Coca-Cola Announces Return Of New Coke For "Stranger Things"

What was once a failed business venture by Cola-Cola is about to make a big return decades after it was initially launched. With the major success Stranger Things, companies are hoping that their projects that didn’t take f as expected in the 80s fare better in 2019. Such is the case with Coca-Cola, who have just announced that New Coke will be making a return to coincide with the new season Stranger Things

The product is featured in the upcoming season the popular Netflix series, which is based in 1985. In the same year, Coca-Cola debuted a brand new recipe to its famous beverage, which was not received well at all. According to CNN, it was pulled from shelves mere months after it first impacted the world. As a way to promote the show, New Coke is ficially making a return and it also serves as a way for the major corporation to poke some fun at themselves. The return New Coke is a way for Coca-Cola heads to “not take ourselves too seriously” according to Stuart Kronauge, the President Coke’s business unit. 

“Maybe a while ago we wouldn’t have done this,” he continued. “But we’re changing and trying to innovate in ways that are beyond traditional new products. This is a cultural innovation.” Do you think this will pay f for Coke? Will New Coke stick around for longer than the first go-around?

Jason Mitchell Fired From "The Chi," Dropped By Manager & Agent: Report

There’s drama on the set  The Chi and it’s not in front the camera. According to The Hollywood ReporterStraight Outta Compton actor Jason Mitchell is at the center allegations misconduct. The publication states that Mitchell has been fired from Showtime’s The Chi and an upcoming film Desperados that’s set to premiere on Netflix. In addition, Mitchell’s agent and manager have also dropped him as a client.

THR says that actress Tiffany Boone, who plays Mitchell’s girlfriend on the Showtime drama, is just one several actresses who have complained about Mitchell. He’s been accused sexual harassment as well as making Boone feel unsafe when they’ve filmed scenes together. Boone’s fiancé, Marque Richardson Netflix’s Dear White Peoplereportedly had to come to set when Boone was forced to work one-on-one with Mitchell. When THR asked Boone to comment on the allegations, she declined.

The publication goes on to report that Boone told producers that she would no longer work with the actor so, at her request, she was released. However, apparently, there were complaints from other actresses as well, culminating to Mitchell’s team cleaning house. Sources told THR that his Desperados co-stars Nasim Pedrad, Anna Camp, and Robbie Amell, complained about him, too. Mitchell had not yet filmed Desperados and has been replaced by New Girl actor Lamorne Morris.

Showtime Picks Up Polygram/UMG's 'Hitsville' Motown Documentary

Showtime has reached a deal with Universal Music Group’s film and television division to distribute Hitsville: The Making of Motown in North America.

The feature-length documentary from Polygram Entertainment focuses on the cultural impact of .  The enormously influential label will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this September.  The documentary will premiere this fall in the US, with plans for a theatrical release in the UK and Ireland.

The documentary is directed by Gabe and Ben Turner and focuses on the birth of Motown through its relocation to Los Angeles in the 1970s.  The label’s story is told through interviews with Berry Gordy, who founded Motown in 1958 in Detroit.

Gordy discusses many of the label’s superstar artists and creative figures.  Several newly unearthed performances and behind-the-scenes footage from Motown’s vaults appear in the film.  Some of the additional content comes from Gordy’s own personal archives with never-before-seen footage.

The result is a documentary that hopes to give a new perspective on the recording artists and songwriters who helped shape the Motown era.

Hitsville is the first Motown documentary with Gordy’s participation, who serves as an executive producer on the film.

Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President of Nonfiction Programming, says the release is one of the best celebrations of Motown to date.

“You’ve never seen Motown explored and remembered the way that Gabe and Ben Turner do it here.”

The release is happening alongside a long list of other music documentaries, biopics, and other close-ups.  On a broader note, newfound SVOD kingmaker Netflix is pushing a wave of documentary releases, with audiences eagerly snapping them up.

