best for them. I do," Frank Underwood says in the trailer's voiceover as we watch dark scenes from the upcoming season spliced together.
The trailer then ends with Frank declaring, "One nation Underwood."
Frank Underwood, a crafty politician who over the show's four seasons has risen to the presidency using any means necessary, has typically had his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), as his partner in crime. But Netflix teases that we'll see more cracks in the relationship between Frank and his headstrong wife on season five.
The drama also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks, and Joel Kinnaman. It has won six Emmys.
Watch the new "House of Cards" trailer below:
After a year-long search, Kelly Ripaannounced her permanent “Live With Kelly” co-host on Monday: Ryan Seacrest.
Seacrest is no stranger to the morning talker, having guest-hosted multiple times. Often called “the hardest working man in Hollywood” (he has a radio show, hosts E!’s red carpet awards shows, and produces numerous reality TV shows, including “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Shahs of Sunset”), Seacrest is relocating from Los Angeles to the Big Apple full-time.
Variety managed to catch up with Seacrest and asked him about his newest role:
Welcome to NYC! Have you ever lived here before? Was it a hard decision to relocate from LA?
Thank you. I have never lived here before but I have spent a lot of time here. I expect to still spend a lot of time in Los Angeles, but I’m excited to take up residence in the Big Apple. And while it was a big decision, of course, I’m really excited for this new chapter.
How long have you been considering this role?
It’s always been on my radar as it’s such a terrific show, and I have been a frequent guest and co-host over the years. But I would probably say that serious consideration was given to this over the last few months.
What is it about you and Kelly that clicks so well?
I think we share the same values and work ethic, and have a long history together of just being great friends, which is always a foundation for an easy rapport.
You seem to thrive on live TV. Why?
It’s exciting and unpredictable. I love the adrenaline live TV brings.
How do you juggle so many different aspects to your career?
I have a terrific team who really helps me navigate it all. I also just try to give my full attention to what I am working on at any given time — so I give 100% to each and everything thing that I do.
Does having big TV platforms like “Live,” “American Idol, “Live From the Red Carpet” et al help you as a businessman?
Definitely, without question. We try to make all the pieces fit together so that no matter what I do brings value to the other commitments and ventures I am involved with.
Watch Seacrest make his “Live With Kelly and Ryan” debut here.
Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven't watched Sunday's premiere episode of "American Gods."
A very startling sex act on "American Gods" had a lot of people talking Sunday during the new Starz drama.
It features the attention-starved goddess of love, Bilquis, whose vagina swallows up her numerous lovers, both male and female, during heated sexual intercourse.
"You don't see a woman owning sex like that often," Yetide Badaki, who plays Bilquis on "American Gods," recently told Business Insider in New York City.
"You see sex as something that happens to us a lot, something people apologize for or shy away from," the Nigerian-born actress said. "Bilquis absolutely owns it and does not apologize for it. And I hope people talk about that."
"American Gods," which is already renewed for a second season, is adapted from Neil Gaiman's popular 2001 novel of the same name. The show tells the story of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), an ex-convict who meets Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who hires Shadow as his bodyguard. Shadow accompanies McShane's mysterious character on a cross-country journey to recruit the multicultural gods of history who were brought to the US by immigrants for a war with the new gods created out of our modern worship of technology, media, drugs, and celebrity, among other things.
The beautiful Bilquis, one of the elder gods, yearns for the worship and connection of years passed. She makes up for that by finding lovers who adore her during sex play and then fill the hole created by the modern ways we now connect with one another. As an example, Badaki referenced a New York Times article about how millennials are having less sex in this digital age.
"In essence, they're having less intimacy than previous generations," Badaki said. "There's so much that's changed in the way we connect. So there's that yearning in that sex scene. And it's funny, one of the metaphors that came up for me when looking into Bilquis was also the idea of a starlet from the silent era trying to survive in the day of the talkies. There's something out of time about it and something slightly out of sync."
