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Media Giants Will Pause Merger Mania After CBS-Viacom, Per Wall Street Analysts: “You Need A Motivated Seller” – Natpe

The massive wave of consolidation that reshaped the media and entertainment sector in 2018 has crested, leaving companies to “muddle through” an extended period until a willing seller materializes.

That was one of the more provocative conclusions of a quartet of analysts on the Natpe panel “How Wall Street Watches Television,” which was moderated by Lionsgate investor relations head James Marsh.

“You need a motivated seller,” observed Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson, citing the desire to cash out on the part of Time Warner and the families controlling Fox and Scripps Networks Interactive. “I think we’re in the last age of general consolidation, of big changes.” Apart from CBS and Viacom, which Nathanson predicts will finally re-tie the knot this year, “We’re in this holding pattern for a while.”

Alexia Quadrani of J.P. Morgan agreed, saying she expects most companies to “muddle through” 2019 without stepping up to make game-changing deals.
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The Two Woodstock Anniversary Fests: What Legacy Acts Might Return?

The Woodstock festival has been on ice since the disastrous one back in 1999 nearly ruined the brand forever, but now that the 50th anniversary is almost upon us, two competing events are trying to bring back the spirit of the 1969 original. One is being organized by original Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang and will take place in Watkins Glen, New York on August 16th to the 18th, while the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival will take place on the original Woodstock grounds that same weekend.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone,
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20 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Friends

Friends is one of the most iconic sitcoms in U.S. history. It was on for ten seasons and the reruns are still shown on popular television channels today. Younger viewers have discovered the show on platforms like Netflix, so it only continues to grow in popularity even over a decade after the finale aired. It created iconic couples like Ross and Rachel and quotes from different episodes can be overheard in conversations between friends even today.

Despite the show’s popularity, though, not everyone is familiar with certain aspects of the show. Fans aren’t always aware of what went on behind the scenes and casual viewers may have particular expectations of the sitcom going into it that don’t actually exist. Because the show is such a major part of popular culture, even people who have never seen an episode have ideas about what the characters are like
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Review: Beach Boys Plumb Vaults for Post-‘Pet Sounds’ Gems

Review: Beach Boys Plumb Vaults for Post-‘Pet Sounds’ Gems
The Beach Boys

Wake the World: The Friends Sessions


4 stars

I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions


3.5 stars

Brian Wilson once conceded that while Pet Sounds may be his best album, Friends was his favorite. Released in 1968, shortly after the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, the supremely chill, transcendental-meditation-powered Friends LP was less beloved by record buyers. By Beach Boys standards, it tanked, peaking at Number 126 on the Billboard charts, the band’s lowest-ever LP rank. Perhaps, in the midst of so much cultural chaos,
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “We Compete So Broadly” That HBO, Disney Only Matter “On The Margin”

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos say original programming is starting to overtake acquired fare and its platform has scaled to the point that linear rivals like HBO and Disney are not principal’s main rivals.

Those were two of the key takeaways from Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings interview, the company’s answer to the traditional earnings call. This quarter’s edition was moderated by Eric Sheridan, an analyst with Ubs.

Sheridan asked Hastings to expand on his quarterly letter to investors released before the call, in which he wrote, “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO” — an unmistakable jab at the company whose uber-boss once dismissed Netflix as the “Albanian army.” In the earnings interview, he elaborated, “I think of it as us winning time away – entertainment time – from other activities. So instead of doing Xbox and Fortnite or YouTube or HBO or a long list,
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Netflix Breaks Out Viewership Numbers For ‘You’, ‘Sex Education’, ‘Elite’

In reporting its fourth-quarter earnings Thursday, Netflix offered numbers that are far harder to come by: viewership stats for six of its newest series, including You, Sex Education and Elite.

No third party measures streaming audiences globally as, say, Nielsen does in the U.S. Netflix zealously guards its data and has steadfastly refused to provide the kinds of ratings updates that its linear competitors do, even those not obligated to advertisers. Even so, the streaming giant opted to volunteer that You and Sex Education have each been seen by more than 40 million households in their initial weeks. Spanish series Elite has been seen by more than 20 million households, the company said.

Netflix considers an episode as “viewed” if at least one episode has been watched at least 70% of the way through.

The fact that these three high achievers are not wholly original shows, but rather acquisitions, makes their quick adoption all the more noteworthy.
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Watch: Fahadh's 'Kumbalangi Nights' trailer promises a funny, soothing story

Mollywood 'Kumbalangi Nights' is the directorial debut of Madhu C Natayanan.Tnm StaffAfter the delightfully puzzling teaser for Kumbalangi Nights, released on January 4th, that showed Shane Nigam, Soubin Shahir, Sreenath Bhasi, and Matthew Thomas popping and locking to classical music while a woman records them and cheers them on, the film’s official trailer has just been released. The 2.20 minute long trailer begins with a group of local children sitting by a backwater, discussing the news that Simi Chechi has just gotten married to one rather mysterious Shammi. Replete with local language and inflections, they discuss how Fahadh Faasil’s Shammi is “serious”. The trailer cuts to snapshots of various other cast members, and seems to tell the story of four brothers, and a couple, Bobby and Baby. It’s full of contemporary slang (one character is referred to as a “freakken”), matter-of-fact jokes and watery motifs.
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The Five Best Jennifer Aniston Movies of Her Career

