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    Kevin Bacon is no stranger to nude scenes, from "Wild Things" to "Hollow Man," but he's not so comfortable with becoming the poster boy for male nudity in Hollywood.

    "I think it's become something that really goes job to job," Bacon recently told Business Insider of going nude for his projects. "Does it work to see something? My problem with nudity though — I did a movie called 'Wild Things,' it was full-frontal nudity. And I didn’t have a problem with it, because it's a scene getting out of the shower and it was just that kind of movie. What I did have a problem with was the fact that when I went to promote the movie — and even to this day — that's all I talk about. So it kind of ended up being, I don’t know, just kind of boring to me as a topic of conversation."

    In 2015, Bacon shot a tongue-in-cheek video for Mashable in which he advocated for more male nudity in films and television shows. Apparently, some people took Bacon's words at face value.

    "It was a public service announcement saying that we needed more male nudity," Bacon said. "And the amount of people that saw it seriously blows my mind. They said, 'You said it in that thing,' and it's so clearly a joke. I mean, I'm so clearly being a smartass. It's strange."

    kevin bacon wild thingsThe topic of nudity is fresh again for Bacon as he currently stars as the title character in the provocatively named new Amazon series "I Love Dick." 

    Adapted from Chris Kraus’ 1997 cult feminist novel of the same name, the series from "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway follows frustrated filmmaker Chris (Kathryn Hahn), who travels with her writer husband Sylvère (Griffin Dunne) to a writing residency in Marfa, Texas. Amid a sexual dry spell with her husband, Chris becomes infatuated with Bacon's Dick, an acclaimed sculptor and the residency's benefactor.

    Aside from Bacon's participation in some pretty intense sex fantasies in Chris' mind, there's a scene in the premiere episode in which the actor strips bare for a transformative dip in a pool.

    "In the case of 'I Love Dick,' the last scene in the pilot, I go out and I get in the water," Bacon told us. "It's a beautiful place, a scene of kind of a baptism for the character. He's in a way starting life over again with new ideas and change and I think it's a really nice shot and it looks good and it makes a lot of sense for that thing."

    So even if he thinks the attention to his nudity for roles is "strange," he doesn't seem to be ending the habit soon.

    SEE ALSO: Kevin Bacon on being a male sex object: 'It's not the worst thing'

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    The final years of Michael Jackson's life have been put into a Lifetime movie, and it's not pretty.

    "Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland" is based on the 2014 book "Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days," by the King of Pop's bodyguards. It looks exactly like what you would imagine a movie on the legend would be like if it got the Lifetime treatment.

    We get a cheesy portrayal of Jackson, played by noted Jackson impersonator Navi, at a low point in his life as he races from paparazzi and tries to be a father to his kids at his palatial Neverland Ranch.

    Lifetime has made an infamous habit of looking back on music stars' lives and scandals with unauthorized biographies. Past titles include the truly heinous "Britney Ever After" on Britney Spears and "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" on the late Aaliyah.

    Watch the trailer below. The movie airs May 29.

     

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    On Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert blasted President Donald Trump once again, this time for the president's theory about exercise.

    "At the age of 70, Trump doesn't have the energy of a child in part because he doesn't believe in exercise," Colbert said.

    According to The Washington Post, Trump thinks the human body is like a battery with a finite amount of energy, which is depleted with exercise.

    "May I point out, by that logic, would mean the strongest people in the world are babies," Colbert said.

    The Post spoke to a sports medicine and orthopedics specialist who said exercise does deplete energy as stores of glucose, glycogen, and fats, but humans restore those by eating. Exercise also makes the body stronger.

    "I suppose we should've seen his anti-exercise thing coming," Colbert said. "After all, one of the first things Trump did was replace Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign with his own: 'Let's Not.'"

    Watch the segment:

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    Bobby Moynihan will depart “Saturday Night Live” following the sketch-comedy franchise’s season finale this weekend.

    Moynihan’s exit from the show had been expected since CBS last week picked up comedy series “Me, Myself, & I,” in which he is set to star, for the 2017-18 season.

    This season was Moynihan’s ninth on “SNL” — placing him among the longest-running cast members in the show’s history. In the current cast, his tenure was exceeded only by that of colleague Kenan Thompson.