As intense as Bilquis' sex scenes are, Badaki teases that "American Gods" certainly takes advantage of the freedom a premium cable network offers when it comes to sex.
"I love the sex positivity in this show in that taking the stigma away from actually talking about it is a very powerful thing," she said. "And we also have it in a beautifully safe space. We have these incredible artists that have created this lovely artistic bubble where everyone can come in and really be vulnerable in all states. And it's incredibly inclusive. It's equal-opportunity. Yes, this scene is interesting but there will be plenty more that people will be talking about."
The actress also says we'll learn that Bilquis has a lot more to offer than sex tricks.
"You will definitely learn a lot more about where Bilquis has come from," Badaki told us. "And I can say in this season, you will get an idea of where she is going and how she is an integral part of this war between the new and the old gods."
In the next round of TV-network morning wars, the battle to watch will be Kelly vs Kelly.
Megyn Kelly’s new NBC morning program will launch at 9 a.m. in the fall, according to an NBC News spokeswoman, meaning the popular former Fox News Channel anchor will square off in many markets against a retooled “Live,” the syndicated ABC program led by Kelly Ripa. ABC said Monday morning that she will be joined as co-host by Ryan Seacrest after a year of working with an array of guests.
The scheduling suggests that both networks see the mid-morning – typically viewed as a time when many viewers have left their living rooms and gone to work – as a time slot with audience worth fighting for. The TV networks’ morning scrum has always been feistiest during the hours between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., when “Today,” “Good Morning America,” and “CBS This Morning" duke it out for the toast-and-eggs crowd. But this move could focus new attention on the time slot. Both networks announced their moves at TV’s annual “upfront” market, where U.S. TV networks try to sell the bulk of their ad inventory for the coming season, to advertisers.
NBC has not announced whether Kelly’s show will be part of “Today,” or portrayed as separate from that enterprise. A third hour of today long co-hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, is likely to remain at its current 10 a.m. roost.
NBC News has already moved forward on a separate Kelly project, a Sunday news-magazine that will be overseen by veteran “Dateline” producers David Corvo and Liz Cole. Kate Snow is expected to contribute to the program, which is slated to launch in June.
NBC News is placing a big bet on Kelly: She will compete with CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sundays and with two of TV’s most enduring personalities – Ripa and Seacrest – during the week.
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, May 2 (Reuters) - United Airlines Inc executives will visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to face lawmakers' questions about the forcible removal of a passenger on an overbooked flight last month, an incident that provoked international outrage.
United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz's appearance before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will test how the Republican-led Congress addresses company misconduct at a time of sweeping deregulation in Washington. Republicans largely back President Donald Trump's push to undo industry rules and regulations they say hamper business growth.
Joining Munoz at the hearing will be United President Scott Kirby as well as executives from American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and a consumers' union consultant.
The executives will be grilled on the growing consumer anger directed at airlines, which came to a head when Dr. David Dao was dragged from a United flight at a Chicago airport on April 9 to make room for crew members on the aircraft.
It is the chance to learn "what is being done to improve service for the flying public," Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, a Republican, said in a statement.
Representative Rick Larsen, the top Democrat on the House panel's aviation subcommittee, told Reuters he expected it to be "very pointed" and that executives should anticipate "pretty rough" questions.
United last week reached a settlement with the 69-year-old Dao, whose removal prompted intense public backlash when fellow passengers released video online showing aviation police dragging him down the aisle as passengers cried out and gasped at his bloodied face.
United also changed its policies by offering passengers who give up their seats up to $10,000 and by reducing overbooked flights. The airline has promised to no longer call on law enforcement officers to deny ticketed passengers their seats.
Southwest said last week it would end overbooking altogether.
Airline executives are expected at Tuesday's hearing to outline specific actions they have taken or will take to try to prevent future incidents such as the one on the United flight, congressional aides said.