Other executive producers on Hitsville include CMG Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett, CMG COO, Michelle Jubelirer and Polygram’s David Blackman and Marty Bandier.  Fulwell 73’s Leo Pearlman is also credited as a producer on the documentary.

Fyre Festival Caterer Almost Got Scammed For A Second Time

Maryann Rolle is the woman that’s featured in both Netflix and Hulu documentaries on Fyre Festival, the best festival that never happened. Maryann lost her life savings as she prepared to feed would-be festival attendees as well as feeding those who were in the Bahamas working on the festival. If her getting scammed once wasn’t enough, a new feature with Vice details how she was close to getting scammed again by her own friend. 

Maryann had a GoFund me account set up for those who wanted to contribute money to help her get back on her feet amid the festival madness. She put the task in the hands her friend and at one point the funds were sitting at $163,150 from its goal $123,000. Unfortunately, her unnamed ‘friend’ walked away with the money. “It’s so unfortunate that sometimes a few dollars come in the midst good friendship,” she told the publication. 

“Fyre screwed you, you go to GoFundMe, now you get some money, this person wants to screw you. You don’t want to say in this world ‘Trust nobody,’ because it’s so sad to say that, but God, who do you trust?”

GoFund me was alerted the scam and gave Maryann a portion the money back. “Thank you so much for just lending a helping hand to someone when they needed you most,” she added in the clip. “There’s still love in this world. I am amazed. I didn’t know I would ever be a celebrity in my lifetime but here I am.”

Disney Takes Full Control Of Hulu After Striking Deal With Comcast

Disney’s already unveiled plans to launch their own streaming service, Disney+, which they planned on challenging streaming giants with. Now, they’ve made a power move on their way to rival Netflix and Amazon. Disney announced that they’ve struck a deal with Comcast and will take “full operational control” Hulu immediately. Comcast’s deal with Disney over Hulu values the streaming service at $27.5 billion U.S. which Comcast will be allowed to sell in 2024, even if the streaming service is worth less than that. Comcast ultimately gets at least $5.8 billion for its stake in Hulu, per their agreement.

On Disney’s end, they’ll have to pay Comcast for the Hulu content over the next five years. NBCUniversal, CNBC’s parent company, will be able to stream the same content on its streaming service which is expected to launch next year. NBC channels will be on Hulu Live for a high rate.

“Hulu represents the best television, with its incredible array award-winning original content, rich library popular series and movies, and live TV ferings,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said about the deal. “We are now able to completely integrate Hulu into our direct-to-consumer business and leverage the full power The Walt Disney Company’s brands and creative engines to make the service even more compelling and a greater value for consumers.”

Kenya Barris & Rashida Jones Announce New Netflix Venture "Black Excellence"

Kenya Barris has announced his new project with Netflix since announcing a new series with the likes Rashida Jones. Black Excellence is said “to pull the curtain back and reboot the ‘family sitcom,‘” and is dubbed as a single-camera comedy. Kenya shared the news on Instagram calling it a “passion venture” that’s been in the making for some time. 

“MAN!!!! I’m soooooo nervously excited and PROUD to announce this project that has been a LOOOONG thought out passion venture between me and my AMAZINGLY talented friend and partner @rashidajones,” he wrote.

“There’s NO ONE else I would have wanted to go on this ride with and NOBODY else crazy (and SUPER smart) enough to do it. I don’t know what this next chapter will bring but I do know that I LOVE all the people in my life who have supported me and I promise to try and not let you down.”

Kenya, who ended his working relationship with ABC, recently spoke on the matter and one the reasons he cut ties. “Because fuck Roseanne,” he said. “She’s a fuckin’ monster. And they were like, ‘Why is this monster killing villagers?’ And I was like, ‘Because that’s what a monster does.’”

Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Is Writing a Memoir from Prison

Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland is writing a memoir about his experience behind bars.

McFarland is serving a six-year sentence for his involvement in the high-profile scam.