    Moynihan, like so many “SNL” veterans, developed his own stable of recurring characters, including Drunk Uncle and secondhand reporter Anthony Crispino. Among the real-life people he impersonated on the show were Chris Christie, Guy Fieri, and Snooki.

    On Wednesday, Moynihan appeared at CBS’ upfront presentation with his fellow “Me, Myself & I” cast members. The single-cam comedy examining one man’s life over a 50-year span — with Moynihan playing the protagonist at age 40. Kapital Entertainment is producing in association with Warner Bros. Television. Writer Dan Kopelman is executive producing with Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, and pilot director Randall Einhorn.

    Saturday’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” will be the last of the show’s 42nd season. “Baywatch” star Dwayne Johnson is set to host with musical guest and new “American Idol” judge Katy Perry.

    SEE ALSO: Watch 'SNL' star Kate McKinnon's amazing 4-minute makeup transition between scenes

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    People are already getting excited about the prospects of the 2020 United States presidential election, in part because Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has teased the "real possibility" that he might run for office.

    Jimmy Kimmel thought to imagine what such a race might look like on Wednesday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

    "According to a new public policy poll, if he ran for president, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson would beat Donald Trump 42% to 37%," Kimmel said. "I think an actual rock might beat Donald Trump at this point."

    But, then again, Kimmel said Johnson does have some impressive credentials on his side.

    "He served in the military. He's worked in the CIA. He handled natural disasters. He protects our oceans," Kimmel joked, showing the posters for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation,""Central Intelligence,""San Andreas," and "Baywatch."

    Kimmel said it would be "the greatest race" for president ever. The host's team cleverly edited together some footage to show us what an election battle — or wrestling fight — between Trump and Johnson might look like.

    Watch Kimmel's 2020 race between Trump and The Rock below:

     

     

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    Trevor Noah criticized Fox News Channel for what he believes is inadequate coverage of the developing news surrounding President Donald Trump and his firing of FBI Director James Comey.

    After critics had already accused the president of firing Comey in order to halt the federal investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, a new report surfaced that Comey wrote a memo before his firing saying that Trump had specifically requested that the FBI chief end his investigation into Michael Flynn, a member of the Trump campaign and later the national security adviser.

    Under mounting pressure from lawmakers and citizens alike, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as the special counsel on Wednesday to oversee the Russia investigation in light of the new allegations.

    "This is by far the biggest Trump scandal... until the next one," Noah said on Wednesday's edition of Comedy Central's "Daily Show.""To not acknowledge the gravity of this Comey memo, you’d have to be willfully ignorant, aggressively ignorant. In fact, you’d have to be Fox News."

    The show then played clips from Fox News in which hosts and guests avoided using the world "impeachment," suggested President Barack Obama was just as guilty of obstructing investigations, and doubted the veracity of Comey's recall of events in his memos. Noah had to weigh in on that last one.

    "One of them took notes. The other one is the world's most famous liar," he said. "Forget about lying about what happens in private conversation. Trump lies about things we can see."

    Noah saw an advantage in Fox News' coverage for Trump.

    "They are basically his Snapchat filter," Noah said. "Whatever the reality is they always make him look better than he is."

    Watch the video below:

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    Spoilers below if you haven't watched episode four, "First Date," on the second season of "Master of None."

    "Master of None" dedicated an entire episode of its new second season to dating apps, something the show's producers felt couldn't be avoided.

    "There was a real key change even in betweens seasons one and two — and certainly I think in New York,""Master of None" cocreator Alan Yang recently told Business insider of the popularity of dating apps.

    On season two, Aziz Ansari's character Dev is still single after breaking up with Rachel (Noël Wells) on the season-one finale and after spending several months in Italy. Upon returning to New York City, Ansari dives into the culture of dating apps on episode four. (The development is also not a big surprise given that Ansari cowrote a book about dating in the digital era, "Modern Romance.") The episode astutely alternates between several of Dev's awkward dates.

    "It used to be if you were on the apps, you kind of had to explain why you were on them," Yang said. "And now, it's so much the norm that you have to explain why you're not on them, why you're opting out. It's like a dramatic thing."

    Run down by the series of dates and their strange outcomes, Dev suddenly gets a new match notification and reluctantly responds with the perfect pickup line.

