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- Jake Paul has received negative press recently over allegations that he's disturbing his neighbors in his Los Angeles neighborhood.
- Disney cut ties with him. He's no longer starring in the show "Bizaardvark."
- Paul released a diss track music video on YouTube.
- The song says that Paul is misunderstood and that news media doesn't cover the good things he does.
- It also goes into the sensitive relationship he has with his fans.
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- The video features Issa Rae and Hannibal Buress as some of the iconic "Friends" characters.
- They reenact the opening credits and even act out scenes from their apartment.
- While entertaining, the video serves to illustrate the lack of diversity and people of color in pop culture.
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- In a deleted scene from the show, Jughead could still be at Riverdale High.
- The scene features his girlfriend, Betty Cooper, and her parents.
- They offer to take him into their home, so he doesn't have to move schools.
- "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Tamra Judge has been very open about her estranged relationship with her daughter, Sidney.
- Tamra claims her daughter chose her father's side in Tamra's 2012 divorce from Sidney's father, Simon Barney.
- Sidney refutes Tamra's version of events and says she left because Tamra was "neglectful," self-obsessed, and places the reality show above her daughter.
- Read Sidney's full statement below. A representative for Tamra declined to comment.
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones," including speculation of future events.
Littlefinger tried to spook Bran (or maybe just gain his favor?) by giving him the Valyrian steel dagger used by a would-be assassin who tried to kill him back on the first season. We'll get to the importance of this blade later, but first we must look at the way Bran rattled Littlefinger.
The "chaos is a ladder" callback
"To go through all of that and make your way home again only to find so much chaos in the world," Littlefinger said. " I can only imagine —"
"Chaos is a ladder," Bran said, interrupting.
Littlefinger isn't easily unnerved, but you could tell this got to him. "Chaos is a ladder" was the iconic line from a speech he gave to Varys back on the third season. Varys confronted Littlefinger in the throne room about his scheming, and Littlefinger got very real about the way he's played the game of thrones.
"Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder," he told Varys. "Many who try to climb it fail, and never get to try again — the fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm, or the gods, or love ... illusions. Only the ladder is real, the climb is all there is."
Bran repeating this line back to him was a signal that Bran has used his greensight to trace Littlefinger's movements in the past. It also means Bran probably knows who hired an assassin to come after him with that Valyrian steel blade, even if Littlefinger is trying to play dumb.
Who really sent the assassin and why it matters for Littlefinger
Bran asked Littlefinger if he knew who the Valyrian blade belonged to, and Littlefinger says he does not. Littlefinger also acknowledges that that question sparked the War of the Five Kings. Catelyn Stark brought the dagger to King's Landing, where she asked Varys and Littlefinger what they knew of it.
Littlefinger told Catelyn the blade had once been his, but he lost it in a bet to Tyrion Lannister.
This lead Catelyn to arrest Tyrion when she ran into him at an inn on the Kingsroad, and that capture lead Jaime to attack Ned and his men in King's Landing. Then Tywin Lannister went to war over the imprisonment of Tyrion because he was worried about the Lannisters' reputation.
But at this point, we all know Tyrion wasn't the one who owned that dagger and sent a killer after Bran. Tyrion was the one Lannister who had no ill will against any of the Starks, and he would never have bet against his brother Jaime in the first place (which was how Littlefinger claims his lost the dagger).
So who was its owner? Was it Littlefinger?
In the books, the assassin was likely hired by Joffrey
In the books, Jaime remembers King Robert Baratheon displaying the Valyrian steel dagger at a feast after a tournament. We also learn that both Tyrion and Jaime believe Joffrey was the one who sent the assassin after Bran.
They agree that he likely did it in a weird, backwards attempt to please his "father." Joffrey overheard King Robert saying it would be a mercy to kill Bran rather than let him be crippled, and so Joffrey likely took the blade from the royal carriage and hired a cutthroat.
But is the show changing this storyline, and making Littlefinger the owner?
If Bran uses his greensight, surely he'll be able to see who gave the Valyrian blade to a cutthroat. Perhaps this will be one more mar on Littlefinger's reputation with the Starks. Sansa already knows how he betrayed her by handing her off to the Boltons without properly understanding Ramsay's sadism.
Arya has reason to distrust Littlefinger because she saw him conspiring with Tywin Lannister when she was serving as his cupbearer in Harrenhall.
And now Bran knows about Littlefinger's true motivations, and likely has seen the moment when Littlefinger betrayed Ned Stark — leading to his execution.
Why Arya owning the dagger now has a larger meaning
Bran has been really off-kilter since he traveled south of the Wall. He doesn't consider himself to be Bran Stark anymore, but instead he's the Three-Eyed Raven. This means most of his interactions with everyone have been stilted and without emotion.
That's why I was surprised to see him pull out the Valyrian dagger, unprompted, when he was with Arya and Sansa. It's not as if one of them asked about it first. So why did he feel the need to bring it up, and hand it over to Arya?
Bran's greensight works with seeing the future, too. One of his crazy vision montages on the sixth season showed Cersei blowing up the sept with wildfire before it happened.