Now, new reports have surfaced that say McFarland is writing a book about his experience. McFarland’s girlfriend, Anastasia Eremenko, apparently reached out to writer and editor Josh Raab in February.

The book is tentatively titled Promythus: The God of Fyre.

Could there be a more narcissistic title for a book written by a con-man? Probably not. The report says McFarland has been writing pages of the book in longhand, then sending them to his girlfriend. Eremenko then types up the pages and adds them to a growing document, estimated to be 800 handwritten pages in length.

McFarland says his memoir will serve as a from the first investment in 2011 to the . McFarland provided Raab with a bullet list of name-dropping stories he described as “great and terrible moments.”

“Actors, models, musicians, people who are only famous because their parents are, cameos from members of the Trump administration, the list goes on and on. Much of McFarland’s plan centers around telling what he calls the ‘raw’ story, the story he feels that the Hulu and Netflix documentaries — both released in January 2019 — failed to fully depict.”

McFarland says his story is worth telling and draws parallels to other famous con-men such as Jordan Belfort.

Belfort’s memoir was immortalized in The Wolf of Wall Street movie. McFarland says he will self-publish the memoir as part of an effort to cover his .

Publicist Brandon Rubinshtein is also working on the project, though he’s made ridiculous claims surrounding McFarland. One now refuted claim was that  visited McFarland in prison hoping to rebrand Fyre Festival.

It’s pretty apparent McFarland is hoping to build a brand to sell in his post-Fyre life. Most people can’t resist seeing behind the curtain of a good con, especially if McFarland insists current documentaries got the story all wrong.

Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Is Writing a Memoir from Prison

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Netflix Releases "Rim Of The World" Trailer

With the success the fictional horror series, Stanger Things, Netflix has been on the look-out for the next big thing with a similar formula The tale four children saving the world from its demise seems to be a well-liked scenario. That is especially considering the numerous records the Netflix-original show has broken. As such, the trailer for an upcoming new movie with a similar pitch, Rim the World, was recently released. To note, we previously mentioned this movie as part the 10 upcoming Netflix Original movies to be watch

The movie previews the tale four misfit teenagers who meet during summer camp. The lucky four will undergo quite the journey upon realizing they must band together to save the world from an alien invasion. The science-fiction and adventure film, directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Supernatural) fers another “kids-save-the-world” story certain to keep us at the edge our seats. The script itself was written by Zach Stentz, who previously contributed to a slew notable works including Thor and X-Men: First Class

The movie is scheduled to ficially drop on Netflix later this month on May 24th. 

"Stranger Things" Plagiarism Lawsuit Retracted Just Days Before Trial Scheduled To Start

As you’ll recall, back in April word spread that producer/writer/director Charlie Kessler was taking the Duffer brothers to court for allegedly stealing his ideas to create the now, hit Netflix show Stranger Things. 

Kessler claimed to have met and shared ideas with the brothers in 2014, at the Tribeca Film Festival; which he said later served as inspiration for the creation the show. Kessler was demanding a third the shows prits, and following Superior Judge, Michael Stern’s denial a summary judgement for the defendants, the brothers were set to appear in court beginning May 6. 

This Sunday, however, the plaintiff abruptly issued a statement revoking his claims. “After hearing the deposition testimony this week the legal expert I hired, it is now apparent to me that, whatever I may have believed in the past, my work had nothing to do with the creation  Stranger Things,” Keseler stated. “Documents from 2010 and 2013 prove that the Duffers independently created their show. As a result, I have withdrawn my claim and I will be making no further comment on this matter.”

Netflix, who has been an advocate for the brothers’ innocence from the start the accusations, issued a statement following Kessler’s decision to drop charges, “We are glad to be able to put this baseless lawsuit behind us. As we have said all along, Stranger Things is a ground-breaking original creation by The Duffer Brothers.” They go on to say, “We are proud this show and our friends Matt and Ross, whose artistic vision gave life to Stranger Things, and whose passion, imagination and relentless hard work alongside our talented cast and crew made it a wildly successful, award-winning series beloved by viewers around the world.”