    "We took one of our friends out to lunch, because we knew he was dating  and we knew he had been on the apps a lot," Yang said. "And he told us his opening line when he texts. He said, 'I write, "I'm going to Whole Foods. Need me to pick you up anything?"' And we were like man, that's an amazing first line. It's funny, but not too funny. It's interesting, but not trying too hard, kind of playful."

    master of none dating aps netflixAnyone who uses dating apps knows that it's really difficult to come up with that very first message with a match. It could mean the difference between getting you a date or deafening silence. Inspired by their friend, Yang and his team tried to come up with a line for Dev that would be as good as the one his friend used. But the perfect line eluded them. Thankfully, they didn't have to come up with their own.

    "We couldn't beat that line," Yang said. "And we just asked him, 'Hey, can we use that line?' And he was like, 'Yeah, I retired that line. I don't use it anymore, so you can use it.' So we put it into the show and that's Dev's opening line."

    SEE ALSO: 'Master of None' creator talks about its critical look at Hollywood: 'We don't have any axes to grind'

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    Facebook just announced that it has reached a deal with Major League Baseball to broadcast 20 games live on Facebook this season, part of the tech giant's big push into premium video.

    These games will be streamed weekly in a national telecast on Friday nights, accessible to Facebook users in the US. The first game will air tomorrow — Rockies at Reds, at 7:10 p.m. ET. According to Facebook, this broadcast will be a "feed from a participating team's local broadcast rightsholder." In other words, this isn't an exclusive deal where the games will only run on Facebook.

    “Baseball games are uniquely engaging community experiences, as the chatter and rituals in the stands are often as meaningful to fans as the action on the diamond," Dan Reed, Facebook’s Head of Global Sports Partnerships, said in a statement. "By distributing a live game per week on Facebook, Major League Baseball can re-imagine this social experience on a national scale." 

    Facebook isn't the only tech company going after sports. 

    Amazon recently snagged the rights to stream 10 of the NFL's games. Amazon paid a staggering $50 million for the deal, according to The Wall Street Journal. That figure is five times the $10 million Twitter reportedly paid the NFL for the same rights in 2016. (Twitter also has a deal to stream some MLB and NHL games.)

    In the higher-price, exclusive tier, Verizon will pay a reported $21 million for the rights to stream one NFL game exclusively, outstripping the $15 million Yahoo paid in a similar deal in 2015.

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    This MLB partnership is another example of Facebook kicking its premium video aspirations into high gear. Multiple sources have told Business Insider that Facebook wants to debut a slate of TV-like shows in mid-June.

    The social network has been looking for shows in two distinct tiers: a marquee tier for a few longer, big-budget shows that would feel at home on TV, and a lower tier for shorter, less expensive shows of about five to 10 minutes that would refresh every 24 hours.

    The new video initiative means Facebook would play a much more hands-on role in controlling the content that appears on its social network — and it comes as companies like Amazon, YouTube, and Snap are locked in an arms race to secure premium video programming. 

    One show Facebook has greenlit is a virtual-reality dating show from Conde Nast Entertainment in which people go on first dates in VR before they meet in real life, according to one person who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. At Conde Nast's recent NewFront presentation, the company confirmed that it had a new video project with Facebook, but didn't give details.  

    Facebook released a standalone video app for the Apple TV and other set-top boxes in March that is one place users could watch these MLB games, as well as its upcoming original shows.

    Additional reporting by Alex Heath.

    SEE ALSO: Twitter is adding a slew of new shows in its quest to be a hub for live video

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" has never been more drama-filled.
    • But the ratings are getting worse.
    • Part of the issue might be the Kardashians are so over-exposed.
    • Still, Kylie Jenner is getting a new show.


    Before the latest season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" premiered — its 13th, if you can believe it — it was poised to be one of the most emotional, and by extension, one of its most popular yet. But recent numbers show that the ratings are actually slipping, and it could mean big changes for the queens of reality TV.

    Despite episodes dealing with Kim's robbery, her post-traumatic healing from it and, of course, Kanye's breakdown, the show is slipping in viewers each week, going from 1.58 to 1.41 and down to 1.35 million viewers in its first three episodes, according to the Daily Mail. Compare this to a more regular occurrence of over 2 million viewers per episode, and an all-time high of 10.5 million (!!!) for Kim's wedding with Kris Humphries, and things don't seem good.