Has he seen Arya using the Valyrian dagger, and knows she's meant to wield it? Valyrian steel is one of the few substances that we know can kill a White Walker. When the real war begins, Arya will surely be among the living as they fight the dead.
Fingers crossed we see Arya take on a White Walker in even more badass fashion than her first training spar with Brienne of Tarth.
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Controversial viral video star Jake Paul has been booted from his Disney Channel show "Bizaardvark," so now he's resorted to his home base: YouTube.
Paul has been in the news recently for infuriating his neighbors by doing stunts and attracting crowds in his formerly quiet LA neighborhood. Now he's released a diss track lashing out at the "news," which he says misrepresents him, and his "haters."
The song is titled "YouTube Stars Diss Track." At the start of the video, there's a title card that reads "This isn't a diss track. It's a message to all the news and the hate."
The main message of "YouTube Stars Diss Track" is that Paul is misunderstood, actually a good person, and obscenely wealthy. He talks about how news media and social media chatter represents him selectively, points out that he's been involved with charitable causes like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and has long, luxurious shots of his new Tesla driving around Los Angeles.
Part of the lyrics delve into Paul's sensitive relationships with his millions of fans. Many of them are teenagers. Paul is 20 years old and may be a role model for some of them.
"Where was y'all at when I was on email/Tryina stop depressed fans from killin' themselves?" Paul says in a rap aimed at news media. "Where was y'all at when I was in the kitchen/Whippin' up meals for kids on Thanksgiving?"
Another verse seems more self-reflective. Paul asks his viewers for forgiveness and chalks his mistakes up to the experience of growing up in the spotlight.
"I'm sorry for my actions, man/I'm asking for forgiveness, man," Paul raps. "I'm asking you to witness my growth in this business/my growth as a kid."
In interviews and vlogs, Paul has talked about the importance of maintaining ties with traditional media, even though he makes money with strategies like Instagram and YouTube sponsorships. He's trying to balance that while also attacking traditional media organizations.
"They’re making more money off their 1.7 million views than I am off of my 7 million,"Paul said of Disney to GQ. "I want to be a superhero or a super-villain in a giant action film. ... I love Bane. I love the Joker. I love Batman. I want to do that."
"YouTube Stars Diss Track" elicits some racially sensitive imagery, like with the lyrics "I'm a human too/They want me to lose/Want me in a noose/But they ain't tell the truth." The entire video also includes footage of Paul rapping in a grocery store, presumably meant to be imagery that normalizes him in the eyes of viewers.
In a vlog, Paul promised that he'd upload a new "third verse" to the song on Sunday, but it hasn't been posted on YouTube yet.
Watch Jake Paul's "YouTube Stars Diss Track" below:
Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season seven, episode four, "Spoils of War."
"Game of Thrones" may have outdid itself with the epic "Loot Train Attack" on Sunday's episode, but among all the fire and chaos you might not have realized exactly where in Westeros the battle was taking place nor what loot Daenerys was burning.
Jaime and the Lannister forces started the march back to King's Landing from Highgarden. We saw Jaime and Bronn with covered wagons holding gold coins and bars.
Randyll Tarly told Jaime that his armies had cleared out the granaries in Highgarden and they were in the process of getting the nearby farmers to turn over their current harvests. Jaime sent Bronn with Randyll and Dickon Tarly to help "motivate" the farmers into giving up their food stores.
Though we don't know how much time passed between the opening scene and the Dothraki ambush, we know the loot train was almost to King's Landing by the time the battle began.
Daenerys and her Dothraki came across the plains from Dragonstone. Here's a map of where both forces started:
Though it's tough to pinpoint for certain, we know the battle happened within eyesight of several mountains and near a body of water. Here's a wide view of the area where Bronn and Jaime were just minutes before they were ambushed:
So we can estimate that the forces collided somewhere in this area:
Right before the Lannisters were attacked, Randyll Tarly told Jaime all the gold was safely within King's Landing. This means the wagons left behind were likely the harvests referred to earlier on the episode.
We didn't see Daenerys make the final decision to leave Dragonstone, so her intentions are a bit murky. Originally she said she wanted to fly Drogon to King's Landing, and Jon counseled her not to burn "cities and castles." Did she purposefully avoid King's Landing, or did her army just happen upon the Lannister forces nearby the city?
Also, did she realize she was burning up food stores? If the Lannisters had already secured their gold (and therefore payment to the Iron Bank), Daenerys was causing more harm in the bigger picture by wiping out precious food before winter comes.
Part of the brilliance of this battle was how hard it suddenly became to truly choose sides. Fans have been waiting for years to see Daenerys unleash her dragons, but the battle was shot mostly from the perspective of the Lannisters which made you realize how bone-chilling and brutal it would be to come up against a fully grown dragon.
While our favorite TV shows will always have a place in our hearts, there comes a time for every good program to bite the dust. Once in a while we can even sense it coming, like when plotlines just start to seem ridiculous after a while.
Many fans will stick around for good characters out of loyalty even when the plot of a previously great show is tanking, but if the actors people tune in to see exit stage left for good, shows can really suffer.