The whole mess has thankfully not affected the show’s return date, and it is still set to return to Netflix for its third season on July 4, 2019.

Jennifer Aniston Poses Topless On Harper’s Bazaar Cover & Is Open To Love

Actress Jennifer Aniston recently posed for Harper Bazaar’s June issue with no top and a smirk. The 50-year old star laid bare on the upcoming cover US Harper’s Bazaar as a promotional initiative for her new movie with Adam Sandler, Murder Mystery. The related interview involved a series questions which the former Friends cast member answered frankly. Known to be ex to the celebrity crushes many, including Brad Pitt and John Mayer, the star revealed she was not actively dating at the moment. 

According to the Daily Mail, Aniston admitted to having no time for dating sites:  “My focus has been on the show, so dating has not been one my first priorities. I feel like whatever romance] looks like, it will present itself, and it’s not about seeking it out, you know?” Herein the show in question is Aniston’s novel project First Ladies, a series centered on a lesbian female president and featuring co-star Tig Notaro. Yet, despite being divorced twice, Jennifer Aniston remains hopeful and the toned figure she rocks in this new cover may hint she may not have much difficulty finding herself a new beau. 

The magazine is due to release in June. 

Billy McFarland Wants To Bring Back Fyre Festival

With a couple Fyre Festival documentaries being uploaded to streaming services earlier this year, Billy McFarland wants to tell his side the story. The man most famous for organizing one the biggest festival fails all time is currently serving time in prison but when he gets out, he’s thinking trying to spark Fyre a second time.

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As reported by The Fader, Billy McFarland is writing a book about his experiences organizing Fyre Festival and the backlash he’s since received. The piece literature was scheduled to be self-published in April but it still hasn’t hit the market. Titled Promythus: The God Fyre, McFarland wrote the book to fight back against the two documentaries that make him look like a fraud. According to Josh Raab, a freelance editor who worked on the book, McFarland doesn’t believe that the docs captured the “raw story” the festival. He apparently hand-wrote 800 pages that chronicle his career from 2011 to the moment the FBI showed up at his doorstep when the festival broke down. 

Speaking with Raab, McFarland reportedly said that the second edition Fyre Festival is on the way. “T]he Festival will not be a one and done event — it’s happening again,” he wrote to Raab. At this point though, who would willingly pay thousands dollars for something that turned out to be the laughing stock the internet for years. 

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Regina King Inks Multi-Year Netflix Deal

Netflix has bet on yet another shining star since inking a first-look deal with talented actress Regina King. The Oscar-winning star and her production company Royal Ties will produce series and films for the platform over the course several years. 

“Regina King is a multi-faceted talent both behind and in front the camera. She’s been a trailblazer for years, with boundless creativity and impeccable taste in projects, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that she will bring her formidable talents to Netflix,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer stated.

Regina King Inks Multi-Year Netflix Deal
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Regina won an Emmy for her role in Netflix’s Seven Sevens and she scored a Grammy for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk. “I am beyond thrilled to join the Netflix family,” Regina said her deal. “They are at the top their game and as an artist I am so excited to come play in this wonderful sandbox they have created for storytellers.”

Regina previously spoke about her career, detailing how every role has come at the right time, thanks to the universe. 

“I’ve been acting for thirty-plus years and the reality is — and I hope everyone feels like this about who’s lucky enough to have their career be something that they love — that you’re growing,” she said. “I feel like I’m growing as an actor as these roles are coming. They’re coming at the time that I’m prepared for them; the universe has prepared me for them, so I’m just riding it. I’m listening to the universe, and I’m riding love all the way.