    The Kardashian family had an undeniably crazy 2016, and while Kim has been taking a lower-key approach in early 2017, the rest of the family has been courting their own (less sympathetic) controversies recently — Kendall Jenner's cringeworthy Pepsi ad, Caitlyn Jenner's memoir and increasing alienation of her family, and Khloe's controversial new show, to name just a few.

    It's possible people are burnt out on the KarJenners and their oversaturation, but it's also possible that, 10 years after premiering, KUWTK just isn't where people go to get their fix anymore — we can go to just about every media outlet and social platform at any time of day for unprecedented access. As far as social engagement, they're definitely not hurting.

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    Kylie Jenner just recently announced her own reality show, "Life of Kylie," to start airing this summer, making our prediction of her taking the throne pretty spot on, notttt to brag. And while the future of KUWTK might not look so clear, at least we know SOME of the Kardashian family won't be leaving that traditional TV magic of theirs behind any time soon.

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    Warning: Major spoilers ahead for the movie "Get Out."

    The home video release of Jordan Peele's horror movie "Get Out" includes an alternative ending that's drastically different from the one in the film's final cut.

    In the finished version of the movie released in theaters, just as Chris (Daniel Kaluuya's character) kills the Armitage family and tries to ditch town, a cop car pulls up. It's a loaded moment for the audience — is it a police officer here to arrest what looks like a black man killing a seemingly innocent white girl?

    Instead of a cop, Chris' best friend, Rod, is driving the car. It's a triumphant ending: the two friends drive away while the villainous Rose Armitage dies in the dirt.

    The alternate ending is much crueler. And like the rest of "Get Out," it's a searing take on the racial dynamics surrounding black men in America. In the scene, the police car is what it seems, and two officers arrest Chris.

    The film then cuts to Chris in a prison jumpsuit, talking to Rod from behind a glass screen. Rod tries to get him to explain himself, but Chris is unwilling to concoct a plausible reason for killing the Armitage family. "I'm good. I stopped it," is all he says.

    The scene will be included as an extra feature in the Blu-Ray and DVD Release for "Get Out," to be released on May 23. The movie is also currently available as a digital download.

    You can also watch the alternative ending below:

    In an interview with BuzzFeed, Peele explained that he wanted an upbeat, triumphant ending after the negative one wasn't received as well.

    "The ending needed to transform into something that gives us a hero, that gives us an escape, that gives us a positive feeling,"Peele said. "There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience go crazy when Rod shows up."

    "Get Out" was a box office smash, making more than $200 million worldwide so far on a budget of $4.5 million. Peele is planning to follow it up with several more, thematically similar movies and with "Lovecraft Country," a Victorian horror TV series for HBO.

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    Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris leaves Southwark Crown Court after being found guilty of 12 sex charges involving four women.

    Rolf Harris has been released from prison while still fighting charges of child sex abuse.

    The former TV star walked out of Stafford Prison today having been granted bail on Friday morning.

    The 87-year-old was seen getting into a blue car which drove away from the jail.

    The car was later seen pulling up at his home in Berkshire.

    Harris still faces allegations that he groped teenage girls during TV and celebrity appearances.

    It means Harris will be able to appear in person, on bail, when his indecent assault trial resumes on Monday at Southwark Crown Court.

    A general view of HMP Stafford, where Rolf Harris was released from this morning, jail staff confirmed.

    Harris, who denies four charges of indecent assault against three women between 1971 and 1983, had previously appeared via video link.

    Speaking at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, Judge Deborah Taylor said: "The defendant, Rolf Harris, is to be released from HM prison in Stafford tomorrow on May 19.

    "Yesterday following an application by the defence unopposed by the prosecution, I decided to grant Mr Harris bail in relation to the charges the jury are considering.

    "The fact I have granted him bail doesn’t have any bearing on the decision you will make in due course.

    "As a result Mr Harris will no longer be appearing in this court over the videolink following his release from prison."

    Harris is accused of having an "appetite" for abusing girls, allegedly touching a 13-year-old’s breast after filming children’s TV programme Saturday Superstore in 1983.

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    After TV networks decided what will stay and what will go, the carnage is now over. That means fans can breathe and focus on what survived for another year and the new shows.