In lots of cases, popular TV shows kick the bucket when a beloved character leaves the show, whether out of the actor’s own volition, medical reasons, or even death. Tragedies become doubly sad when the world loses both a talented actor or actress as well as a well-loved TV show. Even when remaining talented cast members continue on without big stars, sometimes it just isn’t enough to sustain a show and it ultimately gets canceled.
Here are 16 shows that flopped after they lost big stars:
Community was one of the most beloved comedy shows in recent history. The NBC program that looped a group of community college students together for a surprisingly fresh, irreverent 30 minutes of laughs lost Chevy Chase and never recovered.
Chase abandoned ship before season 4 even stopped filming, which wasn’t a huge surprise given his infamous rifts with the program’s creator, Dan Harmon. The loss of Chase wasn’t the only thing that sent the show to the cleaners. Donald Glover, who played Troy Barnes on the show, also left, leaving a series of sad notes explaining why on social media. Yvette Nicole Brown and Dan Harman himself also departed, and the show was canceled soon after, finishing out with a final sixth season on Yahoo!Screen.
15. "Chico and the Man"
It may have only aired for four seasons, but the NBC sitcom Chico and the Man was one of the earliest examples of a multicultural program bridging gaps between Americans of different backgrounds. It was far from without problems, but the show was popular due to Freddie Prinze’s portrayal of Chico Rodriguez. Prinze, who had Puerto Rican and Hungarian heritage, was a charismatic and funny actor as well as the father of modern actor Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Sadly, Prinze was also deeply depressed and struggled with addiction problems throughout his life. He shot and killed himself after filming an episode of the show at age 22. While writers attempted to continue the show without him, it flopped miserably when they replaced his character with a tween boy whom the Man (Jack Albertson) refers to as “Chico,” saying that “You’re all Chicos to me.” It was one of the show’s lowest blows.
14. "The O.C."
Broadcast in 50 countries worldwide and considered a very popular pop culture phenomenon, Fox’s The O.C. was such a well-loved show that over 700,000 fans signed a petition against canceling the show in 2007. Viewers were intrigued by the rich lifestyles in Orange County and dramatic tension in the show, but the drama became so wildly outrageous with drug abuse and over-the-top scenarios that it had to be wrapped up with something dark.
The teen drama plummeted off a cliff when writers killed off Mischa Barton at the end of the third season and was never able to climb back up again.
Plenty of fans hated Barton’s character Marissa by the season finale, but that wasn’t shown in the ratings, which were in the toilet at this point. Despite the outpouring of love from fans who begged for the series to continue, low ratings ultimately resulted in the show getting canned.
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As far as memorable TV shows go, "Friends" is right up there at the top of the heap: one need only hear a single chord from “I’ll Be There for You” to instantly be taken back to the days when Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Joey, Chandler, and Ross were piling together on a little orange couch in front of a fountain. As much as we loved our sensational six, however, there was always one thing missing from their magic lineup: diversity. Now, 13 years after its final episode aired, JAY-Z has taken it upon himself to remedy that situation by giving us a reimagined version of the show with an all black cast, and OMG.
The rap mogul’s music video for "4:44"’s “Moonlight,” now out on Tidal, recasts our beloved “friends” with Lakeith Stanfield as Chandler, Lil Rel Howery as Joey, Tessa Thompson as Monica, Tiffany Haddish as Phoebe, Jerrod Carmichael as Ross, and none other than Issa Rae as Rachel.
Not only do we get to see them recreate the goofy intro (albeit with Whodini’s “Friends” as the background music — even The Rembrandts have been replaced!) , the guys are also shown in their apartment, cracking jokes about unknown refrigerator contents and being on time (Oh, Ross!).
Funny as it is, however, the video ultimately serves as a commentary on the erasure of people of color in popular culture. Furthering that point is audio from this year’s Oscars mix-up, which saw "La La Land" announced as Best Picture over — surprise, surprise! — "Moonlight," which speaks to the stage time and recognition the film’s insanely talented black actors were robbed of in what should have been a moment of glory.
Tidal subscribers can check out the video in full here.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season seven.
The seventh season of "Game of Thrones" accelerated Sunday evening with a jaw-dropping dragon battle, but the real emotional weight of the episode lay with Sansa and Arya's long-awaited reunion.
The actors behind Arya and Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, are best friends in real life. They spend time together off set, and have matching tattoos, and Turner told INSIDER that Williams is her "soul mate."
According to director Matt Shakman, this friendship led to some weirdness on the set of their character's reunion.
"They were giggling and having kind of an awkward time," Shakman told INSIDER, "because they're very, very good friends and they felt awkward acting with each other."
"They felt that they weren't up to it," Shakman said. "They were worried the other one would think they were bad, but they're both amazing actors so they quickly settled into a rhythm."
Arya and Sansa's first meeting took place in the crypts of Winterfell while standing in front of their dead father's statue. The moment is very stoic, slightly strange, because Sansa and Arya have been apart for so long but also very emotional. Turns out that weighty scene had a lot of laughter weaved into it on set.
"The scenes together are fantastic, but whenever we would cut they would just giggle," Shakman said. "Or even sometimes when we didn't cut, they'd be giggling through the scene. But they eventually found their way through it."
The finale product had zero laughter, but it took several tries to get the moment right.