A U.S. Senate panel will hold a separate hearing on Thursday.
Trump administration relaxing airline regulations
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the president would not, at this point, weigh in on whether new airline regulations are needed.
"I'll leave it up to Congress to decide whether it's appropriate to address this legislatively. Once there was a piece of legislation, then we could have an opportunity to weigh in," Spicer said on Monday.
But it is unclear how any new legislation would square with Trump's deregulatory push.
Shortly after he took office, Trump directed federal agencies to do away with two old regulations for every new one. He asked airline executives in February to identify regulatory hurdles.
The Trump administration in March halted public comment on a Obama-era move to probe some airlines' prevention of various travel websites from showing their fares and whether to require greater transparency about baggage fees along with quoted fares.
The administration is also extending the compliance date by one year for a new regulation requiring reporting of data for mishandled baggage and wheelchairs in aircraft cargo compartments.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, through a spokeswoman, declined to comment on whether the United incident would prompt any regulatory changes. Her department said earlier this month it was investigating the matter.
Congressman Peter DeFazio, the top Democrat on the House committee holding Tuesday's hearing, said it was "way too early" to know if the voluntary policy changes announced by United are permanent.
Larsen said new airline regulations were not yet under discussion but that if carriers did not make a firm commitment to improve customer service, then "the options for legislation open."
(Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington and Alana Wise in New York; additional reporting by Steve Holland and Amanda Becker in Washington; writing by Amanda Becker; Editing by Mary Milliken)
As one of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics, Stephen Colbert probably assumed an interview with the president about his first 100 days wouldn't be possible. So he did the next best thing.
The "Late Show" team pieced together footage from Trump's sit-down with CBS's "Face the Nation" earlier this week and inserted Colbert as the interviewer in a way that made Trump look distinctly unpresidential.
"Now sir, you've been in office for 100 days," Colbert said in the "exclusive interview.""What do you think people are saying about you?"
"People are saying, 'Is he sane? I have no idea,'" Trump responded in the altered footage.
The strained US-North Korea relationship has been a hot topic for the past few weeks, so Colbert sought to find out where Trump stood on a potential conflict.
"Are you afraid you might start a nuclear war with North Korea?" the host asked.
"I was all set to do it," Trump responded in the edited footage. "As we were sitting here, I was going to have to delay you. I was going to do it as we're sitting here."
Through the rejiggered footage, Colbert got Trump to say he wouldn't touch NAFTA and Medicare — but what about "an unsuspecting woman's behind"?
"I will touch that," Trump said in the clip.
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In the late hours on Monday night, Hollywood was holding its breath as writers and producers were trying to hammer out a deal that would keep much of the entertainment industry from shutting down.
As the timer ticked down to a midnight deadline before a strike, the Writers Guild of America — which represents the people who write films and scripted TV, as well as a growing number of nonfiction and reality writers — worked to come to an agreement with the group that represents the studios, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
What was at stake? It really isn't outlandish to say that a writers' strike would shut down Hollywood. The last time the WGA members striked from 2007 to 2008, hundreds of writers walked out of their jobs. That meant many TV series had to cut their seasons short or end production. Many new series couldn't even launch production and died on the vine. The film industry came to a relative standstill.
Back then, TV's saving grace was reality television. In fact, that writers' strike marked a big wave of nonfiction programming, the staffs of which weren't part of a union then. But guess what? The WGA unionized many nonfiction writers and story producers in the years that followed. So if a strike did happen this week, it would've been an unprecedented shutdown of the TV industry, one that would've hit variety and late-night shows instantly.
What were the writers fighting for? It's essentially the same things any union — from auto workers to educators — fight for: more money, better and affordable health care, and some job security as modern advancements in technology have affected their jobs.
Thankfully for entertainment fans everywhere, the WGA and the AMPTP were able to come to agreement that would cover the next three years. The next step, ratification by the WGA members, is a formality at this point. But Hollywood certainly slept better Monday night after news of the deal broke.