    To find out which new shows have most captured fans' attention, Business Insider partnered with Amobee Brand Intelligencea company that provides marketing insight and measures real-time content consumption across the internet. Amobee analyzed the digital engagement around the newly announced shows in order to find out which ones were attracting the most chatter.

    The reboots and revivals had the most tongues wagging. The trend of bringing back series has been in full force for the last few years. This season, "American Idol,""Roseanne," and "Will & Grace" will be joining those ranks.

    Another popular theme: shows that belong to a franchise, such as ABC's new Marvel's show, "Inhumans," and CBS's "Big Bang Theory" spin-off, "Young Sheldon."

    Here are the 10 most talked-about new shows right now:

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    10. "The Good Doctor" (ABC)

    Fresh off finishing his run with "Bates Motel," Freddie Highmore stars on "The Good Dootor" as a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome whose social skills and medical talents are tested at a new hospital.

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    9. Untitled "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off (ABC)

    ABC is copying NBC's "Chicago" franchise model by ordering a spin-off of "Grey's Anatomy" set in a firehouse. 



    8. "Wisdom of the Crowd" (CBS)

    "Wisdom of the Crowd" features "Entourage" star Jeremy Piven as a tech inventor who crowdsources an app that solves his daughter's murder and can revolutionize crime solving.

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    Ricky Gervais came on Thursday "The Late Show" and again debated religion with host Stephen Colbert.

    Gervais is an atheist, and Colbert is a devout Catholic. The last time Gervais was on the show, they debated the existence of God.

    "I smoked you," Colbert said on Thursday of that heady conversation.

    "And where did it get us? Nowhere," Gervais said. "I'm going to hell because I don't believe in Him."

    "No," Colbert said. "I'm going to hell because I do believe in it. Just because you believe in hell doesn't mean you won't go there. You probably will, because I'm a sinner."

    The conversation then shifted to Gervais' time in Iceland. Colbert said people in Iceland believed in elves and that appealed to him because he loves "The Lord of the Rings." But Gervais said he wasn't a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien because he wasn't a fan of "nonsense."

    "It's fantasy," Colbert said. "What's wrong with nonsense? Does everything have to be true to you?"

    "OK, I'm a Catholic," Gervais said.

    "Welcome aboard," said Colbert, seemingly winning the religious debate.

    "If nonsense is OK, I'm in," Gervais said. "And I can drink as much red wine as I want. ... I'm absolutely off my [expletive] on the blood of Christ."

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    Harry Styles wrapped up his four-day residency on CBS's "Late Late Show" by starring in the latest edition of its popular lip-syncing segment "Carpool Karaoke" on Thursday night.

    The segment caps off a week of the former "One Direction" member performing songs from his newly released self-titled solo album and appearing in sketches on the late-night show.

    Styles opened up the "Carpool Karaoke" segment by celebrating his newfound independence.

    "I feel like I have more control over the buttons," Styles told host James Corden.

    "I don't know if you're speaking on a different level, if you saying you have more control over the buttons is something deeper," the host responded, presumably referring to Styles' breakout from his boy band.

    The segment features the duo rocking out to Styles' solo single "Sign of the Times" and the songs "Sweet Creature" and "Kiwi" off "Harry Styles."

    They also covered pop hits like" Outkast's "Hey Ya" and Lionel Richie and Diana Ross' "Endless Love," which led Corden to suggest that they reenact rom-com scenes from "Notting Hill" and "Titanic." That involved some amusing intimate moments between them.

    "In a cool way," Styles said, breaking up the seriousness of the moment.

    Watch the full "Carpool Karaoke" with Harry Styles below:

    SEE ALSO: Harry Styles demands to be taken seriously on his debut solo album — and he will be

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    Matthew Perry has revealed that he killed at least one story line on "Friends."

    On Thursday's episode of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," Perry played one of the show's recurring games, "Plead the Fifth." In it, Cohen asks his guests three questions and allows them to pass on only one.

    Perry, who's promoting the New York City run of his play, "The End of Longing," had already used his one pass on the first question — Cohen asked him to play "Marry, Shag, Kill" using his female "Friends" costars.

    The second question: whether Perry knew what costar David Schwimmer meant by his offhand comment during the televised reunion last year, which Perry couldn't attend, that some "Friends" costars had had sex.

    "I don't know who he was referring to," Perry said. "No, I think there was no sex between any of them, or I was really missing something."