"Our first scene together was our reunion scene and we f----- up so many times," Turner told Entertainment Weekly. "We couldn't keep a straight face!"
After the episode aired, Turner and Williams tweeted at each other about their shared scene.
Come 2 mama— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) August 7, 2017
For Shakman, their friendship ultimately benefited the episode.
"I think the warmth that they have off screen is certainly an asset for what they have to go through on screen as well," Shakman said.
To learn more about challenges with the Arya and Sansa reunion, and why dragons are a metaphor for napalm, read our full interview with "Spoils of War" director Matt Shakman.
Arya Stark has transformed a lot over the course of "Game of Thrones."
At the beginning of the HBO series, she's a spunky high-born girl who wants to learn how to fight with a sword instead of how to make a dress. But some time after witnessing her father's execution, Arya begins a list of the people she wants to kill that she repeats to herself every night.
We've known for a while that Arya would become a full-blown assassin one day, and now we're here. And as of season seven episode four, "The Spoils of War," it looks like her siblings Bran and Sansa know that she's serious about her little list.
Arya's already offed some people on her list, and some have been offed for her. In "The Spoils of War," she tells Sansa that she was upset when she found out someone else killed Joffrey. But now she's back in Westeros, reminding enemies of the Stark name while she slowly kills them. Some one at a time, and some dozens at a time. Who will be next?
Here's everyone on Arya's kill list, who's left, and why:
Why: She falsely accused Arya's father, Ned Stark, of treason and had him arrested, which led to his execution on King Joffrey's orders.
Status: Alive, and sitting on the Iron Throne. And drinking lots of wine while standing on a giant map of Westeros. She has Zombie Gregor Clegane to protect her, but from what we saw in "The Spoils of War," she's not safe for long.
Why: For taking Gendry away from the Brotherhood Without Banners.
Status: Alive and headed to Volantis. She'll probably be back, and shell probably come to face to face with Arya. Melisandre tells Varys she will die in Westeros, so we're guessing she already knows her fate. And her death could be in Arya's hands.
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All's fair in love when you're looking for it on reality TV, which means there are always surprises in store.
Fans of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," know by now that anything can happen when contestants are vying for one person's heart and they're being taped. From broken hearts to surprising secrets, there is always some drama on the ABC reality dating show.
Here's a look back at 20 of the craziest "Bachelor" moments:
Jesse Palmer picks the wrong woman.
The football player messed up during a rose ceremony when he called out the wrong name. He gave a rose to Katie Gehart when he meant to give it to Karen Lindsay. He pulled host Chris Harrison aside to tell him. Gehart was given the option to stay, which she did.
Wes Hayden has a girlfriend.
Hayden went on Jillian Harris' season of "The Bachelorette" with bad intentions, but nothing was quite as surprising as his limo revelation. After making it to the top four and then being rejected, he bragged about having a girlfriend the entire time as the limo was taking him away.
"I'm going down in flames," he said. "The first guy on 'The Bachelorette' to ever make it to the top four with a girlfriend."
Jason Mesnick changes his mind.
Mesnick became the bachelor for its 13th season, having been a runner-up on "The Bachelorette" season four. He picked Melissa Rycroft, but on the "After the Final Rose" special episode, Mesnick revealed that he changed his mind. He broke up with Rycroft on TV and asked runner-up Molly Malaney if she wanted to give him another try. She said yes, and the couple has now been married since 2010.
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Peter Kraus established himself as a front-runner at the start of "The Bachelorette" this season, but in a dramatic finale, he ended as the runner-up.
The 31-year-old scored the first one-on-one date and bonded with "Bachelorette" star Rachel Lindsay over their gap-toothed smiles. But it was their open and honest conversation about both having gone to therapists that placed Peter miles ahead as the fan favorite.
Here's everything we know about the runner-up:
1. He's from Madison, Wisconsin, and is a certified trainer.
According to his LinkedIn, Kraus graduated in 2010 with a degree in dietetics from Madison Area Technical College, and he did clinical nutrition internships at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Badger Prairie Hospital. He is also a certified personal trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association.
His also lived in Los Angeles and Chicago, and while in the "windy city," he was voted one of the city's hottest trainers by Time Out Chicago.
He used to play baseball, soccer, basketball, and football in high school, though he considers football his favorite sport and is a huge Packers fan. He has completed multiple triathlons and three Ironmans.
2. He has a brother.
In his "Bachelorette" bio, Kraus calls his brother "a rock" and said he is "the very best father and husband." Very little information is known about his brother, though we are sure to learn more about him during the hometown episode.
3. On that note, Kraus is a doting uncle and family man.
Kraus is close to his parents and often shares photos of them together on his Instagram. Some of the cutest photos he posts are with his niece and 1-year-old nephew.
4. He's the founder of Worth Personal Training.
Kraus's business offers both bootcamps and individualized personal training, which can be in-home or at a chosen location. They also offer nutrition lessons. Kraus works with a registered dietitian to create personal diets and nutritional practices for his clients.
You can follow his business account on Instagram.