There can’t be that many people in the world that don’t know who Jennifer Aniston is at this point. When she was in Leprechaun there were probably a lot of people that didn’t know, when she was in Friends people were exposed to her in a big way, and when her movie career really started to get going it was likely that most people knew who she was. But anyone that doesn’t know who she is now is either not the type to watch movies or TV or is simply too young to have any idea who she is. Her

The Five Best Jennifer Aniston Movies of Her Career
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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Trailer: The Final Episodes

Netflix has dropped the official trailer for the final episodes of the fourth and final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

The remaining six episodes include a double-sized “Sliding Doors” episode exploring how the main characters’ lives might have been different if Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) had never been kidnapped.

In the final episodes, Kimmy (Kemper) is as resilient as ever, but realizes that being an adult is about more than just putting the past behind her. It’s finally time for her to choose between helping her friends, Titus (Tituss Burgess), Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) and Lillian (Carol Kane), and helping someone she’s never put first before: herself.

Guest stars include Jon Hamm (Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne), Zachary Quinto (Eli Rubin), Greg Kinnear (as himself), Busy Phillips (Sheba Goodman), Bobby Moynihan (Fran Dodd), Amy Sedaris (Mimi Kanassis), Fred Armisen (Robert Durst), Jon Bernthal (Ilan), Steve Buscemi (as himself), Kenan Thompson
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Trailer: First Look at the Series' Final Episodes

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Trailer: First Look at the Series' Final Episodes
Slip on a pair of shants and pour yourself a tall glass of Peeno Noir, because the trailer for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s final run of episodes has arrived. Netflix on Wednesday released a sneak peek of what the comedy’s last six episodes have in store for us, even if we’re nowhere near ready to say goodbye to this group of living Muppets.

Highlights from the trailer include Kimmy being mistaken for Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, Titus orchestrating a celebrity showmance to make Mikey jealous and Lillian… joining a gang? Also, what are the “Toonys,” and how do we get an invite?
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Aisha Tyler to Host 2019 Directors Guild Awards

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Aisha Tyler to Host 2019 Directors Guild Awards
The Directors Guild of America has selected Aisha Tyler to host its 71st annual DGA Awards on Feb. 2 at the Hollywood & Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles.

“We’re excited to have Aisha on board for the 71st annual DGA Awards,” said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. “She is ideally suited to host our special evening celebrating filmmaking. Not only is Aisha a talented comedian who has engaged and entertained audiences across platforms, she is a rising star behind the camera who has a deep understanding of what it takes for directors to bring their projects to life. Welcome Aisha.”

Tyler voices superspy Lana Kane on FX’s animated comedy “Archer” and is a series regular on the CBS show “Criminal Minds,” for which she recently directed episodes. She also continues to host the CW’s improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Tyler was a co-host for
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NBCU Chief Steve Burke Says New Streaming Service Could Reclaim ‘The Office’ From Netflix In 2021; Exec Reorg No Threat To Andy Lack

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Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, said the early 2020 launch of an ad-supported streaming service will, among other things, enable the company to take a closer look at bringing key titles like The Office back into its own control.

The sitcom, licensed to Netflix through 2021, has attained a popularity in the streaming space nearly comparable to that of Friends, whose fate sparked a flurry of dealmaking and talk in December as Netflix extended its license with WarnerMedia. The decision to re-up the Friends deal was lucrative for At&T and WarnerMedia but raised some strategic questions given that the company has its own subscription streaming launch coming this year.

In an interview with Deadline after the company’s sweeping announcement of its streaming plans and a significant top-executive reorganization, Burke said it is a “safe assumption” that the company will try to reclaim titles like The Office. He said other top streaming
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Office Space Almost Starred Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

Office Space Almost Starred Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Mike Judge reveals that the studio originally wanted Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to star in Office Space. It's hard to think of anybody else playing the role of Peter better than Ron Livingston. The actor nailed the part, but Damon originally wanted the role and even sat down with Judge for a meeting. Under pressure from the studio, Judge and the rest of the crew were initially looking for some big actors to fill up the comedy, which is something that Judge was not comfortable with.

When Office Space was green lit by the studio, they wanted Mike Judge to cast Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. However, the writer/director did not want the role of Peter going to someone with "star energy." Casting director Nancy Klopper noted that this was "post-Good Will Hunting. They weren't exactly unknown," when talking about Affleck and Damon. Judge relented and went
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Friends from College: has TV's most hateable show become … good?

Its first series was named ‘a near-total misfire’ but now it’s back, and it’s no longer terrible. How on Earth did this happen?

There are many ways the second series of Friends from College could have begun. A bus crash, for example. Or an asteroid strike. Or an earthquake or a contagious bleeding disorder or some sort of super aggressive wolf attack. Any of these would have perfect, because every single character on Friends from College is a full-blast turbo git and this is exactly what they all deserve.