    Cohen's third and final question was whether there was a "Friends" story line that either "jumped the shark" or that Perry wouldn't allow.

    "There was a story line on 'Friends' where Chandler went to a male strip joint because he really liked the sandwiches," Perry said. "And I called up, and I said, 'Let's not do this one.'"

    He was successful in killing that story line, so fans never saw Chandler eating sandwiches with scantily clad men.

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    Spoilers below if you haven't watched episode two of the second season of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," titled "Kimmy's Roommate Lemonades." 

    "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" put a lot of consideration into its homage to Beyoncé's internet-breaking "Lemonade" album and film (or, if you prefer, "visual album").

    "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, who has restarted her life in New York City after being held captive for 15 years by a crazy cult leader. Kimmy's over-the-top roommate is Titus (Tituss Burgess).

    "Titus very rarely lets people see the real Titus and I think Kimmy is someone who gets to see that over the years,""Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" cocreator Robert Carlock recently told Business Insider. "A big goal for Titus this season is kind of taking that armor of fabulousness off, but not at the expense of the character and what he was going through."

    On the second season of the Netflix comedy, which debuts Friday, Titus hits a rough patch with his boyfriend Mikey (Mike Carlsen) and they end up breaking up. The show's producers knew that Titus would need to express his feelings about the relationship's end in an epic way.

    "We asked ourselves how Titus would deal with this kind of thing," Carlock said. "He would have to express it with the fabulousness of Beyoncé. So in the same way that visual album told a story, we wanted to use it as a framework to tell Titus' similar journey. So to us that was his story in the episode and it wasn't going to be just a little copy of 'Lemonade.'"

    The show went all out. Cocreator Tina Fey wrote the episode and her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, wrote and composed the episode's songs.

    "We had a lot of meetings about what visual things do we want to try and parallel to make that connection the real album deals with and connecting into the similar journey Titus has," Carlock said.

    Helmed by veteran TV director Tristram Shapeero, the episode parodied the underwater opening for "Hold Up" by shooting at a Jewish Community Center's pool and replacing the women from Beyoncé's take with Barbie dolls, which Titus collects on the show. The show also shot with an actual city bus at its soundstages in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

    "Tristram Shapeero also directed the pilot and has done a bunch of episodes for us," Carlock said of the director. "He just went in with a very clear plan about how to do our version."

    In the same vein of Beyoncé's project, the show producers wanted to keep the parody secret. It was tough and almost got out while they were shooting on the street in Brooklyn. Someone from a local business posted a few seconds of Burgess in the yellow dress on Instagram.

    "One of our producers went to the business and asked them to please take it down, which I think they did very nicely," Carlock said. "We didn't want that to get out too soon. But it's tricky to be walking around Brooklyn breaking car windows in a giant yellow dress and try to keep it a secret. Although, you know, New York absorbs that kind of stuff pretty easily."

    Watch part of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's" take on "Lemonade" below:

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    Warning: There are some spoilers ahead for "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" season three.

    Season three of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" is here and you can finally watch Tituss Burgess perform his full-out "Lemonade" homage in all its dramatic glory.

    But while speaking with Ellie Kemper and Titus Burgess recently ahead of the season three premiere, Kemper pointed out something we didn't consider: How did Titus see Beyoncé's visual album which premiered on HBO in April 2016?

    "It's so interesting to me that Titus Andromedon has seen 'Lemonade,'" Kemper told INSIDER. "Do you know what I mean? He's so hip to have seen that. It just occurred to me as you're talking."

    "Where would he have seen it? We don't have cable!" said Burgess while laughing. "At Mikey's? Maybe he saw it at Mikey's." 

    Mikey (Mike Carlsen) is Titus's boyfriend from season two. But, then Burgess figured that wasn't possible because he was on a cruise at the end of season two.

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    "Where did he see it? No one knows," said Burgess.

    I asked whether someone may have had it on during the cruise. The two determined that very well could have been the case. 

    "Maybe someone had it on the cruise," she said.

    Listening to Burgess and Kemper's dynamic as they playfully go back and forth is really something that needs to be heard. You can listen to the portion of our interview below:

    The "Lemonade" homage occurs in episode two — appropriately titled "Kimmy's Roommate Lemonades!"— shortly after Titus has a falling out with his boyfriend, Mikey.