Here's why writers came so close to shutting down Hollywood:
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Increased backend payments for streaming viewership.
Clearly, streaming companies have become major players in the entertainment industry over the past five years. We've seen the rise of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and a growing number of single-network streaming services, such as HBO Now and CBS All Access.
Payments for show reruns and movies that play on traditional TV are well-covered, but residuals for streaming and other digital viewing became a big issue in this round of talks. While the public has adopted a new binge-watching culture, writers realized they deserved a bigger piece of the streaming pie.
According to the WGA, the new agreement covers "a 15% increase in Pay TV residuals, roughly $15 million in increases in streaming video residuals, and, for the first time ever, residuals for comedy-variety writers in Pay TV."
Fair pay for TV's shorter seasons.
As TV programming has become year-round, instead of sticking to the traditional fall and spring seasons, the number of TV shows has increased, but the number of episodes in a typical season has decreased. Limited and anthology series like HBO's "Big Little Lies" and ABC's "American Crime" are examples of this.
Why is this a problem? TV writers are typically paid by the episode, so fewer episodes mean less money, including less in backend residuals. But more shows don't necessarily mean more work to make up for shorter seasons. Production schedules can overlap, making it hard for writers to find work on another show.
The new agreement would provide better protections for writers, according to the WGA:
"We also made unprecedented gains on the issue of short seasons in television, winning a definition (which has never before existed in our MBA) of 2.4 weeks of work for each episodic fee. Any work beyond that span will now require additional payment for hundreds of writer-producers."
Affordable healthcare coverage.
Yes, healthcare is a large issue for everyone, including Hollywood writers. Since many creative jobs in the entertainment industry can be considered freelance work or fail to meet the standards for a typical full-time job, many creative people depend on their unions for health insurance.
The health-insurance plan administered by the WGA was facing insolvency, having run under a deficit for three of the past four years. The options to keep it alive included decreasing benefits, raising member payments, raising the minimum salary to qualify for coverage, or increasing the studios' contributions to the plan.
The first few options were clearly not okay for WGA members, who already complain of lesser pay and fear for their access to health care in today's political climate. So having the studios pitch in more was a central part of the contract negotiations.
WGA says the tentative agreement with the studios included "contribution increases to our Health Plan that should ensure its solvency for years to come."
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The Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" follows high-school student Clay Jensen and his classmate Hannah Baker, who commited suicide. She leaves behind cassette tapes that explain 13 reasons she says she took her own life. Each tape is made for someone who she felt was responsible for her suicide in some way. Each episode focuses on one of the tapes.
Netflix released all the episodes of the show on March 31, 2017. And ever since, it's gotten more and more popular, but in some cases for all the wrong reasons. It's now facing major controversy.
Many mental-health experts, concerned parents, and teachers are saying that it glorifies suicide, and could be a dangerous lesson for teens who could be going through the same things as Hannah.
Here's how the Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" became a hit among teens and why experts are calling it "harmful":
It's based on the 2007 novel "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher.
It got so popular so fast that it's probably getting a second season.
The show is about a teenager, Hannah Baker, who kills herself.
Before taking her own life, she leaves audiotapes for people she believes are responsible. The tapes are an act of revenge, and part justification of her fatal decision.
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Liberals and conservatives alike are agreeing that Stephen Colbert should be fired by CBS, but not necessarily for the same reasons.
While some outraged viewers are calling for Colbert's termination over a comment about President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that they view as homophobic, conservatives appear to simply want him gone for his politics and frequent, sharp criticism of Trump.
Colbert made the controversial insult during Monday's passionate "Late Show" monologue, which went viral online. In it, he stood up for CBS reporter John Dickerson, whose interview with Trump was cut short by the president, who was being repeatedly questioned about his allegations that President Barack Obama had ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the campaign.
"Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine," Colbert said during the rant. "You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign-language gorilla who got hit in the head. In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin's c--k holster."