You remember Friends from College. Oh, come on, you remember it. It arrived a year and a half ago on Netflix, and quickly got buried under a barrage of one-star reviews. Entertainment Weekly called it “one of the year’s biggest disappointments”. Vox called it “a near-total misfire”. Julia Raeside, quite memorably, called it “a televisual arsehole safari”.

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Friends: 25 Things That Make No Sense About Ross' Relationships

Perhaps one of the biggest headscratchers of Friends was how Ross not only managed to date multiple amazing women, but the fact that he was also married multiple times. Ross didn't come across as the greatest friend, let alone a great boyfriend or husband.

Furthermore, there were problems and things that just didn't make sense in pretty much every single one of his relationships. For the most part, each could probably be explained by the fact that Ross was one of the main characters and therefore fans were expected to be on his side. Over the course of 10 seasons of Friends, Ross had several meaningful relationships (and he didn't even marry every woman).

There was, of course, Rachel, and everyone knew that they would be the endgame couple. Still, so much of their relationship — including the fact that they ever reunited after he was unfaithful — just didn't make sense. There was also Emily,
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You Won't Believe What Rachel and Ross's Daughter From Friends Looks Like Now!

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You Won't Believe What Rachel and Ross's Daughter From Friends Looks Like Now!
The One Where Emma Geller-Green Grows Up! From the moment she entered this earth, Ross and Rachel's baby on Friends was notorious for loving the song "Baby Got Back" and sadly, for taking the name Monica originally chose for her future daughter. Now, the twin actresses who played Emma are all grown up, and they're starring in Jordan Peele's new thriller, Us. Noelle and Cali Sheldon are 16 years old, and although they've appeared in many short films since the beloved series ended in 2004, their upcoming role in Peele's film is bringing them back into the spotlight. It's unknown who the twins will play in the movie, but both Noelle and Cali shared the trailer on their Instagram pages, sharing how excited they are to be a part of the film.

Recently, Friends fans freaked out after realizing that Rachel and Ross's baby girl would be turning 18 next year! "Ok
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Friends: 20 Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Completely Change The Last Season

Has it really been nearly 15 years since the final episode of Friends aired? At some point, we knew that the hip, young, single group of friends that we grew to love would not remain young, nor single, nor hip forever. Saying goodbye to Friends was like saying goodbye to our youths, and those special bonds we all forge when we are reckless and full of hopes and dreams.

Creators of the series David Krane and Marta Kauffman originally pitched the show as a series "about six people in their 20s, who hang out at this coffee house. It’s about... love, relationship, careers… a time in your life when everything is possible, which is really exciting and really scary. It’s about searching for love and commitment and security… And it’s about friendship, because when you’re young and single and in the city, your friends are your family.
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Omg! Ross and Rachel's Friends Daughter Is All Grown Up and a Twin Irl

Omg! Ross and Rachel's Friends Daughter Is All Grown Up and a Twin Irl
The One Where We Discovered Emma Geller-Green Is a Twin. Can you believe it's been almost 17 years since the birth of baby Emma? On the season eight finale of Friends in May 2002, the world watched as Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Ross (David Schwimmer) welcomed their baby girl, Emma. In later seasons, Ross and Rachel's young daughter was portrayed by twins Cali Sheldon and Noelle Sheldon. Just like with Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen in Full House, many shows will hire twin actors to play the role of a young child for filming purposes. The twins appeared on about eight episodes of the series from 2003 to 2004 before Friends came to an end. Since that time, the Sheldon twins, who are now...
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Earl Scruggs: Five Great Performances

Earl Scruggs: Five Great Performances
“Few players have changed the way we hear an instrument the way Earl has, putting him in a category with Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Chet Atkins and Jimi Hendrix.”

Those words, penned by actor, comedian, author and banjo player Steve Martin, appeared in a New Yorker tribute following the 2012 death of legendary picker and Country Music Hall of Fame member Earl Scruggs, who revolutionized the three-finger style of banjo playing that now most commonly is referred to by his surname. Scruggs, who would have turned 95 years old on January 6th,
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Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Other Streaming Platforms Need to Rethink Auto-Play for TV Shows — Opinion

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Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Other Streaming Platforms Need to Rethink Auto-Play for TV Shows — Opinion
It’s still early enough in 2019 to make New Year’s resolutions, and here is one that all streaming platforms should strongly consider: Ending the auto-play feature altogether.

This goes beyond a plea on behalf of those who might find themselves dozing off in front of a screen, only to wake up hours later to discover that those weird dreams they just had were because they watched half a season of “Game of Thrones” in their sleep.

This is not an argument against binge-viewing, to be clear, but instead a request for control over the binge-viewing experience to default to the user — and for auto-playing to not be the default.

Most services provide the option to disable auto-play, but it’s sometimes hard to find. The link for Netflix’s disable-autoplay settings is at the very bottom of the Your Account page, under “Playback Settings.” Hulu makes it a setting
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