    And, whatever you do, don't call Titus' "Lemonade" homage a parody.

    "I don't want to say that they're parodied. I want to say that they're borrowed because parody undermines why it's there," says Burgess. He explained they're there as a way for his character to rid of his demons.

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    "It is a testament to just how deep a well of emotion there is or capacity for emotion that there is for Titus to fill. On a very surface level of watching [the show], he's pixie dust and yellows and brights. You could write it off as just being kind of flashy just for the sake of being flashy," says Burgess of his character. "I would dare say 'Lemonade' offers a glimpse into how Kimmy has changed Titus because it forced him to start to care about someone else, in Mikey, enough that it hurt him enough that he would go through such an extreme display of emotion à la 'Lemonade' to show the profound effect that it had on him."

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    "And of course, I'm obsessed with Beyoncé so it was lovely to be able to tip the hat and say, 'We love you,' and Tina's a big Beyoncé fan as well," he added. "But inside the episode, it has a huge dramatic purpose and the lyrics are both funny and sad simultaneously. I was pleased that they [writers] were able to take that and spread it out and help Titus deal with Mikey in such a real way using a huge pop culture reference."

    You can read more about how the "Lemonade"homage came about on our sister site, Business Insider, here.

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    "Twin Peaks" is finally back on Sunday night.

    Showtime has kept many details of its revival of the cult show close to the vest. But as the premiere inches closer, we'll let you in on the insider details you need to know.

    More than 25 years ago, in 1990, "Twin Peaks," a mysterious story set in a quaint Northwestern town rocked by a shocking murder, changed TV forever. Created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, the series only ran for two seasons but went on to become a highly influential cult hit, and now it's finally getting its season three.

    If you're dying to know more about Showtime's "Twin Peaks" revival, here's what we know:

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    David Lynch is directing all 18 episodes.

    It's been more than two decades since David Lynch directed episodic television. When asked what fans should expect from his directing style for the "Twin Peaks" revival during the Winter 2017 Television Critics Association press tour, he was fairly vague.

    "First, it was just the same as all the others," Lynch said. "I see it as a film, and film in parts is what people would experience. And it was a joyful, fantastic trip with this great crew and great cast. This word 'expect' is a magical word, and people expect things, and their expectations are met, hopefully, when they see the thing."

    Despite long days during the shooting of the series, star Kyle MacLachlan expressed his awe of Lynch's work ethic.

    "It didn't matter how long [the shoot day was], he was there. He was always up, cheerful, and smiling, and so were we," MacLachlan, who's playing FBI Agent Dale Cooper again, said.



    The original script for the revival was 400 pages.

    Lynch had his work cut out for him.

    “I think it took me six hours and a few cups of coffee to read, but it was wonderful,” MacLachlan told Entertainment Weekly of the first time he read the script.



    The production returned to shoot in Washington, the fictional setting and actual shooting location of the original "Twin Peaks."

    "[It was] both the same and different," Lynch said at TCA of returning to Washington. "If you go back 25 years in any town and revisit it again, it's that way. It's many things remain the same. But also, you feel a change."



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    While we might be in a golden age for TV creatively, we're nowhere close to the appointment viewing of an older era.

    Modern technology like DVRs has made it so people can watch several shows that air at the same time whenever they want. Before that, fans had to make hard choices about what to watch and make sure they got home in time for it.

    And TV ratings don't come in the huge numbers of yesteryear. When they do, they tabulate viewing over several days. The 1990 series finale of alien comedy "Alf" brought 21.7 million viewers to their TV sets all at the same time. For comparison, last year's season finale for the most-watched show on TV, CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," had 14.73 million viewers.

    Since we're in that time of year when dozens of shows are ending their runs, we compiled the finales that had the most Americans gathered around to watch ever.

    Here are the 20 most-watched scripted TV series finales of all time:

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    20. "L.A. Law" (NBC) — 22.1 million viewers

    After eight seasons, "L.A. Law" made its final closing argument on May 19, 1994. On the series finale, Becker (Corbin Bernsen) is feeling his best days are behind him at the ripe old age of 42. At the same time, the firm plans to celebrate senior partner Mckenzie's (Richard Dysart) 65th birthday, but he has a surprise for them: He's retiring. That throws the firm into chaos and forces the partners to look for new jobs.