Netflix Rolls Out "High Quality" Audio For TV Streams

If you’re already enthralled by everything Netflix has to fer, from its original content and throwback films, then you’ll be even more pleased with the streaming platforms latest announcement. Netflix has announced that all viewers who stream content from television, will now be hearing their movies and shows with “high-quality audio.”

The update will allow users the experience to hear “closer to what creators hear in the studio.” The updated audio will work best for televisions that support either 5.1 or Dolby Atmos. 

“Today we’re excited to announce a new feature, high-quality audio, which takes our sound quality to another level. We gave it this straightforward name because it fits: high-quality audio delivers audio that sounds closer to what creators hear in the studio, so every little detail is captured for a richer, more intense experience,” an ficial statement for Netflix reads.

“Additionally, if you have the bandwidth or device limitations, we’ve made the feature adaptive so that we will deliver the best possible audio to match your capabilities. This is similar to what we already do for video.” 

Watch the full explanation in the ficial video below.

Barack And Michelle Obama Reveal Their Upcoming Netflix Projects

Nearly one year ago, it was reported that Barack and Michelle Obama signed a deal with Netflix. Despite Chris Rock’s initial fear that Barack might fret too deeply about his “rotten tomatoes” score while ignoring the world at large in the process, it would appear the Obamas are putting their new deal to good use. Today, the New York Times has revealed an outline their production company Higher Ground Productions future plans, which includes seven projects for the streaming giant.

Barack And Michelle Obama Reveal Their Upcoming Netflix Projects

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While they’ve already confirmed they have no intention targeting “the current presidential administration,” the Obamas will be operating within the political spectrum, albeit avoiding any potentially inflammatory subject matter. “Touching on issues race and class, democracy and civil rights and much more, we believe each these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all,” explains Obama. 

The New York Times has revealed detailed synopses the seven projects, which include American Factory, a documentary about General Motors, Bloom, a post WWII film about “barriers faced by women and by people color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress.” There’s also a Frederick Douglass biopic on deck, Crip Camp, a documentary about the disability movement, and a preschooler-age series about nutrition around the world. Check out the full list and descriptions right here, the New York Times

UMG's Trademark Application for "As Heard On TV" Denied by USPTO

 

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has denied Universal Music Group’s application to register “As Heard On TV” as a trademark.

The board ruled that the phrase merely describes a service that offers TV-friendly music. The decision was handed down on April 17th with a solid rejection of the application.

UMG’s application featured a logo for its library of TV-friendly music and soundtracks available to license.  The service offered by UMG subsidiary Universal Production Music, which houses a considerable catalog of sync-ready tracks.  TV-specific licensing is big business, especially given the surge of video content being pumped out by OTT platforms like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and others.

Judge Thomas Shaw rejected UMG’s argument that the catchphrase was a distinctive double entendre on the common infomercial slogan ‘As Seen On TV’.  In his conclusion, Shaw writes that the phrase ‘As Heard On TV’ has no such double connotation or significance.

“Rather, it simply is a variation of the phrase ‘As Seen On TV’ to account for the fact that music cannot be seen on TV, only heard.”

UMG unit Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd. first applied to register the logo in 2014.

An examining attorney said that the application was unlikely to be approved unless UMG waived exclusive rights to the phrase. UMG declined, instead appealing the decision to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

UMG also argued that the phrase wasn’t descriptive of its music library. The application said songs in the library are “exclusive and unlikely to have been heard on television previously.” Judge Shaw called that argument unpersuasive and said that UMG’s own website advertises the music as ‘proven TV-friendly music covering all production themes.’

Attorneys for UMG declined to comment on the decision this Monday.

The case in question is #86454380 at the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

UMG's Trademark Application for "As Heard On TV" Denied by USPTO

UMG's Trademark Application for "As Heard On TV" Denied by USPTOUMG's Trademark Application for "As Heard On TV" Denied by USPTO

UMG's Trademark Application for "As Heard On TV" Denied by USPTO