5. He was a model.
There are days when I miss being fully submerged in my modeling career; the travels, the people, the excitement of what incredible unforeseen opportunity might lie just ahead. Though I never felt like I totally fit in, I am forever thankful of the experiences that I had. #tbt #model #enjoyeverymoment #alwaysstayhumbleandkind #repost @scott_teitler
Kraus pursued a modeling career before going to school, even moving to Athens in Greece to model for three months. He (mostly) stopped modeling about two and a half years ago, but developed a friendship with the people behind J.TOOR, a Chicago-based menswear line. He was involved with their 2015 campaign and a campaign in early 2017.
He was also featured in a fashion film for jewelry company Lone Ones in which he is shirtless the entire time and showing off his various tattoos.
6. He battled an eating disorder.
On his company's website, Kraus revealed that he developed an eating disorder when he was 19 and pursuing a modeling career. Both his health and fitness began to decline and he "hit rock bottom" in the winter of 2007. Kraus enrolled in the dietetics program at Madison College in the spring of 2008 and began to get healthy again.
7. He always had a goal to be on "The Bachelor."
In a humorous #TBT post on Instagram, Kraus shared an old yearbook photo in which his future plan read: "Go to art school, become famous in one way or another, be on 'The Bachelor,' live happily." In his caption, he added, "When I set my mind to something at 17 ... apparently I really stick to it."
8. He ended as the runner-up.
Kraus made it to the final two after their fantasy suite night in Spain, but because Kraus was wary to propose at the end of the season, the two made the decision to cut their relationship short during their final date.
"I can't do anything but wish you the very best," Kraus told her. "I think we're both going to regret this decision."
Lindsay and Kraus both cried during the heartbreaking good-bye.
9. As of the "After the Final Rose" special, he's still single.
Lindsay and Kraus reunited during the live finale special and both were visibly upset.
"I'm shaking like a leaf right now," Kraus said.
He reaffirmed that the decision was made because of their differences in how to proceed in the future. Lindsay wanted a ring at the end of the show, but Kraus wanted to take it slow. During his time on "The Bachelorette," he repeated that he only wanted to propose once in his life and needed to be sure about the choice.
Kraus also said that he still struggles with the decision and thinks about what a future with Lindsay could look like. She, on the other hand, was still happy with her final choice.
Since David Letterman stepped down from his 33-year run as one of the big late-night TV hosts two years ago, he has kept very quiet — outside of the public appearances where he sports his massive grey beard.
But that's about the change.
Netflix announced on Tuesday that Letterman will be joining the streaming giant to host an interview series.
The untitled hour-long show, set to debut next year, will feature “in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor,” according to the release Netflix sent out.
“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix," Letterman said in the release. "Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely."
Letterman left his CBS show, "The Late Show," in May of 2015. From 1982-1993 he was the host of NBC's "Late Night," where he built a unique comedy style that would turned him into one of the greatest late-night hosts TV has ever seen.
Letterman is just another major notch in Netflix's belt. The streaming giant on Monday landed its first acquisition with the comic book publisher Millarworld.
This is not Netflix's first foray into the talk-show world. It currently has "Chelsea," hosted by comic Chelsea Handler. However, it seems the show hasn't found its legs yet, as the show's format was changed to just one episode a week for season two, following three episodes a week its debut season.
Revenue from online streaming services like YouTube TV, Hulu, and others are finally starting to make up for TV distributors' revenue lost to cord-cutters, new analysis from UBS shows.
Paid TV subscriptions, including both traditional cable subscriptions as well as streaming services, declined by just 313,000 during the second quarter of 2017, much lower than the 590,000 and 593,000 in the same quarter of 2015 and 2016, respectively.
“Fundamentals have generally been playing out as expected with streaming still growing rapidly (strong NFLX subs),” UBS analysts wrote in a report out August 4. “On a trendline basis, US cable network sector core affiliate rev was +6.3% Y/Y in 1Q17 and is estimated +6.4% in 2Q17 and +6.8% in 3Q17.”
But while revenue is doing better than in previous years, traditional distributors are still quickly losing subscribers.
AT&T felt the brunt of these losses, losing 351,000 subscribers last quarter — 46% more than Wall Street analysts expected. Other traditional providers fared slightly better, but the six largest traditional pay TV distributors still managed to lose 709,000 total subscribers in the quarter.
However, these steep losses among traditional subscribers were mitigated by a big rise in virtual subscriptions, which left the industry down a net 313,000 subscribers for the quarter — a number that would have been over triple without them:
Most TV distributors have already reported earnings for the second quarter, with Scripps Interactive leading the pack and beating analysts' expectations by 2.2%. NBC Universal, Discovery, and Time Warner had slight beats, while AMC and Viacom missed expectations by 3.0% and 2.2%, respectively.
“In our view, the most important event for Media earnings is yet to come,” warns UBS. “Which is any commentary next Tuesday night from DIS regarding sub or affiliate trends at ESPN.”
Analysts expect Disney to report earnings $1.55 per share after Tuesday’s closing bell, according to Bloomberg.
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"The Riverdale" season one finale left Jughead Jones' future up in the air, but a leaked deleted scene shows that Jughead could have had a happier ending.