    Source: The Quad City Times



    19. "MacGyver" (ABC) — 22.3 million viewers

    The adventures of a young MacGyver are currently airing on CBS, but it's tough to live up to the success of the original crafty secret agent. The "MacGyver" series finale, which aired on May 21, 1992, in its seventh season, revealed that Sam — a cool, young biker, who helped out on a tough case — was actually MacGyver's son!

    Source: World Heritage Encyclopedia



    18. "St. Elsewhere" (NBC) — 22.5 million viewers

    "St. Elsewhere" was a groundbreaking urban medical drama that aired on NBC from 1982 to 1988. Its alumni include Denzel Washington, Ed Begley Jr., Howie Mandel, and Mark Harmon. Viewers tuned into its May 25, 1988, series finale to find out that the whole series took place in the very active imagination of a young autistic boy! 

    Source: Star-News



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    red room twin peaksWarning: Spoilers for the original "Twin Peaks" seasons and "Fire Walk with Me" below.

    "Twin Peaks" ended 26 years ago, but it wasn't over.

    The last aired episode of the surreal show from the minds of David Lynch ("Mulholland Drive") and Mark Frost took the already weird small-town drama into an even weirder orbit. While ABC canceled the show after the 1991 season-two finale due to sagging ratings, it still had more story to tell, which it will get to do, picking up decades later in the Showtime "Twin Peaks" revival premiering Sunday night.

    "Beyond Life and Death" plunges Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) into an alternate reality known as the Red Room. And to understand "Twin Peaks," you need to know what's in the Red Room. The FBI agent, having solved the Laura Palmer murder mystery that was making viewers impatient, follows a new villain, Windom Earle, who kidnapped Annie Blackburn at the Miss Twin Peaks Pageant.

    After solving a number of clues in a manner that is too complicated and eccentric — and very "Twin Peaks"— to explain here, Cooper follows Windom's tracks to a wooded area where he has taken Annie through a red curtain that appears behind a pool. It's what The Log Lady (a sort of clairvoyant in the world of "Twin Peaks") calls a "gateway."

    Cooper enters the circle of trees where there is the pool. A curtain appears and he walks through it. The curtain glows briefly and then vanishes. So does Cooper.

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    And then things get funky. Cooper has entered the Red Room (contained in the Black Lodge, but never mind that right now) that he had visions of in his dreams. (It would also become important in Lynch's pequel film released after the show's original run, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me," which tells the story of Palmer's death.) There's a dancing little person (known as The Man from Another Place) who talks strangely, and a very tall man, and some eye-popping, eerie decor choices.

    As with many things David Lynch has created, it's hard to say exactly what the Red Room signifies. But it is essentially Lynch's dream world, where he plays with the subconscious thoughts and ideas of "Twin Peaks," and where characters seem to pass through life and death and, as the title suggests, to somewhere beyond those states. It's a kind of perdition, and has all the answers to the puzzles of "Twin Peaks"— but we still haven't figured them out. The Man from Another Place calls it, ominously, "the waiting room."

    The dead Laura Palmer shows up in the Red Room as Cooper talks to The Man from Another Place. She tells Cooper, "I will see you again in 25 years." Which is funny because in our own world it has been almost exactly 25 years since the episode aired, and we're about to find out what Palmer had in mind.

    Palmer doesn't say much more, but after a whole lot of confusion that involves doppelgängers, a tussle between Killer Bob (who killed Palmer) and Windom, and a stab wound for Cooper, the agent does finally recover Annie from the Red Room/Black Lodge. Annie is taken to the hospital, and Cooper wakes up in bed.

    But Cooper, we'll find out soon, is not the Cooper we know. He walks to the bathroom, making like he's going to brush his teeth, then squeezes toothpaste into the sink, and bashes his head into the mirror. We see an image of Killer Bob, and Cooper cackles. "How's Annie?"

    It's a kooky, chilling moment, and one of the finest on "Twin Peaks." Has Bob taken over Cooper's body? Is he going to wreak more havoc 25 years later in the sleepy Pacific Northwest town? Or will Cooper return to his more placid, coffee-loving, pie-eating, crime-solving self?

    We'll find out soon enough, but in the meantime bask in the glory that is the Red Room, and Lynch's mind.

     

     

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