The last, sexually charged barb seems to be the one for which Colbert is taking the heat.
There was a barrage of tweets calling for Colbert's firing from the late-night show in response to the comments, many using the hashtag #FireColbert.
The fact that Colbert can make homophobic statements shows his privilege & systematic oppression of minority groups.#FireColbert— Scott Presler (@ScottPresler) May 3, 2017
So, Colbert is saying homophobic things again? Disappointing that CBS supports and empowers this. #firecolbert— Michael Oxley (@Truthchampion16) May 2, 2017
While many are calling for Colbert's termination because of outrage over a joke viewed as homophobic, it's difficult to discern whether they're written by people concerned with LGBTQ rights or Trump supporters who are more concerned about partisan politics — many of whom claim to have never even watched his show.
#FireColbert has shown me that US conservatives only care about free speech and LGBTQ rights when it's convenient for them. Not how it works— Tom Sawyer (@circlepity) May 3, 2017
It's just locker room talk.— Elaine Gaetano (@rosalita2740) May 3, 2017
Colbert just has an unconventional style.
Don't take him literally.
Trump and CBS
The people requesting CBS #FireColbert don't strike me as the type to march down Broadway carrying signs that say "End homophobic remarks"— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) May 3, 2017
Colbert hasn't tweeted since Monday. Representatives for Colbert and "The Late Show" didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
In a rare showing of unity between late-night competitors, "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert urged his viewers to watch Jimmy Kimmel's monologue on ABC about his newborn son's emergency heart surgery.
“Last night was one of the rare times I did not just watch our show. I also watched our dear friend Jimmy Kimmel," Colbert said on his CBS show Tuesday.
Kimmel opened Monday's "Live!" with an emotional story about his newborn son, Billy, who had emergency heart surgery just three hours after his birth over the weekend. Kimmel also segued the story into a call for affordable health care in the US and an endorsement of funding for healthcare programs and research. He also criticized Republican efforts to dismantle coverage of preexisting conditions (his son's heart defect would be considered a preexisting condition), which is insured under Obamacare.
Kimmel teared up as he told his story about his son.
"I just want to say to anybody out there, that if you haven’t seen Jimmy’s monologue last night — about his child, who was born with a heart defect and they had to have surgery and the first surgery was successful and thankfully his son Billy is home with him and his wife — please go watch it," Colbert told his viewers.
"It’s an absolutely beautiful, heartfelt story," Colbert continued. "And it’s a call for all people to have access to the same quality health care, because it is a basic human need, and an aspect of our dignity as citizens of the United States."
Watch Colbert's appreciation of Kimmel's monologue below:
Hillary Clinton referenced the bleak future portrayed on Hulu's new drama series, "The Handmaid's Tale," to illustrate the threat to women's rights today in our real world.
The former presidential candidate and Secretary of State made the comments during Planned Parenthood's 100th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, according to Entertainment Weekly.
"What a time it is to be holding this centennial. Just ask those who’ve been watching 'The Handmaid’s Tale,' a book I read and was captivated by years ago," Clinton said in her address.
Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" is based on the popular 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. Set in the near future, it finds the US taken over by an authoritarian leader and conservative values influencing the law of the land. At the same time, a widespread inability to bear children has caused those who are fertile to become forced concubines who provide offspring to powerful men and their sterile wives.
"I am not suggesting this dystopian future is around the corner, but this show has prompted important conversations about women’s rights and autonomy," Clinton continued. "In 'The Handmaid’s Tale,' women’s rights are gradually, slowly stripped away. As one character says, ‘We didn’t look up from our phones until it was too late.’ It is not too late for us, but we have to encourage the millions of women and men who support Planned Parenthood’s mission to keep fighting."
Clinton's comments coincide with the ongoing efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare with a Republican plan that includes stricter rules for coverage of abortions and a move to partially defund Planned Parenthood.