When fans last saw Jughead, he was dealing with his dad in jail, acclimating to his new school, Southside High, and accepting a place in the Southside Serpents criminal gang. Jughead's move will also presumably affect his relationship with Betty Cooper. According to the deleted scene though, all of this could have been avoided.
The scene, shared as a Teen Vogue exclusive, shows Betty and Jughead speaking with Betty's parents, who offer to help Jughead following his dad's imprisonment.
"Jughead, Betty told us of your predicament. It's irresponsible to have you change schools in the middle of the semester, so..." Alice Cooper says before turning to Hal, her husband, to finish it.
"Mrs. Cooper and I would like to volunteer to be your guardians," Hal says. "You'd stay at Riverdale High and you'd come live at our house."
If Jughead moved in with his girlfriend's family, he'd definitely have fewer problems to deal with. But alas, that's not how "Riverdale" ended its his first season story arc and fans are upset.
THEY SHOULD HAVE SHOWED THE BUGHEAD DELETED SCENE IT WOULD HAVE MADE EVEYRTHING SO MUCH BETTER😭❤ pic.twitter.com/WEljES7sk7— 🌙 | Lili&Cole❤ (@_riverdale19_) August 8, 2017
OY THAT DELETED SCENE FROM RIVERDALE WHERE THE COOPER PARENTS INVITE JUGHEAD TO LIVE WITH THEM— cyan 🌪 (@x123456789tine) August 8, 2017
You know you're #riverdale obsession has got out of hand when you're crying from a deleted scene and what might have been— Sarah Foster (@sarahfxx_) August 7, 2017
Since the show was renewed for a second season, it isn't a total surprise to see that the scene ended up on the cutting room floor and the show went a different direction with Jughead's story. The aired finale leaves more room for drama and tension throughout the season. Fans can only hope that Jughead will return to Riverdale High at some point when the show returns for its second season October 11.
This scene and more will be featured on the DVD for the first season of "Riverdale," which will be released August 15.
Watch the deleted scene below:
Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones."
Sansa Stark is killing it as the new Lady of Winterfell, and her new costume is a direct symbol of her growing power and strength. But tucked beneath her powerful new fur cape is a symbol of the horrors she endured at the hands of men earlier on the series.
In a new interview on HBO's "Making 'Game of Thrones'" site, costume designer Michele Clapton revealed the meaning behind a new belt Sansa wears this season.
"This is her taking back control of her body," Clapton told HBO. "I designed it to wrap around over her side-laced dress to represent the absolute removal of any possible physical touch. Her dresses are also tightly-laced on, incredibly difficult to remove; it's a message to Littlefinger."
Though Clapton doesn't explicitly state it, this is a clear reference to the horrific sexual assaults Sansa endured from Ramsay Bolton on the fifth season. Littlefinger arranged her betrothal to the sadistic Bolton bastard, and later told her that he had underestimated Ramsay.
Sansa hasn't forgiven Littlefinger for that betrayal, nor does she trust him again. This is being conveyed by her verbal rejection of his advances along with the symbolic construction of her clothes.
"She's clothed to protect herself from the things that have happened," Clapton told INSIDER during a pre-season seven interview. "At the same time, she's beginning to assert herself as an independent woman and not actually being manipulated by anyone anymore."
Littlefinger told Sansa on the season six finale that he imagined a future where they ruled the Seven Kingdoms, but she was not having it. "It's a pretty picture," Sansa said before walking away.
Her days of being manipulated by Littlefinger are (hopefully) over, even if his behavior recently has been strange. Sansa only tolerates Littlefinger's presence, because of his control of the Vale — gone are the days where she'd allow him any closer.
Read the full interview with Michele Clapton and get a closer look at Bran and Arya's costumes on "Making 'Game of Thrones.'"
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Sidney Barney, the estranged daughter of "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Tamra Barney, is refuting many of the statements her mother has made on recent episodes of the Bravo show.
"I want to start by clearing some things up as my mother continues to talk about me despite me requesting her to stop speaking of me publicly as I don’t want to be associated with her or the show," Sidney wrote in a lengthy post on Facebook Monday.
Her strained relationship with her mother has been an ongoing storyline on the reality show. But it has been featured largely on the latest episodes in which Tamra appears in a documentary called "Erasing Family." She tearfully claimed that Sidney chose her father's side when she started her divorce proceedings against Simon Barney in 2010.
But Sidney says her problems with her mother weren't related to the divorce and that she moved out of Tamra's home in 2013, a year after the bitter divorce was finalized.
"Me leaving has nothing to do with the divorce," Sidney wrote. "It has to do with the living conditions at my mother's house and the way she treated me and still treats me today."
Sidney claims that Tamra was "neglectful," would leave the children at home without food, ignore them, that she was emotionally abusive, self-obsessed, and places her reality stardom above their relationship.
"She was no mother to me," she said. "This was an unhealthy environment for all of us kids and unfortunately I was the only one to recognize this and take steps to get out of that toxic environment. I have explained this to her numerous times in court, in therapy, and when we would meet up that the ONLY reason I am not living with her is because she continues to do the things that pushed me out of her house, like talking about me on the show/press/social media, doing embarrassing things on the show, lying to me and putting herself first to name a few."
On a recent episode, Tamra said that she unexpectedly ran in to Sidney while she was visiting with her older brother and they spent time in the same room. Tamra felt it was a sign that their relationship is on the mend.
But Sidney's Facebook post pretty clearly states otherwise:
"My mom has been portraying the innocent erased mother whose daughter was estranged from her due to divorce and an evil ex husband when in actuality she is the sole reason why I do not want her in my life and will not have a relationship with her."
INSIDER reached out to Tamra's representative, who informed us that she would not be commenting publicly on Sidney's accusations.
You can see Sidney's Facebook post below:
And here's the full transcription:
"I want to start by clearing some things up as my mother continues to talk about me despite me requesting her to stop speaking of me publicly as I don’t want to be associated with her or the show. For starters, I did not move out when my parents got a divorce nor did I chose my fathers side in the divorce. My parents separated in 2010, I moved out of my mother’s house in 2013. Me leaving has nothing to do with the divorce, it has to do with the living conditions at my mothers house and the way she treated me and still treats me today. In regards to choosing sides, I actually chose my mothers side when my parents separated. This was due to the fact that my mother, the true parent alienator, would constantly talk negatively about my father in front of me and my siblings, putting us kids in the middle of my parents arguments. She even called us Simon or "mini Simon" when we did something bad or told us that we were "acting like your father." This parent alienation caused me to resent my father and take her side. However as I got older I realized what she was doing along with other things that were toxic.
The reasons I left my mothers house are that she was neglectful (leaving us at home with no food or simply ignoring us entirely), she constantly put herself first and the biggest reason was that she was mentally and emotionally abusive. She was no mother to me. This was an unhealthy environment for all of us kids and unfortunately I was the only one to recognize this and take steps to get out of that toxic environment. I have explained this to her numerous times in court, in therapy, and when we would meet up that the ONLY reason I am not living with her is because she continues to do the things that pushed me out of her house, like talking about me on the show/press/social media, doing embarrassing things on the show, lying to me and putting herself first to name a few.
I went to therapy with my mother for 3 years. I was forced by the courts and my father to try to mend the relationship with my mother. Unfortunately my mother is unable to recognize that she is in the wrong and continues to put blame on everything else. If she would have put the effort into actually working on our relationship, instead of talking and crying about how much she "misses me" on the show and wishes things were different she wouldn’t have missed my entire high school career.
My father has pushed me to have a relationship with my mother forcing me to go meet her in and out of therapy. He even forced me to let her come to my graduation because it was a milestone. When I told my mother that she could come I gave her a few conditions. All I asked was that she remains cordial with my father and my stepmom and to not post anything about my graduation, anywhere. Not even two weeks after I graduated she posted a photo of me and shared it with her one million followers knowing that it would get picked up by the press. The one thing I asked and have been asking for 4 years now has been to not talk about me because I don’t want to be in the spotlight. But Again breaking her promises as per usual, she puts herself, her fame, her reputation, and her bank account before me. If she really wanted a relationship she would keep her promises and recognize that it is no one else's fault but hers that I do not want her in my life.
Although I do not want to be in the public eye, I felt the need to clear these lies up and set the record straight in hopes that it will straighten my mom out so that she is held accountable and is forced to do the right thing. My mom has been portraying the innocent erased mother whose daughter was estranged from her due to divorce and an evil ex husband when in actuality she is the sole reason why I do not want her in my life and will not have a relationship with her. Instead of playing the innocent erased mother character, she could’ve been trying to actually fix our relationship and change her ways. However the character keeps her relevant, and is her only storyline. Why would she actually try to get me back? Without the estrangements she is no longer pitied and talked about and her fame and fortune go down the tubes."
Last year, Leah Remini's A&E docuseries "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" shed light on the troubling plight of ex-Scientologists like herself.
The show's first season has since earned an Emmy nomination.
For the series' upcoming second season, Remini told The Hollywood Reporter that she plans to take a more "activist" role in a fight to expose what she calls the "abusive practices of Scientology," including "sexual abuse and physical abuse."
In doing so, she hopes to provide enough evidence of wrongdoing to prompt a federal investigation into the religion.
"I'm talking about the FBI, the police, the Department of Justice, the IRS," Remini said. "If the FBI ever wanted to get anywhere, all they would need to do is do a raid. Everybody who's ever gone to Scientology has folders, and anything you've ever said is contained in those folders."
Remini went on to explain to the outlet how various forms of alleged abuse are "foundational" to "Dianetics," the 1950 book by L. Ron Hubbard that established the religion's core principles.
She says the religion believes that "a 7-year-old girl should not shudder at being passionately kissed," and that the parents of a molested child are not allowed to go to the police. According to Remini, the victims of molestation are punished and forced to "do some kind of amends" for abuse perpetrated on them.
The second season of "Scientology and the Aftermath"— which Remini stars in and executive produces — begins August 15 at 9 p.m. ET on A&E.
The Coen brothers are set to write and direct "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," a Western anthology series, for premiere on Netflix in 2018.
The project, produced by Annapurna Television, will feature six tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter will feature a distinct story about the American West. It will star Tim Blake Nelson as Buster, and many others.
Oscar winners Joel and Ethan Coen will write and direct the anthology, as well as serve as executive producers. Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Television will also serve as executive producers, along with longtime Coen Brothers collaborator Robert Graf. "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is an Annapurna Television production and will premiere in 2018.
“We are streaming motherf---ers!,” said Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
“The Coens are visionary directors, masterful storytellers, and colorful linguists. We are thrilled for Netflix to become home to the full range of their talents,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones," including speculation of future events.
HBO just dropped new photos for the upcoming "Game of Thrones" episode, "Eastwatch," and fans are eager to see what lies in store.
Last week's "Spoils of War" was arguably one of the greatest "Game of Thrones" episodes of all time, so there's a high bar for the rest of the season. Based on the preview for "Eastwatch," we might be seeing more of a villainous Daenerys Targaryen soon.
Let's take a closer look at the new photos to see if we can spot hints about what's to come.
Tyrion Lannister will walk among the wreckage from the battle. Is Daenerys going to be "queen of the ashes" after all?
Some fans believe that the first dragon battle supported a theory that Daenerys will wind up being the real villain of "Game of Thrones."
Tyrion and Daenerys will need to deal with their prisoners. There's no peek at Jaime or Bronn, so we don't know what will happen to them.
In the preview, Daenerys tells her prisoners to bend the knee or burn. But who is in her prisoner group? Will Jaime and Bronn emerge from the water just to be captured by Daenerys?
Tyrion and Varys will talk back in Dragonstone. Looks like they're sharing a glass of wine, which makes us wish we were part of this happy hour.
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The 1990s were a glorious time. Denim dominated the fashion world, weird catchphrases were everywhere (wasssup?), and teen dramas dominated the television world.
It's been 20 to 30 years since many of these budding celebrities and heartthrobs landed their breakthrough roles. While some have stuck around, others have largely left Hollywood behind.
Here's what your favorite '90s stars are up to now.
Melissa Joan Hart hit stardom after starring on '90s classics "Clarissa Explains It All" and "Sabrina: The Teenage Witch."
Her career continued with several TV movies and she hit it big again in 2010 when she started ABC Family's "Melissa & Joey," which ran for five years.
Kenan Thompson has been a comedic icon since the '90s.
As a teen, Thompson rocketed to comedic fame as a member of the sketch comedy show"All That." From that success, he got a show with fellow cast mate Kel Mitchell called "Kenan and Kel," as well as a "Good Burger" movie. Thompson has been a featured player on "Saturday Night Live" since 2003 and is raising a daughter with his wife.
"Good Burger's" Kel Mitchell has been a steady figure in the industry, as well.
Despite reports that he had died, Mitchell is alive and well — and still acting.
Since his stint on "Good Burger" and his voice role in "Pink Panther," he has landed recurring roles on several small TV series, including "Game Shakers" and "Wild Grinders." Most recently, he brought back the infamous Ed character to interview players and report for Nickelodeon Sports at the 2017 Super Bowl media day.
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The showrunners don't have to worry about compressing hundreds of pages into a quick running time, they need to balance fidelity to the source material while keeping the audience entertained for hours and hours.
Just ask Stephen King, who's had his books adapted into movies and TV shows countless times. He's had at least one of his books turned into a show almost every year since 1990, and he has two this year: "Mr. Mercedes" in August and "Castle Rock" on Hulu now.
To make this list, we looked at the most awarded and critically acclaimed TV shows that use books as their source material. Sometimes the adaptations works best as a one-off miniseries, like "Brideshead Revisited" and "The Handmaid's Tale." And sometimes it works best as a long-running show, like "Sex and the City." We also omitted shows based on plays published as books — sorry, "Angels in America."
Here are the best book-to-TV adaptations of all time, ranked.
"Sex and the City" (1998-2004)
The HBO comedy about four New Yorkers confiding in each other about their sex lives defined a generation and made the careers of its four stars — Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon. It was adapted from a book of essays of the same name by Candace Bushnell, which started out as a series of columns in the New York Observer.
"Big Little Lies" (2017)
HBO's adaptation of Liane Moriarty's novel was a thriller that scratched an itch for fans of "Gone Girl" and carried an important message to boot. But what really made it amazing wasn't the murder mystery, it was the cast — one of the best assembled in the history of television. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Alexander Skarsgård are all nominated for Emmys.
"Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993-1999)
David Simon is most famous for "The Wire," his depiction of crime and justice on the streets of Baltimore, drawing from his experience as a police reporter. But before that, his book "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" was the basis for the NBC show "Homicide: Life on the Street," which ran for seven seasons and focuses on the work of the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit. It followed the earlier, acclaimed HBO series "The Corner," also based on one of Simon's books.
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Netflix will end the year on a royal, dramatic, and very British note.
On Thursday, the streaming service released a new trailer for the second season of "The Crown," the Emmy nominated series that depicts the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Season two of 'The Crown' will come to Netflix on December 8.
"I've learned more about humiliation in the past few weeks than I hoped I would in a lifetime," Elizabeth says in voiceover. The second season looks even more dramatic than the first. The trailer teases trouble with prime ministers and the strained relationship between the Queen and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Watch the trailer, and see the new pictures below:
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